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					Vol. 39, No. 26                                          Fort Sam Houston – Home of Army Medicine                                                               July 5, 2007

Briefs . . .
Check CAC expiration date
   People should call the ID card section for an
appointment two to three weeks prior to the expi-
ration date on their Common Access Card. If the
card is already expired, then cardholders will
need to bring two types of identification, such as
a driver’s license and Social Security card. One
of the two types must be a photo ID. The expired
CAC cannot be used as identification. For
appointments, call 221-0415 or 221-2278.

232nd Med. Bn. change of command
   Lt. Col. Brian Kueter will relinquish com-
mand of the 232nd Medical Battalion to Lt. Col.
John Lamoureux July 12 at 8 a.m. at MacArthur
Parade Field.

 1st LSO change of command
   Col. Robert Hough will relinquish command
of the 1st Legal Support Organization to Lt. Col.
Barry Robinson July 15 at 1 p.m. in the
Roadrunner Community Center, Building 2797,
Stanley Road.
                                                     Fred and Minnie Montez comply with regulations and patiently wait while Bryan Christy looks over their ID cards,
                                                     matching the photo to the faces. Chenega security officers have the authority to do inspections as well as detain




                                                     Chenega stands for post security
314th change of command                              individuals without proper documentation.
   Lt. Col. Christopher Himsl will relinquish
command of the 314th Military Intelligence
Battalion to Lt. Col. Jerome Jackson III July 19
at 7 a.m. at the Lackland Air Force Base, Texas,
parade field.
                                                     Story and photos by Cheryl Harrison           located in 14 states and the District of     turned around without the proper paper-
Camp Bullis User’s Conference
                                                     Fort Sam Houston Public Information Office    Columbia. Fort Sam Houston is just one       work.
                                                                                                   of the Army installations that has con-         Another duty of Chenega officers is
   Camp Bullis will host a User’s Conference
                                                         Chenega Integrated Systems Security       tracted Chenega Corporation to provide       to conduct random inspections of vehi-
Aug. 23 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. starting at the
                                                     Services Group is a premier security          law enforcement and security to its          cles. As security officers, Chenega
Camp Bullis Theater, Building 5900.
                                                     service provider, named for the home of       entrance positions.                          employees have the authority to detain,
Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Senior staff and
                                                     an Alaskan Native American tribe.                Chenega’s main purpose is to provide      take a statement, confiscate and protect
NCOs are highly encouraged to attend if they
                                                     Respect, strong relationships, fair treat-    the first line of defense against unautho-   property, and then call military police
have arrived in the past year and conduct train-
                                                     ment and opportunity are deeply rooted        rized access onto Fort Sam Houston by        for assistance. Chenega officers are not
ing at Camp Bullis. There will be a slide
                                                     in the traditions, history and culture of     screening people entering the gates.         police officers; they can detain, but do
overview in the morning and a forum and tour
                                                     the Alutiiq people, who live near             Proper documentation is required to          not conduct investigations.
in the afternoon. For reservations, call 295-7686
                                                     Chenega Bay in Alaska.                        enter the installation, whether it be a         Chenega security officers have been
or e-mail pat.jennings@samhouston.army.mil,
                                                         The Chenega security officers strive      Department of Defense ID, driver’s           likened to Department of Defense
or call 295-7592 or e-mail
                                                     to uphold those same values and princi-       license or state-issued ID and a vehicle     guards. They keep a watchful eye for
ronald.lane@us.army.mil, or e-mail
                                                     ples on the job.                              decal.                                       suspicious people, they protect the
mabel.rodriguez@us.army.mil.
                                                         The Security Services Group pro-             For visitors, the Chenega security        installation and they carry weapons for
                                                     vides professional services to 29             officers will check for a picture ID and




                                                     Hershman accepts command
                                                     Department of Defense installations           issue a visitor pass. Many cars are                           See CHENEGA on Page 4




                                                     of 187th Medical Battalion
                                                     Story and photos by Olivia Mendoza
                                                     Fort Sam Houston Public Information Office




  A look at BAMC heroes
                                                         The 187th Medical Battalion welcomed
                                                     a new commander during a change of
                                                     command ceremony Friday at MacArthur
  See related story and photos on Pages 10 and 11
                                                     Parade Field.
                                                         Outgoing commander Lt. Col Patricia
                                                     Darnauer relinquished command to Lt.
                                                     Col. Michael Hershman. Darnauer bid
       Inside . . .                                  farewell to the command as she and her
       From the Top . . . . . . . . . . . .2         daughters, Lauren, age 14, and Erin, age
       Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6   11, leave Fort Sam Houston to move to
       Religion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9     Fort McNair, Washington, D.C., where
       Child and Youth Services . . .9               Darnauer will attend the Industrial College
       MWR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12       of the Armed Forces.                          (From left) Lt. Col. Michael Hershman, commander, 187th Medical
       Community . . . . . . . . . . . . .13             Col. John P. Cook, 32nd Medical           Battalion; Lt. Col. Patricia Darnauer, outgoing commander; Col. John
       Fort Freebies . . . . . . . . . . .14         Brigade commander, hosted the ceremony        Cook, commander, 32nd Medical Brigade; and Maj. Herman Haggray
                                                                                                   (front), battalion executive officer, inspect the assembled troops Friday
                                                     See 187TH MEDICAL BATTALION on Page 4         during the change of command ceremony.
2 July 5, 2007                                                                             From the Top                                                                                 Fort Sam Houston News Leader


CRC reminds Soldiers, Families of heat-injury risks
By Lori Yerdon                                           term illness, and Soldiers who work in                    hospitalized, 163 were outpatients, and two              stroke, heat exhaustion or heat cramps.
U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center                        enclosed environments such as aircraft cock-              died. The injuries happened both in garrison                 “Training is the priority and Soldiers
                                                         pits or vehicle interiors have a higher risk of           and operational environments, and occurred               learn how to cope in the heat,” said Maj.
   FORT RUCKER, Ala. – As hot weather                    becoming heat causalities. The use of sup-                during physical-fitness training and testing,            Karl Strellner, 198th Infantry Brigade S-3 at
begins posing potential risk to Soldiers and             plements may also increase the chance                     training exercises, and other activities                 Fort Benning, Ga. The 198th Inf. Bde. con-
Family Members, the U.S. Army Combat                     dehydration.                                              including recreational exertion and non-                 ducts training for drill sergeants four months
Readiness Center reminds individuals that                   “Leaders and Soldiers must do more than                exertion activities.                                     prior to June 1, when the weather typically
heat-injury prevention is not only a com-                just have water available,” said Col. John                    The best defense against a heat-related              begins to get hot.
mand and leadership responsibility, but a                Campbell, CRC command surgeon. “Using                     incident is prevention, Campbell said.                       “Our drill sergeants practice daily man-
personal one, too.                                       composite risk management to assess and                   Before engaging in an outdoor activity or                down drills, immediate actions, checks on
   Heat injuries are avoidable but can affect            mitigate the potential health effects Soldiers            mission in the heat, the identification and              combat lifesavers bags, certification updates
anyone. Individuals not accustomed to hot                might suffer during hot weather is critical.”             assessment of such potential hazards as a                on combat lifesaver courses, IV sticks,
weather, especially when it’s combined with                 According to the Army’s Office of the                  high-heat category or the physical exertion              caloric intake classes, and system checks of
high humidity, are particularly susceptible.             Surgeon, 220 heat stroke cases were docu-                 level of the activity can reduce an individ-
Young children, individuals with a long-                 mented in 2006. Of those, 57 Soldiers were                ual’s chance of becoming a victim of heat-                           See HEAT-INJURY RISKS on Page 4




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Army’s Medical Hotline
serves Soldiers, Families
Story and photo by Gerry J. Gilmore              or one phone call could have five issues,”
American Forces Press Service                    Mason explained. The ones without
   WASHINGTON – The Army’s three-                issues usually are just requests for infor-
month-old “Wounded Soldier and Family            mation, he added, such as phone numbers
Hotline,” established March 19, has              for other organizations.
already fielded thousands of calls from             Military veterans have raised 28 per-
Soldiers and concerned Family members,           cent of the issues on the hotline, Mason
officials said.                                  said, noting the veterans have been happy
   The hotline was created by the Army’s         to receive call-backs from U.S.
senior leadership in the wake of a series        Department of Veterans Affairs officials.
of news reports in February that revealed           The hotline’s purpose isn’t to circum-
shortcomings in patient care at Walter           vent the chain of command, said call cen-       Vanessa Bradchulis, a customer care representative at the “Wounded Soldier
Reed Army Medical Center.                        ter deputy director Col. Robert Clark.          and Family Hotline” center in Alexandria, Va., often receives calls from fathers
   The hotline center is managed and             However, the hotline reflects the Army’s        or mothers inquiring about the medical status of their wounded sons or daugh-
                                                                                                 ters.
operated by the U.S. Army Human                  determination to address and resolve
Resources Command, said Col. Edward              Soldiers’ medical issues as rapidly as pos-
Mason, the hotline’s director.                   sible.                                          more open space,” said Cotton, who has          the center who served in Iraq in 2003. A
   “The Army cares about Soldiers and               Some hotline calls come from frustrat-       worked at the hotline operation since           Soldier’s mother called her, she recalled,
Families, and we’re going to take care of        ed people who need someone to listen to         April. He said the Soldiers, government         asking about her son, who’d been wound-
Soldiers and Families,” Mason said.              their concerns, Clark said, noting there        civilians and contractors who make up           ed in Iraq and was being treated at an
“We’re going to ensure that those                are “individuals out there who maybe            the center’s 100-person staff work three        Army hospital in Germany.
Soldiers and Family members have every           didn’t get quite what they deserved.”           shifts to provide around-the-clock serv-           “She was trying to get in touch with
single medical resource available in the            “And, by calling us, we’re going to          ice.                                            the proper medical authorities,”
United States Army.”                             make sure that they do,” Clark empha-              Vanessa Bradchulis, one of the hot-          Bradchulis said, noting the mother just
   Fifty-two percent of almost 1,000             sized. Providing follow-up on customers’        line’s customer care representatives, is a      wanted to speak to a doctor to determine
issues generated by nearly 3,500 calls           inquiries is a key component of the hot-        30-year-old former Army medic and an            how her son was doing.
received by the hotline since its inception      line’s mission, he said.                        Iraq war veteran. Bradchulis said she              “We put her in touch with the people
have involved medical issues, Mason                 The hotline operation recently gained        often receives calls from fathers or moth-      who could find that out for her,”
said. The issues are broken down into            new office space in Alexandria, Va., and        ers inquiring about the medical status of       Bradchulis said.
medical, finance, legal and other cate-          updated equipment, said call-center man-        their wounded sons or daughters.                   For more information on the Army’s




Go green
gories, he said.                                 ager Jimmie Cotton.                                “My medical experience has come in           Wounded Soldier and Family Hotline,
   “One phone call could have no issues             “I love these facilities; there’s a lot      handy,” said Bradchulis, a contractor at        call 800-984-8523.




                                                                                                 T a k i n g c a r e o f S o l d i er s :
Fort Sam builds to conserve Videos available for children
energy, save money          whose parents deploy
   B
             uildings fundamentally impact       back in seven to 10 years, basically pay for

                                                                                                                                          “Our goal is to have
             the lives of civilians and          the buildings through these designs. It’s a     By Jerry Harben
                                                                                                 US Army MEDCOM Public Affairs Office
             Soldiers at Fort Sam Houston,       slow process but we’re moving toward it.”
as well as other installations worldwide.
    The Army has adopted the Leadership
                                                     The LEED rating system recognizes
                                                 five key areas of human and environmen-             “It’s important to recognize your
                                                                                                                                          a proactive, preventive
in Energy and Environmental Design               tal health: sustainable site development,       fear, but not to dwell on it,” said      package in the
                                                                                                                                          community before
Green Building Rating System, which is           water savings, energy efficiency, materials     Cameron Lucke, 17-year-old son of
the nationally accepted benchmark for the        selection and indoor environmental quali-       an Army officer. Lucke is addressing
design, construction and operation of high-      ty.                                             concerns of other teenagers as narra-
                                                                                                 tor of a video, one of three now
                                                                                                                                          deployment.”
performance “green” buildings.                       Projects are awarded Certified, Silver,
    A “green” building is one that is built      Gold or Platinum certification depending        available to help Families and com-                              Col. George Patrin,
with energy- and cost-savings in mind,           on the number of benchmarks, or credits,        munities deal with the stresses of mil-        pediatrician, commander of the
which can involve everything from low-           they achieve.                                   itary deployments.                                Presidio, Army Health Clinic
flow toilets to automatic light switches.            To earn certification, a building project       “Military Youth Coping With
    “It’s all about synergy,” said Chris         must meet certain prerequisites and per-        Separation: When Family Members                   anyone who cannot download large files
Beck, Environmental Management                   formance credits within each category. The      Deploy” is a half-hour video of teenagers         from the Web. Watch the Web sites for
System/LEED program manager,                     Army goal is to achieve at least a mini-        discussing their feelings and how they cope information.
Directorate of Public Works. “We can             mum of Silver for all new construction          with issues that arise when a parent is               “Our goal is to have a proactive, preven-
design a building to take advantage of nat-      projects per the U.S. Green Building            deployed. The video is available for view-        tive package in the community before
ural lighting and pick paint that best           Council rating system.                          ing at the Army’s behavioral health Web site deployment,” said Col. George Patrin, pedi-
reflects light, and that all ties into picking       The Army sustainable design and             in the children section, http://www.behav-        atrician and new commander of the Presidio
the most efficient heating and air condi-        development policy is not only designed to      ioralhealth.army.mil/, and on the American        of Monterey, Calif., Army Health Clinic,
tioning system.”                                 reduce high operating costs over the life-      Academy of Pediatrics Web site at                 who helped develop two of the videos and
    Recycling plays a big role in the            cycle of the building, but to also promote a    http://www.aap.org/sections/unifserv/deploy undertook related research for his thesis in
process as well. “We purchase local mate-        safe, healthy and productive environment        ment/ysp-resources.htm.                           the Army-Baylor Graduate Program in
rials to cut back on transportation costs        in which to work. LEED gives building               “Mr. Poe and Friends Discuss Family           Health and Business Administration.
and also use recycled material on build-         owners and operators the tools they need        Reunion After Deployment” uses cartoon                At present, at least 700,000 children in
ings,” Beck said. “We try for a minimum          to have an immediate and measurable             characters to address deployment issues           the United States have at least one parent
of 20 percent.”                                  impact on their buildings’ performance.         affecting children ages 6 to 11. Both of the      deployed for military duty, according to the
    Additionally, “we divert construction            A project is a viable candidate for         videos will also be available for viewing or      American Psychological Association
debris from the dump to recycle facility,”       LEED certification if it can meet all pre-      download soon; preview video clips are            February 2007 report.
Beck said. “Combined, we have a major            requisites and achieve the minimum num-         available now on the AAP Web site.                    The American Academy of Pediatrics
impact on the local area.”                       ber of points to earn the certified level of        “Talk, Listen and Connect: Helping            states that children’s reactions to a parent
    The green concept carries over from the      LEED project certification. This compre-        Families Cope With Military Deployment”           being deployed may include anger, sadness,
inside to outside, with landscaping choices      hensive approach is the reason LEED-cer-        features the Sesame Street character Elmo         fear, confusion, and feelings of abandon-
that are water efficient and environmental-      tified buildings have reduced operating         dealing with the prolonged absence of his         ment, loss, anxiety and depression. These
ly friendly.                                     costs, healthier and more productive occu-      father. It is suitable for ages 3 to 5, and is    reactions can lead to significant problems
    “The overall goal is to lessen energy        pants, and conserve natural resources.          available from Sesame Street Workshop at          such as school absenteeism and failure,
and produce cost savings for taxpayers,”             (Directorate of Public Works,               www.sesameworkshop.org/tlc.
Beck said. “We hope to make our money            Environmental Division)                             The videos are available on DVD for                       See VIDEOS AVAILABLE on Page 4
4 July 5, 2007                                                                                                                                                      Fort Sam Houston News Leader



Videos available
Continued from Page 3                    you tune in you will get a better       ulty at Madigan Army Medical                “The way military kids tend to        preschoolers with a monetary
                                         idea what military Families are         Center, began development of the        get through the deployment is they        grant from Wal-Mart, and with
social isolation, family emotional       going through,” he added.               video for teenagers while at            stay busy,” advised another boy.          Col. Stephen Cozza of the Walter
abuse and violence, psychosomat-             The character of Mr. Poe origi-     Brooke Army Medical Center. He              “One 14-year-old boy inter-           Reed Army Medical Center psy-
ic medical complaints and depres-        nated in 2003, when commanders          explained that he became con-           viewed on the video later said it         chiatry department as an adviser.
sion.                                    of troops returning from                cerned after his deployment to          was the best thing he had done in         The video and supporting materi-
    Patrin said the program will be      Southwest Asia asked Gregg              Afghanistan. Despite his expertise      his life,” Lemmon said. “He didn’t        als are available free of charge to
most effective if an adult facilitator   Drew, a Reserve chaplain in             in adolescent medicine and his          think that anyone would under-            schools, child-care programs, fam-
guides a discussion among the            Hanau, Germany, to develop a            wife’s as an educator, his wife         stand; being able to talk about it        ily support groups and other
children during or after viewing         program to help families. Drew          experienced depression and his 4-       really helped. It was a big burden        organizations serving the needs of
the video. A facilitator’s guide is      approached Patrin, who had expe-        year-old son was irritable and          lifted off him.”                          military Families.
available for primary-care physi-        rience in puppetry and video pro-       acted out.                                  Lemmon said his objectives                Patrin and Lemmon are con-
cians, teachers, church and Scout        duction, and Patrin brought in Lt.          “It soon became apparent that       were to support teenagers and pro-        ducting a formal research project
leaders, or any other concerned          Col. Dave Smith, an officer in the      no one is immune,” Lemmon said.         vide a tool to help them get              at Fort Stewart, Ga., to document
adults, along with the parent, who       lab at Landstuhl Regional Medical       “I was concerned; if deployment         through the deployment, and also          use of their videos and what bene-
use the videos to support children       Center, who had developed Mr.           affected us this significantly with     to sensitize the community to what        fits they may have for families.
as they deal with the stress of          Poe as a sock puppet character for      all our strengths, what might oth-      military children go through dur-         Volunteer Families complete ques-
deployment separation.                   children’s sermons. Their pilot         ers be facing?”                         ing a deployment.                         tionnaires before and after view-
    “People often assume the only        puppet program has just been con-           With help from Patrin and oth-          “Families will order it and use       ing, with follow-ups two and six
way they can get help is through         verted into an animated feature.        ers, he obtained a grant from the       it individually. Family resource          months later to see how the chil-
the hospital. That’s simply not          Mr. Poe and a variety of adult and      American Academy of Pediatrics          groups will adopt it as a standard        dren are doing with the video in
true. If we collaborate as a com-        child characters relate their experi-   and arranged to interview               to use to help children understand        hand during their family’s deploy-
munity,” Patrin said, “the commu-        ences and feelings.                     teenagers at an Operation Purple        their feelings with deployment. I         ment experience. Additional feed-
nity becomes the first level of              “At first, Dad was buying all       Camp operated by the National           hope it will get good media cover-        back is planned by asking viewers
intervention, rather than waiting        kinds of food we didn’t even eat.       Military Family Association.            age to so the community will              to access and download the videos
for a situation to blow up and           Now, just before Mom comes                  Between introductory sections       know that military Families will          from the Army Medical
require social services or the emer-     home, he’s running all over clean-      with Lucke, teenagers on the video      definitely benefit from more sup-         Department Center and School
gency room. With an effective            ing the house,” runs one exchange       share their experiences and how         port,” he said.                           Deployment Web site, which will
intervention tool like the video         between the characters Sally and        they react when a parent is                  “Youth-serving professionals         soon be operational.
toolkit, the amount of child abuse       Laura.                                  deployed.                               say the video tool kit covers an              One question, however,
should go down. People will be               “We put a lot of effort into            “I made the freshman basket-        area that just isn’t covered for          remains unanswered: what exactly
able to deal with their issues           making the scenarios true to life       ball team while he was gone. He         teenagers. This meets that need.          is the orange-brown, long-snouted
before they begin striking out.”         and applicable to any service           never got to see any of my              We’re getting a lot of positive           Mr. Poe? Is he a dinosaur? A
    “Ultimately, this is a way the       Family,” Patrin said.                   games,” said one boy.                   feedback,” Lemmon added.                  lizard?
entire United States community               Maj. Keith Lemmon, pediatri-            “Almost every waking minute I           Sesame Street Workshop devel-             “He’s a critter,” said Patrin,
can be a part of the war effort. If      cian and adolescent medicine fac-       worry about him,” said a girl.          oped the Elmo video for                   with a smile.

      Col. John
    Cook, 32nd                                                                                   187th Medical Battalion
         Medical                                                                                 Continued from Page 1                                  every aspect of this command will fill you with
         Brigade                                                                                 and said, “Lt. Col. Darnauer has been a spec-          pride; I leave you a battalion of great individu-
   commander,                                                                                                                                           als who are fully invested in our common mis-
                                                                                                 tacular commander for the 187th Medical
    passes the
                                                                                                 Battalion, not only setting a standard of excel-       sion of training Soldiers … good luck with
 187th Medical
                                                                                                 lence as a leader of Soldiers, but also juggled        your transition.”
Battalion colors
      to Lt. Col.                                                                                the responsibility of command and being a                  Accepting the command, Hershman said,
         Michael                                                                                 mother of two daughters and a dedicated                “187th leaders, I’m excited to be a part of a tra-
     Hershman                                                                                    deployed officers’ wife.”                              dition of excellence; I am eager to train med-
          Friday,                                                                                   “Tricia handles everything with passion of          ical Soldiers not only to conserve our fighting
       signifying                                                                                purpose and a positive grace,” said Cook dur-          strength, but also to survive on the battlefield.”
   Hershman’s                                                                                    ing his closing remarks.                                   Hershman comes to the 187th Medical Bn.
 acceptance of                                                                                      In her parting words, Darnauer gave the             from Brooke Army Medical Center, where he
     command.                                                                                    incoming 187th Medical Bn. commander a                 was the assistant chief, Department of Health
                                                                                                 word of encouragement. “Lt. Col. Hershman,             Care Operations.


Chenega                                                                                                                                         Heat-injury risks
                                                                                                                                                Continued from Page 2
Continued from Page 1                           carry weapons, handcuffs, pepper spray,        than 200,000 vehicles a week.                        the HVAC (air conditioning units),” she said.
                                                batons and radios.                                 To facilitate in and outgoing traffic,               In addition to the training that drill sergeants
their own and others’ protection.                   The Chenega officers provide 24-           two new access control points projects               receive, trainees are immersed in proper hydration
    Whenever a vehicle approaches a             hour-a-day coverage, seven days a week,        are in the works for 2009 — the Walters              methods, hydration tracking mechanisms and bat-
gate, the officer on duty conducts a visu-      presently with three- to eight-hour shift      gate and the Brooke Army Medical                     tle-buddy care. Drill sergeants monitor heat condi-
al assessment of the vehicle to check for       rotations. Officers work eight hour days       Center Interstate Highway 35 gates.                  tions and adjust training accordingly.
decals and assure the vehicle is registered     with only the necessary breaks.                Among the future plans are guard hous-                   By developing and implementing controls,
on post and has up-to-date registrations.           Requirements for the Chenega con-          es, wider lanes, visitor center, turnaround          leaders reduce the chance of a Soldier in their for-
Also, a quick look is done of the inside        tract come from the Department of the          areas, lighting, as well as a look that is           mation succumbing to a heat injury, Col.
of the vehicle and the passengers.              Army, and that is to have armed guards         aesthetically pleasing.                              Campbell said. Having sufficient hydration
    Bryan Christy, an officer at the Harry      at all entry points to an Army installation.       As folks enter into the gates at Fort            sources and providing rest cycles as needed are
Wurzbach entrance, said, “We try to ID              To qualify for a position with             Sam Houston the first person they will               some of the measures that leaders can take.
the face, make sure the face on the card        Chenega in the security area, require-         see and speak with is a Chenega security                 Applying similar control measures when off
matches the person in the vehicle.”             ments must be met. Prospective employ-         officer. A pleasant greeting can set the             duty can also protect Family members. Drinking
    If a vehicle is instructed to pass          ees must meet agility tests, qualify with a    tone for a day of work on post. Let                  more fluids, avoiding alcohol or drinks full of
through the visitor lane, two forms of ID       weapon, pass physical requirements,            someone know if your gate experience                 sugar or caffeine, and staying indoors when possi-
will be required and the visitor pass must      criminal background checks and be at           was a good one. Call Mike Anderson,                  ble are several ways to beat the heat. Additionally,
be displayed in the windshield.                 least 21 years old. The officers must pass     chief of guards, at 221-1786 to pass on              wearing a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses and put-
    Officers are kept at the same gate,         a 120-hour training academy prior to           feedback.                                            ting on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher diminishes
allowing them to become familiar with           being assigned to the gate.                        About her experience at the Walters              the possibility of a heat-related incident.
vehicles and their occupants. It may                “Presently we have about 130 guards        gate, Kathy Maple of the Morale,                         “Soldiers have a responsibility to look out for
appear they are not looking closely at a        with about 10 percent of those guards          Welfare and Recreation Marketing office,             each other and speak up when a comrade is in
form of ID, but they have become famil-         being women,” said Al Jorge, installation      said, “It’s awesome! The guards are                  trouble,” Col. Campbell added. “Someone always
iar with the vehicle and the driver.            physical security and contracting officer      always very personable. They call me                 knows when a Soldier isn’t at peak performance
    As weapons’ handlers, Chenega offi-         technical representative. “Eighty-five         Ms. Maple and say have a good day. At                level; buddies should make leaders aware of these
cers are required to qualify on their           percent of our guards are retired or prior     the same time they pay attention to what             situations to thwart a possible heat injury.”
weapons. This is accomplished once a            military with at least one year experience     is on my ID card.”                                       For more information on heat injury prevention
year at the firing range. Officers carry        in a security field.”                              For more information about the                   visit chppm-www.apgea.army.mil/heat/#_HIA.
basically the same equipment as a police            Security officers process about 40,000     Chenega Corporation or the history of                For more information on the 101 Critical Days of
officer. They wear bulletproof vests,           cars through the gates a day, and more         the Alutiiq people, visit Chenega.com.               Summer safety campaign visit https://crc.army.mil.
             Some dogs do learn new tricks
Fort Sam Houston News Leader                                                                                                                                           July 5, 2007 5




    Dogs offer healing therapy
      to wounded warriors


   S
Story and photos by Jen Rodriguez
Brooke Army Medical Center Public Affairs


           weetheart, Jackson and Ellie
           Mae, three four-legged pooches,
           recently helped change the lives
of wounded warriors and injured Soldiers
at Brooke Army Medical Center.
   The mixed beagle, German Shepherd
and Lhasa Apso are therapy dogs trained                                                                                                                                   Pfc. James
to console Soldiers, Family Members and                                                                                                                                   Oppelt
sometimes medical staff with reassuring                                                                                                                                   spends some
hugs and occasionally dog kisses.                                                                                                                                         quality time
   “There’s a bond between humans and                                                                                                                                     with Jackson,
animals,” explained dog trainer, Charlie                                                                                                                                  a German
                                                                                                                                                                          Shepherd
Brugnola of Silver Lakes, Calif. “Pets help
                                                                                                                                                                          therapy dog,
us to deal with stress and put us in a mood
                                                                                                                                                                          at Brooke
that is beneficial to us.”                                                                                                                                                Army Medical
    Brugnola and his wife, Sally, brought                                                                                                                                 Center while
the dogs to the hospital as part of the Delta                                                                                                                             fiancé,
Society of San Antonio Chapter Therapy                                                                                                                                    Andrea
Dog Program at BAMC.                                                                                                                                                      Preston, and
   “In the eyes of the wounded warriors         Staff Sgt. Christopher Pettway snug-                                                                                      parents,
we see a light, a light of determination and    gles up to Ellie Mae, a Lhasa Apso,                                                                                       retired Marine
tenacity. That light glows when making          held by dog trainer and owner Charlie                                                                                     Sgt. Patrick
contact with the eyes of Sweetheart,”           Brugnola at the Center for the                                                                                            Oppelt and
Brugnola said. “She looks deep into their       Intrepid.                                                                                                                 Sue Oppelt,
eyes, conveying a message. A message                                                                                                                                      look on.
only she and the Soldier truly compre-
hend. And therein lies the magic, the won-      Brugnola. “Throughout her life,                families are an inspiration to us.”                 Nelson said one patient with a head
derment and the connection these animals        Sweetheart has repaid this obligation by          During a three-week visit, Sweetheart        injury had not responded as he should
give to humans, the ability to bond and         helping other people.”                         and Jackson, a German Shepherd, laid next       have, until “he played with the dogs for
heal in very profound ways – beyond                “A number of patients felt a special kin-   to Soldiers during mat workouts at the          about five minutes.”
human ability.”                                 ship with Sweetheart, because of her expe-     Center for the Intrepid, and Ellie Mae, a           “That afternoon, he started talking
   Sweetheart, a mixed beagle, has a direct     rience of overcoming severe burns,” said       Lhasa Apso, rode on the laps of Soldiers in     more,” said Nelson. “The next day he was
connection with Soldiers and anyone who         Chaplain (Col.) Daniel Moll, BAMC chief        wheelchairs, all the while giving kisses.       up, walking around, called his parents, and
meets her. That connection is tied to a near    of the Department of Ministry. “A friendly        Also, the dogs wagged a greeting to          was discharged from the hospital.”
fatal incident that occurred several years      nuzzle or lick from a puppy is always a        anyone within petting distance during long          “There’s a special connection,” said
ago.                                            positive experience for our patients here.     strolls through the hallways.                   Moll. “Pet therapy brings a sense of home
   Left to die in a burning house,              There’s a special connection for those in         Sgt. Joy Nelson, an occupational thera-      normalcy to patients who are in the healing
Sweetheart was rescued when a witness           the burn treatment ward.”                      pist assistant, knows firsthand about the       process. Brugnola echoed Moll’s remarks,
saw the terribly burned dog sit up and wag         To share Sweetheart’s survivor skills,      work of the therapy dogs. “Everyone I           “After the patient spent time with the dogs,
her tail. A doctor performed skin grafts and    the Brugnolas decided to visit the wounded     saw, I told them about the dogs. When           it triggered that he had a dog and that he
was amazed by the canine’s determination.       Soldiers at BAMC.                              patients talked about the pain, I’d tell them   needed to take care of it.”
Several people were involved with                    “It’s phenomenal what takes place         about the dogs. I’d say, a dog can’t tell you       “Animals, dogs, have been put on earth
Sweetheart’s recovery.                          here,” Sally said. “We are in awe and hum-     how bad it hurts,” Nelson said. “… and          for very special reasons,” Brugnola added.
   “Sweetheart is a burn survivor that          bled by the very men and women we strive       then the patient’s mind would get redirect-     “We, as humans, are just starting to realize
inspires, motivates and melts hearts,” said     to serve. These young Soldiers and their       ed.”                                            their special purpose.”
6 July 5, 2007                                                                      Sports                                                             Fort Sam Houston News Leader



Sled hockey scores goal with wounded warriors

   S
By Elaine Wilson                                                                                                                              (Left) Mike Marsh, player for the San
Fort Sam Houston Public Information Office                                                                                                    Antonio Rampage Sled Hockey
                                                                                                                                              Team, reaches for the puck during a
           pc. Hollis Richardson glided                                                                                                       June 16 game vs. the San Antonio
           across the ice balancing his body                                                                                                  Men of War, which is normally a
           on just a slab of metal and two                                                                                                    “stand-up” team. The Rampage
thin blades. He dug two sticks into the                                                                                                       team, comprising wounded warriors
ice, kicking up a light mist as he rushed                                                                                                     and civilians, won the game 3-1.
to propel himself to the puck. Veering to
the right, he evaded an opponent and
                                                                                                                                              (Below) Maj. Gen. Russell Czerw
knocked the puck to a teammate just as
                                                                                                                                              (left), part-time sled hockey referee
he collided with another player, metal                                                                                                        and full-time commander, Fort Sam
slashing metal.                                                                                                                               Houston        and    Army    Medical
   He quickly righted himself, gained                                                                                                         Department Center and School, dis-
balance and glided back into the game.                                                                                                        cusses the game with retired Sgt.
   Like his time on the ice, life has been                                                                                                    Chris Leverkuhn, player from the
a balancing act for Richardson since he                                                                                                       Rampage Sled Hockey Team, at the
was injured just over a year ago. He was                                                                                                      Ice Center at Northwoods in San
patrolling in Iraq when a rocket-propelled                                                                                                    Antonio. The sport is a modified ver-
grenade struck his right leg and shrapnel                                                                                                     sion of ice hockey, altered to accom-
riddled his left. The medics were racing                                                                                                      modate physical disabilities.
to get him on a stretcher and out of dan-                                                       Photo by Don Nelson
ger when he was shot in the back. He sus-
tained massive nerve damage to his right        the rules are about the same, as are the        It builds
leg and partial to his left. He also frac-      wrenching collisions and puck battles on        resilience.”
tured his pelvic bone.                          the ice.                                            Like the coach,
   Richardson has spent the last year              The team’s coach, Lonnie Hannah, is          the referees also
recovering at Brooke Army Medical               well known in the sled hockey scene – he        are volunteers.
Center, learning how to walk again and          was part of the U.S. Paralympics sled           They officiate
tinkering with car engines in his free          hockey team that won the gold medal at          games and help
time. He heard about a sled hockey team         the 2002 Games and bronze in 2006.              facilitate weekly
from his buddies at the hospital and               “The sport is great therapy, not just        practices.
decided to try it out, although he was a        physically but mentally,” said Hannah,              One of the ref-
self-proclaimed non-athlete.                    also a former national champion speed           erees stepped onto
   “I never played sports before, except        skater. “It gets the guys out of the hospital   the rink near the
for some soccer as a kid,” the 23-year-old      and into society.”                              end of a Monday
said, a little out of breath after a two-hour      Hannah speaks from experience. He            afternoon practice
practice at the Ice Center at Northwoods        was injured in a work-related accident          and sped across the
in San Antonio. “It’s been fun. I plan to       more than 20 years ago and lost the use         ice with the ease of
keep it up; I have my own sled now and          of his legs. But rather than being bound        a lifelong skater.
my name on my gear.”                            to a wheelchair, Hannah switched from           He moved the
   Richardson and his teammates, a mix          speed skating to adaptive sports. He            puck from the                                                      Photo by Elaine Wilson
of wounded warriors and local players,          played wheelchair tennis and basketball         edges of the rink to
comprise the San Antonio Rampage Sled           before he discovered a passion for sled         keep the game going, as he joked with         take a seat for a game. But the game is
Hockey Team. The sport is a modified            hockey.                                         players to keep the mood light. The refer-    tough for players who are accustomed to
version of ice hockey, altered to accom-           “In the hospital, people are there to        ee is a familiar face on and off the rink     a different version of the sport.
modate physical disabilities. Players pro-      help, to do for you,” said Hannah, who          for the players, since he’s also the com-         “They had no problem beating us,”
pel themselves across the ice with sticks a     moved to San Antonio after the 2006             mander of Fort Sam Houston.                   said Air Force Staff Sgt. Jason Hess,
third of the regulation size while riding       Paralympic Games. “But at the rink,                 “There’s a great sense of camaraderie,”   member of the San Antonio Men of War,
on metal-frame sleds balanced on two            you’re carrying and putting on your             said Maj. Gen. Russell Czerw, who tries       a local ice hockey team that played the
skate blades. Aside from the equipment,         equipment, doing everything for yourself.       to squeeze as much ice time as he can         Rampage June 16; Hess’ team lost 3-1.
                                                                                                into his busy schedule. “Everyone is out      “It’s a lot more challenging than it looks.
                                                                                                here working together; the sport brings a     It takes a lot of strength and balance to
                                                                                                sense of team and unity.                      play on a sled.”
                                                                                                    “It’s also an exhausting sport. Not so        The teams’ coordinator, Janis
                                                                                                much for these guys, but for the ones who     Roznowski, is working to beef up the
                                                                                                play them and aren’t used to the game,”       opposition for the team. The creator of
                                                                                                he added with a smile.                        the nonprofit group Operation Comfort,
                                                                                                    Since sled hockey is not a common         Roznowski was the driving force behind
                                                                                                sport in San Antonio, teammates play
                                                                                                each other or “stand-up” hockey players                      See SLED HOCKEY on Page 7




                                                                                                   LMH resident activities
                                                                                                        Lincoln Military Housing recognized dads June 15 with a pizza and bowling
                                                                                                   afternoon. All family housing residents were invited to participate.
                                                                                                       June’s survey of the month winner was Master Sgt. Daniel Jermier and the
                                                                                                   yards of the month were awarded to 4015 Walter T. Bahl, 165 Artillery Post,
                                                                                                   5200-A Barkley Circle and 521 Wheaton. Congratulations to the winners.
                                                                                                       For photos and upcoming activities, residents can visit LMH’s interactive Web
                                                                                                   site, www.samhoustonlpc.com . For more information, call 270-7638.
                                                                                       Sports                                                                        July 5, 2007 7



                                                 ‘Aquatic Brats’ excel
Fort Sam Houston News Leader



Sled hockey
Continued from Page 6


the sled hockey team. She decided to
start a local team after taking a group of
wounded warriors on a ski trip to Sun
Valley, Idaho, in 2004, where they got
their first glimpse of the sport.
   “The guys’ eyes lit up,” said
Roznowski. “I thought it would be great
to start a team here.”
   What started out as a few players
knocking around the puck has grown into
an organized team with national aspira-
tions. “The San Antonio Rampage (local
professional ice hockey team) adopted
us, donating equipment,” said
Roznowski, who continues to help the
players from BAMC with transportation
and funding for rink time. “Our next step
is build the team up and start traveling to
other cities for games so we can be com-
petitive on a national level.”
   In the meantime, the sled hockey team
welcomes new players, and has an added
enticement for aspiring sled hockey
enthusiasts.
   “You get to go out on the ice and take
out your aggression,” said retired Sgt.
Chris Leverkuhn, an amputee injured in
Iraq three years ago after a homemade
bomb and rocket-propelled grenade hit
his truck. “I love the sport. It’s a great
way to keep busy and experience some-
thing new.”
                                                                                                                                                                         Courtesy photo
   The Rampage Sled Hockey Team                  Fort Sam Houston’s swim team, the “Aquatic Brats,” has been competing in qualifiers in hopes of making it to state.
practices Mondays at the Ice Center at           The team has competed in three meets so far this year, with several swimmers earning medals. The coach, Ignaciao
Northwoods in San Antonio. For more              Flores, welcomes new swimmers. The team practices Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the
information or to join the sled hockey           Outdoor Aquatic Center and Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Jimmy Brought Fitness Center pool.
team, call Roznowski at 826-0500.                For more information, call Flores at 221-4887 or 221-1234.



Sports Briefs . . .                              Those interested in coaching should send
                                                 resumes by July 27 to Earl Young at 1212
                                                                                               coaching should submit resumes by Aug.
                                                                                               23 to Earl Young at 1212 Stanley Road, Ste.
                                                                                                                                             2020 or 221-1234.

Softball tryouts                                 Stanley Road, Ste. 20, Fort Sam Houston,      20, Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234. For more      Youth soccer registration
                                                 TX 78234. For more information, call 221-     information, call 221-1180 or e-mail             The Alamo Heights/Fort Sam Houston
   Players are needed for the men’s and          1180 or e-mail earl.t.young@us.army.mil.      earl.t.young@us.army.mil.
women’s post softball team. For more infor-                                                                                                  Youth Soccer team is open for registration
mation or to tryout, call Earl Young at 221-                                                                                                 through Aug. 31. People can register online
                                                 Varsity basketball                            Heart of Texas Triathlon #3                   at www.ahfsh.org or stop by the Youth
1180 or e-mail earl.t.young@us.army.mil.
                                                    Coaches and players are needed for the        The Fort Sam Houston Heart of Texas        Center for walk-in registration Aug. 25
Intramural teams                                 women’s and men’s varsity basketball          Triathlon #3 will be held Sunday beginning    from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Aug. 29 from 6
                                                 teams. Tryouts for players are Aug. 27        at 7:30 a.m. at the Aquatics Center. For      to 8 p.m. For more information, visit
   Letters of intent for intramural flag foot-   through 31 at 6:30 p.m. at the Jimmy          more information or to register, call 221-    www.ahfsh.org or call 828-7071.
ball and intramural fall softball are due Aug.   Brought Fitness Center. Those interested in
1. A coaches’ meeting will be held Aug. 6 at
1 p.m. at the Jimmy Brought Fitness Center.
Leagues begin Aug. 20. For more informa-
tion, call Earl Young at 221-1180 or e-mail        MWR Web site, Information Hotline
earl.t.young@us.army.mil.                             Access information about Morale,
                                                   Welfare and Recreation events, activities
Varsity flag football                              and programs 24 hours a day. For more
   Coaches and players are needed for the          information, call the hotline at 295-3697
varsity flag football team. Tryouts for play-      or visit www.fortsamhoustonmwr.com.
ers are July 30 through Aug. 3 at 6 p.m.
8 July 5, 2007


Childcare providers demonstrate excellence
                                                                                                                                                                        Fort Sam Houston News Leader




   M
              orale, Welfare and                   which includes early childhood experts
              Recreation held their                and parents. The candidate must demon-
              Quarterly Employee                   strate the ability to work with Families
Recognition Ceremony on June 13.                   to develop children’s physical and intel-
During the ceremony, several Child and             lectual capabilities in a safe and healthy
Youth Services employees were present-             learning environment.
ed with accreditations for all of their               Berry was presented the National
dedication and hard work. Maritza Ortiz,           Association for Family Child Care
of Fort Sam Houston School Age                     Certification of Accreditation by Paul
Services, and Tina Berry, of Family                Matthews, MWR. This award defines the
Child Care, both were honored for their            highest standards of quality in the family
achievements.                                      child care profession. Berry also
    Ortiz was awarded a Military School-           received a Certificate of Achievement
Age Credential in recognition of out-              from U.S. Army Garrison Commander
standing work with school-age children.            Col. Wendy Martinson for her profes-
The MSA Credential Program is the first            sional dedication and commitment to
of its kind in the nation to recognize the         Army Families.
individual achievements of adults work-               In addition, Berry holds a Child
ing with school age children and                   Development Credential. As a result of
Families.                                          these two accomplishments, she is now                                                                                                     Courtesy photos
                                                                                                       Tina Berry (center) receives her Certificate of Accreditation from Paul
    The MSA Assessment System and                  an Army Family Child Care Star
                                                                                                       Matthews, director, Morale, Welfare and Recreation, and Brenda Berry, divi-
Competency Standard have been devel-               Provider. Berry is only the second FCC
                                                                                                       sion chief, Child and Youth Services.
oped to promote quality services to par-           provider to earn NAFCC Accreditation
ents and children by providing specific            in the Fort Sam Houston Child and
standards, training and evaluation of              Youth Services Program. Achievement
child and youth program assistants and             of the NAFCC Accreditation is evidence
providers. Ortiz was awarded by the                of Berry’s commitment to a quality pro-
Council for Early Childhood                        gram and professional development.
Professional Recognition in Washington,               For more information on CYS pro-
D.C. which represents the early child-             grams and facilities, call 221-4871 or
hood profession.                                   221-1723.
    Ortiz joins several other child and               (Source: MWR)
youth program assistants as a recipient
of the MSA at Fort Sam Houston. The
MSA is the only major national effort to
improve childcare by evaluating and rec-
ognizing the skill of individuals provid-
ing care.                                          Maritza Ortiz receives her Military
    Every candidate for the MSA creden-            School Age Credential from Paul
tial is observed working with school age           Matthews, director, Morale, Welfare
children and is evaluated by a team,               and Recreation.



Child and Youth Services                           areas surrounding Fort Sam Houston for use by
                                                   local Army Families. The centers and providers
                                                                                                       Child and Youth Services to participate in sports.
                                                                                                       For more information or registration require-
                                                                                                                                                             sports classes for children ages 6 to 18 who are
                                                                                                                                                             registered with CYS. The first month’s fees are
Parent Advisory Council meeting                    are monitored to ensure they meet Army stan-        ments, call Central Registration at 221-4871 or       due at time of registration at Building 2797. For
                                                   dards. For more information, call Family Service    221-1723.                                             fee information, visit the Child Development
   The Child and Youth Services Parent             Association at 431-7570 or Fort Sam Houston
                                                                                                       Fall football, cheerleading                           Center, Building 2530; School Age Services,
Advisory Council will meet July 17 from 11:30      Central Registration at 221-4871.                                                                         Building 1705; or Middle School and Teens,
a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Child Development                                                                Register for fall football and cheerleading for
                                                   Family Child Care Online                                                                                  Building 1630. For more information, call 221-
Center. Lunch will be provided. All CYS                                                                ages 5 to 14. Patrons must be registered with
                                                                                                                                                             1723 or 221-4871.
patrons are encouraged to attend. This is an           Family Child Care Online is a marketing tool    Child and Youth Services. At registration, patrons
opportunity to meet staff, attend parent work-     that allows parents to take a virtual tour of FCC   must provide a current sport physical that is valid   Coaches needed
shops and learn of upcoming events.                homes. In addition, parents can read about the      through the entire season, Leave and Earnings             The youth sports program is in need of foot-
                                                   provider’s philosophy of care, hours of operation   Statement, spouse’s W-2 form, current shot            ball and cheerleading coaches. Interested volun-
FCC providers
                                                   and background. This online tool can be accessed    record for kindergarten through fifth graders,        teers must consent to a background check and
   Family Child Care is looking for Family         through Child and Youth Services Central            child’s Social Security number, two local emer-       complete a coach’s packet. For a packet or more
Members interested in becoming certified FCC       Registration, Building 2797, from 8 a.m. to 4:30    gency contacts, $18 registration fee and $60 foot-    information, call Central Registration at 221-4871
providers. There is a no-cost start-up plan. For   p.m.                                                ball fee and $50 cheerleading fee. For registration   or 221-1723.
more information, call 221-3828.                                                                       information, call Central Registration at 221-
                                                   Sport physicals
                                                                                                       4871. For sports information, call the sports
Off-post childcare options                                                                                                                                   PCI, Head Start applications available
                                                        Patrons interested in summer and fall sports   office at 221-5519.
    The Army Child Care in Your Neighborhood       should make appointments for a sport physical                                                                 Parent Child Incorporated and Head Start is
                                                                                                       SKIES Unlimited classes                               currently accepting applications. This is a free
program offers military Families more childcare    now. Patrons will need a sport physical to regis-
options in the local community. There are two      ter. Sports physical must be valid for the entire      The Child and Youth Services SKIES                 childcare program for families that meet federal
childcare centers and 25 civilian providers in     sport season. Patrons must be registered with       Unlimited program offers language, music and          guidelines. For more information, call 221-3788.
                               Making a splash
Fort Sam Houston News Leader                                                                                 July 5, 2007 9




                                                                                                        Photo by Olivia Mendoza
                               Two-year-old Isaac Mendez enjoys a cooling spray of water at the Splash Pad.
                               The splash pad is available for open recreation Monday to Friday from 3 to 8
                               p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Individuals may reserve
                               the water park for special functions through the Youth Center; a $25 usage fee
                               is involved. To make reservations or for more information, call 221-3502.



                               Religious Briefs . . .
                                                                                   friends are welcome to attend the Roundup,
                                                                                   which begins each day at 8 p.m. For more
                                                                                   information, call Brian Merry, Installation
                               Vacation Bible School
                                                                                   Chaplain’s Office, at 221-5006 or e-mail
                                  The Installation Chaplain’s Office will          Brian.r.merry@us.army.mil.
                               sponsor Vacation Bible School Monday to
                                                                                   Rebuilding New Orleans trip
                               July 13 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Dodd
                               Field Chapel’s “Avalanche Ranch.” Each                 Participants are needed to assist in
                               day children will sing songs, play team-            “rebuilding” New Orleans. The trip is tenta-
                               work-building games, nibble “chuck wagon            tively scheduled for the first week of
                               chow,” take on a daily challenge to celebrate       August, and will be a Wednesday through
                               God’s love, experience Bible adventures and         Sunday evening. People are asked to call to
                               collect “Bible Memory Buddies.” Each day            reserve a spot as soon as possible. For more
                               will conclude with a “Showtime Roundup”             information, call Brian Merry, Installation
                               celebration that helps participants live what       Chaplain’s Office, at 221-5006 or e-mail
                               they’ve learned. Family Members and                 brian.r.merry@us.army.mil.




                                   Post Worship Schedule
                                  Main Post Chapel, Building 2200, 221-               11 a.m. - Mass - Sundays
                                  2754                                                11 a.m. - Mass - weekdays
                                     Catholic Services:                               Protestant Services:
                                     4:45 to 5:15 p.m. - Confessions -                10 a.m. - Worship Service - Sundays
                                     Saturdays                                        12 p.m. - Worship - Wednesdays
                                     5:30 p.m. - Mass - Saturdays
                                     9:30 a.m. - Mass - Sundays                    AMEDD Regimental Chapel, services will
                                     11:30 a.m. - Mass - weekdays                  be held at Evans Auditorium, Building 1396,
                                     Protestant Services - Sundays:                221-3297
                                     8 a.m. - Traditional Protestant                  Catholic Mass: 8 a.m. - Sundays
                                     11 a.m. - Traditional Protestant                 Protestant/Gospel Service: 9:30 a.m. -
                                     Jewish Services: 379-8666 or 493-6660            Sundays
                                     8 p.m. - Fridays - Worship and 8:30 p.m. -       Christian education: 11 a.m. -Sundays
                                     Oneg Shabbat
                                                                                      Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day
                                  Dodd Field Chapel, Building 1721, 221-              Saints:
                                  5010 or 221-5432                                    9:30 a.m. - Sundays at NCO Academy
                                     Catholic Service: 12:30 p.m. - Mass -
                                     Sundays                                       FSH Mosque, Building 607A, 221-5005 or
                                     Protestant Services:                          221-5007
                                     10:30 a.m. - Collective Gospel Protestant -      10:30 a.m. - Children’s Religious
                                     Sundays                                          Education - Sundays
                                     9:30 to 11:30 a.m. - Women’s Bible               1:30 p.m. - Jumma - Fridays
                                     Study (PWOC) - Wednesdays, child care            7:30 p.m. - Adult Religious Education -
                                     is provided.                                     Thursdays
                                     Samoan Protestant Service: 8:30 a.m. -
                                     Sundays                                       Installation Chaplain’s Office, Building
                                                                                   2530, 295-2096
                                  Brooke Army Medical Center Chapel,                  Contemporary service:
                                  Building 3600, 916-1105                             11:01 a.m. - Sundays
                                     Catholic Services:                              Web site: www.samhouston.army.mil/
                                     8:30 a.m. - Mass - Sundays                                      chaplain




                                      Smoke-free, courageous forever
                                   Attend smoking cessation classes in the Health
                                Promotion Center and learn how to find the courage to give
                                up the nicotine habit forever, whether you smoke, dip or
                                chew. Become one of our graduates and earn your “wings.”
                                Visit the Health Promotion Center, Room L31-9V, Brooke
                                Army Medical Center, or call 916-3352 or 916-5538.
10 July 5, 2007                                                                                                                                 Fort Sam Houston News Leader




                                                                            Salute to
                                                                          BAMC heroes
                                                                         Heroes found at Brooke Army Medical Center          feats by simply providing a helping hand.
                                                                      go beyond the Webster’s Dictionary definition of a        Whether it’s a friendly wave, a smile, pat on the
                                                                      man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for   back, an opened door, cheers through therapy or
                                                                      his brave deeds and noble qualities.                   treatment, kind words or helping a Soldier get from
                                                                         At BAMC, the heroes are not only the wounded        here to there, their assistance is greatly appreciated.
                                                                      warriors, but also their families, comrades, BAMC         Our heroes are everyday people who give
                                                                      staff, therapists, doctors, mentors and volunteers     because they care.
                                                                      who transform ordinary tasks into extraordinary           (Source: BAMC Public Affairs)




                                            Photo by Norma Guerra
Staff Sgt. Nathan Reed (right) helps fellow wounded warrior
Staff Sgt. Dan Barnes with his prosthetic leg following a thera-
py session at the Center for the Intrepid. Both Soldiers sus-
tained their injuries from improvised explosive devices while
serving in Iraq. The bond between warriors is a strong one and
helps during the therapy and recovery processes.




                                                                                                                                                         Photo by Michael Dulevitz
                                                                      Lance Cpl. Brian McGonagle (right) talks with fellow wounded warrior Spc. Terry Ligman out-
                                                                      side of the Center for the Intrepid. Warrior helping warrior is an essential part of the healing
                                                                      and recovery process at Brooke Army Medical Center as these warriors lean on one anoth-
                                                                      er, challenge one another and aid one another through the process. They are truly a “band
                                                                      of brothers.”




                                          Photo by Michael Dulevitz
(From left) Case manager assistant Debbie Neitch escorts Sgt.
Eric Horton to his appointment at Brooke Army Medical Center.                                                                                            Photo by Michael Dulevitz
Horton was injured May 1 by a rocket propelled grenade suffer-        Pfc. Joshua Miller, injured June 12 while serving in Baghdad, watches as shuttle driver Gloria
ing bilateral amputations above the knee. Case managers and           Arocha helps Cpl. John Joss, who was injured on Memorial Day in Iraq. Miller is Joss’ battle
wounded warriors develop very close ties during the recovery          buddy at BAMC. Soldier helping Soldier is a positive factor in the recovery process.
process.
Fort Sam Houston News Leader                                                                                                                       July 5, 2007 11




                                                                                                                                                  Photo by Norma Guerra
                                                                                       (From left) Staff Sgt. Junior Paau, injured in Iraq when his Bradley Fighting
                                                                                       Vehicle struck a roadside bomb, meets Archbishop Jose Gomez of San
                                                                                       Antonio during his visit to Brooke Army Medical Center. Gomez performed a
                                                                                       high mass for the wounded warriors, Family Members and staff.




                                                                                                                                                Photo by Michael Dulevitz
                                                                                       Center for the Intrepid Case Manager Dan Blasini (right) counsels Spc. Craig
                                                                                       Hall, injured April 27 while serving in Iraq. Hall was injured by an improvised
                                                                                       explosive device and suffered a left below-the-knee amputation. The case
                                                             Photo by Norma Guerra     manager-wounded warrior relationship is an essential one during the recovery
Staff Sgt. Thomas Lee, who suffered a right below-the-knee amputation as a             process at Brooke Army Medical Center.
result of an improvised explosive device explosion while serving in Iraq, works
out at the Center for the Intrepid with physical therapist Troy Hopkins. The staff
at the CFI takes great pride in their work and relationships with the wounded
warriors rehabilitating there. It is the staff’s goal to challenge and inspire the
wounded warriors on their road to recovery.




                                                           Photo by Michael Dulevitz
(From left) Marianne Vendella of Arizona pours milk for her son, Staff Sgt.
Travis Vendella, who was injured by a roadside bomb in February 2007 while
serving in Iraq; he lost both legs. The Vendellas are staying at one of the
Fisher Houses adjacent to the Center for the Intrepid.

                                                                                                                                                  Photo by Norma Guerra
                                                                                       Spc. Ricky Price walks and talks with his wife, Stephanie, en route to an
                                                                                       appointment at Brooke Army Medical Center. Family support and involvement
                                                                                       is essential to all of the warriors both on the battlefield and off.
12 July 5, 2007                                                                              MWR                                                                                   Fort Sam Houston News Leader



Community Recreation                                    authorized pass or leave status. For more informa-
                                                        tion, call the Golf Club’s Pro Shop at 222-9386.           Great Getaways Sweepstakes
Equestrian Center youth camp                                                                                           Register for a chance to win an all-inclusive grand prize vacation package for two at one of four
    Registration for the Summer Youth                   Dining and Entertainment                                   Armed Forces Recreation Centers. The sweepstakes is open to service members, retirees, Department of
                                                                                                                   Defense civilians and their Families, age 18 and older, through Aug. 31. For more information or to
Horsemanship Camp will continue until classes are       Sam Houston Club, 224-2721                                 enter, visit http://www.afrcresorts.com/sweepstakes.
full. Camp is for youth ages 7 to 17 and consists of
                                                        Texas Hold ‘em
a one-week session held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each
                                                            Sign up now for a new round of Texas Hold
day. The last session ends Aug. 10. The registration
                                                        ‘em July 13 at the Sam Houston Club from 6 p.m.
fee is $195 with a $25 deposit. For more informa-
                                                        until a winner is declared. Register by Wednesday          Garage Sale                                            Vet treatment facility
tion, call 224-7207.
                                                        for $20, which includes a special meal and unlimit-
Outdoor pool is open                                                                                                    The next post garage sale will be held                The Fort Sam Houston Veterinary
                                                        ed soft drinks. The first-place winner will receive a
                                                                                                                   Aug. 4 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the                    Treatment Facility provides physical
    The Aquatic Center outdoor pool is open daily       $700 travel voucher for Southwest Airlines, second
                                                                                                                   MacArthur Pavilion parking lot. There is no            examinations and vaccinations for private-
from 12 to 8 p.m. for the summer. Admission is          place receives a $300 Army and Air Force
                                                                                                                   cost to participate, but individuals selling           ly owned animals by appointment. The
free. For more information, call 221-4887 or 221-       Exchange Service gift card and third place receives
                                                                                                                   items must pre-register. A valid Department            clinic does not provide boarding or
1234.                                                   a $200 AAFES gift card. For a complete list of
                                                                                                                   of Defense ID card is required to participate.         grooming services. Walk-ins are seen on a
                                                        prizes and official rules, visit the Sam Houston
Summer swim lessons                                                                                                Participants may rent tables and chairs on-            space-available basis. Sick call and vacci-
                                                        Club. Players must be at least 21 years old to par-
                                                                                                                   site from the Outdoor Equipment Center.                nations are scheduled by appointment
     Registrations for Red Cross swimming lessons       ticipate. For more information or to reserve a seat,
                                                                                                                   Table rentals will be on a first-come, first-          only. Post registration may be done on a
will continue until classes are full at the Aquatic     call 224-2721 or 226-1663.
                                                                                                                   served basis as supplies last. The selling of          walk-in basis; call ahead of time to ensure
Center. Individuals must register in person Monday                                                                 firearms, animals, arts and crafts, or food and        the clinic is open. Pet care products may
through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The cost is       All-American Super TGIF
                                                                                                                   beverage items is not permissible. To register         be purchased Monday through Friday
$40 per student and includes lessons, certificate of        The Sam Houston Club will hold an All-                 or for more information visit www.fortsam-             from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Clinic appointment
completion, class photo and T-shirt. Payment is due     American Super TGIF July 20 beginning at 4:30 p.           houstonmwr.com or call 221-5224 or 221-                hours are Monday through Wednesday
at time of registration. Lessons are conducted in       m. Free food and cold drinks will be available with        5225.                                                  from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for veterinarian
two-week sessions held Monday through Friday            music provided by a live D.J. For more informa-                                                                   appointments and vaccinations, and
from 8:15 to 9:15 a.m. and 10:45 to 11:45 a.m.          tion, call 224-2721.                                                                                              Thursday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to
Four summer sessions will be offered. For more                                                                  SeaWorld season passes and more. The ticket office        11:30 a.m. for vaccinations only. For more
information, call 221-4887 or 221-1234.                 MWR Ticket Office, 226-1663                             is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5        information or to schedule an appoint-
Golf Course, 222-9386                                       The MWR Ticket Office has discounted tickets        p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and closed         ment, call 295-4260 or 295-4265.
Women’s golf clinic                                     for Splashtown. The tickets are $8 for daily            Sundays and Mondays. For more information, visit
    The Fort Sam Houston Golf Course will host          entrance. Also available are tickets for the Daytona    www.fortsamhoustonmwr.com or call 226-1663 or
two women’s golf clinics – Friday to July 27 and        International Speedway’s 2007 Pepsi 400,                224-2721.
Aug. 3 to 24 from 6 to 7 p.m. The cost for each


                                                                                              Brooke Army Medical Center
session is $120. For more information, call James
Benites at 355-5429.
Warrior’s Monthly Scramble tournament

                                                                                                           July Wellness Class Schedule
    Register up to four players to participate in the
Warrior’s Monthly Scramble held the first Friday
of each month at the Fort Sam Houston Golf Club.
The next tournament will be Friday with a shotgun          Class                                           Dates                   Time                               Place
start time at 12:30 p.m. The entry fee is $20 per          Asthma Management                               Tuesday, 17,            2 to 3:30 p.m.                     BAMC, Health Promotion Center
person and includes cart rental, prizes and social                                                         24 and 31                                                  Lower Level, Room L31-9V
following the scramble. Participants must be in an                                                                                                                    To schedule these classes, call
                                                                                                                                                                      916-9900 and choose option No. 4.
                                                           Blood Pressure Management                       Wednesday               9 a.m. to 12 p.m.                  BAMC, Health Promotion Center
  Coushatta Casino resort trip                                                                                                                                        lower level, Room L31-9V.
      The MWR Ticket Office and the Sam                                                                                                                               To schedule these classes, call
  Houston Club will sponsor a trip to the                                                                                                                             916-9900 and choose option No. 4.
  Coushatta Casino Resort in Kinder, La. The               Diabetes Management                             19, 20, 26 and 27       Call for                           To participate, call Lila Kinser
  bus will depart from the Sam Houston Club                                                                                        information                        at 916-0794.
  Aug. 7 at 7 a.m. and return Aug. 8 at 10                 Diabetes Management -                           11                      Call for                           To participate, call Lila Kinser
  p.m. The cost is $49 per person and includes             Pre-Diabetes                                                            information                        at 916-0794.
  roundtrip motor coach transportation,
                                                           Diabetic Foot Care                              Monday                  1 p.m.                             To schedule, call Family Medicine
  overnight hotel accommodations, continental
                                                                                                                                                                      Service at 916-7932.
  breakfast at hotel and one $23 coupon from
  the casino. Patrons must be at least 21 years            Weigh for Health -                              12 and 26               1 to 2 p.m.                        For class information, call
  old and possess a valid photo ID at all times.           Weight Management                                                                                          Nutrition Care at 916-7261.
  Make reservations at the ticket office by                Weigh for Health -                              Tuesday and 18          2 to 3:30 p.m.                     For class information, call
  Aug. 1. For more information, call 226-1663              Weigh to Stay - Active Duty Military                                                                       Nutrition Care at 916-7261.
  or 224-2721.                                             Yoga                                            Wednesdays              Noon to 1 p.m.                     BAMC, fifth floor, Room 531-14




                                                                                       Use your head . . .
                                                                                                         Children on post are required to wear safety helmets
                                                                                                              when riding a bike, skateboard or scooter.
Fort Sam Houston News Leader                                                           Community                                                                                       July 5, 2007 13



Events                                               Magazine photographer’s assistant just to name
                                                     a few. In addition to scoring a “dream job,”
                                                                                                          meant to recognize and thank military person-
                                                                                                          nel in San Antonio and surrounding areas for
                                                                                                                                                             toms/courtesies and much more. Lunch will be
                                                                                                                                                             provided. For more information or to sign up,
Children’s Reading Hour                              MWR will give away $100 AAFES gift cards.            their service and dedication to protecting our     call ACS at 221-0946.
                                                     For more information, call 221-2606.                 country. Ticket vouchers can be picked up July
   The NCO Wives’ Club will host a children’s                                                             19 at the Fort Sam Houston Bowling Center,         ASMC July Luncheon
reading hour today and July 12 at 1 p.m. at the      Freedom Alliance Scholarship
                                                                                                          Golf Club, Sam Houston Club, Library, Jimmy           The Alamo Chapter of the American Society
Keith A. Campbell Memorial Library, 2601                 The Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund            Brought Fitness Center or Army Community
Harney, on the corner of Harney at Chaffee                                                                                                                   of Military Comptrollers invites all members
                                                     honors the bravery and dedication of Americans       Service. The vouchers may be converted to free
Road. For more information, call Jennifer                                                                                                                    and non-members to attend a July 25 luncheon
                                                     in the armed forces. Freedom Alliance is             general admission tickets at Wolff Stadium or
Koranyi at 437-2788 or e-mail                                                                                                                                from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Aladco’s Restaurant,
                                                     accepting applications for the 2007-2008 aca-        may be used to upgrade seats with a small addi-
jennykor@aol.com.                                                                                                                                            Sunset Station. The guest speaker will be Julie
                                                     demic year from children of U.S. military per-       tional payment. For more information, call 221-
                                                     sonnel who have been killed or permanently                                                              Johnston, who will discuss plans for the Alamo
Youth essay contest                                                                                       2606 or 221-990.                                   City Chapter’s hosting of the 2009 Professional
                                                     disabled in the line of duty during the war on
   Military children are invited to participate in   terror and in other theaters of operation.                                                              Development Institute. For reservations, call
a youth essay contest on the topic, “The Person                                                           Boerne Walks kick-off                              Master Sgt Frank Remington at 969-2522, by
                                                     Students must be enrolled or accepted at an              The Randolph Roadrunners volksmarch club
I Admire.” The contest is open to children age       accredited college, university or vocational                                                            July 20.
                                                                                                          will host a kick-off to their three 10k year-
18 and younger eligible to use Services and          school. The deadline for applications is July 20.
Morale, Welfare and Recreation facilities at                                                              round walk events Saturday from 6 to 11 a.m.       Free ballet tickets
                                                     For more information or an application, visit
participating bases. The contestants’ essays                                                              at the Holiday Inn Express in Boerne, 35000
                                                     www.freedomalliance.org.                                                                                    The United Services Organization of San
should include name, age, telephone number                                                                IH-10 West. For more information, call Larry
                                                     2007 Military Long Drive                                                                                Antonio has free tickets to the upcoming per-
and the base with which they are associated.                                                              Cook at 723-7711 or visit
                                                                                                                                                             formance of The Royal Ballet of London’s
Essays should be postmarked before Tuesday               The MWR Long Drive Championship, pre-            www.geocities.com/randolphroadrunners/.
                                                                                                                                                             Sleeping Beauty at The Lila Cockrell Theatre
and mailed to: San Antonio Missions Baseball         sented by Cadbury Schwepps, will be held Aug.                                                           for active duty, reservists, Guard, retired mili-
Club, Post Cereal Youth Essay Contest, 5757          12 at 8:30 a.m. at the Fort Sam Houston Golf         Format and Fun Run
                                                                                                                                                             tary members and their Families. The perform-
Highway 90 W., San Antonio TX 78277.                 Club. This one-day program is a qualified Long           The 37th Services Fitness and Sports Bang      ances are today at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 7:30
                                                     Drivers of America event and is open only to         for the Buck 4th of July base wide run will be     p.m. and Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. For tick-
NCO National Job Fair
                                                     active duty service members, Reserve and             held Wednesday at 7 a.m. at Lackland Air Force     ets, e-mail jnichols@alamouso.org with name,
   The Noncommissioned Officers Association          National Guard (inactive status may partici-         Base. For more information call Ken Hack at        military affiliation, number of tickets, preferred
will host a National Job Fair Wednesday from         pate). All competitors will compete in an open       671-3490.                                          performance date and time, then pick up tickets
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Live Oak Civic Center,      division. Prizes will be awarded for first, sec-                                                        at the USO San Antonio Downtown
8101 Pat Booker Road. More than 70 compa-            ond and third place finishers. The active duty       Technology Exposition                              Community Center, 420 E. Commerce St. For
nies will be in attendance. The job fair is free     service member who hits the longest qualified                                                           more information about the ballet, visit
                                                                                                              The Fort Sam Houston Technology
and open to the public. Dress appropriately,         drive during the military division will win                                                             http://www.artssanantonio.com/performances/vi
                                                                                                          Exposition, hosted by the Directorate of
bring plenty of copies of your resume and be         $10,000 and be featured on the ESPN coverage                                                            ewevent.asp#13695.
                                                                                                          Information Management, will be held July 18
prepared to meet with local and national             of the event. The top long drive competitor at       from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sam Houston
recruiters who are hiring in all industries. For     each of the five geographical zones who
                                                                                                          Club. There will be more than thirty exhibitors    Free Missions tickets
more information, call Tony White at 653-6161,       records the longest drive will win an all-
                                                                                                          demonstrating the latest in communication tech-        USAA salutes Fort Sam Houston at Military
ext. 222.                                            expenses-paid trip to compete in the military
                                                                                                          nologies, systems integration, flight and vision   Family Appreciation Night with the San
                                                     division at the championship in Mesquite, Nev.
‘Sweet Smell of Success’ dream jobs                                                                       training devices, network solutions, distance      Antonio Missions baseball organization July 22
                                                     The San Antonio military installation that pro-
   Fort Sam Houston Morale, Welfare and                                                                   learning alternatives and much more. For more      at Wolff Stadium. The game begins at 4:05 p.m.
                                                     vides the most contestants will win $1,000
Recreation and Better Opportunities for Single                                                            information, call Lauren Houck at 301-596-         Attendance is free for all with a voucher. There
                                                     worth of AAFES gift cards. For more informa-
Soldiers have partnered with Speedstick and                                                               8899 ext. 216 or pre-register for check-in at      will be several pre-game activities for the mili-
                                                     tion, call 222-9386 or visit www.mwrpromo-
Army and Air Force Exchange Service to show-                                                              www.federalevents.com.                             tary. Ticket vouchers can be picked up July 19
                                                     tions.org.
case the “Speed Stick 24/7 Guy Mennen Sweet                                                                                                                  at the following Fort Sam Houston locations:
Smell of Success Dream Tour” July 12 from 11                                                              Army Family Team Building                          Bowling Center, Golf Club, Sam Houston Club,
a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Dream Job Employment           USAA Military Appreciation Night                        The Army Family Team Building encour-           Library, Jimmy Brought Fitness Center or
Center, located between the AAFES Mini-Mall               USAA salutes Fort Sam Houston at                ages new spouses and Family Members to find        Army Community Service (Roadrunner
and Post Exchange. Military members and              Military Family Appreciation Night with the          out about Army life. Classes will be held July     Community Center). The vouchers may be con-
civilians can apply for a weeklong dream job.        San Antonio Missions Baseball organization           23 to 25 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Army             verted to free general admission tickets at Wolff




Family care
Stop by and apply for one of many positions          July 22 at Wolff Stadium. The game begins at         Community Service. Class level 1 teaches           Stadium or used to upgrade the seats with a
including WWE honorary time keeper, music            4:05 p.m. There will be several pre-game activ-      acronyms, rank structure, chain of                 small additional payment. For more informa-
press agent with Sony Music and Maxim                ities for the military. Military Family nights are   command/concern, community resources, cus-         tion, vall 221-2606.




          FRGs provide flow of information, resources

   T
                                                                                                                                        “Being a leader gives you
By Cheryl Harrison                                   concern, a telephone chain where informa-            available resources,”
Fort Sam Houston Public Information Office           tion is passed from the commander to the             said York. “We try to

           he Family Readiness Group is a
                                                     Family Members through key callers. The
                                                     phone tree is designed to facilitate the
                                                                                                          cover all the bases
                                                                                                          with a flexible sched-        pride. I had a sense of
           part of the unit Family Readiness         most accurate information to the Family              ule. We try to meet the       purpose. I enjoyed helping
                                                     Members.                                             needs of our Families,
                                                                                                                                        the other spouses.”
           Plan. In the adage “it takes a vil-
lage to raise a child,” the Army adage                   Many units have an FRG page on the               many of which are
could equally state it takes the FRG to care         Web. The sites are password protected                dual-working
for a unit.                                          ensuring the security of the Families. The           Families. Parents of
                                                                                                                                                                                        Jutta Aviles
                                                                                                                                                                                      former FRG leader
    The FRG acts as an extension of the              sites continue the information flow adver-           the Soldiers are also
unit in providing official, accurate com-            tising dates of activities and more up-to-           included. And if need-
mand information to all members of the               date information.                                    ed we will meet indi-
unit, Soldiers, spouse and children, extend-             Frequently units will have a newsletter.         vidually.”                                         efforts through commander’s awards and
ed Families (mothers, fathers). Department           This method is important because many                    FRGs are a point of information and            certificates.
of the Army civilians and their Families. It         times Family Members are not at the same             resources, such as programs that assist a              The Texas governor has the Yellow
provides mutual support between the com-             site. Volunteers are from the units; usually         Family Member. Family Members are                  Rose Award and volunteers are recognized
mander and the FRG membership as an                  a Family Member within the unit, and                 independent and resilient, but sometimes           through annual post-wide volunteer recog-
advocate for more efficient use of avail-            sometimes parents of the Soldiers. Every             they might have a problem, such as a               nitions.
able community resources.                            member of the unit is included.                      glitch in pay, or have the joy of welcoming            “The FRG leaders are absolutely my
   The FRG mission activities identify the               FRGs are not clubs with dues; they are           a new baby. The FRG is able to offer help          favorite group. They are change managers.
needs of the unit Soldiers, civilian employ-         supported by the unit budget. Social activi-         with where to go for pay problems or               They are so resilient, so independent. To
ees and their Families.                              ties are included and fundraising is permis-         maybe parenting classes, both of which are         be an FRG leader is a big responsibility,”
   “The FRG is unique to the Army and is             sible. FRG funds fall under the same                 offered through the ACS. The FRG is a              said York.
a volunteer-run organization. The primary            guidelines as the military.                          resource and at times offers activities for            FRG leaders and volunteers care and
mission is to provide a timely information               A training course for FRG leaders and            social and morale support.                         that is critical. The Family is important to
flow between the unit and the Family                 command teams is held every six weeks                    Jutta Aviles, a former FRG leader said,        the Soldiers. Before the Soldier was a
Members,” explained Sue York, Army                   and workshops are offered on specific top-           “I was a FRG leader for about nine years.          Soldier, he was a member of a Family.
Community Service Mobilization                       ics. A lunch time training is also available         Being a leader gives you pride. I had a                “The Army has recognized the impact
Deployment Program Manager. “FRG                     to bring new information to leaders and              sense of purpose. I enjoyed helping the            of the Family on its mission. A well-estab-
leaders and other positions within the               the opportunity to network with each                 other spouses.”                                    lished FRG group can really increase the
FRG, such as the treasurer, are all volun-           other.                                                   Aviles now works for ACS                       morale of the mission,” added York.
teer positions.”                                         “We also go to the unit if requested. We         Mobilization and Deployment training                   For more information on the FRG pro-
   One of the tools the FRG leaders use to           do deployment and reunion briefings. We              future FRG leaders.                                gram, call Sue York at 221-9821 or Jutta
keep the information flow is the chain of            offer trainings and workshops with lots of               FRG volunteers are rewarded for their          Aviles at 221-0946.
14 July 5, 2007                                                                   Fort Freebies                                                                        Fort Sam Houston News Leader

Submission guidelines:
   Freebies are published on a first-come, first-served basis. The    military members and civilian employees working on Fort Sam        1198. Freebies run for one week unless sub-
deadline is noon Monday. Freebies are intended for personal house-    Houston. Real estate ads will not be published. To submit a Fort   mitter calls to renew. Limit of five items per
hold goods, and may only be submitted by active, retired or reserve   Freebie, e-mail news.leader@samhouston.army.mil or fax to 221-     entry. For more information, call 221-1031.

   For Sale: Sheer curtains and several                 For Sale: Golden retriever, male, four         two lenses, flash and extras, $200. Call            white bookshelf, 30 inches wide by 70
neutral area rugs. Call 222-1784, leave              years old, obedient, $125; Coach bag,             697-9261 or 363-4056.                               inches long, $25; complete single bed,
message.                                             $45; Nine West bag, $12; red and white               For Sale: Little Tikes 8-in-1                    $250; complete queen size bed, $325.
   For Sale: 1992 Cadillac Deville,                  female Boston terrier, $245; exercise             adjustable playground, includes two                 Call Sandy at 241-1291.
needs a head gasket, $600 obo. Call 532-             equipment, $75. Call 633-3859.                    slides with crawl through tunnel, in                   For Sale: Rectangular coffee table, 66
3740.                                                   For Sale: Brunswick Ventura pool               excellent condition, $225. Call Anne at             inches wide by 25 inches long, solid
   For Sale: 2000 Toyota 4-Runner,                   table set, mahogany, 9 feet long, four ele-       945-8577.                                           wood with three black marble inlays,
leather, sunroof, automatic, four wheel              ment solid brass table light, color                  For Sale: Volvo 240 Series original              very heavy, $150. For more information
drive, tow package, 83K miles, $11,000.              matched wall-mount cue rack and chalk             replacement interior door pockets, $25              and photos, call 271-3661.
Call 380-6788 or 380-7139.                           holder, cues and accessories, $2,700. Call        each; HP monitor MX704, 1280X1024,                     For Sale: 2004 Nissan Sentra, SE RS
   For Sale: Jazzy motorized wheelchair              Jim at 221-6656 or 859-7605.                      $40; Pro golf bag, new, red and white               Spec V, six speed with upgraded wheels
with detachable foot rest and instruction               For Sale: Hardwood table, 48 inches            leather, $25. Call 481-1981.                        and tires, stereo system, 31K miles,
booklet, $1,050. Call 661-3765.                      by 36 inches, rustic finish with four                For Sale: INSTY patio-car cover, 12              $11,799. Call Ron at 221-8455 or 334-
   For Sale: 1994 Corvette, red, power               chairs, $500; Pennair Legend Ii pool              feet by 20 feet, $100; Canon BJC-5000               1816.
windows and locks, pioneer stereo sys-               cleaner, $250; Samsonite rolling tote bag,        printer, $25; two 25 pound weights, $20.               For Sale: Little Tikes playgound with
tem, leather seats, $13,500. Call 680-               black, three compartments, $35; Canon             Call 370-3123.                                      slide, great condition. $100. Call 373-
1079.                                                AE-1 Program 35mm camera, includes                   For Sale: Color 10-inch TV, $25;                 7095