Vol. 37, No. 7 Fort Sam Houston – Home of Army Medicine Feb. 24, 2005
Briefs . . . Rodeo Army style
Military aviation anniversary
Fort Sam Houston will celebrate the
95th anniversary of the first military
flight Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the
main flagpole on Stanley Road. The
ceremony’s key speaker will be Brig.
Gen. E.J. Sinclair, commanding gener-
al, U.S. Army Aviation Center, Fort
Rucker, Ala. On March 2, 1910, on the
Fort Sam Houston’s grounds, 1st Lt.
Benjamin Foulois climbed onto the
seat of a Wright Flyer and made mili-
tary aviation history by attaining a
height of 100 feet and circling the area
at the speed of 50 mph.
Change of responsibility
NCO Academy will have a change
of responsibility ceremony March 11
at 7:15 a.m. at MacArthur Field.
Command Sgt. Maj. Howard R. Riles
will assume responsibility from the
outgoing academy commandant,
Command Sgt. Maj. Paul H. Mathsen.
For more information, call Sgt. 1st
Class Chad Peltier at 221-4294.
Inclement weather site is Blesse
Photo by Master Sgt. C.S. Allbright
Auditorium, Willis Hall, Building
Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker and country music singer George Strait depart the SBC Center rodeo ring after
Schoomaker administered the oath of enlistment to future Soldiers at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo. See
related article, Pages 16 and 17.
Gas pump closure
The Fort Sam Houston Car Care
Center on Schofield Road is scheduled
for maintenance and repairs on its gas
pumps Monday through March 9.
During that time, all gasoline pumps
Deployed Soldiers can reenlist ‘out
will be closed. The facility will remain
open for tires, oil changes and auto parts.
Customers are asked to use the gas
of window’ for tax-free bonuses
pumps at the Walters Street shoppette. By Sgt. David Foley the Department of the Army sent out a mil- Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Wilkerson,
Army News Service itary personnel message to Army career 18th Airborne Corps, reenlisted in front of
Housing office closure counselors around the globe. The Selective the Al Faw Palace Feb. 7 and was awarded
Fort Sam Houston family housing CAMP VICTORY, Iraq — Like any Reenlistment Bonus-Deployed Program a $5,600 bonus. Wilkerson said he didn’t
office will be closed Monday. It will major corporation, the Army is always allows deployed Soldiers to reenlist while get the opportunity to reenlist during his
reopen Tuesday under Lincoln Military looking for ways to retain its trained and abroad for a chance to receive a tax-free last deployment because his window was-
Housing. The new office hours will be qualified employees. bonus of up to $15,000. n’t open and he waited until this deploy-
from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The new One of the ways the Army does this is by “Basically, you can reenlist outside of ment just so he could reenlist in Iraq.
numbers effective Tuesday will be 270- providing Soldiers with reenlistment bonus- your window while deployed to take advan- However, he said he was glad to hear about
7638 for voice and 270-7699 for fax. es. Until recently, only Soldiers of certain tage of the reenlistment bonus in a deploy- the bonus and thinks it will encourage other
rank or military occupational specialty quali- ment area where it will be tax free,” said Sgt. Soldiers to reenlist even though they are
fied for reenlistment bonuses. Soldiers also 1st Class Jorge Garcia, career counselor, Task more likely to deploy again.
HQ move had to wait for their reenlistment window to Force Dragon at Camp Victory. Maj. Raymond Bowyer, who swore in
The 187th Medical Battalion’s A open before they could reenlist, thus making Garcia said the program is a great oppor- Wilkerson during his reenlistment ceremo-
Company headquarters will move to it difficult for them to get tax-free bonuses by tunity for Soldiers because many of them ny, said he fully supports the program.
Aabel Hall, Building 2840, Room 23. The signing up during a deployment. wouldn’t qualify for a reenlistment bonus if
See BONUSES on Page 4
grand opening is March 7 at 4:30 p.m. However, all that changed Jan. 18 when they reenlisted without being deployed.
Future military doctors hone field skills at Camp Bullis
By Donna Miles Air Force applied the clinical training they bat casualty care, not in infantry tactics. principles they learned during prior service
American Forces Press Service received at the National Naval Medical Center “We’re teaching students to care for in the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine
in Bethesda, Md., as well as the tactical skills patients from the point of injury to the first Corps, but with a new focus.
A fictitious Middle Eastern country, they would need to survive on the battlefield. surgical capability,” he said. “We’re not going to go off fighting the
Pandakar, was facing internal unrest and “They have to defend themselves while Increased emphasis on treating patients enemy, but anywhere the troops go, we’re
taking casualties. Fourth-year medical stu- they take care of the casualties,” said Maj. as quickly and far forward as possible pres- going to go, too,” said 2nd Lt. Tom Dowd,
dents at the Uniformed Services University Steve Currier, director for military contin- ents challenges traditional medical students a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy
of the Health Sciences were called in to gency medicine at the Uniformed Services aren’t likely to encounter, from treating now preparing for a job in orthopedics at
treat the patients. University. patients while under fire to working with Brooke Army Medical Center. “Here,
Operation Bushmaster, a 72-hour exer- That requires skills not taught in tradition- far less equipment than they’d find in fixed we’re learning our roles so when we’re
cise designed to expose future military doc- al medical schools: land navigation, nuclear- medical facilities. out there (in combat), we’re better able to
tors to the rigors of field medicine in a biological-chemical decontamination and “The battlefield is not the same as home,” come through.”
combat environment, was under way at weapons skills, among them, as well as the Currier said. “Resources are limited, evacua- Dowd said the realism of the training at
Camp Bullis. ability to live and operate in the field. tion times are prolonged and there are specif- Operation Bushmaster, which incorporates
As they treated “patients” — actually stu- Although field skills are an integral part ic threats. It’s a challenging environment.” mock attacks and forces students to triage and
dents at nearby Fort Sam Houston — the of Operation Bushmaster, Currier stressed For about half the class members,
medical students from the Army, Navy and that it’s a practical exercise in tactical com- Operation Bushmaster offered a return to See FIELD SKILLS on Page 4
2 Feb. 24, 2005 Fort Sam Houston News Leader
Scam targets families of service members killed in action
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Officials are also concerned about the fact that for assistance in obtaining funds kept credible. The sender then asks for confir-
with the Department of Homeland these criminals are impersonating ICE for them by the deceased friend, promis- mation of the e-mail address of the recipi-
Security are warning the public about two agents and referring to ICE’s official ing more details when the relative ent, stating, “there is a very important and
new Iraq-related Internet scams, including Web site in an effort to steal money responds to the e-mail. The sender then confidential matter which I want us both
one directed at the relatives of fallen U.S. from Americans who have lost loved adds a link to the portion of ICE’s actual to discuss.”
Soldiers. ones.” Web site discussing ICE operations in The ICE Cyber Crimes Center in
“These new Internet fraud schemes The first scheme involves e-mail sent Iraq. northern Virginia, in conjunction with the
are among the worst we have ever to relatives of U.S. Soldiers killed in In the second scheme, a blanket e-mail ICE Office of Professional Responsibility
encountered,” said Michael J. Garcia, Iraq. Claiming to be a volunteer work- is being distributed that claims to be from here, are investigating the schemes. Those
assistant secretary of Homeland ing with U.S. forces, the sender states an ICE official in Iraq who is responsible who receive the bogus e-mail solicitations
Security for Immigration and Customs that a late friend, who was also a U.S. for tracking down funds looted from the should ignore and delete them, Garcia
Enforcement. “Most troubling is the Soldier killed in Iraq, was a very good Iraqi Central Bank by Saddam Hussein’s said.
fact that some are targeting the rela- friend of the relatives’ slain son or son. The sender lists ICE’s Web site (Source: U.S. Immigration and
tives of U.S. Soldiers killed in Iraq. We daughter. The sender then goes on to ask address in the e-mail in an effort to seem Customs Enforcement news release.)
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Fort Sam Houston News Leader Feb. 24, 2005 3
232nd Med. Bn. exercise challenges Soldiers
Story and photos by Capt. Jake navigation, visual signaling, realism and increase the training
Bustoz movement formations and patrol value of the event.
232nd Medical Battalion
bases; instruction on how to react Medical training on evaluating
to indirect and direct fire; and a casualty and treating head and
Leaders from the 232nd procedures for requesting a nine- chest wounds was interlaced
Medical Battalion are fostering a line medical evacuation. throughout the exercise. Soldiers
culture that instills Warrior Ethos Preparatory training ended also learned the fundamentals of
into its Soldiers through tough Feb. 2 with a 4 a.m. alert notifi- loading and unloading ground
training that requires them to cation that required all 330 ambulances in a short period of
have confidence in themselves Soldiers to pack and load their time. Toward the end of the day,
and their team. equipment. the Soldiers moved patients
Soldiers who live Warrior Ethos By 6 a.m., the unit was ordered through a litter obstacle course and
place the mission first, refuse to to move into a forward operating overcame the confidence obstacle
accept defeat, never quit and never base by forced road march. At the course in four-man teams.
leave behind a fallen comrade. base, the unit was given the order Following training, the
Soldiers from the 232nd Med. to perform foot patrols that were Soldiers marched back to the unit
Bn. E Company demonstrated designed to challenge Soldiers to area to conduct an after-action
Warrior Ethos recently during work together while traversing review. The day was tiring, but
“Tusker-Warrior Day,” an exer- over a 4-mile distance in cold the company put its best foot for-
cise to hone warrior skills. weather. ward to ensure Soldiers received
The company prepared for the Simulators were located along pertinent training to prepare them
exercise with training in land the routes to provide a sense of for future assignments.
Soldiers from E Company move to a casualty collection point
with a wounded Soldier during the 232nd Medical Battalion’s
A squad leader from E Company discusses the current situation with team leaders while the Soldiers from E Company assist each other while negotiating
radio/telecommunications operator calls up a situation report to higher headquarters. the Confidence Obstacle Course.
Earned Income Tax Credit offers benefits to lower wage earners
The Earned Income Tax Credit is a tax Your income cannot exceed certain by more than one person to claim EITC. If available at www.irs.gov or by calling (800)
credit for people who work but do not limitations: a child meets the rules to be a qualifying 829-3676. Publication 596 also is available
earn high incomes. For eligible taxpayers, For tax year 2004, you must have child of more than one person, only one in Spanish. The instructions for Form 1040
EITC is a valuable tool to lower their adjusted gross income of less than: person can treat that child as a qualifying can help you determine your eligibility. The
taxes or claim a refund. • $34,458 ($35,458 if married filing joint- child and claim EITC. instructions contain a worksheet and the
The IRS wants all eligible taxpayers to ly) with two or more qualifying children. earned income credit table to help you
claim the EITC. Many taxpayers who • $30,338 ($31,338 if married filing joint- If you don’t have a child, you must determine the amount of your credit. If you
qualify for EITC may also be eligible for ly) with one qualifying child. meet three additional tests: are claming EITC with a qualifying child,
free tax preparation and electronic filing • $11,490 ($12,490 if married filing joint- • At the end of 2004, you must have been you must complete Schedule EIC and attach
by participating tax professionals and vol- ly) with no qualifying children. at least age 25, but under age 65. it to your tax return. Schedule EIC provides
unteers. Taxpayers and tax professionals • You cannot qualify as the dependent of Internal Revenue Service with information
should review the rules before attempting If you claim a child, they must meet another person. about your qualifying children, including
to claim EITC. three eligibility tests: • You must have lived in the United States their names, ages, SSNs, relationship to you
To qualify for the credit, taxpayers Residency test - The child must have for more than half of 2004. and the amount of time they lived with you
must meet certain requirements and file a lived with you in the United States for during the year.
U.S. individual income tax return. There more than half of 2004. EITC for military
are also special rules for people with or Relationship test - The child must be Beginning in tax year 2004, members of Advance EITC
without children. your: the military have the option to include their If you received advance EITC pay-
• Son, daughter, stepchild or a descendant tax-exempt combat zone pay when com- ments in 2004, you must file a tax return
Individuals and families must meet of any of them, or; puting their earned income for EITC. The to report the payments. Your W-2 form
certain general requirements: • Sister, brother, stepsister, stepbrother or combat pay remains exempt for federal will report your advance EITC amount.
• You must have earned income. any of their descendents whom you cared taxes. However, families should be aware You cannot use a Form 1040-EZ to report
• You must have a valid social security for as your own child, or; that they must include all of the combat advance payments.
number for yourself, your spouse (if filing • A foster child who was placed with you pay or none of it. For example, if the inclu- The advance EITC payment program
jointly) and your qualifying child. by an authorized placement agency and sion of combat pay would push a taxpay- allows you to receive part of the credit
• Investment income is limited to $2,650. who you cared for as your own child. er’s adjusted gross income above the EITC through your employer. If you would like
• Your filing status cannot be “married fil- • An adopted child placed with you for income limit, taxpayers should leave it out to participate for 2005, you must work and
ing separately.” adoption by an authorized placement of their EITC calculations. If, however, the receive taxable wages. If you qualify for
• Generally, you must be a U.S. citizen or agency. inclusion of combat pay would enable a EITC and you have at least one qualifying
resident alien all year. Age test - At the end of 2004, the child taxpayer to obtain a higher refund, then child for 2005, give your employer a
• You cannot be a qualifying child of must have been under age 19, a full-time combat pay should be included. Form W-5, Earned Income Credit
another person. student under age 24 or any age if perma- Advance Payment Certificate, and your
• You cannot file Form 2555 or Form nently and totally disabled at anytime dur- How to claim EITC employer will include part of the credit
2555-EZ (related to foreign earned ing 2004. Publication 596, Earned Income Credit, regularly in your pay.
income). Your qualifying child cannot be used explains the process. The publication is (Source: IRS)
4 Feb. 24, 2005 Fort Sam Houston News Leader
Distributed learning revolutionizes Army training
Story and photos by Shadi May computer, and you don’t have to worry
Fort Sam Houston News Leader about falling behind like you would when
an instructor goes over the material. You
Soldiers and Department of the Army can go back and redo your lesson.”
civilians interested in taking courses to DLS is also available to benefit civilian
fulfill their training requirements or employees with their career enhancement
enhance their careers can do so through goals. In fact, like Soldiers, civilians are
Army’s Distributed Learning System. actively taking advantage of courses
The DLS is an Army initiative funded offered through DLS.
fully by the Army to assist Soldiers and “It’s a method of delivering training
civilians to receive quality training in which helps you avoid TDY costs and time
state-of-the-art facilities and to improve out of the office,” said David Glass,
training efficiency and flexibility. Installation Labor Relations officer at Fort
“Quality training is at the core of the Sam Houston Civilian Personnel Advisory
Army’s mission, and it’s absolutely vital Center, while taking a ‘Dealing with
to readiness,” said Col. Sharon Holmes, Medical Issues in the Work Place’ video Carmen Lopez-Dunn, an instructional system specialist, assists a student from
DLS project manager. teletraining course. 187th Medical Battalion, during validation of an integrated pest management
VTT is among popular methods by computer-based course at Aabel Hall.
While the Army’s goal is to provide the
best and most up-to-date training to Soldiers, which DLS accommodates its customers.
Through this method, training can be whether it’s 3 p.m. at Fort Sam Houston, 7 Another attractive factor of DLS for
it is not always an easy task because of
accomplished where the instructor and a.m. in Bosnia or 11 a.m. in Korea. commanders and supervisors is the cost sav-
Soldiers’ deployments, reassignments and
student interact while linked via videocon- The DLS has begun to “field” an Army ings to the government. While it could cost
family commitments. Whether it is military
ferencing, teleconferencing or the Internet. learning management system whereby an average of $1,200 to send someone to a
occupational skills training, annual common
DLS contributes to the Army’s ever Soldiers and civilians can register for cours- training conference, the DLS opportunities
tasks training or career development courses,
changing environment. The training es through the Army Knowledge Online save units thousands of dollars in travel
DLS affords Soldiers a chance to take cours-
offered through this method can be avail- portal. The system will support manage- costs while providing immediate results.
es from home or office.
able when the Soldiers are available and ment and administration of training prod- Fort Sam Houston’s DLS facilities are
“The thing I like about it is that you
when the training is needed. Web-based ucts and allow supervisors and commanders located in Aabel and Willis halls and
can go at your own pace,” said Spc. Chris
training is available at times that are con- access to personnel training records to see include three classrooms with 16 individual
Fitzgerald, a D Company, 187th Medical
venient for the student. VTT classes can what type of training individuals had and to computer work stations in each classroom.
Battalion preventive medical specialist.
also be taught in a live, interactive setting determine what type of training they need. “We have onboard maintenance,” said
“It’s one on one between you and the
“Our challenge is to market the pro- Gilbert Gutierrez, DLS facility manager at
gram and ensure all people entitled to the AMEDDC&S. “We are here 24/7 to
benefits use it, said Velma Burrs, chief, accommodate the Army’s training mis-
Multimedia Training Branch, Department sion. We encourage people to contact us to
of Academic Support and Quality use the facility more.”
Assurance for Army Medical Department The Army’s goal is to have a DLS facility
Center and School. “Our greatest service within a 50-mile radius of a Soldier’s home
to AMEDDC&S is that we deliver mis- base. The intent of the program is to reach
sion essential training to personnel in Soldiers throughout the world any time.
worldwide locations.” “The program’s quality promotes itself,”
DLS consists of five components to said Neta Lesjak, AMEDDC&S chief of
include digital training facilities, the Army Department of Academic Support and
learning management system, Army e-learn- Quality Assurance. “The program’s goal is
ing, an enterprise management center and the to deliver the right training to the right
development of the deployed digital training Soldiers at the right time in their careers.”
campus. The Army has fielded the program To learn more about the DLS and courses
worldwide on both active and Reserve instal- offered, Soldiers and civilians can visit the
lations at a total of 249 sites to include conti- Web site at www.dls.army.mil. For informa-
nental U.S. installations and those military tion on Fort Sam Houston DLS facility and
Army civilian employees attend a civilian personnel interactive video teletrain- installations located in Germany, Belgium, services, visit www.cs.amedd.army.mil/ddl
ing course in Willis Hall. Italy, Korea, Japan and Okinawa. or call 221-6400.
Continued from Page 1 stabilization, which locks in their current term of enlistment who have served between Garcia said Soldiers in some MOSs
duty station for two years after they redeploy. 17 months and six years fall into the A zone, might qualify for more money based on
“I think it will contribute to keeping good Even though most Soldiers will qualify whereas Soldiers who have served between their standard bonuses. “For instance,” he
Soldiers who are ‘sitting on the fence’ and for a bonus if they reenlist while six and 10 years fall into the B zone. Soldiers said, “an explosive ordnance disposal spe-
can’t decide whether to stay in the Army,” deployed, Garcia said not everyone will in the A zone will be awarded 1.5 times their cialist normally qualifies for 3.5 times
Bowyer said. “It gives them benefits that get the full $15,000 and some may not monthly base pay multiplied by the number their base pay multiplied by the number of
will help to make the decision easier.” even qualify for a bonus at all. of years they reenlist for beyond their current years and can go up to $30,000, so they
Soldiers have two options when reenlist- “It’s all in the math,” he said. ETS date. Soldiers in the B zone will qualify would want to stick with that option.
ing under the new program. They can sign Under the new program, Soldiers will fall for their base pay multiplied by the number For more information about Selective
up for the needs of the Army, allowing the into two categories based on their pay grade of years they reenlist. All bonuses will be Reenlistment Bonuses, Soldiers should speak
Army to choose their next duty station; or and time in service. Soldiers in their initial paid in one lump sum. to their unit or installation career counselor.
Continued from Page 1 ing opportunities for medical seven-year military service obli-
personnel before we’re out gation. “But the type of person
evacuate patients while under there.” you have here doesn’t think of it
fire and in chemical protective Air Force 2nd Lt. Valerie as an obligation,” said Dowd.
gear, got his and his fellow stu- O’Brien said Operation “This is what we want to do.
dents’ hearts pumping. “You’re Bushmaster, and her entire Our greatest aspiration is to pro-
‘amped up’ on adrenaline, and course of studies at the vide care to the service members
you have to assess the patients,” Uniformed Services University, fighting the global war on ter-
he said. “It gives you a real sense is preparing her for the chal- ror.”
of what you can expect.” lenges she will face practicing “This is our chance to serve
Navy Ensign Sherry Jilinski medicine in a joint environment. that population that gives so
said the training will pay “This allows us to be more much for our country,” agreed
tremendous dividends during familiar with the assets the other O’Brien, a former enlisted
future deployments providing services have and what they do,” Soldier whose father also retired
medical support to the Marine she said. “It’s exposure we just from the Army.
Corps. Field medicine requires wouldn’t be able to get in a dif- “There’s a real sense of pride
“a whole different mind-set” ferent environment.” here,” she said. “We’re here Photo by Navy Seaman Kory Kepner
than traditional medicine prac- After completing their studies because we believe in what A fourth-year student at the Uniformed Services University of
ticed in fixed facilities, she said, at the Uniformed Services we’re doing, and that’s how we the Health Sciences treats a simulated combat casualty dur-
“and this is one of the few train- University, graduates accept a view our training and our job.” ing Operation Bushmaster at Camp Bullis.
6 Feb. 24, 2005 Fort Sam Houston News Leader
Army chief honors troops
(Right) Spc. Nicholas Sellers,
assigned to the 25th Infantry
Division from Fort Lewis,
Wash., receives his Purple
Heart from Army Chief of Staff
Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker
Thursday at Brooke Army
Medical Center. Sellers, from
Cairo, Ga., sustained his
injuries Dec. 21 when the dining
facility in Mosul, Iraq, was
(Left) Army Chief of Staff Gen.
Peter J. Schoomaker presents his
coin to 1st Sgt. Howard Briel, from
the 25th Infantry Division at Fort
Lewis, Wash., Thursday at Brooke
Army Medical Center. Briel also
received a Purple Heart. The first
sergeant sustained orthopedic
and burn injuries when the dining
Photos are by Kelly Schaefer facility in Mosul was attacked.
Sgt. Gary Walters receives his Purple Heart at Brooke Army
Medical Center from Army Chief of Staff Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker
Thursday for injuries sustained when an improvised explosive
device exploded under his vehicle in Baghdad, Iraq. Walters, a
combat infantryman, suffered both burn and orthopedic injuries.
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8 Feb. 24, 2005 Fort Sam Houston News Leader
Top Marine lauds contributions of injured warriors
Story and photo by Nelia Schrum miles from Tokyo, the battle
Brooke Army Medical Center Public involved more than 70,000 Marines
who faced a blistering assault from
the Japanese. It took 36 days for the
The commandant of the Marine Americans to take the island. The
Corps stopped by Brooke Army death toll included 6,821 Americans.
Medical Center Saturday to thank a The heroism of the battle for
new generation of America’s mili- Iwo Jima was captured by
tary for their service and to award Associated Press photographer Joe
Purple Hearts to injured Marines. Rosenthal when he took the famous
His visit coincided with the 60th picture of Marines raising the U.S.
anniversary of the start of the Battle flag.
of Iwo Jima. Hagee said that when he told the
Marine Gen. Michael Hagee pre- aging survivors he was traveling to
sented Purple Hearts to Cpls. Peter see injured Marines, the veterans
Carey and Matthew Dickson, both told him how proud they are of
injured in Iraq. Hagee also awarded what the Marines today are accom-
two Purple Hearts bedside to plishing.
Seaman Bailey Elley and Lance “The situation has changed dra-
Cpl. Robin Griffiths for injuries matically in the last months,”
sustained in the Global War on Hagee said. “The safest place to be
Terrorism. is Fallujah.”
Before departing for San He said each Marine would look
Antonio, Hagee said he spent the Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Michael Hagee and his wife, Silka, join Marine
back and be able to say that they Cpls. Matthew Dickson and Peter Carey Saturday at a Brooke Army Medical Center
morning with survivors from the took part in an event that changed Purple Heart ceremony. Hagee also awarded Purple Hearts bedside to Seaman Bailey
Battle of Iwo Jima. Located 660 the country. Elley and Lance Cpl. Robin Griffiths.
10 Feb. 24, 2005 Fort Sam Houston News Leader
Tribute to heritage
Soldiers, civilians gather to
recognize Black History Month
By Shadi May
Fort Sam Houston News Leader
Fort Sam Houston community commemorat-
ed Black History Month at a ceremony at the
Roadrunner Community Center Feb. 16.
“Black history is in fact celebrating American
history,” said Col. Edward Maney, Fort Sam
Houston installation chaplain and BHM com-
memoration committee member.
Dr. Robert Ziegler, president of San Antonio
College, was the ceremony’s guest speaker.
“It seems to me that the purpose of the Black Photo by Phil Reidinger
History Month is to give us an opportunity to reflect Col. Richard Agee, Army Medical Department
on the contributions of the Blacks in America,” said Center and School and Fort Sam Houston chief
Ziegler. “Slavery was the one issue which our politi- of staff, joins Chaplain (Col.) Edward Maney
cal system could simply not compromise. It’s Feb. 16 to thank retired Sgt. 1st Class Moses
remarkable to see how Blacks survived the slavery Steel and retired Command Sgt. Maj. Howard
and maintained their dignity and humanity in such a Ray for participating in the installation Black
cruel and dehumanizing system.” History Month ceremony.
Ziegler was presented with a framed set of
Harriet Tubman U.S. Postal Service stamps. Howard T. Ray, a member of Bexar County
The committee also recognized retired Staff Buffalo Soldiers Association, represented the local
Sgt. Moses Steel, a Korean, China and World association. “It’s always rewarding to participate in
War II veteran. such events,” said Ray. “Our mission is to get the
“I wanted to recognize him because he was a Buffalo Soldiers history into school history books,
local retired Soldier who contributed to this and I am honored to be a part of that effort.”
country’s military and the Black heritage,” said Ray was also presented with a collection of
Antiterrorism Awareness 2005 Brown Bag
Antiterrorism Awareness Training (Level I) is
required annually for all Soldiers and Department of Series Calendar
Defense civilians per AR 525-13. DoD contractors are
provided this training as specified in the contract. The Wednesday Arcy Longoria
training is available online at http://www.at-aware- 11:30 a.m President, FSH FEW Chapter
ness.org. The access code is aware. Topic: Federally Employed
The Fort Sam Houston Antiterrorism Office has Women Organization
a “Quick Start Guide” available to help you sign up April 6 Angela Swain
and complete this mandatory training online.
11:30 a.m. Family Advocacy Victim
For more information, call Terri Stover, FSH
Antiterrorism Office, at 295-0535. Advocate
Topic: Creative Anger
May 4 Rudy Garza
11:30 a.m. CPAC Personnelist
Topic: National Security
Sessions are at the San Antonio Credit Union
Training Room. For more information, call 221-
9401 or 221-9356 or e-mail Maria.preda@sam-
houston.army.mil. If reasonable accommodation
is needed, call 221-9401 in advance.
Fort Sam Houston News Leader Feb. 24, 2005 11
Post salutes hospitalized veterans Cowboys stop by BAMC
Photo by Mina Mullins
Four of the Army’s professional cowboys visited patients injured in
Photo by Esther Garcia
the war on terrorism Thursday at Brooke Army Medical Center, to
Sgt. Jose Rocha and Spc. Nirettzy Velez, Fort Sam Houston Military Ambassadors, visit include Spc. Dustin Hill, a patient at BAMC’s Amputee Care
with John Guthrie, who trained as a medic at Fort Sam Houston in 1959, Friday at the Audie Center, and his mother, Liz Keln. Pictured are (from left, bottom
L. Murphy Memorial Veterans Hospital during National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans. row) Luke Branquinho, Hill and Trevor Brazile; (from left, top row)
The VA-sponsored program is an opportunity to invite the public to say thank you to hos- Joe Beaver, Zach Oates, Keln and Amy Hilliard, BAMC therapist.
pitalized veterans for their sacrifices, view the facility, gain awareness of programs offered The Army’s partnership with the Professional Bull Riders and
to veterans, and to interest others in visiting veterans throughout the year. Members from Professional Rodeo Cowboy’s Association is designed to assist the
the Audie Murphy Club also spent the morning visiting with hospitalized veterans. Army in its recruiting, outreach and awareness-building efforts.
12 Feb. 24, 2005 Fort Sam Houston News Leader
SPORTS BRIEFS ...
Women only Rusty Lyons Field, at Basse and coaches meeting is March 14 at 1 p.m. at
The Central Post Gym, Building 961, McCullough. All skill levels are welcome. the Jimmy Brought Fitness Center. The
will be reserved for women only For more information, call Dale Carver at season starts March 21. For more infor-
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 826-1460 or Bill Altman at 651-5507. mation, call Earl Young at 221-1180 or
8:30 to 11 a.m. and 5 to 7:30 p.m. Stop by Basketball camp e-mail earl.young@samhouston.
and work out on the cardio equipment, army.mil.
The Ten Star All Star Summer
free weights and resistance machines. The Intramural Spring Softball
Basketball Camp is accepting applica-
facility also has a basketball court, equip-
tions from 10 to 19-year-olds. Past par- Letters of intent are due March 7. A
ment issue room and locker room. For
more information, call 221-3593.
ticipants include Michael Jordan, Tim coaches meeting is March 11 at 1 p.m. Intramural
Duncan and Vince Carter. College bas- at the Jimmy Brought Fitness Center.
All Army Men’s Basketball ketball scholarships are possible for The season starts April 4. The tourna-
Applications are being accepted through players accepted to the All-American
Team. For more information and camp
ment is July 18. For more information, as of Feb. 17
April 20 for All Army Men’s Basketball. call Earl Young at 221-1180, or e-mail
The Trail Camp is June 21 to July 16. locations, call (704) 373-0873. email@example.com.
People can pick up applications from the Team win loss
Intramural and Varsity Sports office at the
Bench Press Contest B-ball league 1st BAMC 12 1
Jimmy Brought Fitness Center. For more The next bench press contest is 2nd DFAS (G.A.M.E) 14 2
Three on three B-ball league starts
information, call Earl Young at 221-1180. March 16. Weigh in is from 4:30 to 5:30 3rd Co B Acad Bn 14 3
March 16. A letter of intent is due
p.m.; start time is 6 p.m. The cost is $20 4th 232nd Med Bn 12 5
Senior slow pitch softball March 7 and participants play Tuesdays
and all participants receive a T-shirt. For 5th 5th Army 7 8
San Antonio Seniors Softball League and Thursdays from 11:15 a.m. to 1:30
a registration form, visit the Jimmy 6th 418th/591st Med 6 10
seeks players for 60+, 65+ and 70+ men’s p.m. at the 32nd Medical Brigade Gym,
Brought Fitness Center or call 221-2020. 7th DENTAC 6 10
senior slow pitch softball. The league’s 1281 Garden Ave. To register your three
8th NMCRC 6 11
17th season begins in March. Open prac- Intramural Tennis to six player team, call 221-4893 or
9th Co A STB 4 12
tices, weather permitting, are Mondays, 221-3185 or e-mail leroy.williams3@
Letters of intent are due March 7. A 10th 135th FA 3 13
Wednesdays and Fridays at 10 a.m. at samhouston.army.mil.
11th BAMC #2 3 13
Fort Sam Houston News Leader Feb. 24, 2005 13
RELIGIOUS HAPPENINGS . . . POST WORSHIP SCHEDULE
Positive moms group Main Post Chapel, Building 2200, 221-2754 Sundays: 11:30 a.m. - 32nd Med. Bde. Soldiers
The Protestant Women of the Chapel sponsor an enrichment class for Catholic Services: Troop Protestant Service:
Fort Sam Houston women seeking positive ways to deal with the complex 4:45-5:15 p.m. - Confessions - Saturdays 9 a.m. - 32nd Medical Bde. Soldiers
job of being a mom. The class is Thursdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the 5:30 p.m. - Mass - Saturdays FSH Mosque, Building 607A, 221-5005 or
Dodd Field Chapel. The group will read and discuss, “The Power of a 9:30 a.m. - Mass - Sundays 221-5007
Positive Mom” by Karol Ladd over a 10-week period. Childcare for 11:30 a.m. - Mass - Weekdays 1:30 p.m. - Jumma - Fridays
infants to 5-year-olds will be provided. For more information, call 829- Protestant Services - Sundays: 10:30 a.m. - Children’s Religious Education -
4479. 8 a.m. - Traditional Protestant Sundays
11 a.m. - Traditional Protestant 7:30 p.m. - Adult Religious Education -
Jewish Services: 379-8666 or 493-6660 Thursdays
Fridays: 8 p.m. - Worship and 8:30 p.m. - Brooke Army Medical Center Chapel,
Instead of its regular meeting March 4, the Officer Christian Fellowship Oneg Shabbat Building 3600, 916-1105
will host a picnic at Eberle Park at Randolph Air Force Base starting at 6 Dodd Field Chapel, Building 1721, 221-5010 Catholic Services:
p.m. For more information, call Lt. Col. Bob Griffith at 226-1295 or e- or 221-5432 8:30 a.m. - Mass - Sundays
mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The OCF Bible study group will meet again Catholic Services - Sundays: 12:30 p.m. - 11:15 a.m. - Mass - Sundays
March 11 at 6 p.m. at 1008 Gorgas Circle (near old Brooke Army Medical Bilingual Mass 11 a.m. - Mass - Weekdays
Center). Protestant Services: Protestant Services:
10:30 a.m. - Collective Gospel Protestant - 10 a.m. - Worship Service - Sundays
Couples’ retreat Sundays Noon - Worship - Wednesdays
9:30-11:30 a.m. - Women’s Bible Study Evans Auditorium
A Dodd Field Chapel group will host a couples’ retreat March 5 and 6.
(PWOC) - Wednesdays, childcare is provided 221-5005 or 221-5007
Free childcare will be provided for all attendees until 3 p.m. Attendees
AMEDD Regimental Chapel, Building 1398, Mormon Services: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. -
must provide their own childcare for the overnight. There is a suggested 221-4362 Sundays
donation of $30 per couple and $15 per single. For more information, call Troop Catholic Mass:
Bonnie Miller at 822-6619 or e-mail email@example.com, or Cindy Sundays: 10 a.m. - 32nd Medical Bde. Soldiers Web site:
Richardson at 262-9551 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.samhous- Troop Protestant Gospel Services: www.samhouston.army.mil/chaplain
prayer breakfast will
take place March 10
at 6:45 a.m. at the
Sam Houston Club.
Maj. Gen. Dorian T.
ing general, U.S. Total
Command and com-
manding general, U.S.
will be the guest
speaker. Tickets can
be purchased from
unit ministry teams
for a $2 donation. For
more information, call
Benson at 221-2755.
14 Feb. 24, 2005 Fort Sam Houston News Leader
Children’s Dental Health Month
Sipping success: From baby bottle to cup
As soon as teeth appear in the mouth, decay gets liquid by sucking on the cup, much like a
can occur. One of the risk factors for early child- baby bottle. This defeats the purpose as it pre-
hood caries (sometimes called baby bottle tooth vents the child from learning to sip.
decay or nursing mouth syndrome) is frequent Don’t let the child carry the training cup
and prolonged exposure of a baby’s teeth to liq- around. Toddlers are often unsteady on their feet.
uid, such as fruit juice, milk or formula, all of They take an unnecessary risk if they try to walk
which contain sugar. and drink at the same time since falling while
Tooth decay can occur when a baby is put to drinking from a cup has the potential to injure
bed with a bottle. Infants should finish their nap- the mouth.
time or bedtime bottle before going to bed. A training cup should be used temporarily.
Because decay can destroy the teeth of an infant Once the child has learned how to sip, the train-
or young child, parents should encourage their ing cup has achieved its purpose. It can and
children to drink from a cup by their first birthday. should be set aside when no longer needed.
Many training cups, also called sippy cups, For more information, people should talk to a
are available in stores. Many are “no spill” cups, dentist. The American Dental Association says that
which are essentially baby bottles in disguise. it is beneficial for the first dental visit to occur
“No spill” cups include a valve beneath the within six months of the appearance of the first
spout to stop spills; however, cups with valves tooth, and no later than the child’s first birthday.
do not allow your child to sip. Instead, the child (Source: Budge Dental Clinic)
Akeroyd Blood Center urges donors to give “5 in ‘05”
The Akeroyd Blood Center challenges eligible blood donors to give five dona-
tions during 2005 during its “5 in ‘05” campaign.
Participating donors will receive a “5 in ‘05” card and be recognized at a special
ceremony at the end of the year.
For more information on the “5 in 05” program, call the Akeroyd Blood Center at
295-4655 or 295-4989 or stop by the center at 1240 Harney Road between 7:30 a.m.
and 3 p.m. weekdays.
To recognize Children’s Dental Health
Month, there will be a dental fair today
from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Fort Sam
Houston Elementary School gymnasium.
Fort Sam Houston News Leader Feb. 24, 2005 15
terrorism. People who purchase a ticket to 8 p.m. For more information, call 221- Riding lessons
Recreation will receive the new Spurs Military Coin. 4702 or 221-4387.
Weekday riding lessons are available at
and fitness Order forms are available at all Morale,
Trail rides the Equestrian Center. Lessons slots are
Welfare and Recreation activities, includ-
‘Buns on the Run’ fun run The Equestrian Center offers one-hour Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from
ing the Jimmy Brought Fitness Center, the
The free 5K fun run/walk is Saturday at trail rides Saturdays and Sundays year 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for Western,
Bowling Center and Army Community
10 a.m. at the Jimmy Brought Fitness round. People ages 7 and up are welcome; English and Jumping. For more informa-
Service. For more information, call 221-
Center. Participants receive a free T-shirt. however, adults must accompany children. tion, call 224-7207.
2307 or 221-2926.
This event is in conjunction with the Cost is $20 per person. Riding times are
Lighten Up! Tighten Up! promotion. Red Cross Lifeguard Class 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., 10 to 11 a.m., 12:30 to
Archery lessons The Jimmy Brought Fitness Center will 1:30 p.m. and 2 to 3 p.m. Reservations are New Orleans getaway
hold a Red Cross Lifeguard Class March required and may be made by visiting the To show appreciation to its cus-
Individual and group archery lessons 5 and 6 and March 12 and 13 from 9 a.m. Equestrian Center at Building 3550, tomers, the Fort Sam Houston Bowling
are available through the Outdoor to 4 p.m. each day. Participants must be Hawkins Road, off Binz-Engleman, or by Center is conducting a drawing to win a
Equipment Center. Instruction is given at 15 years old and up and have a calling 224-7207. The center is open week- New Orleans Getaway Package. The
your level of experience, from novice to Department of Defense ID card. Cost is days from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays package includes round trip transporta-
expert. Children are welcome, but must be $165 and includes course materials and and Sundays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. tion for two, hotel accommodations and
accompanied by an adult if under the age AED training. For more information or to a rental car. The trip is April 1 to 3. To
of 18. Participants should wear full shoes Cycling classes
register, call 295-8861. enter, stop by the Bowling Center,
and not wear oversized shirts or pants. For The Jimmy Brought Fitness Center Building 2521, Schofield Road, and fill
more information, call the Archery Shop Tax time help offers free cycling classes. Get your heart out an entry form. The drawing is
at 221-5225. The library offers federal tax forms and pumping with fast-paced rides set to March 4. The contest is open to people
Spurs Military Appreciation Night instruction booklets. They can provide the music. Classes are Tuesdays and 18 years old and up with a Department
main forms plus other frequently used Thursdays from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. of Defense ID card. For more informa-
Watch the Spurs take on the Atlanta forms. Visit the library at Building 1222, and Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:45 tion, call 221-2307 or 221-2926.
Hawks March 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the SBC corner of Harney and Chaffee Road, to 5:30 p.m.
Center. The event will honor Soldiers who Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m.
have served and are serving in the war on
16 Feb. 24, 2005 Fort Sam Hou
Rope ‘em in
Chief of staff, country music legend o
Story and photos by Master Sgt. C.S. Allbright rodeo. Also at the reception were members of the Army-sponsored rodeo
Fifth U.S. Army Public Affairs team, including Luke Banguinho, a world-class champion steer wrestler.
Schoomaker told the future Soldiers that he and the nation were very
On his first trip to San Antonio’s annual stock show and rodeo, one San proud of them.
Antonio native found himself in the center of an arena facing the Army’s “This is something that will help you and help the nation,” said
chief of staff and a country music legend for a life-changing event. Schoomaker. “You’ll be a better citizen as a result of this because you
On Feb. 16, several thousand people at the SBC Center watched Jason understand how absolutely blessed we are in this country for the things we
Taylor and 46 other young San Antonio-area men and women take the have and not take them for granted.”
Army’s oath of enlistment administered by Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker, Future Soldier, Stacy Owens, of Seguin, Texas, enlisted to become a radi-
who was mounted on horseback, alongside George Strait, also on horse- ological technologist, and was among those able to get Strait’s autograph.
back. After the reception, recruiters from the local stations marched the future
“It’s an honor to be enlisted by such a high figure in the Army,” said Soldiers onto the center of the SBC Center, where Schoomaker and Strait
Taylor, who departs for basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C., next week. waited on horseback to perform the swearing in. The future Soldiers then
Taylor added, “I thought George Strait would be taller.” marched back through the chutes to begin their careers in the Army. They
The San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo is a 17-day event that draws in are part of the delayed entry program, with some leaving as early as this
more than a million visitors to agriculture, livestock, rodeo and entertain- month while others are headed out for basic training in the summer
ment events. months.
“Army Appreciation Day” was a special-theme day coordinated with Schoomaker and Strait also spent some time during the rodeo events
stock show officials, the Fifth Recruiting Brigade and the Fifth U.S. Army. with a contingency of wounded Soldiers attending as guests of the San
Lt. Gen. Robert T. Clark, the Fifth Army commanding general, was the Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo. The wounded troops are recuperating at
Army’s local host of the delegation. the Brooke Army Medical Center.
During Schoomaker’s visit, he and Strait walked around the rodeo Strait served in the Army from 1971 to 1975, and played in an Army-
grounds and talked to recruiters at an Army display area. While on the sponsored band, “Rumbling Country.”
grounds, Schoomaker and Strait practiced their lassoing skills on a The San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo is a non-profit organization
mechanical head and heel team calf roping device. that promotes education and development of agriculture careers and issues.
Schoomaker and Strait spent some time at a reception for the future Each year, they also feature the various armed services in San Antonio,
Soldiers, who were sworn in as part of the opening ceremonies of the which is known as “the military city, USA.”
Country music legend G
Show and Rodeo.
Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker and country music legend George Strait practice their lassoing skills Feb. 16 on the U.S. Army rodeo team’s
mechanical head and heels team roping calf.
(Above) George Strait p
reception before the sw
(Right) New recruits sta
the oath of enlistment
Peter Schoomaker at th
on News Leader Feb. 24, 2005 17
oversee Soldiers take oath at rodeo
eorge Strait greets Soldiers at a Fifth Recruiting Brigade display at the San Antonio Stock
(Right) Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker and Larry Borth, from
Fort Hood’s 1st Cavalry Division Horse Detachment, ride
around the rodeo grounds with the members of the Horse
oses with future Soldiers at a
aring in ceremony.
nd in formation prior to taking
with Army Chief of Staff Gen.
San Antonio Stock Show and
18 Feb. 24, 2005 Fort Sam Houston News Leader
Post Pulse: What did you think of the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo?
“I’m new here. I “My parents flew “I haven’t
“We went to haven’t gone but I in from Virginia to go gone but my son
see Reba. We’ve saw it one night when to the Rodeo with us. (Sgt. Kris Lopez)
seen her three I was finding my way We loved the horses, went every night
times before and around. It looked like cattle, food – the to concerts and
love her shows.” a lot of fun so I’ll whole experience.” to meet people.
Jan Mayberry catch it next year.” Lt. Col. Kimberly He’s single so he
with grandson, Sgt. 1st Class Armstrong with her likes going.”
Jerry Charles Davis mother, Pat Kinning Josie Franco
Fort Sam Houston News Leader Feb. 24, 2005 19
FSH Independent School District Chili champs
Weekly Campus Activities
Monday to March 4
Fort Sam Houston Elementary School (Right) Fort Sam Houston
Tuesday board members Eustace
Reading Across America Lewis (left) and Keith
Wednesday Toney (center) present the
6th Grade Challenger first place trophy Friday to
March 3 the winners of the Robert
6th Grade Challenger G. Cole Jr./Sr. High
School Annual Chili Cook-
off, “No Guts, No Glory.”
The cooks were (from left)
Robert G. Cole Jr./Sr. High School
Nancy Wheeler, Jane
Golf team tourney at San Marcos, 7 a.m.
Morin, Rita Gage and
Student of the Month photos/breakfast in mall area, 9:50 a.m. Robin Meilinger.
Boys’ basketball quarterfinal playoffs, TBA Photos by Dr. Gloria Davila
Baseball at St. Gerard, 4:15 p.m.
Boys’ basketball quarterfinal playoffs, TBA
March 3 (From left) Joe Wyckoff, Cole sci-
Varsity track at South San High School (prelims), TBA
ence teacher and group supervisor,
Varsity track at South San High School (field events, run finals), congratulates the “Science Geeks:”
TBA Stephen Lagutchik, Justin Maas,
Boys’ basketball regional tournament, TBA Luis Maldonado, David Thompson
March 5 and Antonio Vizcarrondo. The
Boys’ basketball regional tournament, TBA “Science Geeks” earned second
Baseball vs. St. Anthony at Cole, 12 p.m. place in Cole’s Annual Chili Cook-
UIL one act play rehearsal in Moseley Gym, 1 to 5 p.m. off, winning the highest place out of
the student cooks.
CHILD AND YOUTH SERVICES
and $35 for the third if all are Center at 221-3502. to 12 years old on and off post with There is a no-cost start-up plan.
Youth from the same family. For 3 and certified providers. FCC offers full For more information, call 221-
Happenings 4 year old step T-ball, the cost is
Youth Services offers a
day, part day, before and after 3820 or 221-3828.
$30 per child. Track registration school care, hourly care, extended
Cheer clinic Saturday shuttle to and from the PAC meeting
is also under way. Children must hourly care and long term care. For
Youth Services sponsors a be registered with Child and Youth Center. There is no cost, referral information or child The Child and Youth Services
weekly cheer clinic beginning in Youth Services, and a birth cer- but parents with children 9 years registration, call Child and Youth Parent Advisory Council will
March for two age groups: 5- to tificate and a physical are old and younger must wait for Services Central Registration at meet March 15 from 11:30 a.m.
8-year-olds and 8- to 12-year- required. For more information, the van and sign them in and out. 221-4871 or 221-1723. to 12:30 p.m. at the Child
olds. Participants must be regis- call 221-3502 or 221-5513 or The shuttle schedule is Development Center, 2530
3 p.m. - leave the Youth Center FCC providers Funston. Lunch will be provided.
tered with Child and Youth stop by the Youth Center,
Services. Cost is $30 per child. Building 1630, between 10 a.m. 3:10 p.m. - Gorgas Circle Family Child Care is looking This is an opportunity for parents
For more information, call 221- and 7 p.m. (picnic tables) for family members interested in to learn of upcoming events,
3502 or 221-5513. 3:13 p.m. - Schofield/Dickman becoming certified FCC providers. meet staff and address concerns.
Free after school program on Schofield
Instructional classes Youth Services offers an after 3:16 p.m. - Reynolds and
People interested in instruc- school program for sixth through Dickman on Reynolds STOMP conference
tional classes such as Tae Kwon ninth graders weekdays until 6 3:20 p.m. - former Officers’
A Specialized Training of Military Parents, or STOMP, con-
Do, quarterly babysitter training p.m. YS will pick up children Club tennis courts
ference will be today and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at
or gymnastics can call 221-4882, from either the elementary or 3:25 p.m. - Artillery Post
the Education Service Center, Region 20 conference center,
221-4871 or 221-1723. high school. Students go to the Road at bus stop
1324 Hines Ave. STOMP is a federally funded parent training
Youth Center, have a snack, work 3:30 p.m. - Easley/Infantry
Boredom remedy and information center established to assist military families
on homework, participate in Post at bus stop 660
Youth Services offers after who have children with special education or health needs. The
clubs and do fun, innovative 3:37 p.m. - Patch Road
school and weekend opportunities conference will cover basic rights and regulations and topics
projects. Students must be (playground)
for sixth through 12th graders. include TRICARE, Medicaid, wills, guardianship, communica-
registered with Child and Youth 3:40 p.m. - Marvin R. Wood
For more information, call Youth tion skills, Exceptional Family Member Program and basic
Services, which has an $18 (basketball courts)
Services at 221-4882 or Child education rights. The STOMP staff comprises parents of chil-
annual fee, but the program is 3:47 p.m. - Patch Road
and Youth Services central dren with disabilities who have experience raising their chil-
free. For more information, call (shoppette parking lot)
registration at 221-4871. dren in military communities and traveling throughout the
221-3502. 3:51 p.m. - Foulois/Scott
world. For more information, call Kerry Dauphinee, installa-
Open recreation Road (Harris Heights)
Volunteers needed 3:54 p.m. - Forage/Foulois
tion EFMP manager, or Riccardo Reeves, EFMP assistant man-
School Age Services offers ager, at 221-2705.
Youth Services is looking for 4:02 p.m. - Powless Guest
after school, weekend open volunteers to assist with youth House.
recreation and after school hourly programs, including coaches, The return shuttle will leave TAPPestry conference
care to children in first through computer-skilled people, people the Youth Center at 7:30 p.m. for
fifth grade. People have to sign The 2005 TAPPestry conference will be Saturday from 8 a.m.
with craft hobbies or anyone who those in fifth grade and below. to 3:15 p.m. at the Education Service Center, Region 20 confer-
up for hourly and open recreation just cares about kids. People who There is also a shuttle that leaves
in advance. Children must be ence center, 1324 Hines Ave. The conference title is “Parent and
can type or file are also needed. For at 9:30 p.m. for those in middle Professional Partnerships: The Ties that Bind” and is for teach-
registered through central more information or to volunteer, school and at 10:30 p.m. for
registration prior to using the ers, administrators, parents and other professionals working with
call the Youth Center at 221-3502. those in ninth grade and up. special needs students. The conference includes a presentation
School Age Program. For more These shuttles are for youth who
information, call School Age Parents wanted on communication, and The Playmakers, a San Antonio-based
live on the installation. For more acting troupe of men and women with developmental disabili-
Services at 221-4466. To register, Parents are invited to come to information, call 221-3502.
call central registration at 221- ties, will perform “Now What,” which deals with transitions.
the Youth Center Saturday from
4871 or 221-1723. Other topics include behavior, early childhood, specific disabili-
8 to 10:30 p.m. to join the Youth
ties and differentiated instruction. Administrators, teachers and
Sports registrations Center staff and the teens and
middle school youth in a game of
Parent News other professionals can register online at http://www.esc20.net/
Registration for baseball, soft- workshop.htm. For more information or a parent-registration
basketball. Parents and staff try Home-based child care
ball and T-ball runs through form, call Dawn White at 370-5402 or Becky Tarwater at 804-
to outmaneuver the teens and
Monday. The cost is $45 for the Family Child Care offers home- 7201, ext. 382.
score a few baskets. For more
first child, $40 for the second based child care for ages 4 weeks
information, call the Youth
20 Feb. 24, 2005 Fort Sam Houston News Leader
scholarships to family members of active ID card is required. For more information, at the OMNI Hotel at South Park from June
Happenings duty, active Guard and Reserve, and call Katja Lunsford at 221-0427. 13 to 17. For more information, call Tech.
Historic Fort Sam tour retired or deceased Army personnel who Sgt. Stuart at 221-2434 or visit DMRTI’s
The Fort Sam Houston Officer and reside in the San Antonio area. There are Free computer training Web site at www.DMRTI.army.mil.
Civilian Spouses’ Club will sponsor a two categories – a graduating high school Family members of active duty military
Tour of Homes on historic Fort Sam senior and an adult continuing education.
Houston April 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Applications must be postmarked no later
personnel may receive computer training Meetings
to prepare for the job market through the
Advanced tickets may be purchased today than April 11. Interested applicants may Wives and widows meeting
family employment readiness program.
for $10 in front of the PX. Tickets may be obtain a copy of the application by seeing Automated, self-paced training is available The Retired Officers’ Wives and Widows
purchased the day of the tour for $12 at their high school counselor or by contact- on all Microsoft Office software (Word, club will meet Monday at the Sam Houston
the Stilwell House. For more information, ing Janie Gamez at 212-6951. Excel, Access, PowerPoint), Windows, Club at 11 a.m. Sandy Sullivan will speak
call Betty Kotoriy at 545-0815.
Outlook, QuickBooks (accounting), cus- on fraud management. Call Arline Braswell
Camp Fair 2005 tomer service, clerical and typing skills. at 822-6599 for reservations.
Free symphony concert
Parents interested in registering their Typing instruction is also available in
San Antonio Symphony residency pro- children for OUR KIDS magazine’s 11th Spanish. For more information, call Katja Annual Joint Services luncheon
gram will feature a full orchestra concert annual camp fair can attend an information- Lunsford at 221-0427. The Fort Sam Houston Officer and
rehearsal and finale today, Friday and al session Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. at Civilian Spouses’ Club will host an annual
Saturday at St. Philip’s main campus, 1801 Home Court America, 8131 Pinebrook at I- Degree opportunities Joint Services luncheon at the Sam
Martin Luther King Drive. The performances 10 and Callaghan. For more information, A St. Mary’s University representative will Houston Club March 22. The social hour
are free and open to public on a reservation call Mary Anne Moffett or Pat Ramotowski be available in Building 2247, by the educa- will begin at 11 a.m. The entertainment
basis. For more information, call 531-3321. at 349-6667. tion center, Tuesday from 11 a.m. 3 p.m. will be provided by the Texas Children’s
Programs include accounting and business Choir. Cost is $14.50 and reservations are
Driftwood Winery walk
The Selma Pathfinders volksmarch
Volunteer management, computer science and computer required by March 16. Mail your reserva-
information systems, education, engineering tions to Sigrid Reitstetter at 426 Graham
club will host a 10-kilometer (6.2 mile) Eczema study systems management, and international rela- Road, San Antonio, Texas, 78234.
walk in Driftwood, Texas Saturday and Parent of children ages 2 to 12 with a tions. Selected programs are offered at Fort
Sunday. The walk will start at the winery history of eczema can have their children Sam Houston, Lackland Air Force Base and BOSS seeks single Soldiers
at 21550 Ranch Road 12 in Driftwood. participate in a research study. For more Randolph AFB. Active duty and retired mili- The Better Opportunities for Single
The Saturday start will be between 8 a.m. information, call Crystal Triplett, research tary, DOD employees and spouses of these Soldiers meet the first and third Wednesday
and 1 p.m. and will finish by 4 p.m. The coordinator, at 916-3931. groups are awarded a grant of 50 percent off of every month at 1:30 p.m. at the Hacienda
Sunday start will be between 8 a.m. and tuition per three-hour course. For more infor- Recreation Center. The BOSS committee
12 p.m. and will finish by 3 p.m. For more mation, call Judy Olivier at 226-3360. was established to provide Soldiers’ input to
information, call Phyllis at 496-1402, Professional the commander, who uses the committee’s
email email@example.com or check out
the club’s Web site at www.geocities. Development Homeland security course recommendations to improve single
Soldiers’ Morale, Welfare and Recreation
The Defense Medical Readiness
com/Yosemite/Gorge/8195. Master’s degree in 12 months programs. For more information, call Staff
Training Institute will conduct a homeland
The National Graduate School of Quality security medical executive course in Austin Sgt. Edward Castro at 221-8760.
Congressmen host academy day Management is now accepting applications
San Antonio high school students interest- for a master’s program scheduled to start in
ed in attending a military service academy
can attend a session sponsored by four Texas
March. Classes will be one night a week
from 6 to 10 p.m. at Fort Sam Houston.
Black History Month
congressmen March 6 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Students will earn a M.S. in Quality Read Along Program
USAA auditorium, 9800 Fredricksburg Road. Systems Management. Master’s business Volunteers are needed to read books on topics about black history to elementary
Midshipmen and cadets from all service acad- project replaces thesis. The institution is school children. For more information, call Master Sgt. Pauline Perry at 221-7804.
emies will be on hand to meet with prospec- regionally accredited, nationally recognized
tive students and their families. Information and eligible for VA/TA benefits. For more Black history trivia contest
on the nomination process will also be avail- information, call (800) 838-2580, 410-9147
able. Student ID or driver’s license is required 1. What African American was head American Jazz to the French and the
or 213-1248 or visit www.ngs.edu.
to enter the facility. For more information, call of the National Blood Bank program rest of Europe. What is another name
Karen Frey at 821-5024. during World War II? He later resigned for this notable all black unit?
Build a second career due to frustration at the government’s 4. What African American man
A free career lecture will be offered policy that mandated that whites’ and patented an electric elevator (U.S.
Fiesta tickets March 17 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in Evans African Americans’ blood be given only pat#371,207) on Oct. 11, 1887. He did
The Cougar Pride Club of Robert G. auditorium, Building 1396. Retired Army to their respective races. not invent the first elevator; however,
Cole High School has parade tickets for Col. Dick Crampton will conduct the lec- 2. Who became the first African his design was very important as it
April 22 Battle of the Flowers and April ture and share his extensive experience in American woman to sit in the U.S. improved the method of the opening
23 Fiesta Flambeau. The tickets are $8 transitioning to civilian life as well as Senate and only the second African and closing of elevator doors. He
and the seats are located along the 100 techniques on how to be marketable for a American since Reconstruction to be a improved the closing of the opening to
block of East Commerce St. All proceeds career in the civilian sector. The session is Senator? the elevator shaft when an elevator was
go the Cougar Pride Club, which provides for officers and senior NCOs who will 3. In Dec 1917, the 369th Infantry not on that floor.
scholarships to students and contributes to retire in the next five years. Spouses are Regiment was the first all-black U. S. 5. In 1914, Garrett Morgan, an
various activities at Cole. Call Lana welcome. For more information, call Russ combat unit to be shipped overseas to inventor and businessman from
Dochnal at 226-2746 for tickets. Lane at 221-9255. fight in World War I. Although they lost Cleveland, invented a device called the
one third of their unit, they never had Morgan safety hood and smoke protec-
WWII anniversary commemoration Job fair any man captured and never lost any tor. This device is the forerunner to
The Department of Defense World War II The semi-annual San Antonio Military ground. They also had a regimental what well known item used by military
Veterans Commemoration Committee will Community Job Fair will be March 23 band and are credited with introducing personnel today?
present a tribute to veterans April 3 at 2 p.m. from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Live Oak Civic
at San Antonio’s Villita Assembly Building, Center, 8101 Pat Booker Road. More than Feb. 17 trivia answers
401 Villita. The event is open to public with 100 employers will be represented. People
priority for World War II veterans and their 1. President Nixon in 1972.
should bring several copies of their resume
guests. For more information, call (877) 2. The Works Progress Administration, otherwise known as the “New Deal” and
to provide to potential employers. For a list
868-2058 or visit www.60wwii.mil. later named the Work Projects Administration.
of participating employers, go to
3. Read about the contributions of blacks to the defense effort.
http://www.taonline.com and follow
4. August Wilson
Free tax assistance prompts to job fairs. For more information,
5. Mary McLoed Bethune
St. Philip’s College will offer free income call the Fort Sam Houston Army Career
tax filing assistance to the community and Alumni Program at 221-1213. Trivia contest answers must be sent via e-mail to Gayle.Ellis@cen.amedd.army.mil
through the volunteer efforts of students and or delivered in a sealed envelope addressed to Gayle Ellis, Black Employment
faculty from the college’s accounting infor- Resume and interview workshops Program committee member, Room 1335, Building 2841, no later than Wednesday.
mation systems and Microsoft IT Academy Family employment readiness program The winner will be the person who submits the first set of correct answers. E-mail
programs during the tax filing season. For will offer a resume writing workshop responses are encouraged.
more information, call 531-3368. March 9 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and a job Trivia answers for this issue will be published in the March 3 issue of the News
interview skills workshop March 16 from Leader.
Scholarships offered 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Roadrunner
The Fort Sam Houston Officer and Community Center. Reservations are The winner of the Feb. 17 Black history trivia contest was Sgt. Dale
Civilian Spouses’ Club will be awarding requested. A valid military family member Morgan, Medical Holding Company.
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Freebies are published on a first-come, first-served basis. Commercial advertisements are prohibited. The deadline is noon Monday. Freebies are intended for personal
household goods and privately owned property, and may only be submitted by active, retired or reserve component military members and civilian employees working on
Fort Sam Houston. Real estate ads will not be published. To submit paid classified ads or commercial advertising, call Prime Time at 453-3300. To submit a Fort Freebie,
e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 221-1198. Ensure your military and Fort Sam Houston civil service status, phone number and name appear on
request. Freebies run for one week unless submitter calls to renew. There is a two-week maximum and a limit of five items per entry.
For Sale: Bowflex Pro model weight French chair, $180 for set with your pick For Sale: AKC Afghan hound pup- blues uniform, 40-inch jacket, trousers 30
bench with leg lift attachment, in excel- up. Call 490-3048 anytime. pies, born Feb. 7, will be ready for pick up inch or 32 inch by 31 inch (has about 2
lent condition, paid $1,100 new, $500 in April, taking deposit now. Call 566- inch hem), $100; semi-sheers, champagne
obo. Call Kathy at 288-2098 or leave For Sale: 2001 Featherlite all alu- 8292 or 549-5595. color, six panels, each 80 inches by 60
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feet, removable sides and built in ramp, For Sale: 2001 Pontiac Aztek GT,
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rails, two night stands and armoire, very Phillip at 945-4778 or 843-3584.
elegant, $300 obo; rosewood dinette table For Sale: Sofa and love seat with For Sale: 1995 white Honda Civic
with four chairs, $100 obo. Call 599- For Sale: Dog kennel made out of throw pillows, cherry end tables with DX, great condition, 46K miles, a/c, CD
4728. chain link fencing with a gate, 6-feet high, brass lamps, six months old, $850. Call and FM stereo, performance wheels and
6-feet wide and 12-feet long, less than two Zenas or Pete at 639-1116. rims, $5,000. Call 279-8226.
For Sale: 2004 black Monte Carlo, LS, years old, good condition, $200 new, ask-
V6, automatic, 26k miles, radio-cassette, ing $95 obo; home gym, $50 obo. Call For Sale: New wood table with hide- For Sale: 1995 Soft-tail Classic
a/c, cruise control, power locks, power 299-1273. away extension and claw foot table legs, Harley Davidson, low miles, mint condi-
windows, alarm, remote keyless entry, 47 inches by 65 inches, oval, $125. Call tion, $3,500 worth of extras, $14,050. Call
$15,000 obo. Call 364-5990 or (888) 388- For Sale: 2001 burgundy Jeep Wrangler, Ronald Weigel at 662-6948. 262-3892.
8389. Sahara Edition, sport utility two door, 49k
miles, four by four, six cylinder, 4.0, auto- For Sale: Micro fiber, mocha couch Free: Chain link fence with two gates,
For Sale: Beautiful large beige sofa matic, a/c, CD player, hard top, soft top and with matching recliner, six months old, approximately 90 feet. Buyer must
bed, 7.5-feet wide with colored and hitch, $14,200; 75-gallon fish tank with $550; queen/king metal bed frame, $10; remove the fence. Call Marty or Diana at
matching soft pillows and formal green some accessories, $250 obo. Call 391-8998. beige ceramic lamp, no shade, $10; dress 223-8009.