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                                                                                                             JAN. 10, 2008 • VOL. 40, NO. 1




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               SFAC opens at Fort Sam
        Story and photo by Elaine Wilson
                                                                                                                                                                        INSIDE
        Fort Sam Houston Public Information Office                                                                                                                        NEW RATES

           The Soldier and Family Assistance Center, a new
        one-stop support shop for Warriors in Transition and
        their Families, opened Jan. 2 in the lower level of
        Brooke Army Medical Center.
           The post celebrated the opening with a ceremonial
        ribbon-cutting at the center Friday, attended most
        notably by the secretary and vice chief of staff of the                                                                                                         San Antonio area
        Army, as well as post and community leaders.                                                                                                                    BAH rates increase
           “We ask so much of our Soldiers, and in turn,
        those Soldiers who get wounded, we ask even more
        of their Families,” said Vice Chief of Staff of the Army                                                                                                        PAGE 4
        Gen. Richard A. Cody at the ribbon-cutting. “This
        SFAC, and the others that we’re standing up across
        our 35 different Warrior Transition Units, is about                                                                                                                 SPECIAL
        taking care of our Soldiers and their Families.”                                                                                                                     VISIT
           The SFAC here will serve more than 600 Warriors           Sgt. Larry Newkirk, his son William and Cpl. Jason Gifford cut the ribbon at the ceremony cele-
        in Transition. The center comprises more than 20 on-         brating the opening of the Soldier and Family Assistance Center at Fort Sam Houston.
        site experts available to offer advice or, in some cases,    Assisting with the ribbon-cutting are (from left) Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Richard A. Cody;
        on-the-spot solutions for everything from pay issues         Newkirk; Army Secretary Pete Geren; Installation Commander Maj. Gen. Russell Czerw;
        to money management, job hunting to child care.              Gifford; William Newkirk; Brooke Army Medical Center Commander Brig. Gen. James Gilman;
                                                                     Kevin Newkirk; Jessica Newkirk; Diane Newkirk; U.S. Army Garrison Commander Col. Wendy
                                                     See SFAC P6     Martinson; and Charles O’Leary, SFAC supervisor.

                                                                                                                                                                        All-American Bowl


        264th Med. Bn. names top warrior team
        By Esther Garcia                             The rigorous competition         running a half mile before and              Weapons qualification includ-
                                                                                                                                                                        coaches visit
                                                                                                                                                                        Brooke Army
                                                                                                                                                                        Medical Center

        Fort Sam Houston Public Affairs Office   was organized to foster excel-
                                                 lence, exceed standards and
                                                                                      after negotiating the rigorous
                                                                                      NATO obstacle course while
                                                                                                                               ed the 9 mm pistol, M240B
                                                                                                                               machine gun and the M16A4
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           A Company, 264th Medical              enhance esprit de corps within       carrying a casualty on a litter;         rifle. For the land navigation
        Battalion was named the top              the battalion, according to bat-     testing on weapons assembly              competition, each team received
        warrior team in the battalion’s          talion leaders.                      and function; negotiating the lit-       a compass and a map and deter-            COMBATIVES
        first   Warrior       Challenge              Four companies or teams          ter obstacle course at Salado            mined their location on the
        Competition held Dec. 15 at var-         consisting of eight members and      Park that involved receiving             ground and navigated from one
        ious locations on Fort Sam               two alternates began the day’s       direct fire while maneuvering a          point to another. The competi-
        Houston.                                 events with a physical fitness       casualty underneath barbed               tion culminated with a modified
           “It was very challenging              test at MacArthur Parade Field.      wire; climbing high and low              combatives tournament. Each of
        physically, but teaches us to stay       Each team then road marched          walls; going down a steep hill;          the above events represented a
        together, and we communicated            to each phase of the competi-        entering narrow areas and high           theme from the Warrior Ethos
        very well,” said Pvt. Andrew             tion, executing a round-robin,       water areas to reach the safe            creed.
        Bautista, A Company, 264th               non-stop effect.                     zone; and requesting medical                                                      First Warrior
        Med. Bn.                                     The competition included         evacuation.                                See WARRIOR TEAM P14                   Challenge
                                                                                                                                                                        Competition

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Post breaks ground for first BRAC project                                                                                                                           ´+20(2)$50<0(',&,1(µ
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Top Army civilian visits BAMC
By Phil Reidinger                                 mand of the ISR, will host the official                                                                       Editorial Staff
Fort Sam Houston Public Affairs Office            groundbreaking Friday at 2 p.m. to                                                                  Army Medical Department Center
                                                  begin construction of the 103,600-                                                                  and School and Fort Sam Houston
   The Base Realignment and Closure               square-foot research center that will                                                                              Commander
2005 legislation directed the creation            cost approximately $92 million and is                                                                      Maj. Gen. Russell Czerw
of the Joint Center of Excellence for             scheduled for completion in September                                                                        Garrison Commander
Battlefield Health and Trauma at Fort             2009. The groundbreaking will mark                                                                          Col. Wendy Martinson
Sam Houston. The research center will             the first BRAC project at Fort Sam                                                                            Public Affairs Officer
be located with the Institute of Surgical         Houston.                                                                                                        Phillip Reidinger
Research near Brooke Army Medical                    The research center, able to accom-                                      Courtesy picture
                                                                                                                                                                     Editor/Writer
Center.                                           modate a workforce estimated to be The groundbreaking for the Joint Center of Excellence                          Elaine Wilson
   Maj. Gen. George Weightman, com-               264 personnel, will integrate all for Battlefield Health and Trauma will take place Friday                          Staff Writer
                                                                                             at 2 p.m. near Brooke Army Medical Center. The post’s
manding general, Medical Research
                                                                                             first Base Realignment and Closure project is sched-                  Cheryl Harrison
and Materiel Command, parent com-                             See BRAC PROJECT P7            uled for completion in September 2009.                                  Layout Artist
                                                                                                                                                                    Lori Newman

BRAC construction begins, affects parking near BAMC                                                                                                          News Leader office:
                                                                                                                                                                1212 Stanley Road
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Photos by Jen Rodriguez
By Phil Reidinger                        will be relocated to parking lots   Army Institute of Surgical         Center from Forest Glen, Md.;               Building 124, Suite 4                        Brig. Gen. James Gilman, commander of Great Plains Regional Medical                      Secretary of the Army Pete Geren visits with wounded warrior 1st Lt. David Ahern Friday and asks
Fort Sam Houston Public Affairs                                                                                                                            Fort Sam Houston, Texas                       Command and Brooke Army Medical Center, shows Secretary of the Army Pete
                                         on George Beach Avenue in the       Research. Currently, ISR is        U.S. Army Dental and Trauma                                                                                                                                                       about the overall care of Soldiers at Brooke Army Medical Center. Geren visited with wounded
                                                                                                                                                         78234-5004, 210-221-0615,                       Geren the layout of the hospital and the many facilities present in support of wounded
Office                                   vicinity of BAMC and adjacent       located on the BAMC campus.        Research Detachment, Naval                      DSN 471-0615                                                                                                                      warriors prior to the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Soldier and Family Assistance Center in
                                         parking space at the east side         The construction of the         Institute for Dental and                                                                 warriors Friday.                                                                         the lower level of BAMC.
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Staff parking spaces in Lot A            Research, along with the U.S.       the Naval Medical Research         2009.                                   www.samhouston.army.mil/pao/                     Iraq and Afghanistan receives          was how to develop interven-          That doesn’t make sense. The
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                                                                                                                                                                                                         know the science behind it.            things,” Adler said. “How do              “Secondly,” she continued,
                                                                                                                                                           This Army newspaper is an authorized
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                                                                                                                                                                                                            Consequently, Dr. Amy               you develop a mental health           “we wanted to make sure it
                                                                                                                                                     Defense. Contents of the News Leader are            Adler, a senior research psy-          training of some sort that’s          was integrated. If we tell
                                                                                                                                                     not necessarily the official views of, or           chologist with the U.S. Army           going to prevent that eventual        somebody something at pre [-
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                                                                                                                                                     and School and Fort Sam Houston Public              Research, in Heidelberg,               develop some kind of alterna-         we’re going for or concept
                                                                                                                                                     Affairs Office, 1212 Stanley Road, Building
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                                                                                                                                                                                                         program, which is a system of          that made sense for these sets        same information that we’re
                                                                                                                                                     advertised in this publication shall be made
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Soldiers who deploy in support of operations Iraqi Freedom or Enduring
                                                                                                                                                     available for purchase, use or patronage with-
                                                                                                                                                                                                         support and intervention.              of questions. It’s not like there     going to talk about at post[-       Freedom receive Battlemind training before departing and after returning
                                                                                                                                                     out regard to race, color, religion, sex, nation-      Not every Soldier who               was something off the shelf in        deployment].”                       home. The system includes separate training modules for Soldiers, unit
                                                                                                                                                     al origin, age, marital status, physical handi-     deploys downrange is at risk           civilian literature that would            The result? Battlemind, a       leaders, health-care providers and spouses.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                         for mental health problems,            begin to address this.”               term used to describe combat
                                                                                                                                                     violation or rejection of this equal opportunity    she said. The main risk factor            Formerly, the Army simply          readiness. It was also a term          The research team gath-            includes separate pre-deploy-
                                                                                                                                                     policy by an advertiser is confirmed, the print-    is the level of combat experi-         conducted medical post-               the researchers felt was appro-     ered Soldiers’ accounts of spe-       ment training modules for
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                                                                                                                                                                                                         enced, Adler explained to her          deployment health briefings for       priate for the training they        cific events and incidents,           Soldiers, unit leaders, health-
                                                                                                                                                     torial content of this publication is the respon-   audience, consisting predomi-          Soldiers. But it didn’t specifical-   were designing. Adler called it     turning them into teaching            care providers and spouses.
                                                                                                                                                     sibility of the Director of Public Affairs. The     nantly of medical, mental              ly target Soldiers going into         a Soldier’s inner strength to       tools that warriors can relate        Psychological debriefings are
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                                                                                                                                                                                                         health and family support              combat and coming back with           face fear and adversity in com-     to. “Some of these stories tell       given in theater and upon rede-
                                                                                                                                                     West, San Antonio, Texas 78227; 210-675-            professionals.                         adjustment challenges.                bat with courage, labeling it       more than any briefing ever           ployment. There is also a post-
                                                                                                                                                     4500, a private firm in no way connected with          Army studies show the                  Therefore, researchers at          “resiliency.”                       could,” Adler said.                   deployment module for spouses
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                                                                                                                                                                                                         greater the combat exposure a          the Walter Reed Army                      The Battlemind system is           The first Battlemind prod-         and several post-deployment
                                                                                                                                                     Center and School and Fort Sam Houston              Soldier encounters, the greater        Institute of Research began to        built on findings from surveys      uct was a mental health post-         modules for Soldiers.
                                                                                                                                                     Public Affairs Office. The civilian printer is      the risk for mental health             define their objectives for a         and interviews given to             deployment briefing. It quickly          As part of her presentation,
                                                                                                                                                     responsible for commercial advertising. The
                                                                                                                                                     appearance of advertising in this publication,
                                                                                                                                                                                                         problems, including post-trau-         mental health training pro-           Soldiers and Marines return-        became a training system sup-         Adler discussed various chal-
                                                                                                                                                     including inserts or supplements, does not          matic stress disorder, depres-         gram. Adler said the team             ing      from       Iraq     and    porting Soldiers and Families         lenges in developing a rele-
                                                                                                                                                     constitute endorsement by the U.S. Army.            sion, anger and relationship           needed to develop something           Afghanistan. In fact, many of       across the seven phases of the        vant pre-deployment mental
                                                                                                                                                     Stories and photos for publication considera-
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                                                                                                                                                                                                         problems. When Soldiers first          that was “going to make sense         the researchers themselves          deployment cycle.
                                                                                                                                                     conus.army.mil by close of business Friday.         return home, they may not              for different phases of the           have deployed.                         The Battlemind system                    See BATTLEMIND P8
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                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tax refund anticipation loans:                                                                                 Fort Sam Houston to
         News Briefs
 MLK March
                                                               San Antonio area BAH rates                                                                                                                                                                                                                               open tax centers Jan. 22
     The City of San Antonio 2008 MLK March and
 Commemorative Program will be held Jan. 21 at 10
 a.m. The three-mile march will begin at the
                                                           The Fort Sam Houston Housing Services
                                                        Office, under the Housing Division,
                                                        Directorate of Public Works, is tasked with
                                                                                                       quate and updated rental housing referral
                                                                                                       properties. In addition, the housing office is
                                                                                                       responsible for identifying unacceptable
                                                                                                                                                        mission reflected an increase of 200 percent
                                                                                                                                                        for adequate rental properties over the previ-
                                                                                                                                                        ous year’s submission. With the combined
                                                                                                                                                                                                          How much do they really cost?                                                                                     Tax season is right around the corner, and Fort Sam Houston is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ready for the rush for refunds. The post will open its two tax centers
                                                        providing data that is used to determine the   housing areas and ensuring that these areas      coordinated efforts of Fort Sam Houston,         By Capt. David Perrone                                                                                         Jan. 22.
 Eastside Boys and Girls Club at 3500 MLK Drive
                                                        Basic Allowance for Housing by the             are excluded from the data submission.           Lackland and Randolph Air Force Base hous-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 In a recent study, the Department
 (MLK Freedom Bridge), and will end at Pittman-                                                                                                                                                          Office of the Staff Judge Advocate                                                                                 The primary tax center office will be located in Building 133,
 Sullivan Park at 1101 Iowa where the commemora-
                                                        Department of Defense. This ongoing data          Due to the diligent efforts of the FSH        ing offices, the San Antonio area BAH                                                                    of Defense concluded that refund                       immediately behind the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, and the
                                                        collection process involves providing ade-     Housing Services Office, the 2007 BAH sub-       increased an average of 14 percent for 2008.         Some private tax preparation firms offer tax            anticipation loans were “the                       satellite office will be located in Brooke Army Medical Center, in the
 tive program and job fair will take place. People
                                                                                                                                                                                                         refund anticipation loans, which are loans on                                                                  hospital’s lower level.
 are invited to join the Fort Sam Houston Equal
                                                         Without Dependents                                                             With Dependents                                                  expected tax refunds that permit servicemem-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  second most prevalent high-cost                           Each tax center will be staffed by servicemembers and civilians
 Employment Opportunity/Equal Opportunity Special
 Emphasis Program Committee in the march. Look                                                                                                                                                           bers to borrow money against their tax refunds.           loan used by servicemembers.”                        who have been trained to prepare taxes. Soldiers and civilians who
 for the banner: “Fort Sam Houston Celebrates Dr.        Paygrade         2008              2007              Diff.                     Paygrade         2008              2007               Diff.          In exchange, they sign over a portion of their                                                             serve in the tax centers will attend Internal Revenue Service train-
 Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.” For more informa-      E-1               794               689              105                       E-1              1059               955               104        tax refund to the tax return preparation compa-         for the refund anticipation loan fee to receive a      ing and must pass all required tests before they can prepare taxes.
 tion, call Master Sgt. Ricky Evans at 295-0561 or       E-2               794               689              105                       E-2              1059               955               104        ny or agree to repay the preparer with the refund       $2,500 loan on a refund. That’s a 10 percent sur-          The tax centers will offer free tax preparation to military mem-
 Sgt. 1st Class Rosalba Chambers at 221-4240.            E-3               794               689              105                       E-3              1059               955               104        the taxpayer receives.                                  charge on the total amount of the refund.              bers, retirees and their dependents. In most cases, returns can be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        signed and electronically filed with the IRS on the same day. There
 Garrison Night at the Rodeo
                                                         E-4               794               689              105                       E-4              1059               955               104            There are drawbacks to refund anticipation             Worse yet, if the tax refund is deposited to a
                                                         E-5               885               796               89                       E-5              1180              1061               119        loans. First, not everyone qualifies for them. People   bank account and it arrives in as few as eight days,   is no charge for electronic filing at military tax centers. For the
                                                         E-6               954               863               91                       E-6              1257              1079               178        who have been denied a tax refund or have had           then the borrower will have paid $250 to receive a     most part, returns filed by a Thursday will be electronically
     U.S. Army Garrison Fort Sam Houston employ-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        deposited into a taxpayer’s bank account as early as the following
                                                         E-7              1067               962              105                       E-7              1335              1147               188        other problems with tax refunds in the past             loan of $2,500 for eight days. At an annualized
 ees, Family members and friends are invited to the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Friday; meaning people can have their refund back in as little as
                                                         E-8              1196              1065              131                       E-8              1420              1222               198        because of accrued, past-due child support or past-     rate of interest, the borrower is paying hundreds
 U.S. Army Garrison Fort Sam Houston Night at the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       one week.
                                                         E-9              1219              1070              149                       E-9              1507              1312               195        due student loans may not qualify for the loans.        of percent in interest for an unnecessary loan.
 San Antonio Rodeo Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m. Featured                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             In the past, Fort Sam Houston tax centers have saved service-
                                                         W-1              1012               914               98                       W-1              1258              1080               178            Additionally, there are maximum limits people          In the past, private tax preparers have been
 entertainment will be Lynyrd Skynyrd. The cost is                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      members thousands of dollars in tax preparation fees and helped
                                                         W-2              1195              1064              131                       W-2              1370              1178               192        can borrow and amounts for Earned Income                sued for deceptive advertising and for charging
 $15 per ticket. For more information or to order                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       them collect hundreds of thousands of dollars of refunds each year.
                                                         W-3              1221              1071              150                       W-3              1473              1269               204        Credit may not qualify for the loan amount.             interest rates above legal limits. As a result,
 tickets, call Loretta Belz at 221-9607, Robin Powell                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       (Source: Office of the Staff Judge Advocate)
                                                         W-4              1276              1096              180                       W-4              1521              1328               193            But perhaps the biggest problem with these
 at 221-2632, or, at Camp Bullis, Paty Chavarria at
                                                         W-5              1353              1164              189                       W-5              1575              1397               178        loans is the cost. Every year, the tax preparation                               See TAX REFUND P8
 295-7611 by close of business Monday.
                                                         01E              1180              1061              119                       01E              1351              1162               189        services earn nearly $1 billion

 Women’s History Month volunteers
                                                         02E              1214              1069              145                       02E              1457              1255               202        in fees from these loans. In a
                                                         03E              1257              1079              178                       03E              1529              1339               190        recent study, the Department
    The Great Plains Regional Medical Command, in        0-1               937               848               89                       0-1              1189              1063               126        of Defense concluded that
 support of the Installation Equal Opportunity           0-2              1138              1024              114                       0-2              1255              1079               176        refund anticipation loans were
 Office, seeks volunteers, military or civilian, to      0-3              1229              1073              156                       0-3              1469              1266               203        “the second most prevalent
 serve as committee members for the Women’s              0-4              1343              1154              189                       0-4              1599              1426               173        high-cost loan used by service-
 History Month observance in March. For more infor-      0-5              1394              1200              194                       0-5              1688              1538               150        members.”
 mation, call Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Crown at 295-       0-6              1473              1269              204                       0-6              1702              1551               151            The study concluded that
 2353 or e-mail matthew.crown@amedd.army.mil.            0-7              1502              1294              208                       0-7              1722              1569               153        there are alternatives avail-
                                                                                                                                                                                                         able to servicemembers at lit-
                                                                                                                                                                                                         tle or no cost.

TSGLI adds advisers at military treatment facilities                                                                                                                                                         Costs of tax preparation and
                                                                                                                                                                                                         refund anticipation loan fees
                                                                                                                                                                                                         vary between companies, but
   WASHINGTON,            D.C.       —     Traumatic             SFSSs are subject matter experts                                   vide guidance on the most difficult loss areas in the                assume, hypothetically, that a
Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance, a                                                                                             activities of daily living, which include eating,                    person pays a private preparer
Congressionally-mandated insurance program for                   who demonstrate a wide breadth                                     bathing, dressing, toileting, transferring and conti-                $125 to prepare taxes, and
members of the Armed Forces, is reaching out to                   of knowledge about the TSGLI                                      nence as they relate to the TSGLI claims process.                    then pays an additional $125
more Soldiers and their Families through the addi-                                                                                     “Training SFSSs then deploying them to key MTFs
tion of Soldier Family Support Specialists at 10 criti-             program and have gained                                         makes them a permanent fixture to the TSGLI infra-
cal military treatment facilities across the country, to             expertise in briefing and                                      structure and will expand our reach to the men and
include Brooke Army Medical Center.                                                                                                 women of the Armed Forces,” Sackett said.
   The program has been enhanced to provide con-                    assisting Soldiers and their                                    “Through this new initiative, we are demonstrating
sistent advice and assistance to all Soldiers and                Families with the claims process.                                  our ongoing and ever increasing commitment to
Family members so they can seamlessly file claims                                                                                   help traumatically wounded or injured Soldiers and
for traumatic injuries. The program, which is sup-                                                                                  their Families in their time of need.”
ported by Veterans Affairs, has provided $152 mil-               awarded claims for TSGLI.                                             SFSSs have been deployed to the following MTFs:
lion to traumatically injured Soldiers alone.                       “SFSSs are vital liaisons between the Soldier and               Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C.;
   SFSSs are subject matter experts who demon-                   medical community, ensuring the timely and accu-                   BAMC; William Beaumont AMC, Fort Bliss, Texas;
strate a wide breadth of knowledge about the TSGLI               rate submission and processing of TSGLI claims,”                   Darnall Army Hospital, Fort Hood, Texas; Womack
program and have gained expertise in briefing and                said Col. John F. Sackett, who leads the TSGLI                     Army Medical Center, Fort Bragg, N.C.; Schofield
assisting Soldiers and their Families with the claims            Branch under the Army’s Human Resources                            Army Medical Center, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii;
process. They work closely with the Warrior                      Command in Alexandria, Va.                                         Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, Fort
Transition Units and the Soldier and Family                         The SFSSs perform a variety of duties including                 Campbell, Ky.; Guthrie Ambulatory Army Medical
Assistance Centers at the MTFs to provide their serv-            claims form assistance, medical documentation                      Center, Fort Drum, N.Y.; Madigan Army Medical
ices. The addition of SFSSs will improve communica-              assistance, payment information and issue escala-
tion efforts, ultimately increasing the number of                tion to the TSGLI staff headquarters. SFSSs also pro-                                                           See TSGLI P8
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SFAC from P1                        the first time they ask that                                                                                                                            SFAC from P6                                                                                                   BRAC PROJECT from P2                vivarium must continue unim-
                                    question,” said Czerw at the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               peded while construction and
                                    ceremony. “The SFAC staff is                                                                                                                            the event, tracing the mili-                                                                                   Defense Department combat          alterations are under way due
Additionally, the center offers    committed to making that                                                                                                                                 tary’s commitment to its ser-                                                                                  casualty care research mis-        to ongoing research.
an array of conveniences, to       happen.”                                                                                                                                                 vicemembers back to the                                                                                        sions and functions in a multi-        Included in the construction
include Internet access, print-       The center will enable                                                                                                                                1800s.                                                                                                         service, synergistic research      are building information sys-
ers, scanners and fax              Soldiers to focus on their new                                                                                                                              “Abraham Lincoln pledged                                                                                    facility with a clinic founda-     tems, intrusion detection sys-
machines.                          mission, the general said.                                                                                                                               our nation to take care of                                                                                     tion. The center will provide      tems, energy monitoring and
   Most conveniently, the cen-     “Your mission out there is to                                                                                                                            those who borne the battle,                                                                                    permanent facilities for the       control systems, fire/smoke
ter is located within the hospi-   heal so that you can come                                                                                                                                his widow and his orphan. In                                                                                   consolidation of biomedical        detection and alarm systems,
tal, just an elevator ride away    back on active duty or that                                                                                                                              all the conflicts since that                                                                                   research and functions sup-        connections to the installation
for wounded warriors and           you can go to your community                                                                                                                             time, that commitment of our                                                                                   porting Combat Casualty Care       central systems, and building
their Families.                    as a veteran and contribute to                                                                                                                           nation has posed different                                                                                     and dental and biomedical          and site antiterrorism meas-
   “The goal was to bring          your community as you con-                                                                                                                               challenges,” said Secretary of                                                                                 research currently conducted       ures. Supporting facilities
services close to Warriors in      tributed to the nation.”                                                                                                                                 the Army Pete Geren. “There                                                                                    at Forest Glen Annex, Md.;         include water, sewer, gas and
Transition so they don’t have         Cody urged the SFAC staff                                                                                                                             were times when the system                                                            Photo by Elaine Wilson
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Great Lakes Naval Station, Ill.;   electric utilities; exterior com-
to travel to different locations   to remember the importance                                                                                                                               was under great stress and       Spc. James King, of the Warrior Transition Unit, creates a federal resume     Brooks City-Base, Texas; and       munications; site drainage;
for information or support,”       of their job, pledging to allow                                                                                                                          had to respond quickly.”         with help from Kim Goffar, Civilian Personnel Advisory Center federal         Fort Sam Houston.                  access drives; parking; side-
said Charles O’Leary, SFAC         them the latitude to make                                                                                                                                   As the Army changes, so       employment coordinator, Jan. 3 at the new Soldier and Family Assistance          Primary facilities include      walks; and site work. Access
supervisor.                        decisions. “We trust you to do                                                                                                  Photo by Esther Garcia   does its members’ needs,         Center located in the lower level of Brooke Army Medical Center.              new medical research and           for individuals with disabilities
   “The ability to provide a       the right thing.”                  Sgt. Katherine Williams, of the U.S. Army Medical Command Band, sings the national anthem Friday during a             Geren said. “We’re an Army                                                                                     vivarium facilities and alter-     is also incorporated into the
multiservice, one-stop facility       When it comes to the staff      ceremony celebrating the opening of the Soldier and Family Assistance Center at Fort Sam Houston. Attendees           with over half of our Soldiers                                                                                 ations to the existing medical     project.
for wounded warriors is a          dealing with young Families        include (from left) Secretary of the Army Pete Geren, Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Richard A. Cody, Installation     married and over 700,000            Geren described the diffi-         moral obligation.                       research lab and vivarium.             (Source: Fort Worth Corps
                                                                      Commander Maj. Gen. Russell Czerw, Brooke Army Medical Center Commander Brig. Gen. James Gilman and
demonstration of our commit-       and Soldiers, “don’t underesti-                                                                                                                          children who are part of Army    culties in implementing                  “We have a moral obliga-             Operation of the existing          of Engineers)
                                                                      U.S. Army Garrison Commander Col. Wendy Martinson.
ment to servicemembers and         mate the power of you saying,                                                                                                                            Families,” he said. “As the      change in such a large organi-        tion in our Army to take care
their Families,” he added.         ‘don’t worry about it, I’ll take                                                                                                                         needs of the Families have       zation. “It’s hard to move a          of our Soldiers, our civilians
   Maj. Gen. Russell Czerw,        care of your paperwork, you        Management Command to                  implementation of the Soldier         and execution of the AMAP at             changed, as the needs of         huge organization and make it         and our Family members, and
installation commander,            go upstairs and take care of       establish SFACs on installa-           and Family Assistance                 Fort Sam Houston was intend-             Soldiers have changed, your      respond to the needs of indi-         that moral obligation is much
described the SFAC as a “hub       your Soldier,’” he said.           tions in the continental U.S.          Center,” Czerw said.                  ed to care for and support the           Army has to change.”             viduals and … make the cor-           stronger when we are a
for orienting” Soldiers on gov-       The SFAC marks another          that have military medical                “Our goal is to always pro-        recuperation and rehabilita-                                              rections that it needs to             nation at war,” the general
ernmental and nongovern-           step in the Army’s quest to        facilities and Warrior in              vide professional services that       tion of our Warriors in                                                   make,” said Geren, attributing        said. “I’m very, very proud of
mental entitlements, as well       improve support services for       Transition Units.                      are efficient, accessible and         Transition.”                                                              the credit for many recent            what you’re doing here, very,
as a focal point for adminis-      Warriors in Transition and            “Our Army and our Army              convenient,” said U.S. Army              The secretary of the Army                                              changes made to the vice chief        very proud of our Army, and I
trative and financial needs.       their Families. Earlier in the     leadership have realized that          Garrison Commander Col.               put a historical perspective on                                           of staff of the Army.                 couldn’t be prouder of what
   “Our Soldiers deserve the       year, the Army Medical Action      … integral to the Army                 Wendy Martinson. “Every                                                                                            Cody said it was simply a          our Soldiers are doing.”
correct guidance and answers       Plan directed Installation         Medical Action Plan is the             aspect of our implementation                            See SFAC P7
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TAX REFUND from P5                                                       TSGLI from P4

                                                                                                                                                                                                       Champion of civil rights
                                     tion loans to servicemembers.                                          who incur a qualifying trau-         coverage going back to Oct. 7,
                                        Incidentally, the regulations                                       matic injury at any time dur-        2001, with slightly different
Congress passed restrictions on     also place the same 36 percent       Center, Fort Lewis, Wash.; and     ing their service commitment,        eligibility requirements.
interest that can be charged to     annual rate of interest on pay       Eisenhower Army Medical            whether on or off duty. It pro-         For more information
servicemembers. This year, the      day loans and vehicle title loans.   Center, Fort Gordon, Ga.           vides a one time, tax-free pay-      about TSGLI, including
DoD implemented rules that              People who choose to file           While the SFSSs operate at      ment of up to $100,000 per           detailed eligibility require-                    Martin Luther King Jr. left behind legacy of peace
limit the total amount of inter-    with a private tax preparer          these set locations, they will     traumatic event, which can be        ments and claim submission
est that may be charged to mili-    and receive a refund anticipa-       also provide assistance at         used to help with unforeseen         instructions, call the U.S.                         Martin Luther King Jr. was born at         Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a
tary members and their              tion loan should make sure           other MTFs throughout the          expenses or provide a finan-         Army TSGLI service center at                     home Jan. 15, 1929, in Atlanta. He was
dependents.                         they know what they are pay-         country. In addition, other        cial start on life after recovery.   1-800-237-1336,         e-mail                   the eldest son of Alberta and Martin          U.S. holiday marking the birth
   The new rules place a 36         ing and that their preparer          MTFs are being identified for      The program began Dec. 1,            TSGLI@conus.army.mil or visit                    Luther King Sr., who was a Baptist min-      date of the Reverend Dr. Martin
percent annual percentage           follows the law.                     future SFSS deployments.           2005, and all Soldiers covered       www.tsgli.army.mil.                              ister. His father enlisted as a pastor of a
rate of interest on a refund            For people who think they           TSGLI is for Soldiers —         under SGLI are eligible. In             (Source: U.S. Army Human                      large Atlanta church, Ebenezer Baptist,        Luther King Jr. The holiday is
anticipation loan. The amount       were charged an incorrect            active, Guard or Reserve —         addition, there is retroactive       Resources Command)                               which was founded by Martin Luther           observed on the third Monday of
does not include the cost of tax    amount, contact the Legal                                                                                                                                     King Jr.’s maternal grandfather.
preparation. This may mean          Assistance office at 221-2353        BATTLEMIND from P3                                   addresses safety concerns, relationship issues,                        King attended a segregated school,         January each year, around the
that some tax services will no      And, consider using the mili-                                                             normalized combat-related mental health reac-                       where he excelled. He then entered                 time of King’s birthday.
longer offer refund anticipa-       tary’s free tax centers.             health briefing for Soldiers.                        tions and symptoms — along with teaching                            Morehouse College at age 15 and gradu-
                                                                             “You have 45 minutes, maybe an hour, to tell     Soldiers when they should seek mental health                        ated with a bachelor’s degree in sociolo-
                                                                         Soldiers, before they deploy to Iraq, something      support for themselves or for their buddies                         gy in 1948. He went on to graduate with hon-        While studying in Boston, King met his
                                                                         about mental health,” she said. “What are you           The researchers realized that this post-                         ours from Crozer Theological Seminary in future wife, Coretta Scott, a music student and
                                                                         going to tell them? You don’t want to sugar coat     deployment briefing, the original Battlemind,                       1951 and enrolled in Boston University where a native of Alabama. They were married in
                                                                         it, but you don’t want to teach them a whole lot     was not enough. The Soldiers they talked to were                    he achieved a doctoral degree in systematic 1953 and went on to have four children. He
                                                                         of new information right at a time when they         raw, edgy and angry. Accordingly, another train-                    theology in 1955.                                then went on to accept his first pastorate at the
                                                                         are focused on the task ahead of them.”              ing program, Battlemind II, was developed to be                        Throughout his education, King was Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery,
                                                                             The researchers first chose to identify the      given three to six months into redeployment.                        exposed to influences that associated Christian Ala., a church with an intelligent congregation
                                                                         reality of combat and deployment. It may                The system re-emphasizes the normal reac-                        theology to the struggles of oppressed people. that had been led by a minister who strongly
                                                                         sound rudimentary, but earlier research found        tions and symptoms related to combat and                            At Boston University, he studied the teachings protested against racial discrimination.
                                                                         that Soldiers were not telling other Soldiers        what is called Battlemind checks: signs that                        on non-violent protests of Indian leader            By the 1950s, Montgomery’s blacks had
                                                                         what to expect. Soldiers didn’t want to sound        indicate mental health support is needed.                           Mohandas Gandhi. King also read and heard begun contemplating a boycott, which would
                                                                         as if they were bragging, said Adler.                   To learn more about the Battlemind system,                       many statements from people protesting not end segregation but be an effort to gain
                                                                             Pre-deployment Battlemind tells Soldiers         visit www.battlemind.org. All of the Battlemind                     against American racism. Benjamin E. Mays, better treatment for the black race. The
                                                                         what they are likely to see, to hear, to think and   products — training modules, brochures,                             the president of Morehouse and a leader in the Montgomery bus boycott lasted just over a
                                                                         to feel while deployed — by describing the           debriefings and videos — are available on the                       national community of racially liberal clergy- year, demonstrating a new enthusiasm of
                                                                         worst-case scenario.                                 Web site.                                                           men, was particularly important in modelling
                                                                             For the post-deployment phase, Battlemind           (Source: Army News Service)                                      King’s theological development.                                     See CIVIL RIGHTS P13
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U.S. Army South employee receives special gift                                                                                                                                          Servicemembers received a 3 per-        Did you know?
                                                                                                                                                                                     cent pay raise and General Schedule
By Staff Sgt. Nicholas Lutton                                                                                                                                   Maj. Gen. Keith      federal employees received a 2.5 per-                                       Evans Auditorium, on
                                                       “I think it is a wonderful privilege and an
U.S. Army South                                                                                                                                                 Huber (left), U.S.   cent base pay increase effective Jan.                                   Garden Avenue, was
                                                    honor to work for U.S. Army South,” said
                                                                                                                                                                Army South           1. We asked around to find out: What                                    built in 1972 as a 500-
                                                    Husband. “It has given me the opportunity to
                                                                                                                                                                commander, and       will you do with your pay raise?                                        seat motion picture the-
   The U.S. Army South holiday reception            enhance my skills, talent, and a chance to
                                                                                                                                                                Command Sgt.                                                                                 atre for the Army and Air
Dec. 14 was a special occasion for one of the       really develop. I am grateful for that.”                                                                    Maj. Armando                                                                                 Force Motion Picture
command’s longest-serving civilians.                   The process for Husband to become a cit-                                                                 Ramirez present          “I’m
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Service. The building
   Maj. Gen. Keith Huber, the U.S. Army             izen began with an application, followed by                                                                 Carol Husband,       going to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             was designated Evans
South commander, presented Carol Husband            an investigation, interview and test after she                                                              an event coordi-     use it to
                                                                                                                                                                nator for U.S.                                                                               Theater by Fort Sam
with an American flag and certificate to con-       had lived in the country for five years. She                                                                                     help with
                                                                                                                                                                Army South, with                                                                             Houston General Order
gratulate her on becoming a U.S. citizen.           was notified the day after Thanksgiving that                                                                                     my son’s                                        Specialist 4th Class
                                                                                                                                                                an American flag                                                                             #65, May 22, 1972. It
   Husband, an event coordinator in the U.S.        she would be granted citizenship in a cere-                                                                                      and daugh-                                       Donald W. Evans
                                                                                                                                                                in honor of her                                                                              was named for
Army South Visitor’s Bureau, became a U.S. cit-     mony at the Cultural Museum in downtown                                                                                          ter’s college
                                                                                                                                                                becoming a U.S.                                                                              Specialist 4th Class
izen Dec. 13. Originally from Panama, Husband       San Antonio.                                                                                                                     expenses.”                                                                                                                                                      Courtesy photo
has worked in the command for 27 years, mov-           “I just want to say thank you to U.S. Army
                                                                                                                                                                citizen during the
                                                                                                                                                                command’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Donald W. Evans, who was posthumously awarded the          Countdown to baby
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Medal of Honor. Evans, a graduate of the U.S. Army         LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Staff Sgt. James West and wife,
ing with it from Panama to Puerto Rico in 1999,     South for being there, supporting me and                                                                    holiday reception                                               Medical Training Center at Fort Sam Houston, served        Megan, of Fort Sam Houston, hold their new son, Treysen, in the Wilford
and again to San Antonio in 2003.                   giving me this opportunity,” said Husband.                                                   Courtesy photo Dec. 14.                       Sgt. 1st Class James Jordan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                with the 2nd Battalion 12th Infantry, 4th Infantry         Hall Medical Center Birthing Center Jan. 1. Treysen was the first baby
                                                                                                                                                                                         Office of the Staff Judge Advocate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Division in Vietnam. The building was redesignated         born at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, in 2008, arriving at 12:37 a.m.


                         Texas group embraces wounded troops                                                                                                                                                     “I’m
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Evans Auditorium in 1997 to reflect its current use.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   For more information on Fort Sam Houston history,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                call the Fort Sam Houston Museum at 221-1886 or
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           (From left) Birthing Center nurses Laura Galvan and Christina Scallion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           and Capt. (Dr.) Darren Pittard assisted in Treysen’s birth. West is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           assigned to the Brooke Army Medical Center Warrior Transition Unit. He
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           and his wife, Megan, received a congratulatory gift basket from Wilford
By Samantha L. Quigley                                                                                                                                                                                                          the U.S. Army Medical Department Museum at 221-
                                      has been making weekly visits     ‘med hold’ barracks on the (fol-    recovering servicemembers to       cial grants and financing of                                   going to roll                                                                Hall Volunteer Services.
American Forces Press Service                                                                                                                                                                                                   6358.
                                      to servicemembers recovering      lowing) Monday morning,” said       local restaurants. Those who       legal assistance.                                              mine into
                                      at Brooke Army Medical            Jerry Reed, a former Marine         are able can participate in           Operation Military Embrace                                  the Thrift
   WASHINGTON —A group                Center and their Families         and the organization’s president    Operation Military Embrace-        recently became a supporter                                    Savings                                                                                                Have feedback for a post
of Texans is offering a warm          since December 2005.              and executive director. The         organized hunting and fishing      of America Supports You, a                                     Plan.”
embrace to make sure                     “Operation Military Embrace    group also sets up a “free PX”      trips, as well.                    Defense Department program                                                                                                                                            customer service provider?
wounded servicemembers                … has visited the inpatients on   that provides simple necessities,      “Brenda Kaiser offers her       connecting citizens and corpo-
aren’t forgotten.                     a Sunday while setting up and     he added.                           ranch to BAMC warriors in          rations with military personnel       Chief Warrant Officer 2 Daryl                                                                          Go to the Interactive Customer Evaluation Web site at
   A three-person team from           serving breakfast to the outpa-      The group’s efforts also         transition and their Families      and their Family members              Okamuro                                                                                                http://ice.disa.mil and voice your opinion today.
Operation Military Embrace            tients in the day room of the     include outings that take           for quiet, peaceful weekends       serving at home and abroad.           Office of the Staff Judge Advocate
                                                                                                            away (from the hospital),             “We expect to benefit (from
                                                                                                            where they can hunt and fish       the affiliation) by gaining
                                                                                                            and relax with their Families      exposure nationally and by                                                        “I’m going to save money so I can
                                                                                                            in … solitude,” Reed said.         being able to share with oth-                                                  buy my husband a gift for Valentine’s
                                                                                                            Kaiser is the group’s vice pres-   ers what we are doing to help                                                  Day.”
                                                                                                            ident.                             our men and women in uni-                                                      Pfc. Heather Castro
                                                                                                               The group doesn’t stop          form,” Reed said.                                                              C Company, 264th Medical Battalion
                                                                                                            with morale-boosting activi-          Reed and his wife, Debbie,
                                                                                                            ties for servicemembers; how-      are the parents of a Marine
                                                                                                            ever, it also helps take care of   veteran and an active-duty                                                        “I’m going to pay off bills.”
                                                                                                            practical needs through finan-     Marine.                                                                        Pfc. Casen Crowley
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              C Company, 264th Medical Battalion



                                                                                                                                                                                                                 “I’m
                                                                                                                                                                                                              going to
                                                                                                                                                                                                              catch up on
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                                              debt.”




                                                                                                                                                                                     Andrea Nichols
                                                                                                                                                                                     Directorate of Morale, Welfare and
                                                                                                                                                                                     Recreation
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                                                              All-American visitors
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   CIVIL RIGHTS from P9                    the moral right and responsi-           the march, which suspended
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           bility to disobey laws they             the use of literacy tests and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                protest among Southern                    found unjust.                            other voter qualifications tests
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                blacks.       King’s   serious               King built up support for             that had been used to deter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                demeanour and assiduous                   black civil rights and led to            blacks from voting.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                appeal to Christian brother-              him making one of the most                  King was assassinated April
                                                                                                                                                                Red Cross lifeguard classes                                                     hood and American idealism                famous speeches in American              4, 1968, in Memphis by a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                made an incontestable percep-             history, “I have a dream.” The           sniper during a protest to help
                                                                                                                                                                    People interested in being a lifeguard can attend Red Cross lifeguard       tion on whites outside the                speech resulted in the segre-            black garbage workers. King
                                                                                                                                                                classes through May at the Jimmy Brought Fitness Center. A four-day class       South. Although positive con-             gation laws to change. The               became a symbol that repre-
                                                                                                                                                                will be held Saturday, Sunday, Jan. 19 and 20 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Red     sequences came from the                   Civil Rights Act of 1964 was             sents black courage and
                                                                                                                                                                Cross lifeguard class is a minimum requirement for employment as a life-        protests, negative conse-                 established, which prohibited            achievement, high moral lead-
                                                                                                                                                                guard. To register, people must be at least 16 years or older and pass a pre-   quences came along as well, to            segregation in public accom-             ership, and the ability of
                                                                                                                                                                test that involves a 300-meter swim and a 20-yard swim holding a 10-pound include many violent incidents                  modations, as well as discrim-           Americans to address and
                                                                                                                                                                object. The $160 fee includes all books, first-aid instruction, cardiopulmonary against the protesters and the            ination in education and                 overcome racial discrimination.
                                                                                                                                                                resuscitation mask and CPR automatic external defibrillator for infants, chil- bombing of King’s home.                    employment. As a result, King               Martin Luther King Jr. Day
                                                                                                                                                                dren and adults. Payment is due after passing the pre-test. For more informa-       King made strategic                   received his Nobel Prize for             is a U.S. holiday marking the
                                                                                                                                                                tion or to register, call 221-1234.
                                                                                                                                                                Pedometer Challenge
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                alliances with Northern whites            peace.                                   birth date of the Reverend Dr.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                that later accelerated his suc-              King then went on to                  Martin Luther King Jr. The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                cess at influencing public                enforce equal voting rights. He          holiday is observed on the
                                                                                                                                                                    Are you ready to step? Stop by the Jimmy Brought Fitness Center through     opinion in the United States.             did this by congregating a               third Monday of January each
                                                                                                                                                                Tuesday to register for the 2008 Pedometer Challenge. The competition           During the anti-segregation               20,000-person rally, which               year, around the time of King’s
                                                                                                                                                                gauges how far each person walks between Jan. 23 and Feb. 27. Registration marches in Birmingham, Ala.,                   marched from Selma, Ala., to             birthday.
                                                                                                                                                                is $25 and includes a free pedometer. For more information, call 221-1180.
                                                                                                                                                                Race to the Top
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                King was arrested and sent to             Montgomery in the hope of                   It is one of four U.S. federal
                                                                                                                                      Photos by Jen Rodriguez                                                                                   jail. This is when he wrote the           drawing attention to the                 holidays to commemorate an
                                            (Above) Wounded warrior Sgt. Jesse Slotte talks football with “Remember the Titans” coaches Herman Boone                                                                                            famous letter, “Letter from               struggle for black voting                individual person.
                                            and Bill Yoast during their visit to Brooke Army Medical Center Jan. 3 as part of the U.S. Army All-American            Stop by the Jimmy Brought Fitness Center Monday through Jan. 18 to prove
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Birmingham jail,” which                   rights. The Voting Rights Act               (Source: Fort Sam Houston
                                            Bowl events. The All-American-Bowl, played Saturday in the Alamodome, included more than 90 of the best             you’ve got what it takes to make it to the top. The goal is to reach the top of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                argued that individuals had               of 1965 was introduced due to            Equal Opportunity Office)
                                            high school athletes in the nation who battled in an East vs. West contest in front of a nationally televised       the Washington Monument, a total of 897 steps on the stepmill machines at
                                            audience and 36,534 stadium fans, the highest attendance in the eight-year history of the Army-sponsored            the fitness center. The competition is free; T-shirts are $10. For more informa-
                                            game. This year, the East team won the game 33-23.                                                                  tion, call 221-1234 or 221-2020.
                                                                                                                                                                Indoor triathlon                                                                    Blood is fluid of life
                                                                                                                        Athletes shine at
                                            (Above, left) Visiting U.S. Army All-American Bowl coaches congratulate


                                                                                                                        indoor triathlon
                                            wounded warriors Staff Sgt. Michael Hardin, U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt.
                                                                                                                                                                   The Jimmy Brought Fitness Center will hold an indoor triathlon Feb. 3.           The Brooke Army Medical Center Blood Bank is running critically low on AB negative blood.
                                            Israel Del Toro and Marine Capt. Ryan Voltin following a Warrior Panel
                                            during which the servicemembers told personal stories of their injuries                                             There is no fee for sign-up and the triathlon is open to people 10 years and        Akeroyd Blood Donor Center is reaching out to you for your support to accomplish a mission for life.
                                            Friday at the Center for the Intrepid.                                                                              older. The triathlon features a 400-meter swim, five-mile stationary bike ride      To donate blood now, call the Akeroyd Blood Donor Center at 295-4655 or 295-4989.
                                                                                                                            The Jimmy Brought Fitness           and two-mile treadmill run. For more information, call 221-1234.
                                                                                                                        Center held an indoor triathlon
                                                                                                                        Sunday. The winner was Jon
                                                                                                                        Thibedeau with a time of 34:59,
                                                                                                                        while Sgt. 1st Class Michael
                                                                                                                        Hammond finished second with
                                                                                                                        a time of 35:29. The remaining
                                                                                                                        top five men’s finishers were
                                                                                                                        Eddie Frazier, Mike LaDuke and
                                                                                                                        Eric Corbett. The top female fin-
                                                                                                                        isher was fitness center employ-
                                                                                                                        ee Amanda Jeter with a time of
                                                                                                                        38:56. In second place was vol-
                                                                                                                        unteer aerobics instructor Nan
                                                                                                                        Hill. Bobby Villarreal, Gloria
                                                                                                                        Navarro and Rebecca Rendon
                                                                                                                        were also in the top five for
                                                                                                                        female competitors. The race
                                                                                                                        also included five competitors
                                                                                                                        under age 15. Villarreal was the
                                                                                                                        junior female winner with a
                                                                                                                        time of 43:07 seconds while 10-
                                                                                                                        year-old Ty Jeter was the fastest
                                                                                                                        junior boy with a time of 49:02
                                                                                                                        seconds. The next indoor
                                                                                                                        triathlon will be held Feb. 3. For
                                                                                                                        more information or to schedule
                                                                                                                        a start time, call 221-1234.
                                                                                                                            (Source: Jimmy Brought
                                                                                                                        Fitness Center)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         WARRIOR TEAM from P1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             The team with the most points
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         earned was named top warrior
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         team.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             “It was very challenging, but I
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         have to work on my speed,” said
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Pfc. Kimberly Miranda, after she
 Working as a team,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         completed the litter obstacle course
Soldiers help one of
 their teammates as                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      at Salado Park.
   he walks across a                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         “I have to learn to be stronger,”
beam while carrying                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      said Pfc. Merari Cayo.
  a 10-pound box of                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          “This competition is a test of
  ammunition at the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      their medical skills and warrior
      NATO obstacle                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      tasks,” said Sgt. 1st Class Alejandro
   course during the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Pereyra, C Company, 264th Med.
   Warrior Challenge
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Bn. and NCO in charge for the litter
         competition.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         obstacle course.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Maj. Gen. Russell Czerw, com-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         manding general, Fort Sam
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Soldiers maneuver a casualty under a barbed wire during the litter obstacle course at Salado Creek   Houston and Army Medical
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Park. Competitors maneuvered eight obstacles while carrying a 185-pound litter load.                 Department Center and School, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Capt. William LaChance, com-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         mander, 264th Med. Bn., presented
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         each member of the team with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         first, second and third place medals
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         at the awards ceremony held at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Evans Auditorium in a room full of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         cheering warriors assigned to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         battalion. The commander’s first-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ever warrior trophy also was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Photos by Esther Garcia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         unveiled. The first place company
                                                                                                              Pfc. Merari Calo, A Company, 264th Medical Battalion, pins her opponent during the combative tournament competition of the first                                                                                                           received a streamer, which
                                                                                                              Warrior Challenge Dec. 15 held at various sites on the installation.                                                                                                                                                                       LaChance attached to the compa-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ny’s guidon.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             “What is this competition about?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         — guts, will, courage, ability to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         overcome fear, physical stamina,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         being a Soldier,” said LaChance.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             “The true mark of a warrior is the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         willingness to engage the enemy, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         sometimes the enemy may be you,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         your own self-confidence. Today they
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    A Soldier adjusts his M240B machine gun during the weapons qualification. Weapons qualification      overcame all of that, and today we
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    included the 9 mm pistol, the M240B machine gun and the M16A4 rifle.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         celebrate them,” said LaChance.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             “This warrior competition is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         indeed about what is within you
Each event during the Warrior Challenge competition represented a Warrior Ethos theme. Professional skill,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         and how far you can push yourself.
expertise, teamwork, and never quitting when faced with obstacles were reinforced during events such as the
litter carry at the NATO obstacle.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       This was a challenge today, a chal-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         lenge among each of you that par-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ticipated,” said Czerw. “Whether
     A Company, 264th
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         you finished first or last, you have
Medical Battalion, was
 named the top warrior                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   gained something in this competi-
     team following the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  tion.”
Warrior Challenge Dec.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Czerw then encouraged each
 15. The winning team                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    warrior to take the opportunity to
  receives the battalion                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 educate themselves, whether online
   commander’s trophy                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    or in a small class, and thanked
   and a streamer. Maj.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  everyone for doing what they do,
    Gen. Russell Czerw,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         being part of 1 million protecting a
  commanding general,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         nation of 3 million.
 Fort Sam Houston and
          Army Medical                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       The final event of the day was
Department Center and                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    the most relaxing. Soldiers gath-
School, presented first,                                                                                      Sgt. 1st Class Eric Galvan, C Company, 264th Medical Battalion, grades Spc. Jonathan Jordan while he conducts a medical evacua-                                                                                                            ered for a viewing of the action
second and third place                                                                                        tion request during the litter obstacle course at Salado Creek Park. Jordan received the Battalion Commander’s Impact Award, an                                                                                                            movie “300” at Evans Auditorium.
 medals to members of                                                                                         Achievement Medal, in recognition of his outstanding performance during the Warrior Challenge competition.                            Competing as a team, Soldiers review their map to determine the next checkpoint during the
             the teams.                                                                                                                                                                                                                             land navigation competition of the Warrior Challenge event.
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                                                    begins at 8:30 a.m. The last ride is at 2 p.m.    Sam Houston Club                                  from 2 to 4 p.m. at Army Community Service,        MWR from P16                                  through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in
                                                    For more information, call 224-7207.              Karaoke Fridays                                   Building 2797. The class provides important                                                      Building 2797. Walk-ins and appoint-                                       Operation Turkey Drop
                                                                                                         Come by the Sam Houston Club Fridays at 5      information on savings, credit and establish-      PAC meetings are held the third Tuesday       ments are welcome; patrons are seen after
                                                                                                                                                        ing a budget. Seating is limited. For more                                                       4 p.m. by appointment only. To register for
                                                               Dining and                             p.m. for free karaoke. Practice your vocals or
                                                                                                                                                        information or to register, call 221-1612.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           of each month. For more information, call
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Child and Youth Services programs,
                                                                                                                                                        Identity theft prevention
                                                                                                      just come out and have fun with friends to cel-                                                      221-4871 or 221-1723.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Youth talent show
                                                             Entertainment                                                                                                                                                                               patrons must provide current shots
                                                    MWR Ticket Office
                                                                                                      ebrate the end of another long work week. For
Recreation and Leisure                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   records (kindergarten through fifth grade),
Warriors Monthly Scramble
                                                                                                      more information, call 224-2721.
                                                                                                                                                            The Financial Readiness Program will offer                                                   two local emergency designees, a health
Golf Tournament
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sign-up for the 2008 Youth Services
                                                       The MWR ticket office is open Tuesdays                                                           an identity theft prevention class Jan. 24 from                                                  assessment/sport physical within the last
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Talent Show Feb. 23. Comedians, dancers,
                                                    through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.                   Army Community                             2 to 4 p.m. at Army Community Service,             models, steppers, poets, speakers,            year (sport physicals must be valid for the
    Register up to four players to participate in   Discounted tickets are available for local                  Service                                 Building 2797. The class provides information                                                    entire sports season), child’s Social
                                                                                                                                                                                                           singers and musicians are needed. Stop
                                                                                                      AFAP conference
the Warriors Monthly Scramble Golf                  attractions, as well as theme parks like Disney                                                     on how to avoid becoming a victim, how to rec-                                                   Security number, sponsor’s Leave and
                                                                                                                                                                                                           by any Child and Youth Services facility
Tournament held the first Friday of each month      World and Universal Studios. For more infor-                                                        ognize signs and what to do if you become a                                                      Earnings Statement, spouse’s W2 form,
                                                                                                                                                                                                           through Jan. 25 to sign-up. Applicants
at the Fort Sam Houston Golf Club. The next         mation, visit www.fortsamhoustonmwr.com or            Make your voice heard to Army leadership at   victim. Seating is limited. For more information                                                 $18 registration fee and activity fee pay-
                                                                                                                                                                                                           must be between the ages of 3 and 18.
tournament will be Feb. 1. with a shotgun start     call 221-1663 or 224-2721.                        all levels. Fort Sam Houston is hosting the       or to register, call 221-1612.                                                                   ment. For more information, call 221-1723
                                                                                                                                                        Personal financial management
                                                                                                                                                                                                           For more information, call 221-4871 or
at 12:30 p.m. The entry fee is $20 per person                                                         annual Army Family Action Plan conference                                                                                                          or 221-4871.
                                                    Harlequin Dinner Theatre                                                                                                                                                                             FCC providers
                                                                                                                                                                                                           221-1723.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Undergraduate scholarships
and includes cart rental, prizes and a social                                                         Jan. 23 and 24 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the
following the scramble. Participants must be                                                          Sam Houston Club. The AFAP process identifies        The Financial Readiness Program will offer
in an authorized pass-or-leave status. For          ‘Appointment with Death’                          well-being issues for Soldiers, Department of     a personal financial management class                 Completed applications for the                Family Child Care seeks Family mem-
more information or to register, call the Golf         The Agatha Christie mystery, “Appointment      Army civilians, retirees and their Family mem-    Tuesday and Jan. 29 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Army       National Oceanic and Atmospheric              bers interested in becoming certified FCC                                                                                            Courtesy photo
Club Pro Shop at 222-9386.                          with Death,” is playing through Feb. 16 at the    bers for Army leadership. Issue submission        Community Service, Building 2797. The class                                                      providers. There is a no-cost start-up        Bank of America partnered with several local organizations for the 27th annual Operation Turkey
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Administration Undergraduate Scholarship
                                                    Harlequin Dinner Theatre. Tickets are $28 on                                                        provides information on credit reports, main-                                                                                                  Drop. Bank representatives and military members donated and delivered insulated gift bags
                                                                                                      forms are available on the Fort Sam Houston                                                          must be received by Feb. 8. Participants      plan. For more information, call 221-3828.

Equestrian Center trail rides                                                                                                                                                                                                                            SKIES Unlimited Classes
                                                    Wednesdays and Thursdays and $31 on Fridays                                                         taining budgets and effective savings plans.                                                                                                   containing frozen turkeys, hams and gift cards Dec. 19 to 31 to Army families on Fort Sam
                                                                                                      MWR Web site at www.fortsamhoustonmwr.com                                                            may receive up to $8,000 in assistance                                                      Houston and 134 families in the Government Hill neighborhood. “This is a great way to reach out
                                                    and Saturdays. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. for        or at Army Community Service, Building 2797.      Seating is limited. For more information or to     per school year for full-time study. For                                                    to those in need of some assistance this time of year,” said Dawn Bannwolf, 2007 Operation
                                                    salad bar and cocktails, with a buffet from                                                         register, call 221-1612.                                                                            The Child and Youth Services Schools
                                                                                                                                                        Understanding your credit report
   One-hour trail rides are offered at the                                                            For more information or to register as a dele-                                                       more information, call School Liaison                                                       Turkey Drop project manager. The Turkey Drop delivery crew included (from left) Sgt. 1st Class
Equestrian Center Saturdays and Sundays to          6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; the show begins at 8 p.m.      gate, call ACS at 221-9821.                                                                          Services at 221-2214 or 295-4806.             of Knowledge, Inspiration, Exploration and    Michael Knott, U.S. Army North; Bannwolf; Master Sgt. John Morales, Army North; Jeanette
                                                                                                      Financial planning                                                                                   CYS needs instructors
individuals 7 years and older. A parent must        Military discounts are available. For more                                                                                                                                                           Skills Unlimited program offers language,     Harbage; Denise Brooks; Kathy Barlow; Command Sgt. Maj. George Nieves, Army North; and Rudy
accompany children younger than 12 years old.       information or to make reservations, call 222-                                                         The Financial Readiness Program will offer                                                    music and sports classes for children         Sanchez, of the San Antonio Food Bank.
The cost is $20 per person. The first trail ride    9694.                                                 The Financial Readiness Program will offer    an understanding your credit report class Jan.        Child and Youth Services seeks instruc-    ages 6 to 18 who are registered with CYS.
                                                                                                      a financial planning class today and Jan. 31      22 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Army Community              tors for driver’s education, cooking, lead-   The first month’s fee is due at the time of
                                                                                                                                                                  Service, Building 2797. The class
                                                                                                                                                                  provides information on how to
                                                                                                                                                                  obtain, review, correct and update an
                                                                                                                                                                                                           ership skills, mentoring, tutoring, voice,
                                                                                                                                                                                                           guitar and Spanish. For more information,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         registration at Building 2797. For more
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         information, visit the Child Development                          Spotlight your unit
                                                                                                                                                                                                           call 295-4806 or 221-1103.                    Center, Building 2530; School Age
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Central Registration
                                                                                                                                                                  individual’s credit report. Seating is                                                                                                                       The Public Information Office welcomes articles, photos or story idea submis-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Services, Building 1705; or Middle School
                                                                                                                                                                  limited. For more information or to                                                                                                                       sions for the Fort Sam Houston News Leader.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         and Teens, Building 1630; or call 221-
                                                                                                                                                                  register, call 221-1612.                                                                                                                                     To submit a story or idea or for more information, call 221-0615, e-mail

                                                                                                                                                                 Mandatory checkbook
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Central Registration is open Monday        1723 or 221-4871.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            news.leader@conus.army.mil or stop by the office in Building 124 (second floor).

                                                                                                                                                                 maintenance
                                                                                                                                                                    The Financial Readiness Program
                                                                                                                                                                 will hold a mandatory checkbook
                                                                                                                                                                 maintenance class Jan. 17 from 2 to
                                                                                                                                                                 4 p.m. at Army Community Service,
                                                                                                                                                                 Building 2797. The class is for per-
                                                                                                                                                                 sonnel referred by the command for
                                                                                                                                                                 abusing or misusing check-cashing
                                                                                                                                                                 privileges. All personnel can attend
                                                                                                                                                                 this class. Seating is limited. For
                                                                                                                                                                 more information or to register, call
                                                                                                                                                                 221-1612.


                                                                                                                                                                      Child and Youth
                                                                                                                                                                         Services
                                                                                                                                                                 Parent Advisory Council
                                                                                                                                                                    Child and Youth Services will hold
                                                                                                                                                                 a Parent Advisory Council meeting
                                                                                                                                                                 Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30
                                                                                                                                                                 p.m. at the Child Development
                                                                                                                                                                 Center. All CYS patrons are encour-
                                                                                                                                                                 aged to attend. Lunch is provided.
                                                                                                                                                                 This is an opportunity for patrons to
                                                                                                                                                                 meet staff, attend parent workshops
                                                                                                                                                                 and learn about upcoming events.


                                                                                                                                                                                   See MWR P17
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Positive reinforcement motivates elementary physical education classes
By Dr. Kathy Maxwell                 establish healthy habits early       requirements set forth in the     when winners are announced.                       Quarter” award. Students
Fort Sam Houston Elementary School   in life.                             personal responsibility agree-    A certificate is printed and                      from the winning classroom
                                         “Some students do not see        ment signed by every student.     presented to the classroom                        select the physical education
   Elementary physical educa-        physical education as an excit-      Students are observed follow-     representative in the gym.                        activities for the day.
tion teachers Amy Cichon and         ing, necessary part of their life.   ing expected behaviors, activi-      At the close of each quarter,                     “Since we initiated this
Ann Boelens have developed a             When students arrive in          ty rules and physical activity    a special award goes to the                       recognition program, physical
special incentive called the         class, ready to participate and      dress guidelines.                 class with the greatest number                    education classes have a high-
“Physical Education Class of         learn, we can make a differ-            The competition is fierce as   of “Physical Education Class of                   er level of participation and
the Day” designed to encour-         ence, teaching students the          26 classes each day strive to     the Day” awards. That class                       we have fewer problems with
age students to be more active       importance of making healthy         earn this highly coveted award.   then receives the “Physical                       behavior that interfere with
and motivated to participate         choices and staying active,”            The “Physical Education        Education Class of the                            instruction,” Cichon said.
in class activities.                 said Boelens.                        Class of the Day” is announced
   The idea evolved over a               Boelens and Cichon base          on the intercom during the
concern for the current health       their decisions on the physical      morning program. Cheers can        Fort Sam Houston Independent School District
of students and the desire to        education expectations and           be heard all over the campus
                                                                                                                              Weekly Calendar - Monday to Jan. 21
                                                                                                             Fort Sam Houston Elementary                      Wednesday
                                                                                                             Gifted and Talented Explorations Testing all     Semester exams periods 6 and 7
                                                                                                             week                                             Poetry slam, 6:30 p.m.
                                                                                                             Jan. 17                                          Jan. 17
                                                                                                             Observation/Tour Day                             Early student release, 1:30 p.m.
                                                                                                             Jan. 18                                          Semester exams periods 3 and 8
                                                                                                             Spirit Day                                       Girls’ soccer vs. Incarnate Word at Cole,
                                                                                                             End of second nine weeks                         4:30 p.m.
                                                                                                             End of first semester                            Jan. 18
                                                                                                                                                              Early student release, 1:30 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                              Semester exams periods 4 and 5
                                                                                                             Robert G. Cole Middle/High School                Academic Decathlon Competition at
                                                                                                             Monday                                           Somerset
                                                                                                             Cougar Pride Club meeting                        Girls’ basketball at Dilley, 5 and 6:30 p.m.
                                                                                                             Girls’ soccer vs. Antonian at Cole, 4:30 p.m.    Boys’ basketball at Dilley, 5 and 8 p.m.
                                                                                                             Boys’ soccer vs. Antonian at Cole, 6 p.m.        Boys’ soccer vs. TMI at Cole, 5 p.m.
                                                                                                             Tuesday                                          Jan. 19
                                                                                                             Semester exams periods 1 and 2                   DECA District Competition at Madison High
                                                                                                             Boys’ varsity basketball at Cotulla, 6:30 p.m.   School
                                                                                                             Girls’ basketball vs. Cotulla at Cole, 5 and     Academic Decathlon Competition at
                                                                                                             6:30 p.m.                                        Somerset
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Submission guidelines:
                                                                                           Chapel. Come join us for fellowship,        first floor of the CFI. For more infor-
                                                                                           worship and a bible study. Childcare        mation, call Chaplain (Maj.) Jim
                                                                                           is provided. For more information,          Duke or Chaplain (Capt.) Jim Combs                                                                                                 Freebies are published on a first-come, first-served basis. The deadline is close of business Friday. Freebies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      are intended for personal household goods, and may only be submitted by active, retired or reserve military mem-
                                                                                           New worship services
                                                                                           call 210-462-7676.                          at 916-1105.

                                            PWOC spring kickoff
                                                                                                                                           An Episcopal/Lutheran Rite tradi-                                                                                          bers and civilian employees working on Fort Sam Houston. Real estate ads will not be published. To submit a Fort
                                                                                                                                       tional worship service will be held                                                                                            Freebie, e-mail news.leader@conus.army.mil or fax to 221-1198. Freebies run for one week unless submitter calls
                                                                                               A Christ for the Intrepid contem-
                                               Protestant Women of the Chapel                                                          Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. at the Brooke                                                                                          to renew. Limit of five items per entry. For more information, call 221-0546.
                                                                                           porary worship service will be held
                                            will hold its spring kickoff                                                               Army Medical Center Chapel. For more
                                                                                           Sunday nights at 5:30 p.m. followed
                                            Wednesday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.                                                          information, call Chaplain (Capt.) Phil      For Sale: Big office chair, $29;      14 feet, $60. Call 290-8472 or 337-        and lamp, $49; 1992 Ford Deluxe         Nintendo game cube, one controller      case office desk. Call 267-1030.
                                                                                           by a service at 6 p.m. at the Center
                                            and Jan. 17 at 6:30pm. at Dodd Field                                                       Kochenberger at 916-1105.                 two bar chairs, new, $129; leather       353-9591.                                  Magnum conversion van, loaded,          and Game Boy adapter, $50; games
                                                                                           for the Intrepid Coffee House, on the                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Free to Good Home: Cat, one
                                                                                                                                                                                 sofa and matching recliner with                                                     new tires and starter, $2,998; blue     for Game Cube, $10 each; Bagboy
                                                                                                                                                                                 insurance, $750. Call 829-4741,             For Sale: Bookcase/entertain-           cloth recliner, $49. Call 659-6741.     push golf cart, $75. Call 697-9261      year old, spayed, shots up-to-date,
                                                                                                                                                                                 leave message.                           ment center, 5 feet high by 36 inches                                              or 363-4056.                            fun, loving and playful. Call Becky at

                                                                     Post Worship Schedule                                                                                          For Sale: Graco Duo Glider dou-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          wide, $95; brown cowboy boots, size
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          10.5 EE, $25; Resistol brown hat,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        For Sale: Reversible king com-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     forter set with sheets, plus bathroom     For Sale: Bowflex tread climber,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     254-9803 or 608-359-5115.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Free to Good Home: Female kit-
                                              Main Post Chapel, Building 2200, 221-2754                            11 a.m. - Mass - Sundays                                      ble stroller, $100; Graco Snug Ride      21-inch oval, $45; musical baby            accessories, palm tree design, $75;     new, $2,000. Call 320-4993.
                                                                                                                   11 a.m. - Mass - weekdays                                     infant car seat, $30; Graco extra        swing, $40; cockerpoo, 12 months           white wicker fainting couch with                                                ten, found abandoned. Call 566-
                                                 Catholic Services:
                                                 4:45 to 5:15 p.m. - Confessions - Saturdays                       Protestant Services:                                          base infant car seat, $25; Graco         old, $75. Call 633-3859.                   cushion, excellent condition, $90;         Free: Institutional-style steel      8292 or 849-5595.
                                                 5:30 p.m. - Mass - Saturdays                                      10 a.m. - Worship Service - Sundays
                                                                                                                   12 p.m. - Worship - Wednesdays                                Pack-n-Play square play yard, $65.
                                                 9:30 a.m. - Mass - Sundays
                                                                                                                                                                                 Call 262-2947 or 262-9386.                  For Sale: Dining room table with
                                                 11:30 a.m. - Mass - weekdays                                                                                                                                             four covered chairs, 71 inches long
                                                 Protestant Services - Sundays:                                 AMEDD Regimental Chapel, Building 1398, 221-4362
                                                 8 a.m. - Traditional Protestant                                   Catholic Mass: 8 a.m. - Sundays                                  For Sale: Ashley three-piece living   by 38 inches wide, $400 obo; couch,
                                                 11 a.m. - Traditional Protestant                                  Protestant Service: 9 a.m. - Sundays                          room set, $375; glass dining table       7 feet long, $50; free boxes, all sizes.
                                                 Jewish Services: 379-8666 or 493-6660                             Christian education: 10 a.m. -Sundays                         with six chairs and bakers rack, $295;   Call 226-2108 or 618-531-8122.
                                                 8 p.m. - Fridays - Worship and 8:30 p.m. - Oneg Shabbat           Gospel Service: 11 a.m. - Sundays                             Maytag gas dryer, $225; coffee table
                                                                                                                   Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints:
                                                                                                                                                                                 and two end tables, $75; two lamps,         For Sale: Twin bed with match-
                                              Dodd Field Chapel, Building 1721, 221-5010 or 221-                   9:30 a.m. - Sundays at Evans Auditorium                                                                ing dresser/mirror and night stand,
                                                                                                                                                                                 $40. Call 535-2249, 493-2910 or e-
                                              5432                                                                                                                                                                        $200 obo; four-piece red apple can-
                                                 Catholic Service: 12:30 p.m. - Mass - Sundays                  FSH Mosque, Building 607A, 221-5005 or 221-5007                  mail getmysale@yahoo.com.
                                                                                                                   10:30 a.m. - Children’s Religious Education -                                                          ister set, $20; 11-piece Vitrex cook-
                                                 Protestant Services:
                                                 10:30 a.m. - Collective Gospel Protestant - Sundays               Sundays                                                          For Sale: Set of four XON 20-inch     ware set, red, $40; ladies formals
                                                 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. - Women’s Bible Study (PWOC) -                 1:30 p.m. - Muslim Jumma - Fridays                            truck rims, fits Chevy or GMC, $500.     and suits, size 10/12, $25 each;
                                                 Wednesdays, child care is provided.                               7:30 p.m. - Adult Religious Education - Thursdays             Call 945-7627.                           five-gallon plastic aquarium with
                                                 Samoan Protestant Service: 8:30 a.m. - Sundays                                                                                                                           accessories, no heat lamp, $15. Call
                                                                                                                Installation Chaplain’s Office, Building 2530, 295-                  For Sale: Sure Step electric         826-0882 or 542-3283.
                                              Brooke Army Medical Center Chapel, Building 3600,                 2096                                                             power chair, new, $1,500; medical
                                              916-1105                                                             Contemporary service: 11:01 a.m. - Sundays                    lift or hoist with bath and daily           For Sale: Solid wood sewing cab-
                                                 Catholic Services:                                                                                                              sling, $300; go-cart, 4.0 horsepower,    inet and cupboard, $149; adjustable
                                                 8:30 a.m. - Mass - Sundays                                      Web site: www.samhouston.army.mil/chaplain
                                                                                                                                                                                 blue, runs great, $275; trampoline,      functional drafting table with chair
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                                                     urges job seekers with military backgrounds to                                                           Reservation deadline is Jan. 21 at 12 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                              NCO Wives’ Club
                                                                                                                        Meetings
                                                                                                          Spouses’ Club luncheon
                                                     attend, including veterans who already have
                                                     civilian work experience, men and women who
                                                     are transitioning from active duty to civilian                                                               The Fort Sam Houston Noncommissioned
                                                                                                              The Spouses’ Club will host a “Mad Hatter       Officers’ Wives Club invites all spouses to join
                                                     life, members of the National Guard and
                                                                                                          Tea and Trivia” luncheon Tuesday at 11 a.m. at      them the first Tuesday of the month at 10 a.m.
                                                     Reserve and military spouses. For more infor-
                                                                                                          the Sam Houston Club. Club members may              at the Sam Houston Club. For more information,
                                                     mation, call Kendall Nelson at 254-371-8225
                  Events                                                                                  wear a crazy or fun hat and be ready to prove
Scholarships for military children
                                                     or e-mail kendell@recruitmilitary.com.                                                                   call Angie Luna at 333-0821 or 386-8265.
                                                     NAF job fair
                                                                                                          they are smarter than a fifth grader. New mem-
                                                                                                          bers are welcome at half the membership fee.
                                                                                                                                                                              Volunteer
                                                                                                                                                              Kelly Dental Clinic needs patients
    The Defense Commissary Agency is accept-                                                              The cost for lunch is $14. For more information
                                                        The Civilian Personnel Advisory Center Non-
ing applications for the 2008 Scholarships for                                                            or reservations, call Sigrid Reistetter at 226-
                                                     appropriated Funds division will hold a job fair
Military Children Program. The $1,500 scholar-                                                            8806 or e-mail Sigrid.reitstetter@us.army.mil.
                                                     March 1 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sam                                                                     The Kelly Dental Clinic at Lackland Air Force
ships iare available for children under age 21                                                            Reservations are due by Friday.
                                                                                                          Warrant Officer Association
                                                     Houston Club. Positions available include                                                                Base currently seeks patients who are Family
(or 23, if enrolled in school) of military active-
                                                     recreation aids, custodial workers, child and                                                            members or retirees and are not on the United
duty, retired, and Guard and Reserve service-
                                                     youth program assistants, summer hire posi-                                                              Concordia Dental Insurance Program. Each
members. Eligibility is determined using the                                                                  The Lone Star Silver Chapter of the U.S. Army
                                                     tions and much more. Participating organiza-                                                             patient must have had a current examination, a
Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting                                                                  Warrant Officer Association will host a meeting
                                                     tions will conduct on-the-spot job interviews.                                                           current health history, X-rays and in need of rou-
System database. The applicant must be plan-                                                              Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. at Chacho’s and Chulucci’s,
                                                     For more information, call the NAF human                                                                 tine oral prophylaxis (every six months) for
ning to attend, or already attending, an                                                                  8614 Perrin Beitel Road (near Loop 410). All
                                                     resources office at 221-1600 or 221-9058.                                                                healthy dentition. The clinic will not accept
accredited college or university full-time in the                                                         active duty, retired, Reserve and National Guard
                                                                                                                                                              patients with periodontal conditions. Members
fall of 2008 or enrolled in a program of studies                                                          warrant officers and Family members of current
                                                                                                                                                              must have a record or copy of their record with
designed to transfer directly into a four-year                         Training                           or retired warrant officers are invited. For more
                                                     Training for first-term Soldiers
                                                                                                                                                              this information. Interested patients should call
program. Applicants must submit an essay                                                                  information, call Juan Gomez at 295-6596 or e-
                                                                                                                                                              the Kelly Dental Clinic at 925-1846 and leave a
arguing for or against the following statement:                                                           mail juan.gomez@us.army.mil; or Suzan Farrell at
                                                         The Financial Readiness First-Term Soldier On-                                                       full name and phone number or e-mail. Patients
“Every able-bodied citizen should be required                                                             378-0422 or e-mail suzan.farrell@us.army.mil.
                                                                                                          MOAA luncheon
                                                     Line Training is mandatory for all first-term                                                            will be handled on a first-come, first-served
to serve a two-year period of time in the mili-
                                                                                                                                                              basis.
                                                                                                                                                                 Seeking rugby players
tary. Why or why not?” Applications must be          Soldiers. It is an eight-hour course containing
turned in to a commissary by Feb. 20. For more       tools and information on money matters, basic            The Military Officers Association of America
information, call 804-734-8061 or visit              money management, savings and investments,           – Alamo Chapter will host a luncheon Jan. 24
                                                     insurance, major purchases and many other                                                                   The San Antonio Rugby Association is hold-
www.militaryscholar.org.                                                                                  at 11 a.m. at the Air Force Village II. The
RecruitMilitary career fair
                                                     informative topics dealing with money. The                                                               ing open registration for all high school males
                                                                                                          speaker will be Col. Kerry Green, U.S. Air Force
                                                     Education Center is available for Soldiers to take                                                       interested in playing this ancient sport that is
                                                                                                          retiree and executive director for corporate
                                                     the class. Army Community Service will provide an                                                        growing in popularity. Practices are Mondays
   The military-to-civilian recruiting firm,                                                              affairs for the Air Force Villages. The cost of
                                                     instructor every Wednesday from 12 to 4 p.m. For                                                         and Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at Olmos Basin Park.
RecruitMilitary, will hold a free hiring event                                                            the luncheon is $16. For more information or
                                                     more information, visit https://www.myarmylife-                                                          For more information or to register, call 493-
Jan. 24 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Frank                                                               reservations, call the chapter office at 228-
                                                     too.com and select Money Matters to register.                                                            1049, e-mail andrew@ellielance.com or visit
Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. RecruitMilitary                                                            9955 or e-mail moaa-ac@sbcglobal.net.
                                                                                                                                                              www.sanantoniorugby.com.




                                                                                                                                                                           WOULD YOU
                                                                                                                                                                           LIKE TO
                                                                                                                                                                           LIQUIDATE
                                                                                                                                                                           YOUR
                                                                                                                                                                           CREDIT
                                                                                                                                                                           CARD DEBT?

                                                                                                                                                                           IT CAN
                                                                                                                                                                           HAPPEN.
                                                                                                                                                                              The Financial
                                                                                                                                                                           Readiness Program at
                                                                                                                                                                           Army Community Service
                                                                                                                                                                           offers this service. For
                                                                                                                                                                           more information, call
                                                                                                                                                                           221-1612.

								
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