"Ramrods roll into Bosnia"
Talon Volume 3, No. 13 Friday, March 28, 1997 the Operation Joint Guard, Bosnia-Herzegovina Serving the soldiers of Task Force Eagle Ramrods roll into Bosnia Members of 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment (Mech.), roll across the Sava bridge from Croatia into Bosnia and Herzegovina in their Bradley Fighting Vehicles. Photo by Spc. TB Winston Spc. Gary Bailey up here as 3rd Brigade and 2nd Bri- The battalion will provide secu- 129th MPAD gade, 1st Infantry Division trade out . rity, checkpoints, check weapon CAMP BEDROCKA lot of new faces are showing The two units which make up the storage sites, coordination with lo- bulk of people here, HHC, 9th Engi- cals and anything else that needs neer Battalion, and 62nd Engineer to happen in Task Force 2-2. Inside LAWS OF WORK . . . . 2 battalion are headed back home tak- The name ramrods comes from S LINGLOAD . . . . . 3 ing some 500 people with them. But, the Mexican American War. rolling in on Bradley Fighting Vehi- At the siege of Chapultepc, a TV TIME . . . . . . 4 cles, the infantry is hitting Bedrock. sergeant major in the unit stormed S COUTS . . . . . 5 The new command element at Camp the citadel. He took a cannon ram- Bedrock is 2nd battalion, 2nd Infantry rod and used it as a club, said Soto. A RTILLERY . . 6-7 Regiment of the 1st Infantry Division, The 2-2 is commanded by Lt. Col. SIGONELLA . . . . . . 9 otherwise known as the Ramrods. Jim Mason. We are prepared to stay until the With a new command element COMBAT JAG . . . 10 mission is complete, even if that takes here, life may be a little different, six years, said Maj. Ulises J. Soto, the but from Bedrock you will still hear battalion executive officer. a yabba-dabba do. Page 2 The Talon Friday, March 28, 1997 Laws of work If you cant get your work done in LAYING DOWN THE LAWS the first 24 hours, work nights. As I travel from base al attitude. Be more delib- A pat on the back is only a few cen- camp to base camp, there erate in your actions, fol- timeters from a kick in the butt. is a feeling in the air low safety precautions and called redeployment. do not take any unneces- Dont be irreplaceable. If you cant The atmosphere is filled sary short-cuts. Follow the be replaced, you cant be promoted. with sounds of going regulations and manuals home. and listen to the officers It doesnt matter what you do, it To some of us, we may and noncommissioned of- only matters what you say youve soon start to realize we ficers as they share their done and what youre going to do. are leaving Bosnia. Some expertise. will deploy to home sta- I believe that one of the After any pay increase, you will tion, many to bases in keys to the success of this have less money at the end of the Germany, and others will return to task force is that the soldiers are well month than you did before. the United States, whether to a new trained and focused on the mission. duty station or home as a civilian. The leaders know what must be The more crap you put up with, the There are many smiles and much done. We are all working together in more crap you are going to get. anticipation about rejoining family this peacekeeping mission, not only members and renewing friendships. U.S. military, but multinational forc- You can go anywhere you want if you look se- We are all making plans and ar- es as well. rious and carry a clipboard. rangements for our safe return. There is much talk about being Back home, family and friends are able to see the light at the end of the When supervisors talk about improving pro- also planning for our return. tunnel. Dont become complacent ductivity, they are never talking about them- As redeployment dates draw now. We must be vigilant in our ac- selves. near, we need to be reminded to stay tions and efforts. focused on our mission. We need to Command Sgt. Maj. James W. Laws If at first you dont succeed, try again. Then continue to maintain our profession- 1st Infantry Division (Forward) quit. No use being a damn fool about it. Floodwaters Keep your bosss boss off your bosss back. A man was stranded on his roof in rising flood waters. A neigh- Everything can be filed under miscella- bor came by in his boat and said, Get in. Ill take you to safety. No, replied the strandee. God will save and protect me. And neous. so his neighbor motored away. When confronted by a difficult problem you The waters rose higher and the man climbed to the peak of his roof. A National Guard rescue boat came by and the guardsmen can solve it more easily by reducing it to the ques- urged the man to get on board as the flood had not yet crested. tion, How would the Lone Ranger handle this? Still, the man refused help, again proclaiming his certainty that God alone would save him from the swirling waters. To err is human, to forgive is not our policy. Finally, as the man sat atop his chimney, the raging water lap- Anyone can do any amount of work provided ping at his feet, a helicopter hovered overhead and the pilot begged the man to please grab the lifeline and let her pull him in. it isnt the work he/she is supposed to be doing. The Lord will protect me and save me from the flood, the man Important letters that contain no errors will de- cried, and at that moment the water surged over him and he was swept away and drowned. velop errors when emailed. The man soon found himself in heaven, face-to-face with God. When you dont know what to do, walk fast Hurt and angry, he demanded, I believed in you! I had faith that you would save me! Why did you let me drown? and look worried. The Almighty replied, What do you mean, let you drown? I Following the rules will not get the job done. sent two boats and a helicopter! When the floodwaters of life surround you and you think you are about to drown, cry out to God and remember: Gods help often Getting the job done is no excuse for not fol- lowing the rules. comes in strange and unexpected ways, but it always comes. By the Chaplains Office The Talon THE TALON is produced in the interest of the servicemembers of Task 1st Infantry Division Commander . . . Maj. Gen. Montgomery C. Meigs Force Eagle, headquartered at Eagle Base. THE TALON is an Army-funded Editor in Chief . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Maj. William L. DuPont newspaper authorized for members of the U.S. Army overseas, under the 364th MPAD Commander . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Maj. Frank Partyka provision of AR 360-81. Contents of THE TALON are not necessarily the official OIC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1st Lt. Robert M. Inouye views of, nor endorsed by, the U.S. Government, Department of Defense, NCOIC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sgt. 1st Class Daniel M. Ware Department of the Army or Task Force Eagle. THE TALON is published weekly Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sgt. William L. Geddes by the 1st Infantry Division (Task Force Eagle) Public Affairs Office, Eagle Base, 1st Infantry Division PA NCOIC . . . . . . . . . Staff Sgt. Gregory W. Binford Tuzla, Bosnia-Herzegovina APO AE 09789, Telephone MSE 551-5230. E-mail: Translator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Arijana Sabanovic firstname.lastname@example.org. Printed by PrintComTuzla, Bosnia- Illustrator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sgt. Corwin L. Reed Herzegovina. Circulation: 6,500. Friday, March 28, 1997 The Talon Page 3 Slinging it internationally News briefs By Sgt. Steven Collins 129th MPAD breaks in the regular supply lines could also affect European battalions. Chinooks Daylight-saving time GUARDIAN BASE No helicopters were would be used to supply the European base Dont forget the daylight-saving available because of the weather, but in- camps and it would be helpful to have per- time change March 30 -- spring for- quisitive teams of European soldiers still sonnel trained to react properly. ward one hour. learned how to prepare cargo for transport This training is very important, espe- by Chinook helicopters during unique training recently hosted by the 299th For- cially in Bosnia, said Barraza. We work closely with the soldiers from other coun- Religious Programs During this time of year there are ward Support Battalion. tries and they need to know this stuff. many religious holidays which are The training was conducted by members The training focused on preparing car- coming up -- from Easter to Pass- of the 299th, who have worked with sling- go loads for delivering using nets and large over to the Islamic Festival of Sac- load operations at Guardian since arriving metal containers. The European soldiers, rifice. To join others in celebrating in Bosnia last year. For many of the NATO from Finland, Denmark, Poland and Swe- these and other religious holidays, soldiers, sling-load operations were as for- den, learned the proper ways to attach contact your base chaplain. eign as the American instructors. ropes and chains to loads and how to pre- We have not used this type of training pare them for hook-up to hovering helicop- before, said Capt. B.G. Jonsson, a supply ters. Had the helicopters been available, Everywhere a Sign officer in the Swedish Battalion. If some- the Europeans would have attached the As redeployment nears, take thing happened on the main roads and we sling-loads to the Chinook and watched as time to refresh your memory on Eu- had to use helicopters, we would need to the helicopter carried them away. Despite ropean road signs. This winter pri- use this type of training. the absence of helicopters, the training was vately owned vehicle accidents dur- Sling-load operations involve preparing beneficial, said Jonsson. ing off-duty hours are on the rise. cargo for transport by large Chinook heli- The training was also unique for the Most of these accidents are related copters. Cargo, either wrapped in heavy- Americans, since this was the first time the to alcohol, speed, weather, fatigue duty nets or in large metal containers, must 299th has hosted European soldiers for and poor judgement by junior sol- be prepared meticulously to prevent disas- sling-load training. diers. Take the time to slowly adjust ter. Loads not prepared correctly could en- This is the first time for us, but the to civilian driving -- POVs dont han- danger the helicopter, the cargo or both. training is going pretty good, said Barra- dle like HMMWVs. The loads, which can weigh up to 25,000 za. Weve had to slow down the pace be- pounds, can include anything the 299th cause of the language differences, but (the usually delivers by truck and trailer, such Europeans) are interested and are learn- as rations, ammunition or vehicle parts and ing pretty quickly. equipment. Using Chinook helicopters to All the training weve done before has Circle deliver supplies is a last-resort measure in been with U.S. troops, said Shinholster. case of emergencies. This the first time these soldiers have done Sling-load is a fast and efficient way to some type of sling-load training, but theyre get parts and other stuff to locations where getting the feel for it. you cant transport it with vehicles, said The European soldiers excitedly took to Staff Sgt. Ildefonso E. Barraza, NCOIC of the training and did not hesitate to get in- Closed the receiving and storage section in the volved, said Staff Sgt. Frank Graham, a 299ths Class 9 warehouse. It is very sim- yardsman in the 299th FSB warehouse. ple, you just have to be very careful, be- Everyone is just doing their job and cause theres a lot of safety issues involved. learning what they can, he said. There Getting the NATO troops trained on may be a language problem but we havent sling-load operations is crucial, because had many problems. Closed to cars Closed to bicycles Closed to trailers Staff Sgt. Ildefonso E. Barraza (left), Spc. Brandi J. Mitchell (second from right) and Staff Sgt. Frank Graham (right), all of Danger the 299th Forward Support Battalion, teach Polish soldiers how to prepare a load for lifting by a Chinook helicopter. Photo by Sgt. Steven Collins Page 4 The Talon Friday, March 28, 1997 SFOR / Tuzla -- making media By Sgt. Steven Collins 129th MPAD TUZLA, Bosnia Mato Dakovic, director of Tuzla Television, knows his audience and he knows his audience is excited to learn more about the U.S. Army and its stabalization force mission. We want to show that (Amer- icans) are real human beings like us, said Dakovic through an in- terpreter. Its hard to learn about the Americans, because they are locked up in the base camps. But we want to learn more about their regular lives. Dakovic and representatives of the psychological operations sup- port element of the 1st Infantry Division recently met to discuss how the Army and local broadcast media can produce shows to in- form local citizens about SFOR and show how important Ameri- Capt. John R. Mills, 11th cans are to the peacekeeping mis- Psychological Operations sion in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Battalion, discusses a proposal We were laying the ground- for a radio talk show about work for (Task Force Eagle) per- SFOR with Hajrudin Seleskovic, sonnel to be on air or to appear news editor for Radio Tuzla. on a local TV show, said Capt. Photo by Sgt. Steven Collins John R. Mills, 11th Psychological Operations Battalion. (The local media) The success of the radio and television Our teams conduct regular surveys are interested in having key communica- programming, including recent radio call-in which gauge the target area population to tors in the Task Force Eagle chain-of-com- shows involving commanders from Task measure their responsiveness to our mes- mand participate in question-and-answer Force 1-18 and 1-26, is the foundation of the sages, he said. We can see a great impact shows on radio and TV. idea involving Task Force Eagle command- and interest on behalf of the local popula- Mills, the PSYOPS radio and television ers. The shows will allow audience members tion and it gives them satisfaction that we operations officer at Tuzla Main Base, also to call-in with questions about SFOR and are achieving mission accomplishment. discussed possible programming for this the Army and give commanders the oppor- The effectiveness of the PSYOPS mes- spring with the station manager of Radio tunity to respond directly over the air. sage was evident recently during the an- Tuzla. nouncement of the Brcko Arbitration People want to know and have decision. Mills said the potential for vi- shown a lot of interest in the roles, mis- sion and objectives of Task Force Ea- Its hard to learn about the olence followingPSYOPS had to very real and that the decision was use gle, said Mills. This project will have Americans, because they are broadcast and print media products to great effectiveness and success and will reflect the interests of the host locked up in the base camps. help disarm hostility. to see a flare We really didnt want country and its population. We want to learn more about up of violence because of Brcko, said Mills and other PSYOPS team Mills. So we produced a variety of ra- members at Tuzla Main have been their regular lives. dio and TV products to prepare (the working with Bosnian media repre- local population) for the decision and sentatives since arriving a few months ---- Mato Dakovic, TV Director to help shape and form their reaction ago. The PSYOPS team produces radio to the actual announcement. We feel and television information spots about the we were successful. Army and its mission in Bosnia and releas- People are interested in everything PSYOPS teams will continue to work es those to local media outlets. The team also about SFOR and this show would be very with Bosnian media representatives to produces print products, such as newspapers popular, said Nedium Hrustambegovic, spread the Armys message. Dakovic said and pamphlets, and distributes them station manager of Radio Tuzla. We might he is interested in helping the Americans throughout multinational division-North. pick one topic per show, like de-mining, and succeed because his audience is fascinated The bottom line is that PSYOPS com- have audience members call-in for more in- by the Army and its soldiers. municates the commanders information formation. I feel we could go together and make campaign to the local population, said Mills. Radio spots have been very popular with joint projects, said Dakovic. American and Weve had positive reactions from the tar- local citizens in areas across Bosnia and Bosnian teams would work together at the get populations to a lot of this information. Croatia, said Mills. base camps. The result would be popular. Friday, March 28, 1997 The Talon Page 5 Choosing sides By Spc. Susanne Aspley 364th MPAD Early one morning, a joint patrol consisting of Scouts from Task Force 1-26 and Russian soldiers were walking together through down- 1st Lt. William Honea, Russian liaison officer, a Russian town Zvorrnik. The groups translator over- officer, Sgt. Chris Curry and Staff Sgt. Ron Hambrick heard an encouraging comment from an elder- both of Scout Platoon, discuss their route before ly Serbian man. According to Sgt. John H. Sil- ber, section sergeant in the Scout Platoon, the heading out on joint patrol in he village of Karakaj. Photo by 1st Lt. Tyrone Kindle man said, Imagine it, whoever would have ex- pected to see Russians and Americans together like this! fessional soldiers. We speak the universal language of mission The Americans and Russians have been conducting patrols to- accomplishment, he said. We have shown the civilian popula- gether since late November. tion that we can work together regardless of our past history. Working together, we can show the former warring factions For the most part, the Russian soldiers are as interested in us that we have an alliance and are serious about the enforcement of as we are in them. We do a lot of trading. They like our Gerbers and the Dayton Peace Accord, Silber said. We are all on the same Leatherman tools and we like their fur caps and belts, said Silber. side. When we go into towns together, people see we are commit- Depending on time, if our patrols end early, the Russians come ted to working together. back with us to Camp Dobol. They eat with us at the chow hall and Working together does, however, involve learning about each shop at the PX. We show the soldiers where and how we live. other. Silber pointed out that the Russians military system is very 1st Lt. William W. Honea, Russian liaison officer, coordinates officer oriented. Several times, the fact that American noncommis- tactical operations between Russian and U.S. forces. He accom- sioned officers carry a great deal of responsibility and leadership panies the TF 1-26 on their joint patrols, functioning as a trans- ability had to be clarified. It is normal for officers and NCOs to coor- lator and advisor. dinate a mission together. The Russian officers are not used to this This is the only real-world mission in which the U.S. and Rus- and it had to be explained that it was not an insult to deal directly sian soldiers are working together as allies, said Honea. When with American NCOs rather than our officers, said Silber. you think about how far relations have come in the last 10 years The Scouts and Russians regularly meet at the designated check- between our two countries, it impresses upon you the importance point in Karakaj. We both have an idea of what we want or need to of what we are accomplishing, and the personal relationships that do, said Silber. We agree on a route and where we need to stop. we are forming. Our patrols depend on significant happenings in the sector. The There are some very big differences between the two armies, Russian soldiers are an element of 2nd Company, 1st Airborne Bat- said Honea. Their units are self-sufficient, and often come up talion, Russian Brigade based in Priboj, east of Tuzla. with their own provisions. They are very resourceful because they Russians also gain credibility having the United States sup- dont have a lot of the niceties. For instance, they dont receive porting them. The commitment is fully reciprocated. For example, boxes of ready-to-eat food. They receive staples such as potatoes, the Russian troops pulled patrols in the village of Mahala, which flour, and meat, and cook at company level. is in the US sector. 1st Lt. Nathan J. Wasser, Scout platoon lead- An example of the bond of trust built between the Russians er, TF 1-26, said the Russians and Americans are equals as pro- and the Scouts is made apparent by the good-natured interaction of the soldiers. The other day, I happened to see some questionnaires that were filled out by Russian soldiers, said Honea. One of the ques- tions was Do you think your SFOR allies would come to your aid if the shooting started; and if yes, which country? The answer on every ques- tionnaire that I saw was Yes; the Americans. Undoubtedly, working with the Russian troops is a very unique opportunity. I was in the army during the Cold War, so to see former adversaries side-by-side should be an encour- agement for the former warring factions to get along, said Silber. In preparation for the approaching redeploy- ment of TF 1-26, the Scouts will orientate the new task force to the different aspects of the sector. They will be introduced to the Russians and the villagers regularly met along the way. I have some of the best and most hard work- Sgt. Scott Lambert, Scout Platoon, Task Force 1- ing soldiers in the task force. We are the only 26, participates in combined patrols with Russian Scouts in Task Force 1-26 and we are proud of that. Our commander knows if he has something soldiers during Operation Joint Guard. Photo by 1st Lt. Tyrone Kindle that needs to be done, he can call us, Silber said. Page 6 The Talon Friday, March 28, 1997 Comm g Background, Russian 2S9 self-propelled howitzers roar demonstration for U.S. artillery from Company A, 1st who visited the Russian camp at Priboj on Mar. 15... f Jeffery S. Campbell, Co. A, 1-7 FA, gets some pointe howitzer from one of its Russian crewmembers, Ju Cpt. Kevin F. Gregory, commander, Co. A, 1-7 FA, p during a visit to the Russian camp at Proboj... Spc. A 1-7 FA, and Sgt. Sergie Lohonya, of the Russian 1s race to reassemble their weapons. Story and photos by Spc. David Boe 364th MPAD Friday, March 28, 1997 The Talon Page 7 T he two men sat poised and tense, their disassembled mon weapons lying on the ground before them. Spc. Abelar- do W. Braham looked at the Russian soldier across from him, then at his rifle. In a few seconds it would be all over. He was nervous. Oh, please, dont let me screw up, he thought. The signal came. Both soldiers dived for their weapons. As quickly as possible Braham and the Russian soldier scram- bled to put together their rifles. As expected, the competition lasted only seconds, and af- ground ter assembling his weapon, the Russian soldier jumped up in victory. Braham stood and shook the hand of his competitor while the soldiers around them cheered and clapped. Braham, a 22-year-old soldier with Company A, 1st Bat- talion, 7th Field Artillery, wasnt going to let his defeat damp- er the fun he was having during his units visit to the Rus- sian 1st Airborne Artillery Battalion at Priboj on Mar. 15. I enjoyed it, I really did, said Braham, a native of Modes- to, Calif. I really liked the way they accepted us. The Co. A, 1-7 FA visit to Priboj was a return favor by the Russian artillery for their visit on Mar. 10 with their Amer- ican counterparts from McGovern Base. The two meetings between the U.S. and Russian artillery units were unusual for Braham, who said he was initially a little hesitant talk- ing with his former Cold War enemies. However, his Rus- sian hosts, he said, made him feel at home. I felt so relaxed with them, so at ease, said Braham. I especially enjoyed the interaction. I was very impressed. Braham wasnt alone. The Priboj visit was the first chance for many of the American artillerymen to see first hand the differences between them and the Russians. The biggest dif- ference between the two units was equipment. Co. A, 1-7 FA is equipped with the M109 self-propelled howitzer. Everything about this vehicle is big. From its towering box-like body, to its long-barreled 155mm gun with gaping flash suppresser, to its 27-ton weight. Nine crewmembers are needed to operate it. In contrast, the Russian airborne artillery has the much smaller 2S9 self-propelled howitzer, which looks more like a diminutive submarine than an armored howitzer. Its nautical appearance is no coincidence the 2S9 is amphibious. It can See RUSSIANS page 8 r into firing position during a Battalion, 7th Field Artillery, from top left, clockwise, Pfc. ers on the 2S9 self-propelled unior Sgt. Dmitriy Razgulin... peers through a range finder Abelardo W. Braham of Co. A., st Airborne Artillery Battalion, Page 8 The Talon Friday, March 28, 1997 9th Eng. Bn. assists mine clearing By Spc. Janel R. George ing pad for possible medical evacuation. Then we break out the 129th MPAD necessary equipment, said Merrill. Then we must go over the map field records to get everyone on the same sheet of music. CAMP BEDROCK There are 250,000 known mines in Bosnia- Mines are not always in the same shape they were when they Herzegovina according to the Mine Action Center. Working to- were first placed. Sometimes the mines are damaged. Those gether, Stabilization Force soldiers and Bosnian leaders are at- mines are blown in place, said Merrill. If they are intact, they tempting to put a dent in these numbers. are disarmed and brought to a collection spot and blown there. Company B, 9th Engineer Battalion and 503rd Svorick Bri- In any case we watch from a distance, said Merrill. We pro- gade are performing counter mine operations in the zone of sepa- vide the factions with the time systems and they do everything else. ration near Camp Demi. We use the Americans time systems and hook them up to our Under the Dayton Peace Accord, the former warring factions demolitions to assure that the mines are properly demolished, are required to cleanup their minefields. The factions have not said Lt. Boro Kresanovic, engineer commander. held up their end of the deal with the Dayton Peace Accord, said We have different techniques, so we are learning from each 1st Lt. Victor Ames, Mine Action Center officer in charge. other, said Kresanovic. They are getting to know ours and we We do not put any of our soldiers in the mine field, we simply are getting to know theirs. observe them (factions) clearing it, said Lt. Col. Jeffery Dorko, 9th These people are making Bosnia a safer place for the entire Engineer Brigade, as US soldiers work hand in hand with mem- world, said Ames. We have different armies working together bers of the 503rd Svornik Brigade, from the Republic of Serbska. to make the world a safer place. We watch from a distance. We always stay at least 50 meters outside the mine field, said 1st Lt. Matt Merrill, 9th En- gineer Battalion. Mining operations are hampered by poor weather. When there is snow on the ground we cant see the mines or any signs of them, said Ames. We are doing minefield verifica- tions. We go to the various sites with the factions and they take us through the areas, said Merrill, mine verifica- tion office in charge. Verifying minefield records that ex- ist can be difficult at times. Not all of the mines are still there, often they (the factions) pulled up the mines when they pulled out, said Merrill. When the members of the 9th Engr. There are 250,000 known mines in Bn. arrive on site, many preparations Bosnia-Herzegovina according to are made. the Mine Action Center. First thing we do is set up a land- Photo by 55th Signal Company, Combat Camera als, especially the officers. lar helmet to some of the Russian soldiers RUSSIANS Gregory said it was easy for both sides and they were running around getting pic- from page 7 to relate to each other, partially because of tures taken, he said. They were very in- their common duties as artillerymen. terested in trying our stuff and we were also be dropped out of aircraft, with its four- Its easier to bond, so on a soldier level interested in trying theirs. man crew inside if necessary. The SP how- we have a great relationship, said Grego- The exchange in equipment knowledge itzer also can raise and lower its eight-ton ry. And its the same on the officer level. included the soldiers individual rifles. frame as need be, not unlike a California Ive talked with both of their battery com- One of the Russian soldiers showed us lowrider. And lastly, the short, narrow manders and we got along great with one of their weapons and he broke it down, 122mm howitzer can double as a mortar. them. said Braham. They wanted to see our Their artillery vehicles are so much Col. Valeri Burtsov, chief of artillery, weapon, and one of our platoon leaders re- different than what we have, said Braham. Russian Brigade, said he enjoyed these vis- quested I break down my M-16. As soon as Its very flexible. Its able to swim, and able its and the exchange of information be- I did the Russian soldier wanted to have a to fire a mortar round, as well as a regular tween the two units. competition in reassembling them. artillery round. And it was very impressive These visits help strengthen the friend- Braham lost the resulting race, but was how it could lower and raise. ship that we not so long ago established, game for a second try this time blind- While the vehicles may be different, the said Burtsov. It was not so long ago that folded. The crowd of American and Russian men who operate them are very similar, contacts at our lower level did not exist. soldiers cheered as the two men fumbled said Capt. Kevin F. Gregory, 28, command- Only at the top did our highest leaders have blindly for the parts of their weapons. This er of Co. A, 1-7 FA. contact with each other. But now its won- time Braham took the honors. The one thing I noticed is that our sol- derful that we can meet at our level and I fumbled the first time, but I came diers are pretty much the same, said the develop this type of cooperation. through the second time blindfolded, he Ireland, W.Va., native. They both have the Campbell reciprocated the Russian hos- said. I won hands down. same goals. Some of the Russians are con- pitality by showing off some of his person- As before, the two competitors Amer- scripts, but most of them are profession- al equipment. I loaned my LBE and kev- ican and Russian shook hands. Friday, March 28, 1997 The Talon Page 9 Sigonella ships supplies By Staff Sgt. Jerry A. Weber in 1994 by the Norwegian Peo- 129TH MPAD ples Aid, houses approximately 750 refugees. The people locat- CAMP BEDROCK The joy ed at this settlement are in need of giving to the needy is some- of food, clothing and medical thing that gives people a feel- supplies. Many of the women ing of worth. For an entire com- are alone with their children munity, the spirit becomes after losing their husbands dur- teamwork as families join to ing the war and have no family share this feeling. members to assist them, said The community of the Na- Nunemaker. val Air Station Sigonella, Sici- The secretary of the settle- ly, heard the call when Navy ment, Sadija Jusic, said that she Lt. Timothy P. Richardt of Ex- was surprised by the donations. ploded Ordnance Division, The clothes are badly need- Mobile Unit 8, organized a ed and will help out very much, drive that provided one of the she said treating the military largest donated shipments for representatives, including Wal- Bosnian war refugees. awander, with some Bosnian The Navy EOD team, based coffee to show her appreciation. in Sicily, and the members All the credit goes to the supporting Operation Joint Navy personnel and their fami- Guard, initiated and spon- ly members who sponsored the sored the supply drive for set- drive, said Lt. Col. Jeffrey Dor- tlements around the Visca and ko, commander of the 9th Engi- Zivinice area. neer Battalion. We would love Working closely with the to take the credit for this but if 404th Civil Affairs Battalion, any one needs the recognition, Richardt saw the living condi- its the Navy for all their hard tions of these Bosnians and the work they put into sponsoring limited resources of the Civil and delivering these donations. Affairs team. Navy Lt. Bill J. Walawander, Explosive I dont know what to say to I had a chance to talk with Ordnance Division liaison officer, this kindness, all of it is very the Civil Affairs members hands a bag of clothes to a boy. helpful, said Jusic. about their jobs and how they It almost convinced me to assist the Bosnians, said Ri- leave the Army and join the chardt. I also had the oppor- Photo by Staff Sgt. Jerry A. Weber Navy, said Dorko kiddingly. tunity to witness the living To see the need of these peo- conditions of the refugees and ple is heartbreaking, said Wal- noticed that they needed several things. can find, said Capt. Keith B. Nunemaker, awander. Im lost for words for what were Richardt took the first step to see if the a member of the 404th CA Bn. doing for them. Theyre treasuring items Navy could assist the displaced Bosnians. The cost of shipping is a problem for that back home, we just discard. He contacted the EOD unit in Sicily and many organizations. The EOD unit used In the United States there are several coordinated with Navy Lt. Bill J. Wala- military transports to ship the supplies as towns and organizations that want to help wander, who is replacing Richardt as EOD members were rotating in and out of the- and donate supplies but dont have any way liaison officer. ater. The supplies were shipped on the of transporting the items, said Walawan- We contacted the chaplains office der. The cost of shipping just isnt fea- to see if they could assist us, said Wal- sible for getting these donations where awander. They put out the informa- theyre needed. tion and the response was great. It To see the need of these One persons idea to help the needy seems like every family on Sigonella opened a door for an entire communi- has donated and it keeps coming in. people is heartbreaking... ty to join forces. The EOD unit also used raffles and theyre treasuring items that Im excited and very impressed a Super Bowl pool to raise money to with the support of the donations, purchase shoes and school supplies, back home we just discard said Richardt. I wasnt expecting the said Walawander. The Base Exchange ---- Navy Lt. Bill J. Walawander support to be this large but having ev- offered supplies at discount. eryone in Sigonella help us out was We heard from the Civil Affairs great. members that the Bosnians needed He (Richardt) asked how he could shoes and we were able to purchase over same pallets as their gear, said Richardt. help and then he just ran with the idea, $2,000 worth of shoes from the Base Ex- With the assistance of Headquarters said Nunemaker. Even though the need change, said Walawander. and Headquarters Company, 9th Engineer is great here, everything helps to make life The displaced Bosnians really dont Battalion, the boxes were loaded and trans a little easier for the Bosnians suffering the have any money and cant afford to buy ported here for distribution. effects of the war. shoes, so they run around in anything they One settlement located in Visca, built Page 10 The Talon Friday, March 28, 1997 Combat JAG By Spc. David Boe 364th MPAD On the TV show, JAG, the two main characters portray glamorous judge advo- cate general officers who, when theyre not filling out affidavits, are flying supersonic aircraft, sneaking around shadowy places with drawn pistols or assault rifles and generally battling the bad guys. According to one reliable source, the Capt. Brad O. Wood, 26, show is not realistic. Task Force 1-18 Judge The show is totally farfetched, said Advocate General at Capt. Bradley O. Wood, 26, JAG officer for McGovern Base, advises Task Force 1-18 at McGovern Base. I a soldier on a legal matter. watched it one time and was so disgusted I Photo by Spc. David Boe didnt watch it again. Wood, a native of Albermarle, N.C., said Other monetary restrictions fall under attorney or something more complicated that during his career as a JAG officer hes what Wood called fiscal law. Theres al- like consumer debt problems. never performed any of the stunts that are ways an urge to help wherever we can, said Wood said that he and Stiltner have pulled on a weekly basis in the TV show. Wood. And we just need to make sure that helped about 500 soldiers with legal mat- I dont know how to fly a jet, Ive never were doing right by our countrys fiscal ters, including about 150 tax returns. Its been on a submarine and Ive never been laws. important, he said. Youre not going to able to order a single air strike as part of a An example, said Wood, is in providing see that on a daily basis, but thats 500 sol- plea bargain as the show does, said Wood. medical aid. While some countries, such as diers weve helped get some sort of prob- Apparently this guy on the show is the only Turkey, are more liberal in providing med- lem out of their way so they can concen- JAG in the entire Navy. Everywhere he ical care to Bosnians, the U.S. is much more trate on what theyre doing. goes, hes the only one there. restricted. Wood said that his job is to en- Its the variety of duties on his job and In perhaps the only comparison to the sure that the task force adheres to regula- the chance to help fellow soldiers that ap- show, Wood is the only JAG officer at tions. peals to Stiltner, 23, who transferred from McGovern Base, though he does have as- Ironically, the most visible and common the infantry two years ago to become a le- sistance in his legal endeavors from gal specialist. Sgt. Marshall J. Stiltner, a legal spe- Its a great job, said Stiltner, a na- cialist detached from Headquarters tive of Tazewell, Va. You can never get and Headquarters Battery, 1st Bat- I dont know how to fly a jet, burned out, theres so much stuff thats talion, 7th Field Artillery. Together, going on. Youve got legal assistance, the two perform a necessary, if not Ive never been on a submarine where you help people solve their prob- overly glamorous, mission for the sol- and Ive never been able to lems, and then you have military justice. diers of Task Force 1-18. Wood and Stiltner said they spend Its my job to be the resident ex- order a single air strike as part most of their time in their little corner pert on the Dayton Peace Accord, of a plea bargain... office inside the task force headquar- said Wood. However, to be honest ters, but try to get out when they can. with you, after weve been here a ---- Capt. Bradley O. Wood We like to get out, and if they need while the commanders and sol- a driver or a TC, were the first to vol- diers know what the rules are. unteer, said Wood. Weve been on some Another duty, said Wood, is to evaluate duty of the JAG in garrison military jus- ground medevac operations at night and damage claims filed by Bosnians. In the tice has been a minor problem in Bosnia, some logpacs in the daytime to various plac- course of driving Bradleys and tanks, no said Wood. es. We like to get out and see the country matter how careful we are, we invariably Here in Bosnia, particularly with this as much as everybody else. break something, he said. It could be any- task force, weve had very few incidents, When we first got here, everybody just thing from a broken window pane to major said Wood, who mainly attributed this to called us JAG, said Stiltner. But as mis- damage to land and property. the discipline of the soldiers and the chain sions kept coming up and we were always Wood said that since arriving in Bosnia- of command. Of course, adding to that is there volunteering to help out we acquired Herzegovina about five months ago, he has the fact that one cant go anywhere and al- the name, Combat JAG. processed about 55 such claims. The idea, cohol isnt a problem. Just like the TV show, JAG? he said, is to be fair and show the Bosnians Wood said the biggest duty he performs We dont do anything like that its that the U.S. Army will pay for damages, is legal assistance. Thats helping soldiers not even close, said Stiltner. Noncommis- but at the same time safeguard the U.S. with their personal and private legal prob- sioned Officers are the backbone of the taxpayers money, and not spend more than lems, he said. That could be anything Army and the show doesnt have any NCOs, they are supposed to. from a simple notary, to doing a power of so it cant be real. Friday, March 28, 1997 The Talon Page 11 The taxman cometh American Forces Press Information 1996 Tax Changes. Storm, explains the combat pay exclusion, For military members, Bosnia and filing extensions and other tax areas affect- WASHINGTON Before you sit down Herzegovina, Croatia and Macedonia were ed by combat zone duty. IRS officials said to do your federal income taxes, the Inter- designated as a qualified hazardous duty the tax rules are basically the same for nal Revenue Service said you should check area. This entitles those stationed there, those stationed in the declared hazardous out several changes to the tax laws that as well as certain individuals providing duty area in the Balkans. may affect the bottom line of your return. direct support, to combat pay tax benefits. For a free copy of these IRS publications, IRS officials said a few call toll-free (800) 829-3676 or changes are: write to: o Personal exemption IRS increased to $2,550; Forms Distribution Center o Standard deduction PO Box 85627 increased to $4,000 for a Richmond, VA 23285. taxpayer filing as a single, Some IRS publications $5,900 for head of house- and forms are now avail- hold and $6,700 for mar- able on-line, said tax offi- ried filing jointly or qual- cials. Access is available ifying widow(er); through the Internet via o Increased filing the World Wide Web (http:/ threshold to determine if /www.irs.ustreas.gov) or you need to file a federal Telnet (iris.irs.ustreas.gov). return; For access by modem, dial o Maximum wage and (703) 321-8020. self-employment income As part of a test pro- subject to Social Security gram, some IRS forms and tax is now $62,700. instruction sheets are o Standard mileage available by facsimile ma- rate for using your auto- chine. Dial (703) 487-4160, mobile for business is 31 and using the voice unit of cents a mile, up a penny your fax machine, follow from last year. the voice prompts. o Earned income tax If you have questions credit underwent a number of changes, in- In addition, said IRS officials, the area concerning these changes, check with your cluding an increase for working people who including the Persian Gulf, Red Sea, Gulf local installation tax assistance office or lo- qualify and a change in allowable invest- of Oman, Gulf of Aden, a portion of the Ara- cal IRS office, or call the IRS toll-free at ment income; the credit will now be denied bian Sea, as well as the countries of Bahr- (800) 829-1040. to those not authorized to work in the Unit- ain, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Ara- IRS also has offices in Rome and Bonn, ed States. bia and the United Arab Emirates remains Germany, to assist overseas taxpayers with o A valid taxpayer identification num- a designated combat zone. Military mem- federal income tax questions. Contact the ber, or Social Security number, is required bers stationed there, as well as some pro- Rome office by calling 39 6 4674-2560 or for each dependent or dependent care credit viding direct support, are entitled to com- via fax at 39 6 4674-2223. The IRS-Bonn claimed. For a complete list of the changes bat pay tax benefits. branch is at 49 228 339-2119 or via fax at and how they may affect your federal tax- IRS Publication 945, Tax Information 49 228 339-2810. es, read IRS Publication 553, Highlights of for Those Affected by Operation Desert aFN Reed This Sgt. Corwin Reed 300th MPAD InfoGraph ROCKS 0500-0900 101.1 fM Spc Eric Hendrix 0500-0900/Mon-Fri Classic Rock Do I look like Im stressed out to you? Page 12 The Talon Friday, March 28, 1997 82nd RTOC -- ready for call Spc. Gary Bailey management by the 82nd. units is that you have folks with a variety of 129th MPAD It required us to sit down and take a civilian skills and experiences, Kalberg said. look at the people we have in the unit, For example, Woods is the elected district CAMP SAVA NORTH -- A challenge has access their individual skills and capa- attorney for Morrow County, Ore. been issued, a question put forth. Can guard bilities and put people in the appropri- He deals with governmental infrastruc- and reserve soldiers fill in for regular Army ate places, said Merrill. We had to ask ture and is accustomed to dealing with peo- units? The 82nd Rear Tactical Oper- ple in that context, so he was a natural ations Center, Oregon National Guard person to place in that mayoral posi- answered with a resounding YES! tion, said Kalberg, who is himself a law- The 82nd RTOC was mobilized to With the downsizing and yer in Portland, Ore. Thats the depth serve as part of the peacekeeping mission in the former Yugoslavia. restructuring of the force... the and diversity that a reserve component operation will bring to a situation like The unit forms the command and reserve component is going to this. control element of Task Force Per- shing at Camp Sava North. Merrill said that reserve be ever increasingly tasked expect more deployments likeunits can this. The unit replaced the 130th En- with deployment With the downsizing and restructur- gineer Brigade and runs the entire ing of the force, budget issues, and the camp. This is a little more involved ---- Col. Dennis C. Merrill world environment where were having than the mission the unit would nor- more of these peacekeeping missions, I mally handle during a deployment. think the reserve component is going to In a normal situation for the 82nd, Col. who would be best suited for the positions be ever increasingly tasked with deploy- Dennis C. Merrill, 82nd RTOC command- we had to fill. ments, said Merrill. er, would be the corps rear G-3 (plans and And that, Kalberg says, is where the Whether tasked or not, one thing is cer- operations, which plans all activities and reserve units strength comes from. tain to the leaders of the 82nd RTOC: if monitors operations.) However, in Croat- What is perhaps unique to the reserve called, they will be ready. ia, 82nd RTOC stepped into a job -- com- mand of TF Pershing -- that is more com- plicated and the unit needed to be restruc- tured to accomplish the mission. Though some tasks have been added, the command element of the job is the same. Were still serving a command and con- trol function, moving soldiers and units through our area of operation, either forward into the box or re-deploying them to the rear to return to their home station, said Com- mand Sgt. Maj. Mike Kalberg of the 82nd. We greet them (deploying and redeploy- ing units,) provide them with post informa- tion, get them heaters, batteries, and fire extinguishers, manage dining facility hours, refuel them, provide showers and try to ac- commodate them for the time they are here, said Lt. Col. Earl Woods, 82nd RTOC, may- or of Camp Sava North. We like to think that were user friendly, and that we make their experience here as good as it can be. The mass of troops maneuvering through Slavonski-Brod has been called the surge, a result of 2nd switching out with 3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division. During this surge, Woods said, they will process about 9,000 soldiers. It could go as high as 13,000, depend- ing on several factors, said Woods. While commanding Camp Sava North, the small unit needed to utilize other units to complete their mission. We couldnt accomplish the security mission without Military Police assets. We dont have the organic capabilities our- selves. In this case we have the 529th MP Pvt. Carri M. Cotter, Geneva, NY, a petrolium supply Company, said Kalberg. specialist for Company B, 62nd Engineer Battalion "tops The 82nd took over the camp with ap- proximately half the personnel of the pre- off" a five-ton truck at Auto West, Camp Sava North. vious command. Conducting the same mis- Photo by Staff Sgt. Tim Erhardt sion with less people took some creative