NOV. 26, 2009 • VOL. 51, NO. 47 HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY DEC. 2 6-8 p.m. at the garrison flagpole 232nd Medical Battalion Soldiers become American citizens Story and photos by Esther Garcia FSH Public Affairs Office Twelve Soldiers assigned to the 232nd Medical Battalion became United States citizens during a nat- uralization ceremony Nov. 20 at Lt. Col. Margery Hanfelt, senior laboratory the Army Medical Department trainer, Department of Veterinary Science Museum auditorium. answers a question for Sgt. Travis Reed during Once the oath of citizenship was the Surveillance Food Laboratory Manager Course Nov. 20. administered by Honorable John Primomo, U.S. Magistrate Judge, Families, friends and co-workers joined the new citizens in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. Department of “This is an absolutely special day for twelve of our Army Veterinary Science Medical Department Soldiers, as these men and women from vari- begins surveillance See NATURALIZATION P12 Soldiers assigned to the 232nd Medical Battalion hold U.S. flags after taking the U.S. Oath of Allegiance during a naturalization ceremony Nov. 20 at the Army Medical Department Museum auditorium. food laboratory manager’s course Lost Heroes Art Quilt A photo of 1st Lt. Thomas Martin, as a Story and photos by Lori Newman Fort Sam Houston Public Affairs remembers fallen heroes child, represents South Dakota where he was The Department of Veterinary Science, in conjunction with the Story and photos by born. He is one Quilts have been Department of Defense Veterinary of 50 service Minnie Jones around for centuries. It is members in the Food Analysis and Diagnostic Fort Sam Houston Public a tradition in many cul- quilt repre- Laboratory launched the Affairs Office tures, where scraps of senting each Surveillance Food Laboratory cloth become works of state in the U.S. Manager Course last week. The Lost Heroes Art art, as well as tell a story Martin was 27 In development for more than Quilt pays homage to Fort or record history. years old when two years, the week-long course he was killed in Sam Houston by making Quilt creator, artist intended for Veterinary Corps offi- combat near the Warrior and Family Julie Feingold designed Busayifi, Iraq, cers, noncommissioned officers and Support Center one of its the quilt to tell a story of Oct. 14 2007. civilians, teaches laboratory man- stops Nov. 19 on its jour- ney across America. See QUILT P5 See FOOD SAFETY P13 VISIT NEWS LEADER ONLINE: WWW.SAMHOUSTON.ARMY.MIL/PUBLICAFFAIRS PAGE 2 NEWS LEADER NOVEMBER 26, 2009 Suicide numbers may top 2008, but progress being made Editorial Staff Story by C. Todd Lopez on active duty. a couple of months, has ment in the readiness of grams that are aimed at Army Medical Department Center Army News Service and School and Fort Sam Houston Chiarelli said most of been down.” our force.” psychological well-being. Commander the suicides – as many as The general attributes The aim of Among those are the pilot Maj. Gen. Russell Czerw The suicide rate a third of them – occurred that decline to Army Comprehensive Soldier TRICARE Assistance Garrison Commander among Soldiers serving in the first two months of actions to inform and Fitness is to help Soldiers Program and the Col. Mary Garr on active duty in 2009 is the year and that, despite educate Soldiers and put the same emphasis Telemental Health Public Affairs Officer Phillip Reidinger expected to exceed that of the numbers, he believes leaders on the issue and on mental strength and Network, both designed to Editor/Writer 2008 – a statistic the the Army is making he cites leader involve- resilience that they put let Soldiers and Family L. A. Shively Army doesn’t take lightly, progress in its efforts to ment for Army progress on physical strength. members seek assistance Editor/Writer said Vice Chief of Staff of curb suicide. in suicide. The Army has imple- Steve Elliott the Army Gen. Peter “It is important to put Chiarelli said the Army mented additional pro- See SUICIDE P11 Staff Writer Lori Newman Chiarelli. these numbers in context has several initiatives Layout Artist “We are most certainly and to talk about why we designed to help curb sui- Weekly Weather Watch Joe Funtanilla going to end the year believe, despite these cides. 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The appearance of advertising rate higher than that of a in this publication, including inserts or sup- plements, does not constitute endorsement comparable civilian popu- by the U.S. Army. Stories and photos for lation. Chiarelli also said publication consideration may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by close of the Army experienced 71 business Friday. suicides for Soldiers not NOVEMBER 26, 2009 NEWS LEADER PAGE 3 News Briefs Walters Shoppette hours Brigade gives students close look at Soldiers The Walters Street Shoppette Story by Gregory Ripps Sgt. Jared Salinas, of hours are now Monday-Friday, 470th Military Intelligence Brigade the 470th Military Intelligence Brigade’s 5:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday 7 Public Affairs S6 (Communications a.m.-11 p.m., and Sunday 7 a.m.- Section), splints the leg 10 p.m. Call 225-0216. of a “casualty” in a Children at Columbia Heights demonstration of first LMH offices closure Elementary School got a close- aid at Columbia Heights Lincoln Military Housing up look at Soldiers and a few of Elementary School. offices will be closed Nov. 26-27 their activities Nov. 10 when Students got a chance to observe the Thanksgiving members of the 470th Military to see a variety of Holiday. Call 270-7638. Intelligence Brigade visited their Soldier activities up school gymnasium. close during a special PX Thanksgiving hours Approximately 200 students assembly. The post exchange will be in grades three through five had Photo courtesy of Daniel closed Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26; an opportunity to sample Meals Segura, Harlandale open Nov. 27, 4 a.m.-9 p.m.; Nov. Ready to Eat, experience first Independent School 28, 6 a.m.-9 p.m.; and Nov. 29, 9 aid, have their faces painted in District a.m.-7 p.m. For additional infor- camouflage colors, learn some mation, call 225-5566. drill and ceremonies, and their own time. great deal to the children at the – not that I expected any less. observe a retreat ceremony. Nadja Root, a teacher at school, located in south San They know that the military is a DPW, Housing Offices hours The Soldiers, stationed on Columbia Heights and a former Antonio’s Harlandale great option as a career The following DPW, Housing Fort Sam Houston, belong to an U.S. Army chief warrant officer, Independent School District. choice.” Offices will be closed Nov. 27 to operational brigade that deploys organized the “hands-on” event “They will remember that for “The children were excited, observe the Thanksgiving Holiday: RCI Office, Building 407; UPH intelligence specialists on mis- to help the students better the rest of their lives,” said Root. and the Soldiers were excited Office, Building 367; HSO Office, sions throughout the world. Ten appreciate what the military “I was totally floored by the too. Everything went great,” Building 367. All offices will of the brigade’s Soldiers volun- does for their country. She said Soldiers’ enthusiasm and won- reopen with regular hours Nov. 30. teered to go to the school on the Soldiers presence meant a derful energy with the children See 470TH MIB P11 For more information contact the RCI Office at 221-2250. IPAP Briefing Maj. Dawn Orta, program ‘Friday Night Lights’ actors thank wounded warriors manager for the Army By Master Sgt. Ben Gonzales warriors is a slow process. Interservice Physician Assistant Defense Media Activity-San Antonio Service members with missing Program, will do a briefing, Nov. limbs or severe burn wounds 30, Buliding 2248, 3 p.m. Call Kyle Chandler known as are commonplace at the 221-1738. Coach Eric Taylor and Connie Warrior Transition Battalion. Britton starring as the coach’s Most warriors here spend Holiday tree lighting wife on the television show weeks or months recuperating The second annual Fort Sam “Friday Night Lights,” visited and getting back to “a whole Houston holiday tree lighting cere- wounded warriors at Fort Sam new normal way of life,” said mony will be held Dec. 2, 6-8 p.m. Houston Nov. 14. Judith Markelz, WFSC program at the garrison flagpole. There will be holiday arts and crafts, The actors spent time manager. “It takes a triad of refreshments, pictures with Santa encouraging warfighters at healing: body, mind and spirit. Claus, caroling, performances by Brooke Army Medical Center, This is a place to heal the spir- the Army Medical Command signing autographs at the Fort it.” Band, artificial snow and a sled- Sam Houston Post Exchange, “We help set up 70 trips a ding hill. and talking to wounded war- month for the warriors, lunch- riors and their Families at the es, dinners and other items that Holiday Concert Warrior and Family Support help build the morale of these The 2009 Holiday Concert will Center and Fisher House. men and women. It is all donat- be held Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. at the “We just came to say thank ed and it is all free for those Photo by Staff Sgt. Bennie Davis Jimmy Brought Fitness Center. The you to everybody here,” Britton assigned to the WTB here,” said “Friday Night Lights” actress Connie Britton talks to Army Sgt. 1st Class Todd Griffin at public is invited to enjoy holiday said. “The most amazing thing Markelz, adding that the WFSC the Warrior and Family Support Center. favorites by the Army Medical to me is that when I talk to is the only agency in the mili- Command Band. Soldiers, they say they want to tary that exists on donations. the Brooke Army Medical device in Iraq. Doctors told his get healed and go back out (to Wounded warrior Spc. Adam Center. Watkins has been here parents that he had only a 26 the war zone). It’s inspiring and Watkins comes to the WFSC to since May 2007, after a Stryker percent chance of surviving. See NEWS P14 great to talk to you all.” be around friends and unwind vehicle he was driving was hit Recovery for some wounded after hours of appointments at by an improvised explosive See FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS P11 PAGE 4 NEWS LEADER NOVEMBER 26, 2009 Drag racer visits post, shares her experiences Story and photo by Lori Newman can’t find it; we don’t know how to Fort Sam Houston Public Affairs explain the pathology reports, so just go home.” Tina Stull is many things: wife, moth- She said that during the time she er, cancer survivor and race car driver. thought she was dying, prayer was so Stull visited Fort Sam Houston Nov. 19 to much a part of her life, because she felt speak about her experiences at the 32nd she had no other options. “I made all my Medical Brigade Thanksgiving Prayer decisions based off my prayers. When I Breakfast. found out I was going to live I thought, Following the breakfast she parked why should my decisions be any differ- her dragster at the Rocco Dining Facility, ent,” she said. visited with Soldiers and signed auto- Stull continued to pursue her racing graphs. career as a National Hot Rod Association “I really appreciate the Soldiers who Super Comp Dragster driver. serve, because the job they do allows me She currently works with several mili- to do what I do,” she said. “My getting to tary-focused ministries to provide on- drive race cars is entertainment. People going support for the service members in the military are changing history. It’s and their Families, and is responsible for important that when they go out to do distributing thousands of free tickets to their job, they know they are fully sup- Sgt. William Hardin sits in Tina Stull’s dragster as Sgt. Cameron Hubbard and Pfc. Jorge Oliver talk with racing events to members of the mili- ported here at home.” Stull about the car. “It was pretty cool to sit in the car, but I wouldn’t want to drive it,” said Hardin. tary. In 1998, Stull went to the Frank “If I was going to race when I was Hawley Drag Racing School in Pomona, nal cancer and was told I had three things I had been putting on the back dying, why wouldn’t I race now that I Calif., but didn’t start drag racing until years to live,” said Stull. burner but something I really wanted to was living,” she said. 2002 after being diagnosed with cuta- “I had to make some decisions about do.” For more information, visit neous T-cell lymphoma. what I wanted to do with the time I had When Stull went back to the doctor www.tinastullracing.com. “In 2002, I was diagnosed with termi- left. I decided that racing was one of the they told her, “You don’t have cancer, we Families box items donated for Soldiers in Iraq By Gregory Ripps and prepare them for mailing. Meyer. “We even received a call 470th Military Intelligence Brigade The group had accumulated from the commissary the next Public Affairs two-and-a-half grocery baskets day saying people had left full of items such as disposable things after we departed.” Although Soldiers of the razors, toothbrushes and tooth- She noted members of the 14th Military Intelligence paste, deodorant, lip balm and general public weren’t sending Battalion in Iraq won’t have lotions and shampoo. There things to Soldiers overseas in much of a “holiday” season were fun things, too, such as the volume they had done so in there, their days will brighter, snacks, compact disks and even past years. However, the people thanks to boxes sent to them Christmas decorations. at the Fort Sam Houston com- from the battalion’s Family Shoppers at the Fort Sam missary proved how generous Readiness Group. Houston commissary donated people could be. Capt. Chad The 14th MI Battalion, a the items while FRG volunteers Wetherill, who leads the battal- subordinate unit of the 470th bagged groceries Nov. 14 to ion’s rear detachment, estimat- MI Brigade, which provides raise funds to ship boxes over- ed the total value of donations operational support to com- seas. The volunteers also post- was $1,800. Photo by Gregory Ripps mands in various locations ed lists of suggested items to FRG volunteers filled 50 Family Readiness Group volunteers fill one of their 50 boxes with disposable razor around the globe, has been donate. These included not only boxes, each 12 inches wide by blades. deployed in support of wants and needs of Soldiers but 12 inches long by 5.5 inches Operation Iraqi Freedom since also simple toys and school deep. The boxes were The boxes will contain one Prince of the Apostles, in San last summer. supplies for them to give to addressed to the battalion more added feature assembled Antonio,” said Nina Johnson, Family members and friends Iraqi children. chaplain, Capt. Ramon by the volunteers. battalion Family Readiness gathered at the Army “A lot of people took a list Santillano, who will oversee “Treat bags contain letters Support assistant. “The letters Community Service building on and went in and bought things distribution of items to Soldiers from two schools in the area, are all written by children at Fort Sam Houston Nov. 17 to and donated them on the way in Iraq as part of a chaplain Morningside Elementary in these schools and should really sort donated items, fill boxes out,” said FRG volunteer Stacy outreach program. New Braunfels and St. Peter, lift the Soldiers’ spirits.” NOVEMBER 26, 2009 NEWS LEADER PAGE 5 QUILT from P1 2007. He was assigned to stand designed and cre- lives, Eagle Scout, fierce- C Troop, 1st Squadron, ated by artisan Michael ly dedicated to his men, American service mem- 40th Cavalry Regiment, Scarborough. his mission and his coun- bers who lost their lives 4th Brigade Combat It shows 82 fallen try.” during the Iraq and Team (Airborne), 25th heroes from all branches Also accompanying Afghanistan wars since Infantry Division, Fort of the military, 50 in the the quilt on this tour, is a 9/11. She met with Gold Richardson, Alaska. body of the quilt, repre- companion book titled, Star Mothers and Family “He always wanted to senting each state and 32 “The Lost Heroes Art members of the fallen be a Soldier. He grew up around the border. A Quilt Book” that lists the heroes to get background in the Army, me being a childhood photo repre- names of 5,000 service on each member as she command sergeant sents each service mem- members who have lost designed the quilt. major and his mother a ber. Words surrounding their lives in the Iraq and Ed Martin, an opera- chief warrant officer 5, I each photo, give the Afghanistan wars as of tions specialist, don’t think he had a viewer of the quilt a brief July 4, 2009. It also gives Directorate of Plans, choice,” Martin said snapshot of the service an in-depth story of each Training, Mobilization chuckling. He went to members’ personalities service member high- and Security, Fort Sam JROTC in high school. and interests. lighted on the quilt. Houston, and his wife, When he graduated, he On the quilt, Martin “The thing we support Candis, were thrilled applied for West Point represents South Dakota, so doggedly about the when they were first con- but was not accepted. He Jenny Koranyi, tries to decipher the secret message in The Lost Heroes the state where he was quilt is that the kids are Art Quilt Nov 19, left there by creator Julie Feingold. tacted by Feingold to tell knew that if he joined the born. not forgotten. That is the story of their son, 1st Army he could resubmit The words that sur- why we (Gold Star Lt. Thomas Martin. his package, which he pick it out anywhere; he The quilt is striking, as round his photo, tell only Families and the Families Martin, a U.S. Army did while he was sta- has it on his picture on it stands 5 and one-half a small fraction of his of the fallen) work so Soldier, was 27 years old tioned in Korea, and was the quilt. He had it as an feet tall by 15 feet long. It story. They read, “West hard for, and why we are when he was killed in accepted.” adult. We saw it when he is somberly impressive Point, numerous medals, so thrilled about the combat by small arms Ed Martin said what graduated from basic on a black background undaunted determina- quilt, and the theme, fire when insurgents he remembered most training, when we looked with photographs bound- tion, journals, rugby, ‘Without a witness,’ they attacked his unit during about his son was his out into the crowd – you ed by crosses. It is promi- ranger, church, 4-H, will disappear,” said night operations near smile. “For Tom, it was could spot him by his nently displayed on a band and theatre, Calvin Martin. Busayifi, Iraq, Oct. 14 always his smile. You can smile.” hand-carved wooden & Hobbes, touched many PAGE 6 NEWS LEADER NOVEMBER 26, 2009 Texas Honor Ride salutes wounded warriors, Families Story by Phil Reidinger ditional coffee donation Fort Sam Houston Public that began during the Affairs first ride. “Starbucks customers Motorcycles roared in the Houston area down Binz-Engleman donated $17, 000 worth Road with an escort by of coffee for the Warrior the Fort Sam Houston and Family Support police motorcycle patrol Center,” Muilenberg said. to Salado Creek Park for The bikers enjoyed the fifth annual Texas barbecue, ice cream and Honor Ride from music by “Retrofit” dur- Photos by Stephen Markelz Terry Muilenberg, Texas Honor Ride president, presents Judith Houston. ing their day long rally at Markelz and wounded warriors, represented by retired Staff Sgt. Jason Ride coordinator Terry Salado Creek Park. March, a donation check to support Warrior and Family Support Muilenberg reported 824 Due to the numbers of Center operations at the annual motorcycle riders’ rally. A guitar on display at the Warrior and Family Support Center, signed riders and passengers riders, the Fort Sam by wounded warriors assigned to Brooke Army Medical Center for attended the event this Houston police got help escort the riders and With wounded war- treatment and rehabilitation, is presented to the Texas Honor Ride. year, with 14 support from Houston area avoid traffic congestion riors and their Families vehicles bringing the tra- motorcycle police units to on IH 35. on stage and in front of a Fort Sam Houston community donations. the stage, riders cheered Morale, Welfare and The center, which when Muilenberg pre- Recreation Directorate opened originally in the sented a donation check facility that operates Powless Guest House in to Judith Markelz to sup- seven days each week, December 2003 using a port Warrior and Family including holidays. converted conference Support Center opera- Activities sponsored center, will celebrate its tions. by the center for wound- anniversary on Dec. 3 in The Warrior and ed warriors and their its new facility opened Family Support Center is Families are funded by last year. NOVEMBER 26, 2009 NEWS LEADER PAGE 7 Gift boxes help “BEST WARRIOR” FOR 2009 patrons spread holiday cheer Story by Kevin L. Robinson Defense Commissary Agency Commissaries are making the joy of giving much easier for cus- tomers who want to spread a little cheer to fellow service members and their families. The Defense Commissary Agency is stocking snack gift boxes in its stores just in time for the holi- day season. Gift boxes include popular single-serve fruit and nut mixes, cookies, Courtesy photos The 32nd Medical Brigade’s “Best Warrior” for 2009 is Staff Sgt. Joseph Hay, a Dental Specialist with crackers, and a maca- the 187th Medical Battalion. The “Best Warrior” Competition is an annual, grueling, 72-hour event roni and cheese cup. held to determine the best qualified compete at the Medical Command level. Competitors take an Army Each box also bears a Physical Fitness Test, a written test, complete a leadership essay, compete in a combative tournament, Photo by Rick Brink coupon for $1.25 off the conduct day and night urban orienteering, complete a warrior task and battle drill lane, weapons qualifi- Gift boxes include popular single-serve fruit and nut mixes, cookies, purchase price. They can crackers, and a macaroni and cheese cup. Each box also bears a cation and finish with an oral board. “I have received an incredible amount of support and training from be purchased ready to my peers and leadership from across the 187th and the Department of Dental Science,” Hay said. coupon for $1.25 off the purchase price. They can be purchased ready ship, donate, or simply to ship, donate, or simply deliver to any special person or military deliver to any special organization. person or military organ- ization. venient way for our For: The Serious “We want our cus- patrons to help put a Snacker.” tomers to put the com- smile on someone’s face Military activities that missary at the top of during the holidays.” want to be drop-off their holiday shopping Customers should look points for customer- list,” said DeCA Director for the snack boxes on donated gift boxes must and CEO Philip E. display pallets near the seek approval from their Sakowitz Jr. “These cash register under the snack boxes are a con- sign: “Special Delivery See GIFT BOXES P8 PAGE 8 NEWS LEADER NOVEMBER 26, 2009 Going gluten free with celiac disease What are the symptoms of GIFT BOXES from P7 give the gift of gro- ceries.” In addition to the Story by Lt. Col. Karen E. Hawkins don’t always know they have eat and when villi are dam- celiac disease? installation officials in gift boxes, commis- Defense Commissary Agency it because they don’t feel aged, the body can’t get the Symptoms of celiac advance. Once saries are also offering dietitian sick, or they don’t know celi- nutrients it needs. disease include the follow- approved, these gift vouchers in $25 ac disease is the cause. For most people, follow- ing: organizations can set denominations and Besides stomach pain, it can ing the diet will stop symp- • gas up collection bins or redeemable by any In response to growing cause anemia, malnutrition, toms, heal existing intestinal • diarrhea staff a booth at the commissary author- concern, more gluten-free infertility, a certain skin rash damage, and prevent fur- • stomach pain front of commissaries. ized shopper. Anyone, foods and products are and other health problems. ther damage. Improvement The gift box pro- including those who • feeling very tired available in the commissary, Celiac disease can be begins within days of start- gram is a wonderful are not authorized • change in mood with savings at more than hard to discover because its ing the diet. The small intes- example of DeCA shoppers, can pur- 30 percent. And, to provide symptoms are like many tine usually heals in three to • weight loss working with its chase the gift vouch- more support, an informal other digestive diseases. To six months in children, but • very itchy skin rash with industry partners for ers by visiting any gluten-free support group is diagnose celiac disease, doc- may take several years in blisters this holiday promotion commissary’s cus- being created for our cus- tors will test blood for high adults. • slowed growth in chil- for military commis- tomer service depart- tomers. levels of antibodies. If blood People with celiac disease dren saries, said Randy ment. What is celiac disease? tests and symptoms suggest must avoid gluten for the Most people with celiac Chandler, DeCA’s There is no limit on Having celiac means a per- celiac disease, a biopsy of rest of their lives as even a disease have one or more director of sales. the number of vouch- son can’t eat gluten, a pro- the small intestine may be small amount of gluten can symptoms, but not all have “These boxes are ers someone can pur- tein found in wheat, rye and conducted to confirm the damage the small intestine. digestive problems. Some designed to help our chase. For large pur- barley. Gluten is found main- diagnosis. The damage will occur in customers show their chases of more than don’t have any symptoms. ly in foods, but may also be The only treatment for anyone with the disease. appreciation for the $1,000 in vouchers at Having one or more of in other products like medi- celiac disease is a gluten- Depending on a person’s age military with a collec- a time, you must noti- cines, vitamins and even the free diet. The body’s at diagnosis, some problems these symptoms does not tion of top-selling fy the store at least glue on stamps and immune system responds to will not improve, such as mean a person has celiac snack items,” he said. one week in advance. envelopes, according to the gluten by damaging small short stature and dental disease because these “We owe thanks to our This allows commis- National Institutes of Health. finger-like villi lining the enamel defects. symptoms can fit many industry partners for saries to maintain The disease is hereditary. small intestine. Villi absorb For more information other disorders. providing our cus- enough vouchers for People with celiac disease nutrients from the foods we visit ww.commissaries.com. tomers another way to other customers. NOVEMBER 26, 2009 NEWS LEADER PAGE 9 Have feedback for a post customer service provider? Go to the Interactive Customer Evaluation Web site at http://ice.disa.mil and voice your opin- ion today. PAGE 10 NEWS LEADER NOVEMBER 26, 2009 NOVEMBER 26, 2009 NEWS LEADER PAGE 11 SUICIDE from P2 will be provided to interview Soldiers, their 470TH MIB from P3 Chief Warrant Officer Locklear, Sgts. Jared Soldiers between 90-180 Families and their par- Crawford Clark, Chief Salinas and Jasmyne via the Internet or tele- days after coming home, ents. The study will said Master Sgt. Megan Warrant Officer Tracey Grashen, Spcs. Patricia phone. he said, to “identify those include the active-duty Grant, who coordinated Brooks, Chief Warrant Ceballos and Roberto At Tripler Army individuals that may be force in addition to the the brigade’s volunteers. Officer Michael Brooks, Lloyd. Medical Center, Hawaii, having trouble with rein- National Guard and Other Soldiers who Sgts. 1st Class Charles the general said the tegration.” Army Reserve. participated included Baldwin and Melanie Army was able to provide The advent of Chiarelli said in early all members of a rede- telemedicine is beneficial December, he will meet FRIDAY NIGHTS from P3 he has been able to possibly ask for is avail- ploying unit with a post- for the Army, Chiarelli with NIMH officials to get relearn during excur- able at the WFSC,” said deployment mental- said, because the service an early briefing on the “I cannot recollect sions provided by WFSC. Griffin who was assigned health screening that is struggling, like much of study and will use that anything that happened Sgt. 1st Class Todd at Camp Bullis, and pre- involved actual mental- the civilian population, to information to help better until July 2007. For Griffin was injured in a pared medics going into health professionals. find both mental-health steer Army efforts to weeks I was really debilitating motorcycle the war zone. “From Some Soldiers saw a and substance-abuse curb suicides. messed up, and was in accident in San Antonio. financial support, servic- health professional face- counselors. He said he’d Until then, the general (the intensive care unit),” Currently in a wheel- es for weddings to pro- to-face, while others did ideally like to see in the said, the Army is still at a Watkins said. “If this chair, he has been recov- viding trips to build our it via computer. Army the addition of as loss to explain why injury had happened to ering here since morale, this place does a “We took a battalion, many as 300 substance- Soldiers commit suicide. me a few years ago, I December 2008, and lot for the warriors.” returning from theater, abuse counselors and “There are no easy would not be here today.” faces amputation if the “It is an honor to meet and gave 100 percent of 800 mental health coun- answers or solutions. He still does physical bones in his leg do not these guys,” Chandler the Soldiers mental- selors. And although we have therapy five days a week, heal properly. With his said. “Being here gives us health evaluations,” the In 2008, the Army made changes to Army but 23-year-old Watkins wife, Vicki, and son, a chance to say thank general said. The mass asked the National policy based on many of said he is looking for- Daniel, Griffin spent most you personally to individ- screening resulted in “a Institute of Mental Health the lessons learned, we ward to returning home of the day at the WFSC to ual Soldiers and also to higher ... rate for mental to conduct a study to get still haven’t found any to Fayetteville, Ark. in meet and give combat let them know that there health issues that we to the root causes of sui- statistically significant the next few months medic coins to the televi- are people out there believe we caught earlier cide in the Army. During causal linkage that would where he plans to go to sion stars, and be around thinking about them.” because of a 20- to 30- the study, which is allow us to effectively the University of fellow service members minute evaluation.” expected to last five predict human behavior.” Arkansas. He also wants to lift his spirits. Follow-up evaluations years, the NIMH may to hunt and fish, activities “Anything you could PAGE 12 NEWS LEADER NOVEMBER 26, 2009 “I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty of Soldiers assigned to the whom or which I have heretofor been a subject or citizen; that I will support and 232nd Medical defend the Constitution and the laws of the United States against all enemies, Battalion take the U.S. Oath of Allegiance foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will during a naturalization bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by law; that I will perform ceremony at the Army Medical Department noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the Unites States when required by Museum auditorium. law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely without any mental reser- vation or purpose of evasion, so help me God.” (U.S. Oath of Allegiance) NATURALIZATION from P1 ideals of our Nation and the principles double major in political science and think that being a Soldier is the most of our Constitution. Japanese, and a double minor in admirable job in the world, so I am ous backgrounds, who possess many He quoted Thomas Paine, one of the French and Business Management. very happy and feel very honored.” different life stories, have been brought great orators of the American She speaks Korean, Japanese, French According to Kang, whose wife lives together today for a common purpose, Revolution, “Those who expect to reap and English. in Los Angeles, she too is very happy, a purpose that goes beyond just the the blessings of freedom must, like Kim said, “I am now an American, I “I sent her a text message and a photo desire to live in this country, a desire to men, undergo the fatigue of supporting am very American, I am very proud to message of the ceremony.” serve this country, a desire to call this it.” be an American, and I am so ready to “I think the impressive part of country, my country,” said host for the Czerw said these are powerful work for America, for our national today’s ceremony is the fact that, we, ceremony, Maj. Gen. Russell Czerw, words, but if Paine said them today, he interest and national security, and I am the citizens of the United States, defend commander Fort Sam Houston and would have used the phrase, “like men so honored to be here.” and support our constitution, we do it Army Medical Department Center and and women” in his quote. When asked about her goals she freely, but we wear this uniform School. Addressing the new citizens, Czerw said, “Since my native tongue is because we want to. Soldiers that have Czerw also recognized the Families said, “Soldiers, you today, join more Korean, I would like to be a linguist in become citizens – it is an incredibly of the soldiers in attendance. “I want to than 52,000 Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, the Korean language, and be the liai- wonderful feeling and today’s ceremo- thank the Soldiers’ Families because a and Airmen that have joined since son between the North Korean and ny is the epitome of what this country Soldier’s Family is his or her founda- 9/11, and over 9,000 just this year that American governments, so that I help and what this nation is all about,” tion, upon which their commitment to freely chose to accept the enormous resolve issues between the two govern- Czerw said. military service, in this case the Army, responsibilities, as well the benefits ments.” Primomo who is with the United is built upon, and without that support and rewards of becoming a citizen of New citizen Spc. Sanghoon Kang, States District Court, for the Western we would not be the nation we are these United States. originally from South Korea, has been District of Texas, San Antonio Division, today. “Because you have lived our Army in the U.S. for seven years. Kang said, “I have been able to preside over “We have entered into a covenant values: loyalty, duty, respect, selfless changed his name to Spc. Chris many naturalization ceremonies, but with our military Families, and that service, honor, integrity, and personal Sanghoon Kang. one of the more special parts is to be covenant is a promise from our mili- courage, this day has been possible Kang said, “I am very happy, I really able to administer the oath of citizen to tary community to provide you and our because you made it possible.” wanted to be a U.S. citizen for a long Soldiers who are serving the United Families with the best possible quality Spc. Jin Hee Kim, born in South time.” States of America even before it is their of life that we can,” Czerw said. Korea who came to the U.S. at 16, Kang was a Marine officer in the country, so this a special day and Czerw said since 1775 Soldiers have attended Indiana University and grad- Korean army. He missed the military honor for me and serve you as the pre- fought in the battlefields to defend the uated with a Bachelor of Arts with a life and so joined the U.S. Army. “I siding judge.” Maj. Gen. Russell Czerw, commander, Fort Sam Houston and Army Medical Department Center, congratulates newly sworn-in U.S. citizen-Soldiers assigned to the 232nd Medical Battalion during a naturalization ceremony at the Army Medical Department Maj. Gen. Russell Czerw (left), commander Fort Sam Houston and Army Medical Department Center and Museum audito- School, and Honorable John Primomo, U.S. Magistrate Judge (right), stand with 12 newly sworn-in U.S. rium. citizen-Soldiers. NOVEMBER 26, 2009 NEWS LEADER PAGE 13 FOOD SAFETY from P1 agers how to oversee food test- ing laboratories and unit-level laboratory programs to make sure the laboratories are established and testing results support worldwide veterinary missions. Eighteen Soldiers and one civilian took part in the pilot course. “Lt. Col. Hanfelt’s concept for the course was to push sur- veillance food testing right down to the front-line Soldier; into places where it is hard for big reference labs to reach,” said Maj. Alisa Wilma, deputy director, FADL. “It can be diffi- cult to get samples out of places like the Balkans and Iraq.” Photos by Lori Newman Spc. Christopher Homeniuk evaluates mock worksheets and testing results to “We are able to push testing identify errors in the recorded results during the Surveillance Food Laboratory Capt. Jason Crawford conducts a surveillance laboratory audit on lab equipment as out to the local level, to do Manager Course exam Nov. 20. part of the exam Nov. 20. screening testing on different installations for food safety,” set up almost anywhere as ing, oversight of tests conduct- final practical exercise which Managers. said Col. Peggy Carter, director, long as there is a sink to wash ed, reviewing and reporting of took about six hours to com- A two-week Surveillance FADL. hands and electricity for a results, risk communication, plete. Food Laboratory Technicians “That’s a big advantage refrigerator. determining products of con- The students took a written Course will be offered in the because it spreads the food Members of the Veterinary cern for testing. exam; designed a mock sur- spring. surveillance net farther down Service tested the theory set- “This course teaches the veillance food laboratory on The technician’s course will to the grass-roots level.” ting up a food surveillance lab students how to walk into the paper, using a diagram and a primarily teach students test- Surveillance Food in a hotel room in support of a lab, look through the paper- list of equipment; and evaluat- ing methodologies as well as Laboratories allow unit com- Department of the Army spe- work, look at the set-up and ed mock worksheets and test- lab maintenance. During the manders to enhance food and cial event, testing food samples say ‘yes’ this number is good,” ing results to identify errors in first week students will be water safety and enable a and water for risk assess- said Wilma. the recorded results. They also trained on laboratory equip- faster response to detect food- ments. “The idea was to push the conducted a surveillance labo- ment, sterilization and mainte- borne illnesses in the field. Students learn to set up a basics down to the Soldiers on ratory audit and completed a nance. The SFL program was built food surveillance lab, lab the ground so they can do sur- situation scenario station. During the second week, with the idea that a lab can be maintenance, proficiency test- veillance that allows them to “They’re (laboratory man- students will be handed a box agers) going to be the ones of samples; be expected to “We are able to overseeing the final testing check the samples in and run results coming out of the sur- all tests necessary to assess the push testing out to veillance labs; doing the final samples for indicators of food the local level, to do screenings to make sure that safety and wholesomeness. the technicians are set-up as At the end of the week, stu- screening testing on far as testing the food and dents turn in all forms to the different installa- water to ensure that every- mock manager, make a pres- thing sent out is valid and entation on what they have tions for food safe,” said Staci Mitchell, proj- found and identify whether safety,” ect officer, AMEDDC&S. they think there is a risk pres- – Col. Peggy Carter, The students receive a grad- ent. director, FADL uation certificate upon comple- “Based on how well they do, tion of the course; if the stu- and whether they find what dent scores 90 percent or they are supposed to find, they find food safety and defense above they also receive a certi- get a training certificate or issues before they occur to pre- fication as Surveillance Food not,” said Wilma. vent food-borne illness,” added Laboratory Managers. For this In addition, to be certified as Lt. Col. Margery Hanfelt, senior course, 18 of the 19 students Surveillance Food Laboratory Staci Mitchell (right), project officer, Army Medical Department Center and School laboratory trainer, DVS. passed the course, and 14 Technicians, they must also answers a question for Staff Sgt. Katasha McCline during the worksheet evaluation At the end of the week- were officially certified as pass a proficiency test provided phase of the Surveillance Food Laboratory Manager Course exam Nov. 20. long course there was a Surveillance Food Laboratory by the FADL once they are PAGE 14 NEWS LEADER NOVEMBER 26, 2009 Veterinary Clinic offers low-cost News Briefs vaccinations for Lincoln Military Free U.S. Army All American Bowl tickets ing high school, and maintaining at least a 2.0 grade point average Building 1721, for interactive fun play. Registration is not required. Housing residents Dec. 19, 8 a.m.- Call 221-0349/2418. The Sam Houston Club will be throughout the 12-week term. Call NEWS from P3 12 p.m., on the patio of the Harris Heights Community Center; and distributing a limited amount of free 221-3164/3386. AMEDDC&S Holiday Ball Jan. 9, 8 a.m.-12 p.m., on the patio tickets for the U.S. Army All English as a second The Army Medical Department of the Main Resident Center. Cost is American Bowl to authorized DoD EDGE Program language class Center and School 2009 Holiday $10 each for distemper/parvo, lep- I.D. cardholders. Game will be held The EDGE Program offers out-of- Offered Mondays and Ball, “A Magical Evening,” will be tospirosis, and rabies and $20 for Jan. 9 at the Alamo Dome. Limit of school opportunities for children 6 to Wednesdays 5-8 p.m. at Army held Dec. 11 at the Sam Houston 4DX HXT. Payment by cash or check four tickets per person, on a first- 18-years-old in cutting-edge art, fit- Community Service, Building 2797. Club. Tickets $38/person, see your only, call 295-4260. come, first-served basis. Call ness, life skills and adventure activi- Class is free and designed especially unit representative. 226-1663. ties. Open to children of military, for foreign-born spouses. To register, MLK Celebration DoD civilians/contractors and call 221-1681/9698. Federal Employees health Brooke Army Medical Center Announcements “Plaid Tidings” retirees. Activities are free for 11 to benefits open season Celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King “Plaid Tidings” at the Harlequin 18-year-olds, fees assessed accord- Calendar of Events Open season for the Federal Jr. at BAMC Medical Mall Area, Jan. CYSS Open House at Dinner Theatre through Dec. 19. ing to DoD fee policy for 6 to 10- Employees Health Benefits 13, noon-1 p.m. Celebration community centers Dinner is served at 6:15 p.m. fol- year-olds. To register, call 221-4871 NOV. 25 Program, Flexible Spending includes a poetry contest open to Child, Youth & School Services lowed by the show. Tickets are or stop by the Child Youth and Microsoft Publisher Accounts and the Federal all BAMC Soldiers and employees will hold open house at the following $26/military, $29/civilian Monday School Services Central Enrollment, Microsoft Publisher class, 8 Employees Dental and Vision about anything that pertains to post locations: through Thursday and $29/military, Building 2797. Call 771-2148 or a.m.-12 p.m. at Army Community Insurance Program runs through King. Contest winner will present Dec. 3, 5-7 p.m. at the Dickman $32 civilian, Fridays and Saturdays. 954-2088. Service, Building 2797, in the com- Dec. 14. Employees can enroll, his or her poem during the event. puter lab. Some basic computer Housing Community Center Call 222-9694 or visit www.fortsam- change or cancel through the Army Call 916-6401. skills and registration required. Call Dec. 7, 5-7 p.m. at the Harris houston mwr.com. Child, Youth and School Benefits Center-Civilian Web site at 221-2518. LMH offices closure Heights Community Center Services Central Registration www.abc.army.mil or call 877-276- 9287. For more information, call Lincoln Military Housing offices Dec. 9, 5-7 p.m. at the Watkins You’re Hired program Office hours Monday through Friday 221-2934/2526. will be closed Dec. 18, 11 a.m.-3 Terrace Community Center Child, Youth and School Services 8 a.m.-5 p.m., registration after 4:30 Mandatory Initial First- p.m. for their holiday luncheon. There will be free food and now accepting applications at the p.m. by appointment only. The office Termer Financial Readiness Pet vaccination clinics Call 270-7638. drinks, holiday crafts, onsite regis- central registration office for the is closed at 1 p.m. the first and third Mandatory Initial First-Termer The Fort Sam Houston tration and answers to questions HIRED! apprenticeship program pro- Friday of each month. Registration Financial Readiness class, 12 p.m. regarding Youth Services. Call viding high school students, 15 to and Health Assessment forms avail- at Army Community Service, 954-2088. 18-years-old, career exploration able at www.fortsamhoustonmwr. Building 2797. Class space is limit- opportunities in Family and Morale, com under the Soldier and Family ed. To register, call 221-1612. Welfare and Recreation operations. A services tab. Call 221-4871/1723. cash prize is awarded upon comple- Sexual Assault Annual tion of the program. Candidates H.U.G.S. playgroup Training must be a child of active duty mili- Helping Us Grow Securely play- Sexual Assault Annual Training, tary, DoD civilian/contractor, group for parents and children ages 2-4 p.m. at Army Community reservist or retiree, currently attend- birth to 5-years-old meets Tuesdays, Service, Building 2797. This class is 9-11 a.m. at Dodd Field Chapel, designed for those who may have missed their annual sexual assault training at their unit. Attend this class and receive credit, so that the unit can be in compliance with AR 600-20, CH. 8. Call 221-0349/0655. NOV. 26 Thanksgiving Day Brunch The Sam Houston Club will host a Thanksgiving Day Brunch, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The cost is $21.95/non- members, $18.95/members, $8.95/children ages 6-11, children 5 and under free. For reservations, call 226-1663 or 224-2721. ACS closed Army Community Service is closed Nov. 26 for Thanksgiving and Nov. 27 training holiday. For Army Emergency Relief emergencies, call garrison staff on duty at 221-2810; after duty hours at 221-2087. See MWR P15 NOVEMBER 26, 2009 NEWS LEADER PAGE 15 MWR from P14 Independent School District Basics of Breastfeeding a walking tour of downtown san Professional Development Center. Basics of Breastfeeding class, Antonio Dec. 3. Meet at the Army Adult volunteers needed. Teens will 12:30-2 p.m. at Army Community Community Service, Building 2797 NOV. 30 be delegates and can fill out issue Service, Building 2797. Call at 8:45 a.m. to begin a enjoyable Unit Trauma Training forms for submission; deadline is 221-0349/2418. morning visiting the Riverwalk, La Unit Trauma Training, 9 a.m.-2 Nov. 30 for entries. Soldiers interest- Villita, the Alamo, Market square DEC. 2 and Hemisfair Plaza. To register, call p.m. at Army Community Service, ed in volunteering receive points for Access Level 2 221-2418/1681. Building 2797. Training assists unit promotion. Call 221-2611/3502. leadership, Family Readiness Group Microsoft Access Level 2 class, 8 leaders, care teams, casualty assis- Unit Family Readiness a.m.-12 p.m. at Army Community DEC. 6 tance officers, casualty notification Training Service, Building 2797. Completion Holiday Story Read-Along officers and community agencies in Training at 9-10 a.m., Army of Access Level 1 and registration The Keith A. Campbell Memorial knowing how to help Soldiers, Community Service, Building 2797. required. Call 221-2518. Library will host a children’s Holiday Families and the unit when traumat- Defines phases of the deployment Story Read-Along, 2-3 p.m. Listen to ic events occur. Register by Nov. 25. cycle, identifies stresses and Soldier Single Parenting class some classic holiday tales. Children Call 221-2705 or e-mail samh.acs. and Family issues related to deploy- Single Parenting class, 11 a.m.- can also create their own holiday email@example.com ment. To register, call 221-2705 or 12:30 p.m. at Army Community greeting cards and decorate cookies. e-mail samh.acs.mob.deploy Service, Building 2797. Call 221- Call 221-4702. DEC. 1 @conus.army.mil 0349/2418. Access Level 1 DEC. 9 Microsoft Access Level 1 class, 8 Family Readiness Group Mandatory Initial First- Army Family Team Building a.m.-12 p.m. at Army Community Leader’s forum Termer Financial Readiness Level One Service, Building 2797, in the com- Family Readiness Group Leader’s Mandatory Initial First-Termer Army Family Team Building Level puter lab. Some offer basic comput- forum, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Army Financial Readiness class, 12 p.m. One class, Dec. 9-10, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 er skills and registration required. Community Service, Building 2797. at the Education Center, Building p.m. at Army Community Service, Call 221-2518. Training provides FRG leaders the 2248. To register, call 221-1612. Building 2797. Transitioning from opportunity to discuss issues and the civilian community to the Army is Teen AFAP Conference share lessons learned. To register, DEC. 3 an important step. To register, call The Fort Sam Houston Teen Army call 221-2705 or e-mail samh.acs. Walking Tour of Downtown 221-2418/2611. Family Action Plan Conference, 8:30 firstname.lastname@example.org. San Antonio a.m.-3 p.m. at the Fort Sam Houston The Relocation Program will offer PAGE 16 NEWS LEADER NOVEMBER 26, 2009 seminars Nov. 30 and Dec. 2, 5:30- 6:30 p.m. at the Kelly Branch, 3006 General Hudnell Dr. Reserve by Nov. 27. Call 258-1071. DEC. 1-31 clinic and patient administration Memories Etched in Images Announcements staff. For more information on BAMC Holiday Photo Contest volunteer opportunities, call Shoppers can submit photos to Scholarships for military 808-4982. PatriotFamily@aafes.com with the children title “Memories Etched in Images” in The Scholarship for Military Cloverleaf Communicators the subject line. Top 50 entries will be Children Program can help with a Meets the first and third posted online and winners will be $1,500 scholarship. Contact your local Thursday, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. at the announced by Jan. 22. First place commissary, school guidance coun- San Antonio Credit Union, Stanley receives a $1,000 AAFES gift card Road, in the conference room. Open selor, or visit the program Web site at with $500 going to the runner-up. to military, civilians and Family www.militaryscholar.org or www.com- Third and fourth places receive a members interested in developing missaries.com. Application deadline is $250 gift card and next five places and enhancing leadership and com- Feb. 17. Call 221-4678 ext. 249. munications skills. Call 221-8785, $100 each. Rules and entry details 221-6517 or 916-3406. are at www.aafes.com/PatriotFamily. Red Cross volunteers needed Adolescent Weight Loss DEC. 3 The American Red Cross Office, Program CivilianJobs.com Career Building 2650, at the corner of Patch Are you an overweight teen? The Expo and Harney roads, is seeking volun- Brooke Army and Wilford Hall Medical The CivilianJobs.com Career teers to do filing, mailings, answer- Centers seek overweight military Expo will be held Dec. 3, 10 a.m.-2 ing the telephone, and other duties dependent adolescents between the p.m. at the Sam Houston Club, as requests arise. Caremobile driv- ages of 12 and 18 to participate in a 1395 Chaffee Road. All military and ers are also needed. Call 221-3355. free weight management interven- prior military may pre-register at tion study. The 12-month adolescent www.civilianjobs.com to be NCO Wives Club obesity study incorporates profes- matched with companies based on The NCO Wives Club meets the sional medical attention, behavioral career goals and geographical pref- first Tuesday of each month at 10:30 therapy, nutritional counseling and erences. Call 678-819-4172 or visit medication for weight loss at no cost a.m. at the Sam Houston Club. Active www.civilianjobs.com. to participants. For more information, duty and retired spouses are welcome call 916-0607. to join. Call 386-8265 or 314-6377. DEC. 4 FEW Christmas Social BAMC seeks volunteers Calendar of Events The Federally Employed Women Volunteer positions are available Alamo City Chapter will hold a for the Caremobile, Kernel Club, NOV. 30 Christmas Social Dec. 4, 6-9 p.m. at Patient Library or Patient Transport Retirement planning the La Posada del Rey, 999 E. Program teams. Additionally, volun- San Antonio Credit Union will Basse. Reserve by Nov. 30, call teer positions are available on the hold two free retirement planning 435-6620. NOVEMBER 26, 2009 NEWS LEADER PAGE 17 Service and sacrifice honored at Heroes’ Tree reception Story and photos by heroes on the tree, dis- Amanda Stephenson played at the Keith A. Morale, Welfare and Recreation Campbell Library. “The library is often For many military the anchor of a commu- communities, heroes nity, and what better aren’t always the ones on place to showcase the the battlefields – they’re champions of the com- often the ones tucking munity than at our own their children into bed, library,” said Col. Mary making dinner, teaching Garr, garrison command- history, volunteering at er, at the Celebrate Our hospitals and inspiring Heroes reception Nov. excellence. 12. That was the message More than 100 orna- of the Heroes’ Tree, a ments and stories national program spon- adorned Fort Sam At the Celebrate Our Heroes reception, student Soldiers got a chance Ester Gates talks to students about her son, Keith Campbell, who was sored by the Military Houston’s Heroes’ Tree to read the inspirational stories decorating the Heroes’ Tree. killed in action in 1967 during the Vietnam War. Family Research throughout the program Institute at Purdue and reception attendees Library, hopes to pre- everyday heroes in the Also in attendance being honored on the University that honors got the chance to read serve the ornaments and community,” said was Ester Gates, the tree and gave a piece of the service and sacrifice some of those heroic sto- stories in a scrapbook so Durham. “A hero in the mother of library name- advice to attendees: of our military Families. ries and reflect on their patrons can view them eyes of a child may be sake Keith A. Campbell, “Learn to love books and Since Oct. 8, individu- own contributions to the when they visit the very different from a who was killed in action you will never be lonely.” als were encouraged to military community. library. hero in the eyes of an at age 20 in Vietnam. The Heroes’ Tree hang handmade orna- Robbye Durham, “The Heroes’ Tree adult and we think they She told attendees her remains on display at the ments with stories and manager of the Keith A. was a great way for us to are all deserving of such son would have been library. photos of their military Campbell Memorial reach out and honor our respect.” very proud of the heroes PAGE 18 NEWS LEADER NOVEMBER 26, 2009 Rocco Dining Facility Menu REMINDER CALENDAR Friday – Nov. 27 flower and carrots, pinto beans, Building 2745, Schofield Road Beef lasagna, vegetable lasagna, aroni and cheese, German sauer- Lunch – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. corn on the cob stuffed cabbage rolls, veal parme- kraut, cauliflower and cheese Nov. 25 Thanksgiving Dinner at Camp Bullis Dining Facility Beef pot pie with biscuits, south- Sunday – Nov. 29 san, chicken cordon bleu, O’Brien sauce, broccoli combo ern fried catfish, shrimp scampi, Lunch – noon to 1:30 p.m. potatoes, parsley tri-colored noo- Dinner – 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 26 Mission Thanksgiving, Jimmy Brought Fitness Center barbecued spareribs, macaroni Yankee pot roast, chicken stir-fry, dles, spaghetti noodles, peas and Szechwan chicken breast, breaded and cheese, steamed rice, parsley breaded pork fritters, hot spiced carrots, stewed tomatoes, broccoli veal steaks with mushroom gravy, Nov. 26 Thanksgiving Dinner at Rocco Dining Facility, 12-2 p.m. buttered potatoes, pinto beans, applesauce, hopping john rice, Tuesday – Dec. 1 grilled pork chops, roast beef, fried cabbage, baked parmesan steamed rice, new potatoes, Lunch – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. vegetable stuffed peppers, cot- Nov. 26 Thanksgiving Day Brunch, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Sam Houston Club tomato halves, yellow squash French-style green beans, beets in Chicken fajitas, beef enchiladas, tage fried potatoes, rice pilaf, Dinner – 5 to 7 p.m. orange-lemon sauce, yellow cheese enchiladas, Swedish meat- baked potatoes, green beans, Dec. 2 Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony, 6-8 p.m. Barbecued roast pork loin, coun- squash balls with brown gravy, breaded corn, Creole squash try-fried steaks, chicken cordon Dinner – 5 to 6:30 p.m. pork chops, seasoned wild rice, Thursday – Dec. 3 Dec. 3 Warrior and Family Support Center Anniversary Celebration bleu, roast pork, red beans and Country fried steaks, sweet and rissole potatoes, baked potatoes, Lunch – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 5 U.S. Army Medical Command Band holiday concert, 7 p.m. at the rice, scalloped sweet potatoes, sour chicken, Salisbury steaks, corn on the cob, refried beans with Cantonese spareribs, beef and parsley new potatoes, turnip onion-lemon baked fish, broccoli cheese, zucchini squash broccoli, chicken gyros, roast pork Jimmy Brought Fitness Center greens, black-eyed peas, carrots quiche, steamed rice, mashed Dinner – 5 to 7 p.m. loin, cheese ravioli, steamed rice, Saturday – Nov. 28 potatoes, black-eyed peas, Beef fajitas, teriyaki baked chick- fried rice, oven glo potatoes, Dec. 5 Hearts Apart support group, 1-3 p.m. at Army Community Service, Bldg. 2797 Lunch – noon to 1:30 p.m. asparagus, fried cabbage en, broccoli quiche, Creole maca- asparagus, vegetable stir fry, lima Beef lasagna, vegetable lasagna, Monday – Nov. 30 roni, Italian rice and beef, mashed beans Dec. 8 Windstar Casino Trip, leave Sam Houston Club at 7 a.m. to Thackerville, Okla. meatballs with marinara sauce, Lunch – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. potatoes, Spanish rice, baked Dinner – 5 to 7 p.m. breaded pork fritters, mashed Meat loaf, chicken and Italian potatoes, spinach, wax beans, Baked tuna and noodles, sweet Dec. 8 Combined Quarterly Town Hall meeting, 6-7:30 p.m., 407 Dickman Rd. potatoes, spaghetti noodles, rice vegetable pasta, barbecued chick- French-fried okra and sour chicken, beef stir fry, with parmesan cheese, wax en, Barlow’s blackened catfish, Wednesday – Dec. 2 spicy baked fish, cheese tortellini, Dec. 10 Commanders Training, 8-10 a.m., Army Community Service, Building 2797 beans, stewed tomato and okra, baked ham with pineapple sauce, Lunch – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. brown rice, mashed potatoes, peas and carrots garlic lemon roasted potato Turkey stuffed cabbage rolls, baked potatoes, mixed vegetables, Dec. 11 Army Medical Department and Garrison Holiday Ball Dinner – 5 to 6:30 p.m. wedges, fresh baked sweet potato chicken pot pie with biscuits, stewed tomatoes, fried cabbage Savory baked chicken, pepper halves, macaroni and cheese, car- baked ham with pineapple sauce, steak, grilled salmon patties, rots, French-fried okra, pinto grilled knockwurst, grilled liver Menus are subject to change with- parsley buttered potatoes, maca- beans and onions, baked sweet potato out notice roni and cheese, brown rice, cauli- Dinner – 5 to 7 p.m. halves, home fried potatoes, mac- NOVEMBER 26, 2009 NEWS LEADER PAGE 19 email@example.com. ed by the Fort Sam Houston Mickey Mouse, The Best of School House For Sale: Step 2 green wagon, $35 firm; Chapel Community on the Rock, 101 Dalmatians. Call 697-9261. sturdy wood coffee table, $95; Kid Kaboose Cadence youth program For Sale: Mahogany computer desk, like bike trailer, $50; Cardioglider, new, $175; grounds of the Main Post Chapel new, $70; leather swivel chair, $35; pet house, $175 obo. Call 633-2247. Cadence Responding to God’s Dec. 17-19, 5:30-8:30 p.m. We For sale: Noritake china, Spring Song Craftsman 22-inch lawnmower, $50; For Sale: Female Pekingese, 2 years old, Call is a Fort Sam Houston Youth invite all members of our com- Craftsman electric edger, $40. Call 262- frosted coat, $375; bass four-string guitar Ministry program for children pattern, seven-piece setting, includes munity to join us for an interac- three plates, two bowls, and cup and 3892. with amplifier, $700; framed Korean flag, sixth to 12th grade. This ministry tive experience of what saucer, six place settings, serving platter, For Sale: Two counter height compact $150; tap and ballet shoes. Call 633- Ministry Team is ecumenically based and Bethlehem Village might have creamer, and sugar bowl included, total of refrigerators, approximate dimensions are 3859. focuses on faith development, 34 inches high by 20 inches deep by 20 For Sale: Harley Davidson motorcycle with Orientation, Training been like around the time of 45 pieces, $150. Call 495-2296. inches wide, $120 retail value, asking $49 training wheels, red, ages 1-4 years old, Luncheon fellowship and fun. The middle Jesus’ birth. Planning and train- For Sale: Kenwood audio receiver, Sony five-disc CD player and two Infiniti floor obo each. Call 659-6741. new battery, $50; Tahoe cargo security The 1101 Crossroads school group meets Tuesdays ing has started and but it takes For Sale: Washer and dryer, $80 each; Shade, like new, $65; 4-foot truck bed from 4-5:30 p.m. and the high speakers, solid oak stereo cabinet, with Congregation located at Army many volunteers to make this computer desk, $35; entertainment center, extender, $225; Stetson brown felt hat, school group meets Wednesdays glass-accented door, all in excellent condi- Medical Department Chapel event successful. We need your tion, $200 for all. Pictures available upon wood, 8 feet by 4 feet, $90; exercise bike, size 7, $75; stroller, $12. Call 221-2690. invites the community to a from 7-8:30 p.m. at Dodd Field help. If you would like to help, request. Call 545-5634. $10; Christmas tree and lights, $20; For Sale: 1962 Chevy Nova, four-door, Chapel, Room 146. There are call 221-5006 or e-mail waf- For Sale: Ashley “Cottage Retreat” twin- leather jacket, new, size PM, $50. Call new parts, engine runs, $1,200 obo; power Ministry Team Orientation and 241-1291. washer, 2350 psi, 6.5 hp, new condition, Training Luncheon Dec. 6, 12:30- also monthly and quarterly activ- firstname.lastname@example.org. size sleigh bed with mattress and box spring, $250; 18-inch boys bike, $25; 12- For Sale: Wood grain entertainment cen- $150; 80-gallon air compressor, $875; 3 p.m. at the Harris Heights ities for youth and Families. Call ter, 6 feet high by 5 feet wide by 17 inches antique Honda project motorcycle, $300 221-5943 or e-mail Traditional Samoan inch girls bike, $10. Will take offer on all Community Center. Opportunities items. Call 666-2455 or 830-330-0444. deep, $150; sofa sleeper and loveseat, obo; white metal truck bed tool box, $100. to learn more about current and FortSamYouth@aol.com. Christmas Eve Service earth tones, $225 obo; baby crib, needs Call 440-5062. For Sale: Dinnerware for four, plus serv- upcoming ministry team pro- A Traditional Samoan ing tray, carafe, lots of accessories, $35; refinishing, $25; Replogle Hastings table- Yard Sale: Nov. 28 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Journey to Bethlehem Christmas Eve service will be Wii games, Walt Disney’s cars, Burnout top globe, $30. Call 371-7833. 709 Richfield Dr. in Windcrest. Various grams will be highlighted. For Sale: 1983 Winnebago mobile home, items for sale. Everyone is welcome to attend. volunteers needed held Dec. 24 at 7 p.m. at Dodd racing, Madden 2003, $10 each; PC Journey to Bethlehem is an games, Jumpstart Music, Spanish, Sims sleeps five, kitchen and bath, a/c, diesel, For more information, call Field Chapel. needs minor maintenance, $2,500 obo, To place a Freebie ad, e-mail exciting Christmas activity host- games, Racing games, other education 271-3661 or e-mail games, $5 each; VHS videos, The Spirit of washer and dryer, $175. Call 227-9017. email@example.com or fax 221-1198.
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