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                                        Tuesday, November 24, 2009           Published for the Fort Jackson/Columbia, S.C. Community                        www.jackson.army.mil




                                        Post leaders take on traffic troubles
                                        By SUSANNE KAPPLER                             people participated in the two-week online          Officials have identified Gates 1 and 4 as
                                        Fort Jackson Leader                            survey.                                          the main problem traffic areas, said Lt. Col.
                                                                                           “The biggest thing that surprised me was     Greg Vibber, PAIO.
Final chance for                           Getting to work in the morning can be a     the number of responses we got back,” said          “If traffic backs up and you can’t let peo-
                                        time-consuming ordeal for Fort Jackson         Jim Olsen, PAIO plans specialist. “You can       ple through, you’ll never recover,” Vibber
CFC donations                           commuters. Rush hour traffic backups out-      tell that it’s an issue that people really are   said. “The situation compounds itself until
                          PAGE 3        side the installation’s gates have prompted    concerned about and really care about.”          the volume decreases.”
                                        post officials to analyze what causes the          Most motorists, 37.1 percent, stated that       Vibber said post officials are especially
                                        problems.                                      they typically use Gate 2 in the morning, fol-   concerned about Fort Jackson traffic affect-
                                           In addition to observing morning traffic    lowed by Gate 1 (28.8 percent) and Gate 4        ing drivers on Interstate 77.
                                        and calculating wait times for incoming ve-    (26.5 percent). However, 40.8 percent of the        “If (traffic is) backed up onto the inter-
                                        hicles, the Plans, Analysis and Integration    drivers said they use a different gate than      state, that’s an unsafe condition for mo-
                                        Office conducted a traffic survey in October   usual during family and graduation days to
                                        to hear from affected motorists. Almost 500    avoid traffic congestion.                                        See TRAFFIC: Page 4


                                          Final touch




DFACs prepare
for Thanksgiving
                          PAGE 4


VETERANS
Career includes
famous rescue
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INDEX
Commanders        2   Happenings   18
News           3-13   Legal / IG   19
Year of the NCO 10    FMWR         22                                                                                                                 Photo by STEVE REEVES
Up Close         11   Chapel       23
Veterans         16   Health       24     Gila Johnson, a dining facility attendant for 2nd Battalion, 39th Infantry Regiment, adorns a a table with decorations
Around Post      17   Police       28     in preparation for this year’s Thanksgiving feast. Soldiers from the 2-39th will enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal,
                                          complete with homemade pies baked by dining facility manager Barbara Johnson.
 COMMANDERS’ CORNER

Thanksgiving Day a time for reflection
                                                                                                                                               You can take comfort in knowing that our Soldiers

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        efore we begin our Thanksgiving Day celebration,
        let us pause for a moment and offer our prayers                       BRIG. GEN.                                                    who are downrange right now are finding a way to mark
        for the victims and families of the recent Fort                                                                                     this holiday in the most fitting way possible. Soldiers
Hood tragedy.
                                                                              BRADLEY W. MAY                                                make the best of all situations and they understand that
   Let’s also reflect on our deployed family members                          Fort Jackson                                                  their sacrifices are not in vain as they defend the privi-
who currently find themselves far away from home in de-                       Commanding                                                    leges and unparalleled freedoms that Americans can
fending the freedoms that make Thanksgiving and other                         General                                                       enjoy for many more Thanksgivings to come.
great American traditions possible.                                                                                                            On a personal note, I want to thank each and every
   As Soldiers we are taught to be tough and resilient,                                                                                     one of you for all that you have done to make this the
and as an Army family, we know how to pull together to                                                                                      Basic Combat Training Center of Excellence. The effort
get through difficult times. I am very thankful that I am a                                                                                 and hard work that you perform each day does not go un-
Soldier. I am thankful for my own family and thankful                         the front lines of democracy. The knowledge that they are     noticed.
for my Army family as well.                                                   in our hearts goes a long way in making each day a little        There is no way we could maintain the high standard
   I am certain that you are thankful for similar things in                   bit brighter.                                                 of excellence if it were not for your performance. Thank
your lives. On this day, it is important to extend our                            As history would have it, Thanksgiving became a na-       you for your contributions.
thanks and thoughts to our military family members                            tional holiday some 150 years ago during a time of war.          Jan, Chad, and I extend to you and your loved ones the
downrange.                                                                    The holiday began as a day when Soldiers in the field         warmest wishes for a safe and happy Thanksgiving Day.
   It takes courage, sacrifice and selfless service to man                    could enjoy some of the comforts of home.                        Army Strong!

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Native American spirit soars at luncheon
                                                                   Silverheels served in the 66th Artillery Unit in Texas
By SHARONDA PEARSON
                                                                nearly 50 years ago.
Fort Jackson Leader
                                                                   The event concluded with Craig Talbot, who is consid-
   Nearly 200 Fort Jackson Soldiers watched last week as        ered a holy man among his people, performing a blessing
members from local Native American tribes shared tradi-         ceremony on Reed.
tional dance and music, explained their culture and de-            Talbot, whose Native American name is “One Who Talks
scribed the many contributions Native Americans have            to Doves,” said that the purpose of the ritual was to bless
made to the military throughout history.                        Reed as he continues his Army career.
   Sgt. 1st Class Connie Miller, 171st Infantry Brigade            Master Sgt. Chanley Pickard, 193rd Infantry Brigade EO
equal opportunity adviser, said she could not be more           adviser, said the luncheon was a great way to learn about
pleased with how the event turned out.                          history.
   “Overall the event was wonderful,” Miller said. “I think        “When you sit and listen to these individuals you will
that the performances were representative of the culture, and   learn a lot more than what is written in our history books,”
accurately depicted the heritage.”                              Pickard said.
   The 171st hosted the event.                                     He also said that he felt such events are an important part
   Highlights of the luncheon included a speech from Chief      of keeping the Army community strong.
Steve Silverheels. Silverheels, whose father played Tonto in       “These observances enhance public awareness and edu-
“The Lone Ranger,” described the contributions Native           cation among all Soldiers, civilian employees, and their
Americans have made on and off the battlefield, and thanked     families of the contributions of all cultures and groups that
those in attendance for their willingness to learn about an-    help shape our great nation, thereby promoting understand-
other culture.                                                  ing, teamwork, harmony, pride and esprit among all groups.”
   “As of 2007, more than 4,000 Medals of Honor have               Promoting understanding and harmony is the reason
been awarded, and 25 of those were given to Native Amer-        Regina “Dancing Eagle” Tager said she chose to perform at
icans, which shows our valuable contribution to the mili-       the luncheon.
tary,” Silverheels said.                                           “It is about unity,” Tager said. “When we know more                              Photo by SHARONDA PEARSON
   Col. Karl Reed, 171st commander, made Silverheels an         about each other then it becomes more about acceptance and       David Little, a Mohican also known as Cloud
honorary colonel for his service in the Army and to the Na-     less about division and turmoil.”                                Walker, performs a traditional warrior dance in
tive American people.                                              Sharonda.Pearson@us.army.mil                                  honor of the Soldiers at Fort Jackson.


CFC officials aim to reach                                                                         Grand opening
goal as deadline nears
                                                tional and international charities. Fort Jack-
By STEVE REEVES
                                                son’s CFC also funds three Family and
Fort Jackson Leader
                                                Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs.
    There is still time to donate to your fa-      Midlands CFC raised almost $1.5 mil-
vorite cause through Fort Jackson’s Com-        lion in 2008 and this year’s goal is $1.6
bined Federal Campaign.                         million. CFC officials would like to see
    Many members of the Fort Jackson mil-       contributions get back to the level raised in
itary and civilian workforce have already       2007, which was $1.7 million.
stepped forward to support the post’s CFC,         “It’s been a little bit tougher this year
which officially got under way on Sept. 16.     because of the economy,” said Tammy
    The campaign, which is part of the Mid-     Huddle, CFC manager for the United Way
lands CFC, had raised approximately             of the Midlands.
$565,000 as of last week.                          As of late last week, Midlands CFC had
    “The campaign is going pretty well, es-     raised approximately $899,000, Huddle
pecially considering the economy,” said         said.
2nd Lt. Andrea Pabody, coordinator of the          “People have one more opportunity to
Fort Jackson CFC. “Fort Jackson has a his-      make that figure move upward,” she said.
tory of generosity, and we’d like to see that      If you have not yet been contacted,
generosity continue.”                           please contact your local CFC Key Person.
    Contributions can be made to the CFC           If you are not sure whom to contact,                                                                Photo by STEVE REEVES
though noon Wednesday.                          please call or e-mail the CFC office:              Fort Jackson’s new Warrior Transition Unit and Soldier Family Assis-
    Money pledged to the CFC goes to non-          –– 2nd Lt. Andrea Pabody, project co-           tance Center buildings opened Thursday with a ribbon cutting cere-
profit organizations located in the Mid-        ordinator, at 751-2669, e-mail: An-                mony. Pictured, from left, are LaShanda Howard, family member; Col.
lands, as well as national and international    drea.Mascarenas@conus.army.mil.                    Lillian Dixon, garrison commander; Jesse Deberry, SFAC director;
organizations.                                     –– Staff Sgt. John Hardin, assistant proj-      Brig. Gen. Bradley May, Fort Jackson commanding general; Capt.
    People donating to the CFC can choose       ect coordinator, 751-4912, e-mail:                 Michael Block, WTU commander; Col. Nancy Hughes, MEDDAC com-
from among 90 charities located through-        John.P.Hardin@conus.army.mil.                      mander; and Staff Sgt. Timothy Gillem, WTU.
out the Midlands and more than 2,000 na-           Steven.Parrish2@us.army.mil
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Meal delivers taste of home to Soldiers
By SHARONDA PEARSON                                                                                                              company.
Fort Jackson Leader                                                                                                                  Lt. Col. Darrell Aubrey, 187th Ordnance Battalion com-
                                                                                                                                 mander, said he would be front-and-center to serve his Sol-
    By this time Wednesday, employees at post dining fa-                                                                         diers, and would never miss the chance to let them know he
cilities will have spent the better part of this week and last                                                                   cares during the holidays.
preparing nearly 7,000 pounds of turkey, 4,000 pounds of                                                                             “Serving the Soldiers is part of the Army tradition, and
ham, 1,400 pounds of shrimp and 1,500 pies.                                                                                      something that has been done since I was a young Soldier.
    But James Worthy, the supervisor at the 187th Ordnance                                                                       It lets them know that we care about them and also builds
Battalion dining facility, said the around-the-clock prepa-                                                                      camaraderie,” Aubrey said. “For many of them, this is their
rations are worth it to bring the Soldiers a taste of home.                                                                      first time away from home for Thanksgiving. Serving them
    “Soldiers deserve good food,” Worthy said. “It is im-                                                                        lets them know that their pseudo mom and dad, (the Army),
portant for them to get a home cooked meal for Thanks-                                                                           cares about them on Thanksgiving.”
giving. That is why we make sure to cook all our food from                                                                           Worthy said good food and service is important, but am-
scratch.”                                                                                                                        biance is another essential part in making the Soldiers feel
    Employees at the post’s 12 dining facilities start prepar-                                                                   comfortable during their Thanksgiving meal.
ing for the meals about a month before Thanksgiving.                                                                                 “It looks like a different dining facility once we get done
Preparations include facility decorations, worker uniform                                    Photo by SHARONDA PEARSON           decorating,” Worthy said. “It is a time for the Soldiers to
and costume preparations, unit participation in develop-           Shawn Athur serves Soldiers in the 187th Ord-                 eat a good meal in peace and relax.”
ment of the facility theme, coordinating meal periods and          nance Battalion dining facility. DFAC employ-                     Post-wide, more than 15,000 Soldiers are served during
command servers, specialty cake decorating and ice-carv-           ees are getting ready for Thanksgiving.                       the Thanksgiving holiday, and they are often joined by re-
ings.                                                                                                                            tirees, cadre and other members of the Fort Jackson com-
    While many of the battalions serve Thanksgiving meals          agreed.                                                       munity.
on the actual holiday, some serve the meals early to allow            “I enjoy making sure that the food is ready for the Sol-       Thomas said the countless hours of hard work are ap-
Soldiers, such as those who may be graduating, a chance to         diers during the holiday,” Thomas said. “It is exciting.”     preciated by the Soldiers.
spend the holiday with their families.                                As part of Army tradition, the menu — consisting of            “Typical responses (from Soldiers) are we really enjoy
    Cheryl Thomas, a cook who has been serving Soldiers            nearly three dozen items — will be served by commanders,      the meal. It’s almost as good as my mom’s.”
at Fort Jackson holiday meals for more than 18 years,              unit staff and senior noncommissioned officers of each            Sharonda.Pearson@us.army.mil


Traffic woes analyzed                                                                                ’Tis the season
              Continued from Page 1 have the required documentation ready
torists,” he said.                                when they get to the gate. He cited exam-
   During the first two weeks of October,         ples of motorists who hold up traffic be-
both lanes at Gate 4 were opened for in-          cause they have to look for their
coming traffic during rush hours on Family        identification card or vehicle registration.
and Graduation Days.                                  “All of these issues create delays in pro-
   “The results on that were very positive.       cessing personnel onto the installation, and
There was virtually no wait at all,” Vibber       all of these happen every day,” he said.
said.
   The start of Family and Graduation Day         DIRECTIONAL SIGNS
events has been moved from 9 a.m. to 10              Delays at Gates 2 and 4 are also caused
a.m. with the end of Daylight Saving Time         by visiting drivers asking security person-
— which eases the burden on commuter              nel for directions, Vibber said. Since Fort
traffic — but officials are contemplating         Jackson is host to many visitors who attend
opening both lanes at Gate 4 for early-           graduation ceremonies, officials are look-
morning inbound traffic next spring, Vibber       ing into making navigating the post easier.
explained.                                           “One thing that we thought would help
                                                  out is to increase the ... functional use of the
TRAFFIC LIGHT                                     signs that we have,” Olsen said. “It’s a con-
    One of the problems that causes backups       cept called ‘wayfinding’ to help people nav-
at Gate 2 is the traffic light at the corner of   igate through the post a little bit better.”
Strom Thurmond Boulevard and Magruder                Installing new and different signs across
Avenue, Vibber said. To alleviate this prob-      the installation would allow gate guards to
lem, traffic control points have been estab-      give directions more quickly and help visi-
lished during the morning commute hours.          tors find their way around post, Olsen said.
    Col. Ronald Taylor, provost marshal and          The installation is considering several
director of emergency services, said that         options for new directional signs, which
military police will continue to direct traffic   range from new signs to steer people toward
at the intersection in the mornings.              graduation events to replacing all the direc-
    In addition, officials are evaluating         tional signs on post.
whether an increase in security guards               Vibber said that the installation is ac-
would speed up processing at the gate.            tively pursuing solutions to the traffic prob-
    “The access control points are manned         lems on post, but added that any solutions
by contract security guards based on the          must be geared toward long-term develop-
daily traffic count of each ACP,” Taylor          ment.
said. “We are conducting a 14-day traffic            “We need to look at five to 10 years out,”                                                      Photo by CRYSTAL LEWIS BROWN
survey to justify an increase in our contract     he said. “Any changes are based on
                                                                                                     A worker with the Directorate of Public Works puts a Santa Claus
security guard authorization.”                    prospective future growth and infrastructure       decoration on one of the posts lining Strom Thurmond Boulevard.
    Taylor said that slow processing at the       changes.”                                          The decoration, and dozens like it, light the post after dark.
gates is also caused by drivers who do not           Susanne.Kappler1@us.army.mil
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Summer surge plans take shape
By SHARONDA PEARSON
Fort Jackson Leader
   Leaders from Fort Jackson and the U.S Army Reserve’s
108th Training Command (IET), 98th and 104th Training
Divisions (IET), met Saturday for the annual Active Com-
ponent/Reserve Component Conference to decide the best
strategy to incorporate reserve units within active compo-
nent units for the upcoming year’s influx of Soldiers.
   The active and reserve components met to discuss how
to seamlessly integrate the units during summer surge,
when nearly 1,500 Initial Entry Training Soldiers enter the
Army through Fort Jackson each week.
   “We are here to figure out how we can get units like the
108th fully operational and further expand relationships be-
tween active components and reserve components,” said
Brig. Gen. Bradley May, Fort Jackson commanding gen-
eral.
   Lt. Col. Scott Ward, who is Fort Jackson’s mobilization
planner, agreed about the significance of building on exist-
ing relationships between active and reserve units.
                                                                                                                                                     Photo by SHARONDA PEARSON
   “We have to strengthen existing relationships so that we
can go off and do great things,” Ward said.                    Steve Pinette, deputy G-3, briefs leaders from Fort Jackson’s active and reserve components on
   He also said that it was imperative for leaders to decide   2010 summer surge plans during the annual Active Component/Reserve Component Conference.
the best course of action to implement plans.                  seamless to us,” Deogracias said.                             begin force requirements and determine schedules for the
   The U.S. Army Basic Combat Training Center of Ex-               He said, however, improvements could be made during integration process.
cellence and the 108th Training Command are taking the         the pre-activation process of the Reserve Soldiers.              May reminded commanders of the importance of their
necessary steps “to make the ARFORGEN model a reality              “Several Soldiers had late or erroneous orders, which missions, and of the key contributions reserve units make to
from a concept,” Ward said.                                    delayed their training,” Deogracias said. “We also need to the Army.
   Lt. Col. Alan Deogracias, commander of 3rd Battalion,       determine standards for certification training required prior    “This partnership is crucial,” May said. “We would not
60th Infantry Regiment, discussed previous successes and       to reserve components’ arrivals at Fort Jackson.”             be able to execute the war in the fashion that we are if it
potential issues for the upcoming year’s mobilization.             After initial talks, individual commanders from active were not for the reserve components. Their benefit has been
   “There is no way to tell who the reserve component is       and reserve components met at different locations for unprecedented.”
once they become part of our battalion. The addition is        break-out sessions intended to strengthen relationships,         Sharonda.Pearson@us.army.mil



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Travel safely, come home healthy
                                                                  Combat Readiness/Safety Center Human Factors Task                  “We try to look at all the hazards that are out there that
By MIKE A. GLASCH
                                                                  Force director. “Fights, people being too drunk, injuries or    involve using a privately owned vehicle and educate our
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                                                                  a visit from the police can shut a party down in the blink      folks on it,” he said. “We want each and every member of
    With the holiday season about to start, Fort Jackson of-      of an eye and turn what could have been a great holiday         our Army team to return safely after this holiday break.”
ficials are zeroing in on efforts to ensure that all members      memory into a very regrettable occasion.”                          Soldiers planning to travel outside a 100-mile radius of
of the Fort Jackson family stay safe on the road.                    O’Brian said there are some simple tips that can help        Fort Jackson must complete the Travel Risk Planning Sys-
    The annual “Loaded 45” campaign focuses on elimi-             keep drivers safe this season.                                  tem POV Risk Assessment with their first-line supervisor
nating vehicle accidents during the 45 days between                  “Wear your seat belt. That’s number one,” he said. “In       before departing.
Thanksgiving and New Year’s.                                      addition to drinking and driving, speeding and driving             O’Brian said it’s a “get-your-head-in-the-game sce-
    “It’s a time that is characterized by increased travel, in-   while sleepy are also major causes of accidents.”               nario” that can evaluate one’s risk level, as well as suggest
clement weather and holiday parties that may include al-             He also stressed that even Soldiers who plan to only         ways to decrease that risk.
cohol,” said Sean O’Brian, director, Fort Jackson Safety          drink a little should make transportation arrangements in          Soldiers simply enter key information about their trip,
Center.                                                           advance.                                                        such as vehicle type, the Soldier’s age, and departure/re-
    According to statistics released by Mothers Against              “Our stance remains, if you drink, don’t drive,” he said.    turn time, and the computer formulates the risk assess-
Drunk Driving, at least 50 percent of all deadly car crashes      “Just because you’re not legally drunk doesn’t mean you’re      ment. The system will even generate a DA 31 (Request
that take place during the holiday season involve alcohol.        not impaired.”                                                  and Authority for Leave) and provide travel directions.
    “A great holiday party can turn tragic very quickly if           O’Brian also said holiday travelers should be aware of       TRiPS can be accessed through the U.S. Army Combat
something bad happens,” said Patricia LeDuc, U.S. Army            the changing weather conditions to plan for snow or other       Readiness/Safety Center Web site at https://safety.
                                                                  weather conditions that could be dangerous for drivers.         army.mil.


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clude representatives from the garrison com-        play on the installation.                                                                         Those interested in volunteering for these
mand,      constituent      groups,      unit          CMS includes the Interactive Customer Evaluation system, Community                         positions should contact the AFAP Program
representatives from all organizations on           FIRST/AFAP and Customer Service Assesments.                                                   Manager at 751-6315 or by e-mail at Veron-
                                                       This feedback enables the garrison to focus on specific actions aimed at im-               ica.Jacksonpatrick@us.army.mil.         FRTI
CUSTOMER                                            proving customers’ experiences of post services.
                                                       A complete list of Community FIRST issues can be found at
                                                                                                                                                  training is scheduled for Dec. 2, 8:30-11:30
                                                                                                                                                  a.m. The newly-trained volunteers will also
SERVICE                                             http://www.jackson.army.mil/ WellBeing/wellbeing.htm. New issues may be                       participate in the Community FIRST/AFAP
                                                    submitted on the site as well, by clicking on “Submit an Issue or Recommen-                   Family Member Focus Group scheduled for
CORNER                                              dation” or on the Community FIRST/AFAP Logo.                                                  Dec. 15. Free child care may be provided for
                                                       Whether it affects individuals and constituent groups here at the installation             all events with advance registration.
Fort Jackson and the directors/managers of          level or throughout the Army, feedback is important.                                              Focus groups and the annual AFAP Con-
the organizations that support the Fort Jack-          Let your voice be heard.                                                                   ference are a part of the of the Community
son community.                                                                                                                                    FIRST/AFAP issue resolution process. The
   The constituent groups which will be                                                                                                           2010 AFAP Conference is an opportunity
represented are: Soldiers, family members,       attendees on their issues. The results from     needed (Soldiers, family members, civilian       for members of the Fort Jackson community
civilian employees, retirees and veterans.       the AFAP Conference will be published in        employees, retirees and veterans) to raise       to voice their concerns.
The attendees will be divided into two           the Fort Jackson Leader and on the Fort         and work issues at the conference. The fol-          Community members who are not able
groups. The groups will review and discuss       Jackson Customer Management Services            lowing volunteer staff positions are needed      to attend may still submit issues to be ad-
issues that will be submitted during the         Web site.                                       to assist the delegates:                         dressed at the conference. This can be done
month of January and those that were pre-           The AFAP program manager recently                –– Facilitators (to guide the work group)    via the issue submission boxes, which will
viously deemed unattainable.                     completed the first of three Non-governing          –– Recorders (to record the work group       be placed in several key locations through-
   They will then have the opportunity to        Council meetings to begin the planning          proceedings)                                     out the installation during the month of Jan-
develop any new issues pertaining to their       process for the AFAP Conference. Plans are          –– Transcribers (to prepare briefing         uary or by accessing the Community
constituent group. Each group will out-brief     under way to bring this conference to the       slides of work group discussions)                FIRST/AFAP Web site at http://www.jack-
the commanding general and the conference        Fort Jackson community. Delegates are               –– Issue support (to ensure that issues      son.army.mil/WellBeing/wellbeing.htm.


   News and notes                                                  Web site during this time. Appointments can be made           endar, click on the link located on the bottom of the
                                                                   by calling 751-CARE or at www.twitter.com/machcsd.            Fort Jackson home page, or go directly to the site at
   FAMILY BINGO LOCATION CHANGE                                                                                                  http://jackson.mhsoftware.com/
      Victory Bingo’s special family bingo night is sched-         SCHOLARSHIP SEMINAR
   uled for Wednesday, 4-7 p.m. at the NCO Club. The                  A Military Spouse and Children Scholarship Semi-           SHAKE YOUR TAIL FEATHER RUN/WALK
   event is open to all ages. Children must be accompa-            nar is scheduled for 1-2 p.m., Dec. 3, and 9-10 a.m.,            A Shake Your Tail Feather 5K Run/Walk is sched-
   nied by an adult.                                               Dec. 8 at the Strom Thurmond Building, Room 222.              uled for 8 a.m., Friday. The run/walk will begin in the
                                                                   Call 751-4862/5256 to register for the free seminar.          Hilton Field Softball Complex parking lot.
   TRICARE ONLINE DISRUPTION
      TRICARE Online will be unavailable from Dec. 4-              COMMUNITY CALENDAR                                            AAFES UPDATE
   13. Moncrief Army Community Hospital beneficiaries                 There is now a consolidated community calendar lo-           The Main PX will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
   will not be able to schedule appointments through the           cated on the Fort Jackson home page. To access the cal-       Thanksgiving Day, and will reopen at 4 a.m., Friday.
 YEAR OF THE NCO




Soto: ‘Strive for your goals’ The NCO Creed                                                                                                 No one is more professional than I. I am a non-
Rank, name                                                                                                                              commissioned officer, a leader of Soldiers. As a
Staff Sgt. Lisa Soto                                                                                                                    noncommissioned officer, I realize that I am a
                                                                                                                                        member of a time-honored corps, which is known
Unit                                                                                                                                    as “the backbone of the Army.”
165th Infantry Brigade                                                                                                                      I am proud of the Corps of Noncommissioned
                                                                                                                                        Officers and will at all times conduct myself so as
Military Occupational                                                                                                                   to bring credit upon the corps, the military service
Specialty / Job title                                                                                                                   and my country regardless of the situation in
92Y30 / Unit supply specialist                                                                                                          which I find myself.
                                                                                                                                            I will not use my grade or position to attain
Years in service                                                                                                                        pleasure, profit, or personal safety.
9                                                                                                                                           Competence is my watchword. My two basic
                                                                                                                                        responsibilities will always be uppermost in my
Family                                                                                                                                  mind –– accomplishment of my mission and the
Two children                                                                                                                            welfare of my Soldiers.
                                                                                                                                            I will strive to remain technically and tactically
Highest education                                                                                                                       proficient.
High school                                                                                                                                 I am aware of my role as a noncommissioned
                                                                                                                                        officer. I will fulfill my responsibilities inherent
Hobbies                                                                                            Photo by DELAWESE FULTON             in that role. All Soldiers are entitled to outstand-
Spending time with my children, reading,                                                                                                ing leadership; I will provide that leadership. I
                                            Staff Sgt. Lisa Soto, shown here with Cheryl Goodson, unit supply man-
outdoor activities, enjoying friends        agement specialist, has been in the Army nine years.                                        know my Soldiers and I will always place their
                                                                                                                                        needs above my own.
    Staff Sgt. Lisa Soto said she has had                                                 also assigned to Fort Lee, Va. In 2004 and        I will communicate consistently with my Sol-
the pleasure of working with some great     NCO spotlight                                 2005, she deployed to Camp Arifjan,           diers and never leave them uninformed. I will be
leaders, and those relationships have mo-                                                 Kuwait, for six months and to Talil, Iraq,    fair and impartial when recommending both re-
tivated her as a Soldier.                      And here at Fort Jackson, Soto said,       for six months.                               wards and punishment.
    During her first assignment, Soto was   the same can be said for her colleagues          Butler said she hopes to one day be-           Officers of my unit will have maximum time
stationed in Mannheim, Germany. There,      Cheryl Goodson, a supply management           come a warrant officer.                       to accomplish their duties; they will not have to
she met three senior leaders who would      specialist, and Sgt. 1st Class Vashana           “I love my field of work, and (I) feel     accomplish mine. I will earn their respect and con-
help her mature as a Soldier.               Chambers.                                     that I can be an addition to any unit as a    fidence as well as that of my Soldiers.
    “Master Sgt. Duveau, CW4 Butler and        “They always put Soldiers first. Sol-      property book officer,” she said.                 I will be loyal to those with whom I serve; sen-
CW4 Comer were all at my first duty sta-    diers within the battalion shared a love as      As for junior enlisted Soldiers who are    iors, peers, and subordinates alike. I will exercise
tion in Mannheim, Germany,” she said. “I    well as respect for them. They (do) their     considering their next steps in their mili-   initiative by taking appropriate action in the ab-
was influenced and motivated by the         jobs with confidence and (are) the sub-       tary careers, Soto says: “... Take life one   sence of orders.
three. I was taught how to drive for the    ject-matter experts,” she said.               day at a time, but think of time beyond           I will not compromise my integrity, nor my
first time. I was shown that there were        Following her time in Germany and          today. ... Set goals and strive for them.”    moral courage. I will not forget, nor will I allow
still great leaders.”                       prior to coming to Fort Jackson, Soto was        We salute you!                             my comrades to forget that we are professionals,
                                                                                                                                        noncommissioned officers, leaders!
HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Leaders share Thanksgiving traditions
                                                                                                                 “I really believe that
                                                                                                             Thanksgiving is the season
                                                                                                             for giving.
     Staff writer                                                                                                My favorite tradition is
                                                                                                             riding to all the access con-
     Susanne Kappler                                                                                         trol points with plates of food
                                                                                                             for our gate guards.
     asked installation                                                                                          They are our unsung he-
     leaders:                                                                                                roes and I know how tough it
                                                                                                             is to not be at home with your
     What is your                                                                                            family during this time of the
                                                                                                             year. So I like to bring a little
     favorite Thanksgiving                                                     Col. Lillian Dixon
                                                                                                             ‘home’ to them.”
                                                                                                                                                 Command Sgt. Maj.
     tradition?                                                                Garrison commander                                                Brian Stall
                                                                                                                                                 Fort Jackson
                                                                                                                                                 command sergeant major

                                                                                                                                                    “My Thanksgiving tradi-
                                                                                                                                                 tion for a long time has
                                                                                                                                                 been to visit the Soldiers at
                                                                                                                                                 the DFACs who prepare the
                                                                                                                                                 Thanksgiving meal.”


                                   “For the last 20 plus years my
                               Thanksgiving tradition has always
                               been to get up early that morning and
                               go on at least a 5-mile run. (This is to
                               clear some storage space for all of the
                               food that I will eat on this day.)
                                   Then I return home and prepare my
                               dress blue uniform for serving the tra-
                               ditional Thanksgiving meal to Sol-
                               diers, family members, civilian
                               employees and retirees at the unit din-                                         “My favorite Thanksgiv-
                               ing facility. I serve the meal and eat                                       ing tradition is making my
                               with the Soldiers.                                                           mother’s stuffing. Cutting up
Command Sgt. Maj.                                                                                           and sauteing the onions and
                                   Finally, I return home to watch the
Christopher Culbertson                                                                                      celery in butter, adding the         Command Sgt. Maj.
                               Thanksgiving football games and eat
Garrison                                                                                                    sage and pulling apart the           Thomas Brown
                               for the second time with family and
command sergeant major                                                                                      bread that has to be at least a      Soldier Support Institute
                               friends.”
                                                                                                            few days old, no crust. The          command sergeant major
                                                                                                            house smells so wonderful.”             “My favorite Thanksgiv-
                                                                                                                                                 ing tradition is the ‘bless-
                                                                                                                                                 ing’ of the meal. It’s a time
                                                                                                                                                 to reflect and give thanks
                                                                               Col. Nancy Hughes                                                 for my many blessings, my
                                                                               Commander, Moncrief                                               family and my friends.”
                                                                               Army Community Hospital

                                                                            The Leader staff wishes its readers a happy Thanksgiving.

                                                                          DID YOU KNOW?
                                           More than 15,000 Soldiers will be       will be used in Fort Jackson DFACs during
Chaplain (Col.)                      served a traditional Thanksgiving meal in     Thanksgiving.
Samuel Boone                         Fort Jackson dining facilities.                      Preparations for the Thanksgiving
Commandant, U.S. Army                      Dining facilities will serve almost     meals started at least one month before the
Chaplain School and Center           7,000 pounds of turkey, almost 4,000          holiday. This includes decorating the din-
   “My favorite tradition is         pounds of ham, more than 3,000 pounds of      ing facilities and preparing the uniforms.
serving our young Soldiers           beef, almost 1,500 pounds of shrimp, more            The meal is served by commanders,
the Thanksgiving Day meal            than 800 pounds of duck and more than         their staff and senior noncommissioned of-
in the DFAC. This will be            1,500 pies.                                   ficers as the Soldiers pass through the serv-
my 35th and last year to                   More than 600 containers of eggnog      ing line.
have this great honor!”
 NEWS

Keep safety in mind during holidays
                                                                                                                              ning.html to identify traveling risks and help reduce or

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        ach November, Americans gather with family and
        friends to give thanks for the many blessings they      LT. GEN.                                                      eliminate the chance of an accident while traveling over
        enjoy as citizens of this great land.                                                                                 the holiday months.
   This Thanksgiving Day will be particularly poignant
                                                                RICK LYNCH                                                       Finally, be vigilant for signs of distress among those
for the many thousands of Soldiers serving in harm’s way,       Installation Management                                       around you. Be mindful of those for whom this season can
as well as their families. As you celebrate in gratitude, let   Command                                                       be stressful and offer assistance or referrals as appropriate.
us recognize the selfless service and sacrifice of our war-     Commanding                                                    Chaplains, counselors and the chain of command all have
fighters ensuring our security and freedom.                                                                                   resources to help the needy or overwhelmed.
                                                                General
   Although a time of joy and goodwill, this season brings                                                                       We are blessed to live in a nation that values freedom
particular hazards that can be unforgiving to the unpre-                                                                      and the sanctity of life. This Thanksgiving Day regardless
pared. Now is a good time to remind ourselves how to re-                                                                      of your holiday plans, please be aware of the hazards, take
duce the risks of driving in winter conditions, hunting,        com/staff/safety/. Please exercise caution, because winter    action to guard against them, and execute good safety
home fires, home decorations and electrical conditions, ice     weather and heavy traffic may complicate your plans.          practices.
or snow-covered walkways, etc. Find information on these           Getting there is more important than getting there on         You are too important to the IMCOM family and to
and other timely safety topics in the IMCOM Fall Winter         time. Use the Travel Risk Planning System (TRiPs) at          your own families to fall victim to a preventable accident.
Safety Brochure at http://www.imcom.army.mil/hq/office-         http://combatingaggressivedriving.com/trip%20plan-               Support and Defend!



                  Housing Happenings
   COMMUNITY UPDATES                  Notifications will be sent         and window trims are
                                      to homes in future demo-           being installed.
      Balfour Beatty Com-             lition areas.                      –– Two townhomes and
   munities has extended its              LifeWork events are            one USAF home have
                                                                                                                  Date       Time   Movie                     Rating Running Time
   office hours. The new              free and open to all resi-         drywall installation and
   hours are Monday-Thurs-            dents. To register, or for         interior trim ongoing.
                                                                                                                  Nov. 28 3 p.m. Where the Wild
   day, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.;          more information, e-mail           Cabinets and flooring are
                                                                                                                                 Things Are                   PG    94 min.
   Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30          cowilliams@bbcgrp.com              being installed.
                                                                                                                  Nov. 28 7 p.m. The Stepfather               PG-13 101 min.
   p.m.                               or call 738-8275. Join the            Senior NCO
                                                                                                                  Nov. 29 7 p.m. Where the Wild
      The Balfour Beatty              LifeWorks e-mail list and          –– Debris cleanup and
                                                                                                                                 Things Are                   PG        94 min.
   Communities office will            stay informed. Stop by             site work is ongoing.
   be closed for Thanksgiv-           the management office                 Company grade                         Fort Jackson                             Ticket admission
   ing. Normal hours are in           for a calendar of events.          –– All buildings are in                  Reel Time Theater                        ADULT $4
   effect Friday. The office          Visit www.ftjacksonfami-           various stages of siding                 (803) 790-1645                           CHILDREN (younger than 11)
   will open at 8:30 a.m.,            lyhousing.com.                     installation and painting.               Closed Monday, Tuesday                   $2
                                                                                                                  and Wednesday                            Visit aafes.com for listings
   Nov. 30.                               Balfour Beatty Com-            –– Drywall installation is
      Residents who refer an          munities is now leasing            nearing finish.
   off-post friend receive            to single Soldiers E5              –– Interior trim, cabinets
   $600 when the friend               (promotable) and above.            and lighting are being in-
                                                                                                                  LEADER INFORMATION                  FJLeader@conus.army.mil.
   moves in. This offer ex-           There is a limited number          stalled.
                                                                                                                                                             For more information on
   pires Dec. 31.                     of apartments available               Field grade officer
                                                                                                                        Article submissions are       how to submit articles or an-
      Residents who fill out          on Thomas Court for sin-           –– Grading, site work and
                                                                                                                  due two weeks before the            nouncements, call 751-7045.
   a comment card after               gle Soldiers. Call 738-            land preparation contin-
                                                                                                                  scheduled publication. For ex-             Are you interested in
   being in contact with a            8275 for details.                  ues.
                                                                                                                  ample, an article for the Dec.      knowing what’s going on at
   Balfour Beatty employee            DEVELOPMENT UP-                       Senior officers                       10 Leader must be submitted         Fort Jackson?
   have the chance to win             DATES                              –– Carpeting, door hard-
                                                                                                                  by Thursday.                           Follow us on Twitter at
   $100. Winners are chosen                                              ware and HVAC units are
                                                                                                                        Announcements are due         www.Twitter.com/FortJackson-
   monthly. Congratulations              JNCO/Community                  being installed.
                                                                                                                  one week before the scheduled       PAO. Log on to your Facebook
   to the last winner, Stacey         Center                             –– Cabinets, countertops
                                                                                                                  publication. For example, an        account and become a Leader
   Androyna.                          –– Dry walling in the              and floors near comple-
                                                                                                                  announcement for the Dec. 10        “fan” by visiting
      Residents will soon re-         Community Center is                tion.                                    Leader must be submitted by         http://bit.ly/10gj2x, or go to
   ceive notification for up-         complete. Painting and                Residents are encour-                 Dec. 3.                             www.Facebook.com and search
   coming construction                interior trim installation         aged to be cautious near
                                                                                                                        Send all submissions to       “Fort Jackson Leader.”
   move update meetings.              is in progress. Cabinets           construction sites.
 VETERANS IN THE COMMUNITY

Retiree helped rescue former president
   For young Seaman Andrew Palenchar, Sept. 2, 1944,           the USS Fulton; a submarine tender with duty in Guam.
began with an urgent message for his submarine, the USS            It was there Palenchar learned that the Japanese had
Finback, to rescue a downed pilot. As the submarine’s          surrendered to the United States. The USS Fulton returned
crew searched for the pilot, the sub came close enough to      to the United States in October 1945 and Palenchar was
the island of Chichi Jima to receive fire from the Japanese    later discharged from the Navy. The former President
shore battery. The crew soon discovered a tired and injured    George H.W. Bush always expressed his deepest gratitude
young man floating on a small lifeboat.                        to the crew of the USS Finback.
                                                                   After being discharged from the Navy, Palenchar be-
                                                               came a minor league baseball pitcher in Jeannette, Pa. until
VETTING                                                        he hurt his arm. He joined the Army Reserves in 1948 and
VETERANS                                                       went on active duty in 1950. He achieved the rank of mas-
                                                               ter sergeant before being commissioned as a second lieu-
By TERESA                                                      tenant in 1953.
SANDERSON                                                          In 1966, Palenchar went to Vietnam. On March 26, the
Leader correspondent                                           Viet Cong attacked Palenchar’s command post with a bar-
                                                               rage of heavy machine gun fire. Every time the men in his
                                                               unit moved, they were pinned down with heavy fire com-
                                                               ing from a bunker hidden behind a house. Palenchar
   Crew members threw the pilot a line and pulled him to       crawled to the bunker and called for fire on the position.
safety. They learned he had hit the water hard and had to      For his actions, he was awarded the bronze star.
swim fast to avoid the Japanese boats and becoming a pris-         As Palenchar continued his military career, he attained
oner of war. Palenchar was one of the crew members to          the rank of lieutenant colonel, and in June 1978, he be-
pull the pilot aboard. The rescued pilot was Lt. j.g. George   came the Chief of Training Division of Plans and Train-
H. W. Bush, from the aircraft carrier San Jacinto. Palen-      ing at Fort Jackson. He retired in 1979.                                                                 Courtesy photo
char recalled, “The crew rescued four pilots, one radioman         Palenchar is mentioned in the books, “The Bush Fam-
and one tail gunner on the mission.”                           ily” by James Spada, “Vinh Long” by Harvey Meyerson,           Retired Lt. Col. Andrew Palenchar, shown here
   Returning to their patrol, the USS Finback spotted          “Outlaws in Vietnam” by David L. Eastman and “Flyboys”         in an undated photo, retired in 1979.
seven ships in a Japanese convoy.                              by James Bradley.                                              Asian-Pacific Medal, National Defense Service Medal,
   “We destroyed two freighters, a tanker and a cargo ves-         His awards include: Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf          Korean Service Medal, Korean Defense Medal, ARVN
sel ...,” Palenchar said.                                      Cluster, Bronze Star with V Device and Oak Leaf Cluster,       Cross of Gallantry with Gold Star, two Silver Stars, Viet-
   The rescued men, including Bush, helped Palenchar           Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commenda-             nam Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve medal, Com-
load torpedoes. Bush remained on the USS Finback for 30        tion Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, both Army and           bat Infantry Badge, Parachutist Badge, Submarine Combat
days until it returned to Pearl Harbor. At Pearl Harbor, Pa-   Navy Good Conduct Medals, American Campaign Medal,             Insignia with one star and Submarine Qualification In-
lenchar transferred to shore duty and later was assigned to    WWII Victory Medal, Philippine Liberation Ribbon,              signia.
AROUND POST

                                                Army Community Service
                                                          December calendar of events
Tuesday, Dec. 1                                      Strom Thurmond Building, Room 222                         Strom Thurmond Building, Room 222
La Leche/breastfeeding support group: 10-11:45
a.m., 5614 Hood St., Room 8                          Tuesday, Dec. 8                                           Tuesday, Dec. 15
AFTB Advisory Council meeting: 3-4 p.m., Post        Military family member scholarship: 9-1- a.m.             Community first/AFAP family member focus
Conference Room                                      Strom Thurmond Building, Room 222                         group: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Family Readiness Cen-
                                                     English as a Second Language class: 9-11:30 a.m.,         ter. To register, call 751-3425.
Wednesday, Dec. 2                                    1877 Washington Road.                                     Baby basics: 10 a.m. to noon, Joe E. Mann Center,
Newcomers’ orientation/re-entry brief: 9 a.m. to     Baby basics: 10 a.m. to noon, Joe E. Mann Center,         conference room
noon, Post Conference Room                           conference room
Steps to federal employment: 9 a.m. to noon, Strom   Managing emotions under pressure: 10:30 a.m. to           Wednesday, Dec. 16
Thurmond Building, Room 222                          4 p.m., 5614 Hood St., Room 10                            Financial readiness for first termers: 8:30 a.m. to
Play group 10-11:45 a.m., 5614 Hood St., Room 8                                                                4:30 p.m., Education Center, Room B302
(every Monday and Wednesday)                         Wednesday, Dec. 9                                         Information Exchange Council meeting: 9 a.m., Post
Child abuse awareness class: noon to 2 p.m., Main    Employment readiness program orientation: 8:30            Conference Room
Post Chapel                                          a.m. to noon, Strom Thurmond Building, Room 222           Phase II LEVY briefing: 2:30-3:30 p.m., Strom
Phase II LEVY briefing: 2:30-3:30 p.m., Strom        Child abuse awareness class: noon to 2 p.m., 5614         Thurmond Building, Room 213
Thurmond Building, Room 213                          Hood St., Room 10
                                                     Resume writing: 1-3 p.m., Strom Thurmond Build-           Thursday, Dec. 17
Thursday, Dec. 3                                     ing, Room 222                                             Financial/relocation initial PCS class: 8:30-10:30
AER commander’s referral training: 9-10:30 a.m.,     Phase II LEVY briefing: 2:30-3:30 p.m., Strom             a.m. Education Center, Room B302
Education Center, Room B303                          Thurmond Building, Room 213                               AFTB open house: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Family Readi-
Military family member scholarship: 1-2 p.m.,                                                                  ness Center
Strom Thurmond Building, Room 222                    Thursday, Dec. 10                                         Positive parenting 101: 2-4 p.m., Joe E. Mann Cen-
                                                     Hearts apart holiday party: 6-8 p.m., Main Post           ter, conference room
Monday, Dec. 7                                       Chapel
Shopping for the holidays seminar: 9-11 a.m., Edu-
cation Center                                        Monday, Dec. 14
U.S. Census Bureau job testing: 10 a.m. to noon,     U.S. Census Bureau job testing: 10 a.m. to noon,

                                             For more information or to register for classes, call 751-5256 or 751-6325.
                                       This information is published the last week of each month in The Fort Jackson Leader.
 HAPPENINGS
                                                                                           Tuesday through Dec. 4, at the NCO             scheduled for Dec. 15 and may be picked
Calendar                                    Housing events                                 Club. Any interested Soldier, regardless       up Dec. 17. A holiday blowout is sched-
                                                                                           of military occupational specialty, is en-     uled for Dec. 16-17.
Today                                          All events are held in the Balfour          couraged to attend. Call 910-432-2177 or
Employee of the month ceremony              Beatty Communities management office           visit www.bragg.army. mil/sorb for infor-      COME SEE YOUR ARMY TOURS
11 a.m., Solomon Center                     unless otherwise specified. For more in-       mation.                                           “Come see your Army” tours are con-
Garrison employees of the month will be     formation, call 738-8275.                                                                     ducted monthly. The tours provide the
recognized.                                                                                G3/DPTMS RELOCATION                            community an opportunity to attend a
                                            Thursday, Dec. 3                                 G3/DPTMS offices have relocated to           Basic Combat Training graduation; ob-
AG Corps membership breakfast               Christmas ornaments                            2464 Anderson St.                              serve Soldiers in training; get hands-on ex-
7:15-8:30 a.m., NCO Club                    3 p.m.                                                                                        perience with a state-of-the-art weapons
The Carolina Chapter of the Adjutant        Make homemade ornaments.                       2010 CLAFLIN APPLICATIONS                      simulator system; eat lunch at a military
General Corps Regimental Association                                                          An information meeting is scheduled         dining facility; and shop for souvenirs.
has scheduled its quarterly membership      Friday, Dec. 4                                 for 5:30 pm., Tuesday, in the Education        Call 751-1474/5327 to participate.
breakfast. Call 751-8417 for information.   Letters to Santa due today                     Center, Room 205, for those interested in
                                                                                           attending Claflin University at Fort Jack-     HEARTS APART
Through Wednesday                                                                          son. The school is accepting applications         The Army Community Services Hearts
‘So you think you can play?’                Announcements                                  for the Spring 2010 semester. Claflin of-      Apart program is inviting family members
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.                                                                           fers evening courses toward a bachelor’s       of deployed Soldiers, or Soldiers serving
Soldier and Family Assistance Center        THANKSGIVING CLOSURES                          degree in organizational management and        on an unaccompanied tour, to participate
Challenge Soldiers and family members to       The following offices are scheduled to      sociology/criminal justice administration.     in a video-teleconference with their Sol-
video games, card games, dominoes and       be closed Nov. 27, the day after Thanks-       For information, call 751-7209 or 787-         diers during the upcoming holiday season.
more.                                       giving:                                        0596 or e-mail tgilmore@claflin.edu.           call 751-5458/1124 or e-mail Malissa.
                                                  Civilian Personnel Advisory Center                                                      Welch@us.army. mil.
Monday                                            Public Affairs Office                    BOYS & GIRLS CLUB INTERNSHIP
Warrior Care Month Information Fair               RCI Housing Offices (including              Paid internships are available for high
11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Dozier Hall              RCO, HSO and UPH)                              school students, freshmen through sen-         Off-post events
                                                  Mission and Installation Contract-       iors. Children of active duty Soldiers are     KIDS IN PRINT
Tuesday                                     ing Command, Directorate of Contract-          eligible to participate as junior staff mem-      The Richland County Public Library is
Sgt. Audie Murphy Club Luncheon             ing. Call 381-4316 for contracting             bers in various school districts, including    accepting entries for “Kids in Print,” a
11:30 a.m., NCO Club                        emergencies.                                   Richland one and two, Lexington one and        publication featuring artwork, photos and
Six noncommissioned officers will be in-                                                   five and Fairfield. Call 467-9693 or e-        writing by children, 6 to 18. Entry forms
ducted. Call 751-3319 for tickets.          COMMISSARY HOLIDAY HOURS                       mail tthames@bgcmidlands.org for more          are available at all RCPL locations and
                                               The commissary holiday hours are as         information.                                   online at www.myRCPL.com/children.
Wednesday                                   follows:                                                                                      Submissions are due Dec. 4.
Community FIRST/AFAP training                  Thanksgiving — extended hours Mon-          MAIL HANDLERS COURSE
8:30 a.m. to noon                           day, 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Closed Thursday          The Mail Handlers Course is sched-          BAND CONCERT
                                            and Friday.                                    uled for Tuesday, Dec. 15, Jan. 26 and             The 282nd Army Band will perfom a
ASAP Block Leave meeting                       Christmas — extended hours Monday,          Feb. 10 at the Fort Jackson Education          holiday concert at 8 p.m., Dec. 9, at the
1:30 p.m., 3250 Sumter Ave.                 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Open 7:30 a.m. to 3        Center, Room B206. The Mail Orderly            Newberry Opera House. The free concert
Block leave project managers must attend    p.m., Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas          Course is scheduled from 8:30-9:15 a.m.        is open to the public. Call 803-276-9993
either Wednesday or Thursday. Call 751-     Day.                                           and the Mail Clerk Course is scheduled         for information.
5007 to register.                              New Year’s — Closed New Year’s Day          from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Advance enroll-
                                                                                           ment is necessary. Call 751-5335 for in-
                                            SPORTS BANQUET                                 formation.                                        LEADER INFORMATION
Sunday, Dec. 6
282nd Army Band holiday concert                The sports banquet is scheduled for
                                            Dec. 9, 11:30 a.m. at the Solomon Center.      FREEDOM AWARD NOMINATIONS                                Article submissions are due
5 p.m., Solomon Center
                                            The event is open to all who participated in                                                     two weeks before the scheduled
                                                                                              Nominations for the 2010 Secretary of
                                            the sports program throughout the year. To                                                       publication. For example, an article
Wednesday, Dec. 9                                                                          Defense Employer Support Freedom
                                            RSVP, call the Sports Office at 751-3096                                                         for the Dec. 4 Leader must be sub-
Commander and first sergeant training                                                      Award are being accepted through Jan.
                                            by Dec. 3.                                                                                       mitted by today.
9 a.m. or 1:30 p.m., 3250 Sumter Ave.                                                      18. The award is the highest recognition
                                                                                           given by the federal government to em-                   Announcements are due one
Call 751-5007 to register.
                                            SURVIVOR OUTREACH SERVICES                                                                       week before the scheduled publica-
                                                                                           ployers for their outstanding support of
                                               Survivor Outreach Services are avail-                                                         tion. For example, an announce-
Thursday, Dec. 10                                                                          employees who serve in the National
                                            able for any survivor of a fallen active                                                         ment for the Dec. 4 Leader must be
Hearts Apart Holiday Party                                                                 Guard and Reserve. Award recipients will
                                            duty Soldier, including: parents, children,                                                      submitted by Nov. 26. Send all sub-
6 p.m., Main Post Chapel                                                                   be announced in the spring and honored
                                            siblings and ID card holders from other                                                          missions to FJLeader@conus.
Families of deployed Soldiers or Soldiers                                                  in September. For nomination informa-
                                            branches of the military. Services are         tion, visit www.freedomaward.mil or call          army.mil.
on an unaccompanied tour are invited.
                                            available regardless of when the loss oc-      703-380-9262.                                            Classified ads can be faxed to
RSVP by Tuesday at 751-1124/5256.
                                            curred. Call 751-4867/5256 for informa-                                                          (803) 432-7609 or mailed to: The
                                            tion.                                                                                            Fort Jackson Leader, P.O. Box
Tuesday, Dec. 15                                                                       THRIFT SHOP
                                                                                                                                             1137, Camden, S.C. 29021. All ads
Family member focus group                                                                 Visit the Thrift Shop “win me” tree
                                            SPECIAL FORCES RECRUITING                                                                        should be addressed as: The Leader
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.                                                                and get a chance to win a Christmas Tree.
                                               The Special Forces recruiting team                                                            Classifieds.
Family Readiness Center                                                                Purchase at least $25 in merchandise and
If child care is needed, RSVP by Dec. 4.    will be on Fort Jackson 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., get a chance to win. The drawing is
 LEGAL / INSPECTOR GENERAL

Renters policy covers assets, injuries
By CAPT. PATRICK BARRETT                         cover the full replacement cost of items,        needs medical attention and after a dis-          stereo will be replaced with as much money
Legal Assistance Office                          going back to the date items were pur-           agreement, decides to sue. Renters insur-         as it would cost to purchase a new, compa-
                                                 chased, rather than the current fair market      ance can help pay for the medical expenses        rable stereo.
   The first time some people think about        value of the items.                              and a lawyer.                                         Expensive items prone to theft, such as
insurance is when purchasing their first car        If the ceiling in a rented property is dam-       Some things to consider when purchas-         jewelry and guns, only have limited cover-
or home. This is because the bank or the law     aged by heavy rain, wind or hail in a storm,     ing a renters policy:                             age so it is wise to place these items on a
usually requires people to carry insurance       the damage is covered by the landlord, as            –– Dollar amount of coverage: A dollar        separate policy.
to purchase these items.                         are structural repairs covered in military       amount is not placed on each item owned;              –– Location and previous claims: If rent-
   Although renters insurance is usually not     housing quarters. But what about the water       instead a fixed amount for all possessions        ing in an area prone to thefts, an insurance
required, it is just as necessary to have. It    damage to a brand new stereo or television?      will be determined. The more coverage pur-        policy will probably cost more. Also, if you
will not only protect personal items, but it     What about the money necessary for a place       chased, the higher the price of the policy.       or the previous person or neighbors who live
will also help with temporary housing and        to stay while the ceiling is being fixed?            –– Deductible: How much out-of-pocket         in the area have had a large amount of
liability protection, such as medical ex-           With renters insurance, these questions       expenses are required before insurance            claims, this will likely affect the cost of the
penses for people injured on the property.       can be more easily answered. These are the       kicks in.                                         policy.
   Soldiers and families living on post may      types of things that would be covered by a           –– Actual cash value (or depreciated              The average renter can get complete cov-
think that renters insurance is not necessary,   renters insurance policy.                        cost) versus replacement cost: A basic pol-       erage for a couple of hundred dollars or less
because the government will reimburse               Along with personal property coverage         icy will pay actual cash value, which is the      a year, depending on where he or she lives.
them if their personal belongings are dam-       and living expenses, a policy also covers li-    value of the property at the time of loss. This       If you have questions about renters in-
aged or stolen.                                  ability or damage to others or their property.   is also what the Army claims office will pay      surance, contact local insurance companies
   While this may be true, the government           For example, a friend visits and slips on     if you live in quarters.                          and get quotes. Shopping around will offer
will only pay the depreciated value of per-      the ice outside the door. That walkway is            A replacement cost policy pays for an ac-     information on different prices and different
sonal belongings. Renters insurance can          your responsibility to keep clear. Your friend   tual replacement. For example, a 3-year-old       coverage options that best suit your needs.


Regulation provides guidance                                                                                                           LEADER INFORMATION
                                                                                                                                          The Leader welcomes reader submissions. When


on requesting an IG assignment
                                                                                                                                       submitting an article, photo or announcement, please
                                                                                                                                       adhere to the following deadlines:

                                                                                                                                             Article submissions are due two weeks before
By RENALDO TURNER                                                month tour on IG duty.                                                the scheduled publication. For example, an article
Deputy Inspector General                                             Soldiers who are DA selected by their career branch to            for the Dec. 10 Leader must be submitted by today.
                                                                 fill a position at an IG Office either at their current duty in-
   The Inspector General Office is often asked by Soldiers       stallation or at another installation will incur a 36-month                Announcements are due one week before the
how they can become assistant inspectors general. There is       tour.                                                                 scheduled publication. For example, an announce-
a three-step certification process for Soldiers interested in        NCOs must qualify for the IG assignment under AR                  ment for the Dec. 10 Leader must be submitted by
being assigned to the Inspector General: nomination, se-         614-200, as applicable. Some of the criteria are as follows:          Dec. 3.
lection and training.                                            Candidates must be a high school graduate or have a GED
   The Inspector General certifies Soldiers to perform IG        equivalency; have 36 months of service remaining or be el-                 Send all submissions to FJLeader@conus.
duties upon completion of the process.                           igible to extend or re-enlist; possess mature judgment and            army.mil.
   A Soldier can either be nominated by the local com-           initiative; be diplomatic and courteous; display good mili-
mand inspector general or by their respective career branch.     tary bearing and neatness; have no record of punishment                     Call 751-7045 for more information.
   A Soldier may request a local nomination into a vacant        under UCMJ, Article 15; have no conviction by court-mar-
position in the IG Office on the installation at which the       tial; have no time lost during current enlistment; have no                 Follow us on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/Fort-
Soldier is currently assigned. In this case, the Soldier must    derogatory information contained in the IG record as                  JacksonPAO. Become a “fan” by visiting
be interviewed by the local CIG.                                 screened by the U.S. Army Inspector General Agency;                   www.Facebook.com and search “Fort Jackson
   If the CIG supports the Soldier’s request, the Soldier        have no record of civil conviction, except for minor of-              Leader.”
must then submit a DA Form 4187 signed by his or her             fenses. Soldiers must also meet body composition require-
company commander. The DA Form 4187 must then be                 ments, per AR 600-9, and must not already be on                            To place a classified ad, please fax to 432-
forwarded through the chain of command to the Soldier’s          assignment instruction.                                               7609 or mail to: The Fort Jackson Leader, P.O. Box
career branch. If the request is approved, the career branch         For more information on how to apply for IG duty, con-            1137, Camden, S.C. 29020. Classified ads can also
will then forward the request to the TIG for final approval.     tact your career branch and reference AR 614-200, para-               be e-mailed to skaress@ci-camden.com.
All Soldiers who are locally nominated will incur a 24-          graphs 8-12.
 FMWR

Commitment to families                                                                                                          FMWR calendar
                                                                                                                                TUESDAY

continues beyond month                                                                                                               Child Development Homes family feast, 11 a.m to
                                                                                                                                1 p.m, 5955 A and B Parker Lane; only for patrons of
                                                                                                                                CD homes.
    Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation spent all of                                                                           Bling it to the EDGE!, 3:30-5 p.m., 5955-D Parker
November rolling out the red carpet for Military Family                                                                         Lane. Design your own jewelry. Free for children 11-18.
Appreciation Month.                                                                                                                  Victory Bingo is no longer open Tuesdays.
    Just because the month is nearly at an end, does not
mean that FMWR’s commitment to Soldiers and their fam-                                                                          WEDNESDAY
ilies will also end.                                                                                                                  Thanksgiving luncheon, 11 a.m. to noon, Hood
    Throughout the Thanksgiving holiday, families can play                                                                      Street CDC; only for the children in attendance that day
together and save money. The Fort Jackson Golf Club of-                                                                         and their families. For more information, call 751-1971.
fers reduced price golf and free carts to families on Satur-                                                                          Karaoke night with Tom Marable at Magruders
day and Sunday after 2 p.m. Adults play for $10 and                                                                             Club. Cover charge is $5 for civilians and $3 for military.
children play for $5.                                                                                                                 Party night, 8 p.m., NCO Club. Cover charge is $7
    Century Lanes Bowling Center is offering a special rate                                                                     for civilians and $5 for military.
                                                                                                                                       Take a bite out of Twilight with the EDGE!, 3:30-5
Army Family Covenant                                                                                                             p.m. Open to children 12-18 (11 year-olds need parental
                                                                                                                                    permission). For more information, call 751-3053.
By THERESA O’HAGAN
Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation
                                                                                                                                THURSDAY
                                                                                                                                      Visit Century Lanes for food, fun and bowling.
bowling package Thursday through Sunday. Get a strike                                                                                 Magruders Pub and Club is open for lunch.
when the colored pin is in your lane and win great prizes.                                                                            Visit the Officers’ Club 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for
Also, get two hours of bowling, shoe rental for four people                                                                     the new Blue Plate Specials.
and one pitcher of soda for $25.                                                                                                      Victory Bingo, 2-11 p.m.
   This offer is available 3-9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2-
9 p.m. Saturday and 1-8 p.m. Sunday. Until the end of the                                                                       FRIDAY
month, you can take advantage of one free game of bowl-
                                                                                                                                      Artistic Expressions with Jake, 6:30 p.m., Teen
ing during open bowling when lanes are available.                                                                               Room at the Youth Services Center.
   Other offers from FMWR that are good through the rest
                                                                                                                                      Dance to a variety of music provided by DJ Ran-
                                                                                                                                dall at Magruders Club, 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. Magruders Club
                                                                                    Photos by CRYSTAL LEWIS BROWN               is located in the back of Magruders Pub. Cover charge is
                                                                                                                                $5 for civilians and $3 for military.
                                                               Katie Ingle helps son Brayden, 3, line up his
                                                               putt during a round of golf at Palmetto Greens
                                                                                                                                SATURDAY
                                                               Miniature Golf Saturday. The Ingles were taking
                                                                                                                                      Step Team practice, 2 p.m., dance room at the
                                                               advantage of the free round offered as part of                   Youth Services Center.
                                                               Military Family Appreciation Month.                                    Victory Bingo, starts at 4 p.m.
                                                                                                                                      Classic Soul Saturday, 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m., Excal-
                                                               EDGE DECEMBER PROGRAM ANNOUNCED                                  ibur Room at the NCO Club. Cover charge is $5 for civil-
                                                                  EDGE! Programs continue to provide fun and educa-             ians and $3 for military.
                                                               tional opportunities to Fort Jackson Youth. The EDGE
                                                               stands for Experience, Develop, Grow, and Excel and is an
                                                                                                                                SUNDAY
                                                               after school program for children and youth, ages 6 to 18,
                                                                                                                                      Family day at the Youth Services Center, 2-6 p.m.
                                                                  The monthly program packages offer exciting and in-
                                                                                                                                      Traditional brunch, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m, Officers’
                                                               novative ways for school age children and youth to spend
                                                                                                                                Club. Coat and tie are no longer required. T-shirts, run-
                                                               their time in the afternoons. The programs are free for 11
                                                                                                                                ning attire and flip flops are not permitted. Call 751-
                                                               to 18 year olds. School age children, 6 to10 years old, will
Zaniyah Harris, 2, enjoys a spin on the swings                                                                                  4906/782-8761 for reservations.
                                                               pay regular CYSS hourly fees and may attend for the entire
during last week’s Family Fun Fair at the                                                                                             Victory Bingo, 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
                                                               month or selected weeks during the month.
Solomon Center.                                                                                                                       NFL players club, Magruders Pub and Club. Watch
                                                                  Twilight fans continue to take a Bite out of Twilight until
                                                                                                                                NFL games on big screen TVs and win prizes.
of the month:                                                  the month’s end. Youth can get a jump start on holiday gift
   Palmetto Greens Miniature Golf: Free round of golf at       giving with “Gifts for the Whole Family” in December.
                                                                                                                                MONDAY
Palmetto Greens for each member of the family, Saturday-       “Gifts for the Whole Family” will meet each Monday,
                                                                                                                                     HIRED –– mock interviews, 4:30-6 p.m., Building
Wednesday.                                                     Wednesday and Friday through Dec. 18 at 5955-D Parker
                                                                                                                                5450, Room 222. For more information, call 751-3977.
   –– Weston Lake: Free daily canoe and paddleboat             Lane.
                                                                                                                                     “PBA experience,” bowling, 5 p.m., Century Lanes
rentals.                                                          This class is free to middle school and teen youth. The
                                                                                                                                Bowling Center, $18 per week.
   –– Marion Street Station: Free bike rentals all month.      cost for elementary school children is $7.50 per class. Gifts
                                                                                                                                     Family fun duo league, 6 p.m., Century Lanes
   –– Retail Zone: Every Wednesday get 25 percent off all      include: mom’s address book, sister’s cherish jewelry box,
                                                                                                                                Bowling Center, $19 per duo.
purchases at the Retail Zone. (Excludes close-outs)            grandma’s picture frame, dad’s giant desk clip, big
   –– Officers’ Club: Kids eat free all month.                 brother’s CD Cover and more.
                                                                                                                                DEC. 2
   –– Fitness: All fitness classes, no matter how many are        To see the schedule of classes, visit www.fortjackson-
taken, are free in November. For more information, call                                                                               Karaoke night with Tom Marable at Magruders
                                                               mwr.com/cyss and click on EDGE! For more information,
                                                                                                                                Club. Cover charge is $5 for civilians and $3 for military.
Pam Green at 751-5768.                                         call 751-3053.
                                                                                                                                      Party night, 8 p.m., NCO Club. Cover charge is $7
                                                                                                                                for civilians and $5 for military.
   LEADER DEADLINES                        publication. For example, an arti-      week before the scheduled publi-
                                           cle for the Dec. 10 Leader must be      cation. For example, an announce-
                                                                                                                                   WHERE ON FORT JACKSON IS G.I. JOE?
        Article submissions are due        submitted by today.                     ment for the Dec. 10 Leader must
                                                                                                                                   This week’s clue: All the rest were easy to find;
   two weeks before the scheduled                Announcements are due one         be submitted by Dec. 3.
                                                                                                                                   now we’ll really bend your mind.
 CHAPEL

Why do we celebrate Thanksgiving?
By CHAPLAIN (MAJ.) DARRYL HOLLOWELL                               to the pastor, and render Thanksgiving to the almighty God           In this Thanksgiving proclamation, Lincoln said that it
U.S. Army Chaplain Center and School                              for all His blessings.”                                           is “... announced in the holy scriptures and proven by all
                                                                      On Jan. 1, 1795, our first president, George Washing-         history, that those nations are blessed whose God is the
   I recently ran across a great article, “Why do we cele-        ton, wrote his famed “National Thanksgiving Proclama-             Lord ... Lincoln went on to say, “But we have forgotten
brate Thanksgiving,” by Catherine Millard. She wrote that         tion,” in which he says that it is: “... our duty as a people,    God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved
many Americans think of Thanksgiving as a wonderful               with devout reverence and affectionate gratitude, to ac-          us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened
time to celebrate getting out of school for a long weekend        knowledge our many and great obligations to almighty              us, and we have vainly imagined, by the deceitfulness of
and eating a great dinner. Or, they might think of it as the      God, and to implore him to continue and confirm the bless-        our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some
start of the Christmas season.                                    ings we experienced ... .”                                        superior wisdom and virtue of our own ... It has seemed to
   But what is the actual meaning of Thanksgiving?                    Washington deemed Thursday, Feb. 19, 1795, as a Na-           me fit and proper that God should be solemnly, reverently
   The origin of this historic American Christian tradition       tional Day of Thanksgiving.                                       and gratefully acknowledged, as with one heart and one
dates back to 1623. After the harvest crops were gathered             Many years later, on Oct. 3, 1863, our 16th president,        voice, by the whole American people ... “
in November, Gov. William Bradford of the Pilgrim                 Abraham Lincoln, proclaimed by an act of Congress, an                So for these reasons, Americans celebrate Thanksgiv-
Colony, “Plymouth Plantation” in Plymouth, Mass., pro-            annual National Day of Thanksgiving “on the last Thursday         ing Day and give thanks to almighty God for all his bless-
claimed: “All ye pilgrims with your wives and little ones,        of November, as a day of Thanksgiving and praise to our           ings and mercies throughout the year.
do gather at the meeting house, on the hill ... there to listen   beneficent father who dwelleth in the heavens.”                      Happy Thanksgiving!

                                                   7 p.m. Women’s Bible Study (PWOC –– Main        9:30 a.m. CCD (Education Center)               LATTER DAY SAINTS
                                                   Post Chapel, Class 209)                         9:30 a.m. Adult Sunday School
                                                     Wednesday                                     12:30 a.m. Catholic Youth Ministry               Sunday
                                                   7 p.m. Anderson Street Chapel                     Wednesday                                    9:30 a.m. Anderson Street Chapel
                                                   7 p.m. Magruder Chapel                          7 p.m. Rosary
                                                   7 p.m. Gospel Congregation’s Youth (Daniel      7:30 p.m. RCIA/Adult Inquiry
                                                                                                                                                  ADDRESSES, PHONE NUMBERS
                                                   Circle Chapel)
                                                     Thursday                                      ANGLICAN/LITURGICAL                            Daniel Circle Chapel
                                                   9:30 a.m.-noon Women’s Bible Study (PWOC,         Sunday                                       3359 Daniel Circle, corner of Jackson Boule-
                                                   Main Post Chapel)                               8 a.m. Memorial Chapel                         vard, 751-4478
                                                   6 p.m. Neighborhood CMF/OCF Bible Study                                                        Main Post Chapel
   PROTESTANT                                      (Call 790-4699)                                                                                4580 Strom Thurmond Blvd., corner of Scales
                                                   7 p.m. LDS Bible Study (Anderson Chapel)        ISLAMIC                                        Avenue, 751-6469
     Sunday                                          Saturday                                                                                     Bayonet Chapel
                                                                                                     Sunday
   7:45 a.m. Bayonet Chapel (Hispanic)             8 a.m. Men’s Prayer Breakfast (Main Post                                                       9476 Kemper St., 751-4542
                                                                                                   8-10 a.m. Islamic Studies (Main Post Chapel)
   9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Magruder Chapel           Chapel, (every second Saturday of the month                                                    Family Life Chaplain
                                                                                                     Friday
   9:30 a.m. Main Post Chapel                      in Chapel Fellowship Hall)                                                                     4850 Strom Thurmond Blvd. (inside of Main
                                                                                                   12:30-1:45 p.m. Jumah Services (Main Post
   9:30 a.m. Daniel Circle Chapel (Gospel) serv-                                                                                                  Post Chapel), 751-5780
                                                   PROTESTANT YOUTH OF THE CHAPEL                  Chapel)
   ice at the Post Theater                                                                                                                        Anderson Street Chapel
   9:40 a.m. Moncrief Army Community Hospitall       Saturday                                                                                     2335 Anderson St., corner of Jackson Boule-
   10:45 a.m. Post-wide Sunday School (Main        11 a.m. Daniel Circle Chapel (third Saturday)   JEWISH                                         vard, 751-7032
   Post Chapel)                                      Sunday                                                                                       Education Center
   11 a.m. Memorial Chapel                         5 p.m. Main Post Chapel                           Sunday                                       4581 Scales Ave.
   11 a.m. Chapel Next, Bayonet Chapel                                                             9:30-10:30 a.m. Memorial Chapel                Magruder Chapel
     Wednesday                                     CATHOLIC                                        10:30-11:30 a.m. Jewish Book Study (Post       4360 Magruder Ave., 751-3883
   6 p.m. Prayer Service Magruder Chapel                                                           Conference Room)                               120th Rec. Bn. Chapel
   7 p.m. Gospel Mid-week Service Daniel Circle      Monday-Thursday                                                                              1895 Washington St., 751-5086
   Chapel                                          11:30 a.m. Mass (Main Post Chapel)              CHURCH OF CHRIST                               Memorial Chapel
                                                     Sunday                                                                                       4470 Jackson Blvd., 751-7324
   Protestant Bible Study                          8 a.m. Mass (Solomon Center)                      Sunday                                       Chaplain School
     Monday                                        11 a.m. Mass (Main Post Chapel)                 11:30 a.m. Anderson Street Chapel              10100 Lee Road, 751-8050
 HEALTH

What is long-term care? MACH updates                                                                                                MACH CLOSES ENROLLMENT
   What is long-term care?                                                                                                             Because of a shortage of on-post primary care providers,
                                                                                                                                    active duty family members will no longer be able to enroll
                                                                  COL.                                                              for services at MACH. Family members will have a choice of
    Long-term care is the type of care you may need if you
can no longer perform everyday tasks, better known as “ac-        NANCY HUGHES                                                      Primary Care Managers in the TRICARE Prime network in
tivities of daily living,” by yourself due to a chronic condi-    Fort Jackson                                                      the civilian community.
tion or impairment.                                               Medical Department
    These tasks include needing help to eat, bathe, dress, get                                                                      CATARACT SCREENING
                                                                  Activity Commander                                                   The Moncrief Army Community Hospital Ophtalmology
from a bed to a chair, etc.
    Long-term care can be received in your own home, as-                                                                            Clinic will conduct quick cataract evaluations Friday and Dec.
sisted-living facilities, adult day care centers, or nursing                                                                        11 for all beneficiary categories, including active-duty family
homes. Long-term care is not a TRICARE or Medicare cov-                                                                             members, retirees and retiree family members. A referral is
ered benefit.                                                    physical therapists, or occupational therapists) to manage,        not necessary to call for an appointment. To schedule an ap-
    Long-term care can be covered fully or in part by long-      observe, and evaluate your care.                                   pointment, call 751-5406.
term care insurance. Most plans let you choose the amount           Examples of skilled care include changing sterile dress-
of the coverage you want, as well as how and where you           ings and physical therapy. The services must be performed          OUT-PROCESSING POLICY
want to use your benefits.                                       under the general supervision and direction of a                      Soldiers must now clear the Army Substance Abuse Pro-
    For more information on long term care coverage, con-        Medicare/TRICARE-authorized physician.                             gram, Social Work Services and Behavioral Health prior to
tact commercial companies that provide long term care ben-                                                                          leaving the installation.
efits. The Office of Personnel Management provides long            Are service members eligible to apply for the Federal               The Soldiers’ out-processing will include a review of
term care coverage through the Federal Long Term Care In-        Long Term Care Insurance Program?                                  medical records and provide an opportunity for the Soldier
surance Program. Most TRICARE beneficiaries are eligi-                                                                              to receive care or information at their gaining installation.
ble to participate in this program. For more information             Yes, active duty and National Guard members activated          Out-processing hours are 8-11 a.m., Tuesday and 1-4 p.m.
about the FLTCIP, call 1-800-582-3337.                           for more than 30 days, retired service members and mem-            Thursday, at MACH, Room 7-90. For information, call 751-
    TRICARE pays only for medically necessary skilled            bers of the selected Reserve are eligible for the FLTCIP.          2235.
nursing facility care. Skilled nursing facility care is gener-   Call 1-800-582-3337 for specific details regarding eligibil-
ally available only for a short time after a hospitalization.    ity and benefits.                                                  APPOINTMENTS ON TWITTER
    Skilled care is health care given when you need skilled          For more information, contact MACH’s health benefits               MACH is announcing same-day appointments for primary
nursing or rehabilitation staff (for example licensed nurses,    adviser at 751-2778/2425.                                          care on Twitter. Sign up at www.twitter.com/machcsd.



Holiday feasts do not have to result in weight gain
                                                     –– Don’t stuff the turkey. Stuffing absorbs   vorite three to four.                             but don’t eat all of it. Doing this will spare at
From Moncrief Army                               all the fat and drippings from that turkey and       –– Use sugar substitutes in desserts.          least 100 calories, not including the calories
Community Hospital                               fat equals calories. Instead, bake the stuffing   Most pies and cookies call for large amounts      saved by using the sugar-substitute in the fill-
   Did you know that the average Thanks-         in a separate container, and limit por-                         of sugar. Using calorie-free        ing).
giving or Christmas dinner has more than         tions to half a cup.                                               products like Equal, or              –– Use low-fat ingredients. Purchase low-
2,000 calories? Here are some tips to trim           –– Choose white meat. Especially                                Splenda can reduce the          fat cream soup for that green bean casserole.
those meals and help keep waistlines slim,       if you know you are going to eat a lot                               caloric content of these       Buy light whipped toppings. Use reduced fat
even during the holidays.                        of turkey. Four ounces of white meat                                 treats by 30 percent or        margarine in recipes. Often with “light”
   Have breakfast. Eat a small breakfast and     is only 150 calories, versus 250                                    more. Try using half real       products the difference in taste can’t be de-
lunch to help prevent overeating at the big      calories with dark meat.                                          sugar and half artificial — no    tected (fat-free might be a different story).
event                                                –– Go skinless. The skin                                        one will notice the differ-         –– Have fun. Go for a walk, play games
   –– Set limits, especially pre-meal. Think     is just extra fat and calo-                                          ence.                          with your loved ones, and enjoy the day
ahead on how many cheese and crackers will       ries, so any bits that can be                                           –– Watch those dessert      knowing you were in control and even able
be allowed. Have just a couple to be socia-      removed will help make                                                   portions. Take only        to indulge (a little).
ble, but do not snack all the way up until       room for dessert.                                                        slivers, rather than           –– Remember, Thanksgiving and Christ-
meal time. All those snacks just add to the          –– Go easy on the sides.                                          whole pieces, if it is nec-   mas are just one day each — not days or
meal’s total calorie count. The best bet is to   Put half the normal amount on                               essary to sample a little of every-     weeks. Get back on track the next day.
drink something calorie-free and concentrate     the plate. The typical side dish is               thing. Try to make it equivalent to one slice         If you need assistance with your weight
on the raw veggie platter.                       about 300 calories (even those seemingly          of pie, and go for a walk afterward to help       management goals, the Nutrition Clinic at
   –– Eat a salad before the meal. Eating a      healthy veggie types, which became victim         burn it off.                                      Moncrief Army Community Hospital has
salad is filling, and will automatically cause   to butter and marshmallows). Try to stick to         –– Avoid the pie crust. The crust contains     appointments available with a registered di-
people to reduce portion sizes.                  half-cup portions and and eat only your fa-       lots of calories. Just have a few bites of it,    etitian. Ask your PCM for a referral.
 FIRST RESPONDER
   The following are incidents compiled
from reports, complaints or information
received from the Fort Jackson Provost
Marshal Office.
   The incidents reflected are not an adju-
dication attesting to the guilt or innocence
of any person and are provided for infor-
mational and reflective purposes only.

Col. Ronald F. Taylor
Director,
Emergency Services/Provost Marshal
Sgt. Maj. Glen W. Wellman III
Provost Sergeant Major
Billy Forrester                                 tickets — one for improper parking and the
Fire Chief                                      other for improper starting of a vehicle —
                                                after a traffic accident in the Mini Mall
CASES OF THE WEEK                               parking lot, MPs said. MPs said the parked
                                                vehicle was impeding traffic when the
       Three civilians were issued perma-       other vehicle hit it. One car sustained
nent bar letters after two of them attempted    minor scratches on the rear bumper, while
to enter post using false identification, MPs   the other car was dented and the left front
said. MPs said one of the civilians was tick-   light was broken.
eted for transporting illegal immigrants
while the other two were cited for illegal
entry.

      Two civilians were issued traffic