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Vol. 83, No. 41                                           Published for the Fort Dix Community since 1942                                                                     October 17, 2008

NEWSNOTES                               Fort Dix honors local hero
     Town Hall Meeting                  Pemberton Gate named for
 offers Joint Basing update
    There will be a Town Hall
                                        Soldier, state trooper killed
Meeting Oct. 30, in the Timmer-
mann Conference Center’s Audito-        in Sadr City explosion                      across this country,” he said. “Of
rium, Building 5441, located on
8th Street, at 2:30 p.m.                           Carolee Nisbet                   course, those very same roles also put
    The agenda includes updates on                       Editor                     him in harm’s way twice as often as
the impact of Joint Basing and                                                      most people.”
DFMWR updates                                                                           Fuentes said Kelley was honored
    The meeting is the place of duty        New Jersey State Police and Sol-        with the state police’s highest award,
for Soldiers and civilians commen-      diers at Fort Dix share a common            the Distinguished Service Medal, in
surate with mission requirements.       bond of service, so it came as no sur-      recognition of his exemplary and
    All of the Fort Dix Directors       prise Oct. 10 when they stood shoul-        heroic service. The award has been is-
will be present to answer your spe-     der to shoulder to honor a hero who         sued only 38 times in the 87-year his-
cific questions. If you have identi-    served in both uniforms by naming           tory of the N.J. State Police, he said.
fied any concerns since the last        the post’s Pemberton Gate in his                “As we give unflagging support to
meeting, please forward them to         honor.                                      our troops at home and abroad, re-
the Plans, Analysis and Integration         Maj. Dwayne M. Kelley, who also         member Dwayne always as a great
Office, attention: Andre Mixon.         served as a Detective Sergeant with         trooper, a great soldier and a great pa-
    For additional information con-     the state police, was the Team Chief        triot,” Fuentes said.
tact André Mixon at andre.mixon         for the 432nd Civil Affairs Battalion           Kelley’s wife Manita joined Thax-                                                                            Ed Mingin                           when he was killed June 24, 2008, in        ton and Fuentes in unveiling a display     HONORED - Col. Ronald R. Thaxton, Fort Dix commander,
                                        an explosion in Sadr City, Iraq.            at the checkpoint containing a photo       and Manita Kelley look at the plaque of Kelley’s late husband,
                                            Col. Ronald Thaxton, Fort Dix           of Maj. Kelley and the Bronze Star         Maj. Dwayne M. Kelley, that hangs at the Pemberton gate. The
      Military Pay seeks                commander, welcomed Kelley’s fam-           Medal and citation awarded him.
                                                                                        She spoke briefly of her husband,
                                                                                                                               gate was dedicated to Kelley’s Oct. 10. The Soldier was killed in
      Finance Soldiers                  ily members and honored guests, and
                                                                                                                               Iraq, June 24.
                                        defined Kelley as a great trooper, a        and thanked all those who have com-
   The Fort Dix Defense Military        great patriot and a great Soldier. “It is   forted her family. “I know my husband      ness displays on a granite monument        1985 from the Reserve Officer Train-
Pay Office, DMPO, has open posi-        fitting that we continue the Army tra-      is smiling down upon us,” she said. “I     in front of the gate.                      ing Corps program, earning his com-
tions for active duty, title 10, Sol-   dition of dedicating facilities to fallen   feel that this ceremony is a well-de-          Kelley was born May 25, 1960 to        mission as a U.S. Army Reserve Sec-
diers who are MOS qualified in          comrades by naming this gate in his         served one for Dwayne M. Kelley…           Vera Kelley and the late Sylvester         ond Lieutenant in the Ordnance
Finance. Soldiers must hold the         honor,” he said.                            And we know, most definitely, that         Kelley in Brooklyn, New York. The          Branch. After changing his military
MOS 44C for enlisted or 36A for             His words were echoed by Col.           God has a wonderful Soldier up there       family soon moved to Willingboro.          occupational specialty to military
officers. If interested, please con-    Rick Fuentes, superintendent of the         working with him. I thank you so very          He graduated from John F.              police in 1999, he served as Head-
tact the office at 609-562-4879.        states police and Honorary Com-             much for this ceremony and so many         Kennedy High School and held a             quarters Company Commander for
   The Fort Dix DMPO office             mander at Fort Dix.                         others that our family will cherish        bachelor’s degree in psychology from       the 2nd Battalion, 309th Regiment,
hours of operation are: Monday              “Major Kelley’s dual roles as           daily to our hearts.”                      Rutgers University.                        5th Brigade, and 78th Division
through Wednesday, and Friday 9         trooper and Soldier allowed him to              The ceremony closed with the               Kelley entered the Army in Febru-      (Training Support) at Fort Dix from
a.m. to 3 p.m., and Thursdays 1         combine the knowledge and experi-           singing of the Army Song, followed         ary 1978 and served for three years as     April 1999 until April 2001.
p.m. to 3 p.m.                          ence from both positions to more ef-        by a procession of guests to view the      a light wheel vehicle mechanic until          He was mobilized as a military
                                        fectively protect and serve our citizens    bronze plaque with Maj. Kelley’s like-     February 1981. He graduated in May                 (continued on page 4)

                                                                                                                                                                                               Jennifer Chupko
                                                                                    SONGS OF AMERICA-- The cast and crew of the 2008 Soldier Show wowed the crowd at Tim-
                                                                                    mermann Center Oct. 13. The annual event featured Soldiers belting out classic songs from the
                                                                                    Andrew Sisters, left, as well as contemporary and patriotic tunes.

                                                                                    Soldier Show rocks crowd with
                                                                                    slice of life during deployment
                                                                                                                               chief of the Community Recreation          consecutive years — retirees, parents,
                                                                                              Jennifer Chupko                  Division of the Family, Morale, Wel-       officers and we like to see that.”
                                                                                              Public Affairs Staff             fare and Recreation Directorate. “It           One of the biggest accomplish-
                                                                                                                               makes me want to re-enlist every           ments the show achieves every year is
                                                                                        It was a packed house at Timmer-       year.” The entertainment was equal to      to give the community a night off
                                                                                    mann Center Oct. 13, as the annual         that of a Broadway show, he added.         from life’s real problems, according
                                                                                    U.S. Army’s Soldier Show marched               With a mix of old songs and new        to Pfc. Stacey Long. “The Army is a
                                                                                    into the Fort Dix community bringing       ones, the musical medley covered           diverse world within itself and we
                                                                                    live entertainment. Soldiers wowed         every genre of the music spectrum.         here as Soldiers can put smiles on
                                                                                    the crowd with high-energy singing         and incorporated classics from the         people’s faces,” said Long. “It boosts
                                                                                    and dancing accompanied by high-           Temptations, the Andrew Sisters and        the morale of the community and it’s
                                                                                    tech sound and lighting.                   Duke Ellington.                            for the families of Soldiers who are
                                                                                        The U.S. Army Soldier Show, in             “I like the rap, that is what I came   deployed, so they can have a time to
                                                                                    its 25th anniversary year, remains a       to the show to do,” said one of the        enjoy themselves.”
                                                                                    high-energy 90-minute live musical         performers, Sgt. Kevin Lynum. “It              “It is amazing the amount of work
                                                                                    review showcasing the cast and crew        became so much more, though, and           these Soldiers do,” said Vogt. “They
                                                                                    of Soldiers from nine states, and          ventured out — it’s good, I like it.”      show up in the morning and the set
                                                                                    Korea. Soldiers are selected by audi-          The show is a travelling event that    goes up, they do the show and tear it
                                                                                    tion from throughout the Army.             spans the U.S. with some shows also        down that night to go to their next
                                                                                        The show, themed “Entertainment        landing in Europe. Dedicated musical       location.”
                                                                                    for the Soldiers, by the Soldiers”         military fans travel from several              The Soldier’s rank from private
                                                                                    included gospel, pop, R & B and rock       states away to watch the live enter-       first class to first lieutenant, and
                                                                                    performances, accompanied by spec-         tainment.                                  include a military policewoman,
                                                                                    tacular stage lighting and high-energy         “A lot of people follow us on the      armored vehicle gunner, licensed
                                                                                    dancing.                                   road,” said the Operations Non-Com-        practical nurse, food service special-
                                                                                        “It’s the greatest show you’ll ever    missioned Officer in Charge                ist, microwave systems operator and
                                                                                    see and I haven’t missed it the past       (NCOIC) Sgt. 1st Class Johnny Stew-        mental health specialist.
                                                                                    ten years in a row,” said Bob Vogt,        art. “People have seen the show for                    (continued on page 4)
                                                              Jennifer Chupko

                                                     America’s busiest mobilization site
2     The Post
      October 17, 2008

Small towns offer homespun charm, laid-back ethos
         story & photos by                                                                                       Port Jervis, NY
            Steve Snyder
        Public Affairs Staff                                                                        Stroudsburg
    A web article in Yahoo
Travel whetted interest recent-                                                                        Easton        NEW JERSEY
ly when it listed “America’s 10
Coolest Small Towns.”                                                                                          Frenchtown
    And how did Yahoo define
                                                                                                    New Hope Lambertville
    “These towns all have fewer                                                                            Washinton’s
than 10,000 people - but they                                                                                       Trenton
can rival larger cities when it                                                                     PENNSYL-
                                                                                                     VANIA          New Egypt
comes to good food, culture,                                                                                         Fort
and quality of life,” enthused                                                                        Philly         Dix
the summary lead to the piece.                                                                                  Browns Mills
    Indeed, I recognized several                                                                           Medford
towns on the lists, having                                                                                  Lakes
passed through them on some            BUSTLING BROWNS MILLS -- A view across
occasion or another.                   Mirror Lake onto Lakehurst Raod in Browns Mills,                                                     DOWN BY THE RIVERSIDE - A bicyclist works
    Port Jervis, N.Y., way up          gateway to the Pine Barrens and just south of Fort                                                   up a sweat on a bike path following the New Jersey
north where New Jersey meets           Dix, where shopping centers, pizza parlors, and                                                      side of the Delaware River at Washington’s Cross-
the Empire State (see map),            bars nourish just over 11,000 residents.                                                    Snyder   ing.
was number uno on the listing
and I wondered why. I don’t
recall any earth-shaking reve-
lation received when I passed
through the area. Fire didn’t
fall from any Olympian heights
and I didn’t meet the Buddha
bellying up at any redneck bar.
    Well, it seems that the town
has become a haven - surprise,
surprise - for artists and shop-
keepers priced out of New York
City (93 miles away).
    I’m tired of city types who,
weary of living like ants in
some urban disaster area, auto-
matically anoint the first place
they flee to as a veritable Val-
halla. It usually isn’t because
their judgement is skewered.
    I did agree with the second
pick on the cool cities list,                                                                       NEW EGYPT -- Just northeast of Cookstown and Fort Dix, New Egypt offers
Manitou Springs, Colo.                                                                              a nice slice of country living to approximately 2,500 souls who call the town
    I remember the giant red                                                                        home. Oakford Lake, above left, adds scenic splendor to the middle of the
boulders there, glistening in          COUNTRY ROADS -- One of the nicer things
the twilight when I made the
                                                                                                    town while the new Bagel Deli Cafe, right above, attracts Ocean County yup-
mail run from nearby Fort Car-         about visiting small towns in the area is that you           pies to its mirrored premises. Our man bought a coffee there recently and
son in Colorado Springs (only          have to travel over roads blossoming with nature’s           reported that while the brew had grounds in it and cream was nowhere to be
six miles distant) in the mid-         lineage to autumn.                                           found, the coffee was still - delicious.
1970s. Apparently a wide
range of people live there now,
from buttoned-up business
types to new-age hippies.
    For its natural setting alone,
Manitou Springs probably
belongs on any such list.
    Sixth on the list and another
place I remembered was
Catskill, N.Y. Another good
pick as most everyplace in the
Catskill mountain range is
notable for its natural beauty
and the intelligent design of
the towns in the area.
    Towns in Burlington Coun-
ty and the Delaware River
region fare pretty well when
you look at quality of life and
the natural beauty of their set-
    I like Brown Mills, Med-
ford Lakes, and New Egypt
for the ways they’re laid out
and for all the services their         MEDFORD AND MEDFORD LAKES -- Boats grace one of 22 lakes (and
merchants provide. I found             over 150 log cabins) in Medford Lakes, a separate borough of slightly over
Lambertville and French-               4,000 people contained within Medford Township since 1939. Medford Town-
town, conversely, to be badly          ship is no slouch either, overlapping on Route 70, its historic Victorian
overpriced and woefully over-
rated on just about everything.        Village has been cited as one of New Jersey’s premium towns by none
    But opinions come cheap.            other than National Geographic magazine. For recreation, shopping,
Check it out for yourself.             dining, etc., the fussiest traveler need look no further.
                                                                             HOPELESS                                                       ANTIQUES GALORE -- Lambertville and French-
                                                                      Crowds and traffic are
                                                                        just hopeless at New                                                town, above, on the Delaware River contained
                                                                       Hope on weekends as                                                  many picturesque shops selling mostly antiques.
                                                                      pictures, left and right,                                             The Bridge Restaurant overlooking the Delaware
                                                                     attest. Forget the dining                                              at Frenchtown disappointed, offering routine fare
                                                                      or attending the Bucks                                                at expensive prices. Caveat emptor!
                                                                       County Playhouse or
                                                                        enjoying the art and
                                                                     other vendors unless you
                                                                      want to squeeze into an
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CRANBERRIES IN THE CAPITOL OF THE PINES -- The historic village of Chatsworth (on Route                                                     Public Affairs Officer\Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Carolee Nisbet
532 just south of Route 72 in the Pines further south of Browns Mills) expects to greet over 80,000 visi-                                   PAO Automation\Admin . . . . . . . . . . . . .Veverly Wakefield
tors to its 25th annual Cranberry Festival Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 18 and 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.                                       PAO Media Relations . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . Pascual J. Flores
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White Horse Inn, their wares including handmade jewelry, candles, country furniture, and dried flower                                       PAO Community Relations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gerry Zanzalari
arrangements. Antique Row will also play host to a variety of antique dealers, offering choice cranberry                                    PAO Writer/Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jennifer McCarthy
labels and scoops, primitive furniture, cranberry glass, and marcasite jewelry. Renowned Jersey artists                                     PAO Writer/Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Lisa Evans
Joyce Gagen and Sandy Sandy and others will exhibit their latest works and Jersey Bound (www.jersey- offers up a wide array of delicious cuisine from around the world. And festival goers can                                               Fort Dix Public Affairs Office Contract Workers
cram themselves full of cranberries in the forms of cranberry jams, jellies, baked goods and cranberry                                          Jennifer Chupko, Wayne Cook, Ed Mingin, Ryan Morton
ice cream. The Chatsworth Fire Company will have sunrise breakfasts available for hearty appetites,
who might also be interested in 27 varieties of home-made fudge available on the premises, or kettle                                                              Iraq correspondents
                                                                                                                                                     1st Sgt. David Moore, Staff Sgt. Shawn Morris
popped corn. The Valenzano Winery, Shamong’s contribution to gourmet wines, promises samples of                                                  both from 50th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT)
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Test records brain fitness                                                                                                                         POLICE LOG
                                                                                                                                                    Police Log is a weekly synopsis of significant police activ-
                                   sions are a very common injury
        Ryan Morton                as many Soldiers are exposed                                                                                 ities developed from reports, complaints, incidents or infor-
      Public Affairs Staff         to blasts, vehicle accidents, or                                                                             mation received and actions taken, for the week of Oct. 6
                                   other events which may result                                                                                through 12. The abbreviation DoD stands for Department of
   Fort Dix has joined the         in their sustaining head injuries                                                                            Defense; NAFD means Not Affiliated with Fort Dix (the sub-
ranks of other mobilizing          or traumas.                                                                                                  ject doesn't live of work here); NCIC stands for National
installations throughout the           Soldiers take the ANAM                                                                                   Crime Information Center; DWI means Driving While Intox-
country by implementing a          tests upon their arrival at Dix to                                                                           icated; CDS means Controlled Drug Substance; POV means
measure of neurological testing    begin their pre-mobilization                                                                                 Privately Owned Vehicle; MAFB stands for McGuire Air
for mobilizing Soldiers called     training. It is conducted                                                                                    Force Base; USAF EC stands for US Air Force Expeditionary
Automated Neuropsychologi-         through a computer where the                                                                                 Center; AHCC stands for Ambulatory Health Care Clinic
cal    Assessment        Metrics   Soldiers answer a multitude of                                                                               (MAFB); VMHBC stands for Virtua Memorial Hospital of
(ANAM).                            questions that takes approxi-                                                                                Burlington County; CP# stands for Checkpoint Number.
   This testing has been con-      mately 20 to 30 minutes. The                                                                                       During a routine credential check of a vehicle attempt-
ducted at various installations    questioning is to determine                                                                                  ing to enter the installation via CP 9, police discovered the
throughout the country since       response, memory, and reac-                                                                                  operator, a civilian NAFD, had a suspended driver's license
spring and is now being uti-       tion time.                                                                                                   and an outstanding warrant out of Haddonfield Township.
lized at Dix.                          “This testing helps us                                                                                   The subject was transported to the police station for process-
   In fact, ANAM is required       because it gives us that base-                                                                               ing, cited, and transferred to the custody of the Burlington
for all mobilizing service         line to draw from in regards to                                                                              County jail.
members within 12 months of        their cognitive functioning and                                                                                    Police responded to a motor vehicle crash on Pennsyl-
a deployment.                      reaction time, should anything                                                                               vania Avenue Investigation revealed a vehicle, operated by a
                                                                                                                              Ryan Morton       civilian NAFD, failed to obey a stop sign and struck another
   The rationale behind this       happen to them in theater, and
evaluation is to give medical      helps to determine the level of      THIS IS ONLY A TEST - A Soldier takes the Auto-                         vehicle. Both vehicles sustained disabling damage and were
personnel a baseline to evalu-     treatment they’ll need,” said        mated Neuropsychological Assessment Metrics                             towed from the scene. Further investigation revealed the sub-
ate a Soldier if he or she expe-   Lt. Col. Judith Criner, ANAM         (ANAM) test, Oct. 9. ANAM establishes a baseline                        ject's vehicle had expired registration. The subject was cited.
rienced a Traumatic Brain          process officer-In-charge.           reading of response, memory and reaction time.                           The victim's vehicle was also found to be unregistered and
Injury (TBI) or mild Traumatic         A concussion may result in                                                                               the victim was also cited. A family member of the subject,
Brain Injury (mTBI), in the        many short and long-term con-        poor work performance. When         own safety.                         an Airman assigned to McGuire AFB, who arrived to pick up
past and the potential effects.    sequences for an individual,         Soldiers are training to go to          If scores on the ANAM test      the subject, was discovered to be driving with a suspended
In layman’s terms, a concus-       such as slower reaction times,       war or other hazardous duty,        fall below certain minimums,        license and was also cited.
sion.                              irritability, memory impair-         these factors can negatively        the Soldier is referred to a doc-         Police responded to a report of criminal trespassing at
   With the Global War on Ter-     ments, and sleep difficulties.       affect mission readiness and        tor for further check-up and        Tac 7. Investigation revealed household goods had been ille-
rorism in full swing, concus-          These factors may result in      effectiveness as well as their      evaluation.                         gally dumped in the area. An inspection of papers in the trash
                                                                                                                                                revealed the subject to be a civilian NAFD. The subject was
                                                                                                                                                contacted, admitted to the offense, and responded to clean-up

Service web-survey available       online in order to answer all the        Customers will only be re-      summer.”
                                                                                                                                                and remove the materials. The subject was cited.
                                                                                                                                                      While on routine patrol, police observed two vehicles
                                                                                                                                                parked off the roadway in an unlit area on Range Road Inves-
                                                                                                                                                tigation revealed the vehicles, both operated by civilians
      Tiffany L. Colby             questions. The survey can be         quired to provide comments for          The data will be collected in   NAFD, were in the area to race each other. The subjects were
   Customer Service Officer        found      at    the    website,     those services they give ratings    two main categories – corporate     cited for creating a traffic hazard and escorted off Fort Dix
                                   of one (very poor) or two           and constituent.                    property.
   The window for the inaugu-      Community 2008.                      (poor).                                 The corporate survey in-              During a routine traffic stop on Doughboy Loop, police
ral Customer Assessment Sur-          Customers will first answer           “The Customer Service As-       cludes input from all of the unit   discovered the vehicle, operated by a Coast Guard member
vey officially opens Oct. 20 and   basic, demographic questions,        sessment is a great tool for gar-   and directorate leadership on       assigned to Fort Dix, had expired registration. The subject
runs through Nov. 7.               no personal information, which       rison commanders to use to          Fort Dix, down to the company       was cited and the vehicle was towed from the scene.
   During this time, everyone      will steer them to the set of        help evaluate where to put their    commander and first sergeant              Police responded to an incident in Tac 4. Investigation
who lives, works or does busi-     questions about services rele-       resources. If used in conjunc-      level.                              revealed six juveniles, all civilians NAFD, were riding bicy-
ness on Fort Dix is asked to       vant to them. Each question has      tion with the other feedback            Soldiers not in leadership      cles in the Tac area. The subjects were not aware it was fed-
take the survey and provide rat-   two parts – the first asks for a     mechanisms, ICE and Commu-          roles, family members, retirees,    eral property. They were escorted off post without incident.
ings for all of the garrison’s     one to five rating on the impor-     nity FIRST, he has valuable         veterans and civilian employees           Police responded to a report of theft of government
services.                          tance of a service, the second       customer data at his fingertips     will provide input into the con-    property at Bldg. 5992. Investigation revealed person(s)
   Customers should be pre-        asks for a performance rating        to determine which programs         stituent category. All feedback     unknown had taken unsecured property from a unit supply
pared to spend 20 to 30 minutes    from one to five.                    are important to the Soldiers,      will be sorted by demographic       room. Investigation continues.
                                                                        Family Members, retirees and        category and returned to the              Police responded to a motor vehicle crash at the Shop-
                                                                        civilians who use the services      CMS representative for analy-       pette Gas Station. Investigation revealed a vehicle, operated
                                                                        on the installation, “ said Lori    sis.                                by a civilian NAFD, struck another vehicle from the rear.
                                                                        Dean, the Installation Manage-          The Customer Assessment         There were no reported injuries.
                                                                        ment Command North East Re-         will provide us the capability to         Police responded to a traffic accident on Range Road
                                                                        gion     Customer       Services    learn precisely what our Sol-       Investigation revealed a vehicle, operated by a civilian
                                                                        coordinator.                        diers and Family members            NAFD, struck a government vehicle while backing into a
                                                                            “Customer     Management        think of all of the services and    parking space. There were no reported injuries and the vehi-
                                                                        Services has had proven results     exactly what the commanders         cles were released to the operators at the scene.
                                                                        at the demonstration sites, and     say about services that help              Police responded to a traffic accident on Texas Avenue.
                                                                        we expect to see the same types     them and their units accomplish     Investigation revealed a vehicle, operated by a soldier NAFD,
                                                                        of success at all 37 of the in-     their mission. The directorates     struck another vehicle. There were no reported injuries and
                                                                        stallations we have added this      providing the services can use      the vehicles were released to the operators at the scene.
                                                                                                            the feedback to help make ad-             Police responded to a report of wrongful appropriation
                                                                                                            justments and improvements to       of NAF property at Bldg. 5905. Investigation revealed miss-
                                                                                                            programs that are important to      ing Rec Center property had been found in a personal bag of
                                                                                                            the customers.                      a Soldier NAFD. The subject was transported to the police
                                                                                                                For information on the cus-     station for processing and released to his chain of command.
                                                                                                            tomer assessment, call Cus-               There was one expired identification card confiscated
                                                                                                            tomer Management Services at        during the period.
                                                                                                            (609) 562-2261 or e-mail dix-             There were 32 Magistrate Court Citations issued for
                                                                                                                   moving violations. DWI incidents remain at nine for the year.

                                                                                                                                                                                goals met
                                                                                                                                                                                   The Army announced Oct.
                                                                                                                                                                                10 it exceeded its Fiscal Year
                                                                                                                                                                                2008 goal by recruiting more

                                                                                                              Plum Tree                                                         than 169,500 men and women
                                                                                                                                                                                in all Army components.
                                                                                                                                                                                   The Active Army recruited
                                                                                                                                                                                80,517 against a mission of
                                                                                                                                                                                80,000. The Army Reserve
                                                                                                                                                                                recruited 26,945 against a mis-
                                                                                                                                                                                sion of 26,500; and the Army
                                                                                                                                                                                National Guard recruited
                                                                                                                                                                                62,397 against a mission of
                                                                                                                                                                                   Contributing to the success
                                                                                                                                                                                of the Army's recruiting efforts
                                                                                                                                                                                this year were bold and innova-
                                                                                                                                                                                tive programs such as "Active
                                                                                                                                                                                First." Active First is an Army
                                                                                                                                                                                National Guard initiated pro-
                                                                                                                                                                                gram to increase its number of
                                                                                                                                                                                prior service Soldiers, while
                                                                                                                                                                                simultaneously contributing to
                                                                                                                                                                                active duty accessions. The
                                                                                                                                                                                program targets new recruits
                                                                                                                                                                                who would like to serve on
       Andrews Credit                                                                                                                                                           active duty for a period of time
                                                                                                                                                                                and then transfer to the Army
                                                                                                                                                                                National Guard for completion
                                                                                                                                                                                of their contract. The Army

       Union                                                                                                                                                                    National Guard recruited 1,604
                                                                                                                                                                                Soldiers who accessed into the
                                                                                                                                                                                Active Component.
                                                                                                                                                                                   Sustaining the high quality
                                                                                                                                                                                and professional All-Volunteer
                                                                                                                                                                                Force is driven not only by
                                                                                                                                                                                recruiting, but also by retention
                                                                                                                 Blaine                                                         and attrition.
                                                                                                                                                                                   While fighting the war on
                                                                                                                                                                                terror, the Army surpassed its
                                                                                                                                                                                combined Army-wide reten-
                                                                                                                                                                                tion goals each year since

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     October 17, 2008

                                                                                                                Hero honored at
                                                                                                                gate dedication
                                                                                                                    (continued from page 1)         National Defense Service
                                                                                                                police officer shortly after Sep-   Medal, Armed Forces Services
                                                                                                                tember 11, 2001 in support of       Medal, and the Armed Forces
                                                                                                                Operation Noble Eagle, (modi-       Reserve Medal with bronze
                                                                                                                fied to Iraqi Freedom).             hourglass and “M:” (mobiliza-
                                                                                                                   He became a Civil Affairs        tion) device and the Army
                                                                                                                officer in October 2004 and         Service Ribbon.
                                                                                                                was reassigned to the 404th             Detective Sergeant First
                                                                                                                Civil Affairs Battalion at Fort     Class Kelley began his career
                                                                                                                Dix, serving as the unit’s exec-    with the New Jersey State
                                                                                                                utive officer.                      Police February 25, 1988 as a
                                                                                                                   In 2005 he was assigned to       graduate of the 110th State
                                                                                                                the 353rd Civil Affairs Com-        Police Class.
                                                                                                                mand in Staten Island, NY.              He served as a Road Troop-
                                                                                                                   Major Kelley served in this      er with units at Wilburtha, Fort
                                                                                                                position until his second mobi-     Dix and New Brunswick,
                                                                                                                lization in November 2007           learning the fundamentals of
                                                                                                                with the 432nd Civil Affairs        his chosen profession.
                                                                                                                Battalion in Green Bay, Wis-            He was selected for the
                                                                                                                consin, where he was serving        Investigations Sections, in
                                                                                                                as their Civil Affairs Team         March of 1999, where he was
                                                                                                                Chief when he was killed in         assigned to serve in the Auto
                                                                                                                Sadr City.                          Unit.
                                                                                                                   His military awards includ-          He was promoted to Detec-
                                                                                                                ed two Army Reserve Compo-          tive Sergeant in December
                                                                                                                nents Achievement Medals,           2004 and then transferred to
                                                                                          photos by Ed Mingin
                                                                                                                                                    the Counter Terrorism Bureau,
                                                                                                                                                    Joint Terrorism Task Force-
                                                                                                                                                    North in October 2005.
                                                                                                                                                        In July 2007 he was trans-
                                                                                                                                                    ferred into the position of
                                                                                                                                                    Bureau Administrative Officer
                                                                                                                                                    for the Counter Terrorism
                                                                                                                                                    Bureau and promoted to
                                                                                                                                                    Detective Sergeant First Class
                                                                                                                                                    in January 2008.
                                                                                                                                                        During his career he
                                                                                                                                                    received numerous awards and
                                                                                                                                                    commendations marking his
                                                                                                                                                    superior service.
                                                                                                                                                        Detective Sergeant First
                                                                                                                                                    Class Kelley’s service with the
                                                                                                                                                    New Jersey State Police was
                                                                                                                                                    characterized by loyalty, fear-
                                                                                                                                                    less performance of duty and
                                                                                                                                                    faithful and energetic devotion
                                                                                                                                                    to the highest principles of the
PROUD MEMORY -- New Jersey State Police pres-                                                                                                       New Jersey State Police.
ent Manita Kelley with a plaque and flag honoring                                                                                                       He is survived by his wife
Maj. Dwayne Kelley for his years of service as a                                                                                                    Manita Kelley; daughter
state trooper. top. Above, Col. Rick Fuentes, super-                                                                                                Mushirah Kelley of South
intendent New Jersey State Police, speaks during                                                                                                    Orange, and step daughter
the dedication ceremony of the Pemberton gate Oct.                                                                                                  Rana Hall; his mother Vera
                                                                                                                                                    Kelley, and his brother Michael
10. The gate is named in honor of Maj. Dwayne M.                                                                                                    and sister Sabrina and various
Kelley, who was killed in Iraq June 24, 2008. A                                                                                                     aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews,
bronze plaque bearing the dedication, right, stands                                                                                                 cousins, other relatives, social
on a marble column just outside the gate.                                                                                                           and civic brothers, and friends.

                                                                                  Soldier Show packs house
                                                                                  for Dix performance
                                                                                 (continued from page 1)        Drummonds have continued to         tertainment to the Soldier
                                                                                 While in the show, they are    produce more than 700 pack-         Show’s Staff Sgt. Sheron Pow-
                                                                             assigned additional duties ac-     ages for mobilized Soldiers at      ell. The show’s performers re-
                                                                             cording to their rank, such as     Fort Dix’s Family and Morale,       turned the thanks with a
                                                                             vocal director, dance captain      Welfare      and     Recreation     presentation of a plaque to Fort
                                                                             and wardrobe/costume man-          (FMWR).                             Dix for the installation’s hospi-
                                                                             ager.                                  The Drummond’s daughter,        tality.
                                                                                 “It is different than the      Sgt. Stacey Chapman, was part            “We never want the audi-
                                                                             everyday job,” said Lynum. “I      of the U.S. Army Soldier Show       ence to forget that these aren’t
                                                                             think everyone here likes it —     and nominated her parents for       professional      singers    and
                                                                             we are always moving and           this award.                         dancers, that they’re Soldiers,”
                                                                             doing something.” he said.             “We are proud of our daugh-     said Thaxton after receiving the
                                                                                 The night’s tone was set as    ter and these Soldiers who give     award on behalf of Fort Dix.
                                                                             the show began with a presen-      their hearts and dedication,”           The annual event is free and
                                                                             tation of the Freedom Team         said Leslie Drummond. “It           open to the public.
                                                                             Salute Award presented by Col.     makes it easy to return the              U.S. Army Soldier show
                                                                             Ronald Thaxton, installation       favor.”                             participation is open to all Sol-
                                                                             commander. The award was               During the ceremony, Thax-      diers, active duty, U.S. Army
                                                                             given to Leslie and Michael        ton said “Every year the Soldier    Reserve, U.S. Army National
                                                                             Drummond.                          Show comes to Fort Dix and          Guard, with sufficient time in
                                                                                 The Drummonds began sup-       every year they leave their         service remaining. U.S. Army
                                                                             porting mobilizing Soldiers at     mark in the community,” he          Reserve and U.S. Army Na-
                                                                             Fort Dix in 2004, when their       said. “We look forward to the       tional Guard Soldiers must be
                                                                             son, Michael, was sent to Iraq.    show’s entertainment and the        activated for the duration of the
                                                                             They began organizing care         community here is grateful for      tour.
                                                                             package drives to collect items    the entertainment.”                     For all requirements and in-
                                                             Jennifer Chupko through the local Yellow Rib-          Plaques of Appreciation         formation to apply, go to:
MORE THAN COUNTRY -- Spc. Shirley Dirdey, Cpl. Amber Jones, and Pfc. bon Club.                                  were given by Thaxton and 
                                                                                 Michael has
Jokia Goshen switch up a country song to a hip-hop beat during the annual from overseas; since returned
                                                                                               however the
                                                                                                                Post Command Sgt. Maj.
                                                                                                                Bonita Davis for the annual en-
Soldier Show at Fort Dix Oct. 12 at Timmermann Center.

SUPPORT AND THANKS -- Fort Dix Command Sgt. Maj. Bonita Davis and Col. Ronald Thaxton, instal-
lation commander, are presented with a Soldier Show's plaque of appreciation by show representative
Staff Sgt. Sheron L. Powell. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the entertainment event billed as “By
the Soldier, For the Soldier.” Right, Sgt. Kevin Lynum raps a medley of hip-hop songs during the high-
energy performance at Timmermann Center Oct. 10.
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THE CORNER                              Federal campaign begins                    Don Pendley, president, New Jersey
        Issues sought for                           Ryan Morton                    Hospice and Pallative Care Organiza-
        AFAP Conference                           Public Affairs Staff             tion, who spoke about his organiza-
                                                                                   tion and myths some people have
   The Army Family Action Plan              Dozens of Soldiers, Airmen, digni-     about hospice care and what it means.
Conference will be held Oct. 23 at      taries, and civilians from the Fort Dix        “Hospice may not add days to
Timmermann Center. Members of           and McGuire Air Force Base came to         your life, but adds life to your remain-
the Fort Dix community, Soldiers,       kick-off the 2008 Combined Federal         ing days,” said Pendley.
employees, family members, resi-        Campaign (CFC) at McGuire’s Club,              “Hospice is not euthanasia, it’s not
dents and retirees are invited to let   Oct. 10. The CFC is an annual chari-       mercy killing, and it’s not assisted
Army leadership know what               ty pledge drive where federal and mil-     suicide,” he said.
works, what doesn't and what can        itary employees give money to their            With 90 percent of veterans
be done to fix it. Please submit        choice of more than 2,000 charities.       unaware that hospice care is available
your comments to Fran Booth at              “Last year we raised $890,000 and      to them, Pendley stressed that hospice              this year our goal is to reach             care is widely available to the
                                        $900,000,” said South Jersey CFC           674,000 veterans expected to die in
     Thrift Shop accepting              manager, Bruce Conway.                     the U.S. this year.
 fall clothing consignments                 Contributors can donate to organi-         More than 1,800 veterans are
                                        zations such as the United Way, the        dying each day. This number repre-
   The Fort Dix Thrift shop is now      Animal Adoption Center, the March          sents a quarter of all deaths in the
accepting Fall clothing consign-        of Dimes, and various AIDS and can-        U.S.
ments. Consignments are accepted        cer charities to name a few.                    The N.J. Hospice and Pallative
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10              Representatives at the kick-off        Care Organization is just one of more
a.m. to noon. Appointments are          included the Fort Dix installation                                                                                                                       Ryan Morton
                                                                                   than 2,000 organizations that can be
also available by calling 723-2683.     commander, Col. Ronald Thaxton             designated to receive CFC donations.
   The Thrift shop is open Tuesday                                                                                            LEADERS IN GIVING -- Col. Ronald Thaxton, Fort Dix
                                        and McGuire’s vice commander of                Military and federal employees         installation commander, and Col. Scott Smith, McGuire Air
and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2          the 305 Air Mobility Wing, Col. Scott      who would like to give to the CFC
p.m., the first and third Saturday      Smith. Each gave short speeches and        should see his or her designated CFC
                                                                                                                              Force Base 305th Air Mobility Wing, vice commander, sign the
from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the first    signed their pledge contribution           office representatives, or call Rod        proclamation for the official kickoff of the "Combined Feder-
Wednesday of the month from 3           cards.                                     Martell, Fort Dix CFC campaign rep-        al Campaign" (CFC) charity drive Oct. 10. The goal of CFC is
p.m. to 7 p.m. For more informa-            The event also had a guest speaker,    resentative, at 562-2186.                  to raise $900,000 this year.
tion call 723-2683.

   Volunteers needed for
   speaking engagements
   The Fort Dix Public Affairs
Office is looking for officer and
senior NCO volunteers to help us
                                        Spouses Club changes name                                                                                                      scholarships this past year.
in our community relations efforts                   Lisa Evans                                                                                                           Reed told attendees that the money
by becoming part of our speaker’s                 Public Affairs Staff                                                                                                 the club generates makes it possible
bureau. Please call Gerry Zanzalari                                                                                                                                    to help everyone who asks for help
at 562-4034 for more information.           The Fort Dix Spouses Club is                                                                                               during the year.
                                        becoming the Friends of Fort Dix.                                                                                                 “We give approximately $13,000
                                        The name change was announced                                                                                                  to $20,000 per year to organizations
  305th Med Group makes                                                                                                                                                on Fort Dix. We may not be able to
                                        Oct. 3 during the club’s annual mem-
     cancellations easy                 bership drive. Membership has                                                                                                  give everyone everything they ask for,
   Soldiers who cannot get to           always been open to the entire Fort                                                                                            but we do give them at least some-
scheduled medical appointments          Dix community, but now everyone                                                                                                thing,” Reed said.
on time at the 305th Medical            will know.                                                                                                                        The membership event Oct. 3 gave
Group, McGuire Air Force Base,              Jeanne Baker, a long-time mem-                                                                                             potential and current members
may cancel their appointments by        ber, said, “The club is alive and                                                                                              updates on upcoming events and what
calling 754- 9287. The phone will       invites everyone in the military, civil-                                                                                       the club plans for the coming year.
be staffed until 2 p.m., when it will   ian, and retirement community that is                                                                                          The next scheduled event is a lunch-
switch to a message system that         Fort Dix to check us out.”                                                                                                     eon Nov.18, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30
will be checked hourly.                     During the evening members and                                                                                             p.m., location undecided, with speak-
                                        guests enjoyed food, drink, mini-mas-                                                                                          ers informing members of holiday
                                        sages and twelve home-business ven-                                                                                            stress and budgeting tips.
                                        dors during the 2008-2009 member-                                                                                                 The popular Holiday Tour of
   Alcoholics Anonymous                 ship drive at Club Dix.                                                                                         Lisa Evans     Homes this year is to be held Dec. 13,
    meetings held weekly                    Bonnie Reed, the club president,                                                                                           beginning at 2 p.m.
                                                                                   NEW FRIENDS -- Members of the Friends of Fort Dix help
    Part of the mission of the Army     gave a brief introduction to the club                                                                                             “If you or someone you know dec-
                                                                                   new members Bonnie Titsworth, wife of Maj. Andy Titsworth,                          orates your Fort Dix home inside and
Substance Abuse Program is to           telling members and potential mem-
                                        bers what the club means to the com-       and Jennifer Sanders, wife of CW4 Tim Sanders, fill out forms                       out to the nines for Christmas,
support 12 Step Programs in the                                                    at the membership drive at Club Dix Oct. 3. Foreground,
community. There are two Alco-          munity.                                                                                                                        Hanukkah or Kwanza, consider vol-
holics Anonymous meetings on                The club has sponsored scholar-        Jeanne Baker picks out ceramic magnets for the new members                          unteering to be a part of the tour, as a
Fort Dix.                               ships for students as well as giving       while Patricia Keffer answers questions and Susan Crawford                          guest, or with your home,” Baker
    A closed, members-only meet-        community grants to organizations on       watches the magnets. Laura Cooper, a member stands in the                           said.
ing is held every Tuesday night at      Fort Dix.                                  background.                                                                            If you would like to join Friends of
Bldg. 9013 from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30           Reed said they concentrate on fill-                                                                                        Fort Dix or learn more about the club
                                        ing in areas that other organizations      mas presents to the adults of needy        money maker for the club is the Fort     contact Susan Crawford at SRCraw-
p.m. On Thursday nights, there is a                                                                                           Dix Thrift Shop. Baker said the Thrift
meeting at the Main Chapel from 7       can’t fill. One example is Christmas       families.                                                                 
                                        toys for children organizations; the          Fundraisers also include social         Shop has had a slow year but was still      You may also visit the Thrift Shop,
p.m. to 8 p.m. (use the 8th Street                                                                                            able to raise $11,000 for charity and
parking lot entrance; the meeting is    club goes beyond and gives Christ-         teas and other gatherings but the main                                              or call 723-2683.
in the lounge near Fellowship Hall)
    There is no cost except the
desire to stop drinking behaviors
that are harmful to yourself and
    If you or someone you care
about needs help, these meetings
    For more information, call 562-
2020 or 4011, or stop by Building

FRIDAY -- Mostly sunny
with a high near 61. Partly
cloudy overnight with a low
                                                                                                                                                                       to Dix
around 43 degrees.                                                                                                                                                              Jennifer McCarthy
                                                                                                                                                                                 Public Affairs Staff
SATURDAY-- Partly sunny
with a daytime high of 57.                                                                                                                                                Hip-hop artist, Young Leek will
                                                                                                                                                                       perform at Griffith Field House on
Partly cloudy overnight with                                                                                                                                           Oct. 24. Among the songs he will per-
a low near 40.                                                                                                                                                         form is his 2006 hit, “Jiggle It”.
                                                                                                                                                                           Also appearing that evening are
SUNDAY -- Sunny with a                                                                                                                                                 Full Proof, Brian Mitchell and other
high near 63. Clear                                                                                                                                                    special guests. The show starts at 8
overnight with a low around                                                                                                                                            p.m.
46 degrees.                                                                                                                                                               Tickets are $7 and can be pur-
                                                                                                                                                                       chased in advance at Club Dix or
                                                                                                                                                                       Family Morale Welfare Recreation
MONDAY -- Mostly sunny                                                                                                                                                 headquarters, located at 6043 Dough-
with a high near 66 degrees.                                                                                                                                           boy Loop. Seating is limited.
Clouds roll in overnight                                                                                                                                                  Parental guidance is suggested as
with a low around 48.                                                                                                                                                  the music may contain adult lyrics.
                                                                                                                                                    Ryan Morton           Born in Atlantic City, Talik
TUESDAY -- Clear, cool                                                                                                                                                 Deshawn Baker, better known as
                                                                                                                                                                       Young Leek, turned to music after an
and sunny with a high near
59 degrees. Clear overnight
with a low around 40.

                                           Kids learn not to burn                                                                                                      injury made a career in professional
                                                                                                                                                                       football an unlikely dream.
                                                                                                                                                                            In 2005, the 14 year-old Leek
                                                                                                                                                                       decided to move to Baltimore to live
                                                                                                                                                                       with his father. With the support of
with a high around 56                     School Aged Services (SAS) program assistant April Gentry's third and forth grade class                                      his family, Little Leek decided to get
degrees and a overnight low               are all smiles after touring the Fort Dix "Fire Safety House" Oct. 9, as part of National                                    more serious about music.
of 40.                                    Fire Prevention Week. The “Fire Safety House” is a trailer brought in by the Fort Dix Fire                                      At 15, Leek turned his musical
                                          Department used to educate the kids on the dangers of fire and what to do if there is a fire                                 dream into a musical deal when he
                                          inside a building. Simulated smoke is pumped into the house to create the effect of a burn-                                  signed with Def Jam Records and
THURSDAY -- Partly                                                                                                                                                     released the hit ” Jiggle It.”
cloudy with a high of 57                  ing room, while firefighters stand by to teach the children measures to take for survival. In                                   For more information on the con-
degrees and a low of 40.                  addition to touring the safety house, the kids also performed a fire drill so they have a bet-                               cert, call 562-6772 or visit
                                          ter understanding of what to do should a fire arise in a building.                                                 
6      The Post
       October 17, 2008

Soldiers support World War II heroesipated in; the first being the    312 Mobilization and Training        photos at the Memorial.
 Staff Sgt. Joshua Romans           inaugural flight back in May.     Operations sergeant.                     Honor Flight, the nation-
    3-312 TSBn, 72nd Field             The Soldiers met the 72            During the ceremony,             wide non-profit organization
           Artillery                World War II veterans from        everyone in attendance formed        that sponsored the event was
                                    Ga., their volunteer guardians    two rows on either side of the       created in honor of our World
   Eight Soldiers from the 3-       and medical personnel at Rea-     walkway leading to the Memo-         War II veterans, whom have
312 Training Support Battal-        gan International Airport in      rial. All rendered honors            waited decades to be honored
ion, 72 Field Artillery Brigade     Washington D.C.                   amongst the silence when one         with a national memorial dedi-
participated in the World War            The Soldiers assisted the    of the veterans proudly carried      cated to their courage, honor
II Memorial Honor Flight from       Honor Flight group with the       a folded flag along the path,        and valor.
Fayetteville, Ga., Oct. 8.          de-planing process, aiding        coming to stop under the pillar          Due to advanced age and
   “Making the trip possible        those who required assistance     that was etched ‘GEORGIA’.           other difficulties, many World
for these brave heroes is an        and helped them onto the char-        Among the veterans on the        War II veterans have not yet
opportunity to give back to         ter buses. The Soldiers then      flight was Helen Denton who          had an opportunity to visit the
those who paid the price of         escorted the veterans down to     served as secretary to General       memorial in our nation’s capi-
freedom,” said Sgt. 1st Class       the World War II Memorial and     Dwight D. Eisenhower. Many           tal.
Marlena McCollum, 3-312             spent the day interacting and     of the Soldiers had the oppor-           Honor Flight flies the veter-
Mobilization and Training           exchanging stories.               tunity to meet and talk with her     ans, free of charge, from cities
Operations sergeant.                    “It was an honor to meet      as she recalled typing the plans     across the country, to visit the
   Participating in the trip gave   these brave men and woman at      for the liberation of Europe,        World War II Memorial in
the Soldiers a chance to honor      their memorial – helping them     better known as D-Day.               Washington, D.C. The next                                         Sgt. 1st Class Marlena McCullom
and thank the ‘Greatest Gener-      get around was returning the           Former Senator Bob Dole,        Honor Flight is taking place on
ation’ for their contributions      favor in a small sense – show-    chairman of the national WW          12 November and anyone
                                                                                                                                               MUTUAL PRIDE -- Master Sgt. Joseph Whisman,
and sacrifices for the freedoms     ing my gratitude for all their    II Memorial, was also in atten-      interested in participating         3-312 Training Support Battalion, wheels a World
we enjoy today. This was the        sacrifices and sharing in their   dance. Dole was very enthusi-        please contact Staff Sgt.           War II Veteran, to place the American flag at the
second Honor Flight that the        patriotism meant a great deal,”   astic to talk with the veterans      Joshua         Romans          at   foot of the 'Georgia' etched pillar of the National
soldiers from the 3-312 partic-     Staff Sgt. Cameron Eichen, 3-     and Soldiers, posing for group         World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., Oct 8.

Facing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
                                   ing. Simply put, PTSD is an ill-   tary men and women inter-            bers seeking treatment for          erans need to hear from mem-       helping reduce the shame and
Chap. (Capt.) Anthony Cook ness and like all illnesses it             viewed by the American Psy-          PTSD.                               bers of the Chain of Command,      stigma associated with PTSD.
       72nd FA BDE (TS)            needs effective treatment.         chiatric Association (APA)              The bill is called the Joshua    leadership within the Veteran          As part of the Fort Dix Min-
                                      Dr. Angie Panos, in her arti-   said that it was very or some-       Omvig Veteran Suicide Pre-          Administration and from their      istry Team, if you or someone
   I often wonder how many cle, Healing from Shame Asso-              what easy for them to seek out       vention Act, named for an           peers that seeking mental          you know may be suffering
Soldiers serving here at Fort ciated with Traumatic, writes;          mental health. However, 60           Army Reserve combat veteran         health services is important for   from PTSD, I encourage you to
Dix are suffering from Post “Shame is a deep, debilitating            percent still feared that doing      who committed suicide in            their health, their families and   please confide in someone you
Traumatic Stress Disorder emotion, with complex roots                 so could have negative conse-        2005 after returning from a         is no different than seeking       trust in your chain of command
(PTSD) and are too ashamed to and its cousins are guilt, humil-       quences on their careers. More       deployment to Iraq. The bill        treatment for a physical health    or a mental health provider,
seek help. Especially, since the iation, demoralization, degra-       than half reported they believe      intends to reduce the stigma        issue, such as chronic pain or a   and commit to getting treat-
vast majority of them are com- dation and remorse.” She goes          others would think less of them      that prevents many service          broken leg.                        ment. The passing of time is
bat veterans. Judging from the on to explain, “After experi-          if they sought out counseling,       members from seeking mental            President George W. Bush        not the cure.
number of right arm combat encing a traumatic event,                  and most surveyed said they          health help. The bill calls for a   signed HR327, the Joshua               The Bible in Psalm 71:1,
patches displayed on uniforms whether recent or in the distant        have rarely or never spoken          campaign to show there is           Omvig Suicide Prevention Act       The Psalmist declares “In you,
around Fort Dix, many Sol- past, shame can haunt victims              even to family and friends           nothing wrong with seeking          into law in November 2007.         O Lord I have taken refuge; Let
diers have served in recent in a powerful and often unrec-            about mental health issues.          assistance.                         This law was a major step in       me never be ashamed.”
combat.                            ognized     manner.     Shame          Dr. Aphrodite Matsakis, in          According to an article in
   What is PTSD one may impairs the healing and recov-                his book; Back from the Front,       the Army Times entitled, Bill
ask? PTSD can occur follow- ery process causing victims of            Combat, Trauma, Love, and            Aim to Remove from PTSD
ing a life-threatening event like trauma to become broken,            the Family, had this to say          Help, written by Rick Maye,
military combat, natural disas- unable to forgive themselves
ters, terrorist incidents, serious for being in the wrong place at
accidents, or violent personal the wrong time. Shame leaves
                                                                      about veterans’ shame. “Some
                                                                      veterans experience shame and
                                                                      self-hate on an unconscious
                                                                                                           February 2, 2007, Senator Tom
                                                                                                           Harkin, D-Iowa the Chief
                                                                                                           sponsor of the bill stated;
                                                                                                                                                 Bible Baptist
assaults like rape. People who victims with feelings of sad-          level. They may not even be          “Although our men and women
suffer from PTSD often experi- ness and pain at the core of           able to articulate any such feel-    may come home safely, the
ence nightmares, flashbacks, their being. They are unable to          ings. If asked if they have a self   war isn’t over for them.” Often
difficulty sleeping, and feeling feel the fullness of joy in their    image problem, they may say          the physical wounds of combat
emotionally numb. These lives.”                                       “no”. After all, shame, self         can haunt a person for a life-
symptoms can significantly            In a Times article dated        hate, and negative self image        time.”
impair a person’s daily life.      May 2008 entitled, Stigma          are not signs of soldering              He further expressed, “Vet-
   PTSD is marked by clear Keeps Troops from PTSD                     strength. He further states that
physical and psychological Help, Kathleen Kingsbury                   “veterans who are not able to
symptoms. Often Soldiers writes “more attention has                   acknowledge their shame or
show signs of depression, sub- been paid to the mental health         self hate and deal with it in an
stance abuse, problems con- of American troops in Iraq and            open, constructive manner may
cerning memory and cognition, Afghanistan than in any previ-          act out these feelings destruc-
and other physical and mental ous war; yet, shame remains a           tively.”
health issues. The disorder is significant barrier to military            The problem of shame and
also associated with difficulties personnel and their families        stigma attached to PTSD
in social or family life, includ- getting the psychiatric treat-      forced the United State Legis-
ing occupational instability, ment they need.” The article            lature to introduce and pass a
marital problems, family dis- further states that “nearly             bill which focuses on reducing
cord, and difficulties in parent- three-quarter of the 200 mili-      the stigmas of service mem-

                   Alina Lyons

                      3 Brothers
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Battalion honors Team Dix efforts

                                Members of Fort Dix were singled out for recognition by the 12 Psychological Battalion, 7 Psychological
                                Group, Moffett, Calif., for outstanding support during the unit’s deployment and validation process Oct.
                                14. Being recognized at the ceremony at the Command Conference Room, 5435 Alabama Avenue, were
                                members of the Directorate of Logistics, Thomas Gilchrist, Ronnie Walker, Gregory Johnson, David Mur-
                                rell, Alva Clavin, and Mark Smith, above - left. Also recognized were members of The Logistics Compa-
                                ny and ITT, a sub-contractor of TLC, above - right; back row, left to right, Marylyn Davis, Marcus Frais-
                                er, Keith Thompson, Susan clark, Derek Thomas, Chuck Hassel, and Sean Buchner. Front row, left to
                                right, Terri Greenwald, Yunsun Kim, Phyllis Soysal, Carmen Cuevas, Nicole Waters, Vernon McGrier,
                                Toni Souther, and Debra Lynn Presha. Included in the recognition ceremony were members of the Trans-
                                portation Division, Directorate of Logistics, at left; left to right, James Newell, Sheila Thompson, Patri-
                                cia Lynch, and James Doughty.

                                   PsyOp Battalion jumps off
                                                                                                                              MOVE ‘EM OUT -- Soldiers
                                                                                                                              representing 17 units of the
                                                                                                                              12 Psychological Operations
                                                                                                                              Battalion, 7 Psychological
                                                                                                                              Group, Moffett, Calif., gath-
                                                                                                                              ered on Sharp Field Oct. 15
         photos by Wayne Cook                                                                                                 to receive their Yellow Ban-
                                                                                                                              ners which will fly high over
                                                                                                                              Infantry Park while they are
Terrace Inn                                                                                                                   deployed. The commanders
                                                                                                                              and first sergeants, above,
                                                                                                                              pose by the Statue of the
                                                                                                                              Ultimate Weapon on Sharp
                                                                                                                              Field. Soldiers from Califor-
                                                                                                                              nia, Oregon and Washington
                                                                                                                              make up the 315 PsyOp Co.,
                                                                                                                              the 320 PsyOp Co., the 361
                                                                                                                              PsyOp Co., and 12 PsyOp
                                                                                                                              Bn. TAC.

                                Gaining understanding of
                                the clothing allowance rules
                                                                   allowance. Officers, however,    component officers ordered to      completion of 12 months of
                                        Steven Palmer              are only entitled to the         Active Duty in support of a        active duty (anniversary
                                            DMPO                   allowance once except as stat-   contingency operation may be       month) and/or the end of the
                                                                   ed below.                        entitled to an additional active   mobilization period.
                                     A clothing allowance is          Officers receive a onetime    duty uniform allowance of              This allowance is payable at
                                given to Soldiers to help pay      payment after commissioning      $200.00. To receive this addi-     one-half the annual rate or a
                                for a member’s uniform and         to buy clothing. They do not     tional allowance, the length of    partial amount, calculated at
                                other clothing costs. Both offi-   receive any allowances to        duty must be more than 90          one-twelfth of the annual rate,
                                cers and enlisted members of       maintain their uniforms, with    days. The additional uniform       for each month served accruing
                                the U.S. Armed Forces are          the exception that most          allowance is not payable if the    from the first day of the sev-
                                entitled to an initial clothing    Reserve and National Guard       officer received an initial uni-   enth month through the end of
                                                                                                    form allowance of more than        the mobilization period. The
                                                                                                    $400 during the current tour or    “basic” clothing replacement
                                                                                                    within 2 years before entering     allowance rate is payable to
                                                                                                    on this tour, or if he/she         Soldiers for the first 3 years of
                                                                                                    received another additional        continuous active duty service.

Armed Forces                                                                                        uniform allowance within 2
                                                                                                    years before entering on the
                                                                                                    current tour.
                                                                                                                                       The “standard” replacement
                                                                                                                                       allowance rate is payable after
                                                                                                                                       3 years of continuous active

                                  Phoenix                                                              Reserve and National Guard
                                                                                                    enlisted Soldiers ordered to
                                                                                                    active duty in support of a con-
                                                                                                    tingency operation are entitled
                                                                                                                                       duty service.
                                                                                                                                           Unit Commanders may
                                                                                                                                       request clothing allowance
                                                                                                                                       payment on behalf of their Sol-
                                                                                                    to a cash clothing replacement     diers by submitting: a memo-
                                                                                                    allowance after completion of      randum, an alpha roster with
                                                                                                    six months of active duty, and     names and social security
                                                                                                    are not assigned to a command      numbers, and a copy of active
                                                                                                    where clothing is replaced by      duty orders for every Soldier
                                                                                                    an In-Kind issue. The enlisted     listed on the roster.
                                                                                                    cash clothing replacement              Individual Soldiers must
                                                                                                    allowance is payable upon          submit a DA Form 2142, Pay
                                                                                                                                       Inquiry, requesting payment of
                                                                                                                                       clothing allowance in Section
                                                                                                                                       I, and a copy of their active

                                                                                                    Calvar                             duty orders to their unit admin-
                                                                                                                                             All clothing allowance
                                                                                                                                       requests must be submitted by
                                                                                                                                       the unit on a Unit Transmittal
                                                                                                                                       Letter or DA Form 200 to the
                                                                                                                                       Fort Dix Finance office located
                                                                                                                                       in building 5418. Current and
                                                                                                                                       previous year military pay
                                                                                                                                       rates can be found at:

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                         Announcements        Chapel Services                                  Arts & Crafts                                  ACS                    FMWR presents
          754-5139                                       562-2020                             Bldg. 6039 562-5691                           562-2767                     CLUB DIX - 723-3272
    McGuire Air Force Base                                                                                                         Bldg. 5201 Maryland Avenue
                                                 Sunday Services                                Registration Hours:                                               Club Dix Hours of Operation
Friday, Oct. 17 @ 7:30 p.m.                                                                 Tues. 9 a. m. to 4:45 p.m.;              Calendar of Events                    Java Café
                                          Combined Protestant/Gospel Serv-               Wed. & Thurs. Noon to 5 p.m. and              Thursday, Oct. 23
Babylon A.D.- Vin Diesel, Mélanie         ice will be held on Sunday, Sept. 14                  6 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.;                                              Mon. thru Frid., 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Thierry, Michelle Yeoh, Lambert Wil-      at Willow Pond Park, corner of 8th               Fri. 11 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and                 AFAP Conference
son, Mark Strong                          Street and Texas Avenue at 10 a.m.                  Sat. 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.                   8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.                Lunch Served
 - Hong Kong action icon Michelle         Following the combined service a                                                              Timmermann Center         Tues. thru Frid. 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Yeoh stars alongside American mus-        picnic will be held. All are invited           Autumn Handbag - Oct. 16, 23, 30                                           Saturday thru Monday Closed
cle Vin Diesel in this science fiction    and welcome to attend.                         - Class fee: $45.00                             Friday, Oct. 19
thriller concerning a nun who is                                                         If you've never made a handbag in                                                    Bar Hours
charged with the task of caring for a     Protestant..............9 a.m. to 10 a.m.      any of our classes, now is the time.              Day of Caring
                                          Cath. Mass.10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.                                                          11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.       Wednesday 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
young girl who may be the carrier of                                                     They’re classy, sassy and sophisti-
a deadly virus. Based on author           Gospel................11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.     cated. You choose the fabric and                       ACS                Thurs. thru Sat.. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Maurice Dantec's Babylon Babies,                                                                                                                                     Sunday thru Tuesday Closed
                                          Sunday School.10 a,m. to 11:15 a.m.
                                                                                         trims to suit your style. Or try some-         Saturday, Oct. 18
this tale of genetic manipulation                                                        thing new and bold! Pick up supply                                                Computer Lab
comes to the screen courtesy of di-       CCD...................9:15 a.m. to 10 a.m.     list when you register. All supplies           Sesame Street LIVE!
rector Mathieu Kassovitz.                                                                must be available for first class.                Pre-Show Party         Monday & Tues. 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
                                                 Chapel 5 - Bldg. 5950,                                                                  11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.     Wed. thru Friday 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
MPAA Rating: PG-13 - intense                        Church Street
sequences of violence and action,                                                        Introduction to World Crafts                      John Mann Park            Saturday Noon to 10 p.m.
                                               General Protestant Service                Ages 6 & up - Oct. 18 thru Nov. 8,                                           Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
language and some sexuality                            6:30 p.m.                                                                     Sesame Street LIVE! Show
Run time: 1 hr. 30 min.                                                                  Saturdays 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
                                                                                         (4-week course) $30 fee                           2 p.m. to 3 p.m.         Equipment Rental Center
                                           Camp Victory - Chaplain’s tent                                                                Timmermann Center
Saturday, Oct. 18 @ 3 p.m.                           Hour of Power                       Take a journey across the globe in 4
                                                                                         weeks during this exciting multicul-                                       Mon. thru Fri. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
No Matinee                                Protestant.................8a.m. to 9 a.m.
                                          Catholic................... 8 a,m, to 9 a.m.   tural crafts class. Learn how to create
                                                                                         Indonesian Batik, Egyptian Metal
                                                                                                                                       Youth Center                       John Mann Park
Saturday, Oct. 18 @ 7:30                  Mormon..................8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
                                                                                         Tooling, Japanese Calligraphy, and                 562-5061                     Open Columbus Day
p.m.                                      Jewish......................8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
                                                                                         African Printmaking.                                                           Oct. 13, 1p.m. to 6 p.m.
                                                                                                                                     Bldg. 1279 Locust Street
The House Bunny - Anna Faris,                   Religious Services
Colin Hanks, Emma Stone, Kat Den-                                                      Kids Pottery Course (Ages 6-9)               Hours of Operation:                 Fall hours of operation
                                                                                       Oct. 18, 25, Nov. 1 (3 weeks) $25 fee  Monday - Frid. 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
nings, Katharine McPhee                         Islamic Prayer room                                                              Saturday 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.              Sat. and Sun. 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
 - Sexpot Shelley Darlington (Anna                                                     Saturdays 10:30 a.m. to Noon
Faris) lives comfortably at the Play-            Open 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.              Classes cover both hand building and           Sunday CLOSED
boy Mansion, until a jealous rival               Monday through Friday                 wheel throwing techniques. Pre-reg-         Administrative Hours:           *Sesame Street Experience - USO
gets her tossed out on her tail. With                   Room 24                        istration required.                                                         Sesame Street Live at Timmer-
                                                                                                                             Tuesday - Friday, Noon to 6 p.m. mann Center - Oct. 18 -
nowhere else to go, she winds up at
Zeta Alpha Zeta sorority. The seven        Christian Men of the Chapel Tween Pottery Course (Ages 10-                             Weekly Schedule                  2 p.m. Admission free.
socially inept Zetas will lose their       Prayer Breakfast - Fourth Saturday 13) Oct. 18, 25, Nov. 1 $25 fee
                                              of each month, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.         Saturdays 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.                                            *Horseback Riding- D & D Sta-
house unless they can attract more                                                     Classes cover both hand building and          Monday - Friday
pledges; to do that, they need to learn                                                                                                                            bles- Buena, NJ $50- Oct. 18-
                                                                                       wheel throwing techniques. Pre-reg- Power Hour 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Bring the family out and join Out-
the ways of makeup and men from                  Gospel Youth & Teens                  istration required.
an expert.                                                                                                                     Computer Lab, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. door Recreation for a relaxing one-
MPAA Rating: PG-13 -sex-related                     Hallelujah Party                                                                                               hour trail ride in south Jersey on
humor, partial nudity, language              Tuesday, Oct. 28, 6:30 p.m. Sewing Boot Camp For Noon -
                                                                                       October 25, 9:15 a.m. to
                                                                                                                                     Tuesday, Oct. 21              over 100 acres of wooded trails and
Run Time: 1 hr. 48 min.                         Chapel Fellowship Hall.                                                                                            fields. Horses are available for
                                                                                       Class & material fee: $25.00 fee                  Journalism                beginner to advanced riders. Must
                                              All are invited to come and              Custom Pillowcase for Sweet
Future Features...                                 enjoy the festivities.                                                          3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.          be at least 10 years of age to ride.
                                                                                       Dreams Calling all youth ages 11-14,                                        For those under 10 pony rides are
Friday, Oct. 24 @ 7:30 p.m.                  Call Ray Perkins for details boys and girls. Learn to sew in our                      Wednesday, Oct. 22              available for $5. Don’t forget the
                                                        (609) 562-2551                 studio using state of the art sewing                                        camera and your lunch and wear
Righteous Kills                                                                        machines. This is a one day class to          Sports & Fitness -
MPAA Rating: R -Violence, perva-            “The Way to Maturity” introduce you to machine sewing. All                             3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.          comfortable clothes. Leave Outdoor
sive language, some sexuality and                                                                                                                                  Rec. at 9 a.m.
                                                         Wednesdays                    project supplies are included.                  Fashion Design
drug use                                                                                                                           3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.           Residential Refuse Collection
                                                      6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.           National Paint Your Own Pottery
Sat., Oct. 25 @ 7:30 p.m.                  Purpose: To grow closer to God and Day – Every masterpiece starts with                                                                Monday:
Tyler Perry’s The Family That                                                          one brushstroke. No experience nec-
                                                                                                                                   Thursday, Oct. 23
                                             to lay a biblical foundation in our                                                                                      McGuire AFB -3800s and 3900s
Preys                                          lives for continued growth and          essary! Enjoy a 20% discount off all Cosmetology 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
MPAA Rating: PG-13-thematic ma-                                                        ceramics purchased that day, and try                                                      Tuesday:
terial, sexual references and brief vi-   change. Spiritual growth is a lifelong some “Pottery Punch” and Bisque-                    Friday, Oct. 24                            All of Fort Dix
olence                                       process of growing closer to God.         Its. October 18, 10 a.m. to 4p.m.               Power Hour Store                         Thursday:
    Military Pets Have Op-                      Martial Arts                                                Gymnastics               2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  portunity to Fetch $1,500                       5-18 years              SKIES Unlimited                      Weekly                     Torch Club                            McGuire AFB
  AAFES Shopping Spree                            Fee is $57                       Ballet                   2-3 year olds            3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.                4000s; 4400s; and 4500s
    DALLAS – The Army & Air Force            Tuesday & Friday                    Fee is $45                30 min. classes
Exchange Service (AAFES) is giving            5 p.m. to 4 p.m.                  Wednesdays                 $40 per month              Teens & Hot Topics                        Thursdays:
military pet owners the opportunity to      at the Youth Center            3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.           4-6 year olds               5 p.m. to 7 p.m.                Recyclables are picked up
crow and bark about their four-legged                                         for 3-5 year olds            $45 per month
friends and what they mean to them.                                        4:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.          45 min. classes           Saturday, Oct. 25                   Monday and Tuesday:
                                              Piano Lessons                     for 4 and up
The “Patriot Family Pet Photo                      Fee $20                                                  At the Child             Fall Cooking/Baking                      Yard and Garden
                                                                         Child Development Center Development Center                                                  waste picked up both installations
Contest,” which runs through Dec.                  1/2 hour                                                                             4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
15, allows pet owners to submit a                                    AER offers college aid for dependent children
photo of themselves or family mem-
bers with their pet along with a 50-
                                              Army Emergency Relief (AER) offers financial aid for full-time post-secondary study              Griffith Field House
                                          for dependent children of Retired (as well as Active Duty) Soldiers. Scholarships are
word or less description of their
furry friend.
                                          awarded based on financial need, academic and leadership achievement. Awards range
                                          from $1000 to $5,200.
                                                                                                                                                  Bldg. 6053 562-4888
                                                                                                                                                  Saturday, October 25 -
    “When you’re responsible for
making sure BX/PX shelves across
                                              AER’s MG James Ursano Scholarship program is for full-time students at an under-
                                          graduate, technical or vocational institution accredited by the Department of Education.
                                                                                                                                                AFAA Kickboxing Certification
                                                                                                                                                     November 18 & 19
the globe have the treats and toys an-
imals need, you quickly realize that
pets are a big part of our extended Pa-
                                          Funds may be used for tuition, books, fees, supplies or school room and board. Students
                                          may reapply each year and maintain a grade point average of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale. A                  CrossFit Certification
                                          student applying for the 2009-2010 Academic Year (AY) must not be born before May 1,
triot Family,” said Chief Marketing       1987. The applicant must be an unmarried dependent child of an active duty or retired                       for more information
Officer Mat Dromey. “This unique          Soldier or a Soldier who died in either status. All Soldiers and students must be regis-
contest gives pet owners of all ages      tered in the Defense Eligibility Enrollment Reporting System (DEERS). You can verify
the chance to show others, both           the student’s DEERS status at 1-800-538-9552.
through photos and words, why their           Applications for the 2009-2010 AY scholarships will be available online from Nov. 1,
dog, turtle, cat or any other animal      2008 to Mar. 1, 2009 at Applications must be submitted by Mar.
that provides companionship is such       1, 2009. Other deadlines are in the instructions. Applications and supporting documenta-
a special part of their home.”
    The grand prize winner will get
their paws on a $1,500 AAFES shop-
ping spree. Additional prizes include
                                          tion are not accepted by FAX or e-mail. Letters mailed in June 2009 will notify on-time
                                          applicants about scholarship awards.
                                                           Education aid for Retired Soldiers’ spouses/surviving spouses
                                              AER’s Stateside Spouse Education Assistance Program is available to spouses and
                                                                                                                                               Hanover Den
a $1,000 shopping spree for first         surviving spouses of Retired Soldiers living in the U.S. All spouses must be registered in
place, two second place $500 awards       DEERS which can be verified at 1-800-538-9552. This program does not apply to sec-
and two third place $350 shopping         ond undergraduate or graduate degrees.
sprees. In addition to the monetary           Those who receive free tuition through their jobs may not receive AER tuition assis-
prizes, the winning photos will be        tance. They may apply for assistance for fees, supplies and books (no duplicates) for
featured in future AAFES advertise-       classes in which they’re enrolled as full-time students which aren’t covered by other
ments as well as on Exchange TV,          funding. Stateside financial assistance is awarded based on financial need as shown by
AAFES’ in-house television network.       income, assets, family size, special financial obligations and circumstances. Scholarships
    To participate in the Patriot Pet     are awarded annually for up to four academic years of full time undergraduate study.
Photo Contest, shoppers can send en-      Students must reapply each year. Funds may be used for classroom or online classes, tu-
tries to          ition, fees, supplies and books (no duplicates) and will be paid by AER to the college or
<>          university. Students must maintain a grade point average of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
with “Patriot Family Pet” in the sub-         Applications for the 2009-2010 AY will be available at from
ject line. Entrants must include their
name, address, phone number,              Nov. 1, 2008to Mar. 1, 2009 or by writing to: HQ Army Emergency Relief; Stateside
rank/occupation and pet’s informa-        Spouse Education Assistance Program; 200 Stovall St.; Alexandria, VA 22332-0600.
tion (name, breed or type of pet) in      Students can apply online and mail the supporting documents or print the instructions
the email. More contest details can be    and application. Material mailed to AER must meet the deadline on the instructions.
found at

 Apell and Det                                                               Armed Forces                                                        Anapa’s
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Working to achieve perfection

                                                                                                                                        Photos by Lisa Evans
Soldiers of the Arizona National Gaurd, 29th Brigade Support Battalion out of Phoeniz morning march down Maryland Ave. Oct. 3, passing the Public Affairs
Office and Dogwood Lake. PFC Donald Szulczewski prepares to qualify with a 9mm weapon on Range 28 during training on Fort Dix Oct. 8. , below left, and
qualifies on the 9mm far right a few minutes later. The 29th is preparing to train Iraqi personnel as corrections officers.

                                                   Spc. Brenda-Michael Lee sights and fires
                                                   during 9mm qualifications on Range 28
                                                   Oct. 8.

                                                       ROAD TO                Java haven comes to life at Shoppette
                                                       OIF/OEF                Sgt. 1st Class Claudy Leogene, Fort Dix Non-
                                                                              Commissioned Officer (NCO) Academy, gets a
                                                                              cup of coffee at the Fort Dix Shoppette's new

 Suzuki                                                                       coffee stand, Oct. 16. Below, Tom Kern, from
                                                                              Bunn-O-Matic Equipment Manufacturing,
                                                    Tri                       connected a part of the newly set up coffee
                                                                              stand Oct. 6, ensuring efficient self-service at
                                                                              the java haven.


                                                                                                                                      Photos by Ryan Morton

                                                                                           N.T. Baptist

            Central                                                                         Navy
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Reserve Soldiers training                                                                                    Army Community Service (ACS)
conducted by RTC-East                                                                                        Bldg. 5201, on the corner of 8th Street and Maryland Avenue
                                                                                                                              Hours of Operation:
                                                                                                             Monday through Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
          Lisa Evans
      Public Affairs Staff

    When the report card con-
sistently comes back loaded
with praises, there is good rea-
son to believe the praise is well
earned. Launched in March
2008, in just six months
Regional Training Command-
East (RTC-East) has exceeded
all expectations for training
Reserve Soldiers in warrior
    “Most of the people we
have trained have provided
very solid report cards on what
we do today. RTC is really pro-                                                           Lisa Evans
viding excellent training,” Col. WEAPONS MANAGEMENT -- Staff Sgt. David
Claude Schmid, RTC-East Hurd, RTC-East, trains Staff Sgt. Tabitha Williams
commander, said about the of the 607th MP Battalion on using a .50 caliber
trainers of the RTC-East.         machine gun from a moving humvee.
    “Everybody knows that
their lives depend on the skills ations and convoy training. years in the Army. They’re giv-
they learn,” Maj. Theresa During the 21-day intensive ing my Soldiers realistic train-
Bunn, public affairs officer training, RTC-East can also ing for the first time in my
RTC-East said. “The passion offer specific individual mis- career. The trainers have the
that the instructor puts into it, sion task training. Post-mobi- experience and can walk the
imparting that they are going to lization training then empha- walk and talk the talk.”
battle, ninety percent of the sizes collective training.                RTC-East meets the need
time they’ve been there and           “We were poorly trained with a staff of 176, two-thirds
know what the Soldiers are and weren’t very well versed in of whom are involved with
getting into. It isn’t a game optics and equipment because training.
they are teaching and they are nobody knew how to train us              The key to their success,
able to let the Soldiers know on it when I went to Iraq the Bunn said, is that the trainers
that. We encourage                                                            actively involve the
very high quality                                                                 Soldiers in their
training, training
                           “We take it personal because these                     training making it
with       passion,” guys are going to Iraq. All of us have been in more exciting for
Bunn said.            combat and know what they’re going to face.” them to learn the
    The RTC con-                                      -Sgt. Ramon Tejeda. skills they need.
cept is an idea of                                                                   “We take it per-
the Chief of the Army                                                           sonal because these
Reserve in line with congres-     first time. I would hate for guys are going to Iraq. All of
sional mandates reducing someone to be killed because us have been in combat and
deployment for Reserve and they were poorly trained,” said know what they’re going to
National Guard Soldiers to 365 trainer Staff Sgt. Eric McGar- face,” said trainer Sgt. Ramon
days active duty.                 rah.                              Tejeda.
    Schimid explained that with       Trainer Sgt. 1st Class            Ninety-five percent of the
active duty reduced, the normal Michael DiPetta said the excel- RTC-East trainers have been in
training of up of six months lent training they received at battle and know the reality of
meant less time boots on the Camp Bullis, Tex., taught all of what they teach. Schmid said
ground. Regional Training the trainers with RTC-East to that RTC-East uses drill ser-
Centers were created to give recognize and encourage the geants who are historically the
warriors 21 days of pre-mobi- personal skills everybody has, premier instrument for training
lization intensive Army War- both for the trainers and those Army tasks. As teachers and
rior Training enabling Soldiers whom they are training.             trainers for the Army, drill ser-
to be quicker off the ground          All of the trainers agreed geants have been the backbone
and longer in battle.             that it isn’t the same as it once of the Army, Schmid said,
    This training adds 20 days was in the Army.                     adding they have the experi-
to the time a Soldier can spend       This is personal to them, ence in training skills needed
in country. Making the best use military courtesies are impor- for the battlefield and for unit
of the pre-mobilization train- tant.                                cohesiveness.
ing, Soldiers receive three           “Because they are going to        “It’s the one-on-one time
weeks of strong individual war, we respect them. That’s that we spend with the Soldiers
training concentrating on train- the whole RTC-East.” McGar- as they go through the training,
ing such as land navigation, rah said. One commander, Lt. with no screaming or yelling.
marksmanship, Army Warrior Col. Ken King of the 338th Soldiers are treated as adults,
Training skills, live-fire exer- Military Police Bn, recently treated as NCOs.
cises, military operations on said, “RTC-East is by far the             People really like that,” said
urbanized terrain, search oper- best trainers I’ve seen in 25 trainer Sgt.1st Class Michael
                                                                        With the reality of a long
                                                                    war and reduced deployment
                                                                    requirements, Soldiers are
                                                                    finding that they are going to
                                                                    battle with Soldiers from other
                                                                    units, other states, and other
                                                                    military specializations.
                                                                        Schmid said they have not
                                                                    trained together and don’t
                                                                    know each other well.
                                                                        The RTC-East puts Soldiers
                                                                    into an environment, Schmid
                                                                    said, that creates challenges
                                                                    and diversity that helps them
                                                                    come together more enthusias-
                                                                        “The challenge is to create
                                                                    cohesive teams. The reality is
                                                                    units haven’t spent time
                                                                    together. When they get here
                                                                    they have to get to know one
                                                                    another,” Schmid said.
                                                                        “They learn to focus as a
                                                                    team. They come with no cohe-
                                                                        All of a sudden they are
                                                                    established in a squad and
                                                                    become a tightly motivated,
                                                        Lisa Evans highly specialized group ready
MAINTAINING CONTROL -- Above, trainer Sgt. to take over; they are pumped
1st Class Dan Maher, shows Soldiers of the 7th up and motivated,” Bunn
Legal Support Operations, how to arrest and main- explained.
tain control of an insurgent, telling the lawyers why translates bottom line of that
                                                                                to – it saves lives,”
they should never trust someone until they are com- Lt. Col. Don Easter, deputy
pletely subdued and searched.                                       commander, RTC-East said.

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Soldier Olympians visit White House dent to attend Olympic Games        More than 100,000 athletes
          Tim Hipps                 outside of the United States        from around the world compet-
    FMWRC Public Affairs            while serving as commander in       ed in more than 300 events in
                                    chief. His father, the 41st pres-   which 87 countries won
   WASHINGTON – Ten Sol-            ident, also made history by         medals.
diers from the U.S. Army            occupying the chair of chef de          Along the way, 43 world
World Class Athlete Program         mission of the U.S. Olympic         records were broken as an esti-
and U.S. Army Marksmanship          Team, marking the first time        mated 4.7 billion television
Unit visited the White House        the U.S. Olympic Committee          viewers watched from around
on Oct. 7.                          has had an honorary chief of        the globe.
   They were among more             the mission.                            “I know the entire Olympic
than 500 members of the 2008            “Attending the Beijing          teams worked hard to get to
U.S. Olympic and Paralympic         Olympics was one of the great-      this moment,” Bush said.
Teams who thanked President         est experiences of our life-        “Whether you won a medal or
Bush and first lady Laura for       time,” Bush said. “Laura and I      not really doesn’t matter in the
their support of the Olympic        had a fantastic experience. We      long run. What really matters is
movement throughout the Bei-        will never forget the first night   the honor you brought to your
jing Games                          at the Bird’s Nest for the spec-    sports, and to your families,
   The president, in turn,          tacular Opening Ceremony.           and to your country.
thanked the athletes for their      When the Team USA was                   “We thank you for your                                                                                                       Tim Hipps
inspirational performances.         announced, there was a notable      lasting memories that you gave       GO TEAM -- U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program Olympians Staff Sgt.
   “This is a special day for the   increase in the cheers.             us all.”
White House,” Bush said.                “And then came the greatest         Bush elaborated on some of
                                                                                                             Dremiel Byers, Staff Sgt. Elizabeth “Libby” Callahan, Staff Sgt. Keith Sander-
“Laura and I are proud to wel-      sight of all when more than         the memories he will cherish         son and Maj. Dave Johnson pose outside the White House before a group of
come the greatest Olympic and       500 of America’s finest ath-        forever, such as “watching           2008 U.S. Olympians and Paralympians visit President Bush on Oct. 7.
Paralympic team ever assem-         letes (were) marching behind        Jason Lezak touch out in the             That line elicited a boister-   gold medals in double trap and     score of 583 before finishing
bled. And I bring greetings         our flag. It was an incredible      4x100 [swimming] relay.”             ous round of laughter that          skeet shotgun shooting.            fifth in the 25-meter rapid-fire
from the honorary captain of        sight. I know it was a moment           “Then watching the joy of        echoed onto the Washington             With members of the Presi-      pistol event in Beijing. “But it
the Olympic teams, [former]         that all of our athletes looked     his teammates, including             Monument grounds and drew a         dent’s Council on Physical Fit-    was cool to see the president
President George H.W. Bush.         forward to, and it’s a moment       Michael Phelps,” Bush said.          big smile from Phelps, who          ness and Sports on the south       talk. It’s kind of surreal. ‘Hey,
We call him 41.”                    that we are so honored to share     “People say, ‘Did you ever get       stood behind Bush during the        lawn, Bush urged people to         that’s the guy on TV, but he’s
   The Bushes were among            with you.”                          to meet Michael Phelps?’ I say,      ceremony.                           make exercise a part of their      right here in front of me.’”
more than 80 world dignitaries          Team USA won 110                ‘I did.’ ‘Was that a highlight?’ I       “I’m particularly pleased to    daily regimen.                         Heavyweight         wrestler
who attended the Opening Cer-       medals, more than any nation        say, ‘No, really, meeting his        be here with those who have            “There’s no better time to      Byers was more touched by the
emony in Beijing. George W.         during the Beijing Games, the       mother was more of a high-           worn the uniform of our coun-       remind our fellow citizens that    ceremony.
Bush was the first U.S. presi-      largest in Olympic history.         light.’”                             try,” Bush said. “On the Amer-      physical fitness will lead to a        “I was honored to be here,”
                                                                                                             ican team were 16 men and           healthy America,” he said.         Byers said. “I can’t wait till I
                                                                                                             women who served the nation         “Look what’s happening to the      come back the next time. Only
                                                             Flag football                                   in uniform, one of whom was
                                                                                                             Army Lieutenant Melissa
                                                                                                             Stockwell. She lost her leg
                                                                                                                                                 people surrounding me. So we
                                                                                                                                                 urge our fellow citizens to take
                                                                                                                                                 time out of your day to exer-
                                                                                                                                                                                    difference is next time I’m
                                                                                                                                                                                    coming back with a medal
                                                                                                                                                                                    around my neck.”
                                                             starts at Dix                                   while serving our country in
                                                                                                             Iraq. After four years of hard
                                                                                                                                                 cise. Not every one of you has
                                                                                                                                                 to ride a mountain bike, but if
                                                                                                                                                                                        Byers and Sanderson also
                                                                                                                                                                                    took a tour of the White House.
                                                                                                                                                                                        “It was a quick tour, but it
                                                                                                             work and significant rehabilita-    you walk just 20 minutes a day,
                                                               Sgt. 1st Class Frederick Wil-                 tion, she qualified as a [Para-     you’ll help America and help       was an honor to be there,”
                                                               son looks for a receiver                      lympic] swimmer and her             yourself.”                         Byers said. “It’s not something
                                                               downfield as he tries to get                  teammates elected her as the           Bush said the Olympians         I’ve ever done. And to get to be
                                                                                                             flag bearer for the closing cer-    made an indelible mark on          around other athletes while
                                                               the Sappers on the score-                     emony.”                             both him and his wife.             we’re doing it made it feel like
                                                               board. The Sappers were vic-                      The U.S. Army World Class          “Long after we leave the        we belonged there.”
                                                               torious in their first game                   Athlete Program was repre-          White House, Laura and I will          Byers wished more of his
                                                               this season, then lost a close                sented by Team USA rifle            remember the extraordinary         fellow Soldiers could cherish
                                                               game against MRB to sit                       coach Maj. Dave Johnson,            spirit and kindness of the ath-    the experience.
                                                               with a 1-1 record. Look in                    Greco-Roman wrestler Staff          letes that we have met here at         “We’re Soldiers first and we
                                                               next week’s Post for the latest               Sgt. Dremiel Byers, rifle           the White House and in Bei-        know that. We live that. And
                                                                                                             marksman Maj. Michael Anti          jing,” he said.                    we keep that in mind,” Byers
                                                               flag football standings.                      and pistol shooter Staff Sgt.          The Olympians thanked           said. “That’s why you put your
                                                                                                             Keith Sanderson. Five other         President and Mrs. Bush by         little personal feelings aside. I
                                                               standings as of 10-15                         Soldiers hailed from the U.S.       making them honorary mem-          didn’t achieve the medal I
                                                           MRB                   3-0                         Army Marksmanship Unit at           bers of Team USA and present-      wanted, but still, somebody is
                                                           Warriors              1-0                         Fort Benning, Ga.: Sgts. 1st        ing them with official team        over there doing my job for me
                                                           Wildcats              2-1                         Class Jason Parker and Daryl        jackets, a framed photograph       right now.
                                                           Sappers               1-1                         Szarenski, and Spcs. Jeff Hol-      of the Opening Ceremony and            “I carry that with me and I
                                                                                                             guin, Walton Glenn Eller III        an American flag that flew in      appreciate it. And being around
                                                           Renegades             1-2                         and Vincent Hancock, along          China throughout both Games.       these Paralympic athletes is
                                                           RTC-Funtime           0-2                         with Army Reserve Staff Sgt.           “I’m not easily excited,”       humbling. Some of them were
                                                 Ed Mingin Griffons              0-2                         Elizabeth “Libby” Callahan.         said Sanderson, who posted an      prior service and they lost a
                                                                                                                 Eller and Hancock won           Olympic record qualification       limb at war.”

12 The Post17, 2008

Exhibit by Dixan dazzles local art community
            Steve Snyder
        Public Affairs Staff
    Many philosophers would
argue against Keats’ proposi-
tion that “Beauty is truth, truth
beauty...” They might instead
surmise that beauty is merely
one manifestation of an under-
lying reality, a glimpse into
what religious existentialist
Gabriel Marcel once described
as the “mystery of being.”
    Billie Fontanez is into all
kinds of mysteries regarding                                                                                                                 EXHIBITIONIST -- Billie
life and what it means. She
explores them in her art,
                                                                                                                                             Fontanez, military personnel
expending creativity in an avo-                                                                                                              assistant at the Joint Readi-
cation that dwarfs other con-                                                                                                                ness Center (JRC) on Fort
cerns.                               THE TOUCH -- Billy                                                                                      Dix, mingles with fans and
    A military personnel assis-      Fontanez demonstrates                                                                                   well-wishers at a reception
tant at the Joint Readiness                                                                                                                  honoring her work at the
Center (JRC) on Baltimore            the touch that has made
                                     her a force to reckoned                                                                                 Arts and Crafts Center on
Avenue, Fontanez is also an
accomplished artist who’s            with in art circles.                                                                                    Oct. 2. The Spanish-Ameri-
plied her trade now for many                                                                                                                 can Christian artist is a mil-
years in many climes. Her lat-                                                                                                               itary brat who’s lived on
est foray into the world of art is                                         oil on canvas, “Glory To The Father” by Billy Fontanez            Fort Dix and currently
an exhibit still on display at the                                                                                                           resides in Browns Mills.
Arts and Crafts Center on
Philadelphia Avenue.
    The exhibit is called
“Dreams...” and it is a gem.
    “I stand in awe of this
world, I can only hope to cap-
ture the essence of it,” she says.
    “Dreams...” features origi-
nal oils by Billie, who’s dedi-
cated the collection to celebrat-
ing Spanish heritage. But art is
universal, of course, and
Fontanez’s paintings appeal to
a broad spectrum of tastes
across any artistic spectrum.                                         oil on canvas, “Deserted” by Billie Fontanez
    Born in Chautereoux,              “My inspirations come
France, in 1961, Billy was a           from quiet meditation
military brat with both parents       and focus on God; the
natives of Puerto Rico who            Holy Spirit is my guide
served in the Army. She was          in all that I paint,” notes                                                       FINE POINTS -- Billy explains some of the fine
raised all over the place, living       the Christian artist.                                                          points behind her oil on canvas painting, “Bounty.”
on Fort Dix on two different
occasions - in the late 1960s
and early 70s - on Fort Dix.
    Fontanez is a proud gradu-
ate of Pemberton High School,
class of 1980, and currently
lives in Browns Mills. She
returned to this area in 2000,
recuperating from open heart
surgery at the time.
    Billy spent formative years
in her art training at Columbia
College in South Carolina                                              oil on canvas, “Rejoice” by Billie Fontanez
where her works were collect-
ed by a Southerner and other
    One       critic’s    critique
observed that she had “A raw          “I paint what I see, I
talent, at times traditional,        believe and trust what I                                                          LANDSCAPES AND NATURALISM -- Fontanez
with a European in-depth                      paint.”                                                                  looks over her oil on canvas tribute to the Last
vision       and       naturalist”                                                                                     Supper, “You and I Lord.” Essentially self-taught,
expression.                                                                                                            Billy’s early works were collected by a Southern
    Fontanez describes her                                                                                             art enthusiast while she attended Columbia
work in the last few years as                                                                                          College in South Carolina.
taking off, becoming more
“expressive in color (while)
grasping the moment” whether
“easy or emotional,” reactions
hopefully capturing “the raw-
ness and passion(s) of sub-
    Billie tries to “trust herself
in what she sees,” placing paint
on canvas to create places
dwelling and defined within
her imagination, searching for
faith that yields a defining
    Intuitively varying light-to-
heavy painting lines, Billie         “Throughout the days, I
brings the subject close,            contemplate the simplic-
attempting to impose upon the           ity of yesterday, the
viewer a sense of “reality and       future and what visions
emotion, as impression, real-          I will capture. Colors                                                          RAW TALENT -- Fort Dix’s gift to the art world has
ism or thought.”                      and hues move the cre-                                                           been viewed as “a raw talent with a European in-
    Accompanying            photo-
graphs of her works on this             ativeness within...”          oil on canvas, “Suspense” by Billie Fontanez     depth vision and naturalist.”
page demonstrate the scope of
these artistic ambitions.
    Painting hasn’t always paid
the bills and Fontanez never
hesitated to make a buck where
coins flowed. She’s been
involved in films as distin-
guished as Last Dance, Ren-
aissance Man, and Crimoline
Head, along with completing
various        public      service
announcements and regional
commercials while down
South and knocked off a
degree in Criminal Justice at
the Burlington County College
in Pemberton.
    Billie’s “Closing Exhibit
Reception” (with refresh-
ments) will be held at the Arts
and Crafts Center on Oct. 30
from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
   photos by Steve Snyder                    oil on canvas, “Cold Winter” by Billy Fontanez               oil on canvas, “Summer Days And Lemons” by Billie Fontanez

  oil on canvas, “Dad And Me” by Billie Fontanez                   oil on canvas, “Jibaroy y Esposa” by Billie Fontanez oil on canvas, “Colorado Pass” by Billie Fontanez

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