Combatants sought for tabletop wars ... page 5 Vol. 84, No. 4 Published for the Fort Dix Community since 1942 January 30, 2009 NEWSNOTES Town Hall Meeting Dix Intranet shuts down on calender Feb. 5 The next Town Hall Meeting is Team Dix Knowledge scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 5, at 2 p.m. in Timmermann Center, Bldg. 5441. Online Portal replaces Topics to be presented include Joint Base Update; Management of Change in the Work Environ- static technology site “It’s a web server used for collab- ment; Suicide Prevention; Fort oration and document management,” Dix Suspected Terrorist Activity Ed Mingin said Arlene Clayton, DOIM Knowl- Reporting (STAR) Program; Pre- Public Affairs Staff edge Management, who is leading the vention of Sexual Harassment; changeover to the portal. “It allows Construction/Housing Update; Taxes aren’t the only deadline Fort for information sharing and document Morale, Welfare, Recreation Dix employees will be facing this management. It’s a new technology. (MWR) Events; and Winter Driv- April. It’s Microsoft SharePoint 2007.” ing Safety. Employees may ask Anyone still using the TeamDix SharePoint is similar in layout to questions at the meeting. Intranet will no longer be able to store other programs tied to Microsoft Of- information there, and the Directorate fice, so the thinking is that it won’t be ID Card facility offers of Information Management (DOIM) difficult for users to learn. has mandated an “With Share- take a few days. Now, they will be The portal will also give users the Saturday hours April 15 deadline Point being a Mi- ability to share personal and profes- The Portal provides group able to update their information them- to transfer infor- calendars, document libraries, crosoft product, selves. It will make it a lot quicker,” sional information with My Site. The ID Card facility located at mation from the and allows online discussions. the learning curve 5418 S. Scott Plaza will be open said Zullo. It’s reminiscent of other network- old TeamDix site Saturday, Feb. 7 from 8 a.m. to 4 to the new Users are able to share docu- is very Microsoft tied to small. It’s “It’s a centralized workspace where ing sites on the web, but the informa- they can come to do their work. tion is secure and only accessible to p.m. For more information call TeamDix Knowl- ments, collaborate on projects Office. Most Whomever we give permission to can TeamDix Knowledge Online Portal 562-3373 or 562-6143. edge Online Por- and store their work securely at a everyone is famil- update it. Each directorate gets its own members. tal. central location. iar with Office, so workspace that its personnel can up- “It’s kind of like MySpace,” said Vacancies available at “The deadline it’s fairly easy,” date. It will allow the directorates Clayton. School Aged Services is April 15, tax day. TeamDix will be said Clayton. more control over their information,” With the tools available in Share- gone after that,” said Bill Zullo, Fort The portal will give users more said Clayton. Point, sharing and maintaining infor- Vacancies are available for Dix network administrator. control over the information they pro- Directorates will be able to give mation has never been easier – as long children in grades one through The TeamDix Knowledge Online vide to TeamDix. With the old permissions to others to view, share, as it gets to the right location, which six at School Aged Services. Portal, usually referred to simply as TeamDix site, the information had to and contribute information. The infor- is now the TeamDix Knowledge On- Transportation is available to “the portal,” is a browser-based col- be provided to DOIM for the site to mation may be available to only a few, line Portal. and from schools in the Pember- laboration and document-manage- be updated. Now, users can make the or to everyone, whatever is deemed Anyone with information still at ton School District and North ment platform. changes themselves. appropriate for the content being of- the old TeamDix site has until mid- Hanover School District. Call It provides group calendars, docu- “The TeamDix site was static and fered. April to get it transferred to the portal. Central Enrollment Registry at ment libraries, and allows online dis- flat. The portal will be real-time edit- “It allows us to be more secure. “If you still have data on TeamDix 562-4702/5231 for more infor- cussions. Users are able to share ing. We’ll give certain people author- Whatever you can do in your area is that needs to be transferred to the por- mation and to register. documents, collaborate on projects ity to update information. Before, set up by your administrator. They tal, contact me,” said Zullo. and store their work securely at a cen- they’d have to contact me if they control what you can or can’t do, and For help with the new portal, call tral location. wanted to make a change. That could who has access,” said Zullo. 562-5085 or 562-3031. SNOW JOB -- A plow and sand team from IAP World Services clears First Street after the Jan. 28 storm that left a coat- ing of snow and ice on streets in the area and delayed the opening of business hours on post. The teams plow streets and parking lots based on a detailed plan created to ensure that the most fre- quently used areas are cleared first and second- ary areas as time and resources permit. Below, the Snow Team assembles Ryan Morton with its gear. Snow Team ready for winter’s worst and sand spreaders, the team is ready closure or a delayed opening on the right outside the gates. They also a maximum of 16 hours. If more Ryan Morton to handle all adverse winter weather post since IAP took over,” said IAP cover the training areas on Range time is needed to clear roads and Public Affairs Staff conditions and keep the post function- World Services Road and Grounds Road. parking lots, the other team is called ing and operational. Supervisor, Ed Allen. “It’s quite an event in terms of the in to relieve the other workers. When winter storms snarl traffic The contractorIAP World Services When there is an anticipated win- preparations and work throughout a “Safety is our primary number on Fort Dix, the IAP World Services took over the snow removal services ter storm that’s about to hit the instal- storm. There’s a lot that it entails,” one priority and our record is impec- Snow Team is on call and ready to on the installation as part of the Di- lation, the team gets ready and utilizes said Allen. cable,” said Allen. attack. rectorate of Public Works five years their equipment so that when in- The team has 50 members and it’s The team keeps running until all They are armed for the job. With ago. clement weather hits there’s no hesi- divided into two teams of 25. Each roads and parking lots are cleared, 36 pieces of equipment ranging from “My crew is outstanding. They’re tation. They’re ready to roll and cover team rotates coverage with each storm sanded, and salted and thus, the in- snow plows of different sizes to salt reliable and we’ve never had a base the whole Fort Dix area and the roads and each employee is allowed to work stallation continues to function like www.dix.army.mil America’s busiest mobilization site 2 The Post January 30, 2009 the healing arts Army nurses have served at Dix since 1918 “It was so good to be a factor, to share in the rehabilitation of men of America!” The following article enti- tled “Tales of Camp Dix” was written by K.Z. Schell in “The Annual,” a yearbook pub- lished by the Army School of Nursing in 1921. Camp Dix received its first class of 60 students in August. They came not a day too soon. After those fateful drives of July and August the hospital of 2,000 beds received the inrush of American wounded, and on their arrival they were greeted by Blue-birds eager to help care for them. Sixty strong was a brave beginning! Their number had dwindled photo from The Annual,” yearbook published by Army School of to 35 when they were joined in Nursing, 1921 January, 1919, by the second STUDYING ANATOMY -- A nurse in training stud- unit. The girls of the latter group ies the human form at Fort Dix. had begun to fear that their ters in a khaki car labeled “For larger ethical background chosen career of Army nurse in official use only.” which is so necessary for stu- the great war [World War I] Then came glorious months dents beginning training to was closed to them. filled with real constructive have. Her work was carried on Fate, however, at last work and daily inspiration. It by Miss Wray. photo courtesy of Dan Zimmerman, Ph.D., Fort Dix museum proved kind , and after four was so good to be a factor, to Someone has said, “Few months of anxious waiting they share in the rehabilitation of people fail to live up to the SURGERY -- Doctors perform surgery at the Fort Dix Hospital sometime dur- received official orders to the men of America! standards set by appreciation ing the early 1920s. report to Dix. Never one hint of discour- and praise.” more than earned the title of sations scintillating from one seniors of Dix were ready to Sixteen responded with agement crept in to mar that We of Dix feel that the glo- our “Dix Mother.” end of the dorm to the other, welcome them as they had feminine pep and enthusiasm. time. rious ideals given us by Miss Living in an Army dormito- included everything from done nearly two years before. Those days in camp were Even though Miss Milne’s Wray were unequaled. ry may not be conducive to Mac’s dreams to a recitation of Civilian hospitals with their days apart. We loved it from leave from the Presbyterian She not only was to us a peace and harmony, but it is the bones of our anatomy. interests and trials lay behind. the first thrill of our cordial Hospital in Philadelphia was model of professional perfec- conductive to the formation of These were discussed amid It was wonderful to get back welcome at the station by Miss for only six months, she stayed tion, but so combined grace friendships of the sort that have frantic marathons to the mess to the Army, wonderful to get Milne, the head of our unit, fol- with us long enough to estab- and understanding with real knit us together for always. hall. back to our boys, and most lowed by our first awe-inspir- lish a very sound foundation in unselfishness and genuine The remarks and snappy repar- When our second section wonderful of all to spend the ing drive to the Students’ Quar- our class work, and also in the interest in each student that she tee of those early A.M. conver- arrived at the Walter Reed the last few months together. photo courtesy of Dan Zim- merman, Fort Dix Museum EPIDEMIC -- Nurses were battling an epidem- ic of influenza at Dix photo by Lionel Green/Hulton Archive/Getty Images which cost many lives DEFENDING AGAINST GAS -- A group of American nurses and two Sol- when this photo was diers wear gas masks in a trench, during gas instruction at the Fort Dix Army taken on March 7, 1918. Training Center, circa 1945. U.S. Army Recruiting Poster, WWII MacDonald bequeathed building, legacy to Fort Dix Florence MacDonald served again, this time to Corregidor. office and her home were in her country for more than 30 The journey marked the begin- Building 5418. years, on three continents and ning of life underground in the Life seemed almost normal through two world wars. Malinta Tunnel, life lived to for MacDonald at Fort Dix, but She believed in duty. the accompaniment of all but her past caught up with her. As a nursing school gradu- incessant shelling by the On the recommendation of ate in Brockton, Mass., she enemy for four long months. Lt. Gen. Wainwright, she was answered the call for volun- A complete hospital was cited for bravery under fire for teers for the Army Nurse Corps set up in the tunnel, with dou- her service in the Philippines, in 1918. Her first assignment ble and triple bunks for 1,000 an honor she shared with her was to Fort Banks, Texas, wounded. Despite the inhuman fellow nurses. where impatience to help out in conditions, the medical staff The citation reads, in part: the “real war” soon gave way provided uncompromising care “We are here to do you hom- to long hours in the station hos- for the Soldiers. Many of the age, but you are greatly to be pital, caring for injured from injuries were horrifying, with envied because you and your both the battlefield and the men all but torn apart from absent colleagues, whether you training grounds. shrapnel from the incessant are aware of it or not, have In 1919, MacDonald was bombing and shelling. The passed into one of the tradi- sent to join the Army of Occu- file photo wounded could only be tions of American history. We pation in Germany, where she Florence Macdonald brought in under cover of dark- have had as a part of those tra- learned the skills of medical Lt. Col. ness, and Soldiers injured dur- ditions the Minute Men of Lex- U.S. Army Nurse Corps Life care in the aftermath of war. As ing the days were forced to suf- ington, the defenders of the the conflict ended and Soldiers Heroine of Corregidor fer through hours of sunlight MALLINTA TUNNEL FALLS -- Guarded by their Alamo - heroes of defenses and nurses alike returned to Veteran of two world wars before they could be cared for. Japanese captors, Allied forces emerge from the conducted long ago. “We now civilian life, MacDonald chose Fort Dix Station Hospital The tunnel was deep and Malinta Tunnel on May 6, 1942 with a white flag. have the nurses of Bataan.” to remain in the Army. Chief Nurse 1942-44 heavily fortified, but nothing Lt. Florence MacDonald spent many months in MacDonald was also pro- Her skills won her a covet- hum of the military’s growing could have withstood the the tunnel, treating wounded American GIs moted to the rank of Captain at ed assignment to Walter effort to incessant readiness, continuous pounding from before she was evacuated. She went on to become this time. She was further Reed Hospital, where she she was a calm, competent fig- enemy planes and artillery. honored by selection as the served as a nurse-anesthetist ure quickly tagged “Grandma” Lt. Gen. Jonathon Wain- Chief Nurse at Fort Dix, MacDonald Hall is 1942 Woman of the Year by for nine years. From the serene by young Soldiers and pilots. wright, faced with an increas- named for her. the Women’s International world of beautiful Washington, The test of all the senior ingly desperate battle for sur- nurses. Their plane was unac- The Catalina then lost an Exposition, an award presented D.C., MacDonald’s life took a nurse had learned and become vival, finally ordered evacua- countably slow and sluggish, engine, and the pilot barely by Mrs. Wendell Wilkie in cer- sharp turn in 1927 - assign- in more than 20 years in the tion of the nurses on April 29. and took several attempts and a eluded searchlights from the emonies at Madison Square ment to China. There, she Army Nurse Corps began to Nineteen were spirited off fast jettison of all personal enemy port of Koepang. Garden. Her response to the learned firsthand the lessons of unfold Dec. 8, 1941, when “The Rock” in two Navy belongings before becoming Finally, almost 12 hours awards, praise and promotion? providing high-quality medical Japanese planes swarmed over Catalinas, in a dash for free- airborne. The second Catalina after their stealthy departure “We did our duty as well as care in a place and time fraught the Philippines, bombing and dom made possible by a lull in fared even worse, striking a from Mindanao, the pilot land- we could - but you should have with danger and difficulty. strafing. the bombardment while Japan- submerged branch and rapidly ed his crippled craft safely in seen those boys!” Though her next assignment As the air assaults contin- ese troops celebrated their filling with water. The passen- Darwin. After a short stint for MacDonald retired from the carried her back to the relative ued and the United States emperor’s birthday. The two gers were forced to abandon rest and recovery, MacDonald Army in 1946, after more than calm of a stateside assignment scrambled to war with Japan, planes landed on a lake in Min- the craft, and take their boarded an armed merchant 28 years of service, holding the - this one in El Paso, Texas - the casualties poured in, danao, and were quickly hid- chances in the hills with the ship for the trip to San Francis- rank of Lieutenant Colonel. the lessons of her stint in China often more than 100 patients den from the “Photo Jos” or small band of Soldiers and co. She continued her nursing would serve her well as the for each nurse. Japanese spy planes. When Moros in the area. Once back in the states, career in Mount Vernon, N.Y. United States edged ever near- On Dec. 24, the entire hos- darkness fell, the planes were Even after taking off, Mac- MacDonald was assigned to Florence MacDonald died er war in the Pacific. pital was evacuated to Manila, again loaded for the long flight Donald’s flight was perilous. Fort Dix, to help supervise and at Lawrence Hospital in In 1939, MacDonald was which had already been to Australia. The plane was followed by run the rapidly expanding hos- Bronxville, on Feb. 26, 1968. assigned to the Army Hospital declared an open city. After a But the luck of April 29 at first by a Japanese plane, pital system. Her vast experi- She was 80 years old and a leg- in Gort Stotsenberg, about 65 six-day stay in the beleaguered seemed to have abandoned finally losing the persistent ence made her an invaluable end at Fort Dix. MacDonald miles from Manila. Amid the city, the hospital was evacuated MacDonald and her group of enemy by increasing altitude. asset to the post. Both her Hall still stands. - text file The Post January 30, 2009 3 POLICE LOG Police Log is a weekly synopsis of significant police activities developed from reports, complaints, incidents or information received and actions taken, for the week of Jan. 19 through 25. The abbreviation DoD stands for Department of Defense; NAFD means Not Affiliated with Fort Dix (the subject doesn't live of work here); NCIC stands for National Crime Information Center; DWI means Driving While Intoxicated; CDS means Controlled Drug Sub- stance; POV means Privately Owned Vehicle; MAFB stands for McGuire Air Force Base; USAF EC stands for US Air Force Expeditionary Center; AHCC stands for Ambulatory Health Care Clinic (MAFB); VMHBC stands for Virtua Memorial Hospital of Burlington Coun- ty; CP# stands for Checkpoint Number. Police responded to a report of unattended children in the Laurel Hill housing area. Investigation revealed several children had been left unattended in the residence. Margo Wright, USAF While preparations were being made to transport the children to the police station, one of the parents returned Army reaches out to victims of to the quarters. The parent was advised young children are not to be left alone. Police and Fire Department personnel responded to Soldier-on-Soldier sexual assault Army as well, said Carolyn looking to close that gap. We a fire alarm at Bldg. 5518. Investigation revealed no cause for the alarm. While processing a visitor at the Visitor Center police discovered the subject, a civilian NAFD, had two WASHINGTON (Army News Black said those special Service, Jan. 27, 2009) — Collins, program manager of want to raise the number of re- prosecutors would come from outstanding warrants from Hamilton Township. Through its Sexual Harassment the Army’s Sexual Assault Pre- ports so we can get more inves- the JAG ranks, would serve for The subject was transported to the police station for and Assault Prevention and Re- vention and Response Program. tigated, and hold offenders a minimum of three-year tours, processing and transferred to the custody of Hamilton sponse Program, the Army Through the SAPR program, accountable for those actions, and would be positioned at in- Township Police. hopes to change command cli- the Army hopes to change the and we want to reduce the stallations such as Fort Bragg, Police were notified that a Fort Dix contract mates to make victims of sexual cultural climate so Soldiers number.” N.C. and Fort Hood, Texas, employee had two outstanding warrants. assault feel more comfortable who are victims of sexual as- The Army is also doing where there are large concen- The subject was apprehended, transported to the reporting the crime. sault will be more likely to re- more to ensure that when Sol- trations of Soldiers. police station for processing, and transferred to the cus- During a meeting with mem- port the crime. diers report a sexual assault, the Brig. Gen. Rodney Johnson, tody of the NJ State Police. bers of the press Jan. 26, Secre- “The last couple of years we crime is properly investigated the provost marshal general of Police and Fire Department personnel responded to tary of the Army Pete Geren have seen a bit of a plateau in and prosecuted. the Army, said the service will a fire alarm at Bldg. 8320. Investigation revealed frozen discussed the Army’s efforts to add an additional 30 special in- pipes and no heat in the building. reduce sexual assault within the vestigators to be assigned at 22 Police responded to a report of a suspicious person “Sexual assault is a crime everywhere, of the Army’s largest installa- near the fenceline on Saylors Pond Road. ranks, a crime he said that is not just an assault on a person, but but in the Army it is a crime that is more than tions to assist Criminal Investi- Investigation revealed the subject, a civilian NAFD, on the whole Army. just a crime against the victim. In the Army it gation Command agents in was an employee of a moving company and had been “Since Sept. 11, 2001, we’ve is a crime against the core values that bind investigating sexual assault denied access through CP 9 because he did not have an had 1,800 Soldiers that have crimes. ID. our Army together.” Further investigation revealed the subject had two out- been punished for sexually as- Those investigators, Johnson Pete Geren standing warrants from Maplewood and a warrant from saulting a fellow Soldier,” said, would provide insight into Geren said. “Soldier-on- Secretary of the Army how civilian juries look at sex- Burlington City. Soldier violence, blue-on-blue ual assault cases and what kinds The subject was transported to the police station for — sexual assault is a crime of evidence are needed to pros- processing and transferred to the custody of Burlington everywhere, but in the Army it ecute. The investigators would City Police. is a crime that is more than just the reporting, but ... we are cer- Secretary Geren has ap- also look at sexual predator and Police and Fire Department personnel responded to a crime against the victim. In tainly still having convictions of proved funding to provide 15 victim behavior and the scien- a report of a smell of gas at Club Dix. the Army it is a crime against sexual assault,” Collins said. special victim prosecutors — tific perspective of sexual as- Investigation revealed the odor was from a gas stove. the core values that bind our “We know we are not where we that’s additional personnel bil- sault investigation. Gas to the stove was shut off and the staff was advised to Army together.” want to be yet. We are looking lets within the judge advocate An additional seven “highly have DPW check the stove. Sexual assault is one of the to increase our propensity to re- general corps that will be filled qualified experts” are also com- Police and Fire Department personnel responded to most underreported crimes in port, and bring down the actual from within the ranks by those ing aboard, Johnson said, to a fire alarm at Bldg. 5418. the United States and in the number of assaults. We are that have proven themselves as provide training and assistance Investigation revealed an employee had smelled especially effective prosecutors to CID agents. smoke and pulled an alarm. The odor was determined to and who also have experience “We in CID already have be cleaning solvents used by contractors. EFMP in sexual assault prosecution. highly skilled agents investigat- Police responded to a motor vehicle crash on Texas “They will focus exclusively ing these crimes,” Johnson said. Avenue at Broidy Road. on those cases, and on training “But bringing the civilian ex- Investigation revealed a vehicle, operated by a The Fort Dix EFMP Program would the balance of our prosecutor- pertise onboard will simply be McGuire AFB civilian employee, struck another vehicle like to invite you to a ial and defense force on those a valuable tool to glean insight while backing to avoid a turning truck. kinds of cases,” said Maj. Gen. and a fresh perspective in many There were no reported injuries and the vehicles were Parents’ Night Out Scott Black, judge advocate general of the U.S. Army. areas. Our special agents and su- released to the operators at the scene. Police and Fire Department personnel responded to a CO alarm in the Garden Terrace housing area. “They will have previous expe- pervisors will be working Friday, Feb. 6 rience, and special training as shoulder-to-shoulder with those Investigation revealed a clogged filter was the cause of well. The idea is to pick people highly qualified experts on our the alarm. at Club Dix who are ... very very good in most challenging and complex Police and Fire Department personnel responded to the prosecutorial function, and cases.” a fire alarm in Bldg. 5603. Dinner – 6 to 7 p.m. then ... have experience in this Black said there are already Investigation revealed the alarm was caused by a particular area of prosecution. four of those experts on board, cleaning crew. Presentation 7 to 9:30 p.m. We are identifying them now.” with the remaining to be While conducting a routine credential check of a by Dr. Buzz Mingin, renowned expert on vehicle attempting to enter the installation via the Browns Mills gate police discovered the vehicle operator, Assisting Children with Special Needs In Troops to Teachers a civilian NAFD, had an outstanding warrant from Ocean Today’s Society County. Program Seminar Two passengers in the vehicle, both civilians NAFD, Childcare and dinner for the children attempted to hide their identities to police by providing Wednesday, February 18 false information. Subsequent investigation revealed they will be provided at the Fort Dix CDC had warrants from Toms River and Lakewood. (Pre-registration with the CYS 609 9:30 a.m. All three subjects were transported to the police sta- ACS Conference Room tion for processing and transferred to the custody of the 562-2242/4702 is required for your chil- Ocean County, Toms River, and Lakewood police. The dren) Bldg. 5201, Maryland Ave. vehicle was towed from the scene. The Troops to Teachers program can assist you with your Police and Fire Department personnel responded to pursuit of a career in education. This program is national and a fire alarm at Bldg. 5989. Parents’ Night Out Registration deadline no matter what state you reside in, you could be eligible to Investigation revealed dust stirrup up by cleaning is Jan 30. take advantage of the financial benefits of this program, as crews caused the alarm. well as the certification and job placement advising. Police responded to a report of an individual passing Contact Natasha at Session open to Active duty, Retired, Reserve and National counterfeit currency at the Shoppette. 609-562-2767 Guard sponsors. Spouses who are interested in teaching are Investigation revealed the subject, a retired military also encouraged to attend! Bring transcripts with you for eval- member, claimed he received the bills from his bank. The uation. subject was transported to the police station for process- This seminar is presented by the Army Community Service ing. Investigation continues. in partnership with Troops to Teachers/Spouses to Teachers, There were five expired identification cards confis- New Jersey and Delaware, New Jersey State Department of cated during the period. Education. There were six Magistrate Court Citations issued for Call Rod Martell at 609 562-2186 or email: rod.rodriguez- moving violations. DWI incidents remain at one for the firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your seat. Sitting is limited to year. 20 people for each session Alcoholics Anonymous Anapa meetings held on post Alina Lyons Part of the mission of the Army Substance Abuse Pro- gram is to support 12 Step Pro- grams in the community. There are two Alcoholics Anonymous meetings on Fort Dix. A closed, members-only meeting is held every Tuesday night at Bldg. 9013 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. On Thursday nights, there is a meeting at the Main Chapel from 7 to 8 p.m. (use the Eighth Street parking lot entrance; the meeting is in the lounge near Fellowship Hall. There is no cost except the desire to stop drinking behav- iors that are harmful to your- 4 The Post January 30, 2009 Duty still calls for experienced NCO back at Fort Jackson, S.C., where he went to 1st Lt. Antonia Greene Basic Training 12 years prior. 72nd FA BDE PAO At what Soldiers’ sometimes refer to as “Relaxin’ Jackson,” because sometimes they “No one is more professional than I, I am a have to cancel training due to the sweltering Noncommissioned Officer, a leader of Sol- summer heat, Hall felt he made the most dif- diers…” said Master Sgt. Maurice Hall, 72nd ference. Field Artillery Brigade Communications Oper- “Being a drill sergeant for two years was the ations NCOIC, as he led fellow Soldiers in the highlight of my career – my time to mold NCO creed during a promotion ceremony Jan young civilians into Soldiers,” he said. 21. Hall doesn’t remember the late nights and Hall called the Soldiers in the brigade head- long hours he put in as a drill sergeant, but quarters conference room to attention, read the instead he recalls the expressions on parents’ promotion orders for his Soldiers, Sgt. J’mar faces on graduation day and the feeling he had Scott and Cpl. Eric Easter, with pride gleaming when they thanked him for the change they in his eyes. Hall is a Soldiers’ Soldier, a 19- saw in their sons and daughters after complet- year veteran of the regular Army. ing Basic Training. Hall hails from Detroit, Mich., and in 1989, He mentioned one trainees’ mother, in par- he claims, “Duty called.” He enlisted in the ticular, who told him, “Before my son came regular Army as a communications specialist here, he never called anyone Ma’am; and and after completing basic training at Fort today, my son even paid for my lunch, thank Jackson, S.C. and Advanced Individual Train- you.” ing at Fort Gordon, Ga., Hall attended Air Hall went on to complete two back-to-back Assault School in 1990 and Airborne School in tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in Army NCOs shape 1992. In 1993, he deployed to the Middle East 2003 and 2005, where he earned the Bronze in support of Desert Storm/Desert Shield Star Medal before landing a three-year state- where he worked seven months as a switch- side duty assignment with the training support board operator, enabling internal communica- brigade here at Fort Dix in 2007. tion in the Gulf region. Upon his return to the And during the promotion ceremony for his states in 1994, Hall attended PLDC (Primary Leadership Development Course) better know today as the Warrior Leader Course. In 1996 Hall deployed again, this time to two Soldiers, the drill sergeant in Hall made a brief re-appearance. After congratulating pin- ning them, Hall dropped Scott and Easter for a medley of four-count push-ups, ending with a slow command of, “Who told you to move?” Soldiers’ careers was that good NCOs have to be the absolute Bosnia where he served 7 months as a commu- nications team leader and received his promo- bringing smiles to everyone’s’ faces. David W. Kuhns Sr. masters of everything their troops are asked to tion to sergeant - E5. After a brief return to Hall personifies the American military. do. Fort Lewis Public Affairs Staff Fort Hood, Texas, then Sgt. Hall, left for a four Being proud of others achievements is a direct After I left the Artillery as a young sergeant, month tour in Kuwait as a radio operator. But It's harder to list the qualities of a good non- I was assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division reflection of his selflessness and dedication to in 1999, when he was assigned to 4th Brigade, commissioned officer than you might think. headquarters. There I met Command Sgt. Maj. his work. At his own promotion ceremony 1st Cavalry Division, Hall was placed in his But everyone who has been in the Army can Douglas B. Hayes, the division's top NCO. His back in December 2008, Hall passed on his first “real leadership position.” name NCOs they think are great. own words of wisdom to all those in atten- face will always come to mind when I think of “I was a new E6, the brigade communica- NCOs are the leaders who most directly great NCOs. Hayes was not young. But, on the dance – “Don’t become that NCO you all talk tions NCOIC, with battalions who had E7s in affect our lives in uniform. Whether you are a wrong side of 50, he was still one of the tough- about, rather strive to be the kind of leader oth- the same positions, it was tough, and it was the commissioned officer looking back on a pla- est Soldiers in the division - 'hard as wood- ers want to emulate – it will get you far.” first time I worked side by side with a reservist toon sergeant, first sergeant or command ser- pecker lips,' as one of my friends would say. When asked for advice he could share with – he was my SIGO [Signal Officer] he taught geant major who served as a guide, right hand junior Noncommissioned Officers, Hall Command Sgt. Maj. Hayes ran with a dif- me a lot,” said Hall. or confessor; or you are an NCO yourself, ferent line unit every morning. He then spent replied, “Training and mentoring Soldiers is In 2000, Hall graduated Drill Sergeant looking back at the sergeants the fuel that motivates me, caring for troops, the day visiting training, School and was soon assigned to Alpha Com- who kicked you when you both their professional and personal develop- Whether you are a wandering through motor pany, 2nd Battalion, 60th Infantry Regiment needed it, steered you when commissioned officer look- pools, stopping by mess ment, is an NCO’s job.” they could, taught you the halls ... He was every- right way to do it, and final- ing back on a platoon ser- where. The general com- ly turned you loose to do it geant, first sergeant or com- manded the division, but all yourself, Army careers mand sergeant major who there was no doubt who are often shaped by the served as a guide, right hand the face of the command NCOs met along the way. or confessor; or you are an team was. Hayes might not I spent 24 years in uni- NCO yourself, looking back have met every Soldier in form. But two NCOs stand at the sergeants who kicked the 1st Cav., but I bet he out for the influence they came pretty close. Every- had on my own develop- you when you needed it, one knew who he was. ment. They were as differ- steered you when they could, There was nothing ent as night and day in taught you the right way to do mild-mannered about many ways, but shared the it, and finally turned you Command Sgt. Maj. values of professionals. loose to do it all yourself, Hayes. I overheard him Sergeant 1st Class John- Army careers are often provide some pretty color- ny Hughes was my first shaped by the NCOs met ful "guidance" to individu- section chief. My initial als who failed to perform assignment in the Army along the way. to the standards the com- was at Fort Wainwright, manding general set. But I Alaska, in the fire direction also saw him spend hours of and control section of the only artillery battery his own time fixing problems for individual on the post. Hughes taught me to be a Soldier. Soldiers when he learned their battalion com- He was a quiet, soft-spoken guy - about as far mand sergeants major had run into obstacles as you could get from the yelling, swearing, they couldn't surmount. tobacco-chewing NCO the movies had taught For all his gruff exterior and intimidating me to expect. aura, Command Sgt. Maj. Doug Hayes taught But, without all the bluster and noise, Sgt. me that the needs of every single Soldier are 1st Class Hughes demanded and got the best important to the performance of even the out of every Soldier in the section. He knew largest units. everything we did - right and wrong - and There are lots of other Johnny Hughes and praised or corrected, on the spot. And he could Doug Hayes NCOs in uniform today. They are do anything. Whether it was showing us how to the ones who set the pace, enforce the stan- set a rabbit snare in the snowy woods with dards, get the mission done and do everything Sgt. Nicole Dykstra strands of commo' wire, or a shortcut to com- to ensure no Soldier is left behind. It may be puting meteorological corrections for the guns, hard to list what makes them great - but we BUMPED UP--Master Sgt. Maurice Hall, 72nd Field Artillery Brigade, pre- Hughes did everything better, faster, smarter, know them when we see them. pares for the traditional buck sergeant chest bump after promoting Cpl. Eric easier than any of us thought was possible. (David W. Kuhns Sr. is editor of Fort Lewis' Easter to sergeant, Jan 21. If there was one lesson I took from him, it Northwest Guardian.) the Post Jobs – Jobs – Jobs Civilian Expeditionary This newspaper is an authorized publication for members of the military. Contents of The Post are not necessarily official views of, or endorsed by. 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Bennett took first place in the Ceramics Novice Families of Deployed Military, Group with her sculpture, under TCS Orders, PCS accompa- Kyutai, below, and Shaw nied Tour Orders, TDY Status for earned honorable mention in 90-179 Days Orders, Rear Detach- the Oil Base Painting Group ment Cadre in support of immedi- with her painting Winter ate Families of deployed Soldiers, Symphony. and Wounded Warriors or Fallen Warriors are eligible for many free and discounted services in Child Youth Services(CYS) respite child care, reduced full day care fees, free sports and instructional class- es. Please call 562-2242 for more information. Free YMCA memberships available for families Active duty families at McGuire Air Force Base, Fort Dix and Lakehurst Naval Air Engineer- ing Station are eligible for free YMCA memberships as part of a pilot program. Memberships will Jennifer Chupko courtesy photo be issued on a first come, first Combatants wanted for war games served basis with 300 to 450 fami- ly memberships available. For more information, please visit http://www.defenselink.mil/releas- es/release.aspx?releaseid=12259 Jennifer Chupko Public Affairs Staff Thrift Shop offers shoppers super-savings On Target 2009, developed by the Non-Commission The Fort Dix Thrift Shop is Officer (NCO) Professional Development Program, will be offering an additional 25 percent held at the Kelly Reserve Center Feb. 20-21. discount on seasonal items that The war games are based upon real events and attempt to were previously marked down for represent a reasonable approximation of the actual forces, a total of 75 percent off the origi- terrain, and other material factors faced by the actual par- nal price. ticipants. If you or someone you know is Miniature war gaming is a recreational hobby where interested in volunteering at the players simulate a battle, which is played out using small Thrift Shop, please call Sylvia at figurines to represent the land, sea and/or air units involved. the Thrift Shop at (609) 723-2683. Each side has a certain amount of miniature Soldiers, The Thrift Shop is open Tues- weaponry and machines, to replay the historic battles. day and Thursday from 10 a.m. to “This event is a challenge and will give a perspective on 2 p.m. with consignments taken the combat you may not have expected,” said Lt. Col. Mark from 10 a.m. to noon. The store is S. Zaslavsky, 1-322nd Regiment, 72nd Field Artillery also open the first and third Satur- Brigade. day of the month from 10 a.m. to 2 The tactics, logistics, changes in plans and execution of p.m. and the first Wednesday of the game, are created by the players. The warring sides the month from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. must abide by all rules throughout that particular game. The time allowed is different for every war, as well as the num- ber of players. Club Dix to host Job Fair “If you play the rules of the battles, the outcome isn’t Job-seekers are invited to always the same as the actual battle outcome,” said U.S. Naval Historical Center attend a Job Fair at Club Dix Feb. Zaslavsky. “When refighting a particular battle, it is impor- 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more tant to stay to the original historical engagement as closely THE BATTLE RAGES ON -- The Civil War Battle for Memphis is just one of details call the Fort Dix Employ- as possible.” many scenarios to be played at On Target 2009, a week-end event of minia- ment and Readiness office at 562- Players can choose which battles they would like to play. ture war-gaming held Feb. 20-21 at the Kelly Reserve Center. 2186. The battles offered at On Target 2009 include the Battle of Pharsalus on Friday. The Battle of Champion Hill, Battle of “I hope that at least 100 people show,” said There will be refreshments available and the Bulge, When the Hammer Fell, Fulda Gap 1981 Soviet Zaslavsky. “The more people that want to par- all the proceeds go to the 1-322nd Battalion Chapel to hold Union and NATO, Battle of Helsingborg, and Impossible ticipate, the better.” Morale Welfare Fund. New Testament seminar Mission: Air Battle over Belgium, the Navy Battle of Mem- Each game starts with one hour to develop For registration, battle times and direc- phis, Battle of Blenheim, Battle of Oustee, Battle of Dethin- the battle rules. Then there is the question and tions to On Target 2009, email The Fort Dix Chapel will hold a gen, Battles of Charleston Harbor and Operation Neptune: answers opportunity before the game begins. firstname.lastname@example.org or call 562- Walk Thru the Bible seminar on The battle for Ste. Mere Eglises, are also offered on Satur- The team is allowed to pick which army they 2773. Feb. 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A day. want to play. There is no cost to attend. children’s seminar will be held at the same time. Registration is $5 per person or $10 per family and includes lunch. For more informa- tion call 562-2020. Chapel changes outlined at meeting “We will be able to combine Wayne Cook the expertise, resources, talents, Retiree Council hosts Public Affairs Staff gifts and experience of Army and luncheon at Club Dix Air Force chaplains under one The Fort Dix and McGuire roof - giving chapel and military A Luncheon will be sponsored Chapel staffs held a meeting at communities unprecedented serv- by the Fort Dix Retiree Council for the Fort Dix Main Chapel Jan. 27, ice and training,” he said. retirees and guests Feb. 28. Guest to discuss the up-coming merger The first Joint Wednesday speaker for the event will be Col. of the two organizations slated to Chapel Family Night will be on Ronald R. Thaxton, Fort Dix com- happen April 1. Feb.4. mander. He will provide an update Representatives from both Another subject that was dis- on the status of the Joint Base Ini- chapels gathered together in the cussed was the different faith tiative. conference room over a luncheon Community Congregational The luncheon will be held at while Chap. (Maj.) Allen Raub Councils. This program will Club Dix, with the Social Time and Air Force Chap. (Capt.) Mike expand and allow for a deeper beginning at 11:30 a.m. followed Curtis explained the processes input of information to the senior by the luncheon at noon. The and timeline necessary to inte- chaplains and a greater sphere of luncheon will be a Country Buffet grate the chapels from McGuire influence within the chapel arena. that includes Barbecue Ribs, Air Force Base, Fort Dix, and Lay-leaders were assured that Chicken, Cat Fish, Corn Bread, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering their involvement in the congre- Hush Puppies, Macaroni and Station into the one mega base. gations would not diminish dur- Cheese, Vegetable, Coffee, Iced Raub shared that the deadline ing the merger of the chapel com- Tea, and Apple Pie. for Fort Dix to close out the munities. Tickets for the luncheon are Chapel Tithes and Offerings Fund One other point of discussion $24, gratuity included. Checks was the merging of the many dif- Wayne Cook is March 31. may be made payable to the Fort By this time all fund monies ferent ministries at both of the CHAPEL CHAT -- Chap. (Maj.) Allen Raub, Fort Dix installation Dix Retiree Council. must be transferred back to the chapels. Curtis and Raub said staff chaplain, updates representatives of the Fort Dix and McGuire Retirees and guests are invited Chief of Chaplains’ account. there would be more discussion in to send reservation requests and the near future as to how they Chapel communities on the progress and timelines for merging into Then, within a week or two, the one chapel community at a luncheon held at the Fort Dix Main their checks to Sgt. Maj. (Ret.) chief’s office will send finances would be affected but noted that Norman V. Pallotto, 15 East Cen- for the chapel programs at the the biggest positive outcome of Chapel Jan. 27. tral Avenue, Moorestown, New Fort Dix chapels to the McGuire the merger is that the ministries Jersey 08057 no later than Feb. 25. Chapel Youth Ministry Chapel for oversight and distribu- tion. Because the chapel services will grow. A point of slight contention for some of the lay-leaders was that Scholarships available by direction of the Chief of Chap- Two area organizations are offering http://www.asmconline.org/files/nsp- hosts Super Bowl Party complement each other so well, lains’ Office, the Protestant con- scholarships to help students pay for col- form.doc. The application deadline is they will consolidate Fort Dix The Fort Dix/ McGuire Youth gregation services will no longer lege. March 6. and McGuire chapels’ Wednes- Ministry, Club Beyond, is spon- be called the Protestant Service. The American Society of Military For more information call Neen day evening programs and hold soring a Super Bowl Party for chil- It will now be known as the Comptrollers- Jersey Devil Chapter is Raspa at 562-5432 or email at them at the Fort Dix Main Chapel dren in grade six through 12, Feb. Traditional Service. The services offering financial assistance to outstand- email@example.com. to offer the joint-base communi- 1. Pre-game fun beings at 5 p.m. at won’t change – just the name. The ing high school seniors who intend to The Military Officers Association of ties a fully comprehensive reli- the Fort Dix Main Chapel. name of the Gospel Service will pursue a financial management baccalau- America is also offering 25, $1,000 aca- gious education program for spir- The club also hosts regular remain the Gospel Service and reate degree. demic grants to the dependant children itual growth for Soldiers, Airmen, meetings every Wednesday night the Contemporary Service will Applicants must be entering a field of of military personnel under the age of 24 DoD civilians, retirees and family from 6:30 to 7 :45 p.m. at the Fort remain the Contemporary Service study in college directly related to finan- who are working on their first undergrad- members of all ages. Dix Main Chapel. “Today we are really trying to cial or resource management such as uate degree. “Some of the benefits of a For more information call 562- see how we can bring our chapel business administration, economics, pub- Applications are available at Joint Chapel Family Night on 2020. programs together while serving lic administration or computer science. http://www.moaa.org/education. The Wednesdays are that it promotes the community,” said Curtis. Applications can be found at deadline is March 2. strength in unity,” said Raub. 6 The Post January 30, 2009 BOMBERS AWAY -- The 332nd Ordinance Battalion commander and sergeant major, Lt. Col. Charles McCormick and Sgt. Maj. Johnny McPeek, at left, display their unit's yellow ban- ner during a ceremony at Griffith Field House, Jan. 28. The unit, out of Kenova, W.Va., has 58 Soldiers and will deploy to Kuwait to perform deployment and rede- ployment processing operations. They have been training on Fort Dix since early January in preparation for this personnel actions mis- sion. photos by Ryan Morton POLICE ACTION -- The 178th Military Police Company commander, Capt. Mark Dederick and 1st Sgt. Jerry Howard, above, display their unit's yellow banner at Griffith Field House, Jan. 28. The 178th MP Co., Georgia National Guard, out of Monroe, Ga., is comprised of 170 Soldiers and trained on Fort Dix since Nov. 19, 2008. They will deploy to Iraq to perform a Police Transi- tion Team (PTT) mission training Iraqi Police Forces. READY TO GO -- The 364th Civil Affairs Brigade, Detachment 11 commander, Lt. Col. Douglas Herrera and acting 1st Sgt., Sgt. Patrick Gless, display their unit's yellow ban- ner during a ceremony at Griffith Field House, Jan. 28. The unit, out of Portland, Ore., will deploy to Arifjan, Kuwait MOVIN’ OUT -- The 352nd Civil Affairs Command, Detachment 15 com- to work in the Civil Mili- mander, Col. FitzJohn Fitzpatrick and acting 1st Sgt., Sgt. 1st Class Lowell tary Operations and Conley, above, display their unit's yellow banner at Griffith Field House, Jan. Humanitarian Opera- 28. The unit, out of Fort Meade, Md., is comprised of five Soldiers and will tions Centers. deploy to Arifjan, Kuwait to work in the Third Army theater. Crymes takes over Warrior Transition Unit versity, New Brunswick, He is looking forward to both Jennifer Chupko where he earned a Bachelor of the privileges he will have and Public Affairs Staff the challenges he may face as Science in Administration of the company commander. Justice. Soldiers of the Warrior Brig. Gen. Gary H. Cheek, Crymes was then assigned Transition Unit (WTU) bid the director of the Army’s War- as the detachment commander farewell to company com- rior Care Office said several of the 350th Finance Detach- mander Maj. David Dean and Army installations will have ment in Flemington. He served welcomed Capt. Robert many changes to the WTUs as the detachment commander Crymes as their new com- throughout the country. These until March 2006 and has mander Jan. 30 at Club Dix. plans include Fort Dix, but since served at WTU Battalion Crymes said he has big Crymes believes he is ready Personnel and Administration shoes to fill but won’t be miss- for the challenges of the Fort and as the state budgeting offi- ing any steps as he guides the Dix Warrior Transition Unit‘s cer for the N.J. National unit into the future. possible future closure. Guard. “Maj. Dean has done an When asked what the Crymes’ awards include the excellent job as commander,” biggest focus will be for the Meritorious Service Medal, Crymes said. “He has a WTU, he responded, “Keeping the Army Commendation tremendous amount of energy with the same standards for Medal, the Army Achievement and I plan on upholding the WTU.” Medal, Army Service Ribbon, standards he has set for this As a Soldier of the New Overseas Service Ribbon, and Jennifer Chupko unit.” Jersey Army National Guard, the Airborne Parachutist IT’S CRYMES TIME -- After being deployed to Baquabah, Iraq under Opera- Crymes explained his future Crymes was commissioned in Badge. As a civilian, Crymes tion Iraqi Freedom, Capt. Robert Crymes has been mobilized at Fort Dix for plans for the unit because it 2001 from the Reserve Officer is a police officer in Burling- two years in the Warrior Transition Unit. He has served as personnel and will be seeing many changes. Training Corps at Rutgers Uni- ton County. administration and will assume command Jan. 30 at Club Dix. GoodYear Ryan Morton Banner day for Spevak Capt. Mark Dederick, 178th Military Police Company commander, displays a Georgia state flag signed by all the unit's members with Haddonfield attorney, Eric Spevak at Griffith Field House after Hanover Dental the yellow banner ceremony, Jan. 28. The 178th MP Co., part of the Georgia National Guard, from Monroe, Ga., took a break from their training and attended a Thanksgiving dinner in Cherry Hill, in Nov., 2008, hosted by Spevak as a way of saying thanks for the selfless service of the troops. Spe- vak attended the yellow banner ceremony to say good-bye to the unit who will deploy to Iraq, and the unit gave Spevak the signed flag. Army Community Service (ACS) 562-2767 Bldg. 5201, on the corner of 8th Street and Maryland Avenue Read Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. the Post The Post January 30, 2009 7 Fix-it facilities get upgraded a regional joint-use facility. It Wayne Cook replaces the maintenance struc- Public Affairs Staff tures that were located at Nassau Street and Texas Avenue. The As the installation continues to multi-building facility will include grow in its diversity of missions and both the CMF and the new Body moves towards becoming one with Repair Facility. the Air Force and Navy as the joint According to Department of photos by Wayne Cook mega base, construction sites are Public Works project engineer,Tom popping up in every direction. Trumbetas, the CMF will consist BUILDING A NEW FUTURE -- Fort Dix will soon welcome two new maintenence facilities on Case in point – turn left on Range of offices, workshops, storage the installation. Construction on the 99th Regional Support Center Organizational Maintenance Road right after exiting the Browns areas and maintenance bays. In the Shop/Area Maintenance Support Activity (OMS/AMSA) on Range Road is scheduled for com- Mills/Texas Avenue Gate and maintenance area there will be 31 pletion in March. Construction is also underway on the Combined Maintenance Facility located approximately one-half mile down vehicle maintenance bays. Of these on Range Road next to the Mid-State Prison. The facility will be a regional joint-use vehicle on both sides of the road, there is bays, six will have crane lifting evidence of the expansion. capabilities, four will be for maintenance shop and mobilization/training equipment site. The project is slated for completion On the right-hand side of the tracked vehicle maintenance, two in October. road is the almost completed 99th bays will have a high pressure Regional Support Center Mainte- wash system which can be used to nance Facility or the Organizational clean engines and the remainder Maintenance Shop/Area Mainte- will be a combination of lift and nance Support Activity inspection bays. The main CMF (OMS/AMSA), and just past that building will be 48,000 square feet complex, on the other side of the and cost approximately $12.1 mil- road, next to the Mid-State Prison, is lion to build. The project is 40 per- the Combined Maintenance Facility cent complete and is scheduled to (CMF). be finished in October. The OMS/AMSA Facility is an Adjacent to the CMF main eight-bay vehicle support and main- building will be two structures that tenance building housing office and have been relocated from the 4400 storage space, and workshops. The area, saving the cost of building building encompasses 17,000 from scratch. These two buildings square feet and costs approximately will be connected by an adminis- $6.9 million. This project is about tration area to form a facility dedi- 75 percent complete and is sched- cated to vehicle body work. uled to be finished in March. A sep- These are only two of the many arate unheated storage building will projects expanding and improving be located near the rear of the site. the infrastructure of the installa- The CMF complex is going to be tion. Dix bids ‘bon voyage’ to ‘Peach State’ Soldiers young warriors.” The average Lisa Evans age of the unit’s Soldiers is in Public Affairs Staff the low-to-mid 20s, said Sgt. 1st Class Paul Johnson. But WHEREAS, since its incep- Johnson only sees that as a tion in 1773, the Georgia plus. As young as the company National Guard has performed is, there is a lot of experience a significant role in the defense and skill on tap. of the colony, state, and nation; Most of the non-commis- and WHEREAS, throughout sioned officers have been in history and in every war that the company long enough to Americans have been called have been through all three of upon to defend our nation´s the past five missions. liberties and freedoms, the men Finishing up mobilization and women of the Georgia readiness exercises (MRX), National Guard have taken up Dederick said,” I think having arms to defend this nation, and experienced NCOs is the key many have given their lives to to any success we’re going to secure the freedoms we hold have.” dear today; … Watching the training, he By declaring April 15, 2003 said he saw how experience National Guard Day in Geor- mixed with the youthful vigor gia, the state senate recognized of his Soldiers paid off. the thousands of citizen-Sol- In addition, Dederick had diers who uphold the honor of nothing but praise for the train- the Georgia National Guard ers on Fort Dix. “The training each year. The Guard’s history that Fort Dix offers has is important to the Soldiers just allowed us to go from a well- as they are important to histo- trained unit to a superbly- ry. trained unit,” said Dederick. The 178th Military Police “The training has been chal- Company, a part of that history lenging and realistic. The Sol- for more than a hundred years, diers have grown into a cohe- has been based in Monroe, Ga. sive team.” For fifty of those years, the During one MRX, Jan. 21, 178th has been housed in the working a turret atop a same armory. Humvee, Spc.. Greg Parker, of Capt. Mark Dederick, com- Lexington, S. C., said, “I just pany commander, said Monroe love the job. I’ve been asked if is a typical southern town and I was crazy a number of times most of the Soldiers come but I’m not. I just love serving from within 30 miles of it. my country.” Georgia has several large mili- Parker fought in Iraq during Lisa Evans tary installations forming large Desert Storm, was out of the AROUND TOWN -- Sgt. Daniel Gomez, 178th Military Police Company, talks with civilians on the bat- pools of Soldiers to draw from, Army 12 years, and then came he said, explaining why the back in, requesting he be tlefield during training Jan. 21. The Soldiers of the 178th MP Co. out of Monroe, Ga. trained in how to 178th has not deployed to Iraq assigned to the 178th. interact with locals as part of preparing to deploy in support of the Global War on Terrorism. before now. This assignment will take ed there. What I see as cruel, I tour through Fort Dix. He went training where the unit worked commander, he said he quit his Instead, the past five years the Soldiers to Iraq to replace can’t tell the IP (Iraqi Police) through basic training in Fort hotel security. Johnson is a job in the small firm he worked saw the 178th deployed to Fort the 2228th MP Company in not to do that. The only con- Dix in 1990, stayed on active police officer in his civilian for when he received his mobi- Benning, Ga. providing force Basra. Johnson said he has flict I see is with what is duty for ten years, and the job, as are approximately 30 lization orders. protection duties. Prior to that, some ideas on what the com- accepted and what is not joined the National Guard. percent of the 178th. He took command of the in 2003, the company went to pany will face in Iraq as they accepted. I think I will handle His experience in the Mid- Dederick is an architect 178th in March 2008 after Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for a perform their police transition it on a case-by-case situation.” dle East came during a trip to with a master’s degree from more than fifteen years with year to control camps X-ray team mission. This is Johnson’s second Egypt for a three-week annual Georgia Tech. As the company the National Guard. and Delta. On Nov. 22, 2008, “We, as Americans, have a the unit arrived at Fort Dix to prepare for their first mission in Iraq. First Sgt. Jerry Howard of certain standard of how people should be treated and such,” Johnson explained. “We see a man hitting a woman and we Afghanistan priority for military Athens, Ga. said this is, “the think that’s wrong. But we in Iraq, the U.S. military is in a clear an area and then hold it. that the troops have what they best MP unit in Georgia. This must realize it may be accept- Jim Garamone position to address Army Gen. The Taliban and their terrorist need.” is just a bunch of hardworking American Forces Press David D. McKiernan’s stated allies continually return to the Gates said the United States Service requirements for additional same areas and re-establish must have a realistic vision of troops, the secretary said. their presence, officials have what the international commu- WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, McKiernan is the commander said. More troops can poten- nity can do in Afghanistan. 2009 – Afghanistan poses the of NATO’s International Secu- tially keep insurgents out and “Afghanistan is the fourth- or greatest military challenge to rity Assistance Force and U.S. allow economic and political fifth-poorest country in the Calvary Bap the United States today, and Forces Afghanistan. development to begin in world, and if we set ourselves President Barack Obama has If President Barack Obama Afghanistan. the objective of creating some made that country a top priori- decides to send additional Gates said moving Army sort of central Asian ‘Valhalla’ ty for the Defense Department, troops to the country, “we brigade combat teams and over there, we will lose, The Real ES Defense Secretary Robert M. could have two of those Marine regiments to because nobody in the world Gates told the Senate Armed brigades there probably by late Afghanistan would be less of a has that kind of time, patience Services Committee today. Spring, and potentially a third challenge than finding and money,” he said. With an improving situation by mid-summer,” Gates told enabling forces. Helicopter The secretary reminded sen- the senators. units; intelligence, surveillance ators that Afghanistan has a “Quite honestly, in terms of and reconnaissance assets; and drug trade that forms most of the remaining requests that engineers are crucial to combat its gross national product, an [McKiernan] has, the infra- troops’ success. insurgency that is gaining structure requirements that are “That’s where we’ve been strength, and terrorists who needed in Afghanistan to be working very hard in terms of look at the area as a safe haven. Maguire Chev able to support and sustain a what can we afford to move Still, Afghans are good force that size would probably from Iraq to Afghanistan, or farmers, and there is mineral make it not possible for us to ‘re-mission,’ instead of going wealth and a legal economy deploy [the troops] before they to Iraq, to go to Afghanistan,” that can be developed. “But it would be ready, in any event, he said. “This has been the seems to me that we need to later this year,” he said. biggest challenge about keep our objectives realistic Additional troops are need- strengthening our forces in and limited in Afghanistan; ed in Afghanistan so NATO Afghanistan, is really where to otherwise, we will set our- forces have the numbers to get these enablers to ensure selves up for failure,” he said. 10 The Post30, 2009 January Announcements ACS Job Fair 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4 Chapel Services 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday Youth Center Fashion Design 562-2767 Club Dix Closed 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Fort Dix 562-5061 Bldg. 5201 Maryland Avenue EFMP Shutterbugs 562-2020 Parent’s Night Out Computer Lab Bldg. 1279 Locust Street 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday Services Calendar of Events 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday Hours of Operation: Club Dix 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5 Traditional Monday, Feb. 2 Monday - Friday Wednesday through Friday 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Soccer Tournament 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. AFAP/AFTB/AVCC 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Catholic Overview FMWR presents Saturday Noon to 10 p.m. Saturday 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. 10 a.m.to 11 a.m. CLUB DIX 723-3272 American Red Cross Sunday Sunday CLOSED Scrapbooking Gospel Club Dix Hours of Operation 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Administrative Hours: 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3 Java Café Tuesday through Friday Keystone Club Rear Detachment Com- Outdoor Equipment 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday School mander/Family Noon to 6 p.m. 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Monday through Friday Rental Center Readiness Group 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday Monday - Friday Feb. B-day & Youth at 4 CCD Leader’s Training 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Recognition Celebration 10 a.m. Power Hour 9:15 a.m. to 10 a.m. Smokehouse Restaurant JRC Lunch Served Upcoming Events 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7 Chapel 5 - Bldg. 5950 Open Rec. Thursday, Feb. 5 Tuesday through Friday Superbowl XLIII Computer Lab 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Church Street 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. AFTB IT Course Saturday through Monday Sunday at Club Dix 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Midnight Basketball Traditional Service Pittsburgh Steelers Teens only 6:30 p.m. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed Saturday, Jan. 31 ACS vs. Cooking Project 7 p.m. to midnight COL-Chaplain’s tent Blue Room Arizona Cardinals 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6 8 tvs in Read Hour of Power Protestant AFTB IT Course, Wednesday Revolutions Lounge and Tuesday, Feb.3 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. 8 a.m. to noon 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. the big screen in the ball- Triple Play Catholic ACS Thursday through Saturday room -- $5 buffet 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. The Post! 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Mormon Dixword Puzzle Answer Key 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Across Down Jewish 1. Combat casual 1. It makes a point 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. 5. Before Walson 2. Coasties Islamic Prayer Room 9. WW 1 stalwart 3. Dix Spiderman 12. Not in uniform 4. Bringing it all together Open 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 13. The ONLY way to fly! 6. He’s the boss Monday through Friday 14. Could be hand-to-hand 7. Right on target Room 24 15. Home sweet tent 8. Gals and guys in uniform 16. What Fort Dix is known as 10. Get yer beans and bullets here! McGuire 18. Feet, don’t fail me now! 11. Duffer’s paradise 754-4673 20. Outside friends 17. Friendly neighbor Sunday Services 21. They fix the net 19. He’s an up front kinda guy 25. Head to the Sandbox 20. All the fixin’s are here Contemporary 26. Mainsides 9:45 a.m. Chapel 2 22. Real hard promotion 27. Good eats 23. Before smoke alarms Gospel 28. Airborne ambulance 11:15 a.m. Chapel 1 14. The Post 31. Head shed 29. Don’t leave home without it 34. The Dix Fort Dix wasn’t 30. A real boomer Joint Wednesday named for Chapel Family Night 32. Sailor’s digs 36. What we protect 33. He keeps it all running Feb. 4, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. 42. Get over it! 35. Let’s get ! Fort Dix Main Chapel 44. The Army’s backbone 36. Your biggest fans The Fort Dix Protestant- 47. Citizen Warrior 37. Always Faithful Gospel and McGuire Protes- 48. They make for a good company 38. Enough, already! tant Chapel will consolidate 49. First Dix commander 39. What comes first Wednesday evening chapel 50. Customers first, people always 40. Crash pad programs. Offering spiritual growth for Soldiers, Airmen, 41. Partnership DoD civilians, retirees and 43. Combat wheels family members of all ages in 45. Training evaluation one community. puzzle by Gerry Zanzalari 46. Can I get a ? The Post January 30, 2009 11 Pamela Sutton-Browning retires after 35 years Lead program & management analyst bows out Steve Snyder The chief of the Resource Public Affairs Staff Management Directorate’s Manpower and Agreements In high school she had Division can testify to Pam’s yearnings to be a teacher but sense of humor. James Carr is economic realities and other still laughing about one inci- opportunities intervened. dent. Today, she’s retiring from her “When Pam was the equip- post as Lead Management & ment analyst for the installa- Program Analyst in the Plans, tion back in the 80s, I used to Analysis and Integration enjoy sending her phony Office (PAIO) at Fort Dix after equipment requests. Once, I 35 years and after having sent her a request for 10,000 racked up more accolades than rectal thermometers for the you can shake a stick at. Reception Station. I waiting Pamela Sutton-Browning until she had started research- steps into history, joining many ing it before telling her it was a other workers over the years fake... she would laugh real who’ve helped make Fort Dix hard... and always was a good an institution synonymous sport.” with expertise spiced with hard That good sport was born in work and dashes of humor. Mount Holly on Sept. 5, 1952. courtesy photo Steve Snyder “I have found Pam to be a She attended Pemberton High STAFF MEETING -- Andre Mixon and Molly Libby, center, join Pamela Sutton-Browning true pleasure to work with,” School, graduating in 1970 and Pamela Sutton-Browning at a meeting of the Plans, Analysis & confides Fort Dix’s Director of remembers being heavily Lead Management & Program Analyst Integration Office (PAIO). Plans, Analysis and Integration Office Public Works, David Peckham. involved in the Future Teachers “Her positive attitude, of America, served as vice even when trying to wheedle president of her junior class, information from DPW for and was secretary for the stu- one of the interminable sus- dent council. penses foisted upon us, made Pam attended Burlington answering the data call a County College for two semes- much more pleasant experi- ters before jumping into the ence,” Peckham notes. “I have local job market. After work- come to rely on her experience ing in several temporary posi- in several key areas and she has tions within civilian personnel never let me down. She either and supply at Fort Dix in the knew the answers or knew early 1970s, Pam became preg- where to find them. nant, starting her family with “She has been a pleasure to daughter Wendy in 1975, fol- work with and will be sorely lowed by Jamie in 1977. missed,” Peckham concludes. She returned to work at Dix Sarah Johnson, director of as a clerk typist in the late Family and Morale, Welfare 1970s before a permanent courtesy photo and Recreation, shares Peck- position became open with the CONVIVIAL CREW -- Counterclockwise around the courtesy photo ham’s admiring perspective. S-4 supply shop at the recep- table, Paul Fort, Roger Browning, Pamela Sutton- SOCIAL LIONS -- Tiffany Colby, left, joins “I’ve always found Pam to tion center where she worked Browning, Debbie Sotilfes, Al Sotilfes, and Ann-Mar- Pamela, Molly Libby and Matt Merkes during a be very accommodating,” as a unit supply clerk. Johnson says. “When her Pam hit the big time, job- garet Fort keep the laughs and refreshments going. break in whatever action they were involved in. office would task out a sus- Her gung ho attitude paid wise, in 1982 when she began pense and you didn’t under- off with a list of awards includ- a stint at a G-S 9 manage- stand what they really wanted, ing (among many others) a ment analyst for the Force I always could call Pam and stipend of $2,500 for complet- Management Division in the get the ‘real’ meaning plus she ing the Lean Six Sigma Green Directorate of Resource Man- would work with you to make agement. Belt project; $2,000 for devel- sure you could complete the oping the JMTC FD Concept Pam was beginning her suspense. plan; two Fort Dix Civilian of march up the job ladder, work- Johnson appreciated Pam’s the Quarter awards; a Com- ing eventually in so many dif- “great sense of humor and that mander’s Award for Civilian ferent departments that she goes a long way when you’re Service, Commander’s Coin gained a thorough, practical tasked with some rather ‘ana- for Excellence; cash awards for grounding in how things lytical’ projects with short Exceptional Performance in worked, becoming a fount of fuses. 1993, ‘94, ‘95, ‘96, ‘97, ’98, institutional knowledge. “In a nutshell, Pam was ‘99 and 2000, a certificate of “I’ve always tried to excel,” easy to work with and extreme- appreciation from the Secre- she says, adding that she’s ly helpful no matter what the tary of the Army for improving “never met a challenge I could- task,” in Johnson’s estimation. n’t handle.” force management in 1995; another Fort Dix Civilian of the Quarter award for profi- ciency in her professional and technical category in 1994; and another certificate of achieve- ment from the Secretary of the courtesy photos Army for Excellence in Man- BASEBALL FANS -- Pam and her husband, Roger Browning, take in a power planning in 1991. Phillies game during 2008, the year the Phils went all the way to a world’s Pam jumped up to the G- championship. S 11 range in 1989, working lyzing DOD’s BRAC (Base Dix’s commander when he met ment. But she did list here mostly with manpower and realignments And Closures) with a congressional represen- granddaughters ages; Vision at equipment analysis for instala- Lead recommendations for tative. Indeed, Pam was one of 9 years, Ariel at eight months tion TDA changes in DRM’s joint basing. After conducting PAIO’s primary analysts in and Kaitlyn at four years. So Management and Manpower research analysis of BRAC reviewing Fort Dix’s FY05 one assumes she intends to Division until 1998 when she data for both the Army and Air BRAC Action Plans. spend some time with them. began conducting more sur- Force, Pam applied DOD In February 2005, Pam And, of course, there will veys and manpower studies. BRAC Military Value Assess- became the Lead Manage- probably be time for any vol- In 1998 Pam went to work ment (MVA) criteria and dis- ment and Program Analyst untary activities she feels like as a management and program covered the BRAC data to be for PAIO on Fort Dix. All of undertaking. Maybe she’ll courtesy photo analyst for the Plans, Analysis faulty and misleading. those years of job-hopping and finally teach after all these MOVING UP -- Pamela sits at her desk in the and Integration Office (PAIO), Fort Dix’s analytical classes paid off. years. Management and ManpowerDivision of the Direc- stepping into a GS-12 slot that dynamo proceeded to set the Knowledge is power. What the hell, it’ll be still heavy responsibilities. torate of Resource Management, circa 1990, when entailed was tasked with ana- Pam record straight by preparing Pam hasn’t explicitly stated another world to conquer. And she worked as a management analyst there. documents for use by Fort what she intends to do in retire- she’s just the one to pull it off.
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