October changes (as of 10/18)
C FUND + 2.38 percent
I FUND + 1.99 percent
S FUND + 4.06 percent
VOL. 63, NO. 41 SERVING THE COMMUNITY OF THE U.S. MILITARY ACADEMY OCTOBER 20, 2006
need your help
By Eric S. Bartelt The topical areas are to develop a
Sports Editor strategic plan: sustain the moral and
ethical climate; institutionalize the
There is an adage that goes, “If cadet leader development system;
it ain’t broke, don’t ﬁx it,” but that establish, publicize and enforce
doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t standards; enhance the military
tweak a well-oiled machine. training program and enhance the
The U.S. Military Academy, a physical program.
top tier university and America’s The big question is how does
military academy, does well in all West Point look in these areas?
its functional areas. Superintendent Are the physical and the military
Lt. Gen. Franklin L. Hagenbeck training up to par with the Army’s
has a mission to keep West needs? Are the Honor Code and
Point in good shape, just like a honor system communicating
corporation that needs to stay correctly to establish a highly
on top in the business world. moral-ethical environment? All
During the ﬁrst four months of his these questions and more will be
reign, he brought in former three- answered by the Tiger Teams.
100-year Anniversary celebration star generals with a no-baggage “How can we do better and get
attached view of the academy and cadets plus the staff and faculty
U.S. Military Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Franklin L. Hagenbeck (left) presents Village
former superintendents to gain to understand how they ﬁt into all
of Highland Falls Mayor Joseph D’Onofrio (center) with a proclamation Oct. 13 from the
their insights about all the working See TIGER TEAMS on page 3
academy congratulating the village’s 100-year incorporation anniversary at Village Hall. New
pieces at the academy.
York State Senator William J. Larkin, Jr. was also on hand. JIM FOX/PV
After all these meetings, the
idea of the Tiger Team concept
Feds expected to get 1.7% raise, plus locality came to light as a way to keep West
Point on top of an ever-changing
By Tim Kaufman pay raise in January and a variable is approved by the administration, A “Tiger Team,” a term
Federal Times increase based on where they work, as expected, all employees would originated by the U.S. military, is
under a proposal approved Oct. 12 receive a 1.7 percent across-the- a collection of individuals who are
Federal employees are in line by a federal advisory panel. board increase regardless of whether employed by an organization as
for a 1.7 percent across-the-board If the advisory group’s proposal Congress passes a 2.2 percent or 2.7 specialists and tasked to take on a
percent total pay raise. speciﬁc project for a short period
1997 graduate killed in Iraq by IED The remainder of the pay raise,
either 0.5 percent or 1 percent,
“We’re fighting a war in
WASHINGTON, (DOD News) would be allocated as locality Afghanistan, we’re ﬁghting a war
-- The Department of Defense pay. in Iraq, and the Army has now
announced Wednesday that Capt. Congress will take up the pay asked us for a new kind of ofﬁcer
Mark C. Paine, 32, of Rancho raise once it returns from the who is an agile, adaptable leader,”
Cucamonga, Calif., was killed November elections. It appears said Col. Kelly Kruger, director
Sunday in Iraq. Paine is a 1997 likely that Congress will approve of the Ofﬁce of Policy, Plans and
graduate of the U.S. Military a 2.2 percent increase for civilian Analysis here. “We have new
Academy. workers, which would match the methodologies for education and
According to the DOD release, increase already approved for resources that are far tighter than
Paine was in Taji, about 20 miles military members. we ever saw before. So, with the
north of Baghdad, when an Traditionally, the part of the environment around us changing, it
improvised explosive device blew raise designated for locality pay is is time to stand back and say, ‘okay,
up near his vehicle. divvied up so that a larger portion we have to look at where we might
He was assigned to the 1st goes to employees in regions need change. Even though we’re
Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, where pay gaps with the private doing great, it is time to take a fresh
1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division sector are highest. Under this look at things.’”
from Fort Hood in Texas. scenario, employees in the San There will be six Tiger Teams,
Editor’s Note: At press time Francisco region would receive the consisting of 10-to-15 members
burial was conﬁrmed at Arlington largest percentage increase -- 2.71 and a team leader, charged with Soldier Show time change,
National Cemetery at a date to be reviewing six areas deemed now 5 p.m. Sunday,
determined. Capt. Mark C. Paine See PAY RAISE on page 3 important by the superintendent. see page 11
2 October 20, 2006
DOD employees lend a helping hand
Commentary by Karen Rutzick decade anniversary of the Federal Now, ﬁve merit-based scholarships The FEEA fund gave nearly $2 the FEEA fund’s bank account
Govexec.com Employee Education and Assistance of $5,000 each will be paid annually million in emergency grants and in Colorado -- the entirety of its
fund, which helped Cruz pay for his to the federal community out of loans to federal employees affected balance at the time -- and ﬂew down
Not all benefits for federal daughter’s education. The fund the rest. Before this gift, local by hurricanes Wilma, Katrina and to Miami with the cash in his jacket
employees are congressionally represents a joint effort by unions scholarships were awarded between Rita in 2005 alone. But the fund pocket to dole out to employees
mandated, agency funded or and management groups to collect $400 and $2,500 a year. wasn’t always so established. in need.
included in the president’s budget money from federal employees and Delagate Eleanor Holmes Stephen Bauer, executive In April 1995, the FEEA fund
request -- some are made possible corporate sponsors. Norton, D-D.C., honored the director of FEEA, said Hurricane stepped up its efforts when dozens
by the generosity of your 1.8 In the past 20 years, federal fund’s anniversary and government Andrew in 1992 was the first of federal employees were killed
million co-workers. employees have collected $5.5 employees’ generosity toward one natural disaster to really test in the Alfred P. Murrah building
Department of Defense civilian million in hardship aid for natural another at a breakfast Oct. 11. the fund’s mettle. Many federal bombing in Oklahoma City.
employee Juan Cruz, who was disasters or personal emergencies “Why am I not surprised?” employees worked and lived around Government employees, with
badly burned in the Pentagon during and $6.5 million in college Norton said. “I’m not surprised Homestead Air Force Base in the help of corporate sponsors
the Sept. 11 attacks, is sending his scholarships through FEEA. because I’ve seen what federal Florida, whose two bank branches Geico, Blue Cross Blue Shield and
daughter to Brown University with Managers of the fund and the employees do for our country and were destroyed in the storm. Wright and Co., are paying full
the help of colleagues. National Treasury Employees the world.” Bauer withdrew $20,000 from college tuition for the more than
“One of the most significant Union announced a new program 200 children who lost a federally
acts we felt from that day was the Oct. 11. NTEU donated $726,363 employed parent that day. Many
collective generosity from our left over from a $159 million of those kids are making their way
fellow government employees,” lawsuit it won on behalf of federal through school now, and many have
said Veronica Cruz, Juan’s wife, employees to endow a new college yet to start.
also a DOD employee. Juan Cruz scholarship.
lost his speech for three months, NTEU ﬁled the lawsuit in 1983,
had his ﬁngertips amputated and and 22 years later, about 212,000
just underwent another cornea current and former employees
transplant in September. received money from special rate The members of the
Last week marks the two- salaries they were wrongly denied. Sexual Assault Response and
Prevention Team are Col.
Jeanette McMahon, Shelley
Ariosto (Garrison), Maj.
Samantha Breton (USCC),
Maj. Kim Kawamoto (ODIA)
and Lt. Col. Robbie Williams
can e-mail McMahon at
edu for advice or to offer
any recommendations on the
Cadets can also call the
sexual assault support helpline
at (845) 591-7215.
West Point Soldiers and
civilians needing assistance
can call (845) 938-3369.
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October 20, 2006 3
TIGER TEAMS, cont. from page 1 PAY RAISE, cont.
this?” Kruger asked. “All the pieces at Fort Bragg, N.C., as an ofﬁcer how do we develop (ofﬁcers and concept is the cadets -- developing from page 1
are going right, but in some cases and NCO with not shaving on a sergeants) here to prepare them to programs so they can excel in their
percent if a 2.2 percent pay hike is
it appears it’s an opportunity to Saturday morning, a ‘non-work’ go back into the Army?” Kruger academics, military, physical and
approved, or 3.72 percent based on
enhance what we’re doing.” day, and throwing on a pair of PT said. “We haven’t done a careful social development here.
a 2.7 percent increase.
One of the biggest things shorts, a T-shirt and ﬂip-ﬂops to go systematic look and it’s time to do “Our job is to put this into the
However, some cities under
inherent in the Tiger Team concept up to the PX to buy a sack of grass that to ensure we’re turning quality structure and make the cadets’
the traditional method are getting
is getting recommendations from seed to put on your yard. products of all ranks back to the experience here as valuable as it can
further away from closing their
anyone who has an idea to provide “But do that here and let a cadet Army.” be and give the cadets everything
pay gaps than others, said Jerry
a positive change. These six areas see you and the immediate picture The principle of these Tiger they need to produce the product we
Mikowicz, a deputy associate
don’t just involve cadets, they also is ‘I guess that’s okay.’ Well, if you Teams is to maintain a level of need for the Army,” Kruger said. “It
director at the Ofﬁce of Personnel
include ofﬁcers, noncommissioned think about it, it’s really not okay,” quality throughout the ranks in all is our job to put the right education
ofﬁcers, enlisted Soldiers and our he added. “You’re a professional 24 areas, but a big focus of this entire model out there and execute it.”
Also, new salary data prepared
civilian workforce. hours a day, seven days a week. The
for the council by the Bureau of
The key, Kruger said, is the ﬁrst time we ‘role model’ the wrong Tiger Teams Labor Statistics shows larger pay
superintendent doesn’t want to thing, the cadets are going to look at
Develop a strategic plan (Col. Steve Ressler/CME Department gaps in some areas than previously
make these exclusive, secretive it and think, ‘I guess it really isn’t
Deputy Head) calculated.
teams. bad after all because that lieutenant
Sustain the moral and ethical climate (Col. Kip Nygren/CME OPM staff working for the
All are encouraged to provide colonel is a pretty sharp guy and I
Dept. Head) council devised an alternate method
any recommendations they have like him, so maybe it’s okay to not
Institutionalize the cadet leader development system (Col. for allocating locality pay that
for positive change. shave on weekends …,’ and that’s
Douglas Boone/SCPME director) would allow employees in some
He wants people to understand ﬂat wrong.”
Establish, publicize and enforce standards (Col. Patricia Dooley/ regions to receive larger pay raises
that if they have an idea in any one The Tiger Teams will have
C&LS Assistant Professor) than they would get if the traditional
of the six areas they can contact one meetings and can receive new
Enhance the military training program(Col. Michael Meese/Social method was followed.
of the Tiger Team leaders or OPA ideas until December when
Sciences Dept. Head) The alternate method allocates
with their ideas. the superintendent takes all
Enhance the physical program (Col. Peter Curry/DMI Dept. locality pay based on the proportion
“With everyone involved, the recommendations under
Head) of the remaining pay gap in each
everyone will be a part of the advisement.
Anyone with suggestions for any of the Tiger Teams may contact locality; so regions where the gap
s o l u t i o n . Yo u w i l l g e t a n Kruger explained that an
he team leaders directly or contact the Ofﬁce of Policy, Plans and has widened would get a larger
institutional buy-in to what we’re implementation timeline spanning
Analysis at 938-3549. share.
doing,” Kruger said, “and we’ll from January through next
have everyone pulling on the rope academic year and beyond will be
in the same direction.” established to benchmark process
The 1979 USMA graduate steps of a campaign plan that will
said the solutions that are offered be managed and tracked by OPA.
don’t need to be cadet-centric. Kruger said this is a great way to
The purpose of these teams is keep West Point in tune with the
to enhance things at the military rest of the Army, not only for the
academy as a whole. approximately 1,000 cadets who
“The ofﬁcer corps and the NCO graduate annually, but also for the
corps here are role models (for the 200 plus ofﬁcers and Soldiers who
cadets) and they are role models go back into the Army after their
like no other place in the Army,” time spent here.
Kruger stated. “You can get away “You can’t be stagnant, so
4 October 20, 2006 Local and National News
Plebe class takes charge of Plebe-Parent Weekend
Story and photo by son Sean is a captain and spent one Class Michael Sorrentino, Jr. from
Kathy Eastwood year in Iraq. He will be deployed to Wilmington, Mass., served as the
Staff Writer Afghanistan possibly in January.” Intelligence Ofﬁcer.
The Executive Officer was “I was glad to be given a
Members of the class of 2010 Cadet 4th Class Johnny Martinez command position for PPW because
took command Oct. 13, for Plebe- of Phoenix, who is a member of it really lets me know that I am
Parent weekend here. The cadet the fellowship of Christian athletes doing the right things,” Sorrentino
brigade staff chose their successors and plays on the B-4 intramural said. “For many of us, it is our ﬁrst
for the three-day event giving basketball team. chance to practice peer leadership.
the freshman their ﬁrst chance at The Regimental Command Sgt. It’s a great opportunity.”
command. Maj. is Cadet 4th Class Robert The Training and Operations
This year’s PPW Regimental Perry from West Chester, Ohio. Ofﬁcer was Cadet 4th Class Dylan
Commander was Cadet 4th Class He graduated from Cincinnati Potter from Marcellus, N.Y.
Terrence Shields of Carlisle, Pa. Christian High School in 2006. Potter graduated from Marcellus
Shields is third generation Cadet 4th Class Matt Carstensen High School last year and plans on
military and graduated from from Greenwich, Conn., is the majoring in U.S. history.
Carlisle High School in 2005. He Regimental Activities Officer. Cadet 4th Class Andres Pazmin
spent a year at the U.S. Military Carstensen enlisted in March of originally from Cali, Colombia, was The Class of 2010 Regimental Command for Plebe-Parent
Academy Prep School before 2003 and served two tours in the Supply and Logistic Ofﬁcer. His Weekend passes in review in front of parents and friends Sat.
entering West Point. His father is Operations Enduring Freedom IV family now lives in Greer, S.C. The opportunities and mentors we Gulf Forward Support Company,
retired Col. Robert Shields who and V and was a Corporal prior to “I am honored to have a are exposed to here are unique to 82nd Airborne Division, Brigade
taught engineering here from 1980- entering USMAPS in 2005. command role in this year’s PPW,” West Point and provide the best Support Battalion for more than a
1983. The Personnel Ofﬁcer is Cadet Pazmin said. “It should be the goal atmosphere and guidance for future year. He was a part of Task Force
“All three of my sons are in the 4th Class Melanie Gouthro of Fort of all cadets to assume responsibility commissioned ofﬁcers.” Katrina for the hurricane relief in
military,” the elder Shields said. “My Walton Beach, Fla., while Cadet 4th and take charge whenever possible. Pazmin enlisted and served with New Orleans.
Common Task Training now Army Warrior Training
WASHINGTON (Military warrior tasks and battle drills that communicating, urban operations, current lessons from the combat A warrior task site selection
Report) -- Common Task Training, support the unit mission essential first aid, chemical, biological, zones in Iraq and Afghanistan to board consisting of members
the annual mandatory skills test for task list. The WTBD are based on radiological, nuclear and battle prepare a Soldier faster to face the from the Army’s Training and
junior ofﬁcers and enlisted Soldiers, relevant tasks which are conducted drills. operational environment. Doctrine Command, Accessions
has officially been replaced by today in the contemporary operating The warrior tasks and battle Warrior tasks and battle drills Command, Forces Command and
Army Warrior Training, a grouping environment, incorporating tasks drills were developed through a were ﬁrst incorporated in initial the Infantry School meet twice a
of warrior tasks and battle drills developed through lessons learned task force that convened starting entry and advanced individual year to review the warrior tasks and
developed from lessons learned on when appropriate,” said the Army in 2003 at Fort Benning, Ga., to training in 2004 and into the basic battle drills and how they relate to
the battleﬁeld. message. review initial entry training. The ofﬁcer leaders course in 2006. developments in theater.
The message was disseminated Soldiers are expected to be task force reviewed more than
throughout the Army last week and able to fight and complete their 400 tasks and through a selection
directs unit leaders to replace CTT mission while applying and process narrowed it down to the
with AWT as an annual training staying proﬁcient in the tasks and Army Warrior Training, which
event for all active component battle drills including individual became effective Oct. 1.
Soldiers in the grade of E-7 and tasks such as shooting, moving, The training is designed to use
below, warrant ofﬁcers 1-2, and ﬁrst
and second lieutenants. Reserve
component soldiers are required to
do AWT every three years.
“Army Warrior Training is
designed to maintain a Soldier’s
proﬁciency in the performance of
Local and National News October 20, 2006 5
Judge orders revisions to HSD personnel rules
WASHINGTON (Fed Times) Security Act, which created the Appeals for the District of Columbia is enough funding to move forward not the adversary,” said NTEU
-- A federal judge Tuesday ordered department and directed that it Circuit upheld her decision, and with personnel reforms for 10,700 President Colleen Kelley in a
the Homeland Security Department ensure collective bargaining rights three weeks after the department managers, supervisors and other statement Tuesday. “Protecting our
to revise personnel rules she struck for employees, she said. decided to forgo any further appeals non-bargaining unit employees. country and recognizing the rights
down last year. Homeland Security sought in the case. Homeland Security now The American Federation of of those who are actively engaged
Judge Rosemary Collyer to remove requirements that must report back to Collyer in nine Government Employees and the in doing so are two sides of the
of the U.S. District Court in managers bargain with unions months on its progress rewriting National Treasury Employees same coin.”
Washington ruled in August before changing an employee’s the rules. Union were two of the ﬁve unions The court rulings are expected
2005 that Homeland Security’s work assignment, detailing an The personnel system, called that sought to halt the personnel to give unions a stronger hand
proposed personnel system would employee to another location or MAX HR, will receive $25 million system. in negotiations with Homeland
essentially strip employees of introducing new technologies. in funding in fiscal 2007 -- $5 “It is time for this administration Security, and may complicate the
collective bargaining rights. That Collyer’s order comes four million less than in ﬁscal 2006. to realize and accept the reality that Defense Department’s efforts to
would violate the Homeland months after the U.S. Court of Homeland Security said $25 million dedicated DHS employees are change its personnel rules.
Most retirees to get 3.3 percent COLA increase in ‘07
WASHINGTON (Fed Times) retirement system, will see the 3.3 increase by 3.3 percent. is the largest since 2001, when The CPI for urban wage earners
-- Most federal retirees will percent increase in the ﬁrst annuity Most of the government’s 2.4 most retirees received a 3.5 percent and clerical workers rose 3.3
receive a 3.3 percent cost-of-living checks of 2007. Those in the Federal million annuity recipients received increase. percent from the third quarter of
adjustment, or COLA, in January. Employees Retirement System will a 4.1 percent COLA this year, The cost-of-living adjustment 2005 to the third quarter of this
Annuitants and survivors in the receive a 2.3 percent adjustment. the highest increase in 16 years. mirrors the rise in the consumer year, according to statistics issued
Civil Service Retirement System, FERS retirees also receive Social Omitting this year’s adjustment, price index, the government’s Wednesday by the Bureau of Labor
the government’s oldest and largest Security contributions, which will the 3.3 percent increase for 2007 method of measuring inflation. Statistics.
Updated Tricare Standard Handbook now available
WASHINGTON (Military an insurance claim with the military to the same comprehensive level as While the information in the deputy director of the Tricare
Report) -- A new Tricare Standard health insurance system. the handbooks for Tricare Prime, books is exhaustive, they do not Management Activity. “Explaining
Handbook is now available to all The new version goes into much the most popular military coverage include cost data, because that the beneﬁt more clearly promotes
beneﬁciaries, with more detailed greater detail than the old booklet, option, and its companion program, changes so often. Instead, the beneficiary satisfaction and is
information than ever on how to ﬁle bringing the Standard handbook up Prime Remote. Pentagon publishes a supplementary in keeping with the president’s
ﬂyer listing the cost of all Tricare initiative to make health care more
Latest attempt to cut
programs, including pharmacy and transparent.”
dental costs. An updated ﬂyer will Beneficiaries can request a
be released any time costs change. handbook and ﬂyer from their local
Defense Travel System fails “We are publishing the Standard
handbook to help beneﬁciaries fully
understand their medical care,” said
Tricare Service Center or check
them out online at http://www.
By Daniel Pulliam R-Okla., would have prohibited the The DTS contract, awarded
Army Maj. Gen. Elder Granger, default.aspx.
Govexec.com Defense Department from spending in May 1998, has survived
funds on the Web-based travel several attacks in addition to
The Pentagon’s $474 million booking system. It also would the most recent one. These
travel booking system survived have required the Pentagon to set include another by Coburn a
another congressional attack when up a travel system using a service year ago. A second attempt failed
negotiators stripped a Senate fee pricing method similar to the when House members in June
amendment blocking funding for General Services Administration’s rejected by a vote of 285-141
the program from the ﬁscal 2007 eTravel Service. an amendment to the ﬁscal 2007
Defense authorization bill. In June, when the amendment Defense appropriations bill that
The compromise version passed, the Pentagon was in the ﬁnal would have cut off the system’s
of the legislation (H.R. 5122), months of a contract with Northrop funding.
approved by both chambers of Grumman Corp. to develop the Last week, the Government
Congress late last week, would long-awaited, end-to-end electronic Accountability Office reported
require the Pentagon to hold off travel booking system. The contract that an estimate that the
on issuing a new contract for the expired Sept. 29. implementation of DTS would
Defense Travel System until there A Northrop Grumman produce $56 million in annual net
is a schedule to phase out legacy spokeswoman said the company savings was based on unreliable
travel systems. The department received a six-month extension information.
also would have to develop ﬁxed for continuing DTS operations “Taxpayers don’t need any
requirements for DTS. and maintenance. The extension more studies to know that DTS
In addition, Defense ofﬁcials anticipates that the government has become the defense industry’s
would be required to submit an will re-compete the DTS contract, bridge to nowhere,” said John Hart,
independent study of DTS to according to a pre-solicitation a spokesman for Coburn’s ofﬁce.
congressional defense committees notice posted on FedBizOpps. “Congress should end this
no later than 180 days after the Northrop Grumman has a boondoggle and stop appeasing
enactment of the bill and to separate six-month contract under Northrop lobbyists,” Hart said.
follow up with a report detailing the Defense Travel Management “Congress may be rewarding
the changes made based on the Ofﬁce for DTS help desk support Northrop for its inept handling of
study’s recommendations. and sustainment training. The ofﬁce this program. It seems that they’re
An amendment to the final expects to hold a competition for giving them more opportunity
Senate version of the bill, help desk support, the Northrop to make money off of this
proposed by Sen. Tom Coburn, Grumman spokeswoman said. program.”
6 October 20, 2006
Community Features and Photos
West Point Military Police team toughs it out at Warfighter competition
By Eric S. Bartelt an obstacle course and performed barriers.
Sports Editor many battle drills. Just before the night land
One of the bigger obstacles for navigation course as the team
With only ﬁve weeks to prepare the West Point team was the lack jumped off the cattle truck at the
while still performing their duties at of equipment available to them land nav site, it became apparent
West Point, four military policemen at West Point that they needed that Reese was having a physical
from the 1st Battalion, 1st Infantry to perform proficiently at the issue.
Regiment prepared to participate competition. They could not train “Reese came up to me and said
in an MP regimental competition as effectively as other teams from something didn’t feel right, and I
called “Warﬁghter.” bigger installations who did have asked him what was wrong because
The “Warﬁghter” competition equipment like the Crew-Served I thought he was just nervous about
took place Sept. 21-24 at Fort Weapon System and a hard-shell the event,” McKenna said. “He
Leonard Wood, Mo., and involved HMMWV. told me he felt bad and that he had
33 teams from all across the Army, One task was to dismount a something wrong with his chest,
many of whom had a full year to Crew-Served Weapon System from so I felt his chest and it felt like a
prepare for the competition. a hard-shelled HMMWV and place gremlin was trying to get out of it
Sergeant Shawn McKenna, it into action. … so we went straight to the aid
Spc. Tim Olsen, Spc. Jason Reese “That’s a big thing when you station to have a medic check him Sergeant Shawn McKenna (kneeling lower left, holding guidon),
and team alternate Pfc. Jason don’t have a hard-shell HMMWV while the other team’s were staging Spc. Tim Olsen (kneeling lower right, holding guidon), Spc.
McKennon performed admirably to practice the crew drill,” said to head on out.” Jason Reese (standing to the right), and Pfc. Jason McKennon
despite their lack of preparation Sgt. 1st Class George Wetzel, who While the other teams received participated in the “Warfighter” competition at Fort Leonard
time, ﬁnishing 11th overall against coordinated the paperwork to get briefings, maps and equipment Wood, Mo., Sept. 21-24.
MP teams from the 82nd Airborne the team into the competition. needed for them to reach all their
ﬁnished 16 places higher than last is a big deal for all these units, and
Division, 101st Airborne Division, McKenna described how the points within four hours, Reese
year’s West Point team. at the bigger divisions there are
10th Mountain Division and other team took a ﬂexible approach to was headed to the hospital. After
“They showed heart. When I tryouts among the brigades with
highly visible Army posts including things like the crew drill, showing the doctor diagnosed his condition
sat down with the first sergeant a large pool of Soldiers to choose
the overall winner, the 728th their ingenuity and ability to react as sleep deprivation, which caused
to talk about who we wanted to from. At West Point, there is an MP
Military Police Battalion from to situations for which they had not his anxiety, sputtering pulse and
do this, we both came to the same Company of 68 Soldiers to choose
Hawaii. practiced. dramatically fluctuating blood
conclusion. We wanted these four from and only ﬁve weeks to prepare
“Warﬁghter” is a grueling test “We didn’t get to train for the pressure, he returned to the
Soldiers because they don’t quit,” for competition due to their regular
of endurance, physical strength, crew drill before we got to the competition two hours later ready
Wetzel said. “To be honest, Olsen missions. These Soldiers made a
military knowledge and awareness competition, so we learned on the to go.
could have stopped rucking any statement on the talent they offer.
skills, all done during a four-day fly,” McKenna said. “We were “I’m not one to quit, but
second [considering] how bad “For me, it’s a respect thing,”
period with the added duress of walking up to the event discussing something was not right at the
his feet were. Reese went to the Reese said. “It’s my first duty
sleep deprivation. how to complete it and it went time,” Reese said.
hospital and that [could have been station and I feel I have to prove
The MPs completed Common smoothly.” The team would have gotten
a life or death situation]. But I’m myself because a lot of people
Task Training, road marches, The group faced many zero points for the land navigation
not going to get upset over his come here from other units that
Warrior Task Training; shot a obstacles that challenged their will event if Reese had not returned
[situation] either … but these guys have been to combat and have done
variety of weapons to include the to continue, but they had the heart because the timing did not allow
wouldn’t quit. real world stuff.
M9, M249 and the M4; navigated to get through some tough physical the alternate to compete in the event
“Sgt. McKenna wacked himself “It feels good to get that respect
at that point. But, even with a two-
twice and he could have sat there that we actually accomplished
hour deﬁcit, the team was able to
writhing in pain, but he got back something in the minimal time
ﬁnish before teams that left a long
up,” he added. “Those are the types that we had to prepare,” he added.
time before them.
of leaders we need down the road “It says a lot about our potential as
Then the team went right into
that will help the Army in its change a whole and that if we had all the
the ﬁnal event, which was the 15-
from the older generation to the resources that the other teams had
mile ruck march. They finished
newer generation, and Soldiers like and the time then I think we could
13th overall, although Reese was
these are what the Army needs.” have the potential to be the number
still suffering some of the sleep
The “Warﬁghter” competition one team, very easily.”
deprivation symptoms and Olsen
had two blood blisters on his feet.
“I had golf-ball sized blood
blisters on the inside of both of my Delivery problems?
feet. I was in pain,” Olsen said. “I FOR PV HOME DELIVERY PROBLEMS CONTACT VALERIE MULLANE AT THE POUGHKEEPSIE
showed the guys afterward that JOURNAL AT (845) 437-4730 OR BY E-MAIL AT VMULLANE@POUGHKEE.GANNETT.COM.
I wasn’t lying about the pain. It
was an experience to see how far
you can push yourself and I never
pushed myself that hard before …
You ﬁnd out what your limits are
and see if you can push yourself
past your breaking point and ﬁnd
out how strong you are.”
From Reese’s sleep deprivation
Specialist Jason Reese (in front) and Sgt. Shawn McKenna issues to Olsen’s feet to McKenna
trudge through a river crossing during one of the events at the hurting his groin on two separate
“Warfighter” competition in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., Sept. occasions at the obstacle course,
21-24. The team finished 16 places higher than last year’s the team had the drive to continue
West Point team. with their “no quit” attitude and
Community Features and Photos October 20, 2006 7
Lessons on fire prevention at West Point Elementary School
Story and photo by “We teach the children with age- there will be ﬁreﬁghters there to month, but the principals here want you have willing and open people
Kathy Eastwood related tools,” said Fire Protection keep them from going right. It’s four a month. It really helps when to work with.”
Inspector Mark McKeon. “Pre- a way of letting them know there
October 8 through 14 was school and kindergarten children can be alternative ways out of a
designated as Fire Prevention play word games and tour the ﬁre building if they are prevented by
Week this year in commemoration truck. We give lessons in ﬁre drills, smoke or ﬁre.”
of the Great Chicago Fire of how to handle smoke and teach Children learned how to get
1871 that killed more than 250 them how to use their senses, such out of a smoke-ﬁlled room when
people and destroyed roughly as smell and hearing to detect ﬁres ﬁreﬁghters and inspectors held a
17,400 structures. This year the to the older children.” sheet over a mat and instructed the
ﬁre prevention theme is ‘Stand by Children were also presented children to crawl under the blanket
your pan.’ with what are known as ‘adult’ (smoke) to get out.
One out of every three home tools, such as matches, lighters “We supplement what we teach
ﬁres is started in the kitchen. Fire and children’s toys so they will here by sending letters to parents
departments nationwide observe understand what not to play with step-by-step instructions
the week by holding community with. on planning a ﬁre drill at home,”
fire prevention activities that A new concept is a change in McKeon added. “We also let them
address safety steps when dealing the way ﬁre drills are done, which is know that homes should have a ﬁre Fire Protection Inspector Mark McKeon digs into his ‘tool’ box
with ﬁre. a lesson for teachers and children. alarm.” to show W.P. Elementary School children items that should be
The Department of Emergency “It used to be that teachers McKeon said that it is a pleasure in a home, such as a smoke alarm. He also showed them adult
Services and the West Point Fire planned ﬁre drills by using only to teach fire prevention at the ‘tools,’ such as matches and lighters so they would understand
Department visited the West Point one way to get out,” McKeon said. schools. what not to play with. The fire department and the Department
Elementary School Oct. 10-12 to “Teachers tend to lead kids out of “The principals are very pro- of Emergency Services were at the school from Oct. 10-12 as
instruct children and teachers in ﬁre the classroom then out the right active,” he said. “We are only part of Fire Prevention Week to teach safety to kindergarteners,
prevention and safety. side of the building. This time, required to have a ﬁre drill once a as well as first- and second-grade students.
8 October 20, 2006 Community Features and Photos
Plebe-Parent weekend 2006
Story and photos by since Acceptance Day in August,
Kathy Eastwood after new cadets complete basic
Staff Writer training and are accepted into
the Corps of Cadets. Parents and
The annual Plebe-Parent friends were able to check out
weekend was held Oct. 13 through classrooms, meet instructors, tour
Monday here. The event is always the Superintendent’s Quarters and
anticipated by the freshman class. enjoy a boat ride on the Hudson
Classes were suspended Monday River. They also enjoyed the annual
to allow the freshmen to enjoy time Fall Foliage celebration in Highland
with family and friends and show Falls and viewed the plebe review,
off what they are doing and learning the only time a review consists of
at West Point. only plebes.
The special weekend generally Many cadets said they are
is the ﬁrst time plebes get to visit enjoying their ﬁrst year at West
with their friends and families Point, even though it is a tough
“I like it a lot better now,” said
Cadet 4th Class Dan Firestone. “It’s
hard, but I’m in a great company
and that helps a lot. I have wanted
to come here since I was in sixth
Firestone, his family and friend
Calley Bilgram enjoyed lunch
together in Highland Falls while
checking out the crafts and food at
the Fall Foliage Festival. The new members of the Cadet Drill Team display their skills to friends and family during the
“I have to say I am very proud Plebe-Parent Weekend cadet review Saturday on the Plain.
of him,” Firestone’s mom, Allegra, history in our family, so it’s great Some cadets entered West Point around West Point.
Cadet 4th Class Terrence said. “We don’t have a military that he’s enjoying it here.” because of the military tradition “Our family has served in
Shields, the PPW regimental here. nearly every war the United States
commander, stands with by “My father is a Major and I has been involved in,” Frank said.
parents retired Col. Bob and just thought this was the best way “We can trace our family back to
Serena from Carlisle, Pa. His to go,” said Cadet 4th Class Evan John Quincy Adams, so there is
father taught engineering here Ritchie from Newcomers Town, quite a military history there.”
from 1980-83. Ohio. “He’s in Iraq now, but he was Karalius graduated sixth in his
home over Labor Day.” class at the U.S. Military Academy
Fourth Class Cadet Adam Prep School before entering West
Karalius from Freemont, Calif., Point.
a member of the sprint football “I like everything about West
team, enjoyed showing his twin Point,” Karalius said. “I’ve wanted
sister Adrienne, parents Frank and to come here since I was years 10
Phyllis and girlfriend Katie Hayes old and that never changed.”
Cadet 4th Class Adam Karalius, from Freemont, Calif., poses
for photos with his twin sister Adrienne.
Community Features and Photos October 20, 2006 9
Energy Awareness Month promotes wiser use of limited resources
By J.D. Leipold “The Army is one of the energy-efficient products to lighting, power
government’s largest utility reduce greenhouse gas emissions. management systems for
WASHINGTON (Army News customers, spending nearly $1 Computers and monitors were ofﬁce equipment and low
Service) -- October is National billion annually on those costs,” the ﬁrst labeled products. Later, standby energy use.
Energy Awareness Month and this Juhasz said. “Just a 10 percent the EPA expanded the label to Along with energy
year’s theme, “Energy independence decrease in utility consumption additional office equipment and efﬁcient products, Energy
depends on us,” promotes wiser use would lower the government’s residential heating and cooling Star also offers solutions
of limited energy resources and expenditures by more than $100 equipment. to common household
highlights the importance of energy million a year.” Today, the label is on major problems to help reduce
to the economic prosperity, security “The bottom line,” he said, “is it appliances, lighting, home your energy costs. They
and growth of America. saves utility costs if lights are turned electronics and also on new homes can offer an online home
The Army has reduced energy off when a room is unoccupied, and commercial and industrial analysis and assistance
consumption by 29.4 percent since even for two seconds.” buildings. Over the past decade, along with possible For more info. on Energy Star
1985. Energy Star has been a driving solutions to most home problems, go to www.energystar.gov.
“Unfortunately, from 2003 to Improving energy force behind the more widespread including mold and mildew, dust, For more info. on the Army
2005 we increased energy use by management use of such innovations as LED damp basements, dry winter air and Energy Program go to http://www.
3.5 percent due to the Global War The Energy Policy Act of 2005 trafﬁc lights, efﬁcient ﬂuorescent moisture on windows. army-energy.hqda.pentagon.mil.
on Terrorism and a loss of focus charges individuals and government
on energy conservation,” said agencies with improving energy
Secretary of the Army Francis J. management to save money and
Harvey. reduce environmentally harmful
Because the Department of emissions.
Defense is the nation’s single To reduce energy costs by
largest user of energy and the Army two percent, as mandated by the
is the largest utilities consumer. EP Act, the Army established an
“We must be a leader in energy energy campaign plan that extends
efﬁciency and the use of renewable through 2030.
energy products and emerging
technologies,” he said. Energy Star
Energy Star, a joint program of
Myths the U.S. Environmental Protection
According to Don Juhasz, chief, Agency and the U.S. Department
utilities and energy team under of Energy, was created in 1992
the Assistant Chief of Staff for to help consumers, businesses
Installation Management, “There and government agencies save
are myths, routinely held as fact, money by offering energy efﬁcient
that inhibit cost-saving practices.” products.
One such fable is that the Army A voluntary labeling program,
doesn’t pay for utilities. Energy Star identiﬁes and promotes
Local energy tips
By Martha Hinote, Check ﬁreplace dampers and
DPW Customer Relations make sure they are shut when the
ﬁreplace is not in operation.
USMA spends over $17 million Do not block radiators or air
each year on energy. Whether you vents with furniture or carpeting.
are an on-post resident or an ofﬁce On sunny days, let in the
dweller, your everyday actions can sunshine and take advantage of
help reduce this enormous cost with solar heat. Close drapes and blinds
very little effort. when the sun goes down. This helps
You can do the following to help trap the heat.
conserve West Point’s energy: Purchase only “Energy Star”
Remove air conditioning products, as they use signiﬁcantly
units from windows before the less energy. It is Army policy
winter season. Air leaks around and that “Energy Star” products be
through the units waste heat. purchased when available.
Turn off lights and unneeded Set temperatures for ofﬁce
appliances when they aren’t being and living spaces at 70 to 74
used. Use only the lights you need degrees when occupied and 55
to complete the task at hand. Select when not occupied, as deﬁned by
compact fluorescent light bulbs Army energy policies.
that use one-third of the energy of If you control a thermostat
traditional light bulbs. locally, please adjust it to meet
[NOTE: Energy Savings bulbs these standards.
are available at the Self Help If your area is served by the
Center.] post automatic control system and
Keep windows and doors you believe your temperatures are
closed during the heating season. not being maintained in this range,
If you have storm windows, make please call in a service order, 938-
sure they are being used properly. 2316.
10 October 20, 2006
At Your Leisure October 20, 2006 11
MWR Blurbs Command
BOSS poker tournament
BOSS is hosting a poker
938-7535. Support Group for all service
members at West Point who are
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade
Nov. 23. For more information, call
tournament tonight at Buffalo
Teen Halloween Jam
T h e Yo u t h C e n t e r Te e n
veterans of Operations Enduring
and Iraqi Freedom.
ITR at 938-3601.
The event is free and open to Halloween Jam at the Victor The group meets on the third Radio City Christmas show
the West Point community. Doors Constant Ski Lodge is Oct. 31 Thurs. of each month at the ACS, Tickets are available for shows Oct. 20 - Oct. 27
open at 6:30 p.m. and play begins from 8 to 10 p.m. Bldg. 622, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 5, 12 and 14.
at 7:30 p.m. This free event is open to all For more information call Sgt. Call ITR at 938-3601 for more Friday
Refreshments will be available O’Neill High School students in 1st Class Raymond Persaud at information.
and the top two players will win 9th to 12th grade. 938-4114 or Capt. Bobby Sidell at 8:30 a.m. Army Newswatch
prizes. Activities will include a DJ and 938-3441. 9 a.m. CFC 2006
Call Staff Sgt. Jermaine Malone bonﬁre. 12:30 p.m. Army Newswatch
at 938-8063 or Connie Woodley at Sign up at the YC, Bldg. 500, Thanksgiving dinner 1 p.m. CFC 2006
938-6497. or OHS by 2 p.m. Oct. 31. Enjoy a sumptuous Thanksgiving 5:30 p.m. Army Newswatch
Photo ID will be required. Call dinner and leave the cooking to the 6 p.m. CFC 2006
2006 Soldier Show time Jodi at 938-8899 for more info. West Point Club.
change Tickets are on sale for the Monday
The 2006 Soldier Show comes Ski, skate and hockey swap Thanksgiving Day feast. Call 938-
to West Point Sunday at 5 p.m. The ski, skate and hockey swap 5120 or 446-5504 for more info. 9 a.m. Army Newswatch
in Eisenhower Hall. This time is at the Victor Constant Ski Slope 9:30 a.m. CFC 2006
two hours earlier than originally will be Nov. 19-20 from noon to 8 Thanksgiving Day parade 11 a.m. CFC 2006
announced. p.m. Purchase discounted season Join ITR for a trip to New 1 p.m. Army Newswatch
The high-energy, live musical ski passes and rent seasonal ski York City to see the world famous 1:30 p.m. CFC 2006
review showcases the talents of equipment. 3 p.m. CFC 2006
active duty Soldiers and offers Call 938-4637 for more 5:30 p.m. CFC 2006
something for the whole family.
For more information, call
NOW SHOWING in the movie theater
at Mahan Hall, Bldg. 752
6 p.m. Army Newswatch
Connie Woodley at 938-6497. Hunting lottery Fri. -- Hollywoodland, R, 7:30 p.m.
Sign-ups are now underway for Sat. -- Invincible, PG, 7:30 p.m.
FCC training class the hunting lottery for the opening Sat. -- Crank, R, 9:30 p.m. 8:30 a.m. Army Newswatch
A new Family Child Care day of big game season. Stop in at Oct. 27 -- Gridiron Gang, PG-13, 7:30 p.m. 9 a.m. CFC 2006
provider training class will begin Round Pond, or call 938-2503. The Oct. 28 -- The Covenant, PG-13, 7:30 p.m. Noon CFC 2006
Monday through Nov. 2. Call lottery will be held Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. Oct. 28 -- The Black Dahlia, R, 9:30 p.m. 12:30 p.m. Army Newswatch
the FCC office at 938-3921 to at the Ski Slope. Nov. 4 -- Jet Li’s Fearless, PG-13, 7:30 p.m. 1 p.m. CFC 2006
participate. Registrations will be accepted Nov. 4 -- Jackass Number Two, R, 9:30 p.m. 4 p.m. CFC 2006
at the Ski Slope that day from 4 to The theater schedule can also be found at www.aafes.com. 5:30 p.m. Army Newswatch
Child care during home football 5:30 p.m. 6 p.m. CFC 2006
T h e We s t P o i n t C h i l d AFAP Symposium
Development Center will be The next USMA Army Family Wednesday
offering child care for Army home Action Plan Symposium is Nov. 14-
football games. 15 from 7:45 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. 9 a.m. Army Newswatch
Game Deadline The Teen AFAP Symposium 9:30 a.m. CFC 2006
Nov. 3 Wed. will be Nov. 4 from 10 a.m. until 4 11 a.m. CFC 2006
p.m. at the Youth Center. 1 p.m. Army Newswatch
BOSS Halloween party Volunteers are needed to serve 1:30 p.m. CFC 2006
West Point community members on the planning committee, as 3 p.m. CFC 2006
ages 18 and up are cordially invited delagates, facilitators, recorders, 5:30 p.m. CFC 2006
to the BOSS Halloween party Oct. issue support personnel and in the 6 p.m. Army Newswatch
27 at the Buffalo Soldier Pavilion. operation center.
Doors open at 9 p.m. Contact the AFAP coordinator Thursday
Refreshments are sponsored at (845) 938-3655 for more
by BOSS and there will be door information or to sign up. 8:30 a.m. Army Newswatch
prizes. 9 a.m. CFC 2006
For more info., call Spc. Hunt CVSG Noon CFC 2006
at 938-4290 or Sgt. Vosyka at ACS hosts the Combat Veterans 12:30 p.m. Army Newswatch
1 p.m. CFC 2006
4 p.m. CFC 2006
5:30 p.m. Army Newswatch
6 p.m. CFC 2006
9 a.m. Army Newswatch
9:30 a.m. CFC 2006
11 a.m. CFC 2006
1 p.m. Army Newswatch
1:30 p.m. CFC 2006
3 p.m. CFC 2006
5:30 p.m. CFC 2006
12 October 20, 2006 At Your Leisure
Scheduled electrical outage
A power outage is scheduled for
Oct. 28 between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m.
The Housing Division Ofﬁce
will be closed today from 1 to 4
to perform work on the primary p.m. for training on deployment Newborn, adoptees and pre- Adopted children for 60 TPRADFM.
wire supplying power to Bldg. 845 of upgraded HOMES4 system Adoptees: DEERS Registration days beginning from the effective Your child loses all TRICARE
and to correct a problem with the which is used to track assignments, and Prime Enrollment date of the actual adoption. eligibility 365 days after birth
ski slope transformer. terminations and inspections. It’s important to register Pre-adoptive children for or adoption unless they are
Scheduled hours of outages are: newborns and adoptees in 60 days beginning on the date registered in DEERS.
8 a.m. -- Noon Bldgs. 817, 716, Minimum staffing DEERS to establish TRICARE of placement of the court or
718, 793, 795, and construction All offices and shops of the eligibility for essential well- approved adoption agency. D i d yo u k n ow t h a t a
staging area by TMP. Directorate of Public Works, baby and pediatric health care. R e t i r e m e n t P hys i c a l i s
8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Bldg. 845. including the Housing Division By registering your newborn To continue Prime coverage mandatory?
8 a.m. - 15-minute outages for and the Self Help Center, will be or adopted child in DEERS, past the ﬁrst 60 days, you must Schedule your exam well
Qtrs. 356, 358, 360, 362, 372, 422, closed Wed. from 9:30 to 11 a.m. you may avoid potential claims enroll your newborn or adoptee in advance of your retirement
424, & 1000. for a mandatory brieﬁng. problems. in either TRICARE Prime or date. You can receive an exam
3 p.m. - Another 15-minute E m e rg e n c y m a i n t e n a n c e TRICARE Prime Remote for up to four months before your
outage for the quarters listed above. services will still be available by When does TRICARE cover Active Duty, Family Members retirement or up to four months
For info., contact DPW Customer calling the Service Order Desk at newborns, adoptees and pre- within the initial 60-day window. before Transition Leave.
Relations, 938-4407. 938-2316. adoptees? On the 61st day and after, Physicals will not be
As long as another family if your child isn’t enrolled in scheduled less than 30 days from
What’s Happening member is enrolled in Prime,
TRICARE Prime covers ...
Newborns for 60 days
Prime or TPRADFM, TRICARE
processes all future claims under
Standard (higher costs) until
retirement. Physicals for active
duty personnel are mandatory
every ﬁve years starting at the
Auction for charity Kaiser at (845) 515-2137 or at beginning from the date of birth. you enroll them in Prime or age of 30.
The inaugural Gingerbread firstname.lastname@example.org for more
Creation Silent Auction at Benny’s information.
Lounge in Eisenhower Hall is Nov.
3 to benefit local and national Lecture
charities from 1 to 5 p.m. Major Gen. Antonio M. Taguba,
The West Point Community is the AR 15-6 investigating ofﬁcer on
invited to make creations and enter the prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib
into the auction. Prison in Baghdad, is scheduled to
All ages and designs are speak to PL100 cadets from 12:25
welcome, though we ask that to 1:20 p.m. Nov. 3 in Thayer Hall’s
all entries be appropriate for Robinson Auditorium.
children. West Point staff and faculty are
Contact Cadet 1st Class Heather invited to attend.
October 20, 2006 13
Army and Community Sports
Army seeks to even up record versus TCU
Story and photo by turnover problems. “I don’t think I football, and I’m not going to I haven’t played a (complete, error
Eric S. Bartelt need to call a meeting after every panic on this thing,” Ross said. free) game. It’s about time I start
Sports Editor game with our quarterbacks; I’m “The one thing that we really coming around.
not one who believes in that. have to do is cut back on the darn “I would love to go out there
Army plans to regroup after a “After looking at the film, I turnovers. That’s the one thing and play a perfect game every time,
21-7 loss to Connecticut when they thought there were some good things that’s really hurting us right now. but sometimes things don’t go my
face Texas Christian University that David did,” Ross added. “I don’t That’s preventing us from gaining way,” he added. “I just try to stay
Saturday at Michie Stadium. necessarily feel that there (is) a change any kind of consistency with our focused. We have won three games
The Black Knights (3-4) will needed. The other staff members feel passing game.” thus far and in others we’ve been
turn the page and face the Horned the same way. They feel like we’re Pevoto has a decent completion pretty close. I just try my hardest to
Frogs (3-2) who lost their last two still making progress.” percentage at 55.9 percent for 882 help the team.”
games. At 3-4, Army has made progress yards and four touchdown passes The game Saturday will start
Army lost to TCU last Oct. 15 and they are playing decent teams, through seven games. However, his at 3:34 p.m. and will be televised
by a score of 38-17 when senior so the record isn’t necessarily biggest ﬂaw is the 11 interceptions. on ESPNU. The game can also be
quarterback Jeff Ballard took indicative on how bad they are He wants to play a game where he’s heard on the Army Sports Network
apart the Black Knight defense playing, but more so the talented ﬂawless. on afﬁliates WABC (770-AM, New
by completing 22 of 29 passes for teams they play against. Still, the “I wouldn’t say I’ve played my York), WBNR (1260-AM, Beacon,
219 yards and two touchdowns. big concern is the turnovers. best game yet,” Pevoto said. “I’ve N.Y.) and WLNA (1420-AM,
He also added two touchdowns on “We’ve played pretty good put together some good halves, but Peekskill, N.Y.). Junior QB David Pevoto
Ballard was injured against
Utah Oct. 5, but Army is preparing
to meet Ballard this weekend.
“Ballard is a guy who can run
and throw,” said Army head football
coach Bobby Ross. “He came in
last year and created some things
against us that really got them
going. He has creativity (in that) he
can turn a bad play into a good play.
He runs a good option and they run
it primarily from the shotgun.”
Army will face a trio of
talented running backs headlined
by sophomore Aaron Brown who
leads TCU in rushing with 243
yards and three touchdowns. Brown
also is a receiving threat with 14
receptions for 227 yards and one
“They will be playing three
running backs: Brown, Lonta
Hobbs and Detrick James,” Ross
explained. “They’re all a little
different, but they’re all pretty
Outside of the 98-yard
touchdown run given up to
Connecticut, the Black Knight
defense was solid against the
Huskies. Army’s biggest problem
was trying to hold on to the football
as they had another four turnovers
Again this week, there have
been lingering questions about
junior quarterback David Pevoto’s
status as starting quarterback.
However, Ross is still going
forward with his season-long signal
caller and will not turn to freshman
quarterback Carson Williams for
the time being.
“I (made) a comment or two
to him on the practice ﬁeld, but I
let the coaches handle it within the
meetings in terms of what has to
be said,” said Ross, about Pevoto’s
14 October 20, 2006 Army and Community Sports
Volleyball challenges for PL Championship
Story and photos by rotation. and it’s my job to try to exceed it,”
Eric S. Bartelt Bannon was named Patriot she added.
Sports Editor League Rookie of the Week twice Lazzari, who went through the
this season despite getting over the same ups and downs last year that
Gillis Field House has been initial problems that most plebes Bannon faces now, has settled into
home to great excitement this fall face. her team role and is looking at a
as the women’s volleyball team has “At ﬁrst, my nerves took over leadership role this year.
gone undefeated in its ﬁrst 10 home and I really couldn’t concentrate, “Plebe year was really chaotic,”
matches of the season. but my teammates helped to settle Lazzari said. “This year there is
At 16-5, the team is well on its me down and remind me that I’m more of a chance to develop my
way to another head-on collision a good player and I can do this, no leadership style and I think it
with American University (15- matter what. That has helped me,” reﬂects in my game. I’m a much
6), who they faced in the Patriot Bannon said. “With the stress of smarter player this year and I’m not
League Championship match last plebe year, coming down here (to as chaotic on the court.
year losing in ﬁve games. Gillis) to be with the team has made “I’m concentrating on
The team is focused on getting it so much easier.” developing myself more than being
the big prize and knocking American Bannon is currently second worried about doing something
off its pedestal as Army has been in the Patriot League in assists wrong all the time,” Lazzari
the only Patriot League team in ﬁve averaging 10.88 per game and still added.
years to beat them in conference looks to improve her game, one Last year’s Patriot League
competition, which happened once that she has been playing since the Rookie of the Year continues her
during the last regular season. fourth grade. on-court success as she is fourth in
“I think we’re a strong team,” “I still want to improve the the league in kills per game with
said sophomore outside hitter consistency of my serving and my 4.11 and continues to develop her
Elizabeth Lazzari. “I don’t think it’s blocking,” Bannon said. game.
that we’re a weaker team against Just like her teammates, Army “It comes down to being smarter
American. I just think we didn’t volleyball head coach Glen Conley with my shots,” Lazzari said. “Last
connect that night (lost three games has been a positive inﬂuence on her year, it was a matter of beating the
to one during a Sept. 30 match) and game and works with her to better ball every time as hard as I could Freshman setter Maureen Bannon (facing forward) sets the
a lot of times that’s what volleyball her game during every practice. and it worked, but it doesn’t work ball for teammate Briana Stremick to spike. Bannon is second
comes down to … how well you “He pushes me in a good all of the time because you can get in the Patriot League in assists at a 10.88 per game pace.
connect in a match. way,” Bannon said. “He’ll tell blocked. So this year I’m starting to undefeated within the next couple added.
“We’re going to keep working me something to improve on and mix up my shots more, working on of years. The team has a lot going for
hard at practice and try to win a then pushes me until I get it right. tipping the ball, throwing lines and “What Coach really preaches it, besides its obvious talent in
championship,” Lazzari added. I might not see it as a positive at doing more with the ball.” is first to 30 points,” Lazzari volleyball. They also have the
Lazzari and freshman setter ﬁrst, but I know he’s doing it for Lazzari is a part of a strong explained. “It’s not about winning highest academic average among
Maureen Bannon, two of the team’s the good of the team and to help sophomore class that includes or losing, it’s about doing your all sports teams at West Point (3.3
best players, are from southern me out in the end. Briana Stremick, Jamie Clark and best each time you play. I think GPA) and the distinct feel of a
California. The team has helped “He sets the standard and he Rachael Breinling, who all get every time we’ve lost this season, family unit.
Bannon settle into the starting pushes me to meet that standard, a significant amount of playing it hasn’t been a reﬂection of how “I love this team. We’re a happy
time. good the other team is, but it’s been family,” Lazzari said. “It’s really
This group will play a prominent us beating ourselves and making nice to have our tight-knit female
role in the team’s future success that too many errors. group and a support group for
may include knocking American “This season we could have everything.
out of the top spot in the Patriot been undefeated to this point, and “We ﬁnished with the highest
League. we’re not right now, but there’s academic average of all the sports
Lazzari believes that the team’s no reason why we shouldn’t be teams at West Point,” Lazzari
talent and Conley’s coaching undefeated the rest of the way or added, “and I think that says a lot
philosophy will put the team in win our conference championship about our character as people and
a great position to possibly be this year (or in future years),” she not only as players.”
Sophomore outside hitter Elizabeth Lazzari ranks fourth in the
Patriot League in kills per game at 4.11.
Army and Community Sports October 20, 2006 15
The U.S. Military Academy
won the Commander in Chief’s
Trophy, 24-18, over the U.S. Air
Force Academy at the 47th Annual
Armed Forces Chess Championship
Oct. 6-9 in Washington D.C.
Top cadets at the tournament
were juniors David Jacobs and
Bovey Zhu; sophomores Michael
Wathen and Steven Whitham;
and freshmen Eugene Sung and
Jacobs repeated as an individual
champion for the third time. He
went 5-0-1 during the tournament
and is the only cadet to win three
straight titles in the tournament’s
Sign-ups for Staff and Faculty
Basketball run until Oct. 27.
Play will begin Nov. 6 with a
slate of regular season games.
League play will be Monday
through Friday at 12:15 and
The season will run from
Nov. 6 to Dec. 15 and then starts
again Jan. 2 to Mar. 8.
Teams wishing to enter
should contact Jim McGuinness
at 938-3066 or e-mail him at Jim.