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 VOL. 63, NO. 41                                       SERVING THE COMMUNITY OF THE U.S. MILITARY ACADEMY                                                                OCTOBER 20, 2006

                                                                                                                   Tiger Teams
                                                                                                                   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,
                                                                                                                   of time.
                                                                                                                        “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
                                                                                                                                                                                               Community members
                                                                                                                                                                                           can e-mail McMahon at
                                                                                                                                                                                           edu for advice or to offer
                                                                                                                                                                                           any recommendations on the
                                                                                                                                                                                           program here.
                                                                                                                                                                                               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
                        Community Leisure
                                                                                     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
Soldier Pavilion.
                                        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

                                                                                                                                                            Oct. 27
                                                                                                                                                            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
                    DPW Notes
Scheduled electrical outage
    A power outage is scheduled for
Oct. 28 between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m.
                                        Office closure
                                            The Housing Division Office
                                        will be closed today from 1 to 4
                                                                                                               Keller Corner
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
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Creation Silent Auction at Benny’s      information.
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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
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                                                                                                                                                                     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
the ground.
     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
last weekend.
     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
USMA takes
chess title
    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
Stephan Wathen.
    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

    S&F Basketball
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     Play will begin Nov. 6 with a
 slate of regular season games.
     League play will be Monday
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 12:40 p.m.
     The season will run from
 Nov. 6 to Dec. 15 and then starts
 again Jan. 2 to Mar. 8.
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