Vol. 39, No. 19 Fort Sam Houston – Home of Army Medicine May 17, 2007
Briefs . . .
Award-winning celebrity golfer, Dennis
Walters, a paraplegic and honorary lifetime mem-
ber of the Professional Golf Association, is hold-
ing a clinic for wounded warriors Friday at 2 p.m.
at the Fort Sam Houston Golf Club. The clinic is
free and open to the public. For more information,
call the Golf Club at 222-9386.
The Association of the U.S. Army luncheon will
be held Friday at 11:30 a.m. at the Sam Houston
Club. The guest speaker will be Lt. Gen. Thomas
Turner, commander, U.S. Army North. Tickets are
available at the Morale, Welfare and Recreation
Ticket Office at the Sam Houston Club.
Armed Forces parade
The public is invited to the Armed Forces parade
Saturday in downtown San Antonio beginning at
noon in front of the Alamo on Commerce Street.
The parade honors our armed forces including all
first-responders and mail carriers. Parade marshal is
retired Army Col. Ken Allard. The parade will pay
special tribute to the Families and friends who have
Chief Warrant Officer 4 Bryan Wood (right), B Company, 6th Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment, Fort McCoy, Wis.,
Soldiers take shot at
lost loved ones supporting Operation Iraqi and
who has been a match shooter since the 1960s and is a member of the President’s One Hundred, talks about the
Enduring Freedom. Show your support by wearing
finer points of shot groupings with Sgt. 1st Class Carl Krause, 157th Infantry Brigade, Fort Jackson, S.C.
red, white, and blue or by carrying an American
flag. For more information, call 681-4166.
Maj. Gen. Russell Czerw, commander, Army
Medical Department Center and School and Fort
Sam Houston, invites the public to attend the first
Fort Sam team wins
Gazebo Concert of the summer Sunday at 7 p.m.
The gazebo is located on Staff Post Road. Bring
your lawn chairs and enjoy the beautiful sounds Sill, Okla.
first place overall
of the Army Medical Command Band. The pub- The challenge wasn’t about a quiet and controlled environ-
lic may enter the installation through the Walters ment for the shooter á la the Olympics; it was about combat
gate off Interstate Highway 35. 16 years and older marksmanship, and according to Maj. David Harrington, com-
must have a valid photo ID. mander, Task Force-Small Arms Readiness Group (TF-
Story and photos by Phil Manson SARG), First Army, that makes all the difference.
First Army Public Affairs “Match shooting is usually in a fairly controlled environ-
ment,” Harrington explained. “Everything is slow and method-
Fort Sam Houston and the Army Medical CAMP BULLIS, Texas — Early on the morning of May 6, ical; the heart rate is low and slow.
Department Center and School will conduct a more than 110 elite warriors converged on Camp Bullis to “In the Warrior Challenge, the Soldier is under stresses asso-
Safety Day event Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at compete in a marksmanship contest the likes of which very few ciated with combat; running, movement to contact, acquiring
the Sam Houston Club. Vendors will display the lat- of them had ever seen. the target and putting a lethal shot on target – everything our
est personal protective equipment and information Twenty teams from installations throughout the country Soldiers are doing right this moment in Iraq and Afghanistan is
on risk management, motorcycle and motor vehicle competed in the First Army Commander’s Warrior Challenge. simulated during the Warrior Challenge.”
safety, heat stress, boating safety, swimming safety The overall winning team, representing Fort Sam Houston, was
and other summer-related activities. The guest See MARKSMANSHIP CONTEST on Pages 16 and 17
San Antonio Symphony performs at Fort Sam
Teams 1 and 2 of the 120th Infantry Brigade, First Army, Fort
speaker will be Col. George Bilafer, deputy com-
mander of the Combat Readiness Center.
Town hall meeting
The U.S. Army Garrison Commander, Lincoln The Tobin Endowment Concert fea- Tobin Endowment, Clear Channel Radio,
Military Housing and Residential Communities turing the San Antonio Symphony will the Zachry Group, CPS Energy, Time
Initiative office will hold a town hall meeting pay tribute to the military and the San Warner Cable, Bromley Communications,
Wednesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Army Antonio community by performing at C.H. Guenther & Son, Inc., Bexar County,
Community Service, Building 2797. Topics to be Fort Sam Houston May 27 at MacArthur H-E-B, KLRN, and KCI.
discussed will include housing renovation and res- Parade Field, corner of Stanley Road and Concertgoers can enter Fort Sam
idential utilities billing. For more information, call Harry Wurzbach. Pre-concert activities Houston through the Walters gate, off
Lincoln Military Housing at 270-7638. will begin at 6 p.m. with activity booths Interstate Highway 35 or the Harry
and live entertainment by the U.S. Army Wurzbach gate. All guests 16 years or
Ethics briefing Medical Band; the orchestra will begin at older must have a photo ID and all vehi-
8 p.m. The evening will conclude with a cles will be required to have insurance
An ethics briefing will be held Wednesday
special tribute to our military forces fea- and updated registration stickers. Follow
from 9 to 10 a.m. in Blesse Auditorium, Willis
turing the “1812 Overture,” and a spec- signs to The Tobin Endowment Concert
Hall, Building 2841. A sign language interpreter
tacular fireworks show. The concert is once on the military post.
will be available for the hearing impaired. The
free and open to the public. Lawn chairs and blankets are all wel-
Secretary of the Army has directed that all
The performance will be broadcast come; however, do not bring large cool-
Soldiers and civilian employees attend one hour of
live on KLRN-TV, with opening remarks ers or ice chests for security purposes.
ethics training annually. For more information or Photo by Esther Garcia
Marilyn DeOliveira, cello player for by Brig. Gen. P. K. Keen, commanding Please leave pets at home. For more
future dates, call Gerald R. Krimbill, Shelby
the San Antonio Symphony, pro- general, U.S. Army South. information, call 554-1010 or visit
Tanner or Capt. White at 221-2373 or 221-0485.
vides a cello lesson to Bethany Sponsors of the event include The www.sasymphony.org.
See BRIEFS on Page 3 Schaaf at the concert last year.
2 May 17, 2007 From the Top
Fort Sam military, civilians are encouraged to attend Safety Day
Fort Sam Houston News Leader
By Maj. Gen. Russell Czerw Families. The event is open to all Fort Sam Houston ten- ty and other summer related activities.
AMEDDC&S and Fort Sam Houston commander ant organizations. Col. George Bilafer, deputy command- Many accidents are preventable through leader visibili-
er of the Combat Readiness Center will be the guest ty and personnel involvement, and Safety Day will serve
To assist in preventing the loss of America’s most speaker. to enhance safety awareness.
valuable resources – its sons and daughters – and to con- Safety Day will be an excellent opportunity for leaders Our force demands leaders, Soldiers and civilians who
serve our material resources, the U.S. Army Department at all levels to gather the tools necessary to inform per- are prepared. Leaders must set the example both on- and
Center and School and Fort Sam Houston will conduct a sonnel on the increased hazards during the 101 days of off-duty. Personnel are required to do the right thing all
Safety Day event Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the summer, Memorial Day through Labor Day. Vendors will the time and strive to continually improve safety pro-
Sam Houston Club, Building 1385. display the latest personal protective equipment and grams.
This event is designed to promote safe operations and information on risk management, motorcycle and motor All of us must meet future challenges with “Safety” as
practices by our military and civilian personnel, and vehicle safety, heat stress, boating safety, swimming safe- the watchword.
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May 17, 2007 3
Briefs BOSS Program named best in Army
Fort Sam Houston News Leader
Continued from Page 1
By Ben Paniagua
Army Knowledge Online training Hacienda Recreation Center
Army Knowledge Online training will be
held May 24 from 1 to 4 p.m. in Willis Hall, Fort Sam Houston’s Better Opportunities for Single
Classroom 2105C. For more information, call Soldiers Program earned First Place Best Installation
Julie Gueller at 221-6203 or e-mail BOSS Program in the Small Installation Category May 4
Julie.Gueller@us.army.mil. at the 2007 Department of the Army BOSS Forum in
BASOPS-MEO Esprit de Corps Day Representing Fort Sam Houston at the forum were
The U.S. Army Garrison, Fort Sam Houston Command Sgt. Maj. Pedro Class, senior military adviser
Base Operations-Most Efficient Organization to the BOSS Program; Spc. Milfred S. Williams, acting
Esprit de Corps Day will be held May 24. As a BOSS president; and Jewell Terrell, assistant Morale,
result, several offices will close or be minimally Welfare and Recreation adviser to the program.
manned, to include the following: “This is not about winning,” Class said on the way to
• The Office of the Program Manager, the forum. “Just to be given the opportunity to be there
BASOPS-MEO, will be closed. competing for our installation is reward enough. If we
• Operations and Training will be closed. All win, then it will just be icing on the cake.”
support requests will be verified for that day. Every U.S. Army installation BOSS Program was rep- Photo by Spc. Deborah Meyers
• The ID Card Section in Building 367 will be resented at the BOSS Forum and each BOSS Program had (From left) Command Sgt. Maj. Pedro Class, Spc. Milfred S.
open with reduced staff for emergencies and to present two three minute videos, one for Best Event Williams and Jewell Terrell hold the first place trophy won by
appointment only. In/Out Processing will be and one for Best Installation for their respective cate- the Fort Sam Houston Better Opportunities for Single
closed. gories. In addition, each BOSS Program had to set up a Soldiers Program May 4 at the 2007 Department of the Army
• The Human Resources Student Processing Center, display board showcasing the three pillars of the BOSS BOSS Forum in Landsdowne, VA.
Building 1290 will be open with reduced staff. Program: Wellbeing, Community Service, and Recreation
• Database Management, Records and Leisure. Fort Sam Houston’s display board theme against 12 other BOSS Programs in our category. We had to
Management and the Military Personnel was “This Is Why We’re Hot,” and featured photos of BOSS be fully prepared for this competition and I have to say the Fort
Records offices will be closed. events held during the year, newspaper articles, flyers and Sam Houston BOSS Program members worked extremely hard
• The Transition Office will be closed but will posters. getting ready for the 2007 BOSS Forum.”
still conduct retirement briefings. The Best Event video featured clips from the “Dancing with With the award comes a trophy and $1,000 which will go
• The Reassignment Office will be open with Soldiers” variety show that was entered in the 2006 Festival of into the BOSS fund to further improve the quality of life of
reduced staff. the Performing Arts. The Best Installation video featured clips Soldiers living and working on Fort Sam Houston. The Fort
• Human Resources and Counseling at the and photos from BOSS activities and programs held during the Sam Houston BOSS Program also won the Silver Award in the
Roadrunner Community Center will be closed. year. A panel of judges voted for the videos and their vote was President’s Volunteer Service Award category for the number of
• ITT will be open with reduced staff; the help 50 percent of the total. The conference body of attendees’ votes hours that were volunteered by BOSS Soldiers during the year.
desk will remain open. counted for the other 50 percent. Only the conference body of “Many personal hours were put into the success of this compe-
• The ranges at Camp Bullis will not be sched- attendees voted on the display board. tition by Spc. Williams, Sgt. Hermelinda Rippstine, Headquarters
uled for May 24. “I was very excited when the master of ceremonies U.S. Army Garrison and myself,” said Sgt. Jennilyn Bruce, Fort
• The Engineering and Maintenance announced that Fort Sam Houston won the Best Installation Sam Houston BOSS coordinator. “I was and am very proud to be
Operations Service Call will close at 11 a.m. Small Category Award,” Williams said. “We were competing associated with a winning BOSS team.”
Army must be prepared for ‘persistent conflict’
Calls after 11 a.m. will be transferred to post
operators, who will take emergency calls only.
• EMO Real Estate and Engineering will close
at 11 a.m. By Jim Garamone correct path for the Army, he said.
• The Environmental Office will be available American Forces Press Service Families are most stretched by repeated deployments, he
on an on-call basis only. Call 833-2246.
said, and he acknowledged that the service’s new 15-month
• Logistics will be closed.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. military is involved in a deployment policy has placed another element of stress on mil-
• The Public Information Office will close at
“persistent conflict,” and the Army must be prepared to handle itary Families. “We’ve been to a lot of units that were affected
11 a.m. After 11 a.m., call 379-5807.
the commitment, said the Army chief of staff. by the 15-month announcement, and while they understand the
• Unaccompanied Personnel Housing will
Gen. George W. Casey Jr. spoke to reporters in the Pentagon in rationale, the Families are stretched by this,” he said.
close at 11 a.m.
his first interview since he took the position a month ago, after He wants the Army “to ratchet-up our game” in providing
commanding coalition forces in Iraq for almost three years. support to the Families.
Asian Pacific Expo “The enemy that has attacked us and we are fighting in It is no secret that the Army, as an institution, “is affected by
An Asian Pacific Expo will be held May 26 places around the world isn’t going to fold up and go home,” the cumulative effects of five years at war,” he said.
from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Fort Sam he said. “They are going to continue to press us.” The general said the problems at Walter Reed Army Medical
Houston Commissary parking lot. The expo Casey said he was very deliberate before taking office. He Center are an example of these accumulated stresses. “There are
will feature exhibition dances, vendors, food tasked a group to study the state of the Army today and a lot of other stress points out there that I am asking people to
and the talent search finals. For more informa- another to study the likely state of the world in 2020. He then help me identify,” he said.
tion, call Master Sgt. Ricky Evans at 295- had the two groups come together and propose a course for “We must improve what we’re doing for Soldiers and
0561 or contact a unit equal opportunity America’s largest armed service. Families,” he said. “Spouses said, ‘We don’t need a lot of new
adviser. To request reasonable accommodation He said Soldiers are “generally comfortable with the trans- programs — what we need is for you to fund the ones you
for a disability, call 221-0218. formational direction that we are on.” In general, officials have, and standardize the ones you have across installations.’”
admit there is some “tweaking” to do, but modularization is the This includes health care, facilities, living conditions and
National Cancer Survivors Day access to facilities.
The Brooke Army Medical Center Cancer Casey said he is impressed by the level of commit-
Program will honor cancer survivors and ment on the part of Soldiers and Families. They under-
BAMC medical staff at a National Cancer stand what the country is doing around the world and
Survivors Day event June 3 from 10:30 a.m. to “they believe in what they are doing,” he said.
2 p.m. at Parking Lot C and the Medical Mall. The new chief of staff said he wants to accelerate the
Friends and Family are welcome. For more pace of a recently approved increase in the Army’s size
information or reservations, call the BAMC and improve readiness, noting that two years usually pass
Tumor Registry at 916-0108. between a decision being made to having units on the
ground, fully equipped. “We cannot address this instanta-
Endocrinology moves to Wilford Hall neously, but we need to address it faster,” he said.
The service must complete transformation of reserve
Effective June 11, Brooke Army Medical
components from a Cold War mobilization force to an
Center Endocrinology Services will move to
operational enhancement for the active components.
Wilford Hall Medical Center as part of the base
The Army needs to concentrate on leader development
realignment and closure process. For follow-up
Change of responsibility
Courtesy photo and growing the next generation of commissioned and
appointments with Dr. Mark Wallace or Dr.
non-commissioned officers, Casey said, and to fit that
Jack Edward Lewi, call 292-7017 or 916-9900.
training into the deployment cycle. “We need to fully
For more information or medication refills, call
Command Sgt. Maj. Gilberto Martinez-Torres (right) outgo- adapt our institutional programs — like the NCO profes-
292-7177, press option 3, then option 1. Patients
ing, Command Sergeant Major passes the guidon to Lt. sional military education — to an Army that is expedi-
followed by Dr. Maureen Koops will continue
Col. Kueter, commander, 232nd Medical Battalion, during a tionary and at war,” he said.
to be seen at BAMC in the Gastroenterology
Change of Responsibility Ceremony at MacArthur Parade Finally, the service needs to improve strategic commu-
Clinic. For more information, call Phyllis Hall
Field May 7. 1st Sgt Mark Milstein (far left) assumes nications externally and internally. “It’s been unanimous,”
responsibility as the interim Command Sgt. Major of the he said. “I can’t find anyone … who thinks we do a good
232nd Medical Battalion. job of communicating at all.”
Post welcomes new citizens
4 May 17, 2007 Fort Sam Houston News Leader
Story and photos by Esther Garcia defend our nation, you
Fort Sam Houston Public Affairs office help preserve our
unique American way
“I hereby declare on oath that I absolutely and entire- of life and ensure that
ly renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any the spirit of every citi-
foreign prince, state, or sovereignty of whom or which I zen, both native born
have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will sup- and naturalized can be
port and defend the Constitution of the United States…” harnessed to drive the
With these words 31 active duty military men and women next chapter of our great
said, “I do” to the Oath of Allegiance and became United American story and
States citizens during a special ceremony at the Fort Sam continue our historic
Houston Club on Monday, May 14. legacy as a nation of
U.S. District Judge Orlando L. Garcia presided over immigrants.”
the ceremony during a special session of the United To highlight the
States District Court, Western District of Texas. importance of U.S. citi-
The 31 new citizens represented the following coun- zenship, USCIS is con-
tries: Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ethiopia, ducting naturalization
Gambia, Germany, Haiti, Jamaica, Kenya, Mexico, ceremonies at promi-
Philippines, South Korea, Trinidad Tobago, and nent national and his-
Venezuela. toric landmarks. In
Speaking to the new citizens, Jonathan Scharfen, 2006, more than Thirty-one active duty military men and women said, “I do” to the Oath of
Deputy Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration 700,000 new Americans Allegiance and became United States citizens during a special ceremony at the
Fort Sam Houston Club on Monday.
Services said, “Through your efforts to protect and were sworn in as U.S.
citizens in ceremonies
around the nation. Since
September 11, 2001, USCIS has natu-
ralized 26,000 U.S. military men and
The ceremony included a video
message from President George Bush
to the new citizens, presentation of the
colors by the Joint Service Color
Guard and singing of God Bless
America by Staff Sgt. Antoinette
Boukouch from Fort Sam Houston.
Col. Wendy Martinson, the host for
the ceremony, provided welcome
“It is an amazing feeling,” said
Airman 1st Class Daniel Rodriguez,
from Cuba, who is stationed at
Lackland Air Force Base, following New citizen, Airman 1st Class Daniel Rodriguez and his wife,
the citizenship ceremony. “It’s great to Airman 1st Class Janeth Cubedden from Valenzuela, pose with (left
be a citizen in a country who wel- to right) Mario Ortiz, District 18 Director, U.S. Citizenship and
comes you with open arms and whose Immigration Services, San Antonio, the Honorable Orlando L.
freedom we all desire.” Garcia, U.S. District Judge, and Jonathan Scharfen, Deputy
“Spec. Humphrey Mararo from Director, USCIS, Washington D.C. Janeth became a citizen one
Kenya said, “I feel very good. This year ago. “We are now complete,” she said.
will now open up a lot of opportunities
for me, especially in the military.” Sgt. Abebe
Humphrey plans to become an officer Gemechu, from
with the United States Army. As a non- Ethiopia and Spec.
citizen, he was unable to do so. Humphrey Mararo,
Spec. Minouche Fenelus from Haiti from Kenya,
Spc. Minouche Fenelus, from Haiti, proudly shows exchange phone
off her citizenship certificate. said it all with two words, “Thank you.”
they found out they
were both sta-
tioned at Fort Hood
following the citi-
Pakistani medical team visits
Photo by Staff Sgt. Ruth Stanley
Photo by Norma Guerra
Maj. (Dr.) Michael Meyer, medical director of the Wilford Hall Critical Care Air Transport
Team Program (left), briefs a group of Pakistani visitors Friday. The six doctors and
nurses, led by the Adviser in Trauma and Orthopedics for the Pakistan Armed Forces Former Senator Bob Dole visits with recuperating Soldiers
Maj. Gen. Nasim Ul Majeed, visited medical units at Lackland Air Force Base, Brooks Spc. John Botts (left) and Staff Sgt. Brad Alexander (right) dur-
City-Base and Fort Sam Houston to obtain information that will help them improve their ing a visit to the Center for the Intrepid May 4.
country’s military medical facilities, especially in the area of disaster response.
May 17, 2007 5
Students go eye to eye in AMEDD course
Fort Sam Houston News Leader
Story and photos by Cheryl Harrison thalmic care in theater.
Fort Sam Houston Public Information Office The course consists of class-
es in anatomy and physiology,
“In a pig’s eye” is a nonsensical phrase used to ocular pathology and disease,
describe something that is highly unlikely. It is highly surgical assistance during ocu-
unlikely that a handful of Army Medical Department lar surgery, optics, spectacles
Center and School students will often be required to dis- and contact lens prescriptions
sect pig eyes, but at present, the task is a useful hands-on and fittings, optometry field set,
method of training. and lessons learned from
The 300-P3 Eye Specialty course trains and prepares Operations Iraqi Freedom and
Soldiers in vision and ocular health. This enables the Enduring Freedom.
future eye specialists to work in optometry, ophthalmolo- A dissection class allows
gy and refractive surgery clinics and to deploy with the students to look at each
optometry teams and ophthalmologists to provide oph- area of the pig’s eye, which is
similar to a human
eyeball. A pig’s eye
is surrounded by fat
and muscle attach-
ments the students
must remove to see
the actual makeup Spc. Tocarra Harris (left) and Spc. Haley Cope work together to remove
of the animal’s eye. fatty tissue from around a pig eye during the 300-P3 Eye Specialist Course.
“We have to
remove all the tis- The eight students in the four-hour lab did not seem
sue around the eyeball, there is so much junk the least bit squeamish about dissecting pig eyes. The
around it,” said Col. Frank Scribbick, chief of light banter among the Soldiers actually seemed to
ophthalmology, Brooke Army Medical Center, demonstrate a confidence in their ability and knowledge
referring to muscle attachments and fat around of the subject.
the eyeball. “The pig eye is very similar to the Spec. Micaelle Rhodes even joked around and said,
human eye though they are about 25- to 26- “I’m having pork chops for dinner.”
mm long and the human eye is only 22 mm.” Spec. Haley Cope found dissecting a pig’s eye similar
Scribbick teaches the eye specialty course as to neutering a cat. “I worked for a veterinarian for 10
well as the refractive surgery course taught at years and they let us do some of the cat neutering. It was-
Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland Air n’t hard,” Cope said.
Force Base. The 300-P3 Eye Specialty course is 17-weeks long
Spc. Chris Cook gets up close to reveal the eyeball. “This class gives the student a chance to with a six-week phase I at the AMEDD. Phase 2, con-
Removing the fatty tissue takes time and very sharp pointed experience hands on to what they have learned ducted in seven locations across the United States, is 11
scissors to make the small slices, removing excess tissue in the classroom,” said Maj. Patricia Allen, weeks long and allows the students to gain clinical expe-
without disturbing the eyeball. course director. rience.
6 May 17, 2007
Combat Medics prove skills under pressure
Fort Sam Houston News Leader
Story and photo by Spc. Jeffrey Ledesma side and out the other.
Army News Service “One of the first things medics learn is
when someone is shot in the leg you just
BAGHDAD — Army medics undergo drop your knee there, jamming it on the
countless hours of training before being artery,” Pfc. Lawry said. “You’ll stop the
certified, but for some healthcare special- bleeding. If it hurts the patient, not doing
ists, the real “seal of approval” doesn’t any further damage, but is physically
come from a certificate on graduation day. painful, you’re probably doing it right.”
It comes from performing their job under Pfc. Lawry said that when medics are
the stress of combat. working on fellow Soldiers — one of their
A healthcare specialist at Joint Security own — all they think about is getting
Station Thrasher, Pfc. Tony Lawry said them stable and evacuated.
every opportunity he gets — whether “You don’t think about your equip-
lying on his cot or rolling in a convoy — ment; you don’t think about your own
he thinks about all the possible injuries he safety,” Pfc. Lawry said.
might encounter and how he’ll react to Medics at joint security stations work
them. alongside Iraqi troops, sometimes helping
“The first time I saw something I react- mend local nationals or foreign troops.
ed with training,” said Pfc. Lawry. “It was There is nothing predictable about their
exactly what I’ve trained to do hundreds jobs.
of times in my head, on my buddies, on “It’s basically fly by the seat of your
manikins.” pants, moment’s notice, ‘Hey, we got
On Saint Patrick’s Day, when JSS casualties coming in’ and you don’t really A Soldier drives past the aftermath of the detonation of an improvised explo-
Thrasher was only a couple of days old, know what’s going on until they’re right sive device in Baghdad’s southern Ghazaliya neighborhood last month. Army
the first challenge appeared in the form of in front of your eyes,” said Spc. Andrew medics frequently find themselves helping casualties caused by IEDs.
a Soldier with a gunshot wound to the leg. Demma, the senior medic at the JSS, also
Although not the smartest of ideas, with the 2nd Bn., 12th Cav. Regt. “It’s like any other thing in life — you Pfc. Lawry said a feeling of pride took
Pfc. Lawry ran from behind cover to get The medics face death on a regular get desensitized,” said Spc. Demma. over when a doctor told him he saved a
to the wounded Soldier. basis. “Every once in a while you catch yourself Soldier’s life.
“I rushed up, cut away his pants, found “I’ve ridden back to the Treatment thinking back after each incident and you “I felt like I finally had done my job,”
the wound, put the tourniquet on, gave Medical Center with a dead Soldier. I just realize it’s not bothering you as much. Pfc. Lawry said. “I can say I’ve been
him morphine and got him the hell out of watched my best Army friend suffer from You don’t dwell on it as much and as time under fire treating a guy, and that makes it
there,” said Pfc. Lawry, a member of the a chest wound on the way back to the goes by, you tend to go about your busi- so that people listen to you more. I feel if
Fort Bliss, Texas-based 2nd Battalion, TMC,” Spc. Demma said. ness a little quicker after each incident.” someone listens to you, and respects what
12th Cavalry Regiment. They gradually grow immune to the Spc. Demma and Pfc. Lawry agree that you’re saying because you’ve been there
The victim had a “through and potentially traumatic situations that fill the fulfillment that comes with being a and you’ve done it, you can do your job
through,” meaning the bullet went in one their days. medic outweighs the bad parts of it. better.”
Fort Sam Houston News Leader May 17, 2007 7
Lincoln Military Housing to implement
Resident Utility Program in June
Lincoln Military Housing will be issu- their rental payment based on the average
ing “mock bills” in June under the cost of utilities for comparable homes in
Resident Utility Program. Town Hall their housing areas. The utility allowance
meetings will begin this month to provide will be used to pay for each resident’s gas
residents with information on the process, and electric. If residents conserve and use
the mock billing stage, third party compa- utilities wisely, there will be little or no
ny involvement and actual billing imple- out of pocket expenses. Responsibility
mentation. The first town hall meeting means awareness of usage and conserva-
will be Wednesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at tion. If utilities are used responsibly and
Army Community Service, Building 2797. are below an established baseline,
LMH will establish an appropriate con- Families will receive a rebate. Only if
sumption baseline for utilities for like- they consume above that baseline will
houses during the six-month “mock Soldiers owe the difference.
billing” period at Fort Sam Houston. The Resident Utility Program has no
During the “mock billing,” LMH will pro- effect on Basic Allowance for Housing
vide residents information regarding their rates, because BAH is based on geograph-
consumption and costs as compared to the ic duty location, pay grade, and dependen-
allowance or baseline appropriate for their cy status. The Department of Defense
home. The monthly utilities allowance does not separated rent, utilities and insur-
will be based on the average consumption ance into individual amounts.
used in the actual house residents live in Therefore, there is no relationship to
and other similar houses. Residents will what the Soldier will be charged for utili-
only be responsible for gas and electric ties and what they will receive in BAH
consumption; water will be paid for by the benefits.
project. Under privatization, the service mem-
During “mock billing,” residents will bers BAH are used locally to eliminate
not be responsible for paying any over- inadequate housing and provide service
ages and will not receive payments from members and their family members with
savings. Following the 6-month “mock improved homes and high quality com-
billing” period, actual billing will com- munity and recreational facilities. The
mence. savings made by conserving energy will
During actual billing, residents who stay at Fort Sam Houston and means
conserve at certain levels will have the more money for construction of new
opportunity to receive a payment or cred- homes and community facilities at the
it; those who do not conserve will be installation.
required to pay for their excess consump- For more information, call the LMH at
tion. The utilities consumption baseline 270-7638 or e-mail ftsamhoustonques-
will be adjusted each year. firstname.lastname@example.org.
An average utility allowance will be (Source: Residential Communities
identified for each resident from within Initiative)
8 May 17, 2007 Fort Sam Houston News Leader
DFAS adds new security Fort Sam officer becomes
measure to ‘myPay’ system next Commandant at TMI
ARLINGTON, Va. —
“This is a significant Maj. Douglas D. learned that it’s also an excel-
move toward adding yet
Another new security feature McVey has been lent school,” he said. “In the
has been added to “myPay” appointed the next Army, I’ve grown up with
another layer of security
to protect customers’ data on commandant for Texas values of loyalty and respect.
the pay account system. Military Institute – The TMI teaches these values to
As part of its ongoing
effort to strengthen password
to our “myPay” system.” Episcopal School of
Texas Corps of Cadets.
all students and combines
them with Christian teach-
and account security, the Pat Shine McVey currently ings, and that’s what attracted
Defense Finance and DFAS director of operations serves as executive me most.”
Accounting Service has officer for the 12th As commandant, McVey
implemented the “virtual key- board is for the user’s PIN only. Brigade ROTC, head- will head the school’s mili-
board” to assist in protecting against such To enhance security, the keyboard lay- quartered at Fort Sam tary department and its
malicious software as spyware, trojans out changes or keys are displayed ran- Houston, where since award-winning JROTC pro-
and keylogging. domly every time the page is refreshed. 2003 he has supervised gram, designated by the
Maj. Douglas D. McVey
The virtual keyboard will be available “This is a significant move toward 21 university ROTC Army as an Honor Unit with
mid-May. Each time a user arrives at adding yet another layer of security to our programs and 202 high-school Junior Distinction. More than 40 percent of TMI
“myPay” to log on, the virtual keyboard “myPay” system,” said Pat Shine, DFAS ROTC programs throughout Texas and students are members of the military pro-
will appear on the screen. The user will director of operations. “We want to reas- New Mexico. He will retire this summer gram, which has been optional since 1972.
type in his or her Login ID, then “press” sure our customers that we are proactively after a 23-year career as a Special McVey will be the 41st commandant of
the keys on the screen by clicking on working to secure their pay account infor- Forces/Foreign Area officer and will take cadets since the school’s founding in
them with a mouse to enter a Personal mation.” up his new position at TMI on Aug. 1. 1893. He succeeds Army Lt. Col. John A.
Identification Number (PIN) instead of (Source: Defense Finance and “ROTC and Junior ROTC are citizen- Coulter II, who was recalled to active duty
typing the actual keys. The virtual key- Accounting Service) ship programs that train leaders — not just last November and is now serving as an
for the military, but for life,” said McVey, operations officer at the Joint Command
Smoke-free, courageous forever
who has worked at brigade headquarters Post in Kabul, Afghanistan.
since 2003. “I knew that (TMI’s) Corps (Source: Texas Military Institute
Attend smoking cessation classes in the Health Promotion Center and learn how had a tradition of excellence and have Public Relations)
to find the courage to give up the nicotine habit forever, whether you smoke, dip or
chew. Become one of our graduates and earn your “wings.”
Health Promotion Center, Brooke Army Medical Center
For more information, Call 916-3352 or 916-5538
May 17, 2007 9
TRICARE Online offers flexibility
Fort Sam Houston News Leader
Asian Pacific American
Heritage Trivia Contest
The TRICARE Management Authority
has made significant updates to the TRI- TRICARE Online gives users 1. What are the three parts of the Korean flag (Taegeukgi)
CARE Web page and TRICARE Online. the flexibility to schedule and what does each color or symbol mean?
2. Mt. Fuji is the highest point in what Asian country?
appointments online, 24
TOL gives users the flexibility to
schedule appointments online, 24 hours a 3. Korea is separated from Japan by what strait?
hours a day, 7 days a week.
day, 7 days a week. Registration is now 4. Who is responsible for inventing Hangul and how long
only 1 page in length, and takes approxi- did it take to make it?
mately 5 minutes to complete, providing 5. The 2005 movie Sideways put this actress on the pub-
participants have all the required information. the participant’s username. lic’s radar and since 2005 she’s been a weekly visitor to
Prior to beginning the registration process, gather To access TOL, go to http://www.tricare.mil, click American homes in the TV series Grey’s Anatomy.
the following information: on the TRICARE Online link. Users must agree to Submit all answers to Julie.email@example.com.
• Sponsor’s information - Social Security Number, the TRICARE Online Privacy and Security policy to The first person to answer all five questions correctly will
service affiliation and rank; proceed. When the “Welcome to TRICARE,” Online receive a prize. The correct answers will post in the next
• TRICARE location - for San Antonio the answer is screen appears, click on the link to register. edition of the News Leader.
SOUTH; Once registered with TOL, click on the “Log In” Congratulations to Irene Gutierrez, the winner of last week’s
• Military Treatment Facility - Where you are button and enter a username and password to log in. Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Trivia Contest.
enrolled for healthcare; Take a few moments to look around the TOL Web May 10 answers:
• An e-mail address (home or work); site. Users will discover that they can update their 1. Governor Gary Locke; 2. David In-Jae Cho came to the
• Full name, SSN and date of birth for enrolling bene- profile, view a whole host of preventive health infor- United States from Korea in 1985; 3. Leroy Chiao, 1994; 4.
ficiary; mation or search for an appointment with their Happy New Year, year of the pig; 5. Those without true
• Create a username with at least eight, but no more Primary Care Manager. fathers in the United States became “paper sons” or “paper
than 20, letters/numbers; and Most “acute” appointments are activated after mid- daughters.” They bought papers which identified them as chil-
• Create a password with at least nine, but no more night, so users should be able to log on after midnight dren of American citizens because official records were often
than 20, characters, and the password must have at and book an acute appointment for the same day. non-existent; an interrogation process was created to deter-
least two upper and two lower case letters, at least They can also book routine and wellness appoint- mine if the immigrants were related as they claimed. The
two numbers, and at least two special characters ( e.g. ments using TOL. papers the immigrants bought included detailed family infor-
!,#,$,%), and no spaces. The password cannot contain (Source: TRICARE Management Authority) mation which they studied in order to pass their interrogations.
Year-round mosquitoes increase risk of heartworm
With San Antonio’s warm winters and and lungs, where they grow to enormous lengths (up to 14 Prevention is the key and preventatives must be given
hot summers, mosquitoes are a year-round inches). Eventually, this infestation causes severe heart and on time to maintain a dog’s health.
nuisance. It also means that heartworm lung problems and can lead to death. Symptoms such as Per Army Medical Department Center and School and
disease is a year-round problem for pets. lack of energy, appetite loss and coughing may occur. Fort Sam Houston Regulation 40-3, all Fort Sam Houston
Heartworms are a blood parasite car- Pet owners should have their dog tested for heartworms. residents must have their dogs tested periodically and
ried by mosquitoes. It starts when a If negative for heartworms, the veterinarian can administer placed on veterinarian approved heartworm prevention.
mosquito bites an infected dog and an appropriate preventative to ensure the dog stays heart- For more information, people should contact their vet-
ingests immature larvae. The mosquito then deposits the worm free. Dogs that test positive for heartworms have to erinarian or call Fort Sam Houston Veterinary Services at
immature larvae into the blood stream of an uninfected undergo special treatments; however, treatment for heart- 295-4260.
dog. The larvae develop and migrate into the dog’s heart worm positive dogs is expensive and is not 100 percent safe. (Source: South Texas Branch Veterinary Services)
10 May 17, 2007 Fort Sam Houston News Leader
Grilling safety urged as seasons heats up
With temperatures on the rise, culinary in any enclosed spaces, such as tents, they fluid to get the fire going.
enthusiasts and basic backyard cooks pose both a fire hazard and the risk of
emerge with spatulas in hand ready to greet exposing occupants to toxic gases and Gas grills
the outdoor grilling season. The National potential asphyxiation. • Check the gas cylinder hose for leaks
Fire Protection Association recommends • Position the grill well away from siding, before using it for the first time each year.
that safety be considered when grilling to deck railings and out from under eaves A light soap and water solution applied to
avoid fires, injuries and property damage. and overhanging branches. the hose will quickly reveal escaping
Each year, gas-fueled and charcoal • Never grill on dormitory balconies or propane by releasing bubbles. If a gas leak
grills are involved in thousands of home within 10 feet of any building on post. is determined by smell or the soapy bub-
structure fires and home outdoor fires, • Place the grill a safe distance from lawn ble test and there is no flame:
according to NFPA. Gas-fueled grills pres- games, play areas and foot traffic. • Turn off the gas tank and grill.
ent a higher fire risk than charcoal grills. • Keep children and pets away from the • If the leak stops, get the grill serviced by
Nearly half of home outdoor gas-grill fires grill area: declare a 3-foot “kid-free zone” a professional before using it again.
and almost one-third of home gas grill around the grill. • If the leak does not stop, call the fire
structure fires are due to leaks and breaks • Put out several long-handled grilling tools department.
in the equipment. The two leading causes to give the chef plenty of clearance from • If a gas odor is determined while cook-
for charcoal grill home structure fires are heat and flames when flipping burgers. ing, get away from the grill immediately
combustible materials, including the home • Periodically remove grease or fat and call the fire department. Do not
itself, that are too close to the grill, and buildup in trays below grill so it cannot be attempt to move the grill.
unattended cooking. ignited by a hot grill. • Use only equipment bearing the mark of
Selecting a safe location outside the an independent testing laboratory.
home for grilling is important. Almost half Charcoal grills • Follow the manufacturers’ instructions
of all home structure charcoal grill fires • Purchase the proper starter fluid and on how to set up the grill and maintain it.
Courtesy photo and one-third of the gas grill fires began on store the can out of reach of children, and • Never store propane gas cylinders in
If a gas odor is determined while an exterior balcony or unenclosed porch. away from heat sources. buildings or garages. If a gas grill is stored
cooking, get away from the grill • Never add charcoal starter fluid when inside during the winter, disconnect the
immediately and call the fire depart- Outdoor grilling safety tips: coals or kindling have already been ignit- cylinder and leave it outside.
ment. Do not attempt to move the • Gas and charcoal barbecue grills must ed, and never use any flammable or com- (Source: Fire & Emergency Services
only be used outdoors. If used indoors or bustible liquid other than charcoal starter Division and NFPA)
Water conservation tips during the summer months
Watering your lawn in the early the yard and measure the water col- Install soaker hoses or drip-irrigation lar water needs and mulch to retain
morning minimizes evaporation and lected in 15 minutes. Spread several systems for planting beds with moisture and reduce weeds.
waste. A hearty rain can eliminate cans around your yard to test for shrubs and flowers. Make sure you For more information about
the need for watering up to two even distribution. are watering your plants and not the energy conservation, call Charles
weeks. Lawns only need about one- Install water-efficient sprinklers street or driveway. Neumann, resource efficiency
half to three-quarters of an inch of and a rain sensor switch to override Landscape with drought-tolerant manager, at 221-4147 or 215-6560.
water at a time. Measure your irriga- your system when it rains. Check ornamental grasses, plants and trees, (Source: San Antonio Water
tion system by placing cans around timing device settings regularly. group plants together based on simi- System)
Fort Sam Houston News Leader Health May 17, 2007 11
Fruits, veggies provide vitamins, minerals, other nutrients
By Maj. Karen Fauber and the fiber helps you maintain a healthy quick snack.
Defense Commissary Agency Dietitian weight. • Keep a bowl of fresh fruit
Everyone has a reason for not eating on the kitchen counter for
FORT LEE, Va. – Remember all those the healthier alternative, whether it is the everyone to grab and
words of advice from mom: Don’t eat taste that or preparing fruits and vegeta- go.
with your mouth full; remember to say bles for eating. Here are some ways to add • Stock up on
your prayers; don’t put off for tomorrow more fruits and veggies to a daily diet and frozen veggies
what you can do today; make sure you make eating healthier a bit tastier: for quick and
have clean underwear on in case you get • Try broccoli, red and green peppers, cel- easy cooking in
in an accident, and eat your fruits and veg- ery sticks or cauliflower with a low-fat dip the microwave.
etables. or dressing. • Buy veggies
Mom knew what she was talking • Shred carrots or zucchini into meatloaf, that are easy to
about. With healthy eating and lifestyles, casseroles, quick breads and muffins, prepare. Pick up
it’s a perfect opportunity to visit your local • Add any frozen vegetables or fresh- pre-washed bags of
commissary’s produce department and chopped broccoli, carrots, squash and cau- salad greens and add
reinforce mom’s wisdom concerning the liflower to pasta sauce, soup or lasagna. baby carrots or grape
health benefits of eating more fruits and This is an easy way to get children to eat tomatoes for a salad in
veggies. their veggies without a fuss. minutes. Buy packages of baby
According to the 2005 dietary guide- • Add fresh, frozen or dried fruit to yogurt, carrots or celery sticks for quick snacks.
lines, people who eat more fruits and veg- pancakes, waffles or cereal. Or try a • Cut up carrots, celery, broccoli, cauli- veggies. You can add your own salt if you
etables as part of a healthy diet are likely smoothie with fruit and low-fat or nonfat flower and peppers. Put the veggies in need to.
to have a reduced risk of some chronic yogurt sandwich bags in the refrigerator for If you eat 2,000 calories a day you
diseases such as diabetes and cancer. • Freeze grapes and bananas for a snack or lunches and snacks during the week. need 2 1/2 cups of veggies and two cups
Fruits and veggies provide vitamins, min- dessert. • Microwave frozen broccoli, carrots, of fruit each day according to the USDA
erals and other nutrients that your body • Try these quick, easy tips time to buy sweet potatoes or other vegetables. MyPyramid.gov Web site. Start today
needs for health and maintenance and may and prepare fruits and veggies is the issue: Sprinkle a little parmesan cheese on top with one or two of these tips to eat more
actually help with weight loss. They help • Buy a bag of apples or oranges and keep before serving them. fruits and veggies and make mom proud
fill you up due to the high water content, them in your car or at your desk for a • Buy and prepare “no salt added” canned of you!
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12 May 17, 2007 Sports Fort Sam Houston News Leader
Weather conditions impact
‘Boxing at the Brought’ pre-sale tickets available Hooked on fishing
Fort Sam Houston Morale,
Welfare and Recreation presents
fishing trip success
“Boxing at the Brought” June 9 at
the Jimmy Brought Fitness Center.
The doors will open at 5 p.m., the
first bout will be at 6 p.m. Pre-sale
tickets will be available May 28
through 31 for $3 each. The $3 fee By Capt. Cody Roberson low water, 8 to 15 feet, and become neutral
includes a wristband for entry to the Special to the News Leader to active, feeding more. This overall condi-
event and an official event T-shirt. tion is known as ‘a slow to good bite or
Purchase pre-sale tickets and receive an entry for the MWR Like people, bass acclimate neutral response.”
“Upgrade Package” which includes floor seats and photo with themselves to weather condi- Late spring to summer the tempera-
two-time World Boxing Champion Jesse James Leija. An auto- tions. tures begin to climb, people are having
graph session with Leija will be held at the Jimmy Brought As winter approaches, people barbecues, enjoying the outdoors and
Fitness Center between 5 and 5:45 p.m. The match-ups are spend more time indoors, bundled- everyone is active, including bass. As
expected to be more fierce and competitive than before. Pre-sale up in an attempt to stay warm, and are typically less the water temperatures rise, so do the activity levels
tickets will be available for purchase from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at active, eating less as a result. Bass are no different. of fish. They will eat more to maintain a positive
the following locations: Brooke Army Medical Center, May 28; As the water temperature begins to drop, bass move response activity level. Therefore, an active fish will
Rocco Dining Facility, May 29; Army and Air Force Exchange to a more comfortable location, such as deep water, roam the shallow waters of 1 to 10 feet, in search of a
Service on post, May 30; and the Sam Houston Club, May 31. 17 to 30 feet. They become less active, feeding less good meal and binge eating.
For more information, call 221-2020 or 221-1180. or in fishing terms, a “slow bite” or “negative Water temperatures of mid 70s to low 80s, or
response” occurs. warm water, means the bass move to shallow water
Fish and Wildlife studies show that the tempera- and are extremely active resulting in an “excellent
Sports Briefs . . . MS 150 ‘Bike to the Beach’ ture range for this less active type of behavior occurs
in water temperatures of mid 50s and lower. Mid 50s
bite or positive response.”.
Finally, as summer’s temperatures reach
Registration is open for the 2007
Softball tryouts Valero Multiple Sclerosis 150 “Bike and lower means cold water, which in turn means scorcher point, people tend to move back inside to
Players are needed for the men’s to the Beach” for the National the bass are in deep water and less active. stay cool. This reduces the risk of heat exhaustion
and women’s post softball team. Multiple Sclerosis Society, Lone Using the same analogy, when spring approach- or heat stroke. Bass will do the same. Hot water, or
For more information or to tryout, Star Chapter. The MS 150 will es people will begin to exchange heavy coats for water temperatures that hit the mid 80s and higher,
call Earl Young at 221-1180 or e- begin at the AT&T Center Oct. 20, light jackets and signs of outside activity begins to will cause fish to relocate to mid-to-deep waters
mail firstname.lastname@example.org. with an overnight stay at Coastal reappear. Others may think it is still a bit too cold and become less active. Like people, bass run the
Bend College in Beeville, Texas, and choose to wait a little longer. Once again, fish risk of over stressing in extreme temperatures. They
5K Fun Run/Walk and finish in Corpus Christi at the are not any different. As a result, those that are will become less active, resulting in a “slow bite or
Support National Physical Texas State Aquarium. Register active tend to start eating more for energy and those negative response.”
Fitness Month, by participating in online at www.ms150.org or in per- that are undecided with each minor temperature Keep in mind, these are just general rules to help
the 5K Fun Run/Walk Saturday at 9 son at the National Multiple change could potentially become active any make the most of a fishing trip no matter what the
a.m. at the Jimmy Brought Fitness Sclerosis Society South Texas temperature happens to be.
moment. In fishing terms, this time is known as
Center. The registration fee is $10 Regional Office, 9830 Colonnade
neutral to active. For more information, visit www.ArmyBass
per person. For more information or Blvd., Suite 130, by May 31.
As the water temperature begins to rise, so does Anglers.com or e-mail email@example.com.
to register, call Will Lloyd or Lucian Registration fee is $25 per person
the activity of the fish. They will move to a more (Editor’s Note: Roberson is an avid angler who
Kimble at 221-2020 or 221-1234. with a minimum pledge of $300.
comfortable location, inching closer to mid to shal- fishes on the pro-amateur circuit.)
14 May 17, 2007 School
Fort Sam Houston elementary
Fort Sam Houston News Leader
Fort Sam Houston
school nurse receives award
Independent School District
Monday through May 26
Fort Sam Houston Elementary
By Dr. Kathy Maxwell
School Fort Sam Houston Elementary School
Step Up and Fly High - Fourth through sixth
grade, 1:45 p.m. Robin Harvel, Fort Sam Houston Elementary School nurse,
Step Up and Fly High - kindergarten through third
grade, 2 p.m.
was awarded the Texas School Nurse Organization Region 20
Wednesday School Nurse of the Year. As TSNO Region 20’s award winner,
Last day of exemplary fine art Harvel, RN, BSN, joins the nominees from the other 19 service
PBS Water Works celebration
Early dismissal – kindergarten through fourth
centers in Texas competing for the Texas School Nurse of the
grade, 2 p.m. Year. She was chosen for her great leadership and innovation in
Early dismissal – fifth and sixth grade, 2:30 p.m. the public school nursing arena.
In 2005-2006 school year, Harvel’s School Health Helper pro-
Kindergarten awards ceremony for Room 16 in
their classroom, 8 a.m. gram at Fort Sam Houston Elementary School received the Texas
DARE ceremony Department of Health Services Excellence in Health Programs
Kindergarten award ceremony for Rooms 12, 13 Award. She was also selected to present the program during the
and 15 in their classroom, 9:45 a.m.
May 25 Poster Session of the National Association of School Nurses Courtesy photo
PTO board meeting, 8:30 a.m. Annual Conference in New York and the Southwest Health Robin Harvel (center) enjoys her bouquet of red roses after
Fifth grade awards ceremony in cafeteria, 8:15 Disparities Conferences in San Antonio. This special program having received the Texas School Nurses Organization
Second grade awards ceremony in cafeteria, was created to help engender student health awareness and focus Region 20 School Nurse of the Year Award. Debbie Lea
9:15 a.m. on school health support. (left) President of the TSNO Region 20, and Maria Perez,
Kindergarten awards ceremony for Room 14 in “Health has always been an area of focus at Fort Sam Assistant Director of North East Indepentent School District
their classroom, 10 a.m.
Houston Elementary School,” said Harvel. “We have been teach- Health Services and Nomination Committee Chair join her.
Sixth grade awards ceremony in cafeteria, 2 p.m.
Last day for GATE ing students to make healthy decisions and practice universal pre-
cautions for years.” and schools in both rural and urban locations. She brings a wealth
“There is currently a shortage of nurses and an overburdened of knowledge and experience to the school nurse population.
Robert G. Cole Jr./Sr. High School
Tuesday health care system,” continued Harvel. “We hope to teach our “Our school district is blessed that she provides School Health
Senior exams – English and Foreign Languages children health practices that will improve their health and may Services to the about 875 elementary students, many with special
Fifth and sixth grade orientation tour, 9:30 a.m. to
possibly prevent frequent and medically unnecessary use of the needs, and 95 staff members,” said Dr. Gail Siller, Fort Sam
Wednesday health care system as they come of age.” Houston Independent School District superintendent. “Since join-
Senior exams – Math and Social Studies Harvel’s thirty-year career reflects extensive nursing experi- ing us in 2004, Mrs. Harvel’s energy, enthusiasm, personality,
ence in a variety of settings including hospitals, clinics, camps, and intelligence have inspired and moved people to action.”
Notice of public meeting to discuss
Senior exams – Science and electives
budget and proposed tax rate
Senior awards ceremony in gym, 9 a.m. Special School Board meeting
Senior picnic at Salado Park.
May 27 The Fort Sam Houston Independent School
Teachers’ workday District Board of Trustees will meet for a
Graduation practice at Laurie Auditorium, 9 a.m. Special School Board Meeting Tuesday at noon
Graduation ceremony at Laurie Auditorium, 7 p.m. at the Fort Sam Houston ISD Professional The Fort Sam Houston Independent School following expenditure categories:
Development Center, 1908 Winans Road. District will hold a public meeting at May 31 • Maintenance and operations 11.4% increase.
at 10 a.m. in the Professional Development • Total expenditures 11.4% increase.
Center located at 1908 Winans Road, San Fund Balances
Antonio, Texas. The purpose of this meeting is The following estimated balances will
to discuss the school district’s budget. Public remain at the end of the current fiscal year,
participation in the discussion is invited. and are not encumbered with or by a corre-
Comparison of Proposed Budget with sponding debt obligation less estimated
Last year’s Budget funds necessary for operating the district
The applicable percentage increase or before receipt of the first state aid payment:
decrease (or difference) in the amount budget- • Maintenance and Operations Fund
ed in the preceding fiscal year and the amount Balance(s) $4,200,000
budgeted for the fiscal year that begins during • Interest and Sinking Fund Balance(s) $-0-
the current tax year is indicated for each of the (Source: Fort Sam Houston ISD)
16 May 17, 2007 Fort Sam Houston News Leader
Continued from Page 1
The Warrior Challenge was created by Lt. Gen. Russel
L. Honoré, commanding general, First Army, not only as a
competition, but as a training tool as well.
“The Soldiers who are competing here are force multi-
pliers,” Harrington said. “We are developing that intu-
itive response they will take back to their brigades and
installations and will teach the lessons learned here to the
units deploying overseas.”
Five days of grueling competition made up the
Warrior Challenge. Competitors arrived May 5.
Conditions were spartan at best. The Soldiers stayed in
un-air-conditioned huts, ate meals in a standard mess hall,
and for lunch, each team captain was given Meals-
Ready-To-Eat to dole out to their team. If the MREs were
forgotten, that team didn’t eat.
“The Soldiers here are undergoing total weapons
immersion,” Harrington said. “They carry their weapons
with them at all times except in the mess hall. The
Soldiers become more accustomed to handling their rifles
and they develop good safety practices they’ll pass on in
“They are issued a standard, pre-zeroed M-16 so no
one has an advantage by bringing their own match rifle,”
Harrington said. “Before the competition begins, each
Soldier has a chance to personally zero their weapon.”
Not only was there competition using the M-16, two 9
mm pistol matches were held, and the first-ever Army
Foreign Weapons Competition using Chinese-made AK-
Photos by Phil Manson
47 “Kalashnikov” rifles.
Sgt. Richard Miles, 3-337th Battalion, 4th Cavalry Brigade, Fort Knox, Ky., scores his target in “The Pits”
“We believe the Soldier needs to be familiar with the
— the area where the targets are raised and lowered during the First Army Commander’s Warrior
most common weapon of our enemy as well as his own
weapon,” Harrington said. “The foreign weapons match
actually pits the AK-47 against the M-16.
‘loosens up’ and loses accuracy. The M-16 will fire a “This is a great experience. There is no comparison
“Special Operations Command lent us the AK-47s,
nice, tight group new and three years down the road.” between regular rifle qualification on a 25-meter range
which were brand new and fired very well,” Harrington
It wasn’t all running and shooting though. Every com- and this competition.” Jaeger said. “You learn to shoot
said. “After a familiarization on the AK-47 from 100
petitor had to work in “The Pits,” and that experience is with your heart rate up and with other people firing. The
yards, the Soldiers had to fire the M-16 and the AK-47 at
as important as the competition itself, said Chief Warrant (Small Army Readiness Group) was great. They taught us
man-sized targets from 200 yards. Not only does the
Officer Bryan Wood, B Company, 6th Battalion, 52nd from scratch and talked about sight alignment, trigger con-
Soldier get to know the enemy’s weapon, but he learns
Aviation Regiment, Fort McCoy, Wis. trol, how to adjust for wind and weather and how to put a
how much better – how much more accurate - the M-16
“Working ‘The Pits’ is an important part of this com- well-aimed shot on target. I’ve been in the Army for 16
is to the AK-47.”
petition,” Woods explained. “When a round goes over- years and I always wanted to do something like this.”
“Almost without exception, a Soldier will fire a tighter
head, it’s going so fast (about 2,800 feet per second) it Some of the training brigade commanders and com-
shot group with the M-16 than with the AK-47,” said
creates a sonic boom that sounds like a firecracker mand sergeant majors attending were likewise impressed.
Master Sgt. Charles Coffey, a member of the Army
exploding. After spending a few rotations a day in ‘The “Marksmanship is the most fundamental Soldier skill,”
Marksmanship Unit based at Fort Benning, Ga. “A new
Pits,’ Soldiers can tell if a round is to their left, right or said Col. Anthony Daskevich, commander, 479th Field
AK-47 will fire a good group, but over time the rifle
straight overhead. That’s a pretty valuable Artillery Brigade, First Army, Fort Sill, Okla. The bene-
skill to have when you are being shot at in fits of the Commander’s Warrior Challenge cross the
battle. spectrum of Soldier skills.”
“Also, if a Soldier is on patrol and hears Command Sgt. Maj. Jerry Montgomery, also of the
a ‘pop’ from a rifle, but doesn’t hear a sonic 479th FA Brigade, First Army, concurred.
crack, he knows the fire is not directed at “Our trainers competing here have gained a lot of
him.” information,” Montgomery said. “They are force multi-
Asked if they thought the Warrior pliers because they will take what they learned here and
Challenge was a valuable experience, every train our deploying units. Plus, we get back better
Soldier asked praised the event. Soldiers.”
Staff Sgt. Francis Jaeger, 120th Infantry Training Soldiers to be better Soldiers – to fight and
Battalion, First Army, who placed second in win the nation’s battles and return home safely to their
the Excellence in Competition rifle match families - that is the warrior spirit that permeates the
and represented Fort Sam Houston, was tough, realistic training that is the hallmark of First
impressed. Army’s creed to “train like you’re gonna fight.”
Sgt. Charles Kasten, 189th Infantry Brigade, Fort Bragg, N.C.,
loads a magazine into his M-16 rifle as he prepares to compete
in the First Army Commander’s Warrior Challenge held May 5 The overall winning team in the Commander’s Warrior Challenge, Teams 1 and 2 of the
to 9 at Camp Bullis, Texas. 120th Infantry Brigade, First Army, Fort Sill, Okla., represented Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
Fort Sam Houston News Leader May 17, 2007 17
Soldiers and a match official run toward the 100-yard firing line during
the team competition of the First Army Commander’s Warrior
Challenge May 5 to 9 at Camp Bullis.
loads an M-16
before his team
competes in a
match during the
Challenge May 5
to 9 at Camp
Soldiers working in “The Pits” raise targets to show the shooter where they are hitting
the target. All competitors were required to work in “The Pits” during the matches. The
red, white and blue stripes on the ledge are position markers for the hand-held targets.
The Soldiers stand on the white boxes (lower left) and raise the targets over the berm.
The winning team in the “plates” competition from the 120th Infantry
Brigade, First Army, representing Fort Sam Houston: Team 2, 120th
Infantry Division. Team members are (from left) Sgt 1st Class Paul
Morales, 2-393rd Infantry Battalion; Sgt. Carter Chick, 1-394th Infantry
Battalion; Staff Sgt. Robert Geoffrion, 120th Infantry Brigade; Sgt. 1st
Class Amnouayphonh Thammarath, 2-393rd; 1st Lt. J. Brandon Roberts,
Sgt. 1st Class Robyn Ward, 191st Infantry Brigade, Fort Lewis, Wash., posts the
scores from one of the matches on the board nicknamed “the wailing wall” by the
Fort Sam Houston News Leader Religion May 17, 2007 19
Post Worship Schedule Protestant Women
of the Chapel
Main Post Chapel, Building Catholic Service: 12:30 p.m. Protestant Services: 9:30 a.m. - Sundays at NCO
2200, 221-2754 - Mass - Sundays 10 a.m. - Worship Service - Academy The Protestant Women
Catholic Services: Protestant Services: Sundays of the Chapel meet
4:45 to 5:15 p.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Collective Gospel 12 p.m. - Worship - Wednesdays FSH Mosque, Building 607A, Wednesdays from
Confessions - Saturdays Protestant - Sundays 221-5005 or 221-5007
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
5:30 p.m. - Mass - Saturdays 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. - Women’s AMEDD Regimental Chapel, 10:30 a.m. - Children’s
9:30 a.m. - Mass - Sundays Bible Study (PWOC) - services will be held at Evans Religious Education - Sundays and Thursdays
11:30 a.m. - Mass - weekdays Wednesdays, child care is Auditorium, Building 1396, 221- 1:30 p.m. - Jumma - Fridays from 6:30 to 7:30
Protestant Services - Sundays: provided. 3297 7:30 p.m. - Adult Religious p.m at the Dodd
8 a.m. - Traditional Protestant Samoan Protestant Service: Catholic Mass: 8 a.m. - Education - Thursdays Field Chapel. Childcare
11 a.m. - Traditional Protestant 8:30 a.m. - Sundays Sundays is provided for up to age 5. Visitors are
Jewish Services: 379-8666 or Protestant/Gospel Service: Installation Chaplain’s Office,
welcome. For more information, call Lois
493-6660 Brooke Army Medical Center 9:30 a.m. - Sundays Building 2530, 295-2096
8 p.m. - Fridays - Worship and Chapel, Building 3600, 916-1105 Christian education: 11 a.m. Contemporary service: Griffith at 226-1295 or visit www.sam-
8:30 p.m. - Oneg Shabbat Catholic Services: -Sundays 11:01 a.m. - Sundays houston.army.mil/chaplain/pwoc.
8:30 a.m. - Mass - Sundays Web site:
Dodd Field Chapel, Building 11 a.m. - Mass - Sundays Church of Jesus Christ of www.samhouston.army.mil/
1721, 221-5010 or 221-5432 11 a.m. - Mass - weekdays Latter Day Saints: chaplain WOULD YOU LIKE
Stop by and visit on Breakfast-On-The-
Go booths for on-post residents May 24
from 7 to 8 a.m. Lincoln Military Housing IT CAN
representatives will serve a breakfast treat HAPPEN.
with juice. For photos and upcoming activi- The Financial
ties, visit www.samhoustonlpc.com. For Readiness
more information, call Lincoln Military Program at Army
Housing at 270-7638.
Community Service offers
thisservice. For more
information, call 221-1612.
20 May 17, 2007 MWR Fort Sam Houston News Leader
Child and Youth Services
tion, call Family Service Association at
431-7570 or Fort Sam Houston Central
Summer camp registration Registration at 221-4871.
Summer camp registration for School Family Child Care Online
Age Services and Middle School and Family Child Care Online is a market-
Teens is ongoing at Central Registration, ing tool that allows parents to take a virtu-
Building 2797, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. until al tour of FCC homes. In addition, parents
spaces are full. Children must be regis- can read about the provider’s philosophy
tered with Child and Youth Services. To of care, hours of operation and back-
register, patrons must provide sponsor’s ground. This online tool can be accessed
Leave and Earnings Statement and through the Child and Youth Services
spouse’s W-2 form, two local emergency Central Registration office in Building
designees, an $18 registration fee per 2797 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
child, and child’s Social Security number.
A current immunizations record and a
health assessment for kindergarten Family Child Care is looking for fami-
through fifth grade is required. There is a ly members interested in becoming certi-
non-refundable deposit for School Age fied FCC providers. There is a no-cost
Services. start-up plan. For more information, call
Parent Advisory Council meeting
The Child and Youth Services Parent
Advisory Council will meet June 19 from Patrons interested in summer and fall
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Child sports should make appointments for a
Development Center. Lunch will be pro- sport physical now. Patrons will need a
vided. All CYS patrons are encouraged to sport physical to register. Patrons must be
attend. This is an opportunity to meet registered with Child and Youth Services
staff, attend parent workshops and learn of to participate in sports. For more informa-
upcoming events. tion or registration requirements, call
Central Registration at 221-4871 or 221-
Off-post childcare options
The Army Child Care in Your Volunteer coaches needed
Neighborhood program offers military
families more childcare options in the Youth Services is seeking volunteers to
local community. There are two childcare coach summer basketball and volleyball,
centers and 25 civilian providers in areas and fall football. Applicants must clear a
surrounding Fort Sam Houston for use by background check. Application packets
local Army families. The centers and can be picked up at Central Registration,
providers are monitored to ensure they Building 2797 or the Youth Services
meet Army standards. For more informa- sports office, Building 1630.
SKIES Unlimited classes available
The Child and Youth Services SKIES Unlimited program will offer classes for
children ages 6 to18 who are registered with CYS.
School of Languages
• German: Monday, 30-minute classes from 9 to 10:30 a.m. for beginner, interme-
diate and advanced students, located in Building 2530.
• German: Monday through Wednesday, 90-minute classes, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. and
5 to 6:30 p.m. for beginner, intermediate and advanced students, located in Building
• Arabic: Thursday, 90-minute classes from 3:30 to 5 p.m. and 5 to 6:30 p.m.
beginner and intermediate students, located in Building 1630A.
To determine the child’s skill level and for prices, call the instructor, Rabiaa
Gardner, at 744-2304.
School of Music
Piano lessons will be held every Tuesday in 30-minutes increments from 10
a.m. to 12 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. one half hour per week, in Building 2018. The cost
for each lesson is $20. Lesson books are to be purchased by the students.
School of Sports
Tennis lessons will be held Monday through Friday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. for 5-
to 6-year-olds and 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. for 6- to 18-year-olds. Lessons are held at the ten-
nis court on the corner of Hardee and Scott Streets on Fort Sam Houston. Children
must furnish own tennis racket and missed lessons will not be made up. The cost is
$50 a month for the one-hour class and $150 a month for the three-hour class.
Payment is due on a monthly basis and registration is required with Child and
Youth Services prior to the first class. The first month’s fees are due at time of regis-
tration at Building 2797. Fees are due and payable at the beginning of each month,
and can be paid at the Child Development Center, Building 2530, School Age
Services, Building 1705, or the Middle School and Teens, Building 1630. Missed
lessons will not be made up. For more information, call 221-1723 or 221-4871.
Dial 911 when calling from a Fort Sam Houston or Camp
Bullis telephone number prefix.
Dial 554-4713 when calling from a cell phone or from any-
where on Fort Sam Houston other than the post telephone number
On Camp Bullis, dial 295-7517 from a cell phone or non-Camp
The fire prevention office has phone stickers for these numbers.
Stop by Building 4196, Room A37 or call 221-5452.
Fort Sam Houston News Leader MWR May 17, 2007 21
Community Recreation Outdoor pool opens
The Aquatic Center will be open daily starting May 25
Golf Course, 222-9386
Discounted Golf Lessons
MWR Web site, Information Hotline from 12 to 8 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, Discounted golf lessons are now available for Military
Access information about Morale, Welfare and call 221-4887 or 221-1234. Family Members at the Fort Sam Houston Golf Club.
Recreation events, activities and programs 24 hours a day. Summer reading club Lessons are 30 minutes per session and are available either
For more information, call the hotline at 295-3697 or visit The Keith A. Campbell Library’s summer reading club in a package of 10 lessons for $150 or in individual private
www.fortsamhoustonmwr.com. begins June 1. “Sail Away with Books!” is the theme for lessons for $30 each. For more information, call James
youth interested in exploring the wonderful world of books. Benites at 355-5429 or 222-9386.
Bow Hunter Education Class
The program is open to students in preschool through eighth
Dining and Entertainment
A two-day Bow Hunter Education Class will be held
Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Camp Bullis grade. Prizes are available to participants who meet the read-
Outdoor Recreation Center. The $15 registration fee is payable ing requirements. The program continues through August.
on the first day of class and reservations are required. The class For more information, call 221-4702 or 221-4387. Sam Houston Club, 224-2721
is mandatory for all rifle hunters that wish to hunt on Camp Woodworking hobbies, projects Family-Style Sunday brunch
Bullis. Firearms cannot be brought onto Camp Bullis. For Visit the Wood Skills Center at Randolph Air Force Base There is something for the entire family at Sunday
more information or to register, call 295-7577 or 295-7529. for all woodworking needs. Customers can select from a Brunch. Brunch is held the first and third Sunday of each
variety of finished products such as flag boxes, coin holders month. The next brunch will be held Sunday from 10 a.m. to
Equestrian Center summer youth camp
and shadow boxes or other unique items can be special 1:30 p.m. at the Sam Houston Club. Features include a
The Equestrian Center is accepting registrations for youth chocolate fondue station, complimentary champagne and an
ages 7 to 17 for its Summer Youth Horsemanship Camp. ordered. In addition, the wood center’s staff can assist do-it-
yourself carpenters with their individual projects. After certi- international food station. The cost is $15.95 for non-mem-
The camp consists of a one-week session held from 9 a.m. bers, $13.95 for members and $7.95 for children 6- to 11-
to 3 p.m. each day. The first session begins June 11; the last fication on the Wood Skills Center equipment, patrons can
use the facility located in Building 895 to make all of their years-old. Children 5-years-old and younger eat free. For
session ends Aug. 10. The registration fee is $195 and a $25 more information, call 224-2721.
deposit is required. For more information, call 224-7207. woodworking projects. For more information on the
Beginners Woodworking Class or parent/child classes, call Harlequin Dinner Theatre, 222-9694
West Corporation job fair cancelled 652-7422. The comedy, “Proposals,” by Neil Simon, will play from
The West Corporation Job Fair on May 25, located at the Bowling Center, 221-3683 May 30 to June 30. Tickets are $24.95 on Wednesdays and
Army Community Service, Building 2797, has been can- Thursdays; $27.95 on Fridays and Saturdays. Doors open at
celled. This event will be rescheduled at a later date. If you Bowling tournament
6:15 p.m., the buffet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., and the show
have any questions, please contact Jennifer Swiger at 221- The Fort Sam Houston Bowling Center will hold the begins at 8 p.m. For more information or to make reserva-
0516. Third Annual San Antonio Military Doubles Bowling tions, call 222-9694.
Tournament Saturday and Sunday. Tournament bracket
times begin at 11 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. each day. The cost to MWR Ticket Office, 226-1663
Coushatta casino resort trip participate in the handicap division is $40 per team or $55 Pepsi 400 NASCAR tickets
per team for participation in both the handicap and scratch Tickets are available at the Morale, Welfare and
The MWR Ticket Office and the Sam Houston Club Recreation Ticket Office for the Daytona International
divisions. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top finalists.
will sponsor a trip to the Coushatta Casino Resort in Speedway’s 2007 Pepsi 400 July 7. Buy the All-American
First place winner in the handicap division wins $900, and
Kinder, La. The bus will depart from the Sam Houston package for $72, a savings of $20, and receive one Pepsi
the overall winner of the scratch division receives $500.
Club June 5 at 7 a.m. and return June 6 at 10 p.m. The 400 Grandstand ticket and event hat. A pre-race pass to the
Cash prizes are based on 50 team entries. A flat screen tele-
cost is $49 per person and includes roundtrip motor Nextel Fanzone is $46.50. This is a NASCAR-sponsored
vision will be awarded to the first player who bowls a 300
coach transportation, overnight hotel accommodations, event. Parking is free. To purchase a ticket, stop by or call
scratch game. The tournament is open to all DoD ID card-
continental breakfast at hotel and one $23 coupon from the ticket office at 226-1663 or 224-2721. For more infor-
holders and their guests. Participants must be at least 18
the casino. Participants must be at least 21 years old mation, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com. The
years old. Teammates can be the same gender or a male-
and possess a valid photo identification at all times. ticket office will operate with extended summer hours
female pairing but must include at least one DoD ID card-
Reservations are needed at the ticket office by June 1. through August. The ticket office is open Tuesday through
holder. For more information, or to register for the tourna-
For more information, call 226-1663 or 224-2721. Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2
ment, call 221-4740.
p.m. and closed Sunday and Monday.
Community Bring a brown bag lunch. The event is free
and open to the public. For more informa-
Military Treasure Day
The Brig. Gen. John C.L. Scribner Texas
Sam Houston Club. For more information,
call Arline at 822-6559.
tion, call 224-6163.
Military Forces Museum will host Military Financial planning
Military Appreciation Car Show Treasures Day Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 The Army Career and Alumni Program
To commemorate Military Appreciation p.m. at Camp Mabry in Austin, Texas. Center will host financial planning seminars
King William District walk Members and the general public are invited
Month, the Security Hill Top 3 Association at that focus on those preparing to separate or
The Randolph Roadrunners Volksmarch Lackland Air Force Base will sponsor a to bring their military souvenirs and artifacts retire from active duty Wednesday at 1 and
Club will host a 5K and 10K walk Friday; Classic Car Show and Blood Drive in honor for analysis and identification by specialists 2:30 p.m. and May 30 at 9 and 11:30 a.m. at
start between 4 and 6 p.m. at Beethoven of veterans wounded in the Global War on in the following categories: edged weapons, the ACAP classroom, B100, Building 2263.
Maenerchor Halle Und Garten, 422 Pereida Terrorism Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at firearms, military gear and equipment, The seminars provide valuable information
St., San Antonio. For more information, call the Cowboys Dancehall parking lot, 3030 insignia and more. For more information, concerning the various situations people
Tony and Nancy Paulson at 658-8324, e- N.E. Loop 410. Registration is from 8 a.m. call 512-782-5770. need to plan for prior to separation/retire-
mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit to 12 p.m. The entry fee is $25, vendor fee Retired Officers’ Wives, Widows Club ment. For more information or to reserve a
www.geocities.com/randolphroadrunners/. $35 and free to spectators. For more infor- seat, call Liz Gum at 277-7258.
The Retired Officers’ Wives and Widows
Disabled American Veterans meeting mation, call Greg Polizzi at 595-1913 or Club will meet Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the See COMMUNITY on Page 22
Darr Keirn at 265-9653.
Alamo Chapter #5
and Auxiliary Unit
#5 will meet
Saturday at 10 a.m.
at the Rolling Oaks
Church, 7150 Stahl
Road, Loop 1604, at
For more informa-
tion, call Cmdr.
Albert Erazo at 651-
7303 or Adjutant
Duke Hendershot at
830-624-1949 or visit
‘Family Fun Day
at the Park’
The San Antonio
Society will host a
“Family Fun Day at
the Park” Saturday
from 10 a.m. to 2
p.m. at the Joske
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Continued from Page 21 is mandatory for all permanent party in-processing Soldiers, Information System that provides on the move, near-real-time
lieutenant colonel and below, within 60 days of arrival. battle command information to tactical combat, combat sup-
ASMC May luncheon Soldiers, civilians and family members will have the oppor- port and combat service support leaders and soldiers. FBCB2
The Alamo Chapter of the American Society of Military tunity to learn about Fort Sam Houston and the San Antonio is a key component of the Army Battle Command Systems.
Comptrollers invites all members and non-members to attend area. Participate in giveaways, drawings, registration and FBCB2-BFT supports situational awareness down to the
May’s luncheon hosted by U.S. Army North May 23 from 11 social activities. For more information, call the Army Soldier and platform level across all battlefield functional
a.m. to 3 p.m. at Pico de Gallo, 111 S. Leona St., San Community Service, Relocation Assistance Program at 221- areas, echelons, and forms the principal digital command and
Antonio. For reservations, call Pat Reynolds at 221-0620. 2705 or 221-2418. control system for the Army at brigade and below. To register
go into the ATRRS system course number: 5K-F21/012-F46.
Military Officers Association of America Preservation Month awards
For more information, call Marvin Danzy at 221-0640 or email
The Military Officers Association of America-Alamo The San Antonio Conservation Society will sponsor an to email@example.com and Hartense Green at
Chapter luncheon will be held May 24 at 11:45 a.m. at the award ceremony May 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Yturri- 221-2216 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sam Houston Club. The guest speaker will be retired Navy Edmunds Historic Site, 128 Mission Road. The ceremony
will recognize projects located in historic district and conser-
Capt. Shelley Marshall, MOAA’s National Scholarship Fund
development officer. The cost for the luncheon is $16 per vation district neighborhoods. Ticket admission is $10. To
person. For more information or to make reservations, call make reservations, call 224-6163 by May 25.
228-9955 or e-mail email@example.com. Reservations Army Birthday Ball 101st Screaming Eagle Vets sought
will be accepted through May 21. The 101st Airborne Division Association, with headquar-
The Army Birthday Ball celebrates the U.S. Army’s
Free Father’s Day message 232nd birthday. The ball will be held June 16 at the Hilton ters at Fort Campbell, Ky., is seeking “lost” Screaming Eagle
Washington Hotel in Washington, D.C. Soldiers, family veterans who served with the division during its history from
Service members can send free Father’s Day messages World War II to Iraq. Activities include Memorial Day 2007
online to www.stripes.com through May 25. Messages will members, Department of Army civilians, retirees and veter-
ans are welcome. For more information or to register, visit ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery and the Vietnam
be published June 16 in Stars and Stripes Mideast, European Memorial May 25 to 28 in Washington, D.C.; the 62nd
and Pacific editions. Greetings will also be online for view- www.army.mil/birthday/232/ball/default.htm.
National Reunion in Omaha, Neb., August 8 to 11; and spe-
ing at www.stripes.com starting June 16. For more informa-
tion, call Maria Luisa Hernandez at 202-761-0914. Training cial programs to comfort wounded warriors and assist today’s
Eagles and their families. For more information, call 931-
Memorial Memories Hiring Lubbock police officers 431-0199, ext. 35, or visit www.screamingeagle.org.
The community is invited to view “Memorial Memories” The Army Career and Alumni Program Center will host an ASMC community project
May 27 at 2:30 p.m. at The University of Texas at San information briefing for people interested in a law enforce- The American Society of Military Comptrollers will
Antonio Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 S. Bowie Street. ment career with the Lubbock Police Department May 31 sponsor a community cleanup project Saturday from 9 a.m.
Memorial Memories is a musical tribute to America’s mili- from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Building 2263, Classroom B100. For to 12 p.m. at the Sunshine Plaza Apartments, 455 E.
tary men and women, past and present. The event includes more information, call Lubbock Police Department Recruiting Sunshine Drive, San Antonio. The project involves light
swing sounds of the 1940s and 1950s performed by the Officer Corey Nunley at 877-975-2964. cleaning for senior residents. School students can earn a cer-
Sentimental Journey Orchestra, the Memphis Belles singing Army Knowledge Online training tificate for up to three hours of community service. To vol-
trio and songstress Jesse Boatright. The event is free. For unteer, contact Joy Berberek at 652-2275 or e-mail
more information, call 458-2330. Army Knowledge Online hands-on training will be held
June 19 and 20 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Willis Hall, Building firstname.lastname@example.org.
Auditions for Harlequin Dinner Theatre 2841, classroom 2105C. The training will include starting an Lackland seeks dental patients
The Harlequin Dinner Theatre will hold open auditions for account, white pages, searching, quick links, self service,
The Periodontics Department of the Comprehensive
“Never Too Late,” a comedy by Sumner Arthur Long May 28 files, site map and network. For more information, call Julie
Dentistry residency at the Dunn Dental Clinic on Lackland
and 29 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Performances will be in the evenings Gueller at 221-6203.
Air Force Base is screening patients for dental care limited
from July 18 to Aug. 18. For more information, call 222-9694. Force tracking system training to periodontal disease in the dental residency. All eligible
Newcomers’ Extravaganza The Information Management Training Branch is providing recipient categories are screened, including retirees and
A Newcomers’ Extravaganza will be held May 29 from training courses for all active military services for May, June or dependents. To schedule an evaluation, people should have
9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Sam Houston Club. The extravaganza September. The Force XXI Command Brigade and Below- their general dentist fax a consultation to the Periodontics
Blue Force Tracking System is a digital, Battle Command Department at 292-2681 or call 292-6365.
Fort Sam Houston News Leader Fort Freebies May 17, 2007 23
Freebies are published on a first-come, first-served basis. The deadline is noon Freebie, e-mail email@example.com or fax to
Monday. Freebies are intended for personal household goods, and may only be sub- 221-1198. Freebies run for one week unless submitter calls to
mitted by active, retired or reserve military members and civilian employees work- renew. Limit of five items per entry. For more information, call
ing on Fort Sam Houston. Real estate ads will not be published. To submit a Fort 221-1031.
For Sale: Volvo S60, four-door, fully loaded, in excel- ing table included, like new, $75. Call 826-3791. For Sale: Authentic Burberry Nova check small hobo
lent condition, $15,500 obo. Call 833-4852, leave message. For Sale: Large outdoor rabbit hutch, two doors, remov- tote with dust jacket and strap, in excellent condition, $175;
For Sale: Twin pillow-top mattress set with frame, $60; able bottom for easy cleaning, separate sleeping and living bassinet with mattress, $30; three-tier blue diaper cake, $30;
150-foot chain-link fence with poles and accessories, $75. areas for two rabbits, $35. Call 852-4879. baby shower corsage blue, $10; Longaberger baskets with
Call 465-7476 or 253-768-5947. For Sale: Broyhill Fontana collection solid wood enter- liner and protectors, various styles. Call 666-0374, after 6
For Sale: 1992 Cadillac Deville, needs engine work, tainment center, five-piece wall unit, $400 obo; Broyhill p.m.
$800 obo. Call 532-3740. Fontana collection solid wood secretary/desk, $125 obo; For Sale: Queen-size headboard, Mediterranean, $75;
For Sale: 1992 Ford Conversion van, loaded, four blue sofa, in good condition, $200 obo; Simmons solid 1994 Plymouth Voyager Van, quad seats, seven passenger,
reclining Captain chairs, electric sofa bed, trailer hitch, front white ash adjustable baby crib, $75 obo. Call 481-3802. front and rear A/C, power windows and locks, V6, 3.0 liter,
and rear AC, AM/FM stereo, TV and VCR, window screens, For Sale: Maytag Performa washer and dryer, extra one-owner, in good condition, $2,300. Call 490-8786.
power windows and locks, roof-top luggage rack, service large capacity, $500 both, available in early July. Call 499- For Sale: Queen-size bed, $175; china hut, $95; white
records, $2,495 obo. Call 659-6741. 1466, leave message. bookshelf, $20; commercial copier, $150; five-piece dinette
For Sale: Jeep double stroller with side pockets, toy For Sale: Loveseat with twin sleeper, brown, $275; set, $95. Call Sandy at 241-1291.
driving accessory cup holders, like new, $75; boy’s infant RCA 52-inch projection TV and DVD/VCR combo, $550. Free: Fixed side, non-sliding, double pane and glass
clothes size 12-months, Eddie Bauer pack and play, chang- Call 650-0337. panel for standard size vinyl patio door. Call 387-8386.