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					                                                             The National Training Center and Fort Irwin
                                                    THE HIGH DESERT WARRIOR
                                                    Volume 5, Number 21                                          www.irwin.army.mil                                                May 28, 2009

  Blackhorse Troopers, page 8
  MAY/JUNE 2009
                                                    Garrison commander lists top 10 priorities
 Sun Mon         Tue   Wed Thur
                                                    for Fort Irwin/NTC
  31       1      2     3      4      5         6   By Charles Melton                                     do it that way,” he said. “I have seen numer- some focus areas,” he said. “One is sports and
                                                                                                          ous times where our customers, primarly due recreation, places to eat on this installation
  7        8      9     10     11     12    13
                                                        With the upcoming initial publication of          to a lack of knowledge of what the process is, another is habitat, and another is single Soldier
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 14   5                                             external and internal policies and procedures         spent an inordinate amount of time trying to quality of life.”
  21      22     23     24     25    26     27      and standard operating procedures for Fort            do something.”                                      Another priority is support to Army Force
                                                    Irwin and the National Training Center,                   The intent is to map out the procedures Generation because the post has a number of
   Rotational Soldier Use of Post Facilities
                                                    Fort Irwin/NTC Garrison Commander Col.                to the point where an individual who units that are in the Army Force Generation
■ Heavy use | ■ Medium use | ■ Minimal Use
                                                    James Chevallier will have accomplished one           has never been                                                                 cycle, which are
                                                    of his goals.                                         on this post and                                                               primarily in the
FIRST H1N1 CASE AT FORT IRWIN                           Since early April organizations and units         wants to know             “Going green is important, but our 916 th Support
    On May 24 medical personnel con-                across the installation have teamed to put in         how to do some-                                                                Brigade, he said
firmed the first case of the H1N1 virus at            writing a how-to manual for everything from           thing can go to            real motivation is sustainability.”                    “Another pri-
Fort Irwin. The individual diagnosed with           securing a CAC card to requesting community           a single resource                 —Col. Jim Chevallier                         ority is improv-
the virus is a Soldier with the rotational          relations support for events from the Public Af-      and in very clear,                                                             ing protection of
training unit who had no contact with the           fairs Office and everything in between in order         concise language                                                               the community
general population on Fort Irwin. Due to            to alleviate one of the challenges that exist on      figure out what they need to do to get it and that’s safety,” he said. “Whether that’s
early identification of the symptoms and             Fort Irwin, according to Col. Chevallier.             done, he said.                                  traffic safety. That is anti-terrorism force
the rapid application of appropriate medical            “The issue is this. Irwin is a relatively small       That resource is just one of his priori- protection. That is our ability to respond to
precautions (including isolation of the indi-       installation and however, the mission has grown       ties as garrison commander, Col. Cheval- emergencies.”
vidual) there is no increased risk of H1N1          in complexity over time,” he said. “We have not       lier said, noting that those priorities were        Yet another priority is improving commu-
infection to the Fort Irwin community to            kept pace with documenting and publishing             developed by his assessment of the installation nity information management, so the post is
include our Soldiers and civilians serving in       processes and procedures that the installation        and were approved by the commander of adequately using all of the communications
the training area. Community members are            uses to do its day-to-day business.”                  the installation.                               means at its disposal, he said.
encouraged to continue practicing personal              When an organization is small and has a               “One is to improve education. That is both      The post’s environmental campaign is yet
preventative measures                               routine, reoccurring mission, that isn’t a prob-      for our adult population, whether military priority, and the goal is to “transform Fort
                                                    lem, because everyone knows everyone else and         member or Family member or civilian and Irwin into one of the most green installations
                                                    all the communication channels are available,         education within the Silver Valley Unified in the Army,” he said.
STOP SIGN INSTALLED                                 so things can be figured out, he said.                 School District,” he said.                          “Going green is important, but our real mo-
   The four-way stop that was scheduled to              “Over time the NTC has grown both in                  Another priority is continual improve- tivation is sustainability,” he said. “We plan on
be placed at the intersection of Inner Loop         complexity of mission and in size, so we are          ment in community life, he said, adding that being the world’s greatest training center for the
Road and South Loop Road on May 1 has               past the point we can rely on word-of-mouth           he doesn’t have what he calls a “flagship” next 50 years. One of the ways we sustain that
now been installed. Fort Irwin community            or historical knowledge, desert lore, for how         project.                                        is using alternative energy resources, because
members are urged to be aware of this new           we do something the way we do or why we                   “In improving community life there are electricity is expensive.”
safety measure.

    The Census Bureau will be conducting
                                                       Fort Irwin celebrates Asian Pacific American
a validation program for all addresses on
Fort Irwin from now until June 1. During
this timeframe, the Census team will be
                                                       Heritage Month
canvassing the housing areas for the address                                                                                By Charles Melton
validation process and knocking on doors to
hand out an information pamphlet on the                                                                                        Eighty-four year-old Kiyo Sato returned to somewhat familiar ground
2010 Census. They will answer any ques-                                                                                     on May 20 as she participated in the Fort Irwin and National Training
tions the residents might have. Any issues                                                                                  Center’s celebration of Asian Pacific Heritage Month, sponsored by the
can be addressed to the Installation Census                                                                                 916th Support Brigade.
Officer, Darrell Kemp, at 380-7532.                                                                                              After watching dancers from Somoa Mo Somoa perform dances from
                                                                                                                            various Pacific Island cultures, Ms. Sato, who wrote the book, Dandelion
                                                                                                                            Through the Crack, told Soldiers and their Families about her four years
               HEAD COUNT                                                                                                   spent at a World War II detention camp at Poston, just northeast of Fort
                                                                                                                            Irwin and NTC in the Mojave Desert.
                                                                                                                               “We were on a train going through Barstow, and I lifted by blind and

                                    266                                                                                     peeked,” she said, noting that the train was guarded by Soldiers with rifles
                                                                                                                            and bayonets in accordance with Executive Order 9066, which created
                                                                                                                            detention camps for all Japanese-Americans in the wake of the bombing
                                                                                                                            of Pearl Harbor.
                        FORT IRWIN SOLDIERS                                                                                    Under the order signed by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, all
                        CURRENTLY DEPLOYED
       Source: Directorate of Human Resources                                                                                                                                    See Asian, page 3
      National Training Center and Fort Irwin
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                                                              Lead 6 Sends:

                                                          emorial Day                                   By all means, do all of that, but what I really want you to                                    the same thing with your Families and friends to insure we
                                                          began the                                  take away from this is to remember to apply a little common                                       all enjoy the 101 Days of Summer. There is no better time
                                                          101 Critical                               sense to your summer activities.                                                                  than now for commanders and supervisors at all levels to
                                            Days of Summer; the                                         Summer time isn’t as simple as it used to be. Time is                                          stress the use of risk assessment to help protect members
   101-day stretch from Memorial Day to Labor Day that                                               precious, our Families are moving in many different direc-                                         of our Army team.
   typically carries with it a higher risk of death and injury to                                    tions, and we all try to have as much fun as possible in the                                          The NTC is the premier Combat Training Center in
   servicemembers than any other time of year because of the                                         precious few days that we aren’t working. Isn’t this similar to                                   the World! To maintain that status, we must take care of
   extended hours of daylight and ideal weather. I do realize that                                   Troop Leading Procedures prior to a mission? Plan, rehearse                                       our most precious resource, our Soldiers, Family members,
   we’re in the middle of a rotation but school is out for most                                      and recon as much as possible. . .the difference is that when                                      contractors, and civilian employees. All of you are critical to
   of our children and block leave is right around the corner.                                       planning a mission, we never fail to conduct a Risk Assess-                                       our continued success.
   Summer is here!                                                                                   ment. Leaders and Soldiers at all levels are familiar with this                                       Summer time should be spent having fun with friends and
      My intent here is not to list the typical safety-brief items                                   process, this assessment is used to identify and reduce risks                                     family. Do that! Enjoy your summer, use common sense and
   that leaders at all levels routinely instill into all of our Soldiers                             to prevent accidents, or injuries.                                                                make it home safely.
   before long weekends and holidays: Don’t drink and Drive,                                            Here’s where the common sense comes in—take the
   wear seatbelts, use the buddy system, etc., etc.                                                  efforts that we put into reducing risks on the job and do                                               “Train the Force”

Your reference group causes overspending
By Jacey Eckhart                                                             may have an extra niggle when it comes to                                body knows down to the dollar how much                              Honda Accords with the rusted tail pipes
CinCHouse.com                                                                the way we spend our money. Like every other                             you are bringing in. That desire to have what                       and missing fenders. Our brains are blind
                                                                             American, we each have what marketers call a                             someone just like you has increased.”                               to minivans.
   My husband’s commanding officer drove a                                     “reference group”. This is the group of people                              That means that every time you or your                               You would think that just knowing our
Mercedes SL convertible. OK, it wasn’t exactly                               who give us spoken and unspoken messages                                 service member walks from E6 and below                              susceptibility to the message of our military
fresh off the lot, not even on an 06’s salary.                                about the kind of goods that are appropriate                             parking, through the chief ’s lot, past the line                    reference group would make each of us more
But it was a sweet ride just the same. The fact                              for us to consume. Reference groups are the                              of Suzukis, Yamahas and…is that a 2009                              cautious about our spending. More careful.
that the CO himself looked like Tom-Cruise-                                  things that make your little girl want her                               Moriwaki MD250H?? Then through the of-                              More logical. More skeptical. Probably not.
circa-Top-Gun was a really good thing, too.                                  birthday party at Build-A-Bear workshop just                             ficer’s lot and the CO’s parking spot, his or                            “I don’t think you are going to combat
The whole package meant that Brad could see                                  like the rest of the first grade. Reference groups                        her brain has picked up thousands of messages                       it. I don’t think peoples brains are gonna
himself behind the wheel of a Mercedes later                                 are the things that make your teen ashamed                               about what kind of vehicle is appropriate for                       change. Education is held out as panacea,
in his career. It meant I could see myself mak-                              of his cheezmo cell phone. Reference groups                              their rank. The message gets picked up twice                        but I don’t think it is going to change this,”
ing out with some hot old guy in a uniform.                                  make you really want to mow the lawn.                                    a day, every day—whether you can afford it                           said Wilcox. “You and I are still going to
Gave a girl cause to hope.                                                       Which is fine. But it turns out that we                               or not.                                                             have trouble.”
   That is, I thought it gave a girl cause to                                military folks might be a little more suscep-                               “When someone (at your rank or below)                                But trouble is something we military folks
hope. Instead, I just found out that old man’s                               tible to our reference group than our civilian                           consumes something like a new sport motor-                          can deal with. We’re used to it. We adapt.
car is probably the source of my husband’s                                   counterparts. Like civilians, our reference                              cycle. It seems eminently reasonable that you                       We overcome. So I hope that if you are one
mega car note. That old man’s car (or some-                                  groups are made up of our siblings, our neigh-                           should get one too,” Wilcox said.                                   of those chicks married to a thrill seeker
thing just like it) could be the source of your                              bors, our friends. Unlike civilians, however,                               What makes this even more costly to                              who just has to have that sportbike because
military Family’s overspending, too.                                         we also have a reference group made up of                                those of us in the military is that we can’t                        “everyone” who just came back from Iraq
   This week I got to talking to Ronald T. Wil-                              every person in the unit, every sailor on the                            even rely on our brains to pick up the whole                        bought one, I hope I’ll see you at the base
cox author of “Whatever Happened to Thrift:                                  ship, every individual in a military uniform                             message. Wilcox points out that we notice                           actually counting brands and bikes. I hope
Why Americans Don’t Save and What to Do                                      in the country.                                                          the things we like more than things that are                        you’ll see me there, too. I’ll be making a
About It.” Wilcox is a Professor of Business                                     “The key is that if my next door neighbor                            not interesting to us. Our brains only like to                      survey of the actual numbers of convertibles
Administration at the University of Virginia.                                buys something expensive, there is always                                remember the new BMW, the red convert-                              in the parking lot…and the number of hot
He also consults with Navy Federal.                                          some uncertainty about sources of income,”                               ible, the megatruck, the sexy sportsbike.                           old guys still in uniform who look anything
   According to Wilcox, we military folks                                    explained Wilcox. “But in the military, every-                           Our brains take no notice of the fleet of 89’                        like Tom Cruise.

 Brig. Gen. Robert B. Abrams .... Commanding General
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Fort Irwin bids farewell to support brigade
command sergeant major
By Sgt. Giancarlo Casem                                 done with the infrastructure, but also what’s in the
11th ACR Public Affairs                                 Box. The realism is there, it will give you a chill in
                                                        your spine if you’ve been to combat.”
    In a brief ceremony at Jack Rabbit Park on May          Command Sgt. Maj. Mansker will leave one
21, Command Sergeant Major Rodger Mansker               desert for another as he will deploy with the Army
relinquished his responsibilities.                      Field Support Brigade in Iraq. As the 916th’s ser-
    Soldiers, civilians, friends and Family from all    geant major post will changes one thing will remain
over Fort Irwin witnessed the 916th Support Bri-
                                                        constant, and that is Command Sgt. Maj. Mansker’s
gade’s Command Sgt. Major relinquish his duties
                                                        legacy, said Col. Gaffney.
as its senior-most noncommissioned officer.
    “Today is one of mixed feelings,” said Col. David       “It is and will always be about Soldiers for you,”
Gaffney, the 916th Spt. Bde. commander.                  Col. Gaffney said to Command Sgt. Maj. Mansker.
    As he addressed those gathered at the park, he      “And for that, your legacy will always live on.”
had a few parting words for Command Sgt. Maj.               During his speech, Command Sgt. Maj. Man-
Mansker.                                                sker praised his Soldiers for their hard work and
    “You have left an indelible mark on Fort Irwin,     dedication to help ensure the National Training
Sergeant Major,” he said.                               Center meets its goals of training Soldiers for
    A native of San Jose, Calif., Command Sgt.          combat.
Maj. Mansker, joined the Army in 1985 as a Heavy            “Not many people on post know what the 916th
Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic. He has held every type        did, that’s because you’re quiet professionals,” Com-
of leadership role all the way from squad leader to     mand Sgt. Maj. Mansker said. “I’m always humbled
command sergeant major. Prior to his post with          by what you do, and proud to tell the (916th Support
the 916th, Command Sgt. Maj. Mansker served             Brigade) story.”
with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment as the
                                                            As he prepares for deployment, Command Sgt.
command sergeant major of the Regimental Sup-
                                                        Maj. Mansker said he looks forward to change
port Squadron.
    Command Sgt. Maj. Mansker talked about his          saying, “Change is good, but it’s not easy, it’s got
experiences at Fort Irwin and the changes that he       its challenges.”
has seen.                                                   The father of three also thanked his Family for
    “In the last three years, I’ve seen a noticeable    their support and dedication, and as his last words
change in the NTC,” Command Sgt. Maj. Mansker           to his unit, gave a few words of wisdom.                                                                                      Photo by Sgt. Giancarlo Casem

said. “It’s become a place that people want to come         “Leaders, be proud of your Soldiers, they are the    Command Sgt. Maj. Rodger Mansker says a fond farewell to his Soldiers in a
to, lead Soldiers at, because of what the Garrison’s    leaders of tomorrow,” he said.                           Change of responsibility ceremony held on May 21 at Jack Rabbit Park.

                                                                                                           Asian, from page 1
                         Newsmakers Schedule
     Every week on Wednesdays from 8-9 a.m. KNTC hosts a show                                              people with 1/16th Japanese blood were re-        come from our irrigation pipe,” she said.
                                                                                                           moved from their homes and transported to             The nails were used to hang the Families
      called Newsmakers. The KNTC host is Electric Etric who has                                           detention camps scattered from California         towels and the wire was eventually crafted
     Fort Irwin Newsmakers on for interviews so the listening audi-                                        to Arkansas, she said.                            into nails for the other Japanese-Americans
       ence can learn about important happenings on post. Listed                                               “What do you do in such a situation with      at the camp, she said.
                                                                                                           nine children?” Ms. Sato asked the audience           The seeds, however, remained a bit of
              below is the present schedule of guests on the                                               as she related how her father handled the         a mystery until her father planted them
                            Newsmaker Hour:                                                                10-day preparation period as his Family left      and began to grow things like Japanese
                                                                                                           its 20-acre farm near Sacramento to go to         cucumbers, egg plants and radishes, which
                                                                                                           an unknown destination.                           eventually made their way into the mess
     June 3: DFMWR staff talking on summer events at Fort Irwin                                                 Her father packed a roll of wire, a bucket,   hall, she said.
                   June 10: Garrison Safety on Summer Safety                                               a gallon jug, a canvas, some nails and some           “We were finally given some land outside
                                                                                                           seeds as her mother and she made peanut           the camp to grow things and the surplus was
                                                                                                           butter and jelly sandwiches and rice balls        sent to other camps,” Ms. Sato noted.
                                                                                                           for the journey, she said.                            As the contributions of Japanese-Amer-
                                                                                                               “I thought my life had come to an end,”       icans in the service began receiving recog-

                                                                  UPCOMING                                 Ms. Sato said. “I didn’t want to believe this
                                                                                                           was happening when the train left the sta-
                                                                                                                                                             nition, the camps were closed and each
                                                                                                                                                             detainee was given $25 and a one-way ticket

                                                                   EVENTS                                  tion. Then I started crying.”
                                                                                                               Once her Family finally arrived at the
                                                                                                                                                             to wherever they wanted to go, she said,
                                                                                                                                                             noting that for many of the older Japanese-
                                                                                                           detention camp in the desert, Ms. Sato            Americans it was difficult to start over after
                                                                                                           said it didn’t take long for her to realize her   losing everything.
      Check out these upcoming Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers events.                            father’s wisdom in bringing the wire, nails,          “It’s not just the history of 120,000
              Boss Carwash Fundraiser                                                                      bucket, jug and seeds.                            people. It’s the history of so many others,”
                 Santa Monica Pier                                                                             “The water tasted like it had come            she said. “So many people have told me that
                                                                                                           through a sewer pipe, so my father took his       my parents never told me about this. They
                  Raging Waters                                                                            jug and went to the administration building       have come to me and said, ‘This is my story
      For more information, please call Spc. Amanda Spencer, B.O.S.S. president, at 380-3586.              and brought us water that tasted like it had      you are telling.’”

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   Crime Stoppers                                      Adopt-a-pet                                        News briefs
    Information provided by                                                                               BARSTOW GOLF TOURNAMENT
   the Provost Marshal Office                                                                                The Barstow Chamber of Commerce is hosting a
                                                                                                          golf tournament on June 11 at Ashwood Golf Course
       Larceny of Government Property:                                                                    in Apple Valley. The format is four-man/woman/mix
   A report was made of military gear be-                                                                 scramble with best ball. The cost is $65 per person or
   ing stolen from a vehicle while parked                                                                 $265 per team. It will be an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start
   in a barracks parking lot.                                                                             with registration beginning at 7 a.m. there will be several
       Larceny of Government Property:                                                                    special prizes including $10,000 offered for a hole in
   A report was made of a radio being sto-                                                                one contest on one of the holes. For more information
   len from a contractors work area.                                                                      contact Jeri Justus at 256-8617 or Steven Richardson
       Disorderly Conduct: A Soldier was                                                                  at 380-4574.
   cited for disorderly conduct during an
   altercation in the Post Exchange.
       Assault: An assault took place                                                                     SPECIAL INVITATION TO OIF/OEF
   during a domestic altercation in Tie-                                                                  VETERANS
   fort View housing area. Subject was
   detained.                                                                                                  The Department of Veterans Affairs will be hosting
       Damage to Private Property: A re-                                                                  a welcome home event for all Veterans who served in
   port was made of a window to a vehicle                                                                 Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Free-
                                                                      Name: Venus                         dom from Sept. 1, 2001 to present. Join the VA Loma
   being damaged while parked in Sleepy
   Hollow housing area.
                                                           Breed: Domestic short-haired cat               Linda Health Care system at Castle Park, 3500 Polk St.
       Provoking Speech: A Family mem-                               Gender: Female                       in Riverside, Ca. The event will be held on May 30 from
   ber was cited for instigating a physical                          Age: 1-year-old                      10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and is free for Families of four
   altercation in the Post Exchange Park-         Venus is available for adoption right now at the Fort   or less. There will be a free BBQ lunch, parking and all
   ing Lot.                                                                                               day access to the theme park, health care screening, VA
       Drunk and Disorderly: A Soldier
                                                Irwin Vet’s Clinic. Call 380-3025 for more information.   benefit information and enrollment and community
   was detained for being drunk and dis-        You can also check out the Fort Irwin section on www.     resources. To attend the event and reserve tickets respond
   orderly at the police station.                                     petfinder.com                        by May 22 by emailing xavier.spratts2@va.gov or call
                                                                                                          1-800-741-8387 ext. 6228.

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                                                                                                                                                                             Chapel Activities
  New PCS program puts customers in driver’s seat                                                                                                                            Recurring Sunday Worship Services
  By SDDC Command Affairs                                                                                     A significant feature of the program is that service-           Center Chapel
                                                                                                           members have a direct voice in determining the quality of                     —Catholic Rosary / Mass
      SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill.—With nearly 200,000                                                       movers they and their fellow servicemembers receive. DPS                  Lutheran / Liturgical
                                                                                                                                                                                      Chapel NeXt, Contemporary Worship
  Permanent Change of Station (PCS) moves expected in the                                                  captures the customer’s assessment of the move in a short
                                                                                                                                                                                      Protestant Traditional Service
  approaching season, it is important for Department of De-                                                12-question evaluation called the Customer Satisfaction                           Gospel Sunday School
  fense personnel to note several broad changes to the personal                                            Survey (CSS). The evaluation scores are used to rank mov-         12:30 p.m.—Gospel Worship Service
  property shipment process.                                                                               ing companies, awarding top performing companies with             12:30 p.m.—Latter Day Saints Religious Education
      The uniformed services began using the Defense Personal                                              more shipments.                                                              Catholic Edge
  Property System (DPS) to move DOD personal property                                                         “The CSS is a critical piece of the program, and it requires   Blackhorse Chapel
  Nov. 19, 2008. DPS is the system that drives the new De-                                                 participation,” said Lt. Col. Bradley. “The only way we can                                                                     —Samoan Worship Services, 1st Sunday of Month
  fense Personal Property Program (DP3), formerly known                                                    expect an improved program in the future is if servicemem-                                                                       Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Worship
  as ‘Families First.’                                                                                     bers complete this evaluation for all moves.”                                                                                   Protestant Evening Worship Service, Contemporary
      “The more a servicemember or DOD civilian knows                                                         Prior to beginning any household goods self-counseling                                                                  Worship
  about the new program, the better their move will be. DP3                                                in DPS, members should contact their Personal Property            Recurring Weekday Programs & Services
  and DPS really put them in the driver’s seat,” said Lt. Col.                                             Shipping Office to determine if the type of shipment they           Center Chapel
  Daniel Bradley, deputy chief of staff for Personal Property at                                            have is eligible for movement in DPS.                                                                                                          Catholic Rosary / Mass, Mon., Tues.,
  SDDC. “It allows them to manage, hands-on, their personal                                                   There are computer system requirements to access DPS.                                                                   Thurs., Fri.
  property move with improved information and access.”                                                     A list of these requirements can be found on the front page                                                                      Protestant Youth, Mon., 7 p.m.
      DPS provides the capability to self-counsel on-line from                                             of www.move.mil.                                                                                                                  Protestant Women, Tues., 9–11:30 a.m. and
  any computer with internet access around the clock, seven                                                   “DP3 represents a new era of household goods move-                                                                      6–8:30 p.m.
  days a week. Once PCS orders are in hand, members can                                                    ment for the DOD,” said Lt. Col. Bradley. “Because each                                                                                           11:30 a.m. (held on RSOI-3 and
  estimate their household goods weight, enter relevant in-                                                move is unique, DP3 gives the customer the opportunity                                                                     BRD-5)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Preschool Mothers, 2nd and 4th Wed. of Month,
  formation, request pick-up and delivery dates, and let their                                             to work more directly with the moving company than the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      9–11 a.m.
  prospective mover know of unique items that require special                                              previous personal property program to establish what each                                                                           Children’s Group, Wed., 4 p.m.
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Community Happenings
CHILD AND YOUTH ACTIVITIES                                         2/11 ACR FRG events                                                SIGN LANGUAGE CLASSES
                                                                     Following are upcoming 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored
Middle School Activities                                           Cavalry Regiment, Family Readiness Group events:                      Do you know how to sign? Sign Language classes are available
   Thursday—Extreme Sports Summer Camp (Sign up at                   May 30: Squadron Family Day, 11:00 a.m., Fitness                 to everyone at the Forum, Bldg. 1200. The cost is $50 per four
         Central Enrollment)                                                  Connection                                              week session and cost of the suggested book. Beginner classes are
   Friday—Extreme Sports Summer Camp (Sign up at Central                                                                              Wednesdays from 6-7 p.m. and advanced classes are Wednesdays
                                                                     More information: Pam Humphrey at 380-3925 or pamela.
           Enrollment)                                                                                                                from 7-8 p.m. Additional classes that are available are private
   Monday—Web Design Summer Camp (Sign up at Central                                                                                  individual or private Family classes and baby sign classes.
             Enrollment)                                                                                                                 For more information contact Crystal Leisure at (801) 707-
   Tuesday—Web Design Summer Camp (Sign up at Central              FORT IRWIN PET SHOW                                                9060 or crystalanneleisure@yahoo.com.
             Enrollment)                                              Fort Irwin is having a pet show! Alexis Olwine and Alexsus
   Wednesday—Web Design Summer Camp (Sign up at                    Salazar, Junior Girl Scouts earning the Bronze Award, are host-    WEIGHT LOSS CHALLENGE
                 Central Enrollment)                               ing the Fort Irwin Pet Show at the Army Field on June 7 from
                                                                                                                                         The Fort Irwin Spring Weight Loss Challenge is from now
Teen Activities                                                    11 a.m.-1 p.m. Entry fee is food, bed, blanket or a toy and all
                                                                                                                                      through June 5. Need motivation to become a healthier you? The
   Friday—Ping Pong Tournament                                     donations will be given to the Vet Clinic.
                                                                                                                                      Freedom Fitness Center can help you. For six weeks contestants,
   Saturday—Art Night                                                                                                                 both men and women will try to lose as much weight as safely as
Teen Center                                                        SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAM                                               possible. All results are individually based. This is NOT a group
   Hours of operation                                                                                                                 challenge. Prizes will be awarded to the top individuals who lose
                                                                      Fort Irwin American Red Cross will be conducting a Summer
   Friday (at Teen Center)—5:30-11 p.m.                                                                                               the most weight. Call 380-4940 for more details.
                                                                   Youth Program. Volunteering will begin June 1 and end July
   Saturday (at Teen Center)—3:30-11 p.m.                          31. Age requirements are 13-18 years of age and applications
   Sunday-Thursday/Holidays—Closed                                 will be accepted starting May 25 until June 8.
   More information: Angela Austin at 380-3732.

                                                                      For more information come into the American Red Cross build-
                                                                   ing or Bldg. 573 on 3rd Street and South Loop or call 380-3697
                                                                   or 380-4697.
                                                                                                                                      At the movies
                                                                                                                                      Thursday, May 28                     Sunday, May 31
Silver Valley Unified School District                                                                                                 7 p.m.   17 Again (PG-13)            4 p.m. Dragonball: Evolution
    Silver Valley Unified School District will be holding Sum-      DOWN, SET, HIKE!
mer School at Yermo School this summer. If you have a high            A football clinic conducted by local football coaches on June   Friday, May 29
school student who has failed any classes required for gradua-                                                                                                             7 p.m. State of Play (PG-13)
                                                                   6 and 7 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. All youth participants need to     7 p.m.    Hanna Montana:
tion, please fill out and return a Summer School application to                                                                                                             7 p.m. Fighting (PG-13)
                                                                   register at Central Enrollment Bldg. 1323. Interested partici-               The Movie (G)
Silver Valley High School.                                         pants must sign up by June 5 for the June 6 and 7 sessions.        7 p.m. Dragonball: Evolution         Monday, June 1
    The first session of summer school classes will begin on June      For more information please call 380-3227.                                (PG-13)                    7 p.m.    17 Again (PG-13)
11 and continue through June 12 for students having failed
                                                                                                                                      9:30 p.m. Fighting (PG-13)
first semester of either: English, Algebra 1A or 1, Biology or                                                                                                              Tuesday, June 2
Earth Science. Classes will be from 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. each day,     FAMILY NIGHTS AT SHOCK WAVE                                        9:30 p.m. 17 Again (PG-13)
                                                                                                                                                                           7 p.m. Dragonball: Evolution
Mon.-Fri.                                                              Family Nights at Shock Wave are here. Do you have what         Saturday, May 30                     (PG-13)
    The 2nd session of summer school classes will begin on June    it takes to make a gourmet pizza? Calling Families of all ages!    6 p.m.   Studio Appreciation—
15 and continue through June 26 for students having failed                                                                                                                 Wednesday, June 3
                                                                   Join Shock Wave for “Make Your Own Pizza Night.” Customers                  Free Screening—Rated R
second semester of either: English, Algebra 1A or 1, Biology                                                                                                               7 p.m.    State of Play (PG-13)
                                                                   get to choose their own toppings from the Shock Wave top-                   Tickets available at your
or Earth Science. Classes will be from 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. each       pings bar and decorate their own personal pizza to meet their               local AAFES Foodcourt.
day, Mon.-Fri.                                                     specifications. While customers eat their very own pizza creation            Seating open to non-
    There are two requirements which must be met in order to       they can watch a family movie on the big screen televisions
receive semester credit for each summer school session. First,                                                                                 ticket holders 15 minutes
                                                                   Shock Wave will host other pizza-making evenings on June 2,                 prior to showtime.
students must be in attendance for a minimum of nine out of        June 30 and July 14.
the ten days per two week session. Second, students must suc-          For more information call 380-3084.
cessfully pass the summer school class.
    All Silver Valley High School discipline rules apply, but in
addition, students who violate these rules may be sent home        COME WATCH DISNEY’S “UP”
and forfeit their opportunity to attend, as Summer School at-         Join your fellow members of the Armed Forces and
tendance is not required by law.                                   Veterans on Wednesday, June 3 at 7 p.m. to see the next
    If you have any questions related to summer school, please                            UP! Plus, before the movie, see an all
contact the Silver Valley High School office at 254-2963.            new LIVE Disney Stage Show! AND see the movie in stun-
                                                                   ning Disney Digital 3D. Tickets are $12 for children and
CSB, FRG ANNOUNCEMENTS                                             adults. There is no minimum order but tickets are given on
  Following are upcoming Corps Support Battalion Family            a first come first serve basis and are subject to availability.
Readiness Group events:                                            Special promotion tickets are general admission (open seat-
HHC, CSB                                                           ing). If you would like to purchase VIP tickets (reserved seat,
   HHC, CSB is currently looking for a new FRG leader. Please      popcorn and drink) please call 1-800-DISNEY6 or visit www.
contact Mrs. Streeter at 380-3590 if you are interested.           elcapitantickets.com.
557th Maint. Co.
   557th Maint. Co. is currently looking for a new FRG             SOLDIERS MUST REPORT TO RCI
leader. Please contact Mrs. Streeter at 380-3590 if you
are interested.                                                       All newly arriving military personnel will report to the
                                                                   RCI Housing Services Office (HSO), Bldg. 4553 Tippecanoe,
ACR, FRG ANNOUNCEMENTS                                             adjacent from the Pinnacle Family Housing Offices, prior to
                                                                                                                                        This schedule is subject to change at the last minute to accommodate
1/11 ACR FRG events                                                making any arrangements with a rental company or applying            changes in movies and free showings. ID cards are required from all
  More information: Joan Morschel at 380-5749 or joan.             for Pinnacle Family Housing.                                         personnel not in uniform when purchasing movie tickets. For more
morschel@us.army.mil.                                                 For more information call 380-3577.                                         information and movie updates, call 380-3490.
For more information go to www.irwin.army.mil
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                                                             Fort Irwin Community Calendar
Sat., May 30                               Sat., June 6
   Family Day of Fun                           Doggy Daze of Summer
   10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m                         10 a.m.-2 p.m.
   Riverside Castle Park                       Army Field
   1-800-741-8387 X 6228                       380-3227
Sat., May 30                               Mon., June 8
   Desert Discovery/Adventure Tour             Sgt. Audie Murphy Club Meeting
   7 a.m.                                      Noon
   Outdoor Recreation, Bldg. 4100              Regimental Museum
   Outdoor Recreation, 380-3434                Sgt. 1st Class Harris, 380-2994
Tues., June 2                              Mon., June 8
   Family Pizza Night                          Retirement Ceremony–CSM Moore
   5 p.m.-7 p.m.                               4:15 p.m.
   Shock Wave                                  NTC HQ, Bldg. 237
   380-3084                                    SFC Andrew C. Kretz, 380-3602
Sat., June 6                               Tues., June 9
   Sprint Triathlon                            Pre-Transition/Retirement Briefing
   7:30 a.m.                                   8 a.m.-3 p.m.
   Oasis Pool, Bldg. 325                       Education Center, Bldg. 1020
   Oasis Pool, 380-3046                        Mrs. Ashlee Beranek, 380-3096

                                                   Check out these upcoming activities at Fort Irwin

Army recognizes former NCOs in Congress
                                                             By Alex McVeigh                                                        the Army. Casey credited the NCOs he knew for helping him to
                                                                                                                                    become the officer he is today, and said he believed that all officers
                                                                 FORT MYER, Va. (Army News Service)—As part of the Army’s           owe a debt to an NCO.
                                                             continued celebration of the Year of the Noncommissioned Officer,            “Any officer out here will tell you ... that they are the of-
                                                             senior Army leaders Tuesday recognized 10 members of the 111th         ficer that they are today, because there was a noncommis-
                                                             Congress who have served as NCOs.                                      sioned officer behind them every step of the way,” Gen.
                                                                 In a ceremony on Whipple Field, Secretary of the Army Pete         Casey said. “To some extent, all of us stand on the shoulders
                                                             Geren, Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. and Sgt.            of great noncommissioned officers, and it’s especially ap-
                                                             Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston paid tribute to the 10 rep-        propriate to remember that today, as we honor these men.”
                                                             resentatives in attendance, as well as four others not in attendance   Mr. Geren also gave credit to the honorees, as the lessons they
                                                             and three senators who served as NCOs.                                 learned as NCOs led them to dedicate their lives to serving the
                                                                 Members of the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” played a            country, long after they stopped wearing the Army uniform.
                                                             brief pre-ceremony concert before Soldiers from The Old Guard              “We recognize our honorees this evening because before they
                                                             marched onto the Whipple Field carrying the 50 state flags, as well     took the oath of office as members of Congress, they protected
                                                             as the six flags from United States territories.                        and defended the constitution of the United States as noncom-
                                                                 The official party of Mr. Geren, Gen. Casey, Sgt. Maj. of the        missioned officers,” Mr. Geren said. “At the front of every mission,
                                                             Army Preston and Rep. Silvestre Reyes (Texas) arrived after the cer-   here or overseas, you’ll find a noncommissioned officer. NCOs
                                                             emonial units were set. After they performed the dressing sequence,    lead the way in education, training and discipline, and they share
                                                             Command Sgt. Maj. David Martel, The Old Guard command                  their strength of character with every Soldier they lead, every
                                                             sergeant major, took the official party and the representatives on       officer they support and every civilian with whom they serve.”
                                                             the traditional inspection of the troops.                              The ceremony concluded with a pass in review, as each unit passed
                                                                 Each congressman was given a token of appreciation from Mr.        in front of the official party as the crowd of more than 50 Soldiers
                                                             Geren, as well as a coin from Sgt. Maj. of the Army Preston.           and civilians applauded. The Army band put the finishing touches
                                                                 Sgt. Maj. of the Army Preston, speaking first, thanked all the      on the ceremony by playing the Army song, which the audience
                                                             veterans in the audience.                                              sung along to.
                                                                 “[The] members of Congress who are here today began a                  The theme of the evening was best described by the top non-
                                                             lifetime of service to our nation as noncommissioned officers            commissioned officer in the United States Army, the sergeant
                                     Photo by Alex McVeigh
                                                             in the United States Army,” Sgt. Maj. of the Army Preston said.        major of the Army.
Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston pres-               “As we celebrate 2009 as the Year of the Noncommissioned Of-               “If you see a veteran, please thank them for their service.
ents a coin to Rep. John Salazar of Colorado dur-            ficer, we all know that the noncommissioned officer corps was             America is deeply in their debt. I could not be more proud than I
ing the recognition ceremony for congress mem-               not formed overnight ... and our army today is the best Army in        am today to be called a Soldier and to stand shoulder to shoulder
bers who were NCOs. A total of 17 congressmen                the world because of the competence of these mid-level leaders.”       with you and your Families,” Sgt. Maj. of the Army Preston said.
have served in the Army as noncommissioned of-               Gen. Casey opened up his remarks by thanking all NCOs present,         “Together we are, and always will be, America’s Army, the strength
ficers, 10 of which attended the May 19 ceremony             particularly Julius W. Gates, Richard A. Kidd, Jack L. Tilley, and     of the nation.”
at Fort Myer’s Whipple Field.                                Gene C. McKinney, each of whom retired as the sergeant major of            (Alex McVeigh writes for the Pentagram newspaper at Fort Myer, Va.)
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          May 28, 2009

Blackhorse Troopers gear up for Ranger Course
By Sgt. Giancarlo Casem
11th ACR Public Affairs

   The 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment hosted a Pre-Ranger
Course May 18-20. The program was aimed to assess and
prepare the individuals striving to enter the U.S. Army Ranger
   The course started with almost 30 Soldiers, as the sun set on
the first day, that number had dwindled down. At the end of
the three-day course, 20 Soldiers stood information and recited
the Ranger Creed.
   The high attrition rate was indicative of the physical and
mental rigors of the actual course, said Sgt. 1st Class Jason
Malcolm, the noncommissioned officer of the course and a
former instructor at the Ranger School.
   “Most the guys who fell out quit within eight hours,” he
said, addressing the students’ leaders during the PRC graduation
ceremony. “You should be proud of these guys.”
   The Army’s Ranger School is a 61-day long course that
promotes and enhances a Soldier’s leadership skills. The
Pre-Ranger course is designed to give Soldiers interested in
going to Ranger School a chance to assess themselves and
gauge their level of preparedness for the grueling challenges
of Ranger School.
   The Honor Graduate was afforded to be put on top of the
Order of Merit List, which would help him get entrance to                                                                                                       Photo by Spc. Nathaniel Muth
the school.                                                        Spc. Patrick Chittock, Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment
   The first event of the course was the Ranger Army Physical       (left) and Sgt. Salvador Gutierrez, F Trp. 2nd Sqdn., 11th ACR, navigate through the obstacle course during the
                                     See Blackhorse, page 12       Pre-Ranger Course, May 18.

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President pays respect at Arlington National Cemetery
By Ian Graham                                                                                                                                                      only in pursuit of narrowest self-interest have
                                                                                                                                                                   the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines of
    ARLINGTON, Va. (Army News Service)—                                                                                                                            this generation volunteered all that they have
Neither the heat nor the threat of rain deterred                                                                                                                   on behalf of others,” he said. “Why have they
thousands of people who gathered at Arlington                                                                                                                      been willing to bear the heaviest burden?”
National Cemetery’s Memorial Amphitheater                                                                                                                              “Whatever it is, they felt some tug ... they
Monday morning for the 2009 National Me-                                                                                                                           said ‘I’ll go.’ That is what separates them from
morial Day Observance.                                                                                                                                             those who have not served in uniform, their
    President Barack Obama spoke to the                                                                                                                            extraordinary willingness to risk their lives for
audience, made up of civilians, government                                                                                                                         people they never met,” Mr. Obama said.
officials, veterans, service members and their                                                                                                                           Mr. Obama said, unlike the service mem-
Families after laying a wreath at the Tomb of                                                                                                                      bers, veterans and Family members in the
the Unknowns.                                                                                                                                                      audience, he cannot possibly know how it
    The president said those buried at Arling-                                                                                                                     feels to march into battle, or what it’s like to
ton “waged war so that we may know peace                                                                                                                           lose a child.
... They were willing to give up everything for                                                                                                                        “I do know this: I am humbled to be the
the defense of our freedom [and] were willing                                                                                                                      commander-in-chief of the finest fighting force
to sacrifice all for their country.”                                                                                                                                in the history of the world,” Mr. Obama said.
    “They are the best of America,” Mr.                                                                                                                                “I know that there is nothing I will not do to
Obama said.                                                                                                                                                        keep our country safe, even as I face no harder
    Mr. Obama spoke of the history represented in                                                                                                                  decision than sending our men and women to
Arlington National Cemetery, where Confederate                                                                                          Photo by Eleena Fikhman.   war, and no moment more difficult than writing
and Union Soldiers lie side by side, surrounded           President Barack Obama lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns with the assis-                         a letter to the Families of the fallen,” he added.
by men and women who fell while fighting in the            tance of Sgt. 1st Class Alfred Lanier, Sergeant of the Guard, Monday, at the National                        The president said he would do everything
hope their descendants wouldn’t have to.                  Memorial Day Observance at Arlington National Cemetery.                                                  he could do to keep America’s service members
    “We pay tribute to those who forged our history,                                                                                                               out of harm’s way. But when fighting is neces-
but hold closely the memory of those so recently lost,”       He lauded the members of the military,        are all volunteers—stand above many of their           sary, he said, he would be sure they had what-
the president said. “And even as we gather here this      noting that he himself did not serve. His         fellow Americans because they “answered a call”        ever tools they need to get the job done.
morning, all across America people are pausing to         grandfather served in World War II. He hinted     to serve a purpose greater than themselves.                (Ian Graham writes for the Pentagram news-
remember, to mourn and to pray.”                          at current events, saying service members --who       “Why in an age when so many have acted             paper at Fort Myer, Va.)

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Fort Irwin civilian wins Army bodybuilding
competition while deployed with National Guard
Story courtesy of the                             Battalion, 185th Armor, a California Army               starting her work day. At the end of the
16th Sustainment Brigade                          National Guard unit from Palmdale, Calif.               work day, she would head over to the gym
                                                  She grew up in Myrtle Creek, Ore., but                  for the second time that day to train for
    CONTINGENCY OPERATING                         currently resides in Victorville, Calif., and           three more hours.
BASE SPEICHER, Iraq,—From a high                  works at Fort Irwin, Calif., as a wheel and                 The day of the competition her nerves
school and college track star to a Soldier, and   track mechanic.                                         began to kick in. With last minute words
now a competitive bodybuilder, Sgt. Erica             She began training for the Army’s body-             of motivation from a work-out partner, she
Rinard has ventured into new experiences          building competition in December. Already               stepped onto the stage. As she performed her
not many have attempted nor accomplished          a very petite build at 119 pounds, she had              routine the music started to play, but was
in their lives.                                   to plan and monitor her diet and weight                 muffled by the cheers from the crowd.
    Sgt. Rinard recently accomplished a           training regimen.                                           Sgt. Rinard, at 127 pounds and seven
personal goal when she won “best overall”             Sgt. Rinard had to stack on massive slabs           percent body-fat, placed first in her weight
in a bodybuilding contest judged by Billy         of muscle in a short time.                              class and placed first overall.
Blanks, the creator of Tae Bo, held here at           Sgt. Rinard’s training began early in the               “Some chances only come once a life
                                                                                                          time, so I took this chance to step out of                                        Photo courtesy of the California National Guard
COB Speicher.                                     morning prior to going to work; she would
    “It was a personal accomplishment, I          make her way to the gym twice-a-day for                 my comfort zone and overcome my fear                    Sgt. Erica Rinard of the California Army Nation-
was out to beat myself and no one else,”          five days a week.                                        of standing before a large crowd,” said Sgt.            al Guard, recently won “best overall” in a body-
Sgt. Rinard said.                                     She would spend two hours throwing                  Rinard. “I guess that’s the true reason why             building contest judged by Billy Blanks, the
    On her second deployment to Iraq, Sgt.        around weights in the morning and then                  I took on this challenge to prove to myself             creator of Tai Bo. The competition was hled at
Rinard mobilized with Company C, 1st              head for a big meal for breakfast prior to              that I could do it.”                                    Contingency Operating Base Speicher in Iraq.

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“Jackals” welcome home five Soldiers
By Sgt. Giancarlo Casem                                                                                                                 of mind that their Families are taken     I’m helping my brother. We have the
11th ACR Public Affairs                                                                                                                 care of and they don’t have to worry      same flag, the same uniform, we both
                                                                                                                                        about what’s going on back there on       have U.S. Army over our heart, mine
   The 51st Tactical Interpreter                                                                                                        the homeland,” he said. “We let their     doesn’t say Egyptian Army.”
Company “Jackals” welcomed home                                                                                                         Families that are here that there is
five of their Soldiers during a celebra-                                                                                                 someone they can turn to for help.”
tion at the language lab, May 19.                                                                                                          Sgt. Hassan and his Soldiers all
   As the five Soldiers filed in to the                                                                                                   agreed that while they are happy to
language lab, they were greeted by                                                                                                      be home, they would like to deploy
their fellow Jackals with applause                                                                                                      again as soon as they are able to. Sgt.
and loud whooping and cheering; a                                                                                                       Hassan said his plans would focus on
welcome fit for heroes.                                                                                                                  him trying to deploy again.
   “It feels awesome, there are really                                                                                                     “I’m going to train, go out to
no words that can describe being                                                                                                        the ‘Box,’ to get ready to go deploy
welcomed home, we try to let them                                                                                                       again,” he said.
know that they are appreciated for                                                                                                         The native of Portland, Ore., was
what they’ve done and their sacrifice                                                                                                    actually born in the U.S., but grew
and they weren’t forgotten,” said 1st                                                                  Photos by Sgt. Giancarlo Casem   up in Egypt after his Family emi-
Lt. David Strahl, the 51st TICO           (From left to right) Sgt. Yosef Hassan, Spc. Thamer Apassa, Spc.                              grated there when he was 6 years-old.
commander.                                Safa’a Wadi, Spc. Emanuel Kery, and Spc. Ilyas Bouzidi, cut cakes                             For Sgt. Hassan, joining the Army
   He welcomed home the five              in celebration of their redeployment at the language lab at Fort                              was an easy decision to make.
Soldiers who were the first to deploy                                                                                                       “I was born in Oregon, I grew up       1st Lt. David Strahl, command-
                                          Irwin, Calif., May 20. The Soldiers assigned to the 51st Tactical
from the unit back in January.                                                                                                          in Egypt, I left the states when I was    er of the 51st Tactical Inter-
                                          Interpreter Company, Regimental Support Squadron, 11th Ar-
   The 11th Armored Cavalry Regi-                                                                                                       almost 7,” Sgt. Hassan said. “When I      preter Company, Regimental
                                          mored Cavalry Regiment, recently redeployed after three months
ment’s 51st TICO serves as the                                                                                                          was a kid, I grew up watching Ameri-      Support Squadron, 11th Ar-
                                          in theater in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Army’s first and only Interpreter                                                                                                       can movies and I knew I wanted to         mored Cavalry Regiment, pins
Company. The five Solders all served       me the chance to go back again, I       sacrifices and hard work that they                     join the Army.”                           the Army Good Conduct Medal
in support of Operation Iraqi Free-       would go.”                              also provide.                                            He, like many of the Soldiers of       on Sgt. Yosef Hassan during the
dom. The Soldiers primarily served           The Soldiers received awards for        “I get choked up, because I real-                  the TICO, believes in their mission       company’s welcome home cer-
with the 75th Ranger Battalion.           their actions in Iraq. However, it      ized after I deployed how tough it                    and the service that they provide is      emony at the language lab on
   “That’s what we sign up for,           was not just the Soldiers who were      is on them as it is on the service                    truly making a difference.                 Fort Irwin, Calif., May 20. Sgt.
we deployed and came back safe,”          honored; their Families were also       member,” 1st Lt. Strahl said.                            “I’d rather deploy and help. We        Hassan and four other Soldiers,
said Sgt. Yosef Hassan, one of the        given certificates and flowers to          He also said that it was important                 all joined to help.” Sgt. Hassan          all translators, returned home
five returning Soldiers. “I’m glad         thank them for their support. 1st Lt.   to provide support for the Families                   said. “Anyone in our military is our      after serving three months de-
that I made it back home, I wish          Strahl wanted to thank the Soldiers’    of deployed Soldiers.                                 people, is our Family, and I want to      ployed in support of Operation
I could stay longer, if they gave         Families because he understood they        “It lets the Soldiers have a peace                 help them. If I’m helping someone,        Iraqi Freedom.

Blackhorse, from page 8
                                                                                                             Fitness Test. The Soldiers were graded against            Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment,
                                                                                                             the 17-21 year-old age bracket and must score             a student of the course.
                                                                                                             at least 70 points on the events. The targeted                “It’s to prepare me better for Ranger School,”
                                                                                                             scores translated to 49 push-ups, 59 sit-ups.             Spc. Otten said. “It enables us to have an idea
                                                                                                             The run portion of the test consisted of a                of what to expect of the course, assess where we
                                                                                                             5-mile run in which the Soldiers had to finish             are physically and highlight our weaknesses and
                                                                                                             in under 40 minutes. After those three events,            show us where we need more training.”
                                                                                                             the Soldiers then had to do six chin-ups.                     He also explained why he joined the course
                                                                                                                 Other physically strenuous events included            and ultimately, to earn his Ranger Leadership tab.
                                                                                                             a 12-mile ruck-march, a run –through of the               “They’re the premium leaders in the Army.”
                                                                                                             obstacle course, a night and day land navigation              A native of Prescott, Ariz., Spc. Ot-
                                                                                                             course and the Combat Water Survival Assess-              ten said the most challenging test for him
                                                                                                             ment. The CWSA had the Soldiers walking of                was the 12-mile ruck-march. The ruck-
                                                                                                             the high dive into the pool. They did so while            march is the event that he said he needs to
                                                                                                             wearing ACUs, Load Carrying Equipment,                    improve on.
                                                                                                             boots and carrying a weapon. As soon as they                  “We went six miles uphill straight,” he said.
                                                                                                             hit the water, they had to remove their equip-            “It was so dark out, it was a head trip.”
                                                                                                             ment and swim the length of the pool.                         Future Pre-Ranger Courses are planned ac-
                                                                                                                 The Soldiers endured and overcame the                 cording to Command Sgt. Maj. Martin Wilcox,
                                                                                                             overwhelming physical strains by employing                the 11th ACR Regimental Command Sergeant
                                                                                                             their mental strength and intestinal fortitude            Major. Command Sgt. Maj. Wilcox helped
                                                                                                             said SFC Malcolm.                                         spearhead the program and plans to make it a
                                                                                                                 The course was not only a physical test, but          more reoccurring training event. He also said
                                                                                                             also included classroom portions. The Soldiers            the training that Soldiers get out of the PRC
                                                                                                             received training on how to properly create a             and Ranger School is benefit for all.
                                                                                                             Warning Order, learn about the duties and                     “You’re taking the first step, you got a taste
                                                                                                             responsibilities of leaders, including platoon-           of it, it wasn’t a 72-hour cake walk either as
                                                                                                             level, squad-level and higher.                            you well know,” he said. “The training you get
                                                                             Photo by Sgt. Giancarlo Casem
                                                                                                                 The Pre-Ranger Course was a great tool to             here and follow on with Ranger School will not
Spc. Daniel Worthington, a Pre-Ranger student, high-crawls through the dirt dur-                             assess a student’s readiness for the real Ranger          only help you, it will help your unit, squadron
ing the obstacle course portion of the Pre-Ranger Course, May 18.                                            School said Spc. Elijah Otten, A Troop, 1st               and the Regiment.”
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                                                                                                                                                                                      May 28, 2009                     13
Army chief shares insights during Bagram visit
By Sgt. John Zumer                                                     Gen. Casey. The Army spent $1.4 billion on family support in
40th Public Affairs Detachment                                         2008 and is expected to continue investing in such programs.
                                                                           “We are committed on delivering on the Army Family Cov-
   BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, (Army News Service)—                  enant,” said Gen. Casey, alluding to the Army’s efforts to fund
Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. visited Afghani-           and support family programs, physical and mental healthcare,
stan last month for the third time in the past year and spoke          housing, education and childcare and employment opportuni-
on several issues affecting Soldiers.                                   ties for spouses.
   The chief of staff said he tries to periodically visit each of the       These large efforts on behalf of families are in conjunction
theaters (Iraq and Afghanistan) to get a sense of how Soldiers         with a new initiative Gen. Casey referred to as “Comprehensive
are doing and if they have the equipment and training needed           Soldier Fitness.” CSF is designed to put mental fitness on the
for mission success.                                                   same level of physical fitness.
   “There’s a great sense of energy here,” said Gen. Casey.                “You can build mental resilience and enhance Soldier perfor-
“When I was here in December I saw a little apprehension.”             mance,” he added. The sooner Soldiers are willing to come forward
   The improvement in outlook was attributable, he felt, to the        and get treatment for problems, the sooner they can be helped.
additional troops who have arrived in Afghanistan recently. The            Most importantly, Gen. Casey said, “No Soldier stands
Soldiers on the way have also placed Coalition Forces in a much        alone” if treatment is needed. Gen. Casey proudly noted that
better position as the 101st Airborne Division prepares to hand        recent travels to other countries have seen many favorable com-
responsibility to the 82nd Airborne Division, he said.                 ments directed toward the professionalism and competence of
   The Army has been working hard to meet the higher manpower          the NCO Corps of the Army.
totals that were envisioned several years ago. Gen. Casey said he          Those comments have contributed to Gen. Casey and Sgt.
had long been concerned about stretching the Army so thin that it      Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston proclaiming 2009 as the
would be unable to accomplish present and future missions.             “Year of the NCO.”
   “We were out of balance,” said Gen. Casey, noting the origi-            “We haven’t done this in 20 years,” Gen. Casey said, and cited
nal goal was to grow the force to its desired level by the end of      three reasons for making the proclamation. It was important to
2011. “We have reached our 547,000 in the active force” two            recognize NCOs, inform Congress and people what an asset
years ahead of schedule, he said, with the biggest impact for          NCOs are, and enhance the skills of our NCOs and give them
Soldiers being that future burdens of frequent deployments             necessary tools for future success, he added.
may be lessened.                                                           The changes in deployments and theaters of operation for
   “The most important thing we can do to get ourselves back           certain Army units have begun, Gen. Casey confirmed, and he
in balance is to increase the amount of time Soldiers spend at         sees encouraging signs.
home between deployments,” Gen. Casey said.                                One positive aspect is that Afghanistan has the troops needed to
   Dwell time lengths have yet to be decided, but once demand          ensure that there are safe elections this August,” Gen. Casey said.
comes down, deployments can hopefully be shortened as well, he             Gen. Casey said if he could provide a single piece of advice
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Photo by Maj. Mark Lastoria
added. Families left behind, as well as returned-to after lengthy      to Soldiers returning to families and their former lives, he would
deployments, continue to occupy the thoughts of Gen. Casey             cut to the chase quickly.                                               Gen. George W. Casey Jr., Army chief of staff, answers
and other Army officials.                                                    “Take some time to relax and build yourself back up gradu-          questions posed by Sgt. John Zumer during an inter-
   “Our Soldiers draw their strength from their families,” said        ally,” he said.                                                         view at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.

Warrior Transition Command stands up at Pentagon
By J.D. Leipold                                                                                                                                                       transition back to active duty, a figure of two
                                                                                                                                                                      brigades a year.
    WASHINGTON (Army News Service)—A                                                                                                                                      The new WTC commander said one of his
new command to provide sole guidance and                                                                                                                              first three priorities is to implement the compre-
policy for the Army’s 36 Warrior Transition Units                                                                                                                     hensive transition plan for every Soldier “to get
and the nine Community Based Warrior Transi-                                                                                                                          them excited about their future, whether that’s in
tion Units was activated May 11, in the Pentagon                                                                                                                      the Army or out because a Soldier excited about
courtyard.                                                                                                                                                            their future is a Soldier who will aggressively
    The new Warrior Transition Command will                                                                                                                           pursue their rehab and therapy.”
oversee the care of more than 9,500 wounded, ill                                                                                                                          The second part of Brig. Gen. Cheek’s priorities is
and injured Soldiers while providing centralized                                                                                                                      to work in concert with strategic leaders in the other
family support under the command of Brig. Gen.                                                                                                                        services for a new way of taking care of those who
Gary H. Cheek, who also serves as assistant surgeon                                                                                                                   have born the burden of serving the country.
general for warrior care and transition.                                                                                                                                  “Our current physical disability evaluation
    Guest speakers included Secretary of the Army                                                                                             Photo by J.D. Leipold   was crafted in the 1940s for a draft Army and
Pete Geren and Medical Command chief Lt. Gen.         Sgt. 1st Class Jacque Keeslar presents the new Warrior Transition Command colors to WTC                         an industrial-agricultural America and now we
Eric B. Schoomaker, who also serves as the Army’s     senior enlisted advisor Sgt. Maj. Ly M. Lac as Lt. Gen. Eric B. Schoomaker, Medical Command                     have a professional Army in an information-age
surgeon general.                                                                                                                                                      America,” he said. “We want that system to
                                                      chief (far left) and new WTC commander Brig. Gen. Gary H. Cheek await the transfer.
    Mr. Geren said the standup of the WTC was                                                                                                                         reflect the nation and we want it to be a sys-
the silver lining in a dark cloud of what happened    our commitment to never leave a fallen comrade      the “Army remains committed to improving the                tem that is more than just about disability and
at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in 2007.           on the battlefield and never leave a fallen com-     care that we’re giving to wounded, ill and injured          compensation; it’s also about rehabilitation and
    “It really was a wake-up call and helped us to    rade in the hospital or in outpatient care.”        Soldiers through the creation of the Warrior                productivity and that really inspires Soldiers to
see how much more we could be doing for those            Lt. Gen. Schoomaker added that in spite          Transition Command.”                                        have a great future whatever that may be.”
wounded, ill and injured Soldiers who are outside     of an Army in tremendous movement, from                He said since the beginning of operations                    Brig. Gen. Cheek said his third focus is on
of our primary care and outpatient care,” he said.    seven years of war, base realignment and closure    Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, more                    families and though he believes the Soldier
“The WTC is the culmination of efforts that bring      through the re-stationing of Soldiers outside of    than 61,000 Soldiers had entered the Army’s                 Family Assistance Centers are doing a great job,
together many different aspects of our Army. All       the continental U.S., to power projections in-      medical system. Today, more than 85 percent,                he wants to custom tailor a family program to
these efforts are joined in one purpose, and that’s    side, along with modularity and transformation,     or 51,000 of those Soldiers have completed the              each warrior in transition.
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                                                    event. The event includes a 600 meter swim,         when All-Pro Defensive Back of the Chicago           heart conditions, which can lead to death.
Middle School and Teen Center Summer
                                                    12.4 mile bike ride, and a 5K (3.1 mile) run.       Bears, Charles Tillman attended the camp on             Lifestyle choice as well as certain condi-
Field Trips                                         The race starts at 7 a.m. with race-day registra-   Saturday. During break he talked to the youth        tions can put people at higher risk factors for
    The MST program is offering the following                                                            about respect to their parents and the amount
                                                    tion beginning at 6 a.m. Registration costs $25                                                          developing heart disease. One can take action
trips this summer:                                                                                      of hard work it takes to obtain dreams they
                                                    for individual competitors, and $50 for team                                                             to control certain risk factors, while some fac-
    June 11: San Dimas Raging Waters—$35                                                                may have. We then broke for a photo session
                                                    entries. Please stop by the Oasis Pool office to                                                           tors such as gender and age are a given; cannot
for admission and one meal.                                                                             with Mr. Tillman and then followed up with
                                                    register or for information, or call the Oasis                                                           be changed.
                    Universal Studios Holly-                                                            Mr. Tillman working with the defensive backs
                                                    Pool office at 380-3046.                                                                                      Controlling factors such as tobacco use,
wood—$64 for admission and all you can
                                                                                                        on various drills.                                   diet, exercise, obesity, and alcohol use can help
eat pass.                                           School Age Services-Summer Camps
                    Knott’s Soak City—$30 for                                                           What Motivates You?                                  reduce your chances of heart disease. Making
                                                      SAS is offering 11 fun filled summer camp
admission and one meal.                                                                                     By Sandy Clark                                   smart lifestyle choices can help you reduce
                                                    weeks for 1st-5th grade: All registered CYSS
    July 30: Big Bear Discovery Center and                                                                  Fitness Connection Fitness Coordinator           serious conditions such as high blood pres-
                                                    members can enroll at SAS and non-registered
Zoo—$20.                                                                                                    We all have things that motivate us. There       sure, diabetes, and cholesterol level that lead
                                                    members can complete registration and enroll-
    Register at Central Enrollment, Bldg. 1323.                                                         are things or people that just make us want          to heart disease.
                                                    ment at central enrollment Bldg. 1323.
Members who enroll in Summer Camps may                                                                  more, make us want to do better, live better, eat       So let your motivation be; to live a long
                                                      For more info contact CER at 380-2257 or
enroll from May 18-June 4. Registration will                                                            better, be better people. What motivates you to      healthy life. Be a stronger, happier you. Make
                                                    SAS at 380-4163.
open to the rest of the community on June 5. If                                                         be healthy or get in that daily workout?             a commitment to yourself to fight heart dis-
you have any questions, please call 380-3732.       CSI Football Camp, a Success                            I have to say the thing that motivates me        ease.
                                                        On May 16 and 17 Youth Sports along with        is my Family. My Grandfather died at the age
Desert Tours now at Outdoor Recreation              Coaching Solutions Innovations conducted a          of 32 from a heart attack. I have two aunts
   Outdoor Recreation is now offering Desert
                                                    football camp at the Multi-purpose field from        who have micro valves and defibrillators that
                                                                                                                                                                Ways to fight Heart Disease:
Tours; this will give you a chance to explore
                                                    8 a.m.-noon. The camp was broken into a             keep their hearts pumping. My mother had a
where you live. The first tour will be on May
                                                    two day session where day one was focused on        quadruple bypass last summer, a mild stroke
30 to the Goldstone Mining District. For these
                                                    defensive positions and day two was offensive        in March and is heading back to surgery to
tours you will need to have a 4-wheel drive
                                                    positions. Twenty-five Fort Irwin boys, rang-        have another stint placed in her heart; not to
vehicle. You must wear long pants, long sleeve
                                                    ing in age from nine to fifteen attended the         forget the diabetes on my dad’s side. That’s
shirt, and walking shoes. You must also bring
                                                    camp. The camp started off each morning              all the motivation I need; not only for myself
your own water. There will be no bathrooms
                                                    with a long stretching routine, which was           but my Family as well, to keep us as healthy
available on any of these tours. For more infor-
                                                    followed with a few warm up drills. The boys        as possible.
mation or to sign up please contact Outdoor
Recreation at 380-3434.                             then started their drills, which went for the           Heart disease is the number one killer in
                                                    next 31/2 hours. Students were taught all the       the United States. More women die each year
11th Annual Sprint Triathlon                        ins and outs of numerous techniques on how          from heart disease than breast cancer. There are
   Can you beat the heat? Come join us for          to better block, defend, and beat an opposing       several forms of heart disease and conditions,

Summer study skills enrichment                                                                                                                     THE FITNESS CONNECTION
                                                                                                                                                      Fitness Class Schedule
    Are you looking for a chance to
continue learning this summer and
                                                                                                                                      Thursday May 28                        Monday June 1
wondering what your options are?
Never fear, Fort Irwin teachers are                                                                                                   PM                                     9:30 Pilates/Cara
here to help you all year long! We are                                                                                                5:00 Spin & Abs/Star                   PM
offering a Summer Study Skills En-                                                                                                                                            6:00 ETB/Katja
richment program for 1st—8th grade                                                                                                    Friday May 29                          Tuesday June 2
students through SKIES Unlimited.
                                                                                                                                      8:30 Step/Tamara                       8:30 Step101/Tamara
All instructors are credentialed and
                                                                                                                                      9:30 Pilates/Cara                      11:45 Body Shop/Tamara
experienced teachers who currently
work in our community. Classes will be                                                                                                PM
available from June 1st-12th and after                                                                                                3:00 Yoga/Michell
Block Leave from July 6th – 24th in the                                                                                                                                      Wednesday June 3
Education Center. Students will be able                                                                                                                                      8:30 Step/Tamara
to sign up for grade-level specific review
classes in Language Arts, Math, History
                                                                                                                                                                             5:00 Pilates/Cara
and Beginning Spanish. “Coach L”
Aaron Lamoreaux will also offer Physi-                                                                                                                                        6:00 ETB/Katja
cal Education skills classes during June
in the Fitness Connection.
    If you are interested in this won-                                                                     Photo by Sharnae Hayes     *Kickboxing- you have boxing gloves, pads and a partner. It’s the
derful opportunity please contact           Instructors offering their time this summer. Top left: Jane Shultz,                       same as the Muay Thai class, just different name.
Sharnae Hayes at 380-3732 or 380-           Top Right: Heather Wilson Bottom left: Aaron Lamoreaux Bottom
7751 or stop by Central Enrollment          Right: Taryn Crawford.
(Bldg.1323) to register. Places are lim-                                                                                              For more information about fitness classes at the Fitness Connection,
ited so sign-up as soon as you can!         Edith Holdsworth, Kristen Scarberry,     Heather Wilson, Fellina Floravit,                call Sandy Clark, Fitness Coordinator, at 380-7242.
    Featured Instructors: Jane Shultz,      Aaron Lamoreaux, Taryn Crawford,         Tanya Norris,Amy Phillipson.
For more information go to www.irwin.army.mil
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                    ICE Program Gives Customers a Voice
                                                                                        ICE Year To Date Report
                                                                                             Jan. 5–May 17
                          Organization                                        No. of Comments                                     Rating                               Percent Satisfied
    AAFES                                                                                212                                          ●                                          26
    Commissary                                                                            26                                          ●                                          46
    Fort Irwin Garrison                                                                  2702                                         ●                                          88
    MEDDAC                                                                                190                                         ●                                          46
    DENTAC                                                                               1232                                         ●                                          99
    Veterinary Services                                                                    14                                         ●                                          36
    916 Support Bde                                                                         3                                         ●                                          100
                                                                                      ICE Weekly Report
                                                                                          May 11–17
                          Organization                                        No. of Comments                                     Rating                               Percent Satisfied
    AAFES                                                                                 15                                        ●                                            20
    Commissary                                                                             1                                        ●                                             0
    Fort Irwin Garrison                                                                   177                                       ●                                             93
    MEDDAC                                                                                 11                                       ●                                             55
    DENTAC                                                                                 35                                       ●                                            100
    Veterinary Services                                                                    0                                   [NOT RATED]                                        —
    916 Support Bde                                                                         0                                  [NOT RATED]                                        —
                                                                                                May 11–17
                          Organization                                        No. of Comments                                    Rating                                Percent Satisfied
    Fort Irwin Garrison                                                                   123                                        ●                                           90%
                                                                             Fort Irwin Garrison Organizations
                          Organization                                       No. of Comments                   Rating                                                  Percent Satisfied
    Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation                                                49                                        ●                                            95
    Civilian Personnel Advisory Center                                                     0                                   [NOT RATED]                                        0
    Equal Employment Opportunity                                                           0                                   [NOT RATED]                                        —
    Human Resources                                                                      125                                        ●                                            98
    Information Management                                                                 2                                        ●                                            50
    Legal                                                                                  0                                   [NOT RATED]                                        —
    Logistics                                                                              2                                        ●                                            50
    Armed Forces Bank                                                                      1                                        ●                                            100
    Plans, Analysis and Integration                                                        2                                        ●
    Police                                                                                 1                                   [NOT RATED]                                        —
    Public Affairs                                                                         0                                   [NOT RATED]                                        —
    Public Works                                                                           0                                   [NOT RATED]                                        —
    Religious Support                                                                      1                                        ●                                             0
    Resource Management                                                                    0                                   [NOT RATED]                                        —
    Garrison Safety                                                                        0                                   [NOT RATED]                                        —
    Landmark Inn                                                                           2                                        ●                                            100
    Pinnacle Housing                                                                      10                                        ●                                             20
   Rating Key: ● = 86%-100% Satisfied | ● = 65%-85% Satisfied                       |    ● = 0%-64% Satisfied

   Interactive Customer Evaluation                    florist, I have never seen such a sorry excuse     and the only way to know we are doing our           housing areas as summer begins.
      The following are a sampling of the 239         for a flower shop in my life. Every single ar-     job is comments like this.
                                                      rangement is past its prime and overpriced. The
                                                                                                                                                            MWR Outdoor Recreation
   ICE submissions at Fort Irwin completed
                                                                                                        Emergency Services—Traffic                              Comment: I think the paintball field
   during the week of May 11-17.                      plants and flowers at the Commissary are better
                                                                                                             Comment: I have noticed vehicle speeds         needs to be promoted more. Paintball is one
                                                      quality and at a fraction of the cost. Customer
   AAFES-Burger King                                                                                    in the Cracker Jack Flats housing area.             of the fastest growing sports out there. A lot
                                                      requested no response (and none sent)
      Comment: This morning I go to BK and                                                              Rhineland Drive cars have been in excess of         of Soldiers don’t know about Fort Irwin’s
   there was something different. Usually the          Human Resources Records, Inprocessing,            the posted 15 mph limit. It is my concern that      paintball field. A lot of Soldiers make trips
   staff is very passive. The drive thru takes for-                                                      it is a matter of time before a child will be hit   to Victorville and Apple Valley to play when
                                                      Deployments (Bldg 561)                            while crossing this road. A solution would be       they could just play on post. A great number
   ever and the personnel are mostly rude. Yet            Comment: The representatives here at
   today I get to BK and the lady asks me politely                                                      to put speed bumps all along the Rhineland          of players know about the field, but play else-
                                                      Fort Irwin are among the best, if not the best    Drive road in Cracker Jack Flats. This will         where because of the lack of other players.
   what I would like and is very cheerful, uses       Army-wide. My visit was quick, efficient,
   courtesies that I haven’t seen in two years that                                                     help control vehicle speed.                             Follow-up: Thank you for your comments
                                                      professional, humorous and productive. I               Follow-up: Customer was contacted and          about the paintball park. I will work with
   I have been here. I had to stop and ask her
                                                      appreciate the staff very much for helping me      shared the information regarding police em-         our marketing department to get the word
   name. The service at BK is improving. The
                                                      in the manner they did.                           phasis on speeding. The number of speeding          out more in the community. We have several
   change is being seen. Thanks again. Customer
                                                          Follow-up: Soldier was thanked for filling     citations has been record breaking for the last     paintball tournaments and they are well at-
   Requested no response (and none sent)
                                                      out the comment card and informed him             six months in which drivers in excess of the        tended. Many units use the paintball park for
   AAFES—Florist at PX                                staff strive to ensure the best possible service   speed limit lose their driving privileges per       organized activities. It is very popular but we
      Comment: Regarding a recent visit to the        is provided to the Soldiers here at Fort Irwin,   regulation. Also, police will focus more on         would love to have more use.

For more information go to www.irwin.army.mil
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              Barstow Highlands                                                                       Local den st helps alleviate
                                                                                                        common pa ent fears
                                                                                                     For many Americans, going to the
            2191 Diamond Ave., Barstow, CA                                                           den st is o en a frigh ul event. So-
                                                                                                     much-so that approximately 145
     Ph: 760.256.7082 • Fax: 760.252.7624                                                            million people avoid the den st due
          Open Wednesday – Monday • 10 am – 5 pm                                                     to fear. But according to local den st
                                                                                                     Dr. Mazi, den stry has changed
The Highlands is Barstow’s Finest Residen al                           so much in the past years that a visit to the den st can now be
                                                                       relaxing and fun.
Development. The development consists of 76 single                     “Den stry is very high-tech today with all sorts of gadgets that       The Soutar Family has been in the automo ve business
family semi-custom luxury homes. We offer buyers                        get the job done be er and faster, but now with anxiety-free           in Barstow for over 40 years. Our goal is to an cipate
                                                                       den stry, I can bridge the gap between technology and comfort,”
a choice of five dis nct floor plans and each plan is                    said Dr. Mazi.                                                         each customer’s individual needs and consistently
available in one of two eleva ons. This allows for an                  Dr. Mazi, a den st who prac ces in Apple Valley, has completed
                                                                                                                                              exceed those needs to make each individual a customer
                                                                       advanced training that has helped him gain specialized skills
array of choices whether you are in the market for a                   to treat fearful people. This addi onal training allows him to         for life!
three bedroom home or six bedroom home.                                administer a small pill that helps the fearful relax while at his
                                                                       office.                                                                  Whether you’re searching for a new or used car,
All of our standard homes feature the following                        “That’s right, using a small pill, people can now have their dental
                                                                                                                                              researching financing op ons, or looking for a quick
ameni es: large pool sized lots, granite countertops, 3                care accomplished while they are totally relaxed and absolutely

car garages, inside laundry rooms, front yard landscaping
                                                                       comfortable,” he said. “I have always been very sensi ve to my         quote on a vehicle, our friendly, professional staff is
                                                                       pa ents with high fear and apprehension, and now I can offer
and much more.                                                         them a safe and even more comfortable experience. I feel so many       ready to provide you with all the help you need. Just
                                                                       good people are avoiding needed care due to fear. I am looking
                                                                       forward to helping these people visit the den st with this safe and
                                                                                                                                              call or email us if you have any ques ons regarding a
Barstow Highlands Group, LLC is a collabora ve team of                 wonderful technique of anxiety-free den stry.”                         purchase or our site informa on. We’re here to make
real estate professionals, each bringing a unique skill set            According to the Doctor, his pa ents have all given him posi ve
to the home building process. It is a partnership of home              reviews of the new technique.                                          your shopping experience pleasant and hassle-free.
                                                                       Dr. Mazi and his team are conveniently located at Apple Dental
sales professionals, general contractors and real estate               Center, 19190 U.S. Highway 18. Apple Dental Center offers full          Chrysler, Dodge,                                                   Nissan,
developers with over 100 years of combined experience                  den stry and orthodon c services, including cosme c, surgery,          Jeep, Toyota                                         Lincoln-Mercury, Ford
                                                                       and braces.
building and selling property of the highest quality.                  Dr. Mazi said he and his team are commi ed to helping the local        631 West Main Street                                      1010 West Main
                                                                       military community with all of their dental needs. Apple Dental        Barstow, CA 92311                                       Barstow, CA 92311
       www.highdesertcommuni es.net                                    Center can be reached at (760) 242-7753 with any ques ons. Or
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Shawna Fuller – Fort Irwin resident                                                                                                                      CINEMARK ANNOUNCES NEW 12-SCREEN MOVIE THEATRE
My weight-loss journey began on November 20, 2006,                                                                                                               TO OPEN ON MAY 1ST IN APPLE VALLEY, CA
when I pped the scale at 330 pounds. Basic daily                                                                                              Plano, Texas… Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (the “Company”) will open a new 12-screen
                                                                                                                                              movie theatre in Apple Valley, CA on Friday, May 1, 2009. The new Cinemark Jess
func ons were a constant struggle – I fought to catch my                                                                                      Ranch Theatre will offer 12 auditoriums featuring stadium-seating, as well as online
breath while climbing a short flight of stairs. Constantly                                                                                     ticketing and a self-service concession stand providing favorite candy brands, freshly
  red and embarrassed, I became determined to regain                   Jobline2000 is your connection to employment opportunities
                                                                                                                                              popped popcorn and Coca-Cola fountain drinks. In addition, one auditorium will be
                                                                                                                                              equipped with a digital projection system that will allow for the presentation of 3D
control of my health. In less than one year, I lost 140                from the eastern seaboard to the Pacific and abroad. Job                films.
pounds, dropped 12 dress sizes, and now am a happy,                    listings for Aeronautical, Technical, Professional, Medical and         “This new state of the art theatre will be a great addition to the Jess Ranch
healthy newlywed!                                                      more are updated
                                                                                                                                              development in Apple Valley”, says James Meredith, Vice President of Marketing for
                                                                                                                                              Cinemark USA, Inc. “It will be a fantastic venue in which to see Hollywood’s upcoming
The secret to regaining control of my health was a clinically          each week, so the                                                      blockbuster releases, like Star Trek, Angels and Demons, Night at the Museum: Battle
proven weight-loss program developed by doctors. But                   job you’ve been                                                        at the Smithsonian, Terminator Salvation, and Land of the Lost. Additionally, digital
                                                                                                                                              projection enables Cinemark’s Jess Ranch theatre to show movies like Up, and Ice
my transforma on wasn’t complete un l I put my mind                    waiting for could                                                      Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs in Real D 3D.” The theatre is located in Jess Ranch
in the right place as well.                                            be just a click                                                        Marketplace, 18935 Bear Valley Road at Jess Ranch Parkway.
I overcame great adversity to become centered in my                    away!                                                                  All twelve auditoriums will be outfitted with stadium-seating which allows patrons
                                                                                                                                              to enjoy unobstructed views of the screens from plush, high-backed rocking seats
own life, so I now focus on helping others do the same. As                                                                                    featuring a 16-inch height difference between each row. Customers will be able to
                                                                       Check it out
a personal Health Coach, I provide private accountability                                                                                     enter and exit their row without disturbing other guests and enjoy more leg room
and mo va on for people ba ling weight and emo onal                    TODAY!                                                                 because of the 48 inch space between each aisle.
                                                                                                                                              Online ticketing available at www.cinemark.com will make it easy for patrons to
distrac ons. I work one-on-one with Clients to teach                                                                                          purchase tickets in advance from the comfort of their home or office. Customers can
safe and effec ve ways to achieve Op mal Health that                                                                                           then bypass lines at the box office and go directly to a kiosk at the theatre, where
extend beyond the physical body. Clients learn long-                                                                                          they may print their own tickets purchased online using a confirmation number given
                                                                                                                                              at the time of purchase. The kiosk also allows ticket purchases via a major credit card
term solu ons to weight loss, which can help produce a                                                                                        or Cinemark gift card. Customers can also sign up to receive weekly emails directly
healthy mindset.                                                                                                                              from Cinemark which include showtimes, concession stand promotions, advance
                                                                                                                                              ticket announcements, and special events information.
Take it from someone who’s been there. Op mal Health                                                                                          Several pre-grand opening activities are planned, including a special invitation-only
is only a phone call away. Contact me at (626) 826-6036                                                                                       event on Thursday, April 30. The evening will feature free movies, popcorn and soft
or email me at shapeupwithshawna@gmail.com                                     www.jobline2000.com                                            drinks for everyone invited.

                 Desert Dental Group                                              SMOG EXPRESS & REPAIR                                                Are you afraid of going to the den st?
  12640 Hesperia Road, Suite A • Victorville, CA 92395                                                                                        It’s so easy to put off making that appointment but you don’t
                                                                               14860½ 7th Street • Victorville, CA 92392                      need to fret any longer! At Family & Specialty Den stry,
 Phone: (760) 241-3336 • Fax: (760) 241-6496                                 Phone: (760) 241-1150 • Fax: (760) 843-3416                      Henna Sedigh and Dr. Siamak Afshar, DDS have assembled
        www.desertdentalgroup.org                                      Open Monday through Saturday, 8am-6pm and every                        an amazing team to give you the best professional services
  Open Monday – Friday, 9am-6pm and every other Saturday               other Sunday by appointment just for the Military and                  in a private and caring environment.
Addi onal Loca ons:                                                    their families.
15209 Bear Valley Road, Suite A/B, Victorville, CA 92345                                                                                      Family & Specialty Den stry is dedicated to offering their
19195 Outer Hwy 18, Suite 201, Apple Valley, CA 92307                  Is it that me again? Ge ng your car Smogged can be a                   pa ents the best dental treatment possible in a private
“Den stry Perfected” means so much more than a smoothly run            hassle but it’s important to the environment and your car’s            office. In so doing, they offer a wide range of services, from
dental prac ce with modern equipment and an excep onal dental          maintenance. Let the experts at Smog Express & Repair                  General & Cosme c Den stry, Lumineers and Crowns to
team. It means confident, healthy smiles for you and your family.       handle this chore for you and you’ll be glad you did.                  Orthodon cs, Oral Surgery, and Endodon cs.
Dr. Joseph Foroosh and his expert dental professionals at Desert
Dental Group have put this ideal to prac ce for families in the High
                                                                       Smog Express & Repair has been in business for 18 years.               So why put off your dental health any longer? Family &
Desert for more than 20 years.                                         They have 3 California State Licensed Smog Technicians                 Specialty Den stry gives the best service available to their
Desert Dental Group focuses on crea ng a truly unique dental care      on hand to keep wai ng me to a minimum and in the                      pa ents and thrive to offer their extensive services and
experience. In addi on, they are proud to offer the services of         unfortunate case your car is not up to snuff, they can repair           guaranteed sa sfac on to new pa ents, who are always
Esthe c Prac ce under the care of Dr. David Mashhadian, a Board        any smog related failures.                                             welcome. Call for an appointment today and see how much
Cer fied Oral and Maxillo-Facial Specialist, with a fellowship in
cosme c surgery.                                                       Are you, or a member of your family, part of the Military?             be er your dental health can be!
                                                                       Smog Express and Repair gives you special considera on
With such a large and experienced team, Desert Dental Group
can service all of your family’s needs including, Full Mouth           with a 10% discount and extended appointments.                                       Family & Specialty Den stry
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                                                                       Is your car or truck ac ng up but not in need of Smog?
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                                                                                                                                                                   For more information go to www.irwin.army.mil
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Gates: Afghan army could take lead in 2 to 4 years
By John J. Kruzel                           cant number” of battalions leading                                                                                                  As the U.S. begins to implement
American Forces Press Service               joint operations with U.S. and                                                                                                 the Afghanistan-Pakistan strategy
                                            NATO International Security As-                                                                                                that President Barack Obama’s Ad-
    WASHINGTON—The Afghan                   sistance Forces, Mr.Gates said.                                                                                                ministration unveiled in March,
national army could lead operations             The defense secretary said the                                                                                             Gates described his impression of
in Afghanistan in two to four years,        Afghan army is showing progress as                                                                                             American expectations.
with the U.S. playing a support role,       the size of its ranks grows over com-                                                                                               “I think what the people in the
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates           ing years to the currently authorized                                                                                          United States want to see is the
said during a May 8 interview, por-         number of 134,000 troops. He also                                                                                              momentum shifting to see that the
tions of which aired on CBS’ “60            expressed confidence in the Pakistani                                                                                           strategies that we’re following are
Minutes” Sunday.                            army’s ability to root out terrorist                                                                                           working, “ he said. “And that’s why
    As the handover of responsibili-        safe havens along its border with                                                                                              I’ve said in nine months to a year we
ties to national forces in Afghanistan      Afghanistan, but he used measured                                                                                              need to evaluate how we’re doing, to
develops, it is likely to mirror security   terms in providing his assessment,                                                                                             see whether, in fact, the situation is
progress that unfolded in Iraq follow-      acknowledging that the situation is                                                                                            getting better.”
ing the surge of U.S. troops there,         subject to change.                                                                                                                  During the program, Ms. Cou-
Mr. Gates said during the interview,            “War is inherently unpredict-                                                                                              ric asked Mr.Gates—who is the
conducted with Katie Couric in Af-          able, okay, and the enemy always                                                                     Photo by Courtesy photo   only cabinet secretary holdover
ghanistan’s capital city of Kabul.          has a vote,” he said. “But I think      In this file photo, 1st Infantry Division Soldiers look on as Afghan                   from President George W. Bush’s
    “I think what you’ll see is the same    that if things go according to the      National Army soldiers zero their weapons during basic rifle                           administration—why he agreed to
kind of evolution here that you have        way that our commanders are             marksmanship training on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Feb. 11.                        remain in his position as defense
seen in Iraq, and that is where the         planning and the strategies that                                                                                               secretary. He replied: “I do it because
Iraqis have increasingly taken the          we’re following, that would be our      ners have more than 32,000 forces        NATO’s response to this ever since            it’s my duty.”
lead and we have increasingly receded       anticipation.”                          in country.                              I got this job,” he said, pointing out             “I do it almost exclusively for
into the background,” he said. “I               Some 47,000 U.S. forces serve           Mr. Gates, who has previously        that even excluding the U.S., the             these young men and women out
think that’s what will happen here          in Afghanistan -- a number that is      criticized the NATO contribution,        has almost 2 million men under                here in uniform and whatever I can
over time.”                                 rising as 17,000 additional Ameri-      reiterated his frustration at the dis-   arms. “Why they can’t get more than           do to help them,” he continued.
    The Afghan national army has            can troops arrive there. Meanwhile,     parity of force levels.                  32,000 to Afghanistan has always              “The rest is all fluff as far as I’m
about 86,000 troops with a “signifi-         NATO member countries and part-             “I’ve been disappointed with         been a puzzle to me.”                         concerned.”

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Army to celebrate 234th birthday
By Frederick R. Poole                                  capital, book readings will take place at the
                                                       Fort Myer and Fort Belvoir Child Develop-
    WASHINGTON (Army News Service)—                    ment Center. The Fort Myer book reading is
Ever since June 14, 1775, the U.S. Army                scheduled 2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., June 15 while
has been defending America’s liberty and               Fort Belvoir’s will take place June 18 from 10
to help celebrate its 234th birthday, Army             a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
commands will host a variety of events                    The 2009 Army Birthday will celebrate the
throughout June.                                       Year of the NCO, military Families, civilian
    The annual Department of the Army cake-            personnel and the history of the Transconti-
cutting ceremony will be in the Pentagon’s cen-        nental Convoy.
ter courtyard June 12 starting at 11:30 a.m.              In 1919, the Army’s Transportation Corps
    The Army Birthday Ball is set for June 13 at       undertook a transcontinental convoy to em-
the Hilton Washington Hotel located at 1919            phasize the importance of being able to move
Connecticut Ave. Northwest, in Washington,             equipment across the country. Now in 2009,
D.C. The reception for this year’s Birthday Ball       the Military Vehicle Preservation Association
is set for 5:30 p.m. and the ball itself begins        will honor the 90th anniversary of this event
at 7 p.m.                                              by recreating the 1919 convoy. This effort will
    A Twilight Tattoo ceremony in honor of the         begin June 13 and is set to continue through
Army Birthday will take place on Fort Myer,            July 8.
Va., at Whipple Field beginning at 7: 15 p.m.             The Pentagon will have a display of MVPA
June 17. In case of inclement weather, Conmy           Vintage Military Vehicles that will be open to
                                                                                                                                                                             Photo by Elizabeth M. Lorge
Hall on Fort Myer will be the alternate location       the public to view at the center courtyard June
for the Twilight Tattoo.                               12. These vehicles will include a Korean War      Spc. William Stewart (left) and Spc. Wayne Darden decorate the Army birthday cake
    The Army Birthday also includes events for         Jeep, Viet Nam Jeep, a World War II Harley        while Spc. Mark Susa prepares pastry bags of icing for the 2008 Army Birthday cel-
children, such as book readings. In the nation’s       Motorcycle, and a Ford Sedan Staff Car.            ebration at the Pentagon.

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