The Expeditionary Times
Proudly serving the finest expeditionary service members throughout Iraq
Vol. 5, Issue 5 May 4, 2011
Sunrise service provides JBB Container Repair Yard prepares Injured veterans return to Iraq
with proper Easter service local nationals with new skills as part of Operation Proper Exit
Page 4 Page 6 Pages 8 & 9
Service members lose
their locks to support St.
cancer research for kids
Story and photoS by
Spc. Sean McGuire
4th SuStainment Brigade
CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq –
Soldiers of Headquarters and Headquarters
Company, 4th Special Troops Battalion, 4th
Sustainment Brigade, 310th Expeditionary
Sustainment Command, and other units
from COB Adder donated their hair and their
money to cancer research at a fundraiser April 17.
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a cancer research orga-
nization for children, sponsored the event. Lt. Col. Tonya
Kratovil, a physician for the 4th Sust. Bde. and a Gordon,
Neb., native, led the afternoon’s proceedings by donating her
hair to Locks of Love, an organization that makes hairpieces
for children suffering from medical hair loss.
Kratovil, who works as a pediatric oncologist in Hawaii,
said the St. Baldrick’s Foundation got its start on St. Patrick’s
Day in 2000 and has raised $20 million for cancer research
so far this year.
See BALD, pg. 5
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The Chaplain’s Corner
Where do you read your
Expeditionary Times? Pushing deadlines decreases
Joint Base Balad: productivity, increases stress
318-483-4603 Lt. CoL. GeorGe HoLston
Garrison Chaplain A constant pattern of
O ne of my many bad habits is that I’m
a bit of a procrastinator – that is, I put
things off until the last minute then there’s
a rush of hurried activity to get things
done and/or turned in before the deadline.
Deadlines are a fact of life in all realms of existence – as a
us with little time to
devote to personal and
COB Taji: civilian pastor, there was the ever-present suspense of the spiritual disciplines...
weekly Sunday sermon.
318-834-1281 After 25 years of military service, I can’t begin to tell - Lt. Col. George Holston
you how many suspenses I’ve managed to bust.
When I was a younger chaplain, I would find myself Moreover, constantly working against deadlines and
Al Asad Air Base: either at parade rest waiting for the well-earned butt
chewing, or in the front-leaning rest position while the
suspenses leaves us fatigued and becomes a source of
dissatisfaction which can lead to burnout.
318-440-4103 message of the butt chewing was driven home. Even now,
as I work on papers for graduate school, I seem to wait
On a spiritual level, a constant pattern of procrastination
leaves us with little time to devote to personal and spiritual
until the last minute to submit the paper disciplines which could go a long way toward enhancing
Given the quality of the Internet connection on JBB, it our personal resilience.
COB Speicher: gives “gambling for a grade” a whole new meaning. When I procrastinate to the point that a large deadline
Putting things off until the last minute seems to be an
318-849-2501 American past-time. How many of us put off filing our
is looming, for example, I find that I’ll neglect things like
exercise and my prayer life in order to get the required task
income tax return until the last minute? Thank goodness done.
for Tax Form 4868 “Application for Automatic Extension The net result is that I feel disappointed with my less-
For distribution, contact
of Time to File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return,” or I than-the-best performance and frustrated when I have to
the 310th ESC PAO at would have gone to jail a long time ago. do the job over again.
Since I am, by nature, disorganized, I have learned
Joint Base Balad, Iraq Putting things off ” to rely of tools to help me stay on track. I speak of my
calendar – now Outlook – as my brain.
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org until the last minute Additionally, I balance the work with leisure. That
is, I allow myself an opportunity to play a little when
seems to be an I reach a goal. The net result is that most of the time,
I can usually finish the task in plenty of time, and then
Do you have a story to tell? American past-time. go and do something I would rather be doing other than
The 310th ESC PAO is looking for Soldiers who - Lt. Col. George Holston I also find that when my life is appropriately balanced
between work and leisure there’s a more energy and
have previously deployed for interview oppor- While some people find that working under such willingness to participate in those self-care activities that
tunities and for photographs from Joint Base pressure invigorating, it really is an unnecessary source enhance my personal resilience.
Balad, COB Adder, Camp Taji, COB Speicher, of stress. It forces us to give less than our absolute best There’s more that I could write about this topic.
and the country of Iraq. because we don’t give ourselves time to review our work. However, I’ve just discovered that I’m about to bust the
When it becomes necessary to go back and redo the suspense, so I need to get this turned in.
If you are interested in submitting a story or photo-
assigned task, the whole section’s mission capability is Although the butt chewing might help my overall
graph of your own, please e-mail us at:
diminished, and sometimes the ability of our teammates to weight-loss campaign, watching me do push-ups is too
meet overall mission requirements is compromised. painful a thing for anyone to watch.
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The Weekly Standard The Real Barracks Lawyer
Commanders must refer to Debunking myths about JBB’s
proper guidance for MHEs Passport Program at Legal Center
follow the directions.” that you can ask. Capt. DanieL rieCk Contact the clerk’s office in the county
Maj. darren antal
Well, it isn’t that simple for Number three: Often it’s 310th EsC ChiEf lEGal assistant you were born in to order a birth certificate.
310th eSC ig
three reasons. an emergency, so you just
I ’m not
Number one: The
directions are contained
take action now and figure
that you’ll do the paperwork H ere at the Legal Assis-
tance office, we have
the opportunity to talk to
Myth: I can get my passport in a week if
I pay the expedited fee.
Truth: We advise people to get us their
to go into in Department of Defense later. That won’t work in
the topic Directive 6490.1, “Mental Joint Base Balad’s residents completed application packet at least 90
of Mental Health Evaluations of about a wide variety of legal days before their scheduled travel. Expe-
Some of this stuff has to
Health Evaluations in detail. Members of the Armed issues. One subject we often hear about dited services are not available OCONUS,
be done in advance, and if
I just want you to know that Forces,” dated Oct. 1, is our passport program. This article is and we have no control over the amount
you don’t, we will be forced
this stuff is complicated, 1997, and DoD Instruction designed to give you some basic informa- of time the Department of State takes to
to substantiate the allegation
and I want you to know that 6490.4, “Requirements for tion about the JBB Passport Program and to process your paperwork.
it is critical that you follow Mental Health Evaluations dispel a few of the more common myths we On average you will get your passport
The most important
all the steps. If uncertain, of Members of the Armed hear about it. in about two months, but it can, and often
thing for you to know and
call for help. Forces,” dated Aug. 28, The JBB Passport Program is located at does, take longer. You can check the status
remember is that very
Better safe than substan- 1997. the Consolidated Legal Center, the building of your application at https://passport-
specific actions have to be
tiated. They are not incorpo- on Pennsylvania Avenue painted to look status2.state.gov/opss/OPSS_Status_ip.asp.
taken PRIOR to any mental
MHE referrals are given rated into any Army Regula- health referral, and if you like a castle. The program’s mission is to
special treatment, because tions. help applicants assemble and process the Myth: I can just take my own passport
don’t know what they are,
in the past they have been When was the last time Department of State paperwork needed to photo from Facebook.
call your SJA, Mental
abused by bad commanders. you thought to look to DoD get a passport. We will give you the proper Truth: Passport photos must be recent,
Health Care Provider or
If a Soldier complains about for guidance? No one ever forms, help you fill them out, and once your taken in front of a white background, and be
IG for guidance. ONLY
a violation by a commander, does, so unless you know packet is complete we will even take it to a head and shoulders picture. Avoid submit-
commanders can refer their
then what better way to where to look, you won’t the post office for you. ting a picture of yourself in uniform and
Soldiers for MHEs.
dispose of that person than find the answers you are This is a valuable service that can save make sure there isn’t any glare in the picture.
Due diligence must
to call them crazy? looking for. you quite a bit of time and effort in filling The printed photo should be two inches by
be taken in emergen-
For that reason, there Number two: How often out complicated forms. two inches and on quality photo paper.
cies to protect Soldiers
are very specific procedures will you do a mental health There are a few things the program can’t There are numerous online retailers that
from hurting themselves
that have to be followed to referral? Not often. do for you, though, and that’s where the issue will allow you to upload a photo and then
or others. However, once
the letter when you do an This kind of action is of myths comes up. Here are a few of the will mail you photos cropped to the right
again this does not relieve
MHE referral. rare, so you probably won’t more common myths about the passport size. Check out epassportphoto.com for this
a commander from docu-
You are probably have anyone else in the unit program: type of service.
menting what happened and
thinking, “So what? Just who knows how to do one reasons for an MHE.
Myth: Because I’m deployed, I can get a Myth: I don’t need a passport to travel.
passport for free. I can just use my military ID and orders.
Truth: Even in a deployed environment, Truth: There are a few NATO countries
Here’s the breakdown for MHE procedures passports for recreational travel cost $135 that will accept a DA-31 and your military
Non-emergency situation and must be paid with a money order, avail- ID in lieu of a passport, but the Department
able at the base post offices. of State cannot guarantee that local authori-
Consult with SJA and MHCP to determine if MHE is warranted
ties in said countries are informed of those
Provide Soldier with notification memo at least two days before MHE Myth: I don’t need original documents laws.
MHCP conducts MHE because the legal people can just notarize
my copies. Please do not hesitate to visit the Legal
Emergency situation Assistance office with any additional ques-
Truth: An original birth certificate is
Consult with SJA and MHCP to determine if Soldier endangers self or others
needed as part of your passport application. tions or concerns about passports or any other
MHCP conducts MHE Judge Advocates can certify copies of docu- legal issues. We are open Monday through
Give post-MHE notification memo to Soldier ments in some very limited circumstances, Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon and 1:30 p.m. to
but this isn’t one of them. 5:30 p.m. Appointments are not necessary!
Senior leadership supports transportation missions
Story and photo by ships as their Soldiers,” Frey said. “Going on missions with
2nd lt. patrick Maloney the Soldiers gives me situational awareness and more of an
15th tranSportation Company understanding in order to advise the commander.”
The senior leaders were able to get an update on unit
CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq welfare, morale and capabilities and to gain insight to
– Senior leaders within the 4th Sustainment further adapt their command strategies.
Brigade, 310th Expeditionary Sustainment “It’s good to see key leadership from the brigade and
Command showed support to the 15th Trans- battalion coming out to support the Soldiers when going out
portation Company, 749th Combat Sustain- on combat logistical patrols,” said 1st Lt. Matthew Franz, a
ment Support Battalion, 4th Sust. Bde., 310th platoon leader with the 15th Trans. Co. and an Orlando, Fla.,
ESC prior to departing for a mission at Contingency Oper- native. “The visibility from brigade and battalion helps the
ating Base Adder, Iraq. Soldiers see what they’re doing really matters.”
When tasked with missions, Soldiers from the 15th Frey advised his Soldiers on everything it takes to be
Trans. Co. expect to load, stage and roll out. Prior to their a deployed Soldier and how to accomplish the mission in
last mission, key leaders paid the Soldiers a special visit. Iraq.
Command Sgt. Maj. Erik Frey, the command sergeant “Stay focused, but stay in touch with family, friends and Soldiers from the 15th Transportation Company,
major for the 4th Sust. Bde. and a Pierce, Neb., native, went also fellow Soldiers,” he said. “Soldiers need to stay away 749th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 4th
to the staging lanes with Command Sgt. Maj. Paulo Vaka, from pity parties.” Sustainment Brigade, 310th Expeditionary Sus-
the command sergeant major for the 749th CSSB, and a Frey said he has completed his 30-day assessment of the tainment Command, ensure that their cargo loads
Palo Alto, Calif., native. Together, they represent the senior- brigade and is pleased with what he has found. are tied down to the vehicle correctly prior to
enlisted leadership for 15th Trans. Co. “The units within the brigade have high morale and moving out for a mission at Contingency Operat-
“It is important for senior leaders to share the same hard- should be proud of their historical deployment.” ing Base Adder, Iraq.
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true meaning for
Story and photoS by
SGt. Stephen Scott
expeditionary timeS Staff
JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq – When some
people think of Easter, their
imagination tends to conjure
up visions of friendly rabbits
in bow ties, conspicuously
placed colorful eggs, baskets
filled with toys and candy, elderly women in
fancy hats, and men in dapper new suits.
When deployed service members and
civilians contemplate Easter, they more than
likely think of the traditions and celebra-
tions they would share with their families Service members and civilians attend Easter Sunrise Service April 24 at Holt Stadium on Joint Base Balad, Iraq.
and loved ones back home.
“Easter time and the Easter message meals, special worship services, traditions, buy-one-get-one half off shoes, the unadul- There were some aspects of the Easter
will certainly bring back, for some, fond and festive celebrations,” said Air Force terated meaning of Easter was allowed to service other than the time and location
memories of family gatherings, big holiday Col. George Meister, the wing chaplain with reach the ears of those in attendance. that were different from other Sundays, but
the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing on Joint “For me, this Easter Service will tell these changes only strengthened the ties to
Base Balad, Iraq. everyone of the Easter message found in the traditions some service members have at
Families who have a deployed loved one Holy Bible that provides the sole founda- home.
are just wondering if that person is going to tion and historic substance of my faith and There were buses available to take people
be able to celebrate the holiday and have any salvation,” said Meister, who delivered the to the service, and when the service ended,
semblance of home. sermon at the Easter Sunrise Service. the buses dropped people off at the dining
Those who attended the Easter Sunrise In the Christian faith, Easter is the facilities, Abbott said.
Service here at Holt Stadium did just that, celebration of Jesus’ death and subsequent “So in a sense, you get to go out and eat
and they were able to do it without having to resurrection, but Abbott says that’s what with each other if you want to, which is
look around a large flowered hat or having every Sunday should be. what you do at home as well on Easter after
to quiet a child who was nursing a jellybean In this spirit, the structure of the Easter church,” he said.
sugar high. service was fundamentally the same as any Attendees were also given pastel eggs
Here, the marketable symbols of Easter other Christian service held here. The real made of foam that were reminiscent of the
were replaced with ones more in line with value of this Easter service and all other Easter most people have come to know.
the intended message. church services held here is the connec- While unrelated to the true meaning
“It’s been a tradition to do it at the tion to home the service members get from of Easter, this little bit of home was very
stadium because it faces east,” said Lt. attending. important.
Col. Jesse Abbott, the command chaplain “One of the things I think [service Even though the absence of distraction
for the 310th Expeditionary Sustainment members] get from Sunday is it’s a day that served to amplify the message received,
Command, and a Coldwater, Mich., native. is different when you go to church or when most of those who are deployed would give
“There’s a connection with the rising of the you go to chapel,” Abbott said. “People anything to be able to tell their child to sit
Pastel eggs were handed out to the sun in the east with Jesus the Son rising kind of let down their hair a little bit and still, to tell their sibling to pass the stuffing
attendees of the Easter Sunrise from the dead.” act a little more like civilians I think, so or to say “look there’s one” when a five-year
Service April 24 at Holt Stadium on Miles away from the commercials adver- it just feels like you took an hour to go old doesn’t see a bright, red egg hidden in
Joint Base Balad, Iraq. tising two-for-four bags of chocolate and home.” plain sight.
‘Super Bullet’ Soldier added another accomplishment to her deployment checklist
by winning the Soldier of the Quarter.
Hatch said she is looking forward to competing at the
Soldier of the Year board.
“I went to the board to prove that there is nothing I would
excels in board, looks ask or expect my Soldiers to do that I have not already done
myself,” Hatch said. “If I can accomplish this and set an
forward to next one example for other Soldiers to follow, then there’s nothing
they can’t accomplish.”
Story by The Soldier of the Quarter board, which was composed of
Spc. Victoria preScott five members ranging from sergeant major to staff sergeant,
4th SuStainment Brigade asked questions from the Army Study Guide. The board also
consisted of an essay assignment explaining how diversity,
CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq – empowerment and leadership affect the Army.
After weeks of preparation, company-level “From the moment that Spc. Hatch reported to the presi-
boards, mock boards and hours of study dent of the board, she represented herself, the 8th Ord. Co.,
sessions, Spc. Kristie Hatch, an ammunition and the 749th CSSB, flawlessly,” said 1st Sgt. Ken Baker, the U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Cynthia Mason
specialist with 2nd Platoon, 8th Ordnance first sergeant for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Spc. Kristie Hatch receives a coin from Brig. Gen.
Company, 749th Combat Sustainment Support 749th CSSB, 4th Sust. Bde., 310th ESC and a Paradise, Don S. Cornett, Jr. on Contingency Operating
Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade, 310th Expeditionary Calif., native. “She was truly representative of confidence Base Adder, Iraq, for her performance in the 749th
Sustainment Command and a Burlington, N.C., native, under fire. I am extremely proud of her accomplishments.” CSSB Soldier of the Quarter board.
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Having positive Brigade earns
attitude helps combat patch
get job done Story by
SGt. allySon parla
Story and photo by 77th SuStainment Brigade
Staff SGt. pat caldwell
3-116th Cavalry regiment JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq – Soldiers with the 77th
Sustainment Brigade, 310th Expeditionary
JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq – Spc. Jason Turner, a Sustainment Command earned their combat
member of Company Golf, 3rd Battalion, patch here April 25 during a ceremony indi-
116th Cavalry Regiment, 77th Sustainment cating wartime service.
Brigade, 310th Expeditionary Sustainment In attendance were Brig. Gen. Don S.
Command, and a Blackfoot, Idaho, native, Cornett, Jr., the commanding general of the 310th ESC, Col.
does not ponder the merits of a good work Stephen Falcone, the commander of the 77th Sust. Bde.,
ethic very long. Command Sgt. Maj. Nadjee Lundee, the command sergeant
After all, he already knows what the right ingredients are major of the 77th Sust. Bde., Lt. Col. Debra Jenkins, the
to put in a hard day of work. He learned that work ethic early commander of the 352nd Combat Sustainment Support
and then sharpened it while he worked for his father at his Battalion, Command Sgt. Maj. Anette Andrew, the command
shop in Blackfoot, Idaho. sergeant major of the 352nd CSSB, and many other Soldiers
“You judge success by the quality of work that gets done, with the 77th Sust. Bde.
not by how much but by how good it is,” said the 19 year-old. Honor and pride were notable themes throughout the day’s
Turner conveys more than just a fraction of the ethics Spc. Jason Turner, a Soldier with Company Golf, event. Distinguished visitors commemorated the distinctive
honed in the rural enclaves of eastern Idaho. 3rd Battalion, 116th Cavalry Regiment, 77th Sus- Statue of Liberty patch that references the events during 9/11.
The code of that region is evident when Turner talks: tainment Brigade, 310th Expeditionary Sustain- “A lot can be said about wearing the Statue of Liberty
understated, reserved, and hardworking. Turner knows a lot ment Command, performs his daily duties while patch with all that has happened in the last few years and
about determination, too. assigned to the unit’s headquarters section. He how America got into this war with the attacks on 9/11,”
He generally looks at how a task can be completed and believes that hard work and a positive attitude Cornett said. “There is a lot to be proud of.”
how to accomplish the mission. pay dividends on deployment, and he takes every Although the unit is headquartered at Joint Base
“I like the frame of mind that if it’s accomplishable, it assignment and learns from it. McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., the patch was originally worn
can’t be that hard,” Turner said. by members of the 77th Infantry Division in both world wars
Turner is the first one to admit he is a long way from “I’m the kind of person who, I think, is a good follower, and was chosen to represent the 77th because its personnel
Blackfoot here. Yet he also said a lot of his preconceived but I think I can be a decent leader at the same time,” he said. came almost entirely from New York. It readily identifies
notions about Iraq were wrong. Part of being a good Soldier, Turner said, is knowing the wearer as coming from a New-York-based unit.
“It wasn’t as hot as I thought it would be,” he said. “In when to contribute. Although the brigade has only been in theater for a short
fact, I’ve been cold quite a few times.” “Any time someone needs a volunteer, I volunteer,” he said. period of time, their time here has been valuable.
Turner said he followed in his brother Jeff’s steps to enlist Turner started out as a driver on one of Company G’s “You guys have hit the ground running and its drawing
in the Army just after he finished high school. Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles but now works notice throughout the theater,” Cornett said. “You haven’t
“I look up to my brother, and he joined,” he said. in the unit’s headquarters cell. missed a beat whatsoever. You have exceeded expectations.”
Turner said his deployment to Iraq helped him learn Going from guarding convoys to sitting at the headquarters For many Soldiers, this may be the last combat patch
crucial leadership qualities. One of his strengths, he said, is building could be a bit of a letdown for some, but Turner said earned here as the reposturing of forces continues. For other
the ability to find balance regarding assignments. he likes to break up the routine with different assignments. Soldiers, it was their first time earning a patch.
BALD: Fund-raiser draws
crowd to get hair buzzed
Cont. from pg. 1
“I work at Tripler Army Medical Center a native of Grayling, Mich., had his own
in Hawaii, and we have our own events inspiration for bringing his Soldiers and
going on there,” Kratovil said. “I told my getting his head shaved.
people there that if we raised $50,000 that “My son was diagnosed with osteosar-
I’d shave my head – so here I am.” coma when he was 10 years old,” he said.
Other females from HHC also took the “He lost all his hair, and after years of
plunge by shaving their heads. Those in surgery and playing hockey after recov-
attendance were all smiles and cheers for ering, he had to have a leg amputation.”
Soldiers getting the razor treatment. Kraycs said his son survived cancer and
Pfc. Paul Dalrymple, a medic and a San now his family takes every opportunity to
Antonio, Texas, native, gave some of the support cancer foundations.
haircuts and had his own head shaved. He “I saw this event advertised online the
marveled at the courage the female Soldiers other day – I knew I had to be part of this.
exhibited. It’s such a great cause,” Kraycs said.
“The hair is what makes a woman – it’s Kraycs said his family had their own
their identity,” he said. “Even if I was a team for his son Shane.
woman, they’d be better women than me.” They made shirts and took part in events,
Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 119th Field including St. Baldrick’s, Relay for Life, and Pfc. Paul Dalrymple, a medic with Headquarters and Headquarters Company,
Artillery Regiment, a National Guard unit fundraisers for William Beaumont Chil- 4th Special Troops Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade, 310th Expeditionary
out of Michigan, appeared for haircuts and dren’s Hospital, the hospital where his son Sustainment Command, gives a haircut to Lt. Col. Tonya Kratovil, a physician
donated their hard-earned cash to the St. was treated. with the 4th Sust. Bde., 310th ESC, and a Gordon, Neb., native, during a fund-
Baldrick’s Foundation. “You can’t do a lot of public service while raising event April 17 for children’s cancer research at Contingency Operat-
Maj. Shawn Kraycs, the officer-in-charge deployed,” he said. “So my Soldiers and I are ing Base Adder, Iraq. Kratovil donated her hair to Locks of Love, an organiza-
of the 1-119th FAR’s tactical outpost and here. It makes you feel good about what you do. tion that makes hairpieces for children suffering from medical hair loss.
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Closing of Container
Repair Yard brings on
reflection of successes
Story and photoS by
SGt. edwin Gray
expeditionary timeS Staff
JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq – In November 2003, with
approximately 80 Iraqi employees, the An Iraqi worker paints a container at the Container Repair Yard April 23 on Joint Base Balad, Iraq. Be-
Container Repair Yard was opened here on cause the CRY is closing sometime in May, these containers may be the last sets repaired at this yard.
Joint Base Balad, Iraq.
The purpose of the CRY is to repair
containers deemed unserviceable and return Without college degrees, work history or prior knowl- The Iraqi workers have relieved troops of worries about
them to a seaworthy status in order to be used to transport edge of operating a CRY, Iraqi nationals teamed up with U.S. how to transport the equipment and personal gear, and they
equipment and troops’ gear home, while providing training service members and repaired more than 31,000 containers have also gained financial growth, trust in service members
and employment opportunities to local Iraqi citizens. since 2003. and a working relationship with the U.S.
Service members, Iraqi nationals, leaders and workers With the training and opportunity received through the “They’ll tell you about the opportunities they have outside
joined together to award and honor the work and accom- MVC, many of the workers now have a work history that of here,” Hatcher said. “We’ve supported over 500 families
plishments of the Iraqi workers, staff, and the troops at the gives them a better chance to be hired into future employ- through this mission.”
Miran Village Company completion ceremony April 25 at ment, said Mr. Hashim, the operator for the MVC, a member With a mutual goal at hand, troops and the workers at
the Sustainer Theater here. of the Contractor Federation, and a Dujail, Iraq, native. the Miran Village Company together bridged a gap between
The MVC’s goal is to minimize the unemployment rate in two cultures and accomplished a mission. From hesitant
Iraq and to give Iraqi workers the job skills and new careers steps toward starting the project to confident ambitions
to contribute to the rebuilding of Iraq. Through the MVC’s
help, all the workers will receive certifications that enable
many of them to find employment or start their own busi-
“Of the 450, 310 of those have been certified through the
Ministry of Labor of Iraq to go outside and open up their
own businesses and their own jobs doing either carpentry
work, blacksmith work or painting,” said 1st Lt. Jon Hatcher,
the officer-in-charge and the contract officer representa-
tive for the CRY, a Soldier with the 289th Quartermaster
Company, 77th Special Troops Battalion, 77th Sustain-
ment Brigade, 310th Expeditionary Sustainment Command,
and a San Antonio, Texas, native. “With the closure of the
Container Repair Yard, it is allowing these personnel to go
out there and be productive citizens of society and to help
Iraqi workers use a forklift to hoist a repaired
toward building the new Iraq that they all really strongly
container onto a truck to be delivered after its
repair at the Container Repair Yard April 23 on
Because of the current re-posturing of U.S. troops in Iraq,
Joint Base Balad, Iraq. Due to the CRY closing in
the CRY is schedule to close down in May. Although the yard
May, these sets of containers may be the last sets
is scheduled to close, the workers are ambitiously hopeful for
repaired at this yard.
a bright future.
Mr. Hashim said that because God gave the workers hands to of continuing until the completion of the project, both the
work with and because they have an education in their job, the troops and Iraqi nationals elevated their understandings of
workers aren’t worried about being able to find employment. one another to work together toward a mutual goal. The CRY
The experience has not only set a foundation for the Iraqi represents how much can be accomplished by understanding
Mr. Hashim, the operator for the Miran Village nationals to be introduced to new trades, but it also introduced and respecting each others differences.
Company, a member of the Contractor Federation, both troops and Iraqi nationals to each other’s language and “The Miran Village Company is an astonishing example
and a Dujail, Iraq, native, receives a certificate of cultures. of what we can accomplish together when we walk side-by-
appreciation for his efforts and accomplishments “The experience with the Iraqis here, has been phenom- side, shoulder–to-shoulder, hand-in-hand with respect,” said
with the MVC at the company’s completion cer- enal,” Hatcher said. “We have built a major mutual under- Lt. Col. Debra E. Jenkins, commander of the 352nd Combat
emony April 25 at the Sustainer Theater on Joint standing of each other and cooperation with each other. We Sustainment Support Battalion, 77th Sust. Bde., 310th ESC,
Base Balad, Iraq. are all much closer than we realized.” and a Montgomery, Ala., native.
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with air assets help
Spc. SprinG SMith
4th SuStainment Brigade
CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq -
Soldiers with Company Bravo, 1st Combined
Arms Battalion, 163rd Infantry Regiment, 4th
Sustainment Brigade, 310th Expeditionary
Sustainment Command conducted medical
evacuation training with Company Golf, 2nd
Battalion, 135th Aviation Brigade.
The purpose of the training was to ensure that Soldiers in
both battalions are confident in executing the necessary steps
to save the lives of their comrades as quickly as possible
when and if disaster strikes.
The Soldiers in Company B, simulated a convoy mission
while driving down a back road on COB Adder. After using
a smoke grenade to emulate an improvised explosive device
alongside the road, the leadership told the Soldiers who were
injured, what injuries were sustained and whether or not the
vehicles involved in the blast were operable.
The Soldiers began the medevac process to get their
comrades out of the hostile area. They set up a landing zone
for the helicopter, called in their nine-line medevac request
U.S. Army photo by Command Sgt. Maj. John Wood
for medical transport to evacuate a casualty, and began
Soldiers with Company Bravo, 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 163rd Infantry Regiment, 4th Sustainment
administering basic first aid while communicating with
Brigade, 310th Expeditionary Sustainment Command prepare to move a litter with a wounded Soldier
Company G about estimated time of arrival, coordinates, etc.
for evacuation during a training exercise on Contingency Operating Base Adder.
“Having an aviation asset available made the training
much more realistic,” said 1st Lt. Mathew Bartlett, a San Baldwin said. “The training was very helpful. I feel very confi- never had the chance to load and unload casualties on and off
Dimas, Calif., native. “It was cool to meet the pilots we will dent in my team and our ability to accomplish the mission.” a [helicopter] before. The realistic aspect was very helpful
be working with. Also, the younger guys who have never Spc. Seth Pettit, a Plains, Mont., native, acted as a too, such as using Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles
worked with an aviation asset were pretty pumped.” dismounted Soldier for the training. He was responsible rather than Humvees and also practicing in this environment.
Sgt. Evan Baldwin, the team’s medic and a Missoula, for helping the medic remove casualties from the vehicle, This training definitely solidifies my confidence in my team’s
Mont., native, shared the same feelings as Bartlett. applying buddy aid, and helping Baldwin load casualties on ability to handle a situation like that.”
“It gave us a chance to freshen up our skills and practice those and off the helicopter. Each platoon within Company B will be conducting this
scenarios in the environment in which they will be needed,” “I found the training very useful,” he said. “We have training within the next couple of months.
Security det. prides itself as reliable protection
Story and photo by “The training was the hardest part,” he
Staff SGt. pat caldwell said. “No one else was doing it and we had
3-116th Cavalry regiment to research a lot. It was up to leadership to
JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq – If a top The mission tempo for the PSD in Iraq is
general or high-ranking digni- one of feast or famine. The unit can spend
tary needs to go from one many days out on the road escorting a high-
place to another in central ranking official then hit periods of downtime.
Iraq, chances are a special “You’ll have nothing going on and then
detachment of Soldiers gets be packed for four or five days,” Rios said.
them there. The PSD’s operational tempo has steadily
The Personal Security Detachment from increased since it arrived in Iraq, Rios said.
Company Golf, 3rd Battalion, 116th Cavalry “We average 2.6 missions a week,” he
Regiment, 77th Sustainment Brigade, 310th said. “We visit multiple [forward operating
Expeditionary Sustainment Command bases]. We’ve had a total of five multi-day
boasts one of the most important, and missions.”
low-key, missions in Iraq. The PSD, though, doesn’t just escort
The small unit, consisting of Idaho dignitaries and top officers on tours of Iraq.
Soldiers from places like Boise and Pocatello When a high-ranking American official must
Sgt. 1st Class Kevin Dean (left), Blackfoot, Idaho, helps Sgt. Mike Main, also
and Blackfoot, is commissioned to escort meet with his or her Iraqi counterpart for a
of Blackfoot, Idaho, work on a lighting system for a Mine Resistant Ambush
and protect high-level officers and civilians key meeting, the PSD must ensure they get
Protected vehicle at Joint Base Balad, Iraq. Dean and Main are both members
as they move around the central part of Iraq. there safe and on time.
of the Personal Security Detachment.
“Our responsibility is the protection of “It is battlefield circulation and we make
some very important people,” said 1st Lt. sure that happens,” said Staff Sgt. John operation as any other unit, Hallenberger said. and deploy.
Adam Rios, a Pocatello, Idaho, resident. Hallenberger, 29, of Boise, Idaho. “We have the same responsibility as “I decided I wasn’t too old to chip in and
As the commander of the PSD, Rios said The role of the PSD is critical, because anyone else,” he added. participate,” Main said.
his unit decided to secure a high standard of travel by plane or helicopter is not always Sgt. Mike Main, a Soldier from Black- He said the PSD has evolved into a solid
excellence when it arrived in Iraq in December. guaranteed, Hallenberger said. foot, Idaho, made his way to the PSD and unit since its arrival in Iraq.
“We set the bar really high when we got “There is a lot of dust here and dust will Iraq after previously serving in the Marine “As a team we are very competent in
here,” Rios said. ground the [helicopters],” he said. “They do Corps and going to Afghanistan with the getting our passengers to where they need to
Rios said the PSD role was a new one for try to use air, but it isn’t as reliable as we are.” Army. go and get there safely,” Main said. “We’re
his Soldiers when they began mobilization That reliability is a key asset of the PSD. Main said the death of a friend in Iraq knowledgeable, well-trained and able to
training at Camp Shelby, Miss., last fall. The PSD must adhere to the same standard of sparked his decision to re-enter the military work well together.”
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Wounded warriors exit the aircraft while service members wait to greet the combat veterans in support of Operation Proper Exit April 25 at Sather Air
Iraq to look for a sense of closure and a proper exit after being previously evacuated out during their combat tour.
Wounded warriors emotional closure by being able to leave under their own
strength and on their own terms.
“Every service member, regardless of rank or branch
Lt. Jim Kirchner, a Douglasville, Ga., native. “It was tent
city back then. I remember being rolled from tent to tent.”
Many of the visiting veterans were here before the
get chance to leave of service, deserves a closure, and that’s what this was for
those Soldiers and Marines,” said Schroder, an El Paso,
current hospital building was in use, and the current staff
received numerous thanks for their hard work and dedi-
Iraq with closure,
Ill., native. “There was some apprehension amongst some cation on behalf of their predecessors.
of them initially, but they said that it’s helping with their “I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for people like you,”
under own power Members from different branches of the military
waited on both sides of the walkway leading to the
emergency room of the theater hospital here as four
Story by helicopters landed in succession. Yes, they were waiting
SGt. Stephen Scott on warriors who had been wounded, but the men who
expeditionary timeS Staff landed here this day weren’t in need of medical attention.
From the helipad, they entered a tunnel bearing the
JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq – Eight sign “HERO’S HWY,” and they emerged from this
men arrived here April 28 wearing both tunnel like honored gladiators into the cheers of their
the uniforms of the armed forces branch grateful public. Applause and the sound of camera shut-
for which they once served, and also ters snapping was the soundtrack that ushered these men
wearing the physical and emotional down the walkway and into the hospital.
scars of their sacrifices made during that service. Joint Once inside, the five Soldiers and three Marines sat
Base Balad was the fourth stop during their weeklong looking upon a small pond of service members that
visit to Iraq for Operation Proper Exit. seemed to be teeming with respect and pride.
“What they try to do is take these heroes to the loca- “I just want to let you know for every Soldier, Airman,
tion where their injuries were sustained in conjunction and civilian on post how excited we are to have you
with their exit points,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Debbie here with us,” said Brig. Gen. Don S. Cornett, Jr., the
Schroder, the command sergeant major of the 310th commanding general of the 310th ESC, and an Aurora,
Expeditionary Sustainment Command. “All of these Neb., native. “We’re real proud of you and your service
individuals came to JBB and were medevac’d out of and your sacrifice.” U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Stephen Scott
country from JBB, so this would have been their last However, this day was not about the crowd’s admira- Command Sgt. Maj. Debbie Schroder, the com-
known location in theater.” tion, it was about these brave men’s revelations of their time mand sergeant major of the 310th Expedition-
Just as the name states, this program gives wounded spent in Balad under the care of those who previously filled ary Sustainment Command, comforts Cpl. Matt
veterans the chance to have a “proper exit” from the the roles of the men and women who stood before them. Bradford at the theater hospital here April 28
areas they were once deployed to. Those who were “I remember we were being shelled at one point and during a speech about the injuries he sus-
forced to leave due to injury are given the chance to get medics covering me with their bodies,” said retired 1st tained during his last combat deployment.
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U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Stephen Scott
Brig. Gen. Don S. Cornett, Jr., the commanding general of the 310th Expedition-
ary Sustainment Command, greets Donny Daughenbaugh, a Des Moines, Iowa
native and formal Marine corporal, as he arrives on Joint Base Balad. Daugh-
enbaugh came to Balad during a week-long visit to Iraq as a part of Operation
Proper Exit, which is a program to help wounded warriors get closure.
t’ U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Felicya Adams
r Base, Iraq. These veterans are returning to
said Brian Mancini, a Phoenix, Ariz., native and retired
sergeant first class.
“Everybody here is my hero,” said Steven Cornford,
a former corporal and Silver Star recipient for exception-
ally valorous conduct.
Cornford, a Mountain Home, Idaho, native, expressed
gratitude for the assistance he received in dealing with
his mental anguish as well as his physical pain while he
was hospitalized. He risked his life to save his platoon
leader only to watch the lieutenant pass away in the
U.S. Army photo by Capt. Michael Garcia
emergency room right beside him. Combat veterans arrive at Joint Base Balad via helicopter to be welcomed back to Iraq as part of
“Iraq’s a safer place because of his sacrifice,” said Operation Proper Exit. This is their first time back in the country since they were injured, and they
retired 1st Lt. Edwin Salau. are here for the opportunity to seek closure.
Salau spoke of Cornford’s heroics, and he also high-
lighted the achievements of Cpl. Matt Bradford, and
former Cpl. Isaiah Schaffer, saying, “You’re meeting
some of the humblest corporals I know.”
Bradford, who has prosthetics on both legs and
has lost sight in both eyes, actually reenlisted with the
Marines last year. He is a Petersburg, Va., native, but
he is stationed at Camp Lejeune, N.C., working at the
Wounded Warrior Battalion East.
There were eight different stories of trial and triumph
told that day. A few of them evoked tears from the story-
teller and listeners alike, but through it all their strong
senses of humor and camaraderie seemed to help them
carry the weight of their struggle.
“They were all phenomenal, every one of them,”
U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Felicya Adams
Schroder said. “The strength that they displayed, espe-
cially in coming back to theater and facing their fears Combat veterans exit an air-
head-on, I think that shows a lot for the strength that our craft to be welcomed back to
military is made of.” Iraq as part of Operation Proper
When these veterans left Balad again, they did so Exit April 25 at Sather Air Base.
properly, as proud men with their heads held high and of
their own will.
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Staff Sgt. Melissa Meinzer, a Reno, Nev., native and the noncommissioned officer-in-charge for the 54th Quartermaster Mortuary Affairs Company, 4th Spe-
cial Troops Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade, 310th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, stands with fellow mortuary affairs specialists Spc. Pierre
Perea, a Cobb County, Ga., native, Cassandra Goddard, a Border, Texas, native, Spc. Danita Clowney, a Pittsburgh, Pa., native, and Spc. Jason Tinker, a
Roseburg, Ore., native.
Dignity, respect are the name of the game
Story and photoS by had at the time of death, and ready them for “I wanted to join as far back as 18 years
Spc. Sean McGuire a ramp ceremony to fly them out of country,” old,” he said.
4th SuStainment Brigade Goddard said. Now three years into his service, Tinker,
Once the first four hours are in the books, like others he works with, said he finds total
CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE there are 20 hours remaining for the team fulfillment in his job.
ADDER, Iraq – When a to process the service member’s personal “While working out here, I’m not doing
neatly folded American flag is belongings and have them flown home. this for the Army – I’m doing it for the
given to a family member of a “You can’t get attached,” said Spc. Pierre families,” Tinker said. “For us, it’s all about
fallen Soldier, it signifies the Perea, another mortuary affairs specialist dignity and respect.”
Soldier’s last return home. on the team, and native of Cobb County, Tinker also understands the nuances of
But before a service member makes his/ Ga. “I’ve seen fellow coworkers in years his work.
her final journey, they must be properly past have problems on the job. I’ve had to “It takes a specific type of person to
cared for. And that’s where members of intervene to make sure they get through the do this duty,” he said. “Civilians have
the 54th Quartermaster Mortuary Affairs processing – you just have to get it done.” approached me at airports and thanked me
Company, 4th Special Troops Battalion, 4th The team, which has been at COB Adder for my service. They ask me what I do, and
Sustainment Brigade, 310th Expeditionary for barely a month, works in six-month I tell them. Then they rave about how hard it
Sustainment Command come in. intervals; rotating out with other teams at must be to do that – and they’re right.”
The 54th QM Co., which is currently Fort Lee, Va. Tinker said that during his years of
deployed to Contingency Operating Base Spc. Jason Tinker, a Roseburg, Ore., working in mortuary affairs, he’s processed
Adder, Iraq, is one of two mortuary affairs native, said his team will soon take on hundreds of fellow service members.
companies in the active-duty Army and one responsibility from two other mortuary “After all the work, I still see the faces. I
of nine currently in theater. affairs locations in Iraq in addition to their still see their patch,” Tinker said. “I’ve run
Pfc. Cassandra Goddard, a mortuary current responsibilities. across Soldiers wearing the same patch and
affairs specialist and a Border, Texas, “We’re going to be really busy very find myself just wondering. And I know that Spc. Jason Tinker, a mortuary affairs
native, works alongside four others in initial soon,” he said. “But we have already started any day could be the one where I see one of specialist with the 54th Quartermas-
receiving and processing of deceased service packing as a pre-emptive strike.” my friends.” ter Mortuary Affairs Company, closes
members and civilians for COB Adder and Tinker joined the Army after years Despite the difficulties of his undertak- a container housing the personal
United States Division-South. of running his own business in general ings, Tinker said he still sees the positives. belongings of a deceased service
“We have a four-hour window to process contracting, working as a firefighter, and “When I go to bed at night, I’m satisfied member at Contingency Operating
the remains, their personal belongings they accruing three degrees. in the work I’ve done.” Base Adder, Iraq April 25.
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U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Coltin Heller The U.S. Army's Criminal Investigation Command is seeking
qualified, high-caliber Soldiers to become CID Special Agents
and conduct felony investigations, provide executive protec-
tion for DOD leaders and to help safeguard the community by
providing criminal investigative support into terrorist activities.
• CID has a long proud history of being the premier
Pfc. Nicholas Matthews, a Soldier with the 941st Transportation Company, criminal investigative agency within the Department of
749th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade, the Army
310th Expeditionary Sustainment Command and a Charleston, S.C., native,
brings in radios from the repair shop April 19 in preparation for the upcom- • Our special agents rank among the very best of fed-
ing missions on Contingency Operating Base Adder, Iraq. eral law enforcement
Trans. company maintains • Our highly trained agents not only have to be expert
detectives, they also must be Soldiers able to execute
their investigative responsibilities in the harshest of
mission readiness even if •
expeditionary and combat environments
As a CID Agent, you will contribute to a safer
mission isn’t ready for them community and a stronger Army
For more information, check out WWW.CID.ARMY.MIL, or
Story and photo by “We are often on a short timeline,” said contact Special Agent Jesus H. Goytia, Joint Base Balad CID
chief warrant officer 2 terrie wood Sgt. 1st Class Wayne Decker, a wheeled Office, at DSN 483-4597 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
941St tranSportation Company mechanic with the 941st Trans. Co. and a
Dothan, Ala., native.
CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE All sections have to work together to
ADDER, Iraq – The truck platoons and ensure the success of the mission. The
the maintenance section of communications section’s role consists of
the 941st Transportation checking the radios and other equipment for
Company stay late to ensure
the mission is ready for depar-
readiness to ensure the safety of the mission.
“Safety is key,” said Pvt. Peter Gessner, a Tactical Physical Training
ture on time. There are dead- truck driver with the 941st Trans. Co. and a
lines to meet and papers to Charleston, S.C., native. He said that safety Who: Everyone on JBB is welcome
sign. Trucks are ready. Personnel are ready. is always an aspect of the mission both on
Maintenance is complete.
“We accomplished our mission,” said Spc.
and off COB Adder.
The 941st Trans. Co. remains mission-
What: A high-intensity circuit training workout
Shameka Conyers, an automated logistical ready even when the mission isn’t ready that tests your will, perseverance and
specialist with the 941st Trans. Co., 749th for them. If there is an unscheduled delay,
Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 4th it simply gives more time to make sure that combat preparedness
Sustainment Brigade, 310th Expeditionary everyone involved in the mission is fully
Sustainment Command and a Mt. Pleasant, prepared. When: Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday 0530-0630
S.C., native. Her mission is to get the trucks The convoy commanders and leaders
dispatched for the movement. review paperwork. The drivers check Monday, Wednesday & Friday 1830-1930
Sometimes to accomplish the mission, it
requires the Soldiers to work long days to
supplies on their trucks. Then, it is simply a
matter of waiting and staying ready for the
Where: JBB East Gym (behind circuit gym)
meet deadlines. time to roll out.
Explosive Ordnance Disposal
Memorial 5K Run
Saturday May 7th 2011, 0600
To sign up as a volunteer please contact SSgt James Wagnild @433-6225,
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If you could travel
anywhere in the
Street world, where
would you go?
Don’t be a futuristic, “I want to pick some-
micro-managing robot where exotic like
Australia or New Zealand,
but I have always wanted
By sGt. stepHen sCott identification and integration. to hike the Swiss Alps, so
ExpEditionary timEs staff When dealing with someone with no
I would go there.”
motivation (amotivated), these are like a
B efore you really get
into reading this, I need
you to find a couch to lie on,
four-step program to healthy motivation,
but it doesn’t have to be. It also doesn’t
hurt to let them know when they’ve done
Master Sgt. Cynthia Messerscmidt
is an inspector general with the
310th Expeditionary Sustainment
because we’re going to get something well.
Command and is an Eden Prairie,
a little psychological. Hey, Unexpected, positive feedback also
you can get it here or read through the notes serves to help people internalize their
of boring scientific experiments like I did. actions because it helps us feel competent
Think about the things in your life that about the job we’re doing. How likely
you really enjoy doing; you know, the are you to put forth maximum effort in
things you want to make time for no matter something you don’t feel you can achieve
what else is going on. How easy is it to find anyway? You’ve got to stroke people’s
an excuse to do these things? egos a bit, but not to the point they are only
“Oh man, my PT shorts are a little dusty. working to hear your praise.
I’d better go jump in the pool.” This also dips its toes in the warm pond of
It’s easy to muster the energy needed to do relatedness. Let’s say you think your boss is
the things you naturally enjoy because partici- a jerk who could care less if you were eaten
pating in those activities is its own reward. alive by a heartless android from the future “My wife wanted to go to
This is the definition of intrinsic motivation. sent back in time to make your life miserable Hawaii, but right now we
On the flip side, when was the last time by being an overbearing micro-manager. I’d are looking at going to
you were committed to death by Power- wager a few PX coin certificates that you
Point? I’ve never met a person who would wouldn’t feel very connected to that person. Florida, because my mom
be intrinsically motivated to sit still for 30 People who feel more related to their boss and dad might be able
minutes and view slides telling them not to are more motivated to work for their boss. to come see us and my
do the hokie pokie on odd-dated Wednes- Somewhere a retired sergeant major is
days, but I know people would watch it if reading this and thinking I should take the daughter wanted to bring
the training were mandated. psycho-babble crap and stick it somewhere her dog.”
The participants of this activity would unpleasant. That sergeant major is going to
be extrinsically motivated to do so, because tell you what to do, how to do it, when to Maj. Dale Nelson is a chaplain with
their behavior was externally regulated. do it, and that it better get done. What that the 310th Expeditionary Sustainment
Externally regulated behavior is just one sergeant major doesn’t realize is you are not Command and is a South Beloit, Ill.,
of four types of extrinsic motivation in the performing optimally because your basic native.
psychological theory of self-determination, human needs aren’t being met. Things are
which is what I’m basing this article on. getting done, but not as well as they could be.
I’m telling you this because being You can control your Soldiers
considered a highly motivated Soldier is completely, but what you’re really doing is
one of the best compliments a person of any limiting them by killing their motivation to
rank can get in the military. As a leader or work on a higher level. People need to feel
someone who will be in a leadership posi- ownership; they need to be invested. You
tion one day, that’s what you want to hear will never care for an apartment like you
people say about your Soldiers. will your house.
Effective motivation consists of fulfilling So basically the best way to extrinsically “I would take my
three basic human needs; the need for motivate Soldiers is by trying to mimic their
autonomy, the need to feel competent, and
children to Lebanon to
intrinsic motivation. Let’s recap:
the need to feel related when dealing with • Explain how performing a task works introduce them to my
external sources of motivation. in their best interest. family, because they’ve
Intrinsic motivation is the best form • Allow them to have input on how to
because it fulfills a person’s need to be
never met my parents.”
autonomous or exercise free will. While • Give credit when it’s due.
Spc. Lina Ramadan is an administrator
free will is great and all, you know as well • Let them know you see their worth as
assistant and linguist with the 310th
as I there are plenty of things we have to a person, not just a logistical statistic.
Expeditionary Sustainment Command
do each day that don’t really give us that If you can get your Soldiers to inter-
and is a Sterling, Va., native.
warm and fuzzy in our collective tummy so nalize the actions you want them to take,
extrinsic motivation completely necessary. you just may end up with the most moti-
The trick is to motivate in such a way to vated Soldiers in all the land and have
help the individual internalize the activity. enough free time to sneak out and enjoy a
Of the four types of extrinsic motivation, refreshing mid-day fruit smoothie.
the aforementioned externally regulated If it doesn’t work, don’t worry. The
behavior is the least internal and least sergeant major will show you how to kick it
effective. The remaining three, in order old school. Anyone up for a game of toilet
from least to most internal, are introjection, bowls and toothbrushes?
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T H E A T E R PERSPECTIVES
“I identify anything that could be a threat
“Keep doing what
to Soldiers and mitigate it. It could be the you’re doing with your
food, water, soil, air – in the buildings we Iraqi partners, and be
work in, sleep in and play in.”
Capt. Wayne A. Douet, an environmental science officer and a member of U.S. Di-
vision-South Medical, talks about what he does to include practical things a Soldier
the Soldiers you are.
takes for granted. Thes things include beds, shower trailers, dining facilities, bottled
water, and the weights at the gym. History will record
“[Iraqi leaders]need to
empower their NCOs at every here in the chief of staff of the Army, Gen. Iraq.”
level to not only better Martin E. in April 11.duringgeneral met withIraq since be-
This is a quote by
Dempsey, his first visit to
ing sworn The more than 70
facilitate small-unit tactics, but service members in the Al Faw Palace on Camp Victory.
to also allow for the develop- “This exercise will demonstrate we are
ment of their officer corps.” readywe carry out anti-terror operations until
This is a statement by Command Sgt. Maj. William D. Hain, the command
sergeant major for 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 25th Infantry Division during This was said by Lt. Gen. Hussein al Douhi, the deputy chief of staff for
a meeting among senior-enlisted leaders of the U.S. and Iraqi Armies at the Iraqi training for Iraqi Ground Forces Command. Top Iraqi military lead-
Army Noncommissioned Officers Academy April 25. They discussed the current ers, officials and press gathered at the Mahgoor Training Site in Kirkuk
state of the NCO Corps and NCO education systems within the Iraqi Army at province April 24 to bear witness as Iraqi Security Forces conducted
Camp Taji, Iraq. Operation Lion’s Leap, a large-scale, joint training exercise with the
Iraqi Army and Iraqi Air Force.
meet the United StateS’ new
Secretary of defenSe:
Leon Panetta, currently
the director for the Central Intel-
ligence Agency, has been nominated to
take the place of the Honorable Robert Gates
as the next U.S. Secretary of Defense.
Panetta posesses two skills that could make his transi-
tion to this position a smooth one: he knows how to
play power politics in Washington and he knows how
to handle large sums of taxpayer money.
With the U.S. budget deficit looming on top of the
reposturing of forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, he’ll truly
be tested in the early days of his term.
Source: The Washington Post Graphic by Sgt. Benjamin D. Green
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Sudoku Test your knowledge
The objective is to fill
the 9×9 grid so each 1. What future Soviet dictator was training to be a priest when he
column, each row and got turned on to Marxism?
each of the nine 3×3
boxes contains the 2. What 20th-century conflict was dubbed the “forgotten war”
despite 54,246 U.S. deaths?
digits from 1 to 9 only
one time each.
3. Who was the last president of the Soviet Union?
Last week’s answers:
4. What modern vehicle was invented to circumvent trench
5. What California city did the last Pony Express ride end in?
1. Joseph Stalin 2. The Korean War 3. Mikail Gorbachev 4. The tank 5. Sacramento
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Arts & EntErtAinmEnt
The Sports Lounge from Steve Smith, two good running backs, The Reel Review
At least the
and a good defense, all the Panthers really
needed was a quarterback. Because of
an aging Smith and multiple injuries, the ‘Rango’ does animated justice
NFL draft is to genre, uses trite storyline
Panthers may return soon on future draft days
to acquire new talent to accompany Newton,
who maybe a loner in the near future.
still stable After Newton was picked, I was
surprised to not see another quarterback
drafted until the Tennessee Titans drafted
By sGt. stepHen sCott
ExpEditionary timEs staff
By sGt. eDwin Gray
ExpEditionary timEs staff
Jake Locker, former Washington Huskies
quarterback, with the eighth overall pick. I I ’m not a huge fan of
Westerns, but I can appre-
ciate them. If you are a fan
Review: 3 / 5 stars
was even more surprised to see him drafted
O K, so you can tell the
sports world is getting
over Blane Gabbert, former Missouri Tigers
quarterback and the 10th pick, to the Jack-
or share my feelings for
them, then you should be
able to appreciate “Rango,” even if you’re
tree that serves as decoration in Rango’s
Shortly thereafter, an unexpected event
when: The top-seeded Spurs I believe Gabbert had a more consistent not that keen on cartoon movies. leaves Rango stranded in the desert. I won’t
have to hit two lucky three-pointers in the ending to his college football career than Johnny Depp, who lends his trade- give it away, but I think it was visually the
closing seconds of Game 5 to prevent being Locker. mark quirkiness to an equally odd-looking best scene in the movie. Rango pulled me in
eliminated by the last-seeded Grizzlies; With the seven of the top 10 teams in chameleon, voices the movie’s title char- right away, but started losing its grip around
and the inconsistent Colorado Rockies the draft not having a proven, solidified, acter. In fact most of the characters in the the time Rango arrived in Dirt.
have the best record in baseball with a near successful quarterback, you would expect at town of Dirt, where our would-be hero ends There were some other interesting and
70-percent winning percentage. least four QBs to be drafted in the top 10. up, have interesting appearances to say the unforeseen parts in this movie that were
Their winning percentage is probably The Broncos drafted outside linebacker least. worth seeing. One was the appearance of
greater than the number of people who Von Miller from Texas A&M, an edge pass I really enjoyed the animation of the the spirit of the West, and another was in
believe they will keep the lead. rusher that they already have in three other movie and the old western feel, it lent to a the way Rango uncovered the villain’s plot.
I would much rather watch hockey, which linebackers. storyline that was, at times, predictable or However, I guess there’s only so many ways
I’m not fond of. Actually, I would rather watch The Bills drafted defensive tackle somewhat over the top even for a cartoon. you can tell a story that’s been told many
Bret Favre talk about maybe not retiring again Marcell Dareus from the University of I felt the “spiritual” guidance Rango times before.
and returning to play in an uncertain NFL Alabama, who is a beast at defensive tackle, received along his journey would have been An unlikely hero comes in to town a
season than watch the NHL playoffs. but in the NFL, defensive tackles don’t lead more effective if it had been done more stranger and earns the respect of the towns-
I can admit, however, that hockey fights teams to championships. subtly. I know you may be asking yourself, folk. The now accepted hero does some-
are more entertaining than watching the The Bengals drafted wide receiver A.J. “What is he overanalyzing a children’s thing wrong or a secret is revealed about
NFL owners and players facing off like the Green, former Georgia Bulldog, who I think movie?” I’m doing so because Rango him that causes him to be ostracized. The
NHL teams do to start a hockey game. is a mixture of Chad Ochocinco and Terrell doesn’t treat itself as just a kid’s movie. hero who has fallen from grace returns to
The only predictable and secure event in Owens (and we all see where that took the While there’s enough action and silliness redeem himself and save the town.
sports would be the NFL draft. Bengals last year) to keep children occupied, the main conflict It’s kind of sad I find myself saying that
As many would’ve assumed, the player The Cardinals drafted defensive back in the story really revolves around Rango’s about a lot of movies these days. There’s
wearing the Carolina Panthers’ hat and Patrick Peterson from Louisiana State lack of identity. nothing really new, just new spins on old
holding up the jersey as the first pick in the University. I think he would be a great This focus is made abundantly clear in stories.
draft is Cam Newton, the former Auburn addition to the Cardinals. In fact, they may the opening scene where Rango appears If you watch this movie, watch it for the
Tigers quarterback. now have the best defensive backfield in the to be the director and star of some sort of animation, watch it because it pays homage
Newton would’ve probably benefited NFL but the worst passing attack. play. However, Rango’s loneliness is placed to a classic film genre, or watch it just
any NFL franchise in the future, but he can Now that the NFL draft is nearly center stage as his co-star Victor criticizes because Johnny Depp is the voice of Rango.
make an instant impact on the Panthers completed the next question would be: him for having an undefined character. I give it three stars out of five, because
organization. “Will there even be an NFL season in which The hilarity and sadness of this lies in I’m a sucker for a well animated movie with
With years full of unbelievable catches the drafted players can play?” the fact that Victor is just a plastic palm some interesting dialogue.
Reel Movie Times
Wednesday May 4
1700 Water For Elephants (PG-13)
2000 Mars Needs Moms (PG)
Thursday May 5
1700 Rango (PG)
2000 Water For Elephants (PG-13)
Friday May 6
1800 Prom (PG)
2100 Fast Five (NR)
Saturday May 7
1400 Prom (PG)
1700 Fast Five (NR)
2000 Battle: Los Angeles (PG-13)
2400 Fast Five (NR)
Sunday May 8
1400 Fast Five (NR)
1700 Battle: Los Angeles (PG-13)
2000 Prom (PG)
Monday May 9
1700 Fast Five (NR)
2000 Paul (R)
Tuesday May 10
1700 Paul (R)
2000 Battle: Los Angeles (PG-13)
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In memory of a Soldiers of the
Story and photoS by
gather in Victory
SGt. anGiene MyerS
Chapel at Con-
4th SuStainment Brigade
S oldiers of the 4th Sustainment Brigade, ing Base Adder,
Iraq, to attend
310th Expeditionary Sustainment a remembrance
Command, gathered for a remembrance service held for
Sgt. 1st Class
service at Victory Chapel on Contingency Randy Richard.
Operating Base Adder, Iraq, in honor of
a fallen rear-detachment Soldier, Sgt. 1st
Class Randy Richard, a material manage-
ment noncommissioned officer with the
4th Sustainment Brigade, 310th ESC and a
Mamou, La., native.
Voices filled the chapel as Soldiers sang their
hearts out in tribute. Words of admiration
also filled the chapel as Richard’s comrades
took stage to speak of his presence.
Richard enlisted in the United States Army
on February 21, 1991. He completed Basic
Combat Training at Fort Leonard Wood,
Sgt. Camacho Roberts, Sgt. Zerphlee Watson, Staff Sgt. Rhonda Gibson,
Mo., and Advanced Individual Training at Staff Sgt. Shemeka Gulley, Staff Sgt. Bridget Savage-Balque, and Chief War-
Fort Lee, Va. He was awarded the Military rant Officer 2 Tracey Wallace, all Soldiers with the 4th Sustainment Brigade,
310th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, sing tributes during a remem-
Occupational Specialty 92A, an automated brance service held for Sgt. 1st Class Randy Richard at Contingency Operat-
logistics specialist. ing Base Adder, Iraq.