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NTC hosts Canadian Task Force rotations


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   Volume 6, Number 3                                                                          www.irwin.army.mil                                                                             Jan. 21, 2010
                                                 Published in the interest of the National Training Center and Fort Irwin community

   H1n1 VAccine AVAilABle                          NTC hosts Canadian Task Force rotations
   Preventive Medicine Clinic has                                                   Brigade-size force to train for mission in Afghanistan
received 3,000 doses of H1N1 vac-
cine for all active duty Soldiers and              BY GUStavo BaHena
                                                   HDW Staff Writer
DoD employees. Soldiers and DoD
employees may receive their vaccine                     “We are quite frankly taking advantage of
at Preventive Medicine (Bldg. 172)                 what is a superb training facility,” said Cana-
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, from                dian Army Brig. Gen. Jean Collin, commander,
8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., and Tuesday and               Canada’s Land Force Central Area and Joint
Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.                Task Force Central.
                                                        The general was referring to the National
Groups larger than 20 people are asked             Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif., which is
to coordinate with the Preventive                  currently facilitating training for a Canadian
Medicine Clinic in order to minimize               Army Task Force. The training at the NTC helps
wait times. 11th Armored Cavalry                   prepare the Task Force before a sizeable portion
Regiment units will receive vaccine at             of it deploys to Afghanistan this spring.
                                                        “There’s the training area that replicates
their regimental aid station. For more             Afghanistan quite well, simply because of the
information, call Preventive Medicine              nature of the terrain,” Brig. Gen. Collin said.
Clinic, 380-3235/3053.                             “But, there’s also…the skills and the people of
                                                   the National Training Center who also make this
                                                   a unique experience for the Canadian Soldier.”
   deFenSe trAVel clASSeS                               The unique experience will last six-and-
   Defense Travel System classes are               a-half weeks, because Canadian Soldiers will
                                                   conduct two training rotations, back-to-back.
available, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Mon-
                                                   It’s the first time the NTC has hosted a brigade-
day to Friday. Learn how to input                  size element from a coalition partner in the war
your temporary duty assignment                     in Afghanistan for a full training rotation, let
authorizations/orders and vouchers.                alone two. The U.S. military facilitates training
If you are going to be a person of                 of coalition partners, but not to the extent that
authority in DTS as an organizational              the NTC is currently performing.
                                                        “We conduct training for coalition partners
defense travel administrator, reviewer,            at combat training centers routinely, primarily
or approving official, take a one-on-              at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center at
one class. Contact Peggy Westfield,                Hohenfels, Germany, but not to this magni-
lead defense travel administrator, at              tude,” said NTC and Fort Irwin commander,
Bldg. 569, or call 380-6528.                       Brig. Gen. Robert “Abe” Abrams. “This is the
                                                   first time we’ve had an allied brigade come and
                                                   train at a combat training center. So, it’s a first
        prAyer BreAKFASt                           for the combat training center program. It’s a
                                                   first for the National Training Center.”
   Commanding general’s National Prayer
                                                        Canadian military conducts NTC-style                                                                                                               CAROLINE KEYSER
Breakfast is Feb. 1, 6:30-8 a.m., at Reggie’s.
                                                   trainings for battalion-level rotations at its        canadian Soldier positions himself at corner of building in the village of Medina
Ticket donations: Sgt. and below - $4; Staff
                                                   Canadian Maneuver Training Center (CMTC),             Wasl as american observer-controller notes his position.
Sgt. and above, including civilians – S8.
                                                   near the town of Wainwright in Alberta,
See your Unit Ministry Team for tickets.
                                                   Canada. The area is covered in several feet of        shows up here for the culmination of its train-           after the new year, and by early February, its
For more information, contact Master Sgt.
                                                   snow at the moment, and because the NTC               ing – its final three weeks – we’re doing that,           Soldiers will have spent 26 days trainin in
Strachan, Installation Chaplain’s Office, at
                                                   had an opening this month and the next, the           we’re also doing a lot of the preliminary [parts]         “the Box,” as the training area here is called. A
                                                   opportunity to train here was not passed up           that we can’t hope to do very well in Canada              four-day comp period, or rest, is scheduled for
                                                   the Canadian Army.                                    because of climate,” Brig. Gen. Collin said.
                                                        “Unlike a normal U.S. rotation that only            The Task Force arrived at Fort Irwin just                                    See canadian, page 8

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an M1a1 tank from c troop, 1st Squadron, 11th armored cavalry Regiment, fires at a target at the Range no. 1 facility, Jan. 7.

               ‘Cold Steel’ welcomes New Year with a bang
BY SGt. GiancaRlo caSeM                                                                                                                                       rattling windows in the housing area and filling
11th ACR Public Affairs                                                                                                                                       the quiet hills around Fort Irwin with echoes
                                                                                                                                                              from the tanks’ 120 mm. main gun.
    The hills around Fort Irwin echoed with                                                                                                                        “It was tough to go back, but the guys were
the loud cannon roar from the tanks of “Cold                                                                                                                  fresh, it was a way to celebrate the time off from
Steel.”                                                                                                                                                       the monotony of doing the rotations,” Capt.
    Troopers from C Troop, 1st Squadron, 11th                                                                                                                 Kane said. “But I tell you, I sat back with my
Armored Cavalry Regiment, conducted Tank                                                                                                                      troop watching the sun set on Teifort, smoking
Table 6 live-fire qualification gunnery at the                                                                                                                a cigar - a victory for Tank Table 6, and I hear
Range 1 facility, Jan. 4-8.                                                                                                                                   my boys just talking. I’ve never heard morale so
    “Live-fire events such as these are irreplace-                                                                                                            high, and if that’s all it takes, a tank gunnery to
able,” said Capt. Christopher Kane, command-                                                                                                                  be that motivated, then I’ll do that every month
er of C Troop, 1st Squadron, 11th ACR.                                                                                                                        if I can. It was definitely a good experience. The
    “There’s nothing you can do to replace that,                                                                                                              Soldiers loved it; I wish they could do it every
I don’t care what simulator or virtual training                                                                                                               day of their life.”
you do, there’s nothing like the real thing,” Capt.
Kane said. “You’re on cloud nine as a 19K (M1
Armor crewman), it’s by-far, the peak season
for C Troop.”
    With the busy and high operational tempo
of the Blackhorse Troopers, gunneries and
ranges are squeezed in between rotations. The         an M1a1 tank from c troop, 1st Squadron, 11th armored cavalry Regiment, fires at
live-fire gunneries are an opportunity for C          a target from a firing position at the Range no. 1 facility, Jan. 7.
Troop, nicknamed “Cold Steel,” tankers to             a good thing,” Capt. Kane said. “We owe that         foundation, but the experience and expertise
keep their skills sharp, skills that, with current    to those units who get these Soldiers to get the     imparted to them by their NCOs builds the
overseas contingency operations, are not being        best trained Soldier possible. We get guys here      knowledge-base that shapes their career.
fully utilized.                                       out of Advanced Individual Training who have             C Troop met a few challenges during their
    “It is a perishable skill,” he said. “In the      never fired a tank and even some NCOs who            week of gunnery. For some Soldiers, it was their
armor corps, we’re not able to execute our mis-       have never been on a tank their whole career;        first time qualifying in certain jobs.
sion in the current fight. Any opportunity to         they were in Strykers.”                                  “We worked slow and worked safe,” he
be on a tank is a blessing, especially given our          To ensure that all Soldiers receive adequate     said. “We had seven first-time commanders,
dual mission here.”                                   training, the Cold Steel command turned to           six first-time gunners; and seven crews quali-
    The captain also said that having trained and     their veteran NCOs. 1st Sgt. Jim Fulford said        fied. We operated safely, and no one got hurt.
proficient Soldiers here may also strengthen the      mentoring and training junior Soldiers is one        It was a success, two thumbs up, no one got
armor corps as a whole.                               of the most important tasks that they do.            hurt, everybody had fun, and everybody had
                                                                                                                                                              an M1a1 tank from c troop, 1st Squad-
    “I understand that there are people who               “Our NCOs must train and mentor the              specific training. You couldn’t trade that for     ron, 11th armored cavalry Regiment,
will go on permanent change-of-station from           junior Soldiers during gunnery to ensure we re-      the world.”                                        engages a target while moving from
here and go on to units that are deploying or         main safe while reinforcing our deadly skill set,”       As Soldiers and their family members spent     one firing point to another during qual-
go to units that are going to be on tanks, so         1st Sgt. Fulford said. “The training they receive    the week adjusting to life back on Fort Irwin,     ification live-fire gunnery at the Range
any opportunity to train on that specific skill is    in OSUT (One Station Unit Training) sets the         the tankers of Cold Steel welcomed them back       no. 1 facility, Jan. 7.
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  CWOC                                      Thursday—9 a.m.                     Center Chapel       Priesthood/RSE        Sunday—3:10 p.m.              CFLC/Bldg 317

PROTESTANT                                                                                       SAMOAN
  Lutheran              Sunday—9 a.m.           Center Chapel                                       Worship Service       1st Sunday—9:30 a.m.        Blackhorse Chapel
  Sunday School         Sunday—9:30 a.m.        Center Chapel
  Chapel Next (SANC) Sunday—11 a.m.             Center Chapel                                    MUSLIM
  Protestant (LAR)      Sunday—11 a.m.          Center Chapel                                       Friday—1 p.m.         Bldg 317
  PEWS (Contem)         Sunday—6 p.m.           Center Chapel
  PYOC (Youth)          Monday—7 p.m.                Bldg 317                                    CHAPEL ACTIVITIES
  PWOC Morning          Tuesday—9 a.m.          Center Chapel                                       AWANA
  PWOC Evening          Tuesday—6 p.m.          Center Chapel                                       (3yrs- 6th grade)     Wednesday—4 p.m.                Center Chapel
  Praise Team Rehearsal Wednesday—7:30 p.m.     Center Chapel                                       Life Teen             Wednesday—6:30 p.m.                   Bldg. 320
  Protestant-Liturgical                                                                             MOPS                  2nd and 4th Wed—9 a.m. Center Chapel
    Worship Service, 9 a.m., Sunday,        Blackhorse Chapel                                       Edge                  Sunday—10 a.m.                  Center Chapel
                                                                                                    Note: For more information on chapel activities contact the
GOSPEL                                                                                              Center Chapel staff at 380-3562 or the Blackhorse Chapel staff at
  Sunday School          Sunday—9:30 a.m.               Blackhorse Chapel                           380-4088. See back cover for addresses and telephone directory.
  *Sunday School is held every Sunday except the first Sunday of the month                          AWANA: Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed (2 Tim 2:15)
  Worship Service        Sunday—11 a.m.                 Blackhorse Chapel                           CWOC:                 Catholic Women Of the Chapel
  Prayer Warriors        Wednesday—6 p.m.               Blackhorse Chapel                           PEWS:                 Protestant Evening Worship Service
  Children’s Church &                                                                               PWOC:                 Protestant Women Of the Chapel
  Choir Practice         Wednesday—5 p.m.               Blackhorse Chapel                           PYOC:                 Protestant Youth Of the Chapel
  Adult Bible Study      Wednesday—7 p.m.               Blackhorse Chapel                           CFLC:                 Chaplain Family Life Center, Bldg. 320
  Prayer Men Of Integrity/Women of Excellence                                                       MOPS:                 Mothers Of PreSchoolers, Bldg. 317
                         2nd Wednesday                                                              Childcare services for ages 0-5 yrs are provided free of charge for all
                         of the Month—7 p.m. Blackhorse Chapel                                      scheduled chapel services.

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                                                        Community Happenings
           GSAB FRG ANNOUNCEMENTS                                                     PX TO CLOSE EARLY                                                     GRAFFITI ART CONTEST
  Following are upcoming General Support Aviation Battalion,          Army and Air Force Exchange Service will conduct         Submit your entry to Arts & Crafts through Jan. 27. Judging
Family Readiness Group events:                                     inventory on Jan. 29-30. The Main Exchange will          will be held on Jan. 29. Categories include: Lil’ Taggerz, 8-10
HHD, GSAB                                                                                                                   years; Crazee Sketchaz, 11-13 years; Sonic Scribblaz, 13-16
                                                                   close early on Jan. 29, 5 p.m. All other facilities will years; and Master Mindz , 17-22 years.
   Feb. 18: HHD FRG meeting; Time: 6 p.m., Location: Bldg.
1200 Forum, Topic: TBD. If you should have any questions
                                                                   remain open during normal hours.
please contact Ms. Hunter at 380-7781 or email: hhdfrg507@                                                                                              DEPENDENT SCHOLARSHIPS
gmail.com.                                                                   VOLUNTEER COACHES NEEDED                                          Scholarship applications for dependent children of Soldiers
AAD, GSAB                                                         The youth sports program needs volunteer coaches                         who are on active duty, retired, or deceased are now available until
  Jan. 21: AAD FRG meeting; Time: 6 p.m., Location: Star-      for the youth indoor soccer and youth football teams.                       March 1. Online applications, information, and details for the
bucks. If you should have any questions, please contact Sherry Four volunteers are needed for each program. The                            Maj. Gen. James Ursano Scholarship Program can be obtained
Martin at (207) 664-8021 or email: aadfrg@gmail.com.                                                                                       at the Army Emergency Relief website: www.aerhq.org. The pro-
                                                               practice dates began on Jan. 19. The first games will
AVCO, GSAB                                                     be held on Jan. 30 and the final games will be played
                                                                                                                                           gram was established in 1976 as a secondary mission to help Army
   AVCO FRG meeting is scheduled to be in February but                                                                                     families with undergraduate college expenses for their dependent
no time, date or location has been set. If you should have any on March 6. Contact Tom Gilbert, director, CYC                              children. Applicants will be notified by mail in the first week of
questions, please contact Robin Stewart at 252-7592 or email: Sports for information, 380-7044.                                            June if they have or have not been awarded a scholarship.
                                                                                     SUPER BOWL PARTY                                                      BLACK HISTORY MONTH
             COCKTAILS AND CATWALK                                    Shock Wave will host a Super Bowl Party on Feb.                          Fort Irwin community is invited to the Black History Month
   Purchase your tickets now for Cocktails and the Catwalk at      7. The party starts at noon and kick off starts at 3:30                 Celebration at the Sandy Basin Community Center, from 11:30 a.m.
Reggie’s on Saturday. Tickets are only $20. Enjoy the Martini      p.m. Enjoy food, fun, games and a plasma television                     to 1 p.m., Feb. 2. The guest speaker is Mr. Michael Fosberg, who will
Bar, Dessert Buffet and Forever 21 Fashion Show. Designated                                                                                conduct a one man play titled “Incognito.” Soldiers and officers of the
drivers get a special soft drink special. Call 380-7144 for more
                                                                   giveaway. Watch the game on oversize screens. Call
                                                                                                                                           Regimental Support Squardron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment
information.                                                       380-8646 for details.                                                   is sponsoring the event. The event is open to all Soldiers, civilians,
                                                                                                                                           and family members. Anyone that is interested in contributing to
              YOUTH BOWLING LEAGUE                                           STRIKE ZONE’S SUPER “BOWL”                                    the event is encouraged to contact the Equal Opportunity Office.
    Sign up for the Youth Bowling League and the Healthy              The Strike Zone will have Super Bowl fun on Feb. 7.                  For more information, contact Sgt. 1st Class Ramon Guiets, equal
Bowling League now at the Strike Zone. For more information,       Enjoy $1 food specials at half time and special giveaways.              opportunity advisor, NTC/11th ACR, 380-4963.
call 380-4249.                                                     Also, featured is a special menu, featuring dishes from
                                                                   regions of the two competing teams. Stop by during                                                UFC NIGHT
                       ROCK BAND                                   game day. Call 380-4249 for more information.                              UFC Night starts again on Feb. 6 at 7pm with “Relentless”
   Shock Wave presents rock band Another Dying Breed on                                                                                    Couture v. Coleman. The pizza buffet is only $5 and there is a small
Jan. 30. Cover charge is $3 between 8 and 10 p.m. and $5 after                                                                             $10 cover. Save money. Watch this fight at Shock Wave. Call: 380-
10 p.m. Call 380-3045 for more information.
                                                                               REGGIE’S VALENTINE MENU                                     3045 for details. Shock Wave, your new choice for UFC!
                                                                     Fall in love with our Valentine’s menu at Reggie’s
                 WATCH FIGHT NIGHT                                 on Feb. 14, from 5-9 p.m. Enjoy menu items like                         PRINCESS PARTY
   Watch Ultimate Fighting Championship Night at Shock Wave        Roasted Red Pepper Gouda Bisque, New York Strip         Arts and Crafts is hosting a Princess Party at the stroke of
on Feb. 6, 7 p.m., with “Relentless” Couture vs. Coleman. The      with Seared Bay Scallops, Cream Poached Lobster 12 noon, on Jan. 23. Prince charming will be in attendance to
pizza buffet costs $5 and $10 cover. Call 380-3045 for details.    Tail and more. Call 380-6717 for details.            crown all the princesses. Cost is $15 per princess.

                  WEIGHT WATCHERS                                                                                                                     CHILD AND YOUTH ACTIVITIES
   Come and make your New Year’s resolution happen
in 2010 by attending weekly meetings on Thursdays, at
12 noon, Bldg. 317 (2nd Street and Avenue E). Signup
                                                                             At the Movies                                                 Middle School Activities
                                                                                                                                              Thursday — Photography Club, Torch Club and Cooking
                                                                                                                                           Club Marshmallow
and weigh-in start at 11:30 a.m. Public is free to check            Thursday, Jan. 21                  Sunday, Jan. 24                        Popcorn Balls, Brain Teasers
                                                                    7 p.m.   Closed (PG-13)            4 p.m.   The Princess and The          Friday — Valentine Love Bug Rock Painting, Kids Choice
out the meeting. More information: Call Christine at                                                            Frog (G)                   Computer Lab,
298-3438 or getfit@ww-Christine.com.                                Friday, Jan. 22                                                           Graph Art
                                                                                                     7 p.m.     Brothers (R)
                                                                    7 p.m.    The Princess and The                                            Monday — Claymation, Tissue Paper Bear, Word Search
                                                                                                     7 p.m.     Everybody’s Fine (PG-13)
                                                                              Frog (G)
               MILITARY CAREER EXPO                                 7 p.m. Everybody’s Fine (PG-13) Monday, Jan. 25
                                                                                                                                              Tuesday — Light Bulbs Computer Lab, Friendship Bags,
                                                                                                                                           Graph Art
   Military.com and NCOA will co-host a Military                    9:30 p.m. Brothers (R)           7 p.m. The Princess and The              Wednesday — Make your Own Calendar, Smart Girls and
Career Expo at Camp Pendleton’s South Mesa Club,                    9:30 p.m. The Blind Side (PG-13)        Frog (G)                       Passport to
located at 202850 San Jacinto Road, Camp Pendle-                    Saturday, Jan. 23                  7 p.m.   Brothers (R)                  Manhood, 4-H, Real Life Money Math
ton, California 92055, from 10 am to 2 pm, Feb. 16.                 7 p.m.    The Princess and The   Tuesday, Jan. 26                      Teen Activities
Military.com hosts the largest veteran job board in                           Frog (G)               7 p.m. Closed (PG-13)                    Friday — Teen Night- Rock Band
                                                                    7 p.m. Everybody’s Fine (PG-13)
the world while NCOA has been a leader in hosting                                                    Wednesday, Jan. 27
                                                                                                                                              Saturday — Teen Night- 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament
                                                                    9:30 p.m. Brothers (R)
military job fairs around the country.                              9:30 p.m. The Blind Side (PG-13) 7 p.m. Closed (PG-13)                 Hours of Operation:
                                                                                                                                              Middle School: M-F until 6 p.m.
                      COOKIE SALE                                   This schedule is subject to change at the last minute to accommodate
                                                                                                                                              Teen Center
                                                                                                                                              Friday — 6-11 p.m.
   The annual Girl Scout cookie sale will begin Jan.                changes in movies and free showings. ID cards are required from all       Saturday — 3:30-11 p.m.
24 and ends March 14. For more information, con-                    personnel not in uniform when purchasing movie tickets. For more
                                                                              information and movie updates, call 380-3490.                   Sundays and Holidays — Closed
tact Penny at 386-4717.                                                                                                                       More information: Kristin Morgan at 380-3732.
For more information go to www.irwin.army.mil
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                                                 Fort Irwin Community Calendar
  Thurs., Jan.21                          Tues., Feb. 2                                                   Tues., Feb. 16
     Weight Watchers                         African American Black                                           COR Certification Training by ALMC
     12 noon                                   History Celebration                                            All Day
     Bldg. 317                               11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.                                                MICC Bldg. 503
     Christine, 298-3438                     Sandy Basin Community Center                                     Ernest Hill, 380-8311
                                             EEO Office – 380-4961/7339
  Sat., Jan. 23
     Cocktails and the Catwalk            Sat., Feb. 6
     6 p.m.                                  UFC Night
     Reggie’s                                7 p.m.
     380-3227 0r 380-7144                    Shock Wave
  Sat., Jan. 23
     Princess Party
     12 noon
     Arts & Crafts
  Sat., Jan. 30
     Another Dying Breed rock band
     8 p.m.
     Shock Wave

                                            Check out these upcoming activities at Fort Irwin

                 MLK’s legacy deserves more than day off
                                                                                                         BY david W. KUHnS SR.                                       but vague phrases, but we don’t like to get down close
                                                                                                         Army News Service                                           and think about race and how it affects each of us.
                                                                                                                                                                         About a hundred years ago, leading American
                                                                                                             FORT LEWIS, Wash. — We Americans easily lose            historians developed a school of thought that said the
                                                                                                         touch with what our holidays are supposed to mean.          frontier was the primary source of all that was uniquely
                                                                                                             When Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the first of-           American. What they were really talking about was
                                                                                                         ficial Thanksgiving, it was a day for sober reflection in   the 250 years of ongoing warfare between expanding
                                                                                                         the midst of the most terrible of all our wars. Now, for    American settlement and the native peoples who were
                                                                                                         most of us, it is a celebration of gluttony and sloth.      already living on the land. That is 250 years spent in
                                                                                                             Memorial Day and Veterans Day were both                 racial conflict of the most brutal nature.
                                                                                                         proclaimed at times when deaths in combat and                   How we dealt with race in another way was the
                                                                                                         uniformed service touched most of the population.           greatest threat to the existence of our nation for its
                                                                                                         Now, despite a few parades and ceremonies, for most         first century, too. Slavery tore the country apart,
                                                                                                         Americans they are just days off from work.                 literally. But many Americans turn away from that
                                                                                                             Labor Day was created to commemorate the rise           reality. You can still find history teachers who say
                                                                                                         of the common man from under the heel of wealthy            that the Civil War wasn’t about slavery; it was about
                                                                                                         oppressors - a celebration of the legitimate influence      “state’s rights.”
                                                                                                         of organized labor. Now it just marks the last “official”
                                                                                                                                                                         Rights to do what? To hold humans in bondage
                                                                                                         weekend of summer.
                                                                                                                                                                     because of the color of their skin, that’s what.
                                                                                                             Martin Luther King’s birthday, the newest of our
                                                                                                                                                                         Everyone, from every race, tends to generalize and
                                                                                                         national holidays, seems to already be passing down
                                                                                                                                                                     label others - based on what they have been taught
                                                                                                         the same path to trivialization. That seems especially
                                                                                                                                                                     and based on what they have seen in their own nar-
                                                                                                                                                                     row experiences. It is only human to do so. But we
                                                                                                             Martin Luther King Jr. made Americans come to
                                                                                                         grips with how they felt about race and how all races       all need to keep an eye on our attitudes if we are to
                                                                                                         were treated in our country. His oratory was stirring,      make sure our actions don’t drift into habits we know
                                                                                                         his courage inspiring, but it was the self-examination      are wrong.
                                                                                                         he forced on all of us that was most important.                 That was the gift of Martin Luther King Jr., I
                                                                                                             Only by getting Americans to look inward                think - he made us look at ourselves. Sometimes we
                                                                                                         in that manner was he able to drive change.                 didn’t like what we saw, but the country ended up
                                                                                                         We are losing that valuable introspection.                  better for the process.
                                                                                                             King’s legacy strikes at the very roots of who we           Monday should be a time for the nation to pause
                                                                                                         are as Americans. Nothing has so profoundly affected        and take inventory, on a personal level, of how we
                                                                                                         how our nation developed as have the relationships          think about and treat those around us.
                                                          NAtIONAL ARChIvES ANd RECORdS AdMINIStRAtION
                                                                                                         between races. But we have always tried to avoid that           It shouldn’t just be another day off.
dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speaks to the crowd during the Civil Rights March on                          obvious fact.                                                   (David W. Kuhns Sr. serves as editor of the North-
Washington, aug. 28, 1963.                                                                                   We speak in analogies, we generalize, we use grand      west Guardian newspaper at Fort Lewis, Wash.)
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                                                                                                 Canadian, from page 1
Enlisted married Soldiers                                                                        Feb. 4-7, followed by the second training rotation.        the Canadians. We’re going to train and treat the
 can choose deployment                                                                           Two rotations, as NTC veterans can attest, should
                                                                                                 cover many training objectives for the Canadians.
                                                                                                                                                            Canadian brigade as good as, or better than our own,
                                                                                                                                                            and up to this point, clearly have exceeded that.”

     cycle preferences                                                                               “This is enabling them to train their forces to a
                                                                                                 high level and put it as close to their deployment as
                                                                                                                                                                The Canadian general said the support his Army
                                                                                                                                                            has received at the NTC and Fort Irwin has been
                                                                                                 possible, so they’re razor-sharp when they leave here,”    exceptional.
BY CaRoline KeYSeR                                deployment cycles will not deploy until a      Brig. Gen. Abrams said. “and ultimately, it will save          “Everybody that we have encountered here on
HDW Volunteer Writer                              currently deployed spouse returns.             lives because they’re able to train during a time period   post is willing to help us accomplish what we need
                                                      Although enlisted Soldiers may now         when they couldn’t train at home.”                         and that is – train the Task Force to get to Afghani-
   Enlisted married Army couples have a           submit preferences, there are no guar-             Hosting the training is a clear reaffirmation to the   stan,” Brig. Gen. Collin said. “Everybody is focused
new resource available to help coordinate         antees whether the Army will be able to        Canadian government, the Canadian armed forces, that       on that. And it’s not that they’re just doing their job,
their deployment cycles.                          honor them, Proano said. The changes to        we are equally committed to them as they are to us, said   they’re doing more than their job, and they’re going
   On Dec. 3, the Army’s Human Re-                MACP include a provision that allows the       Brig. Gen. Abrams.                                         the extra mile in order to help us. It is my sincere
sources Command implemented changes               first colonel in a Soldier’s chain of com-         “They have been committed with us side-by-side         appreciation for everything that is going on to help
to the Married Army Couples Program               mand to waive simultaneous deployment          in Afghanistan since the beginning,” Brig. Gen.            prepare Canadian Soldiers for Afghanistan.”
that allow enlisted couples to indicate a         cycle preference for mission support.          Abrams said. “Their Army has stood right next to               The training process here will be similar to what
preference for simultaneous or separate               HRC also raised the level of approval      us. They have a very small Army. They have invested        Canadian Soldiers see at their CMTC, since the
deployment cycles. Couples enrolled               needed to break joint domicile from a          and sacrificed as much blood and treasure as we            Canadian facility is actually modeled after the NTC,
in MACP can submit their preference               Soldier’s branch sergeant major to the         have sacrificed on the battlefield. Their number of        said Brig. Gen. Collin. The Canadian Army has even
through the Assignment Satisfaction Key           director of Enlisted Personnel Manage-         casualties, both wounded and killed in action, are         brought their own observer controller trainers (OCTs),
on the AKO portal.                                ment. Army policy states that married          pretty significant.”                                       who are the equivalent of American observer controllers
   “The changes will help give Soldiers a         Soldiers should be stationed within 50             Almost 30 years of ‘Training the Force’ at the         at the NTC.
better quality of life because they have some     miles of each other. Soldiers are still able   NTC and Fort Irwin contributes to the training of              The Canadians have fewer OCTs, so they have
say now,” said Carlos Proano, chief of Fort       to voluntarily break joint domicile by         the Canadian Task Force, said Brig. Gen. Abrams.           augmented their OCT teams with Canadian leader-
Irwin’s personnel actions branch.                 contacting their career branch in writing.     Fort Irwin and NTC capabilities such as medical            ship, said Maj. Clint Tracy, a U.S. Army officer who
   There is a three-month window for              More than 81 percent of Soldier couples        evacuations, medical treatment, logistics and sustain-     serves as an American exchange officer at the CMTC.
deployments of married Soldiers who               enrolled in MACP are currently serving         ment resources support the training mission.               Operations Group here is providing observer con-
are on simultaneous deployment cycles.            in joint domicile assignments.                     “It’s not just one thing,” Brig. Gen. Abrams said.     trollers as well. Both OCTs and OCs observe and
That means that the spouse of a Soldier               “HRC is doing this to reinforce the        “That’s what makes this place so great. It’s all the       analyze the visiting unit as it executes or reacts to
who deployed in January would deploy              fact that they really care about Soldiers,”    people who are here, who do this day in and day out,       training scenarios. The CMTC staff and Operations
by March, Proano said. Those on separate          Proano said.                                   that’s their mission. That’s what we bring to training                                See Canadian, page 18

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                                                                                                                                                                                                 ALISIA ChAvEz

Brig. Gen. Robert “abe” abrams, commanding general, National training center,and Fort irwin, front center-right, presents the Golden Hammer award to Sgt. 1st class
christopher Hammersky, Rail Section Liaison, 171st Movement control company, along with other 171st Movement control company’s Rail Section Soldiers.
                                                                  Earning the Golden Hammer Award

   171st MCC’s Rail Section reduces costs by $846K
BY 1St Lt. RicHaRd BaRKeR                      government, and saving money for the unit on         with planning and supervising the loading of            The reduction in railcars caused 1/3 ID to
916th Support Brigade                          January 12. These individuals always look for        this same equipment for return transportation       pay $2,928,896, creating a savings of $646,080
                                               ways to make 916th Support Brigade and Fort          to Fort Stewart, including an additional 89         in rail car costs. The reduction of one full train
    The Golden Hammer Award was presented      Irwin work better, cut costs, and get results.       pieces for a total of 937 pieces.                   also saved crew and operation an estimated cost
to 916th Support Brigade individuals who       The 171st Movement Control Company’s Rail                If the equipment was loaded to the same         of about $200,000 per train. This brought the
implemented cost effective techniques and/or   Section executed careful logistical planning to      standard it arrived, five trains and 332 railcars   total savings of 1/3 ID to about $846,080.
streamlined working procedures. The National   reduce the total amount of rail cars needed to       would have been required to transport the               In a period of one week, 16 NTC Soldiers
Training Center and Fort Irwin’s command-      move equipment, effectively reducing trans-          equipment back. The total transportation bill       saved the government $846,080, simply by
ing general, Brig. Gen. Robert “Abe” Abrams,   portation cost by $846,080.                          for 332 railcars would have been $3,574,976 at      taking the time to plan and think before mov-
presented the Golden Hammer Award to Sgt.          1st Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, from         the contracted rate of $10,768 per railcar.         ing into action. Any unit, if taken the time to
1st Class Christopher Hammersky and 15         Fort Stewart, arrived at Fort Irwin with five            The execution of skilled logistics planning     plan, can find solutions that will save money
Soldiers who exemplified their achievements    trains consisting of 300 railcars carrying a total   on behalf of the MCC Rail Section reduced the       for the units, other units, and above all the
in government problem-solving, streamlining    of 848 pieces of equipment. MCC was tasked           requirement to 4 trains and 272 railcars.           government.

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                                                   Ceremony honors Soldiers,civilians
                                                                            Guardian award recipients acknowledged
   STORY AND PHOTOS BY GuSTAvO BAHeNA                                                                                                              Physical Security at the Directorate of Emergency Services, for
   HDW Staff Writer                                                                                                                                having been named 2009 Employee of the Year (category one
                                                                                                                                                   for non-supervisory employees in the GS-9 through GS-14 pay
       Several dozen civilian employees and two Soldiers of the Fort                                                                               grade) and; Laurie Love, chief of Military Personnel Division at
   Irwin U.S. Army Garrison received recognition for their service                                                                                 Directorate of Human Resources for having been named 2009
   at an awards ceremony at Sandy Basin Community Center,                                                                                          Employee of the Year (category three for supervisory employees
   Jan. 13.                                                                                                                                        in the GS-11 through GS-14 pay grade).
       The commander and command sergeant major for Fort Irwin                                                                                         Employees of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation who
   U.S. Army Garrison, Col. Jim Chevallier and Command Sgt.                                                                                        received Length of Service awards included: Trina Young, five
   Maj. Mark Harvey, presented various length of service awards and                                                                                years; Ranette Reveles, five years; Anna Anaya, five years; Patsy
   certificates of appreciation to individuals. They also bestowed five                                                                            Tait, five years; Daisy Fleener, five years; Donna Dixon, five
   2009 Guardian Awards to two Soldiers and three Department                                                                                       years; Vetonia Stanley, five years; Stacey Korves, 10 years; Angela
   of Army employees.                                                                                                                              Quixchan, 10 years; Sherryl Black, 10 years; Janet Lambert, 10
       Col. Chevallier said that the Fort Irwin Garrison, as an organi-                                                                            years; Puchi Zuchowski, 10 years; Manuel Silvia, 15 years; Barry
   zation, accomplishes two fundamental things: it provides services                                                                               Pinsky, 20 years, and; Silvia Berglund, 20 years.
   that allow the National Training Center to accomplish its mission                                                                                   At Directorate of Resource Management, three employees
   of training military units, and it offers services that provide a safe                                                                          received Length of Service awards. They were: Lohmi Perez,
   and secure home for Soldiers and their families in an Army that                                                                                 five years; Dreen Dennis, 10 years, and; Kathleen Borruel for
   is entering a ninth year of continuous combat operations.                                                                                       20 years.
       “To accomplish these two critical functions… requires lots                                                                                       Directorate of Logistics employees receiving Length of
   of resources,” Col. Chevallier said. “But most importantly, it                                                                                  Service awards that days were: Jennifer Jackson, five years; Junn
   requires people, because services don’t deliver services – people                                                                               Novicio, five years; Jessica Adkisson, five years; Mario Marrero,
   deliver services.”                                                        Col. Jim Chevallier, commander, Fort Irwin u.S. Army                  five years; Gerald Dombirgue, 10 years; Lori Travnick, 10 years;
       One of those persons being recognized that day with a 2009            Garrison, greets Donovan Hale, 6, during an awards                    Juan Perez, 10 years; Charles Willyard, 10 years; Juan Alvarez,
   Guardian Award was Sgt. Enrique Villareal, a military policeman           ceremony at Sandy Basin Community Center. Dono-                       15 years; Helen Simmond, 15 years; David Wellman, 15 years;
   with the Fort Irwin Military Police Company. He was granted               van’s mother, veronica Hale (center), had just a re-                  Trudy Monson, 20 years; Stephanie Jeffrey, 25 years; William
   the accolade for exceptional meritorious achievement during a             ceived a 2009 Guardian award for her work as an at-                   Fraser, 25 years; Victoria Wagstaffe, 25 years; Ross Sinclair, 25
   Soldier of the Year board, which led to his selection as Garrison         torney at Directorate of Staff Judge Advocate.                        years; Joan Wilson, 30 years; Patrick Hagerty, 30 years, and;
   Soldier of the Year for fiscal year 2009.                                 was stationed here as well. Her husband, Darrell and two sons,        Ronald Elliot, 35 years.
       Veronica Hale, a contract and fiscal law attorney with Direc-         Darrel Jr., 11, and Donovan, 6, attended the ceremony and joined          The following people from their respective directorates re-
   torate of Staff Judge Advocate, received the 2009 Guardian Award          her on stage while she was being presented the award.                 ceived Length of Service awards as well: Kelsey Hustead of Public
   for having been named 2009 Employee of the Year (category two                “She spent nine years in the Army, and she loves the Army          Affairs for five years of service; Nadia Figueroa from the Office of
   for non-supervisory employees in the GS-9 through GS-14 pay               so much that she continued to work for them,” Mr. Hale said           the Garrison Commander for five years, and; Wayne Taylor from
   grade). Her award citation indicated her leadership and dedication        about his wife’s dedication. “She is still working for the country,   the Office of the Garrison Commander, for 30 years.
   to achieving results are indicative of here drive for excellence.         but in a different capacity.”                                             Steven Hailey and Maribel Garcia-Yili, both with Directorate
       “It feels awesome,” Mrs. Hale said about having been recog-              Also receiving 2009 Guardian Awards that day were: Sgt.            of Human Resources, received Length of Service awards for 10
   nized in front of her peers.                                              Matthew Squires, noncommissioned officer in charge of the             and 15 years, respectively.
       Mrs. Hale has been instrumental with supporting the contract-         Absent Without Leave Apprehension section with the Provost                Equal Employment Opportunity employees, Rebecca Burger
   ing command on post with legal matters concerning contracts for           Marshall Office, for having achieved the distinction of Garrison      and Monique Jennings, received Certificates of Appreciation for
   services on post. She previously served in the Army as a major and        NCO of the Year for fiscal year 2009; Christopher Queen, with         their service.

   Fifteen employees with Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation receive their length of service awards at an awards ceremony held at Sandy Basin Com-
   munity Center. The length of Federal service for this group ranged from five years to 20 years.

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veronica Hale, contract and fiscal law     Trudy Monson, with supply at Director-
attorney at Directorate of Staff Judge     ate of Logistics, is congratulated by Col.
Advocate, receives her 2009 Guardian       Jim Chevallier as she receives her award,
Award from Col. Jim Chevallier, the com-   recognizing her 20 years of service with
mander, Fort Irwin u.S. Army Garrison.     the Federal government.
                                                                                        Puchi Zuchowski, an employee with Di-      Dree Dennis is all smiles while she
                                                                                        rectorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and   receives her 5-year Length of Ser-
                                           Col. Jim Chevallier attaches an Army         Recreation, shakes hands with Col. Jim     vice award from Col. Jim Chevallier,
                                           Commendation Medal on Sgt. Matthew           Chevallier during an awards ceremony       commander, Fort Irwin u.S. Army
                                           Squires, noncommissioned officer-in-         where she was presented a Length of        Garrison.
                                           charge of the Absent Without Leave           Service award for 10 years of service.
                                           Apprehension section with the Provost
                                           Marshall Office, for having achieved the
                                           distinction of Garrison NCO of the Year
                                           for fiscal year 2009. In addition to the
                                           ARCOM, Sgt. Squires received a 2009
                                           Guardian Award.

                                                                                   (Center) Sgt. enrique villareal, a military policeman with the Fort Irwin Military
                                                                                   Police Company, receives the 2009 Guardian Award and Army Commendation
Civilian employees and Soldiers of the National Training Center and Fort Irwin at- Medal for achieving the title Soldier of the Year for fiscal year 2009 at Fort Ir-
tend Fort Irwin u.S. Army Garrison awards ceremony at Sandy Basin Community win u.S. Army Garrison. By his side is wife, Ashley, and daughter Kaylie, who is
Center on post.                                                                    3 months old.

Ten employees with Directorate of Logistics receive their length of service awards. The length of Federal service for this group ranged from 15 years to 35 years.

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   January 21,

    “There is no greater honor than leading Soldiers”
            End of year induction ceremony brings on board 142 sergeants to Army’s noncommissioned officer corps
StoRY and PHotoS BY GUStavo BaHena                                                                                                         Armored Cavalry Regiment, said it was a good feeling to have
HDW Staff Writer                                                                                                                           been part of the ceremony. He added that the ceremony allows
                                                                                                                                           sergeants to receive a “briefing” of what is expected of them.
    By raising their hands and reciting the creed of the noncom-                                                                               “The induction ceremony is very good for that,” Sgt. Daken
missioned officer, 142 sergeants at Fort Irwin and the National                                                                            said. “It lets us know how big of a responsibility we have,” Sgt.
Training Center were ceremonially inducted as NCO’s on Dec.                                                                                Daken said. “Leadership is about taking care of Soldiers. If
15, 2009.                                                                                                                                  you take care of the Soldiers, they’re going to take care of the
    The ceremony held at Ingall’s Recreation Center was attended                                                                           mission.”
by Fort Irwin and National Training Center Commander Brig.                                                                                     Noncommissioned officers are charged as keepers of stan-
Gen. Robert “Abe” Abrams and presided over by the post’s top                                                                               dards, said Command Sgt. Maj. Martinez. Enforcing standards
NCO, Command Sgt. Maj. Victor Martinez.                                                                                                    is critical to developing Soldiers, and in combat, adhering to
    During his address to the audience that included fellow Sol-                                                                           the standards assists in accomplishing the mission and can ulti-
diers and Family of the inducted NCO’s, Command Sgt. Maj.                                                                                  mately save lives. He concluded with the following statement:
Martinez stressed the importance of the role that the NCO’s                                                                                    “There is no greater honor than leading Soldiers, and as
would have with their Soldiers. He said that as NCO’s they                                                                                 you lead Soldiers that is something that I guarantee you will
would have a life-long impact on the Soldiers they oversee.                                                                                be proud about and that you will remember for the rest of your
    “As sergeants, you are without a doubt in the best position                                                                            lives. I congratulate you for being inducted in today’s ceremony.
to make a significant difference in your Soldiers’ lives…it is the                                                                         Train the Force.”
first line leaders who know the Soldiers and should know what’s
going on in their lives,” Command Sgt. Maj. Martinez said. “I
am confident that each of you can and will leave an indelible
mark on them.”
    The NCO induction ceremony for new sergeants is similar
to a rite a passage. It serves as a celebration of the recently pro-
moted who are joining the ranks of a professional noncommis-
sioned officer corps. Noncommissioned officers are considered
the backbone of the United States Army, which is a modern,
all-volunteer force. The ceremonial event recognizes the impor-
tance of the NCO corps to the success of the Army. The event
also serves to honor the memory of men and women of the
NCO corps who have served with pride and distinction. Most             Fort Irwin and national training Center Command
ceremonies, such as the one held at Ingall’s, showcase sergeants       Sgt. Maj. victor Martinez speaks during a noncom-
wearing uniforms of past military eras. Today’s sergeants build        missioned officer induction ceremony at Fort Irwin on
upon the groundwork laid by past NCO’s.                                dec. 15, 2009. He spoke to 142 nCo’s and an audience
    “As noncommissioned officers you not only form the founda-         of Family and Soldiers in attendance for the rite of
                                                                       passage for the new sergeants. He told the sergeants:               Staff Sgt. Franklyn taveras, assistant scout platoon
tion of our Army, but you also carry on your shoulders a large
                                                                       “I want to challenge each of you to strive to be excep-             trainer, operations Group’s Cobra team, leads the
measure of the burden for developing tomorrow’s NCO corps,”            tional, because in the pursuit of excellence there is no            recital of the creed of the noncommissioned officer
Command Sgt. Maj. Martinez told the new NCO’s at the cer-              finish line.”                                                       during an nCo induction ceremony at Fort Irwin on
emony. “That is a heavy and sobering responsibility, especially                                                                            dec. 15, 2009. the creed begins with “no one is more
in this war-time environment, but is one that you must willingly           “I made it my utmost priority to lead Soldiers and placed all   professional than I. I am a noncommissioned officer, a
accept and successfully follow through.”                               my effort into earning the right to be called a noncommissioned     leader of Soldiers.” that day, 142 sergeants recited out
    Sgt. Angela Jackson, a medic at the Regimental Aid Station at      officer,” Sgt. Jackson said. “The professionalism and expert care   load and in unison the creed that is published by the
Regimental Headquarters and Headquarters Troop under 11th Ar-          my Soldiers deliver depend heavily upon my ability to lead.         army in field manual 7-22.6 and department of the
mored Cavalry Regiment, understands that she is responsible for en-    Furthermore, I ensure that they know what is expected of them       army pamphlet 600-25.
suring the well being and training of her Soldiers. She was promoted   and keep them informed at all times.”
to sergeant in May 2009 and currently supervises five Soldiers.            Sgt. Tracy Daken, a legal NCO with 2nd Squadron, 11th

                                                                                                                                           Sgt. angela Jackson, a medic at the Regimental aid Sta-
                                                                                                                                           tion at Regimental Headquarters and Headquarters
                                                                                                                                           troop under 11th armored Cavalry Regiment, is con-
                                                                                                                                           gratulated by Fort Irwin and national training Center
Sgt. Luis Maciel, a cavalry scout who served with K troop in 2nd Squadron, 11th armored Cavalry Regiment,                                  Command Sgt. Maj. victor Martinez. She had just re-
walks past an audience of noncommissioned officers to receive his certificate during an nCo induction ceremo-                              ceived a certificate during a noncommissioned officer
ny at Fort Irwin on dec. 15, 2009.                                                                                                         induction ceremony at Fort Irwin on dec. 15, 2009.
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            ‘Real Warrior’ describes post-traumatic stress
StoRY and PHoto BY elaine WilSon                                           to talk to the VA, talk to them." Her first sergeant admitted he,         This initiative, launched by the Defense Centers of Excel-
American Forces Press Service                                              too, was seeking help for post-traumatic stress and told Krause       lence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury,
                                                                           it was the best decision he ever made.                                features stories of servicemembers who have sought treatment
    WASHINGTON -- When Staff Sgt. Megan Krause returned                        "His words were ringing in my head that scary night as I rolled   and continue to maintain successful military or civilian careers,
home from a deployment in Iraq in 2006, she thought the                    over [in bed] and called [the VA] for help," she said. "I knew I      according to the campaign's Web site. These efforts are aimed
scariest moments of her life were over.                                    couldn't keep going down the path I had chosen." Two "battle          at combating the stigma associated with seeking psychological
    At her homecoming, "I ran to my mother in that hangar;                 buddies" showed up at 3 a.m. to drive her to the hospital.            health care and treatment.
we both cried tears of joy," said Krause, now an Army Reserve                  Through the VA, Krause found the help she needed and, de-             Krause appears in several public service announcements
medic attached to a combat engineering unit in Pennsylvania.               spite her initial embarrassment, "I discovered there was no shame     on the campaign's site at realwarriors.net. The response to her
"I told her it was over and I was fine."                                   in admitting that I was in trouble and needed help," she said.        coming forth with her story has been amazing, she said.
    "Boy, was I wrong."                                                        "In fact, I earned more respect for seeking help and facing           A short time ago, Krause said she received a late-night call
    Krause later found herself waging a terrifying war with                                                                                      from a college friend, also a veteran, who had seen her PSA.
post-traumatic stress disorder. She described the battle and her                                                                                     He "was driving his Mustang down the back roads of Penn-
road to recovery here today during the Real Warriors Campaign                                                                                    sylvania at 70 mph, drunk, willing himself to turn into a tree,"
session at the 2010 Suicide Prevention Conference sponsored                                                                                      she said, fighting back tears.
by the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs.                                                                                                  Her friend was the same "battle buddy" who had driven her to
    Krause said she hit rock bottom while a student at Penn State                                                                                the hospital a year prior, "and now he needed a return favor."
University about two years after her deployment.                                                                                                     He asked her to tell him her story and she poured forth
    "It was when I found myself face down in the mud pit, in                                                                                     every detail -- the sleepless nights, drinking, terror, stress and
the middle of a pigpen in State College, Pa., running from the                                                                                   that "moment of clarity, all the while begging him to pull over
insurgents that I thought were chasing me, that I realized I had                                                                                 to the side of the road."
not yet survived," Krause said. "I might not have been having                                                                                        He did pull over and, like Krause, sought help for his post-
suicidal ideations, but I was well on my way to killing myself."                                                                                 traumatic stress.
    Krause said she drank a bottle of red wine every night just                                                                                      "He said, 'Promise me you will keep doing what you're doing
to get to sleep.                                                                                                                                 because there are people out there who need to hear it,'" she said.
    "It's scary because you know you party harder than the                 Jill Herzog, of the defense centers of excellence for Psy-                Krause encouraged conference attendees to use the Real War-
average college kid and then get behind the wheel of your                  chological Health and traumatic Brain injury, comforts                riors site, which includes links to resources, a live chat room, and
car because you just don't care anymore," she said. "It's scary            Staff Sgt. Megan Krause after her speech about her battle             information about the Defense Centers of Excellence Outreach
because you know you're not going to class or work and you're              with post-traumatic stress disorder. Krause spoke during              Center, a 24/7 call center staffed by health resource consultants.
throwing your life away."                                                  the 2010 Suicide Prevention conference sponsored by                   The Outreach Center can be reached toll-free at 866-966-1020
                                                                           the department of defense and the department of Vet-
    "And you don't know how to stop the cycle."                                                                                                  or via e-mail at resources@dcoeoutreach.org.
                                                                           erans affairs in Washington, d.c., Jan. 11, 2010.
    Her nights, she said, were filled with nightmares of explosions                                                                                  Krause said coming forth takes courage, but it's well worth
and friends she couldn't save in time.                                     my problems head on than I ever had while failing to be the           the effort.
    "I didn't want to die, but I wasn't leaving myself with many           [noncommissioned officer] I wanted to be."                                "Our stories need to be shared with anyone who has struggled
other options - until I asked for help," she said.                            Wanting to help others waging similar psychological battles,       or may struggle in the future, so they too can win this terrifying
    Help came in abundance, she said. "My [Reserve] unit                   Krause volunteered to share her story through the Real War-           battle," she said.
wanted nothing more than to help me. They encouraged me                    riors Campaign.                                                           "I'm winning the battle with PTSD and you can too."

                                                       Soldiers see through walls
BY MattHeW HicKMan                                     John Cua, Communications-Electronics Research,
U.S. Army Research, Development and Engi-              Development and Engineering Center, Fort Mon-
neering Command                                        mouth, N.J. “They have an extra piece of informa-
                                                       tion to use in room clearance missions that would
     SAN ANTONIO — Entering a building and             help them make the right decision.”
clearing rooms may become much safer for Soldiers          The technology has been in continuous devel-
                                                       opment for 10 years, but the device has entered into
in combat as Army scientists continue to develop
                                                       a bidding process and Cua said testing continues
Sense-Through-the-Wall technology to increase
                                                       to go well.
situational awareness.
                                                           “We have contacted Battle Labs at Fort Ben-
     Research, Development and Engineering Com-
                                                       ning, Georgia. We gave them this equipment and
mand technicians demonstrated Sense-Through-
                                                       asked them how they could integrate this technol-
the-Wall radar imaging and many other high-tech
                                                       ogy into their strategies,” he said.
gadgets at the Army Strong Zone outside the
                                                           Although the bidding process has started,
Alamodome during the buildup to the 2010 All-          RDECOM continues to make improvements to
American Bowl Jan. 9.                                  the device, and Cua said Soldiers shouldn’t treat it
     The Army Strong Zone gave visitors a glimpse      like a silver bullet.
of career opportunities and futuristic Army equip-         “The Soldiers obviously want an increased
ment and vehicles.                                     range and we’re definitely trying to get the equip-
     The radar imaging device emits an electro-        ment lighter,” he said. “We don’t want to burden
magnetic wave that penetrates physical barriers.       the Soldiers with a piece of heavy equipment that
The wave records Doppler movements and sends           replaces another piece of equipment that could
information to the receiver antenna. The imager        save lives.”
then displays the range and general direction of           The device is user friendly and it takes less
all targets for the Soldier.                           than two days of new equipment training before
     Officials said the technology may be useful in    Soldiers become effective at using the technology.
urban areas where many of today’s battles occur.       The graphic user interface is easy to read, and Cua
                                                                                                                                                                                                            TOM FAuLKNER
Building clearing procedures take a priority in city   said the feedback has been very positive.
streets and back alleys. A device that would allow         “Soldiers would love to have this capability       anthony naia, from the communications-electronics Research, development and
Soldiers to recon a house and determine enemy          at hand,” he said. “If it’s something that would       engineering center, demonstrates how to use Sense-through-the-Wall technology
locations would certainly save lives.                  help save their own lives and others then they’re      to Secretary of the army John M. McHugh (right) and Research, development and
     “This is giving Soldiers more awareness,” said    definitely welcoming it.”                              engineering command commander Maj. Gen. nickolas G. Justice.
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Canadian, from page 8
Group staff have been integrated across OCT teams        to different circumstances, the Canadian general             The Canadian Task Force is comprised of ap-
                                                                                                                                                                                News Brief
in a partnership for these rotations.                    said.                                                    proximately 3,700 Soldiers, from which 3,000 will
    “The role of an observer controller is to provide        The Canadians are also emphasizing training on       deploy to the Kandahar province of Afghanistan,
                                                                                                                                                                                FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL
feedback to [the training unit] that is unbiased and     counter-insurgency scenarios to prepare them for         said Brig. Gen. Collin. The Task Force is made up            On May 15, from 3 to 10 p.m.
allows them to have an observation of their opera-       what they will be exposed to in Afghanistan, said        of three groups that will go out and conduct opera-
tions that is unbiased,” Maj. Tracy said.                Brig. Gen. Collin. Included in the counter-insur-                                                                  Fort Irwin will host its first Fort
                                                                                                                  tions. The Battle Group is battalion-reinforced to
    It truly is a cooperative venture between Cana-      gency importance is the cultural awareness aspect                                                                  Irwin Food and Wine Festival.
                                                                                                                  conduct combat operations in assisting with hu-
dian OCTs and OCs from the NTC to the point              that the NTC provides, because of role players and
                                                                                                                  manitarian operations. The Mentoring and Liaison          The theme for the inaugural event
where both groups will debrief on observations and       the replication of the Afghan theater.                                                                             is “Tastes, Sights & Sounds of the
                                                                                                                  Teams Group will focus on training the Afghan
lessons learned, said Brig. Gen. Collin.                     “You have villages in the desert in the maneuver
    “Either one of them will engage with the chain       areas that are very representative of what these guys    National Army and Afghan National Police. A third         World.” The festival will feature
of command and offer recommendations,” Brig.             will see in Afghanistan,” Maj. Tracy said. “There are    group is the Provincial Reconstruction Team, which        fine cuisine, wine, entertainment,
Gen. Collin said. “It’s becoming almost seamless. I      narrow streets, low hanging wires, people moving         will concentrate on redevelopment work.
                                                                                                                                                                            merchandise vendors and art from
know that the blending is happening and that the         around, and vendors. There’s a populace that is              “But of course they can’t do it alone,” Brig.
                                                                                                                  Gen. Collin said. “There are a number of tactical
                                                                                                                                                                            local and regional areas. There is
cross-pollination and exchange of ideas is happen-       maybe not necessarily interested or disinterested,
ing between those two organizations. It’s working        but they’re there and it’s something that Soldiers       enablers such as engineers, electronic warfare, etc.      a need for interested entertainers,
very well.”                                              have to learn to deal with. So, from that perspective,   Then there is a very robust medical organization as       food, beverages and merchandise
    NTC and Fort Irwin is supporting everything          there are few places where you can get that type of      part of the Task Force. There’s also a robust National    vendors in all parts of California
the Canadians want to do during the rotation, said       realism in your training.”                               Support Element to look after all the logistics and
Brig. Gen. Abrams.                                           The staff and agencies at the NTC provide a level
                                                                                                                                                                            to display and sell their best work
                                                                                                                  administrative considerations.”
    “It’s very much a Canadian driven exercise on        of expertise that can’t be found elsewhere, said Maj.                                                              to enhance the event. The festival
                                                                                                                      Canada’s role in Afghanistan begun in 2002
top of our architecture,” Brig. Gen. Abrams said.        Tracy. The Army Center of Excellence, the Joint
                                                                                                                  with a more kinetic function focused on combat            needs vendors that have a unique
“It’s a testament to the professionalism of all our      Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization,                                                                   item or cuisine which reflect one
                                                                                                                  operations, said Brig. Gen. Collin. The initial fight
teams here at the National Training Center because       and Operations Group staff are able to provide vari-
everybody has put their ego aside, everybody has         ous training opportunities such as training on the
                                                                                                                  involved lethal fire in order to close with and destroy   of the following world regions:
put their own personal opinions and desires aside,       latest tactics, techniques and procedures; counter       the enemy.                                                America, Canada, Asia, the Pacific
and we’re doing everything we can to support the         IED operations; key leadership engagements, and;             “That still occurs when and if required, but we
                                                                                                                                                                            & Polynesian, Islands, Europe and
Canadians to achieve their training objectives.”         dealing and integrating with host nation security        have evolved beyond that to more of a focus on all of
                                                                                                                  the other aspects of counter-insurgency as well, and      the Mediterranean, Latin America,
    Training objectives include spending time on         forces. The training helps them with their real-world
basic Soldier skills, said Brig. Gen. Collin. If basic   mission of development of the Afghan National            that is everything from nation-building to humani-        Caribbean, and Africa. For more
Soldier skills are good, then Soldiers can adapt         Security Forces and on reconstruction.                   tarian aid and the like,” Brig. Gen. Collin said.         information, call 380-7144.

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                                                                                   New law signed by President

Spouse can claim same home state as service member
BY C. Todd LoPeZ                                             First, it simplifies paperwork. In the past,      pay state income tax. The new act would allow          state where a spouse maintains domiciliary status
Army News Service                                        spouses would have to re-establish residency in       military spouses who have been present in one of       under the new act requires civilian residents to
                                                         whatever state they moved to as part of a PCS.        those states — and established domiciliary status      pay state income tax, then they must as well. This
    WASHINGTON — New legislation, signed                 They had to pay income tax to that state if they      there — to maintain that status along with their       includes those states where the requirement to pay
by the president in November, allows military            worked, register their vehicle there, and get a       servicemember spouse, and to then also not pay         state income tax by a servicemember changes if
spouses to establish a permanent residence and           driver’s license there. Additionally, if their ser-   state income tax.                                      a servicemember doesn’t actually live in the state
carry it with them though each change of sta-            vicemember maintained permanent domiciliary               What the act does not allow, however, is for       while serving. The MSRAA, a federal law, does
tion.                                                    status in another state, the two might have to file   a spouse to “pick” a state where they can claim        not convey to civilian spouses the benefits ex-
    The Military Spouses Residency Relief Act            state income taxes separately.                        domiciliary status. Establishing domiciliary status    tended to servicemembers by individual states.
enables military spouses to do what their service-           “It allows them to establish a domicile, and      in a state, in nearly every case, requires that the        The MSRRA amendment applies retroac-
members have long been able to do — claim and            carry it with them, every time they PCS, and not      spouse has lived in the state.                         tively to tax year 2009. This means that for some
maintain residency in one home state, pay income         do what you hear a lot of: where the servicemem-          “You cannot pick,” Benzinger. “You have to         spouses — those that can show they met the
taxes only to that state, and vote as a resident of      ber stays a resident of Texas his whole career, and   synch up, by physical presence and intent to           requirements for domiciliary status for a state they
that state, for the duration of their military career,   she (the spouse) has to be a domiciliary of every     remain.”                                               did not live in during 2009 — those spouses may
without regard to where they are stationed.              place the servicemember is stationed,” Benzinger          Being able to adequately defend a claim of         be able to get back tax withholdings from the state
    “The purpose was to allow the spouse to main-        said. “That’s what happened before this. You could    residency of one state — especially if doing so to     where they lived and worked.
tain the same domicile as the servicemember,” said       never have a constant domicile. You had to be a       avoid paying income taxes in the state where a             The MSRRA is relatively new, and many states
Mary M. Benzinger, senior attorney, Pentagon             resident of whatever state you were living in.”       spouse is currently living and working — might         have yet to figure out how to deal with military
Army and Air Force Legal Assistance Office.                  Second, in many cases, military members have      require more than prior residence. It could also       spouse taxpayers who may want refunds, Benz-
    The benefit of having both husband and wife          opted to continue to maintain domiciliary status      require, among other things, showing intent to         inger said. Additionally, she said while states have
be able to establish and maintain domiciliary            in one of the states that do not have state income    return there, land ownership, driver’s licenses, car   in the past been relatively forgiving when con-
status in the same state — and carry that status         tax: Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota,           registration or having voted there.                    sidering for tax purposes the claims of non-state
wherever they go as a result of military PCS — is        Texas, Washington, Wyoming, New Hampshire                 Additionally, the act does not mean military       residence by uniformed servicemembers, they
two-fold.                                                and Tennessee. Those servicemembers do not            spouses do not need to pay state income tax. If the    might not be so forgiving of civilian spouses.

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