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the Cannoneer VOLUME 51 NUMBER 4 Published for the Fort Sill Oklahoma community January 31, 2013 Inside Chem warfare Page 2A Foreign artillery Page 3A Museum move Page 4A News briefs Water restriction Fort Sill is under Level 3 water restrictions. That means no outside watering except on Wednesdays and Saturdays between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Conserve water whenever possible. Water restrictions for post are determined by the levels of Lake Lawtonka, Lake Ellsworth and Waurika Lake, which serve as reservoirs for Lawton. Combatives open The Fort Sill Fighthouse is now open and ready for training. It’s located at 1503 Bateman Road.To schedule unit combatives, call 442-8056. Tax center open The Fort Sill Installation Tax Assistance Center is open Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the fourth floor of Building 4700, the Welcome Center. Federal and state returns are prepared and e-filed for free. For more information, call 442-6445. Estate claims Anyone with debts owed to or by the estate of Pfc. Jamar Mitchell must contact Capt. David Zerzycki, the Summary Court Martial Officer for the Soldier. Mitchell died Jan. 20. Call Zerzycki at 580-442-6912 or email david.t.zerzycki. RACH clinic moves The Orthopedic/Podiatry/ Brace Shop clinics will close Feb. 14 to move to their newly renovated clinical area. These clinics will reopen Feb. 19 and resume normal hours. GI Bill benefits NCOs who were considered by the fiscal 2013 CSM/SGM or SFC Qualitative Service Program (QSP) boards convened in October and November (to be released in the next month) who are going to transfer Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits to family, need to do so before the QSP list is approved today. Call the Truman Education Center for more information at 442-6009. The act of transferring the benefit comes with an active duty service obligation. After today, by law, those who are identified to retire through QSP can’t begin a transfer to family See BRIEFS, Page 2A Fort Sill Culinary Arts Team manager Spc. Adam Hermann (right), 31st Air Defense Artillery Brigade, demonstrates how to flambé potatoes to Pfc. Robert Taylor Jan. 24, at the Staff Sgt. Juan Garcia Dining Facility here. Team Sill consists of food service Soldiers from 75th and 214th Fires Brigades and 31st ADA Brigade. Artistic chefs prep for Army competition Story, photo By Staff Sgt. Timothy Hughes 75th Fires Brigade PAO The Fort Sill Culinary Arts Team conducted its first week of training Jan. 22-25 at the Staff Sgt. Juan Garcia Dinning Facility. They are preparing for the 38th Annual U.S. Army Culinary Arts Competition at Fort Lee,Va., in March. The competition dates back to 1973, and is now the largest of its kind in North America, according to Warrant Officer Arnetra Hughes, 75th Fires Brigade food service technician and Fort Sill Culinary Arts Program manager. Team Sill consists of food service specialists from the 75th Fires Brigade, 31st Air Defense Artillery Brigade and 214th Fires Brigade, Story, photos By Jeff Crawley Fort Sill recognized its noncommissioned officer, Soldier and drill sergeant of the year during a ceremony Jan. 25 at the Patriot Club. Hundreds of fellow Soldiers, civilians, families and friends packed the club to honor Staff Sgt. Matthew Seelig, Sgt. Spencer Black and Drill Sergeant (Staff Sgt.) Victor Marquez. Keynote speaker Command Sgt. Maj. Jerome Wiggins, Air Defense Artillery Regimental CSM, said the three honorees defined excellence. “They believed no matter how common the task, it sould be done uncommonly well,” Wiggins said. “They did not believe in the bare minimum, they chose to follow the path of excellence.” Such a choice is sometimes hard, but always wise, said the CSM. “After all, the path to excellence is never crowded.” Wiggins also said the Soldiers never would have reached the pinnacle without the support of their spouses, families and friends. Fort Sill honored its drill sergeant, noncommissioned officer, and Soldier of the year during a ceremony Jan. 25 Ceremony host Col. Donald at the Patriot Club. Recognized were SoY Sgt. Spencer Black, who competed when he was a specialist; NCOY Fryc, ADA School commandant Staff Sgt. Matthew Seelig, who was represented by his wife, Bethany; and DSoY Staff Sgt. Victor Marquez. and chief of ADA, had the three CSMs from the honorees’brigades MOS. Competing as a specialist, 2009, attending BCT at Fort have been one of the best things I (434th Field Artillery, 31st ADA Black was selected as FCoE Jackson, S.C. At Advanced did in my military career.” and 75th Fires) stand up. Originally from Juarez, Mexico, Soldier of the fourth quarter. Individual Training in September “Thanks so much for enduing a “It’s a high honor. It’s a once-in- 2010, he was the honor graduate in Marquez came to El Paso,Texas, in culture of competition and win- a-lifetime opportunity,”said Black, 1990, where his dad took an elecning spirit in your formations,” on being selected as Soldier of the the 13M course. trical engineering job. Marquez Drill sergeant Fryc said to the leaders.“I appreci- Year. was then 8 and didn’t speak ate you passing on that legacy of Marquez, 30, won the grueling English, but the public schools had Black’s supervisor, Staff Sgt. greatness that was obviously put Frank Borba, 3-13th FA task force 434th FA drill sergeant of the year a good English as a Second into you.” section chief, described him as an competition in April, and went on Language program, he said. Fryc said the young Soldiers outstanding Soldier. Marquez was introduced by 1st to compete in the Training and who were recognized are inspiraSgt. Hector Hernandez, 2nd Doctrine Command DSoY compe“As a young specialist he had tional leaders to everyone. Battalion, 2nd FA. Hernandez was motivation and natural drive,” tition in June. Soldier “It’s been a privilege and an his drill sergeant in BCT here in Borba said. “He really did want to Black, 23, HHB, 3-13th Field be the best in everything that he honor to be the drill sergeant of 2004, and later his platoon serthe year,” Marquez said, reflecting geant at Fort Bliss, where he saw Artillery, holds a Multiple Launch did.” See AWARDS, Page 2A Black joined the Army in April back. “Being a drill sergeant will Rocket System Crewmember Index Contacts (580) 442-5150 (580) 357-9545 executive chef for a company called K.C. Hopps, which is in Kansas City, Mo.” Team Sill is preparing for the prestigious competitive event with a monthlong training program. “We will work on basic cuts [of different food items] and how to make different sauces during the first week of training,” said team See ARTS, Page 3A Ceremony honors Fort Sill’s top enlisted members Phone: Advertising: said Hughes.The food service specialists have various culinary arts backgrounds. Team captain Spc. Adam Hermann, 31st ADA Brigade, has 13 years of experience in the culinary field as a civilian and four years experience in the military. “I started as a dishwasher then I worked my way up,” said Hermann. “In 2007, I became an Worship Counselors Things to do Sports beat 5A 6A 1B 2B Wild Side Job vacancies Pet of the week Family briefs 3B 3B 4B 4B

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