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Volume 1, Issue 10

Next Drill: Oct. 1-2 Sgt.’s Time: 0730

First Formation: 0800(APFU)

Inside this issue: Page. 3: Family Readiness Group Roundup Page 4: New Soldiers Swear-in at Seahawks Opener Page 5: Monthly comments from the PAOC Leadership

October 2011

Guard Members Help Keep Tillicum Green Story by Spc. Lisa Laughlin Photos by Spc. Cate Sinclair 122 PAOC

The Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity kicked off its Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative on Sept. 17, with about forty residents, including Soldiers and Airmen from the National Guard, gathering to help with the Clean and Green effort in Tillicum. The workforce on Saturday was all volunteers, said Laudan Espinoza, the community development coordinator for the Tacoma/ Pierce County Habitat for Humanity. ―I would like to thank the National Guard for coming out; they are the largest single group of volunteers we have today,‖ said Espinoza. ―Great work ethic; without (those volunteers) it would have been near impossible to get this done.‖ Using funds received from the Challenge for Change contest held by American Home Shield, volunteers with the Clean and Green effort hauled away and recycled, large, unwanted items free of charge for Tillicum residents. The

Volunteers from the local Tacoma Pierce county chapter of habitat for humanity are removing rubble from the house of a Tillicum resident who recently had a heart transplant.

effort was a success with over two dozen homes utilizing the pick-up service and overfilling the four large recycling containers provided by the Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity. Espinoza, a Lakewood resident, took a hands-on approach in assuring that the Clean and Green event would have as big an impact on the community as possible. In addition to distributing the word through community organizations, he and some volunteers walked through the neighborhood and delivered flyers personally to the residents who were home.

―My approach to community development is you have to be out in the community, so we figured hitting the pavement and talking to everyone was a great way to do it, and it proved to be very effective. We have so much stuff that we are helping people to get rid of,‖ said Espinoza. Sgt. 1st Class Lydia E. Shirley, of Tacoma, the noncommissioned officer in charge of the administrative section with the 66th Aviation Headquarters, Washington Army National Guard, was one of the many volunteers with the Clean and Green Cont’d on Pg. 2

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October 2011

Green Cont’d from Pg. 1 project. ―I think it‘s a good mix. We have got civilians here; we have Air National Guard and Army National Guard, so it has been fun,‖ she said. Shirley said she appreciated that Maj Gen. Timothy J. Lowenberg, The Adjutant General, helped to draw attention to the Clean and Green project, and he also came and volunteered his time and effort with Guardsmen on Saturday. ―I think it is good to know that he leads from the front,‖ said Shirley. ―I mean, that is one of the key things that we look for in our leaders: that they don‘t just leave it to their Soldiers to do the hard work, they actually come out and help to do it themselves.‖ Shirley said reaching out to the community is one of the reasons she and her husband joined the WAARNG. ―One of the reasons my husband and I both picked the National Guard was because we like the idea of being able to serve in your hometown,‖ said Shirley. ―I think that is a big cornerstone of the National Guard. You get to do your military service, but one of the parts of our military service is serving the community.‖ Tillicum usually tries to have a clean-up day similar to this once a year,

said Jim D. Taylor, who said he has lived in Tillicum his entire life. ―There is a lot of need here; an awful lot of low-income people, so we are trying to help them and help the community as a whole, get it cleaned up. We have tried to do this (hold a clean-up day) in the past, about once a year, and this year the help of Habitat is making it a lot easier to do.‖ Taylor said many homes are in disrepair in the neighborhood and he believes Habitat for Humanity‘s plan to rebuild some neighborhood properties will be just as important as their plan to build new homes in the area. Taylor said Tillicum residents seem very receptive to the program, and he hopes the program will make Tillicum a more inviting neighborhood.‖

Above: Members of the Washington National Guard worked through wind and rain to help clean up a local neighborhood. Below: Volunteers remove a waterlogged, moss-ridden piano that had plagued a Tillicum home for years.

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The PAOC Journal wants to extend our warmest thanks to Mrs. Becky West for her tireless work with the FRG. We wish you and Maj. West the best of luck at the 66th. You leave big shoes to fill, and you will be greatly missed. Our sincerest thanks for all you have done!

Family Readiness Group Roundup By: Mrs. Becky West 122nd/141st FRG Major West and I are moving to the 66th Aviation Brigade. We enjoyed our

time and will fondly remember the 122nd/144st, especially the fun times at the picnics and holiday dinners. With our leaving, the FRG will need a spouse or

FRG/MWR Events: 2011 Military Ball 96th Troop Command is going to be holding a Military Ball on October 1st, 2011 at the Tacoma Armory. Tickets are still available!

Trunk of Treat!

family member to lead the FRG and a military Soldier to act as liaison to the FRG! This is a great way to be involved with the Soldiers and their families!

Time commitment is very minimal. Please email me at or call (206) 913-3543 if you would be interested!!

The FRG needs volunteers! Co-lead to help organize and plan FRG events and activities! You'll help come up with event ideas, ways to show our appreciation towards our soldiers, and ways to boost morale.

Join the Washington National Guard Youth Program for their annual “Trunk or Treat” event, on Saturday, October 29 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. ―Trunk or Treat‖ is a safe alternative to door-to-door trick or treating. Cars will line up in the Camp Murray Bldg. 33 parking lot with trunks or tailgates full of goodies. Children go trunk to trunk in their Halloween costumers to collect their treats! If you have questions about the event, please contact

Treasurer to help us keep the money organized! Responsibilities include managing the FRG bank account and tracking expenses in and out.

Honoring Military Kids

The time commitment is very minimal. We plan two major events each year (Summer Picnic and Holiday Dinner) and we will brainstorm morale boosters that we can do throughout the year.

On October 16, there will be a free ―Honoring your Military Kids‖ event from 11 AM to 5 PM. The event will feature free games and prizes, snacks, inflatables, entertainment, and activities. The event will be held at Saint Martin‘s University, Marcus Pavilion, 5000 Abbey Way SE, Lacey, WA 98503. Please RSVP at:

Free Parenting Classes Free parent classes at Raindrops & Rainbows. Bring your children to learn and play — you‘ll both love story time, crafts and more. Stop by Bldg. 8197 American Lake Ave. at Lewis North and check out the classes below (call 253-9664802 for details; no registration required except for infant massage): Infant massage Oct. 4, 11, 18 and Dec. 6, 13, 20, 10–11:30 a.m. Registration, call New Parent Support Program: 253-9677409. Baby sign language Oct. 19, Nov. 16 or Dec. 21, 1:30–2:30 p.m. Offered by Parent 2 Parent Program. Parent and child group activity/story and craft Oct. 6, Nov. 3 or Dec. 1, 10–11 a.m. with the New Parent Support Program Story timeOct. 20, Nov. 17, Dec. 15, 945am with Book Patch New Parent Support Program‘s Play Group Fridays, 1011:30am

Volunteers to assist on the day of an event, to help us brainstorm ideas or to volunteer to run with a particular idea... we would love your help as part of the FRG team.

If interested contact Becky West at (206) 913-3543 or email her at

The FRG Needs Volunteers?

Challenge Accepted.

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October 2011

New Soldiers Swear-In at Seahawks Home Opener

By Staff Sgt. Jason Kriess / 122d PAOC Three of the Washington National Guards newest members swore in on the sidelines of the Seattle Seahawks 2011 Home Opener against the Arizona Cardinals. Pvt. Olivia Jasper, Pvt. Trevor Verbos and Pvt. Robert Vernon watched as members of the Seahawks warmed up out on the field before the game. Col. George Abbott, Commander of 96th Troop Command, was there to administer the oath. After the enlistment ceremony, the three new Guardsmen were offered complimentary tickets to the game. The Seahawks beat the Cardinals 13-10. For more photos visit:

October 2011


Commander‘s Comments

Greetings PAOC/MHD soldiers! Welcome to TY/FY2012! The 1-2 Oct 2011 IDT weekend is a jam-packed drill with the Command Maintenance Evaluation Team (COMET) inspection, record APFT, 96th Troop Command‘s Tacoma Armory Ball and 141st MHD Change-of-Command preparations for the 5-6 Nov 2011 IDT weekend. Note that this IDT is the start of our units‘ ‗building-blocks‘ IDT weekends throughout TY-2012 focused on CPX, Vibrant Response-2012 and then our unit‘s FTX. While we have reduced our ODT requirements this year to only two (Cobra Gold and Keris Strike), please note our focus on further developing our COLLECTIVE unit operational capabilities throughout the year. Let‘s execute our detailed monthly STP training schedule and class plans, continue to maintain mission equipment readiness and further develop our unit‘s organizational storage facilities (read: Bldg. 3 storage and Supply Room/Vault). Thanks again to all of you who contributed to making the 10 -11 Sep 2011 IDT weekend‘s Family Support/Unit Morale BBQ event at American Lake a success. Special thanks to Becky West for hear years of support to our units and a farewell and best wishes to Becky and MAJ West also as they prepare to handover responsibilities Command during a Change of Command ceremony during the 5-6 Nov 2011 IDT. Drive safely to IDT weekend and see you Saturday morning IN THE CORRECT (AR regulation) APTF uniform ready to GO for the Record APFT. Tailwinds, LTC Bolante, Cdr, 122nd PAOC (WAARNG)


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CSM Corner Welcome to another weekend for the Guard!!! HOOAH!! Sergeants huddle will be at 0730 on Saturday morning. Section leaders, please ensure you are ready to brief your training plan for the weekend during sergeant‘s time. Our primary focus this weekend will be the Command Maintenance Evaluation Team (COMET) inspection, mission essential task list (METL) training, and our height, weight and Army physical fitness test. Saturday‘s first formation will be at 0800, at Bldg 2, in improved physical fitness uniforms, except for the soldiers involved with the COMET, who will report in duty uniform. After the APFT and the COMET, we will continue to focus on METL task training. Also due this weekend are E-6 NCOERs, as well as close-out counseling for E5s in preparation for their NCOERs that are due in November. Leaders, be ready to review these during our sergeants huddle at 0730. Tickets for the Tacoma Ball for this Saturday night are still available. We have a good group of 122 / 141 members attending. If you would like to join us, please let SSG Person or SPC Nease know and they will hook you up!! Be safe, stay fit and thanks for all you do. See you at drill.

October 2011 Newsletter  

October 2011 Newsletter

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