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200 Duane Rd., Ft. Totten, NY 11359 LTC John J. Dowling, Commander / CSM Gregory Santana

JUL 2011

361st PAOC Battle Assembly Date: 7 Aug 2011 FORMATION: 1100

ACU’s Uniform with patrol cap.

The mission for August BA is Family Readiness and Organization. Bring your family and enjoy a fun filled organization day at the Fort Hamilton Recreation Center

FORT McCOY, WIS., - Lieutenant General Jack C. Stultz (left) and Command Sergeant Major Michael D. Schultz (right) present 2011 USARC Best Warrior Competitor Staff Sgt. Janine Smeltz, 377th Theater Sustainment Command, Ft. Indiantown Gap, PA with an award for having the highest PT score during the best warrior competition on June 25, 2011. (US Army Photo by Sgt. Gregory Williams, 78th Training Division, Ft. Dix, N.J./Released)

RSVP with the number of people you’ll be bringing, call or email Ms. Marte 718-352-5716


17-18 SEPTEMBER 2011

ACU PATROL CAP, PRIMARY HEADGEAR 1. Reference: army directive 2011-11 (changes to wear of the Army Combat Uniform (ACU) items) dated 13 June 2011. 2. The purpose of this message is to announce the release of the changes to the wear of the Army Combat Uniform (ACU) items directive, signed by the Secretary of the Army. 3. Effective 14 June 2011, the ACU patrol cap is the primary headgear for all soldiers as the duty uniform headgear. Commanders retain the authority to prescribe the beret for special events such as parades or changes of command or responsibility. The black beret will be retained and worn with the dress uniforms. Soldiers who are authorized to wear the green, tan or maroon beret, will continue to do so in accordance with AR 670-1. 4. Effective 14 June 2011, soldiers may sew on the U.S. army tape, name tape, and rank insignia as an option at their own expense. Complete Army Directive 2011-11 is posted at .

IN THIS ISSUE:  Junior Promotion Board Announcement  Ne-Yo Performs for the Troops  Dorney Park  Movie Screening  Best Warrior Competition  NCOES Schedule  Keep Your Toes  EO Corner

Ne-Yo Performs for the Troops at Fort Hamilton NY

Def Jam recording artist Ne-Yo sings his hits for the troops and their families during a free concert on Fort Hamilton on July 2, 2011. (Photo by Army Staff Sgt. Chantell Black)

JUNIOR PROMOTION BOARD Effective 1 June 2011, company commanders and promotion boards will no longer award promotion points. The company commander will recommend Soldiers for promotion to SGT or SSG or deny promotion consideration by not recommending the Soldier. Promotion boards will validate company commanders’ recommendations with a GO/NO-GO vote. PACKETS DUE 6 Aug 2011

BOARD DATE 17 Sep 2011

3 Aug 2011

10 Sep 2011

NOTE: All packets submitted must be reviewed by CSM Santana on the due date. Contact your Unit Administrator for more information.

Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom The Fort Hamilton Community Activities Center will be going to DORNEY PARK this weekend for some family fun. This park features two fantastic theme parks; one side has the amusement park rides and the other has water rides. With one low price, this offer is something you just don't want to miss. Reservations can be held by PAYMENT at the Fort Hamilton Community Activities in the form of cash, check or credit card. Roundtrip transportation will depart Bldg. 124(Bowling Center) at 1800hrs. First Come, First Served. Dorney Park ($45 per person)

Def Jam recording artist Ne-Yo smiles for a photo with Fort Hamilton’s base commander Col. Michael Gould and command sergeant major CSM Sylvia Laughlin when he came to perform for the troops on July 2, 2011. (Photo by Army Staff Sgt. Chantell Black)

Sat, 16 July 2011 - 0800 -2200

Wanna Go? Let Me Know! RODNEY BOYD! Recreation Specialist Tel:718.630.4923

MOVIE SCREENING Paramount Pictures invites soldiers of the 361st PAOC to the advance movie screening of

Captain America: The First Avenger on July 20th, 2011 at 1800hrs (6:00PM) AMC Empire 25 at 234 W. 42nd street N.Y. N.Y. 10036.

Def Jam recording artist Ne-Yo poses for a photo with Staff Sgt. Chantell Black, 361ST Public Affairs Detachment, Ft. Totten, NY and friend before he performed for the troops on July 2, 2011.

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RSVP AND CONFIRMATION REQUIRED: Email Sgt. Williams your rank and name to by July 15TH. . JUL 2011 ● Volume 1, Issue 4 ● 361ST Public Affairs Operations - 718-352-5716

Best Warrior Competition Fort McCoy, WI


All E4-E6 that have not completed WLC or BNCOC Common Core, ALC, pick two dates from the list and contact your Section Leader to request be sent to school.

US Army Photos by Sgt. Gregory Williams, 78th Training Division, Ft. Dix, N.J.

Already Scheduled? – Great. Ensure you request your orders and checklist.

WARRIOR LEADER (WLC) FY: 2011 School: 1012 Course Length: 2 Weeks 5.0 Days Class

Report Date

Start Date

End Date



29 Jul 2011

30 Jul 2011

13 Aug 2011



19 Aug 2011

20 Aug 2011

03 Sep 2011



09 Sep 2011

10 Sep 2011

24 Sep 2011


BNCOC COMMON CORE (600-BNCOC) FY: 2011 School: A400 Course Length: 2 Weeks 0.0 Days Class

Report Date

Start Date

End Date



16 Jul 2011

17 Jul 2011

28 Jul 2011



13 Aug 2011

14 Aug 2011

25 Aug 2011



10 Sep 2011

11 Sep 2011

22 Sep 2011


BNCOC COMMON CORE (600-BNCOC) School: 1012 Course Length: 2 Weeks 0.0 Days

FY: 2011 Class

Report Date

Start Date

End Date



29 Jul 2011

30 Jul 2011

11 Aug 2011




There are a variety of minimalist running shoes available for purchase and wear. Effective immediately, only those shoes that accommodate all five toes in one compartment are authorized for wear. The purpose of this message is to modify the existing wear policy for the IPFU.

Those shoes that feature five separate, individual compartments for the toes, detract from a professional military image and are prohibited for wear with the IPFU or when conducting physical training in military formation. This change will be reflected in the next update of AR 670-1.

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FORT McCOY, WIS., - A Drill Sergeant (left) counts how many pushups Sgt. Le'Fate Jones, a 2011 USARC best warrior competitor, 78th Training Division, Ft. Dix, N.J. does during the APFT test on June 20, 2011. Sgt. Jones is one of 43 competitors in the week long competition.

FORT McCOY, WIS., - Drill Sgt. Jacob Lauren, a drill instructor, 3/339th BCT BN, Neenah, WIS. and Cpl. Bruce Larson, a grader, 3/339th BCT BN, Neenah, WIS. grade a soldier as he assembles a .249 during the 2011 USARC Best Warrior Competition on June 21, 2011. Competitors had to fully assemble a 9MM, M16, and a .249 within a 15 minute time frame as a part of mystery event 2.

FORT McCOY, WIS., - Sgt. Le'Fate Jones, a information technology specialist, 78th Training Division, throws a dummy grenade during the 2011 USARC Best Warrior Competition on June 21, 2011. The second mystery event tested competitors on their ability to throw 3 dummy grenades from a supported, prone supported and unsupported position.

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MUST BE FORWARDED THROUGH THE PROPER CHAIN OF COMMAND. IF YOU DO NOT INFORM YOUR SECTION LEADER, YOU WILL BE REDIRECTED UNTIL YOU DO SO. Contact Info for Full-time Staff/Key Leaders Commander (TPU) LTC Dowling Command Sergeant Major (TPU) CSM Santana - (845) 803-3279 Executive Officer- XO (TPU) MAJ Gorospe Operations Officer (AGR) CPT Pyeatt - 718-352-4295 Operations/Training NCO (AGR) SFC Sheely - 718-352-5647 Unit Administrator/EO Leader Ms. Marte - 718-352-5716 Supply SGT (AGR) SGT Lawler - 718-352-2246 Escort Section Leader (TPU) SSG Pisano – 845-803-2936 Radio/Video Section Leader (TPU) SSG Navarro – 631-220-2259

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY CORNER COMMAND CLIMATE ASSESSMENTS Commanders at all levels are held responsible and accountable for the EO climate within their units. Command climate assessments provide leadership a “snapshot picture” of a unit as it’s perceived by members of the organization as it relates to race, gender, color, religion, national origin, and sexual harassment. They also reveal to the command how soldiers perceive the leadership in the unit. In short, it determines if a unit’s climate is positive and healthy. The nature of EO for leaders and soldiers is often measured by perceptions of fairness. Thus information gathered from climate assessments may not always be accurate or specific in any one-problem area. However, if administered correctly, climate assessments will provide commanders with certain indicators and trends to focus future actions and intervention strategies. Commanders who have an accurate awareness of perceptions and views of their soldiers possess a definite leadership advantage. A climate that is not healthy can quickly develop inter-group tension within the unit. Reference: 316th ESC, EO Sustainer, July 2011

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361st PAOC July Newsletter