Vol. 59, No. 23 June 14, 2013
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Soldiers demonstrate Warrior Ethos, fulfill pledge to never leave a fallen comrade ... (3A)
Soldiers, civilians get safety refresher while socializing in Arizona sunshine ... (8A)
Charge on, troopers – B Troop prepares for 40th anniversary celebration ... (1B)
11th Signal Brigade changes command, cases colors By Maj. Jennifer Butler 11th Signal Brigade PAO
The 11th Signal Brigade held a change of command and casing of colors ceremony on June 7 on Brown Parade Field. Not only did the unit change commanders, but they formally bid farewell to the installation they’ve called “home” for nearly 50 years. Col. Patrick Dedham relinquished command of the brigade to Col. James Parks III. Brig. Gen. Clark LeMasters, Jr., commander 13th Sustainment Command, presided over the ceremony. The unit cased their colors for the last time on Fort Huachuca, and will unfurl them June 26 at Fort Hood, Texas. The “Desert Thunderbirds” arrived
on post Dec. 8, 1966. Then, as now, the Soldiers stood ready for inspection. Dedham and Parks inspected the troops signaling the arrival of one commander and the departure of the other. Dedham will be attending the National War College in Washington, D.C., and Parks’ last assignment was as the director of the Army Data Center. LeMasters said, “Today, we will also witness the first step to fruition of another one of your plans [Col. Dedham] the relocation of the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 11th Signal Brigade, to Fort Hood, Texas, in order to better align mission support to III Corps.” LeMasters thanked Dedham for being a visionary leader whose technical expertise and personal drive provided the momentum and focus for the 11th Sig. Bde. He challenged Parks to stay focused on training and prepare his Soldiers and units to be ready when called. “To be the com-
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mander of this brigade during these last twoplus years has been an incredible opportunity and privilege. Seeing what America’s sons and daughters can accomplish has been truly amazing and inspiring,” said Dedham. He thanked his Family for their support before departing. Parks stood and looked out at the SolSgt. RobeRt england diers on Brown Parade Lt. Alex Bridgeforth ,far left, and 1st Sgt. Daniel Stewart ,far Field and said, “I am 1st right, the company command team and Col. James Parks III, humbled and honored right, and Command Sgt. Maj. Maurice Rambert ,left, the brigade to stand alongside the command team for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, best Signal Brigade in 11th Signal Brigade, case their respective colors in preparation for the brigade headquarters’ relocation to Fort Hood, Texas. our Army.” during the 11th Sig. Bde. change of command and color-casing He thanked God for ceremony on June 7 on Brown Parade Field. bringing him this far, his Family for their enduring support, unparalleled commitment to our Soland LeMasters for officiating the cere- diers. This will always be home,” mony. “I would also like to thank Fort Parks said. Huachuca and Sierra Vista for [nearly] 50 years of
Left photo, Col. Patrick Dedham, right, the outgoing 11th Signal Brigade commander, relinquishes the 11th Sig. Bde. colors to Brig. Gen. Clark LeMasters, Jr., left, the commanding general for the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), during the 11th Sig. Bde. change of command and color-casing ceremony on June 7 at Brown Parade Field here.
Sgt. Jacob Mahaffey Above right, Soldiers from first through fourth platoons of the 505th Signal Company, 11th Signal Group, Strategic Communications Command, commanded by 2nd Lt. Charles Jones, are lined up for inspection. Bottom photo, Posing at the same place, the 11th Signal Brigade is lined up for inspection. Headquarters and Headquarters Company practice for their change of command and colors casing ceremonies.
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U.S. Army - 238 years old, still going strong U.S. Army Center of Military History
When the American Revolution broke out, the rebellious colonies did not possess an army in the modern sense. Rather, the revolutionaries fielded an amateur force of colonial troops, cobbled together from various New England militia companies. They had no unified chain of command, and although Artemas Ward of Massachusetts exercised authority by informal agreement, officers from other colonies were not obligated to obey his orders. The American volunteers were led, equipped, armed, paid for and supported by the colonies from which they were raised. In the spring of 1775, this “army” was about to confront British troops near Boston, Mass. The revolutionaries had to re-organize their forces quickly if they were to stand a chance against Britain’s seasoned professionals. Recognizing the need to enlist the support of all of the American seaboard colonies, the Massachusetts Provincial Congress appealed to the Second Continental Congress in
Philadelphia to assume authority for the to Boston to support the New England New England army. militia. Reportedly, at John Adams’ request, George Washington received his apCongress voted to “adopt” the Boston pointment as commander-in-chief of the troops on June 14, 1775, although there Continental Army the next day, and foris no written record of this decision. Also mally took command at Boston on July on this day, Congress resolved to form 3, 1775. a committee “to bring in a draft of rules Happy Birthday, U.S. Army! and regulations for the government of the Army,” and voted $2 million to support the forces around Boston, and those at New York City. Moreover, Congress authorized the formation of 10 companies of expert riflemen U.S. aRMy photo from PennsylToday marks the Army’s 238th birthday, a time for Soldiers to celebrate their vania, Maryland proud history of 238 years of service to the nation. On Monday morning, Secand Virginia, retary of the Army John McHugh (right) and Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond which were di- Chandler III laid a wreath at Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington, the commander-in-chief and president. Check out this webpage and find your rected to march first own way to mark the occasion: http://www.army.mil/birthday/238/. Army Strong!
I invite the Fort Huachuca community in thanking the 2013 Army Emergency Relief installation campaign coordinator for a job well done. Paul Cruz, an environmental specialist from the U.S. Army Electronic Proving Ground, did an exceptional job at managing the Fort Huachuca’s unit coordinators and keeping them focused on the goal. This year’s goal was $100,000. In the process of draw downs, cutbacks and furloughs, I am proud to announce that not only did we reach our goal, but we exceeded the totals of five previous AER campaigns with a grand total of $117, 547.25. I thank the entire Fort Huachuca community, the state of Arizona retirees, and all who so generously supported this year’s AER campaign. Because of you, we remain “Army Strong!” Respectfully, Teresa Spencer, AER Officer, Fort Huachuca
Scout on the Street:
“I think it really has to do with being in the Army. I am a lifer and I have been in for almost 16 years now. This is basically my life, and I really have cherished the time that I have been in the military. The Army’s birthday is really a time to celebrate that history that I have been a part of.”
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“I think that it is important to celebrate the Army’s birthday. It’s not particularly just the Army. The Soldiers do so much for all of us. I think it’s important that we let them know that we appreciate what they do because they sacrifice so much.”
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“The military is important in general. Everything that our country stands for is supported by the military. If it weren’t for the military, our country would fall apart from enemies. Our infrastructure would collapse. I think that is important to remember.”
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“I think it’s important because men and women have fought throughout the centuries to protect our countries freedom. It’s not just Army - it’s all branches. Its important that we recognize that.”
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FH Select Honor Guard Soldiers receive awards, gratitude for selfless act By Gabrielle Kuholski Staff Writer
Three Soldiers from the U.S. Army Garrison Fort Huachuca Select Honor Guard received special recognition Monday for going above and beyond the call of duty to honor a fallen veteran. Staff Sgt. Jammy Frison, Staff Sgt. Ryan Rendina and Pfc. Orville Arel volunteered their own off-duty time to render honors at the memorial service of Alfred Bopp, a veteran Marine who served in the Korean War. The Bopp family was presented with a unique circumstance. Krist Bopp’s father Alfred was already buried and given his honors in Wisconsin. However, when his mother passed away in Bisbee, it was her dying wish that her husband’s cremated remains be buried with her own. “Most people don’t have that kind of a situation,” Rendina said. “We don’t do too many reburials.” Typically, the Casualty Assistance Office takes calls regarding funeral arrangements for veterans, but could See AWARDS, Page 7A
Sgt. Kalie JoneS From left, Staff Sgt. Jammy Frison, Staff Sgt. Ryan Rendina and Pfc. Orville Arel take a photo with Maj. Gen. Robert Ashley, commander, U.S. Army Intelligence Center and Fort Huachuca, during a recognition ceremony at Alvarado Hall on Monday. The Soldiers from the Fort Huachuca Select Honor Guard were awarded star notes and commanding general’s coins for rendering funeral honors to a fallen Marine veteran in their spare time. Ashley received a five-page letter of gratitude from the veteran’s grateful family which also made two monetary donations to military-related organizations in appreciation of the three Soldiers’ services.
VA meets goal to hire mental health professionals Southern Arizona VA Health Care System
TUCSON – The Department of Veterans Affairs, or VA, announced that it has met the goal to hire 1,600 new mental health professionals outlined in President Obama’s August 31, 2012, Executive Order to Improve Access to Mental Health Services for veterans, service members, and military Families. The Southern Arizona VA Health Care System has hired five new mental health professionals towards this goal. “I am proud of the hard work our staff has completed to bring these new staff members on board,” said Jonathan Gardner, MPA, FACHE, director. “We are not
slowing our efforts however, and will continue to actively recruit for any vacant mental health positions for the future so veterans will get the care they need,” he continued. As of May 31, VA has hired a total of 1,607 mental health clinical providers to meet the goal of 1,600 new mental health professionals outlined in the executive order. Additionally, VA has hired 2,005 mental health clinical providers to fill existing vacancies. “Meeting this hiring milestone significantly enhances our ability to improve access to care for those veterans seeking mental health services and demonstrates our continued commitment to the health and well-being of
the men and women who have served the nation,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki. “Meeting this goal is an important achievement, but we recognize that we must continue to increase access to the quality mental health care veterans have earned and deserve.” VA provides a full range of comprehensive mental health services across the country. In fiscal year 2012, more than 1.3 million veterans received specialized mental health care from VA. This number has risen each year from 927,052 in Fiscal Year 2006. In addition to hiring more mental health professionals, VA is expanding the use of innovative technology to serve veterans in See GOAL, Page 7A
SHARP efforts gaining strength, workplace inspections enforced By Maranda Flynn Staff Writer
The Army is taking aggressive measures to put a stop to sexual harassment and sexual assault, but further action is still necessary, according to Army surveys. Through the Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Prevention Program, or SHARP, response and prevention efforts are continuously monitored to make sure that every member of the Army is respected. “The Army’s portion of the Department of Defense Annual Report on Sexual Assault for fiscal year 2012 shows increasing effectiveness in combating sexual assault,” said Carolyn Collins, SHARP director. “However, we realize there’s still more work to be done to combat sexual violence. The Army will continue to work with DoD to ensure Army efforts align with the DoD strategy and the secretary of Defense initiatives.” On May 7, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel directed the execution of the DoD Sexual Assault Prevention and Response, or SAPR, Strategic Plan, specifying various measures to increase accountabil-
ity for commanders. The goal is to establish command climates “of dignity and respect and incorporating SAPR prevention and victim-care principles” within their commands, according to www.army.mil. Among the initiatives included in the plan, “Ensuring Appropriate Command Climate” was required for immediate implementation, which involves comprehensive visual inspections of all Army workplaces, barracks and common areas. Workplaces consist of all areas where Soldiers, Department of the Army civilians, contractors or volunteers are required to perform assigned duties and/or training. These places will include, but are not limited to, exchanges, food courts, conference centers, gyms, Army vehicles, vessels, aircraft and other public places. During these inspections, commanders and directors will order the removal of any items that are in violation of Army Regulation 600-20, which include digital, printed, or other openly displayed media that is sexually-oriented, sexually degrading or sexually offensive. For detailed guidance of inappropriate materials, refer to AR 600-20, chapter 7. Stacy Picciano, Fort Huachuca garrison SHARP sexual assault response coordinator, explained that
the DoD’s goal is a culture free of sexual assault and sexual harassment through an environment of prevention, education and training, response capability, victim support, reporting procedures and appropriate accountability, which will enhance the safety and well being of everyone within the DoD. “Measures must be put into place to meet that goal and to achieve an appropriate command climate,” she said. “Sexually oriented, sexually degrading or sexually offensive materials that are in plain view of others create a degrading and offensive work environment and must be removed. There is no room in our military for sexual harassment or sexual assault. We must promote an environment of dignity and respect, and if this is what it takes, then this is what we will do.” The Army is working not only as a team, but as a Family, to ensure every member is provided this dignity and respect. Service members who violate an order to get rid of offensive materials are subject to punishment under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Inspection results are due to the Directorate of Plans, Mobilization, Training and Security by 9 a.m. today.
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When writing to Congress, follow rules for effective communication By Maranda Flynn Staff writer
As a member of the military community, everyone has the right to contact their elected officials. Congress wants to hear their constituents’ concerns and opinions – and they should. In order to communicate effectively and to increase the possibility of action, write a letter – but remember, follow specific guidelines. At the very top of the letter, include your name and address. This enables the receiving office to confirm that the letter reached the correct district. Summarize the main point and avoid irrelevant information, such as military history, certificates of achievement and previous newspaper articles. Unless absolutely necessary, do not include enclosures. Daf Freudenberg, Fort Huachuca’s congressional liaison officer, advises that when writing to your elected official, keep the letter short and to the point. It should be no more than two pages long. “The staffers in the elected official’s office don’t have time to go through the whole history ... and some constituents
do that,” she said. Do not let passion cloud the intent of the letter. When addressing the elected official, refer to them as “The Honorable (Full Name),” and include their entire address on the envelope and at the top of the letter. Remember to always thank the official for taking time to consider your written request. Expect a minimum of four to six weeks for a reply. For a faster response, in lieu of writing a letter, send an email. Follow the same guidelines as when writing a letter and avoid using “text slang.” Always maintain professionalism throughout. “A lot of constituents are using email now,” said Freudenberg. “They can send email correspondence to the staffers in the elected official’s offices and they will receive email correspondence back instead of hard copy letters.” Regardless of the correspondence purpose, never use profanity or threats. Always include your name and address, even in an email, and never “demand” a response. Like everyone else, elected officials deserve and appreciate respect. While correspondence is most often complaint-based, positive feedback is always welcome. Freudenberg said, “I
have handled congressional correspondence for Fort Huachuca since 1986, and almost all of the inquiries that come in have been complaints or requests for assistance.” Generally, elected officials assist only those constituents who are from their district. To find out the contact information for your local elected official, visit http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected. shtml. The Fort Huachuca Congressional Liaison Office can provide guidance to anyone who wishes to write their elected officials. “Anybody that has an issue that has to do with Fort Huachuca can come here,” Freudenberg said. “But keep in mind that a congressman does not have authority to override or change an Army regulation. “For any Soldier that is considering writing to their elect-
ed official, please use their chain of command. If they are not comfortable with their chain of command, there are many other resources that the installation offers to assist them. It is usually faster, and they can get the one-on-one that they deserve to resolve their issues,” added Freudenberg. The Fort Huachuca Congressional Liaison Office is located in Building 41421. For information, call 533.1054.
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New Parent Support Program benefits Families Frances Roberson is a registered nurse who recently joined the Army Community Service, or ACS Family Advocacy Program, or AFP, as the New Parent Support Program, or NPSP, home visitor. She is no stranger to the military community as she is the wife of a retiree. This experience has enabled her to understand the challenges military Families endure. Roberson says, “Military life is not always easy. Given that experience and understanding, I am here to assist Families who desire to volunteer to receive home visits.” The NPSP is beneficial to all Family members. In addition to home visits, NPSP facilitates playgroups, Baby Boot Camp and a variety of educational classes. Roberson looks forward to the opportunity to work with active duty, retired and Department of Defense civilian Families expecting a baby or with children up to age 3. Currently Baby Boot Camp, a program designed for expecting Families, has several classes on their schedule. They include: I did not know my baby would cry like this; Prenatal and 0-5 nutrition; and
Oral hygiene – when to start brushing. Baby Boot Camp meets from 3 - 4 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month, this Thursday and July 18, in the ACS conference room. Roberson looks forward to seeing parents there For more information or to register, call 533.8961 or 1.571.414.1922. Employment Readiness Program Need guidance and information about resources to prepare for and locate employment? The ACS Employment Readiness Program, or ERP, can help. The staff offers a wide range of information about local and federal employment opportunities, the Military Spouse Employment Partnership, interviewing skills, resume critiquing, career planning resources and more. Want to build work experience? Learn how to access volunteer opportunities. ERP services are available by appointment only on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call 538.5899 to set up an appointment and to obtain preliminary information via email. Federal Employment Classes are also offered at ACS the second Tuesday monthly from 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. The next
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Play hard, ride hard, be safe – company does it all in one day Scout reports
More than 200 people came together for safetyrelated and fun activities during a special event last week at Veterans’ Memorial Park in Sierra Vista. On June 7, beginning at noon, Company D, 2-13th Avn. Regt. Soldiers, civilians, contractors, Family members and friends held their Summer Kick-Off Safety Stand Down Picnic. The informal event was partly designed to remind attendees to think “safety” during the summer months and especially over the upcoming July 4 holiday when celebration could cause people to let their guard down. It was held in a relaxed atmosphere away from the work environment to share safety information, a picnic, family oriented activities, a Mo-
torcycle Mentorship ride and more. Capt. Janmichael Guillermo, Company D commander, organized the event since there hadn’t been a safety day since he was with the unit. The catalyst of the event was two near-accidents involving motorcycles by those traveling to the Black Tower training facility, and motorcycle safety was a major focus. “I wanted to hold the event now rather than wait
until we had [an accident],” Guillermo said. Instead of a barbecue, organizers opted for cold, super-sized submarine sandwiches and simple picnic fare. In addition to the meal, the afternoon consisted of safety briefs from members of the Sierra Vista Police and Fire Departments, Army Community Service, and Cochise Motorsports and Harley Davidson representatives. Briefings also addressed heat prevention, heat casualty and electrical safety and shock hazards. Team competitions included beach volleyball, horseshoe toss and tug-o-war. After conducting motorcycle safety inspections, the day culminated with a Motorcycle Mentorship Ride to Tombstone and photoS by Staff Sgt. dieRdRe Maldonado back to encourage Organizers of the Company D, 2-13th Aviation Regiment Summer Kick-Off Safety Stand Down safe vehicle use and Day Picnic on June 7 at Veterans’ Memorial Park held the event in a relaxed atmosphere away camaraderie. from work. Families were welcome. Here, children 12 and under enjoy bouncy castles set up for the afternoon.
Cpl. Scott Borgstadt of the Sierra Vista Police Department conducts driving-under-the-influence training during the safety day. He recently lost a daughter to a drunk driver and shared how the loss affected him and his family. According to Capt. Janmichael Guillermo, Company D commander and organizer of the June 7 safety event, no one knows what impacts driving drunk can have on a family or community when the driver causes one or more deaths by driving under the influence.
Colby Thatcher, 13 months, son of Brandi Thatcher, a contractor working for the 2-13th Aviation Regiment, clutches his yellow Frisbee during the safety day at Veterans’ Memorial Park June 7. People were encouraged to bring their Families to the Summer Kick-Off Safety Stand Down Day Picnic.
About 20 motorcyclists participated in a Motorcycle Mentor ride to Big Nose Kate’s in Tombstone which was the finale of the afternoon’s events. Riders of various experience levels participated to promote safety and rider camaraderie. Chief Warrant Officer 3 Matthew Schuld, executive officer, Company D, 2-13th Avn. Regt., organized the ride.
Mark Farrar, director of training, 2-13th Aviation Regiment, loses his balance after a ball strikes the mechanism that drops dunk tank occupants into the water. Key leaders of the 2-13th Avn. Regt. volunteered for the honor of possibly being deposited into the liquid when a ball found its mark.
Members of the 2-13th Aviation Regiment pull their weight during the tug-o-war team event which took place at the Summer Kick-Off Safety Stand Down Day Picnic June 7 at Veterans’ Memorial Park. However, they were bested by the team of contractors and Department of the Army civilians and lost the friendly match.
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Intel Soldiers in Afghanistan stay fit with CrossFit Capt. Ashley Nicolas, the brigade’s assistant intelligence officer, is a CrossFit level-one trainer and leads the group’s nightly workout sessions. A small group used to work out when the brigade’s headquarters was based out of Forward Operating Base Masum Ghar, said Nicolas. “When we got out here [to Kandahar Airfield] and had access to this facility,
the group probably started out like four or five people and kind of grew from there.” KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, AfghaniAfter two and half months, the group stan – When the duty day ends in Afhas grown to between 10 to 14 people, ghanistan, Soldiers of Combined Task said Nicolas. Force 4-2 (4th Stryker Brigade Combat “CrossFit’s based off of a couple baTeam, 2nd Infantry Division)’s intelsic things,” Nicolas explained. “There’s ligence section jump for joy. Actually, your bodyweight exercises, which are they jump on boxes. like air squats, sit-ups, pushups, stuff like that. Then you’ve got your gymnastics exercises.” The group tries to keep the workouts interesting by mixing up the routines, said Nicolas. “We’re sedentary 13 hours of the day sitting at our desks, so you’ve got to have something that gets you up and gets you moving,” Nicolas said. “We are Soldiers, so we need to make sure we’re maintaining [physical fitness],” said Nicolas. Most workouts are between 10 and 25 minutes, she said. One of the people who has worked out with Nicolas since Masum Ghar is Warrant Officer Chad Campbell, the human intelligence Capt. Ashley Nicolas, right, assistant intelligence officer with 4th Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry operations chief of CTF 4-2. Division, coaches a Soldier during a CrossFit workout at Kandahar Airfield, Kandahar, Afghanistan, “This has been a really, really By Sgt. Kimberly Hackbarth Army News Service
good experience and everyone out here has made huge gains,” said Campbell. “We’ve seen a lot of progression from a lot of individuals.” Campbell himself has made improvements. Before one workout in June, Nicolas watched as Campbell successfully completed a move that he had been working at for months. “To be able to come out here and share that passion and see people fall in love with it and see people getting stronger and more confident and set goals for themselves like that, it’s the best part of my day.” The nightly workout sessions have improved the sections overall fitness and helped strengthen bonds, said Campbell. It’s had a huge positive effect on our office ... as a whole,” Campbell said. After the workouts, the group spends about 30 minutes decompressing and talking, which is good for the morale of everyone, he added. “It’s just an awesome opportunity for everybody to gather and it’s stress relief, it’s fun, [and] everyone gets a good workout,” Nicolas said.
McHugh creates greater oversight, screening of those who aid victims Office of the Chief of Public Affairs
JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. – Secretary of the Army John McHugh Tuesday detailed a new directive that will make the Army the first military branch to require behavioral health screenings for those who counsel sexual assault victims. During remarks at the Army’s Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention, or SHARP, conference, held at Joint Base Andrews, Md., McHugh also said that he has directed Army leaders to devise a plan to incentivize and reward those who serve as counselors and victim advocates, creating more effective means to identify and acknowledge the best qualified Soldiers and civilians to serve in those positions. “These are positions of intense, personal trust, and we need to make certain that those selected have the right tools and skills needed to carry them out effectively,” he told Army leaders attending Tuesday’s conference. “Moreover, these jobs are often stressful, and we owe it to those who serve in them the means to better ensure their own continued behavioral health and well-being. This new system will benefit both victims and their advocates alike.” In addition to the screening, McHugh wants Army personnel officials to devise a plan that would incentivize service as a sexual assault response coordinator, or SARCs, or sexual assault prevention and response victim advocates, or SAPR VAs. “Under our current design, there really is no reward for Soldiers who do their job well, no recognition as there are in other fields and occupations in the Army for taking these assignments and doing them well, something to help them advance their careers,” McHugh said. “As in other fields, we have to incentivize this mission, not just to encourage commanders to pick their best, but to ensure that Soldiers who serve honorably and do what we expect of them will be duly recognized in appropriate ways as well.” McHugh said he first raised the idea of incentivizing SARC and VA positions during a recent White House meeting where service secretaries and chiefs of staff discussed their respective plans to combat sexual assault. Afterward, President Barack Obama offered public support for the concept.
“I think Secretary of the Army McHugh made a very good point, which is I’m not sure we’ve incentivized some of our top people to understand this is as core to our mission as anything else,” said Obama, May 16, “and we’ve got to reward them, not think of this as a sideline for anything else that they do, but See SCREENING, Page 11A
U.S. aRMy photo Secretary of the Army John McHugh speaks during the 6th Annual I. A.M. Strong Sexual Harassment/Assault Prevention Summit, held on Joint Base Andrews, Md., Tuesday. The SHARP program is the Army’s principal program to prevent sexual harassment and sexual assaults. The goal is to eliminate incidents of sexual harassment and assault through a comprehensive program that centers on awareness and prevention, training and education, reporting options, timely responses, and victim support services and accountability. The purpose of the summit is to provide forums for commanders to learn best practices from each other, as well as engage the commanders in an open discussion about the strategic future direction of the SHARP Program and how to meet Army goals.
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Military Intelligence – this week in history Arlington Hall – From Coeds to Codewords The following article was written by members of the Intelligence and Security Command History Office, and published in their pamphlet, “On the Trail of Military Intelligence History: A guide to the Washington, D.C. area.” June 10, 1942 History has a way of leaving its mark on contemporary scenes in a way that fascinates generations to come. Memorable events and settings can endow a place with an aura of greatness – a lasting reminder of great achievements. Such a place is Arlington Hall. The 1941 edition of the Arlington Hall Junior College for Women bro-
Arlington Hall in 1942
chure boasted to prospective students of a 100-acre campus offering “ ... interesting variety with its open lawns, landscaped gardens and wooded sections.” The main floor of the yellow-brick classic colonial building housed the offices of the school’s president, dean, registrar
and a well-stocked library. An auditorium was adjacent to the library. Drawing rooms, parlors and classrooms comprised the remainder of the main floor. On the upper floors were the dormitory rooms, while behind the building stood the gymnasium and swimming pool. (Both the main school building, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, and the gymnasium remain intact today.) Unfortunately for the college, 1942 brought not students, but military and civilian personnel of the Signal Intelligence Service, or SIS. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, the scope of
A party of officers, returning from an inspection of proposed locations for a new monitoring site at Vint Hill Farms, near Warrenton, Va., drove by the college grounds. They decided to stop. Their preliminary inspection of the grounds convinced the officers of the site’s suitability. Arlington Hall was convenient to Warrenton and just four miles from Washington, yet isolated enough to provide the security so vital to a SIGINT mission. On June 10, 1942, the Army took possession of the college under the War Powers Act. Once SIS completed its move to Arlington Hall, the grounds were soon covered with barracks and hastily-constructed temporary office buildings. Throughout the war, Arlington Hall was the scene of the vital U.S. effort to exploit the enemy’s communications as well as to secure its own. Here, 10,000 members of the Army’s signals intel-
ligence effort accomplished one of the great intelligence triumphs of World War II: the successful decipherment of the Japanese Army’s cryptosystems. American success in code-breaking was credited with shortening the course of the war and saving countless lives. Over the years, Arlington Hall Station hosted various Army and Department of Defense organizations. From 1945 to 1977, it served as the headquarters of the U.S. Army Security Agency, or ASA, a world-wide command providing intelligence to support the national intelligence effort and the Army in the field. ASA was followed by the U.S. Army Intelligence and Support Command until its relocation to Fort Belvoir in 1989. In May 1993, history repeated itself when Arlington Hall once again became the site of a school - the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute.
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signals intelligence, or SIGINT, operations quickly exceeded the confines of the Munitions Building in Washington, D.C. The SIS needed a secure location with room to accommodate their expanding mission, and by chance stumbled upon the college.
Analysts work under crowded conditions in one of the two large temporary buildings constructed at Arlington Hall to provide more space.
McHugh creates greater oversight ... From SCREENING, Page 10A incentivize ambitious folks in the ranks to make sure that they understand this is important. So that’s part of accountability.” McHugh’s directive also places new restrictions on who can hire SARCs and SAPR VAs, those whom the Army secretary called “front-line forces” in the fight against sexual assault. McHugh is limiting the ability to appoint SARCS to the first general officer or civilian equivalent, a member of the Senior Executive Service, within the chain command. Only brigade commanders, or their equivalent-level commander or civilian supervisor, may appoint SAPR VAs. Hiring authorities may not be delegated. “It will not only help to better ensure we select the very best people for these posts, but that the chain of command knows what we expect of them, and how important that work is to the Army,” he said. “In short, I believe
elevating the appointment authority within the chain of command will increase responsibility, accountability as well as oversight.” McHugh stressed that his action is not a reflection on the nearly 10,000 Soldiers and civilians currently serving in those positions. “We have committed, dedicated and well-trained people currently serving across the Army, who work with victims compassionately, responsibly and effectively,” McHugh said. “But we believe we can do more to make the system better, and are committed to doing so.” McHugh first outlined details of the directive during testimony before the Senate’s Defense Appropriations subcommittee, May 22. It comes amid a DOD-wide requirement to re-train, re-credential, and re-screen all sexual assault prevention and response personnel and military recruiters prompted by a number of high profile sexual assault and abuse cases in the military.
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news/briefs Bear activity noted on post A medium sized, young bear has been seen over the last few weeks around the picnic tables at Huachuca Canyon’s 1.7 mile marker. It is a uniform brown color, appears healthy and may be habituated to people. This is the hottest, driest time of the year, and the drought is making it even harder on wildlife searching for food or water. Do not feed wildlife anywhere, or leave human or pet food outside. All refuse should be kept in a hard-sided roofed area, such as a garage. Take trash cans outside and to the curb on the scheduled morning for trash pick-up to help keep wildlife away from your house or block, advises Sheridan Stone, Fort Huachuca wildlife biologist. Waiting until morning also may keep people from picking up scattered trash from nighttime animal visits when animals are out and active. DFAC celebrates Army birthday In honor of the Army’s birthday, the Thunderbird Dining Facility is open to all military, civilians, contractors and retirees
from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. for lunch today. Cost is $7.60 and $6.45 for spouses and other dependents of enlisted personnel in pay grades E-1 through E-4. Grilled steak, barbeque ribs or baked chicken breast are the entrees; macaroni and cheese, corn on the cob, mashed potatoes and vegetables are the side dishes with Army birthday cake to round out the meal. East Gate operating hours to change Starting Monday, the East Gate will close to inbound traffic at 1 p.m. Monday through Friday and remain closed on weekends and holidays. Moson Road being repaired The Cochise County Highway/Floodplain Department is reconstructing and chipsealing Moson Road from State Route 90 to Milepost 7 from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Work should end on or about July 3, weather conditions permitting. Work zone signage will direct traffic, but drivers should opt for alternate routes. Expect delays. Drive carefully and fol-
low guidance of all traffic devices. For more information, call 432.9300.
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Range closures announced Today: A, B, C, E, F, U, W1, V, Z, T1, T2, T3 Saturday: F, V, Z, T1, T2, T3 Sunday: F, V, Z, T1, T2, T3 Monday: F, K, L, R, W, W1, V, Z Tuesday: A, B, C, D, F, K, L, R, U1, W, W1, V, Z, T1, T2, T3 Wednesday: A, B, C, D, F, K, L, R, W, W1, V, Z, T1, T2, T3 Thursday: B, C, D, F, K, L, R, W, W1, V, Z, T1, T2, T3 Range closures are subject to daily change. For information call Range Operations, 533.1014 or the military police desk, 533.3000.
CPAC announces relocation The Civilian Personnel Advisory Center has relocated to Building 22216, 532 Augur Ave. off Brown Parade Field. The new building is one building south of its former Auger Avenue location. Customer Service, on the first floor, may be reached at 533-5273. Non-appropriated Fund, or NAF, offices are co-located in the same customer service center. To reach NAF, call 533.5453. Attend Catholic weekday mass Weekday Catholic mass has returned to the Main Post Chapel on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 11:45 a.m. For more information, call 249.0798.
Substance abuse awareness online training Annual substance abuse awareness training is mandatory for all Soldiers and civilian employees at Fort Huachuca. Fort Huachuca Army Substance Abuse Program personnel have incorporated an online mandatory training at https://www.
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news/briefs mand ceremony between the outgoing Commander, Col. William Moran, and the incoming Commander, Col. Lance Raney on June 19, 7:30 – 8:30 a.m., on Brown Parade Field. The reviewing officer will be Maj. Gen. Richard Thomas. This event is open to the public. Motorists should expect disruptions in the flow of traffic during rehearsals. On the day of the ceremony, roads around Brown Parade Field will be closed to traffic. NETCOM change of responsibility planned The U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command will conduct a change of responsibility ceremony June 28, 10 a.m., in the Greely Hall Auditorium. During the ceremony, Command Sgt. Maj. Gerald Williams will relinquish his position as the senior enlisted noncommissioned officer to Command Sgt. Maj. Earl Allen, formerly of the 11th Signal Brigade. Williams has been in the position since December 2009, serving with three commanding generals. The Fort Huachuca community is invited to attend. Enroll in Citizen Police Academy The next Sierra Vista Police Department Citizen Police Academy is scheduled
to begin Aug. 7. Classes will be held on 12 consecutive Wednesday evenings from 6 – 9 p.m., for twelve consecutive weeks in the Police Department auditorium. The free program includes hands-on simulated weapons training, evidence processing and participating in a ride-along with an on-duty police officer. Academy graduates will have an understanding and an “insider’s view” of Sierra Vista law enforcement operations. Snacks and refreshments are provided. For more information, go to http:// www.sierravistaaz.gov/pd. Application packets can also be obtained at the Police Department reception desk, 911 N. Coronado Dr. Application deadline is July 5. 40th ESB leaders to pass guidon The 40th Expeditionary Signal Battalion will conduct a change of command ceremony between the outgoing Commander, Lt. Col. Andrew McClelland and the incoming Commander, Lt. Col. David Thomas, on July 12, 8 a.m. on Brown Parade Field. This event is open to the general public. USAR MI instructors needed The 5th Battalion-104th Regiment is a troop program unit. It is part of the 1st
Brigade, Military Intelligence, which is responsible for the U.S. Army Reserve MI school at Fort Devens, Mass., and for Reserve Component courses taught on Fort Huachuca. There are several critical vacancies in the E6 and E7 ranks for 35F, 35G, 35M and 35L Soldiers who can qualify to instruct MI military occupational specialties-transition and noncommissioned enlisted specialty courses. Those leaving active duty and interested in a career in the Army Reserve may contact Master Sgt. Mary McCloskey, 1.520.227.9768 or Lt. Col. Robert Wilkinson, 1.502.644.6032. The 5-104th is located on the second floor of Gosselin Barracks, Building 51001, on Fort Huachuca. Training for USAR Soldiers The 6402d Reserve Training Unit is a “points only,” no-pay Individual Ready Reserve unit. Troop Program Unit and Individual Mobilization Augmentee Soldiers are invited to drill with them for points. Meetings are 6:30 p.m., the first three Tuesdays of the month, Building 74801, on Jim Ave. near the Lock & Leave storage facility on Fort Huachuca. For information, contact 249.2040 or email@example.com.
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FMWR briefs ‘Dueling Pianos’ returns to TMAC Army Entertainment and FMWR will present “Dueling Pianos,” a high energy, all request, sing-along, clap-along, rock, comedy piano show, where the audience is as much a part of the show as the entertainers. The event is set for Saturday beginning at 7 p.m. at the Thunder Mountain Activity Centre. Admission is free; a pay-as-you-go bar and short-order menu will be available. For more information, call 533.3802 or 533.7322. TMAC will host ‘Old School Night’ Everyone is invited to “Old School Night” Saturday starting at 9 p.m., following “Dueling Pianos,” at Thunder Mountain Activity Centre. Dance the night away to DJ music from the 80s, 90s and today. Admission and finger foods are free. A pay-as-you-go bar will also be available. For more information, call 533.3802 or 533.7322.
Outdoor pool now open Irwin Outdoor Pool is now open for the season. Hours are: Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 9 – 11 a.m. for lap swim only, and 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. for open swim; and federal and training holidays, 9 – 11 a.m. for lap swim only, and 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. for open swim. The pool is open to all authorized FMWR patrons. For more information, call 533.3858. Register now for Steelhead Triathlon The 2013 Fort Huachuca Steelhead Triathlon will start at 6:30 a.m. June 22 at Irwin Pool. Registration forms are available at Barnes Field House and Eifler Fitness Center. Competitors can also register at http://www.active.com. The entry deadline is Wednesday, or after the first 144 entrants register. Competitors may register as individuals or as male, female, or co-ed three-person teams. For more information, call 533.3246.
Tryouts set for Army 10-Miler The final qualifying race for the 2013 Army 10-Miler will take place June 15, 7 a.m. at Brainard Road, west of the Joint Interoperability Test Command building. Active duty personnel who will be assigned to Fort Huachuca as of Oct. 20 are eligible to try out. Entry is free. Registration will be held on the day of the event. The race will be held Oct. 24 in Washington, D.C. For more information, call 533.3246. Free movie night set for June 22 FMWR will present a free Moonlight Movie “”Hotel Transylvania,” June 22 at Irwin Pool. The movie will start at dusk. Free popcorn, hot dogs, water and soft drinks will be provided, while supplies last. For more information, call 533.3354 or 266.0254. MCT auditions set for June 24 Missoula Children’s Theatre will hold youth auditions for the production of “Blackbeard the Pirate” June 24, start-
ing at 9 a.m. in the Johnston Elementary School Cafeteria. Students from 1st through 8th grades are encouraged to sign up now to audition. Children must first be registered with Child, Youth and School Services. The MCT Tour actor/directors will conduct rehearsals throughout the week. More than 50 local students will be cast in the production which will be presented on June 29 at 7 p.m., also in the Johnston Elementary School cafeteria. For more information, call 538.6219/6319. Enjoy TMAC’s lunch buffet Everyone is invited to enjoy lunch at Thunder Mountain Activity Centre, now served Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. The lunch buffet is $8.95 for adults or $4.50 for children 5 - 11. Each includes a salad bar, desserts, rolls and a nonalcoholic beverage. For more information, call 533.3802 or 533.7322.
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B Troop celebrates 40th anniversary on July 4 By Christopher Zimmerman B Troop Program Coordinator
Forty years ago America was a different place. The Vietnam War had just ended. The Watergate investigations were underway. Gasoline was 36 cents per gallon. Men wore long sideburns, woman wore mini-skirts, and Tony Orlando was singing “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Around the Ole Oak Tree.” Nineteen seventy-three was also the year that Col. Arthur Corley, the Fort Huachuca garrison commander, decided to create a special unit to promote the heritage and traditions of the U.S. Army in the Southwest during the period of the Indian Wars and support recruiting, community relations and ceremonial functions. This July 4th, in addition to celebrating American independence, B Troop, 4th U.S. Cavalry Regiment (Memorial) will celebrate its 40th anniversary. Corley realized that Fort Huachuca had a unique
and came up with about 30 volunteers for his new outfit. Although the memorial unit was not officially established by the Army until June 26, 1974, Corley and his staff designated July 4, 1973, as the official birthday of B Troop since that was the first day they appeared in public. The next month, on Aug. 13, 1973, spouses of the founding troopers formed the Ladies Auxiliary to B Troop, and it became an integral part of the unit. It took creativity and hard work to piece together uniforms and equipment for the new memorial unit. The ladies fashioned uniforms from old wool marine uniforms that someone had acquired. The post museum director’s wife, with a brother in Korea who owned a shoe factory, obtained the boots. The Army provided carbines and sabers but, if they had them, troopers initially supplied their own pistols. Much of the tack and equipment was obtained or made by the troopers, often at their own expense. B Troop didn’t originally have an office, but the troop acquired the use of one of the old Indian Scout adobe huts on Apache Flats. They refurbished it and turned it into a location for troop social events. The huts, unfortunately, were demolished years ago. Corley also established a period-authentic office space in the headquarters building which was manned daily by a trooper in 1880s uniform to help highlight the existence of the memorial unit and help provide a historic accent to the post. Originally, B Troop did not have its own horses and relied on privately owned horses or those borrowed
photoS coURteSy of b tRoop The first B Troop color guard in 1973 wears uniforms borrowed from the post museum.
cavalry history and intended to make use of it to improve community relations at a time when the public’s perception of the Army had been strained by the unpopular Vietnam War. With the Independence Day celebrations coming up, Corley decided to use the 4th of July to kick off a recruiting campaign for his new, special historic unit. The colonel corralled 2nd Lt. Roger Keats to put his vision together. Keats was tasked with coming up with a mounted color guard for the 4th of July parade. Lacking authentic uniforms and tack, Keats did the best he could with some creative license and help from the post museum. Since he had to borrow uniforms from the display dummies in the museum, he had to find riders based on their ability to fit the uniforms. Lacking cavalry gauntlets and campaign hats, he used pole lineman gloves and kepis instead. It wasn’t authentic, but the crowd at the parade loved it. The next day, Corley chaired a recruiting meeting
Members of B Troop, 4th U.S. Cavalry Regiment (Memorial) as they appear today.
from the Buffalo Corral. The troopers had no formal training program and received “on-the-job” training as cavalrymen. They had no regularly scheduled training sessions, but would gather to practice for specific events. They soon acquired a stock trailer, which they painted themselves, and were able to participate in off-
Col. Arthur Corley is known as the Father of B Troop.
post events. During its first year, the troop participated in many events away from post, traveling to Tombstone, Fort Verde, Prescott and other places. They also hosted a cavalry re-enactor’s encampment on Fort Huachuca attended by 18 different units. The units camped out and held massive cavalry maneuvers on the ranges. The Ladies Auxiliary came up with the idea of a Frontier Military Ball held at the old Lakeside Officer’s Club. The troopers and ladies wore period-authentic uniforms and dresses. The ball became an annual event and was attended by the senior leaders on post. Although Corley passed away in 2008, his vision for a special, mounted historic unit lives on. Over the years, the demographics of the post have changed and there aren’t as many people available to participate. Yet, B Troop enjoys better logistics support than it did in the 70s. The unit has its own horses, authentic uniforms and equipment, dedicated horse trailers and vehicles, and even has its own office. The troopers no longer have to manufacture their own uniforms and equipment. They also now have a formal cavalry riding school and train their riders before putting them in the public’s eye. The mission of the unit, however, has not changed since its initial establishment, and it continues to promote the heritage and traditions of the U.S. Army, as it has for 40 years. B Troop may still frequently be seen at off-post events or conducting their famous pistol charge on Brown Parade Field during ceremonies on Fort Huachuca. Those interested in learning more about the unit and how to join can visit the B Troop website, http://www. huachuca.army.mil/pages/btroop/ or call 538.2178. The next riding school begins on July 9, and applications will be accepted through June 28.
FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2013
Exchange old flag for new Prestige Assisted Living invites community members to stop by and receive a brand-new American flag in exchange for their worn-out or used flags from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. today. The exchange will take place at 4400 Avenida Cochise, Sierra Vista. For more information, call 452.1402. Square dance planned The Thunder Mountain Twirlers will hold their Father’s Day/Flag Day Square Dance tonight, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m., with a plus tip at the end. The dance takes place at Sierra Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 101 N. Lenzner, Sierra Vista. Cost is $4 for members, $5 for non-members. Snacks provided. For more information, contact 378.6719 or email svtmt@cox. net. American Legion holds breakfast American Legion Post 52, will hold breakfast Saturday, 8 – 10:30 a.m. at 12 Theater Dr., Sierra Vista. The meal is open to members, guests and active duty service members. For more information, call 459.6051. Attend horse shows on post Huachuca Saddle Club 2013 Western/English Combination Shows take place at Wren Arena, Fort Huachuca, on Saturday, and Aug. 17 and Oct. 5. Books open at 8 a.m., shows start at 9 a.m. A ranch pleasure class has been added along with regular classes. This pattern class features extended gaits, trot or lope overs, side pass and single spin in each direction. An open country pleasure driving is added starting with the Saturday show. Cost is $5 for members and $8 for non-members.
community For a list of gymkhana and show classes, entry forms and club information, contact 378.6385 or http//www. huachucasaddleclub.org. PX introduces archery line The Fort Huachuca Main Exchange has recently introduced an assortment of archery products. Patrons are invited to check them out. On this Father’s Day weekend, Saturday and Sunday, there will be a special event to include a gun giveaway. Visit the store to learn about this and other upcoming events. See movies in the park Join Sierra Vista Parks and Leisure Services for free, family entertainment. On Saturday, enjoy “The Pirates! A Band of Misfits.” Movies take place at Centennial Pavilion, Veterans’ Memorial Park, Fry Boulevard. As a reminder, pets are not allowed at park events. For more information, call 458.7922. Arizona Folklore Preserve performances Juni Fisher will perform on Saturday and Sunday, and Tom Hiatt and the Sundown Riders appear on June 22 and 23 at the Arizona Folklore Preserve in Ramsey Canyon. Doors open at 1 p.m., with performances starting at 2 p.m. For reservations, call 378.6165, or email email@example.com. Admission is $15 for adults and $6 for children 17 and under. Go 6 miles south of Sierra Vista on State Route 92 to Ramsey Canyon Road. Turn right, drive 3.3 miles into the canyon, and watch for the AFP entrance and sign to the left. For more information, contact
378.6165 or http//www.arizonafolklore.com. Free pool Sundays offered American Legion Post 52 is hosting free pool Sundays this month. The event is open to members, guests and active duty service members. For more information, call 459.6050, or visit the American Legion Post 52, 12 Theater Dr., Sierra Vista. Handle snakes, view lizards, more Carr House programs continue Sunday, 1:30 p.m., with “Hooray for Herps – Snakes, Lizards and more!” The program is presented by Tom Miscione, herpetologist, who will help the audience learn not to fear these members of the local ecosystem. His many live specimens will let young and old get up close and personal with a diverse number of snakes and lizards. Always popular, be sure to come early! Bring lawn chairs. Directions to Carr House: From Sierra Vista, travel south on State Route 92 to Carr Canyon Road (at the Mesquite Tree Restaurant). Turn right. Drive about 2.1 miles. Carr House is on the left after a concrete dip in the road. For information about upcoming programs, go to http//www.huachucamountains. org. Play grass volleyball this summer The Sierra Vista Grass Volleyball Series, run by Club Cochise Volleyball Association, is starting tournaments this month. Doubles tournaments for men and women of all ages and skill levels are held on Saturdays throughout the summer providing an opportunity for volleyball lovers and spectators. The schedule and more information can be
Sprucing things up for Army’s birthday celebration Spc. Miguel Rodriquez and Spc. Michael Wheeler, under the watchful eye of Staff Sgt. Jammy Frison, scrub the cannons on Brown Parade Field Wednesday so they look their best for the Army’s 238th birthday today. All three Soldiers are members of the Fort Huachuca Select Honor Guard.
found at http://sites.google.com/site/svgrassvolleyball. Search Facebook for “Sierra Vista Grass Volleyball Series.” Email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Join Tombstone in Buffalo Soldier salute The City of Tombstone will salute the Buffalo Soldiers, June 22 – 23. It will be two days of street entertainment, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. – noon on Sunday. On June 22 the 5th Annual Salute to the Buffalo Soldiers Parade will take place at 11 a.m. on Allen Street starting at 6th Street and concluding at 2nd and Allen Streets. Any interested persons, groups, veterans organizations and businesses wishing to participate in the parade or needing information should contact 1.520.266.5266 or Broncobill@powerC.net. Shoot N Shindig for youth Stan Greer and the Huachuca Whitetail Club will sponsor a Shoot N Shindig for youth 16 or younger, June 29, 9 a.m. (sign-in at 8 a.m.), at the Sierra Vista Shooting Range, east of town on State Route 90. Register by June 21. Competitors must have eye and ear protection. Young children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Club provides range masters, rifles, ammo, prizes, hot dogs and hamburgers. Other activities include a BB gun range and 3D youth archery shooting. Bring a dish for the potluck barbecue, lawn chairs and sunscreen. For more information, call 255.1652, 508.9833 or 378.2823. Celebrate July 4 in Sierra Vista Fort Huachuca will join the Rotary Club and the City of Sierra Vista in the annual Declaration of Independence celebration at Veterans Memorial Park and Civic Sports Complex on July 4, beginning at 11:30 a.m. The public is invited to attend. Ongoing entertainment takes place all afternoon. Fireworks begin at dusk. Watch upcoming issues of “The Fort Huachuca Scout” for more information. Riding school accepting applications B Troop, 4th Regiment, U.S. Cavalry (Memorial) is accepting applications for the next Cavalry Riding School which begins on July 9 and continues through October. Classes will be primarily on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Go to B Troop’s website, http://www. huachuca.army.mil/pages/btroop, for more information and to request an application.
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