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High Desert Warrior

Volume 9, Number 3

Published in the interest of the National Training Center and Fort Irwin community • www.irwin.army.mil

Monthly Observance

The 2013 National Women’s History Month theme, “Women Inspiring Innovation through Imagination,” honors generations of women who throughout American history have used their intelligence, imagination, sense of wonder, and tenacity to make extraordinary contributions to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM fields). Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month. Since 1995, Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.”

March 1, 2013

Bg martin 19th commander of nTc and Fort irwin

Army Campaign

The Army Emergency Relief program 2013 fundraising campaign begins March 1 and goes through May 15. The program was established to ensure that the Army could provide financial assistance for Soldiers and their Families through no-interest loans and grants, as well as scholarships to children and spouses of active-duty and retired Soldiers. Support AER with a contribution and encourage others to contribute. Soldiers or retired Veterans can contribute to the fund by filling out an application and paying through an allotment, cash or check. If you have questions contact Capt. Ronald Pierce, Fort Irwin AER coordinator, at (964) 760-4153 or Bob Lucas at 380-3513.

Your Installation

A Spouse Resiliency Course will be offered March 18-22, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Education Center, building 1020 at Third Street and F Avenue. This course is intended for Military Spouses to compliment the mandatory Resiliency Training that Soldiers are getting in the units. Department of the Army Civilians are also invited. Communication Skills, Problem Solving, Critical Thinking Skills and improving optimism are just a few of the skills that are taught. Call 380-8381 or email charletta.a.zamora-cruz.civ@mail.mil to register.

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FORT IRWIN SOLDIERS CURRENTLY DEPLOYED Source: Directorate of Human Resources National Training Center and Fort Irwin

Commander of United States Army Forces Command, Gen. David Rodriguez (right), hands the colors of the National Training Center to Brig. Gen. Ted Martin during a change of command ceremony, here, Feb. 21. Martin became the current commander of the NTC and Fort Irwin that afternoon in front of an audience consisting of Fort Irwin community members and special guests. Photo by Ken Drylie By Gustavo Bahena Public Affairs Office NTC and Fort Irwin

The National Training Center and Fort Irwin welcomed the arrival of its new commander during a change of command ceremony, here, Feb. 21. Brigadier Gen. Ted Martin took command as he received the NTC colors from Gen. David Rodriguez, commander of United States Army Forces Command. Brigadier Gen. Terry Ferrell concluded his tenure as commander here and his next assignment will be to lead Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, one of the subordinate commands of U.S. Africa Command. The ceremony took place at the parade field

on this military installation with seats and bleachers filled by NTC and Fort Irwin community members. Distinguished visitors from the High Desert also attended the traditional military event, which featured installation units on the parade field, the 62nd Army Band conducting ‘Sound Off,’ cannon fire (blank shells) for ‘Presentation of Honors,’ and the passing of the NTC colors to the new commander. There were also remarks by the three generals, who spoke about the significance of the occasion. Rodriguez said that the day was an opportunity to welcome a great Army Family - the Martins. Martin has established a reputation Army-wide as an outstanding Soldier and superb leader and Stephanie Martin, like her husband, cares deeply for Soldiers and their

Families, said the FORSCOM commander. “Installing a new commander signals an opportunity for growth and continued positive change and general Martin is a proven leader of immense capability and is ready to assume the increased responsibility of senior commander at a Forces Command installation,” Rodriguez said. “He brings a wealth of experience in both combat leadership and training.” Martin spoke about feeling fortunate to return to Fort Irwin (he commanded Operations Group, 2009-10) and called the Mojave Desert his natural habitat. “The National Training Center stands as our Army’s premier combat training center, where we seek to sharpen both the mind and See COMMANDER, page 3


Desert Warrior 2 High March 1, 2013 Army Values

WHO WE ARE

Workplace gossip can be harmful to individual, organization

Brig. Gen. Ted Martin Commanding General

Command Sgt. Maj. Lance P. Lehr Post CSM Col. Kurt J. Pinkerton Garrison Commander Command Sgt. Maj. Dale Perez Garrison CSM Pamela Portland Public Affairs Director

High Desert Warrior Staff Gustavo Bahena, Editor (760) 380-2909 Agustin Rodriguez, Editorial Assistant agustin.rodriguez1@us.army.mil

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HIGH DESERT WARRIOR Part 1 of 3 By John Winkfield Director, Equal Employment Opportunity NTC and Fort Irwin

As the Director of the Equal Employment Opportunity Program at the National Training Center and Fort Irwin, I have witnessed a growing concern in the effects of gossiping. As the EEO Director, I see too much of this, much too often. Repeatedly, I have had the duty of explaining the avenue of redress to an individual that was the brunt of office gossip. One of the things I have been asked many times is how to combat this destructive behavior. This series will address the concerns of senior management, DA civilians, family members, and contractors. I will also offer some solutions to this problem. At the end of this series I hope that we as a family at the NTC can learn that when we injure one another with harmful gossiping, it damages all of us. It seems so harmless. The little chitchat at the water cooler or in the gazebo or at the bus stop about so-and-so, about someone’s

relationship with someone else, the speculation about so-and-so - this is gossiping! Now, you may say, “I was just making idle conversation. I wasn’t trying to hurt feelings or damage reputations.” So, how can you tell the difference between harmless conversation and very harmful gossip? There is a huge difference, and it is important, because gossip that runs amok can be dangerous and destructive in a workplace. First, while light conversation can be value neutral, gossip is often negative, inflammatory and embarrassing to the targeted person. Here is a test: Consider the impact of what is being said. Does it cast negative slanderous remarks? Does it create rifts? Does it wallow in the misfortune of others? Does it have a negative emotional charge? Does it serve to perpetuate conflict or negativity? Is it hurtful or damaging? Is it something you would say in front of that person? Technically, any sharing of trivial or unsubstantiated information can be considered gossip. But you have to consider the sentiment. For example, if it were rumored that a co-worker is being promoted, and you

discuss it with a co-worker, is that gossip? If the discussion is hurtful or damaging or negative, then yes, it is gossip. But if it’s value neutral, then it’s not. If the story is told with negativity and without good will, then it is gossip. Gossip hurts: Gossip has many adverse side effects on an organization. It can increase conflict and decrease morale. It results in strained relationships. Gossip breaks down the trust level within the group, which results in employees second-guessing each other and ultimately running to the supervisor to clarify the directions or instructions, or to settle the differences that will arise. Gossip is the death of teamwork as the group breaks up into cliques and employees start refusing to work with others. Rampant negative gossip also results in the supervisor spending an enormous amount of time trying to figure out who said what to whom. Productivity is lost, as are good employees who do not want to work in such a toxic environment. (Editor’s note: This is part one of three on the topic of gossip in the workplace.)

Employee Assistance Program: a resource for the workforce By Valencia R. Barnes Employee Assistance Program coordinator Army Substance Abuse Program, NTC and Fort Irwin

As the Employee Assistance Program coordinator, I assist clients with life issues that might affect their well being, and their ability to perform work duties. The EAP services include: screening/assessment, referral, individual, group and family counseling. The EAP provides professional assistance for a wide range of personal and family concerns such as stress management, relationship and family issues, depression, For more information go to www.irwin.army.mil

substance abuse and work related problems. This program is available to Civilian employees and their family members as well as military dependents, retired military, civilians and their family members. Civilian employees: did you know that according to Army Regulation 600-85 you are required to have, on an annual basis, a minimum of two hours of Army Substance Abuse Training? Topics discussed in the training include: drugs and alcohol, stress, workplace violence, workplace bullying, etc. This training is given twice a month at the ASAP building. For more information call 380-9092. In addition, this training

is also offered online at http://www.irwin. army.mil/ArmyCivilians/DHR/Pages/ ASAP.aspx. If you would like a special class for your unit, then I can make arrangements to come to your facility at your convenience, or we can schedule the training at the ASAP building. Anger and stress management classes can be done individually or in groups. I am located in building 573, which is on the corner of 3rd Avenue and South Loop Road. The EAP services are free and confidential. Come and check us out! If you have any questions, call me at 380-9092.

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3 Your Installation High Desert Warrior March 1, 2013

General David Rodriguez, commander of United States Army Forces Command, speaks during a change of command ceremony, which saw Brig. Gen. Ted Martin assuming command of the National Training Center and Fort Irwin, Feb. 21.

A drummer and trumpeter march during a Feb. 21 change of command ceremony, here. The band members belong to the 62nd Army Band stationed at Fort Huachuca, Ariz.

Brigadier Gen. Ted Martin, commander of the National Training Center and Fort Irwin, speaks during his change of command ceremony, here, Feb. 21. Martin took command after arriving from an assignment as Commandant of Cadets at the United States Military Academy. He previously served as commander of Operations Group, here, in 2009.

Stephanie Martin, spouse of Brig. Gen. Ted Martin, receives a bouquet of yellow roses during a change of command ceremony that saw her husband assume command of the National Training Center and Fort Irwin, here, Feb. 21.

Soldiers from Operations Group fire a cannon for the playing of honors, a 17-gun salute, during the National Training Center change of command ceremony, here, Feb. 21.

photos by Ken Drylie

from COMMANDER, page 8 the battle axe, and I am proud to be part of the training solution,” Martin said. “There’s no doubt we have a righteous mission and one worthy of a dedicated and determined effort. Under the leadership of the commanding general of Forces Command and with the assistance of the entire team here at Fort Irwin, California, I commit to you that we will prevail in this endeavor.” Rodriguez praised the Soldiers participat-

ing in the ceremony and all who are stationed here. “The servicemembers, Families and Army civilians at Fort Irwin are well represented by these great looking Soldiers you see on parade,” Rodriguez said. “They look great.” He also commented on the distinctive honor of serving as a military commander. “America’s Army is built around commanders,” Rodriguez said. “And unit command is a very special time in a military career. There is no greater privilege than to

lead American Soldiers, but commanding here - at one of the Army’s three premier combat training centers - is a rare and very special opportunity.” Rodriguez commended Ferrell for his leadership at the NTC and Fort Irwin, saying that he brilliantly directed the installation and met every challenge. “He’s an excellent trainer and under his command the NTC readied 22 brigade combat teams for overseas deployment,” Rodriguez said.

Ferrell said that during the past two years, the NTC had that opportunity to train a multitude of tasks and missions to prepare not just Soldiers, but the other military services and joint, inter-agency partners, to deploy. “If we’re not deployed, the closest thing we can do is to be able to train and ensure they’re prepared to go,” Ferrell said. “And I applaud each and everyone of the organizations here, the leaders, and the Soldiers that partake in those training rotations each and every month.” For more information go to www.irwin.army.mil


Desert Warrior 4 High March 1, 2013 Employment

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helping you find employment March 14 Employer Meet and Greet event customized for Fort Irwin community By Silvia Moreno Employment Readiness Program manager Army Community Service, NTC and Fort Irwin

Looking for a job? Having a hard time getting one-on-one time with employers? Your chance to meet employers, who are hiring now, is right around the corner. Mark your calendars for the Employer Meet and Greet taking place at Sandy Basin Community Center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., March 14. This is your chance to network with employers and find your next job. Transitioning Servicemembers, Veterans, Retirees, Dependants and

the Fort Irwin community is invited to attend the Employer Meet and Greet. If you are looking for employment, or considering a career change, you cannot miss this event. You will have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with employers, who will provide you with detailed information about their companies. There will be two sessions to accommodate your schedule. Session one will begin at 10 a.m. and session two begins at 11:30 a.m. The event will remain open for interested job seekers the entire time. Bring copies of your resume and dress accordingly; there is always a potential to be interviewed for a position. For more information contact Silvia Moreno at 380-5165 or silvia.m.moreno2.civ@mail.mil. Former U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel became the 24th Secretary of Defense Feb. 27 after taking the oath of office during a private ceremony a the Pentagon. Hagel spoke to the Pentagon workforce and a worldwide audience on the Pentagon Channel just after taking the oath. “I’ll never ask anyone to do anything I wouldn’t do,” Hagel said. “I’ll never ask anybody to do more than I would do. That’s the story of your lives. I wouldn’t be worthy if that was not the case.”

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5 Travel

High Desert Warrior March 1, 2013

Ski the Sierras

Mammoth Mountain in Sierra Nevada range offers plenty of snow recreation By Gustavo Bahena Public Affairs Office NTC and Fort Irwin

The ski season is not over yet. One exceptional place to check out during the winter (or summer) while stationed at Fort Irwin, Calif., is Mammoth Mountain ski resort, located in this state’s most famous mountain range, the Sierra Nevada. And getting there can be an exceptional mini-road trip as well. Mammoth Mountain is approximately 300 miles from Fort Irwin. From Barstow, travel south on Interstate 15 to state Route 58 and go west. At U.S. 395, drive north. Mammoth Mountain is on Route 203, which you’ll access

from U.S. 395 at exit 263. On the way there, you’ll drive near Ridgecrest and the Naval Weapons Center at China Lake. North of that, U.S. 395 takes you through the Owens Valley, with the eastern Sierra Nevada on your left flank. Mount Whitney, the tallest mountain in the contiguous United States at 14,505 feet, is a short drive away from Lone Pine - one of several small towns scattered along U.S. 395. Bishop is the largest town in the Owens Valley area. You can lodge at Mammoth Mountain, Mammoth Lakes City, or even Bishop, which will only be about 47 miles away. The Web site www.mammothmountain.com has detailed information about lodging at the ski resort. As of Feb. 28, the Web site was reporting a season total of 262 inches of snow. The Main Lodge (8,900 feet elevation) reported a base of 87 inches; McCoy Station (9,600 feet) reported a base of 115 inches, and; the Summit (11,053

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feet) reported 185 inches of base snow. Surface conditions were reported as packed powder, machine groomed. Don’t let the elevations intimidate you. At Mammoth there is something for all family members to enjoy. Ski and snowboard lessons are offered. The bunny slope is always available. There is a snow play area called Woolly’s Tube Park. It’s a big mountain. There are 28 lifts including two, high-speed detachable six-packs and three gondolas. There are 150 named trails, with the longest run being three miles. The terrain level of difficulty is divided into percentages of: 40 for intermediate, 25 for beginner, 20 for advanced, and 15 for expert. Other amenities include four day lodges, two on-hill snack bars, four food courts/cafeterias, five restaurants and seven bars. There is even child care available. Equipment can be rented at Mammoth, but

you can also get your gear at Outdoor Recreation, here. Skis and snowboards can be rented at $17 for the weekend or $30 for a week. Call 380-4327 for more information about their rentals. Call Leisure Travel Services, here, at 380-4767 for assistance in planning your trip to Mammoth. For more information and lift ticket information at Mammoth, go to their Web site at www.mammothmountain.com. For road conditions, consult the California Highway Patrol Web page at www.chp.ca.gov or the California Transportation Web site at www.dot.ca.gov/ cgi-bin/roads.cgi. The ski season at Mammoth goes until June. And if you miss that, the summer activities in that region are outstanding too. Be safe on the road.

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7 Community Calendar High Desert Warrior March 1, 2013

For additional events and on-going, scheduled activities see the Community Calendar at www.irwin.army.mil or the FMWR site at http://fortirwinfmwr.com/

Ongoing

SKIES Unlimited encompasses instructional programs for children and youth ranging from six weeks old to adolescence. Sign up your child for Reading and Math tutoring, Piano and Vocal lessons, Karate or Dance. Call 380-7751 for schedules and pricing.

march 1

Amnesty Day. 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. 759th EOD Safe Holding Area, behind building 6111. Turn in your old ammunition up to and including 50 caliber. If unsure about your items, call 759th EOD at 380-4092

march 2

Pet Shot Clinic. 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Fort Irwin Veterinary Treatment Facility. Pets must be leashed or crated. Rabies: $10; DA2PP, $15; Bordetella, $18; Rabies, $10; FVRCP, $15; FELV, $18. Cash only. Call 380-3025.

march 6

Women’s History Month celebration. 10 -11:30 a.m. Sandy Basin Community Center. Celebrating women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and the military. EEO/EO Office, 380-4961.

march 7-8, 11-15

Distribution of USDA Surplus Food Commodities. First Congregational UCC Church at 220 N. 2nd Avenue in Barstow. First come, first serve; for federal poverty level households in Barstow and Lenwood. Desert Manna, (760) 256-7797. • •

march 9

Gary Sinese and the LT Dan Band concert. 7 p.m. Irwin Event and Catering Center parking lot. Concert VIP dining. 5 - 7 p.m. Samuel Adams Grille. Dine at these times to receive a pass for preferred seating at the LT Dan Band concert. 380-5837.

march 15

Wild West Day. 4 - 7 p.m. Horse Detachment Stables. Performance by BreAnne Sky, cavalry skills demonstration, hay and pony rides; hot dogs, hamburgers, chili and desserts. 11ACR Horse Detachment, 380-1287. • •

march 16

Clever Clover Run (2k-10k). 8 a.m. Freedom Fitness Center. Pre-registration, $3; same day registration, $5. 380-3685. Now through March 16 register for a Petroglyphs/Ranger Hike at Kelso Dunes on March 23. Outdoor Recreation. Transportation cost is $25 for adults and $18 for children up to 13 years old. Hikes and tour is free. 380-4327.

March 2013 Middle School and Teen Center Events: Middle School Activities March 1 Wooden Jewelry March 4 Salt Painted Gardens March 5 Art Club: OP Art March 6 Sports Club: Smart Girls & Ultimate Journey March 7 Filter Flowers March 8 Leprechaun Eggs March 11Slime Bubbles March 12 Art Club: Cherry Blossom Moon Art March 13 Sports Club: Smart Girls & Ultimate Journey March 14 Cooking Club Paparazzi Club March 15 Leprechaun Science March 18 Fairies in a Jar March 19 Art Club: Spring Fling March 20 Sports Club Smart Girls & Ultimate Journey March 21 DIY: Bird House March 22 Polymer Plants

March 25 Making Worms March 26 Art Club: Blue Printing March 27 Sports Club: Smart Girls and Ultimate Journey March 28 Cooking Club Paparazzi Club March 29 Bouncing Bubbles Teen Activities March 1 MST Teen Night: Basketball Night March 2 MST Teen Night: Volleyball Night March 8 MST Teen Night: Movie Night March 9 MST Teen Night: Billiard Night March 15 MST Teen Night: Dodge Ball Night March 16 MST Teen Night: Soccer Night March 22 MST Teen Night: Dance Off March 23 MST Teen Night: 3 on 3 Basketball March 29 MST Teen Night: Skate Night March 30 MST Teen Night: Dessert Night

Chapel Activities Worship Services Catholic Mass Center Chapel Sunday, 9 a.m. Contemporary Protestant Center Chapel Sunday, 11 a.m. Multi-cultural Gospel Center Chapel Sunday, 1 p.m. Traditional/Liturgical Protestant Blackhorse Chapel Sunday, 10 a.m. Latter Day Saints Blackhorse Chapel Sunday, noon Catholic Daily Mass Center Chapel Wednesday and Thursday, 11:45 a.m. Islamic Prayer

Center Chapel annex Friday, 12:30 p.m. Earth Based Center Chapel annex Tuesday, 4 p.m. Jewish Service Center Chapel Holy Days; 380-3562 Chapel Activities Protestant Women of the Chapel Center Chapel Tuesday, 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Mothers of Preschoolers Center Chapel First and third Wednesday, 9 a.m. AWANA Center Chapel Wednesday, 4 p.m. Military Council of Catholic Women Center Chapel

Thursday, 9 a.m. Youth Group Center Chapel annex Thursday, 6:30 p.m. Operation Helping Hand Center Chapel 380-3562/3440 Men’s Bible Study Blackhorse Chapel annex First and third Thursday, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Phone numbers: Installation chaplain: 380-3562/3440 11th ACR chaplain: 380-4913 Operations Group chaplain: 3806048

march 18

ow through March 18 sign up you children for Track and Field. CYSS, building 1300 on Meuse Argonne. Ages 6 - 18; $55. Season is from April 9 - June 8. 380-7044

march 25

Fort Irwin N.O.W (Newcomer’s Orientation Welcome). 8:30 a.m. - noon. Sandy Basin Community Center. The orientation addresses helpful, key information specific to the installation. Spouses are highly encouraged to attend with their Soldier or new civilian employee. Extended, free child care and a sack lunch provided to Newcomer’s taking the Installation Bus Tour after the orientation. 380-3598.

march 30

Now through March 30 register for a kayaking trip at La Jolla’s 7 Caves on April 13. Outdoor Recreation. Transportation cost is $25 for adults and $18 for children up to 13 years old. Kayaking, $25. 380-4327.

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High Desert Music Festival and BBQ Showdown. High Desert Event Center in Victorville. Music and barbeque showdown, sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society. $15 per day. Discounts for military. Children under 12 free. www.highdesertmusicfestival. com or call (760) 705-4FUN

KNTC “The Heat”at 88.3 FM Mon. 8-9 a.m. — ­ “Flashback to the 80’s” Song requests can be sent to 80swithKate@ gmail.com Tue., 8-9 a.m. — “Garrison Community Updates” with J & J in the Morning Tue., 12-1 p.m. — “Chitchat” with Silvia & Shea Wed., 7:30-9 a.m. — “Cruiz’n with Gus and Newsmakers” Wed., 12-1 p.m. — “11th ACR Hour” Wed., 2:30 p.m. — “Col. Pinkerton’s Facebook Roundup” Thurs., 8 a.m.-9 a.m. — “Renita’s Rewind Hour” Thurs. 12-1 p.m. — “The TNT Hour” with Tony Untalan

March 10 March 1 7 p.m. The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Pt2 (PG-13) 4 p.m. Monster Inc 3D (G) March 2 7 p.m. Zero Dark Thirty (PG) 4 p.m. Monster Inc 3D (G) March 11 7 p.m. Studio Appreciation Advance Screening – Free Admission – (R). 7 p.m. Broken City (R) Tickets available at your local Exchange Food Court. Seating open to March 15 non-ticket holders 30 minutes prior to showtime. 7 p.m. Bullet to the Head (R) March 3 March 16 4 p.m. Monster Inc 3D (G) 7 p.m. Studio Appreciation Advance Screening – Free Admission – (R). 7 p.m. The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Pt2 (PG-13) Tickets available at your local Exchange Food Court. Seating open to March 4 non-ticket holders 30 minutes prior to showtime. 7 p.m. The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Pt2 (PG-13) March 17 March 8 4 p.m. Beautiful Creatures 2013 (PG-13) 7 p.m. Zero Dark Thirty (PG) 7 p.m.Bullet to the Head (R) March 9 March 18 4 p.m. Monster Inc 3D (G) 7 p.m. Beautiful Creatures 2013 (PG-13) 7 p.m. Broken City (R)

Tickets: Adult - $5.00/3D-$7.00, Children 6-11 - $2.50/3D-$4.50 Five and Under are FREE. This schedule is subject to change at the last minute to accommodate changes in movies and free showings. ID cards are required from all personnel not in uniform when purchasing movie tickets. For more information and movie updates, call 380-3490.

For more information go to www.irwin.army.mil


Desert Warrior 8 High March 1, 2013 Safety

Don’t be a road warrior Contribute to safety by heeding these tips when walking, driving Provided by Kim Garcia Garrison Safety NTC and Fort Irwin

Safety is a shared responsibility for all members of the Fort Irwin Community. With a daily population of approximately 21,000 personnel including almost 6,000 family members, their Soldiers and our civilian workforce, it is imperative that we take that responsibility seriously. The following are some tips to improve road safety for everyone, courtesy of www.walkinginfo.org.

Safety tips for pedestrians

Be safe and be seen: make yourself visible to drivers • Wear bright/light colored clothing and reflective materials. • Carry a flashlight when walking at night. • Cross in a well-lit area at night. • Stand clear of buses, hedges, parked cars or other obstacles

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before crossing so drivers can see you. Be smart and alert: avoid dangerous behaviors • Always walk on the sidewalk; if there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic. • Stay sober; walking while impaired increases your chance of being struck. • Don’t assume vehicles will stop; make eye contact with drivers; don’t just look at the vehicle. • Don’t rely solely on pedestrian signals; look before you cross the road. • Be alert to engine noise or backup lights on cars when in parking lots and near on-street parking spaces. Be careful at crossings: look before you step • Cross streets at marked crosswalks or intersections, if possible. • Obey traffic signals such as WALK/DON’T WALK signs. • Look left, right, and left again before crossing a street. • Watch for turning vehicles; make sure the driver sees you and will stop for you. • Look across ALL lanes you must cross and visually clear each lane before proceeding. Just because one motorist stops, do not presume drivers in other lanes can see you and will stop for you. • Don’t wear headphones or talk on a cell phones.

Safety tips for drivers

Be alert: watch for pedestrians at all times • Scan the road and the sides of the road ahead for potential

pedestrians. Before making a turn, look in all directions for pedestrians crossing. • Don’t drive distracted or after consuming alcohol or other drugs. • Do not use your cell phone while driving. • Look carefully behind your vehicle for approaching pedestrians before backing-up, especially small children. • For maximum visibility, keep your windshield clean and headlights on. Be responsible: yield to pedestrians at crossings • Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, whether marked or unmarked. • Yield to pedestrians when making right or left turns at intersections. • Do not block or park in crosswalks. Be patient: drive the speed limit and avoid aggressive maneuvers • Never pass/overtake a vehicle that is stopped for pedestrians. • Obey speed limits and come to a complete stop at STOP signs. • Use extra caution when driving near children playing along the street or older pedestrians who may not see or hear you. • Always be prepared to stop for pedestrians. • Obey all posted speeds, especially in the housing area and near school zones Remember, safety is a shared responsibility. •


9 Your Installation High Desert Warrior March 1, 2013

Are you in the zone? By Gustavo Bahena Public Affairs Office NTC and Fort Irwin

The Warrior Zone and Habanero restaurant opened their doors Feb. 13 during a ribbon cutting ceremony, here. The event was attended by leadership, Soldiers and celebrities. Cast from the Web show “Caribe Road” made an appearance as well as Ciji “StarSlay3r” Thornton, a professional video-gamer. The Warrior Zone is a high-tech, recreation facility centered around high-speed gaming options. The Soldiers-only facility is a place for them to relax and recharge. Habanero is a Mexican food restaurant. Both are located at 3rd Street at the corner of Avenue F. Some of the amenities at the Warrior Zone include: • Six 3D Xbox gaming stations with Kinect • Movie theater with 120-inch HD projector screen and integrated HD surround sound • Two 9-inch Brunswick tournament certified pool tables with ceiling cameras. The feed can be broadcast throughout the facility and combine tournaments with other organizations or installations.

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Desert Warrior 10 High March 1, 2013 Outreach

We will not forget NTC and Fort Irwin to host fourth annual event recognizing Vietnam era Veterans Story and photos by Gustavo Bahena Public Affairs Office NTC and Fort Irwin

The largest annual, outreach event that the National Training Center and Fort Irwin hosts returns to this military installation for its fourth installment. The 2013 Vietnam era Veterans event “We Will Not Forget” is scheduled for April 10. The days’ events will begin at the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Barstow for attendees participating in the motorcycle procession. After morning colors are presented, the MCLB Commander Col. Michael Scalise will provide remarks. A motorcycle procession will then leave the base and enter Fort Irwin, where well-wishers cheer on Veterans as they make their way to the parade field, here. The ceremony here is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. For Veterans driving directly to Fort

Irwin, parking will be located at the Exchange lot; shuttles will be provided to the parade field. The NTC and Fort Irwin invites Vietnam era Veterans and their family members to attend this special occasion. Registration is available at the Fort Irwin Web site www.irwin.army.mil or by calling (760) 380-7532. The NTC and Fort Irwin commander, Brig. Gen. Ted Martin, will introduce the ceremony. This year’s guest speaker will be Tom Lewis, who is a business owner in Barstow. He served in the Marines for six years with two of those years in Vietnam (1960-62) in an advisor role. “I am not a speech writer,” wrote Lewis in a letter to Darrell Kemp, directorate of Human Resources, here. “[I am] a very dedicated and patriotic Marine that has tried to make a difference. I am highly honored for the once in a lifetime opportunity to speak before such a special group of brothers and sisters.” A complimentary lunch will be provided to Veterans and their guests at 12:30 p.m.

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11 Your Finances High Desert Warrior March 1, 2013

Don’t stay in the dark on your finances, your future Financial readiness resources readily available By Sgt. Anthony Lancaster Paralegal Legal Assistance, NTC and Fort Irwin

The Army has many resources to assist Soldiers and their Families with the hardships they face every day. Many of these resources are available through Army Community Service and can be very beneficial when properly utilized. These resources include: financial readiness training classes, debt liquidation assistance, Army Emergency Relief, Financial Advisors, and Financial Readiness Officers. What type of financial readiness training is available through ACS? There are a number of banking and credit union training sessions, which provide overviews of the types of services these institutions offer. Budget development is another great class that teaches proper record-keeping and how to plan for income-based expenses and emergency expenses. The ACS directorate supports unit commanders by offering eight hours of personal financial management readiness training to first term Soldiers within three months of arrival at Fort Irwin. There is also credit

training that addresses the use and abuse of credit and how to obtain credit. Other classes include consumer rights, insurance, and a personal financial readiness course. Personal financial readiness covers such things as the military pay system, pay entitlements, and how to read a Leave and Earnings Statement. It also covers wartime pay systems, the sure-pay program using checkbook management, financial counseling resources and procedures, a Soldier’s personal financial responsibilities, financial issues relating to Family members and creditors, extended absence financial planning, and Permanent Change of Station moves. The ACS directorate offers instruction and information materials that assist Soldiers and Families with critical life events that impact personal finances such as marriage, parenthood, college and retirement. Financial counseling services provide one-on-one sessions for Soldiers and Family members in areas, such as budget development and financial planning, developing a spending plan, managing personal finances, and evaluating assets and liabilities. The ACS debt liquidation assistance program facilitates resolution of financial crises by helping clients analyze their assets and liabilities, enroll them in a debt liquidation program if appropriate, develop a repayment plan to liquidate debts, contact credi-

tors, and notify creditors by mail that the client is enrolled in the debt liquidation program. The ACS staff continues to follow clients through counseling until either the client’s debts are liquidated and the counselor is assured that the client can manage independently or until the client withdraws from the program. Also, ACS can help Soldiers transfer debt liquidation programs to their next duty station when they PCS. The most popular ACS program that Soldiers use is the Army Emergency Relief program. The AER program provides interest-free loans or grants during times of emergency. Examples are loans for eviction, vehicle repossession, emergency travel, funeral expenses, and the repair of Soldiers’ only essential vehicle. Soldiers or Family members must see their Command Financial NCO for budget assistance prior to coming to ACS, with exception of an emergency Red Cross message needing an immediate response. On Fort Irwin last year alone, this program was able to successfully handle 975 cases and give out an estimated $1.5 million in AER loans. With all that the Army offers, don’t stay in the dark on your finances and your future. Take advantage of the classes and services. Visit our local ACS office and take control of your finances in order to set yourself and or your Family on the path to success.

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Anysah Galvan, 11, finishes painting a prop for the musical “Alice in Wonderland JR,” to be performed by the Fort Irwin Middle School Drama Club, March 27-28. Anysah will have a speaking and singing role as Dodo Bird. She also sings the National Anthem at the school’s basketball team games.

Student Drama Club to perform ‘Alice in Wonderland JR’ musical March 27-28 By Gustavo Bahena Public Affairs Office NTC and Fort Irwin

The Drama Club at Fort Irwin Middle School is preparing for their biggest production. Approximately 40 students in the club will be participating in three renditions of the musical “Alice in Wonderland JR,” March 27 and 28. The March 27 productions will occur from 3 - 4 p.m., for a school audience, and from 5 - 6 p.m. for the Fort Irwin community. On March 28, the club will put on a third performance from 5 - 6 p.m. for the community. The location will be the FIMS gym and admission is free. The Drama Club is in its second year of existence, but only recently did it achieve Associated Student Body status, said Mike Sullivan, principal of FIMS. The added designation allows the club to fundraise for materials, costumes and props. The club has obvious advantages for the students as well. “These kids are engaged,” Sullivan said. “There getting to do something they want to do and they’re being supported, while doing it.” Sullivan added that school doesn’t have to be entirely about academics and that educators should be able to discover students’ hidden talents and nurture them. Laura Breeden, a physical education teacher at FIMS and the Drama Club instructor, said that the student performers will be reciting lines, singing and following choreography. The group rehearses everyday after school. One of the challenges the Drama Club students are facing is committing to the

rehearsals. It has been a great learning experience for them, Breeden said. “They become very involved with a group,” Breeden said. “They’re working together, They’re learning cooperation and it’s good brain food - there’s a lot of memorization of lines. Some of them are singing, so they’re working with music.” Seventh grader, Ashton Miller, 12, will be playing the Caterpillar in the musical. She auditioned for the role and feels that it fits her personality - bubbly. One of her lines will be, “Don’t worry be happy.” Alice Laybourn, 12 and in the sixth grade, described her role of a Violet flower as being sassy. She said being in the drama club gives her a chance to be someone else. “I really like performing,” Alice said. “I like being somebody I’m not.” Haylee Azuras, a 12-year-old sixth grader, is acting for the first time and is a little nervous, she said. She will be playing Matilda, Alice’s sister. Haylee wants to perform to break out of her shell. Her peers inspired her to get involved. “My friends said it’s an opportunity for me to get out there and have fun,” Haylee said. Haylee’s mom, Tammy Azures, said the Drama Club is a great venue for children to meet other kids and to become socially acceptable in a new environment. One student who is motivating others during rehearsals is Anya Smith, 13, who is the president of the club. She is playing Alice and knows her lines, said Breeden. “Alice - she’s already into her role,” Breeden said. “She has her lines memorized and it’s very inspiring to the others, who are trying to get into their roles.” Anya said she loves acting; and she cherishes her friends in the Drama Club. “My buddies at drama club - I love very much.”

Mayra Pazos, 13 (foreground), reads lines during a rehearsal with her peers of the Drama Club at Fort Irwin Middle School, Feb. 22. The group was practicing for their production of “Alice in Wonderland JR,” scheduled for March 27-28 at FIMS.

Anya Smith, 13, and Payton Merx, 13, will be playing Alice and the Mad Hatter during the “Alice in Wonderland JR” musical, scheduled for March 27 and 28 at Fort Irwin Middle School. The production is being put on by the FIMS Drama Club.


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Alice Laybourn, 12 (center), will be Violet during a production of “Alice in Wonderland JR.” Brittney Rector, 11 (left) will play Petunia and Sarah Lupian, 11, will perform as Lily. The three girls will sing “Golden Afternoon.”

Members of the Drama Club at Fort Irwin Middle School paint a set prop to be used during the musical “Alice in Wonderland JR,” which the club will perform.

Members of the Fort Irwin Middle School Drama Club have a little fun after rehearsing for the musical “Alice in Wonderland JR,” which they will perform, March 27-28. The club has been practicing for the performance since January.


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15 Health anytime, anywhere, anyone: brain injuries do not discriminate High Desert Warrior March 1, 2013

Brain Injury Awareness Month helps bring awareness, keeps topic in forefront Submitted by Maj. Shirley Daniel Traumatic Brain Injury Program manager Weed Army Community Hospital, NTC and Fort Irwin

Did you know that 1.7 million individuals in the United States will suffer a traumatic brain injury each year according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention? This number includes approximately 262,065 U.S. military servicemembers. Not all cases of TBI are combat related, as reported by the Defense and Veterans Brian Injury Center. This type of injury happens in an instant, and causes 52,000 deaths and a lifetime of physical, cognitive and behavioral challenges to 3.1 million individuals every year. In March, the Weed Army Community Hospital, here, joins other military installations, independent organizations, self-advocates, families and volunteers across the nation to observe Brain Injury Awareness Month. Brain Injury Awareness Month honors the millions of individuals confronted

with challenges resulting from TBI, and honors those who have succumbed to this condition. The campaign also aims to increase awareness and decrease stigma about brain injuries. The effects of TBI are often injuries we cannot see and are difficult to detect because there are no outward signs. Anyone can sustain a TBI at any time; therefore, it is important to understand prevention, signs and symptoms after an injury has occurred. Servicemembers are at a higher risk for TBI than the general population because of the nature of our military occupation. Servicemembers must know what to do when symptoms are apparent in a battle buddy in order to seek treatment from available medical resources. So what is traumatic brain injury? A TBI is a disruption of brain function resulting from an external force, like a blow or jolt to the head for example. Traumatic brain injuries are characterized as mild, moderate and severe. Symptoms may range from a confused and disoriented state for a few seconds to minutes, to loss of consciousness for an extended duration. Mild traumatic brain injuries, also known as

concussions, are the most common. Concussions are not confined to combat or blast exposures. They may also be sustained during common activities such as football, hockey, boxing, skiing, biking and vehicle crashes or collisions. Symptoms may include confusion, dizziness, headaches, nausea, ringing in the ears, poor concentration, memory problems, difficulty sleeping, irritability and visual disturbances. Some individuals experience symptoms lasting from a few seconds to minutes while others may have long-lasting or permanent deficits. It is important to understand that it takes time for the brain to heal from these injuries. It may take longer with repeated injuries, which impacts military personnel because of combat exposure to repeat injuries. With appropriate observation and treatment, however, research has shown that 90 percent of TBI patients experience a full recovery. Brain injuries should be evaluated by medical personnel as soon as possible. Leaders should encourage servicemembers to seek medical attention, regardless of how mild the injury appears. While early identification and

treatment is essential, prevention really is the key: wearing the appropriate protective head gear while participating in sports, recreational activities and combat operations, and; avoiding or reducing high risk activities. Prevention is particularly important for those who have already suffered a previous injury to allow the brain to heal. The TBI Task Force at Weed Army Community Hospital will be hosting TBI awareness events throughout the month of March. “Bowling for Brain Injuries” is scheduled to occur on March 16 starting at noon. Look for this and other awareness activities on the hospital Web site and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WeedArmy. Registration forms and flyers will be available at the Mary E. Walker Clinic and Weed Army Community Hospital. Remember to register early for “Bowling for Brain Injuries” to claim your bowling lane. Do not miss out on any of the events in March! For more information, contact Maj. Shirley Daniel, TBI Program manager, Mary E. Walker Clinic at 380-7358. Join us during March and help honor those who suffer from traumatic brain injury.

Youth in Motion

messages that resonate By Gustavo Bahena Public Affairs Office NTC and Fort Irwin

The campaign to eliminate the bullying problem among youth at Fort Irwin has resulted in recent visits by individuals with messages that are very relevant. On Feb. 12, Todd Lauderdale of the Rachel’s Challenge organization visited the installation and spoke to an audience of Fort Irwin community members. Lauderdale is a family friend of Rachel Scott’s family and a speaker for the organization. Rachel Scott was the first person killed in the Columbine High School tragedy on April 20, 1999. Lauderdale visits schools all over the country to tell the story of Rachel’s life and writings. By sharing Rachel’s acts of kindness during her life, the Rachel’s

Challenge program helps to inspire individuals to replace acts of violence, bullying and negativity with acts of respect and compassion. Trevor Romain visited Fort Irwin Feb. 21-22 and spoke to students at Tiefort View Intermediate School and Lewis Elementary. Romain’s program to visit schools on military installations has occurred through a collaborative effort with the USO. On his presentations, Romain uses his own childhood struggles, through humor and creative flair, to teach children ways to manage the ups and downs of life. His mission is to promote academic achievement and instill positive growth and behavior self-management skills in students through social, emotional and physical fitness learning.

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Desert Warrior 16 High March 1, 2013 Army Values

You are a Soldier for Life By Gustavo Bahena Public Affairs Office NTC and Fort Irwin

“Once a Soldier, always a Soldier.” General Raymond T. Odierno, United States Army Chief of Staff, made that proclamation. It is part of his statement that reads: “Soldiers past and present are selflfless, disciplined, and innovative. They have lived, served, and led with moral and ethical courage. They are Soldiers for Life and their attributes will make them a welcome addition to any organization.” Those words from the highest ranking Soldier have a lot of weight. They essentially tell the world that Odierno has the utmost faith that America’s Soldiers and Veterans are upstanding individuals to be regarded highly. Those words are part of a campaign to inform the American public of the qualities that Soldiers posses and retain when they transition to civilian life. The campaign, known as “Soldier for Life,” focuses on community engagement. The campaign aims to enable Army, governmental,

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and community efforts to facilitate successful reintegration of Soldiers, Veterans and their Families to keep them Army strong and instill their values, ethos and leadership within com-

The communications director for the campaign, Lt. Col. Michael Bliss, said that as the Army draws down in the next five years there will be approximately 500,000 Soldiers

Michael Schlitz (right), a wounded retired Veteran and ex-Army Ranger, speaks with a film crew who was working on a music video that will feature Schlitz. The music video by the band Secret State is military-themed and will appear online. Schlitz is involved with Gallant Few, which focuses on social networking, professional development, emotional support and physical assistance to Veterans. Its mission is to facilitate a peaceful, successful transition from active military service to a civilian life filled with hope and purpose. Photo by Pamela Portland

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transitioning to civilian life. Those Soldiers have born the burden by serving honorably in

two wars and Odierno wants their transition to go smoothly. Part of making the transition successful is to inform communities, businesses and nonprofits about transitioning servicemembers. “We’re trying to bridge that gap of bringing awareness to the communities,” Bliss said. Bliss said that the Army’s Training Doctrine is working with civilian industries to get Soldiers credentialed for training and skills they possess, so they are recognized by civilian businesses. Bliss reiterates that the message is that Veterans are not needing a handout, but require support and the understanding of the community that there’s a lot of value in hiring them. Non-profit organizations have also stepped in to support Veteran causes, such as the Wounded Warrior Project. Their vision is to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history. “The good thing is there is a lot of effort out there,” Bliss said. “There is a lot of groundswell support.”


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Fort irwin professionals active with army Engineer association

The Martin H. Cesana chapter of the Army Engineer Association recently met at Fort Irwin to: elect and install a slate of chapter officers; discuss the promotion of AEA scholarship opportunities to the Fort Irwin community, and; conduct an engineer professional development session. The group routinely meets to facilitate cohesion, interaction, and networking within the engineers total family. Pictured above is: Capt. James Mooney, Maj. Heather Levy, Lt. Col. Ed Apostol, Capt. Paul White and Capt. Al Butler. By Maj. Heather Levy Battalion Executive Officer Trainer, Sidewinder Team Operations Group, NTC and Fort Irwin

“Essayons!” - the motto of the Army’s Engineer Regiment could be heard resonating throughout Operations Group headquarters as the Fort Irwin’s Martin H. Cesana chapter of the Army Engineer Association concluded their Feb. 5 meeting with a spirited rendition of the Engineer Song. Fort Irwin’s engineer community routinely meets under the auspices of the local chapter of AEA to facilitate cohesion, interaction, and networking within the Engineers total family. At Fort Irwin, that “family” includes the Sidewinder Team Observer Coach/Trainers, the 58th Combat Engineer Company of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District Resident Office, and the

Department of the Army civilians serving in Fort Irwin’s Department of Public Works. This recent meeting of the AEA served three purposes: to elect and install a slate of chapter officers; to discuss the promotion of AEA scholarship opportunities to the Fort Irwin community as a part of National Engineers Week, which runs from Feb. 17-23, and; to conduct an engineer professional development session. Indicative of the dynamic backgrounds of Army engineers at Fort Irwin, the Cesana Chapter installed a slate of officers from three different organizations. The Los Angeles District’s Lt. Col. Ed Apostol will serve as the Chapter president for this next year. Other elected officers included Maj. Heather Levy from Sidewinder Team, OPS GRP, who will serve as a vice president along with Capt. James Mooney and 1st Lt. Sean Wharem from the 58th CEC. These officers will serve throughout the next year as the chapter seeks to continue to grow while serving as a venue for collaboration

and professional development - all in support of Fort Irwin’s important training mission. An important and valuable benefit of membership in AEA is the opportunity to apply for academic scholarships. These annual nationallevel scholarships are awarded in a number of categories to include: junior officers and warrant officers, junior enlisted Soldiers (staff sergeant and below), junior Department of the Army civilians (GS-9 and below), Family members of AEA members, and a new $2,500 scholarship opportunity for a deserving Army Engineer who received combat wounds in either Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Iraqi Freedom. Interested individuals should contact Capt. Paul White at paul.c.white.mil@mail.mil or visit http://armyengineer.com to learn more about AEA membership and the scholarship opportunities. February’s AEA meeting included a presentation by National Training Center’s senior engineer and maneuver support trainer, Lt.

Col. Jason Kirk. Kirk provided the assembled commissioned and non-commissioned officers with an update from the Engineer Regimental Command Council’s recent session addressing the future of engineers in the Army of 2020 as well as important counter-IED training updates from Fort Leonard Wood’s Counter Explosives Hazards Center. The group also discussed the importance of continued collaboration between OPS GRP trainers and the 11th ACR’s “enemy” engineer force especially in support of the new Decisive Action Training Environment’s expanded training objectives. Nested well with February’s nation-wide National Engineers Week observance, Fort Irwin’s Army Engineers look forward to kicking off another year of embracing and living the “Essayons [Let us Try]” motto across the training grounds and construction sites that make the NTC the Army’s pre-eminent combat training center.

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Lieutenant

Art 112a: Oxymorphone Use

Forfeiture of $1,779 for 2 months, Written Reprimand

Private First Class

Art 92: Spice Possession Art 92: Spice Use

Reduction to E-1, Forfeiture of $758 for 2 months, 14 days restriction, 45 days extra duty,

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Art 92: Underage Drinking

Reduction to E-1 Forfeiture of $758 for 2 months suspended, 45 days restriction, 45 days extra duty

Staff Sergeant

Art 112a: Cocaine Use

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Specialist

Art 92: Spice Use

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Specialist

Art 112a: Marijuana Use

Reduction to E-2, Forfeiture of $849 for 2 months suspended for 90 days, 45 days restriction, 45 days extra duty

Specialist

Art 92: Spice Use

Reduction to E-1, Forfeiture of $745 for 2 months, 45 days restriction, 45 days extra duty

During January 2013, the following NTC Soldiers were found guilty of offenses under the Uniform Code of Military Justice and received nonjudicial punishment under Article 15:

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January 2013 birth announcements By Jaime Slocum Patient Administration, MEDDAC NTC and Fort Irwin Marika Noelle Dianne - girl Jan. 5 at 10:20 a.m. 10 lbs., 8 oz., 22 inches Spc. Brittany Wilson Unit/Company: 699th Maintenance Company Ricarlos Marcell Jr. - boy Jan. 5 at 12:44 p.m. 7 lbs., 7 oz., 19.7 inches Maj. Ricarlos and Audrey Caldwell Unit/Company: Operations Group Paisley Lorene - girl Jan. 7 at 8:28 a.m. 7 lbs., 15 oz. Spc. Steven and Courtney Fernandez Unit/Company: K Troop, 2nd Squadron/11th Armored Cavalry Regiment Isaac Jesus Rodrigo - boy Jan. 10 at 7:03 a.m. 8 lbs., 2 oz. Spc. Justin and Angelique Nieto Unit/Company: 759th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Co. Jolene Rosay - girl Jan. 11 at 12:06 p.m. 5 lbs., 12 oz., 19 inches Staff Sgt. Juan and Martha Streater Unit/Company: G Troop, 2/11th ACR Lucas Gabriel-Elizabeth - boy Jan. 12 at 2:46 p.m. 8 lbs., 1 oz., 21 inches

Staff Sgt. Juan and Nadine Rosa Unit/Company: Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 1st Squadron/11th ACR Liam Michael - boy Jan. 13 at 12:09 a.m. 8 lbs., 0 oz. Staff Sgt. Jamar and Yana Broom Unit/Company: A Co., OPS GRP Merrel O’Don - boy Jan. 13 at 10:15 a.m. 7 lbs., 11 oz., 20.5 inches Sgt. Daren and Emily Deadmond Unit/Company: HHT, 1/11th ACR JC - boy Jan. 15 at 8:50 p.m. 7 lbs., 6 oz. Staff Sgt. Jesus and Cherry Castro Unit/Company: 699th Maint. Co. Mahonri Oliva - boy Jan. 16 at 7:34 a.m. 9 lbs., 1 oz., 21.3 inches Spc. Fetuna Dejohnette Unit/Company: HHD, 1/11th ACR Haylie Ann - girl Jan. 17 at 11:33 a.m. 8 lbs., 13oz Spc. Erik and Ashley Nansen Unit/Company: 11th ACR Logan Ryder - boy Jan. 17 at 12:13 a.m. 7 lbs., 9 oz., 21 inches Spc. Joshua and Amy Garcia Unit/Company: K Troop, 2/11th ACR

7 lbs., 3 oz., 18.7 inches Sgt. 1st Class Jonathan and Spc. Ruby Castro Unit/Company: RHHT, 11th ACR Kayden John - boy Jan. 28 at 2:25 p.m. 6 lbs., 9oz., 20 inches Spc. John and Jessy Hart Unit/Company: G Troop, 2/11th ACR Lynnda Concepcion - girl Jan. 31 at 2:37 p.m. 7 lbs., 7 oz., 20 inches Spc. Savino and Kari Cisneros Unit/Company: MEDDAC

Konrad Harvey Pearson - boy Jan. 20 at 9:15 p.m. 8 lbs., 6 oz., 20.5 inches Capt. Jennifer and Jason Gonzalez Unit/Company: MEDDAC Maria Josephine - girl Jan. 21 at 2:45 p.m. 6 lbs., 14oz., 19.1 inches Maj. Edward and Lacie Gussman Unit/Company: 12th Combat Training Squadron, U.S. Air Force Cataleya Isabel - girl Jan. 24 at 7:54 a.m. 7 lbs., 15 oz., 20.3 inches Sgt. Jesus and Joline Hernandez Unit/Company: 759th EOD Co. Gage Holden - boy Jan. 24 at 9:32 a.m. 9 lbs., 5 oz., 20.9 inches Sgt. 1st Class Richard and Kristin Guynes Unit/Company: OPS GRP Evan Thomas - boy Jan. 25 at 6:37 p.m. 8 lbs., 14oz., 20.5 inches Spc. David and Rachel Longoria Unit/Company: A Troop, 1/11th ACR Declan Ryan - boy Jan. 25 at 7:47 p.m. 6 lbs., 15 oz., 20.5 inches Spc. Jonathan and Adrienne O’Hearn Unit/Company: HHT, 2/11th ACR Aria Lee - girl Jan. 26 at 9:22 a.m.

SIMPLY ADORABLE: Jolene Rosay Streater was born Jan. 11 at 12:06 p.m. to parents, Staff Sgt. Juan and Martha Streater. Jolene was one of 21 babies born at Weed Army Community Hospital, here, in the month of January. Photo courtesy of Martha Streater

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