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High Desert Warrior

Volume 9, Number 4

Published in the interest of the National Training Center and Fort Irwin community •

Monthly Observance

April is the Month of the Military Child and this year’s theme “Proud, Ready and Resilient” highlights military children’s unique lifestyle and their ability to succeed despite frequent relocations, reintegration, deployments, loss and/or care for a wounded parent. Army installations around the world recognize the sacrifices and applaud the courage of military children. As Soldiers are transitioning home from more than 10 years of conflict around the world, many challenges continue for Families and their children. In the last three years, approximately two million children have witnessed the deployment of one or both parents. The Month of the Military Child creates awareness of the service and sacrifices of the military’s children. It is an opportunity to thank children for their support to the nation’s Warfighters and recognize the important role they play in the strength of the nation by contributing to the strength of the Army family.

April 5, 2013

Vietnam Veterans rock!

Your Installation

On April 10 the National Training Center and Fort Irwin will host the Vietnam Era Veterans Ceremony “We Will Not Forget.” The event is free and open to the community. The following timeline is for that day’s ceremony: 10-11 a.m. - Honorees arrive at main post helipad 11:15 a.m. - Honorees walk-in 11:30 a.m. - Ceremony begins 11:40 a.m. - Introduction of NTC and Fort Irwin Commander Brig. Gen. Ted Martin 11:45 a.m. - Introduction of guest speaker, Tom Lewis 12:05 p.m. - Flag folding ceremony honoring Bobbi Gumz 12:15 p.m. - Presentation of plaque to guest speaker and ceremony commemorative pins presented to honorees 12:20 p.m. - Conclusion of ceremony 12:30 p.m. - Group photo and lunch on main post helipad

Photo by Pamela Portland, PAO director

Lt. Dan Band epitomizes spirit of recognition due to Vietnam War Veterans. Fort Irwin ceremony to pay homage to those Veterans, April 10 By Gustavo Bahena Public Affairs Office NTC and Fort Irwin

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Fort irwin SoldierS currently deployed Source: Directorate of Human Resources National Training Center and Fort Irwin

It has become an annual tradition at the National Training Center and Fort Irwin to honor the legacy of Vietnam War Veterans. One way this installation does that is through a ceremony and the other is with support from a remarkable friend of the military. On April 10, this post will hold the “We Will Not Forget” ceremony that honors Vietnam War era Veterans. Up to 300 Veterans are expected to arrive and participate in the event. And just recently, actor and military supporter, Gary Sinise made his third visit to the community here to rock-out with his group, The Lt. Dan Band. The band is named after

the iconic character he portrayed in the movie “Forrest Gump.” Sinise has been involved with Veterans issues for years; his organization, the Gary Sinise Foundation (, raises money and builds homes for severely wounded Veterans. “I am dedicated to serving our men and women who sacrifice so much for our freedom,” Sinise told the audience at the March 9 concert, here. “I appreciate everything you do for us every day and I want you to know that there are people out there who appreciate what you do. After Vietnam, it was a shame the way Veterans were treated and we can never, ever let that happen again.” Sinise brought along his friend and Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, Drew Dennis Dix. Dix retired as a major in the Army in 1982. But before receiving a direct commission, which converted his staff sergeant chevrons to a silver bar, he performed courageous actions in Vietnam in 1968 that earned him the highest of medals. His award citation details the actions he performed while saving See rock, page 19

above: Actor and musician Gary Sinise plays the guitar during a concert, here, March 9. Sinise played with his group, the Lt. Dan Band, which travels to installations around the world in support of America’s military personnel, Families and Veterans. His organization, the Gary Sinise Foundation, builds homes for wounded Veterans. The foundation’s Web site states: “With help from supporters such as yourself, through the Gary Sinise Foundation, we will continue to expand this mission to support our nation’s defenders, Veterans, first responders and their loved ones to promote the importance of keeping our country strong by taking care of those who serve. There’s much more work to be done.”

Desert Warrior 2 High April 5, 2013 Army Values

wHo we are

Breaking the gossip cycle in the workplace

Brig. Gen. Terry Ferrell 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

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Part 2 of 3 By John Winkfield Director, Equal Employment Opportunity NTC and Fort Irwin

Let’s say you’re not a gossiper. You simply listen to your coworkers, so as not be rude. But here’s the thing that most people don’t realize – as a listener, you are a co-narrator to the gossip. In other words, the act of active listening actually supports and promotes gossiping. The more you listen, the more you encourage it. If you don’t listen, the gossip has nowhere to go. Here’s how to get out of the gossip pipeline: Be busy. Gossipmongers want attention. If you’re preoccupied with your work, you

can’t be available to listen to their latest story. Don’t participate. Walk away from the story. Don’t give visual clues that you are interested in listening. If someone passes a juicy story on to you, don’t pass it any further. Take personal responsibility to act with integrity. Turn it around by saying something positive. It isn’t nearly as much fun to spread negative news if it’s spoiled by a complimentary phrase about the person being attacked. Avoid the gossiper. If you notice one person who consistently makes trouble, take the necessary actions to have as little interaction with that person as possible. Keep your private life private. Don’t trust personal information with coworkers. Re-

member, if they are gossiping about others, they will gossip about you, too. Choose your friends wisely at work. Share information sparingly until you are sure that you have built up a level of trust. Also, close association with gossipers will give the perception that you are a gossiper. Be direct. Confront the gossiper and confidently tell him or her that such behavior is making it uncomfortable for you and other coworkers. Go to a supervisor/manager. Gossiping wastes the agencies time and hurts morale. A directorate, agency, or battalion interested in a healthy work environment will value the opportunity to correct this type of situation. (Editor’s note: This is part one of three on the topic of gossip in the workplace.)

retired general promotes memorial for military women Photo by casey Slusser Training Support Center

Retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Wilma Vaught spoke at the National Training Center and Fort Irwin Women’s History Month celebration, March 6. Vaught detailed the contributions of women in the military and expounded on the importance of the Women in Military Service For America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery. Vaught is the president of the memorial and her welcome message at the memorial’s Web sites states that the memorial is the only major national memorial honoring women, who have served during all eras and in all services. The following are honored by the memorial: all U.S. servicewomen, past, present and future, including living or deceased women veterans; Active Duty, Reserve, Guard and U.S. Public Health Service uniformed women, and; women in the Coast Guard Auxiliary and Civil Air Patrol. The Memorial also honors women who served overseas during conflicts, in direct support of the armed forces, in organizations such as the Red Cross, USO and Special Services, and members of the U.S. Public Health Service Cadet Nurse Corps. Names, addresses, photos and experiences of women are included in the memorial’s register, an interactive computer database available at the memorial. Deceased servicewomen from any era or those civilian women who served with other civilian organizations can be registered by family members, friends and organizations. Go to and register online for free. For more information go to

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3 Your Installation High Desert Warrior April 5, 2013

commissary shoppers: surviving a potential furlough By Public Affairs office NTC and Fort Irwin

If a federal employee furlough is implemented, the Fort Irwin Commissary may have to close once a week. Currently, the store is open seven days a week and the leadership understands the potential impact to our shoppers if required to close. Surviving a possible furlough closure of the Commissary once a week is achievable by planning ahead. TIPS will help you get through this possible requirement. Talk with your spouse to ensure you have a plan for groceries. Depending on the day the Commissary will close could impact your routine and might be further affected if it’s a pay day. Stay Informed. We will publish up to date information as we receive changes. This information can be found at Fort Irwin’s Web site, Facebook, Twitter, and radio. Plan your activities knowing when the Commissary is closed. If you are planning a big event, getting away for a weekend, or your Soldier is heading to the field, make sure you plan to buy the appropriate items from the Commissary if your return is closely associated with the day the Commissary is closed. Finally, appropriately Stock your cabinets, especially if you have smaller children. United States Army Garrison Commander Col. Kurt Pinkerton stated that while the potential closure once a week is a slight inconvenience, it is survivable. Most Commissary items can be found within the Exchange

If a furlough occurs and the Commissary closes one day out of the week, a good plan would be to schedule shopping requirements. Image by Public Affairs Office

facilities. You can purchase some fresh fruit, bread, milk, and snacks at the 24-hour Shoppette, and the main Exchange carries all toiletries, baby formula, and diapers, to mention a few items. To mitigate the effects of a possible closure, the Commissary, Garrison, the Center Chapel and the Exchange have created an arrangement that could help in an emergency situation. The Exchange has agreed to accept food certificates from the Center Chapel when the Commissary is closed, during a possible furlough period. The Chapel operates a food certificate program for emergency situations on a case-by-case basis. Currently, food certificates can be redeemed at the Commis-

sary only. Eligibility for food certificates is determined by the Chapel; to inquire about the food certificate program call 380-3562. Pinkerton explained that this type of support is intended for Families with children and babies, who might need formula, diapers or other items that are normally obtainable in the Commissary through purchase or by use of WIC entitlements, which cannot be used at the Exchange facilities. “The good news is the Exchange would not be affected by a possible furlough,” Pinkerton said. “There will be normal operations throughout the Exchange facilities.”

Professional Development

Army Human resources commander visits Fort Irwin

Maj. Gen. richard Mustion briefed upcoming changes in personnel system By Maj. John c. Mcclurkin Public Affairs Officer Public Affairs Office, NTC and Fort Irwin

The commanding general for Army Human Resources Command visited the National Training Center and Fort Irwin and briefed an audience of non-commissioned officers, warrant officers, and commissioned officers, March 20. Major Gen. Richard Mustion provided updates on changes to evaluation reports and discussed ways of retaining the quality of our personnel. During his briefing, the discussion

and interaction brought up new ideas and topics that could facilitate a better working Army. Changes that will be occurring in the personnel system include the drawdown in total number of Soldiers and changes in the evaluation reports. The primary concerns Mustion focused on were maintaining the quality of service members while slowly meeting the Army’s goals of a personnel drawdown. In past drawdowns, the Army made cuts quickly and therefore left gaps in certain personnel. Currently, the goal is to keep personnel and not make large cuts without prior and deliberate planning, Mustion said. The needs and care of those individuals leaving the Army will also be taken under close consideration in order to ensure Veterans are taken care of before their departure. The general’s three main talking points at Fort Irwin were as follows: The first was to explain the major changes to the Officer Evaluation Report (OER) and the Non – Commissioned Officer Evaluation Report (NCOER) along with a discussion of how selection occurs for officers and NCO’s. According to Mustion, the most important changes to the evaluation reports are how the Army assesses leaders while keeping them accountable by being able to complete their mission. The biggest difference in the new evaluation is the direct alignment to the manner of performance with Leadership Doctrine and

the ability to show the manner of performance by a rater’s comments. Additionally, a Soldier’s potential is clarified through their senior rater’s comments by getting to the point with precise writing. The end state is to encourage that type of dialogue that focuses on future leadership and improvement for the individual Soldier. The second goal is to get feedback from NCO’s and officers in reference to their concerns on what is important to their Families and careers in order to maintain readiness in the Army, said Mustion. Readiness of the Army is facilitated through dialogue at these types of events. Feedback by Officers and NCO’s is important to clarify shortages and needs within the Army. The Army has programs in place to help those looking to transition through retirement or separation. Some of the changes include Active Duty personnel moving to National Guard and Reserve positions in order to keep a balance during these transitions. Other options in place that can help with transition are education, business and training opportunities that are available to those looking at transition. The third topic covered possible OER updates. Excellent ideas have come from the field for updating the evaluation reports, Mustion said. The importance of focusing comments on performance to match leadership qualities and overall performance is the first change being implemented. The second major change

is the capability of a senior rater to focus comments on overall potential in future duties. This includes discussion of how programs available can be implemented to facilitate a Soldier’s progression and career path. Leaders from throughout the Army were brought in to facilitate the discussion and get feedback in reference to their progression, said Mustion. Mustion toured the installation and expressed appreciation for both Soldiers and their Families. He understood the great sacrifice and dedication that Families have along with the importance of the mission here. “As the Secretary of the Army stated: The strength of our Army is our Soldiers and the strength of our Soldiers is their Families,” Mustion said. “Thank you to the Soldiers and Families here at Fort Irwin. The work is vital to the overall readiness of the Army and key to our future success. The base and operational tempo out here is incredible. The job and training that every Soldier facilitates at Fort Irwin is imperative to the readiness of our Army.” Mustion also spoke about the amazing improvements in quality of life that he saw here and mentioned the many amazing locations in California. “Our Families are dealing with a great sacrifice of their time while here at Fort Irwin. The operation tempo is constant,” Mustion said. “Hopefully, the Soldiers and their Families take the time to get out and enjoy California.” For more information go to

Desert Warrior 4 High April 5, 2013 Travel

We’re going to need a bigger boat By Gustavo Bahena Public Affairs Office NTC and Fort Irwin

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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.

APrIL 8-12

Spouse Resiliency Course. 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Education Center. Learn how to bounce back from the stressors of everyday life. Charletta Zamora-Cruz, 380-8381.

APrIL 10

Fourth annual Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home Ceremony. 11:30 a.m. Post helipad. Free and open to the public. Darrell Kemp, 380-7532.

APrIL 9-11

Middle School and Teen Center 3on3 Basketball Tournament for 6-8th grade and 9-12th grade. 3 p.m. Building 1315. Championship game takes place April 13 at the Month of the Military Child event. 380-3732.

APrIL 11

MADD and Ex-NFL player Thomas R. Williams presentation. 9-11:30 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. Post Theater. Army Substance Abuse Program sponsored activity for Alcohol Awareness Month. Free and open to adults. Valencia Barnes, 380-9092. • •

APrIL 13

Spring into Fitness 5k Fun Run. 8 a.m. Freedom Fitness Center. Pre-registration, $3; race day registration, $5. 380-3685. Month of the Military Child Fair and Presidential Fitness Challenge. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Jack Rabbit Park and Fitness Connection. Free fun for the entire family. Fair, bouncers, games. Presidential Fitness Challenge for kids 6-17. 380-2257/2270. Operations Group Spring Ball. 5 p.m. Aquarius Casino Resort at Laughlin, Nev. Call Maj. Kory Miller at 380-4750.

APrIL 16-17

Army Family Team Building. 9 a.m. - noon. Education Center. Introduction to Family Readiness Groups; the volunteer experience; personal conflict management, and more. Call ACS at 380-8422 to reserve a seat.

APrIL 17

Fort Irwin Town Hall. 4:30 - 6 p.m. Sandy Basin Community Center. “Get involved, stay informed and voice your concerns!” Hear community updates from the command and have your questions addressed.

APrIL 20

Arts and Craft’s Pirate Party. Noon - 2 p.m. Arts and Crafts building 976 on Inner Loop Road. Call 380-3431 to register your child.

APrIL 25

GI’s of Comedy with Thom Tran. 6 - 8 p.m. Warrior Zone. Free adult comedy show and meet and greet after. 380-3585.

APrIL 27

AUSA Relay Race to Barstow Veterans Home. 6 a.m. 2nd Street and Avenue F. Twenty person team limit. $25 per runner includes T-shirt and lunch. Signup by April 19. Moe Marchbanks or Sally Zamora, 267-3854.

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Kyle Coyote Spray Park grand opening. 380-9275.

MAy 4

Tour de Irwin bicycle race. 6 a.m. Outdoor Recreation. The 41mile and 10.5-mile fun race: categories include ages 13-35, 36-45 (masters) and 46+ (silver). The 2.5 mile youth race: for ages 12 and younger. Team racing available for the 41-mile race. 380-4327.

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NTC Truck Roadeo. Military driving skills competition. “Be crowned the Best Trucking Crew in the Box” by 1916th Support Battalion. 380-2025.

April 2013 Middle School and Teen center Events: Middle School Activities April 1 Start of Spring Break Camp /Art Day April 2 Picture Scavenger Hunt April 3 Hiking Mt. Blackie and Canvas Art April 4 Water Balloon Day April 5 Jewelry Making April 8 Borax Crystals April 9, 10 and 11-Month of the Military Child 3v3 MST Basketball Tournament April 9 Charcoal Rubbings April 10 Polymer Ball April 11 Culinary Art April 12 Sand Art April 13 3v3 Basketball Tournament Championship Game at M.O.M.C. Event April 15 Mock Stained Glass April 16 Print Making

April 17 7 Layer Density Column April 18 Colorful Putty April 19 Crayon Melt Canvas April 22 Ceramic Painting April 23 Mixed Media April 24 Skill-a-thon/Spray Art April 25 Culinary Art April 26 Geometric Sand Designs April 29 Jelly Marbles April 30 Marbleizing Teen Activities April 5 MST Teen Night: Jewelry Making April 6 MST Teen Night: Volleyball Night April 12 MST Teen Night: Sand Art April 13 MST Teen Night: Cancelled April 19 MST Teen Night: Crayon Melt Canvas April 26 MST Teen Night: Geometric Sand Designs

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

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April 5 7 p.m. Safe Haven (PG-13) April 6 4 p.m. Escape From Planet Earth- 3D (PG) 7 p.m. A Good Day to Die Hard (R) April 7 4 p.m. Escape From Planet Earth- 3D (PG) 7 p.m. Safe Haven (PG-13) April 8 7 p.m. A Good Day to Die Hard (R) April 12 7 p.m. Jack The Giant Slayer (PG-13) April 13 4 p.m. Escape From Planet Earth- 3D (PG) 7 p.m. Escape From Planet Earth- 3D (PG) April 14 4 p.m. Escape From Planet Earth- 3D (PG) 7 p.m. Jack The Giant Slayer (PG-13) April 15 7 p.m. Escape From Planet Earth- 3D (PG)

April 19 7 p.m. Side Effects (R) April 20 4 p.m. Jack The Giant Slayer (PG-13) 7 p.m. Silver Lining Playbook (R) April 21 4 p.m. Jack The Giant Slayer (PG-13) 7 p.m. Side Effects (R) April 22 7 p.m. Silver Lining Playbook (R) April 26 7 p.m. Oz The Great and Powerful-3D (PG-13) April 27 3 p.m. Oz The Great and Powerful-3D (PG-13) 7 p.m. Snitch (PG-13) April 28 3 p.m. Oz The Great and Powerful-3D (PG-13) 7 p.m. Snitch (PG-13) April 29 7 p.m. Snitch (PG-13)

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Desert Warrior 8 High April 5, 2013 Safety

Motorcycle preparation: mental and metal

Spring Safety

Public Affairs photo archive By Art Powell Directorate of Communication and Public Affairs U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center

Preparing for a motorcycle ride requires more than checking the bike — it also demands mental preparation. Statistics show preparation is sorely needed: During fiscal year 2012, motorcycle accidents were one of the leading causes of off-duty death in the Army, with 47 Soldier fatalities. Human error was the primary contributing factor in most of these cases. According to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, mental preparation starts with a series of “mental strategies.” These include constantly searching the road for changing conditions to increase reaction time and safety margins to respond to other motorists’ actions and unexpected obstacles or events. Other tips include watching for turning vehicles, signaling your next move in advance, avoiding weaving between lanes and adhering to posted speed limits. Riders should also make themselves as visible as possible and never ride while tired or under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Brig. Gen. Timothy J. Edens, director of Army Safety and com-

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manding general, U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center, recently started riding again and stressed the importance of preparation on a motorcycle. “As a returning rider, I understand operating a motorcycle is riskier than driving,” Edens said. “I firmly believe proper training, a safe unit riding culture, use of proper personal protective equipment and mentorship involvement create an environment where Soldiers can enjoy a safe, life-long riding experience.” More information on the Progressive Motorcycle Program, the Army’s mandated training series applicable to all Soldier riders, and the Motorcycle Mentorship Program, a voluntary riding organization available at installations across the Army, is available at Riders should remember to prepare their “metal,” too. The TCLOCS checklist, also featured on the USACR/Safety Center website, provides an outline Soldiers should follow when performing a mechanical inspection on their bikes.

As the temperatures rise every spring, there’s a corresponding increase in fatal Army accidents. Soldiers, Army civilians and their Family members are sometimes a little too eager to get back to the fun only warm weather can bring: motorcycles, road trips, water activities and relaxation with friends that often includes alcohol. Because Soldiers and civilians are undoubtedly going to enjoy their off-duty time or time away from the office, it is incumbent upon leaders at all levels to ensure they’re equipped to make smart decisions.

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“Protecting children: It’s Everyone’s Job” April is child Abuse Awareness Month By Enaida Anderson Victim Advocate, Family Advocacy Program ACS, NTC and Fort Irwin

Every 10 seconds a case of child abuse is reported in the United States. That adds up to 3 million cases of child abuse each year. Is child abuse an issue in Fort Irwin? Yes. In 2012, Fort Irwin had 38 cases of substantiated child abuse. Army-wide, there were 3,853 substantiated cases of child abuse reported. For a small community, such as Fort Irwin, these are big numbers. Each reported case occurred on post. Child Abuse Awareness Month is held each year in April to increase awareness about the importance of preventing all types of child abuse and neglect. It also serves as a time to remember those who have suffered, as well as a reminder to continue the important work to help kids and Families stay safe and strong. What is Child Abuse? According to the California Legislature the following definitions apply to abuse and neglect: Any physical injury, sexual abuse, or emotional abuse inflicted on a child other than by accidental means by those responsible for the child’s care, custody, and control. Discipline including spanking, administered in a rea-

sonable manner, shall not be construed to be abuse. Neglect is the failure to provide the child the proper or necessary support, education as required by law, nutrition or medical, surgical, or any other care necessary for the child’s well-being by those responsible for their care, custody, and control. “Protecting Children: It’s Everyone’s Job” is the campaign theme for 2013. The Family Advocacy Program, here, provides child abuse prevention resources, such as parenting classes and couples communication opportunities. Don’t wait for the problem of child abuse to destroy a Family. Recognize signs of distress and abusive actions. If you know Army Families, who are under the kind of stress that may turn to child abuse, lend a hand. Lighten the load. Guide that Family to the help and support that you know is available. Make a commitment to child abuse prevention. We have all seen the negative effects of abuse. It is never right to be blind to it. Report your concerns to FAP now! If you have any questions concerning child abuse, contact the Family Advocacy Program at 380-4474/4470 or the Child Abuse Hotline 1-800-827-8724. To report child abuse call the Fort Irwin police at 380-4444. Child abuse information booths will be available from 10 a.m. to noon on April 15 at the Commissary and April 24 at the Thrift Store. The FAP office will also conduct a car seat safety class at Sandy Basin Annex from 1 to 3 p.m., April 24.

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Desert Warrior 10 High April 5, 2013 Your Finances

The mystery of debt collection revealed

By capt. Jennifer Donahue hief, Client Services SJA, NTC and Fort Irwin

Have you ever had debt collectors calling you at all hours of the day and night, threatening to have you arrested if you did not repay the debt immediately? If so, they were in violation of federal law. The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act prohibits debt collectors (those who regularly collect debts owed to others) from using abusive, unfair, or deceptive practices. A collector should not call you before 8 a.m., or after 9 p.m., or at any other time or place that is inconvenient. You can notify a debt collector in writing (certified mail, return receipt requested so that you

have proof ) of your refusal to pay a debt or that you wish for the collector to stop contacting you. If you are represented by an attorney, the debt collector must contact your attorney instead of you. Within five days of the first time the debt collector contacts you, they are required to send you written notice of your debt and instructions on how to dispute the debt. You have 30 days to request additional information, such as verification of the debt. Debt collectors cannot threaten you, use bad language, publicize your name as someone who refuses to pay a debt, repeatedly call to annoy or harass you, and have to provide you with their contact identity. They cannot falsely represent that they work for the government, the amount and status of the debt, claim they are an attorney if they are not, or threaten you with arrest or garnishment of wages. If you do owe a debt and do not pay it, a creditor or debt collector can sue you to collect the money. If they win, the court will enter a judgment against you. The judgment states the amount of money you owe, and can be used to get a garnishment order against you


which means they can get the money directly from your paycheck or your bank. What should you do if you receive communication from a debt collector? First, check your credit. The Fair Credit Reporting Act requires each of the three credit bureaus to provide you with a copy of your credit report free yearly. You can order these reports at If you see any debts that do not look familiar, dispute them with the credit bureau. Second, if the debt collector has not sent you the required written notice of the debt, request it in writing. Third, if you do not wish to have the debt collector call you anymore, send them a letter telling them to stop contacting you. Fourth, if the collector is doing something illegal, seek legal advice. Fifth, if your receive paperwork that looks like it is from a court, seek legal advice. Army Community Services can help with you with debt issues, or if you would like to speak to an attorney about your debt, visit the Legal Assistance Office, building 288 on Barstow Road, between Second and Third Street or call 380-5321.

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Students excelling in science Maj. Gregory Turner, a member of the Fort Irwin Martin H. Cesana Chapter of the Army Engineer Association, speaks with Tiefort View Intermediate School 4th grader Liberty Smith about her science experiment, March 14. Her experiment focusing on the effect of water color on evaporation rates was one of 197 completed by the school’s 4th and 5th grade students. The local Engineer Association members volunteered to participate in the judging of the competition.

“The science fair was an amazing challenge that many of the students approached with genuine enthusiasm,” Turner said. “It was exciting to see the creativity it took for the kids to put together the projects and the real learning that came naturally as part of the process.” Tiefort View Intermediate School 5th Grade Science Fair winners, Abrianna Johnson, Danielle Flores, Ivianna Montemayor and Kennady Leifson pose for a picture with Maj. Gregory Turner

and Lt. Col. Edward M. Apostol, members of the Fort Irwin Martin H. Cesana Chapter of the Army Engineer Association, at the school here, March 14. The students produced four of the 197 experiments completed by the school’s 4th and 5th Grade students. The science fair is part of the school’s education program designed to increase awareness and interest in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects amongst the students and local community.

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Desert Warrior 12 High April 5, 2013 Schools Sharpen those number 2 pencils cameron M. Smart Principal Silver Valley High School

Silver Valley High School will be administering the California State Test April 22 through April 26. Make-up testing will be held April 29 and 30. In order to ensure your children do their best I would like to offer some suggestions. Make sure they get a good night of sleep during the week of testing. Make sure they eat a healthy breakfast and encourage them to do their best. Review good test taking strategies: eliminate wrong answers to narrow your choices, read the question thoroughly, take your time, if you don’t know make an educated guess Keep a positive attitude. Incentives are being offered during testing to

change of duty stations and your student cherie cain School Liaison Officer NTC and Fort Irwin

help motivate students. During each test, students will receive at least one raffle ticket for a drawing during Wild West Days. Students may receive extra tickets for working hard, taking their time, double checking their answers, etc. During Wild West Days (May 3), students will have an opportunity to win great prizes such as: iPods, digital cameras, sports equipment, etc. Students who show improvement on the state test from last year can also get their grade raised in that subject area. For example, Student A scored at the Basic Level on last year’s California State Test in English. This year, student A scored at the Proficient Level. When students receive their test results, they should take them to the teacher in that subject area to show their improvement. The teacher will then increase the student’s grade by a full letter grade. Students must have taken a California State Test during the last school year to be eligible.

Spring is here and that means that the summer Permanent Change of Station (PCS) is almost here. A PCS move can be challenging and we want to ensure you are ready. Do you know what you need to make the transition as smooth as possible for your student? The last day of school is May 24. Silver Valley Unified School District understands the needs of our military Families and has planned the early withdrawal date, May 10, into the calendar without effecting attendance and advancement to the next grade. Schools need to be notified at least five days prior to withdrawal date, but two weeks is preferable. Remember, all textbooks and library books must be returned, lunch fees paid, and all medication picked up from the nurses office. Do not pack your student’s textbooks with your household goods. You will be accountable for them and it can be costly.

The school will provide an unofficial withdrawal packet that will include the student’s shot record, birth certificate, grades as of that date, and any IEPs. The gaining school will request official transcripts when you register. Remember to keep all school phone numbers and addresses in case you need to ask questions after the move. The School Liaison Office works closely with schools to help ensure that this is made possible. School Point of Contacts • Silver Valley High School: Virginia Andrews; (760) 254-2106; • Fort Irwin Middle School: Michelle Rogers; (760) 386-1133; • Tiefort View Intermediate School: Paula Blessing; (760) 386-3123; • Lewis Elementary School: Brenda Ruelas; (760) 386-1900; Wishing you a safe and smooth PCS move!

Tell Me a Story is an initiative created to empower military children using literature and is geared for children ages 4-12. The program is funded through the Military Child Education Coalition. National Training Center and Fort Irwin Command Sgt. MaJ. Lance P. Lehr is scheduled to read the book “The Remarkable Farkle McBride” by John Lithgow. The book’s theme is about trying new things and how perseverance pays off in the end and is

a favorite at Tell Me A Story events. “We choose books with topics that military kids can relate to,” said Tara Habhab, A Parent to Parent team member. “The book gets them talking about how they deal with things like moving often and living with deployments.” Following the story, children will participate in group discussions and activities, including a craft. Each family that signs up in advance

will receive a free copy of the book. To sign up, parents should send an email with the number attending to Parent to Parent is a program of the Military Child Education Coalition, which is a non-profit organization that promotes partnerships between military installations and their supporting school districts. More information about Tell Me A Story can be found at

‘Tell Me a Story’ returns April 24 By karen knott Principal Fort Irwin Parent to Parent Team NTC and Fort Irwin

The Fort Irwin Parent to Parent Team is preparing for their spring “Tell Me A Story” event to take place April 24. The event will take place in the cafeteria of Tiefort View Intermediate School from 4 – 5 p.m., April 24.

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High Desert Warrior April 5, 2013

Wildcats snag another championship Fort Irwin youth wrestlers hit the team has won the championship three years mats at Barstow tournament Fort Irwin Middle School basketball teams top High Desert Athletic League

Submitted by Mike Meyer Teacher and Basketball Teams’ Coach Fort Irwin Middle School

Fort Irwin Middle School basketball teams for girls and boys have done it again. They both took first place in the High Desert Athletic League for the 2012-2013 season. The girl’s

in a row and the boys have taken the trophy the last four years. The lady Wildcats finished the season undefeated at 11-0 and took top honors after an impressive win over Riverview Middle School in the championship game, March 4. The boys have also been a dominant squad in the High Desert. They have not lost a regular season game since 2009 and they won their championship game with a score of 46-10 over Bradach Middle School, March 6. Congratulations Wildcats!

By 1st Sgt. Marcell Wright First Sergeant A Company and Coach of Fort Irwin Youth Wrestling Club Operations Group, NTC and Fort Irwin

The Fort Irwin Youth Wrestling Club recently traveled to Barstow to compete in the 2013 Riffian High Desert Tournament. The event, March 16, took place at Barstow High School, which has hosted the event for years. This year was the first in which Fort Irwin

has fielded a team and competed. More than 100 local area wrestlers ages 5-17 participated in matches throughout the day. Parents and friends watched, cheered and photographed from the stands as coaches and teammates yelled support to their wrestlers during the matches. The Fort Irwin club has 30 members and they had been practicing since November for the tournament. Congratulations team!

above: Arsam Jafaryzad (right), with the Fort Irwin Youth Wrestling Club, faces off against a wrestler from the Riffian Wrestling Club during a tournament in Barstow, March 16. RIGHT: James Mooney of the Fort Irwin Youth Wrestling Club has his hand raised after a hard fought match, March 16. Mooney and other club members competed in wrestling matches that day at the Riffian High Desert Tournament at Barstow High School.

Monthly Observance Fort Irwin children are “Proud, ready & resilient” child, youth and School Services honor our children during the Month of the Military child crystal Griesman Administrative Assistant/Acting CYMS Tech, NTC and Fort Irwin

In 1986, Secretary of Defense Caspar W. Weinberger designated each April as the “Month of the Military Child.” Recognizing the contribution that the military child makes as their parent or parents serve our nation, it is during April of each year that all branches of services provide special

days and events to honor Families and their children. Military children are an inspiration and a source of pride for our nation. Frequent moves and family separations through deployments, and then reintegration, makes life especially challenging. Often, military children are looked up to for their resilience and ability to deal with life-changing events. This year’s theme is “Proud, Ready, & Resilient” and marks the 27th anniversary of this special month. To celebrate, Fort Irwin is having a Fun Fair for the entire family and the Presidential Fitness Challenge for

children ages 6-17. The event is free for the entire community. There will be bounce houses, a variety of games, and a 3-on-3 Basketball Championship. All participants of the Presidential Fitness Challenge will receive a certificate signed by the President of the United States. Join CYSS at Jack Rabbit Park and the Fitness Connection from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 13 and receive a free T-Shirt, water bottle, hotdog, chips and a drink while supplies last. For more information, go to or call 380-2270/4695. For more information go to

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By ronny Hester ASAP Manager Army Substance Abuse Program, NTC and Fort Irwin

Prescription drug abuse has become the number one drug problem among young Americans. Nearly seven million Americans are abusing prescription drugs—more than the number who are abusing cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens, Ecstasy, and inhalants, combined. Narcotic pain-relief prescriptions for injured United States troops have jumped from 30,000 a month to 50,000 since the Iraq war began, raising concerns for the drugs’ potential abuse and addiction. Army Drug Testing will identify the presence of a drug in your system. Therefore, it is incumbent upon you to ensure your prescription is current while taking medication or you can be charged with drug use. In ALARACT 062/2011, MEDCOM Regulation 40-51 has been revised limiting the duration of authorized use of controlled substance prescriptions. Prescriptions for controlled substances (schedules II-V) will have an authorized use of six months from date of dispensing. Medical providers will prescribe only the minimum quantity of controlled substances necessary to treat an acute illness or injury. Quantities of controlled substances used to treat acute conditions will not exceed a 30-day supply. Providers will routinely assess the patient for medication effectiveness and adverse

events. Providers using controlled substance medications to treat chronic conditions may prescribe a 30-day supply of medication with up to five refills. Providers should schedule frequent, brief clinical visits with the patient to assess medication compliance, patient behaviors, the potential for over-medication, and drug diversion or abuse. Soldiers will understand that controlled substance prescriptions will have an expiration date and that a positive urinalysis after the prescription expiration date will result in a “No Legitimate use finding.” This can and will be detrimental to your career. Illegal situations: • Possession/use of medication without a prescription • Giving prescription to another individual regardless of their apparent need • The illegal use of prescription drugs or any drug goes against Army Values and Warrior Pride Most commonly abused prescription drugs • Opioids, prescribed to treat pain • Central nervous system depressants, prescribed to treat anxiety and sleep disorders • Stimulants, prescribed to treat sleep disorders and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder Warning signs of prescription drug abuse • Constantly “losing” prescriptions, so more prescriptions must be written • Seeking prescriptions from more than one doctor • Taking higher doses despite warn-

ings • Stealing, forging, or selling prescriptions • Excessive mood swings Helpful tips • Always follow medication directions • Do not increase or decrease doses without talking with your doctor. • Do not stop taking medication on your own. • Do not crush or break pills unless directed by a physician. • Understand the drug’s effects on driving and other daily tasks. • Learn about the drug’s potential

interactions with alcohol, other prescription medicines, and over-the-counter medicines. • Inform your doctor about any past history of substance abuse. • Do not use other people’s prescriptions and do not share yours. If you require additional information about drug abuse, contact ASAP in building 573 on the corner of 3rd Street and South Loop Road or call 3804074/4153 or visit the Army Center for Substance Abuse Programs website at

The Fort Irwin Army Substance Abuse Program is partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration and Directorate of Emergency Services, here, to hold National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on April 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Army Field parking lot and the Dr. Mary E. Walker Center. We will accept controlled, non-controlled and over the counter substances, including: solid dosage, pharmaceutical products and liquids in consumer containers. We will also accept liquid products such as cough syrup, which should remain sealed in its original container. We will not accept intravenous solutions, injectables, or syringes due to potential hazards posed by blood-borne pathogens. Illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamines are not part of this initiative and should not be placed in collection containers. If an individual attempts to surrender an illicit controlled substance, law enforcement personnel should handle such material as abandoned property. This program is free and anonymous. All efforts will be made to protect the anonymity of individuals disposing of medications. There will be no questions and no requests for identification will be made. If you have questions or concerns contact ASAP at 380-4153.

Post traumatic stress disorders and problems with alcohol use By Maj. Veronica Law AN, Infection Control Nurse Weed Army Community Hospital, NTC and Fort Irwin

It’s RSV time again – the time of year that many infants and young children become ill from this particular type of virus. Respiratory Syncytial (pronounced sinSISH-uhl) Virus, or RSV for short, is a respiratory virus that infects the lungs and

breathing passages. For most healthy older children and adults, it results in cold-like symptoms from which they recover in one to two weeks. However, RSV infections can be severe in some people, such as certain infants, young children, and the elderly. In fact, RSV is the most common cause of bronchiolitis (inflammation of the small airways in the lung) and pneumonia in children under 1

year of age in the United States. There are two primary ways in which RSV is spread. First, is close contact with an infected person where the virus is breathed in from the air. Second, is by touching items that were previously handled by a sick person as the virus can live on surfaces for up to 30 hours. In an effort to help control the spread of RSV and other types of infections, Weed

April is Alcohol Awareness Month and provides an opportunity to raise awareness about alcohol misuse and encourage people to make healthy, safe choices. During this month, take time to educate yourself and your loved ones about the dangers of alcohol misuse. The Army Substance Abuse Program is sponsoring several activities for Alcohol Awareness Month. They are free and open to the adult public. • April 2, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Information table/giveaways at the Warrior Zone • April 8, 10-11:30 a.m., DUI Simulators/Beer Goggles/Information table at The Exchange parking lot • April 11, 9-11:30 a.m. and 1-3 p.m., MADD and Thomas R. Williams guest speakers at the post theater • April 19, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Alcohol Screening Day at The Exchange and Dining Facility 1 and 2 • April 22, 10-11:30 a.m., DUI Simulators/Beer Goggles/Information table at The Exchange parking lot

Army Community Hospital will be changing our toy policy. Effective April 30, WACH will no longer maintain toys for general use in the waiting areas of clinics. Toys, however, can be very important to children as they wait on a doctor’s appointment, providing distraction in an often stressful situation. We would like to encourage all parents to bring your child’s toys with you when visiting our facility. These toys would be for individual play, which will minimize sharing of toys with other sick children and help maintain the health and wellness of our pediatric population. We thank you in advance for your understanding of our change in policy and hope that we continue to meet the personal and collective needs of our Fort Irwin community. For more information go to

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Weed Army community Hospital Infection Prevention Program update Submitted by Valencia Barnes Employee Assistance Program Coordinator Army Substance Abuse Program, NTC and Fort Irwin

on guard (hyper vigilance) • Alcohol use disorders reduce the effectiveness of PTSD treatment Many individuals with PTSD experience sleep disturbances (trouble falling Post traumatic stress disorders do asleep or problems with waking up not automatically cause problems with frequently after falling asleep). When alcohol use; there are many people with a person with PTSD experiences sleep PTSD who do not have problems with disturbances, using alcohol as a way to alcohol. However, PTSD and alcohol self-medicate becomes a double-edged together can be serious trouble for the sword. Alcohol use may appear to help trauma survivor and his or her family. symptoms of PTSD because the alcohol Symptoms of PTSD often are worsened may decrease the severity and number of frightening nightmares commonly by alcohol use. •Although alcohol can provide a experienced in PTSD. However, alcohol temporary feeling of distraction and use may, on the other hand, continue relief, it also reduces the ability to con- the cycle of avoidance found in PTSD, making it ultimately much more difficentrate, enjoy life and be productive • Excessive alcohol use can impair cult to treat PTSD because the client’s one’s ability to sleep restfully and to avoidance behavior prolongs the probcope with trauma memories and stress lems being addressed in treatment. Also, •Alcohol use and intoxication also when a person withdraws from alcohol, increases emotional numbing, social nightmares often increase. Individuals with a combination of isolation, anger and irritability, depression, and the feeling of needing to be PTSD and alcohol use problems often

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have additional mental or physical health problems. As many as 10-50 percent of adults with alcohol use disorders and PTSD also have one or more of the following serious disorders: • Anxiety disorders (such as panic attacks, phobias, incapacitating worry, or compulsions) • Mood disorders (such as major depression or a dysthymic disorder) • Disruptive behavior disorders (such as attention deficit or antisocial personality disorder) • Addictive disorders (such as addiction to or abuse of street or prescription drugs) • Chronic physical illness (such as diabetes, heart disease, or liver disease) • Chronic physical pain due to physical injury/illness or due to no clear physical cause (Information for this article gathered from a fact sheet courtesy of the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Department of Veterans Affairs)

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February 2013 birth announcements March 2013 birth announcements By Jaime Slocum Patient Administration, MEDDAC NTC and Fort Irwin Jilliane Ayele - girl Feb. 2 at 9:18 a.m. 7 lbs., 14 oz., 20 inches Amakoe and Cassandra Hunlede Unit/Company: 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment Kellan Vanloc - boy Feb. 7 at 10.39 a.m. 7 lbs., 3 oz., 20.5 inches Maj. Frederick and Elizabeth O’Brien Unit/Company: United States Army Medical Department Activity Ian Patrick - boy Feb. 13 at 4 p.m. 7 lbs., 4 oz., 20.5 inches Capt. Benjamin and Stephanie Maher Unit/Company: Operations Group Timothy Ethan - boy Feb. 14 at 12:05 p.m. 8 lbs., 1 oz., 21 inches Sgt. Dmitry and Alena Seryodkin Unit/Company: Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 1/11th ACR Jonathan Shane Jr. - boy Feb. 14 at 11:41 p.m. 7 lbs., 11 oz., 19.5 inches Sgt. Jonathan and Jamie Luck Unit/Company: 916th Sustainment Brigade Aiden - boy Feb. 18 at 8 a.m. 5 lbs., 14 oz., 19.3 inches Staff Sgt. Evelyn and Ramiro Cruz Unit/Company: 2nd Transportation Co., 1916th Support Battalion Michael Robert - boy Feb. 20 at 8:57 a.m. 8 lbs., 2 oz., 21.1 inches Sgt. Robert and Irma Schroeder Unit/Company: 2nd TC, 1916th Support Battalion Samuel Leonidas - boy Feb. 22 at 1:34 p.m.

By Jaime Slocum Patient Administration, MEDDAC NTC and Fort Irwin

7 lbs., 6 oz., 19 inches Spc. Paul and Sonya Santana Unit/Company: 2/11th ACR Kayleigh Marie - girl Feb. 22 at 2:27 p.m. 4 lbs., 11 oz., 17 inches Sgt. Jonathan and Terrie Maclean Adelaide Marie - girl Feb. 23 at 2:44 p.m. 7 lbs., 14 oz., 20.5 inches Spc. Jennifer and David Jennison Unit/Company: 699th Maintenance Company Xavier Thomas - boy Feb. 24 at 8:29 p.m. 8 lbs., 6oz., 20 inches Staff Sgt. Christopher and Erika Adair Unit/Company: OPS GRP Lillyann Nickole - girl Feb. 25 at 3:30 p.m. 9 lbs., 3 oz. Sgt. Adam and Domenica Donaldson Unit/Company: HHT, 2/11th ACR Kalina Diane - girl Feb. 25 at 4:33 p.m. 7 lbs., 8 oz. Spc. Andrew and Sara Smith Unit/Company: MEDDAC

Lukas James - boy March 1 at 3:37 p.m. 6 lbs., 12 oz., 19.5 inches Capt. Chuck and Heather Lowman Unit/Company: 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment Rozlynn Elvira Marie - girl March 1 at 6:58 p.m. 7 lbs., 11 oz., 20.5 inches Sgt. Cory and Veronica Wilkerson Unit/Company: Headquarters and Headquarters Company, United States Army Garrison Blake Robert - boy March 2 at 7:16 a.m. 7 lbs., 13 oz. Staff Sgt. Justin and Kadie Ortiz Unit/Company: Operations Group Angelique Cocona - girl March 2 at 3:10 p.m. 6 lbs., 1 oz. Andy and Noriko Irizarry Unit/Company: 11th ACR Ricco - boy March 2 at 3:51 p.m. 7 lbs., 2 oz., 19 inches Sgt. 1st Class Jose and Amanda Ruiz Unit/Company:

Mason Alexander - boy Feb. 26 at 1:30 p.m. 8 lbs., 7oz., 20 inches Spc. Charles and Nicole Probst Unit/Company: OPS GRP Mckenna Louise - girl Feb. 28 at 1:13 p.m. 7 lbs., 11 oz., 19 1/4 inches Spc. Marcus and Sara Selby Unit/Company: D Co., 1/11th ACR

Caroline Kayann - girl March 5 at 7:41 p.m. 7 lbs., 5 oz., 20 inches Staff Sgt. Eric and Jessica VanDevander Unit/Company: 1/11th ACR

Emberlynn Svanhild - girl Feb. 28 at 11:29 a.m. 8 lbs., 9 oz., 21 ¼ inches Staff Sgt. Jason and Shalon Hertitage Unit/Company: HHT, 2/11th ACR

John Ross II - boy March 5 at 4:20 p.m. 8 lbs., 13 oz., 21.25 inches Chief Warrant Officer 3 James and Farm Smotherman Unit/Company: OPS GRP

Penelope Amelie Grace was born March 25 to Capt. Allan and Raquel Andres.

Molly Elizabeth - girl March 6 at 9:53 a.m. 7 lbs., 3 oz., 20.5 inches Maj. Thomas and Tammy Carver Unit/Company: 1916th Support Battalion Irma Marie - girl March 13 at 6:35 a.m. 7 lbs., 1 oz.,19.5 inches Spc. Selina and Peter Garcia Unit/Company: HHT, Regimental Support Squadron, 11th ACR Morena Bella - girl March 17 at 10:40 p.m. 7 lbs., 8 oz., 22 inches 1st Lt. Howard and Kasandra Herbert Unit/Company: 699th Maintenance Co.

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Caleb Jonathan - boy March 19 at 1 p.m. 6 lbs., 7oz., 19.5 inches Spc. Christopher and Kimberly Bergdoll Unit/Company: 2nd Squadron, 11th ACR

Macy Hope - girl March 20 at 8:09 a.m. 6 lbs., 13 oz., 19.5 inches Pfc. Terrance and Courtney Carter Unit/Company: 58th Combat Engineer Company, 2/11th ACR Ozzy Maison - girl March 20 at 8:59 p.m. 7 lbs., 11 oz., 20.5 inches Cpl. Murle and Spc. Kori Gregory Unit/Company: 171st Movement Control Company Lucas Michael - boy March 21 at 8:15 p.m. 9 lbs., 4oz., 21 ¼ inches Maj. Gordon and Jessica Powers Unit/Company: OPS GRP Hailey - girl March 21 at 10:09 p.m. 6 lbs., 7 oz., 20.9 inches Sgt. 1st Class Gregory and Stephanie Teeple Unit/Company: OPS GRP Courtney Ann - girl March 24 at 3:24 a.m. 9 lbs., 21.75 inches Sgt. Brooks and Tammy VanDekeere Unit/Company: 1/11th ACR Aubri May - girl March 24 at 9:06 p.m. 7 lbs., 10 oz., 20 ¼ inches Sgt. Joseph and Rebecca Reeves Unit/Company: OPS GRP Penelope Amelie Grace - girl March 25 at 12:20 a.m. 6 lbs., 7 oz., 19 inches Capt. Allan and Raquel Andres Unit/Company: MEDDAC Dora Michelle - girl March 25 at 9:40 a.m. 8 lbs., 8 oz., 21.5 inches 1st Lt. Andrew and Heidi Lean Unit/Company: 2/11th ACR Sheridan Lukas-Grae - girl March 26, at 2:29 p.m. 8 lbs., 0oz., 21 inches Spc. Cohl and Abby Stewart Unit/Company: 2/11th ACR Malachi Robert - boy March 26 at 7:20 p.m. 7 lbs., 7 oz., 20.5 inches Sgt. Anthony and Erin Sims Unit/Company: 916th Sustainment Brigade Jonare Nyjah Diaz - boy March 28 at 4:16 a.m. 5 lbs., 12 oz., 19.5 inches Spc. John and Raena Bonquin Unit/Company: HHT, 2/11th ACR Hailie Chandler - girl March 30 at 8:43 a.m. 6 lbs., 7 oz., 19 ¼ inches Dustin Taylor and Olivia Chandler

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From rock, page 1 the lives of 14 civilians in the city of Chau Phu, just days into the Tet Offensive by the Viet Cong. Dix has traveled with Sinise to other military installations, and during a past radio interview in Hawaii while visiting Schofield Barracks, he spoke about the significance of his award. He said that he feels that Medal of Honor recipients wear the medal for everybody. He stated that many deeds go unnoticed and it is because of the bravery of others, as well, that he is able to be here. “I tell other Vietnam Veterans that they should be proud of their service,” Dix said during the radio interview. “The greatest honor is to fight for your country in war and the second greatest is to honor those who have fought for others.” Those who wear the uniform and serve at the NTC and Fort Irwin will soon have the chance to fulfill both of the mantras that Dix lives by. The April 10 ceremony is an opportunity for paying homage to a generation of Warfighters who didn’t get the full recognition after coming home from the jungles of Vietnam.

Public Affairs Office photo archive above: Veterans of the Vietnam War era visited the NTC and Fort Irwin during a recognition ceremony in 2010. This year’s ceremony takes place April 10 and will be the fourth time the installation hosts the event.

Photo by Pamela Portland, PAO director

LeFT: Retired Army Maj. Drew Dennis Dix visited Fort Irwin with actor Gary Sinise, March 9. Dix received the Medal of Honor for courageous actions in Vietnam in January 1968. Dix said, in a past radio interview, that one of his missions is to help communities understand Veterans and their experiences during military service.

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