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Leadership Begins with Loyalty Text to join and show your Loyalty to Fort Campbell MWR.
Editor Lisa Taylor email@example.com
Contributors Tara Goodson Willis B. Taylor Keri McPeak SPC Gary Yim SPC Michael J. Cardinal Charlene Mazur Tony Saluzzo CynDe Clack
More Than a Right, It’s Your Duty Learn the importance of voting and how to have your voice heard while you are deployed or overseas.
The Gold Standard of Respect
Photography Paula Hallett Deborah Young istockphoto DaveLongMedia Phototreat pixdeluxe
Take destiny into your own hands and develop an Army education that can help you gain the respect to become a leader in your Army career.
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Serving Selflessly in Your Community Explore the many volunteer opportunities available on Fort Campbell.
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Honor of a Veteran Take the time to honor a Veteran this month.
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The Internal Grit of a Hero
How does your “internal grit” measure up?
Making the Difference
Educate yourself on the signs of suicide, together we can make a difference.
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LEADERSHIP BEGINS WITH LOYALTY
by Tara Goodson
LOYALTY IS THE QUALITY OR STATE OR AN INSTANCE OF being loyal. But what does that really mean to you or me? Most of us understand loyalty to our favorite team, loyalty to the Army, loyalty to our Family and friends. What about the loyalty to MWR programs and businesses? From Army Community Service programs, Dining and Entertainment, Recreation and Leisure, Sports and Fitness and Child, Youth and School Services, MWR covers many aspects of our lives. Family and MWR is a partner with The Exchange (formerly known as AAFES) which allows us to give back to our community. You can do your part by using MWR services. Don’t know where to go? MWR information can be found everywhere! We have two magazines distributed throughout the installation (BOSS Life and MWR Life), the E-news, Facebook, the website, an electronic marquee located at both Gates 1 and 4, and staff members attend many different briefings and meetings to disseminate the information that occurs on a monthly basis. We highlight being proactive on Fort Campbell and continue to offer a variety of ways for you to stay informed. Tired of seeking information out? An easy way of getting information pushed directly to you is our new Text Club! Simply text the letters “MWR” to 68-68-3 and you will be enrolled. You will get a text about once a week telling you of fun and exciting events that are occurring on post. We rolled out the Text Club this summer by hosting the MWR VIP access area at both the Blake Shelton and The LT Dan Band concerts. Twenty-five lucky winners and guests enjoyed stage side seating, free adult beverages and a catered meal before both concerts. With an estimated crowd of 20,000 people at the Blake Shelton show, the large VIP area was a welcome retreat. Our guests were treated to a fun show, good food and one lucky VIP Text Club member walked away with a brand new flat screen TV, courtesy of USA Discounters and MWR. The LT Dan Band concert proved to be one of the best Fort Campbell has seen. A smaller crowd of 8,000 people attended and were treated to a wide variety of covers from Gary Sinise’s talented band. Guests in the MWR VIP tent were encouraged to join in the fun when the conga line passed by. USA Discounters also gave away a 16G iPod Nano to one special Text Club VIP winner. Not only will you get treated to special events, you can have a chance to walk away with great prizes, simply by sending a text! Join our 2,500 other Text Club members by texting “MWR” to 68-68-3.
Family and MWR continue to support the Army’s mission by providing a variety of activities both in theatre and at home. The fitness centers and MWR tents with computer and phone usage are the two activities that get used often during deployment. Without your support while you are at your home duty station, we wouldn’t be able to provide, or upgrade, these facilities in Iraq or Afghanistan. MWR also gives back to the Soldiers by contributing to unit funds. A specific dollar amount per Soldier is added to the fund every year, and that amount increases during deployment. These funds can be used in a variety of ways that benefit the entire unit; most common are Military Balls and Organizational Days. MWR also hosts a variety of free events on a monthly basis, several of which can be found at D.W. Recreation Center. Free activities are offered nearly every night. From pool to spades, sporting events and the BOSS program, MWR wants to give you what you want. MWR continues to show it’s loyalty to our Soldiers and Families by providing many activities and businesses that benefit our community. You can continue to support MWR by utilizing the businesses, activities and programs we offer. Check out www.fortcampbellmwr.com, join the text club, sign up for E-news, or find us on Facebook and get involved.
More Than a Right.
It’s Your Duty by Willis B. Taylor AS STATED IN THE ARMY VALUES; DUTY IS: FULFILLING your obligations, accepting responsibility for your own actions and those entrusted to your care, and finding opportunities to improve oneself for the good of the group. Many Soldiers join the military because they felt it was their duty to serve their country. Did you know that voting is not only a privilege but a duty as well? Our country was founded upon democracy which gives us the freedom to voice our opinions and demand change, so why wouldn’t you exercise your right to affect policy and demand change from the country you work so hard to defend? The first true democracies were founded thousands of years ago in ancient civilizations like Greece and the Roman Empire. In those days, the electorate would cast their votes by placing shards of pottery or small stones into vessels, either for or against a motion. After the fall of these great societies, democracy was sparsely used in Europe over the next few thousand years. The next resurgence of democracy came when our young country was founded with the belief that the most effective and efficient method of government was one of the people, by the people and for the people. In the earliest days of this system of government, citizenship was guaranteed either by birth or service in the military. Today, the importance of democracy and our deep belief in our system of government is demonstrated by what we do when American forces topple a dictator or facilitate the end of a Regime. One of the first things we do is sponsor free and open elections and assist the people of that country to begin to govern themselves. America believes that all people are capable of and destined to govern themselves. Currently, the U. S. Military is a 100% volunteer force. Like the Roman Legions, military service can still provided a pathway to citizenship however; today citizen Soldiers have the ability to cast votes in all manner of elections from national all the way down to local elections in their home states and cities. It is a right and responsibility of the citizenry to exercise the power of the vote. For those in the Military, this seems to be even more crucial. You are the implements of policy written by politicians; therefore it is imperative, it is your duty to make sure your voice is heard. In the past, the absentee voting system involved getting a paper ballot mailed to you from your district, filling it out, having it witnessed, and mailing it back in time for the election. Today, the process is far simpler.
The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) can guide you through the process of setting up to vote in absentia in just a few minutes. This system can be used whether you are deployed overseas or outside your state of residence. Visit www.fvap.gov and click on the “Get Started” link to begin the process. Here you can register to vote, get a ballot, and track your ballot.
Another important method of participating in the political process that Soldiers should consider is to directly communicate with their respective elected officials. They work for you, and they need and want your input. You can find phone numbers, addresses, and email addresses for everyone from the President and Vice-President to U.S. Senators and Representatives, as well as your state Governors and elected representatives. All this information can be found by going to www.USA.gov, click on “contact your government” and then click on “contact your elected officials”. The people we elect to run our government will make the policies that will send you into harm’s way. Because you have the courage to stand on the front lines and defend our way of life and fight for freedom for all people, they need to hear what you have to say. Participation in the political process is a right and responsibility that you stand for and defend every day, whether at home or abroad. At the ballot box cast your lot. It is your duty to let your voice be heard.
The Gold Standard of Respect by Keri McPeak
RESPECT COMES IN MANY FORMS AND HAS A VARIETY OF meanings to each individual. The U.S. Army has a rich history and commands respect wherever it goes, and the Commissioned Officers of the U.S. Army play an integral role in that respect. It is easy to see why all forms of respect are evident with programs such as Green to Gold and various other scholarships available to Active Duty Military, and National Guard or Reserve components of the military. There is a deep level of respect for individuals who recognize their potential, dream of a better life for themselves and their Family, take the actions to exhibit their potential and accomplish their dreams. With the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) Green to Gold program these individuals can achieve just that and more. The Army Green to Gold program is designed to offer Enlisted Soldiers in the Army the opportunity to earn commissions as Army Officers. This program offers Enlisted Soldiers two unique ways to earn a degree. There is the Green to Gold Scholarship Option for Soldiers who are considering leaving active duty to attend college; and there is the Green to Gold Active Duty Option for Soldiers who want to attend college while remaining on Active Duty. The Army offers a variety of educational benefits both in and after service, including eArmyU, the GI Bill, the Army College Fund, the Army's College Loan Repayment Program, tuition assistance, and scholarships for ROTC and the U.S. Army Medical Department (AMEDD). More people are choosing an Army education due to its
education benefits that include money for college through various scholarships. Other available options include earning an education through Army college programs, Army internships, taking classes while in the Army, or specialized career training and skill development. Each year Division Commanders can nominate deserving Soldiers for the Green to Gold scholarships which are awarded for two, three, or four years. Soldiers with two years of college remaining to complete their degree are considered for two-year scholarships, while Soldiers with three years of college remaining or without college credit are considered for three-year and four-year scholarships. There is also the Green to Gold Active Duty Option (ADO) two-year program which provides eligible, Active Duty Enlisted Soldiers an opportunity to complete a Bachelor’s Degree or obtain a two-year Master’s Degree, and be commissioned as an Army officer upon degree completion. Fort Campbell is authorized to present five scholarships from the Commanders Green to Gold Hip Pocket Scholarships each year. Interested Soldiers should visit www.goarmy.com to acquire the necessary forms along with the Hip Pocket guide checklist. The GoArmy.com website has a ton of useful information, so it is best to thoroughly read all sections related to Green to Gold programs. Soldiers should also schedule an appointment with their unit’s qualified Career Counselor to examine all available options and to get the nomination process started. As Maxwell Maltz said, “What is opportunity, and when does it knock? It never knocks. You can wait a whole lifetime, listening, hoping, and you will hear no knocking. None at all. You are opportunity, and you must knock on the door leading to your destiny. You prepare yourself to recognize opportunity, to pursue and seize opportunity as you develop the strength of your personality, and build a self-image with which you are able to live with your self-respect alive and growing.” Take destiny into your own hands and develop an Army education that can help you gain the strength, training, knowledge, and respect to become a leader in your Army career. HOOAH!
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Child, Youth & School Services **24 Hour Care (opening FY-12) Bastogne (CDC) (270) 412-4485 Eagle (CDC) (270) 412-3303/3304 Gardner Hills (CDC) Part Day Preschool (CDC) (270) 412-6767 Polk (CDC) (270) 412-4471 Tennessee (CDC) (270) 412-4477 Waters #1 (CDC) (270) 439-7993 Waters #2 (CDC) (270) 439-7996 *CYSS Directorate (270) 798-6539 Family Child Care (FCC) (270) 798-4959 *Kids on Site (Estep) Parent Central Services (CYSS Central Registration) (270) 798-0674 Billy C. Colwell Center (270) 412-2315 *Gardner Hills (SAS) *Werner Park #1 (SAS) *Werner Park #2 (SAS) School Liaison (270) 798-9874 SKIESUnlimited Center (270) 412-5455 Teen Club 24/7 (270) 956-1033 Youth Center (Taylor) (270) 798-3643 Youth Sports (270) 798-6355 Community Services Army Community Service (ACS) & ACS Director (270) 798-9322 Family Resource Center (FRC) (270) 956-2935 Financial Readiness (270) 798-5518 Lending Closet (270) 798-6313 Soldier & Family Assistance Center (SFAC) (270) 412-6000 Survivor Outreach Services (SOS) (270) 798-0277 Backdoor Boutique (270) 956-1566 Family Center & Co-op Daycare (270) 798-7422 Dining & Entertainment 19th Hole (Cole Park) (270) 798-1822 Conference & Catering Center (Joe Swing) (270) 798-2175 Community Activities Center (Cole Park) (270) 798-4610 Dawg Haus (270) 798-0766 Southern Buffet (Cole Park) (270) 798-4610
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(931) 431-4140 Recreation & Leisure Baldanado Pool (270) 798-5207 Dolan Pool (270) 798-5350 Gardner Indoor Pool (270) 798-6310 Singles Pool (270) 798-4247 The Zone (270) 461-0603 BOSS Program (270) 798-7858 Bowling Center (Hooper) (270) 798-5887 Golf Club (Cole Park) (270) 798-4906 Challenge Course (270) 412-7855 Adventure Program (270) 412-7854 Archery Range (270) 798-2175 Dog Park, North (270) 798-2175 Dog Park, South (270) 798-2175 Hunting & Fishing (270) 798-2175 Paintball (270) 956-3118 Parks & Pavilions (270) 798-2175 Riding Stables (270) 798-2629 RV Park (Eagles Rest) (270) 798-2175 RV Park (Flechers Fork) (270) 798-2175 Skeet Range (270) 412-4015 Small Arms Recreational Range (270) 798-3001 Recreation Center (Dale Wayrynen) (270) 798-7391 Sports & Fitness Estep Wellness Center (270) 798-4664/4023 Fryar Stadium, Sports Admin Office (270) 798-3094 Fratellenico PFF (270) 798-9418 Freedom Fighter PFF (270) 798-7355 Gertsch PFF (270) 798-2753 Lozada PFF (270) 798-4306 Olive PFF (270) 798-4101 Softball Complex, North (270) 798-3320 Softball Complex, South (270) 798-3320 Trades & Services Army Education (270) 798-5886 Arts & Crafts Center (Guenette) (270) 798-6693 Auto Service Center (Air Assault Auto) (270) 956-1101/1100
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Auto Skills (North) (270) 798-5612 Engraving Etc. Specialty Store (270) 798-0171 Equipment Rental (Gear-to-Go) (270) 798-6806 Library (R.F. Sink) (270) 798-5729 Veterinary Services (270) 798-3614 Travel & Lodging Army Lodging (Richardson) (931) 431-4496 Army Lodging (Turner) (270) 439-2229 Leisure Travel Services Office (270) 798-7436 Miscellaneous Services 101st Airborne Division Headquarters (270) 798-9793 Blanchfield Army Hospital (270) 798-8055 Civilian Personnel Advisory Center (270) 798-7161 Commissary (270) 798-3663 Division Parade Field Fisher House (270) 798-8330 Gate 4 Visitor Center & Vehicle Registration (270) 798-5047 Gate 7 Visitor Center & Vehicle Registration (270) 956-4495 In/Out Processing & MWR Public Relations (270) 798-7535 MWR Director (270) 798-9953 MWR Unit Funds & MWR Collections (270) 798-6818 Museum (Don F. Pratt) (270) 798-3215/4986 Wilson Theater (931) 431-3636 AAFES Airfield Mini Mall (270) 640-4614 Community Town Center Class Six (270) 431-3622 Military Clothing Store (270) 798-4212 Pizza Hut Delivery (270) 439-1113 Exchange (270) 439-1841 Exchange Administration Office (270) 439-1846 Firestone (270) 439-1865 Gardner Hills Mini Mal1 (Burger King/Subway) (270) 697-1020 Kentucky Shoppette (24hr gas) (270) 439-1914 KFC & Taco Bell (270) 439-6353 Troop Mini Mall (gas) (270) 431-2410
BOSS Events November 5
Great Escape Movie Night 4:30pm The first 15 Soldiers that show up to the D.W. Rec. Center by 4:30 pm are eligible to attend a FREE movie at the Great Escape. This opportunity is great for incoming Soldiers from 20th Replacement to get to know the BOSS President and find out more about the BOSS Program. BOSS Lock-in 10pm All single Soldiers will able to stay up late at the D.W. Rec. Center and participate in different tournaments, movie marathons, karaoke and much more. Food will be provided. BOSS Zanies Comedy Club 6pm A trip to Zanies in Nashville sponsored by the BOSS Program. Soldiers are alloted the opportunity to get away from Fort Campbell, relax and enjoy the celebrity of the night, D. L. Hughley. BOSS events are open to all eligible single Soldiers and geographical bachelors. Call 798-7391/7446/7858 for more information.
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Adventure Program Calendar November 6
Xbox 360 Video Game Tournament – Gears of War 3 2pm Video game tournament that is open to all eligible MWR patrons ages 18 and above. Trophies will be awarded to the top three finishers. Veterans’ Day 11am Make your own ice cream creation for FREE. Several flavors of ice cream and a wide variety of toppings will be provided. Elves at Work (Decorate for Christmas) 2pm Help us get the recreation center ready for the holiday season by assisting us in decorating the building. Gingerbread House Workshop 2pm Join us in our Gingerbread House Building Workshop. One gingerbread kit and extra decorating items will be available for you to make a one of a kind family project. Please call by 14 November to let us know if you are attending so that we can have enough kits on hand. Thanksgiving Day 11am-8pm The recreation center will be “OPEN” for your recreational needs. Special desserts will be served throughout the afternoon. Madden 12 Tournament 2pm Video game tournament that is open to all eligible MWR patrons, with those under 18 being accompanied by a parent while they are in the recreation center. Trophies will be awarded to the top three finishers.
Cane Connector Hike 10am-3pm $10 Age 2+ Come join us on this 2.5 mile stroll along the hiking trail at Percy Warner State Park in Nashville. Don’t forget to bring your camera, plenty of water and a sack lunch! Meet at the Outdoor Recreation Main Office. Pre-registration required by 4pm on November 4. Mountain Bike Meet-up 4:30pm-6:30pm $5 Age 14+ Join Outdoor Recreation for a trail ride through the Outdoor Rec trails. Bring your own bike and it’s FREE. If you don’t have a bike, try one of ours for only $5! We accept people with all skill abilities from beginner to advanced. Pre-registration required by 2pm on November 7. Meet at the Adventure Programs Office. . Moonlight Canoe 6pm-9pm $7 Age 2+ Experience the sights and sounds of Fort Campbell’s wilderness at night. With an expected full moon and clear skies, you will take a leisurely canoe paddle around the moonlit Lake Kyle. The evening will also include a campfire and snacks. All gear is provided. Pre-registration required by 4pm on November 8. Meet at the Outdoor Recreation Main Office at 6pm. Climbing 202 4:30pm-6:30pm $20 Age 16+ The Challenge Course Complex is now offering an intermediate climbing clinic. Learn a new style of climbing called Sport Climbing. This style requires a new set of skills, gear, commands, and belay techniques. This is a unique opportunity to learn what many climbers consider "true" rock climbing. Pre-registration required by 4pm on November 11. Meet at the Challenge Course Complex located across the street from Outdoor Recreation. Nashville Zoo Military Appreciation Day Trip 9am-6pm $5 The Nashville Zoo is offering Active Duty and Retirees along with their immediate FREE Zoo admission on this date (must show Military ID). Non Military: General zoo admission paid at the door (12 years and up - $14; 12yrs and under - $9; 2yrs and under - FREE). Pre-registration required by 4pm on November 11. Meet at Outdoor Recreation Main office at 9am for transportation to and from the Zoo. Military Family Appreciation Discount Day 9am November is the Month of the Military Family! Outdoor Recreation wants to invite you to a fun filled day full of a variety of recreational activities. Activities will begin around 9am and last throughout the evening. Look for the Military Appreciation Day Flyer for more information or call 270-412-7854. Preregistration required for most events. Contact (270) 412-7854. 8
Serving Selflessly in Your Community by SPC Gary Yim, BOSS Vice President IN LINE WITH THE ARMY VALUES, SELFLESS SERVICE through volunteering is a rewarding way to support your fellow Soldiers and the Fort Campbell community. Soldiers in the 101st Airborne Division are very fortunate to be supported by the communities of Clarksville, Hopkinsville and their fellow Soldiers here on Fort Campbell. Service members who want to give something back are lucky to have plenty of opportunities to volunteer in the community.
The Fort Campbell Army Volunteer Corps (AVC) exclusively tracks volunteer hours by using the Volunteer Management Information System (VMIS) on the web at www.myarmyonesource.com. The system was developed to give the Army a real-time snapshot of volunteer activities at any given time, at any given installation. You may by asking yourself, “Why is this important to me?” Did you know that for every volunteer hour accounted for in VMIS our installation equates to almost $22 per hour? Funds received for volunteer hours are used to improve housing, and build chapels as well as improving and expanding many other programs and services. There are also benefits to the individual Soldier for volunteering. When enough volunteer hours have been accumulated, a Soldier can be recommended for the Military Outstanding Volunteer
Service Medal. Not only is this medal worth promotion points in the “hard-to-get awards” section, it also greatly distinguishes the Soldier as the high speed individual they are in the eyes of their command. For those seeking volunteer opportunities on Fort Campbell VMIS is a great place to start. VMIS can help you search for volunteer positions, apply for volunteer positions, add volunteer hours into the VMIS system and create a volunteer resume and job skill builder. Currently, the Fort Campbell Community has over 2800 active volunteers and some of the most fun volunteer opportunities can be found right here on post through MWR. The Dale Wayrynen (D.W.) Recreation Center takes pride in providing a fun, relaxing environment for Soldiers and their Families. D.W. provides so many amenities that Soldiers and their Family members come at all hours of the day. Sometimes, the full time staff can get overwhelmed by the high demand for their services. These are the times when some highly motivated volunteers would be a welcome help to keep things moving smoothly. Throughout the year, D.W. Recreation Center hosts a Halloween Carnival and Easter Egg Hunts, which provide additional volunteer opportunities. The on post gyms also provide service members and their Families with fantastic exercise equipment and sports courts. Having volunteers to help keep exercise equipment clean and each building tidy goes a long way to making a good gym into a fantastic one. Those aspiring volunteers who are more for the outdoors can work with many of the outdoor recreation services. Programs include: paintball, archery, skeet and trap shooting, which all have equipment that must be maintained. A few extra hands are always welcome. MWR and the BOSS program work with many local organizations off post in Clarksville, Hopkinsville, and Oak Grove who have several volunteer opportunities for Soldiers as well. After the flood in the spring of 2010, Soldiers from Fort Campbell went to downtown Clarksville to help clean up debris and hand out food to those affected by the flood. Organizations such as the American Red Cross, Loaves and Fishes, and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Clarksville all are great partners who love to work with dependable, responsible Soldiers. If you are interested in volunteering, contact the AVC at (270) 956-2934 or call the BOSS office at (270) 798-7858. For more information about the AVC and VMIS program visit www.fortcampbellmwr.com/acs/avc. For more information about the BOSS program visit www.fortcampbellmwr.com/Recreation/BOSS or stop by the BOSS office located inside the D.W. Recreation Center.
THE WEBSTER’S DICTIONARY DEFINES THE WORD HONOR as being, “high respect, glory, a code of integrity, dignity and pride”. When you, as a Soldier, are thanked for being a Veteran, realize that you might believe it is just a job, but for the ones who are thanking you, it means much more. To them, it is a high appreciation for the sacrifices you make for their freedom. When I was in high school, I looked at Veterans Day as just another holiday and a great excuse to miss school. Since then I have discovered that several people in my Family have served in the Armed Forces to include my father and grandfather. Since joining the Army, Veterans Day now has a deeper meaning for me. I believe one of the reasons we have the greatest military is because it is an all volunteer military. We may have joined for different reasons but in joining we have all found that serving our country has instilled in us pride and honor. This country was formed from the blood and sacrifice of Veterans that have served before us. Veterans of today and Veterans of yesterday have several things in common; serving in the military is not done for fame, glory, money or recognition. We do this for our brothers or sisters who are willing to give their lives for the person next to them so everyone can return safely home. After returning from Afghanistan, I was sitting around talking with my fiancee. During this conversation, she called me a hero, at which point I asked her why she would refer to me as a hero. Her reply was that I had risked my life to keep her safe, that she and her son could lie down at night with no worries about being attacked because of what I and all the members of the military do to keep Americans safe. After she told me this, I thanked her and replied, “I am no hero”. I serve in the Army because I believe in the Constitution and the United States. I am willing to lay down my life to ensure that future generations of my
Family have a better life than I do. There is no greater honor than knowing that my sacrifices have helped shaped this country for future generations. My fiancee proceeded to tell me that she can’t imagine a better way to say thank you and show gratitude than to give Veterans, past and present, their own holiday. When I think about the words that were said to me, I never realized the overwhelming sense of pride and honor that comes with knowing that you have your own holiday for the sacrifices you made and continue to make. Think about it, how many people have the right and the privilege to say they have earned their own special day of recognition? When you are sitting around in the month of November planning your Thanksgiving holiday, take some time and give thanks to the Veterans by coming out and participating in the events that will be held this month. On Saturday, November 5, The Clarksville Chamber’s Military Affairs Community will host their 19th Annual Veterans Day Breakfast at Austin Peay State University’s Morgan University Center. The breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m. This is a salute to our Veterans and the featured speaker will be Major General James C. McConville. For more information call (931) 245-4240. After you enjoy breakfast come and join the Hopkinsville and Clarksville community as they host a Veterans Day parade. The Tennessee Titans will have a Veterans Day salute in Nashville on Sunday, November 6 and the Davidson Metro area in Nashville will be hosting a Veterans Day Parade on Friday, November 11. I hope after reading this article it helps you to better understand the pride and honor Veterans have for our country. I will be attending some wonderful parades; I hope to see you there!
Integrity: The Internal Grit of a Hero by Charlene Mazur IN THE SIMPLEST TERMS, INTEGRITY CAN BE DEFINED AS “Internal Grit”. It is a determination or strength of character that lies within the confines of your mind, body and soul. It is an internal unfaltering consistency to not waver due to outside influences and stand strong in how one should live, no matter how dangerous or unpopular. Integrity includes having moral soundness, honesty, freedom from corrupting influence or motive, purity, sincerity, keeping one’s word and commitments, maintaining one’s good name and character, truthfulness, fairness and justice. Integrity refers to wholeness as a human being and is developed into a person’s thoughts, words, and actions, all of which are harmonious. Why is integrity so important? Inside all of us is the potential to be a hero. Integrity is a necessary quality you must possess to be a hero. As a Soldier, this is the core essence of the values you strive to achieve. What defines a hero? A hero possesses the ability to sacrifice, the determination, dedication, valor and bravery to forge on and fight for what they believe is just. Within the past 10 years, the term hero has been used often by Americans to describe those that perished due to terrorism, war, or natural disasters; even those who have been honored due to simple acts of humanitarianism based on integrity. What do all these individuals who we refer to as heroes have in common? They all possess the integrity to do what was right, for the benefit of the greater good, often sacrificing their own safety and lives. The word hero has been used in many cultures and societies. In Greek and Roman Mythology the term was used to describe men whose courageous actions brought favor from the Gods. Hercules, Achilles and Theseus were all considered heroes. Although their integrity may be argued in today’s society, the devotion to their people was evident. Biblical heroes like Moses, Paul and Mordecai all stood for not only what they believed but for those that didn’t have a voice. Enslaved, imprisoned or hated they never faltered and lived according to their convictions. Consider legendary or folklore heroes such as Robin Hood; loyal to King Richard in his attempt to protect the common people until Richard’s return from the crusades. William Wallace had extraordinary personal strength, undaunted courage,enterprising spirit, and dexterity. Those attributes coupled with his inability to stand by while he knew the people of his country were being oppressed, made Wallace a hero. His internal grit guided him to seek freedom for the people of his country.
Extraordinary women have also been distinguished as heroes due to their astonishing achievements and bravery. Among them are Susan B. Anthony, Joan of Arc, Amelia Earhart and Rosa Parks. They all faced diversity within their culture which caused them to be out of favor within their society but their integrity to do what’s right pressed them forward to continue their plight and each person played a role that changed the outcome for all women in today’s world. Although the comparison of integrity and hero can be argued based on some decisions made by the heroes listed in this article, in today’s society an individual’s integrity is measured by their passion to always do what is right for the greater good and the masses. Civilians have come to know that our Soldiers are America’s Heroes, which is why it is important that as a Soldier you exercise prudent judgment and skilled discipline in the ultimate ability to live a good morally just life, doing the right thing, in the right way, at the right time, for the right reason. Keep in mind that even the simplest of actions can be identified as one of a hero with integrity regardless of the uniform.
Making the Diﬀerence by Tony Saluzzo PERSONAL COURAGE IS THE LAST IN THE LIST OF ARMY not get an answer, but on the other hand, you just might! At that point, if the answer is yes, your responsibilities have value,s but, in my opinion, it is the most important. Personal courage can mean many things such as standing by your convictions, just increased, which is a good thing. If your friend or Family Member defending those weaker than you and having the strength of character wants to talk, just listen. You do not have to be an advisor on what they need to do, just listen. If they are willing to get help, take to speak up and help if you think someone might harm them, and take them right away. Do NOT leave them self. them alone! There is always Army wide, someone available to 162 Soldiers were lost help such as a member to suicide in 2009. In of the Chain of Com2010 that number mand or a Chaplain. If dropped only slightly to these individuals are not 156. Locally, Fort Campavailable, escort your bell recorded 21 Soldier friend or Family Member suicides in 2009 and to the closest Emergency another 10 in 2010. While Room. Your responsibility no one thinks even one at that point is to keep suicide is an acceptable them safe. number, I would like to think We believe the reason that all of us, whether you the number of suicides is are a Soldier, a Family dropping here at Fort Campbell Member, Retiree or Civilian is mainly because of people working on Fort Campbell, like you. It takes all of us to have made a difference in ensure the people we care about reducing that number. stay healthy, not only physically As we maneuver but also mentally and emotionally. around post, providing briefs Suicide is not a pleasant and presentations on suicide subject, but methods to help prevention, the one point we prevent it MUST be talked about. always stress is “look out for the people you care about”. While there are no expectations for everyone to How can we keep it from happening? If we all continue to pay attention become a psychologist or therapist, everyone should be aware of the and demonstrate the personal courage to care for the ones in need, it can danger signs that someone may be at risk. The warning signs are be done and we will continue to have success here in our little corner of numerous and obvious, even to the “untrained” eye. Is my buddy the world. We can, as a team, make the difference. sleeping more (or less) than normal? Has her appetite changed? Is he eating less (or more) than what is normal for him? Does she appear sad or depressed? Has Following are programs available through the Army Substance Abuse Program he been isolating himself from Family and (ASAP) friends? Does she talk about suicide? These ASAP Manager Installation Drug Testing are just a few of the warning signs that may Karen R. Milner Staci D. Campos be evident if one is experiencing suicidal (270) 412-0214 (270) 798-7270 thoughts. The point to be taken away here is: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org these and other warning signs may be more evident to someone we are close to, someone Suicide Prevention Employee Assistance Program we know well. This is where we must all step Joe Varney Ramon Maisonet in and be the ones to assist the psychologists (270) 412-6825 (270) 798-4411 and therapists identify someone who may be Tony Saluzzo in trouble. It takes personal courage to (270) 412-0078 Clinical/Counseling approach a Family Member or friend and ask ASAP Counseling Center that tough question: Are you thinking about Risk Reduction & Bldg 2526, 22nd and Kentucky killing yourself? It very well may be the Prevention Lead Coordinator (270) 412-6883 hardest question anyone will ever have to ask Tiffany A. Simms another person, but, it must be said. You may
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MODERN DAY TREASURE HUNTING by CynDe Clack
Geocaching (gee-oh-cashing) is a high-tech real-world treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers called geocaches. Leave behind your GPS device, cables and paper printouts. Just grab your smart phone, seek and enjoy. Geocaching Live-enabled Applications are exactly what the modern day treasure hunter needs. The Groundspeak Geocaching Application uses a combination of GPS, Wi-Fi positioning and cell towers to determine your approximate location. The Application then queries the Geocaching.com database in real-time and provides a list of geocaches near you. The Groundspeak Geocaching Application is currently available for the iPhone, Android and Windows Phone 7. You can do so much more with this application than you can with a traditional GPS unit. You can search by current location, address or GC code; access geocache details; look up trackable item details while on the trail; save geocache listings, including maps and photos; log geocache finds and post notes in the field; submit trackable logs; upload photos when you log a geocache and even filter your hides and finds from the Geocaching.com search results. The advanced navigation capabilities vary by phone but can include switching between street, topographic, satellite and Google
maps; rotating your map to match your heading and viewing cache size, terrain and difficulty rating directly from the map screen. If you want to become one of over 5 million geocachers worldwide but thought you had to purchase expensive equipment now you can use the smart phone you already have. Go somewhere, do something. Thatâ€™s the basic idea behind Geocaching challenges. More information on the Geocaching applications is available at www.geocaching.com.