Volume 5, Issue 2
www.in.ng.mil May 20091
In this Issue Message from the Adjutant General
Guardsman The Adjutant General Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger Public Affairs Officer Lt. Col. Deedra Thombleson
INARNG Career Center ..................... 8
amily Programs ........................ 10 and Health Focus
Air Guard News ................... 12
Spotlight on the 1538th ..................... 14 More 38th ID news
VA hosts health assessment ................ 18 Freedom Salutes, 3-139th, 1-163rd
1613th departs in style ................... 20
W arriors march for babies ................... 21
Layout and Design Susan Hawver Photographers Staff Sgt. Les Newport Staff Sgt. Jeff Lowry Sgt. Mike Krieg Spc. William Henry Spc. Brian Weitzeil Contributing Writers and Staff 120th Public Affairs Detachment Public Affairs Office, Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center Public Affairs Office, 122nd Air Wing Public Affairs Office, 181st Air Wing Public Affairs Office, 76th Infantry Brigade Public Affairs Office, 38th Infantry Division The INDIANA GUARDSMAN is an unofficial publication authorized under the provisions of AR 360-81, and is published by the Joint Forces Headquarters, Indiana National Guard. It is distributed without charge to the members of the Indiana Army and Air National Guard. All material submitted for publication should be addressed to: Joint Forces Headquarters Indiana Public Affairs Office ATTN: Guardsman Magazine 2002 South Holt Road Indianapolis, IN 46241-4839 Opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the views of the Joint Forces Headquarters of Indiana or those of the Department of the Army and Air Force.
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On the front cover: Soldiers are only as good as their training. Indiana has become an international and domestic destination for premier premobilization and urban training. Photo by Spc. William E. Henry, Indiana National Guard.
If you have information to contribute to the Indiana Guardsman, please contact the JFHQ Public Affairs office by calling 800-237-2850 ext 3220 or emailing to Mrs. Susan Hawver at firstname.lastname@example.org. On the back cover: Interior detail of the Shrine Room, Indiana War Memorial, located on the Indiana War Memorial Plaza, Indianapolis. Photo by Staff Sgt. Les Newport, Indiana National Guard. April 2009.
Message from the Adjutant General If the first few months of 2009 are any indication, the Indiana National Guard is in for a terrific year. We started off with a bang, bringing more than 4,500 Soldiers and Airmen to Lucas Oil Stadium for a Welcome Home ceremony. January 31 dawned cold and clear as these Guardsmen and families made their way to the new facility in Indianapolis. Governor Daniels added a personal welcome to all the men and women who had returned from deployments in 2008. Tom Jones, mayor of the smallest Indiana town to be affected by Guard deployments, was asked to speak as well. It is good to remember that the Guard is made up of citizens from large and small communities, who are sorely missed when they are away from their jobs, their neighborhoods, their Little-League coaching, their schools, and all their other everyday activities. The program started with an impressive and colorful parade of units, as hundreds of Soldiers and Airmen passed in review, unit guidons flying. Entertainment provided by country music star Michael Peterson was enjoyed by all, as was the presentation of the 38th ID Band. The program included a moving tribute to our fallen heroes, many of whom were represented in the audience by family members. Darrin Isaac, the son of Sgt. Maj. Charles Isaac, also performed a song by Tim McGraw, honoring the Guard. Though there were somber moments, this was a ceremony of celebration, and we did it up right. Since the end of January more of our units have deployed to support our nation’s Global War on Terror. We’ve seen the 1-19th Agribusiness Development Team; the 1613th Engineer Support Company; Company F, 3-238th Aviation Battalion; the 177th Financial Management Detachment; the 1313th Engineers; Company A, 2-151st Infantry; Company B, 2-151st Infantry, and members of the 122nd Fighter Wing depart, while our 38th Infantry Division MPs returned to much fanfare. We have more units preparing for mobilizations, but it is good to have so many of our Guardsmen back home with us now. A number of Freedom Salutes have been held throughout Indiana for units newly redeployed. United States Congressman Brad Ellsworth, who attended the Salute in Evansville for the 1-163rd Field Artillery, praised the battalion Soldiers for their willingness to support the Global War on Terrorism. “When the call went out for the 163rd, you responded,” said Ellsworth. “Thank you for your service in Iraq, and for your service to our nation and the great state of Indiana.” Similar Salutes took place in Linton, Warsaw, Washington, Indianapolis, Crawfordsville, and Fort Wayne, with similar words of
encouragement and praise being spoken by state and local dignitaries. It all amounts to recognition for our men and women and their families - recognition and credit for a job well done. In March, I was invited to speak at the signing of an Indiana resolution honoring Hoosier fallen heroes. It was a wonderful but humbling experience for me to speak on behalf of all military services, knowing that this resolution would pay tribute for generations to our Hoosier servicemembers who make the ultimate sacrifice. The Army Guard selected four outstanding individuals as NCO of the Year, Soldier of the Year, and their runnersup. These deserving Guardsmen are Staff Sgt. Gregory Swanson, 387th Military Police Company, NCO of the Year and Sgt. Anthony Bruce, 819th Engineer Detachment, runner-up; and Spc. Marcus Bradley, 3-139th Field Artillery, Soldier of the Year, and Spc. Ignacio Diaz, 1-163rd Field Artillery, runner-up. We can certainly be proud of these Soldiers and we wish Staff Sgt. Swanson the best as he continues to compete at the national level of the Best Warrior Competition being held at Ft. Benning, Ga. Our Air Guard rewarded its Airmen for their achievement through 2008 during its Annual Awards celebration. Capt. Michael Spahr, Senior Master Sgt. Erin Chaney, Tech. Sgt. Adam Bollinger and Senior Airman Joseph Till received either state or wing level recognition, and some won at both levels. Capt. Spahr was named Company Grade Officer of the Year, which in itself is quite remarkable, since the 122nd Fighter Wing has not recognized a Company Grade Officer of the Year awardee in more than 20 years. Senior Master Sgt. Erin Chaney claimed his award not just for himself, but in his own words, for his entire team, the 122nd Aircraft Maintenance Group. I congratulate these Airmen on their dedication to service and their achievement of excellence. Though there were many more highlights, I’d like to close with some thoughts on an important national recognition – 2009 as the Year of the NCO. The men and women that serve the Guard as noncommissioned officers are an impressive resource to us as an organization, and a most precious asset to me personally. They teach our young Guardsmen not just what the regulations demand, but what experience has shown them to be truth - that heart and soul are required to do this job well. If that were not enough, they then turn to the task of supporting the leadership of this Indiana Guard, reinforcing our decisions, sustaining us through difficult times with their own strength and dedication. My NCOs have my back, and I could not serve this position without them. I thank them all for their service. Rowana and I continue to represent the Indiana National Guard around our state and the nation to the very best of our ability. We are truly honored to do so. God Bless each of you. www.in.ng.mil 3
JFHQ NEWS Resolution honors fallen Hoosiers the resolution for those Soldiers, Sailors, Story by Indiana National Guard Public Affairs
INDIANAPOLIS — Hundreds of family members of fallen Hoosiers filled the Indiana Supreme Courtroom here, awaiting their turn to join the Indiana House of Representatives and Senate in passing a resolution honoring their loved ones. “We welcome you and want to thank you. We don’t know what it’s like. We don’t know how it feels. So it’s important for us to put faces with the people who have lost loved ones,” said Rep. Woody Burton. When the time came, the loved ones of servicemembers killed during deployments stood on both floors and in the galleries of the Indiana General Assembly to witness the resolution make history. “This is a very small show of our appreciation for those of you who have sacrificed so much,” said Rep. Dale Grubb. Both Burton and Grubb spearheaded
Airmen and Marines who were killed on any and all deployments. The main focus of the resolution was on the more recent deployments during the War on Terror. Major General R. Martin Umbarger, Indiana Adjutant General, was also on hand to show his support and represent the military branches. “I represent the 12,000 Soldiers and 2,000 Airmen of t h e I n d i a n a National Guard, but today I’m honored to represent all the branches of the Armed Forces,” he said. “I think some of us wondered if this generation would volunteer in a time of need like prior generations, like the greatest generation. Now we know. Now we know they would, and they do,” he added.
Indiana Pacers team up with Indiana National Guard
Indiana Pacers’ rookie, Roy Hibbert, hands Pvt. Ronald Craft, Indiana National Guard, 38th Infantry Division, a box of shirts donated by Pacers Sports and Entertainment at Conseco Fieldhouse Monday, Jan. 2, 2009. Hibbert helped load boxes containing approximately 5,000 shirts donated by Pacers Sports and Entertainment for Indiana troops.
Story and photo by Spc. William E. Henry Indiana National Guard
INDIANAPOLIS — The Pacers Sports and Entertainment provided the Indiana National Guard with about 5,000 Indiana Pacers and Fever shirts at Conseco Fieldhouse Monday, Feb. 2, 2009. Pacers rookie center, Roy Hibbert, joined in action and helped load some of the boxes onto a military vehicle with Soldiers. After loading the boxes Hibbert invited the Soldiers to join him on the Pacers practice court to shoot some hoops. On the way to the court Soldiers got an extra surprise when they ran into Pacers head coach, Jim O’Brien, and Eastern Conference All-Star, Danny Granger. “I feel like you guys are serving and you guys are doing your duty over there so this is a small part. Anything I can do to help comfort the guys that are going over there, I feel like I’m doing my part,” said Hibbert. “It was a real honor to be here today - for the Pacers and Roy to take time to come out here. I could tell by his eyes and his tone of voice that he genuinely wanted
Photos by Spc. William E. Henry
Above, right: Indiana’s Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman speaks to families of fallen servicemembers before the Indiana General A s s e m b l y moved a proposal to the House of Representatives at the Indiana State House Supreme Court Room. Above, left: Indiana National Guard bugler, Sgt. Joe Young, 38th Infantry Division Band, plays “Taps” at the Indiana State House after the Indiana House of Representatives passed a resolution to honor all servicemembers who have died since 2001 during the Global War on Terror. Two family members of each fallen servicemember lined the House and Senate floors during the proceedings for the resolution honoring their sacrifice.
to thank us for our service,” said Indiana adjutant general, Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger. “He’s a Pacer, and we’re very proud of him, and we want to back him like he’s backing us.” “They (the players) are very concerned about community, about their fellow citizens and they really enjoy being here in Indiana,” said Greg Schenkel, vice president of corporate and public relations for Pacers Sports and Entertainment. “We’re the Indiana Pacers and it’s good that we can participate with all of you.” Schenkel went on to thank Indiana National Guard troops for their service and dedication, “We appreciate everything you have done up to this point and what you will continue to do. Anyway we can play a part to be supportive and be helpful, we’ll look forward to it.” The Indiana National Guard plans on handing out the shirts to deploying troops and those who return from deployments in the future. “It’s just a little taste of home and if they carry that with them it will let them know we’re thinking about them,” said Hibbert.
The Year of the NCO - 2009
warriors, and through a series of training and deployment, leads the Soldiers to promotion to Sergeant (E-5). Article contributed by With each promotion comes another State Command Sgt. Maj. James Brown professional development school and Indiana National Guard additional responsibilities. NCOs, while in uniform, serve as On October 6, 2008, Secretary of the leaders and mentors. They assist Soldiers Army Pete Geren announced that 2009 is in developing expertise and knowledge, the Year of the NCO. providing them skills which will help them The Army leadership wished to in the future. NCOs also serve as role recognize the many contributions made models and leaders in our communities. by the noncommissioned officers and their th Since Valley Forge in 1778, the families through the 8 year of this war. NCO Corps have trained, developed, Known as the “Backbone of the encouraged, and led the Soldiers assigned Army”, the NCO is often the first leader that to them. NCOs assume the great care and new recruits meet, and is then responsible responsibility for the daily lives for their training. Command Sgt. Maj. Brown began his military career by joining the United of their Soldiers. When the new recruits States Army in 1969. He graduated from the Noncommissioned Officer Academy that same arrive at their first unit, they are We are honored to year, later serving as Training NCOIC, 7th ID, Fort Ord, California. Brown met by their Platoon Sergeant, subsequently served as a squad leader and platoon sergeant, D celebrate 2009 as who in turn introduces them to Company, 2nd Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division the Year of the NCO. (Airmobile) in the Republic of Viet Nam. the Company First Sergeant. Since joining the Indiana National Guard in in 1983, Brown has served in Hooah! This meeting causes the many positions of leadership. This highly decorated Soldier was named Soldiers to begin their journey as State Command Sergeant Major in October of 2005.
4-Star visit Story and photo by Staff Sgt. Jeff Lowry Indiana National Guard CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. - U.S. Army Forces Command commander, Gen. Charles C. Campbell, visited Camp Atterbury Joint Manuever Training Center and Muscatatuck Urban Training Center over two days on Thursday and Friday. To wrap up the visit the general briefed Indiana Army National Guard leaders and full-time staff from throughout the state. More than 200 Soldiers filled an auditorium here. “This morning it is indeed an honor to introduce one of the most senior leaders of our Army,” said Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger, Indiana’s adjutant general. “He is a strong advocate of the Citizen-Soldier; he knows us well.” The Forces Command commander praised Hoosier patriotism to the nation and to Indiana. “The Indiana National Guard is a very special component of the National Guard,” said Gen. Campbell to the seated Hoosiers. “It is not one of the largest states by any stretch of the imagination, but it is one of the largest Army National Guard contingents, and it is suggestive of the ground swell of support that Indianans have for people who choose to serve in the uniformed services.”
General Campbell also foresees a larger role training forces at Camp Atterbury and Mustcatutuck in the future. “Camp Atterbury figures very, very prominently as we prepare the Reserve Component formations in support of deployments,” said Gen. Campbell. The general went on to explain the Army’s future plans including the likely focus of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and the draw down of troops in Iraq. The general spoke about the change of the Army from a division-based organization to a brigade-based organization which Army Gen. Charles C. Campbell, Army Forces Command began in 2003. The change is U.S. commander, speaks to Hoosier Soldiers at Camp Atterbury known in Army circles as going Joint Maneuver Training Center Friday, April 3, 2009. The from legacy-based to modular- general spoke of future plans of the Army to leaders of Indiana National Guard. based. “It was a largely complex operation, commander. “It’s a great opportunity to get but modularizing the Army has been largely his perspective of the future of the Guard.” successful,” said Campbell. Maj. Gen. Umbarger thanked Gen. After his brief, the general took Campbell for his time spent with the questions from the Indiana leaders. Hoosier troops. “It’s a rare opportunity to engage in an “Think we’re being well-led?” asked open forum with the forces provider for the the major general of his Soldiers. “This is conventional Army,” said Col. Ken Newlin, professional development, Ph.D level.” 76th Infantry Brigade Combat Team deputy www.in.ng.mil
JFHQ Indiana National Guard family honored with scholarships Story and photo by Spc. William E. Henry Indiana National Guard INDIANAPOLIS – Children of a fallen Hoosier Soldier received scholarships from the Folds of Honor program in Indianapolis during the Indiana PGA of America section meeting Monday, March 9, 2009. Shelby, 15, Gavin, 11, and Ashtyn Henry, 8, children of the late Sgt. Gary Henry, 38th Military Police Company, were on hand to accept the awarded scholarships from the program founder, Dan Rooney. Shelby already knew where she wanted to further her education after high school. “I want to attend West Point,” said Shelby. “I want to follow his footsteps,” she added about her father.
A cold day for a warm event Story and photo by Spc. William E. Henry Indiana Army Natioanal Guard TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Subzero and single-digit temperatures were not the high point of the day Thursday, January 15; however, a key transfer ceremony held in Terre Haute, Ind., was indeed warming. A historic Indiana National Guard Armory, dedicated January 1, 1935, was formally transferred to Indiana State University during the ceremony held at the armory. Indiana Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger, was there for the ceremony, along with Terre Haute Mayor, Duke Bennett and ISU president, Dan Bradley as well as state representatives Clyde Kersey and Vern Tincher. Members of the Indiana National Guard, 438th Chemical Company, Soldiers who had occupied the armory, and 181st Intelligence Wing Airmen, also attended the event. “It’s bittersweet in the fact that we’re saying goodbye to a facility that has served Terre Haute and Vigo County community for three quarters of a century,” said Maj. Gen. Umbarger at the ceremony. “Bitter, to say goodbye; sweet, that it’s the right thing to do for our state.”
Gavin Henry, 11, son of the late Sgt. Gary Henry, 38th Military Police Company, who was killed by an IED in Iraq shakes hands with Dan Rooney, an Oklahoma Air National Guard F-16 Fighter pilot and PGA professional who founded the Folds of Honor Foundation. Gavin’s sisters, Ashtyn and Shelby, watch during a presentation that awarded scholarships from the Foundation to the three on March 9, 2009. The Folds of Honor Foundation raises money through contributions from an annual event called Patriot Golf Day. Family members of servicemembers who are disabled or killed in action can receive scholarships from the Foundation.
“Many, many of the folks involved in this facility were either employees, faculty, staff or students or alumni of Indiana State,” said Bradley during the ceremony. “We hope that this is just one more milestone in our continued relationship with the Guard that we will continue to grow as we move forward.” Indiana National Guard Soldier, Sgt. Steven Large, 438th Chemical Company who worked in the facility said the building still holds many memories for members of the community, and he is glad it can be preserved. “It’s kind of heartbreaking to let this building go. It’s pleasant that a school can reuse the building and it won’t be torn down,” said Large.
Her brother, Gavin, said he hasn’t decided where he will go. “I like sports a lot,” said Gavin about his plans. “I really don’t know right now.” Rooney, an Oklahoma Air National Guard F-16 Fighter pilot and PGA member, said since the program’s induction in 2006, they have raised approximately $3.5 million for children and spouses of killed or disabled servicemembers to attend college. The Folds of Honor Foundation raises money with golf facilities hosting an event called Patriot Golf Day. So far the program has given approximately 600 scholarships to military families affected by the disability or loss of a loved one. For more information on how to participate please visit: www.foldsofhonor.org
The building was initially made possible with the civic interest of Herman C. Prox who owned the land and gave a loan to the state to build the armory, according to his great-granddaughter Ann Prox. Prox was a business owner in the Terre Haute area in the early 1900s and was involved in military and civic projects such as the armory. The Prox Company is still in business today, which is now run by Ann Prox. According to the Indiana National Guard state controller, retired Col. John Bailey, state procedures require properties such as armories be offered first to another state agency, then a state educational institution, then a political subdivision, such as a city or county government; the final step, the property is auctioned. The Defense Base Realignment and Closure process requires military agencies such as the Indiana National Guard to reassess properties that may be more monetarily advantageous by turning them over to other state agencies or communities for public use. Photo left: Indiana State University President Dan Bradley receives the key to Terre Haute, Ind. 9th Street Armory from Indiana Adjutant General Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger after a key transfer ceremony held there Thursday, January 15, 2009.
A celebration of, for Indiana
Photo by Sgt. Patrick Cloward, 120th PAD
Josie and Maverick Sommers of Greencastle, Ind., stand ready with their mother, Janelle and other Patriot Guard Riders before standing with the Colors during homecoming ceremonies of the Indiana National Guard held at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. January 31, 2009
Investing In Our Children Story and Photos by Sgt. Michael Krieg Indiana National Guard The 8th grade teachers at Decatur Middle School in Indianapolis, Ind., have been holding Career Day for the past 17 years. And for the last 13 of those 17 years, the Indiana Army National Guard has been a presence on this special day. Lorrie Packard and Linda Ryan coordinated most of the activities for Career Day, which fell on Tuesday, March 17, 2009. Said Packard, “The teachers feel it is an important part of our students’ education. The purpose is to inform the 8th graders about the many careers, in the hopes it gets them thinking about their own future,” she added. Over the years, various members of the Indiana National Guard have visited Career Day and have presented, through video and testimonials, a variety of Army career specialties and benefits that may be of some interest to the 8th graders. All of the speakers talk about the educational background of their career, their pay, if there is room for advancement, what kind of personal skills are needed, and what a day on the job is like. Mr. Jim Crane, a math teacher at DMS, has been a part of this program since its inception more than 21 years ago. “We
Story by Spc. William E. Henry Indiana National Guard INDIANAPOLIS—A tribute for Indiana National Guard troops was held at Lucas Oil Stadium, Saturday, January 31, 2009. Indiana National Guard Airmen and Soldiers who were deployed across the globe in support of the War on Terror during 2008, were honored at the Indiana National Guard’s Welcome Home Celebration. Thousands of loved ones, friends and citizens of Indiana paid tribute to the more than 4,500 troops that deployed from Guard units across the state. “I love the whole idea. They deserve the recognition for what they’ve done,” said Stephanie Simcox, wife of Spc. Stephen Simcox with the 76th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Company E, 113th Support Battalion. “He’s a hero, they all are heroes.” To start the event, a parade of troops marched around the stadium bearing their guidons with unit identifiers. “It was an awesome idea to recognize us and to know we’re appreciated,” said Air Force Staff Sgt. Mark Selby, 122nd Fighter Wing. “I’m very proud to have served our country, and it’s great when people shake your hand and appreciate you when you come home.” continue to do the Career Day knowing that maybe there are students out there that need the discipline that, particularly, the National Guard provides to become a military career person, and allow them to be who they want to be. Sometimes, all they need to hear, despite their background or poverty level, is that there is someone out there that can help.” Crane continued, “I believe that the military says, ‘We can help you if you will just allow us to take you and mold you and shape you into the kind of person you want to be.’ Education begins at home, but if that’s not getting the job done, then somehow, we as educators and people in the military need to change their directions, because some of them are going in the wrong direction.” Said Packard, “We really appreciate all the wonderful people over the years that have graciously volunteered their time to impact these young adult lives. The number of sessions for each speaker varies, determined by the interest of the students in that career. Each year we have about 40 presenters, and the Indiana National Guard presence has been a popular one, most years presenting 3 or 4 sessions. In addition, some of the speakers bring visual aids for the students. Our firefighters bring a fire engine; our diesel mechanic brings a semi-tractor, and the National Guard graciously brings a Humvee!”
Musical performances by Darrin Isaac, son of Sgt. Maj. Charles Isaac, Michael Peterson and the 38th Infantry Division Band were a few additional highlights throughout the celebration. Speakers at the event included the mayor of Linton, Ind., smallest town affected by deployments, Tom Jones, Indiana Adjutant General Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger, and Indiana’s Gov. Mitch Daniels. Mayor Jones spoke of how proud the communities were of their servicemembers and their families’ sacrifices and especially those who died while deployed. “We pay homage to those who have given the ultimate sacrifice,” said Jones. The Adjutant General expressed that being a servicemember, Air or Army, is being a part of something bigger than you. “We are most proud of the differences we are making in our state, nation and around the world,” said Maj. Gen. Umbarger. The final speaker, Gov. Daniels, spoke of changes troops may have faced upon returning to Indiana but added optimism about our livelihood as a whole. “Like a friend once told me, ‘You win the lottery the day you’re born in the United States,’ and that’s true to this day.”
Photo right: Chris Faulkner, a student at DMS dons a helmet and body armor before posing for a photo behind the wheel of a “Humvee” provided by the Indiana Army National Guard. Below: Aaron Lance, also a student at DMS in Indianapolis, poses in a helmet and body armor behind the wheel of an Indiana Army National Guard “Humvee” during the school’s Career Day on March 17, 2009.
The highlight of the National Guard session is when the students have an opportunity to go outside and get their picture taken behind the wheel of the military Humvee. “The students seem to really love this,” said Packard. Mr. Crane concluded, “We try to plant the seeds on how to be successful. Every teacher would like to think that they were successful with a child, and if it was just one child, then we were successful.” www.in.ng.mil
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Obtain the information you need to make educated decisions about your career. The mission of the INARNG Career Center is to arm Indiana Soldiers with the knowledge needed to successfully extend in the INARNG, transition out of the INARNG, or retrain for civilian and military opportunities. The Career Center services are free to Soldiers in the Indiana Army National Guard. 8
INARNG Career Center
Story and photos by Sgt Michael Krieg Indiana National Guard
“The measuring stick to determine the success of our efforts here at the Career Center”, said Sgt. 1st Class Angela America, coordinator of the Center, “is gleaned from the After Action Reviews that are completed by the students at the end of the two-day session. This is how we gage how well we are doing the right thing in helping these Soldiers and their families make good career decisions.
REMINGTON, Ind. - Once a month, Soldiers and their spouses from all around the state make a pilgrimage to one of the best kept secrets in the Indiana National Guard. About halfway between Indianapolis and Chicago on Interstate 65 lays the small community of Remington, and the Indiana National Guard armory that houses a recruiting and retention resource that has proven to be invaluable to the Indiana National Guard. Staff Sgt. Jeffery A. Lauderdale, Detachment 18, Recruiting and Retention Command, is one of the full-time instructors at the Indiana National Guard’s Career Center in Remington. “The purpose of the Center,” said Lauderdale, “is actually three fold: first, to decrease unit losses; second, to enhance Sergeant 1st Class Angela America, Indiana National Guard the military and civilian Career Center Coordinator, teaches a class on benefits to Soldiers careers of our traditional and spouses at the Indiana Army National Guard Career Center in Soldiers; and finally, t o Remington, Ind., on April 26, 2009. care for our future traditional Too many times”, continued America, Alumni by educating them on their retirement benefits. Added knowledge means “Soldiers retire out of the National Guard and have no idea what benefits they are higher success rates.” Career counselors from all of the leaving behind or what benefits they have Indiana National Guard’s four major com- earned from their service.” While attending the April 25-26 mands rotate monthly through the Career Center to assist the full-time instructor staff Career Center Session, Sgt. Al Unsworth in educating Soldiers and their spouses on and his wife, Mary, from Shelbyville, Ind., such topics as Retirement Points Accounting said that the program set their minds at ease Management (RPAM), Investment Strategy, regarding his upcoming retirement. Said TRICARE Insurance, Veterans Affairs, Mary, “I’m glad that I was invited to come National Guard Associations (NGAUS, to the Career Center with my husband. ENGUS & NGAI), Indiana Guard Reserve Retirement takes planning from both (IGR), the Employer Support of the Guard husband and wife and I’m a lot better and Reserve (ESGR), and Family Readiness informed now to help Al with the decisions we need to make, together.” Program (FRG). According to Sgt. 1st Class America, According to an earlier story by Sgt. “We want to make Soldiers feel like when Maj. Jodie Newby, the Career Center was you are Guard, you are family and that we the brainchild of Sgt. 1st Class Abraham would want to treat you like you were our Pattengale who, in the summer of 2007, aunts, uncles, mothers, father, brothers and said, “There is a need in the state for a sisters. We want everyone who attends central point to assist Soldiers in finding this Career Center to feel that their service good employment while in the Guard, and was worthwhile and appreciated. This is transitioning out of the Guard. The Center the most rewarding job I have ever had in will be the first of its kind and is being con- my life.” sidered as a national program by National Related article, Veterans’ Benefits, page 26. Guard Bureau retention managers.”
Indiana Guard Soldiers march in Bataan Memorial, take first place
Indiana’s top enlisted Soldiers named
Story and photo by Spc. Brian Weitzeil, Indiana National Guard
Story and photos by Spc. William E. Henry, Indiana National Guard
WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, N.M. — More than 5,300 servicemembers and civilians, including Indiana National Guard Soldiers, marched in the 20th Annual Bataan Memorial Death March. The race is held in remembrance of the thousands of American and Filipino prisoners of war who were forced to march through the jungles of the Bataan Peninsula of Luzon, Philippines, during World War II. “Each of you is here for your own reason. It may be the challenge of the course, or it may be to honor a loved one or friend, or it may be just to honor those who sacrificed so much some sixty-seven years ago to protect our freedoms and our way of life,” said White Sands Missile Range Commander Brig. Gen. David Mann before the march. “Whatever that reason, you will leave here a changed person.” Hoosier Soldiers said they marched in remembrance of those World War II Soldiers and looked to them for inspiration. “When you’re doing a long march, and you want to quit, there’s nothing that will keep you motivated like thinking about the guys in Bataan and what they had to go through,” said Indiana Army National Guard Capt. Shawn Eaken. Eaken competed in the 26.2 mile march with other Indiana Army National Guard Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 152nd Long Range Surveillance. “When you start whining about a blister or start to think I’m all cramped up, you know, you can stop and think ‘Hey, if I was at Bataan they (Japanese soldiers) probably would have shot me if I stopped right there,’” said Eaken. Two teams from the unit competed in the National Guard division - one in light division and one in the heavy division with 35-pound rucksacks. The light team placed first and the heavy team, second. World War II general, Gen. Douglas MacArthur, coined Indiana’s 38th Infantry Division “the Avengers of Bataan” when he returned to the Philippines. The division Soldiers freed those POWs who were held by the Japanese soldiers.
CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. — The Indiana National Guard named its 2009 top Soldiers Tuesday after a two-day competition held at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center. Guard Soldiers Spc. Marcus Bradley and Staff Sgt. Gregory Swanson came out at the top of their categories to be named the best in Indiana. Bradley, a radar repairman and operator with the139th Field Artillery, said he wants to share what he’s learned with other Soldiers around him. “I pride myself on being a good teacher when I can teach the knowledge I’ve gained,” said Bradley. “Sharing that knowledge makes everyone around me better and makes everybody perform more proficiently.”
At the Bataan Memorial Death March, Capt. Shawn R. Eaken, age 38, from Columbus, Ind., ran with Indiana National Guard 152nd LRS light team. March 2009.
Spc. Marcus Bradley
Swanson, a 387th Military Police Company policeman, had similar feelings in using his skills to guide others to be better Soldiers. “I feel honored to represent the state of Indiana,” said Swanson. “I’m glad I can lead from the front, and hopefully I can lead by example and others can follow.” Six Soldiers, three from the lower enlisted ranks, and three from noncommissioned officers, competed in the challenges for the title. Each Soldier’s warrior skills, physical endurance and knowledge were put to the test. In the first day of competition, Soldiers took a physical fitness test, qualified with weapons, completed Army Warrior tasks, practiced combatives and tested day and night Staff Sgt. Gregory Swanson land navigation skills. After 3 or 4 hours of rest, the second day consisted of a 12-mile march with each Soldier carrying at least 35 pounds of weight, then a written exam on aspects of army knowledge, and the appearance boards in dress uniforms to finish the series of events. Command sergeants major from throughout the state commands came to grade the Soldiers on the appearance board. Master Sgt. Frank Miner, a coordinating NCO with the 219th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, said he enjoys helping out in these types of competitions. “Everybody has got a hand in it, sergeants major have input, all of the units have volunteer Soldiers come out to help run the ranges to make things work so much easier and better,” said Miner. “I think it’s good morale and I like to see Soldiers compete against each other, to give a good name to the Indiana National Guard.” www.in.ng.mil
amily Programs News Service Support Organizations Story and photo by Sgt. David G. Bruce Indiana National Guard There are many ways to support the military. Some choose to show their support by putting a magnet on the back of their car or flying a flag in the front yard. Others choose to support the Indiana National Guard through service support organizations. Service support organizations offer programs to assist servicemembers in a
Belinda R. Ireland, Family Assistance Coordinator, informs family members about the service support programs available to military personnel at the welcome home celebration held Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
variety of ways. Some of these organizations are national in scope, while others are concentrated at the local level. One such organization is Family Programs of Joint Forces Headquarters of the Indiana National Guard. There are three areas of Family Programs, the state youth program, family readiness and family assistance. The state youth coordinator manages the various youth programs. One such program is the Kids Camp, said Belinda R. Ireland, Family Assistance Coordinator. “Kids Camp is an annual event where we take about 200 kids to Camp Atterbury for a week,” said Ireland. “We also have a State Youth Council comprised of 20 children ages 14 to 17. They meet quarterly and do CPR training, they go around the state to different armories to do briefings and find out issues and things that our youth want to be involved in.” The state youth coordinator also has resources for counseling children with grief and separation anxiety, said Ireland. Another area of Family Programs is the family assistance team, distributed throughout 15 locations in Indiana. “We serve all branches but focus on the Guard,” said Ireland. “We are what they call a one stop shop for guardmembers.”
According to Ireland, the family assistance team can help with finances, legal issues, aid with Tricare, ID cards, benefits and entitlements. Family readiness is the final area in Family Programs. “Every unit in the Indiana National Guard has a Family Readiness Group,” said Ireland. The Family Readiness Group is a morale group that supports the units in their mission,” she continued. Support for servicemembers can also be found at the unit level. Connie S. Douthat is the family programs coordinator at the 122nd Fighter Wing with the Indiana Air National Guard in Fort Wayne, Ind. “I train our family readiness groups at the air wing,” said Douthat. “Currently, I give all the pre-deployment briefings, meet with the families during the deployments as well as during reunion and post deployment briefings with the servicemembers.” She is also responsible for assistance programs and referrals for Airmen. These can consist of referrals for financial counseling as well as referrals for marriage and mental health counseling, said Douthat. Through the efforts of these programs, Airmen and Soldiers of the Indiana National Guard can find help and support with the many challenges that can come from the call to serve.
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‘Passport’ helps Soldiers, families re-unite Story by Staff Sgt. Jeff Lowry
INDIANAPOLIS - It's been said the hardest part of long deployments is the separation and reintegration of CitizenSoldiers back to civilian life. It can be a hard time for Soldiers and their family members, especially young children. To that end, the Indiana National Guard, with the Military Family Research Institute, helps smooth what could be a rough transition with the Passport to Success program. It's a way for children and teenagers to be able to participate in the Guard Soldier's seamless transition weekend with other children, or in some cases with their parents. "It's fun and interactive, in a gametype atmosphere," said Kathy Broniarczyk, who is the Military Family Research Institute director of outreach. During a seamless transition weekend a Citizen-Soldier is exposed to different resources to help re-integrate to civilian life.
Depending on family and Soldiers' schedules during seamless transition weekends, either a family or just children can go through the Passport to Success program. Events include three different "islands" consisting of communication, feeling and relaxation. Each island helps families cope with the stress of a deployment, explained Broniarczyk. The scattered nature of Guard families, as opposed to base living of active-duty military families, poses challenges to children of Citizen-Soldiers. "The Passport to Success program brings together kids of the same age with the same experiences," said Broniarczyk. The program is open to children ages three to 17. The Indiana National Guard held its first Passport programs in April and will hold more in May for the 76th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and the 38th Military Police Company. As other units return, more will be scheduled. More information about the program can be found online at http://www.mfri. purdue.edu/.
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You are worth it: A commentary on Suicide Submitted anonymously Whenever I hear about the cliché process of taking a step back and looking at your life I don’t scoff, I actually breathe a sigh of relief. Why? Because I’m still alive, that’s why. Because I knew that at one point, years ago, I fell so out of touch with life that I took action to end it. That’s right; I tried to commit suicide. I’m relieved because I was lucky to not have followed through, but luck doesn’t have to play into the equation for those who are feeling the same way as I. As a Soldier then and now, I realize that the resources available to servicemembers today help more than I could imagine. Had I known then what I know now, I never would have made that near-fatal mistake in the first place. My life has had its fair share of heartbreak and pain. Loved ones lost along the way, a lackluster academia during high school, fights with my family and a divorce to round out my deployment; these are just a tiny taste of the things I’ve had to endure. My family life I’ll describe as “functioning dysfunction.” For the longest time, I never got along with my mother, perhaps because we are both proud, outspoken and stubborn. We’ve had our share of arguments, but I considered it normalcy. Along with a rickety relationship with mom was a close-yet-shallow relationship with dad. Always the one to give a life lesson, he was wise and comforting, but only when he wasn’t drinking and trying to be a comedian rather than a father. My brother seemed to be the only source of
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regularity within our group. Eight years younger than me, he was my best friend and I, his hero. In 2006, I was one year into my service with the National Guard and had recently moved out of my parents’ house to live on my own. Everything seemed to be going my way as a young bachelor, but one late autumn visit back home changed my life forever. After unpacking and getting comfortable for a brief stay, I grabbed a drink, because – I reasoned – it had been a long drive. One turned to four and soon I found myself drunk and fighting with my mother over me not doing my laundry. But it wasn’t what my mother said that pushed me to the edge. It was my brother, who was sick and tired of my visits that led to nothing but fighting. “Mom and Dad would be better off if you were dead!” he screamed. It’s still tough to think about those words. But at that time, I felt I had lost everything. My own brother, who thought the world of me, was disgusted with the fact that although I was a Soldier, the fighter in me continued to wage war against an undeclared enemy. A rush of emotions swelled behind my eyes; anger, failure, sadness and the urge to rid myself of these feelings in the most vengeful way. I’ll show them, I thought to myself as I stumbled up the stairs and into my old bedroom. I opened my dresser drawer and feverishly rummaged through socks, my white-knuckle fingers finding the cold steel answer to my problems. I bounded downstairs and met the family at the bottom of the steps. I remember screaming at them, asking them if this is what they wanted. I heard the metal chorus as I chambered a round and put the gun to my head. To this day, I feel like I have a permanent dent in the side of my head from the barrel pressed against my temple. As I flipped off the safety and found the edge
of the trigger, I saw something. It wasn’t my life flashing before my eyes, or the realization that this was the end; it was my brother’s eyes staring back at what I was about to do. It wasn’t a look of fear, or sadness, but a look that screamed, “Why?” That look still haunts me to this day, but without that look, I’d be dead. I was lucky enough to see that look at the last moment and realize I didn’t want my brother to endure the pain of losing his brother, his best friend. It took years and years of ignoring my personal issues with my family before one instance caused me to snap. And that’s why as a survivor and as someone who knows that it gets better, I urge those who feel that willingness to end it all to stop and really think about what you’re doing. Don’t ignore the things in life that build up, because they will eventually explode. Stop, take a step back, and get help immediately. As Soldiers, we are not alone in the battle to save ourselves. We have many tools to help us individually deal with these problems. Had I known then what I know now, I would have immediately run upstairs, not to the dresser, but to the phone and called Military One Source where they offer immediate assistance and confidential referrals to counselors who will help you. While it takes a strong Soldier to admit he has a problem, it takes an even stronger one to do something about it. And while we’re all worried about the fears of losing our military careers, that fear is often unfounded if you’re willing to get help. After all, how will you be able to serve your country and take care of your family if you decide to end your life? You won’t, but with a willingness to get help, an acceptance that no one can get through their problems alone and knowledge that every warrior who wears the American Flag on their shoulder supports and loves you, you will continue to serve. You are worth it.
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U.S. SOUTHCOM calls for SSgt Chesshir By SMSgt John Chapman 181st Public Affairs Office “Brian Chesshir? This is Capt. Santana from the U.S. Southern Command. Would you be interested in playing baseball for us?” SSgt Brian Chesshir, 181 st Combat Arms Training and Maintenance (CATM), was watching ESPN SportsCenter when he answered the phone on Feb. 14, 2009 and had to think for a moment before answering – but he didn’t have to think very long. “Yes sir,” he replied faster than Stuart Scott could announce the next SportsCenter highlight. Chesshir’s love for baseball began at age five, when he swiped his first ball off the tee. Twenty-two years later, he will be playing ball representing the 181st, Indiana Air National Guard, the whole Air Force and his country in a U.S. Southern Command Partnership Tour. Reporting to Miami, Fla., for a week of training before he begins a month long “friendship tour” visiting five Latin-American countries including; Panama, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Honduras and Chile. Chesshir is one of two catchers selected for the tour. “The week-long training will decide on the starting catcher,” Chesshir explained. “There are some great ball players and I hope I can squeeze out the starting position.” This will be Chesshir’s first time playing for the U.S. Southern Command in other countries. He will be staying on foreign military bases and meeting ambassadors from the countries he will be visiting. The team is comprised of all military branches, but Chesshir is the only Air Force and Air National Guard member of the team. However, this won’t be the first time he’s played baseball with other Department of Defense members. He played for the U.S. Military All-Stars team last spring and was the first Air National Guard member to play for that team as well. As the team traveled all around the country playing ball, they
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Gino A. Flores
Nicaragua (April 3, 2009) – U.S. Southern Command Friendship Baseball Tour Army catchers Sgt. 1st Class Edgar Burgos and Air Force Staff Sgt Brian Chessir (right to left) drill children on proper catcher's stance during a baseball clinic held at Bayardo Reyes Baseball Stadium. The baseball All-Star team representing joint forces personnel is on a friendship tour in the Caribbean, South and Central America. They are scheduled to play against military and civilian teams and visit schools, hospitals and orphanages in the communities strengthening relations through a shared interest in baseball.
also visited several children’s hospitals and nursing homes. “One of the highlights of playing last year for me was visiting with the children and holding clinics to teach young players proper techniques,” he said. “I am looking forward to doing the same thing in other countries.” Chesshir plays on a local men’s league which travels to Indianapolis, Ind., Chicago, Ill., and Phoenix, Az., to participate in tournament play with the Men’s Senior Baseball League. He also volunteers with the Martinsville High School baseball team, and coaches teams for Terre Town Little League, West Terre Haute and Legion Post 90. “I’m not sure what to expect on this tour,” said Chesshir as he reflected on last year’s tour with the U.S. Military All-Stars. “I remember playing with the kids in Shreveport, La. They really enjoyed getting their pictures taken with us and playing different games. This year, there will be a lot more focus on the humanitarian side of things and we will be representing our country. I’m excited and it is an honor to be on this team.” DGS Update: One step away from operational Story by SSgt Chris Jennings 181st Intelligence Wing Public Affairs For more than three years, the 181st has been making its transition into an Intelligence Wing. A major piece to completing the transition is nearly complete, as a fully-operational Distributed Ground Station is only months away from being up and running. Once functioning, the 181st DGS will be a vital role in combat theaters globally. “This has been an exciting time for the 181st Intelligence Wing,” said Col. Chris Colbert, vice commander, 181st Intelligence Wing. “Our Airmen have continued to train and retrain for new missions and once the DGS is fully operational I know that “Racer” excellence will once again be felt throughout.” The base began its transition in May 2005 when the Base Closure and Realignment and Commission decided to move the F-16 aircraft from Hulman Field, Terre Haute, Ind. Since then, new missions like the Distributed Ground Station have brought new technology and new positions to the 181st. Many 181st Airmen who have worked with aircraft for years are now looking at the most technologically advanced positions dealing with satellite imagery, analysis, communications and technical position dealing with the equipment, in the Armed Forces. SrA Jared Menestrina, a 25-year old member from Terre Haute, Ind., recently returned from his retraining at Goodfellow AFB, San Angelo, Texas, and McConnell AFB, Wichita, Kan. Menestrina was one of the many 181st airmen who went from working in the aircraft field to imagery analysis who are now returning to Hulman Field ready to jump into their new careers. “The school was difficult, but I was prepared for it,” Menestrina explained. “Getting involved with this new mission was one of the best things I’ve ever done. The job is exciting on a daily basis and I am ready to be operational. Everyone around base is ready to be up and running and we are looking forward to putting our training into real-time situations.” Continued next page, bottom
122nd Honors its own in Annual Awards
Photo left: Senior Master Sgt. Erin Chaney stands with Brig. Gen. Stewart Goodwin and Col. Jeffrey Soldner after being presented with the award for Senior NCO of the Year for the wing as well as the state of Indiana. Photo below: Col. Jeffrey Soldner congratulates Capt. Michael Spahr at a yearly awards ceremony in Fort Wayne, Ind., on April 18, 2009. Capt. Spahr received the Company Grade Officer of the Year for 2008.
Award winner Senior Master Sgt. Chaney said the thanks go to his troops.
Photos by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Justin Goeden
Story by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Nancy Neal Brigadier General Stewart Goodwin, Col. Jeffrey Soldner and the Indiana Air National Guard 122nd Fighter Wing have honored the 2008 Annual Award Winners. The group honored the Airmen during April’s drill. Capt. Michael Spahr, Senior Master Sgt. Erin Chaney, Tech. Sgt. Adam Bollinger and Senior Airman Joseph Till received either state or wing level recognition, and some won at both levels. The ceremony was especially memorable for Capt. Spahr as this is the first time in over 20 years that the 122nd FW has recognized a company grade officer of the year.
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Menestrina explained in minor detail the daily job duties, but much of what DGS personnel will be working on is classified information. After successfully completing his school, he worked within a functioning unit at McConnell AFB getting on-the-job training to sharpen what he had learned in school. Sometimes working long hours, Menestrina stressed how much he enjoyed the working environment. The successful training transition continues and Lt. Col. Kip Clark, commander, 137th Intelligence Support Squadron, has been impressed with personnel. He explained that the Airmen working in the Intel mission were once working in fuels, crew chiefs, LRS members and now they are giving Intel briefings. “It’s been nothing short of phenomenal,” Clark said. “We have more Intel personnel at the 181st right now than any other Guard base.” At the end of this month, Clark explained that the Intel mission will be fully-operational. Unfortunately, while fully manned and trained, the facilities at Hulman Field aren’t up and running quite yet, so the entire DGS will deploy to McConnell AFB, Kansas to get the mission functioning using their equipment. The 181st will then carry their mission back to Hulman Field when the base’s equipment is ready. In the meantime, 181st Airmen will continue to train and some will return from their initial training. “We have a tremendous number of full-time staff returning
“It’s an honor and a privilege to work for the 122nd, to work in the maintenance group and the great guys that I work with. I definitely appreciate everything that [they] do for me, for the wing and for our country.” - Senior Master Sgt. Erin Chaney 122nd FW Senior NCO of the Year Senior Master Sgt. Chaney also said this is a team award for the 122nd Aircraft Maintenance Group.
from their training at Goodfellow AFB and everyone is in very high spirits,” said Maj. Matt Brown, director of operations, 181st Operations Support Squadron. “We have worked through training hiccups and we are nearly ready to be operational. That’s what everyone is waiting for now.” The new mission’s classified nature makes it difficult to explain to those outside the mission. The DGS works in tandem with several intelligence sources including unmanned aerial vehicles, manned aircraft and troops on the ground. Acting as central intelligence ciphering unit, DGS personnel at Hulman Field will be able to determine hostile threats and deal with those threats accordingly. “Basically, when you see the highlight videos on places like CNN; that is what you will be looking at in these positions,” Brown explained. “For example, everyone has seen the videos where you see the bombs going into a building, which is similar to the imagery. You can’t get any closer to supporting the war efforts without actually having your boots on the ground.” The new mission has created several new positions and while many have been filled by Airmen retraining, there are still several positions available. The DGS currently has more than 350 personnel and once fully operational there will be more than 400. The 181st has stepped into the highest technological age of warfare once again and when the DGS is operational, it will be a 24/7, 365 days a year information hub for much of what goes on throughout the world. www.in.ng.mil
38th Infantry Division Spotlight on the 1538th Transportation Company Over their months of deployment, members of the 1538th have taken it upon themselves to make a mark in the Iraqi community, and to leave a legacy of generosity and good will.
Indiana National Guard Transporters bring caring from home to school in Iraq Story and photos by 1Lt Lieutenant G. Elizabeth Brown 1538th Transportation Company, Indiana National Guard TAJI, Iraq – Soldiers of the 1538th Transportation Company had the opportunity to share some caring from home with a local school in the town of Gumaira, Baghdad Province, Iraq, on Feb. 10. The 1538th Soldiers, an Indiana National Guard company from Elkhart, Ind., are nearing the end of their yearlong deployment to Iraq and this was an event that demonstrated what these Citizen Soldiers are all about. Prior to deployment into Iraq, this Indiana National Guard unit knew they wanted to do this mission. Several of the Soldiers work for Conway in Indiana, which, along with other citizens of Indiana, had donated a large number of shirts, hats, cups and a variety of items. Their specific intention was to give to the local Iraqi community. “First,” Sgt. Jeffrey Spencer of Westport, Ind., said, “We will win this war through the next generation. The school kids we gave supplies to, put a smile on each of their faces. Hopefully, it lets the kids know that American Soldiers are caring.” Many of the Soldiers of the 1538th were actively involved in the passing out of clothes, candy, school supplies and toys to the children. Staff Sgt. Fluck, a National Guard Soldier who was assisting in the event for the school, felt good about the role she played in helping the children. Staff Sgt. Loretta Fluck, 1538th Assistant Truck Master and native of Elkhart, Ind., said “It was nice to do something truly positive on the lowest level. When you watch the news back home, they only show the negative effects of the war. It is not very often that you see the good things Soldiers do.”
Taking time out from normal missions meant a great deal to these transporters and brought meaning to being here.
“To see .... their faces light up
over the little things such as a stuffed animal, puts a warm feeling inside you. I know for myself, I sometimes wonder what we are doing here, or what is the real reason we came; but when you see that you are helping children have a better life, it makes it truly worth the sacrifice you give.” - Staff Sgt. Loretta Fluck 1538th Assistant Truck Master “I left with a feeling of pride, knowing we helped make these children’s day a little better.” said Cpt. Phillip Anderson, from Plainfield, Ind., who is the commander of the 1538th Transportation Company. “Seeing the smiles on the kids’ faces when they received a teddy bear, sports bottle, hat and many other items, brought a smile to my face and warmed my heart.”
Specialist Angela Pentecost of Corydon, Ind., said “Humanitarian missions help remind the Soldiers what we are here for. Personally I like doing these types of missions because I get to interact with the children, and give them a positive look at an American Soldier.” The accomplishment of this mission was a joint effort that involved several commands. Capt. Lane Pughe of Los Angeles, Cal. provided much of the groundwork for this humanitarian mission. Pugh is currently serving in Iraq with the 419th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion from Irvine, Cal. Without his support and coordination, this mission could not have taken place. Additional security and transportation was provided by HHC (Havoc), 1st Regiment of the 27th Battalion (Wolfhound), 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT) of the 25th Infantry Division from Ft. Shafter, Hawaii. The national police were also actively involved in the success of this mission. They were providing security for the school, and felt very good about helping the children. There are signs that the Iraqi people are feeling the difference the Soldiers are making. “This was a visible sign in the rebuilding of Iraq. Being able to touch those children’s lives is an impact that will last a lifetime on the Soldiers who helped and the children who were present.” said Anderson.
“The mission was successful; I felt it brought as much joy to me as it did to the children,” Ellyson continued. “The district we were in was a poverty stricken area and the living conditions were poor and run down, and for these kids to get something was a sight to behold.” said Spencer. “It will take years for Iraq to be a modern country and I hope that our mission was a giant step.” The Citizen-Soldiers of the 1538th Transportation Company deployed in July 2008 and are scheduled to return from Iraq this summer.
“We will win this war through the next generation.” - First Sgt. Jeffrey Spencer 1538th TC
Photo below: CAMP TAJI, Iraq – Soldiers of the 1538th Transportation Company watch as the children of the Gumaira School, Baghdad Province, Iraq, line up eagerly awaiting the gifts they are about to receive. Toys and gifts were donated by local Indiana business, Conway, and many citizens of Indiana. February 2009.
“I am honored, and humbled to play a part in bringing joy to a few children’s lives. The children were so happy, and it warmed my heart to see the joy in their eyes. - Sgt. Lynn Ellyson 1538th Dispatcher
Photo left: CAMP TAJI, Iraq – Staff Sgt. Loretta Fluck of Elkhart, Ind., passes out candy to children at Gumaira School, Baghdad Province, Iraq, with Spc. Russell Shireman of Columbus, Ind., on a humanitarian mission. February 2009. Photo facing page, left: CAMP TAJI, Iraq – First Lieutenants G. Elizabeth Brown and Jessica Halladay of Indianapolis, Ind., both Soldiers of 1538th Transportation Company, pose with local children of Gumaira, Baghdad Province, Iraq, after handing out toys and clothes donated by citizens of Indiana. February 2009. Photo facing page, right: CAMP TAJI, Iraq – First Sergeant Jeffrey Spencer currently serving with the 1538th Transportation Company, assists in opening box after box of donated items sent from Hoosier citizens for distribution to the children of the Gumaira School, Baghdad Province, Iraq. February 9, 2009.
38th MPs complete mission in Iraq Story by Spc. William E. Henry, Indiana National Guard INDIANAPOLIS – Approximately 170 Soldiers with the 38th Infantry Division Military Police Company, headquartered in Danville, Ind., were greeted home by cheering family, friends and loved ones at Stout Field. “These Soldiers - they sacrificed their normal lives here with us to help provide a better, more prosperous, life for 25 million Iraqi citizens,” said Brig. Gen. Joseph Culver, 38th Infantry Division assistant commander, before the Soldiers arrived. “They suffered the heat, the cold, the loneliness - complete lifestyle change to bring hope to those citizens.” After their deployment to Iraq, Soldiers and loved ones were eager to exchange hugs and shed tears of happiness in the wake of the return. “It feels wonderful to be back with my two first loves,” said Staff Sgt. David Tillema, while looking to his 2-year-old son, Logan, and wife, Linda. “My deployment was pretty smooth. We traveled a lot, and I can’t say that I’ve had a better deployment.” The 38th MP Company worked with police transition teams to train Iraqi citizens to be police officers and how to better perform their operations. “There has been a dramatic increase in Iraqi Police competency from the time we landed in May from when we departed in February,” said 38th MP Company commander, Capt. William McGray. “The Iraqi Police are quite capable in executing their mission and protecting the Iraqi civilians that they’re duty bound to secure.” According to McGray the 38th MP Company Soldiers were responsible for police development in approximately 15 locations and two districts in the vicinity in and around the Baghdad area. “We were very successful, I believe,” said 1st Sgt. Johnny Madden, top enlisted Soldier for the 38th MP Company. Madden said from the time they arrived to the time the unit left there was a immense difference in the police force as a whole. “It was very rewarding,” added Madden.
Photo by Lt. Col. Deedra Thombleson, Indiana National Guard
Families of returning 38th MP Soldiers await their arrival at Stout Field, February 24, 2009.
Photo above: Indiana National Guard 2-238th General Support Aviation commander Lt. Col. Timothy Kruse of Indianapolis and Command Sgt. Maj. David Jordan of Connersville, Ind., unfurl the unit’s flag during a change of command ceremony held at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, Friday, January 30, 2009. Minnesota National Guard’s 2-211th General Support Aviation relinquished its command to the 2-238th.
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Photo above: Staff Sgt. Eric Borkhardt poses for a photo with his sons Blake and Julian at the 177th Financial Management Detachment's going away ceremony at Louis J. Jenn Memorial Park on Saturday, May 2, 2009, in Indianapolis.
2-238th General Support Aviation Battalion All 2-238th GSAB photos by Capt. Kevin Grant, 2-238th GSAB Photo above: Indiana National Guard Soldiers, Spc. Gordan Cole of Bedford, Ind., Spc. Steven Baker of Lawrenceburg, Ind., Spc. Matthew Crossley of Greenwood, Ind., and Sgt. Jeffery Chatman of Anderson, Ind., with the 2-238th General Support Aviation stationed at Camp Buehring, Kuwait take their reenlistment oath from Headquarters and Headquarters Company commander Capt. Stacy Kennedy-Barker of Greencastle, Ind., Thursday, January 29, 2009. Photo left: Indiana National Guard Soldiers with the 2-238th GSAB, 1st Lt. Christopher Zell of Cicero, Ind., gives Spc. Michael Wheeler of Terre Haute, Ind., his reenlistment oath at Camp Buehring, Kuwait January 29, 2009.
All 177th FMD photos by Spc. Allison Bruck Photo above: Pvt. 1st Class Mike Chadwick comforts his daughter Lacey at the going away ceremony for 177th Financial Management Detachment at Louis J. Jenn Memorial Park on Saturday, May 2, 2009, in Indianapolis. Photo left: Pvt. 1st Class Alyssa Barnett and her mother Kellie share a cheerful conversation at the 177th Financial Management Detachment's going away ceremony at Louis J. Jenn Memorial Park on Saturday, May 2, 2009, in Indianapolis. The 177th will be stationed at Camp Salerno, Afghanistan, providing financial support for combat operations.
12-year-old Cheyanne Jacobsen, daughter of Company F’s Family Readiness Group chairperson, Chris Jacobsen, sang both the “Star Spangled Banner,” and “You Are Our Heroes,” in tribute to the Soldiers. April 4, 2009. Photo by Staff Sgt. Tommi Meyer Indiana National Guard
Soldiers from Company F, 3rd Battalion, 238th Aviation Regiment depart Story by Spc. Nicholas Malin-Adams Indiana National Guard CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. – Saturday, April 4, nearly 40 Soldiers from Company F, 3rd Battalion, 238th Aviation Regiment, were honored by Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger, Indiana’s Adjutant General, and their commanders during a late morning departure ceremony. Company F is on its way to Fort Sill, Okla., for final training before heading to Iraq to help maintain airspace control. The Soldiers and their families were showing signs of both pride and concern, but not as much for themselves as for their loved ones. “I have been spending a lot of time with my family, making sure they are squared away. I want them to be ready,” said Spc. James Beatty. Company F’s Family Readiness Group was mentioned by each of the speakers as being one of the best in the state. The chairperson of the FRG, Chris Jacobsen, has a lot of experience with deployment. Her father, brother, and husband are all members of the Indiana National Guard, and each has been deployed at least once. Jacobsen’s advice to the families left behind - “Try to keep yourself in the same groove ... keep things as normal as possible, especially if you have little kids.” Jacobsen’s husband was markedly absent from the ceremony. He was deployed earlier that week as advanced party. When asked about her husband, she replied, “I am just glad that I can focus on the families that need me here and now.” Jacobsen’s daughter, Cheyanne, showed a strength of character all her own, when she sang both the “Star Spangled Banner,” and “You Are Our Heroes,” a tribute to the Soldiers. Cheyanne, just 12 years old, is quite possibly the youngest person ever to sing at a National Guard ceremony. “She has never sung in front of a large audience before,” Jacobsen said, but “she has been singing since she was about four years old; I would catch her looking in the mirror and practicing.” For her performance, Maj. Gen. Umbarger awarded Cheyanne the Adjutant General’s coin. The ceremony was somewhat informal, and certainly moving, with the deploying Soldiers sitting intermingled with their loved ones. Many of the families came early and stayed long after the ceremony ended. “I am honored to be here to send you off”, said Maj. Gen. Umbarger, “But I am already looking forward to welcoming you home.” www.in.ng.mil
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VA hospital hosts health assessment Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Les Newport Indiana National Guard
INDIANAPOLIS - After returning this winter from a yearlong deployment in Iraq, nearly 2,700 Indiana National Guard Soldiers mustered at the Veterans Affairs hospitals for a post deployment health reassessment this weekend. The health screening is a marked change from the way reserve component veterans begin to access health care after deployments. T h e G u a r d ’s primary partner in providing health care, the Veterans Health Administration, literally opened their doors for 76th Brigade at three Indiana facilities for the unit’s monthly weekend drill. Soldiers returning from deployment to Camp Atterbury and other mobilization sites can visit a VA representative during the approximately five days of briefings when units return. But officials felt they could do better, and generated a model that brings Soldiers directly to a VA facility. Paul J. Hutter, Ve t e r a n s H e a l t h Administration for Legislation, Regulation and Intergovernmental Affairs Officer, was on site to meet with hospital and National Guard officials as well as brigade Soldiers.
Hutter said the most important thing for veterans to know was the scope of services available through the VA and highlighted health care, in all its dimensions, the GI Bill and education benefits, and vocational and rehabilitation services. “We’re there for them, and while the military may have a (servicemember) for thirty years,” said Hutter, “we have them for the rest of their lives, and we’re dedicated to making the rest of their lives fruitful and productive.” Central Indiana units of the 76th reported to Roudebush Veterans Hospital for a process that included a health screening, visits with behavioral health counselors and most importantly, registration into the VA system. VA hospitals in Ft. Wayne, Ind., and Evansville, Ind., provided the service for units in their regions. Major General R. Martin Umbarger, adjutant general of the Indiana National Guard, gauged reactions as his Soldiers wound their way through the stations of the health assessment at Roudebush. “We have a wonderful program that our nation has given to our Soldiers; the opportunity to sit and talk one on one with a case manager and address issues they may not even be aware they’re facing yet,” said Maj. Gen. Umbarger. “As I’ve talked to them (I’ve learned) deep down they are really very appreciative for this.” The VA drill is part of the new Yellow Ribbon Transition Program that brings National Guard and Army Reservists back to a training status soon after redeployment. Congress recently mandated the program after determining a seamless transition was much more likely if a Soldier, as well as family members, returned for regular monthly duty drills. Roudebush has designated the entire fifth floor of one wing specifically for returning Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom veterans, where a steady stream of newer and younger generation Soldiers are seeking support. The Veterans Health Administration is also elevating services at satellite facilities for servicemembers in widely dispersed rural communities. Carol Rogers, a retired high school business teacher and part-time airline stewardess, serves as a volunteer at Roudebush and was more than happy to make the early muster to meet the brigade Soldiers. Rogers played traffic cop, redirecting pamphlet-perusing Soldiers who looked in danger of wandering off the beaten path. She said the staff was excited to have the flood of uniformed servicemembers visit in such large numbers. “I think it’s a good thing to do to get the guys set up,” said Rogers. “I work with Vietnam vets and some are afraid to ask for help, and some just don’t know how.”
Photo left top: Carol Rogers, a volunteer at Roudebush VA Hospital in Indianapolis, assists Soldiers of the 76th Infantry Brigade Combat Team as they navigate a post mobilization health reassessment. Rogers along with hundreds of other staff hosted the brigade as a part of an ongoing initiative to address health concerns of returning veterans.
Note: On the following page are stories of two of the many Freedom Salutes held for the redeploying units of the 76th IBCT. Though we are unable to print them all, each of the Salutes had a character and flavor of its own, but all were unified in their intent - to honor the Soldiers, families and communities of the Brigade.
Photo left middle: Major General and Mrs. R. Martin Umbarger visit with troops of the 76th IBCT during their health reassessment at the Roudebush VA Hospital, Indianapolis, March 28, 2009.
Additional programs were as follows: Company A, 1st Battalion, 151st Infantry - Linton, Ind.; Company D, 1st Battalion, 151st Infantry - Washington, Ind.; Company B, Special Troops Battalion, Military Intelligence - Indianapolis; Company E, 113th FSB - Fort Wayne, Ind.; Company A, 1st Battalion, 293rd Infantry - Warsaw, Ind.; and Company D, 1st Battalion, 293rd Infantry - Fort Wayne, Ind.
Paul J. Hutter of the Veterans Health Administration talks with Col. Courtney Carr, commander of the 76th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and R. Martin Umbarger, Adjutant General of the Indiana National Guard at Roudebush VA Hospital in Indianapolis. The 76th IBCT recently returned from a yearlong deployment and mustered March 28, 2009 for a weekend drill at the VA facility.
Olympian helps 3-139th celebrate Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Tina R. Griffin 120th Public Affairs Detachment CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. - The Indiana National Guard Soldiers with Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 3rd Battalion, 139th Field Artillery were honored during a Yellow Ribbon Ceremony at the Crawfordsville Boys and Girls Club on Saturday. The Soldiers were joined by families, friends and local community supporters in the celebration. The Commander of the 76th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Col. Courtney Carr and Lt. Col. David Vesper, the commander of the 1st Battalion 163rd Field Artillery, joined in the celebration by presenting awards. Soldiers received Freedom Salute awards which included a flag, coin, medal and certificate. Some Soldiers were awarded Bronze Star Medals, Army Commendation Medals and Army Achievement Medals. A few Soldiers were given the Combat Action Badge for being engaged by enemy forces during an improvised explosive device. Bridget Sloan, a 2008 Olympic gymnast, took part in the ceremony by placing a medal around each Soldier’s neck. Sloan and her teammates won the silver medal for in the Beijing Olympic Games in August. “They are really strong people,” said Sloan, a student at TriWest High School in Pittsboro, Ind. “It is an honor to come and present them with medals. I know through the news what was going on over there. It is a different perspective on what is going on over there through talking to the Soldiers.” The Soldiers returned in November from a nine-month deployment with the 76th Brigade Combat Team in northern Iraq. The company performed numerous convoy security missions. “They did over a 170 combat logistics patrols over the course of just nine months and averaging over one a day drove over a quarter of a million miles,” said Vesper.
“I take great pride and accomplishment of what you did this past year,” said Vesper. “It just wasn’t hauling supplies back and forth and wasn’t just guarding loads. It was interacting with people and directly contributing to the safety and security of northern Iraq. I want to make sure the Soldiers know that they made a difference. For the families, the year of separation, you had made a difference for the security of Iraq.” “I am incredibly proud of what the unit did; a unit I spent a lot of time with,” said Vesper. “I am incredibly thankful for the families and community that supported them that past year.” The Yellow Ribbon Ceremony was the closing chapter for the unit’s deployment this past year and a day of celebration among friends and family. Photo, top: Indiana Army National Guard Col. Courtney Carr, commander of the 76th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, pins the Bronze Star Medal on Staff Sgt. Brandon White during the Yellow Ribbon Ceremony at the Boys and Girls Club on Feb. 7, 2009, Crawfordsville, Ind. White earned the Bronze Star Medal during a nine-month deployment with HHC, 3rd -139th Field Artillery. Photo, bottom: Olympic gymnast, Bridget Sloan, presents a medal to one of the Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 3rd Battalion, 139th Field Artillery were honored during a Yellow Ribbon Ceremony at the Boys and Girls Club on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009, Crawfordsville, Ind.
Ellsworth guest speaker for 1-163rd
Story and photo by Staff Sgt. Jeff Lowry 120th Public Affairs Detachment
“When the call went out for the 163rd, you responded,” said Ellsworth. “Thank you EVANSVILLE, Ind. - In a 2,500 for your service in Iraq, and seat auditorium normally for your service to our nation reserved for plays, musicals and the great state of Indiana.” and concerts, the 1st Battalion, The Freedom Salute 163rd Field Artillery held its awards recognize the family Freedom Salute ceremony in and community too. If a front of family, friends and Soldier is married, the spouse distinguished visitors. will receive a lapel insignia. The Freedom Salute And if they have children, they Campaign is a chance for the will receive a Future Soldier Army National Guard to recogFootlocker Kit, comprised of nize its Soldiers, their families Indiana National Guard Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 163rd Field Artillery stand Guard-related items designed and their community. “We’re getting what in line to receive their Freedom Salute awards at a ceremony in Evansville to entertain and educate young we deserve and what we’ve Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009. The National Guard Freedom Salute awards recognize people. the Soldiers, their families and their community. earned,” said Spc. Steven Lupfer, The battalion’s executive Evansville, of receiving the end-of-tour medals and the Freedom officer, Maj. Mark Weaver, commended the Evansville community Salute awards. “It was a lot of work, and it was tough being away during the ceremony. from our families.” “Nobody can touch the community support that Evansville United States Congressman Brad Ellsworth praised the can,” said Weaver. “We get great support from this town.” battalion Soldiers for the willingness to support the Global War on Terrorism. www.in.ng.mil
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Big Hoosier hometown sendoff for engineers Story and “Faces of the 1613th” photos by Staff Sgt. Les Newport, Indiana National Guard LAPORTE, Ind. - Hundreds from this northern Indiana community turned out to wish the 1613th Engineer Support Company well as the Indiana National Guard engineers prepared to report for pre-mobilization training. Family, friends and community leaders spent most of St. Patrick’s Day on the front lawn of the LaPorte Civic Auditorium sharing the afternoon before the unit piled onto buses and made the five hour trek south to Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center. The unit, comprised of electricians, carpenters and pipe fitters will undergo several weeks of theaterimmersion training before deploying in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The departure event was made possible through support of local residents and businesses in LaPorte, a list that seemed as long as the roster of the approximately 170 Soldiers of the 1613th. Denny Francis, a LaPorte resident and veteran, admitted there was little for him to do but ask for help. “I have a lot of people to thank,” said Francis as he prepared to welcome family members, community leaders and the Soldiers of 1613th.
Francis went on to assure the Soldiers that the Patriot Guard and the whole community were behind them and encouraged family members to let the community know if they needed anything during the deployment. Capt. Matthew Bisig, 1613th company commander, leveraged the opportunity to address his Soldiers and their families about duty, honor and country. “It is an honor for me to take these Soldiers overseas,” said Bisig, “to do the right thing, to fulfill these missions, to do our duty for our country.” After one final round of “goodbyes,” local members of the Patriot Guard and other motorcycle clubs escorted the Indiana National Guard unit to Camp Atterbury for the first day of a year-long deployment. 1st Sgt. Paul Butler summed up the waty the Soldiers of the 1613th felt about the sendoff when he addressed the crowd as they prepared to leave. “To have all of (you) spend your own time, going out of your way to support a National Guard unit getting ready to deploy, well it’s just…” said Butler, “extremely heartwarming.”
march for babies
Story and photo by Staff Sgt. Patrick Cloward 120th Public Affairs Detachment HIGHLAND, Ind. - In a gesture of good will to the community, members of Company A, 2nd Battalion, 151st Infantry Regiment in Hammond, joined neighbors and friends in the March for Babies walk-a-thon for the March of Dimes. Nicknamed the Shadow Warriors, Company A Soldiers raised $1,225 in donations to the March of Dimes to assist the needs of moms and their babies born prematurely across the nation. The Soldiers reveal the heart of the Army National Guard through the spirit of a helping hand. “My sister was one month premature when she was born and still suffers from asthma,” said Pfc. Jonathan Snyder, Highland, who originally conceived of the plan to include his unit in the fundraiser before they deployed to Afghanistan this summer. “She’s 17 now, but anytime I see my sister grab her inhaler or have to be taken to the hospital for a breathing treatment, it hits home.” Snyder and fellow unit Soldiers dressed in full uniform and field equipment, including 40-pound rucksacks with the unit guidon for the nine-mile course as a reminder of the pain premature babies and their families endure. Involving themselves in local support activities is something Company A Soldiers like to do. “An opportunity like the March for Babies is good because it’s something we like to do. It’s our chance to involve ourselves in the community,” said Snyder, who saw the benefits of giving others more exposure to the National Guard and others who aren’t used to seeing members of the military on a personal level. “Plus, we get some good (physical training),” he said. “It’s a good chance to get out in the community,” said Spc. David Ragnone, Portage, Ind., whose daughter was born six weeks premature but is healthy now. “That’s what got me in it.” Completing the nine-mile course was just the finishing touch on hours of personal effort for the Shadow Warriors as they contacted friends, family and local businesses to raise funds for this cause.
“I got started gaining support from people in the company,” said Snyder. “I was allowed to talk to the whole company and their families during a dinner and raised around $300 worth that day.” Most of the donations came from local businesses and people contacted by the Shadow Warriors team. As word got out about their efforts, the Northwest Indiana Times wrote an article about them. “I even got one $100 donation just from that article,” said Snyder who added that one lady in Kentucky donated $50 to the team website. “I didn’t even know who she was but I told her ‘Thank You.’” Snyder and the Shadow Warriors of Company A, Staff Sgt. Alan Thomas of Gary, Ind., Cpl. Tim Thomas of Highland, Spc. Bruce Rundberg of Hobart, Ind., and Spc. David Ragnone of Portage, Ind., braved a rain shower, gaining the respect of hundreds of participants in the fight against complications of premature birth. The mission of March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. Donations raised by the March for Babies helps the March of Dimes champion the needs of moms and babies in the community and across the nation. The money raised will help: - support all-important research offering preventions and solutions for babies born too soon or with birth defects - educate women on things they can do to increase their chances of having a healthy baby - provide comfort and information to families with a newborn in intensive care - push for newborn screening and health insurance for all pregnant women and children The March of Dimes also helps with research into stress and other factors that may trigger preterm labor, programs to educate pregnant women to recognize the warning signs of preterm labor and tools to help health care providers find better ways to detect women who may be at risk for preterm labor.
From left: Staff Sgt. Alan Thomas of Gary, Pfc. Jonathan Snyder of Highland, Spc. David Ragnone of Portage, and Cpl. Tim Thomas of Highland join civilians as members of Co. A, 2nd Battalion, 151st Infantry Regiment, Indiana Army National Guard during a local "March for Babies" fund raising drive for the March of Dimes April 26, 2009, in Highland, Ind.
Intelligent design for today’s Army training Story by Sgt. Robert G. Cooper III Camp Atterbury Public Affairs
“Our references are all the same, so that prevents misinformation,” Summers said. “We also make sure our trainers stick to these guidelines we put forth.” While the intel-turned-techniques taught through CALL aren’t doctrine, they do offer an immediate glimpse into current conditions on the battlefield. “Doctrine needs comprehensive studying and takes time,” Summers said. “With CALL, we take good intel and immediately apply it, not as regulation, but as recommendation. Having that quick, fast information goes back to the Army’s ability to move effectively at a moment’s notice. So far, the guidelines offered through CALL have been very successful. Summers related the program’s success to one instance where Soldiers in Iraq were able to effectively gain compliance from enemy insurgents; not by yelling or brandishing their weapons, but by simply shining green laser pointers at their chests. The laser dots froze the Iraqis in place, which allowed for safer, less lethal operations. “This was just one way of how one Soldier’s recommendation went from intel to an Army-wide tactic in Iraq,” Summers said. Although intel gathering isn’t the newest concept for the Army, having the ability to gather intelligence from both the enemy and veteran Soldiers is a fresh and effective measure for saving lives and reducing injuries, Summers said. “In the past, the problem wasn’t with how fast the intel was coming, but how fast it was being pushed out,” he said. “Now, trends and current tactics are available immediately because of the current intel process.”
CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. – Intelligence gathering has played a significant role in military operations for centuries. From the hot air surveillance balloons of the Union Army’s Balloon Corps to the American Revolutionary War’s Roger’s Rangers, the concept of covertly gathering information from the enemy still plays a crucial role on today’s battlefield. With today’s ever-changing battlefield, the U.S. Army must adapt quickly to enemy tactics as well. To ensure that each Soldier preparing to deploy is ready for the missions ahead, Soldiers and civilians at Camp Atterbury, Ind., are there to inject the latest intel from the battlefield directly into current training. “We use intel on a daily basis to keep our Soldiers up to date on how the enemy fights,” said Lt. Col. Philip Koenig, the officer in charge of planning and operations with the 205th Infantry Brigade at Camp Atterbury. “The more we stay updated on the latest intel, the more relevant training is here.” The brigade, which trains and validates Army units preparing to deploy to places like Iraq, Afghanistan and Kosovo, uses the latest intelligence from the battlefield and tailors the training around it. As a result, the training is not only appropriate, it’s credible, Koenig said. “When a unit comes in we take a look at their mission,” he said. “Then we look at the latest intelligence reports on where they will be deploying to and refine our training techniques based on that.” While current techniques involving intel gathering is a highly classified procedure, most information comes from a combination of aerial reconnaissance, ground surveillance from scouting units, and cooperation from the local population, Koenig said. Intel that’s applied to current training doesn’t come exclusively from the enemy, however. At the Center for Army Lessons Learned Office at Camp Atterbury, Military Analyst John Summers assists in turning the latest experiences from previously deployed Soldiers into effective tactics, techniques and procedures. “Let’s say you see something downrange that worked out to your advantage during a deployment,” Summers said. “Maybe it dealt with how you approached the locals or how you got in good with a local sheik. We take that intel, identify any trends and then push that information out as guidelines.” The techniques collected are then published as CALL handbooks as well as Photo by Sgt. Robert G. Cooper III implemented into training conducted by Handbooks like these, created and published through the Center units such as the 205th, Summers said. Since for Army Lessons Learned, are just a few of the ways the U.S. the assessed techniques all come from a Army gathers intelligence from overseas operations and credible source (i.e. the Soldiers themselves), applies them directly to training. While the handbooks, smart cards and guidebooks are not considered Army doctrine, they there aren’t any conflicting procedures being are published frequently enough to provide recommendations based on current intelligence abroad. taught.
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Photo above: Pvt. Marco Carrillo of Task Force Sabre, Kosovo Forces 11, searches a civilian at a traffic control point during a training exercise held at Camp Atterbury, Ind., in January 2009, to prepare him for an upcoming deployment to Kosovo.
NATO group visits Guard site to scout training opportunities Story by Sgt. Joseph Rivera Rebolledo 205th Infantry Brigade, Camp Atterbury Public Affairs and Sgt. Bradley Staggs Muscatatuck Urban Training Center, Public Affairs
tunnels, the roof tops and obviously, it has the surface area and the air space to operate within,” Merkel said. Lt. Col. Chris Kelsey, site manager at MUTC, said one of MUTC’s advantages is that trainers can make a training site look like a city street, to include pedestrians. “Everybody who works here is ‘in-play,’ ” he explained to the group. “That means that if a training group needs to have a busy Middle Eastern market, we can provide that.” Over the past five years the trainers at MUTC and Camp Atterbury have learned how to integrate the facilities, their experience and the commander’s needs into a realistic, relevant training experience.
CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. – The North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s Urban Warfare Working Group paid a visit last week to the Camp Atterbury - Muscatatuck Center for Complex Operations in search of training options for troops deploying within their command. Swedish Army Cpt. Richard Eriksson said the simulator training available at Camp Atterbury and live urban-terrain training available at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center in Butlerville was exactly what he and the seven other delegates wanted to see during their visit. CA-MCCO, he said, provided the immersive, real-world training that NATO countries want. “To have [simulator] mission training before going out on missions so you can train escort [duties], that was very nice,” Eriksson said. “I think we should have that in Sweden.” The trainers, Soldiers from the 205th Infantry Brigade, showed the NATO delegation how they ensure Soldiers are prepared to recognize combatants and noncombatants in all situations, allowing U.S. Army photo by Spc. John Crosby mistakes to be made in training – Lt. Col. Edward Boegle, 1st Battalion, 335th Infantry Regiment commander, briefs part of the NATO command not in combat. group on the training area in Camp Atterbury, Ind. April 2, 2009. Col. Steven M. Merkel, 205th Infantry Brigade commander, said the trainers use many methods to give Soldiers the realistic training experience. “The place is just incredible. “Here at Atterbury we use a number of different techniques, to include rules of engagement training, dry fires, and also the I wish we had a place Engagement Skill Trainer 2000, which is a marksmanship video to train like this.” game that allows us to run simulated shoot, don’t shoot scenarios, so the Soldiers get used to – and probably more importantly – feel - Swedish Army Cpt. Johan Eklof confident and competent in their ability to make quick decisions on how to most appropriately respond in certain situations.” Merkel said what helps to create the realistic scenarios is the replication of three systems present in any urban environment: the Army Major Paul Fox of the United Kingdom said he too would like to implement the same business model in other places terrain, the society and the infrastructure. “We have [Muscatatuck] available which allows us to train throughout NATO, but he would really like to train his troops at American Soldiers in each of those dimensions because it has the MUTC. “I just think that it is a great way to train,” he said. www.in.ng.mil
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By Sgt. Robert G. Cooper III, Camp Atterbury Public Affairs This story was written about the 1-19th ADT before its departure in February. The ADT has now begun its mission in Afghanistan. Two additional Agribusiness Development Teams have been formed and will be departing for Afghanistan in the next year to 18 months. CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. – The need for citizen-Soldiers has never been more important in the Global War on Terror than now. As new American policies begin to shift military focus from Iraq to Afghanistan, so too does the nature of the operations. While battlefields wrought with combat and casualties still exist throughout the Middle East, top military leaders are now shifting tactics from fighting to rebuilding, sustaining and growing. But how, in war-torn Afghanistan - a country that has been entrenched in battle for decades - can the process of rebuilding begin? To answer that question, U.S. Army officials have turned their attention toward the National Guard, where civilian experts in economic growth now have the opportunity to bring their select skills from the heartland to the front lines. As a result, National Guardsmen from seven states have volunteered to deploy to Afghanistan as specialized units, tasked with the singular purpose of jump-starting the agricultural economy of Afghanistan. The units, called Agribusiness Development Teams, are a new breed of Army operations. Rather than focusing on combating terrorism with weapons, these ADTs focus on rebuilding Afghan trust in both their economy and in their government through the country’s chief industry – agriculture. Maj. Shawn Gardner, the operations and training officer for Indiana’s 1-19th Agribusiness Development Team, stressed the importance of agriculture when it comes to successful operations in Afghanistan.
“Agriculture sustains about 60 to 70 percent of the population of the country, so we won’t have true security until the economic state is better repaired. We’ll start at the grassroots level, helping them maintain their agricultural baselines, and grow from there.” - Maj. Shawn Gardner O/T Officer, 1-19th ADT While the mission may sound simple at first, the concept of Soldiers putting down weapons to pick up a plow is much deeper. “The tactical mission is to help the local farmers learn to establish some farming techniques that have been lost through several generations of war, and with that, the strategic mission is to help them have a better understanding and appreciation of their provincial government,” Gardner said.
Teach a man to harvest The ADT also has been partnering with Purdue University’s Kevin McNamara, a professor of agricultural economics who has been providing training on some of the short and long term goals of the ADT. McNamara said the training he developed was an outgrowth of a meeting with the 1-19th leadership last June. “They were certainly excited about the opportunity of the deployment but realized the challenges it presented. After speaking about challenges they would face, both cultural and technological, we developed training focused on base-line information of current agriculture statistics in Afghanistan.” The statistics centered the training Soldiers received last year on small enterprise farming and addressed soil fertility, wheat production, fruit production, forestry, animal husbandry and horticulture. The knowledge provided by Purdue’s Department of International Agriculture focused on facets that McNamara said will have a direct impact not only on increasing production, but increasing the incomes of local farmers. “We’re hitting the issue of farming income, which is exciting,” McNamara said. “That means more wheat to eat and more milk to drink. The more we increase their production, the more we increase their wealth and pull them from poverty.” The training also focused on addressing current shortfalls in Afghanistan’s arid environment, which limits rainfall to mere inches per year. “We had a session on pest management, where we looked to see how weeds and diseases are affecting crops and we discussed what pests or diseases to look for and how to treat them,” McNamara said. “Irrigation is also very important, but hard to work with since the people don’t have the education or financing to afford it. Our training gave a thorough overview on irrigation techniques that are relevant.” Once deployed, McNamara said that Purdue will continue to provide expert oversight. “We will have video teleconferencing capabilities and a reach back system where we will have a full-time desk position that can provide answers in a quick fashion.” The plan of action 1-19th ADT Commander, Col. Brian Copes, said the deployment will feature many initiatives designed to both educate and sustain the instruction his team will provide to local Afghan communities. In addition to partnering with other U.S. departments such as the Agency for International Development, the team also will conduct agriculture education and information operations missions, which provides education through print and broadcast media. To use a phrase he borrowed from Purdue, Copes calls the focus of their agriculture missions “post-production, post-harvest, value-added processing.” “It’s a big, sexy term but once you understand how to turn grapes to raisins, it becomes clear,” he said. Copes related the phrase to teaching local Afghan farmers how to trellis grapes, which are currently grown on the ground on most farms. Upon showing them how to increase grape production, the 1-19th can then show farmers how to streamline their storage capabilities, thus increasing the production of raisins.
growth The ADT also will work with Khost University, one of Afghanistan’s 15 universities. Copes said he and deputy commander Col. Cindra Chastain met with the university’s chancellor and vice chancellor last year. “We had an early dialogue and they warmly embraced the idea of a partnership with us. Our plans are to further develop three large greenhouses that have not been put into use there. We hope to figure out how to use them as a research facility. We will also utilize [approximately 200 acres] of university property to establish a demonstration farm.” The future of farming Many challenges, most of them cultural, will be waiting for the team upon arrival, McNamara said. “We’ve armed these Soldiers with a good understanding on how to improve the situation there,” he said. “But it won’t be easy and it won’t be quick. There’s a lot of potential, but this will probably be the hardest jobs these folks have ever had. The Afghan people will be reluctant to adopt changes they can’t understand because it puts family at risk. There aren’t banks or institutions that can support them. Understanding the production systems there and improving them will be their biggest challenge.” While Copes admits that change won’t happen overnight, the focus of the mission isn’t on immediate gratification. “The reality is, I’m only going to be there for 10 months, but we don’t know how long the U.S. will be there,” he said. “We are planning for up to five rotations through Indiana, but that’s up to the current administration. The knowledge and expertise we leave behind will be there long after our money and tractors go away.”
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Slovak Soldiers and Indiana Guard exchange training
Story and photo by Spc. William E. Henry Indiana National Guard CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. – Advanced party members with the Slovak Army visited Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center and Muscatatuck Urban Training Center in early April to preview training sequences for their troops who are scheduled to arrive and train in July. The Soldiers also got a chance to ride in a UH-60 Blackhawk, fire M-16 and M-4 rifles, and try simulated weapons during their stay. The eight members of the 22nd Mechanized Battalion are part of an ongoing exchange program with Slovakia to train troops on both military fronts. Slovakian Soldiers will train here with U.S. Soldiers and vice versa. Command Sgt. Maj. Otis Pugh, 219th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade’s highest enlisted Soldier, said the partnership with Slovakia has been going on for about 11 years and he expects to see it last for a long time. “When we went to Slovakia back in January we did the same thing. We basically went over in uniforms and we drew their gear and used their tactics and their procedures,” said Pugh.
“It’s an excellent partnership; it’s going to go on for years and years.” - Command Sgt. Maj. Otis Pugh 219th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade
Photo above: Assumption of Authority Ceremony, and First Hoisting of the 1-19th ADT Unit Guidon, March 24, 2009, Headquarters, 1-19th Agribusiness Development Team, FOB Salerno, Khowst Province, Afghanistan Photo left: 1-19th Agribusiness Development Team Combat Patch Ceremony, Forward Operating Base Salerno, March 14, 2009 Photographer unknown
“I believe this training will benefit my Soldiers and my sergeants very much,” said Sgt. Major Marek Stretavsky, 22nd Mechanized Battalion through an interpreter. “Every new experience is beneficial and good for my Soldiers so they can take it with them and use it in a real environment.” Stetavsky went on to explain the advantage of training with U.S. troops learning new skills and tactics. “I expect them to learn new tactics, techniques and procedures that the Indiana Army National Guard uses. I hope they can take it back to and use it and teach it to our Soldiers,” said Stretavsky. The unit is preparing to travel to Afghanistan in September and Battalion leaders believe it will be extremely advantageous to their mission there. “I believe this exercise will help us prepare better for our Afghanistan mission in September because we believe the training is necessary for our mission there,” said Sgt. 1st Class Filip Maxim. Photo above: Slovak Soldier, 1st Lt. Maria Sakacova, public affairs officer, with the 22nd Mechanized Battalion, fires an M-16 at a qualification range for the first time at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center during a visit from a forward group of Soldiers Saturday, April 4, 2009.
VETS - LISTEN UP !
eterans have many federal and state benefits, too numerous to V list in a single article. But do not fear; in addition to all of these benefits a veteran also has a lot of people available to help them receive their benefits. •
The number and amount of Veteran benefits you may qualify for is determined by your military service. A combat veteran will qualify for more benefits than a traditional National Guard Soldier who never served on active duty.
To find out what you qualify for, we suggest you contact your County Veteran Service Officer (CVSO). Call the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs at 1-800-400-4520 to find your CVSO. Another good source of information is your Transition Assistance Advisor (TAA). The TAA works with the State Director of Veterans Affairs and other state agencies to integrate the delivery of VA and community services to NG Veterans. The INARNG TAA phone number is 317-247-3300 x4020.
Federal Benefits you may be eligible for include VA Health Care at VA Medical Centers or VA Clinics. VA Health Care consists of hospital, outpatient medical, dental, pharmacy and prosthetic services, domiciliary, nursing home, and community-based residential care, sexual trauma counseling, specialized health care for women Veterans, readjustment counseling, alcohol and drug dependency treatment. You may also qualify for disability compensation, VA pensions, education and training, home and business loans, VA Life Insurance, burial and memorial benefits. An excellent Web site for federal VA benefits is http://www.va.gov. State Benefits you may qualify for include employment assistance through either the Disabled Veterans’ Guardsman
Outreach Program (DVOP), or the Local Veterans’ Employment Representative (LVER) Program. •
Other benefits include the Property Tax Abatements, income tax exemption, Remission of Fees (Free Tuition) for the Children of a Disabled Veteran, Golden Hoosier Passport, discounted hunting and fishing license, burial and memorial benefits, special license plates to include Hoosier Veteran Plate, Disabled Veteran Plate, Purple Heart Plate and the Ex-Prisoner of War Plate, free Peddlers, Vendors, or Hawkers License, Veterans Home in West Lafayette provides nursing and domiciliary care for qualifying Hoosier Veterans and their spouse, Military Family Relief Fund, Military Family Leave.
To find more benefits or details on the benefits listed above, visit the Indiana Department of Veteran Affairs Web site at http://www.in.gov/dva
In addition to all of the above benefits, the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs has on staff a Women Veterans Coordinator to assist female Veterans with claims and applications and to assist matters which may be femaleunique.
Certain service organizations are accredited to represent Veterans and their dependents in the filing of claims with the VA. Some of these organizations are the VFW, American Legion, AMVETS, and Disabled American Veterans.
Another great source of information for retirement and Veterans benefits is the Indiana National Guard Career Center; contact your Readiness NCO or Career Counselor to get enrolled in a class.
This information on Veterans’ Benefits was provided by the INARNG Career Center in Remington, Ind. See the related story, page 8.
Force Health Protection Recommendations for H1N1 Flu The H1N1 Flu, though no longer headline news, still poses a threat to many Americans. 1. Personal Hygiene • Do not come to work sick or until all symptoms have resolved. • Be aware of flu symptoms - fever, body aches, headache, sore throat, possible nausea and vomiting. Seek care and get evaluated by health care professional. • Cough or sneeze into crook of elbow or use a tissue (discard tissue). • Wash hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer, especially after coughing or sneezing. • Limit personal contact (such as shaking hands). • Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth with hands. 2. Care of Family Members • If caring for a family member with swine flu, discuss issues with health care provider. • Try to keep sick person in separate room and keep door closed as much as possible. • Caregivers use mask when providing care within 6 feet of sick person. • Wear gloves if available when providing care (wash hands before/after). 3. Use an N95 mask (or surgical mask) if required to be in direct contact (within 6 feet) of people with flu symptoms 4. Review requirements for interstate or foreign travel. • Screen deploying or redeploying troops for flu-like symptoms. • Educate military personnel and families. • Limit travel to only critical requirements. Recommend teleconferencing or video conferencing when available. 5. General Information • After possible exposure, symptoms may not appear for 3-7 days during incubation period. • For further information, visit http:// www.cdc.gov • For workplace safety info, http:// www.osha.gov/dsg/topics/pandemicflu/index.html
ID Card Sections around the state SITE NAME
HOURS OF OPERATION
9301 E. 59th Street LAWRENCE
Mon-Wed-Fri 0800-1500 Tue-Thur 0800-1600
AFRC South Bend
1901 S. Kemble Ave. SOUTH BEND
574-287-0835 x 129
Monday - Friday 0900-1600
713th ENG CO
1502 Linwood Avenue VALPARAISO
219-464-2070 x 13
By Appointment ONLY Wed & Fri 0800-1200
2-150 FA BN
3380 S. Walnut Street BLOOMINGTON
812-332-4491 x 5
Monday - Friday 0800-1500
38TH INF DIV
3912 W. Minnesota Street INDIANAPOLIS
Monday - Friday 0800-1430
Btry B, 1-163rd FA BN, 76th BCT
3300 Division Street EVANSVILLE
Monday-Thursday 0800-1100 & 1400-1500 Friday 0800-1100
Co A 638th ASB
5218 E 200 SOUTH LAFAYETTE
765-447-0759 x 85478
Monday - Friday 0800-1600
2900 East Division St. EVANSVILLE 3556 N. Michigan Road SHELBYVILLE
380th QM Company 38th Combat Avn Bde
812-469-4025 317- 392-8250
3912 W. Minnesota Street 317-247-3300 Ext 4058 INDIANAPOLIS
PO Box 5000 BLDG 4 EDINBURGH
Monday - Friday 0800-1430 Monday-Friday 0800-1600 Saturday & Sunday 0800 to 1200
OTHER DEERS/RAPIDS SITES AROUND THE STATE OF INDIANA Camp Atterbury
PO Box 5000 Bldg 329 EDINBURGH
Monday-Friday 0800-1600 Saturday & Sunday 0800-1200
122d FW MSF DPMPS
3005 Ferguson Rd Bldg 780, room 131 FORT WAYNE
Wednesday & Friday 0800-1400 Walk-ins only
181ST FW MSF/DPMPS
800 S. Petercheff St. TERRE HAUTE
384TH Military Police Battalion
2233 Nuttman Ave. FORT WAYNE
Tuesday & Thursday 0900-1100 (Lunch) 1300-1500 (open on HER drill Weekends)
Tuesday & Thursday 0800-1400
ARTC Terre Haute
401 East Davis Drive TERRE HAUTE
866-798-2032 x 230
Monday - Friday 0730-1630
8899 E. 56th St. INDIANAPOLIS
NMCRC Indianapolis NSWC, Crane Division
3010 White River Pkwy, East Dr. INDIANAPOLIS 300 Highway 361 CRANE
Monday- Friday 0700-1545 open 2nd Saturday of every month 0800 1600 Monday - Friday 0800-1600 (Appointmen required) Friday 0800-1400
Anyone who can fill in the blanks, please send the information to email@example.com. Remember, schedules can slip; call to verify before traveling to one of these sites. www.in.ng.mil
Photo below: Interior detail of the Shrine Room, Indiana War Memorial, Indianapolis Staff Sgt. Les Newport, Indiana National Guard
Indiana is a state of rich heritage and deep patriotism. We give of our land, our people, and our spirit. Our history reflects the belief that democracy is worth fighting for. No other city in the United States maintains as many acres dedicated to honoring veterans as does Indianapolis, and only Washington, D.C., has more veteransâ€™ monuments. We are Hoosiers. We are the Indiana National Guard. 28