151st THEATER INFORMATION OPERATIONS GROUP JANUARY 2012
VOL 1 Issue 4
Information Sphere Don’t be “That Guy!” As stated in the Department of Defense Directive 1344.10, Political Activities by Members of the Armed Forces, “a member of the Armed Forces on active duty may not speak before a partisan political gathering, including any gathering that promotes a partisan political party, candidate or cause.” Any violation may be subject to Article 92 (failure to obey order or regulation) of the Uniformed Code of Military Justice. U.S. Army Cpl. Jesse Thorsen, Ankeny, Iowa, may have found this out the hard way. Thorsen spoke on an Iowa stage in support of Republican Presidential Candidate, Ron Paul Jan. 3. While in uniform, Thorsen publicly endorsed Paul, “If there’s a man out there that has a vision for this country, it’s definitely him. His foreign policy is by far, hands down, better than any candidates out there, and I’m sure you all know that.” There is still
discussion wearing the whether Army uniThorsen was form, you on reserve represent an status or on organization active duty and your acorders. This tions may be will make construed as the differthe opinion of ence on the the United level of punStates Army. ishment he This incident may receive. U.S. Army Cpl. Jesse Thorsen publicly endorses Republican Presidential Can- can be used Accord- didate Ron Paul at a rally during the Iowa caucuses Jan. 3. as an example ing to the Hatch Act of 1939, members of the for other soldiers who may not be aware of military are allowed to attend political rallies, Department of Defense rules. but are in violation while wearing a military The directive also states that having a uniform. These are specific rules that would political viewpoint is not discouraged, but also apply to reserve soldiers. service members should be reminded of their With the Republican presidential race impact on the American people when wearing heating up, it is important to remember while the uniform.
Soldiers deck the halls at the Holiday Party Soldiers and families from the 151st Theater Information Operations Group and 302nd Information Operations Battalion held a Holiday Party during the December battle assembly for their families and Santa hands out gifts to anxious kids other guests. during the Holiday Party.
The party started out with breakfast while visitors were greeted and was followed by the opening of the kids play area. Troops and their guests had a chance to unwind and spend time with each other while
the kids played and Warrant Officer Querube Quiroz provided the music. Later on, Group Commander, Col. Lee J. Gray presented awards to soldiers, including Maj. Nicholas T. Scott, Command Sgt. Maj. Warren E. Whitted and Sgt. Maj. Mischelle P. Billups. The Col. Gray presents Command Sgt. 151st TIOG Maj. Whitted the Meritorious Service bid farewell Medal. to Maj. Scott and Command Sgt. Maj. Whitted who are transferring from their positions.
The Holiday Party is one of a few family events of the year. Currently, a family day is planned for the summer.
Inside this issue: Commander’s Corner
A Look Ahead
ARMY News Today
HHC Resource Center
A Look Back
“Be Safe” needs to be everyday With the holiday season over, HHC Commander Capt. Justin V. Mendoza urges all soldiers to continue safe practices when traveling during the winter months, “Remember there are more people on the road and the weather could be bad, so plan accordingly.” Currently, the Department of Defense has a few safety programs in place, including ‘Take 5 for Safety’ and ‘That Guy.’ Take 5 is driven by the Combat Readiness/Safety Center and encourages all troops to take the necessary time, whether it’s 5 seconds, minutes or hours to plan a trip. The program also covers hunting, chain saw, pedestrian and home safety tips and advice. ‘That Guy’ (www.thatguy.com) is a multimedia campaign that uses a variety of communication mediums to help re-
lution to get more involved, “Sections leaders and soldiers at all levels should take a few minutes each week to help someone else stay safe this winter. It could make all the difference.” Since mid-December, the Army has seen nearly a dozen privately owned vehicle accidental fatalities. Mendoza spends time with soldiers during the Holiday Party Dec. 3. With a mild start to the duce excessive drinking among the ranks. winter, it’s important to perform the necThe campaign uses humor to help educate essary preventative checks and measures soldiers about a serious problem in the on your personal vehicle or motorcycle as military. necessary. Some of these valuable programs are For more information on safety relatseverely under utilized and Mendoza chal- ed matters, contact Safety Officer, Staff lenges the unit to make a new years reso- Sgt. Luis Marin at (718) 352-6193.
Maj. Nicholas T. Scott bids farewell Staff Judge Advocate, Maj. Nicholas T. Scott was honored by Group Commander, Col. Lee J. Gray during a farewell ceremony Dec. 3. In 1997, Scott enlisted active duty in the Adjutant General Corps and was assigned to the 3rd Training Brigade at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. After a few active duty assignments, Scott commissioned as a 1st Lt. in the Judge Advocate General Corps. Scott deployed to Iraq in 2003 with the 4th Legal Support Organization and earned the Bronze Star Medal as a member of 101st Airborne Division during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Other military awards include the Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal and seven Army Achievement Medals. He has been a member of the 151st TIOG since August 2008, serving as its first command judge advocate. During his time at the unit, Scott completed numerous military courses,
including the Army Command General Staff He lives in New York with his wife of 18 College, the Information Operations Law years and their two sons. Course and the Functional Area 30 (IO) Course. As a civilian, Scott teaches 7th and 8th grade Social Studies for the Brentwood Union Free School District. His civilian education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Hofstra University and a Juris Doctor from Villanova University School of Law. Scott was recognized in Washington, D.C. by the New York State United Teachers Regional Assembly for work in Social Justice. Scott made Santa’s ‘nice’ list during the Holiday Party Dec. 3.
PAGE 3 06-08 Jan 12 (MUTA 6) PMCS Training Communications Training Physical Readiness Training Introduction Unit PT NCOPD - Customs and Courtesies Officer Sensing Session
A Look Ahead 04 - 05 Feb 12 (MUTA 4) NCOPD - Counseling Defense Connect Online Training Class Unit Physical Training
03 - 04 Mar 12 (MUTA 4) Phase 1 Information Operations Academy Unit Physical Training NCOPD - NCOERs
14 - 15 Apr 12 (MUTA 4) Section Training Combat Lifesaver Training
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ARMY News Today
The Iraq War is over and troops come home, what is next? As the remaining Also, many are asking, what is U.S. bases close and next? Over the next few years, the troops start to come job market will fill with thousands home to their friends of service members searching for and families, Iraq will employment outside the military. be made to govern and Unemployment and medical budgfight for themselves ets could rise to all new highs. for the first time in Another factor that adds to the nearly nine years. The always changing environment is war in Iraq is officially how the Iraqis will adapt to the over. new change. On Oct. 21. PresiPanetta assures the Iraqi people dent Barack Obama are ready, “after a great deal of made history by an- U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta walks with Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Lloyd blood spilled by the Iraqis and the nouncing that all Austin after arriving in Baghdad. Panetta spoke at a ceremony Dec. 15. Americans, the mission of an Iraq troops and trainers would leave Iraq beA recent report from “The Brookings that could govern and secure itself has fore the end of 2011; closing the door on Institution's Iraq Index” states there were become real.” the missions in Iraq. Nearly, two months more than 32,000 wounded U.S. troops Only time will tell the full result of later Defense Secretary, Leon Panetta and an additional 10,000 Iraqi military closing the war in Iraq and the pros and officially declared the end of the Iraq War and police members killed during the Iraq cons will continue to be argued amongst during a ceremony in Baghdad Dec. 15. War. the ranks. At the height of the war, there were “Lives were not lost in more than 170,000 troops in over 500 vain. They gave birth to an 2nd Lt. JAVIER R. JIMENEZ bases in Iraq. With just a few days left in independent free, and sovereign PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICER the year, only 4,000 troops will remain in Iraq,” said Panetta at the closing 200 Duane Road, Fort Totten Flushing, New York 11359-1027 the nearby country of Kuwait. ceremony. The operations in Iraq have not only Some say another positive Phone : (254) 368-6982 cost the U.S. Treasury nearly $800 bil- note is American families who Email : Javier.firstname.lastname@example.org lion, but its also come at the expense of paid the ultimate sacrifice may Contact 2nd Lt Jimenez to contribute to the Information Sphere almost 4,500 American lives. find closure.
HHC Resource Center
Best Warrior Competition Update !! Last month, we first mentioned HHC is hunting for their next Best Warrior to compete in the Army wide competition, Best Warrior Competition 2012. The search is still on for who will represent the unit. The chosen soldier will be sent to the three-day competition and will compete in body and mind testing events such as the Army Physical Fitness Test, Land Navigation Course and Sergeant Major board.
Not only will the winner receive the highly acclaimed title of “Best Warrior 2012,” they will also have a chance to attend the Basic Airborne Course at Fort Benning, Ga. Participation in the event can gain you bullet comments on an upcoming evaluation report. There is still time to volunteer for the opportunity, but in order to be considered you must submit a request to your section
leader as soon as possible, preferably during the upcoming battle assembly. Once the candidate list has been finalized, Group Command Sgt. Maj. Selena Pope will lead the selection process on who will wear the HHC jersey and compete for the unit. A training program will be initiated in order to train the particular soldier for the events.
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A Look Back Every month, soldiers of the 151st TIOG attend battle assembly in Flushing, NY. but what a lot of them might not know is Fort Totten’s history dates back to the mid-1800s. Construction at the fort began in 1862 after the U.S. Government purchased the land from the Willets Family for $200,000. The original intent for the fort was to defend New York’s eastern gateway from a possible Confederate southern assault. For the next 40 years, the fort was used for many different purposes. It served as a staging area for shipping reasons and as a site for the Grant General Hospital. This was the home of more than 5000 sick and wounded northern soldiers. 25th President of the United In 1898, the fort States, William McKinley, Jr.
adopted a new name in Fort Totten in 1995 as a eco1922 Totten when President Wilnomic decision. liam McKinley, Jr. named it After the 77th Readiafter Joseph Gilbert Totten, ness Command moved a military engineer. out in 2008, Fort Totten During the First World opened its doors in 2009 War, Fort Totten served as a to thousands of soldiers major staging point for and reactivated as part of troops en route to the war the 99th Reserve Support 2011 zone. Command. In 1922, Fort Totten’s It is now home to first anti-aircraft unit arrived more than 30 units inand nearly 30 years later it cluding the 151st Theater became the headquarters for Information Operations almost half of the Nike misGroup. sile sites in the country. Today, Fort Totten is The Bayside Historical Society, previously Some would argue this was the Officers Club in 1922, serves as an edu- still a well-known public the highlight of the fort’s cational resource for visitors. park with historical history. buildings from the 1800s like the Officers In 1983, the Ernie Pyle Reserve Center Club. was completed, but only lasted for 12 years Fort Totten was notably the home unit before Congress approved the closing of Fort of the 77th Infantry Division.