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151st THEATER INFORMATION OPERATIONS GROUP FEBRUARY 2013

VOL 1 Issue 12

Information Sphere HHC Mixes It Up With New PT Event Litter carries, burpies, HMMWV pulls and a 2-mile team trek around Fort Totten is how soldiers from the 151st Theater Information Operations Group spent their Sunday, Jan. 13, morning during unit physical readiness training events. What’s usually reserved for pushups, sit -ups and running was replaced with an intense thirty minute long physical training session that ended with smiles through exhaustion and pain. “We wanted to institute something different this morning, rather than the same old physical training that we have become accustomed to,” said Headquarters and Headquarters Company Commander Capt. Kyle Carney. The Army has continued to move towards a more modernized style of training

Inside this Issue: COMMAND CORNER

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SOLDIER SPOTLIGHT

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Free Dental Care!

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Off-Duty Weapons Safety

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Through the Lens-PRT

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Through the Lens-Party

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Job Info for Vets

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FRG News

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HHC Resource Center

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Announcements

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151st Theater Information Operations Group S3 Operations Officer, Maj. Zoltan Szombathy screams through the pain and motivates his team during the HMMWV pull station of the unit’s physical readiness training events at Fort Totten, N.Y., Jan. 13. The unit’s leadership replaced the normal physical training agenda with a 2-mile course where each team carried a dummy on a litter through four PT stations.

where body weight and muscle confusion is used to improve soldier physical fitness and performance. Additionally, in the Army’s new physical readiness training manual, the Army has adjusted their exercises to movements more commonly used on the battlefield. The evolvement in exercise and training can also be found in the civilian sector, where CrossFit and Zumba have widely replaced stationary exercise equipment and treadmills.

The TIOG has also implemented a new physical fitness competition in the HHC training room. Soldiers have been proactive in the unit-wide challenge, with events like wide arm pull-ups and box jumps. More information on the Army’s transition to physical readiness training can be found on the Physical Readiness Division homepage on AKO or in the Army Training Circular 3-22.20, Army Physical Readiness Training. Are you ready for next month’s PT?

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COMMAND CORNER

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Don’t Get Caught! The Army should be easy to most, be at the right place at the right time in the right uniform. This is the same attitude we all need to take when we aren’t at battle assembly. If Hurricane Sandy taught us anything it was to make sure we don’t get caught unprepared, unaware or surprised. A lot of us were without power for weeks. Improve your sense of urgency and take action to make sure the flu outbreak doesn’t catch you or your family. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 20 pediatric deaths have occurred this flu season. Make medical readiness a family effort all year long. MOVING FORWARD The next coming months are going to get busy leading up to June’s group annual training events at Fort Dix, N.J., to include weapons qualification and a group record army physical fitness test.

Don’t get caught unprepared. Keep up your physical fitness and maintain contact with your first line leaders for the packing list and timeline for that week. MOMENTUM The group will welcome a new commander and bid farewell to Col. Lee Gray. This means during her change of command ceremony senior leader visitors from our higher headquarters in Utah will visit the unit. Don’t get caught unaware. Right place, right time, right uniform. Also, Sgt. 1st Class Brusky departed for Warrant Officer Candidate School January. He’s been a huge part of our unit’s success as HHC acting first sergeant. I congratulate him on his selection to WOCS and wish him good luck on becoming an officer. Both new leaders are going to help us keep our momentum and continue with the success their predecessors started.

Headquarters and Headquarters Company Commander Capt. Kyle Carney provides instruction to soldiers getting ready for the physical readiness competition, Jan. 13, at Fort Totten, N.Y. The PRT competition served as a new dynamic physical training event during battle assembly.

Acting First Sergeant Gets Selected for Warrant

Headquarters and Headquarters Company Acting First Sergeant Sgt. 1st Class Joe Brusky receives a certificate of appreciation from HHC Commander Capt. Kyle Carney during battle assembly events.

Headquarters and Headquarters Company Acting First Sergeant, Sgt. 1st Class Joe Brusky was selected in September 2012 to attend Warrant Officer Candidate School at Fort Rucker, Al., but decided to postpone attending the course until January so he could complete some unfinished business. “Originally, I pushed back WOCS because it was very important for me to fulfill my role as acting first sergeant and serve and train these great soldiers,” Brusky stated. WOCS is a seven week long resident course and the first step of his warrant officer training. Brusky will return to the unit upon completion of WOCS. Read SOLDIER SPOTLIGHT for more info on our incoming first sergeant.

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SOLDIER SPOTLIGHT 151st TIOG Promotes Two More Young Leaders Headquarters and Headquarters Company Commander Capt. Kyle Carney promoted two soldiers from the S1 section, Pfc. Natalie Jones and Pfc. Keturah Coleman to the rank of private first class, Jan. 13, at Fort Totten, N.Y. “These soldiers have a lot of potential. NCO’s, make sure you take them under your wing, mentor them and help them continue to grow as soldiers,” stated Carney during the promotion ceremony.

One Step Closer to RN Sgt. Chimere Johnson, a property book non-commissioned officer from the S4 section and member of the 151st Theater Information Operations Group graduated Jan.3, from the New York City of Technology with an Associate of Applied Science for Registered Nurse degree. So what’s next? Johnson already has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and with her new AAS degree, she is now eligible to start her master’s degree in nursing in April. “Nursing is a very challenging career. Bearing the task of becoming a RN involves dedication, tenacity and willpower, as well as withstanding grueling hours of intense studying, even through the early hours of the night,” stated Johnson.

As a legal guardian of her 19-year-old sister who has cerebral palsy, Johnson does not run from a tough situation. She enlisted in the United States Army Reserve in 2002 as a way to challenge herself and quickly took a liking to the opportunity to travel and Sgt. Chimere Johnson gets some help from a fellow classmate prior disciplined environment the to the New York City College of Technology Department of NursArmy offers. ing Pinning Ceremony, Jan. 3, in Brooklyn, N.Y. Johnson received “The best part of being of an Associate of Applied Science degree for Registered Nurse. a member of the 151st TIOG is being a Johnson has held several assignpart of a rewarding family like environ- ments at different duty installations, but ment that upholds the Army standards previously was assigned to the 306th such as profound leadership and profes- Military Police Battalion, 800th Military sionalism,” added the Brooklyn, N.Y. Police Brigade, Uniondale, N.Y., prior to her arrival to the 151st TIOG. native

Meet New HHC First Sergeant

My name is 1st Sgt. Brenda Llamas Young and I am the incoming first sergeant of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 151st Theater Information Operations Group. I come from the 84th Training Command in Fort Knox, K.Y., where I was the readiness non-commissioned officer in charge and a member of the G3 section. I have been in the United States Army Reserve for the last 18 years. I am really looking forward to working with and getting to know everyone at the unit.

READ NEXT MONTH’S INFORMATION SPHERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE NEW FIRST SERGEANT.

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Political Activities ROE Free Dental Care!

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PAGE 54 Negligent discharges with a privately owned weapon are not only a major concern on duty, but also off-duty. In fact, on average, 19 soldiers have lost their lives to off-duty negligent discharge accidents with POWs since 2007, according to the United States Army Combat Readiness/ Safety Center. According to trends, two of those 19 soldiers die in the first two quarters of this fiscal year and in seven of the 19 deaths, an individual deliberately pointed what they thought was an unloaded weapon at themselves or someone else. Alcohol was a known or suspected factor in 68 percent of the accidents and all but one occurred at night, between 7 p.m.-3 a.m.

Not all weapons operate in the same manner. Proficiency with your assigned military weapon does not make you an expert on all weapons. If you’re handling a new weapon, read the owner’s manual carefully and take a class. POW accidents commonly occur in social settings. If you see someone handling a weapon while under the influence of alcohol or handling it in any unsafe manner, take action. You could save the life of a family member, a friend or even your own. For more information and resources on POW safety, log on to https:// safety.army.mil, or discuss the matter with your unit’s safety officer. ** content provided by the United States Army Combat Readiness/ Safety Center

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** Original content found on www.nraila.org and cross checked through each state’s website.

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POW SAFETY IS A WHOLE FAMILY EFFORT

PoliticalWeapons Activities ROE Off-Duty Safety

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Through the Lens - PRT Competition

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1 - Sgt. 1st Class Leverneangela Smith, human resource non-commissioned officer in-charge, analyzes the course map prior to starting the physical readiness training competition at Fort Totten, N.Y., Jan. 13. 2 - Soldiers from the 151st Theater Information Operations Group participate in the unit’s morning physical readiness training competition, Jan. 13, at Fort Totten, N.Y. 3 - Soldiers from team number two, led by Sgt. 1st Class Leverneangela Smith carry a dummy and litter during the first leg of the physical readiness training competition at Fort Totten, N.Y., Jan. 13. 4 - Troops from the 151st Theater Information Operations Group compete in a water jug pulling event at Fort Totten, N.Y., during the unit’s physical readiness training event, Jan.13. 5 - Spc. Joseph Pichardo, a soldier from the S1 section of the 151st Theater Information Operations Group, helps with the litter carry without breaking a sweat, Jan.13, at Fort Totten, during the physical readiness training competition.

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Through the Lens - PRT Competition

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1 - A team led by Master Sgt. Sheik Hassan, S6 non-commissioned officer in-charge, heads toward another station during the unit’s physical readiness training competition at Fort Totten, N.Y., Jan. 13. 2 - 151st Theater Information Operations Group newcomer Sgt. Christopher Justino and Spc. Anthony Agbelusi lead a team towards the finish line during the unit’s physical readiness training competition at Fort Totten, N.Y., Jan. 13. 3 - Sgt. 1st Class Todd Toritto (L) and Sgt. 1st Class Brandon Addison, soldiers from the S3 section lead their team towards the last station Jan.13, at Fort Totten, N.Y., during the physical readiness training competition. 4 - Sgt. 1st Class Clara Torres, a soldiers from the S3 section, 151st Theater Information Operations Group directs her team prior to starting their first leg of the physical readiness training competition at Fort Totten, N.Y., Jan. 13. 5 - Soldiers from team number one prepare to pull a HMMWV with a rope during the unit physical readiness training events at Fort Totten, N.Y., Jan. 13.

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Through the Lens - Group Holiday Party

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1 - Santa makes a new friend at the Fort Hamilton Community Club, Fort Hamilton, N.Y., during the Group Holiday Party and Family Day, Dec. 8, 2012. 2- Members of the 151st Theater Information Operations Group (L to R) Lt. Col. Lil Cruz, 1st Sgt. David Cuevas and Command Sgt. Maj. Jesus DeJesus take time to make sure they’re on Santa’s nice list during the Group Holiday Party and Family Day, Dec. 8, 2012 at the Fort Hamilton Community Club, Fort Hamilton, NY. 3 - Pfc. Steven Artiles receives a promotion to the rank of specialist during the family day portion of the Group Holiday Party at the Fort Hamilton Movie Theater, Fort Hamilton, N.Y., Dec. 8, 2012. 4. Spc. Steven Santos, a member of the S4 Section, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 151st Theater Information Operations Group enjoys lunch with a little guest during the Group Holiday Party and Family Day, Dec. 8, 2012, at the Fort Hamilton Community Club, Fort Hamilton, N.Y. 5 - 151st Theater Information Operations Group Command Sergeant Major, Selena Pope greets guests at the Fort Hamilton Community Club, Fort Hamilton, N.Y., Dec. 8, 2012, during the Group Holiday Party and Family Day. 6 - Sgt. Gregory Summers, a member of the S3 section, 151st Theater Information Operations Group enjoys lunch with his guest during the Group Holiday Party and Family Day, Dec. 8, 2012 at the Fort Hamilton Community Club, Fort Hamilton, N.Y.

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Through the Lens - Group Holiday Party

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1 - Capt. Stanley Yoo, 301st Information Operations Battalion, 151st Theater Information Operations Group, conducts a presentation about the benefits of the Tricare Dental Program during family briefings at the Fort Hamilton Movie Theater, Fort Hamilton, N.Y., Dec. 8, 2012. 2 - Santa hands out gifts to kids during the Group Holiday Party and Family Day, Dec. 8, 2012 at the Fort Hamilton Community Club, Fort Hamilton, N.Y. 3 - Soldiers from the 151st Theater Information Operations Group file through the lunch line at the Fort Hamilton Community Club, Fort Hamilton, N.Y., Dec. 8, 2012. 4 - Newlywed Game contestants anxiously answer questions at the Fort Hamilton Movie Theater during the Group Holiday Party and Family Day, Dec. 8, 2012 at Fort Hamilton, N.Y. 5 - Soldiers from the 151st Theater Information Operations Group take some time to enjoy lunch during the Group Holiday Party and Family Day at the Fort Hamilton Community Club, Fort Hamilton, N.Y., Dec. 8, 2012. 6 - Pictured is a cake with the 151st Theater Information Operations Group logo at the Fort Hamilton Community Club, Fort Hamilton, N.Y., Dec. 8, 2012.

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JobInfo Info for Job forVets Vets

Start the year with a job fair! NAME

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101 James Doolittle Blvd. Uniondale, NY

February 6, 2013 10AM - 2PM

www.jobexpo.com

440 W 57nd St. New York, NY

February 7, 2013 11AM - 2PM

www.choicecareerfairs.com

1350 Walt Whitman Rd. Melville, NY

February 11, 2013 11AM - 2PM

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49 W 32nd St. New York, NY

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1350 Walt Whitman Rd. Melville, NY

February 21, 2013 11AM - 2PM

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Recruit Military Career Fair

481 Eighth Avenue New York, NY

February 21, 2013 11AM - 3PM

www.recruitmilitary.com

Recruit Military Career Fair

Hilton Washington Washington, DC

February 21, 2013 11AM - 3PM

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49 W 32nd St. New York, NY

February 25, 2013 11AM - 3PM

www.coasttocoastcareerfairs.com

515 US Highway One South Iselin, NJ

February 26, 2013 11AM - 2PM

www.nationalcareerfairs.com

440 W 57nd St. New York, NY

February 28, 2013 10AM - 2PM

www.diversityjobfairs.com

Long Island Job Expo Choice Career Fair Coast to Coast Career Fair Sales Career Job Fair Choice Career Fair

Coast to Coast Career Fair National Career Fair Diversity Job Fair

UPCOMING ARMY STRONG BONDS EVENTS Niagara Falls, NY - Couples/Singles Event February 8, 2013 Newport News, VA- Couples/Singles Event March 22, 2013 Williamsburg, VA - Family Event March 22, 2013 Washington, DC - Couples Event April 19, 2013 Boston, MA - Singles Event May 3, 2013 **To register for an event, go to www.strongbonds.org and click “Find an Event.” This will guide you through locating your unit’s events. For questions about a specific event, contact the unit’s chaplain or chaplain’s assistant.

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Soldiers get paid for attending an Army Strong Bonds Event and there are Strong Bonds events held across the nation, like Niagara Falls, N.Y., as pictured here. Strong Bonds programs are offered by Army Chaplains with the full support of your commanding officer.

Claudia Jimenez, Family Readiness Group Leader Ph: (254) 784-0934 / E: clauds80_11@yahoo.com

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HHC Resource Center

Key Leaders and Full-time staff Incoming Group Commander (TPU) LTC (P) Molly McGlaughlin TBA

NEVER RESET YOUR PASSWORD THROUGH HELP DESK AGAIN Two Ways: Add an external email address to your AKO account: 1.

Deputy Commander/S3 (TPU) Lt. Col. Luis M. Martinez luis.martinez3@usar.army.mil

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Group Command Sergeant Major (TPU) Command Sgt. Maj. Selena Pope selena.pope@us.army.mil

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Staff Judge Advocate (TPU) Maj. Michael Wallace michael.d.wallace72.mil@mail.mil HHC Commander (TPU) Capt. Kyle Carney kyle.carney@us.army.mil HHC First Sergeant (TPU) 1st Sgt. Brenda Llamas Young brenda.llamas@us.army.mil Training Officer (AGR) Maj. Robert Powell robert.l.powell28.mil@mail.mil Operations Officer (AGR) Maj. Zoltan Szombathy zoltan.p.szombathy.mil@mail.mil

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Go to Mail Options https://ako.us.army.mil/suite/pages/myaccount/view.do?section=mailoptions# In the External Email Address field, enter a non‐AKO address Click Submit.

Add a cell phone number to your AKO account: Go to User Information https://ako.us.army.mil/suite/pages/myaccount/view.do?section=userinfo# 2. In the Cell Phone Number field, enter a 10‐digit cell phone number 3. Click Submit. ** You can receive a password reset link to your external email address or reset code to your cell phone via text message.

ATTENTION ALL OFFICERS : ARE YOU SIGNED UP FOR THE NEXT FA30 DISTANCE LEARNING COURSE? IT STARTS 3/23/2013! Alert: DFAS Customers affected by 2013 Tax Changes DFAS military and federal civilian payroll customers are affected by recent changes to the tax law, the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, and other entitlement changes. Social Security withholding taxes will increase to the normal rate of 6.2 percent. This affects military and civilian personnel. Check www.dfas.mil for more information regarding the change.

Operations NCOIC (AGR) Master Sgt. Kevin Archer kevin.t.archer4.mil@mail.mil Human Resources NCOIC (AGR) Sgt. 1st Class Leverne Smith leverne.a.smith.mil@mail.mil Staff Operations and Training Specialist Ms. Tomasa Jordan tomasa.jordan@us.army.mil Public Affairs Officer (TPU) 1st Lt. Javier R. Jimenez (254) 291-2641 javier.r.jimenez@us.army.mil Chaplain (TPU) CH (1st Lt.) Nikki Simmington (646) 377-7190 Nikki.j.simmington@us.army.mil

Nightwatch “Watch List” Key leaders stay updated, read the “Watch List”

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Announcements

The 151st Theater Information Operations Group Welcomes Sgt. Christopher Justino

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Spc. Kevin Dipalma

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Spc. Cyan Toussaint

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Spc. Justin Wiggin

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Private 1st Class Aminah Millerslaughter

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HAVE YOU MIGRATED YET? If you haven’t, contact your first line leader immediately for instructions on how to do it. All emails will be accessed using the new system and AKO will no longer be used for emails in the near future.

ARMY EMERGENCY RELIEF SCHOLARSHIPS NOW AVAILABLE!

Army Emergency Relief scholarships for the academic year 2013-2014 will be available starting, Jan. 2, for spouses and children of Soldiers, retired Soldiers and reserve-component Soldiers on Title 10 orders. The application deadline is May 1. Applicants of both scholarships must be pursuing their first undergraduate degree at an accredited college or university. All applicants must maintain a GPA of 2.0 on a GPA scale of 4.0. Instructions can be found at http://www.aerhq.org/dnn563/EducationalAssistance.aspx.

SmartVoucher is an easier way for active Army and reservists to complete their temporary duty (TDY) travel vouchers error-free. This online application via DFAS.mil takes the traveling soldier through a series questions until a DD Form 1351-2 travel voucher is completed. Troops will use their myPay username and password to access SmartVoucher. This applies only to vouchers not processed in the Defense Travel System (DTS).

Have you taken a class at the 1st Information Operations Command at Fort Belvoir, Va? If not, you’re missing out on great training! UPCOMING FY 13 CLASSES

Another great feature of SmartVoucher is a generated checklist of required documents with your travel package based off your responses.

Basic Computer Network Operations Planners

Visit www.dfas.mil for more information on how to use SmartVoucher.

Sociocultural Information Integration Course

February 25-March 8, 2013 March 25-29, 2013 Electronic Warfare Integration Course March 18-22, 2013

As soldiers and proud members of OUR team, we are duty bound to Intervene, Act and Motivate others to stop sexual assaults and the sexually offensive language and gestures that create an environment to this abuse. Have you met YOUR SHARP point of contact? Sgt. 1st Class Leverneangela Smith Senior HR NCOIC, 151st TIOG (718) 631-6417 ; leverneangela.smith@usar.army.mil

Military Deception Planners Course April 8-12, 2013 Information Operations Capstone April 15-26, 2013 Military Information Support Operations Integration Course February 11-15, 2013 ** Detailed course information can be found on www.atrrs.army.mil.

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Information Sphere, February 2013, 151st TIOG  

February 2013 edition of Information Sphere, a publication of the 151st Theater Information Operations Group, Fort Totten, N.Y.

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