Comments from Kathy Box and Eulalin Simmons Brigade Commander Comments Brigade CSM Comments
Brigade EOA Selected for SAMC
PCS Moving Tips
Volunteer Soldier of the Year
Great Lakes Battalion
Summer Safety Tips
Phone Numbers in the Battalions
What a busy year. PCS moves, change of command ceremonies, everyone working towards the recruiting mission. That‘s right. Everyone works toward the recruiting mission. Family, friends and battle buddies all support the recruiting mission by providing the strength to one another. Moms or dads take their young ones to games and appointments. Friends and family provide moral support and once in a while a bit of babysitting for single Soldiers who need a bit of down time. When we all work together, great things can happen. When we put Family First, we allow our recruiting force to concentrate all of their efforts on the Army‘s mission and our Army Values. This summer, like all others, always increases our opportunity for recreation.
Mrs. Kathy Box
Safety on the road, on the water or just in your backyard, should be foremost in your mind. There are several good bits of advice in this edition. Please read and remember them. In closing, I would like to encourage you to submit your events, pictures and articles of your activities to your battalion leadership. See Summer page 2
Summer is a season of transition and as we say goodbye to some old friends, we welcome new friends into the 3rd Recruiting Brigade family fold. For those families who are PCSing, we say thank you for your service and commitment to a job well done. We wish you the best of luck in your new assignment and hope you‘ll remember your time spent with the Marauders with fondness and joy. To those who are joining us, we say ―welcome‖ and encourage you to leverage all the resources we have available, inclusive of the BOSS Mrs. Eulalin Simmons (Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers) and FRG (Family Resources Group) to make the most of See Warm weather page 8
Adherence and Enforcement of Standards and Discipline = LEADER BUSINESS It‘s important to begin with focusing on our core values. The 3rd Marauder Brigade isn‘t in existence just to get the mission done --- it‘s also about getting it done right--- morally, professionally, and ethically. Every Soldier lives by a code---our warrior ethos, our seven Army Values, and recruiter‘s code of ethics aren‘t just words on paper. They‘re a set of principles ensuring we aren‘t just the best Soldiers in the world, but the best Ambassadors in our communities. There has been heavy emphasis focused on the following areas: 1. Prevention of Sexual Assault and Response (SHARP) and Sexual Harassment 2. Eliminating Recruiting Improprieties/Adhering to Army Values 3. Domestic Violence Prevention 4. Elimination of Driving Under the Influence
COL Ed Box Brigade Commander
While all of these issues are of the utmost importance, given the events within the last sixty days, I want you all to focus on the prevention of these acts, through intervention by Soldiers and leaders at all levels, and the promotion of good behavior. ―One wrong decision from poor behavior will cost one his/her career and one inappropriate act is one too many.‖ There will be no standing around wringing our hands wondering what can be done about preventing these issues; we will be aggressive, blunt, and proactive in discussing and preventing inappropriate behavior. We‘re professional Soldiers, Civilians, and leaders working together as a Team. Our efforts must foster a positive command climate and culture that reflects in our personal activities, behavior, and care for others. Everyone in this Command must know they always have someone to turn to when help is needed. Have a plan! Always keep in mind members of our team and take care of each other and our Families. Finally, I want to thank each of you for your hard-work, dedication, and the good job you do. 99% of the Team continue to do the right thing and I am so grateful for those that adhere to and enforce standards. We need 100 percent from everyone in this Command in order to accomplish our mission. We will do it while maintaining our integrity and values. May God Bless America, our Army, USAREC, our Soldiers, Civilians, and Family Members of 3rd Brigade, and especially those in harm's way. Marauders “Provide the Strength” Col. Ed Box Summer continues They will forward those submissions to brigade headquarters and they will be reviewed for submission in the next quarterly newsletter. Your family is our family and brigade makes our, FAMILY FIRST.
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As we enjoy the summer season, we must remember excessive consumption of alcohol, excessive speeding, not wearing a helmet or seat belt, distracted driving, and other acts of indiscipline can combine to make this time particularly hazardous if Soldiers, civilians, and leaders are not planning ahead and looking out for each other. Every Soldier, civilian, and family member is a valuable member of our Army team, and by making a commitment to safety as a lifestyle both on- and off-duty, we strengthen that team. Our Army lost 61 Soldiers in accidents on the road last spring and summer, a figure that represents approximately 80 percent of all accidental fatalities occurring between the beginning of April and Labor Day. Indiscipline continues to be the predominant factor in vehicle and motorcycle accidents, so please do everyCSM Allen Simmons thing you can to educate our Team on the dangers of speeding, nonuse of seat Brigade CSM belts and personal protective equipment, and drinking and driving. The same principles hold true for water-related activities, where there is little to no margin for error. We must all remember that standards apply to Soldiers 24/7, and just a moment‘s inattention or an unwise split-second decision can have tragic consequences. Regardless of what sport you decide to participate in, make sure you are physically prepared, and have the proper training, clothing and equipment to conduct the activity. Remember to use risk management during planning and throughout the activity, and it‘s also a good idea to take a battle buddy along. Thank you for what you do every day for our Soldiers, Family members and Civilians. Your hard work keeps our Army safe and ready for the fight!
Brigade Soldier Selected for SAMC 3rd Recruiting Brigade congratulates Sgt. First Class John Bishop Jr., brigade Equal Opportunity Advisor, on his selection for induction into the exclusive noncommissioned officer organization, the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club (SAMC). The Sgt. Audie Murphy Club, named after the United States Army‘s most decorated combat Soldier, is a private U.S. Army organization for enlisted noncommissioned officers who share the same trait – exceptional leadership ability. See SAMC page 8
Sgt. First Class John Bishop Jr., brigade Equal Opportunity Advisor (EOA), left, stands next to his sponsor Sgt. First Class Quincy M. Arnold, who is also an EOA for U.S. Army Cadet Command, before the start of the SAMC board.
The Division for Behavioral Health's Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services program is proud to announce a new opportunity in our partnership with the Hearing Loss Association of America's Kentucky chapters. We will be offering up to 17 free registrations for the upcoming conference "Hear More: A World of Resources" in Louisville 19-20 July. Current military members, veterans, and their spouses or significant others are welcome to apply. For conference details: www.hlaa-ky.org.
USAREC Exceptional Family Member Program Newsletter This newsletter would be beneficial for any Family, not just EFMP. 3rd Brigade's - USAREC EFMP Systems Navigator is Emily Hay. Contact her at: (502) 626-2015, or www.sri-hq.com
The Summer (Issue 2) 2013 Prime Health Matters newsletter Direct link to beneficiary newsletters: https://www.hnfs.com/content/hnfs/home/tn/bene/res/ bene_newsletters.html
Spouse Education and Career Opportunities SECO newsletter This quarterly newsletter brings you information and resources related to military spouse education and careers. Get updates about SECO program resources and tools; read about Military Spouse Employment Partnership events; learn what current MSEP partners are doing to hire and retain our talented military spouses; and find information about programs, initiatives, and other resources designed to help military spouses reach their goals of portable, long-term, meaningful employment. Visit: www.militaryonesource.mil/12038/Newsletters/ SECO/SECO_News_Spring_2013.pdf
To contact Dr. Kirksey: 3rd Recruiting Brigade HQ Ph: 502-626-1049 Fax: 502-626-0926 Debra.L.Kirksey.email@example.com
Cleveland and Columbus Battalion Marriage Retreat A combined Marriage Retreat for Cleveland and Columbus BNs was held at the Embassy Suites in Columbus, OH on 31 May thru 2 June. Pictured L-R: CH(MAJ) Jerry Horner; Staff Sgt. Vincent and Yvonna Greer; Staff Sgt. Gerald and Kara Fedorko; SFC Geno and Desree Nash; Sgt. First Class Mitchell and Sandra Lakes, Capt. James and Jamie McCune; Sgt. Mica and Tayla La Gross; and Sgt. First Class Jay and Deanna Williams.
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Army Chief of Staff Gen. Odierno laid out five imperatives on which senior officers can focus, with regard to sexual assault. First, he said, is to protect victims, provide care to them, and protect their privacy. Also, he said, the Army must work to prevent sexual assaults from happening in the first place. Second, he said, the Army must professionally investigate sexual assaults and take appropriate action based on the results of such investigations. Third, the Army must "create an appropriate, positive command climate, where trust and respect are the cornerstone of what command climate is about." Soldiers, he said, must trust that appropriate actions will be taken by their chain of command, and there must additionally be an "attitude of respect" among those who wear the uniform. Fourth, the Army must hold accountable individuals, units, commanders and leaders. Finally, he said, the chain of command must be "fully engaged, responsible for everything in their unit, and
Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno addresses general officers and other Army leaders at a conference on the Army's Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention program, at Joint Base Andrews, Md.
accountable for what goes on inside of that unit." "We need trust. I talk about this all the time. It's critical to everything we do," said Odierno. "The things we are asked to do require trust, the ultimate trust, the trust that you can believe in anybody who wears this uniform, because you got to be there to save each other's lives under very chaotic conditions." Odierno said a safe environment, free of sexual abuse, is not only imperative for Soldiers, but also for the families who entrust their children to the Army. "This is about the health and welfare of our sons and daughters, the sons and daughters of America's citizens," said Odierno. "I want them to be proud of sending their sons and daughters into the Army." SMA CHANDLER HAD THIS TO SAY TO SOLDIERS: "Character is what you're doing when no one is looking," Chandler said, explaining one aspect of the Army profession. "Commitment is looking out for your fellow Soldier and doing what the Army says you're supposed to do." Chandler said when he conducts town hall meetings with Soldiers, he usually asks them if they know what the Army profession is about. He said in most cases he gets just a few responses to his question from every hundred or so Soldiers in attendance. "We need to focus on [the Army profession] across the force," he said. "Our Soldiers generally don't get it, or are not even aware of it." Chandler explained how he helps Soldiers in the town hall meetings "get it" by using a simple analogy. "I ask them have you ever had something stolen from you in the barracks?" he said. Hundreds of Soldiers raise their hands, he said. He asks them how they feel about having something stolen from them, knowing that in most cases the thief was a fellow Soldier. See SHARP page 6
SHARP continues Chandler said Soldiers at the town hall express anger at the thefts they experienced. A typical reply, he said, is that Soldiers say they "lost trust" in their fellow Soldiers. He also said Soldiers report a loss of trust in their leadership as well, because they say their leadership inevitably "didn't do anything about it" once a theft was reported. Chandler then follows up with another question that gets to the heart of sexual assault. "Why aren't you furious that someone's dignity and respect, which you can't buy back, were taken away?" Chandler said when he asks that question, he sees Soldiers' faces light up with understanding. Chandler said the Army needs to put sexual assault into terms that Soldiers can understand. "They need to hear from each and every one of us personally, out of the office and in small groups, what this means to be a professional and why sexual assault is such a bad thing," he said. Sexual harassment and sexual assault violate everything the U.S. Army stands for including our Army Values and Warrior Ethos. The Army is aggressively addressing sexual assaults by first focusing on prevention through education and training. Army leaders encourage reporting and work hard to reduce the stigma associated with sexual violence. Once reported, the Army focuses on care for victims and thorough investigations and prosecutions to hold offenders accountable. The Army continually assesses the effectiveness of its sexual harassment/assault response and prevention efforts to ensure the Army is meeting the needs of the Soldiers, Department of the Army Civilians, family members and the nation. For additional information, please visit the U.S. Army's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program at www.preventsexualassault.army.mil. Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond Chandler spoke during the sixth annual Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention summit, at Joint Base Andrews, Md., June 11, 2013.
To contact Mrs. Nunn: 3rd Recruiting Brigade HQ Ph: 502-626-0752 Cell: 888-228-6890 Ingeborg.K.Nunn.firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Kirksey wanted to highlight this deserving SFA: Katherine Shrewsbury is the Soldier and Family Assistance Program Manager for the U.S. Army Cleveland Recruiting Battalion. She has 37 years of federal service, and has been around to see many go through the revolving doors of the battalion. She started her career as a clerk, GS-3; awards clerk, GS-4; awards statistician, GS-5; Family Support Coordinator, GS-7; and is a GS-9 in her current position. A special thanks to Kathie for her many years of dedicated service to the Cleveland Battalion and to USAREC.
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Protecting yourself during PCS moves It‘s summer, which means its PCS season. I‘d like to discuss a few recurring issues that I‘ve seen over the years as an attorney, landlord, and tenant, so that you can plan appropriately for finances and hopefully avoid a lengthy dispute for property damage. The SCRA (Service Members Civil Relief Act) has a provision that allows military members and their families to end a residential lease early. A common misconception under this provision is that once notice (notice is delivered to the landlord in writing with a copy of your orders) is given, then that ends the tenant‘s obligation to pay rent. However, the effective date of termination by law is effective 30 days after the first date on which the next rental payment is due and payable after the date on which the notice under subsection is delivered. For example, a Soldier‘s rent is due on the first of the month. On 1 June, the Soldier pays rent; on 2 June, the Soldier delivers notice of lease termination. The next time rent is due is 1 July, the termination date would be 31 July. However, given the same situation, if the Soldier provided proper notice on 28 May, then the termination date would be 30 June. Knowing this can assist you in saving a month‘s worth of rent through effective planning. A second issue that arises is after the move out inspection. As you‘re settling into your new home, getting use to the new neighborhood, you get a bill in the mail from your previous landlord saying you owe an additional $1500 for damages exceeding normal fair wear and tear. How would you effectively dispute that? First, what is ―fair wear and tear?‖ Legally, it is ―deterioration caused by normal use.‖ Unfortunately, accidents happen. Your dog chews up the window blinds or your cat mistakes the carpet for his litter box. As you‘re moving the dining room table, it slips and puts a hole in the drywall. But then there are the questionable cases: How much grape juice can you spill on the carpet before it becomes excessive? To help protect your interests, I recommend the following: 1) When you conduct your move-in inspection, make sure you annotate anything you note that is broken, dirty, in disrepair, etc. Also, find out how old the appliances are, as well as the flooring. This information will be vital in the event you are charged for repairs at your move-out. 2) Always, always be present for the move-out inspection. Bring a camera. The landlord may have their own or may just rely upon the written checklist. Any item you contest should be noted on the checklist and then take a picture of it. If the landlord notes ―excessive staining of carpet in SE corner‖ and your picture shows a few droplets of grape juice, you will probably be able to fight that charge. 3) Understand lifespan and depreciation with regards to appliances, carpet, etc. There are several websites you can go on to find out what the average life expectancy of furnishings are (a simple Google search can lead you to this). For example, the lifespan of standard carpeting is roughly 5-10 years. So, if the carpet in your apartment is 12 years old and if it needs to be replaced, you should not have to pay full price for the replacement. If the carpet is new, you probably will have to pay. At the very least, you should be able to negotiate a reduced dollar value by having your information lined up, and arguing that the landlord should take into account the age and condition of the property that was accurately recorded during the move-in and move out inspections.
SAMC (continues from page 2) To be eligible for membership, Soldiers must score 90 or above in each event of the Army physical fitness test, and have letters of recommendation from their first sergeant, battalion sergeant major and brigade sergeant major. Once candidates are recommended by their chain of command, they appear before a board of sergeants major who evaluate their knowledge of Soldier skills and issues. If the board votes unanimously in favor of the candidate, he or she is inducted. The board was held at the BOSS building and was late in starting, which made Bishop a little nervous. But Sgt. First Class Quincy M. Arnold, Cadet Commands‘ EOA and Bishops‘ sponsor and mentor, had complete faith in him. Brigade Master Trainer, Master Sgt. Allen Parker, center, critiques She said, ―He‘s a little nervous right now, Sgts. First Class Quincy Arnold, left, and John Bishop Jr. unibut I know once he‘s in front of that board, forms, before the start of the SAMC board. he‘s going to do great. ‖ ―He‘s going to be selected, because he‘s ready. He knows this stuff inside and out, and he‘s worked very hard to get here. I know he‘s ready.‖ Arnold, who was inducted in the SAMC in 2006, is also Treasurer for the organization. Bishop, who had a lot of support and tutoring not only from Arnold, but also from the brigade staff personnel, said he‘s very proud and honored, and looking forward to the induction ceremony, which is tentatively scheduled for July.
Warm weather continues your time with the 3rd Recruiting Brigade. Our Marriage Retreat programs also offer couples an opportunity to enrich their relationships and take an all important ―time out‖ for each other. Whether you are remaining with the 3rd Recruiting Brigade or moving on, I encourage you to think of safety first in all that you do. Summer is a great time to enjoy activities with families and friends but it is also a time that we must be aware of potential dangers. I would hope that all would
take the proper steps to minimize risks through participation in boating and motorcycle safety training and remembering in all things to slow down and to be careful. Throughout this edition of the Family First newsletter, you will find summer safety tips and information about the resources available to you. I hope that you will enjoy this edition of the newsletter and find some helpful information contained within.
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U.S. Army Master Sgt. Robert Kubash Jr. was named the Outstanding Volunteer of the Year recipient in the active duty military category, at the Fort Knox Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Recognition Ceremony held April 25. Assigned to the U.S. Army 3rd Recruiting Brigade Headquarters, Kubash was honored for volunteering as coach at the Fort Knox Child, Youth and School Services, Youth Sports Program. He provided mentorship and coaching skills in flag, tackle football and baseball, along with teaching the six pillars of character (respect, fairness, trustworthiness, responsibility, citizenship and caring) to the youth of the Fort Knox community. But he doesn‘t call it volunteering, Kubash says it‘s coaching. It‘s being involved; it‘s about spending quality time with his daughters. ―I figure if I am going to be out there, I might as well participate, instead of side line coaching and critiquing,‖ Kubash said. ―I did it to have a positive impact on my children, which is important to my wife and me.‖ Kubash quoted a phrase his wife coined 11 years ago in their home when he started being deployed for the Global War on Terrorism, ‗We do not have the luxury of quantity, so the quality of time you get to spend with them (our kids) when you are not deployed, is what makes it (coaching) worthwhile.‘ As a boy growing up in Milwaukee, Wis., the six pillars of character in which Kubash‘ coaching style is based, was instilled at a young age by his parents. He remembers his mother as den leader for his Cub Scout troop. From the Boy Scouts to his involvement in high school sports, there was help from coaches and teachers
as mentors along the way. He enlisted in the Army right out of high school in October 1992, and has met several great Army leaders who have helped influenced his career as well. ―To those people who think they don‘t have any skills or the time to volunteer, there are many ways to volunteer,‖ Kubash said. ―My specialty is coaching, and what started out as something I was doing as a Dad, volunteering to coach, it was for my daughter. But it comes down to setting aside the time to just do it.‖ Brigade Commander Col. Ed Box, U.S. Army 3rd Recruiting Brigade said, ―We are very proud of MSG Kubash representing all the volunteers that give up their most precious resource---time. He is a dedicated volunteer and a wonderful asset to the 3rd Brigade and the surrounding community. He is an outstanding NCO and shining example of what volunteering is all about--helping others!" Kubash as well, as five other winners, received a Department of the Army certificate signed by the Fort Knox commanding general and the Commanding General Coin, an Army Volunteer Corps Program, engraved Outstanding Volunteer of the Year crystal plaque, and a $100 Master Card gift card, at an awards dinner held April 25 at the Fort Knox Saber and Quill. Every year the Louisville Armed Forces Committee gives awards to deserving service members, and this year the committee awarded Kubash the Patriot Award for being selected as the Active Duty Military Outstanding Volunteer for Fort Knox. The award was presented by the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. John F. Campbell. The award ceremony took place at the Louisville Armed Forces Day Dinner at the Galt House in Louisville, Ky. See Award page 10
Planned Activities: BOSS Car Show – BOSS will be having a car show during the 4th of July festivities. The event will be open to the public. Pre registration is $15 and late registration is $20. 100 slots are available. If you, or you have friends with car show worthy cars, come on out and participate!
Louisville Slugger/Muhammad Ali Museums BOSS will be taking tours of the Slugger/Muhammad Ali Museums on July 5th. This event will be free! 20 slots available! Sign up with the Pres/VP. Corn Hole Tournament/BBQ – BOSS will be hosting a Corn Hole Tournament on July 19th! $10 per team! Those playing will receive free BBQ! Location is the BOSS AVE parking lot. Cool prizes from sponsors! Sign up with the Pres/VP.
Mammoth Cave / Canoe trip – A trip to mammoth caves for a spelunking adventure; a night of camping, and a canoe trip! Open to 20 slots; cost is $20 per person! Last day of sign us up is 24 July! Return registration form, and your $20 to the Pres/VP!
Dodge Ball Tournament – August 10th is the day! Think you have what it takes to win this! Gather a team of 6-10 people. 6 will play at one time, and the other 4 will be substitutes. Have your teams confirmed NLT 7 August!
Summer Concert Series (Concessions) – BOSS will be running concessions during the concert on June 22nd to receive 10% of the profits! We need 15-20 volunteers and currently have 12. Its impetrative that if you sign up to volunteer you commit to it. Those running concessions will receive free entrance to the concert, a free T-shirt, and a discount on a future trip! 15 is our maximum, but we need at least 5 to be on the standby list. Get with the VP/Pres if you are interested.
Habitat for humanity – BOSS will be assisting in a project in August! More details TBD!
For more information on these and upcoming events, contact: SFC Sonianica Watkins 3rd Recruiting Brigade HQ Ph: 502-626-1707 Sonianica.email@example.com
Master Sgt. Robert Kubash Jr. receives the Patriot Award from the Louisville Armed Forces Committee for being selected as the Active Duty Military Outstanding Volunteer for Fort Knox. Presenting the award is the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, General John F. Campbell.
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Chicago’s SFA’s family members participate in the 2013 Warrior Games Chicago Battalion Soldier and Family Assistance Program Manager, Anne-Marie O‘Sullivan, is very proud of her husband Glen and daughter Megan, who both coached the Army Warrior Swim and Track teams for the 2013 Warrior Games. Glen was the head coach, and Megan was the assistant coach. The 2013 Warrior Games were held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center and the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. May 11 -16. Wounded, ill and injured Soldiers and veterans trained and competed for months to be one of 50 athletes representing the Army team. Army athletes competed against Marines Corps, Navy/Coast Guard, Air Force, Special Operations Command, and United Kingdom teams. The Paralympic-style competition for wounded, ill and injured service members allows athletes to compete for gold medals in shooting, swimming, archery, sitting volleyball, cycling, track and field and wheelchair basketball. In addition to winners in each event, Warrior Games feature a pentathlon format Ultimate Warrior competition and the Chairman's Cup which is awarded to the team with the highest medal score.
Photo on the right was taken at Fort Bliss where athletes competed for a spot on the teams.
Group photo of the Track and Swim team members at Colorado Springs training center.
Toledo Recruiting Company Staff Sgt. Daniel Messer, from Toledo Recruiting Company, is a volunteer wrestling coach for Otsego High School. He‘s assisted with the coaching for the past two years. Being a former wrestler himself, he has a better understanding and first hand knowledge of the sport. Under Messer‘s guidance and leadership, the Otsego High School Wrestling Team had 7 wrestlers make it to sectionals, 6 wrestlers made it to districts, and 1 wrestler made it to the state finals in March. He selflessly gives his time and experience to help the team and coach. Messer‘s wife, Heather, is the FRG leader for the Toledo Recruiting Company. Heather has been actively involved in the Relay for Life Foundation for 8 years and SSG Messer has been active for 3 years in the Bowling Green, OH area. Relay for Life is the main volunteer-driven cancer fundraising event of the American Cancer Society. Besides raising money for cancer research and cancer patients, the Relay is held to spread cancer awareness, celebrate the survivors, remember those who lost their lives to cancer and unite the community. ******* The Muscular Dystrophy Association had its annual ―LOCK UP‖ 15 May. It is a process where select individuals are ―arrested‖
and ―locked up‖ by MDA volunteers until they can post their bail, which consists of monetary donations. Toledo Recruiting Company‘s Capt. Joseph Chavis and Terri Hall, admin assistant, were arrested and taken to the Lock Up Location. ********
Marion Recruiting Company Mansfield Muscular Dystrophy Lock-Up
There they were photographed and given lunch, which consisted of gourmet bread and water, while they waited for their paperwork to be processed and donations recorded. Some donations were received ahead of time and some were collected under the duress of the lock up. In a combined effort, over $250 was raised for their bail and they were released without incident. Thanks to all the Soldiers, family members and friends who contributed to this cause. Muscular Dystrophy is a disease in which the muscles of the body get progressively weaker and slowly stop working. More than 50,000 people are affected by the 9 major forms of the disease. It can occur anytime in a person‘s life from infancy to middle age and is more prevalent in boys.
Staff Sgt. Steven B. Blankley, Jr. of the Mansfield Recruiting Center volunteered to participate in the Muscular Dystrophy LockUp at the historic Ohio State Reformatory (OSR) to earn money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) on May 9th, 2013. The Ohio State Reformatory is located in Mansfield, Ohio. The OSR was founded in 1896 and is the largest castle-like structure in Ohio. The OSR is 250,000+
Ohio State Reformatory cell See MDA Lock-Up page 14
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ONE TOUGH MUDDER By Staff Sgt. Willis Hermitage Recruiting Company
On the morning of April 27, 2013 Staff Sgt. Wills woke up out of his bed to join his team; a team that slept on couches and air mattresses in his living room in order to get everyone ready to make the trip to Mansfield, OH to take on the Tough Mudder. His team had trained for the last three months in preparation for what is said to be "Possibly the Toughest Event on the Planet.â€– The four teammates threw on their team shirts, laced up their shoes and headed out. The two hour ride to Mansfield was full of loud music and jokes; however the mood changed very quickly upon arriving at the parking lot to see thousands of cars and buses stacking into the facility. The whole idea of taking on the Tough Mudder just became very real. Wills and his team parked and boarded the shuttle which would take them to the event at Mansfield airport. Walking into the event, the team navigated their way through the woods on a muddy path, which would turn out to be only a fraction of the mud they were about to endure. They registered their team, pinned on their bibs, stowed their bags, and headed to the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) tent. "Wounded Warrior Project is the whole reason I chose to do this event. Being in the Army, it hits close to home for anyone who wears the uniform, and we wanted to help contribute to heroes who have served and returned home with physical or mental wounds." The team received high fives and applause when it was learned they raised $1000 for WWP. Finally, Wills and his team were at the starting gate. The emcee gave a short speech about why Tough Mudder does what it does for the WWP. With everyone on their knees, the emcee asked for all military personnel to stand up, roughly 10 people in Wills' heat stood as the emcee told the crowd, "this is what it's all about and who we are about. We love our troops!" Now it was time to go. Event staff threw Smoke
grenades and billowing orange smoke filled the area, the gate opened and the 200 people in the 12:40 heat took off. The mud mile was the first thing encountered, one mile of shin deep mud through wooded trails.
Staff Sgt. Wills pops his head up from a muddy trench in one of the Tough Mudderâ€˜s 20 Obstacles.
See Tough Mudder, page 14
Lima Recruiters’ winning team Sgt. First Class Siler and Sgt. Clasper volunteered to coach the Warriors, a youth basketball team. They started coaching the first week of January 2013. The team is part of the Lima YMCA/KEWPEE league, and consisted of nine players ranging in ages from 12-15 (6th, 7th and 8th graders). There were two practices a week on Monday and Thursday nights from 1900-2000 hours. Game days were Saturdays at 1000 hours. The Warriors attained a record of 5 wins and 1 loss on the season and won the championship game on 9 March.
Lima Warriors basketball team.
MDA Lock-Up continues square feet and had three combined architectural styles. The Reformatory has been a huge piece of Ohio history and has also played a big role in Hollywood films including: Harry and Walter go to New York, Tango and Cash, The Shawshank Redemption, and Air Force One. The MDA Lock-Up is a community event that is a unique and fun way to help local children and adults who live with the disease. The ―bail‖ funds are used to help MDA in its mission of curing muscular dystrophy, ALS (Lou Gehrig‘s disease), and other related diseases by funding worldwide research, providing comprehensive health care and supportive services, and advocacy and education. Staff Sgt. Blankley helped raise over $200.00 for the MDA. Tough Mudder continues The next event was a five foot deep, 20 yard long pit filled with 33 degree water, chilled with 80,000 pounds of ice. "It just takes your breath away," said Wills. As the day drew on, Wills and his team would drag themselves through a total of 20 obstacles ranging from trenches filled with chest deep mud, electrically charged wires, inclined monkey bars and Olympic rings. Fatigue began to set in as the last two obstacles approached. Everest was next; a quarter pipe standing 20 feet tall, lubricated with soap, vegetable oil and mud of course. "Balance and speed were the key, people who without both, fell face first and slid all the way back down Everest," said Wills. "Our team was all first time GO's though. The last event, five feet from the finish line was "Electro-shock therapy,‖ a 20 yard long gate with electrical wires hanging down separated 6" apart of each other. The objective was to sprint through (not dodging), and take your chances on being hit with the electric charges.‖
"A lot of people were dodging or trying to run in-between the wires, my team linked arms and ran as a team straight down the gut. I got about eight zaps of electricity, some of my teammates only had one or two, while others were knocked down almost immediately by the charges," said Wills. His team crossed the finish line and were greeted by Tough Mudder workers who awarded the team the coveted items associated with the event: a Tough Mudder Finisher t-shirt and the crown of mud, an orange Tough Mudder headband. Prior to and following the event, Wills posted pictures on the Hermitage Recruiting Center Face book page with a tie in to the Warrior Ethos. These postings have increased activity on the Hermitage Recruiting Center Face book page by 1000%, generating just under 2700 hits and over 1,400 fans. Facebook posts from this activity have already resulted in one senior alpha appointment scheduled to enlist for Phase line May.
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Upcoming Activities The month of June/July will see a number of FRG events planned for the Columbus Recruiting Battalion: First, our Battalion Organizational day is on 19 July 13. Along with the traditional team building events encouraging cohesion between Soldiers, families and civilian employees, the battalion will be holding a teen panel. A teen panel is an event where military teenagers get the chance to voice their concerns about issues about life out here in the recruiting force that affect their lives. Parents--this is a wonderful opportunity for your teenager to provide the Army with issues that can be worked on to improve the quality of life for all military teenagers. FRG plans are to hold a pool party as well. April 19th, there was a FRG team building and fundraising meeting held. Cincinnati Company, Western Hills FRGs had a fundraising event on Friday, May 17th. They provided lunch for the Center One Training held with all three companies and raised over $100. The FRGs have a tentative date for a Center car wash on June 21st. May 19th, Kings Mills FRG held a fundraising meeting and on Memorial Day held an FRG outing at Kings Island Amusement Park.
Cincinnati Company fund drive.
FRG Leader and helpers from Western Hills Center at the fund drive.
May 23, the Columbus company FRG served lunch to the battalion during SHARP training. All single Soldiers are encouraged to attend the Battalion Family Symposium (Army Family Action Plan) Teleconference scheduled for 8-11 July. We still need issues from the field. This is a perfect opportunity for family members to address the issues involving their quality of life such as TRICARE, entitlements, and other issues they face here in recruiting. All in all, June and July will be very exciting months for the Columbus Recruiting Battalion. Mrs. Dawn Kowal will take on the responsibilities of the Charleston FRG leader, as we welcome Capt. Bolin as the new Company Commander; a Hail and Farewell was held on May 31st in Charleston.
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Training Day for Company Secretaries at Battalion HQ You may refer to them as the ―Company Secretary‖ however their official title is General Clerk II. They are commonly referred to as Administrative Assistants. Whatever their title, they are government contracted employees working at each of the recruiting company headquarters, except Lansing Company, that does not have a dedicated company secretary. They come from all different backgrounds and experience levels. Some have a military background while for others, this is their first foray into the world of the military. It is this learning curve that reFront Row L-R: Ms. Jessica Jacobs, Battle Creek Company; Ms. Meshal quires periodical one-on-one or Ahmad, Bay City Company; Ms. Holly Pelkey, Grand Rapids Company; small group training from more Ms. Tina Smierciak, Battalion S1, assists Lansing Recruiting Company; experienced administrative perMs. Larae Thomas, Pontiac Company; Mr. Keith Hicks, Mount Clemons sonnel. This was such the case as Company; and Ms Nicole Hellems, Dearborn Company. all our secretaries converged on (Back Row L-R: Mr. Jeff Walthers, S1; CPT Kenneth Horton, Battalion the battalion headquarters. Adjutant; and Mr. Tim Martin, Human Resources Assistant. In attendance were: Battle Creek Recruiting Company has the newest secretary, Ms. Jessica ―Jess‖ Jacobs. Jacobs had no previous experience working with the military prior to coming to the company in February of this year. She has a newborn that keeps her busy when she is not at work. Bay City Recruiting Company‘s representative was Ms. Meshal Ahmad. Ahmad has been with the company since June of last year and has a Future Soldier in the family. Grand Rapids Recruiting Company has the veteran of the group, Ms. Holly Pelkey. She has been with the company since November of 2005, and just recently completed her Bachelor‘s Degree and plans to pursue her Master‘s degree. Pelkey is also prior service. Ms. Tina Smierciak from S1 assists Lansing Recruiting Company with their administrative duties. Pontiac Recruiting Company‘s Ms. Larae Thomas joined the team in July of last year. Thomas is a current member of the Army National Guard. Mr. Keith Hicks of the Mount Clemens Recruiting Company is another veteran, having been aboard since October of 2006. Hicks is also prior service. See Training Day page 17
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Training Day continues Ms. Nicole Hellems of the Dearborn Recruiting Company was in attendance. Nicole has been with the company since December 2011. The training kicked off with Capt. Horton making introductions and discussing the schedule for the day. He was followed by Maj. Heath, the Battalion Executive Officer. Maj. Heath discussed the current contract the clerks fall under. He also discussed ways they can assist their Company Command Group (CCG) in their day-to-day tasks. Much of the discussion focused on the secretary‘s ability to pull reports and make them available to their CLT. Next up was Mr. Jeff Walthers who discussed how the process occurs for certain Soldier‘s actions and the flow of information between the companies and battalion. Mr. Tim Martin spoke a bit about the Medical Operational Data System (MODS), Medical Protection System (MEDPROS) and Electronic Military Personnel Office (eMILPO) operating systems. The group discussed streamlining the process for retrieving medical readiness reports for their respective company. A ―working lunch‖ of pizza was provided due to time constraints. The afternoon was spent discussing ways to improve productivity and accuracy followed by briefings by outside agencies. Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Blankenhorn spoke to the group on their importance in the daily operations of the companies as well as their influence on their assigned Soldiers. Ms. Dana Ciampa, Resource Management Specialist (Budget), spoke to the group about the Defense Travel System (DTS). Mr. Fred Breton, Supervisory Logistics Management Specialist (Supply) talked about reporting requirements. Ms. Sara Horace, Battalion Educational Services Specialist (ESS), addressed the group next. She spoke briefly on her role and what role the secretaries can play in assisting her. Mr. Gabe Morse and Ms. Tammy Wallace briefed the attendees on the ―Scholar Athlete‖ program and timeliness of processing awards from area schools. We closed out the training with a group photo and everyone departed for their companies. It was a full day of briefings that we hope will make their job easier. We appreciate everyone making the effort to attend and those who gave a briefing. We hope to do more of these training events in the future.
On June 7th, Charleston Company had a change of FRG leadership with the departure of Capt. Phillips and his family. On June 11th, Dayton Company bided farewell to Maj. Fyffe and his family, as he headed off to the Command and General Staff College. Mrs. Slough is the FRG Leader as our Capt. Rodriguez (the Battalion Operation Officer) and his family transition into Dayton Company.
Named as the next Executive Officer to United States Army Recruiting Command CG Congratulations to Maj. Jessie Ceja, Commander of Metro South Company, who has been personally selected by Maj. Gen. Mann to be the next Executive Officer to Maj. Gen. Allen W. Batschelet, Commanding General, USAREC. His leadership traits, professionalism, and motivation has made him the clear choice among a very competitive field. To MAJ Ceja, "Well done and Congratulations! Thank you for
Thank you for 18 years of service! Champions welcome new faces The Indianapolis Recruiting Battalion welcomes Capt. Lionel Taylor as the new Executive Officer and Maj. Daniel Fishback the Operations Officer.
Capt. Lionel Taylor Executive Officer
Maj. Daniel Fishback Operations Officer
Former Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Jesus Jon Nufable presented Dr. Eileen Van Kavelaar, the Battalion Education Specialist, a certificate and pin recognizing her 18 years of service in front of her husband, Paul, friends and co-workers, before her retirement.
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Welcome new Baby Champions!
Far left, Dirk Stephens, 15 month old son of Sgt. Eric & Tanya Stephens, Decatur Recruiting Center, help mix perlite with soil before planting seeds with the older kids, during the Seeding Party for the Watch Me Grow group at the Golden Oldies Farm near Macon. Sgt. Cliff Warner and wife Holly welcome Dean Warner into the world on 29 April 2013.
Staff Sgt. Joshua Hill and his wife Elizabeth brought a new Sniper into the world. On March 1 they welcomed Joshua Daniel Hill.
Recruiters flipping pancakes to help feed neighbors Soldiers and Families of Waukesha Center volunteered at the St. Rose of Lima Parish in Milwaukee, Wis., to help cook at a pancake breakfast event to help raise money to replenish the diminishing food supply in the Parish Food Pantry. St. Roseâ€˜s food pantry, which is part of the parishâ€˜s outreach program, feeds hundreds of Milwau-
Congratulations to Sgt. Michael and Jamie Williams as they welcomed Thomas Edward Williams on April 23, 2013 (No photo available). Taking a break, left, Sgt. First Class Stratton, Sgt. Jorgensen, Sgt. First Class Whitmore, and Staff Sgt. Mielke.
USAREC Hero of the Week: Staff Sgt. Justin Reed, Central Illinois Company Staff Sgt. Justin Reed was selected as the U.S. Army Recruiting Command Hero of the Week, because he exemplifies the Army Values. Because of Reeds‘ unselfish act, he was able to relieve a grieving mother‘s anguish and give her some solace at a most difficult time, by fulfilling her request for an Army uniform for her son, who died suddenly after just 18 months of being discharged from the Army. The grieving mother contacted veterans organizations to try to obtain an Army dress uniform for her son‘s burial, but was unsuccessful. She called the Peoria Recruiting Center and her call was taken by Staff Sgt. Justin Reed. Reed, after hearing the grieving mother‘s request, donated his ASU and beret to the family. Later, the mother wrote a note to Reed: "I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. What you did for me, bringing a uniform for my son Wes, words cannot express my appreciation and gratitude. You were an angel to me in a time when I needed most of all. Your kindness and generosity will never be forgotten. I lost my best friend, my hero, my Soldier, my life, my son Wes. And with you going above and beyond, he was able to be honored for his services. Again thank you. I will never forget what you did for my son. God Bless you."
Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage Dirksen Recruiter recognized for his volunteerism Sgt. Daniel Baldrick of Dirksen Recruiting Center in Springfield Recruiting Company, has been an avid volunteer throughout his tenure in USAREC. In Sgt. Baldrick's three years of recruiting, he has not only become known as the "Mayor of Jacksonville" by locals in the Jacksonville area because of his continued support with Veterans groups in the community, but clearly his volunteerism has been noticed by the students and faculty of Jacksonville High School as well. On March 13, Sgt. Baldrick along with other community volunteers rode donkeys in Jacksonville High School‘s annual "Donkey Basketball" match. During the event, participants ride donkeys while playing basketball, which helps raise money for the Illinois School District #117, and goes to promote the Positive Behavior Intervention Support Program (PBIS). PBIS helps support those students in the district who make good choices while in school. Sgt. Baldrick is just another fine example of a recruiter who is going above and beyond the call of duty in the Indian-
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The hardships and triumphs of an Army brat By: Jonathan Nufable
I was like a soldier given a mission in an unfamiliar area. The compound stood in front of me as I shuffled my backpack nervously, a situation I did not like at all. Building my confidence, I decided to recon a bit. I stalked through the hallways, hiding behind corners to check down the next corridor. Immediately, I caught a glimpse of a vast number of entities. My mind raced as I thought: were they friend-lies or hostiles? One of them spotted me, and my ―fight-or-flight‖ instinct kicked in, but I fought against running away with all of my being. Why would I? The kid looked friendly, and all of the others were like me. We are children of military personnel, a life filled with challenges and prospects that can lead to something memorable. As an ―Army-Brat‖, I am presented many opportunities that other children usually do not experience. Being in the US Army, our Family had to move constantly throughout the world. This was torturous and depressing because I had to leave my friends behind every time. Adjusting to new schools every few years was like doing that military reconnaissance. I had to scout the area and take notes on the local population to determine if I could fit in. Each school‘s education program was different than the previous, with different mandatory courses. My childhood was filled with difficulties from these constant Permanent Changes of Stations, but these were just obstacles I had to overcome and tested my ability to adapt to new situations or overcome new challenges. On the bright side, moving to new locations was rewarding, as I was excited to learn new cultures. When my Family moved to South Korea, it was a whole new experience. Korea was the birthplace of Tae Kwon Do, martial arts that mostly focused on self-defense. I became a student of a local Fifth Degree Tae Kwon Do Master, and eventually rose up the ranks of Second Degree Black Belt. Not only that, but because of my higher experience than the other students, I was also an assistant in every class. I was also able to explore culture sites of different countries. Our Family visited China, and we took a small stop at the Great Wall; it was a magical event to walk across the wall. I‘ve visited the colonial history of the Philippines, the Temples of Thailand, and the beautiful Islands of Hawaii. Experiencing new cultures was one of the benefits that made PCSes worthwhile. As a military brat, my life was already different than most children and the additional challenges of constant moving and adapting to new environments was so heavy a burden. Fortunately, this will prepare me for college life, an intimidating transition into independence. My journeys throughout the world made me confident to face it, as I set out on a career of my own. Jonathan is the son of the former Indianapolis Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Jesus and Chona Nufable.
Community surprises Soldier’s family Gabriella (Gabby) Wichgers, is the daughter of Staff Sgt. John Wichgers a member of the Wolfpack Battalion. In April 2002, Gabby received a bilateral lung transplant. She has been in and out of the hospital and is limited on the types of activities she can do. Gabby is now 12 years old, and her health is declining. Ms. Pamela Nimham, a teacher at Gabby‘s school was aware of the situation and wanted to help, so she contacted Special Spaces of Milwaukee. Special Spaces is a nonprofit 501 C (3) organization that creates dream bedrooms for children with life challenging illnesses. Special Spaces evolved on the precedent that children facing this journey need a special space for them to heal, recover and find peace. To find out more, visit their site at: http://specialspacesmilwaukee.org Kathy, a representative of Special Spaces, met with Gabby, and she felt Gabby could use a special space of her own. On the morning of May 18, Gabby and her family went out to breakfast and then planned a trip to the zoo. While they were gone, their house quickly filled with volunteers who worked vigorously to transform Gabby‘s bedroom. It would have a jungle Gabby, in her jungle theme room, with message from the Spetheme and would be covered with monkeys, cial Spaces organization. which is Gabby‘s favorite animal. The family returned that afternoon to signs and volunteers welcoming them home and to show Gabby her Special Space. Tears of joy ran from everyone‘s eyes when Gabby stepped into her new room. The family could not get over how many people gave their time to help; people they have never met. This Special Space event has helped heal and strengthen the entire family. Dylan, Gabby‘s older brother, was one of the volunteers, and is currently working with a recruiter to enlist in the Army.
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Iron Mountain 1SG coaches son’s team First Sgt. Scott Cassidy is very much involved in the lives of his sons, Aaron and Michael. That involvement, coupled with the passion he and younger son Michael share for wrestling, is the reason he coached the Kingsford Youth Wrestling Team. When Cassidy and his family moved to the Iron Mountain Recruiting Company area, Michael joined the KingsIron Mountain Recruiting ford Youth Wrestling Company First Sgt. Scott Team. He and his Dad Cassidy and his son, Michael, were surprised to find showing his trophies. out that wrestling practice would not start until just before the first wrestling tournament. Concerned, Cassidy spoke to some of the parents about how late in the season practice would be starting. The parents agreed that practice should start earlier in
the school year. Because of his experience, Cassidy was asked to help coach the team on the basics of wrestling moves and strategies. By the end of the season, he had coached over 135 hours, which helped lead the Kingsford Youth Wrestling Team to First Place in six wrestling tournaments this season. Michael earned his 100 career win and finished the season with a record 30-13; eight of Michael‘s teammates finished the season with more than 20 wins. Michael‘s goal for the next season is to post 40 wins. He and the entire Kingsford Youth Wrestling team are looking forward to coming back next season to be coached by Coach Cassidy.
The Kingsford Youth Wrestling Team and the team coach and parents, with trophies from this season‘s tournaments.
Gold Medal Winner in Battalion Story and photo by Patrick Adelmann, APA Jenna Adelmann, the daughter of Milwaukee Battalion Public Affairs Specialist Patrick Adelmann, received a gold medal for sparring at The Showdown taekwondo tournament in Fredonia, Wis. May 18. The aspiring martial artist competed in a Wisconsin state qualifying tournament on March 23, qualifying for the Amateur Athletic Union national tournament July 1-6 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Family’s warm hearts helps cold noses
New additions to Appleton Recruiting Company
Sgt. First Class Dietrich, a recruiter from the Madison West Center, along with his wife Julie have been volunteering their weekends in support of our fury four legged friends. For the past year the Dietrich family has been spending quality family time at their local animal shelter. Dietrich and Julie take pride in raising money at the local sponsored events to help out with medical operations and continued care for the animals. Some events include activities at the Pet Smart stores and participating in community awareness. To this day the Dietrich family has been able to raise up to $5,000 for their animal shelters.
New Company Commander of Appleton Recruiting Company, CPT John Plumstead and wife Danielle welcomed the birth of Griffin Moss Plumstead on 29 April 2013 in Oshkosh, Wis.
Appleton Recruiting Company Commander Capt. John Plumstead and his wife Danielle, holding new addition Griffin Moss, as older brother looks on.
Recruiter accepted into the Army’s Green to Gold Program Congratulations to Staff Sgt. Bernthal on his acceptance into the Army‘s Green to Gold program. Appleton Recruiting Company recruiter Bernthal, submitted his packet to the board, met all the qualifications, and was accepted into the two-year Active Duty ROTC scholarship program. He will be attending the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in the fall of this year. Bernthal said he contributes everything he‘s accomplished in his military career, to the love and support he‘s received from his wife Jasmine. The Army's Green to Gold program provides eligible active-duty Soldiers an opportunity to complete a baccalaureate or graduate degree and be commissioned as officers. Appleton Recruiting recruiter Staff Sgt. Bernthal, his wife Jasmine and son Lucas.
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Coach challenges Recruiter
According to www.dictionary.com, the meaning of exercise is ―bodily or mental exertion, especially for the sake of training or improvement of health‖. As a Department of the Army civilian, we are not required to maintain a certain physical standard. However; here within the Milwaukee Recruiting Battalion, we strive to use ―exercise‖ as a way to keep in shape, build morale, and create team building and cohesiveness between our staff sections. Members of the S-1 staff, IMO, and S-4 started a workout group roughly six months ago. Whether we get together on our lunch breaks to a P90X workout, Insanity workout, or a quick walk around the block, we use this time to bond with one another while doing it in a fun and effective way. Sometimes you just need a good reason to get away from your desk and enjoy the weather.
Sgt. Lum lives what Army Strong is about in being physically fit in mind and body. He has dedicated himself to be as physically fit as possible, and as one of the top physically fit Soldiers in Madison East Company, he has not gone unnoticed. During a visit to one of his schools, Sun Prairie High School, the coach challenged Lum to help improve the workouts of his players. Not one to back down from a challenge, Lum eagerly accepted. His plans would include assisting the football coaches during the team‘s summer football camp and continue his involvement with the school over the summer as well. Lum sees this is a great opportunity to demonstrate Army Values to the community through his leadership and mentorship with the team and the students.
By Jessica L. Janz Human Resources Assistant Milwaukee Recruiting Battalion, S-1
Company FRGs design team T-shirt The Loves Park Company ―Honey Badger‖ FRG has been looking for more ways to involve all family members and to stay active within the community. The FRG did some brainstorming and decided to enter as a team in the annual Tractor Trot 5K run on 8 June in Malta, IL. The Tractor Trot is used to raise money for the Feed Em‘ Hope Community Project that provides meals throughout the year to families in need. In addition to participating in the run, the FRG designed a custom ―Honey Badger‖ t-shirt for the team to wear and proudly represent the company. So far, the FRG team consists of six Soldiers and seven family members, and we are receiving new entries each week. The Tractor Trot event is the first of its kind for the FRG and we are continually searching for ways to remain involved with each other and the community, while representing the U.S. Army with pride.
Fort McCoy Recruiting Company Highlighting Company Spouses Meet Michelle Jun: While stationed at Fort Story, Va., U.S. Army Sgt. McGirr met and fell in love with Michelle Jun who was in the U.S. Navy and stationed at Little Creek Naval Base, Norfolk, Va. After completing her tour, Jun and McGirr moved to LaCrosse, Wis., in December 2012, where Jun would attend the University of Wisconsin LaCrosse, and pursue a Bachelor‘s degree in Information Systems, while employed full time at the LaCrosse Veterans Center . Meet Mrs. Esmer Lopez: Mrs. Esmer Lopez, wife of Sgt. First Class Lopez, received her Master‘s of Science in social work from the University of Texas Pan American in May 2012. She is now a board certified and licensed social worker, and has plans to work in the mental health field and work with veterans. SFC Lopez is very proud of his wife and appreciates all the support she has given him and their family, while still continuing her career. Meet Meriah Main: Meriah Main is the Wausau Company FRG Leader, who is also a wife and mother; she is still pursuing her degree in Early Childhood Education. She married her high school sweetheart, Jack Main III. They have two sons, Jack Main IV and Jace Main. But most important, Main loves to read— read actual books. And is very proud to have passed this love of reading books, to her sons. During 13 years of PCS moves, Main discovered Book Box, sponsored by the organization, Little Free Library. Little Free Libraries are a community movement in the United States and worldwide that offers free books housed in small containers to members of the local
community. The concept is: take a book, leave a book. Main believes in Book Box, and believes every park should have one. Main and her family located a Book Box in K.A.S.H. Park, in Steven Point, Wis., and made weekly trips. After a PCS move to Kronenwetter, Wis., Main discovered there was no Book Box in this community, and decided to head up a project to put a Book Box in the communities‘ three parks. By making Book Box available in neighborhood parks, this would give the young people the option that when they visit any of the parks, they can stop by the Book Box and either take a book, or leave a book, or both; promote exercise; community involvement; maintain literacy and perhaps get the young people involved in the love of reading actual books. Main and her two sons, Jack and Jace are excited about having the Book Boxes in their community now, and look forward to more adventures in reading.
One example of a Book Box, sponsored by Little Free Library.
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Minneapolis welcomes new Battalion Commander Lt. Col. John T. Reinert is the new Battalion Commander for Minneapolis Recruiting Battalion. Reinert was assigned to Strategic Commandâ€˜s Joint Forces Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense (JFCC IMD) at Schriever AFB, Colorado Springs, Colorado, as a watch commander in the Operations Center and Deputy Chief of Staff from August 2011 thru May 2013, before coming to U.S. Army Recruiting Command (USAREC). He is a graduate of the Air Defense Officers Basic and Advance Courses, the Patriot Air Defense Officers Course, Combined Arms Services Staff School and the Command and General Staff College. His civilian education includes a Bachelorâ€˜s degree in Public Administration and a Masters degree in Leadership and Management. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Commendation Medal with 2nd Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Achievement Medal with 2nd Oak Leaf Cluster, Reserve Components Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Korean Defense Services Medal, Humanitarian Services Medal and Parachutist Badge.
Recruiting company commander receives top Army leadership award Minneapolis Company Commander Exemplifies Army Values Captain Thomas C. Billig has a reputation for exemplary leadership -- it is the reason he was selected to command the St. Paul, Minn., Recruiting Company. His demonstrated leadership skills -- in both infantry and recruiting units -- are the reason he was selected to receive the Calendar Year 2012 General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award. Billig believes leadership is the same whether the subordinates are recruiters or infantry Soldiers. "If we are going to be Capt. Thomas C. Billig, Company Commander, St. Paul Rethe Army's ambassadors, cruiting Company, Minneapolis I believe having initiative Battalion. and integrity are vital to this business. Both of those traits are essential since we typically operate decentralized and far away from any higher headquarters or military installations," said Billig. "I assure you that every single one of the recruiters who work with me are the most professional, honorable and dedicated in this business." Billig is one of 28 leaders Army wide who received the leadership award during a May 30 ceremony at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. "This award recognizes company grade officers who demonstrate the ideals for which General MacArthur stood, specifically duty, honor and country," said Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno, who presented the award with James Wofford of the General Douglas MacArthur Foundation." See Top Leadership Award page 28
"You represent not only the best of the total Army -active, National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve- but also the very best that our nation has to offer." "You are the ones who start to build the bedrock of trust that our Profession of Arms rests on: The trust between Soldiers, and the trust between Soldiers and their leaders," Odierno said. "Our Army is an AllVolunteer Force - that means every Soldier raises their right hand and volunteers to support our constitution of the United States. â€Ś The willingness of the American people to give us their sons and daughters depends on how well we take care of them. It is a profound responsibility. "A Soldier's decision to continue to serve, though, is directly related to the quality of leadership they receive." Odierno said these leaders demonstrate that the Army and the nation are in good hands for many more years to come, adding that - of the thousands of Army officers who have come before them - only 649 others have received this award in its 26-year history. The previous Minneapolis Recruiting Battalion Commander, Col. John Hinck, nominated Billig for the award. "From the time he interviewed for the job, Captain Billig demonstrated the hallmarks of great leaders competence, compassion and charisma," said Hinck, who retired May 17. "He was extremely successful in combat and brought the same focus to USAREC." Billig was No. 1 of the eight company commanders in his battalion, according to Hinck.
Winners of the Gen. Douglas MacArthur Award at the awards ceremony held at the Pentagon. See Top Leadership Award page 29
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Top Leadership Award continues "He fully embodies the definition of Army Strong - having immense physical, mental and emotional strength to make a difference," Hinck said. "He makes a difference with Soldiers, Families, Schools and Communities. He lives the unit motto of 'Strength and Honor!' and empowers his Soldiers to accomplish great results." A native of Stillwater, Minn., Billig enlisted in the Army in September 1998. Awarded a Reserve Officer Training Corps Green to Gold Scholarship, he graduated from the University of Tampa with a bachelor's degree in criminology in May 2005 and was commissioned as an infantry officer. He received the Raytheon Award for most outstanding cadet for year group 2005. He has served as a rifle platoon leader, Ranger platoon leader, assistant personnel officer, assistant operations officer and rifle company commander. Before assuming command of the St. Paul Recruiting Company, he commanded the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team at Fort Campbell, Ky.
Capt. Thomas Billig at his office at the St. Paul Recruiting Company headquarters. Photo by Mrs. Tracy Lietz, St. Paul Recruiting Company Admin Assistant.
A veteran of four combat tours to Afghanistan, Billig returned from his most recent deployment in May 2011. Billig has been awarded the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Commendation Medal with ―V‖ device and the Purple Heart with two Oak Leaf Clusters. "The selection for this award would not have been possible without the dedication and hard work of my subordinates,‖ said Billig.
Throughout his career, Billig said he has had several mentors who contributed greatly to his development as a leader and he owes much of his leadership style and philosophy to them. Familiar with the leadership award, Billig said he knew a couple of officers who had received it, but did not truly understand the significance until he was selected. ―I feel both honored and humbled to be recognized for such a prestigious award. I did not feel worthy enough to receive the award, but I was also very happy to be recognized for such an achievement.‖
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Family Air Defenders Story by Lee Elder, APA LONDON, Ky. - A Kansas woman‘s quest for a meaningful career took her no further than her Army recruiter husband. Danielle Smith, 25, joined the Army earlier this month with help from her husband, Staff Sgt. Richard Smith, an Army recruiter stationed in London, Ky. She‘ll serve alongside her husband as an air defender specializing in the Patriot Missile System. ―I‘ve been bouncing from terrible job to terrible job,‖ Danielle Smith said. ―I don‘t enjoy it. I wanted stability and this is a clear path to it.‖ Danielle Smith was able to join her husband of nearly four years who helped her land the same job Danielle Smith is welcomed into the ranks of the milispecialty he holds operating and maintaining Patriot tary by Air Force Maj. Thomas R. Keeble, operations missiles. She leaves for basic and advanced individual officer, Knoxville MEPS. training at Fort Sill, Okla., in August. Richard Smith said his wife had initially considered Photo by Staff Sgt. Richard Smith. enlisting into another career field. However, when there was a vacancy as an Air Defender she decided to pursue it. ―I had brought it up to him several times as a passing thing,‖ Danielle Smith said. ―When he started recruiting, it became more of a serious topic.‖ Although she said she‘s far from being objective, Danielle Smith said her husband, who only graduated from recruiting school in February, did a good job. He guided her to a point where she could make her own decision. ―He made it really easy,‖ Danielle Smith said. ―He didn‘t want me to choose something just because of him. He pushed me to make the decision on my own according to what I wanted to do.‖ The Army had been an option Danielle Smith had considered since her high school days in Mclouth, Kan. However, her family did not support that career choice. It was only after she married a Soldier did she believe she would not go it alone. ―Now I have a support system to finally go through with it,‖ Danielle Smith said. See Air Defenders page 31
Danielle Smith takes the oath of enlistment May 9 at the Knoxville Military Entrance Processing Station. She is the daughter of Bruce Edwards of Oskaloosa, Kan., and the wife of Staff Sgt. Richard Smith, an Army recruiter assigned to the London (Ky.) U.S. Army Recruiting Center. Photo by Staff Sgt. Richard Smith.
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Air Defenders continues For Richard Smith, who grew up in nearby Oskaloosa, Kan., it was a good decision. Although the couple faces a separation while Danielle Smith is training in Oklahoma, he looks forward to being able to serve together. ―It‘s going to be difficult while I‘m going to be in recruiting,‖ Richard Smith said. ―But in the long term it will be pretty cool. ―She‘s already talking about trying to beat me in the time it took me to make sergeant and staff sergeant so it should be pretty interesting.‖ Richard Smith predicted success for his wife in the Patriot career field. He said she has many characteristics that will make her a very good air defender. ―Her key attribute is that she‘s always by the book,‖ Richard Smith said. ―With as many regulations as we have in the Army, she‘s not going to have any issues; she‘s going to be a very professional Soldier.‖ After she finishes her training and he completes his tour as a recruiter, the couple said they look forward to being stationed together. They‘ve recently finished a tour in Germany and hope to be stationed together in Japan at some point in the future.
Army’s New Song Effective immediately, whenever the official song of the U.S. Army, "The Army Goes Rolling Along," is performed, it will begin with a short introduction, then the verse, followed by the chorus, and then the refrain. See the message for the lyrics, sound files, and sheet music. Verse: March along, sing our song, with the Army of the free. Count the brave, count the true, who have fought to victory. We‘re the Army and proud of our name! We‘re the Army and proudly proclaim:
―We got to experience Germany and a lot of Europe,‖ Danielle Smith said. ―I would love to be able to do the same in Japan.‖ For now, the couple has two priorities. They work out together every day to ensure Danielle is ready for the rigors of basic training, and they try to spend as much time together as they can before their long time apart. Danielle Smith is also hard at work trying to line up referrals. She‘s hoping these referrals will lead to an early promotion so she can enter the Army at a higher pay rate. Besides being a bit more mature than most new Soldiers, Danielle Smith said she‘s confident she‘ll like her time in the Army. Watching her husband serve has made her more convinced about her career choice. ―Actually seeing him go to work, go on field problems and go overseas for the past 4 years is what made it a lot easier,‖ Danielle Smith said. ―Seeing all the benefits he gets from it helped me to make the right decision.‖
Chorus: First to fight for the right, And to build the Nation‘s might, And The Army Goes Rolling Along. Proud of all we have done, Fighting till the battle‘s won, And the Army Goes Rolling Along. Refrain: Then it‘s hi! hi! hey! The Army‘s on its way. Count off the cadence loud and strong; For where‘er we go, You will always know That The Army Goes Rolling Along. Listen to the new song here: http://bands.army.mil/music/armysong/
Ms. Linda Wheaton, who is the Supply Tech at Brigade HQ, was recently named the Employee of the Month. Wheaton was very surprised when her name was announced by Lt. Col. Robert Blankenship, Brigade Executive Officer. Brigade Commander Col. Ed Box, presented Linda with a certificate in the headquarters conference room in front of the staff.
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U.S. Army 3rd Recruiting Brigade Command Leadership Group attends USAREC change of command.
USAREC Stand Down Day at Brigade HQ The Brigade Commandant Capt. Joshua Shaver organized USAREC Stand Down Day at the brigade headquarters. Required training was provided by several staff personnel and a guest speaker from Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR). MWR speaker, Mrs. Kathy Berry presented a discussion and slideshow on ACT— Activating Events, Thoughts, and Consequences, in which the goal of ACT is to build self-awareness.
Brigade Commander Col. John Ed Box presents guest speaker Mrs. Kathy Berry with a coin and plaque.
Also as part of the training, Berry conducted resiliency training called “Hunt the Good Stuff,” in which you learn how to enhance or build your resilience, so you can bounce back from adversity and not break.
Upon conclusion of her presentation, Berry was presented coins from Brigade Commander Col. Ed Box and Brigade Command Sergeant Major, Command Sgt. Maj. Allen Simmons, to include an engraved plaque. Sgt. First Class Sonianica Watkins, S2 NCOIC, presented a class on Army Standards, and Mr. Dennis Kicenski, Chief, Logistics, presented a class on using the government credit card and purchasing.
Mr. Dennis Kicenski, Chief, Logistics; Sgt. First Class Sonianica Watkins, S2 NCOIC.
From left, Felicia Williams, Human Resources Specialist; Rita Leake, Human Resources Assistant; Virginia Sharp, Program Analyst; and Judy Kuegler, Education Services Specialist, at construction site, volunteering their time in recognition of 2013 National Women Build Week, May 6-11. (Photo by Samantha Gallagher of Irish Buffalo Photography). Four women from the U.S. Army, 3rd Recruiting Brigade headquarters, joined over 10,000 women who volunteered their time and energy to Habitat for Humanity at various construction sites nationwide in recognition of the 2013 National Women Build Week, May 6-11. Now in its sixth year, National Women Build Week challenges women to devote at least one day to help build affordable housing in their local communities. To date, Women Build crews have built more than 2,100 Habitat homes nationwide. Judy Kuegler, brigade Education Services Specialist; Felicia Williams and Rita Leake brigade Human Resources Specialists; and Virginia Sharpe, brigade Program Analyst, met with other Hardin County volunteers at the construction site in Elizabethtown to start building their eighth house in a neighborhood that is being revitalized on lots donated by the city. ―We've been working in this neighborhood for a few years now, and you can see it coming back,‖ said Kuegler.
Kuegler has been a Habitat for Humanity volunteer since 2005 after retiring from the Army Reserve, and said she needed something to fill that weekend void. Kuegler said she really enjoys helping the working poor and finds her work with Habitat for Humanity to be very fulfilling. ―Everyone has three basic needs, food, water and shelter, and until those needs are met you really can't advance with life. I like being able to help hard working people get a break and to be able to move on with their lives,‖ said Kuegler. ―These houses are not free handouts. Home owners repay their low or interest free mortgages, and as they do that, the money goes back into the program building more homes.‖ See Habitized page 35
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“Habitized” continues Additionally, Kuegler said, homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labor into building their Habitat House and the houses of others. Habitat has volunteer programs worldwide in which volunteer teams build decent, affordable shelter in destinations throughout the world. One of those programs is the Global Village volunteer program. The Global Village program provides short-term twoweek volunteer trips worldwide. There is no language or skill requirement, the only prerequisite is the participant must be in good health as work assignments often require strenuous labor. Kuegler, along with 11 other volunteers from across the country, recently went on a Global Village build to the Dominican Re- From left, Felicia Williams, Rita Leake, and Virginia Sharp working on project house as public for a week. Houses built in these regions must be built part of neighborhood revitalization program in with weather-resistant materials, cinderblock or cement – no recognition of 2013 National Women Build wood, since there are annual hurricane threats from July to NoWeek, May 6-11. (Photo by Samantha Gallavember. gher of Irish Buffalo Photography). ―My team was bending rebar, shoveling sand and gravel to make mortar; we poured two foundations and one roof - one wheelbarrow full at a time,‖ said Kuegler. ―We got to experience a new culture, try new food and be totally immersed in the culture. You get to see the world and know you make a difference.‖ Kuegler said she hopes to go on another Global Build this winter, this time to Costa Rica.‖ According to Sharp, Kuegler had been talking about the program and asking her to volunteer for some time, and convinced her to volunteer for the first time in 2012.
In recognition of 2013 National Women Build Week, May 6-11, volunteers to include Lowe‘s Heroes employee volunteers, hang banner on project house number eight at the end See Habitized page 36
―I went to the women's build and had a great time,‖ said Sharp. ―You gain a lot of knowledge that could help you or someone you know. I got satisfaction out of knowing I put time into a great organization that is helping those who help themselves. People worked on siding, framing walls, drilling, handing off materials, and I helped build a shed in which I‘m really proud of.‖ Sharp joked that even though she could hardly walk for a few days after, the experience was well worth it. This time, Sharpe said she was able to convince two of her coworkers , Williams and Leake, to volunteer. Williams said she had always wanted to become involved with Habitat Rita Leake, Human Resources Assisfor Humanity and other volunteer efforts. ―When the opportunity was brought to my attention to volunteer, I was tant, assisting in the framing of the project house at construction site. overjoyed to be able to help. I personally feel we are put on this earth to do what we can to help others and to not do it grudgingly,‖ Williams said. (Photo by Samantha Gallagher of Irish Buffalo Photography). ―This was truly a joyous experience. To know you took time out to do something that will benefit someone else - that I would gladly do any day. There's nothing more rewarding than giving back...I plan to do much more in the near and far future.‖ Leake said, ―This was my first experience with Habitat for Humanity, and I really enjoyed doing it. The camaraderie among the group was great, and I would definitely do it again.‖ This was the first time the four women worked together on a project, and all said they would do it again. When asked what they would say to those people who say they don‘t have the time or don‘t have any skills? ―To those people, I would tell them ‗you have to make the time.‘ Anything worth doing is worth making the time for it. You don't have to know how to do it; you just have to want to know how to do it,‖ Williams said. Sharp agreed, and said, ―Time is very hard to give up. I would say if you can give just one long day or just a few short ones, it would be helpful, no matter how small – it all adds up.‖ Kuegler added, ―I hope that we continue, I think we make a pretty good team. I'd like to see the brigade headquarters come out for an organizational day or do a team building event. Once you start, it get's addictive - it has a snowball effect...you get Habitized!‖ Not pull the mower backward or mow in reverse unless absolutely necessary, and to look carefully for children behind you when mowing in reverse. Always turn off the mower and wait for the blades to stop completely (and disconnect the sparkplug) before removing the grass catcher, unclogging the discharge chute, inspecting or repairing lawn mower equipment. Always turn off the mower and wait for the blades to stop completely before or crossing gravel paths, roads, or other areas.
To help ensure safe lawn-mower use, the public is advised to: Only use a mower with a control that stops the mower blade from moving if the handle is let go. Make sure that sturdy shoes (not sandals or sneakers) are worn while mowing. Pick up objects from the lawn before mowing begins to prevent injuries from flying objects, such as stones or toys.
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Campaign Highlights Mutual Safety Responsibilities of all Highway Users Now that warmer weather has is right around the corner in most of the country, motorcyclists will soon be out in force. Drivers of cars, trucks and buses are reminded to look out for and share the road with motorcycle riders, and motorcycle riders are reminded to obey traffic laws, wear DOT-compliant helmets and other protective gear, and make themselves visible by wearing bright colors and using reflective tape. Increasing safe riding and cooperation between all road users and motorcyclists will help to reduce the number of fatalities and injuries on our nation‘s highways. Motorcyclists have all the same rights and privileges as any motor vehicle driver on the roadway. During Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in May - and during the rest of the year - drivers of all other vehicles and all road users are reminded to safely "share the road" with motorcyclists, and to be extra alert to help keep motorcyclists safe. May 2013 is ―Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.‖ All motorists are reminded to safely ―Share the Road‖ with motorcycles and to be extra alert when driving to help keep motorcyclists safe. Motorcyclists are reminded to make themselves visible to other motorists in case other drivers are not looking out for motorcycle riders.
roadway. Always allow a motorcyclist the full lane width— never try to share a lane; Always make a visual check for motorcycles by checking mirrors and blind spots before entering or leaving a lane of traffic and at intersections;
Always signal your intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic;
Don‘t be fooled by a flashing turn signal on a motorcycle – motorcycle signals are often not selfcanceling and riders sometimes forget to turn them off. Wait to be sure the motorcycle is going to turn before you proceed;
Allow more following distance, three or four seconds, when behind a motorcycle, so the motorcyclist has enough time to maneuver or stop in an emergency. And don‘t tailgate. In dry conditions, motorcycles can stop more quickly than cars.
Motorcyclists can increase their safety by:
Avoid riding in poor weather conditions;
Wearing brightly colored protective gear and a DOT-compliant helmet;
Using turn signals for every turn or lane change, even if the rider thinks no one will see it;
Motorcycles are some of the smallest vehicles on our roads, often hidden in a vehicle‘s blind spot so everyone needs to really look out for them;
Combining hand and turn signals to draw more attention to themselves;
Using reflective tape and stickers to increase conspicuity; and
All drivers have a responsibility to be aware of motorcycles on the road;
Positioning themselves in the lane where they will be most visible to other drivers.
Motorcyclists are much more vulnerable than passenger vehicle occupants in the event of a crash. Research shows that per vehicle mile traveled, motorcyclists are about 37 times more likely than a passenger car occupant to die in a traffic crash.
All our drivers and motorcyclists should make this the first year in recent years when motorcycle fatalities do not increase. Help to share in the responsibility and do our part by safely ―Sharing the Road.‖
With more and more motorcyclists are hitting the roads, drivers of all vehicles, whether you‘re driving an SUV, passenger car or truck, need to be extra attentive and make sure you ―Share the Road".
Below are several tips for drivers to help keep motorcyclists safe on our roadways:
Remember the motorcycle is a vehicle with all of the rights and privileges of any other motor vehicle on the
http://www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov/ShareTheRoad Reprinted with permission of Mickey Gattis, Safety Director, USAREC RCCS-SAF
Here‘s some advice, culled from AAA and State Farm, on what safety measures our drivers can take if a tornado approaches while they‘re on the road. Recommend passing this advice along to them as a reminder.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers‘ National Water Safety Program recommends the following tips to keep boaters safe: • Take a safe boating course.
• Check your boat for all required safety equipment.
If you see a funnel cloud or hear a tornado warning issued on the radio or by siren, get out of your vehicle and seek a safe structure.
• Consider the size of your boat, the number of passengers and the amount of extra equipment that will be onboard. Do not overload the boat.
Tornadoes can toss cars and large trucks around like toys. Never try to outrun a tornado.
Seeking shelter indoors is best, if possible. A basement is safest. Closets or small interior rooms are preferable. Get under a sturdy piece of furniture or mattress and stay away from south and west walls and all windows.
Do not seek shelter in a mobile home. These structures, even if tied down, offer little protection from tornadoes and should be abandoned.
If you are caught in the open, with no indoor buildings available to you, find a ditch, ravine or low-lying area and lie flat. Stay away from roadway overpasses. Cover the back of your head and neck with your hands; keep alert for flash floods.
In general, whenever you're driving during a storm, remember that wet roads mean poor traction. Conditions are most dangerous during the first 10 minutes of a heavy downpour as oil and debris wash away. Driving on wet roads in the rain is just like driving on ice. Take it easy and allow extra time.
• If you will be in a powerboat, check your electrical system and fuel system for gas fumes. • Follow manufacturers suggested procedures before starting up the engine. • Wear your life jacket – don’t just carry one onboard. • Leave alcohol behind to increase your safety and decrease your risk. • Check the weather forecast. • File a float plan with a member of your family or friend.
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It‘s one of those uh-oh moments – you realize your wheels are spinning because your vehicle is stuck in mud or sand. It can happen when you pull off a desert highway to make a U-turn, or to make a phone call. It can happen when you‘re directed to park on a patch of dirt – and then it rains during your meeting. You start the car to leave and there's simply no traction. But there are actions you can try before you give up, swear the fact that you don‘t have 4-wheel drive, and call for a tow truck (assuming your mishap location has cell phone reception). Here are the steps, based on advice offered by State Farm and the California DMV. You may want to pass this list along to our drivers as a friendly reminder. Or if you‘ve found a better method, please take the time to share it. 1. Shift into a low gear and keep the front wheels straight. 2. Gently step on the gas pedal. 3. Avoid spinning the wheels. Drive forward as far as possible. 4. Shift into reverse and slowly back up as far as possible. Again, be careful not to spin the wheels. 5. Shift into a low gear again and drive forward. 6. Repeat this forward-backward motion until the vehicle rolls free. 7. If you have any passengers, ask them to get out and push, if needed. 8. In deep mud or sand, try to increase the traction by putting any available dry, solid objects beneath the tire in the direction you want to go, either forward or reverse. Some drivers have used floor mats. (But if you‘re going to try that, don‘t expect to use the floor mat ever again.) Others have had success with tree branches.
Hundreds of residents were evacuated from communities north of St. Louis when levees for the Mississippi and Missouri rivers were breached, causing major street flooding. With so many storms occurring in recent days, particularly in the Midwest and South, now is a good time to review precautions drivers can take if they ever find themselves driving in an area threatened by flooding. According to FEMA, the following are important points to remember when driving in flood conditions: Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars, causing loss of control and possible stalling. A foot of water will float many vehicles. Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles, including sport utility vehicles and pickups. Do not attempt to drive through a flooded road. The depth of water is not always obvious. The roadbed may be washed out under the water, and you could be stranded or trapped. Do not drive around a barricade. Barricades are there for your protection. Turn around and go the other way. Do not try to take short cuts. They may be blocked. Stick to designated evacuation routes. Be especially cautious driving at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers
Battalion Contacts 3rd Brigade Headquarters
Bde Cdr: COL Ed Box
Bn Cdr: LTC Robert Kaderavek
Bn Cdr: LTC David Barlet
John.E.Box4.firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: 502-626-0600/0601/0759 Cell: 270-300-1954 XO: LTC Robert Blankenship Robert.G.Blankenship2.email@example.com Ph: 502-626-0600/0757 Cell: 502-767-6352 CSM: CSM Allen Simmons Allen.K.Simmons.firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: 502-626-0664 Cell: 866-596-8394 SFA: Dr. Debra Kirksey Debra.L.Kirksey.email@example.com Ph: 502-626-1049 Fax: 502-626-0926
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David.Barlet.firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: 216-802-1400 Cell: 888-410-1931 Incoming Bn Cdr: LTC Scott L. Bartley - 22 July 13 Scott.L.Bartley.email@example.com XO: MAJ Leon Melton Leon.A.Melton.firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: 216-802-1400 Cell: 888-410-1928 CSM: CSM Michael Mathis Michael.Mathis2.email@example.com Ph: 216-802-1402 Cell: 888-410-1933 SFA: Ms. Katherine Shrewsbery Katherine.Shrewsbery.firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: 216-802-1407 Cell: 888-408-3581
Columbus Battalion Bn Cdr: LTC Kevin Field
Kevin.Field.email@example.com Ph: 614-693-2901 Cell: 888-426-6389 Incoming Bn Cdr: LTC Tong Smith—28 June 13 Tong.I.Smith.firstname.lastname@example.org XO: MAJ Juan Martinezbernard Juan.C.Martinezbernard2.email@example.com Ph: 614-693-2903 Cell: 888-426-6392 CSM: CSM Walter Hampton Walter.K.Hampton.firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: 614-693-2900 Cell: 888-426-6390 SFA: Mr. Anthony Raimo Anthony.J.Raimo.email@example.com Ph: 614-693-2910 Cell: 800-790-0963 voice press 3 Milwaukee Battalion
Great Lakes Battalion Bn Cdr: LTC John Blankenhorn
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Indianapolis Battalion Bn Cdr: LTC Michael McLendon
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Bn Cdr: LTC Frank O’Donnell
Bn Cdr: LTC John T. Reinert
Bn Cdr: LTC Ryan McCabe
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John.T.Reinert.email@example.com Ph: 612-725-3111 Cell: 888-471-6930 XO: MAJ Scott Herzog Scott.A.Herzog.firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: 612-725-3111 Cell: 888-559-3922 SGM: CSM Jesse Castellano Jr. Jesse.J.Castellano.email@example.com Ph: 612-725-3110 Cell: 888-852-3374 SFA: Mrs. Janice C. Steiner Janice.C.Steiner.firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: 612-725-3120
Ryan.M.McCabe.email@example.com Ph: 615-871-4046 Cell: 888-276-3128 XO: MAJ Vonte’ Brumfield Vonte.Q.Brumfield.firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: 615-871-4046 Cell: 888-276-3127 CSM: CSM Michael Forbes Michael.T.Forbes.mil.@mail.mil Ph: 615-871-4046 Cell: 888-276-3130 SFA: Mrs. Tina Gardner Ernestine.Gardner.email@example.com Ph: 615-872-7519 Cell: 877-299-3268 Fax: 615-871-9182