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Dear Steel Rain Family,
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It looks like winter is finally coming to an end here in the Land of Morning Calm. Although it is not hot yet, the temperatures are back above freezing (at least during the day), which is a great change from what we have seen for most of the past three months. Our battalion enjoyed a lot of days off, having a four-day weekend almost every weekend during the past two months. Even though they were short, we managed to pack a lot of work and excitement into the work weeks.
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Who was St. Patrick?
Your Monthly Korean Lesson
In January, our primary training event was participating in a battalion Field Training Exercise (FTX). During the exercise, the Steel Rain Battery conducted key training in order to test the unit’s readiness and ensure that we are ready to “Fight Tonight!” We enjoyed some of Korea’s wonderful scenery as we left Camp Casey and conducted a full reconnaissance of our initial battle positions that we would occupy
in a time of war. We trained on Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) operations in con-
junction with a functional gas chamber exercise (everybody’s favorite). We conducted platoon certifications in order to ensure that the Battery’s tactical proficiency remains trained and poised for future operations.
Barbara’s Day Ball in Seoul. The Soldiers and families of Charlie Battery took an educational trip to Peyongtaek to visit a ROK Naval Base where we toured the Cheonan, the ship that was sunk by a North Korean torpedo on March 26th, 2010. Forty-six ROK sailors died in the attack and the visit served as a solemn reminder of why the American military presence is needed on this peninsula. I hope that wherever you are reading this, the weather is warming up, the leaves are turning green, and the winter blues are melting away. Spring is a time of new beginnings and change. It’s time to turn over a new leaf and do a little spring cleaning. Also, don’t forget, tax season is here, so make sure you get out and file. Take care and have a wonderful, blessed March.
In February, all of Area I conducted a two day Anti-Terrorism and Force Pro- V/R tection exercise that tested the CPT Darwin E. Maull base’s ability to react to an internal threat and emergency Steel Rain 6 situations. The Battery’s senior leadership celebrated the history and legacy of the Field Artillery at the annual Saint world ve the e i l e b n ple; eryme o f peo s e p y “Artill t s” target of two t d s n i a s n n co ryme Artille other own
STEEL Events & Holidays
MARCH 2011 Sun
March 1st—11th: Key Resolve Training
March 14th: 8th Army Training Holiday March 15th: Thunder Family Day March 21st: Warrior Family Day
March 23rd: BRTY FRG Meeting and ―Operation Smooth Move‖ Class @ 5:00pm in the PBFOC
March 25th: Training Holiday and the 1-38 FA BN Ball
Family Day 27
St. Patrick’s Day
Family Day = a DAY OFF!
BN Ball 31
Ways To Stay Active Indoor Soccer Team Tryouts!
Zip Line Adventure
March 5th, 4-6pm &
Saturday, March 19th
March 6th, 1-3pm
Transportation fee: $25
At the Carey Fitness Center
Zip Line fee: 50,000 won
Call 730-2322 for more info!
Sign up by March 11th!
Surak Mountain Hiking Trip
Basketball Shoot Out Contest
Saturday, March 12th
Saturday, March 26th
Transportation fee: $10
2:00pm at the Gateway Club Park
Sign up by March 10th! Bus departs Casey CAC at 7:00am
Steel Rain Birthdays and Shout Outs! We wish a big Happy Birthday to: Justin Gorby turns 15, March 2nd SGT Cook: March 3rd SGT Johnson: March 4th SSG Putnam: March 5th Briana Karnes turns 9, March 10th Payton Davies turns 7, March 11th
We welcome the following to SSG Smith the Steel Rain Family: SSG Parham SGT Johnson SPC Feeney SGT Haight PFC Timmons SGT Smith Thank you for all your hard work and we wish SSG Crown you the best of luck in the future! 2LT Martin 2LT Huebner STEEL RAIN! SSG Caminero
Mrs. Vernielyn Simon: March 15th PV2 Campion: March 17th PFC Dickson: March 23rd PV2 Keane: March 27th PFC Younger: March 31st
And we say farewell to the following Soldiers: 2LT Ayers
We want to give a special Congratulations to SSG Smith who got married at the end of February!
Places to Play In Korea! Kids Café: Down from Jihaeng Station
Seoul Children’s Grand Park
3rd Floor of Young Sports Town
Line 7, Children’s Grand Park
They have an large indoor play room and café!
Station, Exit 1
Adults are free Kids under 12 m are 2,000 won / hr
This is an amusement park, education center, botanical garden and zoo all in one!
Kids over 12 m are 3,000 won / hr
Check This Out! If you have not done so already, I highly recommend checking out the War Memorial of Korea! And right now there is a really fun art exhibit for under 10,000 won! The museum it’s self is free and there are hours of things to see from tanks, planes and ships from the Korean War
to ancient armor and weapons used to fight the Japanese and Mongols!
exhibit! The War MemoThe current art exhibit is on the low- rial is located out exit #12 est level of the museum. The walls are covered with 3D and trick art to of Samgaki Station on interact with and take pictures of. Line 4 or 6. These are usually rotating exhibits From there that don’t stay very long so try and you walk get down there as soon as possible so straight down toward USAG-Yongsan and you don’t miss out on this awesome can’t miss it on the left!
Who Was Saint Patrick? â€œEven though Saint Patrick the patron saint of Ireland and one of the most celebrated religious figures around the world, the factual information about his life and times is quite vague. Most information about St. Patrick has been twisted, embellished, or simply made up over centuries by storytellers, causing much ambiguity about the real life of St. Patrick. However, there are a some elements of his story about which most scholars accept to be true. According to Coilin Owens, Irish literature expert and Professor Emeritus of English at George Mason University, Saint Patrick is traditionally thought to have lived "between 432-461 A.D., but more recent scholarship moves the dates up a bit." At the age of sixteen he was kidnapped from his native land of the Roman British Isles [Scotland] by a band pirates, and sold into slavery in Ireland. Saint Patrick worked as a shepherd and turned to religion for solace. After six years of slavery he escaped to the Irish coast and fled home to Britain. While back in his homeland, Patrick decided to become a priest and then decided to return to Ireland after dreaming that the voices of the Irish people were calling him to convert them to Christianity. After studying and preparing for several years, Patrick traveled back to Ireland as a Christian missionary. Although there were already some Christians living in Ireland, St. Patrick was able to bring upon a massive religious shift to Christianity by converting people of power. Says Prof. Owens, "[St. Patrick] is credited with converting the nobles; who set an example which the people followed." But Patrick's desire to spread of Christianity was not met without mighty opposition. Prof. Owens explains, "Patrick ran into trouble with the local pagan priesthood, the druids: and there are many stories about his arguments with them as well as his survival of plots against them." He laid the groundwork for the establishment of hundreds of monasteries and churches that eventually popped up across the Irish country to promote Christianity. Saint Patrick is also credited with bringing written word to Ireland through the promotion of the study of legal texts and the Bible, says Prof. Owens. Previous to Patrick, storytelling and history were reliant on memory and orally passing down stories. Patrick's mission in Ireland is said to have lasted for thirty years. It is believe he died in the 5th century on March 17, which is the day St. Patrick's Day is commemorated each year. The first year St. Patrick's Day was celebrated in America in 1737 in Boston, Massachusetts. The first official St. Patrick's Day parade was held in New York City in 1766. As the saying goes, on this day "everybody is Irish!" Over 100 U.S. cities now hold Saint Patrick's Day parades.* â€– * From: http://holidays.kaboose.com/patrick-history.html
Force Protection Exercise 22-24 Feb
1-38th Battalion FTX, 25-28 Jan 2011
Touring the ROK Ship Cheonan, 17 Feb 2011
We hope that all of our Steel Families are as excited about Spring coming as we are here in Korea! If there is anything that you would like to see in the next addition of the Steel Rain News please feel free to contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org Www.facebook.com/steelrainbattery Have a great month! V/R, Nikki Ayres & Tierra Maull C BTRY FRG Leader & Senior Spouse Advisor
Monthly Korean Lesson This months Korean lesson is all about food and drinks! Words: Shik-sah: meal Ah-ch’im breakfast; morning Chum-shim : lunch; lunch time
Kyeh-sahn-suh: check, bill
Chu-se-yo: Give me… please.
Issuh-yo: Do you have…?
Meh-wuh-yp: Is it spicy?
Oom-nyoh-soo: soft drinks
Mah-nee: a lot Cho-goom– a little
Cho-nyok: dinner; evening
Mah-shi-ssuh-yo: It is delicious.
Mot-muh-guh-yo: I don't/can’t
Cho-ah-hey-yo: I like it.
Ch’e-shik: vegetarian diet
Kwen-chah-nah-yo: It okay/ No
Bahng: bread So-goom: salf Hoo-ch’oo: pepper
Traditional Korean Meal
thanks’ Ahn-mah-shuh-yo: I don't drink Kun-beh: cheers!