Sign up for Youth Sports through Oct. 26 Print E-mail
Thursday, 04 October 2007
Sign-ups for the Child and Youth Services' Youth Winter Sports season continue through Oct. 26. Sign up from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Building 470, Room 1111.

Sports include league basketball and cheerleading.

Participation fees range from $30 to $40. All children must be registered with Child and Youth Services and have a sports physical on file.

For more information, call 596.0238.

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Harrison, Sabalu memorialized Print E-mail
Thursday, 04 October 2007
Army Chief Warrant Officer Johnathon Booth unveils the name of a housing complex at Camp Eggers in Kabul, Afghanistan. Photo By Air Force Tech. Sgt. Cortchie Welch
CAMP EGGERS, Afghanistan --The Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan memorialized two American Soldiers who gave their lives in support of the Global War on Terrorism and Operation Enduring Freedom during a ceremony, Sept. 26.

Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and coalition partners gathered to pay tribute to Col. James Harrison Jr. and Master Sgt. Wilberto Sabalu Jr. by dedicating two houses in their names at Camp Eggers.

Harrison, a native of Missouri, and Sabalu, a native of Illinois, were killed May 6, by small-arms fire while riding in a convoy near Pole-e-Charki. They both were assigned to CSTC-A's Detention Capability Directorate, where Harrison served as the director.

During the ceremony, they were lauded for working countless hours with their Afghan counterparts and overseeing the construction of the Afghan National Detention Facility. Harrison and Sabalu were commended for their role in validating and sustaining the facility in accordance with international standards and laws, paving the way for the facility to receive captured enemy combatants.

Maj. Gen. Robert Cone, CSTC-A commanding general, said the two Soldiers were committed to helping the people and government of Afghanistan.

"Their work with the men and women of detainee operations at the Afghan National Detention Facility was highly regarded by seniors and subordinates of this command," Cone said.

"Jim and Wilberto had a mission to train, equip and mentor the AfghanNational Detainee Guard Force. The success of this facility is in part due to the tireless effort that these two heroic men put forth. Charged with a mission, they refused to fail."

Col. Anthony Zabek, who recently took over duties as director of the Detention Capability Directorate, said Harrison and Sabalu had always put the mission first.

"In fact, Colonel Harrison pulled his retirement paperwork to take this mission," Zabek said. "Master Sergeant Sabalu, who married a military police member, volunteered for this mission. As you all know, as Soldiers we don't make the decisions about whether we deploy or not, or to what theater. But we do have a lot to say about dedicating ourselves every day, in whatever way we can, to ensure the mission is accomplished. Their efforts will be remembered for many years to come."

Cone said the dedication was an opportunity to pay tribute to their families as well.

"Our thoughts and prayers are continuous for the families of these heroes," Cone said. "May they find comfort in knowing that their husbands and fathers left a great impression on this command."

(Editor's Note: Welch is assigned to the Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan Public Affairs.)

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Civil Affairs Soldiers make humanitarian aid drop Print E-mail
Thursday, 04 October 2007
Staff Sgt. Moorehead, 422nd Civil Affairs Battalion, and Spc. Justin Reed of Battery A, 3rd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, unload a trailer full of food being dropped off at a home for children affected by mental illness during a humanitarian aid drop in central Baghdad's Qadisiyah neighborhood, Sept. 18.
BAGHDAD -- About 10 years ago, Inam Jawad and her husband were blessed with a little girl. Soon after her birth, they realized their daughter had a severe mental disorder that would mean she would need extra help throughout her entire life.

Then after the death of her husband shortly after the birth of their daughter, Jawad made a choice that would echo throughout the community and touch the lives of hundreds of children and adults.

She opened up her home in central Baghdad to children and adults who were mentally disabled.

Years went by without much help from the government. Only private donations were taken to keep the home running despite high rent payments and food and medical supply bills.

Recently, without explanation, the food drop-offs stopped. The neighborhood advisory council caught wind of the problem and immediately contacted Capt. Donald Cherry and his troops from Battery A, 3rd "Red Dragons" Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, to see what could be done for Jawad and her home.

"Without cooperation, you can do nothing," said Udai Jalal, the council's deputy chairman. "Any help is welcome, especially when it is for children like this."

Working closely with a team from the 422nd Civil Affairs Battalion out of North Carolina, the troops from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, made a food drop that would keep Jawad's home well-stocked for about a month.

Several hundred pounds of rice, beans, canned vegetables and powdered milk were dropped off Sept. 18, to sustain the center until more regular lines of logistics could be opened up.

Along with the food, medical supplies like cough syrup, valium and cold medicines were dropped off to help Jawad restock her cabinet.

"The medicine, food and help are appreciated," said Jawad. "I hope to keep the relationship with the council and the Americans in the future."

Jawad expressed her thanks to the troops, but hinted at future intentions while talking with the council chairmen. She said she would like to become more independent in the future by not having to pay such a steep price for rent and have more regular shipments of gasoline for her generator, food and supplies she exhausts on a daily basis.

Her center houses more than 20 children and also several elderly adults in need of extra care.

(Editor's Note: Harrison is assigned to 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1stCavalry Division Public Affairs Detachment.)

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Withstanding the blast: Soldiers tested by future brethren Print E-mail
Thursday, 04 October 2007
(Left to Right) Pvt. Kevin Kuebler, Company D, 82nd Chemical Battalion, Pfc. Richard Caracci, Company B, 2nd Battalion 10th Infantry Regiment and Pfc. Keith Ring, Co. D, 82nd Chem. Bn. are tested on carrying 50 pounds of simmulated ammunition by Pfc. Jonathan Manning, (background) 763rd EOD at Training Area 77 motor pool, Monday. All three of the Soldiers are wearing bomb suits which weigh about 65 to 70 lbs.
It is a test that determines the rest of a Soldiers' career in the Army, and the 763rd Explosive Ordnance Detachment makes sure their future brethren can stand up to the blasts before them.

The 763rd EOD at Fort Leonard not only serves as the civilian equivalent of a bomb squad to Missouri, Illinois and Iowa, but also tests Soldiers in training to determine whether or not they are capable to work in the EOD career field.

Sgt. 1st Class Mark Sprouse, 763rd EOD operations noncommissioned officer said Soldiers going into the EOD military occupational specialty have to be tested doing various tasks while wearing a Mission Oriented Protected Posture suit or a bomb suit --garments they will be donning quite often.

"What we do is test them on claustrophobic tendencies, on finger dexterity, if they have normal color vision, if they can do simple tasks, all while they are in the suits," Sprouse said.

Other parts of the test include audible orders from 25 feet, comprehension of three to four tasks, carrying large objects -- all with an elevated heart rate, Sprouse said.

"I have seen a 90 lb. female do better than a 6-foot tall, 250 lb. man, because she had heart and she wanted to be in and he didn't," Sprouse said.

The Soldiers in training normally come and test with the 763rd EOD in their last couple weeks of Initial Entry Training. The testing of the suits is one of the last things they must complete before going to Advanced Individual Training.

"Phase one of training is at Red Stone Arsenal in Alabama for 10 weeks. It really is a mini-EOD course with Army specifics, and then they go to Eglin Air Force Base in Florida for 26 weeks," Sprouse said.

But going straight to AIT is not a given for Soldiers who want to work with explosives and ordnance in their future Army careers.

Pfc. Jonathan Manning, 763rd EOD, arrived to the unit in May and wants to make sure all of the Soldiers testing can make it through the rigors of EOD school.

"We just want them to make it. The school is very hard and very challenging. This is just the very first step to see if they can make it," Manning said.

Manning said the Soldiers arrive nervous and full of questions. But he said he does the best he can to ease their fears and really looks for those who are serious about the job at hand.

"I am looking for those who are in good condition and shape. They are going to be wearing that suit day in and day out. If they can't be out here for an hour, then how will they function all day in the suits?" Manning said.

Pfc. Richard Caracci, Company B, 2nd Battalion 10th Infantry Regiment completed the test Monday, but not without some nervous feelings beforehand.

"I was expecting this to be pretty tough. I was up for a few nights thinking about it, because I knew if I didn't pass this test, I could get re-classed, and I didn't want to become something else," Caracci said.

Caracci said he did prepare before joining the Army and did some research before choosing his MOS, but Sprouse said he wishes all Soldiers did the same.

"It can be frustrating sometimes because some of the students coming in have no clue what they signed up for. Sometimes we have to sit down and show them videos on exactly what they signed up for. We talk to them and try to get them hooked up with our junior troops who just got out of school to help better them for the school ahead," Sprouse said.

With the seriousness of 763rd EODs mission, 320 were tested last year and 60 did not make it due to claustrophobia, security clearance issues or inappropriate test scores, Sprouse said.

Within the next year, the unit expects to test more than 500 students to help meet the demands of more EOD technicians, a field Spouse said, has always been essential to the U.S. Army.

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Briefs Print E-mail
Thursday, 04 October 2007
Cell Phone Violations
Drivers of motor vehicles are reminded that cell phone use without a hands-free device while driving on Fort Leonard Wood is not authorized. Examples of hands-free devices are cell phones with speakers or a wired or wireless single remote earpiece. Violators of this policy are subject to a $50 fine and are subject to administrative actions such as traffic point assessment, suspension of post driving privileges or letters of reprimand.

MP Desk temporary location
The Military Police Desk will undergo renovation effective Oct. 11. The MP Desk will temporarily relocate from the front of Bldg. 1000 to the rear of the building. Signs will be present to guide customers to the temporary location. Renovation is scheduled to be completed in approximately 90 days. All phone numbers will remain in effect during renovation. For more information, call 596.6141.

Breast cancer meeting
A General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital Breast Cancer Awareness Group will meet at 8 a.m., Saturday, at Davidson Fitness Center.Participants will exercise at their leisure at Davidson and then adjourn to Ryan's Family Steak House in St. Robert for their 9:30 a.m. monthly meeting and breakfast. This event is open to the public and everyone -- cancer survivors, current cancer patients or people just wanting more information or to help -- is invited to attend.For more information, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or call Susie Elliott at 774.6929.

AAFES holiday hours
In observance of Columbus Day, the following hours of operation will be in effect Monday.

Main Exchange 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Concessions 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
South Shoppette 7 a.m to 8 p.m.
24-Hour Shoppette 24 hours
Firestone 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Food Court 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Burger King 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Church's Chicken 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Blimpies 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

All other Army and Air Force Exchange Service's concessions will be closed.

Hospital reduced holiday hours
General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital will reduce its operations, Friday and Monday, to celebrate Columbus Day.All GLWACH pharmacies, including the new Post Exchange Branch Pharmacy, will dispense medications, Friday, but with minimal manning. All pharmacies will be closed, Monday.All GLWACH clinics are scheduled to be closed, Friday and Monday. Hospital operations resume regular hours, Tuesday. While the main hospital reduces operations, the emergency room will be fully operational to manage urgent and emergent situations. The ER telephone number is 596.0456. Chronic conditions or routine follow-up evaluations should be made through the GLWACH appointment system at 866.299.4234. The Consolidated Troop Medical Clinic will be open for patient visits, Friday; it will be closed, Monday. The CTMC will resume regular hours, Tuesday. Soldiers needing medical care during this time should visit the emergency room.Questions during this period should be directed to the GLWACH Staff Duty Officer at 596.1784, 596.1787 or to the emergency room staff.

Reserve Soldier opportunities
The 102nd Division (Maneuver Support) is currently recruiting Reserve officers and senior noncommissioned officers to fill division headquarters' positions at Fort Leonard Wood. The division is scheduled for activation in October, and is in need of Soldiers to fill standard division positions -- G1, G3, G4, G6, IG and other specialty military occupational skills. For more information, contact Erik Imajo, 80th Division G1, human resource officer, at 800.315.9102, ext. 5809 or at 804.271.5809, or by e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

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