1 THE Frontline The Newspaper of the 3rd Infantry Division Postal Patron PRSRT STD US Postage PAID Permit #43 Hinesville, GA Vol. 47, Issue 16 Serving the Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield communities May 3, 2012 POTUS, First Lady visit Marne Soldiers recognized for heroic actions, executive order signed You have performed heroically in some of the most dangerous places on earth. President Barack Obama Commander in Chief See story and photos Photos by Jimmy McSalters, MVISC Page 8, 9A
2 2A The Frontline May 3, rd Infantry Division Save a Life tour brings DUI into perspective, coincides with Marne Pride Elvia Kelly Fort Stewart Public Affairs A human body torn in half. Brain residue on asphalt. Crushed cars on the back of tractor trailers. Burnt victims. These images were just a few scenarios presented to Third Infantry Division Soldiers at the Fort Stewart Save a Life tour, April 26. The Save a Life tour is an hour-long anti-dui program which demonstrates the repercussions of driving while under the influence of alcohol. The Fort Stewart Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program coordinated the event to bring into perspective the realities of drunk driving. The Save a Life tour is important for Soldiers because it raises awareness of drunk driving, which is a growing problem in the military community, said Lucinda Johnson-Wallace, ASAP. The tour gives a graphic picture, and the coffin is a realistic picture of the end result of drunk driving. After Soldiers in the 385th Military Police Battalion were recognized for being Marne Pride DUI free for more than 600 consecutive days recently, the anti-dui program reflects that just one alcoholic beverage can be the difference between life and death. Everybody is hurt by the death or the accident of a drunk driver, Johnson- Wallace said. If everybody thought more of things they value and the loss that they can't get back, I think individuals would consider not drinking and driving. Life is too precious! The tour included an empty coffin, a drinking and driving simulator, which illustrated the effects of drunk driving, and a digital presentation. Not only is [driving under the influence] a safety hazard, but [drinking responsibly] is also a legal and moral obligation for people who are driving, said Pfc. Joshua Parry, 3rd Sustainment Brigade, and a motorcyclist. You not only are responsible for your life but for the people who are in your vehicle and other vehicles on the road. The tour correlates with the Marne Pride Pledge, added Johnson-Wallace. The Marne Pride Pledge is an anti-dui promise signed by Soldiers and their commanders. Third Infantry Division Commander Maj. Gen. Robert Abe Abrams signed his pledge in 2011, kicking-off the Marne Pride Proclamation signings across Marne Division. The Save a Life tour coincides with Marne Pride by providing reflection and obtaining a deeper commitment mentally and internally not to drink and drive, she reflected. The tour presents their production once a year, visiting Fort Stewart one day and Hunter Army Airfield another day. For one final message, Pfc. Parry had this to say: Be aware of your surroundings, he said. It s more so for motorcycles then it is for cars. You still have to be careful in a car, but it s more dangerous on a motorcycle even with the best training... Drive soberly, and don t be under the influence. For more information about ASAP or Save a Life, call for Stewart, for Hunter or visit default.asp or savealifetour.com. Desert Cat Company takes stand on drinking, driving Sgt. Jared S. Eastman 1HBCT Public Affairs Drinking and driving is a dangerous game; one that an unfortunate few choose to play. They set out on the road without a care for those around them, and will eventually get stopped by the authorities. Even one DUI is too many, and Company A, 1-3 Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, Third Infantry Division, is doing all in their power to stop them before they happen. The company has been DUI free since before their deployment to Iraq in November We emphasize how much they do have to lose if they get a DUI, said Co. A s 1st Sgt. Troy Hardin, And we set a standard during our safety briefings. Our standard doesn t even allow for one drink if you plan on driving. If you drink, you don t drive. If you plan on driving, you don t drink. The company s standard has kept the Soldiers in its care from facing a DUI and the many consequences of getting one. It takes one small lapse of judgment to make a very large impact on your career, said 1st Sgt. Hardin, Whether that s losing rank, money or your career altogether. However, the standard that the company commander and First Sergeant hold their Soldiers to is not the only reason they have been DUI free. Photo by Elvia Kelly Third Infantry Division Soldiers watch a digital film presentation during the anti DUI Save a Life tour at Newman Fitness Center, April 26. To be honest, most of our success is not me [as the company commander], said Capt. Leander Metcalf, Co. A commander, It is Soldiers doing the right thing. I think our Soldiers take a lot of pride in our guidon streamer. We talk about it monthly. We emphasize that the entire company earned it and that it only takes one person doing the wrong thing to affect the whole unit. The company command also reminds their Soldiers that if plans go awry, there are options out there. We focus the Soldiers toward calling their first line supervisor if their plan doesn t work out, said 1st Sgt. Hardin. Then they continue calling up their chain until they get to me, because I would rather get a phone call from the Soldier than from the Military Police. It s straight forward, but the Soldiers believe it and the Soldiers use it. The largest problem with someone getting a DUI is that they are completely preventable; all it takes is a second plan. Drinking and driving is 100 percent preventable, said 1st Sgt. Hardin. You have to set out with a plan of action and understand that if that plan doesn t work, you have options. More than anything else we try to give our Soldiers options. Knowing they have options that are better than getting in the car when they have been drinking will prevent them from doing just that. ASAP works to curb drunken driving permanently Leslie Hermanns Frontline Contributor In an effort to curb drunken driving, the Army Substance Abuse Program and the Directorate of Human Resources hosted the 'Save a Life Tour' at Tominac Fitness Center, Hunter Army Airfield, April 26. The 'Save a Life Tour' is national, high-impact alcohol awareness program that tours high schools and military installation across the country educating Soldiers, civilians, and students about the dangers of drunken driving. About three hundred Soldiers and Civilians attended the alcohol awareness program at Hunter. According to the Centers for Disease Control, excessive alcohol use is the third leading lifestyle-related cause of death for people in the United States each year, and the military is no exception. It s a growing and very deadly issue in the U.S. military today, said Brandon M. Peluk, presenter for the Save a Life Tour. More Soldiers die in drunken driving accidents [each year] than in war. He urges everyone to be safe while drinking and to have a designated driver. If you don t have your own designated driver, call a taxi service or your chain of command for assistance. Also, during most holiday weekends, AAA and Budweiser team up to offer Tow to Go, a free service that provides a free ride and your car towed home for those who have had too much to drink. The legal limit for driving is 0.08 percent blood alcohol level, which is anywhere from one to three drinks, depending on your weight. Just two beers, two shots, or two glasses of wine will impair your ability to drive and react in dangerous situations and will put you over the legal limit to drive, said Cejay Rich with Save a Life. During the six, one-hour sessions, participants were able to use drinking and driving simulators that give participants a realistic perspective on the effects of driving while intoxicated. Massive tour posters, high intensity videos rolling on huge monitors and presenters, calling themselves shock jocks of anti-drunk driving," worked to engage participants and show them the dangers of driving under the influence. Shameka McLean, prevention specialist with ASAP, wants to urge everyone to attend alcohol awareness events, and to bring their friends and Family. We want to reach out to the community-civilians, retirees and military personnel are all welcome, so bring your spouses, children of driving age, or anyone you believe would benefit from learning the realities of drunk driving, said McLean. Upcoming ASAP events include Summer Sense in June, Red Ribbon Week in October, and 3D Drunk and Drug Prevention in December. To find out more information on upcoming events, contact McLean, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at Marne Pride in action for 3rd ID, April Marne Pride shows when this bottle is empty for an entire month. 3 total DUI's for the 3rd ID April total DUI'S for the 3rd ID March total DUI'S for the 3rd ID Feb 27 - March 4 8 total DUI'S for the 3rd ID March 5-11 Jan. 30-Feb. 5 7 total DUI'S for the 3rd ID March total DUI'S for the 3rd ID March 26 - April 1 5 total DUI'S for the 3rd ID Feb total DUI'S for the 3rd ID April total DUI'S for the 3rd ID April April As a part of the Third Infantry Division's Marne Pride Anti-DUI Campaign which began Sept. 1, 2011 the Frontline will opt to keep up with how Marne Soldiers at Fort Stewart- Hunter Army Airfield are doing in the campaign by publishing this chart showing how units are faring and how much more attention leaders should give on the subject of DUIs. The higher the division is up on the bottle, the more attention to detail leaders might want to take. The proclamation was signed by Maj. Gen. Robert "Abe" Abrams and subordinate commanders on Aug. 30, And by now, all Soldiers should have signed a pledge and in effect said, "I won't drink and drive." Following is a reminder of that pledge: I will drive safely I will operate the vehicle safely and follow all laws and safety rules. I will wear my seat belt at all times. I will not use a cell phone to talk or text message while driving. I won't drive if I am impaired I will not drive after drinking or using any chemical that would alter my ability to drive safely (including certain prescription drugs). I won't get in the car with an unsafe driver I will not ride with someone who is impaired because of alcohol or drugs (legal or not), or with someone I know is aggressive behind the wheel. I know that I can call someone for a ride any time I feel that I need to get out of an unsafe situation. I will respect your rules I will drive within the boundaries we've discussed. I will call you If I need a ride home I can count on someone in my chain of command to either pick me up or make arrangements to have me picked up, no questions asked and without retribution. I agree to live and abide by this pledge. Commanders and Leaders I will be there for you I/We will ensure, that if called upon, we will either arrange for transportation or personally provide you a safe ride home, even if you have broken every rule that we have agreed to follow, we will make sure you get home safely. I will be a good role model and lead by example I agree to live by the same safe driving rules we have set for you. Additionally, all new Soldiers to the Marne Division will sign a similar pledge - keep your unit off the bottle by abiding by your pledge... DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE.
3 Rock of the Marne Behind The Lens May 11 May 3, 2012 The Frontline 3A Military Spouse Appreciation Day is the Friday before Mother's Day. This year it is May 13. The first Military Spouse Appreciation Day was celebrated in 1984, when then- President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the observance to honor the contributions of military spouses. The Frontline gave Soldiers the opportunity to salute their spouses. See page 1B for more responses in this edition. Responses are also found on the Team Stewart Web site stewart. army.mil. I do appreciate my wife but more importantly I love her because she completes me." CSM Herbert Kirkover 1HBCT She keeps me smiling after the military requires more from me than normal. My spouse believes in herself and the potential that our Family can achieve." Sgt. 1st Class Dane Davis II 3/17th CAV I appreciate my spouse, Mrs. Holly Lopez, because she has been there during the good times and the bad times." Spc. David A. Lopez 1HBCT I appreciate my husband because he chose to be the primary care giver for our children for the past 11 years. Maj. Julie D'Annunzio 2HBCT I love my wife because she is extremely caring and the most supportive person in the whole world." Sgt. Terrance Richey 2HBCT She loves me for who I am, even though I can be a jerk sometimes. I appreciate my spouse because she takes good care of our kids." Spc. Rayshawn Pettaway 1HBCT She gives 110 percent unconditional support of not only me and our son, but every Dog Faced Soldier and Family Member here at Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield and Kelley Hill." Maj. Gen. Robert "Abe" Abrams 3rd ID Commander "He is the most loving, understanding and caring husband to me and the most amazing father to our two beautiful children." Pfc. Jacqueline Gonzales 92nd Eng Bn. She s the most understanding, living, caring and passionate person and mother I ve ever met. I fall more and more in love with her everyday." Sgt. Richard Schelker 92nd Eng Bn. She is always there for me, and I couldn't do this without her. She is the love of my life,and I cannot thank her enough for sticking with me through it all." Spc. Christopher Welch USA MEDDAC She is my backbone and I cannot thank her enough for being my best friend, my lover, and my everything." Staff Sgt. Paul Cummings USA MEDDAC He has taught me how to overcome my fears and encouraged me to do things I thought I could not do. He has taught me that life is too short and I should live as if there was no tomorrow." Spc. Julieanne Westover 3rd Sustainment Brigade He supports me in all the decisions that I make no matter what the circumstances may be." Pfc. Kindaka Reynolds 3rd Sustainment Brigade She is like a little piece of heaven... Epitome of selfless service. She is my hero." 1st Sgt. Christopher Williams 4IBCT She is the strength of 'team Watson.'" CSM Edd Watson 3rd ID CSM She is very thoughtful and unselfish, she understands me more than anyone else and she always stands beside me in any decision that I make." Spc. Kilo Jordan 110th QM Co. She is everything to me; she is the one that God led me to. She keeps me in line and takes care of things when I m not around." Sgt. Thomas Rinker 1/3 AVN She is there for me when I m home and away from her and our five kids. She is the root that holds our Family tree through the turmoil. Sgt. Brian Foster 4/3 AVN She pushes me to be better yet still accepts when I m not. Through the ups and downs, she s been my rock always with kind words, even though I deserve much harsher critique." Spc. Brynell Owens 603rd ASB She is the most wonderful person in the world! She supports me in my military service and provides us with the determination to succeed." Sgt. Jacob Bishop 603rd ASB [For] her support and always being there for me and taking care of our two beautiful daughters. Thanks for all that you do, two dragons!" Sgt. Christopher Loera 2/3 GSAB
4 4A The Frontline May 3, rd Infantry Division Marne Faces Marne Places Triumphs and Hardships: Life as a military spouse Sgt. Dustin Gautney 2HBCT Public Affairs Family is the backbone of the military. However, at times this important facet of our military community can be overlooked. That is why last year, President Obama proclaimed May 6, as Military Spouse Appreciation Day, a holiday where we have the opportunity to not only honor the husbands and wives of our service members, but also to thank them for serving as steady and supportive partners to our heroes in uniform who protect and defend our great nation every day. For one 2nd Spartan Brigade Combat Team, Third Infantry Division spouse, who has faced many hardships and triumphs while serving as a brand new military spouse, this challenge has only made her and her Family stronger. The biggest hurdle is learning how to take care of yourself and your Family without depending on anyone else; whether it is getting the kids to school or balancing finances, you have to learn to become independent, said Julie Jackson, who has been a military spouse for the past two years. You really have to depend on yourself to know the Barracks Life Capt. Gina Goris 2HBCT Public Affairs Officer May starts National Military Spouses Appreciation Month! As a single Soldier I didn t realize the significance of this until I made friends with a military spouse. He was a guy that I worked out with at the gym. He pushed me to do more reps and run faster than any drill sergeant had ever done! He explained to me, Believe it or not, a military spouse is not just about the women anymore. So I did some research and realized that just like serving in the military, being a military spouse is not something that most Americans choose to do. Spouses come from different backgrounds, race, and gender, but one place where they find common ground is MILITARY SPOUSE S PERSPECTIVE SERIES Christina Jackson- Davis Individual Contributor Disclaimer: For this series, SOLDIER qualifies for all who enlisted in military service. So you went and fell in lust, I mean love, and married a Soldier? Was it his or her smile? Or the way he or she batted those big, bright eyes? Perhaps it was how good they looked in uniform. Oh, I know what it was! It was the way he or she shook what their momma gave em at the club! I ll give you the benefit of the doubt and say maybe you met and got married before your spouse became a Soldier courted the old-fashioned way. However you got your Soldier, welcome to military life! First piece of advice learn to take the good with the bad; just like with anything else in life. The days are long - usually starting about 4:30 a.m. (oops! That s 0430 for the military folks.); and ending about 1800 (that s 6 p.m. for the nonmilitary folks). The Soldier could be assigned to additional duties like staff duty (that s 24 hour on-call at the Soldier s place of duty); or police call/ post police (this is not law enforcement, this means the Soldier has to clean up garbage some inconsiderate person threw all over the place); or perhaps being volunteered ( volun-told is what I like to call it) to be in a parade on the weekend; or even better, your Soldier is in charge of other Soldiers e.g. Team ins and outs of running the Family, and how to be both parents while your spouse is away, said Jackson. According to Jackson she was well aware of the role of the military spouse before marrying her husband in I was lucky to be aware of what it meant to be a military spouse, because I came from a Military Family, said Jackson. It is a hard truth, but the key to understand, is that your spouse s job takes precedence. At times your spouse s service to the Military has to come before yourself and your Family, because they are serving to protect our nation s freedoms. Being a military spouse is not all about sacrifice and hardship. It is also about the camaraderie you feel with fellow military Families, according to Jackson. The good times really do outweigh the difficult times as a military spouse. Whether it is meeting new Soldiers or Family members, traveling all over the country or even the globe, or the camaraderie you feel with fellow military Families; it is really a fantastic life, said Jackson. Jackson a new Family Readiness Group leader, stated, she volunteered because getting other spouses involved within the unit is important and is one of the greatest life lines of support during deployment. Getting involved in your FRG is very important; whether it is for information or just a social outlet. The FRG is really a great way to carry on with your life while your loved one is deployed, said Jackson. I really encourage the spouses to get involved with their loved one s unit FRG. It is a great way to meet new people and Families that are going through much of the same issues that your Family might be. According to Jackson, the key to successfully weathering a deployment for a military spouse is to know where to find answers for questions that might come up while your spouse is away, and learning how to keep yourself busy. Dwelling on your spouse being away, just watching the TV for potentially bad news is not the way to weather a deployment. The best thing a spouse can do is get familiar with the services that are offered for them and their Family, whether it is taking advantage of the Child Youth Services, continuing your own education through the education center or just seeing all that the Army Community Services has to offer, there are plenty of outlets to not only better yourself and your Family during and between potential deployments, said Jackson. Today starts National Military Spouses Appreciation Month! that the Military lifestyle can be as challenging as it is rewarding! Those who are a part of this significant group understand that they are appreciated. Military spouses serve for different reasons, but one trait every successful spouse has in common is their perspective of the military life as a unique adventure! In this adventure, they get the singular opportunity to establish lifelong friendships with people from around the globe. Quite often, when they relocate, they can be reuniting with friends! At each new duty station, spouses can find a military group called Family Readiness Groups, commonly referred to as the FRG. The primary goals of the FRG is to provide assistance to spouses and Soldiers. And that is a key strength of being in the military: working together in a tight-knit community! You won t find that so easily in the civilian sector! Standing behind every successful Soldier are strong spouses and FRGs! As a single Soldier, I witnessed the weight of this profound truth firsthand! At my unit, the military spouses in our unit FRG are always thinking of new ways to help Soldiers. My favorite FRG experience was when my platoon received packages down range from our FRG! Since my return from deployment, the FRG has held organizational days, which allow Family Members to gather with their Soldiers and experience some of the activities a taste of their daily work lives. I always look forward to these events because they allow me to kick back and enjoy spending time with my co-workers and their Families, such as my friend, the military spouse with whom I enjoy exercise. And, almost as important, the food at the organizational Days is to die for! Be a walking, talking resource! Sharing knowledge is empowering Leader, Platoon Sergeant. Their obligations do not stop just because they left the unit at 1700 (5 p.m.). Then you have to get use to the Soldier leaving for field problems (and that doesn t mean tilling or planting any ground; it s when they go live on the ground in tents for several days at a time). Then the Soldier may leave for military-related training like Warrior Leaders Course (WLC) or the National Training Center (NTC) in California (that s where your Soldier goes to play war before going to war). And of course, the deployments that last nine to twelve months in Iraq, Afghanistan, or some other country. However, Mr. or Mrs. Spouse, you want to look at long days and separations as a part of the package. It s your lifestyle now, and for all involved it is better for you to embrace this and support your Soldier, rather than throw hissy fits every time your Soldier texts you Gonna be late tonight, Baby, or comes home with the news of yet another We re leaving soon for (You fill in the blank). So before entertaining packing up and going home to momma, consider the resources that are available to you. Consider talking to the Soldier s Unit Chaplain, Battalion Chaplain, or Post Chaplain? Did you know the Main Post Chapel has Family Life Ministries? Reach them at (912) or The Chaplain s website is army.mil/chaplain/chaplain.asp. On that site, there is a Spouse s Battlemind Training and a Deployed Family Guide. There is also Army Community Services (ACS) at (912) (Ft. Stewart) and (912) (Hunter). ACS has the Family Advocacy Program and Resiliency classes, among other things. In addition, there are the Military Family Life Consultants (MFLCs), who will come to you free of charge with no mandatory reporting to your Soldier s chain of command. You can reach them through ACS for the phone numbers specific to your Soldier s brigade or see their information on mil/acs/mflc.asp. And finally, for you spouses who are new to the military or new to Stewart- Hunter - might I empower you to check out the Welcome Packet on the Team Stewart website at mil under the NEWCOMERS link. No computer at home? The Fort Stewart library has them and so does ACS. Let me remind you if you honor your commitment to each other plus respect the commitment your Soldier made to the military, then using your unique circumstances as an identifier to walk away would not be an option. Yes, long days stink! Yes, deployments wreak havoc on our relationships! But dig deep! In battle, would losing be an option? I say NOT! Because the moment you chose to lose will be the moment you may not come home. Embrace your unique role as a military spouse. Know that you and your Soldier are not the ordinary married couple. Remember why you married your Soldier. Reconsider the benefits of being a military spouse: pride of serving this country (yes, Mr. or Mrs. Spouse, you serve too!); camaraderie (relating to other military spouses who likely have a testimony of similar circumstances, but they survived); medical and dental (who can say they get mostly free healthcare and prescriptions?); shopping (the commissary and PX are tax-free, clean, reasonably priced, and convenient); and the time off is the best policy ever! There is time off for appointments, federal holidays, training holidays, DONSA days when there are no holidays, regular leave, block leave, and convalescent leave when medically needed, as well as leave if a new baby arrives (these last two are non-chargeable to the Soldier s 2.5 leave days earned a month). Stay tuned for next week s article How to know if you re truly informed learning what your Soldier knows. Gaining knowledge is empowering and sharing that knowledge is even more empowering. Spouse to spouse, Soldier to Soldier, command to Soldier and spouse, civilian to Soldier and spouse we should obligate ourselves to pass the torch of information. As I impart what I have learned and observed over the last 15 years as a Soldier and a military spouse, but now as a military spouse and government civilian, I hope I ignite a Pay-it-forward attitude in all who reads this so we all can be contributors, not hindrances to a more sound military community. 3RD INFANTRY DIVISION COMMANDER, SENIOR COMMANDER FS/HAAF MAJ. GEN. ROBERT "ABE" ABRAMS USAG FS/HAAF COMMANDER COL. KEVIN W. MILTON HUNTER ARMY AIRFIELD COMMANDER LT. COL. EDWARD A. KOVALESKI Write a letter to the editor! Send to: The Frontline Attn: The Frontline, Editor 112 Vilseck Rd., Suite 109 Fort Stewart, Ga or to: or fax it to (912) visit The C 2010 Frontline 112 Vilseck Rd., Suite 109 Building 419 Ft. Stewart, Ga ADVERTISING: (912) THE Frontline OFFICE: Hunter News Bureau: rd ID PAO Lt. Col. Ben Garrett 3rd ID NCOIC Master Sgt. Jennifer Yancey 3rd ID staff writer Sgt. Robert Schaffner 3rd ID staff writer Sgt. Uriah Walker 1st HBCT NCOIC Staff Sgt. 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5 Rock of the Marne May 3, 2012 The Frontline 5A Holocaust Survivor visits Ft. Stewart Spc. Rochelle Krueger 3rd Sustainment Brigade The 3rd Sustainment Brigade, Third Infantry Division, hosted Fort Stewart s Days of Remembrance observation April 25 at Club Stewart. The keynote speaker was Benjamin Hirsch, a Holocaust survivor born in Frankfurtam Main, Germany. He is a United States Army Veteran that I could probably use in the 3rd Sustainment Brigade because he was an ammo handler and a truck driver, said Col. Ron Novack, the 3rd Sustainment Brigade commander. Hirsch was only 6 years old when his mother sent him with four older siblings on a Kindertransport to Paris, France for their safety. Kindertransport was a rescue mission that occurred just before World War II broke out. The mission saved just about 10,000 Jewish children by carting them to children s homes, foster homes, and other places out of the reach of the German Army. Hirsch and his siblings were separated for a short while, but all five of the children ended up safely in Atlanta, Ga., where they all met up and sought out their parents and two younger siblings, whom they found out were not able to make it through the Holocaust alive. He volunteered for the draft in 1953, serving three years with multiple MOS s during the Korean War. Once getting out of the military, he graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology s School of Architecture in He is still a practicing architect, and has received three national design awards. Soldiers, Civilians, and Families from across the Third Infantry Division attended the event. I am here because I think it is important to preserve the heritage of any culture who has suffered, said Ashley Wetzler, a Family member with the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd ID, who attended the event with her 5-year-old daughter. I think it s important for [3rd ID] to do [events] like this because too many of our youth aren t aware of anything that s going on in history. I think it s important for [my daughter] to learn the strength of character that these people have. I think it s important for her to learn the caring for others that these people have and for her to be able to embody those things as she grows older. After the ceremony Col. Novack presented Mr. Hirsch with certificates on behalf of the 3rd ID. Photo by Spc. Rochelle Krueger Holocaust survivor, Benjamin Hirsch, speaks to the 3rd ID April 25 at Club Stewart about his life.. To the right of him are the candles which were lit moments before to honor of the six million Jews who were murdered during the Holocaust. The seventh candle was lit to represent those non-jews who has also lost their lives. The Marne Division retires 10 Soldiers Spc. Rocehlle Krueger Soldiers of 3rd ID, along with their Family Members, were honored for their selfless duty and sacrifice in the monthly retirement ceremony, April 26 at Club Stewart. Duty... Family... Future... words of inspiration given to them as they completed over 200 years of service, over 20 combat tours, and 100 years of marriage amongst the retirees. Spc. Rochelle Krueger 3rd Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs Ten Dog-faced Soldiers from across the Third Infantry Division were honored during a post-wide retirement ceremony April 26 at the Club Stewart. Colonel Ron Novack, commander of the 3rd Sustainment Brigade, 3rd ID, hosted the ceremony on behalf of the 3rd ID and issued this statement. Today these outstanding Soldiers share one common bond. They stepped forward and volunteered to join the Army and served their country honorably for 20 years or more during a time in our history when our country needed them the most, said Col. Novack. We will forever be indebted for their contributions, sacrifices, and selfless-service that they and their Families have given to our country and our Army. Collectively, the Soldiers have a total of 224 years of service, 23 combat tours, and 100 years of marriage. Colonel Novack has three inspiring words for these Soldiers: Duty, Family, and Future. They all answered their calling, a calling of duty, he said. They could have chosen a lesser career path but they didn t. All of them dutifully fulfilled their obligation to this great country. He continued, Their Families have made sacrifices by ways of multiple PCS moves, missed birthdays, anniversaries, children s first days of schools and countless separations caused by field duty, JRTC, NTC, and multiple deployments because of OIF and OEF. Despite this, these Soldiers know there is no greater love than securing their future and the future of their Family.
6 6A The Frontline May 3, rd Infantry Division Soldiers build huge fuel farm during Raider Focus Staff Sgt. Christopher Blakeslee 1HBCT Public Affairs Soldiers from Company A, 3rd Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, Third Infantry Division, gazed upon a massive 120,000 gallon fuel farm system they just completely built and tested as part of Raider Focus, April 19, near Faro Airfield. While fuel farms are not new to the Army, they are somewhat new to Fort Stewart and the Soldiers of the Marne Division while in the field. As far as I know this is the first operational fuel farm to be built from scratch here on Fort Stewart, said a proud Staff Sgt Acevedo Luis, a squad leader assigned to Co. A, 3rd BSB, 1HBCT, 3rd ID. While the Soldiers of Co. A, 3rd BSB took point on this grand project, many other units worked in collaboration with Company A to make this a mission success story. There were 29 Soldiers from Company A who set up and did the leg work to build this fuel farm, added Staff Sgt. Luis. We had engineer support to level the ground, and Solders from Company B, 3rd BSB, tested the fuel lines along with many more additional units providing much needed support. With the first gate valve open, the smell of petroleum begins to fill the air. As the first of the six 20,000 gallon holding bags begin to fill with diesel fuel, smiles begin to spread across the faces of each Soldier of the Ready to Roll battalion with the realization that they just accomplished something great. Minehound sniff s out explosives at Fort Stewart Staff Sgt. Christopher Blakeslee 1HBCT Public Affairs Photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Blakeslee Staff Sergeant Acevedo Luis, a squad leader assigned to Co. A, 3rd BSB, 1HBCT, 3rd ID, opens a gate valve on a huge 120,000 gallon fuel farm system his unit built from the ground up, April 19. Soldiers across the 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team recently had an opportunity to train with the Army s newest minesweeping equipment, the Minehound, with the Asymmetrical Warfare Group and Division Engineers, which provided a 40-hour block of instruction at Evans Army Airfield and a practical application exercise at Training Area B-2, April This new detector is set to replace the older minesweeper with advancements in its ground penetrating radar. The Minehound expands the abilities of Engineers and Explosive Ordinance Disposal units by providing the Soldiers with the capabilities to detect underground mass and metallic objects simultaneously using new, advanced technology. The Minehound uses ground penetrating radar (GPR), said Spc. Ellis Branch, a combat engineer assigned to Co. C, 1/3 Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, Third Infantry Division. We now have the ability to find plastic type explosives with little metal content. In addition to adding modern state-of-the art technology to this detector, the Mindhound is lighter than its predecessor because of its carbon fiber composition. The carbon fiber composition is lighter than our previous detector, added Sgt. 1st Class. James Booth, a platoon sergeant assigned to Co. C, 1/3 BSTB, 1HBCT, 3rd ID. Soldiers can now conduct minesweeping operations for longer periods of time with fatigue taking much longer to set in. With this new, lightweight modern detector, Soldiers may have leveled the playing field with the improvised explosive devices used on today s battlefield. Photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Blakeslee Specialist Ellis Branch, Co. C., 1/3 BSTB,1HBCT, 3rd ID, uses the Minehound mine detector system, during a certification course, April 24. THINK ABOUT THE POWER OF THAT. THE POWER OF iwatch ARMY. See Something Say Something SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY REPORTING
7 Rock of the Marne Installation Legal staff takes time to celebrate Law Day Photos by Jennifer Scales National Law Day, May 1, was recognized and celebrated by the Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield Office of the Staff Judge Advocate. Guest speaker for the event was the Honorable Edward Tarver, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia. Mr. Tarver is the Executive Branch representative for this area and is one of only 93 U.S. Attorneys appointed by the President of the United States. After his speech reflecting upon the Law Day Theme, "No Courts, No Justice, No Freedom", to the attorneys and para-legals, Mr. Tarver was presented with a special momento by Col. Randy Bagwell, the Staff Judge Advocate for Stewart-Hunter. May 3, 2012 JUSTICE SERVED Courts-Martial: Male, 1HBCT, pled guilty to two charges of desertion and three charges of AWOL; sentenced to 8 months confinement, 2/3 forfeiture of all pay and allowances for 8 months, reduction to E-1, and a Bad Conduct Discharge. Male, 2HBCT, convicted of aggravated sexual assault of a child and two counts of sodomy with a child; sentenced to 15 months confinement, reduction to E-1, and a Bad Conduct Discharge. U.S. District Court: Male, civilian, pled guilty to DUI and speeding; sentenced to 30 days confinement, $900 fine, and $35 in fees. DUI (less safe) and failure to dim headlights dismissed. Male, civilian, convicted of criminal trespass, theft of government property (alcohol from AAFES), providing false information to a law enforcement officer; sentenced to 90 days confinement and ordered to pay $ in restitution and $45 in fees. The Frontline 7A Female, civilian, pled guilty to criminal trespass; sentenced to $100 fine, 20 hours community service, and $10 fee. Male, civilian, pled guilty to possession of a marijuana and DUI (less safe); sentenced to 10 days confinement, $1100 fine, 40 hours community service, 12 months probation, and $50 fee. Criminal trespass dismissed. Male, civilian, pled guilty to possession of unprescribed Percocet; sentenced to $500 fine and 12 months probation. Male, civilian, pled guilty to criminal trespass; sentenced to 60 days confinement, $200 fine, and $10 in fees. Charges for contributing to the deprivation of minors were dismissed. Male, civilian, pled guilty to resisting and interfering with arrest, criminal trespass, and possession/consumption of alcohol by a minor; sentenced to $800 in fines, 12 months probation, and $60 in fines. LEGAL NOTICE Anyone having claims against, or who is indebted to the estate of Sgt. Tanner Higgins, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Hunter Army Airfield, GA 31409, please contact Capt. Thomas Morgan, Hunter Army Airfield, GA 31409, at
8 8A The Frontline May 3, 2012 Presidential Visit 3rd Infantry Division Rock of the Marne Presidential Visit May 3, 2012 The Frontline 9A POTUS, First Lady speak with Marne community President takes action to protect service member education benefits Sgt. Mary S. Katzenberger 4IBCTPublic Affairs The roar of more than 10,000 Dog Face Soldiers, Family Members and members of the Marne Division s community rose above the melody of "Hail to the Chief" to announce the arrival of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle to Fort Stewart, April 27. The event marked the first appearance of a president on Marne Division soil in almost 10 years; President George W. Bush visited the installation in 2003 to present the Presidential Unit Citation to the division for its role in the military campaign in Iraq that ended the reign of former dictator Saddam Hussein. After thanking Soldiers and their Families for their sacrifices in this era of conflict, the First Lady said she and the President are continuing their campaign to ensure veterans are never forgotten. I want you to know that America does have your backs, Michelle Obama said. We re going to keep on working every day to serve all of you as well as you have served this country. I know that your service doesn t end when you hang up your uniform. For so many of you, your whole life is a tour of duty, and as you become leaders in our communities and continue to give back to our country, you keep serving. The First Lady said she and the President were prepared to show their and the nation s gratitude, with action. Before signing an executive order targeting the bad actors in the higher education industry who have used aggressive and deceptive tactics to fleece money from veterans, the President fired up the crowd by sharing his appreciation for the Dog Face Soldiers who have, and who continue to play a pivotal role in the nation s security. You have performed heroically in some of the most dangerous places on earth, President Obama declared to the troops assembled before him. You have done everything that has been asked of you, and more. The President said Dog Face Soldiers have earned a special place in the nation s history and that future generations will speak of their achievements. They ll speak of how the Third Infantry Division s Thunder Run into Baghdad signaled the end of a dictatorship and how you brought Iraq back from the brink of civil war, President Obama said. They ll speak of you and your service in Afghanistan and in the fight against al-qaeda. History will remember what you did, and so will we we will remember the profound sacrifices that you have made in these wars. The Commander in Chief harkened back to the generation of returning World War II veterans who attended college in droves thanks to a grateful nation who supported and created the original GI Bill. President Obama said it hasn t been as easy for today s veterans returning to the civilian world. Obama expressed that while most higher learning insti- President tutions provide quality educational services to service members and veterans, there are some institutions who have used the creation of the Post 9/11 GI Bill to swindle and hoodwink Soldiers out of their benefits. The Commander in Chief said the executive order he would be signing was designed to change the way higher learning institution s conduct business with veterans, beginning with requiring that the institution s present clear, accurate information about program requirements and cost. Furthermore, the President said, the executive order would require that schools provide enhanced They ll speak of how the Third Infantry Division s Thunder Run into Baghdad signaled the end of a dictatorship. President Barack Obama Commander in Chief counseling services to service members and veterans, to ensure they can remain on clear degree paths throughout and after their military careers. Finally, the President said, the executive order would put an end to dishonest recruiting by higher learning institutions, and would increase the government s oversight of improper recruitment practices. Your generation the 9/11 generation has written one of the greatest chapters of military service that America has ever seen, but I know that for many of you a new chapter is unfolding, President Obama said. The war in Iraq is over; the transition in Afghanistan is under way. Many of our troops are coming home, back to civilian life, and as [they] return I know that [they re] looking for new jobs and new ways to serve this great country of ours. Those of you who want to pursue a higher education and learn new skills deserve that opportunity, the President continued. Higher education is the clearest path to the middle class that s progress. We ve got to make sure you ve got every tool you need to make an informed decision when it comes to picking a school. At the beginning of the ceremony, Sgt. Johnnie E. Marshall, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2-3 Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd ID, told the crowd his story about his struggle to find a higher learning institution that would take his education seriously. The Soldier stood by the President s side as the Commander in Chief sat at an official desk and signed the executive order into action. I m thankful the president and the First Lady are here to address this issue, Sgt. Marshall said. I m glad they are taking action. President Obama and the First Lady ended their visit by shaking hands with the Soldiers and Family Members they promised to continue to serve. See page 15A for additional photos Photo by Master Sgt. Rhonda Lawson, 3rd Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs ABOVE President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle speak with Soldiers and Family Members during a visit at Fort Stewart, Ga., April 27. Photo by Sgt. Luke Rollins, 3rd CAB Public Affairs BELOW First Lady Michelle Obama signs autographs during the presidential visit to Stewart, April 27. President Barack Obama and Michelle spoke with Soldiers and Family Members. Photo by Allison McCalla, Family Member BELOW President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle step down from the platform after signing the executive order and speaking with the Marne community at Fort Stewart, April 27. Courtesy Photo President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama pay their respect to the Fallen 3rd ID Soldiers at Fort Stewart's Warrior Walk during their visit to Fort Stewart, April 27. Photo by Jimmy McSalters, MVISC ABOVE President Barack Obama signs an executive order protecting service member education benefits at Fort Stewart, Ga., April 27. Photo by Jimmy McSalters, MVISC President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle leave 3rd ID after speaking with Soldiers and Family Members at Fort Stewart, Ga., April 27.
9 10A The Frontline May 3, rd Infantry Division Vanguard Soldiers certify as Raven operators Sgt. Mary S. Katzenberger 4IBCT Public Affairs Ten Vanguard Soldiers were certified as unmanned aerial vehicle operators, April 27, after attending a two-week course on Fort Stewart, Ga., offered by a mobile training team from Fort Benning, Ga. The Soldiers, from 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Third Infantry Division, learned how to conduct pre-flight checks, in-flight maneuvering and recovery of the Raven RQ-11 B, a low altitude and lightweight, remote-controlled UAV designed to transmit reconnaissance imagery to a ground control unit through a digital data link. Sergeant Patrick R. Kujawa, a Michigan native and a cavalry scout with Troop A, 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd ID, said the course fully prepared him to operate and troubleshoot the UAV. He added that UAVs are an asset to commanders on the battlefield. It definitely gives the commander a good view of what s going on on the battlefield, Sgt. Kujawa said. It can help him plan for missions and see ahead before we actually send our units out there to conduct operations. Staff Sergeant Ryan Haws, the senior Raven instructor for the MTT, said in addition to basic operation, the Soldiers learned how to use the UAV to conduct route reconaissance, battle damage assessments and enemy surveillance. Vanguard engineers prove themselves best sappers in Marne Division Courtesy photo First Lieutenant Matthew M. Fletcher, with Co. A, 4-3 BSTB, 4IBCT, 3rd ID, takes part in the 2012 Best Sapper Competition at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. His team placed 23rd out of the 38 teams who competed, and placed sixth against other engineer sapper teams. Photo by Sgt. Mary S. Katzenberger Specialist Jared M. McGill, a military policeman with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4-3 Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4IBCT, 3rd ID, attaches the tail fin to a Raven RQ-11 B unmanned aerial vehicle, while Spc. Thomas J. Frato, a water treatment specialist with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 703rd Brigade Support Battalion, 4th IBCT, holds the body, April 26, during a two-week training course on Fort Stewart. Ten Vanguard Soldiers were certified to operate the surveillance devices. Sgt. Mary S. Katzenberger 4IBCT Public Affairs Two Vanguard engineers braved the six-phase, more than 50-hour long 2012 Best Sapper Competition, April 19-21, at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., to prove themselves the top sappers in the Marne Division. The team, comprising of 1st Lt. Matthew Fletcher and Sgt. Steven Wagner, with Company A, 4-3 Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Third Infantry Division, placed 23rd out of the 38 teams who competed, and placed sixth against other engineer sapper teams from brigade combat teams. First Lieutenant Fletcher said he is proud of the physical and mental challenges he and Wagner overcame in the competition after having only begun training for the event the month before. [The competition] was definitely tough and challenging, First Lieutenant Fletcher said. It was good because of the fact that it pushed us to our limits physically, [and] it was also good because of the fact that it tested all of our engineering skills. We had to incorporate everything from Army demolitions to call for fire, to your basic maneuver operations. While 1st Lt. Fletcher said he attended Sapper School in 2009, the executive officer said there were tasks in the competition he wouldn t have been able to accomplish if Sgt. Wagner hadn t been by his side. I couldn t have done the competition without him, 1st Lt. Fletcher said. He was definitely a huge asset because of the fact that we pretty much pinged off each other [and] worked together. First Lieutenant Fletcher said Wagner definitely earned his admission into Sapper School, which he is slated to attend with the team s alternate member, Sgt. Joshua Morse, at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., beginning today.
10 Rock of the Marne May 3, 2012 The Frontline 11A Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield Briefs SHARP Hotline available Have you or do you know someone who has been sexually harassed or assaulted? If so, call the SHARP HOTLINE at at Fort Stewart and at Hunter Army Airfield to get the help you need. We are here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Standard for Marne Message requests Only command-directed messages and MWR events and announcements are included in MARNE Messages. Attachments cannot be included in Marne Messages. Send your requests for Marne Messages to Use civilian times in your announcements. STEWART Red Cross youth Summer program opens The Red Cross is seeking agencies to participate in the nine-week Fort Stewart Youth Program. The program is dedicated to fostering meaningful relationships among youth and providing youth with opportunities for raising funds, educating the community around them, and supporting humanitarian efforts. If your agency is interested, contact Karen Bell, youth chairman; army.mil; or call Please provide us with the number of youth your agency can use, and brief job description no later than May 10. Supply activity closes for inventory The DOL Supply Support Activity at Fort Stewart will be closed Wednesday through May 11 for annual wall-to-wall inventory. Only emergency walk through requests will be processed. For additional information contact Mr. Kary Jenkins at AER Campaign continues The campaign runs through May 15. Help support AER, which is the Army s own emergency financial assistance organization that provides interest-free loans or grants to active-duty Soldiers and retirees, single or married, and Family Members as well as surviving spouses and orphans of Soldiers who died while on active duty, or after they have retired. AER donations are essential to promote the continued success of assisting service members in time of emergencies and crisis. This year s goal at Stewart-Hunter is $250,000. For more information or to make a contribution, please contact Randy Knox at at Stewart or Janie Smith at at Hunter. MCSS announces new hours Beginning June 4, the Military Clothing Sales Stores at Fort Stewart and Hunter will be closed on Sundays. The new hours of operation will be as follows: Fort Stewart Monday Friday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday: Closed Hunter Monday Friday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday: Closed HUNTER EAP training offered Employee Assistance Program training is scheduled 9 to 10 a.m., May 15, for Hunter Garrison Civilian Employees at the Hunter Theater, Building The EAP training can be used towards an employee's two-hour MANDATORY ASAP training requirement, per AR All civilian employees are required two hours of ASAP Substance Abuse Prevention education. The EAP for supervisor's training will be held 1 to 2:30 p.m., May 17, at HAAF Soldier and Family Service Center, Building 1286, Room 167. For more information call Vacation Bible School volunteers needed Assistants are needed for this year's Vacation Bible School, held on Hunter Army Airfield from June June between the hours of 9 a.m. to noon. Classes will be held inside of the Hunter Post Chapel and Religious Education Center. The theme of this year's VBS is "Amazing Wonders: Encountering God's Awesome Power." For more information or to volunteer, call the HAAF Director of Religious Education at Smoothie bar special offered at Tominac Every Thursday afternoon, come to "Thirsty Thursday" at the Smoothie Bar located inside of Tominac Fitness Center, building 919, where you get $1 off any smoothie. Enjoy something refreshing while you exercise. For more information, call May Dining Facility operating hours at Fort Stewart: NOTICE: For the month of May, holiday meal hours are in affect for all weekends and May 11, 14, 25, and 28. Vanguard DFAC will be closed after the lunch meal on May for monthly insect spraying. Except for the dates listed above, Raider (Bldg. 642), Legion (Bldg. 207), Spartan (Bldg. 512), and Vanguard (Bldg. 8439) will be open for weekday breakfast and lunch meals. All DFACs with the exception of Legion will be open for the weekday dinner meal, Monday - Thursday. Weekend/holiday open DFAC's including the Friday dinner meal are Legion and Vanguard. Weekday Meal Hours: Breakfast - 7:30 to 9 a.m.; Lunch 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Dinner 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday Meal Hours: Raider: Breakfast 5 to 6:30 a.m.; Spartan: Breakfast 5 to 6:30 a.m.; Vanguard: Breakfast, 5:30 to 7 a.m.; Legion: Breakfast 6 to 8 a.m. All DFACs serve meals during the following hours: Lunch noon to 1:30 p.m.; Dinner 4 to 5:30 p.m. Weekend and holiday meal hours begin with the dinner meal on the last working day of the week. Brunch 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Supper 5 to 6:30 p.m. Hunter Army Airfield Dining Facility hours for the month of May: Hunter Dining Facility (Bldg. 110): Weekday Meal Hours: Breakfast 7:45 to 9:15 a.m.; Lunch 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.; Dinner 4:30 to 6 p.m. Friday Meal Hours: Breakfast 5:30 to 7 a.m. and 8 to 9:30 a.m.; Lunch 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.; Dinner 4:30 to 6 p.m. Weekend and Holiday Meal Hours: Brunch 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Supper 4 to 5:30 p.m.
11 12A The Frontline May 3, rd Infantry Division Access Control remains first line of security Paul Tanguay, DASG Captain Directorate of Emergency Services As you arrive at the front gate, from picking up Family at the airport on what seems to be a normal day, you notice out of the corner of your eye a bit of a commotion in the traffic lane just to your left. You are inquisitive by nature, so you ask the guard what all the hoopla is about. The guard states they were conducting a routine random anti-terrorism check and found several items of interest in the vehicle. You are alarmed at what could have happen especially, on a military installation. You ask where the individual was heading, the guard politely stated he could not tell you, so you leave the gate and head for your home in post housing. Later that evening as you tuned into the news there was a small story about the incident at the gate. The news anchor states there was an individual apprehended while planning an act of rage against a military member or dependent. You are thankful for the guards at the gates as they act as the first line of security. Most people entering the installation take for granted or may even find it a hassle when they have to be checked at the gates. You on the other hand, are counting your blessings, as the Department of Army Security Guards are working at the gates and are the first line of security. They are doing this by providing safety and security for all operating on and living within the confines of the installation. You might ask why at times it takes so long or why they are asking to see certain identification. At times the wait can be attributed to those requesting entry who fail to have their identification ready as they arrive and have to either fish through their wallets to produce the proper identification. It may also be due to peak traffic times. The guards are always verifying the validity of everyone entering as well as ensuring those same people drive with all proper documentation and identification. Another job the guard has is to make sure the vehicle is properly insured and registered and the operator is licensed. This ensures the safety and security of the roadways within the installation. The next time you have Family or friends visiting, you can stand tall and proud knowing their safety and security will be in the very capable hands of the DASG. Stewart-Hunter traffic violations March 14 Pfc. Carter, James; Co. E, 2/3rd Avn Failure to Stop at Posted Stop Sign, Markwell St HAAF 4 points Sgt. Jackson, Brittney N.; USAG Speeding 29/15 MPH, Gannam Ave HAAF 4 points March 15 Spc. Williams, Christopher; Co. B, 603rd ASB Failure to Obey TCD, Leonard Neal St HAAF 4 points Capt. Campbell, Christopher; HHC, 2/3rd Avn Failure to Stop at Posted Stop Sign, Haley Ave/ Middleground Rd HAAF 4 points Staff Sgt. Naughton, Joseph; Co. A, 224th MI Failure to Stop at Posted Stop Sign, Neal Blvd HAAF 4 points Spc. Reynante, Daniel S.; 2-3 BSTB Failure to Obey TCD, Frank Cochran Dr/Bultman Ave Sgt. Twitty, Braccus B.; Trp. C, 3/7th Cav Failure to Obey TCD, Frank Cochran Dr/Italy St March 16 Sgt. Clark, Patrick B.; Co. A, 703rd BSB Speeding 59/45 MPH on 144E MM #11 Sgt. Jenkins, Devin; 4/3rd BSTB Speeding 71/55 MPH on 144E MM #19 FS 5 points Sgt. Cruz, Benito; 92nd Eng. Bn. Speeding 69/55 MPH on 119N MM #1 Sgt. Antonio, Ivy; MEDDAC Speeding 50/35 MPH at GA47/Lorraine Ave Spc. Schmit, Paige; DENTAC Speeding 51/35 MPH on 144E MM #10 FS 5 points Pfc. Levien, Joseph; 546th MP Co Speeding 62/45 MPH on 144E MM #12 FS 5 points 2nd Lt. Kelleher, Corey; 5/7th Cav. Speeding 50/35 MPH at GA47/Lorraine Ave Spc. Duran, Rogelio; 3rd BSB, 3rd SB Speeding 51/35 MPH on 144E MM #10 FS 5 points Pfc. Liusa, Savan; 1/41St.FA Bn. Speeding 51/35 MPH on 144E MM #11 FS 5 points March 19 Sgt. Westerman, Cole; HHC, 1/75th Rgr Speeding 35/20 MPH on Perimeter Rd HAAF 4 points March 20 Spc. Bradley, Jason W.; Co. F, 2/7th Inf. Bn. Speeding 28/20 MPH at Habersham St/Davis Ave FS 3 points Spc. Davis, Dexter I.; 2-3 BSTB Speeding 34/20 MPH at Habersham St/Davis Ave Spc. Morgan, Chad G.; Co. B, 26th BSB Speeding 38/20 MPH at Habersham St/Davis Ave FS 5 points Spc. McGrath, James A.; Co. B, 2/7th Inf. Bn. Speeding 28/20 MPH on Habersham St/Davis Ave FS 3 points Spc. Irizarry, Jonathan; Co. E, 1/3rd Avn Speeding 41/30 MPH on N Perimeter Rd HAAF 4 points Pfc. Havard, Joseph A., 135th QM, 3rd SB Speeding 30/15 MPH at Habersham St/Davis Ave Pfc. Gomes, Austin A.; 87th CSSB, 3rd SB Speeding 35/20 MPH at Habersham St/Davis Ave Pfc. Ussery, Dionanndre C.; 3/69th AR Bn. Speeding 33/20 MPH at Habersham St/Davis Ave March 21 Pfc. Coffing, Christopher; Co. A, 3/69th AR Bn. Speeding 28/20 MPH at Habersham St/Davis Ave FS 3 points Pfc. Dasher, Justin; 1-3rd BSTB Speeding 31/20 MPH at Habersham St/Davis Ave Sgt. Jefferson, Joseph; 3rd STB Speeding 30/20 MPH at Habersham St/Davis Ave FS 3 points Pfc. Rye, Eric; 3/69th AR Bn. Speeding 33/20 MPH at Habersham St/Davis Ave Pfc. Sawera, Jonathan; 5/7th Cav. Speeding 34/20 MPH at Habersham St/Davis Ave Maj. Patnode, Brian; WTU Speeding 28/20 MPH at Habersham St/Davis Ave FS 3 points Sgt. Schelker, Richard; 92nd Eng. Bn. Speeding 29/20 MPH at Habersham St/Davis Ave FS 3 points Spc. Juarez, Phillip; 92nd Eng. Bn. Speeding 34/20 MPH at Habersham St/Davis Ave Pfc. Miranda, Figueroa; 226th QM Speeding 39/30 MPH at Harmon Ave/E 15th St FS 3 points
12 Rock of the Marne May 3, 2012 The Frontline Providers stay SHARP on sexual assault, harassment Photo by Spc. Ro Krueger Spc. Rochelle Krueger 3rd Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs Proactivity against sexual assault has always been a top priority for the 3rd Sustainment Brigade, Third Infantry Division, and when looking at the latest Department of Defense statistics, it s easy to see why. The DOD s 2011 fiscal year report on sexual assault in the military revealed that there has been a steady increase within the last decade in reports of sexual assault. Last year alone, approximately 3,192 reports were made in all of the U.S. military, with 2,500 coming from the Army, alone. To combat these statistics, the 3rd Sustainment Brigade s newly appointed Sexual Harassment and Response Prevention representative, Sgt. 1st Class Denise Alloway, is trying new things to get the message across that sexual harassment and sexual assault are not acceptable for the Providers. I want every member of this brigade to know who I am and that they can come to me for help or assistance, she said. The Soldiers need to understand the restricted vs. unrestricted reporting procedures. It seems like many still do not understand it. To help increase this knowledge, Sgt. 1st Class Alloway incorporated a number of sexual assault scenarios into the brigade s Mission Readiness Exercise held earlier this month. Additionally, she worked skits performed by selected Providers into her SHARP classes. The skits are scenarios that have or could happen in our workplace, said Sgt. 1st Class Alloway. They allow the Soldiers to see in person verses just reading it on a slide. This provokes questions and makes the Soldiers realize that it does happen. Select members of the 3rd Sustainment Brigade were given four different scenarios with scripts to perform in front of the Brigade. The skit members demonstrated both verbal and physical sexual harassment that can happen in Soldiers day-to-day interactions, followed by a discussion on how to intervene so it will not escalate to sexual harassment/assault and create animosity within the unit, as part of the I.A.M. Strong campaign to build an environment of strong bonds and trust within units. The skits opened their eyes and 13A put answers in their heads about what to do if they run into a situation like that, said Spc. Dionndra Harris, a shower/laundry and clothing repair specialist assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Sustainment Bde., and one of the skit members. Now they are empowered on what to do if they find themselves in a situation like that. Although the skits may be just a small step in the right direction, it is Sgt. 1st Class Alloway s hope that each Soldier will do his or her part in stopping sexual harassment and sexual assault in the workplace. If Soldiers intervene before anything happens, it will promote unit cohesiveness, said Sgt. 1st Class Alloway. Then I know we are doing our part as leaders to keep our Soldiers safe. Soldiers can find Sgt. 1st Class Alloway on the second floor of the 3rd Sustainment Brigade headquarters, located on the corner of Gulick Avenue and 18th Street. There are cards being made that will be available throughout the companies of the Brigade that have her contact information. Sergeant Victor Tarin and Spc. Dionndra Harris, Support Operations Office for 3rd Sustainment Brigade, 3rd ID, act out a skit about sexual harassment in the Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention training at Moon Theater. The skits allow Soldiers to see possible real-life situations which allow them to identify situations which they can intervene and take preventative action. Concern, recognition at AASU forum Randy C. Murray Frontline Contributor Representative Jack Kingston, R-Ga., headlined the fourth annual Veterans Services Forum April 16 at Armstrong Atlantic State University s Armstrong Center. The event began with a moment of silence in remembrance of Ranger Staff Sgt. Tanner Higgins, 1st Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, who was killed April 14 in action in Afghanistan. As the color guard posted the colors, several generations of veterans stood in honor of their flag, including Jacques Cutuil of Camden County. Despite his wheelchair and having to wear a respirator, Cutuil rose along with the crowd. Other wheelchair-bound veterans saluted from seated positions. Narrator retired Colonel Eric Robyn, a former artillery officer, said he was privileged to be a part of the forum, adding that as a veteran himself, he is aware of the concerns of veterans. He introduced Kingston, who, Robyn said, also is aware of veterans concerns. He loves the military, Robyn said of Kingston, reminding everyone the congressman serves on several committees. He loves veterans. And he loves the U.S. Constitution. Kingston thanked AASU President Dr. Linda Bleicken, Robyn, Army Reserve Ambassador Luis Carreras, the panel of VA representatives and, especially, the veterans in attendance. He began by touching on the issues concerning military families and veterans, noting the current war and threats from Iran and Korea. We all want to bring them back alive, he said. But what do we do with them for them when they come home? That 19-year-old jumping off a Blackhawk with a 75-pound rucksack on his back may be able to do it now, and it may not bother him next year or the next. But when he gets older, he s going to need help when the discs in his neck and back begin to show signs of wear from the things he did while serving his country. Kingston introduced the panel of VA representatives with him, including five from the Atlanta regional office, one from Philadelphia, one from the Charleston VA Medical Center and one from the Dublin VA Medical Center. He also pointed out representatives from several veterans organizations, including Honor Flight Savannah, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, the Marine Corps League, the Vietnam Veterans of America and the Disabled American Veterans. Before the question-and-answer session, Kingston introduced an American hero to be recognized, Sgt. Stuart Herrick, 91, a Army cavalryman who served during World War II in the Philippines Battle of Layte. Sergeant Herrick was escorted by Carreras, a former cavalryman, then he was surrounded by a new generation of cavalrymen from the 5th Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team. Sergeant Herrick then was presented with a Bronze Star by Kingston. Sergeant Herrick accepted the medal with a thank you. His wife, Susan Herrick, suggested they have a moment of silence for the thousands of soldiers who didn t come home after that horrendous battle. Most of the questions and comments posed by the veterans who waited in a long line behind a microphone were expressions of bitterness, more so than actual questions. Many vets simply vented their frustration with the VA and Congress for veterans benefit issues like their cost-of-living allowance and changes in receipt of travel pay. Atlanta VA Regional Office Director Al Bocchiccio responded directly to a question about how an Air Force veteran who had recently had a stroke might receive special VA assistance should he become bedridden. Kingston responded to complaints that veterans had had their costof-living allowances frozen but congressional pay had not been frozen. That s just not true, he said. A lot of people don t know it, but those evil sons of a gun (Congress) have had their pay frozen since Folks have suggested we cut foreign aid rather than programs here, especially veterans care. And I agree. In fact, one fella has said we don t have to pay all those countries to vote against us. They ll do it for free. Veteran Dennis Grantham from Screven had a more personal complaint. The former Special Forces Soldier reported that he had been escorted from the VA hospital four times when he demanded treatment for internal bleeding. His VA doctor reportedly told Grantham he had no internal bleeding, but he later learned through a civilian doctor that he did have bleeding from a tumor in his intestines, a condition that had gone untreated for nearly four years. Nobody especially a veteran should ever be treated like that, he said. We re human beings as well as veterans. I was denied the help I feel like I deserved. The VA representatives declined to respond to Grantham s remarks, but Kingston acknowledged that he had talked with Grantham and was aware of his circumstances. He agreed that no veteran should ever be treated that way and said Grantham would get the help he needed.
13 14A The Frontline May 3, rd Infantry Division Register now for college graduation The Army Continuing Education System 32nd Annual College Graduation is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 26. Colleges are currently verifying potential graduates to ensure adequate participation. If you are a recent college graduate or will graduate soon, please contact your on-post college representative. For off-post graduates or potential graduates, fill out our graduation form on the ACES homepage, mil/services/education/education.asp. Look under the graduation photo and click on the third link. Request that you submit the graduation application not later than June 30. The points of contact are, Dr. Olivia Penrod and Letha Vinson, Register for GED classes Adult Literacy and GED preparation courses are offered by the Liberty County Adult Education Program at Fort Stewart in the Sgt. 1st Class Paul R. Smith Education Center. The free classes are held in morning, afternoon or evening sessions and will prepare you to take the GED or refresh your skills in basic education subjects. The next registration opportunity is Monday and Tuesday in room 228. You must be present on both consecutive days from 1 to 5 p.m. to complete the enrollment process. Certain items are necessary to register. Call for complete details. Intro to Computers class offered Savannah Technical College, Liberty Campus, is offering a basic beginner's computer class through the Continuing Education Division. There are no skill perquisites for taking this course; ideal for senior citizens. The program starts with the very basics of computing and how to use the Windows operating system. There are just three class meetings: 9 a.m. to noon, Monday; May 10; and May14. The cost is $ Payment can be made by credit card over the phone, or in cash/money order at the Liberty Campus book store. If interested, complete a Continuing Education Form either by phone, or in person at the Liberty Campus. College registration announced The upcoming Summer Term dates for both on-post and distance learning classes are listed below. Some courses are offered during the day and a few are offered on Saturdays. Enrollment is offered to all. Please contact the college directly for course schedules and enrollment information. Savannah Tech: /Savannah Campus, ; May 23-Aug. 9. Central Texas College: /Hunter Army Airfield, ; May 29-July 28. Columbia College: /Hunter Army Airfield, ; May 29-July 21. Embry Riddle: /Hunter Army Airfield, ; May 23-Aug. 2. Webster University: /Hunter Army Airfield, ; May 28-July 28. Enroll for CDL weekend course Savannah Technical College is now offering its Commercial Truck Driving Certificate Course as a weekend class at the Liberty Campus in Hinesville, Ga. This format is to accommodate active-duty Soldiers who want to enter this high demand field. At the completion of the program, the student is administered the Georgia Commercial Driver s License Skills Exam. Students may enroll now for the course that will meet on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. from May 26 through Aug. 9. For more information and enrollment procedures, call or visit ThanksUSA Scholarship announced The ThanksUSA Scholarship Program will award numerous scholarships for $3000 each. Also, Educational Support Scholarships, which provide for reduced tuition of up to 55 percent, are also available to eligible military spouses. All dependent children, age 24 and under and all spouses of active-duty U.S. military service personnel are eligible to apply. New this year: Spouses may attend part-time (a minimum of six credits per term) at any university, college or vocational school. Spouses may now use the award for non-degree licensure/certification programs. Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of financial need, academic record, leadership and participation in school and community activities, a statement of goals, and unusual personal or family circumstances. Preference will be given to children or spouses of service personnel killed or injured during active duty. The application is only available on-line and should be submitted by May 15. For all details, go to scholarships.html. For more information call Warrant Officer recruit briefings offered The WO Recruiting Team conducts briefings at Fort Stewart on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. in Bldg. 160 (Special Forces Recruiting Bldg) and at Hunter Army Airfield on Tuesdays at noon in the Education Center. For more information, visit goarmy.com/warrant or call Sgt. 1st Class Roman at GAE Helpdesk hours changed Need help in navigating the GoArmyEd Web site? Having technical issues? Call the Helpdesk at Operational hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The center is closed on Saturday and Sunday. Helpdesk tickets can still be submitted online at any time. counselor-support available Need to reach an Army education counselor? Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield education centers offer a one-stop address to help. Just contact them via at MyCAA available for spouses The Department of Defense has resumed the Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts, MyCAA, program for qualifying spouses only. The program now assists spouses of active-duty service members in the pay grades of private to sergeant, warrant officers 1 to 2, first lieutenant and second lieutenant to achieve portable careers. The approved education programs are only associate's degrees, licensure, and certifications. Funding assistance will be up to $4,000 with an annual cap of $2,000 per fiscal year. To open an account and to see the full details of the new program, go to the secure Web site, https:// aiportal.acc.af.mil/mycaa. Please allow for 14 days for approval of all financial assistance documents. If information is needed on other sources of financial assistance please contact a Military OneSource consultant at Take Pearson VUE exams locally The Sgt. 1st Class Paul R. Smith Army Education Center is a Pearson VUE Authorized Testing Center. Community members can take advantage of on-site IT certification testing and hundreds of other professional certification and licensure exams right on Fort Stewart. Just go to to register. Upon approval to take the exam, you will receive a candidate identification number. Then schedule the exam date by contacting Blondell Francis, room 165 or call
14 Rock of the Marne May 3, 2012 The Frontline 15A President announces education assistance at Stewart Jennifer Hartwig Hunter Army Airfield Public Affairs President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle traveled to Fort Stewart, the home of the Third Infantry Division, April 27, to announce and sign an executive order preventing scams used to con veterans out of their federal education benefits. In front of a crowd of more than 10,000 Soldiers, veterans and military Families, Sgt. Johnnie Marshall of the 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd ID, opened the event with his personal story of being taken advantage of by a university. "They were not looking out for my education," Marshall said of the school. "I felt the focus was all financial." He reported it to his chain of command, and was sent to the Fort Stewart Education Center. He is now enrolled in Central Texas University, where he said he is taking classes and getting sincere academic advice. According to the President, Marshall's story is not unusual. "Some of you guys can relate; you may have experienced it yourselves," President Obama said to the enthusiastic crowd. "Sometimes you're dealing with folks who aren't interested in helping you, they're interested in getting the money. They don't care about you; they care about the cash." "I'm not talking about all schools," he explained. "Many of them, for-profit and non-profit, provide quality education to our service members, veterans and their families. But there are bad actors out there." The goal of the newly-signed executive order is to make it a whole lot tougher for those "bad actor" schools to prey on the military. The first step, he said, is to require colleges that want to enroll members of the military, veterans or their families to provide clear information about their qualifications and available financial aid. Second, the order will require those schools to step up their support for military students, including providing more counseling. Finally, the order aims to bring an end to the aggressive recruiting that takes place. "We're going to up our oversight of improper recruitment practices," the president said. "We're going to strengthen the rules about who can come on post and talk to service members and we're going to make it a lot easier for all of you to file complaints and for us to take action when somebody is not acting right." Once the order was signed, the President and First Lady shook hands and briefly spoke with some Marne Soldiers. According to 3rd ID Commander Maj. Gen. Robert "Abe" Abrams, President Obama chose to announce the new executive order at Fort Stewart because of the installation's reputation, including winning the 2012 Army Community of Excellence Award, or ACOE, the fifth time in eight years the installation has earned the honor. The ACOE awards the installation that has achieved levels of excellence in building a high-quality environment, outstanding facilities and superior services. "[The President and First Lady] picked Fort Stewart because we've got the best Army Continuing Education system in the Department of Defense," Abrams said. Photo by Sgt. Luke Rollins, 3rd CAB Public Affairs President Barack Obama autographs the Marne Standard book of fellow 3rd ID Soldiers during his visit to Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield, April 27. For Dog Face Soldiers in attendance, it was an event they won't soon forget. "I think this is a great opportunity for Soldiers and Family Members to see the President. I think it's great for Fort Stewart," said Staff Sgt. Enrae Johnson, 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 2nd HBCT and noncommissioned officer in charge of the motorcade for the presidential visit. "This is exciting. For someone to say they want us to be part of the president's visit, it's a big deal. This is something we'll tell our kids and grandkids about someday." Before addressing the audience, the President and First Lady traveled to Warriors Walk, where they walked handin-hand past the 441 Eastern Redbuds, each representing a Soldier with or Photo by Derrick Matthews, Fort Stewart Public Affairs attached to the 3rd ID killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. While on Warriors Walk, the President placed his coin and the First Lady placed a folded American flag on the memorials for Pfc. Shane Mikel Stinson, 2nd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team; and Sgt. Gene L. Lamie, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team. The President spoke of the visit during his speech. "History will remember what you did. We will remember the profound sacrifices that you've made in these wars," he said. "Michelle and I just had a few moments at Warriors Walk, paying tribute to your fallen comrades, men and women who gave their last full measure of devotion to keep our nation safe. And we will remember them, we will honor them always."