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  October 30, 2009 ã Volume 8, Issue 4 Published for those serving in the Republic of Korea Downloading the paper from home?Try  Videos featuring local NCO’s now available on fickr: Region News P02 USAG-Red Cloud P05 USAG-Casey P05 USAG-Yongsan P09 USAG-Humphreys P21 USAG-Daegu P25 Army Family Covenant P02 Free Concert P03 Mullen Vows Support P04 Mullen Town Hall P09 Gates China Talks P13 Korean Page P30 GARRISONSOVERVIEW  Year of the NCO Page 16 Yongsan GarrisonFall Festival  FEATURE America’s top warrior Chairman o the Joint Chies o Sta Adm. Mike Mullen speaks to more than 300 Servicemembers and civilians at the Collier Field House last week. For coverage o his visit see Page 4 on the U.S.commitment to the Korean Peninsula and Page 9 or the Yongsan Garrison own Hall coverage. – U.S. Army photo by Dan Tompson  The Morning Calm Published by Installation ManagementCommand - KoreaCommanding General/Publisher: Brig. Gen. John UbertiPublic Affairs Ofcer/Editor: R. Slade WaltersSenior Editor: Dave Palmer USAG-RED CLOUDCommander: Col. Larry A. JacksonPublic Affairs Ofcer: Margaret Banish-DonaldsonCI Ofcer: James F. CunninghamUSAG-YONGSANCommander: Col. David W. HallPublic Affairs Ofcer: David McNallyCI Ofcer: Dan ThompsonStaff Writers: Sgt. Lee Min-hwi, Sgt. Choi Keun-woo,Cpl. Hwang Joon-hyun, Pvt. Kim Hyung-joonUSAG-HUMPHREYSCommander: Col. Joseph P. MoorePublic Affairs Ofcer: Bob McElroyCI Ofcer: Lori YerdonDesigner: Pvt. Baek Joon-wooUSAG-DAEGUCommander: Col. Terry HodgesPublic Affairs Ofcer: Philip Molter CI Ofcer: Mary GrimesStaff Writers: Cpl. Park Kyung-rock, Cpl. Lee Do-damInterns: Gu You-jin, Kang Hye-jinThis Army newspaper is an authorized publication for members of the Department of Defense. Contents of TheMorning Calm Weekly are not necessarily ofcial views of,or endorsed by, the U.S. Government, Department of De-fense, or Department of the Army. The editorial content of this weekly publication is the responsibility of the IMCOM-Korea, Public Affairs, APO AP 96205. Circulation: 9,500Printed by Oriental Press, a private rm in no way con-nected with the U.S. Government, under exclusive writtencontract with the Contracting Command-Korea. Thecivilian printer is responsible for commercial advertising.The appearance of advertising in this publication, includinginserts or supplements, does not constitute endorsementby the U.S. Army or Oriental Press of the products or ser-vices advertised. Everything advertised in this publicationshall be made available for purchase, use or patronagewithout regard to race, religion, gender, national srcin,age, marital status, physical handicap, political afliation,or any other non-merit factor of the purchaser, user or patron. If a violation or rejection of this equal opportunitypolicy by an advertiser is conrmed, the printer shall refuseto print advertising from that source until the violation iscorrected.Oriental Press President: Charles ChongCommercial AdvertisingTelephone: 738-5005 or 723-4253Fax: (02) 790-5795E-mail: oppress@kornet.netMail address: PSC 450, Box 758, APO AP 96206-0758Location: Bldg. 1440, Yongsan, Main PostSUBMISSIONS OR COMMENTS:Phone: DSN 738-4068E-mail: Submitting toThe Morning Calm WeeklySend Letters to the Editor, guest commentaries,story submissions and other all submitted items include a point of con-tact name and telephone number. All items aresubject to editing for content and to insure theyconform with DoD guidelines.IMCOM-K Public Affairsand the Morning Calm Weekly staff are locatedat IMCOM-K, Yongsan Garrison.For information, call 738-4065. Visit us online The Morning Calm ã PAGE 2 NEWS THE MORNING CALM Retiree Corner: Korea Retiree Appreciation Day By Jack Terwiel Military Retiree Assistance Ofce The Korea Retiree Appreciation Day (RAD) will be held onNov 14 in the Main Post Club on Yongsan South Post from0900 to 1500 hours. Dental services such as cleaning and exams will be provided. Medical services, including u shots, H1N1 shots, blood pressure and cholesterol checks will beprovided, and the pharmacy will also provide limited over-the-counter medication.The U.S. Embassy will provide informational support in theareas of passport renewal and application, and Social Security application/verication information. Other agencies such as the VA, Red Cross and MWR will also provide a variety ofsupport services.Retirees and annuitants will also have the opportunityto update their data such as change of address, change of banking information, change of Survivor Benet Plan(SBP) beneciary, or make any other correction to their  Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) records by submitting their supporting documents to the RSO for processing. The RSO will also be on hand to assist anyoneinterested in applying for Social Security benets. We will also recognize the Retiree Icon of the Year at this year’sRAD.Free lunch will be provided. Gifts and prizes will be provided from AAFES, DECA, VFW, NCOA and other  support agencies. All retirees and their family membersare welcome and encouraged to attend the RAD to takeadvantage of these valuable services being offered.The Korea Retiree Appreciation Day will be hosted by COL Hall, Commander, U.S. Army Garrison, Yongsan. Courtesy of Mark Wade, Retirement Services Ofcer, Areas I & II Leaders afrm commitment to families 8th Army Commander Lt. Gen. Joseph F. Fil Jr. (right) and 8th Army Command Sergeant Major Robert Winzenried sign the Army Family CovenantOct. 23 during the 8th Army Commander’s Off-site Conference. — U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Lee Jae-won  By Cpl. Lee Jae-won 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command Public Affairs GYEONGJU, Republic of Korea — Eighth U.S. Army senior leadersrearmed their commitment to Army Families during an Army Family Convenant signing ceremony at the 8th Army Commander’s O-siteConerence. According to 8th Army personnel chie (G-1) Col. Steve Shappell, the Army Family Covenant was started in 2007 by senior U.S. Army leaders.“Te covenant is not just a piece o paper reecting great ideals,” saidShappell. “Te Army has put money, serious money, behind the Army Family Covenant. For 2008, the Army Family Covenant represents $1.4billion to improve the quality o lie or Army amilies.” According to 8th U.S. Army Commanding General Lt. Gen. JosephF. Fil Jr., the ceremony was an opportunity or commanders, commandsergeants major and other leaders to show their gratitude and rearmtheir commitment to Army Families.“Te Army Family Covenant arms that we will do everythingin our power to make the lives o our military amilies easier,” saidFil. “We are working hard in Korea to show our military amiliesthrough our words and deeds that they have our enduring gratitudeand unwavering support.”  OCTOBER 30, 2009 NEWS ã PAGE 3 NEWS   Free Concert The Korea America Friendship Society, incooperation with the Seoul Metropolitan CityGangnam District Ofce and Gangnam Foundationfor Arts & Culture, is hosting a special presentationof classical music for the USFK Community onMonday, Nov. 9, 7 p.m., at the Seoul American HighSchool Auditorium. This special Korea AmericaFriendship Concert is free and open to the public.No reservations required. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.For more information, call the USFK Public AffairsOfce, 723-4685 or 723-7669. ‘Korea on Foot’ Photo Exhibitionby Oliver Raw In the spring of 2008, Oliver Raw, a young Britishwriter and photographer set out to walk acrossSouth Korea. He was inspired to make the journeyhaving read about the 19th Century Korean poet,Kim Satgat, who would often undertake longexcursions across the countryside on foot. You willbe able to experience Oliver’s journey for yourself until November 4th at Gallery M near Euljiro 3-gastation. Each photo has a limited edition print of 10and will be available for purchase. Gwanghwamun Reborn : A Brand New PublicSpace in the Heart of Seoul Seoul can now boast of three big “plazas” in itscentral area. Following the opening of Seoul Plazain front of City Hall and Cheonggyecheon Plazaalong the stream of Cheonggyecheon, the latestaddition opened on Aug. 1 in the heart of Seoul.Named after the main gate of nearby GyeongbokgungPalace, Gwanghwamun Plaza is located between thatgate (currently under reconstruction)and GwanghwamunSubway Station along the main avenue of Sejong-ro.The history of the area can be traced back to 1395,when the then newly enthroned Joseon Dynasty builtsix key royal ofces on the left and right sides of theroad leading to Gwanghwamun. In keeping with thetradition, the road is dotted with government complexand ministry buildings to this day, with a few foreignembassies also nearby. Trip to the Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty The Joseon Dynasty began in 1392 and lasted for 519 years. Rarely have any of the world’s royaldynasties lasted for over half a thousand years, butwhat is even more surprising is that the tombs of allthe kings and queens of the Joseon dynasty havebeen preserved until the present day. The roads tothe royal tombs lead travelers to an auspicious place.The sites of the royal tombs were carefully selectedby Feng Shui experts, and the landscape, structures,and architecture surrounding the tombs combined toproduce the highest art form of the time. Royal tombsites are picturesque and places to relax and escapefrom the bustle of the city. A Garden without bamboo, like a day withoutsunshine Bamboo may be universally associated with swordwielding ninjas, crouching tigers and hidden dragons,but Damyang, the northernmost point on the KoreanPeninsula where bamboo grows in abundance, hascornered the market as far as Korea goes. Thereare plenty of attractions in Damyang, but thebamboo is inescapable and seems to pervadeevery aspect of life here. Not to be confused with thesimilar sounding Danyang in Chungcheongbuk-do,Damyang is a beautifully green county, teeming withnature and history. A short hop from Gwangju, it is aplace where the specters of scholars live on in thepavilions and gardens that bear their names. Biodiversity of Suncheonman Bay Suncheon is the ecological capital of Korea. Itrepresents Korea on the United Nations EnvironmentProgramme (UNEP) and shares information onenvironmental conservation with the internationalcommunity. Suncheonman Bay’s vast tidal atsand reed elds offer not only a beautiful landscape,but also incredible biodiversity. Other than the bay,Suncheon has many tourist attractions, includingSeonamsa Temple, which is over 1000 yearsold, and Naganeupseong Folk Village, which hasthatched roofs and dates back to the Joseondynasty, but is still inhabited. Songgwangsa Temple,one of the Korea’s three major temples, is alsolocated in Suncheon, as well as Suncheon DramaFilm Set, where many popular TV dramas andlms have been shot. Visit the Suncheon area toexperience Korea’s history.Sources:,,,, — Noendorsement implied. SIGHTS AND SOUNDS: Off-post events and activities The following entries were excerptedfrom the military police blotters.These entries may be incomplete anddo not imply guilt or innocence.Area I: Underage Drinking; Disorderly Conduct; Subject #1 was observed by MP causing a disturbance at an off-post club, by attempting to damagethe water tank of a toilet in the club.MP detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from Subject #1’sperson. A check of Subject #1’sID card revealed Subject #1 was under the legal age to consume an alcoholic beverage. Subject #1 was apprehended by MP and transported to the PMO. Due to Subject #1’slevel of intoxication, Subject #1 was processed and released to their unit with instructions to report to the PMOat a later time. On 13 OCT 09, Subject#1 reported to the USAG-Casey PMO,where Subject #1 was advised of their legal rights, which Subject #1 invoked.This is a nal report. Area II: Larceny of Government Property; Unknown person(s),byunknown means, stole a reservedparking space sign and pole froman on-post location. A search of the area for subject(s) and/or witness(es)met with negative results. Victim #1 rendered a written statement attestingto the incident. Estimated cost of loss is unknown. This is a nal report. Area II: Larceny of Government Property; Unknown person(s), by unknown means, stole Victim #1’s front license plate off their vehicle, which was unsecured and unattended adjacent to the Main PX. A search of the area for subject(s) and/or witness(es) met withnegative results. Victim #1 rendered a written sworn statement attesting tothe incident. Estimated cost of loss is unknown. This is a nal report.  Area III:   Larceny of Private Funds; Unknown person(s), by unknown means, removed Victim #1’s debit card at an off- post club, and made ten equal withdrawalsof $87.76 each from an ATM. Thewithdrawals made also incurred a fee of $23.50. A search of the area for subject(s) and/or witness(es) met with negative results. This is a nal report. Area III: Larceny of Private Property;Larceny of Government Property; Unknown person(s), by unknown means, removed Victim #1’s personal clothing and government issuedclothing, which were unsecured andunattended. A search of the area for subject(s) and/or witness(es) met with negative results. Estimated cost of loss is unknown. This is a nal report. Area IV: Traffic Accident Resultingin Damage to Private Property; Obligation for Safe Operation; Subject#1, operating a GOV, struck Victim #1’s vehicle, which was parked, securedand unattended. Damages to Victim #1’s vehicle consisted of scratches tothe front bumper. Subject #1’s vehiclesustained no visible damages. Subject#1 rendered a written sworn statement admitting to the offenses. This is a nal report. Area IV: Larceny of Private Funds; Unknown person(s), by unknown means, gained access to Victim #1’s checking account and made several internet purchases. Victim #1 rendered a written sworn statement attesting to the incident. This is a nal report. MP Blotter  Deoksugung is a walled compound of palaces that was inhabited by various Korean royals until the Japanese occupation around the turn of the20th century. The buildings are of varying construction, some modern, natural sugi, painted wood, and stucco. The palace is located near the Seoul City Hall subway station. — Photo courtesy of Dave Palmer at http://www.   NEWS ã PAGE 4 MORNING CALM NEWS By Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden  American Forces Press Service  YONGSAN GARRISON — As SouthKorea’s military transitions to ull operationalcontrol, it’s important to remember the past 60years o U.S. commitment to the country and tonot waver in that support, the chairman o the Joint Chies o Sta said.Navy Adm. Mike Mullen talked withservicemembers and deense civilians at U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan in Seoul, Korea.He spoke about his earlier meetings with hisSouth Korean counterpart, citing “tremendouschange” on the horizon. Te Korean military isexpected to assume a larger deense responsibility there in April 2012.he alliance will only get stronger, thechairman said, with continued commitmentrom the United States.Te U.S.-South Korea alliance dates to theKorean War in 1950. An armistice was signedin July 1953 with North Korea, unocially ending the war. Te United Nations and U.S.military have maintained a presence in SouthKorea since then.“Sometimes you don’t think about this, butyou are here as a part o that, and sometimes wedon’t think about how signifcant that alliance isin terms o preserving the reedom, preserving thedemocracy that is here in the Republic o Korea,”Mullen said. “We are very much supportive o executing and sustain that alliance.”Mullen spent the previous two days with hisKorean counterparts reviewing the changes andspecifcs o their alliance. One o the changes willbe more command-sponsored amilies and new inrastructure to accommodate them, he said.In December, about 1,700 U.S. troops withamilies were there. Te number has since grownto 3,100. Te chairman said that by the end o 2010 there would be about 4,500 command-sponsored U.S. amilies. Tat number is expectedto grow to 14,000 over the next nine years o so,he added, noting that the Deense Departmentis planning to normalize three-year tour lengthsthere.“Tat’s a big undertaking, and it’s dicult,”the admiral said. “We’ve got to get the schools in, we’ve got to get the housing in, [and] we’ve gotto have the entire inrastructure in the peninsulaupgraded to make sure that we are ready or thattransition.”Mullen also talked about changes occurring with the U.S. military in Iraq and Aghanistan.U.S. and NAO orces are in their ninth yearo fghting in the Middle East, but where there was once doubt in Iraq, security is sustained andIraq now can ocus on building its governmentcapacity, he said. “Most of what’s left in Iraq, quite frankly, ispolitics,” he said. “When they have the electionsin January, we start a pretty rapid drawdown in theMarch timeframe ... from 120,000 troops to about35,000 to 50,000 less than a year from now. “here was no group that made a biggerdierence than men and women in uniorm,” hesaid o the progress made in Iraq. “I’m extremely grateul or your service, or the dierence ... andthe sacrifces that you make.He added that all U.S. orces will be out o Iraq by Dec. 31, 2011, allowing more ocuson securing and building a democracy in Aghanistan.Families also share in the sacriicesservicemembers make in the name o reedomand democracy, the admiral said. Mullen’s wie,Deborah, met with spouses there during theirvisit and also is meeting with spouses o troopsin Japan today. “We try to do this wherever we go to understand what the challenges are for the families,” he said.“We couldn’t do it without family support, so[family] is a big focus for me.” Mullen credits leadership at all levels withinthe military or its ability to adjust to thepersistent conlicts throughout the world. America values the combat experience o today’smilitary, and maintaining that knowledge iscritical to the uture armed orces, he said.“I we don’t do that well, we will in act bein a much more dicult situation at a time where things are changing and the pace willcontinue or the oreseeable uture,” he said.“Lead exceptionally well. It’s an enormously challenging time.” ‘Turtle Ship’ reenlistment  Master Chief Petty Ofcer of the Navy (MCPON) Rick West reenlists Chief Culinary SpecialistArnold Lagat, of Maui, Hawaii, on the “Turtle Ship” at the Republic of Korea Naval Academy. Westvisited Korea to meet with Sailors and was the guest speaker at the 234th Navy Birthday Ball in Seoul. — U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Bobbie G. Attaway  Mullen Vows Continued Support of Korea  
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