Army South Command Magazine

Defense and Fraternity Fall 2015

Defense and Fraternity Fall 2015

The Official Magazine of U.S. Army South "Defense and Fraternity"

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Geospatial unit provides key information to U.S. Army South

A unique engineering unit in U.S. Army South here provides geospatial support by collecting, analyzing, managing and disseminating real-time information using satellite imagery throughout Central and South America, Nov. 12....
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Adam Stoffa, a lawyer with U.S. Army South, explains the legal aspect of the supervisor-civilian employee relationship during a supervisor development course Oct. 27-28 held at the Army South headquarters.

Army South committed to supervisor development

At U.S. Army South, the Department of the Army civilian employees and military personnel work together every day to accomplish the mission. However, the rules and regulations for civilian and military personnel are very different and supervisors must know what to do when it comes to civilians. ...
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Air Force Capt. Brad Hyatt and a local Honduran doctor prepare for surgery. The Brooke Army Medical Center team conducted a medical readiness exercise in Tegucigalpa, Honduras Sept. 16-30, focusing on orthopedic procedures to hand and arm injuries.

SAMMC Docs focus on healing hands and arms in Honduras

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - The Hippocratic Oath is viewed as a rite of passage for physicians. It is not unique to U.S. doctors, but familiar to all in the profession. As medical practitioners from the San Antonio Military Medical Center traveled to Tegucigalpa, Honduras to conduct an orthopedic medical readiness exercise (MEDRETE), Sept. 16-30, a specific element of that oath was on the forefront of their minds....
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Madison and Mackenzie Kirlew welcome their mom (Michelle) home after she spent sixty days in the hospital and rehabilitation facility for extensive surgery to remove pancreatic cancer from several of her organs.

U.S. Army South Family Shares Story of Hope

Twenty-one months ago, Michelle Kirlew was given three-months to live. Diagnosed with pancreatic cancer December 19, 2013, it wasn’t until January 2014 that she received the news the disease had spread to major organs within her body, including her liver, pancreas and bloodstream, making her officially in stage four of dealing with a deadly disease. ...
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Maj. Bradley Velotta, regional affairs directorate translates for Col. Joseph Smith, Headquarters Department of the Army Intelligence, questions from Col. Carlos Augusto Barbossa, Colombian Army Director of Organization Plans and International Relations.

Colombian Staff Talks present opportunities to build lasting relationships

On Sept. 21, a small delegation of U.S. Army South colonels and lieutenant colonels representing 10 directorates within the organization, traveled to Bogota, Colombia to engage in the seventh-annual staff talks steering committee. ...
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Brig. Gen.Emiro Jose Barrios Jimenez, Commandant of the Air Assault Division of the Colombian Army answers questions from the Colombian media about the International Aviation Conference of the Armies hosted by the Colombian Army.

Colombian army hosts international aviation conference

More than thirty countries and militaries participated in the three-day International Aviation Conference of the Armies, September 22-24 held in Bogota, Colombia. The Colombian Army hosted the event in downtown Bogota as they celebrate twenty-years of Colombian aviation assets in their military. ...
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Doug Sanders, the director of personnel recovery for U.S. Army South, speaks with 2nd Lt. William Morgan, a recent SERE school graduate, Sept. 18 at Fort Rucker, Ala.

Army South reintegration teams work with U.S. Army SERE school grads, families

In the movies, kidnap victims or prisoners of war often come home to parades and marching bands as large crowds cheer the returnee emerging from the airplane and waving to the masses. ...
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Mely Childs, a first-generation Hispanic American immigrant from Mexico, sits at her desk at Orion Partners Management, U.S. Army South headquarters, ready to face and tackle any challenges that comes her way.

Highlighting Hispanic Americans in Army South

Mely Childs, a first-generation Hispanic American immigrant who works at U.S. Army South headquarters, came to the United States of America in 2006 with her mother and younger brother from Mexico hoping for a better life. At the time, Childs, her married name, did not speak english, which she said was “the biggest challenge I had to overcome.” ...
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Sgt. 1st Class Carl and Guadalupe Mantorani participates in a recent U.S. Army South Strong Bonds Couples Retreat at the Menger Hotel in downtown San Antonio.

Training to Build Stronger Marriages

Twenty U.S. Army South couples took the opportunity to reconnect with their spouses during a recent unit-sponsored Strong Bonds event held by Chaplain (Col.) Joseph Melvin, Army South Command chaplain and his team Sept. 18-19. ...
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U.S. Army South is providing training to its members and reminding them the importance of not only knowing the sings of suicide, but also knowing where to go to get the right care including behavioral health care.

Behavioral health care to prevent suicide

“Take Action” is the theme for this year’s Suicide Prevention Awareness Month encouraging everyone to intervene and help their battle buddies receive the right help at the first sign of suicidal thought....
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Lt. Col. Larry Roberts, Chief of Space and Special Technical Operations, Army South, briefs attendees of the Civil-Military Relations Professional Development Exchange seminar in Santiago, Chile, Aug. 16-21.

Civil-Military relations to strengthen U.S. Army South and Chile’s bond

More than 100 participants from the military and government of Chile, intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations and U.S. Army including members of U.S. Army South gathered in Santiago, Chile, to conduct a Civil-Military Relations Professional Development Exchange seminar. ...
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Maj. Gen. K.K. Chinn leads the visiting former Army South commanders and command staff during a command brief Aug. 10.

Former Commanders return to Army South to discuss lessons learned, future of command

FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas – It’s not unusual for a military command to draw inspiration from its history. U.S. Army South recently had the opportunity and privilege to draw from more than 250 years of collective military service when it hosted its first former commanders’ conference Aug. 10 at its headquarters on Fort Sam Houston, Texas. ...
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Staff Sgt. Alberto Peters explains the capabilities and components of a containerized kitchen to other Soldiers assigned to HSC at Training Area 10 on Fort Sam Houston, Texas, Aug. 6.

Army South's Headquarters Support Company cranks up the heat

The U.S. Army has a number of recruiting commercials designed to instill a warrior spirit in the American public. From jumping out of airplanes to fast roping from a Blackhawk helicopter to patrolling a thick jungle, young men and women are shown at the tip of the spear standing ready to defend our nation against aggressors. ...
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Playing the role of active shooter, Rafael Torres, antiterrorism officer for Army South, moves through the different offices in the U.S. Army South headquarters building killing and injuring employees during an active shooter exercise Aug. 13.

Army South headquarters conducts active shooter exercise

Antiterrorism training is the Army’s “Antiterrorism Awareness” theme for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2015 that focuses on training Soldiers and civilians to protect themselves and their battle buddies from any terrorist attacks including an active shooter situation....
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Pfc. (CA) Evan Schneider, a former Make-A-Wish Foundation recipient, and Maj. Gen. K.K. Chinn, commanding general of U.S. Army South, listen to a briefing at the Warrior and Family Support Center here Aug. 7.

Make-A-Wish recipient reunites with Army General Years later

It was more than 10 years ago when nine-year-old Evan Schneider was granted his wish as part of the Make-A-Wish Foundation to become an Army Ranger. Schneider was diagnosed with a heart defect before birth and had a heart transplant when he was just four weeks old. ...
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