El Morro Fort Buchanan New Leadership Story on page 4 Vol. 2 Special Edition Sentinel of the Caribbean July 2017
May 31, 2017 marked a milestone in the history of the United States Army Garrison Fort Buchanan and my military career. As I received the garrison colors that charged me with the responsibility as the new garrison commander, I realized how proud and humble I am to be part of the lineage of distinguished commanders who served this installation since Brigadier General James Anderson Buchanan became First and foremost, I thank God for the blessing of bringing me and my to tell you that Mary Beth and I already feel like we are home. We want to sincerely thank the entire community who made our transition easy. Your support and hospitality have been tremendous since we arrived. We are looking forward to getting to know you and be part of the We Are Fort Buchanan family. In the short time weve been here, its evident that Fort Buchanan is a team the interagency partners and this post. As I looked around during the Change of Command Ceremony I was From the Garrison Commander 2 El Morro July 2017 gratefully surprised to see the diversity of community members in the audience organizations such as business, garrisons workforce. When I think of Fort Buchanan, I think of the word service. That is, a culture of service to this community. It will be my priority, the command priority, to work hand-in-hand with the garrison workforce to provide better services for our internal and external customers. This will be accomplished in an environment where our workforce, our garrison professionals, feel valued, have a sense of belonging and loyalty ownership and pride as individuals. This will translate into a positive attitude with those we serveour Service Members and their Families treating them with dignity and respect. In the near future we will be updating policies, streamlining priorities, determining where to focus available resources while having programs meeting the needs of our Service Members, Families, Civilians We will keep transparency in communication, provide fair and appropriate recognition and a comprehensive training program to lives of those we support. Bottomline, if employees have engaged caring leaders, feel valued and respected for the work they do, are properly trained, and live the Army values, they will in turn pass forward this positive attitude to their customers and co-workers. I am amazed by the hard work of the many military and civilians within this installation who, united in strength, give their best every day to face the many challenges ahead of us, such as: budget constraints, manpower reductions and providing the support needed to enable readiness for our globally-responsive Army. Following IMCOM Commanding Dahls guidance on Service Culture Initiative we will be able to meet the challenges of our current operational environment while simultaneously creating readiness for Commanders. We will continue to build upon this culture of service and expand upon the relationships made and goals set. This will be the foundation that will keep Fort Buchanan relevant, ready and going strong. Thats why we proudly say: We are Fort Buchanan. Thank you. Gracias. Army Stand-to: Independence Day Independence Day celebrates the birth of the nation and honors the Armys commitment to defend our nation since 1775. Also referred to as the Fourth of July, it is observed annually to honor when Congress declared independence in 1776. The Continental Army and the militia in the service of Congress became known collectively as the Army of the United States, instead of the Army of the United Colonies. This year marks the 242nd anniversary of Americas independence. It was considered essential that hear the Declaration of Independence document read, but the reading and distributed to the headquarters of the various Continental Army commands. Even with dispatch riders and fast-sailing ships, the nation and its armed forces had to wait to celebrate until Continental regiments in the faraway south could actually hear the momentous words. It wasnt until after the War of 1812 that observing Independence Day became commonplace. Many military installations hold public events in honor of Independence Day, which may include a concert, gun roughly 183,600 Soldiers celebrate Independence Day by supporting combatant commanders in 140 The Fourth of July is an occasion to celebrate and commemorate the freedom, history and legacy of the United States of America. It is an Soldiers, Civilians and their Families for their service, bravery, and patriotism. Legislative Liaison July 3, 2017
3 El Morro July 2017 From the Garrison Command Sergeant Major December 2013 Garrison Commander Col. Guy D. Bass Garrison Command Sergeant Major Command Sgt. Maj. Heriberto Quintana Deputy Garrison Commander Deputy to the Garrison Commander William S. Leyh Command Information Mailing address390 Double Eagle Ave., Suite 311 Story SubmissionsEmail to: firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone numbers (787) 707-4013/4486 Fax: (787) 707-3362 U.S. Government, the Department of Defense, Department of the Army or U.S. Army Garrison, Fort Buchanan. edited, provided and approved by the U.S. Army how to submit items for publication, e-mail the submissions and to determine the suitability for in a timely manner. However, time, layout, style and editorial considerations, as well as determinations for publication, are established by the Garrison the heart how humbled and truly honored I was to be selected as the new Garrison Command Sergeant Major for Fort Buchanan. I reiterate my words when I said that I come to you as your servant leader to what I consider to be an impressive and important readi ness installation in the Caribbean. I would listen to the stories my uncle told me. When he went to the Korean War and how he in-processed ever imagine that one day I would be part of this installation as its Command Sergeant Major. basic responsibilities to accomplish the mission and to look for the welfare of our Soldiers. In order to accomplish these goals I will use as my guide the Warrior-Leaders unique leadership focus which is to lead by example. As a servant leader, I will help the team and the organization concentrate its for the people our Soldiers and their Family members, the civilian work force, the Veterans and the Fort Buchanan community. To be part of this incredible professionalism and teamwork Ive seeing since I arrived at the garrison and the service you provide to the nation, it is my commitment as your servant leader to look forward to sustain this synergy. That means to be always sharp and ready, like the sword that represents the Soldiers of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), Presidential Salute Battery, provides support during the playing of the 1812 Overture in Washington D.C., June 4, 2017. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. George Huley)
July 2017 4 El Morro USAG Fort Buchanan conducts Story by Grissel Rosa Photos by Guillermo Santiago & Jos Lpez, VI Specialists The United States Army Garrison Fort Buchanan conducted the Change of Command ceremony May 31, 2017 in which the mantle of leadership passed from Colonel Michael T. Harvey to Colonel Guy D. Bass. The ceremony, hosted by Brenda Lee McCullough, Director IMCOM (Installation Management representatives from the Federal community organizations, as well as garrison tenants and members of Fort Buchanans military and civilian community. McCullough highlighted Col. Harveys accomplishments during Brenda Lee McCullough, Director, IMCOM Readiness, passes the USAG Fort Buchanan colors to Col. Guy D. Bass, charging him with the responsibility as the new garrison commander during the Change of Command Ceremony held on May 31, 2017 at the Soldiers Plaza. Mary Beth Scott, Col. Guy D. Bass spouse, installation and to welcome her on behalf of the Soldiers, Civilians and Family members of Fort Buchanan, during the Change of Command Ceremony. McCullough, Director, IMCOM Readiness, commended Col. Michael T. Harvey on his achievements during the past two years as Fort Buchanan garrison commander and welcomed incoming commander Col. Guy D. Bass. Col. Guy D. Bass, assumed command of the US 2017 during the Garrison Change of Command Ceremony. his two years of command that were marked by transformation, innovation and challenges due to military and constraints. He led and managed all challenges through collaboration, strategic planning and partnerships that Command, numerous tenant units, the civilian workforce, local community leaders and some of our other partners such as FBI, DHS and others. Besides all the infrastructure projects, Col. Harvey was especially proud of the outreach and community engagement initiatives such as the American Cancer Society and the McCullough, bid farewell to Col. Harvey and welcomed Col. Guy D. Bass and his wife Mary Beth Scott to the IMCOM family. She accentuated Col. Bass merits of being a proven leader, ideally suited to lead the Fort Buchanan team and supporting the priorities and requirements set by the Senior Commander and the IMCOM priority set by Lt. Gen. Dahl. McCullough added I am fully lead this garrison with the same professionalism, pride and expertise you have demonstrated throughout your career and you will continue the work started by Col. Harvey implementing your own vision for Fort Buchanan and in conjunction with the Senior Commander, Major General Arlan M. DeBlieck. Col. Harvey expressed his sincere appreciation for the support received wife Laurie prepared to depart the and glorious day. There is a lot Im going to miss and is those partnerships and friendships, he said. Thank you for the privilege of serving with you for the last 22 months, concluded Harvey. to Garrisons readiness mission, commitment to community outreach and engagement under his leadership. He also expressed how honored he and his wife, Mary Beth, are to join the Fort Buchanan team. We are both looking forward to getting to know this great community and being part of it. In the short time weve been here, its evident that Fort Buchanan is a team the interagency partners and this post, said Bass.
5 El Morro Photos by Jos Lpez, VI Specialist of Responsibility ceremony Story by Grissel Rosa July 2017 The United States Army Garrison Fort Buchanan conducted the Change 2017 in which the responsibilities of Sgt. Maj. Heriberto Quintana. The ceremony, hosted by Colonel Guy D. Bass, garrison commander, conducted in front of the garrison headquarters building was attended members of Fort Buchanans military and civilian community. Incoming USAG Fort Buchanan Command Sergeant Major, Command Sgt. Maj. Heriberto Quintana addresses the audience during the Change of Responsibility Ceremony held on 6 June 2017. As your servant leader I look forward to sustaining the synergy you have here for those who serve, has served or one day may serve, said Quintana. USAG Fort Buchanan Commander, Col. Guy D. Bass passes the sword to Command Sgt. Maj. Quintana symbolically charging him with the responsibility for the garrison as its new Command Sergeant Major during the ceremony. and foremost thanked the members for supporting the event in a minutes notice and the members of the Color Guard. He also recognized the role of as the backbone of the Army. He Quintana are responsible for making the United States Army the most lethal Bass highlighted Command Sgt. past three years in which he has served Fort Buchanan well and faithfully. Instead of listing his accomplishments, we can look around post, or talk to other Soldiers and civilians about his reputation. We thank you for your service and wish you and your family God speed in your next adventure, said Col. Bass. mission going and continue providing services to our military, their families IMCOM-Readiness Command Sergeant Major, Command Sgt. Maj. Roy Rocco welcomes Command Sgt. Maj. Quintana to the IMCOM family as the new Garrison Command Sergeant Major during the reception held at the observes. and the civilian workforce. Col. Bass welcomed Command Sgt. Maj. Quintana indicating that he his patriotism, dedication, integrity and leadership abilities as the new Command Sergeant Major for the installation. Outgoing USAG Fort Buchanan Command Sergeant Major, Command Sgt. Maj. Luis A. Rosario Vlez bids farewell to all stating It was an honor to serve with you. Command Sgt. Maj. Quintana stated that he was truly and honored to be Fort Buchanans Command Sergeant Major and as your servant leader for such an impressive and important readiness installation such as this one in the Caribbean. I was a child, listening to the war stories my uncle told me. When we went to the Korean War how he in-processed would I ever think that one day I would be part of this installation. To be part of this incredible professionalism and teamwork I see you have here and to be a part of the service to this nation and to the people of the Fort Buchanan community, as your servant leader I look forward to sustaining the synergy you have here for those who serve, have served or one day may serve. We are Fort Buchanan! concluded Command Sgt. Maj. Quintana. Rosa Rodrguez from the garrisons Resource with CSM Quintana at the receiving line lobby following the Change of Responsibility Ceremony on 6 June 2017.
July 2017 6 El Morro Garrison Org Day games, camaraderie and fun Story and photos by Rosie Irizarry started with games, camaraderie and fun at the annual USAG Fort Buchanan Organizational Day held June 12, 2017, This is the second year the week long events are conducted in commemoration of the U.S. Armys birthday. The competitions began after welcome remarks from the Garrison Commander Colonel Guy D. Bass Soldiers, and members of all the sister services. The sports competitions included dunking booth, where Col. Bass, William S. Leyh, deputy to the garrison commander and other installation dunked in the cold pool of water. The days events culminated in a cake cutting ceremony in honor of Fathers Day and the awarding of the coveted Garrison Cup for best in competition. The winner of the Garrison Cup was Soldiers. before partaking in the various sporting events of the garrison organizational day. Garrison command sergeant major, Command Sgt. Maj. Heriberto Quintana, deeply intent, tries his hand Garrison commander, Col. Guy D. Bass and Command Sgt. Maj. Quintana cut the cake in commemoration of Fathers Day. in the air as he Sumo wrestles with Robert A. Col. Bass, garrison commander and his wife, Mary Beth Scott get ready to rumble in a friendly wrestling match inside a bounce house. Rosa Rodriguez, Supervisory Resource Management a game of dominoes with fellow garrison Lt. Col. Patrick Dillon goes all out to make the volley during an intense volleyball game between Fort Buchanan and Soldiers. Members of the Puerto Rico Army National Guard partake of a game of box hockey. day of strenuous and friendly competition. Command Sgt. Maj. Quintana, Dan Carter, acting DFMWR director hold the Garrison cup as Col. Bass declared the garrison the winner. Camaraderie between garrison and tenant organizations was a highlight during the days events. William Latimer, general attorney at the for a direct hit as Col. Bass looks on, before falling in the pool of water.
July 2017 7 El Morro Vietnam Veterans Welcome home and street re-naming ceremonies Story by Grissel Rosa USAG Fort Buchanan Garrison Commander, Col. Bass presents a Vietnam Veteran with the commemorative pin and the Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home Ceremony. Vietnam Veterans posed for a group photo after the events held in their honor during the Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home Ceremony held at the Soldiers Plaza June 13, 2017. Jorge Pedroza, Vietnam Veterans of America Puerto Rico state council president addressed the audience. Garrison Command Sgt. Maj., Command Sgt. Maj. Heriberto Quintana (L) and the Garrison Commander, Col. Guy D. Bass, unveil the sign the illustrious 65th Infantry Regiment. (L to R) James E. Manker, Jr, acting principal Senator, Hon. Jos Luis Dalmau, Col. Bass, Maj. May Beth Scott, garrison commanders wife and Luis Soto, civilian aide to the secretary of the Army, pay their respects during the national anthems. The United States Army Garrison Fort Buchanan conducted the Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home Ceremony on 13 June 2017. The event, part of the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Vietnam War, also included the re-naming of Sallyport Street as Borinqueneer Way in honor of the were held at the recently inaugurated Commission and Luis Soto, Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army president and Wilfredo Montes, representing the Vietnam Veterans conducted the prisoners of war, listed as missing and unaccounted for and those who never returned home. Almost one million Americans served during Vietnam War from 1955 to 1975, some in country, some in theater, some stationed throughout the world. Many came back with health issues, emotional scars, but all served the nation with patriotism, indicated Col. Guy D. Bass, Fort Buchanan garrison commander and host for the event. He also introduced the guest speaker for the Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home Ceremony, Photos by Rosie Irizarry, PA Specialist James E. Manker, Jr., acting principal The Vietnam War Commemoration is one long overdue opportunity to us to honor our Vietnam veterans, who were not treated right when they returned home, said Manker. Manker highlighted the participation We owe a great debt of gratitude to contribution during the Vietnam War. served during Vietnam, stated. Col. Bass and Command Sgt. Maj. Quintana, Manker and a representative Administration, on behalf of a grateful nation presented the Vietnam Veterans and the families of those who lost loved ones during the Vietnam War with the publicly thank them for their service, Fort Bucha nan continued making history as Col. Bass and Command Sgt. Maj. Quintana unveiled the sign that as Borinqueneer Way as the garrison s commitment to provide lasting honor to our service members. honors the most decorated unit in the history of the United States Army Borinqueneers who trained and World War and the most remembered, the Korean War from Fort Buchanan.
8 El Morro July 2017 Photos by Rosie Irizarry, PA Specialist Story and photo by Rosie Irizarry Appreciation Story and photos by Rosie Irizarry Appreciation Day, and Veterans at the Fort Buchanan Community Club and Conference Center as part of the Borinquen Week events. Veterans and their family members showed at the event as early as 6:30 a.m. while the Department of Veterans to attend them although the event did not formerly begin till 8:00 a.m. There were information booths from veterans and military retiree organizations, providing materials and assistance. Mi casa es su casa, Fort Buchanan, said Col. Guy D. Bass, Fort Buchanan garrison commander as he welcomed and opened the event. to the brave warriors who proudly served in our armed forces. Sometime ago men and women like you took the oath of allegiance and entered into the armed forces to serve our country, to defend its constitution and preserve our democratic way of life, said Col. Bass. He also thanked the family members their service members throughout their military careers. Col. Bass presented the highly C. Williams, program manager, Army commander of Fort Buchanans Mi casa es su casa, Fort Buchanan, said Col. Bass, garrison commander as he welcomed attendees to the Current and Future Retiree Appreciation Day. As part of the Borinquen Week Army Health Clinic held a Health and Wellness Fair June 15, 2017 at the Exchange main lobby and Commissary mall areas. and informational booths providing nutrition and healthy eating orientation and all at no cost to the participants. As visitors to the Exchange and the Commissary arrived they were greeted by the many partners who were providing some of the courtesy medical exams, as in the case of Walgreens who were doing free blood pressure checks. Army Sgt. 1st Class Blanco receives dental information provided during the health fair from one of the many providers. Mildred Morales, Managed Care Chief, both with the RAHC provide information to a exchange customer. Crowds of people gathered information at the booths the RAHC set up during the Health and Wellness Fair in the Exchange main Lobby and commissary mall areas. (R to L) Carlos M. Montaez, Fort Buchanan Army Substance Abuse Program Coordinator and Army Sgt. 1st Class Vanessa Coln, PRNG Human Resources Sgt. distributed educational community. civilian aide to the secretary of the Army principal deputy undersecretary for community relations, VA Caribbean Healthcare Systems. transition services specialist Soldier for Life, served as master of ceremony. Miguel Aponte, Fort Buchanan retirement and answers part of the program.
9 El Morro July 2017 Fort Buchanan celebrates the Armys 242nd Birthday Story by Grissel Rosa Photos by Rosie Irizarry, PA Specialist USAG Fort Buchanan celebrated the 242nd Army Birthday June 17, 2017, with garrison military and civilian personnel, federal partners and local community. During the event conducted at Fort Buchanans Community Club and Conference Center, guests were greeted by Fort Buchanans leadership Major General Arlan M. DeBlieck, Support Command and Fort Buchanan Senior Mission Commander who was also the guest speaker for the Command Sgt. Maj. Levi G. Maynard, and Command Sgt. Maj. Heriberto Quintana, garrison command sergeant as well as garrison directors and tenants participated in one of the Armys best traditions. The Army turned 242 years this year, and that, in and of itself, is cause for celebration, said Maj. Gen. DeBlieck. He illustrated the critical role played by the US Army throughout its 242 years of history maintaining and defending our homeland and leading the way as the United States continues to become an even more perfect union, adopting and embracing equal opportunity for all across all military occupational specialties including combat roles. DeBlieck also emphasized the the US Army, who have participated States has been involved since World supplied some of the toughest, bravest Soldiers the United States has had the privilege to call her own. Our Army has answered the call to duty for 242 years. I ask you to join me in celebrating this milestone and means, said Deblieck. I fully expect the Army The formal receiving line for the 242nd Army birthday celebration held at Fort Buchanan on June 17, 2017 (L to R) Maj. Gen. Arlan M. Col. Guy D. Bass, Fort Buchanan garrison and Command Sgt. Maj. Heriberto Quintana, garrison command sergeant major. Americas Army, your Army will be there to defend freedom wherever and continue to play a vital role with your continued professionalism, dedication, service and support, he concluded. During the 242nd Army birthday celebration here Karen M. Cedillos sings the Puerto Rico and U.S. national anthems, while Hctor E. Rosado, accompanies her on the piano, both are members of the directorate of family, morale,welfare and recreation. The Fort Buchanan 242nd Army birthday celebration began with the host, the garrison command and guest speaker, Maj. Gen. DeBlieck receiving all the guests. partners, local community, garrison military and civilian personnel, as seen here, members of the garrison directorate of public works and their family, celebrate together the Armys 242nd birthday day at Fort Buchanan. Rivera Colon, the youngest Soldier and Command Sgt. Maj. Quintana cut the ceremonial cake in true time honored Army tradition. A sharp and well rehearsed joint color guard provided protocol for the evenings formal events (L to R) Color Guard NCOIC, Army Dannie Pizarro and Army Reserve Sgt. Andrea Taboas.
10 El Morro July 2017 Upcoming events August The community is invited to participate in these events as we partner together to provide opportunities, expand relationships, and show our appreciation to all who served and support the United States Armed Forces. September Antiterrorism Awareness Month Fort Buchanan A ntiterrorism Symposium August 24, 8:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. 1st MSC Headquarters Building 354 Womens Equality Day August 26 DDESS August 28, school grades kindergarten Labor Day September 04 National Suicide Prevention Month Patriot Day September 11 POW/MIA Recognition Day September 15 National Hispanic Heritage Month September 15 to October 15 Gold Star Mothers Day September 24 Story by Rosie Irizarry the prestigious and highly selective Course (CGSOC) at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. A total of 1,179 students from all services and international military partner countries participated in this once a year. Army-wide, 124 civilian applicants competed for a slot for the and 3 other Army civilians made the civilians were accepted at the course. The selection process was competitive. Each candidates application had to be locally approved by their parent organization, endorsed Executive Service (SES) within the employees chain of command, and forwarded to their respective Major Command for vetting and boarding. My motivation for applying for the CGSOC originated from acknowledging the Armys need for agile, adaptive, and innovative professionals in times of scarce resources and uncertainty, while recognizing the need to improve my to challenge my intellectual skills, enhance critical and creative thinking skills, expand my awareness in Army doctrine, and most importantly, polish my leadership skills to be able to lead at any position, at any level. Today I can tell you that I have not being leaders to meet the challenges of todays operational environment. performing with reduced budgets, reduced force structures, and the threats emanating from state and non-state actors, the Army recognizes the need to develop leaders that are capable to perform in environments of uncertainty and chaos. Whether it is performing the duties my abilities to visualize, direct, and lead teams to accomplish the Armys mission, wherever they need me, Buchanan
July 2017 11 El Morro FB garrison commander and command sergeant major welcome visitors Story and photos by Rosie Irizarry Story and photo by Rosie Irizarry Fort Buchanan Police Department partners with Navy to provide protection For the second time since assuming command of the U. S. Army Garrison Fort Buchanan, Colonel Guy D. Bass and Garrison Command Sergeant Major, Command Sgt. Maj. Heriberto Quintana greeted service members, installation during the morning hours of June 21, 2017. community the opportunity to meet Col. Bass and Command Sgt. Maj. Quintana. The drivers were pleasantly surprised as shown by their smiling faces and eager salutations to both Bass and Quintana. During June many visitors, service members and civilians at Fort Master of Arms accompanying the garrison Directorate of Emergency Commander, Chris D. McCarley reached out to us, because he had several Master of Arms (MAs), that needed to conduct their annual training. MAs are what is known in the Army Acosta, Fort Buchanan supervisory This was a win-win situation we had more armed personnel for by receiving training under real (life) circumstances, said Acosta. experience and knowledge to our police team as well, said Fort Buchanan Feedback and partnership. The feedback from both, civilian police and from the MAs is one of the accomplishments. The MAs blended with the civilian police very well, said Acosta summing up the experience as an overall success. (L to R) MA2 Ral Martnez, in charge of this who participated in the patrolling and MA2 Pedro Rosario Arocho partnered with Fort Buchanans police to provide support and security. DES Police A. Atiles and Navy MA2 Pedro Rosario Arocho patrol the Fort Buchanan Exchange, a partnership that provides protection and crime prevention.
July 2017 12 El Morro graduation Story and photo by Grissel Rosa Fort Buchanan Garrison Commander, Colonel Guy D. Bass, welcomes Rear Admiral Jos Roberto Bueno, Jr. and members of his crew from the Brazilian Landing Ship Tank Garcia Davila during their visit to Puerto Rico on June 28, 2017 at General James A. Buchanan Conference Room. Photo and caption by Grissel Rosa, Brazilian Landing Ship On 15 June 2017, the United States Army Garrison Fort Buchanan, in Administration (VBA), conducted its third Warrior Training Advancement ceremony in under a year. During the James E. Manker, Jr., Acting their accomplishment, thanked their the graduates of their follow-on assignments during the commencement. Graduates will be reporting to work at WARTAC Class 17-06, the third class to graduate at Fort Buchanan, proudly posing with Col Bass and Manker, Jr. as they achieved the goal of completing the program that will provide them the TX, Waco TX, and Boston MA. During his remarks, Colonel Guy D. Bass, Fort Buchanan garrison commander, highlighted that There is no more noble work than to serve a Veteran, and no better person to understand their needs than a Veteran. presented remarks on behalf of the on the journey that we all embarked with hesitant cautious steps, we can see how far weve progressed and careers have taught us how to be strong graduates, remember to hold on to your values, your work ethic, and your dedication to the Veterans of our great nation, but most importantly, remember to stay true to yourselves! The following are the proud graduates of this third iteration of and great career opportunity. They are: Gamalier Acevedo, Shamilca Torres, Stephen Christopher Leyh, Alvarado.
13 El Morro July 2017 FBFD partners with local and federal agencies for HAZMAT training Story and photos by Rosie Irizarry From June 20 23, 2017 Fort Buchanans Fire Department with the assistance of Texas A & M Engineering (TEEX) conducted a training in military, local and federal agencies, on emergency response to hazardous materials (HazMat) incidents at the This course encompassed an allhazards approach to HazMat incidents, including acts of terrorism where Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) materials may have been used. It provided 65 participants the knowledge to recognize the hazardous material, protect themselves, notify others, and secure the scene, said Fire Captain this ground-breaking partnership based on a real need for emergency response entities on the island to be able to respond to these types of incidents. The following agencies took part in this initiative: SWAT team from 266th Det., 1st Mission Support Command Fire Department 215th Det. Management Management Management Caribe Medical Ambulance Luis Muoz Marn International Airport Our contribution not only targeted to provide our neighbors with such a demanding course but to be able to provide it free of cost is an invaluable asset. By assisting Texas A&M with some of the logistics we have been able to save them approximately $50k in equipment shipping, classroom, etc., Having had previous experience with the language barrier, this course included needing the service, he added. Translation services both to and from English and Spanish, were provided by Lighthouse Translations at no cost. This course has a value of $1,500 per person, and was fully funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant via TEEX, making it free of charge for all of the participants included in this course, indicated Cpt. There has been an exceptional response, the participants are appreciative of the training and have a high level of interest, I believe because of the people present and their culture, said Dan M. intense timed testing was carried out, the 65 participants had 10-minutes Equipment and the self contained breathing apparatus. They had 5-minutes to complete to complete a decon a decontamination of an individual. Most do the decon in less than The course provided knowledge on: of hazardous material, use and familiarity detection equipment, and personal In addition we received outstanding kitchen and sanitary services from the classroom training to 65 trainees from many military, local and federal agencies on HazMat Incidents. Fire Cpt. Hctor Rivera provides training information during the hands-on practice part of the HazMat course. course. Soldiers from the 266th FD Det., 1st MSC assist each other in the donning of the PPE, ensuring that it and the self-contained breathing apparatus is installed properly and within the 10-minute time limit for completion.
14 El Morro July 2017 General Grilling Tips Grilling is one of the favorite outdoor activities for those of us who enjoy a grilled steak, a slab of ribs or just having a good time with family and friends. To keep you and your following general guidelines: outdoors. The grill should be placed well away from the home, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches. Keep children and pets away from the grill area. Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill. Check the major connection points between the gas (propane) tank hose and the regulator and cylinder, and where the hose connects to the burners. Tighten if loose. Check the gas (propane) tank hose for the potential (gas) leaks. There are several ways to get the charcoal ready to use. Charcoal chimney starters allow you to start the charcoal using newspaper as a fuel. from heat sources. There are also electric charcoal starters, which do not use cool before disposing in a metal container. The Fort Buchanan wants you to know... Plain view items and walking back to your car If you are reading these articles on personal safety and thief. This third article of a series on personal safety has to do with valuables left inside your car while parked and the vulnerable time when you walk back and get inside your car. Too often valuables, such as, laptops, money, purses, and cell phones, etc., are left in plain view inside cars. It is an invitation for someone to break into your car and take them away. The thief will simply break a window with a hard object, stick his hand inside your car, and run away with several of your valued items. Can you imagine yourself without your cell phone, it would be like the end of the world! your valuables in plain view, thats it! Take them with you or put them inside the trunk of your car, either way your valuables scared person. He or she has many more cars to break into and they are afraid of getting caught. Therefore, the thief needs to spend as little time as possible in one robbery, if you make it hard, he or she will move onto a softer target. Another way to possibly become a crime statistic is when you return to your car. At times we park during the day to in the parking lot that has very poor or no lighting. minimize becoming a crime victim. First, park underneath or in the proximity of a lamppost so that it is lit at night. Second, call the security guard on duty to give you a ride or escort you to your car. Third, if there is no light from a lamppost and there are no security guards, start walking to your car and every 10th step or so look back, look to your left and to your want to be seen or recognized for obvious reasons. Before getting to the door of your car, you should have your keys out and ready to open the door lock (unless you have a modern car with a keyless entry system). Once inside your car immediately engage the locks, turn on the engine and chances of being a crime victim. Some people get inside their victim! The Fort Buchanan Police Department By Jorge Quiones
15 El Morro July 2017 Legal Corner Earn it! In May we celebrated one of the most important holidays in our nation Memorial Day, a day to honor those who faithfully served our nation. This national observance originally called Decoration Day, based on the tradition of Chief presents a wreath at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Our US Army Chaplain Corp. has three core competencies that guide all we do. They are: nurture the living, care for the wounded and honor the fallen. Several times throughout my career I have been part of a funeral detail for a fallen Soldier. It has always been my utmost privilege to render such an honor. However, I realize that many times society and even service members forget stories and be grateful for the freedom we enjoy. Memorial where an elderly man walks among the rows of gravestones accompanied by his wife, his daughter, his sonin-law, and three teenage granddaughters. He searches the crosses and stops at one, where he falls to his knees, crying. His family that walks behind him try to comfort him. It is the tombstone of Captain John Miller who took his men behind were killed in combat. I am sure most of us have seen this movie. All of Captain Millers men died in the search. Even dying breath, tells him Earn this. Earn it. Suddenly the movie goes back to the scene at the cemetery where an old that he hopes he has lived up to his wish and been worthy of all that Miller and his men did for him. He asks his wife if hes led a good life and if hes a good Today I echo these words: Earn this, earn it. I ask, are we living a life up to the expectations of all the men and Memorial Day and honor our fallen comrades by living Living a life that proves we Earn it! CH (Maj.) Wanda I. Acevedo Garrison Command Chaplain Chaplains Corner and military notarizations prevents unnecessary complications. statements, and notarized applications) is consecutively numbered. Deeds (known as escrituras in Spanish) are deed, which must remain part of his/her annual books of deeds for the rest of his/her life and even thereafter, given the fact that when a notary passes away, his/her books of deeds are seized and stored away by the governmental act requires government fees of some sort, starting with a $5 of all, always free of charge. Their authority springs out of 10 U.S. Code, Sections 1044a-d. They may be carried civilian paralegals. But not everybody is eligible for these services. In general, only members of the armed forces (to include reserve and retired) and their dependents are any requirement of form, substance, formality, or recording required under any state law. The original of the notarized document will always be provided to the client and neither particularity may at times become critical. For example, if your civilian will is lost or destroyed, you can easily obtain another copy from either the notary or the archivist. Should your military will be lost or destroyed however, the testator will have no recourse except that of, should he/she remain alive and competent, have a new one made. With regards to powers of attorney, which are the legal instruments most often prepared at the Installation Legal military power of attorney is exempt from any requirement of form, substance, formality, or recording otherwise executed in accordance with the laws of the State concerned. for its intended purpose, it cannot be turned down because it was not prepared in accordance with the ILO at (787) 707-5138 or at Building 390 should you have any questions or concerns regarding this or any other legal matter. Thank you for your service. Lt. Col. Daniel C. Estaville
16 El Morro July 2017 Fort Buchanan inaugurates Soldiers Story by Grissel Rosa The United States Army Garrison honoring our fallen heroes, veterans, and the families left behind by those May 25, 2017. The Memorial Day Commemoration ceremony included the dedication of a refurbished World the installation, the renaming of the roadways adjacent to the plaza The events culminated with the laying of wreaths at the Army monument by one of our Survivor Outreach Services families. Jess Galvez, chief of operations and maintenance with the instaltion directorate of Public Works, at the base of the World War II era air-raid siren during the Memorial Day Commemoration. Col. Harvey, garrison commander, and Javier Morales, veteran of the 65th Infantry Regiment prepare to lay a wreath honoring the fallen. The WW II era air-raid siren was found in a heavily wooded area on the installation by Justin Gehrke, cybersecurity division chief, Network Enterprise Center. Photo by Justin Gehrke, NEC Col.Harvey and members of the Congressional Gold Medal awarded 65th Infantry Regiment take a picture with the new Patriot Blvd. road sign. Photos by Jos Lpez, VI Specialist The events, hosted by USAG Fort Buchanan Garrison Commander, Colonel Michael T. Harvey, started with the inauguration of Fort the intersection of Memorial Drive was described as a place of reverence, honor and remembrance to pay tribute to our Service Members. was followed by the unveiling of the World War II era air-raid siren. The artifact was used to warn the population of approaching danger. The dedication Siren This air-raid siren was installed on Fort Buchanan in the early 1940s to warn the installation and island of enemy aircraft during World War II and throughout the Cold War era. The air-raid siren was found in a heavily wooded area on the installation by Center teammate. The air-raid siren major repairs when moved from a hilltop by our dedicated Directorate United States Army Garrison, Fort Buchanan thanks the entire team at Fort Buchanan and confers special recognition to Mr. Billy Summers for his dedication, enthusiasm, and caring support in refurbishing the air-raid siren providing future generations an opportunity to learn about historic civil defense equipment. Dedicated on 25 May 2017. Col. Harvey unveiled the street signs that renamed the roadways Boulevard converge symbolically at those who taught us that the essence of patriotism relies in our willingness to our freedom. The Memorial Day Commemoration, 1860, paid tribute to the brave men and women who took the Oath of Allegiance as members of the United States of Americas Armed Forces and died honoring their word, commitment and loyalty. Col. Harvey requested of Memorial Day It isnt just another holiday. It isnt just about backyard barbecues, the latest sale at the mall or deeper meaning. everlasting gratefulness to the military families, especially the Gold Star Family members in the audience for their continued service to their his wife Ketty G. Marrero represented the families of those service members behalf of freedom and our democratic way of life during the Wreath Laying Ceremony. as well as the Memorial Day commemoration were enthusiastically received by the attendees. The site was immediately embraced as a special place of honor and distinctive the ceremony attests to our promise to remember the fallen, to stand in solidarity with their loved ones and nations freedom.
July 2017 17 El Morro 17 El Morro Garrison holds 2nd Quarter Team Meeting Story by Rosie Irizarry USAG Fort Buchanan held its 2nd Quarter Team Meeting, formerly called Town Hall May 19, 2017 at the installations Community Club and Conference Center. Lt. Col. Daniel C. Estaville, Mobilization and Security provided security awareness preparedness Col. Michael T. Harvey, garrison commander presented awards and honors for time in service as well as for outstanding support. During his last address as Garrison Commander, Col. Harvey provided a summary of the many accomplishments by the garrison, tenant organizations and partners during his tenure here. Lt. Col. Estaville, the installation SJA, provided a on DOD and Army Transgender Service Policy Keith Grezlik, DPW received from Col. Harvey recognition for 5-years of service in the U.S. Government. Milton Burgos-Daz, received from Col. in recognition for 10-years of service in the U.S. Government. Ricardo Santiago, DES received in recognition for 20-years of service in the U.S. Government from Col. Harvey. Twenty-nine, 2016 Combined Federal Campaign SuperGivers were awarded appreciation of their generosity, commitment and outstanding contribution to the campaign. Angie Ramrez, CFC coordinator presented the Silver category award for PR and the USVI, 2016 Combined Federal Campaign. Melba A. Irizarry, DHR and Fabiana E. Nevado, recognition for 15-years of service in the U.S. Government. Flix Cruz Lpez, DPW and Luis A. Cruz, DHR 35-years of service in the U.S. Government from Col. Harvey. DHR received from Col. Harvey in recognition for 30-years of service in the U.S. Government. security specialist with DPTMS provided security awareness preparedness tenants during this, his last Team Meeting as Fort Buchanan Garrison Commander. Col. Harvey and presented Estrella Casanova, DFMWR with an award for support to the Fort Buchanan BOSS program. V. Waters, Jr. was presented an award by Col. Harvey in recognition for the work he did with the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers Program on post. Luis A. Cruz, LRC received from Col. in recognition for 35-years of service in the U.S. Government. Angie Lpez, DPW director received on Robles, DPW a symbolic cash award for outstanding service. Juan R. Sanfeliz, DFMWR received in recognition for 25-years of service in the U.S. Government from Col. Harvey. Jos Lpez, DPTMS received a coin for excellence from Col. Harvey.
July 2017 18 El Morro Fort Buchanan renames streets for U.S. Army Reserves 109th birthday Story by Grissel Rosa Photos by Rosie Irizarry, PA Specialist Neysa Maldonado, DFMWR received a symbolic on-the-spot award for $500 from Col. Michael T. Harvey, garrison commander, for her rendering of the Minuteman mural during the inauguration of the facility. On April 21, 2017 USAG Fort Buchanan made history during the commemoration of the 109th United marked the dedication of the Bowling Center deck after the Minutemen. The area will be known as Minutemen Terrace. The celebration continued in front of the garrison headquarters building where Crane Loop Street was named Double Eagle Avenue. building of the 1st Mission Support named Citizen-Soldier Way. The events of the day concluded with a tour of the installation and a lunch held at the Community Club and Conference Center with the participation of the The Minutemen Terrace located behind the Bowling Center depicts Division, Directorate of Family, Maldonado received a symbolic onthe-spot award for $500 from garrison commander, Col. Michael T. Harvey during the inauguration of the facility. The terrace has an excellent view of the surrounded by bamboo trees. Col. Harvey provided a brief history of the Minutemen. They were civilian colonists who independently organized to form well-prepared militia companies self-trained in weaponry, tactics, and military strategies from the American colonial partisan militia War. They were also known for being ready at a minutes notice, hence the name. The military history of the have remarkable similarities since both resilient to be able to perform at their to face challenges, adapt to change, and be ready to face any mission. The the Minutemen during the American Armys operational force to accomplish its missions and mobilize rapidly when required, in a minutes notice. The celebration of the 109th birthday in front of the garrison headquarters building where Crane Loop Street was named Double Eagle Avenue. Thus The Double Eagle represents the Army and their mission. Col. Harvey, emphasized a quote from Stephen Ambrose, American historian who summarized the meaning of being a citizen soldier when he said: At the core, the American citizen right and wrong, and they didnt want to live in a world in which wrong prevailed. So they fought, and won, and we all of us, living and yet to be born, must be forever profoundly grateful. In commemoration of the 109th garrison commander, Harvey, named The hand painted mural of the minuteman symbol for the U.S. Army Reserves adorns the wall of the newly inaugurated Minuteman Terrace at the post Bowling Center. Brig. Gen. Alberto C. Rosende, commanding general, 1st Mission Support Command, and Col. Michael T. Harvey, garrison commander commissioner for Puerto Rico to Plaza Primeros, at the 1st MSC facility. Col. Harvey explaining the symbolism behind the new name, unveils the new street sign, Double Eagle Ave. replacing what was formely known as Crane Loop. Santoni, Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army, Emeritus.
19 El Morro July 2017 Photos by Rosie Irizarry, PA Specialist FB renames streets (cont. from page 18) country as a Soldier and a Citizen. Col. Harvey explained, that the Double Eagle you see in the patch of Citizen, and their mission. If you look further, youll see that the eagle faces in both directions, denoting vigilance and a wide-ranging scope of ability and expertise. The red, white the gold stands for excellence, said. who said: The Soldier is the Army. The Soldier is also a citizen. In fact, the highest obligation and privilege of citizenship is that of bearing arms for ones country. to Citizen Soldier Way recognizes the 1st Mission Support Command, whose units support the Army forces within the area of operations that encompasses Central, South America and the Caribbean in shaping security environments, reassuring partnerships with Latin America and deterring aggression from U.S. enemies. As the two main roads Double Eagle Avenue and the Citizen Soldier Way converge, so does the history Army Garrison Fort Buchanan, noted Col. Harvey. The events commemorating the 109th with a tour of the installation hosted by Col. Harvey and a luncheon held at the Community Club and Conference Center attended by garrison directors Santoni, Civilian Aide to the Secretary Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the among all participants in celebration of events also provided the opportunity to show visitors the partnerships among Fort Buchanan garrison and the 1st Mission Support Command as well as provided the opportunity to discuss the installation plans to improve its facilities. invitation and opportunity to partake in this historic event. 1st MSC command historian exchanged tokens of appreciation with each other as a sign of friendship and to commemorate her visit to Fort Buchanan. Luis A. Soto, Civilian Aide to the Secretary for Puerto Rico, and Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Flix A. Santoni, Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army, Emeritus pose behind the unveiled new street signs dedicated to our Army. Commemorating the U.S. Army Reserves 109th birthday the traditional cake cutting ceremony was held. The Hon. Resident Commissioner addressed the Soldiers and attendees sharing her hopes for the installation. CASA, as she walked the entire span of Plaza Primeros greeting all the Soldiers and civilians present. Col. Harvey provided details of the soon to be inaugurated Soldiers Plaza during the tour of the (R) Anibal Negrn, environmental chief with the department of public works presents the details about Cemex lake and its particularities
July 2017 20 El Morro Boy Scout Troop 572 partners with Fort Buchanan FB Fire Department award ceremony for going above the call of duty Story and photo by Grissel Rosa Boy Scout Troop 572 from Carolina Buchanan May 19-21, 2017. During their visit, the troop comprised of 35 Scouts executed various activities geared towards Scouts advancement badges such as: water survival and Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare Spout instructed the troop on water survival and rescue using the water park facilities, where they also received training on extracting a body from the the Directorate of Emergency Services the Boy Scouts from Colegio Bautista de Carolina on law enforcement, awareness, respectively. from the DES-Fire Department members had the opportunity to train at the Fire Department trailer extinguishers. Scoutmaster of BSA Troop 572 has 35 years of service with the Boy Scouts of America, from Scout all the way to Eagle Scout. Scouting is a movement that promotes leadership and trust in decision making, said. The experience has helped him professionally as well as military. with his Scoutmaster and added that this movement creates good men, men with values. This is the school of life. His brother Luis Bentez, who is also waiting for this camping opportunity at Fort Buchanan to receive information provided by the various resources at the military installation. Edgard Aguilar Scouting creates a brotherhood for life. The U.S. Army Garrison Fort Buchanan and the installations Fire Department rendered special recognition to the men and women of the department
July 2017 21 El Morro Major retires Story and photos by Rosie Irizarry Story and photos by Rosie Irizarry family and friends former Garrison Command Sergeant Major, Command in a ceremony held June 9, 2017 at Mission Support Command (MSC) headquarters in Fort Buchanan. In an emotional ceremony, honored after having served for 29-years with a solemn traditional Flag-Folding Ceremony presented by Soldiers with the 1st MSC Funeral and Ceremony Color Guard. The ceremony symbolizes gratitude and honor to those that have served the United States with pride. Master of ceremony, retired member of the garrison Directorate of you for this opportunity, being able to preside over a retirement ceremony is a huge honor. Its one that doesnt come often and especially for a Command deputy garrison commander. master of ceremony recited the poem, Old Glory. Lt. Col. Dillon, on behalf of the with the prestigious Legion of Merit, for her support during his years of service. Buenos dias familia, yes, if you are here sharing this special moment Former Garrison Command Sergeant Major Luis A. Rosario Vlez addresses attendees of his retirement ceremony June 9, 2017 at Sgt. Ramos Hall 1st MSC facility. Emergency Services (DES) and other directorates, Soldiers from the 1st Mission Support Commands 266th Fire Company, friends, and family Operations Chief April 24, 2017 at Fort Chief Baker and Chief Toyloy received recognitions for their honorable service to Fort Buchanans DES and the community. Each thanked their families and coworkers for the support received during their time on post. Most notably Baker received from Toyloy received a plaque in the form will take with him to his new position Chief with the Department of Veterans (L to R) DES Director Arturo Calzadilla, Brian Toyloy, departing Police Operations Chief and Police Chief Jorge Quiones display the his unconditional support provided during his assignment here. Lt. Col. Patrick Dillon, deputy garrison commander presented the recognitions and awards on behalf of the Fort Buchanan Garrison Command. Out of all the speeches I have written this is one I was never ready for. These past few weeks have been full of mixed emotions, said in an emotive speech thanked his family, especially his wife and kids for their continuous support throughout his career. Today, although I would like to capacity. Command Sgt. Maj. Rosario and his wife, Janitza Negrn gently hold the folded U.S. solemn reciting of the poem, Old Glory by of ceremony.
July 2017 22 El Morro 2nd Strike Sexual Assault bowling tournament to create awareness on Sexual tournament held at Fort Buchanans Bowling Center on April 27, 2017. The programs mission is to reduce with an aim toward the Army through cultural change, prevention, intervention, investigation, accountability, advocacy/response, assessment, and training to sustain the All-Volunteer Force. As stated by Brigadier General the opportunity to have a good time with various representatives of the armed forces as we share the awareness message with their members and various activities to educate and create we recently conducted a walk through Old San Juan in which we distributed educational materials, he added. Joint Headquarters and organizer of this annual event, highlighted the objectives of the program. They are: Convey the message that sexual assault can be prevented. Treat victims Story and photo by Grissel Rosa with sensitivity. Create a supportive environment. Alleviate the fear of reprisal. Delay actions of collateral misconduct. Among participants in the event were Puerto Rico National Guard representatives (L) and USAG Fort Buchanan members (R) pose for a group picture showing the collaboration between both Army components in support of the SHARP Program. FB honors garrison volunteers Story and photos by Rosie Irizarry Army Community Services recognized all garrison volunteers April event at the Fort Buchanan Community Club and Conference Center. This years Army Volunteer Corps (AVC) theme was Army Volunteers: Service for Life recognizing Army volunteers throughout the world. In a festive spirit volunteers dressed and cultures, and were greeted by ACS The masters of ceremony were the Garrison Command Sergeant Major Together they called forward the organizations represented and the volunteers to be recognized with plaques and trophies. Through volunteerism, AVC develops and enhances volunteers career mobility, establishes and promotes a lifelong commitment to service, taken from U.S. Army Installation Management Command, Volunteer Appreciation Week Standto. The highlight of the event was a surprise for the volunteers of a Fort Buchanans DFMWR Army Community pose for a group photo. (L) A Batucada, a drum group, Vejigante and Puerto Rican dancers on stilts delighted the volunteers with music and dance.
July 2017 23 El Morro Armed Forces Day run FB Earth Day Acknowledge the Past, Story and photos by Rosie Irizarry Story by Rosie Irizarry The Fort Buchanan 10th Anniversary Army Earth Day Expo was held at the installation Community Club and Conference Center April 28, 2017. An estimated over 600 visitors, with great participation from the Antilles Consolidated Schools visited the expo to participate of the exhibits and free information provided. Amongst the exhibitors were 14 federal agencies and branches, and 16 state agencies. Also private businesses collaborated for the success of the event. Ten of the many presentations on display were directly oriented towards enhance our environment, said Anbal of this event. William S. Leyh, Deputy to the Garrison Commander, welcomed all participants, guests and speakers on behalf of the command and also addressed how sustainability supports the mission. Army Earth Day supports the Armys mission by preserving the natural environment on Army installations and contributes to the wellbeing of its communities. Assistant Secretary of the Army (Installations, Energy and Environment) Stand-to. and presentations on subjects such as 10 year accomplishment over-view by of Sustainability by Heather Brown, Fort Buchanan Antilles High School science students, and Boa constrictor, others. William S. Leyh, D2GC welcomed and addressed participants, and speakers to the 10th Army Earth Day Expo at Fort Buchanan. Jos A. Quiones, PR Department of Agriculture Natural Resources section, displays for visiting children one of the many variety of snakes found in Puerto Rico. Army Earth Day participants. Fort Buchanan held its traditional run in commemoration of Armed Forces Day May 19, 2017. The run lead by Garrison Commander Col. Michael T. Harvey and Garrison Command Sgt. Maj., Command Sgt. accompanied by incoming Garrison Command Sgt. Maj., Command Sgt. Maj. Heriberto Quintana. Mission Support Command, U.S. the Out of the Box Warriors from the Fort Buchanan Fitness Center, garrison civilians and representatives of tenant organizations. on May 20, 1950 after Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to Force Days, on August 31, 1949.