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Gift of the Panama Canal Museum


Tropic


Times


Quarry Helghts, Republic of Panama


Friday, June 11, 1993


U. V o I L . .L-

"In order to handle
everybody in a mass
casualty drill and treat
them to our best ability, we
rely on a priority system.
This means the people
who need immediate
treatment can get it right
away."

Pledger
A " Dental officer


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CWO 2 George Durham, 128th Aviation Brigade, is lowered by pulley to the operating room on a lower deck onboard
the USS Cleveland during a simulated mass casualty exercise.

Teams conduct mass casualty drill


by Debbie Erhardt
U.S. Naval Station Panama Canal PublicAffairs
ABOARD THE USS CLEVELAND -
Elements of the U.S. Southern Com-
mand team came together to exercise a
two-part, two-service disaster scenario
off the coast of Panama June 1.
The USS Cleveland and elements of
the 228th Aviation Battalion,214th Medi-
cal Detachment, and 617th Special Op-
erations Aviation Detachment took part


in the exercise, designed to allow the
Navy to conduct amass casualty exercise
in conjunction with Army helicopters
conducting DeckLanding Qualifications.
UH-60 Blackhawk and CH-47 Chi-
nook helicopters dropped onto the deck
of the landing platform dock ship during
the first phase of the exercise. They un-
loaded people who were "wounded" or
who were being evacuated.
"The Non-Combatant Evacuation
Exercise we conducted was set up so that


we could get mass casualty training in
handling incoming wounded from the
flight deck as both an air and medical
drill," said Lt. Robert Fleck, ship's medi-
cal officer.
In a scene out of "M*A*S*H," the
flight deck crew bore the wounded offthe
helicopters on stretchers into triage, where
corpsman and dental technicians took
over. The twenty wounded, "bloodied"
with moulage to simulate their injuries,
were moved directly into the triage, which


was converted mess deck areas right off
the flight deck. The area became the
center of activity for the mass casualty
exercise.
"From what we saw come in off the
flight deck, we were pretty over-
whelmed," Fleck said. "Had this been a
real situation we would have been very
busy for a very long time."
The exercise wasn't real, but didn't
lack for realism, said participants.
"I thought it went really well. The
casualties were 'moulaged' up very real-
istically for their injuries," said Lt. Mark
Pledger, dental officer.
The injuries ranged from major head
wounds and missing limbs to broken
, arms and shrapnel wounds.
"The injured already had a prelimi-
nary diagnosis printed on a card and
attached to them when they came off the
helos," Pledger said.
"My job was to take a look at them in
the triage area and make a preliminary
assessment to ascertain the degree of
their injuries.
"In order to handle everybody in a
mass casualty drill and treat them to our
best ability, we rely on priority system,"
Pledger said. "This means the people
who need immediate treatment can get it
right away."
The entire ship's crew took part in the
exercise, but Pledger said that is was by


See casualty, page 2


Fort Espinar's water problems traced to old pipe


FORT DAVIS (USARSO PAO-Atlantic) - 'Fort
Espinarresidents are encouraged to conserve water..."
Fort Espinar residents have been hearing this an-
nouncement alot lately and may be wondering what the
problem with the waters and why they should conserve
water.
There are two water tanks on Fort Espinar, but they
provide the pressure to supply water not only to Fort
Espinar residents, but to every community from Fort
Espinarto Galeta Island, and from Colon to Cativa, said
Maj. Perry Colvin, Atlantic Directorate ofEngineering
and Housing.
The water line is more than 40 years old and the
Panama Canal Commission gave it to Panama between
1979 and 1980. Responsibility for the line was turned
over to the government of Panama's water utility com-
pany, known by its Spanish acronym, IDAAN, he said.
The line was looped with a backup line so water
outages would not occur. The turnover took place while




Fuertes Caminos '93 program
ends with monument dedicated to
four years of projects.


Gen. Manuel Noriega was in power, however, and the
money for supplies was diverted. So when the mainline
broke, the utility company couldn't repairit. There have
been no major upgrades sincethe turnover, and thepipe
type and size is no longer made, Colvin said.
IDAAN also continues to put more customers on line
without increasing storageorproduction capacity, Colvin
said.
The recent water problems are a result of two new
communities being put online, Villadel Caribe and Los
Lagos; the expansion of San Judas; and fresh water
refitting to ships at the former Coco Solo Navy piers,
Colvin said.
Because Fort Espinar is at the beginning of the
distribution system and Galetais at the end, they are the
first two areas to lose water when there is a problem,
Colvin said.
DEH is doing what it can to be take care of problems
before they happen and to make sure its customers




Model builder of 30 years turns
cardboard into realistic works of
art.


always have water, Colvin said.
Budget restraints on IDAAN mean the utility can't
buy equipment or place workers in each province or
major city. IDAAN equipment is spread throughout the
country, and is often not readily available near Colon,
Colvin said.
Therefore, IDAAN relies on DEH and PCC for
people, supplies and equipment to fix the problems in
this area, Colvin said.
DEH, PCC and IDAAN have joined together to stop
water loss before it happens. They monitor the water
tank levels and check the lines every day, and each
organization knows what to do in case of a break.
Colvin encourages residents in these areas to do their
part in always conserving water, and especially when
messages are broadcast on Southern Command Net-
work television and radio stations. By that time, there
may only be one to two days of water in the reserve
tanks, Colvin said.



*Third set of locks, page 4.
*AF investigates general, page 5.
*Over-30 hoops title, page 12.


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June 11, 1993


Troop talk U.S.Navy photo by PH2Roberto Taylor

Lt. Gen. Norman E. Ehlert, Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans, Policies and Operations, Headquarters
Marine Corps, talks to troops from the Marine Corps Security Force Company during a June 4 visit.



Proper house, garden pesticides use


can prevent accidental poisonings


GORGAS ARMY COMMUNITY HOSPITAL (US-
ARSO PAO)- House and garden pesticides are not only
poisonous to pests, but also to people if not used
properly, said an Army entomology expert here.
This might seem obvious, but several people are
injured or killed by accidental pesticide poisonings
every year, explained Maj. Nelson Powers, chief of
Entomology Section, Preventive Medicine.
"Pesticides are simple nerve agents, yet people handle
them without due respect," Powers said.
House and garden pesticides are labeled to be used
for those purposes, and should not to be used in any
manner except as noted on the label, Powers said.
All pesticides for sale in the Army and Air Force
Exchange Service system and commissaries are regis-
tered with the Environmental Protection Agency, he
said. Those sold in locally may not be EPA registered.
"Some pesticides found in local markets are to be
used only by professionally trained and certified pest
controllers," Powers said.
The labels on EPA registered pesticides inform
buyers of who to call in case of accidental poisoning,
protective clothing to wear when using the product, how
to mix and dispense the pesticide, which pests it's meant


to control and precautions to use to prevent poisoning
animals, Powers pointed out.
"Also, if you look at the label carefully, which you
should, there is a disclaimer stating that dispensing
pesticides in any manner different from that described
on the label is in violation of federal laws," he said. "In
other words, the label is the law."
Many pesticide-related accidents happen when chil-
dren are left alone and swallow the product, or when
pesticides are left in improper containers.
"In one such poisoning incident, the pesticide was
stored in a soft drink bottle," Powers said.
Powers said pesticides should be:
*stored in a locked cabinet. The cabinet should be
outside the living area and not subjected to temperature
extremes, particularly high temperatures. Aerosol bomb
type pesticides may rupture under extremely high tem-
peratures;
+always stored in the original container with a
legible label;
*stored with the container top or lid securely closed;
*stored away from food or clothing;
*bought and used only as needed for a specific pest;
*disposed of as recommended on-the label.


Casualty

From page 1
no means an easy job.
"This was a hard thing to pull off. You could tell that
a lot of different people had to get involved and it was a
major evolution. The more real we can get in a drill like
this the better the training," he said.
The exercise's size and complexity forced the medi-
cal crew to recognize one reality: communication saves
lives.
"One of the most important things with working in a
mass casualty exercise is communication. Ensuring
yourpatients injuries are brought to the medical officer's
attention and he knows what is going on between the
stretcher bearers and the medical crew is essential to
success," said hospital Corpsman Daniel Woods.
The need for communication was great in this exer-
cise, which simulated 20 wounded people. But the ship's
medical officer said that might be just a beginning.
"In a real situation there is no specific guideline that
says you can receive any one number of casualties
because that would limit us," Pledger said. "We would
keep receiving until we exhaust all resources and are out
of supplies."
The size of the disaster they might face is unknown,
but the medical team knows how to get ready for it, said
the ship's medical division officer and independent duty
corpsman.
"This training is excellent because we get to practice
a mass casualty drill, which is probably one of the worst
medical scenarios you could have," said Hospital Divi-
sion Corpsman HM1 Dwayne Hammond.
"The more you practice it, the better you get at
handling something like this."
Planning something like this also takes practice, they
said. Planning for this operation was coordinated jointly
between Commander in Chief Atlantic Fleet Detach-
ment South and the 228th Aviation Battalion. Coordina-
tion on board the Cleveland included the entire crew.
"You really can't plan enough for a mass casualty
situation. There is always going to be wrenches thrown
into the system,' Hammond said. "It is very important to
remain calm and be ready for anything, to stay flexible."
Flexibility is not a new idea aboard the Cleveland.
The ship was designed as an amphibious carrier for
Marines, but its mission has been slowly evolving with
the U.S. military's post-Cold War role.
"This NEO exercise simulates reality. We've done
NEOs in places as diverse as Somalia, Liberia, the
Philippines and we practice and simulate training so
when the real thing comes about we're ready and the
Army helos are ready as well," said Captain George
Galdorisi.
"The Navy is moving towards a 'from the sea'
strategy, and when you look at joint operations with the
services like what you see here today with the NEO
exercise and deck landings, you bring all of those
elements together and get some excellent joint service
training."
"We normally think of amphibious ships in terms of
these John Wayne movies with hundreds of these crafts
heading to the beaches. That isn't our biggest mission
now," Galdorisi said. "It is things like the NEO exercise
and humanitarian relief. This ship is ideal for these
kinds of missions," he said.
"This is one of the most important things we do.
When you look at the pillars of the national military
strategy, be that a forward presence or crisis response, I
think this certainly qualifies for that."


User-friendly system automates personnel actions


by SSgt Rian Clawson
24th Wing Public Affairs
HOWARD AFB - PC-Illis notrelated
to R2D2 or C3PO, but it does have a
distinct link to Air Force of the future.
Personnel Concept - III was tested at
Moody AFB, Ga., beginning in 1988,
explained Lt. Col. Bill Ray, who is the
Air Force Military Personnel Center's
PC-III installation and training team chief.
A team installed the personnel and
information management system in the
base's unit orderlyrooms and majorwork
centers, at social actions and education
offices, and other areas.
Officials tested and refined the system
for almost two years before declaring it
ready for installation at other bases.
McConnell AFB, Kan., was the first base
to get the system, in November 1989.
"PC-III was.created to automate many


time-consuming and redundant person-
nel processes and update procedures,"
Ray said. "It also decentralizes the per-
sonnel data base to unit commanders and
staff agencies."
Managers no longer have to go to the
military personnel flight and wait for
help to create or update personnel files on
people. PC-III allows them to do it from
theirown orderlyrooms orwork centers.
Members can use the system to update
personnel locator data and assignment
preference records.
"Just recently we've gotten the En-
listed Quarterly Assignments Listing and
the Officer's Assignment Bulletin Board
on line with PC-III," said MSgt. John
Potts, noncommissioned officerin charge
of the PC-III training team.
"With this information at their finger-
tips, people can make intelligent choices
when they update their dream sheets."


PC-II installation and conversion also
gives people access to personnel mail and
office automation software, like word
processing, spreadsheets, data bases,
project management and more.
Howard is one of the last bases to get
PC-III. It's now installed on almost every
Air Force installation in the world. Offi-
cials expect all AirForce bases not sched-
uled to close to be on line by Sept. 30.
People who have used the system have
been surprised how "user friendly" PC-
III is.
"With menu driven screens, on-line
help and tutorial screens, PC-Ill is really
easy to use," said A1C Stef Kremer,
personnel systems management special-
ist.
"It has more than 180 pre-formatted
packages - for example, Enlisted Per-
formance Reports and Air Force Spe-
cialty Code upgrade requests.


"These show you a form on the com-
puterscreenand youjust fillinthe blanks,"
she explained. "When you print it out on
a laser printer, it looks even better than a
similar item done on a typewriter."
PC-III will also enhance other quality
products of the future.
"Before too long we expect the PC-III
interface to be expanded to include pro-
cesses with the legal and finance offices,
and even AirForce hospitals and clinics,"
Ray said.
The PC-III system is now functional at
Howard, but military personnel flight
officials have not completed training for
everyone who will be using it. Members
can not get on the system - and should
not try to do so- until they have received
this training.
Members may call Sgt. Sharon Stewart,
284-4967, to learn more about how the
PC-III force can be with them.




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Tropic Times 3
June 11, 1993


Fuertes Caminos '93 ends with dedication


Monument represents
four years of projects
CAIZAN, CHIRIQUI PROVINCE,
Panama (USARSO PAO) - Fuertes
Caminos '93 officially ended with a rib-
bon cutting ceremony and the unveiling
of a monument honoring the Fuertes
Caminos program here June 3.
U.S. Southern Command Commander-
in-ChiefGen. George Joulwan, Panama's
Minister of Education Marco Alarcon
Alfredo Arias and other Southern Com-
mand and Panama government officials
were present for the unveiling of the
monument. The officials praised the sol-
diers and Panamanian government work-
ers of Task Force Rushmore for their
accomplishments.
The monument represents the fourth
year the governments of Panama and the
United States have combined efforts to
enhance Panama's infrastructure with a
focus on schools, health clinics and roads
in the interior provinces.
This year, the soldiers and civilians of
Task Force Rushmore repaired 27 kilo-
meters of road, five bridges, 16 schools
and health clinics and dug 30 wells dur-
ing FC '93.
The residents of Plaza Caizan and
neighboring villages havebeenableto see
the efforts displayed by more than 5,000
soldiers who came to Panama from all
over the United States to work shoulder-
to-shoulder, sun-up to sun-down, with
the men of ChiriquiProvince, said Alfredo
Arias Grimaldo, minister of Public
Works.


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U.S. Army photo by Sgt EJ. Herom
U.S. Southern Command Commander-in-Chief Gen. George Joulwan and Panama's Minister of Education Marco
Alarcon Alfredo Arias walk through the crowd during the closing ceremonies of Fuertes Caminos '93.


Joulwan thanked the troops for their
hard work and said their true satisfaction
will come with the knowledge that Pana-
manian children will go to schools in a
better learning environment and that
health care for Panamanians has been


improved and lives will be saved. Joul-
wan also commented that Panamanian
farmers will have a better road to take
their crops to the market on because ofthe
hard work of all those involved in the
project.


Brig. Gen. James Wilson, U.S. Army
South commander, also unveiled plaque
during a ceremony following the FC '93
closing dedicating and naming a school
in honor of the Fuertes Caminos pro-
gram.


FORTCLAYTON(USARSOPAO)
- A new list of off-limits areas and
establishments has been released by
Brig. Gen. James L. Wilson, U.S. Army
South commander.
All bordellos remain off limits and
PML Bravo and the 2-5 am. curfew
throughout Panama remains in effect.
The following establishments and
areas are off limits in Panama City:
Ovalo Bar, Building 17-100,
Monteserin Street, Grid 7C; Buffalo
Bar (Paris), J Street, Grid 6C; Cueva
del Zorro (Foxhole) Bar, Building 7,
Estudiante Street, Grid 6C; La Gloria
Building 34, Avenue 1 South,
Carrasquilla, Grid 18E; Gruta Azul
(Blue Goose), Building 2178, Via
Espana, Rio Abajo, Grid 20E; Fenix
Club, Building 2269, 17th Street, Rio
Abajo, Grid 25D; Hollywood Area of


U.S. Army South releases


new off-limits areas list


Curundu, Frangipani Avenue and Bella
Vista Road, Grid 8F.
The following establishments and ar-
eas are off limits in Colon; Esquire Bar,
13th Street and Central Avenue; La
Amistad Bar, 10th Street and Guerrero
Avenue; Hotel/brotheladjacenttoOlimpia
Bar, 11th Street and Bolivar Avenue;
Hotel/brothel adjacent to Casanova Bar,
11th Street and Bolivar Avenue; Hotel/
brothel adjacent to Calridge Bar, 10th
Street and Bolivar Avenue; Hotel/brothel
adjacent to LaFlor Bar, 10th Street and
Bolivar Avenue.


The following areas are not off limits,
but have been declared high crime areas
in Panama City: Chorillo, bounded by
4th of July Avenue, Poetas Avenue, An-
con Avenue and De La Ossa Street; An-
con, bounded by 4th of July Avenue, J
Street, Central Avenue and De La Ossa
Street; Curundu, bounded by Frangipani
Avenue and Bella Vista Road; Panama
Viejo, bounded by Ernesto T. Lefevre
Avenue, Cincuentenario Avenue and
Santa Elena Street; San Miguelto,
bounded by Transisthmian Highway and
Domingo Diaz Highway; Rio Abajo,


bounded by 91st Street West and 99th
Street West.
The following are considered high
crime areas in Colon: Playita Area,
bounded by Del Frente Avenue, 8th
Street, 4th Street and Limon Bay;
Pueblo Nuevo, bounded by Central
Avenue, 16th Street East to Roosevelt
Avenue and Manzanillo Bay.
High crime areas are not off limits,
but they are dangerous, especially after
dark, officials said. Those who must
travel through these areas should use
extreme caution, they added.
Officials advised U.S. personnel
here to monitor the Southern Com-
mand Network for announcements re-
garding additional areas to avoid.
For information, call the Garrison
Provost Marshal Office at 287-4401/
4402.


Africanized honey bees attack 22 infantrymen


GORGAS ARMY COMMUNITY HOSPITAL (US-
ARSO PAO) - A swarm of Africanized honey bees
attacked 22 soldiers while the soldiers were providing
support as opposition forces for the Jungle Operations
Training Center in May.
The soldiers, from Company C, 5th Battalion, 87th
Infantry, and a unit deployed from the states, were
resting near the Gatun drop zone when a swarm of bees
flew into the platoon.
"The first thing we heard was the buzzing and all of
a sudden the bees were everywhere," said 2nd Lt Darrin
Mirkarimi, platoon leader.
The stinging attack lasted for 15-20 minutes, said
Mirkarimi, who was stung more than 100 times.
The soldiers ran to get away from the swarm, but were
hampered by 10-foot high grass.
Once the soldiers reached the drop zone, they radioed
for helicopters and were transported to the Fort Sherman
Troop Medical Clinic where they were treated for bee
stings and heat injuries caused by the incident.
From January-November 1992,90 people were treated
at Gorgas for bee stings; 27 of the patients were active
duty personnel, reported Maj. Nelson Powers, chief of
Entomology Department.


Though most swarms occur when people disturb the
Africanized bees, this incident was just a freak accident,
Powers said.
"TheAfricanized honey bees are very defensive about
their hives and swarms are most often caused when
someone turns over a rock or comes into contact with
them in some way," he said.
The Africanized honey bee is the result of an experi-
ment conducted in 1957.that involved the breeding of
European honey bees and African bees to create a new
strain of bees better suited for the tropics, Powers
explained.
"The Africanized honey bee is the result of a genetic
experiment gone awry," he said. "But they are not
'killer' bees."
Powers said the only difference between the Euro-
pean honey bee and the Africanized honey bee is that
Africanized bees are more unpredictable, sting in mass
and are more defensive of their hives. Their venom is no
more poisonous than the domestic honey bee, he said.
"Less than one percent of the population is allergic to
a bee sting," he added. "The only death we've had in
Panama was a military policeman who jumped in the
canal to get away from a swarm, tread water for two


hours and drowned."
If a swarm attacks, the best thing for people to do is
to run to an enclosed area, Powers suggested. When an
Africanized honey bee stings, it releases a chemical
called pheromone which attracts the others in the swarm
and causes them to attack, he said.
"These bees will follow you for two to three miles,"
he said. 'They will remain in an area for several hours."
Swarms may occur during rainy season, but the bees
are more active during dry season while they are protect-
ing their hives, he said.
Powers suggested the following precautions:
* Make a bee patrol around the home once or twice
week during swarming season. Listen forthe sounds of
bees. Persistent buzzing may mean a hive or swarm is
nearby.
*"Bee-proof' by filling in potential nesting sites. Put
screens in the tops of rain spouts and over water meter
boxes. Remove piles of trash and junk.
*If a hive is discovered, don't touch it Call the
Directorate of Engineering and Housing.
*If stung several times, seek medical help.
*If allergic to bee stings, consult a physician imme-
diately for the best precautions to take.


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June 11,1993


SHemisphere


Panel discusses possible


third set of canal locks


WASHINGTON (AP) - A three-nation panel study-
ing alternatives to the Panama Canal has concluded that
the construction of a third set of locks or a single-lane,
sea-level canal are the most desirable options, it was
disclosed Tuesday.
Officials from the United States, Japan and Panama
have been studying alternatives to ensure that traffic
demands via Panama can be met in the future. The
United States and Japan are the two main users of the
existing canal, which will come under Panamanian
control at the end of the century under the terms ofa 1979
treaty with the United States.
C. Thomas Burke, commissioner of the Panama
Canal Alternative Study Commission, said a third set of
locks would make the canal able to handle more than
30,000 transits annually by the year 2,060 - more than
twice the capacity of the present canal.
Burke said the cost estimates range between $3
billion and $5 billion. As envisioned by the commission,
the new set of locks would be able to accommodate


vessels ranging from 150,000 to 200,000 deadweight
tons.
"This enhancement would provide all the capability
needed to handle the conventional general cargo ships
now afloat or to be built in the near future," Burke said.
Burke spoke to a gathering organized by the Inter-
American Dialogue and the University of Miami North-
South Center.
He said the other option approved by the panel for
further study is a one-lane, 54.9-mile, sea-level canal
about 10 miles west of the present canal. The cost
estimates run $15 billion or more, he said.
Burke added he personally prefers construction of a
third set oflocks because the sea-level option would cost
too much and damage the environment.
He said current traffic estimates envision that the
present canal will be sufficient to meet demand until
2020.
The conclusions of the panel will be disclosed in a
final report due in September.


PANAMA CITY, Panama (Reuters) - Former Pana-
manian president Manuel Solis Palma was found guilty
Monday and sentenced in absentia to nearly four years
imprisonment for helping ex-strongman Manuel Noriega
set up his feared Dignity Battalions.
Supreme Court Judge Damaris CaballerodeAlmengor
said in her verdict that Palma, who lives in exile in
Venezuela, bore responsibility for the creation of the
paramilitary units that became Noriega's henchmen.
He had been charged with abusing his authority and
committing a crime against the state.
Palma and three former commanders of the battalions
were sentenced to three years, eight months and 10 days
in jail after a trial that began May 17.
The former commanders were imprisoned in Panama
shortly after the December 1989 U.S. invasion that


ousted Noriega, and have only four months of their
sentence to serve out.
Palma was president from February 1988 to August
1989, time when the Dignity Battalions were set up and
used to violently suppress anti-Noriega protests.
He came to office with the blessing of the pro-
Noriega National Assembly when the previous presi-
dent, Erick Arturo Delvalle, was ousted after a failed
attempt to fire Noriega as head of the armed forces.
Palma continued in office through the annulled May
1989elections and wasreplaced byFranciscoRodriguez,
a Noriega supporter, in August that year.
Supreme Court spokeswoman Maria Victoria said
there was no move to extradite Palma but "he has been
condemned and if he comes to the country he will be
imprisoned immediately."


Guatemala freezes Serrano's assets


GUATEMALA CITY (AP) - As Guatemala froze
Jorge Serrano's assets and tried to extradite the former
president, his successortold Latin American leaders this
country has emerged from a "constitutional and institu-
tional abyss."
President Ramiro De Leon Carpio flew to Managua
Tuesday and met with Organization of American States
officials. The OAS has shown enthusiastic support for
his three-day-old presidency and his attempts to reverse
Serrano's May 25 grab of absolute power.
A judge froze 25 accounts Tuesday in Guatemalan
and foreign-owned banks said to total millions of dol-
lars, and is investigating other Serrano property.
Unconfirmed press reports said Serrano, who had a
failing construction business in 1991 when he became
president, had accounts worth some $3.5 million in
1992. The accounts were reportedly worth about $19
million when he fled the country.
Serrano fled to Panama, where he was granted asy-
lum. Guatemala has invoked extradition treaties from
the 1930s and says it wants him back for trial on 11
charges ranging from rebellion to corruption to disrupt-
ing constitutional order.
It was not clear what penalties Serrano could face if
convicted.
President Guillermo Endara of Panama said the
request would be treated with "dignity, clarity and great
objectivity."
De Leon Carpio was elected Saturday by Congress,
cooling off several weeks of political chaos that began
with demonstrations against utility price increases and
other austerity measures.
Serrano dissolved Congress and the courts, saying he
had to restore order and stem state corruption. Reaction
in and out ofthe country was immediate and vehemently
negative.
De Leon Carpio is to serve out the remainder of
Serrano's term, which ends in January 1996.
U.S. State Department officials met with de Leon
Carpio on Tuesday in the National Palace.
"It is an historic achievement that the Guatemalan


people peacefully confronted the extra-constitutional
steps taken by former leaders and have successfully
restored a democratic government," said U.S. Deputy
Secretary of State Clifton Wharton.
He said Guatemala had full U.S. support to fight drug
trafficking, and the United States would join with other
nations helping Guatemala negotiate an end to its 33-
year-old civil war, the oldest in Latin America.
De Leon Carpio has not said what he plans to do to
bring an end to the war, which has long discouraged
investment and economic growth in Guatemala.
However, his changes in the highest level of the
military indicate he may avoid a hard-line approach in
future talks. De Leon Carpio is the former government
prosecutor for human rights cases and a harsh critic of
the military and former government.


Legend of vampire

causes scare in Peru
LIMA, Peru (AP) - Crucifixes, wooden stakes
and garlic are selling fast in the small coastal town
of Pisco as fearful residents awaited the reincar-
nation ofa supposed British vampire Wednesday.
Legend has it that Sarah Helen Roberts of
Blackburn, England -reportedly shut alive into
a lead coffin in Britain for witchcraft in 1913 -
swore to rise again in 80 years to seek revenge.
Residents holding crosses have beenpraying at
the grave where she was buried. Relatives buried
her in Peru after searching for four years to find
a country that would accept her remains.
Hotels and shops in Pisco, 120 miles south of
Lima, are doing a brisk business in anti-vampire
kits. For $2.50, buyers get a crucifix, a mallet and
wooden stake, a string of garlic and a booklet on
the legend.
Pregnant women in hospitals fear the vampire
will reincarnate in their babies.
Some journalists requested the body be ex-
humed to put an end to the hysteria. The district
attorney denied the petition.
"What scares me is that I think I'll be her first
victim," said Jose Moilna, a grave digger.

Shining Path kills 8,

including governor
LIMA, Peru (AP) - Shining Path guerrillas
killed eight people, including five local officials,
in separate attacks in the Andes over a three day
period, police said Tuesday.
The rebels shot and killed the governor of the
town of Marcara, 175 miles north of Lima, to-
gether with his two sons Monday. The same day,
the rebels killed the governor of the nearby town
of Mancos.
Themayorofanother nearby town, Tarica, and
a trader were killed Saturday.
Also Monday, rebels killed the mayor and a
town councillor of the town of Paratia, 525 miles
southeast of Lima.
Since the Shining Path took up arms in 1980
in a bid to topple the government, the rebels have
killed hundreds of local authorities, saying they
are propping up a corrupt state.
More than 25,000 people have died in the 13-
year guerrilla war.

Colombia producing

malaria vaccine
BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombian scientists
will begin production on a new synthetic vaccine
to combat a lethal strain of malaria following
testing in Africa and Asia, a presidential state-
ment said Tuesday.
The statement said the Colombian govern-
ment and the World Health Organization had
agreed upon a timetable to receive the patent for
the vaccine, build the plant and start producing
the synthetic vaccine forworld distribution by the
end of the year.
Manuel Elkin Patarroyo and his team of 68
scientists at Bogota's San Juan de Dios Hospital
in March reported in the British medical publica-
tion The Lancet that their vaccine helped prevent
the most common lethal strain of malaria.

Fujimori says Peru

improving economy
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Peruvian Presi-
dent Alberto Fujimori said Tuesday his country,
once wracked by terrorism and out-of-control
inflation, now offers tremendous profit opportu-
nities to foreign investors willing to do business
there.
"In Peru, we are generating the economic,
social and political conditions so that the creative
and transforming energy of the private sector will
be able to spur our economic development,"
Fujimori said.
Speaking to the Los Angeles World Affairs
Council, Fujimori said at the midpoint of his
administration, his government had taken huge
strides in reversing negative economic trends.


Former Panamanian president


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Tropic Times
June11, 1993 .


AF investigates general's remarks about Clinton


WASHINGTON (AP) - The AirForce
is investigating a two-star general follow-
ing reports that he made derogatory com-
ments about President Clinton in the
Netherlands two weeks ago, a military
spokesman says.
Maj. Gen. Harold N. Campbell de-
scribed Clinton as a "draft-dodging, pot-
smoking, womanizing" commander in
chief at a May 24 dinner attended by 250
people, The Washington Post reported
Tuesday.
The newspaper said Campbell also
referred to Clinton as "gay loving" in the
speech at a banquet of 32nd Fighter
Group's maintenance workers at
Soesterburg Air Base in the Netherlands.
Maj. Paul Wilson, spokesman forth
Air Force Materiel Command, declined
to confirm the specific words reportedly
used by Campbell.
Wilson did verify, however, that Lt.
Gen. Dale W. Thompson Jr., vice com-
mander of the Materiel Command, ar-
rived in the Netherlands over the week-
endto determine "what was said by Major
General Campbell and how it was taken
by those who heard it."
Campbell could not be reached for
comment Tuesday. A woman answering
the phone at his home said he was not
there, and Wilson said Campbell did not
want to comment.
"He's not taking any calls. He's un-
availableforcomment,"Wilsonsaid. "He
has basically rejected all opportunities to
discuss anything with the media," Wilson
added.


Wilson said the Air Force's investiga-
tion probably would be completed by the
middle of June.
It was a fresh sign of the undercurrent
of suspicion among some military offic-
ers toward Clinton despite his efforts to
improve relations.
White House spokesman Mark Gearan
referred questions to the Defense Depart-
ment Tuesday, but said Clinton has a
"very good relationship with the mili-
tary."
He said he did not know if Clinton was
aware of Campbell's comments.
Until May 31, Campbell was director
for plans at the Materiel Command,
which has its headquarters at Wright-
Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton,
Ohio. The command oversees the devel-
opment, purchase and maintenance of
every plane and weapon in the United
States Air Force arsenal.
Campbell had been assigned to take
command of the defense fuel-supply cen-
ter ofthe Defense Logistics Agency, based
in Washington. But heremains at Wright-
Patterson as a special assistant to the staff
director of the Materiel Command pend-
ing the outcome of the investigation,
Wilson said.
Military officers lack the same free-
dom to criticize the president that civil-
ians take as a matter of course. Article 88
of the Uniform Code of Military Justice
states that "any commissioned officer
who uses contemptuous words againstthe
president... shall be punished as a court-
martial may direct."


APuLerPhomo
President Clinton celebrates during the presidential inaugural parade in
January. The Washington Post reported that Air Force Maj. Gen. Harold N.
Campbell described Clinton as a "draft-dodging, pot-smoking, womanizing"
commander in chief.


Collisions cause Navy to make


major changes ir
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - The U.S. Navy, with approval
from President Clinton, has made major changes in its
submarine operations in hopes of avoiding further colli-
sions with Russian subs, said Defense Secretary Les
Aspin.
Two collisions in the past two years have troubled the
Russians aid raised questions about why America con-
tinues its Cold War-era policy of shadowing Russian
submarines.
Clinton promised Russian President Boris Yeltsin at
their Vancouver summit last April that he would order
a Pentagon review of U.S. submarine procedures. Aspin
said that review recommended changes to reduce the risk
of accidents.
Clinton personally approved the changes last week,
Aspin said.
"We have made some major changes in the way in
which we will conduct operations in the future," Aspin
told reporters aboard his plane en route to the Ukrainian
capital from Garmisch, Germany, where he had told
Russian Defense MinisterPavel Grachev ofthe changes.
Grachev was satisfied with the new American policy,
Aspin said, but theU.S. defense secretary refused to give
specifics of the shift. He said he also withheld details
from Grachev, reflecting the secret nature of U.S. sub-
marine operations.
"We are confident that we have significantly reduced
theprobability ofarepetition ofthose kinds" ofincidents
at sea, Aspin said. "It's not a 100 percent guarantee. It


i sub operations
is a significantly reduced probability" of future acci-
dents.
In addition to the two collisions that have been made
public in 1992 and 1993, there have been eight other
collisions between American and former Soviet subma-
rines since 1950, according to a government source who
spoke on condition of anonymity. The eight have never
been disclosed by the Navy.
Aspin said the changes in U.S. submarine operations
do not require any reciprocal Russian actions.
In two days at Garmisch, Grachev and Aspin worked
out memorandum ofunderstanding onways ofincreas-
ing contact between American and Russian uniformed
and civilian defense personnel, Aspin said.
For starters, 100 young officers from both countries
are to meet and exchange ideas, Grachev said.
Aspin said the agreement on expanded contacts will
be signed when Grachev comes to Washington in late
June.
The two defense chiefs also agreed on holding joint
peacekeeping exercises, reflecting the post-Cold War
prospect of the former adversaries working together to
monitor peace agreements in other parts of the world,
such as Bosnia.
Aspin said the U.S. Army's 3rd Infantry Division,
based in Germany, will be the American element in joint
exercises with a Russian motorized rifle division. He
said at least two other exercises would be held, one in
Russia and anotherin either the United States orEurope.


Marines join joint exercise in Kuwait


KUWAIT (AP) - Approximately 1,900 U.S. Marines
landed on Kuwaiti shores Monday to takepartin a week-
long exercise with British Royal Marines and Kuwaiti
troops.
The Marines and their amphibious assault vehicles
arrived aboard landing craft in Shuwaik port, just out-
side Kuwait City. The rest of the 4,200 Marines taking
part in the exercise - dubbed Eager Mace 93-2 - will
stay on the four ships participating in the maneuvers,
scheduled to end Tuesday.
"We learn an awful lot about how to work together
and about the capabilities and limitations of our units,"
said Capt Charles Vion, of Nesconset, N.Y. He com-
mands the American side of the maneuvers, designed to


show the continuing U.S. commitment to the security of
Kuwait and the Persian Gulf region.
About 800 Kuwaitis and 190 British Royal Marines
are participating in the exercise. It includes operations
in urban terrain and the Kuwaiti island of Failaka, in
addition to live fire exercises in the desert near the border
with Iraq.
Eager Mace is the first three-country ground exercise
to be conducted in the emirate since it signed 10-year
defense pacts with the United States and Britain after a
U.S.-led coalition drove out the occupying Iraqi army
more than two years ago. Kuwait also signed a similar
agreement with France and will sign one in August with
Russia.


Homosexual assault

convictions cause

groups to argue on ban
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Foes of President
Clinton's bid to lift the ban on homosexuals in the
military are pointing to the recent convictions of two
sailors who committed homosexual assaults as ex-
amples of the dangers ahead.
Groups favoring an end to the ban discounted the
importance of the two cases and accused their
opponents of trying to smear all homosexuals.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Albert Ruggiero was
sentenced Tuesday in state court to seven years in
prison for raping an 18-year-old sailor off base.
Circuit Judge Robert Foster exceeded the sen-
tencing guidelines of 5 1/2 years' imprisonment
because Ruggiero was his victim's supervisor.
Ruggiero made no statement, but defense attor-
ney, Gonzalo Andux, said he planned to appeal the
conviction.
Last month, Seaman Apprentice Michael A.
Thompson was sentenced to 21/2 years in a military
prison for sexually assaulting a sleeping sailor
aboard the USS Saratoga.
The Navy League of the United States, a group of
retirees and civilians opposed to Clinton's plan,
cited the Jacksonville cases as a warning.
"What this shows is that homosexuals cannot be
expected to remain celibate while on active duty in
the military," said retired Adm. John Dalrymple,
executive director of the Navy League.
"Faced with the threat of court-martial or being
expelled from the service, homosexuals still do this.
With legalization, I believe there would be even
more cases like this."
Lt. Steven W. Williams, the prosecutor at
Thompson's court-martial, had asked for a seven-
year sentence as a "punishment and deterrent."
"It is important to these men watching these
proceedings that they feel safe when they lie down
on their racks," Williams said.
But Thomas B. Stoddard, coordinator of the
Campaign for Military Service, a group that wants
the ban lifted, said the cases "have no relevance to
the general policy discussion surrounding lesbians
and gay men in the military."


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6 Tropic Times
June 11,1993


Voices


Rude patrons cause parking woes


Dear Mayors' Corner:
A serious problem has been created by the Army and
Air Force Exchange Service by opening a shoppette at
the (Howard) service station. The shoppette was an
excellent idea, but AAFES did not anticipate the incon-
siderate patrons who park their cars next to the gas pumps
and go inside to do their shopping, leaving other patrons
stuck behind them in line.
I asked one of the gas station attendants if anything
could be done to prevent these inconsiderate individuals
from blocking other patrons in and he handed me a
complaint form.
My question is, what can the Mayors' Comer do to
solve this problem?
SMSgt. Richard J. Jordan

Dear SMSgL Jordan:
The Mayors' Comer didn't fix this one, people like
you did when you took your complaints to Jeffrey
Weatherbee, Automotive Manager for AAFES.
Weatherbee responded by having signs made asking
patrons to move their cars to designated parking areas
before going into the shoppettes. The signs will be
posted near gas pumps and air and water stations at all
AAFES service stations.
In the meantime, Weatherbee instructed service sta-
tion attendants to ask patrons to move their vehicles
from main activity areas before shopping.

Dear Mayors' Corner:
Why are civilians authorized on-post housing here,
but not in Germany or the United States? Civilians
choose to come here, soldiers do not.
And why do I know a civilian living in afour-bedroom
house on post with no children? I have two children and
am not authorized a four-bedroom.
Anonymous

Dear Anonymous:
Civilian employees recruited from the United States
to Panama before June 23 were given transportation
agreements authorizing them to reside in government
housing, said Dick Davis, Chief of Family Housing for
Directorate of Engineering and Housing. These people
are entitled to receive government housing.
Housing policies in other locations may be applied


differently. In Germany, forinstance, civilians are autho-
rized to occupy housing when there is more than the
military needs.
With regards to which houses civilians may occupy,
civilian grades are equivalent to military grades and
housing eligibility is based on the equivalent grade and
bedroom requirements.
At this time, the housing division is not aware of
civilians or military personnel occupying housing in
excess of their requirements. Davis said with no more
information to go on, it may be assumed the individual
mentioned in your letter has children who are full-time
students under the age of 23. This is authorized, but
could be seen as otherwise. However, Davis asked that
anyone aware of specific cases should notify the housing
division so it can investigate.

Dear Mayors' Corner:
What is the policy on volunteers at the post office?
Some volunteers bring children, sometimes they even
help sort mail. I don't think children should be in the
mailroom.
Susie Henson

Dear Ms. Henson:
Capt. Karen Jordan, Chief of Postal Operations said
Military Postal Service policy is simple. Volunteers
should be mature.individuals, 14 years or older, who are
affiliated with the military in some way.
Jordan said postal volunteers with small children are
authorized a limited number of hours at child care
centers, and are discouraged from bringing small chil-
dren to the workplace.
To find out more about free child care for volunteers,
check with local child care centers.

Editor's note: This column allows community
members to submit questions to the Mayoral Con-
gress. Letters should be mailed to: Mayors' Corner,
Publicity Chairperson,APO AA 34004 (MPS). Ano-
nymity will be granted upon request. The Tropic
Times reserves the right to edit letters and responses
for brevity, clarity and propriety.


Sawyer
The action line Is a direct link between Brig.
Gen. David A. Sawyer, 24th Wing commander,
and Howard AFB and Albrook AFS personnel. If
you have a question or problem that you can't
solve through normal supervisory channels, call
the Action Line at 284-5849.
Callers should leave a name, telephone num-
ber and mailing address In case questions need to
be clarified. Names will be kept confidential and
used only to provide callers with a personal
response.

Reader questions

ID check policy

Q.Why is there an around-the-clock identifi-
cation check at Howard and not at Albrook or any
of the other military installations?


A.The responsibility for the security and
safety of the wing is ultimately mine. I am deeply
concerned about the effect of crime on the base
population and the problem of visitation policy
violations.
Because of this, I instructed the security police
to perform 100 percent identification checks here.
24 hours a day.
Since implementation of the checks, visitation
violations and criminal activity have decreased
dramatically, so I intend to maintain the policy
until further notice.


Thieves net $212 of property in Fort Espinar thefts


Thieves break into cars, steal property
The military police are looking for people respon-
sible for breaking into two cars on Fort Espinar last week.
Reports show the thieves stole $212 in personal prop-
erty. After breaking into the cars, the thieves also stole a
locked bicycle from nearby quarters.
Anyone having information that may help the mili-
tary police in this matter should call the Fort Davis
Military Police Investigations Section at 289-5412.

Secure your bicycle
Military police remind residents to lock up all bi-
cycles inside a building if possible. Chaining and
locking bikes outside has proven to be ineffective.
Thieves have cut locks and stolen bikes locked outdoors.
The military police recommend taking precautions
to prevent a theft. To report suspicious activities, call
287-4401.

Lock it up
Military police advise people who use U.S. Army
gymnasiums to secure personal property when working
out. There have been several incidents reported to the
Fort Clayton military police of stolen personal property
in gymnasium areas. Do not leave a lot of cash or


expensive jewelry in gym bags.
If a victim of crime, call 287-4401.

Limitations exceeded
An individual was arrested last week for exceeding
established limitations on controlled items. An inves-
tigation revealed the person purchased four sets of living
room furniture within an 18-month period, exceeding
the limit by three.
The regulation permits one set of living room furni-
ture per 36 month tour.
For more information, see U.S. Southern Command
regulation 1-19 or call 286-3303.

Detained off post
If detained or arrested by the Panama National Police
while off post, U.S. citizens should surrender only their
Panama driver's license and bilingual identification
card. Disrespect to a public official is an offense in
Panama, so be careful what you say and do.
Also, people detained should call their Military Police
Liaison Section immediately.


For more information, call the nearest military or secu-
rity police station.

Crime statistics for on-post housing areas for May 28-
June 3 are:

Pacific
Fort Clayton 600 area - one larceny of secured
private property
Fort Clayton 800 area - one larceny of secured
private property
Fort Clayton 500 area - one larceny of secured
private property
Quarry Heights - one housebreaking, two larcenies
of secured private property
Fort Amador - one housebreaking, one larceny of
secured private property
Cocoli - one housebreaking, one larceny of secured
private property
Fort Kobbe 400 area - two housebreakings, larceny
of secured property

Atlantic
Fort Espinar - one larceny of unsecured private
property


Commander in Chief......................Gen. George A. Joulwan
Director,PublicAffairs...............................Col. James L.Fetig
Chief.......................................................... SFCJosephFerrare
Editor................................................... SFCJoseph Ferrare
Assistant Editor........................SSgL Deborah E. Williams
Sports Editor ........................................Sgt. Richard Puckett



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Editorial Staff................................................. Sgt. JohnHall
Rosemary Chong
Maureen Sampson
Southern Command Public Affairs Office......282-4278
U.S. Army South Public Affairs Office...............287-3007
24th Wing Public Affairs Office..........................284-5459
U.S. Naval Station Public Affairs Office.............283-5644
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publication is for U.S. armed forces overseas. The Tropic
Times is published in conjunction with the Armed Forces
Information Program of the Department of Defense,
under the supervision of the director of public affairs,
U.S. Southern Command. Contents of the Tropic Times
are not necessarily the official view of the U.S. govern-
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Tropic Times
June 11, 1993 .1..


Mortarman wins

U.S. Army South

top soldier honor
FORT DAVIS (USARSO PAO-Atlan-
tic) - Spec. Robert Webb, Company B, 5th
Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, has been
in country less than four months, and has
already shown his soldiering expertise by
winning the U.S. Army South Soldier of the
Quarter for the third quarter.
Webb, a mortarman with the company,
was happy about winning, and credited the
people in his chain of command for helping
him win.
"Everybody helped me train and getready
for it. Sgt. (Ben) Duiker (his squad leader)
helped me. He drilled me with the study
guide and helped me with my uniform,"
Webb said.
Webb's next goal is the Soldier of the
Year competition. He said he is looking
forward to it.
"I think I need to study more before the
Soldier of the Year board. I want to go," he
said.
Besides recognition, Webb sees a more
distinct advantage to going to these boards.
"The experience from these boards will
help me with my promotion boards," he
said.
Duiker had little doubt that his squad
member would win.
"He was nominated to represent the pla-
toon in the company competition," Duiker
said. "He smoked the company board and
battalion board.
"He was self-determined. I've never seen
anybody study that much for a board that
wasn't for promotion," Duiker said.
Duikeris confident in his soldier's ability
to perform well on the next board.
"I think he's got a better chance than
most for Soldier of the Year. He picked it up
and learned the stuff (information from the
study guide) better than most people do, and
he has a strong chance of winning Soldier of
the Year," Duiker said.


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To Specialist - Ricardo Lindo of U.S.
Army Dental Activity - Panama. David
Ray, Jeremy Widtfeldtand Arnold Brown,
all of Headquarters Company, Law En-
forcement Activity, 92nd Military Police
Battalion.

To Private First Class - Benjamin
Pearson and Darrel Prindle, both of U.S.
Army Dental Activity - Panama.

To Private Two - Regina Rosende of
Headquarters Company, Law Enforce-
ment Activity, 92nd Military Police Bat-
talion.


Meritorious Service Medal - SFC
Janice Mullen and Maj. Kraig Kenny,
bothofU.S. ArmyDental Activity. SSgt.
Ray Blanks Jr., SSgt. David Graham and
SSgt. Jorge Morales, all of Headquarters
Company, Law Enforcement Activity,
92nd Military Police Battalion.

Army Commendation Medal - Sgt.
Dianne Lance, Sgt. Dong Park and Spec.
Kim Duarte, all of U.S. Army Dental
Activity. Sgt. Christopher Goode, Sgt.
Stephanie Anderson, SSgt. Johnny
Lozano, Sgt. William Able and Spec.
Scott Zywicki, all of Headquarters Com-
pany, Law Enforcement Activity, 92nd
Military Police Battalion.

Army Achievement Medal - Sgt.
Dianne Lance, Sgt. Thomas White, Sgt.
Dong Park and Spec. Dawn Hilton-Byrd,
allofU.S.Army DentalActivity-Panama.


SSgt. Christopher Rose, SSgt. Luis
Chevere and Spec. Damon Bosonac, all of
Headquarters Company, Law Enforce-
ment Activity, 92nd Military Police Bat-
talion.

Good Conduct Medal - Spec. Chris
Merida of U.S. Army Dental Activity -
Panama.

Soldier of the Year - Sgt. Christopher
Newman forU.S. Army South from Head-
quarters Company, Law Enforcement
Activity, 92nd Military Police Battalion.

U.S. Army Transportation Corps
Noncommissioned Officer of the Year -
SSgt. Shaun Trescott of 193rd Support
Battalion.



From Air Assault Training School -
Spec. Chris Merida and Spec. Ronald
Weimer Jr., both of U.S. Army Dental
Activity - Panama.



To Arrow of Light - Jack Lee, Timo-
thy Eggleston, Henry Williams, Ryan
Griffith and Danny Hankins.
To Bear - Alex Williams.
To Wolf - Vincent Holman Jr. and
Christopher Arocha.
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ounces was borntoCapt. Keith and Mich-
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nity Hospital.


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U.S. Army Medical Activity Soldier of the Year, Spec. James A. Dowdy
during a change of command ceremony June 4. Capt. Carlos M. Ramos
took over command of USA MEDDAC from Capt. Deborah B. Wesloh.
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Sports
Quarry Heights, Republic of Panama June 11,1993


U.S. Army photo by Sgt Richard Puckett
Leslie Johnson throws up a jump shot as John Simmons tries to distract him.


U.S. Army Garrison remains un-
beaten after cuffing Kobbe Cabal-
leros 5-1.


Forfeit!


Boyz llMen

win over-30
by Sgt. Richard Puckett
Tropic Times Sports Editor
FORT CLAYTON - It was a strange
ending to high intensity series between
the two best teams in the over-30 basket-
ball league.
In a game of emotional rollercoaster
between Boyz II Men and Directorate of
Community Activities, it was those same
emotions that ended the over-30 basket-
ball season, with BIIM up and DCA
down.
With 11:30 remaining in the deciding
game, Danny Harley received a technical
for purposedly running out of bounds,
and seconds later got his second. The
second Tspelled ejection forHarley. DCA,
now withonlyfourplayers, walkedoffthe
court, forfeiting the title. DCA trailed
BIIM by just three points at the time, 43-
40.
BIIM coachLarry NeSmith was happy
with the title, but was dissapointed with
the way his team had to win it.
"It was a shame to have to end the
season like that," NeSmith said. "The
technical call was the right one, but itjust
got out of hand. I thought DCA would go
on with four guys, it was still a close
game."
For BIIM it was the second straight
week a victory had been embroiled in
controversy.
"Last week we took heat for 'suppos-
edly' running up the score and now this,"
he said. "We play hard and want to win,
butthisisn'tthewayweliketodoit. BIIM
has built a tradition of winning and this
kind of tarnishes it."
BIIM's tradition also carries with it a
history of tough matches with DCA.
During the regular season the two
teams split their series, with each win-
ning one. The two met again in the first
round of the playoffs.
BIIM used a balanced attack to roll
past the undermanned DCA squad 63-46.
After DCA fought back through the
loser's bracket, the two met again in the
championship game.
BIIM jumped to an early 14-7 lead, on
the hot outside shooting of Troy Reese
and inside power of Nathaniel Taylor.
DCA rebounded midway through the half.
After cutting the gap to five at 22-17,
DCA went on a 10-0 run to end the half
and steal the momentum. At the mid-
point, DCA led 27-22.
The streak continued in the second
half as DCA spurted off on a 22-8 run,
taking a 49-30 lead.


Razzle dazzle keys Navy win over
24th Communication in intramural
flag football.


BIIM finally got on track as the game
wore on. BIIM got within eight 60-52
with 1:321eft, but couldn't get any closer.
DCA held on for 62-52 win.
In game two, DCA jumped out to a
quick 6-0 lead. BIM fought back to grab
an 8-6 lead.
BUM's Leo McGuiness took over on
offense, leading a spirited attack that
wore on DCA and put BIIM up 21-13.
McGuiness shared the wealth with
guard Leslie Johnson, who got the ball
into the big men, Lawrence Primus and
Taylor. Primus put BIIM up 30-16 on an
inside shot with eight minutes left in the
half.
After a much-needed timeout, DCA
started to roll, holding BIIMin check and
bringing the score to 36-31 at the half.
In the second half, DCA continued to
cut into the lead as Gagum scored six
points in a three-minute stretch, giving
his team a 37-36 lead.
BIIM didn't fold this time and Melvin
Thomas gave his team the lead again at
38-37. Primus made it 40-37 after a steal.
Gagum tied the game at 40-40 after
sinking the free-throw on a three-point
play.
After Thomas nailed a basket to make
it 43-40 and Reese hit one of two at the
line on a foul, the trouble started.
Following the free-throw, Harley took
the ball to the hoop and, after missing the
shot, grabbed therebound. The follow-up
shot was blocked and the ball went out of
bounds. The referee signaled BIM ball
and Harley lost it.
Disgusted that there was no foul called,
he argued and ran up the court and out of
bounds, which is a technical foul if done
intentionally.
During the foul shot, Harley continued
to complain and got slapped with his
second technical, which means automatic
ejection. Following the ejection, the four
remaining DCA players walked off the
court in an apparent protest.
Harley, who plays with BIIM during
the off-season and in other tournaments,
apologized for his actions, but remains
upset with the officials.
"I feel bad for losing the title for my
teammates," Harley said. "I've beenplay-
ing here for more than a year and never
got a technical before. I got ticked off and
just lost it. I'm sorry people had to see me
like that.
"The officialsjust got to me,"headded.
"I knew I got hacked on the play, but there
was no call. I complained loudly and he
(the referee) told me to shut up and just
play basketball. He was talking to me like
I was a child and I didn't appreciate it"
Harley added that his actions won't
affect his play in the upcoming Soldier's
Appreciation Tournament. He'll be play-
ing with BIIM.


*Volleyball, page 13
*CINC's Cup, page 14
*Gymnastics, page 15


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Tropic Times
June 11, 1993 1


Chapel team


earns 1 st win

Finally stays unbeaten

by Sgt. E.J. Hersom
USARSO Public Affairs Office
FORT CLAYTON (USARSO PAO) - Protestant
Chapel dug its way back to unearth its first victory
against Get Some in a best-of-three match in the Co-ed
Volleyball League opener at Reeder Physical Fitness
Center Saturday.
Get Some got its early, taking the first game 15-8.
The loss didn't dampen the spirits ofPC's Mary Bulmer.
"We haven't lost yet," she said as she walked off the
court with her teammates.
PC got off to a sluggish start in game two, but then
warmed up to take an 8-4 lead. Get Some got hot,
however, and came back with seven points, bringing the
score to 11-9.
PC scored fivepoints and tied the game at 14, setting
itself up for the win on PC's Scott Bulmer's serve,
ending the game at 16-14.
At one game each, PC and Get Some volleyed into
the tie breaker.
In the final game, Get Some scored afewpoints while
PC pulled away with a 14-8 lead.
Art Bennet aced the winning point for PC, giving the
team its first match victory of the season.
In other co-ed volleyball action, Gamboa took on the
undefeated Finally in a seesaw battle in which Finally
took two straight games.
Neither team held a substantial lead throughout the
match, but Finally out-styled Gamboa and were rarely
threatened.
Gamboa went to the net early in the first match and
managed a 13-8 lead. Finally tied the score at 14-14, but
not without a fight.
Gamboa's Ken Riggsbee went to the net against
Finally's Graham Ornando during the final volley.
Ornando faked a tap, landing the ball in Gamboa
territory for a subtle but certain Finally victory.
The second game began with a point for point trade
until Finally's front line kept the ball on Gamboa's side
and scored six unanswered points make it 14-7.
Down by seven points, Gamboa was forced to do
some fancy footwork and slipped four points by before
Finally punched in the winning point and took the match
to remain undefeated.


U.S. Army photo by Sgt E.J. Hrwom


Gamboa's Walt Piatt blocks a shot, but it bounced into his side of the net.


U.S. Army Garrison continues winning streak

r Coach credits team play with performance


by Sgt. E.J. Hersom
USARSO Public Affairs Office


U.S. Army photo by Sgt E.J. Hersom
Abdiel Gutierrez looks for the open man on a throw-in.


FORT CLAYTON - The U.S. Army Garrison
soccer team smoked the Kobbe Caballeros 5-1 Mon-
dayand remainedtheonly undefeated teamin the U.S.
Army South Soccer League.
USAG has won five straight games, scoring 27
goals while allowing only five, said USAG team
captain Abdiel Gutierrez.
Freddy Andraca came out early in the game for the
Caballeros and slapped USAG by scoring the game's
first goal.
Miguel Ortiz avenged the insult with three goals,
one from more than 30 feet away.
The USAG offense was tireless and put a damper
on Caballeros Coach James Hall's plan to run down
the USAG team.
USAG's Dewey Samples scored a goal after he
found himself unguarded while dribbling the ball 30
feet from the goal. Caballeros midfielders scrambled
to break up the attack, but Samples unleashed a shot
that breezed mostly uncontested into the Caballeros
goal.
The USAG forwards blitzed the net for another
goal, forcing goalie Thomas Dahl across the line, ball
in hand.
The USAG team has assembled more experienced
players than all the other teams put together, Gutierrez
said.


About half of the team members are senior non-
commissioned officers, contrary to league rumors that
they are Latin American civilians.
USAG continues to dominate the league because of
the emphasis on team play, and the fact the team has
no star players, said USAG coach Carlos Quinn.
Everybody plays hard and when one player doesn't,
he's out of the game.
Several teams have played USAG well, but the
142nd Medical Battalion has given USAG the hardest
time and the teams are quickly becoming rivals.
The 142nd took on the 128th Aviation Brigade in
Monday's early game.
Despite two goals and hard play from the 128th's
Troy Bryant, the 142nd defended their second place
standing and beat the aviators 4-2.
The 142nd's doctor of points, Jamie Tudor, scored
two goals, taking advantage of the team's exceptional
passing abilities. Tudor is the team's high scorer this
year. Assistant Coach Charles Daniels said he de-
signed the team's attacks toward Tudor's center
forward position.
The final two goals came from 142nd's Juan
Aranda and Eric Benson.
The 128th's goalie, Mark Head, denied many of
the 142nd's surgical strikes and kept it from running
away with the game.
The 142nd's only loss came at the feet of USAG,
a loss the team is looking forward to avenging in the
playoffs, Daniels said.









41 4 Tropic Times
4 June 11, 1993


Navy cuts off 24th Communication, 8-0

by Sgt James A. Rush
24th Wing Public Affairs


HOWARD AFB - The Navy intramural football team
resorted to a bit of razzle dazzle to blind the 24th
Communications Squadron defensive backs and give
the sailors an 8-0 win here Monday.
Navy quarterback Stephan Jones took the snap and
pitched out to halfback Eric Brown on the first series of
the second half. Brown darted toward the sideline, faded
back and passed over the drawn up defense to a wide
open Patrick Isom who danced into the end zone.
Running back Duran Pullins followed a tremendous
offensive line surge into the end zone for the two-point
conversion.
"That play was brought in about three weeks ago. We
don't run it often," said Navy head coach Matt Hert.
"Each week we add some new plays.
"Welookto see how thebacks arereacting, ifthe ends
are committing. You have to see what opens up for you.
We established ourrunning game and then stepped back
for the play action pass."
The gimmick saved the day for the Navy. A stingy
communications defense held the Navy to a single first
down, which came on the scoring drive.
Navy was out of its environment in the air. A six-yard
completion to Isom in the first half was the team's only
othersuccess. All other catchable passes were picked off,
batted away or blocked at the line of scrimmage.
Communications guard Justin "Time" Richards was
the first to stand out when he stole a short pass on his own
25 yard line on the opening play of the game.
When he wasn't getting fooled by trick plays, safety
Melvin "Mel Tee" Turner shadowed Navy's middle and
deepreceivers. Abdul Simmons, stepped in at cornerback
to break up several pass plays.
"I normally don't play, but we had some guys (on
temporary duty)," said Simmons, normally the team's
offensive coordinator.
"At this point in the season, our objective is to make
each game competitive. I think we gave the fans and the
other team a good game."
Defensive end J.P. "Too Tall" Coulter blitzed in to
keep the pressure on during naval maneuvering and got
his paws up to spike a pass late in the game.
All these heroics weren't quite enough to make up for
a short-manned offense faced with a hard-nosed Navy
defense.
In the opening period, the Navy refused to give
ground, forcing communications to punt in each of its
possessions.
"Our defensive ends, Sherman Ward and Leondray
Nance, were applying good pressure on the quarterback
inpassing situations,"Hert said. "Theiroffense adjusted
to double team them, leaving the middle open for our
defensive linemen.
"Overall we played really well as a team. You always
have individual stand outs, but I couldn't ask for better
bunch of ball players."
Things opened up a bit in the second half. After
giving up the touchdown, communications sought
revenge quickly.
Communications almost got even on the kickoff.
Turner fielded the ball close to his own end zone and
raced down the sideline. As he streaked past the kickoff
team, a Navy player dove for his flags kicking up chalk
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line despite the disappoint-
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Quarterback Willard
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pleted pass in touchdown
territory, but to the wrong
player.
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coin, Defensive back Isom,
who was playing both sides
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Pullins dives for yardage as 24th's Justin Richards moves in.


Communications mounted one final offensive effort
inside the two-minute warning.
A third down bomb was headed into the armsof Greg
"Spider" Combs who appeared to be open. Isom's gold
jersey flashed in front of the receiver as he knocked the


ball away and fell down in the process. Combs stretched
to snag the tipped pass, but Isom bounced up from one
knee and knocked it down for good.
A last chance prayer fell into the arms of the Navy's
Brown to effectively end the game.


COROZAL (TropicTimes)- Thenum-
bers get smaller as the matches get big-
ger.
One month ago about 60 golfers teed
off with a chance to win the third annual
Commander in Chiefs Cup. Now there
are four.
John Geist, Bill Abbott, Russ Cooley,
and Bo Botelho are those individuals. By
Saturday morning they will have played
their last matches against one another to
determine which two will vie forthe title.
All of them have dueled it out with some
of the U.S. military community's best
golfers, and have prevailed. But only one
can have his name engraved into the
CINC's Cup.
Abbott has been there before. The
1991 champion knows what it takes to
endure the month-long shootout and end


CINC's Cupwraps up;


final 4 golfers take cuts


up on top. But he also knows whatit feels
like to not qualify. Both those experi-
ences should guide him as strives toward
another title.
"Experience helps," Abbott said.
"Steady play is the key, not making mis-
takes or not many. Right now I just seem
to be hitting the ball well. But anyone
could win it."
John Geist, a 5-handicapper, has been
golfing for about 23 years, but only re-
cently has tasted the fruits of victory. He
played on the 1993 intramural Air Force


champion Morale, Welfare and Recre-
ation team. That experience has helped
him prepare for not only playing match
play, but against high handicappers.
"It's tough," he said. "I found myself
using Bobby Jones's old saying 'Justplay
old man par.' You have to play the course
and not worry what your opponent does."
Russ Cooley was on the Air Force's
runner up intramural golf team. Cooley
also teamed up with Geist to win the
recent American Airlines tourney at
Horoko. The 21 -handicapper said the key


to his success has been playing aggres-
sive, consistent golf.
"You can't change the way you play
because of your opponent," he said. "Bo-
gies aren't going to win this thing. You
have to block out the otherperson andjust
play your game."
That's exactly whatRod Botelho hopes
to do. Botelho, who finishedinthe top 12
in 1992, has been struggling of late.
Playing his game is what he's focusing
on, not his opponents.
"I don't feel intimidated by better
golfers," he said. "I play with good golf-
ers all the time. I think if I play well, I put
the pressure on them to perform."
The original field will also perform
Saturday as the event ends with a medal
event for golfers who didn't qualify for
match play or were eliminated.


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Running schedule
The Panama Armed Forces Running Association
will sanction the following events in June forthe Panama
Armed Forced Running Championship:
Army 10-Miler Tryouts, 6 am. Saturday, Rodman
NS. Only active-duty Army personnel are eligible for
the team, but everyone may participate in the run and
earn championship points. For information call Allen
Jones at 287-5444.
CasaEsperanzaRun, FortAmador Causeway, 7 a.m.
June 19. There will be a two-mile walk/run and a 10K
run, in benefit of the Casa Esperanza children's home.
Trophies to the first three male and females in 11
categories. Team competition will also be held. For
informationcall SueBozgoz, 260-1128/287-5444, Millie
Daniels at 286-4395/285-4252 or Tanya Witmond at
260-0123.
Isthmus Road Runners 5K Run, Balboa High School,
7 am. June 20. For information call Jones at 287-5444.

Coaches needed
Volunteer coaches are needed for the upcoming
youth basketball league at Fort Clayton.
A coaches' clinic will be held 8 am. Saturday at
Building 155, Fort Clayton. For information, call the
Youth Sports Office at 287-6451.
Volunteer coach applications are being accepted for
the Albrook AFS and Howard AFB upcoming youth
summer basketball program.
Call Vince Duncan at 286-3195.

Official recruitment
The Panama Armed Forces Officials Association is
recruiting officials on both sides of the isthmus. Meet-
ings are held 1 p.m. every second Saturday of the month
at the Valent Recreation Center, Fort Clayton. Military,
civilians and family members can join.
For information, call 287-5572 or 247-0511 after 9
p.m.
The Howard/Albrook Officials Association is also
looking for new officials. The association offers profes-
sional training, clinics and a pay check.
The meetings are 7:30 p.m. every third Thursday of
the month at the Howard Youth Center. Interested
individuals must be fluent in English. For information,
call 284-5371.

Jazzercise classes
Jazzercise classes will be held 5-6 p.m. Monday,
Wednesday and Fridays. The fee is $2.50 per class or
$25 for 12 classes. For more information call the
Albrook or Howard SFCs at 286-3307 or 284-3451.

Atlantic triathlon
The Fronius Fitness Center is sponsoring a Fitness
Month Triathlon 6:30 am. Saturday starting at the Fort
Davis swimming pool. Events are an 800-yard swim, a
10K run and a 20K bike race. The categories are open,
U.S. military, female and over-40 (male and female).
The entry fee is $8. Call 289-3294 for information.

Jungle Trot
Registration for the Atlantic Community's June 19
Jungle Trot is under way. There will be four categories.
Call the Fronius Fitness Center at 289-3108.

Football tourney
Registration for the Independence Day Flag Football
tournament begins Monday. Entry is limited to the first
10 teams to register. Tournament dates are July 1-5. Call
the Directorate of Community Activities Sports Branch
at 287-4050.

Cleaning closure
The Rodman Fitness Center basketball court and
showers are closed for cleaning 7:30-11 am. Wednes-
days. Call 283-4222.

Golf lessons
Beginner, advanced, single and group lessons are
offered at Fort Amador Golf Course and Fort Clayton
Driving Range from 11:30 am. to 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 to
5:30 p.m., Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
One hour lessons are offered 1-4 p.m. Saturday and
Sunday. Minimum age for instruction is 10. Call 282-
4511.


U.S. Army photo byApril Rainbt
Heads up
Gymnastics instructor Sixto Castillo works with
Marci Tise, 13, during classes atthe Fort Clayton
Youth Center. Classes are 2:30-3:30 p.m. and
3:30-4:30 p.m. for all ages Mondays and
Wednesday. The cost is $24 for the month.
Forts Clayton and Espinar are offering this and
50 other youth programs. Newcomers to
Panama can sign-up at the Clayton center,
Building 155, or the Espinar center, Building
219. For information call 287-6451 or 289-4301.


Volunteers needed
The Fort Clayton Youth Sports Office is looking for
volunteerinstructors for tennis, volleyball and track and
field for this summer's youth sports programs. For
information, call 287-4511.

Reeder aerobics
Free aerobics classes are now offered at the Reeder
Physical Fitness Center. Classes, 9:15-10:15 Monday-
Friday, and 5:45-6:45 Monday-Thursday.
Early signups are not required. For information call
287-3861.

Prices increase
Bowling prices have increased at Clayton, Espinar
and Curundu bowling centers.
The new prices are: League bowling $1 per game,
adult bowling $1, youth 75 cents and shoe rentals are 50
cents a pair. For information call 286-3914.

Scuba classes
Registration for Scuba classes at the Howard and
Albrookpools continues. Classes are taught by a PADI
certified instructor.
Ifclass times do not fit individual schedules, contact
the Zodiac Recreation Center to make special arrange-
ments.
Introduction to Scuba - a one night free class to
introduce beginners to the world of scuba. Available on
request (four person minimum).
Open WaterScuba- class begins Sunday at Albrook
Pool. Cost is $145 per person.
For information call 284-6161/6109.


Tropic Times1
June 11, 1993 1

Army 10-Miler tryouts
Tryouts for the Army 10-Miler Race to be held in
Washington D.C., Oct. 10 will be held Saturday and
June 26.
All the tryouts begin at 6 am. at the Rodman Gym at
Rodman Naval Station.
The semi-final tryouts will be held July 24. The final
tryouts/team selections will be held Aug. 21.
Eight male and femalerunners will be selected at the
final tryouts. The best six runners of each category will
make up the U.S. Army South 10-Miler team.
The remaining team members will be alternates.
Active-duty Army personnel assigned or attached to a
USARSO unit are eligible to compete. Call 287-4050 or
stop by the Directorate of Community Activities Sports
Branch, Building 154, Fort Clayton.

Aerobics instructors
The Howard and Albrook sports and fitness centers
are accepting applications fora certified aerobics in-
structor to teach classes 5-6 p.m. Monday through
Friday. Classes will be taught on a contract basis.
Applicants must submit certificates and cardiopul-
monary resuscitation cards with resume. Call 284-3451
forinformation.

Lunch Bunch basketball
The Howard Sports and Fitness Center offers Lunch
Buqch basketball Monday through Friday. Games begin
at 11:05 a.m. and run to 1 p.m.
The clock runs for 15 minutes, after which the team
with the most points wins. The next game begins three
minutes later. Call 284-3451 for information.

Open-play volleyball
Open-play volleyball at the Howard Sports and Fit-
ness Centeris underway Sunday afternoons. Thegames
run from 3 to 5 p.m. Call the center at 284-3451.

Boating safety course
The Rodman Marina boating safety course will be
held at Building 40, Family Services Center, 6-9 p.m.
June 21 and 23. The classes are a prerequisite to renting
a boat from the marina.

Bowling associations
ThePanamaCanal Bowling Association will meet 5
p.m. Saturday at the Curundu Bowling Center. New
officers will be elected.

Swim team
TheNavy swim team meets 4p.m. Mondays,Wednes-
days and Fridays at the Rodman Pool. Call 283-4253.

ID card check
Identification cards are required to use the facilities
at the Howard and Albrook sports and fitness centers.
Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by
an adult. Call 284-3451 or 286-3307.

Weight training
The Fronius Fitness Center offers free weight train-
ing sessions 3-4 p.m. Tuesday and Thursdays. Regis-
tration is required. Free Nautilus machine training
sessions are held every Tuesday 3-4 p.m.
For information call the center at 289-3108.

Body building
The Reeder Physical Fitness Center offers body
building and powerlifting classes Tuesday, Thursdays
and Saturdays. The cost is $20 a month. Call 287-3861.

Intramural volleyball
Registration forFort Clayton's unit levelintramural
volleyball registration begins Monday. Theleagueruns
from July 19 to Aug. 20. Call 287-4050.

All-lsthmian soccer
The following students have been named to the 1992-
93 all-Isthmian Boys Soccer Team:
Efrain Sanchez and Troy Wilson, Balboa Bulldogs;
Adam Beach and Bruce Chastain, Panama Canal Green
Devils; Don Rivera, Billy Wing and Mike Bleichwehl,
Balboa Red Machine; Joe Shaha and Tony Cooksey,
Curundu Cougars; and Alex Ross and Hugo Cabrera,
Cristobal Tigers.





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16 Tropic Times
1C June 11,1993


Change of command set


Crocker to take over

U.S.Army South helm
FORTCLAYTON (USARSO PAO) -TheU.S. Army
South change of command ceremony will be held 9 a.m.
today on Soldiers Field, Fort Clayton.
Brig. Gen. George A. Crocker will assume command
of USARSO from Brig. Gen. James L. Wilson.
Crocker comes to Panama from Camp H.M. Smith in
Hawaii, where he commanded the Special Operations
Command - Pacific.
Crocker's previous assignments include the 9th In-
fantry Division and senior advisor to the Vietnamese
42nd Ranger Battalion in Vietnam, the 82nd Airborne
Division and the 1st Battalion, 46th Infantry (Mecha-


nized), in Europe, and the Department of Tactics at the
U.S. Military Academy, West Point.
Crocker also served in Operation Urgent Fury in
Grenada, Operation Golden Pheasant in Honduras and
Operation Just Cause in Panama.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S.
Military Academy and a master's degree in education
from Duke University, Durham, N.C. He is also a
graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff
College and the U.S. Army War College.
Crocker's awards include the Silver Star, Legion of
Merit, Bronze Star and the Purple Heart and has earned
the Ranger Tab, Combat Infantryman's Badge, British
and Argentine Parachute Badges and the Army General
Staff Identification Badge.
Wilson will resume his duties as deputy commanding
general of USARSO.


Exercise tests Gorgas readiness


by Sgt. Lori Davis
USARSO Public Affairs Office
GORGAS ARMY COMMUNITY HOSPITAL -
Mangled bodies littered the halls of Building 261 in the
Gorgas Army Community Hospital complex following
a simulated explosion recently.
The explosion was the first stage in a mass casualty
exercise to test the readiness of hospital staff, according
to SSgt. Jimmie L. Jay, training noncommissioned
officer for U. S. Army Medical Activity - Panama.
"The initial task following the explosion was triage,
sorting patients by priority according to the severity of
their injuries," Jay said.
Thetriage system has four categories, from those who
need immediate care to those who are not badly hurt, Jay
explained.
The medics saw victims who had injuries that put
them in all four categories, Jay said.
"We had victims with eviscerated organs, second and
third degree burns, fractures, lacerations and psycho-
logical traumas,"'he said.
An important factoriff assessing injuries for medical':
training is the realistic simulation of wounds, according
to Jay. Forthis exercise, volunteervictims wereprepared
with moulage, a plastic mold of an actual injury placed.
on the victim.
The application of the moulage was done by U.S.
Army Reserve units from Ohio training at Gorgas
h hospital, said MSgt. David Soloman, operations ser-
geant for the reservists.
"To prepare each patient's moulage for the exercise
we figured their classes of injuries," Soloman said.
"Different kinds of wounds fit into different triage
classes, so we do the makeup accordingly and tell the
patients what type of symptoms go with their injuries."
The realism involved in the training was important
because people from all over the hospital were called on
to help the victims, Jay said. The training was for the
hospital's support staff as well as its medical personnel.
"The training was set up from start to finish to include
the manpower pool, the additional personnel who are
called on to help move patients," Jay said.


U.S. Army photo by SqL E.J. Herwom
Spec. Charles Werme and Roy Sullivan evaluate
Imez Delgado's injuries.
"This training is extremely valuable to everyone,
because they never know when they will be called on to
help mass casualty victims. Military assistance follow-
ing hurricane Andrew is a prime example of how this
training can be put into use," Jay said.
"It was very important that everyone knew their role
during the exercise, but it was also important that the
training did not affect other hospital services, Jay said.
Regular patient care was minimally interrupted and all
emergencies were seen.
This was extremely important, because even in the
event of a disaster, regular hospital care can not stop, Jay
said.


Civilian evaluation system changes
COROZAL (USARSO PAO) - The Army's present for reduction-in-force easier to complete," he said.
civilian performance evaluation system will be replaced Preprinted Job Performance Standards and Respon-
with the Total Army Performance Evaluation System sibilities will eliminate writing individual performance
July 1, said Directorate of Civilian Personnel officials. standards, which is required under the present system,
The new system will improve civilian performance he added. The formulas for determining summary rat-
evaluation and help facilitate the one team concept, said ings will be more flexible than the current system,
David Saunders, chiefofLabor and Employee Relations facilitating the assignment of realistic summary ratings.
Division, Directorate of Civilian Personnel. Supervisors will also no longer need to document
The system is two-tiered, like that used by the uni- performance counseling and award nominations on
formed part of the total Army. separate forms, Saunders said.
"The niilitary evaluation process is composed of "For the first time, the Army values of commitment,
separate systems for officer and enlisted evaluations," competence, candor, courage, loyalty, duty, selfless
Saunders said. "Likewise, TAPES has a senior system service and integrity will be introduced to the civilian
for white collar civilians and blue collar supervisors in system," he said."Supervisors will be encouraged to live
grades nine and above. It also has a base system which these values and discuss them with employees. Army
covers all other employees." values, however, do not become part of an employee's
TAPES will focus on more employee input into the summary rating."
rating process, and on meaningful performance counsel- Senior rater profiles have also been added to the
ing, he explained. It will also emphasize professional senior system.
development, supervisor-subordinate communications, The DCP and the Training Support Center have
Total Quality Management and a linkage between orga- developed a TAPES video. Army activities have ap-
nizational goals and work performance. pointed TAPES facilitators to train the work force on the
"The new program will establish standardized rating new system, Saunders said.
cycles which will make counseling and ratings more For more information, call the Labor and Employee
timely, awards decisions easier and retention registers Relations Division, 285-4246/4247.


New photo feature
COROZAL (Tropic Times) - The Tropic
Times will begin a new photography feature with
the July 2 edition, and local shutterbugs can get
involved.
Once a month we'll explore one facet of life
in Panama through photos. The first two-page
feature will explore getting around in Panama.
We'll accept photos showing any method of
getting around in Panama, as long as they're
interesting, they reveal something unique about
Panama or the U.S. community here, or are just
fun to look at.
The deadline for the first feature is June 28.
The theme for the second feature, which will
appear Aug. 6, will be playtime in Panama.
Submissions should be black and white pho-
tos, though color photos are acceptable. Bring
submissions to the Tropic TimesofficesinBuild-
ing 405, Corozal, or call 285-6612.

Laundromat opens
FORT CLAYTON (USARSO PAO) - The
Directorate of Community Activities will cel-
ebrate the grand opening of its new laundromat
4 p.m. Tuesday with music and hor d'ourves.
The facility includes 16 coin-operated wash-
ers and dryers, and will be open 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
daily, said Bill McLaughlin, DCA Business
Recreation Branch manager. Video machines, a
snack bar and an air-conditioned waiting room
are also part of the facility, he added.
"Last year, a survey determined that those not
living in housing were in great need of laundry
facilities," McLaughlin explained. "Many of the
soldiers and personnel living off post have lim-
ited access to machines, either because of loca-
tion or limited water supplies."
Construction of the facility began in Decem-
ber as a joint project between DCA and the
Directorate of Engineering and Housing, he,
said.
"The DEH was a key player in the construc-
tion of the laundromat from the very beginning,"
said Gaby Capriles, DEH Public Relations offi-
cer. "When DCA.approached Us witb.what was
a great and enterprising idea, the engineers and
architects jumped right on the bandwagon," she
said.
"The 2,500 square feet facility's construction
lasted only six months with a final cost of about
$160,000," Capriles said.
The new laundromat is open to the Depart-
mentof Defense community. IDs will bechecked
at the door, McLaughlin said.
There will be an attendant on duty at all times
to make change, sell laundry soap and take
limited amounts of drop-off clothing, he added.
Those planning to drop laundry off must sepa-
rate and tag the items with washing instructions.
The facility, Building 145, is in the Burger
King - Popeye's parking lot on Fort Clayton. For
more information, call 287-3755.

Delta Force visit
FORT CLAYTON (USARSO PAO) - Repre-
sentatives from the 1st Special Forces Opera-
tional Detachment Delta will be in Panama
Monday through June 24 to recruit noncommis-
sioned officers for service with Delta Force.
Interested NCOs must see their company first
sergeants to be placed on an attendance roster
before the briefings.
Briefings will be 1 and 3 p.m. Monday and
Tuesday at the Fort Clayton theater with physi-
cal training and swim tests 6-8:30 a.m. Wednes-
day at the Fort Clayton pool. Interviews, appli-
cations and administrative tests will be 1 p.m.
Wednesday at Building 519, room 343.
Briefings forFortKobbe soldiers will be 1 and
3p.m. Thursday and June 18 at the Howard Air
Force Base theater with physical training and
swim tests 6-8 a.m. June 21 at the Fort Clayton
pool. Interviews, applications and administra-
tive tests will be 1 p.m. June21 atthe Howard Air
Force Base theater.
Briefings for Fort Davis soldiers will be 1 and
3 p.m. June 22-23 at the Fort Davis theater with
physical training and swim tests 6-8:30 a.m. at
the Fort Davis pool. Interviews, applications
and administrative tests will be 1 p.m. June 24 at
the Fort Davis theater.
For more information, call 287-4665/4664.




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Gift of the Panama Canal Museum VoTripic Times _11 .No. 23wN Quarry Heights, Republic of Panama Friday, June 11, 1993 "In order to handle everybody in a mass casualty drill and treat them to our best ability, we rely on a priority system. This means the people who need immediate treatment can get it right Pledger Dental officer was converted mess deck areas right off the flight deck. The area became the center of activity for the mass casualty exercise. "From what we saw come in off the flight deck, we were pretty overwhelmed," Fleck said. "Had this been a real situation we would have been very busy for a very long time." The exercise wasn't real, but didn't lack for realism, said participants. "I thought it went really well. The casualties were 'moulaged'up veryrealisticallyfortheirinjuries,"said Lt. Mark Pledger, dental officer. The injuries ranged from major head wounds and missing limbs to broken U.S. N-vyPh.obyPH2OI0b M J.y arms and shrapnel wounds. CWO 2 George Durham, 128th Aviation Brigade, is lowered by pulley to the operating room on a lower deck onboard "The injured already had a prelimithe USS Cleveland during a simulated mass casualty exerciseattached to them when they came off the I helos," Pledger said. Teams conduct mass casualty dril heyo the triage area and make a preliminary in the exercise, designed to allow the we could get mass casualty training in assessment to ascertain the degree of by Debbie Erhardt Navy to conductamasscasualtyexercise handling incoming wounded from the theirinjuries. US.Nvlatoanm n ubc rsin conjunction with Army helicopters flight deck as both an air and medical In order to handle everybody in a pm nj y p mass casualty drill and treat them to our ABOARD THE USS CLEVELAND -conducting DeckLandingQualifications. drill,"saidLt. RobertFleck, ship'smedibestability,werelyonaprioritysystem," Elements of the U.S. Southern ComUH-60 Blackhawk and CH-47 Chical officer. esaid. "e lan th pem," mand team came together to exercise a nook helicopters dropped onto the deck In a scene out of "M*A*S*H," the Pledger said. "This means the people two-part, two-service disaster scenario of the landing platform dock ship during flight deckcrew borethe wounded offthe h way." right away." off the coast of Panama June 1. the first phase of the exercise. They unhelicopters on stretchersintotriage, where The entire ship's crew took part in the The USS Cleveland and elements of loaded people who were "wounded" or corpsman and dental technicians took exercise, but Pledger said that is was by the228thAviation Battalion,214th Mediwho were being evacuated. over. The twenty wounded, "bloodied" cal Detachment, and 617th Special Op"The Non-Combatant Evacuation with moulage to simulate their injuries, erations Aviation Detachment took part Exercise we conducted was set up so that weremoved directlyinto the triage, which See casualty, page 2 Fort Espinar's water problems traced to old pipe FORT DAVIS (USARSO PAO-Atlantic) -"Fort Gen. Manuel Noriega was in power, however, and the always have water, Colvin said. Espinarresidents areencouragedto conserve water." money forsupplies was diverted. So when themainline Budget restraints on IDAAN mean the utility can't Fort Espinar residents have been hearing this anbroke, the utility company couldn'trepairit. There have buy equipment or place workers in each province or nouncement alot lately and may be wondering what the been no major upgrades since the turnover, and the pipe major city. IDAAN equipment is spread throughout the problem with the wateris and why they should conserve type and size is no longer made, Colvin said. country, and is often not readily available near Colon, water. IDAAN also continues to put more customers on line Colvin said. There are two water tanks on Fort Espinar, but they withoutincreasing storageorproduction capacity,Colvin Therefore, IDAAN relies on DEH and PCC for provide the pressure to supply water not only to Fort said. people, supplies and equipment to fix the problems in Espinar residents, but to every community from Fort The recent water problems are a result of two new this area, Colvin said. Espinarto Galetalsland, and from Colon to Cativa, said communities being put online, Villadel Caribe andLos DER, PCC and IDAAN have joined together to stop Maj. Perry Colvin, Atlantic Directorate ofEngineering Lagos; the expansion of San Judas; and fresh water water loss before it happens. They monitor the water and Housing. refitting to ships at the former Coco Solo Navy piers, tank levels and check the lines every day, and each The water line is more than 40 years old and the Colvin said. organization knows what to do in case of a break. Panama Canal Commission gave it to Panama between Because Fort Espinar is at the beginning of the Colvin encourages residents in these areas to do their 1979 and 1980. Responsibility for the line was turned distribution system and Galetais at the end, they are the part in always conserving water, and especially when over to the government of Panama's water utility comfirst two areas to lose water when there is a problem, messages are broadcast on Southern Command Netpany, known by its Spanish acronym, IDAAN, he said. Colvin said. work television and radio stations. By that time, there The line was looped with a backup line so water DEHis doing what it canto be take care ofproblems may only be one to two days of water in the reserve outages would not occur. Theturnovertookplace while before they happen and to make sure its customers tanks, Colvin said. _______________ pa___ e,3,___ eatt s pag 10 Fuertes Caminos '93 program Model builder of 30 years turns *Third set of locks, page 4. ends with monument dedicated to cardboard into realistic works of *AF investigates general, page 5. four years of projects. art. *Over-30 hoops title, page 12.

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Tropic Times June 11, 1993 Casualty From page 1 no means an easy job. "This was a hard thing to pull off. You could tell that a lot of different people had to get involved and it was a major evolution. The more real we can get in a drill like this the better the training," he said. The exercise's size and complexity forced the medical crew to recognize one reality: communication saves lives. "One of the most important things with working in a mass casualty exercise is communication. Ensuring yourpatients injuries are brought to the medical officer's attention and he knows what is going on between the stretcher bearers and the medical crew is essential to success," said hospital Corpsman Daniel Woods. The need for communication was great in this exercise, which simulated 20 wounded people. But the ship's medical officer said that might be just a beginning. "In a real situation there is no specific guideline that says you can receive any one number of casualties because that would limit us," Pledger said. "We would keep receiving until we exhaust all resources and are out of supplies." The size of the disaster they might face is unknown, but the medical team knows how to get ready for it, said the ship's medical division officer and independent duty corpsman. "This training is excellent because we get to practice a mass casualty drill, which is probably one of the worst medical scenarios you could have," said Hospital Division Corpsman HMI Dwayne Hammond. U.S.NavyphotobyPH2 obertoTay&l. "The more you practice it, the better you get at iroop talk handling something like this." Planning something like this also takes practice, they Lt. Gen. Norman E. Ehlert, Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans, Policies and Operations, Headquarters said. Planning for this operation was coordinated jointly Marine Corps, talks to troops from the Marine Corps Security Force Company during a June 4 visit. between Commander in Chief Atlantic Fleet Detachment South and the 228th Aviation Battalion. Coordination on board the Cleveland included the entire crew. Proper house, garden pesticides use "-reallY can't PanenoghframasscasualtY situation. There is always going to be wrenches thrown into the system," Hammond said. "It is veryimportant to can pats and be ready for anything, to stay flexible." The ship was designed as an amphibious carrier for GORGAS ARMYCOMMUNITY HOSPITAL (USto control and precautions to use to prevent poisoning Marines, but its mission has been slowly evolving with ARSO PAO)House and garden pesticides are not only animals, Powers pointed out. the U.S. military's post-Cold War role. poisonous to pests, but also to people if not used "Also, if you look at the label carefully, which you "This NEO exercise simulates reality. We've done properly, said an Army entomology expert here. should, there is a disclaimer stating that dispensing NEOs in places as diverse as Somalia, Liberia, the This might seem obvious, but several people are pesticides in any manner different from that described Philippines and we practice and simulate training so injured or killed by accidental pesticide poisonings on the label is in violation of federal laws," he said. "In when the real thing comes about we're ready and the every year, explained Maj. Nelson Powers, chief of other words, the label is the law." Army helos are ready as well," said Captain George Entomology Section, Preventive Medicine. Many pesticide-related accidents happen when chilGaldorisi. "Pesticides aresimplenerve agents, yetpeoplehandle dren are left alone and swallow the product, or when "The Navy is moving towards a 'from the sea' them without due respect," Powers said. pesticides are left in improper containers. strategy, and when you look at joint operations with the House and garden pesticides are labeled to be used "In one such poisoning incident, the pesticide was services like what you see here today with the NEO for those purposes, and should not to be used in any stored in a soft drink bottle," Powers said. exercise and deck landings, you bring all of those manner except as noted on the label, Powers said. Powers said pesticides should be: elements together and get some excellent joint service All pesticides for sale in the Army and Air Force *stored in a locked cabinet. The cabinet should be training." Exchange Service system and commissaries are regisoutside the living area and not subjected to temperature "We normally think of amphibious ships in terms of tered with the Environmental Protection Agency, he extremes, particularly high temperatures. Aerosol bomb these John Wayne movies with hundreds of these crafts said. Those sold in locally may not be EPA registered. type pesticides may rupture under extremely high temheading to the beaches. That isn't our biggest mission "Some pesticides found in local markets are to be peratures; now," Galdorisi said. "It is things like the NEO exercise used only by professionally trained and certified pest *always stored in the original container with a and humanitarian relief. This ship is ideal for these controllers," Powers said. legible label; kinds of missions," he said. The labels on EPA registered pesticides inform *stored withthecontainertop orlid securely closed; "This is one of the most important things we do. buyers of who to call in case of accidental poisoning, *stored away from food or clothing; When you look at the pillars of the national military protective clothing to wear when using the product, how *bought and used only as needed for a specific pest; strategy, be that a forward presence or crisis response, I to mix and dispensethe pesticide, which pests it's meant *disposed of as recommended on-the label. think this certainly qualifies for that." User-friendly system automates personnel actions by SSgt. Rian Clawson time-consuming and redundant personPC-IIIinstallation and conversion also "These show you a form on the com24th Wing Public Affr nel processes and update procedures," gives people access to personnel mail and puterscreenand youjust fillinthe blanks," Ray said. "It also decentralizes the peroffice automation software, like word she explained. "When you print it out on HOWARD AFB -PC-IIlis notrelated sonnel data base to unit commanders and processing, spreadsheets, data bases, a laserprinter, it looks even better than a to R2D2 or C3PO, but it does have a staff agencies." project management and more. similar item done on a typewriter." distinct link to Air Force of the future. Managers no longer have to go to the Howard is one of the last bases to get PC-III will also enhance other quality Personnel Concept -III was tested at military personnel flight and wait for PC-il. It's now installed on almost every products of the future. Moody AFB, Ga., beginning in 1988, help to create or updatepersonnel files on Air Force installation in the world. Offi"Beforetoo long we expect the PC-III explained Lt. Col. Bill Ray, who is the people. PC-III allows them to do it from cials expect all AirForce bases not schedinterface to be expanded to include proAir Force Military Personnel Center's theirownorderlyroomsorworkcenters. uled to close to be on line by Sept. 30. cesses withthelegaland finance offices, PC-IIlinstallation and training team chief. Members can use the system to update Peoplewho have used the system have and even AirForce hospitals and clinics," A team installed the personnel and personnel locator data and assignment been surprised how "user friendly" PCRay said. information management system in the preference records. III is. ThePC-III systemis now functional at base's unitorderlyrooms and majorwork "Just recently we've gotten the En"With menu driven screens, on-line Howard, but military personnel flight centers, at social actions and education listed Quarterly Assignments Listing and help and tutorial screens, PC-IlI is really officials have not completed training for offices, and other areas. the Officer's Assignment Bulletin Board easy to use," said AiC Stef Kremer, everyone who will be using it. Members Officials tested and refined the system on line with PC-III," said MSgt. John personnel systems management specialcan not get on the system -and should for almost two years before declaring it Potts,noncommissioned officerin charge ist. not try to do so-untilthey havereceived ready for installation at other bases. of the PC-IlI training team. "It has more than 180 pre-formatted this training. McConnell AFB, Kan., was the first base "With this information at their fingerpackages -for example, Enlisted PerMembers may call Sgt. Sharon Stewart, to get the system, in November 1989. tips, people can makeintelligent choices formance Reports and Air Force Spe284-4967, to learn more about how the "PC-III was.created to automate many when they update their dream sheets." cialty Code upgrade requests. PC-II force can be with them.

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Tropic Times Junell,1993 3 Fuertes Caminos '93 ends with dedication Monument represents four years of projects CAIZAN, CHIRIQUI PROVINCE, Panama (USARSO PAO) -Fuertes Casinos '93 officially ended with a ribbon cutting ceremony and the unveiling A of a monument honoring the Fuertes Caminos program here June 3. U.S. SouthernCommandCommanderin-ChiefGen.GeorgeJoulwan,Panama's Minister of Education Marco Alarcon Alfredo Arias and other Southern Command and Panama government officials were present for the unveiling of the monument. The officials praised the soldiers and Panamanian government workers of Task Force Rushmore for their accomplishments. The monument represents the fourth year the governments of Panama and the United States have combined efforts to enhance Panama's infrastructure with a focus on schools, health clinics and roads in the interior provinces. This year, the soldiers and civilians of Task Force Rushmore repaired 27 kilometers of road, five bridges, 16 schools and health clinics and dug 30 wells during FC '93. us. Amyoo by s. E. aom The residents of Plaza Caizan and U.S. Southern Command Commander-in-Chief Gen. George Joulwan and Panama's Minister of Education Marco neighboringvillages havebeenabletosee Alarcon Alfredo Arias walk through the crowd during the closing ceremonies of Fuertes Caminos '93. the efforts displayed by more than 5,000 soldiers who came to Panama from all Joulwan thanked the troops for their improved and lives will be saved. JoulBrig. Gen. James Wilson, U.S. Army over the United States to work shoulderhard work and said their true satisfaction wan also commented that Panamanian South commander, also unveiled a plaque to-shoulder, sun-up to sun-down, with will come with the knowledge that Panafarmers will have a better road to take during a ceremony following the FC '93 the menofChiriquiProvince, saidAlfredo manian children will go to schools in a theircropstothemarketon because ofthe closing dedicating and naming a school Arias Grimaldo, minister of Public better learning environment and that hard work of all those involved in the in honor of the Fuertes Caminos proWorks. health care for Panamanians has been project. gram. FORTCLAYTON(USARSOPAO) bounded by 91st Street West and 99th -A new list of off-limits areas and rm y u rStreet West. establishments has been released by ". .The following are considered high Brig.Gen.JamesL.Wilson,U.S. Army crime areas in Colon: Playita Area, South commander. bounded by Del Frente Avenue, 8th All bordellos remain off limits and new of1 1im its are as lis Street, 4th Street and Limon Bay; PML Bravo and the 2-5 am. curfew Pueblo Nuevo, bounded by Central throughout Panama remains in effect. Curundu, Frangipani Avenue and Bella The following areas are not off limits, Avenue, 16th Street East to Roosevelt The following establishments and Vista Road, Grid 8F. but have been declared high crime areas Avenue and Manzanillo Bay. areas are off limits in Panama City: The following establishments and arin Panama City: Chorrillo, bounded by High crime areas are not off limits, Ovalo Bar, Building 17-100, eas are off limits in Colon; Esquire Bar, 4th of July Avenue, Poetas Avenue, Anbut they are dangerous, especially after Monteserin Street, Grid 7C; Buffalo 13th Street and Central Avenue; La con Avenue and De La Ossa Street; Andark, officials said. Those who must Bar (Paris), J Street, Grid 6C; Cueva Amistad Bar, 10th Street and Guerrero con, bounded by 4th of July Avenue, J travel through these areas should use del Zorro (Foxhole) Bar, Building 7, Avenue; Hotel/brotheladjacenttoOlimpia Street, Central Avenue and De La Ossa extreme caution, they added. Estudiante Street, Grid 6C; La Gloria Bar, 11th Street and Bolivar Avenue; Street; Curundu, bounded by Frangipani Officials advised U.S. personnel Building 34, Avenue 1 South, Hotel/brothel adjacent to Casanova Bar, Avenue and Bella Vista Road; Panama here to monitor the Southern ComCarrasquilla, Grid 18E; Gruta Azul 11th Street and Bolivar Avenue; Hotel/ Viejo, bounded by Ernesto T. Lefevre mand Network for announcements re(Blue Goose), Building 2178, Via brothel adjacent to Calridge Bar, 10th Avenue, Cincuentenario Avenue and garding additional areas to avoid. Espana, Rio Abajo, Grid 20E; Fenix Street and Bolivar Avenue; Hotel/brothel Santa Elena Street; San Miguelto, For information, call the Garrison Club, Building 2269, 17th Street, Rio adjacent to LaFlor Bar, 10th Street and bounded by Transisthmian Highway and Provost Marshal Office at 287-4401/ Abajo, Grid 25D; Hollywood Area of Bolivar Avenue. Domingo Diaz Highway; Rio Abajo, 4402. Africanized honey bees attack 22 infantrymen GORGAS ARMY COMMUNITY HOSPITAL (USThough most swarms occur when people disturb the hours and drowned." ARSO PAO) -A swarm of Africanized honey bees Africanized bees, this incident wasjust a freak accident, If a swarm attacks, the best thing for people to do is attacked 22 soldiers while the soldiers were providing Powers said. to run to an enclosed area, Powers suggested. When an support as opposition forces for the Jungle Operations "TheAfricanized honey bees are verydefensive about Africanized honey bee stings, it releases a chemical Training Center in May. their hives and swarms are most often caused when called pheromone which attracts the others in the swarm The soldiers, from Company C, 5th Battalion, 87th someone turns over a rock or comes into contact with and causes them to attack, he said. Infantry, and a unit deployed from the states, were them in some way," he said. "These bees will follow you for two to three miles," resting near the Gatun drop zone when a swarm of bees The Africanized honey bee is the result of an experihe said. "They will remain in an area for several hours." flew into the platoon. ment conducted in 1957, that involved the breeding of Swarms may occur during rainy season, but the bees "The first thing we heard was the buzzing and all of European honey bees and African bees to create a new are more active during dry season while they are protectasudden the bees were everywhere,"said 2ndLt. Darrin strain of bees better suited for the tropics, Powers ing their hives, he said. Mirkarimi, platoon leader. explained. Powers suggested the following precautions: The stinging attack lasted for 15-20 minutes, said "The Africanized honey bee is the result of a genetic + Make a bee patrol around the home once or twice Mirkarimi, who was stung more than 100 times. experiment gone awry," he said. "But they are not aweekduring swarming season. Listen forthe soundsof Thesoldiersranto getaway fromtheswarm, but were 'killer' bees." bees. Persistent buzzing may mean a hive or swarm is hampered by 10-foot high grass. Powers said the only difference between the Euronearby. Once the soldiers reached the drop zone, they radioed pean honey bee and the Africanized honey bee is that +"Bee-proof'by fillingin potential nesting sites. Put forhelicopters and weretransported totheFortSherman Africanized bees are more unpredictable, sting in mass screens in the tops of rain spouts and over water meter Troop Medical Clinic where they were treated for bee and are more defensive of their hives. Their venom is no boxes. Remove piles of trash and junk. stings and heat injuries caused by the incident. more poisonous than the domestic honey bee, he said. *If a hive is discovered, don't touch it. Call the From January-November1992,90 people were heated "Less than one percent ofthepopulation is allergic to Directorate of Engineering and Housing. at Gorgas for bee stings; 27 of the patients were active a bee sting," he added. "The only death we've had in *If stung several times, seek medical help. duty personnel, reported Maj. Nelson Powers, chief of Panama was a military policeman who jumped in the *If allergic to bee stings, consult a physician immeEntomology Department. canal to get away from a swarm, tread water for two diately for the best precautions to take.

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4 Tropic Times 4uel,9 #Hemisphere Panel discusses possible Legend of vampire causes scare in Peru LIMA, Peru (AP) -Crucifixes, wooden stakes thir se of can l l cksand garlic are selling fast inthe small coastal town WASHINGTON (AP) -A three-nation panel studyvessels ranging from 150,000 to 200,000 deadweight of Pisco as fearful residents awaited the reincaring alternatives to the Panama Canal has concluded that tons. nation ofa supposed British vampire Wednesday. the construction of a third set of locks or a single-lane, "This enhancement would provide all the capability Legend has it that Sarah Helen Roberts of sea-level canal are the most desirable options, it was needed to handle the conventional general cargo ships Blackburn, England --reportedly shut alive into disclosed Tuesday. now afloat or to be built in the near future," Burke said. a lead coffin in Britain for witchcraft in 1913 Officials from the United States, Japan and Panama Burke spoke to a gathering organized by the Interswore to rise again in 80 years to seek revenge. have been studying alternatives to ensure that traffic American Dialogue and the University of Miami NorthResidents holding crosses have beenpraying at demands via Panama can be met in the future. The South Center. the grave where she was buried. Relatives buried United States and Japan are the two main users of the He said the other option approved by the panel for her in Peru after searching for four years to find existing canal, which will come under Panamanian further study is a one-lane, 54.9-mile, sea-level canal a country that would accept her remains. control attheendofthecenturyunderthetermsofa1979 about 10 miles west of the present canal. The cost Hotels and shops in Pisco, 120 miles south of treaty with the United States. estimates run $15 billion or more, he said. Lima, are doing a brisk business in anti-vampire C. Thomas Burke, commissioner of the Panama Burke added he personally prefers construction of a kits. For $2.50, buyers get a crucifix, a mallet and Canal Alternative Study Commission, said a third set of third set oflocks because the sea-level option would cost wooden stake, a string of garlic and a booklet on locks would make the canal able to handle more than too much and damage the environment. the legend. 30,000 transits annually by the year 2,060more than He said current traffic estimates envision that the Pregnant women in hospitals fear the vampire twice the capacity of the present canal. present canal will be sufficient to meet demand until will reincarnate in their babies. Burke said the cost estimates range between $3 2020. Some journalists requested the body be exbillion and $5 billion. As envisioned by the commission, The conclusions of the panel will be disclosed in a humed to put an end to the hysteria. The district the new set of locks would be able to accommodate final report due in September. attorney denied the petition. "What scares me is that I think I'll be her first a victimm" said Jose Moilna, a grave digger. Former Panamanian president v Shining Path kills 8, sentenced for aiding Noriega including governor -IMA, Peru (AP) -Shining Path guerrillas PANAMA CITY, Panama (Reuters) -Former Panaousted Noriega, and have only four months of their killed eight people, including five local officials, manian president Manuel Solis Palma was found guilty sentence to serve out. in separate attacks in the Andes over a three day Monday and sentenced in absentia to nearly four years Palma was president from February 1988 to August period, police said Tuesday. imprisonment forhelping ex-strongman Manuel Noriega 1989, atime whenthe Dignity Battalions were set up and The rebels shot and killed the governor of the set up his feared Dignity Battalions. used to violently suppress anti-Noriega protests. town of Marcara, 175 miles north of Lima, toSupreme CourtludgeDamarisCaballerodeAlmengor He came to office with the blessing of the progether with his two sons Monday. The same day, said in her verdict that Palma, who lives in exile in Noriega National Assembly when the previous presithe rebels killed the governor of the nearby town Venezuela, bore responsiblity for the creation of the dent, Erick Arturo Delvalle, was ousted after a failed of Mancos. paramilitary units that became Noriega's henchmen. attempt to fire Noriega as head of the armed forces. Themayorofanothernearby town, Tarica, and He had been charged with abusing his authority and Palma continued in office through the annulled May a trader were killed Saturday. committing a crime against the state. 1989elections and wasreplaced byFranciscoRodriguez, Also Monday, rebels killed the mayor and a Palmaandthree formercommanders of the battalions a Noriega supporter, in August that year. town councillor of the town of Paratia, 525 miles were sentenced to three years, eight months and 10 days Supreme Court spokeswoman Maria Victoria said southeast of Lima. in jail after a trial that began May 17. there was no move to extradite Palma but "he has been Since the Shining Path took up arms in 1980 The former commanders were imprisoned in Panama condemned and if he comes to the country he will be in a bid to topple the government, the rebels have shortly after the December 1989 U.S. invasion that imprisoned immediately." killed hundreds of local authorities, saying they are propping up a corrupt state. More than 25,000 people have died in the 13Guatemala freezes Serrano's assets y GUATEMALA CITY (AP) -As Guatemala froze C l m bia producin Jorge Serrano's assets and tried to extradite the former v c i president, his successor told Latin American leaders this m malaria va country has emerged from a "constitutional and institutional abyss." BOGOTA (Reuters) -Colombian scientists President Ramiro De Leon Carpio flew to Managua will begin production on a new synthetic vaccine Tuesday and met with Organization of American States to combat a lethal strain of malaria following officials. The OAS has shown enthusiastic support for testing in Africa and Asia, a presidential state'k, ment said Tuesday. his three-day-old presidency and his attempts to reverse The statement said the Colombian governSerrano's May 25 grab of absolute power. T A judge froze 25 accounts Tuesday in Guatemalan meant and the World Health Organization had and foreign-owned banks said to total millions of dolagreed upon a timetable to receive the patent for lars, and is investigating other Serrano property. the vaccine, build the plant and start producing -hesnt vaccine uil the l adstrbtipodngbh Unconfirmed press reports said Serrano, who had a e ofnthec a. failing construction business in 1991 when he became end of the year. president, had accounts worth some $3.5 million in Manuel Elkin Patarroyo and his team of 68 1992. The accounts were reportedly worth about $19 scientists at Bogota's San Juan de Dios Hospital million when he fled the country. in March reported in the British medical publicaSerrano fled to Panama, where he was granted asy'tion The Lancet that their vaccine helped prevent lum. Guatemala has invoked extradition treaties from the most common lethal strain of malaria. the 1930s and says it wants him back for trial on 11 charges ranging from rebellion to corruption to disruptFujim ori says Peru ing constitutional order. It was not clear what penalties Serrano could face if Serrano ^P""*' im proving economy y convicted. LOS ANGELES (Reuters) -Peruvian PresiPresident Guillermo Endara of Panama said the people peacefully confronted the extra-constitutional dent Alberto Fu(imoR said Tuesday his country, request would be treated with "dignity, clarity and great steps taken by former leaders and have successfully once wracked by terrorism and out-of-control objectivity." restored a democratic government," said U.S. Deputy inflation, now offers tremendous profit opportuDe Leon Carpio was elected Saturday by Congress, Secretary of State Clifton Wharton. cooling off several weeks of political chaos that began He said Guatemalahad full U.S. support to fight drug cities to foreign investors willing to do business with demonstrations against utility price increases and trafficking, and the United States would join with other "In Peru, we are generating the economic, other austerity measures. nations helping Guatemala negotiate an end to its 33social and political conditions so that the creative Serrano dissolved Congress and the courts, saying he year-old civil war, the oldest in Latin America. and andpsforming energy of the private sector will had to restore order and stem state corruption. Reaction De Leon Carpio has not said what he plans to do to be able to spur our economic development," in and out ofthe country was immediate and vehemently bring an end to the war, which has long discouraged Fujimori said. negative. investment and economic growth in Guatemala. Speaking to the Los Angeles World Affairs De Leon Carpio is to serve out the remainder of However, his changes in the highest level of the Council, Fujimori said at the midpoint of his Serrano's term, which ends in January 1996. military indicate he may avoid a hard-line approach in administration, his government had taken huge U.S. State Department officials met with de Leon future talks. De Leon Carpio is the former government stri Carpio on Tuesday in the National Palace. prosecutor for human rights cases and a harsh critic of des in reversing negative economic trends. "It is an historic achievement that the Guatemalan the military and former government.

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Military News Trnpi Tims5 AF investigates general's remarks about Clinton WASHINGTON (AP)The AirForce Wilson said the Air Force's investigais investigating atwo-star general followtion probably would be completed by the ing reports that he made derogatory commiddle of June. ments about President Clinton in the It was a fresh sign of the undercurrent Netherlands two weeks ago, a military of suspicion among some military officspokesmansays. ers toward Clinton despite his efforts to Maj. Gen. Harold N. Campbell deimprove relations. P scribed Clinton as a "draft-dodging, potWhite House spokesman MarkGearan smoking, womanizing" commander in referred questions to the Defense Departchief at a May 24 dinner attended by 250 ment Tuesday, but said Clinton has a people, The Washington Post reported "very good relationship with the miliTuesday. tary." The newspaper said Campbell also He saidhedid not know if Clintonwas referred to Clinton as "gay loving" in the aware of Campbell's comments. speech at a banquet of 32nd Fighter Until May 31, Campbell was director Group's maintenance workers at for plans at the Materiel Command, Soesterburg Air Base in the Netherlands. which has its headquarters at WrightMaj.Paul Wilson, aspokesmanforthe Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Air Force Materiel Command, declined Ohio. The command oversees the develto confirm the specific words reportedly opment, purchase and maintenance of used by Campbell. every plane and weapon in the United Wilson did verify, however, that Lt. States Air Force arsenal. Gen. Dale W. Thompson Jr., vice comCampbell had been assigned to take mander of the Materiel Command, arcommand of the defense fuelsupply cenrived in the Netherlands over the weekterofthe DefenseLogistics Agency, based end to determine "what was said by Major in Washington. But heremainsat WrightGeneral Campbell and how it was taken Patterson as a special assistant to the staff by those who heard it." director of the Materiel Command pendCampbell could not be reached for ing the outcome of the investigation, comment Tuesday. A woman answering Wilson said. the phone at his home said he was not Military officers lack the same freethere, and Wilson said Campbell did not dom to criticize the president that civilwant to comment. ians take as a matter of course. Article 88 "He's not taking any calls. He's unof the Uniform Code of Military Justice AP -IrPhota availableforcomment,"Wilsonsaid. "He states that "any commissioned officer President Clinton celebrates during the presidential inaugural parade in has basically rejected all opportunities to who uses contemptuous words againstthe January. The Washington Post reported that Air Force Maj. Gen. Harold N. discuss anything with the media," Wilson president .shall be punished as a courtCampbell described Clinton as a "draft-dodging, pot-smoking, womanizing" added. martial may direct." commander in chief. Homosexual assault Collisions cause Navy to make convictions cause major changes in sub operations g rou psto argue on ban KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -The U.S. Navy, with approval is a significantly reduced probability" of future acciJACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -Foes of President from President Clinton, has made major changes in its dents. Clinton's bid to lift the ban on homosexuals in the submarine operations in hopes of avoiding further colliIn addition to the two collisions that have been made military are pointing to the recent convictions of two sions with Russian subs, said Defense Secretary Les public in 1992 and 1993, there have been eight other sailors who committed homosexual assaults as exAspin. collisions between American and former Soviet submaamples of the dangers ahead. Two collisions in the past two years have troubled the rines since 1950, according to a government source who Groups favoring an end to the ban discounted the Russians and raised questions about why America conspoke on condition of anonymity. The eight have never importance of the two cases and accused their tinues its Cold War-era policy of shadowing Russian been disclosed by the Navy. opponents of trying to smear all homosexuals. submarines. Aspin said the changes in U.S. submarine operations opnets oftyingr 2t smar albhoou rals Clinton promised Russian President Boris Yeltsin at do not require any reciprocal Russian actions. Petty Officer 2nd Class Albert Ruggiero was their Vancouver summit last April that he would order In two days at Garmisch, Grachev and Aspin worked sentenced Tuesday in state court to seven years in a Pentagon review of U.S. submarine procedures. Aspin out amemorandum ofunderstanding on ways ofincreaspnson for raping an 18-year-old sailor off base. saidthatreview recommended changes to reduce therisk ing contact between American and Russian uniformed Circuit Judge Robert Foster exceeded the senof accidents. and civilian defense personnel, Aspin said. tencing guidelines of 5 1/2 years' imprisonment Clinton personally approved the changes last week, For starters, 100 young officers from both countries because Ruggiero was his victim's supervisor. Aspin said. are to meet and exchange ideas, Grachev said. Ruggiero made no statement, but defense attor"We have made some major changes in the way in Aspin said the agreement on expanded contacts will ney, Gonzalo Andux, said he planned to appeal the which we will conduct operations in the future," Aspin be signed when Grachev comes to Washington in late conviction. told reporters aboard his plane en route to the Ukrainian June. Last month, Seaman Apprentice Michael A. capital from Garmisch, Germany, where he had told The two defense chiefs also agreed on holding joint Thompson was sentenced to 21/2 years in a military Russian Defense Minister Pavel Gracfiev ofthe changes. peacekeeping exercises, reflecting the post-Cold War prison for sexually assaulting a sleeping sailor Grachev was satisfied with the new American policy, prospect of the former adversaries working together to aboard the USS Saratoga. Aspin said, but theU.S. defense secretary refused to give monitor peace agreements in other parts of the world, The NavyLeague ofthe United States, agroup of specifics of the shift. He said he also withheld details such as Bosnia. retirees and civilians opposed to Clinton's plan, from Grachev, reflecting the secret nature of U.S. subAspin said the U.S. Army's 3rd Infantry Division, cited the Jacksonville cases as a warning. marine operations. based in Germany, will be the American element in joint "What this shows is that homosexuals cannot be "We are confident that we have significantly reduced exercises with a Russian motorized rifle division. He expected to remain celibate while on active duty in theprobability ofarepetition ofthosekinds" ofincidents said at least two other exercises would be held, one in the military," said retired Adm. John Dalrymple, at sea, Aspin said. "It's not a 100 percent guarantee. It Russia and anotherin either the United States orEurope. executive director of the Navy League. "Faced with the threat of court-martial or beingK uw ait expelled from the service, homosexuals still do this. M a i e jo n o With legalization, I believe them would be even more cases like this." KUWAIT (AP)Approximately 1,900 U.S. Marines show the continuing U.S. commitment to the security of Lt. Steven W. Williams, the prosecutor at landedonKuwaitishoresMondaytotakepartinaweekKuwait and the Persian Gulf region. Thompson's court-martial, had asked for a sevenlong exercise with British Royal Marines and Kuwaiti About 800 Kuwaitis and 190 British Royal Marines year sentence as a "punishment and deterrent." troops. are participating in the exercise. It includes operations "It is important to these men watching these The Marines and their amphibious assault vehicles in urban terrain and the Kuwaiti island of Failaka, in arrived aboard landing craft in Shuwaik port, just outaddition to live fireexercises in thedesert nearthe border proceedings that they feel safe when they lie down side Kuwait City. The rest of the 4,200 Marines taking with Iraq. on their racks," Williams said. part in the exercise -dubbed Eager Mace 93-2 will Eager Mace is the first three-country ground exercise But Thomas B. Stoddard, coordinator of the stay on the four ships participating in the maneuvers, to be conducted in the emirate since it signed 10-year Campaign for Military Service, a group that wants scheduled to end Tuesday. defense pacts with the United States and Britain after a the ban lifted, said the cases "have no relevance to "We learn an awful lot about how to work together U.S.-led coalition drove out the occupying Iraqi army the general policy discussion surrounding lesbians and about the capabilities and limitations of our units," more than two years ago. Kuwait also signed a similar and gay men in the military." said Capt. Charles Vion, of Nesconset, N.Y. He comagreement with France and will sign one in August with mands the American side of the maneuvers, designed to Russia.

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6 Tropic Times Voices Junell,1993 V i e Rude patrons cause parking woes Dear Mayors' Corner: A serious problem has been created by the Army and Air Force Exchange Service by opening a shoppette at the (Howard) service station. The shoppette was an differently. In Germany, forinstance, civilians are authoexcellent idea, but AAFES did not anticipate the inconrized to occupy housing when there is more than the siderate patrons who park their cars next to the gas pumps military needs. and go inside to do their shopping, leaving other patrons With regards to which houses civilians may occupy, stuck behind them in line. civilian grades are equivalent to military grades and I asked one of the gas station attendants if anything housing eligibility is based on the equivalent grade and could be done to prevent these inconsiderate individuals bedroom requirements. from blocking other patrons in and he handed me a At this time, the housing division is not aware of complaint form. civilians or military personnel occupying housing in The action line is a direct link between Brig. My question is, what can the Mayors' Comer do to excess of their requirements. Davis said with no more Gen. David A. Sawyer, 24th Wing commander, solve this problem? information to go on, it may be assumed the individual and Howard AFB and Abrook AFS personnel. If SMSgt. Richard J.Jordan mentioned in your letter has children who are full-time you have a question or problem that you can't students under the age of 23. This is authorized, but solve through normal supervisory channels, call DearSMSgt.Jordan: could be seen as otherwise. However, Davis asked that the Action Line at 284-5849. The Mayors' Corner didn't fix this one, people like anyone aware of specific cases should notify the housing Callers should leave a name, telephone numyou did when you took your complaints to Jeffrey division so it can investigate, ber and mailing address in case questions need to Weatherbee, Automotive Manager for AAFES. be clarified. Names will be kept confidential and Weatherbee responded by having signs made asking Dear Mayors' Corner: used only to provide callers with a personal patrons to move their cars to designated parking areas What is the policy on volunteers at the post office? response. -before going into the shoppettes. The signs will be Some volunteers bring children, sometimes they even posted near gas pumps and air and water stations at all help sort mail. I don't think children should be in the Reader questions AAFES service stations. mailroom. In the meantime, Weatherbee instructed service staSusie Henson tion attendants to ask patrons to move their vehicles ID check policy from main activity areas before shopping. Dear Ms. Henson: Capt. Karen Jordan, Chief of Postal Operations said ~~~ Whyen is there an around-the-clock identifiDear Mayors' Corner: Military Postal Service policy is simple. Volunteers cation check at Howard and not at Albrook or any Why are civilians authorized on-post housing here, should be mature individuals, 14 years or older, who are of the other military installations? but not in Germany or the United States? Civilians affiliated with the military in some way. choose to come here, soldiers do not. Jordan said postal volunteers with small children are And why doIknowacivilianlivinginafour-bedroom authorized a limited number of hours at child care A.Te responsibility for the security and house on post with no children? I have two children and centers, and are discouraged from bringing small chilsafety of the wing is ultimately mine. I am deeply am not authorized a four-bedroom. dren to the workplace. concerned about the effect of crime on the base Anonymous To find out more about free child care for volunteers, population and the problem of visitation policy check with local child care centers. violations. Dear Anonymous: Because of this, I instructed the security police Civilian employees recruited from the United States Editor's note: This column allows community to perform 100 percent identification checks here to Panama before June 23 were given transportation members to submit questions to the Mayoral Con24 hours a day. agreements authorizing them to reside in government gress. Letters should be mailed to: Mayors' Corner, Since implementation of the checks, visitation housing, said Dick Davis, Chief of Family Housing for Publicity Chairperson,APO AA 34004 (MPS). Anoviolations and criminal activity have decreased Directorate of Engineering and Housing. These people nymity will be granted upon request. The Tropic dramatically, so I intend to maintain the policy are entitled to receive government housing. Times reserves the right to edit letters and responses until further notice. Housing policies in other locations may be applied for brevity, clarity and propriety. Thieves net $212 of property in Fort Espinar thefts Thieves break into cars, steal property __For more information, call the nearest military or secuThe military police are looking for people respone rity police station. sible for breaking into two cars on Fort Espinar last week. Reports show the thieves stole $212 in personal propexpensive jewelry in gym bags. Crime statistics for on-post housing areas for May 28erty. After breaking into the cars, the thieves also stole a If a victim of crime, call 287-4401. June 3 are: locked bicycle from nearby quarters. Anyone having information that may help the miliLimitations exceeded Pacific tary police in this matter should call the Fort Davis An individual was arrested last week for exceeding Fort Clayton 600 area -one larceny of secured Military Police Investigations Section at 289-5412. established limitations on controlled items. An invesprivate property tigation revealed the person purchased four sets of living Fort Clayton 800 area -one larceny of secured r Secure your bicycle room furniture within an 18-month period, exceeding private property Military police remind residents to lock up all bithe limit by three. Fort Clayton 500 area -one larceny of secured cycles inside a building if possible. Chaining and The regulation permits one set of living room furniprivate property locking bikes outside has proven to be ineffective. ture per 36 month tour. Quarry Heights -one housebreaking, two larcenies Thieves have cut locks and stolen bikes locked outdoors. For more information, see U.S. Southern Command of secured private property The military police recommend taking precautions regulation 1-19 or call 286-3303. Fort Amador -one housebreaking, one larceny of to prevent a theft. To report suspicious activities, call secured private property 287-4401. Detained off post Cocoli -one housebreaking, one larceny of secured If detained or arrested by the Panama National Police private property Lock it up while off post, U.S. citizens should surrender only their Fort Kobbe 400 area -two housebreakings, larceny Military police advise people who use U.S. Army Panama driver's license and bilingual identification of secured property gymnasiums to secure personal property when working card. Disrespect to a public official is an offense in out. There have been several incidents reported to the Panama, so be careful what you say and do. Atlantic Fort Clayton military police of stolen personal property Also, people detained should call their Military Police Fort Espinar -one larceny of unsecured private in gymnasium areas. Do not leave a lot of cash or Liaison Section immediately. property Commander in Chief.Gen. George A. Joulwan EditorialStaff.Sgt.JohnHall This authorized unofficial command information Director,PublicAffairs.Col.JamesL.Fetig Rosemary Chong publication is for U.S. armed forces overseas. The Tropic F Chief.SFCJosephFerrare Maureen Sampson Times is published in conjunction with the Armed Forces Editor.SFCJosephFerrare Southern Command Public Affairs Office.282-4278 Information Program of the Department of Defense, Assistant Editor.SSgt. Deborah E. Williams U.S. Army South Public Affairs Office.287-3007 under the supervision of the director of public affairs, Sports Editor,.Sgt. Richard Puckett 24th Wing Public Affairs Office.284-5459 U.S. Southern Command. Contents of the Tropic Times U.S. Naval Station Public Affairs Office.283-5644 are not necessarily the official view of the U.S. governU.S. Army South PAO-Atlantic.289-4312 ment, the Department of Defense or the U.S. Southern rU., Command. The address is: Unit 0936 APO AA 34002 *Tropic imeS Telephone 285-6612.

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Tropic Times Milestones 1 Mortarman wins U.S. Army South top soldier honor FORT DAVIS (USARSO PAO-Atlantic) -Spec. Robert Webb, Company B, 5th Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, has been in country less than four months, and has already shown his soldiering expertise by winning the U.S. Army South Soldier of the Quarter for the third quarter. Webb, a mortarman with the company, was happy about winning, and credited the people in his chain of command for helping him win. "Everybody helped metrainandgetready for it. Sgt. (Ben) Duiker (his squad leader) helped me. He drilled me with the study guide and helped me with my uniform," Webbsaid. Webb's next goal is the Soldier of the Year competition. He said he is looking forward to it. "I think I need to study more before the Soldier of the Year board. I want to go," he said. Besides recognition, Webb sees a more distinct advantage to going to these boards. "The experience from these boards will help me with my promotion boards," he said. Duiker had little doubt that his squad member would win. "He was nominated to represent the platoon in the company competition," Duiker said. "He smoked the company board and battalion board. "He was self-determined. I've never seen anybody study that much for a board that wasn't for promotion," Duiker said. Duikeris confidentin his soldier's ability to perform well on the next board. "I think he's got a better chance than most for Soldier of the Year. He picked it up and learned the stuff (information from the ? study guide) better than most people do, and he has a strong chance of winning Soldier of the Year," Duiker said. Webb US. Army Photo by SgL Philhp 0. CAi SSgt. Christopher Rose, SSgt. Luis Milry prom otions Chevere and Spec. Damon Bosonac, all of Headquarters Company, Law EnforceTo Specialist -Ricardo Lindo of U.S. ment Activity, 92nd Military Police BatArmy Dental Activity -Panama. David talion. Ray,Jeremy Widtfeldtand Arnold Brown, all of Headquarters Company, Law EnGood Conduct Medal -Spec. Chris forcement Activity, 92nd Military Police Merida of U.S. Army Dental Activity Battalion. Panama. To Private First Class -Benjamin Soldier oftheYear-Sgt. Christopher Pearson and Darrel Prindle, both of U.S. NewmanforU.S.ArmySouthfrom HeadArmy Dental Activity -Panama. quarters Company, Law Enforcement Activity, 92nd Military Police Battalion. To Private Two -Regina Rosende of Headquarters Company, Law EnforceU.S. Army Transportation Corps ment Activity, 92nd Military Police BatNoncommissioned Officer ofthe Year talion. SSgt. Shaun Trescott of 193rd Support Battalion. Military awards .11 7Graduationi Meritorious Service Medal -SFC Janice Mullen and Maj. Kraig Kenny, From Air Assault Training School both of U.S. Army Dental Activity. SSgt. Spec. Chris Merida and Spec. Ronald Ray Blanks Jr., SSgt. David Graham and Weimer Jr., both of U.S. Army Dental SSgt. Jorge Morales, all of Headquarters Activity -Panama. Company, Law Enforcement Activity, 92nd Military Police Battalion. ________________j _____ Army Commendation Medal -Sgt. To Arrow of Light -Jack Lee, TimoDianne Lance, Sgt. Dong Park and Spec. thy Eggleston, Henry Williams, Ryan Kim Duarte, all of U.S. Army Dental Griffith and Danny Hankins. Activity. Sgt. Christopher Goode, Sgt. To Bear -Alex Williams. Stephanie Anderson, SSgt. Johnny To Wolf -Vincent Holman Jr. and Lozano, Sgt. William Able and Spec. Christopher Arocha. us. Army photo by .S Ab Scott Zywicki, all of Headquarters Com*All scouts from Pack 29. Changeover pany, Law Enforcement Activity, 92nd 1st Sgt. Estevan J. Salazar (left) passes the guidon to guidon bearer and Military Police Battalion. 1 am U.S. Army Medical Activity Soldier of the Year, Spec. James A. Dowdy Army Achievement Medal -Sgt. Alexandra Marie Bax, 6 pounds, 15 during a change of command ceremony June 4. Capt. Carlos M. Ramos Dianne Lance, Sgt. Thomas White, Sgt. ounceswasbornto Capt. Keith and Michtook over command of USA MEDDAC from Capt. Deborah B. Wesloh. Dong Park and Spec. Dawn Hilton-Byrd, elle Bax May 5 at Gorgas Army Commuallof U.S.Army DentalActivity-Panama. nity Hospital.

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Sports Page 12 Quarry Heights, Republic of Panama June 11, 1993 -----Forfe it BUM finally got on track as the game B y 11 [ e n wore on. BIIM got within eight 60-52 with 1:321eft, but couldn't get anycloser. U,~t DCA held on for 62-52 win. win Over-30 In game two DCA jumped out to a quick6-Olead. BIIM fought backto grab by Sgt. Richard-Puckett an 8-6 lead. Tropic 77mes Sports Editor BIIM's Leo McGuiness took over on offense, leading a spirited attack that FORT CLAYTON -It was a strange wore on DCA and put BUM up 21-13. ending to high intensity series between McGuiness shared the wealth with the two best teams in the over-30 basketguard Leslie Johnson, who got the ball ball league. into the big men, Lawrence Primus and In a game of emotional rollercoaster Taylor. Primus put BIIM up 30-16 on an between Boyz II Men and Directorate of inside shot with eight minutes left in the Community Activities, it was those same half. emotions that ended the over-30 basketAfter a much-needed timeout, DCA ball season, with BIIM up and DCA started to roll, holding BUIMin check and down. bringing the score to 36-31 at the half. With 11:30 remaining in the deciding In the second half, DCA continued to game, Danny Harley received a technical cut into the lead as Gagum scored six for purposedly running out of bounds, points in a three-minute stretch, giving and seconds later got his second. The his team a 37-36 lead. second TspelledejectionforHarley. DCA, BIIM didn't fold this time and Melvin now withonly fourplayers, walked offthe Thomas gave his team the lead again at 4! % court, forfeiting the title. DCA trailed 38-37.Primusmadeit40-37afterasteal. BIIM by just three points at the time, 43Gagum tied the game at 40-40 after 40. sinking the free-throw on a three-point BIIMcoachLarry NeSmith was happy play. with the title, but was dissapointed with After Thomas nailed a basket to make the way his team had to win it. it 43-40 and Reese hit one of two at the "It was a shame to have to end the line on a foul, the trouble started. season like that," NeSmith said. "The Following the free-throw, Harley took technical call was the right one, but it just the ball to the hoop and, after missing the got out of hand. Ithought DCA would go shot, grabbedtherebound. Thefollow-up on with four guys, it was still a close shot was blocked and the ball went out of game. bounds. The referee signaled BIIM ball For BIIM it was the second straight and Harley lost it. week a victory had been embroiled in Disgustedthattherewas no foul called, controversy, he argued and ran up the court and out of "Last week we took heat for 'supposbounds, which is a technical foul if done edly' running up the score and now this," intentionally. he said. "We play hard and want to win, During the foul shot, Harley continued butthisisn'tthewayweliketodoit.BIIM to complain and got slapped with his has built a tradition of winning and this second technical, which means automatic kind of tarnishes it." ejection. Following the ejection, the four BIIM's tradition also carries with it a remaining DCA players walked off the history of tough matches with DCA. court in an apparent protest. During the regular season the two Harley, who plays with BIIM during teams split their series, with each winthe off-season and in other tournaments, ning one. The two met again in the first apologized for his actions, but remains round of the playoffs. upset with the officials. BIIM used a balanced attack to roll "I feel bad for losing the title for my past the undermanned DCA squad63-46. teammates,"Harley said. "I'vebeenplayAfter DCA fought back through the ing here for more than a year and never loser's bracket, the two met again in the got atechnical before. I got ticked off and championship game. just lost it. I'm sorry people had to see me BIIMjumped to an early 14-7 lead, on like that. the hot outside shooting of Troy Reese "Theofficialsjust got tome,"headded. and inside power of Nathaniel Taylor. "IknewIgot hacked ontheplay, but there DCA rebounded midway throughthehalf. was no call. I complained loudly and he After cutting the gap to five at 22-17, (the referee) told me to shut up and just DCA went on a 10-0 run to end the half play basketball. He was talking to melike and steal the momentum. At the midI was a child and I didn't appreciate it." point, DCA led 27-22. Harley added that his actions won't The streak continued in the second affect his play in the upcoming Soldier's u.s. Army photo by Sgt Richrd Puckett half as DCA spurted off on a 22-8 run, Appreciation Tournament. He'll be playLeslie Johnson throws up a jump shot as John Simmons tries to distract him. taking a 49-30 lead. ing with BUM. U.S. Army Garrison remains unRazzle dazzle keys Navy win over *Volleyball, page 13 beaten after cuffing Kobbe Cabal24th Communication in intramural *CINC's Cup, page 14 leros 5-1. flag football. *Gymnastics, page 15

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Tropic Times June11, 199313 Chapel team earns 1St Win Finally stays unbeaten by Sgt. E.J. Hersom USARSO Public Affairs Office FORT CLAYTON (USARSO PAO) -Protestant Chapel dug its way back to unearth its first victory against Get Some in a best-of-three match in the Co-ed Volleyball League opener at Reeder Physical Fitness Center Saturday. Get Some got its early, taking the first game 15-8. Theloss didn't dampen the spirits ofPC's Mary Bulmer. "We haven't lost yet," she said as she walked off the court with her teammates. PC got off to a sluggish start in game two, but then warmed up to take an 8-4 lead. Get Some got hot, however, and came back with seven points, bringing the score to 11-9. PC scored five points and tied the game at 14, setting itself up for the win on PC's Scott Bulmer's serve, ending the game at 16-14. At one game each, PC and Get Some volleyed into the tie breaker. Inthe final game, Get Some scored a fewpoints while PC pulled away with a 14-8 lead. Art Bennet aced the winning point forPC, giving the team its first match victory of the season. In other co-edvolleyball action, Gamboatookon the undefeated Finally in a seesaw battle in which Finally took two straight games. Neither team held a substantial lead throughout the match, but Finally out-styled Gamboa and were rarely threatened. Gamboa went to the net early in the first match and managed a13-8lead.Finally tied the score at 14-14, but not without a fight. Gamboa's Ken Riggsbee went to the net against Finally's Graham Ornando during the final volley. Ornando faked a tap, landing the ball in Gamboa territory for a subtle but certain Finally victory. The second gane began with a point for point trade untilFinally's frontline kept the ball on Gamboa's side and scored six unanswered points make it 14-7. Down by seven points, Gamboa was forced to do some fancy footwork and slipped four points by before Finally punched inthe winning point and took the match U.S. Army phoeo by Sgt. E.J. Hersom to remain undefeated. Gamboa's Walt Piatt blocks a shot, but it bounced into his side of the net. U.S. Army Garrison continues winning streak Coach credits team play with performance by Sgt. E.J. Hersomn About half of the team members are senior nonUSARSO Public Affairs Office commissioned officers, contrary to leaguerumors that they are Latin American civilians. FORT CLAYTON -The U.S. Army Garrison USAGcontinuestodominatetheleaguebecauseof soccer team smoked the Kobbe Caballeros 5-1 Monthe emphasis on team play, and the fact the team has day andremainedthe only undefeated team in the U.S. no star players, said USAG coach Carlos Quinn. Army South Soccer League. Everybody plays hard and when one player doesn't, USAG has won five straight games, scoring 27 he's out of the game. goals while allowing only five, said USAG team Several teams have played USAG well, but the captain Abdiel Gutierrez. 142nd Medical Battalion has given USAG the hardest Freddy Andraca came out early in the game forthe time and the teams are quickly becoming rivals. Caballeros and slapped USAG by scoring the game's The 142nd took on the 128th Aviation Brigade in first goal. Monday's early game. Miguel Ortiz avenged the insult with three goals, Despite two goals and hard play from the 128th's one from more than 30 feet away. Troy Bryant, the 142nd defended their second place The USAG offense was tireless and put a damper standing and beat the aviators 4-2. on Caballeros Coach James Hall's plan to run down The 142nd's doctor ofpoints, Jamie Tudor, scored the USAG team. two goals, taking advantage ofthe team's exceptional USAG's Dewey Samples scored a goal after he passing abilities. Tudor is the team's high scorer this found himself unguarded while dribbling the ball 30 year. Assistant Coach Charles Daniels said he defeet from the goal. Caballeros midfielders scrambled signed the team's attacks toward Tudor's center to break up the attack, but Samples unleashed a shot forward position. that breezed mostly uncontested into the Caballeros The final two goals came from 142nd's Juan goal. Aranda and Eric Benson. The USAG forwards blitzed the net for another The 128th's goalie, Mark Head, denied many of goal, forcing goalie Thomas Dahl across the line, ball the 142nd's surgical strikes and kept it from running in hand. away with the game. The USAG team has assembled more experienced The 142nd's only loss came at the feet of USAG, U.S. Army photo by Sgt E.J. Harsom players than all the otherteams put together, Gutierrez a loss the team is looking forward to avenging in the Abdiel Gutierrez looks for the open man on a throw-in. said. playoffs, Daniels said.

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Tropic Times June11, 1993 Navy cuts off 24th Communcation, 8-0 by Sgt. James A. Rush 24th Wing Public Affairs HOWARD AFB-The Navy intramural football team resorted to a bit of razzle dazzle to blind the 24th Communications Squadron defensive backs and give 'W the sailors an 8-0 win here Monday. Navy quarterback Stephan Jones took the snap and pitched out to half back Eric Brown on the first series of the second half. Brown darted toward the sideline, faded back and passed over the drawn up defense to a wide open Patrick Isom who danced into the end zone. Running back Duran Pullins followed a tremendous offensive line surge into the end zone for the two-point conversion. "That play was broughtin about three weeks ago. We don't run it often," said Navy head coach Matt Hert. "Each week we add some new plays. "Welookto see how the backs arereacting, ifthe ends are committing. You have to see what opens up for you. We established ourrunning game and then stepped back for the play action pass." The gimmick saved the day for the Navy. A stingy communications defense held the Navy to a single first down, which came on the scoring drive. Navy was out ofits environment in the air. A six-yard completion to Isom in the first half was the team's only othersuccess. All other catchablepasses werepicked off, batted away or blocked at the line of scrimmage. Communications guard Justin "Time" Richards was the first to stand out when he stole a short pass on his own 25 yard fine on the opening play of the game. When he wasn't getting fooled by trick plays, safety Melvin "Mel Tee" Turner shadowed Navy's middle and % deepreceivers.AbdulSimmons,steppedinatcornerback to break up several pass plays. "I normally don't play, but we had some guys (on temporary duty)," said Simmons, normally the team's offensive coordinator. "At this point in the season, our objective is to make each game competitive. I think we gave the fans and the other team a good game." US. AFrphobvSG.Jm A R,0, Defensive end J.P. "Too Tall" Coulter blitzed in to Navy wide receiver Melvin Turner (left) looks for the open field as Duran Pullins moves to block. keep the pressure on during naval maneuvering and got his paws up to spike a pass late in the game. to the end zone, but the run 0 Alltheseheroics weren't quite enoughto make up for was ruled dead in the cona short-manned offense faced with a hard-nosed Navy fusion. defense. Communications' ofIn the opening period, the Navy refused to give fense drove to the six-yard ground, forcing communications to punt in each of its line despite the disappointA possessions. ment. "Our defensive ends, Sherman Ward and Leondray Quarterback Willard Nance, were applying good pressure on the quarterback "Chill Will" Grayson cominpassing situations,.'Hert said. "Their offense adjusted pleted a pass in touchdown to double team them, leaving the middle open for our territory, but to the wrong defensive linemen. player. "Overall we played really well as a team. You always Playing both sides of the have individual stand outs, but I couldn't ask for better coin, Defensive back Isom, bunch of ball players." who was playing both sides Things opened up a bit in the second half. After of the line, reeled in the giving up the touchdown, communications sought interception and killed the Pullins dives for yardage as 24th's Justin Richards moves in. revenge quickly. drive. Communications almost got even on the kickoff. Communications mounted one final offensive effort ball away and fell down in the process. Combs stretched Turner fielded the ball close to his own end zone and inside the two-minute warning. to snag the tipped pass, but Isom bounced up from one raced down the sideline. As he streaked past the kickoff A third down bomb was headed into the arms of Greg knee and knocked it down for good. team, a Navy player dove for his flags kicking up chalk "Spider" Combs who appeared to be open. Isom's gold A last chance prayer fell into the arms of the Navy's from the sideline and drawing a penalty. Turner made it jersey flashed in front of the receiver as he knocked the Brown to effectively end the game. COROZAL(TropicTimes)-Thenum.to his success has been playing aggresbers get smaller as the matches get bigopp Ue Wt, "gUeosaid.l ger. P You can't change the way you play One month ago about 60 golfers teed .because ofyour opponent," he sail. "Booff with a chance to win the third annual gies aren't going to win this thing. You Commander in Chief's Cup. Now there i 4 g o ife r 't Lcc u ts have to block out the otherperson andjust are four. play your game." John Geist, Bill Abbott, Russ Cooley, up on top. But he also knows what it feels champion Morale, Welfare and RecreThat's exactly what Rod Botelho hopes and Bo Botelho arethoseindividuals. By like to not qualify. Both those experiation team. That experience has helped to do. Botelho, who finishedinthe top 12 Saturday morning they will have played ences should guide him as strives toward him prepare for not only playing match in 1992, has been struggling of late. theirlast matches against one another to another title. play, but against high handicappers. Playing his game is what he's focusing determine which two will vie forthe title. "Experience helps," Abbott said. "It's tough," he said. "I found myself on, not his opponents. All of them have dueled it out with some "Steady play is the key, not making misusing BobbyJones's old saying'Just play "I don't feel intimidated by better of the U.S. military community's best takes or not many.Right now Ijust seem old man par.' You have to play the course golfers,"he said. "I play with good golfgolfers, and have prevailed. But only one to be hitting the ball well. But anyone and not worry what your opponent does." ersallthetime. IthinkifIplaywell,Iput can have his name engraved into the could win it." Russ Cooley was on the Air Force's the pressure on them to perform." CINC's Cup. John Geist, a5-handicapper, has been runner up intramural golf team. Cooley The original field will also perform Abbott has been there before. The golfing for about 23 years, but only realso teamed up with Geist to win the Saturday as the event ends with a medal 1991 champion knows what it takes to cently has tasted the fruits of victory. He recent American Airlines tourney at event for golfers who didn't qualify for endure the month-long shootout and end played on the 1993 intramural Air Force Horoko. The 21-handicapper said the key match play or were eliminated.

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Tropic Times June11, 199315 Army 10-Miler tryouts Tryouts for the Army 10-Miler Race to be held in Washington D.C., Oct. 10 will be held Saturday and Running schedule Jn 6 The Panama Armed Forces Running Association All the tryouts begin at 6 a.m. at the Rodman Gym at will sanction the following events in June forthe Panama Rodman Naval Station. Armed Forced Running Championship: The semi-final tryouts will be held July 24. The final Army I0-Miler Tryouts, 6 a.m. Saturday, Rodman tryouts/team selections will be held Aug. 21. NS. Only active-duty Army personnel are eligible for Eight male and femalerunners will be selected at the the team, but everyone may participate in the run and final tryouts. The best six runners of each category will earn championship points. For information call Allen A make up the U.S. Army South 10-Miler team. Jones at 287-5444. The remaining team members will be alternates. CasaEsperanzaRun, Fort Amador Causeway,7 am. Active-duty Army personnel assigned or attached to a June 19. There will be a two-mile walk/run and a 10K USARSO unitary eligibleto compete. Call287-4050 or run, in benefit ofthe Casa Esperanza children's home. stop by the Directorate ofCommunity Activities Sports Trophies to the first three male and females in 11 Branch, Building 154, Fort Clayton. categories. Team competition will also be held. For informationcallSueBozgoz,260-1128/287-5444, Millie Daniels at 286-4395/285-4252 or Tanya Witmond at 260-0123. The Howard and Albrook sports and fitness centers Isthmus RoadRunners 5K Run, BalboaHighSchool, are accepting applications for a certified aerobics in7 a.m. June 20. For information call Jones at 287-5444. structor to teach classes 5-6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Classes will be taught on a contract basis. Coaches needed Applicants must submit certificates and cardiopulmonary resuscitation cards with resume. Call 284-3451 Volunteer coaches are needed for the upcoming forinformation. youth basketball league at Fort Clayton. A coaches' clinic will be held 8 a.m. Saturday at Lunc Bunch basketball Building 155, Fort Clayton. For information, call the Youth Sports Office at 287-6451. The Howard Sports and Fitness Center offers Lunch Volunteer coach applications are being accepted for Buich basketball Monday through Friday. Games begin the Albrook AFS and Howard AFB upcoming youth at 11:05 a.m. and run to 1 p.m. summer basketball program. The clock runs for 15 minutes, after which the team Call Vince Duncan at 286-3195. with the most points wins. The next game begins three -minutes later. Call 284-3451 for information. Official recruitment The Panama Armed Forces Officials Association is Open-play volleyball recruiting officials on both sides of the isthmus. MeetOpen-play volleyball at the Howard Sports and Fitings are held 1 p.m. every second Saturday ofthe month ness Centeris under way Sunday afternoons. The games at the Valent Recreation Center, Fort Clayton. Military, run from 3 to 5 p.m. Call the center at 284-3451. civilians and family members can join. For information, call 287-5572 or 247-0511 after 9 p~m. Boating safety course The Howard/Albrook Officials Association is also The Rodman Marina boating safety course will be looking for new officials. The association offersprofesUs Army hotobI aolt held at Building 40, Family Services Center, 6-9 p.m. sional training, clinics and a paycheck. Heads up June21 and 23. The classes areaprerequisite to renting The meetings are 7:30 p.m. every third Thursday of Gymnastics instructor Sixto Castillo works with a boat from the marina. the month at the Howard Youth Center. Interested Marci Tise, 13, during classes atthe Fort Clayton individuals must be fluent in English. For information, Youth Center. Classes are 2:30-3:30 associations call1284-5371. YuhCne.Cassre233:0p.m. and Bowl ing a s c a i n 3:30-4:30 p.m. for all ages Mondays and ThePanamaCanalBowlingAssociationwillmeet5 Wednesdays. The cost is $24 for the month. p.m. Saturday at the Curundu Bowling Center. New J azzercise classes Forts Clayton and Espinar are offering this and officers will be elected. Jazzercise classes will be held 5-6 p.m. Mondays, 50 other youth programs. Newcomers to Wednesdays and Fridays. The fee is $2.50 per class or Panama can sign-up at the Clayton center, Swim team $25 for 12 classes. For more information call the Building 155, or the Espinar center, Building Albrook or Howard SFCs at 286-3307 or 284-3451. 219. For information call 287-6451 or 289-4301. TheNavyswim team meets4 p.m. Mondays,Wednesdays and Fridays at the Rodman Pool. Call 283-4253. Atlantic triathlon The Fronius Fitness Centeris sponsoring aFitness Volunteers needed ID card check Month Triathlon 6:30 am. Saturday starting at the Fort The Fort Clayton Youth Sports Office is looking for Identification cards are required to use the facilities Davis swimming pool. Events are an 800-yard swim, a volunteerinstructors fortennis,volleyball and trackand at the Howard and Albrook sports and fitness centers. 10K run and a 20K bike race. The categories are open, field for this summer's youth sports programs. For Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by U.S. military, female and over-40 (male and female). information, call 287-4511. an adult. Call 284-3451 or 286-3307. The entry fee is $8. Call 289-3294 for information. Reeder aerobics Weight training Free aerobics classes are now offered at the Reeder The Fronius Fitness Center offers free weight trainRegistration for the Atlantic Community's June 19 Physical Fitness Center. Classes, 9:15-10:15 Mondaying sessions 3-4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. RegisJungle Trotis under way. There will be four categories. Friday, and 5:45-6:45 Monday-Thursday. tration is required. Free Nautilus machine training Call the Fronius Fitness Center at 289-3108. Early signups are not required. For information call sessions are held every Tuesday 3-4 p.m. 287-3861. For information call the center at 289-3108. Football tourney .c. RegistrationfortheIndependenceDayFlagFootball Prices increase Body building tournament begins Monday. Entry is limited to the first Bowling prices have increased at Clayton, Espinar The Reeder Physical Fitness Center offers body 10 teams to register. Tournament dates areJuly 1-5. Call and Curundu bowling centers. building and powerlifting classes Tuesday, Thursdays the Directorate ofCommunity Activities Sports Branch The new prices are: League bowling $1 per game, and Saturdays. The cost is $20 a month. Call 287-3861. at 287-4050. adult bowling $1, youth75cents andshoerentals are50 cents a pair. For information call 286-3914. Intram ural volleyball CeeScuba classes Registration forFort Clayton's unit level intramural The Rodman Fitness Center basketball court and volleyballregistration begins Monday. Theleagueruns showers are closed for cleaning 7:30-11 a.m. WednesRegistration for Scuba classes at the Howard and from July 19 to Aug. 20. Call 287-4050. days. Call 283-4222. Albrookpools continues. Classes are taught by aPADI certified instructor.Al-st m in oc e Golf lessons Ifclass times do not fitindividual schedules, contact All-Isthm ian soccer the Zodiac Recreation Center to make special arrangeThe following students have been named to the 1992Beginner, advanced, single and group lessons are ments. 93 all-Isthmian Boys Soccer Team: offered at Fort Amador Golf Course and Fort Clayton Introduction to Scuba -a one night free class to Efrain Sanchez and Troy Wilson, Balboa Bulldogs; Driving Range from 11:30 am. to 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 to introduce beginners to the world of scuba. Available on Adam Beach and Bruce Chastain, Panama Canal Green 5:30 p.m., Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. request (four person minimum). Devils; Don Rivera, Billy Wing and Mike Bleichwehl, One hourlessons are offered 1-4 p.m. Saturdays and Open WaterScuba -class begins Sunday at Albrook Balboa Red Machine; Joe Shaha and Tony Cooksey, Sundays. Minimum age for instruction is 10. Call 282Pool. Cost is $145 per person. Curundu Cougars; and Alex Ross and Hugo Cabrera, 4511. For information call 284-6161/6109. Cristobal Tigers.

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16 Tropic Times June 11, 1993 Change of command set New photo feature COROZAL (Tropic Times) -The Tropic nized), in Europe, and the Department of Tactics at the Times will begin a new photograhy feature with C rocker to take over U.S. Military Academy, West Point. the July 2 edition, and local shutterbugs can get Crocker also served in Operation Urgent Fury in involved. U .S .A rm y South heI Grenada, Operation Golden Pheasant in Honduras and nce a o we expore on fact oflife Operation Just Cause in Panama. in Panama through photos. The first two-page FORT CLAYTON(USARSO PAO)-TheU.S. Army He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the U .S feature will explore getting around in Panama. .n We'lacetpooshwnan meodf South change of command ceremony will be held 9 am. Military Academy and a master's degree in education ei accept photos showing any method of today on Soldiers Field, Fort Clayton. from Duke University, Durham, N.C. He is also a getting around in Panama, as long as they're Brig. Gen. George A. Crocker will assume command graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff interesting, they reveal something unique about of USARSO from Brig. Gen. James L. Wilson. College and the U.S. Army War College. Panama or the U.S. community here, or arejust Crockercomes to Panama from Camp H.M. Smithin Crocker's awards include the Silver Star, Legion of The deadline for the first feature i June 28. Hawaii, where he commanded the Special Operations Merit, Bronze Star and the Purple Heart and has earned The heme for the e rst feature i wi28 Command -Pacific. the Ranger Tab, Combat Infantryman's Badge, British The theme for the second feature, which will Crocker's previous assignments include the 9th Inand Argentine Parachute Badges and the Army General appear Aug. 6, will be playtime in Panama. fantry Division and senior advisor to the Vietnamese Staff Identification Badge. Submissions should be black and white pho42nd Ranger Battalion in Vietnam, the 82nd Airborne Wilson will resume his duties as deputy commanding tos, though color photos are acceptable. Bring Division and the 1st Battalion, 46th Infantry (Mechageneral of USARSO. submissions to the Tropic imesofficesinBuilding 405, Corozal, or call 285-6612. Exercise tests Gorgas readiness Laundromat opens FORT CLAYTON (USARSO PAO) -The Directorate of Community Activities will celby Sgt. Lori Davis 7ebrate the grand opening of its new laundromat USARSO Public Affairs Office 4 p.m. Tuesday with music and hor d'ourves. GORGAS ARMY COMMUNITY HOSPITAL -The facility includes 16 coin-operated washMangled bodies littered the halls of Building 261 in the ers and dryers, and will be open 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Gorgas Army Community Hospital complex following daily, said Bill McLaughlin, DCA Business a simulated explosion recently. Recreation Branch manager. Video machines, a The explosion was the first stage in a mass casualty snack bar and an air-conditioned waiting room exercise to test the readiness of hospital staff, according are also part of the facility, he added. to SSgt. Jimmie L. Jay, training noncommissioned "Last year, asurvey determined that those not officer for U. S. Army Medical Activity -Panama. living in housing were in great need of laundry "The initial task following the explosion was triage, facilities," McLaughlin explained, "Many of the sorting patients by priority according to the severity of soldiers and personnel living off post have limtheir injuries," Jay said. ited access to machines, either because of locaThe triage system has fourcategories, from those who tion or limited water supplies." need immediate care to those who are not badly hurt, Jay Construction of the facility began in Decemexplained. ber as a joint project between DCA and the The medics saw victims who had injuries that put Directorate of Engineering and Housing, he them in all four categories, Jay said. said. "We hadvictims with eviscerated organs, second and "The DEH was a key player in the construethird degree burns, fractures, lacerations and psychotion of thelaundromat from the very beginning," logical traumas," he said. said Gaby Capriles, DEH Public Relations offiAn important factor in assessing injuries for medical cer. "When DCA approached us with what was training is the realistic simulation of wounds, according a great and enterprising i4za, the engineers and to Jay. For this exercise, volunteer victims were prepared architects jumped right on the bandwagon," she with moulage, a plastic mold of an actual injury placed said. on the victim. U Arm y S91 E H"The 2,500 square feet facility's construction The application of the moulage was done by U.S. lasted only six months with a final cost of about Army Reserve units from Ohio training GorgS Spec. Charles Wrms and Roy Sullivan evaluate $160,000," Capiles said. hospital, said MSgt. David Soloman, at.os Imez Delgado's injuries. The new laundromat is open to the Departhosptal sai M~t. DvidSoloanoperations sergeant for the reservists. "This training is extremely valuable to everyone, ment of Defense community. IDs will be checked "To prepare each patient's moulage for the exercise because they never know when they will be called on to at the door, McLaughlin said. we figured their classes of injuries," Soloman said. help mass casualty victims. Military assistance followThere will be an attendant on duty at all times "Different kinds of wounds fit into different triage ing hurricane Andrew is a prime example of how this to make change, sell laundry soap and take classes, so we do the makeup accordingly and tell the training can be put into use," Jay said. limited amounts of drop-off clothing, he added. patients what type of symptoms go with their injuries." "It was very important that everyone knew their role Those planning to drop laundry off must sepaThe realism involved in the training was important during the exercise, but it was also important that the rate and tag theitems with washing instructions. because people from all over the hospital were called on training did not affect other hospital services, Jay said. The facility, Building 145, is in the Burger to help the victims, Jay said. The training was for the Regular patient care was minimally interrupted and all King -Popeye's parking lot on Fort Clayton.For hospital's support staff as well as its medical personnel. emergencies were seen. more information, call 287-3755. "The training was set up from start to finish to include This was extremely important, because even in the the manpower pool, the additional personnel who are event of a disaster, regular hospital care can not stop, Jay Delta Force visit called on to help move patients," Jay said. said. FORT CLAYTON (USARSO PAO)Representatives from the 1st Special Forces OperaS tional Detachment Delta will be in Panama Civilian evaluation system changes Monda thog Jn 4 ommi ocoms sioned officers for service with Delta Force. COROZAL (USARSO PAO) -The Army's present for reduction-in-force easier to complete," he said. Interested NCOs must see theircompany first civilian performance evaluation system will be replaced Preprinted Job Performance Standards and Responsergeants to be placed on an attendance roster with the Total Army Performance Evaluation System sibilities will eliminate writing individual performance before the briefings. July 1, said Directorate of Civilian Personnel officials. standards, which is required under the present system, Briefings will be 1 and 3 p.m. Monday and The new system will improve civilian performance he added. The formulas for determining summary ratTuesday at the Fort Clayton theater with physievaluation and help facilitate the one team concept, said ings will be more flexible than the current system, cal training and swim tests 6-8:30 am. WednesDavid Saunders, chief of Laborand Employee Relations facilitating the assignment of realistic summary ratings. day at the Fort Clayton pool. Interviews, appliDivision, Directorate of Civilian Personnel. Supervisors will also no longer need to document cations and administrative tests will be 1 p.m. The system is two-tiered, like that used by the uniperformance counseling and award nominations on Wednesday at Building 519, room 343. formed part of the total Army. separate forms, Saunders said. Briefings forFortKobbesoldiers willbe l and "The military evaluation process is composed of "For the first time, the Army values of commitment, 3 p.m. Thursday and June 18 at the Howard Air separate systems for officer and enlisted evaluations," competence, candor, courage, loyalty, duty, selfless Force Base theater with physical training and Saunders said. "Likewise, TAPES has a senior system service and integrity will be introduced to the civilian swim tests 6-8 a.m. June 21 at the Fort Clayton for white collar civilians and blue collar supervisors in system,"he said. "Supervisors will be encouraged to live pool. Interviews, applications and administragrades nine and above. It also has a base system which these values and discuss them with employees. Army tive tests will be 1 p.m. June21 at the Howard Air covers all other employees." values, however, do not become part of an employee's Force Base theater. TAPES will focus on more employee input into the summary rating." Briefings for Fort Davis soldiers will be 1 and rating process, and on meaningful performance counselSenior rater profiles have also been added to the 3 p.m. June 22-23 at the Fort Davis theater with ing, he explained. It will also emphasize professional senior system. physical training and swim tests 6-8:30 a.m. at development, supervisor-subordinate communications, The DCP and the Training Support Center have the Fort Davis pool. Interviews, applications Total Quality Management and a linkage between orgadeveloped a TAPES video. Army activities have apand administrative tests will be 1 p.m. June 24 at nizational goals and work performance. pointed TAPES facilitator to train the work force on the the Fort Davis theater. "The new program will establish standardized rating new system, Saunders said. For more information, call 287-4665/4664. cycles which will make counseling and ratings more For more information, call the Labor and Employee timely, awards decisions easier and retention registers Relations Division, 285-4246/4247.


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