Tennessee Army National Guard, P.O. Box 10167
Knoxville, Tennessee 37939-0167


Publishing Date 05 December 2003
Bulletin Number 12-03





a.   HAPPY HOLIDAYS  Troopers of the 278th ACR, I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  Be careful during the holidays and take care of yourself. Spend time with your families and reflect on the many blessings we have by being a part of the greatest National Guard Cavalry Regiment in the world and by living here in the United States.


b.   KFOR PREPARATIONS  HHT 4/278th ACR and P Troop are busy training at Fort Stewart, GA and preparing to deploy overseas after the holidays. I have been very proud of your efforts, what you have accomplished. I know you make the 278th proud when you have completed this very important mission in Bosnia.


c.   NATIONAL GUARD ENLISTED ASSOCIATION OF TENNESSEE  The Association is a very important part of our Tennessee National Guard Heritage.  It has been around for 74 years and the national Association for 124 years.  Our strong association has enabled us to either have or be programmed to have the following new benefits: Income Tax deductions for IDT travel, Unlimited Commissary benefits, New Equipment Fielding and Tri Care health insurance benefits for our drilling National Guard Troopers and their families.  The insurance benefit was a part of the defense budget approved recently by President Bush. We are obligated to support our association because it supports us.


d.   HALE AND FAREWELL  LTC Mike Belew 278th RXO is currently making preparations for retiring from the Tennessee National Guard and the 278th ACR.  Mike has contributed greatly to our achievements over the years and he will be missed by many.  "Mike" good job, for being the XO of the largest army unit in the Tennessee Army National Guard.  I wish you the best in your future endeavors and remember you will always be a part of this organization.  Good Luck!


e.   278TH STAFF CHANGES  RXO - LTC Wayne Honeycutt has been selected as the new RXO of the 278th ACR.  LTC Honeycutt is currently assigned to DOL at Headquarters Tennessee Army National Guard.  LTC Honeycutt will bring a vast experience with him to the staff in logistics and as the former commander of the 1/278th ACR.  I would like to welcome LTC Honeycutt to the 278th ACR Command Team.  RFSO - MAJ McConnell the current Regimental Fire Support Officer has been transferred into the Army Reserves.  Good luck MAJ Mcconnell with your new job.  His replacement will be CPT (P) Tim Cleveland from First Squadron.  CPT (P) Cleveland has held all Field Artillery officer leadership positions in Regiment to include commanding 1st Howitzer Battery at our 2002 NTC rotation.  Congratulations CPT (P) Cleveland and good luck in providing fire support plans for over 5000 troopers of the 278th ACR. 


f.    2003 278TH CHRISTMAS BALL  I am looking forward to seeing all the officers and NCOs at our Christmas socials this year in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  This is a time to reflect on our accomplishments, plan for the future and enjoy time with our fellow cavalry troopers and family.


                        VOLUNTEERS,                   "TAKE CHARGE!!!!"




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a.   SOLDIER OF THE YEAR BOARD  The Regimental Soldier of the Year Board will be held 10-11 January 2004 at Regimental Headquarters. The Regiment has won the State Soldier of the Year for the last three years.  We can do it again pending on you sending your top NCO and Enlisted soldier to the Regimental Board. There is another SSG Murphy in the Regiment somewhere.


b.   ENLISTED BALL  The 278th ACR Enlisted Ball registrations have reached the 160 mark as of the printing of this OBC. This year soldiers from the 4/278 will be flying in from FT Stewart to attend the weekend activity. Everyone is looking forward to the surprise entertainment this year. You will miss a grand time if you do not come.


c.   RECRUITIMENT  The strength of the 278th ACR depends on dedicated soldiers like you.  In fact, as a soldier, you’re the most valuable recruiter the 278th ACR has. Furthermore, leads provided by current 278th ACR soldiers are consistently more productive than the ones from other sources.


d.   STRENGTH  Maintaining strength is everyone’s responsibility. When your section has a vacancy, you and your section suffers.


e.   NEW SERGEANT MAJOR OF THE ARMY  Command Sergeant Major Kenneth O. Preston has been selected as the new Sergeant Major of the Army. CSM Preston has served in every leadership position from tank commander to Corps CSM. He has been an instructor at the Army’s Armor School at Fort Knox, a regimental master gunner for the 11th ACR, and a Noncommissioned officer’s Academy instructor. Now we have someone we can relate to.







a.   SELECTIVE RETENTION BOARD  The Calendar Year 2004 Selective Retention Board (CY04-SRB) for officers will convene 1-3 March 2004 in Nashville.  The board will consider for retention all officers who have at least 20 qualifying years of service for retirement by 31 December 2003, who have been issued a 20 year letter, and who have not been selected for a current period of retention by a previous selection board.  Officers identified have but a few precious months to pull-together any and all documentation required for the board.  Don’t be caught short!


b.   EPPS PACKETS  EPPS Packets will be reviewed at the Adjutant’s office from 21 -28 JAN 04.  Units have been scheduled to attend during this week.  Ensure all documents are reviewed for correctness prior to arrival.





a.   ANNUAL REQUIRED BRIEFINGS  The unit will conduct required annual briefings during January drill. It’s imperative that all soldiers attend and produce an accurate attendance roster. The S2 shop will give briefings including SAEDA, Physical Security, and Intelligence Oversight. Please keep in mind that, while these briefings are mandatory, they also provide useful and important information. Keep a good attitude and an open mind during these and all briefings.


b.   HOMELAND TERRORIST THREAT  While there has been no specific indications of planned or conducted terrorist activity in this area, the possibility is very real. Always be aware of your surroundings and remember to report suspicious activity to your chain of command. More to follow in the SAEDA brief…


c.   UPCOMING CEP  It seems like only yesterday that we completed the CLRT, and already the CEP is upon us. Make sure your physical security binders are up to date, and follow the guidelines within them to ready yourselves for the CEP. Contact CPT Ben Smith at 865-582-3229 or SGT Joe Holloway at xxx-3227 in the RS2 shop if you need assistance.



7.       "SABER 3 ALFA" – ASSISTANT OPERATIONS OFFICER                   



a.      AT04  Reference: OPORD 04-01 will be published on 05 DEC 03.  As previously stated in OBC, the Regiment will conduct Annual Training (in three phases) at Camp Shelby, MS, during July and August of 2004.  Squadrons and Separate Units will conduct gunnery and tactical lanes training with the focus at the platoon level. 


b.     KFOR 6A MI AUGMENTEES  The MI Company is looking for a few good men and women to deploy with them to Kosovo in support of the KFOR 6A rotation.  Squadron Commander should closely scrutinize and recommend approval of personnel on a case-by-case basis.  Keep this in mind, however: “consider all possibilities before giving away all intel analysis capability.”  Approvals will only be granted by the RCO.    


c.      MOSQ  The MOS Qualification of the troopers of this Regiment is a primary concern of both myself and the Regimental Commander.  Units should make every effort to: 1) identify soldiers that need MOS training 2) enroll them in the next available MOS-producing course, and 3) follow up with the soldier to ensure that he or she doesn’t become a “no show” for the course they should be attending.  Given the proper information and guidance on attending a MOS-producing course, a soldier should have no trouble or concerns about attending.


d.   YTC  Included in this issue of OBC is the latest copy of our Yearly Training Calendar.  It is attached as an excel file.  POC:  CPT Andrew Grubb @




a.   OCIE  All units supply sergeants need to gear back up on OCIE conversion.  Check the published schedule and contact MSG Lewis at the RS4 when your units are ready to complete the conversion.  All conversions must be completed NLT 1 March 2004.


b.   AT04 EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS  Get your wish list in now for AT04.  All applicable units were sent a spread sheet with available equipment at Camp Shelby MATES.  Fill out requirements for what you are willing to draw and want you want railed to AT04 and get it in to the RS4. Be sure to include radio configurations with your requirements.


c.   LATERAL TRANSFERS  L/Ts continue to be a big issue.  Thanks to your efforts there has been much improvement.  Keep up the good work and continue to focus on getting a L/Ts completed.











      OUR OWN EARNS PROFESSION’S TOP HONOR  J. Geoffrey Starron of Memphis City Schools is one of 8,195 elementary and secondary school teachers nationwide who achieved National Board Certification in 2003, according to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). He is one of 8,195 elementary and secondary school teachers nationwide to obtain this recognition for 2003.


      Mr. Starron teaches Spanish and coaches Boys and Girls Swimming and Junior Varsity and Varsity Lacrosse at White Station High School.  He has been a teacher for 3 years with Memphis City Schools and two years before that with the Mississippi Teacher Corps in Greenville and Marshall County School Districts. He graduated high school in 1990 from the St. Albans School in Washington, D.C., with two school service awards, including the Joshua Evans Memorial Medal for distinguished school service. His degrees include an MA in French-International Relation from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, a Diplôme d’études supérieures in European Studies from the University Geneva, Switzerland, a Diploma in Spanish Studies from the University of Barcelona, Spain, and an MA in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Mississippi at Oxford where is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and where he is also currently working on a Ph.D. in Education in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Prior to returning to the United States from Europe, where he lived for nine years, Mr. Starron also taught at the Teachers Training College of Toruń, Poland, with Harvard University’s WorldTeach program and is proud to serve his country currently as a soldier in the Tennessee Army National Guard.


      Specialist Starron joined the Army National Guard in July 2002 under the OCS enlistment option and went through Basic Training at Ft. Jackson, SC during the summer of 2003 from May to August with the Delta Company 2/60 Infantry Regiment. He presently serves with the Military Intelligence Company Detachment in Jackson, Tennessee. 


      Congratulations to Specialist Starron who is a third generation military service-member. His father is a Korean War Veteran and his grandfather is a WWII Veteran.





a.   TRAINING SUPPORT  Update of training support equipment. Great news as the Regiment has been approved for the purchase of the Mobile range systems that can be used for ½ scale gunnery training for both the M1A1 and M3A2 vehicles.  These systems will be complete in an enclosed trailer.  The package will have 2 movers, 18 hard tgt lifters and 20 E-Type tgt lifters.  We may be fielding the A/B FIST for the M3A2 vehicle in the month of March 04, more information is to follow soon.


b.   CAMPSHELBY, MS UPDATE  I have emailed all Squadron MGs some GT VIII scenarios that have been tested by other ARNG.  End of TY-04 we will be conducting a Recon and SERTS training at MS.






      As temperatures dip down around the bone‑chilling 20‑degree mark this month, be careful how you warm your house.


      Rural/Metro offers safety tips for people relying on wood‑burning stoves, fireplaces, electric space heaters and kerosene heaters to heat their homes.


      According to Rural/Metro, people living in rural areas are more than twice as likely to die in a fire as residents in midsized cities and suburban areas. Heating sources in many rural homes are part of that reason.

      “These heating sources can pose a real threat if used improperly," said Kim Yager, Rural/Metro fire‑prevention officer. "Its important to read the instructions and follow the directions. Give space heaters room to operate."


      Use care when warming your home


      Rural/Metro's tips:


      Wood Stoves

      Wood‑burning stoves cause more than 6,500 residential fires each year.

      Choose a stove with solid construction, such as plate steel or cast‑iron metal.

      Use only seasoned wood ‑ not green wood, artificial logs or trash and keep combustible objects at least three feet away from the stove. Inspect and clean your pipes and chimney annually and check monthly for damage or obstructions.



      Fireplaces and chimneys need to be cleaned regularly to remove creosote, a flammable tar resulting from burning wood that collects on the walls. Inspect your chimney for cracks and obstructions and be sure the damper is open before you light a fire.

      Do not burn trash, paper or green wood. Use a screen that covers the entire fireplace opening and is heavy enough to stop a rolling log. Make sure the fire is completely out before going to bed or leaving the house.


      Electric space heaters

      Buy only heaters that have an Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL) safety symbol. Be sure the heater has a thermostat control mechanism and will turn off automatically if it falls over.

      Keep items at least three feet from the heater, and don’t ever use a  heater as a table or to dry items.  Unplug the heater when not in use.


      Kerosene heaters

      Buy only UL‑approved heaters and check with your local fire department on whether kerosene heaters are legal in your community only use crystal-clear K‑1 kerosene, and don’t overfill the heater.

      Make sure the room is well ventilated to disperse carbon monoxide fumes.


      For more information about fire prevention and safety, call Yager at 865‑215‑4662.


      Fire Retardant for Christmas Trees


      Every year many dreams result in tragedy as a result of Christmas trees catching on fire. Traditionally, we take a dead tree (usually a spruce or fir, which is highly flammable when dry) not properly prepared, set it in our homes and wrap it with electric wires. What an invitation for a fire!

      Provided you follow the directions carefully, this remedy should make your Christmas tree fireproof.



      *  Two cups of Karo syrup

      *  Two ounces of liquid chlorine bleach

      *  Two pinches of Epsom salt

      *  One-half teaspoon of Borax

      *  One teaspoon of chelated iron

      *  Hot water


      You can purchase the Karo syrup, Borax and liquid chlorine bleach from your supermarket. The Epsom salt can be purchased from the drug store and the chelated iron (pronounced key-lated) can be purchased from a garden shop or plant store.



      1.      Mix your fireproofing ingredients listed above.  Fill a two-gallon bucket with hot water to within one inch of the top and add the ingredients.  Stir thoroughly, dissolving ingredients. Put to side.

      2.      With a saw, take your recently-purchased Christmas tree and make a fresh cut at the base on the tree trunk. Cut an inch

            off the base of the tree.  Try to make a level cut.

      3.      Immediately stand the trunk of the tree in the solution and leave for 24 hours.

      4.      Keep the remaining solution. Place your tree in a tree stand that contains a well where liquids can be poured.

      5.      When the tree is in its final resting place, use a plastic cup to pour solution from the bucket into the tree well. Fill the well.

      6.      Every day without exception, the well of the tree stand must be "topped up" with the solution from the two-gallon bucket.

      Follow these simple directions and your tree should be fireproofed. It may save your home and family from those fire tragedies we hear about around the holidays. If you're curious, after Christmas when you remove your tree, snap off a branch and try to set it on fire, OUTDOORS.


      How does the solution work?

      In a nutshell, the Karo syrup provides the sugar necessary to allow the base of the tree to take up water. Up to 1.5 gallons of water can be taken up by the tree over a two-week period.  Boron in the Borax allows the tree to move the water and sugar out to every branch and needle in your tree.  Magnesium compounds in the Epsom salt and iron from the chelated iron provide essential components for the production of chlorophyll which will keep the tree green. The bleach prevents mold from forming in your solution.  Some of the other beneficial side effects of this procedure are that the needles will not drop and you will notice an increase in natural pine fragrance. Have a safe and happy holiday!


      Have A Festive Holiday Season.