HEADQUARTERS

278TH ARMORED CAVALRY REGIMENT

Tennessee Army National Guard, P.O. Box 10167

Knoxville, Tennessee 37939-0167

http://www.geocities.com/~278acr/

OLD'E BILL'S CHIPS

Publishing Date 12 October 2001

Bulletin # 01-10

1.      SABER 6 - REGIMENTAL COMMANDER (COL HASTON):

a.      World Tragedy: On 11 September 2001, all of our lives changed forever. We in the 278th have felt the concussion since the moment of this hateful event. It clearly demonstrates that we are all vulnerable. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families. Our best resolve is to be prepared to answer our states and nations call regardless of the mission. We must all be cautious of the world around us. Operational Security is the watchword. In the upcoming days, weeks, months and years we will be asked to do more. Our challenge as a Regiment is ensure that our soldiers and equipment is ready. This event has caused us all to take a closer look at who we are and what we do. It has added a real seriousness to our charter.

b.      Retention and Recruiting: Commanders/1SG are you counseling you soldiers who are scheduled to ETS? Remember the monthly requirement? Our strength has shown signs of improvement and mostly this is from new recruits however, we cannot miss the market of prior service and especially prior guardsman. We must call our old guardsman who has gotten out in the past couple of years and ask them to return. I have heard numerous stories recently of this happening. County fairs and fall festivals are great events in which to recruit. Our current security status prevents us from having static displays but does not prevent us from getting soldiers out to these events.

c.      NTC Rotation: We are now 18 training days away from the NTC. I hope each Commander has sat down with his soldiers explained what is going to be expected of them. There is a tremendous amount of things to be accomplished before be go to the desert. I want our soldiers to be prepared and not feel inadequate in their attempts to do what is right. Nothing could hurt worse than to hear the statement made "man, if we had brought this or fixed this at home station." Now is the time to think about these issues. We have got to start preparing now. We have got to start telling our soldiers how long we will be gone and what they will be doing. We have also got to start getting good rosters of who can go on advanced detachments and who stay on the rear detachment. Our soldiers must start telling their employers of the time they will be gone. We cannot deal with Annual Training excusals at the last minute. This is the most important event that this Regiment has ever under taken and it must have our immediate attention.

d.      Annual Training Priorities: Several questions have been asked over the past few weeks about priorities for AT-02 for soldiers who have a requirement for MOSQ, NCOES or OES. The priority is going to AT-02 at the NTC. The exception will be REP 63 or soldiers who have transferred from another branch of the service that has no skills related to the unit they are in. This is the culmination of an 8-year training plan for Enhanced Brigades. Next year (TY-03) individual training will be the priority and we will have priority for schools. This year is collective training.

e.      Army On-line: Every soldier must register on the "Army On-line" account. You may do this by going to <http://www.us.army.mil> Information This website will allow soldiers to get information and confirm date about themselves without going through previously slow channels.

f.      OPSEC (operational security): We must advise our soldiers to exercise extreme caution when talking about there military profession. We have had several request for information regarding equipment, troop deployment and other non-critical issues when pieced together would be sensitive information. Casual conversations can cause damage and violate security. The best places for interested parties to get info are from CNN like the rest of us.

g.      Professional Associations: Its time again to renew our memberships in the Officer and Enlisted Associations. This is not a requirement but its part of being a professional and exercising good judgement. Remember our Christmas Balls for the Officer Association is 30 November thru 2 December in Gatlinburg and the Enlisted Ball is 14-16 December 2001 in Gatlinburg. Please try to attend.

2.      SABER 5 - REGIMENTAL EXECUTIVE OFFICER (LTC BELEW):

a.      It's been an unbelievable month. As this edition of CHIPS goes to press we have not yet responded to the carnage that was the World Trade Center and the devastation at the Pentagon. Some of you have been called to help provide security at our armories and some of you are on duty at the airports here in East Tennessee. We don't yet know what the President will do to retaliate but we must be patient and know that we will strike back.

b.      The days till the NTC rotation continue to lessen. The NTC specific training that must be completed and documented is a critical gate in our ability to meet the FORSCOM training requirement for entry to the box. The reports must be sent in to Regimental HQ for posting. In spite of the recent events we must insure we stay focused on the objective of meeting the training and maintenance goals for a safe, well executed rotation.

c.      In light of the recent events Recruiting and Retention have become easier in some ways and more difficult in others. We should not let the opportunity to recruit new soldiers slip away as more and more Americans demonstrate the desire to serve their country in some way. We must also take care of our soldiers that are already a part of the regiment and invite all others who would like to be Cavalrymen and women. There are hundreds of vacancies across the regiment that require dedicated soldiers to fill. I ask each of you to continue in your effort to take care of your soldiers and invite others to join our ranks.

d.      There will be opportunities for dozens of our soldiers to have additional active duty next summer as we deploy the regiment. We will need track and wheel drivers as well as every maintenance MOS to assist us as we prep the vehicles for the rail move to the NTC. Start asking your soldiers now if they will be willing to assist in the deployment as well as the redeployment. Tentative dates are 1 May through 30 July.

e.      Schools and the NTC. The focus for AT in 2002 will be the NTC. If you desire a school it will not be in lieu of the NTC. If you cannot get away from work for the additional days of the course and do the 21-day AT at the NTC you will have to wait till 2003 to attend the school. There are soldiers already trying to get out of AT. Excuses from AT at the NTC will not be granted unless life and limb are at stake. We expect every soldier to do his duty next summer and be at the NTC. All of you are part of a team that depends on everyone doing their job to make that team perform. That makes the job that each of us has to do easier instead of having to do our job and theirs as well. If you are part of the team then I expect you to be a team player. Annual training is a condition of your enlistment along with the IDT periods. Taking the oath makes a pledge of your personal honor that you will support the organization above your own desires.

3.      SABER 7- REGIMENTAL COMMAND SERGEANT MAJOR (RCSM PIPPIN):

a.      NCO-ERs: We must continue to improve our NCO-ERs. I will continue to talk about this for the next couple of months.

b.      1V-f BULLET GUIDANCE: Specific bullet examples are mandatory for excellence or needs improvement ratings. Comments must be entered in "bullet" narrative format adhering to the following rules:

Bullet comments are optional when success ratings are given. This was designed to stress that success ratings mean the NCO meets the standards. The best success bullets identify what the rated NCO did during the rating period and deal with specifics related to the NCO's duties and responsibilities. Good NCOs deserve to have their permanent file reflect what they accomplished. Reports with five success box checks and no bullet comments from the rater are hard to interpret by boards. The question arises as to whether the NCO really meets the standards or if the NCO is borderline between success and needs improvement. This makes it difficult for board members to get the true picture of the NCO. Raters should consider the potential effect of submitting and NCO-ER with no bullets or success box check with a negative bullet. Ensure that the rating you want to portray is easily understood.

a.      SECURITY: I want to thank all the soldiers who volunteered to work on security teams the last past couple of weeks. You are making the National Guard "proud' of you.

b.      NON COMMISSIONED OFFICER AND SOLDIER OF THE YEAR BOARDS: The NCO and Soldier of the Year Board for Separate Units will be held Saturday 3 November 2001 at Regimental Headquarters.

NCO BOARD       ENLISTED BOARD
0900 HHT Regiment       1040 HHT Regiment
0920 ADA        1100 ADA
0940 Chemical Co.       1120 Chemical Co.
1000 MI Company 1140 MI Company
1020 190TH Engineer Company     1200 190th Engineer Company

1.      SABER 1 - PERSONNEL & ADMIN OFFICER (MAJ JONES):

a.      Garnishment of Delinquent Travel Charge Cardholder Accounts.

1.      Bank of America, the vendor for the Department of Defense Government Travel Card has been experiencing major losses due to non-payment of travel card accounts.

2.      Bank of America has the authority to collect outstanding travel card debts that are 90 days past due. The delinquent cardholder will be notified in writing and given 30 days to pay the debt in full. If the debt is not paid in full within that 30 days, necessary paperwork will be initiated for salary offset/garnishment. Deductions of 15% of a soldier's disposable pay will begin 45 days from the date of notification.

3.      In addition to the garnishment, failure on the part of a soldier to meet his contractual obligation with Bank of America could lead to formal disciplinary action, and in some cases, separation from the service.

b.      Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance Family Coverage

1.      Effective 1 November 2001, Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance Family coverage will be in effect. You are now eligible to insure your spouse and children under this program.

2.      The program is automatic. If you don't want insurance coverage for your spouse or want a reduced amount of coverage, you must complete Form SGLV-8286A, Family Coverage Election, and submit the completed form to your personnel officer prior to 1 November 2001. You may also at any later date decline coverage for your spouse.

3.      Coverage for children is free. Coverage premiums for spouses is based on the amount of coverage you have. Total spouse coverage cannot exceed the member's coverage or $100,000.00, whichever is greater. Premiums will be based upon the spouse's age and will range from 9 cents to 55 cents per $1,000.00 of coverage. Listed below are the premiums for coverage for your spouse based on his or her age and amount of coverage.

Amount of Insurance     Age of Spouse                          
        34 & below      35-44   45-59   50-54   55 & over
$100,000        $9.00   13.00   20.00   32.00   55.00  
$ 90,000        $8.10   11.70   18.00   28.80   49.50  
$ 80,000        $7.20   10.40   16.00   25.60   44.00  
$ 70,000        $6.30   9.10    14.00   22.40   38.50  
$ 60,000        $5.40   7.80    12.00   19.20   33.00  
$ 50,000        $4.50   6.50    10.00   16.00   27.50  
$ 40,000        $3.60   5.20    8.00    12.80   22.00  
$ 30,000        $2.70   3.90    6.00    9.60    16.50  
$ 20,000        $1.80   2.60    4.00    6.40    11.00  
$ 10,000        $0.90   1.30    2.00    3.20    5.50   

c.      If you elect coverage other than $100,000.00, you must also complete Form SGLV-8285A, Request for Family Coverage. The following website contains additional information regarding this program: www.va.gov <http://www.va.gov/>.

2.      SABER 2 - INTELLIGENCE & SECURITY OFFICER (MAJ KIEFER):

a.      ASAS/RWS: The Regiment will field the RWS and ASAS Light Systems 30 OCT. This will be the system used to disseminate battlefield intelligence.

b.      Physical Security. It is Physical Security Inspection time. Many units have a State CEP scheduled. It is the responsibility of the Squadron Physical Security Officer to inspect the subordinate units once a year and forward those reports to the Regimental Physical Security Officer.

c.      Intel Seminar. The G-2 7 ID and the RS-2 3 ACR will be here Nov 3-4 to conduct a seminar for the Intelligence BOS. All Squadron S2's are invited to attend.

d.      Battle Focus. As a result of the terrorist attacks and deployment of forces to the Middle East, there is a great deal of interest what will happen next. It is natural for all soldiers of the regiment and especially those with ties to the intel community to keep up with current events. However, do not let current events overshadow our primary, near term objective to defeat Krasnovians at Tierra Del Diablo.

e.      Security Clearances. Those soldiers requiring periodic reinvestigations for their security clearances must submit their packets to RS2 NLT COB 09 NOV 01. This only allows a limited time for review prior to STARC suspense date of 16 NOV 01. POC for this action is SGT Joe Holloway (865)582-3227.

3.      SABER 3 - OPERATIONS OFFICER (MAJ ARCHER):

a.      TY-02 Schools. The Regiment has many soldiers in schools for TY-02. We must ensure that they show up at their schools meeting all the prerequisites as documented on the Commander's Pre-Execution Checklist, especially height/weight and APFT. Of particular interest are the 19D and 19K schools starting next week (20-21 Oct 01) at Lenoir City, Greeneville, and Smyrna. At the Lenoir City and Greeneville sites, I expect to see the RNCO or 1SG of every soldier enrolled in those classes at the school site on Saturday morning, 20 Oct 01. This is when we encounter most of our problems, such as no-shows, overweights, no Cdr's Pre-Execution Checklist, etc. Bring your alert rosters with you so we can call soldiers who don't show. We must fix our MOSQ problem, and the fix starts next weekend!

b.      Communications Exercise. I want to continue to stress the importance of the Commo Exercise on 3-4 Nov 01. This exercise will focus on both primary and secondary means of communication, especially MSE and AM. For MSE, 711th Sig Bn (ALARNG) will provide a RAU so that we can check out and train on our MSRT's. They will also be providing a Node Center so you can check your DNVT's if necessary. We are authorized and have on hand our MSRT's down to Cav Trp CP level. I expect all of them to be here for the COMMEX! For those mounted in wheeled vehicles-no problem. For those mounted in tracks, pull out the VRC-97 and the KY-68 and bring them with you. You can slide them into a wheeled mount here to make sure they work. Then, if they don't work when you put them back in the track, you'll know it's probably a mount or wiring problem. We are also authorized AN/GRC-193 (or AN/GRC-106) AM radios down to Cav Trp CP level. Everyone has them on-hand. As a matter of fact, we were excess 1 in the Regiment. We will conduct a net call to ensure these systems are working. Make sure you have them mounted and in working condition. An MOI on this COMMEX has been published by the RS-6. Get them working now because OBU, LOGEX, and the TEWT will each emphasize good communications!

c.      Battle Rosters. Battle rosters are slowly but surely being worked. We must work hard to get them current and keep them that way. Trainers must continue to force this issue.

d.      Holiday Ball - Gatlinburg. It will soon be that time of year again. This year, we expect to have another great Regimental Holiday Ball at the River Terrace Resort in Gatlinburg on the weekend of 30 Nov - 2 Dec! This is a change from years past, so mark your calendars now. The cocktail party, dinner and dance are on Saturday night, but many of us arrive on Thursday or Friday and stay till Monday to make a weekend out of it. The Regimental Hospitality Room, sponsored this year by the 1/278th ACR Officers' Association, will open at 1500 on Friday in the River Walk Room. There is so much to do in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge with rides and games for the kids at Dollywood and other amusement parks, outlet malls for Christmas shopping, and many shows; not to mention excellent restaurants. Come and rub elbows with your commander and show your spouse or friend the great people you work with at your "part time" job. An LOI has been distributed to all units that will answer any questions you may have. Ask your commander for a copy or contact MAJ Jeff Archer at (865) 582-3224 or [email protected] <> and I will send one to you. Don't miss this chance to get away for a fun weekend!

4.      SABER 4 - LOGISTICS OFFICER (MAJ HENSLEY):

a.      Excess and Lateral Transfers. Everyone needs to shift focus back to excess equipment and transfers. The new MTOE will cause 100+ transfers so start getting a hold on it. We are planning to get USPFO here for a lateral transfer/excess equipment turn-in event sometime in the October/November timeframe.

b.      Reminder: A limited quantity of BII boxes are available at Regimental Headquarters for pickup. Contact CPT Cheek(3228)during the week or SSG Sturgill(3238) on drill weekend to schedule pick-up. 2/278 and 3/278 have not met suspense on the AT-01 load plans for the commercial trailers. Have the unit involved complete their load plan and forward the RS-4.

c.      WARNO. Prepare your questions and comments. Schedule will be published soon to reestablish the monthly Logistics Meeting at Regimental Headquarters.

d.      WELCOME CW5 Don Moss has come onboard as the Maintenance/Automation Project Officer. Look for updates and correspondence from Chief Moss in the near future.

e.      Suspense: Look for a memo, both e-mail and hard copy, concerning ULLS-G for the NTC rotation. We need to know how many ULLS-G clerks and motor sgts, by unit, who can be available on the front and back end of the rotation (approx 5 weeks). S: 01 Nov 01 Details in the memo.

Quote of the Month
Japanese Prison Camp, 1945 This month's quote is from an historical documentary detailing the experiences of Allied POWs of World War II. The Japanese Army took over 140,000 Allied prisoners, and one in four died at the hands of their captors. This is an excerpt from the POW's point of view at the end of the war.

.... Elsewhere, camp by camp across the war zone, the war did not end on the stroke of noon, August 15. It had begun to wind down before that moment, and it went on not quite ending for days afterward. Work detail were sent out and brought back in again, and the guards gave explanations that made no sense. It was too rainy. There had been a cave-in at the mine. The mill had no more raw materials. The equipment was broken. All the men were byoki, sick-of course they were, but no sicker than the day before. Cholera had broken out-when obviously it had not. The prisoners were given two days off while the guards negotiated permission for them to have a vegetable garden of their own. It was a holiday, all the men could rest. Also, they were allowed to whistle or sing.

There were gunso, sergeants, who used to holler and scream so loud they made the leaves quiver on the trees; now they were talking in whispers. There was no shakedown at the gate. There were officers burning papers by the armload. There were guards sitting around stunned. Finally someone said it. Senso owari. The war is over.

Even when a camp commandant spoke those words officially and stepped down off his parade-ground soapbox for the last time ever, the prisoners had to strain to take the measure of the astonishing fact that they were free men. They shouted and went silent, wept with bewilderment and fear that it might not be true, then laughed and shouted again. They sang their national anthems. They broke out flags that they had kept hidden all through captivity, or they made new flags, iodine for red, a miners shirt for white, and mosquito netting or hospital trousers for blue. They stayed up all night talking nonstop, chain-smoked, ate the precious food they had been hoarding, drank anything and everything from guardhouse sake to power alcohol, snake-danced drunk around camp, and flung their filthy bedding out the window and set fire to their disgusting huts.

An urgent Japanese Army telegram had gone out, instructing guards who had mistreated prisoners to vanish. Some guards stayed, and whether they were mistreaters or not , the free white men who were not their prisoners any more felt free to take it out on them. They marched them up and down, ordered them to Ki o tsuke! and Keirei!, made them work on the double, police the grounds, honeybucket the vegetable garden, scrub the benjo, and here and there they pushed one into a cesspit and did not care if he ever surfaced. The Japanese colonel at Omori made an official complaint to the senior POW officer that someone had urinated on one of his boots and defecated in the other. An evil mine boss was force-fed horse dung; and at the same camp some men, one of them without legs, went after the commandant and beat him unconscious. Next day his door was nailed shut, with a sign, DIED OF PNEUMONIA, the same strain of Japanese pneumonia that had been killing prisoners for three and a half years.

This kind of thing went on for a few days. In the home island camps, over the same few days, Japanese civilians were showing up inside the fence, humble and more willing to work for food. One of them was in his kimono, bowing, and an Australian recognized him as a mine boss who used to beat up his friend. He dropped him with a terrific punch to the jaw. He said, Get up and fight, you bastard. But the Japanese would not get up; he lay cowering, and the Australian found he could not go on with it. I planned to give that bastard a proper hiding, but when he wouldn't fight, I had to give it up. It was like kicking a kitten.

Of all the strange things about liberation, surely this had to be the strangest. Two weeks back, ninety-nine prisoners out of a hundred would cheerfully have skinned any Japanese guard. A rage for personal physical revenge had been smoldering in them for three and a half years, forcibly banked down. After the emperor's broadcast it flared up. But only here and there, and only briefly. In a matter of days it burned itself away to next to nothing. It was hard to believe. The prisoners themselves shook their head over the strangeness of it. But for ninety-nine men out of a hundred it was true.

For further reading see: Prisoners of the Japanese POWs of World War II in the Pacific, , Author Gavan Daws, William Morrow and Company,Inc., New York, NY, Copyright 1994. If you have a quote to submit for Old Bill's Chips, please forward it to MAJ Hensley, email, [email protected] <> or fax it to (865) 582-3208.

5.      SABER REDLEG - FIRE SUPPORT (MAJ HART):

a.      The finishing touch and final coordinations on OBU are just around the corner. Cpt Tuttle and the 4 CAV personnel have completed an initial Lane Book and subsequent Regimental changes are being incorporated. The OBU MOI should be complete and distributed before next drill. OBU dates are 11-13 Jan 02. Mark your calendars appropriately.

b.      A 13F shortage still plagues the Regiment. We must continue to address this issue in the regiment before we look elsewhere. Keep this thought in mind when talking with recruiters and prospective recruits.

c.      A reminder to all FSE sections: Continue to identify and take appropriate actions on:

1.      Digital equipment in need of maintenance support
2.      Requisitions of required items such as printer paper, printer ribbons, forms, etc
3.
      Requisitions of soldier support items such as water cans, chairs, carrying bags(liners)for water coolers, etc...

DON'T WAIT 'TIL MAY!!!