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12 I The Lovell Chronicle I June 3, 2010 www.LovellChronicle.com BY SHARON HALL More than one year ago, Colonel Richard Knowl- ton, the commander of the llhth Fires Brigade, and other support staff visited Wyoming communities to communicate information about their upcoming de- ployment. He returned to Lovell on May 25 to follow up after the nearly year- long deployment ended. The mis sion of the 115th Fires Brigade was to pro- vide convoy security, force protection and life support operations within the Ku- wait and Iraq Area of Re- sponsibility (AOR) in order to protect and sustain forces supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom (air) 09-10. The final phase of the operation was to redeploy and reinte- grate all returning soldiers into their pre-deployment environment. The Brigade had sev- eral missions and was in eight countries at one point in time. Everything that the military needed was trans- ported in and out of Iraq by National Guard soldiers. They drove 5.5 million miles in 27,000 missions, in combat theater, with a bet- ter safety record than Unit- ed States highways. The local 2/300th drove 3.2 mil- lion miles of that. This suc- cess was due in part to the operational readiness and equipment availability be- ing maintained at 95 per- cent thanks to the leaders and effective maintenance crews. The 960th provided all of the essential services that a city would provide in their operation. Soldiers face unique situations while away from home. Col. Knowlton saw the importance of having an expert in behavioral science available, and Major Leon Chamberlain was brought along. When he began his assignment, he asked the colonel what he wanted him to do. Colonel Knowlton replied, "Take care of sol- diers." This allowed him to go wherever he was need- ed to take care of soldiers whenever he was needed, and develop relationships. Major Chamberlain was at last week's meeting and DAVm PECK Col. Richard Knowlton addresses guardsmen and their families during the reintegration program last Tuesday night, May 25, at the Lovell Middle School Commons. wants families, employ- ers and communities to be aware of some changes that may be seen in soldiers upon their return and to be aware that help is available and encouraged. Many people, especial- ly soldiers, may steer away from mental health profes- sionals such as himself, he said, but he explained men- tal health as being able to problem solve, see one's strengths, and see how to be successful there (Ku- wait, Iraq) and at home. With that in mind, more people are encouraged to seek mental health. There are some changes family friends may see in soldiers returning home, and Major Chamberlain en- couraged those around sol- diers to be aware and seek help if they see various changes in soldiers they are near. They may experience anger, substance abuse, dif- ficulty transitioning to fam- ily and friends, as well as the changes in their roles. There are things soldiers can do, including accept- ing change as being normal, and allowing themselves to link with people and build their support systems. Also, changed roles need to be worked through, he said. In conclusion, he stated that Wyoming soldiers "did a wonderful job." In an effort to ensure the soldiers returned spiritual- ly intact, Colonel Knowlton brought along eight chap- lains to the operation, four of which were from Wyo- ming. One of them, Cap- tain Randy Sawyer from Sheridan, was at the meet- ing May 25 to speak. They worked together with sol- diers with different reli- gions and belief systems. The chaplains were also able to work with some of the civilian contractors, as well. They provided cha- pel services, had the un- pleasant job of delivering some Red Cross messages and worked with soldiers in general. Also, within 12-24 hours of receiving a Red Cross message requir- ing attention at home, the soldiers were on a plane home. While in the country, Colonel Knowlton could keep an eye on his soldiers, but now that they are home it is up to those living with the soldiers. As he said, a soldier will not typically ask for help, and he asked for those in the communi- ties they visited to keep an eye out for Wyoming's soldiers now that they are home. Most have no issues with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), but some do. Colonel Knowlton con- cluded the meeting by ask- ing communities to support the Yellow Ribbon Freedom Salutes that are being held around the state. One will be held in Worland on June 12th, and the communities are invited to attend. He also wants people to know that, first, Wyoming's soldiers did a great job. Sec- ond, the families did a great job. Last, the job is not over yet. Weather spotter training in Lovell June 10 People interested in serving as volunteer wea- ther spotters for the Na- tional Weather Service are encouraged to attend a free training session in Lovell next week. Meteorologists from the NWS Riverton of- fice will hold a two-hour Se- vere Weather Spotter Trai- ning class beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 10, at the Lovell Fire Hall. The class is free of char- ge and open to all area re- sidents interested in wea- ther, thunderstorms or public safety. Videos and digital images highlight the multimedia session in- tended to assist volunteers in learning to identify im- portant thunderstorm cha- racteristics, types of seve- re weather, weather safety and reporting procedures. All course materials are provided and completion cards will be given to all vo- lunteers. Current spotters are encouraged to attend the training as a refresher course. Weather spotter volun- teers are asked to relay re- ports of hazardous weather, such as hail, flash flooding and tornadoes, to the NWS during active thunderstorm days. Organized in a par- tnership between the NWS and local county emergen- cy management agencies, volunteer weather spotters play an integral role in as- sisting forecasters in the weather warning process, according to Chris Jones, warning coordination me- teorologist at the Riverton NWS office. 'Tqe have nearly i,000 trained spotters in 11 coun- ties across western Wyo- ming. Without their real- time ground truth reports it would be very difficult to verify exactly what type of weather is occurring with a thunderstorm," Jones said. "Radar and satellite are tremendous tools, but they cannot take the place of people reporting to us what is actually occurring on the ground. "Reports from trained volunteer weather spotters assist us in identifying li- kely locations of future storm damage and provi- ding more detailed warning information for the public. Simply put, this network helps us better perform our core mission of protecting lives and property." Additional information on storm spotting is availa- ble on the NWS Website at http://www.weather.gov/ri- verton or by calling the Ri- verton officeat (800) 211- 1448. DUP learns bout pioneer photos The Big Horn Company of DUP began their regular monthly meeting on May 10 with a pot luck salad luncheon. The food was de- licious and the tables were adorned with bouquets of fresh flowers. The Pledge of Alle- giance was led by Nancy Bullinger of Burlington. They say that laughter is "good for the soul" as well as your health and Patty Hansen shared an extreme- ly funny journal entry from the Pioneer Museum that had everyone laughing. Dorothy Winterholler shared a pioneer history of her ancestors, William Ellis and Ellen Banks. She told of the six months that they were at sea going to Austra- lia in 1837, and then sailing to the USA in 1855. Song leader Ann Bridg- es led us in singing, "The man on the flying trapeze". Pioneer Photography was the subject for our guest speaker, Sheraldene Jones of Lovell, which turned out to be a very fascinating sub- ject. She talked about dif- ferent processes that were used, which included Da- guerriotype, Ambrotype and Tintype. Portraits done in oil as well as crayon were discussed. The Pioneer Mu- seum inI Lake City houses more than 25,000 pioneer photos. President Mary Jens- en's proposal that we hold a "Jubilee" celebration re- ceived an affirmative vote. This will be a special ac- tivity to be held at the new Byron museum at i p.m. on June 14. This celebration will include a picnic in the park. CONSIDERING A VASECTOMY? 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