Armored Sentinel (Temple, Tex.), Vol. 17, No. 36, Ed. 1 Friday, February 5, 1960 Page: 1 of 12
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VOL. 17 NO. 36
The 50th anniversary of the
founding of the Boy Scouts of
America will be observed by Fort
Hood Scout Troops next week.
A full schedule of events is
planned by the post Troops be
ginning with attendance at church
on Boy Scout Sunday Feb. 7.
Catholic members of Troop 111
ill attend the 9 a.m. mass at the
th Street West Chapel. The
rotesiant members will attend
the 11 a.m. services at the 37th
Street East Chapel.
Protestant scouts of Troop 124
will attend the 11 a.m. services
at the Battalion Avenue West
Chapel and Catholic members
will attend the 11 a.m. mass at
the 162d Street Chapel.
Troop 126 will attend the 11
a.m. services at the 37th Street
All parents of Boy Scouts are
urged to attend the services on
Sunday with their sonS.
On Monday (Feb. 9) Troop
111 will hold a Court of Hon
or and Open House at the
Youth and Community Activ
ities Association Building be
ginning at 7:30 p.m. and
Troop 125 will hold its annual
Father and Son Banquet at
the Fort Hood NCO Club at
Robert Anderson son of Capt.
and Mrs. Lloyd Anderson will
receive the Scout's second highest
rank the Life Scout award dur
ing Troop Ill's Court of Honor.
Additional awards will be pre
sented at the same time. Steve
Michaels and Doug Brodie will
be promoted to first class Brian
Bannerman John Bowman Tim
oyd David Boyd and David Ma
ne will be presented second class
rank and 15 merit badges will
A highlight of the program will
be a rededication ceremony in
which the Troop will rededicate
YOU DONT KM0W.50N-
BUT BY GEOIESE DO!—WHAT
SCOUTING HAS MEANT IDOlfl?
COUNTRY IN LEADERSHIP
AND GOOD CITIZENSHIP/
Courtesy Franklin Alexander Philadelphia Evening Bulletin
themselves to the principles of
the Scout Oath and Law.
Col. Franklin Clarke past
chairman of the Leon Valley
District and now Public Re
lations Chairman will address
the group before the start of
The mothers committee head
ed by Mrs. Robert Sproat will
Numerous awards will be pre
sented to Scouts of Troop 125 dur
ing the Father-Son Banquet.
First class rank will be pre
sented to Arthur Castoneda.
Second class ranks will be pre
sented to Peter Gallaher Donald
McCallum Frank Corn Jock
Hazeltine Clifford Wright Bobby
Black Danny Murphy Karl
Troop 125 will attend the 11 a.m. Richards and David Midgley.
at he 5 0 S re
Merit badges will be pre
sented to Thaddus Dumas
Robin Todd Edward Free-
(See BOY SCOUTS Page 2
Sgt. Maj. Arvin
27 Yrs Service
A 2d Armored Division non-com
missioned officer with 27 years
of service reenlisted Monday for
another three years.
Sgt. Maj. Edward B. Arvin 2d
Armored Division sergeant major
was sworn in by Maj. Gen. Earle
G. Wheeler 2d Armored Division
and Fort Hood Commander.
Sgt. Arvin entered the service
in 1933 after graduation from Ir
vine High School Irvine Ky.
Before being assigned to the Di
vision's Headquarters he was ser
geant major of the 17th Engineer
Sgt. Arvin has been awarded
the Bronze Star Medal the Com
bat Infantryman Badge and the
He and his wife Virginia re
side in Chaffee Village. His par
ents Mr. and Mrs. Ray Arvin
reside in Irvine Ky.
GENERALS VIEW FIELD PROBLEM—Maj. Gen. Earle G. Wheeler Fort Hood and 2d Armored
Division Commander right talks with Gen. Bruce C. Clarke Commander of the U. S. Army
Continental Command left about the field problems conducted last week by the 1st Armored
Division (CCA). With General^ Clarke and Wheeler are Brig. Gen. Franklin F. Wing Jr. Com
mander 1st Armored Division and Lt. Gen. Edward T. Williams Fourth U. S. Army Comman
der. See Page 2 for complete story on Gen. Clark's Fort Hood visit
A merging of the 3d Field Ar
tillery Battalion with the old 3d
Coast Artillery Battalion was wit
nessed by some 600 men of 2d
Armored Division in a ceremony
The designation for the unit
so formed is the 1st Howitzer
Battalion 3d Artillery Regiment.
Col. John Brownlow executive
officer of 2d Armored Division
Artillery presented the new col
ors to Lt. Col. Benjamin C. Bell
commander of the battalion.
The new regimental standards
and coat of arms will be carried
and worn by all 3d Artillery units
in the Army.
The new crest combining the
coats of arms of the 3d Coast
Artillery Battalions represents
service from the War of 1812
through World War II.
Two white bars on a red back
ground are from the campaign
streamer for the War of 1812.
Three stars represent the unit's
numerical designation. Dragons
symbolize action in China during
the Boxer Rebellion. A double
fleur de leis is for service in
World Wars I and II.
List For March
WASHINGTON (AFPS) The
Army's March enlisted promotion
quota dropped from February's
14603 to 8145 but quotas to the
three upper grades were boosted
For promotion to supergrade
E-9 the quota was upped from
178 to 199 and 535 up-gradings
to E-8 will be authorized com
pared to 508 on the previous al
Promotions to E-7 will more
than double February's allo
cation from 100 to 235 and
the E-6 quota went from 100
On the other hand the quotas
to E-5 and E-4 were reduced un
der February's totals. While 2074
were authorized promotions to
in February the March quota
is set at 1846 and hikes to E-4
dropped from 11631 to 5056.
Promotion quotas are allocat
ed according to vacancies de
veloping in grade and MOS Army
personnel authorities explained
and the lowered allocation simply
means there were fewer losses
in E-5s and E-4s than during pre
vious quota periods.
They also said a constant anal
ysis of manpower strength in
each grade and military occupa
tional specialty is being made to
keep promotions flowing as free
ly as possible. At the same time
they warned great care must be
taken to prevent promotions in
MOS areas glutted with senior
NCOs until natural "drop outs"
and changing conditions justify
upgradings in these skill fields.
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FORT HOOD TEXAS FRIDAY FEBRUARY 5 1960
Two Major Exercises
To Be Held At Hood
'Cimarron Drive' And 'Big
Thrust' Set For April-May
Fort Hood troops are to take part in at least four of sixteen
exercises scheduled this year for units of the U. S. Continental
Fort Hood will be the site for two of the exercises.
Some 8000 men including tankers of the 1st Armored Division
(CCA) and selected support units will participate in Big Thrust
a 10-day armor exercise slated here for May 1-15.
Cimarron Drive a 10-day exercise expected here April 4-13
will involve 3000 troops of the 1st Armored Division.
Currently 12 Fort Hood officers and enlisted men are in Alaska
preparing for the first exercise of the year Little Bear a 12-day
winter training maneuver. The 12 members of the 501st Military In
telligence Detachment 1st Armored Division and the 319th Military
Intelligence Battalion are working as intelligence teams.
Approximately 1800 men of the 4th Infantry Division Fort
Lewis Wash. and 2000 "Aggressor" troops from the U.S. Army
Alaska will participate in the maneuver Feb. 10-21.
Fort Hood's 54th Signal Company will fly to Puerto Rico during
the period March 14-28 in a combined Army-Air Force joint mobility
exercise Puerto Pine to test the mobility of STRAC units.
The exercise calls for air movement of more than 18000 troOps
from their home bases to a staging area in Puerto Rico and re
turn to the United States. Participants include elements of the 82d
and 101st Airborne Division the 4th Infantry Division the 2d Infan
try Brigade the XVIII Airborne Corps Artillery and the First Logis
Highly trained troops will maneuver with modern missiles as
well as conventional weapons in the 16 exercises. Virtually every
Army post in the United States will provide combat troops skilled
technicians and combat equipment for these field tests of men
Purpose of the exercises primarily is to test combat
readiness and responsiveness of the Strategic Army Corps
(STRAC) and other units.
Banyan Tree II a seven-day jungle training exercise will be
held in Panama March7-13._
Quick Strike a 101st Airborne Division exercise will be held
from April 18 until May 3 at Fort Bragg N. C. Some 16000 troops
will take part.
Iroquoise Hatchet is a 15-day exercise to be held at Camp
Drum N. Y. in April. Approximately 5000 troops representing
the 2d Infantry Brigade and appropriate support elements will
Mesquite Dune a seven-day desert training exercise involving
some 1500 soldiers of the 1st Infantry Division 4th Cavalry and
34th Armor is scheduled for April at Camp Irwin Calif.
Elk Horn is a 4th Infantry Division exercise to be held at
Yakima Wash. May 7-21. This STRAC exercise will involve
more than 16000 soldiers of the 4th Infantry Division and se
lected support units.
South Wind is a 15-day command post and field training exer
cise (CPX) involving Headquarters XVIII Corps the 82d and 101st
Airborne Divisions the 4th Infantry Division the 3d Armored
Cavalry Regiment the 1st Logistical Command and selected sup
port units. It is scheduled to be held in the Fort Bragg area dur
ing Octover-November with some 16000 troops participating.
Towers Moon a 15-day exercise will be held during the spring
with Headquarters XVIII Airborne Corps and elements of the
82d and 101st Airborne Divisions participating at Fort Bragg N. C.
and Fort Campbell Ky.
Junction Spring is a 10-day exercise involving 3000 soldiers
from the 2d Missile Command. It is scheduled to be held next
spring at Fort Carson Colo.
Columbia Cliff a 10-day exercise at Fort Bragg will involve
some 3000 missile men from the 3d Missile Command.
Bright Star a STRAC exercise will take place at Fort
Bragg during a 15-day period in August- September. Partici
pating will be 30000 troops of the XVIII Airborne Corps the
82d Airborne and 101st Airborne Divisions and selected sup
STRAC mobility exercise a 10-day exercise designed to test
the redeployment capability of STRAC units will take place during
October in the Third and Sixth U. S. Army area.
LOGEX 1960 a six-day logistical command post exercise (CPX)
is scheduled to be held at Fort Lee Va. during May. Some 6000
personnel including students from technical and administrative
services schools and selected Reserve officers (recalled to .active
duty) and representatives of selected support units will participate
in a problem simulating the logistical support of a Field Army
The exercises are geared to provide realistic training for per
sonnel involved and offer opportunities for testing new organiza
tional concepts. In addition the exercises often point up the need
for changes in the organization and equipment of participating
The list of exercises is subject to change and final dates for
many of them have not been determined.
Cive Accidents A Holiday
As of Thursday
Morning Feb. 4
Total Traffic Deaths
And Injuries Last
Year At This Time
11000 In Feb.
WASHINGTON (AFPS) Some
11000 enlisted men grades E-4
through E-7 will begin drawing
$30 skill pay dividends during
Febrary according to an Army
The quota was released in an
A id a a
published the cutoff scores cover
ing the December proficiency pay
examinations. About 20000 enlist
ed men were tested or xetested
in 24 skill levels of 10 military
occupational specialties in the De
A personnel official said
that very few individuals who
were retested for a continua
tion of their pro-pay failed
to requalify. They are en
titled to a full year's skill di
vidend on their old qualifica
tions before withdrawal of the
extra pay he added.
Men who qualified for the first
time in the December test will
not begin drawing their pro-pay
until February but the Army
pointed out that there will be no
break in the continuation of pay
ments to those who requalified at
Attainment of the minimum
score does not automatically qual
ify a man for the February pay
ments the Army explained be
cause final selection of those to
receive the ratings rests with unit
Next TI Topic
The Troop Information Topic for
February 15-20 is "Russian His
tory Geography^ and background
until 1917: The Heritage of the
This topic begins a new series
of TI classes on the USSR The
series will include also surveys of
the Russian Revolution the USSR
since the death of Lenin and the
Soviet Armed Forces. The series
will conclude with a comparison
of the Soviet Armed Forces and
The USSR's threatening habits
make her a potentially active
hostile force. No American can
afford to be ignorant of so mighty
a nation. By knowing her history
we'can understand her problems
strengths and weaknesses. Ana
understanding these we shall be
prepared to deal with her.
No nation throws off its her
itage completely. Even by revol
ution the USSR did not throw
off the vestiges of her Russian
past. In many respects the Com
munists simply replaced the old
despotism of the czars with a
fresh variety of totalitarianism
minority party rule terrorism
and violence and monsfrous in
humanity to man.
The introductory topic will in
clude four major sub-topics: the
natural setting and geography the
course of history the an .11
despotism and the Western in
fluences on Russia. It will sug
gest those influences or condi
tions which culminated in the Re
volution of 1917.
Hood Arts And
Work by Menalkas Selander on
loan from the Chicago Art In
stitute is one of two current ex
hibits in the Fort Hood Arts and
Crafts Shop building 3.
The second exhibit is of winn
ing Fourth U. S. Army entries
in the Eighth Interservice Photo
Selander is considered by many
galleries as well as the Institute
as an outstanding technician in
drawing. He was one of the artists
selected by the U. S. govern-
men to tour the world and make
drawings of Army installations.
His work rendered in pencil
is considered photographically
realistic. The 20 drawings on ex
hibit here are all original. Selan-
(See ARTS ft CRAFTS Page 2)
Army-wide problems are
named by Department of the
Army Fourth U.S. Army
problems by Headquarters
Fourth U.S. Army and post
problems by a special Fort
Hood management committee.
Rollins Teas civilian personnel
officer said this week that a man
agement committee soon will be
appointed at Fort Hood to decide
on problems needing solution.
Specific problems periodically
Soldiers Of The Month
They are Sp-5 Dickie D. Sim
mons an instructor in the Rus
sian language and Sp-4 John R.
Spann a Chinese Mandarin and
Specialist Simmons entered
the Army in. 1954 and took train
ing at Fort Ord Calif.
Before arriving here last year
he attended the U.S. Army Lan
guage School Presidio of Monte
rey Monterey Calif.
He is a graduate of Dickinson
County High School Chapman
Kan. and the Brown Mackie
Army Suggestion Campaign
An Army-wide suggestion cam
paign called Operation Search
light is getting underway at Fort
The campaign implementing
the present Incentive Awards
am is to a
suggestions for specific problems
from civilian and military person
nel. Procedure for the campaign
is along lines of the present In
centive Awards Program. Sugges
tions are submitted on regular
suggestion blanks and they are
processed by the awards program
committee. The cash awards re
main the same.
The emphasis of the new cam
paign is placed on obtaining so
lutions to specific problems nam
ed by management.
FLAME-THROWING TANK—Delegates from the Fourth Region Association of the United States
Army watch a pill box assault demonstration during their tour of Fort Hood Friday under "Op
eration Understanding." They saw a flame-throwing tank belonging to the 35th Armor blast the
pill box with fire to open the way for an attack by men of the 15th Cavalry. The delegates
from 12 Fourth Army chapters were here Thursday to form the five state regional organiza
tion the first of its kind in the worldwide AUSA. See AUSA story on page 9.
Getting Underway Here
will be announced to all Fort
If suggested solutions seem to
ha a be on or
they will be advanced to national
Here are some example prob
lem areas announced by Fourth
To improve the criteria for
the determination of the ade
quacy of off-post housing.
A current regulation permits an
off-post dwelling to be declared
substandard or inadequate if "the
cost of the rent plus the utilities
for the unit exceeds the military
Reduction of number Of errors
and monetary amounts of such
errors in military pay.
Lack of experienced personnel
in the personnel offices and fi
nance and accounting offices to
gether with rapid turnover of such
personnel seem to be the imme
diate cause of these errors. Prop
er training is extremely difficult
due to short periods of availabi
lity of personnel and the num
erous complicated and sometimes
archaic laws governing military
Excessive supervisory controls.
Simmons And Spann Named
Fort Hood's Top Soldiers
Two soldiers of Company A of Business College of Salina Kan.
the 319th Military Intelligence
Battalion have been selected Fort
Hood's Soldiers of the Month.
Specialist Simmons and his
wife Delores reside in Killeen
His parents Mr. and Mrs. Mar
vin R. Simmons reside in Wood
Specialist Spann a native of
New Jersey entered the Army
in February of 1957
He also has attended the U.S.
Army Language School.
He is a graduate of Bernards
High School Bernardsville N.J.
AND St. Vincent's College of
Specialist Spann and his wife
Karol reside in Killeen. His
parents Mr. and Mrs. Paul J.
Spann reside in Far Hills N.J.
Sp-5 SIMMO SP-4 SPANN
Unnecessary staffing inherent
in too stringent supervisory con
trols delays decisions. Staff sec
tions should have liberty of ac
tion within scope of approved
programs and budgetary items.
Is Cited By
4th Army CG
A Letter of Commendation has
been sent to the commanding -of
ficer of Company of the 720th
Military Police Battalion from the
Commanding General of the
Fourth U. S. Army for his ex
emplary performance during the
funeral services of Mr. Walter
W. Williams last surviving vet
eran of the Civil War.
Written by Lt. Gen. Edward T.
Williams the letter was received
by Capt. John G. Collins.
The letter said:
"It has come to my attention
that during the funeral services
of Mr. Walter W. Williams last
surviving veteran of the Civil
War you distinguished yourself
in an exemplary manner.
"At both Houston and Franklin
Texas you commanded the United
States Army troops which par
ticipated in the services and last
rites. You were confronted with
problems of extremely delicate
and public nature which were
solved instantaneously and in a
"Exhibiting at all times a calm
and dignified appearance you dis
charged your duties in an out
standing manner reflecting great
credit upon yourself and the
United States Army."
Also extending his congratula
tions to Capt. Collins was Maj.
Gen. Earle G. Wheeler Fort
Hood and 2d Armored Division
Is Named KB
PFC James M. Bellaire an
electrical assembler U. S. Army
Atomic Weapons Detachment A
has been chosen Killeen Base's
'Soldier of the Month" for Jan
A certificate was presented to
Pvt. Bellaire for his accomplish
ment by Lt. Col. E. F. Utley
Pvt. Bellaire a native of East
Aurora N. Y. entered the Army
in September of 1958 and 'took
training at Fort Benning Ga.
He received advanced training
in electronics at Fort Monmouth
N. J. and Sandia Base N. M.
He arrived at Killeen Base in
June of 1959.
Pvt. Bellaire has attended the
Fort Hood NCO Academy and
is now taking courses from Mary
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