Fort Hood Sentinel (Temple, Tex.), Vol. 32, No. 31, Ed. 1 Friday, October 5, 1973 Page: 4 of 22
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Chris we try harder
Once upon a time there was a day when the deer
played in peace along the banks and the trout leaped
in the early morning sunshine in the cold clear
waters of the Shenandoah.
The forests along the Blue Ridge Mountains were
lush and green and there was not heard the sound of
axe hammer or any tool of metal.
All of this before the time of Daniel Boone and the
Suddenly on another day the eyes peering from the
deep of the forests scanned the face of the blue Atlan
tic and danger loomed. .in the form of a Spanish
This was a newfound thorn in the side of the Red
man who by instinct immediately recognized the
threat of an unknown tongue and a skin of white.
Columbus had discovered America. The date was
Oct. 12 1492.
In retrospect we who call ourselves Americans can
look back on the tradition of the first Thanksgiving
the tragedy of Little Bighorn and we can now com
pare the aesthetics of Kissinger and Cochise.
Amtrack follows a twisted twin-tracked trail of
steel through the once verdant prairies of mid-
America and the 747's jet their way from JFK Air
port to LA between breakfast and lunch.
But is not our victory if it can be called such a
The daily news from the Washington Post and
Newsweek carries accounts of the latest shortages
gasoline beef wheat and fuel oil. In the land of plen
ty there suddendly isn't enough to go around.
Sitting Bull White Cloud and Little White Dove are
gone and with them rest the souls of Dr. Martin
Luther King and Jack and Bobby and Janis. The sky
blue waters of the Minnetonka are threatened by the
plastic output of our factories and distilleries.
There are cost overruns on contracts and ecology
pollution and emission control devices. All these are
new terms in our language.
Gone are the days of signals by smoke and the
signs of the land.
There happens to be a deep steep wallled canyon
in New Mexico with beautifully colored Indian pain
tings hundreds of years old that have been defaced
by the bullets of a high powered rifle.
You wouldn't really think that we could foul up the
landscape in such a way in less than half a millen
Actually Chris we try harder.
Early Sunday afternoon the driver of a car parked
in front of a grocery store got out and spit his
chewing gum on the sidewalk directly in front of the
entrance. When asked by a bystander to pick the
gum up and deposit in in the trash can (about three
feet away) the young man said nothing and went
into the store. The bystander then picked up the gum
and put in in the trash can as the gum-spitter wat
The Phantom has observed such disregard for
other human beings and the enviroment occur all too
often. Whether it is called "Police of an area" or
"ecological patrol" it translates to the same
meaning: keeping our living areas free of litter and
It is expected that in the consumption of products
there will be waste. How we dispose of this waste is
of most importance. If we take the same indifferent
attitude of the gum-spitter then we are magnifying
the problem many times. Unless the attitude of en
vironmental abuse is countered we may find our-
selves in an uncorrectable situation. So no matter if
you call it "police call" or "ecology patrol" do your
share. It's for our own good.
hike given nod
The U.S. Senate overrode a decision by President
Nixon to postpone a military pay raise with a 72-16
roll call vote Friday. The Senate vote gives military
personnel a 6.16 percent pay hike effective October 1
Civilian personnel will receive a pay raise of 4.77
per cent effective October 7.
The hike will affect basic pay only and military
personnel are being cautioned against expecting the
raise to show in their mid-month pay in October. The
first mid-month pay that will be computed on the new
scale will be November 15.
The postponement of the pay hike had been at
tributed to the president's argument that such a raise
at this time would be inflationary. Nixon had set the
new date for the pay raise at December 1 1973.
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RIGHT AHP UP I
MEtt! I HAVE"
I am writing this letter in
regards to an established
practice in the 13th Spt. Bde.
that of Motor Stables. Motor
Stables takes place every
Thursday afternoon. Several
members of each company
in the Brigade are sent to the
Motor Pool for maintenance
on the various vehicles.
To establish several points
the 13th Spt. Bde.
specializes in many different
fields. Many of the people in
SPEC. 4 FERDINAND
McINTYRE "A" CO. 1/6
FA* 1ST CAV. DIV.
Is it really necessary for us
to have so many field
problems? We spend too
much time in the field.
FORT HOOD SENTINEL
"Rain rain go away. Come again some other day."
Those may have been the words many people at Ft.
Hood were singing this last week. On Thursday Sept.
27 the rains really came. With the rain continuing
into Thursday evening many were beginning to won
der if Prichard Stadium would be used again before
the season was over.
The rain did go away and Friday Sept. 28 proved
to be a beautiful day. Those people whoever they
maybe that picked that Friday to be the big day
Letter to the Editor
Reader raps Motor Stables
the Brigade having received
no training in mechanics are
quite limited or are nil in the
knowledge of servicing motor
vehicles. How would it be to
have a ditch-digger as the
president of your bank?
As a draftee in the Army I
possibly am always looking
for hypocracy. Since I have
been at Ft. Hood I have con
stantly heard about the ac-
complishment of the
"mission" and the impor
tance of the "mission". But.
Stadium scene of Ceremony
knew what they were doing.
With a gentle breeze and warm sunshine Prichard
Stadium was transferred from the "Home of the
Tankers" into a field with a multitude of flags and
colors from various units about Ft. Hood. It was the
scene of the change of command ceremony in which
Ft. Hood would say good-bye to one commander and
As the troops marched onthe field in preparation
for the ceremony division commanders could be seen
as a Personnel Specialist
how am I to accomplish my
"mission" by spending
sometimes up to a while af
ternoon at the Motor Pool
doing something I know
nothing at all about?
Without trying to implicate
the Motor Pool I wonder
what their "mission" is. If
they do not have enough
personnel to handle the
dubious duties we have at
Motor Stables then the Army
has failed in their "mission"
PVT. 2 MICHAEL WATSON
192ND FIELD ARTY. 2ND
Why is it that promotions are
so slow in coming? Very few.
in our area are Pfc's and it
just doesn't seem like the
promotions are being given
the way they should.
PFC. DANIEL SHUMAC
13TH SIG. "C" CO. 1ST
I was told when I came in
the Army that I could go to
any school I wanted. I've
been trying to get into a
school but haven't heard
anything yet. Where do I go
to stop the runaround and get
a definite answer and why
does the Army make such
promises if they cannot back
up these statements?
Lt. Gen. Burdett will answer
YOUIL BE TH
to recruit the necessary
people to accomplish the
"mission" of the Motor Pool.
Instead of looking at the
tangible factors in the failure
of the All Volunteer Army
possibly some of the in
tangibles should be examined
Thank you for your time.
The editor contacted the
motor officer for the 1st.
QUESTION: If you could ask General
Burdett one question what would it be?
PFC GARY MORLOCK 16TH
SIG. BN. "E" CO.
Do you think easing haircut
regulations would be a lift to
the morale of the lower EMs
and do you really believe
that the length of hair
in a future edition "j the SENTINEL
P&A Bn. 13th Spt. Bde. He
indicated that Motor Stables
are required on a weekly
basis by 13th Spt. Bde.
The purpose of the Motor
Stables as explained by the
motor officer is to insure
that the operator level of
maintenance is performed on
the vehicles assigned to the
various sections in the bat
talion. He indicated that only
the user level of maintenance
is performed during that
PFC. THEODORE TURNER
What is being done around
here about the living con
ditions for lower EMs living
Friday October 5 1973
anxiously watching and encouraging their troops to j:j
look good. The troops did look good as can be expec- ij:
ted from the military when they have a ceremony of $
After the formation of the troops on the field a 15-
gun salute fired by a 1st Cav. Div. battery was fired
to honor the departing commander Lt. Gen. George |:j
P. Sneff Jr. The 1st Cav. Div. Band then played ag
medley of songs in tribute to Gen. Seneff.
Inspection of the troops on the field was next on the
program. Commander of the troops Maj. Gen. R.M. :j
Shoemaker of the 1st Cav. Div. accompanied Gen. $
Seneff and Lt. Gen. Allen M. Burdett Jr. on the in- :j:
After honors to the nation were rendered by the 2nd
Armd. Div. Band the major events came to the front. $
With the assistance of Gen. Walter T. Kerwin Jr. j:
FORSCOM commander Mrs. Burdett pinned another
star upon the collar of her husband promoting him to
lieutenant general. Gen. Seneff presented Gen. Bur-
dett with a three star hat bringing an end to the
promotion ceremony. -i
With Com. Sgt. Maj. Lawrence E. Kennedy
receiving the III Corps Colors from the color bearer
the change of command was on its way. Com. Sgt.
Maj. Kennedy presented the colors to Gen. Seneff
who presented them to Gen. Kerwin. Gen. Kerwin j:|i
then presented the corps Colors to the new comman-
der. A 15-gun salute was then fired by a 2nd Armd. 8
Div. battery in honor of Gen. Burdett.
In a final farewell Gen. Seneff said "I'm not going
to say good-bye to either military or civilian." He
said that he hoped to return to this area in the
future. Commenting on his years at Ft. Hood he
said "It's been a ball." $
In assuming command of III Corps and Ft. Hood
Gen. Burdett stated "I must say that I am most
grateful for receiving another promotion. But I'm
more grateful for receiving command of III Corps |:j
and Ft. Hood." §i
As the ceremony drew to a close with the playing ij:
of the Army song by the 2nd Armd. Div. Band two
Armored Vehicle Launch Bridges (AVLB) could be :j:
seen rising behind the troops. Each had a message j:
one saying good-bye to Gen. Seneff and the other
welcoming Gen. Burdett. ij
It was also explained thai
Motor Stables give the usei
a chance to work on the
vehicle he uses. This ex-
isure is designed to malu
driver more familiar wttl
the equipment he uses. Tlx
problem is that each vehick
does not have an assignee
driver so that each section is
assigned a number quota in
stead of an individual
responsible for the vehicle.
SPEC. 5 ROY ELLIOT1
124TH MAINT. HQ&A CO.
What will be the majo
changes you will make on Ft
Hood as the new comman
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