The Fort Hood Sentinel (Temple, Tex.), Vol. 33, No. 18, Ed. 1 Friday, July 12, 1974 Page: 4 of 35
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challenge legality & limb
Last Thursday evening July 4 was a real “bang-up”
affair at Ft. Hood. Prichard Stadium was the scene of
an exceptionally well produced pageant followed by a
massive fireworks display.
However rivalry was apparent throughout the
evening as flares rockets and other military parapher-
nalia as well as civilian fireworks made brief but spec-
tacular appearances in the skies over Ft. Hood’s bar-
racks and housing area.
While these impromptu firework displays may have
gone unheeded by the throngs in and around the im-
mediate area of Prichard Stadium they were the
sustaining force for the hundreds upon hundreds who
occupied positions along the roads and byways outside
the main post area.
Discouraged by the long lilies of traffic these spec-
tators decided to separate themselves from the
estimated 10000 persons who attended the pageant and
literally “took to the hills.
Finding a likely spot to pull off the road these hardy
groups of men women and children parked the family
coach drug out the lawn chairs or crawled onto the
hoods of their cars and began a patient wait for the
promised fireworks to come.
They didn’t have long to wait.
It seems many residents to Ft. Hood had equipped
themselves with the aforementioned assortment of
fireworks and began launching same soon after
darkness had settled on the area.
Spectators in the outlying areas of the post watched
intently as a red flare would burst here and a green one
there. All the while helicopters equipped with
spotlights scurried about overhead in an attempt to
locate the culprits responsible for the unscheduled
Much to the consternation of the crews of the chop-
pers however the persons responsible were a bit too
wily to be caught in the act.
Regardless of where the helicopters might be the
flare rocket or whatever would always seem to come
form the opposite end of post.
The word “always” used in the preceding paragraph
might be a bit misleading for there was at least one oc-
casion noted when a flare appeared to have been aimed
at the helicopter nearest its launch site.
The chopper’s quick departure from the area reinfor-
ced the illusion of a near hit. However the distance in-
volved could easily have been a deciding factor in a
misconstruance of the facts. The flare could easily have
come no closer than a hundred meters to the ’copter.
Only the pilot knows for sure.
Regardless one fact is undeniable and it relates to the
fireworks display at Prichard Stadium as opposed to
the numerous displays from other points on post. That
fact is that the legality of the display originating from
Prichard is unquestionable while the illegality of the
other fireworks is just as unquestionable.
Having contacted the Post Safety Office we learned
that according to Ft. Hood Fire Regulation 420-1
Paragraph 2-25 Page 211 (dated Nov. 8 1971)
fireworks are forbidden to be stored offered for sale
burst or otherwise used on the Ft. Hood reservation ex-
cept when supervised by a qualified individual for
public display with the permission of the Ft. Hood com-
mander. That permission must be in letter form.
Any person apprehended with fireworks in his posses-
sion is liable for punishment and his fireworks will be
Too when a person manages to conceal his possession
of these materials he faces another problem that could
totally empty his wallet bank account and other
Any damage that might be caused by the use of illegal
fireworks is the sole responsibility of the user.
We can only guess what might have happened if one of
those flares fired the night of July 4th had landed on a
barracks or house and started a fire. Inestimable
property damage might have resulted from such a fire.
But above all personal injury or death could possibly
occur as a result of the childish acts of unthinking
people. No amount of money could replace a human life.
We request that these individuals whoever they are
consider the possibilities of their actions before again
deciding to entertain the crowds who choose to watch
Surely the distant spectators will not mind waiting a
bit longer for a truly professional and much less
dangerous fireworks display. After all it only comes
once a year and what’s an hour or so more?
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Our care and concern makes it necessary to tell you
about a very important thing today. YOUR deposit in
the Army Blood Bank is urgently needed. Plan now to
go to the Blood Drawing Center at Bldg. 3230 next
Last year Fort Hood used more blood than our
population supplied. It is urgent that we “TAKE CARE
OF OUR OWN. In order to meet our local needs and
that of our leukemia open heart and bad burn cases at
Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio 400 pints
need to be drawn every month: 200 pints on the first
Friday of each month and 200 pints on the third Friday
of each month.
Most of us are successful blood donors but there are
some people whose blood cannot be utilized by the
Those who are under 18 years of age.
Those who weigh less than 110 pounds.
Those who have donated blood less than 8 weeks ago
or who have given blood 5 times during the past 12 mon-
Those who now have a cold influenza persistant
cough sore throat or other manifestations of upper
Those who have had dental surgery or a tooth extrac-
tion within the past 72 hours.
Those who are past or present Drug addicts.
Those who are chronic alcoholics or who are under
the influence of alcohol at the time blood is to be drawn.
Those with a history of syphilis.
Those with a history of clinical tuberculosis.
Those with a history of infectious mononucleosis
unless recovered from all signs and symptoms.
Those who have a history of an attack of drug allergy
within the past six months or who have a presently sym-
ptomatic allergy such as asthma hay fever or urticaria
Those who have a history of viril hepatitis.
Those who have been tattooed within the past six
months (because of the risk of hepatitis from unsterile
Those who have received vaccines within the past 24
hours. Injections of some therapeutic animal serums
will cause a prospective donor to be deferred for a
longer period. If you have any question about this
telephone for information to 685-2183 or 685-2184.
Those who have had malarial therapy should wait for
three years after cessation of such therapy to give
blood. Thus you need to wait until three years after the
end of your last tour in Vietnam.
If you do not fall into any of the above groups of per-
sons the Army Blood Program will be waiting for you
on July 19th or Aug. 2nd. If you live in quarters or ride to
your job on post in a car pool call 5-3530 between 7:30
a.m. and 11 a.m. on donor days and you will be fur-
nished round trip transportation to the Army Blood
Bank Drawing Center in the old hospital area.
Once upon a time there lived a commander who liked
reenlistment quotas. In those days of yore his post was
his castle and his word was law for the soldiers who
dwelt within. Curfew was midnight and the penalties
for those who transgressed after that witching hour
were dire indeed.
Members of his Court knew where to find Sir Com-
mander on Saturday nights he moved his throne to
the castle’s only entry there to catch hapless tardy
troopers with a royal ultimatum. They could being
guilty of missing curfew accept a royal Article 15 on
the spot or agree to renewal of service in Sir Comman-
der’s army. Needless to say Sir Commander’s reenlist-
ment statistics were the envy of other knights in the
realm and earned him the high praise of his superiors.
Them days as the saying goes are gone forever. So
hopefully are characters like Sir Commander.
Gone too are the days of simplified reenlistment
processes. While commanders Army-wide are still
working hard to come up with as many reenlistments as
they can the emphasis has shifted dramatically:
quality not quantity is important these days. Comman-
ders who used to scrape the bottom of the proverbial
barrel for their reups will be flat out of luck as they
discover the troops down there are no longer fair
The new ground rules are all part of DA’s new
Qualitative Management Program (QMP). The basic
premise of the program according to a DA message is
that “Reenlistment is a privilege to be reserved only for
those personnel whose performance conduct attitude
and potential for advancement are in consonance with
the qualitative standards of the United States Army.”
The get-tough message goes on to lay the respon-
sibility right on the shoulders of the troops who want to
stay in service. “All enlisted personnel must establish
their eligibility to remain in the Army by continually
demonstrating their efficiency and developing their
potential for further service.”
The details of the program are pretty heavy and
really require an expert for full-blown explanation but
anyone can see that the changes are going to be far-
While the QMP puts most of the burden on the
shoulders of the troops who for the first time are ac-
tually going to have to earn the privilege of reenlisting
it’s got some wild implications for commanders who
are still fighting a real numbers game as far as reup
quotas are concerned. So instead of just getting num-
bers on the books commanders are going to face a real
challenge in insuring their “elibibles” are really
What this is going to mean and a bunch of troops
are going to love it is an almost certain emphasis on
advancing challenging motivating and educating
soldiers. Commanders are going to have to work a lot
harder to motivate their best troops to stay and to help
develop weaker troops as they become “qualified.”
Things aren’t going to be all that rosy for the troops
though. Sure it will be great to find it easier to get the
schooling they need for the high school diploma they
missed before and great to know someone’s paying
more attention than ever to promotion eligibility the
details of E E ’s and preparation for MOS testing.
(True commanders should have been doing this all the
way along but the restraints of QMP might nudge a few
toward doing a little extra in developing the potential of
So obviously commanders will be involved. But the
bonus is on the shoulders of the trooper himself to work
Vast block long expanses at
Ft. Hood host only brown sun
baked grass. Other locations
offer cool shade green grass
and a chance to relax.
The facility engineers on-
post are planting young trees
of many different varieties to
add large areas of shade as
well as to beautify Ft. Hood.
Someone however seems to
have a very intense dislike for
one variety the Mimosa tree.
Within the period of one
week four young Mimosa trees
were destroyed. Planted only
three weeks before one tree
was dragged out of the ground
attached to a chain. Another
was hacked apart. The others
Why mangle Mimosa shade trees?
were dug out of the ground and
Nor were the four trees
locations about Ft. Hood. All
had been planted along Tank
Destroyer Boulevard in the
midst of multi-block long fields
of sun baked grass. All were
located directly behind Dar-
nall Army Hospital.
The a been
replaced. Yet at what cost?
According to cost figures from
the Environmental Quality
Control office the four years
time the stature of maturity
of the four trees plus planting
and care which included
hauling water to the young
Mimosa trees amounts to
The trees can and have been
replaced and the costs met.
Yet the “why” remains. Why
destroy a small tree that
within a few years would
bring some shade and beauty
with its red blossoms to one of
the post’s barren burnt out
GMILEO WHEN JL
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ON A6A/N TbH/oHT.
What Price Quality?
By JOHN GRABOWSKI
Friday July 12 1974
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for self-improvement to seek the responsibilities that
establish potential for advancement and promotion to
earn the high MOS scores and EER ratings. As more
troops get into the swing of things too standards for
retention are likely to be raised. Under-achievers who
shoot only to make the cutoff may well find themselves
cut out come reenlistment time.
A world of caution might be in order here. The usual
rash of first-termer vs. winter jokes notwithstanding a
great many soldiers will seek reenlistment. Better pay
improved living and working conditions a freer life
style and the increasingly stabilized tours of recent
years make military life far more attractive than it has
ever been. In a society which still gives headlines to
unemployment the military is becoming an in-
creasingly attractive career. Many who can’t stand it
today will reup tomorrow. That’s Army reality.
Regarded in its simplest form QMP invites the temp-
ting conclusion that the Army is finally weeding out its
ranks cutting the hangers-on who slide downhill from
Year Ten to retirement eligibility the fatties who serve
more for security than from and sense of dedication or
professionalism. Sure we’ll throw out some shammers
some poor excuses for soliders.
But with this chaff we’ll also be throwing away some
fine ripened wheat. We’re not just telling youngsters
who don’t know better they can’t stay around for a
second tour we’re telling a bunch who have been
around for years that they can kiss their retirement
plans good-bye because Uncle’s not letting them go the
final round. Many of these senior soldiers- are hardly
marginal performers. They are veterans and they are
leaders. Some are superb soldiers. They’re finding out
the hard way that Uncle Sam’s been doing something
he’s denied publicly for years.
That something involves the maintenance and
reference to Article 15’s in the permanent files of the
individual concerned. The word for years was that Ar-
ticle 15’s being non-judicial punishment were only kept
in the files a year or two and dropped at the end of that
time or upon the individual’s reenlistment whichever
came first. That made Article 15’s quite a reasonable
punishment for most minor infractions you goofed
got caught accepted responsibility and were punished
straightened out and everyone forgot it.
Everyone it seems but DA. It seems now that those
files have stuck around for years moving no further
than from one side of the file to the other. And recently
when it becam ecessary to come with
discriminators to help decisions-makers determine
who stays and who goes the files surfaced. If we can
believe the reports we’re hearing lately those Article
15’s some of them quite old area prime basis for
the walking papers some NCO’s are getting.
This being neither love nor war the situation appears
hardly fair no matter how sympathetic we are with the
Army’s fine desire (and need) to clean house. We would
hope that adequate appeal procedures have been
established to help out those who are caught not in
being good or bad but in the crunch of an unexpected
rules change. The Army can ill afford to have “The
Army takes care of its own” changed to “The Army
takes care of itself.”
What are we going to do about the new system?
Realistically we’re going to live with it adapt to it and
with any effort at all benefit greatly from it. The
system is incredibly positive and should go along way
toward fostering the kind of real pride our soldiers have
so long deserved and have so frequently been denied.
It could really become a New Army after all.
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