UFG from a Reserve Soldier point of view

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UFG from a Reserve Soldier point of view
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HUMPHREYS GARRISON – An exercise, such as the recently completed Ulchi Freedom Guardian, is defined as a task, problem, or other effort performed to develop or maintain fitness and increase skill.
Exercises like this afford U.S. Army Reservists the ability to perform in their Military Occupational Specialties with the “big Army,” while also educating many of them to an epoch that ushered in the United States long lasting kinship with South Korea and its people.
Exercises like the UFG are valuable to a Soldiers development and to the Army Family as a whole. With all the training and education a Soldier can receive for his or her job, while gaining cultural awareness, the better prepared that Soldier will become for all the routines and tests that he or she will face in their daily life.
Having served in both the active and reserve sides of the U.S. Army and met thousands of Americans who serve in the Armed Forces, it is always shocking to me when I’m told how many of them rarely get the opportunity to train in their original MOS. This is more so in the Army Reserve side of the house. Whether it’s being tasked out, having a non-essential MOS in the unit, or whatever the case may be, many Reservists are in similar situations.
I’m with the 368th Military Intelligence Battalion from Dublin, Calif. We came to Korea in support of the 501st Military Intelligence Brigade during the exercise. While here, I’m doing my MOS by taking photos and documenting training events. My unit also sent cooks and mechanics. Good training and educating is why exercises like this are so important for a Reservist.
But it’s not all work and no play. Groups of us were given the chance to explore the local sites and experience the historic culture of South Korea. From the countries War Museum, in Seoul, to the Demilitarized Zone, we have all seen things, been places, and done something or met someone new for the first time.
We will always remember South Korea’s friendly people, historic sites, spicy foods, along with all of the realistic training and professionalism shown by our active duty comrades. We will take this experience back to our respective Reserve units to teach those Soldiers and inspire them to want to come, so they too can participate in future exercises.

U.S. Army Sgt. Daniel Acree and Sgt. Shawn Cassatt

For more information on U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys and living and working in Korea visit: USAG-Humphreys’ official web site or check out our online videos.

Canning Tomato Soup
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I’ve blogged about my home canned tomato soup many times. It’s one of my most popular posts, people are always writing asking the recipe and telling me how much they love the soup. It’s one of the few things I can every year without fail. The first year I canned only 30 pints of it and it was gone way too soon. Last year I did 31 quarts and 7 pints and we only have 2 quarts left.

I use an old Squeezo to make my soup, this one was handed down to me by my mom. It’s the one we used for applesauce & tomatoes growing up. It’s a relic but still works great, and I love that it doesn’t have any plastic parts. I love pulling it out, I even use the same block of wood on the counter that we used growing up.


Image from page 35 of “Incidents and adventures in rebeldom; Libby, Bells-Isle, Salisbury” (1899)
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Identifier: incidentsadventu01darb
Title: Incidents and adventures in rebeldom; Libby, Bells-Isle, Salisbury
Year: 1899 (1890s)
Authors: Darby, George W., 1842-1912
Publisher: Pittsburg, Pa., Press of Rawsthorne engraving & printing company
Contributing Library: The Library of Congress
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on the clothes line of a thrifty house-wife, after a two weeks washing. It was a most ludicrousscene and the boys cheered them on to redoubled exertionuntil the boat sailed away. Among the contrabands was a boy, of about fifteenyears of age, whom my messmates concluded Avould answerour purpose as a cook. Accordingly he was selected and in-stalled as cook and oeneral utilitv man. IJis name was Rich- 30 Incidents and Adventures in Rebeldom. niond Crutchfield and he proved to be quite an original anda highly imitative darky. We dubbed him Coon. He saidhe was a Ligiousnigger, but his Hgion soon evaporatedunder camp influences as was witnessed by his profanity, for hesoon learned to swear like a marine, and what was worse heseemed to think that cumulative profanity would be themost useful to him, so as fast as he acquired an oath he justhitched it onto one which he was already master of and thenhe simply swore them all off in a string. One day, as a flock of turkey-buzzards happened to be

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flying over our camp, I said, Coon did ever you shoot a buz-zard ? No sar,; says he, I nebber did, but one of demfernal tings spewed on me onct, sho ! Why, how did thathappen ? I asked. Well, Ill des tell you, said Coon.One of ole masser Crutchfields mules, he dun gone an died.An he war lay in in de fiel an I go dar to fotch de cows, anddar two ole buzzards was des a pickin away at dat ole mulesliaid, an I frowed a stone at em an da flewed up des plumober mi haid, an one ob dem he jes fotch a squawk, an hespewed a whole hat full spat down on mi haid, dats wat he Manassas Gap. 31 did honey. Why didnt you shoot him ? asked one ofthe boys, as soon as he conld get his breath for laughing atCoons comic account of the transaction ; Shoot him,says Coon, with a string of oaths that would have stopped apirate ship, in mid ocean, Shoot him ! how I gwine toshoot him when I dun aint got no gun. Company C also had a negro boy, about Coons age,who had the biggest opening under his nose, ever seen i

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