Here are the Archived entries for 7 2017

WHS fall sports practices set to begin July 31 Print E-mail
Wednesday, 19 July 2017
GUIDON staff

The Waynesville R-VI Athletic Department has announced that fall sports practices for Waynesville High School will begin July 31, while Waynesville Middle School practices will begin Aug. 14.

Annual athletic participation fees are $25 per student, and will be effective for the 2017 to 2018 school year. Families with more than one child participating in fall sports can purchase a pass for $15 for a second child and $10 for each additional child.

Sports physicals

ImageStudents participating in high-school or middle-school sports programs must have a physical dated after Feb. 1, 2017 on file with the athletic office before the first day of practice. Middle-school students should turn their physical forms in to the nurse at the school. A parent signature is required on the form, or a parent must be present for the exam.

Free physicals will be available at Mercy Clinic in St. Robert from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday for students with last names beginning with A through H, Wednesday for students with last names beginning with I through P, and July 27 for students with last names beginning with Q through Z.

Free physicals will also be offered at Waynesville Medical Center from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, and on July 28.


Parent/ athlete meetings

The Athletic Department will hold meetings for parents and student-athletes who plan to participate in sports during the 2017 to 2018 school year at 3 p.m. July 30 and at 5 p.m. Aug. 17 in the WHS auditorium.

Each meeting will focus on eligibility, sportsmanship, the student-athlete code of conduct, parent-coach communication and more.

All seventh-grade and ninth-grade student athletes are required to attend a meeting. All other student athletes who have not previously attended a parent/athlete meeting are also required to  attend.

One parent or guardian must attend a meeting with their student athlete. Students will not be allowed to participate in games, matches or contests if they do not attend with a parent or guardian.

Admission prices

Admission to WHS varsity contests will remain $4 per person for the coming school year. Admission to sub-varsity contests is $3 per person.

Sports passes are available at the Athletic Department office at WHS. Season passes are $15 per person, or $30 per Family. Annual passes are $35 per individual, or $75 per  Family.

More information

The Waynesville R-VI Athletic Department is located inside Waynesville High School at 200 GW Lane in Waynesville.

For more information, call 573.842.2450 or visit WHS online at

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 26 July 2017 )
FMWR holding ‘Dive-In Movie’ Print E-mail
Wednesday, 19 July 2017
GUIDON staff

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Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation has scheduled a “Dive-In Movie,” featuring a free showing of the 2016 animated film “Finding Dory” at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Wallace Outdoor Pool.

The event is free and open to the public.

“Finding Dory” tells the story of the friendly but forgetful blue tang fish, Dory, who begins a search for her long-lost parents. The film is rated PG for mild thematic elements.

Attendees can enjoy a movie on the big screen from the comfort of the pool. Concessions will be available for purchase.

There will be no show in case of rain or high winds.

For more information, visit or call 573.596.0131, ext. 60843.
Last Updated ( Friday, 21 July 2017 )
Time trial for post’s Ten-Miler team slated Saturday Print E-mail
Wednesday, 19 July 2017
GUIDON staff

Fort Leonard Wood is seeking the best runners on post for the team it will enter in the Active Duty Mixed Category at the Army Ten-Miler race in Washington, D.C.

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The post will hold the fourth of five time trials at 6 a.m. Saturday at the Mickey Zaun Troop Trail.

The six-person team will include four males and two females. Runners must be active duty service members. Registration is free, and participants can register the morning of the event.

Runners selected for the team will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the race, which will be held in October.

An additional time trial is scheduled for Aug. 5.

For more information, call 573.596.0131, ext. 7444.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 22 July 2017 )
Safety first: Wait, acclimate Print E-mail
Thursday, 13 July 2017
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Special to GUIDON

Dehydration, lack of  acclimatization, blazing temperatures, high humidity and heavy workloads can rapidly lead to heat illnesses.

Heat cramps or heat exhaustion, if undetected or left untreated, can rapidly lead to heat stroke, which can be fatal.

That’s a fact I’ve known since the summer day I nearly died.

I’d just graduated from the U.S. Military Academy and was commissioned into Army Aviation. After finishing my graduation leave in the Northeast, I drove to Fort Benning, Georgia. The next day, I was running, doing calisthenics and screaming, “Airborne!” to all who would listen.

On the third day of Ground Week, I headed out on a four-mile run in a very large PT formation full of highly motivated Airborne wannabes. I started with them, but I didn’t finish. Instead, I made a trip to the hospital in a deuce-and-a-half and almost left by way of a hearse.

I remember little of what happened that morning, but friends later told me I simply collapsed mid-stride and knocked over a few other students. I was helped into the back of the deuce-and-a-half that was trailing the formation.

When PT ended at 7:30 a.m., the students cooled down, headed to chow then came back for training at 9 a.m. I was absent from both formations.

About 10 a.m., someone noticed my absence and started looking for me. When they found me, I was still lying in the back of the deuce-and-a-half, unconscious and with a core body temperature between 106 and 108 degrees.

I was near death and it was only through the quick thinking of my fellow student and one very sharp Army physician’s assistant that I was saved from dying right there in the shadows of Fort Benning’s famous jump towers.

For the next three weeks, I spent all of my time in the hospital. After the first 10 days, I was taken from the intensive care ward, but only after my temperature stabilized and my memory returned.

After nearly a month, I left the hospital under my own power. I recall clearly the difficulty I had climbing the stairs to my guest room on post to retrieve my personal gear before heading off on convalescent leave.

It was another three or four months before I could participate in a reasonable Army PT program again.

I learned some lessons that summer which I’ll share.

First, leaders must be present and watch Soldiers closely when training in high temperatures.

The training unit I was assigned to had more than 450 students running in formation, yet I don’t recall more than three or four trainers being present.

Second, you must allow people time to acclimate if they’ve not been exposed to high temperatures and humidity. I may have been young and fit, but summers in the South are brutal, especially to someone who hadn’t been south of West Point, New York, during the previous two years.

Because I wasn’t acclimated to Fort Benning’s nasty summer weather, it might have been wiser for me to have spent a week to 10 days acclimatizing and conducting limited physical training before going at it full speed.

If you’re a leader, find out which of your new people aren’t accustomed to the weather and give them time to acclimate and become properly hydrated while gradually working them into physical activities.

Third, keep accountability of those in your care, even if it means frequently conducting head counts and checking on peoples’ whereabouts. This is especially critical when doing PT in hazardous environments.

Had I been given immediate medical care, I would have had a minor injury rather than a near-death experience. Instead, I was left alone — injured and unattended — even though my squad leader, fellow students and trainers all knew I’d fallen. They just assumed someone else knew where I was.

The fourth lesson is for leaders to know the symptoms of heat illnesses and never underestimate how rapidly heat can turn minor injuries into life-threatening ones.

I hope my story will help you, as a leader, understand how vital your responsibilities are when you’re training Soldiers in heat that can kill.

(Editor’s note: Information provided by the U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center.)
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 26 July 2017 )
U.S. Army Civilian Police Academy trains civilian police officers for world-wide duty Print E-mail
Thursday, 13 July 2017
Phil McCombs, instructor, left, provides feedback to students following a building-clearing exercise July 11..
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A ceremony Friday  dedicated the U.S. Army Civilian Police Academy at Fort Leonard Wood in honor of one of the academy’s founders, Col. Roderick Demps.

“Col. Roderick Demps was the key force behind establishing the United States Army Civilian Police Academy,” said Col. Bryan O’Barr, director of Training and Education at the U.S. Army Military Police School. “Truly a visionary leader, Demps developed the concept to fill our law enforcement capability gap with well trained, professional police officers who could protect our installations and help ensure the readiness of the Army through our law enforcement and force protection role.”

First established at Fort Leonard Wood in 2007, the academy trains Department of the Army civilian police officers assigned to law enforcement duties at Army installations across the world, and enables these law enforcement agencies to better perform their law enforcement, antiterrorism, physical security and force protection missions, said David Reed, Law Enforcement Operations Branch chief.
Jason Miller and Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Stephen Rizzo, Coast Guard Sector New York, ascend a stairwell with Rick Wheeling, instructor, back, during building-clearing operations Tuesday. Miller and Rizzo are on week three of training in the nine-week course at the Col. Roderick Demps U.S. Army Civilian Police Academy, where newly hired Department of the Army civilian and Coast Guard police officers are trained.

“We do world-class training of civilian police,” Reed said.

The course is a combination of classroom instruction and practical exercises. Students are required to pass three exams and 67 practical exercises from the 97 subjects covered in the course, said Tim Boone, instructor and team leader.

The practical exercises include physical fitness endurance training, defensive tactics to include impact weapons, ground fighting, weapons retention drills, pepper spray direct contamination with law enforcement officer survival and apprehension scenario stations, day and night firearms skill training and vehicle dynamics.

“Most of what they do involves real-world things a police officer would have to do,” said Scott Cheek, course manager. “A police officer needs to be a master of many disciplines.”

Reed said the need for this academy was recognized when military police deployed in support of combat operations. Now, all newly hired DA civilian police officers are trained here to patrol Army installations, camps, posts and stations, not only in the U.S. but in Germany and Korea as well.

“The Army cannot perform its full law enforcement mission with just military police,” O’Barr said. “Our civilian police force is an essential and critical part of the team.”

The academy was recently reaccredited by the Federal Law Enforcement Training Accreditation, said Reed. A distinction that means the U.S. Army Military Police Corps is now the largest organization so accredited.

O’Barr said the academy being fully accredited “reflects its standing as a top tier training academy amongst law enforcement agencies across the United States.”

Because of that distinction, the academy also teaches members of the U.S. Coast Guard Police Department.

One Coast Guard student, Petty Officer 3rd Class Stephen Rizzo, out of the Coast Guard Sector New York, agreed, saying the Coast Guard sends their police here because this is the standard for military policing.

Reed added the U.S. Marine Corps is looking at sending their civilian police force here in the future.
Jason Miller, student out of Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois, checks around a corner during building-clearing operations July 11.

Brandon Haynes, a student who recently accepted a civilian police officer position at Fort Detrick, Maryland, said he’s been in and out of law enforcement for 20 years and this academy ranks up with the best training he received.

After time in the Army as an MP, Haynes spent time as a DOD police officer and in a community sheriff’s department before returning to the Army.

“I wanted to come back to this side because they have a lot to offer as far as law enforcement goes,” he said.

Reed said there are often classes with a mix of students with a lot of experience, like Haynes, and some who are first getting introduced to law enforcement. The results are the same for both ends of the spectrum.

“I have yet to hear anyone say this academy didn’t enhance their knowledge,” Reed said. “A lot of them say there are things they learned in the academy that they didn’t know in 25 years as a MP Soldier.”

That mix of experience opens the students to opportunities to network among peers, Cheek said.

Cara Hacker, out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina, said the networking was an opportunity for those with less experience to learn from those with more.

Reed said the input from students like Hacker and Haynes helps ensure the course is set up for success.

“We reinvent this academy every three years in order to make sure we do our part to train those who go out and keep America safe and keep Army garrisons safe and functioning,” Reed said. “It’s very important that we do our job well and that we get it right.”
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 26 July 2017 )
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