By Jim Dresbach
a comedy trendsetter
and a former commis-
sioner of the national
pastime were presented
Civ i l i a n Se r v ice
Awards the evening
of April 14 at Joint
Halls Conmy Hall.
On the Fort Myer
portion of JBM-HH,
the 38th United States
Army Chief of Staff,
Gen. Raymond T.
Odierno joked, com-
plimented and most
Stephen Colbert, Bud
Selig, D. Scott Davis,
Morrill Worcester and
Matthew Zames for
their selfless contribu-
tions to the Army family
and all servicemembers.
We have honored
five incredible men
who exemplify the
phrase selfless service,
Odierno said during his
address. Their stead-
fast commitment to all
service members has
been unwavering. They
reach out for the simple,
yet profound reason that
they love their country.
And they want to make
a true difference for not
only the nation, but they
want to make a true dif-
ference for our Soldiers
Civilian Service Award
is the third-highest
honor the Department
of the Army can give to
a private citizen.
By Guv Callahan
Pentagram Staff Writer
The horses in the Caisson
Platoon of the Armys 3d U.S.
Infantry Regiment (The Old
Guard) participate in thousands
of ceremonies annually and are
a popular attraction on the Fort
Myer portion of Joint BaseMyer-
Henderson Hall. But with such a
workload, the animals frequently
need fresh footwear.
Thats where the stables two
farriers, Spc. Tyler Salas and Spc.
Todd Kline, come in, making
shoes from scratch for the pla-
toons elite equines.
The barn is home to 48Caisson
horses whose shoes are typically
changed every six weeks or as
needed, Salas said during an
interview with the Pentagram.
Special cases can arise when
a horse breaks or loses a shoe
through routine wear and
tear, he said.
The farriers also inspect and
tighten the shoes on horses before
their ceremonial duties.
Salas, 24, and Kline, 19, both
volunteered for the job, which
they agree is taxing, but rewarding
in equal measure.
I love it, said Salas. Its the
most physically demanding thing
Ive probably ever done in my
life, but I just love it. Its like
art. Every horse you shoe, you
try and do better, and you just
try to make it look as good as
possible. Theres a lot more that
goes into it than just putting the
shoe on the horse.
Making shoes takes between
two and four hours, according
to the farriers, a process that
requires them to forge pieces of
metal in 3,000-degree heat and
shape them to fit the specific
hooves of different horses.
And getting the shoes on the
horses hooves is a challenge in
its own right. The farriers must
precisely line up the nails when
fastening the shoes, or they risk
injuring one of the platoons
Kline said correctly aligning
the nails can be a daunting task,
especially if a Soldier is new at
the job, but he and Salas have
come to know the horses, so the
task is easier. Some animals are
calm when it comes time for a
shoe change, while others can be
more fidgety, Salas said.
These arent just averagehorses
see FARRIERS, page 5
Odierno honors five at Salute from the Chief event
Vol. 62, No. 16 April 23, 2015 www.army.mil/jbmhh Published For Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall
Conversion from heat to
AC has begun
Directorate of Public Works began the
annual change-overprocess fromheating
to air-conditioning throughout JBM-HH
in preparation for the upcoming warm
weather.All barracks buildingswill have
air conditioning no later than April 27.
All other facilities should have air con-
ditioning running properly by May 4.
During the conversion period, please
refrain from calling in service orders for
noheator noair conditioning,unless
it is an emergency or in a facility that has
beendesignated as a keymission critical
facility.DPWcrewswill bediverted from
prioritywork only for emergency repair.
In general, heat and air conditioning
emergencies are defined as instances in
which indoor temperatures are below55
degrees or above 90degrees. If youhave
such an emergency, please call 703-696-
3263/64/65. For additional information,
Ceremony to reroute traffic
at Fort McNair
A special ceremony April 24 from
9 to 11 a.m. will result in some traffic
reroutes at FortMcNair. The ceremony
will be held on the field in front of Inter-
American Defense College, Bldg. 52
on the FortMcNair portion of the joint
base. Traffic will be rerouted from 3rd
Avenue to B Street, then to 5th Avenue.
Use caution driving and walking in
this area during this time. For more
information, call 703-696-3291.
JROTC to celebrate
99 years with 5K run
World Junior Reserve Officer
Training Corps participants will work
to break a record on the Fort Myer
portion of the joint base April 25.
It is JROTCs 99th anniversary,
and JROTC units worldwide will run
April 25 to try and break the Guinness
World Record for having the most
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By Julia LeDoux
Pentagram Staff Writer
You see them in offices and
facilities all around Joint Base
not even realize that it was a
volunteer who was helping you
make a purchase at the Thrift
Shop, handing you your pre-
scription at AndrewRader U.S.
ArmyHealth Clinic or offering
a smile and warm welcome at
the USO lounge.
Volunteers and the orga-
nizations they represent were
honored during a ceremony
April 15 at Spates Community
Club on the FortMyer portion
of the joint base in conjunction
with National VolunteerWeek
and Army Volunteer Week.
Headquarters and Service
Marine Corps Henderson
Hall recognized its volunteers
during a ceremony April 16
in Bldg. 21 on the Henderson
Hall portion of the joint base.
Fort Myer recognizes
Col. Mike Henderson said
this years recognition theme,
Army Volunteers: Hands
that Serve, Hearts that Care,
captures what it means to be
an Army volunteer.
I realize that many of our
joint base organizations could
not function without all the
hours of volunteer work from
our dedicatedmilitary spouses,
service members, civilians,
retirees and military kids, he
said. You all do so much.
Henderson said the recog-
nition ceremony provided the
joint base with an opportu-
nity to pay tribute to a special
group of individuals who over
the past year donated more
than 93,000 hours of service
to the community.
I challenge those of you
who are volunteers to continue
your service, and I call on all
of you who are considering vol-
unteering in your community
to take action, he said.
Henderson was presented a
check for $2,990,44.20, which
represented the amount of
money the volunteers saved
the joint base.
James Goodwin, the events
master of ceremonies, said that
volunteers accomplish work
which would have not been
done otherwise due to time
and financial constraints.
Without their work, our
mission would not be ful-
filled, he said.
Among the organizations
recognized at the ceremony
Arlington County Chapter at
the Andrew Rader U.S. Army
Volunteers are the heart of the joint base
see VOLUNTEER, page 4
see SALUTE, page 4
Caisson Platoon farriers
provide unique service to TOG
LEFT - Spc. Todd D. Kline of the
Caisson Platoon, 1st Battalion,
3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The
Old Guard), forges a horseshoe
at the Caisson Stables on the
Fort Myer portion of Joint Base
Myer-Henderson Hall April 9.
PHOTOS BY SPC. CODY W. TORKELSON
Spc. Todd D. Kline of the Caisson Platoon, 1st Battalion, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard),
displays a horseshoe he forged at the Caisson Stables on the Fort Myer portion of Joint Base Myer-
Henderson Hall April 9. Part of the care of the Caisson Platoons steeds is the repairing and forging of
new shoes. The horses require routine care, including new