Thursday, August 21, 2008

America Supports You: Colorado Group to Sponsor Educational Seminar

American Forces Press Service

Aug. 21, 2008 -
Military families, mental health professionals, educators, pastors and other interested parties are invited to attend an educational seminar addressing issues facing Military families who don't live near installations. "We are concerned with the needs of Military families who are unable to access support and services because they live too far away from a Military base," said Susan Hamilton, director of operations for Armed Forces Support Coalition, a seminar sponsor. "It's important to educate many segments of the community about the difficulties these families face, so we are all prepared to be supportive."

The Colorado Joint Family Support Assistance Program will host the Sept. 13 seminar in Ignacio, Colo. The free program will begin at 10 a.m. and conclude at 2 p.m., with lunch included.

Guests scheduled to speak at the seminar include
Military family life consultants, a Military OneSource consultant and an Operation Military Kids representative. Other speakers will discuss post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury and the challenges these issues bring to families and communities.

These topics will be of special interest to school counselors, mental health professionals, and pastors, Armed Forces Support Coalition officials said.

Seating is limited, so those interested in attending the seminar must register before Sept. 1.

Armed Forces Support Coalition is a supporter of America Supports You, a Defense Department program connecting citizens and companies with servicemembers and their families serving at home and abroad.

(From an Armed Forces Support Coalition news release.)

Russia Should Return U.S. Humvees, Pentagon Spokesman Says

By John J. Kruzel
American Forces Press Service

Aug. 21, 2008 - A group of American Humvees seized by Russian forces in Georgia this week should be returned immediately, a Defense Department official said today.
"We've certainly expressed our position over the fact that these Humvees are U.S. property and should be returned. It's that simple," Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said.

In the Georgian port town of Poti on Aug. 19, Russian forces, which entered Georgia Aug. 8, reportedly commandeered American Humvees that were awaiting shipment back to the United States after taking part in earlier U.S.-Georgian military exercises.

"We don't have any assurance at this point that they're prepared to do the right thing and return them," Whitman said of Russia's forces. He declined to specify the exact number of American vehicles in Russia's possession, calling it "a handful."

In Georgia meanwhile, Russian forces remain in the former Soviet republic in defiance of pledges by Moscow to draw down troops this week.

"There has not been much evidence of any significant Russian withdrawals," Whitman said, adding that only "minimal movements" have occurred to date.

As NATO and international community members ratchet up pressure on Russia to remove its forces, the United States has continued providing humanitarian aid to war-torn Georgia.

The U.S.
military has commenced its maritime humanitarian assistance operation, Whitman said. Two Navy vessels and a Coast Guard cutter could begin providing relief supplies and equipment in several days, he added.

The U.S. government has spent $10.7 million in humanitarian assistance to date, $4.7 million of which has consisted of Defense Department-led airlifts and emergency supplies, Whitman said.

U.S. military C-130 Hercules aircraft continue delivering twice-daily shipments, along with a shipment a day by a C-17 Globemaster III transport jet. Georgia has received 320 tons of humanitarian aid in the deliveries.

Face of Defense: Soldier Takes Advantages of Opportunities

By Army Cpl. Patrick Moore
Special to American Forces Press Service

Aug. 21, 2008 - He has been living in the United States since 1993, when he was 7 years old and his parents moved from Guatemala to escape a civil war and the dangers of the violent drug trade.
Army Spc. Noe Barrientos, from Corpus Christi, Texas, is a permanent resident who aspires to become a U.S. citizen by the end of the year, but he did not join the National Guard to become a naturalized citizen. Like many high school graduates, he initially enlisted, in part, for the college benefits available.

As is the case with many soldiers who enlist for similar reasons, Barientos discovered that he enjoyed serving his nation in its time of need. He said he truly appreciates the opportunities that his family's move to the United States afforded him.

"I couldn't afford college just by working at Jason's Deli, so I enlisted in the National Guard," Barrientos said. "This way, I figured I could get some money for school and be able to give a little back to the country that has given so much to me and my family."

Three short years later, Barrientos earned a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from
Texas A&M University Kingsville in May.

"I have had two job offers since graduation in the construction industry, so I will probably go right to work when we get back from deployment," he said.

Barrientos is a combat engineer with the 836th Engineer Company, 890th Engineer Battalion, 926th Engineer Brigade, Multinational Division Baghdad. He drives a vehicle known as an RG-31, a specialized vehicle used for the company's route-clearance mission. It is not an easy task, considering the Baghdad traffic and the need to remain vigilant for roadside bombs.

"Noe is always eager to learn to new things and becomes very proficient in a short amount of time," said
Army Staff Sgt. Jared Nelson, who hails from Hockley, Texas, and is Barrientos' squad leader. "When you hear about guys like Noe, and the opportunities that they have taken advantage of, you say to yourself, 'Yeah, that is what America is all about.'"

Army Cpl. Patrick Moore serves in Multinational Division Baghdad with the 890th Engineer Battalion, 926th Engineer Brigade.)

America Supports You: Group Hosts Survivors Conference

By Sharon Foster
Special to American Forces Press Service

Aug. 21, 2008 - The United Warrior Survivors Foundation will host its fifth annual West Coast Survivors Conference Aug. 22-25 in
San Diego. "These conferences were established with the unique needs of Special Forces widows in mind, affording them a healing experience and sense of camaraderie and support," Kelly Chott, foundation administrator, said.

The conference brings together Special Forces widows at various stages of bereavement and includes an array of speakers and experts in the fields of
military widowhood, bereavement, financial planning, benefits and entitlements, as well as practical classes in self-defense and coping with their children's grieving process, Chott explained.

Conference organizers encourage all surviving spouses of U.S. Special Operations personnel who have died in the line of duty since Sept. 11, 2001, to attend. The conference also is open to surviving spouses of those who died while on volunteer support or re-supply missions to Special Operations teams.

The overall goal of the conference is to provide a safe and fun setting for sharing stories and challenges and forging bonds with others who have suffered similar tragedies, Chott said.

"The 'survivor reunions' bring all of us together, and we form this amazing bond," said Jackie Syverson, widow of
Army Maj. Paul Syverson of the 5th Special Forces Group. "Before my first reunion, I would wake up in the morning and wonder how I was going to make it through another day, feeling all alone in what I was facing.

"I left the reunion renewed," she continued, "and with a new group of friends that are walking this path along with me. United Warrior Survivors Foundation gives us the chance to come together, share experiences and help one another through the grieving process. That is priceless, and has truly changed my life."

Because of the overwhelming response to the West Coast Conference, United Warrior Survivors Foundation had its first East Coast conference several years ago.

"These reunions are lifelines for all surviving spouses," said Emily Munoz, widow of
Army Capt. Gil Munoz of the 7th Special Forces Group.

United Warrior Survivors Foundation, a home-front group of the Defense Department's America Supports You program, was founded in 2002 in direct response to the loss of life in the global
war on terror. Through counseling, emergency financial aid and financial planning, the group has extended help to more than 150 widows. Annually, it offers scholarships to college-bound Special Operations surviving spouses.

Tricare Beneficiaries Can Get Benefit News by E-mail

American Forces Press Service

Aug. 21, 2008 - The Tricare
military health system's 9.2 million beneficiaries now have an easy way to receive the latest newsletters and stay informed about changes in coverage, pharmacy updates and other news. A new electronic delivery system is up and running, Tricare officials said, and subscribing is fast and secure by clicking on the "little red envelope" on Tricare's Web site,

"We're excited to offer beneficiaries a chance to sign up for the Tricare benefit news they want and need," said
Army Maj. Gen. Elder Granger, deputy director of Tricare Management Activity. "We have offered some limited e-mail delivery options in the past, but this new subscription service enables anyone interested in Tricare news to sign up for a wide range of topics. It's one-stop shopping."

Subscribers can choose alerts by topics or beneficiary category, and delivery is safe and secure – an e-mail address is the only information collected. Subscribers also have a unique page they can manage any time, and they can choose to be notified as soon as news or benefit changes are posted, or select daily, weekly or monthly updates.

"One of our highest priorities is communicating with our beneficiaries and providers," Granger said. "E-mail is now the method most people use to receive news, and that will only continue to increase. This new service helps us take advantage of the

The new subscription service also links users up to similar alerts available on other
military Health System Web sites, including, which features MHS news, debates, videos and blogs, as well as Force Health Protection and Readiness and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

Partnership subscription options with other health-related federal Web sites include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and

Tricare's e-alerts are sent through GovDelivery, which also provides services to dozens of other Defense Department and federal agencies including the FBI, the Department of Health and Human Services, the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration.

(From a Tricare Management Activity news release.)

Missile Defense Agreement Unrelated to Russia, Rice Says

By John J. Kruzel
American Forces Press Service

Aug. 21, 2008 - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and her Polish counterpart agreed to place 10 missile defense interceptors in Poland to defend against threats from Iran and North Korea, not to weaken Russia, the secretary said. "This is an agreement that, of course, will establish a missile defense site here in Poland, a missile defense site that will help us to deal with the new threat to the 21st century of long-range missile threats from countries like Iran or from North Korea," Rice said yesterday at the Polish presidential palace in Warsaw.

The deal to place the equipment on Polish soil some 115 miles from Russia's westernmost frontier comes as NATO and international community members ratchet up pressure on Moscow to remove its forces from Georgia. The United States and Poland have maintained that the timing of the deal is unrelated to the ongoing Russia-Georgia conflict.

But Russia, which has opposed the positioning of missile defense parts in Poland, reacted angrily to the agreement, reportedly warning of a possible attack against the former Soviet satellite.

Asked about the tough rhetoric emanating from Moscow, Rice echoed comments made by NATO's secretary general during an Aug. 19 news conference.

"I want to associate myself with what Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said yesterday: that's pathetic," Rice told CNN in an interview yesterday.

"I frankly think that anybody who can do the math would know that 10 interceptors in Poland is not going to do anything to a Russian deterrent that has thousands of warheads," she added.


Air Force

Air Force is modifying an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity, cost plus award fee and cost reimbursement contract by exercising and option with Jacobs Technology Incorporated, of Tullahoma, Tenn., for a maximum of $92,827,671. This action provides for technical, engineering and acquisition support at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, and various other tenant organizations. AAC/PKES, Eglin AFB, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA9200-07-C-0006, P00014).


General Dynamics Information
Technology, Fairfax, Va., is being awarded a $33,604,027 modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00421-07-D-0024) to exercise an option for information Technology/information management department support services. This modification provides for a wide range of services and products, including information engineering; business process improvement relative to automation; analytical and technical support for Enterprise Resource Planning; consultation; hardware and software evaluation and selection; systems analysis; systems and applications sustainment, including configuration and maintenance of web sites and servers; integration of systems and applications; database administration; production support; information assurance; network support; firewall support; and imaging services. Work will be performed in Patuxent River, Md., and is expected to be completed in Sept. 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

Fairfield, Va., is being awarded a $17,573,144 firm-fixed-price delivery order against Federal Supply Schedule Contract GS-07F-0173J for Ultra Light Camouflage Net System (ULCANS) in both Desert Marpat and Woodland patterns. ULCANS will aid in the concealment of Military ground equipments when tactically deployed. It will also provide visual, electro-optical, radar, and infrared signature reduction characteristics. It is a Type IV system for general purpose radar scattering concealment and Type III system for general purpose radar transparency. Work will be performed in Fairfield, Va., and delivery is expected to be complete in April 2009. Contract funds in the amount of $17,573,144 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract is awarded as a result of a full and open competitive unrestrictive solicitation. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity (M67854-08-F-3045).

Canadian Commercial Corp., General Dynamics Land Systems - Canada, London, Ontario, is being awarded a $17,538,140 firm-fixed-priced modification to delivery order #004 under a previously awarded contract (M67854-07-D-5028) for the purchase of Engineering Change Proposal (ECP) upgrades and associated Non-Recurring Engineering (NRE) costs. Work will be performed in Durban, South Africa, (57 percent), and Anniston, Ala., (43 percent), and word is expected to be completed Apr. 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured. The
Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity.

Northrop Grumman Ship Systems (a subsidiary of Northrop Grumman Corp.), Pascagoula, Miss., is being awarded a $10,784,358 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-07-C-2302) for accomplishment of the follow yard class services for the DDG 51 Class AEGIS Destroyer Program and will provide expert design, planning, and material support services for both DDG 51 ship construction and modernization. Work will be performed in Pascagoula, Miss., and is expected to be completed by Aug. 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.

RQ Construction, Carlsbad, Calif., is being awarded $9,780,398 for task order #0007 under a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity multiple award construction contract (N68711-03-D-7057) to exercise option item #003 for P-135 upgrade magnetic silencing facility at Naval Base Point Loma. The work to be performed provides for the design and installation of the magnetometers and cables to utilize underwater mate-able connectors; and the replacement of magnetometer tubes and cabling. After exercise of this option, the total cumulative task order amount will be $18,237,165. Work will be performed in
San Diego, Calif., and is expected to be completed by Oct. 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Two proposals were received for the task order. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southwest, San Diego, Calif., is the contracting activity.

Universal Propulsion Co.,
Fairfield, Calif., is being awarded an $8,562,248 firm-fixed-price contract for digital recovery sequencers in support of the Cartridge Actuated Device/Propellant Actuated Device (CAD/PAD) Joint Program Office, NSWC-Indian Head Division. This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Air Force, (43 percent) and the countries of Turkey, (11 percent); Egypt, (8 percent); Republic of Serbia, (8 percent); Korea, (6 percent); United Arab Emirates, (5 percent); Norway, (4 percent); Pakistan, (3 percent); Belgium, (2 percent); Denmark, (2 percent); Bahrain, (1 percent); Chile, (1 percent); Greece, (1 percent); Indonesia, (1 percent); Italy, (1 percent); Oman, (1 percent); Netherlands, (1 percent); and Taiwan, (1 percent) under the Foreign Military Sales Program. Work will be performed at Fairfield, Calif., and work is expected to be completed by Apr. 2010. The contract funds will not expire before the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not awarded competitively. The Naval Inventory Control Point is the contracting activity (N00104-08-C-K109).

Pole Zero Corp.*, West Chester, Ohio, is being awarded an $8,121,920 modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00421-06-D-0036) to exercise an option for the procurement of Co-Site UHF SATCOM filters and interface adapters in support of the Remote Radio Secure Voice System Program. Work will be performed in West Chester, Ohio, and is expected to be completed in Aug. 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, St. Inigoes, Md., is the contracting activity.


Engineered Fabrics Corp., Rockmart, Ga.*, is being awarded a maximum $41,526,797 firm fixed price, requirements type contract for delivery of aircraft fuel cells. There are no other locations of performance. Using service is
Air Force. There was one proposal originally solicited with 1 response. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The date of performance completion is Aug. 31, 2013. The contracting activity is Defense Supply Center Richmond, Richmond, Va., (FA8103-08-D-0036-UN01).

Patriot Petroleum, Inc., Newburyport, Mass.**, is being awarded a maximum $7,870,722 fixed price with economic price adjustment contract for intermediate fuel oil. Other location of performance is
Jacksonville, Fla. Using services are Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Federal Civilian Agencies. There were 55 proposals originally solicited with 18 responses. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The date of performance completion is Apr. 30, 2011. The contracting activity is Defense Energy Support Center (DESC), Fort Belvoir, Va., (SP0600-08-D-0363).

National Fuel, Inc., Kabul, Afghanistan is being awarded a maximum $7,425,732 fixed price with economic price adjustment contract for diesel and gasoline fuels. Other location of performance is U.S. Embassy, Kabul, Afghanistan. Using service is federal civilian agencies. This proposal was originally Web solicited with 10 responses. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The date of performance completion is September 30, 2010. The contracting activity is Defense Energy Support Center (DESC), Fort Belvoir, Va. (SP0600-08-D-1021).

Computer Corporation of Los Angeles, Calif., is being awarded an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract for a maximum of $17 million. The Spectral Processing for Real-Time Improved Target Detection and Exploitation program is for the development, test and demonstration of algorithms and processing applicable and common to multiple systems from several sponsoring agencies (such as NASIC, 659th AESS and DIA). The contractor shall accomplish real-time target detection and cueing using data collected by hyperspectral remote sensors such as SPIRITT, HyCas, ACES Hy and other hyperspectral sensor systems. AFRL/PKSE, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8650-08-D-1374 and Task Order 0001).

Air Force is modifying a firm fixed price, cost reimbursable, cost plus fixed fee, and fixed price incentive fee contract with BAE Systems Technical Services of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., for and estimated $7,557,147. The action is exercising an option. The Instrumentation Radar Support Program (IRSP) provides serviceable radar components and subsystems and technical field support for instrumentation radar of the C and X band families located on 25 ranges in the United States and in five foreign countries (United Kingdom, Republic of Korea, Taiwan, Germany, and Australia). The contractor augments the maintenance capabilities of using agencies with one-of-a-kind parts and supplies, on-site overhauls and emergency technical support. 45 CONS/LGCZR, Patrick AFB, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA2521-07-C-0009, P00068).


Air Greenland A/S of Nuuk Greenland 3900, is being awarded a $30,493,650 fixed-price indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract for airlift services to transport passengers and cargo between Copenhagen, Denmark and Thule AB, Greenland. The contract is expected to be completed Sept. 2013. Orders placed against this contract will be funded at the time of award. This contract was a competitive acquisition with two bids received. The contracting activity is United States Transportation Command, Directorate of Acquisition, Scott
Air Force Base, IL 62225, (HTC711-08-D-0022).


GeneraL Dynamics Land Systems, Inc., Sterling Heights, Mich., was awarded on Aug. 20, 2008, a $12,657,975 cost plus fixed fee contract for system technical support for the Abrams Tank Program to include engineering in support of production, unique identification, Crew Vehicle Receiver Jammer (CVRJ) & Tank Urban Survivability Kit Weilding Support. Work will be performed in Sterling Heights, Mich., with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2011. One bid was solicited and one bid received. The Tank and Automotive Command (TACOM), Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-07-C-0046).

SOS International LTD, Reston, Va., was awarded on Aug. 20, 2008, a $10,484,357 firm fixed price contract for linguist/interpretor services for European theater to include eastern and western Europe, Africa and Russia. U.S.
Army Europe (USAREUR) Area of Responsibility (AOR). Estimated completion date is Aug. 31, 2012. 15 bids were solicited with four received. The U.S. Army Europe, Wiesbaden Contracting Center, Wiesbaden, Germany, is the contracting activity (W912CM-08-D-0018).

AM GENERAL, LLC, South Bend, Ind., was awarded on Aug. 19, 2008, a $89,232,795 firm fixed price contract to add 585 each High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV). Work is to be performed in Mishawaka, Ind., with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2009. One bid was solicited with one bid received. The Tank and Automotive Command, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (DAAE07-01-C-S001).

DRS Sensors & Targeting Systems, Optronics Division, Palm Bay, Fla., was awarded on Aug. 7, 2008, a $17,512,077 firm fixed price contract for definitization of an unusual and compelling urgency for 7,991 Driver's Vision Enhancer (DVE) B-Kits (sensor assembly, display control module, and cabling) and associated spares for the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Program. Work is to be performed in Melbourne, Fla., with an estimated completion date of Aug. 29, 2008. Bids were solicited via the Web with three bids received. CECOM Acquisition Center, Fort Monmouth, N.J., is the contracting activity (W15P7T-04-C-J202).

U.S., Iraq Make Progress on Status of Forces Agreement

By John J. Kruzel
American Forces Press Service

Aug. 21, 2008 - Washington and Baghdad are close to reaching a status of forces agreement, but negotiations on the deal to determine the future U.S.
military role in Iraq are ongoing, a Defense Department official said today. We've made good progress on it; we are close," Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said. "There are still some issues to work out, but ... it's very premature at this point to say that we have an agreement."

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, in a surprise one-day visit to Baghdad today, said the discussion about the status of forces is possible only because of recent security progress leading up to negotiations.

"The reason we are where we are today, talking about this kind of agreement, is that the surge worked, Iraqi forces have demonstrated that they are strong and getting stronger, [and] we are making progress together in the defeat of Iraq's enemies of all stripes," she said during a news conference in Baghdad.

"And we can look forward to an agreement, or we can look forward to a set of circumstances, in which we know what is needed in the future in terms of roles, responsibilities, numbers," she added.

Rice's counterpart in Baghdad, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, said the two sides are "very close" to an agreement.

"We are very close to finalize this important agreement for Iraq, for the region, and for the friendship and the partnership of Iraq and the United States," he said.

Ships Deploy to Support Georgia Humanitarian Assistance Mission

American Forces Press Service

Aug. 21, 2008 - Two
Navy ships and a Coast Guard cutter are transporting humanitarian relief supplies to Georgia. These deployments are part of the larger United States response to the government of Georgia request for humanitarian assistance, U.S. 6th Fleet officials said.

USS McFaul departed from Souda Bay, Crete, yesterday, and the U.S.
Coast Guard Cutter Dallas will leave later this week. McFaul and Dallas are scheduled to transit into the Black Sea and arrive in Georgia within a week.

The crew of the USS Mount Whitney is loading humanitarian relief materials in the ship's homeport of Gaeta, Italy, and will proceed to Georgia later this month, officials said.

The ships will deliver thousands of blankets, hygiene kits, baby food and infant-care supplies to save lives and alleviate human suffering, officials said.

These surface ships represent the first from the United States to participate in the delivery of humanitarian assistance to Georgia. Both McFaul, based in Norfolk, Va., and
Dallas, based in Charleston, S.C., are on regularly scheduled deployments in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility.

(From a U.S. Naval Forces Europe/U.S. 6th Fleet news release.)

Laughs in Law Enforcement

Editor's Note: Both Harry Penny and Claude Anderson are former servicemembers.

On August 22, 2008, Conversations with Cops at the Watering Hole will feature a conversation with two former Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputies,
Harry Penny and Claude Anderson, who have revealed the humorous side of law enforcement through writing and cartoons.

Program Date: August 22, 2008
Program Time: 2100 hours, Pacific
Topic: Laughs in Law Enforcement
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About the Guests
Harry D. Penny, Jr. has over twenty years of law enforcement experience. Harry Penny has been a police officer for the Buena Park Police Department and a deputy sheriff with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. During his ten year career with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department he worked jail division, technical services division and spent five years in patrol as a field training officer.

Harry D. Penny has also been a Special Deputy in the US Marshal Service, working in Court Security; and, a reserve police officer for the Chula Vista Police Department as well as the Barstow Police Department. In addition to his domestic law enforcement service, Harry Penny served over 20 years with the United States Navy. Harry Penny has authored several works including the book, Behind the Badge: The Funny Side of the Thin Blue Line.

According to
Claude Anderson, he began drawing since the first day he could hold a pencil. Having been blessed with "limited artistic ability", he drew cartoons throughout grammar, high school and college. While serving in the U.S. Air force during the Korean War he had several cartoons printed in the Stars & Stripes newspaper.

After joining the
Los Angeles County Sheriff Department, he continued with cartoons appearing on locker and briefing room walls. In 1972 he was asked to submit a cartoon for a new monthly law enforcement bulletin: The Star & Shield. After the first issued appeared, he was asked to keep drawing until he submitted a cartoon that was funny. His cartoons have also hit the locker rooms of the San Francisco PD and the Texas Highway Patrol. He was assigned to Firestone Sheriff Station where he worked for 12 years. Seven of those years he was a training officer. Claude Anderson is the author of RadioCarToons: The Training Officer.

About the Watering Hole
The Watering Hole is police slang for a location cops go off-duty to blow off steam and talk about work and life. Sometimes funny; sometimes serious; but, always interesting.

About the Host
Lieutenant Raymond E. Foster was a sworn member of the Los Angeles Police Department for 24 years. He retired in 2003 at the rank of Lieutenant. He holds a bachelor’s from the Union Institute and University in
Criminal Justice Management and a Master’s Degree in Public Financial Management from California State University, Fullerton; and, has completed his doctoral course work. Raymond E. Foster has been a part-time lecturer at California State University, Fullerton and Fresno; and is currently a faculty advisor and lecturer with the Union Institute and University. He has experience teaching upper division courses in law enforcement, public policy, law enforcement technology and leadership. Raymond is an experienced author who has published numerous articles in a wide range of venues including magazines such as Government Technology, Mobile Government, Airborne Law Enforcement Magazine, and Police One. He has appeared on the History Channel and radio programs in the United States and Europe as subject matter expert in technological applications in law enforcement.

Listen, call, join us at the Watering Hole.

Program Contact Information
Lieutenant Raymond E. Foster, LAPD (ret.), MPA