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Chicago Reunion

 Dear 1970’s decade JSA veterans:

CHICAGO REUNION NEWS
The April 24 & 25, 2015 JSA/Panmunjom Veterans Reunion to be held at the Hilton Garden Inn O’Hare Airport hotel in suburban Des Plaines, Illinois is just two months away!
Last month, a reunion information packet was either postal service mailed or internet e-mailed to approximately 900 veterans for whom our JSA veterans group had contact information – a mailing address or an e-mail address.  If you are reading this, did not receive this JSA reunion information packet, and would like to receive it, please contact JSA reunion organizer Jim Mazour.  (Contact information at bottom of this e-mail).
The hotel’s 50 room block reserved for this reunion has now been taken by attendees, and the hotel graciously added an additional 10 rooms to our block.  (Thank you Laura Furmanek).  If you are planning to attend, please make your hotel room reservation soon.  After these rooms are gone, I can not guarantee there will be other rooms available.  The cut off date for this reunion block of rooms is April 02nd.  Any unsold rooms after that date will return to use by the general public.  We have veterans from the 1950’s decade through the 1990’s decade that have now reserved hotel rooms to attend this reunion. It is a nice mix of veterans who have attended previous reunions and a number of veterans who will be attending their first reunion.
If you can not attend this reunion but would still like to order a UN blue colored JSA reunion polo shirt, the deadline to order one is April 01, 2015.
There will be a hospitality room on Thursday evening, April 23rd – the night before this two-day reunion.  If you are arriving at the hotel on Thursday, please stop by the hospitality room to meet other JSA vets and renew old friendships.  And, let the “DMZ stories” begin!
We have a speaker scheduled for the Friday luncheon.  John Batty-Slyvan from San Francisco, California will talk to our group about the November 1966 North Korean infiltrators attack on a Second Infantry Division patrol inside the DMZ that marked the beginning of a three year low-intensity undeclared war conflict in Korea.  Batty-Slyvan is currently a vice-president in the Second Indianhead Division Association and a professor in the English Department with City College of San Francisco.  In 1966-67 he was a member of the 1/23rd Infantry Regiment of the Second Infantry Division stationed on the Korea demilitarized zone.
And our Saturday evening banquet dinner speaker is General Bert Mizusawa who will speak to our group about the November 1984 Soviet defector and firefight with North Korean guards at Panmunjom.  Then Captain Mizusawa was the Joint Security Force commander for this incident.
JSA UNDER NEW COMMAND
The United Nations Command Security Battalion Joint Security Area (UNCSB-JSA) is no longer under the command of the Eighth Army in Korea.  Sometime during the 2012 time period, there was a realignment of forces in Korea, and the JSA battalion was put under the command of the Second Infantry Division.  The 2ID’s current website organizational chart shows the JSA unit now being a part of its 210th Field Artillery Brigade.
“The times there are a changin'” – Bob Dylan (1964)
ARMY SUPERIOR UNIT AWARDS
Erik Grindlinger recently shared with our group the following information regarding Army Superior Unit Awards.
The JSA received a number of Army Superior Unit Awards (ASUA) – Since these awards are issued in a
Department of the Army General Order (DAGO) that is published roughly once a year, most soldiers DEROS/PCS before the award is approved, and may never get it added to their records (ERB/ORB).

The Army Superior Unit Award (ASUA) was issued to the JSA as follows:

https://www.hrc.army.mil/site/assets/awards/Previously_Approved_Unit_Awards1.xlsx

Unit: UN Command Joint Security Force – Joint Security Area
Period:  1 Aug 93 – 1 Aug 94
DAGO:  1, 31 Mar 96

UNit:  UN Command Security Battalion
Period:  1 Jan 00 – 31 Dec 00
DAGO:  9, 18 Nov 05

Unit:  UN Command Security Battalion
Period:  1 Jan 00 – 31 Dec 00
DAGO:  2005-09

Unit:  UN Command Security Battalion – Joint Security Area
Period:  1 Sep 94 – 1 Sep 95
DAGO: 14, 11 Apr 97

Unit:  UN Command Security Force – Joint Security Area
Period: 1 Sep 88 – 1 Sep 89
DAGO:  2, 16 Jan 91

Unit:  UN Command Security Force – Joint Security Area
Period:  1 Aug 92 – 1 Aug 93
DAGO:  27, 27 Dec 94

Unit: UN Command Security Force – Joint Security Area
Period:  1 Oct 90 – 31 Dec 91
DAGO:  34, 30 Dec 92

Unit:  United Nations Command Security Group
Period:  1 Jan 00 – 31 Dec 00
DAGO:  2005-09

Published DAGOs:
http://armypubs.army.mil/epubs/da_general_orders_1.html

I will retrieve/forward copies of documents to those without current military “CACs” (needed to access the listed websites)

Respectfully,
Erick Grindlinger, JSA, ’95-’96 (CESO/SIGO/S6 & M.O.M.)

SAMMONSAYS
John Sammon of Pacific Grove, California is a former newspaper reporter and long-time writer who has written three novels, including FREEDOM PAGODA, the story of a young American soldier stationed at Panmunjom on the Korea DMZ.  The novel is based on his own experiences serving in the JSA unit during the 1972-73 time period.  He has supported our past reunions with donations of his book, FREEDOM PAGODA, for raffle gifts. 
Below is a link to a recent article he wrote for AND Magazine entitled, Understanding North Korea,” which offers his take on North Korea’s reaction to the Sony movie, THE INTERVIEW.
http://www.andmagazine.com/us/13961.html
SALMON FOR SOLDIERS
JSA vet Randy Shelton of Union, Washington has teamed up with Rob Endsley, a local sport fishing owner/guide and ESPN Radio talk show co-host, to organize salmon fishing trips for wounded military veterans.  This is an innovative project to help integrate some of our country’s wounded warriors back into civilian life and thank them for their service to this wonderful country.  Thank you Randy and Rob for your service to our military veterans. For more information about this project, click on the below website link:
 “In Front of Them All”
Jim Mazour, reunion organizer
PO Box 13365
Des Moines, Iowa 50310
515-321-1809 (cell)