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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - November 24, 1982, Tokyo, JapanPacific stars and stripes Korea wednesday november 24, 1982 airman provides key to open fit r by airman Eugenie Boyd . Air Force san a the door is always open for staff sgt. Charles . Safes Bank vaults pad locks and anything else that locks Are open subjects As Well. The key to Stephens door opening policy is his work As a Locksmith. Assigned As a Carpenter to the 51stcivil engineering Squadron Here he spends nearly All his time working on locks of All kinds. On Call 24 hours a Day an averaging 20 to 25 Calls each Day he s kept pretty Busy. Sometimes my Day does t really end until 11 or 12 o clock at night he said. He is the Only military Locksmith in South Korea. Stephens spends most of his Day fixing and changing locks arid combinations sometimes opening doors for people who have locked themselves enjoys working on safes the most keys keying locks kid stuff he said. I can teach anyone How to do that. Safes Are More complicated though and therefore More challenging. When you re working on a time Safe if you re a thousandth of an Inch off it won t work he Money that might be in the Safe does t bother him he i want is to get everything secured. It s the same with a simple room lock this is Stephens third tour i Korea and this time he won t leave until 1984, at least. An extended Touris definitely his own Choice. When he first came Here in 1972, he fell Inlove with Korea. He s managed to return so often and for so Long because he s the Only bonded Locksmith in the a Locksmith can have some unusual moments As when he was asked to crack a Bank vault while stationed in Alabama. That s not so unusual except his would be employers wanted to keep the Money for themselves with a healthy percentage for Stephens of think they were figuring close to $100,000 in the Bank at the time and the Way they figured i would get at least $30,000 for about an hour to an hour and a half Job. So i played along with them and in the meantime contacted the Osi office of special investigations and theft went off just As planned although the robbers would probably disagree. Stephens cracked the Safe and the Money went out the door with the robbers straight into the waiting hands of the Osi and Fri. Another event he remembers very clearly is the time he and his father from whom he inherited his love Oflock Smithing were asked to open a Bank vault which had a Nitro charge set in it. With any kind of tampering theban itself everything would go up. It took us about six hours to open. We had a lot of patience on that one he has no intention of retiring from his work when he retires from the air Force. He plans to stay in until he reaches his20-year retirement which is about eight years away. Staff sgt. Charles Stephens works on a lock. Usan gun Lover reports that m-60 is intriguing Yongtaek Usa ayoung Soldier Here who fell in love with guns while Hunting with his Grandfather in the Mississippi Woods thinks he s found his calling As an army Small arms . Gregory Burrage 520th maintenance company s Small arms repair Section knows that the higher he goes in his contemplated 20-year-army career the louder the booms will be fro the weapons he fixes. That s because Small arms repairmen Progress through the ranks to artillery repairmen said the Camp Humphreys Soldier from Union miss. His official life revolve around .38-caliber pistols m-203 grenade launchers m-16-rifles,even .45 Caliper automatic pistols and 12-Guage , along with spec. 4 Keven m. Ruffin and sgt. Dwaine. Lawrence both from Franklin va., repairs All of them.m-60 machine guns Are the hardest but most intriguing weapons to work with Burrage Are Many Springs inside an m-60 hours can be spent adjusting just one of them. This releases Back to my earlier years he said. I grew attached to Hunting and others should not Rush to Labe this Young american one dimensional jogs lifts weights and is into be been before Soldier of the Quarter boards said Burrage. I was in it competitions. I tried Roget into the korean army s Ranger school but the program was cancelled. I m going to fort Sill okla., in three months Buti la never forget this unit or thinks he s Lucky. The thing that makes me feelgood is that i have a Chance to learn More about parts of weapons most people Don t even know gives me a feeling of accomplishment South korean president visits combined Field forces by Steve Davis ass Korea Bureau chief Seoul South korean president Chun Doo Hwan visited the combined forces command Csc Headquarters at Yon san and praised american troops for their vital role in the Security of both Korea and the United states. Chun accompanied by Csc commander w. Sennewald . Ambassador to South Korea Richard l. Walker and a Host of South korean and american diplomatic and military officials toured the joint country headquarter Sand commented on the significance of the command s fourth anniversary. In such a Short period of time the command has developed and become an excellent Allied Force in the world Chun , a former South korean army general was briefed on Csc operational matters during his visit. He praised the defensive strategy developed by Sennewald and the Csc staff commenting that the strategy is suitable to Korea s geographical am convinced that the Csc will full fill its duties Well to resist any Type of provocative act by the enemy Chun said. Sennewald speaking later at an afternoon ceremony held at Yon san s Knight Field in Honor of the Csc anniversary said this command Isth heart of the korean american military Alliance a partnership forged and hardened on the Battlefield and dedicated to preserving peace on this combined forces command Sennewald said is a unique unprecedented binational arrangement that reflect a Strong and stable korean american combined strength has deterred aggression since 1953," he said and improvements Are continually being made so that peace the peace of the Strong and free continues in the Republic of Pacific stars and stripes depends largely on Public affairs offices for contributions to this Page. If you have a Story that would be of particular interest to this newspaper please let your Pao know about it

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