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Country western singer big hit for Arizona fans Tippin performs free concerts for Servicemembers

Story and Photos by Staff Sgt. Paula Taylor NETCOM/9th SC (A) Public Affairs FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz. – The lights dimmed and the crowd cheered as the singer entered the gym. Wide-eyed Soldiers’ stares were locked on the stage. The band took up their positions and began rocking the room. Bass from the drums pounded chests.

The excitement mounted when country western singer, Aaron Tippin, belted out songs during a free concert given at the Barnes Field House Gym, Dec. 7, here.

The concert, sponsored by Spirit of America Tour, was a big hit for Soldiers assigned to the U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command/9th Signal Command (Army).

“I think that the mood was very exciting and there was a real anticipation for the show,” said Staff Sgt. Rhett Butler, unit video teleconference noncommissioned officer in charge. “I think that he was very generous for doing this for the Sol- diers and Civilians that help support our nation.”

Throughout the show, Tippin raised his hands above his head and clapped to the beat of the music as he sang, which seemed to really get the audience excited.

“He put on a great show,” said Klinton Smith, unit mul- timedia illustrator. “The crowd was pretty energetic and gave him good feedback. I really liked how he kept them involved. For example, there was this song where I noticed like at least half of the crowd—if not more—holding their cell phones up and you saw the lights on them being waved back in forth in unison.”

The NETCOM chaplain’s assistant and Better Opportu- nity for Single Soldiers representative, Spc. Sopheap Ieng, agreed with her NETCOM pals and added, “The audience seemed to enjoy it as much as the performers. It looked like [Tippin and his band] enjoy playing in front of the military people. It’s good to know that he was willing to stop by and do that. It shows that he has support for the troops.”

Tippin’s scheduled stop at Fort Huachuca is just one military concert stop of many since returning back to the U.S. from Baghdad in November. He is expected to perform in Yuma, Ariz., Dec. 8.

Chalk Talk

Myer School

Mrs. Bergman would like to take this opportunity to thank all the parents of her fourth grade students for all their help and support this school year. The students in her class have put forth extraordinary effort in their school work, and Mrs. Bergman wants to congratulate them on their successful first semester. She is looking forward to the second half with the class!

Country singer Aaron Tippin, jokes with the audience of Soldiers during a free concert held, Dec. 7, at Barnes Field House Gym, Fort Huachuca, Ariz. The concert, sponsored by Spirit of America Tou , is one of many military stops for the performe .

Culture Revealed Through Language

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    a personal story about comical

miscommunication

By Fevziye B. Johnson TRADOC Culture Center Middle East Development Team

Learning a new language is often the first step towards learning a new culture. Through language, we express and communicate our values, beliefs, and behaviors. The meaning of words can imply a wide range of meanings from agreement to disagreement or anger to happiness. Accompanying the spoken word is body language, non verbal gestures or facial expressions, used to assist in conveying the intended meaning of words. Experience in a new culture, with an unfamiliar language, often leads to comical errors in miscommunications. I learned this truth firsthand, and the hard way!

As a teenage girl, I moved to Istanbul, Turkey fromAfghanistan. The first few weeks after my arrival in Istanbul were a nightmare because I did not speak the language. Even though Afghans and Turks have many cultural traditions in common, there were many aspects of the unfamiliar Turkish culture that I had no idea how to handle. Right away I enrolled at Istanbul University and began studying the Turkish language, but at first I had a hard time taking care of my daily needs because of the language barrier.

One of the first incidents happened in a bakery. In Turkey, each street or corner has a baker who bakes fresh bread three times a day to satisfy the Turks’love

of freshly baked bread for each meal. It was noon, so I bravely entered the bakery on my street and asked in Turkish for what I thought meant a half loaf of bread (ekmek), which was enough for a big sandwich. What I asked for in fact was half a man (erkek).

The elderly baker smiled kindly and asked, with typical Turkish good humor, “What are you going to do with half a man, my daughter?” Not realizing my mistake, I replied, “I am going to eat it.” He laughed hard and came out from behind the counter, point- ing to himself and saying: “This is erkek”; then he pointed to the huge basket of fresh bread and said: “That is ekmek”.

I was severely embarrassed, but the man was kind, and I always went back to get my bread and a daily Turkish-language lesson from that bakery. The years passed, and I managed to graduate from the university having learned Turkish on a native level and became thoroughly familiar with every aspect of culture in the society. This happened not only through formal study, but also the study of language and culture from TV, radio, and movies. After many more similar embar- rassing episodes during the years that I lived in differ- ent countries, I have come to the following conclusion: training in cultural awareness and competency is an essential part of Soldiers’ education, but the impor- tance of cultural training to augment language training should not be overlooked.

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December 18, 2008

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