Annie’s Gallery hosts traveling artist
Donors needed to replenish Red Cross blood supply The American Red Cross needs blood and platelet donors to help restock the blood supply this February. Severe winter weather throughout January across much of the country forced the cancellation of about 770 Red Cross blood drives, resulting in more than 25,000 uncollected blood and platelet donations. “Blood products were distributed to hospitals as quickly as the donations came in,” said Linda Voss, Chief Executive Officer of the Red Cross Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region. “The extraordinary number of cancellations in January was the equivalent of the Red Cross having to shut down its national operations for more than an entire day.” On average, the Red Cross must collect about 15,000 units of blood every day for patients at approximately 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country. With additional winter weather forecast for parts of the country in the next week or two, all blood types are needed to ensure a sufficient blood supply is available for patients. There is an urgent need for blood types O positive, O negative, A negative and B negative. Eligible donors with these blood types are strongly encouraged to make an appointment to give in the coming days. Platelets, a key clotting component of blood often needed by cancer patients, must be transfused within five days of donation, so donations are constantly needed. Red blood cells, the oxygen-carrying component of blood, are the most widely transfused blood product and must be transfused within 42 days.
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Chaplains, Arlington Ladies honor the fallen
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Washington Capitals defenseman Connor Carrick poses for a photo with a group of skaters. Carrick, alongside Capitals defensemen John Carlson and Jack Hillen, hosted a skating party at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Feb. 3 for children and adults assisted by TAPS. TAPS is a nonproﬁt organization that provides comfort and care for anyone who is grieving the death of someone who died while serving in the military. Story and more photos on page 7.
JBA celebrates Black History Month BY STAFF SGT. LAUREN MAIN
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This February marks Black History Month and the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Civil Rights Act; both are being celebrated in multiple ways on Joint Base Andrews. The theme of this year’s BHM is Civil Rights in America. The Civil Rights Act, signed and passed by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964, is a monumental piece of civil rights legislation and American history. The act made major forms of discrimination against racial minorities
illegal. It ended racial segregation in schools, workplaces and public accommodations. This year, JBA celebrates this historic anniversary by paying homage to some of the prominent figures of the civil rights movement. Joint Base Andrews is supporting multiple events put on by the Smithsonian Institution. On Feb. 4th through the 6th, the Smithsonian hosted live performances of “Lions of Industry, Mothers of Invention,” a Discovery Theater original interactive play honoring the creativity of African American entrepreneurs.
On Feb. 9th, 22nd and 23rd the Smithsonian will host Portrait Story Days from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Young visitors will hear stories about notable contributors to black history. Black history month will strike a high note with The Cartwright Singers, an old-school gospel group, performing at 3 p.m. Feb. 16 at Chapel One. Members are encouraged to attend and experience gospel music through a spirited, live performance. A lunch hosted by the 11th Wing will honor Rosa Parks and her contribution
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County displays 2014 Black History Month exhibit, poster BY CHRIS BASHAM STAFF WRITER
Christopher Plummer of Washington, D.C. shows his sons Jaden, 5, and Christopher, 10, a display which includes shackles used to control enslaved children.
Each year, in celebration of Black History Month, Prince George’s County hosts a wide range of lectures, performances, art competitions and other events. This year’s Black History Month programs were kicked off Feb. 2 at Harmony Hall Regional Center in Oxon Hill, Md. Keynote speaker and former County Executive Wayne K. Curry spoke at the opening of the annual Black History Month exhibit at Harmony Hall Regional Center, and participated in the unveiling of the 2014 Black History Month poster, along with Director of Parks and Recreation Ronnie Gathers and County Council Chairman Elizabeth Hewlett. The poster, honoring this year’s theme of “Celebrating Civil Rights
Milestones: From Emancipation to Administration in Prince George’s County, 1864-1994,” was created by a team of Suitland High School students under the direction of art teacher Michael Burroughs and project artist Alonzo Davis. Students Alfred Dudley III, Miles Stephenson, D’Angelo Simms, Brenda Bravo, Taahira Howard, Shenny Giribaldi, Khali Johnson, Mikayla Chapman, Malaaya Adams and Nyssa Thompson collaborated to create the original, mixed-media artwork used in this year’s Black History Month poster, which depicts local and national events and individuals who worked together to create a modern Prince George’ s County. The gallery exhibit includes original and reproduced artifacts of the time before emancipation, of
the Jim Crow era of segregation and the struggles of the Civil Rights era. It also includes a multimedia exhibit on the life and career of Wayne K. Curry, who became the county’s first African American County Executive in 1994. That was not the only time Curry made history in Prince George’s County. As small children in 1959, he and his brother were the first African American students to integrate their elementary school, an experience he recounted during his remarks. “The police, in an effort to minimize the tension of our walk to school, escorted us on that long walk each day, by bumping us in the backs of our legs with their police cars,” Curry remembered. Eventually, families along the route witnessed this attempt by Prince George’s County’s
law enforcement officers to intimidate the young brothers; the harassment was reported and stopped. Curry spoke of the circumstances of growing up in, “a small, virtually all white and rural,” segregated county in the midst of change, of coming into leadership in that community as it evolved into one which is now “large, urban, and predominantly African American,” and of the importance of continuing to work for a better Prince George’s County for all citizens. “Living in one community and going to school in another, we learned to be bilingual. We learned to be bi-cultural,” Curry said. “We have a community here whose essence we have to protect and cherish. We have an obligation to present a model to this country.”
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Around Town February 7
Cafe Groove: City Sounds and National Rhymes with Alfred Duncan Columbia Park Community Center, 1901 Kent Village Drive, Landover, Md. 7:30 p.m. Ages 10 - 17 can learn the history of go-go music with a member of Mambo Sauce and participate in an open mic. For information, call 301-446-3244.
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Enslaved Women of Darnall’s Chance Darnall’s Chance House Museum, 14800 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro, Md. 12:45 p.m. or 2:45 p.m. Ages 10 and up can tour the museum and learn about the Bentley family and other African American women who lived at Darnall’s Chance. For information call 301-952-8010.
Raisin’ Cane: A Harlem Renaissance Odyssey Prince George’s Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Road, Cheverly, Md. 8 p.m. Jasmine Guy and the Avery Sharpe Trio celebrate the birth of jazz. For information call 301-277-1710.
Fighting Old Nep Surratt House Museum, 9118 Brandywine Road, Clinton, Md. 4 p.m. Michael Twitty speaks on African American culinary history from West and Central Africa to Colonial Maryland. For information visit www.pgparks.com.
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This week, dozens of senior enlisted instructors at the Navy’s Nuclear Power School near Charleston, S.C. were accused of cheating on qualiﬁcation tests that permit them to operate nuclear reactors aboard decommissioned subs the school uses to train Sailors to qualify to operate on-board nuclear propulsion systems. The scandal broke when another Sailor was offered the opportunity to cheat, and instead reported it. In January, the Air Force discovered more than 100 missile launch ofﬁcers were cheating as well. It’s not new, but it’s not acceptable. And, obviously, it’s not limited to the military. Athletes, politicians, actors and people from many other positions of power are in the news all the time for deciding that the rules apply to somebody else. And all too often, the response to being outed for their dishonesty is not a humble reassess-
ment but rather fury at the person brave enough to call them out. Perhaps being selected for a career-advancing and honorable position within any organization, a spot on the team, a name at the top of the program, is too heady an experience for some. They start believing their own press, and thinking that they’re just too good to have to go through the same grind as everybody else. They’re too big to fail, too smart to have to waste time on testing, too important to be held to the standards the little guys have to meet. When you’re in a room full of people and someone tells you you’re the best, the most qualiﬁed, the most dedicated, the most self-sacriﬁcing group of people around, it’s a great feeling. Who doesn’t want to be Number One? But the fact is, most of the time, no matter what people may say to pump you up, you’re still the same guy you were that morning when you cut yourself shaving, yelled at your kids a little too loud, missed
that stop sign in your rush to get to work, or forgot your anniversary. You’re human. You’re fallible. And sometimes, no matter what you hope and no matter what your colleagues might say, you’re going to fail. Sometimes the stakes feel very high. Failing on those tests would be embarrassing, and might have lasting effects on a career. But if you can keep in mind that your own advancement and glory is only part of your goal, the importance of the mission will make cheating seem like the dangerous and immoral act it is. When what matters is that the best people for each job are in place to do it, it’s clear: I want the best person in that position, even if that person isn’t me. And I want to work hard to make sure that I am that best person, even if it takes me a little while to get there. We all have a job to do, and goals. Cheating only gives the appearance of success, while robbing others of the opportunity to further the mission we all share.
ling. The council will meet May 5-9 at the Air Force Personnel Center, Randolph AFB, Tex. The co-chairs met with General Welsh to discuss current issues including rising TRICARE costs and reduced Medicare/ TRICARE For Life reimbursement; support for legislative issues, specifically eliminating offset between the Survivor Benefit Plan and Dependency and Indemnity Compensation; paid-up SBP premiums for retirees at age 67 versus 70; full pay for the month that a retiree dies and continued support for mailing the Afterburner.
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Despite fiscal challenges, the Air Force Retiree Council does the best it can with what it doesn’t have mainly money to travel. The council is the link between Air Force retirees, family members and surviving spouses living throughout the world -- and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh. Current co-chairmen retired Lt. Gen. Steven R. Polk and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Rodney J. McKinley work directly with General Welsh. Sixteen other council members represent retirees by U. S. geographical areas and overseas. Andrews, Bolling and Dover bases are represented by Chief Master Sgt. Chuck Lucas of Springfield, Va., a volunteer in the Retiree Activities Office at Bol-
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Stock assortment selections are important for both the Army & Air Force Exchange Service and its customers. Spotting hot trends and getting those items quickly on the shelves is a daily mission. The merchandise selection process is determined by several factors. Buyers meet with suppliers at trade shows as well as vendor and Exchange ofﬁces to review product lines. They review trade magazines, review competitive weekly tabloids and visit the competition. Store input and feedback are also critical factors in product selection. The Buying Teams conduct quarterly conference calls to designated facilities and participate in “Meet the Buyer” visits. During these meetings, buyers frequently walk various departments to ask shoppers if they are able to
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Annie’s Gallery hosts traveling artist BY CHRIS BASHAM STAFF WRITER
When Karen Y. Buster was only ﬁve years old, she already ignored the common view, and looked at things her own way. “You know the old negative strips that came with photographs? I always looked at the negative strips, instead of the photographs. My eyes just locked into this negative and positive space,” Buster said. “I’ve been cutting ﬁlm now for 40 years.” Buster credits her mother’s appreciation for her art with giving her the vision to pursue it from the time she was very young. “Moms take something their child makes and put it on the refrigerator, and I’m not saying that’s not good, but my mom took mine and put it in a frame, hung it on the wall. She showed me the importance of what I was doing,” Buster said. Originally from Baltimore, Buster left Maryland for a time. Offered a full track scholarship to Tennessee State University, she decided instead to go to
Dillard University in New Orleans, La., punctuated by an internship in New York. “I love to run, but I didn’t want to have to run, to go to school,” Buster said. She grew to love New Orleans’ “lackadaisical, slow, steady, smooth,” atmosphere, and remained there until her grandmother’s failing health brought her home to Baltimore. Along the way she has worked in mental health care and research and as an EMT, but no matter how long she has been in the ﬁeld, “it’s always just my ‘something to do.’ My art is my career.” Buster creates stencils for her original pieces using an X-Acto knife to cut ﬁlm, paper, foam core, and other materials. She then reproduces her art on paper using serigraph silk screening or giclee ink jet printing, all in her Baltimore studio. Many of her older pieces are in black and white, or red and white to honor her college sorority’s colors. Over time, however, she has branched out beyond the stark exploration of positive and negative space, to include col-
Karen Y. Buster of Baltimore creates works of art using ﬁlm, mosaic tile, paper, metal, plastic, glass and other objects.
ors, textures, and objects not usually found in an art supply store?anything from mosaic tile to earring backs. “Home Depot is my friend. They see me and think I must be working on a certain project, and want to tell me all the other things I’ll need to com-
plete it, and I say, ‘No, I’m not doing that. I’m buying this to make art,’” Bruster said. Inspired by a dream of her time in New Orleans, she began incorporating vibrant colors and musical imagery into her work. It was, to her, a welcome change. “Innovative people mo-
tivate me. My black and whites? It’s like signing my name. I need to ﬁre up myself, ‘OK, what’s my next step?’ Because I don’t want to say that it’s easy, but?it gets easy,” Buster said. Two years ago, Bruster joined several other American ﬁne artists in a Kickstarter-funded cultural
Ganey shows leadership, initiative, professionalism BY AIRMAN 1ST CLASS RYAN J. SONNIER 11TH WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE
Tech. Sgt. Kyle Ganey, Andrews Regional Command Post junior controller, is the Team Andrews Warrior of the Week. Born and raised in Lake City, Fla., Ganey has proudly served in the Air Force since May 2002. Due to his impeccable work ethic, Ganey was put in charge of revitalizing the Command Post’s Communications Security. His
program now boasts a new training program, inventorying at each shift change, two-person accountability, five checklists and two operating instructions. Ganey was recognized as Warrior of the Week for his leadership, initiative and professionalism. These qualities enable him to fully embody the qualities and expectations as an Airman of Joint Base Andrews, and member of the United States Air Force. “I joined the military for the education benefits and
G.I. Bill,” he said. He has deployed to Kuwait twice and Greece once. Ganey has a Community College of the Air Force degree in Electronics Systems Technology and a CCAF degree in Instructor of Technology and Military Science. Ganey is pursuing a third CCAF degree in Emergency Management and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. When not at work, Ganey’s interests include traveling, sightseeing, video games and running.
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Tech. Sgt. Kyle Ganey, Andrews Regional Command Post junior controller, is this week’s Warrior of the Week. Ganey was recognized for the revitalization of the Command Post’s communications security program.
Security Forces Police Blotter was charged accordingly. 7:23 a.m., Jan. 28, 2014: SF discovered an individual with an outstanding warrant who was trying to gain access to the installation. SF contacted Cecil County Sheriff ’s Department, who arrived and took custody of the individual. 6 a.m., Jan. 29, 2014: There was a minor vehicle accident involving a construction vehicle and a privately owned vehicle at Building #1500/Jones Building. The driver stated that while plowing snow in the parking lot he fell asleep and drove into the back of another vehicle. There were no injuries to the personnel but both vehicles were damaged. 1:05 p.m., Jan. 30, 2014: There was a hit-and-run
accident involving two privately owned vehicles at the intersection of Virginia Avenue and South Perimeter Road. Driver of the damaged vehicle relayed that their vehicle’s driver-side bumper was struck by a vehicle that continued driving without stopping. Driver did not get a full description of the vehicle or the driver. There were no injuries; investigation is still pending. There were three citations issued for distracted driving; two citations were issued at Joint Base Andrews Main Gate and one on Patrick Avenue. All drivers were issued a base driving revocation letter resulting in their driving privileges being suspended for seven days.
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The Security Forces Blotter is intended to keep members of the Joint Base Andrews Community informed and aware of the crimes and offenses that occur throughout the base each week. If you have any information that may help Security Forces solve a crime or prevent a criminal act, please contact BDOC (Base Defense Operations Center) at 301-9812001, CRIME STOP LINE at 301-981-2677 (COPS) or the investigations section at 301-981-5656. 12:45 p.m., Jan. 24, 2014: SF discovered an individual with an outstanding warrant who was trying to gain access to the installation. SF contacted Prince George’s County Police Department, who arrived and took custody of the individual. 1:28 p.m., Jan. 24, 2014: Prince George’s County Police Department contacted Security Forces to inform them there was an Airman apprehended for operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license. Individual was charged accordingly and released to their unit. 12:03 p.m., Jan. 25, 2014: There was a minor vehicle accident involving two privately owned vehicles at Building #1691/Dormitory. Drivers exchanged insurance information, there were no injuries and the damage to the vehicles consisted of minor dents and scratches. 12:02 a.m., Jan. 25, 2014: While conducting a traffic stop, SF personnel noticed a strong odor of alcohol emitting from the driver. The individual was detained and administered a breath alcohol test. The individual
exchange trip to artists villages in The Gambia and Senegal. “We’d been talking about it forever, and each of us came back...When I was going into one of the homes in a village, the woman was sweeping, making sure that the dirt ﬂoor was smooth. I left Africa, I didn’t want for anything. There is so much creativity in Africa, with so little,” Buster said. Buster returned and created images of the women she met and places she saw in Africa. She hopes to return to the continent to learn from artists as she herself mentors others. “It’s always the child who matters, when they come into my booth, more than the parent. And they come in pointing,” Buster said. “I point them in the direction of mentors. When I see (young artists) I’m just looking in the mirror.” Buster’s work is on temporary display and sale at Annie’s Art Gallery, 5814 Allentown Way, Camp Springs, Md. Her next studio show is scheduled for April. For information, visit www.karenybuster.com.
BLACK, from page 1 to equal rights, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 19 at The Club at Andrews and will include a guest speaker. Members wishing to attend should contact their unit representatives to purchase tickets and make reservations. The buffet price for club members will be $8.95 per plate, and the price for non-club members will be $11.95 per plate. For more information on the events listed, call 301-612-6326.
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Chaplains, Arlington Ladies honor the fallen BY AIRMAN 1ST CLASS JOSHUA R. M. DEWBERRY 11TH WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE
Whether it is in the warmth of spring or the cold of winter, the mission of an Air Force chaplain, their assistants and the Arlington Ladies never fades. Arlington National Cemetery, Va., honors our nation’s fallen heroes and provides spiritual care for their loved ones. Arlington National Cemetery is a 624-acre stretch of land that was founded during the American Civil War with grave sites containing the remains of deceased service members, their families, military chaplains, nurses, Confederate and Union soldiers, former slaves, presidents and senators. Its monuments include the Tomb of the Unknowns, also known as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, USS Maine Mast Memorial and the Space Shuttle Challenger Memorial. “We make sure we successfully honor our fallen veterans and serve their families here at Arlington,” said Staff Sgt. Otis Williams, 11th Operations Group chaplain’s assistant/ Arlington National Cemetery NCO in charge of Air Force funerals. “This year marks the 150th anniversary of burying our nation’s heroes at Arlington.” The first soldier to be buried at Arlington was Army Pvt. William Christman on May 13, 1864. Other notable burial sites include the graves of U.S. presidents William Howard Taft and John F. Kennedy. Arlington performs the second largest number of burials of any national cemetery in
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Arlington National Cemetery, Va. contains the grave sites of more than 400,000 service members, their families, military chaplains, nurses, Confederate and Union soldiers, former slaves, presidents and senators. The cemetery has the second largest number of burials of any national cemetery in the United States, with approximately 6,900 burials a yearl just behind Calverton National Cemetery in Long Island, N.Y.
the United States, with approximately 6,900 burials a year, just behind Calverton National Cemetery in Long Island, N.Y. The funerals are coordinated due to the efforts of Air Force chaplain assistants Williams and Staff Sgt. Matthew Daniel, 11th Operations Group NCO in charge of Operations. “My job consists of scheduling services, making sure the chaplain and Arlington Ladies get to the funeral on time, make sure they have the information they need and transportation to and from grave sites,” said Williams. “I coordinate behind the scenes with the chaplains, Honor Guard and Band to ensure the funerals run smoothly.” With such a large number of grave sites added to
the area annually, initiatives like the “Millennium Project” on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall are underway to expand Arlington National Cemetery to make room for more graves over time. “Arlington will be active for several decades into the 2050s, allowing people to continue to be buried there before there is no more room,” said Chaplain (Col.) Charles Cornelisse, 11th Operations Group Arlington Senior Air Force Chaplain. “Approximately 30 funerals a day are conducted at Arlington, adding to the more than 400,000 heroes and heroines already residing there.” Arlington Air Force chaplains such Cornelisse and Chaplain (Capt.) Travis Sears provide for the spiri-
tual care of the families of the deceased. “I provide pastoral care for the families of the fallen, allowing them to exercise their freedom of religious practice according to the Constitution,” said Cornelisse. “I love working here. I tell people I don’t have a job, I have the joy of serving at Arlington National Cemetery. I’m thrilled to be able to come to Arlington every day and serve my country.” The pride of ministering and being of service is shared by the chaplains. “For me it’s a calling, it’s a way for me to serve both God and country and to serve our country to ensure everyone’s freedom of religion,” said Sears.. “One of the most moving experiences is when I present the ﬂag to the families; sometimes you can get choked
up. It’s an honor to render that to the family.” The Chaplains admit that as much as they enjoy spiritually providing for the families, participating at multiple funerals weekly can cause “compassion fatigue.” “It can be difficult at times to be around funerals so often, but we have our fellow chaplains to talk to,” said Sears. “I do about three to four funerals a day. So in my short seven months I’ve been here, I’ve done about 250 services so far.” A pillar of moral support and compassion is the Arlington Ladies organization. This group of volunteers consists of about 50 members attending an average of 70 funerals a month, said Jean Anderegg, Chairwoman of the Arlington Ladies. The group has attended funerals since 1948 when
Gladys Vandenberg, wife of the second Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Gen. Hoyt Vandenberg, began attending funerals of fallen Airmen. She soon recruited her friends to join her and formed the Arlington Committee of the Air Force Ofﬁcer’s Wives Club. They have attended more than 26,000 funerals at Arlington. “Even though we do multiple funerals a day, we focus on one at a time because service deserves its moment of signiﬁcance and recognition,” said Cornelisse. “I hear people say all the time that I seemed like I knew the person being buried, but that’s because we do our homework on them and hope they get a sense of how much we appreciate them and their service.” Members of this Arlington family work together as religious support teams for the families of the deceased. “I typically say at funerals this is a time we celebrate with tears, military honors and knowing we’re at Arlington National Cemetery,” said Cornelisse. “There are tears because their loved one is no longer sitting with them, beside them in that chair, at the dinner table or couch at home. They’re no longer physically here.” Cornelisse added that the grief of losing loved ones is a very real entity that he has the opportunity to minister to by sharing the gospel message of God’s presence, eternal life, and the resurrection. “Those promises of God, that your loved one has gone to be with him and that God is still with us,” said Cornelisse. “It’s about identifying with that family and honoring our nation’s heroes.”
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GET YOUR STITCH ON CROCHET AND KNITTING LITERACY CLASS REVIVES FIBRE ARTS Serious stitchers and those just beginning to pick up a needle and thread can work on their own projects while enjoying the camaraderie and mentorship of a group setting. Fabric and yarn enthusiasts interested in learning new skills and working alongside other crafters can stitch together a group of like-minded ﬁber artists at a class held twice weekly at the Oxon Hill branch of the Prince George’s County Library. The class is open to the public for children and adults and is an opportunity to learn and work on sewing, knitting and crochet projects. The class is offered 6 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. each Wednesday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays.
JoAnne Burles, left, proudly displays her Underground quilt, while Diane Wilson, crochet and knitting instructor, assists. The Underground quilt was used by African American slaves to communicate information about how to escape to freedom.
Diane Wilson, crochet and knitting instructor, shows a sewing machine’s closedtoe foot attachment to a student during a Crochet and Knitting Literacy class Feb. 1 at the Oxon Hill Public Library.
A student crochets a hat.
Regina Campose, braids yarn for the tail of “My Little Pony.”
Regina Campose braids yarn for the tail of a “My Little Pony” soft sculpture.
Deborah Roberts of Alexandria, Va., sews blocks for a stack-and-whack quilt.
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IDS presents: Passport to a better relationship in 2014 BY AMBER J. RUSSELL
11TH WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS
“To the world you may be one person, but to one person, you may be the world.” ?Bill Wilson, author Being married or in a committed relationship often means you are someone else’s world. If you’re lucky, another person can be your best friend, true love and life-long partner, all in one. While being the world to someone may seem quite riveting, life’s challenges occasionally make receiving help from the outside world necessary. Several organizations from the Joint Base Andrews Integrated Delivery System took a proactive approach to reach out and help service members with a couples workshop event at the Jacob E. Smart building hosted by Colonel Daniel Waters, 11th Wing/JBA vice commander and his wife Liz Waters, JBA Key Spouse program lead. “Members from the Family Advocacy, Mental Health, Military and Family Support Center and the Chapel put together this event to give our people skills to add to their toolbox and build up their relationship,” said Javonika McCree, 11th Wing community support coordinator. To kick off the event, Col. Waters and his wife offered many of the attendees some perspective on what has helped them as committed couple. “This is a workshop, so I’m going to give you some tools you can use inside your marriage,” said Waters. “There are four C’s I want to leave you with: Control, commitment, communication and counseling.” Not to be fooled, the colonel said he didn’t mean controlling or “tweaking” anyone except the only person somebody can control; oneself. “We all go through stressful times,” Col. Waters said. “Even though we decide to marry someone, they can make us madder than anyone else on the planet. Taking a step back and saying, ‘I’m committed to this person and to this relationship,’ will get you through the bumps in the road. Commitment is the oil that keeps the wheels going around.” He addressed the males in particular
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Military couples watch, “Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage,” presented by Joint Base Andrews Integrated Delivery System during a couples retreat Jan. 30, 2014 at Joint Base Andrews, Md.. Colonel Daniel Waters and his wife Liz hosted this event called, “Your Passport to a Better Relationship in 2014.” IDS is designed to integrate and implement community outreach and prevention programs to Team Andrews.
on the importance of communication, and said when the first three C’s aren’t working, attend counseling. Following his discussion, a series of activities took place to help members get to know themselves and each other better. The day included an introspective relationship assessment measuring each individual’s overall level of satisfaction in their relationship, which they would later share with one another. They then learned about their “True Colors” in group exercise personality assessment. Chaplain Capt. Dennis Gueu inserted humor into the day with “Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage,” a video by pastor Mark Gungor. The second half of the day included information on couples resilience, finance and parenting. Participants also learned of resources available to them on base. “Family Advocacy provides family and marital counseling for an unspecified number of weeks,” said Trina Taylor, Family Advocacy licensed certified social
How to donate blood
BLOOD, from page 1 Locally, January’s winter storms and freezing temperatures caused the Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region to cancel more than 40 blood drives throughout the month resulting in a collection shortfall of more than 1,100 blood donations. Now that weather conditions are improving in this area, the Red Cross hopes that regular donors and some ﬁrst-time donors will help make up the January deﬁcit.
Simply call 800-RED CROSS (800733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for information. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
JBA Buzz Yesterday was the annual National Prayer Breakfast. What is your prayer for our nation? “My prayer is for world peace.”
“For everyone to come home safe and be with their families. And no more wars! Can’t we all just get along?”
Airman 1st Class Michelle Andrews, 779th Dental Squadron dental assistant
Airman 1st Class Ashley Cox, 779th Surgical Operations Squadron X-Ray technician “To keep our troops safe overseas and let them know we’re with them. Also I pray for those who are deployed or who are being deployed.”
Airman 1st Class Aleen Johnson, 11th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle management and analysis apprentice
Airman 1st Class Quachardd Sloan, 11th Security Forces Squadron knowledge operations apprentice
“My personal prayer is for us to understand each other just a little bit more. We’re all part of this big melting pot and we need to have respect for each other through understanding.”
worker and treatment manager. “If there is no reported abuse, the active duty service member and their spouse can come in without command notification.” The turnout was phenomenal, Mrs. Waters said. “About 72 people signed up for the event. The exciting thing is the event attracted a broad scope of couples. We have newly married, not yet married and couples like ourselves [longstanding] who have signed up for the event.” One young couple said they found the experience to be useful in guiding them in their new marriage. “I think this workshop is very helpful, especially for newly married couples,” said Jill Parrish, military spouse. “The ‘True Colors’ exercise helped us gain a better perception of each other’s traits and tendencies.” “Knowing he is ‘gold’ and I am ‘blue’ effects how I will respond to him and deal with his characteristics and him for me, because that’s the struggle for us. Hope-
fully we can manage conflict better after this,” Parish said. “The self-assessment helped us see where each other are at and our ways of thinking,” said Airman 1st Class Justin Parrish, 11th Contracting Squadron contracting specialist. Event hostess Liz Walters said the IDS are on target with their initiative in helping service members here. “I think this is a great coordinated effort from all of the community activities,” said Waters. “It’s spectacular they realize: These are their people, and they’re taking the training to the people. This proactive approach is the whole purpose of what the IDS is doing this year: bringing the resources to the community.” Each attendee received a “passport to a better relationship in 2014” form. If they participate in the next three couples workshops offered through April, and get their form signed by the presenter, they will be entered in a drawing to win a $400 gift card to be used at a local hotel.
Plan for post-military future BY CHRIS BASHAM STAFF WRITER
Service members and their dependents face many of the same career and educational crossroads as those who have never touched the uniform. Fortunately, there are educational opportunities that can help military and their families advance their careers and prepare for a future after the military, too. The first step for many is a visit with a guidance counselor through the 11th Force Support Squadron’s Education and Training office at 1413 Arkansas Road on Joint Base Andrews. Kimberly Clemmons is part of a small team of guidance counselors on base. She helps service members and their families navigate the higher education system. “We work with Airmen and the sister services, some Army, some Navy. Unfortunately, we do not have access to (non-Air Force) databases, but we do have connections to the agencies for their educational liaisons,” Clemmons said. “We’re here to help in any direction they’re looking to go.” Young dependents and Airmen who have not yet figured out what they’d like to do with their future can also stop by the Military and Family Support Center to take tests including the Strong Interest Inventory or the Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator personality test, both of which are good for what Clemmons calls, “looking for ways to understand what I want to do when i grow up.” Whether finishing high school, contemplating life after the military or returning to work after a stint as a stay-at-home parent, personality and interest testing can point out some unexpected career options that would make for a fulfilling career, or serve to confirm that a student’s plans are well suited to their personality. With those test results in mind, Clemmons tells prospective students to do some research. “Think about it like you’re trying to buy your favorite thing. Research for the bells and whistles you want, and the money you can afford, that will be meaningful down the line,” Clemmons said. The goal is to be comfortable at the institute of higher learning where a student eventually chooses to study, and to select a degree plan that can help them reach their career goals. “I tell them to speak to an adviser at the school. Many (Airmen and teenage dependents) are very tech savvy. Does the school have good accreditation, and for
the particular college within the school? Will it work with Community College of the Air Force (for enlisted Airmen)? Are the (CCAF) credits easy to transfer? Many colleges are coming on board for that,” Clemmons said.. In general, up to 60 CCAF credits can be applied to a fouryear degree program. Service members and dependents may take college-level testing to help fulfill some of their college credits. The National Test Center within the JBA Education and Training Section, operated by staff from the University of Maryland University College, offers CLEP, dANTES and Pearson VUE exams, accepted in lieu of classroom hours for some courses, depending on the college or university a student will attend to complete their degree. Taking a test instead of devoting an entire semester to studying in a classroom can save time and money, so that students can maximize their education on a budget. Whether pursuing technical or trade school certification, a four-year degree or a master’s program, on-campus advisers can help students see what their educational future holds by helping them come up with a degree plan, explaining the college process and the prerequisites of the program they hope to study. For some students who have not been in school for a while, the Veterans Upward Bound classes and services offered at Prince George’s Community College through the federal TRIO program can help a student get back into the academic swing. Veterans Upward Bound serves first-generation and low-income veterans in the D.C. metropolitan area, offering refresher courses in math, English, science, basic computer skills and Spanish; career exploration assistance; computer literacy training; wellness seminars and workshops; course registration help and GED assistance. Weekly academic tutoring, individualized academic assessments and other activities work together to make the transition to college smoother for students with financial and academic needs that might have made college seem out of reach in the past. Many other area schools offer special classes, assistance, seminars and other services for veterans returning to school. With college tuition rates rising significantly faster than typical family incomes, it only makes sense to take advantage of anything that can help veterans make the most of their educational spending.
see FUTURE, page 8
Friday, February 7, 2014
Capitals host Courage Caps skate for TAPS
Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson poses for a photo with two members of TAPS. The Washington Capitals hosted more than 120 children and adults who are assisted by the program for a skating party at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Feb. 3 to launch the 201314 Courage Caps campaign. BY MEGAN EICHENBERG WASHINGTON CAPITALS PUBLIC AFFAIRS
ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals American-born players John Carlson, Connor Carrick and Jack Hillen hosted more than 120 children and adults assisted by Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors for a skating party held Feb. 3. at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. The event kicked off the 201314 Courage Caps campaign. For the third consecutive season, TAPS is the beneficiary of Courage Caps. TAPS is a nonprofit organization that provides comfort and care for anyone who is grieving the death of someone who died while serving in the military. TAPS will receive 100 percent of the proceeds raised
through the sale of Courage Caps. Skating party attendees participated in an hour-long skating session with Carlson, Carrick and Hillen. “It’s such a great cause,” said Hillen. “When I get to come out here and meet kids and sign autographs for them, to see the smile on their faces, it doesn’t get any better than that.” Funds raised will provide peerbased emotional support, regional seminars for adults, Good Grief Camps for children, casework assistance, grief and trauma resources and a 24/7 resource and information helpline for bereaved military families, regardless of the location or circumstances of the death. Services are provided free of charge. For more information about TAPS, visit www.taps.
Washington Capitals defenseman Jack Hillen poses with a young fan at a skating party to beneﬁt children and adults assisted by TAPS. Hillen and the fan are wearing the Washington Capitals team-branded Courage Caps. The Courage Caps campaign is sponsored by Telos Corporation, and 100 percent of the proceeds raised through the sale of Courage Caps will go to TAPS.
org or call 800-959-TAPS (8277). “Losing someone, I can’t imagine what they have gone through,” said Hillen. “All of the charities that support military are great. Those families gave so much for
our country and for our freedom. It doesn’t go unnoticed, and I am really thankful for all that they do for us.” Since the program launched during the 2007-08 season, the
Courage Caps campaign has set a new record each year, donating a total of nearly $350,000 to charity through the sale of 12,000 Courage Caps in six years and more than 5,000 T-shirts in four years.
Washington Capitals host 12th annual Military Night BY BOBBY JONES
It was a regular season game between the Washington Capitals and the New York Islanders, but the night was dedicated to the military’s service members from the moment Army Capt. Mark Little, a double leg amputee, participated in a ceremonial puck drop to highlight the 12th Annual Salute to Military Night Feb. 4 at the Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C. The Washington Capitals organization and several corporate sponsors provided complimentary tickets for more than 500 military members to attend the game. Veterans and their family members were treated like VIPs during a pregame reception held in their honor in Verizon Center’s Acela Club. During the reception, Ted Leonsis, chairman, majority owner and CEO of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, noted, “Seeing how these military young men and women overcome great obstacles and are welcomed by our community really is heart-warming. And we’re very grateful for the support of our fans,” said Leonsis. “We’re also very grateful because a lot of these other companies who are sponsors that hire lots of people in our community give to us so that we can give 100 percent of the proceeds of the money that we raise back to these military-oriented charities. And we’re going to be very involved in a Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors fundraiser to raise even more money. It’s just a charity that we believe in
A group of U.S. Army Singing Soldiers sing the national anthem as the Army Ceremonial Color Guard parades the colors.
and I hope that everyone in the building will continue to support it.” The Capitals paid tribute to the military throughout the evening, with images on active duty and retired veterans displayed on the jumbotron, as well as personal thanks from Washington Capitals team members, Connor Carrick, Jack Hillen and John Carlson. During the last intermission, Army Capt. Mark Little was joined by Army Staff Sgt. Drew Young, Spc. Bryan Kidd, to show their skills during a competition against goalie, Spc. Donald Urbany.
Washington Capitals mascot, Slapshot, starts the game activities as he skates the U.S. ﬂag around the perimeter of the rink.
George Cashman, 9, tries out his dad’s crutches. George is the son of Col. Jeff Cashman, Operations Group commander, Milwaukee Air National Guard 128th Air Refueling Wing.
U.S. Army Capt. Mark Little prepares to ceremoniously drop the puck to start the game as John Tavares, left, New York Islander center, and Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals right wing, square off during Washington Capitals Salute to Military Night Feb. 4 at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C.
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So you want to be a Senior Executive Service? An African American History Month event sponsored by the Department of the Army, Directorate of Equal Employment Opportunity and the Blacks In Government, Pentagon Chapter, “So you want to be a Senior Executive Service (SES)?” will be held noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Pentagon Library Con-
ference Center, Room B6. The discussion will feature guest panelists Sajeel Ahmed, director of the Facilities Services Directorate; J. David Reeves, senior adviser for Departmental Operations and Coordination, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; Claudia J. Postell, Esq., director,
Office of Diversity and Inclusion, National Science Foundation and Lenora Peters Gant, Ph.D., Office of the Director of National Intelligence, NGA, senior STEM Adviser. For information contact Albert “A.B.” Blake at 703-6148615 or albert.b.blake.civ@ mail.mil.
Don’t fall for Valentine’s Day scams BY JASON ALDERMAN
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On Valentine’s Day, people’s emotions run all over the map – some are head-over-heels and want to shower their loved one with gifts, while others are despondent because currently they have no one special in their life. Whatever your love status, one thing everyone needs to guard against at this time of year is scams. Valentine’s Day brings out the best – and worst – in human behavior. Our impulse is to be generous and search for the ideal gift. Internet thieves know this and coolly set traps for unsuspecting shoppers. And, not surprisingly, dating websites experience greater activity, along with a corresponding increase in relationship scammers. Here are some of the more common Valentine’s Day scams to avoid: Electronic greeting cards are popular yearround, especially near holidays. Scammers count on you not paying attention when you receive an e-mail with an innocuous subject line like, “Someone you know just sent you an e-card.” Unless you’re certain someone sent you an ecard, never click on links or follow instructions to download software to open the message. Chances are you’ll load a virus or malware onto your computer, dooming you to receive endless spam or even en-
FUTURE, from page 6 Of course, Airmen don’t have to pay for their education entirely out of their own pocket. All Airmen receive $4,500 per fiscal year to use toward education. “If they’re attending a traditional college, they can do two classes per term and not run out of money,” Clemmons said. Airmen who want to take six credit hours or more per semester must present a letter from their chain of command, indicating that the heavy course load is not in conflict with the
dangering your personal and financial information. Valentine’s Day is the busiest day of the year for florists. Since many people now order flowers online, these purchases are a common target for fraud. A few tips when choosing a florist: • Make sure the physical location, contact information and fees for the florist who’s actually fulfilling your order are fully disclosed. • Pay by credit card so if there’s a problem you can dispute it with your card issuer. • If you receive an email saying there’s a problem with your order, call the florist to make sure it’s legitimate; don’t click on any links – they could be malware. Beware of e-mails and social media ads touting great deals on other Valentine’s-themed gifts like chocolates, jewelry or lingerie. Unless you’ve previously done business with a company that legitimately has your e-mail address, be skeptical. Watch out for minor typos in the web address – www.macys.comm instead of www.macys.com, for example. It’s no coincidence that dating websites are busier during the winter holidays and leading up to Valentine’s Day. Lonely people’s defenses are lowered, making them vulnerable to online romance scams. Before they know it, victims are conned into sharing personal or financial infor-
mation, or lending money – money they’ll never see again. I’m not saying don’t pursue love online at legitimate dating sites. Just watch out for these warning signs: • They want to move your conversations off the dating site immediately and use personal e-mail or instant messaging – the better to avoid policing by the site’s Webmaster. • Their online profile sounds too good to be true. That’s because they’ve probably shaped it to reflect your stated preferences. Or, conversely, their profile may be suspiciously sketchy on details or their photos don’t seem genuine. • They profess love very quickly, even before you’ve spoken or met. • They claim to be a U.S. citizen working overseas – often in the military. • They make plans to visit, but are suddenly prevented by a traumatic family or business event – one which your money can overcome. Bottom line: Don’t let your emotions get the better of your common sense when it comes to matters of the heart. For more tips on spotting and reporting online scams, visit the Federal Trade Commission’s website at www.ftc.gov.
Airman’s day-to-day work responsibilities, upcoming deployments or other mission-related duties, to the education office to receive that tuition assistance. A selection of schools offer classes on base or online. Clemmons and her fellow guidance counselors can help Airmen and their families make wise choices to build the educational portfolio that will help them advance their career. Once a service member has retired or separated from the military, they can search online for scholarships and grants, to combine with their GI Bill educational benefits. Whether a service member chooses to use the Montgomery Chapter 30 GI Bill, Post-9/11 Chapter 33 GI Bill or a combination of the two programs, service members with at least an honorable discharge can take advantage of the benefit they’ve earned to pay for tuition, fees, books and other education-related expenses.
“We won’t tell them which one’s better, but if we can’t help them decide, we’ll refer them to the Veterans Administration for information,” Clemmons said. Information is also available at GIbill.va.gov, where service members can do a side-by-side comparison of the two programs to see what fits best with their goals. Separated or retired service members must use their GI Bill funds before a deadline tied to their last date of active duty service, and may be able to transfer some of those benefits to their dependent children. Clemmons’ office also offers regular First Term Airman Center, Commissioning, Post-9/11 GI Bill and Air Force Tuition Assistance briefings; “lunch and learn” sessions on test taking, social media and study skills and quarterly talks for new recruits to help them understand their options and the funding available to them while on active duty.
RETIREE, from page 2
Building 1604 at California and Colorado Avenues or call us at 301-981-2726. Our e-mail address is rao@ andrews.af.mil. Call the ofﬁce before your visit to ensure a volunteer is on duty. The RAO has a website at www.andrews.af.mil; Under “Helpful Links” click on “Retirees Activity Ofﬁce” for information on retiree subjects, including past copies of “Retiree Corner.”
ﬁnd the styles, pricing and sizes they are looking for and ﬁnd out what patrons would like to see added to their Exchange’s stock assortment.
The Retiree Activities Ofﬁce is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Visit the ofﬁce in
Jason Alderman directs Visa’s financial education programs.
Friday, February 7, 2014
Friday, February 7, 2014