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Andrews Youth Center aims for Guinness World Record



DTHC Renames ‘Fit To Win’ in Former Commander’s Honor


Prince George’s County Library offers tax help BY ANDREW ALDRICH


Prince George’s County Memorial Library System partnered with to help library customers file free federal and state tax returns this year. To use the ser-

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vice, customers must have had an income of $58,000 or less in 2013. In addition, the library offers federal tax forms and other resources at branches throughout Prince George’s County. To access these services and tax-related links, customers can visit


From sunshine to snowfall to rain, the weather has had a cynical cycle this time of year. According to the 89th Operations Support Squadron, this type of erratic weather is unusual for this area. “It’s because of the low jet stream that’s been hitting into the warmer coastal waters,” said Staff Sgt. Elizabeth Goodwin, 89th OSS weather forecaster. “What’s really unusual about the snow is how long it has lasted, not necessarily that there’s been so much of it.” Airman 1st Class Courtnie Josey, 89th OSS weather forecaster, said it is normal for there to be a cycle of erratic

weather approximately every several years for this area. “When the jet stream dips down south, it’ll take a while to get back up north,” said Josey. “However, the winter season is nearing its end with spring around the corner.” Andrews residents are advised to still be on alert for rainstorms and the upcoming summer heat to follow. “We’re expecting rainstorms, thunderstorms, high winds, microbursts; in other words, severe weather could still be around the corner,” said Airman 1st Class Steven Narad, 89th OSS weather forecaster. “The snow may be gone, but we’re not out of the clear just yet.” Base residents can check their local weather service for severe weather notifications.

Andrews hosts Exceptional Family Member Program Fair BY BOBBY JONES


Joint Base Andrews Youth Center hosted the 4th Annual Joint Services Exceptional Family Member Program Resource Fair and Conference for families with special needs children so families could see what resources are available to them within the National Capital Region March 29. The event hosted several exhibitors from the local area and from as far away as Pennsylvania and Newport News, Va. who came to share their information with all DoD members who have access to the base. “Along with the exhibit hall we also made workshops available,” said Adrienne Barnett,

EFMP Family Support specialist. “The attendees had a choice between 20 workshops on various topics,” said Barnett. Among the workshops included was Tricare Enrollment and Services, What is Applied Behavior Analysis, IEP Basics, along with Behavior Management, EFM safe care, Power Fatigue, and Empowering families dealing with family member who has mental illness. “So there were a variety of topics that we hope would reach from infancy to geriatrics, as far as support for the family,” noted Barnett. “So this is the fourth year we have done this and the Air Force has taken the lead for the past two years.”

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MusiCorps Wounded Warrior Band, formed by service members recuperating at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center at Bethesda, Md., plays music to accompany dinner.

Gala honors, supports wounded warriors BY CHRIS BASHAM STAFF WRITER

When wounds, illnesses and injuries pull our service members from the battlefield, recovery can be a long and grueling journey. After passing through the 79th Medical Wing’s Aeromedical Staging Facility at Malcolm Grow Medical Clinics and Surgery Center on Joint Base Andrews, many wounded warriors get the care they need at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center at Bethesda, Md. But beyond quality medical care, patients and doctors agree that recovery improves with the presence of supportive loved ones. Since 2008, that’s where Luke’s Wings has stepped in, providing travel agency services and travel tickets for loved

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Retired Navy Lt. Jason Redman, founder and Executive Director of Wounded Wear, receives the 2014 Hero Award from Fox News anchor Shannon Bream for his service as a Navy SEAL, his bravery and determination as a wounded warrior, and his efforts to help raise awareness and restore pride among the wounded warrior community through his nonprofit.

National Air and Space Museum Unveils Curtiss SB2C-5 Helldiver COURTESY OF THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION

A World War II dive-bomber, the Curtiss SB2C-5 Helldiver, went on exhibition April 1 at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, where it had undergone restoration for the past 15 months. It is the first historic aircraft to be restored in the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar, part of a major new addition to the center, also consisting of several artifact storage facilities, a collection processing unit, the Emil Buehler Conservation Laboratory and the museum’s Archives. The restoration hangar, large enough to hold seven aircraft at the same time, is fully visible from a mezzanine above, where museum visitors can view specialists working on artifacts below. The museum’s Helldiver rolled off the assembly line in Columbus, Ohio, in May 1945, four months before the war ended. It never saw combat. From September through December of that year, it was located on the USS Lexington and

flown by Bombing Squadron (VB) 92 in the western Pacific and, later, in occupied Japan. It was transferred by the U.S. Navy to the Smithsonian in 1960. “With the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar now fully operational, we can expect to see other icons being transformed, as they move from storage, through restoration and into full view on the exhibition floor of the UdvarHazy Center,” said Gen. J.R. “Jack” Dailey, director of the museum. Support for the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar included a donation of $15 million from Travis and Anne Engen, the son and daughter-in-law of Vice Adm. Donald D. Engen, a former director of the museum, who flew Helldivers in World War II. In appreciation for the gift, the museum named the hangar after Adm. Engen’s wife, Mary. The restoration of the museum’s Helldiver was aided by two surviving members of Bombing Squadron (VB) 92, who provided aeronautics curator Jeremy Kin-


Museum specialist Will Lee fabricated this rudder rib using plans on file in the National Air and Space Museum’s Archives.

ney with firsthand knowledge of its use on the Lexington; the children of other members donated a squadron yearbook with photographs documenting its unique markings. Another source of in-

formation was a former member of the Curtiss-Wright Engineering Cadettes, who inspected Helldivers at the Ohio plant in May 1945. The Cadettes were women engineers during World War II.

The restored Helldiver boasts new paint and markings that take it back to its days with VB-92 during the fall of 1945. The engine received a thorough cleaning and preservation treatment. It has a fully restored propeller with significant details that had been lost for decades. Interior areas in the fuselage were preserved, as were the wings, to stabilize corrosion and retain the original Curtiss Green paint as much as possible. The Helldiver was reconstructed where needed. Museum Collections specialists replicated important parts of the aircraft, including the rear cockpit floor, the gun truck that connects the twin .30-caliber machine guns to the rear seat and the unique Curtiss-specific fabric coverings for the ailerons, elevators and rudder. Heavily damaged components, primarily the rudder and a torn outer wing panel, required extensive repair. During World War II, U.S. Navy bombing squadrons flew

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Around Town April 4

Washington Nationals Opening Day Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol Street, S.E. Washington, D.C. First pitch, 1:05 p.m. The Nationals play the Atlanta Braves in their home opener. For information visit And if you get inspired at the park, contact The Andrews Gazette to become our replacement Talking Baseball columnist at

Workshop and Performance: Latin Jazz

Friday, April 4, 2014; workshop at 1:30 p.m. and concert at 6 p.m. National Museum of American History. Reservations Recommended: RSVP to Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month with Latin jazz legend Bobby Sanabría & Quarteto Aché. In the workshop, musicians of all ages participate in a moderated conversation with Sanabría and an interactive music demonstration with his band. Then, attend a special Latin jazz concert with Bobby Sanabría & Quarteto Aché dedicated to trailblazing curator Marvette Pérez (1961-2013), who laid a foundation for scholarship, collecting and exhibition around Latin jazz and Latin music at the Smithsonian. Seating is first come, first served.

April 5

Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival 600-900 Water Street, S.W. Washington, D.C. 1 p.m. Fireworks at 8:30 p.m. The National Cherry Blossom Festival continues with free, family-friendly activities, music and a fireworks display by the City of Nagaoka, Japan. For information visit


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After weeks of encouraging a friend of mine to join me on my lessthan-regular walks, you guessed it. Today, she asked me if I’d gone for a walk yet, and I had to admit I had not. I have been parked in my office chair, or the seat of my car, a little too much for my own good, lately, and I can tell. I fessed up, and then I went looking for a little more inspiration to keep my feet in my running shoes, instead of under a desk. Because, sometimes, accountability and desire are not enough. I need to feel like the time I spend on the streets is going to improve more than just my own health and comfort. And I found it at the app store. I pretty much love my smart-

phone, even though I was late to that particular party. When my six-year-old flip phone snapped in half last year, I finally upgraded to something a little less 20th Century. Ever since, I’ve been finding great new ways to use to to save time, save money, keep in touch with people who matter to me and most importantly find my way around town. My sense of direction is notoriously poor, so I thank everyone who had any part in creating GPS. Without it, I almost need to tie a rope around my waist every time I leave my apartment or my office. Sad, I know, but honest vulnerability is good for all of us. After talking with my walking buddy, I looked for an app that would not just track how far I walked, but would make me feel good about pushing myself beyond my comfort zone,

even on days when I really don’t care if I get into a smaller size, come summer. I found it in Charity Miles. Charity miles is a free app for both iPhone and Android. Log your walks, runs or bike rides and for every mile you go, Charity Miles donates cash to a charity that matters to you. Choose where your donation goes, whether to an organization dedicated to ending hunger among American children, or helping wounded warriors rebuild their lives, or several other causes worthy of support. On days when the weather is not cooperative and my sweatpants feel too comfy for my own good, knowing that my clumsy, lumbering stride will be helping people who deserve a hand just may be enough to keep me going. I think I’ll go put a few miles in, right now.

of generic formulary medications and $17 for brand name formulary medications. For more information on home delivery, visit www.tricare. mil/homedelivery.

April 23. Do not call the dental clinic. Dental technicians will review each caller’s dental history, looking for conditions that meet the needs for resident training. Selected retirees and dependents will be scheduled for examinations at the Andrews dental clinic, Wednesday morning, May 7, and at the Bolling clinic, Wednesday, May 14. There are 96 examinations available – 48 at each location. Those selected will be considered for appointments, probably starting in October.


Home delivery saves $67M

Following a Congressionally directed study of the TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery program, the Defense Department Inspector General’s office determined it is a cost-efficient way for beneficiaries to receive prescription medications. The mail-order program saved the government 16.7 percent -- nearly $67 million -- in the third quarter of fiscal year 2012. The audit compared what the government spent on prescription drugs through home delivery and what the cost would have been at retail pharmacies. Express Scripts reported that home delivery offers a 99.99 percent prescription fill accuracy rate. Beneficiaries receive a 90-day supply through the mail and have no copayment for generic formulary medications and a $13 copay for brand-name formulary medications. At retail network pharmacies, beneficiaries pay $5 for a 30-day supply

Military academies ranked

Forbes lists the Air Force Academy as the 31st best university in the nation. West Point ranked 7th and the Naval Academy 28th. The top-ranked school is Stanford University, with Pomona College coming in second and Princeton University third. The rankings assess post-graduate success, student satisfaction, student debt, four-year graduation rates and competitive awards.

Call for a dental screening

The 79th Medical Wing’s Advanced Education in General Dentistry program at Joint Base Andrews and Joint Base AnacostiaBolling is offering dental examinations for retirees and dependents. To participate, call the Bolling Retiree Activities Office at 202-767-5244 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday,

The Retiree Activities Office is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Visit the office in Building 1604 at California and Colorado Avenues or call us at 301981-2726. Our e-mail address is Call the office before your visit to ensure a volunteer is on duty. The RAO has a website at; Under “Helpful Links” click on “Retirees Activity Office” for information on retiree subjects, including past copies of “Retiree Corner.”


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Andrews Youth Center aims for Guinness World Record BY BOBBY JONES


Approximately 96 children and Joint Base Andrews Youth Center assistants joined Boys & Girls Clubs of America nationwide to exercise their way into a Guinness World Record for the “Most People Exercising to A Fitness Video” within 24 hours March 28. Andrews Youth Center assistants led several groups of 25 children or more in specialized anaerobic exercises for five-minute periods from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., while following an exercise video in the center gymnasium. Brandon Compton, Andrews Youth Sports and Fitness director, recorded the free event and noted that they attempted the record-breaking performance within the mandated, 24-hour period. “I had to video each group of children exercis-

Raynard Templeman, Joint Base Andrews Youth assistant, leads of group of Andrews children in anaerobic exercises while following a Boys and Girls Clubs of America exercise video, during a Guinness World Record attempt for Most People Exercising to A Video March 28.

ing to a BGCA video to provide evidence that we were actually doing the activity and count off the number of participants,” said Compton. “They were excited about participating in the record.” “They loved the exercise video,” said Compton. “Everyone that participated received a free T-shirt,

wrist band or some sort of prize.” Understanding BGCA’s commitment to improve the overall fitness of young people by living healthy, active lifestyles, Compton said, “We’re a member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and we’re always looking for physical activities that


Youth center children work out exuberantly to an exercise video.

will be beneficial to our kids. We use the WANNA PLAY activities because it’s a health and fitness activity that teaches children the reason why it’s important to exercise and eat healthy every day.”

WANNA PLAY is a BGCA activity that encourages youth ages 6 to 12 to increase their overall fitness and health through physical activity and improved nutrition education, while learning the fundamental

skills of baseball and softball. “We also have Triple Play, where we currently incorporate various other exercises as well as basketball drills on Saturdays,” said Compton.

Band Wins Squadron of the Year


BY MASTER SGT. MATTHEW MURRAY The members of The United States Air Force Band recently learned that they had won the 2013 Squadron of the Year Award for the 11th Wing of the Air Force District of Washington. This was the first time the band has ever won this award. The honor of the award is all the more humbling considering the exceptionally challenging fiscal environment of 2013 and the truly stiff competition from sister squadrons in the 11th Wing, including the renowned 11th Security Forces Squadron and the Presidential Airlift Group. On March 1, 2013, the policy of sequestration went into effect. Its imple-

mentation was the result of Congressional gridlock surrounding an intended reduction of $1.5 trillion in federal spending over ten years. In 2013 alone, $42.7 billion in defense cuts were imposed, effectively taking all of The U.S. Air Force Band’s performances incurring financial expenditures off the table immediately. Tours involving months of painstaking planning were cancelled; high-visibility conventions all over U.S. AIR FORCE PHOTO/SENIOR MASTER SGT. KEVIN BURNS the country, at which our presence had been explic- Chief Master Sgt. Craig LeDoux holds the AFDW Squaditly requested, had to be ron of the Year trophy. LeDoux led the band as its chief dropped at the very last enlisted manager during the period covered by the award. minute; time-honored traditions, including the Air- Series could no longer take vision, drive and a unique men of Note’s Jazz Heri- place. The situation created ability to think outside the tage Series and the D.A.R. incredible challenges for box, those challenges were turned into new opportuniConstitution Hall holiday the band. concerts and Guest Artist However, due to creative ties.


The band’s Operations and Marketing and Outreach departments underwent significant reorganizations and stepped into high gear, researching new, free venues and ensuring their viability. They also worked with their points of contact to turn innovative, new ideas into material reality. One important result of their efforts has been a renewed and significantly expanded relationship with the Smithsonian Institution. For decades, the band has performed at the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museums in downtown Washington, D.C. and Chantilly, Va. Our collaboration has now expanded to include the National Museum of American History,

the National Museum of African Art and potentially additional Smithsonian Institution museums in the future, greatly benefiting both organizations. The establishment of the Advancing Innovation through Music (AIM) program was another profound achievement while working within the budget limitations of sequestration. AIM was designed to build positive relationships with local educational communities and has enabled band members to work with students of all ages in a wide array of environments, including clinics, master classes and large-scale assemblies. In 2013, the Band’s Airmen musicians performed for

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TAPS Honor Gala features Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff BY AMI NEIBERGER-MILLER


Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors Honor Guard Gala last week with Elizabeth Yaggy, 8, the daughter of Marine Maj. David Yaggy, who died in 2009 while on a routine military training flight that crashed in Alabama. Yaggy introduced General Dempsey and sang with him and other TAPS children on stage. In his remarks, Dempsey said, “This organization is absolutely essential to who we are as a profession, and establishing and maintaining and living up to that bond of trust that absolutely has to exist among our ranks in peace and in war.”

The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors held its 2014 TAPS Honor Guard Gala celebrating its 20th anniversary March 27 at the National Building Museum. More than 100 family members who lost loved ones serving in the Armed Forces were in the crowd of more than 800 attendees. General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, delivered a keynote address for the event, which is in its seventh year. The Senator Ted Stevens Leadership Award was presented to Nicki Bunting, a military widow who lives in the Washington, D.C. area and advocates for families of fallen troops. Bunting is the surviving spouse of Army Capt. Brian “Bubba” Bunting, who was killed in action in 2009 in Afghanistan. Bunting found out she was pregnant with their second child days after he died, and founded a Maryland race to honor her husband’s legacy only months later. Presenting the award was Lisa Dolan, a prior recipient. Dolan’s husband, Navy Capt. Tom Dolan Jr., died Sept. 11, 2001 at the Pentagon. The TAPS Engaged Philanthropist Award was presented to Ted Leonsis, founder, chairman, majority owner and CEO of Monumental Sports and Enter-

ated by the Navy and the last significant combat aircraft produced by Curtiss-Wright Corporation. The Udvar-Hazy Center, which opened in December 2003, includes two exhibition halls, the Boeing Aviation Hangar and James S. McDonnell Space Hangar, in addition to the Restoration Hangar. The National Air and Space Museum building on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., is located at Sixth Street and Independence Avenue S.W. The

museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center is located in Chantilly, Va., near Washington Dulles International Airport. Attendance at both buildings combined exceeded 8 million in 2013, making it the most visited museum in America. The museum’s research, collections, exhibitions and programs focus on aeronautical history, space history and planetary studies. Both buildings are open from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. every day (closed Dec. 25).


MUSEUM, from page 1 Helldiver dive-bombers against Japan from November 1943 until the war’s end in September, 1945. About 30 Navy squadrons operated Helldivers aboard 13 carriers. Changes in carrier tactics, technology and weapons made dive-bombing—delivering a bomb at a steep angle to increase accuracy—obsolete as the war progressed. The Helldiver was the last dive-bomber oper-

tainment, which owns and operates the Washington Capitals, Washington Wizards, Washington Mystics and Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C. The partnership also operates Kettler Capitals Iceplex and the George Mason University Patriot Center. The award was presented by Lauren, 15, Justin, 12, and Hope Stubenhofer, 10, the children of Army Capt. Mark Stubenhofer, who was killed in action in 2004 in Iraq. The TAPS Honor Guard Gala Congressional Award was presented to Congressman Adam Smith, ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee. The nine-term Congressman has served on the committee since 1997 as a strong advocate for military personnel and their families. The award was presented by Gabriel Rao, brother of Army Sgt. Elijah Rao, who was killed in action in 2009 in Afghanistan. The TAPS Honor Guard Gala Military Award was presented to Air Force General Mark A. Welsh III, chief of staff of the Air Force. He serves as the senior uniformed Air Force officer responsible for the training and equipping of 690,000 active duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian forces serving in the United States and overseas. As a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the general and other service chiefs function as military advisers to the Secretary of Defense, National Securi-

ty Council and President Obama. The award was presented by Cameron Santos-Silva, 15, son of Army Sergeant First Class Carlos Santos-Silva, who was killed in action in 2010 in Afghanistan. A special, 20th anniversary presentation highlighted 20 people assisted by TAPS, representing the more than 44,000 surviving family members and their caregivers TAPS has assisted since its founding in 1994. Military widow Bonnie Carroll founded the organization in 1994 following the death of her husband, Army Brig. Gen. Tom Carroll, who died in a military plane crash in 1992 in Alaska. CNN journalist Kyra Phillips and FOX News correspondent John Roberts emceed the event. Rebecca Morrison, surviving spouse of Army Capt. Ian Morrison, who died by suicide in 2012, sang the national anthem and God Bless America. Doug Windley, an Army chaplain and TAPS staff member, delivered the invocation. TAPS provides peer-based emotional support, grief and trauma resources, grief seminars and retreats for adults, Good Grief Camps for children, case work assistance, connections to community-based care, online and inperson support groups, and a 24/7 resource and information helpline for all who have been affected by a death in the Armed Forces. Services are provided free of charge.


One early November morning in 2010, Museum staff moved the fuselage of the Curtiss SB2C-5 Helldiver from storage at the Paul E. Garber Preservation, Restoration, and Storage Facility in Suitland, Md. to the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va.

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Painful budget reductions will reduce the future capabilities of combatant commanders, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III told Congress March 26. Testifying alongside Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James at a hearing of the House Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee, Welsh discussed the difficult decisions budget constraints have presented and will continue to present to the Air Force’s role in defending national security. “Every major decision reflected in this budget proposal hurts,” he said. “Each of them reduces the capabilities our combatant commanders would love to have and believe they need. Your Air Force is the finest in the world, and we need to keep it that way.

We built this budget to ensure that Air Force combat power remains unequaled, but that does not mean it will remain unaffected.” There are no more easy cuts, the general said. “We simply can’t ignore the fact that the law is currently written [to return] us to sequestered funding levels in [fiscal year 2016],” Welsh said. “So that’s also considered as part of our plan. To prepare for that, we must cut people and force structure now to create a balanced Air Force that we can afford to train and operate in [fiscal 2016] and beyond.” Because the Air Force needed to cut billions rather than millions of dollars out of its budget, “the normal trimming around the edges just wasn’t going to get it done,” Welsh said. “So we looked at cutting fleets of aircraft as a way to get to the significant savings that are required,” he added.

Welsh explained the logic of the “very tough decisions” that had to be made.. “In our air superiority mission area, we already have reductions in our proposal,” he said. “But eliminating an entire fleet would leave us unable to provide air superiority for an entire theater of operations. We are the only service that can do so.” Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance constitute the No. 1 shortfall of the combatant commanders year after year, Welsh noted. “They would never support even more cuts than we already have in our budget proposal,” he said. Noting the Air Force has “several aircraft” in the global mobility mission area, Welsh said he spoke with Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno during budget planning to get his thoughts on reducing the airlift fleet.

“His view was that a smaller Army would need to be more responsive and able to move quicker,” Welsh said. “He did not think that reducing airlift assets further was a good idea, and the [Air Force] secretary and I agree. We looked at our air refueling fleets and considered divesting the KC-10 as an option. Just one example, but the analysis showed us that the mission impact was too significant.” Welsh echoed testimony from James, who told the panel that a return to sequester funding levels in fiscal 2016 would put the mobility fleet back on the table. “We looked at the KC135 fleet, but we would have to cut many more KC-135s than KC-10s to achieve the same savings,” he said. “And with that many KC-135s out of the

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Spend your tax refund wisely Last year the IRS paid out over 110 million income tax refunds averaging $2,803. Another way to look at it is that collectively, Americans overpaid their taxes by nearly $310 billion in 2012. Part of that is understandable: If you don’t have enough tax withheld throughout the year through payroll deductions or quarterly estimated tax payments, you’ll be hit with an underpayment penalty come April 15. But the flip side is that by over-withholding, you’re essentially giving the government an interest-free loan throughout the year. If you ordinarily receive large tax refunds, consider withholding less and instead putting the money to work for you, by either saving or investing a comparable amount throughout the year, or using it to pay down debt. Your goal should be to receive little or no refund. Ask your employer for a new W-4 form and recalculate your withholding allowance using the IRS’ Withholding Calculator (at This is also a good idea whenever your pay or family situation changes significantly

(e.g.., pay increase, marriage, divorce, new child, etc.) IRS Publication 919 can guide you through the decision-making process. Meanwhile, if you do get a hefty refund this year, before blowing it all on something you really don’t need, consider these options: Pay down debt. Beefing up credit card and loan payments can significantly lower your long-term interest payments. Suppose you currently pay $120 a month toward a $3,000 credit card balance at 18 percent interest. At that pace it’ll take 32 months and $788 in interest to pay it off, assuming no new purchases. By doubling your payment to $240 you’ll shave off 18 months and $441 in interest. Note: If you carry balances on multiple cards, always make at least the minimum payments to avoid penalties. The same strategy will work when paying down(mortgage, auto, personal and other loans. Ask the lender to apply your extra payment to the loan principal amount, which will shorten the payoff time and reduce the amount of overall interest paid. Just make sure to ask whether there’s a

prepayment penalty before trying this strategy. Boost your emergency fund. As protection against a job loss, medical emergency or other financial crisis, try to set aside enough cash to cover six to nine months of living expenses. Seed the account with part of your refund and then set up monthly automatic deductions from your paycheck or checking account going forward. Increase retirement savings. If your debt and

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As the former commander, Dr. (Col.) D. Kenneth Block impacted the DiLorenzo TRICARE Health Clinic at the Pentagon greatly, specifically the Fit To Win Wellness Program. A ceremony held in Block’s honor March 27 renamed the program the “D. Kenneth Block Pentagon Fit To Win Wellness Center” honoring his good nature, professionalism, and spirit. Mark Jacobs, chief of Fit To Win, spoke to Block’s friends and family about the program’s growth with Block’s support. “First as commander of the Pentagon Military Health Clinic from 1994 to 2000 and then as commander of DTHC from 2002 to 2012, Dr. Block not only secured the resources needed for the operation of a world-class health promotion program, but allowed Fit To Win to grow to become more relevant and valuable to the Pentagon community from one year to another,” Jacobs said. Early in 2012, Jacobs and his team began preparing to dedicate the wellness program to Block, who was showing signs of illness. The renaming ceremony was to accompany the 25th anniversa-

Dr. (Col.) Joseph Pina, DiLorenzo TRICARE Health Clinic director kicks off the Fit To Win Wellness Program renaming ceremony.

ry of the program. Preparations were met with a statement from the U.S. Army which explained that a person who would be the subject of renaming had to be deceased. After Block died August 2012, the paperwork to have the Fit To Win program renamed was reinitiated. The ceremony came after 27 years of success from Fit To Win and celebrated the program’s growth, triumphs, and special events that could not have been possible without Block’s support. “We are stronger, more relevant, and with a larger participant population than ever,” Jacobs said, “thanks to our good fortune of having a bigger-thanlife person who was the ‘wind beneath our wings’.”

Dr. (Col.) Joseph Pina, DiLorenzo TRICARE Health Clinic director, and Cindy Block, wife of the clinic’s former commander Dr. D. Kenneth Block, cut the ribbon marking the official renaming of the D. Kenneth Block Fit To Win Wellness Center March 27 in the clinic.

Clinic Director Dr. (Col.) Joseph Pina and Dr. Block’s wife, Cindy Block cut a red ribbon in the Fit To Win waiting room using the same scissors her husband used at the official groundbreak-

Band lays to rest former member BY CHIEF MASTER SGT. JENN PAGNARD

The U.S. Air Force Band laid to rest a former band member March 27 at Arlington National Cemetery. Retired Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Elizabeth Schouten died Nov. 26, 2013 after a battle with lung cancer. Chief Schouten retired from the Air Force in 2011 after serving 30 years in The U.S. Air Force. Chief Schouten began her career as a clarinetist in the Concert Band in 1981. She performed with the Concert Band in concerts and ceremonies throughout the 48 contiguous states and in seven foreign countries. Her distinguished career includes playing for seven Presidential Inaugural Parades, from President Reagan to President Obama, before billions of people via media broadcasts. Schouten attributed a series of coincidental encounters with military band members leading to her audition for the band. She said, “You never know who will influence your future career or


Chief Master Sgt. Elizabeth Schouten at the time of her retirement in 2011.

goals.” Her elementary school band director, George Dietz, was a clarinetist with The U.S. Army Air Corps Band in the 1940s. She continued her musical studies in junior high under the direction of Edwin Daugherty, a former tubist with The U.S. Air Force Band’s Ceremonial Brass. However, the most significant coincidence to happen to Chief Schouten as a student was when she performed at a solo and en-

semble competition. The adjudicator was retired Air Force Major Al Bader, who was a staff officer with The U.S. Air Force Band. He encouraged her to continue studying music in college and later audition for the band. She took his advice to heart. During her 30 years in the band, Schouten served in many different musical and administrative positions, culminating her career as the band’s superintendent. Just before she retired she was interviewed for an article for which she said, “I feel so honored to have served this great country, where we are free to elect our leaders and have the opportunity to choose our career path.” Chief Master Sgt. Elizabeth Schouten’s life was taken from us far too soon, and she will be sorely missed. She is survived by her husband, former band member, retired Air Force Master Sgt. John Schouten and their son, Nicholas. We at the band wish to extend our deepest condolences to them and the rest of her family at this sad time.

Sesame Street helps military children move Children in military families move six to nine times between kindergarten and high school. A mobile app launched in December aims to help them cope with leaving a familiar place for the unknown. The Big Moving Adventure app lets children create a Muppet friend to help them through the moving process. Developed for the Defense Department in partnership with Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, the mobile app is available for download from the App Store, Google Play and Amazon for Kindle Fire. “Moving can be stressful, and kids need to express feelings and say goodbye to people and things,” said Dr. Kelly Blasko, a psychologist at the National Center for Telehealth and Technology at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. “The Muppet char-

acters in this app help make the move a fun experience.” Children can use the app to help their Muppet friend make decisions on a variety of moverelated issues, such as which toys to pack in a box and which to take along in their backpack. Children watch the Muppet say goodbye to their house, their military base and their classroom and playground friends. At the new house, children help their Muppet unpack, settle into the home and make new friends. “Sesame Workshop has always been at the forefront of creating resources for families with young children to help address some of life’s most difficult issues,” said Dr. Jeanette Betancourt, the senior vice president for Community and Family Engagement at Sesame Workshop. “The Big Moving Adventure is part of Sesame Workshop’s contribution to military families, who face the

challenge of helping a child cope with this major transition and help our kids reach their highest potential.” Military parents face unique challenges during a move, and the app helps their young children through the experience. A separate parents’ section contains additional move-related topics and tips. The Big Moving Adventure mobile app is the newest addition to a portfolio of multimedia resources developed by Sesame Workshop, in collaboration with the Defense Department, to help military families with deployments and life transitions. While developed specifically for military families with children 3 to 5 years old, it is useful for all families with young children experiencing a move, officials said. (Courtesy of the National Center for Telehealth and Technology)

Colorectal cancer screening saves lives BY SENIOR AIRMAN CHRISTINA MAY


Cancer of the colon and rectum, known as colorectal cancer, is the fourth most commonly detected cancer in the US (excluding skin cancer) with more than 130,000 new cases every year. At the Gastroenterology Clinic in Malcolm Grow Medical Clinics and Surgery Center we offer a colorectal cancer screen-

ing class twice a month. During the class we provide an overview of colorectal cancer and discuss the colonoscopy procedure, the benefits and risks associated with colonoscopy and alternative modalities for colorectal cancer screening. The development of colorectal cancer is related to a combination of lifestyle (diet, smoking and lack of exercise), age, and genetics. Colorectal cancers arise from precancerous growths

called polyps in the lining of the large bowel; if left untreated, polyps can develop into colorectal cancer. Possible signs and symptoms of colorectal cancer include increasing constipation, blood in the stool, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, and weight loss. The risk of colorectal cancer generally starts to increase at about 50 years of age; however, it can start earlier in some seg-

see CANCER, page 7

ing of the DiLorenzo TRICARE Health Clinic 14 years earlier. As the ribbon fell, a sheet was lowered behind Cindy Block. Her daughter asked her to turn around, and she did. Cindy, over-

come with emotion, was staring at the new plaque of the D. Kenneth Block Pentagon Fit To Win Wellness Center and her husband’s portrait. The room fell silent.

Concert Band and Singing Sergeants return to the road after Sequestration


Members of the Concert Band during their Fall 2012 tour. The Concert Band and Singing Sergeants hit the road in April for the first time since that trip, traveling to Michigan, Illinois and Indiana. BY MASTER SGT. JAKE MCCRAY

After more than 12 months of being limited to performing for metropolitan Washington, D.C., audiences, the Concert Band and Singing Sergeants will finally take to the road again on their spring 2014 tour of the Midwest. The Band and Singers will travel through Illinois, Indiana and Michigan, performing concerts for audiences and presenting clinics and master classes to students in high school and college. The spring tour of 2013 was cancelled last year due to the budgetary challenges of the sequestration. During that time, the Band was restricted to local performances only. This did not diminish the band’s impact on the community, as the band created the education outreach program AIM (Advancing Innovation through Music). Nor did it dampen their holiday spirit, as demonstrated in an inventive holiday concert series at local venues to include the UdvarHazy National Air and Space Museum, and the wildly successful holiday flash mob, viewed by more than 30 million Internet users worldwide. With the ban on stateside travel lifted in late 2013, the band and singers can now go out and do what they do best - perform, wow, and dazzle audiences both near and far. This tour’s musical programs will feature traditional wind band music, clarinet and trumpet soloists, vocal opera selections and a debut of a new musical theater medley featuring some of the latest hits from Broadway shows. In addition to the Air Force members on stage, the band frequently invites students to join

them for a selection, usually consisting of a traditional march. Also, it is not uncommon to see a guest conductor, often from the hosting institution, frequently a college or university. This type of outreach is a wonderful way to integrate the community with the band on stage, and provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for young players and conductors alike. Along with the traditional tour concert setting, instrumentalists and vocalists will provide clinics and master classes to high school and university students. The nature of these workshops changes based upon the size of the educational institution, what is requested, and which groups are available on any given day of the tour. The interactions range from one-onone settings to small groups, and even may include a band member or vocalist critiquing a large group of instrumentalists or a choir. The feedback of a working professional is vital to any budding musician, whether they’re pursuing the activity simply for the enjoyment of music, or if they aspire to become a professional within the industry. Often, clinics and concerts will occur on the same day, making for a challenging day on the job. When the band and singers return from tour they’ll have a few days off to recover, and then it’s right back to the grind with the Concert Band rehearsing for a recording, and the singers preparing for multiple AIM events and the upcoming recording. Regardless, we are thrilled to have the chance to serve our country with our natural talents, and even more thrilled to be back on the road once again.


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Military officials testify on sequestration, readiness BY TERRI MOON CRONK


Sequestration would degrade military readiness, senior military officials recently told a Senate panel. Army Gen. John F. Campbell, vice chief of staff; Marine Corps Gen. John M. Paxton Jr., assistant commandant; Air Force Gen. Larry O. Spencer, vice chief of staff and Navy Vice Adm. Philip H. Cullom, deputy chief of naval operations for fleet readiness and logistics, testified March 26 before the Senate Armed Forces Committee’s subcommittee on readiness and management support. “Today, the Army remains globally engaged with more than 66,000 Soldiers deployed, including about 32,200 in Afghanistan and about 85,000 forward-stationed in over 150 different countries,” Campbell told the Senate panel. While restoration of some funding for fiscal 2014 helps the Army restore readiness, he said, it is not sufficient to fully eliminate the shortfall in core capabilities created from the past decade of counterinsurgency operations, and made greater by sequestration. “The current level of [fiscal 2015] funding will allow the Army to sustain the readiness levels achieved in [fiscal] ‘14, but will only generate minimum readiness required to meet the defense strategic guidance,” Campbell added. “We anticipate sequestration reductions in [fiscal 2016] and beyond [will] severely degrade manning, readiness and modernization efforts and would not allow us to execute the defense strategic guidance.” The Army is in the process of a drawdown to 490,000 active duty Soldiers, 350,000 Army National Guardsmen, and 202,000 Reservists by the end of fiscal ‘15, Campbell said. By the end of fiscal 2017, the Army will decrease its end strength to 450,000 active duty, 335,000 Army National Guardsmen and 195,000 Reservists, he said. “This cuts disproportionally on the active Army and they will reverse the force mix ratio going 51 percent active and 49 percent reserve in [fiscal] 2012 to 46 percent active and 54 percent in our reserve component in [fiscal] ‘17. So we have a greater preponderance in our reserve components, in both our National Guard and our reserve,” Campbell added. As the Army continues to draw down

CANCER, from page 6 ments of the population. “Colorectal cancer screening should typically begin around 45-50 years of age; however, it depends on several factors such as ethnic background and family history,” said Dr. Christopher Lee, MGMCSC gastroenterologist. “If you have a strong family history of colorectal cancer or advanced colon polyps, screening should start at age 40 or possibly earlier. Do not wait until you have symptoms because most polyps and early colorectal cancers do not cause any symptoms,” said Lee.


Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Larry Spencer provides an update of current readiness of the U.S. Air Force before the Senate Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support in Washington, D.C., March 26. Also testifying for their own services were Gen. John F. Campbell, Army Vice Chief of Staff; Gen. John M. Paxton Jr., Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps; and Vice Adm. Philip Hart Cullom, deputy chief of Naval Operations for Fleet Readiness and Logistics.

and restructure over the next three to four years, “readiness and modernization deficiencies” will exist, he said. “Fiscal realities have caused us to implement tiered readiness as a bridging strategy [by] ... maintaining different parts of the Army at varying levels of preparation,” he added. “This year is critical to deciding the fate of what is the greatest army in the world and could have significant implications on our nation’s security for years to come,” Campbell said. “Cuts implemented under the Budget Control Act and sequestration instantly impaired our readiness.” About 30,000 Marines are now forwarddeployed around the world, promoting peace, protecting the national interest and securing U.S. defense, Paxton said. Marine readiness has been proven many times, he added, and “significantly” twice in the last year with humanitarian missions during a typhoon in the Philippines and the rescue of American citizens in South Sudan. Both missions “demonstrated the reality and the necessity for maintaining a combat-ready force that’s capable of han-

The use of fecal blood testing, virtual colonoscopy, barium enema and sigmoidoscopy are good screening tools, but they are less accurate than a colonoscopy in the detection of polyps and colorectal cancer. “The goals of colonoscopy are to find polyps and remove them before they can become colorectal cancer, and early detection of colorectal cancer. Colonoscopy is the preferred method for colorectal cancer screening because it can accurately detect and remove polyps during a single procedure and reduce the risk of colorectal cancer by 70 to 80 percent,” said Lee. While lung cancer ranks as the num-

JBA Buzz

What’s the best April Fool’s joke you’ve pulled--or had played on you?

Erica Myrick, Joint Base Andrews Commissary cashier

“Last April Fools’ Day, I told my mom I was pregnant. She was very upset. Not long after that my grandmother and grandfather stopped by our house and asked me to go for a ride with them. I asked where we are going. She said, ‘Just come along.’ As we pulled up in front of the hospital I asked, ‘Why are we here?’ My grandmother said, ‘We need to have you checked out.’ I said, ‘Grandma I was just joking about being pregnant.’ My grandmother then said, ‘If my arthritis wasn’t bothering me so much, I’d take a switch and beat you.’”

Capt. Ellen Donohue, 779th Dental Squadron dentist

“Last April Fools’ Day I had just gotten a job appraisal and I was told that I had gotten a pay raise. When I checked my pay stub I found out that it was a joke.”

“Last year, someone put my telephone number on Craigslist for a free washer and dryer. I was getting calls all day long.”

Airman 1st Class Chase Burnette, 11th Security Forces Squadron apprentice

“This April’s Fool Day I talked with a couple of my staff members about playing a joke on a tooth implant patient. During the procedure the patient was sedated. Afterward the patient was awakened. I told her that the procedure didn’t go as well as expected. I told her that we had to perform a stem cell implant from an orangutan and that it might grow in a little differently, but we would take care of it. To our surprise she took it well. But, I immediately told her we were playing an April Fools’ joke on her and she instantly laughed.”

Charles Stevenson, 11th Force Support Squadron West Fitness Center supervisor and sports specialist

dling crisis today,” Paxton said. “Such an investment is essential to maintaining our national security and our prosperity in the future.” As the nation continues to face fiscal uncertainty, the Marine Corps is making necessary choices to protect its near-term readiness and to place the service on the best trajectory to meet future defense requirements, Paxton said. Marine Corps leadership, he said, rests decisions on five pillars: To recruit and retain high-quality people, maintain the highest state of unit readiness, meet the combatant commanders’ requirements for Marines, maintain appropriate infrastructure investments, and “keep an eye on the future” by investing in capabilities for tomorrow’s challenges. In the Air Force, decades of sustained combat operations stressed the ranks and decreased its readiness to unacceptable levels, although Airmen performed “exceptionally well” in the counterinsurgency and counterterrorism fights in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, Spencer told the Senate panel. “We will continue to maintain our abil-

ber one cause of death due to a cancer, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S., with over 50,000 deaths per year. One in 20 people will eventually develop colorectal cancer in their lifetime. Ironically, colorectal cancer is one of the most preventable types of cancer through awareness and proper screening. After completing the colorectal screening class at MGMCSC, attendees can be scheduled for their colonoscopy as well as receive their pre-procedure medications. Ask your primary care provider to enter a referral for colorectal cancer screening if you have not had a screening and you are in the appropriate age group.

CSAF, from page 5 fleet, we simply can’t meet our worldwide mission requirement.” In the strike mission area, Welsh said, cutting the A-10 fleet would save $3.7 billion across the future-year defense program and another $500 million in cost avoidance for upgrades that would no longer be necessary. “To get that same savings would require a much higher number of F-15E’s or F-16s [to be cut], but we also looked at those options,” he added. Air Force officials ran a detailed operational analysis, Welsh said, comparing divestiture of the A-10 fleet to divestiture of the B-1 fleet, reduction of the F-16 and F-15E fleet, and to deferring procurement of a large number of F-35s, as well as to

BAND, from page 3 6,831 students in the National Capital Region. The program has been such a remarkable success that it has continued to operate even after some of the fiscal restraints of sequestration have eased. The many profound accomplishments noted in the Band’s Squadron of the Year award include a 166-member parade element for the Presidential Inauguration; 878 hours dedicated to the Victims Advocate program for victims of sexual assault; sponsorship of 30 new Honor Guardsmen; 1,250 hours devoted to professional development; performances for 63 Honor Flights reaching 15,000 World War II veterans and of course, the nowinfamous Flash Mob, which reached 23. 8 million television viewers and 2.6

ity to respond to today’s requirements, but we must also regain and maintain our ability to effectively operate in the most demanding threat environment,” he said. The bottom line on readiness, Spencer added, is that the Air Force knows the “[fiscal year] ‘15 [proposed] submission sets the conditions that enable us to begin the road to recovery in the years ahead, but we will need your help to get there.” Sequestration “has cut the Air Force budget by billions of dollars. Our only option is to reduce our force structure. We cannot retain more force structure than we can afford to keep ready,” Spencer said. Properly trained and equipped, the Air Force can set the conditions “for success in any conflict in any region of the world whenever we’re called upon,” he said. The Navy continues to deliver ready, certified forces forward and will not compromise, Cullom said, calling it a responsibility to Sailors, their families and combatant commanders. “With the budget you provided for this [fiscal] year ‘14, we’re meeting our forwardpresence commitment to the combatant commanders,” the admiral said.. “We are able to execute the deeper maintenance plan for our ships and aircraft, and we have restored a normal training and readiness progression within the fleet. “Our maintenance plan continues to execute the re-set of surface ship material condition after a decade of high temporal operations,” Cullom continued. “But because of the need to drive our ships for much of this work, it must continue for at least five more years.” The Navy accepted “increased risk” into the mission areas of defense strategic guidance because of slowed modernization and restricted ordinance procurement, and the risk continues into the long-term viability of shore infrastructure, Cullom said. “If we must return to sequestration levels in [fiscal] ‘16 and beyond, we will continue to strive to have a ready Navy, but it would require us to become smaller and less capable,” he said. “Our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines are the finest we have ever had and they’re going into harm’s way every day. We must continue to provide them the right training and capable equipment to meet the challenges they face today and will face in the future,” Cullom said.

Slow down on Suitland Parkway through May Pepco contractor W.A. Chester will be working on underground utilities improvement along Suitland Parkway April 7 - May 23. The work will cause lane closures and reduced speed in work zones. Most work will be carried out 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. weekdays, and longer on weekends. District of Columbia and Maryland police will enhance traffic enforcement during the project.

decreasing readiness by standing down a number of fighter squadrons and just parking them on the ramp. “We used the standard DOD planning scenarios,” Welsh said. “The results very clearly showed that cutting the A-10 fleet was the lowest-risk option, from an operational perspective, of a bunch of bad options. While no one is happy, from a military perspective, it’s the right decision, and it’s representative of the extremely difficult choices that we’re facing in the budget today.” The U.S. military must modernize, Welsh said, but today’s declining budgets place limits on modernization. “And we must maintain the proper balance across all our mission areas,” he added, “because that’s what the combatant commanders expect from us.” million YouTube views and generated $637,000 in free public relations advertising. In a congratulatory e-mail to the members of the band, Col. Larry H. Lang said, “Your world-class talent, remarkable innovation and steadfast professionalism has made, and will continue to make, a positive, enduring impact for our Air Force members and their families, our nation and the world. Thank you for your continued dedication to excellence. I’m honored to serve with each of you.” 2013 was a banner year for The United States Air Force Band. Winning the Squadron of the Year Award for the 11th Wing of the Air Force District of Washington was a profound and humbling honor for all of us. Congratulations to all the inspiring, talented and dedicated men and women of this elite organization.


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Brenda Sheaffer, EFMP keynote speaker, addresses an Andrews Youth Center audience during a Joint Services Exceptional Family Member Program Resource Fair March 28 at the Joint Base Andrews Youth Center.


Molly McGinnis, clinical director, Applied Behavior Analysis, provides a summary of different interventions and tools used in ABA for special needs children to parents at an ABA workshop March 28 at Andrews Youth Center.

FAIR, from page 1 One of the highlights of the day-long event came when guest keynote speaker, Brenda Sheaffer, a custodial employee at the New Executive Office within the White House gave a personal testimony of her life. The partially blind, Oxon Hill native spoke about her learning disability and how Melwood placed her in a custodial training program and gave her the necessary tools and respect to eventually land her current job. Sheaffer noted how

thankful she was for the pay raise she received with the new job at the Executive Office. “I don’t understand money, but I do understand the getting more is good,” said Sheaffer jokingly. Sheaffer also spoke candidly about the celebrity that Melwood afforded her. “I’ve been featured in the Washington Post, been on radio and a Melwood T.V. commercial. “I felt like a celebrity. Someone said I heard you on the radio and said can I have your autograph,” said Sheaffer. But she noted her greatest joy came when she was

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invited to the White House to meet then First Lady, Laura Bush. “I had my picture taken with her,” said Sheaffer, proudly displaying the photograph to the audience. “In conclusion, none of these wonderful and exciting things would have happen if I hadn’t been working for Melwood and Ability One,” said Sheaffer. Although she was quick to note that she has a disability she proudly said “If I didn’t work for Melwood I would be collecting government benefits, but instead I’m collecting a pay check and paying taxes.”

Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Brent Yesefski and his wife Sara ask questions during a Joint Services Exceptional Family Member Program Resource Fair workshop held March 28 at the Joint Base Andrews Youth Center.


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Put a male model in a suit, and enthusiastic admirers will reach out for a kiss--or a quick photo.

GALA, from page 1 ones so that they can be on hand while their service member heals. The Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit also provides flights for the family and loved ones of special operators under the Special Operations Command Care Coalition, and for families of veterans in hospice care. Luke’s Wings held its annual Hero Gala March 29 at the RitzCarlton Washington, D.C. The evening, hosted by Mistress of Ceremonies and Fox News anchor Shannon Bream, included a runway fashion show, a live auction, dinner, dancing, and music by MusiCorps Wounded Warrior Band, a group which formed among patients in the halls of WRMMC. Part fundraiser, part ceremony, the gala shone a spotlight on the people who serve our nation through fierce battles abroad and back home in treatment facilities, and on those who go on to work to support and inspire their fellow service members during the tough times that follow a severe injury or illness. Luke’s Wings honored Lockheed Martin with a Partner Award, accepted by Will Johnson


Jr., director of Federal Services in the Energy Solutions program area within Lockheed Martin’s Information Systems and Global Solutions-Civil organization. “More than 24,000 veterans are Lockheed Martin employees, so it is very important to us to support the veteran community and our Soldiers. Luke’s Wings means a lot to me,” said Johnson, who was once stationed at Joint Base Andrews before he retired from the Air Force in 2008. “As an enlisted man and a Mustang, I really understand the financial struggle service members and their families face (when their loved one is far from home in a medical facility).” Retired Navy Lt. (SEAL) Jason Redman received the 2014 Flying Families, Lifting Spirits Hero Award for the work he has done to inspire wounded warriors, connect them to valuable opportunities and support them as they work toward their new lives after a severe injury, an effort that began in his own hospital room at Walter Reed, where after a 2007 firefight he recovered from his wounds, posting a sign demanding positive attitudes instead of pity, strength and growth instead of grief. He went on to found

Don and Janet Henscheid, parents of Army Special Forces Staff Sgt. Landon Leo Henscheid, a field medic, whose spinal cancer was discovered after he was injured on patrol in Afghanistan. Staff Sgt. Henscheid was treated for his severe injuries and cancer at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Md., and died in 2013.

Wounded Wear, which provides clothing modifications for wounded warriors, retreat weekends, job search assistance, suicide prevention programs and other efforts, guided by caseworkers who help them, and the families of the fallen, reach past a catastrophic event into a future filled with hope and pride. “The message is, despite your injury, despite your loss, you’re still here,” Redman said. Virginia Beach, Va.-based Wounded Wear works with combat veterans from World War II, to Korea, to Vietnam, to modern conflicts, to restore the “power, pride and purpose” of service members who are set to become what Redman sees as “the next Greatest Generation. America needs individuals who have overcome major adversity. Wounded warriors and the families of the fallen can be a shining example while they get themselves whole and healed.” Presenting the Hero Award to Redman, Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Manpower and Reserve Affairs) Juan M. Garcia III spoke of the “stunning advances in military medicine,” seen in recent conflicts. “We’re bringing home wounded personnel, alive,

Models, service members, veterans and wounded warriors participated in a fashion show featuring dress and casual wear for men and women.

who in previous wars would have come home in flag-draped coffins. That’s where the challenge begins, to make sure that PTSD, TBI and IEDs don’t become the Agent Orange of this generation.” On a somber note, Don and Janet Henscheid, parents of Army Special Forces Staff Sgt. Landon Leo Henscheid, a field medic, whose spinal cancer was discovered after he was injured on patrol in Afghanistan, spoke of the comfort and support they received from Luke’s Wings while caring for their son. Staff Sgt. Henscheid was treated for his severe injuries and cancer at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Md., and died in 2013. Luke’s Wings helped the Henscheid family, of Utah, be

near Staff Sgt. Henscheid during his repeated hospitalizations. “Our family bonds were strengthened,” said Janet Henscheid of the time she, her husband and children spent at Walter Reed for surgeries, chemotherapy, rehabilitation, and hospice care. “The service they provided to our family went far beyond some flights,” said Don Henscheid. “This is a war, and Luke’s Wings entered this battle with us without knowing what the results would be. They were with us the entire time. Landon lost this particular battle, but he fought with courage.” The Henscheids have gone on to work with organizations in their home state of Utah, to help veterans at risk of suicide.


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AF Drill Team to display skill at 2014 Joint Service Drill Exhibition

Friday, April 4, 2014

Year of Military Women ends


The Soldier’s Tale by Igor Stravinsky at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial 1st Lt. Shanti Simon Nolan leads members of the USAF Band in The Soldier’s Tale by Igor Stravinsky at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial. Tech. Sgt. Emily Wellington and Tech. Sgt. Julia Brundage performed as The Soldier and The Devil respectively.


Come see the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team display their skill and precision at the 2014 Joint Service Drill Competition April 12 at the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. Teams from the Air Force, Army, Navy and Marines will perform beginning at 11 a.m. BY STAFF SGT. TOREY GRIFFITH 11TH WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS

The Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team is slated to display their skill and precision at the 2014 Joint Service Drill Exhibition April 12 at the Jefferson Memorial. The exhibition is free and open to the public. Beginning at 11 a.m., teams


from the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines will perform their best drill routines, so arrive early to secure a front-row seat. The event will take place during the Cherry Blossom Festival, so use of public transportation is recommended. Use the hashtag #AFDrillTeam to share your photos of the event with the world.

BY TECHNICAL SGT. KRISTIN KING From April 2013 to March 2014, the Department of Defense celebrated The Year of Military Women. The United States Air Force Band chose to culminate this celebration in very a unique way. On March 2, the Band presented an all-female rendition of Stravinsky’s “Soldier’s Tale.” It is rare for an Air Force Band performance to include musicians from many different flights. However, this celebration brought together women from the Concert Band, Singing Sergeants, Strolling Strings, Ceremonial Brass and Support Staff. It was conducted by 1st Lt. Shanti Simon Nolan. Stravinsky’s hour-long composition is a monumental piece for seven musicians, and the concert was staged at an equally important location. The Women in Military Service for America Memorial, presided over by retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Wilma L. Vaught, is the only major national memorial honoring women who have served in our nation’s defense during all eras and in all services. The beautiful and intimate concert hall within the me-

morial was the perfect location to highlight the talents of these female band members. “Soldier’s Tale” is composed for a unique combination of instruments. The violin plays a soloistic role throughout the piece and is joined by a clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, double bass and percussion. The story of the “Soldier’s Tale” is based on a Russian folk tale and is told by a narrator throughout the performance. The story tells of a na?ve soldier who trades her violin to the devil in exchange for economic fortune. Chief Master Sgt. Jennifer Pagnard performed brilliantly as the narrator, bringing the text to life with her captivating storytelling. Perhaps the most interesting and unique aspect of this particular performance was the incorporation of multimedia. Traditionally, the complete “Soldier’s Tale” is performed with actors portraying the roles of the Soldier and the Devil. In this performance, the actors were filmed in advance and projected onto screens above the stage. Pagnard often carried out dialogue with the projected image of the

Soldier, charming the audience with the story. Master Sgt. Emily Wellington, who played the role of the Soldier, made a brief onstage appearance early in the piece as she played the fiddle she would later trade to the Devil. Technical Sgt. Julia Brundage played the role of the Devil. She thrilled the audience with her live performance of the “Devil’s Song” near the end of the work. Though every performer involved in the performance was female Chief Master Sgt. Jebodiah Eaton was the mastermind behind the multimedia presentation that was so carefully intertwined with Stravinsky’s music. His work, along with help from many others in the Band’s Technical Support section, made this performance of Stravinsky “Soldier’s Tale” a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The Women in Military Service for America Memorial hosts frequent musical events by service members throughout the year. For more information, please visit their website at http://www.womensmemorial. org/News/events.html.

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