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Joint Base Journal Vol. 5, No. 12

April 4, 2014

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Air Force Band members mentor high school music students BY ROBERT W. MITCHELL JOINT BASE ANACOSTIA-BOLLING PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Forty-seven high school music students from Ohio visited Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB) recently to glean decades of invaluable music knowledge and guidance under the tutelage of the Air Force Band’s esteemed premier jazz ensemble band, Airmen of Note. “Our students thoroughly enjoyed visiting and observing the Airmen of Note in action. It was wonderful for our students to see both musicians and military professionals at work. Seeing the ensemble work in rehearsal was particularly interesting, as students were exposed to great music as well as the process and dedication it takes to perform music at a high level,” said Greg Benson, director of bands at Gallia Academy High School in Gallipolis, Ohio. The students sat in on the morning rehearsal with the Airmen at JBAB last week. They freely sung along to the classic tunes gleefully capturing the memorable

event with their smart phones. Some even camped out right on the rehearsal floor waving their illuminated phones back and forth like concertgoers. Led by Air Force Tech. Sgt. Tyler Kuebler, a native of Augora Hills, Calif., the Airmen played stringed instruments, horns, drums, a piano, and sang. They performed pop favorites from Chicago’s “You’re the Inspiration” to Otis Redding’s “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay.” The band stopped between sets to talk about musical instruments, like the saxophone, and the life of a being a musician in the armed forces. Some in the group were so inspired by the visit that they would consider enlisting into the military to pursue a career in music, Benson explained. “After our visit with the jazz ensemble, many students approached me saying how much they had been inspired by the visit and would love to pursue a career as a military musician in the

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Master Sgt. Steven Erickson, a native of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, and members of the U.S. Air Force Band’s jazz ensemble Airmen of Note rehearse before an audience of music students from Gallia Academy High School in Gallipolis, Ohio.

Naval District Washington representatives discuss reduction in force impact at town hall meeting BY ROBERT W. MITCHELL JOINT BASE ANACOSTIA-BOLLING PUBLIC AFFAIRS

At a town hall meeting at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB) last month, senior military and civilian leaders presented an overview of a federal workforce reduction plan that is set to impact hundreds of positions at military installations throughout the National Capital Region (NCR). “This was information giving people an update on where Naval District Washington (NDW) region is [in the process]. So we constantly update and stay engaged with the employees and show them the impact regarding what management is doing, what they have done and what is still expected of

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us,” NDW Human Resource Office Director Felix Petersen said at the March 25 meeting at JBAB’s Bolling Club. Implementation of the reduction in force (RIF), which had previously been delayed, goes into effect Aug. 23. It will eliminate 31 specific billets on that date and impact hundreds of positions throughout the NCR, according to NDW. “Three things can occur: involuntary separation, involuntary demotion, and reassignment resulting from a displaced or another employee. Those are the three things that can occur in a RIF,” Petersen said. In calculating who goes and who stays the RIF applies a retention registration tool to determine

the retention status of the federal employees in the region, Petersen explained. That tool looks at key categories such as length of service and veteran’s preference to establish whether an employee will be retained, reassigned or separated, he said. Employees should receive notices May 9 about their retention status indicating whether they are in fact affected, retained, reassigned or separated, Petersen said. According to district commandant Rear Adm. Mark Rich, the majority of the funding at Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) is spent on people and labor costs. And the RIF is a way to reduce those expenses by

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shrinking operations in the face of one the harshest economic climates he has witnessed over the past three decades. The elimination of 31 billets does not translate into the loss of only 31 jobs, Rich said. It will, rather, impact approximately 124 positions throughout the region, he said. Rich projects one in four employees will be impacted by the RIF. He urged all workers to be informed of their protections and rights concerning the RIF in order to minimize the likelihood of an unfavorable shift in their career paths. NDW Regional Executive Director Tom McGuire believes many are starting to get a clearer picture what is taking place and how they

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can better position themselves for success. “I think now people are starting to understand fully well. Our main focus is [asking], are we doing everything we can to help people get a good outcome,” McGuire said. Employees affected by the RIF have strong protections available to them and informational sessions like this one are an excellent starting point. “It is good for us to get out and have this discussion. It is also good to get out and field questions about absolutely anything whether its RIF related or something else,” McGuire said. The next and final town hall meeting will take place on the same RIF implementation date, according to Petersen.


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Renewable Energy and Alternative Fuel Projects Expand BY SHAWN MILLER NDW PUBLIC AFFAIRS Beyond efforts in Naval District Washington (NDW) to reduce traditional energy consumption and become more efficient, two of the key factors to building a sustainable future are renewable energy and alternative fuels. As technology advances and these utilities become more financially accessible, NDW and Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) plan to develop and implement various projects at installations throughout the region. “These opportunities will produce utility cost savings and support energy security while integrating and diversifying utility distribution systems to include increasing Smart Grid and Micro Grid capabilities,” the NDW/NAVFAC Washington Energy Program states. “Similar to our traditional energy project portfolios, we will create renewable energy portfolios based on approaches that identify the best locations for renewable generation, and public and private financing options.” Navy energy leaders are evaluating a number of renewable and alternative energy sources including wind, solar, biomass, geothermal, and alternative fuel non-tactical vehicles. Additionally, the Navy has set a goal of making half of all installations net zero energy consumers. Net zero refers to buildings that produce as much or more energy than they consume on an annual basis. In Naval Support Activity (NSA) Washington, the Washington Navy Yard Visitor Center recently became certified as a net zero building through the use of geothermal and micro-wind turbines, along with LED lighting and cellulose insulation. Two micro-wind turbines on the neighboring parking deck help provide electricity into a battery system which can be used in the event of a power failure. Beyond the net zero project at the visitors’ center, NDW is also exploring alternative fuel non-tactical vehicle options. Several electric cars and charging stations are located on the first floor of the parking deck. Lt. Cmdr. Keith Benson, NDW energy director, said NDW is in the process of collecting electric vehicle and alternative fuel data important to future decisions on how vehicles and fuel are used. NDW and NAVFAC have set a goal to reduce petroleum us-

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As part of the Naval District Washington (NDW) and Naval Facilities Engineering Command Washington (NAVFAC) Energy Program, alternative fuels and renewable energy options are being explored to help reduce consumption and become more efficient. Electric car charging stations were installed in a parking garage at the Washington Navy Yard as part of the program’s efforts to expand energy options. age and to annually increase alternative fuel usage by 10 percent. Benson said NDW has been conducting numerous studies on renewable energy capabilities in the last year to support Task Force Energy and the 1-Gigawatt Task Force, a Department of the Navy (DON)-chartered project to oversee implementation of the Navy energy strategy. “We have partnered with the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) to expand our renewable energy capabilities and determine the sites that we want to invest in,” Benson explained. “We specifically focused on photovoltaic and found that we have more than 40 megawatts of capabil-

ity within NDW that need further analysis and development.” With the Washington, D.C. Solar Renewable Energy Certificate (SREC) market offering incentive credits for solar projects, Benson said Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB) was identified as a good location to explore photovoltaic options. “JBAB presents the best opportunity and has a current capability of 10 megawatts over two sites, Bolling and Anacostia,” Benson said. Expanding use of renewable energy and alternative fuels represents one of the five energy “pillars” identified to achieve goals

laid out in the 2013 NDW Energy Policy Statement, working in conjunction with energy efficiency, security, information, and building a positive energy culture. In 2009, Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus set five energy goals for DON: increase alternative energy use Navywide, increase alternative energy ashore, reduce non-tactical petroleum use, sail the “Great Green Fleet,” and acquire energy efficiency, according to a 2012 DON Strategy for Renewable Energy report. For more news and information from around the region, visit www.facebook. com/NavDistWash or follow @NavalDistWash on Twitter.

Navy-Air Force Half Marathon/Five Miler Registration Now Open BY DAWN SYKULLA JOINT BASE ANACOSTIA-BOLLING MORALE, WELFARE & RECREATION MARKETING

Registration has officially opened for the Third Annual Navy-Air Force Half Marathon and 11th Annual Navy 5-Miler. The race has been named one of the year’s best half marathons by Runner’s World Magazine. The Navy-Air Force Half Marathon Team will welcome thousands of participants to run in our Nation’s Capital on Sunday, September 14, 2014. Online registration is now open for two races, the Navy-Air Force Half Marathon (13.1 miles) and the Navy 5 Miler (5 miles) at www.navyairforcehalfmarathon.com. Runners, both military affiliated and civilian, of all experience levels will start and finish the race in the shadow of the Wash-

ington Monument. The USATF-certified course travels by all of the iconic Washington, D.C. memorials and stretches to include the East and West Potomac Parks and the scenic Rock Creek Parkway. All Half Marathon finishers will receive a medal as they cross the finish line. Navy 5 Miler finishers will receive a military coin as a tribute to our military tradition of acknowledging special achievements. An awards ceremony will take place immediately following the race at the Washington Monument. Awards include the top three male and female, master male and master female, as well as wounded warrior male and female finishers in both races. Team categories will also be awarded to the top three teams in the Military Challenge, Corporate Challenge and Open Challenge for both distances.

Register now at www.navyairforcehalfmarathon.com for the lowest rates and use the promo code “14EBird” for an additional $5 off the registration fee (expires April 12, 2014). Be sure to share the promo code with family and friends. For the half-marathon, individual entry fees begin at $80 for military and $90 for civilians through May 31. From June 1-July 31, the fee is $90 for military and $100 for civilians. From August 1 until online registration closes, the military fee is $100 and $110 for civilians. The 5 Miler individual entry fees begin at $45 for military and $50 for civilians through May 31, increasing to $50 for military and $55 for civilians from June 1-July 31. From August 1 until online registration closes, the fee is $55 for military and $60 for civilians. Teams may also register online for the

Half Marathon or 5 Miler at no additional charge. There is a timed and scored team competition and a most participant’s team challenge. The timed and scored team competition requires a minimum of four members to score, one being female, with a maximum of eight members per team. The most participant’s team challenge is a fun, informal challenge to encourage esprit de corps among different groups. Additional amenities to race weekend will include a Packet Pick-Up and EXPO on Saturday, September 13. The EXPO will feature various vendors offering great deals on clothing, shoes, accessories and other hot items! Register today for the best deal and get ready to Prepare, Execute and Achieve! For more race information please visit www.navyairforcehalfmarathon.com.


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Navy Ball Committee kicks off fundraising BY ANDREW REVELOS The 2014 Navy Birthday Ball is many months away, but the Naval Support Activity South Potomac Navy Ball Committee is working hard to raise funds that will enhance the event and help make it more affordable for junior service members. The first fundraising efforts are donut sales held every other Thursday at sites across Naval Support Facility Dahlgren. The next donut sales will be held April 10 and 24. This year’s ball is being organized by members of the Joint Warfare Analysis Center, who want attendees to be as diverse as the members of their organization. Service members from all branches assigned to Naval Support Facilities Dahlgren and Indian Head, as well as civilian employees assigned to NSASP-hosted commands and activities, are encouraged to attend. The ball celebrating the Navy’s 239th birthday will be held at the Fredericksburg Hospitality House and Conference Center on Oct. 10, 2014. Cmdr. Pete Corrao, assigned to JWAC, is the chairman of the NSASP Navy Ball Committee this year. “Naval Support Activity South Potomac encompasses more than just Navy people,” he said. “We’ve got our Sailors, but JWAC is joint, so we’ll have service members from all branches. Many of our volunteers and coworkers are civilians, so we want them to come as well. We also want all the civilians who support activities at South Potomac there, along with our retirees. It’s a birthday party at the end of the day and we want to invite everybody.” The tentative theme of this year’s ball is the Battle of Leyte Gulf, which pitted the Imperial Japanese Navy against the U.S. and Australian navies Oct. 23-26, 1944. It is widely considered by historians to be the largest naval battle in history and included

all aspects of naval combat-aircraft, surface ships and submarines. This year will mark the 70th anniversary of the battle. “There is a lot of history there,” said Corrao. “It is a major milestone.” All of the nations that participated in the Battle of Leyte Gulf are longtime allies today; members of both the Australian Royal Navy and Japan Maritime Self Defense Force are hosted at NSF Dahlgren. “The onetime adversaries in [the Pacific]-the Japanese, the U.S., the Australians and the Philippines are all working together now to keep the Pacific safe,” said Corrao, who is currently searching for a guest speaker with knowledge of both naval history in the Pacific and current events to address the theme. Corrao hopes that members of those nations’ armed services based at NSASP will attend. “I���d like them to come to the ball,” he said. “I think the theme is very relevant.” Of course, any successful Navy Birthday Ball requires much organization and fund raising. “We’re always in the market for volunteers,” said Corrao. “We want to offset the cost of the ball to make it more affordable, particularly to the junior Sailors. A lot of junior Sailors and a lot of senior Sailors never make it to a ball. It’s one of the seminal events we do in the Navy. It’s a reflection of a great naval tradition. We want people to get excited about the history and heritage of the Navy.” The NSASP Navy Ball Committee meets at 10 a.m. every other Friday at Cannonball Lanes, with the next meeting scheduled for April 4. Readers who wish to volunteer or support the NSASP Navy Ball are encouraged to attend. For more information, visit www.navyball.org or email pcorrao@jwac.mil.

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Tech. Sgt. Veronica Babauta, right, and Lt. Col. Jason Palmer, center, Airmen assigned to the Joint Warfare Analysis Center and members of the Naval Support Activity South Potomac Navy Ball Committee, sells a box of fresh donuts to Jill Morrissett, a JWAC employee, on March 13. The NSASP Navy Ball Committee is selling donuts every other Thursday to raise funds for this year’s ball and make it more affordable for attendees; the next donut sales are scheduled for April 10 and 24.

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COMMENTARY BY AIRMAN 1ST CLASS AARON STOUT 11TH WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS

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Lt. Col. Richard Lorraine cares for an intensive care patient during a flight back to Joint Base Andrews, Md., Dec. 19, 2013. Lorraine, a member of a Critical Care Air Transport Team belongs to the 111th Medical Group. craft; all of his care was done by the same three people. It was explained to me during the flight by Maj. Shane Runyon, a nurse 10th Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Flight, attending to the Marine, that the three of them were not members of the AE team but were their own team, a Critical Care Air Transport Team. They are a more specialized team for critically wounded patients who need to maintain a certain level of care during transport. The AE team took care of the other, less severe, but no less important, patients on the aircraft. When speaking to Maj. Juan Sanchez, a flight nurse with the AE team, he told me, “the ultimate goal of the AE mission is to have critically injured patients out of theater and back stateside within 72 - 96 hours.” During the flight, I saw his foot twitch and thought, “Oh my gosh! He’s waking up!” With urgency, I went to tell the team taking care of him. Runyon explained that he was being kept in a semiconscious state that allowed him to respond to the team with simple head nods but he would never remember the flight.

We eventually landed in Germany and all the patients were unloaded by classification of their illness or injury and then transported to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Landstuhl, Germany, where military personnel from Afghanistan, Kuwait, Africa and parts of Europe are treated and evaluated for return to their duty station, or home for more extensive care. While at Landstuhl, Lt. Col. David Zonies, the chief of trauma and critical care, explained how today, approximately 99 percent of troops that make it into the system survive. The challenge comes from getting an injured troop the immediate, lifesaving medical treatment they need on site and getting them to the nearest medical facility. We talked about the measures the Air Force takes with its doctors to ensure they stay proficient as they are pulling them out of the theater with the draw-down. The doctors are being embedded into universities, includ-

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Last November, I was offered a chance to support a mission to Afghanistan. I jumped before I even knew the full details. My mission had me rendezvous with embedded Washington Post reporters in Afghanistan and escort them back to the U.S. I also documented an aeromedical evacuation and the life-saving measures implemented to save our wounded warriors. As military members, sometimes we are asked to sacrifice life and limb to protect the values we hold dear. Unfortunately, many of us may never really come to realize this until our first trip down range. My epiphany came when a Marine, severely wounded by an improvised explosive device, was loaded onto the back of the C-17 Globemaster III and secured in place directly across from where I sat. I vividly remember the thought I had: “Does he have arms or legs?” The tubes and wires that were keeping him alive were too numerous to count, almost as though he was buried thoroughly under vines in a vineyard; it was surreal. From the moment he was on board, people swarmed him, pushing buttons, checking gauges and writing stuff down. A whirlwind of medics and doctors all focused on keeping him alive and giving him the best in urgent care. Thankfully, the military has learned a great deal from this and prior conflicts. It has taken those lessons learned to set in place myriad precautionary measures to ensure first, the saving of our lives, and then our limbs - and it seems to be working. Maj. Matthew Weber, a medical service corps officer at the 86th Contingency Aeromedical Staging Facility at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, said, “we are seeing the lowest numbers of injured troops being evacuated out of theater since the beginning of the war.” Due to this particular Marine’s critical condition, the doctor in Afghanistan deemed the best care possible for him would be available at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda Md., so he was evacuated out. I noticed something once we were on our way to Ramstein: There was a divide between the people caring for him and those caring for the other injured on the air-

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Spring Safety Means Sharing the Road SHAWN MILLER

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Despite winter stubbornly refusing to release its icy grip around Naval District Washington (NDW), spring is officially here with respite on the way for those people wishing for warmer weather. With spring comes an increase in outdoor activity and a renewed call for safe transportation and recreation by military and civilian personnel dusting off their motorcycles and bicycles, as well as runners and walkers abandoning treadmills for better scenery. Whether running, riding or driving a vehicle, safety managers remind everyone to stay alert as more people share roadways and paths, both on installations and off. Before jumping onto a motorcycle or bicycle, however, riders should conduct a thorough pre-ride maintenance check to ensure everything is still in order after a long winter, said George Revoir Jr., Naval Support Activity (NSA) Washington safety installation program director. For new or novice riders, this includes familiarizing oneself and becoming comfortable with all the controls, he added. “A few seconds spent in confusion with controls can spell the difference in mishap survivability,” Revoir said. “Attend a motorcycle rider safety training course. In-depth training on motorcycle safe operation has been shown to reduce mishaps and injuries to motorcycle operators.”

For new riders looking into buying a motorcycle, Revoir said to resist the urge to start out with a 1000cc sport bike, and instead start with a smaller, more manageable bike to practice with. “Once skills and experience have grown to enable mastery of the larger, more powerful machine, you can advance up to the larger machine with the knowledge level and skill set to make you a safe, capable rider,” he said. For both motorcycle and bicycle riders, helmets are the most basic and necessary safety equipment. All active-duty personnel are required to wear helmets at all times both on and off installations, for motorcycles as well as bicycles. Motorcycle riders are also required to wear eye protection, sturdy over-the-ankle footwear, and protective clothing to include full-finger gloves, full-length trousers and long sleeve shirts. Abrasion resistant jackets made of leather, Kevlar, or Cordura containing impact padding and high visibility materials are highly recommended, according to the Navy Traffic Safety Program guidelines. Cyclists are expected to wear brightly colored clothing and ride with traffic in single file, obeying the same rules as motorists. When riding at night or in times of low visibility, cyclists are required to have a white light on the front of their bike visible from 500 feet, and a red light on the back visible from 600 feet. Beyond wearing a helmet, other recommended safety gear includes protective clothing

U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST 2ND CLASS KIONA MILLER

The Washington Navy Yard Riverwalk, which opened in 2011, offers pedestrians a scenic avenue for walking and running along the Anacostia River. Due to narrow sections and heavy foot traffic, bicycles, rollerblades, scooters and skateboards are prohibited. To stay up to date with information and closures affecting the Riverwalk, visit www.twitter.com/ WNYRiverwalk. such as gloves and safety clips to prevent clothing from becoming tangled in the chain. For patrons using the Washington Navy Yard Riverwalk, Revoir said cyclists are not permitted on the trail due to the narrow pathway that can lead to injury of both cyclists and pedestrians. Runners and other pedestrians should use sidewalks and pathways wherever possible, and walk against traffic when along roadways. Brightly colored clothing should be worn at night or in low visibility.

“The biggest thing is being visible,” said Jim Ganz, NSA Bethesda safety manager. “You’re not running in a bubble. There are so many other things around you.” Just as distracted driving is dangerous to motorists, Ganz said headphones and other devices used by runners and cyclists are prohibited while on installations to ensure safety. “My advice for anybody, whether you’re civilian or military,” Ganz added, “is if the Navy traffic safety instructions say you shouldn’t do this on an installation because it’s

not safe, you probably shouldn’t do it off base.” Sharing the road means motorists need to follow some rules as well. “Respect a motorcycle as a fullsize vehicle with the same rights and privileges as any vehicle on the roadway,” said Revoir. Motorists should be aware that motorcycles are often harder to see, Revoir said, and should always allow extra following room between themselves and the rider. Vehicle drivers should check blind spots and always signal their intentions before changing lanes. When passing bicycles, allow at least four feet of space between the vehicle and the cyclist and pass at a safe, prudent speed, Revoir said. When necessary and safe, drivers may legally cross a yellow center line to pass a bicycle. Ganz said whether bound by regulations or not, personnel should use common sense as they get outdoors during spring to maintain safety because while someone may be legally correct during an accident, runners, cyclists and motorcyclists will still be on the wrong side of the laws of physics when dealing with traffic. “We want to make sure that people have fun,” Ganz said. “We also want to make sure that people come back to work the next day.” For more information on motorcycle requirements and safety courses, see your local command’s motorcycle safety representative. For Navy regulations and safety information, visit safetycenter. navy.mil.

Visual Learning: Participants see science in action with hands-on activities BY DONNA CIPOLLONI TESTER STAFF WRITER

If you’re a kid who gets excited about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), the only thing cooler than attending a STEM event would be hovering 5 inches above it. Thanks to a team of Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) engineers and their hand-built hovercraft, that’s exactly what some of the young attendees were able to do at STEM Day on March 15 at the College of Southern Maryland. Students in grades 5-8 who participated in the event experienced six hands-on, fun and engaging demonstrations as well as participate in the STEM carnival, which consisted of 10 different activities — including the hovercraft. “Hands-on activities like the hovercraft let kids see the science they learn about [such as air currents and friction] in action,” explained Chris McDaniel, crashworthy systems engineer with NAVAIR’s Human Systems Department (AIR 4.6.6.4). NAVAIR leadership identified the University of Maryland Mechanical Engineer Co-op Partnership and its graduates working at Naval Air Station Patuxent River as

a resource to build the hovercraft; and McDaniel, along with Corey Golladay and Daniel Bonnet answered the call. Todd Jackson, a University of Arizona aerospace engineer, joined shortly thereafter to round out the team. Beginning with a kit containing not much more than an engine, a propeller and some screws, the team set about redesigning and modifying the hovercraft to meet their specific needs. “Since we knew kids would be riding it, we wanted it to be very safe,” said Golladay, with NAVAIR’s Range Department, Air Vehicle Modification and Instrumentation (AIR 5.2) “We added a pressure plate to the back of the seat that would shut off the engine if someone leaned forward and we attached a kill switch to the back of the craft with cable so if there was an emergency, we could pull on it and the hovercraft would shutoff, deflate and lower to the ground.” Although the craft traveled 100 feet along a designated track, the team elaborated on the steering system by adding an old helicopter joy stick that allowed the student pilots to manipulate the vehicle slightly and experience the sensation of steering. “They felt like they were controlling it,” Golladay said, “but we were

really in full control at all times.” Working before and after their normal office hours, most of the team’s members volunteered 20-30 hours each during the project; while Golladay racked up nearly 60. One of the most time consuming tasks was applying fiberglass to the hovercraft, which served as an outside layer covering the inner plywood construction. “Fiberglass makes it rigid and provides structure and finished coating all in one,” Golladay said, “but it must harden for eight hours before you can do anything else, and it’s very labor intensive.” As their STEM Day deadline drew nearer, an additional eight engineers stepped in to assist with various last minute tasks, and the team learned a valuable lesson. “We had to fabricate just about everything but the propeller,” McDaniel said. “We could’ve spent more time in the beginning figuring out what we had to do and how many people we needed to do it. The more you can frontload a project in terms of engineering; the better off you are.” The team worked the Saturday STEM event for four hours and assisted the steady stream of students anxious to take their turn aboard the hovercraft. “After the event, another 10 adult volunteers also rode it,” Golladay said.

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A student is about to pilot a hovercraft during a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Day event March 15 at the College of Southern Maryland. Built by volunteer Naval Air Systems Command engineers, the hovercraft was a popular demonstration with the 5th- to 8th-grade event participants. The hovercraft will be put into storage and brought out again for future demonstrations, and there is talk that next year’s STEM Day build might involve a CO2-powered Go Kart. Triton Mission Systems Airspace Integration IPT Lead Johann Soto, who acted as the team’s project manager, praised them for their willingness to support NAVAIR’s STEM outreach. “Through their interest [to inspire students], they are ensuring that NA-

VAIR will continue to have talented and driven STEM professionals ready to successfully execute our future endeavors,” he said. “Given the way this team of ESDPs [Engineer and Scientist Development Program] rallied around the project to meet technical and schedule goals, I would love to see them rotate throughout our programs to expand their own abilities and become empowered to evolve the capabilities of the organization.”


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U.S. Air Force Band makes positive impact on community youth

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Charles Hart Middle School Principal Billy Kearney shows his moves on stage with the U.S. Air Force Band’s rock ensemble Max Impact during an assembly in the school’s auditorium March 26. BY LT. CMDR. JIM REMINGTON JOINT BASE ANACOSTIA-BOLLING PUBLIC AFFAIRS

The U.S. Air Force Band’s Max Impact rock band made a positive impact on students at Charles Hart Middle School March 26 with grooves as solid as the messages being delivered. The student body, which includes more than 100 residents

of Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB), responded enthusiastically to the energy and positive vibes the band was giving off through covers of Michael Jackson, Journey, and Stevie Wonder among others. There were lots of smiles, cheers, and plenty of students and faculty alike who could not help themselves but to dance at their seats or in the aisles. In between songs, Master Sgt. Ryan Carson, a native of Rapid

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Charles Hart Middle School students respond to Principal Billy Kearney’s energetic dance performance on stage with the U.S. Air Force Band’s rock ensemble Max Impact. “Sometimes you’ve got to let them see that you’re real,” said Kearney. City, S.D. and a vocalist for the group took the opportunity to share some life wisdom about team work and looking out for one another. “In the Air Force we have a saying ‘No action, talk only.’ Don’t do that with your friends. When they need a hand, what you need to do

is help them. You need to encourage them. You need to give them help. Don’t just say, ‘Hey man I’m thinking about you.’ Help them along that path. Help them to do the right thing. That’s what team work is all about.” Continuing along the theme Carson said that the Air Force

could not complete its everyday mission without team work. “Everyone knows we have pretty awesome jets. You think it’s just that pilot who gets that airplane in the air? Absolutely not. We’ve got

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New program aids suicide prevention, intervention BY JIM GOODWIN PENTAGRAM EDITOR

Marine commanders have a new tool to help ensure servicemembers who struggle with suicide receive needed follow-on treatment and access to resources. The Marine Intercept Program is intended to complement existing Marine Corps prevention and treatment programs by providing an added layer of counseling and coordination for those identified with suicide ideations or who have attempted suicide, according to Marine and Family Programs Division officials. Announced in February via Marine Administrative message 073-14, the program is meant to help “close any potential gaps” in care for those identified via a serious incident or personnel casualty report as having attempted suicide or having suicide ideation. Once a Sailor or Marine is identified by a formal command report as having a suicidal ideation or following an actual suicide attempt, a Marine Corps Community Counseling and Prevention Program (CCP) counselor makes contact with the identified person. That begins an “evidence-based safety plan and assessment of suicide risk,” according to Lt.. Cm dr. Sam J. Stephens of the Community Counseling and Prevention Program.. From there, those identified by a command generated report are connected with professional counselors - graduate-level educated, state-licensed providers -

who provide continuous “caring contacts” and coordination of care services, according to Stephens. “The CCP counselor does not duplicate or replace - but rather augments - other behavioral health services by providing care coordination whenever needed,” said Stephens, who is also a U.S. Navy psychologist, via email. “They are equally capable and skilled in counseling as any behavioral health provider you would find outside of the installation gates world-wide.”

Local-level care Although new, the program’s principle of urgent, continuous communication to foster longterm care stems from a similar approach taken by the Corps’ Wounded Warrior Regiment, which began the practice of offering regular contact to Marines who experienced suicide ideation or previous suicide attempts.. Marine and Family Programs Division at Headquarters U.S. Marine Corps transferred that continual contact and care concept to the local level, implementing the CCP at major Marine Corps installations. In other words, the counselor working with an individual Marine or Sailor is more than just a friendly voice at the other end of a 1-800 hotline. “The individual accepting services receives regular contact from a caring voice,” said Stephens. “They are reminded that they are important, they are reminded

that there is hope, and they have a partner in developing a strategy to stay safe.” Locally, the program is managed by the Marine and Family Services Program office on the Henderson Hall portion of the joint base. The local program has two CCP counselors to support those assigned to Henderson Hall and Headquarters and Service Battalion, Headquarters U.S. Marine Corps. The Marine and Family Programs office here can be reached at 703-614-7204. While the program is not intended to replace the Corps’ current suicide prevention programs, it is meant to compliment the guidance and direction provided in Marine Corps Order 1720.2, the Marine Corps Suicide Prevention Program. “We would like those with suicidal thoughts to know: there is hope, getting help works, life changes, do not give up,” he said.

Communication, collaboration keys to success The program provides a systematic, collaborative approach to intervention and prevention, as detailed in the Marine administrative message. Specific roles and responsibilities are listed in the message, which charges Headquarters U.S. Marine Corps for contacting the appropriate locallevel CCP and unit commander within 24 hours following receipt of a serious incident or personnel casualty report. Battalion and

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The Marine Corps announced the Marine Intercept Program Feb. 21. The program goes hand-in-hand with the Suicide Prevention Program, providing follow-up care and counseling for Marines who have attempted suicide or had suicidal ideations. squadron commanders are directed to provide assistance in ensuring the assigned CCP counselor makes contact with the identified servicemember. Moreover, CCP counselors recommend courses of action to support at-risk Marines and Sailors, including collaboration with outside agencies, such as military units and behavioral health service providers. In fact, communication is the key ingredient to ensuring success of the program, according to Stephens. Counselors are in contact with the identified servicemember a minimum of six times, according to the Marine administrative message.

“Communication...has been purposefully built in to all aspects of MIP,” said Stephens. “Maintaining communication with the command is necessary to keep Marines where they are valued.” To that end, Stephens encourages commanders and other unit leaders to improve the chances of successful intervention by completing serious incident and personnel casualty reports in a timely manner. In turn, such timely reporting can help decrease stigmas about suicide, encourage helpseeking and foster a “highly collaborative approach” to the program, he said.


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Mind-Body Medicine Program Offers Meditation to Patients, Staff

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U.S. Air Force Band’s jazz ensemble Airmen of Note works through a new song for their repertoire during a visit by music students at Gallia Academy High School, Gallipolis, Ohio.

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Walter Reed Bethesda offers the Mind-Body Medicine class, giving participants the opportunity for meditation, which researches say can reduce stress and improve overall health. BY CAT DEBINDER WRNMMC PUBLIC AFFAIRS STAFF WRITER

Some people claim meditation does for the mind what working out at the gym does for the body. But, can meditation improve health or prevent problems? There are health care professionals at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) who say it can. “The mind and body are intimately interconnected,” said Alexandra Arbogast, program coordinator and senior therapist of the Mind-Body Medicine Program at WRNMMC. “Therefore, our state of mind impacts our physical health, for better or worse,” she added. For example, she said people’s blood pressure and heart rate increase when stressed. Dr. Jodi Albert, a clinical psychologist at WRNMMC who meditates regularly, said

there are many forms of meditation. Some forms of meditation are more active, such as “walking meditation, swimming, creative arts, looking at and listening to an ocean or listening to peaceful music,” Albert explained. “The form of meditation that most people are aware of is ‘mantra’ meditation, in which people sit quietly for 15 to 20 minutes, typically twice a day, and repeat a word or mantra, such as ‘Om’ over and over to help quiet the mind and body,” said Albert. She said research suggests a range of benefits such as reduced production of stress hormones, reduced blood pressure, improved relaxation and concentration and improvements in various stress-related conditions.

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Health care messaging now fully implemented BY JONATHAN STOCK

AIR FORCE SURGEON GENERAL PUBLIC AFFAIRS

The Air Force has recently completed implementation of its secure health care messaging system, MiCare, to all 76 of its medical treatment facilities worldwide. As of March 1, more than 360,000 Air Force health care beneficiaries and 2,300 providers have signed up for this service, which allows the patient and provider to communicate on a secure network regarding non-urgent health care concerns. The MiCare network also allows beneficiaries to view their health care record, make appointments and fill prescriptions and allows providers to push important preventative care updates to the members. Overall, Airmen, their families and beneficiaries using MiCare can expect a decrease in trips to the MTF and more personal communication with their health care team.

What’s happening with MiCare at the Military Treatment Facility (MTF)? “At the beginning of MiCare’s deployment, MTFs were instructed to have 25 percent of beneficiaries empaneled by three

months and 50 percent within a year,” said Maria Faison, a Nurse Informatics, MiCare project manager with the Air Force Medical Operations Agency. “However, we have had many MTFs surpass this goal within a couple months because the portal’s processes are now updated to allow users to e-register and be transferred more easily between MTFs during PCS season.” Many MTFs have been using creative marketing ideas to inform their beneficiaries about MiCare and the many reasons why they should be using it. Clinics have been placing posters at facilities, updating their waiting room videos to include MiCare information, and some are even creating videos for use on social media. Although many MTF’s MiCare programs have not been up and running until recently, a few bases currently leading in participation are Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, with 63 percent of patients, followed closely by Hurlburt Field, Fla.; Robins AFB, Ga.; and Maxwell AFB, Ala. The Pentagon has just crossed more than 50 percent participation in the program. “These bases have had the support of leadership and are utilizing high-perfor-

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future. All around, the visit to the base and with the Air Force ensembles was an incredible and unique experience for our students that capped off our Washington, D.C. trip perfectly,” he said. The March 26 visit by Gallia lines up with calls by Air Force leaders for the band to have a greater presence in educating students in the community, according to Airmen of Note Noncommissioned Officer in Charge Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Tim Leahey, a native of Altoona, Penn. “The band last year was given guidance to do more outreach in the educational community and we branded what we call the AIM [Advancing Innovation through Music] program,” he said. The AIM program links professional Air Force musicians with students from local schools in the area offering personal music instruction and mentorship. “We go into the schools, and it might just be a few of us going to talk to some elementary school kids or we might bring the whole jazz ensemble to work with another high school jazz ensemble. What we typically do, is we will hear them play, give them a brief overview and then we will split into sectionals so the kids can get a lot of one-on-one attention,” Leahey said.

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a whole lot of people and things that go into making that thing fly. Gas. People to pump that gas. Mechanics to fix that airplane so that it can go off and do its mission safely,” Carson said. “And then we need security forces, which are what we call our police officers, to watch that flight line and keep it safe from people who might want to do the planes harm, and the list goes on and on.” Carson explained that the same applies to their school, sports teams, or any other organization that has several individuals working for a common purpose. But to send the message home, Carson and the band provided contrasting examples of teamwork, first bad and then good, to see what very different outcomes each brings. “Let me give you an example of what happens if everyone just does their own thing.” Carson said as each of the musicians played their instruments, each in a different rhythm and key. “Listen to this mess.” Teamwork, cooperation, and work-

Air Force Master Sgt. Brian MacDonald, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and trumpeter in the group for the past 15 years, said reaching out to the community is all part of being in the band. “We have school groups come in sometimes and we do many outreach clinics. We work with many D.C. metro high schools and their bands,” he said. School visits and other community outreach activities are expected to increase in the coming months as the weather gets warmer urging local organizations to engage in more recreational activities, explained Air Force Master Sgt. Bryce Bunner who escorted the students to the rehearsal facility. “In the spring time we get a lot of school groups. It is a chance for the local youth to spend the day with the Air Force Band,” he said. Bunner is head of outreach coordination for the band. He is also a principal violinist for the Air Force Strings. Gallia students had previously visited the national capital region, and performed at Union Station as well as George Mason University. During their performance at George Mason they had the opportunity to work with Mark Camphouse, an Illinois-based composer whose work involves symphonic wind instruments, Benson said. ing toward a common purpose however yield very different results. Carson asked the drummer to lay down a beat, saying that the beat was interesting, made everyone ant to move it, but with nothing else it might get a little boring. “So what happens we have a team mate come along, say Master Sgt. David Foster (a native of Houston, Tex.) comes in on the bass and adds to it,” said Carson, “See everyone’s head is starting to move a little bit more. We’ve got two individuals doing separate things but as part of a team, making one sound together.” The band continued building the music one instrument at a time until it roused almost everyone in the auditorium to their feet for Stevie Wonder’s hit “Superstition.” Before the performance came to an end and students returned to their regularly scheduled classes, Carson asked for all faculty members to come forward for a dance competition. In the end he invited Principal Billy Kearney up on the stage to show off his moves which earned him a standing ovation. “Sometimes you’ve got to let them see that you’re real,” said Kearney.


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mance teams from within to constantly monitor their progress and improve local practices to make MiCare a more effective system,” Faison said.

How does MiCare compare with others? Although they use a different name for their secure messaging system, both the Army and Navy have made considerable progress signing up users. The sister services have enrolled roughly 523,000 users combined, as of Feb. 28. This joint venture has more than 850,000 combined users through all services, as well as 7,600 providers and more than 17,500 primary care team members using the system. The civilian sector is also moving toward offering more patient portals since this service will assist their beneficiaries to make smart non-urgent care decisions rather than sitting in a waiting room or going to an urgent care facility. “So far, everyone is hitting the same roadblocks on trying to increase participation further where there is reluctance to trust new technology,” said Col. Gwendolyn Johnson, the deputy for Clinical and Business Analysis Division and a MiCare project lead. “The best tools to breaking the barrier are through education and internal marketing. If the staff can realize how MiCare can empower and engage our patients, then their enthusiasm will show and increase more patient enrollment.” A recent secure messaging satisfaction survey demonstrated that 97 percent of more than 13,000 survey respondents were satisfied with their secure messaging transaction and more than 86 percent agreed it helped them avoid a trip to an emergency room or an MTF for a medical problem. To find out more about MiCare please visit www.afms. af.mil/MiCare or ask your health care team during your next visit.

Ecumenical Lenten Tenebrae Cantata BY STAFF SGT. SUZANNE S. LANE

JOINT BASE ANACOSTIA-BOLLING RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS

The Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB) Chapel is well known for its long standing Christmas Cantata. The second annual Ecumenical Lenten Cantata follows in that same tradition of excellence. The JBAB Chapel ecumenical community brings to life through scripture and song of Joel Raney’s, “The Last Seven Days”. The cantata depicts Jesus’ entrance into Je-

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Marianne Leas, also a therapist in the Mind-Body Medicine Program, explained with increased insight individuals increase awareness of unconscious patterns that contribute to acute and chronic disease. “By changing habitual ways of responding to stress — physically, emotionally, or cognitively — we can learn to re-balance our nervous system and our lives in general,” Leas said. Arbogast refers to meditation as a core skill that involves “bringing ones’ attention back to the present moment with an attitude of openness and curiosity.” She said that during meditation, the attention to the present moment will wander and the main task is to keep bringing it back to the present. “In this way we can train our attention to be more stable, let go of mental and emotional clutter, and achieve greater peace of mind.” One of the most positive aspects of meditation is it does not require a great deal of time or expensive equipment, said the therapists. “Research has shown that regular meditation practice, as little as 10 minutes a day, strengthens parts of the brain associated with attention, emotion regulation, stress man-

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rusalem on Palm Sunday and the week’s events through Christ’s crucifixion and burial on Friday evening. The combination of voices and musicians expressing their common connection in the week of the Passion of Christ. Start your Holy week journey by joining us at the Chapel Center on April 11th at 7 p.m. A potluck meatless supper will be held afterwards, all are welcome to attend. For more information please contact 202-767-5900.

agement and pro-social behaviors such as a sense of empathy for others,” Arbogast added. The senior therapist said she sometimes recommends and teaches meditation and other mind-body techniques to patients with positive results. “In general, patients who start meditating, and especially those who practice regularly, report feeling less overwhelmed, more relaxed, better able to reduce stress and manage their emotions,” Arbogast explained. Susan Emerson, a Walter Reed Bethesda patient who takes advantage of the Mind-Body Medicine classes, said meditation practices she has learned at WRNMMC have made a “huge improvement” in her life. “I have a history of solving other people’s problems and meeting stressful deadlines on projects. The meditation practices and Stress Resiliency classes have helped me step back and look at my inner self,” she said. Emerson said she is much less stressed and has let go of anger she wasn’t aware of. Leas said one of her patients who now meditates told her, “There is more laughter at our table during dinner.” For more information about the Mind-Body Medicine Program, contact Arbogast at (301) 319-4960 or email Alexandra.s.arbogast.ctr@health.mil.


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Troy Yocum, Sharon Landsberry and Connor Stotts pose for photographs during the Citizen Honors Ceremony at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial March 25 in Arlington, Va. Yocum and Stotts received Citizen Service Before Self medals. Landsberry received the medal on behalf of her late husband Michael. BY JIM DRESBACH PENTAGRAM STAFF WRITER

Heroes honored heroes March 25 at Arlington National Cemetery and the Women in Military Service for America Memorial auditorium. March 25 is annually remembered as Medal of Honor Day, and 30 MoH recipients gathered to recognize three U.S. citizens who made life-changing, courageous decisions over the past year. The three were recognized as the 2014 recipients of the Citizens Service Before Self award, which is designed to recognize “everyday citizens.” Honored posthumously was Sparks, Nev., middle school teacher Michael Landsberry, who confronted a gunman and allowed his students to escape to safety. Landsberry, a former Marine and member of the Nevada Air National Guard, was fatally shot Oct. 21, 2013. Accepting the Citizen Honors medal and commendation was Landsberry’s widow, Sharon. California Eagle Scout Connor Stotts was lauded for rescuing three friends from ocean riptide currents, and former Soldier Troy Yocum was honored for his endeavors in assisting military families and veterans struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and depression. “These awards serve a critical purpose in our society to honor the selfless service of everyday citizens,” said keynote speaker Roger Krone, Boeing Defense, Space and Security president. “Often in today’s world, the word ‘hero’ is used too easily, and its meaning frays in time and becomes lost. Gathering here at Arlington National Cemetery, the final resting place for so many who faithfully served our nation, we renew

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ing the University of Maryland, to ensure they stay current. Usually, the wounded that are not categorized as urgent or critical are prepped and transported to the 86th CASF the evening before they fly out. As a result of the wounded Marine’s condition, he was not sent to the CASF but was held at Landstuhl until the aircraft was ready to receive him. I met back up with the Marine on my flight back to Andrews. He instantly seemed

its meaning by celebrating the actions of the heroes who are all around us.” Before the ceremony, MoH servicemembers joined 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) and The U.S. Army Band at the Tomb of the Unknowns for a wreath-laying ceremony in a late March snow storm. Escorted by Joint Force Headquarters-National Capital Region/Military District of Washington Commander Maj. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan, MoH recipients Gary Beikirch, Hershel Williams, James Taylor and Clinton Romesha placed a wreath of remembrance at the tomb. Yocum, a native of Louisville, Ky., walked across America to help raise $1.3 million to support military families and currently is heading a community program to build a retreat in Shepherdsville, Ky., for military families scarred by veteran suicides. He is inspired by all who have worn an American military uniform; and specifically, his grandfather, who suffered from PTSD. “My grandfather was a World War II veteran, and when I was one, he took his own life,” Yocum explained. “He suffered from post-traumatic stress for 40 years. Now, my grandfather was always my hero, but growing up, I had so many people telling me athletes and actors are famous and the heroes. I never felt that way. I always felt that veterans are real heroes.” Since the award’s inception in 2008, 24 people have received the honor. Nominees considered are those who have committed an act of “extraordinary heroism” clearly demonstrating “a willingness to place his or her own life at risk for others,” according to the Congressional MoH Foundation website. different, better even. He was more conscious and was no longer intubated, though he still had heaps of tubes and wires strewn across him. Due to crew rest limitations, the CCATT who had brought him this far switched out and another team tended to his care. Upon landing at Andrews, he was greeted by a fellow Marine and ushered off of the aircraft and onto a bus that took him to Walter Reed. With shrapnel in his lung, arm and various other places in his body, the Marine survived because he made it into the system. As skilled as the enemy has become at injuring our troops, we have become more skilled at saving their lives.

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Retiree Dental Screenings Offered BY CHUCK LUCAS

JOINT BASE ANACOSTIA-BOLLING RETIREE AFFAIRS OFFICE

Military retirees and eligible dependents in the National Capital Area are invited to participate in a dental screening program that could lead to potential treatment for selected members. For the 20th straight year, the Air Force 79th Medical Wing’s Advanced Education in General Dentistry program at Joint Base Andrews and Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB) is offering dental examinations. Interested persons should call the JBAB Retiree Activities Office (RAO) at 202-7675244 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23. Calls at any other time to the RAO or dental clinics will not be honored. Dental technicians will review the 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 JBAB clinic, Wednesday, May 14. Air Force Col. Jeffrey Denton, director of residency training, said they plan to offer examinations to as many as 96 retirees – 48 at each location. “Results of the exams will be reviewed by the dental staff,” he added. “Those with conditions determined to meet the educational needs of our residents will be considered for appointments, probably starting in October and running through next summer.” Retired Air Force Col. John Moser, RAO director, expressed his appreciation to the dental staff for this unique opportunity for local retirees. “We continue to be indebted to the dental staff for including the retiree community to the extent possible.”

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Miscellaneous items related to your health, your career, your life and your community

Immunization Clinic The 579th Medical Group Immunization Clinic will be open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. On Thursdays, the clinic will be open from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. The clinic closes at 12 p.m. for training the first Wednesday of each month. For more information, call 202-404-6724.

Toastmasters Club seeks members The Bolling Toastmasters Club is available for everyone on JBAB as a place to practice your leadership skills. Toastmasters clubs are where leaders are made, and leadership starts with good communication. The program is self-paced, and it works. The Bolling Toastmasters Club meets Wednesdays from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. at the JBAB Chapel Center. Visitors are welcome. For more information, call Jim Queen at 301-452-6931.

Boys and Girls Club volunteers The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington needs volunteer coaches for their youth baseball league for 10-yearolds and 12-year-olds. For more information or to sign up, call 512-560-5548 from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. or email Michael.martinez@ afncr.af.mil.

JBAB Cub Scouts Attention all boys grades 1st through 5th interested in scouting. Please contact the JBAB Cub Scouts, Pack 343, at jbabcubscouts@yahoo.com for more information. Each den holds their own meetings each month along with one pack event. Boys will earn badges together and can work on individual achievements as well. Come join us for popcorn, camping and so much more.

JBAB Cyclists on Facebook Basically a forum for all JBAB riders to get together. We organize group rides over

lunch and during commuting hours. Visit us online at www.facebook.com/groups/jbabcyclists. For more information, email austin. pruneda@afncr.af.mil.

Navy Wives Clubs of America The D.C. Metro chapter of Navy Wives Clubs of America, Eleanor Roosevelt #37, hosts meetings every second Thursday of the month to discuss and plan volunteer activities in the local military and civilian communities. Military spouses of all branches are welcome to attend. For more information, email angeladowns@me.com or visit www.facebook.com/NWCA37.

Firth-Sterling Gate operations The Firth-Sterling gate is closed on weekends. Once the gate’s automated features become available, the gate will be accessible by any Common Access Card (CAC) holder 24/7 during normal FPCON “A” conditions.

NAVY 311 “NAVY 311” is the place to go for all types of information to help support Navy military, civilian and retiree personnel and their families. Access NAVY 311 at 1-855NAVY-311 or (DSN) 510- NAVY-311. You can also email NAVY311@navy.mil or visit www. NAVY311.navy.mil.

Post Office closed for one hour The JBAB Post Office is closed Monday - Friday for lunch from 2-3 p.m. For more information, call 202-767-4419.

Air Force Wives’ Club Thrift Shop The Air Force Officers’ Wives’ Club Thrift Shop is located at 13 Brookley Ave and is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Donations are accepted during business hours only. Profits from the AFOWC Thrift shop go toward college scholarships and other military charitable organizations. For more information about the AFOWC or its Thrift Shop call 202-5636666 or email afowcthriftshop@verizon.net.

Chapel CATHOLIC SERVICES Reconciliation Sunday 9 a.m. Chapel Center

Rosary Sunday 9:10 a.m. Chapel Center

Mass Tuesday 11:30 a.m. Chapel Center Wednesday 11:30 a.m. Chapel Center Thursday 11:30 a.m. Chapel Center Friday 7 a.m. Chapel Center

Saturday 5 p.m. Chapel Center Sunday 9:30 a.m. Chapel Center

PROTESTANT SERVICES Sunday Worship Gospel 11:30 a.m. Chapel Center General Protestant 11 a.m. Chapel 2

Sunday School Sept - May 9:30-10:30 a.m. Any questions about these services or other religious needs call 202-767-5900.


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