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Joint Base Journal Vol. 5, No. 19

May 16, 2014

News and information for and about the premier Joint Base and its region


Joint Base conducts emergency response, readiness exercise BY ROBERT W. MITCHELL JOINT BASE ANACOSTIA-BOLLING PUBLIC AFFAIRS


Emergency Preparedness Liasion Officer Air Force Col. Rolandrias Bradford briefs key military and civilian personnel during a training exercise at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling.

With hurricane season fast approaching Joint Base AnacostiaBolling (JBAB) conducted an emergency readiness and response exercise during the last two weeks. The Navy-wide exercise called “Hurricane Exercise 2014 (HURREX-14)” tested the preparation, response, flexibility, resiliency and recovery of naval installations, including JBAB. The Defense Department’s northern command (NORTHCOM) provided an Emergency Preparedness Liasion Officer (ELPO) Air Force Col. Rolandrias Bradford to the the national capital region. During the second week of the exercise, Air Force Col. Rolandrias Bradford provided an overview of NORTHCOM’s role, capabilities and expectations during a real emergency or disaster. His presentation focused on the availability of resources at JBAB and its ability to accommodate special requests made by high command to provide or stage equipment or

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Sesame Street puts a smile on military families at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling BY ROBERT W. MITCHELL JOINT BASE ANACOSTIA-BOLLING PUBLIC AFFAIRS


World famous Muppet Elmo greets military children during the Sesame Street USO Experience for military families at Joint Base AnacostiaBolling (JBAB).

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Elmo, Cookie Monster and a whole host of other furry friends of the famed Sesame Street cast ignited a sea of smiles spreading pure happiness when the Sesame Street USO Experience for military families tour came to Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB) May 12. JBAB Commander Navy Capt. Frank Mays welcomed the event and kicked off the live performance with remarks honoring the families of the brave men and women serving in the U.S. military. “I would like to thank the USO for bringing this event to Joint


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Base Anacostia-Bolling. This event is good for military families,” Mays said to a bubbling gymnasium teeming with excited preschoolers, elementary students and devoted parents. “Now I am going to turn it over to the fun people,” he said sending the youthful crowd into an uproar of cheers. Scores of military moms, dads and kids flocked to the gymnasium at the JBAB Youth Center to see the mid-morning performance featuring the popular muppets singing, dancing, sliding and jumping to catchy show tunes. Sesame Street Super Star Elmo of “Elmo’s World” wowed the crowd of mostly little ones with a

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dazzling song-ending split to the amazement of all of the kids, parents and USO volunteers. One military family from Virginia applauded the USO for bringing the event to JBAB. “I think it is great. It helps families that can’t make it to Sesame Place [a theme park in Pennsylvania] or to Sesame Street Live. It brings the show to them,” said a Navy petty officer. The petty officer, his wife and their son came to see their favorite Sesame Street character. “This guy loves Elmo,” the petty officer said holding his son.

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Joint Base commander extends physical fitness program BY ROBERT W. MITCHELL JOINT BASE ANACOSTIA-BOLLING PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Some Joint Base AnacostiaBolling (JBAB) employees will continue to have access to a command-sanctioned physical fitness program designed to promote a healthy lifestyle through exercise. The Physical Fitness Promotion Program runs from Jun 1 – 30 providing a variety of exercises for some JBAB Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) civilian employees. The commander’s intent is to encourage and motivate employees to develop a healthy lifestyle via exercise, while enhancing their quality of life and workplace activity. Physical activities include running, jogging, walking, cycling, yoga as well as the use of the JBAB Fitness and Aerobic Centers. While related to the overall objective of physical conditioning, activities such as meditation and napping are excluded from the program. The program is voluntary and it offers employees a maximum of three hours of physical fitness per week. Each physical fitness session is to be 59 minutes long or less of official work time. Certified Exercise Physiologist


Running along the track at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB) is one of the exercises Commander, Navy Installations Command employees at JBAB are allowed to engage in during working hours under the command-authorized Physical Fitness Promotion Program. and Health Promotion Coordinator at JBAB’s Health and Wellness Center Janet Grund explained how the program works. “When they come in, as a civilian entering into the exercise program, they first get a consult from me and in that they will have

an assessment of their Body Mass Index (BMI), which will be indicative of their nutrition needs. It will include their body fat percentage, which will indicate their fitness level,” Grund said. This information is then used to assign a customized “get well”

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Those who came out to the show were greeted by six U.S. Navy service members moonlighting as USO volunteers. The Sailors greeted the families and handed out freebies including a red lightup spinning toy decorated with mini-muppets that go around and around. The 30-minute performance included Katie, a character representing a military child specifically created for the tour, according to USO tour manager Nicole McClendon. “Sesame Street and the USO decided to do a live show in 2008 that focused on military deployments and in 2011, Katie joined Sesame Street to focus on the military child. This really resonates with military families,” she said. Katie’s situation in the show speaks directly to military families when her Sesame Street friends help her open up about her fears and excitement in moving to a new place and making new friends. The Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families tour, now in its sixth year, is the USO’s longest running, traveling tour based on the Sesame Street’s Military Families Initiative. It is expected to perform hundreds of shows at military bases in several states by the fall of this year. For more information visit

plan and a tracking service that will enable participants to engage in follow- up appointments to see if the plan is working and to see that the results are being recorded, she explained. If the desired physical goals are not being achieved by those par-

ticipating in the physical fitness program, then specific action will be taken to target those obstacles, according to Grund. “If we find barriers to their success, we then strategize a plan to eliminate those barriers and perhaps get to the bottom of things with more specialized testing such as our metabolic analyzer. This will help us to know exactly how their body is metabolizing their calories,” she explained. This data, Grund said, assists in the designing of a customized food plan for a specific individual. Grund provides outreach briefings on health promotion and preventative medicine urging healthier lifestyles. JBAB civilian employees interested in participating or continuing to participate in the physical fitness program are required to obtain approval from their supervisor. For more information about the program contact your supervisor or refer to JBAB NOTE 6110 available from the JBAB administrative officer or your supervisor. For more information on the Health and Wellness Center call 202-404-1563 or email


Sesame Street USO Experience for military families at the Youth Center at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB).


Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB) Commander Navy Capt. Frank Mays welcomes parents and children to the Sesame Street USO Experience for military families at the JBAB Youth Center.

Most of us have the secret to success backwards, according to Shawn Achor, a psychological researcher, business consultant, and expert on human potential. The bestselling author who attended Harvard on a military scholarship explained it’s not success that leads to happiness, but happiness that precedes success. Staff members at Walter Reed Bethesda viewed Achor’s presentation, “The happy secret to better work,” in Memorial Auditorium April 2. The viewing of the short, pre-recorded, global conference devoted to spreading ideas concluded a host of activities held in observance of Social Work Month. A live, panel-discussion with social workers ended the workshop. Achor’s shared his discoveries from corporate and Ivy-league studies that found happy employees are more productive, more creative and better at problem solving than their unhappy peers. According to Achor, if an individual’s level of positivity is raised in the present, then the brain experiences what he called a “happiness advantage.” The brain at “positive” performs significantly better than it does at negative, neutral or stressed, explained the researcher. Intelligence, creativity and energy levels rise. Achor said he found that every single business

outcome improves and the human brain is 31 percent more productive at positive than negative, neutral or stressed. “You’re 37 percent better at sales. Doctors are 19 percent faster, more accurate at coming up with the correct diagnosis when positive instead of negative, neutral or stressed - which means we can reverse the formula. If we can find a way of becoming positive in the present, then our brains work even more successfully as we’re able to work harder, faster and more intelligently.” He cited a 2005 University of California study to describe the “happiness advantage” for individuals who operated with a “positive” brain. They were better at securing and keeping jobs, more resilient, experienced superior productivity, less burnout or turnover, and achieved greater sales. “It’s not necessarily the reality that shapes us, but the lens through which your brain views the world that shapes your reality,” Achor said. “And if we can change the lens, not only can we change your happiness, we can change every single educational and business outcome at the same time.” He explained there are ways to train your brain to become more positive in just a 2-minute span of time done for 21 days in a row, like writing down three new things you’re grateful for each


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Air Force, Army journalists honored at White House news photographers Gala BY JOSEPH P. CIRONE JOINT BASE ANACOSTIA-BOLLING PUBLIC AFFAIRS

WASHINGTON --The White House News Photographers Association (WHNPA) honored the Military Photographer and the Military Video Photographer of the Year at its annual Gala, hosted by Reuters White House correspondent Jeff Mason. White House Chief of Staff and former National Security Advisor, Denis McDonough, presented awards to the winners at the WHNPA’s 2014 Eyes of History black-tie Gala, held in the nation’s capital. Also honored was a local TV news photographer, who often covers news events at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB). “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band opened the Gala with patriotic music, setting the stage for the celebration of the news photographers and their accomplishments during the year. The band’s primary mission is to perform for the President of the United States and the Commandant of the Marine Corps. A Joint Service Honor Guard, comprised of Airmen and Sailors from JBAB, Soldiers from Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Marines from Marine Barracks Washington and Coast Guardsmen from the Coast Guard Ceremonial Honor Guard, presented the nation’s colors as the Marine Band played

Military Video Photographer of the Year Army Staff Sgt. Robert Ham; White House Chief of Staff and former National Security Advisor, Denis McDonough; an Air Force Major, accepting the award for Military Photographer of the Year Air Force Tech. Sgt. Russ Scalf, who was deployed, and White House News Photographers Association (WHNPA) President Ron Sachs (left to right) pose at the WHNPA Gala on May 10, after McDonough presented the two military men with their awards. Courtesy photo submitted by the WHNPA. the National Anthem. Following the invocation given by Associated Press Photo Editor Jon Elswick, the Marine Band finished its work by playing the Armed Forces medley saluting WHNPA members and guests, representing each of the five military branches. WHNPA President Ron Sachs welcomed the attendees to the Gala and reflected upon highlights

the photographers played in the democracy, capturing history and keeping the American people informed. Turning his attention to the many uniformed military journalists, military guests and the military members serving as volunteers during the Gala, McDonough expressed how proud he is of what he called, the extraordinary men and women in uniform.

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212th DC Army National Guard Birthday

Military Community Round Table on Education JBAB Commander and the JBAB School Liaison Officer invite you to participate in a round table discussion about enhancing educational opportunities for children at JBAB The agenda will include asking for feedback on the current educational landscape, what you believe are cornerstones of an exemplary school and an update on the status of JBAB hosting a DC Public Charter School. Sessions will last 60 minutes and be moderated by the JBAB

of the association’s 93 years covering the occupants of the White House, before calling attention to a photo of President Obama congratulating the first place winners of WHNPA’s 2014 photo contest in the Oval Office. Addressing the hundreds of WHNPA photographers, past and present and their guests, McDonough called it an honor to recognize the important work that

“I am personally inspired by them every day I walk into work. They defend us around the globe and protect what we hold most dear – our freedom, our security and our democratic values,” McDonough said. “Their sacrifice inspires us to live up to their example.” McDonough told the audience that military journalists play a special role in connecting military men and women to their families, their communities and the country. McDonough said, “These photojournalists have signed up to serve the country by telling stories of those who serve right alongside of them. In some cases, they risk their lives; in others, they capture the small moments that can mean the most.” Air Force Tech. Sgt. Russ Scalf was recognized as the Military Photographer of the Year. “Russ is a versatile photojournalist telling the story of the worldwide combat airlift command and the strong bond between the military and the people they serve,” McDonough said. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Ham was recognized as the Military Video Photographer of the Year. Ham also won the award in 2009 and 2012 and received two Emmy Award nominations for a docu-

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The DC National Guard celebrates the 212th DC Army National Guard Birthday May 4. During the celebration, Brig. Gen. Arthur Hinaman and Command Sgt. Major Terrance Smith recognized two Joint Force Headquarters Soldiers as NCO and Soldier of the Quarter, Sgt. William Jackson and Spc. Tatiana Reyes.

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Marine wife selected as Military Spouse of the Year BY ARMY SGT. 1ST CLASS TYRONE C. MARSHALL JR. AMERICAN FORCES PRESS SERVICE

JOINT BASE MYER-HENDERSON HALL, Va. - Lakesha Cole, the wife of Okinawa-based Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Deonte Cole, was selected as the Military Spouse of the Year. The award honors spouses “who support and maintain the home front”. Cole thanked her mother, daughter and the Okinawa community, as well as her husband who is based at Okinawa’s Camp Butler. “He’s always been my biggest cheerleader for any crazy idea that I come up with.” She said she was honored to represent military spouses all over the world and to help them bring their ideas and dreams to reality. Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James F. Amos presented Cole with a certificate of commendation and expressed his gratitude to her on behalf of all Marines. “We couldn’t be more proud of you. You’re representing all of us in here — all of the spouses and the services.” “Your husband may wear this cloth,” Amos said of the Marine Corps uniform, “... but for today, we’re all part of the joint community.” On hand for the event were members and spouses of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as well as each military service’s nominee for the award. “It’s a great day to be a military spouse,” Deanie Dempsey, wife of Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of

Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Deonte Cole, stationed at Camp Butler, Okinawa, Japan, looks on as his wife Lakesha is selected as the Military Spouse of the Year

day designed to honor all military spouses.” “The six spouses here today that we will be honoring — representing each of the services — has gone above and beyond what every great military spouse does,” Dempsey said. “They’re even greater if you can believe it.” They represent all military spouses, she said, and while we’re only awarding six today, truthfully, there are many more out there that deserve this award. “So those six of you have to feel pretty darn good,” Dempsey said. “You represent the best of the best. Congratulations to all.”

DOD needs new base closure round, senior official says BY JIM GARAMONE AMERICAN FORCES PRESS SERVICE

The Defense Department is calling on Congress to authorize another round of base realignments and closures because of excess capacity that is cutting into funding for troop readiness and other higher priority needs, a senior DOD official said. “We cannot afford to waste money on infrastructure that essentially taxes the warfighters for the readiness funds they need,” John Conger, the acting deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment, told American Forces Press Service in an interview. The department is asking for another BRAC round in 2017. “The department is facing resource problems and we are being forced to consider significant force structure reductions,” Conger said. “That exacerbates the situation we already have with excess infrastructure.” For the last three years, he said, DOD has requested BRAC authority and Congress has rejected it every time. “As time goes on, our budget problems get worse, our force structure reductions get more significant and more near term,” Conger said. The reception for BRAC on the Hill was chilly. “I understand why Congress isn’t excited about this,” Conger said. “Setting aside parochial concerns .... they have talked about the cost of the last BRAC round.” Announced in 2005, the last BRAC round cost $35 billion to accomplish -- a huge sum compared to previous rounds, Conger said. It will save on a recurring basis $4 billion a year. Congress asserts it doesn’t save enough. Conger maintains it is unfair to focus on that round since roughly half of its recommendations dealt with changes for transformational purposes. This included consoli-


Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James F. Amos, far right, congratulates Lakesha Cole, second from the right, as the 2014 Military Spouse of the Year recipient during an awards Staff said. “And thank God, we now have a luncheon at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., May 9.

dating similar functions and moving people, he said, where it made sense for them to be. “Those recommendations cost $29 billion to execute and only resulted in $1 billion in savings,” Conger said. The rest of the recommendations in the 2005 round were intended to save money. They cost $6 billion and resulted in $3 billion per year in recurring savings. “The conclusion we have reached is when we are trying to save money, we can,” Conger said. “What we’re seeing this year is Congress is at least willing to engage in a discussion about it.” While the initial mark-up for the National Defense Authorization Bill has not authorized a new BRAC round, it does include a requirement to do a force structure study, an infrastructure analysis, and for secretary of defense certification for a need for a BRAC round. All these are required to do a BRAC. “They have given us the preamble pieces,” Conger said. “All of which take time and if we execute them, all will allow a BRAC authorization on a shorter timetable.” Conger says studies show a BRAC round in 2017 would cost $6 billion to implement. Then, recurring savings would be on the order of $2 billion per year.. If the department does not get a BRAC round, Conger said some bases will not have the units or number of people they once had. “You will inevitably have emptier bases,” he said. These communities conceivably could end up with “a plot of land in proximity to your base that does not generate the economic benefit that it used to, and it’s not taxable, and you can’t do economic development on that base,” Conger said. “You have an economic black hole in the middle of your community that was once a source of pride.”

Mary Winnefeld, wife of Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, explained the criteria for the finalists. “Our military community is perhaps one of the closest knit families stretched out all over the world,” she said. Each of our branch finalists separated themselves through efforts to better the community and give others the tools to do the same. “These spouses truly distinguished themselves as great leaders in the military,” Winnefeld said, “and will continue to accomplish

great feats.” The 2014 Branch Winners are: 2014 Army Spouse of the Year – Reda Hicks 2014 Marine Corps Spouse of the Year – Lakesha Cole 2014 Navy Spouse of the Year – Tammy Meyer 2014 Air Force Spouse of the Year – Chris Pape 2014 Coast Guard Spouse of the Year – Danielle Medolla 2014 National Guard Spouse of the Year – Ingrid Herrera-Yee

Virginia primary election on June 10 The State of Virginia will hold its primary election on June 10. If you are a Virginia resident and want to vote in the primary, you must be registered by May 19. If you live outside your election jurisdiction and need to register to vote absentee, you can do so using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) available at If you complete and return this form, Virginia will register you as an absentee voter and send you your ballot for all elections this year.

If you are already registered in Virginia, you must request your ballot by June 3 if you want to vote in the primary. Detailed information is available at the following website: http://www.fvap.. gov/virginia, along with the FPCA. If you are registered and have not received your absentee ballot by May 11, use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot to vote. The form is also available at: virginia.

Maryland primary election on June 24 Maryland will hold its primary election on June 24. If you are a Maryland resident and want to vote in the primary, you must be registered by June 3. If you live outside Maryland and need to register to vote absentee, you can do so using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) available at If you complete and return this form, Maryland will register you as an absentee voter and send you your ballot for all elections this year. If you are already registered in Mary-

land, you must request your ballot by mail or fax no later than 8 p.m. on June 17 or by email or online by 11:59 p.m. on June 20 if you want to vote in the primary. Detailed information is available at the following website:, along with the FPCA. If you are registered and have not received your absentee ballot by May 25, use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) to vote. The form is also available at

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supplies on the installation. Leaders should adequately communicate their capabilities upward to ensure the installation’s optimal readiness during an emergency situation such as hurricane or other natural disaster, Bradford stressed. Senior officials at NORTHCOM wanting to assemble their emergency response strategies throughout the region will look to military installations like JBAB for solutions. “So when we talk about mission assignments and where to put stuff here at JBAB, it is going to come from NORTHCOM saying ‘yes, we can do that’,” he said. “But it has to start with you guys telling them, ‘yes, we can accommodate or not we cannot’,” he added. A special request from higher command, for ex-

ample, could call for more active duty and reserve military personnel or federal emergency personnel to be placed in specific area. JBAB, because of its “heart of the district” location, could be used to house emergency response assets and materials needed by federal authorities to distribute throughout the greater region in the event of a natural disaster. “We at the local level are here trying to make contact with the bases and make sure you understand that you are also recovering, but we also might use you to be a staging ground for DoD access or FEMA access,” he said. HURREX-14 is set to measure the response time, coordination and activity of its installations faced with a major storm traveling along up the east coast. The intent is to test installations operational forces and readiness within its area of responsibility.

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mentary series produced for The Pentagon Channel. McDonough said, “Robert is a veteran combat correspondent who has dedicated the last 14 years to telling the critical and compelling story of the American Soldier. Robert has deployed to Afghanistan and traveled throughout the world to find the action.” During the Gala, a number of other photojournalists from newspapers, TV stations, online news outlets and university students were also recognized for their award-winning still

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imagery, video and multimedia work. Washington’s WTTGTV (Fox 5) Doug Wilkes received the 2014 WHNPA Lifetime Achievement Award, recognizing his outstanding contributions during his over three decade-long journalism career. Wilkes often covers news events at JBAB, alongside JBAB Public Affairs personnel and other military journalists and in the nearby community outside of JBAB’s gates. A brief slideshow featured Wilkes with various Presidents, including one in the Oval Office with President Clinton, in which both men are posed like the

Friday, May 16, 2014 “Blues Brothers,” wearing sunglasses. The entire audience surprised Wilkes when they covered their eyes with WHNPA-provided sunglasses to honor Wilkes’ ever-present sense of humor. Soon after, Wilkes was presented with and donned a “Blues Brothers” -like hat and sunglasses, which was followed by his dancing on stage to the song, “Soul Man”, along with other WHNPA members. Via video from New York, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, who served as a White House correspondent in the 1990s, congratulated Wilkes and told the audience about his fondness


for Wilkes and his behind the camera expertise. Their deep relationship began and soon flourished upon Williams’ arrival in Washington and Wilkes was assigned as his cameraman. To the delight of the audience, Williams in a humoristic manner, mentioned Wilkes’ unconventional manner of getting the job done and the day passed, while the two were cruising the streets in the TV news van, looking for news or going between assignments. In his concluding remarks, McDonough said, “For their service, I thank the Defense Department photographers.”


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National Guard Spouse of the Year shares how to recognize PTSD in your spouse BY INGRID HERRERA-YEE, LMHC, PHD 2014 NATIONAL GUARD SPOUSE OF THE YEAR SPECIAL TO JOINT BASE JOURNAL

Red roses and romantic dinners: While those are certainly important components of romance, lasting love involves two people taking care of each other. In some marriages, that may include being alert for signs of PTSD in your spouse. With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it can be hard to know when your partner is struggling. In our daily interactions as couples, we sometimes misunderstand each other, tensions arise and we fight. Then, we withdraw from each other. This is a normal interaction between spouses, right? Not always. Perhaps the tension you feel is because your partner is feeling the effects of PTSD. It is not always easy to figure out if someone has PTSD, but there are some signs that can clue you in. In some cases it can be very obvious. For instance, if your

service member returns from a deployment and is still having difficulty falling asleep, wakes up in a cold sweat and punches at an imaginary foe, months after he or she returns, PTSD may be the culprit. In other cases, the signs might not be as obvious. Your partner could gradually withdraw from activities and people he otherwise enjoyed. You might notice him having nightmares and difficulty falling asleep. He might feel emotionally numb and could appear anxious, worried, angry or moody. When the symptoms are milder it can be difficult to tell the difference between everyday stress and PTSD. Here’s the main difference: everyday stress doesn’t last long. Your partner may feel out of sorts, anxious and have trouble sleeping because of stress in his or her life, problems at work, or in a relationship. The stress is temporary. The stress resolves and doesn’t affect everyday life in a significant way. It also may not follow a particularly traumatic event. This is not the case with PTSD. PTSD symp-

toms continue for longer than the average stress episode.

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In most cases, PTSD sets in after a traumatic event has taken place, such as the violent death of a friend or family member, combat experience, or a natural disaster. It also lasts. It doesn’t just go away, and it affects their everyday life. You may notice your partner has recurring nightmares or thoughts about a traumatic event. You may see trouble sleeping and eating, or have a marked increase in anxiety and fear. Your partner may be on edge, easily startled and overly alert. At other times he could appear depressed, with a low energy level, memory loss and a lack of focus. He may have difficulty making decisions, and avoid people, places or activities that would normally make your spouse happy. You may suddenly feel like you are walking on egg shells, afraid you might “set him off.” You begin to worry that your partner is no longer himself. He may be suffering from PTSD, and it is not his fault, nor is it your

fault, but he does need help. Here is a list of symptoms to look for in your spouse or partner which may indicate they have PTSD: Intrusive memories Flashbacks Re-occurring nightmares Intense distress or irritability Physical reactions such as rapid breathing, sweating, or nausea, when remembering or being reminded of the trauma Avoidance Feeling emotionally detached from others Emotional numbness Experiencing hopelessness about the future Inability to remember important aspects of the traumatic event Arousal or anxiety symptoms Bouts of moodiness or anger Insomnia or difficulty staying asleep A sense of being “on alert” or “on guard” - Hypervigilance Developing a destructive addiction Suicidal thoughts If you suspect that a loved one has PTSD, it’s important to seek

help right away. The sooner PTSD is treated, the easier it is to overcome. PTSD can interfere with your partner’s entire life, health, relationships and work. You can take a screening on behalf of your partner at If your partner is reluctant to seek treatment, you can find support for yourself in how to help your partner at Coaching Into Care. In this month where relationships are the focus, take an inventory of your relationship. Is your spouse experiencing any of the above symptoms? If so, contact a mental health provider in your area for an assessment, diagnosis and plan. If your spouse is actively suicidal, get help right away. And remember, you are not alone. Help is out there for you and your spouse so that you can have a happier and healthier relationship. If you feel you or your partner are currently suffering from PTSD, contact a mental health professional or, if you need someone to talk to, call the Military Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255, and press 1.

Wounded warrior finds new place in the Air Force family BY SENIOR AIRMAN JETTE CARR AIR FORCE NEWS SERVICE

Faith and trust in what we cannot see. Those words are etched into his skin, right above a scar that, by itself, embodies the journey he has undertaken. The spider web of pink lines starts midway up the inside of his right arm and continues nearly to his wrist, following the path doctors took as they rushed to save his life and limb. Retired Staff Sgt. Daniel Crane, a former security forces Airman stationed at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, said he saw the phrase after his injury and it just stuck with him. In July 2013, one year after he had been shot in a random act of violence, he made those words a permanent expression on his body. I got this quote because of my whole incident and what I’m going through now,” Crane said. “The path I was given might not be the path I wanted or saw myself doing, but I try not to question it. I’ve got to believe that it’s for the greater good and just have faith that in time I’ll understand what the purpose is.” Currently participating in the Air Force Wounded Warrior program as an athlete and mentor, Crane hopes that telling his story will help others who are struggling through similar trials. I just want them to keep pushing forward; don’t let whatever happened to them stop them from being who they are,” he said. “It hasn’t stopped me.” The night of July 28, 2012, Crane was accosted by someone he’d never met, a stranger who happened to be the neighbor of a friend he was visiting off base in Guam. Though


Retired Staff Sgt. Daniel Crane draws an arrow back using a mouthpiece during the Air Force Trials April 10 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. After a gunshot wound left his right forearm and hand immobile, Crane immersed himself in adaptive sports, where he has learned new ways to overcome his limitations. he was later told the man had a history of run-ins with military members, at the time of his attack, Crane said he was unaware of the grudge that had been steadily building in the house next door. Ready to head home after his visit, Crane said goodbye to his buddy around midnight and walked to his car. After his two dogs got settled in the back seat, the security forces Airman started the engine and rolled down his windows. He glanced to the right and watched as a car passed by. That’s when Crane saw the blast and heard the crack of a gun being fired.

At the time when he shot me, I didn’t realize he’d done it,” Crane said. “So, when I realized that it was actually real, I tried to get out of my car and to my buddy’s house,” he said. “But I got to the gate and from the amount of blood I’d lost, I just couldn’t move anymore. So I tried to yell for help, and that’s probably the most helpless and the most scared I’ve ever been.” The anti-military local used either a shotgun or high caliber rifle in his drive-by shooting. The blast impacted Crane’s right arm, struck the brachial artery, severed the

nerves, shredded the muscle and struck bone. As he stood by the gate unable to move and shouting for help, Crane said he thought that was it, that no one was going to come and he was going to die.. Luckily, his friend heard the commotion and ran out to help. Awake and aware throughout the entire ordeal, from the shot to the hospital, Crane remembers telling his buddy to tie a tourniquet around his arm. He said he couldn’t see much because of the darkness, but recalls the smell of gun powder and blood, and feeling the sensa-

tion that the world was slowing down. The injured staff sergeant underwent initial surgery at the naval hospital in Guam and, once stabilized, was medically evacuated to Hawaii. Though he went through a total of eight surgeries, including nerve grafting to restore some function in his damaged limb, his current prognosis is complete nerve damage, paralyzing his hand and forearm. Nerves regenerate very slowly, so it’s still just a waiting game at this point,” Crane said. Crane retired from the military in February, due to his injury. He now sports a beard and his hair is no longer within regulations, but said he still feels a connection with the Air Force. My dad was enlisted in the Air Force for 30 years,” Crane said. “That’s definitely what I knew, and he raised me right. I just knew that was my calling, and once I joined, I realized I wanted to do so much more. I loved the brotherhood. I love the camaraderie, and what I was a part of. It was the biggest thing to me. It still is.” When telling the story of his shooting, Crane is able to speak in a calm and matter-of-fact manner, but when he delves into having to hang up his combat boots, his voice begins to waver. For Crane, a career in the Air Force was his dream, and it’s one he hopes to continue in the future, he said. Until then, he plans to go to school for animal psychology, with the goal of rehabilitating and training dogs — perhaps even training dogs for wounded warriors. He will also be furthering his participation

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‘Consciousness of duty, faithfully performed’ BY SHAWN MILLER NDW PUBLIC AFFAIRS

The night before the Battle of Midway in June 1942, a small group of torpedo plane pilots gathered in then-Ensign Jack Crawford’s room aboard the USS Yorktown, and along with Crawford’s pilot roommate, toasted one another with drinks of torpedo alcohol and grapefruit. “Only after the battle did it strike me,” Crawford said, remembering that night nearly 72 years ago. “No torpedo plane that flew from the Yorktown ever came back. They had to have died knowing they were going to, because they weren’t well enough equipped.” Even at 95, age has done little to slow down Crawford, who went on to a long career as a pioneer in the Navy’s burgeoning nuclear program before retiring as a captain. A self-professed “amateur student of history,” Crawford remains a tireless advocate for recognizing the historic significance of the Battle of Midway.


Capt. (Ret.) Jack Crawford, a self-professed “amateur student of history,” serves as an advocate for recognizing the historic impact of the Battle of Midway in 1942. Witnessing the battle firsthand aboard the deck of the USS Yorktown, Crawford said that had the U.S. not stopped the Japanese Navy, the later 20th century may have been radically different.

Headed for trouble

Graduating from an accelerated class at the U.S. Naval Academy in December 1941, Crawford originally received orders to the USS Oklahoma stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Only days before his graduation, the Oklahoma was sunk during the Japanese attack. Instead, he attended radar school before receiving orders to the aircraft carrier Yorktown. Crawford said he arrived at Pearl Harbor in May 1942 only to discover that the Yorktown was in the Battle of the Coral Sea, so he was assigned as an assistant to a lieutenant on base. When the heavily-damaged Yorktown returned to Pearl Harbor for repairs, Crawford was unhappy with his situation and eager to get to sea. Acting on a tip that the Yorktown would soon be repaired and underway the following day, Crawford followed a frustrated captain until he got his detachment orders signed. “He said, ‘Son, if I were you, I’d recognize you’re heading for trouble if you keep doing business this way in the Navy,’” Crawford said. “I just listened to the lecture and grabbed my pen and took off and I got aboard at 10 o’clock that night, and the next morning we’re back out of the drydock.”

Capt. (Ret.) Jack Crawford recalls the Battle of Midway after nearly 72 years as he looks at a painting of the battle in his home near Bethesda, Maryland. Crawford watched the battle unfold from the USS Yorktown before a series of bombing and torpedo attacks crippled the U.S. carrier and forced Crawford to abandon ship. New to the ship, Crawford was assigned to be junior officer of the deck. Standing watch at 4 a.m. on the morning of June 4, 1942, he was one of the first to hear the incoming message, “Many planes headed Midway.” He didn’t know that shortly before, U.S. forces had broken the Japanese code and discovered the plans to attack Midway. He entered a meeting with the officers as the crew planned the course of action for the impending fight. “It was really heartening to know that we know, and were in a position to hit them before they hit us,” he said. A few short hours later, Crawford stood on the hangar deck watching waves of torpedo planes and dive bombers attack the ship. Three bombs rocked the ship, causing heavy dam-

age, but Crawford said excellent damage control from the crew kept her afloat. That luck would soon run out. “I remember the tremor that went through the ship when one torpedo hit back on the port side,” Crawford recalled. “It was a tremor that went through the whole ship almost like you were bending a ruler, and then bam, another one! The ship took a quick list to port about five degrees and then gradually crept up.” Less than one week after boarding for his first sea tour after the academy, Crawford was sliding down a rope off the side of the Yorktown into the Pacific. He said his first reaction was anger. “I didn’t know whether or not there were sharks in the water there,” he said. “Turns out there wasn’t, but I didn’t know

it, and nobody else did, either. And meanwhile, we’re all lined up with oil and you don’t know whether a submarine’s going to light that off and we’re all going to be toast in a few minutes, so it was a pretty uncomfortable feeling.” The USS Russell picked up Crawford and other survivors while a repair party attempted to keep the severely-listing Yorktown from sinking. A Japanese submarine later interrupted those plans, sinking both the Yorktown and the USS Hammann, which was providing nearby support. Crawford returned to Pearl Harbor with an idea that the battle had been a great success, but not fully realizing the impact until later. Sailing back in to Pearl Harbor, he decided to pay a visit to the captain that had signed his detachment orders only days earlier. “He said, ‘You again!’” Crawford laughed. “I said, ‘Captain, you were absolutely right, I was headed for trouble, but I think it came a little faster than you or I thought!’”

Finding opportunities

Crawford shipped east, where he soon found himself on another carrier, the USS Santee, this time headed for the invasion of North Africa. It was there Crawford said he realized that had the U.S. lost at Midway, he and everyone else aboard would have been headed west to the Pacific for a more intense battle

with Japan rather than being able to send personnel east to the European and African fronts. A converted commercial oiler, the Santee wasn’t exactly Crawford’s ideal duty station, but he said it helped him edge closer to his ultimate goal of getting a naval appointment to the engineering school at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “I recognized the importance of being at sea, and I wanted to be at sea,” Crawford said. “My long range objective in the Navy was to go to MIT and become a Navy constructor, as they were called at the time. It never occurred to me that I wanted to do anything else. I wanted to be a naval officer to design and build ships.” After campaigns in the Mediterranean Sea, Crawford’s determination and sea time paid off. He left for MIT and went on to shipbuilding. He was later interviewed by Admiral Hyman Rickover and spent most of the remainder of his career in the Navy’s nuclear propulsion program, where he helped build the world’s first nuclear-powered submarine and aircraft carrier. Crawford pointed out a framed photograph of that carrier, the USS Enterprise (CVN-65), hanging just inside the doorway of Crawford’s small home on a tree-lined street near Bethesda, Maryland, recalling his years of service. It was tough work, Crawford said of his job under Rickover. “One of the rewards of being in this organization is people are carefully selected and they realize how fortunate they were to be on the cutting edge of technology,” he added. After spending five combined years at MIT and earning two master’s degrees, all while serving in the Navy, Crawford offered advice for the younger generations following. “You can’t guarantee you’re going to be successful, but if you want to do it, be prepared to accept opportunity when it comes your way,” he said, echoing advice the president of MIT offered him years ago. With more than 50 years of his life in service to the U.S. government, both in the Navy and as a civilian, Crawford said he would do it all over again—not that he’s finished yet. He still performs work as a consultant to different agencies. “If you learn how to design and build ships or

build houses or build cities, keep doing it forever,” he said. “At age 95, I’m still doing it.” “What I like to look back on is I did my duty,” Crawford said proudly. “There aren’t many things you can take out of this planet. You can’t take money out of this planet, but you can take with you, wherever you go, consciousness of duty faithfully performed.”

‘Go forth and proselytize’

One of Crawford’s main missions now is spreading knowledge about the Battle of Midway—a battle he argues is still much underappreciated for its historic impact. Overshadowed by the calendar week proximity to D-Day, Crawford said not enough people know how important Midway was in stopping the steady march of Japanese forces across the Pacific and changing the face of World War II. Events growing in popularity, such as the anniversary celebration each June at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C., help educate new generations, he added. Still, he wanted more. “I wanted to see a good book on Midway, and there wasn’t one,” Crawford said. So he called a friend, historian and retired Naval Academy Professor Craig Symonds, whom he helped inspire to write a definitive book on the battle. “Midway, at a minimum, was the most decisive naval battle since Trafalgar, and perhaps the most strategically decisive victory since Salamis,” Crawford said, offering a brief historical lesson on British Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson’s victory over the French and Spanish fleets at Trafalgar, and the Greeks over Persian Emperor Xerxes at Salamis. Borrowing a line from remarks by former Secretary of Defense James Schlesinger at a Midway 61st anniversary commemoration, Crawford said he tries to “go forth and proselytize” the role of Midway in American history. “The impression that battle had on me was those torpedo plane pilots,” Crawford said of his roommate and fellow aviators. “That will never go away. That battle was won for a number of reasons, but one of them was courage.” Editor’s note: Naval District Washington will celebrate the 72nd anniversary of the Battle of Midway with a ceremony at the U.S. Navy Memorial, June 4 at 9 a.m.


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Retired Staff Sgt. Daniel Crane takes a break during an archery competition.


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in the Air Force Wounded Warrior program and he was recently selected as one of the athletes to compete in the Warrior and Invictus Games this fall. Recently, Crane joined the newly formed Air Force Wounded Warrior Recovering Airmen Mentorship Program, which encourages the idea of Airmen helping Airmen. “As a veteran to the program, you are there basically as a link between athletes and coaches,â€? he said. “You relate through your own experiences and help others to realize their potential, along with the beneďŹ ts of being active.â€? Through the adaptive sports camps hosted by the program, Crane’s eyes have

been opened to methods of adapting to overcome his limitations, something he said he hopes others are able to experience. Being surrounded by other wounded warriors has helped him in this process. “They have inspired me not to give up,â€? he said. “There was deďŹ nitely a time where I didn’t want to do anything, but after meeting these guys who are pushing through and they have worse injuries than me — it has motivated me to get out of my comfort zone and back to my love of competition and being athletic.â€? With momentum on his side, Crane continues to break his boundaries as he trains to represent his Air Force teams in the two upcoming competitions. He said he looks forward to competing against and supporting his fellow wounded warriors as they all push each other toward the next level of recovery.


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Morale, Welfare & Recreation (MWR) is pleased to announce that the base pool will be opening full time on Saturday, May 24. The 2014 swimming season kicks off from 11am-2pm with a Grand Opening party featuring DJ entertainment and free food and beverages. The event is completely free and is open to all DoD ID Cardholders. Hours of Operation: Lap Swim Tuesday - Friday: 6-8 a.m. and 11 a.m.Noon Saturday - Sunday: 10-11 a.m. Open Swim Tuesday - Friday: 12-7:30 p.m. Saturday - Sunday: 11am-7:30 p.m. Individual and family pool passes for the 2014 season are currently available for purchase at Fitness Center I. Once the pool opens, passes can also be purchased onsite. The daily pool pass rate is $2 per day. Season passes are offered at $25 per individual

and $15 for each additional family member. Families of four or more cost $65. All active duty service members, reservist, club members and their families are free. Family members must be with card holder and they will have free pool access for the entire swimming season! Pool passes are nonrefundable and non-transferable. Patrons are welcome to bring their own food and beverages to the pool area. Please refrain from any glass containers. MWR is still seeking qualiďŹ ed applicants, ages 16 and older, to ďŹ ll lifeguard positions for the 2014 swimming season, which begins May 24. Interested individuals must have already completed the MWR Lifeguard CertiďŹ cation Course. Applicant must apply online at Search for the job announcement by announcement number JB14-012A or keyword: NDW. For more information please contact Fitness Center I at 202-767-5895. Stay connected with all MWR news and events at, www., wfrjointbase or by downloading the free app, ABSalute.

Hagel orders review of grooming standards BY JIM GARAMONE AMERICAN FORCES PRESS SERVICE

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel informed members of the Congressional Black Caucus that he is ordering the military services to review grooming standards, particularly those for African-American women. Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said Hagel directed the deputy secretary of defense to work with the service secretaries and the military chiefs to review their respective policies. The admiral made the announcement during a Pentagon news conference April 29. Members of the caucus sent Hagel a letter in response to changes to Army Regulation 670-1, Wear and Appearance of Army


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day. Achor said the brain starts to retain a pattern of scanning the world, not for the negative, but the positive - ďŹ rst. “Journaling about one positive experience you’ve had over the past 24 hours allows your brain to relive it. Exercise teaches your brain that your behavior matters. We ďŹ nd that meditation allows your brain to get over the cultural ADHD that we’ve been creating by trying to do multiple tasks at once and allows our brains to focus on the task at hand,â€? Achor said. Random acts of kindness round-out the list of ďŹ ve small changes that create lasting positive change. He explained these as conscious acts of kindness, as simple as writing a positive email praising or thanking somebody in their social support network. “By doing these activities and by training your brain just like we train our bodies, what we’ve found is we can reverse the formula for happiness and success, and in doing so, not only create ripple of positivity, but create a real revolution,â€? Achor concluded. The panel of social work experts at the workshop agreed with the small changes Achor suggested and added what they do to bring happiness and balance to their lives as therapists. Carroll C. Phelps serves as an instructor and coordinator of the Washington, D.C. program for social work students from Bir-

Uniforms and Insignia. Members of the caucus are concerned the regulation is offensive and biased against women of color. In a response April 30, Hagel told members of the caucus that he has given the services 30 days to “review the deďŹ nitions of authorized and prohibited hairstyles contained in each of their respective policies and revise any offensive language.â€? The services have 90 days to review their hairstyle policies as they pertain to AfricanAmerican women “to ensure standards are fair and respectful of our diverse force, while also meeting our military services’ requirements,â€? Kirby said. “After a thorough review of the service recommendations, he will make whatever appropriate adjustments to DOD policy are necessary.â€? mingham Southern College and the University of Alabama. The social worker said gratitude “enriches our lives and deepens our contentment.â€? She also uses humor. “It’s important to look at something very difďŹ cult as wonderful and a challenge coming into your life at the right time to teach you something,â€? Phelps said. “You have to put things in your life that will allow you to do that and for me the way I do it is with humor. while it’s [sometimes] sarcastic, it makes me laugh and ask what am I going to learn from this - what is this going to teach me?â€? Army Lt. Col. Susanna Steggles has spent nearly 20 years in the Army as a clinical social worker. The Social Work fellow who works at Walter Reed Bethesda said she felt happier when she shed her sense of entitlement. “The ďŹ rst time I felt real relief was when I let go of the word ‘deserve’ - that I deserve this, or I deserve that - and became like ‘well, what is the world I want to create? If I want something, I need to be proactive about it and not asking ‘why isn’t the world giving that to me?’ “ Retired Army Command Sgt. Maj. Anthanassios Kosmopoulos is a clinical social worker at Walter Reed Bethesda who provides mental health services to mostly retirees and their spouses, and conducts couples therapy. He said he has found mindfulness helpful, as well as ďŹ nding various outlets and different areas of life to enjoy. “You always learn from your patient,â€? Kosmopoulos said. “Take the time to diversify your emotional portfolio . Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.â€?

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Freedom Live to Bring Top Concert Acts to NDW BY SHAWN MILLER NDW PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Top-level music and comedy acts will soon be heading to installations across Naval District Washington (NDW) thanks to a new program being launched by Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR). After bringing classic rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd to Maryland in 2012 as part of the Defenders of Freedom Day at Six Flags America, NDW MWR has transitioned such events into a new concert brand called Freedom Live. “Freedom Live is all about value, quality and entertainment,” said Lee Bell, regional program manager for NDW MWR. “Freedom Live is being established as a new entertainment brand here at NDW. The brand will provide customers with predominately concerts and comedy shows that are based on the desires of our loyal MWR fan base.” The opening act for Freedom Live’s inaugural year is slated for August 16 at Naval


Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River, featuring rock bands 3 Doors Down and Blues Traveler. Although the concerts are on Navy installations and sponsored by NDW MWR, the shows will be open to service members from all branches, as well as DoD contractors and employees. Bell said VIP tickets bought by followers of the NAS Patuxent River MWR Facebook page sold out within three days, and general admission tickets go on sale May 1. Bell advised customers, both military and civilian contractors, to buy early, as ticket prices rise as the concert date approaches. “Anyone who has been to a concert at some of the more recognized venues within DC have grown accustomed to seeing highlevel entertainers such as Dave Matthews, Madonna, Toby Keith, Coldplay and Journey just to name a few,” Bell said. “The entire DOD community within the National Capital Region, including our own here at

NDW, now has the opportunity to experience the same level of talent locally by attending a Freedom Live event.” Freedom Live customers will have the option to purchase VIP tickets, which will include perks such as meet and greets with bands, special food and beverage choices, better parking spots, and private restrooms. Regular ticket holders can still expect good seats at a discounted price, Bell said, along with free parking, affordable concessions, and a convenient and secure venue on their local installation. For future shows, Freedom Live organizers plan to use customer preference surveys and social media outlets to determine what shows customers want to see, and then work to bring those acts to stages across NDW. A second event is already booked for September 20 at Joint Base AnacostiaBolling (JBAB). Although the headliners have not yet been publicly named, Bell


Classic rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd performs at Six Flags America as part of Defenders of Freedom Day sponsored by Naval District Washington (NDW) Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) in 2012. NDW MWR this year launched a new concert brand, Freedom Live, to bring top-level performances to the area for military and contractor personnel in the area. said the performers, as well as the emerging talent in the opening act, should create excitement for country music fans in the area. “Freedom Live will provide A-List entertainers that our very best custom-


ers want and deserve to see close to where they work and live,” said Bell. “These individual components will remain as an integral part of the Freedom Live brand going forward and should help expand its lifespan for the

benefit of MWR customers.” For tickets and event information, visit www. To stay up to date with news and events across NDW, visit www.facebook. com/NavDistWash.


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Warfighter and Family Readiness Events MWR Fishing Tournament & Expo

Fish & Boat Expo: May 16 | 12-7:30 p.m. | Capital Cove Marina Tournament: May 17 | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. | Capital Cove Marina Compete for total weight in the MWR Fishing Tournament. The tournament format is a catch, total weight and release. Fish and Boat Expo: Friday, May 16, 127:30 p.m. Check out the latest fishing equipment and fishing boats. Featuring: -Demo on casting, bait types and styles used on the Potomac River by National Bass Guide Service - The latest kayaks from Backyard Boats - Giveaways by West Marine (TBD) Free Entry! Fishing Tournament: Saturday, May 17, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Weigh In: 5-5:45 p.m.; Awards: 6 p.m. Fishing Categories: - Open Division - Family Division (min. one parent and one child) boat or shore - Shore Casters Entry Fee: $10 per person (includes tshirt) and coupon for the Slip Inn Fish Fry Special. Awards will be given 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each category.

Cycle Mania

May 17 | 9 a.m.-Noon | Aerobic Center


Come burn calories by cycling! Space is limited.

Recreational Softball

Sign Up by: May 25 Starts: June 1 Entry Fee: $25 for DoD Civilians, Contractors and Family Members Free for Active Duty and Reservists

2014 Summer Reading Registration

May 19 – June 20 | Ages 5-13 Join the Library this summer for an exciting and fun-filled DoD-sponored Summer Reading Program, “Paws to Read!” During this seven-week program, the library will host range activities to foster and support a love of reading. Participants will also be given special incentives each week to encourage reaching goals. Registration runs from May 19 to June 20. “Paws to Read” will launch on the following dates: June 23 for ages 5-7, 10-11:30am; followed by weekly sessions every Monday June 25 for ages 8-10, 10-11:30am; followed by weekly sessions every Wednesday June 25 for ages 11-13, 1-2:30pm; followed by weekly sessions every Wednesday This is yet another totally free program. To learn more about the Summer Reading Program please call (202) 767-5578

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

Joint Base Gate Hours

Post Office weekday closure 2-3 p.m.

Arnold (Main) Gate: 24/7 South (Joint Visitor’s Center) Gate: 24/7 Firth Sterling (North) Gate: Mon-Fri - 5 a.m.-7 p.m. Bellevue (Housing Area) Gate: Mon-Fri 5 a.m.-9 a.m. and 3 p.m.-7 p.m.

Due to fiscal challenges, the Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB) Post Office is operating with one postal agent and will be closed for lunch from 2-3 p.m., Monday-Friday. Saturday hours remain unchanged. If you have questions, comments or complaints please contact the U.S. Postal Service.

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.

JBAB Cub Scouts Attention all boys grades 1st through 5th interested in scouting. Please contact the JBAB Cub Scouts, Pack 343, at 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 For more information, email austin.

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 202-563-6666 or email

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 or visit www.

Boys and Girls Club volunteers

Toastmasters Club seeks members

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@

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 301452-6931.

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 or visit

Navy Wives Clubs of America

Chapel Schedule CATHOLIC SERVICES Reconciliation

Sunday 9 a.m. Chapel Center


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



Sunday Worship


Sunday School

Sunday 9:10 a.m. Chapel Center

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

Gospel 11:30 a.m. Chapel Center General Protestant 11 a.m. Chapel 2

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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