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Joint Base Journal Vol. 4, No. 39

October 11, 2013

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


Happy 238th Birthday, U.S. Navy! Joint Base commander provides framework for ACE-E mentor program BY PAUL BELLO JOINT BASE ANACOSTIA-BOLLING PUBLIC AFFAIRS

WASHINGTON – Since coming aboard as base commander a little more than two years ago to Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB), Navy Capt. Anthony T. Calandra has made a point to lead by example. There’s no better case of this than his commitment to the Area Coalition for Education - Excellence (ACE-E) mentoring program for children at two nearby Ward 8 schools – Leckie Elementary and Hart Middle School. ACE-E is a non-profit organization that supports inner-city children with mentors at local public schools near military bases and other federal installations. The program first began in Dayton, Ohio and was later introduced to the Washington area around the same time Calandra assumed his new position at JBAB. Enamored with the idea of helping children overcome some obstacles in the classroom, Calandra, along with his wife,

Tamara, signed up as volunteer mentors. The decision has been one of his most rewarding since coming to the region. “A lot of these kids come from broken families. Trust is a key factor,” Calandra told a group of prospective volunteers earlier this week. “Making a child understand you’re there for them means a great deal. This is a great way to help children and give them an idea of what’s out there in the world.” Based on the ACE-E program’s structure, Calandra said a student who completes three separate computer-related projects with a score of 90 or better will receive a free laptop computer. Projects include writing a student autobiography or résumé using Microsoft Word, developing an independent budget through an Excel spreadsheet and later presenting their résumé and other information to a panel of ACE-E board members through a PowerPoint presentation. Many service members from

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Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB) Commander Navy Capt. Anthony T. Calandra leads a discussion about this year’s upcoming Area Coalition for Education - Excellence (ACE-E) mentor program. For the past two years, service members, including Calandra have volunteered as mentors to children at nearby public schools.

Assistance remains available for personnel affected by Navy Yard shootings BY JOSEPH P. CIRONE JOINT BASE ANACOSTIA-BOLLING PUBLIC AFFAIRS

WASHINGTON - Emergency assistance remains available to personnel and their families affected by the Washington Navy Yard shootings, which occurred on Sept. 16, 2013. Crisis, benefit, spiritual and support service counseling assistance is available at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB).

Active-duty military personnel and their families in need of assistance can visit JBAB’s Military Family Service Center (MFSC) or any Navy Fleet and Family Support Center (NFSC), according to JBAB Commander, Navy Capt. Anthony T. Calandra. Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) civilian personnel and their families in need of assistance may contact the employee assistance program at

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Ava M. Imhof, counseling and advocacy supervisor at Joint Base AnacostiaBolling’s (JBAB) Emergency Family Assistance Center (EFAC), listens to a military dependent inside her office. In the aftermath of the Washington Navy Yard tragedy, members of the EFAC assisted numerous family members and provided 24-hour assistance. U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY LT. CMDR. JIM REMINGTON



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Thousands helped by Joint Base emergency center after Navy Yard shootings BY LEA JOHNSON SPECIAL TO JOINT BASE JOURNAL

WASHINGTON – Almost immediately after getting the report of an active shooter at the Washington Navy Yard (WNY) on Sept. 16, Navy civilian personnel at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB) sprang into action. JBAB’s DOD Police and its Naval District Washington Fire and Emergency Services Central Battalion responded to assist their Naval Support Activity Washington (NSAW) counterparts based at WNY to handle the tragic incident. Less than 25 minutes after the shootings at the Washington Navy Yard ended, JBAB’s Military and Family Support Center (MFSC) staff established an Emergency Family Assistance Center (EFAC) to provide support and assistance to the thousands of military, civilian and contract workers at WNY and their families. According to Virginia J. Figgins, JBAB’s Director of the MFSC, “The MFSC staff had

the EFAC up and running by 11 a.m., despite being in a shelter in place situation themselves for a time.” The EFAC was initially staffed by JBAB MFSC personnel, including clinical, counseling and support staff. That afternoon and well into the evening, staff members answered 513 phone calls from individuals seeking information or assistance. Since then, nearly 10,000 calls have been received. The EFAC was opened 24-hours per day for 10 days, when the number of personnel seeking assistance had been greatly reduced. EFAC services remain available. Personnel seeking services may obtain more information by calling 1-855-677-1755. The morning after the tragic shootings, the MFSC staff was augmented at the EFAC by members of the Navy Medicine Special Psychiatric Rapid Intervention Team (SPRINT); the Walter Reed- National Military Medical Center and Ft. Belvoir, who assisted with counseling resources and debriefings. Additional personnel from multiple

Furlough raises questions on civilian leave, pay BY JIM GARAMONE AMERICAN FORCES PRESS SERVICE

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Only those Defense Department (DOD) civilians recalled from furlough under the Pay Our Military Act may take annual and sick leave, a Pentagon spokesman said Oct. 8. “Employees who remain on furlough are in a non-pay, nonduty status, so there is no leave to take,” Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen explained. So a civilian employee who had leave planned and is now furloughed can still take that vacation. It will not count as leave as long as the furlough lasts. Once the president signs an appropriation or Congress passes a continuing resolution, furloughed employees will report back to work. Further legislation is necessary for employees to receive retroactive pay for days lost to the shutdown.


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1-800-932-0034, he said. Civilian employees in need of assistance and working for commands other than CNIC are encouraged to contact the assigned point of contact for their command’s Civilian Employee Assistance Program (CEAP), Calandra stated. For assistance identifying the CEAP point of contact refer to: donhr/Services/ERelations/Pages/ CEAPPOC.aspx. For personnel located at the Navy Yard, including Naval Sea Systems Command and Naval Facilities and Engineering Command personnel, counseling services are also available at the Federal Oc-

If that happens, employees will be paid for the furlough time, and will not be charged for any leave that had been approved for days that became furlough days. On DOD civilian pay, the situation is a bit different. The next civilian pay date is Oct. 11, and under the Pay Our Military Act, Defense Department civilians will receive paychecks. Excepted employees - those who continued to work - will receive the full 80 hours of pay. Those furloughed will receive 48 hours of pay for the pay period covered by that payday, up and to and including Sept. 30. Furloughed employees will receive pay for the four hours they worked Oct. 1 to implement the orderly shutdown once there a new appropriation or continuing resolution is in effect. DOD civilian employees called back to work Oct. 7 will receive their paychecks for the current pay period Oct. 25.

cupational Health (FOH) office, located in Room 204-D, Second Floor, Building 111 at the Washington Navy Yard. The FOH is staffed weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. JBAB’s Religious Services department continues to be available to provide spiritual counseling and other chaplaincy services at the main Chapel. The department may be reached at 202-767-5900. Shortly after receiving word of the tragic shootings, JBAB personnel established an Emergency Family Assistance Center (EFAC) as the situation continued to unfold. The EFAC received 513 telephone calls that afternoon and evening. Since then, nearly 10,000 people have been assisted. For more information on support services available, call 1-855677-1755.

agencies also arrived and integrated into the EFAC. MFSC personnel met each person and family arriving at the EFAC to greet them; access their needs and escort them to the appropriate agencies and services they needed. “The EFAC developed quickly into a multi-agency emergency response effort,” Figgins remarked. Personnel came from the Federal Occupational Health; JBAB and Naval District Washington Chaplains; the FBI Office for Victim Assistance; U.S. Public Health Service; the William Wendt Center for Loss and Healing; the Social Security Administration; the JBAB Regional Legal Services Office; the Federal Employees Workers’ Compensation Program; National Capital Region Chapter of the American Red Cross and the District of Columbia governmental agencies. Additional counseling staff members came from Naval installations at Patuxent River, Dahlgren, Annapolis, and Bethesda, Md; Ft. Meade, Md.; and Norfolk, Oceana and Yorktown, Va.


In addition to assisting the many telephone callers with counseling, referrals and information, the EFAC team personally assisted 229 people, providing in-person clinical counseling and debriefings. JBAB Commander, Navy Capt. Anthony T. Calandra and Commander, Navy Installations Command Commander, Vice Adm. William D. French, were among the many people who visited the EFAC and gave praise to the EFAC staffers. “While I continue to express my deepest sorrow to the families of our Navy family who lost loved ones and to those employees and their families who were among the injured, I’m very proud of the great work that all of the hard-working, dedicated and compassionate people have done at the EFAC to help them cope. I saw firsthand how busy they were and how demanding the work they were doing was,” Calandra stated. (JBAB Public Affairs Officer, Joseph P. Cirone contributed to this story)

AFOWC Thrift Shop

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

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

Immunization Clinic has new hours

Boys and Girls Club volunteers

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.

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.

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. For more information, email

Navy Marine-Corps Thrift Shop hours The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Thrift Shop has relocated to Enterprise Hall (building 72). The store hours are Tuesdays and Wednesdays 3:30 6:30 p.m. and the first Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. For more information call 202-4333364.

The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington needs volunteer coaches for their youth baseball league for 10-year-olds and 12-year-olds. For more information or to sign up, call 512-560-5548 from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. 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 1-855-NAVY-311 or (DSN) 510- NAVY311. You can also email or visit

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 or visit www.

JBAB Girl Scouts Calling all Girls! Girls registered in Kindergarten - 12th grade this fall and interested in joining should contact The troop meets the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at the community center on Chappie James Blvd at 6 p.m. Girl Scouts; building girls with confidence, character and courage for 100 years.

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 CAC card holder 24/7 during normal FPCON “A” conditions.

JBAB photo studio closure The JBAB Public Affairs photo studio is closed until further notice. For official studio photography support, contact 11th Wing Public Affairs at 240-612-4430. Service members can also contact the Fort Belvoir photo studio at 703-805-2945 and the Pentagon photo studio at 703-697-2060.

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DOD, military unite to recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month BY AVA M. IMHOF COUNSELING & ADVOCACY

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Children’s Book reading: “Hands Are Not For Hitting”


WASHINGTON - The Department of Defense (DOD) and all military branches are observing October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month as an opportunity to inform service members and their spouses about domestic violence prevention efforts, as well as reporting options for victims. Domestic violence cuts across all age groups and social classes - for men as well as women. Service members and spouses alike can be victims. Domestic violence can be physical, but can also fall into other nonphysical types of cruelty. It includes emotional abuse, such as threats, isolation, extreme jealousy and humiliation. It includes sexual abuse. Whenever an adult is placed in physical danger or controlled by threat or use of physical force by their spouse or intimate partner, he or she has been abused. The risk for abuse is greatest when victims are separated from supportive networks. There are two types of reporting options, restricted and unrestricted. Restricted reports do not involve a military chain of command or law enforcement. Unrestricted reports will include some type of investigation by a command or law enforcement. Both options make the full range of advocacy, medical and counseling services available to victims. Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB) has scheduled several events during the month of October to improve awareness of domestic violence and support the silent victims. It’s an opportunity to attend and show your support to victims and give them the strength to break their silence. For assistance or more information about National Domestic Violence Awareness events throughout the base, contact JBAB’s Military and Family Support Center at 202-4336150 or the Domestic Abuse Victim Advocate at 202-433-9743, or email

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Children activities include painted hand prints on a banner that will appear at information booths. Information and Display Tables • • • • •

JBAB Exchange Oct. 16 Washington Navy Yard Food Court Oct. 17 Commissary Oct. 18 Bowling Center Oct. 21 JBAB Express Oct. 18, 25

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Retiree Day to be held Oct. 26 U.S. NAVY PHOTOS BY LT. CMDR. JIM REMINGTON

A staff member at CDC I helps a young girl put the finishing touches on a banner dedicated to Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

John Robinette, director of Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling’s (JBAB) Warfighter and Family Readiness, holds a book reading with some children Oct. 8 at the installation’s Child Development Center I. Robinette read “Hands Are Not for Hitting” by Martine Agassi as part of JBAB’s outreach for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

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Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB) will host a Retiree Appreciation Day Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Bolling Club. It’s open to all military retirees and their families. This year’s event will include keynote speaker Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Larry O. Spencer. Also on hand will be Maj. Gen. Sharon Dunbar, Air Force District of Washington commander; Col. William Knight, 11th Wing commander; and Navy Capt. Anthony T. Calandra, JBAB commander. Air Force Col. (Ret) John Moser, director of the JBAB’s Retiree Activities Office, said a health fair will be provided by the 79th Medical Wing. It will open the program at 7 a.m. and include flu shots. Ballroom presentations begin at 9:15 a.m. and contain updates on retiree issues involving casualty assistance, legal services, Capitol Hill and Tricare. “We are extremely grateful for Gen. Spencer’s acceptance of our invitation, in addition to all our other guests,” Moser said. “We’re hoping for another solid turnout this year.” A buffet lunch will be available at the Bolling Club. Special sales will be offered at the base commissary and exchange stories leading up to Retiree Day. For more information, call the JBAB Retiree Activities Office at 202-767-5244.

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Col. Michael E. Saunders, USAF

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Lt. Cmdr. Jim Remington, USN

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Sparky the Fire Dog, the mascot of Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling based Naval District Washington Fire and Emergency Services, high fives a youth during a recent National Fire Prevention Week visit.



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JBAB, which includes all branches of the military, have followed suit and have joined Calandra as mentors since the program’s introduction to the area. That trend will continue again this year, as several Airmen from the installation’s Air Force Honor Guard will be taking to the classroom in the hopes of reaching out to a young child. “I was in the same spot as many of these kids not too long ago, so I know how valuable it is to have a mentor,” said Senior Airman Christopher Vore. “I want to be able to give back. If what I do can inspire some young kid, I’m all for it.” Senior Airman Marcus Miles, also of the Air Force Honor Guard, is no stranger to ACE-E. He’s returning as a mentor for the third year in a row. “It’s important these kids have someone to look up to. At this stage in their lives, having a role model is crucial,” Miles said. “My hope is to help them set goals for themselves. I also want them to know they can keep in touch with me anytime.” As a point of note to his fellow mentors, Calandra suggests assessing a child’s skill set before delving into the required work. He also said student participation is a privilege, not a right. He doesn’t want anyone to assume any disciplinary roles. If a volunteer comes across a child with behavioral issues, or experiences anything of which they are unsure, it must be reported to the school immediately. Other than that, Calandra wants mentors to have fun and enjoy their time in the classroom. He is confident it will be an experience they will never forget. “Everyone should have a mentor in life,” said Capt. Scott Belton, of the Air Force Honor Guard and a base liaison for the ACE-E program. “Kids need guidance. Some need more help than others. Our group will do whatever we can to help get them going in the right direction.”

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DC Geocaching to Celebrate Navy’s 238th Birthday

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MWR Calendar

Oct. 11-14 Geochaching is a free sport open to everyone with a GPS and a sense of adventure. MWR will hide caches (hidden treasures) and post the coordinates on the MWR Smartphone App, ABSalute. You must put those coordinates in your GPS, which will take you to the area of the cache. Once you’re there, you will have to search for the cache on your own. The adventure is to: 1. Physically find the cache(s) 2. Take something from the cache(s) 3. Leave something in the cache(s) 4. Write an entry in the log book 5. Replace the cache(s) as you found it 6. Leave a comment on the App to share your experience Every entry in the log book will be entered into the Navy Birthday drawing for a chance to win a pair of Medieval Times tickets! There are three caches so the more you find the better your chances are at winning. Work as a group or individually at your own pace. Winners will be announced on October 15. For questions or help, please call 202-7671371.

Caramel Apples

Oct. 16 | 6 p.m. | Liberty Center Got a sweet tooth? Stop by the Liberty Center and make a caramel apple! Please call 202-685-1802 for more information.

Fright Night Movie

Oct. 18 | 7-9 p.m. | Youth Center Enjoy and evening of scary movies and popcorn. Register at the Youth Center. Please call 202-767-4003 for information.

Fall Aerobathon

Oct. 19 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | Fitness Center I The Fall Aerobathon will present a mixture of cardiovascular classes to elevate the heart rate. Come and enjoy the fun! Please call 202-767-5895 for more information.

Six Flags Fright Night – Teens Oct. 19 | 2-8 p.m. | Bowie, MD

Triple Play Football

Oct. 11 | 7-9 p.m. | Youth Center Test your football skills as we challenge you with the Triple Play Football Challenge (pass, kick & run). Sign up at the front desk. Please call 202-767-4003 for more information.

Youth Sponsorship and Monthly Birthday Celebration

Oct. 12 | 7-8 p.m. | Youth Center If your birthday is in October this one’s for you. Current Youth Center Membership is needed for this event. We invite youth new to the JBAB community to come and find out what the JBAB Youth Center has to offer to you. Come and meet fellow members and hear what they have to say about our programming, trips and activities. Please call 202-767-4003 for more information.

Navy Birthday

Oct. 13 | 1 p.m. | Liberty Center Happy Birthday! Join Liberty as we celebrate 238 years with food, cake, prizes and of course FOOTBALL! Please call 202-685-1802 for more information.

NAF Sale

Oct. 16 | 8 a.m.-2 p.m. | Base Pool Parking Lot Join us for the last sale of the year and check out a wide variety of items at bargain prices! Please call 202-767-9136 for more information.

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Do the Monster Mash with the JBAB teens at Six Flags Fright Night! Purchase discounted tickets at the Information, Tickets and Travel Office located at the Commissary. Cost of admissions is the member’s responsibility. Current membership and signed permission slip is needed. Seating is limited. Register at the Youth Center. Please call 202-7674003 for more information.

Paddle and Wine

Oct. 20 | 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. |Potomac River ODR is joining River & Trail Outfitters for their Paddle and Wine trip. The trip kicks off with a 4.5-to-7 mile kayaking or canoeing tour down the gently flowing Potomac River. After, enjoy an artisan cheese plate and a wine tasting. MUST BE 21 Years or OLDER. Cost for transportation, paddle, and tasting is $125. Please call 202-767-9136 for more information.


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