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Vol. 61, no. 09 March 7, 2014

‘Marginal price increases’ possible at commissaries By Jim Dresbach Pentagram Staff Writer

A leaner proposed fiscal 2015 Department of Defense budget could lead to higher grocery prices at some nearly 180 commissaries throughout the continental United States, according to DoD officials. Under the budget proposal, the yearly direct subsidy provided to commissaries would be reduced by $1 billion dollars over the next three fiscal years according to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, who briefed reporters about the proposed budget cuts in February. The lower subsidies could be supplemented a number of ways – one being higher commissary grocery prices. “A reduced business subsidy may cause some marginal price increases at commissaries,” DoD officials said March 5. “In those cases, a commissary’s

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Produce is on display at the commissary on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall March 27, 2012. A leaner proposed fiscal 2015 Department of Defense budget could lead to higher grocery prices at some nearly 180 commissaries throughout the continental United States, according to DoD officials.

ability to compete will be determined by whether people shop there.” The proposed FY 2015

defense budget totals $496 billion. While the proposed 2015 defense budget request was

Local Soldier reenlists at Women’s Memorial

introduced at the Pentagon March 4, Fort Myer commissary patrons replenished milk, bread and

canned goods after an early March winter storm. Before and after their shopping, servicemembers, retirees and family members voiced opinions about the possible cuts which could add to their expenses, but many promised to remain loyal customers. A military mom of two who wished to remain anonymous frequently shops the Fort Myer commissary. Whether price hikes occur or not, she recognized the advantage she receives from shopping on base compared to the big box grocery stores. “I rarely shop anywhere else,” she said. “I’ve found this to be a tremendous benefit to us as military personnel.” The commissary located on the Fort Myer portion of Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall is a prime destination for retirees. According to the Defense Commissary see COMMISSARY, page 4

News Notes Spring forward

Editor’s note: March is National Women’s History Month. This article is the first The Pentagram will run in recognition of women’s service, contributions and history-making moments.

Daylight saving time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 9. Be sure to set your clocks ahead one hour before going to bed on Saturday so you can spring forward.

By Rhonda Apple Pentagram Staff Writer

Soldiers looking for a new career in the Army can take advantage of a Special Operations briefing at the Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Education Center, room 218 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Briefing topics include PSYOP, civil affairs and special forces. For more information, contact the career counselor’s office at 703-696-1321.

After serving in the Army for 10 years, one month and 14 days, Sgt. 1st Class Bobbie Cox pledged the rest of her military career to serving as a Soldier. On Feb. 28, Cox reenlisted in an “indefinite status” at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery. A charter member since March 15, 2011, she was also honored at the memorial for her service. Cox is a human resources sergeant and the operations noncommissioned officer in charge at the U.S. Army Physical Disability Agency, Crystal City, Va. She is assigned to the U.S. Army Human Resources Command, Fort Knox, Ky., and tasked to the Army Headquarters Command Battalion’s Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Garrison on Joint Base MyerHenderson Hall. “I chose the Women’s Memorial for my reenlistment because this is a remarkable memorial for women past, present and future who have given, are now giving and [in the future] will give the ultimate sacrifice for this great nation,” said Cox. “To me it was an honor to reenlist in the Hall of Honor.” Cox selected 2nd Lt. Lisa Bynoe, an Army Reserve officer at Fort Totten, N.Y., and government civilian with

Special Ops recruiting briefing

Marine Corps Exchange update

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Changes to DPW work orders

The Directorate of Public Works will cease to accept FY14 reimbursable (customer funded) individual job orders (IJOs, DA 4283s) after March 31. The only exceptions will be for life, health or safety issues; signs; keys or those approved by the DPW director. For any questions, contact Jorge A. Blanco at 703-696-6411.

SDFCU extending hours

JBM-HH Trial Defense Services, as her reenlisting officer. A former noncommissioned officer, this was Bynoe’s first reenlistment as the officiating officer. “I can’t think of a better woman to reenlist me than 2nd Lt. Bynoe, one of my [former] battle buddies, who has

The State Department Federal Credit Union on the Fort McNair portion of Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall is extending its operating hours. The aim is to align operating hours at all branches of the SDFCU as well as extend lobby hours and make it easier for members to remember the hours of operation. The new hours that will go into effect March 17 are Monday through

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2nd Lt. Lisa Bynoe, Army Reserve officer at Fort Totten, N.Y., and government civilian with JBM-HH Trial Defense Services and Sgt. 1st Class Bobbie Cox, human resources specialist at U.S. Army Physical Disability Agency, Crystal City, Va. (right) pose for a photograph following Cox’s reenlistment in an indefinite status Feb. 28 at the Women in Service for America Memorial in Arlington.

The upper parking lot at the rear of the Marine Corps Exchange on the Henderson Hall portion of the joint base is inaccessible to patrons through March 17, depending on weather. Pedestrian access through the area at the rear of the MCX will be intermittently impacted during this period, when construction crews require closing access for safety. The Java Café will continue to open at their regular time, 7:30 a.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. Sundays. Patrons should use the MCX garage breezeway entrance and proceed through the store to the Java Café. The breezeway entrance only will be open early. For their safety, patrons are asked to obey all signage in and around the construction site. Any concerns may be directed to MCCS Operations at 571-4831947.

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Maritime training

Sgt. George Cardenas, an explosive ordnance disposal technician with the Maritime Raid Force, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, climbs a ladder onto a cargo vessel from a rigid hull inflatable boat off the coast of Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 26. The Marines participated in a visit, board, search and seizure operation as part of interoperability maritime training evaluated by Special Operations Training Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force. The exercise simulated a potential mission the 11th MEU might encounter during their deployment this summer.

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Name? Gunnery Sgt. William Hart Job title? Career planner. Favorite sports team? Seattle Seahawks. Favorite book? “Gates of Fire” by Steven Pressfield. Favorite food? Fruit. Favorite movie? “300,” “Gladiator” and “What Dreams May Come.” Favorite place you’ve ever traveled? South Africa. What do you like most about working on JBM-HH? Location, it is a great place. What are your goals for the year? Save a lot of money. What do you like most about living in the National Capital Region? A lot of job opportunities. A lot of people. What’s your favorite attraction to see in the NCR? Lincoln Memorial. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? Have two personalities, one business and one personal. Never take your work home. If you won the lottery, what would you do? Pay off all debt and open a gym in D.C. What advice do you have for someone getting stationed at JBM-HH? Find a place to live to avoid the traffic.

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If you’ve ever looked at a photo, read the caption underneath and thought you could do better, now is your chance. Each week, “Caption This” will • have a photo taken from around the base. It’s up to you to figure out the best, funniest or craziest caption that describes what’s going on in the pic• ture. The only rule is you have to KEEP IT CLEAN! “Caption This” submissions can be sent either by emailing them to pentagramjbmhh@yahoo.com, commenting on our Facebook page www.facebook. com/jbmhh or just stopping by Headquarters Bldg. 59, suite 116 and dropping it off. Don’t forget to add the “Caption This” number, your name, rank or position and where you work. Commander, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Every week the Pentagram staff will pick their favorite. The winner’s Col. Fern O. Sumpter’s vision and philosophy: name, caption along with the photo, will be printed in the newspaper. Compete with your friends and coworkers and see who can come up with the With a team of resource management savvy and technically competent best one. And if you have a photo you think would make a great “Caption DoD professionals, establish JBM–HH as DoD’s premier provider of consis- This,” send it in. tent, quality services that enhance readiness and the overall well-being of our customers. We must be ... - Experts at what we do … constantly improving our skills and knowledge. Two thumbs up for you, ref!! - Focused … set priorities and complete the mission. - Committed … to the mission and each other, fostering a community of Latoya Armstrong excellence. - Professional/respectful … remain calm, even when others are not… count on each other at all times, treating everyone with dignity and respect.

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Safety tip Truth and consequences By CWO2 Christopher K. Mead Fairbanks, Alaska

I never gave much thought to off-duty safety. For me, it was just something I always had to hear about before being released for a long weekend. The message was always the same: Have a plan, wear your PPE, take a buddy and on and on and on. Fortunately, I eventually got the message — but it nearly cost me my life. I’d owned my all-terrain vehicle for about six months and ridden it almost daily. On this particular day, I told my wife where I was planning on riding and grabbed my helmet and cellphone. As far as I was concerned, I’d just met my off-duty safety requirements. I was having a good time riding by myself when I found a trail that branched off my normal route. I decided it would be fun to see what this new trail had to offer. Man, that was a great idea, as this trail was so much more fun than my normal route. I was flying, at times reaching about 70 mph. And just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, the trail got muddy. I mean, who doesn’t like to get a little mud on the tires? Then it happened: I got stuck. When I say I got stuck, I really mean it. In fact, I was so stuck that I broke my winch cable trying to get out. I then had to tie it off with a synthetic cable, get a snatch block and try again. Once I was finally out, the ATV promptly got stuck again. So I winched. Then I got stuck. And then I winched some more. And then I got stuck yet again. Eventually, I made it past the mud and the trail opened back up. With nothing in my way, I took off … fast. Then I saw a turn. The ATV rolled, landing on the driver’s side. My helmet, which I wasn’t wearing, flew past my head and out of the ATV. I decided that this was a sign that it was time to go home. A little while later, I arrived back at the house without further incident. So let’s analyze what happened here. first, I had a plan when I left the house, riding a trail I was familiar with; second, I had my PPE; third, while I didn’t take a buddy with me, I did let someone know what I was going and the trail that I was going to use. I also brought my cellphone in case of an emergency. On top of all this, my ATV is equipped with a roll cage and seat belts. I was wearing my seat belt (which is the reason I didn’t get ejected from the ATV). Based on all that, it sounds like I did a pretty good job ensuring my safety, right? Let’s be honest, though. I did very little right that day. Yes, I had a plan, but it changed when I found that new trail, and nobody knew about it. But, hey, that’s OK because if something were to go wrong, at least I had my cellphone. Did I mention that I knew I didn’t get a signal on that trail, so the phone was virtually worthless? And what about my helmet? I brought it but never bothered to put it on. What good does PPE do if you don’t even wear it? What’s more, the helmet almost took me out when I rolled the ATV, just missing my head by inches. How ironic would it have been if the gear that was supposed to protect my noggin would have caused a head injury? I made a lot of poor decisions that day. I’m lucky those decisions didn’t lead to an injury or, even worse, my death. As an Army, I believe we do a good job of being safety conscious at work. However, we must remember to bring those safe practices home. Whether the accident happens at work or in the woods behind your house while riding your ATV, the result is the same — the loss of a Soldier.

The Pentagram erroneously misspelled the name and printed the incorrect age of a retiree in our “FDC applauded at 54th annivesary celebration” story in the Feb. 28, 2014, edition: the correct spelling is: retired Chief Warrant Officer Pete McDermott, who is 73 years old. We apologize for the error.

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JBM-HH volunteers help make Special Olympics a success By Sgt. Alvin Williams Jr. Headquarters and Service Battalion, Headquarters Marine Corps Public Affairs

More than 100 servicemembers and civilians from Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall volunteered to support the 2014 Unified Winter Special Olympics at the AMF Captial Plaza Bowling Lanes Feb. 27 in Hyattsville, Md. Volunteers from Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall assisted in various aspects of the event from announcing game winners to awarding medals to the top bowlers among the more than 100 athletes who competed. “We received an overwhelming response from all the Soldiers, Airmen, Marines and Sailors in the area; [it] was just incredible,” said Master Sgt. James Meyers, who organized JBM-HH volunteer efforts for the event. “We needed 40 [volunteers] to be successful, and we ended up with over a 100. I thought it was great to see everybody coming together and working together under one umbrella which was Joint Base MyerHenderson Hall to make this a successful event.” The event rolled on and celebrations over strikes grew louder as volunteers and athletes found new friends. Participants high-fived and posed for cell phone photos; the lanes were filled with laughter and sidebar conver-

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More than 100 servicemembers and civilians from Joint Base MyerHenderson Hall volunteered to support the 2014 Unified Winter Special Olympics at the AMF Capital Plaza Bowling Lanes Feb. 27 in Hyattsville, Md. Volunteers from Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall assisted in various aspects of the event from announcing game winners to awarding medals to the top bowlers among the more than 100 athletes who competed.

sation about personal interests and hobbies—evidence of the event’s success. Special Olympics D.C. Vice President of Development, Mike Bovino said the volunteers were critical to the event’s success, praising the Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen who volunteered at the event. “Not only do the military volunteers have the time to support us through their community service outreach, but most importantly, they

are quality volunteers,” said Bovino. “Their interaction with our Special Olympians helps them to feel valued, to do their very best when they’re bowling and establish a new relationship with the people who are volunteering at their lane.” “It is so important for our Special Olympic athletes who often times aren’t included in society to not only be included by our military men and women but to be embraced by them,” he said.

Concert a hit for children of all ages By Julia LeDoux Pentagram Staff Writer

What do you get when you put The United States Army Band (“Pershing’s Own”) together with a group of eager kids at Brucker Hall on the Fort Myer portion of Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall? If you answered a rollicking good time with a bit of patriotism and musical education thrown in, you’d be right. The home of “Pershing’s Own” reverberated with the sound of music, children’s laughter and questions March 1 as the band presented Musical Stories for Kids of All Ages to a near full house. Audience members were particularly enthralled as band members brought Munro Leaf’s classic story of “Ferdinand the Bull” to life with music and words voiced by Sgt. 1st Class Pablo Talamante. “I liked the whole thing,” said Eitana Je-Ching Mellinger-Wu, who will turn 6 in May. “The best part I liked was the story.” “The fact that they integrated [the music] in with the stories, that kept their attention very well,” said Eitana’s mom, Elise Mellinger. Sgt. 1st Class Leigh Ann Hinton was joined by “Black Jack” the Cavalry Horse – voiced by Staff Sgt. Elizabeth McGinness – as they emceed the event. Together, they told the story of Gen. John J. “Black Jack” Pershing, his love of music and horses and how he founded the band. They told how this year marks the 200th birthday of

TUSAB section leader adds a stripe during kid’s concert By Julia LeDoux Pentagram Staff Writer

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Attendees of the March 1 Musical Stories for Kids of All Ages had the opportunity to witness a promotion ceremony during the concert as Sgt. 1st Class Max Wharton was promoted to the rank of master sergeant. “One of our best Soldiers, who is a very good leader, and who is very trustworthy, which

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Aidan Ryan, 3, tries the trombone with the help of Sgt. Maj. Jerry Amoury during The U.S. Army Band’s instrument petting corral in Brucker Hall on the Fort Myer portion of Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, March 1. The petting corral gave children the opportunity to play instruments including the violin and trombone.

the national anthem and how the band honors those who are laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery. “Music actually helps us honor those heroes that rest there,” McGinness said as Black Jack. Laura Buchanan, wife of Joint Force

means he’s honest and he won’t let you down and always tells the truth,” is going to be promoted explained Sgt. 1st Class Leigh Ann Hinton as the children in attendance looked on wide-eyed as Wharton’s wife, Marine Sgt. Kira Wharton and the couple’s son, Ian, put on his new rank insignia. Wharton, a Grafton, OH native, joined the Army in 1997 and the band in 1999, explained that having his promotion ceremony during the concert was perfect timing. “We had this scheduled this already, so Master Sgt. [Lorrie] Brown [who organized the concert] suggested this.” Wharton is the bassoon section leader of “Pershing’s

see TUSAB, page 7 Own” concert band and orchestra. He is also the training non-commissioned officer in charge and has been a member of the woodwind quintet since 2000. Wharton holds a bachelor of music degree in music education and bassoon performance from Cornell College (Iowa), the master of arts and the doctor of musical arts degrees in bassoon performance and pedagogy from The University of Iowa. He has also performed with the Fairfax Symphony, the Arlington Symphony, and the Cedar Rapids Symphony and served on the faculty of the Washington Conservatory of Music.


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Commissary, from page 1 Agency (DeCA), 95 percent of the Fort Myer commissary’s clientele are veterans or their family members. Arlington’s Robert Stockho is a retired Sailor, and he shops the commissary daily. As the proposed DoD budget was forwarded to Congress, he is closely monitoring the fiscal proceedings. “We’re watching [the proposed DoD budget] very carefully,” Stockho said. “Certainly, we’re concerned that [higher prices] may happen. We hope it doesn’t. I have frequently expressed my concerns to my congressmen and senators about cuts to military benefits. This is one of those areas which would affect us. This would probably cost us a couple thousand dollars a year in lost benefits.” Cox, from page 1 marched in the NCO ranks and now through the officer corps, will continue to ruck on and establish new boot prints for women of all ranks,” said Cox. “This is a remarkable day for both of us, since I’m her first reenlistment. Today, we will both make history.” Surrounded by her husband, Sgt. 1st Class Timothy Cox, a station commander at Frederick Recruiting Co., Fort Meade, Md.; the couple’s daughter Haleigh, 3; son Colton, 11-months-old; friends and work colleagues, Cox was honored by

According to DeCA, a family of four shopping regularly at a commissary can currently save more than $4,500 on their yearly grocery costs. A servicemember shopping regularly can cut more than $1,553 a year off their budgets. Richard McKinney of Alexandria mentioned that his wife is a weekly commissary shopper. He understands that lower commissary subsidies could lead to higher grocery bills, but he noted that a little belt tightening is needed by all who live under the DoD umbrella. “I haven’t heard how much prices might be raised, but I think we all have to do our part,” McKinney said. “People who blindly say that there should be no cuts to any benefits anywhere need to step back and say

the Women’s Memorial Deputy Director and retired U.S. Navy Cmdr. Jan Fitzsimmons prior to taking the oath of reenlistment. Fitzsimmons presented Cox with a U.S. flag and read a citation honoring the Soldier’s record of service upon her reenlistment. She said the flag was unfurled at the memorial “to commemorate the reenlistment of Sgt. 1st Class Cox and in recognition of her outstanding service to the U.S. Army and the nation.” Cox’s military service is registered in the database at the memo-

‘if not here, then where?’ This is still a benefit. This is still a great convenience over what you see in the private market.” Commissary regular Army Lt. Trisha Lawrence of the National Guard Bureau believes that base shopping will always be the best deal, regardless of any subsidy decreases. “I believe it will still be more affordable than shopping off post,” she said. The global commissary system operates 247 commissaries worldwide and employs close to 18,000 people. In late February, Defense secretary Hagel clearly noted that no commissaries are scheduled to close. See associated story on page 6 on how “severe” cuts to the proposed FY15 defense budget could compromise national security.

rial. “About 255,000 women’s records of service are recorded and part of the memorial,” said retired Army Lt. Col. Marilla Cushman, director of public relations at the Women’s Memorial. According to the Women’s Memorial website, it is a unique, living memorial honoring all military women — past, present and future — and is the only major national memorial honoring women who have served in our nation’s defense during all eras and in all services. Cox said it was difficult to find the words to

describe the Women’s Memorial and how she felt about reenlisting there. “It’s a place for women of all branches of service and all ranks to go to get a deep appreciation of what the women of the past have done for present and future women in the military,” she said. “Here you can see and clearly understand the huge boot prints these women have made and what the rest of us have to fill,” the 31-year-old Wheeling, W. Va., native said. “We also will add our own set of boot prints as we continue this path in history.”

Women’s History Month: Celebrating women of character, courage, commitment Courtesy of the U.S. Army

What is it? March is a time to celebrate the contribution and honor the sacrifices and accomplishments of women who shaped the service and the nation. They persevered through social and cultural challenges and legal restraints to create a new legacy of achievement for generations that followed. They opened doors and breached barriers and inspired those who witnessed their character, their courage and their commitment. The theme was this year’s observance is: Celebrating Women of Character, Courage and Commitment. What has the Army done? Army leadership has asked the entire Army

Job announcements Applicants sought for JBM-HH Hq. Co. commander position Duty title: Company Commander (42B) Reports to: Commander, Headquarters Command Battalion Daily duties and scope: Serve as the company commander for the largest active duty U.S. Army unit; responsible for the accountability, discipline, readiness and well being of over 6,000 assigned and attached Soldiers working throughout 38 DoD and Department of the Army agencies within the Military District of Washington. Applicants: Full details of this billet’s requirements can be obtained by contacting Cheryl Brown at Cheryl.b.brown.civ@mail. mil, phone number 703-696-8875. All packets must be submitted to Hq. Cmd. Bn.’s S-1 no later April 5. Packets must include the following: ORB with photo; last APFT (body fat sheet if needed); and last four OERs. Cashier, ArmyInstallationManagement Agency This is an intermittent position with several vacancies at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall. The position is a nonappropriate fund flexible vacancy that operates cash registers, accepts cash, personal checks and credit cards to pay for pool entrance, swimming lessons and pool passes. The incumbent may be requried to work during inclement weather and before or after scheduled work hours, holidays, special events and weekends. Salary range is $8 to $10 per hour. The position closes April 30. For full details, or to apply, visit USAJobs.gov.

family to honor publicly, women’s contributions by encouraging all leaders from across the Army to plan and execute appropriate commemorative activities to celebrate Women’s History Month. Therefore, from March 1-31, the Army will highlight and honor women and their military and civil service, at all levels by telling their story in command information products at all levels. Why is this important to the Army? The collective contribution of women to the country is extensive. Women work in every facet of American life and have created a legacy that expands the frontiers of possibility for generations to come. They have demonstrated mettle in countless ways, one of which is Soldiering. Even before they could serve officially as Soldiers, women served the Army in various positions and became invaluable sources of support for fighting troops. They shared hardships during wartime and some even shared duties in combat. For more than two centuries, women have served and sacrificed as members of the Army Profession. Today’s female Soldiers continue to serve with valor and distinction, carrying on the rich and long tradition of character, courage and commitment that makes the Army the Strength of the Nation. History is clear: when put to the test, the women in the Army stand tall with their brothers-in-arms to prevent, shape, and win the nation’s wars. What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future? Currently, there are countless women in uniform and as civilians serving as role models and leaders in the Army. In celebrating Women’s History Month, the Army emphasizes the value it places on these women and the diversity and strength they bring to the force. Throughout the year, the Army will celebrate and commemorate the diversity of the Army and leverage and draw strength from the diversity within the military and civilian ranks by recognizing the critical roles all play in strengthening the nation and the Army. “[American women] have served our country with valor, from the battlefields of the Revolutionary War to the deserts of Iraq and mountains of Afghanistan. During Women’s History Month, we recognize the victories, struggles, and stories of the women who have made our country what it is today ... Last year, recognizing a storied history of patriotic and courageous service in our Armed Forces, the United States military opened ground combat units to women in uniform.” - President Barack Obama

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News Notes, from page 1 Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon. Current hours are 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. For more information, call 703-706-5129 to speak directly with someone at the credit union. Commander’s race series The 2014 JBM-HH commander’s race series kicks off its 2014 season March 14 with the Shamrock Shuffle 5k run and 1-mile walk. The race begins at 6:30 a.m. at the Myer Fitness Center, Bldg. 414. Registration is free and the first 90 registrants will receive a Shamrock Shuffle T-shirt. You can register on-line at www. jbmhhmwr.com until midnight, March 12. Race day registration will be accepted at the Myer Fitness Center, Bldg. 414, from 5:30 to 6:15 a.m. Awards will be presented for largest military unit, top male and female finishers of the 5k and 1-mile walk, along with top finishers for each age group in the 5k. Also, patrons can now register online for the April 4, 2014, Cherry Blossom “Race Along the River” 3.5k run and 1.5k walk, by visiting www. jbmhhmwr.com. Registration is open until midnight, March 30. Race day registration will be open at the Fort McNair portion of JBM-HH, Bldg, 60 (Officer’s Club), from 5:30-6:15 a.m. Finally, be on the lookout for registration to open for the “Cinco de Mayo” 5k run and 1 mile walk, May 2, as well as the Patriot “Twinkie” Challenge 5k run July 3. For further information or questions on any of these races, call Todd Hopkins at 703-696-0594 or email todd.a.hopkins.civ@mail.mil. Music for Lent Memorial Chapel on the Fort Myer portion of the joint base will host a concert series on Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. during Lent. The concerts run from March 13 through April 1 and each last approximately 25 to 30 minutes. Roman Catholic Lent/Easter schedule 2014 All Roman Catholic Lent/Easter services for the Fort Myer and Fort McNair portions of Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall are at Memorial Chapel unless otherwise indicated. Additional services will be published in upcoming editions of the Pentagram. March 14, 21, 28 and April 4 and 11: Stations of the Cross at 6 p.m., followed by a penitential supper (meatless soup and bread) in the fellowship hall at 6:30 p.m. March 30 – April 2: Lenten retreat at Memorial Chapel. March 30, first session at 6 p.m. (no meal). March 31, meal at 6 p.m. and second session at 6:45 p.m. April 1, meal at 6 p.m. and penance service at 6:45 p.m. April 2, meal at 6 p.m. and final session at 6:45 p.m. Moving with special needs family members Moving is stressful, and moving with a special needs family member can be more so. If a move is in your future, plan to attend a workshop presented by Exceptional Family Member Program staff March 11 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Indian Head, Md. USO. Learn how to better prepare for your move. Free lunch refreshments are provided for those registering in advance. For details and to attend, call 703-693-5353. Coupled for life This personality training is designed to help develop a better understanding of your partner’s personality, provide tools to enhance communication skills and tips for overcoming personality challenges. Each participant will receive an individual personality assessment, training materials and a personality exercise. The class will be held March 13 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Bldg. 405 on the Fort Myer portion of JBM-HH. Registration is required. For questions, call 703696-3512 or email karen.a.stpierre.ctr@mail.mil. Dodgeball competition MCCS Semper Fit holds a dodge ball competition March 14 at 12:30 p.m. No registration is required, just show up ready to play a friendly game of dodge ball. The competition is open to active duty personnel, DoD civilians and family members 18 and older. Come cheer and get free popcorn, while supplies last. Call 703-614-8759 for more information. Family movie night at Henderson Hall Headquarters Battalion, Headquarters Marine Corps, Henderson Hall is hosting its first family movie night March 15 in the Joe Rosenthal Theater from 6 to 8 p.m. The free event is open to servicemembers and their families. The movie is “Frozen.” To RSVP, contact Henderson Hall Family Readiness Officer Renee Lilley at Barbara.lilley@usmc.mil or 703-697-7342. Concessions will be on sale. Texas Hold ‘Em tournament Marine Corps Community Services is hosting a “Luck of the Irish” Texas Hold ‘Em tournasee NEWS NOTES, page 5


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Safety tip Army safe spring campaign now live online By Julie Shelley U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center

The U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center launched the annual Army Safe Spring Campaign online March 1, providing leaders and Soldiers easy access to seasonal safety materials. The spring campaign, along with its counterparts for autumn, winter and summer, are designed to augment safety programs already in place in formations throughout the Army. “Our goal is to help leaders and safety professionals develop the most robust safety programs possible,” said Brig. Gen. Timothy J. Edens, director of Army Safety and commanding general, USACR/Safety Center. “This campaign helps them maximize their time and reinforce safety messages unique to their formations.” Edens said this year’s campaign topics, many of which emphasize private motor vehicle safety, correspond with the factors most often seen in accident reports during the March-May time frame. “Now is when we’ll see the beginning of the uptick in PMV accidents,” he said. “The weather is nice, and more Soldiers are traveling than in the previous months. Those who ride are also bringing their motorcycles out of storage after the winter hiatus.” Edens said early planning could reap large rewards later in the year, especially during the critical days of summer. “Getting these messages out now reminds Soldiers of the risks before they have a chance to encounter them,” he said. “It’s a proactive way to ensure safety doesn’t get lost in the rush to enjoy their off-duty time.” Command Sgt. Maj. Leeford C. Cain agreed, adding that leaders should set the standard for their Soldiers. “Leaders have a personal responsibility to be a positive role model,” he said. “They should live safety, not just talk about it.” The complete campaign will be available at https://safety.army.mil through May 23.

News Notes News Notes, from page 4 ment at the Marine Club on the Henderson Hall portion of the joint base March 15 from 6 to 10 p.m. No registration is required and prizes for first and second place winners will be provided. Call MCCS at 703696-0033 for more details. Threat awareness and reporting training The next threat awareness and reporting training will be held March 18 at 10 a.m. in the Town Hall, Bldg. 243, on the Fort Myer portion of the joint base. For more information, call 703-696-8341. Anger management Individuals will receive information on the basic principles of emotions management, specific information about the impact of unmanaged anger and receive resources on how to recognize the anger triggers in their lives. Class is held March 19 from 9 to 11 a.m. in Bldg. 201 on the Fort Myer portion of JBM-HH. For questions, call 703-696-3512 or email karen.a.stpierre.ctr@ mail.mil. Pre-retirement seminars rescheduled The next two pre-retirement seminars will be held March 19 and April 1. Both will be held in Bldg. 243 (Town Hall) on the Fort Myer portion of the joint base from 8 a.m. to

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noon. For more information, call 703-696-3520. NEC Geek Squad MS Outlook training The NEC Geek Squad will host Microsoft Outlook training sessions March 24 and 28 from 10-11 a.m. and 1-2 p.m. The training will focus on the calendar and contact functions within Outlook. The classes are limited to 20 people each. To register or for more information, contact Irene Garrett at Irene.m.garrett.civ@mail. mil or Misti Reid at misti.i.reid. ctr@mail.mil. Oohrah Run Series announced Marine Corps Community Service Semper Fit announces the 2014 Oohrah Run Series starting with the March 26 Spring Salute 5k. Runners may participate in four age categories (18-29; 30-39; 40-49; and 50 and above; male and female) to accumulate points toward the series. Other races in the series include the May 31 Iwo Jima 7k; the June 25 Chesty’s 5k; Sept. 24 Devil Dog 7k; and Oct. 22 Remembrance 5k. Complete rules for the series can be found at www.mccshh. com/OohrahRunSeries.html. For more information, call 703-614-5959. ACAP March schedule The Army Career and Alumni

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Program has scheduled seminars and workshops, including retirement and ETS workshops, entrepreneur and smart investment seminars, federal resume workshops and more. See the complete schedule at www.slideshare.net/JBMHH/ acap-schedule-jan-mar-2014. Debts to deceased Soldier Anyone with debts owed to or by the estate of Sgt. 1st Class Zerick Dunson, U.S. Army Physical Disability Agency, Crystal City, Va., must contact Maj. Christopher Williams, the summary court martial officer for the Soldier, at 571-3325247. Dunson died Feb. 27.

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Hagel: Severe budget cuts will compromise national security By Cheryl Pellerin American Forces Press Service

Congressional failure to fund the Defense Department above levels required by sequestration in fiscal years 2015, 2016 and beyond will compromise national security, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said March 6 in Washington, D.C. The secretary testified with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey this morning before the Senate Armed Services Committee on the president’s fiscal year 2015 budget request. The abrupt and severe budget cuts known as sequestration would result in “a military that could not fulfill its defense strategy, putting at risk America’s traditional role as guarantor of global security and, ultimately, our own security,” Hagel told the panel. The president’s defense budget is responsible, balanced and realistic, he said, supporting the U.S. defense strategy, defending the nation and keeping Defense Department’s compensation and training commitments to its people. “These commitments will be seriously jeopardized by a return to sequestration-level spending,” the secretary said. “That is not the military the president and I want for America’s future.

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Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel appears on CBS’s “Face the Nation” March 2. Hagel answered questions ranging from the President’s budget plan to the current situation in Ukraine.

I don’t think that’s the military this committee wants for America’s future, but it’s the path we’re on.” Hagel called the defense budget far more than a set of numbers or a list of decisions. “It is a statement of values and priorities,” the secretary said. “It is a budget grounded in reality

… that prepares the U.S. military to defend our national security in a world that is becoming less predictable, more volatile and, in some ways, more threatening to our country and our interests.” The department’s fiscal 2015 base budget request is about $496 billion and includes an extra $26 billion, a proposal called the president’s Opportunity Growth and Security Initiative that DOD would use next year to improve readiness and modernization. “That $26 billion represents an effort that would help dig us back out of the hole that we have been in for the last two years on readiness, and particularly focused on modernization,” Hagel said. And the president’s five-year plan offers what the secretary called a realistic alternative to sequestration, projecting $115 billion more than the current law allows. DOD requires the added funding to implement its updated defense strategy as outlined in the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review, a study by the department undertaken every four years that analyzes strategic objectives and potential military threats. see HAGEL, page 7

DoD removes 20 areas from imminent danger pay list By Guv Callahan Pentagram Staff Writer

The Department of Defense has removed 20 areas from its list of locations qualifying for imminent danger pay starting June 1, in a move that is expected to affect approximately 50,000 servicemembers. DoD officials announced in January that servicemembers in the 20 areas would no longer receive the additional imminent danger rate of $225 per month. As of June 1, the following areas are no longer eligible for imminent danger pay: • The nine land areas of East Timor, Haiti, Liberia, Oman, Rwanda, Tajikistan, United Arab Emirates, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. • The six land areas and airspace above Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, and Montenegro. • The four water areas of the Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden, Gulf of Oman and the Red Sea. • The water area and air space above the Persian Gulf.

IDP will remain in effect for Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Jordan, Pakistan, Syria, Yemen, and Egypt within the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. The decision, which was made after a periodic review and recertification process, is expected to save approximately $9 million a month, or $108 million a year, said Navy Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen, Defense Department spokesman, in an email. “The recertification process began in July 2011, and included an in-depth threat assessment from each combatant command for countries within their area of responsibility,” Christensen said. “Following the review, it was determined that the imminent threat of physical harm to members has been significantly reduced in many areas. As a result, IDP will be discontinued in those areas.”

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U.S. Marines with Bravo and Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, conduct rocket range outside of Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Jan. 31. The Marines used the range to keep their knowledge sharp on the different weapons systems they use.

According to Christensen, 194,189 servicemembers received imminent danger pay in Fiscal Year 2012. The changes were finalized in coordination with the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Combatant Commands and military services, Christensen said. The last recertification process was completed in 2007, according to the DoD’s announcement of the changes.

Commentary: Suicide prevention rests on everyone’s shoulders By Staff Sgt. Deante Brooks 51st Security Forces Squadron

At approximately 5:08 p.m., Dec. 30, 2013, I was checking my Facebook messages and I noticed an alarming post from an Airman I knew, stating: “f--- life, I’m tired of trying.” At that point, I began to read her previous posts. There was a lot of troubling information in them that led me to believe something was seriously bothering her. “I would rather kill myself and be done,” read one of her statuses. After seeing that, I immediately tried to contact her via Facebook messenger, but she didn’t respond. At approximately 5:15 p.m., I called her base’s defense operations center to notify the desk sergeant of what I had read. I felt the signs the Airman was displaying were serious enough to require action on my part, so I requested that a patrol be sent to check on the Airman. When security forces responded they found the Airman nearly incapacitated in her room. She had attempted suicide by taking a mixture of pills and alcohol. The Airman was then taken to a local hospital by ambulance to receive the care that would save her life. I have also been credited with saving this young Airman’s life due to my quick response to the telltale signs of suicide ideation. I was asked to tell my story with the hope that it would encourage other supervisors and wingmen not to hesitate to take action if faced with a similar situation. Throughout my 11 years as a security forces member I have responded to many situations where an Airman has called the law enforcement desk feeling like they want to harm themselves. I have also attended briefings and completed numerous suicide awareness training courses. The combination of these three things has made me more aware of how people act when they are thinking about committing suicide. Without the training and personal experiences on this subject I would not have acted the way I did. I strongly encourage supervisors to get to know their Airmen so they can better recognize behavioral changes in them. When behaviors outside of the Airman’s normal day-to-day routine occur this could be a sign something is not right. At this point the supervisor should ask

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questions to see what is going on with the Airman. By getting to know what drives your Airmen, what their hobbies are, things they like to do on their off-duty time and their family situation, you will learn how they normally behave. If you feel your Airman needs help, know what agencies to get in contact with. If you don’t know what agencies to contact, ask someone in your chain of command to assist you. When in doubt, call security forces, and they will respond immediately and get you the help you need. The responsibility to pay attention to the signs of a distressed Airman not only belongs to the supervisor, but to everyone in the Air Force family. The responsibility also lies within ourselves to seek help when we are feeling distressed. Stepping forward to acknowledge your problems can be very stressful, but it is a sign of strength, not weakness. For those who find themselves in a predicament they cannot figure out on their own or find themselves in need of direction, there are several options available: Contact your supervisor, chaplain, first sergeant, mental health clinic or primary care provider. Military crisis line • If you’re a servicemember in crisis or know a service member who is, confidential support is available online at http://www. veteranscrisisline.net/ActiveDuty.aspx, or by phone at 800-273-8255, or send a text to 838255. The service is available 24/7/365. Military One Source • Military One Source is a free service provided by the DOD to service members and their families to help with a broad range of concerns including money management, spouse employment and education, parenting and child care, relocation, deployment, reunion, and the particular concerns of families with special-needs members. They can also include more complex issues like relationships, stress, and grief. Services are available 24/7 online at http://www.militaryonesource.mil/ or by phone 1-800-342-9647.) Finally, service members and their families can call the U.S. Marine Corps DSTRESS hotline at 1-877-476-7734, or use the 24/7 online chat tool at DSTRESSLINE.com.

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TUSAB, from page 3 Headquarters-National Capital Region and Military District of Washington Commander Maj. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan, helped to teach the audience how to use sign language to perform the song, “Make New Friends.” Sgt. 1st Class Harold Summey explained and demonstrated how drums were used as a communication device before telephones, computers and tablets. “People used drums and their voices to communicate,” he explained.

Prior to the concert, kids of all ages tried out various musical instruments in the popular musical instrument petting corral. The Junior Buffalo Soldiers Drill Team presented the colors to begin the program, and members of the Boyle School of Irish Dance also performed throughout the program. “We really enjoyed it,” said Erica Scott, who brought her sons, Caleb, 4, and Ethan, 6, to the event. “I liked the drums,” Caleb said.

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Audience members, including Joint Force Headquarters-National Capital Region and Military District of Washington Commanding General Maj. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan, top row left, and his wife Laura, top row second right, demonstrate notes during The U.S. Army Band (“Pershing’s Own”) during the Musical Stories for Kids of All Ages event at The U.S. Army Band’s Brucker Hall on the Fort Myer portion of Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, March 1.

Hagel, from page 6 “The strategic priorities articulated in the QDR represent America’s highest security interests — defending the homeland, building security globally, deterring aggression and being ready and capable to win decisively against the adversary,” Hagel said. In December, the Bipartisan Budget Act passed by Congress gave the department temporary relief from sequestration and a year of budget certainty, Hagel said, but it still imposes more than $75 billion in cuts over the next two years. Unless Congress changes the law, sequestration will cut another $50 billion from the budget beginning in fiscal 2016. “Even though we are requesting spending levels above sequestration, we have maintained flexibility in our budget to respond immediately to the lower topline should sequestration be reimposed,” the secretary said, noting that this was done by reprogramming some of the sequestration-level force-structure reductions that take longer to plan and implement, such as the decommissioning of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington. Hagel also issued formal guidance to the service leadership that these reductions will not be made if Congress indicates it will make future appropriations at topline levels in the five-year plan. Addressing for the panel critical issues in the budget request, Hagel said that to meet national security needs under a constrained budget the department focused on the balance among readiness, capability and capacity. “After more than a decade of large stability operations, we traded some capacity to protect the readiness and modernization capabilities as we shift the focus on future requirements. These are shaped by enduring and emerging threats. We have to be able to defeat terrorist threats and deter adversaries with increasingly modern weapons and technological capabilities,” he said. “We must also assure that America’s economic interests are protected through open sea lanes, freedom of the skies and space, and deal with one of the most urgent and real threats facing all nations – cyberattacks,” the secretary added. “That’s why we protected funding for cyber and special operations forces.” For the active-duty Army, the department

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Top Left: Finnegan Keeney, 5, plays the violin with the help of volunteer Larisa Marian during The U.S. Army Band’s instrument petting corral in Brucker Hall on the Fort Myer portion of Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, March 1. The petting corral gave children the opportunity to play instruments, including the violin and trombone. Top Right: Staff Sgt. Elizabeth McGinness performs as “Black Jack” the Cavalry Horse during The U.S. Army Band (“Pershing’s Own”) Musical Stories for Kids of All Ages event at The U.S. Army Band’s Brucker Hall on the Fort Myer portion of Joint Base MyerHenderson Hall, March 1.

proposed drawing down to 440,000 or 450,000 Soldiers, less than 10 percent below its size before the attacks of 9/11. And the department will continue investing in high-end ground capabilities to keep its Soldiers the most advanced on earth, Hagel said. Army National Guard and Army Reserve units will draw down by 5 percent, and the Army’s helicopter force structure will be reduced by 8 percent. The active Army’s helicopter fleet will be cut by 25 percent while keeping the aircraft modernized as the fleet moves from seven models to four. PHOTO BY GLENN FAWCETT The decisions, including the Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel delivers testimony before the Senate department’s recommendation to trade out Apaches in the Army Armed Services Committee on the defense authorization request for FY National Guard for Black Hawks 2015 in the Washington, D.C., March 5. were driven by strategic evaluations, Hagel added. phasing out some subsidies for domestic comThe Navy will take 11 ships out of its opera- missaries that are not in remote locations. tional inventory, and these will be modernized And the department recommends simplifying and returned to service with greater capability and modernizing its three TRICARE health and longer lifespans, he said. care plan systems. It will do this by merging The Marine Corps will continue its planned them into one system, with modest increases in drawdown to 182,000, but will devote 900 more copays and deductibles that encourage using the Marines to increased embassy security. Hagel most affordable means of care. said the Marine Corps will remain ready and “Active duty personnel will still receive health postured for crisis response as it moves back to care that is entirely free,” the secretary said. its expeditionary, amphibious roots. “This will be more effective and more efficient The Air Force will retire the A-10, replacing it and will let us focus more on quality. Overall, with more modern sophisticated multi-mission everyone’s benefits will remain substantial, aircraft such as the joint strike fighter, he said. affordable and generous, as they should be.” On compensation reform, Hagel said, under a The fiscal 2015 proposed defense budget will restricted budget the department needs modest allow the military to meet America’s future adjustments to the growth in pay and benefits, challenges and threats, he said, and it matches and the savings will be reinvested in training resources to strategy. and equipping the troops. There are no propos“As we end our second war of the last decade, als to change military retirement in this budget, our longest ever, this budget adapts and adjusts he added. to new strategic realities and fiscal constraints The department will continue to recommend while preparing for the future,” Hagel told the pay increases, the secretary said, but they won’t panel. be as substantial as in past years. The Defense “This is not a business-as usual-presentation,” Department will continue subsidizing off-base he added. “It is a budget that begins to make housing costs, he added, but at 95 percent the hard choices that will have to be made. The rather than 100 percent, and the decrease will longer we defer these difficult decisions, the be phased in over the next several years. more risk we will have down the road, and the The department will not close commissar- next DoD leaders and Congress will have to face ies, Hagel said, but it recommends gradually more complicated and difficult choices.”


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National Capital Region kicks off NMCRS Fund Drive By Petty Officer 2nd Class Jymyaka Braden Defense Media Activity

The National Capital Region’s Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) annual fund drive kicked off at the Pentagon auditorium March 4. Since 1904, the society’s mission has been to provide financial, educational and other assistance to U.S. Navy and Marine Corps members, eli-

gible family members and survivors when in need. Today, many Sailors and Marines have been personally impacted by the NMCRS. Naval District Washington Commandant Rear Adm. Markham K. Rich shared a personal story about meeting a 104-year-old volunteer who touched his heart. Rich said he believes the spirit of the volunteers is what makes NMCRS so special. “She had volunteered in three sepa-

rate locations: Pearl Harbor, Hampton Roads and San Diego longer than I had been in the Navy,” Rich said. “At this point in her life, her only concern was that she needed cataract surgery to continue knitting blankets for the new parent support classes. She really typifies the spirit that makes the society so great.” In 2013, NMCRS assisted active-duty service members, Reservists, dependents and widows

of fallen Sailors and Marines with nearly $49 million of interest-free loans and grants. NMCRS offers a wide range of services, including financial counseling, thrift shops, parenting classes and visiting nurse services. “We have all been personally impacted by NMCRS,” said Marine Corps Col. Christopher J. Mahoney, executive officer to the deputy commandant for programs and resources. The NMCRS fund

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year’s fund drive is “Be their safety net!” with a goal of educating every Sailor and Marine about the services provided by NMCRS. For more information on the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society and or to learn how to donate, visit www. nmcrsfunddrive.org.


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