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Vol. 60, no. 11 March 22, 2013
Dempsey vows he, chiefs will ‘lead through’ sequester
WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH
By Karen Parrish American Forces Press Service
Shelley Row, the guest speaker, gives a presentation during Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall’s Women’s History Month celebration March 20 in the community center.
Speaker leads JBM-HH audience down women’s ‘yellow brick road’ By Michael Norris Pentagram Assistant Editor
Shelley Row, motivational speaker, author, engineer and former U.S. Department of Transportation executive, was the guest speaker at the Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall observance of Women’s History Month March 20 in the base community center. The event was sponsored by the base Equal Opportunity Office. Row, addressing the theme
“Women inspiring innovation through imagination: celebrating women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” used the movie “The Wizard of Oz” as a touchstone to get her point across about the strides women have made throughout history and how far they still have to go. “Women’s History Month is a time to celebrate the contributions and to honor the sacrifices and accomplishments of women who not only shaped
the Army but this nation as well,” said JBM-HH Commander Col. Fern O. Sumpter in remarks before introducing the guest speaker. Sumpter noted how March 3, 2013 marked the 100th anniversary of the women’s suffrage parade in Washington, D.C., an event that captured public interest and brought “a badly needed infusion of vigor” to the movement that sought to gain see HISTORY, page 6
The nation’s top military officer told a think tank audience March 18 that while U.S. forces face rising security and financial risk, he offers “a little peace of mind in the context of uncertainty.” Speaking as part of a recurring Persian Gulf forum hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, discussed how budget pressures and a force drawdown will affect U.S. military actions in the gulf region and elsewhere. The United States faces real danger at a time when resources are in decline, he said. “At the same time, we are not a nation or a military in decline,” the chairman added. “We have it within us to stay strong — to remain a global leader and more important, a reliable partner.” Global risk is on the rise despite an overall decline in violence, Dempsey said. He added the “probability and consequences of aggression” are going up as a result of two trends: a shift of power to nonstate actors and the proliferation of advanced technologies. “Middleweight militaries now have intercontinental ballistic missiles,” he said. “Cyber has reached a point where bits and bytes can be as destructive as bullets and bombs. Our homeland is not the sanctuary it once was.” At the same time, defense leaders must recognize that decreasing the national deficit “is, in fact, a national security imperative” and that defense spending will fall, the chairman said. Dempsey said sequestration, an across-the-board spending cut that took effect March 1, is “quite simply the most irresponsible way possible to manage the nation's defense.” “It is actually the antithesis of what we need,” he added. “We need budget certainty, time and flexibility. Sequestration compromises our readiness, and it compounds risk.” Sequestration could lead to a security gap, Dempsey said, and it’s also the law. see SEQUESTER, page 6
Furlough topic of discussion at JBM-HH town hall By Courtney Dock Pentagram Editor
More than 200 Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall employees filled the Community Center March 19 to hear from the base commander about how the impending Defense Department furloughs will go into effect. Col. Fern O. Sumpter, JBMHH commander, was joined by other subject matter experts who spoke about the administrative furlough tentatively scheduled to begin approximately 30 days after notification.
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“The administrative furlough, which is the one we’re about to go into is a planned event,” said Sumpter. “We have an opportunity to figure out how to implement the furlough.” Sumpter explained the furlough will affect GS and wage grade employees. A notice was issued March 19 stating all nonappropriated funded personnel would be exempt from the furlough. She went on to say that the command had asked for exemptions for the entire Directorate of Emergency Services as well as some
Directorate of Public Works personnel; however as of March 21, those exceptions had not yet been approved. The furlough is scheduled to last until Sept. 21 over the course of 11 pay periods, said Sumpter. There will be a total of 22 non-consecutive days or 176 hours. “Letters will come out as a formal announcement for the furlough,” said the joint base comPHOTO BY RACHEL LARUE mander. “There will be a formal letter letting you know what the Attendees of the furlough briefing for the JBM-HH workunions have come to an agree- force watch as Col. Fern O. Sumpter, JBM-HH commandsee TOWN HALL, page 9
er, gives remarks March 19 in the community center.
Tower of power
Millennium Project progress report
Belvoir gets new air traffic control building
Friday, March 22, 2013
Cozette Washington (right) places her hand on the knee of her husband, retired Lt. Col. Miles Washington, during a ceremony to honor him and his service to the country at HCR Manor Care in Arlington, Va., Feb. 28. Miles Washington was a Tuskegee Airmen during World War II and continued to serve after the war.
Community Spotlight • Name: Pfc. Matthew Harp. • Job title/where do you work: Honor Guard Company. • Military service: Army. • Favorite book: Warhammer 40K. • Favorite foods: Chicken fried steak. • Favorite band/music artist: Italo Brothers. • Favorite movie: “The Dark Knight.” • Favorite place you’ve ever traveled to or been stationed: Washington, D.C. • What do you like most about working on /visiting JBM-HH: Running to the national monument for PT. • What are your goals for the year: Start college and get a car. • What do you like most about living in the National Capital Region: There is always something big and exciting going on. • What’s your favorite attraction to see in the NCR: Tomb of the Unknowns. • What’s the best advice you’ve ever received: 95 percent of your problems are because of you, but that means you can fix it. • If you won the lottery, what would you do: Build an apocalypse compound in Montana. • What advice do you have for someone getting stationed at JBM-HH: Do the right thing all the time because somebody is always watching.
PHOTO BY RACHEL LARUE
Caption This #10
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 picture. The only rule is you have to KEEP IT CLEAN! “Caption This” submissions can be sent either by emailing them to firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 best one. And if you have a photo you think would make a great With a team of resource management savvy and technically competent DoD professionals, establish JBM–HH as DoD’s premier provider of consistent, qual- “Caption This,” send it in. ity services that enhance readiness and the overall well-being of our customers. Caption This #9 We must be ... - Experts at what we do … constantly improving our skills and knowledge. - Focused … set priorities and complete the mission. “The Few. The Proud. The Gutter Ball.” - Committed … to the mission and each other, fostering a community of Brian Parker 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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Friday, March 22, 2013
Easter sunrise service
Check your weather Chief Warrant Officer 2 Nathaniel Barnard Fort Stewart, Ga.
On my most recent deployment, I was assigned to Task Force ODIN to operate and eventually provide instruction on the MQ-1B Warrior Alpha unmanned aircraft system. Shortly after reporting to Fort Hood, Texas, each UAS operator was assigned to a small 10- to 12-Soldier element as they attended their airframe qualification course. They were then deployed to their theater of operation. All of these events would occur within a six- to eight-month period, so, for the majority of the personnel assigned, this was quite a unique experience. Like the rest of the Army aviation world, the UAS element performs its mission planning and receives a mission brief as well as a weather brief. On this particular training flight, we went through the usual routine — mission brief, weather brief, preflight, engine run-up, trainee records review and briefing the trainee on his flight requirements. Finally, we were all ready to go. We had thunderstorms to the north of us and also in our mission area. Since there weren’t any imminent signs of danger in the weather brief, the crew thought nothing of it. After about an hour or so of instruction on the aircraft operator side (which is typically the left seat), we switched sides to the payload operator side (typically the right seat). It didn’t take us long to become engrossed in the instruction and the ever-so-interesting tasks of the PO side. We soon realized that for some reason the video quality was slowly diminishing. What we didn’t realize was that the grainy video we saw through the infrared lens was actually raindrops. We were so engulfed in looking at the ground that we forgot about panning the camera around to keep an eye on the impending storm! It didn’t take very long for us to realize this had the potential to be a highly dangerous situation. After updating the mission coordinator on our predicament, the decision was quickly made to return to base. It’s like the old saying: Better late than never! We asked the MC to get us a storm update in hopes we could get out of it and beat it home. It was a long shot; nevertheless, we needed to take it. Unfortunately, our lack of situation awareness was to blame for our predicament. After going back and looking at the recording, we saw we’d been inside the storm for up to 15 minutes before we realized we were in trouble. The newly designated readiness level one operator at the aircraft controls got his baptism by fire that evening. He had the challenge of dealing with some extremely intense downdrafts along with a laundry list of other dangers that could have all been avoided. By the grace of God we were all able to work together to fly the aircraft out of the storm and safely recover it by the time the weather arrived at the airfield. Miraculously, the aircraft came back without any damage whatsoever. What lesson did we learn from this experience? Being aware of the weather when you’re flying a UAS is an essential part of situational awareness. Just because things are calm where you’re sitting doesn’t mean your UAS is cruising smoothly in a cloudless sky. Think about where you’re flying, not where you’re sitting. (From Knowledge, the official safety magazine of the U.S. Army)
Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall’s HHC 1/3 intramural basketball guard James Guy drives the lane against Office of the Secretary of Defense defenders March 14 during a basketball doubleheader to determine the intramural command champion at the Fort Myer Fitness Center. HHC 1/3 won game one 33-32, but OSD responded with a double digit game two victory to claim the intramural crown.
This year’s Easter sunrise service at the Arlington National Cemetery Memorial Amphitheater begins at 6:30 a.m., Sunday March 31. The nondenominational worship service is hosted by the U.S. Army Military District of Washington’s command chaplain and is free and open to the public. Parking for the Easter Service will be available at the Arlington National Cemetery Visitors Center, parking lot and on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall parking will be open across from the Spates Community Club for those who would like to walk to the Amphitheater through the Selfridge Gate into ANC. Gates open and bus transportation to the amphitheater will begin at 5:15 a.m. from the ANC visitors parking lot and also from the JBM-HH Old Post Chapel for those with mobility impairments only.
Guests fill the Arlington National Cemetery Amphitheater for Easter sunrise service April 8, 2012. For more information, call 202-6852858.
‘No delays in burials’ despite budget cuts at Arlington National Cemetery By David Vergun Army News Service
Arlington National Cemetery staff won’t be furloughed “so there will be no delays in burials,” but needed infrastructure improvements are on hold for now, said Arlington National Cemetery’s leader. Repairs to crumbling roads, planned expansions to the cemetery and replacing deteriorating waterlines are all on hold due to budget shortfalls resulting from the continuing resolution and sequestration, Kathryn A. Condon, executive director, Army National Military Cemeteries, told lawmakers. Condon expressed concern for Arlington’s immediate and long-term operational future during her statement submitted Wednesday to a hearing of the House Appropriations subcommittee on military construction and veterans’ affairs. The cemetery’s fiscal year 2013 budget request was for $173.8 million and 201 employees, she said. A fullyear continuing resolution would be a $128 million and 31-employee reduction from that requested. Sequestration is taking an added 5-percent bite from that FY13 budget, she added. The requested fiscal year 2013 budget would have funded $45.8 million for operating costs, plus $103 million for expansion projects and $25 million for critical infrastructure restoration and modernization, she explained. Projects off life support The Millennium Project will expand the cemetery with land transferred from Joint Base MyerHenderson Hall, Va. The project has reached the 65percent design point, Condon said, but without funding, construction cannot begin as planned in September. Removal of the buildings at the former Navy Annex, with planned expansion of the cemetery, there cannot go forward either, Condon said. Budget cuts could also impact safety, she said. “Many of our roads are also in disrepair and crumbling after years of patching, and require replacement to allow safe operations for our ceremonial units and horses pulling the caissons, and to present the appearance required of a national shrine,” she said. Water pressure problems across 40,000 feet of 50year-old waterlines has resulted in “recurring, expensive and operationally threatening floods and stoppage of water to the Tomb of the Unknowns Sentinels and others working at the cemetery,” Condon said. Surviving projects The Columbarium Court #9 expansion project, extending Arlington’s above-ground interments through 2024, will be dedicated May 9, completed in less than two years after its groundbreaking, Condon said. Arlington National Cemetery has been finding ways to save money over the last several years. “My resource managers’ meticulous efforts reconciling prior-year accounts resulted in Arlington recovering over $32.6 million, benefiting Arlington across all aspects of our mission,” she told lawmakers. “For instance, the Columbarium Court #9 and our enterprise architecture were fully funded by prioryear recoveries,” she said. “For burial operations, these recoveries allowed us to purchase more turffriendly equipment, minimizing the impact of older, heavier equipment on [Arlington National Cemetery] grounds and helping our workforce meet the exacting burial industry standards. “These funds are enabling us to repair the John F. Kennedy eternal flame, ensuring this iconic memorial remains functional, safe and more energy-efficient for future generations,” she added. Condon said the recoveries have also funded critical facilities and infrastructure repair throughout the cemetery, such as rebuilding portions of Memorial
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A visitor to Arlington National Cemetery, Va., uses a free web-based app, which allows families and the public to locate gravesites, events and points of interest throughout the cemetery.
Drive; replacing the heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems in the Welcome Center and Arlington National Cemetery Administration Building, both of which have failed over the past two summers; and repairing 2,500 linear feet of the most deteriorated 2-inch, 6-inch and 16-inch water lines throughout the cemetery. Gravesite tracking The Government Accountability Office and the Army Inspector General are providing oversight to Arlington National Cemetery’s burial-identification process, which began in earnest a few years ago. Arlington National Cemetery is committed to maintaining the chain-of-custody for all remains, “ensuring that a non-negotiable standard of accountability is beyond reproach for everyone resting in solemn repose at Arlington,” Condon said. By the end of April, Condon said she expects to complete the final phase identification data for all gravesites at Arlington. This includes a valid accountability process, list of the dispositive records and grave markers and geospatial location of everyone interred or inurned. Beginning last year, Arlington National Cemetery became the first national cemetery to be digitally mapped. Also, Arlington National Cemetery launched a free web-based app to allow Families and the public to locate gravesites, events and points of interest throughout the cemetery, she said. Also, the Center of Military History has catalogued and helped restore and preserve 44 boxes and 846 folders of maps, pictures and papers documenting almost 150 years of Arlington National Cemetery’s history, she added. Environmental stewards Arlington National Cemetery workers are now using hybrid vehicles, building sidewalks of recycled materials, incorporating earth- and wildlife-friendly landscaping across the cemetery’s 624 acres, relying on computers to reduce paper consumption and purchasing environmentally-sensitive supplies, Condon said. Also, Arlington National Cemetery requested Army Environmental Command to complete two inspections of the cemetery. Arlington National Cemetery has completed 38 of 39 Environmental Performance Assessment System, or EPAS, violations that were found, she said. However, the final EPAS violation not yet remedied requires more than $10.5 million to repair and upgrade the storm drainage system in nine burial sections across the cemetery that contribute to water pollution along the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Funds may be hard to come by to do that work. In her closing remarks, Condon told lawmakers, “As the secretary of the Army noted in his September letter to Congress, the changes ‘have transformed Arlington National Cemetery and the [Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home National Cemetery] into premier institutions of excellence capable of setting the standards for federal cemeteries across the nation.’”
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Friday, March 22, 2013
Women continue to impress
Myrtle Bowen is chief of the Directorate of Public Works Master Planning Division on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall. She also serves as chaplain (Lt. Col.) Air Force Air National Guard.
News Notes Sequestration news Get the latest information and news on sequestration and how it will affect the Department of Defense by visiting the JBM-HH website at www.army.mil/article/96832/Sequestration_Resourc es/.
By Rhonda Apple Pentagram Staff Writer
The contributions of women throughout history have been the center of attention through the month of March, which is designated as National Women’s History Month. This year’s theme is Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Two women on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall stand out among those in STEM careers – Myrtle Bowen and Suzanne Hren, of the Directorate of Public Works, Master Planning division. Bowen, chief, master planning division, said her decision to major in architectural engineering was based on her interest in being able to design and build things. “I went to a highly technical high school — Enrico Fermi in [Enfield], Connecticut. We had a drafting course you could take, where you could actually build items using a radial arm saw, circular saw and all the other saws there,” she said. Bowen credits her teacher and guidance counselor with helping choose a college with a good architectural engineering program, and the dean of that program for his help and assistance in developing engineers like herself. The fact that not a lot of women were going into engineering career fields was not a factor in Bowen’s decision to major in architectural engineering. “I grew up knowing if there’s something I want to do, then I have the capability of doing it, and it’s not limited to gender,” she said. Bowen began her engineering career in government service at Pope Air Force Base, N.C. Her significant work there includes an electronic gate that separated Fort Bragg [Army base] from Pope Air Force Base and designing a static Air Force display which highlighted the aircraft used there, as well as the landscape for the park area where the display is located. “The beauty of the engineering field from an architectural engineering perspective is working with a project from conception to completion. Knowing I made an imprint is meaningful,” Bowen said. Although Bowen has been project manager for a myriad of projects on JBM-HH, she is proud of one in particular. “One of my major projects is The Old Guard maintenance facility, which is located down
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Suzanne Hren, architect/master planner with the Joint Base MyerHenderson Hall Directorate of Public Works Master Planning division, recalls some of the projects she’s worked on during her career on the joint base.
in the industrial area of JBMHH,” she said. “To be a part of the design and the actual construction of that signature building gives me a sense of pride; knowing, like the Wright Brothers, I’ve had an impact on the installation as a whole.” Working as a liaison with the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, the National Capitol Planning Commission, the Virginia State Historic Preservation Office and D.C. Historic Preservation Office, Bowen said “this is a historical base, and to maintain the character, intent and mission falls within the requirements of the Master Planning division. “My biggest responsibility has to do with the designation of new construction and the placement of new buildings that would take place here,” she added. Bowen is a lieutenant colonel with the U.S. Air Force Air National Guard, where she serves as the 113th Air Wing chaplain, at Joint Base Andrews. She also is senior pastor, at Galbraith African Methodist Episcopal Zion church, in Washington, D.C. Hren, architect/master planner, also developed an interest in architecture and engineering in high school, through her love of historical buildings. “I was at the National Cathedral School in Washington, and they were [continuing] construction on the National Cathedral at that time. Around the cathedral’s grounds were stone yards for the stone masons, with all the stones numbered and they proceeded to build the towers while I was in school,” recalled Hren. “They had their masons out there from Italy … stone carvers, marble workers, and stained glass window experts. It was fascinating and I really wanted to learn how to put together a building, because it creates such a beautiful space for people. I wanted to improve spaces for people — and provide nice, new spaces or improve dilapidated buildings for people. Spaces should be uplifting, inspiring, healthy and good places to work.” She attended McGill University in Montreal, Canada, studying architectural engineering, then transferred to Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y., where she graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. Hren trained at a number of architectural firms in the private sector before taking her professional licensing exams. Hren began her federal service career on JBM-HH in 2008. “I like the historic buildings here. They have a lot of character and are well built, have very good construction tech-
nology, a lot of attention to detail — with big beams, wooden floors, high ceilings and windows,” she explained. Hren is especially fond of the stamped tin ceilings which were found during the renovation of Bldg. 249. “I was the architect/project manager for Fort Myer [portion of JBMHH] during that project from the planning and starting phase until completion,” she said. Another project Hren is particularly proud of is the renovation of Grant Hall, Bldg. 20, on the Fort McNair portion of JBM-HH. “There was a complete upgrade and renovation of that building, including the third floor where the Lincoln [assassination] conspiracy [trial room] was,” said Hren, who also was the JBM-HH DPW project representative for the building’s renovation. She also has worked on the design of the Radner Heights electricity substation on JBMHH and exterior upgrades to drainage and parking at the Inter-American Defense College on the Fort McNair portion of JBM-HH. What Hren loves most about her job on JBM-HH “is the planning for the installation and seeing how we can make the installation run better and more efficiently and more pleasant for everyone involved, whether they are visiting or working here.” Working in a career which has traditionally been maledominated, Hren remembers being one of about three female students from her high school who chose to study architecture. “In college, of 100 engineering students, I was one of four women at McGill,” she said. Hren said she felt it was very important that women be represented in architectural and engineering professions. “Women are so impacted by the designs of buildings. Either they live in them or work in them. They have travel and transportation provided by them, such as airports,” she said. “In the past, buildings haven’t necessarily been designed for women … and women should really be involved in at least coming up with design solutions that impact them. “I think women in this field also need to be more accessible in mentoring other women,” said Hren of the challenges and advancement of female architects. Her advice for women considering careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, including architecture, is “try to have good mentors … there’s a lot of opportunity, but you must be patient, try to find an area where you have a gift … try to make a difference.”
Tax centers open Get free tax preparation and electronic filing for federal and state tax returns on JBM-HH at the JBM-HH Tax Center and the HQ U.S. Marine Corps Tax Center. They are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The JBM-HH Tax Center is located in Bldg. 406. For more information, call 703-6961040. The HQ USMC Tax Center is located in Bldg. 29, room 105. For information, call 703-693-7001.
Fort Myer Fitness Center The Fort Myer Fitness Center will be closing early March 29 at 2 p.m. for more information about the closure, call 703-696-7867. Fort Myer Thrift Shop The Fort Myer Thrift Shop is open Tuesday Thursday from 10 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. For more information, log onto www.fortmyerthriftshop.org/storehours.html. Fingerprinting services offered The Directorate of Emergency Services visitor control center, located at 108 Sheridan Avenue, Bldg. 415, on the Fort Myer portion of JBM-HH, offers fingerprinting services on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9–11 a.m. and 1–3 p.m. weekly. For additional information, contact Marilyn Gomez at 703-6968968. Pull-up clinic Marine Corps Community Services Henderson Hall’s Semper Fit Division offers a pull-up clinic designed especially for women. The clinic is held Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (except holidays) from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Cpl. Terry L. Smith Gymnasium on the Henderson Hall portion of JBMHH. All Department of Defense identification card holders are welcome, and no advance registration is necessary. Call 703-693-9440 for more information. AOWCGWA scholarship The 2012-2013 Army Officers Wives Club of the Greater Washington Area scholarship information is available at www.aowcgwa.org. Scholarships are awarded based on merit and are available for the children or spouses of Army personnel who maintain a dependent military ID card. All scholarship application submissions must be postmarked no later than March 30. Lil Chesty’s play group to meet The MCCS Henderson Hall New Parent Support Program’s Lil Chesty’s play group that recently formed at Marine Barracks Washington meets March 26 from 10-11:30 a.m. at MCCS Post 5 classroom in Bldg. 20. The group, for children five years old and younger and their parents, includes story time, play time, snacks and activities. For more information, call 703-614-7204. New spouse meet and greet The next new spouse meet and greet is set for March 26 from noon-2 p.m. at Army Community Service, Bldg. 201, on the Fort Myer portion of JBMHH. It offers newly arrived spouses an opportunity to meet other spouses and obtain information on the joint base and surrounding area. They will talk about military and local resources, commuting and public transportation, shopping, dining and much more. For more information or to register, call 703696-0156. Smooth move A smooth move class is set for March 28 from 1-3 p.m. at JBM-HH MCCS Bldg. 12. It is an informal joint service brief for servicemembers planning a permanent change of station. Learn about your new duty station, moving with Tricare, arranging household good shipment with the transportation office, sponsorship, housing and more. To register, call 703696-0156. SOWC meets Come tour with the Signal Officers Wives Club and see the lovely cherry blossoms at Mount Vernon estate April 2. The tour begins at 10 a.m. The cost will be $14 per person. Following the tour at 11:30 a.m., lunch will be served at the Mount Vernon Inn. The cost is $22 per person with tax and gratuity included. To make your reservations, call Ann Marie
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Friday, March 22, 2013
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Member Program holds two briefs in April for families who have family members with special needs. On April 15 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., the EFMP briefs at Marine Barracks Washington, Post 5, ground floor, room 146. On April 18 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., the brief takes place in Bldg. 12 conference room on the Henderson Hall portion of JBMHH.
Mobile DMV coming back to JBM-HH The JBM-HH Army Career and Alumni Program will sponsor the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicle’s mobile unit April 9 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in the parking lot in front of the bowling center and Spates Community Company commander/ Club. They will provide all or most first sergeant course services found at a regular DMV office. The USAMDW company commandFor more information, call 703-696er/first sergeant course will be held 9603. April 15-18 in room 3305, Lincoln Hall, DAU hosts training National Defense University, on the The Defense Acquisition University Fort McNair portion of JBM-HH. The (DAU) will host a hot topic training course is conducted to introduce new forum April 9 at Scott Hall on Fort and prospective company leaders to Belvoir. The training will focus on what potential challenges of command, is working and ways to improve on avenues and resources available to what is not. The forum takes place assist them and overall concerns withfrom 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and will be fed in the National Capitol Region. All via video teleconference. The forum JFHQ-NCR/MDW company commandprovides three continuous learning ers and first sergeants are required to points for continued DoD acquisition attend this training. For more informacertification. To sign up, go to the DAU tion, contact Michael Egly at 202-685alumni association website at 2910 or via email at www.dauaa.org and click on the train- Michael.email@example.com or David ing forum tab. Stone at 202-685-1923 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Annual children’s fair Spring education and career fair MCCS Henderson Hall holds its 6th annual children’s fair April 13 from 10 Prepare for your future with local, a.m.-2 p.m. Open to Department of national and international educators Defense identification card holders, the and employers looking to connect with fair takes place in the Cpl. Terry L. you. MCCS Henderson Hall announces Smith Gymnasium on the Henderson their spring education and career fair Hall portion of JBM-HH. Events April 18 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Cpl. include free carnival rides, face paint- Terry L. Smith Gym. Educators and ing, a toddler climbing area, giveaways, employees will be on hand to meet and cotton candy. A family friendly prospective students and employees. lunch will be available for sale, cash Resume review and assistance services only. Children are welcome to wear a will be available during the fair, which favorite animal costume. To learn is open to DoD ID card holders and the more, visit bitly.com/Childrens general public with photo ID. To preFairHH2013 or call 703-614-5666 pare for the fair, the Career Resource Management Office offers a career fair Planning a move for families with strategies workshop on April 11 from special needs 10-11:30 a.m., in Bldg. 29, classroom The Marine Exceptional Family 104 on the Henderson Hall portion of
the joint base. For more information, call 703-614-6828. NCR/MDW combatives tournament JBM-HH Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation is looking for the best warriors to compete in this year’s NCR/MDW combatives tournament. The tournament is open to all servicemembers and DoD civilians from all installations within the NCR/MDW region and will be held April 16-19 at Conmy Hall, Bldg. 241. Combatives participating in the tournament will also compete for a spot on the 2013 NCR/MDW combatives team. For more information, visit www.jbmhh MWR.com; email Billy Cook at email@example.com or call 703806-5176/6446. AOWCGWA community grants The Army Officers Wives Club of the Greater Washington Area is now accepting applications for community grants. If you are interested in receiving a community grant, visit www.aowcgwa.org and click on scholarships and community grants. The deadline for community grants applications is April 17. All grant recipients will be awarded checks June 27. Boots to Business workshop The Career Resource Management Center announces a new Small Business Administration Boots to Business workshop. Geared toward transitioning military servicemembers, military spouses and veterans, the workshop is designed to determine if starting a business is right for you. The first session on JBM-HH is May 13-14. Additional sessions are June 19-20 and Nov. 12-13. The workshop is free and reservations must be made by calling 703-614-6828.
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Roman Catholic Lent/Easter schedule on Joint Base MyerHenderson Hall (All services at Memorial Chapel unless otherwise indicated) March 22 – 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 23-24 Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion, rite of blessing and procession of palms. 5 p.m. Saturday Mass; 9 a.m. Sunday Mass. March 25-27 – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday noon Mass. Holy Week Triduum liturgies March 28 – Holy Thursday, liturgy of the Lord’s Supper, 6 p.m. (No other Mass is allowed. No noon Mass). March 29 – Good Friday, liturgy of Our Lord’s Passion and Death, 6 p.m. This is not a Mass, as none is allowed on Good Friday. March 30 – Holy Saturday – Easter Vigil Mass, 7:30 p.m. Blessing and lighting of the new fire and the paschal candle, procession in to the church for the singing of the Easter proclamation, The Exsultet. Reception of new members with Profession of Faith and Confirmation. March 31 – Solemn Easter Sunday Mass, 9 a.m. Special liturgical music provided by chapel choir, flutist and brass ensemble.
Friday, March 22, 2013
History, from page 1 American women the vote. The theme of this year’s Women’s History Month, the commander said, recognizes “generations of women who throughout American history have used their intelligence, imagination, sense of wonder and tenacity to make extraordinary contributions to science, technology, engineering and the mathematics field.” The lights of the community center were dimmed to better see a slide show presentation as the guest speaker stood at the front of the auditorium’s stage. The first slide was a still from “The Wizard of Oz,” a film released in 1939, a time when women represented 24.3 percent of the U.S. workforce, Row said. This information was punctuated with a snippet of song from the MGM classic. U.S. Army Band vocalist Sgt. 1st Class Holly Shockey, who sang the national anthem at
the start of the program, lent her voice to “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” reinforcing Row’s theme of women’s yearning for greater participation in society. Row cited other historical milestones in women’s march toward equality in her presentation, including publication of the book “The Feminine Mystique,” the establishment of the National Organization of Women and the Equal Rights Amendment. “Women across the country were getting on the yellow brick road,” Rowe said. “We thought if we worked hard and did a good job we could get to Oz.” The speaker addressed workplace dynamics, describing the different ways men and women communicate, network or assert authority in an office setting. Boardrooms with more than one woman at the table perform 26 percent better finan-
Sequester, from page 1 “I am hopeful — but not all that optimistic — that both its magnitude and its mechanism will be defused in some future budget deal,” he said. “But in the meantime, we have no choice but to prepare for its full effect — which is, of course, our worst-case scenario.” Likening national security to insurance coverage, Dempsey said what the U.S. military currently offers “may be a little less than what you were used to, but it’s still the best available.” “And it’s going to get better in time,” the general added. “Here’s where I hope my confidence brings some comfort.” The chairman said he called the service chiefs and combatant commanders together last week to discuss how to lead through the effects of current and future cuts. Dempsey said the chiefs and combatant commanders, like the troops they lead, are “a resolute bunch.” They know, Dempsey said, that “eventually, we come
cially than those with no women directors, Row said, explaining how women’s greater participation also provides a tangible economic impact on society. “Wouldn’t you want to invest in a company that has a 26 percent higher yield?” she asked. Row cited the scarecrow, tin man and lion’s individual quest for brains, heart and courage in the “Wizard of Oz” as important qualities for women to bring to the workplace. “The lion was looking for courage,” Row said, intentionally stammering the “C” in courage like the character in the movie. “The thing is, he already had it.” When men apply for a job they typically wait until they’ve met 60 percent of a position’s listed qualifications, Row said, adding that women don’t usually apply until they’ve met all of a job’s crite-
ria. She urged women in the audience to take greater risk and apply for higher rung jobs earlier in their careers. Row cited how a prominent internet provider had been named the top company to work for in a recent survey of employees. “Sorry colonel, you’ll get ‘em next year,” she joked in aside, glancing at Sumpter. Row said the reason for employee satisfaction at the company had to do with recently adopted policies, including a more flexible work schedule and maternity leave. She said the policy change helped the company reduce employee turnover and boost profits. Balancing work and family obligations is of increasing importance to both men and women, Row said, calling the issue a “quality of life imperative.” While young women today may no longer be told they can’t grow up to be an engi-
through these periods stronger as a military and as a nation.” With an all-volunteer force, there will be no mass demobilization when the war in Afghanistan ends, he said. The military also is managing an aging inventory, and there will be no peace dividend of war funds that can be diverted into other uses. “We are going to have to find opportunity, though, in the midst of this fiscal crisis,” he said. “We need to seize the moment ... to think differently and to be different.” The nation’s military services need “the help of our elected officials to give us the certainty, the flexibility, and the time to make change,” the chairman said. “If we can get the reforms to pay and compensation we need — and we need them — and if we can get rid of weapons and infrastructure that we don’t need, then we can begin to restore the versatility of the joint force at an affordable and sustainable cost.” Meanwhile, budget pressures indicate the defense strategy will need to change, the chairman said. “We’ll
Guest speaker Shelley Row (left) and JBM-HH Commander Col. Fern O. Sumpter pose for a photograph after JBM-HH women’s h istory celebration March 20.
neer, she said, women still have a ways to go before becoming fully integrated into the workforce. “We’re not there yet. Now is not the time to fall asleep in a bed of poppies,” Row said, making her final reference to “Oz.”
need to relook our assumptions and we’ll need to adjust our ambitions to match our abilities,” he added. “That means doing less, but not doing less well.” Diplomacy and development will play a bigger role in U.S. engagement, and partner militaries will need to increase their security responsibilities, Dempsey said. “Our partners will have to work with us and collaborate with us on accepting a greater share of the risk,” he added. Today’s competing realities bring the challenge of “staying strong in the face of danger with fewer dollars,” the chairman summed up. “We will lead our way through this,” he said. Conditions aren’t easy, he acknowledged, but nobody who serves in the military or in government ever signed up for anything easy, he said. “Easy wasn’t part of the job description,” he added. “We’ll get through this,” the chairman pledged, “but we’ll get through it mostly because of the application of leadership, thinking, creativity and a commitment to each other.”
Friday, March 22, 2013
Francisco’s career reaches crescendo By Julia LeDoux Pentagram Staff Writer
Music has always been a part of Sgt. 1st Class Don Francisco’s life. It’s not surprising that when he joined the Army nearly 30 years ago he sought a way to combine his love of music and country to forge a career that has seen him play for everyone from the President to Queen Elizabeth to youngsters who have lost their parents. Francisco, a senior instrumentalist with the The Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, headquartered at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, will retire next month. He is well-known throughout the Military District of Washington not only as the Soldier who has run the Army Ten-Miler and Marine Corps Marathon while playing his fife, but as an ambassador of music who has spent countless hours interacting with the public at Twilight Tattoos and at performances all over the country and as a volunteer with the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors or TAPS. “I grew up with music,” the New Orleans, La., native said. “I started taking piano lessons early on. In the
sixth grade, we were introduced to wind instruments.” Francisco is also well-known for his visits to child development centers throughout MDW, where he has delighted countless children with his musical skill and historical knowledge. “You play everything from ‘Sesame Street’ to ‘Yankee Doodle,’” he said. “I try to be an entertainer, educator. I want to make music fun. I want them to remember history, that the fife and drums played for General George Washington, played in the Civil War, the historical purpose, the living history.” He has also volunteered at George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate. “The music becomes a part of you,” he said. “There’s only one song you can play — the right song at the right time.” Francisco joined the Army following his graduation from Saint Augustine High School. “I went off to basic training at 17 years old,” he said. “I was guaranteed Fort Polk, Louisiana, as my first assignment. I liked it because it was close to home for me.” Following basic training, he attended the Army School of Music in
Virginia Beach. “It was just a beautiful place,” he said. “I learned a lot. I met a lot of great people. I graduated from there in 1984 and went to Fort Polk for a few years.” When it came time to re-enlist, Franciso opted for a tour in Korea that would forever change his life. “I fell in love with a young lady who I later married,” Francisco said with a smile as he pointed to a picture of he and his wife. “Wound up staying in Korea for eight years. My first son was born in Korea.” Following their tour in Korea, the Franciscos returned to Fort Polk and later wound up at JBM-HH, where he has played in every presidential inauguration since 1992, saluting Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barrack Obama. “It’s surreal,” he said of playing in a presidential inaugural. “It’s an honor and a privilege.” Francisco stressed that every performance is important, no matter if the Fife and Drum Corps Corps is playing for the President or just “regular folks.” “Professionalism is our goal,” he said, recounting the countless hours of
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Sgt. 1st Class Don Francisco, of the Fife and Drum Corps, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), plays a tune for two young patriots after Twilight Tattoo at the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Baltimore in 2011. Francisco will retire next month after nearly 30 years of service.
practice that takes place before the Fife and Drum Corps performs. “That’s what it’s about, fine tuning, memorizing music, playing and marching at the same time,” he said.
Fort Belvoir gets new air traffic control tower By Staff Sgt. Vern T. DuBois Jr. JFHQ-NCR/MDW Public Affairs
Davison Army Air Field received its new multimillion dollar Air Traffic Control (ATC) Tower during a ceremony held at Fort Belvoir March 14. The tower replaces an outdated one built in 1957. Davison Army Airfield was established in 1949 in support of the Army Corps of Engineers Headquarters. The airfield allowed the 509th and 3rd Transportation Companies to move from Fort Bragg, N.C., to provide aviation support to the Corps of Engineers. “The concept for the development of the new air traffic control tower began in the fall of 2004,” said Col. William McGarrity, commander of the Army Air Operations Group (AAOG). “Operations have been ongoing from the adjacent hangar since the older tower was found unsafe and deemed condemned.”
The new ATC tower is 136 feet tall and provides greater visibility for the controllers. The tower is separated into various levels including the tower cab, ground controlled approach radar, equipment rooms and administrative offices. “The air traffic control tower went fully operational yesterday at about 9:30 a.m.,” said Dale Walters, project and ATC maintenance manager. “The facility is operated and maintained by civilian personnel and some are former military.” The tower was built to modern standards for energy efficiency and environmental compliance. It optimizes the advantages for design and cost by combining the Federal Aviation Administration, Air Force and Navy standards. “While moving the equipment out of the old tower, operations were performed from a tactical tower,” said Walters. When asked how he and the air traffic controllers felt about the new tower Walter said, “Awesome and they are excited to work out of the new tower.”
ANC Millennium Project to be finished by decade’s end By Jim Dresbach Pentagram Staff Writer
A 27-acre addition to the northwest portion of Arlington National Cemetery will be ready for burials and inurnments before the year 2020. The Millennium Expansion Project will feature multi-tiered topography, multi-columbarium sites and will enlarge the cemetery for 30,000 burial and niche spaces. Part of the construction project will be built on land once belonging to Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall and the National Park Service. The new part of cemetery will roughly border Arlington Woods, ANC’s Ord-Weitzel Drive to the JBM-HH bus motor pool along McNair Road to behind the Old Post Chapel. The Millennium Expansion Project will also include a pair of committal service shelters, a perimeter wall columbarium and a reclamation of an eroded stream which will be one of the natural showcases of the endeavor. A time table is already in place to move the Millennium Project forward. “We have a very aggressive [construction] schedule laid out,” Army Corps of Engineers’ Greg Hegge said while visitors toured the JBMHH portion of the Millennium Project March 16. “Of course, there are a lot of variables in play ... If we can satisfy all the stakeholders, our aggressive schedule is to try to award a construction contract by the end of this fiscal year – by the end of September 2013. “Shortly thereafter, we can break ground,” Hegge continued. “Two and a half to three years of construction would put completion somewhere in 2016. Now, after con-
struction is complete, the ground needs to sit for awhile before they start using it. That duration is typically three years, so late this decade; we theoretically could be ready for burials.” Close to 100 people attended the three-hour open house which included bus tours to integral sites of the project and a video overview of the proposed site plan. Feedback to the project was expressed and entertained during stops at the two principle project sites, which were the ANC maintenance yard and JBM-HH’s picnic area. The ANC staff and Army Corps of Engineers staff were asked a variety of questions ranging from environmental issues to the longrange plans of the cemetery. Army Col. Tori Bruzese, ANC engineer, addressed the future of the cemetery early in the open house. “We are going to extend the life of the cemetery,” said Bruzese during the formal overview. She also outlined changes made from the original plan to the current blueprint – a blueprint that is still being tweaked with the preservation of additional trees near the JBM-HH site. “When we started the Millennium Project … the [first plan], we found, lacked a few things. It didn’t take into consideration the careful balancing you have to do with the environment, the operational needs and the coordination that has to be done to build something of this scale and magnitude,” she said. “We had to develop a road and a system in here that would allow the caissons to maneuver as well as the parking of vehicles. The original plan was very one-dimensional and was highly dependent upon in-ground
burials. The national trends [are] that folks are cremating more and more, so we put in columbariums that are contoured with the lay of the land.” Many attending the open house were concerned with the removal of trees from historic areas, including the Arlington Woods, which are adjacent to the Lee-Custis mansion. According to ANC and the Army Corps of Engineers, 882 trees will be removed while 1,804 on the overall site will be preserved. “We are not doing anything with Arlington Woods [National Park Service property]. These woods which sit behind Lee-Custis Mansion will stay intact.” While speaking to attendees, ANC Executive Director Kathryn A. Condon paid special attention to the environmental needs of the cemetery and the surrounding area. “We are doing all we can to make sure we preserve every tree here in the cemetery,” Condon told the audience inside the Women’s Memorial auditorium. “The initial plan — the one I first showed you — had no regard for the environment. It filled in the stream and took down every tree.” The current blueprint includes restoring and revitalizing a natural stream and saving tress within 50 to 100 feet of the stream, but the majority of the trees which will be taken down will come down on the JMB-HH side of the construction. Those passing the project site on McNair Road will also see a change in topography as a large amount of earth-moving will be done to produce a road through the site and an agreeable angle to the landscape in already steep terrain.
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(Left to right) Command Sgt. Maj. Shawn L. Jones, Army Air Operations Group (AAOG), Col. William McGarrity, commander of the AAOG, Egon F. Hawrylak, deputy commander of the Joint Force Headquarters – National Capital Region and the U.S. Army Military District of Washington, and John Treseler, Amatea/Grimberg Joint Venture representative, participate in the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new air traffic control tower on Davison Army Airfield, Fort Belvoir, Va., March 14.
Spring cleaning the water distribution system Through April 29, the disinfectant in drinking water in the area will temporarily switch from chloramine to chlorine. The annual switch in water disinfection is part of a routine program to clean and maintain water distribution systems in the District of Columbia, Arlington County and Falls Church. During the temporary switch to chlorine, local water authorities will also conduct system-wide flushing to enhance water quality. This program is standard practice for many U.S. water systems that use chloramine during the majority of the year. The Washington aqueduct is the organization responsible for treating and disinfecting drinking water for the District of Columbia, Arlington County, and Falls Church. Local water authorities are responsible for monitoring drinking water to ensure chlorine levels continue to meet safe target levels. During this time, individuals may notice a slight change in the taste and smell of their drinking water. Local water authorities recommend running the cold water tap for approximately two minutes and refrigerating cold tap water for a few hours to reduce taste and odor. Water filters are also effective in reducing chlorine taste and odor. For more information, please contact the appropriate water authority below. • DC Water: 202-612-3440 (MondayFriday, 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.) or 202-612-3400 (24-hour) / www.dcwater.com • Arlington County: 703-228-6570 (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.) or 703228-6555 (24-hour) • Falls Church City: 703-248-5071 (Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.) or 703248-5044 (24-hour) • Washington Aqueduct: 202-764-2753 (Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
Friday, March 22, 2013
Pinwheel parade for prevention scheduled By JBM-HH Army Community Service
April is designated as a month for the nation to join together in raising awareness about the importance of preventing child abuse. The Blue Ribbon campaign was initiated by a grieving grandmother in Virginia who lost her grandson at the hands of his abusive father. The blue ribbon was a reminder of the bruises on the body of that little boy. In 2008, Pinwheels for Prevention launched a national campaign using the blue and silver pinwheel as their unifying symbol. Each spring, Pinwheels for Prevention sends out the call for communities to plant pinwheel gardens. Their mission is to raise awareness and prevent the abuse and neglect of the nation’s children. People passing by will look at a garden display created from blue and silver pinwheels and enjoy its beauty. People
will stop for a moment, perhaps they will briefly think of the tragedy of child abuse, and then they will move on. In 2012, the Joint Base MyerHenderson Hall Family Advocacy Program led the first pinwheel parade on post. FAP chose to organize a Pinwheel Parade for many reasons. The first reason begins with the meaning behind the pinwheel. A pinwheel is made up of many petals. Each on their own are pretty and might catch someone’s eye, but alone it can do nothing. Together, with a single point joining them, the petals can take action. A pinwheel will blow if there is wind. It will react, but only when there is wind. When a person picks up a pinwheel and faces it forward, the motion of walking causes it to turn. It’s action versus reaction.
A parade will stop traffic. A parade commands notice. A parade requires a group to be of one mind. There is a leader but without the unit there is no parade. A parade involves a community in a unifying purpose. JBM-HH challenges you to pick up your pinwheels and have a parade for prevention. Don’t passively wait for the wind to cause you to react. Take action, find a leader, plot a course, have a unifying drum beat and move forward. Together we can create the wind and bring the changes needed to raise awareness about the reality of child abuse. Join the Families of the Cody Development Center, the JBM-HH Family Advocacy Program, and an element of The Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, led by Joint Base commander Col. Fern O. Sumpter for the 2nd annual Pinwheel Parade April 3.The parade will
begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Cody Child Development Center on the Fort Myer portion of the joint base. For additional information contact Karen Holmes, FAP community educator, at 703-696-6511.
PHOTO BY RACHEL LARUE
Children from the Cody Child Development Center carry blue pinwheels during the Pinwheels for Prevention parade April 6, 2012.
Soldiers support servicemembers, host monthly blood drives few Soldiers, and the line was very long. I will never forget that night, so now I try to give as often as possible.” Spc. Edgar Rodriguez, who helped organize the The 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old drive, said he appreciated Price’s support and Guard) hosted their first of nine Armed Services enthusiasm. Blood Program Blood Drives [ASBP], Mar. 11, at “Price is always talking about the benefits of the community center on Joint Base Myergiving blood to other Soldiers,” said Rodriguez, Henderson Hall, Va. transportation specialist, 529th RSC. “It is good The blood collected from the drives will supto have someone who really believes in giving port servicemembers who are wounded overseas. blood as much as he does.” “I think it’s truly honorable because this preRodriguez explained how time is of the essence cious commodity really saves lives in when it comes to this program. Afghanistan and other parts of the world,” said “There is always a need, and once they collect Sgt. Bobby Price, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment the blood it is used within a week,” he said. “The transportation noncommissioned officer. “Blood blood isn’t frozen, just sitting in a blood bank; it donated to the ASBP is a game changer because is taken to a lab where it is prepared to be it is specifically for those guys and girls who are shipped overseas.” still fighting and are getting hurt.” Price said giving blood to an organization that Price was one of the first Soldiers to arrive to sends it down range is certainly a reminder that the community center for the event. He said his there are still Soldiers in harm’s way. eagerness to give blood stemmed from his experi“I tell my Soldiers all the time that this is an ences of seeing the need for blood donations dur- opportunity to be a part of something that’s biging his tour in Afghanistan. ger than you,” said Price. “Those are our brothers “When I was deployed, I heard an announceand sisters out there. I really feel as though it is ment that there were a lot of people that got part of our duty to show up to give blood to help badly hurt. We were asked to give blood if we had them out.” O-positive blood,” said Price, 529th Regimental The last blood drive will take place Nov. 26. Support Company [RSC]. “I showed up with a For more information about donating, contact Sgt. Luisito Brooks 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment; The Old Guard Public Affairs Office
More than 100 run in 2013 Shamrock Shuffle marathon in Beantown. “I’m not use to doing these sprints since I’m training for the To begin St. Patrick’s Day weekBoston Marathon,” Galvin said. end, the circumstances were fitting “Probably in about two weeks, I that the co-ed race winners of the start winding [my training down] 2013 Shamrock Shuffle 5K road and start doing just longer runs.” race were of Irish descent and a litJoining runners at the Fort Myer tle green behind the ears. Fitness Center start-finish lines The 2013 Joint Base Myerwere JBM-HH Command Sgt. Maj. Henderson Hall 5K run/1-mile walk Earlene Y. Lavender, Headquarters race schedule commenced March 15, Command Battalion’s Lt. Col. Mark and a newcomer to the JBM-HH Biehl, HQ Bn. Command Sgt. Maj. race circuit and a veteran runner Richard Jessup and Rader Clinic named Galvin dominated the Commander Lt. Col. Laura Trinkle. course. Age division winners were Daniel “I usually run about 17 minutes, Vtipil, Andrew Aleers, Tamoris but I haven’t competed for about Gordon, Terrell Moorer, Robert two years. This is just an introduc- Bockles, Rashad Simpson, Tracy tion back into racing,” said the top Darrensbourg, Michael Creadon, overall female, Baillie Locke, who Bob Grimm, Brenda Trosset, cruised to the finish in 21 minutes Monica Mendoza, Eleanor Bowling, and 15 seconds. “I run every morn- Star Demery, Yuko Whitestone, ing, but I’ve never raced [at Joint Sandra Porta and Vanessa Wiggins. Base Myer-Henderson Hall].” The top 1K walkers were Michael Joe Galvin’s Shamrock Shuffle Muir at 14:01 and Captoria winning time of 17 minutes and 16 Fitzgerald at 13:39. seconds was a training session for The largest military unit taking one of the biggest races in the part in the 2013 shuffle was the northeast which will find the 529th Regimental Support Pentagon employee heading to Company. By Jim Dresbach Pentagram Staff Writer
Participants in the Shamrock Shuffle 5k run/1-mile walk start the fun run behind the fitness center on Joint Base MyerHenderson Hall March 15. For more photos from the Shamrock Shuffle, log onto www.flickr.com/photos/jbm-hh. Feel free to download and share photos with your friends and Family. 1036123B
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Sgt. Bobby Price, transportation noncommissioned officer, 529th Regimental Support Company, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), gives blood during an Armed Services Blood Program Blood Drive March 11 at the community center on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall. The Old Guard will host monthly blood drives to support service members overseas. The drives will end in November.
Town Hall, from page 1 ment on.” Sumpter said she gets a lot of questions about emergency situations and whether or not someone can take leave during the furlough period. “I know how committed the work force is and how you all do much more than anyone could ever ask for and I really appreciate that,” she said. “But on your furlough day, that is your furlough day and you cannot do any government work unless you are recalled due to an emergency. If you’re recalled on your furlough day, we’re negotiating to be flexible to shift the furlough day around. It will be clear what the limits are during the furlough.” During the furlough period, personnel are permitted to take leave, but with a few stipulations. “You can’t substitute leave or comp time for furlough days,” said Sumpter. “At the end of the day, the Department of Defense expects us to recapture so much of our pay expenses so everyone has to take their 22 days.” A portion of the town hall was dedicated to the process of how deductions and allotments will be debited from personnel’s gross pay. Sumpter explained that due to the large crowd, it would be very difficult to talk specifics for each person. “It really is incumbent upon you to do your own research because there’s nobody that can stand in front of a group like this, and as large as this, and address everyone’s specific personal financial situation,” she said. “You really need to do one-on-one counseling.” Sumpter explained that Installation Management Command has sent out a memo giving commanders guidance on how they are supposed to respond to budget cuts. “Some of the things include decrease in contracts, obviously the furlough is one of them, reduce services in areas depending on how much they cost unless they are
Friday, March 22, 2013
reimbursed,” she said. “I will never say to you ‘Do more with less.’ I’ve always hated that statement and actually it makes no sense,” said the commander. “There is an expectation, my expectation, that some of our services will decrease. It’s just going to have to. It is incumbent upon the supervisors, directors and managers to manage their individual sections so that we can continue to provide services.” “Notice what I did not say was that customer service goes out the window,” she continued. “Customer service is now the most important piece that we provide in the services that we give every day. I know that’s going to be difficult, but I need you to press through that. Because at the same time, some of our customers are probably experiencing the same thing you’re experiencing.” “We are doing the best we can with the resources we have,” said the joint base commander. “We will get past this.” On hand for the town hall was a panel of subject matter experts, including two financial counselors from Army Community Service. After the colonel’s question and answer portion, Jin Lim, Survivor Outreach Services financial counselor, spoke about options to save and prepare financially for the furlough. The counselors are on hand to provide financial counseling services for civilian employees affected by the furlough. To schedule an appointment, contact ACS at 703-696-3510. To view the financial preparation slides from Tuesday’s town hall, log onto www.slideshare.net/JBMHH /acs-planning-for-furloughs. For more information about sequestration and the scheduled furlough, log onto www.army.mil/jbmhh. To see the command slides from Tuesday’s town hall, log onto www.slideshare.net/JBMHH/jbmhh-administrative-furlough-town1037996B
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Program returns barracks management to NCOs By Luke Elliott U.S. Army Installation Management Command
Since the summer of 2012, personnel from Army installations around the world have worked to change the way barracks are managed across the Army. The First Sergeants Barracks Program 2020 puts the responsibility of providing barracks management and ensuring good order and discipline back in hands of the Army units. “The core principles of FSBP 2020 are to support the mission, take care of Soldiers and use resources wisely,” said Connie Glenn, chief, Housing Division, Headquarters, U.S. Army Installation Management Command. “We realigned the roles of the garrison and mission units as a means to standardize barracks management worldwide and reduce costs.” FSBP 2020 is a program implemented by the Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management and IMCOM. Its goal is to see that barracks are managed through the military units and non-commissioned officer channels, with ongoing support from the IMCOM garrison personnel. “By the end of 2012, units moved to the forefront as the face of barracks management when they assumed an increased responsibility for the day-to-day management of barracks operations,” said Glenn. “Garrison staffs fell back to a more supportive oversight role, providing units with expertise in property management, training, mentoring and to serve as the liaison between the units and the garrison.” To develop the plan, IMCOM activated an FSBP 2020 task force comprised of experts from IMCOM Headquarters, OACSIM and 12 installations from around the world. Each garrison also created an internal team to provide support and technical advice as the plan to transfer barracks management responsibilities back to the units was being developed. Officials say the plan is a major shift in the barracks management paradigm and it was a lot to accomplish under a short deadline. “Getting unit-level military leadership back in the barracks is a good thing,” said Mark Hjuler, acting chief, unaccompanied personnel housing branch, housing division, headquarters, IMCOM.
“Noncommissioned officers need to be in the barracks checking on the living conditions and morale and welfare of their Soldiers.” Historically, it was commonplace for noncommissioned officers and individual units to manage the barracks where their Soldiers lived. It became apparent in 2007 that conditions in some of the Army’s barracks had deteriorated to an unacceptable level. In addition, the Army was also in the process of investing billions of dollars in barracks improvements and construction. This led the Army to reassign responsibility of barracks management functions to the garrison staff. According to Glenn, by 2012, the growth in the costs to the Army made garrison management of the barracks no longer sustainable. “Garrisons across the installation management community have done a fine job managing these barracks while living up to our commitment to ensure Soldiers have high quality living quarters,” said Hjuler. “Now it is time to put the NCOs back in charge where they belong.” Staff Sgt. Margarita Thomas, barracks manager with the 31st Combat Support Hospital, assumed her part of the new management plan at Fort Bliss, Texas. “We [NCOs] have a better understanding of who is living in the barracks and exactly where they are living, as well as the conditions they are living in,” said Thomas. “The Soldiers really like having one of their own to come to for issues.” The program is designed to help the noncommissioned officer stay more involved in their Soldiers well being. “There are a lot less doors to knock on to get services requested or address room assignments,” said Thomas. “Instead of going to an outside agency, they are able to come directly to me.” Despite handing the management of the barracks back to the military units, garrisons across the Army Installation Management Community still have a large role to play to include providing oversight of accompanied housing, managing other installation facilities, and providing resources, support and training for the units who are assuming barracks management. “FSBP 2020 is designed to give units the resources, training and responsibility while
ensuring the quality of life standards are met,” said Glenn. “NCO leadership, with IMCOM guidance, is critically important to the program’s success. We have to ensure standards and barracks quality so that the garrison housing divisions continue to serve as the primary source of on-the-job training, oversight, quality assurance and mentorship to the military units.” At Fort Bliss, Texas, the Garrison Command’s Single Soldier Branch provided the initial training to the units and the Soldiers assuming the management duties. “We provide ongoing occupancy maintenance training as transition of responsibilities occurs within the units,” said Barbara Lehman, chief of the single Soldier housing branch, Fort Bliss DPW. “We also conduct stakeholder meetings, which serve as an additional training forum and a way for Soldiers managing barracks to get help with issues.” The branch also provides area managers who will conduct ongoing site visits and help unit barracks managers work through issues. “They have been very helpful,” said Thomas, who is responsible for 122 barracks rooms at Fort Bliss. “They also hold monthly meetings, which help us stay up to date with the latest information.” To help in this training effort, OACSIM and IMCOM released a document in January called the First Sergeants Barracks Program 2020 Handbook. The handbook outlines the program and serves as a guide to managing and operating an Army barracks building. The document explains roles and responsibilities, quarters eligibility, key management and control, facility maintenance, furnishing management, property loss and damages, inspections and many other topics. “This is a great document,” said Hjuler. “When I was a first sergeant, I didn’t have a document like this.” While the program is working through some kinks, a huge part of the process of transitioning these responsibilities back to units and NCOs has been completed. Since the summer of 2012, 52 of the 74 IMCOM installations have migrated basic barracks management responsibilities to military units.
Friday, March 22, 2013
Dress for success By Julia LeDoux Pentagram Staff Writer
Think getting dressed for a job interview is as easy as opening your closet door, picking out a suit and putting it on? Think again. You should put as much thought into what you’re going to wear to an interview as what you put on your resume, said Sofio Barone during the Army Career and Alumni Program’s dress for success class March 18 on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall. “If they’re looking for X, Y, Z, you know your resume has to reflect X, Y, Z,” he said. “I want you to know your clothing does the same thing.” ACAP offers the monthly class as part of its Transition Assistance Program. Dress for success offers tips about how to present a polished and professional image during a job interview to Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and their Family members. Servicemembers often find it challenging to pull together a professional wardrobe, particularly after years of wearing a uniform, Barone, creative director for a custom clothiers and tailor shop in McLean, Va., said. “Sixty-five to seventy-five percent of how [hiring managers] base whether or not they hire you is based on what they see,” he continued. Interviewers also base their hiring decisions on how an applicant comports himself, how he handles his body, his mannerisms, and even his tone of voice. “Five percent of hiring decisions are based on what you say,” Barone explained, adding “weird, huh?” And if you make a negative first impression, it can take 45 minutes of
Sofio Barone teaches during an Army Career and Alumni Program workshop.
talking to change the impression you’ve made, he said. Barone provided attendees with several common sense tips on dressing for a job interview: Don’t wear clothing that is too tight, too revealing, too baggy or too loose. Don’t wear dated clothes, a too skinny tie or a shiny belt. “Whether or not you button your jacket is irrelevant. It’s the fact that you can button the jacket,” he said to laughter. You should dress appropriately for the position you are seeking, Barone said. For example, if a woman is going after a job in law enforcement, a skirt and heels might not be the most appropriate thing to wear to an interview. Men don’t have a lot of color choices when it comes to dressing for a job interview. A black suit should not be worn to an interview because of the color’s association with funerals, which leaves the guys with a choice between a blue or gray suit, said Barone. “Ladies, it’s different for you,” he said. “You can go with black, you can go with dark brown, there’s lots of colors you can do, but for the guys it’s blue and gray.” Accessories should compliment, not overwhelm your outfit, and don’t forget the small details – like a handkerchief in your pocket, and polished shoes. “The whole focus should be to draw the eyes to your face,” he said. Barone also explained there are six body types – V, I, X, A,H, and O – and discussed the designers and manufacturers who make clothing that is appropriate for each type. He also gave a primer on design history and style evolution. Participants had been asked to wear clothes they thought would be appropriate to an interview to a class, with Barone bringing them up to offer a critique of what they were wearing. Several of the male attendees got new ties and handkerchiefs while the ladies had scarves re-tied and handkerchiefs added to their jacket pockets. “The stronger the contrast in what you are wearing, the stronger the announcement,” he said. “That’s why we go with a dark suit, light shirt, red tie, whatever. “We want two ingredients. One is understated elegance, the other is a little bit of chic.” Barone has led the classes for eight years. The Italian immigrant provides the service free of charge as a way of thanking those who defend and fight for the country. For more information on ACAP and the next dress for success class, call 703-696-0973.
Friday, March 22, 2013
USO gala spotlights servicemembers, supporters By Amaani Lyle American Forces Press Service
Servicemembers, public figures and performers were honored March 15 for their service or support of the U.S. military at the USO of Metropolitan Washington’s 31st Annual Awards Dinner held at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel. In his remarks at the event, Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, lauded the compassion and commitment of people serving in the military medical community. “We are here to honor a most deserving population of unsung heroes among our troopers ... our medical professionals,” Winnefeld said. “They are the quiet heroes: the doctors, the nurses, the medical support staff, who treat everything from the common cold in a U.S. military pediatric ward to the most critical battlefield injuries across the combat zone.” The admiral said he and his wife, Mary, have witnessed medical professionals in action around the world — from Kandahar and Bagram in Afghanistan, to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, and Walter Reed National Military
Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. “In every visit, in every room, we meet warriors who are hopeful about the future,” Winnefeld said. “Each of these wounded warriors recognizes the difficult road to recovery that’s ahead.” Servicemembers receive the best possible care from the military’s medical professionals, the admiral said. “Because of that spectrum of care, and the unique blend of military professionalism and medical acumen, we’re bringing warriors home from the battlefield today that never would’ve made it in previous wars,” Winnefeld said. “It’s all because of our outstanding military medical professionals and the caregivers for our wounded warriors,” he said of the people and teams who provide care to some nine million beneficiaries of the military health system. Honorees at the event dinner included actor and director Lou Diamond Phillips, a stalwart USO supporter who received the organization’s Legacy of Achievement Award for his years of public support and involvement with the military community. Born at the Subic Bay U.S. Naval Station in the Philippines, Phillips said his upbringing and current work
on the Military Channel’s “An Officer and a Movie” have strengthened his bond with the military. While “incredibly humbled” by the USO honor, Phillips said he finds his fame can best “highlight and uphold the real heroes,” the military members who wear the uniform. Phillips noted the complexities and challenges that military members of an all-volunteer force face in a post9/11 world. “It’s very much a part of our national consciousness that we are at war and have been ... for a long time, that we have young men and women in harm’s way on a daily basis,” Phillips said. As such, America is entering a new age of respect for its armed forces, he said, and a greater awareness of how military people touch so many lives. Fellow actor, director, and honoree Joe Mantegna echoed Phillips’ comments, noting he has great respect for those who serve in the U.S. military. Mantegna, who’s slated to perform his 12th annual Memorial Day concert with his friend and fellow USO supporter Gary Sinise, shared why he, too, was humbled by the USO’s recognition. “It’s the people who do this job day-in and day-out, the volunteers,
the people who ... keep organizations like the USO thriving ... those are the people that really deserve credit,” Mantegna said. “I remember you, and I accept this on your behalf.” This year’s USO honorees include: • Army Maj. David Larres, Occupational Therapy Clinic at Irwin Army Community Hospital, Fort Riley, Kan. • Navy Cmdr. Angela Earley, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Va. • Air Force 1st Lt. Sarah BatzerFrye, Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, Va. • Marine Corps Lt. Cmdr. Trevor Petrou, Marine Special Operations Command, Camp Lejeune, N.C. • Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Randy Haba, U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C. • National Guard: Army Lt. Col. Laura Wheeler, Army National Guard, Va. • Civilian: Linda Odierno and certified pet therapy dog, Tootsie. • Special Recognition: Legacy of Hope Award — The Military Channel. • Legacy of Achievement Award: Lou Diamond Phillips. • Merit Award: Joe Mantegna. • Col. John Gioia Patriot Award: Kathleen Causey.
Children need routine environment during moves By Terri Moon Cronk American Forces Press Service
Servicemembers and their spouses who will travel to new duty stations this summer might face the added concern of keeping life routine for their children, the director of the Pentagon’s office of family policy and children and youth told American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel. “Just as adults are affected by change, so are children,” Barbara Thompson said, noting that if a parent is stressed about a move, a child can sense it and also feel stressed. Military children can go through six to nine household moves while they’re growing up, and even more in many cases, Thompson said, so their parents must be sensitive to how the disruption affects them. “Military families with a wide range in age among their children should think of each child individually, and consider the nuances of their personalities” to help them adjust to their new homes and schools, Thompson said. It’s important to keep children on a routine as much as possible during the transition from their existing home to the new community, Thompson said. “It’s hard, because [military] children always are the new kids on the block,” she said. They also might start school too late to get on a team
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Angela Creason, parent reader, reads The Butter Battle Book by Dr. Seuss to Matthew C. Perry Elementary students in their classroom, March 2, 2011. It’s important to keep children on a routine as much as possible during the transition from their existing home to the new community.
or join a group, so parents should be aware of how this would affect their children, she added. The “Military Youth on the Move” page on the Military OneSource website is geared toward helping children make military move transitions, Thompson said. One video offered on the site is about bullying, she added. “Because we recognize being the new kid in the
school is a position of vulnerability,” Thompson said, “we want to arm our children with tools on how to speak up and be a part of the solution and not continue to see [themselves] as bullies, or another child who is being bullied. It’s a critical tool for our military children to have.” The site is interactive, and it caters to three age groups: children from 6 to 8, “tweens,” from 9 to 12, and teenagers. “[It] has a lot of resources so kids can learn about the new installation,” Thompson said. “It also recognizes their feelings about the changes that are happening in their lives, and gives them ideas on how they can integrate themselves in the new community.” A discussion board on the site also allows military kids to communicate with other military kids, she said, emphasizing that parents can be sure the site is safe for their children to use. Additionally, before children arrive at a new installation, youth sponsorship programs match them up with children at the new location, Thompson said, so the new child has someone who’s already a friend to be counted on to help with the adjustment to the new location. But even if parents do all that they can to help their children adjust, but they still feel stressed about their new environment, numerous resources exist to help, Thompson said. “Parents can contact Military OneSource and get telephone or face-to-face counseling,” she said. “A licensed clinician can help walk parents through how they can help their child adjust.” Installations also offer child and youth counselors who can support children who are having a tough time adjusting. “While relocation can be stressful, it also can be a wonderful opportunity to go to new places, see new things, meet new friends, and have an adventure,” Thompson said. “Our military children gain a wealth of information as they move from place to place, and they are open to new experiences, new cultures and new languages. It can be very rewarding.”
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