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Vol. 61, no. 19 May 16, 2014


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150 years ago... First servicemember buried at ANC commended by Army, family amid cemetery’s 150th anniversary commemoration By Jim Dresbach Pentagram Staff Writer

Descendants of the first servicemember buried in what eventually became Arlington National Cemetery, portions of the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) and The U.S. Army Band, “Pershing’s Own,” assembled at the cemetery’s Section 27 for wreath-laying tributes to Pvt. William Henry Christman. With the Ord and Weitzel Gate and the Netherlands Carillon as backdrops, the Department of the Army and a crowd close to 100 civilian visitors commemorated the origins of Arlington National Cemetery May 13-150 years exactly to the day when Pvt. Christman of Tobyhanna Township, Monroe County, Pa., was buried in Virginia soil overlooking the capitol city. Two wreath-laying tributes took place at the Christman gravesite – one by the Department of the Army and the second led by Christman ancestors. Great-grand nephew James Christman, who was one of the family members present, told the Pentagram that his family learned their relative was buried in Arlington within the last year.


“This is the first time I’ve been to his plot,” James said. “I was kind of awe struck walking up to the grave. I’ve been to Arlington one other time for the burial of a friend of the

Safety day

Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall will host, in coordination with the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), its annual safety day May 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the JBM-HH Community Center (Bldg. 405) and Conmy Hall on the Fort Myer portion of the Joint Base. This free event is open to the entire joint base community. There will be many hands-on demonstrations as well as tables with information available. For more information, call 703-696-0828.

MCX closing early May 16

The Marine Corps Exchange on the Henderson Hall portion of the joint base will close at 5 p.m. May 16 to support a private event honoring Marine Corps spouses. The MCX will open May 17 at 9 a.m.

Temporary road closure

McNair Road from the intersection of Lee Avenue to Marshall Drive on the Fort Myer portion of the joint base is closed to all traffic, including bicyclists and pedestrians, until further notice due to road damage. For more information, call 703-696-3290 or log onto

USACE inspecting Fort McNair seawall

The United States Army Corps of Engineers will be conducting an underwater inspection of the Fort McNair seawall beginning May 19. Scuba divers will be in the water along the perimeter seawall at McNair for a scheduled structural inspection under the Army transportation infrastructure program.

Nationals announce patriotic series and military branch days

The Washington Nationals will mark the return of the patriotic series when the team hosts armed forces day May 17. To pay tribute to the men and women who serve in the U.S. armed forces, the team will offer complimentary tickets to military servicemembers (active duty, dependent, reservist or retiree) for the game. Servicemembers may claim up to two complimentary tickets for each military ID and purchase additional tickets at a discounted rate. Additionally, the Nationals will honor each of the five service branches with their own patriotic-themed game during the 2014 season. The Navy will be honored May 30; The Army June 18; the Coast Guard Aug. 6; the Marine Corps Aug. 20 and the Air Force Sept. 25.

Redskins ticket sales

JBM-HH Community Center at Bldg. 405 on the Fort Myer portion of the see NEWS NOTES, page 4

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Around DoD Safety Memorial Day Hours

family not knowing that I have a family member buried here. “It means a lot to be a part of history, see WREATH, page 4

Army seeks to enhance civilian workforce

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Community Spotlight Community News Notes


Soldiers from the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) bear the colors and march past the grave of Army Pvt. William Christman, the first military burial in Arlington National Cemetery, during a wreath-laying ceremony May 13. Christman, who was enlisted in the 67th Pennsylvania Infantry, died May 11, 1864, and was buried May 13.

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By Rhonda Apple Pentagram Staff Writer

The Army’s civilian work force includes more than 300,000 professionals, serving in about 500 unique job series both in the United States and abroad, according to an article published in Army Stand-To! April 17. Although the service hires and promotes successful civilian employees who make up 23 percent of the total Army, they must frequently improve their career skills in order to meet a constantly changing work environment. To that end, the Civilian Workforce Transformation program was approved by the assistant sec-

retary of the army (manpower and reserve affairs) in 2010 to review the Army’s civilian workforce and to offer recommendations and modifications to managers; attract and retain top employees and help employers succeed in leadership positions Army-wide. “Civilians must provide the technical expertise, functional management and enterprise leadership the Army needs for mission success,” said Jennifer Gunn, communication team chief, public affairs office, Fort Benning, Ga. Gunn, who has personally used the program, said CWT is about providing Army civilians with needed tools to help develop see WORKFORCE, page 5

Around DoD: 10 things to know in May Compiled by Rhonda Apple Pentagram Staff Writer

1. Fourteen names added to Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Family members of 14 servicemembers gathered at The Wall on May 11 to honor the addition of the names of their loved ones to the memorial. When the wall was unveiled in 1982, the names of 58,195 servicemem-

bers killed or still missing in action in the Vietnam War were inscribed on it. Since then, 105 names, including the recent 14, have been added. 2. “Make it Matter” Dempsey encourages grads. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin E. Dempsey emphasized leadership, partnership and responsibility as he addressed graduates at the May

11 ceremony at Duke University in Durham, N.C. “America needs you. It needs each of you, if it hopes to remain what it is and what it needs to be,” said the chairman, also a Duke alumni. “We are and have it within us to remain exceptional. But you’ve got to make this wonderful education you’ve just consumed matter.” see 10 THINGS, page 4

It’s back! Twilight Tattoo on JBM-HH

Twilight Tattoo is an hour-long military pageant featuring Soldiers from The 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) and The U.S. Army

Band “Pershing’s Own.” The next tattoo is scheduled for May 21 at 7 p.m. For more information, see TUSAB’s schedule on page 3.


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Target practice

Senior Airman Cory Payne, 3rd Combat Camera Squadron aerial combat photojournalist, uses a flashlight while firing an M9 Beretta during advance weapons, tactics and training at a shooting range in Atascosa, Texas, May 7. The two-week course teaches combat camera Airmen shooting fundamentals, weapon transitions, shooting on the move and engaging threats in low-light conditions.

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Name (rank): Spc. Adam Strube Job title/where you work: The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” Men’s Chorus. Military service: Army. Favorite sports team: N.Y. Giants, N.Y. Mets, N.Y. Islanders. Favorite book: Lord of the Rings. Favorite food: Skirt steak marinated with garlic butter and black pepper, slow cooked on the grill. Favorite band/music artist: Soundgarden (rock); Samuel Ramey (opera). What do you like most about working on/visiting JBM-HH: With the small base size, it has a real small community feel and everyone’s warm and cooperative. What are your goals for the year? Get certified in Combatives I; learn most of the unit repertoire; start a family and build my promotion points for the next rank. What do you like most about living in the National Capital Region? The proximity to all of the monuments, landmarks, parks, national buildings and the local history. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? Live for today and plan for tomorrow; your truest self is who you are when you think no one’s looking; live the Army values. If you won the lottery, what would you do? Buy a house; pay for any college for my future kids and take a long vacation.

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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, 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. “Come on, guys – miniatures are for your - Focused … set priorities and complete the mission. wallets! We need at least 12 by 16 for this - Committed … to the mission and each other, fostering a community of size frame!” excellence. - Carol Ann Kelly - 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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D.C. United lends a foot to kids at soccer clinic By Jim Dresbach Pentagram Staff Writer

In the past three weeks, a plethora of individuals representing professional sport leagues have visited Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall. The evening of April 28, National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell was a guest of honor at a Salute From the Chief Twilight Tattoo. The NFL was again represented on base May 9 when Carolina Panthers Thomas Davis and Ryan Kalil met and greeted servicemembers at the Honor Guard Lounge. May 12, it was the District of Columbia’s professional soccer team’s turn to offer some goodwill as a fifth of the D.C. United soccer club roster offered encouragement and tips to the sport’s next generation of fans and players. The soccer clinic, part of Armed Forces Week, included 31 kids from JBM-HH’s Child, Youth and School Services program and six local MLS players, who trotted with

and instructed 99 children on the nuances of footwork, dribbling and goalkeeping at the JBM-HH athletic field. Called a “unique event” by D.C. United Marketing Manager Andrew Minucci, the clinic was just one of a pair of soccer events CYSS kids and their families were able to enjoy during the week. Mothers, fathers and guardians who attended the clinic received the opportunity to obtain tickets to D.C. United’s Armed Forces game against the Montreal Impact scheduled for May 17. “This was great because it is military appreciation week and it is leading up to the game on Saturday,” said School of Knowledge, Inspiration, Exploration and Skills (SKIES) Youth Sports and Fitness Director Annette Engum. “The kids get the clinic and the parents get a day out with the family.” At four separate skill stations, kids ranging from pre-school age to pre-teenager watched, listened and drilled with the likes of D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid and




Goalkeeper Bill Hamid works with children during the D.C. United soccer clinic on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall May 12. Of the 99 children registered for the clinic, 31 were from the CDC’s Child, Youth and School Services.

midfielder Collin Martin. Both Hamid and Martin are homegrown, local team stars. Martin is a Chevy Chase native and played high school soccer at Bethesda-

Chevy Chase High School, while Hamid was born and raised in Alexandria. Hamid spoke of the importance see D.C. UNITED, page 8

Panthers visit JBM-HH By Rhonda Apple Pentagram Staff Writer

During a visit to the National Capital Region May 9, National Football League Carolina Panthers’ Thomas Davis and Ryan Kalil added a stop on their itinerary to Joint Base MyerHenderson Hall. After visiting Soldiers and family members at the United Service Organizations USO Warrior and Family Care Center at Fort Belvoir, the pair, wearing their NFL jerseys, arrived with North Carolina and local USO representatives to a “meet and sweets” event at the JBM-HH Honor Guard Lounge in the community center on the Fort Myer portion of the joint base. Davis, a 10-year member of the Panthers organization, said it was his first visit with servicemembers in the NCR. “I think it’s awesome the NFL supports the troops,” said Davis. “We’re allowed to do what we do as professional athletes because of servicemembers. Visiting here is just a small token of thanks to show we appreciate all they’re doing for us.” Drafted by the Panthers in 2006, Kalil said he enjoys visiting military installations whenever possible. “I’ve been to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and Camp Pendleton, California, and it’s an incredible experience working with the USO to show support for our military members,” said Kalil. Davis and Kalil signed autographed team photos and posed with Soldiers, most assigned to The Old Guard. Some servicemembers brought personal team ball caps and other Panther memorabilia for the players to sign. “I make it a point to attend all the events at the USO because I appreciate everything that they do for us,”said Spc. Lauren Wheeler, assigned to The Old Guard Public Affairs Office.




Thomas Davis (left) and Ryan Kalil of the Carolina Panthers meet and sign autographs for Soldiers from the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) as part of a United Service Organizations event at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall May 9.

Wheeler said she appreciated the professional athletes taking time to visit the joint base. “Professional athletes have a very physically demanding job as does the military, and I think

Twilight Tattoo and TUSAB schedule for spring, summer 2014 May 18 at 4 p.m.: The U.S. Army Orchestra in concert will perform at Brucker Hall at the Fort Myer portion of JBM-HH. This year’s competition winner, Sean Yongjoo Lim, of McLean, Va., will perform the Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso by Camille Saint-Saëns with The U.S. Army Orchestra. May 21 at 7 p.m.: The U.S. Army Brass Quintet will perform in concert with the Yorktown High School Symphonic Band at Yorktown High School. The quintet will premiere Bryce Owen’s original composition for brass quintet and wind ensemble with Yorktown High School’s symphonic band. The commissioned piece will be performed as part of the Yorktown band’s free spring concert in the Yorktown High School auditorium. May 22 at 6 p.m.: Rush Hour Concert Series: The U.S. Army Blues: A Salute to Veterans: Big Band tunes of the Greatest Generation. The U.S. Army Blues will perform at the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., in celebration of 10 years since the dedication of the memorial. 2014 Twilight Tattoo dates (subject to change): May 21, 28 June 4, 11, 18, 25 July 9, 16, 23, 30 August 6, 13, 20 All performances are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. Showtimes are 7 p.m. All outdoor concerts are subject to cancellation or location change due to weather considerations. Please call 703696-3399 for up-to-date information on concert cancellations or location changes. For additional details and a full calendar of performances, visit

we have a lot of potential in working together, especially because there are so many similarities between military and professional athletes,” she said.

First pitch!




Col. Fern O. Sumpter, commander, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, warms up before throwing the first pitch at a George Washington University baseball game at Arlington’s Barcroft Park, May 10. George Washington beat the Rhode Island, 6-5. The Colonials went on to defeat Rhode Island in a second game, 7-3, May 11.


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Wreath, from page 1 where William was the first Soldier buried here,” he continued. “I’ll share this with friends and other family members. This was a great, great honor today.” Barbara Christman Page, the private’s great-grand niece, also participated in the wreath laying and explained the circumstances behind William’s enlistment and his death at Washington, D.C.’s Lincoln Hospital. She told the media William enlisted in the Union Army in tribute to his brother, Barnabas. She said the Historical Association of Tobyhanna Township of Monroe County, Pa., revealed Barnabas, a member of Company F of the 4th Regiment, Pennsylvania Reserve Infantry (33rd Volunteers), was killed June 30, 1862 at Charles City Cross Roads, Va. After joining the Federal forces March 24, 1864, and nearly two years following his brother’s death, William’s own passing and burial became part of the opening chapter of the Arlington National Cemetery history book. “He never got to battle,” Barbara explained. “He became ill shortly after they arrived here, and he was hospitalized with measles and during that course of hospitalization, he developed peritonitis, an inflammation of the bowel and never survived.” The Christman wreath-laying ceremony is

News Notes News Notes, from page 1 joint base has Washington Redskins tickets on sale now with the combination package which includes one pair of tickets to a preseason game and one pair of tickets to a regular season game for $520. Seats are located in the lower level end zone, section 129. For more information, call 703-696-3470.




Family members of Army Pvt. William Christman, the first military burial in Arlington National Cemetery, walk away from his grave after laying a wreath May 13. Christman, who was enlisted in the 67th Pennsylvania Infantry, died on May 11, 1864, and was buried two days later.

the beginning of a five-week sesquicentennial commemoration. Through June, the cemetery will host lectures, walks and tours to provide the public different standpoints of the cemetery, those buried there and the military conflicts that shaped ANC. Details about Arlington at 150 events are available at Events/ANC150.aspx.

Tobacco use aboard JBM-HH Servicemembers, civilian employees, contractors, family members and patrons of JBM-HH are reminded that tobacco use is prohibited in all Department of the Army occupied workplaces except for designated smoking areas, including smokeless tobacco products. Use of tobacco products is prohibited in and at all Child Youth Services facilities and sports fields, except in designated areas out of the presence or view of children/youths. TSP requires stronger passwords The thrift savings plan website at now requires that passwords be at least 10 characters in length. The next time you log onto the my account section of the website, you will be prompted to change your password to one of your choice using the new requirements. Be aware that does not email you to change your password. Motorcycle safety ride A motorcycle safety ride will be held May 21 from 8 a.m. until close of business in the Headquarters Battalion (Bldg. 417 on the Fort Myer portion of the joint base) parking lot. For more information, contact Staff Sgt. Pablo Robledo at 703-696-3375 or via email at DFAC maintenance set for May 17 The dining facility on the Fort Myer portion of JBM-HH will undergo scheduled maintenance in the entire facility May 17 and will serve sack meals that day. Brunch will be available from 9 to 11

a.m.; supper from 4 to 5 p.m.

For more information, 2087/3642/1068.



Iwo Jima 7k race open Registration is open until May 18 for the Iwo Jima 7k race, which will be held May 21 at 6:30 a.m. Awards and gift certificates will be presented to the top three overall finishers, male and female. Details and links to register are at www.mccshh. com/OohRahRunSeries.html. For more information, please call 703-614-5959. Zembiec Pool temporarily closed for summer transition The Maj. Douglas A. Zembiec Pool will be closed through May 25 for seasonal transition. The pool will reopen May 26 with summer hours, Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday closed. Holiday hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 703-6937351.

10 Things, from page 1 3. Hagel defends America Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel defended America as the world’s dominant force, speaking on the May 11 television program, “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” “We are still the dominant power. No one’s in our universe, whether you apply a metric or measurement of an economic power or military power,” Hagel said. “But that doesn’t mean the United States can solve every problem alone.” 4. Remembering the “Lion of Fallujah,” Maj. Douglas A. Zembiec May 11 marked the seventh anniversary of the death of Maj. Douglas A. Zembiec, who was killed in action during his fourth deployment to Iraq on May 11, 2007, while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom. The Zembiec Pool on the Henderson Hall portion of JBM-HH is named in his honor. 5. The Washington Monument reopens in style The Old Guard’s Fife and Drum Corps performed at the re-opening of the Washington Monument on the National Mall May 12. The 555-foot obelisk was closed for repairs after a magnitude 5.8 earthquake caused more than 150 cracks in its structure in August 2011. 6. 10th Soldier awarded Medal of Honor since 9/11 Former Army Sgt. Kyle White was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama at a White House ceremony May 13, making him the sixth living Army recipient and the 14th from all services, to earn the medal from actions during deployment to Iraq or Afghanistan. 7. Navy gets high marks in

MCCS seeks feedback Your opinion counts. Help shape the future of Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs by participating in the 2014 Department of Defense MWR customer satisfaction survey online. Marines and their families are encouraged to take the survey, which is available via https://www.surveymonkey. com/s/SemperFitandRecreation until June 1.




Former Army Sgt. Kyle Jerome White receives the Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama May 13 at a White House Ceremony.

NCAA sports rankings Twenty-two of Navy’s 25 National Collegiate Athletic Association-sponsored varsity sports programs rank above the national average in their respective sport in the academic progress rate report released May 14 by the NCAA. The Academic Progress Rate is a real-time measure of eligibility and retention of studentathletes competing on every Division I sports team. The APR awards two points each term to student-athletes who meet academic-eligibility standards and who remain with the institution. 8. Sailors learn about SALT The save a life tour (SALT) visited Naval Station Norfolk, May 13, to educate Sailors on the dangers of drunk and distracted driving. The highimpact alcohol awareness event featured intense videos, real-life accounts from speaker and program manager C.J. Rich, and a drunk driving simulator that gave Sailors a sober perspective on driving intoxicated. “We continue to have too many Sailors affected by either drunk or distracted

driving,” said Force Master Chief Kenneth Daniels, commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic. “The SALT visit is a reminder for us all to act responsibly for ourselves and each other. Remember, Keep what you have earned. Drink one and you’re done.” 9. Marine Corps wife honored on JBM-HH Lakesha Cole, wife of Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Deonte Cole, was honored as the 2014 Military Spouse of the Year recipient during an awards luncheon at Joint Base MyerHenderson Hall, Va., May 9. 10. Pocket guide lists specifics of clothing allowance A pocket guide is now available and explains the specifics of the Army’s annual clothing replacement allowance. The pamphlet spells out exactly what uniform items Soldiers are required to maintain. It provides the expected useful life of each item, the standard annual replacement allowance for each item and recommended replacement intervals. The guide is available online at: e2/c/downloads/344187.pdf.

Marine Barracks Washington hosts evening parades Evening parades at Marine Barracks Washington are conducted Fridays only through Aug. 29. There will not be an evening parade July 4. A 75-minute performance of music and precision marching, the evening parade features “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, The Commandant’s Own: The United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps, The Marine Corps Color Guard, the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon, ceremonial marches, and Lance Cpl. Chesty XIII, the official mascot of Marine Barracks Washington. For ticket information, log onto www.mbw.usmc. mil/RequestReservation.aspx. Towel service to be discontinued at fitness centers Effective June 1, the Fort Myer and Fort McNair fitness centers will discontinue gym towel services. JBM-HH is one of the few remaining installations to provide this service and the funding to continue it is no longer available. JBM-HH regrets the inability to continue purchasing replacement towels. Installation Management Command invests current resources in new and improved fitness equipment to meet servicemembers’ physical fitness requirements. Patrons are asked to bring a towel from home for working out, shower and sauna use. Anti-bacterial wipes to wipe down equipment after use will still be provided. Sign up for the home run derby Registration is now open for the home run derby scheduled for June 6 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the softball field. Register through June 3 online at Complete rules are available online. Prizes will be awarded to the top three challengers. Spectators see NEWS NOTES, page 5


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News Notes News Notes, from page 4 are welcome to cheer. Free hotdogs will be available while supplies last. For more information, call 703-696-4730. Outdoor play group This playgroup is designed for preschool age children to provide time for play, physical activity and socialization for parents. It meets May 19 and 26 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Virginia Highlands Park, 1600 South Hayes Street, Arlington, Va., by the restrooms, weather permitting. Pre-registration is encouraged. For questions, call 703-696-3512. Anger management Individuals will receive information on the basis principles of emotions management, specific information about the impact of unmanaged anger and receive resources on how to recognize and managed the anger triggers in their own lives during this class set for May 21 from 9 to 11 a.m. in Bldg. 201 on the Fort Myer portion of the joint base. For additional information and to register, call 703-696-3512. Indoor play group This group offers play, songs and story time for preschool children up to 5 years old. It meets May 21 and 28 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Sequoia Plaza, third floor, 2100 Washington Blvd., in Arlington. Enhance children’s social and cognitive skills while parents support each other through sharing ideas, parenting experiences, concerns and information. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. For more info, call 703-696-3512. Lunch and learn Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation will host a lunch and learn session May 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Spates Community Club on the Fort Myer portion of the joint base. This session will be “smartphone 301.” For more information, or to register, email patricia.m.jacobs@ Patriot pride 5k/10k run In support of Armed Forces Day, Fort Meade’s 2014 run series will have a 5k/10k run May 17 at 8 a.m. at Murphy Field House. Cost to run if pre-registered is $15/$25 per person; $45/$60 per

family of three to six people; pre-registration rate of $75 for groups of seven to 10. Log onto www. to register. All pre-registered runners will receive a T-shirt. Call 301-677-3518 for more information. American summer BBQ expo The Marine Corps Exchange will hold an American summer BBQ expo May 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This fun event features grill demonstrations, gourmet food and summer beverage tastings, music and door prizes. For more information, visit or call 703-979-8420. Quantico parachute club This summer the Quantico parachute club will begin conducting group activities at drop zones around the National Capital Region. The club is currently in its initial start-up phase and is looking for members. Although the QPC will focus on active duty Marines, any who are interested will be able to join the club. While most club activities will be restricted to U.S. Parachute Association licensed skydivers, all skill levels from student to expert are welcome. The club will hold its first event of the year May 25 at the annual Memorial Day barbecue at 11339 Bloomsbury Road in Orange, Va. For additional information, email or visit or www. Life with cancer The Murtha Cancer Center at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center is sponsoring a program called “Life with Cancer: Practical Tools for Living with Uncertainty” May 29 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the America Building, second floor, room 205. The program will also be available at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital via video teleconference in the Oaks Pavilion, first floor, room 332. The speakers are Dr. Jim David and Dr. Peter Fagan. All are welcome to attend, and registration is not required. Military identification is required for base access to Walter Reed. For those without a military ID, call the prostate center at 301-3192900 at least two business days prior to the event for base access. For more information, contact retired Col. Jane Hudak at 301-319-2918/2900 or via email at

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progression and success, according to Rowell. “It lists courses they should take at the various grade levels throughout their career to better equip them to do their job and be more competitive for promotions in the future,” said Rowell. CWT also spells out the duties and responsibilities for each of the program’s career path managers, complimented by a “professional staff to support the career program manager in each of these career programs,” said Rowell. Senior Enterprise Talent Management (SETM) is another program under the CWT initiative that identifies potential civilian senior leaders and provides opportunities for them to obtain credentials and broaden career opportunities. Rowell said 20 Army civilian applicants to SETM will be selected to attend Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan., beginning in academic year 2016, a first for Army civilian employees. Past candidates have attended the Army War College at Carlisle, Pa., or the defense senior leadership program at National Defense University on the Fort McNair portion of Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall. Army civilians in grade level GS-13 are also eligible to attend credentialing courses through SETM. Rowell said a new program is currently being established for grades GS-11 and 12. “I know senior leadership is on board with this mission of creating an environment that supports a capabilitiesbased civilian workforce for the Army,” said Gunn. “It’s the right and PHOTO BY RACHEL LARUE smart thing to do.” Abdul Qayyum, bowling center facility manager, left, Visit www.asamra. and LeRoy Harris, Community Center facility manager, for additake part in a class on automated external defibrillators tional information about taught by Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall fire departthe Civilian Workforce ment Capt. James Angerett, right, in Bldg. 417 Feb 24. Under the Army’s Civilian Workforce Transformation T r a n s f o r m a t i o n including program, Army civilian employees now have a variety of program, career maps and protools-including career progression “maps” to assist in grams. professional development and progression.

stronger, functional and enterprising Army civilians. “Essentially, it all boils down to this: civilians are vital to the Army profession,” Gunn said. “The Army is not just Soldiers—its Soldiers and civilians.” The program’s integrator, Scott Rowell, agrees. “The Army wants better trained civilian employees,” said Rowell, who has managed CWT-related activities for the Army since 2008. Ultimately, the program is intended to make Army civilian employees more “robust in accomplishing missions,” he said. Hiring, management, training and sustainment are the four pillars of CWT, representing much-needed changes in the workforce and preparing civilians for the challenges in missions they will encounter throughout their careers, according to Rowell. So far, there are 138 career positions dedicated across 31 career programs for civilian workers. Each of the 31 programs covers specific career fields, such as engineering and public affairs. Through use of a web-based portal, employees can map out a long-term plan for career


Charter boat fishing JBM-HH community center at Bldg. 405 at the Fort Myer portion of the joint base has a Chesapeake Bay charter boat fishing (seasonal bay fishing) trip scheduled May 31. The trip departs at 5 a.m. For more information, call 703696-3470/3471. Honoring service to America Free tickets to Colonial Williamsburg for Memorial Day weekend, May 23 to May 26, are available to all active duty servicemembers, National Guard, reservists, Department of Defense personnel and their family members. Tickets are available on a first come, first serve basis at the JBM-HH community center. Army 10-Miler qualifier series The first JBM-HH Army 10-Miler 10k qualifier will be June 16. FMWR has 40 slots for this year’s ATM Oct. 12. To be eligible for a space on this year’s JBM-HH ATM team, runners must be active duty. If selected as a member of the installation’s team, FMWR pays your entry into the Army 10-Miler. Qualifying races will take place July 18 and Aug. 1, and the team will be formed after the Aug. 1 qualifier. Qualifying begins at 6:35 a.m. at the Fort Myer Fitness Center. Registration and participation is free. Register online at Registration will also be accepted the morning of each qualifier from 5:30 to 6:15 a.m. For more information, contact Todd Hopkins at 703-6960594 or via email at

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BOSS, SMP provide recreation options for servicemembers By Guv Callahan Pentagram Staff Writer

As the temperatures in the National Capital Region finally start to climb, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall’s Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS) program and Single Marine Program (SMP) have a smattering of upcoming events for servicemembers looking to have some fun and capitalize on their free time. May 9, BOSS organized a 2.5-mile fun run and concurrent 1-mile walk for servicemembers, drawing more than 60 runners to the starting point in the Fort Myer Fitness Center parking lot. Originally planned as a 5k race, the route had to be shortened because of the McNair Road closure on the Fort Myer portion of the joint base.

Alpha Company won an award for most unit participation, and The Old Guard won for most participation from an organization, said Staff Sgt. Daniel Hood, BOSS president, in an email to the Pentagram following the race. The BOSS program gives single Soldiers constructive options for recreation and volunteer work in an effort to enhance their lives. A list of upcoming BOSS events can be found below: • May 29: Laser Tag at Ultrazone, Bailey’s Crossroads • May 31: The BOSS program at Fort Detrick, Md., will host a BOSS Block Party from 4 to 8 p.m. • June 13: Paintball event at Andrews Air Force Base see RACE, page 9




Participants start the Better Opportunity for Single Soldiers Joint Forces Run behind the Fitness Center on the Fort Myer portion of Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall May 9. Over 60 people participated in the 2.5-mile run or 1-mile walk.

Celebrating Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month




Dr. Kin Wong, general engineer in the Engineering and research division, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, speaks during Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall’s celebration of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month at the Marine Club on the Henderson Hall portion of the joint base. Wong is the national president of the Federal Asian Pacific American Council. By Julia LeDoux Pentagram Staff Writer

Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall celebrated Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month May 14 with a luncheon at The Marine Club on the Henderson Hall portion of the joint base. Col. Jon Spaar, executive officer of Headquarters and Service Battalion, Headquarters Marine Corps, Henderson Hall, served as the event’s host.

“Asian American Pacific Island Heritage Month is a time to celebrate the contributions, the sacrifices and accomplishments of these men, women and children who have helped shape America,” he said. Asian Pacific American Heritage Month was first established in 1977 when Representatives Frank Horton and Norman Mineta and Senators Daniel Inouye and Spark Matsunaga introduced

resolutions asking President Jimmy Carter to declare the first 10 days of May, the month when the first Japanese immigrants arrived in the United States in 1843, as Asian/Pacific Heritage Week. In 1978, Carter made it an annual event. In 1990, President George H.W. Bush proclaimed the entire month of May to be Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Spaar said the month’s theme, “I am beyond,” honors the extraordinary and often unrecognized determination and tenacity of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. He pointed to the discrimination those of Asian descent who immigrated to America in the 19th century to help build the transcontinental railroad faced. He also noted that in the 1940s many Japanese Americans were interred in camps during World War II. “Even with all of that, about 16,000 [Japanese Americans] volunteered to serve in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team,” he said. “They saw action all throughout Europe in Italy, Germany and France. They were one of the most highly decorated units in the war.” Japanese Americans also saw action in the Pacific Theater during the war and some also served by decoding messages, continued Spaar. “The heritage of these individuals has demonstrated their character, courage and commitment to remain strong,” he said. The event’s guest speaker was Dr. Kin Wong, a general engineer in the engineering and research division, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, who serves as the national president of the Federal Asian Pacific American Council. “[Asian American Pacific Island Heritage Month] was created through legislation to call attention to the contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific see HERITAGE, page 9

Ready, set, rescue! By Staff Sgt. Jennifer C. Johnson JFHQ-NCR/MDW Public Affairs

Soldiers and civilian first responders polished their technical rescue skills May 5-8 during an annual training exercise called Rescue Challenge, held at various locations in northern Virginia. The Soldiers are from the 911th Technical Rescue Engineer Company based at Fort Belvoir, Va., and the civilian participants came primarily from the National Capital Region, but did include rescue teams from as far away as Wisconsin. The annual training event is designed to challenge rescue unit’s technical and organizational skills and foster networking between the highly trained technical rescuers. This gives the first responders an annual event at which to exchange ideas as well as enhance their skills while working real life problems. “Rescue Challenge is not a competition,” said Sgt. Matthew A. Calhoun, 911th Technical Rescue Engineer Company and course evaluator. “We’re able to see different types of equipment, rescue maneuvers and most importantly, we build relationships with rescue teams around the area. If there were an incident, we’ll be familiar with the local rescue teams and all work together as a see RESCUE, page 9




A Soldier from the 911th Technical Rescue Engineer Company navigates through a mine field on a rope during a four-hour realistic obstacle course in Lorton, Va., May 6. The Soldiers are from the 911th Technical Rescue Engineer Company based at Fort Belvoir, Va. and the civilian participants came primarily from the National Capital Region, but did include rescue teams from as far away as Wisconsin. The annual training event is designed to challenge rescue unit’s technical and organizational skills and foster networking between the highly trained technical rescuers.



Safety Notes Safety day JBM-HH will host, in coordination with the 3d Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), its annual safety day May 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at two locations on the Fort Myer portion of the joint base: Conmy Hall (hands-on stations) and Bldg. 405 (booths, display). For more information, call 703696-0828. Motorcycle safety/check ride The joint base’s Headquarters Battalion is hosting its annual motorcycle safety/check ride May 21. This yearly event seeks to promote motorcycle and traffic safety. The event is open to all riders in the National Capital Region. The event will begin at 8 a.m. with a bike line at the Bldg. 417 parking lot (Headquarters Bn. Building) on the Fort Myer portion of JBM-HH. Organizers will perform T-CLOCS, conduct training and then lead a group ride to the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, Va. New riders who are assigned to Headquarters Bn. are required to fill out paperwork to participate, per Headquarters Bn. Policy Memo #16. All guest riders are not required to fill out any paperwork, but must undergo the T-CLOCS inspection on site. Additionally, all riders must: • Have a fully legal and currently licensed motorcycle; arrive with a full tank of gas. • Provide money for lunch at the museum. • Bring proper personal protection equipment. For more information, contact Staff Sgt. Pablo Robledo at 703-696-3375 or via email at Pablo. Reminder: portion of the Potomac River off limits The JBM-HH Safety Office would like to remind everyone that the Armed Forces Disciplinary Control Board has placed the Potomac River-`Great Falls area “off limits” to all military personnel. The area along the Potomac River that extends from Sycamore Island to Chain Bridge is off limits due to the strong undertow currents in this area. Steer clear of this area. Undertows are dangerous: the surface of the water can be calm, but beneath the surface of this calm, strong water currents pull in opposite directions. The area has caused deaths of servicemembers and their families in the past. The off limits restrictions by the Armed Forces Disciplinary Control Board coincide with the restrictions outlined by the state of Maryland. For more information, call 703-696-0828.

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Motorcycle safety: not just for May to get a handle on things.” Indiscipline remains the single-greatest threat to Army motorcycle riders, according to USACR/Safety Center statistics. Speeding, alcohol, lack of training or personal protective equipment, or a combination thereof, have been cited in at least eight of the 15 fatalities reported this fiscal year. “With the resources the Army provides our motorcycle riders, it’s astounding that we’re still losing Soldiers to indiscipline,” Edens said. “There’s no excuse for it; progressive training, mentorship programs and many other tools are available to help our riders stay safe. This is where leaders need to step in and hold their Soldiers accountable to the standard.” Adding to the complexity of the issue, though, is leader involvement in motorcycle accidents. Using May 4 as a baseline, 11 of the 15 Soldiers who have died on motorcycles this fiscal year have been leaders at the rank of sergeant and above. “It’s not just junior Soldiers who need to be held accountable, it’s our leaders too,” said USACR/ Safety Center Command Sgt. Maj. Leeford C. Cain. “Curbing PHOTO BY RACHEL LARUE indiscipline starts with leaderParticipants in the Headquarters Command Battalion motorcycle ship. Whether it’s passive nonsafety/check ride to gather together for introductions and a prayer compliance through lax enforcebefore riding to Harpers Ferry, W.Va. Sept. 6, 2013. The Battalion will ment or active, willful disregard for the standard, the end result host another ride May 21 at 8 a.m. is the same. We’re failing our By Julie Shelley Soldiers if we don’t correct this U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center problem now.” While indiscipline is the top issue facing While motorcycle safety awareness month Army motorcyclists today, both Edens and kicked off nationally May 1, Army officials Cain agreed riders must assume personal are urging leaders across the force to treat ownership of their safety by taking their rider safety as a year-round imperative in training seriously and knowing their limits. response to rising motorcycle fatalities. “Even in accidents where another driver is As of May 4, Soldier motorcycle deaths were at fault, we have to ask if there was someup 56 percent from the same date in fiscal thing the rider could’ve done differently,” 2013, a marked contrast to the decline seen Edens said. “That’s a big question in our at the end of last year. training programs, because there are always “An increase is worrying in its own right, going to be outliers like distracted drivers but this year’s is exceptionally so consid- and wildlife. We want our Soldiers to be as ering the long winter prepared for and responsive to those potentiwe’ve had,” said alities as possible.” Brig. Gen. Timothy Several tools, including an updated motorJ. Edens, director of cycle mentorship program guidebook, are Army Safety and com- available at and will manding general, be highlighted during May. Cain encouraged U.S. Army Combat leaders and safety professionals to keep visitR e a d i n e s s / S a f e t y ing the site, since new tools and programs are Center. “Riding season constantly being added to the Army’s motorhas been delayed for cycle safety arsenal. many Soldiers, yet “Many, many of our Soldiers can ride yearwe’re already looking round thanks to the Army’s various locaat more fatalities. tions,” he said. “It’s time to stop thinking of With spring here and motorcycles as a spring and summer problem. summer just around Like the rest of safety, it’s a 24/7 committhe corner, we’ve got ment.”

With change of seasons, safety paramount By Marine Corps Safety Division

For Marines in temperate climates, spring has finally arrived. After what may have been a long, harsh winter for many, the warmth of the season is eagerly welcomed. With the longer, brighter days, one needs to be prepared to manage a threat that is, quite literally, glaring in their face - the sun. A number of risks present themselves in regard to sun exposure, although the vast majority can be managed with proper precaution. Studies have shown that the harmful rays from the sun may pose eye problems, damage your immune system, cause cancer or simply create undesired aesthetic changes such as sun spots or leathery skin. With those things in mind, it is crucial to protect one’s skin and health as increased time is spent outdoors, and consequently, find themselves exposed to the sun significantly more than in the winter months. In order to reduce threats associated with the sun, it’s important to keep in mind that individuals with fair skin, light (blonde, red, or light brown) hair, previous incidents of skin cancer or a family history of skin cancer, will be at the highest risk. Additionally, some medications may cause increased sensitivity to the sun, so be certain to consult with doctors when starting new medication. In order to stave off damage or health concerns caused by the sun, consider the following recommendations: Reduce time in the sun. The hours between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. are generally when the sun’s rays are the strongest, and UV rays can still cause damage even on cloudy days. • Dress with care. Clothing such as hats, long sleeves and pants can be very valuable in guarding against exposure. • Utilize sunscreen. The Food and Drug Administration recommends a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or more, and broad spectrum protection guards against all types of sun-induced skin damage. Water-resistant sunscreens are also recommended to extend each application. Make sure to apply sunscreen evenly over skin, 15 minutes before going outside and reapply at least every two hours. Infants and children require extra care




First Lt. Dave R. Baugh of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit in Okinawa, shows his perspiration after a workout Sept. 19, 2013. Marine Corps officials are warning Marines to take necessary precautions to acclimate to the change of seasons.

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in the sun, so be extra mindful with all precautions. Protect your eyes. Purchase sunglasses that offer 99 to 100 percent UV protection and don’t hesitate to ask an eye care professional to test your sunglasses if you don’t know the level of protection. These suggestions can go a long way in preventing damage caused by sunlight, and Marines are encouraged to put them in to practice for themselves and their families. In addition to sun exposure, warmer temperatures at this time of year can lead to heat injuries. Be certain to avoid overheating and dehydration in order to prevent heat exhaustion or heat stroke. By all means, enjoy your fun in the sun; but be certain to exercise caution while doing so. Make this spring a safe one!


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D.C. United, from page 3 of giving back to the military. “I’m very patriotic…it means a lot to come out here and spend some time with the kids from the area,” Hamid said following the clinic. “I understand the meaning behind wanting to spend time with a professional athlete. I also like to give out some good vibes and to teach them some soccer.” At the conclusion of the hour-long, skillsteaching session, kids were treated to an autograph session with Hamid, Martin and fellow D.C. United players Nick DeLeon, defender Nana Attakora, striker Luis Silva and 2014 D.C. United draft pick Steven Birnbaum.


Lending a foot




ABOVE: Midfielder Nick DeLeon works with children during the D.C. United soccer clinic on Joint Base MyerHenderson Hall May 12. Out of the 99 children registered for the clinic, 31 were from the CDC’s Child, Youth and School Services. TOP LEFT: Players from the D.C. United soccer team are introduced to children before the start of a soccer clinic near the Cody Child Development Center on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall May 12. BOTTOM LEFT: Players from D.C. United sign autographs after holding a soccer clinic near the Cody Child Development Center on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall May 12.

Meritoriously promoted




Marine Cpl. Tahira N. Lawrence, 19, an administration clerk at Headquarters Battalion, Henderson Hall - Headquarters U.S. Marine Corps, has her rank insignia pinned on by Sgt. Maj. Craig D. Cressman and Master Sgt. Eric J. Ridgeway during a ceremony May 2 at the Henderson Hall portion of Joint Base MyerHenderson Hall. Lawrence, of Hammond, Ind., was one of two Marines personally selected by Marine Commandant Gen. James F. Amos to be meritoriously promoted to corporal because of her exceptional performance and leadership.

New IMCOM commander tours JBM-HH





Lt. Gen. David Halverson, commanding general for U.S. Army Installation Management Command, tours the Cody Child Development Center with Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Commander Col. Fern O. Sumpter and Center Director Sunny Smith May 12. Halverson made his initial visit to the joint base after assuming command of IMCOM April 8.


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Race, from page 6 Additionally, the Fort Myer BOSS program volunteers every Friday at the Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center in Arlington, Hood said. For more information about the BOSS program and upcoming events, email fmmcbosspresident@ or call 703-696-3471.

Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall’s Single Marine Program also has a series of upcoming events, including a pre-Memorial Day barbeque May 22 at 11 a.m. For more information, visit the Single Marine Program website at html or email the program coordinator at:




Participants run past the fitness center on the Fort Myer portion of Joint Base MyerHenderson Hall during the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers Joint Forces Run May 9. Over 60 people participated in the 2.5-mile run or 1-mile walk.

Heritage, from page 6

Rescue, from page 6 whole to do our job.” One part of the training required participants to navigate through a mine field on ropes, low-crawl through a swamp pit and cross a mock toxic stream with minimal tools, all in an effort to force them to instinctively use their training during a time-sensitive PHOTO BY STAFF SGT. JENNIFER JOHNSON and potentially lifeA Soldier from the 911th Technical Rescue Engineer threatening situation. Company crosses a mock toxic stream during a four“This obstacle course tests their technical hour obstacle course in Lorton, Va., May 6. rescue skills and also puts them in scenarios that require within the National Capital Region. them to think,” said Mark F. Lucas, They officially received their name Fairfax County Fire Department’s Sept. 11, 2006 in recognition for master technician instructor and their response and recovery efforts course evaluator. “This course was after the Sept. 11 attacks on the to show them that in a man-made or Pentagon. “The Soldiers learn a variety of natural disaster the clock is ticking and there should be a plan B, C, D technical rescue skills in school, but it’s how they apply them in a and so on.” The 911th trains for and conducts time-sensitive situation that really confined space and structural col- tests their skills,” said Lucas.” “It’s lapse rescue operations in support of important to always make forward military and federal contingencies progress.”

MDW Best Warriors announced

Islanders to our culture and the development of our country,” he said. Wong discussed the diversity of the Asian and Pacific Islander people, their culture and religious beliefs and said Asian Americans make up about five percent of the nation’s population. He also tackled the issue of how the Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are stereotyped as being smart, well-educated and wealthy. “If you look around at the hospitality industry, at the restaurants and hotels, you see a lot of the workers earning minimum pay are Asians PHOTO BY PFC. PABLO CHANG and Pacific Islanders,” Wong said. “They are By JFHQ-NCR/MDW Public Affairs taxi drivers; they are domestic workers.” Congratulations to the 2014 U.S. Army Military District of Washington Like all races, Asian Best Warrior Competition winners. Americans and Pacific Spc. Michael Lemus, U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command Islanders can be found (INSCOM) was named Best Soldier for MDW. everywhere from top tier Staff Sgt. Jacob West, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) colleges like Harvard to was named best noncommissioned officer for MDW. community colleges, he Nine Soldiers participated in the MDW Best Warrior competition at continued. Fort A.P. Hill from May 5-8. The Soldiers were tested on their skills JBM-HH commandin land navigation, board interviews, physical fitness, written exams, ing officer Col. Fern warrior tasks and battle drills. O. Sumpter presented Lemus and West will be heading to Fort Lee, Va., to compete during Wong with commandthe Department of the Army-level Best Warrior Competition scheduled er’s coins on behalf of for later this year. herself and Col. Anthony Barnes, commanding officer of Henderson Hall. “The one thing that I would like to point out is everyone in this room, to include Dr. Wong, are members of one race: the human race,” she said.




Dr. Kin Wong, general engineer in the Engineering and research division, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, speaks during Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall’s celebration of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month May 14 at the Marine Club on the Henderson Hall portion of the joint base.



LEFT: U.S. Army Spc. Michael Lemus of the Intelligence Security Command throws a mock grenade at Fort A.P. Hill, Va., May 6, during the Military District of Washington’s Best Warrior competition. Lemus was one of two winners and will compete for the Army’s coveted Best Warrior title at Fort Lee, Va. BELOW: Staff Sgt. Jacob West, assigned to the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), participates in an equipment inspection during the Military District of Washington’s Best Warrior competition May 5. West was one of two winners and will compete again at Fort Lee, Va.





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Memorial Day holiday hours Most offices on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall will be closed Monday, May 26, Memorial Day. Most military activities will have curtailed operations Friday, May 23. The following facilities and places of business have reported closed hours for this federal holiday weekend May 23-26. Unless otherwise noted, this list applies to May 26. This list is not all encompassing; as of press time, the activities below have reported hours. Please check with the facility you wish to visit for more details. Dining Facility: holiday hours from Friday, May 23 through Monday, May 26: Brunch – 9 a.m. to noon and supper – 4 to 5:30 p.m. Headquarters Command Battalion, Fort Myer side of JBM-HH: Closed with curtailed operations May 23. Headquarters & Services Battalion, Headquarters Marine Corps, Henderson Hall side of JBM-HH: Closed with curtailed operations May 23. Executive Management Housing Division: Closed. Memorial Chapel: Closed; open with limited


staff May 23. For information, call 703-696-6635. Rader Health Clinic: Closed. Rader Dental Clinic: Closed; closed May 23. Dental emergencies should report to Fort Belvoir Community Hospital emergency room. Commissary: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fort Myer Exchange: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fort Myer Express: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fort Myer Military Clothing Sales Store: Closed. Pentagon Military Clothing Sales Store: Closed. Fort McNair Express: Closed. MCX and The Vineyard Wine & Spirits: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. American Clipper Barber Shop: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Java Café: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Zembiec Pool: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Smith Gym: 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. All other MCCS activities are closed, except the car wash, open 24/7. Veterinary Clinic: Closed; Open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 23 (for purchase of over-the-counter products, routine sick call and appointments). Call 703-696-3604 to schedule an appointment.

Senior official: DoD needs new base closures




Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel takes questions after addressing the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the University of Chicago Institute of Politics May 6. The secretary’s chief spokesman said May 9 Hagel has pledged to lobby to restore pay cuts, Tricare fee increases and base closures that were scuttled by the House Armed Services Committee. By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service


The Defense Department is calling on Congress to authorize another round of base realignments and closures because of excess capacity that is cutting into funding for troop readiness and other higher priority needs, a senior DoD official said. “We cannot afford to waste money on infrastructure that essentially taxes the warfighters for the readiness funds they need,” John Conger, the acting deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment, told American Forces Press Service in an interview May 12. The department is asking for another BRAC round in 2017. “The department is facing resource problems, and we are being forced to consider significant force structure reductions,” Conger said. “That exacerbates the situation we already have with excess infrastructure.” For the last three years, he said, DoD has requested BRAC authority and Congress has rejected it every time. “As time goes on, our budget problems get worse, our force structure reductions get more significant and more near term,” Conger said. The reception for BRAC on the Hill was chilly. “I understand why Congress isn’t excited about this,” Conger said. “Setting aside parochial concerns … they have talked about the cost of the last BRAC round.” Announced in 2005, the last BRAC round cost $35 billion to accomplish — a huge sum compared to previous rounds, Conger said. It will save on a recurring basis $4 billion a year. Congress asserts it doesn’t save enough. Conger maintains it is unfair to focus on that round since roughly half of its recommendations dealt with changes for transformational purposes. This included consolidating similar functions and moving people, he said, where it made sense for them to be. “Those recommendations cost $29 billion to execute and only resulted in $1 billion in savings,” Conger said. The rest of the recommendations in the 2005 round were intended to save money. They cost $6 billion and resulted in $3 billion per year in recurring savings. “The conclusion we have reached is when we are trying to save money, we can,” Conger said. “What we’re seeing this year is Congress is at least willing to engage in a discussion about it.” While the initial mark-up for the National Defense Authorization Bill has not authorized a new BRAC round, it does include a requirement to do a force structure study, an infrastructure analysis, and secretary of defense certification for a need for a BRAC round. All these are required to do a BRAC. “They have given us the preamble pieces,” Conger said. “All of which take time, and if we execute them, all will allow a BRAC authorization on a shorter timetable.” Conger says studies show a BRAC round in 2017 would cost $6 billion to implement. Then, recurring savings would be on the order of $2 billion per year. If the department does not get a BRAC round, Conger said some bases will not have the units or number of people they once had. “You will inevitably have emptier bases,” he said. These communities conceivably could end up with “a plot of land in proximity to your base that does not generate the economic benefit that it used to, and it’s not taxable, and you can’t do economic development on that base,” Conger said. “You have an economic black hole in the middle of your community that was once a source of pride.”


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