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New hours of operation in effect for MWR facilities

Budget cuts impact base support services

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Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced March 2 that the Navy will go ahead with reductions in spending in order to meet the fiscal constraints imposed by the Budget Control Act commonly known as Sequestration. In an All Navy message to the Fleet, Mabus outlined a variety of reductions in operations, training and maintenance. “The Budget Control Act [has] required setting in motion the automatic, government-wide cuts known as sequestration through the Department of the Navy,” Mabus wrote in his All Navy message. “Given [the] reality and the associated impact of budgetary uncertainty imposed by an indefinite Continuing Resolution, the Department of the Navy intends to commence some reductions immediately.” Mabus noted that reductions will be imposed Navy wide, affecting some Navy ship deployments, reducing humanitarian aid efforts, and imposing a gradual stand-down of flying time for at least three Fleet air wings.

U.S. Navy photo by Andrew Revelos

Hours of operations at some MWR facilities at Indian Head and Dahlgren, to include the fitness centers (above) are being reduced effective next week as part of budget-cutting measures. For Navy’s shore installations managed through Commander Navy Installation Command, the budget draw-down equates to a 10-percent reduction in funding for base operating support services. All Navy installations in Naval District Washington (NDW) are affected, to include Naval

Support Activity South Potomac, which is responsible for providing a wide range of base support services for Naval Support Facility (NSF) Dahlgren and NSF Indian Head. These services include police and fire protection, safety programs, air operations, and quality of life programs and facilities.

Maintenance, custodial services scaled back

NSASP’s utilities and building and property maintenance functions are provided through Naval Facilities Engineering Command Washington, which serves as the Public Works Department at both bases. “The

services that are expected to change are in the areas of custodial, grounds maintenance, pest control and street sweeping,” said Capt. Ken Branch, NDW regional engineer and commanding officer of Naval Facilities Engineering Command Washington. “Custodial will see reductions in restroom cleaning frequency, elimination of desk-side [trash] pickup and reduced floor care frequencies. Grounds maintenance will see larger changes in grass heights between cuttings, minimal irrigation to inhibit growth, but enough to prevent loss. Some areas may be allowed to return to a ‘natural’ state.” Branch added that high-sanitation areas will still receive preventative treatment, and control of nuisance pests will be in response to customer complaints. These actions, he explained, will be cost avoidance measures in the long run. “Approximately $1.2 million in costs will be avoided

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Warfare Centers to merge

By Becky D’Ambrosio and Mark Viniard, NSWC IHD Public Affairs

On March 1, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) announced the merger of Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Division (NSWC IHD) and the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division (EODTECHDIV) with the goal of improving operations and continuing support to the warfighter. The new command will be called NSWC Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division (NSWC IHEODTECHDIV) and will become official on October 1, 2013. Both organizations are part of NAVSEA’s command, and are neighbors geographically separated by only the Mattawoman Creek

and a twelve mile commute. The technical mission, functions, and Technical Capabilities (TC) of the departments will remain unchanged. Personnel in technical positions will continue their current work. “The Navy took this action because together the organizations offer greater capacity and capability to effectively meet warfighters’ needs as a single command. The merger strengthens and improves the division’s technical capabilities and creates new opportunities to leverage business practices,” said Captain Tom Smith. NSWC IHEODTECHDIV will continue to provide research, development, engineering, manufacturing, test, evaluation and in-service support of energetics and energetic materials for

ordnance, propulsion systems, Naval guns systems, and other devices. It will also develop and deliver explosive ordnance disposal technology, knowledge, tools and equipment to the Department of Defense and foreign and interagency partners. “The unified organization offers more workforce development and career progression opportunities for some employees,” said Dennis McLaughlin, Technical Director. “Sharing best work and business practices improve operations and creates professional synergy.” To date, no decisions have been made on a final organizational structure and there are no plans to change employees’ current physical locations. No reductions in force or forced elimination of civilian positions are

planned as a result of this merger. Leadership is actively partnering with Union bargaining unit representatives to elicit their ideas on details of the merger. CAPT Thomas B. Smith, currently serving as the Commanding Officer (CO) of EODTECHDIV and acting CO of NSWC IHD, will be the first CO of the new NSWC IHEODTECHDIV. Mr. Dennis McLaughlin, a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES), currently serving

as the Technical Director, IHD, will become NSWC IHEODTECHDIV’s first Technical Director. As the transition to one command takes place, NSWC IHEODTECHDIV will employ over 1,700 government civilians and 51 military members, and will continue to be based at the two existing sites in Charles County, Md. Although the timing mirrored the current sequestration process, these two events are separate and unrelated.



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Dahlgren School kids part of statewide tornado drill

US Navy photos by Andrew Revelos

Students at Dahlgren School participated in a statewide tornado drill at 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday, March 12. Students responded to an announcement from Principal Alice Herring, prefaced with “Exercise,” that students should proceed to hallways and areas away from windows as if a tornado warning had been announced. The state of Virginia sponsored the drill, which included test

announcements from local emergency management agencies drawing attention to the need for quick response if a tornado warning is given. Virginia residents can visit www.vaemergency. gov/ReadyVirginia for information on preparing for tornadoes, and Maryland residents can visit asp?src=dwx&day=Monday.

Longtime NAVSEALOG employees named site manager By Andrew Revelos Staff Writer

When the site manager of Naval Sea Logistics (NAVSEALOG) Center Detachment Indian Head retired, longtime manager Jeff Stankovich stepped up and into the role. Stankovich has been a part of the organization since he first began working for the Navy in 1984; he will serve as site manager for NAVSEALOG in Indian Head as a collateral duty, while continuing his program support for the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system. “I’ve been working in this building here at Indian Head since my government career started as a GS-5 temporary computer programmer,” he said. Ten years before the Windows operating system changed the world, Stankovich began his career as a Common Business-Oriented Language (COBOL) programmer using punch cards to load programs into “big, huge computers that filled up rooms. We had to punch the cards and submit the cards into the computers,” he said. The information technology (IT) world has of course changed significantly since those days. What was once the Sea Automated Data System Activity (SEAADSA) has since merged into Naval Sea Logistics Center (NAVSEALOGCEN) and aligned with Naval Undersea Warfare Center Keyport. When Stankovich began his career, the Navy was transitioning from a mainframe environment to a desktop environment, introducing personal computers. With the advent of the internet, consolidated data centers and cloud computing, that process has come full circle and once again leans toward the mainframe environment. “With the internet, the trend for computing has kind of gone back to using the mainframe computers so there is one place to consolidate information from the PCs, perform computer processing and run reports. “ Stankovich worked as the NAVSEALOGCEN IT discipline manager and ACIO for several years and before that, he worked on several Navy IT programs including Supervisor’s Desk (SUPDESK), Regional Maintenance Automated Information System (RMAIS) and the Shift Operations Management System (SOMS). He was also involved in the

Jeff Stankovich, manager of the Enterprise Resource Planning System and acting site manager of Naval Sea Logistics Center Detachment Indian Head. beginning of NAVSEA’s ERP efforts and finally became the NAVSEALOGCEN lead working with other NAVSEA activi-

ties in deploying ERP, a Navy-wide finance and accounting system, across NAVSEA. Based on his experiences, Stankovich thinks NAVSEALOG Detachment Indian Head will evolve and continue to prove its usefulness to the Navy. The organization is moving away from programming and IT technical work and further into the arena of project management. “We have moved into being the functional IT experts and project managers supporting NAVSEA in its efforts to manage IT across the SYSCOM” he said. The change in direction will help the Navy save money, said Stankovich, especially so with the ERP system now in place. That leaves the Navy in a better position as it heads into budget cuts. “It’s going to lean out,” said Stankovich. “The budget is going to be cut and they’ll have to make decisions about which programs we will proceed with. I think we are probably ahead of the enterprise curve and as far as the government goes, the Navy has taken the lead in utilizing [enterprise] software.” While that assessment is cause for cheer, budget fatigue has taken a toll on Navy employees everywhere and NAVSEALOG Detachment Indian Head is no exception. Having lived through thick and thin fiscal environments, Stankovich said he understood the budget anxiety and offered junior employees a bit of hard-won advice. “Stay focused on your work and do the best job you can,” he said. “When situations arise the best people and the best programs for the Navy will stay around.” Stankovich has certainly stayed around since he first began his career and says he just “has a knack” for information technology. “The technology changes keep you busy; you have to stay up-to-date.” After all these years, Stankovich does not hesitate when asked about his career motivations. “I’ve managed several programs that directly impact the fleet,” he said, citing an example of “tag out” information technology system he helped deploy that keeps ships operating safely and efficiently. “[Sailors] came knocking on my door and said they had to have it. That’s what really sparks the passion, benefitting the Sailors.”www

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CARPOOL/VANPOOL WANTED Starting a Van Pool, A+ quality 7-passenger van, departs NLT 0635 from Fieldhouse/ Courthouse Rd. commuter lot to Dahlgren, Mon-Thurs work hours (0715-1545) except Fri (0715-1515). Call Cheng at 540-6535909. A-Gate commuter wanted only. Van or carpool desired from any rideshare parking area or Reston Town Center. Depart between 0600-0700, return from Indian Head between 160-1700. Call Moses, (301) 743-4180. Van or Car pool desired from Fredericksburg or King George to Indian Head, Monday thru Friday with one RDO, prefer 7-430, but hours can be negotiated. 703909-3380. Riders wanted to start a carpool from the Northern Neck (Lively/Lancaster), passing through Warsaw at 0605 and Montross at 0615, arriving at Dahlgren by 0700; leaving Dahlgren at 1600. Call Lea at 540-653-6776 or 571-232-5412 (cell). From the Ferry Farm area to Dahlgren Bldg. 1500 area. Prefer early work hours. Call Mark, 540-653-2148. Riders wanted for van pool. Leaves from Richmond at Home Depot on Atlee-Elmont Rd. (exit # 86B off I-95) to Dahlgren. Call David at (540) 653-9203. Clinton, Md., to Dahlgren. Hours are flexible (0600 - 1700). Call Miranda at 703-6929590. Carpool/vanpool wanted from Montross area to Dahlgren. Can also take up to 3 or 4 riders from here if they would prefer me to drive. Call Doc at 252-670-6686.

Want to start a carpool? Need riders? “Commuter Clearinghouse” is a source for information on carpools or vanpools that already exist and need passengers, as well as a place for employees to advertise to start a carpool or vanpool. Whether you already operate a carpool or vanpool and are open to accepting new riders or need drivers, or if you are looking for a carpool or vanpool, provide us with information that might help you find or start a commuter opportunity, such as, where you will need to commute from and to, preferred schedule and contact information. You can send your information via e-mail to nsasp_pao_dlgr@ or contact our office toll free at 866-359-5540, or DSN 2498153, or 540-653-8153.

FREDERICKSBURG RIDESHARING SERVICE GWRideConnect is a free ridesharing service that assists persons who are seeking daily transportation from Fredericksburg, Stafford, Spotsylvania, Caroline and King George counties to employment locations in Dahlgren among other employment sites. www. connect.html.

Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division Commander Capt. Michael Smith and four NSWCDD inventors hold a symbolic check representing $500,000 in exclusive patent licensing fees at a March 5 ceremony. NSWCDD received $100,000 per patent - the largest upfront fees in the Navy’s history - from Kismet Mgmt Fund LLC, for the licensing of five patents. The employee-inventors (left to right) Larry Fontenot, Danny Synan, Mike Masters (ret.) and Paul Werme were joined by their family members and command leadership at the event. Lonnie Welch, a Ohio University professor named as a co-inventor of all five patents, was not in attendance.

Navy patent licensing fees break record By John J. Joyce NSWC Dahlgren Division Corporate Communications

A private company paid the Navy a record breaking $500,000 in exclusive patent licensing fees, Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) Commander Capt. Michael Smith announced at a March 5 ceremony held at Dahlgren to honor the patents’ inventors. The Navy received $100,000 per patent - the largest up-front fee in the service’s history - from Kismet Management Fund LLC, for the licensing of five patents invented by four NSWCDD employees and a civilian university professor. “This historic licensing agreement with private industry is a direct result of our employee-inventor’s genius in developing technological solutions to challenges facing our warfighters and the Fleet,” said Smith. “These five inventions will further benefit the warfighter as we roll the up-front fees into the research and development of new technologies to increase the safety of our Fleet and forward-deployed warfighters.” Although the license is exclusive, it applies strictly to the commercial sector. The Navy owns the patents and can allow non-profit institutions to use them for research. “We have a responsibility to protect the government’s intellectual property generated during the research and

development process,” said NSWCDD Chief Technology Officer June Drake. “In order to protect our intellectual property, we maintain a rigorous patent program. Technical transfer of these patents into the public domain can help the Navy save money by reducing cost and increasing product availability.” The patents’ technical transfer can also result in royalty income for the Navy. If commercial product sales are made that include these patents in the future, a percentage of those sales will also come back to NSWCDD in the form of royalties. What’s more, the technical transfer process enables the joint services to reward their researchers through licensing agreements. “It results in a win-win situation all around for our employees, the Navy and most importantly, the warfighter,” said Drake. The inventors will receive $130,400 - about 26% of the licensing fee - based on an Office of Naval Research formula. NSWCDD will apply the remaining $369,600 to fund various licensing activities and research to develop more licensable technologies. Interestingly, the five NSWCDD inventions are not new patents. The technologies were developed over the last 13 years with the earliest patent issued in May 2006. “By its very nature performing research and development leads to some technologies being left on the

shelf,” explained Lorraine Kaczor, NSWCDD Technical Partnering Office Domestic Outreach Lead. “Licensing these technologies to business partners gives them new life to find their place in commercially available products.” Navy technologies can benefit from licensing since the commercial products they are incorporated into are typically less expensive and more available to the military. “In the final analysis, this benefits the warfighter,” said Kaczor. “Our command’s investments in these patents are a testament to our commitment in research and development.” All five patents directly impacted the development of NSWCDD’s Computing Resource Management software architecture capabilities in support of the High Performance Distributed Computing project or HiPer-D. HiPer-D resource management architecture provides capabilities for real-time monitoring of computers, networks, and software applications within a distributed computing environment in addition to capabilities for starting and moving software components that adapt to performance bottlenecks and maintain system performance goals. The architecture’s key feature is the ability to monitor system performance coupled with the ability to dynamically allocate and reallocate system resources as needed. The HiPer-D technology -

jointly funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency DARPA and the USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51 ship class) acquisition program was never fielded by the Navy although it was assessed for possible use both within the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense program and the future USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000 class guided missile destroyers). Four NSWCDD inventors Paul Werme, Larry Fontenot, Danny Synan and Mike Masters (retired) - were joined by their family members and command leadership at the event. Lonnie Welch - a Ohio University professor named as a co-inventor of all five patents, was not in attendance. The five patents, registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Federal Register, follow: U.S. Patent No. 7552438 - Resource management device; U.S. Patent No. 7051098 - System for monitoring and reporting performance of hosts and applications and selectively configuring applications in a resource managed system; U.S. Patent No. 7096248 Program control for resource management architecture and corresponding programs; U.S. Patent No. 7171654 - System specification language for resource management architecture and corresponding programs therefore; U.S. Patent No. 7181743 - Resource allocation decision function for resource management architecture and corresponding programs.

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Base Happenings Dahlgren

Navy Ball Committee Fundraisers

The Dahlgren Navy Ball Committee will be selling lunch beginning March 18 (weather permitting) every weekday on the Parade Field Pavilion. This lunch service will be available until the new Subway opens at Cannonball Lanes. Please come out for lunch and support the Dahlgren Navy Ball Committee!!!

VITA Tax Prep

It’s not too late to get a VITA tax prep appointment! If you are active duty or retired military or a reservist, call (540) 653-1839 to secure an appointment for your free tax return preparation today!

DOSC Accepting Scholarship Apps

The Dahlgren Officers’ Spouses Club (DOSC) is currently accepting scholarship applications. All applications must be in writing and received by April 15. For an application and more information, visit

DOSC Charitable Distribution

The Dahlgren Officers’ Spouses Club is currently accepting written requests from non-profit organizations for their annual charity distribution. DOSC returns profits from their Second Tour Thrift Store in the form of donations to local charities. Submit a written request to DOSC explaining how your organization benefits the community and/or the local military population and how a DOSC donation would benefit your organization. All requests must be in writing and submitted via USPS by April 15. Include organization name and purpose, desired amount and how funds will be utilized and POC with telephone and email address. Mail to Dahlgren Officers’ Spouses Club, attn: Charities Committee, 722 Sampson Road, Dahlgren, VA 22448. For more info, visit, or call (540) 413-1079.

DMV2Go at NSF Dahlgren

The DMV2Go van will be at NSF Dahlgren on March 21 and May 20 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Parade Field Pavilion. The Navy Ball committee will be selling lunch from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. both days. With the latest technology, the DMV2Go offers multiple services including state ID applications and renewals, driver’s license applications and renewals, vehicle titles, license plates, decals, transcripts, copies of driving records, applications for disabled parking placards, and many more! Stop in and take care of your DMV needs quickly and easily!

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Naval Support Facility Dahlgren celebrates African American/Black History Month By John J. Joyce NSWC Dahlgren Division Corporate Communications The Rev. Lawrence A. Davies spoke to Naval Support Facility Dahlgren military and civilian personnel about this year’s African American/Black History Month theme -”At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington” - at the University of Mary Washington’s Dahlgren campus Feb. 26. Davies - the former Mayor of Fredericksburg and one of the first two black mayors in Virginia -joined Dahlgren and the nation in celebrating the vibrant history and culture of African American and Black Sailors during the month of February. African American Sailors have a legacy of honorable service in every major armed conflict since the Revolutionary War. African Americans continue to serve with distinction, now comprising more than 17 percent of the active duty Navy total force end-strength. Striving for equality at home and blazing a trail for future African American Sailors, Wesley A. Brown became the first African American graduate of the United States Naval Academy in 1949, joining the Navy’s Civil Engineer Corps and retiring at the rank of lieutenant commander. He died May 22, 2012 after a distinguished career both in the Navy and in the civilian workforce. Edna Young, the first African American woman to enlist in the regular Navy and later the first African American woman to achieve the rank of chief petty officer also died in 2012. Young was a World War II veteran who joined the Navy after the passage of the Women’s Armed Services Integration

Act July 7, 1948. In 2012, Vice Adm. Michelle Janine Howard became the first African-American woman to receive a third star in flag rank within the Department of Defense when she was promoted Aug. 24. Howard is currently serving as deputy commander for U.S. Fleet Forces Command. This was not Howard’s first time in the Navy history books, however. In 1999, she became the first African American woman to command a ship in the U.S. Navy when she took command of USS Rushmore (LSD 47). Immediately following this year’s celebration of African American/Black History Month, Master Chief April Beldo - currently the Naval Education and Training Command Force Master Chief - will make history as the Navy’s first female African American Fleet Master Chief. Beldo will become the Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education (MPT&E) Fleet Master Chief in March 2013.

The History Behind Black History Month

Black History Month honors and remembers past and present African-American legends every year. Carter G. Woodson, known as the “Father of Black History” said, “If a race has no history, if it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated.” Woodson was the son of ex-slaves born in New Canton, Va. At the age of 20, he earned his high school diploma. He then received a Bachelor of Literature in Kentucky, followed by a short time working as a school supervisor in the Republic of the Philippines. The scholar returned to attend the University of Chicago, earning a bachelor’s and master’s de-

Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division Capt. Michael Smith presents NSWCDD engineer Dwayne Nelson with a certificate of appreciation at the command’s National African American/ Black History Observance at the University of Mary Washington Dahlgren campus Feb. 26. The citation thanked the National Society of Black Engineers Potomac River Alumni Chapter for its contribution to the observance. gree. He went on to Harvard University in 1912 becoming the second African American to earn a doctorate degree. The first was William Edward Burghardt (W.E.B.) Du Bois. Prior to the early 1900s, black history was “overlooked, ignored, and even suppressed by the writers,” observed Woodson. Woodson focused his research to bridge this gap. He also founded his own publishing company, Associated Publishers, to write and produce books to help tell AfricanAmerican history. One of his most successful books was published in 1933, “The Miseducation of the Negro.” In 1915, Woodson, with Rev. Jesse E. Moorland and others, founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, later changed to the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). He also created Negro History Week on the second week of February in 1926. While this week was cho-

sen due to the proximity of the birthdays of President Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, both pioneers on the emancipation and equality of African Americans, Woodson also used existing traditions to “expand the study of Black history.” As early as the 1940s, the week grew into a month-long focus. After Woodson’s death, April 3, 1950, the ASALH continued to establish the month of February as Black History Month, with recognition nationally in 1976. African-American pioneers paved the way for their future and for the future of all that will come after them. These pioneers include agriculturist and 1941 Time magazine’s “Black Leonardo” George Washington Carver, boxing Hall of Famer Muhammad Ali, Tuskegee airman Daniel “Chappie” James, Jr., first African-American Oscar winner for “Lilies in the Field” (1963) Sidney Poitier and the President of the United States, Barack Obama.

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MWR Highlights Liberty Center 540-653-7277

Movie Theater

Liberty Movie and Pizza Night

March 26 FREE to all Liberty Center patrons only: E1- E6 single/ unaccompanied active duty Military. Have dinner with Liberty and enjoy the newest movies. For more information, please contact the Liberty Center at 540-653-7277. Pizza is sponsored by Dahlgren Domino’s Pizza.

Grey’s Landing

Friday Dinner

Baked Herb Chicken; Beef Stew; Buttered Noodles; Buttered Peas

Saturday Brunch

Eggs and Omelets to Order, Bacon, Sausage, Hash Browns; Belgium Waffles; Chicken Parmesan with Penne Pasta and Marinara Sauce; Fresh Buttered Vegetable

Fitness Center 540-653-8580

St. Paddy’s Dodge Ball Tournament

March 19, 4 p.m. Eligible patrons include all with base access. Cost: TBD. Please register between February 19 and March 18. For more information, please contact the Fitness Center at 540-653-8580 or Ira Seth at 540-653-2215.

Saturday Dinner

Spicy Chicken Nuggets; Sausage with Peppers and Onions; Tater Tots and Mixed Vegetables; A’ la Carte GrillFull Deli Selections

Sunday Brunch

Eggs and Omelets to Order, Bacon, Sausage, Hash Browns,Belgium Waffles, Penne Pasta with Italian Sausage tossed with Marinara, Fresh Buttered Vegetable

Sunday Dinner

Corned Beef with Cabbage and Red Potatoes, Fried Rockfish with Tartar Sauce, Fresh Mixed Vegetables

Youth Activities Center 540-653-8009

Aquatics Center 540-653-8088

Wet & Wild Easter Egg Hunt

March 23, 1 - 3 p.m. Eligible patrons include all with base access. Cost: Regular Admission. Oh no! The Easter Bunny tripped and spilled his basket of eggs in the pool! How many can you find? Eggs will be at different pool depths for different ages. Games with prizes and fun for the whole family! Please register no later than March 20th. For more information, please contact the Aquatics Center at 540-6538088.

Friday, March 22nd, 7 p.m. Warm Bodies - R Saturday, March 23rd, 7 p.m. Bullet to the Head - R the challenge. Register at the WHFC front desk. For more information contact

Auto Hobby Shop

Recreational Gear Rental

General Library March 22, 3:30 - 6 p.m. Eligible patrons include all with base access. Celebrate Easter and the beginning of Spring with the Easter Bunny and some real bunnies. Have your picture taken with the Easter bunny, ride a pony and pet some animals! This event is free to all eligible patrons. For more Information, please contact the Dahlgren General Library at 540 653-7474.

Fri, March 15th, 7 p.m. Last Stand - R Sat, March 16th, 7 p.m. The Impossible - PG-13

April 8 - Cleaning Tips Mary 13 - Tune Ups June 10 - Basic Car Care Information and demonstration classes will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the second Monday of each month. These classes are FREE and open to all eligible patrons. For more information contact

March 20, 6:30 p.m. Free and open to all eligible patrons with base access. B-I-N-G-O is everyone’s favorite game-O! Fun and prizes for the whole family! For more information, please contact the Youth Activities Center at 540-653-8009. Sponsored by NSWC Federal Credit Union

Spring Celebration

Price of Shows Civilians - $5 AD, Retired, Reserve, Family Members (E7 - above) $4 AD, Reserve, Family Members (E6 - below) - $2.50 Child (6-11) - $2 Child (5 and under) - Free Tickets for a movie shown in 3-D are an additional $1

Self Help Classes

Family Fun Night Bingo


540-653-7336 Hours of Operation Friday and Saturday: 7 p.m. Showings

Indian Head Special Events Easter Eggstravaganza

March 23, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mix House. Egg hunt begins at 11:30 a.m. Join us for an egg hunt, games, crafts, pictures with the Easter Bunny and an exciting afternoon of family fun! This event is free and open to all eligible patrons. For more information contact

Weight House Fitness Center Group Exercise March Madness

March 1 - March 29 One month challenge to complete at least 20 group exercise classes! Must take at least 8 strength training classes, 4 yoga, 2 spin and 1 Zumba. $12.50 to participate, FREE for yearly members. Register at the WHFC front desk. For more information contact

10 lb. Challenge Part 2

March 22 - May 31 Ten weeks to lose 10 lbs. or more! Weekly challenges and newsletters will be provided to help you stay on track. $10 each to participate, money will be distributed to all those who lose ten or more pounds and keep it off to the end of

The MWR Auto Hobby Shop rents an extensive selection of equipment for your recreational needs. Available items include tents, canoes, tarps, picnic tents, tables, chairs, moon bounce, grills, lanterns, sporting equipment and more! Rentals are available on a daily, weekly or weekend basis. Call the Hobby Shop at 301-744-6314 for more information or stop by and see what we have to offer.

NEW Campers Available

15’ Cozy Traveler Recreational Trailer (sleeps up to 6) $55 per day $100 per weekend $245 for a week Call 301-744-6314 for more information.

Stars & Strikes Bowling Center Bunny Bowl

March 16 Join us from Noon to 2 p.m. for an afternoon of family bowling with the Easter Bunny. $6 per person includes bowling and shoe rental. For more information contact

General Library Easter Break Fun Day

April 1, 1- 3 p.m. Celebrate the beginning of spring with a day of fun at the Library. Make crafts, visit the petting zoo, take a pony ride and more! FREE and open to all eligible patrons.

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Community Notes Dahlgren Weight Watchers at Work

Weight Watchers at Work is held every Wednesday at Northrup and Grumman on Commerce Drive in Dahlgren. Attendees may check in at the main lobby and should bring a badge. Weigh in is from Noon - 12:15 and the meeting starts at 12:15. Meetings are held in the Lincoln Conference Room. All are invited to attend.

Boat Course March 16

A Virginia DGIF Boat Virginia course is being held on Saturday, March 16, in Colonial Beach, Va. The USCG Auxiliary will be teaching this class at the Colonial Beach Town Center, next to the library, at 22 Washington Ave. from 8:45 a.m. to about 5 p.m. There is no cost to the student. While currently anyone who operates a PWC and anyone aged 30 and younger operating a motorboat in Virginia are required to have taken a NASBLA-approved safe boating course, beginning this coming July 1st, the regulation will expand to cover those aged 30 through 40 years old. Successful completion of this course will provide you with the certificate needed to meet the Virginia regulation. Register for the class at the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) web site:

Spotsy Dog Park Yard Sale

Sellers are needed for a yard sale to benefit Spotsy Dog Park, Inc., scheduled for Sat., April 13 at Massaponax High School from 7:30 a.m. - Noon. Cost for one parking space (including a spot to park in) is a $15 donation, two parking spaces (block of four) is $25 and 3 parking spaces (block of 6) is $35. Vendor setup will begin promptly at 7 a.m. To reserve your spot(s), call Landry, (703) 785-8756 or visit our website,

National Security Lecture Series at UMWD

The Spring 2013 National Security Lecture Series is a collaborative effort of the Joint Warfare Analysis Center, the UMW Dahlgren Campus, UMW faculty members and the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Military Affairs Council. Join us March 19 for “Superpower Competition in Post Soviet Central Asia: The “Great Game” Redux” presented by John (Jack) M. Kramer, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor, UMW Political Science and International Affairs Department. The lectures are held at the UMW Dahlgren Campus in University Hall and also are video teleconferenced to the Stafford Technology and Research (STAR) Center at Quantico located at 800 Corporate Drive, Suite 315 in the Quantico Corporate Center. Refreshments are available at 8 a.m. at the Dahlgren Campus. Lectures start promptly at 8:30 a.m. and end at 10 a.m. at the Dahlgren Campus. To register for the lecture, visit upcoming-events/national-security-lecture-series/. Reservation forms for subsequent lectures will be posted the day after the preceding lecture. The lectures are open to all free of charge.

Legal Service Available March 19 & April 16 Fleet & Family Support Center Naval Support Facility Dahlgren Eligibility: Active Duty, Family Members and Retirees Topics: Wills and Legal Assistance Advice To make your appointment, call the Fleet and Family Support Center at (540) 653-1839 or (800) 500-4947.

Free Tax Prep Assistance

Tax season is here and Rappahannock United Way and the Financial Stability Coalition are offering free tax assistance. Working individuals and families in the area who earned $51,000 or less in 2012 are eligible for assistance. IRS-certified, trained volunteers will be on-hand at 13 sites throughout the area to help those who qualify. All services are provided by IRS-certified staff and volunteers. Last year, volunteers filed 1,066 tax returns in Planning District 16, refunding over $1.5 million and saving those taxpayers $223,000 in preparation fees - on average saving each filer $209 in fees. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is one of the largest anti-poverty programs in the country. Providing this service helps achieve our goal at Rappahannock United Way, which is “more households emerge from poverty and achieve greater financial stability.” Empowering individuals and families with tools and resources, such as providing free tax preparation, can help them achieve financial stability. It saves these hard-working individuals and families the out-of-pocket cost of paying someone to prepare their taxes, and the volunteers are trained to help them get the maximum refund. Tax assistance services continue through Monday, April 15. Visit for more information.

Love Thy Neighbor Food Pantry Needs Donations

The Love They Neighbor Food Pantry in King George is in need of your help! We need food items donated for those in the county in need, and to supplement the newly-opened Soup Kitchen in the county. All donations can be taken to one of the following businesses: Descending Dove, Rocky Top, Unique House, Keller Williams, The Journal, KG Citizens Center, Hopyard Farm, Simply Bliss, Virginia Piano Gallery, Exit Realty or American Business Card Co. Items needed include oatmeal and pop tarts, breakfast bars, peanut butter and jelly, soup, canned tuna, salmon and chicken, canned fruits and vegetables, rice, beans, Tuna or Chicken Helper, pasta and sauce and personal items such as toilet paper, deodorant, soap and shampoo, laundry detergent, all purpose cleaner, diapers, and feminine products.

Indian Head Nanjemoy Community Center to Host Annual Bluegrass Music and Dinner Event

Jay Armsworthy & Eastern Tradition Band will delight music lovers with their “hard-driving” bluegrass sound at the annual Bluegrass Concert and Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, March 16. The event will be at the Nanjemoy Community Center (4375 Port Tobacco Rd., Port Tobacco), from 5:30 - 9 p.m. A delicious spaghetti dinner will be served before the show starts, courtesy of the Nanjemoy Community Center Council. Doors will open at 5 p.m. Dinner will be served from 5:30 - 6:45 p.m. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. Charles County residents may purchase tickets for $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Tickets for non-residents cost $20 in advance and $25 at the door. For more information, contact the Nanjemoy Community Center at 301-246-9612. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

Charles County 2013 Spring/Summer Trips & Tours Announced

The Charles County Department of Community Services offers many trips and tours throughout the calendar yearbus trips, overnight trips, and “Fly Away” trips in which you travel to far away destinations such as the British landscapes. Upcoming trips and tours include a day in New York City, Pennsylvania Dutch Country, a visit to Westmoreland County, Va., and a Tangier Island Cruise. Senior citizens age 60+ will enjoy a trip to the Sight & Sound Dinner Theater and Infinity Theater in Annapolis, Lighthouses of the Chesapeake, and “South Pacific” at the Dutch Apple Dinner Theater. Online registration is available at Registrations for senior trips are accepted at the Department of Community Services (8190 Port Tobacco Road, Port Tobacco) and the Richard R. Clark Senior Center (1210 Charles Street, La Plata). For more information on the trips and tours listed above, call 301-934-9305 or 301-8703388 ext. 5159. For more information other events offered by the Department of Community Services, visit www.CharlesCoun- or call 301-934-9305 or 301-870-3388. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

CSM Cause Theatre Announces Cast for ‘Stop Kiss,’ March 14 - April 13

The College of Southern Maryland’s Theatre Company announces the touring show “Stop Kiss” at the Cause Theatre, a play by Diana Son and presented with special arrangement by Dramatists Play Service, Inc. After Callie meets Sara the two unexpectedly fall in love. Their first kiss provokes a violent attack that transforms their lives in a way they could never anticipate. “A poignant and funny play about the ways, both sudden and slow, that lives can change irrevocably,” says Variety. CSM’s Cause Theatre offers several touring shows per semester, each bringing to light a different social issue, designed to be informative and challenging. Each is followed by a facilitated discussion. “Stop Kiss,” presents the issue of homophobia. Performances are March 14-16 on the La Plata Campus, Black Box Theatre, Room FA-143; April 5 on the Prince Frederick Campus, Flagship Building, Room 119; April 11-13 on the Leonardtown Campus, Building A, Auditorium, all showing at 8 p.m. Not suitable for younger audiences. Adult themes and content. Tickets are $5. For information contact, 301-934-7828, 240-725-5499, 443-5506199, 301-870-2309, Ext. 7828 or

Wounded Veterans 5K

Sign up today for the Wounded Veterans 5K, hosted by Charles County Sheriff’s Department, Charles County Fraternal Order of Police and Charles County Correctional Officers, to be held March 24 at Laurel Springs Park in La Plata. Event starts at 9 a.m. and will include a timed 5k race and a family friendly 5k walk. Cost is $30 for adults, $15 for ages 12-17, participants under age 12 are free. Register by March 10 to receive commemorative t-shirt. Event includes lunch, entertainment and a chance to visit with wounded warriors and thank them for their service. Register by visiting www. All proceeds benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.

Curbside Collection of Yard Waste Resumes April 1

The Charles County Department of Public Works is pleased to announce that curbside collection of yard waste will resume on Monday, April 1. Acceptable items for curbside yard waste collection include grass, leaves, garden clippings, and brush. Items must be placed in brown paper bags, a reusable container, or bundled for collection. Yard Waste in plastic bags or containers weighing over 50 pounds will not be collected. Branches must be bundled and not greater than four feet in length and no individual branch more than six inches in diameter. All reusable containers must have handles and a yard waste sticker affixed to the container or clearly marked with an “X” or “Yard Waste”. Unacceptable items include loose branches and brush, plastic bags, dirt, rocks, sod, trash, and material exceeding the weight and size restrictions. Weekly curbside collection of yard waste is only available to those residents who currently receive every-other week blue bin curbside recycling services. Residents may take their yard waste to the Composting Facility, located at the Landfill, or the recycling centers in Pisgah, Dentsville at Gilbert Run Park, and Cobb Island at Breeze Farm. For more information, call the Department of Public Works, Environmental Resources Division, 301-932-3599 or 301-870-2778. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

CSM Jazz Festival

CSM Jazz Festival will be held at 8 p.m., April 5 and 6, at College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Fine Arts Center, 8730 Mitchell Road. Comprised of members of the community, professional musicians, high school and college students, Solid Brass will perform with guest saxophonist, Pete Baren Bregge and the Randy Runyon Trio. Tickets are $5 in advance, $7 day of concert., 301-934-7828 or

Co’Motion Dance Theater

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‘Tips for Lifelong Caregiving’ Manual in development

Military Officers Association of America receives innovation grant from Dole Foundation’s Caring for Military Families Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) is one of three non-profit organizations to receive a Dole Foundation Innovation Grant for executing significant clearly recognized unmet military family caregiver needs. The grant will provide immediate relief to caregivers by creating an on-line manual entitled “Tips for Lifelong Caregiving.” “We are honored to receive this grant to produce a manual comprising what we have learned from our work to improve the physical and psychological well-being of wounded, ill, and injured warriors, families, and caregivers over the last decade,” MOAA President Vice Adm. Norb Ryan, Jr. said. “The manual includes useful information collected from six years conducting symposia and roundtable discussions at which MOAA and our partners listened to caregivers.” MOAA is working on the project with two initial partners: USAA is providing expertise in the area of financial information, products and services, and the American Bar Association is adding its expertise in legal issues. The Dole Foundation also announced today that Google, Inc. also has agreed to provide digital support services to MOAA and other Dole Foundation grant recipients. MOAA will provide the labor, expertise, project management and associated work-related efforts to develop and implement the guide. The guide will be a web-based financial/legal tool to aid caregivers in their contingency planning and decision-making. The tool will be available to the public and will augment existing programs sponsored by the Dole Foundation, DoD, VA and other agencies and individuals supporting caregivers.

Topics covered in the Guide will include:

* Medical-Disability Insurance and Benefits Programs (for example, DoD, VA Medicare-Medicaid, Social Security, Caregiver and Aid & Attendance; In-Home & Nursing Care, Retirement) * Guardianship * Fiduciary Matters * Powers of Attorney (Durable/Non-Durable; for example, financial, medical, military, benefits, tax, debt) * Advance Directives * Legal Pro-bono Services & Resources * Wills * Financial-Estate Planning The Guide is being developed with the active participation of caregivers and will be aimed at helping address the broad variety of needs they face in caring for their loved ones over time. A Task force of key contributors and pro bono support will leverage existing collaborative relationships and financial and legal expertise. The initial digital guide is targeted to be available by the end of June 2013. Updates will be added on an ongoing basis. Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) is the nation’s largest officers association with more than 380,000 members from every branch of service, including active duty, retired, National Guard, Reserve, and former officers and their families and survivors. MOAA is a nonprofit and politically nonpartisan organization and an influential force

in promoting a strong national defense. MOAA represents the interests of service members and their families in every stage of their lives and careers, and for those who are not eligible to join MOAA, Voices for America’s Troops is a nonprofit MOAA affiliate that supports a strong national defense. For more information, visit or www.

CSM selects Hughesville property for fourth campus After months of careful consideration, the Board of Trustees of the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) has entered into an agreement to purchase 50 acres in Hughesville for the college’s fourth campus. The owner of the property is Hughesville Station LLC. “The college’s administrators and trustees took additional time to ensure that we made the right decision. We used the following factors in our decision-cost, accessibility, visibility, size and ease of development. We’re confident that this property meets our criteria and we’re pleased to be moving forward,” said CSM Board Chair Austin J. Slater Jr. in making the announcement. CSM President Dr. Brad Gottfried said the process of selecting a location for a fourth campus began with a recommendation to the trustees for a centralized campus in order to better serve the college’s students in a more costeffective way. “We are now offering academic programs that are just too expensive to be offered on multiple campuses,” Gottfried said, noting the college already has a full-service campus located in each of the three counties it serves. “It seemed prudent to place these programs in a central location where the residents of all three counties can have equal access.” The new campus in Hughesville will initially house CSM’s Center for Trades and Energy Training (CTET), which is currently operating in a leased facility in Waldorf. According to Gottfried, the college has outgrown that 18,000-square-foot facility and a 40,000-square-foot facility is being planned. “Locating the fourth campus in Hughesville demonstrates the commitment of the College of Southern Maryland and the Charles County Commissioners to making higher education more accessible, and Charles County is honored to have the College of Southern Maryland presence in an area that the commissioners are focusing on for revitalization. Centrally locating the Center for Trades and Energy Training in Hughesville is exciting news as it presents a major opportunity for the tri-county region and our citizens. This will result in providing all residents within

the tri-county closer proximity and access to workforce development, which is essential in order to move our region forward in developing our economy,” said Charles County Board of Commissioners President Candice Kelly. Charles Commissioner Ken Robinson, whose district includes Hughesville, added, “I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank Dr. Gottfried and the Board of Trustees for their foresight in continuing to grow and enhance the College of Southern Maryland. I think it is safe to say that this exciting decision by the College of Southern Maryland is the official jumpstart of our Hughesville Revitalization Plan. The county will assist in any way possible to make this happen sooner, rather than later and we hope this is the beginning of establishing a college town atmosphere for Hughesville.” Les Gooding, a co-owner of Hughesville Station, LLC, said, “We selected our site at All American Harley-Davidson for the same factors as CSM. We wanted to be as convenient and visible as possible to the residents of Southern Maryland. The property is across Route 5 from the dealership and is zoned as a Planned Employment and Industrial Park. The Center for Trades and Energy Training is a perfect fit for the planned use of this property and the new campus is consistent with the vision of the Revitalization Plan adopted by Charles County.” “We are thrilled to be selected as the home of the College of Southern Maryland’s new campus. The Village of Hughesville will derive great economic benefits as a result of the niche markets we envision being created to cater to this young and vibrant demographic,” said Hughesville Business & Civic Alliance, Inc. President Pauleen Brewer. “We are excited to work with the residents and businesses of Hughesville in their continued revitalization efforts,” Gottfried said, adding, “We’re confident that our fourth campus will be an ideal fit for Hughesville’s future.” CSM intends to immediately construct its CTET as soon as the engineering and permitting process is complete. “CTET’s programs put our citizens back to work, making a

livable wage after weeks, not years, of training,” said Vice President of Continuing Education and Workforce Development Dr. Dan Mosser. Other buildings that could possibly be built on the fourth campus include a Health Sciences Building and a Fine Arts Center. The college is also considering centralizing its athletic fields, which are currently on the La Plata Campus. “We are out of space for growth on the La Plata Campus,” said Vice President of Administrative Services Tony Jernigan. “By centralizing the athletic fields on the fourth campus, we will not only make access to them easier for all residents of the region, but it also creates possibilities for needed growth on the La Plata Campus.” Once the needs analysis and business plan of a fourth campus were thoroughly reviewed by the trustees, permission was given to begin exploring properties. This began with an RFP process, which was terminated because the process was taking too long to complete and thus disadvantaging landowners. College officials continued to explore options and identified the 50 acres in Hughesville as property that fit all of its requirements: accessible, visible, affordable, buildable and large enough to fit the needs for future college growth. As part of the process, college officials worked closely with the Boards of Commissioners from Charles, St. Mary’s and Calvert counties to explain the need for the fourth campus and to discuss ideas for its location. Gottfried said the Charles County Commissioners are supportive of the college’s concept plans for Hughesville, noting Charles County and the state will share in the costs for the new facility. Construction costs for new facilities are split with 75 percent from the state and 25 percent from the county. “As a former student and current employer, I understand the importance of CSM to the region. This new campus effectively positions the college to provide even greater value in the future,” Slater said.

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Warfare Centers Partner with Morgan State University On February 27, representatives from the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Division, (NSWC IHD) and the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division (EODTECHDIV) signed an Educational Partnership Agreement (EPA) with Morgan State University. This agreement will enable the Navy to assist students with academic and career advice, provide hands-on research projects, and identify and develop future Department of Defense employees. The agreement marks a historical first for NSWC IHD and EODTECHDIV. The signing of this agreement during Black History Month recognizes the significant contributions of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) make to the advancement of African Americans. The collaborative efforts of this partnership will continue to offer quality opportunities in the future, and reflect the “Dream” that Dr. King spoke of on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. fifty years ago.

This is one of many educational partnerships that exist between the two warfare centers with institutions like the University of Maryland, College of Southern Maryland, University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez and Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico. These partnerships are part of the continuing effort to build relationships that will ensure the future strength of the Navy’s technical workforce with diverse organizations. Developing those relationships includes a commitment to recruiting for full-time employment and providing temporary employment for students and selected professors. Captain Tom Smith, Commanding Officer for NSWC IHD and EODTECHDIV, believes such agreements provide many mutual benefits. “Harnessing our nation’s talent, our best and brightest people, has both near-term and long range positive impacts,” said Smith. “Proactively recruiting to that end will

only help us moving forward. Diversity brings new views, perspectives and problem solving approaches into our decision making processes so we make better choices. Our partnership with Morgan State University helps us achieve these initiatives and we look forward to providing real world experience to these amazing students.” David Wilson, President of Morgan State University is equally enthusiastic about the partnership with the Navy and the two Charles County based warfare centers. “Morgan State University is very pleased to play a role in this important educational partnership,” said Wilson. “It not only takes advantage of the knowledge base and capabilities of the University’s faculty while providing many opportunities to collaborate on leading edge and emerging technologies in the STEM disciplines, but it will also be of immense benefit to our students and, ultimately, the strength of our nation’s future.”

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Second Tour Thrift Store Not Taking Donations

Second Tour Thrift Store is not taking any more donations at this time. We appreciate your support and will post announcements when donations will again be accepted. All proceeds from sales at Second Tour are donated to charities in the Dahlgren/King George and surrounding communities, and provide scholarship funds to dependents of military personnel - past and present - stationed on Dahlgren. Please do not donate used personal items (under clothes, socks, etc.). We are open every Thursday from 9:30 a.m. noon. Our Fall/Winter stock is now available. Come see us on Thursday!

Indian Head

IH Spouses’ Club “Treasures” Thrift Store Needs Your Donations!

Plan today to visit the Treasures Thrift Store, located at 12 Strauss Ave. next door to the USO. The store is open every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Donations of gently used items are currently being accepted. Want to earn up to $5 in free items from the thrift store every month? Volunteer! Stop by the thrift store during operating hours or email for information. To publish information on your event or program under “Base Happenings,” contact NSASP Public Affairs at 540-6538153 or email

TSP issues warning on phone app The Thrift Savings Plan posted a notice on its website warning account holders away from an unsanctioned smart phone application. According to TSP, the Apple App Store lists a free iPhone application called TSP Funds that asks TSP participants for their account login information. TSP confirmed that the application is not being offered through the Thrift Savings Program. The app asks TSP participants for their account login information. This app is not being offered through the TSP and the TSP does not recommend using this application to access your TSP account. Providing this information could result in a security risk to your account, and TSP does not recommend using the app to access accounts.


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in order to offset an equal amount of reduced funding for these services,” said Branch. The South Potomac Public Works Department has curtailed maintenance to only emergency or mission critical types of work until further notice. Also beginning this month, Public Works crews at Dahlgren and Indian Head will implement energy cost-saving measures which include securing heating to buildings earlier than normal this season, as well as changing control set points for building air conditioning to 80 degrees once the cooling systems are activated later in the year. Captain Peter Nette, NSASP commanding officer, points out that other Navy-wide cost-cutting measures have been in effect for months. “Like everyone else, we’ve curtailed travel and training and other administrative expenses, and we’re in a hiring freeze. These cost-cutting measures have an impact across all installations in the Navy, and with some level of consistency across all programs.

Hours of operation cut for MWR facilities

“At this time we do not see an elimination of services, but rather a reduction,” continues Nette. “Based on higher guidance and peak usage hours, my staff has put together a comprehensive plan to support the overall effort in reducing overall costs. However, as we continue to move forward, it is unclear whether we will see additional reductions or maintain this new baseline. “We will do everything feasible, though not necessarily popular, to minimize impacts to our ability to provide for the overall support to include safety and security of our bases’ workforce and residents,” adds Nette. Spending cuts will affect the operation of NSASP’s Fleet and Family Readiness Program (N9) at NSF Dahlgren and NSF Indian Head, reports program director Tom Kubalewski. The Fleet and Family Readiness Program managed by Kubalewski includes all Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) facilities and activities, the Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC), child and youth programs to include the bases’ Child Development Centers and Youth Activities Centers, Navy Housing, and on-base food service operations to include Gray’s Landing restaurant at Dahlgren and the Indian Head Galley. “Starting next week [March 18] we will be cutting back on some of our MWR events and classes, and we will be reducing hours of operation for some of our facilities,” reports Kubalewski. “But we don’t intend to close any N9 facilities altogether.” And N9 facilities will be open every weekday, adds Kubalewski. “Even with a furlough in effect, we expect that we will still have a requirement to provide services throughout the week to Sailors and employees who will be off at different times.” For example, the hours of operation for the fitness centers will be reduced from 91.5 hours per week to 86.5 hours per week, a schedule change of about an hour per day. Similarly, the Dahlgren Library will scale back from 45 hours to 40 hours per week. “The biggest hit we’re taking is in our Liberty program,” adds Kubalewski. The Liberty program provides recreational activities and outings for single military members residing at both Dahlgren and Indian Head. “Our Liberty Centers are going from 91 hours to 50 hours weekly, and the Navy won’t be able to subsidize costs to military members participating in special events or trips.”

Furlough decisions may have further impact

Even the furlough of federal civilian employees scheduled to begin in April is not expected to have a direct impact on Fleet and Family Readiness Programs, maintains Kubalewski. “At this time, furloughs apply to Appropriated Fund government employees. We expect our full-time staff will be able to keep facilities operating through the week.” Kubalewski adds, “A decision to include Non-Appropriated Fund employees—the bulk of our MWR workforce—in the furlough plan will have more of an impact on our ability to keep some facilities open.” The budget tightening means employees won’t see as many featured events. “We won’t be programming special events unless they’re supported 100 percent by commercial sponsorship, or if we can run them at no cost,” he said. Regardless of these fiscal cutbacks, Kubalewski adds that N9 programs will still benefit from grants to support specific initiatives, such as the summer teen employment program. “We typically hire 10 to 15 teens at each installation to work with us through the summer, and we’ll still be able to do that this year.”


NSF Dahlgren MWR Hours of Operation

Effective Monday, March 18 MWR Administrative Office:

Monday-Friday 0800-1600 Saturday, Sunday and Holidays closed

Aquatics Center:

Fitness Lap Swim Year Round: Wednesday-Friday 1100-1300 & 1600-1800 Saturday 0900-1100 Open Recreation Swim (May 25-Sept. 2) Wednesday-Sunday 1200-1800 Monday & Tuesday Closed Open on Memorial Day, Independence Day & Labor Day 1200-1800 Pool Parties, Swim Classes and Fitness Classes as scheduled

Auto Skills/Equipment Rental:

Tuesday-Saturday 1000-1700 Sunday, Monday & Holidays Closed

Cannonball Lanes:

Monday-Thursday & Saturday 1400-2100 Friday 1400-2400, Sunday & Holidays 1400-1900 Bowling Parties as scheduled


Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 0930-1800 Wednesday 1000-1830, Saturday 0930-1530


Sunday & Tuesday 1200-1900 Wednesday-Saturday 1100-2000

Wednesday-Friday 1200-1900 1200-1900 on Memorial Day, Independence Day & Labor Day


Monday-Thursday 0900-1700 Friday 0900-1600 Saturday, Sunday and Holidays closed


Monday-Friday 0530-2000 Saturday 0800-1600, Sunday and Holidays 1000-1600

Grays Landing:

Weekdays-Breakfast 0600-0900/ Lunch 1100-1300/Dinner 1600-1800 Weekends & Holidays-Brunch 1000-1300/ Dinner 1600-1800

Grays Café:

Monday-Friday 0600-1500 Saturday, Sunday and Holidays closed

ITT: Monday-Friday 0900-1600 CDC 1, 2 & YAC:

Monday-Friday 0600-1800 Friday Teen Night 1800-2030 *YAC Only* Saturday Open Rec 1000-1400 *YAC Only*


Friday & Saturday 1900 Saturday Matinees as scheduled

NSF Indian Head MWR Hours of Operation

Effective Monday, March 18 Admin:

Monday-Friday 0800-1600 Closed Holidays

Aquatics Center (May 25-Sept. 2)

1100-1300 Lap Swim (Monday-Friday) 1300-1900 Open Swim (Monday-Sunday) 1930-2200 Pool Rentals Open on Holidays

Auto Skills/Equipment Rental: Monday: Closed Tuesday-Thursday: 1500-2000 Friday: 1200-2000 Saturday-Sunday: 0800-1600 Holidays Closed

CDC: Monday-Friday: 0600-1800, Closed Holidays Fitness:

Monday-Friday: 0530-2000, Saturday: 0800-1600 Sunday: 1000-1600, Holidays: 1000-1400

Library & Theater

Monday-Friday 0930-1700

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April 12 at College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Fine Arts Center, 8730 Mitchell Road. Hailing from central Iowa, Co’Motion Dance Theater presents diverse programming designed to be accessible yet offering new ideas to audiences of all ages and all levels of dance experience. A quirky sense of humor, not always associated with this art form, distinguishes many of choreographer Valerie Williams’ works. Other dances, more serious and reflective, provide audiences with opportunities for introspective contemplation. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 seniors/military with ID/youth (high school and below)., 301-934-7828 or

Globe & Anchor/Tiki Bar:

Monday-Friday: 1530-2300 Closed Holidays


Monday-Friday: 0930-1700, Closed Holidays


Monday-Thursday: 1100-2200, Friday: 1100-2300 Saturday-Sunday: 1300-2300, Open on Holidays

Mix House

Saturday-Sunday: 0700-2400 (Available for Rentals)

Stars & Strikes Bowling Center:

Open Bowl Friday & Saturday 1700-2200 Thursday Leagues as scheduled Bowling Parties Saturday & Sunday as scheduled Closed Holidays

Youth Center

Monday-Friday: 0600-1800 Friday: 1800-2100 (Open Rec) Closed Holidays

CSM Renaissance Festival

Plan to attend the CSM Renaissance Festival from 9 a.m.9 p.m., April 19-20, at College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Fine Arts Center, 8730 Mitchell Road. Enjoy a full day of activities and entertainment as CSM presents its first Renaissance Festival. Inside the theatre, the CSM Theatre Company will present six different Medieval/Renaissance plays. Additional activities will take place outdoors in the vicinity of the Fine Arts (FA) Building. Admission to the festival is free; $10 wristbands will be sold in order to gain admittance to all age-appropriate plays throughout the day. Refreshments and games, etc. are either free or priced by the vendor. CSM is currently seeking vendors to participate. Complete details for vendor participation and a registration form are available at Vendor registration deadline is March 15, 2013, but spaces are filled on an approved first-come, first-serve basis. BxOffc@csmd. edu, 301-934-7828 or

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