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Students from the Carroll Community College Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Club and their professors after their tour of Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Technology Division (NSWC IHEODTD) facilities April 4. The group wore anti-static suits and other safety gear during much of the tour.

College STEM club tours NSWC IHEODTD By Andrew Revelos

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Members of the Carroll County Community College Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Club got a firsthand look at STEM professions in action at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division (NSWC

IHEODTD) during an April 4 tour. The visit was coordinated through the NSWC IHEODTD Professional Development Council (PDC), named a Naval Sea Systems Command Best Practice in 2011. “The mission of the PDC is to foster the interpersonal and professional skills of its members, as well as cultivate future leaders, while

supporting the mission of the U.S. Navy and NSWC IHEODTD,” said Sylvia Rivera, chemical engineer and PDC term chair. “Some of my favorite events to do for the PDC are the community projects that are STEM focused. It’s always rewarding to talk to students about STEM fields and relate these topics back to real world work. It’s especially inter-

esting to discuss the work done at NSWC IHEODTD— many people don’t realize the capabilities of a command that is only 30 minutes outside of [Washington, D.C].” The 21 students and two professors took in a bomb disposal robot demonstration and toured the Cartridge- and Propellant-Actuated Device (CAD/PAD)

manufacturing facility, a bomb proof test facility and the Advanced Energetics Laboratory. “The students here are part of the STEM Club on campus,” said Dr. Raza Khan, chemistry professor and STEM Club advisor for Carroll Community College. “Right now there

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International partner visits Dahlgren training center By Kimberly Lansdale Center for Surface Combat Systems The head of Australian Defence Staff and Australian Defence Attaché at the Embassy of Australia, Washington, D.C., visited the Center for Surface Combat Systems (CSCS) and Aegis Training and Readiness Center (ATRC), co-located onboard Naval Support Facility Dahlgren, Apr. 15. Rear Adm. Steve Gilmore visited CSCS and ATRC to address Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Sailors and see firsthand how they are being trained at ATRC. RAN Sailors have been in training at the schoolhouse since Jan. 13 and they will be manning the new Hobart class of Air Warfare Destroyers (DDGs), which are equipped with the Aegis combat system. Gilmore congratulated the students on their success so far in the training program. “You are the Austra-

lian Sailors who will work on Aegis equipment in our first Hobart class Destroyer and as such help realize the highly impressive capability the DDGs will bring,” he said. “The training has been demanding but you are working hard to receive the qualifications you need to continue to make a positive impact on today and tomorrow’s Royal Australian Navy. The students attending the courses are a mix of crew members and shipyard personnel. The courses include SPY Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD), Aegis Weapon System (AWS) for shipyard personnel, Aegis Computer Network Technician (ACNT) (AWD), Fire Control System operator / Operation Readiness Testing System operator (FCS/ORTS) (AWD), Crew AWS (AWD), and AWS Combat Systems Maintenance Manager (CSMM). The last course will conclude in December of this year. Capt. Don Schmieley, CSCS’s commanding officer, welcomed Gilmore and

U.S. Navy photo by Daryl Roy, ATRC

During his April 15 visit to the Aegis Training and Readiness Center (ATRC), Rear Adm. Steve Gilmore, Royal Australian Navy (RAN), Head of Australian Defence Staff Washington, observes the SPY Transmitter Traveling Wave Tube (TWT) cabinet that students train on prior to going to sea. provided him an overview of CSCS. “Rear Adm. Gilmore was able to observe a blended learning solution that his Sailors are receiving, which includes standard classrooms, hands-on labs, simulations, as well as computer-based and interactive

courseware training,” he said. “The knowledge and skills they are receiving will enable them to become successful crewmembers for the lead ship Hobart.” Lead ship Hobart will enter into the RAN’s service March 2016, Brisbane is due to commission in Septem-

ber 2017, and Sydney is expected to be operational by June 2019. “We share a special partnership with the Royal Australian Navy,” said Dr. Darrell Tatro, director of CSCS International Programs. “CSCS International Programs is focused on facilitating an exchange of ideas, information and training material as we progress with the Air Warfare Destroyer program.” The mission of CSCS International Programs is to provide allied forces quality training to enable them to develop ready teams capable of operations that maintain and expertly employ surface combatants. The directorate partners with U.S. training, readiness, and policy organizations, as well as other government agencies and industry to support international missions. For information on the Center for Surface Combat System, visit https://www. cscs/.


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are about 50 STEM Club students with [majors] in engineering, sciences and technology.” Khan wanted the students to not just understand STEM in the classroom, but see those professions in action. “The whole idea is for them to see what people do in real life out there,” he explained. “We [get to] see what professionals are doing and also get some experiences we can bring back. We can teach content in class, but we can’t teach application. I can teach them chemistry, but I can’t show them all of its applications in real life.” The students also learned about STEM-related internship opportunities with the Navy. “The other aspect of why we come out is to see some of the internship opportunities out there—to show the students how to get their foot in the door,” said Khan. “We are a community college; at a four-year college they can do research on their own turf. This is our avenue for STEM Club members to see what [research] is like.” Chris Bradford, a student at Carroll Community College and president of the STEM Club, found the tour of the Navy’s premiere energetics research and development facilities to be an interesting compliment to his studies. “The different buildings… [were] unlike anything I have ever seen before,” he said. “It was extremely interesting to see how many people from many different backgrounds and different educations can… pull their resources together to solve problems and major challenges. It is

Wayne Jones, a student at Carroll Community College and member of its Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Club, examines a bomb disposal robot.

Warren Tibbs, left, engineering technician at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Technology Division (NSWCIHEODTD), shows Chris Bradford, right, president of the Carroll Community College Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Club, the controller for a bomb disposal robot during the club’s tour of NSWC IHEODTD facilities April 4. always a plus to see people in STEM fields in their work environment because it pushes us to reach our goals and gives us courage to compete our own challenges. I would definitely

love come visit again.” While the tour presented several perspectives of the diverse research, development and manufacturing activities undertaken by NSWC IHEODTD, Brad-

ford had a few favorites. “I can honestly say that there wasn’t one part of the tour that I didn’t like,” he said. “My favorites, I would say, were driving the robots at our first demonstration as

well as the bomb proof facility.” Along the tour, NSWC IHEODTD professionals offered students like Bradford some of the career wisdom they acquired throughout their years of service to the Navy. Byron Brezina, an engineer and project manager at NSWC IHEODTD’s EOD Department, emphasized the need for STEM professionals to have a strong work ethic. “Engineering isn’t for everyone,” he said. “You have to be willing to do the work. There are lots of [em-

ployment options] and it’s a great career, but you’ve got to stick with it.” Of course, solving complex, highly-technical problems is also a rewarding endeavor for professionals like Brezina. But those interested in a STEM profession must build the necessary cerebral skills. “The reason you go to college is to learn the tools,” Ariel Garcia, a branch manager at NSWC IHEODTD’s Systems Engineering Department, told the students. “But it’s a lot of fun. Knowledge is cool.”

Retired Army Lieutenant Colonel Awarded Legion of Merit

By John Joyce NSWC Dahlgren Division Corporate Communications

Lt. Col. Jill Wagner, U.S. Army Ret., was awarded the Legion of Merit before an audience of senior Navy technical leaders and managers here April 14. Martin Westphal - Vice Director for Director Command, Control, Communications and Computers/Cyber, Joint Staff, Pentagon pinned the Legion of Merit Medal on Wagner at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) weekly leadership team meeting, commending Wagner for her many achievements in service to the nation. The award honored Wagner for exceptionally meritorious service over a distinguished career while

serving in various positions of increasing responsibility, culminating as the Action Officer, Directorate for Command, Control, Communications and Computers / Cyber (C4), Joint Staff (J-6). “Lieutenant Colonel Wagner’s career accomplishment’s resulted in lasting improvements to intelligence support for warfighters worldwide,” according to the award’s citation. “Her exemplary service and commitment to the nation through times of war and peace has been steadfast, unwavering and in keeping with the Army core values.” The J-6 represents the joint warfighter in support of C4 requirements in validation and capability development processes while ensuring joint interoperability. Currently, Wagner supports the NSWCDD Asymmetric Defense Systems Department as a civilian.

“The Asymmetric Systems Department congratulates Jill Wagner on her recent service recognition with the Legion of Merit Award, and is pleased to have her recently join our Mission Assurance Division team,” said Ted Ruane, NSWCDD Infrastructure, Networks, Analysis and Assessment Branch Head. “Her 21 years of dedicated and honorable service, combined with her past C4/ Cyber experience, has prepared her extremely well for her new role as a Senior Systems Analyst. In this capacity, she will be identifying operational requirements for the Mission Assurance Decision Support System, which supports U.S. Navy and joint warfighting communications missions across the world. Bravo Zulu to Jill and welcome aboard.” The Legion of Merit, the first

United States decoration created specifically for award to citizens of other nations, was established by an Act of Congress of July 20, 1942, amended by an executive order of March 15, 1955. The reverse of the medal has the motto taken from the Great Seal of the United States “ANNUIT COEPTIS” (He [God] Has Favored Our Undertakings) and the date “MDCCLXXXII” (1782) which is the date of America’s first decoration, the Badge of Military Merit, now known as the Purple Heart. The ribbon design also follows the pattern of the Purple Heart ribbon. Taking into account all service medals soldiers are authorized to wear, per AR 670-1, the Legion of Merit ranks as the ninth highest award, worn after the Defense Superior Service Medal and before the Distinguished Flying Cross.

U.S. Navy photo by John Joyce

Lt. Col. Jill Wagner, U.S. Army Ret., displays her Legion of Merit award citation with Martin Westphal - Vice Director for Director Command, Control, Communications and Computers/Cyber, Joint Staff.

Friday, April 25, 2014

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Transferring your Post 9/11 GI Bill

CARPOOL/VANPOOL WANTED Riders Needed for Vanpool from commuter lot at the corner of Houser Dr. and Rt. 208 in Spotsylvania. Depart 6 a.m., arrive on base 7 a.m. Depart base at 4 p.m. Mon. - Thurs., 3 p.m. on Fri. Drops at both sides of the base. Contact Nick Sunshine, 540-6533816. Rider wanted for 7-passenger vanpool. Departs F’burg/Gordon Rd Commuter lot at 7AM. Departs NSWCDD/Dahlgren at 4:30PM. Transportation Incentive Program System (TIPS) qualified van. Contact Antonio at (540) 653-1512 Rider seeks rideshare from La Plata to Indian Head. Call Louie, 276-971-9837 Employee moving to either Fredericksburg, Va. or Maryland is in need of commute to NSF Dahlgren. Ideal commuting arrangement would be transportation that could pick-up and drop-off at or close to place of residence. Please call for more information, Sheila 214-529-3690. Starting a Van Pool, 7-passenger van, departs NLT at 6:35 a.m. from Fieldhouse/ Courthouse Rd. commuter lot to Dahlgren, Mon-Thurs 7:15 a.m. to 3:45p.m.; Friday 7:15 a.m. to 3:15p.m. Call Cheng at 540653-5909. A-Gate commuter wanted only. Van/carpool desired from any rideshare parking area or Reston Town Center. Depart between 6 to 7a.m., return from Indian Head between 4 to 5 p.m. Call Moses, 301-7434180. Van or Car pool desired from Fredericksburg or King George to Indian Head, Monday thru Friday with one RDO, prefer 7a.m. to 4:30p.m., but hours can be negotiated. 703909-3380.

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 249-8153, or 540-653-8153.

FREDERICKSBURG RIDESHARING 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. connect.html.

By MC1 Elliott Fabrizio Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs Article Courtesy of All Hands Magazine

None of this flexibility, however, is part of the standard package. Transferring the Post-9/11 GI Bill is a retention tool that requires, at a minimum, a fouryear commitment on top of six years of service.

Serve 36 months in the Navy, and get 36 months of education benefits: instate tuition, housing stipend, books- the whole shebang. Earning the Post-9/11 GI Bill benefit is automatic, but giving it away requires planning and action. There are several critical rules to follow to properly transfer your educational benefits, and I’ll explain the exact steps, but first, it’s worth noting that transferring the GI Bill can also be understood as “sharing” the benefit and gives the benefit a lot of fluidity.

Here are the basic eligibility rules to transfer your benefits, broken down by enlisted Sailors and officers:

Here are some hypothetical examples of ways you can share this benefit:

- You can transfer your Post-9/11 GI Bill to your child. - You can have another child and transfer half the benefit to your new child, so they each have 18 months respectively, assuming you don’t play favorites. - You can decide both your children are equally undeserving, and transfer the benefit back to yourself. - You can apply for the Career Intermission Pilot Program, use half of your benefit to finish up your bachelor’s degree, return to service and give the rest to your spouse. - Your spouse can use four months of the benefit to get a medical technologist certificate, and you can transfer the last 14 months back to your two children, who both seem a little more focused these days. These examples may not apply to you and your family, but these hypothetical examples are just to give you an idea of what is possible. Picture your 36 months of Post9/11 GI Bill benefit as three dozen eggs, and when you transfer your benefit, you’re free to divide those “eggs” among your dependent’s (or your own) baskets as you see fit, with the option to redistribute as your circumstances change.


Enlisted: - Complete at least six years of service. - Have four or more years of service remaining on your enlistment contract, or reenlist so that your EAOS (end of obligated service) date is at least four years away. You will have 30 days from the date of reenlistment to apply to transfer your benefits. - Have at least one eligible dependent properly registered in DEERS (Defense Eligibility Enrollment Reporting System). Eligible dependents include a spouse or a child between the ages of 0 to 22. Note that children can’t use the benefit beyond age 26. Officers: - Complete six years of service. - Be eligible for partial or full Post9/11 GI Bill benefits. - Use a Page 13 entry to sign an agreement to serve an additional four years. - Have at least one eligible dependent properly registered in DEERS. - If you meet these criteria, and want the flexibility to distribute this benefit among your family members, then it’s time to submit an application to transfer your Post-9/11 GI Bill benefit. Ensure the requirements above are documented accurately in your Electronic Service Record and DEERS. 1. Sign in to the MilConnect website and complete a transfer of education benefits request. 2. It’s strongly recommended to assign at least one month of benefits to each eligible family member to ensure ease of redistribution as your situation dictates. 3. Submit the application and look for the status to read “Submitted.” 4. If the application doesn’t show as “Submitted,” there may be an error in your records. Correct any issues using

MilConnect’s step-by-step guide and reapply. 5. Check back in five working days. The status should read “Request Approved.” 6. If your status reads “Request Rejected,” consult your career counselor to correct any issues and reapply. Once you complete the process to transfer the benefit one time, you will not need to reapply or reenlist to redistribute your 36 months between your dependents and yourself, or add additional eligible dependents. However, you can’t add additional dependents after separating from service, hence the recommendation to assign one month to each eligible dependent. You may redistribute or revoke these benefits from your dependents at any time by accessing the MilConnect website. These rules also apply to Reserve Component Sailors eligible for the Post9/11 GI Bill. Each Sailor will have a unique situation and set of goals, and there are important considerations when deciding how to best use your transferred Post9/11 GI Bill benefits.

Here are a few more items to consider:

- If your spouse is using the benefit while you are still on active duty, they will not receive a housing stipend. - If your child is using the benefit while you are still on active duty, they will receive the housing stipend. - Spouses have 15 years from the date you separate to use the benefit. - Children do not have a 15-year time limit, but can’t use the benefit beyond age 26. - Spouses may use the benefit immediately after your transfer request is approved. - Children can use the benefit only after you have completed at least 10 years of service. - Divorce will not automatically revoke transferred benefits, but you have the right to revoke transferred benefits at any time. To get more information, visit the Post-9/11 GI Bill transfer FAQ on MilConnect or contact Veterans Affairs at 1-888-442-4551.

Community Notes

Habitat for Humanity Poker Run

Ride in our 7th annual Ride Virginia Poker Run on April 26, rain or shine. Start/Stop point will be at Quaker Steak & Lube, 1300 Central Park Blvd., Fredericksburg, VA 22401. All bikes welcome. Ride through areas of historic Fredericksburg, Stafford, Spotsylvania and King George, and visit the newest Habitat Build Site. Registration will start at 9 a.m. with last bike in by 1:30 p.m. for poker hand to be counted and prizes awarded starting at 2 p.m. Guided rides begin at 9:30am. 50/50 raffle for $5/ticket. Registration fee: $25 for rider and $20 for playing passenger; fee includes event T-shirt, Ride patch or bar for returning riders, meal ticket from Quaker Steak & Lube and “goodie bag.” We look forward to seeing you there!

Caledon Trash to Art Contest

Celebrate Earth Day at Caledon State Park on April 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.! Volunteers will enjoy a ride through beautiful forest to the Potomac River shoreline, where they will clear the beach of litter. The trash collected will then be turned into works of art, with prizes awarded for the best creations; be sure to bring art supplies like scissors, string, wire, pliers and awls. The Dahlgren Area Chief Petty Officers Association will be providing lunch for donations. Please register by calling 540-663-3861 or by emailing

James Monroe’s Birthday Celebration

Join us in the museum garden for cake, punch, and live period music by Doug Marshall and Lauren Smith to celebrate the 256th anniversary of James Monroe’s birth! The museum galleries

will be open free of charge all day. At the James Monroe Museum in downtown Fredericksburg, 908 Charles Street.

Garden Day at Stratford Hall

Sunday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Join us for a special Garden Day and Cabin Walk event featuring a day of tours and presentations. Nationally known gardening expert P. Allen Smith will give a presentation followed by a book signing. Will Rieley, The Garden Club of Virginia’s landscape architect, will give a presentation on historic garden restoration. As part of the day’s activities, several Director’s cabins will be open for tours. Self guided tours of the Great House are included as well as a box lunch. Advance tickets required; purchase by emailing For more information, call 804-493-1370.

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Base Happenings Dahlgren Flag Retirement Ceremony

A flag retirement ceremony is scheduled for May 24 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Quantico National Cemetery. If you have an old or worn American flag that needs to be respectfully retired, please contact Dennis Markle at 540623-0167 or by email at dmarkletrike@gmail. com to arrange collection.

Support the 2014 NSASP Navy Birthday Ball

The NSASP Navy Birthday Ball has two fundraisers scheduled to benefit this year’s event. Celebrate the birthday of the Air Force 614th Air and Space Operations Center Detachment 1 with a Burger Burn on Wednesday, Aprils 30, on the corner of 4th St. and Ave. D, in between Bldgs. 1700, 1705, 1530 and 1560. All proceeds benefits that ball! Buy Krispy Kreme on Thursday, May 1 at various locations across NSF Dahlgren. The Navy Ball Committee is seeking volunteers to help support the ball. For more information, visit

Worship Schedule for Dahlgren Chapel

Roman Catholic Mass, every Friday at 12 p.m., Saturday at 5 p.m. and Sunday at 9 a.m. Protestant Worship, every Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

Indian Head “Treasures” Thrift Store Needs Donations!

The Indian Head Thrift Store “Treasures” is open on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The store is located at 12 Strauss Ave. next door to the USO. Donations of gently used items are currently being accepted.

T&J Barbeque truck at IH and Stump Neck

Enjoy delicious T&J Barbeque at NSF Indian Head on Wednesdays and Thursdays, from approximately 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., next to the library, and at the NSF Indian Head Stump Neck Annex on Tuesday, from approximately 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., next to Building 2195.

To publish information on your event or program under “Base Happenings,” contact Andrew Revelos at 540-653-6012 or email at

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Commissary Rewards Card now offers Android app By Kevin Robinson DeCA public affairs specialist FORT LEE, Va. - Commissary Rewards Card users can now download an Android app to access and clip digital coupons. Available free from the Google Play Store, the Commissary Rewards Android app joins the previously released iPhone/iPad app, giving commissary shoppers access to their rewards card accounts through a vast array of smart phones and tablets. “We’ve tested the Android app and received good reviews on its ability to connect rewards card users with available coupons,” said Marye Carr, the Defense Commissary Agency’s rewards card manager. “Now with apps for both operating systems, our patrons have more flexibility on when and where they can clip coupons, review their lists of downloaded coupons and track which ones have been redeemed or expired.” The apps also let customers connect to the nearest commissary via phone numbers and addresses. And, just like accessing their accounts from a desktop computer, Commissary Rewards Card users can always be plugged into new promotions and contests customized for them.

Kellogg’s is offering one such contest, “Win a Family 4th of July in Washington DC,” from May 1-31 for patrons with Commissary Rewards Cards. The grand prize is a trip to Washington, D.C., with three guests to attend a Nationals’ baseball game scheduled for July 2. For more details and additional prizes, visit on or after May 1. Since it was unveiled in September 2012, the Commissary Rewards Card has become a game-changer for commissary patrons, opening up access to digital coupons redeemable in commissaries, said DeCA Sales Director Randy Chandler. “As the military changes, so is DeCA, and the Commissary Rewards Card is a way the commissary benefit is evolving to remain relevant to our service members and their families,” Chandler said. “It’s amazing how card users can get to these electronic savings - now more than 150 coupons at a time - from either the click of a mouse or now from their own smart phones and tablets.” From the program’s start through April 4, Commissary Rewards Card users have downloaded more than 26 million digital coupons, and commissaries have redeemed over 3 million for

a savings of $3.6 million to patrons. Using the rewards card has become as simple as 1-2-3, Carr said: ƒ Get a rewards card at a commissary. ƒ Register the card at http://www. cfm . ƒ “Clip” or download coupons to your account (they are automatically loaded to your card). ƒ Print a list of your coupons and bring it and your card with you on your next shopping trip. ƒ Present your card at checkout so the cashier can scan it for coupons that match your purchased items. ƒ Digital coupons are automatically erased from the account as they are redeemed or if they expire. “The savings from using coupons helps our patrons extend their savings even more,” Carr said. “And, with the mobile apps, they have even more options to access their Commissary Rewards Card accounts for digital savings.” For more information about the Commissary Rewards Card, go to To reach a customer service hotline, call 855-829-6219 or send an email to commissarysupport@

Dahlgren School PTO requests donations for SeaPerch National Challenge Two student teams from Dahlgren School made their community proud when they won a regional remotely-operated vehicle competition March 29 and were chosen to advance to the SeaPerch National Challenge scheduled for May 17 at the University of Southern Mississippi. Now, the students need the community’s

support to raise $4,910, gifts that will help pay for travel, lodging and other competition expenses. The Dahlgren School PTO is currently accepting donations to help the some of the school’s best and brightest make the journey to Mississippi. With the competition only a few weeks away, donors need to act quickly to help the

PTO raise the necessary funds. If you are interested in supporting Dahlgren’s next generation of scientists and engineers as they compete on the national stage, please bring your check, made out to the Dahlgren School PTO, to the Dahlgren School front office. The office is open on weekdays, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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MWR Highlights

Movie Theater

Muffins with Mom - FREE

May 10 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Eligible patrons include all with base access. Moms relax and enjoy your breakfast, as your family makes you a unique Mother’s Day gift! For more information, please contact the General Library at 540-653-7474.

Liberty Center Special Events Dog Gone Family Fun Day! - FREE

April 26 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Dahlgren Parade Field. Eligible patrons include all with base access. Bring your canine companion out with the family for a morning of fun! The day will start with a 1 mile dog walk followed by fun for all on the Parade Field. The event will feature an agility course with demonstrations, moon bounce for the kids, puppy paw prints and pictures, balloon artist, local veterinarian to answer questions, local rescue groups with adoptable dogs, therapy dogs and much more! All dogs must be on a 6 foot, non-retractable leash at all times. Proof of up to date rabies vaccination needs to be shown at the registration table that morning. For more information, please contact Dahlgren ITT at 540-653-8785.

Cannonball Lanes 540-653-7327

Youth Learn to Bowl

May 3 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Eligible patrons include all children, ages 5 to 12, with base access. Cost: $7.50 per child, which includes two games and shoes. Bowling instruction will be provided for those learning to bowl! Please register at Cannonball Lanes. For more information, please contact Cannonball Lanes at 540-653-7327.

Mommy & Me Bowling

May 11 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Eligible patrons include all with base access. Cost: $15.00, which includes one hour of bowling for Mom and kids. Not sure what to get Mom for Mother’s Day? Bring her to Cannonball Lanes for an afternoon of bowling fun! For more information, please contact Cannonball Lanes at 540-653-7327.


Paintball Day

May 3 at 11 a.m. at the Dahlgren Paintball Field. Liberty Center Patrons Only: E1- E6 Single/Unaccompanied Active Duty Military. Have fun paintballing with Liberty! Liberty has some paintball supplies for you to use, but please bring your own if you have them. For more information, please contact the Liberty Center at 540-653-7277.

Ice Skating Trip

May 4. Liberty Center Patrons Only: E1- E6 Single/Unaccompanied Active Duty Military. Cost: $10.00. For more information and to register, please contact the Liberty Center at 540-653-7277.

Cinco de Mayo Restaurant Trip

May 5. Liberty Center Patrons Only: E1- E6 Single/Unaccompanied Active Duty Military. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Liberty and have dinner at Pancho Villa. For more information and to register, please contact the Liberty Center at 540-653-7277.

Youth Center 540-653-8009

Trivia Night - FREE

May 9 at 6 p.m. All children, ages 5 through 17 and their parents, who have base access. Have fun and test your knowledge! Refreshments will be served. Please register by May 7th. For more information, please contact the Youth Activities Center at 540-653-8009.

Out of school early? Spend your afternoon watching a movie at the Library. Movies will be offered for each half day scheduled on the Charles County school calendar. Movies will start at 2 p.m. The next scheduled movie day is May 7.

Trivia Night

Play by yourself, or on a team and test your knowledge while snacking on some pizza. Open to all eligible patrons. Prizes will be awarded.

Information, Tickets & Tours


Special Event Summer Kick-Off Party

May 9 from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Tiki Bar. Live music by No Green Jelly Beenz! Doors open at 3 p.m., with corn hole, pong tournaments, games and more. NGJB takes the stage at 6:30 pm. This event is free and open to all with base access. Free childcare provided by CYP Programs. Registration for childcare is required; call 301-743-5456 for more information about childcare for this event.

General Library


May 6, by appointment only. Eligible patrons include all with base access. Need help with a certain computer program? Don’t know where to start? Sign up for a 30 minute, one-on-one session at the library, to work on whatever you’d like. Please call on the previous Friday to make an appointment for training on the upcoming Tuesday. For more information, please contact the General Library at 540-653-7474.

½ Day Movie Day

Stars & Strikes Bowling Center

General Library

One-on-One Computer Help - FREE

Friday, May 2nd, 7 p.m. Divergent, PG-13 Saturday, May 3rd, 7 p.m. Mr. Peabody and Sherman 3D*, PG

June 13 & 14 (2 night stay) $468; Aug 2 (1 night stay) $234; Dec 13 (1 night stay) $234. All other weekends are $255 per night when purchased through ITT.

Power House Competition - FREE

Every Friday in April at 10 a.m. Eligible patrons include all with base access. Join us at the library every Friday for a story and a craft! For more information please contact the General Library at 540-653-7474.

Friday, April 25th, 7 p.m. Muppets Most Wanted, PG Saturday, April 26th, 7 p.m. Need for Speed, PG-13

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Storytime at the Library - FREE

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


Fitness Center May - June. Eligible patrons include all with base access. The time slots to participate are 6 a.m. to 8 a.m./11 a.m. to 1 p.m./ 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Participate in the different events and see how many points you can accumulate. Participants that accumulate 300 points will receive an event t-shirt. Prize will be given to the overall male and female winner. The May portion of the competition includes the max weight for bench press, deadlift and squat. The June portion of the competition will include max reps for pull-ups, push-ups and sit-ups. For more information and to register, please contact the Fitness Director at 540-653-2215 or the Fitness Center at 540-653-8580.

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



2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. Enjoy a story and craft starting at 2:30 p.m. Free for all with base access.

Computer Assistance

The first Monday of each month by appointment. Need help with a certain computer program? Don’t know where to start? Sign up for a 30 minute one on one session. Free for all with base access.

Paws for Reading

Join us the second Monday of every month to read to a therapy dog. Call or stop by to get your appointment no later than the Friday before. Call for more information.

Open Bowling

Friday - 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday - 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Party rental hours available Saturday and Sunday. Cost (per game): Military $2/Civilian $3; Shoe Rental: $1

Mix House Rentals

Stop by and check out the new renovations and spectacular views! The Mix House can be rented for office parties, birthday parties or any special event you may have. The facility can be set up any way you would like for your event. The Mix House offers a nice deck overlooking the Potomac River. To book your date or take a tour of the facility please call 301-744-6487.

Auto Skills Center/Gear Issue 301-744-6314; Bldg 1420

Monday - Closed; Tuesday - Thursday - 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday - 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday - 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Recreational Gear Rentals

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.

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Friday, April 25, 2014

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Friday, April 25, 2014

Community Notes:

Little Feet Compete at the 2014 Tot Olympics

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Flag Retirement Ceremony

The flag of the United States of America is an honored symbol of our nation’s unity, its hopes, its achievements, its glory and its high resolve. When the flag is in such condition, through wear or damage, that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, it shall be destroyed in a dignified manner befitting such a symbol. A flag retirement ceremony is scheduled for May 24, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., at Quantico National Cemetery. The ceremony is open to the public; organizers are currently collecting old or damaged flags for the ceremony. Email or call (540) 623-0167 for more information.

Indian Head Household Hazardous Waste Collection May 3

The Charles County Department of Public Works would like to remind citizens that the next household hazardous waste collection will be held on Saturday, May 3. The household hazardous waste collection site is located in the parking lot of the Department of Public Works building, located at 10430 Audie Lane, off of Radio Station Road in La Plata. Collection hours are 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Items accepted free of charge include: pesticides, herbicides, fertilizer, gasoline, oil-based paint, cleaning supplies, pool chemicals, batteries, fluorescent lights, mercury thermometers, and other poisons found in the home. Please remember to mark any container that does not have a readable, original label. Unacceptable materials include bio-medical waste (sharps, needles, anything with bodily fluids), expired prescription drugs, and ammunition. Used motor oil, anti-freeze, propane tanks, and batteries are accepted on a regular basis at various collection sites. Latex paint is not considered hazardous waste and can be placed in your household trash as long as it is solidified. This can be accomplished by adding kitty litter, shredded paper, or sawdust to the liquid latex paint to aid in drying it out. For more information, call 301-932-3599, or the landfill and recycling information line at 301-932-5656. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

Magnify your Olympic spirit and watch as your toddler brings their Olympic dream to life. Register your tot for the 2014 Tot Olympics Games event on Saturday, May 10 at Westlake High School (3300 Middletown Road, Waldorf) from 10 a.m. to noon. Opening ceremonies start promptly at 10 a.m. Fun-filled events for children ages three through six include running, jumping, kicking, throwing, and balancing. Athletes will have their participation recorded on a special tracking form distributed during check-in/registration. The registration fees are: resident $12; non-resident $15; on-site registration $20. Each child will receive a t-shirt, award, and snack for his/her efforts. Parent/guardian participation is required for each athlete. For more information, visit

Animal Shelter “Momma Mia! Cats are FREE”

The Tri-County Animal Shelter is hosting, “Momma Mia! Cats are Free” weekend from Friday, May 9 through Saturday, May 10. The shelter will waive all cat adoption fees in celebration of Mother’s Day. Celebrate by becoming a new mom to one of our homeless cats. View available cats in the free-roaming cat room on the cat cam at

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es/tcas/catcam. The Tri-County Animal Shelter is located at 6707 Animal Shelter Road in Hughesville. Shelter staff can be reached at 301-932-1713 or 800-903-1992. Adoption hours are Monday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Historical Tour at Port Tobacco Market Days

The Charles County Commissioners and the Society for the Restoration of Port Tobacco invite citizens to attend the fifth annual Port Tobacco Market Days event on Saturday, May 3 from 9 2 p.m. at the historic Port Tobacco Courthouse (Chapel Point Rd, Port Tobacco). Port Tobacco Market Days will begin with a ribbon-cutting event at 9 a.m. to celebrate the partnership between Charles County Government and the Society of the Restoration for Port Tobacco to operate the historic courthouse, Stagg Hall, and Burch House. This event will showcase some of Southern Maryland’s local artists and vendors. Choose from antiques, jewelry, crafts, fresh produce, and more. The Charles County Garden Club will hold their annual plant sale. Food, baked goods, and drinks will be available for purchase. Admission is free. Rain date is Saturday, May 10. For more information, visit

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