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Students wow COMREL Council By Andrew Revelos Staff Writer

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Community and military leaders gathered Feb. 28 at Jaycees Conference Center in Waldorf , Md. for the quarterly Naval Support Activity South Potomac (NSASP) Civilian-Military Community Relations (COMREL) Council meeting. The council brings together Navy leaders from Naval Support Faculties (NSFs) Dahlgren and Indian Head and civilian leaders from Charles and King George counties, and the towns of Indian Head and Colonial Beach. Members and guests discussed a diverse variety of topics affecting the region, from the looming sequester budget cuts, to transportation and environmental issues. All were particularly impressed by a group of civic-minded Northpoint High School students dedicated to helping military kids make the transition to new schools and new friends. “I’d like to thank everyone for coming,” said Capt. Pete Nette, commanding officer of NSASP. “We’re pleased to have each and every one of you join with us.”

U.S. Navy photo by Andrew Revelos

Alyssa Gonnela, a student at North Point High School, tells the South Potomac Community Relations Council about the Student to Student Program, which helps new students adjust to school and make new friends. After the presentation of the Colors by members of the Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) from

Westlake High School and recitation of the pledge of allegiance, Candice Quinn Kelly, president of the Charles

County Board of Commissioners, welcomed guests. “Good morning everyone and welcome to Charles County,”

she said. “It’s always such an

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JWAC presents annual awards for 2012 By Steven Moore JWAC Public Affairs

The Joint Warfare Analysis Center (JWAC) honored more than 60 employees at its annual Honorary Awards ceremony on February 21st, 2013. The command’s Honorary Awards program, now in its 12th year, recognizes employees for their sustained superior contribution to both JWAC and the surrounding community during the past year. Kenneth S. Mendenhall received the JWAC Warfighter Support Award, which recognizes someone whose dedication and excellence in support of the warfighter made a significant contribution by advancing JWAC’s operational goals and objectives, improving its support to the War on Terror, and completing JWAC’s charter mission

AV Team of dedicated support. Mr. Mendenhall worked on a problem that had received very little attention within the intelligence community. It required quickly analyzing large amounts of information from many different sources for unique characteristics, which could then be used to help determine the actual location of specific facilities. To do this, he

worked with the command’s J6 department to develop a software capable of reviewing the intelligence and finding specific identifiers. The information he gleaned was added to intelligence databases. Mr. Mendenhall was also cited for his high work standards, integrity, innovation, and customer focus. Ronda K. Newton received the Individual Award

Adams for Excellence in Service in recognition of her dedication, customer service, process streamlining, and excellence in providing support. As JWAC’s Time and Attendance Program Manager handling employees’ pay and leave, she had one of the most important and visible jobs in the command. New to the job in 2012, she had to learn about the payroll

system from scratch, while providing reports and analysis on various payroll issues and constantly meeting with supervisors and employees about payroll questions. To complicate matters, JWAC switched from the Navy’s payroll system to the Air Force’s, an effort Ms. Newton led. She worked closely with higher Air Force headquarters at U.S. Strategic Command in Nebraska, Air Force District Washington, and the 11th Wing to ensure the same level of payroll support to JWAC’s employees. Her efforts ensured a smooth transition. She was cited for her excellent customer service and professionalism. Three employees - Christopher D. Brown, Gordon E. Carter, and C. Thacker Washington - received the

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Friday, March 8, 2013

Dahlgren School practices lockdown Former astronaut visits 614th AOC Det One and 20th Space Control Squadron

By Andrew Revelos Staff Writer

The Dahlgren School conducted a lockdown drill Feb. 12 in coordination with the Naval Support Activity South Potomac (NSASP) Police Department and the Department of Defense Education Activity (DODEA). The goal was to practice emergency procedures and ensure all response elements are on the “same page.” Students, teachers and administrators all participated in the drill, which was monitored by Robert Brooks, chief of NSASP Police Department, and Leroy Brunson, contract performance specialist for DODEA. The unspeakable tragedies that have afflicted American schools recently make it is imperative that all education facilities practice emergency response, even schools as quiet and peaceful as the Dahlgren School. “It is important to practice drills [so] that we all, including students, teachers, school administration, parents and police are prepared and practiced in the event that [security] challenges happen here,” said Alice Herring, principal of the Dahlgren School. “We always hope that they do not happen, but nowhere is immune.” As with all drills, the difference between planning and practice offers lessons. “The general procedures [of the drill] can be applied to other school situations,” said Herring. “We see glitches that, if we’d drilled only on paper, we would not see.” The Dahlgren School will continue practicing and improving its lockdown procedures, but Herring thinks the school is off to a fine start. “We confirmed that we are prepared in the

event that we need to lockdown,” she said. “Our students responded well, following directions and remaining calm. Having such a drill brings questions and dialogue that is helpful in getting better. We learned that clear communication is paramount. It is reassuring that we have such great police support.” Of course, the students, teachers and administrators of the Dahlgren School were only one part of the emergency response plan. NSASP police officers also played a key role and arrived on-scene shortly after the call was made. A team of officers quickly cleared the school and after the drill was concluded, Brooks debriefed the participating officers and emphasized ways the response could be improved. Coordinating all the moving parts of an effective emergency response strategy is a top priority for DODEA Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS) safety and security personnel. Every year, the organization works with school principals to produce multi-hazard response plans for every DDESS school. The plans help schools conduct regular fire drills, bomb threat, shelter-inplace and evacuation drills. The schools coordinate with DODEA Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS) Service Center each year for updates and changes to the multi-hazard plans. “The [multi-hazard response] plans are also updated every year with the host installation to ensure that the base emergency plan is in sync with the school’s emergency plan, so that the base can know how to respond at the school in any kind of emergency,”

U.S. Navy photo by Andrew Revelos

Alice Herring, principal of the Dahlgren School, announces the lock down training over the school’s intercom Feb. 12. said Brunson. Lockdown drills are an important tool to show emergency responders, school officials and students what they are doing correctly and what needs improvement. “The drill was conducted within the timeframe we recommend, as far as the students getting in their classrooms and the rooms being secured,” said Brunson. “With any drill, there is room for improvement. We can improve but overall the drill went really well.”

US Navy photo by Andrew Revelos

Lt. Gen. Susan Helms, right, commander of the 14th Air Force and commander of Joint Functional Component Command for Space for U.S. Strategic Command, greets Tech Sgt. Ashley Pond, left, superintendent for 614th AOC Det One, during her visit to that organization and the 2oth Space Control Squadron at Naval Support Facility Dahlgren on Feb. 15. Helms has a storied aviation career: after working as a test flight engineer, she became an astronaut for NASA and holds the world record for the longest space walk, just shy of nine hours.

Comment requested on Dahlgren Environmental Restoration Program

U.S. Navy photo

In one environmental cleanup project at NSF Dahlgren, contaminated soil at a former chemical waste evaporation pond was removed and the site was further excavated to expose the groundwater table to allow application of a calcium polysulfide solution to assist in remediating groundwater contaminated with elevated levels of hexavalent chromium.

Naval Support Activity South Potomac and the Naval Support Facility (NSF) Dahlgren Installation Restoration Team are in the process of updating the NSF Dahlgren Environmental Restoration Program’s Community Involvement Plan (CIP). The CIP is a published guide for maintaining a community involvement program focusing on the environmental restoration program at NSF Dahlgren. The purpose of the Community Involvement Program is to maintain a high level of community understanding and support for the environmental program at NSF Dahlgren. Community involvement objectives are focused on informing the community about cleanup actions and providing opportunities for the public to offer input into the decision-making process. As part of the update to the Community Involvement Plan, the Navy developed a brief survey questionnaire so that interested

community members may provide input. The survey is intended to identify environmental topics of interest and concerns within the community regarding the environmental restoration process, and obtain suggestions on how the Navy can continue to promote community involvement in a convenient and effective manner. Members of the community, to include NSF Dahlgren military personnel, civilian employees and defense contractors are invited to participate in the survey, which is available online at navy2013envcomm/nsfdenviron-community-update-2013/?code=. The survey will be available online until April 28, 2013. If you know others who would be interested, please be sure to let them know of the link for the online survey. All contributions to this effort will be appreciated.

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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 540-653-5909. 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 540-6536776 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 703692-9590. 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 249-8153, 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. connect.html.

Military Saves Week at NSF Indian Head

On Thursday, Feb. 28, team members from NSF Indian Head’s branch of Navy Federal Credit Union facilitated a Financial Readiness presentation to approximately 250 Marines attached to the Chemical Biological Instant Response Force (CBIRF) command. They explained the benefits of saving for not only retirement, but the everyday emergencies that may arise on any given day. The Marines were educated on promotional savings products available during the Military

Saves Campaign and the presenters had plenty of goodies to hand out during the presentation. The audience was very enthusiastic and engaged, several of them signing up for savings products on the spot. The Navy Federal team was also joined by Carol Allison, Fleet and Family Support Center, who also provided handouts to the Marines. Many of the Marines visited the NFCU branch throughout the day and commented on the informative presentation.

Financial fitness is critical, especially these days:

Don’t let federal budget troubles crash your party It seems like it was only yesterday that the government was teetering on the verge of falling off another looming fiscal cliff. Ultimately, the government reached a temporary resolution to the deficit crisis. Today, however, another crucial deadline has passed and furloughs seem to be on the horizon. Hundreds of families in this area stand to be effected if the President and Congress cannot come up with a plan for responding to the $1.2 trillion dollars in spending cuts scheduled to take effect through the next 10 years. Right now, military members’ pay is exempt but most government employees face furloughs that could result in losing one day of work per week, or 20 percent of their pay for up to 22 weeks, likely starting mid-April. If you don’t live within a spending plan now, this is the time to develop one and put it into action. Since most of us

take out few cash withdrawals anymore, the days of carrying around a small book to record our spending is now done for us with electronic records from our debit and credits cards. Look back at least one month (or better yet three months to get a better average) at your bank statements and record your spending habits. If you already operate with a spending plan and expect to take a 20-percent cut, determine what is in your spending plan you cannot live without. I’ve listed a few ideas below finding temporarily areas to close the 20 percent reduction in pay. 1. Monthly budgets need to be first on this list; if you’re in a relationship where finances are shared, do this together, and keep the children (age appropriate) informed to the temporary changes. Make distinctions of needs from wants with every family member. 2. If you are expecting a

large tax refund, is it large enough to cover the shortfall? 3. Change tax exemptions to reflect your family’s size; you will get a lower refund next year, but more needed cash flow this year. 4. Make only minimum payments on debts until shortfall is covered, then pay any extra to highest interest debt. 5. Temporarily change your TSP (401K if spouse participates at their work) contributions down to the percent of company’s matching contribution until the pay shortage is filled (government matches 5%). 6. Reduce or stop funding children’s college fund. 7. Roth IRA? Contributions could be a source, but as with any retirement funding adjustments, this step should be near the bottom of options. Same if you’re thinking about a TSP loan. 8. If all bills can’t be covered by minimum payments,

contact creditors and ask for a temporary adjustment; they are fully aware of what’s going on and most-likely are willing to work with you, the key here is to be pro-active. 9. Most of all, try not to take on any new debt, this will only compound the problem. If people don’t change their lifestyle, they will use their credit cards to fund their shortfalls for expenses, and the effect is that they will take on new debt and remain in debt longer. The real key is while we all feel the pinch of a tight budget from time to time, very few of us are making the adjustments or living with the pinch! The Fleet & Family Support Center is available to assist you in developing a budget and looking at ways in which you might be able to stretch your hard earned dollars. For a financial consultation, call (540) 653-1839.

Newspapers from around the globe available on NKO

By Patrick Foughty, Commander Navy Installations Command Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -The service ‘Library Press Display’ is now available through the Navy General Library Program (NGLP) and offers free access to over 2,200 newspapers from 97 countries in 54 languages. By logging onto the Navy Knowledge Online (NKO), either through user name and password or their Common Access Card (CAC), all Depart-

ment of the Navy employees, Sailors (to include reservists), retirees and their dependents can now have access to many of the world’s newspapers - in just a few clicks. “Whether you’re into world politics and foreign affairs, fashion or just want to catch up on what’s happening in your hometown, this service is another great resource to help you fill your information needs,” said Nilya Carrato, program assistant for Navy General Library Program, “and you don’t have to pay any subscription fees.”

Once onto the Library Press Service site, which is found on the Navy e-Library News section of NKO, users are then able to navigate through various subject headings or geographical locations. From there they find the newspaper or periodical they’re interested in reading and read it as though they’re reading a traditional hardcopy newspaper. “The newspapers even have hyperlinks embedded that allow the user to jump through them with ease,” Carrato explained. The service can be used on

all forms of digital devices, to include personal computers, tablets and smartphones, all that’s needed is an internet connection and authorized access. Navy Library patrons may register for this and many of NGLP’s services by logging into NKO (https://wwwa.nko. clicking on the “Reference” heading in the upper right part of the screen. Then click on “e-Library - news”. Once on this NKO page Sail-

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Base Happenings Dahlgren Women’s History Observance

NSF Dahlgren will hold an observance in honor of Women’s History Month - “ Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics” on March 13 from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the Dahlgren Base Theater. Guests panelists from NSWC Dahlgren Division will include Ms. Ann Swope (C Dept.), Ms. Tiffany Owens (G Dept.), Ms. Megan Hart (K Dept.), Ms. Margaret Neel (Q Dept.), Ms. Jane Bachman (W Dept.), and Ms. Dena Kota (Z Dept.). The event is free and open to all with base access.

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 www.

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 www.dahlgrenosc.webs. com, 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! To publish information on your event or program under “Base Happenings,” contact NSASP Public Affairs at 540-653-8153 or email

Friday, March 8, 2013

DeCA’s finances meet highest accountability standards

By Cherie Huntington DeCA public affairs specialist

FORT LEE, Va. - For the 11th consecutive year, the Defense Commissary Agency has earned an unqualified opinion for its financial statements, as certified by independent auditors. In accounting language, “unqualified opinion” means that DeCA’s financial statements are fairly represented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. Ultimately, this means that every dollar appropriated to deliver the commissary benefit and every dollar generated in sales is accounted for, said agency Director and CEO Joseph H. Jeu. “Meeting the highest standards in managing our financial resources remains

a source of pride for us,” Jeu said. “We want American taxpayers and all our customers to know that their dollars are accounted for, the commissary benefit remains financially sound, and we remain vigilant stewards of our appropriations.” DeCA’s financial statements reflect the agency’s use of appropriated funds to deliver the commissary benefit. While the agency receives nearly $1.4 billion in appropriated funding and generates more than $6 billion in annual sales, DeCA processed nearly 98 million transactions in its stores - an all-time high - and delivered nearly $2.7 billion in savings to its customers in fiscal year 2012. The agency also generated more than $312 million in surcharge funds, used to fund new stores and equipment, and renovate existing facilities.

“This report represents the culmination of another year of hard work from the entire DeCA team,” said Larry Bands, DeCA’s chief financial executive. “What we do is important because it contributes to the enduring strength of the commissary benefit, and that contributes to our national defense.” During quarterly reporting periods, agency accountants prepared for the annual audit by collecting financial data. Auditors from Clifton Larson Allen, one of the 10 largest certified public accountant firms in the country, reviewed the agency’s fiscal 2012 financial statements, along with internal controls over financial processes. They checked DeCA’s reports for efficiency and accuracy in areas such as time and attendance, annual inventories of resale

stocks, equipment inventories, property accountability and information technology controls over financial systems. The audit also examined DeCA’s financial connection to organizations such as the Defense Finance and Accounting Service and the Defense Logistics Agency, both located in Columbus, Ohio. “We’re intensely focused on excellence in financial reporting,” said Cynthia Morgan, DeCA’s director of accounting. “We’re hard at work behind the scenes so commissary customers can enjoy their shopping experience, knowing that their benefit rests on rock-solid financial ground.”

Subway franchise coming soon to NSF Dahlgren Officials announced this week that on March 17, the Game Time Sports Grill operation located inside the Cannonball Lanes Bowling Center will permanently close and renovations will begin to accommodate a new Subway franchise. Subway management hopes to be able to open the

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franchise by June 1. During the renovation, patrons of the bowling alley may bring in their own food items or have food delivered. The bowling center will sell beverages including soda, water, beer and provide snacks during the interim.

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ments, does not constitute endorsement by the Department of Defense or Southern Maryland Newspapers and Printing of the products or services advertised. Everything advertised in this publication shall be made available for purchase, use, or patronage without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, physical handicap, political affiliation, or any other non-merit factor of the purchaser, user, or patron. If a violation or rejection of this equal opportunity policy by an advertiser is confirmed, the publisher shall refuse to print advertising from that source until the violation

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Friday, March 8, 2013


Dahlgren MWR Highlights Youth Activities Center 540-653-8009

Easter Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza

Aquatics Center 540-653-8088

Family Float Night

March 8, 5 - 7 p.m. FREE Eligible patrons include all with base access. Cost: Regular Admission. Pre-registration takes place at the Dahlgren Aquatics Center. This event includes fun for the entire family! Bring your float (a limited number will be available at the pool). Play games or just relax! For more information, please contact Liz Kwasniak at 540-653-6213.

March 16, 11 a.m. Our annual Egg Hunt is for ages 1-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10 and up. Prizes will be awarded in each age group. Be sure to bring a basket or bag to carry your eggs. Come early! Event starts on time. Please register at the Parade Field. For more details and information, please contact the Youth Activities Center at 540-653-8009. All are welcome! Come join the fun! This event is free and sponsored by NSWC Federal Credit Union and Lincoln Military Housing.



St. Paddy’s Day 5K Poker Run/Walk

March 13, 11 a.m. Eligible patrons include all with base access. Cost: $5. Register at the Fitness Center. T-shirts will be given to the first 25 who register. Awards for overall male and female finishers and best poker hand. For more information, please contact the Fitness Center at 540-653-8580 or Ira Seth, Fitness Director at 540-653-2215. Sponsored by Carroll’s Automotive and NSWC Federal Credit Union

Craftech/Hobby Center 540-653-1730

Wear Green and Bowl-A-Game, Get-A-Game, for FREE!

March 17, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Eligible patrons include all with base access. Cost: First game at regular pricing, second game FREE. Wear green and get your second game for free on St. Patrick’s Day! Please register at Cannonball Lanes. For more information, please contact Cannonball Lanes at 540-653-7327.

Indian Head Weight House Fitness Center 10 lb. Challenge Part 2

Framing and Matting

March 13 & 20, 4:30 p.m. Eligible patrons include all with base access. Cost: $35, plus materials. In this twoday Wednesday evening workshop learn how to mat and frame a piece of artwork. No larger than 16x20, no oils or cross stitch. Maximum class size is four. For more information, please contact Craftech at 540-653-1730.

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 challenge. Register at the WHFC front desk. For more information contact

Stoneware Class

St Patrick’s Day 5k

March 14 - 28, 4:30 p.m. Eligible patrons include all with base access. Cost: $35 (includes all materials). In this three-week Thursday evening class learn how to make hand built stoneware. Maximum class size is six. For more information, please contact Craftech at 540-653-1730.

March 14 - Rain Date: March 15 Race starts at 11 a.m. Use the luck of the Irish to predict your time. Prizes will be awarded to the 1st and 2nd place male and female with the closest predicted time and to the 1st place male and female with the fastest time. Register at the WHFC be-

Dahlgren Navy Ball Committee 2013 The Dahlgren Navy Ball Committee will be selling Krispy Kreme donuts on March 15 outside main gate at NSF Dahlgren and also between ATRC (bldg. 1520) and Aegis BMD (bldg. 1705). Donations will be accepted via cash at the main gate and cash or credit card via the Square card reader at ATRC. Starting Wednesday, 20 March, the Navy Ball Committee will begin a weekly Burger Burn at the ATRC gazebo from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Auto Hobby Shop

Self Help Classes

March 11 Engine Diagnostics Checks 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 larry.

Stars and Strikes Bowling Center

Bunny Bowl

Bowling Center Fitness Center

fore the start of the race. $5 for civilians and FREE for Military. For more information contact

Dahlgren Navy Ball Committee will be selling lunch on Thursday, March 21st, next to the DMV 2 Go van at the Parade Field. Burgers, hot dogs, brats and sides will be available. Buy lunch from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Want to learn more about this year’s Dahlgren Navy Ball? Visit us on Facebook at, or follow us on Twitter, .

March 16 Join us from Noon - 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. at the General Library 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! This event is FREE and open to all eligible patrons.

Movie Theater 540-653-7336 Hours of Operation Friday and Saturday: 7 p.m. Showings 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 Fri, March 8th, 7 p.m. Gangster Squad - R Sat, March 9th, 7 p.m. Mama - PG-13 Fri, March 15th, 7 p.m. Last Stand - R Sat, March 16th, 7 p.m. The Impossible - PG-13

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Community Notes Dahlgren KGHS Talent Show this weekend

King George High School will showcase the amazing talent of their students at their annual KGHS Variety Show, March 8 and 9 in the KGHS auditorium. Tickets are $7 at the door. Don’t miss the chance to be entertained by some of King George’s most talented students!

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 to about 5:00. 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:

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 Reservation forms for subsequent lectures will be posted the day after the preceding lecture. The lectures are open to all free of charge.

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.

RBBBS Bowling Fundraiser

The Rappahannock Big Brothers/Big Sisters Society will hold its annual Bowl For Kids’ Sake on Saturday, March 9th at noon and 2 p.m. and Sunday March 10 at 1 p.m. at Liberty Lanes. Get together a team of four co-workers, family or friends and solicit donations online. If you cannot attend the event, you can register as a virtual bowler. Each bowler should raise $100. Bowlers who raise $200 or more will be eligible to win a $200 Best Buy gift card. RBBBS will provide refreshments, t-shirts and two games of bowling. This signature fundraising event raises money to help area youth. You can register online for the event,

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 newlyopened 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.

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

Indian Head Shamrock Shenanigans: The Sequel

The Chesapeake Choral Arts Society invites you to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by attending its concert, “Shamrock Shenanigans: The Sequel,” featuring music of the British Isles with a focus on the songs of Ireland. The concert will be performed in the College of Southern Maryland’s Fine Arts Center Theatre (FA Building) located at 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata, MD. Performances will be held Saturday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 17 at 3:30 p.m. Each concert will feature a bagpiper, and the Sunday afternoon performance will also include some Irish dances.

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 and Tours Announced

The Charles County Department of Community Services offers many trips and tours throughout the calendar year-bus 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 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

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.

Town of Indian Head Easter Event

Come to the Town of Indian Head Children’s Spring Party and Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, March 10 from 2 - 4 p.m. at the Indian Head Village Green Pavilion. Don’t forget to bring your Easter Basket! Ages birth to 12 years accompanied by adult, cost is $2 for all ages at the door. Cost includes lunch, carnival and guessing games, petting zoo, children’s crafts, door prizes and Easter Egg Hunt (12 yrs. and under). Photos with the Easter Bunny available for $1 each. For more info, call (240)375-4061.

CSM Call for Renaissance Festival Vendors

College of Southern Maryland is holding a call for Renaissance Festival Vendors. 9 a.m.- 9 p.m., April 19-20, at the La Plata Campus, Fine Arts Center, 8730 Mitchell Road. The college is presenting a Renaissance Festival which will feature theatre and music of the renaissance period. To round out the festival atmosphere, the college is seeking vendors including period foods, arts, crafts, games, jugglers, magicians to participate. Complete details for vendor participation and a registration form are available at www. Registration deadline is March 15, 2013, but spaces are filled on an approved first come, first served basis. For more info, visit, 301-934-7828 or

Spring Sports League Registration Announced

The Charles County Department of Public Works will hold registration for the upcoming spring adult softball league, men’s soccer league, an “over-35” soccer league, women’s soccer league, and for the first time, an adult coed kickball league, from Monday, Feb. 25, through Friday, March 15. League play will start the week of April 21 at Laurel Springs Park and White Plains Park. Teams may register at the Department of Public Works (1001 Radio Station Road, La Plata) weekdays between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. For more information, interested teams should call 301-9323470 or 301-870-2778 weekdays between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. or visit

White Plains Golf Course Women’s Golf Clinics

Learn the basic skills needed to become a confident golfer. White Plains Golf Course is offering two women’s golf clinics in April and May. Each four-day session runs from 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. and costs $75. Sessions include proper golf course etiquette, safety, rules, grip, stance, posture, chipping, putting, irons, woods, and on-the-course instruction. Session I - April 29, 30, May 1 & 2 Session II - May 6, 7, 8 & 9 Pre-registration is required. Maximum class size is eight participants. Golf clinic participants will receive a complimentary round of golf. For additional information or to register, call White Plains Golf Course at 301-645-1300. White Plains Golf Course is located at 1015 St. Charles Parkway, south of DeMarr Road, in White Plains.

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Almost spring? Time for tornadoes The change of season from winter to spring brings lots of new life and beauty, but also the threat of danger. As the temperature slowly rises, so does the potential for devastating tornadoes. The state of Virginia will hold a statewide tornado drill in preparation on March 12. Businesses and organizations, schools and colleges, and families and individuals can practice taking cover from tornadoes by participating in this annual safety exercise, set for 9:45 a.m. “During the past two years, 62 twisters hit Virginia,” said Michael Cline, state coordinator for emergency management. “In fact, in 2011 we had the second highest number on record. Ten people were killed and more than 100 were injured. More than 210 homes were destroyed. It’s critically important that everyone know what to do when a tornado warning is issued.”

A look back at tornadoes in Virginia during 2012:

ƒ11 tornadoes were recorded (8 EFO and 3 EF1). ƒThere were no deaths, but six people were injured. ƒProperty damage totaled $3 million. ƒThe highest number of tornadoes occurred in June (6).


During 2011:

ƒ51 tornadoes hit, the second highest number on record (87 struck in 2004). ƒIn April, 10 people died and more than 100 were injured. ƒMost tornadoes occurred during April, but tornadoes also were recorded in March, May, August, September, October and November. ƒIn April, 212 homes and 17 businesses were destroyed; more than 1,050 homes and businesses were damaged. ƒNearly every part of Virginia experienced tornadoes, including mountain areas. ƒ One-third of the tornadoes struck at night when people were asleep. “Tornadoes are the most violent storms nature can develop,” said Tim Bennett, emergency management director for Naval Support Activity South Potomac. “They are formed from large thunderstorms that begin rotating. When they begin their rotation they typically become a funnel shaped cloud extending from the sky to the ground. The most violent aspect is the wind speeds that can reach up to 300 miles per hour. As we have recently and tragically seen, they can annihilate entire towns and cause many fatalities and injuries.” “Unfortunately [tornadoes] de-

velop so rapidly that little to no advance warning is possible,” said Bennett. “If you do receive a warning, go immediately to an interior room or a basement, as you normally have less than five minutes to take precautionary actions. The most important tip is to be aware of the surrounding weather and the clues you can see.” When it comes to tornadoes, there’s no such thing as a “tornado season.” Tornadoes can strike anywhere, anytime, and you need to know the drill. They can appear suddenly without warning and can be invisible until dust and debris are picked up or a funnel cloud appears. Be prepared to act quickly. Learn more about tornado safety, at www.vaemergency. gov/readyvirginia/stayinformed/ tornadoes or asp?src=dwx&day=Monday.

ƒLoud, continuous roar or rumble, which doesn’t fade in a few seconds like thunder does ƒ If it’s night, look for small, bright, blue-green to white flashes at ground level (as opposed to silvery lightning up in the clouds). These lights are power lines being snapped by very strong wind, perhaps a tornado. ƒPersistent lowering of the cloud base

Know the Signs

Watches and Warnings

ƒStrong, persistent rotation in the base of a cloud ƒWhirling dust or debris on the ground under a cloud base - tornadoes sometimes have no visible funnel ƒHail or heavy rain followed by dead calm or a fast, intense wind shift. Many tornadoes, especially in Virginia, are wrapped in heavy precipitation and can’t be seen.

Learn the terms that are used to identify a tornado Tornado Watch: a tornado is possible in your area. You should monitor weather-alert radios and local radio and TV stations for information Tornado Warning: a tornado has been sighted in the area or has been indicated by National Weather Service Doppler radar. When a

warning is issued, take cover immediately

Preparing for Tornadoes

At NSF Dahlgren and NSF Indian Head in the event of a tornado, base personnel would here the Giant Voice notification system sound telling all of those that are outside to get inside and get informed. Information would also be shared through all hands emails, KGAlert and the Computer Desktop Notification System.


ƒGet a NOAA Weather Radio with warning alarm tone and battery backup to get information directly from the National Weather Service. This is the quickest way to learn that a tornado is heading your

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way. Many models are available. ƒKnow what tornado watch and tornado warning mean. ƒDetermine in advance where you will take cover in case of a tornado warning. Keep this safe location uncluttered. ƒStorm cellars or basements provide the best protection. ƒIf underground shelter is not available, go into a windowless interior room, closet or hallway on the lowest floor possible. ƒStay away from windows, doors and outside walls. Go to the center of the room. Stay away from corners because they attract debris. ƒIf you are in a high-rise building, you may not have enough time to go to the lowest floor. Pick a place in a hallway in the center of the building. ƒA vehicle, trailer or mobile home does not provide good protection. Plan to go quickly to a building with a strong foundation, if possible. ƒGet a kit of emergency supplies. Store it in your shelter

ƒWhen a tornado watch is issued, stay tuned to local radio, TV and NOAA weather radio for further information and possible warnings. Be prepared to take cover.


ƒStay out of damaged buildings and stay clear of downed power lines ƒHelp injured or trapped people. Check on those who might need special assistance, such the elderly, children and people with disabilities. ƒWhen a tornado warning is issued, take cover in your safe location immediately or on the lowest level of the nearest substantial building. Protect your body from flying debris with a heavy blanket, pillows, sofa cushions or mattress. ƒIf you can’t get to your safe location or the lowest level of a substantial building: ƒOpen buildings: (shopping mall, gym or civic center): Try to get into a restroom or interior hallway. If there is no time, get up against something that will support or deflect falling

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debris. Protect your head by covering it with your arms. ƒCars and trucks: Get out of your vehicle and try to find shelter inside a sturdy building. A culvert or ditch can provide shelter if a substantial building is not nearby. Lie down flat and cover your head with your hands. Do not get under an overpass or bridge. You are safer in a low, flat location. ƒOutdoors: Try to find shelter immediately in the nearest substantial building. If no buildings are close, lie down flat in a ditch or depression and cover your head with your hands. ƒMobile homes: Do not stay in mobile homes. Leave immediately and seek shelter inside a nearby sturdy building, or lie down in a ditch away from your home, covering your head with your hands. Mobile homes are extremely unsafe during tornadoes. ƒStay in your safe location until the danger has passed.

Tornadoes: Stay Informed

ƒPay attention to weather announcements during severe thunderstorms. ƒListen to weather-alert radios to stay informed of tornado watches and warnings. ƒAlso monitor commercial radio, television and the Internet.

Students: Explaining the Student to Student program to COMREL services, such as reducing a facility’s availability for a few hours per week.” While Nette could not speak for the tenant commands hosted by NSASP, he said that all Navy organizations were planning for budget actions in accordance with their respective headquarters. “A lot of these things may be left to the discretion of local commanders,” he said.

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honor to have you with us.” Kelly announced some great financial news for Charles County: the county improved its credit score and now holds a Double A Plus rating from Standard and Poors. The county is also participating in two Joint Land Use Studies (JLUS) with NSASP installations at Naval Support Facilities (NSFs) Dahlgren and Indian Head. The studies are primarily funded by the Department of Defense, but they are administered by local governments. The goal for JLUS is to provide a forum for the military and local communities to plan future developments in a way that benefits both parties. Charles County is also participating in a third JLUS for Naval Air Station Patuxent River, said Kelly. “To see all three of these bases move forward with these studies is going to be an important impact on our region, in terms understanding all the benefits we derive [from the installations] and their economic importance,” Kelly added. Kelly expressed concern about how the sequester might affect Charles County, noting that the cuts will hit local schools as well as military bases. Still, Kelly said the county is “prepared to deal with what comes our way and [we] feel have adequate safeguards in place.” Despite the ongoing budget stress, Kelly was pleased to announce that ground has been broken for the construction of the new St. Charles High School. The 269,000 square foot state of the art facility will feature digital classrooms, telepresence and a planetarium. “This is going to be the first of its kind school in the nation,” said Kelly. Nette returned to the podium to introduce NSASP’s

U.S. Navy photo by Andrew Revelos

Candice Quinn Kelly, president of the Charles County Board of Commissioners, addressed the South Potomac Community Relations Council on Feb. 28. new community planning and liaison officer, William Rau. “We’ll be seeing him at board and economic advisory meetings involving the community, especially with the Joint Land Use Studies,” said Nette. Nette also thanked the community for its support of this year’s Citadel Shield exercises at Dahlgren and Indian Head, which fortunately saw little impact outside the bases. “We had a lot of support from the community from law enforcement and mutual aid type of services.” A survey about community involvement in the NSF Dahlgren Environmental Restoration Program, the first survey of its kind since 2004, is being offered at Nette encouraged all members of the COMREL to participate. The survey can be accessed online at http://fluidsurveys. com/navy2013envcomm/ nsfd-environ-communityupdate-2013/ Nette addressed the ongoing budget uncertainty and how it might affect NSASP and local communities. “What we can expect at our installations are, we will probably see a reduction in

Student to Student Program

Maryanne Quirk, school counselor at North Point High School, briefed the COMREL about a compelling program intended to help the children of service members who are new to the school fit in and make friends. Students who participate in the program, many of whom are themselves the children of military service members, accompany new students during their school transition. North Point High School began the program in 2009 at the invitation of the Military Child Coalition, which provided Quirk and two students training to get the program started. “We know that North Point was selected because of its proximity to military bases and we also know that out of our population of more than 2,200 students, 353 are either military dependents or have parent that word for DoD,” said Quirk. “The purpose of Student to Student is to ease the transition of a new student to a new school, whether they are military or not. We bring the new students necessary and relevant information from a credible and relatable source: another student.” The peer relationship provides benefits to both the new student and the Student to Student member, said Quirk. “This is just a great situation. It’s win-win.”

Alyssa Gonnella, a x student and participant in the Student to Student Program, explained her participation to the COMREL. “Student to Student has been a really great experience for me. I know when I first got to North Point-my father is a military civilian and my mother is in the reserves-so I’ve never moved, but I’ve been around a lot of people who have moved and I’ve been around a lot of people who have left. So I had a sense of how it felt to be the new one, to not know anybody.” Gonnella was herself the new student when she left a private school in La Plata for North Point High School. Through cheerleading and other school activities, Gonnella successfully made the transition, though she wanted to help others. “Student to Student helped me realize that not everybody has that opportunity,” she said. “My first time showing somebody around, I realized how shy she was. So I told her about how I could relate to her and told her I understood how she felt. She opened up to me.” After her first interaction with a new student in the program, Gonnella found that helping others was addictive. “It really made me feel good that I could help somebody else out, that I could show here that there are people who are going to accept you.” Quirk, Gonnella and the rest of the young women who presented the Student to Student Program to COMREL received a rousing applause for their efforts.

Potomac Commuter Ferry update

Mark Gibb, executive director of the Northern Virginia Regional Commission, briefed the COMREL about the progress of plans that would bring commuter ferry

service to the Potomac River. “I’m pleased to have such a large and distinguished group to speak with today,” Gibb told the COMREL. The proposed ferry service would link several busy hubs within the Washington region by water, a transportation idea that only exists in a few other American cities, such as Seattle. The goal is to ease traffic congestion on regional roadways. Several local communities have expressed support for a study of the proposal. While no federal funding has yet been allocated to the study, Gibb noted that the funding situation could change. “No one has ever designated their river as a transportations node,” he said. The Northern Virginia Regional Commission is conducting phone surveys to assess to project’s viability. “We’re hoping the military personnel [in the region] will support this study,” said Gibb.

Shoreline restoration summary

Cmdr. Jeff Brancheau, Naval Facilities Command Washington (NAVFACWASH) public works officer for NSASP, briefed the COMREL about the successful effort to restore nearly two miles of environmentally-sensitive and missioncritical shoreline. The $20 million project protects $54 million of base infrastructure and added 12 acres of wetland to the installation. The wetlands create a “living” shoreline that prevents erosion and provides excellent habitat for aquatic life. Before the project commenced, the shoreline was eroding at the rate of 1.5 feet per year, said Brancheau. The Navy completed all funded phases of the project with the help of the National Aquarium’s Conservation Team, which coordinated

planting more than 50,000 native trees and shrubs at the shoreline with a diverse group of local, state and national conservation organizations. That coordinated effort helped the project control costs and the expertise of the participating conservation organizations helped the initiative become a model for the Chesapeake Bay region. “This [cooperation] is really the takeaway,” said Brancheau. “We appreciate the support of the community. It was a really great partnership.” NSF Indian Head Steam Distribution System update Brancheau continued with a brief about plans to upgrade Indian Head’s steam distribution system, known as military construction (MILCON) project 222 (P222). The current steam system, though antiquated, is vital for the production and development of energetic material on the base. “As you know, the infrastructure is very old in Indian Head,” Brancheau told the COMREL. The Goddard Steam Plant, built in 1950s, is slated to be demolished along with 30 miles of old steam lines. In its place, two smaller primary plants and nine nodal plants will be constructed. The plants will use natural gas instead of coal and fuel oil. The $62 million project will cut down on air pollution, improve the overall efficiency of the steam system and provide power redundancy for the base. “We expect to see shovels in the ground around the May or June timeframe,” said Brancheau. An existing utility easement along Route 210 will provide the space for the expansion of the gas line to Indian Head. The new plant is expected to be up and running by the summer of 2016.

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Group Award for Excellence in Service, which recognizes a support group whose dedication, customer service, and process streamlining made a significant contribution to JWAC during the year. Forming the command’s audio-visual team, they showed high levels of customer service, professionalism, and teamwork in providing superb audiovisual service. They supported many services and events, including video teleconferences, video streaming, video recording and editing, special ceremonies, sound cover system, and many equipment instillations. Despite the expertise they brought to their work, they were recognized for their willingness to accept customer suggestions for improving their service. Also, due to the demands of their work, they often had to change their schedule to meet shifting priorities within the command and forego their own participation in command events. Amanda J. Cornwell received the Spirit of JWAC Award, which honors someone who consistently demonstrates the command’s core values of integrity, courage, and service at work and within the local community. A member of JWAC’s Information Assurance team, she worked closely with analysts, developers, and outside organizations to meet the command’s needs. Her technical knowledge and expertise were relied on by many of her co-workers. She also volunteered as a cheerleading coach at King George High School and the King George Youth Athletic Association. Five cheerleaders were recognized as Universal Cheerleaders Association All-American Cheerleaders and the team scored second in district and eighth in regional competition. As a mentor and role model, she encouraged team members to choose positive alternatives to peer pressure, body image, alcohol and drug abuse, bullying, and academic performance. She also volunteered with local non-profits like Win for Wesley and Relay for Life to raise money for the American Cancer Society. For example, she planned and coordinated an annual golf tournament for the last five years that raised more than $40,000. The Award of Merit for Group Achievement went to a computer reaccreditation team of nearly 40 people from eight branches and two departments.







Awardees were: Michelle D. Banks, Stephen E. Barnum, Stephen W. Bennett, Kevin J. Biondi, Brian E. Blevins, Bryan E. Browe, Robert D. Cannon, Adam S. Carlson, Jon M. Childress, Scott A. Cogil, Amanda J. Cornwell, Elvin E. DeLoach, Navy ITC Gregory Dobson, May Y. Downum, Wanda L. Green, Jeffrey P. Harris, William Huffman, Francisca M. Jackson, Natarsha D. Johns, Chad M. Mason, Jeffrey P. Mason, Nancy M. Mullen, Hoa N. Nguyen, Donna L. Nuckols, Marjorie G. Parish, Lisa M. Perkey, Richard A. Pierce, David L. Richardson, James F. Ridgway, Wayra I. Sanchez-Rivera, John H. Schmidt, Bonita E. Simpson, Derek E. Tracy, Timothy VanHuss, Todd N. Wilbourne, Kaden P. Yealy. Working together, they faced and overcame many challenges involved in reaccrediting JWAC’s computer networks, including lack of documentation, inconsistent and outdated patching of computer systems, and changes in the command’s security staff. Despite this, they had to keep the computers working while proceeding with their work. Among some of the team’s specific accomplishments, they categorized and justified more than 84,000 Security Technical Implementation Guide results and nearly 1,700 Information Assurance Vulnerability Alerts; created more than 20 documents to support waiver and implementation delay decisions; and installed hundreds of patches and configuration settings on hundreds of computer systems. Their efforts led

to a 33 percent reduction in vulnerability alerts on one network and 78 percent on another. Throughout, team members displayed flexibility, foresight, and creativity in identifying and establishing new processes. Charles A. Bohannon received the Junior Civilian of the Year Award, which recognizes an employee at the GS-1 through GS-8 level whose performance and contributions were clearly above and beyond their expected job performance. Mr. Bohannan became JWAC’s antiterrorism/force lead following a vacancy in that position. Among his accomplishments, he developed the command’s antiterrorism/force protection plan, which was adopted by JWAC’s parent command, U.S. Strategic Command; ensured compliance, accountability, and reporting during JWAC’s annual classified holdings inventory and recommended improvements to the process; reduced the resource requirements for destroying classified material; established a two-person review process of classified material; and worked closely with others in the command to destroy classified information. Mr. Bohannon was cited for his dedication and professionalism in the performance of his duties that oftentimes exceeded his grade level. Christina M. Byrd received the Senior Civilian of the Year Award, which recognizes a non-supervisory employee at the GS-9 through GS-13 level whose performance and contributions were clearly above

and beyond their expected job performance. As head of JWAC’s security office, Ms. Byrd served as the command’s chief security advisor, earning a reputation for tact and diplomacy. Her approach and handling of sensitive matters was credited with helping change JWAC’s security culture. Some of her accomplishments included identifying and correcting many program problems; coordinating the distribution of Common Access Cards to more than 300 employees; and overseeing the command’s transition from the Navy to the Air Force. Despite staff changes during the year, morale in the command’s security office improved under her leadership. Air Force Technical Sgt. Veronica J. Babauta received the Military Member of the Year Award for the midtier level in recognition of her work as an intelligence analyst. She served as the lead analyst on two combatant command project teams, leading both military and civilian members and guided the work; provided intelligence briefs that was credited with increasing collaboration with several other federal agencies; and mentored other intelligence analysts on research and briefing techniques. Sgt. Babauta also completed several training courses on country familiarization, predictive battle space awareness, and Air Force Space Command to improve her technical and analytical skills. In addition, she volunteered 40 hours as a school mentor, teaching 13 math and science sessions and helping

prepare students for future success. Air Force Master Sgt. Lakisha Adams received the Military Member of the Year Award for the senior level for her professionalism, technical skills, and selfimprovement. As JWAC’s senior enlisted leader, she managed more than 20 service programs in support of the command’s 42 military members. She oversaw the professional development of enlisted members who earned three degrees, four promotions, and eight awards. She chaired the Joint Duty Assignment Listing revalidation communication to defend 21 billets, highlighting joint matters and organizational interaction for the Joint Staff. She used the Electronic Joint Manpower and Personnel System to combine four manpower documents, reducing the time to provide reports by 75 percent. She served on the Quality of Life Advisory Council for Dahlgren and was a coordinator with Exceptional Family Member Program. Sgt. Adams also finished four graduate courses and received a master’s degree in human resource management with a 3.8 grade point average and earned Professional Manager Certification. J. Curtis Badgett received the Executive Civilian of the Year Award for his technical competence, excellence, dedication, and selfless devotion to duty. The award recognizes an employee at the GS-14 or GS-15 level whose performance and contributions were clearly above and beyond their expected duties. A technical division head, Mr. Badgett provided outstanding leadership and clear guidance during a time of departmental transition. He and his division regularly led cross-command technical issues resulting in thorough and complete staffing for informed decisions by command leadership. One such effort, the command’s Capabilities Framework, resulted in JWAC’s ability to define what a capability is, identify skills and resources needed to execute the capability, and when those skills are required based on the emergence of future capabilities. The Framework benefited human capital planning, command capabilities briefing, workforce development, executive progress reviews, and longrange planning. Mr. Badgett consistently demonstrated outstanding performance in both capability developments with multi-million dollar budget and capabil-

ity advancement, ensuring technical direction for outyears documented and followed. Gary L. Geisler received the Robert L. Hudson Leadership Award, named for JWAC’s first Executive Director. It honors someone whose ongoing leadership and vision assures JWAC will continue to serve the needs of national decision makers and war-fighters into the 21st century. A senior engineer, Mr. Geisler served as the command’s main representative to its industry and Department of Defense partners. He maintained technical awareness in emerging operational requirements and research and development initiatives, trends, architectures, analytical tools and techniques. He served to integrate and develop the vision for partnerships capabilities, and he developed engagement option concepts that were fully adopted by JWAC teams and trusted to handle all aspects of systems engineering. Through his understanding and corporate knowledge of analysis and technical knowledge of external emerging initiatives, Mr. Geisler helped JWAC’s senior leaders determine strategic direction to ensure the command’s relevance and contribution to the nation’s most challenging problems. He was recognized both inside and outside the command as a team player with a passion to create unique approaches and technical solutions to the war-fighter’s current and future problems. He consistently displayed an amazing ability to handle many technical challenges, address organizational challenges, and communicate to senior and executive level leaders in a clear, concise, and relevant manner. Based on command priorities, he identified emerging R&D areas and analytical requirements and developed and delivered initial capabilities assessments and plans for emerging capabilities, which were tied to specific command capability gaps that supported modeling and analysis. He established, fostered, and maintained more than 15 new mission critical R&D partnerships, resulting in the command’s ability to leverage external subject matter experts, funding tailored analytical products and analytical studies that supported JWAC combatant command tasks and R&D initiatives.

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