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NAVEODTECHDIV honors fallen Airman

By Andrew Revelos Staff Writer

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Family, friends, and comrades gathered April 9 at the Naval Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division (NAVEODTECHDIV) at Naval Annex Stump Neck to honor the memory of one of their own. Tech. Sgt. Anthony Capra was the non-commissioned officerin-charge of the Air Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technical Support for Detachment 63, 688 Armament Systems Squadron at Indian Head. In 2008, the Hanford, Calif. native died from wounds suffered while disarming an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) near Golden Hills, Iraq, just outside of Forward Operating Base (FOB) McHenry. After the remembrance ceremony, a heartfelt memorial was dedicated to Capra in a passageway that now bears his name. Capra’s service record was already highly-distinguished at the time of his passing. He received the Bronze Star for a 2006 de-

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An honor guard presents the colors April 9 at the memorial dedication for Tech. Sgt. Anthony Capra, an EOD tech who was killed in action in Iraq in 2008 while assigned to Air Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technical Support for Detachment 63, 688 Armament Systems Squadron at Indian Head. The photo of Capra at the dedication ceremony was the same photo used during his memorial service in Iraq. ployment. His other major awards include the Joint Services Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation

Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Air Force Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Air Force Combat

Action Medal and Iraq Campaign Medal. An oak leaf cluster denoting a second Bronze Star was awarded to

Capra posthumously along with the Purple Heart. Those who had the honor of serving with Capra remembered him as courageous, capable young man with a great sense of humor. “Tony was an outstanding explosive ordnance disposal operator,” said Tech. Sgt. Miles Lambert. “He exemplified all of the characteristics an EOD technician: he thought quickly and clearly under pressure, took charge of any situation and had immeasurable courage. Regardless of the task, he rose to every challenge with vibrant enthusiasm. Tony truly loved what EOD stands for: placing one’s self in harm’s way so that others may stay safe. His selfless actions in the face of danger saved countless Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and civilians, on the battlefield and in garrison.” As the oldest of 10 children and the father of five of his own, Capra was a dedicated family man. “Nothing mattered more to him than family,” said Lambert.

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CBIRF welcomes new chaplain By Andrew Revelos Staff Writer Lt. Cmdr. Marc McDowell, the new chaplain assigned to the Chemical Biological Incident Response Force (CBIRF), takes pride in his work with all four military branches during his more than 16-year career. But the North Carolina native has always had a special place in his heart for Marines and is happy to once again serve the few and the proud. The Iraq War veteran has a message for all members of his new command: whether it’s a military or family issue, a spiritual matter, or simply a question about life in general, McDowell’s door is always open. A chapel message from an Air Force chaplain during seminary helped McDowell realize his calling to serve. “I grew up in a very conservative, very patriotic family,” he said. “So I thought I could be in the military. I could do this. So things

came together that way. It’s good to be in an assignment like this because you can find the needs of the individuals and bring resources to them-either things that I can help a Marine or Sailor with, or finding someone else I can refer them to. I try to get to know everyone and learn about what’s available in the area.” Of course, spiritual matters are not the only duty undertaken by chaplains: they serve a vital role in the chain of command. “The chaplains are the only entity within the active service that a service member can go to with confidentiality. It’s very similar to the concept of the penitent and the priest-[chaplains] are the only person you can tell something to and have it not go beyond that person.” McDowell has experience serving a variety of military units, from Marines in Okinawa and North Carolina, to a “couple” of Navy tours, to Multi National Corps Iraq (MNC-I). The latter assignment saw McDow-

ell cooperate closely with members of the sister services, as well as Iraqi forces and civilians. McDowell participated in an outreach called “Hearts for Baghdad,” which assisted Iraqis touched by the war. The outreach brought toys, personal items and activities to Iraqis, many of them children. “I enjoyed it,” said McDowell. “That was very rewarding.” Still, cultural differences among the Iraqis led to some challenging situations. When a South Korean officer offered to teach Iraqi children tae kwon do, some Iraqi soldiers balked at the idea of co-ed classes specifically and of teaching girls self-defense in general. “The pushback we got from the Iraqis was that girls couldn’t do that,” said McDowell. “We went behind closed doors and we ventilated about it and then we found a way to keep both parties happy. The boys were taught outside and the girls were taught inside a tent with the flaps down. I was determined that the girls were going to

U.S. Navy photo by Andrew Revelos

Lt. Cmdr. Marc McDowell, newly-assigned chaplain for the Chemical Biological Incident Response Force. See Chaplain, Page 8



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Youth Activity Center Photo contest

Judges had an exceptionally hard time choosing winners at this year’s photo contest at the Youth Activity Center at Naval Support Facility Dahlgren on April 9. All categories and all age groups featured an outstanding selection of photos, leaving judges with the difficult task of choosing the best of the best. While not every entry could win a ribbon, the portraits, landscapes, architecture and animals captured in the photos reflected expert camera skills and keen eyes.

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RDML Creevy visits NSF Dahlgren CARPOOL/VANPOOL WANTED 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, 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.

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.

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Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Dahlgren Division engineer Mark Richmond briefs NSWC Commander Rear Adm. Lawrence Creevy on the Littoral Combat Ship Gun Mission Module’s Gun Module Remote Control System. Creevy’s Dahlgren tour on April 17 ranged from briefs and tours at the NSWCDD Asymmetric Systems Department to a direct metal laser sintering demonstration, Littoral Combat Ship Mission Module tour, vehicle rapid integration efforts at the NSWCDD Engagement Systems Department, and a brief on orchestrated simulation through modeling.

Student 2 Student helps military children

Month of the Military Child By Andrew Revelos Staff Writer

April is the month of the military child and citizens around the nation are focusing on ways to improve the lives of military kids. On organization, the Military Child Education Coalition, made waves in 2004 when it introduced the Student 2 Student (S2S)-a peer-based program designed to help military high school students adjust to new schools and make new friends. In 2006, a similar program was created for middle school students: Junior Student 2 Student (JS2S). Both programs function similarly; S2S members receive training from the Military Child Education Coalition and are paired with new stu-

U.S. Navy photo by Andrew Revelos

Members of Junior Student 2 Student at the Dahlgren School. dents for orientation and special S2S activities. For those who never endured a change of schools as a child, the list of

issues faced by new students is daunting. From not getting lost, to making friends, to keeping up with lessons, to

avoiding bullies, the obstacles can pose serious challenges.

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Base Happenings Dahlgren Subway at Cannonball Lanes is hiring!

The new Subway that’s going in to Cannonball Lanes at NSF Dahlgren is now accepting applications. Applications can be picked up and dropped off inside the bowling alley. Completed applications are to be placed inside the yellow lockbox, located inside the bowling alley.

Hispanic Association Celebrates Earth Month

The Hispanic Association of Dahlgren is celebrating Earth Month and wants you to help them! During the month of April, the Hispanic Association of Dahlgren wants you to give a little something back to the planet. Pick up some seeds, flowers, shrubs or even trees and plant them somewhere. Take a picture of your effort and send it to us, to be included in our newsletter and website. Show us how you and your family help the environment! Submit your photos by April 23 to

Navy Ball Lunch Fundraiser Daily at Parade Field Pavilion

The Dahlgren Navy Ball Committee is selling lunch daily (weather permitting)from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. on the Parade Field Pavilion. This lunch service will be available until the new Subway opens at Cannonball Lanes. Also, April 15 will be the next Krispy Kreme Donut Sales day. Drop your taxes into the post office mailbox and then make it all better with a box of a dozen original Krispy Kremes at main gate. Please come out for lunch and support the Dahlgren Navy Ball Committee!!!

DMV2Go at NSF Dahlgren

The DMV2Go van will be at NSF Dahlgren on 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. With the latest technology, the DMV2Go offers multiple services including state ID applications and renewals, driver’s license applications and renewals, vehicle titles, license plates, decals, transcripts, copies of driving records, applications for disabled parking placards, and many more! Stop in and take care of your DMV needs quickly and easily!

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CSCS Selects Civilian of the Quarter

By Kimberly Lansdale Center for Surface Combat Systems

Center for Surface Combat Systems (CSCS) recognized its Civilian of the Quarter (COQ) for the first quarter of 2013 at an awards ceremony at the Arleigh Burke auditorium onboard Naval Support Facility Dahlgren April 16. “I was pleasantly surprised when I first received the news,” said Financial Analyst Joy Elliott. “I work with a great team and love every aspect of my job.” Elliott has been part of the resource management team since March of 2011, working with CSCS west coast detachments and their budgets. She also distributes funds for CSCS headquarters and its 14 learning sites. “I started at CSCS as a Financial Technician and shortly after became a Financial Analyst,” she said. “I have enhanced my knowledge and skills set and look forward to learning new skills and strengthening the ones I have.” Elliot’s supervisor, Terri Dirscherl, the Budget Officer for Resource Management Directorate, nominated her for the award. “Joy has really stepped up to the plate,” said Dirscherl. “She has learned new tasks, while continuing to do tasks from her former vacated position. She has done her job and anything asked of her, with a professional, pleasant,

U.S. Navy photo by Daryl Roy, ATRC

Center for Surface Combat Systems’ financial analyst Joy Elliott receives her Civilian of the Quarter plaque from CSCS commanding officer Captain Don Schmieley at an awards ceremony in the Arleigh Burke auditorium onboard Naval Support Facility. and open-minded attitude. She is well thought of by her co-workers and we all enjoy seeing her smiling face in the office.” The Center for Surface Combat Systems mission is to develop and deliver surface ship combat systems training to achieve surface warfare superiority. Its headquarters’ staff oversees 14 learning sites and provides 80,000 hours of curriculum and 670 courses a year to more than 43,000 Sailors.

CSCS conducts training for nine enlisted ratings: Fire Controlmen, Electronic Technicians, Interior Communications, Sonar Technician (surface), Gunner’s Mates, Mineman, Operations Specialists, Boatswain’s Mates, and Quartermasters. CSCS also trains surface warfare officers in skills required to tactically operate and employ Aegis, Ship Self Defense System (SSDS), and Tomahawk weapon system equipped ships.

Dahlgren School Celebrates Financial Literacy Month The NSF Dahlgren Fleet and Family Support Center and NSWC Federal Credit Union staff treated the students at Dahlgren school to an enthusiastic day of games and activities designed to promote financial literacy. Board games and Family Feud type activities taught lessons in banking and savings. Classes were designed for the appropriate age level and all attendees received a prize. Pictured above are two of the youth playing a game similar to Chutes and Ladders but with questions about earning, saving and spending money.

Indian Head Kraving Kabobs Truck at NSF Indian Head

Looking for a yummy hot lunch on base at NSF Indian Head? Look no further! The Kraving Kabobs truck is on call from Monday - Thursday from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. near the NEX and later near Bldg. 303 in the restricted area. Check out their menu of yummy subs, gyros, falafel and other favorites. To publish information on your event or program under “Base Happenings,” contact NSASP Public Affairs at 540-653-8153 or email

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Awardees honored for delivering national defense solutions Ninety-three individuals and 23 groups were honored with 16 different Navy and Dahlgren Division awards as the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) held its annual honor awards ceremony on April 19. “Our awardees have stepped up the pace to take on responsibility and persevered until the solution was found and the task completed,” said NSWCDD Commander Capt. Michael Smith. “They have accepted each challenge with positive responses and reached beyond everyday expectations to deliver solutions critical to supporting our homeland and national defense. Through their innovation and hard work, they truly exemplify the Dahlgren Division’s legacy of excellence,” said Smith. Dr. Robert Gates, a former head of NSWCDD’s Strategic and Weapon Control Systems Department, and technical director for NSWC Indian Head Division prior to his retirement from federal service in 2010, was the guest speaker at the awards ceremony held at the University of Mary Washington’s Dahlgren campus. Gates recounted NSWCDD’s history and transition from an ordnance-based organization to a premier research and development laboratory. Currently serving as the vice president for the Dahlgren Heritage Foundation, Gates cited NSWCDD’s impact on major research and development programs, from submarine launched ballistic missile defense in the 1960s to today’s electromagnetic rail gun and directed energy programs. “The key ingredient has always been the personnel,” said Gates, pointing out that success at Dahlgren has always been based on leadership that is “flexible enough to be able to respond to changes.” “May you be inspired by our award recipients,” Smith told NSWCDD employees in the audience. “Always remember that your work, our work, makes a difference on a daily

basis to the men and women who wear the uniform of the United States military. We will continue to serve proudly alongside them.” The NSWCDD Commander commended families, friends and colleagues of award recipients, crediting them with enabling the awardees’ success. “As we recognize our awardees, let us also remember the families and co-workers who are partners in the career successes we celebrate today,” said Smith. “To the spouses, children, parents, and friends - thank you for your patience and understanding when long hours and extended travel were necessary.” Individual and group awards presented during the ceremony were featured in detail in last week’s special edition of the South Potomac Pilot. Those who did not pick up a newsstand copy can retrieve the newspaper on line at, search on South Potomac Pilot for the April 19 edition.

In addition to the awards made during the annual recognition ceremony, Smith also announced additional awards that are scheduled for presentation later this year. Michael Slocum was named as the 2013 winner of the Dr. Robert J. Haislmaier Memorial Award for significant contributions to the Navy’s electromagnetic environmental effects (E3) program. This award is named after a well-known and respected Navy civilian who worked his entire career on Navy E3 issues and who was the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations chief spokesman on E3 issues throughout the 1980s. Slocum was cited for his efforts over the past 13 years that resulted in improved Fleet readiness and responsiveness through prevention, control and resolution of electromagnetic interference issues. He anticipated new E3

Capt. Michael Smith, Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division Commander, presents Robert Dibble with the Dahlgren Award at the command’s annual honor awards ceremony April 19. Dibble, honored for his contributions to the command’s rapid development capability, established a government rapid development projects lab and ensured the use of warfighter inputs early in the development of complex technological projects.

technologies and developed the resources to effectively integrate them for the benefit of the U.S. Navy. Smith also announced that members of the CVN 78 Class Interface Control Working Group will receive the Program Executive Office, Integrated Warfare Systems (PEO IWS) Excellence Award later this year. The working group was cited for reducing the risk associated with integrating newly developed warfare systems on CVN 78, the first ship of its class. The team evaluated 80 systems, identified discrepancies, and saved the Navy up to $15 million dollars in reinstallation costs. The NSWCDD working group members are Mark Fulir, Jim Hall, Pam Littleton, Donny Wardlaw, Kevin Long and Mike McCracken.

MWR Highlights Come in every $10 Tuesday, get a lane for one hour of bowling for only ten dollars! Eligible patrons include all with base access. For more information, please contact Cannonball Lanes at 540-653-7327.

Liberty Center

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Liberty Movie and Pizza Night

April 30 Liberty Center Patrons Only: E1- E6 Single/Unaccompanied Active Duty Military. Have dinner with Liberty and enjoy the newest movies. For more information, please contact the Liberty Center at 540-653-7277. Pizza is sponsored by Dahlgren Domino’s Pizza.

Cannonball Lanes Bowling Center 9-Pin Bowling Tournament

April 27, 6 p.m. The cost is $15 per person, which includes shoes and game. Prizes will be awarded. Eligible patrons include all with base access. For more information, contact Cannonball Lanes at 540653-7327.

Summer Bowling League Meetings

April 29 – May 2 Monday Mixed League meeting (April 29) Tuesday Mixed League meeting (April 30) Thursday Mixed League meeting (May 2) Eligible patrons include all with base access. For more information, please contact Cannonball Lanes at 540-653-7327.

Ten Dollar Tuesdays

Every Tuesday in MAY

Fitness Center Powerhouse Competition

May and June - FREE Eligible patrons include all with base access. Sign up anytime during the month of May or June at the Dahlgren Fitness Center. Every Wednesday in MAY starting at 0600 – 0800 / 1100- 1300 / 1600 – 1800. Anytime during Fitness Center hours of operation in June. Events in May (Max Weight*); Bench Press, Deadlift & Squat. In June (Max Reps); Pull-ups, Push-ups and Sit-ups. *Scores will be determined by Wilks Coefficient Prize for overall male and female winners. Participants who accumulate 300 points will receive an event t-shirt. For more information, please contact the Fitness Center at 540653-8580/2215. Sponsored by: NSWC Federal Credit Union.

Fit and Healthy Group Meetings

May 7 at 5:15 p.m. Tuesdays The Fitness Center and the Fit to Win Program are holding a weekly meeting to help you meet your health and weight loss goals. Join us every Tuesday for an 8 week ses-

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 Friday, April 26th 7 p.m., Admission - PG-13 Saturday, April 27th 2 p.m., Oz the Great and Powerful - 3D - PG Saturday, April 27th 7 p.m., The Call- R Friday, May 3rd 7 p.m., The Croods (3-D)- PG Saturday, May 4th 7 p.m., Olympus Has Fallen - R sion at 5:15 p.m. Eligible patrons include all with base access. Registration is not required. FREE for Active Duty. $10.00 for all with base access. For more information call the Dahlgren Fitness Center at 540-653-8580 or Jennifer Hartman, Fitness Coordinator at 540-653-2016.

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Community Notes Dahlgren Relay For Life Scrapbooking Fundraiser

The Shooting Stars King George Relay For Life team from the King George County Sheriff’s OfďŹ ce will hold a Creative Memories Relay For Life Scrapbooking fundraiser on Sunday, April 28 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Colonial Beach Volunteer Fire Department. Cost is $10 and all proceeds beneďŹ t the American Cancer Society. Admission price includes snacks, drinks and lunch, use of Creative Memories scrapbooking tools and door prizes. For more info, contact Barbara Murphee at (540) 775-8014.

Dahlgren Sharks Swim Team Sign-Ups

The Dahlgren Sharks swim team will be holding open registration on April 30 & May 7 at the King George YMCA from 5 to 7 p.m. Open to all kids ages 18 and under that are able to swim the length of the pool. Practices and home meets will be held at the Dahlgren Aquatics Center. All levels of swimmers are welcome. For more information see our website, http://dahlgrensharks. com/index.php.

1st Annual Taste of Indian Head

1st Annual Taste of Indian Head event will be held May 4 on The Village Green from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Restaurants, artisans, crafters, and businesses. Register now and reserve your space. Outside Food Booth or Table Rental: $20 ea. Reservations: Pam

Hayes 301/743-6777. Entertainment Wanted! Bands, singers, clowns, musicians, dancers, story tellers and choirs are wanted to participate, contact Kay Cotton 240/5080090. Co-sponsored by Indian Head Business Association & Town of Indian Head,, This a rain or shine event.

Boat Course in Colonial Beach

A Virginia DGIF Boat Virginia course is being held on Saturday, April 27, in Colonial Beach, Va. The USCG Auxiliary will be teaching this class at the Colonial Beach Town Center, next to the library, at 22 Washington Ave. from 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is no cost to the student. While currently anyone who operates a PWC and anyone aged 30 and younger operating a motorboat in Virginia are required to have taken a NASBLA-approved safe boating course, beginning this 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 certiďŹ cate needed to meet the Virginia regulation. Register for the class at the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) web site: http://www.

RACSB to Hold Annual Mayfest Celebration May 4

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Kings Highway, Fredericksburg. A breakfast served by RACSB Intellectual Disability Support Coordinators will be held from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Mayfest is a day of family fun with live entertainment, bake sale, food, rafe prizes, silent auction, plant sales, barrel train, moon bounce and most importantly support of adults with intellectual disabilities. The live entertainment includes performances by: singer Bob Williams; First Class Country with Donnie Stevens; The Sounds of Silent with Becky Bennett; Historyland Chorus featuring ballad singer Zana Kizwee; The Lonely Hands consisting of local artists Emily Barker, Haylee Hill, Jay Kole, Jenna Kole, and Scott Wagner; and Rappahannock Area Kids on the Block. To view the items available through the silent auction and rafe, please visit The grand rafe prize is $500 cash. For additional information, call RAAI at 540-3737643 or visit

Fredericksburg Indoor Ultra Triathlon

Off Da Couch Training, has partnered with Gold’s Gym and the University of Mary Washington to put on an indoor ultra tri on June 8. The registration deadline is April 30. The 17-hour event involves 2.4 miles of swimming, 112 miles on a stationary bike and a 26.2-mile run on treadmills and around a track. Those are the same distances as the popular Ironman Triathlons held worldwide, although here they will be completed in shorter relays by teams of participants. The Defy This Indoor Ultra Tri will be held at 7 a.m. June 8 at the University of

Mary Washington. Registration closes April 30. The race includes a 2.4-mile swim, 112mile bike ride and 26.2-mile run. Individuals or teams of up to six people can participate. Individual registrations are $180; teams of six are $855 and other size teams fall in between. Proceeds beneďŹ t Safe Harbor, a center that helps children who have suffered abuse. For more information and to sign up:

Indian Head Get Reeled into the 2013 Annual Spring “Fishin’ Buddies� Derby

The Charles County Department of Public Works, Parks Division will sponsor the 2013 annual Spring “Fishin’ Buddiesâ€? Fishing Derby at Gilbert Run Park in Dentsville, on Saturday, May 4, from 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Anglers will compete by teams, which must include one adult at least 21 years of age and one child between the ages of 6 and 15. Each team must supply their own rods and bait. Trophies will be awarded in the two age divisions. Bank anglers will compete separately from those who ďŹ sh from a boat. Local businesses have donated numerous ďŹ shingrelated door prizes. All teams are eligible for the door prize drawings. The entry fee is $7 per team. Pre-registration is required since participation is limited. Entry forms are available at Gilbert Run Park or the main ofďŹ ce of the Department of Public Works

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Community Covenant to be Signed with 3 Area Bases Representatives from several area jurisdictions will sign a community covenant expressing support for three military installations in the region as part of a public celebration planned for Saturday, May 4, at the Central Park Corporate Center at Central Park Blvd. in Fredericksburg, Va. Military commanders for Fort A. P. Hill, Marine Corps Base Quantico and Naval Support Facility Dahlgren will join ofďŹ cials from the City of Fredericksburg and Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George and Caroline Counties in signing a proclamation that will represent a formal commitment of support by the local community to military service members and families of active-duty, Reserve and National Guard armed forces personnel. Special events in the community celebration kick off at 10 a.m. and will include music by the Quantico Marine Corps Band and a demonstration by the U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard’s precision drill team. The USO Liberty Bells show troupe will also perform. Food vendors, activities for children, informational booths and displays will

The USO Liberty Bells, the only ofďŹ cial chartered USO show troupe, will perform during the May 4 community covenant signing event in Fredericksburg. The Liberty Bells travel throughout the world performing for service men and women, their families, veterans and audiences that actively support the troops here and abroad. round out the event. The DMV 2 Go - a mobile customer service center ready to bring DMV services to Virginians at convenient locations - will also be onsite. A brief, formal ceremony and covenant signing will occur at 11:30 a.m. The community covenant celebration is being

presented by the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Military Affairs Council and the Quantico/ Belvoir Regional Business Alliance in partnership with the Central Park Corporate Center, Rappaport Companies, and Cushman & WakeďŹ eld | Thalhimer.

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Airman: Honored for helping EOD techs adapt to security challenges Continued from page 1

“He would talk incessantly about his beautiful wife Angie and about his children-Mark, Victoria, Jared, Shawn, Adrianna-Tony was a proud father and a devoted husband.” Several members of Capra’s family, including his father Tony, served or are serving in the Air Force. His children unveiled the memorial after the dedication ceremony. Capra’s flight commander, Maj. Shane Frith, thanked all who helped make the memorial possible. The memorial featured the Soldier’s Cross, an M-4 carbine with bayonet, boots, helmet and dog tags bearing Capra’s name. After his passing, the remaining members of Capra’s flight in Balad all wore copies of Capra’s dog tags. One of those comrades donated his copy of Capra’s dog tags for the memorial. A plaque honoring Capra at Balad Air Base in Iraq was also moved to NAVEODTECHDIV for the memorial. “I want to say thank you for all the tradition, the history, all the care and all the love that goes into this,” said Frith. Frith recounted fond memories of Capra. “Tony was funny,” he said. “I have a hard time standing up here and being so professional when I think of Tony because he was so candid. He was so funny-you couldn’t go into a room with Tony there and not laugh at something he said.” Capra’s personal and professional qualities were admired by all who knew him, said Frith. “It’s an honor, truly an honor, to be here and to dedicate this hallway to the memory of Tony. Not only because of who he was, but also for the role he played at [NAVEODTECHDIV].” Capra’s work serving the EOD community in garrison was exceeded only by his heroism on the battlefield. “As an EOD technician deployed, he went responded to 221 combined EOD and IED missions,” said Frith. “Think about how many military and civilians were positively affected by Tony’s heroic actions.” Capt. Thomas Smith, commander of NAVEODTECHDIV, praised Capra’s service and the legacy he left behind. “I’m so honored to be here and be a part of this ceremony, to celebrate

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The surviving family of Tech. Sgt. Anthony Capra, right, unveils the passageway and memorial bearing his name. the life and the gift and the sacrifice of Tech Sergeant Capra,” he said. “To his family-Angie and his children, to [his father] and his mom, to his brothers and sisters, honored guests, flag and general officers, [special executive service civilians]-welcome to EODTECHDIV and this dedication ceremony. Certainly, Tony exists in the hearts and minds of those who

knew him and now, with this dedication, generations of new EOD warriors from all services will learn of Tony’s legacy of service and sacrifice.” Brig. Gen. David Howe, director of Installations and Mission Support, Headquarters Air Combat Command, paid tribute to Capra’s service. “It’s a distinct privilege to get to be here to play any small part in this

Maj. Shane Frith, flight commander of Tech. Sgt. Anthony Capra during his final deployment, serves cake to Capra’s youngest daughter, Adrianna, at the reception that followed Capra’s memorial dedication. fitting remembrance of an extraordinary Airman and an extraordinary warrior,” he said. Howe credited EOD techs like Capra for helping the EOD community adapt to security challenges far beyond the community’s original role of disposing munitions. “Now, in the wars our nation has engaged in EOD forces are embedded in ground maneuver units,” he said. “There is

a fast-growing demand for this career field in support of special operations forces, which is understandable. The career field has adapted, grown and evolved with amazing speed and it’s much to their credit.” Above all, Howe praised the skill and courage necessary to perform EOD missions, qualities he said

Dog tags with Tech. Sgt. Anthony Capra’s name hang from a carbine as part of the memorial dedicated to his memory. After his passing, every member of Capra’s unit wore a copy of his dog tags for the remainder of their deployment; one member donated his copy for the memorial. Capra personified. “This career field is not cut out for everybody,” said Howe. “It is only a select few who can do it and do it as well as [Capra] did.”

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Navy’s Flagship Responsible Drinking Campaign 2013 You’ve worked hard for your career as a Sailor. Only one-third of 17 to 24 year olds in the United States are even eligible for Navy service, and even fewer are capable of enduring the physical and emotional challenges of being a Sailor. From boot camp to advancement exams, job training and deployments, you have conquered them all through hard work, sacrifice and dedication. Making responsible drinking choices is an extension of that dedication. Just one bad decision while drinking alcohol can jeopardize everything you’ve earned. Sailors involved in alcohol related incidents face serious consequences, including loss of rank, rate or pay; separation from the Navy; and civilian consequences, such as fines and jail time. Irresponsible drinking not only threatens your health and career, it threatens the Navy’s ability to be mission-ready. This Navy’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention

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do what the boys were doing-we could make other arrangements, but we weren’t going to leave them out.” Another tour brought McDowell to Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, where he served the prison guards. “I was an [individual augmentee] to [Joint Task Force Guantanamo],” said McDowell. “I was in an out of the camps and visited the guards every day, several times a day. The Navy Chaplain Corps talks about ministry presence which is being present with people when they do what they have to do. That’s the one place I found it meant the most.” The sum of McDowell’s experience has given him a better appreciation of his own faith and of other faiths. “It’s widened my lenses in some ways,” he said. “I’ve found that chaplains and people of other faith groups that I wouldn’t have met if I hadn’t been [a chaplain]. They are people I respect greatly, regardless of their specific faith group. But there are knuckleheads everywhere-I’ve found knuckleheads in other faith groups and I’ve found knuckleheads in my own faith group.” While it is true that there is a knucklehead or two in every group of people, McDowell values his opportunity to serve the Marines above all others. “What I like about Marines is, people might say they do things the hard way. And it can be hard, it can be tough. But you know what to expect and its simple and you can depend on it. Everything is tied to a purpose. From uniforms to daily routine. It’s a wonderful thing. I enjoy working in a Marine environment more than any other thing. What’s not to like?” McDowell is currently in the thick of the very challenging CBIRF Basic Operators Course (CBOC) and already has great respect for the organization.”CBIRF has a very welldefined mission,” he said. “They’re the only ones in the Marine Corps and Navy with that kind of mission. They’re well resourced and they train hard. They’ve got a good group of combat veterans as well.” The prospect of serving the many combat vets assigned to CBIRF motivates McDowell. “They need a lot of care. They sacrificed a lot for our national defense, personally. Others around them paid the ultimate price and they’re still working through it. So it is a great challenge.”

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NADAP campaign - “Keep What You’ve Earned” - seeks to encourage responsible drinking among Sailors by celebrating the achievements in their Navy careers. Through recognition of their hard work and dedication, Sailors are reminded of their accomplishments-and how much they have to lose if they make poor choices regarding alcohol. The campaign actively

engages Sailors as advocates for responsible drinking. If you think you may be struggling with an addiction to alcohol, or if drinking interferes with your work and/or relationships, visit the Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Program located at your base’s clinic or military treatment facility. For more information, contact your base Alcohol and Drug Control Officer.


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The sheer number of school moves undertaken by many military children makes a program like S2S especially useful, though the program is also offered to non-military new students. Students at the Dahlgren School have embraced JS2S and membership has grown from three to nine since the school began participating in the program in May of 2012 at the suggestion of Lolita Gunter, school liaison officer for Naval Support Activity South Potomac (NSASP). Gunter praised the program for not only helping meet the unique needs of military children, but also for teaching student member invaluable life skills: leadership, organization, public speaking and above all, kindness. “It’s really a good program,” she said. “The children really need it. I really want all schools to have this program.” When the program began at the Dahlgren School, six students stepped up to the challenge and became members of JS2S. Three of those original six members have since moved on to high school. The three remaining JS2S members and Stephen Burton, guidance counselor at the Dahlgren School, discussed the progress of JS2S over lunch April 10. “It’s a great leadership opportunity for these kids,” said Burton, who helps the Dahlgren School JS2S members run the program. “It’s a great way to develop the ability to interact with others in a positive way.” JS2S students use those skills to help new students in ways that an adult could not. “Military students are so transient in their school years that this is a program that allows students to help each other make those transitions,” said Burton. “It’s run by the students-they’re responsible for planning the activities, making the connections, all of it.” The original three members of JS2S still attending the Dahlgren School described their motivations for reaching out to other military children. “As a kid in the Navy, you move around a lot-I think the shortest [time] I’ve ever lived in one place is two years-so you don’t really get to know a lot of people in that short of time and you don’t get to keep them as you move on,” said Megan, self-described “shy kid” and member of Dahlgren

Protect the ones you love! Maryland law requires all dogs, cats and ferrets be vaccinated for rabies. Bring your pet to a free rabies clinic on Sunday, May 5, from 2 - 4 p.m. at Newburg Volunteer Rescue Squad and Fire Department located at 12215 Rock Point Road. The clinic is sponsored by the volunteers of the Charles County Animal Response Team, Charles County Animal Control, and the Charles County Department of Health. Dog and cat licenses will also be available for purchase. The fee for a pet license is $5 if your animal is altered; $25 is your animal is not altered. All dogs must be leashed. All cats and ferrets must be contained in a carrier. For more information about the free clinic, contact the Charles County Department of Emergency Services at 301-609-3425 or e-mail Debbie Yost at YostD@ Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

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Sotterley Plantation will hold their 15th annual Plant Sale and Free Plant Exchange on Saturday, April 27 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. and Sunday, April 28 from Noon - 3 p.m. The Free Plant Exchange will run on Saturday only from 10 a.m. to Noon. Your plants in exchange for other annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetables, shrubs, trees, bulbs and seeds! For more information on this event or other upcoming Sotterley Plantation events, visit our website at JS2S. “With the skills you learn with JS2S, you can make friends faster.” Those skills begin with making new students feel at ease. “You learn how to make kids feel comfortable,” said Megan. “You introduce them around to people so that they know everybody.” Geoffrey, JS2S member, explained his reasons for participating in the program. “I thought it would be fun and I like helping people.” For Libby, JS2S member, her own experiences as a military child motivated her to participate. “It helps new students be welcomed to the base,” she said. “I know how it feels to be a military child. My dad was in the service for 20 years. I know how it feels to come to a base and not know anyone. If I can help one student feel more comfortable, [than] they can help other students also.” Helping other military children adjust to the Dahlgren School has been a rewarding experience for members of JS2S. “It’s a good feeling, because I know those students are going to have new friends,” said Libby. “They have people to show them around and they don’t feel like they shouldn’t be here. They feel like they belong in this new environment.” “It’s nice to see the new kid feel comfortable and feel like they do fit in,” added Megan. “It feels good helping new students because we’ve all been in that situation. We move and we don’t know anybody,” said Geoffrey. “You just help the person out and they’re friends with everybody.” Word of the good deeds done by members of S2S at the Dahlgren School and elsewhere has put a spotlight on the unique needs of military children. The fact that military children are themselves looking out for one another through S2S has impressed educators, military parents and military leaders. “I’m very impressed at the leadership shown by the members of the Dahlgren School’s Junior Student 2 Student program,” said Capt. Pete Nette, commanding officer of Naval Support Activity South Potomac. “As a father, I understand how difficult it is for military kids to change schools and make new friends. For other military children to step up and help their fellow students is awe-inspiring; they’re truly an exceptional group of young people and I thank them for their service.”

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