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Fort Detrick/Forest Glen Annex Weather Update To stay informed of delays or closings in the winter weather you can call the Fort Detrick Hotline at one of the following numbers: (301) 619-7611 or (800) 256-7621. In addition, base operations status is found in the top left hand corner on the Fort Detrick website,, and under the inclement weather link at http://www. Forest Glen Annex employees have a worksite located within the Washington Capital Beltway and are required to follow

the Washington, DC Area Emergency Dismissal or Closure Procedures established by the Office of Personnel Management. Announcements on OPM administrative dismissal, delayed arrival, and administrative closures are announced through Washington, DC media outlets and through the OPM website, Technology has allowed implementation of the AdHoc System where individuals who sign up can receive text alerts to their cell phones. For more information on this sys-

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tem, please contact the Garrison Emergency Manager at (301) 619-3366. The Fort Detrick Garrison and Forest Glen Annex Facebook and Twitter pages are another frequently updated resource. You can find them at: https://www.facebook. com/DetrickUSAG and On Twitter follow: @DetrickUSAG and @ForestGlenAnnex. Finally, there are several local radio and television stations that run Fort Detrick delays and closures in addition to local school delays and closures.

Television: - WBAL - Channel 11 - Baltimore, Md. - WHAG - Channel 25 - Hagerstown, Md. - WGAL - Channel 8 - Harrisburg, Pa. - WUSA - Channel 9 - Washington, DC Radio: - WARK - AM 1490 - Hagerstown, Md. - WEPM - AM 1340 - Martinsburg, W.Va. - WTHU - AM 1450 - Thurmont, Md. - WFMD - AM 930 - Frederick, Md. Employees who cannot make it to work because of inclement weather should call their supervisor and request unscheduled leave.

What’s Inside January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, p. 3

U.S. Navy Captain Donates Painting to NMHM, p. 5

Army Developing AntiPlaque Chewing Gum, p. 6

Tell IMCOM About Fort Detrick and Forest Glen Annex Services RUSSELL MATTHIAS


Have you ever felt the need, as a customer, to have your voice heard - whether to recognize great service, point out a concern, or make a recommendation? Now is your chance to share your thoughts and help the U.S. Army Installation Management Command provide world class customer service. Customer feedback is a critical element to ensuring that IMCOM provides the highest quality programs, services and facilities to service members, families and civilian employees - in keeping with their service and sacrifice. The Interactive Customer Evaluation system is IMCOM’s primary means of receiving feedback directly from its customers. In fact, IMCOM receives nearly a half million customer comments each year. ICE empowers customers to make a difference in how IMCOM delivers products and services, by offering recommendations and bringing up issues. Customer comments also help the command to prioritize and refocus installation services and support to meet changing requirements. Between August 2012 and July 2013, nearly 393,000 customers rated their satisfaction with IMCOM products and services at 93 percent overall. There’s still

room for improvement and with all IMCOM service provider managers engaged, your comments will be seen and heard. All IMCOM service providers are required to review and follow-up on every comment regardless of whether the customer asks for a response or not. Though it’s not required, we highly encourage customers to provide their contact information when submitting a comment card through ICE, so we can provide immediate feedback. Every organization strives for 100 percent customer satisfaction and continual feedback helps identify and work on those areas that need improvement. ICE is available to every customer who uses IMCOM services - Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen (active duty, Guard, and Reserve), their families, as well as veterans, retirees and civilian employees. By sharing your honest feedback, together we can work to improve service delivery and achieve IMCOM’s goal of providing world class customer service. Visit and let your voice be heard. If you have any IMCOM customer service related questions, comments, or concerns, please contact your local garrison ICE program manager, or contact the IMCOM headquarters customer service excellence team at (210) 466-0284, (210) 466-0279, or (210) 466-0255.

The Tax Center Opens Jan. 27. Location: Community Support Center Classroom #6, 2nd Floor 1520 Freedman Drive Fort Detrick, MD 21702 Phone Number: (301) 619-1040 Hours Available for Appointments: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Closed on federal and training holidays. Active and retired members of the armed forces, including mobilized reservists, and their families are eligible for assistance. Receive your refund by direct deposit within 7-10 days of e-filing your return. Visit the Tax Assistance Center webpage for more information and to download and complete the intake form, found on the left hand side. Complete the intake form, then call (301) 619-1040 for an appointment. You will need to bring your completed intake form, your military I.D. card, and a social security card (or photocopy) for each person named on the return.

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January is Cervical Enjoying Outdoors Safely During Winter Weather Health Awareness Month CAPT. PATRICIA ALVAREZ BARQUIST HEALTH CLINIC

While the old wives’ tale that cold weather causes the common cold is not true, exposure to freezing temperatures for extended periods of time can make one feel rundown and sluggish. To help you and your family safely enjoy this winter season, the Barquist Health Clinic has the following helpful tips. Wear warm layers. When the weather is frigid, you will stay warmer in several layers of clothing rather than wearing only one thick layer. Layers keep your body heat

circulating between them. While you may be warm for a short period when wearing one layer, you will not retain your body heat all day like you will when wearing layers. An added benefit is that when you get too warm, you can take off an outer layer, and then put it back on again when you need it. When coming in from the cold, we all love to thaw out with a cup of cocoa or a fancy espresso drink. Unfortunately these beverages translate to liquid calories, often with little or no nutritional value. Try a cup of decaffeinated green tea. It will

warm you up, and your immunity will get a boost, too. Caffeine tends to make your body lose heat faster, so be sure to drink lots of fluids to stay hydrated. Lastly, watch your form. If you are shoveling snow, be sure to bend your knees and avoid hurting your back. Likewise, when walking across an icy parking lot, pay careful attention to where you are going to avoid slipping and falling. By sticking to these simple recommendations you and your family can have fun in cold temperatures while playing it safe.

Forest Glen Annex Linden Lane Gate Closed NICK MINECCI


The Linden Lane Gate on Forest Glen closed Jan. 20, and will remain closed during weekdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. due to a lack of guard personnel. Since Oct. 1, 2013, reductions in the U.S. Army Garrison Forest Glen guard force personnel has not allowed both the Brookville and Linden Lane gates to remain open. “Linden Lane Gate was closed Oct. 1, 2013, but the

Walter Reed Army Institute of Research was gracious enough to loan us some Soldiers for the past two months to reopen the Linden Lane gate for three hours each weekday afternoon to help with homebound traffic,” said Forest Glen Annex Garrison Manager William J. Crane. “But due to WRAIR’s mission requirements, that is no longer possible. The funding situation and hiring process has not changed for the garrison, and it still lacks the

personnel to keep two gates open,” Crane said. Crane said the waiting time to leave post will be long, beginning the week of Jan. 20, and “this is something we will have to deal with, and I have every faith the good people who work on Forest Glen Annex will handle this in stride,” he said. Crane also said the garrison is still attempting to get a traffic light installed at the Brookville gate, but this is still more than a year away from realization.

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. All women are at risk for cervical cancer, yet it is the easiest female cancer to prevent with regular screenings and follow-up. Courtesy photo CAPT. PATRICIA ALVAREZ BARQUIST HEALTH CLINIC

Congress designated January as Cervical Health Awareness Month. All women are at risk for cervical cancer, yet it is the easiest female cancer to prevent with regular screenings and follow-up. Cervical cancer is one of five main types of cancer that affect a woman’s reproductive organs. Occurring most often in women over the age of 30, it is highly curable when found and treated early.

The human papillomavirus, a common virus that can be passed from one person to another during sex, is the main cause of cervical cancer. HPV infection can occur in both male and female genital areas that are not protected by a condom. At least half of sexually active people will have HPV at some point in their lives. The HPV vaccine protects against the types of HPV that most often cause cervical cancer. The vaccine is given in a series of three shots and is recommended for females

and males between the ages of 9 and 26. In addition to receiving the HPV vaccine, women can take further preventative measures to reduce their risk of contracting ovarian cancer. Some of these steps include seeing their doctor regularly to receive a Pap test that can detect cervical precancer; refraining from smoking; using condoms during sex; and limiting the number of sexual partners. For more information about cervical cancer visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website at

GEMS Program Summer Internships Accepting Applications USAMRMC PAO The U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command’s Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science program is now accepting applications for high school and college-level internships at Fort Detrick. Week-long high school internships are available for junior and senior students interested in becoming Assistant Near-Peer Mentors for the GEMS program. Assistant Near-Peers serve as aides to resource teachers and more senior mentors. They help elementary, mid-

dle and other high school students in the program, while networking with scientists and professionals from USAMRMC laboratories. The application deadline for Assistant Near-Peer Mentors is Mar. 21. Students may select their week of choice on the application, with several options from June through August. Undergraduate students majoring in education or science, technology, engineering, or math-related fields may apply for USAMRMC’s Near-Peer Mentor Internships, which run from June 16 through Aug. 15, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Near-Peer Mentors guide the student

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interns through science and engineering experiments and are supported by USAMRMC subject matter experts and resource teachers. The application deadline for Near-Peer Mentors is Feb. 14. The goal of the GEMS program is to broaden students’ interest in science, engineering, technology and math so that they may consider future careers in these fields. Learn more and access applications online at mil/index.cfm/media/ news/article/2013_opportunities_open_gems_program. Fort Detrick Standard January 24, 2014



Fort Detrick’s TRICARE service center located at Barquist Health Clinic will no longer provide walk-in customer service April 1, in compliance with a Defense Health Agency decision. DHA, the DoD agency charged with managing the TRICARE health program, estimates that eliminating walk-in customer service will save $254 million over five years. In a fact sheet regarding the transition, DHA said the move supports DoD’s efforts to manage rising health care costs without making changes to benefits, fees, or beneficiary cost-shares. Barquist Army Health Clinic Commander Col. Mitchell Brew stated that the majority of walk-in visits to the TSC at Barquist are for enrollment, billing, primary care manager




changes, and general information on benefits and plans. Brew added that these programs can be handled through the TRICARE website at, or by calling the North Region Health Net Federal Services toll-free at (877) 874-2273. Patients seeking an appointment at Barquist may still call the Appointment Center at (301) 619-7175, or tollfree at (866) 319-8982. TRICARE is the health care program serving uniformed service members, retirees and their families worldwide. As a major component of the Military Health System, the TRICARE health program combines the health care resources at military hospitals and clinics (or direct care) with networks of civilian health care professionals, institutions, pharmacies and suppliers to provide access to high-quality health care services while maintaining the capability to support military operations.

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U.S. Navy Captain Donates Service-Inspired Painting to NMHM MELISSA BRACHFELD


U.S. Navy Capt. Patricia L. McKay, Assistant Dean for Clinical Sciences at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md., stands with her painting “Learning to Walk” at the National Museum of Health and Medicine. “Learning to Walk” portrays a scene McKay witnessed while deployed with the USNS Comfort during Operation Iraqi Freedom. McKay recently donated her painting to NMHM, following its inclusion in “Wounded in Action: An Art Exhibition of Orthopaedic Advancements” by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

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A painting titled “Learning to Walk” depicts a moment of cooperation and compassion between two women from different parts of the world. The artist, U.S. Navy Capt.Patricia L. McKay, has chosen to share that story with visitors to the National Museum of Health and Medicine by donating the work of art to the museum. McKay created the painting for “Wounded in Action: An Art Exhibition of Orthopaedic Advancements,” an exhibit of art works inspired by individuals’ experiences with the wounds of war sponsored by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. “Learning to Walk” was on display as part of the two-year exhibition that traveled to six U.S. cities, including an approximately yearlong engagement at NMHM. Inspired by McKay’s experiences while deployed on the USNS Comfort in 2003, the acrylic painting is based on a photograph McKay took of an American physical therapist helping an 18-year-old Iraqi female amputee learn to walk on crutches. After spending several weeks working up a first draft of the painting, McKay said it only took her two nights to complete what would become the final version. “When the ‘Wounded in Action’ project came out, this was the image that came to mind,” said McKay, who serves as Assistant Dean for Clinical Sciences at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md. McKay said she was struck by the colors in the photograph and “the effort that she [the Iraqi girl] was making to learn to walk again.” She explained that she also saw a distinct contrast between the two women; the American physical therapist had the

freedom to go anywhere and do anything, while the patient had very limited opportunities because of her nationality, gender and physical challenges. “Yet, this physical therapist is taking care of these women who were absolutely convinced that their future held nothing more than being a beggar,” McKay said, adding the Iraqi girl in the picture, “saw no future for herself.” In an effort to help the girl gain some practical skills, McKay said she taught her to use a sewing machine, which McKay had brought onto the ship to use in her spare time. “I actually took the sewing machine down to the ward and had her sit at the machine and learn to use it, thinking maybe she would be able to see she could still do so many things,” McKay said. “She had never seen a sewing machine before, but we had some fabric and some material and she just hemmed this hijab [the head covering she wears in the painting]-we gave her the fabric for that.”

McKay said the girl stayed on the hospital ship for approximately six weeks until the Comfort was given orders to return to the United States. She does not know what happened to the girl, but thinks it is possible she may have been able to obtain a prosthetic limb upon returning to Iraq. “We all hope that her life has been better than she expected it would be,” McKay said. McKay, who specializes in orthopedics and is also a hand surgeon at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and Fort Meade, said she hopes that when people see the painting, they will walk away with a sense of how important it is to help others. “For me, it’s about compassion for our fellow human beings, and the willingness to reach across cultures and try to raise each other up,” she said. “And I think that those of us who were the providers [on the ship] gained as much from that experience as we gave to the patients.”



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Army Developing Anti-Plaque Chewing Gum STEVEN GALVAN



A study funded by the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command is the first of its kind to use a pharmaceutical-grade, anti-plaque chewing gum for humans to test the feasibility of delivering a drug through chewing gum. The compound, developed by the Dental and Trauma Research Detachment at the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, is known as KSL-W. It is a novel anti-microbial peptide that kills bacteria and is designed to prevent the development of dental plaque and may reduce periodontal disease and cavities. “The initial gum formulation was done with the School of Pharmacy at the University of Kentucky, in collaboration with Dr. Patrick DeLuca (Professor Emeritus),” said Dr. Kia Leung of the USAISR DTRD. “It took three years to characterize the formulation of the gum, the release and stability profiles of the peptide. “Our oral cavity produces antimicrobial peptides as part of our innate defense,” Lueng said. “We modeled the naturally occurring antimicrobial peptides such as defensins and developed several synthetic pep-

tides [that] exhibited similar or more potent antimicrobial activity. The pharmaceutical active, KSL-W peptide, is one of the more potent molecules showing stability in the oral cavity.” “The peptide is designed to replenish and strengthen the body’s innate defense mechanisms in the oral cavity,” added DTRD Commander Col. (Dr.) Robert G. Hale. “Oral health is essential to warriors on the battlefield and could potentially save the military countless of hours and dollars in dental health.” There were a few challenges associated with infusing an innocuous item like gum with a pharmaceutical-grade drug, Leung said. “The first was ensuring adequate release of the peptide within 20 minutes of chewing,” Lueng said. “Ideally, we would like to see more than 70 percent of the active ingredient to be release within that time. At present, we have accomplished this level of release using the current gum formulation developed by Fertin Pharma, the manufacturer of the clinical gum used in the trial. We’re also concerned about the stability of the peptide in the gum formulations and in saliva.” Getting the gum approved by the Food and Drug Agency will be another major step in the evolution of the anti-plaque gum. “There would be multiple steps including Phase II and III trials for larger scale of safety and efficacy trials to go through with the

FDA,” Lueng said. “We are currently conducting a small scale (Phase I) and proof-ofconcept efficacy (Phase IIa) trials at the Oral Health Research Institute at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.” In a year-long clinical study, the OHRI will administer the gum to 137 people between the ages of 18 and 64, focusing on the safety and tolerability of single and multiple doses of the compound. Further studies will be required to determine the extent to which the gum reduces periodontal disease and cavities. The institute was chosen to administer the clinical study because it is one of the best oral health research institutes in the nation, Lueng said. “The staff there has a lot of experience performing trial on oral health products,” he said. “The selection is through competitive application and selection by the Army Evaluation Board consisting of members from different branches of Medical Research and Materiel Command. The criteria used included technical competence, management, facilities, past performance and others.” “Soldiers in the field just don’t spend a lot of time brushing their teeth,” said Dr. Domenick T. Zero, OHRI director, professor of preventive and community dentistry and principal investigator of the study. “The hope is that the gum will reduce the amount of plaque buildup that occurs when soldiers aren’t brushing their teeth,

The Army is currently testing a new type of pharmaceutical-grade, antiplaque chewing gum developed by the Dental and Trauma Research Detachment at the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research. The gum is designed to decrease dental plaque, reduce periodontal disease and prevent cavities.

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reducing the risk of periodontal disease and dental decay.” Will the anti-plaque gum ever make it to the public for general consumption and chewing? “Because the FDA considers this a new drug entity, it will have to market as prescribed drugs initially prior to becoming over-the-counter after collection of more safety data after human use,” Lueng said. “This would be similar to the situation of nicotine gum.”

Call for Abstracts for MHSRS 2014

The Military Health System Research Symposium web site is now accepting abstracts through April 4 for the 2014 conference scheduled for Aug. 18-21. Abstracts should be a maximum of 300 words (2,000 characters including spaces) and contain the following sections: background, methods, results, and conclusion. Abstracts will be reviewed by a multidisciplinary committee. Those with the highest marks will be featured during the meeting’s plenary sessions. Abstracts designated for podium presentation, and not selected by the committee for the main plenary sessions, will be considered for oral presentation during one of the 20 topic-specific breakout sessions. If not selected for podium presentation during the plenary or breakout sessions, abstracts will be considered for a poster presentation.

The MHSRS 2014 conference will also feature a Young Investigators session that will highlight oral podium presentations from a limited number of junior clinicians and scientists. Requirements for submission to the Young Investigators category are available on the MHSRS website. Learn more and submit abstracts online at SitePages/Home.aspx. The MHSRS is the Department of Defense’s premier scientific meeting, affording a collaborative environment for military providers, DoD and civilian scientists, academia, and experts from private industry. The MHSRS offers a scholarly setting for the exchange of new findings pertaining to combat casualty care research, health care development, and advanced technologies to support today’s joint Warfighter.

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