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Vol. 31, No. 11

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Fort Detrick Fire Department Recognized for Assistance in Trench Rescue

COMPILED BY MIEMSS AND THE FORT DETRICK FIRE DEPARTMENT The Fort Detrick Fire Department was recognized May 21 by the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems for their assistance in a trench rescue in 2013. MIEMSS recognizes outstanding services provided throughout Maryland by first responders annually. On Sept. 24, 2013, an excavation crew was working to relocate a water main in Frederick County when a caller reported a person pinned in a trench between two pipes, and the trench rapidly filling with water. By the time rescue personnel arrived, ballast had washed around the patient to his waist from the bottom of the trench. Despite excavation efforts, the water reached the patient’s chin. The victim was hypothermic, going in and out of consciousness, and

needed self-contained breathing apparatus to protect his airway from rising water. Rescue crews used pumps to slow the rising water while the excavation company increased the opening at the end of the trench, allowing more water to run away from the patient. Once a shoring system was in place, providers were able to access and treat the patient and begin extrication. Although one leg was freed, the victim was losing blood rapidly from the other leg still pinned below the knee. After three hours of rescue efforts, crews were finally able to separate the pipes crushing his leg. He was transported to R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, Maryland for treatment. Although he suffered significant blood loss the victim was able to be discharged 15 days after the incident.

The Fort Detrick Fire Department was recently recognized for their efforts in saving a man’s life during a rescue. Photo provided by Brian Wheeler, Fort Detrick Fire Department

NCO Completes Graduate Degree with High GPA SHANNON BISHOP


Sgt. Gebreyesus graduated with several of his friends on Mother’s Day May 11. Photo Courtesy of Sgt. Gebreyesus, United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases

According to the National Center for Education Statistics over half of full-time, undergraduate students seeking a four year degree for the first time take at least six years to complete their degree. Earlier this month, Sgt. Dawit Gebreyesus from the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, completed his Masters in Business Administration from Mount St. Mary’s University with a 3.8 grade point average. Despite challenges along the way, Gebreyesus completed his undergraduate and master’s degrees in just three years. With the use of Army tuition

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assistance and his GI Bill, Gebreyesus had to pay very little out of pocket expenses for his degree. Army tuition assistance will pay up to $250 per credit hour for up to 16 semester hours in a fiscal year. The GI Bill, according to education counselor Gordon Nero, covers 36 months of full-time education. Gebreyesus, originally from Oahu, Hawaii, said he joined the Army to give back to his country. “I wanted to serve. I want to serve my country before I take any of the benefits from my country,” the medical laboratory technician said. Gebreyesus described the challenges in completing his degree as a balancing act. “I was never deployed [while attending school], but balancing the load as a full-time student and

Soldier was very challenging. He also said his motivation came from his family’s encouragement and the long-term advantages to having a higher education. “Education is the future. It’s the only way to survive in the economy and to be secure. I know that when I am done serving in the Army, I will be okay,” Gebreyesus said. “Hard work was the key to doing this. Managing your time well is also important. I took classes in the evenings and on the weekends. I had to sacrifice a lot of my personal time to finish school.” Nero commented on the challenges of being a successful student and serving in the military. “When you are in the military, See GPA, continued on page 9

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21st Signal Brigade Tours Arlington National Cemetery, p. 6

Fort Detrick Leaders Attend Local Career Day, p. 7


Kicking Off the Summer Season Safely COMMAND SGT. MAJ. RICHARD D. JESSUP This past Memorial Day weekend, we kicked off the 100 Days of Summer safety campaign. From now through Labor Day, this safety campaign is intended to remind us that we cannot afford to lose focus on safety, whether we are on or off duty. Warm months bring many opportunities for family fun, but that fun can quickly turn to tragedy if safety is not our number one priority. Previously, we have seen that the number of accidents, including motor vehicle, increases during the summer months. If you are riding a motorcycle, be sure to have the appropriate personal protective equipment. In a car, always wear your seatbelt and ensure that children are properly restrained. It is extremely important to remember to never leave pets or children unattended in vehicles for any amount of time. Even if it is just for a few minutes, in high temperatures, this can be a deadly mistake. This summer season, as you enjoy your family vacations and venture out to social gatherings, the Fort Detrick command challenges you to keep the number of days with alcohol-related incidents to zero. As of today, currently we have had 174 days without any incidents. I want to see that number continue to grow! When planning your summer activities, remember the effects of alcohol or prescription drugs, and identify the risks associated with impairment while participating in various activities. It is not worth your

life, or anyone else’s, to attempt to drive after consuming a few drinks. Think ahead when planning summer vacations and ensure you know where you are going to avoid distractions while operating a vehicle. Keep in mind that you do not have to venture far, or spend a lot of money, to have fun this summer. Below are some ideas for budget-friendly summer activities: - Attend an outdoor concert- Baker Park offers free musical entertainment every Sunday night starting in June. - DIY projects- make your own glow-in-the-dark bubbles, build a birdhouse, or create your own tye-dyed t-shirts. - Plant a garden- this can be a fun activity that is ongoing and that also teaches kids how to grown their own nutritious food. - Enjoy nature through walking, fishing or camping. - Visit the National Zoo- admission to the National Zoo if free and metro accessible. - Family game night- pick an evening during the week or weekend and have a pre-planned family game activity. These can include games like kickball, softball, or capture the flags. For a rainy evening, break out the board games. Do not forget to join the Installation Safety Office and Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation for Summer Safety Day on June 26 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the commissary parking lot. This will be the final celebration of National Safety Month. The event will discuss safety tips for traveling

Community Information Exchange Meeting The U.S. Army Garrison Fort Detrick will host their Quarterly Community Information Exchange Briefing on Monday, June 16 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Community Activity Center, 1529 Freedman Drive. The Community Information Exchange will provide an overview of upcoming events, services, and other key information pertaining to the Fort Detrick Community. Intended participants/audience are Fort Detrick and Forest Glen Annex tenant commanders, directors, retirees, and residents of installation housing.

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Youth Program Recognized by Boy Scouts of America SHANNON BISHOP


Frederick Law Enforcement Explorer Post #1218 was recently recognized by the Boy Scouts of America District Commissioners Office for its organizational success and ability to retain and recruit members. Staff from Fort Detrick’s Police Department assists the Frederick County Sherriff’s Office in running the Frederick County Law Enforcement Explorer Post. Supported by the Boy Scouts Learning for Life initiative, the explorer’s program prepares children ages 14 to 21 for careers in law enforcement through direct, practical experience. “We give hands-on experience and classroom lectures…The kids really enjoy traffic stops, building searches, and administering first aid. These are lifelong skills that they will take with them,” said

Fort Detrick Detective Richard Sherbert. Sherbert serves as the senior post advisor and the district as vice chair for exploring. He admitted he is thrilled with the group’s hard work preparing to enter careers in law enforcement. “These are very well-mannered kids. They are the future of law enforcement. These young men and women know what they want to do and they have taken the steps to give themselves the advantage to do it. I am very proud of my youth leaders. I couldn’t be prouder of this group,” Sherbert said. According to Sherbert, 20 new kids joined the post, the same amount of boy scouts that joined all other district groups combined. For more information about the Frederick County Law Enforcement Explorer Posts contact the Frederick County Sheriff’s office at (301) 600-6041.

Law Enforcement Explorer Post #1218 accepts an award from the Boy Scouts of America for recognition of their organizational success. Photo courtesy of the Frederick County Sherriff’s Office

Keeping Kids Safe Fair Offers Parents Resources SHANNON BISHOP


Children and parents participated in pony rides during the afternoon activities. Photo by Shannon Bishop

Children had the opportunity to have their faces painted as one of the activities of the Keeping Kids Safe Fair. Photo by Shannon Bishop

The Keeping Kids Safe Fair on May 21 offered an opportunity for military families to bring their children out to enjoy familyfriendly activities while being able to get resources on abuse prevention, child safety and parenting. According to Lisa Homer, family advocacy program manger, the event was a success with almost 300 attendees at both Fort Detrick and Forest Glen. “All of the attendees seemed to have a wonderful time. Without the support of both our installation and community partners the events would not have been a success,” said Homer. Children were able to participate in pony rides, face painting, a photo booth and a moon bounce, while parents could browse safety information from the Fort Detrick Safety Office, Directorate of Emergency Services, Family Advocacy Program and other local resources. The DES provided fingerprinting and kits for parents in the event that their children ever go missing. Normally scheduled for April during Month of the Military Child, the Keeping Kids Safe Fair was postponed twice this year due to inclement weather. For more information about the Fort Detrick Family Advocacy Program, call (301) 619- 7453.

Participants requested balloon animals shortly after getting their face painted.

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Click It or Ticket

FORT DETRICK INSTALLATION SAFETY OFFICE What if someone told you that doing something for two seconds each time you got in your car or truck could save your life? There is such a thing — it’s called using your seat belt. Fort Detrick police are asking you to make sure you and everyone else in your vehicle are buckled up, every ride, every time, day and night. According to roadside observational surveys, more than 90 percent of Maryland residents regularly wear their seat belts, but if you are one of the 10 percent that does not, you could be in for a hefty seat belt fine. The fine for not wearing your seat belt in either the front or back seat is $83. Unbuckled drivers and passengers not only put themselves at risk of ejection during a crash, which increases the risk of death by as much as 25 times, but they can also cause devastating injuries to other passengers in the vehicle. Maryland also sees a decrease in

belt use at night and local police want motorists to know that enforcement of the law will continue at all hours of the day. Driving at night increases the chances of encountering an impaired or drowsy driver on the road, and one of the only defenses you have against those drivers is a properly buckled seat belt. Seat belts save lives, but only when worn and worn properly. Not wearing it could cost you money, and worse it can result in serious injuries during a crash or it could cost you your life or the life of someone you care about. Buckle up or pay the price! The Fort Detrick Police Department is a proud partner in Maryland’s Toward Zero Deaths effort to eliminate crashes and the resulting deaths and injuries on Maryland roadways. Please visit for more information.

Marine’s Win Final Match

Players from Marine’s Team Iron Horse and Staff Judge Advocate’s Team Justice League scramble for balls during the final Fort Detrick Intramural Dodgeball Match, May 15, at the Odom Fitness Center. Team Iron Horse won the match 4-3 to win the league championship. Photo by Rob Rodgers

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21st Signal Brigade Announces Winners of the Best Warrior Competition SPC. LAKEASHA PERRY 21ST SIGNAL BRIGADE PAO

Soldiers and Noncommissioned Officers from the 21st Signal Brigade competed to be the ‘best of the best’ at Camp Dawson, West Virginia April 16 and 17. For two days, 13 competitors and seven participants tested their Military Occupational Specialty proficiency, mental aptitude, and physical fitness through written exams, urban warfare simulations, and other Soldier tasks and drills relevant to the Army’s current operational environment. Following the competition, Spc.

Samantha Dubuis, 578th Signal Company, 302nd Signal Battalion, was named Soldier of the Year and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for her overall expertise, technical skills and performance. She will represent the 21st Signal Brigade during the 7th Signal Command (Theater) Soldier and NCO of the Year Board. Sgt. Ediloberto Ramos, 327th Signal Company, 302nd Signal Battalion, was named the Noncommissioned Officer of the Year and awarded the Army Commendation Medal for his performance, dedication to the mission,

Spc. Whitney Irick navigates the obstacle course during the twoday Best Warrior Competition. Photo courtesy of 21st Signal Brigade

and initiative in preparation for the competition. Soldiers from as far away as Camp Roberts, California arrived April 15 to in-process and receive an overall brief of events and expectations during the competition from Command Sgt. Maj. Lewis Stanley, 302nd Signal Battalion. “Our number one priority is safety first. This is a competition, but a training event as well,” stated Stanley. “This is a great opportunity for junior Soldiers and NCOs to expand on their technical expertise, which in turn will make them well-rounded signalers.”

Soldiers were given several packets for clarification of events, tasks, standards, and conditions. They were briefed on the tasks of the 12 events of the Best Warrior Competition, the standards to receive a passing score, and training exercises that they must receive a passing score in order to remain competitive: Army Physical Fitness Test and M16 Weapon Qualification Range. After in-processing and accountability, the Soldiers changed into the Army Physical Fitness Uniform to be screened for compliance of height and weight. “I feel confident going into the com-

petition,” said Sgt. Torrin Gray, 514th Signal Company, 302nd Signal Battalion. “Everyone out here deserves recognition for making it this far.” After the competition, the closing ceremony recognized all the participants as well as the winners of the BWC. “I’m proud of the NCOs that took the time -- the blood, sweat, and tears -- to sponsor you,” said Lt. Col. Kim Bivin, deputy commander of 21st Signal Brigade. “I’m honored... to be in the company of such a robust group of individuals.”

Participants and competitors showcase their skills in the rifle range for their rifle qualification.

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Pictured above is recently awarded Noncommissioned Officer of the Year, Sgt. Ediloberto Ramos. Photo courtesy of 21st Signal Brigade

Competitors and participants from the 21st Signal Brigade test their Military Occupational Specialty proficiency, mental aptitude and physical fitness during the Best Warrior Competition.

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Soldiers participate in a land navigation course in which Soldiers cover 7-grid squares (7,000 meters).

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Navy Doctor Shares Career Achievements NICK MINECCI


Since 1977, the month of May has been nationally recognized as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. The month of May is now set aside as not only a time to celebrate the achievements, history and culture of Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders and Native Hawaiians; but as a time of recognition of the impacts each individual culture has had on the cultural fabric of the United States. During her remarks, guest speaker Dr. (Lt. Cmdr.) Josephine Nguyen centered her remarks around the 2014 event theme “I Am Beyond;”sharing her own personal struggles of being a refugee from South Vietnam whose family had very few material things. Nguyen eventually overcame those obstacles and rose to her current position of Director of Navy Medical Student Accessions for the Bureau of Medicine. Nguyen described what it was like moving to Northern Virginia when she was young. “When I was growing up I always felt like an outsider. I was the only Asian at my school, and we were poor, so I always felt as if I didn’t belong,” said Nguyen. After graduating from high school, Nguyen followed in her sister’s footsteps; attending the United States Naval Academy and eventually graduating second in her class in 1999. She then attended the Stanford School of Medicine, graduating in 2003, and then completed a transitional internship at the National Naval Medical Center. Following

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her internship, Nguyen attended flight surgery training in Pensacola, Florida, ultimately moving on to serve as a flight surgeon to Carrier Air Wing 5 in Atsugi, Japan, following graduation. In 2007, Nguyen started her dermatology residency training at the University of Pennsylvania and was then assigned to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center as a staff physician with the Dermatology department. When originally approached with her current assignment as a staff physician for the WRNMMC Dermatology department, her first response was, “I just went through medical school and residency, now you want to put me in a desk job? No, thank you.” When approached a second time, Nguyen finally accepted the job after being told, “Your patients will always be there, but this is a chance for you to impact all of Navy medicine.” Part of the impact Nguyen hopes to make is to increase the diversity and quality of students entering Navy medicine. “My goal is to encourage students to apply for the Health Professions Student Program to help pay for medical school,” said Nguyen. I believe in the scholarship because of leadership and life experiences I’ve had in the Navy. I want other students to have the same experiences. My experiences in the Navy have made me a better doctor, a better leader, and a better person.” The event featured music and dancers representing various Asian cultures- including Hawaii, New Zealand, China and Tibet- as well as food samples from across the region.

(Lt. Cmdr.) Dr. Josephine Nguyen spoke during the Asian American observance on May 20 about overcoming obstacles as a child growing up in South Vietnam. Photo by Nick Minecci, USAG Public Affairs

21st Signal Brigade Hosts Ribbon-Cutting for New Gateway Telecommunications Center



TRICARE beneficiaries can now access a team of registered nurses by telephone 24/7 through the Nurse Advice Line. The line will give clients access to advice about immediate health care needs. This service will replace the current after-hours care process. The NAL, available at no cost to beneficiaries, helps callers make informed decisions about self-care at home or when to see a health care provider. Once on the line, a nurse will ask a series of questions about a caller’s specific concerns in order to advise on how to address the current medical situation. Advice should include when and how to seek care for an urgent problem or how to administer self-care at home. For pediatric issues, the NAL will route the client to a pediatric nurse. If follow-up is necessary or requested, the NAL will call the client back to check the child’s status a few hours later. TRICARE Prime beneficiaries who are enrolled to Military Treatment Facilities will be able to make same day appointments through their primary care manager. If a same day appointment is not available, the NAL will redirect the client to the closest urgent care center, and advise the PCM that an urgent care referral is needed so the patient does not have to worry about paying any point of service co-pays. The Nurse Advice Line supports TRICARE beneficiaries in the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii, with the exception of clients using the Johns Hopkins Federal Health Plan.

QUICK FACTS: • Toll-free phone number: 1-800-TRICARE (1-800- 8742273), option 1 • Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week • Beneficiaries enrolled in the Johns Hopkins U.S. Family Health Plan cannot use the Nurse Advice Line. • Call the Nurse Advice Line at 1-800- TRICARE (1-800874-2273) and select option 1 for medical advice. • This service will replace the current after-hours care process, so please save the number!

The new Gateway Telecommunications Center took over a decade to complete.

Photo by Sgt. Ernesto Gonzalez, 21st Signal Brigade PAO


The 21st Signal Brigade, 302nd Signal Battalion and 298th Signal Company hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony May 14 in dedication of the 298th Signal Company’s Gateway Telecommunications Center and the Modernized Enterprise Terminal. The ribbon-cutting, attended by the Baltimore District of the Corps of Engineers, previous commanders of the 298th Signal Company and other distinguished guests, symbolized the transformation from old to new technology. “Thirteen years ago, this great facility was a dream drawn on a blank sheet of paper by leaders who saw the future. Their dedication and the support of all the organizations that made this facility possible will ultimately benefit our most important asset, the Warfighter,” said 21st Signal Brigade Deputy Commander Lt. Col. Kim Bivin. The newly constructed GTC is a reliable, consolidated, state-of-the-art telecommunications facility used to sup-

port Presidential and Joint Chiefs of Staff command and control, communications, and intelligence requirements. The GTC combines the Technical Control Facility and the Satellite Communications Facility into a single building. The facility operates 24/7 and provides space for wideband critical communications equipment supporting worldwide military and commercial satellite communications. These systems provide a primary transmission path for high capacity and protected communications supporting the war fighter at all levels of command and control. The project culminates over a decade of intense planning and execution that began in January 2002. Construction on the project began in 2010. While in construction, the 298th Signal Company decommissioned its aging AN/ FSC-78 Satellite Communications Terminal, which is being replaced with a much more capable AN/GSC-52B(v)2/G MET terminal.

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NMLC Adopts a Strategic Focus in Daily Processes JULIUS L. EVANS NMLC PAO

Naval Medical Logistics Command recently adopted a strategic focus in engaging its customers on social media and in other innovative ways in early 2014. “We’ve undergone a complete strategic overhaul during the last six months,” said Gilbert Hovermale, director, Acquisition Management and Analytics Directorate. “It was really necessary, considering how many things have changed and continue to change. Not only do we have new leadership here at NMLC, but we also have a new partner agency - the Defense Health Agency - and a new way of doing business called ‘shared services.’ It was necessary to take a step back and ask ourselves how we remain relevant in this new environment and how do we continue to add value for our customers and the patients who depend on them?” NMLC, led by Capt. Mary S. Seymour, is the Department of Defense premier medical logistics support activity whose mission is delivering patient-centered logistics solutions for military medicine. Originally established in 1850 as the Naval Medical Supply Depot in Brooklyn, New York, the command went through several name changes throughout the years. In 1990 the command

became the Naval Medical Logistics Command to reflect its broader and more refined logistics mission. In September 2013, Seymour became the commanding officer and instilled a number of strategic initiatives designed to enhance NMLC’s alliances with its partners and to shape its business practices and procedures. “NMLC has proven that it is an agile force capable of providing logistics and acquisition support to Navy and Marine Corps customers at home and abroad, and a willing partner to its Air Force and Army counterparts, ensuring that today’s warfighters are always the first priority,” Seymour said at the change of command ceremony. “As we embark on our new journey together, resource constraints and the Defense Health Agency transition will inevitably impact the way we conduct business and present us with many unique challenges and opportunities.” Recently, NMLC integrated two directorates. As part of its strategic refocusing, the command combined the Acquisition Management Directorate with the Healthcare Services Strategies Directorate to form the Acquisition Management and Analytics Directorate provisionally. AMAD has six operating divisions that reflect the full integration of the two directorates. One improvement attributable to

Naval Medical Logistics Command personnel adopted a strategic focus in engaging its customers on social media and in other innovative ways in early 2014. Through All-Hands’ events, many members of the command participate in various activities that engage NMLC customers and internal audience members more actively than in the past. Photo by Julius L. Evans the merger is better leveraging of the health care analysts’ talents from the previous HSSD, and the same of the contract specialists from the former AMD. Additionally, capabilities associated with the newly formed AMAD will allow NMLC to achieve three objectives not previously attainable.

First, it will enable every member of the procurement team to have all actionable information about each contract requirement at the same time. Before the merger, the process was linear. Each member of the procurement team learned about the requirement from the person who had complet-

ed the previous step. “By enabling everyone to know all there is about the requirement simultaneously, we believe we can rapidly incorporate lessons learned and improve the quality of the end product,” Hovermale said. See NMLC, continued on page 10

Forest Glen Child Care Provider 21st Signal Brigade Soldiers Tour Plays Key Role in National Arlington National Cemetery Accreditation Process SHANNON BISHOP


After more than 14 years of working for Child Youth and School Service Centers around the world, Kimberly Johnson has played an integral role in the recent national accreditation for the Forest Glen CYSS through the National Association for Education of Young Children. Johnson has spent the last two years of her career working at Forest Glen Annex as a training and curriculum specialist, making sure the Army curriculum and programs are running properly at the Forest Glen CYSS. Previously, she worked at CYSS centers in Germany and Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Johnson began working with youth to give back to kids what she didn’t have as a child. “I was a troubled teenager. Sometimes kids just need to be heard. Now I can give to them what no one ever gave to me,” she said. “I’m not your average trainer. I maintain installation and CYSS training, but I also go into classrooms and do observances. The Army’s curriculum plan is genius, as long as it is done properly. It is my job to make sure this happens.” The NAEYC accreditation process is lengthy and detail-oriented, according to Johnson. Each classroom must meet 75 percent of the standards in 10 different areas, including community relationships, curriculum, teaching, leadership and management.


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“Classes have to create a portfolio of how they meet those standards and examples of when they met those standards. It was my job to make sure the classes had everything they needed. We also held a multitude of trainings to make sure everyone was prepared [for the NAEYC observances],” Johnson said. For Johnson, and other CYSS employees alike, earning the national accreditation wasn’t about just getting the accreditation, it was proof that they provide quality care. “This is an every day job. It’s all about providing quality care day in, and day out. This is the most important part of a child’s life developmentally, especially when things are done properly. I do what I can to make sure things are done right. Ultimately, it all comes down to assessing, planning and progression. We assess the children and their development, we plan activities to help them improve and then we watch them progress,” Johnson said. Johnson is a prior military spouse, the mother to a 13-year-old boy, and plans to get her master’s degree in social work services. She received her bachelor’s degree from Park University in El Paso, Texas in psychology. “I found out a lot about myself in that process. It was extremely self-rewarding,” Johnson said of her time working towards her degree. Johnson described her godmother as her role model and inspiration. “She’s a lady of faith. She stands firm in what she believes in and she is a hard worker,” Johnson said.

Capt. Charles Gwynn, left, and 1st Sgt. Kenric Brooks, center, commander and 1st Sgt. Of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 21st Signal Brigade, place a memorial wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington, Virginia, May 22. Soldiers and Civilians of the 21st Signal Brigade toured Arlington National Cemetery to honor and pay respect to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Michael Zuk, 21st Signal Brigade

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Vendor Days Connect Medical Product Buyers with Developers HEATHER MCDOWELL DUONG USAMRMC PAO

Fort Detrick medical logistics agencies partnered to host the May 14 Military Health System Vendor Day at the Defense Medical Logistics Center, enabling members of the local medical materiel community to view cutting-edge technologies practically at their doorstep. The third venture held this year; MHS Vendor Days are sponsored by the Defense Health Agency Medical Logistics Division, the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, the Naval Medical Logistics Command, the Air Force Medical Logistics Office, and the U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command. According to Steve Burrows, vendor day coordinator and biomedical equipment technician with the Defense Health Agency, rather than sending acquisition specialists to expensive trade shows to learn about new equipment, organizers are bringing the exhibit hall to them. “We want to get the biggest bang for our buck in getting operational medicine out in the field,” said Burrows. “The commands love it as it is extremely convenient. People can come to the displays at their leisure and network, and if they see something they like, they can get the rest of their department to see it.” Eric Wolfe with the National Maintenance Program at the U.S. Army Medical Materiel Agency said he attends vendor days to assess new products and their ability to be maintained. “Sometimes you run across a lab in the boondocks with very sophisticated equipment,” he said. “We work with the people who buy equipment to make sure it can be cost-effectively maintained and fixed when it breaks.” Jeannie Shinbur with USAMRMC’s Strategic Partnership Office noted that these sessions allow participating companies to showcase new products and ideas. “The vendors have the chance to get their product reviewed and receive direct feedback,” she said.

Chief Warrant Officer 5 Kim Tan Pham-Cieliesz with the U.S. Army Medical Materiel Agency’s National Maintenance Program views a hospital defibrillator demonstrated by vendor Matt Sovesky. Photo by Heather McDowell Duong According to Shinbur the Strategic Partnership Office helps new companies “crack the code” and navigate the complex process of collaborating with the Department of Defense. In addition to creating opportunities for new and upcoming companies to work with the DoD, vendor days allows companies to network with one another. Burrows noted that in some instances new companies have emerged

from initial meetings at the sessions. Fort Detrick has been sponsoring technological showcases for more than a decade. The next vendor day is June 11. Burrows noted that with each subsequent vendor day event grows in popularity, adding that they have 33 registered vendors and 25 companies on their waiting list. To learn more about Fort Detrick’s vendor days, visit

Fort Detrick Leaders Attend Local Career Day SHANNON BISHOP


U.S. Army Garrison Fort Detrick Command Sgt. Maj. Richard Jessup and U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command Operations Sgt. Maj. Stephen Clark attended career day, May 21, at Governor Thomas Johnson Middle School to discuss careers in the military. “It is important to reach kids to get them thinking about what they want to do in the future. They should know that

everything we do in society, they can do in the Army. You can be a doctor, a computer scientist, or a mechanic in the military. Kids should keeping dreaming and working towards the goals they have for themselves in the future. They can achieve anything they put their mind towards,” said Jessup. In three, 30-minute sessions, Jessup and Clark discussed topics such as basic training, military occupational specialties, education in the military and the pride associated with being a Soldier.

Command Sgt. Maj. Jessup and Sgt. Webb demonstrate the correct way for Soldiers to march. Photo by Shannon Bishop

“I think [the children] were nervous at first, not knowing what to expect, but began to understand the career and professional opportunities that the military has to offer,” Clark said. About 60 students attended the sessions, ready to ask all the questions they had about the military, including, “Do I have to go to war if I join the Army?” and, “Can I be an athlete in the Army?” Students also had the opportunity to learn some of the terms used in the Army, such as “Hooah!” Both Jessup and Clark taught brief lessons on how to march, how to do a push up and how to do a sit up.

Command Sgt. Maj. Jessup and Sgt. Maj. Clark received certificates of appreciation for their participation in the Governor Thomas Johnson Middle School Career Day. Photo by Shannon Bishop

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Navigating Medical Product Acquisition in FDA-Regulated Space HEATHER DUONG USAMRMC PAO

The execution of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command’s mission to create medical products for the warfighter is intricate. A product manager must adhere to a long list of acquisition and regulatory processes during development. At the crux of this complexity lies the Food and Drug Administration’s product approval process. The USAMRMC Plans, Programs, Analysis, and Evaluation Directorate’s Decision Gate Support Office offers ongoing classes aimed at helping those involved in product management to navigate this multi-faceted landscape. One such workshop was presented by Jeremiah J. Kelly, Esq. with the USAMRMC Office of the Staff Judge Advocate May 1. The class is called Navigating Medical Product Acquisition in the FDA - Regulated Space: Protecting the Development Effort, Completion of the IPT Checklist and Other Challenges. FDA is responsible for regulating the safety, efficacy and security of many items USAMRMC develops including human drugs, biologics such as vaccines and blood products, and medical devices. “Anyone involved in the advanced development of a product needs to understand the complex

regulatory process applicable to the development of that product,” said Kelly. When submitting an Investigational New Drug (IND) application to the FDA a new drug sponsor must include information on animal studies, manufacturing information, and clinical protocols and investigator information. According to Kelly, if USAMRMC doesn’t hold sponsorship, the FDA is limited to discussing an IND, New Drug Application (NDA) or other regulatory application with an entity other than the sponsor. In addition to understanding the role of a product sponsor Kelly said that a product manager should also be well-versed in the nuances of how to access appropriate partnering agreements and protect intellectual property. According to Kelly, mastering this information will ensure USAMRMC secures its patents, technical data, and other information critical to producing and fielding life-saving products. With limited resources USAMRMC often depends upon collaborating with other government organizations or private industry to conduct research, or assist with product production. According the Kelly, USAMRMC managers may leverage four types of legal instruments to accomplish their product development mission: assistance agreements; contracts; Cooperative Research and Development

U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command personnel learn best practices in managing medical product acquisition in compliance with FDA regulations. Jeremiah J. Kelly, Esq. with USAMRMC’s Office of the Staff Judge Advocate instructed the day-long class offered through USAMRMC Plans, Programs, Analysis, and Evaluation Directorate’s Decision Gate Support Office. Photo by Heather McDowell-Duong, MRMC PAO Agreements and federal technology licenses. “These agreements differ on the purpose and use of funds and the allocation of technical data rights,” he said. “The key is to know the features and limitations of each.” Turning his attention to intellectual property (IP) Kelly said, “As government employees we should protect our IP which helps sustain our mission.”

Intellectual property is an intangible or proprietary asset such as a patent, copyright, trademark or trade secret. Kelly said that by owning these rights USAMRMC avoids costs, motivates others to invest; establishes greater control, and can make it possible for the command to license the product to others. Kelly added that managers should consider the technical data they will need when working

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with the FDA such as supplying manufacturing data or batch and production records. He warned that the extent of required data is usually large and best practices include ensuring unlimited rights wherever possible. Concluding his class Kelly advised, “Use the tools at your disposal such as the Integrated Product Team Checklist and work with attorney/contracting to identify what IP rights are the best fits and get answers before solicitation/award.” “We all have an obligation to get this. We all need to understand the big picture,” Kelly said. Daya Jirage with USAMRMC’s Military Infectious Diseases Research Program is studying vaccines to address bacterial diarrhea. She said she signed up for the class to learn more about FDA regulations and was pleased with the wealth of information shared during the session on FDA policy and beyond. “I’m going to go back and read up on some guidance documents and learn even more,” Jirage said. To learn more about the Navigating Medical Product Acquisition in the FDA - Regulated Space class or other workshops geared to providing customized training to IPTs and departments on aspects of the Decision Gate Process visit the Decision Gate Support Office website at https://ppae. < dgso.workshops> .

Armed Forces Day at Fort Detrick

Members of the Fort Detrick command group participated in the activities for Armed Forces Day on May 16.

Photo by Larry Ketron, FMWR

Families participated in a fishing competition during Armed Forces Day. Competition was based on being able to catch a fish within 15 minutes of starting. Points were awarded for the weight of the fish caught.

Photo by Larry Ketron, FMWR

The local Veterans of Foreign Wars donated food and refreshments for a picnic at Nallin Pond. Photo by Larry Ketron, FMWR

2014 Law Day Recognizes Importance of Securing American’s Right to Vote CAPT. JUSTIN TALLEY


Every year since President Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed the first Law Day in 1958, the United States has marked May 1 as a day of national recognition of our great heritage of liberty, justice, and equality under the law. The theme for Law Day, May 1, 2014, as designated by the American Bar Association, is “American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters.” The theme of voting rights is timely with the nation preparing to commemorate the 50th anniversaries of two landmark pieces of legislation: the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. At the heart of both these statutes is a guiding principle: that equality of opportunity to participate in the Nation’s civic and economic life is a fundamental right of all Americans and ought to be protected as such. While there is still much work to do, these laws have been crucial in the progress toward this goal. Securing every American’s right to vote is a central part of this struggle. As President Lyndon B. Johnson pointed out in his 1965 Message to Congress on Voting: “In our system, the first right and most vital of all our rights is the right to vote. ... It is from the exercise of this right that the guarantee of all our other rights flows. Unless the right to vote be secure and undenied, all other rights are insecure and subject to denial for all our citizens.” However, the right to vote is far from secure. A recent report by the bipartisan Presidential Commission on Election Administration noted that voters frequently stand in long lines caused by broken voting machines, confusing ballots, and untrained or undertrained poll workers. This is completely unacceptable in a modern democracy. Local, state, and federal officials must work together to overcome these barriers to voting participation. Participating in the political process is both our right and our duty as citizens. This Law Day, let us reflect upon what each of us can do to protect and promote the voting rights of ourselves and our fellow Americans. It is only by ensuring that everyone has an equal opportunity to vote that we can be sure, in the words of Abraham Lincoln, “that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” GPA, continued from page 1

your mission always comes first. Your education, while it’s important, never comes before your mission,” Nero said. “Not every Soldier is able to accomplish what [Gebreyesus] has. Hopefully this will help motivate some Soldiers and help dispel rumors that you can’t be successful in gaining your education while serving in the military.” Gebreyesus offers the following advice to those desiring to improve themselves by becoming a successful student: do not take education for granted, do not procrastinate, when times are hard think about what the future holds, and do not let adversities and set-backs deter you from your goals. “I am now sure that I will be a valuable asset to my country and people. I will continue to make a difference,” Gebreyesus said. Now that Gebreyesus is finished with his education, he hopes to explore becoming a commissioned officer.


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“The second goal will eliminate ‘stacking-in-queue’ through cross-training and cross-leveling. Using templates and training, we will learn each other’s work processes and then use agile work assignments to move requirements to those team members who have capacity to work on them sooner. This should enable us to award contracts more expeditiously,” he said. “Finally, this merger will create a powerful analytics capability to enable better management decision making. We created a new division called the Analytics Support Division, ably led by Chris Cullen, who was the director of HSSD. In addition to improving the performance and output metrics we’re currently using, ASD is providing templates, training and information to the integrated operating divisions that will enable them [the operating divisions] to meet the first two objectives,” Hovermale explained. In addition, various strategic focus areas have been identified that will give command personnel new opportunities to think strategically regarding their future engagements. “Most recently, the command has adopted and empowered internal cross directorate ‘goal groups’ to assess and develop recommended approaches to achieve Executive Steering Committee identified strategic initiatives, while simultaneously soliciting command-wide input to craft a holistic mission and vision,” said Commander Shikina Tellis, contract specialist, Acquisition Management and Analytics Directorate. “This example shows how the leadership here has employed the ability to think, communicate and respond strategically.” The senior leadership team -- the senior decision-makers -- comprises the ESC. “That body represents the core of NMLC’s most experienced experts in all facets of the command’s functions,” said Darin Callahan, NMLC’s chief operations officer. “Within the ESC resides decades of experience and volumes of know-how; the ESC charts the course for the command.” Callahan continued, “The strategic direction incorporates strategic communication which facilitates awareness of the organization’s direction; it educates staff, customers, and stakeholders on key elements of the organization’s plan; it generates engagement and commitment of stakeholders in the implementation of NMLC’s strategy; and it encourages participation in the process.

When done well, strategic communication also builds enthusiasm for the organization’s strategy and it ensures successes are shared rapidly and effectively.” Rapid and effective success has been evident by an initial change in strategy incorporated into the business model envisioned by Seymour. “Additional strategic communication initiatives on NMLC’s horizon include commanding officer’s webcasts through the use of social media, novel avenues of recognition and employee awards, increased command participation and vesting by book clubs and involvement in command events and diversity highlights,” said Rachel Pardo, management and program analyst, Research and Services Contract Division. While communicating with the internal audience has been a key facet of the communications strategy, the command has not lost sight of its external audience, according to Lt. Cmdr. Anthony Owens, assemblage mangement supervisor, Operational Forces Support Directorate. “The workforce is inspired to engage agencies outside of NMLC like the Defense Health Agency Medical Logistics Directorate, as mentioned earlier, which is responsible for shaping medical standardization, procurement and joint availability,” explained Owens. “It also engages the Defense Logistics Agency. The majority of the material requirements are vetted through DLA and ensures contract vehicles are in place and fully sourced. DLA is effective in reducing material waste, cost and long delivery lead times.” While NMLC delves into the social media stratosphere, command personnel can rest assured that over time, communication efforts will continue to be enhanced. The Internet is a quick way to reach all-hands at a moment’s notice. Its value in enhancing how NMLC communicates with its internal and external audience members is obvious. Developing and maintaining an active and effective social media strategy is one opportunity NMLC is committed to leveraging. As Forbes magazine touts, “the web has become one of the most fertile sources for finding solutions to vexing problems, connecting with resources, building and maintaining relationships, sourcing talent and researching clients, employees and prospects.” Naval Medical Logistics Command will now be able to take advantage of these alternative communications sources for years to come.

AER Campaign Closes with Military Run

The annual Army Emergency Relief campaign at Fort Detrick ended May 15 with the AER Run. AER is a private organization designed to support the needs of our military. Each year, in the spring, Fort Detrick hosts a local campaign to raise money for the cause. This year’s campaign ran from April 1 through May 15. Photo by Larry Ketron, FMWR 1042355


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