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Vol. 32, No. 19

September 18, 2015

No Headphones, No Helmet Changes to Gate and Texting Can Cost You Hours Begin Oct. 1 NICK MINECCI


Beginning Oct. 1, changes are coming to the hours of operations at the gates on Fort Detrick. Visitors will continue to use the Nallin Farm Gate to access Fort Detrick, subject to a National Crime Information Center background check when entering. Visitors with issues such as outstanding arrest warrants, recent felony convictions or being listed in the Terrorist Screening Database will not be allowed access, and if appropriate, will be turned over to legal authorities. The biggest impact will be the permanent closure of the Rosemont Gate. The hours of operation for Old Farm Gate will also change, with it being accessible to ID inbound and outbound ID card holders from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends, and weekdays from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Also starting Oct. 1, Veteran’s (7th St.) Gate will be open from 5:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, for inbound ID card holders and outbound traffic, and from 5:50 to 8:30 p.m. for outbound traffic. Beginning Oct. 1, there will be a stop sign change at the intersection at Porter Street and Campus Drive. Currently there is a stop sign on Port Street, effective Oct. 1 this will become a four-way stop.

Beginning Sept. 18, Fort Detrick Police will issue citations for cyclists not wearing helmets and individuals wearing headphones on non-designated areas of the installation. The safety of everyone is leadership’s priority.

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Fort Detrick police are issuing citations to bicyclists not wearing helmets and to individuals wearing earbuds who are not on the track or jogging paths around the perimeter of the installation. The decision to issue citations, which can be as high as $60 per incident, is based on an increasing number of employees and residents not following a long standing Army regulation pertaining to headphones and

a local Fort Detrick policy regarding helmet use. Additionally, Maryland law requires all bicyclists under the age of 16 to wear a bicycle safety helmet when riding on public property, including roadways, trails and sidewalks. Chapter 6 of Army Regulation 38510 states, “Using portable headphones, earphones, ear or other listening devices while walking, jogging, running, skating, skateboarding and bicycling, including pocket bike, MC or moped, on DOD installation roads and streets, or adjacent to roadways or roadway intersections, is prohibited.”

Also, in accordance with Fort Detrick Policy Memorandum 385-10-2, Non-Motorized Wheeled Vehicle Safety, the lack of helmets and wearing of headphones while operating a bicycle or skateboarding on Fort Detrick is prohibited. This policy can be found online at: https://installation.detrick. As a reminder, anyone using a handheld device to talk or text while driving is in violation of Maryland State Law, with violators subject to citations. Citations can be as high as $160 and three points on your drivers’ license.

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Commentary According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, childhood obesity rates have more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. Childhood obesity is preventable, and all children deserve a healthy start in life. September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, which was established in 2010 by presidential and congressional proclamations. Childhood obesity has both immediate and long-term effects on the health and well-being of young people. Prevention is the key to stopping childhood obesity. It is best to take preventative steps when children are young because evidence shows that obese children are more likely to have issues with weight as adults in addition to a myriad of health problems such as high blood pressure and joint problems. An established exercise routine is imperative to having a healthy body. For kids exercise can mean a variety of physical activities that an adult maybe wouldn’t consider exercise such as a game of tag or soccer. Don’t make being physically active feel like a chore. The most important thing is just to move. On post, the Family and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation office offers a variety of programs throughout the year to help you and your child stay active. Diet is a little harder because eating healthy does take some planning, especially with families being busier today than ever before, but the results are worth it. With a healthy diet, your children will not only have a more fit body. They will also have a sharper mind and be ready to take on everything that comes at them during the school day. When shopping for groceries, one of the easiest tricks is to shop the outside aisles first. These aisles include foods that are the least processed and the healthiest such as lean meats, fresh vegetables and low-fat dairy products. Make eating healthy an adventure that you and your child can take together. Plan meals with them and try to see how many colors of the rainbow you can get into each meal. The greater the variety of colors in your fruits and vegetables, the greater the va-

Childhood obesity has both immediate and long-term effects on the health and well-being of young people. Prevention is the key to stopping childhood obesity. riety of vitamins and nutrients your child will be eating. The Army is committed to helping you and your family lead a healthy lifestyle. The U.S. Army Medical Command created the Performance Triad program in 2013 as an Army-wide initiative to ensure Soldiers and their families receive tools and information to lead a healthy life. Practicing the Performance Triad as a family will help you work toward your goals for healthy living while also teaching your kids healthy habits that

Fort Detrick Fire Department Adult CPR/AED Class The Fort Detrick Fire Department will hold monthly Adult CPR/ AED classes for personnel assigned to Fort Detrick at the Fire Station, 1419 Sultan Drive. Classes are held the third Thursday of every month, with the next class scheduled for Sept. 24. The class will run from 9-11:30 a.m. To sign up, call (301) 619-2528. Class size is limited to 12 students and seats are assigned on a first come, first served basis.

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Chaplain’s Corner Looking Forward to Fall


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September is here and fall is on the way. For me, September is always a month of mixed emotions; mostly with excitement for the fall season and football. Labor Day is that last celebration of summer when we begin looking forward to the cooler days of the fall. Labor Day reminds me of when I was growing up, watching my dad working hard while running his own business. He passed on the lesson that hard work has benefits that build character as well as profit. My father always taught my brother and me that if the goal is worth achieving it will be worth the work. You do not quit because it is hard, and do not be afraid to risk failure if you have done all you can to be prepared. My dad’s birthday is in September, so although there is joy in the memories he gave us, there is a slight sadness that he is gone until we meet again in God’s Heaven. That hope always reminds me to hold on to joy. I am also reminded in September to be faithful to the memories of those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. Although I was already in the Army on that day, those who lost their lives will always be one of the reasons I continue serving. For me it is a way to honor them. I am so proud to be part of a country that produces men and women of such great courage, like our police and firefighters who work hard protecting us, keeping us safe while running into danger, willing to risk their lives to save others. I remember our military members at the Pentagon who struggled to save the lives of their brothers and sisters, when a normal day suddenly became abnormal, rising up and acting extraordinary. They are the children of a nation where the extraordinary is what we do because it is who we are. I think about the everyday civilians on a plane who realized they could make a difference. They may not have been able to save themselves, but they could save oth-

ers. I can’t describe the amount of pride to be part of a nation that is distinguished by such courage and bravery. We are good individually, but together we are great. September brings with it a lot of emotion, excitement about the change from summer to fall, missed loved ones and the memories of our heroes. I am thankful to be part of a community like Fort Detrick where I have my chapel family to express my faith and grow with God. My friends at Army Community Service who share a compassion and care for our community remind me that we stand stronger when we stand together. The good folks at the Directorate of Morale, Family, Welfare and Recreation make sure I have fun along the way. This is my community that sees me through and it can be for you as well, thanks for sharing September. Whatever your September means for you I want you to know that you have place with us, a place to worship, a place to heal and a place to play. God bless you Fort Detrick, I look forward to seeing you soon and you are always welcome at 1776 Ditto Ave, a place where you belong.

Almost a dozen dogs took part in Fort Detrick Annual Doggie Swim Sept. 12 at the outdoor pool hosted by the U.S. Army Garrison Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation. The canine compatriots were part of an afternoon of agility and obedience demonstration, pool swim and other various pooch related activities. Photo by Walter Swanson, USAG FMWR

Email Restrictions Impact Workforce Effective Oct. 1 SHANNON BISHOP


At the beginning of October, employees and service members who are using the Defense Information System Agency Department of Defense Enterprise Email Service will experience a limit enforcement on their mailbox size, restricting them to 4 GB. This size may be smaller than many people’s current mailbox size. According to the Network Enterprise Center, in order to avoid having your email “send and receive” functionality disabled when the limit is enforced, your mailbox size must be below 4 GB before Oct. 1. Additionally, employees’ commands continues to be notified on a monthly basis about mailbox sizes that do not comply with the new limit. For more information about the changes that will be effective Oct. 1, visit https://

How do you know how big your mailbox size is? - With Microsoft Outlook open, right click on Mailbox - “Your Name” in the mail folders. - Select Data File Properties from the drop down menu - Click on Folder Size - Click on Server Data. The total size of your mailbox will be given in Kilobytes, you will need to convert this number to Gigabytes. To do this, divide the total size of your mailbox by 1,000,000. If your mailbox is 5,712,639, when you divide this by 1,000,000, the mailbox size is 5.713 GB, which is still too big! How do I reduce the size of my mailbox and still keep important documents? Reducing your mailbox size seems like a daunting task when you look at an inbox with thousands of emails. How do you know what to keep? What if I need some-

thing later? The good news is that anything that you archive doesn’t count towards your total mailbox size. As for everything else, you might have to make some choices, but use these tips to help clean things out that you no longer need! The easiest things to start with for this ‘spring cleaning’ project are: 1. Remove attachments from your calendar 2. Empty the sent items, junk e-mail and deleted items folder 3. Sort your inbox by size and clean up the largest items After you’ve worked through the first three steps of cleaning your inbox out, you can start working on personal folders, otherwise known as ‘.pst files.’ According to the official Tactics, Techniques and Procedure Manual for reducing your mailbox size, “each Outlook user is allowed to keep and store an unlimited

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amount of email, however it cannot all be stored in your mailbox.” Historically, statistics have shown that most people rarely access anything older than six months old. Keeping this in mind, users should move email older than six months old into a personal folder. To create a personal folder follow these steps: 1. On the file menu, point to New, and then click Outlook Data File 2. Select Office Outlook Personal Folders File (.pst), and then click OK. 3. In the file creation box, select a folder that will hold the new .pst folder, type a name for the file, and then click OK. NOTE: When creating .pst folders, keep in mind that folders over 2GB are more likely to become corrupt and would not be recoverable. Once you have a personal folder created, you can move older emails into that folder, thus removing them from your mailbox. Fort Detrick Standard September 18, 2015


National Prescription Take Back Army Opens New Chemical Day Returns to Fort Detrick Defense Research Institute SHERI SCHAEFER


On Sept. 25th Fort Detrick will once again participate in a national campaign collecting unwanted, unused prescription drugs. Drop off locations are at the Army and Air Force Exchange Service on Fort Detrick and at the commissary on Forest Glen Annex. Both locations are accepting drop offs between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. The national event, which had been celebrated in April and September, did not occur last April due to a law the U.S. Congress passed that directed the event to be left up to local organizers. The Drug Enforcement Administration, who had always been the organizers of the events and the final disposers of the drugs collected, were no longer taking a role and collections were not part of any national effort. The event had been an initiative of the Drug Enforcement Administration since 2010, encouraging Americans to turn in unused or expired prescribed medications at designated locations for proper disposal. The U.S. Army Installation Management Command, which is committed to a drugfree community always supported the national campaign. “At past events the Army garrisons collected over 48,000 pounds of unwanted, unused prescription drugs. We are very pleased that our garrisons, to include Alaska and Hawaii will once again participate in National Prescription Take-Back Day,” said Pamela Budda, IMCOM Army Substance Abuse Program chief.

Voters encouraged politicians to support returning the campaign, to be planned at a national level, ensuring conformity across communities. Garrisons will provide drop off locations for all Soldiers, family members, civilian employees and retirees to anonymously turn in medications or prescription drugs. The IMCOM is taking the lead for the Army and ensuring garrisons’ participation once again. The semi-annual event provides a safe, convenient and responsible means for disposing of prescription drugs while educating the public about the potential for abuse. “This is a tremendous opportunity for Soldiers, families and civilians to safely dispose of their medications,” said Budda. “I encourage all of you to support your local National Prescription Take-Back Day collection site and turn in your unused and unwanted medications. Help us eliminate the risk of prescription drug abuse or accidental poisoning.” The Fort Detrick Army Substance Abuse and Prevention office is available to provide more information about the program and efforts here. Please contact them by calling (301) 972- 9722. For more information about the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day or to find a drop-off location, visit the DEA website at: disposal/takeback/index.html or contact your local Army Substance Abuse Program representative. Additionally, the ASAP encourages everyone to visit It’s a Thin Line for additional resources for dealing with prescription drug use, misuse and abuse at:



Six years to the day after the groundbreaking ceremony for new construction first took place, leadership at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 15 to open their new state-of-the-art chemical defense lab at the Edgewood area of Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland. The new institute consolidates USAMRICD’s capabilities into one single facility of more than 500,000 square ft. resting on 24 acres. The new facility has increased laboratory infrastructure and capability, including the three-fold expansion of neat agent laboratory space. The new facility is also certified silver under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design green-building certification program based on environmentally conscious design elements in the categories of sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, innovation and design process, materials and resources and indoor environmental quality. “Our nation’s new USAMRICD provides our service members and citizens with the advanced medical research capacity and capability necessary to survive exposure to chemical weapons, as well as training on medical countermeasures,” said USAMRICD Commander Col. Roman Bilynsky. “The investment our leadership has made in creating this new institute is incredibly important for the safety of our Service Members, as well as our public’s health.”

Key military and government leaders joined local political figures in an official ribbon cutting ceremony at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense Sept. 15. The new institute consolidates USAMRICD’s capabilities into one single facility of more than 500,000 square ft. resting on 24 acres located in the Edgewood area of Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland.

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USAMRICD, a subordinate institute of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, conducts research and training that mitigates and attempts to eliminate the threat posed by chemical warfare agents. Chemical warfare agents are extremely toxic compounds that are relatively inexpensive and, in some cases, easy to produce. These characteristics make them a feasible weapon of choice for terrorist organizations. Maj. Gen. Brian C. Lein, the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command and Fort Detrick commander said, “While we hope that chemical weapons will never be used again, history has proven that hope is not a method.”

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Protecting Public Health Is Reason Behind Ireland Trail Restriction LANESSA HILL


Fort Detrick leadership met with members of the public during an informational session on Sept. 8 at the Coffield Community Center in Silver Spring, Maryland, to discuss the recent decision to restrict portions of the Ireland Trail for recreational use. Fort Detrick is taking a removal action, also referred to as an interim measure, at the Forest Glen Annex and along the Ireland Trail to protect the general public from the physical hazards associated with waste disposed in landďŹ lls for several decades. There has been contamination along portions of the stream by Ireland Trail, a historic footpath situated on Army property and used by the public for decades to walk dogs, do physical exercise and general nature viewing. Although it is on Army property, public access has never been denied for the Trail, and no barrier between Ireland Trail and the slopes of the landďŹ ll containing waste materials is in place. The information session allowed attendees to ask

At an Information Session Sept. 8, hosted by Fort Detrick, members of the Silver Spring community view various stations and speak with subject matter experts on a recent decision to restrict access to portions of the Ireland Trail as part of an interim measure to protect the public from contamination.

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questions from subject matter experts, including representatives of the U.S. Army Garrison Fort Detrick Environmental Management Office, Maryland Department of the Environment, Montgomery County Parks and the United States Army Corps of Engineers. Stations provided historical information on the trail as well as detailed information related to contamination levels along the trail and in the creek that prompted the decision. Lastly, an overview on the Comprehensive

Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act process was detailed, as well as where Fort Detrick is in the process with its restoration efforts. Questions raised included types of fencing that will be used and further clarification on contamination levels and how long the process will take to complete. Overall, the meeting provided leadership and regulators the opportunity to engage the public, build relationships and discuss the path forward.

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Fort Detrick Remembers Sept. 11 NICK MINECCI


The Fort Detrick community gathered at the Post Chapel Sept. 11 to remember the 14th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 during which more than 3,000 people died during the attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C., including more than 400 police officers and firefighters. “Even now, all these years later, it is easy for those who lived through that day to close their eyes and to find themselves back there, back when grief crashed over them like an awful wave, when Americans everywhere held each other tight, seeking the reassurance that the world we knew wasn’t crumbling under our feet. Fourteen times we have marked another Sept. 11 come and gone. Fourteen times, we have paused in remembrance, in reflection, in unity and in purpose,” said Fort Detrick Director of Emergency Services Ray Wharton. “One of the lessons of 9/11 is that evil is real, but so is courage and determination. When the planes struck the World Trade Center, courageous firefighters and police officers charged up the stairs into the flames. As the towers neared collapse, they continued the rescue efforts. Ultimately, more than 400 police officers and

firefighters sacrificed their lives to save others,” said Wharton. Wharton then honored the men and women of the Fort Detrick and Forest Glen Annex police and fire departments, praising their dedication and selfless service to the community. “I have the distinct honor and pleasure to work alongside these quiet professionals who would without reservation risk their own lives to save another. We have over 250 first responders that come to work each day in our guard force, police department and fire department. I could list the numerous awards and accomplishments that have been bestowed upon these professionals but they wouldn’t want me too, as they are humbled, honored and thankful to do their profession,” said Wharton. “As painful as this day is and always will be, it leaves us with a lesson that no single event can ever destroy who we are. No act of terrorism can ever change what we stand for. Instead, we recommit ourselves to the values that we believe in, holding firmly, without wavering, to the hope that we confess. That’s the commitment we reaffirm today. That is why, when the history books are written, the true legacy of 9/11 will not be one of fear or hate or division. It will be a safer world; a stronger nation; Members of the Fort Detrick community stand for the national anthem during the 14th anniversary and a people more united than of Sept. 11 at a remembrance ceremony at the Post Chapel. Photo by Nick Minecci, USAG Public Affairs ever before,” said Wharton.

Paying Honors to Survivors of the Fallen NICK MINECCI


The last Sunday of September is designated by Presidential Proclamation as Gold Star Mothers and Family Day, and Fort Detrick’s leadership gathered at the Fort Detrick Auditorium Sept. 13 to pay tribute to the deceased and to the survivors of the fallen. “Many of those we honor today paid the ultimate sacrifice and gave their lives defending the ideals of freedom and justice,” said Col. Bob O’Brien, U.S. Army Garrison Fort Detrick commander. “Many lived a full life and nonetheless sacrificed of themselves until well after their time in uniform ended. But today it is important for us to see these families gathered before us and recognize all that is great about the United States of America,” said O’Brien. “On the street outside are over 70 placards and American flags, each representing a fallen Frederick community Soldier. This visible tribute is but a small token of appreciation for your sacrifice,” said Maj. Gen. Brian C. Lein, commanding general of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command and Fort Detrick, as he addressed the crowd. “Earlier this week we recognized the service and sacrifice of


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The Fort Detrick community gathered to pay respect to the survivors of fallen Soldiers, Sept. 13, as part of a program to honor Gold Star Mothers and Family Day.

Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Naurys Marte, 52nd Military History Detachment

those that died in the horrific attacks of Sept. 11...which prompted yet another call to arms for our military, over 6.800 military men and women have paid the ultimate sacrifice,” said Lein. “We see their pictures and hold their memories dearly in

our hearts and in our minds. In their children, we catch glimpses of their eyes, their mannerisms of speech and special quirks, we read and reread the mail and keep special care packages forever in memory of them. It is our commitment and honor to recognize

the families who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. We can never replace them, but keeping their legacy alive and paying tribute to their loss will keep them at the forefront of our memory,” said Lein. “The Army, on behalf of a grateful nation salutes you, our Ameri-

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can Gold Star Families. You are, and always will be, members of the great Army family. The Army, the city and county of Frederick, along with a grateful nation, recognizes your courage and is committed to support you while honoring the legacy of the fallen,” said Lein.

Suicide Prevention: Take Action! JENNI BENSON


Although suicide prevention is stressed all year long, September is officially recognized as National Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month, and the Army and Fort Detrick are taking a stand. Suicide is an epidemic that has increased steadily from 2005 through 2013, and remains at an increased rate today. The Army reported approximately 300 active-duty Soldier and Army civilian combined deaths by suicide during 2014, and a much larger number of Soldiers who were hospitalized for attempted suicide or suicidal ideation. Suicides are also occurring among family members. “Fort Detrick and the Army have tremendous resources available to at-risk service and community members,” said Col. Bob O’Brien, Fort Detrick U.S. Army Garrison commander. “Reach out to someone you trust if you are having a difficult time. First line leaders must get to know those they lead well so they can pick up on subtle indicators of suicidal tendencies. They must also be familiar with how to get assistance quickly in a crisis situation. We must look out for each

“Reach out to someone you trust if you are having a difficult time. First line leaders must get to know those they lead well so they can pick up on subtle indicators of suicidal tendencies. They must also be familiar with how to get assistance quickly in a crisis situation. We must look out for each other and build a team that communicates with each other.”

- Col. Bob O’Brien Fort Detrick U.S. Army Garrison commander other and build a team that communicates with each other,” said O’Brien. This year’s theme, “Take Action: Promote Life, Protect Against Suicide, Provide Care,” really “reinforces the pledge to build resilience and to support those in need,” according to Sheri Schaefer, U.S. Army Garrison Fort Detrick Employee Assistance and Suicide Prevention program coordinator. “Army professionals must take action for themselves and for others to prevent suicide,” continued Schaefer. “There are people in our community who may be struggling

with issues and may be considering suicide as an option. Most people considering suicide as an option do not want to die; they just want to end the pain they are feeling.” If you are concerned you may be struggling with depression, or just want a better understanding of the signs of depression, go to, take an anonymous depression screening and receive immediate resources based on your results. Untreated depression can be a risk for suicide; take the time to seek help and treatment.

Schaefer went on to remind us all that it is the little things we do that can have the greatest impact. “Ask how people are doing and listen to what they say,” said Schaefer. “If someone seems down or is distancing themselves from others, attempt to include them in your activities. If someone is showing warning signs for suicide, use the ‘Ask, Care, Escort Suicide First Aid’ to keep the person safe.” Several events are taking place in the Fort Detrick and Forest Glen communities during the month of September for Soldiers, family members and Department of the Army civilians in an effort to raise awareness of suicide prevention. Training opportunities are located on the Fort Detrick website, at: The Employee Assistance Program is available to DA civilians, military family members, veterans and retirees. Call (301) 619-4657 to make an appointment with the EAP. For additional information or resources related to suicide prevention or Suicide Prevention Month, call the Army Substance Abuse Program at (301) 619-9703 or visit: For immediate crisis, go to your local emergency room or use the National Suicide Prevention Crisis line 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

National Preparedness Month JENNI BENSON


It is not a matter of if, but when the next emergency will take place, and Fort Detrick wants to make sure you are ready. Hurricanes, tornadoes, extreme heat and blizzards are just a few of the scenarios that prompt implementing emergency preparedness plans. National Preparedness Month is observed in September, and has several tools available to you and your families to ensure you are prepared in the event of an emergency. According to, an important part of emergency preparedness is planning how to stay safe and how you will communicate during disasters that can affect you and your community. Understanding which disasters can happen in your community, knowing what to do to be safe and taking action to increase your preparedness is key to staying safe during an emergency. Do not wait; take the time to make a plan and practice that plan with your family. There are many components to consider when making and implementing an emergency plan for your family, including: creating an emergency supply kit, determining what your individual needs are, identifying what types of shelter you have available and determining what methods of transportation you can take advantage of in the midst of an emergency. Your emergency plan should consist of important information, a basic disaster supply kit and a first aid kit, just to name a few. For more detailed information and printable checklists on emergency preparedness, visit: Sustaining a community of excellence through restoration, environmental stewardship and workforce development

Fort Detrick Standard September 18, 2015


Fort Detrick Hosts First Advanced Cardiac Life Support Class ELLEN CROWN


“Charging to 300. Clear! I am shocking the patient,” calls out a student as the group standing around a simulation mannequin takes a step backward. It’s the first hands-on portion of training at Fort Detrick’s Advanced Cardiac Life Support class Sept. 2-3. Already, the patient has coded. But that’s what is supposed to happen. ACLS instructor and program director Joseph Ogershok, Jr., explains that the purpose of the training is to teach medical professionals how to manage medical emergencies, such as cardiac arrest, based on guidelines set by the American Heart Association. “After a student completes the ACLS course, they should be able to run a ‘code’ as the team leader based upon the personnel available at the time of the event,” said Ogershok. “This includes in-hospital and out-of-hospital events, including something that might happen in a doctor’s office and even EMS-types of calls in the community.” Five students attended the ACLS class, which is the first of its kind at Fort Detrick. Ogershok has also taught ACLS at other locations. When he saw an interest from medical personnel at Fort Detrick, he worked to bring the training here where physicians, nurses, military medics and even local civilian emergency medical technicians could take the course. “This training brings a value to medical personnel because it teaches them how and when to provide drugs and other interventions beyond straight CPR,” added Ogershok. “These skills are additional tools that can help save lives.”

Fort Detrick’s Advanced Cardiac Life Support Instructor and Program Director Joseph Ogershok, Jr., instructs student Sgt. Sharae Ward during the post’s first ACLS class Sept 2.

Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class (FMF) Lance Lopez (right) and Staff Sgt. Ronald Railings (left) assess a mock patient as students of Fort Detrick’s first Advanced Cardiac Life Support class Sept. 2.

Photos by Ellen Crown, USAMRMC Public Affairs

Getting Pinned

Retired Cmdr. Tom McCoy (left) and retired Master Chief Petty Officer Jerrold Diederich (right) pin Lt. Cmdr. Andrea McCoy (middle) during a pinning promotion ceremony Sept. 2 at the Naval Medical Research Center.

Photo by Sig Bruner, USAG Visual Information




Fort Detrick Standard September 18, 2015

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Housing Residents Surveys Are In YVETTE BELL

RCI ASSET Recently, the Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installations Management, Directorate for Installation Services Privatization and Partnerships Division, partnered with CEL & Associates, Inc., to conduct an independent 2015 HQDA RCI Resident Satisfaction Survey. The objective of the survey was to get a better understanding of the quality and level of services being rendered and to compare the perceptions of property managers, residents and the owners’ of identical performance measures across the RCI portfolio. The results of the survey are in. Moving forward, leadership and the Fort Detrick Housing Office will engage with the Balfour Beatty Community to ensure the areas identified by residents will be addressed in a follow up action plan in order to evaluate the performance improvement over time. The housing office appreciates the time Fort Detrick housing residents took to complete the survey. For those who added additional comments, someone from the Fort Detrick Housing Office will contact you to follow up on your particular concern. As a reminder to residents emailing or calling in a service request, make sure to

follow up to make sure BBC has received the service request and you get a service order number. You can also visit the BBC service request link, found under the Resident Resources, at: www.ftdetrickhomes. com or Depending on the type of service request, requestors should be able to gage the response time. Following all maintenance requests, the technician should provide a comment card that goes directly to BBC’s headquarters office. If you are serviced by someone in the Community Management Office, you can also obtain a comment card and provide direct feedback to BBC headquarters and the U.S. Army Garrison Housing Office. These comment cards are useful for the garrison commander to hold Balfour Beatty accountable for quarterly performance objectives and making a decision whether or not to award quarterly incentive fees. The goal of Fort Detrick housing is to provide residents with an outstanding quality of life living experience, and that requires effort from everyone involved. Please contact the Fort Detrick/Glen Haven Housing manager Yvette Bell via e-mail at with any comments and concerns.

Installation Exercise

U.S. Army Garrison Fort Detrick conducted an installation-wide exercise Sept. 15 to test response and recovery from emergency situations. A variety of scenarios were tested involving the Fort Detrick police, fire department and command and control.

Photo by Siegdried Bruner, USAG VI 1080011

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Fort Detrick Standard September 18, 2015


In and Around Fort Detrick Anonymous Online Depression Screening

National Suicide Prevention Crisis line 1-800-273-TALK (8255) Are you feeling down? Untreated depression can be a risk factor for suicide. If you are concerned you may be struggling with depression, or just want to better understand the signs of depression, go to and take an anonymous depression screening. Based on your results, helpful resources will be provided immediately. The Employee Assistance Program is available to Department of the Army civilians, military family members, veterans and retirees. Call (301) 619-4657 to make an appointment with the EAP. For immediate crisis, go to your local emergency room or use the National Suicide Prevention Crisis line 1-800-273TALK (8255).

Community Information Exchange

There will be a community information exchange for the Fort Detrick community, including family members at 1:00 p.m., Sept. 24 at Building 1520B Auditorium.

Public Affairs Survey Available Online

The Public Affairs Office is interested to learn how you receive information about Fort Detrick and what types of stories you would like to see in The Standard. In an effort to provide the best possible product and one that Fort Detrick and community are proud of we are requesting all readers to take a short survey. You can find the survey at: https://www.surveymonkey. com/r/5Y7HR8Q.

2015 Joint Base Andrews Air Show

The public is invited to attend the 2015 Joint Base Andrews Air Show featuring the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds on Sept. 19. Free parking is available at FedEx Field and Branch Avenue Metro Station with free shuttles to the show. For those who already have base access parking will be available on the east side, just follow the instructions of security forces.

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The ramp opens at 9 a.m., opening ceremonies and air acts start at 11:30 a.m. Additional details can be found at: http://www.andrews.

TRICARE Education Booth

There will be a TRICARE Education booth at the following places: Oct. 14 - Fort Detrick Commissary Oct. 28 - Barquist Clinic Atrium Nov. 5 - Fort Detrick Commissary Nov. 19 - Barquist Clinic Atrium

Teddy Bear Clinic

There will be a Teddy Bear Clinic at the National Museum of Health and Medicine Sept. 19. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Bring your favorite stuffed friend and explore the Teddy Bear Clinic at the National Museum of Health and Medicine with activities and crafts designed to highlight the body, physical fitness and healthy habits. This program is recommended for children in pre-kindergarten through second grade. This family program is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required. For more information call (301) 319-3303. National Museum of Health and Medicine 2500 Linden Lane Silver Spring, Maryland 20910

Science Café

Medical Museum Science Café: “Making Them Whole: Ocular Prosthetics” Sept. 22 6 p.m.-7 p.m. Join anaplastologist Louis Gilbert from the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for a history of ocular prosthetics and watch a demonstration of the seven-step process of creating prosthetic eyes. Gilbert and a team of technicians in the WRNMMC dental lab specialize in producing lifelike facial prosthetics. Whether the patient has lost an eye due to injury or disease, his work helps his patients feel whole again. For more information, call (301) 319-3303. National Museum of Health and Medicine 2500 Linden Lane Silver Spring, Maryland 20910

Frederick Officers’ Wives Club Membership Tea

The Frederick Officers’ Wives Club Membership Tea honoring Mrs. Terry Lein, wife of Maj. Gen. Brian C. Lein, comThackenkary kenkary manding general, U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Dr. Renju Alex Thac U.S. U.S. Army Army Reservist Reser vist Command and Fort Detrick, is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 23 from 1-3 p.m. The event will be held at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center, 40 S. Carroll Street in Frederick, Maryland. Membership in the organization is open to anyone who is interested in supporting our military and their families. For reservations or membership information, contact Barbara Brittain at (301) 293-4272 or Call for Details

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Fort Detrick Standard September 18, 2015

Prescription Take Back Day

Sept. 25 Fort Detrick AAFES Exchange Forest Glen Commissary Fort Detrick will once again participate in a national campaign and collect unwanted, unused prescription drugs. Drop off locations are at the AEFES Exchange at Fort Detrick and at the Commissary on Forest Glen Annex. Both locations are accepting drop offs between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Breast Cancer Awareness Walk and Run

Oct. 1 Fitness Track behind Odom Fitness Center, Fort Detrick, Maryland 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Light refreshments and water will be provided. For more information, call (301) 619-3385.

Volunteer Training

Oct. 2 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. 1520 Freedman Drive, Building 1520, Classroom 5B To register for an account, visit: and sign up for the training. For more information, call (443) 233-6939.

Army Substance Abuse Program Training Building 1520B Auditorium Sept. 29, 10-11 a.m. Sept. 29, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

ACE-SI for Military Leaders and Civilian Supervisors

Sept. 30 Building 1520, Classroom 5A 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The Ask, Care, Escort-Suicide Intervention (ACE-SI) Training is a new requirement for Civilian Supervisors as of April 2015 per AR 600-63. The ACE-SI is a 4 hour, one-time training module for all company-level junior leaders and firstline supervisors. Registration is required. For more information, call (301) 619-9703.

Oktoberfest at Frederick Fairgrounds

On Oct. 3 and 4 at the Frederick Fairgrounds, Frederick will hold its famous Oktoberfest. The event is 100 percent volunteer run and every penny raised helps provide resources to support community projects, including Fort Detrick. If you wish to volunteer for this event, go to: On the website you will have the ability to select from different positions and times. When you register there is a dropdown that asks if you are a member of a local organization. Fort Detrick is already on that drop down. For units, organizations or individuals interested in participating as a group, please call (301) 619-3171 so the volunteer coordinator can arrange a group volunteer effort with the event coordinator.

USAMRMC Change of Responsibility

The U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command will host a Change of Responsibility at 10 a.m. Oct. 2 on Blue and Gray field during which Command Sgt. Maj. David M. Rogers will assume responsibility from Command Sgt. Maj. Cy B. K. Akana. All staff are invited to the event. Also note that traffic and parking will be affected the morning of this event. Several streets directly surrounding Blue and Gray field, including parts of Porter St., Doughten Ave. and Schrieder St. will have detours for inbound and outbound traffic. Parking in lots immediately surrounding Bldg. 810 will also be limited. Handicap parking in front of Bldg. 810 will remain open.

Army Ten-Miler

Oct. 11 8 a.m.-12 p.m. The Army Ten-Miler is produced by the Military District of Washington.The MDW serves as the Army Forces Component and core staff element of the Joint Force Headquarters National Capital Region to conduct operations that deter, prevent, and respond to threats aimed at the National Capital Region; and conducts world-class ceremonial, musical and special events in support of our Nation’s leadership. Over 600 Soldiers from 3rd Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) volunteer race weekend. Now in its 31st year, the ATM is held each October in Washington, DC. All race proceeds benefit Soldier MWR programs. The mission of the ATM is to promote the Army, build espirt de corps, support Army fitness goals, and enhance community relations.

Sustaining a community of excellence through restoration, environmental stewardship and workforce development

Sustaining a community of excellence through restoration, environmental stewardship and workforce development

Fort Detrick Standard September 18, 2015




Fort Detrick Standard September 18, 2015

Sustaining a community of excellence through restoration, environmental stewardship and workforce development

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