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Officer praised for Veterans Day rescue Jennifer Walleman | Staff Writer
Lt. Col. Chris “Mac”McGarry’s sister Jeanette, a veterinarian and equestrian, introduced him to horseback riding at a young age. He remembers her telling him that part of being a horse person was helping other horse people regardless of the circumstance. “Horse people take care of each other,” McGarry said. That motto came into play Veterans Day 2015 when McGarry performed CPR and saved the life of a fellow equestrian. For his exceptionally meritorious achievement in performing life-saving measures, McGarry was honored with the Army Commendation Medal in front of the man he saved Jan. 22 in Arnold Conference Room at the Lewis and Clark Center. McGarry, an armor officer and cavalryman by trade, was in the staging lot adjacent to the police station preparing to ride a horse with the Fort Leavenworth Hunt in the Veterans Day parade Nov. 11, when a fellow Hunt member called him over to a vehicle parked next to them. Tim Mendenhall, wellknown in the Leavenworth area with his wife Marsha for their dog Miles that rides atop their miniature horse Hilde, had collapsed near his truck. McGarry, an instructor in the Department of Joint,
Air Force Master Sgt. Felix Rolon, recipient of the 2015 Department of Defense Air Force Corrections Professional of the Year, listens as Detachment 1, Air Force Security Forces Center, Commander Maj. Kevin Summers recounts some of Rolon’s professional and personal accomplishments while talking about Rolon’s work as the Air Force inmate liaison Jan. 20 at the 15th Military Police Brigade. Rolon currently resolves issues for 94 Air Force inmates at the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks and as needed if there is an Air Force inmate at the Joint Regional Correctional Facility. Rolon was also named USDB service member of the month in December 2015.
Air Force NCO named best in corrections Jennifer Walleman | Staff Writer
Lt. Col. Chris McGarry’s 9-year-old daughter Jillson inspects his Army Commendation Medal after a ceremony awarding McGarry with the medal Jan. 22 in Arnold Conference Room at the Lewis and Clark Center. McGarry was recognized for helping save the life of Tim Mendenhall, who suffered a heart attack before the Veterans Day parade last November. McGarry’s wife, Margaret, and daughters, 7-year-old Madelyn and 4-year-old Bronwen, also attended the ceremony.
Interagency and Multinational Operations at the Command and General Staff College, learned CPR as a teenager while spending breaks from school at work with his father, who served as associate medical director of the Charlotte, N.C., Chapter of the American Red Cross. His mother was also a doctor. McGarry said he had never used that CPR train-
ing in a real-life scenario — until that Veterans Day. McGarry and fellow Hunt member CGSC student Maj. Robin Eskelson moved Tim on top of a horse blanket. McGarry helped assess Mendenhall’s vitals and determined that with a weak pulse and labored breathing Mendenhall needed CPR. CGSC student Maj. Therese SEE RESCUE | A2
After 20 years in the Air Force in nuclear and aircraft security, Master Sgt. Felix Rolon decided to try something new. He applied for a special duty assignment in corrections at the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks — and got it. “At my last duty station, they were like, ‘Why did you put in for that?’” Rolon said. “It will be rewarding — guaranteed,” he recalled saying. After two years on the job with Detachment 1, Air Force Security Forces Center, at the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks and Joint Regional Correctional Facility, Rolon said he can confirm corrections has been just as rewarding as he predicted. Rolon was named the 2015 Department of Defense Air Force Corrections Professional of the Year for his contributions to his unit, to inmates and to the USDB and was recognized with an award Jan. 12 presented by detachment host commander of the 15th Military Police Brigade Col. Erica Nelson. As detachment superintendent and Air
Force inmate liaison, Rolon is the senior enlisted airman for Detachment 1. He helps inmates who come into the USDB and JRCF and are still on active duty with service-specific needs. Right now, there are more than 90 airmen in the USDB, which is about 20 percent of the inmate population, and one airman in the JRCF. The Air Force does not have standalone prisons like the JRCF or USDB. Instead, Air Force bases have detention cells that can typically house anywhere from two to 10 inmates in pre-trial confinement waiting for their court martial or those who have very short sentences. Similar corrections positions to Rolon’s position can be found at the Naval Consolidated Brig in Miramar, Calif., and other facilities at Bremerton, Wash.; Charleston, S.C.; Chesapeake, Va.; and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Rolon was also recognized by the 15th MP Brigade as the December service member of the month. Detachment 1 Commander Maj. Kevin Summers said both awards were well-deserved and can SEE CORRECTIONS PROFESSIONAL | A2
Post celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Katie Peterson | Staff Writer
“Remember! Celebrate! Act! Make it a day on, not a day off!” That was the theme for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day luncheon on Jan. 22 at the Frontier Conference Center. The luncheon, hosted by the Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth and sponsored by Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, was attended by nearly 100 people. This year’s guest speaker, retired Army 1st Sgt. Christopher Burnett, is a Kansas City native and an award-winning composer and saxophone artist and is currently the marketing and communications director at the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City, Mo. His speech focused on the “Remember! Celebrate! Act!” theme, taking time to reflect on each word’s meaning to him. King, a Baptist minister and social activist, led the civil rights movement in the United States from the mid-1950s until his death by assassination in 1968,
Burnett said. Burnett shared a timeline of King’s life, which he described as the “bio most everyone knows from children ... to adults now in our time.” The “Remember!” section of Burnett’s speech included details of King’s early years, education, spiritual growth, the Montgomery bus boycott, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech, and his assassination and death. Burnett talked about King’s family background, beginning with his maternal grandfather A.D. Williams, and went on to give details about King’s early religious doubts. “Although his family was deeply involved in the church and worship, young Martin questioned religion in general and felt uncomfortable with overly emotional displays of religious worship,” Burnett said. “It was not until his junior year in high
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Guest speaker retired 1st Sgt. Christopher Burnett, marketing director for the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City, Mo., recounts major events in the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the luncheon observing King’s birthday Jan. 22 at the Frontier Conference Center.
UPCOMING EVENTS ■ The Leavenworth Community Service Organization will host the fifth annual BLACK HISTORY MONTH BANQUET at 7 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Riverfront Community Center in Leavenworth. Advance tickets are available at the Richard Allen Cultural Center for $20 or by calling (913) 306-2011. See page A-6.
■ The CGSC Foundation will host a WOMEN’S CONFERENCE from 5:30-9 p.m. March 2 and from 7:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. March 3. Guest speaker will be 2015 Military Spouse of the Year Corie Weathers. For more information, call Ann Soby at 651-0624. For more information and to register, visit www.cgscf.org.
■ The Friends of the Frontier Army Museum will host NIGHT AT THE FRONTIER ARMY MUSEUM from 5-9 p.m. April 9. The event will include museum tours in which exhibits will come to life to teach facts about what life was like on the frontier and at Fort Leavenworth. See page A-6.
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Civil War hero once served with dragoons Quentin Schillare | Special to the Fort Leavenworth Lamp
All of the streets on Fort Leavenworth’s Main Post north of Merritt and Smith Lakes between Grant and Sherman/Scott avenues are named for veterans of the Civil War. This is to be expected because, except for the roads around the former arsenal buildings constructed just before the war, most of the streets we recognize today were laid out after that conflict. The streets around the old educational core of Fort Leavenworth are in a rough grid pattern oriented on the cardinal directions. Pope, Augur, Meade, Buford, Reynolds, Sedgwick and Wint avenues run east-west, while Grant, Upton, Gibbon, McDowell and Sherman avenues run north-south. All these men except Theodore Wint, who enlisted as a volunteer private and became a junior officer, served as general officers in the Civil War. All but Wint were graduates of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., the earliest being George Meade (USMA Class of 1835) and the latest was Emory Upton (USMA Class of 1861). That most Regular Army general officers from the mid and late 19th century were graduates of West Point is not surprising. At the end of the Civil War, the large volunteer Army was demobilized and a small coast defense and constabulary force remained. In 1877, at the end of Reconstruction, the Regular Army had about 24,000 officers and men.
PEOPLE BEHIND POST PLACES Leading this small army were general officers with college degrees from an engineering school. They commanded a force composed mostly of immigrants, many still learning American English, and unschooled former slaves. Never before, or since, has the educational difference between general officers and men been so great. When these senior leaders looked for people to memorialize, they remembered their superiors, comrades and friends from the Civil War. One of these was Maj. Gen. John Buford. Buford was born in Kentucky in 1826, but raised in Rock Island, Ill. He graduated from USMA in 1848 and was commissioned in the dragoons. His first assignment was with 1st Dragoons at Jefferson Barracks, Mo. He soon transferred to the 2nd Dragoons and his early service was with the regiment in Missouri, Kansas, New Mexico and Texas from 1848-53. First Lt. Buford was stationed at Fort Leavenworth with the 2d Dragoons in 1853. He spent the rest of the 1850s in the Midwest, including service attempting to maintain order during the Border War and Bleeding Kansas in 1856-57. At the beginning of the Civil War, Capt. Buford marched with the 2nd Dragoons from Utah by way of Fort Leavenworth to Washington, D.C. He com-
manded a cavalry brigade at the Second Battle of Bull Run and was so badly wounded he was reported as killed. Brig. Gen. Buford served as the Union cavalry commander on the first day at Gettysburg holding superior Rebel forces until the main body of the Federal Army could get into position. He is credited with recognizing the importance of the high ground to the south and east of the town, deploying the mounted and dismounted forces of his cavalry division in a defense in depth around Gettysburg until Union reinforcements under Maj. Gen. John Reynolds arrived to support. He died of typhoid in December 1863. By order of President Abraham Lincoln, Buford was promoted to major general on
Buford Avenue, which once connected Sherman and Grant avenues, now has two segments — a short street between Sherman and McDowell avenues and the alley behind quarters on Meade Avenue.
his deathbed. Buford is buried at West Point. A cliché tells us that life is not fair and by extension memorials are not always proportional to the significance of the actions of the namesake. Buford Avenue is an example of this. It once connected Sherman and Grant avenues. It now has two parts: a short east-west street home to three garages between Sherman
and McDowell Avenues, and the back alley behind the quarters on the south side of Meade Avenue. Buford Avenue’s continuity was disrupted in 1942 when Andrews Hall, now the Frontier Army Museum, was constructed to serve as classroom and office space during World War II. A Civil War luminary is now remembered with some of the most insignificant streets on Fort Leavenworth.
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Kreutzberg called 911 while McGarry began CPR. McGarry performed CPR for several minutes before paramedics arrived. After they arrived, he continued CPR while paramedics hooked Mendenhall up to an IV, performed artificial ventilation and shocked him with an automated external defibrillator. After the paramedics took over, McGarry helped with the IV and loading Mendenhall onto a gurney. Mendenhall was taken to a local hospital for care but had to be lifeflighted to another hospital. He coded several times in the helicopter ride, but sur-
vived and two weeks later returned home in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. Brig. Gen. John Kem, provost of Army University and deputy commandant of CGSC, presented the award to McGarry during a ceremony in front of his friends, family, co-workers and the Mendenhalls. “Just an amazing thing,” Kem said. “We’re so glad you were there.” Mendenhall said he had no recollection of the event. He had no known prior heart conditions and believes he survived for a reason. “With the intervention
Corrections professional be attributed to several of Rolon’s contributions. “He’s the kind of individual, if I could clone I absolutely would,” Summers said. “He’s just that hard of a worker. ... No matter what the task that Sergeant Rolon is given, 99 times out of 100 he’s going to come back with it done ahead of schedule and better than I intended. That’s just the professionalism and dedication that he puts to the job.” Summers arrived to Fort Leavenworth in November 2014, eight months after Rolon started. Before his arrival, an Air Force inmate committed suicide and Rolon stepped up and handled superintendent- and commander-level responsibilities during that hectic time, Sum-
from above, this gentleman and a lot of other people — I’m here,” Mendenhall said. “In all honesty, I should not be. There’s no reason. There’s something else for me to do yet — a lot more.” It was all about being in the right place at the right time, McGarry said. “I lost my father from a heart attack when I was in high school,” McGarry said. “He was a doctor in a hospital, but he was by himself and nobody was able to help him. It comes down to being at the right place at the right time and having the skillset and being able to help. I was fortunate to be
there.” McGarry said that his CPR training came back naturally when he was in the moment and he hopes his parents, both now deceased, would be proud of his efforts. “The training just sort of kicks in,” he said. “You quickly assess — OK, he’s definitely in need of help. You know what to do. You’re in the position. The training takes over, and you just kick in and start doing it.” After the parade, McGarry told his wife and three daughters about the incident and they were surprised, he said.
Tim Mendenhall and Lt. Col. Chris McGarry talk after a ceremony awarding McGarry with the Army Commendation Medal Jan. 22 at the Lewis and Clark Center. Mendenhall suffered a heart attack before the Veterans Day parade in November; McGarry, who was nearby, performed CPR, helping to save Mendenhall’s life. Mendenhall said he was told he only had a 1 percent chance of surviving what he did.
“They were like, ‘What?’ McGarry recalled. “My kids were like, ‘You saved a guy’s
life?’ Yeah, and then I got on a horse and rode in a parade.”
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mers said. One of Summers’ additional duties is serving as the discipline and adjustment board president. Inmates plead their case to Summers in an administrative-type hearing for violating a facility rule or procedure. “Because my incumbent was out of pocket for a time, we were sitting probably about 100-plus boards behind and this is almost a year ago exactly,” Summers said. “(Rolon) was critical in helping facilitate that process and digging us out of the hole and getting us caught up with our disciplinary issues, our board hearings —both as a board member and processing the paperwork and things like that.” Summers said because of
Rolon’s assistance, the time between infraction and punishment reduced from five to six months to 30-45 days. Summers also credited Rolon for helping to ensure that the facility processes and procedures for the Air Force detachment were in line with ACA standards, which attributed to the 100 percent compliance rating in March 2015. Besides career accomplishments, Summers said Rolon also found balance in his family life and education. Rolon’s seventh child was born last June, and he completed his bachelor’s degree from Park University in criminal justice security administration with a 3.8 grade point average. He is starting a master’s degree
program next month in homeland security. What appealed to Rolon about corrections were the different facets of the prison system and the rehabilitation of inmates. “I tell you, every day I’m learning something new just about people in general not only the inmates but just the staff and how everyone comes as a team and really try to help these inmates become better people when they leave,” Rolon said. Rolon said that his position has made him grow as a leader and utilize his past duties in a new way. “I think it made me learn a lot about people and learn about being more of a customer service type individual,” Rolon said. “Be-
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fore that it was more taking care of Air Force airmen. Now it’s more taking care of Air Force airmen in a different facet if you will — still a different aspect of needs, but it gives you a better perspective of helping those who need a lot of assistance to get them through the transition of being in the big Air Force to (being in) a confinement facility. It’s an accomplishment in a different facet — helping those who need different aspects and who are relying on you to help them communicate with the outside world. It’s very fulfilling to know that I’m helping those who are in a predicament and are needing (my) assistance.”
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Murphy wants to share Hood success Nick Conner | Fort Hood Public Affairs
FORT HOOD, Texas — Acting Secretary of the Army Patrick J. Murphy visited the troops for the first time Jan. 20 since assuming the acting secretary position and confirmed as the undersecretary. Murphy said Fort Hood stands out as a leader when it comes to helping soldiers transition to civilian life and he wants to export those successes to the rest of the force. “Fort Hood is really the model when it comes to the Soldier for Life program,” said Murphy in an interview following a one-day tour spent with soldiers and their families. “As acting secretary of the Army, we need to expand on those type of programs around the country.” The visit underscored Murphy’s priorities of talent management and transition programs like Soldier for Life - Transition Assistance Program. He pointed to Fort Hood’s Shifting Gears, an automotive technical training initiative with General Motors and Raytheon, as the type of “bold, private partnership” that the rest of the Army should emulate.
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Acting Secretary of the Army Patrick Murphy takes a closer look during a stop to the Shifting Gears training program at Fort Hood, Texas, Jan. 20. Murphy lauded the program and other Fort Hood efforts to prepare transitioning service members for employment after the Army.
The 16-week training course prepares soldiers to fill service technician jobs with GM dealerships across the country, with many graduates securing positions prior to graduation. In the last five years, Murphy said the Army and Department of Defense have spent $4.6 billion on unemployment compensation for transitioning service members. It is money that Murphy wants to put towards helping soldiers find employment in the first
place. “It makes good fiscal sense that we can save some of that money by being proactive on the front end and use some of that money to better Soldier for Life programming for our families and our soldiers,” Murphy explained. “The Army cannot do it alone.” In a candid afternoon meeting with civic and community leaders from across Central Texas, Murphy praised civilian efforts to be part of Army solu-
tions. “To see in action what the community of Fort Hood is doing — the civilian community outside the gates and the community inside those gates — and how they are working at creating these public/private partnerships is inspiring,” he said. “We need to take those lessons learned here at Fort Hood and expound on them across the Army at every installation.” During the meeting, he addressed concerns about
the future growth for one of the Army’s largest installations and the impact of force reduction decisions. Retired Gen. James Thurman, a former Fort Hood division commander, told Murphy that he worries that emerging global threats and current operational tempo are “burning the force out.” Thurman, and others, pointed to the Army’s decision to cut the number of brigade combat teams across the force from 45 to 31. “If you want to maintain an Army, you have to have modernization,” Thurman noted during the outreach luncheon. Murphy, a former Army officer with service in Iraq and two-term congressman from Pennsylvania, said that for years the Army has been the “bill payer” for the Department of Defense, and agreed that 14 years of sustained combat are taking a toll on soldiers and their families. He asked for their help in taking the Army’s story to the American public to remind them of the value the Army has to the nation. “Your work is where the rubber meets the road,” Murphy told the commu-
nity leaders during the meeting. “We need to partner with you to make it easier to partner with us.” Murphy spent the latter half of the day with 1st Cavalry Division soldiers and families to get a better feel for what issues they are facing. Many of the troops represented members of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, who are scheduled to deploy to South Korea as part of a rotational force to replace a sister brigade already on the peninsula. Standing in front of a packed audience inside the brigade’s chapel, he took questions ranging from aging Fort Hood barracks to extended on-post child care hours to the financial uncertainties the Korea deployment brings to Army families. Unlike past deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan and other global hot-spots where soldiers can pocket extra combat pay and income tax exemptions, rotational forces to Korea don’t always qualify for the same benefits. “I want to make sure that every soldier has what they need,” Murphy assured the crowd, “readiness is No. 1.”
Dailey leads Senior Enlisted Council Sgt. 1st Class Joy Dulen, U.S. Army Human Resources Public Affairs
FORT KNOX, Ky. — Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel Dailey sits down with senior sergeants major from around the U.S. Army four times a year to discuss issues that affect his biggest concern — the welfare of soldiers. It’s called the Senior Enlisted Council, and the first meeting of 2016 convened Jan. 20 at the U.S. Army Human Resources Command. Since HRC’s daily mission is to optimize total force personnel readiness, Dailey said it was the perfect setting for the topic at hand. “This time, what we talked about was our personnel and how we’re going to rearrange the talent management and leader development of our senior noncommissioned officers,” he said. Dailey renamed what was known as the Board of Directors to the Senior Enlisted Council shortly after taking over as the 15th sergeant major of the Army in January 2015. The council meets monthly via video teleconference and quarterly in-person. Topics can range from military pay and compensation recommendations for the future to uniform changes. However, Dailey said the time has come to concentrate on people after more than a decade of focus on an Army at war. “The chief of staff of the Army has tasked me with taking a look at how we manage our enlisted force, how we maximize the talents and capabilities of our soldiers, and really answer some of
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Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel Dailey sits down with senior sergeants major from around the Army during a Senior Enlisted Council meeting at the U.S. Army Human Resources Command Jan. 20 at Fort Knox, Ky. The SEC meets quarterly to discuss issues that affect the welfare of soldiers.
the questions that we’ve asked for a long time,” Dailey said. Topics discussed during SECs can affect the force in as little as a month or they can extend into ongoing talks for years. Dailey said it just depends on the issue. “We get recommendations and some of those start with one individual soldier,” he said. He gave the example of a recent change in Army policy on the authorized wear of black socks with the Army Physical Fitness Uniform. A soldier stood up in a town hall meeting and asked why black socks weren’t allowed. Less than 30 days later, the policy was changed. “We took that to the Senior Enlisted Council, had a unani-
mous vote that it was in keeping with the finest traditions of Army service, went to the chief of staff of the Army and we quickly made a decision,” Dailey added. Some issues are much more complex. When you’re discussing working through the intricacies of military compensation and reform, it could take several months to affect the force, he said. “The perfect example is the Noncommissioned Officer Evaluation Report that has just been launched,” Dailey said. “We worked on that for two years in the Senior Enlisted Council, previously the (Board of Directors) under (former Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond) Chandler, and
some of these things take a lot of work because we have to call in the professionals, like those people who work here at the Human Resources Command, to be able to inform us and do the analysis.” No matter what the issue or length of time needed for discussion, Dailey reiterated the SEC’s biggest concern is the welfare of soldiers. They don’t want to make decisions that could have a negative effect over the long term. “This is the Army, it’s a big organization and it’s hard to turn back,” he said. “Simple things like black socks — not a huge effect on soldiers. But the Noncommissioned Officer Evaluation Report, that has a huge effect on the total
population of NCOs, not just now, but into the foreseeable future.” Dailey said the SEC will continue to meet with a fresh new focus on people and the chief of staff of the Army’s No. 1 priority — readiness. “We’re an organization made up of people and we’re the largest people organization in America,” he said. “Human Resources Command is one of those critical nodes that we have to invest in for the future and make sure we get it right because they’re here to take care of our people. And our job as an Army is to always get better.”
TRICARE Pharmacy copays to change Feb. 1 TRICARE release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Military pharmacies and TRICARE Pharmacy home delivery will remain the lowest cost pharmacy option for TRICARE beneficiaries when some TRICARE pharmacy copays change in 2016. On Feb. 1, most copays for prescription drugs at home delivery and retail network pharmacies will increase slightly. The 2016 National Defense Authorization Act requires TRICARE to change its pre-
scription copays. All drugs at military pharmacies, and generic drugs through home delivery, are still available at no cost to beneficiaries. Copays for brand name drugs through home delivery increase from $16 to $20, for up to a 90-day supply. At retail pharmacies, generic drug copays go from $8 to $10, and brand name drug copays go from $20 to $24 dollars, for up to a 30-day supply. Copays for non-formulary drugs and for drugs at non-network phar-
macies will also change. Beneficiaries can save up to $208 in 2016 for each brand name prescription drug they switch from retail pharmacy to home delivery. Home delivery offers safe and convenient delivery of prescription drugs right to a beneficiary’s mailbox. To see the new TRICARE pharmacy copays, learn more about the TRICARE Pharmacy benefit, or move prescriptions to home delivery, visit www.tricare.mil/pharmacy.
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Gen. David G. Perkins, commanding general of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, talks with students of the U.S. Army Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention Academy at Fort Leavenworth Jan. 14.
TRADOC commander visits SHARP Academy Stephen P. Kretsinger Sr. | Combined Arms Center Public Affairs
Gen. David G. Perkins, commanding general of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, visited with students of the U.S. Army Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention Academy at Fort Leavenworth Jan. 14. During the visit, Perkins discussed the importance of the students’ positions as victim advocates and sexual assault response coordinators, and the emphasis the Army places on facing the sexual harassment and assault menace to soldier and unit readiness. “Don’t confuse what you are for and what you do,” Perkins told the students. “What you do is the title you hold. What you are for is to protect the integrity of the profession by maintaining trust among our soldiers.” Trust and what it means to the Army as a profession was a recurring theme during the discussion with Perkins. “The keystone of our profession is trust,” Perkins said, adding that if sexual harassment or assault goes
unaddressed within a unit, it sends the message that trust between soldiers is not important. “Nothing breaks down trust quicker than being harassed or — God forbid — assaulted,” he said. “If you are a true profession, you are a self-policing, self-correcting profession,” Perkins continued. “SHARP is a part of that process. If someone is out of line, we are going to self-police them. If someone needs education, we are going to provide it ourselves. We are the stewards of our profession.” Established at Fort Leavenworth in October 2014, the SHARP Academy has three primary missions: ■ Educate, train and support highly competent and effective SHARP professionals across all components of the Army; ■ Develop and implement effective training and education for all soldiers, Department of the Army civilians and family members; and ■ Function as a leader in the Army’s efforts to build a culture of dignity and respect based on the Army Ethic.
To date, the SHARP Academy has graduated 309 students for immediate assignment to battalions and brigades since it began conducting classes on Fort Leavenworth. ”The SHARP Academy is a response to leader development, education and training that you need to support the full-time SHARP professionals out there in the force,” said Col. Geoffrey Catlett, director of the SHARP Academy. ”We‘re responsible for ensuring the content is correct, the teaching method is effective and making sure people understand the importance of the SHARP program.” The mission of combating sexual harassment and sexual assault will never be finished, Perkins said. With the large numbers of recruits joining the military every year, the training is a continuous requirement. “Every year between active duty, Reserve and Guard, we recruit between 100,000 to 120,000 people into the Army,” Perkins said. “That’s 8,000 to 10,000 a month. They arrive with very little background on SHARP or the Army. So, we have to inculcate them with
the Army values and culture.” Perkins added that not solving the SHARP problem completely is vastly different from not taking the issue seriously. “The problem is never solved,” Perkins said. “If you recruit 8,000 people every month, the chances are there are going to be some that don’t get the message. The Army is taking this on as seriously as any other threat facing our nation.” Additionally, different levels of leadership require different approaches to understanding SHARP. As soldiers move through the ranks, they must have additional training to recognize situations and assess trouble within their units. “If I’m a private in basic training, what I need to know about the SHARP program is different than if I’m an officer in a career course or an NCO at the Sergeants Major Academy,” Catlett said. “We have to make sure that training is really tailored to the right audience, and right now it’s not. We have to fix that.” The SHARP Academy is always looking to improve its training across the force, and it is currently reviewing
lesson plans for all levels of leadership and tailoring it to better fit the appropriate audience. One new challenge for the SHARP program is the recent issue of gender integration into the Army’s combat arms career fields and units. Perkins discussed how the Army is prepared for this historic transition. “Now, as we start to gender integrate our force, we are going to have formations that did not have women in them before — or at least close contact with women — we have to properly educate soldiers as we gender integrate,” Perkins said. “We did a study and learned the single most important thing to effective gender integration is leadership. If we have challenges as we gender-integrate our combat arms, it’s going to be because a leader didn’t take the appropriate steps he or she was supposed to as a leader and did not follow the Army values.” The Army takes the SHARP mission seriously and has dedicated copious amounts of resources to combat the issue of sexual assault and sexual harassment, Perkins said. The Army is so dedicated to this
mission it requires more rigorous class schedules for SHARP professionals than some of its commander’s courses. “We send them (SARCs) here for seven weeks to learn how to prevent and deal with sexual harassment and sexual assault. Brigade and battalion commanders come here for the pre-command course for two weeks,” Perkins said. “In comparison, we think commanding a brigade or battalion — which isn’t the easiest thing to do — is worth a two-week investment. But you’re not going to go out and be a SARC unless you’ve had seven weeks of education. For someone to say the Army isn’t taking this seriously either does not understand what the Army’s doing, or they just don’t want to admit it. “We’ve expended a huge amount of physical, emotional and leadership energy on this,” Perkins added. “We have a great facility, great leaders and greater experience. We are expending the resources we think are necessary — not just money and office space, but the time and emphasis on our leaders, SARCs and VAs.”
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Medic training made more realistic Mike Casey | Combined Arms Center – Training Public Affairs
The Army is looking to save soldiers’ lives by making Tactical Combat Casualty Care training more realistic and accessible. Those efforts stem from an ongoing Army study, Squad Overmatch-TC3, which is exploring ways to improve warrior skills, achieve squad overmatch and save lives through cutting-edge learning techniques and state-of-the-art simulation technologies. One of the study’s findings was that soldiers lack access to realistic TC3 simulation that could improve the individual and collective skills soldiers and squads need to manage the complex environment of simultaneous combat and casualty management. Squad Overmatch-TC3 training draws on the Army’s experiences from Iraq and Afghanistan, said Maj. Gen. Mark J. O’Neil, deputy commanding general of Combined Arms Center - Training. “Now the Army is taking those lessons learned and making them part of training. We need to have tough, realistic training to improve readiness and — most important of all — save soldiers’ lives,” said O’Neil. CAC-T fields training systems, delivers leader training and sustains training capabilities. During the wars, the Army’s care for wounded soldiers improved. At the start, 90 percent of casualties survived their wounds. Eventually, medical advances, command emphasis, improved evacuation and better training pushed survival rates up to 97 percent. Yet other statistics from the recent wars point to areas for improvement: • 87 percent of casualty deaths occurred before the casualty reached a medical treatment facility in the prehospital setting. • Of the 1,096 casualty deaths from October 2001 to June 2011, 24 percent of the casualties who died in the prehospital setting potentially could have survived with the right assets and training. • For Army Rangers, the rates for died of wounds and killed in action were 1.7 percent and 10.7 percent respectively. For conventional forces, the rates for died of wounds and for killed in action were 5.8 percent and 16.4 percent respectively. The statistics underscore the importance of command emphasis and realistic combat casualty care training for all soldiers, said Col. (Dr.) Daniel Irizarry, who has served as an 82nd Airborne Division brigade
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Col. (Dr.) Dan Irizarry explains the realistic training capabilities of the Tactical Combat Casualty Care mannequin to Gen. David Perkins and Maj. Gen. Mark O’Neil Dec. 3 at the Lewis and Clark Center. During training, a soldier must properly tighten a tourniquet on the mannequin until the simulated blood flow stops. Irizarry is the clinical adviser to the Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation, Orlando, Fla. Perkins is the commanding general of Training and Doctrine Command, and O’Neil is the deputy commanding general of Combined Arms Center - Training.
surgeon and a special operations battalion surgeon. He is a senior adviser to the Squad Overmatch TC3 study. “While the Rangers have some unique combat enablers, the truth is that in the prehospital setting, survival in the first 10 minutes does not require advanced technology,” Irizarry said. “It requires command emphasis, individual and collective training, and available individual first aid equipment.” Every Ranger receives individual training above the Army standard in stopping bleeding, opening airways and other life-saving skills, Irizarry said. These skills are practiced in collective training events to reinforce the teamwork required to manage casualties effectively while continuing the fight. Ranger leaders also are trained in and held accountable for the commander’s casualty response system. “Now we need to spread similar concepts throughout the force,” he said. Irizarry is also the clinical adviser to the Army Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation. The Orlando, Fla., organization develops, acquires and sustains simulation, training, testing and modeling solutions. PEO-STRI and CAC-T collaborate to develop and field training devices to support the Army.
More realism The Squad OvermatchTC3 training methodology and technologies aim to make three days of progres-
sive training more realistic through lectures and classroom demonstrations, video game-based virtual simulations at the walk stage, and live training at the run stage. “The first day starts with time in the classroom where soldiers learn the basics of advanced situational awareness, team dimensional dynamics, resilience training and TC3. But this training cannot be death by PowerPoint,” Irizarry said. “Soldiers need active training and they’ll get that by analyzing and discussing simulated situations based on real experiences and practicing individual skills on a combat trauma mannequin.” Irizarry noted one example of how soldier TC3 training is ripe for improvement. “The current Army standard for Warrior Skills training requires soldiers to practice applying a tourniquet on their battle buddy. This is flawed because first, your buddy is not bleeding, and second you can’t tighten a tourniquet tight enough because it is too painful,” he said. “In fact, this is actually negative training because in combat, you tighten tourniquets until the bleeding stops, which may require more than one tourniquet,” Irizarry said. To address this need, today’s fielded combat casualty mannequins breath, bleed and are visually modeled to be extremely realistic to show severe trauma. Their realism helps soldiers get past the visual shock of war trauma to assess and
identify life-threatening bleeding. They learn to apply tourniquets until the device’s simulated bleeding stops. “And that’s exactly what a soldier has to do on the battlefield, move past the horror, search for the bleeding and treat it,” he said. Besides teaching the correct way to apply a tourniquet, the training device helps soldiers learn how to properly treat other preventable causes of battlefield death by placing a chest decompression needle and opening an airway with a nasal tube. Today’s combat medic training uses similar devices in training and validation at the Army Medical Simulation Training Centers, but there are not enough training devices to reach every soldier. A day of classroom training is followed by a day with video game scenarios in which soldiers are immersed as avatars in the Army’s flagship gaming program Virtual Battlespace 3 to conduct missions. Enhanced with a future TC3 plugin, VBS3 soon will allow for realistic casualty treatment by first responders, which creates the drive for squad coordination and reinforces individual skills for effective casualty management. The Army is also developing a new TC3 standalone game for first responders that will build the knowledge skills required to decide how to treat casualties properly in the context of effective fire and in secure locations. These game-based pro-
grams will provide higherfidelity distributed training for medics and Soldiers. Both programs will be available later this year.
Live training On the third day, soldiers train in field exercises at local training sites augmented by Squad Overmatch technologies, combining combat operations with casualty care management using the Army’s Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System. To add realism, the Army is looking at replacing the 30-year-old paper MILES Casualty Card. The cards only reflect the moment of injury, but the new dynamic MILES Casualty Display Device changes over time with treatment. Here is how MCDD augments the live training environment: During the operation, when a soldier is wounded, the MILES alarm will activate. Then the MCCD will automatically display the soldier’s wounds, pulse, pain, respirations as well as the abilities to shoot, move and communicate. This starts an internal clock for treatment. The soldier or the first responder must assess the card, decide the right treatment and apply it. The MCCD communicates with modified tourniquets, nasal airways tubes and chest decompression needles found in the soldier’s first aid kit that automatically changes the card to reflect the treatment’s application. “If soldiers wait too long to apply the tourniquet, then the wounded soldier
bleeds out and the MCCD changes to dead,” Irizarry said. “Apply it correctly, within time and the soldier lives. That’s realistic.” The MILES system sends data from the field to a commander for an after-action review. Augmented with treatment data, the system begins to give leaders feedback on the commander’s casualty response system — a key feedback loop in Ranger training. Incorporating casualty care into live training also helps leaders develop decision-making skills in a complex environment. “The squad sergeant or platoon lieutenant has to decide: How do I keep up the fight and treat the wounded at the same time?” Irizarry said. The new video game and live training TC3 technologies represent the Army’s effort to make home station training more realistic and challenging. Coordinating with the Army Medical Department, proponent for first aid Warrior Skills training, CAC-T and PEO-STRI are working quickly to field an exportable TC3 training package. The training package could touch up to 294,000 soldiers per year with better, more realistic training at home stations, Combat Training Centers and training institutions such as Basic Combat Training. “By integrating these innovations, the Army can enhance training, improve unit performance and develop agile, adaptive leaders,” O’Neil said. “And this type of training will save soldiers’ lives.”
Swearing in new employees Brig. Gen. John Kem, provost of Army University, leads incoming Fort Leavenworth Department of the Army civilian employees in reciting the Civilian Oath of Office Jan. 25 in the Adjutant General conference room. In addition to Jerry Oakley, simulations specialist with the National Simulation Center, and Michael Essary, simulations analyst with NSC (shown), Arin Burgess, visual information specialist with Military Review; Joshua Carroll, firefighter; Paul Jones, exercise coordinator for the Mission Command Training Program; Melissa Lake, training analyst with Collective Training Directorate; and Phay Phrommany, knowledge management analyst with the Command and General Staff School; were welcomed to the local workforce. George Marcec
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The REAL ID ACT OF 2005 established minimum standards for the production and issuance of stateissued driver’s licenses and ID cards. Missouri, Illinois, Minnesota, New Mexico and Washington are currently not in federal compliance with this act; therefore, Fort Leavenworth will not accept these state driver’s licenses and ID cards for access to the installation after Feb. 1. At that time, residents from the non-compliant states will have to submit alternate forms of ID to access the installation including U.S. passport card, Social Security card or birth certificate. THE U.S. ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE invites comments about the college from the public and key stakeholders in preparation for the Feb. 28 through March 1 periodic evaluation by the Higher Learning Commission, CGSC’s regional accrediting agency. Submit comments to the Public Comment on the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, The Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 or online at https://www.hlcommission .org/HLC-Institutions/third-partycomment.html. The FORT LEAVENWORTH SPOUSES’ CLUB ANNUAL COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE GRANT PROGRAM will be accepting applications through March 1. Grants are awarded to Fort Leavenworth and surrounding community organizations for special projects. Visit http://www.fortleavenworthspousesclub.org/?p=149 for applications. E-mail Elesa Johnson at email@example.com for questions and submissions. The Fort Leavenworth THRIFT AND CONSIGNMENT STORE regular store hours are 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Consignments are accepted until
The Leavenworth Community Service Organization will host the fifth annual BLACK HISTORY MONTH BANQUET at 7 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Riverfront Community Center in Leavenworth. The event will include historical displays, Afrocentric cuisine, raffles, dancing and special musical performances by the Melvin Lister Trio, and Alexsus and Sherry Payne. Brig. Gen. R. Scott Dingle, deputy chief of staff for Operations, G-3/5/7, U.S. Army Medical Command, Fort Myers, Va., is guest speaker for the event. The event is open to the public but seating is limited. Advance tickets are available at the Richard Allen Cultural Center for $20 or by calling (913) 306-2011.
12:30 p.m. when the store is open. FORT LEAVENWORTH THRIFT SHOP WELFARE APPLICATIONS are available at the Thrift Shop cash register Tuesday through Thursday 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. All applications are due Feb. 23 and funds will be available in April. The shop is at the corner of Pope and Grant avenues. The FORT LEAVENWORTH TAX CENTER offers free federal and state income tax filing with IRStrained preparers. Appointments can be made through April 29 by calling 684-4986 or by stopping by the Tax Center at 615 McClellan Ave. Soldiers E-5 and below and their family members can drop off tax documents at the Tax Center and return later to sign their e-file forms. Tax Center hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, and 1-4 p.m. Thursdays. A limited number of Saturday appointments are available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 6 and 20 and March 5 and 19. Services are limited based on income. The WATER LEVEL IN MERRITT LAKE is being gradually lowered this month in preparation for the construction of a new drainage outlet that will prevent the type of flooding that occurred on Grant Avenue during the July 6 storm. This work will also provide an opportunity to restock and improve fish habitat in the lake by deepening the east end and removing undesirable species. The lake is expected to be refilled later in the spring. The Directorate of Emergency Services LOST AND FOUND has property that might be yours. Current property includes cell phones, bicycles, an MP3 player, a purse, wallet, glasses/sunglasses, jewelry and a tablet. For information, call 6843501.
To sign up for the INSIDER, FMWR’S WEEKLY E-NEWSLETTER, visit www.fortleavenworthfmwr.com and click the “subscribe” button. The Rod and Gun Club Dog Kennels offers DOG BOARDING to military, DoD civilians and retirees. To make a reservation, contact Leisure Travel Services at 684-2580. HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE can be dropped off at the HHW Collection Point in the basement of 810 McClellan Ave. weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There are also outside drop-off cabinets that can be used after hours. Products should be kept in their original containers, when possible. Household hazardous waste includes automotive products, home improvement products, paint, varnish, paint thinner, paint stripper, caulk and adhesives, pesticides, household cleaners, batteries, cosmetics, lighter fluid, and arts and crafts materials. E-waste is also accepted at the collection point, including computers, cell phones, cameras, modems, monitors, televisions, printers, game systems and general electronics. Used motor oil and antifreeze can be dropped off at the Auto Craft Shop at 911 McClellan Ave. or at an off-post garage or auto parts store.
exhibits will come to life to teach facts about what life was like on the frontier and at Fort Leavenworth, arts and crafts, and a frontier dressup photo opportunity. Chaperones can call Steve Schmitt at (757) 6858000 beginning March 1 to schedule tour times. Tours will run every 15 minutes between 5 and 9 p.m.
The Friends of the Frontier Army Museum will host NIGHT AT THE FRONTIER ARMY MUSEUM from 5-9 p.m. April 9. The event will include museum tours in which
The Army Officer Candidate School Alumni Association has announced a special 75TH U.S. ARMY OCS DIAMOND ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION AND
Harrold Youth Center will transport the YOUTH
SKI/SNOWBOARD CLUB to Snow Creek at 2 p.m. on Friday early-out days and will return at 10 p.m. Cost is $22 for lift and rental. Lessons are available for $7. Helmets are required and can be rented for $5. To register or for more information, call 684-5118. The Ike Skelton Combined Arms Research Library hosts STORYTIME every Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. For
spouse, a military retiree or spouse, or DoD civilian. The VETERINARY TREATMENT FACILITY at 831 McClellan Ave. is open 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. More information can be found on the Fort Leavenworth Veterinary Treatment Facility Facebook page. The HOUSING SERVICES OFFICE, 600 Thomas Ave., is closed from 7:30 a.m. to noon the third Wednesday of the month for training and inspections. For assistance with in-processing, out-processing, stamping permissive TDY, or offpost house hunting during this time, go to the Residential Communities Office, 220 Hancock Ave. ARMY COMMUNITY SERVICE is open 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, and 1-4:30 p.m. Thursday. The USED VEHICLE DISPLAY lot west of Harney Sports Complex is controlled by Leisure Travel Services. Call 684-2580 for information. The INSPECTOR GENERAL OFFICE, at 428 McPherson Ave., is open 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and 1-4:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.
Sunday School 9:45 a.m., Frontier and Pioneer chapels
The Strike Zone SPRING YOUTH BOWLING LEAGUE starts at 10 a.m. Jan. 30. Cost is $8 per week for ages 6-18 including three games and shoe rental or $5.50 for ages 3-5 per week including two games and shoe rental. League bowls 10 weeks ending April 9 with a league party April 23. A one-time $10 certification fee
The Soldier for Life - Transition Assistance Program offers a monthly FEDERAL APPLICATION SEMINAR on submitting applications using the USAJobs website. The Civilian Personnel Advisory Center will provide instruction. The seminar covers how to navigate the USAJobs portal and how to prepare a federal resumé to apply for government employment. The next class will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 8 in room 131 of the Resiliency Center. For more information or to reserve a seat, call 684-2227 or e-mail usarmy.leavenworth. imcom-central.mbx.sfl-tap @mail.mil.
March 4, March 7-11, and March 2125. For more information or to reserve a seat, call 684-2227 or e-mail usarmy. sfl-tap.leavenworth@mail. mil. The Soldier for Life - Transition Assistance Program will sponsor a CREATING OPPORTUNITY VS. CHASING JOBS seminar from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 29 in room 125 of the Resiliency Center. There will be five classes given by the executive recruiter with Franklin Executive Solutions. Classes continue Feb. 19, March 4 and 18, and April 1. No RSVP is required.
The next ENTREPRENEUR WORKSHOPS will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 9-10 in room 131 of the Resiliency Center with a follow-on eight-week online program. For more information or to reserve a seat, call 684-2227 or e-mail usarmy.sfl-tap.leavenworth @mail.mil. Spaces are limited and seating is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis for qualified individuals.
TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM workshops are mandatory for all military personnel transitioning from active-duty service. The workshops are also available to spouses of transitioning military on a space-available basis. TAP workshops are five days from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. Upcoming workshops are Feb. 22-26, Feb. 29 to
Veterans Affairs is providing a TECHNICAL WORKSHOP from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 2-3 in room 131 of the Resiliency Center. The workshop is for soldiers seeking employment in a technical or vocational field and will help with determining career goals, interests and skill gaps. For more information or to sign up, call 684-2227.
The Soldier for Life - Transition Assistance Program will sponsor a LINKEDIN - THE BASICS Seminar from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 17 in room 131 of the Resiliency Center. The seminar will be given by Kirk Pearson, chief strategy officer for a national staffing firm. No RSVP is required.
Look for these Chapel Community groups on Facebook: • Fort Leavenworth Chapel • Fort Leavenworth Gospel Service • Fort Leavenworth Gospel Service Women’s Ministry • Ft. Leavenworth Episcopal Congregation • Ft. Leavenworth Club Beyond • Saint Ignatius Parish, Fort Leavenworth • Ft. Leavenworth Chapel Liturgical
REUNION April 24-28 in Columbus, Ga. The association represents all Army officers commissioned through OCS, regardless of previous school locations and branches. This reunion will include demonstrations and briefings related to OCS, tours, the grand opening of the remodeled Wigle Hall, a memorial/monument walk, OCS Hall of Fame induction ceremony, and Patterson Award dinner at the National Infantry Museum. The reunion will be at the Double Tree Hotel, 5321 Sidney Simmons Blvd., Columbus, Ga., 31904, (706) 327-6868. Reservations for the “OCS Alumni Association Reunion 2016” are being accepted at a special rate. For more information, contact Nancy Ionoff at (813) 917-4309 or visit www.ocsalumni.com.
information, call (913) 7583001.
The Soldier for Life - Transition Assistance Program will host an EDUCATION WORKSHOP from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 4-5 in room 131 of the Resiliency Center. For more information or to reserve a seat, call 684-2227 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Spaces are limited and seating is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis for qualified individuals.
EDUCATION & EMPLOYMENT
The VISITOR CONTROL CENTER is open 5:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. After hours, visitors to Fort Leavenworth must have already obtained a visitor pass or be escorted by a uniformed military member or
Protestant: Liturgical Worship Sunday 8:45 a.m., Memorial Chapel Traditional Worship Sunday 8:30 a.m., Pioneer Chapel Gospel Worship Sunday 10 a.m., Pioneer Chapel Episcopal Worship 10:30 a.m., Memorial Chapel Contemporary Worship 11 a.m., Frontier Chapel
a WOMEN’S CONFERENCE from 5:30-9 p.m. March 2 and from 7:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. March 3. Guest speaker will be 2015 Military Spouse of the Year Corie Weathers. For more information, call Ann Soby at 651-0624. To register for one or both days, visit www.cgscf.org.
complete contest information, visit www.ffam.us/essay-contest .html. For more information, e-mail essaycontest.ffam @gmail .com.
All military personnel entering post on a motorcycle must show a valid MOTORCYCLE SAFETY FOUNDATION CARD or be turned away at the gate.
Catholic: Weekday Mass: Tuesday-Friday noon, Pioneer Chapel Weekend Mass: Saturday 5 p.m., Pioneer Chapel Weekend Mass: Sunday 9:30 a.m., Frontier Chapel RCIA: Sunday 11 a.m., Pioneer Chapel
The CGSC Foundation will host
The Friends of the Frontier Army Museum is sponsoring an ESSAY CONTEST for students in ninth through 12th grades. There will be cash prizes for the firstthrough third place winners. Entry deadline is April 1. For
The Fort Leavenworth VANPOOL PROGRAM is on-going and anyone can join a vanpool anytime. Vehicles, a comprehensive maintenance and repair program, insurance and back-up vans are provided by the vanpool company. A vanpool consists of five to 15 people who commute to and from work on a regular basis. The group shares the monthly operating expense and saves money. The Department of Defense also provides a tax-free transit subsidy that can be used to pay for vanpooling. The vanpool program is currently looking for new riders in the Overland Park, Shawnee, Legends, Basehor, Parkville, Liberty, Olathe, Lawrence and St. Joseph areas. To join a vanpool, contact Debbie Hazelbeck at 684-3307 or email@example.com.
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The FRONTIER ARMY MUSEUM’S HOURS are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The FMWR DOG PARKS are near Hunt Lodge and Doniphan Field and are open dawn to dusk. Separate fenced areas allow small and large dogs to run. For information, call 684-1666. OUTDOOR RECREATION EQUIPMENT RENTAL has bounce houses and camping and boating equipment available to rent at 911 McClellan Ave. Office hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call 684-3395.
is required for USBC certification. For more information call 651-2195. Harrold Youth Center will host CARTOON SATURDAY for 6th-12th graders from 1:30-6 p.m. Jan. 30. Wear pajamas and be ready to make your favorite breakfast while enjoying the best of Saturday morning cartoons. For more information, call 684-5118.
The JOHN W. POILLON SCHOLARSHIP applications are now available at the Education Center. The scholarship is open to high school seniors who are dependants of U.S. military members, currently or within the past 24 months assigned to Fort Leavenworth; or civilians who are currently employed at Fort Leavenworth either by the U.S. government or a non-appropriated fund. Application deadline is March 31. Contact Ann Chapman at 6844673 for more details.
FMWR’s SCHOOL LIAISON OFFICER is available to help families with registration, graduation and other requirements in local schools, support home-schooled families and provide information on elementary, secondary and post-secondary education. The SLO has a list of tutors and is looking for people interested in tutoring. For more information, call 684-1655.
CREDITED FINANCIAL PLANNER who can help with assessing current and future financial situations. Make an appointment by calling 684-2227.
Post Theater Free Movies All movies start at 7 p.m.
The Soldier for Life - Transition Assistance Program is taking reservations for the first 2016 session of the KAUFFMAN FASTTRAC NEWVENTURE ENTREPRENEUR COURSE, which will meet every Friday from 9 a.m. to noon April 29 through July 15, excluding the May 27 and July 1 holiday weekends, in room 106 of the Resiliency Center. This course is free of charge. If interested in attending, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 684-2860. Applicants will be notified at least two weeks before the course start date if selected to attend. The Soldier for Life - Transition Assistance Program has its own AC-
The Night Before (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen) Rated R Jan. 30
The Peanuts Movie (Noah Schnapp, Bill Melendez) Rated G For more information, call 684-2862 or check the FMWR website or Facebook page for updated information. Schedule subject to change.
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school, when he took a Bible class, that King was brought back to the faith.” Burnett concluded the “Remember!” section of the speech saying, “Martin Luther King Jr.’s life had a seismic impact on race relations in the United States. Years after his death, he is the most widely known African-American leader of his era. His life and work have been honored with a national holiday, schools and public buildings named after him, and a memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.” He quoted King’s final speech on April 3, 1968, the day before his death, “’I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight that we, as a people, will get to the promised land.’” The “Celebrate” portion of Burnett’s speech focused on the question, “Why is it that Martin Luther King led the civil rights movement?” Burnett answered his own question by citing Simon Sinek’s book “Start With Why.” “Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership — starting with a golden circle and the question, ‘Why?’ His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King and the Wright brothers ... they all think, act and communicate the exact same way. And it’s the complete opposite to everyone
else. This is because people don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it,” Burnett said. “(King) didn’t go around telling people what needed to change in America. He went around and told people what he believed and people who believed what he believed took his cause, and they made it their own, and they told people.” Burnett noted that it was all a matter of showing up at the right place at the right time and no one showed up just for King. “It’s what they believed, and it wasn’t necessarily about Prudence Siebert black versus white; 25 percent of the Mountrey Oliver, visiting from Orlando, Fla., takes a video clip of her niece, Sherece Shavel, as she sings “My Funny Valentine,” with Ron Coaxum on saxophone, duraudience was ing a performance with the Melvin Lister Trio at the Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance luncheon Jan. 22 at the Frontier Conference Center. white,” Burnett said. “It just so happened that the civil rights during and after the civil may make mistakes or do menting Burnett on how and commitment, being dumb things along the way, the way he spoke and his able to ‘talk the talk’ and movement was the perfect rights era. “It is a subtle reminder but we Americans always (Burnett’s) own experiences also ‘walk the walk.’ You’d be thing to help him bring his of the courage that Kansas get better.” in the Army was matched by pretty hard-pressed to be cause to life.” City demonstrates to show After Burnett’s speech, what he had to say about able to find someone who Finally, Burnett went on all of our history, even those Brig. Gen. John S. Kem, King. did that more than Martin to address the idea of “act” times when we need to get provost of Army University, “As you heard him speak, Luther King. And so, what by telling the audience, “we better,” Burnett said. “Like presented Burnett with a you could hear his leaderhe focused on are great lesare Americans and we get America has done throughframed photo of Fort Leavship and teamwork experisons for us as Army leaders better.” out her entire history, we enworth. Kem spoke of the ences for the Army reflected to not only emulate and try Burnett talked about the should always seek to get many similarities he had in what he focused on Marto be more like Martin American Jazz Museum better. That’s another major with Burnett including famtin Luther King,” Kem said. Luther King, but just to rewhere he works, noting the lesson that Reverend Dr. ily members who served in “In the Army we talk about mind ourselves in our lane historic timeline that feaKing can teach us today. We the military. Then, complileadership and teamwork how to be entrepreneurial.” tures community life before,
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MCTP hosts Strong Bonds retreat Maj. Tamara Gonzales | Mission Command Training Program Public Affairs
“Having strong families are critical to both the soldier and the Army as a whole,” said Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Tony Petros, a chaplain with Mission Command Training Program. “Soldiers rely on their spouses; it is equally important for children to have a strong family as well.” This was the focus of the Strong Bond retreat for MCTP service members and their families Jan. 2224 at the Adam’s Mark Hotel and Conference Center in Kansas City, Mo. The event kicked off with couples enjoying dinner together followed by an introduction to “The Five Love Languages,” by author Gary D. Chapman, which would serve as the basis for the weekend’s lessons. In “The Five Love Languages,” Chapman describes five personality types in which people give and receive love. “If we learn to speak the love languages of our spouses and children, we change the climate in our homes,” Chapman said in a Five Love Languages video. The first session included an assessment in which individuals learned their own love languages. The assessment results were used for future lessons throughout the weekend such as how to apologize so the other person is receptive. “My wife and I have a really tight relationship,” said Sgt. Eric Beckham with the 705th Military Police Detention Battalion. Beckham is married to Spc. Heidy Beckham, who serves with MCTP. “The retreat helps reassure us and gives us ways to build on our relationship.” In addition to lessons,
Mission Command Training Program Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Tony Petros introduces lesson material to couples attending MCTP’s Jan. 22-24 marriage retreat at Adam’s Mark Hotel and Conference Center in Kansas City, Mo. The Strong Bond’s retreat lessons were based on Gary D. Chapman’s “The Five Love Languages.”
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Veronica Smith works with her husband, Chaplain (Maj.) J.P. Smith, as they play the minute-to-win-it game, Face the Cookie. The game was one of several team-building games couples played as part of Mission Command Training Program’s marriage retreat Jan. 22 in Kansas City, Mo.
couples played several icebreaker and couple-building minute-to-win-it games, such as stack attack with pencils, face the cookie and target practice using rubber bands to knock over playing cards. The second day featured a scavenger hunt with couples quickly searching for different locations throughout the hotel and CoCo Keys Water Resort and taking pictures of each other there. “The purpose of the games was to help couples build teamwork while hav-
ing fun,” said Tricia Petros, Chaplain Petros’ wife. There was also time for family fun at CoCo Keys as they splashed in the adventure river, slid down water slides or just relaxed in the spa. Couples also had the opportunity to enjoy a free couples night dinner at the hotel with quiet conversation in the hotel’s restaurant. “There’s no way to mess marriage retreats up,” said Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Dave Shoffner. “You get a great hotel, great food, time with your spouse and family,
time with other couples and on top of that you learn something.” “It was really informational and useful. There are a lot of things that I can take home both for my marriage and my family,” said Mandy Avery, wife of MCTP’s Headquarters and Headquarters Company Commander Capt. Terrance Avery. “My favorite part was playing games, getting to know other couples, reconnecting and just being silly.”
Angela Oakley plays stack attack with husband Maj. Tom Oakley during Mission Command Training Program’s marriage retreat Jan. 22 in Kansas City, Mo. Couples would stack pencils on the back of the other person’s hand and that person would pull their hand away and try to catch the pencils with that same hand.
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Frontier life, history focus of Kansas Day Jennifer Walleman | Staff Writer
Fort Leavenworth students in third through fifth grades got an idea of what life on the American frontier was like Jan. 22 at the Unified School District 207 celebration of Kansas Day. Nearly 600 students from Bradley, MacArthur and Eisenhower elementary schools visited 18 exhibit tables and demonstrations replicating frontier life at Harney Sports Complex. The celebration coincides with the Kansas history curriculum the selected grades learn in the classroom and the state’s birthday or day it entered the Union as the 34th state, Jan. 29, 1861. Students pressed apple cider, planted sunflower seeds, tried on Civil War-era clothing, petted baby goats, sawed wood, spun wool and participated in other activities at the event. “It’s following our curriculum and guidelines but it’s also part of our American history,” said SuAnn Grant, deputy superintendent for USD 207. Paula Murphy, third-grade teacher at Bradley Elementary School, said that in the classroom students learn about the symbols of Kansas and some state and community history. Murphy said she sees value in students learning about the state they reside in. “I think for these kids who are military it’s just kind of a snapshot of Kansas,” she said. “It’s a fun experience for them because with technology and all that this is very different. They are like, ‘Where’s the computers? Where’s all that stuff?’ It’s a good experience to see something else.” Third-grade Bradley student Abby Allen, 9, said she enjoyed pressing cider and petting the 3week-old black goat. “It was really cute and adorable,” Abby said. “I really wanted to take it home.” Third-grade Bradley student Becca Holmes, 8, moved to Kansas from Texas. She said that Kansas had its advantages. “I like that there’s snow,” Becca said. This was the first Kansas Day for third-grade Bradley student Ryan Jennings, 9. Ryan said she saw meaning in learning about Kansas history. “I think it’s important to know the past because there’s very important events that happened in the past, and I think you need to know about them,” Ryan said. Lee Sigley, education and maintenance coordinator for the National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame, attended Kansas Day and led an activity where students made miniature green houses with sunflower seeds. The sunflower is the state flower of Kansas. “They can take it home or with them if they move and have a little piece of Kansas they can take with them,” Sigley said. The National Agricultural Hall of Fame was chartered by Congress in 1960 to honor the American farmer and serve as the national museum of agriculture and memorial to farming leaders. Sigley said Kansas plays a huge part in the nation’s agriculture production and is consistently in the top 10 states for producing wheat, corn, milo, hay, cattle and hogs. “If people like to eat, those things are important,” Sigley said. “Agriculture affects our lives every day when we don’t even realize it not just food. That’s a major reason why it’s important.” Roberta Ready, owner of Quilt
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MacArthur Elementary School third-graders Aurora Hernandez and Ariana Ottenwalter dress up in Civil War-era attire at a booth showcasing Civil War uniforms, weapons, items carried by soldiers and more from around the time Kansas became a state in 1861 during Kansas Day Jan. 22 at Harney Sports Complex.
MacArthur Elementary School third-grader Kiana Pomerenke, dressed in a shirt and hat like those that might have been worn in 1861 when Kansas Day became a state, looks at Civil War-era reproduction weapons while browsing Kansas Day educational booths Jan. 22 at Harney Sports Complex. Several of the booths offered hands-on opportunities for students to handle items or learn the basics of old-fashioned crafts.
Barn in Leavenworth, Kan., attended Kansas Day with fellow quilter Evelyn Mosier. Ready was showing students how to handknit by using Kansas Jayhawk quilt blocks. Mosier showed how to clip seams on a rag quilt. Mosier said she learned how to quilt to make a quilt for the birth of her first grandchild 30 years ago. “Quilting has been around for hundreds of years,” Mosier said. “Everybody needs to learn to quilt. They’re utilitarian for warmth, for beauty and just the creativity of it.” Chris Taylor, Atchison County Historical Society executive director, portrayed William Clark during Kansas Day. He said that students sometimes surprise him with their interest in Lewis and Clark and the variety of questions they ask. “When you look at a big group like this who comes out, they have an interest in what you are showing them, they want to learn things and often they have really good questions,” Taylor said. “Occasionally they’ve given me questions I’ve had to go back and research.” Liam Neidig, 13, eighthgrader in Patton Junior High School National Junior Honor Society, volunteered at the Civil War re-enactment table where he helped students try on Civil War era-clothing. Liam said it was important for students to learn about Kansas’ history.
“Kansas — like especially in the Civil War — was pretty influential and also with abolishing slavery it was pretty influential,” Liam said. “There’s a lot of great history in Kansas and a lot of people think it’s just a flyover state, and kids need to know this because we don’t want history repeating itself.” Tyler McTeague, 9, thirdgrader at MacArthur Elementary School, moved to Kansas from California and said there are many noticeable differences between the two states. “There’s more grass; there’s a lot more hills (and) the school is a lot different,” Tyler said.
Eisenhower Elementary School third-graders Veronika Stone and Alise Vazquez talk with Chris Taylor, Atchison County Historical Society executive director, about some of the items Corps of Discovery explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark would have had on their journey with them, such as a collapsible telescope and a compass, during Kansas Day Jan. 22 at Harney Sports Complex.
Patton Junior High School eighth-grader Josh Schatzel, right, shows Eisenhower Elementary School thirdgrader Kallen Martinez how to make basic stiches while Eisenhower third-grader Savannah Turner, left, practices beginning quilting on a Jayhawk quilt block during Kansas Day Jan. 22 at Harney Sports Complex.
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Scouts design, race in Pinewood Derby Maj. Tamara Gonzales | Mission Command Training Program Public Affairs
Plastic wheels lined up sideby-side as wooden bodies of varying designs were placed on the track while parents and their children anxiously awaited the start of the race. It was Pinewood Derby time Jan. 23 at Patton Junior High School, and every boy was hoping for his car to take first place. “My personal favorite part of the derby is when the boys bring in their cars. Each Scout so lovingly carries their little car in. They watch with breath held as it is weighed and measured,” said Lori Holmes, Cub Scoutmaster with Pack 1. “Then, when the car gets turned in for the race, they love to tell you each little detail, and about all their adventures making it. You cannot beat seeing the light in a young boy’s eyes as they tell you how much fun they had spending time with their parents,” Holmes said. The boys’ preparation for the race began in December when they received the cars during a special visit from Santa Claus at a pack meeting. The Cub Scouts and their families have since spent numerous hours designing, shaping and weighing their cars ensuring each one was as unique as it could be and as fast as it could go. Some purchased design kits online while others created their own designs. Some of the cars were as slim as they could be with the intent of being the fastest, yet some were designed to win both contests in the fastest and design categories. “My favorite part was designing and painting car,” said Tiger Scout Kalvin Rachar. “I’m going to do it again next year.” Fellow Tiger Scout Patrick Anderson agreed, saying, “I really liked working with my dad on my Army-designed car.” Next came tech night, when the boys had the opportunity to ensure their cars met strict race specifications for weight and size. If they didn’t, their cars wouldn’t be able to compete for a place in the race. Each car had to weigh less than five ounces, be no longer than seven inches and span no wider than 2.75 inches. The boys also had a chance to
Car starter Maj. John Ford, Command and General Staff Officer Course student, signals that the next four cars are ready to begin their race during the Pinewood Derby Jan. 23 at Patton Junior High School.
take practice runs with their cars on a wooden track as anticipation built for the actual race. Two days later, the Scouts put their cars in lockdown for registration and had one more chance to make sure they met race specifications. After this point, race officials were the only people allowed to touch the cars. Finally, it was race day. After months of preparation, the Scouts and their families had a chance to see how their work and dedication would pay off. “The kids are having fun and that’s what is really most important,” said John Ford, assistant Bears leader for Den 1. “They put a lot of work into these cars and it’s good to see they’re having fun.” Different Cub Scout ranks faced off against each other, starting with Webelos competing with other Webelos, followed by Bears, Wolves and finally, the Tigers. At the end, Fort Leavenworth’s Pack 1 championship race ensued with winners from the different ranks competing against each other.
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Pack 1, Den 3, Tigers watch in suspense as their cars near the finish line at the Pinewood Derby Jan. 23 at Patton Junior High School.
Pinewood Derby results Speed Category:
Championship Race 1st Place — Victor Becerra, 12.7059 seconds, 155.6 mph 2nd Place — Joseph Lendo, 12.7145, 155.5 mph 3rd Place — Tyler Ford, 12.7527, 155 mph Webelos Race 1st Place — Ayden Watts, 12.7854, 154.7 mph 2nd Place — Hanna Sam, 12.8068, 154.4 mph 3rd Place — Sigler Cole, 12.844, 153.9 mph
Bears 1st Place — Matthew Schotzko 2nd Place — Jonah Smith 3rd Place — Zack Terese Wolves 1st Place — Conner Connell 2nd Place — Wesley Miller 3rd Place: Cayman Williams
Tigers 1st Place — Ryan Day 2nd Place — Zackary Johnson 3rd Place — Charlie Anklam
Bears Race 1st Place — Alec Combs, 12.6193, 156.7 mph 2nd Place — Victor Becerra, 12.7021, 155.7 mph 3rd Place — Tyler Ford, 12.7679, 154.9 mph Wolves 1st Place — Joseph Lendo, 12.6305, 156.5 mph 2nd Place — Bennet Sweet, 12.8817, 153.5 mph 3rd Place — Jude Hanlen, 12.8978, 153.3 mph
Tigers 1st Place — Noah Combs, 12.9208, 153 mph 2nd Place — Caleb Wunderlich, 13.1047, 150.9 mph 3rd Place — Chase Pavlichko, 13.1986, 149.8 mph Prudence Siebert
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Cayman Williams wins a trophy for best design at the Pack 1 Cub Scout Pinewood Derby Jan. 23 at Patton Junior High School.
Webelos 1st Place — Alex Sigler 2nd Place — Stone Roberts 3rd Place — Benjamin Holmes
Three-year-old Holden Sevigny points to cars as they speed by while watching a race with his father, Maj. Steve Sevigny, School of Advanced Military Studies student, during the Pinewood Derby Jan. 23 at Patton Junior High School. Holden was there to watch his brother Miles Servigny’s car race in the derby.
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Pet walk participants — including Lynelle Killinger with sharpei Tofu, Spc. Ivan Aburto with mixed-breeds Maya and Poncho, Veterinary Treatment Facility NCOIC Staff Sgt. Alexis McCurdy with Maltese Sammy, Caroline Aburto with pug Opie, Ann Brown with golden doodle Bosco, Medical Department Activity and Munson Army Health Center Commander Col. John Kent with springer spaniel Jack, Maj. Andrew Moore and 8-year-old daughter MacKenzie and 2-year-old daughter Bree with schnauzer Sprocket and vizsla Ruger, and Spc. Alejandro and Lindsey Preciado with golden doodle Watson — make their way up Bluntville Avenue during the VTF’s National Walk Your Dog Month event Jan. 23.
Walking their dogs Ann Brown laughs as her golden doodle Bosco jumps into a snow pile with Spc. Ivan Aburto’s mixed-breed dog Poncho as the Veterinary Treatment Facility’s pet walk begins Jan. 23 on McClellan Avenue.
Eight-year-old MacKenzie Moore and 2-year-old Bree Moore dance with their schnauzer Sprocket before the Veterinary Treatment Facility’s pet walk, in conjunction with National Walk Your Dog Month, Jan. 23 at the VTF. The walk began and ended at the VTF and concluded with VTF staff offering tips to keep pets safe and fit in cold weather.
Veterinary Treatment Facility NCOIC Staff Sgt. Alexis McCurdy welcomes pet walk participants as they gather in the warm reception area before setting off on the walk Jan. 23 at the VTF. The walk helped promote cold weather safety and fitness in conjunction with National Walk Your Dog Month.
Take steps to prevent frozen pipes Fort Leavenworth Frontier Heritage Communities
With frigid temperatures upon us, the pipes in homes are at risk of damage from freezing conditions. Low temperatures and wind chills can cause water pipes to freeze and, in some cases, burst. Residents can take precautions to safeguard their homes against a pipe freeze. Keep all basement, garage and common area doors closed. Don’t set the thermostat below 55 degrees if leaving home for a few days — try to have a friend stop by to check in. An extended-absence-from-home form can be obtained at the Fort Leavenworth Frontier Heritage Communities office at 220 Hancock Ave. This form lets residents to appoint someone to notify in case of an emergency. Remember to let a steady drip of water run from the highest faucet in the house. Also leave plumbing cabinet doors along exterior walls open so room heat can reach the pipes. If a pipe does burst, know how to turn off the home’s water supply quickly to minimize damage. Feel free to ask a maintenance technician to help locate the shut-off valve during his next
HOUSING UPDATE visit. For questions about maintenance issues, contact the maintenance department at (913) 651-3838. Residents are also asked to be mindful of blowing trash in the housing areas. Brisk winds will easily grab loose trash, especially recyclable materials, and quickly scatter it throughout the neighborhoods. Trash and recycle containers should also be properly stored as soon as trash is collected.
tier Heritage Communities for a free Italian cooking class and spirits tasting 6-8 p.m. Feb. 8 at the FLFHC Community Center, 220 Hancock Ave. presented by Luigi’s Italian Restaurant, and Lansing Liquor and Wine. This event is open to members of the Fort Leavenworth community over the age of 21. Reserved seating is full, but a wait list is available. To be added to the wait list, call the Community Management Office at (913) 682-6300 or e-mail email@example.com.
Football photo contest
FLFHC wants families to submit photos of themselves in their favorite team’s football gear. The winners will receive a “tailgate party package” just in time for the big game. Submissions are due Feb. 2 and winners will be announced Feb. 3. Bring photos by the FLFHC office at 220 Hancock Ave. or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fort Leavenworth residents, don’t forget your Valentine. Stop by the FLFHC office from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 12 and pick up a balloon and a flower for your sweetie.
Cooking class Join Fort Leavenworth Fron-
Super Savers The Super Saver Program is designed to promote conservation in the home and increase awareness and understanding of the information on resident utility statements.
Residents can nominate themselves for the Super Saver of the Month award by submitting a nomination form, which can be found on the FLFHC website at www.ftleavenworthfamilyhousing.com. Bring the form and a copy of the most recent utilities statement to the FLFHC office at 220 Hancock Ave. by the 21st of each month. Families can nominate themselves each month for this award but can only win once per calendar year. All monthly winners receive a $25 VISA gift card. Monthly winners will also be eligible for the Super Saver of the Year award, presented on Environmental Awareness Day in May. For more information about the Super Saver program or the Utility Conservation Program, contact FLFHC Operations Coordinator Lindsay Aspinwall at (913) 828-3038 or e-mail email@example.com.
Snow, ice removal Residents are responsible for the removal of snow and ice between any common sidewalk or road and the front or back door and driveways. Residents are asked not to use salt products to deice around
their homes because it can damage the concrete. Less corrosive and pet-safe ice melt products are available for purchase in retail stores.
Refer a friend For each eligible resident referred who is new to the area and signs a six-month lease, both the referrer and the referred will receive $250. Limit one referral name per new resident. New residents must take occupancy within 45 days of application. The referral source must be listed on the application and be a current resident to qualify. Other restrictions may apply.
Utilities tip Only about 10 percent of the energy used by a bulb creates light — the rest of the energy creates heat. So remember to turn off lights when they are not needed. Watch for more community event announcements on Facebook, followed by a One-Call Now e-mail message with event details. And don’t forget to follow FLFHC on Twitter. Visit the FLFHC website at www.ftleavenworthfamilyhousing.com for downloadable forms and other useful information.
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Pets of the Week
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Cary Grant and Bogart are young adult male cats available for adoption at the Fort Leavenworth Stray Facility at 510 Organ Ave. Adoption fees for all black-and-white cats are reduced to $50 through Feb. 14 during the â€œtuxedo sale.â€? The cats have already been spayed/neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. The Stray Facility is open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the second Saturday of the month; and by appointment as needed. The facility is closed Tuesdays but appointments are available. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (913) 684-4939 for more information. Read about adoptable pets at www.flsf.petfinder.com.
On Fort Leavenworth, report suspicious activities to the People are the Eyes and Ears of the Police line at 684-PEEP (7337) or call the Military Police Desk at 684-2111.
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Prepare entire family for house fire Art Powell | U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center Public Affairs
FORT RUCKER, Ala. — A home fire isn’t the time to create a family evacuation plan. Home fires never occur at a convenient time. You may be awakened at 2:30 a.m. by the smell of smoke or the sound of an alarm. Your mind races: Am I really awake? Is this really happening? I’ve got to get my family out of here, now! Do something! Your ability to get out of a fire emergency depends on warnings from smoke detectors and advanced planning, according to the National Fire Protection Association. “In a fire, seconds count and you may have as little as one to two minutes to safely escape once the smoke alarm sounds,” said the NFPA’s Judy Comoletti. “That’s why it’s critical every home has working smoke alarms. Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of the home (including the basement), outside each sleeping area and inside each bedroom. For the best protection, interconnect all smoke alarms so when one sounds, they all sound.” During 2013, an estimated 369,000 reported structure fires resulted in 2,755 civilian deaths in the United States. Planning is key to preparing to evacuate in a fire emergency at your residence.
Gather as a family and make a plan by walking through your home and inspecting all possible exits and escape routes. Think about showing children two exits from each room, such as a door and window. Designate a gathering point outside the home for everyone to meet once they exit. “Escape planning is an important element of home fire safety,” Comoletti said. “A home fire escape plan is put in place if the smoke alarm sounds. The plan should include two ways out of every room and an outside meeting place where everyone will gather. Once outside the home, call 911 using a cellphone or neighbor’s phone. It’s important to practice your home fire drill at least twice a year.” The American Red Cross reports that 80 percent of Americans don’t realize home fires are the single- most common disaster in the United States. The organization estimates only 26 percent of families have actually developed and practiced an escape plan. “The leading cause of home fires is unattended cooking. Stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or broiling food. If you must leave the kitchen, even for a short time, turn off the stove,” said Comoletti. For more information on fire safety, visit https://safety.army.mil.
MUNSON NOTES The Munson Army Health Center Exceptional Family Member Program office is open for OVERSEAS SCREENINGS by appointment only. To schedule an appointment or for information call the EFMP office at (913) 6846681. Appointments can also be made via the Call Center at (913) 684-6250. For more information call (913) 684-6681 and leave a message or visit the MAHC website at https://www.
munson.amedd.army.mil and select the EFMP link under Departments and Services. Information about CHANGES IN OPERATING HOURS RELATING TO SEVERE WEATHER are posted on the Munson Army Health Center Facebook page. Follow MAHC on Facebook at www.facebook.com/munsonhealth. The MAHC Facebook page is an open page, meaning a
Facebook account is not required to view the page.
hours urgent care needs call (913) 684-6250.
Munson Army Health Center will have MINIMAL STAFFING from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 10 for monthly training. For emergencies, call 911 or report to the nearest emergency room. For after hours urgent care needs call (913) 684-6250.
Walk-in INFLUENZA VACCINATION clinics are from 7:30 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m. Monday through Friday at MAHC’s Gentry Clinic building. MAHC is currently out of the injectable vaccine except for critical need recipients. The FluMist is still available. Beneficiaries may use the TRICARE Pharmacy Vaccine Program to obtain the influenza vaccine. A list of authorized pharmacies can be found under the flu information link at www.munson.amedd.army .mil. Contact the network pharmacy in advance to inquire about influenza vaccine availability and current vaccination schedules. Active-duty service members who receive influenza vaccinations from non-military facilities need to provide proof of immunization to the unit MEDPROS point of contact or the Preventive Medicine Clinic within 24 hours after vaccination. All clinics are based on vaccine availability. For information call the Preventive Medicine clinic at 684-6539.
Munson Army Health Center will be CLOSED FEB. 15 for the federal holiday. For emergencies call 911 or report to the nearest emergency room. For after
The Munson Army Health Center AUDIOLOGY CLINIC is in the Preventive Medicine Clinic in the Gentry building. All audiology services are now by appointment only and can be scheduled by calling the Call Center at (913) 684-6250. The new Munson Army Health Center PHARMACY HOURS are from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The pharmacy is closing an hour earlier to reallocate staff during higher volume
SPORTS SHORTS The ADULT SPORTS program needs officials in basketball, softball and flag football. For more information, call 684-5136.
Brunner Range, 701 Sheridan Drive, offers FREE SKEET SHOOTING LESSONS at 10 a.m. every Wednesday and
Thursday and at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Equipment rental is available. For information, call 684-8132. HARNEY SPORTS COMPLEX is open 5 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sun-
times. A new law requires all TRICARE beneficiaries, except active-duty service members, to get select BRAND NAME MAINTENANCE DRUGS through either TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery or from a military pharmacy. Beneficiaries who keep using a retail pharmacy for these drugs will have to pay the full cost. For more information about this change, call Express Scripts at (877) 363-1303 or visit www.tricare.mil/rxnewrules. Get UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION by following Munson Army Health Center on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ munsonhealth. Munson Army Health Center offers a TOBACCO CESSATION PROGRAM on Thursdays. Call 6846451 for information. Patients receiving referrals to SPECIALTY PROVIDERS will need to ensure medical records are sent to those providers before an appointment by contacting the Release of Information Office at 6846205. The WEST ENTRANCE DOOR to MAHC is currently closed to facilitate roofing work in the area. For patient convenience, the east parking lot will be reserved for patient-only parking during this time. The JAVA CAFÉ is open from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday on the first floor of Munson Army Health Center. The café features coffee drinks and assorted breakfast and lunch selections.
day. Call 684-2187 for information. TRAILS WEST GOLF COURSE offers annual passes for $80 or less per month with unlimited greens access and reduced prices for tournaments. Call (913) 651-7176 for information.
Munson Army Health Center patients can sign up to receive APPOINTMENT REMINDERS VIA TEXT MESSAGE. To optin to the text-message option, patients can pick up a form at the information desk or any of the reception desks and return the form to room 1B040 in the main facility. Patients who receive a text message reminder for an appointment the next day should respond before midnight or the response will not register. Munson Army Health Center has OUTPATIENT SURGERY capabilities. Ask a provider for information. Patients who receive appointment reminders via text need to call 684-6250 to update the database when CHANGING CELL PHONE NUMBERS. The Munson Army Health Center OPTOMETRY CLINIC is closed from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 684-6750 for information. The CALL CENTER can be reached at 684-6250. All TRICARE beneficiaries planning OVERSEAS TRAVEL, including deployments, can call the Munson Army Health Center Travel Clinic at 6846539 to schedule an appointment. During the appointment beneficiaries will receive information on the destination country, immunizations needed and any security issues. Beneficiaries should bring immunization records to travel appointments if available.
DoD civilians can participate in the CIVILIAN FITNESS PROGRAM, which allows full-time employees three hours of administrative leave per week for physical training, monitoring and education. For details, call Matt Price at 684-3224.
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