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CSI interviews returning leaders, shares their stories Jan Dumay | Staff Writer

Last June, as Col. Mark McManigal was getting ready to come back home after his yearlong deployment to Afghanistan, his Afghan counterpart, a three-star general, threw a farewell lunch for him. “It was all Afghan food right there in his office and he had a lot of folks there,” recalled McManigal, director of Fort Leavenworth’s School of Advanced Leadership and Tactics. “He said three things to me. He said, ‘You understand culture. You understand the environment. You respect.’ Those were the three things that I took away from the deployment.” That recollection is part of the Operational Leadership Experiences Project, which collects interviews with veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation New Dawn soon after their return from deployment, while the memories are fresh. The oral

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Maj. Antonio Pressley, student in the 2013-01 Command and General Staff College Officer Course, talks with Lisa Beckenbaugh, military analyst with Trideum, about how he came to be an Army officer as his Operational Leadership Experiences Project interview begins Jan. 8 at Truesdell Hall. Collected oral histories, describing deployment experiences and lessons learned, are archived on the Combined Arms Research Library website.

histories are transcribed into written form, and more than 2,800 of the unclassified interviews can be found on the Combined Arms Research Library’s website. About 30 are also on OLE’s Facebook page. “I got back in June and we had this interview in November, so I had a great deal of time to reflect,” McManigal said last week. “For them to capture some of these experiences and take the time and do the quality work they do is invaluable, not only for the Combat Studies Institute, but for the Army.” The project was funded by the government more than nine years ago and is still thriving, said Angie Slattery Hundley, a contractor for Potawatomi Training, which works with CSI to support the OLE Project. In her four years on the job, she has personally conducted more than 500 interviews, which typically last from 45 to 60 minutes. Transcribed interviews are about 10 to 18 pages.

Most of the interviewees are Army officers who are attending the Command and General Staff College, but others have also participated, such as National Guardsmen from the Leavenworth Police Department. Slattery Hundley’s goal is for the project’s team to conduct 400 to 600 interviews each contract year. “I think that one of the reasons why this is invaluable is that 40, 50, 100 years from now, family members or people who are studying history can go back and look at these archived interviews and get a good feel for what the Army was like, what the deployment cycles were like, what reintegration was like, pre-deployment, all those aspects that go into one deployment effort,” Slattery Hundley said. She noted that it was important to realize that other branches of the military are also represented in the interviews and help provide an even more complete picture. SEE LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCES | A2

Volunteers train to work in post tax center Jan Dumay | Staff Writer

Amanda Kislia, manager of the Fort Leavenworth Tax Assistance Center, said she is excited about this tax season. That’s because 35 volunteers have signed up to help run a free tax center on post for service members, retirees and family members. Only six volunteered last year, and many of those were seasoned volunteers for the program. Although Kislia expects some of the volunteers to drop out, she is hopeful that the majority will stay throughout the season to help soldiers avoid the $200 to $300 fee charged by commercial tax preparation companies. Active recruiting for volunteers helped increase this year’s number, Kislia said. “Last year, unfortunately, we didn’t get some of the recruitment opportunities because I didn’t get hired until later in the season,” she said. So this year, she went to luncheons and special events on and off post to recruit for volunteers, in addition to distributing flyers and other forms of advertising. “That way we won’t have to turn people away because last year we had to,” she said. “We ran out of appoint-


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ments. Toward the end we could not get to all of the people who wanted help.” Because of the complexities of military income, installation tax centers are often better informed on how to handle tax returns for service members. Internal Revenue Service personnel are on post this week training the volunteers on topics such as how to handle stock income, multiple property ownership and rental income, special military provisions, and state tax laws from around the country. Each year, the Fort Leavenworth Tax Assistance Center helps save the community thousands by not hiringcommercial tax return preparers. According to Kislia, last year it saved the community $261,205 and prepared 1,200 federal tax returns and 1,074 state tax returns. Customers were refunded $2,850,483 in federal and $488,000 in state tax returns. “That was over $3 million that was returned back to the community,” she said. The tax center offers free tax preparation returns for active-duty and retired service members and their family members. It will open Jan. 23 on the third floor of the Resiliency Center, 600 Thomas Ave.

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Volunteer Abie Tamayo provides an example of soldiers with damaged property after Hurricane Katrina when talking with Vanessa McCarthy and Susan Brungardt about allowable travel expenses during IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance training Jan. 8 at the Army Education Center. Volunteers and paid employees will be available to help service members with their taxes at the Fort Leavenworth Tax Assistance Center.

This year, the tax center plans to have a drop-off option in which lower enlisted — E4 and below — can drop off their information for tax preparers. The sol-

diers then will merely come in, sign the prepared forms, and the volunteers will then e-file the returns for them. “They’re basically not tied down to an appointment,”

Kislia explained. Appointments are available by calling 684-4986 after Jan. 23. Appointments will be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and on some

Saturdays. Check the Fort Leavenworth Lamp’s Post Notes section in upcoming weeks for more detailed information about tax center hours.

HAPPENING NEXT WEEK ■ The MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. LUNCHEON is 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 17 in the Frontier Conference Center main ballroom. The guest speaker will be Meredith Kidd, dean of students at Washburn University. The buffet meal is $10. For more information, contact unit Equal

Opportunity advisers or call 6841692/1694. ■ The University of St. Mary women’s basketball team is hosting a FREE BASKETBALL CLINIC for children of activeduty service members ages 8 to 15 from 9-

11 a.m. Jan. 19 at Harney Sports Complex. Youth should wear shorts and a T-shirt, basketball shoes and bring a water bottle. To reserve a spot, e-mail the child’s name and age to Space is limited to the first 50 youth. Call (913) 684-7526 with any questions.





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Preparedness key in active-shooter incident Maj. Jay Massey | Special to the Fort Leavenworth Lamp

Unfortunately, we live in a world where terrible things happen, such as the recent school shooting incident at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., which left 26 victims dead. It was the second deadliest school shooting in U.S. history behind the 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech University, which left 32 people dead. Everyone must prepare to some extent, before something terrible like this occurs. It is imperative that everyone take the time to learn some basic survival skills that may help them, their soldiers, employees and family members in case a

COMMENTARY serious incident occurs. When the shooting starts, it is too late to waste valuable time thinking about what to do. When the shooting starts, you need to react. All active-shooter scenarios are different. Some are very well planned out, targeted and executed. Others are more random and spur of the moment. In most cases, the gunmen have access to the buildings where the shootings occurred and many were in confined spaces. Training cannot prepare everyone

for every situation, but it may help in the event something like this happens. While there is no evidence or indications that Fort Leavenworth is more at risk than any other military installation for what the Department of Homeland Security calls an active-shooter situation, there are things people should do if they ever find themselves caught up in a critical incident such as an active-shooter incident. The most important thing to do, of course, is survive. Because active-shooter situations are often over quickly, individuals must be prepared both mentally and physically to deal with such a situation. Prevention, security and planning ahead are just a few things people can do to increase their chances to survive well before an active shooter situation erupts around them, according to a DHS pamphlet on what to do during an active shooter situation. Prevention — Be sensitive to those around you. Take appropriate action and seek help if you need it. Security — Comply with and help ensure security measures are met. Plan ahead — Rehearse and know in advance what you might do, but remain flexible and do what you have to do to stay alive. But how do people survive? Of course, it all depends on the circumstances; however, there are three easy-to-remember procedures in order of precedence: evacuate, hide out or take action against the shooter.

Evacuate If there is a way to do it, evacuate the area. Be sure to have an escape route and plan in mind. Hopefully you’ve rehearsed this and have some alternate routes in mind. Evacuate even if other people decide not to follow, and make sure you evacuate well away from where the shooting is taking place. Leave

Leadership experiences Lisa Beckenbaugh, a subcontractor with Trideum Corporation, has a doctorate in American history and also conducts the OLE interviews. “As a historian, it’s very important to get as many views of an event as possible to get the whole story,” Beckenbaugh said. “So many times in history we have to rely on one written account of an event and we don’t get that color, we can’t flesh it out, and with these interviews you get that color, you can flesh out what happened. Until the official documents are declassified, which usually takes 20-30 years for all of that to get done, these are really the only accounts of what happened.” All interviewees are asked about three areas: operations, leadership and personal deployment experiences. Operations can include particular missions or battle rhythms; leadership captures efforts in boosting morale or interactions with other leaders; personal deployment

your belongings behind and help others escape if possible. Prevent other people from going into the area where the shooting is taking place. Keep your hands visible and follow the instructions of any police or first responders you encounter. Don’t try to move injured people. This can be a tough decision, but think about what your capabilities are — do you really know what to do to help them? Call 911 when you are safe. Information to provide to law enforcement or 911 operators include the location of the active shooter, the number of shooters, physical description of shooters, number and type of weapons, and the number of potential victims at the location.

Hide in a locked room If you cannot evacuate, then it is time to find a place to hide where the shooter is less likely to find you. Hiding places should be out of the shooter’s view and provide protection if shots are fired in your direction, such as behind large items like cabinets or desks. Don’t trap yourself or restrict your options for movement. It is OK to break something to get away. Also, when hiding, remember to be quiet — including turning off cell phones and other sources of noise. People should also lock doors that will lock and blockade the doors with heavy furniture. Remember, walls do not provide substantial cover.

Take action If all else fails and your life is in imminent danger, it is time to take action against the shooter. Act as aggressively as possible against the perpetrator. Throw items and improvise weapons, such as fire extinguishers, books, magazines, letter openers, knives, pens, briefcases, mop or broom handles, bottles, shoes, boots — whatever might work. Yell. When people act against the shooter, they need to commit to their actions. They should follow through and fight violently until they can safely escape or the shooter is incapacitated. They are fight-

ing for their lives and even if they are injured, they should stay in the fight.

When law enforcement arrives In the event an active-shooter incident occurs, those involved need to know how to react when law enforcement officials arrive on the scene. Law enforcement’s job is to stop the active shooter as soon as possible. Officers usually arrive in teams. They may be wearing regular patrol uniforms or external bulletproof vests, Kevlar helmets and other tactical equipment, and be armed with rifles, shotguns and handguns. Officers may use pepper spray or tear gas to control the situation. Officers may shout commands, and may push individuals to the ground for their safety. When law enforcement arrives, remain calm and follow officers’ instructions. Put down any items in you may be carrying, immediately raise your hands and spread your fingers. Keep hands visible at all times and avoid making quick movements toward officers. Avoid pointing, screaming or yelling and proceed to a designated rally or assembly point. Officers will proceed directly to the area where the last shots were heard. The first officers to arrive to the scene will not stop to help injured persons. Expect rescue teams comprised of additional officers and emergency medical personnel to follow the initial officers. These rescue teams will treat and remove any injured persons. They may also call upon able-bodied individuals to assist in removing the wounded from the premises. Once you have reached a safe location or an assembly point, you will likely be held in that area until the situation is under control, and all witnesses have been identified and questioned. Do not leave until law enforcement authorities have instructed you to do so. Editor’s note: Maj. Jay Massey, a Military Police officer, is a student at the Command and General Staff College.

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experiences detail what a typical day was like for an officer, living conditions and reintegration with family. “I love a lot of the stories I hear, but some of my favorites are chaplains’ stories,” Slattery Hundley said. “Chaplains are very inspirational. They always have words of wisdom and essentially they are battalion psychologists. They are in a mentorship role.” Beckenbaugh said she hopes the project will expand to focus on other military efforts. “We focus on the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, but there are so many other things that soldiers are involved in,” she such, such as hurricane or tsunami relief or anti-narcotic efforts in South America. “There’s so much more information out there, so many more stories that should be captured.” Jan Ingalls, who, along with Slattery Hundley and Beckenbaugh, transcribes the interviews, said that the stories are fascinating. She

hopes others will feel the same way once they read them. “I really think that working on this project as a Potawatomi Training contractor has really changed me in a lot of ways as a person,” Ingalls said. “I’ve only been doing it a few months. I thought I knew a lot about military service because I have two sons who were career military, now retired. But these interviews have given me the opportunity to feel like I’m sort of walking beside these men and women for a little while when they talk about their experiences, and they talk about their fears, and their hurts and their pride, and even humorous things. “Even though I think most of us have a deep sense of gratitude for those who have served to protect us, I don’t think I have ever really been able to dissect down to the individual pieces that I now see. Now these people have names and they seem more like individuals to me. I understand it so much more.”

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Lisa Beckenbaugh, military analyst with Trideum, reads from an introduction explaining that all information shared should be unclassified and how to respond if the interview gets too close to classified territory as she begins an interview with Maj. Antonio Pressley, student in the 2013-01 Command and General Staff Officer Course, Jan. 8 at Truesdell Hall. Collected oral histories, describing deployment experiences and lessons learned, are archived on the Combined Arms Research Library website.


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DoD budget signed, sequestration still possible C. Todd Lopez | Army News Service

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Barack Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2013 into law Jan. 2. Among other things, the act authorizes a 1.7-percent increase in soldier pay, effective Jan. 1, as well as funds for Army procurement, operations, maintenance, and research and development for both the generating force as well as for the operational force engaged in overseas contingency operations. The act means that Congress has approved a plan for how the Army can spend money for fiscal year 2013, which actually began Oct. 1, 2012, and runs through Sept. 30, 2013. The National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, authorizes the Army, and other departments, to spend money. But Congress must

still pass additional legislation to “appropriate” money, to take money from the U.S. Treasury and hand it over to the Department of Defense, in order to pay for what is spelled out in the Authorization Act. Still facing lawmakers, the Department of Defense, and the Army, however, is the threat of sequestration, which could now happen in March. Were sequestration to occur, it could change the amount of money the services receive, despite what kind of spending is authorized in the NDAA 2013. That possibility has the Department of Defense planning for a future that could be different from what is spelled out in the NDAA. “We’re entering a phase of serious planning,” said George Little, Department of Defense spokesman, earlier this week. “We don’t want

sequester to go into effect. This is bad for everyone, again, not just for the Department of Defense. But we are in a period of fiscal turmoil, to say the least, and we need to get beyond this.” The NDAA 2013 doesn’t just spell out how the Army is authorized to spend money during fiscal year 2013, it also spells out some other changes for how the services conduct business. For the active Army, the end strength drops to 552,100 soldiers by Sept 30, 2013, a decrease of nearly 10,000 soldiers in the active-duty force. For the Reserve components of the Army, the authorized end strength remains the same as last year, with the Army National Guard at 358,200 and the Army Reserve at 205,000. One section of the act calls for establishment of special victim capabilities within the military

departments to respond to “allegations of certain special victim offenses.” According to the law, service secretaries must establish “special victim capabilities” that can investigate and prosecute child abuse, domestic violence and sexual offenses. Those capabilities must also include support for victims of those offenses. Initial capability must be available within a year of the law’s signing. Another section of the law requires the Department of Defense to provide sexual assault prevention and response training modules for new or prospective commanders. Training will include, among other things, how to foster a command climate that doesn’t tolerate sexual assault, and one that encourages victims to report assault. Another section of the law expands how DoD funds can be used for providing abortions. The

current law reads: “Funds available to the Department of Defense may not be used to perform abortions except where the life of the mother would be endangered if the fetus were carried to term.” The NDAA 2013 adds the following to that section of law: “or in a case in which the pregnancy is the result of an act of rape or incest.” Within the NDAA, the Congress also calls on the Army to conduct a study of the Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness Program and the Army’s capability to reduce highrisk and self-destructive behavior among soldiers. A report on the study must be submitted to Congress by Oct. 31, 2014, and must include trends in high-risk or selfdestructive behavior as well as measurements of the effectiveness of the Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness Program training efforts to enhance resilience.

Army Capstone Concept guides service’s direction David Vergun | Army News Service

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The latest Army Capstone Concept was rolled out in December. The previous ACC was published in 2009. The ACC is a broad roadmap for how the Army will conduct future planning, organization and operations globally in support of the president’s national security objectives. “ACC is an important part of how the Army ensures we remain relevant and ready for expectations and missions our nation expects us to fulfill,” said Maj. Gen. Bill Hix, director, Training and Doctrine Command’s Concept Development and Learning Directorate, during a media round-table, Dec. 21. One of the main differences in this ACC, according to Hix, is “we are focused on a transitioning Army that can better meet the needs of an emerging operational environment.” The “transitioning Army” Hix refers to is one that has exited Iraq, is drawing down from Afghanistan but still engaged, and is positioning itself to better respond to events globally. That “new environment” he said, refers to an everchanging and more complex world, with events unfolding

with great rapidity, such as those brought about by the Arab Spring. The new environment means the Army would have to rapidly adapt if needed, meaning being more agile and flexible as opposed to an institutional mindset. Although he said the Army is now “more CONUSbased,” soldiers will deploy worldwide in support of theater commanders and their regional alignment strategies. The ACC’s regional alignment component aims to “prevent, shape and win,” Hix said, meaning “working with the other services, our partners and our allies to prevent wars and shape the environment to the benefits of our national interest as well as that of our partners and allies and to contribute to stability around the world.” To do all of this, he said, requires that the Army be nimble — available to respond to a crisis within hours, not days — and to be able to provide the right size and mix of forces that would be needed at the right time and the right place, be it a humanitarian operation or one where force is required. The Army is well postured to do all of this on a global scale, Hix said, citing Special Forces operations capabilities, the Army’s solid logis-

tics, communications and intelligence structures and its ability to run ports, railroads, and large-scale helicopter lifts. The other services will always have their own place

at the table, he emphasized. “We bring capabilities that complement, not compete with theirs.” The new ACC is generated from the president’s strategic imperatives, along with input

from within the Army on lessons learned, TRADOCs future studies and experimentation and consultations with the other services. The ACC is not new. “We’ve done this work

throughout our history,” Hix said, citing war games and experiments on maneuver warfare in the interwar years of the 1920s and 1930s, as well as post-war assessments. It just went by other names.

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A U.S. soldier from the 3rd Special Forces Group out of Fort Bragg, N.C., helps inspect Malian army soldiers’ weapons at their garrison in Tombouctou, Mali, Sept. 4, 2007, during exercise Flintlock 2007. The exercise, which was meant to foster relationships of peace, security and cooperation among the Trans-Sahara nations, was part of the Trans-Sahara Counterterrorism Partnership. The latest U.S. Army Capstone Concept, which lays out how the will conduct future planning, organization and operations globally in support of the president’s national security objectives, was released last month. The ACC stresses regional alignment with commitments to partners and allies.

Legislation affects DoD civilian, military paychecks American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 4, 2013 – The legislation that President Barack Obama signed Jan. 2 that postponed the fiscal cliff means changes to military and civilian paychecks, Defense Finance and Accounting Service officials said Jan. 4. The legislation increases Social Security withholding taxes to 6.2 percent. For the past two years

during the “tax holiday” the rate was 4.2 percent. The increase in Social Security withholding taxes affects both military and civilian paychecks, officials said. For civilian employees, officials said, this will mean a 2 percent reduction in net pay. For military personnel, changes to net pay are affected by a variety of additional factors such as increases in basic allowances for

housing, subsistence, longevity basic pay raises and promotions. Service members could see an increase in net pay, no change or a decrease, military personnel and readiness officials said. For military members, Social Security withholding is located on their leave and earnings statement in the blocks marked “FICA taxes” — for Federal Insurance Contributions Act. DoD civilians will see the

change on their leave and earnings statement under “OASDI” — for Old Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance. Reserve component members will be the first to see potential changes in their net pay as a result of the law, DFAS officials said. Changes will be reflected in their January paychecks. Active-duty military personnel will see pay adjustments in their January mid-month paycheck and

will be reflected on the January leave and earnings statement. DoD civilians will see Social Security withholding changes reflected in paychecks based on the pay period ending Dec. 29, 2012, for pay dates beginning in January. DFAS stresses that all personnel should review pay statements carefully.

Services’ policies differ greatly when it comes to uniforms Donna Miles | American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Goodbye casual Fridays, at least for the Marine Corps. Effective Jan. 4, all nondeployed Marines and sailors assigned to Marine units are required to wear the appropriate seasonal service uniform. Except in cases where commanders allow exceptions based on operational requirements, active- as well as reserve-component Marines will show up for

duty every Friday wearing service uniforms. The change comes from a directive Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James F. Amos issued in November. The designated uniform worn from November to March will be the Service B “Bravos” and from April to October, the Service C “Charlies” will be worn, the directive specified. “Unlike the utility uniform, the service uniforms are form fitting, and this characteristic provides leaders with an opportunity to frequently evaluate the per-

sonal appearance of their Marines without inducing a work stoppage,” said Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Michael E. Sprague, senior enlisted advisor for Force Headquarters Group, Marine Forces Reserve. “Watching Marines square their gig line away and adjust their uniform is indicative of the ‘spit and polish’ pride we seem to have strayed from,” he said. The new Marine policy came just after the Air Force rescinded its “Blues Monday” policy that had required most

airmen to wear the blue uniform every Monday. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III announced in November that he was eliminating the service-wide policy, giving commanders authority to designate uniform wear. Welsh’s decision overturned one former Air Force Chief of Staff Norton A. Schwartz had instituted in 2008 as a partial return to pre-9/11 uniform practices. Airmen had been wearing camouflage uniforms at the time, but Schwartz said he

believed that “part of our image, culture and professionalism is instilled in our blues.” Neither the Army nor Navy have servicewide requirements regarding wear of service uniforms, spokespeople for both services confirmed. Wear of uniform decisions are made by commanders or, in the Navy, by designated uniform prescribing authorities who issue uniform policy within their geographic regions. However, Frank Shirer from the Army Center of

Military History recalls a day when all soldiers were required to wear their service green uniforms—and undergo an inspection—when they reported to receive their pay. That requirement and the socalled “pay-day inspections” were discontinued during the 1970s as the Army began making direct deposits through electronic banking, Shirer said. Editor’s Note: Marine Corps Cpl. Nana DannsaAppiah contributed to this article.



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New range system passes tests Mike Casey | Combined Arms Center-Training

A new Location of Miss and Hit electronic shot detection and location system recently passed its Government Acceptance Test. The LOMAH system tracks rounds fired on or near targets to support basic rifle marksmanship training strategies. The new system improves rifle range efficiency, increases training effectiveness, and saves time for commanders and soldiers. The LOMAH uses acoustic sensors to detect hits or misses on or within a two-meter radius of a target. Then sensors at the target emplacement relay the results to an androidbased tablet at the firing point. LOMAH automatically triangulates the shot group to provide the shooter with corrective data. “LOMAH will provide immediate feedback to Soldiers to help them improve their shooting skills,” said Matt Golden, Targetry Development Team chief of TCM-Live at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, V a . In the Government Acceptance Test at Fort Benning, Ga., and Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., the system successfully detected hits and misses for targets at 75 meters, 175 meters and 300 meters. At Fort Benning, Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 81st Armor Regiment, provided support during all phases of testing and was instrumental in its success. The company is also the sponsor for the range and will continue to be actively involved with the LOMAH



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Soldiers from Charlie Troop, 3rd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division use the new Location of Miss and Hit system on Fowler Range at Fort Benning, Ga.

system as the range cadre for Armor Regiment and Cavalry One Station Unit Training BRM. The LOMAH system is designed for the M16/M4 series weapons with iron sights, back-up iron sights, close combat optic or advanced combat optical gunsights. It can be used for basic and advanced rifle marksmanship training. The test also demonstrated how LOMAH makes rifle ranges more efficient. An active-duty platoon from Charlie Troop, 3rd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, took part in the LOMAH Government Acceptance Test at Fort Benning. The platoon used the LOMAH range to conduct three marksmanship tasks on one range. Tasks included grouping and zeroing at distance, practicing qualification at 25 meters, then confirming

zero at distance and qualifying. All tasks were accomplished using standard qualification targets. “LOMAH will save time by allowing Soldiers to qualify more quickly,” Golden said. For example, it would take a unit three days and three ranges to zero at 25 meters, confirm zero on the knowndistance range and qualify on an automated record fire range or modified record fire range. The LOMAH system embedded on a qualification range allows all three tasks to be completed on one range. Soldiers move more quickly through the tasks because each lane is run independently and shooters can progress to the next task. The LOMAH range has no need for a detail to raise and lower targets to show shooters their performance as currently required on knowndistance ranges.

This fiscal year, the new LOMAH system will be added to Fort Jackson, S.C. The program is overseen by TRADOC Capability Manager-Live, which is the Army agent for the Sustainable Range Program and other programs. The materiel developer for LOMAH is the Project Manager for Training Devices, part of the Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation. TCM-Live is a subordinate organization of the Combined Arms Center-Training at Fort Leavenworth. CAC-T manages Army training support and training development, and provides training and leader development programs and products to support Army readiness. CAC-T’s web site is at /cac2/CAC-T/. Follow CAC-T on Facebook at http://www and on Twitter at @usacactraining.

The Command and General Staff College Foundation’s newest hire in the new year started work Jan. 3. Barbara Fitzgerald began her duties as the first CGSC Foundation director of development, responsible for fundraising, grant writing and managing the donor database. Fitzgerald comes to the CGSC Foundation having previously served more than five years as president as well as director of development of the local Catholic school system. “Barbara comes to us with some great experience,” said Bob Ulin, chief executive officer of the CGSC Foundation. “We’re confident her skills will translate well into the fundraising needs of our foundation.” Fitzgerald, a native of Leavenworth, is no stranger to Fort Leavenworth and the military community. In one of her jobs before her work in the Catholic school system, she worked as a contractor at the Frontier Conference Center in catering and event management. Additionally, her husband, J. Thomas Fitzgerald, is a pharmacist at Munson Army Health Center. “I look forward to the challenges of fundraising for the CGSC Foundation,” Fitzgerald said. “I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Catholic school system, but made a career decision to come here to further my personal and professional growth.” The CGSC Foundation was established Dec. 28, 2005, as a tax-exempt, non-profit private corporation and has since been lauded as the fastest growing non-profit foundation supporting a staff or war college in the nation. Programs supported by the foundation include awards for the students and faculty, support for symposia, conferences, lectures, and community outreach activities that help connect the American people to their Army. To learn more about the CGSC Foundation and its mission to support the education of leaders for the 21st century, visit



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Army investigates odor-sensing technology Kristen Dalton, U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — At the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, scientists are fine-tuning odorsensing technology that could be used to protect food supplies, identify biological agents and equip the warfighter with newfound capabilities. Dr. Calvin Chue, a research biologist at Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, or ECBC, said nearly all living creatures or biological materials give off a specific profile of organic compounds, or a unique smell. Those compounds can be detected and identified using a volatile organic compound visual indicator that was developed in 2000 by Dr. Ken Suslick, at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. The “smell-seeing” technology developed by Suslick includes an array of different dyes that are sensitive to volatile organic compounds, or VOC, smells. Each of those dyes changes color in different ways, based on what it is exposed to. After sufficient exposure, the paper-based colorimetric array can be photographed, and the resulting image can be run through a software application that identifies what compounds are present. The ECBC is teaming

with Specific Technologies of Mountain View, Calif., through a cooperative research and development agreement to utilize the VOC detection application with the military in mind. What was once used to determine whether coffee beans were what brand could now be used to discern biological agents or test for the spoiling of foodstuffs. “We’ve been working with them (Science Technologies) as well as the Defense Science Technology Laboratory in Great Britain to validate and verify that the same technology can be applied to biological agents, and we will expand it to foodstuffs and transport issues,” Chue said. “We believe it will significantly help troops with their supply and logistics chain,” Chue said. “If the warfighter just received a shipment of grapes or meat or dairy from the United States, it may look good but what do you have that tells you that this is going to spoil in a day versus a week? This kind of technology can help.” Chue said the ECBC has been working on VOC detection for the past 10 years using a different method, called gas chromatography, as part of an effort to replace dogs on detection missions. But the gas chromatography technology proved to be a burdensome and complex project that required specific training for the large, nonportable equipment, he said.

With the innovative VOC detection applications, Chue and the ECBC team are able to broaden the scope of work for implementation in the military arena at a costeffective rate. Right now, scientists are developing ways to embed the VOC technology into mason jars in order to better evaluate the foodstuffs inside and determine the preservation rate. Other avenues of implementation could protect the warfighter from biological agents that may have contaminated a container or item. “We are integrating this kind of technology into a variety of mechanisms, but those mechanisms need to be decided. There are a number of fields that this will ultimately benefit and could actually have a wide range of applications,” Chue said. “We envision this growing into a mobile platform where it could be inserted into various containers that you could take a picture of in order to determine the state of the VOCs inside.” As part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, it is ECBC’s mission to integrate lifecycle science, engineering and operations solutions to counter chemical-biological threats, and the VOC detection applications being developed by the center and its partners is a progressive way to advance the safety of U.S. forces and the nation.

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Edgewood Chemical Biological Center scientists are developing ways to embed the volatile organic compounds technology into mason jars to better evaluate the foodstuffs inside and determine the preservation rate.

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The Dining Facility will host a MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. LUNCH from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 16. The menu will include grilled steak, fried shrimp, salmon sweet potato pecan casserole, wild rice, honey glazed carrots and more. The Fort Leavenworth Spouses’ Club is now accepting applications for COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE GRANTS. Applications are available online at Applications must be filed out completely and submitted to by Feb. 1. SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES are currently looking for qualified and motivated enlisted soldiers and officers to join the ranks of the Army’s premier combat forces, to include Special Forces (males only), the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment and Explosive Ordnance Disposal. Eligibility requirements vary based on each career. Contact the Fort Riley Special Operations Recruiting Center at (785) 240-1838/1839/2647 for more information. The INSPECTOR GENERAL OFFICE has new hours. The IG, at 428 McPherson Ave., will be open 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and 1-4:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. The Dining Facility is dishing out a SOUL FOOD LUNCH EVERY THURSDAY. The menu includes favorites like barbecue ribs, fried catfish, southern-style greens, corn bread, black-eyed peas, coleslaw and more. Lunch hours are from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fort Leavenworth THRIFT SHOP WELFARE APPLICATIONS are due Feb. 26, 2013; no late applications will be accepted. Funds will

The next DEPLOYED FAMILIES DINNER is at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 11 at Frontier Chapel. The free dinner is open to all spouses of deployed service members. Child care is provided. For more information or reservations, contact Tricia Sheaks at 758-1724 or email The next EXCEPTIONAL FAMILY MMEMBER PPROGRAM RECREATIONAL BOWLING EVENT is 9-11 a.m. Jan. 12 at the Strike Zone Bowling Center. It is free for all EFMP families

be available in late April. Applications are available by the cash register during normal shop hours, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. FOUND PROPERTY AT THE DIRECTORATE OF EMERGENCY SERVICES includes cameras, cell phones, eyeglasses, keys, jewelry, multiple bicycles, watches and money. Lost property can be claimed at DES during normal duty hours, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., upon positive identification. For more information, call found property custodians Sonnie Rose at 684-3534 or Jeff Jackson at 6843501. HOUSING SERVICES OFFICE HOURS are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The office will not open until 9:30 a.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of each month for training. CHILD, YOUTH AND SCHOOL SERVICES FEE CHANGES went into effect Oct. 1. The change standardizes child care fees Armywide but will still be on a sliding scale based on family income. There will also be a stricter policy in place regarding late fee payments. Additionally, there will be a new fee for use of Harrold Youth Center before 1 p.m. weekdays. For more information, contact Parent Central at 684-5138. Families having financial difficulty paying for child care can contact a financial readiness coordinator through ACS at 684-2800. AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES LOCAL 783 is an employee-based union to help employees. The union office at the corner of Biddle Boulevard and Organ Avenue, is open 1-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Appointments are preferred. Call 684-5251.

and no registration is required. The MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. LUNCHEON is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 17 in the Frontier Conference Center main ballroom. The guest speaker will be Meredith Kidd, dean of students at Washburn University. The buffet meal will include baked chick-


LEISURE TRAVEL SERVICES, 310 McPherson Ave., has discounted tickets and special offers available for military, family members, retirees and DoD civilians. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. DoD civilians are eligible to 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 and to get started, contact Matt Price at 684-3224. The VETERINARY TREATMENT FACILITY is open from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and 1-3:30 p.m. Wednesday. Pets can be registered from 1-3 p.m. Wednesday and Friday and from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday. Surgeries are scheduled for Wednesdays. Normal clinic times are Friday morning, and all day Monday and Tuesday. The VTF also is open for over-the-counter sales and registration Friday morning. Pets available for adoption may be viewed at 831 McClellan Ave. during office hours. OUTDOOR RECREATION EQUIPMENT RENTAL at 911 McClellan Ave. rents camping and boating equipment, bounce houses

The kick-off meeting for the SATURDAY YOUTH BOWLING LEAGUE is at 10 a.m. Feb. 2 at the Strike Zone Bowling Center. The league is for kids ages 3-18 and will

considered. For eligibility requirements and applications go to arships or e-mail Kim Shoffner at ARMY COMMUNITY SERVICE is offering a variety of training and events this month. Look for several Financial Readiness, Mobilization and Deployment, Family Advocacy and New Parent Support classes. For a detailed list of ACS classes, visit the Community Calendar at All ACS

en, cornmeal catfish, green beans almondine, macaroni and cheese, and pecan pie for $10. For more information, contact unit Equal Opportunity advisers or call 6841692/1694. Upcoming FORT LEAVENWORTH SPOUSES’ CLUB LUNCHEON DATES are Feb. 13,

start at 9:45 a.m. Feb. 9. For more information, call 651-2195.

reserve a spot, e-mail the child’s name and age to Space is limited to the first 50 youth. Call (913) 684-7526 with any questions.

EDUCATION & EMPLOYMENT The FORT LEAVENWORTH SPOUSES’ CLUB SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE IS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS through March 31. Scholarship awards are merit-based and are open to eligible family members of all active or retired military members of the Fort Leavenworth and Leavenworth communities. Applicants must be enrolled or intend to enroll in an academic institution in undergraduate studies. Applications must be postmarked by March 31. Incomplete applications or those received after the deadline will not be

HOUSING SERVICES OFFICE (OFF-POST HOUSING), at 600 Thomas Ave., has new hours. The office will not open until 9:30 a.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of the month for training. Normal office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.


CHILDREN AND TEENAGERS The University of St. Mary women’s basketball team is hosting a FREE BASKETBALL CLINIC for children of active-duty service members ages 8 to 15 from 9-11 a.m. Jan. 19 at Harney Sports Complex. Participants will receive a free ticket to the St. Mary’s Spires game that night. Youth should wear shorts and a t-shirt, basketball shoes and bring a water bottle. To

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and more. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call 684-3395 for information. The Fort Leavenworth FRONTIER CONFERENCE CENTER IS AVAILABLE FOR EVENTS AND BUSINESS FUNCTIONS. This 50,000-square-foot building at 350 Biddle Blvd. has undergone extensive renovations and now includes state-of-the-art audio and visual equipment, as well as WiFi capabilities. The FCC can accommodate groups of up to 500 people for conferences, military formal events, wedding receptions, banquets, hail and farewells, and training sessions. It has dining rooms, a large ballroom, numerous meeting rooms, a solarium and a lounge. For information, call 684-3825. The Auto Craft Center is now taking appointments for AUTO DETAILING. The base price for detailing a car is $80, crossover is $100 and sport utility vehicle is $125. The base price includes a wash and dry, cleaning the rims and tires including a hot shine, degreasing the engine, and vacuuming, cleaning and dressing all interior surfaces to include the floor mats, mirrors and windows. The cost is $20 for a basic wash, dry and tire hot shine. The Auto Craft Center is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The Auto Craft Center is at 911 McClellan Ave. Call 684-3395 to make an appointment. 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

March 13, April 10 and May 8. For more information, visit the Fort Leavenworth Spouses’ Club at www.ftleavenworthspousesclub .com. The Fort Leavenworth Spouses’ Club will host its annual fundraising event, the EMERALD EVENING, from 5:30-11 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Frontier Conference Center. Admission is $50 per couple or $30 per person, with discounted admission for junior enlisted soldiers. Proceeds will benefit community assistance

The Child Development Center and School-Age Services are open 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. the FIRST SATURDAY of every month, except holiday weekends in July, September and January. The CDC provides care for children ages 6 weeks

MUNSON ARMY HEALTH CENTER HAS VACANCIES for nurse case managers, a population health registered nurse, licensed practical nurses at the Family Practice Clinic and the Military Corrections Complex, an industrial

Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation’s SCHOOL LIAISON OFFICER is available to help families with registration, graduation and other requirements in all local schools. Jessica Brushwood, SLO, helps educate parents on local school districts, supports home-schooled families and provides information on elementary, second-

A Fort Leavenworth chapelsponsored program, COMBAT EXPERIENCE SUPPORT GROUP, uses resources from Military Ministries to find faith-based solutions to problems like post-traumatic stress disorder, survivor's guilt and other issues related to the stress of deployments for members of the military and their spouses. Couples meet in group sessions with a combat-experienced husband and wife team, Rich and Rose McConnell. Rich is a retired lieutenant colonel and instructor at the Command and General Staff College. For more information about the program, contact the McConnells at 684-4766 or e-mail

The FRONTIER ARMY MUSEUM’S HOURS are currently 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

CYSS COMMUNITY PLAYGROUP meets from 9-10:30 a.m. every Thursday at Harold Youth Center, 45 Biddle Blvd. Reservations are not required. The group is free and open to parents and children in kindergarten and younger.

FAMILY CHILD CARE PROVIDERS ARE NEEDED. CYSS is recruiting spouses interested in providing child care in their homes. People providing child care on post must be certified and approved if they are caring for children in their home on a regular basis for more than 10 hours per week. For more information, call 684-5117/5129.

ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP TO THE FORT LEAVENWORTH HISTORICAL SOCIETY now costs $10. For information on how to become a member, visit

The FMWR DOG PARKS are near Hunt Lodge and Doniphan Field, behind Infantry Barracks, and are open from dawn to dusk. Separate fenced areas allow small and large dogs to run. Call 6841666 for information.

SKIES UNLIMITED REGISTRATION is now open for winter/spring 2013 classes. Sign up at any CYSS facility, on Webtrac or call 684-3206/3207.

hygienist, an industrial hygiene technician, an environmental health specialist, a medical laboratory technologist and a health systems specialist. Must have minimum of one year experience. Interested candidates must forward resumé to Dawn Vita at mil

LEAVENWORTH TOASTMASTERS meet from 7-8 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month at the Leavenworth Public Library, 417 Spruce St. Officers and noncommissioned officers can sharpen communication and leadership skills. International students and their spouses can enhance their English-language skills. Everyone is welcome. Call Lucy Yother at 684-4503 for more information.

grants and scholarships. For more information, call (913) 651-9454.

The playgroup, sponsored by CYSS Outreach Services in partnership with ACS New Parent Support Program, is offered as an opportunity to participate in free parent-child activities, connect with other parents and obtain information about upcoming CYSS and ACS events.

classes are highlighted in yellow.

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.

through kindergarten. SAS provides care for grades one through five. The cost is $4 per hour and includes lunch. Reservations are required, beginning on the 10th day of the month prior to the opening and ending at 5 p.m. on the Thursday prior to the opening. Qualifying families can make reservations one day earlier. For SAS children who use drop-in care, four free hours per month of open recreation are allowed. For CDC reservations, call 684-9351. For SAS reservations, call 684-7519.

ary and post-secondary education. The SLO also offers tutoring and provides information on new duty stations. Call 684-1655 for more information. The ARMY CAREER AND ALUMNI PROGRAM PRE-SEPARATION BRIEFING uses the ACAP XXI computer system to inform transitioning service members of benefits that are available. All transitioning personnel must complete this briefing. Soldiers may initiate pre-separation counseling up to 24 months before retirement and all others at least 12 months before separation date. Individuals must have an AKO account, user name and password to use the system. Call ACAP at 684-2227/2591

or go to www. to register or schedule the hour briefing. Soldiers in the BASIC SKILLS ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM with a General Technical score of less than 110 are eligible to enroll in Peterson’s online, the alternative program for GT score improvement in lieu of classroom BSEP. Classroom instructor-led BSEP is not available at this time because of budget constraints. Before entering the online program, soldiers must take the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE). If interested in taking the TABE or enrolling in the online program, see an education counselor at the Army Education Center, 120 Dickman Ave., or call 6847340.



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Housing allowance extended for some civilians Cheryl Pellerin | American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Defense Department is extending housing allowances by one year for DoD civilians employed overseas by the U.S. European Command who were mistakenly granted the benefit, a Pentagon official said Jan. 7. Seth Shulman, director of Compensation for Civilian Personnel Policy, told

reporters the issue resulted from a misinterpretation at EUCOM of Department of State Standardized Regulations, or DSSR, which govern allowances and benefits available to U.S. government civilians assigned to foreign areas. According to the regulations, a living quarters allowance can’t be paid to an individual who is hired overseas after working for more than one employer. At EUCOM, Shulman said,

such employees were receiving living-quarters allowances, called LQAs. “We’re very sensitive to the fact that employees who have been erroneously receiving LQA through no fault of their own have made life choices based on (its) continued payment,” Shulman said. “So we’re going to do everything we can to help them work through this.” After some Office of Personnel Management claims decisions, EUCOM officials

brought the situation to DoD’s attention and requested a one-year continuation of LQA payments and a waiver of indebtedness for affected employees. Shulman said DoD policy doesn’t allow blanket waivers, so each affected employee will have to file for a waiver of indebtedness. The department supports waiving the indebtedness, he added, but each case has to be weighed on its individual merits.

Shulman said the department has directed all components with employees in the EUCOM area of responsibility to audit their employees’ pay files to determine who is affected. “And because this challenge may be a little bit broader than just EUCOM,” he added, “we’ve so directed components with employees in other combatant command areas of responsibility in the overseas environment to do the same.”

Defense officials pointed out that civilian employees in areas beyond EUCOM who fall under the same unusual circumstance have been authorized the same relief — a one-year LQA extension and support of a waiver of indebtedness — as long as there is no evidence of misrepresentation, fraud or deception to acquire LQA in the first place.

Deadline nears for recognizing Guard, Reserve employers From an Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve News Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Reserve-component service members have until Jan. 21 to nominate their employers for a 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense agency, manages the pro-

gram, which recognizes employers who go beyond what the law requires in supporting the National Guard and Reserve service members who work for them in their civilian lives. The Freedom Award is the nation’s highest recognition for employers who support Guard and Reserve members, and employers of every size and industry are eligible to receive the honor.

Guard and Reserve members, or a family member acting on their behalf, can nominate their employers at “With today’s evolving missions of the reserve component, as we adapt to the current national security policy, America’s employers continue to provide steadfast support to the more than 1 million men and women serving in the National Guard and Reserve at

home and abroad,” said James Rebholz, ESGR’s national chairman. “The Freedom Award is your opportunity to honor your employer for their critical support.” Any civilian employer who has not previously received the award is eligible, and service members who previously nominated their employers can do so again, officials said. The Defense Department will

recognize nominees, semi-finalists and finalists. The 2013 recipients will be announced in early summer and honored in Washington, D.C., during a ceremony in the fall. Past recipients have met with the president, the secretary of Defense and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, ESGR officials noted.

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Patton students prep for inauguration trip Patton students have attended two prior Close Up trips in 2011 Sixteen Patton Junior High and 2012, but this year’s trip is School students are preparing for extra special because of President what may be a once-in-a-lifetime Barack Obama’s second inauguraopportunity. tion Jan. 21. The eight eighth-graders and Chaperoned by math teacher eight ninth-graders are going to Staci Blount and librarian Kelly Washington, D.C., Jan. 17-23, to Funk, the Patton students will be participate in Close Up Inauguraon the National Mall for Inauguration 2013. Since 1971, more than tion Day events, which will include 725,000 students and teachers Obama’s swearing-in and inaugural nationwide have participated in address, and an inaugural parade. Close Up Foundation trips to learn During the week, they’ll also get an how the federal government operinsider’s view of the nation’s capital ates. The nonprofit educational by visiting national monuments, organization’s goal is to provide memorials and museums, in addistudents with the opportunity to tion to the White House and the experience government in action Capitol. and then encourage them to particThe ninth-graders will have the ipate back home. opportunity to dress up for a Close Up Inaugural Ball, attended by peers from schools nationwide, while the eighth-graders will see an audience-participation musical called “An American Musical Landscape.” “My dad keeps telling me he’s so jealous,” said ninth-grader Cassie Alvesteffer, 15, who said she is looking forward to making new friends, as she did on a prior Close Up trip two years ago. Joanna Pangracs adjusts a tie for her son, Ryan, an eighth-grader at PatHer father, ton Junior High School, while preparing for his upcoming trip to Washing- Keith, said ton, D.C., Jan. 8 at their home in Leavenworth. Ryan is one of 16 Patton Junior High School students participating in Close Up Inauguration 2013 this year’s trip will be a parnext week. Jan Dumay | Staff Writer

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After her older sister Amanda helped her into her strappy shoes, ninth-grader Cassie Alvesteffer models her inaugural ball dress for her father, Keith, Jan. 8 at their home in Leavenworth. Cassie is one of 16 Patton Junior High School students travelling to Washington, D.C. next week for Close Up Inauguration 2013.

ticularly good learning experience for Cassie. “The inauguration is an important milestone for our country, and my daughter will be able to see that piece of history firsthand,” he said. Tristyn Stokes, 15; Ryan Pangracs, 14; and David Boyles, 13, are other students planning to make the trip. All said they are looking forward to visiting monuments and museums, such as the Holocaust Museum and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. The trip ties in with what they have been learning in their history, English and social studies classes. The Close Up students will keep their Patton peers back home informed of their exploits with electronic journaling and photos.

They’ll also share their experiences once they get back. “When you have an inauguration, it’s very meaningful as far as government and our history,” Funk said. “Most of our kids are military, and like any other student, they are very excited to be on this trip.” Blount said that about 2,000 students from across the nation will take the trip. Parents paid about $2,400 to send their children. The cost is well worth it, said Ryan’s mother, Joanna Pangracs, a paraprofessional at Eisenhower Elementary School. “Just for the education and the experience and just seeing our Capitol and the White House,” she said. “Ryan is really excited about

going and seeing how everything works.” Latrina Boyles, David’s mother and a fifth-grade teacher at Eisenhower, said that few kids get the opportunity to see an inauguration in person. “We’ve lived there before and we visited the area when David was in kindergarten and first grade,” she said. “He enjoyed it quite a bit then and has quite a bit of interest in government and history. We talk about it quite a bit — how government and politics and decisions they make impact even him. Now for him to go back and kind of revisit it and learn more and understand it more, he’s just very excited to have that opportunity again.”

Students gather supplies for Sandy victims Jan Dumay | Staff Writer

Because he grew up in Cape May, N.J., Liam Lawson wanted to do something to help victims of Hurricane Sandy. So the Patton Junior High School seventh-grader came up with the idea of having a school supply drive at the school. “My old school is there and it got hit pretty bad and a bunch of other schools did, too,” said Liam, 13. “Their school supplies got washed away. We thought of school supplies instead of canned food because people usually do canned food. And school supplies are expensive.” The Fort Leavenworth USD 207 Board of Education approved the school supply drive and the school’s National Junior Honor Society adopted it as its own. The drive kicked off Jan. 8 and will run through Jan. 18. Bins will be set up in the school’s lobby for students to drop off their donations of any school supplies such as notebooks, paper, pens and pencils. Eighth-grader Rebecca Hollister, 13, president of the school’s honor society, said the group was looking for a charitable project when Liam’s idea was presented to her.

“We were thinking of doing something with Hurricane Sandy, and we were in the process of developing an idea,” so when Becky Evans, the school’s honor society adviser, told her about Liam’s idea, Rebecca said, “I thought it was a great idea and said, ‘Let’s get the National Honor Society involved.’” No goal has been set for the amount of donations, Rebecca said, who prepared a PowerPoint presentation about the drive to show students during their lunches Jan. 8. She said she hoped parents would support the drive by sending their children to school with donations. “Any amount of school supplies would be beneficial to those people,” she said. The donations will be sent to the Red Cross, which will send it to the schools in need, the students said. Liam and Rebecca said they enjoyed helping others. “I like to see people when someone supports them,” Liam said. “They get a smile on their face. Even though I can’t see them, I’ll still know they’ll have a surprise on their face when they open up a box of school supplies that someone donated to them all the way from Kansas.”

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Hurricane Sandy School Supply Drive co-coordinator eight-grader Rebecca Hollister speaks to ninth-graders during their lunch period, sharing a few facts about the October 2012 disaster and requesting students donate any school supplies that they are not using as the drive, conducted by the National Junior Honor Society, as the drive kicks off Jan. 8 at Patton Junior High School. Collected school supplies will be donated to the Red Cross.

Rebecca said that’s why she participates in National Junior Honor Society events like this. “It’s just a really good

feeling to know that even though I’m young, I don’t have a job and I don’t have money that I can still make a difference,” she said. “It’s just

a great feeling. When I was looking at the pictures of the disaster as I was making the PowerPoint I was thinking, ‘What if that was me?’ I put

myself in their place because I would want help. And it’s not just when disaster strikes, but all the time.”



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Customer complains about geese on post Angela Banks | Fort Leavenworth Customer Service Office

In a recent submission through the Interactive Customer Evaluation system, a customer commented, “I would like to make a complaint regarding the amount of geese that are on this post. Not only is it a safety hazard when they try to fly in front of us on Grant Avenue while going back and forth to each of the ponds, but also the excrements left behind.” The customer asked if the installation could find a way to detour the geese away from the installation to prevent their continual nuisance. “We have a beautiful installation,” said Brian Flax, manager at Trails West Golf Course. “The geese enjoy the golf course as much as the installation for the same reasons we do — it’s green, it’s quiet and it’s safe. These are all things we foster intentionally.” Flax said controlling the number of geese on the golf course has been a continual battle over the years. Several preventative measures have

VOICE OF THE CUSTOMER been put in place to redirect the geese from the course. Those attempts only sent the problem somewhere else on the installation, such as onto Grant Avenue or to Sherman Army Airfield. Matt Nowak, environmental specialist, said geese eat grass and the golf course and installation have ample supplies of grass. A variety of attempts have been made to harass the geese to make them want to leave. Dense vegetation was planted along the shores of the lakes because geese will not venture through it, but they will fly over it. Using trained dogs was also considered, but the liability involved would inhibit this option. Strings were put across the lake to prevent the geese from landing, but they did anyway. They also quickly became accustomed to silhouettes of predators. Chemical treatment of the grass works, but is cost

prohibitive because it must be reapplied every two weeks. “There is a season for hunting geese, but is only a temporary remedy,” Nowak said. “As long as there is ample grass, water and safety here and at the nearby Iatan Power Plant, this region will continue to be a magnet for geese.” “In my 12 years in the golf business here in Kansas, I have heard of an endless variety of ways and tried many to keep these critters at bay,” Flax said. “The harsh reality is all the fixes in the world are only temporary. If the weather is good and the grass is green, the geese always figure out a new place to land or a way around whatever obstacle we pursue. “The good news is that snow cover and colder winter weather will force some of the geese to move on south,” he said. To comment about any

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Geese congregate on Gruber Field as motorists pass on Grant Avenue Jan. 4.

service received on the installation, go online to http://garrison.leavenworth.a and click the blue ICE logo to get started or go directly to then search Fort Leavenworth. Customers can access the system from any public computer with an Internet connection. The ICE system is not used by mission agencies and is not intended for

internal unit and command and control issues. Those issues and comments should be addressed through the chain of command. ICE empowers customers to be the eyes and the ears of the Garrison commander when it comes to customer service. The voice of the customer is appreciated because both positive and negative comments help improve

services to soldiers, family members, retirees and civilians. For more information about Customer Management Services, contact Angela Banks, customer service officer in the Garrison Plans, Analysis and Integration Office, at 684-1750, or e-mail

Residents reminded about removing holiday decorations Camri Yates | Fort Leavenworth Frontier Heritage Communities

Residents are reminded that electrical holiday decorations must be removed within two weeks after the holiday. Fort Leavenworth Frontier Heritage Communities’ “Resident Guidelines and Community Handbook” can be found online at www.ftleavenworthfamilyhousing .com.

Super Savers of the Month Congratulations to the North family of Shawnee Village, January’s Super Saver of the Month winners. The North family is dedicated to conserving energy by making small and minor adjustments. Small lifestyle changes can make

the biggest differences. FLFHC hopes the North family can encourage other families to have the same commitment and strive to save natural resources. To participate, residents can nominate themselves by completing the Super Saver nomination form, which can be found on the FLFHC website at Bring the form and a copy of the most recent Minol statement to the FLFHC office at 549 Kearney Ave. by the 25th of each month.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day The FLFHC office will be closed Jan. 21 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Normal business hours resume Jan. 22.

HOUSING UPDATE Valentine card fun Throughout the month of January, FLFHC is collecting homemade Valentine’s Day cards. Children who want to participate will need to create a homemade card using their imagination and creativity. Any materials can be used, including premade Valentine’s cards as long as they are used in a creative manner with personal touches added. Children and adults of all ages can enter, the only requirement is the cards must be homemade. Bring cards to the FLFHC office at

549 Kearney Ave. before Jan. 29 to be eligible to win. All cards collected will be displayed in the FLFHC office. Winners will receive a sweet gift and have their creativity published in the FLFHC February newsletter.

Coloring contest Winter coloring contest sheets will be available on the FLFHC website or in the office in January. All coloring submissions must be received in the FLFHC office by Jan. 31. The winner will receive a prize and have his or her artwork published in the February newslet-

ter. For more information on any upcoming events, contact Camri Yates at cyates@themichaelsorg .com, call (913) 682-6300 or read the FLFHC monthly Heritage Community Connections resident newsletter. Updates and photos can also be found online at and on FLFHC’s Facebook page.

Utilities tip Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs — it really does make a difference on your utilities statement. CFLs are slightly more expensive but last much longer and do not produce much heat, making them less of a fire hazard. Follow instructions for proper disposal of CFLs.

Soldiers offered more healthy options in dining facilities David Vergun | Army News Service

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Dining facilities across the Army are offering more nutritious food these days, with the aim of improving soldier performance. According to Army dieticians who have been conducting food program evaluations and administering satisfaction surveys, soldiers have said they like the results of the new effort. Since food can be likened to fuel, where calories are consumed, stored and then burned by the body, the effort to provide healthier meal options to soldiers has been named the “Soldier Fueling Initiative.” The goal is to “incorporate science into food preparation and education, in order to improve the physical and mental health of our soldier athletes,” said Lt. Col. Sonya J. Cable, chief of the Human Dimensions Division, Military Training Center of Excellence. Cable, a registered dietician and a certified sports dietician, refers to all soldiers as “athletes” because of their unique, often rigorous, training and mission requirements. The effort began several years ago when the Army became increasingly alarmed that its entry-level soldiers, as well as others, were experiencing health issues and lower physical fitness levels due in part to poor diet and eating habits, Cable said. It is not solely an Army


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Greta Lowry, wife of Col. Patrick Lowry, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Disciplinary Barracks, and her 7year-old neighbor Madeleine Burnett watch Michael Tucker make sandwiches, including a cheeseburger for Madeleine and a Philly sandwich for Spc. Marcus Collazo, HHC, USDB, as server Marilyn Rielle prepares to plate the food June 14, 2012, at the Fort Leavenworth Dining Facility. The DFAC opened to family members and Department of Defense civilians on the Army’s birthday.

problem, she said, but rather endemic to the modern American lifestyle with its propensity for eating unhealthy fast food as well as fatty, sugary snacks. “Young people bring those problems with them to the Army,” she noted. This became not just a personal problem for soldiers, she said. It became a mission-related problem as well. While Cable said the Army has no plans to call out “the food police” on soldiers, she said the Army must find a way to make healthier choices available. “We can and should offer soldier athletes better food

choices, starting with our dining facilities,” Cable said. She also said the Army must provide soldiers with proper dietary training. Problems arose early on with the effort in 2006 when Army dieticians began exploring healthier food options. “It was tough to find ingredients in food products from vendors that tasted good and looked good,” she said. Healthy food choices could be offered, Cable said, but if they didn’t look good or taste good, soldiers might not choose to eat them. “But within the last several years, the food service industry has responded to a

growing demand from consumers for healthier, tastier food choices,” Cable said. “It is now quite easy to find quality options, food that soldiers would choose to eat.” Once those options became available, Training and Doctrine Command headed for the kitchen — in a manner of speaking. They invited culinary experts and researchers from around the Army to develop better tasting, more nutritious food options for soldiers. “It was a community effort,” Cable said. Included among those who helped develop the better tasting food options are

the Initial Entry Training Center of Excellence, in charge of the Fort Jackson, S.C., dining facilities where the experimentation first took place; the Joint Culinary Center of Excellence, which runs Army dining facilities, along with Army Installation Management Command; the Army Public Health Command, which, along with the Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine took part in the research and studies; and others. By August 2010, all the ingredients were in place and TRADOC hosted a food summit. The goal was to come to an agreement on what the standardized menus would look like. Besides experts from the aforementioned organizations, other attendees who had a seat at the table came from the logistics and resource management communities, since there is a good deal of logistics that goes with food transport, storage and procurement. Cost was an important factor during the discussions. “We couldn’t just blow out walls and buy new food preparation equipment,” Cable said. “It would all have to be done within our existing budget.” The parties came to an understanding, she said, and program evaluations were conducted. Trainees at one dining facility at Fort Jackson received nutritious food, including fruits, vegetables, lean meat, baked food and

less sugary drinks and snacks. Trainees at the other dining facility were served traditional dining facility fare, including deep fried dishes, cakes and cookies. Then something surprising and completely unexpected occurred, she said. “After we administered satisfaction surveys to trainees at both dining facilities, we discovered that the biggest complaint from the healthy food dining facility was that there needs to be more variety in fruits and vegetables offered,” Cable said. The thinking had been that the trainees would be unhappy that the sugary, fatty junk foods were absent. The other surprise came from the control group at the traditional food dining facility. “Their feedback was mostly being disappointment at not having healthier choices,” Cable said. “’We joined the Army for a challenge and to improve ourselves and were disappointed with the quality of food,’” was a typical comment, she said. Objective measurements were taken as well. “We definitely found improvements in lipid profiles and significant body fat reductions,” she said, adding that profiles in mood were noticed as well. The program evaluation was so successful that in February 2011, Soldier Fueling Initiative was launched at all initial entry training dining facilities and efforts were SEE HEALTHY CHOICES | B5



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MUNSON NOTES The Munson Army Health Center PHARMACY WILL BE CLOSED Jan. 10-12 to facilitate the move to its new location within the main facility. The pharmacy will reopen at 7:30 a.m. Jan. 14 on the west side of the main facility near the Orthopedics Clinic. The next ARMY MOVE WEIGHT LOSS CLASSES at MAHC will be from 2:30-4 p.m. Jan. 15, 22 and 29 in the Col. Harder Conference Room. Call Nutrition Care at 684-6170 for information. Munson Army Health Center will offer the FUN FOODS AND FITNESS CLASS from 4-5:30 p.m. Jan. 31 for children 6-12 years old (with parents). Children will need a referral from their primary care physician. Call Nutrition Care at 684-6170 for information. DURING INCLEMENT WEATHER, early closures and delayed openings will be posted on the MAHC Facebook page and Twitter feed. The MAHC CALL CENTER has transitioned to a government operated service with all new staff. As a result, call wait times might be longer right now because of training. The Call Center number is still 684-6250. MAHC’s DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY MEDICINE, including the Pediatric Clinic, is now fully trained and operating under the Patient-Centered Medicine Home model. To accommodate patients who are fasting, the MAHC LAB now opens 30 minutes earlier. The lab hours are 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. MAHC’s SEASONAL INFLUENZA CAMPAIGN is underway. Active-duty service members can walk into Gentry Clinic during duty hours. Find information at or call 684-6200. All flu clinics are subject to vaccine availability.


The MAHC Call Center will now be closed until 1 p.m. during TRAINING DAYS, which are typically on the second Wednesday of the month.

MAHC is out of the FLU MIST INTRA-NASAL INFLUENZA VACCINE. Injectable flu vaccine is still available.

To VIEW TRIWEST NETWORK REFERRAL AUTHORIZATIONS online, register for an account at

The CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION RECOMMENDS children ages 6 months to 8 years old who have not previously received the influenza vaccine receive two doses, with doses separated by at least four weeks. Visit www.munson or call the flu line at 684-6200 for more information.

MAHC Radiology Department EVENING MAMMOGRAM APPOINTMENTS are available until 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Limited walk-in appointments are available from 4-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. While patients should see a health care provider before a clinical breast exam, referrals from a provider are no longer required for a mammogram. Call Radiology at 684-6140 to make an appointment.

The FORT LEAVENWORTH ARMY WELLNESS CENTER is now seeing patients from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call 684-6318 to make an appointment. AWC services available to the community include fitness testing, metabolic testing, state-of-the-art body fat testing, biofeedback and classes on stress management. Arrive at least 15 minutes early to the appointment and complete all necessary paperwork available on Soldier Fitness Tracker at before the appointment. Call 6846318 to schedule.

Due to minimal staffing at the MAHC PREVENTATIVE MEDICINE CLINIC, hearing screening walk-ins for January are from 7:3011:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, except for holidays. Appointments

are from 1-3:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call 684-6250 to make an appointment. TRICARE ONLINE LOGIN users can now access TOL using a Department of Defense common access card, with a basic or premium DoD self-service log-on or with the Defense Finance and Accounting Services myPay account. For more information, visit and look at the announcements section. MAHC PATIENTS WITH AUTHORIZATION LETTERS FOR MRIs at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center must call the MAHC Radiology Department at 684-6140 to schedule an appointment with the mobile MRI van. MILITARY RETIREES AND FAMILY MEMBERS WITH TRICARE PRIME (retirees under age 65) can enroll at MAHC to receive care. This eliminates co-pays. Beneficiaries can enroll at the TRICARE


Service Center on the first floor of MAHC from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Beneficiaries who already receive care at MAHC do not have to re-enroll. Call 684-6343 for more information. Subscribe to RECEIVE WEEKLY MUNSON NOTES E-MAILS by sending an e-mail to tisha.m.entwistle with “subscribe” in the subject line. The POINT OF CONTACT FOR THE MAHC DEBT COLLECTIONS ASSISTANCE OFFICE is patient advocate Tiffany Dipman. Call 684-6211 or e-mail mil. The MAHC NUTRITION CARE DIVISION OFFERS A CHOLESTEROL CLASS from 1011 a.m. the first Friday of each month. The class is for adults with high cholesterol or triglycerides. A referral from a primary care manager is required. Call 684-6170 for information or to register.

Pet of the Week

The MAHC BEHAVIORAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT is now using a new Army program called the Behavioral Health Data Portal. The BHDP is paperless web-based application that will replace portions of the intake process. New and current patients will now be asked to complete portions of their intake online. Call 684-6771 for more information. Because of the ongoing construction near the MAHC PEDIATRICS AREA, space is limited in the waiting areas. Parents are asked to limit bringing children or other family members who do not have appointments. Parents are also asked to limit bringing strollers into the area. The MAHC ALLERGY/IMMUNIZATIONS CLINIC is now giving allergy injections from 7:45-11:30 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 684-6344 for more information.

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Cyrus is a neutered male tabby available for adoption at the Veterinary Treatment Facility. He has already been microchipped and vaccinated. Call 684-6510 for more information. Several family-friendly pets are available for adoption at the VTF. Adoption fees vary according to the needs of the pet. The VTF is at 831 McClellan Ave. and is open 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and 1-3:30 p.m. Wednesday. Pets available for adoption are listed on


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Army hosts All-American Bowl

Soldiers participate in opening ceremonies at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl East-West championship game in San Antonio’s Alamodome Jan. 5. The 50 soldiers all have received combat awards for valor. Last week they shared their experiences with high school players and band members.

Army photos by David Vergun

Max Brown, Team West quarterback, gets sacked by a Team East player early in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio’s Alamodome Jan. 5. It was a tough day for Brown, who was named the 2012-2013 Gatorade National Football Player of the Year. His team lost to Team East, 15-8.

Strep cannot be diagnosed by symptoms alone Lt. Col. Patricia McKinney | U.S. Army Public Health Command

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — People often think that any painful sore throat is strep throat and that antibiotics are needed to make it better. This belief is not true. Strep throat is an infection of the throat and tonsils caused by streptococcal bacteria. The throat gets irritated and inflamed causing a sudden, severe sore throat.

Most other sore throats are caused by a virus. Sore throats caused by a virus are also painful. If someone has cold-like symptoms such as a runny or stuffy nose and coughing, he or she probably does not have strep throat. The most common symptoms of strep throat are: ■ Sudden, severe sore throat. ■ Pain when you swallow. ■ Fever over 101 degrees

Healthy choices made to go Armywide, she said. A block of instruction for trainees, called Sports Performance Nutrition was added to the training regimen as well. Trainees learned what types of foods and how many calories to consume based on the day’s activity. For example, Cable said they would consume less calories on a day at the rifle range but more on a day when an arduous foot march was planned. As of today, the Soldier Fueling Initiative is about 60 percent fully implemented Armywide, Cable

Fahrenheit (38.3 degrees Celsius). ■ Swollen tonsils and lymph nodes. ■ White or yellow spots on the back of a bright red throat. People spread the bacteria by sneezing, coughing, shaking hands or close contact with people who are infected. People can also pick up strep by touching objects, such as phones, doorknobs and tables, that were touched

by an infected person, and then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. To prevent infection: ■ Avoid close contact with infected people. ■ Do not share toothbrushes or eating and drinking utensils. ■ Wash hands frequently. ■ Strengthen the body’s ability to fight off infections with a healthy diet, regular exercise, a good night’s sleep

and managing stress. ■ Wipe down phones. Strep throat cannot be accurately diagnosed by symptoms or by a physical exam alone. Diagnosis is made by swabbing the back of the throat for a culture to identify the presence of strep bacteria. Sore throats should only be treated with antibiotics if the strep test is positive. Penicillin or amoxicillin are usually the antibiotics prescribed to treat strep

throat infection. Antibiotics should be taken for the entire 10 days, even though symptoms are usually gone after a few days. If antibiotics are not taken for the full course of treatment, the infection can reoccur and stronger antibiotics may be needed to treat the infection. Remember strep throat is not an average sore throat. Anyone who suspects they may have strep throat should see a health care provider.

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said, including full implementation at all installations in Europe and Afghanistan. The other services have taken an interest in the program, she noted, and there’s even national interest. She said that it takes time for the initiative to be fully implemented because contracts already in place to food vendors must be fulfilled. “This can’t turn on a dime,” she noted. “But as opportunity presents itself, we can work to modify contracts or write new ones” to pro-

cure healthier foods and ingredients. But soldiers at dining facilities where the initiative is still underway can make better informed food choices using the “Go For Green” program, part of the Soldier Fueling Initiative. She explained that Go For Green, now in place at dining facilities Armywide, stipulates that all food be labeled with three easy-to-understand color codes: red for foods deemed not nutritious, amber for less nutritious, and green for very nutritious.

Along with those surprise findings during the experimental trials at Fort Jackson, a few other serendipitous ones came up. “We heard stories at the (Fort Jackson) dining facilities from contractors who successfully applied the Soldier Fueling Initiative to their own personal lives and lost weight,” Cable said. “One regional manager said slips and falls in the dining facilities decreased by about 10 percent due to fewer grease spills on the floor,” she continued. “Contractors

said it became easier to clean the kitchen. Fewer plumbing problems were experienced because less grease was poured down drains.” The icing on the cake, she said, was that “cooks told us they have a renewed sense of pride in preparing meals for soldiers. Previously, they were simply taking prepared items and just heating and serving. Now, they’ve returned to using recipe cards using natural ingredients and are actually ‘cooking’ again.”

SPORTS SHORTS Start the new year off right by coming out to the CROSSFIT “ON RAMP” CLASS from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Jan. 12 at Harney Sports Complex Annex. The class is free and will teach the fundamentals of CrossFit to all levels. To sign up, send an e-mail to robert.craig1@

will provide tips and tools to help women stay safe by developing self awareness, being more assertive, and knowing verbal skills and physical techniques. Pre-registration is required. For registration contact Army Community Service at 684-2800 or Jamie Donaldson at 6842813.

Harney Sports Complex is offering a two-day PADI OPEN WATER DIVER CLASS classroom and pool session Jan. 12-13. This class prepares students for PADI Open Water Diver certification. This program covers the academics and skills training of the PADI Open Water Diver course. Checkout dives can then be taken at a regional lake or favorite tropical destination. This class consists of home study, classroom and a confined water session. The cost is $275. For more information, call 684-2190.

The STRIKE ZONE BOWLING CENTER WILL BE OPEN Martin Luther King Jr. Day Jan. 21 with Lunch and Bowl from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and buy one, get one from 3-9 p.m. For more information, (913) 651-2195.

SELF-DEFENSE FOR WOMEN will be presented 6:30-8 p.m. Jan. 16 at Harney Sports Complex. Instructors

The next EFMP RECREATIONAL SPORT PROGRAM will focus on gymnastics basics to promote motor skill development. Participants are invited to come out from 10-11:30 a.m. Jan. 26 at the Osage Child Development Center2, 130 Dickman Ave. To reserve a spot, contact Stacie Pogoncheff at s.pogoncheff@ or Jennifer Burford at 684-2800/2871.

SATURDAY MIXERS AT THE STRIKE ZONE will start at 6 p.m. Feb. 2. League play will begin at 5:45 p.m. Feb. 9. The mixed 10-week league consists of four-person teams with any combination of men and women. Cost is $3 per person, per night and $1 for shoe rental. A league party with awards will be held on the last day of the season. For more information, call 651-2195. TRAILS WEST GOLF COURSE has annual passes available for $80 or less per month with unlimited greens access and reduced prices for tournaments. Call (913) 6517176 for more information. 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 more information, call 684-8132. Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation’s Leisure Travel Services sells Kansas Department of Wildlife HUNTING AND FISHING LICENSES, tags and state park permits. Call 684-2580 for information.




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LAMP ADS For Sale: 2011 Harley-Davidon Super Glide Custom motorcycle, 2,000 miles,

Vance & Hines slip-ons, extra clean. Call (913)7271253 after 5 p.m.

Free ad qualifications The Fort Leavenworth Lamp provides free classified ads to military members, civilian employees on Fort Leavenworth, military and civilian retirees, and their family members. All ads must be accompanied with military sponsor, Fort Leavenworth employee or retiree information — grade, office and duty phone. Deadline for ads is 4 p.m. the Friday before the desired publication date. Ads concerning real estate sales and rentals, baby-sitting, personal messages, sales representatives or business are considered commercial ads. They are handled by Gate-


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