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Masters Week E1-E5 | $ 35.00 Monday-Thursday $40.00 Friday-Sunday | $30.00 after 2:00 p.m. E6-Above DoD | $50.00 Monday-Thursday $55.00 Friday-Sunday | $45.00 after 2:00 p.m. • Rates drop an additional $10.00 starting at 4:00 p.m. • Carts are mandatory until 4:00 p.m. • Credit cards will be charged for all players IN FULL at time of booking. Fees are non-refundable within 24 hours of booked tee time • Rates include 18 holes and cart fees with a Souvenir gift per player • Monday through Wednesday tee times include all of the above plus a Lunch Combo at Bogies Grill

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From the cover

MARCH 2013

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This month’s focus is self-care, preservation and awareness. But that can’t be done if we don’t level the playing field, arm ourselves with knowledge and fill our lives with strength and quality experiences. We believe Janis Joplin said it best: Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got! And the Department of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation is here to help you. So let’s do it – you focus on you and charge ahead!


March 2013 In Every Issue


5 Editor’s Notes 7 Around Town Calendar 8 Bite-Sized Fitness 9 Your Health 10 Reflections 11 Restaurant Reviews 13 Customer Care Zone 15 Financial Fundamentals 17 Planning Your Career 19 The View 21 Green Corner 22 Never Forget 27 This Month in MWR 51 Music at the Library 55 From the Bookshelf 57 Culture Shock 59 Movie Review 61 Director’s Chair 62 Snapshot 64 Next 65 In Focus


Destined for Greatness: Art, Culture and the Greater Augusta Arts Council The Greater Augusta Arts Council is known for producing the Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival. But this magnificent network of non-profits and creatives does so much more. Get to know them and how you can benefit from their contribution to our hometown.


Pet Care: Tackling Obesity in Your Pet Pet obesity is an ever increasing problem that can lead to many disease conditions. Fort Gordon’s Veterinarian, Dr. Holly Landes, discusses why pets are overweight, what holds owners back from getting their pet to an ideal weight, why it is important to maintain pets at their ideal weight, and what can be done for pets that are currently overweight.


The Path Ahead: Writing Women’s History The year is 2013 and yet we are still “celebrating” National Women’s History Month in an effort to raise awareness of our achievements. Absolutely we have come a long way, but should we be beyond acknowledging the struggles of the past and instead get focused on the future?

Contributors Randy Behr

Jeff Haskell

Kathleen Haskell

Nathan Hoeller

Kim Hussey

Susie Joyner

Molly Swift

Crystal Tyson

Steve Walpert

Jennifer Wellman

Sallie West

Alice Wynn

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editor’snotes Molly Swift, Editor

March 2013

The Fort Gordon FYI is a publication produced by the Marketing Office of the Fort Gordon Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare & Recreation. The appearance of sponsorship and/or advertising does not imply an endorsement by the U.S. Army.


MG LaWarren V. Patterson Commanding General COL Robert A. Barker Garrison Commander

DFMWR Administration

James T. Green Director, DFMWR Tiffany Olds Chief, NAF Support Services Kim Lyons Chief, Marketing Director


Molly Swift Editor Nathan Hoeller Creative Director Bartley Harper Senior Graphic Designer/Webmaster Jenifer Immer Graphic Designer Arial Marsh Staff Writer Crystal Tyson Staff Writer

FYI Advertising and Sales

Anna Gaillard Corporate Sponsorship & Sales Manager

Contact Information

Darling Hall, Room 337 P.O. Box 7180 Fort Gordon, GA 30905 Office.................................................. 706.791.6779 Fax...................................................... 706.791.7189 Editor................................................... 706.791.6234 Sales.................................................... 706.791.3912

I feel the same way about National Women’s History Month as I do about most monthly observances; that is, I understand their purpose and why they came to be, but I am disappointed they exist at all. As the author Vera Nazarian once said, “A woman is human. She is not better, wiser, stronger, more intelligent, more creative, or more responsible than a man. Likewise, she is never less. Equality is a given. A woman is human.” But still, that is not to say our accomplishments shouldn’t be honored, and we need to ensure that our absence from history is never repeated. So happy National Women’s History Month fellow ladies! Speaking of accomplishments, this month’s issue takes a look at other achievements, such as the Greater Augusta Arts Council which has managed to network throughout the community to bring the benefits of the arts to all, regardless of location and background. Its outreach work has reached even Fort Gordon in the form of the CYSS SKIES program and – having seen this in action – I know as a result the experiences enjoyed by individuals of all ages are precious and priceless. A special thank you to its Outreach Director, Sallie West, for penning the wonderfully informative piece, Destined for Greatness: Art, Culture and the Greater Augusta Arts Council. Another organization working as hard to enhance the wellbeing of our community is Fort Gordon’s own Hilltop Riding Stable. A recipient of local awards, this bastion of equine knowledge and care welcomes hundreds of children and adults to its facility every year, but it is the staff’s customer service and extensive knowledge of all things horse that give it an edge. If you haven’t visited Hilltop yet, take some time to read up on all it has to offer and then give them a call. They will take care of you as they do all their customers – professionally and with a smile! Other animals are also worthy of attention – such as the pets featured in the piece prepared by Fort Gordon veterinarian Dr. Holly Landes. We are so familiar with hearing warnings about self-care and health, but not so much when it comes to our furry friends, but obesity within pets is on the rise and it is significantly affecting their quality of life. Why are we allowing this to happen? Well, as Dr. Landes explains, it isn’t always deliberate, nor is it always recognized or understood to be a problem. Read on for some very helpful information on why it’s vital to aide your pet in reaching the right weight and staying fit. I really could go on and on this month – we have a new column by a new contributor; Randy Behr has had many years of experience as a fitness director for Service Members in Korea and provides us with some Bite-Size Fitness tips. Never Forget features the retired Sergeant Major Mays – a champion of education and awareness. Diana Clark of CYSS tells us more about the Youth Sports & Fitness Program, and we take a look at what Woodworth Library is doing to encourage Literacy during National Reading Month. Not to mention all our wonderful pieces on employment, health, financial assistance, the movie review, the theatre and more! I guess there’s no excuse for not knowing what’s happening on Fort Gordon, right? Want more? Turn to the re-designed middle section for further information on MWR’s facilities, programs and events. And please let us know on Facebook exactly what you think. Are we doing a good job and meeting your needs? We’re evolving. Yes, we’re changing and growing and improving. Because that’s what this month is all about. Take care.

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Your Kids Art on Our Cover! Annual MOMC Competition

Theme: “Life as a Military Child” For Template and Details, visit: or call 706-791-6234 Three Age Groups: 4-8; 9-13; 14-18 Submitting Options: • Email: • Drop off: Darling Hall, Rm. 337, Fort Gordon Deadline is March 7TH

Identify core beliefs and core values that promote rejuvenation March 20, 2013 9:00 a.m. Family Outreach Center Building 33512 | South Rice Road Behind Woodworth Consolidated Library

Contact ACS to Register: (706) 791-3579

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master resiliency

Detecting Icebergs


Around Town


Voices of the Past Museum Theater Series: “The Other Tubmans” Voices of the Past is a series of character monologues that brings to life the stories of ordinary and extraordinary people which is performed in museum-theater format by actors. The character in The Other Tubmans tells a story that explains the connection between local Tubman slaves freed in the 1830’s and William Tubman, who served as Liberia, Africa’s longest running President from 1944-1971. Show times are: 11:30 a.m.; 12:30 p.m.; 1:30 p.m.


Augusta Museum of History | 560 Reynolds Street | Downtown Augusta, GA

Classical Mystery Tour: A Tribute to The Beatles Do you have Beatlemania? Then you don’t want to miss this concert! Experience the memorable tunes performed exactly as they were written with the performing group Classical Mystery Tour and Symphony Orchestra Augusta. Hear “Penny Lane” with a live trumpet section, experience the beauty of “Yesterday” with acoustic guitar and string quartet, and enjoy the rock/classical blend of the hard-edged “I Am the Walrus.” For more information, call 706-262-4567.


Bell Auditorium | 712 Telfair Street | Augusta, GA

Shamrocks for Soldiers Shamrocks for Soldiers is an annual black tie gala hosted by MedEx Associates benefiting the Augusta Warrior Project, located in Augusta. The gala entails live music, dinner, drinks, dancing, a casino, silent auction, raffles and much more! Tickets include drink tickets, dinner, dessert, live music from The Tams and $2500 in casino cash. For more information and to purchase tickets, go online to


Sacred Heart Cultural Center | 1301 Greene Street | Augusta, GA

Southern Circuit - Free China: The Courage to Believe See the indie film, Free China: The Courage to Believe at the Morris Museum of Art. After viewing the movie, enjoy a question-and-answer session with filmmaker Michael Perlman. Free China: The Courage to Believe examines widespread human rights violations in China through the remarkable stories of Jennifer Zeng, a mother and former Communist Party member; Dr. Charles Lee, a Chinese- American businessman; and hundreds of thousands of peaceful citizens, who are imprisoned, tortured and subjected to slave labor for their spiritual beliefs. Free admission. For more information, call 706-724-7501.


Augusta State University: Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre | 2500 Walton Way | Augusta, GA | 7

bite-sizedfitness Randy Behr, Contributing Writer

Spring is coming which means the weather is changing and more people will be running outside. Here are a few tips easy to implement: First, make sure you get an adequate warm-up. Not a stretch, which is static. Second, engage in a 3 to 5 minute walk, elliptical or bicycle – a light activity before beginning your run. This will elevate your core temperature before beginning the next phase. The warm-up should be functional and dynamic in nature. What does this mean? It means perform activities your body would do within the course of a normal work day such as twisting, moving or bending. It also means movements that require multiple joints and muscles. Examples, of these activities include Soldier walks, A skips, B skips, pawing and shuffling to walking lunges.

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Don’t just leave your house or office and go run. This is not efficient and it’s unsafe. Warming up using dynamic movements doesn’t only decrease the chance of injury, but research shows it actually improves performance. A couple of ways it does this is it provides a muscle memory for the activity that one is participating in. This is very important when performing any activity. It also allows the body to provide oxygen to the body and muscles. Did you ever wonder why when you begin your run the first 10 to 30 seconds seems so difficult? Almost as if you are tired already? What one experiences is the first energy source being utilized is the phosphagen system – the non-oxygen phase. This feeling doesn’t last very long so there is no need to worry. Rather, keep it in the back of your mind as a reminder not to start off too quickly. Now we are ready to begin running. I caution the beginner, intermediate or advanced runner to not run too quickly as you will deplete your energy system. Once the energy system is depleted it will take some time to replenish and certainly not before the race or run is complete. Stand tall, shoulders back and down, chest out, chin up focused on a point in the distance with a slight forward lean that is almost unnoticeable.

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Your hands should be relaxed, not clenched or in a Spiderman position, but rather where they look like you are holding a tea cup with your first finger and thumb touching gently. Next, the arms should be locked in at 90 degrees and should remain very close to this position throughout the movement. Don’t use dolphin flips. The movement should consist of front arm thumb going to chin level and back arm going to glute and alternating on every swing. Once you have this done you should focus on gaining a rhythm where you feel comfortable. Basically, get into your zone. One way to get into your zone is to use tempo. Many runners count to themselves in an upbeat pace of repeating one-two, one-two over and over until it becomes repetitive. The arms and legs should move at the same speed. As far as breathing techniques, different distances and types of runs (incline/decline) involve different breathing techniques through the nose and out through the mouth. If one encounters an incline in terrain or head wind drop the chin slightly toward your chest and the surface area will decrease. This will lessen your drag, decrease your resistance and improve your speed. Another trick for inclines or hills is to shorten your stride. Make your strides shorter and quicker in pace. Don’t try to lengthen or power through or you will drain your energy and tire out your leg muscles. Keep these tips in mind and notice the improvement.

yourhealth Social Work Month Kathleen Haskell, DDEAMC

The White House officially recognized March as National Professional Social Work Month in 1984. Over the years, Social Work Month themes have promoted the profession with general campaigns about who social workers are and how they benefit society. Social Work has been referred to as the profession of hope – fueled by resilience and advocacy. Social Workers help struggling people every day to see life differently. Our national fabric is comprised of many diverse lives. It is vibrant and strong because it has been woven from the stories of people into a compelling narrative of struggle, renewal, and success. Each thread helps make a brilliant tapestry that continues to be the envy of the world. It is with these concepts in mind that the National Association of Social Workers announced the theme for Social Work Month 2013 as “Weaving Threads of Resilience and Advocacy: The Power of Social Work.” In the United States, more than 650,000 of these trained professionals know how daunting and immobilizing life’s tragedies and obstacles can be. However, they also witness the sheer determination of countless individuals and families to achieve different lives. Sometimes, all it takes to help people get on the right path is guidance toward what is possible. Other times, social workers are an immediate lifeline in crisis – providing access to resources and new life options.

work profession has a distinguished history of not only providing social safety nets to the most vulnerable, but also challenging systems that impede social mobility. The Mission of Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Social Work Services is to provide quality social work support as an integral component of health care services to all beneficiaries receiving health care at Eisenhower Army Medical Center in direct support of this nation’s military forces. The Social Work Services at Eisenhower Army Medical Center is committed to the practice of Army Social Work, a practice founded in specialized knowledge, values and skills. This practice promotes behavioral wellness through healthy adaptation and coping, prevents problematic coping patterns, and resolves social system conflicts and challenges that may impede mission accomplishment. Social Work Services is a part of Eisenhower Army Medical Center’s Department of Behavioral Health. Social Work Services is a duel mission service that provides outpatient clinical interventions for active duty military personnel and their dependents. These clinical interventions include psychosocial assessments, counseling and therapy, consultations, and psycho-education. Services are available upon request and can be command-directed, depending on the circumstances.

Within Social Work Services there are several components, which include: • Social Work Outpatient Service • Family Advocacy Program (FAP) • Discharge Planning • Fisher House Outpatient services include: • Walk-in clinic for crisis situations, selfreferrals, and consultations • Psychological case management for patients with issues related to acute or chronic illness • Intervention for family crisis, individual and marital dysfunction, inadequate support system, sexual assault, and community resource linkage for patients • Evaluation of requests for compassionate reassignment, requests for hardship discharge, and referrals to military and civilian resources • Consultative services include rape prevention briefings for AIT students and permanent party staff, self-help and support groups, and teen pregnancy.

Those served by social workers possess differing strengths that keep them struggling toward a better future despite personal and other wide-ranging barriers to success. They climb toward what is possible rather than simply accepting what the current situation may be. Professional social workers help combine these client strengths with effective personal and public advocacy. Resilience and determination alone cannot overcome all crises, but weaving those strengths with targeted advocacy often can. The social | 9

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The views and opinions expressed by the contributors to this page (express or implied, contractual, tortious or otherwise) are not necessarily those of Fort Gordon or FYI Magazine. FYI Magazine is not paid by the restaurant for a positive or negative review. We do not hold back the negative reviews; however, a bad review does not mean the restaurant is a bad restaurant.

Edmund’s Bar-B-Que


Knuckle Sandwiches

3935 Washington Road, Martinez 706.863.4277

4460 Washington Road, Evans 706.651.7345

1149 Broad Street, Augusta 706.828.4700

If you want good pulled pork and hash and rice, give Edmund’s Bar-B-Que & Catering a shot. It’s the kind of place I can drive-thru, but I don’t want to dine in – especially not with a toddler who wants to touch stuff (though they had a health score of 100!). Cleanliness may not be a priority, but service is friendly and the food was served fast and hot. Reasonable prices made me a happy customer.

If you’re looking for a friendly staff and family-oriented sit-in restaurant, Goolsby’s is your place. Although their specialty is Southern cuisine and BBQ is not on the everyday menu, theirs is pretty good. The portions are large, so you definitely won’t leave hungry. The buffet-style line makes it easy to see and pick exactly what you want. This is a great place to stop after an event or just go out to eat.

While the atmosphere is not the best, the customer service at Sandwiches Knuckle is charming. They have an awesome BBQ’d sandwich called the PBR-BQ Sandwich. It is a beer-braised shoulder and cheese with a homemade sauce. All their sauces are homemade with a twist. This is a great place to go and grab a quick bite, but it’s not every day you can get their food. Watch for the unusual hours.




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Feathering the Nest For All of Ours

March 27, 2013 • 11:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Gordon’s Conference & Catering

5k Fun Run/Walk March 30, 2013 9:00 a.m.

Intersection of 9th Street & Brainard Avenue Next to the Recycling Center Check-in begins at 7:00 a.m. At each kilometer, runners are sprayed with color The products are 100% safe, edible and biodegradable. Runners are blasted with a barrage of colors at the finish line. Registration: 10 years and under: free with adult purchase 11 years and older: $40.00 Includes: Fun Run, T-shirt and 1 Color Packet Call 706-791-4300 or email Visit for Rules and Regulations

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customercarezone The Family and MWR Business Operations Division Jeff Haskell, Customer Service Program Coordinator

When most people think of March, often they think about Saint Patrick’s Day, the first day of spring and March Madness. One thing most people don’t associate with March is International Expect Success Month. In the spirit of success, I chose to highlight the Fort Gordon Family and MWR Business Operations Division (BOD). The Family and MWR BOD is arguably the most successful BOD in the Army. It is a bit ironic that many people don’t know what it is. Fortunately, nearly anyone who has been on post for more than a few days has heard about the numerous innovative and awardwinning programs our BOD provides for the Fort Gordon Community. Most of the facilities are also open to citizens of the CSRA. I talked to Ms Tina Pondy, the Fort Gordon Chief of the Business Operations Division about what the BOD is. She described it as providing all the “nice to have” community opportunities military installations want because they enhance the overall quality of life. Gordon Lanes Bowling Center, Gordon’s Conference and Catering Center, Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre, Gordon Lakes Golf Club, the Alternate Escapes IET Center, Bingo Palace, the Recycling Center, and several concession restaurants are the main facilities that make up BOD. Tina emphasized the fact that – unlike many post facilities – BOD programs do not receive any taxpayer dollars. Just like in the private sector, she must ensure all areas are financially self-sufficient. This has necessitated Tina stay on top of what customers want (the newest trends in the field) and always provide great service.

want patrons to have an enjoyable experience they will remember. Our mission is to create an environment where Service Members and Families have the quality of life they want and deserve.” I asked Tina what special innovations or opportunities she has taken to improve the division. “We don’t try to be all things to all people. That will result in not being very good at anything. We ask people what they want and then we continuously develop and refine our programs. For example, most people don’t want to go to a stuffy, boring theatrical production. Our Dinner Theatre focuses on new titles or updated versions of classics about things people can relate to. The result is we usually sell out in advance.”

In customer service delivery, people make all the difference. Tina Pondy described her philosophy about employees. “It all begins with people. You have to hire the right people. I only hire people who love what they do. For example, I would never hire someone to work at Gordon Lakes Golf Club who didn’t like golf. All my managers have credentials, education, special training, and/or degree in the area they work. I have a couple of employees at Gordon Lakes who belong to the PGA. Several of the groundskeepers have attended horticultural classes at Texas A&M University. My Gordon Lanes manager is a member of the PBA. The managers at Gordon’s Conference and Catering have degrees in Hospitality and Business Administration. Most of my cooks and their supervisors have been trained at the Culinary Institute of America. I want everyone to attend customer service training at least annually and I insist managers get out of their offices, walk around, see what’s being done, and are approachable.”

“It all begins with people. You have to hire the right people. I only hire people who love what they do.”

“In Business Operations, we are in direct competition with the off-post private sector.” Tina explained, “We want our patrons to experience the same or better quality they would experience anywhere off the installation. We always strive to provide a quality experience over quantity. What I mean by this is, we aren’t going to throw the cheapest thing in front of our customers just because it gives them the cheapest price. You always get what you pay for and in my division we invest in quality. We don’t strive to be the cheapest, but the best. I

“We are only one of three golf clubs in the Army that uses GPS. The result is players know exactly how far they can hit a ball. This also allows us to send food and beverage attendants to customers on the greens so they don’t have to stop their game to get food, snacks or drinks. Our weekend Cosmic Bowling at Gordon Lanes is a unique way to bowl or just hang out. The new florescent carpet is illuminated by black lights while laser lights move to the beat of the music. Gordon’s Conference and Catering has also undergone significant renovations over the past year or so. It doesn’t look anything like it did 20 years ago! In fact, based on customer feedback we are going to do more renovations to the north wing starting this summer. Lastly, our Recycling Center has done a tremendous job in keeping items out of the landfill. They demonstrate a great deal of ingenuity when it comes to reusing and repurposing discarded items. This saves Fort Gordon money.”

Has all this led to success? I was extremely impressed by Tina’s response. “Our Dinner Theater has earned numerous awards and recognitions by Army Entertainment and the American Association of Community Theaters. I also mentioned earlier, shows are almost always sold out in advance. The Bingo Palace is the highest revenuegenerating program in the Department of Defense. Gordon Lanes is the most utilized Army Bowling Center in this region in terms of games per lane. Gordon Lakes Golf Club is recognized as the best in the Army by the PGA. The Alternate Escapes and Java Express constantly have an ICE satisfaction rate of over 90%.” All things considered, I definitely rate the Fort Gordon Business Operations Division as a huge success! We are so fortunate to have so many number one facilities here at Fort Gordon. Next time you’re out and about go check out one of these facilities and judge for yourself. I hope all of you have a successful International Expect Success Month! | 13

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Yes, You Need an

Emergency Fund! Unexpected expenses come in many forms. Car breakdowns. Home repairs. Unexpected travel. Medical bills. Job loss. The list goes on and on. These unexpected expenses can quickly get you into debt or put you further into debt. Especially if you rely on credit cards or loans to pay for them. A good way to help prepare for unexpected expenses is to build an emergency fund.

What is an emergency fund? Basically, an emergency fund is money you have saved that is only to be used to pay for unexpected expenses. For example, it can be used to fix your car’s radiator, but should not be used to buy shiny new rims for your car.

Set a goal. How much should you have in your emergency fund? It is recommended that you have $500-$1000 in an emergency fund, to start with. Once you have this established, keep on saving. You should try to save from three to six months of your living expenses that can be used only in case of job loss, illness, natural disaster, or other emergencies.

Where should you keep your emergency fund? Keep your emergency fund in a safe and accessible place like a savings account. The fund should be low risk and liquid, so the money is available whenever you need it. As this fund grows you may consider putting a portion of your savings into another account that may earn higher interest.

Save automatically. Automatically transfer a portion of your pay to your emergency fund as soon as it is deposited. That way, you may have less temptation to spend the money.

Make a plan. Start small.

Get started.

If you don’t have an emergency fund already established, you need to start building one now. Strive to save that $500 to $1,000 as quickly as possible. Even small deposits will add up quickly over time.

Unexpected expenses can happen at any time. So get started building your emergency fund now to help you stay out of debt in the future.

Save, save, save. Increase savings contributions when you can. For example, when you receive pay and longevity increases, federal income tax refunds, gift money and rebates, consider putting some or all of this additional money toward your savings goals.

Debt repayment. Paying off debt can be an important savings goal. An unexpected expense could derail your debt repayment goal if you do not have an emergency fund established. Remember as you plan your debt repayment, to include your emergency fund as part of the overall plan.

Military Saves is sponsored by the non-profit and is part of the Department of Defense Financial Readiness Campaign. For more information, tips and resources visit We encourage you to Set a Goal. Make a Plan. Save Automatically for Military Saves Week during 25 February through 2 March 2013. Take the Military Saves pledge at The USAA Educational Foundation, a non-profit organization, does not endorse or promote any commercial supplier, product or service. Reprinted by kind permission of Military Saves. | 15

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The HIRED! Apprenticeship Program provides 15-18 year-old youth with meaningful, professionally-managed career-exploration opportunities in Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) operations. The HIRED! Apprenticeship Prorgam offers valuable paid work experience and training to better equip each participant with the skills needed for a highly-competitive job market. in the HIRED! Apprenticeship Program:  Education  Child and/or Youth Development

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planningyourcareer The Resume as a Powerful Sales Tool Kim Hussey, Owner, Plan4Success, LLC

Creating a career portfolio, an organizational tool for your job search materials, was the focus of January’s column. Developing a detailed, weekly schedule of job search tasks and activities to use as a daily guide was discussed in February’s column. This month, we will consider the resume, a powerful tool that is often misunderstood. What is the purpose of a resume? The purpose of a resume is to get the attention of the employer and to get you an interview. What constitutes a good resume? Opinions vary but the bottom line is this: if you have a good resume, you should be getting interviews for jobs that match your skill set. If you are getting no bites, there may be a problem with your resume and/or your cover letter. Jay Block, cofounder of the Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches, was instrumental in the creation of the value-based resume format. This format is targeted directly to the needs of the employer, answering the question, “Why should I hire you?” Block states, in his book 101 Best Resumes To Sell Yourself (2002), that your market value is made up of three components: • Skills are specific talents and capabilities you have that are valuable to a prospective employer. They are the benefits you offer and the ways in which you can contribute to a prospective employer’s goals and objectives. • Qualifications encompass specific training and preparation, including academic achievement, credentialing, certifications, licenses, and so on. • Intangible values … it’s often the intangible values that makes the difference between getting an offer and losing out to another candidate. Intangibles might include “15 years’ experience,” “A network of global contacts,” “Awards and recognitions.” Jay Block was hired by the Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) in the mid-2000’s to train trainers to teach his value based resume format to staff from GDOL and related agencies, including WIA. In 2006, I completed 30 hours

of training and saw powerful and immediate results with my clients. Each client was guided in the development of a unique sales tool focused on his or her strengths, talents, skills, and education. To discover intangible benefits, we looked at not only job experience, but life experience as well. Although it was hard work, my customers loved the method because while they learned how to create their own value based resume, they were also preparing for the interview. This enhanced their self esteem and confidence. This format got them interviews AND positive comments from human resource staff. The Value Based Resume Format: • Contact Info: Name, address, phone number and email address. • Job title: Centered at the top of the resume so that the employer knows which job is being applied for. • Showcase: Since the average “look at” for a resume is 2.5 seconds, it is important to list four or five of your most valuable strengths which meet and exceed the requirements of a particular position at the very top of the resume. This ensures the resume is put in the “keeper” pile. For example, you are applying for a call center position. Your last job was as a cashier at Wal-Mart, but you worked as a call center manager three jobs ago. Place your call center skills, qualifications, and intangible values right at the top of your resume. This tactic increases the odds that you will be interviewed for the position.

skills related to a particular position from the job history, unless a person has worked only one or two jobs using the same skills. • Job History: Each position worked, typically within the past 10 years, is listed by job title, the name of the organization, city, state and month and year of employment. If you have other experience beyond the 10 year mark, you can mention it in the cover letter as additional experience/skills. • Education: School, city, state, and degree earned and/or on-going coursework with “tentative end date.” Also include professional development training. Remember – If your skill set matches the needs of the employer, your goal is to stand out from the crowd, get noticed and get an interview. Kim Hussey is the owner of Plan4Success, LLC – a small business with the mission of teaching individuals to create powerful self marketing tools to improve their confidence and ability to find employment. For more information, check out Plan4Success, LLC on Facebook or her website at

• Core Skills: A list of your skills and work/personality traits that match the needs of the employer are listed, either with bullets or as keywords. • Relevant Experience/Job History: Since the one page resume is the norm for all but the most distinguished careers, I personally separate an individual’s most relevant | 17

ZIP INTO FUN Carrolton, GA March 30, 2013 Pre-register by March 15, 2013 Open to all • $90.00 per person Transportation and equipment provided Wear closed-toed, closed-heeled shoes To register, call 706-791-2556 18 | FYI march 2013

theview Ice, Ice Baby Jennifer Wellman, Contributing Writer

Ice Hockey. Just the thought of it is enough to put a huge smile on my face. It brings back wonderful memories of my mom taking me to see our beloved New Jersey Devils when I was younger. I attended my first live game during the 1995 season, when I was just 15 years old. The Devils ended up winning the Stanley Cup that season, which is the National Hockey League’s biggest prize. Lord Stanley, to some! Watching hockey on television at home for years had left me well educated on the sport, especially with my “hockey encyclopedia” mom by my side; but nothing could compare to the feeling of walking through the doors of the Brendan Byrne Arena and catching a glimpse of the ice for the first time. It was so vivid and beautiful. I remember the excitement of the puck dropping at center ice for the opening face-off, the crashing of well-padded players against the boards, the clash of hockey sticks connecting with the puck and sending it into the net, and the entire crowd jumping to their feet and erupting in cheers as our team scored. One of the best parts of that night was sneaking around to the player’s exit area outside of the arena after the game. We were fortunate enough to meet and get autographs from several of the New Jersey Devils, including Martin Brodeur, John MacLean, Ken Daneyko and Scott Stevens. Some girls bonded with their moms by going shopping, getting manicures and movie trips; I bonded with mine through sports – and

I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way! When I met my husband many years later, I was delighted to find out he was just as much of a hockey enthusiast as I was, although I have always affectionately ribbed him for his choice of teams. He is a Philadelphia Flyers fan, an arch rival of my New Jersey Devils. Needless to say, it’s always a very loud, animated night in our house when our teams play against each other! Thanks to minor and independent hockey leagues, we have been lucky enough to experience live hockey – despite living all over the country, due to my husband’s military service. While stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas, we attended the El Paso Rhinos hockey games. Who would have ever thought there would be live hockey in one of the hottest places in the United States – a desert place like El Paso? We

were thrilled! Upon relocating to Fort Gordon, we discovered the Augusta Riverhawks hockey team. It wasn’t long before we became season ticket holders, and for the second year in a row, we have thoroughly enjoyed our much anticipated “hockey night dates” several times per month. Now that a collective bargaining agreement has been reached between the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players Association, it’s time to drop the puck once again and begin the season. We are more than ready in my house. NHL Center Ice package has been ordered, team jerseys are out of the closet, game night food is waiting to be prepared and the bantering has already begun! Let’s play some hockey boys! | 19

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greencorner 5 Simple Ways to Improve Your Garden by Saving Autumn Leaves Paul Henri, Manger, Fort Gordon Recycling Center

The bagging and raking of falling autumn leaves is a common weekend ritual for most people. But there is no point in increasing work for yourself when you can use these fallen leaves for decorating your garden. So instead of bagging leaves and cleaning up your garden, use the following five ways to use them in your garden.

with finished compost or garden soil. It is an amazing soil amendment that you can prepare yourself. It takes about a year for the pile to sit, and at the end of the year you have a wonderful amendment for flower and vegetable gardens, as well as an incredible additional element for potting soils.

1. Compost – Shredded or chopped autumn leaves can ideally be added to a compost pile using a lawn mower, leaf vacuum, or a shredder/chipper. These leaves can be added as high-carbon, brown material for the compost. The simple tip is to alternate the brown layer of autumn leaves with regular green things in the compost pile (such as fruit and vegetable scraps, grass clippings, weeds, and other types of plants) and leave it in that state for the winter. Turn or aerate the compost pile often and the compost will be completed by the planting time.

3. Mulch – Once the autumn leaves are shredded, you can use them as organic mulch in container gardens, in vegetable gardens, flower beds, or under shrubs and trees. Simply add a layer of about two to three inches of shredded leaves in your beds, and ensure that the mulch does not come in direct contact with the trunks and stems of your plants. This mulch will retain moisture in the soil, limit germination of weed seed and will help the soil stay cool. In addition, the soil will receive more nutrients from the breakdown of leaves, and the microorganisms and worms will also provide benefit to it, resulting in fluffier, lighter soil.

2. Prepare Leaf Mold – Leaf mold can be made from simple layers of fallen leaves together

4. Hoarding – Many people consider that the work is finished once the leaf clean up is complete. However, do not ignore the spring when you are pruning, deadheading and weeding again, adding only the ‘green’ items to the compost pile. It isn’t easy to find brown material during summer and spring. However, if you have saved a bag of autumn leaves during fall and winter, you will have a stock to make ideal compost even during the spring season. 5. Mowing – Since this procedure does not require raking, it may be the simplest solution of all. There isn’t any scientific reason that suggests that you should rake all the fallen leaves from your garden. It is easy to break them down during the winter by simply mowing them with mower. This will provide additional shading and nutrients to the soil which will decrease your worry about lawn weeds in the coming year. | 21

Never Forget: stories of our heroes Molly Swift, Editor

Name: Mays, Ulysses w. Rank: SGM

Powers Europe in Shape, Belgium and 2nd Infantry Division at Camp Red Cloud, Korea. The Sergeant Major’s awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, Joint Service Commendation Medal, eight Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, and numerous service and foreign awards. As a strong believer in the powers of leadership, Sergeant Major Mays has certainly provided a stellar example through his positive attitude and desire to give back to the community. In fact, Mays makes his appreciation of and focus on diversity well known through his current activities as a motivational speaker, student and author – Mays guides people much in the same way now as he did in his service career.

Sergeant Major Ulysses Wesley Mays was born in Brooklyn, New York; raised in Little Rock, South Carolina; and educated in Dillon, South Carolina. After dedicating 30 years to the US Army, Sergeant Major Mays retired from the Office of the Dean Sergeant Major for the 15th Signal Brigade at Fort Gordon in 2008. After graduation, Mays enlisted in the United States Army in July 1978, graduated from Basic Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, followed by Advanced Individual Training at Fort Gordon as a Single Channel Radio 22 | FYI march 2013

Operator. In his rise from Private to Sergeant Major, Mays served in a variety of units, all with distinction. Among his many assignments were the 56 th Field Artillery Brigade in Germany; White House Communications Agency in Washington, DC; 2nd Battalion at Fort Gordon, Georgia; 14th United States Army Field Artillery Detachment in Izmit, Turkey; 52nd Signal Company and with the 589th Signal Company in Stuttgart, Germany; 63rd Signal Battalion at Fort Gordon, Georgia; Somalia, Africa; Supreme Headquarters Allied

I asked him about whether this tendency to teach others became a habit because of the military. He replied, “I feel like I have to keep pushing forward. I have not stopped. I learned from my great-grandmother, Sarah Calhoun, “If you have it to give, you should give it.” But a lot of people don’t have it. I do.” Ulysses believes if you have the ability to help others, you should, but he also believes we should be open to learning about others too; “The military advanced that. I travelled around the world and saw different races, different religions and I enjoyed co-mingling with people. And in the military, it was a melting pot, but we were all a team. You had to learn to work with one another and you don’t need a class to learn that – you learn from everyday experiences. You learn what to do around some people and what to not do, what to say around some people and what not to say. You have to respect everybody; we’re all different, but you have to respect the differences. You may not agree with everybody, but you have to respect them.” Mays grew up with his great-grandmother in Little Rock, and he says the entire town – which consisted of two roads – was involved with raising the local children, to include

him, his siblings and his cousins. The town had no more than a few hundred residents, but its history stretched back to the Civil War era and Mays discovered that not many people who were from there were even aware of their history. So he arranged the first ever Little Rock Family Day and about 80 people showed up from all over the place to enjoy learning more about the history of their town. Little Rock helped shape the Sergeant Major’s values. Back then all the neighbors pulled together and kept an eye on each other’s children – if your folks weren’t home, or your grandma wasn’t home, you were the responsibility of your neighbor and they would discipline you too. “You didn’t disrespect any adult; we had a built-in neighborhood watch! Even the school teacher would get involved if they saw my grandma and I was misbehaving, my teacher would shout out to her that I wasn’t behaving that day. And I’d get it!” In Mays’ mind they were some of the best teachers – they were in it for the love of what they did and it was in them, they were not in it for any other reason. “In America, we should not have teachers that are not being rewarded for what they are doing. We have teachers who have to buy their students supplies out of their own pocket. In America, that should not be happening.” Personal identity, heritage and culture are central to Mays’ life; however, it was experiencing diversity that struck him as significant during his service. “I have learned to better appreciate the difference in people. As First Sergeant of a unit in Belgium I dealt with a wide array of nationalities which taught me how to communicate with many different people from numerous countries. I was deployed in Somalia, Africa, which was bittersweet. On the one hand I was in Africa and I was happy to be making a difference – and on the other hand, it was war. That made me appreciate all that we have here in the USA and highlighted how much we take for granted. People in Somalia took boxes we (Soldiers) had and made huts out of them because they didn’t have houses. Some people were walking around in the desert without any shoes on – we complain about not having the “right” shoes and they didn’t even have shoes to wear. It was that bad over there. Our role was of peace-keeping and to restore hope; we ensured the people were getting food, but as soon as we left the warlords took over again. It didn’t last long.”

“Leadership,” he has repeatedly said, “is the key to success on the battlefield and we need to develop our leaders now. The earlier leaders are trained, the better.” We talk about leadership further and agree that the qualities inherent in leadership are much needed across the board throughout all organizations and in the community too. The Sergeant Major explained, “In today’s military, good leadership is being able to accomplish the mission in the least amount of time, energy and without harm to Soldiers or equipment. Leaders today must be visible, versatile, well spoken and able to work well in intra-service, national and international environments. In some countries future leaders are groomed from birth – this is not the case for civilians in America. Other vital characteristics common to today’s great leaders are flexibility, approachability, compassion, common sense and being able to relate to our younger generation without losing yourself in the process. Leaders at every level should always remember that when making the hard decisions, you are dealing with real people and not just numbers.” I asked Sergeant Major knowing what he knows now, after nearly six years of retirement, what kind of advice would he give Service Members. His response was immediate, “First of all, save your money. There is no guarantee you will retire – you need to have money to fall back on. Some people live for today and then, when tomorrow comes they don’t have anything to fall back on. We have such a large population of homeless vets now and some of that problem stems from not having planned for the future. The Army will take care of you for only so long; plan for the future.” “Another thing is they need to focus on their education. It’s all very well and good to be a great Soldier, but you can’t drive a tank around New York. You need to get a job when you get outside. And the military – if you let it – will let you give the world a better person. It can teach you how to listen and how to see.” The turning point in Mays’ career was as a First Sergeant. “I was smart, I was always smart, but at this time I was being a smartass and a Staff Sergeant pulled me aside. He told me I had to trust him and that if I wanted to be successful I had to straighten up, but if I didn’t that I would be out of the Army. And that was my wake up call. He told me I had a lot of potential but I wasn’t applying myself. What really made me

listen was seeing one of my friends who was probably smarter than me get put out because of his attitude and lack of performance. He was a fine Soldier until the Army decided he wasn’t performing like a fine Soldier.” Sergeant Major believes every American who is able should serve their country for at least two years. The military levels the playing field and he says the military helps people go far. “The military is a family. It’s not always the way in the civilian world – it can be cutthroat. You have subordinates who are afraid of their bosses, bosses who don’t care about their subordinates. The big difference between my time in service and what I have seen since I retired is that civilians don’t generally care about each other.” He expresses concern over the current generation, and this is clear to him when giving presentations at schools. “Many young people today (both military and civilian) are under the impression that life or the world owes them something. The world doesn’t owe us anything! And in the military, we work until the job is finished. We don’t clock off.” The retired Sergeant Major isn’t stopping though – nor is he slowing down. His future plans include another Masters (his third) and possibly his Doctorate. But all of this must take its place behind his first love – his family, all of who are heading to Augusta for their annual reunion. But at the end of the day, it is also important to Mays to find time to relax, “I learned a long time ago, it is important to take care of yourself and taking care of yourself doesn’t just mean doing a good job at work. It’s relaxing, having fun. I know people who retire from the military after decades and two weeks later they are back at work. It’s ridiculous.” I asked Sergeant Major Mays if he had any final thoughts he would like to share. “I think the military is taking a step in the right direction. The younger generation though, they are spoiled and we need to work on that – I mean, we have six year olds that have cell phones! A lot of kids aren’t motivated and they are looking for the easy way out. That doesn’t build character and we are out of shape in both body and mind. But that begins at home – it used be that we had responsibilities, we had chores. We need to get back to that.” | 23

Molly Swift, Editor

“Did you know that horse teeth grow in pointed? They do and they’re razor sharp. If you ran your hand across them and they hadn’t been filed down, your hand would be ripped to shreds!” I’m speaking with Heidi Mohr, the Manager of Hilltop Riding Stable, who is educating me on the kind of interesting (or bizarre?) facts her campers learn when they spend a week with her. “It’s not just cleaning out the stall – in fact, that takes a very short period of time. We teach our kids about the anatomy of horses, how to take a pulse, how to clean out wounds and about vital signs. A horse isn’t naturally the groomed, prancing performer you 24 | FYI march 2013

see at a circus, it is hard work and you need to know how to care for it.” Camps also involve riding lessons, trail rides, stall maintenance, saddle and bridle groom care, arts and crafts and pony relay races. Heidi knows her horses. She also knows her customers and how to take care of them – call her a professional juggler, if you will. I’ve known her for seven years now and I realized the first time I met her that I was in the presence of someone very special. Heidi was speaking with a customer on the phone while I was in the foyer waiting to set up riding lessons for my

daughters. The customer was clearly having a very hard time and Heidi was simply patient and reassuring – everything you want when you feel like you are faced with a bad situation. Not only did Heidi empathize with the person on the other end of the phone, but she also resolved the situation with relative ease and in a short period of time. I vowed then to never go to another riding stable. My daughters have enjoyed learning to ride at Hilltop and the oldest volunteered – albeit briefly –guiding pony rides during one of Hilltop’s Customer Appreciation Day.

This customer-first attitude has earned Hilltop several awards, the latest from Columbia County magazine rewards the stables as the best place for riding in the Augusta area. I can also vouch for this, having ridden the trails in awe of such hidden beauty on Fort Gordon. Need some therapy? Take the time to go ride; it will do your soul some good. For those who require special assistance, Hilltop can accommodate you too – their special assistance riding program is available twice a month. It entails an adaptive riding harness and guided rides and has been helpful to people with disabilities from throughout the CSRA. Another popular activity at the stables is pony rides. Available for both a half hour and a full hour, pony rides are for children up to six years old. Young children are not only enamored by horses, but they have fewer fears and reservations than adults – rather than

being hesitant, it is fascinating for them to learn about equine care at a young age and patrons are invited to walk the pony trail to the grooming center! Heidi and her staff ensure their riders know more than perhaps they need to know – which brings me back to my conversation. I guess I’m childlike in my interest, but I do love hearing about the odd facts. Like the fact horses are prone to choking, because they can’t throw up; however, they eat steadily throughout the day, consuming up to 25 lbs of food per day. And if you, like me, want to know more, you need to go to Hilltop. Contact Hilltop Riding Stable today at 706-7914864 or go online to sports_and_recreation/hilltop_riding_stable.php.


at Fort Gordon’s Spring Fest Saturday, April 20, 2013 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Corner of Barnes Avenue and Rice Road JUDGING BY THE “GOOD GUYS” $15

Pre-Registration by April 1, 2013 $20 Registration 9:00-11:00 a.m. Day of Event (at tent) PRIZES Best of Show People’s Choice $100 & Trophy (ea) Best of Cars Best of Bikes Best of Trucks $75 & Trophy (ea) Club Participation* 1st, 2nd & 3rd

Voted best place for riding in the Augusta area by Columbia County magazine.


*1st $150, 2nd $75, 3rd $50


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Dine with us... Lunch buffet Mon.-Fri. • 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $7.49 – All You Can Eat Building 36000, 3rd Avenue (at the Bus Travel Center) 706-792-9774/9775 706-792-9776 FAX 26 | FYI March 2013 | 27


Army Community Service Rm. 224, 155 & 172, Bldg. 33720, 307 Chamberlain Ave. 706-791-3579 | Toll Free: 1-877-310-5741 Fort Gordon Employment Readiness 1st Quarter Job Fair March 26, 4-6 p.m. Family Outreach Center, Bldg. 33512 (Behind Woodworth Consolidated Library)

Join us for our 1st Quarter annual Job Fair. This event is free and will provide a wonderful opportunity to network and gain knowledge of current job vacancies with many of our Military Spouse Employment Partners. For more

information call Melissa or Rasheeda at 706791-7878/0795, or contact the Employment Readiness Office, Darling Hall, Room 155.

Child, Youth & School Services Bldg. 28320, Lane Ave. | 706-791-4455/4722 School Age Center Before and After School Care available! SAC provides care for children in 1st 5th grades. A wide variety of activities are offered to include arts and crafts, cooking, science, homework assistance, technology lab, community service projects, character building, cultural awareness, mentoring and intervention programs, fitness programs, 4-H and Boys and Girls Club, field trips, special events, just to name a few! SAC is open before school at 5:15 a.m. and after school to 6 p.m. Transportation is provided to the following schools: Cedar Ridge, Deer Chase, Diamond Lakes, Willis Foreman, Grovetown Elementary, Sue Reynolds, C.T. Walker, Tobacco Road, Jamestown, Meadow Brook, Baker Place, Euchee Creek, Lewiston Elementar y, Brookwood, and Bel Air. Freedom Park students walk to/from school. 28 | FYI March 2013

For programming information contact Darren Brown, SAC Director at 706-791-7575/5127. For program registration call Parent Central Services at 706-791-4722. Family Child Care Army certified Family Child Care (FCC) homes are available on and off the installation. FCC providers offer age-appropriate activities in a nurturing, and home-like environment. The small group size allows children to develop close relationships with their caregiver and other children in the group. FCC also offers fulltime, hourly overnight, and extended stay options for single and dual-military service members. Family Child Care Providers are trained, certified, and monitored who provide high quality childcare in their home. Please call Angela Davis, FCC Director, at 706-791-4440/3993 or visit our FCC office at Building 28320 Lane Ave, Fort Gordon.

School Support Services Are you moving to or from Fort Gordon? CYSS School Liaison Services can help! For questions about your children’s educational transitions, call 706-791-4168 for Columbia County Schools and 706-791-7270 for Richmond County Schools. Mark your calendars for the following: Aiken County March 1: No Classes March 6: Early Release March 22: No Classes March 29: Good Friday (No school) Columbia County March 18: Report Cards March 21: Early Release Richmond County March 20: Early Release/ Report Card Conferences March 21: Report Cards March 29: Good Friday (No school)


Gordon’s Conference & Catering Bldg. 18402, 19th St. | 706-791-6780/2205 After Duty Hours: 706-339-0827 Event Catering and Hosting Are you planning a celebration? We provide all the elements necessary for a successful event; seasonal menus and themed décor, friendly and on-time service and delectable cuisine. Gordon’s Conference and Catering makes planning your event easy and stress free. We have years of experience in every aspect of planning and executing successful events; rehearsal dinners and weddings, anniversary dinners, promotions, retirements, birthdays, church socials and corporate events. Our team prides itself on timely and professional service, fresh creative cuisine at a location of your choice, with full service or drop off service available. Weddings Your wedding is one of life’s greatest milestones. Our experienced wedding planners will provide you with personalized service every step of the way. • • • • • • •

Site Selection Food & Beverage Personalized Cake Professional Staff Event Design Floral Arrangements Décor & Lighting

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Tabletop Entertainment Photography Videography

No matter how big or small, your event will be one of a kind. Let our experience guide you. We offer all the resources needed to execute a successful event. From food and beverages to linen, china, glass, silverware, tables and chairs, you can count on our team for seamless planning and on time execution. Corporate/Company/Unit Events Partnering with Gordon’s Conference and Catering is the first step in insuring the success of your next important event. We understand your time is valuable, which is why we make planning and executing your event as easy and stress-free as possible. From box lunches to complete catered meals at any location of your choice, we are a winning team you can count on! Our team strives to exceed your expectations, whether in your office building or any special event venue. We take the time to mind the details unique to each location. We provide professional service without disrupting your business meeting. Drop off or full service is available at all times.

Lunch at Gordon’s Conference & Catering Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Experience the best value around without having leaving the installation! All you can eat buffet*: $8.95 *includes salad bar, hot buffet, dessert and beverage. Weekday Specials: Monday: A Little Taste of Italy. Tuesday: Sensational Soul Food. Wednesday: All Your Southern Style Favorites – Turkey and Dressing, Fried Chicken and more! Thursday: German Schnitzel w/home fries, German Potato Salad, Seasoned Cabbage. Friday: Fish Fry Friday and/or Pacific Rim Friday. From the Grill: Something for everyone! Burgers, Sandwiches, Quesadillas, Wraps, Chicken Tenders, Taco Salads, Crispy Fries and Onion Rings. Don’t forget the soft serve ice cream and homestyle Cobblers available every day! Easter Brunch March 31 (Reservations strongly encouraged) See ad on page 58 for details. | 29



Fort Gordon Aquatics Courtyard Pool: Bldg. 36707, Brainard Ave. | 706-791-8053 Indoor Pool: Bldg. 21608, Brainard Ave. | 706-791-3034

Swimming Lessons: Class Descriptions:



Unit/Active Duty Group Lessons: Up to six participants at a time, to help both beginners and advanced swimmers.

Unit Lessons: March 12, 14, 19, 21, 26 and 28

No cost! Just sign up at the front desk

Private Lessons: One on one instruction for anyone from child to adults.

Private Lessons: March 12, 14, 19, 21, 26 and 28

$10/half hour for one-on-one instruction

Semi Private Lessons: No more than two participants at a time. Must be similar skill level.

Semi Private Lessons: March 12, 14, 19, 21, 26 and 28

$15/half hour for two people in a similar skill level

Group Lessons: No more than six participants at a time. These are directed for children.

Group Lessons for Children: March 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22, 25 and 27 Pre-K & Lv. 5: 4:30-5:15 p.m. Level ½ & Lv. 4: 5:30-6:15 p.m.


Active Duty Group Lessons: March 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22, 25 and 27 Beginner: 11-11:45 a.m. Stroke improve: 12-12:45 p.m.

Aladdin Travel Bldg. 36200, 36th St. | 706-771-0089 BLUE MAN GROUP - Now More Wow! Blue Man Group has taken their indescribable live celebration of art, technology, and music to a whole new level. Forget what you know – that was then, this is WOW! Military Discount: $44 Adult Tickets.

Disney Military Salute Promotion Promotion has been extended to September 2013! Universal Orlando’s Military Salute FREE 3-Day Park-to-Park Ticket! Valid for Active Duty or Retired Military with a valid military photo ID. Take advantage of this special limited time offer!

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__________________________________ Hours of Operation: Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Closed on all major and government holidays.


Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre Bldg. 32100, 3rd Ave. | 706-793-8552

Upcoming Shows: Legally Blonde, the Musical! Book by Heather Hach. Music and Lyrics by Lawrence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin Show dates: March 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15 & 16 “Elle Woods can handle anything. So when her boyfriend, Warner, dumps her she decides to follow him to Harvard Law School and win him back. With some help from new-found friends Paulette, Emmett and her Chihuahua Bruiser, she learns that it’s so much better to be smart. Legally Blonde the Musical is the funniest and most fabulous musical around.” It’s the international award-winning musical comedy the whole town has been waiting for, Legally Blonde, the Musical. This hit all singing, all dancing, romantic comedy is about knowing who you are and showing what you’ve got! Jam-packed with fantastic song and dance, this Broadway sensation is a sure-fire hit. The Fox on the Fairway, by Ken Ludwig Show dates: May 3, 4, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18 & 19 Audition dates: Mar. 11 & 12, 7 p.m. The Dinner Theatre will become the “clubhouse” for a hilarious show about a wild game of golf. It’s a tribute from playwright Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo) to the great English farces of the 1930s and 1940s. The Fox on the Fairway takes audiences on a hilarious romp which pulls the rug out from underneath the stuffy denizens of a private

country club. Filled with mistaken identities, slamming doors, and over-the-top romantic shenanigans, it’s a furiously paced comedy that recalls the Marx Brothers’ classics. A charmingly madcap adventure about love, life, and man’s eternal love affair Social Security, by Andrew Bergman Show dates: July 19, 20, 26 & 27, Aug. 1, 2 & 3 Audition dates: May 13 & 14, 7 p.m. “Just when you were beginning to think you were never going to laugh again on Broadway, along comes Social Security...The play is a hoot, and better yet, a sophisticated, even civilized hoot.” –The New York Post Two married art dealers struggle with the visit of the wife’s goody-goody sister, her uptight CPA husband, and her archetypal Jewish Mother – who are there to try to save their college student daughter running wild… This show is full of laughs and great humor. Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club, by Jeffrey Hatcher Show dates: Sep. 20, 21, 27 & 28, Oct. 10, 11 & 12 Audition dates: July 22 & 23, 7 p.m. Playwright Jeffrey Hatcher takes Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous characters and drops them into a story inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella The Suicide Club to create a thrilling comic mystery. The whodunit mystery comes

complete with a wow-I-didn’t-see-that-coming ending.” Arizona Daily Star “Hatcher has a winner with Sherlock Holmes. It’s intelligent, clever, teasing, seductively engaging and just plain fun.” Tucson Weekly Miracle on South Division Street, by Tom Dudzick Show dates: Nov. 16, 17, 22 & 23, Dec. 5, 6 & 7 Audition dates: Oct. 7 & 8, 7 p.m. “It’s Christmas Eve, as we experience the story of the Nowak family, living amidst the urban rubble of Buffalo, NY’s East Side. Maybe the neighborhood is depressed, but not Clara, the family matriarch. She happily runs her soup kitchen and tends to the family heirloom – a 20-foot shrine to the Blessed Mother which adjoins the house. This neighborhood beacon of faith commemorates the day in 1942 when the Blessed Virgin Mary materialized in her father’s barber shop! When the play opens, a family meeting is in progress. Daughter Ruth divulges her plan to finally “go public” with the family miracle by creating a one-woman play about the sacred event. The results are heartfelt and hilarious.” You can call the Box Office at 706-793-8552 for tickets and information. And, as always, we hope to see YOU at the theatre in the very near future. For more shows and upcoming auditions, please visit

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Outdoor Recreation Bldg. 00445, Carter Rd. | 706-791-5078 Recreational Shooting at Range 14 March 2, 16 & 23: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed., Thu. and Fri.: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $10 per person, $5 FGSC members and $2 for persons under the age of 16. Fishing Tournaments at Butler Reservoir Bass Tournament: March 3 Crappie Tournament: March 17 Daylight-Noon Open to all ID cardholders and members of the public with a Fort Gordon fishing license guest permit (available at registration). $20 per person, $10 FGSC members with a $5

Big Fish Pot, $100 awarded to first place; $50 to second place. Pheasant Hunt at Training Area 23 March 9, 7:30 a.m. Start ALL participants must have a Hunter Education Certificate. Birds are ordered for this hunt at $14 each. For more information call 706-7915078/3317 or 706-833-2834. Hunter Education Course at Eisenhower Army Medical Center (EAMC) 2-night course: March 13 & 14 CD/Online Course: March 20 The 8-hour course is held at the EAMC first floor auditorium from 6-10 p.m. each night.

The CD Course is 6-8 p.m. at the EAMC first floor auditorium. Hunters wishing to hunt on Fort Gordon must have a valid Hunter Safety Card. The CD training is available at The course is free of charge and open to the public. Pre-registration recommended at 3-D Archery Tournament at Range 14 March 24 Open to the public, age 5 to adult. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place trophies awarded in 12 classes. Registration begins at 10 a.m. and shooting begins at 11 a.m. – no starts after 2 p.m. $15 per person, $7.50 FGSC members.

Gordon Lanes Bowling Center Bldg. 33200, 3rd Ave. | 706-791-3446 This Month at Gordon Lanes! • Super Sundays 1-10 p.m. Bowl three games and shoe rental for only $8.00 per person! • Dollar Days Every Monday, 1-11 p.m. $1 per game; $1 shoe rental; $1 hotdogs; $1 sodas and $1 French fries. • Xtreme Cosmic Bowling Friday and Saturday, 10 p.m.-1 a.m. • Bowlopolis Birthday Parties Celebrate your birthday in our party room! You bring the children and the cake, we do the rest!

• Wild Wednesdays 1-6 p.m. 7:30-11 p.m. $1.50 per game and $1.50 shoe rental. Plan your next bowling party at Gordon Lanes • Birthday Parties • Church Groups • Military Functions • Family Reunions If it’s not listed above, we probably can do that too! We welcome groups from 10-150.

Kegler’s Bar 18 TVs – great atmosphere – friendly staff – your favorite beverages

Full line Snack Bar • Bar • Pro Shop • Arcade Games

__________________________________ Hours of Operation: Mon.-Thu., 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 9 a.m.-1 a.m. Sun., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Kegler’s Café Can you say awesome omelets? Check out our breakfast menu and lunch specials every Wednesday and Saturday! Great food at a fair price!

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Come in with friends and unwind! Check Out Our New 80” Flat Screen TV and new bar furniture! 24-Number Bingo Great entertainment! Win up to $4,000!


Gordon Lakes Golf Club Bldg. 537, Range Rd. | 706-791-2433/6854/5796 Make tee times via email • • Tee times are taken four days in advance for Active Duty and Members and three days in advance for all others. Reservations for 2013 Golf Tournaments The time to set up your 2013 spring golf tournaments is now! Tournaments average 90 a year and Fridays and Saturdays go fast! Please contact Bill Fumai or Dallas Cooke at 706-7912433 or please email william.fumai.naf@mail. mil or Golf Shop Merchandise Be on the look-out for the newest golf products in the Pro Shop! Hook a Soldier on Golf The program runs every Saturday morning starting Saturday, March 9, 2013. Enjoy a free hour of golf instruction on the driving range. The clinic runs from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. PGA instructor Dallas Cooke and the Gordon Lakes staff will be available on the range to assist all

Active Duty Service Members, Retirees and their families. Range balls and golf clubs are provided − just show up!

Spring Trifecta Golf Tournament Saturday, March 9 $40 for members and $60 for non-members

This program runs every Saturday except on holiday weekends, until September 21.

Who has the best two-man team at Gordon Lakes? Come take part in a great traditional golf tournament. Play 27 holes of great golf, food and prizes. Format: 9 holes best ball, 9 holes scramble and 9 holes alternate shot. This will be an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start.

Golf Lessons Now is the perfect time to take golf lessons from our PGA Instructor Dallas Cooke. Dallas has been teaching the game of golf for over ten years. Individual Lesson:................................... $40 3-Series Lesson Package:........................ $100 5-Series Lesson Package:........................ $150 All lessons are 45 minutes. Lessons are 45 minutes long. To sign up, call Dallas at 706-831-4654. Senior Dogfight Tuesdays and Thursdays Must be 55 or older to be a member – valid handicap required.

Sign up by Thursday, March 7 in the Pro Shop or call 706-791-2433. Please check our information center in the clubhouse for upcoming tournaments and events.

__________________________________ Hours of Operation: Mon.-Thu.: 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri.-Sun.: 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Weather permitting

For more information, please visit the website: SeniorDogFight.htm

Get Outdoors Gordon | 706-791-2556 Spring Thaw Paddle and Ride March 9 (Register by March 1) Explore the Outdoors March 23

Zipline and Tree Top canopy Tour March 30 Rent kayaks, canoes and bikes through Tactical Advantage Sportsman’s Complex at Range 14. 706-791-5078.

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Hilltop Riding Stable Bldg. 509, Range Rd. | 706-791-4864 Riding Lessons Slots are available for Wednesdays and Fridays for ages seven and up. Call for more information. Special Assistance Riding March 12 & 26 Reservation required. Space is limited, call for more information. Pony Rides Pony rides are available for both a half and a full hour for children up to six years old. Come walk our pony trail to our grooming center! Family Fun Days March 17, 1:30 p.m. & 3 p.m. Trail rides, ages seven and up. Child pay full price and parent pays half price! Please arrive 40 minutes before the ride time. All rides go out at appointed times.

Boarding $300 per month – openings available Trail Day Use for Privately Owned Horses Sun.-Sat., 8 a.m.-4 p.m. $10 per day, per horses with Coggins. Park and unload in the trailer area next to our wonderful playgrounds and picnic areas and ride out 20 miles of marked trails. Rent Hilltop for your next Event! We host birthday parties; holiday parties; conferences and team building events! Call for more information. Open Riding Guided trail rides: see our website for riding times. Sat. and Sun.: No reservation required; first come, first served. Weekdays: 11 a.m. 24-hour reservation required. All riders must arrive 40 minutes before ride time.

Youth Horse Camp Spring dates: April 8-12 $200 Sponsored $225 Un-Sponsored The reservation book is now open for spring and summer, 2013. We welcome youth ages 7 through 13. Spend the day or week with us and learn all about horses and herd care! Hilltop Riding Stable’s 2012/13 event calendars are out. Come by to pick one up. • 100% ID check with all equine activities • Closed shoes are required for all equine activities • This facility will close with the heat index at 101˚F, or at times of thunder and lightning.

__________________________________ Hours of Operation: Wed.-Sun., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Tue., Closed

Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers Bldg. 25429, 28th St. | 706-791-3025 Saint Patrick’s Day Trip to Savannah March 15-17

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Battle of the Colors 5k Race March 30 See ad on page 12.

For more information: Call: 706-791-3025 Email: Visit:


Woodworth Consolidated Library Bldg. 33500, Rice Rd. | 706-791-7323

PLEASE NOTE: The Woodworth Consolidated Library is currently undergoing extensive interior and exterior renovations. Some of the construction may require unexpected interruptions in services, programs, and/or closures over the next few months. We will post notice via all entrances, throughout the Library, the Library website, and Facebook as far in advance as possible to reduce any inconvenience! Thank you for your support and patience as we work to improve our facility for the community!

in our Pre-school Story Hour. A series of fun and encouraging educational activities are planned. Please join us in motivating our newest readers! For children ages 2-5.

After School Story Time* March 5 & 19, 4-5 p.m. Stories and crafts for school-age children ages 5-11.

Music in the Library Enjoy music in the library and learn more about different genres and points of interest in history. Check out books, CDs, or downloads for all your favorites! This month the library will feature traditional and modern Irish music!

Pre-School Story Hour: Pop Open a Good Book!* Every Wed. thru 10 April 2013,10-11 a.m. Woodworth Consolidated Library warmly welcomes you and your children to participate

Books Around Town Book Club* March 28, 6 p.m.-until Let’s go restaurant hopping and read a book while we do it! Contact the Woodworth Library to reserve your spot and find out the meeting location! The book selection for March is “Striver’s Row” by Kevin Baker.

eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMovies and eMusic Download your favorites free by registering with your I.D. card at the library, and then create a My Account at: http://mylibraryus. Login: to your ‘My Account’ and select ‘Free Downloads’. Find event flyers, online catalog, how-to guides, and more at the Library’s website: mil/library

*To sign up or for more information, call 706-791-2449 or email Jessica Christian at

Pointes West Army Resort Proudly Presents

013. 13, :2 l i r 0 p 0 p.m A pens 7 m. Bring your lawn chairs out to Pointes West for a newly released family movie shown on our outdoor screen on the beach. Complimentary popcorn, drinks and s’mores provided.

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Sandwiches, grill & snacks Bldg. 537, Range Rd. Weekday Hours: 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Weekend Hours: 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Phone: 706-791-2433 (ext. 4)

Pick-up, Delivery or Dine-In Pizza In Alternate Escapes Recreation Center Bldg. 25722, B St. Sun.-Thu.: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat.: 11 a.m.-12 midnight Phone: 706-863-6211


Grill, burgers & more In Gordon Lanes Bowling Center Bldg. 33200, 3rd Ave. Sun.-Thu.: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri.: 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Sat.: 9 a.m.-1 a.m. Phone: 706-771-6907

Lunch buffet, sandwiches, hot dishes & more Bldg. 18402, 19th St. Mon.-Fri.: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Phone: 706-791-6780

Chinese food At the Bus Station Bldg. 36000, 3rd Ave. Sun.-Thu.: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri.-Sat.: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Phone: 706-792-9774

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 267 Avenue of the States 24 Hours, 7 Days a Week Phone: 706-798-3722

Breakfast & lunch - daily specials In Darling Hall Bldg. 33720, Chamberlain Ave. Mon.-Fri.: 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Phone: 706-790-5505

Grill, snacks, smoothies & coffee In Alternate Escapes Recreation Center Bldg. 25722, B St. Mon.-Thu.: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri.-Sat.: 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Sun.: 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Phone: 706-791-0785

Mexican food In The Courtyard Bldg. 36708, Brainard Ave. Sun.-Fri.: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sat.: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Delivery Available (Mon.-Sat.: 5-9 p.m.) Phone: 706-910-1044




Snacks, coffee & smoothies Bldg. MWR-023, Chamberlain Ave. Mon.-Thu.: 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Fri. & Sat.: 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun.: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Phone: 706-787-3803

Specializing in coffee & smoothies In Signal Towers Bldg. 29808, 506 Chamberlain Ave. Mon.-Fri.: 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

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“NEED TO KNOW” DIRECTORY Family and MWR ADMINISTRATION Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (DFMWR) 706-791-4140 Room 382, Bldg. 33720, 307 Chamberlain Ave. FYI Advertising Sales 706-791-3912 Room 337, Bldg. 33720, 307 Chamberlain Ave. FYI Creative Director 706-791-3218 FYI Editorial 706-791-6234 For a complete list of DFMWR key personnel, visit

Community Services

Information and Referral Services 706-791-0792

Sports, Recreation AND Leisure

Military OneSource 1-800-342-9647

Aladdin Travel 706-771-0089 Bldg. 36200, 36th St.

Mobilization and Deployment Program 706-791-1958 Outreach 706-791-8358 Relocation Services Welcome Center: Darling Hall, Rm. 172 Lending Closet: Darling Hall, Rm. 172 706-791-4181/1922 Soldier and Family Assistance Center (SFAC) 706-791-8777 Survivor Outreach Services (SOS) 706-787-4767/1767 Swap and Assist Shop 706-791-3579

Army Community Services (ACS) 706-791-3579 / Toll Free: 1-877-310-5741 Suites 224, 155 & 172, Bldg. 33720, 307 Chamberlain Ave.

Child, Youth and School Services (CYSS)

Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) 706-791-2820

Child Development Center 706-791-2701/6761 Bldg. 44401, 44th St.

Army Family Team Bldg. (AFTB) 706-791-2820 Army Volunteer Corps (AVC) 706-791-3880 Christmas House 706-791-3880 Domestic Violence Hotline 706-791-STOP (7867) EAMC Department of Social Work Service (SWS) 706-787-3656/5811 Employment Readiness Program (ERP) 706-791-7878 Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) 706-791-4872 Family Advocacy Program (FAP) 706-791-3648/6632 Family Outreach Center 706-791-5220 Financial Readiness 706-791-1918/8586

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Child Development Center East 706-791-8707/8507 Bldg. 290, 225 East Hospital Rd. Child Development Center West 706-791-0732 Bldg. 18407, 537 19th St.

Alternate Escapes 706-791-0785 Bldg. 25722, B St. Bingo Palace 706-793-0003 Bldg. 15500, Corner of Lane Ave. & 15th St. BOSS Headquarters 706-791-3025 Bldg. 25489, 28th St. Carlson Wagonlit Travel – Official Travel 706-798-0990 Room 117, Bldg. 33720, 307 Chamberlain Ave. Courtyard Outdoor Pool 706-791-3550 Ring Hall, Bldg. 36710, Brainard Ave. Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre 706-793-8552 Bldg. 32100, 3rd Ave. Fort Gordon Sportsman’s Club 706-791-5078 Bldg. 00445, Carter Rd. Get Outdoors Gordon 706-791-2556

CYSS/Central Registration 706-791-4455/4722 Bldg. 28320, Lane Ave.

Gordon Fitness Center 706-791-2647 Bldg. 29607, Barnes Ave.

CYSS Family Child Care 706-791-3993/4440 Bldg. 28320 Lane Ave.

Gordon Lakes Golf Club 706-791-2433 Bldg. 537, Range Rd.

CYSS GA Pre-K & Pre-K/Kindergarten Afterschool Programs 706-791-1306/4790 Bldg. 45400, 46th St.

Gordon Lanes 706-791-3446 Bldg. 33200, 3rd Ave.

CYSS School-Age Services & Middle School/Teen Programs 706-791-7575/6500 Bldg. 45410, 46th St. CYSS Sports 706-791-5104 Bldg. 45410, 46th St.

Gym #3 706-791-2864 Bldg. 25510, Brainard Ave. Gym #5 706-791-7370 Bldg. 25713, 26th St.

“NEED TO KNOW” DIRECTORY Gym #6 – Fitness Center 706-791-6872 Bldg. 21713, 21st St.

Fort Gordon Community Credit Union 706-793-0012 Bldg. 36305, Ave. of the States

Hilltop Riding Stable 706-791-4864 Bldg. 509, North Range Rd.

Fort Gordon Housing Office 706-791-5116/7067/9658

Indoor Swimming Pool 706-791-3034 Bldg. 21608, Brainard Ave. Leitner Lake Conference Center 706-791-5078 1.5 miles down Gibson Rd. from Range Rd. Pointes West Army Resort 706-541-1057 At Lake Thurmond Sports, Fitness and Aquatics 706-791-1142 Bldg. 29719, Barnes Ave. Woodworth Consolidated Library 706-791-7323 Bldg. 33500, Rice Rd.

Miscellaneous Army Volunteer Corps 706-791-3880 Room 169, Bldg. 33720, 307 Chamberlain Ave. Commissary 706-791-3718 Bldg. 37200, 3rd Ave. By-Pass The Exchange 706-793-7171 Bldg. 38200 Fort Gordon Bus Company 706-793-0026 Bldg. 36200, 36th St.

Fort Gordon Recycling 706-791-7881/706-831-3409 (cell) Bldg. 997, 10th St. and Chamberlain Ave. Gordon’s Car Care Auto Skills Center 706-791-2390 Bldg. 29300, 30th St. ID Card Section/DEERS Office 706- 791-1927/1930 Darling Hall, Bldg. 33720 IHG Army Hotels 706-790-3676 Military Police Station 706-791-4380/4537

GET CONNECTED! Texting Information about upcoming events are available through our free and easy texting service. Text “MWR” to 70720 to subscribe!

NAF Civilian Personnel Office 706-791-6382 Office of the Staff Judge Advocate 706-791-3148 Post Information 706-791-0110 Public Affairs Office (PAO) 706-791-7003 Bldg. 29801, Nelson Hall, 520 Chamberlain Ave.

Fort Gordon MWR:

Fort Gordon Garrison Town Hall Meetings:

Signal Museum 706-791-3856 Signal Towers, Bldg. 29808, Chamberlain Ave. Veterinary Services 706-787-7375/3815 Bldg. 500, Range Rd. | 39

Sallie West, Contributing Writer

If you’ve been in Augusta for any significant length of time, you know that Augusta’s proverbial elephant in the living room centers around the “golf toonament” that takes place the first full week of each April… “Toonament” is old Augusta speak for tournament – just in case you needed translation… However, it doesn’t take much digging to discover that Augusta has much more to offer than golf. There are professional sports teams, outdoor sporting events, exciting nightlife, and a vibrant arts community. In addition to a thriving symphony, an historic theatre still in use for both performance and film, and an experimental theatre company, Augusta is home to famous musicians James Brown, Jessye Norman and Wycliffe Gordon. Currently, nearly 50 non-profit arts organizations are registered with the Greater Augusta Arts Council. This organization was founded in 1968 by the Greater Augusta Chamber of Commerce, the Junior Women’s Club, and the Junior League of Augusta to serve as an umbrella organization for the arts in the CSRA. In general, the Arts Council is known for producing the Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival (, a 2½ day celebration of the arts and cultures located in Augusta’s historic downtown. At Arts in the Heart, you’ll find artisans selling their 40 | FYI March 2013

hand-crafted wares in the Fine Arts and Crafts Market, four stages programmed with live entertainment from community groups, a hands-on area for children, and a Global Village offering ethnic foods and drinks prepared by people representing over 15 different cultures. This year’s festival marks its 33rd year running, and promises to be as big of a celebration as always with a crowd of over 70,000 anticipated. However, the staff at the Greater Augusta Arts Council works tirelessly year round to make more happen than just Arts in the Heart of Augusta. Each spring, the Arts Council hosts the City’s Par 3 Party to celebrate the Masters Tournament. This year’s shag-tastic good time will be held on April 10, 2013, at the Augusta Common on Broad Street, starting at 6 p.m. Two bands will croon and swoon for the crowd under the stars that evening: The Fantastic Shakers, and East Coast Live Entertainment. Food, soft drinks, and adult beverages will be available for purchase. VIP tables are available for reasonable rates; otherwise admission prices out at $10-12. More information available soon at The Greater Augusta Arts council does more than produce fun events, though. In the spring of 2012, the Greater Augusta Arts Council was appointed as the Public Arts Agency for

the City of Augusta because they recognize the importance of integrating public art into the lives of residents of Augusta. The Arts Council seeks to create harmonious public spaces by integrating art into architecture and urban design at the earliest stage of planning; to enhance Augusta’s image locally; to help the public better understanding people; to encourage artists to work and live in Augusta; and to encourage federal, state, and private support for Augusta’s public art program. Some public art pieces you might like to put on your “to do” list are: • the James Brown statue at the James Brown Plaza, 830 Broad Street • the marker detailing Colonial Fort Augusta at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at 605 Reynolds Street • the Tower of Aspiration, a sculpture by Chicago artist Richard Hunt, at the Springfield Village Park, the oldest African-American Baptist Church in continuous service in its original location in the United States, 114 12th Street The Greater Augusta Arts Council maintains beneficial relations with local governing authorities to advocate to keep the arts, and more importantly, arts funding, top of mind. They maintain a membership of arts

organizations, arts funders, artists and art lovers to whom they reach out with pertinent resources and opportunities, including a comprehensive arts calendar located at www. But if you ask them what they really love? It’s outreach. The Greater Augusta Arts Council currently provides funding for the following outreach programs: Arts Reading at two Richmond County elementary schools, in conjunction with the Morris Museum of Art and the Junior League of Augusta; ArtScape summer camp with Boys and Girls Clubs of Augusta; 14 Stations: Art for Social Change; and arts programming for Fort Gordon’s SKIES Unlimited program. During their 14 Stations: Art for Social Change program, the Arts Council will exhibit the photographic work of David Michalek, as a catalyst for awareness and social change through art regarding the plight of the homeless population of Augusta. In addition to the display of Michalek’s moving photography, this will be done through an art installation at Sacred Heart Cultural Center, arts classes for homeless people, and a week-long community awareness program available during the art installation. SKIES stands for “Schools of Knowledge,

Inspiration, Exploration & Skills”, and it is part of the Army’s Division of Child, Youth and School Services, and it has a fourschool framework: School of Academic Skills, Mentoring and Intervention; School of Arts, Recreation and Leisure; School of Life Skills, Citizenship and Leadership; School of Sports, Fitness and Health. The Arts Council has been offering classes through SKIES in dance, music and visual and culinary arts since 2011. You can find more information on the Fort Gordon CYSS web site. Classes are affordable for all families, and they are offered FREE of charge to children with at least one parent deployed on active duty. Brenda Durant has been the Executive Director of the organization since 1997 and has led it its current strong position in the community. She says, “The Greater Augusta Arts Council takes pride in our outreach. Our board made a commitment years ago to reach out to under-served audiences, emerging artists and grassroots arts organizations. We take joy in watching children learn about art at Arts in the Heart, the Arts Reading Program, at ArtScape Camp and thru the SKIES program at Fort Gordon. We hope by expanding our programs to include the 14 Stations Project and Public Art we will touch everyone in Augusta.” | 41

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Youth Sports Diana Clark, Contributing Writer

It’s a peaceful 8 a.m. on a Saturday morning. The temperature outside is a chilly 38 degrees with a wind chill factor making it brrr cold. The gym doors have just been opened and little people are filing in for their basketball game that doesn’t start until 9 a.m. They are decked out in Jordan, Nike and Adidas shoes with jackets the color of their uniforms and some sporting pink Nike socks. It’s amazing to see their eager faces; especially when some of these same children during the week are falling asleep on the busses going to school. If entertainment is what you are looking for then look no further. When the six and seven year olds come on the court playing with a basketball that’s almost as big as they are, it’s worth a view.

The little ones bring new meaning to “my ball.” Their facial expressions and body language while they are going for the ball or dribbling (yes, I said dribbling) the ball down the court is priceless. I had the joy of spending the day at the Youth Sports & Fitness gym this past Saturday and the eager energy was very contagious. Youth Sports at Fort Gordon are what it’s all about! More than 450 adults, not counting coaches or any of the youth, visited the gym to watch the games and cheer on their teams. At one point, it was so loud in the gymnasium from the cheering I thought I was at the NBA. Even more amazing is watching the eight and nine year olds shoot and make three pointers! Wow! The skill blew me away! I’m hooked and will definitely be back.

Curtis Dorsey is the Director of the Youth Sports & Fitness Program at Fort Gordon and he offers many programs for youth from the ages of three to eighteen. The Start Smart program is for youth between the ages of three to seven and helps them attain better motor skills so that when they do play sports it will be a much easier transition. The program also starts children off with a positive experience in sports and encourages them to participate. He offers t-ball, baseball, cheerleading, dance, flag football, soccer, golf and of course basketball. The Youth Sports Department is geared towards having a safe environment that is fun so the kids can have a positive experience with sports. Curtis Dorsey can be reached at 706-791-7575. He is always looking for great parent volunteers/ coaches for all sports! We are looking forward to having you support Youth Sports & Fitness at Fort Gordon! There’s so much more to come!


Geo-Caching, Mountain Biking, Whitewater Rafting, Zip Lining & Rock Wall Climbing March 23, 2013 • Pre-register by March 15, 2013 Open to all • $60.00 per person • Transportation and equipment provided Bring sunscreen, a hat, a change of clothes and money for three meals To register, call 706-791-2556 | 43

The Fort Gordon Spouses and Civilians Club (FGSCC) and the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (DFMWR) present the

2013 MASTERS BADGE LOTTERY REGISTRATION LIMITED ONE-DAY USE ONLY Active-Duty Military Personnel Assigned, or TDY for School (Non-IET), to Fort Gordon Only Non Transferable Registration Period: March 4-22, 2013 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Monday-Friday Darling Hall • Room 260 706-791-8864/2625/2012/2611 Badges are Not Eligible to Participate in the Augusta National’s Junior Pass Program

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April 20 | Saturday 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Fort Gordon’s Barton Field Jennifer Wellman: 706-791-2555 or Go to to download an application

Corner Space $55 Outside Drive-Up & Park Space $45 Inside Space $30 Active-Duty E6 & Below $20 (ID required | Inside space only) Limited space available Payment required to reserve your space


arch 1 is the National Education Association’s Read Across America Day! Now in its 16th year, this year-round program focuses on motivating children and teens to read through events, partnerships, and reading resources. Locally, Woodworth Consolidated Library is doing its part to increase literacy and enhance our appreciation of reading through its reading programs and book clubs. Join them in one or all of the following: After School Storytime March 5 & 19, 4-5 p.m. Stories and crafts for school-age children ages 5-11, every other Tuesday at 4 p.m. Books Around Town Book Club March 28, 6 p.m.-until Go restaurant hopping and read a book while you do it! The book selection for March is “Striver’s Row” by Kevin Baker. Pre-School Story Hour: Pop Open a Good Book! Every Wednesday through April 10, 10-11 a.m. A series of fun and encouraging educational activities are planned for children ages 2-5. Please join us in motivating our newest readers! For more detailed information on any of these programs, contact Jessica Christian at 706-791-2449 or


to Help Your Children Love Books: 1. Make it an experience for all the senses. Instead of simply reading Wheels on the Bus, let your child get up and act out the words. Make reading fun! 2. Engage in a spirited debate After the story, ask your child who the hero is, what problem did he/she have, and what their favorite part was. Help your child become interested in the conflict and resolution of the story. 3. Write a book of your own Depending on your child’s age, encourage them to draw and write about what interests them. The possibilities are endless. 4. Find out what else the library offers Your local library doesn’t only check out books. Most have DVDs, audio books, even games and puzzles that can be checked out. Many also have activities and story times that cater to children of all ages. Woodworth Library on Fort Gordon offers The Parent/Child Princess Book Club on the fourth Tuesday of every month and Books for Buccaneers the first Tuesday of every month. 5. Get everybody involved Although the norm is to have parents read to their children, switch things up a bit. Have your child read to you or have younger children read to their older brother or sister. Make it a family affair! | 45


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A shocking 58% of cats and 45% of dogs nationwide are considered overweight or obese.

Dr. Holly Landes, Contributing Writer

Approximately one out of four pets who enter my exam room is overweight or obese. Pet obesity is an ever increasing problem that can lead to many disease conditions. In an effort to raise awareness of this, I’d like to discuss why pets are overweight, what holds owners back from getting their pet to an ideal weight, why it is important to maintain pets at their ideal weight, and what can be done for pets that are currently overweight. Let me start by presenting a common scenario: A chocolate lab enters the exam room and I immediately notice his sausage-shaped body, a distinct waddle in his gait, his heavy panting, and his dull and tired look in his eyes from making the laborious trek across the waiting room to my exam room. He appears happy and his tail is wagging, although barely, because large fat pads at the base of the tail are prohibiting the full range of “wag potential”. The lab plops down, exhausted, on the hard floor before we can get him on the examination table. After a lot of human encouragement and three attempts by the dog to rise, he finally is able to maneuver himself back on his feet. It takes three veterinary personnel to coax him onto the lowered table and to heave up his hind end. I too am panting by now and thankful that the automatic lift table can raise him the remainder of the way, groaning as it climbs to eye level. The lab’s physical exam identifies some pressure sores and calluses, as well as discomfort in his knees and hips, though he’s only three years old. I can’t feel anything in his abdomen due to all of the body fat accumulation so I hope his internal organs are okay. He has some lick granulomas on his paws because he’s likely bored from being inactive and has started

compulsively chewing at his feet. Other than that he looks okay, but I know that his obesity will take a powerful toll on his life, shortening his life span. My heart sinks when I see the kind of patient that I just described because I know what this potential is. He could be an exuberant lab bounding into the room (usually dragging the owner behind). His tail could be wagging so hard that it might be mistaken for a weapon. He could have a nice narrowed waistline and a shiny coat, and he could be able hop up onto the table on his own with ease, meanwhile covering the side of my face in slobbery kisses. He could do these things, that is, if he wasn’t so overweight. Why does this lab and other pets like him sadden me? Because his condition is 100% preventable. A shocking 58% of cats and 45% of dogs nationwide are considered overweight or obese. The good news is, as their owners and guardians, we have the power to correct and prevent obesity in our pets. We can control what our pets eat and how much they exercise.

So, then why do our pets get fat? There are many reasons, but three of the most common are: 1. Owners don’t realize their pet is fat. Overweight pets are so common today that pet owners may not recognize what “overweight” looks like. In fact, I have more owners come in to my exam room concerned that their “ideal weight” pet is too skinny rather than concerned about their pet being overweight. Therefore, I spend time in many appointments educating owners on what their pet should look like.

2. People think that a fat pet equals a happy pet. Many owners feel that a fat dog must be content and well cared for. Unfortunately, the saying “killing with kindness” can be true with this mentality. Often, owners want the absolute best for their pets and may sometimes try to develop a close relationship with them using treats or food, without contemplating the serious ramifications of overfeeding. However, many veterinary professionals will argue that an overfed dog is just as medically concerning, if not more so, than an underfed dog. It is so important to understand that what pets crave most is attention. Giving Fido or Fifi a good pat or picking up the ball or leash and spending some time outside with them can mean so much more than opening the treat jar!! 3. People do not think that a pet’s weight matters very much. After all, it is just a dog or a cat, right? If it’s a challenge for the owner to go to the gym and eat healthy, they are unlikely to feel that their pet requires the same.

How do we tell if our pet is overweight? The best way is to determine their body condition score by evaluating three different parameters. First, when we run our hands along the rib cage, we should not be able to see the ribs but should be able to easily feel the ribs. If you have to push through some “cush” to feel them, it is a sign your pet is overweight. Secondly, when you look down at your pet from the top, there should be somewhat of an hourglass shape and the pet’s body should narrow at the waistline. If the hourglass is turning into a drinking glass, your pet is overweight. Finally, when you look at your pet from the side, the | 47

belly should “tuck up” as it approaches the hind legs. If your pet’s belly is straight across, or even a pot belly, then this is a sign your pet is overweight.

6. “It’s my husband’s fault.”

There are always excuses why pets may be overweight. But, we need to work past the difficult realities to improve every pet’s health.

It is important children to learn responsible feeding habits for pets like the rest of the family. While toddlers and babies dropping food may be unavoidable, you can reduce a pet’s own pet food diet to balance out the table scraps.

Here are some solutions to the 10 most common problems faced: 1. “Pets of this breed are supposed to be this weight.” A pet’s weight cannot be compared to a breed standard. Each pet is an individual. The best way to assess a pet’s individual body condition is by using the technique described earlier and trying not to compare your pet to what a book says he/she should weigh. 2. “I tried to feed him less but he’s always hungry and acts like he’s starving!” Pets don’t necessarily understand the concept of self control and the consequences of being overweight. Many pets will take food if you offer it, regardless of whether they NEED it. Setting limits for them is important, just as you would for yourself or your children. 3. “He eats my other pet’s food.” Many owners have more than one room in their home. Separate the pets for 10 minutes at feeding time. If they don’t eat all their food during that time, pick it up and don’t offer any again until the next feeding time. Problem solved. 4. “He really doesn’t eat that much.” Owners may not know that today’s pet foods are made with a lot of calories packed into a small amount of food. Smaller amounts of food going in to the pet means that less poo will be coming out of the pet and pet food companies have discovered that this makes owners very happy. Most pets require much less food per day than many people think. Therefore, it is very important to measure pet food with a genuine measuring cup. A 32 oz “Big Thirsty” cup from the local convenience store is not the recommended measuring cup size! Any extra treats, table scraps, food chucked over the fence from the neighbors, and sneaking of other pet’s food also need to be accounted for in the pet’s calorie intake. 5. “It’s my wife’s fault he’s fat!” Keeping your pet at a healthy body weight is a team effort. Everyone in the family needs to know about a pet’s weight loss program and be willing to participate or you may not see the results you were hoping for.

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Same response as #5 7. “I can’t stop the kids from feeding him.”

8. “He stayed with my parents for two months and just blew up.” Yes, I know the feeling of that one. You should have seen my dog when I came home from college! You can’t seem to stop the grandparents from spoiling the “grandkids” no matter how hard you try. But now we need to get this excess weight off! 9. “I don’t have time to walk him.” Exercise is great for everyone, but if it’s not possible, less activity means that pets require fewer calories. Most pets can have their weight controlled by diet restriction alone...and that means no extra work for you! 10. “I think he has a thyroid problem.” Thyroid and other health problems are possible in overweight pets. I recommend doing a full blood work panel to make certain that there are no underlying health concerns that are contributing to a pet’s obesity. In most instances, however, obesity is related to overfeeding rather than an underactive thyroid.

Why should we care that our pets are overweight? Obesity is the most common nutritional disorder observed in dogs and cats. Obesity

leads to joint problems, exercise intolerance, diabetes, liver disease, heart disease, slower wound healing, and an increased anesthetic risk. Most importantly, a pet that is overweight will have a shorter life span! In an important study done by Purina, dogs fed to their ideal body condition had an approximate median life span of two years longer than their overweight littermates. That’s two years to enjoy the happiness that your pet brings to your life! Fortunately, it can be a fairly simple process to get an overweight pet back on the road to recovery. This biggest challenge is usually changing habits and gaining the commitment of the entire family to the weight-loss process. The family veterinarian will be an important resource to ensuring that your pet safely loses weight. It is possible to lose weight too quickly, resulting in loss of lean body mass and an increased potential to gain weight back. The Fort Gordon Veterinary Treatment Facility now has two certified weight coaches to help combat the problem of pet obesity. The first appointment for weight coaching will be arranged with the veterinarian to rule out any underlying disease conditions that may prevent the pet from losing weight, help the owner determine a diet that is best for their pet, and determine the initial weight loss strategy for a goal of 1-2% body weight loss per week. Monthly weight-check appointments will take place with a certified weight coach. She will track weight loss progress, reevaluate the pet’s body condition diet and give an updated diet and exercise plan for continued success. Often the necessary weight loss can be achieved in three to six months and then a pet can be put back on a maintenance diet plan. It is an investment well worth the cost when the difference could mean happier, healthier years to your pet’s life!

Winning The Biggest (Pet) Loser! To raise awareness about pet obesity, the Fort Gordon Veterinary Treatment Facility held its first ever “Pet Biggest Loser Contest” – the kick-off took place in October. The contest was a three month race for participants to safely lose the largest percent body weight by following a strict diet and increasing their activity level. The three contestants were Gus, a seven-year old boxer, Bailey, a seven-year old boxer, and Duke, a three-year old Dachshund. Everyone initially tagged Gus as the winner and was intimidated by his original stature of 109 lbs. He was going to be going head to head with the other boxer, Bailey…until Duke showed up with a registration form! Duke, the 26 lb dachshund was the obvious underdog! Each month the contestants returned for their weigh-in, waist measurement, and diet and activity instructions; each month they showed great progress! A fun activity day was planned for the dogs, as well, with games and prizes. The final weigh-in was January 15. Gus showed up first and was looking fantastic. He lost five inches off of his waist and a total of 16.4 lbs, which was 15% of his original body weight. Bailey then showed up looking like a winner as

well, as she had lost five inches off of her waist and 12.3 lbs, which was 15.7% of her original body weight. Boy that was close! But then Duke came in looking sleek and shiny and fit for a show. He lost 4 ½ inches off of his waist and 5 lbs, which was a total of 19% of his original body weight. Duke, the underdog, came out on top! The best part of the contest was watching the dogs transform before our eyes, both physically and mentally. Duke, had been having back pain, but significantly improved with the weight loss. Rachel Anderson, Duke’s owner, stated at the conclusion of the contest, “I can definitely tell Duke’s weight loss has helped with his back problems. He is walking for longer distances and even tries to make me run with him. Even if he had not won I would still be glad we did this contest. I’ve learned a lot!!” After congratulating Duke on his big win, Kayla Guy, Bailey’s owner stated, “We were just happy to participate. Even though we didn’t “win” the contest, we still won with getting her healthy!”

Duke | Dachshund | Age: 3 | -19% Body Weight before


Bailey | Boxer | Age: 7 | -15.7% Body Weight before


Gus | Boxer | Age: 7 | -15% Body Weight after


The Fort Gordon Vet Clinic plans to have a “Pet Biggest Loser Contest” every year. Be sure to ask for details if you are interested in registering your pet!

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Come celebrate the art of music with the library! Each month, we spotlight and display different music genres. Come listen to some mood-enhancing tunes, check out CDs, books, and more featuring your favorite musicians!


Irish traditional music includes ballads, laments, reels, drinking songs and more accompanied or not by a variety of instruments both common and particular to Gaelic sound including fiddles, uilleann and bagpipes, accordions, flutes, mandolins and more. Raise a glass and dance a jig on St. Patty’s with your favorite Traditional Irish tune. While at it, also peruse the immense wealth of modern Irish talent: U2, The Cranberries, Van Morrision, Sinead O’Connor, The Pogues, Clannad and more! From pop, soul, to punk, the Library has a great selection to bestow the luck of the Irish! Stop by the library to check out any of your favorites on CD and set up a Freegal account to easily download songs (up to three per week) to your Smartphone. (FREEgal – that’s right! Sing, sing, sing along with your favorite tunes for FREE through the Army Library program!)

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The Path Ahead: Writing Women’s History Molly Swift, Editor

It isn’t so much that inequality in employment exists – which it does, considering women currently hold 4.2 percent of Fortune 500 CEO positions and 4.2 percent of Fortune 1000 CEO positions. 1 It isn’t so much either that women still experience violence and violent acts because of their gender – but they do, because internationally as many as one in every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex, or abused in some way. 2 It isn’t even so much that we still hear about men making decisions about our reproductive health (no matter where you fall ideologically in the discussion) or harmful traditional practices – though they do and perpetuate vile actions such as foot binding and genital mutilation are still perpetuated and exist. 3 In my mind, it isn’t any one of these things

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that spring to mind when I think of Women’s History Month. It is the shame with which I must acknowledge their existence as opposed to revel in the glory of being a woman. It is a shame we are still staring these things in the face. That in the year 2013, when a man has jumped from the edge of space in a free-fall; when through technology we are capable of communicating with others across the world in an instant; when we have discovered the existence of anti-matter; we perform surgery in uterine and we dive to depths previously unknown in search of giant squid – we still must talk about women’s contribution to society as though it is a novelty. As though it is special. As though it might possibly not exist. Perhaps it’s time for an adjustment – a shift in focus. Perhaps it is down to us? Perhaps we should be examining achievements

precisely because we have the ability to create opportunities for ourselves; we have walls to break through and glass ceilings to shatter, yes. But, we are capable of doing so and we have the flag of progress on our side. Maybe, just maybe we should be celebrating our presence in the present and faith in the future, rather than mourning our absence in the past. Sure, we have been invisible – our achievements were not written into history because of inequality and a mistaken belief that we as women are inferior due to our gender. We can celebrate our differences, our strengths and our future. That we are now on equal footing in the military is a big thing – and sure, it could have happened sooner, but we’re here now. While the recent changes permit (*officially) the involvement of women in combat, women have never rested on their laurels or stood waiting

in the shadows. Women have not only served close to the front for centuries, but they have actively defended themselves, their families, their territories and their country. During the American Revolution, Georgia local, Nancy Morgan Hart famously defended her home and her children from British Soldiers.

but Hart drew one of the guns on the soldiers and threatened to shoot which moved first – which she did. The soldiers were unable to rush Hart who also shot another soldier before the group realized they weren’t going to be able to overcome her and surrendered. The remaining soldiers were hanged in a nearby tree.

The story goes that Hart’s last turkey was killed by six British soldiers, who then demanded Hart cook it for them – while cooking the bird Hart also “shared” her corn liquor, ensuring the soldiers she planned on capturing were intoxicated. Her daughter was dispatched to alert Hart’s husband, who was working in the fields at that time. While the soldiers dined, Hart began to sneak their guns out of the house through a hole in the wall, but was only able to get two of them out before being discovered. The soldiers caught her in the act,

Nancy Hart wasn’t the only woman who challenged the course of history with her actions; change is the natural course of life. But she was certainly enough of an anomaly to merit immortalization in portraits and the history books, which at that time was certainly not a woman’s arena. Why do I say this? Well, even President John Adams (1735-1826) once declared, “History is not the province of the ladies.” With that kind of mentality prevalent among our leadership, it is no surprise then that we

have witnessed an uphill and sometimes bloody battle for equality. And the battle hasn’t been won, but we need to hope this conversation will soon be redundant. Joining such notable anti-discrimination laws as the Equal Pay Act of 1963, I’m happy to see progressive development of successful anti-domestic violence legislation, such as the Violence Against Women Act which was reauthorized by the Senate last month. The recognition of our achievements and our importance is a Human Rights issue. It does not mean that we are the same, or that we all be treated exactly alike – that is simply unrealistic – but that we have the same rights, resources, opportunities and protections, regardless of gender. And should that plane of existence come to be, it would be worthy of all history books. Sources: 1, 2 & 3: | 53

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fromthe bookshelf Susanna Joyner, Director, Woodworth Consolidated Library

Army Library Program, FREE Online Audio, eBooks, and Movies!! Did you know your Army Library Program provides free and easy online access to thousands of books, audio books, music, and movies? For kids, adults, school, and leisure – that’s right, it’s free and convenient – and the title selection is immense! Check out for free download to Kindle, Nook, or other electronic devices. Registering with your I.D. card at the library then create a My Account at: Login to your My Account and select:

Movies: Casino Royale, 2006, Director: Martin Campbell, Rated: PG-13 Quantum of Solace, 2008, Director: Marc Forster, Rated: PG-13 Skyfall, 2012, Director: Sam Mendes, Rated: PG-13 Kick off the spring with BOND, JAMES BOND. Enjoy the first three AWESOME James Bond films starring the newest (and best-est!) Bond EVER, Mr. Daniel Craig! Understandably, the former statement may invoke the wrath of many a Bond fan devoted to Roger Moore, or the ever-fabulous Sean Connery, or maybe even those few other actors in the series (…were there others? Do they count?) But, truly, yes and sincerely, the newest Bond reboots are quite fantastic, and Mr. Craig is a rough, believable, and humanized Secret Agent MI6 007 like NO OTHER. If you found the earlier Bond films formulaic and/or trite, this reboot will raise your eyebrow. Did it just get hot in here? Gosh it’s hot. Books, movies, CDs and more are available for free check-out to Service Members & DOD Civilians at Woodworth Consolidated Library, 549 Rice Road, Building 33500, Fort Gordon, GA 30905 For more information, call: (706) 791-7323 or visit our website at | 55

Keep smilin’, keep shinin’ Knowin’ you can always count on me, for sure That’s what friends are for For good times and bad times I’ll be on your side forever more That’s what friends are for...

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Crystal Tyson, MWR Staff Writer

Ireland is the third largest island in Europe. It’s separated from Great Britain by the Irish Sea. While Ireland is one island, in 1922 as a result of the Irish War of Independence, 26 of the 32 counties seceded from the Union to form their own country. The remaining six are now known as Northern Ireland and are still a part of the British Rule; however, since the Good Friday agreement of 1998 Northern Ireland is largely self-governing. The two main languages of Ireland are Irish and English.

Below are some things you can do to expand your cultural awareness: Experience: Savannah, Georgia is hosting its 189th St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16 beginning at 10:15am. Join in the fun Irish-themed events that annually attract thousands of visitors from around the United States and beyond. Something great for the entire family!

Dine: Fish and potatoes are a huge part of the Irish cuisine. Locally, Sheehan’s Irish Pub has Irish inspired plates. Try their Fisherman’s Stew; fresh P.E.I. mussels, Alaskan halibut, Maine diver scallops, gulf shrimp, fresh flounder, Vidalia onions and potatoes in a saffron tomato base.

Read: Dubliners by James Joyce is a collection of 15 short stories by James Joyce, first published in 1914. The stories are a depiction of Irish middle class life in and around Dublin in the early years of the 20th century.

Cinema: Four good movies I’ll be renting this month are: 1. Gangs of New York (2002) In 1863, Amsterdam Vallon returns to the Five Points area of New York City seeking revenge against Bill the Butcher, his father’s killer. 2. The Commitments (1991) The travails of Jimmy Rabbitte to form the “World’s Hardest Working Band,” The Commitments, and bring soul music to the people of Dublin, Ireland. 3. Intermission (2003) A variety of losers in Dublin have harrowingly farcical intersecting stories of love, greed and violence. 4. Waking Ned Devine (1998) When a lottery winner dies of shock, his fellow townsfolk attempt to claim the money. | 57

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RESERVATIONS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED Sunday, March 31 in the North Ballroom Seatings: 10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. | 1:30-3:00 p.m. Advanced Paid Reservations: Adults $18.00 | Kids 6-10 $10.00 | Kids 2-5 $6.00 At the Door: Adults $21.00 | Kids 6-10 $12.00 | Kids 2-5 $8.00

MENU Carved roast round of beef; sweet Virginia ham; waffle and omelet station; breakfast bar with bacon, sausage, cheesy grits, biscuits and gravy; French toast sticks; salad bar with steamed shrimp; roast pork; mesquite baked chicken; shrimp Creole; squash casserole; whole green beans; roasted potatoes; rice pilaf; glazed carrots; au gratin potatoes; assorted beverages and more. TWO EASTER EGG HUNTS FOR BRUNCH PATRONS 12:30 p.m. | 2:00 p.m.

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moviereview Modern love: 2 Days in New York Alice Wynn, Contributing Writer

Julie Delpy was cast in her first film at age 14 by famed French director Jean-Luc Goddard. Although she has a number of French films under her belt, she is perhaps best known for starring in Richard Linklater talkfests “Before Sunrise” (1995) and “Before Sunset” (2004) with former Generation X poster boy Ethan Hawke. More recently, Delpy has taken to working behind the camera, sharing a writer’s credit with Linklater on “Before Sunset” as well as the upcoming “Before Midnight,” which recently premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and has her teaming up once more with Hawke. Delpy has also carved out a niche for herself as a director. Her directorial debut, “2 Days in Paris,” (2007) which she also wrote and in which she stars, is the story of a couple, Marion and Jack (Adam Goldberg) who, after an exhausting Italian holiday, return to Marion’s native Paris to visit her parents. Language barriers and embarrassing familial hi-jinks ensue, naturally. How would you react of your girlfriend’s mother informed you in her broken English that she had slept with Jim Morrison? But the real question is: Can a couple survive when the two are constantly bumping into Marion’s ex-lovers, even in a city as large as Paris?

meaning of the word, if his stars-and-stripes tie wasn’t enough of a dead giveaway, or the fact that he’s caught trying to smuggle an alarming amount of cheese and sausages into the States. To add to the excitement, Marion’s sister Rose has brought along her boyfriend Manu, who also happens to be an ex of Marion’s. With all of these people crammed into one apartment, it’s certainly a recipe for disaster. Rose likes to walk around naked. Is she trying to seduce Mingus or entice the neighbors? We never really find out, but it just seems to add fuel to the fire. Manu invites a drug dealer up to the apartment, conducting a deal in front of the kids. Jeannot gets a big kick out of keying cars. All of this enough to push Marion to the edge, and when a neighbor complains about Rose and Manu smoking pot in the elevator, and threatens to call the landlord, Marion tells her she has cancer and then must deal with the neighbors’ attempts at help. Maybe Marion is as nutty as the rest of her family. Her family seems to push her to the edge and brings out the absolute worst in her, much to the dismay of Mingus, who has his own difficulties with them. He deals with it by retreating to his office

and carrying on conversations with a cardboard cut-out of Barack Obama. Delpy’s work in this film, as well as her previous one, mirrors the talky, romantic comedies of Woody Allen. The comedy in “2 Days in New York” relies more on slapstick than “2 Days in Paris,” which mainly revolved around the neuroses of the two main characters, but Delpy does wonders in both films. Perhaps the biggest revelation of the “2 Days in New York” is the performance of Chris Rock. While he is certainly a brilliant stand-up comic, his acting hasn’t exactly set Hollywood on fire. Delpy manages to get a terrific low-key, nuanced performance and hopefully, this means new directions for him as an actor. “2 Days in Paris” leaves an indelible mark on the romantic comedies. Delpy has superbly captured the essence of modern romance and family life and all of the peaks and valleys that accompany it. Whether or not her work will continue with such a fresh outlook on a somewhat stale genre remains to be seen, but in the meantime, she has given us two films that mirror the essence of real relationships.

Fast-forward to “2 Days in New York” (2012), currently streaming on Netflix, which, again, is written and directed by Delpy. Marion and Jack have since split, although they do have a small child, Lulu (who is a boy, for the record). Marion now lives with Mingus (Chris Rock), an ultra-cool radio show host with a child of his own and two marriages behind him. The two seem happy enough in their blended family, even though Lulu reminds Mingus that he is “fake daddy,” a term no doubt used by his father. Marion and Mingus’ happy domestic life takes a turn when her father and sister arrive in New York for Marion’s photography exhibit. Marion’s father, Jeannot (Albert Delpy, Julie’s real-life father) is eccentric in the truest | 59


March 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 2013 Dinner 7:00 p.m. | Show 8:00 p.m. Book by Heather Hach Music and Lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin Based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture Harvard’s beloved blonde takes the stage by pink storm in this fun, upbeat musical about self-discovery. Based on the adored movie, LEGALLY BLONDE: THE MUSICAL stays true to form with a peppy score and playful book. This musical is ridiculously enjoyable from start to finish. “Very funny. Zips by in an explosion of witty musical numbers and dance routines. Even the most dour character must surely leave the theatre secretly humming the catchy soundtrack.” – Daily Post “A modern fairytale. An enormous treat, not to be missed.” – Evening Chronicle


London Broil with Merlot Sauce, Seafood Alfredo, Honey Dijon Chicken, Philly Mashed Potatoes, Nutty Rice Pilaf, Cumin Roasted Carrots, Whole Green Beans, Mini Salad Bar, Iced tea or Starbucks Coffee, Deluxe Dessert Bar


Civilians: $45 | Seniors (65 & over), Retirees, DA Civilians, Active-Duty E7 & above: $43 Active-Duty E6 & below: $35 | Show only: $30

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Steve Walpert, Entertainment Director

Well, we certainly have a lot to share with you this month. Right off the bat, we are currently in production for our terrific new show, Legally Blonde, The Musical. In this show, “Harvard’s beloved blonde takes the stage by pink storm in this fun, upbeat musical about self-discovery.” Based on the adored movie, this up-tempo production stays true to form with a peppy score and playful book. We have a fantastic cast, orchestra, crew and artistic staff for this high energy show! Combined with a great set, stage lights, and of course an always delicious meal, this show promises to be an amazingly enjoyable experience from start from start to finish. We still have some seats left at press time, so call Lee at the Box Office right away for a chance to share in the fun! Our next show is also a real treat. A Fox on the Fairway is a tribute from Ken Ludwig to the great English farces of the 1930s and 1940s. A Fox on the Fairway takes audiences on a hilarious romp which pulls the rug out from underneath the stuffy denizens of a private country club. “Filled with mistaken identities, slamming doors, and over-the-top romantic shenanigans, it’s a furiously paced comedy that recalls the Marx Brothers’ classics. A charmingly madcap adventure about love, life, and man’s eternal love affair with… golf.” The cast will include three men and three women. Auditions are scheduled for March 11 and 12 at 7 p.m. in the Dinner Theatre and will consist of cold readings from the script. For character details, please visit www.fortgordon. com. The show will play weekends May 3-18. For our younger performers, coming in April, is one of favorite events of the year, The Missoula Children’s Theatre. Produced by the Missoula Children’s Theatre in cooperation with Fort Gordon Child and Youth Services and The Fort Gordon Entertainment Program, Blackbeard the Pirate will be this year’s attraction, and we know our young actors will really love it! This is a fantastic opportunity for kids K through 12th grade to participate in a musical production. The show is cast, staged and performed all in one week! Auditions are open to the entire community and they will take place next month, but now is the time to start planning and clear schedules in order to take part in this terrific project. Auditions for students grades K-12 will be held

April 22, 4:30 -6:30 p.m., at the Youth Services Gym, Building # 45410. Cast openings for approximately 50 performers. This is a group audition. No advance preparation is necessary, but a smile never hurts! Participants should just be ready to come and have a good time! Potential cast members must be present for the entire auditions period. Important note: Adults 16 yrs and over must have a photo ID to enter Fort Gordon. Drivers must have State DL, vehicle registration and proof of insurance in their vehicle. Rehearsals will be conducted April 22, 7-9 p.m., Youth Services Gym, Building 45410; April 23-25, 4:30-6:30 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., Youth Services Gym; April 26, 4:30-6:30 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., Alexander Hall. Although not all cast members will be needed at every session, those auditioning should have a clear schedule for the entire week. And, if selected, they must be able to attend all rehearsals required for their role. A detailed rehearsal schedule will be distributed at the conclusion of the auditions. The performance will be offered April 27, 1:30 p.m. at Alexander Hall. Admission is FREE to the entire community!

Also coming next month is our Month of the Military Child Celebration and the everpopular Fort Gordon Spring Fest, April 18-21! We have lots of sensational entertainment, a carnival, flea market, and so much more. Our list of performers include, Playback, “The Band” featuring Tutu D’Vyne, the John King Band, Doug and the Henry’s, The U.S. Army Signal Corp Band, and for the young and young at heart, Tara Scheyer and the Mud Puppy Band, musical entertainer, Rick “Mr. Kazoobie” Hubbard; plus juggler, stilt walker, unicyclist extraordinaire Mark Lippard; and comedy ventriloquist Steve Brogan. It’s going to be so much fun. You don’t want to miss this event! We have so much excitement in store for you and the entire family as we move further into the year. Please come out and join us. We absolutely hope to see you at the dinner theatre or one of our other Fort Gordon events soon! For reservations and information on any of our shows or events, just give us a call at the Box Office, 706-793-8552, or visit www.

Here are some important audition tips: • BE PROMPT. If you show up late, you will not be able to audition. • PAY ATTENTION to the directors. One of the primary qualities they are looking for in a youth audition is the ability to take directions. • BE WELL BEHAVED AND DISCIPLINED at auditions. If you talk when they are giving instructions, don’t pay attention, or are rude and uncooperative, you will miss the opportunity to be in this show.

• SPEAK UP. You will be auditioning in a Gym with fans blowing. When reading or speaking lines, speak in a loud clear voice. • BE YOURSELF. Smile and enjoy the audition process. Show us how much fun it will be to work with you, and try not to be nervous. Everyone there will be in the same boat, and we all want you to succeed. | 61

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Nancy Bobbitt at the BOSS New Facility Ribbon Cutting, BOSS Headquarters, Bldg. 25429

Michelle Scott, MG LaWarren Patterson and Eddie Walker at Morale Call, Gordon’s Conference and Catering

SGT Robert Llewellyn and SGT Sean Sullivan at the BOSS New Facility Ribbon Cutting, BOSS Headquarters, Bldg. 25429

Tài Doick and Wilson Rivera at Morale Call, Gordon’s Conference and Catering

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Ayana Elder, Karen Lewis, Diondra Johnson, Melissa Smith and Ella Harris at Morale Call, Gordon’s Conference and Catering

SPC Gilbert Adzasu, CTISN John Jordan, PV2 Thomas Villien, A1C Alexzandria Hamilton, SGT Arlandos Guest, A1C Joshua Michael and SGT Francisco Bacani III at the BOSS New Facility Ribbon Cutting, BOSS Headquarters, Bldg. 25429

Jule Patterson and Lori Pflieger at the BOSS New Facility Ribbon Cutting, BOSS Headquarters, Bldg. 25429

Katherine Scott and DJ Tony Howard at Morale Call, Gordon’s Conference and Catering

The cast and crew of Legally Blonde: the Musical in rehearsal at the Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre, opening March 1st | 63


April 2013

Honoring the Children of the Military

There’s no doubt it’s not easy coping with transition, change, new surroundings and sometimes new cultures. It’s certainly an even bigger challenge when you’re coping as a child. We honor those kids.

Earth Day No longer considered a trend, being a steward of the earth is everyone’s responsibility and we all benefit. How? Read our guide and learn more about the benefits not just to our environment, but to our health and – surprisingly – our wallets.

Get on Yer Bike and Ride! From canoeing down the Savannah River to taking a hike to the SC waterfalls, we have no excuse to spend our weekends indoors. But among numerous outdoor activities, Augusta boasts one of the best mountain biking trails for new beginners, avid riders, family treks and all of us in-between.

Clean Up Your Act Surprisingly affordable green cleaning tips, methods and products…for men and women!

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