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Marines, Cub Scouts pitch in for cleanup By Andrew Revelos Staff Writer

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The shoreline along the Potomac River at Naval Support Facility (NSF) Indian Head got a thorough cleaning during the 26th annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup on April 5-6 courtesy of the Marines of the Chemical Biological Incident Response Force (CBIRF) and Cub Scout Pack 415 from Pomfret, Md. The event brings communities together across the region to clean up shorelines along the Potomac. Naturally, the Marines were first to hit the beach, a day before the official start of the Potomac Watershed Cleanup. Fifty-nine Marines and Sailors took on the area in the vicinity of CBIRF, to about one mile downriver. “Get down the beach!” said Staff Sgt. James Dunaway, staff non-commissioned officer-incharge for Extract Platoon. “I want to see some motivated cleaning up!” Marines and Sailors assigned to CBIRF fan out across the beach in search of litter during the As Marines fanned out across the Potomac Watershed Cleanup on April 5. beach, trash bags in hand, all manner of litter was encountered. Tires, bottles: plastic, glass, clear, colored, sage in an old wine bottle. The letter, letter was a local area code, so the propane tanks, balls, wrappers and large, small, new bottles-and a few dated 2007, had a phone number, but when Marines tried to call the a few items unfit to print in a fam- antique bottles. See Safety, Page 8 The Marines even found a mes- number was disconnected. On the ily newspaper. Above all, there were

Royal Navy visits Dahlgren training center By Kimberly M. Lansdale Center for Surface Combat Systems Members of the Royal Navy (RN) Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST) team visited the Center for Surface Combat Systems (CSCS) March 21. Capt. Don Schmieley, CSCS’s commanding officer and Cmdr. Christopher Simmons, Aegis Training and Readiness Center’s (ATRC) executive officer were their hosts. “We provided them an overview of CSCS and our role as a leader in surface combat systems. We discussed our training strategy and possible opportunities for combined training in the future,” Schmieley said. “This visit continues to reinforce the USN and RN’s partnership that has remained resilient for many years, and which creates a strong, global naval presence in support of the Maritime Strategy.” The FOST team wants to create a realistic and robust training environment, such as the U.S. Navy’s. Training would include, individual and collective instruction, and end in a full mission rehearsal that seamlessly interoperates with the U.S. Navy as partners in a full spectrum of war fighting capabilities. During their visit they saw firsthand how the U.S. Navy trains its

U.S. Navy photo by Daryl Roy, ATRC

Aegis Training and Readiness’s Director of Training Readiness Craig Morrison explains to members of the Royal Navy (RN) Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST) team how ATRC Sailors are delivered instruction through a blended learning solution that includes hands-on labs. Sailors and discussed a joint strategy paper and potential exchange opportunities. While at ATRC, the FOST team was shown how the learning center uses a blended learning solution that includes standard classrooms, hands-on labs, simulations, as well as computer-based and interactive courseware training to prepare Sailors in the operation, maintenance,

and employment of various systems associated with the Aegis combat system found aboard the Navy’s Aegis cruisers and destroyers. The Royal Navy officers were especially interested in the three phase advanced warfare training (AWT) pipeline. “We discussed our current AWT continuum which results in a completion of skills training and

building additional proficiency,” Simmons said. “Phase 1 is the SelfAssessment and Groom Training (SAGT) where the specific shipboard system skills are taught by instructors to students using shipboard equipment. Phase II consists of Individual Operator Training (IOT) conducted onboard ship, focused on training operators at their watch stations. Phase III is a follow on to Phase II where students build on the individual operator skills in a watch team environment. We wanted to emphasize to them that this training ensures Sailors are self-sufficient in the maintenance and operation of shipboard equipment, as well as working in a Command Information Center (CIC) team to fight the ship.” The visit was coordinated through CSCS’s International Programs directorate. “CSCS International Programs is focused on providing allied forces quality training to enable them to develop ready teams capable of operations that maintain and expertly employ surface combatants,” explained Dr. Darrell Tatro, director of CSCS International Programs. “The USN and RN have been global partners for many years and with visits such as this, we learn from each other and strengthen our global partnership.”


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NAMDC Sailor on cover of recruiting brochure

Firefighter David Robey, left, EODC Brian Cummings, center, and Firefighter Matt Ellis, right, carry EODC Jason Jordan, stretcher, to an ambulance.

EOD conducts injured diver exercise By Andrew Revelos Staff Writer

Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 12 (EODMU12) Dahlgren Detachment conducted an injured diver exercise March 29 at Naval Support Facility (NSF) Dahlgren that tested the unit’s ability to rescue and treat one of their own. The exercise also allowed base and regional first responders to practice applying the unique treatments necessary to handle diving-related injuries. “The purpose of this training was to evaluate our ability to transport a stricken diver to the nearest recompression chamber facility, which is located at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland,” said Lt. Sam Massey, officer-incharge of EOD MU12 Dahlgren Detachment. “One of the worst diving casualties we could potentially face is an arterial gas embolism (A.G.E.), wherein a diver suffers from air bubbles in the brain or heart due to overpressurization of the lungs. In this event, we need to transport the casualty to a hyperbaric chamber for recompression as soon as possible, hence the drill. Through this drill, we were able to demonstrate that all the appropriate entities would be able to inter-operate effectively in the event of an emergency.” The exercise began with a thorough safety brief by dive supervisor EUDC Danny Ricks. Once the divers-a role playing diver, a primary diver and a standby diver-suited up, Ricks quizzed the participants about equipment and procedures in a process known as “sup checks.” “I [ask the divers] to explain certain emergency procedures and how they will respond, as well as making sure they know exactly what their

Dahlgren firefighters, members of EODMU12 and crew from a Maryland State Police medevac helicopter load Jordan for airlift to a decompression chamber in Baltimore.

Lt. Sam Massey, right, officer-in-charge of EODMU12 Dahlgren Detachment, places EODC Jason Jordan, center, on an immobilization rescue board. mission is and what they are planning to do,” said Ricks. “Prior to them dressing out we do a dive brief that covers what the dive is, where it is, environmental conditions, any illnesses or ailments that could be confused with decompression sickness and what our emergency plan is in case of a diving casualty. The sup checks come after dress-out and immediately before they enter the water.” The questions covered very specific scenarios, such as losing contact with a dive buddy or discovering that a diver is unconscious. Once Ricks was satisfied, EODC Jason Jordan, who performed

the role of injured diver, jumped into the cold water. Jordan submerged for a few minutes, then floated to the surface feigning unconsciousness. The rest of the detachment sprang into action, pulling Jordan from the water and then treating his injuries. Within a few minutes, Dahlgren’s EMT arrived and helped move Jordan from the boat to an ambulance. From there, the exercise moved to the airfield, where a Maryland State Police medevac helicopter landed to evacuate Jordan.

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A Navy Air and Missile Defense Command Sailor is the poster child for a new Navy recruiting brochure. Lt. William Blanks, an intelligence officer with the command, has his bust emblazoned on the front cover’s trifold. The brochure is geared to officer recruiting. “Do more in a few short years than most people do in a lifetime. Feel the rush of life. It’s time to lead the world,” reads the brochure. Across from scintillating language, a handsome and boyish Blanks stands arms folded beside another Sailor with the USS Bataan (LHD-5) in background. His notable recognition, however, came as a complete surprise to him. “My sister, a teacher in South Columbus, North Carolina, called me and said she saw my picture on a recruiting brochure. At first I thought she was kidding, but then I saw the picture on the Navy’s Facebook recruiting page.” His sister, Michelle Shaw-Cokley, is a 9-12 grade teacher at South Columbus High School. She was in the guidance counselor’s office helping a student when she noticed the flyer. “I walked in the office and - oh my goodness - that is my brother on the front of the brochure,” she exclaimed in amazement. “By his picture it says, ‘some dream of becoming leaders - other act on it.’ I thought that was very appropriate because my brother has always been a leader. He is my motivation and I am so very proud of him.” She attributes her recent master’s degree and her pursuit of her doctorate on her brother’s inspiring life and words. “He is a good person, a determined person.” Prior to NAMDC, Blanks worked at the Navy and Marine Corps Intelligence Training Center, Dam Neck Annex, Virginia Beach. He was teaching an intelligence class and one day there was, “just a photographer walking around.” While the photo shoot

Lt. William Blanks of Navy Air Missile Defense Command dons the cover of a recent U.S. Navy recruiting brochure.

and subsequent publication caught him by surprise, his military bearing and positive attitude is a model of what the Navy is looking for in its ranks. “I think it is an honor to be on this recruiting product. I mentor a lot of Sailors; I have always told them to set expectations high and to live up to those expectations. I have lived by those virtues and it has always helped me.” In Virginia Beach, Blanks

mentors three Navy ROTC programs: Hampton University, Old Dominion and Norfolk State. “You are shaped by your environment and many minorities are skeptical; I work hard to get them involved.” Closer to home the father of three says he wants to see his children serve. “I would love if they joined the Navy; I know they could really make a difference.”

Potomac CFC conducts survey

The Potomac Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) Local Federal Campaign Committee (LFCC) has created a survey for federal employees and military members at Naval Support Facility Dahlgren, as well as Marine Corps Base Quantico and Fort A.P. Hill. The survey is being conducted to gather information regarding the yearly campaign and donation trends as well as options for donating. The LFCC asks that the survey be completed by April 30. All responses are confi-

dential and will be compiled with responses from other federal employees. Results will be posted on the website at in May, 2013. The survey can be

reached at: The link is also available on the Potomac CFC website at Survey results will be used to enhance the highly successful Potomac CFC for its users.

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Friday, April 12, 2013


Sails to Rails

A short history of transportation at Indian Head

CARPOOL/VANPOOL WANTED Starting a Van Pool, A+ quality 7-passenger van, departs NLT 0635 from Fieldhouse/ Courthouse Rd. commuter lot to Dahlgren, Mon-Thurs work hours (0715-1545) except Fri (0715-1515). Call Cheng at 540-6535909. A-Gate commuter wanted only. Van or carpool desired from any rideshare parking area or Reston Town Center. Depart between 0600-0700, return from Indian Head between 160-1700. Call Moses, (301) 743-4180. Van or Car pool desired from Fredericksburg or King George to Indian Head, Monday thru Friday with one RDO, prefer 7-430, but hours can be negotiated. 703909-3380. Riders wanted to start a carpool from the Northern Neck (Lively/Lancaster), passing through Warsaw at 0605 and Montross at 0615, arriving at Dahlgren by 0700; leaving Dahlgren at 1600. Call Lea at 540-6536776 or 571-232-5412 (cell). From the Ferry Farm area to Dahlgren Bldg. 1500 area. Prefer early work hours. Call Mark, 540-653-2148. Riders wanted for van pool. Leaves from Richmond at Home Depot on Atlee-Elmont Rd. (exit # 86B off I-95) to Dahlgren. Call David at (540) 653-9203. Clinton, Md., to Dahlgren. Hours are flexible (0600 - 1700). Call Miranda at 703-6929590. Carpool/vanpool wanted from Montross area to Dahlgren. Can also take up to 3 or 4 riders from here if they would prefer me to drive. Call Doc at 252-670-6686.

Want to start a carpool? Need riders? “Commuter Clearinghouse” is a source for information on carpools or vanpools that already exist and need passengers, as well as a place for employees to advertise to start a carpool or vanpool. Whether you already operate a carpool or vanpool and are open to accepting new riders or need drivers, or if you are looking for a carpool or vanpool, provide us with information that might help you find or start a commuter opportunity, such as, where you will need to commute from and to, preferred schedule and contact information. You can send your information via e-mail to nsasp_pao_dlgr@ or contact our office toll free at 866-359-5540, or DSN 2498153, or 540-653-8153.

FREDERICKSBURG RIDESHARING SERVICE GWRideConnect is a free ridesharing service that assists persons who are seeking daily transportation from Fredericksburg, Stafford, Spotsylvania, Caroline and King George counties to employment locations in Dahlgren among other employment sites. www. connect.html.

Editor’s Note: This is the fourth article in a series devoted to reviewing the rich history of Naval Support Facility Indian Head in relationship to the installation’s multiple historic districts - how they came to be and the unique missions and accomplishments realized by the Navy through the technical facilities and community that became one of the Navy’s earliest bases.

By Thomas Wright Cultural Resources Officer With today’s modern conveniences, it is often forgotten how difficult travel was in 1890. The only access to the Indian Head Proving Ground was either by boat or horseback. In the summer of 1890, Ensigns Dashiell, Rust and Diffenbauch arrived at Indian Head aboard the boat launch Santa Barbara. In that first year, the workers drained the swamp, built a foot bridge, and constructed a wharf suitable for receiving the barges from the Washington Navy Yard. Guns, platforms, materials and supplies shipped from the Washington Navy Yard began to arrive and Dashiell quickly established the proofing process. One of the first improvements made to the Proving Ground was the laying of railroad tracks. The line was first built to connect the proving range to armored batteries. This allowed a traveling crane and flat cars to travel back and forth carrying powder and material. In 1918, as the mission expanded and the existing dock (referred to as Dashiell’s Wharf), began to deteriorate, a new dock was built farther north on the Potomac River for the transportation of material and supplies. This dock consisted of several acres of dredge fill and a manual hydraulic lift that could lower and raise fixed railroad tracks so that rail cars could be offloaded regardless of the tide. The rail line from the new dock connected to the Powder Factory and the Proving Ground allowing materials and supplies to be shipped to both.

River life line

During the early years of the Proving Ground, there were no established roads to the site and the Potomac River provided the best means of access. Until 1919, all material, men, supplies and guns were transported by boat. All of the material used to move the guns once they had been delivered to Indian Head

U.S. Navy photo by Andrew Revelos

Rail cars remain parked at various locations on NSF Indian Head. No longer in use, they remain as icons of the early development and growth of the installation. had to be shipped by boat, including railroad tracks, engines and cranes. This was a daunting effort. Arriving barges would often have rail cars on them and had to be lined up with railroad tracks on the dock in order to offload the shipment. Railcars could have been flatcars with 14” guns or box cars that would take on explosive material from the Powder Factory. Many of the men who worked at the installation would take a barge on Sunday afternoon to the installation and spend the week working all day, sleeping on site in shacks or tents, and leaving by boat Friday evening for Washington, D.C. Adequate facilities were so lacking in the early days that Dashiell would often store explosive material under his bed in order to keep it dry. This persistent housing shortage would not be alleviated until the late 1920s. Various types of ships were used to transport men and material. The Santa Barbara brought Dashiell to Indian Head when the place was still a swamp. Later, boats such as the USS Triton, USS Talbot, USS Berceau, USS Boothbay, the launch Ordnance and the USS Porpoise all served the Proving Ground. The USS Berceau remained in service until 1940, hauling freight between Indian Head and Dahlgren. These ships made daily trips with an average of 50 passengers per day each way between the Proving Ground and Washington Navy Yard. On Saturdays and Sundays, the number of passengers would swell up to 300 passengers. In the winter, when the Potomac River would freeze over, the Navy had to use a special tug, USS Uncas, in order to break the river ice.

U.S. Navy photo

Navy operated a chain-ferry-boat across Mattawoman Creek beginning in 1912. Since this was a freight tug, there were no amenities for passengers. Millions of pounds of explosive were transported by barge in support of World War I every year during the war. All of the ordnance was transported off Indian Head by boat until 1919 when the White Plains railroad spur was completed. This included all of the material that was produced at the Powder Factory. The Potomac River continued to serve as the main means of delivering material and supplies to Dahlgren after its establishment in 1918.

Railroad increases efficiency

The use of a railroad system at Indian Head was vital to the success of the installation. Tracks were used to move guns on and off barges, transport powder and material used for producing powder within the installation, as well as transporting men from the Proving Ground to the Powder Factory. Railroads were the main

method of transportation due to the ease of transport for heavy loads and the safe movement of explosives. With only dirt roads in existence, it was not safe to transport explosives over rutted, muddy paths. In the early 1900s, an electric trolley was used for transporting men and material to and from the Proving Ground and the Powder Factory. The White Plains railroad became the main transportation method for getting men, material, supplies and equipment in and out of Indian Head. Larger engines were needed to pull more than five cars up Blair’s Hill grade. However, the initial track system would not support larger engines. So in 1941, work began on replacing and upgrading the line from 67.5 lb.. steel to 100 lb. steel tracks. By 1942, 90 percent of the line had been replaced. The Navy took advantage of this upgrade to in-

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Base Happenings Dahlgren Subway at NSF Dahlgren Cannonball Lanes is hiring!

The new Subway that’s going in to Cannonball Lanes at NSF Dahlgren is now accepting applications. Applications can be picked up and dropped off inside the bowling alley. Completed applications are to be placed inside the yellow lockbox, located inside the bowling alley.

April is Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Month

The NSASP Fleet and Family Support Center will sponsor SAPR Awareness 5K Runs at Dahlgren and Indian Head in honor of the month. The NSF Dahlgren SAPR 5K will be held Apr. 24 at 11 a.m. and will start at the Fitness Center. The NSF Indian Head SAPR Awareness 5K Run will be held April 25. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Weight House Fitness Center followed by the rate at 11 a.m. All with base access are invited to participate.

Celebrate Earth Month with the Hispanic Association of Dahlgren

The Hispanic Association of Dahlgren is celebrating Earth Month and wants you to help them! During the month of April, the Hispanic Association of Dahlgren wants you to give a little something back to the planet. Pick up some seeds, flowers, shrubs or even trees and plant them somewhere. Take a picture of your effort and send it to us, to be included in our newsletter and website. Show us how you and your family help the environment! Submit your photos by April 23 to

Navy Ball Lunch Fundraiser Daily at Parade Field Pavilion

The Dahlgren Navy Ball Committee is selling lunch daily (weather permitting)from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. on the Parade Field Pavilion. This lunch service will be available until the new Subway opens at Cannonball Lanes. Also, April 15 will be the next Krispy Kreme Donut Sales day. Drop your taxes into the post office mailbox and then make it all better with a box of a dozen original Krispy Kremes at main gate. Please come out for lunch and support the Dahlgren Navy Ball Committee!!!

ASBP Blood Drive

Armed Services Blood Program will conduct a blood drive on Monday, April 15 from 7 a.m. - Noon at the ATRC Auditorium, Bldg. 1520. All blood collected benefits military members and their families at home, overseas, in harm’s way and recovering from injuries. For an appointment, visit http://www.

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NAVFAC employees of the year By Andrew Revelos Staff Writer Naval Facilities Command Washington (NAVFACWASH) recognized two personnel assigned to Naval Support Facility (NSF) Indian Head as the employees of the year. Brooke Shaffer, industrial wastewater program manager, and David Hartnett, petroleum storage tank manager, were recognized as the NAVFACWASH tier 1 and tier 2 employees of the year, respectively. Both employees of the year work in the same office and have the same supervisor-an unprecedented event in NAVFACWASH history. “It’s the first time in NAVFACWASH history that a supervisor has had two employees of the year at the same time,” said Hartnett. Both Hartnett and Shaffer offered high praise for their supervisor, Stacey Davidson, installation environmental program compliance branch manager for NSF Indian Head. Hartnett and Shaffer used phrases like “family atmosphere” and “group camaraderie” to describe their working environment. Of course, they also happen to be really, really good at their jobs. For Harnett, that means inspecting the petroleum tanks that hold roughly 1.5 million gallons of fuel and training base firefighter to respond to HAZMAT events. For Shaffer, it means monitoring 20 permanent industrial wastewa-

David Hartnett, petroleum storage tank manager for NAVFACWASH at NSF Indian Head, next to a very large fuel oil tank. ter outfalls. Both employees’ hard work and vigilance helps keep local waterways - Mattawoman Creek and the Potomac River-free of pollution from Indian Head. Hartnett, a 25-year veteran firefighter, has deep roots in Indian Head. His dad was a Sailor at Indian Head and Hartnett became very familiar with base and HAZMAT operations while serving as a firefighter. Transitioning to the Environmental Compliance Branch was relatively easy, but going home after an eight-hour day, instead of the 24 hour firefighter shift, was a surprise for Harnett. “It was definitely a big swing for me, but it was nice to have weekends and holidays off,” he said. “I’ve enjoyed it-I’ve got great people to work with.” Shaffer has a chemistry background and found out about NAVFACWASH at

U. S. Navy photos by Andrew Revelos

Brooke Shaffer, industrial wastewater program manager for NAVFACWASH at NSF Indian Head, takes a sample from a wastewater outfall. a job fair. After she applied, she was offered a position at two bases. Shaffer doesn’t hesitate when asked about why she chose to work at NSF Indian Head. “I picked Indian Head,” she said. “The people were very friendly. They’re nice.” Through the years of working together, Hartnett and Shaffer have be-

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Nice Bridge Delays Begin April 15 BALTIMORE, MD - The MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) announces a $13.7 million cleaning, painting and repair project for the Governor Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge (US 301), which connects Charles County, Md., and King George County, Va., across the Potomac River. This preservation project, funded completely by toll revenue, is part of the MDTA’s commitment to preserving and maintaining the State’s aging toll bridges, tunnels and highways. Beginning on or about April 15, the Nice Bridge will be reduced to one lane with flagging operations alternating northbound and southbound traffic during the following overnight off-peak hours: Sunday through Thursday from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following morning and Friday from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning.

Daytime flagging operations are now taking place at the Nice Bridge for annual inspections. Once inspections are complete, daytime flagging operations will begin for this project during the following off-peak hours: Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Trucks greater than 10-feet wide will not be permitted to cross the bridge during flagging operations. Every effort will be made to cross all vehicles exceeding 10-feet from 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Drivers of vehicles exceeding the width restriction must call 301-259-4444 to obtain approval and schedule an escort. Calls must be made one hour prior to arrival at the bridge and will only be accepted between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Construction is expected to last ap-

proximately two years. Blastech Enterprises, Inc., of Baltimore will clean/ paint and repair portions of the existing structural steel. Work also includes repairing and sealing the concrete bridge deck and replacing the catwalk and ladder system under the bridge’s main span. Portable and overhead electronic message signs will display travel information. For information on the MDTA’s other facility preservation projects, or to view real-time traffic camera images on MDTA roadways, visit mdta.maryland. gov. For statewide travel conditions, visit MD511.ORG or call 511. Follow the MDTA at and The MDTA thanks its customers for their patience and reminds them to Stay Alert So No One Gets Hurt!

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MWR Highlights in the squat, bench and deadlift. Free for military, $25 for all other eligible patrons. Prizes will be awarded in each category. Contact for information.

Youth Center Summer Camp Registration

Auto Hobby Shop Self Help Classes

Summer will be here before you know it and with it comes camp! Mark your calendar for the upcoming 2013 Summer Camp registration dates! April 22-23 - Current SAC April 24-25 - Military April 26-29 - DoD April 30-May 1 - Contractors Registration times are 9:30 am to 1:30 pm. Fees are determined by TFI. Parents must bring LES/Paystubs at time of registration. A deposit in the amount of your weekly fee is due at the time of registration. Registration packets are available for pick up at the youth Center. For more information contact the Youth Center at 301-743-5456.

May 13 - Tune Ups June 10 - Basic Car Care Information and demonstration classes will be held from 11 am to 1 pm on the second Monday of each month. These classes are FREE and open to all eligible patrons. For more information contact

April 15-19 It’s National Library Week! Come in and check out our wonderful General Library. Check out a book and you will be entered into a drawing for a gift card. Open to all with base access.

Weight House Fitness Center Spring Run/Walkers

April 1 - May 31 What a great way to start the day, enjoy the season, meet people and get healthy! Meet at the Fitness Center on Friday mornings at 6 a.m. and start your day energized! Walkers and runners will be split into groups. $5 per person.

Wallyball Tournament

April 15 Register at the WHFC front desk or by emailing megan. by April 12. $5 for civilians, FREE for military.

National Sexual Assault Awareness Month SAPR 5K

WE OWN IT...WE’LL SOLVE IT...TOGETHER April 25 Register at the fitness Center by 10:30 A.M. on race day, race starts at 11 a.m. $5 for civilians, FREE for military. Prizes will be given to 1st and 2nd place man and woman. Shirts will be given to the first 25 registrants.

Powerlifting Meet

May 3 at the gymnasium, Bldg. D-328. Register at the fitness Center by April 29. Show off your ultimate strength

Price of Shows Civilians - $5 AD, Retired, Reserve, Family Members (E7 - above) $4 AD, Reserve, Family Members (E6 - below) - $2.50 Child (6-11) - $2 Child (5 and under) - Free Tickets for a movie shown in 3-D are an additional $1 Friday, April 12th 7 p.m. - Snitch Friday, April 13th 2 p.m. - Escape from Planet Earth (3-D) Friday, April 13th 7 p.m. - Dark Skies

Craftech/Hobby Center

Campers Available

National Library Week

540-653-7336 Hours of Operation Friday and Saturday: 7 p.m. Showings

soap! Stop by and enjoy all that we have to offer. For more information, please contact the Dahlgren General Library at 540-653-7474. Sponsored by: NSWC Federal Credit Union.

The MWR Auto Hobby Shop rents an extensive selection of equipment for your recreational needs. Available items include tents, canoes, tarps, picnic tents, tables, chairs, moon bounce, grills, lanterns, sporting equipment and more! Rentals are available on a daily, weekly or weekend basis. Call the Hobby Shop at 301-744-6314 for more information or stop by and see what we have to offer.

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Movie Theater

Friday, April 19th 7 p.m. - Oz the Great and Powerful (3-D) Saturday, April 20th 7 p.m. - Jack the Giant Slayer

Recreational Gear Rentals

15’ Cozy Traveler Recreational Trailer (sleeps up to 6) $55 per day $100 per weekend $245 for a week Call 301-744-6314 for more information.


Lunch Bunch Felted Jewelry Class

Movie Theater Saturday Movie Matinee

Escape From Planet Earth 3-D April 13, 2 p.m. Eligible patrons include all with base access. We will be playing the animated movie “Escape from Planet Earth” in 3-D, rated PG. A $1 charge is added to ticket prices for 3-D movies. For more information please contact the Dahlgren Movie Theater at 540-653-7336.

Youth Activities Center Youth Summer Camp Registration

Continues until April - 19, 2013 Summer camp is a weekly program for children. Cost: Based on total family income and that there is a 20% discount for each additional child. April 8 & 9 - Children currently in the SAC program April 9, 10, 11 - New Military dependents April 15,16,17 - New DoD Civilian dependents April 18 & 19 - New Contractor dependents Please register at the Youth Activities Center. For information, please contact the Youth Activities Center at 540653-8009.

General Library National Library Week

April 16 - 20, FREE Eligible patrons include all with base access. Celebrate your library this April! It’s National Library Week! Come in and check out our wonderful, Dahlgren General Library. If you check out a book this week, you will be entered into a drawing for a gift card.

“Germs Are Not for Sharing”

April 20 - 11 a.m. Be sure to come by the Library on April 20th at 11 a.m. to hear “Germs Are Not for Sharing” and make your own

April 17, 11:30 a.m. Eligible patrons include all with base access. Cost: $10 (includes all materials). In this one-day, Tuesday lunchtime class, create a piece of unique jewelry. Minimum class size is eight. For more information, please contact Craftech at 540-653-1730.

Child Development Center Kindergarten & Preschool Symposium

April 17, 4 - 5:30 p.m. FREE Get information on school readiness, kindergarten registration, preschool availability, before & after school care, transportation and other school related topics. Will your child be attending kindergarten or preschool in Virginia or Maryland? Would you like to know the eligibility to attend the Dahlgren School? Need information on preschool or kindergarten? Come ask the experts from the Child Development Center, Navy CYP, the Dahlgren School, King George & Charles County schools! Available on-site for your questions regarding preschool and kindergarten school requirements! Hourly child care services will be available. Contact the Child Development Center to reserve child care services or to reserve a seat at the symposium at 540-653-4994.

Parents Lunch & Learn “Child Abuse Awareness”

Thursday, April 18, 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. FREE Location: Fleet and Family Support Center Please be sure to mark your calendar and join us with your lunch on Thursday, April 18th. This 45-minute Lunch & Learn opportunity will help you learn and stay connected with important topics and goals of our Child Development Center. Contact the Child Development Center for more information at 540-653-4994.

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Community Notes Dahlgren 2nd Friday Art Walk at Colonial Beach

Spring is here! Come enjoy the 2nd Friday Art Walk at Colonial Beach, Va. on Fri., Apr. 12 from 6 - 9 p.m. Eight venues in Colonial Beach will have art from local artists on display, including paintings, graphite, jewelry, photography, pottery, mosaic art, glass art and much more. For a map and more info, visit

Gitie’s/Gitie’s Auction Supports the Wounded Warrior Project

Gitie’s/Gitie’s Auction will hold their 4th Annual Wounded Warrior Benefit and Car Show on Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Gitie’s is located at the corner of Rt. 205 and Rt. 218, 17373 Ridge Road in King George. Event will include a demonstration by the King George ROTC, classic cars from Colonial Beach Cruisers, vendors, raffles and lots of great sale items. All proceeds benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.

UMW to Host STEM Academy

Mark your calendars for the 2nd Annual FredTech STEM 16 Summit to be held April 20 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., hosted by University of Mary Washington at the Anderson Center on College Avenue at the Fredericksburg Campus. This annual STEM16 Summit, sponsored by the University of Mary Washington, FredTech, and the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce, highlights the achievements and offerings of our region’s students, educators, and businesses in the STEM arena. This year we expect to highlight student and educator STEM efforts from over 25 local secondary schools, the University of Mary Washington, Germanna Community College and NSWCDD Dahlgren. The Summit is open to the public and admission is free of charge.

Relay For Life Scrapbooking Fundraiser

The Shooting Stars King George Relay For Life team from the King George County Sheriff’s Office will hold a Creative Memories Relay For Life Scrapbooking fundraiser on Sunday, April 28 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Colonial Beach Volunteer Fire Department. Cost is $10 and all proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. Admission price includes snacks, drinks and lunch, use of Creative Memories scrapbooking tools and door prizes. For more info, contact Barbara Murphee at (540) 775-8014.

Fight for Madison Golf Cart Poker Run

The Fight for Madison Relay For Life team will hold a Golf Cart Poker Run on Sat., May 4 in Colonial Beach. Registration will begin at 11 a.m. at the Dockside Restaurant at 1787 Castlewood Dr., Colonial Beach. You will receive your first card at the Dockside and then proceed to 3 other stops to receive your other three cards. Then head back to Dockside Restaurant for the final card. Raffle to include gift certificates to area restaurants and other shops in Colonial Beach and surrounding areas. Music from 3-6 p.m. First/ Second/Third place winners will receive cash prizes for best poker hand. Golf Cart rentals are available - please call 804224-5000 or contact for more info.

RACSB to Hold Annual Mayfest Celebration May 4

Rappahannock Area Community Services Board (RACSB) and Rappahannock Adult Activities (RAAI) invite you to join them at the 27th Annual Mayfest Celebration on Saturday, May 43 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 750 Kings Highway, Fredericksburg. A breakfast served by RACSB Intellectual Disability Support Coordinators will be held from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Mayfest is a day of family fun with live entertainment, bake sale, food, raffle prizes, silent auction, plant sales, barrel train, moon bounce and most importantly support of adults with intellectual disabilities. The live entertainment includes performances by: singer Bob Williams; First Class Country with Donnie Stevens; The Sounds of Silent with Becky Bennett; Historyland Chorus featuring ballad singer Zana Kizwee; The Lonely Hands consisting of local artists

Emily Barker, Haylee Hill, Jay Kole, Jenna Kole, and Scott Wagner; and Rappahannock Area Kids on the Block. To view the items available through the silent auction and raffle, please visit The grand raffle prize is $500 cash. For additional information, call RAAI at 540-373-7643 or visit

Boat Course in Colonial Beach

A Virginia DGIF Boat Virginia course is being held on Saturday, April 27, in Colonial Beach, Va. The USCG Auxiliary will be teaching this class at the Colonial Beach Town Center, next to the library, at 22 Washington Ave. from 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is no cost to the student. While currently anyone who operates a PWC and anyone aged 30 and younger operating a motorboat in Virginia are required to have taken a NASBLA-approved safe boating course, beginning this July 1st, the regulation will expand to cover those aged 30 through 40 years old. Successful completion of this course will provide you with the certificate needed to meet the Virginia regulation. Register for the class at the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) web site:

Indian Head CSM Holds STEM Academy on April 20

The College of Southern Maryland is hosting its ninth Women + Math: Infinite Possibilities, a career exploration event for girls ages 13 and older. The event, April 20 at the college’s La Plata Campus, will feature more than 15 career professionals who work in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields-all are women. Throughout the day, students will attend hands-on workshops in their areas of interest allowing for one-on-one interaction with STEM professionals. During lunch, students will be able to network with the presenters and ask questions of the group of presenters during a panel discussion. The W+M Workshop is from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on April 20 at CSM’s Center for Business and Industry (BI) Building, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. To pre-register for this free event, visit www. Registrations received by April 15 will be entered into a special drawing for a $50 gift card.

CSM to Offer Childrens’ Summer Camps

The College of Southern Maryland will offer seven weeks of camps for children ages 5 to 17 at this year’s Kids’ and Teen College at College of Southern Maryland campuses in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties. Options will include a number of STEM-themed camps, as well as Art Explorers, Kids in the Kitchen, Cartoon Art, Storm Trackers, Digital Photography and many more. Registration is open. Camps run in half-day or full-day sessions from June 17 through Aug. 9, excluding the week of July 4. Extended care, “Warm-Up” and “Cool-Down” at the La Plata and Leonardtown campuses, is available. Warm-up is from 7 to 8:30 a.m. and cool-down is from 4:30 to 6 p.m. For information on Kids’ and Teen College, visit index.html. To view 2013 Kids’ and Teen College Summer Catalog, visit

2nd Saturday Series at Sotterley

Sotterley Plantation’s Second Saturday series presents “A Taste of History: How African American Foods Influenced Our Modern Cuisine” on Saturday, April 12, at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. What did people eat during the 1700s? Come learn about the foods that were transported on slave ships during the 18th century and how they influenced colonial dishes, as well as our modern regional foods. Lecture and demonstration will be presented by the Director of Education of Historic London Town and Gardens. Limited to 60 people per session. Cost is $15 per person. Advance reservation is required. Purchase tickets online: http://www.ticketderby. com/event/?id=246419.

Free Clothing Swap

Bethel Baptist Church, 6705 Boots Lane off Ripley Road in La Plata, will hold a free clothing swap on Friday, April 19th from 12:30 - 5 p.m. and Saturday, April 20th from 9

a.m. - 2 p.m. Bring your gently used clothing and swap with others - lots of great items that are new to you!

2013 Sotterley Speaker Series

Sotterley Plantation presents another in its installment of the 2013 Speaker Series as they welcome Mitch Yockelson & Greg Tremaglio, “A Conspiracy to Steal History: Barry Landau & Jason Savedoff and the Theft of America’s National Treasures” on Friday, April 19 at 7 p.m. in the Barn. Yockelson, of the Archival Recovery Team and Federal Special Agent Tremaglio will tell their first-hand account of how Barry Landau and his co-conspirator Jason Savedoff violated the trust of the archival profession by posing as professional researchers in order to steal over 10,000 objects of cultural heritage. Landau and Savedoff would visit the collections and secretly put documents in custom-sewn hidden pockets of their overcoats and jackets. In July, 2011 the pair was finally caught while on an expedition at The Maryland Historical Society. The Speaker Series is offered free to the public, but due to limited seating, however, advance reservations are strongly advised. Please call 301-3732280 to make your reservation.

CSM Renaissance Festival

Plan to attend the CSM Renaissance Festival from 9 a.m.- 9 p.m., April 19-20, at College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Fine Arts Center, 8730 Mitchell Road. Enjoy a full day of activities and entertainment as CSM presents its first Renaissance Festival. Inside the theatre, the CSM Theatre Company will present six different Medieval/ Renaissance plays, each intended for a particular audience (G rated - R rated) including “The Creation of Adam and Eve,” “Noah’s Flood,” “The Second Shepherd’s Pageant,” “The Creation and the Fall of Lucifer,” “Everyman” and “The Harrowing of Hell.” Additional activities will take place outdoors in the vicinity of the Fine Arts (FA) Building. Admission to the festival is free; $10 wristbands will be sold in order to gain admittance to all age-appropriate plays throughout the day. All other refreshments, activities, games, etc. are either free or priced by the vendor.

Celebrating the 15th Annual Plant Sale and Free Plant Exchange

Sotterley Plantation will hold their 15th annual Plant Sale and Free Plant Exchange on Saturday, April 27 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. and Sunday, April 28 from Noon - 3 p.m. The Free Plant Exchange will run on Saturday only from 10 a.m. to Noon. Your plants in exchange for other annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetables, shrubs, trees, bulbs and seeds! For more information on this event or other upcoming Sotterley Plantation events, visit our website at

7th Annual Potomac River Waterfowl Show

On May 24 and 25, artists and wildlife enthusiasts alike are invited to attend the 7th Annual Community Foundation of Southern Maryland Potomac River Waterfowl Show at the St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds in Leonardtown, Md. The show features dozens of award-winning artists showcasing their world-class wildlife art both at a dinner reception and day-time fair. Tickets are now on sale for the Cattails and Cocktails reception and dinner on Friday evening from 6-9 p.m. For $50 per person, enjoy a sit down dinner by Outback Steakhouse and open bar. The purchase of your ticket reserves your seat. Tables of eight are $400. Also, spotlight your business through a sponsorship while supporting this great event. Individual tickets, tables or sponsorships may be purchased online at, or mail a check payable to the Community Foundation of Southern Maryland. The show re-opens on Saturday at 10 a.m. and admission is $5 per person. Experienced and novice decoy carvers may enter their creations in the show’s decoy competition. Registration is between 10 a.m. and noon; entry fees are $10 for the first decoy and $4 for each additional entry. The full list of confirmed artists is available on the show’s webpage. Along with the work on display, attendees are

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National Security Lecture on “China’s Growing Shadow” On Tuesday, April 16, Dr. Cynthia Watson, National Defense University Professor of Strategy, will present a lecture entitled “China’s Growing Shadow in the Global Arena.” Refreshments for this lecture will be available starting at 2 p.m. The lecture will start promptly at 2:30 p.m. and end at 4 p.m. The event is being hosted at the University of Mary Washington’s Dahlgren Campus as part of the National Security Lecture Series, a collaborative effort of the Joint Warfare Analysis Center, the UMW Dahlgren Campus, UMW faculty members and the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Military Affairs Council.

“Game of Pawns”

A second event at the UMW Dahlgren Campus on Tuesday, May 7, will feature a showing of the FBI movie “Game of Pawns,” followed by a CI security briefing and Q&A session conducted by FBI special agent Stephen K. Hall. Refreshments will be available starting at 8 a.m. The film and briefing start at 8:30 a.m. UMW is hosting the event in partnership with the Dahlgren Area Security Professionals Organization (DASPRO) and the Quantico Area Industrial Security Council (QAISC). “Game of Pawns” is a compelling true story of an American student who was recruited by the Chinese government to infiltrate a U.S. intelligence agency. Please note that this film and briefing is for everyone who works for the DoD or the defense contracting community. This also will be of interest to individuals who are involved with students either currently in or thinking about Study Abroad programs. To register for either or both of these events, go to and click on the appropriate links located on the left side of the page.


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Base Happenings Continued from page 4 Give our troops the precious gift of life - give blood!

Navy Ball Krispy Kreme Donut Sale April 15

After you pay your taxes and donate blood, buy a dozen Krispy Kremes from the Dahlgren Navy Ball committee from 7 - 9 a.m. at Main Gate or at ATRC. Your donation benefits the 2013 Dahlgren Navy Birthday Ball.

FFSC Sponsoring Shred Truck on April 16

Spring cleaning means getting rid of those old documents, but you must do it safely! Fleet and Family Support Center is sponsoring a Shred Truck on April 16 from 1 - 4 p.m. at the Parade Field Pavilion parking lot across from the medical clinic. Clear out your old files and get rid of those papers you didn’t need to keep to file your taxes. Safely destruct all those papers with your important, personal information that you don’t want others to have access to. Help prevent identity theft. If you have questions, call Carol Allison at 540-653-1839.

DOSC Accepting Scholarship Apps

The deadline for applications for the Dahlgren Officers’ Spouses Club (DOSC) scholarship is Monday!. All applications must be in writing and received by April 15. For an application and more information, visit www.dahlgrenosc.

DMV2Go at NSF Dahlgren

The DMV2Go van will be at NSF Dahlgren on May 20 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Parade Field Pavilion. The Navy Ball committee will be selling lunch from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. With the latest technology, the DMV2Go offers multiple services including state ID applications and renewals, driver’s license applications and renewals, vehicle titles, license plates, decals, transcripts, copies of driving records, appli-

cations for disabled parking placards, and many more! Stop in and take care of your DMV needs quickly and easily! Second Tour Thrift Store Not Taking Donations Second Tour Thrift Store is not taking any more donations at this time. We appreciate your support and will post announcements when donations will again be accepted. All proceeds from sales at Second Tour are donated to charities in the Dahlgren/King George and surrounding communities, and provide scholarship funds to dependents of military personnel - past and present - stationed on Dahlgren. We are open every Thursday from 9:30 a.m. - noon. Come see us on Thursday!

Indian Head Kraving Kabobs Truck at NSF Indian Head

Looking for a yummy hot lunch on base at NSF Indian Head? Look no further! The Kraving Kabobs truck is on call from Monday - Thursday from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. near the NEX and later near Bldg. 303 in the restricted area. Check out their menu of yummy subs, gyros, falafel and other favorites.

IH Spouses’ Club “Treasures” Thrift Store Needs Your Donations!

Plan today to visit the Treasures Thrift Store, located at 12 Strauss Ave. next door to the USO. The store is open every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Donations of gently used items are currently being accepted. Want to earn up to $5 in free items from the thrift store every month? Volunteer! Stop by the thrift store during operating hours or email for information. To publish information on your event or program under “Base Happenings,” contact NSASP Public Affairs at 540653-8153 or email

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Share the Road Safely Bicycle Safety Tips Courtesy of NSA South Potomac Safety Office Bicycles are the most vulnerable of all vehicles on the road. As a bicyclist riding in traffic or on the sidewalk, you should take extra precautions to protect yourself. Vehicles on the road, especially large trucks and buses, may not see you on your bike. Crossing the street or making a turn can be dangerous in traffic if others do not see you or your signals. The tips below can help keep you riding safely.

Wear Your Helmet

Before you get on your bike, put on a helmet. It is the best thing you can do to

be safe. Bikes offer no protection in case of a crash, so you need to wear your protection. Wearing your helmet may save your life if you are hit by or run into a large truck or bus. Remember, riding into a truck is equivalent to hitting a steel wall. Your helmet is your life.

Bikers Beware

Always be aware of the traffic around you. This is especially important when riding in traffic with large trucks and buses. Trucks and buses make wide right turns. Never sneak in between a truck or bus and the curb or you could get crushed. Never assume that all drivers see your hand signals or will yield for you. Assume you are invisible to

other road users and ride defensively.

Check Your Brakes

Always check your brakes so that you are prepared to stop. Also remember that a truck requires more space to stop than you do on your bike. Never assume that a truck will be able to stop quickly if you get in the way. You may have to get out of the way to save your own life.

Ride With Traffic

Avoiding a crash is the safest way to ride. Ride on the right side, with the flow of traffic. Riding against traffic may cause you to miss traffic control devices, such as traffic signs and stop lights. Be especially careful

when riding near or around trucks and buses. Use caution and pay attention to trucks. Watch for their signals because the driver may not see you or be able to stop soon enough in an emergency situation. However, you should to be prepared in case the truck’s sig-

nals don’t work or the driver doesn’t use them. That is why you, as the bicyclist, need to watch out for yourself. For a bike rider, the safest bet is to always be aware of the traffic around you.

Beware Of The No-Zone

Beware of riding too

closely to a large truck. Large trucks have blind spots in the front, back and on the sides, which make it difficult for the driver to see around them. If you ride in these blind spots, truck drivers cannot see you and your chance for a crash are greatly increased.



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bottle did not apparently travel too far. Other items found that did not go immediately into the trash bags were bits of glass, polished from years rolling around the sand and water into smooth disks. The Marines were also on the lookout for shark teeth, though none were found. Of course, the vast majority of what was collected had no place on an otherwise pristine beach and the Marines filled dozens of trash bags. The hardest part was the return trip up the beach trudging the full trash bags. Marines scaled the steep hill back to the parking lot with gusto, leaving an enormous pile of collected trash by the dumpster for pickup. For their efforts, the Marines received a few hours off and a hot dog lunch cooked up by the NSF Indian Head Environmental Branch. But spending a few hours outside and accomplishing a noble, if dirty, task was also rewarding. “I do a lot of volunteer work,” said Dunaway, who also serves as a hunt captain during the installation’s annual Wounded Warrior hunt. “It feels good. It’s the same reason I’m a hunt captain. I enjoy it.” Almost all of the trash that washes ashore at Indian Head floats in from other areas, an effect of the base’s leeward location on the river. Dunaway noticed the litter while guiding the Wounded Warrior hunt and like many outdoorsmen, he takes environmental stewardship seriously. “I hunt right here,” said Dunaway, pointing to a stretch of woods along the river. “It was so dirty. it was embarrassingly dirty.” The “living” shoreline at Indian Head-a system of breakwaters, sills and native vegetation-does a great job preventing erosion and providing habitat, but can also trap floating litter. “[Trash] comes up over the top of the breakwaters and gets caught,” said Travis Wray, multi-media manager for Environmental Planning Branch. The Cub Scouts of Pack 415, along with their parents, cleaned the beach upriver of CBIRF on April 6. Altogether, Wray reported that the 84 total volunteers cleaned 1.5 miles of shoreline at Indian Head. A total of 98 trash bags were filled with refuse, while 500 pounds of additional bulk trash was too big for bags. Wray thanked all the volunteers for helping keep the base and the local environment clean, as well as raising awareness. “It’s a pretty big thing,” he said. “The volunteers play a big role in keeping the river clean, but it’s also about raising awareness. you can see how much trash does not make it into the landfill.”

come great friends. “She does all the water and I do all the petroleum,” said Hartnett with a grin. “Oil and water aren’t supposed to mix. [Shaffer has] helped me grow into my job.” All of the employees at the Environmental Compliance Branch spend great deal of time learning about each other’s jobs. Besides fostering greater understanding about the responsibilities they all share, the cross-training allows employees to ensure mission accomplishment if one person is sick or takes a leave of absence. It also allows employees to share the professional qualities demanded in their own specific positions. For Hartnett’s position, he said a handson mentality helps him succeed. For Shaffer’s position, she said the ability to cooperate among various base entities is vital. By cross-training, the employees can share what works for them. Both employees cited the cross-training as a big positive and again, credited Davidson for fostering such a positive environment. Davidson was at first a peer to Hartnett and Shaffer before becoming a supervisor and she said the experience gave her an appreciation for the issues employees face. Above all, however, Davidson is humble her employees’ and her department’s success. “I think it’s just luck,” she said. “I have a really great group of people that report to me.” Davidson listed some of attributes that earned Hartnett and Shaffer the recognition. “I’m very proud of Brooke and Dave,” she said. “They both work really hard to keep their programs in compliance and they both do a great job with customer service. They know their programs and know the environmental regulations that are involved with their programs. We’ve had feedback from customers that they do a great job communicating the requirements and providing solutions. We’re just really proud of both of them. They’re enthusiastic go-getters and I can’t say enough good things about them.” For Harnett and Shaffer, having a supervisor like Davidson motivates them to perform. “She makes it enjoyable to come to work,” said Hartnett. “She pushes us to go above and beyond and she honestly cares about what we do. I think that makes the biggest difference in the world.”

able to purchase contemporary and antique decoys, carvings, prints and original artwork directly from the artists. Entrance to both the dinner and daytime event will give you access to the art show, working decoy competitions, outdoor field competitions, free decoy appraisals and identifications, live auction and retriever dog demonstrations. To purchase tickets, call (301) 885-0108 or visit Our partners this year include: Potomac Decoy Collectors Association, Rappahannock Decoy Carvers and Collectors Guild, St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds, Chaney Enterprises, and Community Bank of TriCounty. The Community Foundation of Southern Maryland’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for the community of Southern Maryland by aligning philanthropic interests with community needs through stewardship, collaboration and charitable giving.

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Volunteers Needed for Wounded Warrior Fishing Tournament Volunteers are needed for the 2013 PVA/Walter Reed Annual Bass Fishing Tournament, to be held at June 8-9 at Smallwood State Park. Volunteers are needed starting June 7 to set up for the tournament. If you are interested in more information on assisting with this event that provides an enjoyable weekend for wounded warriors, please contact john.

Charles County Parks Offers Extreme Fun Summer Skateboard Camp Charles County Skate Park, at White Plains Regional Park (located on St. Charles Parkway, south of DeMarr Road), is offering a 360 Action Skateboard Camp this summer for the week of July 22-26. Participants will receive group and individual training on safe riding, tack turns, kick turns, ollies, grinding, getting air, bowl drop-ins and much more, under the supervision of professional coaches from American Inline Skating. All campers receive an official camp T-shirt and stickers. Participation is for youth between the ages of 6 and 14 years old. The camp fee is $125 and the registration deadline is July 1 (early registration is recommended). For registration information and a list of required equipment, contact the Department of Public Works Parks Division at 301-932-3470, Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Once the helicopter landed and the casualty was loaded, the exercise itself was complete. But the learning and preparation continued as exercise participants discussed the special treatment diving injuries necessitate. “Diving casualties are unique in that they frequently involve decompression sickness (DCS) or pulmonary over-inflation syndrome (POIS),” explained Massey. “These casualties occur when the gas in a diver’s body tissues has decompressed at a rate that exceeds the body’s ability to safely process it- essentially the blood boils or the lungs are punctured internally by a rapidly expanding air bubble.” To successfully treat the complex and deadly injuries divers can incur, first responders must balance seemingly contradictory medical considerations. “While air transport

is the fastest means of evacuation, it also increases the rate of gaseous decompression of tissues in the body due to the reduction in ambient air pressure with increasing altitude,” said Massey. “For this reason, it’s extremely important that emergency medical personnel understand the specific environmental conditions that a diver has been subjected to in order not to exacerbate the situation.” Practicing that critical coordination helps ensure a happy resolution, should EOD MU12 Dahlgren Detachment ever face a real-life crisis situation during a dive. Massey thanked the exercise participants for helping the detachment make the event as realistic as possible. “I want to thank Dahlgren EMS and the Maryland State Police for contributing their support and expertise to our exercise.”

Incorporating rail lines at the Indian Head dock on the Potomac River facilitated movement of guns, explosives, supplies and equipment to and from the isolated naval base. tegrate the use of larger diesel engines which allowed for more cars loaded with coal and war material to travel up steep grades that dotted the rail line. A history of the White Plains railroad can be seen as part of a permanent static display located at the head of the White Plains Rails to Trails located off Mattingly Ave. in Indian Head. The government-owned railroad spur connected the isolated Indian Head Proving Ground and Powder Factory with the Pope’s Creek branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad. This connection made shipments of powder, freight, material and personnel more cost effective. Several harsh winters in the late 1930s and early 1940s made the Potomac River impassible between December and February. This drastically reduced the Powder Factory’s capacity to meet production schedules. With the advent of upgraded railroad access to Indian Head, the railroad could remain in operation and continue to make deliveries when the Potomac had frozen over. After the White Plains spur and the internal railroad expansion was completed in 1919, a total of 2,038 cars of freight were delivered via the railroad, and 369 by barge from the Washington Navy Yard. The railroad spur was deemed a success. In 1921, the Bureau of Ordnance wrote in its annual report, “The railroad has been in successful operation during the year. Coal, cotton, sulphur, alcohol, nitrate of soda, armor plate and all general supplies for Indian Head and Dahlgren were received over this road.”

Footbridges link communities Previous to 1911, a private footbridge spanned Mattawoman Creek, giving workers on the south side of the creek quick access to Indian Head. In 1911, Congress authorized the construction of a new foot bridge that would be constructed, operated and maintained by local residents Park Abell, George Lloyd, and Andrew Sullivan. The plan was to deed the foot bridge to the government once completed. The contractors paid the actual cost of construction and operation. The bridge became operational in 1912. Along with the foot bridge, the government also put into operation a chain-ferry-boat to cross the creek. By 1914, a second pedestrian foot bridge was in operation, built by local residents George Nealon, Adrain Posey and Francis Mattingly. This bridge connected at Marbury south of the Mattawoman Creek foot bridge. The residual piles from the second foot bridge can be seen to this day near Bldg. 270 during extreme low tides. Sadly, it was not uncommon for several deaths to occur each winter as pedestrians attempted to cross these foot bridges. It is presumed that these deaths generated a bill introduced in Congress in 1916 by the Navy proposing the construction of a larger, pedestrian drawbridge over Mattawoman Creek to replace the smaller bridges in use. The bill was passed in 1916 and construction was completed in June 1917. The support piles for this foot bridge can still be seen today near Bldg. 436.


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The South Potomac Pilot


Visit today to buy & sell stuff locally in MD/VA/DC. If you do not wish to place your ad yourself, we’ll be glad to place it for you when you call us at 301-670-2543.

Categories for buying and selling include Antiques, Appliances, Cameras & Accessories, Clothing & Accessories, Collectibles, Computers, Crafts, Electronics, Free Stuff, Furniture, Hobbies & Toys, Jewelry & Watches, Lawn & Garden, Music/Instruments, Office Equipment, Pets, Sporting Goods, Tools & Hardware, Yard, Garage & Estate Sales. Excludes Autos, Jobs and other categories not listed above.


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The South Potomac Pilot


Friday, April 12, 2013

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South Potomac PIlot, Apr 12, 2013  

South Potomac PIlot, Apr 12, 2013

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