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May 24, 2013


CBIRF says goodbye to Col. Ahern By Andrew Revelos Staff Writer

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The Chemical Biological Incident Response Force (CBIRF) welcomed a new leader and said goodbye to Col. Peter Ahern, who led the unit through a very active three years, at a change of command ceremony May 21 at Naval Support Facility Indian Head. Major Gen. Raymond Fox, commanding general of the II Marine Expeditionary Force, attended the ceremony and praised Ahern, who received the Legion of Merit for his “extraordinary” leadership. CBIRF is charged with responding to chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or high-yield explosive (CBRNE) events in support of federal, state and local authorities, as well as combat commanders. Under Ahern’s leadership, CBIRF conducted its firstever overseas contingency response when it participated in Operation Tomadachi. That operation supported relief efforts in devastated regions

of Japan in the wake of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami. CBIRF is unique among Marine Corps units in that its primary mission is lifesaving. CBIRF also supported several other high-profile operations under Ahern’s command, including three State of the Union Addresses, two national security nuclear summits, the 2010 Winter Olympics, a joint session of Congress and a 2012 NATO summit. To accomplish their unique mission, the Marines of CBIRF depend on advanced training and technologies. The unpredictable nature of evolving security threats and the specialized responses they necessitate makes CBIRF a challenging tour for junior Marines and leaders alike. Lt. Cmdr. Marc McDowell, CBIRF chaplain, summarized the most important quality for CBIRF Marines and Sailors during his invocation: to learn to be comfortable with being uncomfortable. “CBIRF is a unique unit,”

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Col. Peter Ahern salutes during the Chemical Biological Incident Response Force change of command ceremony May 21 at Naval Support Facility Indian Head. Ahern led CBIRF for three years and through several high-profile operations; he will serve as the director of the Strategic Initiative Group for his next assignment. said Fox. “The capability and the pride the Marine Corps has in this unit is, I think, proven. We are glad to contribute to the larger good in this very challenging, niche part of warfare. Pete Ahern and [his wife] Michel have done a wonderful job here and I can’t thank them enough.”

Col. Stephen Redifer assumed command of CBIRF after his tour as the deputy director of the Budget and Execution Division, Programs and Resources Department, Headquarters Marine Corps. “Colonel Redifer’s bio is really interesting and it shows a lot of diversity. a lot of independent duty,” said

Fox, addressing the audience and Redifer. “And that’s what this job needs. This is not the place for someone who needs to be regimented; this is a [unique] place; there is only one. You’re an out-of-the-box thinker and you’re not a conformist and that’s what we need here.” Fox also praised the Marines of CBIRF for their own exceptional service. “To all the Marines of CBIRF, keep up the great work,” he said. “You’ve got a great reputation. I thank you for everything you’re doing.” Ahern thanked a long list of people for helping make his tour with CBIRF a successful one. “I’ve been very blessed to be the commander for 35 months,” he said. “I’ve also been very blessed to have wonderful people in my life. I’ve been very blessed to be able to lead an organization as unique and as capable as CBIRF.” First and foremost, Ahern thanked his wife, Michel, and

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NSASP Firefighters complete annual training exercises By Andrew Revelos Staff Writer Firefighters assigned to Naval Support Facilities (NSFs) Dahlgren and Indian Head conducted annual training April 22- May 2 designed to keep up their proficiencies and instill the teamwork they depend on to do the job. The first series of exercises were confined space drills that allowed the first responders a chance to practice their craft in close quarters; the second series of drills were live-fire exercises that approximated an aircraft fire. “All members of the department are required to perform Confined Space training - including entering a permit required space - as well as enter a live fire scenario once a year,” said Jerry Schenemann, battalion chief at Dahlgren. “The main purpose is staying proficient with the equipment and techniques.” For the confined-space

U.S. Navy photo by Andrew Revelos

Firefighters advance on a fire May 2 during training at NSF Dahlgren. First, they addressed fire on the MAFTD wing and engine; then they advanced to the interior of the trainer.

drills, the firefighters took turns raising and lowering rescuers and “victims,” roleplayed by other firefighters, down a rather claustrophobic utility access hole. Firefighters used a mixture of time-proven methods and improvisation to accomplish the mission. Ropes, harnesses, rescue baskets, a tripod and a fire truck were all incorporated in the drills. The centerpiece of the live-fire training was the Mobile Aircraft Firefighting Training Device (MAFTD), operated by firefighters from Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River. The large device mimicked many features found on real aircrafta cockpit, hatches, enginesalong with a series of large burners that produced fireballs on the interior and exterior of the trainer. NAS Patuxent River firefighters observed the training from a specially-outfitted truck, from which they could in-

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Range icon gets new lease on life

U.S. Navy photos by Andrew Revelos

Richard Lay, a contractor ordnance technician at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division, buffs the brass range table on April 17 just behind the gun line at Naval Support Facility Dahlgren. The brass map of Potomac River Test Range was originally a table; for decades now it has illustrated range features for visitors to the base. A close-up of the brass range table shows the darker areas are still covered with patina, but the buffed portion shines brightly. “It sat out for several years and it has a patina,” said Lay. “It will look really nice when it’s done.”

Military Spouse Appreciation Month

Military Spouse Appreciation Month continues at Dahlgren and Indian Head with events to honor our wonderful military spouses. Capt. Peter Nette, Commanding Officer, Naval Support Activity South Potomac, read a proclamation at the USO’s Military Spouse Appreciation event on May 15 at NSF Dahlgren. Nette, seen here thanking USO Manager Elizabeth Laub for hosting events at Dahlgren and Indian Head, declared NSASP’s support for MSA month, adding “our military spouses keep our families on track. They balance their home life, their family’s lives and in many cases their own careers. They nurture their families and recognize family milestones, often despite the other parent being deployed. “ Fleet and Family Support Center employees Carol Allison (left) and Tina Sims honored the special month by presenting flowers to all military spouses entering the Dahlgren commissary on May 15. The paper flowers were made by the children at the Youth Activities Center at NSF Dahlgren.

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NSWCDD wins small business programs award By John J. Joyce NSWC Dahlgren Division Corporate Communications

CARPOOL/VANPOOL WANTED Employee moving to either Fredericksburg, Va. or Maryland is in need of commute to NSF Dahlgren. Ideal commuting arrangement would be transportation that could pick-up and drop-off at or close to place of residence. Please call for more information, Sheila 214-529-3690. 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 540-653-6776 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.

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 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. connect.html.

Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division has earned the 2012 Office of Small Business Programs Sarkis Tatigian award for outstanding small business programs by a Naval Sea Systems Command field activity, NAVSEA announced May 22. “This is a very significant award which represents leadership’s commitment and outstanding execution by your acquisition team,” said Seán Crean, director of the NAVSEA Small Business Programs Office in a correspondence to Capt. Michael Smith, NSWCDD commander. The award is named after NAVSEA Small Business Associate Director Sarkis Tatigian who has served the Navy for more than 70 years, primarily as a civil servant since leaving active duty shortly after World War II. “We create an organizational climate that advances small business opportunities through well-managed small business programs and challenging initiatives,” said Kris Parker, NSWCDD deputy for small business. The first factor is the command’s success at exceeding the annual Department of Defense small business percentage goal for the past five fiscal years by an average of 3.7 percent. The command exceeds the annual DoD small business program goals by ensuring small businesses are considered from the earliest stages of acquisition pre-planning through the award, said Parker. The second factor he cited is the command small business program’s outstanding performance, especially in training and outreach.

NSWCDD Deputy for Small Business Kris Parker speaks with II Corps Consultants, Inc., executive Earnest King at the command’s Small Business Opportunities Fair and Conference. “Training provided to contract personnel and contracting officer representatives increased awareness of our small business program, initiatives and outreach opportunities,” said Parker. “Outreach initiatives include face-to-face meetings and counseling sessions with small business entities, averaging 83 individual sessions per year, enabling their awareness of small business opportunities at Dahlgren, the Navy, and DoD at large.” The third enabling factor is a strategy to issue pre-solicitation announcements for advance notice to industry about upcoming opportunities. “Wherever possible, we issue capabilities requests to locate capable small business entities and provide greater awareness for technical and acquisition professionals for potential small business participation,” said Parker. “These efforts have resulted in

a number of large efforts being broken up and specific areas being set-aside for small business.” The fourth factor is the command’s acquisition process development team, chartered in May 2012, that Parker credits with fostering a culture to continually cultivate a myriad of small business initiatives and opportunities. NAVSEA and its warfare center divisions can assist small businesses, including veteran-owned, service-disabled veteranowned, HUBZone, small disadvantaged, and women-owned small business concerns in marketing their products and services to NAVSEA. Small business owners, partners and executives are encouraged to visit the following DoD, Navy, NAVSEA, and NSWCDD websites regarding programs for small businesses: • DoD Office of Small Business Programs: • Department of the Navy Office of Small Business Programs: http://www.donhq. • NAVSEA business opportunities webpage: • NSWCDD small business webpage: NSWCDD is a premier research and development center that serves as a specialty site for weapon system integration. The command’s unique ability to rapidly introduce new technology into complex warfighting systems is based on its longstanding competencies in science and technology, research and development, and test and evaluation.

Battle of Midway events at NSF Dahlgren

* Battle of Midway 5K is open to all with base access. Registration at the base gym will remain open until 10 a.m. the morning of the event, Wednesday, June 5. The 5K will start at 11 a.m. Running bibs will be provided. First 25 to register will receive a free t-shirt. There will be a medals for the fastest runners. Anyone interested in helping please contact Lt. Jessica Tuia (540-284-1235).

Greatest Victory. His presentation begins at 10 a.m. Winner will be announced on Friday morning. If interested in participating please contact Lt. Jessica Tuia (540-284-1235).

* Start of Battle of Midway Poster Contest - All are welcome to prepare an original Battle of Midway poster to hang in the CSCS / ATRC auditorium, Building 1520.

There are no size or shape restrictions. All posters will be in good taste. Posters go up for display in the auditorium on Tuesday, June 4 and will be voted on through Thursday COB for those with building access. To vote, place the number of the poster of your choice on a piece of paper and place in the box which will be located in the auditorium. For any individuals who would like to vote but do not have building access, they will be able to do so Thursday, June 6 directly before and after the presentation by Mr. Tom Hone, author of The Battle of Midway: The Naval Institute Guide to the U.S. Navy’s

Employees on Naval Support Facility Indian Head are invited to participate in a voluntary survey currently underway in conjunction with a market analysis for commuter ferry service on Occoquan, Potomac and Anacostia Rivers. The Northern Virginia Regional Commission and several funding partners have contracted with a consulting team headed by Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates, Tim Payne, Project Manager, to conduct this study. The central question of this study could be stated as “Are there other markets for commuters, people who currently travel by land between locations in relative proximity to the river system, or casual travelers who could, or would, take advantage of a ferry system, or route, that is designed primarily to meet their specific needs?” A very specific part of answering that question revolves around assessing the military installations along the waterways, particularly given that functions have been realigned and relocated as a result of BRAC. The study has reached the stage where the focus has been narrowed to a few prime

corridors for further analysis. A digest of the specific corridors is provided below. We are also currently engaged in conducting market research through a phone survey of the general public along a number of other potential corridors. Joint Base Anacostia Bolling/Homeland Security HQ from Old Town Alexandria and National Airport Fort Belvoir from Indian Head, Joint Base Anacostia/Bolling, and Southwest/ Southeast DC. Quantico from Indian Head, Southwest/Southeast DC The Navy Yard from Prince William County The analytical approach for this study is based on two primary paths of investigation. One is to investigate the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments model; the second is to directly survey military and civilian personnel at Fort Belvoir, Marine Base Quantico, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Department of Homeland Security Headquarters at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Washington

Navy Yard, and Naval Support Facility Indian Head. The objective in conducting the survey is to obtain information that relates to how employees make commute decisions and to test their potential acceptance of a ferry service in the specific corridors mentioned above. The survey is conducted through an on-line format and takes about 15 minutes to complete. The survey has been constructed in a manner that allows individuals who do not commute to work through one of the corridors of interest to stop the survey about two questions into the survey. All information will remain confidential; no information will be obtained that would allow tracking particular responses back to an individual who submitted them, nor will the survey attempt to gather any specific geographic information about specific home or work location. To take the on-line survey, go to http:// index.php.

* Author Tom Hone will be speaking on the Battle of Midway at 10 a.m. in CSCS / ATRC auditorium, Building 1520. This event is open to all with base access. Navy Ball Burger Burn will commence by the front entrance to ATRC at 11 a.m. Tom Hone will have a book signing for his book on the Battle of Midway at the NEX following his presentation (11 a.m.).

NSFIH employees can take ferry survey

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Base Happenings Dahlgren Asian Pacific American Observance at NSF Dahlgren

An Asian Pacific American Observance will be held on Thursday, May 30 from 11 a.m. - Noon at the ATRC Auditorium. Guest speaker will be Mr. Asif Khan, Director, Financial Management and Assurance Team, Government Accountability Office (GAO).

Battle of Midway Poster Contest

You are invited to prepare an original Battle of Midway poster to hang in the CSCS / ATRC auditorium, Building 1520 for the June 6 observance. There are no size or shape restrictions. All posters must be in good taste. Posters will be displayed in the auditorium on Tuesday, June 4 and will be voted on through Thursday, June 6 for those with building access. Those attending the observance on June 6 will be allowed to vote for their favorite poster before and after the presentation. Winner will be announced on Friday morning. If interested in participating please contact LT Jessica Tuia (4-1235).

Battle of Midway Observance

A Battle of Midway observance will be held June 6 at the CSCS/ATRC Auditorium at 10 a.m. Guest speaker will be author Tom Hone, author of “The Battle of Midway - the Naval Institute Guide to the U.S. Navy’s Greatest Victory.” The Dahlgren Navy Ball Committee will be selling lunch at the front entrance to ATRC at 11 a.m. Mr. Hone will also hold a book signing at the NEX following the observance at approximately 11 a.m. This event is open to all with base access.

Subway at NSF Dahlgren Cannonball Lanes Grand Opening

A grand opening will be held for Subway at Cannonball Lanes on Monday, June 3. Buy one, get one free coupons are available on the NSA South Potomac Facebook page. All with base access are invited to attend.

Navy Ball Lunch Fundraiser Moving to ATRC

The Dahlgren Navy Ball Committee is selling lunch daily (weather permitting) from 11 a.m. 1 p.m. at the ATRC gazebo. Please come out for lunch and support the Dahlgren Navy Ball Committee.

Second Tour Thrift Store Has Expanded Hours

Second Tour Thrift Store is now open every

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U.S. Navy photo by Cynthia Holland

Navy electromagnetic railgun statistician Lynda Hester briefs Virginia Commonwealth Governor’s School students on how to build their own electromagnetic experiments. The 107 students - from King George, Caroline, Spotsylvania and Stafford counties - designed and built their own miniature electromagnetic railguns under the guidance of Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division railgun engineers at NSWCDD’s third annual Railgun High School Physics Day.

Students visit railgun facility

By John J. Joyce NSWC Dahlgren Division Corporate Communications

One visit to a Navy research lab to see electromagnetic railgun technology under development answered a plethora of questions related to physics and future career decisions for 107 Commonwealth Governor’s School students. They saw the electromagnetic railgun and watched it fire a projectile via slow motion video at “station number one,” but that was just the beginning of their new insight at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) Electromagnetic Launch Facility April 24. The high school students - from King George, Caroline, Spotsylvania and Stafford counties - became immersed in two intense hours of academic and practical railgun education featuring five more stations called “shoot a railgun; build a railgun; instrument a railgun; touch a railgun; and power a railgun.” As they designed and built their own miniature electromagnetic railguns under the guidance of NSWCDD railgun engineers, the students quickly gained new perspective, ideas and interest into science, technology, math and science (STEM) careers at NSWCDD’s third annual Railgun High School Physics Day. “Our visit to see the Navy’s electromagnetic railgun was exceptionally beneficial to our students, exposing them to potential careers and opportunities they never think about,” said Commonwealth Governor’s School physics teacher Brad Miller. “Now, they’re thinking about career opportunities where math and physics are applied in exciting real-world Navy lab projects.” The aspiring railgun experts arrived at the NSWCDD Electromagnetic Facility with an education in physics covering electrical circuits, capacitance, resistance, magnetic fields, forces on particles in magnetic fields, kinematics in one dimension, projectile motion, Newton’s laws, work and

energy, and the ability to solve equations with algebraic expressions. Before leaving, the students used their knowledge of physics to measure the impact of mini-railguns they built and fired. “I was impressed with the enthusiasm and the knowledge of the students,” said Cynthia Holland, NSWCDD Railgun Test Systems Integrator. “I think they were excited to see the equations and concepts that they learn in school are actually used in the workforce. All around, they had a wonderful time and learned how physics and engineering is used by the railgun professionals in their jobs.” Their hands-on learning experience at Dahlgren included an opportunity to calculate the kinetic energy of projectiles and comparing it to full-scale railgun launches. Students shrunk aluminum cans by generating a magnetic field from capacitors similar to the magnetic field generated for the Navy railgun. They also learned the differences between railguns and coilguns. “I love giving back to kids,” said Holland. “Many adults gave their time to me to help foster my love of science. I am thrilled that I am able to give back to today’s generation of kids. Science education is a national security issue - we must be at the forefront of science and technology or we will not be a player in the world of the future.” NSWCDD scientists and engineers share technology by participating in STEM activities and other programs that promote the youth of our community to pursue careers in technical disciplines Through these programs and educational partnerships with local schools, NSWCDD actively seeks opportunities to give area youths a panorama of the world of science and engineering. When fully developed, the electromagnetic railgun will give Sailors a dramatically increased multimission capability. Its increased velocity and extended range over traditional shipboard weapons will allow them to conduct precise,

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Friday, May 24, 2013

MWR Highlights Aquatics Center 4th Annual Memorial Day at the Pool

May 27, 12 - 6 p.m. Eligible patrons include all with base access. Join us for the popular official opening of the outside pool deck, cool pool and water fountain on Memorial Day Monday. Cost is general admission. For more information call the Aquatics Center at 540-653-8088/6213. Sponsored by NSWC Federal Credit Union.

Youth Activities Center America’s Armed Forces Kids Run

May 24, 2 p.m. Location: Joy Park (behind the Pool) FREE Eligible patrons include children ages K-12, with base access. Come out for a one mile kid run that meets Presidential Physical Fitness Program Requirements. Run will be held at Joy Park behind the Youth Activities Center and the Pool. T-shirts will be given to those children who complete their run. Water stations will be available during run. For more information call the Youth Activities Center at 540-653-8009.

Parent and Child Pool Tournament

May 29, 5:30 p.m. Location: Youth Activities Center FREE Pool Tournament between teams of parent or sponsor and child. First 8 teams of 2 registered. Register at the Youth Activities Center by May 24. Eligible Patrons: All kids in the 4th grade or higher with a parent or sponsor. For more information contact The Youth Activities Center at 540-653-8009.

Liberty Center Slip -N-Slide Saturday at the Liberty Center

May 25, Noon - 8 p.m. Free to Liberty Center patrons only: E1- E6 Single/ Unaccompanied Active Duty Military. Come join Liberty for a day of fun in the sun. Slip and slides will be set up in the Liberty courtyard and cool off with refreshments all day. For more information, please contact the Liberty Center at 540-653-7277.

Movie on the Lawn at the Liberty Center

May 26, 9 p.m. Free to Liberty Center patrons only Come spend the night outside with Liberty and enjoy the movie “The Sitter” on the outdoor movie screen. For more information, please contact the Liberty Center at 540-653-7277.

Memorial Day Cookout at the Liberty Center

May 27, open holiday hours from Noon - 7 p.m. Free to Liberty Center Patrons only Enjoy BBQ. For more information, please contact the Liberty Center at 540-653-7277.

Liberty Movie and Pizza Night

May 28, 3 p.m. Free to Liberty Center patrons only Have dinner with Liberty and enjoy the newest movies. For more information, please contact the Liberty Center at 540653-7277. Pizza is sponsored by Dahlgren Domino’s Pizza.

Movie Theater

Saturday Movie Matinee

May 25, 2 p.m. Eligible patrons include all with base access. We will be playing the rereleased movie “Jurassic Park” in 2-D - Rated PG. See theater info on this page for ticket prices. For more information please contact the Dahlgren Movie Theater at 540-653-7336.


Movie Theater 540-653-7336 Hours of Operation Friday and Saturday: 7 p.m. Showings 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, May 24 7 p.m., Oblivion - PG-13 Saturday, May 25 2 p.m., Jurassic Park (2-D) - PG-13

Gym/Weight House Fitness Center

Renovations are complete at the NSF Indian Head Weight House Fitness Center! Equipment is back in place and all rooms are open.

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 am and start your day energized! Walkers and runners will be split into groups. $5 per person. Register at the WHFC.

Breast Cancer Walk for Women

June 5, starting at 11 a.m. at the Ben Rand Field Track Walk a mile, two miles or three miles for breast cancer. Open to all eligible patrons. $5 for contractors, FREE for military. Register at the Fitness Center any time prior to the start of the race.

Summer Basketball Tournament

June 3, Indian Head Gymnasium 5-on-5 double elimination tournament. Free for Military. $5 for all others. Register at the Fitness Center.

Swimming Pool Dive In to Summer Fun

The NSF Indian Head swimming pool opens for the 2013 summer season on memorial Day weekend. Hours of operation for that weekend are 1 - 7 p.m. Open to all eligible patrons.

Adult Beginner Swim Clinic

June 1, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. This clinic is for adults who can swim but have never learned a formal stroke or taken a swim lesson. The Clinic will consist of theory and practice sessions focusing on hydrodynamics, basic aquatic skills, and stroke mechanics. Free for Active Duty Military, $20 for all others. Register at the WHFC.

Youth Center Summer Camp Registration

Summer will be here before you know it and with it comes camp! Register now for Summer Camp 2013 at Camp Tomahawk. 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.

Auto Skills Shop Auto Hobby Shop Self Help Classes June 10 - Basic Car Care

Saturday, May 25 7 p.m., Evil Dead - R Friday, May 31st 7 p.m., Scary Movie 5 - PG-13 Saturday, June 1st 7 p.m., Pain & Gain - R Information and demonstration classes will be held from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. on the second Monday of each month. These classes are FREE and open to all eligible patrons. For more information contact

Recreational Gear Rentals

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.

New Campers Available

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.

Reminder - 2013 MWR Teen Employment program The MWR Teen Employment programs offers teens that are ages 15 - 17 the opportunity to gain valuable job skills while working within various Fleet and Family Readiness Programs. NSF Dahlgren has 15 positions available and NSF Indian Head has 15 positions available. Positions are available in a variety of programs. Each potential teen employee MUST complete the Boys and Girls Club national program, Career Launch. This program will be offered at NSF Dahlgren on May 29 and at NSF Indian Head on May 30. Interested teens who complete the Career Launch Program must submit an application to either the MWR Admin Office at NSF Indian Head (Bldg D-328) or NSF Dahlgren Bldg 205) by June 7. Due to the limited number of positions only the first 30 applications will be accepted. Applications will NOT be available until the Mandatory Career Launch at the end of May. Contractors are not eligible. For more information contact: Indian Head - 301-744-4775 Dahlgren - 540-653-7777

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Fire: Training to improve skills and service Continued from page 1

crease or decrease the flames based on the actions of the firefighters participating in the drills. The firefighters addressed the training scenario in teams. “Two of the most important things we look for during training and reallife situations are teamwork and communication,” said Schenemann. “Each riding position on the fire engine or truck company has a specific job once on-scene. Each person knows what’s expected of that position.” The MAFTD did an impressive job simulating a real fire emergency. The tremendous heat produced by the burners radiated from the trainer’s aluminum fuselage. At several points during the exercises, the MAFTD operators paused the training to allow the device to cool. Drew Lockhart, a firefighter assigned to Dahlgren, offered some colorful descriptions of both training events. “The MAFTD is kind of like climbing in your BBQ grill that you have on your back porch,” he said. “The confined space [training] is like going in the drainage pipe that your parents told you not to ever go into, with one way in and one way out.” Downtime in between drills allowed leaders and peers alike to critique each other’s performances during the drills, which took the form of helpful advice and good-natured teasing.

US Navy photo by Andrew Revelos

Col. Stephen Redifer, left, the new commanding officer of the Chemical Biological Incident Response Force, accepts the CBIRF colors from Col. Peter Ahern, right, during the unit’s change of command ceremony May 21.

CBIRF: U.S. Navy photos by Andrew Revelos

Firefighters put out a fire on the Mobile Aircraft Firefighting Training Device (MAFTD), part of their annual live-fire training at Naval Support Facility Dahlgren on May 2. “If you’ve been around us any length of time, you know that we have fun and rib each other regularly,” said Schenemann. “There’s also a lot of respect under that layer of kidding. There’s a great mix of experience and enthusiasm between the young and older members.” The training was not only enjoyable for the firefighters, but also helps them better serve the community they protect. “The training we do every year keeps us up on our skills to provide a better service,” said Lockhart. “The training is fun and helps keep spirits high in a demanding job.”

Fire meets water: firefighters assigned to Naval Support Facility Dahlgren address a fire on a simulated aircraft engine of the Mobile Aircraft Firefighting Training Device (MAFTD), during annual live-fire training May 2. Fire department leaders from Dahlgren and Indian Head offered a “big thanks” to Capt. Jonathan Scully, Capt. Luke Hagensick, Capt. John Trossbach, Capt. Mi-

chael Miedzinski, Firefighter Aaron Fenwick and Firefighter Stephen Long, from the NAS Patuxent River Fire Department, for helping facilitate the training.

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Continued from page 1 his sons, Matt and Josh for all the support they gave him on the “home flank” during his tour. He also praised the “wonderful superiors, peers and subordinates while I’ve been here in command.” Ahern, who served with Fox 20 years ago on a prior assignment, thanked Fox for his friendship, guidance, mentoring and advice. Ahern also singled out Sgt. Maj. Darrel Stillings, CBIRF’s top enlisted leader, and his wife Shauna for support on so many matters he “couldn’t possibly begin to list” them all. “The final thing that I’m very blessed in is I have a wonderful organization,” said Ahern. “[Col. Redifer]: you’ve got a great group of Marines and Sailors and civilians out here. It’s the whole, total package. There’s nothing these Marines, Sailors and civilians have been asked to do that they haven’t performed magnificently.” Ahern will serve as the director of the Strategic Initiative Group for his next assignment. Redifer thanked Fox for the opportunity to lead Marines. “There’s no great opportunity

to serve Marines than through the privilege of command,” he told Fox. “I thank you for entrusting me with that command and I look forward to serving with you.” Redifer also offered thanks to all of the military families in attendance. “Every Marine that’s here knows it’s the family, it’s the spouse, it is the children who have sacrificed so much in order for us to serve our country.” CBIRF has made a positive impression on Redifer since his arrival and he praised the Aherns for their stewardship of the organization. “I’ve been around the Marines Corps for quite some time now,” said Redifer. “Walking into your unit-the hospitality, the professionalism, the cando attitude and spirit of these Marines-is a direct reflection of you and Michel’s leadership and how much you love these young men and women. I thank you for turning over a great command.” Redifer thanked all the CBIRF Marines who participated in the change of command ceremony and said he looked forward to leading them.”Thank you for all your effort,” he said. “Your reputation precedes you. The one thing I know is that I’m just another rider on a proven horse.”

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The sunny days of summer bring hot temperatures and outdoor gatherings. It’s also a time of increased risk of food poisoning. While most Americans realize that May through September poses the biggest threat of food poisoning, a recent survey1 conducted by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics shows that consumers are not practicing correct outdoor food safety procedures. So, before you pack the picnic basket, remember these simple tips to ensure that unwanted bacteria won’t have a place at your table.

Stay Sanitary

- Bring moist towelettes or soap and water to clean your hands and surfaces often. - Bring extra plates - one for raw foods and another for cooked foods.

Cook Properly

- Cook your favorite foods to the right temperature by using a food thermometer; hamburger to at least 160?F and chicken breasts to 165?F. - Never partially grill meat to finish cooking later.

Refrigerate Promptly

- Pack food in a well-insulated cooler with plenty of ice or icepacks to keep temperature below 40F. - Transport food in your air-conditioned car instead of in your hot trunk. - Remove from the cooler only the amount of raw meat that will fit on the grill. - Defrost meat and seafood in the refrigerator before taking them to the grill. - Don’t leave food outside in hot weather (90F or above) for more than one hour.

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IH welcomes new Liberty manager NSWCDD employee receives magazine honor By Andrew Revelos Staff Writer

Navy geographer Matthew Page holds the plaque presented to him by Careers & the disABLED Magazine Editor Larry Jaffee, left, and Robert Bills, Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division Disruptive Technologies Branch head, at the magazine’s 21st Annual Awards reception and dinner. The Navy announced May 22 that Page - a wounded warrior - received the magazine’s 2013 National Employee of the Year award for outstanding achievement. working on projects in support of warfighters. The wounded warrior dedicates his personal time to supporting, endorsing and advocating for fellow wounded service members and their families. Page serves on the Families of the Wounded Fund’s board of directors for the greater Fredericksburg region. His efforts include the coordination of fundraising events to provide financial resources to support family members of wounded warfighters who are receiving medical treatments in local health care facilities. As a civil servant, Page directly impacted the NSWCDD Hydra Hunter team’s integration, testing and production efforts on seven high visibility, high risk projects that resulted in the fielding of more than 1,000 systems to U.S. troops that met aggressive schedule and technical requirements. “Wounded warriors are of extraordinary value to the workforce, providing a blend of relevant military background, education, skills and abilities,” said Lysher. “They are valuable contributors to the work we perform to help DOD win the global

war on terrorism. We now have 16 Wounded Warriors or “heroes” working beside us (at NSWCDD Asymmetric Defense Systems Department) and we will continue to take advantage of any and all opportunities to hire many more.” The NAVSEA wounded warrior program seeks to provide wounded service members with education and training that will expand their professional skills and, ultimately, enhance its workforce. In all, NAVSEA has hired more than 1,600 wounded warriors since fiscal year 2009. NAVSEA’s Wounded Warrior program includes outreach, education, training and hiring initiatives that begin in military treatment facilities, and continue through job placement. Mentors work with wounded service members during their recuperation and rehabilitation, to provide education and training for specific career paths. NAVSEA works with learning and employment centers to provide these same resources to those service members already separated from service.

South Potomac Pilot wants your graduate photos High school and college graduates who are dependents of military personnel and civilian employees at Naval Support Facility (NSF) Indian Head and NSF Dahlgren will be featured in an upcoming special edition of the South Potomac Pilot on June 21. If you have a child that is graduating from high school, trade school, military boot camp or college, you are invited to submit a photo of your grad! In addition, military and civilian personnel graduating from an academic institution in 2013 are also invited to submit photos, along with graduate’s name, name of the school from which they graduated and the degree earned. Photos can be submitted electronically (preferable) or hard copy photos can be delivered to sites at Dahlgren and Indian Head. Digital images should be at a resolution of at least 300 dpi and no smaller than 2-by-3 inches, and should be emailed as

stand-alone attachments (not embedded in a Word or PowerPoint document). All submissions must include the graduate’s name, school, prospective college if applicable, and type of degree if applicable. Please also include your name, command and organizational code, a contact phone number, and your relationship to the graduate. All photos that are not submitted electronically need to be picked up no later than July 13. Photos can be submitted electronically to jeron.hayes@navy. mil, or hard copy photos can be dropped off at NSF Dahlgren in the Public Affairs Office, Bldg. 101, Room 109, or at the NSF Indian Head Gymnasium, Bldg. D-328 with Charlene Marsden. The deadline for submitting photos is 2 p.m. on Monday, June 10. Please contact me with any questions at (540) 284-0129 or DSN 234-0129. We look forward to recognizing your graduates and congratulating them on a job well done!

U.S. Navy photo by Andrew Revelos

Kate Weisbacher, the new manager of the Liberty Center at Naval Support Facility Indian Head. ing cultural differences came as another aspect of performing the job. Now, Weisbacher is quickly learning about the needs of the customers in Indian Head, which primarily consists of Marines assigned to the Chemical Biological Incident Response Force (CBIRF). Those customers are unsurprisingly focused on adventure-type activities and Weisbacher is organizing, for example, white-water rafting and paint ball events. Weisbacher’s motivation to help service members centers on her desire to help those with a very difficult and very serious job. “Right now I don’t think I’m cut out for the military, but I want to support them in any way that I can, by providing programs and recreational activities

and things that they can do in their off time.” In her own off time, Weisbacher enjoys reading and has a self-described “obsession” with the National Treasure movies. Her new assignment’s proximity to Washington, D.C. may further that obsession with all the historic sightseeing opportunities available. Her own recreational activities can also serve as inspiration to craft more activities for service members at Indian Head, a creative process that seems to always be on Weisbacher’s mind. “I love my job,” she said. For information about upcoming Liberty Program events and recreational opportunities, call the Liberty Center at (301) 744-4524.

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Navy civilian geographer Matthew Page - a wounded warrior injured by an improvised explosive device blast in Iraq - received “Careers and the disABLED” magazine’s National Employee of the Year award for outstanding achievement, the Navy announced May 22. Honored for his civilian career at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division, Page’s leadership and experience led to the development of several innovative systems to aid warfighters in combat. The former Army captain simply “never left the fight,” say Navy leaders. “I am so thrilled for Matt and all that he has accomplished,” said Cmdr. David McAfee, who directs wounded warrior program support for Naval Sea Systems Command. “He was a hero in deploying to the desert in uniform. He became wounded while defending our freedoms. Now Matt works as a civilian at NAVSEA and has stayed in the fight. Matt is an inspiration for us to never get discouraged or quit regardless of our circumstances.” Page was recognized as a strong and successful volunteer advocate for wounded warriors and their families. “Wounded warriors, like Matt, raise the ‘employee of the year’ concept to a higher level,” said John Lysher, NSWCDD Asymmetric Defense Systems Department Head. “Their resumes are in their service to our country, their skills in their war fighting expertise, their references are their purple hearts.” Page suffered severe injuries resulting from the IED blast while working as part of a U.S. Army transition team in Iraq. He overcame all of his physical challenges to start a new career as a government geographer

Katie Weisbacher is not a service member, but her love of serving those who serve has taken her around the world, from Iceland, to Guantanamo Bay, to Great Lakes, to Bahrain. Now, Weisbacher is lending her talents to the Liberty Center at Naval Support Facility (NSF) Indian Head. Weisbacher’s Navy journey began five years ago, when the Chicago-native accepted an internship at Naval Air Station Keflavic, Iceland. After graduating from Eastern Illinois University, Weisbacher moved on to the Child Development Center (CDC) at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, an assignment she greatly enjoyed. Working with military children has been one of the highlights of Wesibacher’s career. “You get an appreciation for the parents who try to balance their kids and their military career,” she said. After a three-year stint serving closer to home at the Youth Activity Center (YAC) in Naval Station Great Lakes, she decided to take on a challenging assignment at a Liberty Center at a Forward Operating Base in Bahrain. Like many Americans arriving in the Middle East for the first time, the desert heat exceeded Weisbacher’s expectations. “It was hotter than I thought it was going to be.” Local driving habits also made a rather terrifying impression. “In the United States, they teach you defensive driving,” she said with a grin. “Over there, it is offensive driving.” Challenges aside, Weisbacher enjoyed the job, which saw her serve members of all the military branches and contractors. “In Bahrain, I hung out with Army, Marines, Navy and Air Force all day. We had everybody. And contractors.” While the recreation facility in Bahrain served a diverse group of Westerners, it also employed people from all over the world. Overcom-


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Tornadoes - Be Prepared The devastation we’ve seen this week in Oklahoma just reinforces what we already knew - tornadoes are violent by nature. They are capable of completely destroying well-made structures, uprooting trees and hurling objects through the air like deadly missiles. A tornado is a violently rotating column of air extending from the base of a thunderstorm down to the ground. Tornado intensities are classified on the Fujita Scale with ratings between F0 (weakest) to F5 (strongest). Although severe tornadoes are more common in the Plains States, tornadoes have been reported in every state.

ly tornado drill at least once a year. Have a pre-determined place to meet after a disaster. When a tornado watch is issued, think about the drill and check to make sure all your safety supplies are handy. Turn on local TV, radio or NOAA Weather Radio and stay alert for warnings.

Tornado Watch

Tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. Review and discuss your emergency plans, and check supplies and your safe room. Be ready to act quickly if a warning is issued or you suspect a tornado is approaching. Acting early helps to save lives!

Prevention and practice Tornado Warning before the storm: A tornado has been sightAt home, have a family tornado plan in place, based on the kind of dwelling you live in and the safety tips below. Know where you can take shelter in a matter of seconds, and practice a fami-

ed or indicated by weather radar. Tornado warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property. Go immediately under ground to a basement, storm cellar or an interior room (closet,

Dahlgren National Security Lecture Concludes Spring Series

The final National Security Lecture for the spring semester, “Political Islam and the Arab Spring,” will be presented by Dr. Ranjit Singh, on Thursday, May 30, at the UMW Dahlgren Campus. Dr. Singh will discuss the gains made and challenges faced by key Islamic parties and movements since the onset of the Arab Spring. Their agendas, electoral performances, and relations with other political groups will be stressed. Refreshments will be available starting at 8 am and the lecture starts promptly at 8:30 and will end at 10 am. There is no charge, but please register at http://dahlgren.umw. edu/upcoming-events/. This is the third semester of this acclaimed lecture series which is a joint effort of the UMW Political Science and International Affairs faculty, the Joint Warfare and Analysis Center and the Fredericksburg Chamber’s Military Affairs Council. Plan are being made to continue the lecture series again this fall.

KGARL Yard Sale June 1

King George Animal Rescue League will hold a benefit yard sale on Sat., June 1 from 8 a.m. - Noon at the King George YMCA. Donated items (not clothes or shoes) will be accepted at the King George Animal Shelter Mon. - Thurs. from 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and Sat., 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. All items donated are tax deductible.

Jermon Bushrod Celebrity Golf Tournament

The 3rd Annual Jermon Bushrod Celebrity Golf Tournament will be held June 14 at Cameron Hills Golf Links in King George. The tournament will include two flights - 7:30 a.m. registration with 8 a.m. shotgun start for the first flight, noon registration with a 2 p.m. shotgun start for the second flight. Entry fee is $400 per team or $100 per individual. For more information, registration and sponsorship opportunities, visit or All proceeds benefit the Visualize and Rize Foundation.

“An American Celebration”

Hull’s Memorial Baptist Church will present its 4th annual patriotic program on Saturday, June 22, at 7 p.m. and again on Sunday, June 23, at 4 p.m. The program, entitled “An American Celebration,” will feature such rousing pa-

hallway or bathroom). In the open outdoors: If possible, seek shelter in a sturdy building. If not, lie flat and face-down on low ground, protecting the back of your head with your arms. Get as far away from trees and cars as you can; they may be blown onto you in a tornado. Flying debris is the greatest danger in tornadoes.

Signs of a tornado:

Strong, persistent rotation in the cloud base. Whirling dust or debris on the ground under a cloud base - tornadoes sometimes have no funnel! Hail or heavy rain followed by either dead calm or a fast, intense wind shift. Many tornadoes are wrapped in heavy precipitation and can’t be seen. Day or night - Loud, continuous roar or rumble, which doesn’t fade in a few seconds like thunder. Night - Small, bright, blue-green to white flashes at ground level near a thun-

derstorm (as opposed to silvery lightning up in the clouds). These mean power lines are being snapped by very strong wind, maybe a tornado. Night - Persistent lowering from the cloud base, illuminated or silhouetted by lightning — especially if it is on the ground or there is a blue-green-white power flash underneath.

After the tornado

Keep your family together and wait for emergency personnel to arrive. Carefully render aid to those who are injured. Stay away from power lines and puddles with wires in them; they may still be carrying electricity! Watch your step to avoid broken glass, nails, and other sharp objects. Stay out of any heavily damaged houses or buildings; they could collapse at any time. Do not use matches or lighters, in case of leaking natural gas pipes or fuel tanks nearby. Remain calm

Community Notes triotic numbers as This is My Country, This Land is Your Land, God Bless America, and more. The music will be coordinated with a moving slideshow and narrative that bring the songs to life. Come out and celebrate America with us and join us as we show our support for those who have served our nation so faithfully and honor those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country. At each presentation you will have the opportunity to donate to the Wounded Warrior Project. Refreshments follow each program. Hulls Memorial is located at 420 Enon Road in South Stafford, phone 540-371-4124.

FOP Lodge 32 Poker Run

The FOP Lodge 32 will hold a Poker Run on Sat., June 1 at Tractor Supply Shopping Center in Warsaw, Va., location of the start/finish line. Registration will be held from 9 - 10 a.m. Event is for motorcycles and cars. Cost is $20 for first hand, $5 for extra hand. Prizes for first, second, third and last place. For more info, call Danny Dunaway, (804) 5777426 or Roger Briney, (804) 580-9738. All proceeds benefit the FOP Lodge 32 community fund.

Indian Head La Plata Summer Concert Series

The La Plata Summer Concert Series kicks off this Friday, May 24 at 7 p.m. with music from the 25th Hour Band. Concert goers are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs for sitting. Coolers are allowed, but no alcohol, please. Concessions are available from the Town’s food trailer located near the back of the parking lot, an ice cream truck is also stationed there for your enjoyment. A play area for children, the Kids’ Zone, allows parents to enjoy the concert while keeping an eye on the little ones. This concert is free and open to the public.

Sunset Concert Series has begun!

The St. Charles Companies announces the return of The Sunset Concert Series to the St. Charles and Waldorf communities, marking the fifth year for the highly popular free outdoor music festival. The 2013 season will open with the reggae sounds of Peter Humphrey and the Oasis Band. A total of 18 bands will play by the lake throughout the summer, winding up with a funk R&B Dance Party by the band Tomorrow’s Time on August 30th. Joining the series this summer will be returning crowd favorites along with new

and alert, and listen for information and instructions from emergency crews or local officials. For additional information, safety tips and public

outreach resources please see the following websites. faq/tornado/safety.html and http://www.redcross. org/

local singer/songwriter talent. Time: Every Friday at 7 p.m. Location: O’Donnell Lake Restaurant Park, 10400 O’Donnell Place, Waldorf, MD 20601 The Sunset Concert Series lineup includes: May 24 USAF Max Impact USAF Originals May 31 Anthony “Swampdog” Clark Blues June 7 Sara Gray Band Local Rising Star June 14 USN Country Current Country, Bluegrass June 21 Sin Miedo Salsa June 28 WaCaHaSen Jam Band

War of 1812 Living History at Sotterley Plantation

Sotterley Plantation’s War of 1812 Living History “The Choice” will be part of the three year national bicentennial commemoration of this war in our region. “The Choice” will take place on Saturday, May 25th at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 12 p.m. The war with the British brought hardship to the plantation but a chance at freedom for the enslaved. At this living history presentation you will meet the people who lived and labored at Sotterley during the summer of 1814. Join us and be a part of the drama as slaves must make a difficult and daring choice. What will you decide? Advanced reservations required. $10 per person, ages 6 +, free for under 6. Purchase tickets online at www.sotterley. org or call our office at 301-373-2280.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection June 1

The Charles County Department of Public Works would like to remind citizens that the next household hazardous waste collection for this year will be held on Saturday, June 1. The household hazardous waste collection site is located in the parking lot of the Department of Public Works building, located at 10430 Audie Lane, off of Radio Station Road in La Plata. Collection hours are 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Items accepted free of charge include: pesticides, herbicides, fertilizer, gasoline, oil-based paint, cleaning supplies, pool chemicals, batteries, expired prescription drugs, fluorescent lights, mercury thermometers, and other poisons found in the home. Please remember to mark any container that does not have a readable, original label. Unacceptable materials include bio-medical waste (sharps, needles, anything with bodily fluids) and ammunition. Used motor oil, anti-freeze, propane tanks, and bat-

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Base Happenings:

teries are accepted on a regular basis at various collection sites. Latex paint is not considered hazardous waste and can be placed in your household trash as long as it is solidified. This can be accomplished by adding kitty litter, shredded paper, or sawdust to the liquid latex paint to aid in drying it out. Household hazardous waste collection will occur on the first Saturday of each month through December. Upcoming 2013 collection dates are: June 1, July 6, Aug. 3, Sep. 7, Oct. 5, Nov. 2, and Dec. 7. For more information, call the Charles County Department of Public Works, Environmental Resources Division at 301-932-3599 or 301-870-2778, or the landfill and recycling information line at 301-932-5656. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

Thursday from 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Second Tour also needs your donations! Please bring your gently used items to our location on Sampson Road. 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 - that are or were stationed on Dahlgren. Come see us on Thursday!

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Find Your “Purrfect” Pet During Adopt-a-Cat Month

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Indian Head T&J BBQ at Stump Neck Annex

The T&J BBQ Lunch Truck is rolling into NSF Indian Head/Stump Neck Annex! They will be onsite near the firehouse Tuesday - Thursday from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Come out for a yummy lunch today!

To help find loving homes for cats, the Tri-County Animal Shelter is offering a reduced fee cat adoption event this June. The Tri-County Animal Shelter will take in over 600 cats during the month of June. Many of these cats are loving, friendly house cats looking for a new home. You can view many of our cats in our free roaming cat room on our cat cam at If you’ve thought of adding a feline to your family, join the Tri-County Animal Shelter as we celebrate national Adopta-Cat-Month in June. Adopt a cat for $25. Adopt a kitten for just $45. Kittens are up to six months and cats are seven months and over. The Tri-County Animal Shelter is located at 6707 Animal Shelter Road in Hughesville. Shelter staff can be reached at 301-932-1713 or 800-903-1992. Adoption hours are Monday through Friday, 12 - 5 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. To view animals available for adoption, visit

CSM Summer’s Twilight Performances at La Plata Campus July 9, 10, 11

The College of Southern Maryland’s (CSM) Twilight Performance Series returns this summer with a new line-up to include history, music and theater. The free, family-friendly, outdoor series will feature local artists performing a variety of country, traditional bluegrass, Latin jazz and folk music, as well as musical and one-act theater programs at campuses in La Plata, Leonardtown and Prince Frederick. This year CSM will host Chautauqua at the La Plata Campus July 9, 10 and 11. Twilight performances will continue at the Leonardtown Campus on Tuesdays, July 16, 23 and 30; at the La Plata Campus on Wednesdays, July 17, 24 and 31; and at the Prince Frederick Campus on Thursdays, July 18, 25 and Aug. 1. All performances will begin at 6:45 p.m. For information on the Twilight Performance Series call 301934-7703 or 301-870-2309, 240-725-5499, or 443-550-6169, Ext. 7703 or visit

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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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1970 OLDS CUTLASS S Unfurnished Apt. CONVERTIBLE, 38,000 Frederick/Washington Co. original miles, red with white top and interior, 5 LOTHIAN- Priv NS bsmt apt new tires, 350-V8, auto- w/lg windows, in upscale matic with buck-et seats SFH, 900 sqft, 1BR, 1BA, and console, ps/pb, AM No pets. 10mins to AAFB, 20mins to DC. Avail now. radio, real headturner, $850/ mo. incl utils. Please $18000 call 202-288-8778


Condominiums For Rent

WATERFRONT luxury PORT TOBACCO: 1 bd, condo w/boat slip in ba, kit, din rm, liv rm, di- Solomons area. 3BR, rect tv, NP, NS. $800/mo. 2BA, pool, $2000/mo. 410-474-0819 Cred chk 301-934-4254

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Friday, May 24, 2013

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.


Regular rates will apply.


The South Potomac Pilot

Friday, May 24, 2013



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South Potomac Pilot, May 24, 2013  

South Potomac Pilot, May 24, 2013