Dahlgren Vol. 24, No. 12, Mid-DECEMBER 2013
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The ailing female patient shuffled slowly away from the medical clinic. Noticing his retreating patient Dr. Roosevelt went to investigate. As former co-workers relate the details, the patient explained that she did not have the money to call a taxi and also fill the prescription held tightly in her hand. Without hesitation upon hearing this, Dr. Dean quickly coordinated with his nurses to rearrange his schedule, and then personally drove the woman to the pharmacy and on to her home. According to his former coworkers this compassionate caring streak is one of his hallmarks, so when 24/7 TLC Community Care clinic began interviewing for a Medical Director, Dr. Roosevelt Dean’s name was mentioned frequently by former medical colleagues and patients. “Personalized one on one service, and a heart of compassion, along
with excellent medical skills are key criteria for the culture we’re striving to create here at the community care clinic.” states 24/7 TLC President Arlene Jacovelli. Theresa Gauvin RN, the 24/7 TLC Community Care Clinic Director of Administration explains “Dr. Dean was frequently praised for his warm bedside manner, and for going the extra mile when diagnosing a patient’s symptoms. Any of the former nurses and his patients conveyed his close attention to detail, yet he was pleasant to work for. When one factors how many hours one may spend in a high stress medical situation this attitude is a critical component of providing excellent health care.” Therefore, it is with great pleasure that Arlene Jacovelli, President of 24/7 TLC community Care Clinic announces that Dr. Roosevelt Dean See Dean, page 10
Theresa Gauvin (left) talks with Arlene Jacovelli and Dr. Roosevelt Dean about plans for the Community Care Clinic which had its administrative opening Monday, Dec. 16. 24/7 TLC, a not-for-profit organization, is working to open a new primary care practice in the space formerly occupied by Gateway Urgent Care. The clinic will offer care for walk-in patients. Dr. Dean had treated patients at the urgent care practice.
Nice Bridge project gets $50 million boost toward replacement Phyllis Cook
NSWC Dahlgren Division Engineer Honored with Haislmaier Award
Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley recently announced that his state’s Transportation Authority (MDTA) Board approved an additional $50 million in its sixyear capital program to go toward the next stage of the new Governor Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge project. O’Malley said the $50 million would help fund the preliminary design and go toward right-of-way acquisition for the project to replace the bridge on US 301 that connects Charles County, Md., and King George across the Potomac River. “Together, with the support of local elected officials and federal
partners, we are making a significant down payment on a wider, safer and more pedestrian-friendly Nice Bridge,” O’Malley said in his Nov. 21 announcement. O’Malley noted that Maryland’s $50 million investment would bring the new bridge one step closer to reality. He added, “There is more work to be done, but I commend the leadership of U.S. Congressman Steny Hoyer and Maryland Senator Thomas “Mac” Middleton for working with the state to advance this crucial project.” A new four-lane bridge is planned to be constructed parallel to, and north of, the existing bridge. The new bridge also will have a two-way
barrier-separated bike/pedestrian path on the south side. There are plans for the existing 1.7-mile two-lane bridge to be removed after a new bridge is completed. 17,900 vehicles cross the bridge each day, with traffic projected to more than double to 37,000 vehicles per day by 2030. The bridge is necessary and essential for military transportation between Dahlgren and Indian Head and points beyond including the Pentagon and other civilian and military defense offices. The bridge is also important for commuters and interstate trucking commerce, as well as for tourists travelling through and residents in both states who may
use it only occasionally. PRELIMINARY DESIGN/ RIGHT-OF-WAY ACQUISITION, 2014-19 $50 million of new funding will boost the $6.1 million funding for preliminary engineering design that was announced by the MDTA this past summer, and also puts money toward right-of-way acquisition. Work that had been previously earmarked for the initial $6.1 million would only have gone for such activities as geotechnical work related to ordnance detection and removal in 2014 and 2015. The new total of $56.1 million
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International partner visits Dahlgren training center Kimberly M. Lansdale Center for Surface Combat Systems Dahlgren — The Royal Au s t r a l i a n Na v y ’s ( R A N ) Commodore of Training visited the Center for Surface Combat Systems (CSCS) and Aegis Training and Readiness Center (ATRC), co-located onboard Naval Support Facility Dahlgren, Nov. 8. CDRE Michael Noonan visited CSCS and ATRC to see firsthand how the U.S. Navy trains its Sailors and give him a better understanding of how RAN Sailors manning its new Hobart class of air warfare destroyers (AWD), will be trained at ATRC. CSCS Commanding Officer Capt. Don Schmieley hosted Noonan during working lunch discussions. “We have a great relationship with RAN and several of their Sailors will begin their training with us after the New Year,” Schmieley said. “We discussed United States Navy Instructor qualifications, curriculum standards, schoolhouse accreditation, crew certifications, and Personal Qualif ication Standards (PQS). This discussion provided CDRE Noonan with a greater understanding of the training his Sailors will receive.” ATRC Commanding Officer Capt. Ian Hall hosted Noonan during the tour of the schoolhouse. “CDRE Noonan observed a blended learning solution that includes standard classrooms, hands-on labs, simulations, as well as computer-based and interactive courseware training,” Hall explained. “We are looking forward to having Australia in the schoolhouse as they bring their new Aegis ships online.”
Aegis Training and Readiness Center’s Commanding Officer Capt. Ian Hall (middle) and LEUT Colin Holloway (right) discuss how ATRC uses instructor-led classrooms, simulation and hands-on training labs to train Sailors during Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) Commodore Michael Noonan’s (left) visit to the schoolhouse. (U.S. Navy photo by Daryl Roy, ATRC) Noonan, who was appointed his current role in Sep. 2012, was enthralled with his discussions with CSCS and ATRC and the quality of training he observed. “I thank CSCS and ATRC for their continued support throughout this journey,” he said. “The training my Sailors will receive will empower them to perform at their best. They will be ready to meet the challenges of delivering future capability, fight and win at sea.” CSCS’ international training is coordinated through the
command’s Security Assistance and International Programs directorate. “We share a special partnership w it h t he R AN and CSCS International Programs is focused on facilitating an exchange of ideas, information and training material as we progress with the AWD program,” said Dr. Darrell Tatro, director, CSCS International Programs. “While the USN has more than thirty years of Aegis experience to share with the RAN, we are gaining much through
lessons learned from this global partner.” The mission of CSCS International Programs is to provide allied forces quality training to enable them to develop ready teams capable of operations that maintain and expertly employ surface combatants. The directorate partners with U.S. training, readiness, and policy organizations, as well as other government agencies and industry to support international missions.
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CSCS Names Instructors of the Year Dahlgren — Center for Surface Combat Systems (CSCS) recently announced the selection of its 2013 Instructors of the Year in the midgrade, senior and officer categories Nov. 18. Capt. Don Schmieley, CSCS commanding officer was impressed with the caliber of instructors. “Congratulations to all and thank you for your hard work training Sailors to conduct prompt and sustained combat operations at sea,” said Schmieley. “I’m confident the students of these instructors are well-prepared to go to the fleet and better our Navy.” Electronics Technician 2nd class Travis Sandberg, who teaches High Frequency System Maintenance at CSCS Detachment West, was honored by his selection as Junior Enlisted Instructor of the Year. “The title of Navy instructor carries much responsibility,” said Sandberg. “Every Sailor that leaves my classroom is a reflection of my ability to train and mentor. It is a rewarding experience to know I am sending highly trained professionals to the fleet.” CSCS Unit Great Lakes’ Interior Communications Electrician 1st Class Raymond Miller, who was selected as Mid-Grade Enlisted Instructor of the Year, discussed an instructor’s responsibility to the Fleet and the support of family. “As an instructor and student coordinator, I teach Sailors the critical skills and techniques they will utilize every day in the Fleet,” said Miller. “How they perform in the Fleet, and the type of Sailor they become, is a direct reflection on my performance. However, I wouldn’t be the instructor I am today if it weren’t for the endless patience and See Instructors, page 3
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Instructors: IOY named From page 2 support from my wife, Kristine, and son, Jacobe. CSCS Det West’s Fire Control Division Officer Senior Chief Fire Controlman Seth Rusackas believed his selection as Senior Enlisted Instructor of the Year was due to the training and mentorship of the Chiefs and Petty Officer instructors he worked with as a junior Sailor. “I was set up for success by excellent instructors who cared about me and my education,” said Rusackas. “After obtaining my own experiences and knowledge, I wanted to repay the Navy by training the technicians and leaders of the future. I know some of these students will inherit my anchors, and I’m extremely privileged to have a hand in their education.” Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Training Center’s Strike Officer and Tomahawk instructor Lt. Daniel Arevalo, Officer Instructor of the Year, discussed the importance of being an instructor. “The increasing complexity of the Navy’s mission requires that Sailors always be ready to execute their jobs with precision and speed,” said Arevalo. “Instructors are critical in preparing the Navy to conduct its tasking effectively through rigorous training and reinforcement of procedures and standards. Passing on lessons from my own experiences and challenging students to meet the
high standards our nation expects of a professional Navy is an incredibly fulfilling job.” Command Master Chief James Yee emphasized that these Sailors go beyond the call of duty. “In and out of the classroom, they support the Navy’s mission by striving to do their best and establishing the highest standards
for their students,” explained Yee. “They have become role models for tomorrow’s Navy.” The instructors will compete for Naval Education and Training Command Instructor of the Year in their selected categories. Story by Kimberly M. Lansdale, Center for Surface Combat Systems
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NAVSEA Employees help develop Virtual Military Transition Program Tammy Van Dame Combat Direction Systems Activity Public Affairs Virginia Beach — Military members can access the new Transition GPS (Goals, Plans, Success) program at any time and any place through a new virtual transition assistance program, Navy officials responsible for developing the system announced Nov. 21. The program - available on the Joint Knowledge Online (JKO) website - is being used to improve employment opportunities for separating service members and better prepare them for the civilian workforce. The five-day program covers preseparation and counseling, militaryto-civilian work skills review, Department of Labor interview skills briefing, and a Department of Veteran Affairs benefits briefing. In addition to the GPS core curriculum, transitioning service members who want to pursue specific goals in the technical and entrepreneurial fields, as well as gain more information about higher education, have the option of participating in a series of twoday courses. Service members located in isolated or geographically separated locations and those with short fused separations are among the troops who will benefit the most from the virtual Transition GPS curriculum on JKO. Moreover, family members unable to attend classroom-based training can access the program on the Department of Labor’s website. The opportunity to deploy the Transition GPS program via JKO was personal for Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) employee Mike Barnum, JKO’s Chief of Knowledge Services
Branch. Barnum works for Combat Direction Systems Activity, an echelon five command under Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division. “It was an honor to work on this project and support those service members who are trying to make that critical transition into civilian life,” said Barnum, a veteran with a son and son-in-law currently serving in the armed forces. “It is particularly rewarding to know that JKO was the platform of choice.” In the past, transition programs have been optional. However, legislation passed by Congress late last year called for improvements to the transition assistance program in addition to making it mandatory for all but a few senior service members and some troops with immediate work opportunities. This led to the creation of an interagency task force that conceptualized the Transition GPS approach to strengthening career readiness for post military careers. One of the challenges the task force faced when developing the new fiveday mandatory program was the required classroom participation. Many service members couldn’t take the required classes due to deployments or being underway. That’s when JKO got involved. JKO experts showed us that the virtual capability already existed, said Mr. Wayne Boswell, director of Business Operations, Transition to Veterans Program Office, Office of the Secretary of Defense Personnel and Readiness. “We saw that the GPS curriculum could be deployed in the same system where other joint training is provided,” said Boswell, adding, “service members wouldn’t have to learn how to access a new system.” The joint training resources provided by the JKO portal includes
A Navy Transition Assistance Program instructor discusses job interview techniques with Sailors during a class designed to help out-processing Sailors better transition into civilian life. Military members and their spouses can now access a new Transition GPS (Goals, Plans, Success) program through a virtual transition assistance program developed by Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division employees who work at Combat Direction Systems Activity in Dam Neck, Va. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jeffry Willadsen/Released)
on-line training courses, seminars, video library, and communities of interest. Training on JKO is also tracked, reported and managed for individual service member’s unique training requirements. NAVSEA employees - about 75 percent of the JKO team - provide systems development and support to the portal. “We continue to be amazed by JKO’s capacity and by their willingness to help us,” said Dr. Susan Kelly, director, Transition to Veterans Program Office, OSD Personnel and Readiness. “We are very, very thankful for the professionalism and expertise of the JKO team. They were eager to help
us and worked through some of the barriers. They came to Washington and gave a quick demonstration and blew everyone away.” In 2012, veterans as a group had a 7.4 percent unemployment rate and about 800,000 veterans were currently looking for work nationwide, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. About onefourth of that group is post-9/11 veterans. For more information on
Transition GPS, visit www.ffsp.navy. mil or check with your local Fleet and Family Support Center. The Transition GPS Virtual Curriculum introduction video is located at http://youtube/5asIU341FmQ. To access the Transition GPS Virtual curriculum and instructions, visit https://jkodirect.jten.mil. Fleet and Family Support Centers will provide a DVD of the curriculum to service members who are unable to access the internet.
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American Legion – Fighting for Vets in King George Steven Moore JWAC Public Affairs During Brian M. Williamson’s 21 years on active duty with the U.S. Navy, he readily admits that the American Legion was of no interest to him. Yet, in the years since his retirement as a chief petty officer, he has become passionate about its mission of helping veterans. In 2006 when Williamson first joined the Legion, King George had about 180 members. Today, it has grown to more than 200, including no fewer than 20 who work at Dahlgren, so many in fact that Williamson said that attendance at their monthly meetings overflows even in bad weather. But, these numbers do not reflect the whole story, he said. “When I first joined the local post, most of the members were relatively inactive,” Williamson said. “They were aging out fast, and we considered ourselves fortunate to have a sevenmember quorum at any monthly meeting. We now hold monthly meetings that often have between 20 and 35 members present.” “There was a bit of desperation then,” Williamson said. “So many posts had aged and died out. At 50, I was one of the youngest members. We lost the generation after the Vietnam War. The younger
Brian Williamson arrives at the King George post. generations are not joiners. Many vets didn’t want to have anything more to do with government stuff, because, they really came away disgusted with what they saw. A lot of guys you talk to came out of service with a bitter taste.” Williamson credits the revival to the election of several very dynamic commanders and their staffs, new programs such as the Sons of the American Legion and the American Legion Riders, and effectiverecruitmentamongyounger veterans and their families. “Sit down dinners, BBQs, fishing and other youth events were difficult—at best—to hold only a few years ago,” Williamson said. “Now, they are becoming more common, and drawing in more veterans to our post. This offers us the opportunity
to strengthen and develop our post activities, including a youth-oriented voting/citizenship rights activity conducted during the last election.” Williamson’s own journey to the Legion was not as direct as it might seem for anyone who served more than two decades in the military. After joining the Navy at 20, he served from 1976 to 1998, spending 17 of those years at sea in the Pacific and Indian oceans. “One year, I was only in port five days where my family was located,” Williamson said. Williamson credits his wife Teresa for her strength and devotion during the long periods of separation. Together, they had five children. It was not until his son joined the Army, however, that Williamson became involved with the Legion. A representative of the Legion approached him and asked him to join. Wanting to do something for his son, Williamson agreed. “I wanted to be a voice for him and others like him,” Williamson said. Once Williamson learned the ropes from older members, he quickly moved into a leadership role,
serving as post vice commander until last year. Now 58, Williamson serves as one of three vice commanders of Virginia’s 12th district. In this role, Williamson helped revitalize the Legion’s oratorical and writing contests on the Constitution, which focuses on high school and middle school students. In addition, each year, the Legion sponsors high school students to attend Boys State, an education program about how government works. The Legion also provides speakers to schools who bring a personal perspective to matters such as patriotism, sacrifice, and honor. The Legion meets more traditional needs of veterans themselves, raising money for wounded warriors, counseling vets suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, providing financial help, and even serving as honor guards for funerals when the military and the Veterans Administration are unavailable to provide support, Williamson said. “If we are not actually conducting an event, we are often planning or setting up for it,” Williamson said. Originally from Richmond,
Va., Williamson moved to King George and started working at the Joint Warfare Analysis Center in Dahlgren in 2006. His passion for vets and the American Legion is apparent to anyone who talks with him. “Our members believe in and fought for America,” Williamson said. “Sometimes their ideals don’t coincide with current or popular beliefs, but they recognize that, and while vocal in opposition, continue to support this nation.” The American Legion is the only veterans organization chartered by Congress. It was established after World War I in 1919 in Paris, France. Today, with more than three million members, it is the largest veterans organization in the country. The Legion currently has 55 departments in every state as well as Washington, DC, Guam, Puerto Rico, and several countries. The King George chapter has two posts, one on Dahlgren Road and the other on U.S. Hwy. 301. For more information about the Legion and its programs, contact Williamson at (540) 775-3671.
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NSWC Dahlgren Division Engineer Honored with Haislmaier Award John Joyce NSWC Dahlgren Division Corporate Communications Dahlgren — The 2013 Dr. Robert J. Haislmaier Memorial Award was presented to a Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) engineer for significant contributions to the Navy Electromagnetic Environmental Effects (E3) program, the Navy announced Dec. 5. The award cited Michael Slocum – the NSWCDD Electromagnetic and Sensor Systems Department‘s Assessment and Evaluation Branch Chief Engineer – for his efforts over the past 15 years, resulting in improved Fleet readiness and responsiveness through prevention, control and resolution of electromagnetic interference issues. “I am truly honored to even be considered for such a prestigious award,” said Slocum after receiving the award from Troy Johnson, Technical Advisor for Navy Cyber and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Integration. “It is truly a humbling experience and a highlight of my career.”
The award is named after a wellknown and respected Navy civilian who worked his entire career on Navy E3 issues and served as the Chief of Naval Operations’ chief spokesman on E3 issues throughout the 1980s. The citation credited Slocum for anticipating new E3 technologies and developing resources to effectively integrate them for the benefit of the U.S. Navy. Slocum’s efforts ensured that Navy shipboard systems will safely and successfully accomplish their missions in the complex electromagnetic environment of today’s fleet. “Mike is a visionar y - he anticipated the need for new E3 technologies and developed the resources to effectively integrate them for the benefit of the U.S. Navy,” said Vice Adm. Kendall Card, the Navy’s Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance in the citation. “He has been a tireless advocate for the U.S. Navy E3 Program and reached out to other supporting organizations to establish collaborative efforts to maximize the benefit of available resources.”
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Michael Slocum – a Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) engineer (middle) – receives the 2013 Dr. Robert J. Haislmaier Memorial Award for significant contributions in the field of electromagnetics directly impacting the fleet. He is pictured with NSWCDD Technical Director (left) Dennis McLaughlin and NSWCDD Commander Michael Durant after a recent award ceremony. Currently, Slocum is leading an effort to use reverberation chamber techniques and technology to develop and execute risk mitigation tests and analyses to ensure that complex weapons and control systems are capable of operating as required in their electromagnetic
environment. “He is recognized throughout both the DoD and international E3 communities as one of the most knowledgeable technical experts in the field of E3 and EMC (electromagnetic compatibility) test and evaluation techniques,”
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Top: Forty-eight U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen gather in front of a 16-inch Navy gun with academy instructor Lt. Justin Jimenez (far right) during their tour of Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) Nov. 15. U.S. Naval Academy instructors have escorted 447 midshipmen to Dahlgren for nine visits since 2009. The visits feature meetings with Navy scientists and engineers who brief midshipmen on technologies and programs such as directed energy, laser weapon systems, electromagnetic railgun, human systems integration and rapid platform integration. “The Naval Academy’s bi-annual combat system tour at NSWC Dahlgren highlights the critical role that STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education plays in enabling the United States and the U.S. Navy and Marine
Corps to remain the economic, technological and military leader of the globe in the 21st century,” said Jon Dachos, NSWCDD Combat System Engineer and Human Systems Integration Command Center Design Lead. Above left: Midshipman Zatha Loewen - a political science major who plans a career in the Marine Corps - recounts her visit to NSWCDD. “I’m very impressed that you are upgrading M4s with optical lenses rather than buying new M16s (rifles),”said Loewen.“It’s good to see that Dahlgren is fiscally responsible.” Loewen was among 48 midshipmen who spoke with NSWCDD scientists and engineers. They climbed into Marine Corps vehicles, examined weapon systems and tried technologies impacting the newest warships. Above right: Midshipman Maddie MacFarlane - a history major who
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NSWC Dahlgren Honors Veterans with stories about Warfighters’ Valor, Courage and Sacrifice John Joyce NSWC Dahlgren Division Corporate Communications Dahlgren — World War II, Vietnam, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Karen Wingeart recounted the impact of each war on her life and career in the naval service as an active duty officer, reservist, and civilian acquisition engineering agent. “Freedom is not free,” said Wingeart, who manages fielding, training and sustainment support for chemical, biological and radiological (CBR) sensors and drug detection kits used by U.S. Navy boarding teams on 145 ships. U.S. Navy military and civilian personnel listened intently at the Naval Support Facility Dahlgren base theater where they gathered Nov. 18 – one week after Veterans Day – to pay tribute to all who served and sacrificed in defense of our nation. “We owe it to our veterans to honor them and their sacrifices,
and one way to do that is to preserve their stories,” said Wingeart, a Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) CBR Defense Division employee. “History does tend to repeat itself, and we should learn from our past so we do not make the same mistakes.” The Navy reserve meteorologist shared several stories honoring U.S. veterans and illustrating the value of American military history and traditions. “I wanted to be a Sailor,” said Wingeart as she reflected deeply on her family’s military history. “I come from a family of veterans, but most were Sailors,” she said. “I had two grandfathers who served in World War II – one who served at sea and the other a Navy Chief who served in China and never spoke about what he did. My father served on a carrier during the Vietnam and Cold War era, my aunt was a nurse in the Navy, and my older cousin enlisted as an air traffic controller.” Wingeart’s stories about veterans’ exploits and sacrifices throughout
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Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) Commander Capt. Brian Durant congratulates NSWCDD acquisition engineering agent Karen Wingeart after she shared several personal stories of veterans’ valor, courage and sacrifice during a November Veteran’s Day Observance Nov. 18. “I wanted to be a Sailor,” the Navy reserve commander told the Dahlgren audience. “I come from a family of veterans, but most were Sailors. I had two grandfathers who served in World War II - one who served at sea and the other a Navy Chief who served in China and never spoke about what he did...”
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Bridge: Funds for replacement From page 1 is slated to be spent between fiscal years 2014 and 2019 for initial engineering design work to determine the type of bridge structure and where the bridge’s support piers would be placed in the Potomac River, among other design elements. It will also go toward the purchase of right-of-way needed for a new Nice Bridge on both the Maryland and Virginia sides. The project is not currently funded for construction. But this new funding helps boost the project into its second phase, toward the future construction phase of the major bridge rebuilding project that has been estimated to cost up to $1 billion. The planning phase of the project had begun in 2006 and took six years to complete, with it finalized in fall 2012. MAINTENANCE WORK ALSO FUNDED AND PLANNED ON EXISTING BRIDGE Following the earlier announcement of the initial design
funding this summer, the King George Board of Supervisors had been provided an update on the next phases of the Nice Bridge rebuilding project planned to replace the existing bridge over the Potomac River which opened in December 1940. In addition to the engineering work slated to begin, Supervisors also got news about some maintenance activity that will take place on the existing 73-year-old bridge. Glen Smith, planning manager for the Maryland Transit Authority’s (MDTA) capital planning, and MDTA engineer Will Pines, bridge and tunnel manager had told the King George board that the MDTA had also programmed funding for future maintenance on the existing bridge. $13.2 million has been identified by the MDTA in fiscal years 2014 and 2015 to assist in extending the service life of the existing bridge until the preferred alternate can be constructed. That work is expected to include concrete deck repairs, deck sealing, and rehabilitation of the catwalk.
Dean: Community Care Clinic opens From page 1 has accepted the position of Medical Director. Theresa Gauvin RN further stated that “Dr. Dean comes with a solid reputation for having a warm, bedside manner, and pays attention to detail which for a nurse is very important. Another important fact is his commitment to this community. One of his reasons he stated in the interview was a desire to stay in the area to continue his relationships he has built here, and to support his patients while enjoying the serenity of life here in King George County. We also discussed our mutual vision to provide every patient whether
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Christmas 1914: When the shooting stopped Ninety-nine years ago this Christmas soldiers of the British, French, and Belgian Armies were facing each other across no man’s land. It was first year of World War One and the beginning of a long period of trench warfare that wouldlastfour more years. Already, since David S. Kerr the war began in August, as many as a million had already died. Leadership was in question, and more than a few soldiers, on both sides of no man’s land, that minimal stretch of territory between the lines, wondered if it was all worth it. In the long term, for the cause of the Allies, it probably was, but right at that moment, in the midst of battle, it wasn’t fighting that broke out, but rather it was Christmas. Along the line, which ran for hundreds of miles, British, French
and Belgian soldiers faced their German enemy with sometimes just a hundred yards between them. It was on Christmas Eve 1914 that British soldiers noticed lights coming from the German lines. At first no one knew what to make of it and then it became apparent that these were little Christmas trees. The German soldiers had mounted them on the heights of their trenches. A few hours later there was singing. As was noted in one letter home, the song was in German but it was instantly recognizable as “Silent Night.” The effect of this gentle little hymn wafting across the stillness of the frozen battlefield was too much to resist and soon the British soldiers joined in. The phenomena occurred all up and down the Allied line. And while it seemed most prominent in the British Sector, French and Belgian soldiers also reported similar occurrences. But there was more than just singing. Soon, with various junior officers meeting somewhere in the
middle, there were truces. These weren’t sanctioned by higher headquarters, but for days, in whole segments of the line, the shooting stopped. Halts in the fighting have occurred in other wars at Christmastime. But this was the first truly modern warn and it happened spontaneously along one of the longest battlefronts in human history. And, to the dismay of the generals on both sides some of these truces lasted well beyond Christmas. There was even a report of an impromptu soccer match between the Germans and the British in no-man’s land. There isn’t much record of the Christmas truces of 1914. Neither side was anxious to publish reports of spontaneous peace breaking out. After all, this was war. Nonetheless, references to the truce pop up in old letters and histories written long after the event. Both the Allied and German generals had no tolerance for these Christmas truces and as soon as word began to reach higher headquarters of this unsanctioned
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