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Our Community Salutes: Military enlistees lauded at event Marty van Duyne News Net News
JWAC presents 2014 first quarter awards
Captain’s rise from remote cabin to NSWCDD Commander recounted at retirement ceremony
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Fredericksburg — Our Community Salutes lauded the class of 2014 high school graduates enlisting in the Armed Forces. The organization hosted a reception and recognition ceremony at the University of Mary Washington on May 14. Retired Navy Lt. Cmdr. Michael Green gave the invocation before military representatives from all service branches made remarks. Nine Navy enlistees and two recruiters stood and recited the Sailors Creed with Cmdr. Aaron W. Dimmock Commanding Officer Navy Recruiting District (NRD) Richmond. Rep. Rob Wittman (R-1), a member of the Armed Services Committee was keynote speaker. Although he led all of the speakers and dignitaries in applauding the enlistees, the audience gave a standing ovation to a 90-year-old WWII veteran. Dr. George Nixon related how a poor boy from a blue color family on the south side of Pittsburg, Penn. See SALUTE, page 9
©Marty van Duyne/News Net News Rep. Rob Wittman (R-1) leads a round of applause for the new military enlistees. On stage are the 380th Army Band and (L-R) Dr. George Nixon, Army Cmd. Sgt. Maj. Scott Guillory, Marine Sgt. Maj. Kenneth A. Conover, Navy Cmdr. Aaron Dimmock, and Air Force Lt. Col Charity A. Hartley.
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Dahlgren — Center for Surface Combat Systems (CSCS) held a change of command and retirement ceremony on board Naval Support Facility Dahlgren, Va. May 23. Capt. Bill McKinley became the fifth commanding officer of CSCS when he relieved Capt. Don Schmieley. Schmieley had been
CSCS’ commanding officer since April 2012 and retired after 30 years of active service. McKinley assumed responsibility of CSCS, including 14 learning sites, units and detachments, which train Sailors to conduct prompt and sustained combat operations. R e ar Ad m . Mi ke Wh ite, commander, Naval Education and Training Command (NETC), was the guest speaker at the event. “The motto of Naval Education
and Training Command is, ‘Fleet Readiness Starts Here’ - the outstanding training developed and delivered throughout the CSCS domain exemplifies that motto,” White said. “Working closely with Fleet Forces Command and Type Command representatives, the CSCS team reviewed fleet requirements against various training programs to streamline See CEREMONY, page 4
Capt. Bill McKinley became the fifth commanding officer of CSCS.
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JWAC presents 2014 first quarter awards Thomas M. Strong received the JointCivilianServiceCommendation Award for exceptionally meritorious achievement as an exploitation analyst for a joint task force in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from July to November 2013. During this time, he showed an extraordinary ability to operate in an uncertain and fluid combat zone, contributed significantly to the task force’s success, and helped in the collection effort. His work contributed to the capture of several enemy personnel. Christopher M. Ivory received the Global War on Terrorism Civilian Service Award for his contributions and accomplishments providing direct support to the military in a combat zone. He spent more than four months in Afghanistan earlier this year. A special project team received the Joint Meritorious Award for exceptionally meritorious service in Afghanistan between July 2011 and December 2013. Members of the team included Patrick M. Arens, Natalie G. Ernst, David Fishering, Paul F. McNiel, Lawrence C. Melton, Thomas M. Strong, and Jennifer M. Wilds. They contributed significantly to identifying and disrupting enemy operations. Working with law enforcement, other agencies, and the military and intelligence community, they uncovered corruption and crime in the Afghan Government and helped to locate assets stolen
from the Kabul Bank. Their efforts led to the recovery of $48 million in property. In addition, they developed proposals for ten approved targets that led to the removal of five enemy leaders. Navy IS2 Leo M. Spivey received the Mid-Tier Enlisted of the Quarter Award for leading a huge database update project. He led a three-person military and civilian team that successfully nominated more than 400 new targets in support of national level efforts. The team made more than 30 products that supported an important joint combatant command and intelligence agency project. Navy Lt. Cdr. Brian H. Nichols received the Field Grade Officer of the Quarter Award for reestablishing JWAC’s relationship with a combatant command that produced an important task in support of J5 planning. His assertive efforts led to the first invitation to a war game exercise in which he participated for a week. Kaden P. Yealy received the Senior Civilian of the Quarter Award for his professionalism, leadership, and dedication during an assignment to a JWAC project team. He accepted a leadership role on the team and assumed responsibility for the research, development, planning, and implementation of a completely new line of analysis. His knowledge of the material ensured that the team’s work met the highest
Field Grade Officer of the Quarter Award: Navy Lt. Cdr. Brian H. Nichols
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Captain’s rise from remote cabin to NSWCDD Commander recounted at retirement ceremony By John Joyce
NSWC Dahlgren Division Corporate Communications Dahlgren — How does a junior hospital corpsman retire as a senior officer known for turning ships into technologically advanced warships in today’s fleet and the future Navy? Former Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) Commander Capt. Michael Smith’s family, friends and military officials listened to the keynote speaker’s answer at Smith’s retirement ceremony here May 21. “There are four words that describe Mike’s character and his significant contributions to the Navy – intelligence, courage, perseverance and leadership” said NSWC Commander Rear Adm. Lawrence Creevy, recounting Smith’s challenges, life experiences and humble beginnings – including life in a remote cabin. “Rising from the ranks of a junior enlisted to a senior captain and a hugely successful tour as commanding officer here, you were one of the principal architects of one of our two newest classes of ships, to name just a few of your important accomplishments,” Creevy told Smith who enlisted in the Navy in 1976. “You have been such a great shipmate to us all. Thanks for your service.” NSWCDD Commander Brian Durant also spoke about his predecessors’ 33-year Navy career. “Under his leadership here, many future technologies were either delivered to the fleet – or our warfighters – or will soon be delivered,” said Durant. “They are right on the horizon.” Durant reviewed “a tiny fraction” of what Smith accomplished while serving as NSWCDD commander over the course of four years. “Warfare systems delivered – or soon to be delivered – include the laser weapon system which will be deployed to the USS Ponce in the Persian Gulf this summer,” said Durant as he spoke about Smith’s major achievements. “The electromagnetic railgun which will be demonstrated on a ship in about two years; numerous asymmetric systems helping our warfighter really engage and counter the efforts of our enemy forces; and certification for Aegis baseline 9 – the most advanced baseline we have which enables naval integrated fire control and counter air to allow our forces to
“There are four words that describe Mike’s character and his significant contributions to the Navy – intelligence, courage, perseverance and leadership.” Lawrence Creevy, NSWC Commander Rear Adm. engage hostile forces at distances and precisions that before now has never been known; in addition to significant support for the U.S. and UK ballistic launch ballistic missile systems.” Smith advanced to petty officer second class before a five year break in service to attend college. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Resource Engineering (cum laude), reentering the Navy as an engineering duty officer in 1985. Moreover, Smith received two master’s degrees from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). “He knows a lot and he knows how to use it in innovative and practical ways,” Creevy told the audience. “Mike lived for several years, growing up on a lake in a cabin in the middle of the Yukon territory in Canada with no power, no water and heat by wood burning only. Undoubtedly, this must have had a lot to do with the development of his intellect.” After graduating from MIT, Smith began a tour as naval architect at the Canadian National Defense Headquarters in 1992. “This gave Mike an amazing experience as a naval engineer across every aspect of a ship’s life cycle from design through construction and sustainment. There is little doubt that he was selected for this assignment based upon his ability to use his intellect in practical ways to develop a future fleet and maintain an aging fleet.” In his next tour, Smith was the supervisor of shipbuilding, conversion and repair, ship superintendent, docking officer,
and Aegis test officer, in Pascagoula, Miss. “This is when Mike – as an engineering duty officer – really started to put his personal thumbprint on our Navy ships,” said Creevy. “He was assigned as production officer for all destroyers under construction, a huge leadership and management challenge as he rebuilt the program. Mike’s performance at SUPSHIP was another example of where his intellect retained that glimmer of light and he had the courage to follow it.” In July 1998, Smith was next assigned as technical director for Program Executive Office for Ships where he was in charge of alterations, including the Navy’s replacement of steam systems with modern diesel engines. “Today, literally hundreds of these types of alterations records have Mike’s signature on them, documenting how he drove the modernization of our fleet – reducing man hours and adding years of service life to each platform,” said Creevy. “Once again, Mike used his intelligence and his perseverance to improve the future of our Navy and keep us number one in the world.” From there, Smith served as the U.S. national deputy at the NATO Sea Sparrow Project Office. “It was especially significant to serve in a job of such international importance,” said Creevy, pointing out that during this timeframe, the 9/11 attacks occurred. “It highlighted Mike’s exceptional leadership and perseverance.” See RETIREMENT, page 4
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Capt. Michael Smith - former Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) commander - tells the audience at his retirement ceremony that, “being here at Dahlgren was really the superlative culmination of a career.” (U.S. Navy photo by John Joyce/Released)
Capt. Michael Smith - former Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) commander - reads his retirement orders as NSWC Commander Rear Adm. Lawrence Creevy, center, and NSWCDD Commander Capt. Brian Durant, stand at attention to orders.
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Ceremony: McKinley From page 1 the training pipeline and improve skillsets for Sailors. “Don, you take your responsibilities seriously and have imparted that sense of importance to the CSCS staff. Your dedication to the Navy and our Sailors is core to the deep and abiding ethics which have been a part of your entire Navy career.” Schmieley said his tour of duty at CSCS was one of the most rewarding assignments of his Navy career. “I look back at these past two years and I am amazed with the professionalism and excellence this organization exhibits on a daily basis,” said Schmieley. “I am proud to have served with each and every member of the CSCS community. My time with the Navy may be concluding but I am confident that CSCS will continue to strive and better our Navy.” Schmieley was presented his third Legion of Merit for many of his accomplishments at CSCS. Part of the award citation lauded the captain as, ‘the driving force behind numerous combat sys-
tems training initiatives, such as the Fire Controlman challenge, which provides Fleet Commanders with trained Sailors in a shorter time without sacrificing training quality.” White also commented on the future of CSCS under the new leadership. “As you can see from his biography, Capt. Bill McKinley is exceptionally qualified to continue the critical work here at CSCS. What aren’t noted in the biography are reflections from those who have served with Capt. McKinley aboard USS San Jacinto (CG-56), his previous command. His shipmates say he is a detail oriented professional who is ‘meticulous,’ ‘sincere,’ and ‘patient.’ I am confident in the continued success of CSCS under your leadership Bill.” McKinley is looking forward to building onthese accomplishments with CSCS. “Today, we are on the leading edge of combat systems training,” said McKinley. “CSCS will continue to prepare today’s and tomorrow’s Sailor to achieve operational excellence for not only CSCS, but also the United States Navy.”
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Retirement: Smith retires after 33 years From page 3 In July 2003, Smith began a three-year tour as the mission systems integration officer at the DDX Program Office in the Washington Navy Yard. “In this capacity, he worked to develop the architecture for the combat systems and complete prototype testing in a challenging contracting environment in the most complex ship building program the world has ever seen,” said Creevy. “Mike had to demonstrate the utmost of perseverance for the program to be successful.” Next, Smith spent two years at the Pentagon as the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) resource officer. “Mike rewrote the description document for LCS – the foundational document for the entire ship class,” said Creevy. “It literally defines what capabilities will be in that ship class and drives every aspect of the program from concept development through the life of the ship. In short, it’s the most important document for the ship class and will likely have a direct impact on our LCS navy for more than 50 years.” In July 2008, Smith began serving a two-year tour as technical director and deputy program manager at the DDG 1000 Program Office. “He was responsible for the design and construction of the entire ship,” said Creevy. “This was a true test of Mike’s leadership, courage and intelligence and once again, he excelled. By the time Smith transferred to NSWC Dahlgren Division, about 40 percent of the ship was constructed. In April 2014, the first ship of the class - the USS Zumwalt
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(DDG 1000) - was christened. “As NSWCDD’s commander, Mike significantly improved collaboration and outreach and had 64 patents awarded during his tour,” said Creevy. “He led the development and fielding of technologies and capabilities such as the Griffin Missile System for patrol craft ships; the battle management system for special operations forces gunships; the 30 meter gun module for LCS; the electromagnetic railgun prototype launcher; more than 700 computer program installs supporting Aegis ballistic missile defense in the Aegis weapon system; high energy systems, including the laser system, not to mention critical program support to the Air and Missile Defense Radar Program Office .” Creevy recollected how Smith led NSWCDD through a series of challenges, including sequestration, furloughs, enterprise resource planning conversion, budget drawdown, and freezes in pay, hiring, and travel in addition to the shooting at the Navy yard. “Being here at Dahlgren was really the superlative culmination of
a career,” Smith told the gathering of his family, friends and Navy military, government civilian, and defense contractor personnel. “People are the salt of the earth down here,” said Smith. “I’ve had an absolutely great tour and want to thank everybody. It was really the culmination of a terrific career – a wonderful 33 years.” Since he was relieved by Durant as NSWCDD commander on Nov. 8, 2013, Smith served as NSWC special projects officer. Creevy quoted Gen Omar Bradley to describe what best captures Smith as a leader: “Leadership in the democratic army means firmness, not harshness; understanding, not weakness; justice, not license; humaneness, not intolerance; generosity, not selfishness; pride, not egotism.” “It’s only fitting that we take this time to recognize Capt. Smith as a man of intelligence, courage, perseverance and leadership and that we remember him as an officer who dedicated himself and inspired others to turn ships into warships,” the admiral concluded.
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First UAV flight over national airspace at Dahlgren supports Navy Combat System Tests By Andrew Revelos Naval Support Activity South Potomac Public Affairs Dahlgren — Navy engineers tested combat systems with an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in the first fixed-wing flight from the Naval Support Facility (NSF) Dahlgren runway in more than a decade May 22. The test – featuring the first flight of a large, Group 3 aircraft (over 50 pounds) here – was the first UAV flight over national airspace at the base. “This series of flight tests was critical to proving out combat systems integrated with the unmanned aerial vehicle,” said Capt. Brian Durant, Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) commander. “The Aerostar UAV was used to successfully verify system tracking capabilities. The coordination and teamwork required to successfully pull this off was no small feat. I applaud the team for their hard work and significant contribution to the success of our mission.” The test flight was the first Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) collaboration between NSWCDD and Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) assets from Naval Air Station Patuxent River to meet a crucial requirement in the operating forces. “It is our mission goal to continuously mature and contribute our manned and unmanned aircraft systems and expertise to develop weapon systems and tactics to ensure advantage to our warfighters,” said Gary Kessler, NAWCAD executive director. “Through NAWCAD and NSWCDD collaboration and mutual cooperation, we are leveraging our combined intellectual capital, technological capabilities, and regional resources to foster
multi-domain Naval integrated warfighting capability (IWC) advancements which guarantee those advantages are realized by our Sailors and Marines, and other services.” NAWCAD Unmanned Aerial Systems Test Directorate (UASTD) op erators f lew the Israelimanufactured Aerostar – a 15 foot long aircraft with a 21 foot wing span – during the testing. It can cruise at speeds up to 62 knots and has an endurance of nine hours. “The coordination and effort that led to this testing was outstanding,” said Capt. Pete Nette, Naval Support Activity South Potomac commanding officer. “Dahlgren has a unique historical pedigree when it comes to aviation. It’s great to see the main runway back in service as NSWCDD and UASTD work to give warfighters the technology they need to accomplish their missions.” After thunderstorms kept test operations grounded May 21, the Aerostar sped north down Dahlgren’s runway the next morning and began a familiarization flight. Crews practiced touch-and-go maneuvers, communications checks, and process and procedure verifications before conducting additional tests in the restricted NSWCDD airspace. “This overall test series is just one example of NSWCDD’s local weapon system integration capability, providing the necessary crucial technical and programmatic risk mitigation prior to system deployment,” said Nelson Mills, senior engineer at NSWCDD. The co-location of research, development, test and evaluation (RDT&E) assets at Dahlgren provides an ideal setting for innovat ing next-generat ion combat systems and overcoming technological obstacles for the Fleet. Reopening the installation’s main
runway increases the efficacy of those activities. “The capability provided by the airfield being co-located with the test site and range facilities enabled UASTD to provide rapid and flexible test support and maximal on-station time that would not be possible operating at Dahlgren from other venues,” said James Kushner, UASTD operations officer. “We look forward to future activities supporting NSWCDD and its customers as the opportunities arise.” Navy RDT&E professionals say that coordinated efforts like the UAS combat systems testing can yield superior results for warfighters. “One of the key strategies to promote Naval Integrated Warfighting Capability (IWC) is to build on nationally-unique, integrated, and interoperable test capabilities that can be found both within the Naval Air, and Naval Surface communities and bring them together,” said Peter Heasley, UASTD technical director. “This test effort exemplifies just that—the crossing of the air and surface domains and the amazing IWC results that can be achieved for the warfighter when you find a way to combine the skill sets and capabilities of an air system team and (incorporate them) with the skill sets and capabilities that NSWCDD provides the surface community.” NSWCDD extensively tested smaller Group 1 and 2 UAS (less than 50 pounds) within the restricted airspace above the Potomac River Test Range and Explosive Experimental Area in recent years, however, this was the first UAS flight in the national airspace over Dahlgren and its main runway, said Mills. The Navy collaborated closely with the Federal Aviation Administration to achieve this milestone event.
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From left to right, James Kushner, operations officer for the Unmanned Aerial Systems Test Directorate, Capt. Brian Durant, commander of the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division, Dennis McLaughlin, technical director of NSWCDD, and Nelson Mills, senior engineer at NSWCDD, examine the Aerostar UAS prior to testing at Naval Support Facility Dahlgren on May 22. The test was the first fixed-wing flight from Dahlgren’s runway in more than a decade.
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King George — Kings Highway was decorated in red, white, and blue to honor bikers riding for Some Gave All on May 18. American flags, balloons, bunting, and other patriotic décor could be seen along the route of the eighth annual memorial ride. And area residents were on both sides of the road to wave to passing bikers as they crossed Muddy Creek into King George. David A. Brinklow and his wife Barbara have waved to participants from the end of their driveway every year since it began in 2007. The ride was established in memory of Army National Guard Sgt. Nicholas Conan Mason of King George and Marine Sgt. Joshua James Frazier of Spotsylvania who were killed in Iraq. A Light Armored Vehicle (LAV-25) led the procession of motorcycles that took nearly 20 minutes to cross the county line. Sheriffs from Spotsylvania, Stafford, and King George provided escort for the nearly 1,300 participants that rode from Spotsylvania to King George. Mounted patrols from those counties as well as Fairfax and Fort Belvoir participated in the ride. The rally at King George High School included Explosive Ordnance Disposal Swap out of your old vehicle and(EOD) into arobotic new units and demonstrations by the Fairfax Mounted Ford during our Summer Swap Out Sales Police and 540 Boyz Stunt Riding Team. Event, DISCOUNTS Rep. Robwith Wittman (R - 1) who sits on the up to $10,000! Armed Services Committee and Del. Margaret
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Navy Scientist Honored for “Pivotal” Impact on Fleet Ballistic Missile Strategic Weapons System’s Success By John Joyce NSWC Dahlgren Division Corporate Communications Dahlgren — The scientist described as a “leading force” to the Fleet Ballistic Missile (FBM) Program was honored with the Strategic Systems Programs (SSP) Director’s Award, Navy officials announced June 10. SSP Director Vice Adm. Terry Benedict presented the award to Patricia Fetter – a Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) principal scientist – before her Navy civilian colleagues and leadership at a ceremony here. “I am very honored that Strategic Systems Programs presented me with this award for my contributions to the Fleet Ballistic Missile Program and in particular for developing the first COTS (commercial-off-the-shelf) based real time operating system for the SLBM (Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile) Strategic Weapon System,” said Fetter. “I am accepting this award on behalf of a team of hardworking and dedicated smart people because without them, none of this would have been possible.” Benedict recognized Fetter’s achievements as “pivotal” to the success of the Fleet Ballistic Missile Strategic Weapons System program and fundamental to providing
credible and affordable sea-based deterrent missile systems. The SSP Director cited Fetter’s “personal contributions to the FBM program for more than 31 years as a leading force in the development and sustainment of fire control and targeting software for the FBM program,” in his letter of congratulations. “Your leadership helps exemplify our program’s high performance standards and expectations.” SSP develops and deploys the nation’s Seaborne Strategic Weapons Systems. The program directs the end-to-end effort of the Navy’s Strategic Weapons Systems to include training, systems, equipment, facilities and personnel; and fulfills the terms of the U.S.—UK Polaris sales agreement. “Patti has made significant contributions to the SSP Program both technically and from a management perspective,” said NSWCDD Strategic and Weapon Control Systems Department Head Jim Wolfe. “Most importantly, she understands the value and strength of the SSP technical team at Dahlgren. They have consistently delivered high quality products to the fleet. She has held numerous positions with tremendous responsibility and accountability. I am very proud of her many accomplishments.” The SSP Director recognizes
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Grace Oughton Cancer Foundation to benefit from 2014 Via Colori event Via Colori Fredericksburg announces a new beneficiary organization for Via Colori 2014. All proceeds from the Sept. 20 and 21 celebration of street painting will go to the Grace Oughton Cancer Foundation, a local charity committed to helping Fredericksburg area families fighting pediatric cancer or suffering the loss of a child. Last year the foundation helped 41 families, offering a variety of services including clinical, psycho-social, wellness, financial, and logistical services and support, all free of charge. This year, the foundation will realize its goal of bringing a mobile lab to the Fredericksburg area. “We want to wrap our arms around these families and let them know the whole community is behind them and supports them,” said Kimberly Bice, Director of
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Stafford County celebrates 350th Anniversary with Founders Day Parade Marty van Duyne News Net News Stafford — Stafford County is celebrating its 350th birthday this year with an array of activities. Officials kicked off the anniversary with an Ice Skating event this past winter. On May 3 and 4 the county celebrated Founders Day with a festival and parade that took attendees through the history of Stafford from Gen. George Washington and the Revolution, to the Civil War, WWI, WWII, and finally to our modern day. Sgt. Charles Neighbor, an Army flamethrower who landed at Normandy with the 29th Divisions on D-Day (June 6, 1944) rode in a Jeep in the parade. The WWII veteran left the live demonstration of a flamethrower to Director of Operations at Marine Corps History Co. Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Williams and Lance. Cpl. Victor Storelli of Quantico. Other living history events during the festival included a Patawomeck Tribe Village complete with 3-yearold Ruby Denise Harding of White
Oak and “Pocahontas” Carla Scheneman. Reedville Fisherman’s Museum’s (www.RFMuseum.org) replica boat was a big hit with young and old alike at the festival.
Mayor of Stafford Borough, England Angela Loughram and her Mayor’s consort John Loughram rode in the parade. Stafford, England is a sister city to Stafford, Va. Rep. Rob Wittman (R-1) and
Virginia Sen. Bryce Reeves (R-17) attended the parade along with Stafford County Supervisors and officials. Stafford will dedicate a new permanent Celebration Stage in
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WWII veteran Dr. George Nixon emphasizes the benefits of his military service.
Salute: New enlistees From page 1 served as a Pvt. First Class in Gen. George Patton’s 3rd Army and used the GI Bill to get an education. Dimmock administered the Oath of Service to all enlistees before the enlistees were individually recognized on stage. Details about Our Community Salutes can be found at www. OurCommunitySalutes.org
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Clockwise. Clown on tricycle. Pages lead Gen. George Washington’s horse. WWI Troops. Horses and riders.
Pratt Park with a Family Festival on Wednesday, June 25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Details on all Stafford’s 350th Anniversary events can be found at www.Stafford350.com
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History at Sunset Schedule is Set FREDERICKSBURG — After a year’s hiatus, The National Park Service is pleased to announce the 2014 schedule for its popular Friday evening “History at Sunset” programs. Now in its twelfth year, the series explores lesser known aspects of the Civil War in the
Fredericksburg area. All programs begin at 7 p.m. and are free. This year’s series will kick off on June 13 with an unusual look at the Wilderness by Noel Harrison. “Ghosts, Spirits, and Eerie Feelings” will explore how participants and later authors often used super-
natural and otherwise eerie imagery to describe the Wilderness. On July 11, Frank O’Reilly will lead a rare exploration of General “Stonewall” Jackson’s winter encampment at Moss Neck Plantation in Caroline County. Also on the schedule is a program on the beach at Aquia
Landing presented by John Hennessy, in conjunction with Stafford County’s 350th anniversary observance. The year’s schedule will conclude with a campfire program for all at Chatham on August 8, “We Wished for Night,” led by Peter Maugle. Note that lawn chairs
2014 History at Sunset Schedule:
are strongly recommended for the programs on June 13, July 25, and August 8. A full listing of the 2014 History at Sunset programs follows. For additional information, call the National Park Service at 540-3736122.
June 20: First Clash at Chancellorsville: A Walk on the May 1 Battlefield. Presented in collaboration with the Civil War Trust. Site is on Route 3 five miles west of I-95. Beth Parnicza and Kyle Bracken. June 27: Building the Mule Shoe Salient. Beth Parnicza and Eric Mink. Meet at the end of Anderson Drive, Spotsylvania Court House Battlefield. July 11: Jackson at Moss Neck. 18383 Moss Neck Manor Road, 22408. Park along Burma Road (Route 766), off Route 17 in Caroline County. Frank O’Reilly. July 18: History Revealed: Civil War Secrets on the University of Mary Washington Campus. Park at the corner of William St. and Sunken Road, 1004 William St., 22401 Beth Parnicza and Andrea DeKoter. July 25: Steamships, Slaves, Railroads, and Armies: Aquia Landing. 2846 Brooke Rd, Stafford, 22554. A Stafford 350th Program. John Hennessy. Please bring a lawn chair. Aug. 1: Where Valor Sleeps: Explorations in Fredericksburg National Cemetery. Meet at the Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center. Donald Pfanz. Aug. 8: We Wished for Night: Campfire Program at Chatham. Peter Maugle and Andrea DeKoter. 120 Chatham Lane, 22405. A Stafford 350th Program. Please bring a lawn chair and flashlight.
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WWII and Korea veterans, retired Cmdr. Charles Driscoll and Lt. Rex Boone have ‘eyes left’ as the band marches in but stood at attention with retired Capt. Clark Driscoll (far left) for the National Anthem.
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ceremony from a spot in the shade were three Navy veterans in dress blues, two of who served in WWII and Korea. Retired Capt. Clark Driscoll escorted his father, retired Cmdr. Charles Driscoll and Lt. Rex Boone to the 146th Memorial Day Observance. Obama returned from a trip to Afghanistan the day before he made his speech and acknowledged the sacrifices made by troops that have served in the War on Terror during the past 12 years. “Now, because of their profound sacrifice, because of the progress that they have made, we’re in a pivotal moment,” said Obama. “Our troops are coming home. By the end
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