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Defense Mapping Agency celebrates 100th anniversary By Adrienne Anderson Staff writer Former employees of the Defense Mapping Agency celebrated its 100th anniversary Friday, at the Fort Belvoir Officers’ Club. Allen Anderson, retired Army, one of the oldest living people to work at the DMA, started in 1946, well before it was officially DMA. He explained how the agency came to be and the role he played in it. “When Nixon made the decision, in 1971, much to our chagrin and that of the other services, that we were going to have a defense mapping agency, Gen. (Howard) Penny at Corps of Engineers was designated to be the first director, which got him his third star.“ Anderson was on the organizing committee with eight others, he said. Penny directed them to create a plan for organizing the agency in three weeks. And, that was the start of the DMA. The Defense Department officially established DMA in 1972 and the school was responsible for all military mapping. Eventually, the organization became part of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in 1996. David Maune, retired Army, was the sixth director of the Defense Mapping School. Maune talked about the first topographers — captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. He explained the history and importance of topography. «Back then, it was called the Corps of Discovery, and they pioneered the trip out to the Pacific Coast and did a lot of mapping along the way and came back with sketches and things on what the country looked like, west of St. Louis,” Maune said. Corps of Discovery was an Army unit established in 1804 with Lewis and Clark and volunteers.

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Former personnel from Defense Mapping Agency and School cut the cake at Fort Belvoir Officers’ Club, celebrating the school’s 100th anniversary. The Corps of Discovery unit continued on after Lewis and Clark. The Corps of Topographical Engineers was formed in 1838 and lasted until the beginning of the Civil War. They were merged with the Corps of Engineers, where they remain today. This unit surveyed the west and major facilities for the country, Maune said. Over the years, topography has changed, he said. «We are now focusing on geo-spatial intelligence,” Maune said, adding that positions such as topographers, cartographers and printers don’t exist anymore. «It’s for the better,» Maune said about how technology has changed the field. «We are now doing things digitally.» For more information about the Defense Mapping School, visit

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In this file photo, Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Bill Jones, provides instruction to Pvt. Robin Anderson during the basic Cartography Phase II course at the Defense Mapping School on Fort Belvoir.

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Retired Soldiers bolstering recruiting efforts By Joe Lacdan Army News Service A generation gap hasn’t stopped the Army’s retired community from using its circles of influence to help the service gain new recruits. As Army Recruiting Command continues its push toward its 2018 recruitment goals, it has increasingly turned toward retired Soldiers for help. Late last year, the Army announced it will attempt to recruit 80,000 new Soldiers, a 14 percent increase over its 2017 goal. While there is a vast age difference between retired Soldiers and potential recruits, retired Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond Chandler said retired Soldiers have access to resources that can impact recruiting differently than recruiters. Chandler, who’s a co-chairman of the Army Chief of Staff’s Retired Soldier’s Council, said members of the Army’s retirement community can also help alleviate some of the burden Army recruiters face when competing with colleges and other military branches for talent. “There are not enough recruiters to go to every single town across the entire nation,” Chandler said. “A lot of America doesn’t know the Army anymore; the Army is much smaller and hasn’t had a draft for decades. So, what they see of the Army is what’s on TV or something they’ve seen in a movie or read in a newspaper and it’s not always the best representation of what the Army actually is.” A retired Soldier may have connections to academic institutions and potential venues where recruiters can meet potential candidates, Chandler said. A high school may restrict recruiters’ access to students, for example. But a retired Soldier may have a connection to the school that allows them to help change that policy, Chandler said. Near his residence in the Orlando, Fla., area, Chandler has spoken to high school and

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Staff Sgt. Christal Crawford, USARCENT broadcast specialist, takes the Oath of Enlistment, May 5, 2017, during exercise Eager Lion in Jordan. The Army Chief of Staff’s Retired Soldier’s Council helps recruit new Soldiers as the Army seeks to meet its recruitment goal of 80,000 Soldiers in 2018. college-age students about the potential benefits of joining the Army. He has also shared with those students some of the realities and benefits of joining the Army, which can contrast with public misconceptions. “So, if you’ve got a person that has credibility inside of the town who can dispel those myths and help the Army with trying to get to the amount of people it’s trying to get to, you make a difference,” Chandler said. A Mix of Members The council is comprised of retired officers and enlisted members from different installations. A retired lieutenant general and sergeant major of the Army co-chair the Council. To represent each demographic, the council is comprised of a retired National Guard member; a retired Reservist; two women and a warrant officer. Two members must be permanent residents

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outside the U.S. Retired Lt. Gen. James Lovelace, also a council co-chairman alongside Chandler, said the Army has prioritized fostering a mutually-beneficial relationship with more than 900,000 retired Soldiers and 250,000 surviving Army spouses. “There’s energy out there,” said Lovelace. “There’s people who can and want to help the Army hire and inspire.” Since it began, the chief’s Council also acts as a liaison between the Army retirement community and the Army chief of staff. Each year, Lovelace and Chandler meet with the Chief of Staff of the Army to discuss the most pressing issues concerning the retired community, and brief him on some of the work retired Soldiers have been doing in their communities. Lovelace noted while the discussions are private, the

chief has made listening to retired Soldiers’ concerns a priority. “(Working on the chief’s Council) is an opportunity to give back and serve,” retired Command Sgt. Maj. Saundra Matlock-Williams said. “It’s really a humbling experience to be able to come in and be an advocate for retirees and to be able to talk retired-Soldier issues, because they’re important; and to be able to represent Soldiers across the world. I really think that is an opportunity to be a voice and to be heard.” Recently, an increased Army emphasis on telling Soldier stories has prompted retirees who serve on those councils to tell their stories more often in their communities. “Our role is important,” Matlock-Williams said. “Everybody has a circle of influence. We all do. And then we represent so many people. When we talk more and more about our career or just tell folks about the Army, our story is told. And those folks that we know and interact with can learn more and more.” Matlock-Williams retired as the garrison command sergeant major at Fort Meade, Md., in 2002 after 26 years of service. She said she applied for a place on the council so she could continue serving the Army as a civilian. Today, she works at the Warrior Family Center at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland. As part of her work now, she said she has had the opportunity to advise Soldiers when she has the opportunity. She said one such Soldier, who volunteers at the center, recently approached her for advice on promotions and later achieved a successful promotion. Chandler, now a senior business consultant for a defense contracting company, said he briefs military veterans at his company and also listens to their concerns. He also meets regularly with a veterans’ employee resource group.

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Cheryl Michener, right, discusses debris removal operations at a fire-damaged home site in Sonoma County, California, with John Jones. Both are rehired annuitants who voluntarily deployed with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to Northern California in support of disaster relief operations.

Retired civilians volunteer for disaster relief Edward N. Johnson U.S. Army Corps of Engineers On the evening of Oct. 8, 2017, more than 250 wildfires erupted and burned throughout Northern California, including Napa, Lake, Mendocino, Solano, Yuba and Butte counties. In total, officials say nearly 9,000 structures were destroyed and more than 40 people were lost their lives. Almost immediately, the President signed a federal disaster declaration, setting into motion the largest debris cleanup mission in the state’s history since the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. The Federal Emergency Management Agency called on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to take on the monumental task of removing debris as quickly and safely as possible from impacted areas spanning more than 314 square miles. “This is, perhaps, one of the largest debris-removal missions the Corps of Engineers has ever been tasked to support in history.” said Maj. Elizabeth M. Sutey, Northern California Wildfire Regional Field Office deputy commander. “Like other disaster recovery missions currently underway, we knew there would be a need to bring Corps of Engineers personnel from across the country in to help,” said Sutey. “As part of that effort, we also actively sought help of our community of highly skilled, rehired annuitants.” A rehired annuitant is person retired from the federal government but may later be rehired to fill critical gaps or help with federal emergency disaster operations, like the one underway in Northern California. A total of 56 retirees have volunteered to

support this mission, so far, with more expected in the coming weeks. One such retired employee, Cheryl Michener, was spending her winter in North Carolina with kids and grandkids when the phone rang, asking if she would volunteer to deploy to Northern California to help with disaster response effort. Michener, who started her career with the government in 1974 as a switchboard operator at the Niagara Falls Air Force Base, retired in 2015, after 42 years of service. “I didn’t hesitate to say ‘yes’ when I got that call.” said Michener. “The idea of saying ‘no’ was not really an option, because I knew the people out there really needed the help. Since accepting her assignment, Michener has worked in a variety of positions on issue management, contracting, call center and data management teams. Michener, on her second deployment to Northern California with USACE, is set to return home near the end of May. She said she also volunteers during the summer in Buffalo, N.Y., serving meals or volunteering at a hospice. As part of its mission, USACE remains prepared and ready to respond to disasters and emergencies, when called upon by FEMA. Rehired annuitants play a critical role in accomplishing that mission by volunteering their many years of experience, hard work ethic and depth of skill and knowledge. “If I am called for another deployment, I’ll be glad to step up to the plate and help wherever I can,” said Michener, when asked if she would volunteer to help in the future. “I am so proud to work for the Corps and honored to be here on this mission.”


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Friends smile for the camera at the MWR’s Military Spouse Appreciation Night at the Fort Belvoir Community Center, Friday. The evening featured prizes, a photo booth, food and a DJ as everyone brought their glow gear for the party.

Fort Belvoir Community Center was awash in laser lights Friday, at the Military Spouse Appreciation Night. The free, annual event offered food, drinks, door prizes, dancing and an evening away. ‘Keep calm, it’s a rave’ and ‘Glow Hard or Go Home’ were the evening’s themes.




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Changes coming to Religious Services Office Garrison Public Affairs There will be changes to Fort Belvoir religious services, beginning May 27. Some of the services will change times or locations to better support the Fort Belvoir community on limited resources. Belvoir’s religious services program has grown over the past several years, said Chaplain (Col.) Joseph Melvin, Belvoir Garrison chaplain. However, they have a personnel cap that limits the amount of people they have on hand to support the office and the services it provides. “We make it as effective as possible for the chaplains who are providing and performing religious rite in support exercise of religion,” Melvin said. “All sacraments, rites, and rituals of the religions and churches that were offered before this change will continue.” Melvin added that the chapel community has been able to add a Greek Orthodox Service, since it now has a Greek Orthodox priest. Their mission is to support active-duty Soldiers, civilians, retirees and their families. Sunday morning Catholic Masses have been consolidated to 9:30 and 11 a.m. at Belvoir Chapel. “This shift in worship service start times will not change the

The new service schedule is:

5 p.m. Saturday - Catholic Mass Woodlawn Chapel 9:30 a.m. Sunday - Catholic Mass - Belvoir Chapel 11 a.m. Sunday - Catholic Mass Belvoir Chapel 8 a.m. Sunday - Collective Protestant - Belvoir Chapel 10 a.m. Sunday - Chapel Next (Protestant) Woodlawn Chapel 11:30 a.m. Sunday Gospel (Protestant) Woodlawn Chapel Greek Orthodox 9 a.m. Sunday Woodlawn Chapel broad coverage of sacraments, rites, and rituals historically provided at Fort Belvoir. By performing and providing the rites and sacraments of the religions, the chaplains, directors of religious education, and religious affairs specialists will continue to work ardently to ensure support for the community.

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From NGA What started as Defense Mapping Agency and School, with origins to Lewis and Clark, is now the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency at Fort Belvoir North, in Springfield. Read below to learn what Sacagawea and NGA have in common. Sacagawea accompanied Lewis and Clark during their exploration of the Western United States between 1804 and 1806. Acting as an interpreter and guide, Sacagawea contributed significantly to the journey’s success. In November 1804, Lewis and Clark hired Sacagawea’s husband, Toussaint Charbonneau, to help them and the Corps of Discovery as they explored the Louisiana Purchase. Sacagawea, six months pregnant at the start of her journey, was a vital part of the exploration, as she spoke several native languages and was knowledgeable about plants and wildlife previously unknown to the Corps of Discovery. Once Lewis and Clark reached the upper Missouri River, Sacagawea’s knowledge of the landscape and the Shoshone language proved invaluable and was an early example

of the value of geospatial intelligence and human geography. Human geography is a century-old social science discipline that looks for interconnections between people and places, including how people use the physical landscape and how, based on a number of factors, that use evolves over time. Using this discipline, NGA and others in the intelligence community analyze ethnicity, language, religion, demographics, economics, education, water and land use, transportation and natural resources. The story of Sacagawea is reflected in the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s motto, “Know the Earth… Show the Way… Understand the World.”

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School Carnival! Story, photos by Paul Lara The Fort Belvoir Elementary School parking lot was filled with smiling faces and safety officers at Friday’s annual School Carnival. A wide variety of games, snacks and activities were available inside and out at the annual event. A favorite outdoor event was the dunking booth, with teachers braving cold water as their students lined up to plop them into the tub with a carefully thrown ball. Inside, the cafeteria had a silent auction, hair stylists offering braids or glitter, and a very popular cake walk, with the winners getting to choose a homemade treat to enjoy later. Fort Belvoir Emergency Services was also there, to bond with the children and answer questions about safety and the equipment they use each day.

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DLA’s Andy Green delivers the serve during his and teammate, Connie Braesch’s FY18 intramural tennis mixed doubles division match series against OCAR’s June Osavio and Oluwole Osibodu, May 7 at the Grave courts.

OCAR’s June Osavio returns the ball during her and teammate, Oluwole Osibodu’s FY18 intramural tennis mixed doubles division match series against DLA’s Andy Green and Connie Braesch, May 7 at the Graves courts.

DLA’s Connie Braesch delivers a backhand return during her and teammate, Andy Green’s FY18 intramural tennis mixed doubles division match series against OCAR’s June Osavio and Oluwole Osibodu, May 7 at the Grave courts.

Tennis tournament wraps up, DLA emerges on top By Rick Musselman Sports Editor Athletes representing Defense Logistics Agency thoroughly dominated the FY18 intramural tennis championship tournament that wrapped up with mixed doubles division matches, May 9 at the Graves Fitness Center Courts. DLA fielded 12 highly skilled players this year and succeeded in bringing home a slew of trophies across five divisions, claiming first-place titles in women’s open,

women’s doubles and mixed doubles competition. The unit also claimed runner-up titles in the men’s open, women’s open and mixed doubles divisions, and third-place finishes in the men’s doubles and women’s open divisions. Defending Commander’s Cup champion Fort Belvoir Community Hospital and Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate also turned in impressive performances, earning respective titles in the men’s doubles and men’s open divisions.

During last week’s final mixed-doubles match ups, DLA’s team of Mark Albright and Sam Kimble, and DLA duo, Stephanie Wright and Mark Trkula, advanced to the final with respective wins over the 249th Engineer Battalion and OCAR’s June Osavio and Oluwole Osibodu, May 8 at the Graves courts. Wright and Trkula ultimately claimed the championship trophy in the final match series, May 9 at the Graves courts. For match results and

standings, visit http://www. php?OrgDir=belvoirmwr. For more information about Fort Belvoir’s intramural sports program and the annual Commander’s Cup title race, call Justin Fitzgerald, league coordinator, 703-806-5093. Athletes can also contact their unit representative to register and for schedules.

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Timeout Lasting impressions from some old friends Rick Musselman Sports Editor Last week I was over at Graves Field to cover the intramural softball season opener between INSCOM and the 249th Engineer Battalion, and, while I was hanging out with the players before the first pitch—most of whom I know on a first-name basis by now—I got another reminder of why being the sports editor here is such an enjoyable experience.

After seven years of following these athletes around post and documenting their efforts on the fields and courts, I’ve made hundreds of great acquaintances, if not true friendships. And I can tell you it feels pretty good to be accepted and trusted by a community of Service members—a demographic with perhaps the highest standards and expectations of those who work for the military in any capacity. I sometimes (briefly) reminisce about

my days as a wedding and portrait photographer, and working here at Belvoir only and always reminds me of how somewhat solitary and lonesome that previous job was. You’d work by yourself all day to document couples’ special days and, before long, you realized you’d probably never see them again. So this humble and grateful sports editor thanks you all for the continuing good times.


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CAA’s Ben Wetcheme works the ball into scoring position as DLA defender, Paul Johnson, moves up to apply the pressure during an intense intramural soccer matchup, May 8 at Fremont Field.

DLA’s Ayodele Warburton boots the ball to the goal during his team’s intramural soccer showdown with CAA, May 8.

DLA blanks CAA in soccer By Rick Musselman Sports Editor In one of the most defensively dynamic intramural soccer matchups of the FY18 season, Defense Logistics Agency managed to pull out a hard-won, 2-0 win over a ferocious Center for Army Analysis squad, May 8 at Fremont Field. DLA, unquestionably one of the most successful units on the soccer field, with multiple championship trophies at its headquarters, still found itself struggling to net the ball against an opponent dedicated to applying an inexhaustible brand of man defense. Ben Wetcheme, Emmanuel Tchanque, Mitchell Dascent and Damian Harwood swarmed DLA ball handlers en masse, thwarting a string of early scoring attempts. Perhaps the greatest obstacle to DLA’s advances was CAA midfielder, Marlowe Nardjue, whose constant presence and unlimited stamina all over the field forced DLA into a perpetual rapid-fire passing game. Back-fielder, Joemel Morris, added to his team’s security by haunting the turf just outside of the penalty box and booking a string of stops. By the time the halftime whistle sounded, DLA had managed to put a single score on the board, courtesy of a spot-on assist from DLA veteran, Dan Ferry, and a clean boot into the goal from the equally experienced Nico Constantino. CAA came roaring back in

the second period with the same no-prisoners approach to thwarting DLA’s approaches. Ramping up the offensive intensity under the leadership of team captain, Mark Albright, DLA went to work staging high-speed campaigns down the field. Utilizing the surgical ball-handling abilities of veterans, Chris Boeding, Ayodele Warburton and Brian Witt, DLA moved the ball into scoring position with forwards, Tuyen Le and Ross Paxton standing by near the corners. Despite intense pressure from CAA defenders, Steve Heinlein and Erik Ingram, Paxton pounced on a fleeting opportunity and booted the ball in to take the score to 2 – 0 with time dwindling. CAA staged a late-game push to balance the scales, but DLA goal keeper, Greg Morgan, kept the gates closed and the clock ran out with DLA taking the win. Intramural soccer games are played at Fremont Field on North Post Tuesdays and Thursdays through May. The single-elimination championship tournament follows. For regular-season results and standings visit index.php?OrgDir=belvoirmwr. For more information about Fort Belvoir’s intramural sports program and the annual Commander’s Cup title race, call Justin Fitzgerald, league coordinator, 703-806-5093. Athletes can also contact their unit representative to sign up and for schedules.

DLA’s Ross Paxton drives down the field toward the goal during his team’s intramural soccer showdown with CAA, May 8 at Fremont Field.

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INSCOM trounces 249th Engineers in softball season opener By Rick Musselman Sports Editor Intelligence and Security Command, always a major force to be reckoned with in Belvoir’s Commander’s Cup softball league, stayed true to its well-established MO of overwhelming an opponent from the opening pitch to the final out, when the squad dominated the 249th Engineer Battalion, 27 – 12 in the FY18 intramural softball season opener, May 7 at Graves Field. Both bullpens struggled in the opening frames to shake off the off-season rust, giving up some walks that brought several runs across the plate without the benefit of a hit. But, INSCOM pitcher, Roy Oliver, and Engineer starter, Butch Nichols, gradually dialed in on the strike zone and bats began to connect. Base hits from Engineer right fielder, Jeff Bevington; right centerfielder, Travis Tofi; left centerfielder, Javon Hendrix; and shortstop, Nick Cruz; brought in a string of runs in the third and fourth innings. But, the advantage would soon shift to the opposite dugout. Capitalizing on a padded advantage from the early walks, INSCOM third baseman, Ed DeLissio; and shortstop, Jayson Liriano, connected

for rocketing shots to the fence for a string of RBIs. Continuing to chew away at the Engineers’ momentum, INSCOM left fielder, Mike Hinahon, added a base-clearing triple to his game stats, and first baseman, J.D. Gibson, followed up by driving another two across the plate with a screaming triple to deep left. Another series of shots up the middle and deep to the outfield fence from catcher, Scott Allen and second baseman, Peter Novak, propelled another slew of runners across the plate and the one-hour game-time limit expired with INSCOM booking the sweeping 27 – 12 opening-week victory. Intramural softball games are played Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at Graves and Pullen Fields through June.. For match schedules, results and standings, visit http://www. php?OrgDir=belvoirmwr. For more information about Fort Belvoir’s intramural sports program and the annual Commander’s Cup title race, call Justin Fitzgerald, league coordinator, 703-806-5093. Athletes can also contact their unit representative to sign up and get schedules.

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INSCOM third baseman, Ed DeLissio, connects for a base hit during his team’s FY18 intramural softball season opener against the 249th Engineer Battalion, May 7 at Graves Field.

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INSCOM pitcher, Roy Oliver, delivers the goods during his team’s FY18 intramural softball season opener against the 249th Engineer Battalion, May 7.

249th Engineer Battalion left centerfielder, Travis Tofi, drills one to the centerfield fence during his team’s FY18 intramural softball season opener against INSCOM.

INSCOM shortstop, Jayson Liriano, prepares to fire to first for the out during his team’s FY18 intramural softball season opener against the 249th Engineer Battalion, May 7 at Graves Field.


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Robert Denmark crosses the finish line of the 2017 Army Ten-Miler qualifier run at Mount Vernon. This year’s qualifier is June 28, starting at 5:30 a.m. at the Mount Vernon Trail.

Julie Debruler approaches the finish line of the 2017 Army Ten-Miler qualifier run at Mount Vernon. This year’s qualifier is June 28, starting at 5:30 a.m. at the Mount Vernon Trail.

Belvoir Army Ten-Miler teams seeks runners By Rick Musselman Sports Editor Fort Belvoir Soldiers and civilians are invited to push their endurance to the limit to earn slots on the prestigious teams that will represent the installation at the 2018 Army Ten-Miler, Oct. 7 in Washington, D.C. The 2018 qualifier run is June 28, starting at 5:30 a.m. at Mile Marker 0 at the south end of the George Washington Estate parking lot at Mount Vernon. The Army Ten-Miler is an annual event sponsored by the U.S. Army Joint Force Headquarters, Military District of Washington, National Capital Region. Celebrating its 34th installment this year, the ATM promotes the Army, builds esprit de corps, supports Army fitness goals and enhances community relations. Thirty-five thousand runners compete each year in the Army Ten-Miler—the second largest 10-mile race in the U.S., after the Philadelphia Broad Street Run. The qualifier, hosted by Fort Belvoir Headquarters Battalion and coordinated by Joe Castro, Kawamura Human Performance Center supervisory sports specialist, will establish the final Open and Mixed Active-Duty (coed) team rosters consisting of eight athletes each, with two

alternates, according to the best finish times. Runners should arrive for the qualifier by 5:15 a.m. to check in and register. The course follows an “out and back” format, by which athletes run 3.1 miles out (to the turnaround point at Waynewood Blvd.) along the paved path running along the banks of the Potomac River parallel to the George Washington Memorial Parkway, and then return to the starting point. Safety personnel and event support staff from the battalion, MWR and FBCH will be stationed at checkpoints along the race route to maintain communications and ensure participants stay hydrated and accidents can be dealt with, if necessary. Once the final roster is established, the Belvoir teams will train two or three mornings each week, right up to the main event, Oct. 7. During the actual Army Ten-Miler, only the top four times for each team will be used to tally the total team time. For the Mixed Team, at least one of the four recorded times must be a female’s. Fort Belvoir team coordinators will continue to recruit runners in the coming weeks to participate in the prestigious race. For information, call Joe Castro, 703-806-4659.

Ryan Stickel wraps up the final leg of the 2017 Army Ten-Miler qualifier run at Mount Vernon. This year’s qualifier is June 28, starting at 5:30 a.m. at the Mount Vernon Trail.


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FY18 Intramural Tennis Championship Final Results Men’s Open Champion Quang Nguyen NVESD Runner up Russell Neukirchen DLA

Women’s Open Champion Carrie Alfalaij DLA Runner-up Stephanie Wright DLA Headquarters Battalion’s Eric Ballheimer serves the ball during his and teammate, Ligaya Harshberger’s FY18 intramural tennis mixed doubles division match series against DLA’s Stephanie Wright and Mark Trkula, May 7 at the Graves courts.

Photos by Rick Musselman

DLA’s Stephanie Wright moves in for the backhand return during her and teammate, Mark Trkula’s FY18 intramural tennis mixed doubles division match series against Hq. Bn.’s Ligaya Harshberger and Eric Ballheimer, May 7 at the Graves courts.

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249th Engineer Battalion shortstop, Nick Cruz, snags a rocketing shot up the middle during his team’s FY18 intramural softball season opener against INSCOM.

249th Engineer Battalion right fielder, Jeff Bevington, connects for a deep shot to center during his team’s FY18 intramural softball season opener against INSCOM, May 7.

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Sports and Recreation Briefs This week Formation Run Belvoir’s annual Formation Run is Friday. Planners changed the rules in 2015 to increase participation. The run is open to active duty and civilians in Belvoir units. Teams must consist of 12 runners and a guidon bearer, for 13 total. Teams without a female runner get a 40-point deduction. Each runner who crosses the finish line in formation gets 20 points, for a maximum of 260. Runners get additional points for placing. The time starts when the first runner crosses the starting line and ends when the last runner crosses finish line, in formation. Each formation must wear the same color shirts. Units will start in 2-minute intervals starting at 7 a.m. First place team gets this year’s formation run trophy. Awards are $400 for first; $250 for second; $125 for third; and $100 for the fourth-place team’s funds.

Run to Honor 5K Participate in the Run to Honor Fallen Heroes 5K, Friday. The run starts at Pullen Field, behind Specker Field House, at

7:30 a.m. after the formation run, which starts at 7 a.m. Active-duty military, retirees, DoD civilian employees, and family members are eligible to participate. No registration is required. There will be a Run to Honor sign-in table. This event is free. For more information, call 703-806-5368. Volunteers are needed for road guards and water points. If interested, call 703-806-4647.

America’s Armed Forces Kids Run Fort Belvoir Youth Sports will be one of the U.S. military bases worldwide to stage the America’s Armed Forces Kids Run, Saturday, starting at 9 a.m. The event will take place on Pullen Field which is located next to Specker Field House, 1182 12th Street. The cost is $6 and all participants will get the 2018 commemorative America’s Armed Forces Kids Running t-shirt. Distances vary by age. 9-13 year olds run 2 miles, 7-8 year olds run 1 mile, and 4-6 year olds run 1/2 mile. Register online at www. Registration ends May 18. For more information call Julie Libert at 703-805-9138.

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Get Golf Ready beginner clinics The Fort Belvoir Golf Club offers group golf clinics for beginners that cover everything needed to get started. Learn to play golf in a fun, casual environment. The clinic costs $100 for 5 sessions, which includes golf clubs, balls and other equipment. Sessions are weekly for 5 weeks and cover putting, chipping, pitching, full swing and etiquette. 2018 clinic start dates are Tuesday and May 24; July 10 and 12; Sept. 4 and 6. Sessions are 6-7 p.m. For more information, call the Golf Club, 703-806-5878.

Upcoming Army Ten-Miler Qualifier Fort Belvoir Soldiers and civilians are invited to push their endurance to the limit to earn a slot on the prestigious teams that will represent the installation at the 2018 Army Ten-Miler, Oct. 7 in Washington, D.C. The 2018 qualifier run is June 28, starting at 5:30 a.m. at Mile Marker 0 at the south end of the George Washington Estate parking lot at Mount Vernon. The qualifier will establish the final Open and Mixed Active-Duty (coed) team rosters consisting of eight athletes each, with two alternates, according to the best finish times. For more information call Joe Castro at 703-806-4659.

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Army surgeon transplants ear ‘grown’ on Soldier’s forearm By Marcy Sanchez

The vehicle skidded for 700 feet before flipping several times and ejecting the Soldier. Burrage’s cousin, who was eight months pregnant at the time, managed to only suffer minor injuries while Burrage herself suffered head injuries, compression fractures in the spine, road rash and the total loss of her left ear.

Plastic surgeons at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas, successfully transplanted a new ear on a Soldier who lost her left ear in a single-vehicle accident. The total ear reconstruction, the first of its kind in the Army, involved harvesting cartilage from the Soldier’s ribs to carve a new ear out of the cartilage, which was then placed under the skin of the forearm to allow the ear to grow.

“As a young, active-duty Soldier, they deserve the best reconstruction they can get.� Lt. Col. Owen Johnson III, chief, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

“The whole goal is, by the time she’s done with all this, it looks good, it’s sensate, and, in five years, if somebody doesn’t know her, they won’t notice,� said Lt. Col. Owen Johnson III, chief, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, WBAMC. “As a young, active-duty Soldier, they deserve the best

“(The ear) will have fresh arteries, fresh veins and even a fresh nerve, so she’ll be able to feel it.� U.S. Army photo

Autologous cartilage in the shape of an ear growing in a patient’s forearm is shown as part of cutting-edge total ear reconstruction performed on a 21-year-old Soldier at William Beaumont Army Medical Center, the first of its kind at WBAMC. The cartilage was recently successfully transplanted on the Soldier, who suffered total loss of the left ear after a single-vehicle accident in 2016. reconstruction they can get.� The revolutionary surgery has been over a year in the making for Clarksdale, Miss., native, Pvt. Shamika Burrage, a supply clerk with 1st Battalion, 35th Armored Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division. In 2016, while returning to Fort Bliss, Texas, after visiting family in Mississippi, a tire blowout changed Burrage’s life in an instant.

“I was coming back from leave and we were around Odessa, Texas,� said Burrage, who was traveling with her cousin. “We were driving and my front tire blew, which sent the car off road and I hit the brake. I remember looking at my cousin who was in the passenger seat, I looked back at the road as I hit the brakes. I just remember the first flip and that was it.�

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“I was on the ground, I just looked up and (her cousin) was right there. Then I remember people walking up to us, asking if we were okay and then I blacked out,� said Burrage, whose next memory was waking up in a hospital. She was later told by doctors that if she would not have received medical attention for 30 more minutes, she would have bled to death. After several months of

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All events are free. Information and registration at Continued from page A10 rehabilitation, Burrage began to seek counseling due to emotions caused by the accident and its effects on her appearance. “I didn’t feel comfortable with the way I looked so the provider referred me to plastic surgery,” said Burrage. “She was 19 and healthy and had her whole life ahead of her,” said Johnson. “Why should she have to deal with having an artificial ear for the rest of her life?” When explained her options for reconstruction, Burrage was shocked and initially resistant to go through with the total ear reconstruction. “I didn’t want to do (the reconstruction) but gave it some thought and came to the conclusion that it could be a good thing. I was going to go with the prosthetic, to avoid more scarring but I wanted a real ear,” said Burrage, who is now 21. “I was just scared at first, but wanted to see what he could do.” In order to avoid any more visible scarring, Johnson selected prelaminated forearm free flap, which involved placing the autologous cartilage into the patient’s forearm to allow for neovascularization, or the formation of new blood vessels. This technique will allow Burrage to have feeling in her ear once the rehabilitation process is complete. “(The ear) will have fresh

“The whole field of plastic surgery has its roots in battlefield trauma...Every major advance in plastic surgery has happened with war. This was trauma related.”

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arteries, fresh veins and even a fresh nerve, so she’ll be able to feel it,” Johnson said. In addition to the transplant, epidermis from the forearm, while attached to the ear, will cover up scar tissue in the area immediately around Burrage’s left jawline. “I didn’t lose any hearing and (Johnson) opened the canal back up,” said Burrage, whose left ear canal had closed up due to the trauma’s severity. “The whole field of plastic surgery has its roots in battlefield trauma,” said Johnson. “Every major advance in plastic surgery has happened with war. This was trauma related.” With only two more surgeries left, Burrage states she is feeling more optimistic and excited to finish the reconstruction. “It’s been a long process for everything, but I’m back,” said Burrage.

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