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Staff Sgt. Kevin Maloney plays taps during the 9/11 observance at Garrison Headquarters, Wednesday. Fort Belvoir commemorated the 18th anniversary of the attacks in New York and Washington, D.C., beginning the Global War on Terror, which continues today.

September 12, 2019

Never Forget

Photos by Paul Lara

(left to right) Kevin Good, deputy fire chief; Col. Michael Greenberg, Garrison commander; Command Sgt. Maj. Jason Young; Shane Crutcher, fire chief; and Larry Shinn, fire marshal, during the playing of taps at the 9/11 observance at Garrison Headquarters, Wednesday. Fort Belvoir gathered to commemorate the 18th anniversary of the attacks on our country that launched the Global War on Terror, which continues today.

Army professionals are reminded


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he lights in Thurman Auditorium dimmed, as words were flowing across the big screen on stage – commitment, strength, family, country, character, patriot, sacrifice – in a video presentation to start off “Why We Serve” Sept. 5. The event was hosted by Lt. Gen. Bruce Crawford, Army Chief Information Officer/ G6, to re-energize a dialogue of shared values, in support of the Army’s broader efforts to be ready to serve and accountable to the nation. “You chose to be right here, sharing this experience with the Army,” said Crawford to the nearly 400 people in attendance including new military recruits from around the National Capital Region. “On behalf of the 1.4 million Soldiers and civilians of the United States Army, and the almost 180,000 who are forward-stationed, defending us so we might have the honor of participating in this ceremony, I simply say thank you.” “Whether you are a Soldier or civilian, whether or you support the U.S. Army or any of the joint force team, you are a member of what is consistently recognized as the absolute, most trusted profession on earth – the profession of arms,” he said.

Doing things the right way at all times

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Retired Maj. D.J. Skelton describes his refusal to accept a medical discharge after serious injuries in combat in the 2nd battle of Fallujah, during “Why We Serve” in Thurman Auditorium, Sept. 5. Six years later, Skelton returned to his original company on a subsequent combat deployment. A4 A2



Crawford recalled Army Chief of Staff Gen. Jim McConville, who told him that readiness modernization and reform remain the priorities for the Army. But his number one priority is taking care of people. McConville elaborated that when the Army goes somewhere, we don’t go to participate, we don’t go to try hard, we go to win. Winning matters, and when we win, we win by doing the right things the right way. “Ultimately, what winning looks like is that we maintain an environment and a culture where the American people are willing to trust us,” said Crawford.

From punk kid to decorated officer Keynote speaker, retired Maj. D.J. Skelton, said he didn’t have anything too profound or

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HOUSING INFORMATION Compiled by USAG Fort Belvoir Public Affairs

Army releases DAIG report on housing

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he U.S. Army has released the report from its Inspector General on privatized housing on Army installations, September 5, 2019. The report was directed by Army leadership in February 2019 to determine the effectiveness, responsiveness and quality of privatized housing. “This IG report -- along with results from our recent housing surveys, town hall meetings and other feedback mechanisms -- will be used to continue our ongoing efforts to improve the quality of life for our Soldiers and their families,” said acting Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy. Research for the report, which is titled “Department of the Army Inspector General Special Interest Item Assessment of the Residential Communities Initiatives (RCI),” included 116 sensing sessions with housing residents, 1,180

resident surveys, 1,023 document reviews, and 227 interviews with garrison commanders and housing personnel. In it, the inspectors identify 10 key findings and provide 20 recommendations to address them. Most of the recommendations in the report are already being addressed by the Army, and a few have already been completed. For example, the Army has already added 114 additional employees to various installation housing staffs, established classes to further educate senior commanders and garrison commanders, leveraged existing property-management portals that allow residents to track work-order histories and maintenance issues, established 24-7 telephone hotlines at all installations, conducted housing satisfaction surveys, and is working with the other services to develop a joint Tenant Bill of Rights. Other efforts include revising the Army’s RCI Portfolio and Asset Management Handbook, refining the roles and responsibilities of senior commanders, entering the privatized housing inventory into the Army’s Real Property databases, rewriting RCI report templates, establishing a housing campaign plan in

April 2019, reviewing business agreements with privatized housing companies, and reworking incentive-fee structures. The Army is committed to ensuring quality housing and continued oversight in the future. “We continue to drive change and remain steadfast in holding ourselves and privatized housing companies accountable to provide safe and secure housing on our installations,” said Gen. Gus Perna, commanding general of Army Materiel Command. The full report is available on the Housing page which can be accessed from the Fort Belvoir website homepage under Quick Links at


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From Why We Serve, page A1 A West Point classmate enlightening to talk about of Skelton’s, the night bewhy he served. He said fore she heads to Afghanhe was just “a punk kid istan on her first deploygrowing up in South Dament, asked Skelton to kota,” who was expelled come for dinner because from college, and quit his construction job. On the she had questions for him. first day after getting a “It was the first time, glimpse of what his life as a wounded warrior, would be like, Shelton that someone looked at went to a South Dakota me through the scars and mall for a better job, and limitations, and said ‘you walked into the first office have knowledge that you with a sign that said ‘hirhave in your time in coming’. The office belonged bat, and I want to learn to a U.S. Army recruiter from you.’” He said he felt appreciand Skelton enlisted. ated. Between classes at the Defense Language Institute, two officers pulled Lt. Gen. Bruce Crawford, Army CIO/G6, left, administers the oath of enlistment to 28 recruits from Next Generation him aside and asked him, the National Capital Region in Thurman Auditorium, Sept. 5. Ready to Serve “Why are you here?” He sons and daughters home. Two months later, “Why We Serve” concouldn’t answer their question, and they encouraged him to think hard during close combat in Fallujah, Skelton was cluded with a reaffirmation of the oath of office about it, if he was serious about serving, to apply severely wounded, and awoke from his coma in by officers, NCOs, civilians and, lastly, 28 new Army recruits who rose to take their first oath of a hospital bed. to become an officer. “It was the first time in my life when I had The next six weeks, in and out of a coma, Skel- office to thunderous, sustained applause. Crawbeen pulled aside from someone outside my fam- ton received hospital visits from West Point pro- ford administered the oath, pointing to the newily that chose to spend some time with someone fessors and NCOs with whom he served. Many of est Soldiers as the next greatest generation of they barely knew because they saw something in them coordinated to provide meals for his family. leaders. “The reason that I serve,” said Crawford, “is me that I didn’t see,” said Skelton. During his recuperation, Skelton said he had That conversation changed his life and spurred a hard time dealing with the medical board and that I’m a believer, and I believe in you. Rememhis entrance into the 2003 class at West Point, its attitude that ‘if you lose too many limbs or ber all of you…are the history of this great naand was his first valuable lesson of mentorship. eyes, or you look like this, you’re of no value to us tion. You are its storied past, you are its resilient In 2004, less than a year out of Academy, anymore, and you’re leaving’. Despite dozens of present and its evolving and adaptive future. Skelton was a platoon leader, preparing to de- surgeries, Skelton convinced the medical board Your trust in the Army, as an institution that takes care of its people will never, ever, ever be ploy to Iraq. He looked at the family members on to let him serve. taken for granted.” the tarmac and promised he would bring all their

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#BeThere: Former Garrison Commander returns to Belvoir for suicide prevention discussion September is Suicide Prevention Month. To bring awareness to the community on finding the right type of help and resources in times of struggle, Belvoir’s Substance Abuse Program and Suicide Prevention Office welcomes retired Col. Greg Gadson, in his return to Fort Belvoir. Gadson speaks Sept. 19, 10 a.m. in Thurman Auditorium.

During the month, Suicide Prevention representatives will have community outreach:  Sept. 20, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., during Retiree Appreciation Day, Specker Field House  Sept. 26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Main Exchange FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact the Army Substance Abuse Program 703-805-5529.

COL(R) Gregory D. Gadson Gadson, a field artillery officer and 25-

year Army veteran, was wounded by an improvised explosive device in 2007. The IED cost him both legs above the knees and normal use of his right arm and hand. However, Gadson remained on active duty, retiring after serving as the Fort Belvoir Garrison commander from 2012-2014.

For Suicide Prevention Month, Gadson will bring awareness to the audience about finding the right type of help, and resources, in difficult times. He will also discuss overcoming obstacles and the stigma of seeking help for mental health from a leader’s perspective.

Annual substance abuse and suicide prevention training credit will be provided.

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VBS: Kids, faith, fun

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The Fort Belvoir Religious Support Office’s Vacation Bible School event — their largest outreach to children each year – was held August 11 – 16 (or wrapped up last month) for five days at the Belvoir Chapel, with 55 volunteers and 300 children participating in this year’s event. The year’s VBS theme was “ROAR! Life is Wild, God is good,” with children focusing on the book of Exodus. The week long program, open to all religions, included Bible adventures, skits, crafts and snacks. According to Hye Jin Hwang, protestant director of religious education, “military kids have different lives than other kids off-post, and the lessons taught them through crafts, activities and music that God accepts them where they are.”

UPCOMING YOUTH ACTIVITIES AWANA Clubs, Sundays, 4:00 – 5:45 p.m. Fort Belvoir Religious Education Center Ages: 3 – Grade 12 For more information, contact Joe Patterson FtBelvoirAwana@gmail. com or call 571-326-8561

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Operation Capital Shield 2019

Photo by Reese Brown


ort Belvoir law enforcement, fire, emergency services and support personnel joined other military, federal, local and interagency partners in a series of Defense Support to Civil Authorities training scenarios as part of Capital Shield 2019, Sept. 3-5. The annual exercise tested emergency readiness and interoperability between military and civilian agencies, if an emergency happens, according to John Backus, Fort Belvoir Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security contingency plans specialist.

The combined training enhances cooperation, allowing for a well-prepared response to protect the public in the event of an actual disaster in the National Capital Region. Exercises, such as Capital Shield, enhance readiness by ensuring military forces are fully trained, equipped and ready to perform a wide spectrum of operations in support of civil authorities. Find more photos on Flickr on the Fort Belvoir homepage.

Photos by Rick Musselman

Fort Belvoir DES personnel decontaminate a mock victim of toxin exposure during the 2019 Capital Shield mass-casualty exercise, Sept. 5 at the Golf Club.

Fort Belvoir Fire Chief Shane Crutcher, left, briefs Col. Michael Greenberg, Belvoir Garrison commander, center; and Maj. Gen. Omar Jones, MDWNCR commander, on emergency response procedures during the 2019 Capital Shield exercise, Sept. 5 at the Golf Club.




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September 12, 2019

Belvoir teams work to #BeThere during DTRA dominates in softball, remains perfect Defense Threat Reduction Resilience Challenge Agency makes Aerospace Data Facility-East latest victim By Rick Musselman Sports Editor Despite sweltering heat, humidity and approaching thunderstorms, undefeated Defense Threat Reduction Agency kept bats con-

necting and runners rounding the bags through four innings, to trounce Aerospace Data FacilityEast, 15-0, in a late-season, intramural softball matchup, July 2 at Graves Field. DTRA, one of the ablest softball squads in Belvoir’s intramurals league, claiming more championship titles, and Commander’s Cup trophies than any other unit on the installation came to Graves Field with a roster full of veteran athletes

John Burns, acting deputy to the Fort Belvoir Garrison commander, makes his way through the tunnel obstacle during the 2019 #BeThere Resilience Team Challenge, Friday at the MWR Resilience Obstacle Course.

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Team Renegade (HHC, 249th Engineer Battalion) pose for a photo with Col. Michael Greenberg, Fort Belvoir Garrison commander, far left, and Belvoir Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Jason Young, far right, after claiming first place in the 2019 #BeThere Resilience Team Challenge with a time of 7:40, Friday at the North Post track and MWR Resilience Obstacle Course.

By Rick Musselman Doryan Dixon, Fort Belvoir Army Substance Belvoir Eagle Abuse Program manager. “Even though Sepore than 100 Belvoir Soldiers and tember is Suicide Prevention Month, we all civilians gathered Sept. 6 at the know that suicide prevention is a 365-day-aGraves Fitness Track and MWR year effort and we want to encourage you to Resilience Obstacle Course to compete in the continue supporting that effort. It’s a top prior2019 #BeThere Resilience Team Challenge—a ity that we take a comprehensive, holistic apphysical fitness event that promoted endurance, proach to mitigating risks and bringing people determination and the commitment to stand together. “Support your battle buddies through each together to prevent suicide. The event, hosted by MWR and the Army obstacle,” Dixon continued. “Like this course, Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention Pro- life gets spotty sometimes; therefore, we’re engrams, aimed to promote resilience and inspire couraging you to be able to finish this race called the Army community to take on life’s obstacles, life and always remember that you’re not alone. And, as you go through these obstacles today, hurdles and disappointments together. Thirty teams of four conquered a 1,600-meter remember those who we have lost to suicide. relay race, 22 push-ups and a circuit through Make a commitment to complete this task together in their honor.” the obstacle course. The first team to leave the starting line was Competition began at 6 a.m. with opening the Garrison command team. The teams that remarks from Col. Michael Greenberg, Fort Belfollowed represented units and organizations voir Garrison commander. from all over Fort Belvoir and the Military Dis“I’ve seen several suicides since I’ve been in trict of Washington—including two groups that command over the last year. Some didn’t have competed for Belvoir’s elementary and feeder indicators but some did, so if someone cries out schools. In the end, athletes from the 249th for help, all they’re asking for isshortstop, someone to lis- Zelinsky, Engineer Battalion ADF-E Mike scoops up a emerged blisteringvictorious. grounder during ten to them and to provide a helping hand,” he DTRA, ForJuly more2 information, call Millie Frank, Fort a softball matchup with at Graves Field. said. “We have resources here on Fort Belvoir; Belvoir Suicide Prevention Program manager, all you have to do is ask and will assist,” said at 703-805-5529; Smith, Kawamura and we wasted no time unleashing a For Charice regular-season results, Greenberg. Human Performance Center program massive onslaught from the batter’s standings and the fitness playoff schedule, “I want to thank everyone for coming out to specialist, at 703-806-4430, or visit https://belbox. In customary form, the team visit this event and showing your support,” added matched its offensive fortunes with belvoirmwr. Find more photos on Flickr thein Fort stellaron play theBelvoir infieldhomepage. and out For information about Fort in the grass to remain at the top of Belvoir’s intramural sports program Final Results the FY19 rankings with the 15-0 and the annual Commander’s Cup blowout. 1st Place Team Renegade (HHC, 249th Engineer Battalion) 7:40 Fitzgerald, title race, call Justin


Belvoir athletes employ teamwork to conquer The single-elimination champi2ndbyPlace Photos Rick Musselman Team Captain (249th Engineer Battalion) the confidence wall obstacle during the 2019 onship tournament is scheduled to DTRA second baseman, Rich Goad, drills one up the3rd middle Placefor a base Army Substance Abuse Program #BeThere Resilience Team Challenge, Friday hit during his team’s late-season intramural softball matchup against begin today, starting at 6 p.m. at at the MWR Resilience Obstacle Course. ADF-E, July 2 at Graves Field. Graves Field.

league coordinator 8:56 and sports facility manager, 703-806-5093. Athletes 9:10 can also contact their unit representative to sign up and get schedules.


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Belvoir pitcher, Robbie Hamrick, delivers a fastball during his team’s 2019 Little League fall season opener against Fairfax, Saturday at Bill Behring Field.

Belvoir Little Leaguers team up with the Major League By Rick Musselman Belvoir Eagle


pening day of the 2019 Fort Belvoir fall Little League season got off to unique and exciting start Saturday when the teams took to the diamond wearing official Washington Nationals jerseys—a special gift from the National League franchise that was part of the Team UP initiative. The Team UP charity program also include visits from Nationals players at league events and Team UP Night at Nationals Park. Baseball and softball allow kids to be active, have fun and learn valuable lessons like teamwork, dedication, determination and being active that translate to life beyond the diamond. The Nationals Team UP program minimizes obstacles preventing kids from playing baseball and softball. For more information on Team UP and the Belvoir Little League program, email Find more photos on Flickr on the Fort Belvoir homepage.

Belvoir catcher, Andrew Speas, makes the grab during his team’s 2019 Little League fall season opener against Fairfax, Saturday at Bill Behring Field.

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Sports Briefs Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Awareness Powder Puff Game

Join Army Community Service and Family Advocacy Program at Pullen Field for the 2019 Powder Puff Football Game today, starting at 7 p.m. Register at ACS or online at Eligible participants are active duty, Reservists, retirees, dependents, DoD civilians and contractors, 18 or older. For more, call 571-231-7016.

Breast Cancer Awareness 5K

MWR and Fort Belvoir Community Hospital hosts the 7th annual 5K run/walk, Oct. 19, 8:30 a.m., on the main hospital campus at the Oaks Pavilion entrance. To register, visit For more, call 703805-4430.

Stroller Walking Group

Join ACS and other Belvoir community parents for their Stroller Walking Group at Pullen Field. The group will meet at 10 a.m. on the mornings of Friday and Sept. 20, Oct. 4 and 18, Nov. 1 and 15, and Dec. 13. The Stroller Walking Group is an incredible way to socialize while providing a good source of exercise. This group is open to active-duty military, retirees, their Families, DoD civilian employees, and contractors. For more information, call 571-231-7028.

2019 Youth Sports – Enrollment Open Youth Sports and Fitness offers year-round sports for children, ages 3-17. Registration can be completed online on WebTrac or at Parent Central Services. To use WebTrac, the child must be registered with Parent Central Services. For more, call Youth Sports and Fitness at 703-805-9138.

Girls Basketball Training

Youth Sports and Fitness offers free off-season basketball fundamentals and skills training for girls. Games will be played after each training session at Specker Field House, Mondays through Thursdays, until Sept. 26. Start time is 6 p.m. and sessions run 60-90 minutes.

Turkey Trot 5K/10K

The Turkey Trot 5K/10K will be held on Nov. 16. The race will start at 9 a.m. and conclude with an awards ceremony at approximately 10:30 a.m. The race will start and end at 14th Street and Middleton Road. Register online at or in person at Graves Fitness Center or the Body Shop. The cost is $25 in advance and $35 on the day of the run. Eligible participants include all active-duty Soldiers as well as Mobilized/ADOS National Guard/Reserve Component Soldiers, DoD civilian employees and installation visitors. Call Graves Fitness Center at 703-806-5368 for more information.

Water Aerobics – New Schedule

Fort Belvoir Aquatics has temporarily moved its Friday class (5 – 5:55 p.m.) to Thursdays. The location is Connolly Outdoor Pool Complex at the O’ Club. Classes are $5 per session and no registration needed. Active-duty, retirees, DoD civilians and dependents are eligible. For more info and schedules, call 703-805-2620.

Mulligan Mondays at the Golf Club

Swing by the Belvoir Golf Club Mondays, to enjoy discounted rates on green, cart and walking fees. Top off your round of golf at Niblick’s Grill. For info, call 703-806-5878.

Golf Club Membership Sales Belvoir Golf Club has two championship, 18-hole, golf courses, Woodlawn and Gunston. It also has a spacious clubhouse featuring Niblick’s Clubhouse Grill and the Clubhouse Lounge offers a view and, food and drink specials. For more, call 703-806-5878.

BODYBLAST Fitness Class BODYBLAST4X4 is a free strength and cardio mash-up of functional, boot-camp style, fitness training for military families to work out while having a blast. Kids are welcome. Classes are Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9:30 a.m., at Specker Field House. For more, call 703-806-3057.

Cosmic Bowling Fridays, 9 p.m.-midnight and Saturdays, 1 p.m. - mid midnight at the Bowling Center, located at 5975 Middle Middleton Road, Bldg. 1199. Cosmic Bowling is out-ofthis-world entertainment featuring music videos and awesome effects lighting in an ultra-lounge atmosphere. Cost is $4 per game. For more call 703-805-2991.

Get Golf Ready Beginner Clinics The Fort Belvoir Golf Club offers beginner’s golf clinics with multiple start dates to better fit your schedule. The golf clinic is $100 for 5 lessons of instruction, which covers putting, chipping, pitching, full swing and etiquette. For more info and class dates, call 703-806-5878.

Readiness Program Fitness Classes Sports and Fitness offers free weekly fitness classes, including Functional Fitness, C.O.R.E, Body Sculpt, Zumba, ChakaBoom, indoor cycle, yoga and Turbo Tabata. Go to for info about classes and times, or call 703-806-5093.



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Fort Belvoir DES personnel prepare to place a mock traffic accident victim onto a backboard during the 2019 Capital Shield exercise, Sept. 5 on North Post.


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Fort Belvoir DES personnel attend to a mock traffic accident victim during the 2019 Capital Shield exercise, Sept. 5 on North Post.




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Military and civilian team members from throughout the region participate in a full-scale Mass Casualty Exercise (MASCAL-EX) as part of Operation Capital Shield at the Belvoir Hospital Sept. 5.




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Fort Belvoir DES personnel prepare to transport a mock traffic accident victim during the 2019 Capital Shield exercise, Sept. 5 on North Post.



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he end of peak moving season is approaching and here are some helpful facts to help you and your family with the delivery of your household goods to your new duty station.

Lost & Damaged Household Goods Items If any of your household goods are lost or destroyed during the moving process, you are entitled to full replacement value of that item. This means that if an item is lost or destroyed during the move, the carrier should pay to replace it with a like item. The carrier will still require proof of the item’s value and quality and will likely want evidence of the cost to replace it. You must file a Notification of Loss/Damage in the Defense Personal Property System within 75 days from the date of delivery. A Loss/Damage Report allows you to notify the moving company of your intent to file a claim for missing or damaged items. A Loss/ Damage Report is NOT a claim. You must still file an itemized claim in DPS within nine months of your delivery date to receive reimbursement.

Important Dates WITH Loss/Damage Report Delivery Day (optional)

For any lost or damaged items discovered on delivery day, request that your moving drive complete and sign a Notification for Loss and Damage AT Delivery form. Having mutual agreement on major items can lead to fewer disputes when you settle the reimbursement value later on.

Up to 75 days after Delivery Date

Sign-In to the Defense Personal Property System and submit a Loss/Damage Report indicating your intent to file a claim.

Up to 9 Months after Delivery Date

Sign-In to the Defense Personal Property System and submit itemized claims for any lost or damaged items for full replacement value.

Between 9 Months and 2 years after Delivery Day

Contact the Military Claims Office for help receiving partial replacment value for any lost or damaged items not previously submitted.

60 Days after Claim Submission

Your moving company should pay, deny, or make a counter to your claim within 60 days after your claim is filed.

Damage found Delivery Day and after Delivery If you notice any lost or damaged items on delivery day, you should ask the driver to complete and sign the Notification for Loss and Damage AT Delivery form. If you and the driver complete a signed Notification for Loss and Damage AT Delivery, a copy of this document can be uploaded to the DPS. You are encouraged to work closely with your assigned move manager at your Transportation Service Provider. Your move manager should be able to keep you up to date on scheduling your delivery and any information concerning your move. If you need any further assistance please contact Joint Personal Property Shipping Office Mid Atlantic at 703-806-4900. Also be sure to visit for detailed information on filing claims.



You can’t put a price on the future of a loved one. A discount, however, never hurts. We started counting all the reasons to choose Tribute at The Glen as your new home, such as beautifully-designed suites, three chef-prepared gourmet meals a day, snacks, cable, housekeeping, laundry services, the list goes on. And on. In fact, we got to a gazillion and stopped counting. Suffice it to say you don’t need much more incentive to choose Tribute at The Glen. But why not make it a gazillion and one for good measure? Put down a deposit today and we’ll waive $2,000 for your first two months*. * Offer expires October 31, 2019

* Valid on any one job of $3,000 or more. Coupon must be presented at time of inspection. May not be combined with any other offer. Offer valid through 9/30/19.


Tribute at The Glen 4151 Old Bridge Road | Woodbridge, VA 22192 571.402.1870 | A Thrive Senior Living Community

September 12, 2019

Belvoir Eagle


Retiree Appreciation Day set for Sept. 20


ort Belvoir’s annual Retiree Appreciation Day is Sept. 20, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Specker Field House; and 1-3 p.m., at Scott Hall auditorium, Bldg. 226. The event includes subject-matter experts and Q&A sessions from Veterans Services offices; TRICARE; insurance companies; and the Thrift Savings Plan. A health fair with blood pressure checks and flu shots, if available, is also scheduled. Retirees can renew their ID cards, with the proper paperwork, at the Specker session, where breakfast and lunch will be served. The Scott Hall session has a tribute to Old Glory; briefings; a presentation from the Belvoir Hospital director; the Thrift Savings Plan; and whole- and term-life insurance information. For more information, call the Retirement Services Office, 703-8064551; or email

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The 23rd Annual Oktoberfest takes place on Fort Belvoir’s Fremont Field, Oct. 3, 6 - 10 p.m.; Oct. 4, 4 p.m. – 11 p.m.; Oct. 5, noon – 11 p.m.; and Oct. 6, noon – 8 p.m. Oktoberfest features authentic German cuisine, beverages, music, dancing, and more. Entry is free. ATMs will be available on site and credit cards will be accepted by MWR for beer tickets. For more info, visit

Retiree Appreciation Day

Fort Belvoir hosts Retiree Appreciation Day in two locations, Sept. 20, 8 a.m.-12:45 p.m. at Specker Field House for the Health Fair and flu shots; and 1-3 p.m. in the Defense Acquisition University’s Scott Hall for benefits briefings. All military retirees and their family members are invited. For more, call 703-806-4551.

Dads 101

ACS Family Advocacy Program offers a very informative class for dads and dads-to-be, Sept. 19 from 9 a.m. – noon. To register, call 571-231-7021 or email FBFamilyAdvocacy@

Butterfly enthusiasts wanted

We’re starting a butterfly survey group to learn more about the butterflies on Fort Belvoir. Volunteers will conduct surveys each month in a designated location with Directorate of Public Works-Environmental assistance. Don’t know how to identify butterfly species? We’ll teach you. For more contact Monica Mundrick at

12 Months Same as Cash OR 6 Months Deferred Payments!*

Catholic Women of the Chapel

The Fort Belvoir Catholic Women of the Chapel meets weekly, Wednesday, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Woodlawn Chapel. Childcare is free with no RSVP needed. For more information contact Linda at

Army Warrant Officer Association meeting

The Lord Fairfax Silver Chapter, USAWOA meets in the Fort Belvoir Golf Course meeting room, Sept. 18, 5 p.m. Contact retired CW5 Jon Huntington, 918-857-8338.

Mass Transportation Benefit Program

Blinds that Last Savings that Won’t!

Buy One Get One

50% OFF! Offer expires 9/30/19

| Shutters | Blinds | Shades | Motorization |

For a free in-home consultation call

(703) 214-5335

*Beltway Blinds is neither a broker nor a lender. Financing is provided by Mariner Finance under terms and conditions arranged directly between the consumer and Mariner Finance, all subject to credit requirements and satisfactory completion of finance documents. Beltway Blinds does not assist with, counsel or negotiate financing. Subject to credit approval. Minimum monthly payments required during the promotional period if applicable. Making minimum monthly payments during the promotional period will not pay off the entire principal balance. Interest is billed during the promotional period, but all interest is waived if the purchase amount is paid in full before the expiration of the promotional period. Financing for Mariner Finance loan programs is provided by federally insured, federal and state chartered financial institutions without regard to age, race, color, religion, national origin, gender, or familial status.

The Mass Transportation Benefit Program offers transit passes to eligible employees and military service members in the National Capital Region area in amounts equal to their personal commuting costs, not to exceed $265 per month. To learn more, visit www.whs. mil/mass-transportation-benefit-program/.

Washington Monument Set to Reopen

The Washington Monument reopens to the public Sept. 19 at 9 a.m. Same-day tickets for opening day through Oct. 18 will be available at the Washington Monument Lodge. The monument will be open daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Lorton Station Community Fair

The Lorton Station Community Fair is Sunday, 2-5 p.m., at Lorton Station Town Center, 9020 Lorton Station Boulevard. Free events include face painting, balloon characters and fitness demos.

Officers’ Club Membership

The Fort Belvoir Officers Club is looking for new members. New members will receive two complimentary Sunday brunch coupons upon signing up for membership. E-7 and above, retirees, DoD civilians equivalent to GS-7 and NF-3 and above are eligible for membership. For more information, call 703-780-0930, ext. 600.

September 12, 2019

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PTBR, LLC Offers

Potomac Window Cleaning Co.

Reasonable Rates.

Powerwashing ~ Ask about our low pressure, no damage powerwashing services, using a soft brush to remove deeply embedded dirt from siding, stone, wood & brick.



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Whole Life/Educational Consulting and Non-Profit Fundraising/ Promo Consulting. Off-site. or 703-407-6224.

Window Cleaning ~ Residential Window Cleaning Specialist serving the local area for 30 years. Working owners assures quality.


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Classified Advertising Do you have an upcoming event? Want to get the word out?

Multi-Family Community

Westridge Community Yard Sale September 14th, 2019 from 8am-1pm Rain Date September 21st, 2018

**Rain or Shine** Sept. 14th 8am-1

Intersection of Old Bridge Road and Westridge Drive. Drive through the community as many homeowners set-up yard sales.


Winding Creek Estates on Minnieville Rd.

(between Minnieville Rd. & 234)

Something for Everyone!!!

To place your yard sale ad, please call 703.-771.8831

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Employment Advertising RETAIL MANAGEMENT POSITIONS All CFC Farm & Home Center locations are seeking individuals with entrepreneurial spirit and sales ability to lead retail employee teams. Responsibilities include management of inventory, supervision of employees, and sales and credit management. Candidates should have prior retail and management experience, knowledge of agricultural market and practices, and enjoy involvement in community activities. We offer a competitive salary package which includes complete benefit package including 401k, health and life insurance, paid holidays, vacation, and sick leave. CFC Farm & Home Center has five retail locations in Culpeper, Rappahannock, Morrisville, Warrenton, and Marshall.

Send resume to: Human Resource Manager, P. O. Box 2002, Culpeper, VA 22701 or

Finance Team Lead – Finance Manager – Director of Finance

Are you a Finance Professional looking to advance your career? Are you a CPA or ready to sit for the exam? The Town of Dumfries, VA (located 25 miles south of D.C. and 78 miles north of Richmond) is seeking a highly motivated finance professional who is looking for the next step in his/ her career. This position is responsible for the administration and oversight of all financial operations in the Town. The successful applicant will report directly to the Town Manager and serve on the Town Executive Leadership Team. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated knowledge and experience in budgeting, purchasing, accounts payable, payroll and financial reporting. If you have Bachelor’s in Business Administration, Political Science, Finance or related field and five (5) years of progressively responsible professional financial management experience please consider Dumfries, VA as your employer of choice. We are conveniently located right off Route 1 and within 3 minutes of the Dumfries exit (Exit 152) off I-95. For candidates who live north, it is an ideal “reverse commute”. We have competitive pay, flexible work schedules, excellent benefits, lovely office space and an environment conducive to growing and learning. Please visit our website to complete the Town employment application:

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Great Opportunity to work at Strictlyloz Strictlylocz dreadlock classes 7 days on one training

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Press Person & Delivery Person Needed at Haymarket Cleaners. Please call 540-829-0691 for more information.

Local Manassas Chimney company seeks full-time


Must be comfortable with heights, be reliable,have experience and own transportation to Manassas.

Call 703-551-2571

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