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Storms are churning – Are you ready? Garrison Public Affairs As of Wednesday morning, the National Hurricane Center said Hurricane Florence is heading toward the southeast coast and is expected to bring life-threatening storm surges and rainfall to parts of the Carolinas and Mid-Atlantic states. Florence had maximum, sustained winds of 130 mph and was moving west-northwest at 17 mph. The Hurricane Center is also monitoring Hurricane Helene and Tropical Storm Isaac, also in the Atlantic. For Florence, hurricane warnings and watches were in effect from South Carolina to Virginia. Florence is expected to slow down considerably by late Thursday into Friday, and move slowly through early Saturday. A hurricane is a tropical cyclone and can be catastrophic to coastlines and impact those living several hundred miles inland. Hurricanes can bring violent thunderstorms, flooding waves, winds exceeding 155 mph, storm surges and tornadoes. Power outages and flooding are secondary hazards that even those away from the direct path may encounter. For location-specific storm information, including possible inland watches and warnings, monitor information from your local National Weather Service forecast office. Now is the time to prepare, develop and practice family plans, and have go-kits updated for home, work and vehicles. Info is available from Be informed. Make a plan. Build a kit. Get involved.

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Three candles symbolize New York, the Pentagon, and Pennsylvania during Tuesday’s 9-11 Remembrance in Belvoir Chapel. The large candle represents our nation’s resilience. See more photos on page A4.

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Youth Center a treasure for teens, families Story, photos by Paul Lara Many parents know about the child development centers on post that offer services for toddlers and preschoolers. However, not as many families may know about the comprehensive programs of the Jane Anderson Youth Center on Langfitt Loop. Marshall Barnes, Fort Belvoir Youth Program director, said, “Once they arrive, many parents tell us ‘this is amazing – I didn’t know you were here.’” Angel Young and her daughter, Anne, dropped by the Youth Center, Saturday during an open house and confirmed Barnes’ point. They’ve been on post a year and just now heard about the Youth Center from an article in last week’s Belvoir Eagle. “This is great – I’m so excited to get signed up,” Anne said. What parents like is the comprehensive care available for free to military families. After-school tutoring; a fully equipped gym; physical conditioning to prepare for sports seasons; a computer lab; arts and crafts rooms; and even workforce

training and budgeting classes are all available at the Anderson Youth Center. Families with several children have struggled with transportation issues, and Barnes says the youth program is doing everything it can to minimize the burden. “We are going to be taking shuttles to the high schools so siblings with working parents can still watch siblings play baseball or volleyball at Hayfield (Secondary), Mount Vernon High or Walt Whitman (Middle). If there’s games there, we’ll take them,” Barnes said. Additionally, there will soon be a shuttle to and from the village community centers, so kids who live in Woodlawn or Lewis villages can get picked up and then dropped off afterward. For parents wanting safe, structured after-school activities for their family, Barnes says it’s simple. “It’s the perfect place to be, and it’s all free. We can help with everything, from homework and physical conditioning to workplace preparation. Find us,” Barnes said.

Teens enjoy lunch at the Jane Anderson Youth Center, Saturday during a back-to-school open house.

Marshall Barnes, the Fort Belvoir Youth Program director, grills burgers and chicken. Right: London Lightle, left, 11, and Brooke Lynn, 11, play Pac Man at the Youth Center.

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Ca-Asia Lane, suicide survivor, listens to a question after she delivered her message of hope and healing at Thurman Auditorium, Sept. 6. Lane's discussion was one of several events marking Suicide Prevention Month on Fort Belvoir.

Suicide survivor gives message of hope By Adrienne Anderson Staff writer Ca-Asia Lane, suicide survivor advocate and author, recounted her journey to healing to the Fort Belvoir community, Sept. 6 at Thurman Auditorium. She challenged everyone in the audience to commit to life and to help others who are struggling. Lane’s personal theme for suicide survivors, those who were affected by the deaths of a loved one from suicide, is “hope, help, and healing.” Lane’s husband died by suicide in 2008. She described that his behavior had been out of character the last morning she saw him alive. “That Monday morning, at 6:30 a.m., was the last time that I kissed my husband goodbye as he left for work,” she said. “He hugged me several times before departing, each time telling me more and more how much he loved me. He thanked me for making his lunch. I don’t know why. It was leftovers from the night before, but he thanked me anyway.” After he left, her husband texted and called to make sure she got his message. “His last spoken words were ‘I appreciate all that you do for me. Love you, and I’ll talk to you later,’” Lane said. “But, talking to him later never happened that Monday.” Over the past few years, Lane said she’s learned what happened that morning is “nothing can truly define normal for someone who has made up in their mind to die by suicide.” Suicide is a national and global crisis that affects everyone, no matter their age, race or background, she said. Her experience and grief drove her to seek guidance from Military OneSource, who helped her find

the right counselor. She spent 18 months with a counselor at Fort Belvoir. Lane’s experience also led her to help other survivors as she healed from her husband’s death. She found healing in dance and helping others. At the time, she was in the military, and Lane also received support from those she worked with. “My leadership recognized that I was not only their Soldier, but I was also a spouse first,” she said. “You see, they couldn’t just present me with a folded flag, salute the gravesite and retreat to their offices the next Monday morning and not think about me, because I then became their Soldier.” Lane’s faith was her hope, which also helped her get through grief. “I clung to my faith like it was my favorite pillow,” she said. Fort Belvoir Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Corey Perry said people become numb about suicide, but that people should be more engaged in helping to prevent it. “We know that all it takes is one person to prevent someone from taking their own life,” he said, adding that you may not always know what causes someone to want to die by suicide, but by offering support, you can help prevent another suicide. He advised the military community to know there’s nothing wrong with getting professional help, and it’s not a sign of weakness to do so. If you or someone you know are having suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, 1-800-273-8255. You can also seek assistance on Fort Belvoir through the Army Substance Abuse Program, 703-805-5529 or the Employee Assistance Program, 703805-5588.



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Above: Col. Michael Greenberg, Fort Belvoir Garrison commander, honors those who lost their lives during the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, during a 9-11 Remembrance Service at Belvoir Chapel, Tuesday. Right: Fort Belvoir Fire Chief Shane Crutcher urges everyone to remember the sacrifices and unity of Sept. 11, 2001, at a 9-11 Remembrance in Belvoir Chapel, Tuesday.

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Left: Police officers respond to reports of gunshots during an active-shooter exercise at DLA’s McNamara Building, Sept. 6. Above: Medical personnel aid a “gunshot” victim.

Active-shooter exercise tests first responders, workforce, partnerships By John Bell DLA A burst of “shots” ripped through the quiet corridor to echo on the terrazzo floor of Belvoir’s McNamara Headquarters Complex on the north end of the post. A smell like that of several lit matches wafted from the blanks fired by the DLA police officer. Soon, a woman burst from a first-floor suite, waving a simulated handgun as she ran. She appeared to be pregnant. The woman ducked into a suite, shooting “victims” at their desks. Seconds later, phones buzzed and rang as the building’s warning system sent calls and text messages to the workforce. A public address announcement prompted a mass exodus of people with hands held up, while intercoms blared alert tones. Back in the suite, volunteer “victims” continued playing their roles. Some clutched lifelike gunshot wounds while yelling for help, gasping for air and calling out their ‘injuries.’ Outside, the gates to the complex closed, barricades went up and DLA Police officers stopped

Employees gather at a staging area shooter exercise at DLA. all traffic. Seconds later, DLA Police officers burst through the suite’s door, their blue mock handguns drawn. They moved quickly through the cubicles and offices, clearing areas as they searched for the “shooter.” They found her hiding under a desk just like so many victims—a self-inflicted gunshot wound helping her blend in. The officers “shot” the attacker.

after evacuating during an activeThen they discovered the bulge in her torso wasn’t the pregnancy it appeared to be, but a vest filled with explosives, represented by PVC pipe. This active shooter was also a suicide bomber. The officers slowly retreated, and a few minutes later, technicians from the 55th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company arrived to defuse the bomb, all while

the haunting cries of the victims continued to fill the suite. The active-shooter scenario at DLA followed a mock chemical leak near Specker Field House, where Belvoir Hospital and emergency personnel tended to more “wounded” and “sick.” The drill on Belvoir was part of Military District of Washington’s annual Capital Shield exercise and happened during National Preparedness Month. The exercise serves as a training platform for emergency response staff personnel and first responders, which are important for ongoing community safety and strengthens partnerships and working relationships. Joining the DLA Police and 55th EOD were officers from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency headquarters, and firefighters from Fort Belvoir Fire and Emergency Services. In addition, numerous volunteers, personnel from Belvoir Community Hospital, Fairfax County Police Department and Belvoir Garrison emergency staff contributed to the exercise, said James Johnston, DLA’s antiterrorism officer, who led the exercise’s planning and execution.




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Sadie and Lillian Cocco, 3, keep the canines entertained during the 2018 Pooch Plunge, Saturday at the Connelly Pool Complex at the O Club.


Community canines take over Connelly Pool By Rick Musselman Sports Editor Fort Belvoir’s Connelly Outdoor Pool Complex at the O Club “went to the dogs,” Saturday when MWR wrapped up the summer swim season with the popular Pooch Plunge, a chance for canine community members to make one last splash before fall. Despite dark skies and periods of rain, more than 30 dogs enthusiastically took to the water. Dogs of every size and shape — from German shepherds, Labradoodles and retrievers to pugs, poodles, terriers and Yorkies — spent the four-hour event enjoying the end-of-summer celebration with nearly 100 of their human family members.

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Time to acessorize By Rick Musselman Sports Editor A year or two ago, at the Connelly Pool Complex at the O Club during the alwaysentertaining Pooch Plunge, I had a kindnatured woman compliment the black over-

the-shoulder bag I had that day to carry spare lenses and other photographic stuff. I had been somewhat taken aback by her excitement when she noticed this bag, saying she had some cute pumps at home that would go perfectly with it. Well, this past weekend, I was once again at the pool covering the same event, and sure enough, another woman regarded that same bag with palpable admiration—and believe it or not, she too had a pair of shoes at home she thought would perfectly compliment my little

carryall. Now, I’ll admit I know little about women’s fashion (except that you’re not supposed to wear basic black before 5 p.m.) and even less about proper accessorizing, but I suppose there was some satisfaction in knowing I’d picked a good bag without even trying. Still, though, in the interests of keeping my event coverage flowing unimpeded, I’m thinking now that I should either stop using that bag or get myself some cute pumps to go with it.


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Kaitlyn Hooper, 6, and Skyler enjoy a break in the action during Pooch Plunge, Saturday at the O Club pool.


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Willie shares the fun with Sadie Cocco, 3, after emerging from the pool during the Pooch Plunge, Saturday at the Connelly Pool Complex at the O Club. September 13, 2018 Belvoir Eagle


Sports and Recreation Briefs This week WAMAC post-level basketball tryouts Belvoir athletes will get a chance to showcase their basketball skills and aim at securing slots on the installation’s elite Eagles team rosters when official tryouts for the 2018 – 19 Washington Area Military Athletic Conference season are conducted Sept. 24 - 28, and Oct. 1 - 5, 7 – 8:30 p.m. at Wells Field House The teams are open to all activeduty military services, Coast Guard, Reserves, military dependents, DoD civilians, DoD contractors and federal agencies. For more information about the Fort Belvoir Eagles sports organizations and the upcoming season, call Coach Marshall (men’s team) at 703-798-0842; Coach Sherman Sherin at 703-806-0801; or Justin Fitzgerald, intramural sports coordinator, at 703-806-5093.

#BeThere Resilience Team Challenge—postponed September is Suicide Prevention Month. MWR and the Fort Belvoir Suicide Prevention Program host a Resilience Team Challenge,

Wednesday at the track and obstacle course behind Graves Fitness Center, 2116 Abbott Road. Build a team of four and, together, conquer a 1600m Relay Race, 22 push-ups and the #BeThere Resilience Obstacle Course. The event is limited to the first 30 teams to register, but everyone is asked to come out and cheer on their battle buddies at the event. The top teams will get prizes. Register online at https://www. For more information, contact Millie Frank, Suicide Prevention, 703-805-5529; or Anthony Leon, MWR, 703-806-1093.

Upcoming Paddling Adventures Join Outdoor Recreation for its all new Paddling Adventures program this summer. All of these adventures are for experienced paddlers. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult; if under 18, a guardian signature is required for participation. All adventures are weather dependent so call Outdoor Recreation the day of the adventure

to confirm the session will take place. Each adventure is limited to the first 15 boats. Life jackets and paddles are included in the $5 per boat price. Please bring appropriate clothing, sunscreen and water. Adventure dates are Tuesday and Sept. 22. For more information, call ODR, 703805-3081.

Member-Guest Golf Tournament Fort Belvoir Golf Club hosts its annual Member-Guest Golf Tournament, Sept. 22–23. The registration deadline is 6 p.m. Monday at the Pro Shop. Golfers will square off in the twoperson team event over 36 holes; 18 on the Gunston Course, Sept. 23; and 18 on the Woodlawn Course, Sept. 24. Each day has a 9 a.m. shotgun start. The Member-Guest Tournament costs $200 per team ($100 per player). For more information, call 703806-5878.

Breast Cancer Awareness 5K October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. MWR and Fort Belvoir Community Hospital invite

the Belvoir community to a 5K, Oct. 20 to raise awareness of breast cancer and show support for those affected. Breast cancer affects more than 200,000 patients annually, and early detection is an important element of improving survival. The race starts at 8:30 a.m. and ends with a FBCH presentation. The race starts and finishes at the main hospital campus. There will be awards for best dressed, fastest stroller and best group turnout. Eligible participants include active-duty military, DoD civilians, retirees, and family members. This is a free event and participants can register online at races/mwr-fbch-breast-cancerawareness-5k/2018/register or in person at Graves Fitness Center, the Body Shop, or Kawamura Human Performance Center. Call 703-806-4430 for more information.




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Medical personnel at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital treat a mannequin as part of the Fort Belvoir active-shooter exercise.

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Retiree Appreciation Day Belvoir’s Annual Retiree Appreciation Day is Sept. 21, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., at Specker Field House. Retiree Appreciation Day includes a health fair, with flu shots and blood-pressure checks, and displays and vendors from a variety of organizations. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. From 1-3 p.m., at DAU’s Scott Hall, there will be a briefing on the current TRICARE Retiree Dental Plan, TRDP; and the new dental plan that will take its place on Jan. 1, the Federal Employee Dental & Vision Insurance Plan, or FEDVIP. Retirees who use TRDP will have

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Belvoir Briefs Blood drives The Armed Services Blood Program has blood drives 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Friday at OCAR, 6075 Goethals Road; and Monday at the USO, 9th Street. Appointments are available through, using the sponsor codes or OCAR or USO. Walk-in donors are also accepted at each blood drive.

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Spouse-job networking Hiring our Heroes has a hiring fair Sept. 20, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Community Center, 10300 Taylor Road. The event includes a networking reception for all military spouses, Gold Star spouses, Service members, employers, and service organizations. People who go can gain insight on career planning and how to stand out as a job candidate. Bring resumes and be ready to meet potential new employers. The event also offers free, professional headshots and a smart phone, skills-based resume program.

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7378 Stream Walk Ln Manassas, VA 20109 (571) 379-4130

14270 Smoketown Rd Woodbridge, VA 22192 see store for complete details. offer expires 9/16/18 (703) 492- 5861 Mon- Sat: 10am-9pm Sun: 11am-7pm

Belvoir Eagle, September 13, 2018  
Belvoir Eagle, September 13, 2018