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SecArmy, senator visit Belvoir residents Joint Medical Belvoir Warrior Transition Brigade Soldier Readiness flourishes at DoD Warrior Games Center adding By Mary Therese Griffin Army Warrior Care and Transition

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eadiness and health are intimately intertwined. Being medically ready is critical for deployable Soldiers who need to be ready to fight and win today’s wars. Fort Belvoir Community Hospital’s Joint Medical Readiness Center is an integrated system of readiness and health that U.S Army photo by PFC Dominique Dixon provides centralized multiple Sgt. 1st Class Jay Martin participates in the cycling event June 23 in appointments, medical Tampa, during the 2019 Department of Defense Warrior Games, an assessments, and healthcare adaptive competition for wounded, ill and injured Service memservicessports for optimum readiness, bers and veterans. Approximately according to Maj. Kelly Green, 300 athletes representing teams from U.S. and Allied military forces compete in a variety of athletic Joint Medical Readiness Center competitions. department chief.

gt. 1st Class Jay Martin, a trumpet player in the Army’s Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, openly admits he was never really athletic. “I was not athletic until my mid-forties and I started racing BMX bicycles, believe it or not,” said Martin. Biking was his new hobby until an accident Jan. 6, 2018, at an indoor bike park. Martin knew immediately on impact that his legs were not going to be the same. After immediate surgery he learned he would never walk again. As he transitioned through the Warrior Transition Battalion at Fort Belvoir, he decided not to give up on biking and used it in his adaptive reconditioning. “Hand cycling is different, be-

cause your arms are not your legs –it’s all arms and upper body. I’m pretty much limited from the chest up. It’s hard, but once I got fitted in the bike, I realized I have to get in there and keep going, because practice makes perfect,” said Martin. He won a bronze medal for his classification in hand cycling for Team Army at this year’s Department of Defense Warrior Games in Tampa. Martin knew about the games before his accident but now realized he could participate. He explains why he believes the Warrior Games are important. “Just like sports are important for kids with developing personality and growth, sports at this point for injured or handicapped individuals is the same kind of thing . . . it shapes development and helps you

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JMRC, which opened in the fall Photo by Sgt. Dana Clarke 2018, is ready to conduct periodic Secretary of the Army, Hon. Ryan D. McCarthy, along with Sgt. Maj. of the Army, Michael A. Grinston, and Senator health assessments; pre- and post- bachelor’s degrees to senior NCOs working with each of the military Credentialing, along with Tim Kaine visit with families on Ft. Belvoir, Va., Monday. McCarthy, Grinston, and Kaine spoke to families and who attended the Sergeants Ma- centers of excellence to provide changes to promotion media about housing jor Academy at Fort issues. Bliss, Texas. technical skill training equitable to boards, helps ensure the Dailey said the Army will provide academic skills. See SecArmy, page A2 Soldiers with some college credit or “We thought we need to build on best are promoted and professional credentialing for each that more, because 60 percent of the level of NCO training. Army is combat arms, so what tanretained deployment assessments; exams health skills assessments “The expectation is we give some- Virtual gible technical do they leave dental exam on file for the last 15 months, which puts them in for schools; suitability checks for thing back for that service,” Dailey with?” hesaid said.another of the By Joe Lacdan Green indeterminate status. Army or Navy PCS; and needed said at an Association of the U.S. team’s initiatives is virtual Army News Service “If you have a unit of 200 and, Skilled labor required lab work. Personnel, also Army breakfast in there, Washington, health. “We’re going to try to Photo by Readiness Luc Dunn, AUSA of that, 40 are Medical “Not just be able say that start coordinate hearing and to vision Dailey cited that 80 percent of he Army could add to its D.C. virtual health assessments Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel Classification 4, then those 40 served and sacrificed, but (get- face-to-face American jobs require skilledorlabor, Dailey speaks about retention record retention numbers by you checks. on the computer default to being deployable, but results. That’s and that Soldiers become pro- and academic credentialing providing more incentive for ting) “Ittangible was created to put morewhat your phone, as sooncan as January. at the you don’t really know if they are, owe to on themedical American people–is a We’ll ductive members of the work force AUSA Institute of Land Warfare Soldiers to stay on duty, the ser- we likely start with healthier visibility readiness, or not,” said Green. “It’s a false better product, beService more produc- populations after leavingthat the don’t Army.need vice’s top enlisted leader said. and make sure to that breakfast in Arlington, June 26. in their hometowns.” “There care,” is a great opportunity representation of what your unit The Army has been testing a pilot tive additional he said. members are ready to deploy or readiness status is.” Dailey said the Army has been forService many members of our Soldiers to fulfill medical program for academic credentialing transition are grouped late those to civilian-sector skills, out of the military,” working out the finer points of the the ranks of those skilled labor reat Fort Hood, Texas, and plans to into one of four Medical which we had not done.” Green said. “It’s imperative the Commander’s portal program to ensure higher quality Readiness quirements in our hometowns extend the program to several Categories. MRCs 1 of Last year, with the help of ConPhoto by PaulmaLara units are continually having their “Unit and commanders canContinuing America, they have the tangible gress jorMaj. installations by Joint the end of 2019, training for Service members and and 2 are and for healthy, generally the Army Kelly Green, Medical Soldiers how get the examswill they need. access a portal that simplifies deciding agencies get payskills,” Dailey said. “We just need to said Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel deployable people. MRC 3 is the Education System, the Army creReadiness Center department This isThe all we do. We specialize tracking and reporting of unit program will also in be category make it official. Dailey. Theand Army to spread ment. for those not medically chief, left, Maj.plans Duane ated the credentialing assistance physical exams, so we get themand ready to National Guard “Weorsaw opportunity to be the program to nurse all installations whothe need more than 30 Thomas, chief officer in in available in, and help them check all the Army Reserve members. able to onsaid the great fiscal yearat2020. charge, the center’s reception days of capitalize care. Green MRC skills 4 See page A5, page Medical See Credentialing, A8 Dailey said the Army has been is at once.” our have now, and or transRecently, area, Nov. the 18. Army provided 110 boxes forSoldiers anyone without a PHA


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yan McCarthy, the Army secretary; and Virginia • Improving quality of life for Sen. Tim Kaine visited Service members and their Fort Belvoir Monday to hear families living in privatized from residents. The visit was in military housing by creating a preparation for Tuesday’s Senate Tenant Bill of Rights, setting up Armed Services Committee update a dispute resolution process, and on privatized housing and ongoing increasing oversight reports by military leadership of substandard housing conditions • Holding private military housing and services. After visiting with companies accountable by two Families, McCarthy and Kaine instating new quality assurance briefed members of the press. and control measures and McCarthy said the privatized increasing health and hazard housing initiative, over the last inspections 25 years, has brought a lot of opportunity and a lot of outside • Strengthening management of investment to re-capitalize on-post military housing by providing housing, which was badly needed, an additional $301.8 million at the time. “But, over the course of the last By Paul Lara 10 years, at times, we’ve abdicated Secretary of the Army, Ryan McCarthy, left; and Senator Tim Kaine discuss See SecArmy, page A3 our responsibilities as an Army. the progress of military housing conditions on Fort Belvoir, after visiting two What we needed to do was be much homes, Monday. more aggressive in managing the partnership,” he said. neighborhoods,” said Kaine. “Today, different “Over the last 10 months, the Army’s neighborhoods still, but the problems remain reorganized itself, and put Installation and the problems are severe.” Management Command under a 4-star Kaine referenced continued efforts by commander, General Gus Perna; delegated families to repeatedly call to get inspections the appropriate authorities to general Perna in the home for suspected life, health and and his garrison commanders, so they can hold safety problems; and how remediation was partners accountable; reinserted the chain inadequate when the work was performed. of command, so they can be responsible and help manage the health and welfare of their Bringing enforcement tools Soldiers and their Families. A lot of work has been done, but we have a long way to go,” Kaine said the Fiscal Year 2020 National McCarthy said. Defense Authorization Act should be ready for “I was here earlier in the year, and a vote this month. According to the committee’s LEVELS OF ESCALATION visited two families in two very different executive summary, the bill takes meaningful

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Col. Michael Greenberg, Garrison commander, discusses Fort Belvoir housing concerns with Secretary of the Army, Hon. Ryan D. McCarthy; Sgt. Maj. of the Army, Michael A. Grinston; and Senator Tim Kaine during their visit with families on Ft. Belvoir, Va., Monday.

to ensure each installation has the necessary government housing personnel to implement thorough oversight and planning measures. Kaine admitted there are challenges, but noted that if the NDAA passes, the reforms put into place become law. “That will give the military significantly more tools to use in exercising oversight over the housing partners. The military has already started to do some good work. Part of this abdication in the past was the incentive payments that were just being paid to the contractors, even if they weren’t doing a good job,” he said.

Outcome-based incentives McCarthy agreed, and said business is about incentives, and that those incentives need realignment. “The formula for incentives has to align to the outcomes you want. You have to put business systems in place to manage and oversee the progress – a lot of that wasn’t there,” the secretary said. “Over the last 9 months, we’ve developed these; we’ve delegated the appropriate authorities to drive towards the outcomes you want. There’s physics involved to see whether or not they work. In the event they don’t work, we’ll make those changes.” “I would say the message to residents is that the pain you’re experiencing in your own life – and especially with your kids and your Families – is making a big impression on us,” Kaine added. “The reforms we’re making stem directly from the conversations you’re having with us, and so you need to keep communicating, so we can know whether they’re working or not, or whether we need to do different things.” Kaine said one of his provisions in the NDAA is a 100 percent, noexcuse standard, for a checklist of transitioning homes between families – something that garrison leadership has already established on Belvoir. “The other thing that’s going to be absolutely critical is the continued involvement of military families and letting us know what the issue is,” Kaine noted. “(Belvoir Garrison commander) Colonel Greenberg and I were talking about a Belvoir family housing network of about 350 people on Facebook that share stories. One of the families we met with today said, ‘we wouldn’t have known what to do with our problem, had we not talked to one of the members of this informal advocacy group and they helped walk us through what we needed to do.’” “We’re going to continue to need our military Families and organizations coming to hearings and raising this issue before us – that’s why we’re getting some of the progress we’re getting, because of the push we’re getting from these military families. We need to thank them for that, because they’ll keep us on task.” McCarthy said new processes will take time to put in place and formalize, and may take weeks or months, in some cases, to change. “That’s a tough place to be when you’re displaced and you’re living in a hotel. We know that, and that’s what’s hard about this … the physics involved with making these changes, and why I keep coming back to the senator’s comment – a day feels like a week when you’re in that situation,” McCarthy said. “We’re trying to move as quickly as we can, but we won’t know for a little while until we have the opportunity to evaluate those adjustments and whether or not it’s made the changes we expect.”

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National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month Fort Belvoir Army Substance Abuse Program observes the National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month Campaign during December to reduce the number of alcohol- and drug-related traffic violations in and around the community. Drug-impaired driving is dangerous and can cause devastating harm to others. According to 2017 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics, 45% of the drivers killed in a fatal crash, who were tested for drugs, tested positive. If you are going to celebrate with alcohol, have a designated driver. Only use medications as prescribed. The goal is to see drivers arrive safely to their travel destinations. Also, the ASAP Program has partnered with the Washington Regional Alcohol Program to distribute flyers and cards to the community. The WRAP offers free rides home, up to a $15 fare, from 10 p.m.-4 a.m., nightly from Dec. 20 to Jan. 1. For more information, visit SoberRide,, or contact the Belvoir ASAP Prevention Coordinator, 703-805-1010.

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medical readiness. This application provides a fully automated, medical readiness picture to the commander, enhancing the ability to make an informed deployability determination on his/her Soldiers,” said Green. The portal also facilitates communication between commanders and providers through a messaging application, and allows commanders to address the unit’s medical readiness in a timely manner. Maj. Duane Thomas, chief nurse officer in charge, said Service members can call 571-231-7334 to reach central scheduling. There, they can explain the type of exam they need, and which National Capital Region clinic they want to use. “The only thing the Service member has to do is to complete the online survey, ideally, before calling for the appointment. This is needed because support staff are required to complete a record review prior to your appointment and cannot access it without the online assessment,” he said. For More: Call JMRC at 571-231-7334 (REDI) for assistance Online Health Self-Assessment:

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Keep holiday spending in check  By Rick Musselman Belvoir Eagle


hile the holidays may be a joyous time for many, sometimes the season can bring along financial stressors that can be overwhelming. From holiday travel, gift shopping, to meal preparations and even hosting holiday festivities, this time of year can leave people financially overextended and emotionally exhausted. Fortunately, Belvoir’s Financial Readiness Program offers tips to stay within our budgets and avoid piling on high interest rate balances on credit cards.

Avoid debt “Try to stay away from credit card spending, using emergency funds, and taking out loans to purchase gifts, which can cause additional stress long after the holiday season is over,” said Taneshia Gray, Army Community Service. “Set a practical limit for holiday purchases to include miscellaneous expenses. Plan for your ‘needs’ and not your ‘wants.’” Gray said it’s also a good idea to put a little money aside before the “spending season” begins and keep an eye out for deals earlier in the year. “Establish a special savings account now to prepare for holiday expenses next year and purchase holiday gifts throughout the year during major sale events.”

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“If you’re creative and specialize in certain crafts, consider making holiday gifts yourself,” Gray said. “And, remind yourself that the holidays are not about

gift giving, but spending time with loved ones. If you usually host holiday parties, maybe this year, consider attending one instead. Another option—instead of buying gifts for everyone—is to consider playing Secret Santa with friends and family to decrease the amount of gifts you would normally have to buy. Also, avoid buying gift cards as gifts. Research indicates that people spend more with them, because gift cards are associated with a dollar amount.”

ACS here for you “Fort Belvoir Army Community Service has a wealth of resources and programs to help military families this time of year,” Gray said. “Such programs include the Financial Readiness Program, Employment Readiness Program, and Family Advocacy Program. Come over and sit with a personal financial counselor to get a handle on your current financial situation and master budgeting for, not only just the holidays, but future finances, as well. Work with the financial counselor to develop a spending plan for the holiday season, to ensure you don’t accumulate more debt.” The Fort Belvoir Financial Readiness Program is a resource for information on money matters; financial topics like military pay, checkbook and debit card management; financial responsibility; credit reporting; debt elimination strategies; saving, investing and budgeting. For information about the FRP, call 571-231-7025.

How to keep pets safe during the holidays Water additives to trees: Hazards, including aspirin or sugar, can be potentially fatal for pets. Ornaments: Broken ornaments can cause injury and ingested ornaments can cause foreign body obstruction, toxicity or severe gastroenteritis. Keep homemade ornaments, especially those made from dough, high and away from pets. Tinsel, strings: These can be tempting for pets to eat, resulting in a linear (bunching) obstruction of a dog or cat’s small intestines. Without immediate surgical correction, the tinsel or string will rip through the intestines and cause death. Electric lights: These can cause electrocution, burns and/or lifethreatening, pulmonary edema in a pet’s lungs. Be sure to unplug electric decorations while you are not around, as pets can often chew the cords. Flowers, festive plants: Mistletoe; pine; cedar; holly; and poinsettias can be dangerous and poisonous to pets that eat them. We recommend printing out a list of plants that are toxic to your pets, so you can avoid having them in your home. Lists of what is toxic for dogs and cats are available from Photo by Marine Pfc. Grace L. Waladkewics

Pets can unwittingly get themselves in trouble during the holiday season. A few simple precautions can keep your pet safe and healthy. By Capt. William Ciancarelli Fort Belvoir Veterinary Center


n this second in a series of information about pet safety, this information, from the Belvoir Veterinary Center, details the dangers of pets and holiday decorations.

Christmas trees: Sometimes, pets can make hazards for us, by trying to climb Christmas trees or break ornaments. Consider having your tree tied down to a ceiling or door frame.

Candles: For your family’s safety at home, never leave a pet alone with a lit candle, as it could result in a fire. Potpourris: Liquid potpourris have essential oils and cationic detergents that can severely harm a pet’s mouth, eyes and skin. If you expect to host guests this season, keep an eye on the front and back doors as guests enter or leave the house, as pets may get out and become lost. Ensure identification tags and microchips are on/in your pets, as microchips are often are how lost pet parents get reunited with their owners. Pet owners who are unsure if their pet has a microchip can find out through a visit to the Vet Center and microchips are easily implanted during appointments. During parties and all the time, trash should be kept in a closed container or in a hard-to-reach area, away from pets.

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ave time and money when you are ready to buy a home. Turn to the Department of Veterans Affairs, or VA. Its new website is a one-stop shop for information and updates on benefits you may qualify to receive as an active-duty Service member. People who visit the site can find facts about VA-backed home loans and eligibility requirements. With a VA loan, you can finance up to 100 percent of your purchase price and get into your new home with little or no money down. Beginning Jan. 1, a new law, Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019, removes all VA limits on the amount that qualifying buyers can borrow with no money down. The limit is currently $484,350 for a single-family house in a typical county in the U.S. Buyers still have to meet their lenders’ income, credit and other requirements. To get a VA home loan, Service members must complete a fourstep process. • Select the type of housing benefit. • Complete a Certificate of Eligibility for Home Loan application, or COE. • Include supporting documents. • Submit the claim. The COE is vital to the home-loan process. It allows users to calculate their VA home loan benefits and entitlements. The COE verifies to the home loan lender that you are eligible for a VA-backed loan. Let the VA and the Department of Defense Office of Financial Readiness help you take advantage of your military benefits. Follow FINRED on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for information and look for more on YouTube and the FINRED blog. You may also visit FINRED at https://finred.

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Exchange celebrates 50-year employee By Margaret Steele Belvoir Eagle


evin Gaquin started working for the Exchange during the Vietnam War. At the time, depending on when a man’s birthday was, companies might not want to hire, thinking they’d invest in training and then the young man would be called up to for duty. But, Gaquin was told ‘the Photo by Margaret Steele post was hiring,’ and applied to work for the Exchange in 1969. Ray Estes, left, from the Exchange; Kevin Gaquin, who works in the Belvoir Last month, 50 years later, the Exchange recognized his five Exchange Facilities Maintenance decades of work. Office; and Michael Smietana, from Gaquin received coins the Exchange, celebrate Gaquin’s 50 from the Exchange’s director years of working for the Exchange on and chief operating officer, Fort Belvoir. through Michael Smietana, the Exchange’s senior vice president of real estate. “Thank you for your service, not only to AAFES, but the Department of Defense and all the customers around the world,” Smietana told Gaquin. “I don’t think you realize how much you touch customers around the world. You inspire people. Hard work is an example for others and every bit of your service is greatly appreciated.” Gaquin, who works in the organization’s facilities maintenance office, said what he likes about the job is that every day is different, even if it means having to work longer to get a task done. The 50-year employee’s advice for those entering the workforce? “Find a job you’re going to like, so you can enjoy it and be there for several years,” Gaquin, who has no plans to retire, said.

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Holiday Fest, Tree Lighting Kick off the holidays Saturday, 2-8 p.m., at Ice & Lights: Holiday Fest and Tree Lighting Celebration. At Specker Field House, visit Santa; go ice skating; ride on ponies; enjoy s’mores by the fire pit; and more. The tree lighting will be right outside Specker. Chapel events, from 6-8 p.m. at Belvoir Chapel, include cookies, cocoa and cider at 6 p.m. and a reading of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, from 6-6:55 p.m.; both at the Nativity scene; and the video, The True Meaning of Christmas, at 7 p.m. in Belvoir Chapel. This event is open to DoD ID cardholders, guests and visitors. For more, visit Belvoir.

Free movie screening The Belvoir Exchange and Warner Bros. Pictures offer a free screening of Clint Eastwood’s movie, “Richard Jewell,” Saturday, 6 p.m. at Wood Theater,

The Fort Belvoir Officers’ Club hosts a Brunch with Santa, Dec. 15 at the club, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Enjoy Sunday brunch and meeting Jolly Saint Nick. Santa is available for pictures from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. so bring your camera. The dress code is business casual (no tennis shoes or jeans). For reservations, call 703-780-0930.

Army Warrant Officers The Lord Fairfax Silver Chapter, U.S. Army Warrant Officer Association, has a chapter meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Belvoir Golf Course meeting room. All active, reserve and retired warrant officers are invited and encouraged to attend. Retired CW5 is chapter president, 918-857-8338.

New Year’s Eve at the Club Dance to a live DJ and ring in the New Year, Dec. 31, 7 p.m.-1 a.m. with a four-course dinner; a glass of champagne; party favors and continental breakfast. The cost is $90

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Functional Academic Skills Training Barden Education Center offers Functional Academic Skills Training, monthly. It is designed for Service members who want to build basic math, reading comprehension, and vocabulary skills to prepare for the Armed Forces Classification Test. The next class dates are Jan. 6-27 and Feb. 3-21. Call 703-805-9264 for details.

LRC closure The Logistics Readiness Center, LRC-Belvoir is closed Wednesday for its annual holiday celebration and resumes normal business hours Dec. 12.

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B Section DTRA dominates in softball, Belvoir Eagles fall to Doverremains AFB inperfect early season WAMAC showdown Defense Threat Reduction Agency makes Aerospace Data Facility-East latest victim

necting and runners rounding the bags through four innings, to trounce Aerospace Data FacilityBylate-season, Rick Musselman East, 15-0, in a intraEagle mural softballBelvoir matchup, July 2 at Graves Field. fter taking a bye for the third week of DTRA, one of the ablest softball the 2019-20 WAMAC men’s basketball By Rick Musselman the Belvoir Eagles returned to squads in Belvoir’s schedule, intramurals Sports Editor Wells Field House to square off against Dover league, claiming more championForce Base Despite sweltering heat, humid- ship titles, andAir Commander’shoping Cup to even up the score after falling to the Airmen in the first round of ity and approaching thunder- trophies than any other unit on the the 2019 Vets Day Tournament, Nov. 9. storms, undefeated Defense Threat installation came Graves Field Intothe opening minutes of the first period, Reduction Agency kept bats con- with a roster full of veteran athletes the Eagles offense—spearheaded by veteran guards, Deonte Bleach, Anthony Johnson, and forward, Kendrick Carr—wasted no time executing its well-established passing game, providing shooting guards, Carlos Gonzales and high-flying lane-charging specialist, Branford Rogers, ample chances to kick the scoreboard in gear. Propelling the early efforts, shooting guard, Jacob Oliver, and forward-center, Michael Lufkin, kept the Photo by Rick Musselman Dover defense on its toes with a string of shots from the perimeter. Belvoir Eagles shooting guard, Branford Rogers, Dover AFB, however, quickly identified takes to the air for a score during his team’s Belvoir’s MO and shifted the defensive WAMAC showdown with Dover AFB, Nov. 23 at Wells Field House. approach to a ferocious, double-team format


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that began forcing home-team shooters into low-percentage situations way beyond the three-point arc and down along the perimeter. The visitors matched its defensive efforts on the opposite side of the ball, hitting a protracted string of three-point jumpers to send the Eagles to the bench at the halftime horn trailing 39-25. Unfortunately for the Eagles, Dover continued to refine its rapid-fire passing game and shooting prowess throughout the back half of the contest to ultimately down Belvoir, 79-59. For more information about the Fort Belvoir Eagles WAMAC sports organizations, call Head Coach Marshall (men’s team) at 703-798-0842; Coach Sherman Sherin (women’s team) at 703-806-0801; or Justin Fitzgerald, intramural sports coordinator, at 703-806-5093. For weekly game schedules, scores and standings, visit wamac. For more photos, visit com/photos/fort_belvoir

ARCYBER builds physical and spiritual fitness Military and civilian members of U.S. Army Cyber Command and their families came together for a comprehensive Soldier and family fitness team-building event at Fort Belvoir’s Wells Field House on Nov. 21.

Participants joined in events to build physical and spiritual fitness, including a workout session, breakfast, fellowship and presentations and displays focused on community service, family, health, welfare, religious and wellness programs.

ADF-E shortstop, Mike Zelinsky, scoops up a blistering grounder during a softball matchup with DTRA, July 2 at Graves Field. and wasted no time unleashing a For regular-season results, massive onslaught from the batter’s standings and the playoff schedule, box. In customary form, the team visit matched its offensive fortunes with belvoirmwr. stellar play in the infield and out For information about Fort in the grass to remain at the top of Belvoir’s intramural sports program the FY19 rankings with the 15-0 and the annual Commander’s Cup Photo by Command Sgt. Maj. Sheryl Lyon blowout. race, call Justin Fitzgerald, Photo by Bill Roche Soldiers, civilians and family title members from U.S. Army The single-elimination coordinator and sports Soldiers, civilians and family members from U.S. Army Cyber Command Cyber Commandchampitake part inleague a workout session as part of anfacilPhotos by Rick Musselmanfellowship onship tournament is scheduled to ity manager, 703-806-5093. Athletes as part of an ARCYBER comprehensive Soldier and family fitness event at Fort ARCYBER comprehensive Soldier and family fitness teamDTRA second baseman, Rich Goad, drills one up the middle for a base Wells Field late-season House, Nov. 21. starting p.m.Belvoir’s at can also Field contact their Nov. unit 21. represenbuilding eventatat6Fort Wells House, hitBelvoir’s during his team’s intramural softball matchup against begin today, ADF-E, July 2 at Graves Field. Graves Field. tative to sign up and get schedules.


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Team Enlisted receiver, Sgt. 1st Class Ian Stanley, makes a diving catch at the goal line for 6 during his team’s 2019 1st IO Turkey Bowl matchup against Team Officers, Nov. 27 at Pullen Field.

Photos by Rick Musselman

Team Enlisted linebacker, Spc. Jay Pagano, charges down the sideline after making a pick at midfield during his team’s 2019 1st IO Turkey Bowl matchup against Team Officers, Nov. 27 at Pullen Field.

Team Enlisted overpowers officers in Turkey Bowl By Rick Musselman Belvoir Eagle


or the fourth time in many years, Team Enlisted claimed the annual 1st Information Operations Command Turkey Bowl flag football championship title— this time, booking a dominating 40-2 victory over Team Officers, Nov. 27 at Pullen Field. According to Sgt. 1st Class Aaron Barfield, NCOIC, Mission Assurance Detachment, 2nd Battalion, IO Command, and event coordinator, the contest is part of an “ongoing and storied tradition that pits officers and noncommissioned officers against each other in friendly competition. Leveraging all their physical skills and mental agility, the officers and NCOs challenge each other for the coveted trophy. While the Turkey Bowl features two teams on the gridiron struggling to outmaneuver each other into the end zone, it’s also a time of bonding. The Turkey Bowl offers an opportunity for the entire 1st IO team to strengthen our ties with teammates, family, and friends.” “This is a proud tradition with 1st IO Command, officers versus NCOs, and it’s about

The Team Officers mascot gets in a little field time during his team’s 2019 1st IO Turkey Bowl flag football showdown with Team Enlisted, Nov. 27 at Pullen Field.

friendly competition and having a good time,” added Col. Brian Mellen, 1st IO commander and Team Officers captain. “Let’s enjoy the game, enjoy the camaraderie. Have a good time and be safe out there.” Bruised egos and hurt feelings ended up being a distinct possibility when the dust finally settled on what ended up being a singularly lopsided matchup. The Enlisted offense, spearheaded by quarterback, 1st Sgt. Zachary Moon, wasted no time moving the ball down the field with a stellar passing game that exploited any and every opportunity provided by the Officers’ defense. Connecting with Sgt. 1st Class Ian Stanley and Sgt. Dacoda Worth, the NCOs booked a string of touchdowns. The early fortunes, combined with Team Enlisted’s no-prisoners approach to defense—which resulted in a trio of interceptions and a pair of sacks—sent the officers to the bench at halftime trailing, 28-2. The second half quickly unfolded as an

encore performance of Team Enlisted’s surgical execution on offense, combined with the same dogged determination on the opposite side of the line of scrimmage. Yet another string of spot-on passes resulted in another two touchdowns while the defense shut down every attempt by the officers to get a miracle comeback effort off the ground. The game clock finally expired with Team Enlisted on top 40-2, earning the Enlisted its fourth consecutive Turkey Bowl title. While a win always feels good, the game was about more than just scoring points and taking home trophies, said Command Sgt. Maj. John Cuevas, 1st Battalion, 1st IO Command. “This is really about camaraderie and teambuilding,” he said. “It gives these Soldiers an opportunity to get just out here and play each other.” “I have to give a big shout-out to the friends and family of IO who came out today. Unfortunately, it’s become a tradition that we get slaughtered,” Mellen said after the game. “But it was a good, hard-fought game and I really appreciate everyone sticking to the spirit of the game and that nobody got hurt.”

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Sports and Recreation Briefs Fitness Classes Sports and Fitness offers free weekly fitness classes, including Functional Fitness; C.O.R.E.; Body Sculpt; Zumba; X-Fit; indoor cycle and Turbo Tabata. Visit for class descriptions and times. Open to everyone. For more information, call 703-806-5093.

Craft and Bounce Craft and Bounce opens Jan. 4 with something for everyone. If you enjoy dancing, there will be dance music. If hopping and jumping is your thing, the Moon Bounce House is the place to be. If you are interested in expressing your artistic talents, the arts and crafts tables are ready for you. Pre-registration is required and payments are made at the Community Center. For more, call 703-805-3714.

Health and Fitness Expo Sports and Fitness hosts their annual Health and Fitness Expo, Jan. 16, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The expo, at Specker Field House, has vendors and interactive displays to provide an overall health and wellness experience. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 703-805-4655 or go to

Stroller Walking Group Join ACS and community parents for their Stroller Walking Group at Pullen Field. The group meets Dec. 13, 10 a.m. The Stroller Walking Group is an incredible way to socialize while providing a good source of exercise. Open to everyone. For more info, call 571-231-7028.

Music lessons The Community Center offers guitar, piano and drum lessons on a variety of dates and times during the week. Lessons are $95 for four, 30-minute classes. Call the guitar instructor, 703-428-6868; the piano instructor, 571-317-4200; or the drum instructor, 703-855-8327, for availability information.

Personal training Sports and Fitness offers weight management; high intensity; strength and conditioning; and functional training programs at Kawamura Human Performance Center. They also offer exercise prescriptions; body composition assessments; micro-fit assessments; functional movement system screens; muscular endurance tests, and competitive rates for solo or group sessions. Pricing is at Belvoir.armymwr. com or call 703-806-4430.

Adult recreational volleyball Eligible people, 18 and older, are invited

to play adult recreational volleyball Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and Sunday, 2-5 p.m., at Wells Field House. For more, email Sam Noory at Sam.noory.

Equipment orientation at Graves Graves Fitness Center staff holds an equipment orientation at 1 p.m. the last Monday of every month. Participants learn to properly use each machine and get the most out of their workout. The program is open to everyone eligible to use Graves who are 16 or older. Registration opens at the start of each month. Call 703-806-5368 for more.

Golf lessons From beginner to av avid golfer, the Fort Belvoir Golf Club staff will customize a person’s program to maximize their golf experience. The Golf Club offers experienced PGA Class “A” golf instruction to help in all parts of the game, including club fitting; full swing; chipping; pitching; sand; and strategy. Contact the Golf Club at 703-806-5878 for more inf information.

Registration open 24/7 for Body Shop Access The Body Shop is accessible to registered Fort Belvoir community members 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Patrons wishing to utilize the facility after normal

operating hours need to register their CAC at the Body Shop from 5:30 a.m.-8 p.m., weekdays; or 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends. Registration is not necessary during normal operating hours. For more, call 703-806-3100.

Archery class Mondays, Outdoor Recreation offers an Introduction to Archery Class, 5:30-6:30 p.m., for those 6 and older. Students must be in the classroom by 5:20 p.m. for a safety briefing. Registration opens at 4:45 p.m. Cost is $3-$7, depending on your status. For more, call 703-805-3081.

Water aerobics The schedule of water aerobics classes until May 22 is: Deep Water, 6-6:55 a.m., Monday and Friday; Shallow Water, 9-9:55 a.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays. Classes are $5 per session and no registration is required. For more, call Benyaurd Indoor Pool, 703-805-2620.

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, 703-805-9138.

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