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Local chamber of commerce recognizes Belvoir police By Adrienne Anderson Staff writer First responders from the local community were recognized for their service Nov. 18, during a Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce award ceremony. At the event, Belvoir police officers and firefighters were recognized alongside personnel from police and fire stations from Mount Vernon, Franconia and Fairfax County. In this, our second story on the awardees, we feature the award recipients from Belvoir’s Police Department. The awardees are chosen by their respective departments based on each individual’s contributions over the year.

Fort Belvoir Police Department • Officer Veronica Jones Security Guard of the Year Throughout the past year, Officer Jones routinely provided exceptional guidance to peers and subordinate officers. She takes pride in the organization’s mission and shows a positive attitude to everyone around her. Jones is always the first to volunteer to support the team, whether she is staying over her scheduled shift or coming in on an off day to cover when others call out. Officer Jones is always welcoming, friendly, and has a smile on her face when greeting Soldiers, civilians and family members. Her professional and motivated attitude results in positive comments on how she always makes the customers’ day, how they wish more of the guards were like her, and how awesome she is at her job. She doesn't take all this praise for granted, but remains unfailingly humble, and she is always happy to be working, even if it's her seventh consecutive day. A Belvoir resident said, “We just need more people like her in the world. She's a joy, treasure, and a rare find. A true, classy lady. Thanks.” Jones’ dedication and devotion to duty reflects distinct credit upon her, the Belvoir Police Department and the U.S. Army. • Officer Blas Conrad Robert Traffic Officer of the Year Officer Robert has been a valuable asset to the Fort Belvoir Traffic Division in training new officers to the section and being selected to train three supervisors on current standard operating procedures for Belvoir. Blas was also selected to provide dignitary protection, in conjunction with the U.S. Secret Service, in support of five visits from the President of the United States; the First Lady of the United States; His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales; and the Secretary of the Army. During his time in the Traffic Management and Collision Section, he volunteered to work more than 200 hours of overtime to fulfill last-minute missions. Blas redeveloped the tracking and maintenance program for the traffic section’s fleet management. His tenacity and technical knowledge on vehicle maintenance and equipment readiness greatly enhanced the section’s motor vehicle capabilities, while increasing productivity and reducing repair costs. The Traffic Division is greatly appreciative of all of

Up Front Tree Lighting Belvoir lights its Christmas Tree at a family gathering with special holiday visitors, 4:30 p.m., Friday, outside of Belvoir Chapel.

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Start shopping for the holidays at Belvoir MWR’s 2016 Holiday Expo at the Community Center, 1200 Taylor Road, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The event will have a variety of vendors of soaps; jewelry; candles; wood crafts; baked goods; art; toys; cosmetics; clothes; books; baskets and more. Admission is free. For more information visit Belvoir.armymwr.com or call 703805-8472.

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Lisa C. Caicedo Lt. Ronald L. Horne II Detective of the Year Supervisor of the Year his hard work and contributions he has provided. • Officer Christopher Metcalf Patrol Officer of the Year Officer Metcalf has distinguished himself by fulfilling his duties to vigorously enforce standards and never wavers in his duties. Metcalf’s professional acumen and ability to communicate effectively helps ensure a secure environment throughout the Belvoir community. He is consistently sought out and often volunteers to mentor and train newly assigned police officers. He is a police officer who believes in enhancing community relations and putting forth proactive efforts to, not only deter crime, but to encourage involvement from the installation’s citizens and workforce. Metcalf has received praise from members of the Belvoir community for his ability to handle all situations professionally and fairly. He also takes time to get to know those who live and work on the installation. Metcalf’s professionalism, outstanding work ethic and loyalty to the organization and the Belvoir community has undoubtedly validated that his title of Fort Belvoir Patrol Officer of the Year. • Lisa C. Caicedo Detective of the Year Lisa has distinguished herself as a senior and lead See POLICE, Page A5

The annual Combined Federal Campaign, CFC, is open through Dec. 15. Unit keyworkers have forms and necessary unit reporting numbers. However, donations can be made via MyPay and through www.cfcnca.org, which saves paper and costs, ultimately giving more money to chosen charity/ies. Garrison’s at 94% of it’s goal of $20,000; and the Army’s goal is $1.3 million.

Brunch with Santa Jolly old Saint Nick stops by the O Club Dec. 11 for brunch from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Santa will be available for pictures from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The brunch costs $26.95 for adults; $10.95 for children 6-12; and is free for children 5 and younger. Reservations are required for parties of 10 or more. The O Club is open to all installation visitors. For more information call 703780-0930.


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Belvoir Hospital first military hospital to perform cutting-edge eye procedure By Alexandra Snyder Fort Belvoir Community Hospital Public Affairs Fort Belvoir Community Hospital made history Nov. 21, when it became the country’s first military medical facility to perform a vital, sight-saving procedure. The procedure, corneal cross-linking, was recently approved by the FDA to slow or halt the progression of keratoconus, a progressive eye disease in which the normally round cornea thins and begins to bulge into a cone-like shape. The shape deflects light as it enters the eye on its way to the light-sensitive retina, causing distorted vision. In some cases, patients with the disease are unable to wear glasses, and, in severe cases, patients require corneal transplants. "We are thrilled to extend this treatment option to patients in need," said Col. Bruce Rivers, staff ophthalmologist and program director of the Warfighter Refractive Eye Surgery Program and Research Center at Belvoir Hospital. Rivers' team was the first to perform the procedure. Corneal cross-linking is a minimally invasive procedure that lasts approximately 60 to 90 minutes. The procedure uses liquid riboflavin and controlled ultraviolet light to build new collagen bonds in the cornea, which help recover and preserve some of the cornea's mechanical strength. During the treatment, the top layer of the cornea is removed, which allows the riboflavin to deeply penetrate the cornea, Rivers explained. After a cross-linking treatment, a contact lens is put in the eye to act as a bandage as the cornea heals. During the procedure, one eye is treated at a time. The ultimate goal of a cross-linking treatment is to strengthen the cornea, which, in turn, slows or stops the disease's progression. But, some patients will also see an improvement in the quality of their vision and a mild decrease in the amount of correction needed after treatment, Rivers added. Saverio Macrina, a West Point cadet slated to graduate in May, was the first patient to get the treatment at the facility. He needed it to receive his commission. "I'm grateful to the Army for providing me the opportunity to get this surgery," Macrina said. "My West Point doctor told me that, right now,

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Cadet Saverio Macrina, U.S. Military Academy at West Point, receives a corneal cross-linking procedure at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, the first military hospital to perform the procedure. the academy is forced to turn away applicants with the disease. My hope is that they (will) no longer have to do this and that I am the first of many who are helped." Macrina's hope that he is the first of many is Rivers' hope, too. For Soldiers, he said, the progression of the disease can make it so they can only correct their vision by wearing contact lenses, which aren't approved for combat. "(That) means these otherwise great Service members may be forced to end their military careers before they intend to," Rivers explained. "Before this service was available through the military, Service members could also have chosen to seek this treatment by an outside provider, at a cost of up to $4,000 per eye." Although Belvoir Hospital is the only military hospital in the Eastern U.S. with the machine

needed to perform the procedure, interested military ophthalmologists in the region can train on it and treat their affected patients -- regardless of hospital affiliation. "Ophthalmologists from Andrews (Air Force Base) and Walter Reed (National Military Medical Center) will start using the system in December," Rivers said. "We're happy to offer our staff and facilities to accommodate other military eye doctors in the area until they get their systems. Our goal is to care for all patients who need it." Corneal cross-linking will be available to all Tricare beneficiaries, including family members. "We see a lot of younger patients with keratoconus," Rivers said. "It's important for us to offer this treatment to everyone, so we can screen, catch, and treat the disease early, before it can do any severe, permanent damage."

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Local help available for those moving from, to Belvoir for employment By Adrienne Anderson Staff writer If a job opportunity comes up which makes you have to relocate, the Relocation Assistance Program is a great place to start, said Faitheleen Henderson, RAP manager. She advises all who are relocating, for a new civilian job or military PCS move, to start early to get things in order. “If you need information on another location we’ll do the research and sit down with you to help you plan that move,” she said. Moving can be expensive, and there are many things you need to do to be prepared, Henderson said. People come to her office asking about housing, schools and transportation options available at other duty stations. Regardless of the need, the Relocation Assistance Program helps people and families by pointing them in the right direction, she said. For example, employees may need to visit a Civilian Personnel Advisory Center to update paperwork. Service members need to check to make sure

family members are on their travel orders for accompanied tours. Other things people can do to make moves easier is to make sure ID cards are not expiring; and, if passports are needed, make sure they are in-hand early. “People should not wait until the last minute to secure them,” Henderson said. Civilians are often connected with RAP through the gaining organization or employer. RAP will discuss what anyone needs for them to coordinate their move. But, even if you aren’t sure RAP is the place to start for your needs about moving to or from Belvoir, Henderson said to come see them anyway. “If we don’t know, we’ll always do the research,” she said. “(We) are here to provide an easy transition, whether they are leaving from or coming to Fort Belvoir. We’ll do whatever we can do to make life simpler and easy for people in our community.” For more information, contact Henderson at 703-805-3436, Elizabeth Wright-Johnson, RAP specialist at 703-805-5058 or Jacqueline Davis, RAP coordinator at 703-805-1795.

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From Page A1 detective, through exceptional meritorious service in assignments of increasing responsibility. She continually demonstrated her ability to adapt to any scenario and function effectively under extremely stressful situations. Her experience and vast law enforcement knowledge enabled her to revamp the Field Training Officer Program and create a new program that has since been adapted and implemented throughout the entire Belvoir Police Department. She was sought out by the 212th Military Police Detachment to train newly assigned patrol officers. Caicedo is a mentor and role model for young investigators and patrol officers within the department, by continually offering to help them and guide them through case work. She went above and beyond expectations when she assumed the roles of acting team lead and supervisor of the Investigations Division. Caicedo is continually tasked to serve as the lead detective for major case investigations where she provides essential technical assistance in preparing for and investigating complex criminal cases. Her tenacity and ability to decipher information and data has led the investigations office to a solve rate which is 26 percent above the national average. • Lt. Ronald L. Horne II Supervisor of the Year As a police supervisor, Horne’s contributions have created a profound impact to the department and the community of Belvoir. When the department critically needed a contracting officer, Horne came in on his days off and stayed past his shift to complete the training ahead of the deadline to fulfill the requirements of existing contracts. In addition to assuming this extra duty, Horne distinguished himself by assisting the deputy chief of police with a full, departmental policy review and update, where he volunteered his time and expertise to facilitate muchneeded improvements and revisions in standard operating policy. He has been instrumental in implementing the department’s newly updated Community Policing Program. Horne also established a relationship with Fort Belvoir Elementary School, resulting in the creation of a mentoring program at the school, where law enforcement interacts with children in a positive atmosphere, instilling trust and respect. Officers in the department immediately started to volunteer in this new community program. During the Revolutionary War, General George Washington established a reputation of being a general who remained with his troops, even in the worst of weather and battle conditions. Like Washington, Horne will be found wherever his troops are. His natural ability to lead has improved the morale of everyone who works for him.

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DLA director guest lecturer at Army Command and General Staff School By Chris Erbe DLA

Students at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff School at Fort Belvoir received a special presentation on military logistics, leadership and how to navigate the joint environment from a wellinformed guest lecturer Nov. 22. Defense Logistics Agency Director Air Force Lt. Gen. Andrew Busch spoke to the group of mid-career Army officers from diverse professional military backgrounds. Busch briefed the students on DLA’s support to its customers through its nine supply chains with locations in 48 states and 28 countries around the world. He described the agency’s primary purpose — providing the logistics requirements of the armed forces and other customers for food, clothing, fuel, repair parts and more. Busch also informed the group that 1,100 Service members, active-duty and reservists, serve among DLA’s 25,000-employee workforce. “When I talk about who our customers are, there are three groups,” Busch said. “We have the combatant commands, our military service customers and our whole-

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and the U.S. Agency for International Development. Busch offered advice for attendees who increasingly find themselves working in joint environments. “More and more, we’re required to work with people from different services,” he said. “One thing I learned years ago as a lieutenant colonel at DLA, was that when you look at how other services do things, don’t be judgmental. It’s not right or wrong, bad or good — it’s just different.” “This is the first time in many years we’ve had the DLA director speak to our students,” said James Kennedy, assistant professor in the school's Department of Logistics and Resource Operations. “Our students gained valuable insights from Lieutenant General Busch about the scope and responsibilities of DLA and how they support whole of government and joint operations. We truly appreciate him spending his valuable time with us.” The Command and General Staff School at Belvoir is a satellite campus of the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. The curriculum prepares field-grade officers for leadership positions in Army, joint, multinational and interagency organizations executing unified land operations.

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INSCOM Soldier attends NFL game as part of Salute to Service Sgt. Jeff Storrier Intelligence and Security Command Public Affairs An Army Intelligence and Security Command Soldier attended the Washington Redskins’ Salute to Service Military Appreciation game against the Green Bay Packers at FedEx Field in Landover, Md., Nov. 20. INSCOM’s Headquarters and Headquarters Company command team selected Pvt. Stephanie Roman to attend the nationally televised game, taking in the action from executive/club level seating after enjoying a pre-game VIP event in the stadium’s party pavilion. “Private Roman is an integral part of our INSCOM team,” said HHC’s 1st Sgt. Peter Novak. “This was a great opportunity to recognize our Soldier for the hard work and dedication she provides to our force every day." The 20 year-old military police officer was excited to attend her first professional football game as part of the Salute to Service campaign. “I felt that I was very much a part of a special event,” Roman said. “There were announcements every couple of minutes thanking Service members and their families. It felt good to know the support the troops have.” Attending an NFL game with so many extra perks was an amazing experience for Roman, who attended with her husband. “We’re so grateful to have been given the opportunity to be a part of this event,” she said. “It was an amazing night.”

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Pvt. Stephanie Roman, from INSCOM, attended the nationally televised NFL game between the Washington Redskins and the Green Bay Packers. She received the hat and a coin as part of the Redskins' Salute to Service Military Appreciation event.

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Trailhead of the Belvoir Ruins and Potomac View trails.

One of the many bridges along Accotink Bay.

Belvoir’s Trail System

Over the next several months, the Belvoir Eagle, with the help of DPW’s Environmental and Natural Resources Division, will highlight the trail system that is one of Fort Belvoir’s jewels. Belvoir is home to more than 10 miles of trails around Accotink Bay; surrounding Fort Belvoir Community Hospital; throughout some of the

Villages at Belvoir; and other locations on post. Some trails have wildlife viewing areas and are disabled accessible. Belvoir trail lengths range from one-tenth of a mile, Pohick Loop and Basin Overlook; to nearly 5 miles, found on the McCarty Loop Trail. Please come with us as we take a long, scenic walk through Fort Belvoir and its trails.

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Bulldogs take runner-up title in FCYFL championship By Rick Musselman Sports editor The Belvoir Bulldogs 115-pound Central Division1 team, under Head Coach Jacob Dale and Assistant Coaches Ray Simms and Jon Desrosiers, culminated a nearperfect 2016 Fairfax County Youth Football League season with a trip to the championship final against the legendary top-seed Reston Seahawks, Nov. 12 at Centerville High School Stadium in Clifton, Va. The impressive post season began when the Bulldogs wrapped up a 6-1 regular season, earning a bye in the playoff tournament’s opening rounds. Throughout the fall, the powerhouse combine of quarterback, Hayden Dale, 13, and running backs and receivers, Elijah Banks, 13; Jalen Forouzi, 13; and Colton Howard, 12, applied a brand of nearly indefensible offense that resulted in the squad downing their opponents by an average of 29 points per game. Shutouts included the season opener against the Annandale Bulldogs (43-0); week 5 against the McLean Spartans (290); and week 6 against Herndon Hornets (36-0). In the second round of the playoff series, the 115-pound Bulldogs drew the third-seed Manassas See BULLDOGS, Page B2

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Belvoir Bulldogs running back, Elijah Banks, 13, left, hands the ball off to tight end, Jalen Forouzi, 13, in a precision reverse play during their team's 2016 season closer against the Dulles South Thunder, Oct. 29. The 6-1 team went on to earn the runner-up title in the Fairfax County Youth Football League championship, Nov. 12.

Belvoir to promote health with Fitness Expo By Rick Musselman Sports editor Fort Belvoir community members committed to staying active and fit in 2017 will have a chance to kick off the New Year in the right direction when the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation hosts the Health and Fitness Expo, Jan. 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Specker Field House The popular event, which draws hundreds of participants each year, gives everyone who works, lives and plays on post a chance to learn about the benefits of cardiovascular fitness; discover the wide range of exercise programs available to the community; and participate in a variety of aerobic and strength-training demonstrations. “The Expo is to promote health and fitness; make people aware of the programs we have on Fort Belvoir; and get them more involved in the classes going on at our gyms” said Julie Libert, Child, Youth and School Services assistant sports and fitness director, during last year’s event. “Our vendors will be demonstrating

Health and Fitness Expo Jan. 19, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Specker Field House Open to affiliated ID card holders. Accepting vendor apps now through Joe Castro, 703-805-4659 General expo info, 703-805-4655 all kinds of aerobics and spinning classes and we want to show everything that’s going on here.” “This is for people who are looking to develop a healthy lifestyle; it’s all about fitness and training and we have a lot of different programs on offer. We also teach about nutrition,” added Richard Tatem, former Fort Belvoir fitness coordinator. Throughout the Fitness Expo, trainers and some 50 See EXPO, Page B3

Timeout Big splashes By Rick Musselman Sports editor Last weekend, I had a little time to kill so I decided to revisit some old record albums that I’d stored in a closet — a kind of time-machine visit back to the soundtrack of my life and times as a teenager in the 1980s. It wasn’t long before those disks were on the player and I was on my way down memory lane. I came across a tune from 1985 that dealt with the pain of disillusionment, and it contained a haunting line we can all probably relate to: “sometimes our big splashes are just ripples in the pool.” As a sports editor, I saw how such a sentiment could be applied to athletic competition — especially an upset loss that your team went into assuming it’d be a cakewalk, or coming to think you’ve really gotten good at your sport (with reputation and accolades included) only to have someone half your age and with a third of your experience come along and summarily outperform you. We’ve all experienced the dismay of realizing that what we thought was a grand triumph has turned out to be scarcely a scratch on the surface as time passed. Take the stellar season the 115-pound Belvoir Bulldogs had all the way up to the championship a couple of weeks ago. How tragically frustrating it must have been topping their division with a string of dominating wins, just to suffer a 52 – 0 loss in the one game everyone pays most attention to. That sudden splash-to-ripple transformation can haunt players for years. But then, I got to thinking, why can’t that boom-to-bust adage be perceived in a positive way—like applying some big-picture perspective and accepting, with time, that “big splash” loss will become a comparative ripple. Sure, that game was a tough break and it seemed like one bad kind of splash at first, but as history rolls forward, the more and more that perceived failure shrinks in significance in the great pool of passing time and experiences. I guess the important thing is that greater character results from both the splashes and the ripples, and, either way, it never erodes.


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Belvoir Bulldogs Head Coach Jacob Dale prepares his 115-pound squad for the 2016 season closer against the Dulles South Thunder, Oct. 29. The 6-1 team went on to earn the runner-up title in the Fairfax County Youth Football League championship, Nov. 12.

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Sharks for the semifinal showdown, Nov. 9 at Oakton High School Stadium in Vienna, Va. Using the proven methods of what Coach Dale described as “focusing on the fundamentals, applying basic tactics, and playing aggressive, legitimate football for the duration,” the Dawgs triumphed over the Sharks, 24-6, to earn their ticket to the show that Saturday against the Seahawks in Clifton. Unfortunately for Belvoir, the Seahawks played in customary fashion, steamrolling its offense down the field with every possession, racking up a 52-0 victory when the dust finally settled. Nevertheless, Belvoir’s own can look back on a season well played as one of the most consistently strong and polished squads in the league. Belvoir’s youth football and cheerleading league is sponsored and coordinated by Child, Youth and School Services under the directorship of Jerry Arrington, CYSS sports and fitness director. For more information about the league, contact Arrington, 703-8059139 or visit http://www.fcyfl.org.

Belvoir Bulldogs Head Coach Jacob Dale gets his 115-pound squad fired up for the 2016 season closer against the Dulles South Thunder, Oct. 29.

Belvoir Bulldogs quarterback, Hayden Dale, 13, charges through a hole in the Dulles South Thunder secondary during his team's 2016 regular season closer, Oct. 29.


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Fort Belvoir community members participate in an aerobic demonstration hosted by trainers from fitness company, Body Blast, during the annual Health and Fitness Expo, Jan. 21, at Graves Fitness Center. This year's event is Jan. 19, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Specker Field House.

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Fort Belvoir community members check out the offerings of some 50 health and fitness product vendors and service providers at the installation’s annual Health and Fitness Expo, Jan. 21, at Graves Fitness Center.


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Eighth Army Senior Leader Turkey Bowl

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Eighth Army leaders participated in the annual Thanksgiving Turkey Bowl football game held on U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan, Nov. 23. Senior officers and senior NCOs squared off in this year’s contest, with the officers winning 20-10.

Eighth Army leaders participated in an annual Thanksgiving Turkey Bowl football game, Nov. 23 on U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan, South Korea. Senior officers and senior NCOs squared off in this year's contest. The officers won, 20-10.


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2016 Fort Belvoir MWR Turkey Trot Results 763 participants 642 finishers 10K race

• Overall Female: Tiffany Uranga, 31:26 11-15 Age Bracket • Female: Arellia Fuentez, 1:05:43 16-19 Age Bracket • Male: Melvin Ayer Calma, 1:06:24 • Female: Laura Carter, 58:14 20-29 Age Bracket • Male: Andrew Beals, 41:51 • Female: Anahi Garcia, 37:08 30-39 Age Bracket • Male: Ryan Harmon, 40:02 • Female: Tiffany Uranga, 31:26 40-49 Age Bracket • Male: Kevin Williams, 38:15 • Female: Denise Lemon, 35:03 50-59 Age Bracket • Female: Patty Thiel, 49:20 60 and older Age Bracket • Male: John Rubenacker, 1:26:18

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• Overall Male: Neil Lucas, 17:23 • Overall Female: Kelly Burger, 20:28 10 and younger Age Bracket • Male: Andrew Speas, 22:13 • Female: Lily Harrington, 23:47 11-15 Age Bracket • Male: Evan Thomas, 20:17 • Female: Katie Klapmeyer, 23:04 16-19 Age Bracket • Male: Neil Lucas, 17:23 • Female: Sarah Dierlam, 23:10 20-29 Age Bracket • Male: Colin Clark, 20:45 • Female: Lindsay Clark, 22:39 30-39 Age Bracket • Male: Chris Griggs, 21:43 • Female: Kelly Burger, 20:28 40-49 Age Bracket • Male: Adam Hill, 20:37 • Female: Barbara Novitske, 21:54 50-59 Age Bracket • Male: Dave Clark, 21:31 • Female: Lis Quidileg-Turner, 25:51 60 and older Age Bracket • Male: Reginald Trujillo, 26:45 For official race times visit http://www.racepacket.com/ rsltwrap1.php?id=7630.

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Soldiers run to remember honorary regimental CSM By Sgt. Eliverto Larios Army News They ran 2,250 miles. They ran for weeks, and they ran to remember. They ran to honor a special person to their battalion, and to memorialize a person who served a lifelong career to his country's military. Soldiers with the 1st Battalion, 37th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division Artillery, recognized retired Command Sgt. Maj. James "Jim" Steinthal with a twoweek run-a-thon to remember their deceased comrade. "We were the color guard for his funeral, but we didn't want to leave it at just that," said Lt. Col. John D. Williams, commander of 1-37 FAR. Williams said they originally planned to just run for one day, but due to training events, not everyone could be involved, so they extended the timeline. "I wanted everyone to be involved and be a part of this," he said. "So we made it a two-week event." Throughout the two weeks, Soldiers from the different batteries would voluntarily run laps around Rose Field at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., keeping a count of how many they did. Some Soldiers would run on their own time, while others would conduct their morning training running laps. One Soldier even ran 20 miles on the last morning of the event. Staff Sgt. Lucas Greenfield found it to be a perfect opportunity to take his son out on a run and teach him about the unit history. "It builds cohesion, and it builds the team," said Command Sgt. Maj. Donald Harding, senior enlisted advisor in the 1-37 FAR. "But more importantly, it shows Soldiers that no one's ever forgotten." Steinthal served with the 37th FAR during the Korean War. He participated in some of the major battles of the war, to include the

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Mike Steinthal, son of retired Command Sgt. Maj. James "Jim" Steinthal, speaks with Command Sgt. Maj. Donald Harding, senior enlisted adviser for 1st Battalion, 37th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division Artillery, during a ceremony on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Nov. 18. The battalion held a two-week run-a-thon in honor of the late honorary regimental CSM. Battle of Chipyon-ni. After retir- honored Soldiers killed in action. He see the campaign streamers on the ing in 1970, he settled down near attended the annual remembrance battalion guidon but won't underJBLM, where he continued to be in- of those who fought in the Battle of stand to the full effect what they volved with the military. In 2013, Chipyon-ni, a battle known as the mean," said Harding. "So to bring the battalion decided to honor him Gettysburg of the Korean War. Last in somebody who had lived through by naming him the regimental year, he was guest speaker for the that era and is able to talk to the CSM, and in April of this year, they ceremony. young Soldiers and give them his "He was very proud to be able to experience is important for them to renamed the battalion conference room in his name. Steinthal passed come talk about it with the young understand the battalion's history." away in August, and members of the Soldiers," said Williams. The run-a-thon was also a way for History is an important part of the battalion to show to Steinthal's battalion served as pallbearers and our military tradition, and it sets a wife, Fran, and their two sons, they honor guard at his funeral. "He was passionate, and he was foundation for the things we do to- will always be a part of the battalvery involved with the unit," said day, said Harding. It is important ion. Williams. "He would share his sto- for someone who lived through those "We want to show Fran that we ries of his days during the Korean events to come out and share his sto- have our unit in support of her famries with the Soldiers of today. ily and show them that they are not War." "A lot of the young Soldiers will forgotten," said Harding. Steinthal attended events that

Sports & Recreation Briefs This week Monthly and weekly aerobics class passes Sports and Fitness offers aerobics classes every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at Wells Field House, 1810 Goethals Road except Spin classes which are at Graves Fitness Center, 2116 Abbott Road. The Monday schedule is Pilates at 10:30 a.m. and Indoor

Cycling at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday schedule is HITT at 10:30 a.m., Extreme Core at 11:30 a.m., and Yoga at 12 p.m. Wednesday schedule is Body Pump at 10:30 a.m. and Indoor Cycling at 11:45 a.m. Thursday schedule is Zumba at 10:30 a.m. Extreme Core at 11:30 a.m., and Yoga at 12 p.m. An Unlimited Monthly Pass can be purchased for $20 or and an Unlimited Weekly Pass for $7. Passes may be purchased at Graves Fitness Cen-

ter or at the Body Shop, 1023 12th Street. For more information, call the Fitness Program Specialists at 703-806-4430. Visit the Sports and Fitness page at belvoir.armymwr. com for detailed class descriptions.

Swim Lessons Benyaurd Indoor Swimming Pool offers swim lessons for infants, children, teenagers and adults through March. Classes are twice a week for three weeks

and cost $70 per student. All class dates and descriptions can be found on www.belvoir.armymwr. com.

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Fort Belvoir Golf Club holiday party and Golf Shop sale, today, 4-7 p.m. There will be complimentary hors d' oeuvres, bar specials and a raffle. For more information, call the Golf Club at 703-806-5878.

Golf Club membership sales Belvoir Golf Club has two championship 18-hole golf courses, Woodlawn and Gunston courses. A spacious clubhouse featuring Niblick's Clubhouse Grill and the Clubhouse Lounge offer a view and, food and drink specials. Call the Golf Club at 703-806-5878 for more information.

Youth Sports Little League and girls Softball Registration for the spring Little League and girls’ softball seasons is open Jan. 2 – March 3, 2017. The ages for Little League and softball are 4 – 16 and the cost is $60 per child. The season runs April – June 2017. Registration must be completed at the Parent Central Office, 9800 Belvoir Rd, Bldg. 200. Enrollment closes when teams are filled or enrollment date ends. For more information, call Youth Sports at 703-805-9138.

Health and Fitness Expo Sports and Fitness is hosting their annual Health and Fitness Expo, Jan. 19, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., at Specker Field House. There will be a wide variety of vendors and interactive displays to provide an overall health and wellness experience. Light refreshments will be provided and floor aerobics demonstrations

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conducted for those who wish to participate. There will be a T-shirt giveaway and chances to win FitBit trackers and other door prizes. Eligible participants include all active-duty Soldiers, dependents, retirees, DoD civilians and affiliated ID cardholders. Patrons, who are interested in becoming a vendor for the Health and Fitness Expo, call Joe Castro at 703-8054659. For more information about the expo call Sports and Fitness at 703-805-4655.

In Progress Indoor pool winter hours Benyaurd Indoor Pool is back on winter hours of operation. Monday-Thursday the pool is open 6 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3:30-8 p.m. for lap swim. Friday hours are 6-10 a.m., lap swim; 10 a.m.-noon, lap/rec swim; noon to 1 p.m., lap; 3:30-7 p.m. lap/rec, and 7-8 p.m., lap. The pool is open weekends from noon to 1 p.m. for lap swim and 1 to 5 p.m. for lap and rec swim.

Day trips Day trips with Outdoor Recreation run through the fall. ODR offers transportation for day trips such as wine tasting, hiking, white water rafting, fruit picking and more. Prices vary based on the destination. For more information or to register for a trip, call ODR at 703-805-3081.

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Cosmic Bowling Cosmic Bowling is Fridays, 9 p.m.-midnight, and Saturdays, 1 p.m.-midnight at the Bowling Center, 5975 Middleton Road, Bldg. 1199. Cosmic Bowling is out of this world, featuring music videos and awesome effects lighting in an ultra-lounge atmosphere. The cost is $5 per game or a 3-hour unlimited special for $16 per person from 5 p.m.-midnight. For more information, visit http://belvoir. armymwr.com/us/belvoir/programs/bowlingcenter.

Scuba Open Water Certification Open-water scuba certification classes are available at Benyaurd Indoor Pool, Saturdays, 8-11 a.m. For more information, call Patriot Scuba at 703-781-4649. For more information on registration, call Benyaurd Indoor Pool at 703-8052620.

Adult recreational volleyball Eligible individuals ages 18 and older are welcome to play adult recreational volleyball Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and Sundays, 2-5 p.m., at Wells Field House. For more information, visit http://belvoir. armymwr.com/us/belvoir/programs/wellsfield-house or contact Ron Valentine at Ron. Valentine@dau.mil, or 703-805-2912; T.J. Dierks at Timothy.Dierks@DTRA.mil; or Cliff Fouts at CrFouts26k@aol.com.

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Plans underway to release more Army mobile apps By Mike Casey Army News The Army is picking up the pace to make more training mobile applications available for Soldiers' smartphones and computer tablets. Recently, a team of Soldiers and civilians at Fort Eustis, Virginia, started using software to ensure Army mobile apps meet government security requirements and other standards. "With this new vetting software, we can expedite getting proponentapproved and cyber-secure mobile apps to the force," said Lt. Col. Joe Harris, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Capability ManagerMobile (TCM Mobile). "Soldiers are getting accurate, up-to-date training content." TCM Mobile has used the software to vet nearly 80 mobile applications for infantry training, gunnery practice, reporting sexual harassment and other topics. The effort is part of a broader Army campaign to get training and educational materials to Soldiers when and where they need them.

Last year TCM Mobile started posting mobile applications to the TRADOC Application Gateway hosted by TRADOC Capability Manager, Army Training Information System as well on commercial sites such as iTunes, Google Play and Windows Phone. To ensure each of the applications met standards, TCM Mobile had relied on a private company or another defense organization. "The process was expensive and time-consuming," Harris said. "We decided to get our own vetting software from a private company. Now we can do the vetting ourselves. Our goal is to have 200 or more mobile applications, vetted, approved and posted by the end of next year." TCM Mobile also is certifying units' applications for wider use in the Army. "A number of Army organizations developed mobile applications for themselves," said Matt Maclaughlin, TCM Mobile's senior mobile instructional design specialist. "By vetting these units' applications, we're building a validated, secure, mobile application library to help Soldiers

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DoD, Army ramp up cybersecurity measures with new initiatives By Terri Moon Cronk DoD News, Defense Media Activity

Two initiatives were rolled out today to strengthen the cyber security environment in the Defense Department and the Army, DoD officials announced. The first initiative is part of the “Hack the Pentagon” program that debuted last spring, officials said. Called the Vulnerability Disclosure Policy, it provides a legal avenue for digital security researchers who find and disclose vulnerabilities in DoD’s public websites. The policy gives researchers clear guidance for testing and disclosing vulnerabilities, and also commits DoD to work openly and in good faith with outside researchers, officials said. “The Vulnerability Disclosure Policy is like ‘see something, say something’ for the digital domain, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said. “We want to encourage computer security researchers to help us improve our defenses. This policy gives them a legal pathway to bolster the

department’s cybersecurity and, ultimately, the nation’s security,” the secretary said.

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The Hack the Pentagon pilot was the first bug bounty in the history of the federal government, officials said. Using vetted hackers, DoD used a similar method to that of commercialsector crowdsourcing, which identifies security vulnerabilities in DoD’s systems. ”Hack the Pentagon” was modeled after similar competitions conducted by some of the nation’s biggest companies to improve the security and delivery of networks, products, and digital services, according to officials. When Hack the Pentagon results were released in June, the department recognized a need to provide a standard avenue for researchers to report vulnerabilities, said DoD’s Cyber Policy Senior Adviser, Charley Snyder; and Defense Digital Service Bureaucracy Hacker Lisa Wiswell, in a briefing with reporters.

The new policy allows for a safe, secure and legal opportunity for researchers to report such vulnerabilities, Snyder and Wiswell said. While private industry produces similar policies, DoD’s initiative is the first in the federal government, officials said. DoD consulted with the Justice Department’s criminal division when developing DoD’s Vulnerability Disclosure Policy, and Leslie Caldwell, DOJ’s assistant attorney general, called the initiative “a laudable way to help computer security researchers use their skills in an effective, beneficial and lawful manner to reduce security vulnerabilities.”

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The second initiative is “Hack the Army,” the second bug-bounty challenge in DoD, Wiswell said, adding the Army’s initiative is modeled after the initial “Hack the Pentagon” challenge. Registration for the program has begun. The Army bug bounty challenge will employ about 500 vetted security researchers, and will focus more

on operationally relevant web sites, particularly those that affect Army recruiting, officials noted. Army Secretary Eric Fanning announced his department’s cyber security challenge earlier this month as it partners with DoD’s Defense Digital Service. “The security of these foundational systems is incredibly important to me, and security is everyone’s responsibility,” Fanning said. The Army’s bug bounty program, much like DoD’s effort, will provide incentives to researchers to focus on specific high-priority networks and systems. Officials said DoD has focused on efforts to modernize security, and to find ways to tap into sources of talent across the country. Both the Army and DoD programs and policies align with those goals, they added. For information about the Vulnerability Disclosure Policy, go to hackerone.com/deptofdefense, and for information about the bug bounty challenge at Hack the Army, go online to hackerone.com/hackthearmy. That program ends Dec. 21.

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Belvoir Briefs Annual Bird Count This season, the Fort Belvoir Christmas Bird Count is Jan. 2. Dating back to 1911, this annual count is one of the oldest in the area and is sponsored by National Audubon Society. The counts help officials better understand wintering bird populations. Novice and expert birders are welcome, as novices will be teamed up with seasoned birders, for a learning experience. Bird counters meet at Accotink Bay Wildlife Refuge Environmental Education Center for all start times, 5 and 7 a.m.; and 1 p.m. Interested people are asked to register through Kevin Walter, 703805-3969.

New York City day trip Leisure Travel Services has a day trip to New York City Dec. 10, when patrons are guaranteed six hours of free time in the Big Apple, but no guided tour. The cost is $55 per person and reservations must be made at the Community Center’s LTS office. FMI, 703-805-3714.

Library closed during final move to Sosa The MWR Library is moving from its current location in the Van Noy

building on 12th Street, Bldg. 1024, to the Sosa Center on Belvoir Road, Bldg. 200. The library does not charge overdue fees and borrowed books can be put in the drop box in front of the Van Noy, which staff will check periodically. Patrons are asked not to leave books outside if the box is full. Library programs like story time, book club and teen night, resume in the new location after the move. For more information, visit the MWR website, Belvoir.armymwr. com, or call 703-806-3323.

New Year’s Eve O Club gala Dance to a live band and DJ and ring in the New Year on Dec. 31 from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m., with a fourcourse, gourmet dinner; a glass of champagne for the toast; party favors; and continental breakfast. A cash bar opens at 6 p.m., with free hors d’oeuvres. The cost is $90 per person. Tickets are available at the O club. For more information call 703780-0930.

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rollment through March for dancers ages 2-16 in Twinkle Toes Dance Classes. They offer ballet, tap, jazz and lyrical classes. Visit Belvoir.armymwr.com for class descriptions and tuition costs. For more information call the SKIES Unlimited office, 703-805-9146.

Swim lessons Swim Lessons are offered at Benyaurd Indoor Swimming Pool for infants, children, teenagers and adults. Sessions are offered through March. Classes are twice a week for three weeks and cost $70 per student. Class dates and descriptions are available from belvoir. armymwr.com.

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Little League and girls softball Registration for the spring Little League and girls softball seasons opens Jan. 2 through March 3. The ages are 4 – 16 and the cost is $60 per child. The season runs April through June. Registration must be completed at the Parent Central Office, 9800 Belvoir Road, Bldg. 200. Enrollment closes when teams are filled or enrollment date ends. For more information, contact Youth Sports, 703-805-9138.

Friday seafood, music The Officers’ Club takes Fridays to a new level with its Seafood Buffet, which features an array of East Coast seafood options, including all-you-can-eat-crab legs, shrimp, oysters and fresh fish. Non-seafood lovers can enjoy a full salad bar and dessert. Dinner is followed by dancing to live music from Air Play Band. Buffet tickets are $32.95 for club members; $34.95 for non-members; $14.95 for children ages 6 to 12; and free for those 5 and younger. See below for O Club membership info. For details, O Club, 703-780-0930.

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Federal refunds delayed for certain Virginia taxpayers IRS advises people plan ahead IRS press release ing individuals and families in the state received a total of $5.3 million in ACTC, an average of $1,304 per individuals and families. The IRS emphasizes that these are full-year totals for both of the credits and that only those claims filed before Feb. 15 are affected by the new law. To avoid any further delays on their refunds, the IRS asks Virginia taxpayers to file their returns as they normally do, and not wait to

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The IRS also encourages taxpayers to consider a tax-withholding checkup. By adjusting Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate, taxpayers can ensure the right amount is taken out of their pay so they will not have to pay too much tax or wait until they file their return for a refund. Taxpayers should submit the revised form to employers, and employers will use the form to figure the amount of federal income tax to be withheld from pay. For help, use the Withholding Calculator on IRS.gov. The IRS has a page on IRS.gov with steps to take now for the 2017 tax filing season.

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