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November is Native American Heritage Month. Belvoir’s observance is today at 11:30 a.m. at the Community Center on Taylor Road. Ramona Moore Big Eagle, president and chief executive officer of Dare to Soar Enterprises, is guest speaker. Everyone is welcome to the free event. Info is available from Sgt. 1st Class LaToya Clay, 703-805-5390, latoya.d.clay.mil@mail.mil.

By Amanda Stewart Staff writer The newly renovated Fort Belvoir “Eagles Nest” Dining Facility opened its doors to customers Monday. The renovation project, which took about a year and cost about $6 million, included installing new flooring; ceilings; lights; bathrooms and serving lines; and replacing all of the furniture, said Vicki Davis, supply division chief for the Logistics Readiness Center, which oversees the dining facility. “Everything you see in here is brand new,” Davis said Monday, as she watched the first few customers file in for lunch. “We really are a premier dining facility, now.” Changes customers will notice in the dining facility include new corner booths and high-top tables in the dining room; more lighting and design features, including columns and new display boards highlighting Fort Belvoir history; new serving lines offering made-to-order wraps, hamburgers, hot dogs and other items; and a pizza and pasta bar; desserts, sodas and coffee; a salad bar, and a variety of hot items. The building also features new bathrooms at the front of the facility. Previously, the only bathrooms in the building were toward the back, Davis said. The recently completed renovation is the first part of a two-phase renovation plan, Davis said. The second phase will include renovations to the kitchen area and the facility’s secondary dining area. As the lunch rush began Monday, diners appeared to be impressed by the dining area’s renovations. “I think it looks nice and I am happy that the servers now have a facility like this,” said Spc. Gary Ma, who stopped by the facility for lunch, Monday. Philip Sternberg, a retired Air Force officer, stopped by the dining facility for lunch with a friend and was surprised to see all of the renovations. “It looks like they did a very good job,” he said. “It’s clean, it’s bright. It’s very nice.” The dining facility is at 6021 Abbot Road, Bldg. 1822. The facility is open for breakfast, active-duty mili-

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Spc. Kemoh Rogers, Headquarters Support Company, Headquarters Battalion, 29th Infantry Division, lunches with co-workers at the newlyrenovated Eagle's Nest Dining Facility on Abbot Road, Nov. 16.

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Fort Belvoir MWR is looking for a drum instructor. Lessons will be weekdays, with times and dates scheduled by the instructor and students. MWR will provide space and equipment. Interested people are asked to call 703-805-9239 to find out the prerequisites.

Combined Federal Campaign

The annual Combined Federal Campaign runs through mid-December. Info on ways to give is available from www.cfcnca.org or from your keyworker. So far, Belvoir garrison employees have collected 78.8 percent of the $21,000 goal.

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Pfc. Tanisha Crews, right, with the Headquarters Support Company, Headquarters Battalion, 29th Infantry Division, is one of the first to take advantage of the newly-remodeled Eagle's Nest Dining Facility on Abbot Road, Nov. 16. tary only, from 6:45 a.m. to 8:15 a.m., daily. The price is $5.55, cash only. daily, for $3.45. The facility is open A daily menu is available online to the entire Fort Belvoir community at www.belvoir.army.mil/dol/Dining for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. FacilityMenu.asp.

The Community Health Promotion Team has a survey to determine everyone’s concerns about community health problems. The survey is designed to gauge people’s thoughts on quality of life, health, safety and satisfaction within the Army installation environment. To take the survey, go to https:// usaphcapps.amedd.army.mil/survey/ se.ashx?s=251137451C6CC52D. Results will be used to identify ideas, issues or concerns that can be addressed through community action. The survey takes about 15 minutes.


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Emily Baker, 10, is cashier at Fort Belvoir Elementary School's Dolphin Branch of Belvoir Federal Credit Union, Nov. 12. The project is designed to teach savings, leadership and responsibility to students.

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Fort Belvoir Elementary School’s student-run credit union is now open Thursdays for those wanting to make deposits into their accounts. Teresa Chapman, school counselor, said they have more accounts than last year. The Dolphin Branch is open courtesy of Belvoir Federal Credit Union. “We’re looking forward to having a good year,” Chapman said. The two student bank tellers are Patrick Pollock and Sarah Killbrew, both 11. “I like it because my favorite subject is math and I really like helping out the Student Council Association,” Sarah said. She likes math because she enjoys counting and is good at doing math in her head.

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Jacob Haley, 11, front, checks his rceipt after making a deposit with Patrick Pollock, 11, at the Dolphin Branch of Belvoir Credit Union, Nov. 12 while Belvoir Elementary School counselor Teresa Chapman looks on. The program teaches math skills and principals of savings and leadership. “I’m good at accounting,” Patrick said. “It’s a chal- culators. “(It’s) math at work. If they can’t do mental lenge because it involves a lot of paperwork (but) math, then they’d get frenzied because they have to go at a fast-moving pace. I think they did awesome.” this is like a hobby to me." The deposit-only service is open to anyone with Chapman said the position requires the students to do a lot of mental math because using calculators an account with Belvoir Federal Credit Union. The positions as bank tellers give some students who ran can slow them down. “It gives them real responsibility,” Chapman said for student government a chance to take part and about them having to use their heads instead of cal- learn about leadership and responsibilities. The Belvoir Eagle is published in cooperation with the Public Affairs Office, 9820 Flagler Road, Fort Belvoir, VA, 22060. To contact the Belvoir Eagle, call (703) 805-2019 or 805-5001, or email us at editor@belvoireagleonline.com. Submission deadline is noon Thursday. The Belvoir Eagle is published each Thursday — by HPR-Hemlock LCC d/b/a Northern Virginia Media Services, Leesburg, VA 20176, a private firm in no way connected with the Department of the Army — as a civilian enterprise newspaper in the interest of Fort Belvoir, Va. Views and opinions are those of the writers and do not necessarily reflect the official view of the Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Military District of Washington or Fort Belvoir. Advertisement in this publication, does not constitute endorsement of the products or services by Department of the Army. Everything advertised herein must be made available for purchase, use, or patronage without regard to the race, creed, age, color, sex, or nationality of the purchaser, user, or patron unless precluded by applicable federal, state or local laws. For Classified advertisement information, call 703-771-8831. For Display advertisement information, contact 703-303-8713. Belvoir Eagle is a registered trademark. Circulation: 19,000.

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Patrick O'Neill, author of “To Annoy or Destroy the Enemy,” and former Fort Belvoir historian, guides visitors through the grounds of the old Belvoir Mansion during a tour, Nov. 7.

History of Belvoir Mansion explored during tour

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Gustav Person, historian, shows the Remagen Bridge Stone at Belvoir Road and 12th Street on a historical tour around post, Nov. 10. This tribute to the Army Engineer Center and School at Fort Belvoir memorializes the capture of a key German bridge in 1945, allowing the U.S. Army to move six divisions across the Rhine River before it collapsed. The tour continued into the historic dis- ruins of Belvoir Manor, a two-story, Geor- visit or know existed,” Person said. Hentschel said he thought Person’s tour trict, where many houses date back to the gian-style home inhabited by the influential 1930s. In the woods behind the Fairfax Vil- Fairfax family in the 1700s and frequently of historical Belvoir was a success. “I think it was well-received and we all lage Community Center is a trail that leads visited by George Washington in his youth. to several historical sites, including the “This is another place most people don’t learned a lot,” he said.

Tucked away on the southern tip of Fort Belvoir is a piece of land with a lot of history. It was home to the influential Fairfax family in the 18th century, a favorite spot of George Washington, and the site of a battle in the War of 1812. And, most people on Belvoir don’t know it’s there. The site is tucked behind the Fairfax Village Community Center and an interpretive trail leads visitors around the ruins of Belvoir Manor, home to the wealthy and influential Fairfax family in the 18th century. Patrick O’Neill, an author, researcher and former Fort Belvoir historian, led a tour of the site organized by Belvoir’s Directorate of Public Works, the Friends of Alexandria Archaeology and the Alexandria Archaeology Museum, Nov. 7. The Fairfax family estate, a two-story Georgian-style mansion, was commissioned by William Fairfax and built in 1741 on a piece of land near the Potomac River on what would later become Fort Belvoir. The family, known for founding Fairfax County, lived there from 1741 to 1773 and family friend George Washington was a frequent visitor, O’Neill said. The family named the manor Belvoir, French for “beautiful to see.” Today, the site is marked by a few stones visible where the house’s foundation was laid. More than 200 artifacts were recovered in two archaeological excavations that were conducted at the site, one in the 1930s and one in 1974, said Belvoir’s volunteer historian, Gustav Person. Those artifacts are now the property of the Fairfax County Historical Society, he said. On the tour, O’Neill asked the group to consider how the Belvoir mansion, considered quite large in its day, would compare

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An artist’s rendering of Col. William Fairfax' elegant brick home, Belvoir Manor, which was completed in 1741 on what is Fairfax Village on Fort Belvoir. The manor was gutted in a fire in 1783, and the remaining walls were destroyed during the War of 1812. to modern-day houses. drickson attended the tour and said they “Those McMansions we have today are have lived on the installation for several huge, compared to this,” he said. years, but had never visited the site. A fire destroyed the mansion in 1783. “We never really knew this was here,” O’Neill said historians do not know exactly said Anna Hendrickson. “I think it is very what caused that fire. interesting. I really enjoy learning about Washington would later write that “the history.” happiest moments of my life were spent Before the tour, Alison Talbot, cultural there,” at the Belvoir manor. resources manager for the Directorate of O’Neill’s tour also included a detour off Public Works, briefed the group on future the marked path, and down a steep hill to plans to improve the interpretive trail a point overlooking the Potomac River to and other parts of the installation’s hisa gun pit used in the Battle of the White toric district. Talbot said there are plans House, a five-day battle in September to improve signs on the Belvoir ruins trail 1814, during the War of 1812. Belvoir residents Chuck and Anna Hen- by 2019.

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From Army buildings constructed in advance of the first and second world wars, to a stone commemorating the Army Engineer School to the remains of a mansion frequently visited by George Washington, there’s plenty of history to find on Fort Belvoir, if you know where to look. Frank Hentschel, director of Directorate of Emergency Services, said he thought about that one recent day while driving on the installation. “There are so many things on Belvoir that you drive by and you don’t know what it is, or what’s its historical significance,” Hentschel said. So, Hentschel enlisted the help of Gustav Person, Belvoir’s volunteer historian, to help shed some light on Belvoir’s most historical sites for himself and leaders from his department. On Nov. 10, Person led a tour of Belvoir’s historical sites for DES leadership and professional development. About a dozen DES leaders and invited guests traveled the installation in a van that afternoon, as Person described some of the historical events and anecdotes associated with office buildings, houses and other sites. The tour began on North Post, where many structures were built in the 1940s, including the amphitheatre at the corner of Gunston and Abbot roads, built in 1942 by Soldiers in the Army Corps of Engineer School, Person said. Near there, close to where Woodlawn Chapel now stands, was the Engineer Replacement Training Center, which opened in January 1941 and trained more than 147,000 Soldiers when it was in operation. The tour continued onto South Post where, at the corner of 12th Street and Belvoir Road, is the Army Engineers monument, which pays tribute to the Army Corps of Engineer Center and School, housed of Belvoir for many years. At the center of the monument is an original stone from the abutments of the Ludendorff Railroad Bridge over the Rhine River in Remagen, Germany. The monument is a good example of history on Belvoir that many people see, but don’t realize is there, Person said. “Many people have lived and worked here for 20 years and have never stopped to see what this is,” Person said. Person pointed out several buildings and structures on the installation used as models for other installations. Near the amphitheater, there was once an obstacle course used as a model for all obstacle courses in the Army, Person said. More recently, Woodlawn Chapel, which opened in 2001, is the model that all future chapels built on Department of Defense properties will be based on, he said. Not everything in the installation caught on, though, Person said. The Thermo-Con house, built in 1948, from a kind of expansive concrete, was intended to be a prototype for low-cost family housing, Person said. “They built this house and brought families in to see it and nobody liked it,” Person said. “Nobody wanted to live in a concrete house or a house with such Spartan design,” he said. The house was recently renovated to serve as quarters for VIP guests on the installation.

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• How long have you served in the military? 17 years.

• What do you enjoy most about your work? I really enjoy teaching.

• What is your favorite Belvoir memory? Working (at Fort Belvoir) in the command group as an admin clerk from December 2001 to January 2003 (in a previous tour to Belvoir).

• What are some of your hobbies? I like going out with my wife, first and foremost. I like playing with my kids, bowling, playing tennis and mountain climbing.

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With a quarter of its workforce comprised of military family members, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is a true example of family serving family. As such, the focus on Thanksgiving will be on family. “As a part of the military community, the Exchange understands that time with family, for customers and associates, is a priority,” said Bill Shoffner, Belvoir Exchange general manager.

“Opening at 4 a.m. on Black Friday (Nov. 27) will allow shoppers to give thanks with loved ones and still partake in the savings.” Service members who are on the installation on Thanksgiving Day will still have access to convenience items as the North Post Express will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Complete details on Exchange Black Friday weekend sales and specials are available from the Weekly Ads tab at at shopmy exchange.com.

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Suicide intervention training Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, ASIST, is a 2-day, hands-on, practice-oriented, immersion experience that helps caregivers or anyone become ready, willing and able to conduct suicide first-aid interventions. The training teaches first-aid inter-

vention skills that can be used to help prevent the immediate risk of suicide. Belvoir hosts training, Dec. 2-3, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Space is limited to 30 and the training is free. Participants get workbooks and a participation certificate. To register or more info, call or email, Milagros Frank, 703-805-5529, milagros.frank.civ@mail.mil.

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help of community organizations, local businesses and people, FRP provides families on Belvoir with gift and food cards for the holiday season through Operation Sugarplum. The program is designed to help E-1 to E-5, GS-1 to GS-7 and NAF-1 to NF-2, with at least one child living in the home. All recipients have to attend financial counseling with an ACS financial counselor and provide documentation of income, living expenses and credit accounts during financial counseling. Applications must be signed by a unit commander and/or first sergeant, for active duty; or direct supervisor for civilians. There are two major holiday assistance programs offered to Soldiers on Fort Belvoir: Operation Sugarplum and Project USO Elf. Service members can participate in one of these programs during the holidays. Recipients must register for a financial counseling appointment on Friday, Monday through Wednesday or Nov. 30. All sessions are at ACS from 9-10:30 a.m. or 1:30-3 p.m. Appointments are available by calling 703-805-4590 or 703-805-1833. Assistance is not guaranteed.

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Sponsorship Training Tuesday, 9-10:30 a.m., ACS, Bldg. 200, 9800 Belvoir Road. Units are required to provide sponsors for incoming and outgoing Service members. Unit sponsorship trainers and interested units are asked to call 703-805-3436.

Welcome to Hawaii Wednesday, 9:30-10:30 a.m., ACS, Bldg. 200, 9800 Belvoir Road. For those planning a PCS to Hawaii. The session provides information about the culture and what’s needed before the move. 703-805-3436 FMI and to RSVP.

Volunteer Orientation Wednesday, 11 a.m.-noon, ACS, Bldg. 200, 9800 Belvoir Road Mandatory for everyone interested in volunteering on Belvoir. Call 703805-4152 to register.

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The Armed Services Blood Program’s 5th annual Army-Navy Blood Donor Challenge visits Belvoir for a blood drive Dec. 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Timeout Where it begins By Rick Musselman Sports editor

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Fort Belvoir community members leave the starting gate of the 2015 DFMWR Turkey Trot 10K race, Saturday near Pullen Field.

Turkey Trot draws large turnout By Rick Musselman Sports editor More than 400 community members braved frigid temperatures and gusty winds to compete in the installation’s 7th annual Turkey Trot 5K/10K race, Saturday near Pullen Field. Participants competed for holiday prizes, including grand-prize Thanksgiving turkeys awarded to

Overall Winners

• Men’s 5K: Kevin Gotfredson • Women’s 5K: Wendy Shaha • Men’s 10K: Douglas Boorstein • Women’s 10K: Yuko Whitestone the top finishers in each male and female overall division and pies for the 1st place winners in each male and female age category. Race categories included overall male and female 5K; overall male

and female 10K; overall male and female in the 10-and-younger, 1115, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 5059 and 60-and-older age divisions; and overall male and female adaptive/hand-recumbent cycle. For more information about fitness opportunities on post, visit http://belvoir.armymwr.com/us/belvoir/categories/sports-and-fitness. Full results will be published in next week’s edition.

Belvoir Bulldogs wrap up season with Dawg Bowl tournament By Rick Musselman Sports editor The Fort Belvoir Bulldogs brought the 2015 Fairfax County Youth Football League season to a close with dynamic contests in every weight division as part of the annual Dawg Bowl series, Sunday at Pullen Field. Fort Belvoir’s youth football and cheerleading league is sponsored and coordinated by CYSS, under the directorship of Program Director Jerry Arrington. All youth registered with CYSS are eligible to participate in the annual sports program. For more information about the league, call Jerry Arrington at 703-805-9139; Julie Libert at 703-805-9138; or visit http://fcyfl.org.

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Belvoir Bulldogs running back, Julius Downing, 8, breaks an American Pride tackle and charges down the sideline during his team's Anklebiter Division-2 Dawg Bowl matchup, Sunday at Pullen Field.

A few Saturdays ago, while covering a Belvoir Bulldogs youth football season closer, I once again got reminded of, not only why I love working for the military, but also that inspiring displays of humanity can still be found. In a culture that identifies successful citizens along lines of what lofty professional positions they’ve achieved, what salaries they earn, and what sorts of houses and automobiles they’re spending that cash on, it’s always deeply disappointed me that so many people, because of these strange societal standards, go totally unnoticed in their day-to-day goodness — the folks who go out of their way to give somebody a pat on the back or a kind word when they know that person is having a bad day. I guess you can’t very well spend kindness at the luxury car dealership, so it doesn’t make for much conversation at dinner parties. Nevertheless, special (and usually quite unheralded) moments do indeed appear that always leave me with a sense that I’ve just received a rare and precious gift, one I really ought to put in a safe place inside. And such a moment made its presence known that Saturday. The Bulldogs were struggling against a powerhouse opponent that went into the game as the top-ranked team in their age division. It seemed like no matter what Belvoir tried to do against this colossus, the fates just weren’t granting so much as a hint of a break. And as such, gazes and spirits were going south in a hurry. Now, when I played youth sports back in the 1970s, there were many coaches who responded to such downward trends with frustration and criticism that one might expect from a trainer in the pros (or maybe a drill instructor in the Marine Corps). On this particular Saturday, however, I saw something refreshing and faith redeeming. When the Bulldogs came off the field, heads hung low, the assistant coach stepped up, high-fived everyone in uniform and displayed the unconditional regard and perspective that is the hallmark of leadership at this level. “Hey, you all played like champions out there,” he said. “I saw great things on that field and you can hold your heads high.” That attitude, further expressed by the many positive words that followed, is where self esteem and confidence begin. And, my takeaway was that, sure, there are losses, but never failures, and as long as there are coaches like the ones we have here on post, these kids will always be able to get back up when they take a fall.


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Members of the Fort Belvoir Bulldogs 80-pound National Division 3 youth football team pose for a photo with the 2015 Fairfax County Youth Football League championship trophy after defeating the Fort Hunt Federals 13-12, Saturday at South County High School Stadium in Lorton, Va.

Bulldogs teams claim championship titles By Rick Musselman Sports editor Two of Fort Belvoir’s Bulldogs youth football teams crowned their 2015 Fairfax County Youth Football League seasons by claiming the championship title in their respective age divisions, Saturday at South County High School Stadium in Lorton, Va. The number-one seed, 80-pound National Division 3 squad, having wrapped up a 7-0 regular-season record, advanced to the championship by defeating the Vienna Bombers 18-6 in the first round, Nov. 7. Belvoir then squared off against the Fort Hunt Federals in the title showdown, Saturday. During the regular season, the Bulldogs played Fort Hunt and almost lost that game, said Jerry Arrington, Fort Belvoir Child, Youth and School Services director. But, Belvoir made a comeback in the 4th quarter to win 27-25. In the championship game, Fort Hunt nearly took the contest into overtime, scoring a touchdown with 1:45 remaining to tie the game at 12 apiece. But the Belvoir defense held tough during the extra point attempt, denying the Federals’ the conversion and taking the 13-12 victory. The 90-pound Central Division 1 Bulldogs (6-1 in the regular season) progressed to the main event by downing the Dulles South Thun-

Members of the Fort Belvoir Bulldogs 90-pound Central Division 1 youth football team pose for a photo with the 2015 Fairfax County Youth Football League championship trophy after defeating the James Lee Razorbacks 20-6, Saturday at South County High School Stadium in Lorton, Va. der 26-13 in round 1, Nov. 7. The Bulldogs then faced the James Lee Razorbacks in the championship, Saturday. Earlier in the season James Lee delivered the Bulldogs their first loss, winning 28-21 at Pullen Field. But the Bulldogs settled the score in dramatic fashion, Satur-

day, dominating the Razorbacks through four dynamic quarters to claim a 20-6 win and the championship trophy. For more information about the league, call Jerry Arrington at 703-805-9139; Julie Libert at (703) 805-9138; or visit http://fcyfl.org.

Fall Little League baseball season wraps up with final games By Bill Behring Special to the Belvoir Eagle The Fort Belvoir Red Birds fall Little League baseball teams played the final games of the 2015 season last week. In Major Division action Nov. 7, playing under the threat of rain and with the fields at AlexandriaPotomac already washed out, Woodlawn Little League hosted the game between Alexandria-Potomac and the Red Birds. After his impeccable

outing two weeks ago, Fort Belvoir’s Antron Campbell was on the mound again for the Red Birds and held AP scoreless for five innings. Receiving help from his teammates, with AP runners twice making it to second base, his catcher, Tylan Matthews, threw them out as they attempted to steal third. Colin Beard joined in the action as he and Campbell turned a double play which ended the game with the Red Birds victorious 7-3. In Minor Division action Nov. 3, Belvoir Red Birds Team 1 took on the

Alexandria-Potomac Nationals at the 21st Street complex. The Nationals won the game by only one run, 8-7. Before the game started, Manager Randy Kirby assembled the team for an impromptu meeting with retired Lt. Gen. Max Bunyard. Bunyard played baseball at Oklahoma A&M, now OSU, and in the White Sox’ minor league organization. Afterward, Bunyard joined the Army and served for more than 30 years, including combat duty in Vietnam. He also served in Korea and Ger-

many as well at Fort Carson, Colo.; and Fort Sill, Okla. Bunyard spoke to the team about baseball being a team effort and that baseball players need to function as a team to do well in baseball and in life. He also cautioned the players not to get down on their teammates after striking out or making an error, but to back them up and encourage them for the next time. He also answered several questions from the team members and watched the game from the Red Birds’ dugout.


This week Red Cross Swim Lessons Fort Belvoir Aquatics is offering American Red Cross Swim Lessons through April. For information, call Benyaurd Indoor Pool, 703-805-2620.

Golf Club membership sale

Upcoming Drum instructor needed The Fort Belvoir MWR is reaching out to the community in search of a drum instructor for the Community Center. Lessons will be held Monday– Friday with times and dates scheduled by the in-

briefing. Cost is $5 active duty, $3 active-duty dependents, $7 non-active duty (retirees or DoD Civilians), $5 non-active duty dependents Call 703-805-3081 for additional information.

Rafting, kayak and canoe trips

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Outdoor Recreation offers white water rafting, kayak and canoe guided trips. Prices vary according to the activity and request for rentals. Call 703805-3081 to register or for more information

Water Safety Instructor course Fort Belvoir Aquatics will be offering a Water Safety Instructor course Dec. 26-29. For more information, call Benyaurd Indoor Pool at 703-8052620.

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Stroller walking is back. Come out and join other parents in this brisk networking opportunity through the trails of Fort Belvoir. Sessions are Fridays, 9 - 10 a.m. starting at Pullen Track. For more information, call 703-805-4547.

Water Aerobics afternoon classes

Every Friday our Fort Belvoir Golf Club professionals walk the range tee giving all those hitting range balls golf tips. You don’t even need golf clubs; the Pro Shop is happy to provide them. Patrons will purchase only the Range Balls: • Small (25 balls): $4 • Medium (50 balls): $6 • Large (75 balls): $9 Call 703-806-5878 for more information.

Benyaurd Indoor Pool has added afternoon water aerobics classes — Mondays, 5:30-6:25 p.m. and Thursdays, 5-5:55 p.m. Low impact, high cardio workouts take place every Tuesday and Thursday (except holidays) . The Shallow Water Class is 9 to 9:55 a.m. and the Deep Water Class is 10 to 10:55 a.m. at the Benyaurd Indoor Pool. Cost is $5 per class. For more information, call 703-805-2620.

Archery Class Mondays, ODR, 10155 Johnston Road, Fort Belvoir 22060, Building 778, 5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. Minimum age requirement is 6 years old. Students must be in the classroom by 5:20 p.m. for safety

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Scuba Open Water Certification Open-water scuba certification classes are offered at Benyaurd Indoor Pool Saturdays, 8-11 a.m. For more information, call Patriot Scuba at 703781-4649. For more information on registrations, call Benyaurd Indoor Pool at 703-805-2620.

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Fridays, 9 p.m.-midnight at the Fort Belvoir Bowling Center, 5975 Middleton Road, Bldg. 1199. Cosmic Bowling features music videos and awesome effects lighting in an ultra-lounge atmosphere. The cost is $5 per game or $16 per person, 3 hour unlimited special from 5 p.m.-midnight.

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The Fort Belvoir Golf Club has begun a membership sale for all military personnel, Department of Defense affiliated employees, government employees, and the general public, including family and guests. Join now and get up to 25 percent off. New Green Fee Rates • E1-E5: $450 • E6-E9: $750 • O1-O3: $900 • W1-W3: $900 • W4-W5: $1,005 • O4-O10: $1,005 • DoD Gov/Civilian: $1,005 • General Public/Guest: $1,245 • Juniors (18 and younger): $300 For more information call the Golf Club at 703806-5878.

structor and the student. Space and equipment will be provided by MWR. If interested, call 703-805-9239 to find out the pre-requisites that need to be met before starting.

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