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April 11, 2013 | Vol. 73, No. 14

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COMMUNITY PLANTS PINWHEELS FOR PREVENTION Fort Lee children create pinwheel garden during annual Army Community Service event that recognizes Child Abuse Prevention Month SEE PAGE 16

The Month of the Military Child affirms the Army’s commitment to military children ... that means recognizing their critical role and continuing to offer the best possible education, child care and youth services commensurate with their families’ service and sacrifice.” – Lt. Gen. Mike Ferriter, IMCOM Commanding General

WINNERS NAMED CASCOM announces names of five ‘Ultimate Warriors’ who will advance to Training and Doctrine Command’s Soldier skills competition scheduled for summer SEE PAGE 3

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TELLING HER STORY A former Airman, featured in an Oscarnominated documentary about sexual assault, spoke at Army Logistics University Tuesday SEE PAGE 3


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COMMENTARY | DEBT CONSOLIDATION

Advantages, disadvantages of debt consolidation While these streamlining loans may be genuinely beneficial for some, it is important to know how these loans can help finances or lead to additional debt distress.“ – American Financial Solutions

SEATTLE – Living debtfree is the dream of many these days, but reaching that goal of total financial security can be tricky to say the least. The biggest hurdle is paying off bills, a situation in which shortcuts can be good and bad. From commercials on television to advertisements in the mail, there is an increase in the number of banks and credit unions encouraging debt consolidation loans to help make multiple payments more manageable. While these streamlining loans may be genuinely beneficial for some, it is important to know how they can help finances or lead to additional debt distress. When to consider the loan A debt consolidation loan may be a tempting option if someone has a difficult time organizing multiple bill payments each month. The loan also may be appealing for people who cannot keep on top of bills and loan repayments due to financial reasons. Advantages There are two main ben-

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efits: s )F THE CONSOLIDATION involves changing unsecured debts into secured debts, people may be able to benefit from lower interest rates. As a result, more of the money paid goes toward paying down the debt rather than interest. This means the debt may be paid off sooner. s )N ADDITION IT CAN BE more convenient to make payments to one company, rather than multiple creditors. Disadvantages Unsecured debt consolidation loans may involve a longer repayment term. So, even if the new monthly payment is low, someone could actually end up paying more in total interest over the term of the loan. It’s important to check interest rates and fees that may be charged in a loan, and determine the overall cost to borrow the money before moving forward. Getting advice from a nonprofit credit counseling agency, like American Financial Solutions, can be a good starting point for those daunted by the numbers.

Also, anyone using collateral, such as a home or car, to secure the consolidation loan could find themselves in a very vulnerable position if they have trouble making payments. In this situation, collateral could be seized by the creditor, leaving the person in a worse situation than they were in before taking out the loan. Another disadvantage is that when the new loan is taken out and credit card accounts and other loans are paid down to a zero balance, people may be reluctant to close the accounts. This could lead to using the cards again and ending up with even more debt – the original debt in the consolidation loan and the new charges on credit cards. Qualifying People will typically qualify for an unsecured debt consolidation loan if they have a good credit score and a low debt-toincome ratio. This works to reassure lenders that someone can repay the money that has been borrowed, as well cover their other monthly expenses. An ac-

ceptable debt-to-income ratio would be 36 percent or less including mortgage payments. Consolidation loans can be difficult to obtain if a person does not have good credit. Lenders generally do not want to lend money to pay off other debt. If the credit report shows a history of late payments to creditors and trouble paying bills, the person probably will not qualify. Debt management plans may be a good alternative for people in this position because it is not a loan. Instead, it is a consolidation of debt payments into one payment per month. Debt management plans can be accessed with the assistance of a credit counseling agency. Finding the right consolidation loan First, people need to know exactly how much they need to borrow and the amount of payment they can make each month. They will also need to establish whether they are able and prepared to secure their debt consolidation loan with collateral, if necessary. Research: Examine interest rates, company profiles and their customer service backgrounds. Compare: Add up all the monthly payments, inter-

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est and charges that will be paid on existing debts. Then do the same for the best debt consolidation loan being considered. Fine-print: Before signing anything, people need to read through the loan agreement with a fine-tooth comb to make sure they are aware of all the loan costs you may have to pay. – American Financial Solutions American Financial Solutions is a non-profit financial education and credit counseling agency. Accredited by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling and the Association of independent Consumer Credit Counseling Agencies, AFS is committed to helping people improve the quality of their lives through financial education and counseling.

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COVER Adriana Fombrun stomps on a fish launcher at a game station during the 2013 Month of the Military Child Spring Fling held April 5 at the Child, Youth and School Services Campus. For more photos, see page 17.

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The winners of the 2013 Combined Arms Support Command’s Ultimate Warrior Competition were announced during an April 13 awards ceremony at the Regimental Club. Ultimate Warrior is an annual combined Soldier skills event that includes separate competitions for Soldier of the Year, Noncommissioned Officer of the Year, Instructor of the Year, Advanced Individual Training Platoon Sergeant of the Year, Retention NCO of the Year and Career Counselor of the Year. Fourteen Soldiers from various CASCOM subordinate elements competed. The winners are: Sgt. 1st Class Stacey Barrett, 59th Ordnance Brigade, NCO of the Year; Spc. Justin Essah, Soldier Support Institute, Soldier of the Year; Staff Sgt. Gregory Stepankiw, 59th

Ord. Bde., AIT Platoon Sergeant of the Year; Staff Sgt. Christopher Slindee, 59th Ord. Bde., Instructor of the Year; and Sgt. 1st Class Matchita Beaurgard, SSI, Career Counselor of the Year. No presentation was made for the Retention NCO of the Year title. Barrett, one of five female Soldiers in the competition, said all of the competitors were professional but came to take home the titles. “They all pushed hard, and they pushed me to do better than I thought I could,� she said via email. “It was a great group of professional NCOs and Soldiers.� Command Sgt. Maj. James K. Sims, the CASCOM CSM and event coordinator, said Ultimate Warrior serves to measure skills the Army deems critical to success. “It’s designed to test all Soldiers and noncommissioned officers from a holistic and professional perspective,� he said. “We wanted

Ultimate Warrior winners Sgt. 1st Class Stacey Barrett, 59th Ordnance Brigade, NCO of the Year; Spc. Justin Essah, Soldier Support Institute, Soldier of the Year; Staff Sgt. Gregory Stepankiw, 59th Ord. Bde., AIT Platoon Sergeant of the Year; Staff Sgt. Christopher Slindee, 59th Ord. Bde., Instructor of the Year; Sgt. 1st Class Matchita Beaurgard, SSI, Career Counselor of the Year T. Anthony Bell

them to demonstrate that they could think on their feet as they would do in any kind of environment – make decisions they can trust and build confidence within themselves – things that will help to make them better leaders and Soldiers at the end of the day.� To accomplish those goals,

Former Airman discusses sexual assault case at ALU T. Anthony Bell Senior Writer/Special Projects

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Former Airman Jessica Nicole Hinves was the guest speaker of the Sexual Assault Awareness Conference Tuesday at ALU.

Four years later, Jessica Nicole Hinves still suffers from a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder incident that changed the course of her life. “Instead of fighting,� she recalled, “I froze.� The former airmen first class wasn’t describing a moment on the battlefields of Afghanistan or Iraq in which she experienced a measure of paralyzing fear in the face of danger. She was describing a rape; by her account, a violent crime

Sgt. 1st Class Stacey Barrett closes her eyes prior to donning a protective mask during one of the many challenges of the Ultimate Warrior Competition April 1-3.

Soldiers competed in a number of events that encompassed several Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills. These included land navigation, evacuate a casualty, react to a

chemical attack or hazard, and perform first aid. They also competed in several administrative

committed by a fellow Airman and someone she knew. Hinves was the guest speaker at the Sexual Assault Awareness Conference Tuesday at Green Auditorium on the Army Logistics University campus. Roughly 100 ALU students, instructors and leaders were on hand for the event. It included an open discussion with the guest speaker and her husband, Air Force Staff Sgt. Scott Hinves, and a luncheon featuring Maj. Gen. Larry D. Wyche, Combined Arms Support Command and Fort Lee commanding general. Hinves, a mother of two, was medically retired from the Air Force in 2011 as a result of her life-changing ordeal. She is now an advocate for victims. She is also working to

change the military’s culture regarding sexual harassment and assault and is featured in the Oscar-nominated documentary “The Invisible War.� A former F-15 fighter jet mechanic who was assigned to Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Hinves was on temporary duty at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., when the alleged rape occurred in 2009. She recalled how the assailant found his way into her dorm room after a night in which she had drinks with fellow unit members at a restaurant. “He broke into my room through the bathroom (of an adjoining room that he earlier visited),� she recalled. “ ... I remember saying I don’t want to hang out with you.�

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Fort Lee Drug Take-Back set for April 27 at Kenner Fort Lee will participate in the Prescription Drug Take Back Day activities set for April 27 nationwide. A collection point will be open from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. just outside of the Kenner Army Health Clinic entrance that’s adjacent to the A Avenue parking lot. All active duty military, reservists, family members, civilian employees, retirees and others can anonymously turn in prescription medication during the drives here or at other participating locations in the local area. Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses one of America’s deadliest hazards – unused and/or outdated medications found in bathroom cabinets, kitchens and bedside tables in nearly every home across the country. Abuse of prescription drugs – whether it’s codeine from that last root canal or Vicodin for persistent back pain – stands as the second leading cause of accidental death across the nation (marijuana is the most prevalent illegal drug problem). More than 7 million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs, according to the 2009 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Overdoses and brain damage linked to long-term drug abuse killed an estimated 37,485 people in 2009, the latest year in which such data was tabulated, according to a study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Drugs now kill more people than motor vehicle accidents in the U.S.,” said Maj. Clifton Dabbs, a physician and epidemiologist at the U.S. Army Public Health Command. Furthermore, prescription drug use has increased over the years in the military. About 17 percent of service members reported misusing prescription drugs, including stimulants (other than methamphetamine), tranquilizers/muscle relaxers, sedatives/barbiturates, pain relievers, anabolic steroids and erectile dysfunction drugs, according to the 2008 Department of Defense Survey of HealthRelated Behaviors. As in the civilian population, pain relievers were the most commonly misused/abused type of prescription drug across the military services and in the Army specifically. Dabbs said the abuse of opiates is becoming more prevalent across the Army as well. Opiate drugs are narcotic sedatives that depress activity of the central nervous system, reduce pain and induce sleep. When misused, opiates can become deadly.

According to a 2011 SAMHSA report, more than 70 percent of people abusing prescription pain relievers got them through friends or relatives, a statistic that includes “raiding the family medicine cabinet.” To help address this problem and foster safe and healthy military communities, Army installations across the U.S. are once again partnering with the Drug Enforcement Agency and state and local law enforcement offices for the semi-annual drive that encourages households to safely eliminate unneeded prescribed medications by turning them in for proper disposal. “This event is a prime opportunity to raise community awareness, educate the Army Family on the dangers of prescription drug abuse, and help make military installations a safer place to live and work,” said Mary Claiborne, Army Employee Assistance Program manager for Fort Lee. “During the previous National Drug Take-Back Day on Sept. 29, more than 5,000 collection sites across the country accumulated and disposed of more than 488,000 pounds of unwanted, expired and unused prescription drugs.” The American public has turned in nearly 1 million tons of pills and medication since the launch of the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day program. The Fort Lee ASAP office is coordinating the local drive, and law enforcement personnel from the Provost Marshal Office will be at the Kenner drop off location as prescribed by DEA protocols. For those unable to make it to a collection location, unused or expired medicines can be safely discarded by mixing them with kitty litter or used coffee grounds; placing the mixture in a sealed plastic bag; and throwing it in your household trash. The FDA recommends flushing as a means of disposal for a limited number of medications – including Oxycontin, Demerol and Percocet – to prevent danger to people and pets in the home. Flushing these medicines will get rid of them right away and help keep your family and pets safe. For more information on National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day or to locate an official collection point near you, visit the DEA website at www.deadiversion.usdoj. gov/drug_disposal/takeback. – Public Health Command, KAHC and staff reports

Free Alterations for Wounded Warriors In an effort to support and assist severely wounded, ill and injured Soldiers, the Army and Air Force Exchange Service is offering free alterations and modifications at all of its Army military clothing stores. This initiative covers Army dress uniforms, combat and improved physical fitness uniforms as well as undergarments. Eligible Soldiers must present an approved Army Form 3078 along with the prescribed modifications by the physical or occupational therapist to receive these free services. Soldiers seeking alterations here should take their clothing to the MCS store in the PXtra on Mahone Avenue. For details, call (804) 862-3763..

Free SAT/ACT Study Software SAT and ACT Power Prep™ software study materials, valued at $200, are being donated to military high school students by eKnowledge and a group of National Football League and Major League Baseball athletes. The package is endorsed by the Department of Defense and features content in a personalized, student-centered virtual learning environment in a single DVD. It includes more than 11 hours of video instruction and 3,000 files of prep material. There is a fee of $17.55 for materials and shipping. To order, visit www.eknowledge.com/milnews or call (951) 256-4076.

Child Care Providers CYSS Family Child Care is seeking enthusiastic home-care providers for children four weeks to 12 years of age. Applicants should be 18 years or older and a spouse of an active-duty Soldier at Fort Lee assigned to quarters or an off-post day care home that has been licensed through the Commonwealth of Virginia. Providers accepted must complete an orientation and two-week training session. The deadline to apply is April 12. Application packets are available at the Family Child Care office, building 10612, Yorktown Drive. For details, call (804) 765-3787 or 734-3850.

Dental Clinic Closure Bull Dental Clinic and the dental section at Mosier Troop Medical Clinic on the Ordnance Campus will not open until 10:30 a.m. on April 16. Clinic providers and staff will participate in a mandatory virtual symposium with the U.S. Army Dental Command. For details, call (804) 734-9617.

Regimental Club Closure The Regimental Club will be closed April 16 due to a scheduled electrical outage to perform maintenance replacement of a switch at C and Sisisky Avenues. The maintenance work, which will take about eight hours, has a rain date of April 17.

Stress Management Class ACS Family Advocacy and the Exceptional Family Member programs will hold a “Stress Management for Parents” seminar, April 16, 10:30-1:30 a.m., at ACS, building 9023, 1231 Mahone Ave. The program will cover respite care, adult time outs and more. For details, call (804) 734-7353.

Free Summer Kickoff Concert Kickoff the summer with a positive, family friendly, Christian concert, May 11, 5 p.m., at Memorial Chapel. “Destination Worship” and “The Museum” will provide musical entertainment, and the comedy group “Team WordPlay” will perform. Snacks and refreshments will be sold. The event is open to all. For details, call (804) 734-0968 or 731-9851.


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Staff Sgt. Gregory Stepankiw, 59th Ord. Bde., dons protective gear at the training range complex during day two of the Ultimate Warrior Competition, April 2.

WARRIORS Continued from page 3 tasks such as a written exam and essay, and they answered questions in front of a board of senior NCOs. Slindee, who has been selected for promotion to sergeant first class, said the event was challenging overall, but he struggled most with the written exam and walking the distances between the events during the second day of competition. “By midday, my dogs were barking!” he said via email. Most contestants covered at least 12 miles on the second day. Ultimate Warrior, most of the competitors agreed, was physically demanding, but it was strenuous in other ways as well, said Essah. “Mentally, it was very challenging,” he said, noting it was stressful because he didn’t know what to expect from event to event. “I think that’s the best way to simulate the stress of a combat envi-

ronment because we can never predict what will happen.” Comments made directly after the competition and on after action reviews indicated Ultimate Warrior more than fulfilled the goals to challenge competitors and operate smoothly. “It was spectacular,” said Stepankiw moments after finishing the last event. “It was very well put together.” Sims said that can be attributed to a dedicated supporting cast. ‘”They did an exceptional job,” he said of he numerous support personnel. “They took the vision of the commanding general and myself and put that into an execution that was a success for all of those who competed.” The CASCOM titleholders will now advance to the Training and Doctrine Command competition that is typically held in the summer. The Soldier and NCO of the Year winners will advance to the Army’s Best Warrior Competition that will take place at Fort Lee in October.

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Army and Navy personnel from the 266th Quartermaster Battalion, 23rd QM Brigade, await the start of an April 4 motorcycle safety check ride from Fort Lee to downtown Petersburg where the group ate lunch. The event focused on the “at-risk behaviors” that novice and even experienced riders need to be aware of as the weather gets warmer and more motorcycles and motorists hit the road. It was also an opportunity to ensure all riders were properly licensed, had the appropriate protective equipment and received the appropriate level of training from the Army’s Motorcycle Safety Foundationsponsored training academies. “Additionally, it allowed our leadership, through the unit mentors, to access the riding abilities of our at-risk population,” said Capt. Terrance King, coordinator of the brigade’s Motorcycle Mentorship Program. “I think the event was a complete success because of the timing and the message. Just taking this short amount of time away from training and administrative duties to focus on safety is essential to a positive command climate and promotes good order and discipline.”

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Sequestration will have no effect on the drawdown in Afghanistan, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Saturday. “(Sequestration) is an avalanche, not a light switch,” Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said in a round-table discussion with members of the press traveling with him on his trip to Afghanistan. The avalanche started March 1, he said, and is building momentum. “We’re consuming readiness without building it because we are taking the money that we would normally have used to build readiness of units that might deploy a year from now and we’ve had to apply it into our wartime operations,” Dempsey said. Additionally, the chairman said, the department is supporting commitments on the Korean Peninsula and the Persian Gulf. “When you fence that off and fully fund it – and you have to fence it off, we’ve got young men and women out there in harm’s way and they will always be fully funded – when you do that, though, the risk you take begins to accrue,” Dempsey said. By 2014, the department will face medium-term problems in maintaining readiness, he said. “The problems

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JTCC ‘Fool for Art’ event promises fun for everyone More than 100 educational activities – as well as original arts and crafts vendors, live entertainment, dance demonstrations and more – are on the agenda for the John Tyler Community College Fool for Art celebration Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., in Midlothian. Free and open to the public, the gathering promises fun for youths and adults. Included among the day’s activities is a 10:30 a.m. performance by JTCC’s choral ensemble; an 11:30 a.m. Irish music, dance and blarney show; and line dancing at 1 p.m. with a group called the Spicy Divas. In the Art of Learning tent, there will be fun experiments like What is Watt, an audience participation activity that will show how much electricity the body can produce, and POP! – a big bubble-making challenge. Kids can also erupt a volcano, make a rocket, create a tornado, pan for hidden treasures and so on. Those interested in a great shopping opportunity won’t be disappointed either. The list of on-site vendors includes expert artisans in jewelry, woodworking, photography, quilting, basket-making, pottery, glassworks and many others. JTCC has the food and beverage bases covered as well. Guests can purchase meals from Nader’s Bistro and Grill, The Grapevine Restaurant and Virginia Barbeque or pick up drinks and snacks from the Koralee Coffee House or Jolly J’s Kettle Corn. Are you ready to be a “Fool for Art?” This lively event started in 2006 and rapidly grew into a community celebration that attracts several thousand guests each year. The number of participating organizations continues to grow as well, which increases the excitement level and ensures that the event offers something new and exciting for first-timers and return visitors. The Midlothian Campus of John Tyler Community College is located at 800 Charter Colony Parkway, just off the Route 288 Woolridge Road exit. Parking is free. For more details, including a full schedule of events, visit www.jtcc.edu/foolforart/.

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SPC. YESENIA COREY Unit: Headquarters and Headquarters Company, CASCOM MOS: 92W – water treatment specialist Age: 23 Time in service: three years, seven months Hometown: Palm Beach, Fla., by way of Pereira, Colombia Family: married with one stepdaughter If someone asked you to describe yourself: “I’m smart, confident and goal-oriented.” Pet peeve: “Lazy people – the type of people who are always complaining and never do any work. There are people out there who don’t even have jobs. We have a job in the military. The job is not that hard. If you want to be lazy, just get out because that will be an opportunity for other people.” The one person you most admire: “My mom because she is a strong woman, has always been there for me and is still there in everything I do. She’s my best friend.” The celebrity you would like to meet: “Shakira (the entertainer and currently a cast member for the ‘The Voice’) – because she is from Colombia. When I was little, I met her when she was just a local artist. It makes me proud to see other Colombians get out there and do better things.” One defining moment: “When I was deployed to Iraq (2010-11). It had an impact on my life because it made me appreciate loved ones and the freedoms we have in the United States. It just made me look at how we take for granted so many things.” Your talent: “I’m a people person. I could always relate to people.” Talk about your childhood: “I grew up as a child in Colombia. I saw the traditional side of that society where the women don’t work. They stay at home. My father used to go to work, and my mom gave up her meals just for us to have something to eat. They would struggle, but they would never make it seem like we struggled. I had a childhood that was

kind of here and there. I came here when I was 11. In the U.S., my mom had to get a job, and we stayed back in Colombia. She worked hard to get us here. It’s very different here because both men and women work. There is a lot of freedom. In Colombia you have freedom, but it’s very different than in the United States.” Why you joined the Army: “When I was little, and 9/11 happened (the same year she arrived to the U.S.), I saw the camaraderie and how everybody just came together. That’s when it started to interest me to fight for the freedoms we have.” Did the Army fulfill your expectations: “To be honest, I expected it to be a lot more strict. In some ways, it did kind of fail me. I do have that respect (for authority), and some Soldiers don’t have it. A lot of Soldiers don’t have the values.” What you know that you didn’t know prior to deployment: “That when you deploy, you have to actually depend upon the people you are with. You build more camaraderie. It’s like a family. Even if you have your problems, you’re going to work through them together so that everybody comes back safe.” Some qualities you admire in leaders: “Someone who can stand alone and make decisions when there is no guidance; someone who is not afraid to stand up for what they believe; someone who can counsel you and prepare you to be in their shoes.” Qualities you admire in your fellow Soldiers: “That we can come together and get the work done..” What you would change about the Army: “Get rid of the toxic leaders.” Goals: “I’m trying to get promoted. If I make rank, I’ll stay longer, but I’ll probably reclassify into another MOS to increase my opportunities for advancement. If not, I will probably go back to school and start a family.” – Compiled by T. Anthony Bell


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A Fort Lee Soldier helps a youth participant of the March 30 ROCS (Reach Out Community Services) Easter Egg Hunt get into the spirit of the event that took place at Poplar Lawn Park, Petersburg. The annual celebration drew a large crowd of youths and adults who also seemed to be enjoying the spring weather. Among the activities was the massive children’s egg hunt featuring 20,000 candy-filled Easter eggs. Making note of the size of the event and the number of participants, estimated at more than 1,000 people, the ROCS coordinators said they were very appreciative of the Soldier volunteers who gave their time to ensure the community celebration was a success. More than 100 Soldiers from Romeo and Uniform companies, 262nd Quartermaster Battalion, the Logistics Noncommissioned Officer Academy and the 508th Transportation Company helped with activities ranging from stuffing candy into eggs to manning the event activities that included bounce houses, a petting zoo, face painting and games.


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(LEFT) The Ordnance School’s Joe Walyhoar lays up a shot during his team’s game against the Quartermaster School Saturday at MacLaughlin Fitness Center. The Ordnance School fell to the Quartermasters 46-44 in the inaugural Quartermaster vs. Ordnance Basketball Showdown that featured men’s and women’s contests. (BOTTOM, LEFT) The Quartermaster School’s LaToya Noble gets in the lane and around an Ord. School defender during the women’s game. The QM women’s team fell to its opponent, 22-11. (BELOW) An Ordnance School guidon bearer revs up the Ordnance faithful during the men’s game.

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The Ordnance School women’s team and Quartermaster School men’s team were victorious in the inaugural Quartermaster vs. Ordnance Basketball Showdown at MacLaughlin Fitness Center Saturday. The QM School men defeated the Ord. School 46-44, and the Ord. School women took down their opponents 22-11. The games, however, were part of something larger: it brought the troops together in a supportive and cohesive environment, said Command Sgt. Maj.

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“You can really feel the energy in the gym today.” At the conclusion of the men’s game, Wyche presented trophies and plaques to the winners and runners-up. The Family and MWR Sports Office plans to make the Showdown an annual event.


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Hydrant testing to start soon The Fort Lee Fire and Emergency Services Division, in cooperation with the Virginia American Water Company, will begin annual fire hydrant testing on Monday. The testing will take place throughout the last two weeks of April. National Fire Protection Agency Standards require fire hydrants to be tested every five years. With approximately 600 of them on the installation, Fort Lee firefighters are required to test more than 100 fire hydrants each year to ensure they work properly in the event they are needed. Testing also allows foreign debris to be flushed from the water lines, which can be harmful to fire apparatus pumps. During testing, firefighters will remove the caps and then

operate the hydrant to allow water to flow from each one. While this testing is in progress, the Fort Lee community should be aware of the following: s Firefighters will be working in close proximity to the roadway. Motorists are urged to slow down for their safety and the safety of the fire fighters. s Large amounts of water may be released onto the roadway. Again, motorists are urged to slow down as the water can pool and cause vehicles to hydroplane. s During testing of hydrants in your area, the water may become somewhat brownish due to sediment in the pipes being stirred from the larger than normal amount of water flowing through the main. If this occurs, simply run the

tap for approximately five minutes and the water should clear. Avoid doing laundry for several hours while the hydrants are being tested in your area. Refer to the schedule to determine when firefighters will be in your area to test the fire hydrants. If you have any questions concerning the testing program, contact the on-duty assistant chief at (804) 734-7950 or 7346041. Please keep in mind that testing may be delayed or rescheduled due to inclement weather. As always, caution should be exercised anytime motorists or pedestrians see fire apparatus and emergency services personnel working in close proximity to the roadways. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Fort Lee F&ES

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(CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT) Sgt. 1st Class Robert Spitzer, HHC, CASCOM, shows his son Noah a pinwheel during the 2013 Pinwheel Garden Party here April 4 near the Lee Gate entrance to post. Pinwheels traditionally have been used as an uplifting symbol of happiness and childhood and were planted in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month. Youth and adult participants planted 1,000 pinwheels this year. Several youngsters from the Child, Youth and School Services school-aged program were among the attendees. s*AHNAVA7HEELERPLANTSAPINWHEELs!YDEN"AILlargeon has a collection of pinwheels to plant in the hGARDENvs$ANIEL#ARVAJALPLACESAPINWHEELs4OPSY Samuelson looks for a place to put her pinwheels.

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IN YOURFACE A new Traveller feature that showcases photos from Fort Lee Facebook pages

(RIGHT) A large group of Alpha Company, 832nd Ordnance Battalion advanced individual training students pose for a photo on the front steps of the Centre Hill Civil War Museum, Petersburg, during a March tour. (BELOW) Pvt. Keyondrau Cain, Pvt. Arkar Lwin, Spc. Emmanuel Delmundo and Pfc. Laythan Foster from Papa Company, 266th Quartermaster Battalion, give an enthusiastic thumbs up while participating in a community outreach cleanup project Saturday in the Battersea area of Petersburg. A total of 43 Papa Pirates participated in the neighborhood beautification effort.

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Staff Sgt. Shaun McKoy is congratulated by Capt. Dallas Ketchum and 1st Sgt. Lynn Gray, the command team of Mike Company, 244th Quartermaster Battalion, during a 23rd QM Brigade Platoon Sergeant of the Year award ceremony here April 4. McKoy competed against five other Soldiers for the honor. The Jamaican-born staff sergeant has served in the Army for nine years, and his previous assignments include a deployment to Iraq.

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(ABOVE) Army Logistics University students stand ready for scrubbing duties during a charity car wash fund raiser for the James House on Saturday in Hopewell. The James House is an outreach and education center for domestic violence and other family crisis issues with locations in Petersburg and Hopewell. The ALU team is also conducting a support drive for the facility in recognition of Aprilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sexual Assault Awareness Month. (LEFT) First Sgt. Santos Godineaux from the 392nd Army Band performs with the City Point Brass during a late-March Music in Our Schools event in Hampton. Similar guest appearances by the Fort Lee band members took place throughout the past six weeks as part of the community outreach program that introduces off-post school children to the world of music performance while serving in the military.


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Tips to improve indoor air quality in the workplace Karen Sheffield Installation Safety OfďŹ ce

Cold and even winter-like temperatures seemed to have lingered a little longer this year, and prolonged heating requirements have resulted in an increase in the number of reports of indoor air quality problems. Most Americans spend up to 90 percent of their time indoors, so indoor air quality is a major concern; it can impact the health, comfort, well being and productivity of building occupants. Good indoor air quality depends on everyone in a building, so maintaining a good working relationship between facility managers, supervisors and employees is very important. It is a shared responsibility. The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 Section 5(a)(1), otherwise known as the General Duty Clause, re-

quires employers to provide employees a safe and healthful work environment free of recognized hazards. OSHA does not have a regulatory IAQ standard, but does provide guidelines addressing the most common IAQ complaints. OSHA produced a guidance document on IAQ that provides recommendations on how to prevent and how to minimize problems quickly; it is called, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Indoor Air Quality in Commercial and Institutional Buildings.â&#x20AC;? The Environmental Protection Agency has also produced guidelines to assist building occupants and managers with IAQ issues. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s called, â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Office Building Occupants Guide to Indoor Air Quality.â&#x20AC;? Both documents provide great insights to managing IAQ issues. Good indoor air quality is not easily defined; there are constantly changing factors that interact with and affect the

conditions of our indoor air quality. Some factors that contribute to the air quality in a building may include sources of pollutants or odors; design, maintenance or operation of a buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heating, ventilation, air conditioning system; moisture and humidity; temperature, and occupant perceptions and susceptibilities. Air quality may be determined by the site or location of a building, its original design, renovations, occupant densities and activities within the building. To improve/maintain the air quality in your office, do the following: s 2EPORTANYLEAKSORMOISTUREPROBlems to your supervisor and facility manager immediately so they can be promptly and properly repaired. s )FYOUSUSPECTOTHERINDOORAIRQUALity problems such as high humidity, uncomfortable temperatures, unpleasant odors or stagnant air, report them immediately to your supervisor and facility manager. s $O NOT BLOCK AIR VENTS OR GRILLES Clean dust from vents and grilles. s 7INDOWSANDEXTERIORDOORSSHOULD remain closed whenever the HVAC sys-

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The Fort Lee Bulls won the 2013 Post-Season Basketball Tournament at Petersburg Vernon Johns Junior High School on March 23. The team – coached by Retired Chief Warrant Officer Elisha Morris III – came back from the loser’s bracket to meet the undefeated Petersburg Beavers and beat them twice to earn the championship title. The Bulls beat the Beavers 22-14 and 30-10 in the two games. Team members are Tavian Morris, Michael Jones, Nicholas Surley, James Custis, Joshua Alexander, Reese Wilson, Alex Fritz and Kentrell Brown. Assistant Coach Sgt. 1st Class Johnathan Fritz is also pictured.


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CASE | Wife, mother of two discusses

details of painful sexual assault ordeal Continued from page 3

Hinves implied that she was passive in her response to the Airman’s presence in the room. She explained that her unit was steeped in a culture that tolerated sexual harassment so she dealt with it frivolously. “I just learned how to suck it up, make a joke out of it and overlook it,” she said, noting that it was more important for her to fit in with unit members. Still, she was not friends with this particular Airman and questioned why he was there but not to the point that she was alarmed. “I didn’t feel threatened,” she said. “I didn’t feel any danger. I never knew this could happen.” Catching her unaware, recalled Hinves, the Airman became aggressive. “He started to touch me, and then he raped me,” she said. “Imagine if you’re raped. You would like to kick him in the (scrotum) or poke his eyeballs out; you’re like fighting back.” But Hinves didn’t fight back. The act itself sucked the will right out of her. Defenseless against her larger, more powerful attacker, she said she felt her soul leave her body and focused on room furnishings to shield her from further agony and pain. “I just left my body, and just kind of focused on the cabinet,” she said. “It was a closet cabinet. “To this day, I can’t sleep with the closet door open because it triggers me ...” The triggers weren’t the only issue Hinves had to deal with in the aftermath.

She said the lack of support, ostracism and harassment among unit members was tormenting and indignant. “I lived in the barracks and people were knocking on my door saying ‘Why are you doing this?’” she said. If that wasn’t enough, the alleged perpetrator was allowed to participate in an Airman of the Quarter board even though he was under investigation, said Hinves. Furthemore, the investigation and legal proceedings that followed lasted a year. And after all that, the case was thrown out. Hinves said she did everything she was supposed to do to bring her attacker to justice, but her efforts were thwarted by a commander who had been in the position only four days. “He said, ‘We’re going to drop this case because I don’t think he was quite gentlemanly, but there’s not enough reason to prosecute,’” she said. “I didn’t realize that was an option.” Indeed, it is. According to the Uniformed Code of Military Justice, commanders reserve the right as a convening authority to essentially overturn a conviction, order a rehearing, reduce a sentence or dismiss charges. In light of several highprofile sexual assault cases in which convictions were either set aside or reduced, the Department of Defense is calling for a Congressional review and proposed changes to convening authority provisions. One proposed change would take away the convening authority’s power to set aside a con-

viction for crimes such as sexual assault. Hinves expressed a sense of encouragement in many of the changes taking place with regard to sexual harassment and sexual assault issues. She cited increased training, awareness and scrutiny of cases. She also said no amount of policy change is as critical as the people charged with supporting them. “What we can all do is,” she said, using the most basic supposition, “is when somebody reports it, you don’t have to believe it. Let the law

determine what’s right.” Lastly, Hinves said trust in the system is the key to how effective policies really are. “I urge you, no matter what the story,” she said, “if somebody comes to you in an assault case or a rape case, take them very seriously because it takes an incredible courage to talk about this.” Maj. Lillian Berry, ALU’s Sexual Assault Response Coordinator and SAAC organizer said by inviting Hinves, she hoped to provide audience members the opportunity to examine the merits of the case from several standpoints. “Leaders should know survivor rights as they per-

tain to sexual assault and make sure that they use all resources to take care of the survivor,” she said. “In the case of Jessica, her leadership failed to tend to her needs and the climate established allowed her to be re-victimized emotionally and psychologically by members of the unit. “Also, because the unit had preconceived ideas that the perpetrator was a good Airman, they were less inclined to offer the support Jessica needed. It is not the command’s job to investigate or pass judgment, but is their responsibility to safeguard the rights of all parties involved and foster a healthy climate.” Finally, Berry said the

event promoted open and honest discussion on a subject that is a source of discomfort for some and even taboo for others. She said she thinks the Army is taking a hard look at how it treats the issue and that’s an indication things could improve. “The Army is taking steps to acknowledge our shortfalls, look at the hard truth and attack the issue,” she said. “This year ‘The Invisible War’ became a mandatory training tool, even though it does not paint the military in general in a positive light, and I think that says a lot about how dedicated the Army is about exposing the issue so we can solve it.”

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Hagel seeks to limit convening authority powers under UCMJ Karen Parrish American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will ask Congress to change military law so that commanders cannot overturn major convictions, according to a written statement released by the secretary’s office Monday. Article 60 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice currently gives power to “convening authorities,” or commanders, to set aside a conviction or decrease punishment following a court-martial, although convening authorities cannot change a “not guilty” verdict or increase a sentence. Under the secretary’s proposed changes, a convening authority would no longer have the option of setting aside a conviction for major offenses such as sexual assault. The accused will continue to have

the right to appeal the conviction. Also, convening authorities would be required to explain in writing any changes made to the findings or sentences of a court-martial. “These changes, if enacted by Congress, would help ensure that our military justice system works fairly, ensures due process, and is accountable,” the secretary wrote in the statement. “These changes would increase the confidence of service members and the public that the military justice system will do justice in every case.” His proposal has the full support of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the service secretaries, Hagel said. “I look forward to working with Congress on these proposals and others to improve accountability for these crimes,” he added. Hagel ordered a review of Article 60 in March after convening authority Lt. Gen. Craig Franklin, the 3rd Air Force

commander, overturned the sexual assault conviction of Air Force Lt. Col. James Wilkerson. Last year, a panel of military officers found Wilkerson guilty in courtmartial proceedings at Aviano Air Base, Italy. The judge sentenced him to a year in prison and dismissal from the Air Force. Franklin was the convening authority for the court-martial and reviewed the finished case and sentence. The general used his Article 60 authority to dismiss the charges against Wilkerson, who returned to service and was reassigned. Defense officials speaking to reporters on background Monday said the proposed changes to Article 60 are not based on that case alone, but are part of a range of comprehensive actions the department has taken and will take related to sexual assault in the military. Hagel acknowledged in his statement that despite the efforts of senior leaders throughout the department, the crime of sexual assault “is damaging this institution.” Thousands of victims in DOD, both male and female, have seen their lives and careers upended by sexual assault, Hagel said.

“And that is unacceptable,” he said in his statement. “The current situation should offend every single service member and civilian who, like me, is proud of their association with the United States military.” The secretary said he is reviewing other options to strengthen the department’s sexual assault prevention and response efforts, and he will announce his decisions soon. “Consistent with the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, I will soon be naming individuals to sit on independent panels to review and assess the systems used to investigate, prosecute and adjudicate crimes involving sexual assault, and judicial proceedings of sexual assault cases,” Hagel said. “I will closely review their recommendations when complete.” The secretary said he’s committed to taking steps that bring about tangible change and real results. “Addressing the problem of sexual assault will remain a top priority for the department’s leaders for as long as this crime continues to hurt our people and weaken the force,” Hagel said.

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Credentialing, training opportunities help military chefs excel Keith Desbois CASCOM Public Affairs

Throughout their careers, military food service professionals strive to learn new skills and develop their abilities. The Quartermaster School, part of the Combined Arms Support Command, is in the process of assessing its Soldiers’ skills to enhance developmental opportunities and help ease the transition from a military to civilian career through professional credentialing programs. As part of the QM School, the Joint Culinary Center of Excellence developed a credentialing program as a way of

joining the job skills used daily by Soldiers in dining facilities with an accredited certification program. Experience would be transferable to college associate degree credits through an apprenticeship sanctioned by the American Culinary Federation and the Culinary Institute of America. The JCCoE credentialing process builds on education geared toward obtaining a degree in food service or hotel management and enables the Soldier to create a foundation for higherlevel learning. The food service credentialing program combines theoretical and practical classroom instruction into an on-the-

job training apprenticeship. The curriculum focuses on basic and advanced principles of food production and hands-on experience. To be eligible for ACF accreditation, service members must complete 4,000 hours of on-thejob training in 10 areas of food production and performance. The Soldier is required to maintain a logbook to document work hours in each of the areas, with supervisors monitoring and validating the training. The final requirement to obtain Chef Certification upon completion of the required hours is passing a written exam. The program is offered at five installations – forts Hood, Bragg,

Soldier Show puts entertaining spin on readiness, resilience Tim Hipps IMCOM Public Affairs

SAN ANTONIO – Get set to be entertained by “Ready and Resilient,” the 2013 U.S. Army Soldier Show. The 75-minute song-and-dance production by active duty, Army Reserve and Army National Guard Soldiers uses music to put an entertaining spin on how troops and their families maintain readiness and the coping skills – resiliency – that ensures their success at home and during deployments. “We had to take a good look at what makes troops and their families ready and resilient, and what mechanisms the country and the world in general are offering to help with resilience,” said Soldier Show Artistic Director Victor Hurtado. The show will be presented at Fort Lee’s MacLaughlin Fitness Center on June 27. “This year’s production is very much

about illustrating not only ways to get away and be resilient, but also overarching solutions to certain issues that are facing the military today, like (the Army’s Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention Program), Gold Star, Blue Star and Survivor Outreach Services,” Hurtado further explained. The show’s troops are focused on accomplishing the mission and providing quality entertainment at the same time. “The material makes sense with the messaging, and it also makes sense to them,” Hurtado said of the 15 Soldierperformers and seven Soldier-technicians who comprise the cast and crew. “We’re also going to be entertaining. We’re going to be singing songs just because they are on the radio.” Hurtado believes this cast has the ability to outperform many of its predecessors. “There is no comparison, but what I will say is that there is a huge amount of

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Military chefs develop their skills to support the feeding of hungry service members. A program offered by the Joint Culinary Center of Excellence allows them to apply work experience toward college credits.

Drum, Stewart and Campbell. This credentialing opportunity is open to all food service Soldiers at the select Installations. There

promise in this group,” Hurtado said. “And I never use the word ‘promise’ lightly. Promise and potential are two different things. “Potential is what allows you to prepare,” he explained. “Promise is what opens up the doors.” Hurtado promises there is something for everyone who watches the show. Tributes are paid to the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the 75th anniversary of “God Bless America,” the 60th anniversary of the Armistice of the Korean War, and the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Vietnam War. This year also marks the 30th anniversary of the modern era of the U.S. Army Soldier Show. “Every American, military-affiliated or not, will be able to see themselves in the show,” Hurtado said. “The fact that the show is entertaining someone is already taking them away (from their mindset), but the messaging is going to inspire. We know they are coming to be entertained, but further, the content in the show is designed to hopefully be a time-released pool of inspiration.” He is convinced this cast is perfectly suited for that role.

are currently 554 Soldiers enrolled in the program. SEE TRAINING, PAGE 25

“This is not a cast of characters,” Hurtado said. “This is a cast with character. I tell them that everything that makes them a pain in the neck is everything that makes them amazing performers. They are very giving and generous. Unless I’m off on my observations, which I don’t think I am, they are a generous performing cast. They are not introspective or doing it for themselves. “I think nearly every single one of them understands what it is to leave everything you have on that stage, and then get back on the bus and be resilient so that you have more to leave at the next place. There is definitely a good variety of vocal instruments, character and a general overwhelming desire to leave something with the audience. They are really embracing the messaging, as well. They really are.” Hurtado does not want to reveal too much about the show, insisting this is one not to miss. “The mechanism is really brilliant, so if we give too much of it away, they are going to be expecting it,” Hurtado said. “Arguably and humbly, I will say this is going to probably go down as one of the more well thought-out shows, and there are a lot of reasons for it.”


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currence. Claims for such damage may not be paid. It depends on how severe the severe weather really was and whether such weather is unusual for the given location. For instance, a claim for damage sustained during a hailstorm will not normally be considered a result of an unusual occurrence. While not frequent, hailstorms are not that unusual. An exceptionally severe storm, however, with baseball-sized hail is unusual and would likely be the basis for a valid claim. Another example would be a Soldier who files a claim for damage caused by snow that slid off the roof of his on-post quarters and collapsed the top of his vehicle. Such a claim at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, would likely be denied. Everyone in Alaska should know the danger posed by snow sliding off of roofs. It is not an unusual occurrence in Alaska. The same claim at Fort Lee, however, might be paid. Such a large amount of snow is unusual for this area and could form the basis for a valid claim. The real question for the Fort Lee Soldier would be whether, despite the fact the heavy snow was unusual, he

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11:30 a.m. The next two sessions are April 17 and 24. Pre-registration is required. Participants should arrive early since there is limited seating. The library is located on the 2nd floor of the Army Logistics University, building 12420, 34th Street. For details and sign-up, call (804) 7658095.

Right Arm Night | April 19 Family and MWR offers a time for bosses to relax and build camaraderie off duty with their “right arm” throughout the year. Right Arm Night will be hosted at the Regimental Club, April 19, beginning at 4 p.m. Snacks and pool will be available at no charge with drink specials. For details, call (804) 765-1523.

Day of Prayer Breakfast | April 23 The annual National Day of Prayer

Breakfast observance is set for April 23, 7 a.m., at the Lee Club. Retired Maj. Gen. Bob Dees, whose military assignments include the 2nd Infantry Division commander in South Korea, will be the featured speaker. The event is open to all, but seating is limited. Free tickets are being distributed through unit and organization chains of command. For details, call (804) 734-6814 or email todd.m.kepley.mil@mail.mil.

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392nd Army Band | April 26 The Fort Lee 392nd Army Band will perform in concert, April 26, 5:45 p.m., at Gen. Ulysses S. Grant’s Headquarters Unit of the Petersburg National Battlefield, 1001 Pecan Ave., Hopewell. The free concert is sponsored by the City of Hopewell and the National Park Service. The band will play music inspired by President Abraham Lincoln. Participants are requested to bring a lawn chair and snacks. In the event of rain, the concert will be held at Hopewell High School. For details, call (804) 541-2353.


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Calendar, continued Pediatric Self-Care | May 2 The Wilkerson Pediatric Clinic will offer its monthly self-care and group practice class, May 2, 6-7 p.m., at the Kenner Army Health Clinic. Participants will learn how to obtain a card that allows them to receive over-thecounter medications from the pharmacy without an appointment, and they’ll find out how to access the health care team 24/7 among other topics. Light refreshments will be served, and children are permitted. For details, call (804) 734-9125.

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The Family and MWR Sports Office is organizing a 16-inch softball intramural tournament, April 29 - May 6. The coaches’ first meeting is set for April 25, 4 p.m., at MacLaughlin Fitness Center, building 4320. Teams should submit an entry form to the Sports Office by April 25. Participation in the free event is open to active-duty military and family members. For details, call (804) 765-3896.

6th Annual Bowfishing Tournament | May 5 Family and MWR Outdoor Recreation will hold its 6th Annual Bowfishing Tournament, May 5, 9:30 a.m., on Hogs Island Wildlife Refuge in Surry County. The cost is $10 per competitor.

Transportation is available and will depart from building 15014, 5th Street, at 9:30 a.m. Registration begins at 11 a.m. The three competitive categories are blind doubles, family doubles and biggest fish. Participants must have a freshwater fishing license, a picture ID and bowfishing gear with no broad heads. The location is isolated; a lunch and insect repellant is recommended. For details, call (804) 765-2212..

Kayaking on the Appomattox | May 8, 22 Kayaking on the Appomattox River, coordinated by Family and MWR Outdoor Recreation, begins May 8, 5:30 p.m. All equipment will be supplied with a trip map at Roslyn Landing in Colonial Heights upon arrival. Cost is $12 per session. Participants must register at least two days prior to the session. Kayaking will be offered twice a month through September. The next six dates are May 8 and 22, June 5 and 19, July 10 and 24. For details, call (804) 765-2212.

Fort Lee Paintball / Ongoing Family and MWR Outdoor Recreation offers paintball, a fun outdoor team activity. Rental packages are $25 for groups of six to nine. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. The rental fee includes a marker (gun), hopper, a CO2 tank and fill-ups, a mask, loader case and 500 paintballs. Players must be 12 or older and a liability waivers must be signed prior to participation. Personal markers are welcome but will be calibrated to field rules.

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Horseback Riding | Ongoing Horseback riding sessions are offered twice a month by Family and MWR Outdoor Recreation. Riding locations are in Dinwiddie County and Battlefield Park. The cost varies per session – from $20$50 per rider. The next three sessions are April 20, May 4 and 18. Expert rides are available by appointment only. All sessions are weather permitting and begin at 1 p.m. For details, call (804) 765-2212.

Winner for Life | Ongoing Winner for Life, initiated by the Family and MWR Sports Office, offers a practical approach to weight loss though healthier food choices and physical and mental activities. The program starts with a goal agreement and a weight and blood pressure review, April 11, 1-6 p.m., at the McLaughlin Fitness Center. Two participants who lose the most weight from April to August will earn prizes. For details, call (804) 734-6198.

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Calendar, continued Fort Lee Playhouse Top Hats | April 13 The Hopewell/Prince George Friends of the Library will host a performance by the Fort Lee Playhouse Top Hats, April 13, 2 p.m., at the Hopewell Library, 209 E. Cawson St. The Top Hats are in demand throughout the Tri-Cities as they bring lively tunes and showbiz pizzazz to their performances. The event, which concludes the library’s spring concert series, is free and open to the public with refreshments and door prizes. For details, call (804) 458-6329.

Harp-Guitar Concert | April 13 Stephen Bennett, a premiere harpguitar performer, will present a concert of original music, April 13, 7:30 p.m., at the Williamsburg Library Theatre, 515 Scotland St., Williamsburg. The program will feature music ranging from rollicking to reflective. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for Friends of Williamsburg Regional Library

and students, and $10 for those under 17. For reservations and details, call (757) 259-4070.

Coin Show | April 13-14 The Central Virginia Coin Club will host a Coin Show, April 13, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., and April 14, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., at John Tyler Community College, 13101 Jefferson Davis Highway, Chester. The event will feature exhibits, coin raffles, buying, selling and trading, and is open to all ages. Free admission and parking. For details, call (804) 691-6286 or 317-3124.

Backyard Wildlife | April 13 Children can get an up-close look at owls, opossums, turtles and snakes to learn about animal behavior, diets and habitats, April 13, 10:30-11:30 a.m., at the Central Library, 9501 Lori Road, Chesterfield. This program is recommended for ages 4-10. For details and registration, call (804) 751-2275.

NARFE | April 17 Petersburg Chapter 28, National Active and Retired Federal Employees will hold its monthly meeting, April 17, 10:30 a.m., at the Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer, 1769 S. Sycamore Street, Petersburg. A representative from Beltone Hearing Aids will speak and provide information on how to know if you need a hearing aide, how hearing is tested, the grades of hearing aids and what you can expect if you wear a hearing aide. For details, call (804) 458-3835.

Firehouse Theatre | April 18 - May 11 “Time Stands Still” by Donald Margulies will be presented by the Firehouse Theatre, 1609 W. Broad St., Richmond, April 18 May 11. The play tells the story of a photojournalist and a foreign correspondent who are trying to find happiness in the aftermath of covering the war in Iraq. The performances are ThursdaySaturday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 for military. On April 26 and May 3, there will be a Q&A session with the actors, photojournal-

ists who have covered the war and Soldiers who have toured the Middle East. For reservations, call (804) 355-2001.

New Library Hours | Ongoing The Prince George Library, 209 E. Cawson Ave., Hopewell, has new operating hours. The schedule reflects the current use of the library and the results of a recent survey. The hours are Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., and closed on Sunday. For details, call (804) 458-6329.

Area Camp Fair | April 20 A Camp Fair featuring representatives from camps across the region will be held April 20, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., at the Chesterfield Towne Center, 11500 Midlothian Turnpike, Richmond. Sponsored by Active-Kidz, this free event will feature vendors throughout the mall. For details, call (804) 794-4662.


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Gang Prevention Forum | May 4

Book Discussion | April 24 “Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder,” a book by child advocacy expert Richard Louv, will be discussed April 24, 6:30-8 p.m. at the Midlothian Library, 521 Coalfield Road, Midlothian. The book directly links the lack of nature in the lives of today’s children to trends such as the rise in obesity, attention disorders and depression. To register, visit library.chesterfield.gov or call (804) 751-2275.

Latin American Arts Festival | April 27 A Latin American arts and culture festival of children’s books and literacy will be held April 27, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., at the Meadowdale Library, 4301 Meadowdale Blvd., Richmond. The event will feature art activities, carnival games, stories, Mexican food and a puppet show on Galería Movimiento, a mobile art gallery from the Virginia Center of Latin American Art. There will be bilingual Spanish-English story times, and participants can learn about Flamenco and salsa dancing and make a drum and a guitar. For details, call (804) 318-8778.

Boy Scout Troop Reunion | May 3-5 Boy Scout Troop 175, a long-time scouting presence in the Petersburg community, is having its 55th anniversary reunion, May 3-5, at Camp Finley Albright. Troop 175 is sponsored by Second Presbyterian Church, Petersburg. All friends and alumni are encouraged to attend to renew old acquaintances and to meet the young men who are in line to become the Troop’s 98th, 99th, and 100th Eagle Scouts. For details, email Scoutmaster Allen

A gang prevention and awareness community forum will be held May 4, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., at Hopewell High School. Sponsored by a number of local and Commonwealth law enforcement and governmental agencies, school systems, coalitions of churches and other community organizations, the forum will include information on gang trends locally and statewide, signs of gang activity, warning signs for parents and prevention strategies. A free lunch and child care will be provided.

Spring Family Safety Fair | May 7 A Spring Family Safety Fair, sponsored by Richmond Alarm Company, is set for May 7, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., at Chesterfield Towne Center, 11500 Midlothian Turnpike, Richmond. Participants at the free event can meet fire fighters, police, EMS and McGruff, the crime dog – and tour the Life-Evac helicopter, Chesterfield Mobile Command Center and much more. For details, call (804) 794-4662.

150th Anniversary of Chancellorsville | May 3-5 The 150th Anniversary of the battle of Chancellorsville will be observed May 3-5 by Spotsylvania County during a heritage weekend at the county’s courthouse. As the ”Crossroads of the Civil War,” the area witnessed 30,000 casualties in the battle. There will be two full-scale reenactments and “living history” events, a crafts fair, fireworks, music of the period, a commemoration dinner, and numerous other activities designed to enhance awareness of this significant historical milestone. For details, visit www. battleofchancellorsville.com.

Blood Drive | May 10 A community blood drive will be hosted by Peoples Advantage Federal Credit Union and Virginia Blood Services, May 10, 2-6 p.m., at the PAFCU, 110 Wagner Road, Petersburg. Blood donated to VBS helps save the lives of patients right here in Virginia. For details and to schedule an appointment, call (804) 748-3081 ext 705.

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