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:(/&20(+20( Mortuary affairs Soldiers greeted with open arms (and kisses) after completion of six-month tour to Southwest Asia
SEE PAGE 13 ARMY TAKES STEPS TO TIGHTEN FINANCIAL BELT The Department of the Army recently implemented several measures to trim costs under the pressure of looming budget cuts. SEE PAGE 6
UNIT TRAINING The 108th Quartermaster Company engaged in some friendly competition among platoons to build cohesion. SEE PAGE 10
HONORING KING The Fort Lee community gathered at the Memorial Chapel to pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. SEE PAGE 12
TOP BOWLERS Several youth teams earned victories at the conclusion of the Youth Bowling Season. SEE PAGE 17
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I know that some of you have once said to yourself, “Well, my husband/wife/ kids/boss … (you fill in the blank) has a selective memory, and let me tell you chaplain, it is anything but a gift!” Yes, at times dealing with people with a selective memory can be challenging, and sometimes I must confess being
a person with a selective and at times failing memory can be quite frustrating. However, there is a real gift to be unwrapped if a selective memory is properly applied. A great demonstration of the gift hidden inside a selective memory can be seen in one of the best movies I have seen in recent years, “The Vow.” In the movie “The Vow,” Rachel McAdams plays a newlywed who is injured in a car
accident. She spends time in a coma and wakes up with amnesia and cannot remember significant portions of her life. In fact, she does not recognize her husband, played by Channing Tatum and does not remember that they are married. Now, I know some of you ladies are thinking, “I’d take the coma if I could wake up married to Channing Tatum.” But that is not the gift, so please stay focused.
Alternative transportation available Even with the slight drop in fuel prices, many Fort Lee commuters are still spending too much money on gasoline to get to and from work. Because decreases in gas prices are short lived, it’s best to get ahead of the game by considering different methods of commuting that alleviate burdens on the wallet. The Fort Lee community has a multitude of options for alternative transportation. Located amidst the Tri-Cities area, there are an array of opportunities for ridesharing, mass transit and van-
pooling. You may have noticed vans around post marked with logos such as VRIDE, Ride EZ and Safety Van Express. These are all vanpools organized by people like you and me who have a vested interest in saving money and doing their part to reduce the number of single occupancy vehicles on the roadway. Fort Lee’s daily vanpools have pick up/meeting locations in areas such as Williamsburg, Chester, Chesterfield, Hampton, Newport News, Lady Smith, Fort Eustis
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Yorktown and Fredericksburg. Anyone can start a van pool by contacting one of the companies that supply vans listed in this article. RideFinders is the 31-year-old non-profit division of the Greater Richmond Transit Company whose mission is to move more people in fewer vehicles by providing services and products to area commuters and businesses. A RideFinders representative will match your work schedule and location with other prospective carpoolers/vanpoolers in the
area. They also work with local governments to address specific alternative transportation concerns. Their website, www. ridefinders.com, has useful information regarding alternative transportation for the region or they can be contacted at (804) 643-7433. RideFinders also sponsors NuRide, an incentivebased rewards program for commuters who record their ridesharing or public transportation trips. Government employees can receive financial assistance of up to $245 per month to put towards commuting costs if actively using an alternate transportation method. To start receiving this finan-
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to you; humiliate you like that? How can you stay with him?” Her mother responds with one of the most powerful lines from any movie I have ever seen. To paraphrase. “Honey, I have chosen to look at your father through the lifetime of the thousands of things he has done right, and not think of him in terms of the one thing he did wrong.” That is where we can unwrap the hidden gift in a selective memory, FORGIVENESS! Although Rachel McAdams had her memory taken, the absence of the memory of an offense caused her to greet an SEE GIFT, PAGE 11
cial assistance, contact Fort Lee’s Department of Transportation Mass Transportation Benefit Program primary manager at (804) 765-1496. Lastly, for those who need a car during the work day to run errands, Fort Lee’s Environmental Management Office is researching the possibility of utilizing the ZipCar program here. ZipCars are shared vehicles available for anyone on post from Soldiers and their families, to civilians and contractors. After being approved by DMV, users must register and create an account. SEE COMMUTE, PAGE 6
remembers to be a very dear friend and she greets her with love and warmth…but her dear friend seems surprised, uncomfortable and awkward and sheepishly breaks contact and flees. She cannot figure out what was wrong with her friend, but later learns that she was caught in an affair with her father. The shame and anger over that affair was the impetus that leads her to leave home and start a new life, where she met and married her husband. In the second scene, she confronts her mother with the newly relearned truth of her father’s infidelity and challenges her mother asking, “Mom, how could you let him do this
Forgiveness: the gift of selective memory
As the story unfolds, she tries in spite of her failing memory to return to her life. There are scenes showing her discomfort with the new life she chose with her husband and her preference for the life she apparently had with her friends and family before she met her husband and her new friends. The discomfort becomes so great she decides to go home to her old family and friends to figure things out. It is then that we see two scenes in which she has encounters with loved ones from her past, demonstrating that there is a gift to be had in a selective memory. In the first, she encounters a young lady who she
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Spc. Kiree Dukes gets a big kiss from his wife Brittani Dukes after he returned to Fort Lee’s Post Field House Jan. 18 following a six-month deployment to Kuwait and Afghanistan. See Page 13 for details.
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CDC Yorktown earns national accreditation Child Development Center Yorktown – one of four FMWR-sponsored CDC facilities on Fort Lee – has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the organization that promotes excellence in the field of early childhood learning and development across the United States. “We are very proud to have earned the mark of quality from the NAEYC and to be recognized for our commitment to reaching the highest professional standards,” said Glenda Howard, CDC Yorktown director. “NAEYC accreditation lets families in our community know that children in this program are getting the best care and early learning experiences possible. “We are committed to
providing quality services that support readiness and well-being by reducing the conflict between parental responsibilities and mission requirements,” Howard also noted. “Soldiers can concentrate on their mission knowing their children are safe and supervised in a high-quality child and youth services program.” To earn NAEYC accreditation, CDC Yorktown went through a year-long, self-study process that measured the quality of its services against the 10 Early Childhood Program Standards and more than 400 other accreditationrelated criteria established by the national association. That was followed by a twoday assessment by NAEYC representatives who also ensured that the program meets each of the ten program requirements.
Accredited facilities like CDC Yorktown must maintain the quality of programs as well. Each is subject to unannounced visits by the NAEYC during the accreditation period of five years. In the 25 years since NAEYC accreditation was established, it has become a widely recognized sign of high-quality early childhood education, according to the information found on the organization’s website, www.naeyc.org. More than 7,000 programs are currently accredited by the association, including about 8 percent of all preschools and early childhood programs. “The NAEYC accreditation system raises the bar for child care centers and other early childhood programs,” said Jerlean E. Daniel, Ph.D, the executive director of the NAEYC. “Having earned accreditation is a sign that
Carolyn Mitchell, Child Youth Program lead at Child Development Center Yorktown, reads to Peyton Glover and Decarlo Holder Friday.
Fort Lee CDC Yorktown is a leader in a national effort to invest in high-quality early childhood education.” In September 2006, the NAEYC accreditation system was revised to introduce new standard and criteria that promoted a
higher level of quality, accountability and service for parents and youths in child care programs. The 10 new standards reflect the latest research and best practices in early childhood education and development. CDC Battle Drive also
earned accreditation in 2011. CDC Sisisky and the CYSS Multi-Purpose Center are currently working on their 12-month documentation process for the NAEYC assessment. – CDC Yorktown
open for business Col. Andrew Glass, Fort Lee Staff Judge Advocate, officially opens the Tax Assistance Center here Tuesday. Capt. Rachelle Paquin, the officer in charge of the center, and Rhonda Mitchell, chief of the Fort Lee Legal Assistance Office, assisted with the ribbon-cutting. The Tax Assistance Center is located in building 6052, Mekong Road, near the intersection of 11th Street and A Avenue. The center’s hours of operation are 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday - Friday. All active duty service members, their families and retirees are eligible for free tax assistance. Walk-in appointments are available for those filing 1040EZ forms from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Those with more complicated returns should call (804) 734-5732 to schedule an appointment. The passage of the American Taxpayer Relief Act earlier this month resulted in a number of delays. The IRS will not accept e-file returns until Jan. 30. For this reason, the Tax Assistance Center can begin scheduling appointments for Jan. 31 and beyond; however, it will not begin preparing returns earlier than the end of the month.
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Scholarship winners retired Air Force Tech. Sgt. William H. Bjornes Jr. and Rene Pantzka, wife of retired Sgt. Christopher Pantzke, in center, pose with members of the Quartermaster Foundation and the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program after an award ceremony Jan. 17 at the QM Museum.
Foundation Awards Two Scholarships The U.S. Army Quartermaster Foundation awarded scholarships to a wounded warrior and a family member of a wounded warrior Jan. 17 during a ceremony at the QM Museum. The 2013 Lucy Rhea Henry and Sandra Green Henry Scholarships went to retired Air Force Tech. Sgt. William H. Bjornes Jr. and Rene Pantzka, wife of retired Sgt. Christopher Pantzke. The scholarships were established by retired Maj. Gen. Charles R. Henry in the name of his mother and wife. The program, which has been in place for several years, was initially focused on assisting those with a connection to the Quartermaster Corps, but is open to all of the military community. Providing assistance to wounded warriors and their families is of particular interest. This year, the foundation worked with the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program to help identify potential applicants. Each scholarship provides up to $2,500 to assist deserving active duty or retired military personnel, their spouses or children seeking to achieve an academic goal, obtain career training for re-entering civilian life or develop the skills necessary to support a disabled service member who is unable to work. Bjornes – who served as a military bandsman – is a 100 percent disabled veteran and is returning to school to relearn how to compose music. He suffered brain cancer, and after surgery could not remember how to complete basic tasks. Since his surgery, he’s relearned how to walk, talk
and drive – and now, he’s returning to school to learn how to use the programs to compose again. “It’s helping me go to the Berkley School of Music,” said Bjornes. “Prior to the injury, I was doing a lot of composing and arranging and I have nearly 60 pieces published. When I came out of surgery, I couldn’t remember how to use the program. I attempted to take the class before, but I couldn’t understand it – I actually failed the class. Along with vocational rehabilitation, this scholarship allows me to work on the program from home.” Returning to the workforce after her husband was declared 100-percent disabled, Pantzka is nearly finished with her associate’s degree. She said she decided she wanted to work toward a bachelor’s degree, and this scholarship has helped pay for the first semester of her junior year. “As I go on to do my bachelor’s degree, this scholarship takes a load off my mind,” she said. “It won’t pay for everything, but it definitely helps out with our finances.” Applications for the 2014 academic year are currently being accepted. Application packets should be submitted not later than March 30. Further information regarding the process and the applicable forms may be obtained from the Army Quartermaster Foundation, PO Box 5230, Fort Lee, VA 23801 or by calling (804) 734-4339 Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. – Staff Reports
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training is a two-day workshop that prepares caregivers of all backgrounds to provide suicide first aid. The next session will be held March 12-13 at Liberty Chapel. There is no cost to attend the training. Participants are responsible for their meals and beverages. The only requirement is that participants register only if their schedule permits them to attend the two full days. For details, contact USPHS Capt. Kerima A. Gibbons at (804) 734-9143 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scholarships Available The Pat Tillman Foundation is accepting new scholarship applications until Feb. 15. For details on eligibility and to apply online, visit www.pattillmanfoundation. org/tillman-military-scholars/apply. All applicants will receive notification of selection results via email no later than June 30.. All scholarships will be granted for the 2013-2014 academic year.
Regimental Club Lunch Stop by the Regimental Club Daily Lunch Buffett Monday - Friday, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. The price is $8.50 and includes drink and dessert. To see the daily menu, visit www.leemwr.com.
KAHC Change of Command Col. Thomas S. Bundt will assume command of Kenner Army Health Clinic from Col. Joseph S. Pina Feb. 8, 10 a.m., at MacLaughlin Fitness Center, building 4320. This ceremony is open to the Fort Lee community. For details, call (804) 734-9086.
Beauty Salon Closure The beauty salon in the Exchange concession area will be closed Jan. 29-30. The contractor is installing new equipment to better serve customers at Fort Lee. For details, call (804) 861-5585.
ACS Open House The Army Community Service Relocation Office is hosting an open house Feb. 25, 10 a.m., at building 9023 on Mahone Avenue. This open house is for commanders, sergeants major and first sergeants and will help them discover what ACS can offer. Families and civilian employees are welcome to attend. RSVP by Feb. 15. For details or to RSVP, call (804) 734-7589 or email linda.j.harvey4.civ@mail. mil.
Fort Lee Riders Fort Lee Riders – a new Facebook page – was created for all motorcycle riders in the Fort Lee area. The intent is to create a fun environment where participants can use the combined experience of all members to improve the technical knowledge and skills level required to stay safe on the road. The Fort Lee Riders Facebook page is www.facebook.com/groups/FLMMP/ members. For details, call Charvetz Scott at (804) 734-9445.
Field Sanitation Team Training The KAHC Environmental Health staff is offering five eight-hour field sanitation team training sessions from Feb. 25 - March 1, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. There are 50 slots available. For details, call (804) 734-9014 or 734-9019.
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CASCOM hosts Israeli soldiers, provides training insight Keith Desbois CASCOM Public Affairs
The Combined Arms Support Command hosted Maj. Gen. Jacob Barak, Israeli Defense Force Technology and Logistics Branch director, and members of the IDF for a tour of its schools Jan. 14. The visit provided insight into the curriculum, technology and techniques used to train logistics Soldiers. During their visit, the group toured the U.S. Army Ordnance School where they viewed Soldiers training in the Stryker Maintenance Course. Instructors demonstrated the interactive classroom
training where students virtually troubleshoot problems with the vehicle. They also toured the Allied Trades Course, which instructs Soldiers in welding and machining. The next stop took the group to the U.S. Army Logistics University. There, they learned about the comprehensive leadership courses taught to logistics officers and senior noncommissioned officers. The university consists of three colleges and an academy that trains more than 34,000 students a year. Finishing up the tour, the group stopped at the U.S. Army Quartermaster School’s Aerial Delivery and Field Services
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ARMY FREEZES HIRING, CUTS BASE OPS, REDUCES TRAINING
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WASHINGTON – In advance of possible extreme budget cuts that could arrive in March, Army leadership has called for an immediate hiring freeze and spelled out other pre-emptive measures meant to help the service prepare for a fiscal cliff. In a memo dated Jan. 16, Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh and Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Ray Odierno laid out 15 “nearterm” actions to help the Army “reduce its expenditure rate and mitigate budget execution risks in order to avoid even more serious future fiscal shortfalls.” “We expect commanders and supervisors at all levels to implement both the guidance contained in this memorandum and the detailed instructions to follow,” wrote McHugh and Odierno. “The fiscal situ-
ation and outlook are serious.” First among the mandated actions is an immediate freeze on civilian hiring, though Army leaders have left commanders with some latitude in the policy for “humanitarian and missioncritical purposes.” Also among employment-related measures spelled out in the memo is a termination of
temporary employees when “consistent with mission requirements.” The memo also directs installation commanders to reduce base operations support for fiscal 2013 – which runs through Sept. 31 – to levels that are about 70 percent of fiscal 2012. Commanders have been asked to reduce support to community and recreational
activities and to also reduce utilities consumption “to the maximum extent possible.” Non-mission-essential training activities are also up for reduction. In particular, training not related to maintaining “readiness for Operation Enduring Freedom, the Korean forward-deployed units, Homeland Defense and the Division Ready Brigade.”
Also targeted is conference attendance and professional training that is not mission essential. The secretary and the chief have also directed installation commanders to cease facility sustainment activity that is not “directly connected to matters of life, health or safety,” and to stop restoration and modernization projects. Army senior leadership has also spelled out changes for Army acquisition, logistics and technology. All production contracts and research, development, testing and evaluation contracts that exceed $500 million must be reviewed by the under secretary of defense for acquisition, logistics and technology. The assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology must also assess the impacts of “budgetary uncertainty” on science and technology accounts. The secretary and chief of staff state civilian furloughs could be a “last-resort” possibility in fiscal 2013. “Therefore, no action should
be taken with regard to furloughs without the express approval of the Secretary of the Army.” Any measures taken as a result of the Jan. 16 memo must be reversible, the document emphasized. “At this point, the steps should focus on actions that are reversible if the budgetary situation improves and should minimize harm to readiness,” McHugh and Odierno wrote. The memo also noted that “funding related to wartime operations and Wounded Warrior programs” will not be affected. “After we get more detailed guidance on implementing these directives, we’ll inform the community of any actions we have to take that impact them directly,” said Col. Rodney D. Edge, Fort Lee garrison commander. “Until that time, I caution against speculation of any kind. “The professionalism of our military and civilian workforce is second to none,” he added, “and I’m confident we can prepare for whatever comes our way.”
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CIVILIANS | SPOTLIGHT
WILLIAM â€œBILLâ€? CLEMENT Hometown: Winston-Salem, N.C. Family: married with four adult children Where he works: portfolio intervention, Software Engineering Center-Lee Job title: chief of operations Time on the job: three and a half years Time as a civil servant: 27 years What his job entails: â€œWe are responsible for the logistics (management information) systems that support the Army. Soldiers on the battlefield cannot order bullets, repair parts or maintain (equipment) accountability without them. They will eventually be replaced by the GCSS-Army system. Until it comes along, the other systems have to be relevant. My job is to interface with the customers about any issues concerning the workability of the systems.â€? The toughest part of your job: â€œThe toughest part of my job is to keep funding for these systems. The mindset is that the GCSS-Army system is the emerging system and all funding needs to be directed accordingly. Every dollar spent on a legacy system is a dollar that canâ€™t be spent on GCSS. My
hardest job is convincing the bean counters that I need the dollars to make the legacy systems relevant until GCSS arrives.â€? Most satisfying part of your job: â€œThe answer to that question is twofold: first of all, to have a Soldier or commander say, â€˜I appreciate the help you provided me; I appreciated having a warm voice on the other end of the phone when I called to say that I have a problem. Thank you very much.â€™ The other side of it is that I have a great team, and when Iâ€™m able to recognize either a civilian who has done a great job for a Soldier or a Soldier who went above and beyond, I feel like Iâ€™ve made a difference.â€? Biggest factor in your success: â€œMy success has totally been about having an â€˜A Team,â€™ so to speak. I have been blessed in that my subordinates and coworkers were folks who want to support the Soldier, and theyâ€™re willing to go the extra mile to provide that support. I havenâ€™t done anything that was earth-shattering or groundbreaking on my own; teamwork has been my biggest success.â€?
Your thoughts about professionalism: â€œIn my job, a problem can come as a blatant assault on your product, and rather than get in a defensive mode, you have to be able to talk through the situation and try to see that individualâ€™s point of view is. Once you determine what it is theyâ€™re trying to tell you, then you know how to deal with it. Professionalism is important because you have to be careful not to take things personal, not to take it as an assault on your integrity or your capability. You have to deal with every person with dignity, truthfulness and you have to be willing to listen. Professionalism is twofold: one, itâ€™s how you present yourself to your customer base and the second part is how you interact with your customer base.â€? Your motivation to perform your duties: â€œIâ€™ve been blessed to have good bosses. Every boss Iâ€™ve had, with the exception
of one, were great Americans. They empowered me to do those things they hired me to do, and they asked for and accepted my advice. I â€˜ve had great leadership.â€? A lesson youâ€™ve learned that you like to share with others: â€œTreat everyone with dignity. The Golden Rule says to â€˜Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.â€™ Itâ€™s unreasonable to expect everyone to treat us the way we want to be treated. But even if youâ€™re chewing someone out for something theyâ€™ve done, then do it in such a manner that he walks away with dignity.â€? When you transition out of your current job, what lingering memory will you have about it: â€œMy coworkers.â€? Pet peeve: â€œLying â€“ faking it; shooting from the hip when you donâ€™t have a clue.â€? Favorite quote: â€œIf it donâ€™t fit, donâ€™t force it.â€? Favorite place to vacation: â€œPuerto Rico.â€? Hobbies: â€œI own two motorcycles, and I love riding them. On the days I canâ€™t ride, I like to play golf.â€? Future aspirations: â€œIâ€™m going to Puerto Rico, and Iâ€™m going to stay there until I canâ€™t stand it any longer.â€? â€“ Compiled by T. Anthony Bell
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AAFES SECURITY: WE’RE WATCHING punishment Outside of any military penalties for shoplifting, the Army and Air Force Exchange Service has several ways to recuperate their losses. The Federal Claims Collection Act allows the Exchange to collect a flat, administrative cost of $200 for civil recovery. This fee is per offense. If the stolen merchandise cannot be sold after it is recovered, the shoplifter is responsible for that cost on top of the civil recovery fee. If necessary, the shoplifter can be banned from AAFES premises across the installation.
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If you get the sense you’re being watched as you travel through any of the Army and Air Force Exchange Service facilities on the installation, it’s because you are. The exchange security cameras can zoom in so close that the technicians can read numbers off a receipt or instructions on a label. Identifying one’s last name on their uniform’s nametape is no problem either. Jeffrey Gunn and Regina Russell are loss prevention managers at Fort Lee’s main exchange. They – along with their staff of exchange detectives – are tasked with shoplifting investigations and catching the shoplifters during and after the crimes take place.
The cameras are connected to closed circuit televisions. The cameras can rotate 360 degrees and the exchange detectives can follow anyone throughout the entire store, keeping track of every item a customer picks off the shelves. Shoplifting is taken very seriously at the exchange, said Audrey Alston, Fort Lee AAFES general manager, and the exchange employees want to education Soldiers and their families about the realities of punishment for shoplifting. “You’re going to get caught if you’re shoplifting,” she said. “You’re going to pay the civil recovery of $200, even if we can sell the item you stole. If we can’t sell the item, you’re still going to pay the $200 on top of the item cost.” Furthermore, if you’re caught shoplifting, you
An Exchange detective watches a live security feed of the main store. Cameras are placed throughout AAFES facilities enabling the detectives to zoom in and follow customers as they move throughout the sales floor.
could be barred from the facility, face criminal charges and even feel the effects ripple throughout your military career. On Fort Lee, many shoplifters are caught while in the act, said Gunn, but just because someone isn’t
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combat operations. â€œAs our non-deployed population increases with the drawdown in combat deployments, engaged peers and leaders at all levels will be more vitally important than ever.â€? Off duty, accidental deaths remained stable with last yearâ€™s first quarter figures. Fatal PMV4 accidents were down slightly, as were on-duty fatalities resulting from accidents. Aviation saw the largest decrease, with no accidental fatalities recorded during the quarter. Five Soldiers died in aviation accidents during the first quarter of fiscal 2012. Combined, fatal accidents were down 17 percent at quarterâ€™s end from the same time frame in fiscal 2012. Although the Army is poised to repeat this success during the second quarter, USACR/Safety
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Soldiers of the 108th Quartermaster Company, 530th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 82nd Sust.
Brigade, pull a humvee across a motor pool parking lot Jan. 17. The event was part of a platoon physical
PUNISHING PT: 108TH STEP OUT OF THE BOX WITH INTENSE PHYSICAL TRAINING SESSION A 108th Quartermaster Company competition at Fort Lee last week gave assigned Soldiers in the unit a chance to prove who is strongest and most disciplined. The Jan. 17 physical training event also promoted teamwork, instilled Army values like honor and integrity, and enabled the Soldiers to lead each other and motivate their peers. “It gave us the opportunity to have some friendly platoon competition and come together as a unit,” said Sgt. Joel Jimenez, 3rd platoon sergeant. “It was also a chance to assess our Soldiers’ strengths.”
The competition incorporated a series of physically demanding tasks like running as a group with sandbags and pulling a military vehicle across a parking lot. Winning was not based on how quickly the obstacles were completed, but the ability of a platoon to perform as a team to successfully overcome each challenge and finish together. As platoons raced to the first station, they were each given two ammunition cans (weighing roughly 10-pounds) to carry for about 1 mile. Working together, the Soldiers each took a turn at carrying the extra load, giving others
a chance to regain their strength before reaching the next challenge. At station two, the platoons were handed two sandbags in addition to the ammo cans to carry another 2 miles. At this point, the future leaders of the Army came forward as privates first class were heard shouting words of encouragement to others in their ranks. “I got you … pass the sandbag, pass the ammo can … I got you!” became the mantra that echoed through the formations. Reaching the 3-mile marker, the Soldiers worked together to carry a stretcher bearing one of their own, simulating a real-life combat
training competition that also included running with sandbags and toting ammunition cans for one mile.
situation for the platoons. Despite the physical demands of the first three events, the troops remained motivated and quickly reached the final task – pulling a 5,200-pound Humvee for 100 meters in the company motor pool. “I am very proud of the way these Soldiers relied on one another to complete these tasks,” said 1st Sgt. Jason Johnson, the company’s lead NCO. “Running nearly four miles while carrying the ammo cans, sandbags and a first aid litter pushed every Soldier’s physical strength to the limit, but they kept working together to finish strong.” Platoons had to devise their own plan and their own rotation method in order to make sure they made it through the entire course, Johnson also noted. A well-used military saying is that “each platoon is as strong as its slowest (or weakest) person,” and this competition was a testament to the power of motivation and determination that Soldiers share with each other.
“The first sergeant and I have some of the best Soldiers on Fort Lee, and our new troops are following our lead,” said Capt. Milena Williams, 108th QM Co. commander. Working together to reach a common goal and competing on a platoon level further strengthens bonds between Soldiers and gives them a chance to see the strengths of their comrades, she added. “I think there is more personality in a platoon,” Williams said, “the smaller the group, the greater the pride.” Second platoon was declared the overall winner of the competition. The group was presented a trophy that will be displayed in their company area and the bragging rights that come along with it. The 108th is a petroleum and water company assigned to the 530th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion at Fort Lee. – 108th QM Company
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(LEFT) The Havah Women of Faith – Umeki Newcomb, Ashley Squire (obscured), Tanya Davis and Latonya Nelson – reenact a march during the 23rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Observance held Jan. 16 at Memorial Chapel. (BOTTOM) Members of Petersburg’s Third Baptist Church Choir – left to right, Vicke Helm, Tawanda Walker and LaVern Smith – exult during a gospel music performance.
Installation Soldiers return after six-month deployment
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Installation pays tribute to America’s peaceful warrior T. Anthony Bell Senior Writer/Special Projects
inging, recitals, reenactments and speeches marked the 23rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Observance Jan. 16 at the Memorial Chapel. The event, presented by the Installation Equal Opportunity Office and hosted by HHC, CASCOM, drew roughly 200 people. Those in attendance included Maj. Gen. Larry D. Wyche, CASCOM and Fort Lee commanding general, and his wife, Denise. Pastor Horace L. Jones was the guest speaker for the event. The Cornerstone Ministries clergyman and civil rights leader, who said he met King in Atlanta and participated in such historic events as the March to Selma (Ala.), expressed sentiments that much of what was achieved during the modern civil rights era was the result of a deep commitment of thousands who wanted to see change take place. King’s actions in the face of danger epitomized that commitment.
“He knew he was going toward the shadow of death, but he feared no evil,” said Jones, a past president of the Sussex County Southern Christian Leadership Conference, a civil rights organization. “He knew jail was possible; as a matter of fact, they called him a jailbird. He looked at that as a side issue. The only thing that mattered was to be in position to help all people become equal and have the same God-given rights – regardless of their color, regardless of their
gender.” King, an advocate of nonviolent social change, was a tireless civil rights leader who helped push legislation that guaranteed equal rights for all people. As a result of his work, he was arrested numerous times and received hundreds of death threats. King was assassinated in 1968 while standing on the balcony of a Memphis motel. Jones said much progress has been made toward King’s vision of racial equality and justice, but more work is on the horizon. “We are not there yet,” he said, answering a question he posed during his speech. “We are still on a journey, still following a dream. We haven’t reached the promise land yet.” Jones added that King’s vision of America can only be fully realized through the efforts of those who are deeply committed to the cause. “I’m glad to say that the dream is still alive,” he shouted. “The only problem that we have is finding folks who will join the movement and not just settle for being a part of a membership.” SEE KING, PAGE 17
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(TOP) Forty-four members of the 111th Quartermaster Company enter the Post Field House Friday after completting a six-month tour of duty to Kuwait and Afghanistan. The unit is one of two active Army units assigned to handle the remains of America’s fallen. (FAR RIGHT) Sgt. Portia Taitano mingles with her fellow Soldiers after completing her first overseas tour. (ABOVE) Family members await the arrival of their loved ones prior to the start of the ceremony.
Brittani Dukes didn’t have many words to describe what it’s like to hold down the fort while her Soldier was away on deployment. “Probably the worst experience,” she said, chuckling. “It’s hard, very hard. You don’t expect it to be as hard as it is.” Dukes “worst experience” of being without her loved one came to an end Friday when her husband, Spc. Kiree Dukes, arrived at the Post Field House with 43 other members of the 111th Quartermaster Company, 530th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 82nd Sustainment Brigade. The group of mortuary affairs warriors arrived home to Fort Lee after a six-month tour of duty in Kuwait and Afghanistan. About 200 people were on hands for the redeployment ceremony that included the members of the post and battalion leadership. Mrs. Dukes, who is in the first year of her marriage, was one of the many family members who arrived carrying placards expressing their love for the returnees. She was also one of the many who kissed, hugged and em-
braced their Soldier. Spc. Dukes, who was described as “amazing and good-hearted” by his wife, seemed to long for the embrace as well. He too, had few words to describe how he felt. “It feels good to be home, to be in her arms again,” he said in a monotone voice, smiling at the same time. “I’m ready to have some fun. Chill.” Like Spc. Dukes, Sgt. Portia Taitano was glad to be home, but she was more reflective of her experience, especially considering the fact that she had just completed her first tour. “It (the tour) felt natural to me,” she said. “I think it’s because I felt I had a strong purpose, so the first time, second time, third time – it’s all the same. It’s your job; it’s an honorable job, a natural thing.” One of two mortuary affairs units assigned to the active Army, the 111th is the last unit deployed under the recently deactivated 49th QM Group. The unit has been in deployment rotation with its sister unit, Fort Lee’s 54th QM Co., since the initiation of U.S. operations in the Southwest Asia. Its job carries the responsibility of handling the remains of America’s fallen.
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IN YOURFACE A new Traveller feature that showcases photos from Fort Lee Facebook pages U Co., 262nd Qm. Bn.Facebook Site
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(ABOVE, LEFT TO RIGHT) Sgt. 1st Class Genita Ruffin, Uniform Company, 262nd Quartermaster Battalion, was presented the Order of Saint Martin award earlier this month. Staff Sgt Jose E. Lozano, an Ordnance School instructor and squad leader assigned to Alpha Company, 832nd Ordnance Battalion, was honored at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 637 in Hopewell after being selected as the 2012 VFW Soldier of the Year. Staff Sgt. Larry Bruce Jr., a small group leader for the Army Leader’s Course Ordnance at the Logistics NCO Academy, reenlisted during a Jan. 15 ceremony in Billingsley Hall on the Ordnance Campus. (RIGHT) Two advanced individual training students from the Marine Corps Detachment here participate in a “Hooah for the Holidays” event at the U.S. Army Women’s Museum during holiday block leave in December.
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(ABOVE LEFT) Staff Sgt. William Burroughs shows Logistics NCO Academy students how to perform a proper straight arm bar during combatives training. (ABOVE RIGHT) First Sgt. Deon Cain discusses 92W (water treatment) training during a 266th Quartermaster Battalion field exercise last week at Fort A.P. Hill. Cain was accompanied by the Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Christopher Robertson during the visit. (FAR LEFT) Privates Oliver Lopez and Robert Conner, Bravo Company, 266th QM Bn, point out their contribution to the Jan. 12 volunteer project they and five other Soldiers completed at the Fort Lee USO Center. The troops performed a variety of administrative and cleanup duties, and the two Soldiers pictured added decorations to a wall. All were “hold-over” personnel awaiting orders or a travel date for their next duty station or school. (LEFT) Costumed Soldiers from the 16th Ordnance Battalion pose for a photo after a mid-December Santa Run here.
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Planning, supervision helps to prevent winter mishaps Alison Rank Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Wilkerson Pediatrics, KAHC
For people of all ages, especially children, winter weather can be dangerous in many ways. With careful planning and supervision, however, children can enjoy the fun and freedom of playing indoors or outdoors on winter days without substantial risk. Parents or responsible adults and older siblings should always supervise a child’s winter activities. Children don’t view dangers or the possible consequences like adults do. That long, steep hill covered with snow and ice looks like a great place to sled to a youngster but they may not look
to see where they’ll end up at the bottom of the hill. Perhaps the ultimate winter sledding activity will land in a safe area or a densely wooded location or a traffic zone. When playing outside in cold weather, it is paramount to dress children in multiple layers to include the legs, feet and hands. A hat and gloves or mittens should be worn at all times when enjoying snow days and cold weather activities. The biggest proportions of body heat are lost through uncovered heads and hands.
The amount of time spent playing outdoors should be limited to safe intervals as well. Children should periodically come inside to warm up. Remove all wet clothing immediately and change into dry clothes if going back outdoors. Even though the temperatures are not warm, sunburn can happen in the winter. Wear sunscreen on all exposed skin to guard against burns from bright sunlight and snow glare. Children should not play outdoors in poor weather such as snowstorms, extreme cold or high winds. When weather conditions are ripe for outdoor activities, wear brightly colored outer clothing that is easily seen from a distance. Never dress children in winter wear with drawstrings – they can cut off circulation and make frost-
bite a greater threat, and loose drawstrings may present a strangulation hazard. Snowball fights can lead to injuries from dangerous projectiles. Keep roofs, gutters and awnings free from snow and icicle buildup that could collapse and injure someone. Despite its comical elements, children should be taught to never touch or lick exposed metal in winter. Do not allow children to eat snow. It may contain pollutants or other contaminants, and the cold snow can chill a young child’s body to dangerous levels. Regularly de-ice or sand sidewalks, driveways, patios and other areas where children may play or use for travelling to and from the bus stop or school. Never use a space heater in a child’s room. Use extreme caution when using a wood-burning fireplace and teach children fire safety procedures, including how to spot potential hazards. Do not allow children to play in fires such as roasting marshmallows in a fireplace. Practice family fire drills to reinforce safe behavior.
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These actions are being undertaken to reshape the forces and more effectively meet national security requirements while reducing the Army’s end-strength. The implementation of this force rebalancing will also allow the Army to operate in a reduced budget climate. All alternatives are considered in the PEA. It evaluates the largest growth potential scenarios at installations where BCT restructuring may occur, as well as the greatest force reduction scenarios that could occur as a result of a drawdown. The potential installation reduction and growth range is between a maximum loss of 8,000 military personnel to a maximum increase of 3,000 troops at the Army’s largest installations. Those figures were used in the environmental analysis to provide flexibility as future force structure realignment decisions are made. The PEA is designed to inform decision-makers of potential socioeconomic and environmental impacts associated with proposed actions as these stationing decisions are made in the coming years. The specific locations where changes will occur have not been decided. Stationing sites included in the PEA are those that could possibly experience a change in personnel that exceeds plus or minus 1,000 individuals. In addition to Fort Lee, sites considered in the PEA include Fort Benning, Ga., Fort Bliss, Texas, Fort Bragg, N.C., Fort Campbell, Ky., Fort Carson, Colo., Fort Drum, N.Y., Fort Gordon, Ga., Fort Hood, Texas, Fort
Irwin, Calif., Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Joint Base LangleyEustis, Joint Base LewisMcChord, Wash., Fort Knox, Ky., Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., Fort Polk, La., Fort Riley, Kan., Fort Sill, Okla., Fort Stewart, Ga., US Army Garrison Hawaii, and US Army Garrison Fort Wainwright, Alaska. Environmental impacts associated with implementation of alternatives evaluated in the PEA include air quality, airspace, cultural and biological resources, noise, soil erosion, wetlands, water resources, facilities, socioeconomics, energy demand, land use, hazardous materials and waste, and traffic and transportation. No significant environmental impacts are anticipated as a result of implementing either alternative associated with the proposed action, with the exception of socioeconomic impacts. Socioeconomic impacts are of particular concern to the Army because they affect communities around the installations. Therefore, the PEA has a comprehensive analysis of those impacts to inform the decision makers and communities. Impacts could include reduced employment, income, regional population and sales, and some of those could be significant. The completion of an environmental assessment results in one of two outcomes: either significant environmental impacts are identified and a Notice of Intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement is issued, or no significant environmental impacts are identified and a
comments Members of the public can review the PEA and submit comments on the draft FNSI until Feb. 19. An electronic version of both documents is available for download at aec.army.mil/ usaec/nepa/topics00. html.lliam.
FNSI is signed. Significant socioeconomic impacts alone do not require preparation of an EIS. The Army study finds that there are no significant environmental impacts with either alternative evaluated in the PEA; accordingly a draft FNSI has been prepared. Final decisions as to which alternative to implement and which installations will see reductions or unit realignments have not yet been made. Those decisions will be based on mission-related criteria and other factors in light of the information contained in the PEA. Members of the public can review the PEA and submit comments on the draft FNSI until Feb. 19. An electronic version of both documents is available for download at aec.army. mil/usaec/nepa/topics00. html. Submit your comments or questions on the PEA to Public Comments USAEC, Attn: IMPA-AE (Army 2020 PEA), 2450 Connell Road (Bldg 2264), Fort Sam Houston, Texas 78234-7664. Send email responses to USARMY.JBSA. AEC.MBX@mail.mil. - U.S. Army Environmental Command
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After 14 weeks of league competition, the 2012 Fall Youth Bowling Season came to a close Jan. 12 with a championship round played at the Fort Lee Bowling Center. In the final series, the youth bowlers competed in a college-level format where each team member would roll two frames per game. After 10-frames, the combined score of the entire squad would determine the winner and the first to four victories would be declared the overall champions in the respective age division. From the field of eight junior league and 10 senior league teams that played during the regular season, several squads quickly achieved key victories that took them into the final championship games. In the junior league con-
solation bracket, it was the Inferno Flamethrowers against the Fireballs. The latter team posted a 4-0 shutout and took home the trophy. The Fireball players included Kabree Kenney, Sincere Frederick, David Johnson, Jordan Underwood and Judd Blake, who was nominated as the team’s MVP for the season. In the junior league championship bracket, the Cobra Strikers and Pinbusters survived an early two-game set to reach the final round. In that match, the Pinbusters jumped out to a one-game lead, but the Cobra Strikers uncoiled a bowling frenzy that resulted in four consecutive wins that earned them the title. The members of the winning team are Jennifer Ouellette, Derek Latulip, Javon Blount, Javon Daniels and Nick Timmerman. Daniels noted that his team was a bit nervous go-
ing into the final round, but refused to be denied after the first game loss. “It was a team effort that resulted in the win,” he said. “We knew we had to stay positive throughout the match, and that’s what we did.” In the senior consolation bracket, Ace in the Hole – a team that didn’t seem to be a likely candidate for the championship round based on their final standings at the end of the regular season – suddenly got hot hands while out-bowling the Genco Generals. Valeeshia Gee, Rebecca Davis, Thomas Davis, Louis Blount and Alvonte Jiggetts combined for an impressive 4 - 1 win and proved the old Yogi Berra adage that “it ain’t over ‘till it’s over.” In the senior championships, six teams entered the competition but only four remained after the first round. Two more games were played with the top two seeds surviv-
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Albert Williams Sr.
The winners of the 2012 Fall Youth Bowling season here included the Fireballs – Kabree Kenney and Sincere Frederick, back row, and Jordan Underwood and Judd Blake – who shut out their opponents 4-0 in the junior league championship round.
ing close final scores. Perfect Strikerz and Pin Killerz, a pair of teams that included the league’s top bowlers based on scores from the regular season, seemed evenly matched as they entered the championship set. However, it was the Perfect Strikerz
that cruised to a 4-1 victory led by Emily Cox, Eli Hankins, Jesse Ling, Blake Cox and Brandyn Cox. Hankins was named team MVP by his teammates for his on-target shooting during the finals. The Spring Youth Bowling Season begins
Saturday at 9:30 a.m. There are plenty of positions open on various teams for student-athletes who want to compete in the league. For more details, contact the bowling center at (804) 734-6860 or send an email to kenneysquared99@ comcast.net.
KING | Civil rights leader honored Continued from page 12
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Aside from Jones’ speech, the program focused on the highlights of King’s life and accomplishments. Members of the CASCOM team kicked off the program reciting portions of King’s “I Have A Dream” speech made before 200,000 people on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and one in which he famously alluded to his death. Other highlights of the program included the Havah Woman of Faith, a group of Bull Dental Clinic employees who reenacted a march, a form of protest King used spar-
(FAR LEFT) Members of the audience mingle after the program. The event attracted roughly 200 people. (Center) Pastor Horace L. Jones, Cornerstone Ministries, addresses the crowd.
ingly; Peterburg’s Third Baptist Church Choir, which performed several gospel selections, including “Take My Hand, Precious Lord,” a King favorite; and a student of Virginia State University, who passionately spoke about King’s accomplishments as a member of his Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. After the program, Wyche presented gifts of appreciation to the performers.
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EVENTS Super Bowl Bash | Feb. 3 The Sports Zone will host a Super Bowl Party Feb. 3. Entrance is free. The bar will be open, food will be available and all 29 flat screen televisions will be tuned to the game. A special VIP package, which includes an hor’s d’oeuvres buffet, draft beer and house drinks is available for $50 per person. The fun also includes Buzztime (the popular, interactive sports and trivia game), a golf simulator and “old school” games like pool, darts and video games. For details, call (804) 765-1539.
Ash Wednesday | Feb. 13 Ash Wednesday is set for Feb. 13. Various services will be held throughout
the day at Memorial Chapel. Ash Service is at 7 a.m. Ecumenical Ash Service followed by Catholic Mass is set for 11:45 a.m. Catholic Mass with Ashes is set for 7 p.m.
Soup, Station | Fridays during Lent Each Friday during Lent – starting Feb. 15 – a gathering for Soup, 6 p.m., and Stations, 7 p.m., will be held at Memorial Chapel. For details, call (804) 734-6494.
POW Range | Sundays A range is open for personally owned weapons Sundays, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., at Fort Lee Range 8 off of River Road. Cost is $5 for the first hour and $2.50 for every 30 minutes after. Authorized weapons include handguns, muzzle loaders, shotguns and rim fire. Targets are for sale at the range. Eye and ear protection are not supplied. This range
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Blood Drives | Jan. 2526 The Software Engineering Center – Fort Lee is sponsoring a blood drive Jan. 25, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.. at Fire Station No. 2 on A Avenue. All blood types are needed, although types AB and O are highest in demand. The 262nd Quartermaster Battalion will conduct an Armed Forces Blood Program blood drive on Jan. 26, 7 a.m. - 5 p.m., at the battalion headquarters, building 11108, on A Avenue (near the Cardinal Golf Club). Donors of all blood types are welcome, and this event is open to the public. For details, call (804) 7346230.
Early Valentine Celebration | Feb. 9 An early Valentine’s Day celebration
is set for Feb. 9 at the HideAway. Doors open at 6 p.m. There will be line dancing at 7:30 p.m. and karaoke at 8:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to the best dressed male and best dressed “lady in red” at 10 p.m. Admission is free. For details, call (804) 765-1539.
Book Club Discussion | Feb. 12 Jamie Ford’s “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet,” called a “poignant novel of young love between a ChineseAmerican boy and a Japanese-American girl,” will be discussed on Feb. 12, 5 p.m., at the Fort Lee Community Library. Those gathered will also select a book for March. The discussion group will continue meeting on the second Tuesday of each month, alternating between fiction and nonfiction books. For details, call (804) 765-8173 or 765-8095.
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Patricia Smith, the author of “Pull the Plug?” – an inspirational true story about stroke and its debilitating effects – will participate in book signings at the main Exchange on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1-3 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Community members are welcome to stop by and discuss the novel that is meant to raise awareness about this important health issue.
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Religious Education Sessions are set for Wednesdays, 6-7 p.m. Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. Various classes will be offered. For details, call (804) 734-6483 or email jolynda.h.strandberg.civ@mail. mil.
Army Emergency Relief offers college financing assistance for dependent children and spouses through the Maj. Gen. James Ursano Scholarship Program and the AER Spouse Education Assistance Program. Applications for the 2013-2014 scholarships will be available online through April 2 at www.aerhq.org. Online applications must be submitted by that date. Additional deadlines are in the instructions. For details, contact the Fort Lee AER Officer Tonya Brock at (804) 734-7669.
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Fort Lee’s Family and MWR Outdoor Recreation is hosting several 3-D Archery Shoot Competitions. The upcoming shoots are set for Jan. 26 and Feb. 23. The events start at 9 a.m. and ends at noon. Cost is $10 per adult, $8 for Fort Lee permit holders, $5 for youth aged 13-17 and $3 for cubs 12 and under. There will be seven divisions of the
Functional Academic Skills Training registration has begun at the Army Education Center, building 12400, for the Feb. 4-25 class. Space is limited. Upon enrollment, counselors will provide a sample DA Form 4187 and commander’s memo. Those interested should ensure their Test of Adult Basic Education is less than
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Calendar, continued Story Mornings | Jan. 28, Feb. 11 Army Community Service’s Exceptional Family Member Program holds a story hour for EFMP-enrolled families, 9-10 a.m., at the U.S. Army Quartermaster Museum. The next two dates are Jan. 28 and Feb. 11. For details, call (804) 734-6388
Spouse Sponsorship | Ongoing In an effort to educate spouses on the resources available for a smooth transition before, during and after a PCS move, the Army Community Service Relocation Readiness Program is offering Sponsorship Training to spouses and Family Readiness Groups. Training is also available to DA Civilians and contractors. To schedule training, call the Relocation Readiness Program at (804) 734-7589.
Military Saves Campaign | March 14 The Army Community Service Financial Readiness Program will host an event March 14, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., at the Post Field House. will be sessions on mortgages, credit repair, savings and investments, identity theft, VA 529 Education Plan, Thrift Savings for civilians and uniformed Services, mutual funds, and certificates of deposits. For details, call (804) 734-6388.
be held on Wednesdays, 6:30- 7:30 p.m., starting Jan. 30 and running through March 20. Concurrent with this group, there will be sessions for children who have witnessed violence in their homes. A 10-week group for adult male survivors of childhood sexual abuse will be held on Tuesdays, 6-7:30 p.m. starting Feb. 19 and running through April 23. A group for women who have experienced sexual violence is set for Mondays from 6-7:30 p.m., starting Feb. 4 and running through March 25. A group for Spanish-speaking women affected by violence at home is scheduled for Tuesdays from 10:3011:30 a.m. beginning Jan. 29. Registration is required for all support groups. For more information or to set up an intake appointment, call (804) 458-2704.
Veterans Job Fair | Jan. 31 A special hiring event for veterans and military spouses is set for Jan. 31, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Richmond International Raceway, 600 E. Laburnum Avenue, Richmond. To register, visit www.recruitmilitary.com and locate the Richmond event. For details, call (513) 677-7055.
Story Time | Feb. 1 The Chester Library is offering Classic Tales with Mother Goose, Feb. 1, 10:30-11:15 a.m., at 11800 Centre Street, Chester. Registration is recommended. For details or to register, call (804) 751-2275.
Acting Camp | Feb. 2 Free Support Groups Wise Produktionz, Street Dreams | Ongoing Acting Camp is conducting an acting The James House offers several cost-free, confidential support groups in the local area. The non-profit agency provides support, advocacy and education for people in the Tri-Cities area of Virginia affected by sexual violence, domestic violence and stalking, to empower them to become healthy, safe, and self-sufficient. An “Empower Women” group for those who have experienced domestic violence or sexual violence will
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March to Freedom | Feb. 2 A Black History Month event,
entitled “The March to Freedom” presented by Christy S. Coleman, is set for Feb. 2, 11 a.m. - noon, at the Chesterfield County Central Library, 9501 Lori Road, Chesterfield. For details or to register, call (804) 751-2275.
Black History Month Children Storyteller | Feb. 16 A Black History Month event is set for Feb. 16, 3:30-4:30 p.m., at the Chesterfield County Central Library, 9501 Lori Road, Chesterfield. Donna Washington, a children’s storyteller, will read several African and AfricanAmerican children’s books. For details or to register, call (804) 751-2275.
Irish Dance Lessons An Irish Dance Lesson series is set for Feb. 2, 16 and 23, 1:30-2:30 p.m., at the Chesterfield County Central Library, 9501 Lori Road, Chesterfield. For details or to register, call (804) 751-2275.
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Soccer Try-outs | Feb. 9 Chesterfield United Soccer Club will hold tryouts for its semi-professional team on Feb. 9, 2-4 p.m., at the River City Sportsplex, 2419 Colony Crossing Place, Midlothian. The team will compete in the National Premier Soccer League, which is considered the fourth division of professional soccer in America. Training will start in April and the regular season runs from May through July. The four home games will be played at Williams Stadium on Fort Lee. Register online at www.unitedfcvirginia.com/CHF/675374.html.
Family DIY Workshop | Jan. 26 A family workshop to create a bluebird house is set for Jan. 26 at two libraries in the area. Times for the classes are 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the Chesterfield County Central Library, 9501 Lori Road, Chesterfield, and 2:30-4:30 p.m. at the Meadowdale Library, 4301 Meadowdale Blvd., Richmond. For details, call (804) 751-2275.
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2013 Hyundai Sonata
2012 NORTH AMERICAN CAR OF THE YEAR! 2013 Hyundai Elantra
Additional $500 Rebate**
2013 Hyundai Santa Fe
to Active + Retired Military Personnel
CALL TODAY 804-414-2020 **Must present Military ID at time of p purchase.
Se Habla Español Sales
2200 Walthall Center Drive • Chester, VA 23836
E Exit 58A I-95 South • Exit 58 I-95 North Minutes from Fort Lee and Surrounding Areas
*Both Elantra and Santa Fe are 36 months/12K per year leases. Sonata $0 cash/trade, Elantra $1999 cash/trade, and Santa Fe $2999 cash/trade as downpayment. Excludes tax, title, tags & $379 processing fee.
Mon-Fri 9am-9pm Sat 9am-6pm | Sun 12-5pm
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Mon-Fri 8am-5pm Saturday 8am-4pm
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