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SEE PAGE 3 NIGHT AT THE QM MUSEUM TO CELEBRATE ITS FIFTH YEAR The annual night of living-history lessons at the Fort Lee facility will feature a new cast of well-known characters SEE PAGE 6

BEST AT THE LINE A Fort Lee family member is on his way to a regional meet after winning a local Hoop Shoot SEE PAGE 8

LOOKING BACK AT THE CHAMP Boxer Joe Louis, a.k.a. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Champ,â&#x20AC;? stepped away from the ring and picked up a riďŹ&#x201A;e SEE PAGE 12

MAKING IT RIGHT The president will present the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s highest military honor to 24 veterans for acts of bravery in past wars SEE PAGE 13

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/(17$7,0()255(1(:$/ Chaplain (Maj.) David R. Kirk Memorial Chapel Staff

We read and hear about all types of opportunities to refresh and renew ourselves these . There are spas, gyms, fitness fairs, and other places and events where an individual can gain a renewed perspective and insights on all sorts of things. Some of these are accomplished in groups and others are completed individually. Some are done on a one time basis and others over a period of time. Spring is coming up shortly.

This is traditionally a time when trees start showing their new leaf buds, grass starts to green up and grow, and there is more daylight and warmer weather. This is also a time of year when members of many Christian faiths engage themselves in spiritual resiliency and renewal efforts. They are looking for these perspectives and insights in a spiritual way. The season is referred to as Lent, an observance that traces its roots to Latin (Quadragesima), â&#x20AC;&#x153;forty days,â&#x20AC;? the period of this liturgical event.

The Teutonic and vernacular English word, Lent, was used in the late Middle Ages and is loosely translated as spring season or new growth. Many will start this renewal journey on Wednesdays (the date designated this year as the start of the season). The date is significant because it is also Ash Wednesday. It is a day where many show a public commitment to renewal by more conscientious prayer, fasting, penance and almsgiving. There is a mark or sign that distinguishes many who participate. Some may see this sign and

remark, â&#x20AC;&#x153;You have some dirt on your forehead, or your forehead looks black and blue; what did you run into?â&#x20AC;? The recipient of the remark probably smiles and answers, â&#x20AC;&#x153;neither; I have had ashes placed on my forehead as a sign of my commitment to a deeper personal spiritual renewal and resiliency.â&#x20AC;? The renewal journey of Lent still encompasses 40 days to focus upon what areas in oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life one would like to gain more insights, become renewed and grow in their personal spiritual resiliency. Some go about this alone as it is more comfortable for them to do so. Others ask another to be a partner or â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;battle buddyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to encourage and help one keep focused on their

goal(s), not unlike a workout buddy or coach. We all like the concept of renewal and refreshment in our lives. Not all â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;buy intoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; the concept of Lent and its particular journey and ways of becoming refreshed and renewed, and that is OK. There are many positive ways we can do this. Choose what is best for you and your particular circumstances at this time in your life. May your time of renewal be a positive and uplifting experience for you. Chaplains are offering a number of Ash Wednesday services. A General Protestant Service will be held at Liberty Chapel at 11:30 and Catholic Masses will be held at Memorial Chapel at 7 a.m., noon and 5 p.m.

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If you moved this year, you can claim the deduction on your 2013 taxes even if you havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t yet met the time test, provided you expect to during the coming year. If you later fail to meet the time test, you must reverse the deduction, either by including the amount as â&#x20AC;&#x153;other incomeâ&#x20AC;? on your 2014 tax return, or by filing an amended 2013 return. Qualified moving expenses include: â&#x20AC;˘ Costs for packing and transporting household goods, personal effects, pets and vehicles.

The Fort Lee â&#x20AC;&#x153;Travellerâ&#x20AC;? is printed by offset process every Thursday as a civilian enterprise in the interest of personnel at the U.S. Army Combined Arms Support Command and Fort Lee, Va. 23801, by Military Newspapers of Virginia, 114 Charlotte Avenue Suite A, Colonial Heights, Va. 23834, in accordance with Department of the Army Regulations 210-20 and 360-1. This publication receives armed forces material and civilian newspapers are authorized to reprint such material without speciďŹ c clearance except material speciďŹ cally designated as copyrighted. Liaison between the printer and the commanding general, Fort Lee, is maintained by the Public Affairs OfďŹ ce, Fort Lee. Circulation: 13,000. This Civilian Enterprise newspaper is an authorized publication. Contents of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Travellerâ&#x20AC;? are not necessarily the ofďŹ cial view of, nor endorsed by, the U.S. Army Combined Arms Support Command and Fort Lee. Advertising in this publication including inserts or supplements does not constitute endorsement by the Department of the Army or Military Newspapers of Virginia. Everything advertised in this publication shall be made available for purchase, use or patronage without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, physical handicap, political afďŹ liation, or any other non merit factor. If a violation or rejection of this equal opportunity policy by an advertiser is conďŹ rmed, the printer shall refuse to print advertising from that source until violation is corrected. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Travellerâ&#x20AC;? is an unofďŹ cial publication authorized by AR 360-1, and printed by the Military Newspapers of Virginia, a private ďŹ rm in no way connected with the U. S. Army Combined Arms Support Command or Fort Lee. The editorial content is prepared, edited and provided by the Public Affairs OfďŹ ce of Headquarters, U. S. Army Garrison, Fort Lee.

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ous workplace is from that home. For example, if you used to work 10 miles from home, your new workplace must be at least 60 miles from your old home. If this is your first job or you were unemployed, the job must be at least 50 miles from your old home. Time Test. Regular employees must work fulltime at least 39 weeks during the 12 months after moving, although the weeks neednâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be consecutive or for the same employer. (For self-employed people, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 78 weeks during the first 24 months).


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ing abroad, their moving expenses may be tax deductible (unless they have already been reimbursed, by your employer or the government). Plus, moving expenses are an â&#x20AC;&#x153;abovethe-lineâ&#x20AC;? deduction, which means they reduce your adjusted gross income and can be claimed even if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t itemize deductions. Two tests generally must be satisfied to claim a moving-expense deduction: Distance test. The distance between your new job and your former home must be at least 50 miles farther than your previ-


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Fort Bragg, N.C., team members Pfc. Mary Crisostomo and Pfc. Alicia Martineau manage the stove during the student skills event of the Military Culinary Arts Competition of 2012. For information about this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event, see Page 3. | February 27, 2014 | Traveller | 3

Culinary event increases focus on training, despite shortened schedule Amy Perry Production/News Assistant Editor

The 39th Annual Military Culinary Arts Competitive Training Event will increase its focus on training with special opportunities for credentialing and instructional sessions by the U.S. Army Culinary Arts Team. The event – which runs March 9-13 – will have live demonstrations that will provide military chefs with credentialing credits through the American Culinary Federation, said Chief Warrant Officer 3 Charles H. Talley Jr., chief, Advanced Food Service Training Division, Joint Culinary Center of Excellence. “Within in the field house, we’re going to have military and civilian chefs doing live demos,” said Talley. “Bottom line, they get cre-

dentialing credits as long as they attend the demos.” Talley – the coordinator for this year’s competition – is also the manager of USACAT and said the team would be providing training for the student chefs at JCCoE each day. “The USACAT members will conduct demonstrations for the student chefs,” said Talley. “Training those young chefs gives us so much value. They can pass on their new knowledge when they go back to their units. What we do with them really sets up our food service program for continued growth.” Another way the USACAT members will provide assistance during the event is by providing teams with tips on platter design and team buffet table development in each of their cooking laboratories.

Teams will begin arriving on March 8 and receive their safety brief and sign out their labs. The competition kicks off in full swing on March 9, with both the Armed Forces Chef of the Year and Post Field House cooking events scheduled. Historically, the Chef of the Year competition took place at the JCCoE because it’s a mystery basket event and requires more space than is offered at cooking stations in the field house. “This event is very prestigious, so it’s important that those chefs have the space they need to compete,” said Talley. “I think any military culinarian wants to give the category a chance. They want to represent not only themselves, but also their installation.” SEE CULINARY, PAGE 6

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Staff Sgt. Byron Watson, a member of the 2013 Joint Base LewisMcChord, Wash., team, places broccolini on a plate during the Armed Forces Chef of the Year competition, at the 38th Annual Military Culinary Arts Competitive Training Event. The event featured a mystery basket and four hours to prepare four plates of a four-course meal.

Ord. School lauds ASE Institute for credentialing support, services Patrick Buffett Managing Editor

The success of an ongoing credentialing partnership between the Ordnance School at Fort Lee and the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, based in Leesburg, was officially recognized Wednesday during an award ceremony on the Ordnance Campus. Dr. Richard Armstrong, deputy to the commander for training at the Ord. School, presented a certificate of appreciation to Dr. Charles Kunce, vice president of test development, and Allison Guth, director of finance for ASE. In his remarks prior to the presentation, Armstrong summed up the importance of the ASE-Ord. School partnership with a simple analogy. “When you’re on a jour-

ney and you know where you want to go but you don’t know how to get there and you don’t have a GPS,” he said, “it’s really good to have a partner in the car who can look at the map and help you figure out the direction. We really appreciate what you’ve done for our organization and our Soldiers.” “This is a tremendous honor,” Kunce responded. “It is our privilege to work with this dedicated team that is clearly determined to do what’s right for our Soldiers.” Credentialing continues to be a hot topic at all military schools under the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command umbrella, noted Sam Burns, course manager at the Wheel Maintenance Training Department, who was among those in attendance at SEE CREDENTIALING, PAGE 11

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Dr. Richard Armstrong, deputy to the commander for training at the Ordnance School, presents a certificate of appreciation to Allison Guth, director of finance, National Institute for Automotive Excellence, during the opening moments of a business meeting Wednesday on the Ordnance Campus. A similiar certificate was presented to Dr. Charles Kunce, vice president of test development for ASE, pictured right. The awards recognize ASE’s contributions to the wheel vehicle maintenance credentialing program that is now in its second year.

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Fort Lee kicks off 2014 AER campaign The annual Army Emergency Relief campaign starts Saturday and runs through May 15. Fort Lee’s goal for 2014 has not been set yet. Last year, the goal was $100,000 and community members contributed $156,000. The 2014 campaign theme is “Army Emergency Relief – A Soldier’s First Choice” and it aims to bring awareness of the benefits Soldiers receive by selecting AER to resolve shortterm financial difficulties ies as well as to provide thee opportunity for Soldiers to help their fellow Soldiers. Tonya Brock and Patsy Piggott, Army Community Service, are the AER coordinators for Fort Lee during this year’s campaign. The AER kickoff is set for March 25, 2:30 p.m., at the h Lee Theater. The guest speaker is retired Col. Andrew Cohen, deputy director for finance, AER headquarters. Maj. Gen. Larry D. Wyche, CASCOM and Fort Lee commanding general, and Col. Paul K. Brooks, garrison commander, will sign their donation slips at that time. Although the kickoff event is scheduled for later in March, those interested in contributing can do so immediately through their unit representatives. Donations can be made by cash, check or allotments. Individuals can donate online at www. AER provides a valuable resource for Soldiers, said Brock. Last year, the Fort Lee AER office provided nearly $100,000 in grants and more than $700,000 in loans to 635 clients. “There are some Army members who fall on hard times through emergencies, and AER is here to help them,” Brock said. Sgt. Jace Oldfield, 217th Military Police Detachment, said he understands how AER can help a Soldier in need because he had to use the loan program recently. “I was renting a house and the air conditioner was broken and ran all day long, all month long,” he said. “Our electric bill was nearly $500 more than usual that

month. That was completely unexpected. “The loan really helped me out,” he said. “We were able to pay our bill and keep the electricity on.” Interest-free loans and grants are available for a myriad of emergency financial needs. “Since 9/11, almost $800 million has been distributed to Soldiers and their families in the form of interest-free loans, grants and scholarships to children and spouses s of active duty and retired Soldiers,” said r retired Lt. Gen. Robert Foley, AER’s director. “In the last four years, nine new categories of assistance have been added to include dependent dental care, replacement vehicles, HVAC and appliance reppair, rental vehicles, relocati cation travel, cranial helmets i f car seats.” andd infant AER recently implemented a new policy allowing sergeants and above direct access to AER assistance without going through their chain of command. Soldiers needing AER financial assistance can either contact their unit chain of command or go directly to their local installation AER office. By having reciprocal agreements in place with the other military aid societies, Soldiers and families not near an Army installation can also receive AER assistance at the nearest Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps or Coast Guard installation with the respective Military Aid Society, or from the American Red Cross call center at (877) 272-7337. Additional program information is available at www. Aside from the loans and grants AER can provide, it also supports family members through scholarship programs. The Spouse Education Assistance Program and the Maj. Gen. James Ursano Scholarship Program are taking applications now. They are available online at and are due May 1. – Staff Reports and Army Emergency Relief Headquarters

Kenner Closure Kenner Army Health Clinic will curtail services, Feb. 27, 1-4 p.m., to allow the staff to attend a quarterly commander’s call and training session. The clinic will reopen in the late afternoon for ancillary services. Patients with routine needs, including scheduling appointments, medication refills or minor illness, should contact the clinic before or after the closure. For acute urgent care needs, call the KAHC administrative officer at (804) 734-9000.

First TARP Briefing The first Threat Awareness and Reporting Program briefing for 2014 will be held on March 4, 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., at the Lee Theater. This training is a mandatory annual requirement for all DOD employees and contractors with a security clearance. Additional briefings will be scheduled quarterly. For details, call (804) 734-1569.

Ash Wednesday Ash Wednesday is set for March 5. Various services will be held at Liberty and Memorial chapels. A general Protestant Service will be held at Liberty Chapel, 11:30 a.m., and Catholic Masses will be offered at Memorial Chapel at 7 a.m., noon and 5 p.m. For details, call the Religious Support Office at (804) 734-6494.

Boots to Business Seminar A free self-employment training workshop is slated for March 5-6, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., at the Soldier Support Center, building 3400, 1401 B Avenue. Also, a “Franchising and Financing 101 Information” session will be offered by the Small Business Administration on March 7, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Registration is required for the workshops. Visit for an overview of the sessions. For details, call (804) 734-6612.

Veterinary Facility Reduced Services The Fort Lee Veterinary Treatment Facility will undergo a temporary reduction in services through March 24. A new web-based computer system and DOD-wide standardized prices for products and services will be implemented. The enhanced system will allow military members to access the medical records of their pets no matter where they may PCS. For details, call (804) 734-2446.

Heroes at Home Military Spouse Awards Military Newspapers of Virginia, the publisher of the Fort Lee Traveller, presents the third annual Heroes at Home Military Spouse Awards – Fort Lee. This program recognizes active duty and retired military spouses in the region for their volunteer service, support for other military families and for the challenges they overcome every day. The nomination deadline is March 23. To nominate a deserving military spouse, visit For details, contact the event coordinator, Adair Wells, at (757) 222-5375.

Kenner Monthly Training Clinical Services and appointment line availability at Kenner Army Health Clinic will be limited the 3rd Thursday of each month, 1-4 p.m., beginning March 20. This does not include ancillary services such as the pharmacy lab or radiology. The clinical staff – providers and nurses – will participate in training and development requirements during this time period. Normal operations will resume the following Friday morning. For details, call (804) 734-9000. | February 27, 2014 | Traveller | 5




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1LJKWDW400XVHXP VFKHGXOHGIRU0DUFK Celebrating its fifth year, A Night at the Quartermaster Museum returns March 15, 5 - 9 p.m., at the U.S. Army Quartermaster Museum at Fort Lee. During this popular event, students in 1st through 6th grades use objects from the museum’s extensive teaching collection to “piece” together the story of the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps by assisting historical figures who step out of the museum exhibitions. “When we held our first event five years ago, we never dreamed A Night at the Quartermaster Museum would become the amazing success it is,” said Laura Baghetti, curator of education. “Some of the par-

ticipants have attended four years in a row and consider it a family tradition.” Many new characters are part of the event this year. Students will meet a groundskeeper at Southwick House, the location of General Dwight Eisenhower’s field headquarters in England, June 1944, who found a letter that may have changed the course of history. They will encounter a survivor of the Battle of the Little Big Horn, who tells the story of Custer’s Last Stand. A Fort Lee Travellers basketball player tells what it was like to share the court with NBA Hall of Famer Lenny Wilkens when he was a Quartermaster Soldier at Fort Lee.

Children will learn how the saddle of “Jeff Davis,” one of General Ulysses S. Grant’s favorite horses, found its way back to City Point after the Civil War, and an ordnance expert will describe how captured enemy weapons help the U.S. Army prepare for battle. During the event, children and their families will be among the first to enjoy the museum’s new Aerial Delivery and Field Services galleries. Students will also have hands-on learning experiences with the museum’s teaching collection and may create special quartermaster-inspired crafts and play games. Children may write letters and cards to Soldiers

During the 2013 Night at the Quartermaster Museum event, Henry Ford (played by Gardner Graham) formed visitors into an assembly line to build Model-T trucks for the Army.

serving overseas today. Light refreshments will be provided. The museum partners with the Theater Company

at Fort Lee to create the annual event. “We are delighted to share our actors, costumes and props with the museum to make this unique educa-

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Although some of the action will be away from the field house that day, there is still much for the public to view. The Master’s competition, an event introduced last year, will feature several of the best military chefs. To be able to compete, the chef has to have earned at least a silver medal in the Armed Forces Chef of the Year competition in a previous year. The Student Chef competition is also scheduled for March 9, and three teams will compete in the military hot food cooking category. In the past, only two teams competed each day. The table displays will not be available until March 10 because of the time required for set-up. Public days will typically include team table displays, live cooking demonstrations, three teams working on a mobile kitchen trailer, and single or teams of chefs competing in the myriad of categories. Another event that was brought back this year is the Enlisted Aide Competition. This three-day challenge includes a military board (a panel that asks culinary and military questions), a uniform inspection

tional and entertaining experience possible,” said John Redling, president of the Theater Company at Fort Lee Board of Directors. “Once again, we are expecting a full house, so make your reservations now.” Space is limited for the free event; pre-registration is required. Please call (804) 734-4203 or email laura.b.baghetti.ctr@mail. mil. A Night at the Quartermaster Museum is sponsored by the Army Quartermaster Foundation, Inc. and the Theater Company at Fort Lee. – U.S. Army QM Museum

and a live cooking event that takes place on March 13. “Our hope is that this event helps to train those enlisted aides who may need some additional assistance,” said Talley. “It’s a great opportunity for that aide, but it also shows other competitors another possibility for their careers.” Although the number of competitive days are shorter, teams across the military are embracing the new format, and Talley said there are more confirmed competitions for the 2014 event than there was in 2013. Additionally, 14 teams are competing for Culinary Team of the Year compared to 9 last year. “Though we’re doing only one week this year, I still see it as an opportunity to exceed the training we provided last year,” said Talley. “The end result can exceed it. There’s no idle time; every day is a day filled with training and competing. “Some people wonder if we can do this in one week,” continued Talley. “But I’m excited for the opportunity to be able to train and compete, and in a way that will exceed our previous year. I don’t have a bit of doubt that this year will exceed what we were able to do last year. I’m happy for military food service to still have training opportunities.” | February 27, 2014 | Traveller | 7


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(FROM LEFTTO RIGHT) Pvt. Logan Haynie loads an armful of sheets into a bin as Pvt. Carlos Cavero, rear left, Pvt. Matthew Bourdette, rear right, and Pvt. Karyeis Hayes look on at the Post Laundry loading docks Feb. 20. The advanced individual training Soldiers, assigned to Uniform Company, 262nd Quartermaster Battalion, were detailed to load, deliver and exchange the sheets, pillow cases and blankets of their fellow barracks residents located in the A Avenue - 40th Street battalion complex. Crawford Cobbs, a Uniform Company supply technician who supervised the Soldiers for the task, said the unit turns in and receives roughly 800 pieces of laundry weekly. The turn-in and receipt of bedding laundry procedures have remained virtually unchanged for decades, said Cobbs, with one major exception: only U.S. ArmyTraining and Doctrine Command Soldiers in training are required to exchange their linen. Permanent Party Soldiers residing in the barracks are free to use most any type bedding they want, but they are responsible for keeping it clean.

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Fort Lee family member Alex Chini, 9, holds the prizes he won at a state-level â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hoop Shootâ&#x20AC;? basketball free throw competition on Feb. 23 in Charlottesville. His next competition is in Frederick and Middletown, Md., March 15, which features champions from four states and the District of Columbia.

%EDOOÂśKRRSVKRRWHU¡$OH[&KLQL TXDOLĂ&#x20AC;HVIRUUHJLRQDOFRPSHWLWLRQ A nine-year-old Fort Lee family member has qualified for a March 15 regional â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hoop Shootâ&#x20AC;? basketball free throw competition in Frederick and Middletown, Md. Champions from four states and the District of Columbia will compete at the event. Alex Chini, a student at Tussing Elementary School, Colonial Heights, and son of retired Sgt. 1st Class Roy Chini Jr., earned the regional nod after finishing first at the state-level competition on Feb. 23 in Charlottesville. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It came down to a tie-score shootout,â&#x20AC;? said Alexâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dad while describing the recent meet. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He had hit 16-out-of-25 shots, which we knew wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a great showing and probably meant he wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going to advance in the competition. Then, we heard he was tied for first place, and it came down to a five-basket shootout. Alex sunk every shot and walked away with the win.â&#x20AC;? This was Alexâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second trip to the state championship. Last year, an 18-out-of-25 showing fell short of a first-place berth. He achieved a 22-out-of-25-shot total at a lo-


cal shoot in January and is hoping for similar success at the regional meet. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have no doubt that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ready for this level of competition,â&#x20AC;? said Chini, who placed second in a senior free-throw competition two years ago and continues to coach youth basketball teams in the local community. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He practices every day; usually 100 free throws or more each time. He loves it and it shows,â&#x20AC;? added Chini about his sonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s daily routine. The Hoop Shoot program is funded by the Elks National Foundation, the charitable arm of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (Petersburg Elks Lodge 237 sponsored the local competitors). More than 1.5 million youths participated last year. The stated goals of the program include character building through family participation and positive reinforcement, teaching respect and good sportsmanship, and expanding social skills through peer interaction. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Staff Reports

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Hometown: Hampton, Family: married with three children – two daughters and a son Describe yourself: “Easygoing, fun loving, enjoy keeping the mood light. Can be serious when the need arises.” If you won the lottery: “I would build a family cul-de-sac so that I would be surrounded by my family.

Your hero: “My wife (Nicole). She is one of the smartest and strongest people I know. I don’t think I would have made it this far without her support.” Your ideal life: “When I can wake up stress- and worry-free, knowing that my family is being taken care of and provided for.” Your dream car: “2011 Nissan Altima 2.5.” Pastimes or hobbies:

“Spending time playing with my children, drawing and do-it-yourself projects.” Worst fear: “Other than paper cuts, not being able to provide for my family.”

Your talent: “I can talk to anyone about anything. I enjoy making people laugh.” Why you joined the Army: “Joining the Army has been a childhood dream since the age of 10. Once my first child was born, the Army was the best option for me at the time.” What would you tell someone who might be thinking of joining the Army?: “Job security, opportunities to travel, benefits and great retirement package.” The values you like to

see in your leaders: “Fair, understanding, willing to work alongside their subordinates.” The values you like to see in your fellow Soldiers: “Enjoyable to work with. They also have to be accountable and pull their fair share of the workload.” Goals: “My short-term goal is to achieve rank of sergeant. My long-term goal is to retire from the Army after 20 years and open my own business.” – Compiled by Tereasa Wade, KAHC

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Members of the Ordnance Noncommissioned Officer Course, class 91B30-14-004, Army Logistics University, pose for a photo on Feb. 8 after completing a community service cleanup project for the Hopewell VFW Post 637 at its local recreation area in Prince George. The Soldiers trimmed trees, raked leaves and cleared areas around the fishing pond as well as the two campsites to allow VFW members and their families to fish and camp safely. Staff Sgt. Richard Brown, small group leader, and James Cooper, civilian instructor, noted that several students related how “it is an honor to give back to our war veterans and their families.” Cooper added, “As a member of VFW Post 637, I can say it was an honor working with this fine group of noncommissioned officers, and their service is greatly appreciated by all of the members of our post.”


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Fort Lee family members Glen Meza and Erin Soledispa work on a FIRST LEGO League robotics team project in a Prince George Middle School classroom recently. Their team – the Robotic Royals – along with an elementary school squad – the Robotic Fury – competed in a regional tournament in November. The middle school FIRST Tech Challenge robotics team recently qualified to compete in a state tournament set for Saturday at the Arthur Ashe Center in Richmond. The Prince George FTC team – 6 ½” Block Heads – received an “Inspire Award” at a regional tournament in late January in Norfolk. Event judges were impressed by the team’s ability to quickly resolve a software problem and the ingenuity they demonstrated while fixing a robotic scoop arm with cardboard and duct tape. | February 27, 2014 | Traveller | 11


Ordnance School thanks ASE for assistance Continued from page 3 the presentation. It’s important, he said, because it sets Soldiers up for success when they make the transition from military uniform back into the civilian job market. “It benefits the Army also,” he said, “because the process of achieving a professional certification requires individuals to study and rehearse the skills that are needed to perform well in their particular job specialty. It encourages on-the-job learning and career growth.” It’s important to recognize the contributions of organizations like ASE, Burns continued, because they are major players in the areas of program quality and versatility. This fiscal year, for example, the WMTD purchased 1,000 test vouchers for its wheel vehicle mechanic credential program. “This is the second year of our ASE partnership, and we learned in the first year that their credentialing is not easy,” he said, “So, to help improve our pass rates, the ODS purchased pre-tests, a skill assessment tool, training modules to improve weaknesses and a post test for each participant. To make things even better and simpler for Soldiers, these tools can be accessed via any computer with Internet capability.” The ASE assets also include labor marketing and employment opportunities for enrolled Soldiers when they choose to leave the military. This meets the goals of a veterans’ employment directive established in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012. Those eligible for the wheel vehicle mechanic certification program include advanced individual training Soldiers and those attending professional military education courses. Additionally, Soldiers in the operational force (U.S. Army Forces Command) and Reservists and National Guardsmen attending training at the Reserve Training Sites-Maintenance may also participate. “This is a success story that deserves any sort of publicity that we can muster,” Burns emphasized. “Everyone at the Ordnance School is proud of the progress made in this area, and today’s award ceremony is recognition of an important partnership that’s benefitting our veteran Soldiers.” Those who would like to participate in the wheel vehicle mechanic credentialing pilot are encouraged to contact the designated representative for their assigned course or organization. Those individuals and their area of responsibility are: Samuel A. Burns, Ordnance School, samuel.a.burns.; Staff Sgt. Richard Brown Carter, Advanced Leaders Course,; Chief Warrant Officer 5 Nichole Rettmann, RTS-M,; Chief Warrant Officer 2 Brian A. Shaw, Warrant Officer Basic Course,; and Chief Warrant Officer 5 Henry Richardson, FORSCOM,

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The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Piratesâ&#x20AC;? of Papa Company, 244th Quartermaster Battalion, 23rd QM Brigade, enjoyed some relaxation time at the Fort Lee Bowling Center during the Feb. 14 training holiday. Earlier that week, they also earned a unit spirit award for the motivation they demonstrated during a battalion run.

(ABOVE) The Jaguars (Juliet Company, 262nd Quartermaster Battalion) earned the title of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Honor Companyâ&#x20AC;? earlier this month. Pictured are Command Sgt. Maj. Charles Wells, 262nd Quartermaster Battalion CSM; Command Sgt. Maj. Terry Parham, CASCOM CSM; and Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas Kelly, 23rd QM Brigade CSM, attaching a banner to the J Company guidon after an early morning battalion run on Feb. 7. (RIGHT) The De Leon family was among the lucky winners of a Fort Lee Family Housing bingo night on Feb. 19 at the Sisisky Boulevard Welcome Center. Two childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bikes â&#x20AC;&#x201C; donated by the USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia â&#x20AC;&#x201C; were given away. Several other organizations in the Fort Lee area also donated prizes. The turnout â&#x20AC;&#x153;exceeded expectations,â&#x20AC;? according to a representative of Hunt Military Housing, and additional bingo nights will likely be planned for the near future. Monitor the Fort Lee Family Housing newsletter for updates.

Advanced individual training students from the Ordnance School perform gospel music during a recent â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reload Christian Serviceâ&#x20AC;? in Ball Auditorium on the Ordnance Campus. The program is part of a three-tier effort to build spiritual resiliency among the roughly 3,000 Soldiers assigned to the 59th Ordnance Brigade. Other programs include a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fuel for the Fightâ&#x20AC;? Bible study every Thursday evening and a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Movie with a Messageâ&#x20AC;? program every third Thursday of the month. The Sunday service includes contemporary music, videos and messages that help Soldiers â&#x20AC;&#x153;reloadâ&#x20AC;? before they begin another week of training. | February 27, 2014 | Traveller | 15









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March 3-9 is National Patient Safety Awareness Week, an education and awareness-building campaign for improving patient safety at the local level. According to the FDA, approximately 1.3 million people are injured annually as a result of medication errors. Kenner Army Health Clinic is joining other leading health care organizations across the country and around the world in promoting the Patient Safety Awareness Week messages. The goal of the campaign is to raise awareness of patient safety activities and encourage staff and patients to develop lasting partnerships among providers, patients and communities. “Patient safety is something we never take for granted and always strive to continue upholding the highest standards,” said Deneen Archer, Patient Safety and Infection Control manager, KAHC. “By observing Patient Safety Week, we are reminding ourselves and our patients that each and every day we must continue to keep patient safety in the front of our minds.” KAHC recognizes the need to provide safe and effective patient care. Through performance improvement initiatives, KAHC can improve the way a task is completed so that the operation is more

effective and crises are better prevented. As beneficiaries, there are ways you can help prevent medication errors. Some of the recommended steps include: • Telling your doctor the names of all prescription and non-prescription drugs, dietary supplements and herbal preparations at every visit. • When your doctor gives you a prescription, ask him or her to tell you the name of the drug, the correct dosage, and what the drug is used for. • Be sure you understand the directions for any medications you may be taking including the correct dosage, storage requirements and any special instructions. • Never be afraid to ask questions. If the name of the drug on your prescription looks different than you expected, if the directions appear different than you thought, or if the pills or medications look different, tell your doctor or pharmacist right away. All of us working and communicating together can reduce the amount of medication errors each year and promote better patient safety. The clinic has many programs, policies and processes in place to ensure patient safety. KAHC has an active Patient Safety Program that is committed to ensuring all aspects of care provided meet the highest standards at all times

Patient-centered care is the model at KAHC. This means the patient is at the center of everything the clinic does and every decision made. The central question our staff asks is, “What is in the best interest of the Soldier/family member?” And, based on the answer, the staff acts accordingly. This succeeds best when, as the PSAW theme for this year describes, everyone is involved, informed, and invested in the process. The leadership and staff of KAHC encourage patients to stop by during this year’s awareness week observance. “We are committed to providing the highest level of safe, quality care and welcome your participation,” said Col. Thomas S. Bundt, Kenner Army Health Clinic commander. There will be tables with educational materials and other items related to patient safety in the pharmacy waiting area lobby. The National Patient Safety Foundation started this campaign in March 2002. The NPSF is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving patient safety and reducing medical errors. It does this through education, research, and by raising awareness with hospitals, health care systems, hospital staffs and the patients and families they serve. For more information, call (804) 734-9000. | February 27, 2014 | Traveller | 17

DOD to slow military compensation growth other budget changes proposed • Reduce size of Army to 440,000 • Increase special forces troops by 4,000 • Cancel the Ground Combat Vehicle program • Air Force will retire A-10 fleet • The Marine Corps will draw down from about 190,000 to 182,000, but would have to shrink further if sequestration returns • An additional 900 Marines will be devoted to securing U.S. embassies • Round of base closings and realignments in 2017

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WASHINGTON – The Defense Department can no longer put off slowing the growth of military personnel costs, and the fiscal 2015 budget request DOD is recommending to the president begins that process, defense leaders said here Monday. Saying they are ready to take on the hard task of curbing growth in compensation, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, previewed the fiscal 2015 budget request for reporters. Hagel said all defense leaders agreed to a holistic and comprehensive approach to compensation changes. “Continuous piecemeal changes will only magnify uncertainty and doubts among our service members about whether promised benefits will be there in the future,” he said. Dempsey also stressed this in his remarks. “I know this weighs heavily on the minds of our men and women in uniform and on their families,” he said. “Our force is extraordinarily accepting of change. They are less understanding of piecemeal approaches. They want – and they deserve – predictability.” Military and civilian compensation accounts for 50 percent of the DOD budget. This has put the department out of balance, the defense leaders said, and the department must invest to ensure service members are well-equipped and welltrained to handle future challenges. All savings from compensation reforms will help keep service members properly trained and equipped, they added. The budget request recommends a 1 percent increase in military pay, and it freezes pay for general and flag officers. Hagel and Dempsey stressed that no one in uniform will see a pay cut.

Rather, they explained, the push is to slow growth to put pay and benefits on a more sustainable path. “Total pay and benefits increased 40 percent faster than the private sector between 2001 and 2012, and while that was the right thing to do at the time, we can’t continue at that rate over the long term,” Hagel said. In addition to pay, the budget request begins the process of showing the growth rate of tax-free basic housing allowances. This will continue for five years until the allowances cover about 95 percent of the average service member’s housing expenses. Again, no one will see a decrease in their basic house allowance, Hagel said. DOD also would no longer reimburse service members for renter’s insurance. This change will happen slowly so that no one’s housing allowances will actually go down, Hagel said, noting that the process also will consider differences in the relative cost of living so service members in high-rent areas won’t be adversely affected. Under the request, the department will not shut down any commissaries, but will cut subsidies for some of them, the secretary said. “Over three years, we will reduce by $1 billion the annual direct subsidy provided to military commissaries, which now totals $1.4 billion,” he said. “We are not shutting down commissaries. All commissaries will still get free rent and pay no taxes. They will be able to continue to provide a very good deal to service members and retirees – much like our post exchanges, which do not receive direct subsidies. Overseas commissaries and those in remote locations will continue receiving direct subsidies.” DOD will simplify and modernize the TRICARE health insurance program by consolidating plans and adjusting deductibles and co-pays in

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ways that encourage members to use the most affordable means of care – such as military treatment facilities, preferred providers and generic prescriptions, the secretary said. “We will ask retirees and some active duty family members to pay a little more in their deductibles and co-pays, but their benefits will remain affordable, as they should be,” he said. “To protect the most vulnerable, under this plan medically retired service members, their families, and the survivors of service members who die on active duty would not pay the annual participation fees charged to other retirees, and would pay a smaller share of the costs for health care than other retirees.” Under the budget recommendation, the average military retiree would go from paying 8 percent of health care costs out of pocket to paying 11 percent. Retirees old enough to use Medicare and who choose to have TRICARE as well, eventually would be asked to pay a little bit more to enroll in TRICARE, Hagel said. The approach encourages retirees to use free military facilities that provide outstanding care and are often underused, the secretary said.

The compensation proposals do not recommend any changes to the military retirement benefits for those now in the services, Hagel said. “We are awaiting the results of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission, which is expected to present its report in February 2015, before pursuing reforms in this area,” he added. “But DOD continues to support the principle of ‘grandfathering’ for any future changes to military retirement plans.” Hagel said the proposals were carefully crafted to reform military compensation in a fair, responsible, and sustainable way. “We recognize that no one serving our nation in uniform is overpaid for what they do for our country,” he added. “But if we continue on the current course without making these modest adjustments now, the choices will only grow more difficult and painful down the road. We will inevitably have to either cut into compensation even more deeply and abruptly, or we will have to deprive our men and women of the training and equipment they need to succeed in battle. Either way, we would be breaking faith with our people. And the president and I will not allow that to happen.”

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Black History Month Observance | Feb. 28

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History Month Observance is set for Feb. 28, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., at the Lee Theater. Hosted by the 23rd Quartermaster Brigade, the event will feature Dr. Zoe Spencer, associate professor of sociology at Virginia State University, as the guest speaker. Doors will open at 11 a.m. for participants to view two exhibits – “Stony the Road: Desegregating America’s Schools” and “AfricanAmerican Trailblazers” – presented by Mary Lauderdale of the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia. For details, call (804) 734-6625.

Lee Theater ‘Big River’ Auditions | March 3-4 The Theater Company at Fort Lee will hold auditions for “Big River,” a musical, March 3-4, 7 p.m., at the Lee Theater, building 4300, Mahone Avenue. Director Amy Perdue is seeking 25 African-American and Caucasian men and women, ages 15-65, for a variety of principle and secondary roles. Those auditioning should prepare a song and bring sheet music in the correct key, and be dressed for movement. An accompanist will be provided. Readings will be from the script. Rehearsals will

A technology workshop, hosted by the Army Career and Alumni Program, will be offered March 4, 10 a.m. - noon, at the Soldier Support Center, building 3400, 1401 B Ave. A technology consultant from New Horizons Computer Learning Center will share information about IT occupations locally and nationally, certifications and the V3 Initiative. For details, call (804) 734-6612.

555th PIA Meeting | March 5 The Jessie J. Mayes Tri-Cities Chapter of the 555th Parachute Infantry Association, Inc., will conduct its monthly meeting, March 5, 6 p.m., at building P-9050 across from the old lodging office, Mahone Avenue. Prior airborne experience is not a prerequisite for membership or attending. For details, call (804) 861-0945.

Library Orientation for Home Schoolers | March 6 A free library resources orientation for home schoolers is offered the first Thursday of the month, 9-10 a.m., at the Fort Lee Community Library, located

on the 2nd floor of the Army Logistics University, building 12420, 34th St. The next program is March 6. Participants will learn how to use the catalog, how resources are arranged and more. Registration is open until the day before the orientation. For registration and details, call (804) 765-8095.

Dress in Blue Day | March 7 Fort Lee community members are encouraged to wear blue in support of a national colon cancer prevention observance on March 7. An awareness and education exhibit also will be on display March 3-7 at the Kenner Army Health Clinic in the pharmacy waiting area. The National Dress in Blue Day observance, sponsored by the Colon Cancer Alliance, promotes the importance of regular screening practices. For details, call (804) 734-9674.

Gospel Concert | March 16 A free family gospel concert featuring Aaron Shust with Mikeschair will be held on March 16, 6 p.m., at Memorial Chapel, Sisisky Boulevard and Battle Drive. Other performers in The Morning Rises Tour include Jonny Diaz and Lauren Daigel. The doors for the concert open at 5:30 p.m. For details, call (804) 731-9851.

RIVER’S BEND CHILDREN’S CENTER PRIVATE PILOT GROUND SCHOOL Tuition: $300 Books and materials not included. Designed to prepare potential pilots with the basic understanding of the aeronautical knowledge required to take and successfully complete the FAA Private Pilot Knowledge Test. Location: Dinwiddie County Airport. Course Length: 36 Hours Monday/Wednesday Evening: 6:00-9:00 PM March 24 - April 30, 2014 Contact: Sam Couch (H) 804-458-1878, Cell: 804-720-5084.

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Free Couponing Classes | March 4, 13, 18 April 1 Several free day and evening couponing classes will be offered by Army Community Service. The next class dates and titles are as follows: Basic Couponing, March 4, 10-11 a.m.; and March 13, 5-6 p.m.; and How to Eat Healthy on a Budget, March 18, 10-11 a.m., and April 10, 5-6 p.m. The day classes are at the ACS building on Mahone Avenue. Call ACS for the location of the evening classes. For details and registration, call (804) 734-6431.

Financial Readiness | Ongoing A variety of free financial readiness courses are offered monthly at the ACS building on Mahone Avenue. The next class dates and topics are as follows: Personal Finance Management, March 4; Consumer Advocacy, March 5; PCS Move, March 6; Debt Liquidation, March 7; TSP, March 11; Basic Money Management, March 12; Planning for Baby, March 13; Auto Purchase and Insurance, March 14; Budget and Record Keeping, March 14; Home Buying, March 18; and Credit Card Debt, March 19. The classes meet from 1-3 p.m. For details and registration, call (804) 734-6388.

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Calendar, continued Employment Readiness | Ongoing Five employment readiness classes are available at ACS in 2014. Times for the classes vary. The classes, with the next dates, are as follows: Resumé Writing, March 4; Interviewing Skills and Dressing for Success, March 6; Spouses Overseas Employment Orientation, March 5; Job Search Strategies and Application Assistance, March 5; and Small Business Workshop, March 19 and 26. For details and registration, call (804) 734-6388.

Scream-Free Parenting Series | March 4, 11, 18 The ACS Family Advocacy Program will host a series of free Scream-Free Parenting sessions on March 4, 11 and 18, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., at building 9023, 1231 Mahone Ave. Childcare is available on a limited basis. Brown bag lunches are recommended. Future dates are April 8, 15 and 22. For details, call (804) 734-6388.


A class titled 5 Truths Every Parent Should Know, sponsored by the ACS Family Advocacy Program, will be offered March 12, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., at building 9023, 1231 Mahone Ave. Childcare is available on a limited basis. Brown bag lunches are recommended. Future dates are April 9 and May 7. For details, call (804) 734-6388.



Three Point Shootout | Feb. 27

Chesterfield Civil War Tour | March 1

Family and MWR Sports will host a Three Point Shootout, Feb. 27, 6 p.m., at MacLaughlin Fitness Center. It is open to active duty military only. There is no charge. For details, call (804) 765-3896.

A driving tour of Civil War battle sites that played a major role in the 1864 Bermuda Hundred Campaign is set for March 1, 10 a.m., at Henricus Historical Park, 251 Henricus Park Road. The tour will include stops at Battery Dantzler, Parker’s Battery, Howlett Line Park, Fort Wead and Sgt. Engle Park. Transportation is provided. The cost is $15 and individuals should register at For details, call (804) 751-4946.

Discover SCUBA | March 2 A Discover SCUBA diving program, sponsored by Fort Lee Family and MWR Outdoor Recreation, will be offered March 2, 1 p.m., at the Burkwood Racquet and Swim Club, 9129 Burkwood Club Drive, Mechanicsville. The cost is $35, and it is open to all community members over the age of 10. Pre-registration is required including the completion of medical and liability forms. Participants must provide their own transportation. For details, call (804) 765-2212.

Dodgeball Intramurals | March 13

5 Truths Class | March 12


Dodgeball Intramurals, sponsored by FMWR Sports, will begin March 13. Companies must submit an entry form to the Sports Office, building 4320, C Avenue and 19th Street, by March 13. There is no charge. It is open to active duty military and their spouses, DOD Civilians and contractors at Fort Lee. There will be a preseason tournament March 20 and a postseason tournament May 1 and 8. For details, call (804) 765-3896.

Pro Wrestling Fundraiser at PGHS | March 1 One Night with “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair is set for March 1, 7 p.m., at Prince George High School, 7801 Laurel Spring Road. There will be other performers including Matt Hardy and Big Van Vader. Tickets are $50 (front row), $40 (second row), $30 third row, $20 (rows 4-5), $15 general admission in the bleachers, and $10 for Prince George students. Tickets can be purchased at Hooters of Chester, Jimmy’s Burger Spot of Prince George/ Hopewell, Hopewell Quick Lunch and online at Big Time Wrestling. Proceeds benefit the school’s athletic programs. For details, call (804) 733-2720.

Berkeley Plantation Home Schoolers | March Berkeley Plantation is offering home-

schooled students and their families a special rate during March. Berkeley is a living history experience and children can learn about the life of Benjamin Harrison, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and the ninth president of the U.S., who was born and lived at Berkeley. The cost is $8.50 for adults and $5 for students, kindergarten through high school. Children under age 6 are free. The plantation is located between Richmond and Williamsburg off scenic Route 5. For details, call (888) 466-6018 or visit

Spirited History Tour | March 1 A Spirited History Tour of the 1892 Jail and Chesterfield Courthouse Green will be held March 1, 8-10 p.m., at 6819 Mimms Loop. Sponsored by the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia, participants will experience a paranormal tour. The cost is $20 and limited to ages 8 and older. For registration and details, visit www.

Walk, Run & Roll | March 14 A Walk, Run and Roll event to support disabled veterans and their families is slated for March 14, 9:30 a.m., at the Virginia Beach Boardwalk, 24th Street. The fee is $10 for adults if paid by Feb. 28 and $20 after that date. Children under 12 are free. A military family resource fair will be held following the walk at the Virginia Beach Resort and Conference Center, 2800 Shore Dr. To register and for details, visit www.

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