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Vol. 72, No. 10

Serving the community of Fort Lee,Virginia, since 1941

WHAT’S INSIDE

AER Campaign Begins, Covenant Reaffirmed Page 3

DeCA Announces Lee Store Renovation Plan Page 3

Ice Carving Displays Artistic Abilities Page 12 America’s Military ..........................Page 7 News Briefs .....................................Page 8 CASCOM COR ..............................Page 9 Kenner Connection ......................Page 14 Sgt. McGillicuddy’s Wordsearch ..Page 20 Calendar of Events................Pages 27, 29

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COMMENTARY

Empty Nest Gives Time for Reflection by Chaplain (Maj.) Andrew Ropp

Chaplain’s Corner

Fort Lee Family Life Chaplain

My wife and I love the “empty nest.â€? From the time we started planning to have children, we also looked forward to the time when they would leave home to be out on their own. Our children grew up being told that when they graduated from high school they would have to choose – join the military, go to college or get married. Whatever their choice, staying home was not one of them – or at least that is what I told them. One day, when both girls were just out of their car seats, my wife and I were talking about what kind of car we wanted to get for ourselves when the youngest graduated from high school. Suddenly, our oldest began crying. When we asked what was wrong, she responded, “There is no EDFNVHDW:KHUHDP,JRLQJWRVLW"´8PPÂŤH[DFWO\ Planning for the empty nest, however, was more than just figuring out what we were going to do after the girls were gone. It was preparing the girls to be on their own. It was giving them opportunities to enjoy their youth with PHPRU\PDNLQJH[SHULHQFHV6LJQLILFDQWO\LWZDVWDNLQJ

PRO DEO ET PATRIA advantage of those times when we could spend quality time together so they knew confidently they were loved and they were each important as individuals. They have been out on their own for several years now. Oh, the freedom! We can eat at any restaurant without wondering if they have a children’s menu. No more teenagers asking for the keys to MY car. No more having to work our social calendar around the endless activities of our children. No more long discussions (arguments?) over the importance of having a clean bedroom. And, we have much smaller electric and water bills. Yes, the children are grown and out on their own. And, as much fun as the empty nest might be, I must admit that I miss my kids. I didn’t realize how quickly time would fly as they matured.

I have often asked myself whether I took advantage of every opportunity to spend quality time with my daughters. I know there were times I could have done better. Long weekends and holidays cause me to remember weekends I spent with my wife and daughters. When possible, we would try to go on a short trip somewhere or at least find a way to spend quality time together through the weekend. Did I ever miss a chance to get to know my children better while giving them a chance to get to know me better as well? Those times are over. My girls have become beautiful young women living their lives and pursuing their dreams. My wife and I are now seeing the seeds of our plans and dreams from \HDUVDJREHJLQWRVSURXW:KDWPDNHVWKHVHGUHDPVH[FLWLQJ is that we are enjoying them together. The older I get, the more I value quality time with those I love. I don’t ever want those I love to wonder if I love them. I don’t want to miss a chance to strengthen and deepen relationships with my Family. I want to make the most of weekends and holidays so I can make new memories instead of new regrets.

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Spc. Nathan Rohlik places spinach leaves on a beef tenderloin during the Field Competition at the 21012 Military Culinary Arts Competition. Rohlik is on the U.S. Army Europe team this year. See Page 11 for story and photo. Photo by Amy Perry To reach the Traveller Staff, call (804) 734-7147.


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NEWS

AER Campaign Begins, AFC Reaffirmed by Kimberly Fritz Family/Community Life Reporter

Team Lee kicked off the 70th annual Army Emergency Relief campaign March 1 with a ceremony at the Fort Lee Theater. Before the start of the official event, the Army Strong Beginnings preschool classes from Child, Youth and School Services’ Battle Drive Child Development Center sang “God Bless America� and “Where’s My Teacher?� To begin the once-a-year fundraising event, Col. Rodney D. Edge, U.S. Army Garrison, Fort Lee commander, introduced the guest speaker, retired Col. C. Eldon Mullis, Army Emergency Relief, deputy director for administration and corporate secretary. Mullis discussed AER aspects that aren’t widely known about the non-profit organization. “We’ve been supporting Soldiers for 70 years,� Mullis said. “You would think that everyone knows everything there is to know about AER.� Mullis said when he visits installations and speaks with Soldiers he realizes there are many people don’t know the tools that are available to them as Soldiers and leaders. “I am going to tell you about some tools that I want you to put in your rucksack and take with you,� Mullis said. “One day you may need help or one of your friends, a Family member or retiree may need help.� Mullis said a large part of the campaign is about awareness. “It’s about talking up what AER can do for you,� he said. He spoke about many people who are eligible for assistance but aren’t aware they are. AER assists active duty,

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Maj. Gen. James L. Hodge, CASCOM and Fort Lee commanding general, and Col. Rodney D. Edge, Fort Lee Garrison commander, sign their 2012 Army Emergency Relief pledge cards during the AER Campaign kick-off March 1 at the Fort Lee Theater. their Family members, National Guard members who have been activated for 30 days, retirees, widows and children of deceased Soldiers. He shared an example of a medically retired sergeant who lost his home to foreclosure because he couldn’t make ends meet as he transitioned from active duty after he’d lost his left arm in an IED explosion. Mullis said he wished he could have helped – if only the Soldier had known.

Mullis encouraged the audience to get the word out about who is eligible and for what. In the last two years, AER has added more than 90 categories to the program including assisting the HVAC repair costs, repair or replacement of a refrigerator or stove, purchase of child’s car seats and help with buying a child’s cranial helmet. Mullis highlighted the undergraduate scholarship program for children of Soldiers based primarily on financial need and the three primary requests for a loan or grant – food, rent or utilities. Mullis said he wants to get the word out about AER’s programs and to encourage Soldiers to use the money that is there for them. “We are the Army Family helping other members of the Army Family,� he said. “We raise funds once a year to replenish the funds.� Team Lee’s goal this year is to raise $105,000. The campaign coordinator is Sgt. 1st Class Tekena Patterson and campaign assistant is Sgt. 1st Class Ricky Warren. Their office is located inside Army Community Service , building 9023. To contact either by phone, call (804) 7653800 or 734-7954. Last year, Fort Lee’s Army Community Service, administered $1.4 million in AER loans to more than 1,100 eligible recipients. At the conclusion of Mullis’ speech, Maj. Gen. James L. Hodge, CASCOM and Fort Lee commander, and Edge signed their AER pledge cards and re-signed the Army Family Covenant, which is the Army’s commitment to providing a quality of life commensurate with their level of service and sacrifice to the nation.

Lee Commissary Set to Undergo Renovations More self-checkout terminals and a redesigned entryway will be among the results of a near-future renovation project planned for the Fort Lee Commissary. The upgrade will help “streamline the shopping experience� here, according to Defense Commissary Agency officials. The work could start as early as October. No closures or changes to the store’s normal operating hours are anticipated during the project, which is expected to take 14 months to complete. Herb Winchester, director of DeCA’s East Area, which includes the Fort Lee store, said this project is indicative of his organization’s aggressive facility management program that is meant to provide consistent delivery of the commissary benefit at the 247 locations worldwide.

“The Fort Lee commissary has a fairly high volume of foot traffic for a mediumsized facility and many customers have expressed interest in what can be done to improve the shopping experience,� Winchester said. “This project is our response to those patrons.� Providing further details about the project, Winchester said customers may have already noticed some of the prep work for the renovation. The bank area that used to be located in the entrance is gone, and an automated teller machine has been installed. “We’re going to move the public rest rooms in that area as well,� Winchester said. “They will be relocated to another space near the front of the store. One other element involves moving the cart coral to

a covered area just outside the entrance so shoppers can conveniently get their carts as they enter the facility.� The new design accommodates the installation of four additional self- checkout stations, and there’s room at the front of the store for a customer kiosk that will provide shopping information to new arrivals on the installation. Other key features of the project include the following: ‡ ,QVWDOODWLRQ RI D QHZ KHDW DQG DLU ventilation system ‡ 1HZIORRULQJDQGFHLOLQJWLOHV ‡ ,QVWDOODWLRQ RI QHZ UHIULJHUDWHG GLVplay cases in the produce section ‡ 5HIUHVKLQJ WKH RYHUDOO ORRN RI WKH deli area, as well as the store offices and preparation areas of the produce and fresh

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Lee NCOs Complete Overseas Training Mission Two noncommissioned officers from the Ordnance School’s Wheel Maintenance Training Department here will soon wrap up a six-month Mobile Training Team Mission in Vilseck, Germany. During their deployment, Sgt. 1st Class Bryan Ferguson and Staff Sgt. Arturo Nino conducted nine consecutive training courses that produced more than 30 Soldiers who are now qualified as Rough Terrain Cargo Handler Maintainers. “This is a great example of Ordnance Corps support,” noted Samuel Burns, Wheel Maintenance Training Department course manager. “When the U.S. Army European Command came to us asking for help in qualifying more Soldiers in the Rough Terrain Container Handler, specialty, we were able to step forward and complete the mission. It also says a lot about

the quality of our instructors. They took their skills and innovation to the field and completed the mission as required.” The RTCH is the primary vehicle used by sustainment units to move, load and/or stage 20-foot containers for large-scale, logistics operations, Burns explained. The RTCH is identified as “critical rollingstock” specifically during deployment and re-deployment operations conduct at ports, rail sites and airfields. Cargo movement with the RTCH system saves time and simultaneously provides the unique ability to operate in any terrain and under rugged conditions, according to Burns. Safety is significantly increased when using the RTCH system versus a forklift. This is primarily due to the manner in which the RTCH attaches itself to the cargo container and the additional stabilization

the RTCH system provides. “For sustainment commanders, having the RTCH system is great, but having qualified maintainers to sustain it is a critical and priceless asset,” Burns said. Ferguson served as the lead NCO and primary instructor for the mission. He previously taught the RTCH Maintainer course at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., for two years prior to relocating to Fort Lee in 2011 as part of the Base Realignment and Closure moves. Nino teaches the Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic (91B) course and recently began teaching the RTCH Maintainer course. He too relocated from Aberdeen Proving Ground. Joel Blakeney, who serves as Joint Multi-National Training Center, Combined Arms Training Center Plans Officer for USAREUR, stated that “Everything is going exceptionally well. The two Soldiers your organization sent over here are real professionals.” The number of classes conducted by Ferguson and Nino during this mission

exceeded the number of similar courses taught in the schoolhouse at Fort Lee over the past two years, Burns noted. “These dynamic NCOs make my job as the course manager easier,” Burns said. “I was able to provide support from the rear and to effectively coordinate and execute all logistics-related tasks. This was a direct result of the sound communication between the supported units, our NCOs and the department.” The cargo handler maintainer course at Fort Lee trains active Army, reserve and national guard enlisted Soldiers to perform maintenance on the RTCH system, basic vehicle operations, introduction to troubleshooting, fuel system maintenance, electrical system maintenance, power train maintenance and brake maintenance. The class awards an additional skill identifier of “R1.” The annual training load for the RTCH Maintainer course is 40 Students. – Wheel Maintenance Training Department

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Marines Step Up to Challenge Fort Lee Marines, led by Gunnery Sgt. Robert Lince, help the Friends of the Lower Appomattox River repair steps at Hopewell's Evergreen Overlook on Feb. 25. The Marines removed more than 50 bags of trash and 15 tires, said Wayne Walton of FOLAR. "The young service men and women do a yeoman's job with their volunteer efforts for the community," said Walton.

Team Racks Up the Points Among more than 270 people participating in the 59th Ordnance Brigade's first Leaders Night on Feb. 24 are, from left, Sgt. 1st Class Clifton Rash, Staff Sgt. Nicholas Long, 1st Sgt. Clinton Parker, Sgt. 1st Class Elvira Pygatt and Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Hardy. They are playing the rack builder game, competing against four other teams, which they defeated. This team is arranging ribbons in the order of their precedence. The event was held to raise funds for the Brigade Ball and build organization cohesion.


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ReafďŹ rming Their Commitment Lt. Col. Sean Herron, 16th Ordnance Battalion commander, recites the oath of reenlistment to 13 59th Ordnance Brigade Soldiers from his battalion during a mass reenlistment ceremony in the Ordnance Circle Friday. From left, the Soldiers are Staff Sgt. LaShandra McConnell-Antoine, Staff Sgt. Delvecchio Barnette, Sgt. Seaford Heron Jr., Staff Sgt. Benjamin Brown, Staff Sgt. Zachary Lewis, Staff

Sgt. Samuel Martinez, Staff Sgt. Ronald Quinn, Sgt. Larry Jackson, Sgt. 1st Class Kevin Vest, Staff Sgt. Jermie Romel, Sgt. 1st Class Dominic Brock, Spc. Ronnie Stout and Sgt. Pileo Devega. Sgt. 1st Class Boris Arevalotorres, Staff Sgt. Michael Lilly and Staff Sgt. Jaime Morales, also part of the 16th, reenlisted this week while deployed to Afghanistan.

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CASCOM Welcomes New Senior NCO Command Sgt. Maj. James E. Riddick assumed the position of Combined Arms Support Command and Fort Lee command sergeant major during a change of responsibility ceremony at the MacLaughlin Fitness Center Friday. Maj. Gen. James L. Hodge, CASCOM and Fort Lee commanding general, presided over the ceremony that also saw outgoing Command Sgt. Maj. C.C. Jenkins Jr. retire after a 35year career in the U.S. Army. “Command Sgt. Maj. Riddick is the right person at the right time to be the CASCOM and Fort Lee command sergeant major,” Hodge said. “I have complete confidence that he will continue to take this great command and our Soldiers to new heights, as we continue the journey of becoming more multi-functional, more efficient, more capable and more effective on the 21st century battlefield.” Riddick joins CASCOM from the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill. He enlisted in the Army in 1986 and attended basic training at Fort Dix, N.J. He completed advanced individual

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Teams Use Field Kitchens for Fine Dining by Amy Perry Production/News Assistant Editor

While most who eat food from a Containerized Kitchen are just happy for a hot meal, visitors to the Military Culinary Arts Competition here were treated to four- and five-star quality feasts. CKs are typically used to serve deployed military members and are capable of serving three hot meals a day to those downrange. In the MCAC, however, culinary teams use them to create a threecourse meal for 80 people who luckily obtain one of the “public day” tickets at the Post Field House portion of the event. “Utilizing the containerized kitchens for the Field Competition adds an interesting dynamic because they aren’t using the field rations as cooks normally do on the CKs,” said Raymond Beu, Joint Culinary Center of Excellence director of training, while noting the unique challenge of the event. “The CKs are made for feeding Army units

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Spc. Omar Wilson, serving on the Hawaii culinary team, cuts up a piece of tuna for part of the team’s entree – the Ahi Tuna Furikaki – during the field competition event March 1. in the field. For the field competition, the teams come up with 4- and 5-star quality menus, but they have to use the components of the CK to cook everything.” First-timer to the field com-

petition Spc. Andrew Shurden, from the Hawaii team, said working on the CKs made the event more challenging. Shurden’s team earned a silver medal. “Trying to cook fine dining on

the equipment they gave us is a challenge because it’s not designed for it,” he said. “It’s designed to feed mass amounts of people, not make fine dining.” Fort Stewart’s Staff Sgt. September Harris, another firsttimer to the field competition and to the entire event, said her team worked for two months to perfect its menus. Harris worked on the appetizer – Tuna Carpaccio with peppered greens and roasted garlic aioli, scallop cevichi with Italian parsley and a splash of olive oil, citrus shrimp and fried capers. Her team earned gold for the event, and she said she was thrilled with the results. “I was very excited when I heard we won the gold medal,” she said. “I still don’t believe it. There was a lot of stiff competition – all the long hours paid off.” While Soldiers have some training on either the CKs or Mobile Kitchen Trailers, some of the participants of the culinary competition only get to experience them during the event.

The Coast Guard, for example, doesn’t use CKs, but its team was quickly introduced to the equipment during MCAC, said Food Service Specialist 2nd Class Jason Rohrs, who is on the Coast Guard team. The Coast Guard team comes together from all across the branch to compete at the culinary competition. Rohrs serves on the Cutter Eagle, a 300foot sailboat that is used for training cadets or officer candidates. “We don’t have this equipment in the Coast Guard – so we don’t get an opportunity to practice on a containerized kitchen,” said Rohrs, whose team earned a bronze medal this year. “Our team comes from all over, and we communicate by emails so we all have a game plan – but we don’t get an opportunity to practice together a lot.” The field competition event is part of the overall coveted Installation of the Year award. The top installation will be named at the MCAC awards ceremony Friday, 10:30 a.m., at the Lee Theater.

Mystery Basket Makes Event a ‘Thorny’ Challenge by Kathryn C. Weigel Production Assistant

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Pfc. Alicia Martineau of Fort Bragg, N.C., removes thorns from a pad of nopales.

Think whipping up a nutritional meal is a breeze? Try doing it with a pad of thorny cactus as one of six required ingredients. That was the challenge facing Monday’s competitors in the Nutritional Hot Food Challenge of the 37th Annual Military Culinary Arts Competition. Pentagon, Fort Bragg, N.C., and Fort Stewart, Ga., teams squared off. Each two-person team was armed with quail breast, whole grain couscous, a vegetarian protein mix, papaya, pine nuts and the thorny ingredient, a pad of

nopales, the Spanish name for prickly pear cactus. Ingredients change daily during the eight days of the nutritional challenge, but each mystery market basket includes a grain, an animal protein, a vegetable protein, a vegetable, a fruit and a nut or seed. The task is to cook in 90 minutes a 750-calorie meal that also meets the cholesterol, sodium and fiber requirements of the MyPlate standards set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, said Maj. Julie Rylander, a nutrition expert with the Joint Culinary Center of Excellence. “We set them up for

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Ice Carvers Bring High Skills to Culinary Event by T. Anthony Bell Senior Writer/Special Projects

Of all the events associated with the 37th Annual Military Culinary Arts Competition over the past 11 days at Fort Lee, ice carving is one of the few that doesn’t involve cooking. But that’s not to say the showcase lacks a high level of competitiveness and skill. “Ice carving takes a lot of skill,” said Spc. Matthew McKown, with the U.S. Army Reserve Culinary Team. “And to keep up those skills, you have to practice.” Practiced or not, eight military members were ready to demonstrate their carving skills in an event that takes place outside of the Military Culinary Arts Competition’s, or MCAC’s, main cooking venue. It kicked off March 1 with the solo round in which one participant is provided with a roughly 2-by-3-foot block of ice and is given three hours to complete a sculpture. To carve out their works of art, contestants are allowed to use traditional tools such as chisels and saws but also employ chain saws, drills, blow torches and other heating elements to cut, shape and further refine their work. “You can use pretty much anything you can bring,” said McKown. There are also two other categories within the ice carving event – one for a two-contestant team provided with three blocks of ice and given three hours to complete their work. The other is for a three-contestant team that is provided with up to five blocks of ice and three hours. McKown, a resident of the Seattle area, is a first-timer to the competition but an experienced carver nonetheless. He said the level of skill in the MCAC surprised him. “So far, I’m amazed at what the military produces,” he said. “We have a lot of talent here.” During the first week of competition, the talent and skills were on full display. Under one tent stood a fairly detailed 3-foot-high horse on a pedestal. In another, a 3-foot-long sailboat complete with main and support sails

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Spc. John Philipp sends ice particles with a drill during the ice carving event of the Military Culinary Arts Competition March 2. Philipp is a member of the Fort Hood (Texas) Culinary Arts Team sculpted a rearing horse. sat ready for judging. Stafford Decambra, a professional who has judged the event the past six years, said he often sees the same competitors and works to help them develop and improve their skills. “We try to instill the finer points, elevate them and teach them about motion, level of difficulty and workmanship,” he said. “When I see it all come together and get that tingly feeling on the inside, it makes me happy to know that our coaching and mentoring has made a difference.” The ice carving competition is a stand-alone event for

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The team’s presence at the MCAC comes shortly after the Navy announced significant changes in the culinary arena. The service branch has laid out three aggressive goals For the first time in its 37-year history, the Military to improve culinary specialists’ quality of work, including Culinary Arts Competition here welcomed an all-Navy team adjustments to menus to incorporate more scratch cooking comprised of Sailors from various duty stations and com- and bakery products, and to increase training while ensurmands across the country. Based on the medal count, the ing appropriate staffing levels. Specific goals include more troops clearly brought their A-game and took advantage of instruction at the Joint Culinary Center of Excellence at Fort the many learning opportunities offered at the competition. Lee and in fleet concentration areas like Norfolk and San Team captain Culinary Specialist 1st Class Michael Diego. Additionally, professional chefs will be sent to sea Edwards, who won the competition’s Armed Forces Chef to provide hands-on and on-the-job training for less-experiof the Year title in 2009, said Navy leaders have recognized enced culinary specialists. the value of the competition for years and their plan to send The Navy Student Skills team competed Feb. 29, earning a larger wave of participants to compete for the Installation a silver medal and a great deal of experience. Each student of the Year title – one of the most prestigious achievements team had four members and one alternate – all meeting the during the 12-day show – has finally reached fruition. technical definition of “student chef,” which requires that “About five years ago, several of us went to Las Vegas they not be older than 25 years of age. The competition is where we trained under professional chef Miles Parker. divided into three phases, including fish, chicken and vegThe plan was to eventually continue on to the Culinary etable preparation and a hot food challenge where each team Olympics,” he said. “We’ve competed in military and civil- created four servings of a four-course signature meal. The ian competitions and small groups of us have competed here final phase is a cold buffet platter presentation. Each student (at Fort Lee) in individual events. We would go back to our skills team member draws for the event in which he or she galleys and messes with medals, but we felt like the Navy will compete. presence wasn’t strong enough. This year, everyone started The four competing team members – Culinary Specialist asking, ‘Why isn’t the Navy here?’ All the other branches 3rd Class Cameron Johnson, Culinary Specialist 2nd Class were competing and winning but only a small group of us Anthony Cataby, Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Frida Karani had that experience.” and Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Sarah Scholz – all shared This year, it all came together with the support of the their excitement to be on the first Navy squad at MCAC. Navy Supply Systems Command, the enlisted aide commu- None of them are prior competitors. nity and the support of Fort Lee, Edwards said. “I was nervous,” Karani said. “I was excited too. It was a great challenge for our team to train individually and then come together here to compete.” “This has been a great learning experience and a pleasure to work with some of the best culinary specialists in the Navy,” Cataby said. “It’s been hard work but well worth it.” Friday, the team competed in the field cooking event preparing a threecourse meal for 75. The menu of seared sable fish, braised short ribs and a Nutella cereal crunch chocolate mousse earned a silver medal. Team member Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Sondra Marie Baier said the event was an education on speed. “This has been 12 days of intense training,” she said. “Everything in the military motivates, including this competition. I can’t think of anywhere in the civilian world where you would see this kind of competition.” Baier said it has been a great opporFrom left, Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Cameron Johnson, CS2 tunity to be a part of the first-ever Navy Sarah Scholtz, CS2 Frida Karani and CS 1 Matthew Susienka listen team. as judge Tom Recinella critiques Scholtz’s dish prepared for the “It’s neat to be part of this,” she student contemporary cooking event. Scholtz’s chicken fabricasaid. “I’m hoping it will continue. It’s tion won a gold medal. Family/Community Life Reporter

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GLOBAL REACH MCAC Extends Invitation to International Participants by T. Anthony Bell Senior Writer/Special Projects

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Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Sondra Marie Baier prepares part of a dessert for the Navy's field team competition meal during the 37th Annual Military Culinary Arts Competition at Fort Lee March 2. Baier is a member of the Navy's first culinary arts team. a great time to show the Navy and the world what Sailors in military food service can do.” Edwards is hoping to finish in the top five for the Installation of the Year competition. Regardless of that outcome, however, he feels the team has already succeeded … its young culinary specialists have demonstrated a wealth of talent and skill that isn’t seen in general mess cooking on a day-to-day basis. “For me, this is an opportunity to extend what I’ve done in the last few years to those who haven’t competed before,” he said. “I think it has been very successful. We have some amazing talent on this team. I’m blown away by what I have seen.” The overall Military Culinary Arts Competition will conclude with an awards ceremony Friday at the Fort Lee Theater. Look for more photos and coverage on the competition’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/Army.Culinary.

Over the past five years, what’s now known as the Military Culinary Arts Competition has evolved from a predominately Army and Marine Corps event to one that has attracted all of the armed services. And it keeps extending its reach. This year, the MCAC included its first international category within the event, attracting teams from the United States, Canada and Germany. Although more teams were slated to participate, it was a good start to an effort intended to add a little spice to the showcase of military food services, said Sgt. Maj. Mark Warren, Joint Culinary Center of Excellence. “It enhances the competition because it is a better venue to address our most senior chef skills,” he said. Much of the MCAC is tailored toward junior food service personnel, helping them develop skills to better serve their respective military organizations. The Armed Forces Chef of the Year is one of a few events aimed at senior chefs. Two veterans of that competition, Sgt. Maj. Mark Morgan and Master Sgt. Jesus Camacho, both members of the U.S. Army Culinary Arts Team, represented the U.S. Armed Forces in the inaugural event. They earned a gold medal and won the competition, but it wasn’t an easy task, said Camacho. “I’ve been in other competitions in Germany and it’s been great; I’m very proud to do it,” he said. “But it’s harder competing here because we’re in front of our peers – our own American Soldiers. That is more pressure than going to Germany and going up against international competition because that’s an audience that doesn’t know you.” Master Cpl. Chiu Tsang, one half of the Canadian team, said the event was more than a competition. It’s an opportunity to share his skills with the other contestants. “It’s an honor to be chosen to represent my country,” he said. “It’s not so much winning or losing but having the opportunity to share our culinary background, our knowledge and to see what the other countries are doing. It’s been an eye-opener.” Warren said it’s been an eye-opener for the junior food service personnel as well because they were treated to seeing chefs perform at a very high level. “It shows young Soldiers who come here the level of

expertise required to compete at a national or international event,” he said. Warren said the USACAT team, which typically performs at the Culinary World Cup and the Culinary Olympics in Europe, has traditionally been the principal means to mentor young chefs. The international competition at the MCAC will touch the multitudes of young chefs beyond the USACAT team. “This is another venue in which the young Soldiers can see what the most senior talented chefs in the Army can do on any given day in headto-head competition against other services.” Morgan said the MCAC can only benefit from an international presence in the future. “This will open the door for other teams and countries to participate,” he said. “I think it expands the venue.” The plan to increase the international presence in future competitions was confirmed by Chief Warrant Officer 5 Russell Campbell, USACAT team manager and the primary MCAC organizer this year. “We definitely want to make this a tradition,” he said. “Perhaps it will be in a different format or even on a field cooking platform. In a few weeks, we will start taking a serious look at what we will do for next year, so we can ensure we have everything in place to make it successful.”

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Teams Show Passion with Cold Displays by Patrick Buffett Managing Editor

Appearance means a lot in the food service industry. Ugly food, even if it tastes OK, is more likely to be passed up by picky eaters. It’s also a matter of pride and creativity … accomplished cooks view food as an art form that should please the senses as well as the stomach. That’s why a lot of emphasis was placed on plating and table presentations during the 37th Annual Military Culinary Arts Competition that will conclude with a final awards ceremony Friday at the Fort Lee Theater. In one particular event – Team Buffet/Cold Food – looks meant everything as participants created elaborate food displays with themes like Captain Hook, Mardi Gras, under the sea and more. “The smallest details determine the winners here,” said Sgt. John Thomas, a member of the culinary team representing Fort Sill, Okla. “The judges want to see the cleanliness of your aspect – that all of your pieces are well put together, good variety, multiple kinds of cuts, clean lines and straight edges. Cleanliness of the plate is a big thing also. Really, the standard is to be perfect and then improve on it from there.” The competition guidelines for the Team Buffet/Cold Food event read as follows: “Every team must prepare a cold food buffet table (with) a minimum of seven mandatory entries, all with a common theme, and will showcase the team’s ability to work together and produce a work of cu-

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Sgt. John Thomas, a member of the Fort Sill, Okla., team, carefully adjusts the alignment of a plate during a Team Buffet/Cold Food table display event early Saturday morning at the Post Field House on Fort Lee. Teams competing in the 37th Annual Culinary Arts Competition category had to “demonstrate the beauty, skill and perfection of the culinary arts.” linary art. These tables are the epitome of beauty, skill and perfection. Included are hors d’ oeuvres, plated appetizers, plated desserts, buffet platters and dessert platters. This category demonstrates the differences between cookery and culinary art.”

“It takes a lot of hours to get to this point,” noted Spc. Ielle Cushionberry, a member of the team from Fort Polk, La., that was toiling over its table early Saturday morning at the Post Field House. The rules stated that they had to be finished and out

of the area by 7 a.m. so judges could begin their assessments of the displays. “We have been working at this for the past 24 hours, non-stop,” she said. “At this point, it’s nothing less than a labor of love. We want it to be perfect.” At a neighboring table, a team of enlisted aides for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff was building its table display as well. The showcase included a centerpiece with white lilies erupting from an assortment of glass vases. Hors d’oeuvres and appetizers were being carefully arranged on glass platters under the watchful eye of long-time competitors like Staff Sgt. Billy Daugette and Sgt. Maj. Mark Morgan. “This is one of those events where the stress can really bring you down,” Thomas said. “That’s why you have to work together to keep that motivation up. Appreciating those moments when you can step back and say ‘I did an awesome job’ is important also. And the real payoff of a competition like this is that feeling of accomplishment when you’re standing up there with your peers realizing what it means to be part of this team. It’s definitely motivating because most of us walk away from this thinking how much more it will take to do better next year.” According to results found on the competition’s social media page – www. facebook.com/Army.Culinary – forts Stewart and Hood have earned silver medals for their team buffet entry. All others have received bronze medals or an honorable mention. The final day of competition was Wednesday.

Company FRG Fuels Friendly Feelings by 1st Lt. Kyumin Shin T Company, 266th QM Bn. Executive Officer

With their proven ability to enhance camaraderie, cohesion and friendship, family readiness groups are arguably an indispensable element of today’s Army Wellness Program. “We refer to it as ‘shared reinforcement and support,’” said Sgt. 1st Class Sandra Harrison, a representative of the newly incorporated FRG for Tango Company, 266th Quartermaster Battalion. “It’s a wonderful means to facilitate friendly interaction among Soldiers, civilian employees and Family members within a military organization.” Tango Company’s FRG Leader Katja Heinl-Collier and Warrant Officer Laquannia Marshall both cited the

group’s Feb. 22 potluck as an example of what can be accomplished when unit members are given the opportunity to come together and share a laugh or discuss the issues of the day. “A functioning company FRG offers many benefits including stronger unit cohesion and higher morale among permanent party cadre,” Heinl-Collier said. “Our FRG acts as an extension of the company in providing official, accurate information about the command and helps our Families solve problems at the lowest level. It also helps to educate our Families on a whole host of community resources available when needed.” Having an FRG at the lowest unit level greatly helps spouses and children feel connected and supported by the company, Harrison noted. This is strongly correlated with

service members and their Families having a more positive attitude about the unit, the unit’s mission and overall military life. “A support network among Family members creates a connection to the company through which they develop greater moral courage and even lifelong friendships. As a collective group, we embody the organization to embrace the future,” said Sgt. 1st Class Robert Gallow, a Tango Company advanced individual training platoon sergeant. “The FRG definitely creates a sense of family within our unit.” In addition to its regularly scheduled potluck meals, the Tango Company FRG participates in a wide variety of SEE FRG, PAGE 26


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(ABOVE) Staff Sgt. Billy Daugette, an enlisted aide for Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, answers a question during the oral board Monday. (LEFT) Chief Petty Officer Curtis Addleman works on his boss’s rack of ribbons during the Uniform Assembly Challenge Monday.

Enlisted Aides Showcase Their Skills by Amy Perry Production/News Assistant Editor

In an effort to be more inclusive to the entire military, this year’s enlisted aide category at the Military Culinary Arts Competition was open to every service. Allowing participation by a wider variety of military food service professionals was just a natural step in the progression of the competition, said Culinary Specialist Senior Chief Frank Davila, senior Enlisted Aide Training Course instructor at the Joint Culinary Center of Excellence. “Since the other services were competing in the culinary portion of the competition already, we thought why not let them compete in the enlisted aide competition?” he said. “We wanted to build camaraderie amongst the services to shed more light on the enlisted aide program here.” Compared to last year’s three Soldiers, the 2012 competition had 14 enlisted aides competing to earn the title Armed Forces Enlisted Aide of the Year. Keeping the competition strictly for Soldiers just didn’t make sense, said Sgt. 1st Class Ronald Stafford,

Enlisted Aide Training Course instructor, especially with the joint operations going on around the world. “We’re more of a joint service,” Stafford said. “We train as a joint service; we should compete as a joint service. You can have an enlisted Army guy working for an admiral or an enlisted Navy guy working for a general.” The enlisted aide competition has four parts: a 100-question exam (50 culinary questions and 50 enlisted aide questions); an oral board (in front of a panel of 5 experienced enlisted aides and enlisted aide program managers); uniform assembly challenge (putting their general flag officer’s uniform together by regulation); and a hot food challenge (a three course meal). “This event gives us exposure to the community,” said Davila, referring to all of the young culinary specialists who compete in the competition but may not even know about the enlisted aide professionals around them. “This also shows the generals and admirals out there that the enlisted aide training is important. If they have the proper formal training, the en-

listed aides will want to come back and compete.” Sgt. 1st Class Sophia Bulham, enlisted aide to Lt. Gen. Mick Bednarek, commanding general of First Army at Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., has only been an enlisted aide for four months and competed at the competition this year. She said the experience is great, but meeting the other enlisted aides has been her favorite part of the event. “I think it’s great – I’ve come and met wonderful enlisted aides,” she said. “We’ve had a wonderful time together and networking. We’re able to get different ideas from each other.” The various aspects of the competition made it stressful, said Bulham, especially the written exam. “You didn’t know what to study,” she said. “As an enlisted aide, you have the time you’re dedicating to the boss, and by the time you get around to studying, you hope you memorize a lot of things.” Another competitor – Sgt. 1st Class Kathleen Willis, enlisted aide to Gen. Anne Dunwoody, commanding general of the Army Materiel Command – has been an

Sgt. 1st Class Kathleen Willis works on her main entree during the Armed Forces Enlisted Aide of the Year Competition Tuesday at the Post Field House. enlisted aide for more than eight years and said the uniform rigging was the most nerve-racking part of the competition. “With General Dunwoody, I’ve put her uniform together so many times, I can just about do it in my sleep,” she said. “But still, knowing they are coming behind me with a ruler. With a male’s uniform, they have a pocket to go by, but women go with the configuration of the body. After she puts on

her uniform, depending on how it fits, I may have to make some little adjustments.” One part she wasn’t worried about was the hot food challenge. “I just love food and have a passion for cooking,” said Willis, who also has two children in culinary schools across the United States. The Armed Forces Enlisted Aide of the Year will be announced Friday during the MCAC ceremony at the Lee Theater.


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EVENTS Military Show The Fort Lee Military Collectors Show will be held March 10, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Regimental Club. Admission is free. Those attending the show will be able to buy, sell and trade military memorabilia of every era from around the world. For details, call (804) 765-2229.

AUSA Nominations Nominations for the 2012 Association of the U.S. Army Volunteer Family of the Year Award are due to chapters by May 1. Nominated Families may be active duty, National Guard, reserve, retired or Army Civilian. For details, call (1-800) 336-4570, ext. 2674 or 2684.

Evening of Jazz The 392nd U.S. Army Band Jazz Ensemble and the Hopewell High School Jazz Band will present an Evening of Jazz at 7 p.m. March 20 at Hopewell High, 400 S. Mesa Drive. Admission is free and open to the public. For details, call (804) 734-4323.

Suit to Speak Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security Terri L. Suit will address the Robert E. Lee Chapter of the Association of the U.S. Army during its general membership luncheon meeting at the Lee Club on March 14 at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $14. For details and tickets, call (804) 734-1358 or 765-7397.

March Madness Events The March Madness college basketball games will be broadcast on the flat screens at the Sports Zone in building 3650 and the Overtime Sports Bar on the lower level of the Lee Club. March 11 is Selection Sunday; the 12th is National Bracket Day and the First Four are chosen on March 1314. The Second Round is March 15-16 with the Third Round on March 17-18 and Sweet 16 on March 22-23. The Elite 8 will be chosen March 24-25 with the Final Four on March 31. Both facilities will be open during normal hours for the games. Game times vary.

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Chili Cook-off The Prince George Ruritan Club and the Holiday Helper Association are hosting their first Chili Cook-off March 24. The cook-off will be held at the Post Field House, 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. on March 24. Tickets cost $10, and the event is open to the public. Beverages and hot dogs will be available for an additional cost. All proceeds will benefit the community. For details, contact Mike Toter at (804) 895-2885 or miketoter@aol.com.

USO Art Contest The USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia is seeking artwork from school children to help decorate the walls of the USO centers at Fort Lee and Richmond International Airport during April, the Month of the Military Child. Entries must be patriotic and show a positive image of the military. They may feature any branch of service or military Families. They must include the USO logo. Entries must be received by mail or in person by March 30 at the airport USO, 1 Richard E. Byrd Terminal Drive, Richmond, Va., 23250. They also may be mailed to Capital One, (ATTN.: Michael McKenna, 12071-0210), 15000 Capital One Drive, Richmond, Va. 23238. For entry requirements, email tricia@usohr.org.

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The Fort /ee 862 &enterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fit &lub will meet 0arch ,  p.m., for fitness education and a light workout. The monthly preschool story is set for 0arch 15, 100110 a.m. There will be a different theme each month. A coupon group will hold its first meeting 0arch 22, noon - 1 p.m. Its members will exchange coupons and share shopping tips as well as collect expired coupons to send to military spouses overseas. Each group meets at 111 B Avenue, building 4055. For details, call 04 5-045.

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Russian Artist Russian-born artist Anna Evdokimova will exhibit her work this month at the 3etersburg 3ublic /ibrary, 1 6. 6ycamore 6t., 3etersburg. A public reception will be held 0arch 9, -0 p.m. For details, call 04 -2.

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/iving historians will portray the lives of former slave and confidante Eli]abeth .eckley and 8nion nurse &ornelia +ancock on 0arch 10 at the 3etersburg 1ational Battlefieldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s *eneral *rantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s +eadquarters 8nit, 1001 3ecan Ave., +opewell. The &ivil :ar :omen at &ity 3oint program is free and commemorates :omenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s +istory 0onth. Also, 3ark Ranger Emmanuel 'abney will lecture on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Enslaved and Free :orking :omen at Appomattox 3lantationâ&#x20AC;? at 2 p.m. .eckley will speak at 1015 a.m. and 1 p.m. +ancock will speak at 1115 a.m. and  p.m. For details, call 04 2-51, ext. 200.

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A trip to 1ew <ork &ity for area residents to see 3etersburg native Blair 8nderwood starring in Tennessee :illiamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;A 6treetcar 1amed 'esireâ&#x20AC;? is be-

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Comedy Club

The Encore &omedy &lub will perform 0arch 1 at  p.m. at the 9eterans of Foreign :ars Robert E. /ee 3ost 229, 1450 -efferson 'avis +ighway, &hester. Tickets are $10 online at KWWSEURZQSDSHUWLFNHWVFRP or $12 at the door. For details, call 15 2-04.

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(804) 526-0502 1001 Blvd. Colonial Heights, VA 23834 Aimee Bradley Property Manager APARTMENTS Colonial Heights $710/month 1500 Concord Ave. 2BR, 1.5BA townhouse. W/D hookups. Rent includes water, trash & sewer. Colonial Heights $595/month A & B Dupuy Ave. 2BR, 1BA. Living Rm, all electric, close to shopping, restaurants & Ft. Lee.

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Chester $895/month 5212 Plum St. 4BR, 1.5 bath, living room, eat in kitchen, large yard. No pets.

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Petersburg $1200/month 324 Clairmont St., 10 miles to Ft. Lee. 4BR, 2BA, liv room, din room, lg. kit, washer/ dryer included. Totally renovated. Disputanta $1600/month 5986 Hawks Perch Ln., 2,500 sqft. on 3 acres. 4BRs, 2.5 bath, washer/dryer, fridge, microwave, all electric. Eat in kit, lg liv rm, fam rm, formal din rm. 2 car att. garage. Tile downstairs, carpet upstairs. December 1 move in ready. Call for more information.

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