SAMC medallion now services as ‘mark of excellence’ for new inductees
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ARMY ENVIRONMENT ADVISOR VISITS LEE
Presidential appointee talks with troops, visits facilities during day-long tour SEE PAGE 12 FORT LEE SOLDIER EARNS SPOT AT ALL ARMY CAMP Sgt. Kimberly Smith is making a return trip to the basketball trials and is poised for a peak performance
RAISING AWARENESS Several events and activities in the coming month will focus on the issue of domestic violence
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SHARP ATTACK Unit uses role playing, rewards to emphasize Army’s ﬁght against sexual crimes SEE PAGE 8
PILOT PROGRAM The Fort Lee Commissary will be the ﬁrst to test a new ID card scanning procedure that is set to be implemented service-wide SEE PAGE 21
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Gold Star Mothers inspire us all through their grace and selflessness. Their commitment, courage and constant vigilance ensure that America does not forget the sacrifice of its fallen sons and daughters. The United States Congress has designated the last Sunday in September as “Gold Star Mother’s Day.” It is celebrated this year on Sept. 28-29 with a number of events scheduled in Washington, D.C. Over this weekend, we will pause
Letter to the Editor: CLICK2GO Fort Lee CLICK2GO ready for more customers CLICK2GO, the Fort Lee Commissary’s three-month-old e-commerce venture that lets authorized patrons order groceries online and pick them up curbside, invites more people to give it a try. And here’s why. We want as many customers as possible to put the service through its paces since this is
the first part of a three-store test of e-commerce by the Defense Commissary Agency. Since we started it in July, we have found out some interesting things about its appeal to customers. First, families with young children are the biggest users of the service. They like it because of its convenience – they pick up their groceries without having to take their children inside to do their shopping. Second, customers with large orders like to use it because it saves them the time of
Commanding General .............Maj. Gen. Larry D. Wyche Garrison Commander ....................... Col. Paul K. Brooks Public Affairs Officer...................................D.R. Bingham Command Information/Managing Editor...Patrick Buffett Senior Writer/Special Assignments ......... T. Anthony Bell Production/News Assistant Editor.................. Amy Perry Family/Community Life Reporter ..........................Vacant Production Assistant .............................. Ray Kozakewicz To reach the Traveller Staff, call (804) 734-7147.
shopping inside the store. Third, customers view it as a good budgeting tool – not shopping inside the store eliminates impulse buys. In just three months, CLICK2GO workers are finding their groove, so to speak, and are becoming more proficient in picking items and understanding the preferences of repeat customers. Speaking of those individuals, 40 percent of our customers come back to use the service. And this gets me back to the
– Sergeant Major of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, and Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh
open invitation for more customers. Through Sept. 20 we’ve had 612 CLICK2GO users. While our customer survey shows a high level of satisfaction, with very few complaints, we feel that we can easily handle more patrons. We especially want to invite more young customers to use it. We know CLICK2GO requires significant behavior modification – shopping for groceries online versus the time-honored grocery shopping ritual is a big difference. However, new and emerging technology is constantly changing people’s lives and shopping habits, and your com-
The Fort Lee “Traveller” 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 speciﬁc clearance except material speciﬁcally designated as copyrighted. Liaison between the printer and the commanding general, Fort Lee, is maintained by the Public Affairs Ofﬁce, Fort Lee. Circulation: 13,000. This Civilian Enterprise newspaper is an authorized publication. Contents of the “Traveller” are not necessarily the ofﬁcial 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 afﬁliation, or any other non merit factor. If a violation or rejection of this equal opportunity policy by an advertiser is conﬁrmed, the printer shall refuse to print advertising from that source until violation is corrected. The “Traveller” is an unofﬁcial publication authorized by AR 360-1, and printed by the Military Newspapers of Virginia, a private ﬁrm 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 Ofﬁce of Headquarters, U. S. Army Garrison, Fort Lee.
missary benefit is moving along with those changes with this e-commerce venture. The other phases of this test advanced this month when it began Wednesday at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb. Later this year, it also will be offered at Travis Air Force Base, Calif. Many have already tried it and like it. Why don’t you? Go to www.commissaries.com, select the “CLICK2GO Shop and Curbside Pickup” link and experience for yourself the convenience and value of this service. – Gordon Jones, DeCA’s director of business development
– Army Leadership
stitched over the blue one on the flag in his or her home. From this simple expression of community solidarity, the Gold Star Mothers – an organization comprised of mothers who have lost a son or daughter in the service of our nation – was born. Being a Gold Star Mother is a distinction that no mother wants. But, in the face of their unimaginable personal sorrow, the women of the
The Gold Star Mothers ... will always be cherished members of our great Army Family.”
For nearly a century, the Gold Star tradition has reminded all Americans of the men and women who have sacrificed their lives in the service of our nation. During World War I homes, businesses, schools and churches displayed flags bearing a blue star for each service member serving in harm’s way. When a service member was killed in the line of duty, a gold star was
Army leaders honor Gold Star Mothers
to commemorate the continued service of the Gold Star Mothers – women who have been forever changed through the sacrifice of their children. The Gold Star Mothers, as well as all family members who bear the enormous burden of loss, will always be cherished members of our great Army Family. We maintain our commitment to support these Families while honoring the legacy of our fallen Soldiers.
Honorable Katherine Hammack, the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment, discusses the Fort Lee Commissary’s new Ecovim dehydrator with Mark Leeper, Defense Commissary Agency environmental engineer, during her visit to Fort Lee Sept. 24.
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ACS FAP offers domestic violence awareness events Amy Perry Production/News Assistant Editor
Domestic violence happens. We don’t talk about it a lot, but it happens every single day.” – Devon Perry
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the staff at the Army Community Service Family Advocacy Program has several events scheduled to bring recognition to the observance. This year’s slogan is ‘End Domestic Violence – Recognize It, Report It, Prevent It.’ Planned events include “silent witness” displays in several areas around the post along with other information materials placed in prominent locations. One thing the team said it’s
really excited about is a kickball tournament Oct. 31, according to Mary Ann Lobdell, ACS FAP victim advocate. “We had to find a way to get more of the active duty members involved in the program, and to enjoy themselves while supporting domestic violence awareness month,” Lobdell said. “We decided to go with the kickball tournament. So far, several teams have signed up and they are already feeling competitive.” Right now, the tournament is between permanent party ordnance and quartermaster Soldiers, but anyone on the installation can make a team. To sign-up, contact Tameika
Rutherford at (804) 734-6460. Although the silent witness displays have been used across post in previous domestic violence awareness efforts, this year, people will also see “An Empty Place at the Table Display” in dining facilities across the installation and in the Regimental Club. “These empty places signify a place setting for a person who was a victim of domestic violence,” said Lobdell. “Most of them are military related – a service member or family member – and they represent those who died and deserved to have their stories told.” Devon Perry, ACS FAP
specialist, said the table displays are powerful reminders of the harmful effects of domestic violence and she hopes it will draw greater awareness to the topic. Also planned is a Handprint Project that will bring focus to children who are victims of domestic violence. The Child, Youth and School Service centers are all participating in the project and will display the artwork “Hands are not for hitting” in individual centers in the CYSS area, Perry said. There also will be resource fairs that have information to raise awareness. The staff will be at the Exchange Oct. 9 and 22, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., and at the MacLaughlin Fitness Center during fitness classes set for Oct. 15, 5:156:15 p.m., Oct. 16, 5-6 p.m., and Oct. 18, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Classes are $4 each. “We hope that these re-
source fairs will let people know we are here for them and that we’re dedicated to ending domestic violence,” said Lobdell. “We’re hoping that the displays will help it become a common topic. We want to spread the message that it’s not OK to be in these types of marriages or relationships, but you can also get the help that you need. We’re here for the individuals – male or female, military or civilian.” Raising awareness about domestic violence is important to help people recognize the signs, said Perry. “Domestic violence happens,” said Perry. “We don’t talk about it a lot, but it happens every single day. Every 16 seconds someone is a victim of domestic violence. It does happen, and it can happen to anyone, regardless of race, socioeconomical factors or sex.”
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ETTRICK – More than 1,800 Fort Lee Soldiers packed the stands at Virginia State University Saturday to cheer on the Trojans in its 41-0 victory over the Kentucky State Thorobreds during Military Appreciation Day at Rogers Stadium. Maj. Gen. Larry D. Wyche, Combined Arms Support Command and Fort Lee commanding general, joined Dr. Keith T. Miller, VSU president, for this annual football game dedicated to honoring active-duty military members and veterans for their service and commitment to the nation. (LEFT) Wyche prepares to toss a CASCOM coin to start the football game. (ABOVE) Wyche and Command Sgt. Maj. James K. Sims, CASCOM CSM, speak with Soldiers in the concession line at Rogers Stadium.
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)RUW/HH'UXJ7DNH%DFN VHWIRU2FWDW.HQQHU Fort Lee will participate in the Prescription Drug Take Back Day activities set for Oct. 26 nationwide. A collection point will be open from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. just outside of the Kenner Army Health Clinic entrance that’s adjacent to the A Avenue parking lot. All active duty military, reservists, family members, civilian employees, retirees and others can anonymously turn in prescription medication during the take-back drives here or at other participating locations in the local area. Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses one of America’s deadliest hazards – unused and/or outdated medications found in bathroom cabinets, kitchens and bedside tables in nearly every home across the country. Abuse of prescription drugs – particularly stimulants, such as those used to treat attention deficit disorder, pain relievers and depressants – stands as the second leading cause of accidental death across the nation (marijuana is the most prevalent illegal drug problem). According to the 2010 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an estimated 2.4 million Americans are using non-prescribed medications each year. Overdoses and brain damage linked to long-term drug abuse killed an estimated 37,485 people in 2009, the latest year in which such data was tabulated, according to a study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Drugs now kill more people than motor vehicle accidents in the United States,” said Maj. Clifton Dabbs, a physician and epidemiologist at the U.S. Army Public Health Command. Furthermore, prescription drug use has increased over the years in the military. About 17 percent of service members reported misusing prescription drugs, including stimulants (other than methamphetamine), tranquilizers/muscle relaxers, sedatives/barbiturates, pain relievers, anabolic steroids and erectile dysfunction drugs, according to the 2008 Department of Defense Survey of Health-Related Behaviors. As in the civilian population, pain relievers were the most commonly misused/abused type of prescription drug across the military services and in the Army specifically. Dabbs said the abuse of opiates is becoming more prevalent across the Army as well. Opiate drugs are narcotic sedatives that depress ac-
tivity of the central nervous system, reduce pain and induce sleep. When misused, opiates can become deadly. According to a 2012 SAMHSA report, more than 64 percent of people abusing prescription pain relievers got them through friends or relatives, a statistic that includes “raiding the family medicine cabinet.” To help address this problem and foster safe and healthy military communities, Army installations across the U.S. are once again partnering with the Drug Enforcement Agency and state and local law enforcement offices for the semi-annual drive that encourages households to safely eliminate unneeded prescribed medications by turning them in for proper disposal. “This event is a prime opportunity to raise community awareness, educate the Army Family on the dangers of prescription drug abuse, and help make military installations a safer place to live and work,” said Mary Claiborne, Army Employee Assistance Program manager for Fort Lee. The American public has turned in more than 1 million tons of pills and medications since the launch of the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day program. The Fort Lee ASAP office is coordinating the local drive, and law enforcement personnel from the Provost Marshal Office will be at the Kenner drop-off location as prescribed by DEA protocols. For those unable to make it to a collection location, unused or expired medicines can be safely discarded by mixing them with kitty litter or used coffee grounds; placing the mixture in a sealed plastic bag; and throwing it in your household trash. The FDA recommends flushing as a means of disposal for a limited number of medications – including Oxycontin, Demerol and Percocet – to prevent danger to people and pets in the home. For more information on National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day or to locate an official collection point near you, visit the DEA website at www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/ or the Food and Drug Administration website at www. fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/ResourcesForYou/ Consumers/ BuyingUsingMedicineSafely/ UnderstandingOver-the-CounterMedicines/ ucm107163.pdf. – Public Health Command, KAHC and staff reports
Hispanic Heritage Observance Fort Lee will celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, Oct. 10, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., at the Army Logistics University. The event will take place in the campus quad, or in the multi-purpose room in the event of rain. Activities include live Latin dance performances, children’s activities and soccer matches. There will an exhibit of artwork and various displays. Hispanic cuisine will be available for purchase. The event is sponsored by the installation Equal Opportunity Office and the 71st Transportation Battalion. It is open to the full Fort Lee community. Car pooling is recommended due to limited parking. For details, call (804) 734-6498.
Army Band Performances The Fort Lee 392nd Army Band and the Petersburg Symphony Orchestra will perform together for their second annual concert, Oct. 12, 4 p.m., at City Point, 1001 Pecan Ave., Hopewell. The free concert will celebrate the 400th anniversary of City Point. The ensembles will perform at Gen. Ulysses S. Grant’s headquarters. Participants are encouraged to bring chairs. The band and the orchestra will join forces again to honor and celebrate Veteran’s Day for a free performance, Nov. 10, 1 p.m., at the McGuire VA Medical Center, 1201 Broad Rock Blvd., Richmond.
Retiree Council The Fort Lee Retiree Council welcomes all retirees who would like to be part of the organization or volunteer to assist others. The council was established to help the military retired community and their families with any issues or concerns they may have. For details, call (804) 734-6555 or 734-6973.
Ammunition Amnesty Program Fort Lee military and community members can anonymously turn-in ammunition and/or explosives that came into their possession either improperly or accidentally. The Ammunition Amnesty Program is not a way in which units, Soldiers or community members can circumvent the normal ammunition turn-in process. Amnesty boxes are available at the Provost Marshal’s Office, building 8526, and at the Range Control Operations building, located near the Small Arms Qualification Range. Ammunition also can be turned in at the Ammunition Supply Point, 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday-Friday. For details, call (804) 734-4905 or 734-4481.
AAFES Contest/Sweepstakes The Army and Air Exchange is offering a football sweepstakes and an essay contest. The “Unilver Man Cave Shopping Spree” sweepstakes runs through Oct. 14 in connection with the football season. Shoppers can enter for a chance to win one of two $2,500 gift cards that can be used to purchase everything from chips and queso to a complete home theater overhaul. Participants must be 18 or older. To enter, visit any Exchange store. In the essay contest, titled “Still Serving,”participants have until Oct. 18 to submit an essay of 200 words or less nominating any authorized shopper who embodies the qualities of volunteerism while off-duty or after retirement. The first-place volunteer will receive a $1,000 prize; two second-place winners will receive $500 and four third-place winners will receive $250. To enter, visit www.shopmyexchange.com/patriotfamily.
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Unit: 111th Quartermaster Company MOS: 92M â€“ mortuary affairs specialist Age: 20 Time in service: one year Hometown: Morrison, Colo. Family: single Your strengths as a person: â€œIâ€™m an outgoing and caring individual, and a hard worker. I donâ€™t believe in quitting.â€? Personal weaknesses: â€œIâ€™m too caring, so it results in me getting hurt a lot easier than most people.â€? Pastimes: â€œI like to be with friends and have a healthy balance of â€˜meâ€™ and â€˜friendâ€™ time.â€? The best book or books youâ€™ve read in the last year: â€œThe â€˜Blue Bloodâ€™ series (by Melissa de la Cruz). They have a lot of mystery, twists and turns.â€? Favorite band: â€œProbably (the rock band) Rise Against. I really like their music. I havenâ€™t found a lot of artists in which I can listen to an entire album and like every song.â€? One place you would go on vacation: â€œJapan. I love their culture.â€? Worst fear: â€œClosets. I have always been scared of them for as long as I can remember.â€? Pet peeve: â€œPeopleâ€™s voices. If I donâ€™t like the tone of your voice, I canâ€™t talk to you.â€? Talent: â€œBeing awesome (laugh).â€? One person you most admire: â€œProbably my brother. He is so much older than me that I saw the way he was as an adult â€“ successful and how he pushed himself to be so. He was an example for me.â€? One defining moment: â€œThe first speeding ticket I got. I was 16, in the middle of nowhere and got pulled over by a cop doing 92 in a 65-mph zone. It was the first time I had to appear in court. It was mandatory because I was going 26 mph over the speed limit. I had to drive eight hours with my mom just to go to court, and I was so scared because I thought I was going to get my license taken away. It turned out OK, but it was scary. I learned that it was something I didnâ€™t want to experience again.â€? The celebrity or historical figure with whom you would change places: â€œAbraham Lincoln. I would choose him because everything he did was so noble â€“ like freeing the slaves. I believe that everyone is equal. And the fact that he could stand up for that right even though he knew people would not like him for it is just inspiring to me.â€?
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The Fort Lee office of the American Red Cross has grown and will be available to provide more assistance to the installation. Deanna Brown and Gladys Jenkins Stevens, Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces specialists, are taking over the operation and are responsible for the Red Cross Emergency Messages for greater Richmond, Halifax, Rappahannock and Fredericksburg. Although an office in Richmond formerly handled Fort Lee and the surrounding areas, some restructuring allowed the service organization to set up shop in the existing, previously volunteer-run Red Cross operation here. Christy Carneal â€“ a long-time volunteer of the Fort Lee office â€“ is still here and will focus on youth opportunities, said Brown. â€œCurrently, weâ€™re setting up meetings with all of the on-base organizations to
show what we could be doing for them, what we have been doing for them, and where we need to go from here,â€? she said. â€œThe main thing we want to know is what the installation needs from us. Coming in, we donâ€™t know what has been successful and what hasnâ€™t. We want people to think of Red Cross for more than emergency calls. We want them to think of us constantly, even if itâ€™s volunteering with us.â€? Brown and Jenkins Stevens are focusing on attending briefings and various events â€“ such as Run for the Fallen, the installationâ€™s Grand Illumination and others â€“ to increase awareness about what the organization can offer the Fort Lee community, now that they are assigned to the installation. A large part of their Red Cross work will involve Red Cross Emergency Messages and following up on those cases, said Brown, and they are focusing efforts on increasing awareness about the program and explaining how to make those calls happen more quickly.
â€œThe main thing we want to do during the briefings is give the military members and their families the information they need before the emergency happens,â€? Brown said. â€œThe more information you have, the faster we can get the message to your service member. A lot of times when youâ€™re in that emergency moment, youâ€™re panicking and not thinking clearly, but if you take care of it now â€“ when thereâ€™s no emergency going on â€“ youâ€™ll know that information when you need to call us. That can help us reach them super fast. The longer it takes to verify where the service member is, the longer it takes for them to get the message.â€? Fort Lee offers the chapter here another advantage with the Military Entrance Process Station available on post, said Jenkins Stevens. â€œA great part about us being here on Fort Lee is being able to reach out to the MEPS,â€? she said. â€œWhen those new recruits begin their military career by swearing in, they also learn about the Red Cross because we are here to offer that information to them. When I came into the military many years ago, other than someone giving me a card about Red Cross, I didnâ€™t know anything about what they could offer. Having the
Red Cross here makes a big difference. â€œThe Red Cross Emergency Messages are very important for military members to understand,â€? Jenkins Stevens continued. â€œAt MEPS, often the parents of the new recruits are on hand, and they can learn about how to get in touch with their military member in an emergency.â€? An upcoming project for the duo is the Holiday Mail for Heroes program that runs Monday through Dec. 6. There will be various card-signing events â€“ including one at Run for the Fallen Oct. 19, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. â€œWith this program, the community can write thank-you notes and holiday greetings to military members and veterans,â€? Brown said. â€œThe cards are sent to Red Cross locations across the world to be distributed at veteran hospitals and other locations just so they know they are appreciated, especially during the holidays.â€? The Fort Lee Red Cross office hours are 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.; however, they may be temporarily unavailable during those hours if theyâ€™re out supporting community activities and events.. The staff wants Fort Lee members to know they are available to help or answer questions. For more information, call (804) 765-3675 or 765-3670.
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(LEFT) Advanced individual training students from the 16th Ordnance Battalion observe a skit in which one Soldier makes inappropriate comments to another and commits an act of sexual harassment. The performance was part of a weekly training event in support of the Armyâ€™s Sexual Harassment or Assault Response and Prevention Program.
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quired to attend a session. There is nothing particularly unique about the content of the 16th OD Bn. classes. Facilitated discussion and role playing scenarios are now fairly common in the Army SHARP and suicide awareness training arenas. Drury â€“ and Capt. Robert Lobdell, the commander of Alpha Company, 16th OD Bn., to which she is assigned â€“ want to emphasize the success theyâ€™ve experienced with the training. â€œI think a lot of the participants show up assuming itâ€™s going to be the same old thing, and you can usually hear the groans
and sighs when that first PowerPoint slide goes up on the screen,â€? Lobdell wrote in a message to the Traveller. â€œThen she starts asking questions about the SHARP program; and anyone who provides a correct answer gets a piece of candy. It doesnâ€™t take long before you see a lot of hands shooting up in the air.â€? Using the seven Army values as talking points, the SHARP trainers explain how sexual harassment and assault erode the militaryâ€™s reputation and damage unit morale. That discussion, Lobdell noted, is punctuated by victim demographics that show the diversity of ranks, ages, genders and locations of where the incidents took place. â€œAfter a brief Q and A with the students, volunteer role players act out scenes that reinforce the topics that were discussed,â€? Lobdell wrote. â€œIt starts with inappropriate remarks and escalates to a scene that shows how the life of the offender and the victim
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COMMUNITY | MUSEUM DAY LIVE!
Free admissions offered at Petersburg museums Three Petersburg museums are offering free admission Sept. 28 as part of Smithsonian Magazine’s ninth annual Museum Day Live! Those interested need to visit www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday and download the ticket that permits free access. The offer is limited to one ticket per household, and two can gain free admission using the ticket. This event represents Smithsonian’s commitment to make learning and the spreading of knowledge accessible to everyone, giving museums across all 50 states the opportunity to emulate the admission policy of the Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C. Last year’s event drew more than 400,000 participants, and organizers are expecting record-setting participation this year. Several museums in the Petersburg area will be participating: Historic Blandford Church, Centre Hill Museum and The Siege Museum. Historic Blandford Church is located at 111 Rochelle Lane. Originally constructed in 1735 as an Anglican Church, the building is now a memorial to Confederate Soldiers. Fifteen windows designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany were installed between 1904 and
1912 in memory of Soldiers from each Confederate state. The Centre Hill Museum is located at 1 Centre Hill Ave. Built in 1823 by Robert Bolling IV, a Revolutionary War veteran and prominent citizen of Petersburg, Centre Hill remained a residence until 1936. U.S. Presidents Abraham Lincoln and William H. Taft visited while they were in office. Through guided tours, visitors learn about the building’s architecture and collection of decorative arts. The Siege Museum is located at 15 West Bank St. Exhibitions interpret civilian life in Petersburg before, during and immediately after the Civil War. An additional exhibit explores African-American military service. “The Echoes Still Remain,” a film narrated by Petersburg native, actor Joseph Cotton, is shown every thirty minutes. For more information about Museum Day Live! 2013 and a list of participating museums and cultural institutions, visit Smithsonian.com/museumday. For details, call (804) 733-2402. Hours and tour times also are posted on the City of Petersburg’s website at www.petersburg-va. org.
KidKapers “Cinderstein” production opens soon The first KidKapers production of the season, “Cinderstein,” is set for Oct. 4-6. Performances are set for Oct. 4, 7 p.m., and Oct. 5 and 6, 2 p.m. Tickets are $4 for all ages and may be purchased at the door on the day of performance. The production – coordinated by the Theater Company at Fort Lee – is based on a book by Kamrom Klitgaard. In the play, a local high school drama teacher writes his own version of “Cinderella” by combining the princess’s tale with the story of Frankenstein, but the production is bombing. The Fairy Godmother wants to be called the Fairy Goshmother, three new stepsisters must be added to the cast, several actors quit and the extras are fed up with being extras. When Dr. Frankenstein drops Cinderella’s
brain and replaces it with a cat’s brain instead, this insane production changes beyond even the director’s recognition. The cast is led by Matalin Collins (Cinderella), Stepmother (Olivea Kapadia), Stepsisters (Abbey Buetow and Helene Whit), Fairy Goshmother (Sarah Crowder), Director (Grace Gouyer), King (Matt Branthoover), Queen (Ashleigh Humphries), Prince (Glen Meza) and Dr. Frankenstein (Joshua Beiro). Sixteen other talented young actors round out the 26-member cast. Brandon Johns directs this production. Costumes are by Kim Mincks, set design by Craig McFarland and the stage manager is Katie Farley. For details, call the box office at (804) 734-6629.
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A variety of fun and educational fire safety activities are slated for children and other Fort Lee community members during the week of Oct. 6-12 and beyond. “For our annual National Fire Prevention Week observance, we’ve put together many educational programs and firefighter visits that will continue throughout the month,” said Randy Fitzpatrick, the assistant chief for Fire Prevention, Department of Emergency Services. The event lineup includes the popular Child Development Center visits. Each occasion features a story time with Sparky the Firedog, a safety house and fire truck exhibit, and fire extinguisher training for employees. Four community center visits also are planned. These will include the fire truck and safety house display, and handing out promotional materials for the kids. This year’s Fire Prevention Week message
is “Prevent Kitchen Fires,” noted Fitzpatrick. According to the National Fire Protection Association, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated annual average of 156,600 cooking-related fires between 2007-2011. Those incidents resulted in 400 deaths, 5,080 injuries and $853 million in direct damage. Two of every five home fires start in the kitchen and two-thirds of cooking fires start with ignition of food or other cooking materials. “Unattended cooking is the leader in kitchen fires” said Fitzpatrick. “We urge all community members to stay alert and watch what they heat. Above all, be sure that all family members know how to get out in the event of emergencies.” Firefighters will partner with Fort Lee Family Housing (formerly Pinnacle) for the Annual Pumpkin Patch visits each Wednesday night in October. “They have a real good program,” said Fitzpatrick. “We really hit it big last year, and got a lot of partici-
pation with the kids.” During the CDC visits, the firefighters will hand out fire safety books to the youngsters, and one firefighter will read it while Sparky the Firedog sits with them. Fitzpatrick added, “The fireman also will explain why kids shouldn’t be afraid of firemen – we are your friends. A fireman will put his gear on to show kids that he is just a normal guy. “A crew of fire prevention inspectors also will walk through several different locations across the installation,” Fitzpatrick said. “They will hand out brochures – basically make all aware of important kitchen fire safety measures. “We also will go to the Exchange and Commissary with a full team and a fire engine, and plan an Open House at Station No. 2,” he said. To contact the Fire Prevention section, call (804) 734-6597. For Fire Prevention information, visit the NFPA website at www.firepreventionweek. org.
Fort Lee Fire and Emergency Services: Fire Prevention Agenda The dates and locations for some of the key events are as follows: Community Centers Oct. 9, 4-7:30 p.m., Washington Grove/Monroe Manor Oct. 16, 4-7:30 p.m., Jefferson Terrace/Harrison Villa Oct. 23, 4-7:30 p.m., Adams Chase/Madison Park Oct. 30, 4-7:30 p.m., Jackson Circle CDC Story Time Visits Oct. 7, 10 a.m., Yorktown Drive Child Development Center; 2 p.m., Multi-Program Child Development Center Oct. 9, 10 a.m., Battle Drive Child Development Center; 2 p.m., The Edge! Program Open House Oct. 11, 5-7 p.m., Fire Station No. 2, across from the Exchange Exchange/Commissary Visits Oct. 8, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Oct. 11, 9-11 a.m., Commissary. For details call, (804) 765-1500.
+RZWRSUHYHQWNLWFKHQÀUHV Stay alert To prevent cooking fires, you must be alert. You will not be alert if you are sleepy, have consumed alcohol, or have taken medicine or drugs that make you drowsy. Watch what you heat Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove. If you are simmering, baking, roasting or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that an item has finished cooking and needs to be removed from the heat. Keep flammable items away from heat sources Keep anything that can catch fire – oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels, curtains – away from your stove top. Keep the stove top, burners and oven clean. Wear short, close-fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking. Loose clothing can dangle onto stove
burners and can catch fire if it comes in contact with a gas flame or an electric burner. What to do in case of a cooking fire Always keep a lid nearby when you are cooking. If a small grease fire starts in a pan, smother the flames by carefully sliding the lid over the pan. Turn off the burner. Do not move the pan. To keep the fire from restarting, leave the lid on until the pan is completely cool. Never pour water on a cooking-pan grease fire. Never discharge a portable fire extinguisher directly into a cooking pan grease fire because it will spread the flames. In case of an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed until it is cool. After a fire, the oven should be checked and/or serviced before being used again. When in doubt, just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire. After you leave, call 9-1-1 or (804) 734-7400 from a cell phone or a neighbor’s telephone.
1HZÀUHFKLHIMRLQV/HH Phillip P. Wilkinson has joined the Directorate of Emergency Services as its new fire chief. Wilkinson, a 35-year fire service veteran, joined the group in late August. He served in the Air Force for more than 26 years, retiring in 2005 after serving as a firefighter, instructor, deputy fire chief, station captain, assistant fire chief and several leadership positions at a number of posts. He was IMCOM
Atlantic Region Fire Protection specialist in Yorktown since 2008. Prior to that, Wilkinson was superintendent, Integration and Moderation, Air Force, Langley, for two years, and superintendent, Operations Wing Command Post and U.S. Operations Wing Headquarters with NATO for three years. Wilkinson held a number of Air Force assignments in the U.S. and overseas for a number of
years. He grew up in Long Lake, N.Y., and became interested in a fire career as a volunteer fireman in high school. “I joined a great team here,” said Wilkinson. “I was familiar with their professionalism and high standards. “I also knew they worked well as a team since I visited twice for inspections while at IMCOM.” –Staff reports
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Assistant Secretary tours installation Amy Perry Production/News Assistant Editor
The Honorable Katherine Hammack visited Fort Lee Tuesday to speak to Soldiers and tour the installation. Hammack – the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment – spent part of the day in meetings with Maj. Gen. Larry D. Wyche, commanding general, CASCOM, and Fort Lee, and Col. Paul K. Brooks, garrison commander, before sitting down to lunch with a group of Soldiers, some who were single parents. Hammack told the Soldiers about her visits to installations across the Army and her reasons for touring the different locations. “We look to ensure you are able to do your mission, whatever your mission is,” she said. “We like to talk to talk to Soldiers to identify if there are any areas for improvement.”
She also asked the Soldiers a few questions: if being in the Army was what they expected and if they planned to make a career; what’s working for them in the Army, both professionally and personally; and what aspects of the Army could use improving? Hammack said she has responsibility for installations worldwide, and her job is to ensure each installation has the tools needed. “The comment being made in the Army is that ‘if you’ve seen one Army installation, you’ve seen them all,’” she said. “But, every installation is different. A training installation has different needs and requirements. We want to understand what is working here, what is not working here, and where there may be opportunities for best practices that could be translated to the rest of the Army.” One of the highlights of the tour was a visit to the Fort Lee Commissary to look at its Ecovim dehydrator that can compost up to 650 pounds of food waste at
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The Honorable Katherine Hammack, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment, second from the right, talks with a group of Soldiers during lunch to identify things that are working and not working at the installation.
a time. “The dehydrator is really interesting, because it gives us a better way to manage our waste,” said Hammack. “One of the things we talk about is that we don’t want all of our waste going into a landfill because we have better uses for our land than turning them into garbage dumps. We would rather turn them into training grounds, parade fields or fitness facilities.
“Burying our trash for future generations to discover is not the best practice either,” she said. “When we better manage our resources, whether it’s waste, water or energy, it means we are a more resilient Army for the future.” Fort Lee is expected to place four more dehydrators on the installation in the next six months as part of a pilot program funded by Hammack’s office.
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Shoplifting at Fort Lee Exchange can ruin career A young, up-and-coming Soldier stops by the Fort Lee Exchange to pick up his weekly necessities. While browsing through the store, he stops to admire the assortment of wallets. With money tight, he decides to slip one into his pocket while no one else is around. What he may not realize is that the Exchange is equipped with closed circuit televisions with DVR technology and hightech Electronic Article Surveillance. As a result, the Soldier is apprehended by Exchange Loss Prevention professionals and turned over to the military police.
With one, split-second poor decision, this young Soldier’s promising career took a drastic turn. Consequences of being caught shoplifting for active duty members can include a reduction in rank, an other-than-honorable discharge, forfeiture of pay and allowances and possible confinement. In addition to possible disciplinary action and/or criminal prosecution, the Federal Claims Collection Act allows the Exchange to enact a flat, administrative cost (Civil Recovery) of $200. There may be further fees, in addition to the Civil Recovery Program, depending on the condition
of the stolen merchandise. “The bottom line is that it’s just not worth it,” said the Fort Lee Exchange’s General Manager Audrey Alston. “Throwing away your future to try and save a few bucks is a tremendous price to pay.” In addition to the repercussions to individuals that shoplift, the military community suffers as a result of those stealing from the Exchange. With a dual mission to provide quality goods and services at competitively low prices and generate earnings to support morale, welfare and recreation installation programs for its shareholders, the Exchange has con-
tributed more than $2.4 billion to military quality of life programs in the past 10 years. “Shoplifting at the Fort Lee Exchange results in a reduced return on investment to our primary shareholders – the military community,” said Alston. “Because the Exchange is a command with a mission to return earnings to quality-of-life programs, people who steal from the Exchange don’t only harm themselves but negatively impact FMWRC and service programs.” As a result of an aggressive shoplifting deterrence program, the Fort Lee Exchange saw shop-
An Exchange safety security associate watches live security feed of the store. Cameras are placed throughout AAFES facilities enabling the associates to zoom in and follow customers as they move throughout the sales floor.
lifting cases decrease by -9 percent, from 100 in 2011 to 91. However, the value of merchandise involved in these incidents increased from $6,646.81 to $7,273.70 in 2012. While no dollar amount can be placed on the human cost of a career lost by one poor decision, it is
the Exchange’s hope that educating shoppers on the safeguards in place and the results for those caught shoplifting will result in fewer incidences and, in turn, fewer careers derailed by a moment of poor judgment. – AAFES
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presentation more effective Continued from page 8 is affected. The class is totally involved at that point … watching these incidents unfold is pretty insightful.” “I think it reaches a much more personal level,” Drury said, “and that really is the key. The unfortunate reality is that people tend to shut down and lose focus when the training is boring and or doesn’t seem like it pertains to them. By having interactive instruction with the Soldiers, we allow them to be engaged and contribute to the training, which I believe is more effective.” It’s the sort of training that also takes Soldiers “out of their comfort zone,” Drury continued. “They’re working this out in front of their peers – how they would react, how they would intervene,” she said. “It’s a good opportunity to identify what works and what beliefs need to change. Along the way, we equip Soldiers with the confidence and know-how to intervene when they witness inappropriate conduct. We show them what we are expecting from them. We also shed light on the dilemma of some people assuming this is ‘not their business.’ The message that should hit home is that it is your business because you are in the Army, and
that kind of conduct is not professional and does not belong in our ranks.” She credits Lt. Col. Steven Carozza and Command Sgt. Maj. Cheryl Greene, the battalion’s top two leaders, for giving her plenty of leeway as she steered the training from drab to dramatic. Drury said she is proud of the team effort (Sgt. 1st Class Stacey Barrett and Sgt. 1st Class Kenny Smith are also supporting SHARP representatives) that has kept the class on track for the past four months and the response by unit personnel who have attended the training. “I think we’ve come a long way since that first class back in May,” she concluded. “Back then, we asked where sexual harassment might happen and were surprised by the many responses that included places where it was happening whenever company leaders weren’t around. Now, we ask the same question and it’s more along the lines of where it could happen. We’re also noticing more junior Soldiers stepping forward and saying something if they witness an inappropriate act. They’re feeling that confidence to report it and not look the other way. That’s a clear mark of success.”
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(RIGHT) Command Sgt. Maj. Clifton H. Johnson, commandant of the Logistics Noncommissioned Officers Academy, takes part in a pushup challenge during an early September ice-breaker for new students at the Regimental Club. (BELOW) Kellie Dudley, front, Cassy Ray, center, and Marissa Henson show off their Southernstyle costumes during a Sept. 17 Fort Lee Area Spouses’ Club luncheon at the Lee Club. The event activities were centered on the theme “All Things Southern.” Each table picked a volunteer and dressed her up for the costume contest. Ray was the overall winner.
(FAR LEFT) Four new Sgt. Audie Murphy Club members proudly accept a round of applause at the conclusion of an induction ceremony Friday in Ball Auditorium on the Ordnance Campus. The new inductees are Staff Sgt. Richard Sheetz, Staff Sgt. Howard Parker, Staff Sgt. Maurice Gillard and Sgt. 1st Class Peta-gail Rodney. (LEFT) Command Sgt. Maj. Spencer Gray, Quartermaster Corps Regimental CSM, gives remarks at the ceremony. He later placed the distinctive SAMC medallions around the necks of the inductees and congratulated them for their accomplishment. (BELOW) The participants cut a ceremonial cake at the conclusion of the event. Joining the four inductees are Gray, left, and 1st Sgt. Oscar Romero, presiPhotos by Patrick Buffett dent of the SAMC’s Fort Lee chapter.
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Two of CASCOM’s top Soldiers join advanced individual training students and their platoon sergeant for a recent class photo outside of the Mike Company, 244th Quartermaster Battalion barracks. Sgt. 1st Class Erick Cherry and his “Outlaw” platoon were preparing for the picture when Maj. Gen. Larry D. Wyche, commanding general of CASCOM, and Command Sgt. Maj. James K. Sims, CASCOM CSM, proudly accepted an invitation to join the group. The command team also took the time to congratulate as many Soldiers as they could in recognition of their completion of the end-of-course Quartermaster Field Training Exercise. The Soldiers were attending the 92-Alpha Automated Logistical Specialist Course.
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(ABOVE) Actor Brandon Johns performs as the character Nigel Rancour in the recent Theater Company of Fort Lee production of “Something’s Afoot.” The musical comedy drew a sizeable crowd during its three-weekend run. The next show is “Cinderstein,” a KidKapers production, with shows on Oct. 4 at 7 p.m., and Oct. 5-6 at 2 p.m. For more information, call (804) 734-6629. (TOP) Jennifer Lovett shares a story with Caring Canines therapy dog Zip during the September Read-2Rover event at the Fort Lee Community Library. The program continues every third Monday of the month. For details and preregistration, call (804) 765-8095.
“It’s not about emotion or boasting rights,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Spencer Gray, Quartermaster Corps Regimental CSM. “Your presence here today signifies the continuation of a legacy of leadership and strong moral character that members of the Sgt. Audie Murphy Club strive to uphold.” Gray was speaking to the honorees and audience of a SAMC induction ceremony Friday in Ball Auditorium on the Ordnance Campus. Four noncommissioned officers were being welcomed into the club’s Fort Lee chapter. Each received the distinctive SAMC medallion along with other mementoes from community support agencies like the Association of the U.S. Army, the USO and the Fort Lee Federal Credit Union. “Today, you should be asking yourself why … why am I here accepting the legacy
of Sgt. Audie Murphy?” Gray also said in his remarks. “I hope the reason is that you’re inspired by his contributions and the leadership qualities he demonstrated. You are a descendent of his leadership and, in this moment, you are saying you are ready to uphold and safeguard that lineage.” Following Gray’s comments, each honoree and their accompanying family members were called to the front of the room for the official induction. Three of the individuals – Staff Sgt. Richard B. Sheetz, a 31-Bravo military policeman; Staff Sgt. Howard R. Parker, a 92-Golf food service specialist; and Staff Sgt. Maurice J. Gillard, a 27-Delta paralegal specialist – are currently serving as Army recruiters. Sgt. 1st Class Peta-gail Rodney, the fourth inductee, is a Paralegal Specialist Course instructor with Juliett Company, 244th QM Battalion. To qualify for SAMC membership, each of the noncommissioned officers had to be recommended by a senior member of his or
her enlisted chain of command. After that, nominees have to pass a series of board evaluations that assess their military knowledge and level of professionalism. “It requires a lot of hard work and late hours,” said Sheetz, who is also working on his college degree in addition to the haphazard hours of his military duties. He recalled many nights when he studied until 1 a.m. and was out of bed at 5 a.m. to start his duty day. “If you want it bad enough, you just do it. That’s the sort of commitment that sets you apart from your peers, which is really what the (SAMC) is all about.” Referring to the induction as the “biggest achievement of his career to date,” Sheetz said he is determined to show others the path that he has walked. “I think that’s an important element of leadership; showing that if I can do it, you can do it. We owe it to our Soldiers to lead by example.” Rodney shared similar sentiments. She set her sights on SAMC membership many years
ago when she was stationed at Fort Drum, N.Y. “I saw what the NCOs were doing and how they were helping out in the community, and I always wanted to be a part of it,” she said. “It took some time to get here, and I can tell you it’s really an awesome feeling to be wearing this medallion.” The Jamaican-born sergeant and mother of two offered the following advice to her fellow 27-Deltas – particularly those in the lower enlisted ranks. “Work hard,” she said. “You have to set yourself apart from the battle buddies to your left and right. Remember the Army is downsizing, so it’s likely that they’re going to (reduce) from the bottom and (retain) from the top. If you’re not that Soldier who is setting the standard or doing something that’s outstanding from the rest, then you’re probably not going to be recognized and won’t be able to make the Army a long-term career.” Anyone who would like to learn more about the Fort Lee chapter of the SAMC is encouraged to visit the organization’s website at www.lee.army.mil/audie.murphy/audie.murphy.club. The site includes upcoming board dates, key phone numbers and a biography of Murphy, one of the most decorated U.S. Soldiers of World War II.
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Sgt. Kimberly Smith (also pictured below) is a two-time All Army player. She aims to have a breakthrough trial camp and Armed Forces tourney when they kick off in the coming weeks.
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Sgt. Kimberly Smith has a vision â€“ one in which she showcases the full range of her hoop skills, becomes more of a leader and generates enough passion on the floor that it becomes infectious. And win a gold medal. â€œNo more silver medals,â€? said the Special Troops Battalion Soldier in reference to the upcoming All Army Basketball Trial Camp. â€œIâ€™m still feeling some displeasure about that.â€? The trial camp is scheduled for Oct. 14 - Nov. 6 at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa. After roster selections are made, the All Army team takes aim at the Armed Forces Womenâ€™s Basketball Tournament slated for Nov. 7-15 at Great Lakes, Ill. A shoo-in to make the All Army roster because she is one of only four or five returning players, Smithâ€™s ambitions for gold
come from figuratively wearing the â€˜tourney runners-upâ€™ moniker the past two years. The former collegiate player said her trophy case is in need of a makeover, and she intends to accomplish it through a list of goals and expectations she has set for herself: â€œI want to be a consistent leader,â€? she said, â€œnot just talk the talk off the floor, but put in the work on the floor. I also want to bring the younger girls along; push the
veterans; and encourage teamwork.â€? The 5-foot-11-inch, 160-pound Smith clearly has leadership aspirations in mind for this yearâ€™s camp. And she should. The Jacksonville, Fla., native won a spot on the All Army roster as a private first class in 2011 and again the following year as a specialist. Further, she was named each year to the All Armed Forces Team. Now, as a 29-year-old noncommissioned officer, she is seasoned, near her peak, and is poised to make additions to her list of accomplishments, said Chief Warrant Officer 4 Marvin Michael. â€œI think sheâ€™s in a situation similar to Serena Williams, the tennis player,â€? said the Soldier who has intermittently coached Smith the past four years. â€œShe realizes that she is getting older, and this opportunity may not be there again, so she wants to take advantage of her time.â€?
Four years ago, Michael said he spotted Smith and another Soldier in the gym while they were still in quartermaster advanced individual training. Upon seeing them play, he declared, â€œIâ€™ve got to have them on my team.â€? He has seen her court skills and persona change dramatically since them. â€œSmithâ€™s game has really, really progressed,â€? he said. â€œShe has improved her follow-through, ability to go to the hoop strongly and get to the line, her ability to keep her composure and her ability to lead. She is a true leader on the court.â€? Smith emphasized the leadership traits Smith has acquired and the maturity she has gained, especially in consideration of her past tendencies to get frustrated and impatient. â€œThe things that used to bother her on the court no longer bother her,â€? said Michael. Smith also has made herself more versatile offensively. She is accustomed to playing the small
forward, forward and center positions but has broadened her game to the extent that she can be slotted in the shooting guard position as well. â€œHonestly speaking, I can compare her to a Candace Parker (of the WNBAâ€™s Los Angeles Sparks),â€? said Michael of Smithâ€™s flexibility. â€œShe is not a true point guard. Neither is Parker, but she is a leader like her and can play the game just as well.â€? The 6-foot-4-inch Parker is well-known for her prowess at every position on the floor. She averaged 17.2 points, 2.1 blocks, 3.2 assists and 9.3 rebounds a game this season. Smith said her game more closely resembles that of Tamika Catchings, another versatile WNBA player, and that her enhanced offensive repertoire is the result of a grueling training regimen. â€œI have worked so hard,â€? she said, â€œespecially on my midrange shot. A lot of people donâ€™t work on that, but itâ€™s one part of my game I wanted to improve.â€? Not much of Smithâ€™s on-thecourt skills can be bettered, said Michael. The only room for improvement, he commented, has to do with an intangible â€“ belief in her abilities. â€œJust her self-confidence,â€? he said, â€œconfidence in knowing â€˜I am a leader, that I can take a game over and I can get us this victory.â€™â€? Michael seemed to indicate that Smith is at the crossroads of better-than-average and exceptional. Smith didnâ€™t seem to have any shortage of confidence and projected a high measure of selfassurance, even a bit of swagger. Enough so that she has already constructed the ideal, signature camp scenario in which the Army team wins the gold medal. â€œI hope to secure a spot on the All Armed Forces Team, make it better, provide a good experience to make the younger players want to come back, make the country proud, represent my family and make the Army proud.â€? Only time will tell whether Smithâ€™s vision becomes reality.
(PSOR\HHVVKRXOGEH SUHSDUHGIRUVKXWGRZQ Although Defense Department officials believe a government shutdown can be avoided when the new fiscal year begins Oct. 1, they want DOD employees to be prepared for the possibility, Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a memo issued to the workforce Tuesday. The fiscal year ends Sept. 30, and Congress has not passed a budget. If Congress does not approve a budget or pass a continuing resolution, the portions of the government funded via appropriated funds will be forced to close. “The department remains hopeful that a government
shutdown will be averted,” Carter wrote in the memo. “The administration strongly believes that a lapse in funding should not occur and is working with Congress to find a solution.” Congress still can prevent a lapse in appropriations, but “prudent management requires that we be prepared for all contingencies, including the possibility that a lapse could occur at the end of the month,” the deputy secretary wrote. The absence of funding would mean a number of government activities would cease. “While military personnel would continue in a normal duty status, a large number of our civilian em-
ployees would be temporarily furloughed,” Carter said. “To prepare for this possibility, we are updating our contingency plans for executing an orderly shutdown of activities that would be affected by a lapse in appropriations.” President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel understand the hardships such a shutdown could cause civilian employees, the deputy secretary wrote. Carter vowed to provide more information as it becomes available. Visit the Office of Personnel Management’s website for information at www.opm.gov. – American Forces Press Service
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Prayer, meditation keys to spiritual stress management Lois Barlow KAHC Psychologist
In today’s technologically saturated world where adults and children are never far from the reach of a telephone, television or radio, we’ve all experienced stress – and need an escape from it. Some attempts to reduce stress have been productive and at other times counterproductive. For those who believe in God, the presence of the Divine can be a tremendous source of support and comfort where serenity is available in the midst of trials and travails. Two
common spiritual practices that may aid in managing stress are those of prayer and meditation. Prayer may be viewed as the means for communication with the Divine. In this forum, one can express his or her thoughts and feelings as it relates to a particular issue or concern. Research has shown that people who pray for themselves when they are distressed tend to cope better than those who do not pray. It also can be important to pray for individuals with whom one is involved in a stressful situation. When you pray for a person, you may find that you come into
your relationship with the Divine (e.g.,” Shalom,” “Jesus,” “Nicene Creed”). s 3IT COMFORTABLY IN A QUIET SETting. Close your eyes to minimize distractions. Relax your muscles. Breathe slowly and naturally and a deeper level of care for them. as you do, repeat your chosen area The 18th century Anglican mys- of focus silently to yourself. tic, William Law, wrote, “There is s #ONTINUE FOR APPROXIMATELY nothing that makes us love a person 10-20 minutes. so much as praying for them.” s 2EMAIN SEATED FOR A FEW MINMeditation involves one becom- utes and take a few deep cleansing ing still before God and pondering breaths before resuming normal acdeeply on the words and meaning tivity. of certain spiritual truths. Listed bes 0RACTICE THIS TECHNIQUE ONCE low is a strategy for incorporating or twice daily. this technique in the daily routine. In prayer and meditation, as with s 3ELECT A QUIET AREA WITH MINI- any concerted endeavor, it is crucial mal interruptions. Silence any elec- to persist through weariness and tronic devices. distractions and to practice regulars 0ICK A FOCUS WORD PHRASE ly for maximum benefits. Possible religious teaching, prayer, or pro- outcomes may include a peaceful fession of faith that is reflective of and more centered approach to life,
reduced anxiety, improved sleep, and increased energy and hopefulness. For further resources in learning how to manage stress in a way that incorporates one’s religious beliefs and spiritual practices, assistance may be found through a trained mental health professional or member of the clergy. Active duty military members can obtain mental health care from the KAHC Department of Behavioral Health by calling (804) 734-9143 or 734-9623. Retirees and family members are authorized up to eight visits with a networked behavioral health provider without a referral. Providers can be located via Military One Source at www.militaryonesource.com and Health Net Federal Services at www. hnfs.com.
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Lee Commissary to introduce customer ID scan procedure The Fort Lee Commissary will launch a Department of Defense identification card scanning program Oct. 8 that will improve the store’s ability to assess customer demographics among other important benefits. It’s the first step of a Defense Commissary Agency-wide rollout that is expected to be completed by the end of November. “Commissary shoppers are used to showing their ID cards to establish their eligibility to use the facility,” read a DeCA press release that provided details of the rollout. “By scanning the ID at checkout, DeCA will no longer need to maintain personal information on customers in its computer systems, such as the data used for those who write checks.” Scanning also will help improve
the commissary benefit for all patrons, according to Joseph H. Jeu, DeCA director and CEO. “In addition to verifying customers as authorized commissary users, we’ll gain information that will give us a better understanding of our patrons, allowing the agency to provide the commissary benefit more effectively and efficiently,” he said. Cross-referenced with other DOD information, the scan data will give DeCA useful statistics about patron usage. This will eventually help the agency identify shopping needs and preferences – information that is essential in today’s retail business environment. It also will allow more accurate reporting to the military services on commissary usage. DeCA officials emphasized that
the customer demographics collected for shopping trend analysis will not include addresses, phone numbers, names or any specific personal data about an individual. The demographic information is strictly limited to ID card number, rank, military status, branch of service, age, household size and zip codes of residence and duty station. “The methods, processes and information we’ll use will not compromise our customers’ privacy – they can be sure of that,” Jeu said. “We’re putting technology to work to better understand our customers and ensure the commissary benefit continues to remain relevant to them now and in the future.”
Army: Suicide prevention help available 24/7 Lisa A. Ferdinando ARNEWS
WASHINGTON – Suicide prevention help is available around the clock; anytime, anywhere. That’s the message that was heavily emphasized during September’s Suicide Awareness and Prevention Campaign. “Soldiers, Army Civilians and family members have options,” said Sherry Simmons-Coleman, senior program analyst for the Army’s Suicide Prevention Program. Those options include talking to a member of their unit, visiting the chaplain or behavior health professional on the installation, or calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which is available 24-hours a day at 1-800-273TALK (8255), she said. Simmons-Coleman, who spoke at a
Pentagon health fair Sept. 12, said the Army wants its members to know that support and counseling are available to help reduce the stresses that put people at risk for suicide. “It’s about bouncing back from adversities, tragedies and any setbacks that life presents to you,” she said. “It’s knowing that things will get better, that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.” The Army observance of National Suicide Prevention Month and National Suicide Prevention Week (Sept. 8-14) was meant to focus attention on the issue. Awareness and prevention is a 365day effort. The prevention efforts are part of the Army’s Ready and Resilient Campaign that addresses the overall health – mental, physical and emotional – of Soldiers, Army Civilians and family members to create a stronger, more resilient force.
Suicide is caused by multiple factors in many areas of a person’s life, Simmons-Coleman said, and the Army is working to reduce the stigma associated with seeking help. “Just like with any illness, if you are sick, get help,” she said. Also on hand at the wellness fair were members of the Army Reserve to talk about the resources available to address the unique stresses its Soldiers face. “They are balancing a regular day job, if they are employed, with the demands and obligations of their military service,” said Maj. Larry Ray with the Employer Partnership Office at the Office of the Chief Army Reserve. This office works to establish public and private partnerships to facilitate employment and training opportunities for veterans, reserve Soldiers and their families, to increase readiness. Ray said Soldiers who are under-employed or unemployed may feel stressed and overwhelmed in trying to support and care for their family, putting them at risk for suicide. “By identifying issues with our Soldiers in the financial arena, we feel
that we can play a critical role in the prevention of suicide and also improve our units’ readiness,” he said. “We do recognize those very specific reserve-component stressors and obstacles to maintaining that balance between family, employer and military obligation,” he said. Army Reserve Chaplain (Maj.) Rebekah Montgomery said chaplains are always available to offer counseling support and crisis intervention for anyone in the Army Family. “We serve all Soldiers, all family members, regardless of their faith. Our responsibility is to perform or provide, so if we can’t provide the direct service, it is our responsibility to make sure we get someone who does,” she said. In addition to calling the crisis line or talking in person to someone, she noted that Soldiers and family members can use a new app, available on iTunes and on the Android system, called “Battle Buddy.” The app, said Montgomery, will take a person through crisis steps, provide information and allow the user to call the resource directly from the app.
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Inﬁnity Bingo | Oct. 1
Bingo is back. Family and MWR invites community members to play Infinity Bingo beginning Oct. 1 at the Fort Lee Bowling Center, building 9040, Battle Drive, and at the Cardinal Golf Club on A Avenue. Tickets are $1 and players have the opportunity to win up to $1,000. Participants must be 18 years old. Tickets can purchased at either facility. For details, call (804) 734-6860 or 7342899.
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An open house will be held Oct. 2, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., at the Army Education Center, building 12400, 700 Quarters Road. Participants can discuss education goals with a counselor and meet with representatives from five colleges including Virginia State University and Old Dominion University. Light refreshments and prizes will be available. No reservations are necessary to attend. For details, call (804) 765-3570.
555th PIA Meeting | Oct. 2 The Jessie J. Mayes Tri-Cities Chapter of the 555th Parachute Infantry Association, Inc., will conduct its monthly meeting, Oct. 2, 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.
KAHC 5K Volksmarch, Health Fair | Oct. 5
Kenner Army Health Clinic will host its inaugural 5K Family Volksmarch and health fair, Oct. 5, 9-11:30 a.m. The start and finish will be at the clinic’s A Avenue parking lot. This event is free and open to the community. Participants will travel through the historic Petersburg National Battlefield. The family event also includes a wide assortment of exercise and health awareness opportunities. For details, call (804) 734-9086.
Professional Sports Tickets | Ongoing Professional sports tickets are available through Family and MWR Leisure Travel Services year-round. The office has tickets for the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Nationals, U.S. Naval Academy, Jacksonville (Fla.) Knights, Washington Wizards, Washington Mystics, Washington Capitals and NASCAR. For more details, call (804) 765-3789.
Biking in Battleﬁeld Park | Oct. 9 Fort Lee’s Family and MWR Outdoor Recreation Center offers family-oriented biking in Battlefield Park each 2nd and 4th Wednesday, weather permitting, 4:30 p.m. The next excursion is Oct. 9. Participants can bring a bike or rent one for $5 per day from Outdoor Recreation. A trail guide will meet the bikers at the start point near the Mahone Avenue battlefield parking area. The program is free as long as participants are accompanied by the trail guide. For details, call (804) 765-2212.
ASIST Training Registration | Oct. 8-9 Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training is a two-day workshop that prepares caregivers of all backgrounds to provide suicide first aid. The next session will be held Oct. 8-9 at Liberty Chapel. There is no cost. Participants are responsible for their meals and beverages. The primary requirement is that participants register only if their schedule permits them to attend the two full days. For details, contact USPHS Capt. Kerima A. Gibbons at (804) 734-9143 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Calendar, continued AFGE Meeting | Oct. 9 The American Federation of Government Employees, Local Union 1178, meets the second Wednesday of every month in building 10000-D, C Avenue. The next meeting is set for Oct. 9, 5:15 p.m. All Fort Lee bargaining unit employees are invited to attend. For details, call (804) 765-0744.
Lee Oktoberfest | Oct. 12 Fort Lee’s annual Oktoberfest is set for Oct. 12, 5-10 p.m., at the Post Field House. Admission is $6 for adults; children 12 and under are free. Food, beverages and game tickets will be sold separately. Schenicklefritz and the Oompahs will provide the music while the Hirschjager Dancers perform German folk dances. KidZone inflatable games will be available for children. For details, visit www.leemwr.com or call (804) 765-3176.
Club Beyond | Every Monday Club Beyond programs for middle school and high school students are offered each Monday at Memorial Chapel. The middle school group meets from 5:45-7:15 p.m., and the high school program is set for 7-8:30 p.m. Each session will have games, food, music and more. Friends can have fun and share their faith together. For details, call (518) 225-2965.
Job Fair | Oct. 23 A job fair sponsored by JobZone will be offered Oct. 23, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., at the Regimental Club. This event is for active and retired military members, wounded warriors and family members. Employers expected include defense and commercial companies, federal agencies, placement and staffing companies, colleges and universities and more.
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Golf Lunch and Learn | Every Wednesday The Cardinal Golf Club offers a Lunch and Learn program every Wednesday, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Each session will feature one hour of group instruction tailored to the golfers’ skill levels. Participation is limited to the first 10 people (five are required to hold the class). Sign up no later than Tuesday for the following Wednesday session. Cost is $12 per person and includes a box lunch and water or a beverage. For details, call (804) 734-2899.
ACS Scream-Free Classes | Oct. 16, 23 and 30 The ACS Family Advocacy Program will offer the third in a series of Scream-Free Parenting classes on Oct. 16, 23 and 30, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Attendance at the first two programs are not a requirement to attend. The new classes will include a mix of concepts to becoming “scream free” and increasing the calmness at home. Childcare is available upon request. Brown bag lunches are recommended. For registration and details, call (804) 734-7353.
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Spirited History Tour | Sept. 28 The Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia will host a Spirited History tour on Sept. 28, 8-10 p.m., at the historic Magnolia Grange plantation house museum, 10020 Iron Bridge Road. During the tour, visitors will hear “spinetingling tales” and the fascinating history of this treasured site. Cameras and recorders are welcome. The cost is $20 for ages 8 and above. Children under 8 are free. Reservations are required by visiting www.chesterfieldhistory.com.
VCU Broad Street Mile | Sept. 28 The VCU Broad Street Mile will take place Sept. 28, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., between Belvidere Street and Hermitage Road, Richmond. The event combines a series of 16 1-mile fun runs with a community festival on the city’s major thoroughfare. The inaugural event will celebrate VCU’s 175th Anniversary. The festival includes music, art, food and fitness demonstrations. For details and to register for a fun run to support a local nonprofit, visit vcubroadstreetmile.com.
Scholarship Fair | Oct. 10
Jazz Concerts | Sept. 27Scholarship Sharing will host a 28 Scholarship Fair on Oct. 9-10, noon - 5 p.m.,
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Czech and Slovak Folklife Festival | Oct. 19 Prince George County’s first-ever Virginia Czech and Slovak Folklife Festival is set for Oct. 19, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., at the Regional Heritage Center, 6406 Courthouse Road. This free outdoor event will feature musical performances, polka dancing, baking demonstrations, a farm-life exhibition and activities for children. There also will be a documentation and digitization table to preserve historical materials related to this community. Attendees can bring old photographs, letters and documents for scanning. For details, call (804) 863-0212 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Square Dance Classes | Weekly The Colonial Heights Parks and Recreation Department sponsors weekly square dance classes each Monday, 7-8:30 p.m., at Colonial Heights High School, 3600 Conduit Road. The first night is free, with a $5 weekly or $15 monthly fee thereafter. There is no charge for children 12 and under. No experience is required for this fun, sociable activity. For details, call (804) 733-4663.
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