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October 24, 2013 | Vol. 73, No. 42

ORDNANCE ARTIFACTS REFURBISHED Two railroad guns get special treatment that offers protection from weather, time


DONATIONS TO THE TROOPS Local resident spends countless hours knitting caps to help Soldiers downrange



Marines run 67.2 miles to honor Corps legend

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norms of behaving. Pointing to the gold ring on my left hand, I ask another simple question, “What does this tell you about me?� A student will respond very quickly, “You are married sir.� To which I respond, “What does this identity tell you about how I ought to behave?� “You need to be faithful to your wife sir!� “Roger that,� I reply. Then I ask another question: “Would everyone agree that it would be wrong for me to have sex with a member of this class?� “Definitely sir!� would follow a few gasps by the class. “Why? Who defines marriage?

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Who defines what right looks like in marriage? Do I write my own rules of what the left and right limits are in marriage, or do I submit to existing standards that flow from the identity and nature of marriage?� If my marriage was based on my own narrative of what makes for right and wrong, my wife would have left me to my own fairy tale long ago. From my perspective, together we submit to marriage as it flows from an identity grounded in the essence of our own humanity. This poses a bigger question – what are the essential attributes of a human being? If my starting point for identity is that I am nothing and I will return to nothing, what are expected behaviors and values? What does my interaction with others look like? What about soldiering? The authors of the Declaration of Independence had the starting point that our

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COVER Fort Lee Marine Corps Detachment troops participate in the 20th annual Chester Puller run Friday. During the 67.2-mile journey, Marines ran in two-man teams for the first 63 miles from Fort Lee to Saluda. For a story and more photos, see page 13. | October 24, 2013 | Traveller | 3

Important Ordnance artifacts receive much-needed facelift Amy Perry Production/News Assistant Editor

Restoration work has begun on two prominent pieces of Ordnance Corps history that are now on display at Fort Lee. The M1895 12-inch gun tube on the M1918 rail car located on the Ordnance Campus is being stabilized and refurbished. The project started Oct. 1 and is expected to be completed Oct. 31. The German 28cm Kanone 5(E), also known as “Anzio Annie,” will go through a similar process from Nov. 1 - Dec. 15. Both projects were funded by fiscal 2012 end-of-year funds from the U.S. Army Center of Military History. “Rust removal is essential to preserving this equipment,” noted Claire Samuelson, director of the U.S. Army Ordnance Training and Heritage Center. “The guns also will be cleaned, primed with a pre-

servative coat and painted. “The Heritage Center has a duty to preserve the important historical artifacts of the Ordnance Corps,” she added. “This refurbishment will guarantee the integrity of these Army artifacts for years to come. The contractor is applying a urethane coating that will ensure long-term outdoor preservation.” Passersby may have noticed the temporary shelters that have been placed over both of the rail guns. Samuelson said they have been erected by the contractors in compliance with federal, state and local environmental standards. The Heritage Center director also emphasized that “Anzio Annie” is a one-of-a-kind weapon. The railway battery that fired on the Anzio Beach head was evacuated north of Rome. The equipment, two complete gun trains with all the support accessories were trapped and abandoned in a rail yard when U.S. air forces destroyed the bridg-

es of the escape route. The train was attacked by aircraft in the rail yard and some of the material was damaged or destroyed. A few weeks later, in late 1944, the area was overrun by U.S. infantry troops who discovered the two gun trains. The material was examined on the spot by Army intelligence. It was decided that the “Leopold” gun would be sent to Naples for transport to the U.S. It arrived at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Md., a few months later. The other gun, “Robert,” was sent to Rome and scraped. The “Anzio Annie” has become a symbol of the sacrifices of the Allied forces who assaulted the beach at Anzio. The gun was relocated to Fort Lee in December 2011 and is located on Railroad Avenue. “It’s the only one in the United States,” Samuelson noted. “That distinction and its significance to the Ordnance Corps underscore the importance of ensuring it is

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A contract worker sandblasts the M1895 12-inch gun tube on the M1918 rail car as part of the refurbishing work to historic artifacts located on the Ordnance Campus. The work is set to continue until mid-December.

stabilized and refurbished.” Only six ordnance artifacts are on outdoor display at Fort Lee. They include the two railroad guns, a Bradley Fighting Vehicle, a Pershing Missile and an armored recovery vehicle on the Ordnance Circle, and a T-12 (Earthquake) bomb in the roundabout at Shop Road and 11th Street. A small selection of ordnance artifacts can be seen in a temporary exhibit, “Subject to Recall,” located at the Quartermaster Museum. Samuelson also made note of the Ordnance Training and Heritage

Center Foundation, a newly formed nonprofit organization created by concerned members of the Ordnance Corps. Among its primary goals is raising funds to build a new Ordnance Museum. Those who would like to know more about the foundation are encouraged to contact Leslie A. Martin, president, at lmartin1965@hughes. net or David R. Cassity, treasurer, at News and updates on the Heritage Center also can be found at www. or its Facebook page.


The U.S. Army Ordnance School hosted a rededication ceremony for the Chief Warrant Officer 4 Harrison E. Robinson Conference Room Friday. Robinson joined the U.S. Army in February 1946 and after only seven years as a maintenance technician was promoted to master sergeant. From 1953 to 1961, Robinson served in many leadership positions in the 82nd Airborne Division. In April 1961, he was appointed to warrant officer and served as a maintenance officer in the 82nd and 101st Airborne divisions, 10th Special Forces and the 7th Army in Europe. He retired after more than 30 years of service in the Ordnance Corps. Robinson was inducted into the Ordnance Corps

Hall of Fame in 1990. Originally, the conference room was dedicated on May 9, 1996, at the former Ordnance School that was located at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. As part of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure initiative, the school moved here. “When we moved from Aberdeen to Fort Lee, we not only moved our equipment and personnel, but our history,” said Col. John F. Haley, Chief of Ordnance and Ordnance School commandant. “So, it is fitting that we gather here to rededicate this conference room.” Many of Robinson’s family members attended the ceremony, and one of his daughters gave insight into what her father was like when he was at home. “He was a very giving person, always ready to teach other people,” said Priscilla Meadows, Robinson’s second oldest

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Col. John F. Haley, Chief of Ordnance and Ordnance School commandant, addresses the family of Chief Warrant Officer 4 Harrison E. Robinson during a conference room rededication ceremony Friday. The original Robinson Conference Room was dedicated in 1996 at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.

daughter. “He was spit-shined every day, no nonsense, but always willing to listen and was very fair.” According to Haley, the conference room rededication serves three purposes: it commemorates Robinson’s remarkable service; honors his family; and provides

constant inspiration for all the Soldiers who train on the Ordnance Campus. “Chief Robinson was one of the many outstanding ordnance officers who contributed to the rich heritage of the corps,” Haley said. “It is fitting we brought that history here.”

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Sgt. Heather Norris from Fort Hamilton, N.Y., performs a final inspection of the new nearly completed Army Women’s Museum statue in April as Alex Tisth of Kodiak Studios closely watches.

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The sculptured head of the statue was completed in March at Kodiak Studios in Brooklyn.


It represents the end of a nearly two-year quest that required consultation, conceptional drawings, inspections, meetings and measurements. The new women’s warrior statue that will be unveiled Nov. 7 at the Army Women’s Museum also will serve as a true Veterans Day tribute. “She is set to become part of an outdoor exhibit at the museum, and pays tribute to the women who have served in the Army for the past 10-20 years,” said Dr. Francoise Bonnell, museum director. “Our staff envisioned a full-size figure that would draw attention to the contributions of the modern Army female warrior.” The fiberglass statue, called Lt. FAWMA – an acronym for Friends of the Army Women’s Museum Association – was paid for by contributions. Kodiak Studios, Inc., Brooklyn, N.Y., created the statue with constant consultation with the museum staff. Bonnell noted, “A great amount of care and thought was put into the creation. She is youthful and reflects the energy of a young female Soldier. She is wearing all equipment that Soldiers use while in a field training environment or while deployed.” The director gives credit to Ronald Bingham, museum technician, for developing the early concept in 2011, and working with many Soldiers and Kodiak Studios to ensure that the finished statue met the numerous exacting specifications – from patches to the hair bun. “All the credit goes to Ron for taking the lead over many months to complete it,” she said. “Funding was critical and the Friends of the Army Women’s Museum agreed to support the project.”

“The female warrior represents all Army women from the Revolutionary War to present and even the future,” said Bingham. “We chose her to be a first lieutenant to show her leadership of today’s Army, and to represent the future of the Army as she progresses in rank and responsibility.” The statue has two unit patches, he noted, “She proudly wears an active duty combat patch representing the 1st Infantry Division and the 94th Infantry Division patch to represent our citizen Soldiers – Reserves and National Guard.” He said the statue-making process began in January 2013 with the help of a host of Lee Soldiers. Sgt. 1st Class Sherry Williams, formerly with CASCOM, posed for initial photographs with the gear she wore while deployed in Iraq. She later modeled for photos of her hands. Sgt. 1st Class Naomi Rankin, who was with the Religious Support Office, was photographed showing the proper look on a military hair bun. “This was a healthy project,” said Alex Tisth, president of Kodiak, who along with a team of five others worked on Lt. FAWMA. “Every single inch of detail had to be approved. Our focus was to make sure everyone was comfortable with each step.” Prior to the final molding, Retired Col. German Velez and Sgt. Heather Norris from Fort Hamilton, N.Y., performed an on-site inspection at the studio in April. Lt. FAWMA is ready to go public. It will be mounted on a pedestal outside the museum along with a bed of more than 200 personalized bricks. The public dedication ceremony begins at 1 p.m. For more information, call (804) 7344327.

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Kenner Closure Kenner Army Health Clinic will curtail services Oct. 24, 1-4 p.m., to allow staff to attend a quarterly commander’s call and training session. The clinic will reopen in the late afternoon for ancillary services. Patients with routine needs including scheduling appointments, prescription refills, or minor illness should contact the clinic before or after the closure. For acute urgent care needs, call the KAHC administrative officer at (804) 734-9000.

Safety Office Course The fiscal 2014 Collateral/Additional Duty Safety Officer Course training dates are set for Oct. 30, Feb. 5, May 7 and Aug. 20. All classes will be conducted at the Safety Training Center, building 6050 (off Shop Road), 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. All newly appointed safety officers must complete the online CDSO or ADSO course within 30 days of appointment, and attend the local safety officer training. The online courses are at DISTANCELEARNINGONLINETRAINING/tabi For details, call (804) 765-3129 or email

Breast Cancer Walk The Army Logistics University will hold a Breast Cancer Awareness Paint the Town Pink Run/Walk, Oct. 31, 5:45 a.m., at Williams Stadium. This event, hosted by Logistics NCO Academy, is open to the community, and no registration is required. It will be a 2-mile walk and a 3.2-mile run on B Avenue during PT hours. For details, call (804) 765-8825

FAP Kickball Tournament The ACS Family Advocacy Program is sponsoring a “Kick Domestic Violence” kickball tournament Oct. 31, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., at Williams Stadium. The tournament is being held in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The winning team will retain the championship trophy for a year. For details, call (804) 734-6381.

Field Sanitation Team Training Kenner Environmental Health will provide Soldiers with FST training, Nov. 4-8, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., at Army Logistics University, building 12420, in the multipurpose room D. This important training is key to mission sustainment and each company-sized unit must have at least two Soldiers certified. There are only 50 slots available, and it is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Soldiers must not be interrupted during the training. For registration and details, call (804) 734-9064.

Troops to Teachers Briefing A “Teaching as a Second Career Briefing” is set for Nov. 22, 10-11:30 a.m., at the Army Education Center, building 12400, 700 Quarters Road. Troops to Teachers pays up to $10,000 in stipends and bonuses. For details, call (804) 765-3570. | October 24, 2013 | Traveller | 5

Sustainers complete retrogrades in record time at ‘Red Hat’ yard 2nd Lt. Andrew Carpenter 3rd Special Forces Group

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Deployed sustainers here are busy preparing for the near-future withdrawal of U.S. military forces that will bring Operation Enduring Freedom to an end. During a recent retrograde project at the Red Hat Storage Yard on Kandahar Airfield, more than 34,000 pieces of excess aerial delivery equipment – valued at approximately $22.7 million – were assessed and processed for future use or disposal. Chief Warrant Officer 3 Ishmael Ramosbarbosa, aerial delivery officer for United States Forces-Afghanistan, determined that most of it was serviceable and could be used for future

air drop missions around the world. “That left us with a formidable task,” said Sgt. 1st Class Michael Kanzler, shop foreman for 3rd Special Forces Group Support Battalion Riggers. “Getting that equipment ready for shipment back to operational units was a huge and important assignment. We knew we wouldn’t be able to support such a large-scale retrograde with organic assets, so we reached out to our conventional partners for help and they answered the call with an extraordinary level of support.” The KAF-headquartered 15th Sustainment Brigade provided more than 30 personnel, four trucks with trailers and two pieces of Material Handling Equipment to facilitate the retrograde. Additionally, the 101st Sustainment Brigade sent five 92-Romeo parachute riggers

to aid the 3rd GSB riggers in the aerial delivery equipment inspection process. “When making our initial assessment of the Red Hat Yard, we estimated it would take at least 45 days to complete the retrograde with an additional 10 personnel helping us,” Kanzler said. “The immense support from our counterparts helped us complete the mission in just over three weeks. We are extremely pleased with the turn out.” During the project, the 3rd GSB and 101st Sustainment riggers carefully inspected more than 17,000 parachutes, A-22 cargo bags and low cost containers for serviceability. Simultaneously, while braving the Kandahar heat, the 15th Sustainment personnel prepared pallets for inspection and hauled items such as energy dissipating material and unserviceable aerial delivery equipment to the Defense Logistics Agency – Disposition Services yard for destruction. Serviceable equipment was packed and shipped to multiple locations

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Sgt. Luisa Krogh, 101st Sustainment Brigade, receives an Army Achievement Medal from Lt. Col. Matthew Hamilton, commander of the 3rd Special Forces Group Support Battalion, while Command Sgt. Maj. James Thomas, 3rd GSB CSM, offers his congratulations during a ceremony at the Red Hat Storage Yard, Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. Krogh and other sustainment Soldiers were recognized for their work in completing the retrograde of more than 34,000 pieces of equipment, valued at roughly $22.7 million.

for future use. The 1st Theater Support Command, U.S. Forces – Afghanistan, was also a major partner in the project and Kanzler acknowledged the support of other organizations on and around Kandahar Airfield. “This is a shining example of how teamwork among Soldiers

and civilians from across the sustainment community, coupled with intent-driven leadership of first-line supervisors, yields the achievement of the most formidable tasks,” Kanzler said. “And it’s very important work as we seek to reduce the U.S. military’s footprint on large Forward Operating Bases like Kandahar.”

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Fiscal 2013 was the Army’s safest year, according to end-of-year data recently released by the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center, Fort Rucker, Ala. Accidental fatalities declined 9 percent between fiscal 2012 and 2013, falling to an all-time low of 137 losses. The previous benchmark was set in fiscal 1997 when 150 Soldiers were killed in accidents. “This is an outstanding accomplishment for our leaders and Soldiers,” said Brig. Gen. Timothy J. Edens, director of Army Safety and commanding general, U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center. “It not only testifies to their safety commitment and

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Motorcycle fatalities were one of several categories in which the Army saw reductions for fiscal 2013.

leadership at all levels across theArmy, but also strengthens evidence that we are moving in the right direction.” On duty, accidental losses fell 6 percent from 2012, continuing a years-long down-

ward trend in work-related deaths. The drop in off-duty fatalities was even more impressive with a 17 percent reduction that was more than double last year’s decline. A marked drop in fatal private

motor vehicle accidents, historically the No. 1 accidental killer of Soldiers, was largely responsible for this success. The 40 percent decline in automobile deaths and 15 percent decrease in motorcycle fatalities, the latter coming after a three-year upward trend, validates steps the Army has taken in recent years to combat these losses, said Command Sgt. Maj. Richard D. Stidley, USACR/Safety Center. “We can’t overstate how important this is for our PMV safety programs,” Stidley said. “More Soldiers are home now than the previous 10 years, so that means greater exposure to the hazards of driving and riding. Engaged leadership – Soldiers looking out for one another and better training opportunities – are making a real difference.” While most accident categories experienced doubledigit reductions throughout fiscal 2013, water-related fa-

talities were up 225 percent from the previous year. Seven Soldiers drowned during the last quarter alone. “Boating and drowning deaths tend to rise during the third and fourth quarters every fiscal year because that’s when Soldiers are on the water most,” Edens said. “While this isolated cluster of incidents doesn’t necessarily indicate a trend, it and the rash of ATV accidents we experienced earlier this year show we can’t let down our guard, no matter how well we’re doing in the big picture.” While 2013 was a banner year for safety, senior Army leaders called for a further 10 percent reduction in fatal accidents service-wide in the 2014 Army Safety and Occupational Health Objectives. The signed memorandum is available at – USACR/Safety Center

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‘Hallowed grounds’ offers perspective Does the sound of Civil War cannon fire still echo in the night? Find out at Pamplin Historical Park’s Halloween-themed event “Voices from the Shadows: A Walk through Hallowed Ground” Friday and Saturday. Costumed guides will lead participants by candlelight on a spine-chilling tour of the Breakthrough Battlefield and Tudor Hall plantation, allowing guests to walk in the footsteps of those who once lived, worked, fought and died at this historic site. As visitors experience each stop on the tour, they will encounter the sights and sounds, the people, and stories that still haunt the park. The true stories of the Civil War-era mixed with the naturally haunting atmosphere of Pamplin Historical Park gives visitors the rare opportunity to actually experience the emotions of those who came before them. Explore the anxiety, sadness, joy, stress and fear that the men and women of that era experienced and form a deeper, more personal connection with the past. This first-time event will only be offered the two scheduled nights and space is limited. Reservations are strongly encouraged. Each tour will begin at The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier located at 6125 Boydton Plank Road, Petersburg. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12, and is free for park members. Call (804) 861-2408 for reservations. One of “Virginia’s Best Places to Visit” according to the Travel Channel, and designated as a National Historic Landmark, Pamplin Historical Park and The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier is a 424-acre Civil War campus located in Dinwiddie County offering a combination of high-tech museums and hands-on experiences. The park has four worldclass museums and four antebellum homes. The park is also the site of The Breakthrough Battlefield of April 2, 1865, and America’s premier experience, Civil War Adventure Camp. For more information, call 861-2408 or visit


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More than 200 members of the 16th Ordnance Battalion – including family members – attended the battalion’s Black and White Ball at the Lee Club Oct. 5. The event featured Karess, a soul group from Norfolk, a cakecutting ceremony, awards presentations, as well as a variety of musical acts performed by members of the battalion. (ABOVE) Two battalion members perform Ike and Tina Turner’s “Rolling on the River,” a crowd favorite. (RIGHT) Command Sgt. Maj. Cheryl M. Green, battalion CSM, presents Command Sgt. Maj. Edward C. Morris, 59th

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Once Soldiers achieve full indoctrination in the Army and truly comprehends its purpose, they usually figure out their place in the institution as well and how they can contribute to the whole. That happened to 2nd Lt. Raphia Russell at some point within the past fours years, and for her, it was worthy of reiteration. “I think my purpose is to help inspire other Soldiers,” the Ordnance Basic Officer Leaders Course student said. “I think I need to share my journey.” What makes Russell’s journey so special? She is the first two-time interviewee for the Traveller’s “America’s Military” column, which for nearly eight

years, has sought to spotlight America’s military future – its junior enlisted members – and provide some honest insight about their aspirations, motivations, hopes and fears in a simple, no-frills question-andanswer format. Russell was one of those military members four years ago, a petroleum supply specialist assigned to the 109th QM Company, 240th QM Battalion, 49th QM Group. She appeared in the Oct. 9, 2009, edition and was interviewed on the cusp of a promotion to sergeant, Judging from her responses to certain questions, it was evident she was experiencing newfound purpose and motivation – “One significant event in your life:” Answer: “Getting promoted and getting my college degree.”

Sgt. Raphia Russell, circa. 2009

2nd Lt. Raphia Russell, 2013

Most of her answers in the column were typical. When asked this question four years ago – “What is it like being an NCO?” – she seemed to have discovered the inherent drudgery and dedication required to effectively supervise and manage Soldiers: “…there’s a lot more responsibility. I am an example now, so I’ve got to make sure I’m right before I can encourage somebody else. Before, I used to look

at my watch when it was about time to go home. Now, I can’t do that. I have to take care of Soldiers.” Russell, a new noncommissioned officer awakened by the demands of leadership, was speaking from a garrison perspective, because up until that point she had not deployed anywhere. After she departed Fort Lee a short time after her promotion, however, Russell got a

taste of what it is really like “to take care of Soldiers” when she deployed with the 1st Infantry Division (headquartered at Fort Riley, Kan.) to Camp Taji, Iraq, in 2010. “I lost one of my Soldiers,” said the 33-year-old about a warrior who died when he was no longer assigned to her as a subordinate. “The thing about it was that (he was lost) four days before we got back (to the states).” Russell’s lament seemed to suggest leadership is complex, dynamic and fraught with challenges. Her former Soldier’s death, she said, made for a bittersweet return – sweet because they were returning from a “challenging and difficult” tour of duty and bitter because “I knew everyone wasn’t coming back.” Although there were some setbacks during her deployment, there were also several SEE RUSSELL, PAGE 11

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Members of the 111th Quartermaster Company sport skullcaps made by Shirley White, who has donated more than 900 of them for deploying and deployed troops.


While the war in Iraq ended many months ago and troops and Afghanistan will soon be coming home, the supportive spirit of the American public â&#x20AC;&#x201C; especially for military members serving overseas â&#x20AC;&#x201C; has not diminished. One of those waving the flag of support is Shirley White, whose enthusiasm has progressed beyond words into the realm of toil and deeds. The grandmother of nine children has spent the past four years making hats for Soldiers who want a little comfort underneath their helmets. The United Kingdom native and troop cheerleader has used her 79-year-old hands to crochet more than 934 hats thus far. She said her work is a matter of gratitude for what service men and women do. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just thankful for them,â&#x20AC;? said the Dedham, Mass., resident in a telephone interview. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s made me want to do more.â&#x20AC;? The retiree said she began her ongoing project when a relative asked another relative for a hat to wear in Afghanistan where there are

Shirley White

dramatic drops in temperatures throughout the year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They were looking for wool hats to wear under their helmets,â&#x20AC;? she recalled. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Give me the pattern and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll do it.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;I made two hats, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gone on and on and on.â&#x20AC;? The hats, commonly called watch or skullcaps, are made of medium-heavy wool yarn, fit snugly on the noggin and are designed to provide warmth in the winter and act as a sweat barrier in the summer. Each takes approximately two hours to complete and White produces them in various colors and patterns. Additionally, she attaches each with a note that thanks the wearer for â&#x20AC;&#x153;serving our countryâ&#x20AC;? and expresses optimism that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll â&#x20AC;&#x153;be home soon, safe and sound.â&#x20AC;? White, her heavy English accent intact and a phone

manner that brings to mind the actress Angela Lansbury, said mass production of the hats started after she and her husband met a few Army recruiters during a Florida vacation. They started a conversation, White offered her services, and the recruiters requested a few for their office mates. One recruiter later suggested she contact Fort Lee. She was glad to, and over the past few months, has donated roughly 70 hats for Soldiers slated for deployment. Lorna L. King, mobilization and deployment program manager, Army Community Service, helped to coordinate Whiteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s donation. She said she is generally elated with the generosity shown by citizen-supporters but was blown away by Whiteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s contributions of kindness. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the love behind it,â&#x20AC;? she said, having spoken to White by phone only. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This lady, who is married to a (U.S. Army) World War II Soldier she met when he was deployed to England, said her husband received a care package from a stranger when he was overseas and it made a huge difference. She said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t it be nice if a Soldier received something

from a stranger and it made a similar difference in his or her life? What sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s doing is fantastic.â&#x20AC;? King, a former Soldier herself, said Soldiers need have a sense that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not alone in their endeavors and something as simple as a hat can convey such a message. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Things like this mean a lot to young Soldiers,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For them to deploy and receive something from somebody theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never met and who thought about them â&#x20AC;Ś itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fantastic.â&#x20AC;? Fort Lee gained the services of White after another installation didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do enough to retain them. White said she halted deliveries there because she never got word the hats made it to the troops. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I never received acknowledgement,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wondered to the point, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Are they getting there and are they getting to Afghanistan?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what really worried me.â&#x20AC;? Worry no more. As a part of her duties, King spends time with Soldiers and family members prior to deployment. She will distribute the has as a part of her future duties and will do so with a measure of humility. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am humbled and so proud of the American people,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We still have these ordinary people from all over the country who want to do good things for Soldiers..â&#x20AC;? As for White, although she likes making the hats, she said there is a possibility her services will no longer be needed â&#x20AC;&#x201C; which is fine with her. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I hope it comes to a point where the war comes to an end,â&#x20AC;? she said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and if it comes to an end, then I would have to finish making hats.â&#x20AC;? Fort Lee, primarily a training installation, has only two deployable units. It deploys roughly 100 Soldiers yearly. | October 24, 2013 | Traveller | 11

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Col. Thomas S. Bundt, Kenner Army Health Clinic commander, speaks to the Fort Lee Area Spouses Club during its October luncheon. Bundt enlightened the group on the importance of the Surgeon General’s Performance Triad initiative and the negative impact No-Shows have on the clinic. A question and answer session encouraged members to participate.

RUSSELL | 2009 America’s Military

subject makes good on goals Continued from page 9 She earned her master’s degree there and the experience she gained strengthened her as a leader, putting her in a position to attain her goal of becoming an officer. She applied to officer candidate school while still deployed and was accepted to attend in late 2011. Everything went fine until she hit the latter part of the course. “I completed eight weeks and failed the history test,” said Russell. “I came back (to Fort Riley) in February 2012. It was a very difficult time because I had to go

back to my unit (after failing). I disappointed a lot of people, but I didn’t feel like I was a failure.” Russell said she didn’t dwell on the letdown and kept herself busy, beginning work on a doctorate’s degree and volunteering for more challenging assignments. She found herself at Fort Hood, Texas, in late 2012 and was encouraged by her new commander to try again for OCS. She was again accepted and this time, she passed the course. Russell is now a few weeks from BOLC graduation. When she graduates, Russell would have made

good on all of the goals she set for herself four years ago in the “America’s Military” write-up; completing a deployment to Southwest Asia, earning her master’s degree and joining the officer ranks. Now a living example of what can be done when you set goals, actively work toward them and refuse to accept failure, Russell said she has further embraced the role of someone who lifts others – especially those whose careers are stagnant. “I want to be that example,” she said. “I want people to look at me and say, ‘OK, if she can do it, I can do it too.’”

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(CLOCKWISE FROM RIGHT) Basic Officer Leader Course students carry a casualty from a Black Hawk helicopter for additional care during a medical evacuation exercise held under BOLDFTX Tuesday at the Fort Lee range training complex. BOLDFTX is a culminating field exercise for BOLC students. • Second Lieutenant Herman Tisdale provides perimeter security while the casualty is being moved. • A Virginia Air National Guard Black Hawk helicopter departs the area of operations to pick up casualties.




mid cloudy skies, a Black Hawk helicopter decreases its speed, slightly tilts its nose and begins a slow descent to the ground. Security personnel stand watch as it lands, and four Soldiers – each gripping the handles of a litter – scurry toward the aircraft, loading a casualty and rushing him to care. It’s a scene that is likely played out hundreds of times weekly during training exercises held throughout the U.S. Army. This one, however, featured a wrinkle of sorts. In most medical evacuation exercises, enlisted personnel typically perform the bulk of the tasks connected with the mission. In an exercise held Tuesday at the Fort Lee range training complex, officers performed most of the groundwork, said. Maj. Michael Liscano, the officer-in-charge, Basic Officer Leader Course Tactics, Army Logistics University. “The students get to experience a whole host of tasks – from talking to the aircraft, calling 9-Line medical evacuation, coordinating with ground elements to receive the wounded

and providing local security like Soldiers would in real combat conditions,” he said. The medical evacuation was part of the BOLDFTX, a culminating logistics field training exercise for BOLC transportation, ordnance and quartermaster second lieutenants enrolled at ALU. A former pilot program, the three-day BOLDFTX is held in lieu of the culminating field exercises each branch formally held in conjunction with units that are assigned advanced individual training Soldiers. During BOLDFTX, performing tasks that are normally the responsibility of enlisted personnel – like a medical evacuation – is not uncommon or unexpected. In fact, the exercise is comprised entirely of officer-students (with the exception of role players, observers, controllers and trainers) and aims to provide each lieutenant a valuable, meaningful leadership experience. Liscano said the exercise is a concentrated effort that emphasizes comprehension of individual tasks and missions.

ecute a variety of sustainment opeerations. “These Soldiers have to cond duct a whole host of missions – aerial delivery, water purification, logisstics package preparations,” said Liscaano, “so they get to perform all types off logistics missions in a tactical envirronment.” For some of the students, perforrming certain tasks was a first-time ex xperience that increased their understaanding of specific tasks. “I’ve never loaded up a casuaalty in a helicopter,” said 2nd Lt. Hillary Photos by T. Anthony Bell Klotz, “so just knowing how it’s do one was a positive.” “We immerse them in what we call a decisive Klotz also said the exercise in general was the action training environment,” he said. “It’s not means to put to use countless hours of classro oom exclusively a counterinsurgency exercise. It is a instruction. combination of wide-area security operations as “You actually get to experience what you u’re well as a combined arms maneuver where they talking about,” she said. “It’s more of a handss-on have to worry about not just guerillas, insurgents, experience.” criminals and the local population but also conRoughly 107 officers participated in ventional forces operating in the same location.” BOLDFTX. It became a permanent part of the In carrying out the various mission scenarios, ALU training curriculum at the start of fisscal the students must become familiar with and ex- 2014, said Liscano.

Photos by Amy Perry

(ABOVE) Lt. Col. Skip Schoen of the Marine Corps Detachment at Fort Lee speaks to more than 200 troops at the gravesite of Lt. Gen. Lewis Burwell “Chesty” Puller during the conclusion of the 20th annual Chesty Puller Run Friday. He spoke about the battles where Puller earned each of his five Navy Crosses. (RIGHT) Gunnery Sgt. Jonathan Ragland, an instructor, calls cadence for Bravo Company during the formation run to Puller’s burial spot in Saluda.

Fort Lee Marines honor Corps legend Amy Perry Production/News Assistant Editor

Lt. Gen. Lewis Burwell “Chesty” Puller is a legend in the Marine Corps. In the award category alone, he amassed five Navy Crosses, an Army Distinguished Service Cross, a Silver Star Medal and much more during his illustrious career. He fought enemy guerrillas in Haiti and Nicaragua and participated in some of the bloodiest battles of World War II and the Korean War. It’s a legacy that all Marines learn early in their career and do not forget even after they leave the service. A reflection of the reverence for Puller occurs every year when the Marine Corps Detachment at Fort Lee conducts a 67.2mile relay and formation run to his final resting place near Christ Church in Saluda. More than 200 Marines participated in the 20th annual event Friday. As in years past, the observance also included a graveside

tribute and toast to the famous general. He is buried next to his wife, Virginia. “Chesty Puller is an iconic figure in our ranks,” said Lt. Col. Skip Schoen, detachment commander. “His courage under fire and Marines’ Marine leadership style are legendary and have inspired generations of Marines. Due to our proximity to the birthplace and burial site of Puller, the Marine Corps Detachment at Fort Lee is privileged to honor his legacy by conducting an annual event that combines physical fitness, espirit de corps and historical insight.” For the first 63 miles of the annual run, a pair of Marines carry the detachment guidon on two-mile legs. For the last 4.2 miles, all of the participating Marines run in formation to the gravesite. The Marines also visited Puller’s birthplace in West Point and the home he lived in as a boy. During the formation run, the runners passed the home that Puller lived

These gravestones mark the final resting place for Lt. Gen. Lewis Burwell “Chesty” Puller and his wife Virginia. Each year, Marines from Fort Lee complete a 63mile relay and 4.2-mile formation run to the site to honor Puller’s legacy.

iin during his retirement. “The city of Saluda comes out for our run,” said Schoen. “They line the streets and cheer us while we run. It’s a special feeling and the Marines love it.” During the ceremony, Schoen discussed Puller’s career and other Marines read the citations for the five Navy Crosses Puller earned. The Marines also placed wreaths on the two graves and made a traditional toast to Puller. “This event allows some of our new-

est Marines to feel a connection with the ‘Old Corps,’” build camaraderie with their peers, and reinforce good relations with the public we serve,” said Schoen. “Chesty would appreciate all of these aspects. “Marines lead by example and we often tell our junior members about the importance of honoring our heritage,” he continued. “The Chesty Puller Run gives us the opportunity to lead our Marines and honor the memory of one of the Corps’ greatest leaders.”

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Outstanding instructors receive QM School honors at ceremony The U.S. Army Quartermaster School has selected Staff Sgt. Mark Wirtz, Joint Culinary Center of Excellence, as its 2013 Instructor of the Year. Wirtz and 17 others were recognized at an Oct. 10 ceremony in the Transportation School auditorium. Brig. Gen. John O’Neil IV, Quartermaster General, presented the awards and Command Sgt. Maj. Spencer Gray, Regimental CSM for the Quartermaster Corps, attended to offer his congratulations to each of the winners. The 2013 IOY runners up are Staff Sgt. Brandon Elam, Petroleum and Water Department, and Staff Sgt. Aaron Prophett, Logistics Training Department. To earn the IOY title, each of the competitors was evaluated by a board consisting of the Regimental CSM and senior representatives from the Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Corps. Wirtz, Elam and Prophett also were among the Distinguished Instructor

Award recipients at the ceremony. Since 1963, the QM School has recognized outstanding faculty from the each of the services. Officers, NCOs, warrant officers and DA Civilians are all eligible for the award. Launched in 1990, Instructor of the Year is an off-shoot of the previous program. It allows the school to further recognize talented instructors among the DIA pool of recipients each year. To earn a DIA nod, an instructor must first be nominated by his or her department director. The eligibility parameters include successful completion of an Instructor Training Course; a minimum of 12 months or 350 hours of classroom experience; and military candidates must meet all height, weight and physical training test score requirements prescribed in the regulations of their respective service. Each candidate is evaluated by a panel of former DIA recipients and must score about 90 to earn the award. Honorees re-

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Recipients of the Quartermaster School’s 2013 Distinguished Instructor Awards pose for a group photo at the conclusion of an Oct. 10 ceremony in the Transportation School auditorium. Also pictured far left is Brig. Gen. John O’Neil IV, Quartermaster General, and Command Sgt. Maj. Spencer Gray, QM Regimental CSM, second from right.

ceive a distinguished instructor certification badge, a plaque, a distinguished instructor certificate and the Quartermaster General’s coin. This year’s DIA recipients are Sgt. 1st Class Norberto Salas, Marine Gunnery Sgt. Roy Hulsey, Staff Sgt. Antonio Hamilton, Elam, Staff Sgt. Eric Seay, Marine Staff Sgt. Rudolph Montgomery Jr., Air Force Staff Sgt. Juan Aguirre-

Alger, Staff Sgt. Randie Lewis, Staff Sgt. Levoris Harmon III, Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Melissa Hartley, Staff Sgt. Christine Evangelista, Prophett, Staff Sgt. Dianara Johnson, Staff Sgt. Vanessa Thomas, Wirtz, Marine Sgt. Kenneth Lee, Jr., Staff Sgt. Christopher Nelson and Staff Sgt. Dorian Herring. – U.S. Army Quartermaster School

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their elder brother (returning from life as a missionary priest in Africa) and a charming Welsh drifter who strolls in and out of the life of the youngest sister after abandoning her and their young son Michael years ago. The Mundy’s spare existence is interrupted by brief, colorful bursts of music from the radio, their only link to the romance and hope of the world at large. Taking place during the Celtic harvest festival of Lughnasa, it is a memory play told from the point of view of the adult Michael Evans as he recounts a special August in his aunts’ cottage when he was seven years old. Julie Fulcher-Davis returns to the theater to direct the show. She most recently directed “Something’s Afoot” and last season’s “The Last Night of Ballyhoo.” She has selected an experienced cast to deal with the intricacies of the family’s life. “Although set in Ireland in 1936,


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Sarah Legere, Ann C. Easterling, Mara Barrett, Katherine Weightman and Amber Widener are the Mundy sisters in “Dancing at Lughnasa” at the Lee Playhouse.

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ODS expands credentialing for wheel vehicle mechanics The Ordnance School has procured 1,000 National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence test vouchers for the second year of its wheel vehicle mechanic credentialing pilot program. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In our first year, we could only fund 45 participants due to budget constraints,â&#x20AC;? noted Sam Burns, course manager at the Wheel Maintenance Training Department. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This increase opens up a lot of new opportunities for our Soldiers to enroll in the program. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We also learned in the first year that ASE credentialing is not easy,â&#x20AC;? he added, â&#x20AC;&#x153;so, to help improve our pass rates, the ODS has purchased pre-tests, a skill assessment tool, training modules to improve weaknesses and a post test for each participant. To make things even better and simpler for Soldiers, these tools can be accessed via any computer with Internet capability.â&#x20AC;? The credentialing pilot program is an off-shoot of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012. Service leaders were ordered to implement a professional certification system that would give veterans an advantage in the job market when they leave the service. Five military occupational specialties â&#x20AC;&#x201C; including 91-Bravo wheel vehicle mechanic â&#x20AC;&#x201C; were instructed to implement a pilot program by Oct. 1. The Ordnance School immediately complied and is well on its way to establishing an ambitious credentialing system for automotive maintenance Soldiers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The ASE was selected as the agency that would provide our Ordnance Soldiers automotive credentialing while on active duty,â&#x20AC;? Burns said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It also provides labor marketing and employment opportunities for enrolled Soldiers when they choose to leave the military. That also meets the goals of the NDAA-2012 directive.â&#x20AC;? An overview of the new additions to this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ASE pilot credentialing program for wheel vehicle mechanics includes the following: s #OMPREHENSIVE 3KILL !SSESSMENT Tool â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A pre-test with questions geared toward the ASE exams, and a post-assessment that shows the level of knowledge gained after completing the training program. The pre- and post-exams only can be accessed one time.

Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re setting our Soldiers up for long-term career success. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s our obligation as trainers and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s creating a lot of excitement within all of the departments and agencies here that are part of the credentialing pilot.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sam Burns, Wheel Maintenence Training Department Course Manager

s 0ROFESSIONAL 4ECHNICIAN 4RAINING Series â&#x20AC;&#x201C; In-depth, online training courses that allow enrollees to work at their own pace while enhancing automotive knowledge and preparing for the ASE exams. They include visual and audio assistance. 4HE0443OFFERSMULTIPLELESSONSWITHASsociated quizzes. Each module can be accessed as many times as needed. s %XAM REGISTRATION AND VOUCHERS n Required to obtain a seat for ASE testing ATADESIGNATED0ROMETRIC4EST#ENTER The courses of instruction and associated exams available to Soldiers through the ASE credentialing pilot include the following: s !UTO-AINTENANCEAND,IGHT2EPAIR #ERTIFICATION 4EST ' n )NTRODUCED THIS year, the module is geared toward newly trained mechanics. To complete the certification, mechanics must demonstrate sufficient knowledge of common maintenance and light repair tasks. s !UTOMOBILE 3ERVICE #ONSULTANT #ERTIFICATION 4EST # n 4HIS MODULE IS geared toward mechanics with service consultant experience and a strong overall automotive background. The course and exam is meant to improve the quality of vehicle and customer service; closely related to shop 91B30 foreman duties. s $IESEL %NGINE #ERTIFICATION 4EST 4 n2ECOMMENDEDFORMECHANICSWITH extensive knowledge and understanding of DIESEL ENGINES 0ARTICIPANTS MUST DEMONstrate knowledge of the skills necessary to diagnose, service and repair different sys-

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U.S. Army Ordnance School Soldiers search for information in an online manual during wheel vehicle maintenance training recently.

tems of trucks and tractors. Those eligible to participate in the wheel vehicle mechanic certification program include advanced individual training Soldiers and those attending professional military education courses. Additionally, 3OLDIERS IN THE OPERATIONAL FORCE 53 !RMY &ORCES #OMMAND AND 2ESERVISTS AND.ATIONAL'UARDSMENATTENDINGTRAINING at the Reserve Training Sites-Maintenance are eligible for the program. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All participants will be issued alphanumeric codes that will enable them to access the websites associated with the training,â&#x20AC;? Burns said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For simplicity, we were able to establish a single website that provides lock-step instruction to guide Soldiers through the enrollment process.â&#x20AC;? The website is The homepage includes the following introduction: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Army wants you to be a success, both in the service and after discharge. In the civilian world, ASE certification demonstrates your job-related knowledge. The Army has partnered with ASE and #ENGAGE,EARNINGTOPROVIDEYOUWITHREsources designed to help you get ASE certification, a good job and good pay in the

motor vehicle industry.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;That pretty much sums up the importance of the program,â&#x20AC;? Burns said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re setting our Soldiers up for long-term career success. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s our obligation as trainers, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s creating a lot of excitement within all of the departments and agencies here that are part of the credentialing pilot.â&#x20AC;? Those who would like to participate in the wheel vehicle mechanic credentialing pilot are encouraged to contact the designated representative for their assigned course or organization. Those individuals and their area of responsibility are: Burns, Ordnance School, samuel.a.burns. 4ERRANCE #ARTER !DVANCED ,EADERS #OURSE terrance.p.carter.civ@ Rettman, RTS-M, nichole.s.rettmann. #HIEF 7ARRANT /FFICER  Damian Stone, Warrant Officer Basic #OURSE; and #HIEF7ARRANT/FFICER(ENRY2ICHARDSON &/23#/- â&#x20AC;&#x201C; U.S. Army Ordnance School, Wheel Maintenance Training Department

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EVENTS Military Family Appreciation Night Deadline | Oct. 25 Registration closes at 4 p.m., Oct. 25, for Military Family Appreciation Night dinner. The event, sponsored by Army Community Service, is set for Nov. 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the Regimental Club. This annual event is a fun-filled family celebration with a free dinner, games and prizes. For registration or details, call (804) 7346388.

Drug Take Back Day | Oct. 26 Fort Lee community members can anonymously turn in their unused and expired prescription and non-prescription medications for safe disposal, Oct. 26, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., in the A Avenue parking lot at Kenner


Army Health Clinic, building 8130. The Fort Lee ASAP is coordinating this semi-annual drive and law enforcement personnel from the Provost Marshal Office will be at the Kenner drop-off location as prescribed by DEA protocols. For details, call (804) 734-9693.

Digital Photo Contest | Oct. 24 - Nov. 30 Color and monochrome photos by Army personnel are being accepted for entry in the 2013 Army Digital Photography Contest until Nov. 30. There is no fee to enter. Cash prizes will be awarded to winners in several categories. Submissions must be JPG images. They may be submitted at https://apps. For assistance with a submission, visit the Picture Perfect Frame Shop, building 9024, 1321 Battle Drive before Nov. 29. For details, call (804) 734-6137.

Night at Transportation Museum | Oct. 28

Exchange Halloween Discounts | Oct. 31

A Fort Eustis Halloween “Night at the Army Transportation Museum” is set for Oct. 28, 5-8 p.m., 300 Washington Blvd. Participants at the free event can come to trick-or-treat and see the exhibits “come alive.” All children, ages 12 and under in costume, will receive a goody bag. For details, call (757) 878-1115.

The Army and Air Force Exchange is offering ghouls and ghosts and their parents a 20-percent discount when paying with a MILITARY STAR®Card on Oct. 31. MILITARY STAR®Card holders also receive exclusive savings at the pump yearround with a five cents a gallon discount at Exchange gas stations. For details, visit www.shopmyexchange. com.

Halloween Story Hour | Oct. 30 555th PIA Meeting | A free Halloween Story Hour for children Nov. 6 will be held Oct. 30, 5-6 p.m., at the Fort Lee Community Library. Youngsters should wear their favorite Halloween costume or come as they are. There will be “scary” stories told and prizes awarded. The library is located on the 2nd floor of building 12420, 34th Street. For registration or details, call (804) 7658095.

The Jessie J. Mayes Tri-Cities Chapter of the 555th Parachute Infantry Association, Inc., will conduct its monthly meeting, Nov. 6, 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.

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Calendar, continued CPAC BeneďŹ ts Fair | Nov. 6 The Fort Lee Civilian Personnel Advisory Center will host an open season health benefits fair for government civilian employees, Nov. 6, 10 a. m. - 2 p.m., at Liberty Chapel. Open season runs Nov. 11 - Dec. 10. For details, call (877) 276-9287 or visit

Veteranâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Concert | Nov. 10 The Fort Lee 392nd Army Band and the Petersburg Symphony will present a free Veteranâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day concert, Nov. 10, 1 p.m., at McGuire VA Medical Center, 1201 Broad Rock Blvd., Richmond. The Armyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s concert band will perform in an approximate 1-hour outdoor production with the symphony. For details, visit the 392nd Army Band Facebook page.

Holiday Recipe Exchange | Nov. 12 The Family and MWR Fort Lee Community Library is hosting a free Holiday Recipe Exchange, Nov. 12,

10:30-11:30 a.m., on the 2nd floor of Army Logistics University, building 12420, 34th Street. Participants should bring one copy of their favorite holiday recipe and they will gain a collection of recipes in a festive booklet they design and assemble. Materials will be supplied. For registration and details, call (804) 765-8095.

Florida Tech Applications | Nov. 13 Florida Techâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Extended Studies site will hold information meetings on gaining a masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree, Nov. 13, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., at 2401 Quarters Road. Application fees are waived for new applicants who attend and sign up for classes. To register, visit For details, call (804) 734-7147.

Turkey Shoot | Nov. 13 The Fort Lee Provost Marshall Office will hold its 10th Annual Holiday Helper Turkey Shoot Nov. 13, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., at the Outdoor Recreation Trap Range (adjacent to the HideAway). It will benefit the Holiday Helper program. The cost is $2 for one shot and $5 for three. Hams and turkeys will be awarded to the best shot per group. Personally owned shotguns that are registered in accordance with CASCOM regulation and Fort Lee Policy are welcome. All ammunition will be supplied. The Game Wardenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office will raffle off a $500 Bass Pro Gift Card. For details, call (804) 652-5979.

YOUTH CYSS Basketball and Cheerleading Registration | Nov. 1-29 Child, Youth and School Services is holding registration for basketball, ages 4-15 years; and for cheerleading, ages 5-13; Nov. 1-29, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., at CYSS Parent Central Services, building 10624, Yorktown Drive. The cost is $40 for military, DOD Civilians and contractors, and $55 for all others. A sports physical is required at the

time of registration. For registration and details, call (804) 765-3852 or 765-3196.

Youth Fall Festival | Nov. 9 The Fort Lee Youth Fall Festival, sponsored by Family and MWR, is set for Nov. 9, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., at the Post Field House, 16th Street at A Avenue. Free activities will include pumpkin decorating, sand arts and crafts, Chesterfieldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Children Theatre and more. All children should be with an adult. For details, call (804) 765-3176.

Club Beyond | Every Monday Club Beyond programs for middle 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.

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Calendar, continued OUTSIDE



Haunted Lantern Tours | Oct. 25

Adelines” will present a free special concert Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m., at Branch’s Baptist Church, 3400 Broad Rock Blvd., Richmond. For reservations and details, call (804) 276-5000.

Costumed guides will lead three haunted lantern family tours Oct. 25, 7-9 p.m., at the Magnolia Grange House Museum, 10020 Iron Bridge Road, Chesterfield. A team of paranormal investigators will share ghost stories about the “haunting” history of Chesterfield while participants walk through the house and grounds. This event, sponsored by the Chesterfield Historical Society, is appropriate for children, age 8 and over. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children, ages 8-16. Register at www.chesterfieldhistory. com.

A Living History Day that will include Civil War medical stories, artillery demonstrations and tours is set for Nov. 2, 10 a.m., at Historic Point of Rocks Park, 1011 Point of Rocks Road, Chesterfield. The free event will feature teen actors portraying surgeons, Soldiers and Clara Barton, who served as superintendent of nursing at the Point of Rocks Hospital in 1864. For details, go to VisitChesterfieldVA. com.

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Living History Day | Nov. 2

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place at the Midlothian campus of John Tyler Community College, Nov. 11, 11 a.m., 800 Charter Colony Parkway. Maj. Michael Booker, deputy commander, 34th Civil Support Team, Virginia Army National Guard, will be the keynote speaker. The program will include a preview of the documentary, “Honor Flight,” the story of four living World War II veterans and how their Midwestern community came together to give them the trip of a lifetime. Student veterans also will be recognized, and a memorial tree will be planted. For details, call (804) 594-1527.

Walk Against Hunger | Nov. 16 A Walk Against Hunger, sponsored by Downtown Churches United, is set for Nov. 16, 10 a.m., at North Sycamore and

Old Streets, Petersburg. This event is open to all. Contributions from the participants will help to alleviate hunger and homelessness in the local area. Registration begins at 9 a.m. For details, call (804) 722-0321 or 861-5472.

Petersburg Haunts | Each Friday, Saturday Petersburg Haunts, a ghost walk through the city’s historic downtown, will be offered each Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m., through Dec. 21. Lantern-carrying, costumed guides will lead the groups during the leisurely onehour walk that begins at 7 Courthouse Ave. Participants will experience 400 years of history, legends, untimely deaths, and, perhaps, a ghost or two. The cost is $15. For reservations and details, visit www.

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