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FRIGHT NIGHT Ordnance Campus event features games, treats and haunted houses SUICIDE SURVIVORS SHARE STORIES AT ALU GATHERING Hundreds of community members attend a special presentation that was meant to raise awareness of suicide symptoms and available options for help SEE PAGE 14


UNIT DEPLOYS Family and friends say farewell to 54th QM Company troops who are on their way to the Middle East SEE PAGE 8

A SHOW OF LOVE, SUPPORT While training at Fort Lee, a Ugandan student is united with his host family from Indiana SEE PAGE 10

STEM HERO A Fort Lee employee receives a national award for her career accomplishments in science, technology SEE PAGE 15

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Directorates of Logistics now Logistics Readiness Centers Gen. Dennis L. Via Commanding General, Army Materiel Command

As part of the ongoing reshaping of Directorates of Logistics Army-wide, the Army Materiel Command has rebranded DOLs as “Logistics Readiness Centers.” The fundamental mission of the LRC is to support the Soldier at home station by providing installation and Army logistics readiness. This transition to LRCs better aligns to Department of the Army naming conventions; more accurately reflects their mission under AMC; and provides a conceptual framework to reshape LRCs as AMC’s “Face to the Field.” It is much more than just a name change; but rather a concept that will eventually set the conditions to integrate all of AMC’s capabilities at the installation level under one umbrella. LRCs serve as AMC’s focal point for

installation services at home station, with 73 LRCs located across the Army in the United States, Europe and East Asia. The LRCs integrate and synchronize AMC capabilities in support of senior commanders and installation tenants, providing a single hub on the installation for customer access to the Army sustainment base. The Army Sustainment Command, as AMC’s operational arm, has the responsibility for the management of the LRCs. LRCs manage installation supply, maintenance and transportation, to include food service, ammunition supply, clothing issue facility/clothing initial issue point, hazardous material, bulk fuel, personal property/ household goods, passenger travel, nontactical vehicles, rail and garrison equipment. The transfer of DOLs from Installation Management Command to AMC in October 2012 provided a number of ben-

efits for the Army. The transfer reduced redundancy, standardized processes throughout all of the DOLs, improved contract management, and enhanced quality and visibility of services. The link to the national sustainment base is critical to the future success of the LRCs. Soldiers and commanders now have behind them the full power of a global logistics command, able to access not only needed Soldier services, supply and maintenance support, but also permitting technical reach-back to the entire AMC enterprise. Under AMC, in addition to being connected to the sustainment base, LRCs are also connected to each other. This provides them the flexibility to support surge requirements and more effectively utilize AMC maintenance assets. Before the transfer of the DOLs, each installation managed its own contracts through the Mission and Installation Contracting Command. ASC developed a contracting strategy called the Enhanced Army Global Logistics Enterprise, or EAGLE, to address inconsistencies in


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When it comes to tricking people out of their money, it’s Halloween all year long for scammers. In 2011, an estimated 25.6 mil-

lion adults (10.8 percent of the U.S. adult population) were victims of fraud. They fell prey to schemes that took many different forms, from direct marketing to affinity scams, and that involve everything from identity theft to pension

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Command Sgt. Maj. Karl A. Roberts Sr., 3rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) senior enlisted advisor, Fort Knox, Ky.,passed away Oct. 21 of natural causes while on leave at his residence in Georgia. Roberts, a native of Hawkinsville, Ga., is survived by his wife, four sons and two daughters.

following: Phantom riches – there are a lot of bogus offers out there that guarantee huge investment returns, windfalls of money, or a fast track to important benefits for only a “small” fee or investment on your part. It could be the offer of a loan at a great rate of interest – as long as you send in a “security deposit” first. Once you do, “poof!” your money disappears along with the scammer who made you the offer. Or, maybe it’s an offer to help

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Military retirees were afforded the opportunity to receive information updates, get medical screenings and share in the camaraderie of service during the Retiree Appreciation Day event that took place Saturday at the Soldier Support Center. More than 250 military retirees, veterans and their family members from the local area and beyond were in attendance. Brig. Gen. John E. O’Neil IV, Quartermaster School Commandant, and Col. Paul Brooks, Fort Lee garrison commander, were among the installation leadership on hand for the annual occasion. “I think it was an awesome day,� said Cassandra Rawls, chief, Retirement Services Office. “We had a lot of retirees show up, many of whom didn’t expect to be here. You could tell from their faces and reactions that they really appreciated the event considering all the turmoil caused by the government shutdown.� Retiree Appreciation Day was rescheduled from a date in September then experienced uncertainty about whether it would take place up until a few days prior to the event. Furthermore, its scheduled guest speaker, Teresa W. Gerton, the deputy assistant secretary for policy at the Veterans Employment and Training Service, Department of Labor, cancelled her appearance. Col. Thomas Bundt, commander, Kenner Army Health Clinic, filled in and provided audience members an update on the facility, its services and various TRICARE

programs. Bundt raised several issues to include the workings of Kenner’s appointment system. He detailed how “no shows,� or those who fail to appear for scheduled appointments, are draining resources and contributing to the system’s inefficiencies. Bundt urged those who can’t make appointments to call and cancel. “This is a very real issue with the system,� he said to an audience of about 150 people gathered in the SSC auditorium. “Although there is no money changing hands, it is calculated as such when you miss an appointment. It’s approximately a $100$200 loss. It’s also an appointment someone else can’t get. That’s another $100-$200.� Bundt, noting that external providers charge for missed appointments, said no-shows cost Kenner a “couple hundred-thousand dollars last year.� He also said the facility has had some success in reducing the occurrences on the active duty side. “If we can do the same for our other enrollees, we will really be sitting pretty,� he said. “The whole idea is to effectively use our system.� There are no plans to start charging TRICARE enrollees for missed appointments, Bundt noted. Just before Bundt’s presentation, Brooks presented several medals to Korean War veteran Heywood M. Jordan of Halifax County. Jordan, for reasons unknown, did not receive them during his service that ended in April 1955. His daughter, Janet Perkins, said her father would have never pursued the medals so she took on the process “because he’s my daddy, he did his service and earned the medals he was

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(CLOCKWISE FROM TOP) Gladys Jenkins Stevens offers retired Master Sgt. Will Davis a giveaway during the annual Retiree Appreciation Day event Saturday at the Soldier Support Center. Jenkins was one of several service representatives who manned information tables at the event. • Col. Paul Brooks, commander, U.S. Army Garrison, Fort Lee, congratulates Heywood Jordan after a medals presentation. • Sgt. Sirus Alma, Logistics Noncommissioned Officer Academy, converses with Madelyn Milan and her husband, retired Lt. Col. Nestor Milan, after the guest presentation. • Col. Thomas Bundt, commander, Kenner Army Health clinic, addresses the audience.

awarded. I thought he should have them.� Jordan, in the presence of several family members, including Perkins, did not say much in response following the presentation but his wide grin said it all. “It’s just great,� he said. “I appreciate it.� Just down the hall from the audi-

torium, a variety of representatives from service organizations and Fort Lee agencies and activities manned tables in two rooms that offered flu shots, information and administrative services. Retired Army Sgt. 1st Class James McKensie, a resident of Dinwiddie County, said he has attended the event for several years

now and said it is imperative for all veterans to stay abreast of relevant issues. “We have so many changes going on with our government and the things that affect military personnel and retirees,� he said. Most of the retirees who attended Saturday’s event are longtime participants like McKensie, but many were first-timers. Retired Army Capt. David Hammel was one. A farmer from the Meredithville area, he said “my wife encouraged me to come.� He said the medical information was especially beneficial and that “I’m glad I came.� Retired Air Force Tech. Sgt. Yvette Turner, also a first-timer, SEE RETIREE, PAGE 16

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Logisticians, industry navigate budgetary minefield to modernize equipment WASHINGTON – Continuing resolutions, sequestration and furloughs are putting equipment modernization, readiness and force structure at risk, said a top leader responsible for equipping Soldiers. “It’s pretty clear to me there’s no end in sight to sequestration, and we’ll be living with it for years ahead,” said Lt. Gen. James O. Barclay III, deputy chief of staff, Army G-8. “Tough times are ahead, especially in the (fiscal year) 2015 through 2019 window.” Barclay and a six-member panel composed of leaders from Army logistics and representatives from Congress and the private sector spoke Oct. 22 at an equipment modernization forum at the 2013 Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C. Panel member Lt. Gen. Patricia McQuistion, deputy commander, U.S. Army Materiel Command, ticked off a list of the impacts to the organic industrial base in terms of work slowdowns or stoppages, the loss of dollars from delaying programs and the psychological toll furloughs and shutdown are taking on workers. She said delays in manufacturing resulted in workers on the M1 tank being told to do other things related to their skill sets. Revitilization of the depots and arsenals is in jeopardy as well, with aging infrastructure often dating to World War II and earlier badly needing repairs and rehab, she said. On the warfighter side, she said the overseas contingency operations budget is still inadequate to pay for the reset of equipment coming out of Afghanistan, particularly aircraft. And the Budget Control Act of 2011 has slowed spending so much that parts for equipment repair sometimes cannot be ordered, and deferred maintenance is becoming common. The Army is prioritizing the best it can to provide deploying units with the training and equipment they need, and everything else is being scrutinized on a caseby-case basis, she said. “On the bright side,” she said, trying to balance the gloom in the room, “we’re talking more to our industry and defense partners.”

Panel member Heidi Shyu, assistant secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology, said “the budget morass” is causing unpredictability in planning equipment purchases now and in the years ahead and is playing havoc with “our principles of Better Buying Power 2.0.” The BBP2.0 concept is the implementation of industry best practices to achieve greater efficiencies in acquisition through affordability, cost control, the elimination of unproductive processes and bureaucracy, innovation, incentives and competition. Industry reps shared their cost-savings ideas and other tips to help mitigate budgetary travails. User feedback is one of the most important principles in the research, design and testing processes, said Angela Messer, executive vice president, Booz Allen Hamilton. She applauded the Army for its usertesting program in Network Integration Evaluation exercises, known as NIEs, where Soldiers put equipment through rigorous use. The NIE provides valuable feedback in the process. User feedback, she said, is important not just for network components but also for big-ticket items like vehicles and aircraft. Barclay said that while equipment modernization is a critical part of the Army’s readiness and manpower triad, it is people who are the most important. The past year or so has been especially hard on Soldiers and Army civilians, he said, referring not just to the fiscal crisis but also to the drawdown. “It’s hard looking at the faces of Soldiers and family members who’ve endured 12 years of wartime service and telling them it’s time to go home,” Barclay said. Shyu agreed. With 33 years in private industry and the last three in the Army, she said what impressed her most in her current role is the unbelievable dedication, loyalty and integrity of the warfighters and civilians who support them. “No matter what is thrown at them, they get it done. It’s been a real eye-opener for me,” she said. “It frustrates me to no end to see Army civilians get slammed.” – Army News Service

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Army Education Center Open House The Fort Lee Army Education Center will hold its annual Education Fair, Nov. 21, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., at Liberty Chapel. The event is being held in recognition of American Education Week. Participants can meet with representatives from the Army Career and Alumni Program, more than 20 colleges and universities, Inter-Service Physician Assistant Program, Troops to Teachers, Veterans Administration and more. Individuals should visit AEC, building 12400, 700 Quarters Road, for more information on ACES programs and services. For details, call (804) 765-3570.

CASCOM ROTC Scholarships Applications are being accepted until Dec. 11, for two ROTC Green-to-Gold Hip Pocket Scholarships for the 2014-15 school year from CASCOM. The Soldiers nominated could receive a two-, three-, or four-year scholarship. All packets must be verified by the candidate’s battalion S-1, approved by the commandant of his or her organization, and sent to The board will convene Jan. 13-17, 2014, and the results will be released two to three weeks later.

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Holiday Safety Show Auditions Auditions for the 2013 Holiday Safety Show are set for Nov. 4, 6:30 p.m., in the back of Building 3024, Bravo Company, on the corner of A Avenue and 11th Street. Participants do not need to be prepared with a song or dance routine. Singers, dancers, actors, and stage hands are needed for the 1-hour musical production that will take place Dec. 3-5, in the Lee Theater. The show is open to all in the community. The times of the performances will be announced in a near-future edition of the Traveller. For details, call (804) 734-1688.

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Most profound event of your civilian career: “Taking care of my sister after a double mastectomy at the age of 38. She is still in remission at age 50.” Your motivation to perform your duties: “Patients and staff sharing stories of personal battles with breast cancer and other health concerns.” Toughest part of your job: “Educating beneficiaries on how to change behaviors to improve health and the importance of getting their health screening completed; breast cancer, colon cancer, cervical cancer, diabetes, and asthma. By getting the preventive health screenings and taking preventive measures, they can ensure their chronic diseases are more manageable.” How you define success: “Getting stopped in the halls by staff and patients

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The donation process was simple enough: from several pictures shown, pick a disadvantaged child to sponsor through a charity. The photo and its accompanying informtation helped make the choice less random and impersonal. Ultimately, though, it didn’t really matter who the child was. Ken and Sharon Bassler just wanted to extend their blessings to someone in need. “It was an opportunity to give from our excess,” said Ken. That was 21 years ago. The Carmel, Ind., residents have grown stronger in their faith and continue to support charities. They currently sponsor a young girl living in the Dominican Republic. Never, however, did the middleaged couple expect to meet the beneficiary of their initial sponsorship – one 1st Lt. Byamukama

Richard, who was 7 years old when they began to sponsor him. He is now a soldier in the Ugandan Army and a student enrolled at the Army Logistics University. He met the Basslers for the first time Saturday when they flew in from their home in Indiana. He seemed to be at a loss for words about what the moment meant. “I don’t know,” he said, smiling and sitting between the Basslers in the lobby of the Fort Lee Army Lodge. “I can’t even explain, but I’m so grateful.” Richard, now 28, has journeyed far and wide to claim his place in the world today. His home country, Uganda, is located just east of the African midsection, bordering Kenya and four other nations. The former British colony has struggled with civil wars, unstable governments and poverty since attaining its independence in 1962. It one of the poorest countries in the world with 37.7 percent of the population

living on less than $500 a year, according to a 2012 report from the World Bank. Richard, raised by his grandparents, said he grew up in the village of Kalisizo in the south-central region of Uganda near the Tanzanian border. The Bassler’s sponsorship through the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging charity allowed him access to basic necessities such as clothing, food and medical care. He also was able to attain an education in a country where many are illiterate. Throughout his school years, Richard said he was encouraged to build a relationship with his sponsors to keep them abreast of how he was doing. He said he wrote the Basslers three or four times a year, especially during Christmas and Easter. They sent gifts and wrote him as well, but the letters he received in return, he said, were more than mere correspondence. They were an indication that someone

was in his corner. “With them, I was strong and I was determined to study,” he said. “I was contented.” Richard’s determination moved him through grade school and eventually to college, where he earned a degree in industrial art and design and education at Kyambogo University in 2008. He joined the Ugandan army shortly thereafter and was stationed in Bulisa. There, he extended to others the charity that had been extended to him by the Basslers and started a school where there wasn’t one. “The people there didn’t have anything,” he recalled, “and they were resistant to change.” In the meantime, there was a lull in the correspondence between him and his sponsors, partly because of military service but also due to other factors. Then, a few weeks ago, via Facebook, Sharon said someone made a “friend” request. “When he first asked me to be his friend, I kept looking at the name,” she said. “I was thinking, ‘I don’t know who that is, but it looks so familiar.’ I didn’t go on to confirm it in the beginning, but I clicked on his name and as soon as I saw it was from Uganda, I knew who it was.” It had been five years since Richard wrote his last letter to the Basslers. Although the odds were great that he would never cross paths with his sponsors, Richard said he it was both a dream and a goal to meet them. “I knew I would meet them,”

he said. “If I didn’t meet them, I would meet their children.” The Basslers have two children and seven grandchildren. Their son, Chris, actually picked Richard’s picture out of several when he was 15 years old. Ken said Richard is his son as well, and although he had never been in his presence until Saturday, God has given him the gift to love him the same. “He and I hugged and it was the same hug as if I was hugging Chris,” said Ken, referring to the moment they met. “It was a heartfelt meaningful embrace.” The supportive embraces the Basslers extended to Richard since he was a young boy have bore fruit, creating streams of hope and aspiration within him. “I know it’s possible to change a child and change a poor family; turn it into a better family,” he said. “I want to find ways to support children worldwide.” Sharon said it is a blessing to see Richard blossom into someone who wants to impact the lives of others. “It’s really been a miracle to see how wonderful he’s turned out to be,” she said. Richard and the Basslers spent the weekend getting to know one another and have plans to further their relationship. Richard’s ALU graduation is scheduled next month. His future plans are to continue supporting the school in Bulisa and to start an enterprise that would open more.

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Command Sgt. Major Edward A. Bell, 23rd Quartermaster Brigade CSM, presents certificates of appreciation to several staff members of the Soldier Support Center who have gone above and beyond in supporting Soldiers. The team assisted in numerous administrative actions that enabled Soldiers to depart on time after completion of training instead of being placed in a hold-over status at Fort Lee. Pictured from left are Cynthia A. Moore, Angelia J. Carmichael, Stephen D. Hollis, Bell and Tawanda R. Gallon.

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(RIGHT) Capt. Matthew Burdett, Bravo Company, 832nd Ordnance Battalion, “zombie-fies” Staff Sgt. Shawn Huff, Echo Company, 832nd Ord. Bn., in preparation for the haunted house activities that were part of the 59th Ord. Brigade Family Readiness Group Halloween Party Friday evening on the Ordnance Campus. More than 200 families participated in the event that also included trickor-treating, games, a bouncy house for the kids, a hayride and a potluck dinner. A youth haunted house was set up for the younger ghouls and goblins. The older version featured zombies and other scary movie creatures who put a fright in visitors as they inched their way through strobe-lit passages filled with haze created by a fog machine. (BELOW) A zombie reaches through the mist while trying to scare unsuspecting haunted house visitors.

(FAR LEFT) Sgt. Devin Jones, Delta Company, 16th Ordnance Battalion, helps her children – Devinee, 7, and Devion, 5 – decorate cookies at a craft area that was part of the 59th Ordnance Brigade Halloween Party. Some participating kids also made paper pumpkins at the table. (LEFT) Autumn Watts, 2, employs a bit of Smurf logic – it’s easier to hit the bean bag target if you just move closer – during the Halloween party.

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(ABOVE) Sgt. 1st Class Terrance Pipkins, Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 16th Ordnance Battalion, gives candy to a trick-or-treater during the 59th Ord. Brigade Halloween Party that was held at the Warrior Training Facility on the Ordnance Campus. The room that Pipkins’ unit decorated included an empty chair sitting amid a tangle of gauze bandages and a warning sign that announced the invisible man was missing. The sergeant asked the trick-or-treaters for help in finding him. (RIGHT) Staff Sgt. Jessica Sites, HHD, 16th Ord. Bn., awaits the arrival of trick-or-treaters in her room that featured a witch’s cauldron, gravestones and a costumed creature that made noises when youngsters entered.

(ABOVE LEFT) Acelynn “Honest Abe” Arballo chats with her table-mates while enjoying the potluck meal that was provided during the 59th Ordnance Brigade Halloween Party. (ABOVE RIGHT) Chad Bowen from L.L. Beazley Elementary School gets into character while posing for an award photo with Col. Thomas Rivard, 59th Ord. Bde. commander, left, and Command Sgt. Maj. Edward Morris, brigade CSM, during the Halloween party Friday evening on the Ordnance Campus. A certificate of appreciation was presented to Bowen in recognition of his assistance with setting up two haunted houses and serving as the judge for a door decorating contest in the trick-or-treat area. (LEFT) Sgt. 1st Class Brandy “Monkey Keeper” Mitchell, Echo Company, 832nd Ord. Bn., enjoys the fun of the brigade Halloween party with her nine-month-old daughter, Brielle. Capt. Fred Oduka, 1st Sgt. Tifiny Graves and 1st Lt. Tarrance Cop peland – the command team of Charlie Company, 832nd Ordnance Battalion – po ose for a photo after being announced as the winner of the Halloween party’s door decorating d contest. Various units in the brigade adorned rooms in the Warrior Training Facility with cotton cobwebs, plastic spiders, flashing lights and other spooky p paraphernalia, and had a great deal of fun sharing in the excitement of participants s as they roamed door-to-door while trick-or-treating.

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Help, resources available to troops who step forward Ray Kozakewicz Production Assistant

Col. M.C. Stephen Cherry IV and his wife Laurie will forever share a close personal bond with Rebecca Morrison ... a survivorsuicide connection they would never wish on anyone. Cherry, CASCOM chief of staff and a former commander of the 49th Quartermaster Group at Fort Lee, and Morrison, from the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors in Arlington, shared their emotional stories at a Suicide Awareness Stand-Up for about 300 Soldiers and civilians at Army Logistics University Oct. 24. The gathering aimed to create greater awareness of suicide symptoms and important resources available to Soldiers. “This is not a club you ever want to join or a badge to wear,” noted Cherry. His son, Hunter, 24, committed suicide in July 2011. “Don’t ever make such a permanent decision – there are no replays. Life is too precious.” Morrison’s husband – Army Capt. Ian Morrison, 26, a West Point graduate – took his life in March 2012, about three months after returning to Fort Hood, Texas, from deployment in Iraq. As an Apache Helicopter pilot, he flew more than 70 combat missions. “I was widowed at 24,” said Morrison, “and that’s not something you want to experience. The Cherry’s lost their beautiful son. There are a whole bunch of memories in life that we will never have.” Hunter Cherry and Ian Morrison both would have celebrated birthdays Oct. 25. The colonel told the Soldiers that his son had been recruited to play football at the United States Military Academy. “His love was to play football and in his third year, he had a serious back injury related to football,” he said. “When he couldn’t play, he got into some trouble and had to leave the academy.” He said his son understood a degree was important, though. “So, he went back to school and made straight As. Three weeks after going to school that summer, we got a phone call that he had taken his life in his grandparent’s driveway.” Cherry quietly noted, “It’s your worst

nightmare as a parent. I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. I think about it every day.” Everyone has issues – whether financial or family, he said. “No one is immune. I’m a former brigade commander and it happened to me.” He implored Soldiers to seek expert health care if needed. “There are folks who can help, and it’s not a sign of weakness to reach out,” he said. “As a brigade commander, I encouraged my Soldiers to get help. In my brigade, I had the only two mortuary affairs units in the Army. They had multiple rotations in the theater to handle all the remains of service members who were killed down range. They came back with issues. “When I was a young trooper your age, you didn’t talk about suicide,” he continued. “If you had mental health problems or were depressed, you dealt with those yourself to push through it.” Today’s Soldiers have it better than the old-timers, Cherry told the crowd. “You have someone to talk to. All you have to do is step forward. Your leadership here will allow you to go and get the help if you need it.” The colonel said he met Morrison recently at a TAPS dinner. When he asked her for help on his presentation for the Stand-Up, she agreed, and Cherry said he is grateful for her spirt of teamwork. Morrison, who was in her first week in the job, said she moved to Washington, D.C., to work for TAPS as a suicide survivor communications liaison. “We are the family you never want to meet, but you would be so glad to have us if needed because we take care of anyone who has lost someone in the military regardless of their relationship.” With moist eyes, she recounted the deadly downfall of her husband and her own severe bouts with depression and serious thoughts of suicide. Her story was featured in a Time magazine cover article on military suicides in July 2012. “Ian thought he was real funny and real cute, and he was,” said Morrison. “He was upbeat, happy and loving. He loved to lift weights. My God, I hated to go to the gym with him. He would have loved to drink cold beer with you guys.”

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Rebecca Morrison with the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, Arlington, urges about 300 Soldiers to help their warrior buddies with any issues during an Oct. 24 Suicide Awareness Stand-Up program at Army Logistics University. She lost her husband, Army Capt. Ian Morrison, to suicide in 2012. Col. M.C. Stephen Cherry IV, CASCOM chief of staff, also spoke at the event. He and his wife, Laurie, lost their son Hunter in 2011.

She said all seemed outwardly normal when he returned to Fort Hood around Christmas time. Morrison, however, noticed troubling changes with her husband about three months later. “Ian could not sleep and he stopped working out,” she said. “He sought help from six different places but never got the comforting in-depth care that he needed. He tried to tough it out.” Morrison, an elementary school teacher, was attending a master’s degree psychology class on March 12, 2012. When she came home after 9:30 p.m., she found her husband dead in their bedroom from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. After burying her husband on March 31, she descended into a deep depression. “My life was completely shattered,” recalled Morrison. “I could not eat or sleep, and got into the pits. My brain was nearly ruined. In my case, I had people at the Suicide Lifeline and TAPS to call, and got the care I needed.” She urged the Soldiers to watch out for their warriors. “As a buddy and a Soldier, you’re able to go up to your friends and ask, are you sleeping? How’s your family? How are things? You can be a non-threatening person in their life.” One active duty service member and 22 veterans commit suicide every day, she said. “Look for signs – show you care.” Some of the tell-tale symptoms, in addition to depression and sleep disorders, are angry outbursts, mood changes, self-

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destructive behavior, shame or guilt, use of alcohol, drugs or dietary supplements, relationship issues at home and loss of a support system. “The only way to make sense of this tragedy is to look at it now with my 20-20 fresh eyes and see what could have been done, and talk to others I may be able to help,” she said. And TAPS has offered her an outlet to tell her story. “If Ian had a buddy who came to him to find out what was going on, he might still be here. Don’t leave someone alone who is in pain.” She provided a list of key suicide national crisis phone numbers including the Suicide Lifeline she called. “When I was in the pits, they listened and talked me through it. I am so grateful,” she said. For details on TAPS, visit or call (800) 959 TAPS (8277). | October 31, 2013 | Traveller | 15

SEC-Lee engineer receives 2013 ‘Civilian Hero’ award Chuck Johnston SEC-Lee Tactical Logistics Directorate

A Fort Lee engineer has received a prestigious national award for her accomplishments in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, or STEM. Maria D. Melendez, a network engineer with the CommunicationsElectronics Command Software Engineering Center-Lee Tactical Logistics Directorate, was among six individuals who were recognized as 2013 Military and Civilian Heroes during the annual Great Minds in STEM Hispanic Engineering National Achievement Awards

Corporation, or HENAAC, conference, Oct. 3-5, at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans. Melendez – who hails from Cayey, Puerto Rico, and holds a master’s degree in computer science – supports the development, testing, deployment and hosting of Army and Department of Defense Logistics and Business Information Systems that support Soldiers in every aspect of their daily lives. “We are all so proud of Maria,” said Ricky Daniels, SEC-Lee TLD director. “She serves as an example to all Department of the Army Civilians and epitomizes the attributes of a truly dedicated and caring person.”

Daniels also noted that Melendez has dedicated much of her free time to volunteer work in the local community. Highlights include her years of support to the Office of Multicultural Affairs at the University of Richmond, where she judged submissions from the eCybermission Science, Math and Technology program for junior students, and served on the review committee for the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities. She served as a bilingual greeter and tax preparer with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program as well. Melendez said she is grateful for the award. “It is such an honor and privilege

to be recognized as a 2013 STEM Military and Civilian Hero,” she said. “This moment marks a very important time for me in my professional career as a computer engineer. “As a child, my parents and family instilled a sense of perseverance in me,” she continued. “I learned that in order to achieve your dreams, you must always believe in yourself (and) always give 100 percent in accomplishing tasks. (I will) never forget the values I was raised with. “I remember this most during challenging times when I have been forced to dig deep and have my personal and professional values tested. Such experiences facilitate human growth, where adjustments to original plans have been made, but (I have) always stayed focused on achieving success.

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Ricky Daniels, director, Software Engineering CenterLee Tactical Logistics Directorate, poses with Maria D. Melendez, a network engineer with the Communications-Electronics Command of SEC-Lee TLD. She was among six individuals who were recognized as 2013 Military and Civilian Heroes during the annual Great Minds in STEM Hispanic Engineering National Achievement Awards Corporation, or HENAAC, conference, Oct. 3-5, at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans.

“I would like to thank the U.S. Army, the (CECOM SEC-Lee) Technical Operations Branch, coworkers, friends, family and God for this recognition. Please continue to support and

embrace our Hispanic community. I leave you with the following quote by Walt Disney – ‘All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.’ Exito Siempre!”

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smiled as she walked from table to table, conversing with fellow retirees as she went along. She said her attendance was worthwhile. “I like it,” she said of the event. “I’m glad they gave me some information that I can really use.” Not far from Turner was retired Master Sgt. William Hood, who hung up his boots 22 years ago. He said he attends annually, primarily to get his

flu shot. As soon as he uttered those words, he laughed and embraced a buddy who he was glad to see. “I also like to come and see my old friends who I haven’t seen in 25 years,” he said. That was a prevailing sentiment during the event. Mckensie said the sense of camaraderie at RAD is its most enduring feature. “I’ve seen former coworkers and former Reservists I’ve served

with,” he said in one of the rooms. “It gives you the chance to interact and talk with people. It’s sort of like a fellowship, friendship and it gives me excitement.” Next year, the Retiree Appreciation Day will be “bigger and better” said Rawls. “Despite budgets and the related issues, we have plans in action to ensure that it happens because we know they look forward to it,” she said.

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eagle scout support Alex Beehler greets Kenny Sheffield from the Wounded Warrior Project Oct. 18. Beehler chose to build a portable deer stand with a wheel chair ramp as his Eagle Scout project to assist disabled service members and veterans with access to hunting on post. Alex raised more than $900 to fund his project, which he completed in May 2013. In October, he donated the remaining $400 of his project fund to the very Warriors his project was designed to help. Alex is the son of Master Sgt. Alvin and Angela Beehler of Fort Lee.

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individuals who commit suicide were depressed at the time of their deaths. Individuals with depression who are at particularly high risk for suicide may exhibit the following symptoms: extreme hopelessness, a lack of interest in activities that were previously pleasurable, heightened anxiety and/or panic attacks, insomnia, talking about suicide or a previous history of attempts, and irritability and agitation. Depression is a treatable condition. There are medical and psychological treatments, which are highly effective. Medical treatments usually involve the use of medication known collectively as antidepressants. These medications attempt to regulate the naturally produced chemicals in our brain (neurotransmitters), which are related to our mood. They include fluoxetine (Prozac), sertraline (Zoloft), escitalopram (Lexapro), paroxetine (Paxil), citalopram (Celexa), venlafaxine (Effexor) and duloxetine (Cymbalta)

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EVENTS Field Sanitation Team Training | Nov. 4-8


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

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, multipurpose room D. This important training is key to mission sustainment, and each companysized 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.

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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Veterans Day Concert | Nov. 10 The Fort Lee 392nd Army Band and the Petersburg Symphony will present a free Veterans 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 a copy of their favorite holiday recipe, and they will gain a collection of recipes. For details, call (804) 765-8095.

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.

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Calendar, continued Florida Tech Applications | Nov. 13 Florida Tech’s Extended Studies site will hold information meetings on gaining a master’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.

Cardinal Autumn Wine and Beer Festival | Nov. 15 The Cardinal Golf Club will host its annual Autumn Harvest Wine and Beer Tasting Festival, Nov. 15, 5 p.m. Participants will enjoy a seasonal selection of wines, beers and light food, and receive a commemorative wine glass. Tickets are $15 for members and active duty Soldiers, and $20 for all others. Participants must be age 21 or older. For registration and details, call (804) 734-2899.

Transportation Workshop at Fort Eustis | Nov. 19-20 The 44th annual Military/Civilian Transportation Safety Workshop will be held Nov. 19-20 at the Joint Base LangleyEustis Officer’s Club. The workshop brings together military,

civilian and law enforcement personnel who share a common interest in making Virginia roadways safer for all motorists and pedestrians. Topics include seat belt safety and usage, technology to better manage traffic signals, Virginia’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan, pedestrian and bicycle safety, distracted driving and more., For registration and details, visit www.

Troops to Teachers Briefing | Nov. 22 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.

Digital Photo Contest | Oct. 31 - 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.imcom. For assistance with submissions, visit the Picture Perfect Frame Shop, building 9024, 1321 Battle Drive before Nov. 29. For details, call (804) 734-6137.

ACS Exceptional Kids Lego Club | Nov. 5, 19 A 4x2 Club is being formed by the Exceptional Family Member Program, Nov. 5 and 19, 6-7 p.m., at Army Community Service, building 9023, 1231 Mahone Avenue. Participants should be at least 4 years old, and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Legos will be provided. For details, call (804) 734-7965 or 7346393.

by the Exceptional Family Member Program, will hold a dad’s and mom’s session, Nov. 7, 6-8 p.m., at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, 3110 Greenwood Ave., Colonial Heights. Dr. David Gordon, father of a grown son with autism and co-founder of the Virginia Institute of Autism, will speak with the dads. Bathroom battles and bunco will be discussed in the mom’s session. Dinner and child care will be provided. For details, call (804) 734-7965 or 734-6393.


EFMP Education Plan Workshop | Nov. 6 An Individual Education Plan workshop to learn about navigating all school systems will be offered Nov. 6, 11 a.m. 1 p.m., at CYSS Parent Central Services, building 10624, 1880 Yorktown Dr. Sponsored by the Exceptional Family Member Program and the Fort Lee School Liaison Office, participants will be briefed about planning and preparing, parental participation and consent, and more. For registration and details, call (804) 734-7965 or 734-6393.

Autism Support Group | Nov. 7 The Autism Support Group, sponsored

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.

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Calendar, continued 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, Chesterfield Children’s Theatre and more. All children must be with an adult. For details, call (804) 765-3176.




Living History Day | Nov. 2 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.

American Legion Fundraisers | Nov. 2, 23 Hopewell Memorial American Legion, Post 146 will hold two fundraising events, Nov. 2 and 23, at 217 East City Point Road. A 50/50 Bingo is set for Nov. 2, noon 4 p.m. A yard and bake sale along with a clothes/shoe giveaway is slated for Nov. 23, beginning at 9 a.m. To donate clothes, shoes or other items and details on both events, call (804) 541-3735.

Mercy Creek in Concert | Nov. 9 The Virginia-based duo Mercy Creek will perform in concert, Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m., at the Williamsburg Library Theatre, 515 Scotland St. The group performs original tunes that include modern folk, world beat, rock – with hints of blues and bluegrass – to create music that is fresh and unique. Tickets for this Dewey Decibel Concert Series are $16 for adults, $14 for Friends


of the Library and students, and $8 for those under 16. For reservations and details, call (757) 259-4070.

Timeless Memories | Nov. 9 A panel of World War II veterans will share their memories and personal histories of service in a Timeless Memories program, Nov. 9, 10 a.m. – noon, at the Hopewell Library, 209 E. Cawson St. Local veterans and their family members are encouraged to attend and share their stories and memorabilia. A display of model World War II aircraft and ships will be exhibited. For details, call 804-458-6320 or visit

Epilepsy Awareness Walk | Nov. 10 The Annual Epilepsy Awareness Walk is set for Nov. 10, 1-3 p.m., at the Swift Creek Reservoir in Brandermill, 4602 Millridge Parkway, Midlothian. Sponsored by the Epilepsy Foundation of Virginia and Bon Secours, free refreshments and entertainment will be provided during the noncompetitive event. Medical experts will be on hand to dispel myths and demonstrate first aid for seizures. For details, call (804) 549-9875.

Chesterfield Veterans Day Ceremony | Nov. 11 Col. Thomas Rivard, commander, 59th Ordnance Brigade, will be the keynote speaker at the Annual Chesterfield County Veterans Day Memorial Ceremony, Nov. 11, 2 p.m., at the county courthouse on Iron Bridge Road. Representatives of veterans organizations will lay wreaths along the Veterans Memorial Wall. Veterans will be invited to take part in the “Veteran’s March.” The ceremony will include a memorial to Army Sgt. Aaron Wittman, who died in the line of service this year, and his name will be placed on the wall. A presentation of pictorial banners of Chesterfield’s Fallen Heroes in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan will be part of the program. For details, call (804) 796-7131.

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