Armorer duties: A snapshot of an important but often overlooked Army Profession SEE PAGES 14
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COMPETING FOR THE CUP
Advanced individual training companies show motivation, will to win SEE PAGE 12 GOLD STAR MOTHERS TREATED TO LUNCHEON Surviving family members participate in Gold Star Motherâ€™s Day gathering at local cafe; receive gifts from Fort Lee, local community SEE PAGE 3
GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN Many installation activities, facilities impacted by stalemate over continued government funding SEE PAGE 5
GRAND OPENING Guests get glimpse of new Training Support Center during muchanticipated opening ceremony SEE PAGE 9
HEALTH SPOTLIGHT Kenner Army Health Clinic asks women to be aware of dangers of breast cancer SEE PAGE 16
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COMMANDER’S CORNER | PROCLAMATION
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Ever notice how many people walk down the street completely engrossed in their smartphones and tablets? I fully expect to see one of them walk into a light post one day. Although it’s great having access to email, social networking and online shopping anywhere and anytime, such convenience comes with a certain amount of risk, according to Jennifer Fischer,
head of America Payment System Security, Visa Inc. “Unless you’re hyper-vigilant about using secure networks and hack-proof passwords, someone sitting at the next table – or halfway around the world – could be watching your every move online and stealing valuable personal and financial information right off your device,” said Fischer. “There are two primary potential dangers with Wi-Fi,” noted Fischer. “The first is using an unsecured network – as many public
Commanding General .............Maj. Gen. Larry D. Wyche Garrison Commander ....................... Col. Paul K. Brooks Public Affairs Officer...................................D.R. Bingham Command Information/Managing Editor...Patrick Buffett Senior Writer/Special Assignments ......... T. Anthony Bell Production/News Assistant Editor.................. Amy Perry Family/Community Life Reporter ..........................Vacant Production Assistant .............................. Ray Kozakewicz To reach the Traveller Staff, call (804) 734-7147.
hotspots are. With a little knowhow and the right tools, cybercriminals could easily eavesdrop on your online activity. “The second hazard is phony wireless networks that impersonate legitimate Wi-Fi hot spots. You think you’re logged onto a trusted network, but instead a cybercriminal has hijacked your session and can see all the private information you access or input.” When using public Wi-Fi networks, always follow these safety precautions: • Change default settings on your laptop, smartphone or tablet to require that you must manually select a particular Wi-Fi network, rather than automatically accepting the strongest available signal. • Avoid any network connec-
sponsive to public education measures and are able to take personal steps to increase their safety from fire, especially in their homes; and WHEREAS, the 2013 Fire Prevention Week theme “Prevent Kitchen Fires!” effectively serves to remind us to stay alert and use caution when cooking to reduce the risk of kitchen fires. THEREFORE, I do hereby proclaim Oct. 6-12, 2013, as Fire Prevention Week throughout the installation. I urge all employees and residents of Fort Lee to check their kitchens for fire hazards and use safe cooking practices during the upcoming fire safety observance and throughout the year. I also ask you to support the many public safety activities and efforts of Fort Lee’s Fire and Emergency Services department. – Col. Paul Brooks, Garrison Commander
tions your device lists as “unsecured” (look for the “lock” icon). But if you must log on to a public network, avoid websites that require log-ins and passwords – e.g., bank accounts or email. • Ask for the exact name of the establishment’s hot spot address. • Only send personal data via Wi-Fi to encrypted websites (those whose addresses begin with “https” and display a lock icon). • Regularly update virus and spyware protection software, make sure firewalls are on, and load operating system updates as soon as they become available, whether for your computer or smartphone. • Finally, change passwords regularly and use different ones
The Fort Lee “Traveller” is printed by offset process every Thursday as a civilian enterprise in the interest of personnel at the U.S. Army Combined Arms Support Command and Fort Lee, Va. 23801, by Military Newspapers of Virginia, 114 Charlotte Avenue Suite A, Colonial Heights, Va. 23834, in accordance with Department of the Army Regulations 210-20 and 360-1. This publication receives armed forces material and civilian newspapers are authorized to reprint such material without speciﬁc clearance except material speciﬁcally designated as copyrighted. Liaison between the printer and the commanding general, Fort Lee, is maintained by the Public Affairs Ofﬁce, Fort Lee. Circulation: 13,000. This Civilian Enterprise newspaper is an authorized publication. Contents of the “Traveller” are not necessarily the ofﬁcial view of, nor endorsed by, the U.S. Army Combined Arms Support Command and Fort Lee. Advertising in this publication including inserts or supplements does not constitute endorsement by the Department of the Army or Military Newspapers of Virginia. Everything advertised in this publication shall be made available for purchase, use or patronage without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, physical handicap, political afﬁliation, or any other non merit factor. If a violation or rejection of this equal opportunity policy by an advertiser is conﬁrmed, the printer shall refuse to print advertising from that source until violation is corrected. The “Traveller” is an unofﬁcial publication authorized by AR 360-1, and printed by the Military Newspapers of Virginia, a private ﬁrm in no way connected with the U. S. Army Combined Arms Support Command or Fort Lee. The editorial content is prepared, edited and provided by the Public Affairs Ofﬁce of Headquarters, U. S. Army Garrison, Fort Lee.
for each website you visit. Use a mixture of letters, numbers and symbols and avoid common words and phrases. Security experts recommend using at least 12 characters instead of the minimum eight characters commonly required. Cybercrime is a booming business. According to the 2012 Norton Cybercrime Report, its global price tag topped $388 billion last year, more than the global black market in marijuana, cocaine and heroin combined. It impacts individuals, small and large businesses and governments alike. Being able to access the Internet anywhere anytime can be a great convenience and time-saver. Just make sure you know what precautions to take when using public Wi-Fi networks.
cause of home fires in the United States where fire departments responded to more than 156,000 annually between 2007 and 2011; and WHEREAS, two of every five home fires start in the kitchen; and WHEREAS, unattended equipment was a factor in one-third of the reported cooking fires; and WHEREAS, 57 percent of reported non-fatal home cooking fire injuries occurred when the victims tried to fight the fire themselves; and WHEREAS, children under five face
WHEREAS, Fort Lee is committed to ensuring the safety and security of all those living in and visiting our community; and WHEREAS, fire is a serious public safety concern both locally and nationally, and homes are the locations where people are at greatest risk from fire; and WHEREAS, home fires killed more than 2,500 people in the United States in 2011, according to the National Fire Protection Association, and fire departments in the United States responded to 370,000 home fires; and WHEREAS, cooking is the leading
Fire Prevention Week set for Oct. 6-12
a higher risk of non-fire burns associated with cooking than being burned in a cooking fire: and WHEREAS, Fort Lee’s residents should stay in the kitchen when frying food on the stove top, keep a three-foot kid-free zone around cooking areas and keep anything that can catch fire away from stove tops; and WHEREAS, residents who have planned and practiced a home fire escape plan are more prepared and will, therefore, be more likely to survive a fire; and WHEREAS, working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fires in half; and WHEREAS, Fort Lee’s first responders are dedicated to reducing the occurrence of home fires and home fire injuries through prevention and protection education; and WHEREAS, Fort Lee’s residents are re-
Advanced individual training Soldiers run in the 1600 meter race during the second annual Maintainer Cup, hosted by the 16th Ordnance Battalion. For story and more photos, see Page 12.
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Fort Lee Gold Star Mothers, Fathers treated to luncheon Amy Perry Production/News Assistant Editor
The ACS Survivor Outreach Services staff from Fort Lee hosted a Gold Star Mother’s Luncheon Sept. 26 at Hirman Haines’ Coffee & Ale House in Petersburg, in honor of the national observance of Gold Star Mother’s Day Sept. 28-29. “We held the event to pay honor and thank our Gold Star Mothers and Fathers for their service,” said Angela Bellamy, SOS coordinator. “Our Gold Star Families have given their all (their children) for freedom. They have lost their sons and daughters in service to our nation. It is important our families know we honor them and the sacrifice made for our country, and know that we will never forget that sacrifice.” The mothers and fathers re-
ceived several gifts to thank them for their service. Family and MWR donated gift bags with gift certificates for free golf and theater tickets, Regimental Club coupons and other treats. The Richmond Blue Star Families donated gift bags with personal-care items, free Chik-fil-a coupons, Panera Bread gift cards and chocolates. The Fort Lee Area Spouses Club donated cookbooks and Christmas ornaments. The USO donated chocolate candy and gold picture frames. The SOS team presented them a memory journal book. The mothers and fathers who attended said they were thankful for the efforts by the Fort Lee survivor outreach program. “I can’t thank them enough for this,” said Deb Leach, a Gold Star Mother. “We don’t expect stuff like this – any time the team does something for us, we’re just amazed.”
Leach said she attends the monthly SOS gatherings at ACS because it helps promote camaraderie within the group. “I think it helps all of the Gold Star Families when we’re together,” she said. “We’re friends, and these events bring everyone together. It helps with our grief.” Larry Sprader, one of the few fathers at the luncheon, agreed with Leach and said it helps to be with other parents who lost their children. “It gives me a chance to meet the other surviving mothers and fathers, and we can talk,” Sprader said about the events. “It helps the healing process. It never goes away, but it helps to support each other.” The SOS team also held a luncheon Sept. 12 in Lynchburg to honor the Gold Star Families in the Western Region.
Christine Murphy, Army Community Service Survivor Outreach Services financial coordinator, hands a gift bag to Mary Reed during the Gold Star Mother’s Luncheon, Sept. 26, at Hirman Haines’ Coffee & Ale House, Petersburg. Gifts were provided by the Family and MWR directorate, Richmond Blue Star Families, Fort Lee Area Spouses Club, USO and the Fort Lee SOS team.
EHVWZDUULRUSUHS Sergeant Major of the Army Raymond F. Chandler speaks to Sgt. Jeffrey Morataya and Sgt. Moises Alfaro, who will serve as range safety officers for the 2013 Department of the Army Best Warrior Competition, about Fort Lee’s weapons range and its capabilities during a practice walkthrough on Friday. Best Warrior is set for the week of Oct. 14 and will feature competitors from commands across the Army.
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Note to Readers Due to the government shutdown, some Fort Lee programs listed in this issue of the Traveller may be impacted in the days and weeks to come. For details, call the contacts listed in the news items to confirm if an event is affected.
Exchange Additional Fuel Savings The Army and Air Force Exchange Service gas stations worldwide are offering an additional fuel savings of five cents per gallon, Oct. 5-7. In addition to the five cents a gallon discount that drivers using a MILITARY STAR® Card already receive, cardholders can gain an additional five cents a gallon discount, for a total savings of 10 cents a gallon.
KAHC Columbus Day Holiday Closures Kenner Army Health Clinic and Troop Medical Clinic 1 will be open Oct. 11 (training holiday) for patient care. The Mosier Consolidated Troop Medical Clinic will be closed Oct. 11. All Kenner services will be closed Oct. 14 in observance of Columbus Day. To schedule appointments, call the Kenner Appointment Line at 1-866-LEEKAHC (866-533-5242). To request an authorization to visit an urgent care center, call the KAHC Administrative Officer of the Day at (804) 734-9000. In the event of an emergency, patients should dial 911 or report to the closest emergency room if possible.
Capt. Abby Pomeroy and Marine Capt. Stephen Page, CLC3 students, participate in a Multi-Branch Staff Simulation Exercise here that ran Sept. 16-27.
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EO Leaders Course The next Equal Opportunity Leaders Course will be held Nov. 12-19 at building 9028. Those planning to attend should submit training packets through their chain of command or battalion S-3. The post EOO deadline is Nov. 5. For details, call (804) 734-6601.
Beazley Wins National Honor L.L. Beazley Elementary School in Prince George has been named a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. Military-affiliated youths comprise about 32 percent of the student body – 214 out of a total of 666. The program honors public and private K-12 schools that are either academically superior or demonstrate dramatic gains in student achievement. Seven Virginia public schools and three private schools have received this recognition.
DMV Websites Offer PCS Moving Tips The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles offers a number of valuable tips on two websites dedicated to PCS moves by the military community. One site – www. dmv.state.va.us/moving/#index.asp – offers a full page of resources including sections on leaving Virginia, moving within Virginia, new to Virginia, temporarily living outside of the Commonwealth and FAQs. In addition, visit www.dmvNOW.com/military for a special military resource guide that includes information on vehicle titling and registration, deadline extensions, the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, motorcycles, insurance requirements, fees, inspections, deactivating registration and more.
Exchange Halloween Contest The Army and Air Force Exchange Service is giving away four $500 and ten $100 Exchange gift cards during its “Halloween Mystery of the Shadows Sweepstakes,” Oct. 4-31. To participate, shoppers should visit any Exchange store or go online at www.shopmyexchange.com/partriotfamily to take part in a scavenger hunt to find five clues, and have an opportunity to win. After collecting the clues, participants can visit the Exchange Facebook page, <http://www.facebook.com/AAFES.BX.PX?sk=app_95936962634, to enter.
Fifteen captains from the Army Logistics University Combined Logistics Captain’s Career Course took part in a Multi-Branch Staff Simulation Exercise Sept. 16-27. The select team of officers worked with their counterparts in the maneuver, signal, engineer, field artillery, chemical, military police and aviation schools across the country. The STAFFEX was designed to replicate the multi-branch staff experience they lost with the elimination of the Combined Arms and Services Staff School. In that course, captains from different branches were brought together and required to work outside of their comfort zone with other branch specialties. The STAFFEX recreated this model by using new technology and incorporating more captains within the program. On the first day, each of the captains was assigned roles within a Brigade Task Force and given the brigade mission and order. During the exercise, the captains worked together to plan, develop and execute the mission by using multiple forms of battle tracking and communication. The challenge for the Fort Lee students was to develop an integrated Concept of Support for the brigade’s operation. While this is a daunting task for any group of young captains, this requirement was made more complex through the parallel planning with all the other forces on the battlefield, said Capt. Matt Upright, a CLC3 student.
“We often wish away many of the challenges presented by our maneuver counterparts while we’re in the school house, but we didn’t have that option this time,” Upright said. “If our plan didn’t match theirs, we hadn’t done our job. It helped us see some of the realities and challenges we’ll face once we leave the training environment.” Despite these challenges, the captains of the ALU class showed their tactical and technical prowess, impressing their maneuver counterparts. Capt. Robert McClelland, the course instructor, said he was impressed with the final product his class created. “This exercise demonstrated the power a group of dedicated logisticians can bring to the decisive action planning process, even when simulated,” McClelland said. “The concept of support they developed validated the maneuver plan developed by the Maneuver Center of Excellence, and is ultimately a testament to how essential the sustainment warfighting function is when conducting military operations.” The simulation was a test run to see if the exercise would be feasible as a capstone for future captain career courses, and it was successful. “The parallel planning conducted over the past two weeks has helped develop mutual understanding and respect between our combat-arms brethren and us as sustainers,” said Capt. Austin Baker, CLC3 student. “From the outset we had wanted to represent the ALU as the ‘Sustainment Center of Excellence,’ and I think we hit that mark.”
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Lapse in appropriated funding impacts Fort Lee Because funding for government operations was not approved by the start of the new fiscal year Tuesday, a lapse in appropriations is directly impacting the installation and its workforce. While all military personnel remain in a normal duty status, many of the more than 5,000 Department of Defense civilian employees here were temporarily furloughed. Fort Lee continues to support key military operations and to maintain all activities related to protecting the safety of life and property, including police, fire and emergency response operations. The following is an overview of how a lapse in appropriations affects those installation services with the widest community im-
pact, as well as those that are not affected: • The Fort Lee Commissary is closed. • All hunting on Fort Lee is suspended. • The privately owned weapons range is closed. • Army Community Service programs such as Survivor Outreach Services and the Exceptional Family Member Program are closed; limited financial counseling services are available. • All Family and MWR locations remain open, as their employees were exempted from furlough through Oct. 14. This includes all fitness centers, Outdoor Recreation, Leisure Travel Services, Army Community
Library, Picture Perfect Frame Shop, Adventure Park and Auto Crafts. Other facilities – such as the Bowling Center, the Cardinal Golf Club and Regimental Club – are also open. • The Army Education Center is open with limited resources available. • Passport processing and forms and records support services at the Soldier Support Center are suspended. • Services at the new Training Support Center are limited. • The U.S. Army Quartermaster Museum and U.S. Army Women’s Museum remain open, but with reduced support for special services. • Security operations and hours at installation access gates
Sgt. Timothy Brendel, HHC, U.S. Army Garrison, Fort Lee, stocks up on meats and dairy products at the post commissary Tuesday, the last day before closure as a result of the furlough of government workers due to the lapse in appropriated funding. Brendel, a father of four, and his wife rely heavily on the commissary for the bulk of their grocery needs.
remain the same. • Kenner Army Health Clinic continues to offer all health and medical services as normal. • Operating hours at all Child Development and Youth Centers on post remain the same. • Normal operations continue at all Exchange facilities including
the Xpress gas station, the shoppettes and all food service areas. For details on other specific services at Fort Lee that may be impacted, visit www.lee.army.mil to obtain contact information for the appropriate organization. – Fort Lee Public Affairs
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ARMY CIVILIANS | SPOTLIGHT
-(66,&$5286( Hometown: Petersburg Job title: Public Affairs Specialist Family: Husband, Ben, and one dog, Pico. Where she works: Defense Commissary Agency What you like most about your job: “I like the people I work with most of all. They are full of knowledge and skills, and I’m learning so much from all of them. They are always willing to help, and the atmosphere here is so friendly and helpful. It’s honestly one of the best places I’ve ever worked.” What is your motivation for your job; “Our service members. They sacrifice so much for us and I’m truly grateful. Helping them save some money on their groceries is the least I can do to show how appreciative I am for all that they have done and continue to do for us. I truly believe that the commissaries are a great benefit for them, and I think every one of them should know about the commissaries.” One thing you can’t live without: “Books, either on my Kindle or a paperback
version. It doesn’t matter. I always carry at least one with me no matter where I go.” Pet Peeve: “People making fun of or bullying other people. It’s hurtful and mean, and there is never a reason for it. Everyone is different and unique in their own special way. Pointing out the differences and making it a flaw because that’s how you perceive it doesn’t make you any better than them. If anything, it makes you small and juvenile.” Favorite quote: “’I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.’ It’s a quote from Maya Angelou. It feels good to make someone else’s day. Smiling at someone or giving a kind word or making someone laugh can really make a difference. The person might not tell you, but you could have just made their entire day and they will remember that you thought about them when it felt like no one else was.” Greatest achievement: “Receiving my master’s degree. It was a long and arduous journey but it’s over now. Thanks to my
husband, family and friends… I couldn’t have done it without their love and support.” Pastimes: “I love action flicks. Especially the comic book movies. Going to a nice cool movie on a hot summer day and watching a super hero save the world is one of my favorite things to do.” Lessons you want to share: “I know it’s cliché, but stay in school. Go as far as you can. The better you prepare yourself with a good education early in life, the better chance you have at succeeding. It can be a bit of a shock to continue to pursue your education while you’re still young and holding down a job, but be flexible and ready to readjust at any moment.” Who you most admire: “My mom. She has always been a constant in my life. She’s been there with me through the worst times and the best times, and she keeps me grounded. She has taught me so much and I’m so blessed and thankful to have her as a mother. She’s strong and independent but caring and loving as well.” Future aspirations: “I want to learn as much as I can about my organization. I would love to be as knowledgeable about DeCA and public affairs as some of my
coworkers. I’d also like to travel the country or even the world and find out what it’s like to work at different agencies and levels of the government.” – Compiled by Defense Commissary Agency Public Affairs
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Music festival, day camps among local fall activities Fall is a great time for family outings. Cooler weather and visions of festive holiday activities in the weeks ahead provide the perfect catalyst for getting out of the house and enjoying the many recreational offerings in the TriCities/Richmond area. October also is the time when most communities and tourist sites plan a variety of special events like Oktoberfest celebrations, holiday farmers markets, and ghost and haunted history tours (check out petersburghaunts.com). The Richmond Folk Festival is set for Oct. 11-13. This free event celebrates the roots, richness and variety of American culture through music, dance, traditional craft and food. The festival features more than 30 performing groups on seven stages. Its centerpiece is the Virginia folklife demonstration area, which features childrenâ€™s activities, a folk arts marketplace, regional and ethnic foods and more. Downtown Richmondâ€™s riverfront area between 2nd and 7th streets is the location of the festival. For details, visit www.richmondfolkfestival.org or contact the event coordinators at (804) 788-6466. Henricus Historical Park is offering a pair of day camps this fall. Bring the family and enjoy history, nature, arts and crafts, and archaeology digs along the James River. Registration is required one week prior to each camp. The scheduled events include the following: Nov. 9, 1-4 p.m. â€“ Grandparent/Grandchild (ages 4-12) History Afternoon. All youth must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Dec. 7, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. â€“ Christmas in the Colonies (ages 5-10). Make historic decorations and crafts and participate in games and activities of Colonial Virginia. The cost is $30 or $25 for Henricus Foundation Patrons. The recreation area is located at 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester. For details and sign-up, contact Victoria Sweeney at (804) 318-8797 or email@example.com.
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A near decade-long vision became a reality at Fort Lee Sept. 25 with the ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony of the one-stop, state-of-the-art Brig. Gen. Terence J. Hildner Training Support Center. The nearly 30,000-square-foot facility is dedicated to the highest-ranking U.S. officer to die while serving in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He was also a previous commander at Fort Lee. More than 125 military members and special guests attended the early afternoon ceremony. They included Maj. Gen. Larry D. Wyche, Combined Arms Support Command and Fort Lee commanding general, and representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the agency that provided oversight of the facility’s construction. The much-anticipated facility can support training for approximately 1,000 Fort Lee personnel at its peak. It offers a state-of-the-art digital classroom, a weapons simulator and training aids. It will be operated by the installation’s Directorate of Plans, Training Mobilization and Security, and replaces three warehouses at various locations on post. On hand to dedicate the facility and take part in the official ribbon-cutting celebration were Cindy Hildner, widow of Brig. Gen. Hildner; her mother and Elizabeth Edwards, sister of the deceased general. The family received a special tour of the center prior to the dedication. “Terry was all about training,” said Hildner, who noted that her husband’s unit did not suffer any casualties while
deployed under his command in Iraq. “This is such an honor for our family for the center to be named for him. He loved being a Soldier and loved serving this great nation.” “There definitely were two things I saw in him,” said Col. Paul K. Brooks, Fort Lee’s garrison commander. “He had a passion for ensuring that our Soldiers were trained… and they had the necessary equipment and facilities where they were trained. “It’s very fitting that a training support center like this bears his name,” Brooks added. The colonel said the center will provide important efficiencies because three different operations are being consolidated into one building. “When customers need training support, it’ll be a one-stop operation,” he said. “The TSC will support Fort Lee as well as units from Fort Pickett including the U.S. Army Reserve, National Guard and ROTC,” said Brooks. “This is a tremendous team effort from everyone at DPTMS, DPW, the Corps of Engineers and many others who had a role in creating this outstanding training facility,” he said. The new center includes: • A state-of-the-art digital classroom with video teleconferencing capabilities that can accommodate up to 50 personnel – the first of its kind to be operated by the garrison • An Engagement Skills Trainer 2000 weapons simulator, which is now the fourth EST 2000 site available on Fort Lee • Warehousing to store and issue the 28,000-plus line items of training aids
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Lisha Thomas, a CYSS child youth program assistant, paints the hand of Kera Tomassi in the part-time preschool class at the Multi-Purpose Child Development Center Sept. 25. The project created artwork for the installation’s CDCs to show that “hands are not for hitting” during October’s Domestic Violence Prevention Awareness campaign.
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The Fort Lee Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Inc. assisted Peabody Middle School in Petersburg in a restoration project Aug. 31. Due to district-wide funding cuts over the past few years, several areas within the school had not received proper care and maintenance. The Fort Lee chapter led a team – that included the Petersburg Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Inc. and students from Virginia State University – who painted classrooms, cleaned and replaced locks on more than 600 lockers and created spreadsheets to track student locker/combination information. Several chapter members pictured in the photo are Fort Lee employees.
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Bravo keeps top trophy after Maintainer Cup competition The 16th Ordnance Battalion conducted its second annual Maintainer Cup competition on Sept. 21 and, once again, Bravo Company earned the top trophy. From the start, the day was full of excitement. A sunny and bright Virginia morning greeted nearly 2,000 advanced individual training Soldiers and permanent party cadre as they stood in formation on Whittington Field awaiting the start of the games. During opening remarks, Lt. Col. Steven N. Carozza and Command Sgt. Maj. Cheryl N.M. Greene, the battalion commander and CSM respectively, amped up the competitive spirit by reminding the assembly that winning the Maintainer Cup means an entire year of bragging rights. They also shared their expectations for “intense competition” throughout the day and encouraged every Soldier to actively participate in the spirit of friendly competition. Six companies – Alpha Assassins,
Bravo Bull Dogs, Charlie Rock, Delta Desperados, Echo Enforcers and Foxtrot Phantoms – squared off for the championship trophy. The events were conducted simultaneously throughout the Ordnance Campus. The assortment of sports included volleyball, flag football, kickball, 5-on-5 basketball and track – each one structured as a six-team, single elimination tournament providing opportunities for Soldiers in every company to compete. The competition setup also ensured winning would be a group effort as every company fielded a team for each event and the results of the combined teams’ performance would determine the championship winners. In the flag football competition, Team Bravo seemed unstoppable with their cohesive offense and aggressive defense, according to Maj. Dennis Calloway, the battalion’s executive officer. “I walked the sidelines and could tell every one of them was in it to win it,” he said.
Lt. Col. Steven Carozza, 16th Ordnance Battalion commander, Capt. Mark Degan, commander, Bravo Company, 16th Ord. Bn., , 1st Sgt. Marie Legros, Bravo Company first sergeant, and Command Sgt. Maj. Cheryl Greene, battalion CSM, and the company and battalion guidon bearers pose with the 16th Ordnance Battalion Maintainers Cup.
“Every score was clearly a team accomplishment. That sort of attitude was really the hallmark of the day.” Team Echo placed second in flag football, and Team Foxtrot placed third. The track competition provided an opportunity for Soldiers to showcase their individual talents and athleticism. Calloway said the speed and determination the Soldiers presented is reminiscent of the Penn Relays, an annual track and field competition and intense battle of rivals hosted by the University of Pennsylvania. Even though the individual competition was fierce, Foxtrot Company dominated the track taking first place in the team standings, followed by Delta Company’s second-place and Bravo Company’s third-place finish. The 5-on-5 basketball competition was far more spirited than anticipated; “all the teams were clearly playing for more than just a title, they were playing for personal and team pride,” Calloway said. With standing room only crowds, the final basketball game between Alpha and Bravo companies spun into a fierce battle for the championship title. The excitement grew as the teams made runs at each other, and the lead repeatedly changed hands. In the end, Bravo Company walked away with another firstplace title. “Winning was in these Soldier’s hearts,” said 1st Sgt. Marie Legros, the company’s lead NCO. “They put in a lot of hard work to make it happen. It was that and Bravo’s overall stick-to-initiative-and-determination plan that put us in the winner’s circle at the end of the day.” Action on the volleyball court oftentimes bore a close resemblance to a world championship match with several Soldiers stand-
Advanced individual training Soldiers from Alpha Company, 832nd Ordnance Battalion, 16th Ord. Brigade, work on a landscaping project at a Habitat for Humanity house in Petersburg Sept. 7. Fourteen “GatorNation” Soldiers participated in the community outreach project that benefitted elderly and low-income individuals.
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am dunk during a game at the 16th A Soldier from Echo Company, 16th Ordnance Battalion, makes a sla Ord. Bn.’s second annual Maintainer Cup competition Sept. 21.
ing 6-foot-5-inches or greater and strong net play that clearly intimidated any “height-challenged” opponents. Delta Company Soldiers, however, displayed an unusual strategy of speed versus size. Their effective ball control and quick shots over the net paid big dividends, and they sailed to the end of the championship match with ease, shocking the rest of the competition. The other top finishers included Team Bravo, coming in second place, closely followed by Team Foxtrot in third. The kickball tournament, won by Delta Company, required more strategic planning than originally thought, according to 1st Sgt. Sara George, the “Desperado’s” lead
sergeant. “I told the team to stay focused and concentrate on the kickss that would get them to a base,” shee said. “The other teams were shooting for the moon. So, we kept iit simple and it paid off with a firstplace finish.” Bravo Company placed secondd and Foxtrot Company placed thirdd in the final event of the Maintainer Cup competition. Immediately following the fio nal game, the Soldiers of Bravo Company sprinted to the scorer’ss table to record their second-placee points and solidify their posin. tion as the returning 16th OD Bn Maintainer Cup champions for 2013. “All of the Soldiers competedd
at the highest level; but in the end, there can only be one champion,” said Calloway. “Nobody out there, though, has any reason to be disappointed with their performance. Every competitor showed a lot of spirit and determination. That’s what it’s really all about … we fight as a team and we win as a team.” The trophy for the 16th Ordnance event reflects the motto of the battalion, “Train to Maintain.” Ordnance Soldiers at Fort Lee also compete in a brigade-level competition each spring. The 59th OD Brigade is the parent headquarters for the 16th battalion.
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The 16th Ordnance Battalion Women’s Flag Football team celebrates after winning the post championship Sept. 24. They beat the 244th Quartermaster Battalion 13-6 in the final game.
Sgt. Jeffrey Harper dives for the frisbee during an intense recreational activity that was part of the 392nd Army Band Organization Day Sept. 23 at White Bank Park, Colonial Heights.
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‘Ghost’ job least-known, critical responsibility
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(CLOCKWISE FROM TOP, LEFT) Pfc. Austin Bouchard peers through the sight of an M-16 during routine maintenance. • Assigned to the 54th Quartermaster Company, he adjusts his glasses while cleaning weapon parts. • Bouchard examines a bolt carrier. • Taking inventory, Bouchard shows his replacement, Pfc. Tabitha Hall, the procedures.
n argument can be made that the job of the company armorer goes unnoticed until the unit has a scheduled firing range event or a weapon comes up missing. Pfc. Austin Bouchard has his own take on that idea. “The general perception is that we are ghosts,” said the 54th Quartermaster Company Soldier. “Nobody really knows us until they actually come back here and realize ‘Yeah, there’s an arms room in the building.’” Whether they are noticed or not, armorers shoulder a lot of responsibility. “My job is to maintain and clean weapons to ensure they are ready for the ranges,” he said. “I also have a monthly inventory with the commander and first sergeant for each item that I have in the arms rooms.” Additionally, Bouchard said he conducts a daily inventory upon opening and closing the facility, maintains weapons accessories and stores personal weapons according to Army regulations. In totality, he is a principal figure in the prevention of a lost weapon, which is an incident serious enough to shut down an installation. Bouchard explained SEE ARMORER PAGE 18
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JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO – The benefits provider for nearly 20,000 non-appropriated fund employees around the world has prepared information to assist with decision-making related to the Affordable Care Act. The U.S. Army Installation Management Command NAF Employee Benefits Office wants civilian workers at garrisons to pay close attention to the marketplace health care exchanges that became available Tuesday. “This is a decision-making event that may affect some employees and their families,” said Bob Ramsey, chief of NAF Benefits. “We want our employees to be aware of how the marketplace exchanges work and, more importantly, what decisions have to be made to comply with the new law.” The ACA, commonly known as Obamacare, was signed into law in June 2010 by President Obama. Some provisions
of the law went into effect almost immediately, such as the ability to allow children to stay on their parents’ health insurance coverage until age 26. “Oct. 1 is significant, as it was the first time that enrollments in Marketplace Healthcare Exchanges could start,” said Anne Bright, NAF Employee Benefits Operations manager. “Who qualifies and who can sign up in the exchanges is the information we’re trying to get out to our employees and retirees.” The marketplace was designed to help everyone find health insurance to meet their needs and fit within their budget. In addition, some may qualify for a new tax credit that will help lower their premium. NAF employees who are enrolled in the DOD NAF Health Benefit Program need not do anything. This program meets the requirements of the ACA. “In the DOD NAF HPB, the NAF employer pays 70 percent of the premium and this is likely the employee’s best op-
tion under the rules of ACA,” said Gloria Mick, Medical Program manager. “Some NAF employees, such as FLEX employees, are not eligible for our DOD NAF HPB, so they will have to get coverage on another employer’s plan, on their parent’s plan if eligible or purchase health care from the Marketplace Healthcare Exchanges.” A tax penalty may apply for those who fail to or choose not to have health insurance. In 2014, the tax penalty starts at the higher of $95 or 1 percent of income, but increases each year to 2.5 percent in 2016. “The ACA offers premium tax credits to help pay for coverage,” said Mick. “These credits will depend on the person’s income, but only become available when insurance is purchased through the exchanges.” “Our OCONUS employees who are not enrolled in the DOD NAF HBP are not required by exception; however, this may be their best option,” said Mick. “We want to encourage everyone to find the best insurance option that protects their family and
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Pfc. Austin Bouchard uses a tool to clean weapon parts Sept. 26 at the 54th Quartermaster Company arms room. Bouchard said the job is a rare opportunity to help younger Soldiers progress through the ranks.
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provides career progress opportunity for lower ranks Continued from page 14 his approach to accountability. It’s important to note that all weapons are kept in a vaulted room with multiple layers of security. “As long as everything goes in its place at the prescribed time that it’s supposed to be there; and as long as there’s documentation for where it has been, where it’s going, how long it has been there and when it needs to come back; as long as you stay up on that, it’s pretty simple,” he said. The job entails more than accountability, however. The armorer is an
authority figure and holding the position requires a bit of assertiveness on the part of the individual because he or she represents the commander. That isn’t easy when you’re a private first class and you look like you just got off the yellow school bus. That might be an issue for Pfc. Tabitha Hall, Bouchard’s replacementin-training. “I’m sure Bouchard has experienced it, and I’m sure I’m going to experience it when he leaves. They’re going to try to use their rank on me because I’m only an E-3,” the 20-year-old said. “It
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Financial Readiness Training | Oct. 7 A free Financial Readiness Training class is slated for Oct. 7, 5-6 p.m., at the For Lee Community Library, on the 2nd floor of the Army Logistics University, building 12420, 34th St. Patsy Piggott, ACS Financial Readiness Program manager, will conduct the program to include how to know your financial worth, when should you begin saving, and more. Pre-registration is required. For details, call (804) 765-8095.
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Free line dancing lessons for all ages will now be offered every Wednesday and Friday, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the Sports Zone, building 3650, C Avenue. An instructor will teach the cupid shuffle, the electric slide, the wobble, the cha-cha and other line dances ranging from soul to country. For details, call (804) 765-1539.
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Calendar, continued AFGE Meeting | Oct. 9 The American Federation of Government Employees, Local Union 1178, meets the second Wednesday of every month in building 10000-D, C Avenue. The next meeting is set for Oct. 9, 5:15 p.m. All Fort Lee bargaining unit employees are invited to attend. For details, call (804) 765-0744.
Hispanic Heritage Fiesta | Oct. 10 Fort Lee will celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, Oct. 10, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., at the Army Logistics University. The event will take place in the campus quad, or in the multi-purpose room in the event of rain. Activities include live Latin dance performances, Zumba and Salsa lessons, children’s activities and soccer matches. There will an exhibit of artwork and various displays. Hispanic cuisine will be available for purchase. The event is sponsored by the installation Equal Opportunity Office and the 71st Transportation Battalion. It is open
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to the full Fort Lee community. Car pooling is recommended due to limited parking. For details, call (804) 734-6498.
Lee Oktoberfest | Oct. 12 Fort Lee’s annual Oktoberfest is set for Oct. 12, 5-10 p.m., at the Post Field House. Admission is $6 for adults; children 12 and under are free. Food, beverages and game tickets will be sold separately. Schenicklefritz and the Oompahs will provide the music while the Hirschjager Dancers perform German folk dances. KidZone inflatable games will be available for children. For details, visit www.leemwr.com or call (804) 765-3176.
Right Arm Night | Oct. 16, Nov. 20 Right Arm Night has moved to the third Wednesday of the month for October and November at the Regimental Club. The next two nights are Oct. 16 and Nov. 20, beginning at 4 p.m.
It will not be held in December. In January, FMWR will resume the regularly scheduled day, every third Thursday of the month. Snacks and pool will be available at no charge with drink specials. For details, call (804) 765-1523 or 765-1539.
IT Workshop | Oct. 17 A Careers in Information Technology and Life-Long Learning Workshop will be held Oct. 17, 10 a.m. - noon, at the Army Career and Alumni Program, building 3400, 1401 B Ave. Maria McPherson, an Army veteran, technology consultant and corporate technology trainer, will conduct the free program. For registration and details, email email@example.com.
Library Orientation for Home Schoolers | Oct. 17 A free library resources orientation for home schoolers will be offered each first Thursday of the month, beginning Oct.
17, 9-10 a.m., at the Fort Lee Community Library, located on the 2nd floor of the Army Logistics University, building 12420, 34th St. Participants will learn how to use the catalog and how resources are arranged using the Dewey System and other classification methods. Registration is open until the day before the orientation. For registration and details, call (804) 765-8095.
Job Fair | Oct. 23 A job fair sponsored by JobZone will be offered Oct. 23, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., at the Regimental Club. This event is for active and retired military members, wounded warriors and family members. Employers expected include defense and commercial companies, federal agencies, placement and staffing companies, colleges and universities, and more. To preregister and post a resume, visit jobzoneonline.com. All participating companies will have access to the resume database. For details, call (434) 263-5102.
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Calendar, continued 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., at Kenner Army Health Clinic, building 1400, A Avenue parking lot. 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.
Halloween Story Hour | Oct. 30 A free Halloween Story Hour for children will be held Oct. 30, 5-6 p.m., at the Fort Lee Community Library on the 2nd floor of building 12420, 34th Street. Youngsters should wear their favorite Halloween costume or come as they are. There will be “scary” stories told throughout the hour and an opportunity to win prizes. For details or to sign up, call (804) 7658095.
ACS Scream-Free Classes | Oct. 16, 23 and 30 The ACS Family Advocacy Program will offer the third in a series of Scream-Free Parenting classes on Oct. 16, 23 and 30, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Attendance at the first two programs is not a requirement to attend. The new classes will include a mix of concepts to becoming “scream free” and increasing the calmness at home. Childcare is available upon request. Brown bag lunches are recommended. For registration and details, call (804) 734-7353.
YOUTH CYSS Wrestling Registration | Oct.3-30 Child, Youth and School Services will hold wrestling registration for ages 5-13, Oct. 3-30, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., at CYSS Parent Central Services, building 10624, Yorktown Drive.
The cost is $45 for military, DOD Civilians and contractors, and $55 for all others. All participants must be registered with CYSS, and a sports physical is required at the time of registration. A coaches meeting will be held Oct. 15, 5:30-6:30 p.m., at the Post Field House. For registration and details, call (804) 765-3852 or 765-3196.
Massing of the Colors | Oct. 5 The Richmond chapter of the Military Order of World Wars will hold its 10th Annual Massing of the Colors Ceremony, Oct. 5, 2 p.m., at the Virginia War Memorial, 621 South Belvidere St., Richmond. This event will feature color guards from military, schools, civic and patriotic organizations, police and law enforcement, firefighting and other public service groups. A Fort Lee color guard will participate. For details, call (804) 786-2060.
Czech and Slovak Folklife Festival | Oct. 19 Prince George County’s first-ever Virginia Czech and Slovak Folklife Festival is set for Oct. 19, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., at the Regional Heritage Center, 6406 Courthouse Road. This free outdoor event will feature musical performances, polka dancing, baking demonstrations, a farm-life exhibition and activities for children. For details, call (804) 863-0212 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Petersburg Chorus Seeks Members | Every Tuesday The Petersburg Festival Chorus is seeking people of all ages who like to sing. The group rehearses each Tuesday, 7-9 p.m., at the Petersburg Area Arts League building, 7 E. Old St. All music styles are needed, and they are preparing for a Christmas Concert that features PDQ Bach’s hilarious “Consort of Choral Christmas Carols,” a piece about the twelve days AFTER Christmas, plus some Vivaldi and JS Bach and a carol singa-long. For details, email leftbank610@yahoo. com.
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