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HOORAY FOR THE HOLIDAYS

CG STRESSES SAFETY DURING POST-WIDE RUN SEE PAGE 14 COMMUNITY ENJOYS TREASURED HOLIDAY EVENT 392nd Army Band entertains large audience during annual holiday Concert at Lee Theater SEE PAGE 7

CONGRESSMAN TOURS POST Virginia representative gets inside look at CASCOM, Fort Lee operations SEE PAGE 3

SANTA RUN Directorate of Emergency Services conducts annual holiday run through post housing, barracks areas SEE PAGE 6

LAST 2013 ISSUE This is the last edition of the Fort Lee Traveller for 2013. Our next paper will be distributed on Jan. 9. Happy Holidays!


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Chaplain (Capt.) Robert Patterson 832nd Ordnance Battalion Chaplain

My family loves to get together for large gatherings during the Christmas season. Several years ago, when most of the nieces and nephews were still young enough to be in awe of the lights, sounds, presents and overall magic of the season, my mother asked me to do something I’d hoped to avoid ... she asked me to be Santa for our Christmas party. I wanted to say, “No,” but

that was in the days before the discipline and daily PT of the Army, so the Santa suit unfortunately was a pretty good fit. After the party, I decided to wear the suit home since it was only a few miles away. During the drive, my wife asked me to stop at the store to pick up a few things. After a sigh of frustration I agreed, and soon found myself walking into the grocery store dressed as Santa. To my amazement, it was as though I had walked into a different world. People stopped whatever

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The holiday season is a time of celebration with friends and family, sometimes away from home. It also can be a time when busy people become vulnerable to theft and other holiday crimes by those willing to exploit an opportunity. Property criminals look at a neighborhood differently than someone else looking for a place to live. For them, it is more like going shopping and looking at the things available to steal. They have a choice where and when

they will commit a crime. But, if the thieves don’t like the merchandise or the shopping experience where you live, they will go elsewhere. Here are some simple things you can do to reduce the risk of being victimized this holiday season: • Always lock your doors and windows, even if you plan to leave the house for a few minutes • Keep vehicles parked outside locked; don’t leave valuables in plain sight in locked or unlocked vehicles. • Avoid having large displays of gifts visible from windows or

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doors • Don’t give clues to the gifts you received – break down and invert boxes and packaging when placing empties out for trash collection • Place lights on timers so that your home appears occupied while you are away • When you leave your home for extended holiday travel, have a neighbor or friend watch your home while you’re away. Have them collect your mail and newspapers while you’re gone. • Sign up for signature delivery from your designated package shipping companies. Deliveries left unattended on the front porch invite thievery. • Take advantage of the Provost Marshal Office House Watch Program. Permanent party residents gone for three or more

to be the “light of the world.” It was as if God had impressed on me the thought: “You are always that important. You are to be a light of hope and joy to others not just at Christmas, but the entire year. Your smile, your greeting, your listening ear ... that is the blessing needed by the people around you everywhere you go.” Wow! That’s what it means to be the “light of the world” to family and strangers alike. Whether dressed as Santa or in our everyday work clothes, whether in times of abundance or of need, whether enjoying peace of mind or busy and preoccupied, no matter our personal situation, God asks us to take the time to give people a blessing of kindness that they need. That is the way to having a Merry Christmas all year long.

days may sign up with the PMO to have the police conduct periodic, exterior checks of their home. You can find additional details and a registration form on the PMO page of the Fort Lee website. The PMO also will conduct

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.

some proactive measures during the holidays, by focusing efforts in the housing areas with visible presence. As always, please report any suspicious or criminal activity to the PMO 24 hours a day at (804) 734-7400. Have a safe and happy holiday season.

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they were doing and looked at me. They exclaimed, “Hi Santa!” They waved and smiled, and hoped I’d notice. Children fell into a trance before me. Their eyes bulged with anticipation and their smiles beamed excitement. It was magical. Perhaps the biggest change occurred in me as I suddenly realized I was carrying a great responsibility ... and privilege. So I put my shopping off and slowed down to smile at people, greeted them with a hearty “Ho! Ho! Ho!,” asked what present they wanted, and wished them a Merry Christmas. Later, I thought about how much fun it had been to feel so significant to others, and how realizing the effect I had on others caused me to be more aware of their needs. It was then I remembered a lesson learned from the Bible that we have all been called

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A group of advanced individual training Soldiers from Foxtrot Company, 16th Ordnance Battalion, show a high level of enthusiasm and positive morale during the Fort Lee Holiday Safety Run Friday. For more photos, see Page 14.


QM Museum to tell the story of riggers and 92 Sierras Ray Kozakewicz Production Assistant

While the primary missions of Army riggers and 92 Sierras (shower, laundry and clothing-repair specialists) have remained unchanged over the years, both fields have evolved to accommodate the new technology and equipment that allowed them to continue providing supplies and support to troops in the field. The vital service they continue to provide to the war-fighter is a story that’s often overlooked. That’s why the staff at the U.S. Army Quartermaster Museum here is creating a new Aerial Delivery and Field Services exhibit that is expected to open in February. “Once completed,” said

Paul Morando, museum director, “the exhibit will offer visitors an engaging and informative display on the history of these quartermasters.” He explained that the museum is undergoing a renovation to partner with more departments. “We began looking at our storyline about six months ago,” said Morando, “and how we could update it, make it more relevant to what is happening today and also tie into the history.” The leadership, he said, selected these groups to update their story. Aerial Delivery had its beginnings in World War II and Field Services traces its formation to 1916. “They have been onboard since day one and very supportive with manpower, moving two large pieces into the

exhibit area,” said Morando. These main drawing cards will be a Bell UH-1H Iroquois “Huey” helicopter and a 6-ton Vietnam era M85 Laundry Unit. Morando said members of the Quartermaster School moved the frame of the “Huey” into the museum Sept. 24, which will serve as a “prop” to tell the story of aerial delivery’s sling load mission. “We needed a helicopter without rotors and a tail boom to fit it into the museum,” he said. “We worked with the Center of Military history and they located it at Aberdeen (Proving Ground, Md.)” He said, “The massive Laundry Unit was a monster to move here and caused some delays.”

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Pat Fisher, a U.S. Army Quartermaster Museum curator, reviews a display panel Tuesday in front of a 6-ton Vietnam-era M85 Laundry Unit that was moved to the museum several months ago. It will be a “big” part of a new Aerial Delivery and Field Services exhibit projected to open at the renovated museum in February.

Many people do not understand how important shower, laundry and clothing repair specialists (92 Sierras) are to the Army, he said. “Washing clothes is important from both a hygiene and morale perspective,” he said, “And they don’t get recognized a lot.” A large display pan-

el for the exhibit notes, “Throughout military history poor hygiene and disease have caused more deaths in war than all the weapons mankind has produced.” The exhibit also will include large and small display and portrait panels, many artifacts, parachutes and six large cargo containers from

various periods and more. For details about the U.S. Army Quartermaster Museum, call (804) 734-4203 or visit www. qmmuseum.lee.army.mil. It is open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday-Friday; 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., weekends; and closed Christmas Day, New Years Day and Thanksgiving Day.

CASCOM hosts Congressman for training, quality of life visit Keith Desbois CASCOM Public Affairs

The Combined Arms Support Command hosted Congressman Bobby Scott, Virginia 3rd District, for a tour of its schools and the installation Tuesday. The visit provided insight into the curriculum, technology and techniques used to train logistics Soldiers and showcased quality-of-life initiatives at the Home of Sustainment. Scott started his visit with a command brief that focused on Fort Lee’s impact on the local community as well as the regional economy. Other topics included CASCOM’s role within the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command and the many training and credentialing initiatives offered to Soldiers to further their careers while in uniform or after they transition to civilian life. During his visit, Scott toured the U.S. Army Women’s Museum where he learned

about the role of women in the Army dating back to the Revolutionary War. He also viewed the archives where much of the museum’s donated artifacts are stored. As he was leaving, Dr. Francoise Bonnell, museum director, explained the significance of the museum’s newest outdoor exhibit; the 1st Lt. FAWMA statue that pays tribute to the women who have served in the Army for the past 10-to-20 years. The full-size figure draws attention to the contributions of the modern Army female warrior. During his next stop he observed training at the Quartermaster School’s Joint Culinary Center of Excellence, where service members learn basic and advanced food service skills. He learned about the joint training facility that houses Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force culinary specialists. Scott SEE VISIT, PAGE 8

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Sgt. 1st Class John Pock II, Allied Trades senior welding instructor, demonstrates the state-of-the-art virtual welding simulator to Congressman Bobby Scott, Virginia 3rd District, and Maj. Gen. Larry D. Wyche, Combined Arms Support Command and Fort Lee commanding general, Tuesday. The simulator allows students to hone their skills before working with an actual welder.


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Thousands of officers to face boards for early separation WASHINGTON – Nearly 19,000 active-duty captains and majors in the Army Competitive Category will go before either an Officer Separation Board or Enhanced Selective Early Retirement Board early next year. As part of the Army’s plan to meet force reduction obligations, as many as 20 percent of those officers – one in five – may be asked to leave the Army earlier than they had originally planned. Dave Martino, director, Officer Personnel Management Directorate at Human Resources Command, said the Army’s drawdown plan is a “balanced approach that maintains readiness, while trying to minimize turbulence to the officer corps.” The reductions in the officer force are meant to coincide with the reduction in Army force structure, he said. “As the structure reduces in size, the Army officer corps will make a requisite reduction relative to that structure.” He also said the OSB and eSERB will identify “fully qualified officers who have rendered quality service to the nation. Therefore, we will execute the OSB and eSERB with precision, care and compassion.” Beginning in March 2014, about 9,735 captains will go before an OSB. About 699 captains will face an eSERB. Captains going before these boards come from year groups 2006, 2007 and 2008. Beginning in April, the future of about 6,943 majors will be decided by an OSB, and 1,504 by an eSERB. Majors going before these boards come from year groups 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003. Officers have already been notified of their eligibility for either an OSB or eSERB. It will be late winter or early spring 2015 before officers will begin separating or retiring from the Army as a result of decisions from the boards, officials said. Officers with less than 15 years in service who are selected by an OSB for separation will receive separation pay. Those with more than 15 years but less than 18 years can receive separation pay, but may opt to also apply for Temporary Early Retirement Authority. Officers eligible to go before an eSERB must have 18 or more years of service. If those officers are selected by the board, they are entitled to serve until their 20th year and retire then, or they may choose to apply for TERA so they can retire earlier.

“If an officer is selected by the eSERB board, they will be able to serve until their 20th year,” said Hillary R. Baxter, division chief, Leader Development Division. “Then they will have a mandatory retirement date at that point. They still are safe to get a 20-year retirement if they so choose.” Officers selected for either an OSB or eSERB, should have their records up-to-date and accurate, said Col. Stephen C. Sears, deputy director, OPMD. Commanders can help in that area. In addition to emails that have been sent to affected officers, notices also have been sent to commanders in the field at the colonel level so they can help counsel officers in the zone of consideration. “That is an important piece – for these commanders to sit down with officers and look them in the eye and help them prepare their records, from that position of experience, and to give them an assessment of where they think they stand in terms of their peers,” Sears said. Officers need to make sure their records accurately reflect their performance, are complete and have an up-to-date photo, he added. For online guidance on how best to accomplish this, Sears said officers may view the CAC-required website at https://www.hrc. army.mil/officer and then select “How to prepare for an OSB, SERB, eSERB.” Sears also said assignment officers at Army Human Resources Command are ready to help those who call in needing assistance to repair records and update their file. Officers who leave the active force before they expected don’t necessarily need to take off the uniform forever. The reserve component is ready to take on some of the best officers to put them into either the Army Reserve or the Army National Guard. Col. Charles A. Slaney with Army Human Resources Command said reserve-component career counselors stand ready to help Army officers who are interested in moving into one of the reserve components following their active-duty career. He said the Army has put significant investment into developing officers, and that one role of RCCCs is to retain that valuable human capital investment. “We want to preserve that by putting them into the reserve components,” he said. – Army News Service

Fort Lee Gates, Commissary Reduced Hours Three installation access gates and the Fort Lee Commissary will reduce hours during the holidays. Starting Sunday, the following gates will operate with adjusted hours: Mahone Avenue – Earlier daily closing at 9 p.m. though Jan. 1; and A Avenue – Closed weekends, Christmas Day and New Years Day. Starting Monday, Temple Avenue – Closed through Jan. 1. The hours at all other access gates are unchanged. The commissary will be open Dec. 23, 8:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Dec. 24, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; and will be closed Dec. 25-26. Regular store hours resume on Dec. 27.

Kenner Holiday Schedule Kenner Army Health Clinic will close Dec. 19, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., for staff holiday luncheons. Additional closures are planned for Dec. 24-25 and Dec. 31 - Jan. 1. Troop Medical Clinic 1 will be closed Dec. 19 - Jan. 1. Mosier Consolidated Troop Medical Clinic 2 will support advanced individual training troops on those dates and will be closed Dec. 21 - Jan. 1. AIT students will be treated in the active duty clinic during holiday block leave. To schedule appointments, call the Kenner Appointment Line at 1-866-5335242. To request an authorization to visit an urgent care center, call the KAHC AOD at (804) 734-9000. For medical emergencies, dial 911 or go to the nearest ER. While traveling, call TRICARE North Region at (877) 874-2273, then contact your primary care manager at (804) 734-9000 for a referral. Other numbers travelers may need are DEERS to verify eligibility, (800) 3632273; and the KAHC Patient Appointment Line at (866) 533-5242.

Cardinal Snack Bar Renovations Due to renovations, the Cardinal Golf Club Snack Bar will be closed until Jan. 6. During this period, community members may wish to visit the Action City Grill for lunch at the Fort Lee Bowling Center, building 9040, Battle Drive. For details, call (804) 734-2899 or visit www.leemwr.com.

FAST Class Registration Functional Academic Skills Training class registration continues through Jan. 2 at the Army Education Center, building 12400, 700 Quarters Road. Class dates are Jan. 6-28, and space is limited. All service members interested in improving their Armed Forces Classification Test scores may register. Upon enrollment, counselors will provide a sample DA Form 4187 and commander’s memo. The commander’s verification document must be returned as soon as possible. For details, contact Wilmarie Rodriguez at (804) 765-3572.

OCS Board The Fort Lee Officer Candidate School Board will convene on Feb. 6 in the Soldier Support Center, 1401 B Ave. Applications are due by 4 p.m., Jan. 28, at the Strength Management Division. For details, call Angela Bragg at (804) 734-6402.

Fort Lee Taxi Service The Logistics Readiness Center-Fort Lee reminds all Soldiers, DOD Civilians and government contractors that the free Fort Lee Official Taxi Service is available for on-post business travel. It operates five days a week, except holidays, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. To schedule, call at least 15 minutes prior to the desired pick up time. For transportation needs, call (804) 765-TAXI (8294).


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A Fort Lee community youth has been selected to serve in the Senate of Virginia Page Program. Fourteen-year-old Aaron Bowen is the son of retired Sgt. 1st Class Randolph and Capt. Shari Bowen of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, CASCOM. He is among roughly 30 teenagers from around the state who will participate in the program starting in January. “I was very shocked,” said the N.B. Clements Jr. High School freshman upon his notification. “I was just excited and intrigued at the same time. I wanted to do it, just to be one person representing a whole school, a district in fact.”

Bowen will represent the 16th District of Virginia, comprised of Petersburg, Dinwiddie County and parts of Chesterfield County, Richmond and Prince George County. Sen. Henry L. Marsh III is the presiding official. The page program website describes it as “a reallife civics class,” which exposes participants to the legislative process. They are engaged through work assignments and other activities in support of senate operations. While working in the page program, students take a leave of absence from their schools and take up residence at a nearby hotel. Working five days a week, they are paid a salary and per diem. Those SEE YOUTH, PAGE 19

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visits post to learn mission Continued from page 3 also had the opportunity to speak with each branch’s representative to discuss training unique to each service. His final destination was the U.S. Army Ordnance School where he spoke with Soldiers attending the Allied Trades Course. The course instructs Soldiers in welding and machining skills as well as provides credentialing opportunities. Scott also ob-

served a demonstration of the virtual welder simulator that allows students to hone their skills before proceeding to the actual welding machines. After leaving the Ordnance School, the Congressman toured the post to learn about quality-oflife initiatives and view the U.S. Army Transportation School’s multi-modal training area. The facility instructs Soldiers how to load rail cars and aircraft on decommissioned C-5 Galaxy and

C-130 Hercules aircraft for realistic training. As the tour concluded, U.S. Army Garrison, Fort Lee officials talked about how the Base Realignment and Closure initiatives contributed to a higher quality-of-life for service members and their families. Scott viewed the new Army Lodging building , post housing units and day-care facility and learned how their construction was completed using “green” technologies to make them more energy efficient. At the conclusion of the tour, Scott said he learned many things and is looking forward to coming back for a more in-depth visit.

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Air Force Brig. Gen. Mark K. Johnson, commander, Defense Logistics Agency (Aviation), informs students from the Army Logistics University’s Transportation Basic Officer Leader Course, class 14-001, about DLA’s mission during a visit the class made Dec. 6 to Defense Support Center Richmond. Johnson spoke of the challenges he faces when it comes to joint logistics and the role of DLA in the military. From securing new contracts to improving and streamlining the joint logistical process, there was a lot for the officers to learn at DSCR.


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Jennifer Baxter, a volunteer at the Fort Lee Community Library, shows a Gingerbread Baby during a youth story time session earlier this month. The Gingerbread Baby traveled from an Apple Dumplings kindergarten class at Saltillo Primary School in Saltillo, Miss. Each member of the kindergarten class colored and cut out a paper version of The Gingerbread Baby after reading a story about it. The students sent their versions to different locations across the United States. The library here used the Gingerbread Baby during story time and sent it back to the school with photos.

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Molly Reed from the Christian pop band City Harbor autographs the arm of a fan during a Dec. 8 concert at Memorial Chapel. More than 180 Fort Lee community members, most of them advanced individual training students, attended the evening gathering that also featured the gospel groups Finding Favor and Mikeschair. Additional concert events are planned for the near future, according to the Religious Support Office here. Look for announcements and updates in the Fort Lee Traveller.

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he Ordnance School is continuing to fulfill the training requirements of Soldiers deployed in combat

environments. Providing training on the Army’s newest recovery vehicle – the Modular Catastrophic Recovery System – is its latest effort to prepare Soldiers for tasks and missions they are likely to encounter in the field. MCRS, which is currently fielded only in Afghanistan, is a multicomponent recovery system that has been used in Southwest Asia for several years. The Ord. School implemented the MCRS module into the H8 Recovery Specialist Course, a three-week Additional Skill Identifier course, in October of 2012. Gary Winter, chief of the Recovery Division in the school’s Track, Metalworking and Recovery Department, said the course has trained roughly 400 students on the MCRS thus far and he is enthusiastic about its training value. “I feel the Soldiers who have trained on it can be combat multipliers for the combatant commander out there,” said the former Soldier. “It’s basically three systems combined into one. In my opinion, it (the MCRS) makes the job easier for Soldiers who are recovering damaged or catastrophically damaged vehicles when compared to traditional wreckers.” MCRS is comprised of a M983A4 Light Equipment Transporter, Fifth Wheel Towing and Recovery Device and Tilt Deck Recovery Trailer. It can recover and tow a variety of wheeled vehicles in a variety of situations, said Adam Jenkins, senior instructor. “The strength of the system is its

versatility,” he said. “The fact is that it can tow many vehicles that others can’t. It’s not going to replace a wrecker, but it is an awesome recovery trailer that we can use as an asset to complement our existing wreckers (the M984 and M1089).” MCRS was originally developed as a Stryker recovery vehicle. Its trailer can hold 35 tons, giving it the capability to handle many of the Mine Resistant Armored Protected vehicles that are relatively new to the Army’s vehicle inventory. Because the armored wheeled vehicles play important roles in Afghanistan from a strategic standpoint, hands-on training with them is imperative during the course of study, which is weighted heavily around several scenarios, said Sgt. 1st Class Nelson Walker, an instructor/writer. “The scenarios we use for the MCRS provide a full range of recovery capabilities for all wheeled vehicles to include both MRAP and Stryker,” he said. “They include operating the Tilt Deck Recovery Trailer, sledding a catastrophically damaged vehicle onto the Tilt Deck Recovery Trailer and performing a 90 degree pull with the Fifth Wheel Towing and Recovery Device.” During a training day last week, teams of Soldiers endured cold, wet weather to arduously perform a myriad of tasks to secure a “catastrophic” MRAP (RG33) vehicle. Winter said students are generally enthusiastic about the training. “When they come to MCRS training, they are very highly motivated,” he said. “They want to be out in the field hands-on and don’t want to be in the classroom. On the end of course surveys, they always ask for more time in the field and on that vehicle because they feel like they don’t get enough time.” Those who have previously operated the vehicle and later receive training at the school are grateful, said

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Sgt. 1st Class John Durousseau, chief instructor. “Those who are coming back from the theater appreciate the training they are getting here because there are a few things they didn’t grasp until they got here,” he said. “At the schoolhouse, all the processes are worked out by the book. We are honing their skills here and they are returning to theater using the equipment to its full capacity.” MCRS is currently being added to the unit equipment rolls, but has not been fielded Army-wide, said Winter. He added no dates have been announced for when a service-wide rollout is likely to occur. In the meantime, the course is set to graduate 300-500 students during the next fiscal year.

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(COUNTERCLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT) Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Palmer, an instructor, keeps a careful watch as a disabled Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle is pulled onto the Tilt Deck Recovery Trailer of the Modular Catastrophic Recovery System during training at the Downer Range Dec. 10. MCRS training was provided to roughly 400 Soldiers last year. • Staff Sgt. Terry Morgan, an instructor, coaches Pvt. Kenneth Skeete and Pfc. Rebecca Hammonds on the importance of rechecking the rigging during winching operations. • Students assemble a deadline on the front of a disabled vehicle that will be loaded onto the TDRT. • Moving to their positions, students align the MCRS with the MRAP to be recovered and loaded • Pvt. Christopher Myrick strains to turn the steering wheel of a disabled vehicle to ensure its wheels are aligned with the TDRT’s ramp.


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(RIGHT) Brig. Gen. John O’Neil IV, Quartermaster General, leads a procession of nearly 2,000 military members from the U.S. Army Quartermaster School during Fort Lee’s Holiday Safety Run Friday. The event was organized by the Combined Arms Support Command and all of its training organizations, along with garrison and tenant agency personnel, participated. (BELOW) Chief Warrant Officer 4 Everett Johnson, an Army Logistics University instructor, shows a high level of enthusiasm during the run.

(BELOW) Maj. Gen. Larry D. Wyche, CASCOM and Fort Lee commanding general, expresses his thanks to the installation’s “game-changing” personnel during the conclusion of the Holiday Safety Run Friday morning. Wyche also focused on accident prevention during his brief remarks. Speaking to a massive formation of more than 5,000 troops, he stressed the importance of routine risk assessments and taking care of family and friends. The command’s goal, he said, is zero personnel losses due to injury or fatality this holiday season. After his remarks, the senior commander joined the troops for a recorded holiday greeting that will be posted to YouTube and the ArmyFortLee Facebook page soon.

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Col. Thomas Bundt, Kenner Army Health Clinic commander, leads a formation of Fort Lee Medical Company Soldiers down B Avenue during the Holiday Safety Run. Other participating organizations included the Fort Lee Marine Corps Detachment, headquarters garrison, the 27th Military Police Detachment and its working dog teams, and the Logistics Noncommissioned Officer’s Academy. The 392nd Army Band also motivated the troops with holiday music.


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Santa Claus, played by Staff Sgt. David E. Childs of the 54th Quartermaster Company, keeps a group of wide-eyed children hanging in anticipation during the unitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Family Readiness Group holiday party Dec. 12 at building 8400. Santa presented each of the children with a gift. The event attracted more than 200 Soldiers, family members and volunteers.

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Smiles abound during the holiday season. It is a time when little ones anticipate the thrill of new gifts and families welcome close friends, cherished relatives and grown children who are returning home. There is comfort in longpracticed holiday traditions and the opportunities to spend quality time with loved ones. It is truly a season of joy. The holidays are also a time of small miracles. I volunteer at the Holiday Helper toy store on Fort Lee every year. On Dec. 12, I found myself sitting beside a young Soldier who, like me, was there to help others. Her name was Staff Sgt. Dawn Almaraz and she is a member of Kenner Army Health Clinic’s Medical Department Activity. Her smiles were radiant and she appeared cheerful and happy. She was welcoming our military members into the toy store, inviting them to help themselves to the spread of food and to select children’s books for the taking while they wait. By all appearances, she was a kind and energetic person with a spice for life. It wasn’t long before our

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military lifestyle, so this one worked out very well for him.” Capt. Bowen said the page assignment is fitting for her son because he’s driven and open to learning. “He’s a passionate individual,” she said. “He takes it personal when he doesn’t succeed or is not among the best, and he figures out ways to thrive and get better. And that’s from the time he was a year old. You can see it in everything he does including his grades in school. He wants to be great.” Aaron has a 4.1 extended-scale grade point average, said his mother. A math enthusiast, his shortterm goals are to succeed at calculus classes. In the long term, he wants become a neurosurgeon. “I’ve seen so many movies where doctors help a lot of people,” he said. “I see myself helping people as a doctor.” Bowen’s page assignment runs from Jan. 5 March 8.

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A high school boys basketball tournament is set for Dec. 26-28 at MacLaughlin Fitness Center. The contests will begin at 3 p.m., Dec. 26-27; and 1 p.m., Dec. 28. The eight teams include squads from Prince George, Petersburg, Hopewell, Clover Hill, Varina, George Marshall, New Life Christian and Ben Franklin (Philadelphia). Admission is $7 per person, per day. For details, call (804) 765-3894 or 7653057.

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555th PIA Meeting | Jan. 8

Auto Crafts Shop | Ongoing

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

Fort Leeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Family and MWR Auto Crafts Shop is available for self-service minor auto needs at building 9035.

Bike Nights | Every Wednesday

The facility is open noon - 8 p.m., Wednesday-Friday; and 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. It is closed on Monday and Tuesday. There are seven bay spaces, four vehicle lifts, tools and a trained instructor to provide assistance. Patrons can get an oil change, rent bay space and equipment, and more. The cost varies per service. For details, call (804) 734-6859.

(Vinyasa), Zumba and Zumba Toning. Workout with Weights in the House of Pain is free to all patrons, however, individuals must complete a fitness assessment. For details, call (804) 734-6198.

Get Fit, Stay Fit | Daily

Five employment readiness classes are available at ACS in 2014. Times for the classes vary. The classes, with the next two dates, are as follows: Resume Writing, Jan. 7 and Feb. 4; Interviewing Skills and Dressing for Success, Jan. 8 and Feb. 6; Spouses Overseas Employment Orientation, Jan. 8 and Feb. 5; Job Search Strategies and Application Assistance, Jan. 8 and Feb. 5; and Small Business Workshop, March 19 and 26. For details and registration, call (804) 734-6388.

A variety of weekly fitness classes are available through the Family and MWR Sports Office. The cost is usually $4 per class, and a fitness card may be used for most. The 10-class punch card costs $20. Some classes are free. Yoga (Iyengar) is free for active duty military and spouses of deployed troops. Classes with a fee include Aerobics, Boot Camp, INSANITY, Pilates, Spinning, Spin Intervals, Yoga (Inyengar), Yogaworks

ACS Employment Readiness | Ongoing

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Col. Robert A. Harney Jr., commandant, Army Logistics University, lays a wreath on the grave of a fallen military member Saturday at City Point National Cemetery in Hopewell. Harney and a team of multi-service military members participated in a Wreaths Across America event that serves to â&#x20AC;&#x153;remember, honor and teach about the service and sacrifices of our veterans, active military and their families,â&#x20AC;? according to its website. It endeavors to lay wreaths in cemeteries covering all 50 states and various foreign countries during the holiday season. For details, visit www. wreathsacrossamerica.org.


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Scout Badge Workshops | Dec. 21 The Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia will offer two badge workshops for Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts, Dec. 21, at the Chesterfield Museum, 6813 Mimms Loop. A Boy Scout Citizenship in the Nation Badge workshop will be held, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. The cost is $10. Cub Scouts can earn their Know Your Home and Community badge, 2-4 p.m. The fee is $5. For registration and details, visit www. chesterfieldhistory.com.

Block by Block | Until Dec. 31 A touring exhibit of 10 landmark skyscrapers from around the world constructed from Legos is on display through Dec.

Mike & Caroline Cooper

31, 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., at the Children’s Museum of Richmond-Chesterfield, 6629 Lake Habour Dr., Midlothian. The cost is $8, ages 1-59; $7 for seniors; and free for museum members. There will be extended hours until 7 p.m., Dec. 21 and 28. For details, call (804) 474-7000.

Maymont Mansion Holiday Tours | Through Jan. 5 Celebrate the season and revel in Victorian holiday splendor through Jan. 5, noon - 5 p.m., at Maymont, 2201 Shields Lake Dr., Richmond. Open Tuesdays-Sundays, visitors can tour the spectacularly decorated Gilded Age home that brings the wonders and festivities of Christmas past to life. Suggested admission is $5. For details, call (804)358-7166, ext. 329.

THE COOPER TEAM REALTORS Are You Ready to Sell or Buy a Home and Need a Reliable & Dedicated Agent? Give us a Call. Office: Mike: Caroline:

Harlem Globetrotters | Dec. 31 The Harlem Globetrotters will bring their world tour to Richmond, Dec. 31, 2 p.m., at the Richmond Coliseum, 601 E. Leigh St. Discounted ticket prices for military members and their families range from $17$46 each. For tickets and details, call (800) 641-4667 x 146 or email schlesinger@ harlemglobetrotters.com.

CERT Training | Jan. 7-30 Chesterfield County residents can take a free Community Emergency Response Team training course, Jan. 7-30, at EanesPittman Public Safety Training Center, 6610 Public Safety Way. The eight-night class will be held two nights a week, 6:30-10 p.m., over four consecutive weeks. It provides basic emergency response skills that are essential in the

critical time after a disaster. All Fort Lee military members and their families are eligible to take the course. To register and for details, visit www. chesterfield.gov/CERT/ or call (804) 7512378.

Beacon Theatre Night of Entertainment | Jan. 13 Leon Russell, a rock, blues and gospel musician, will headline an evening of entertainment, Jan. 13, 6 p.m., at the reopening of the historic Beacon Theatre, 401 N. Main St., Hopewell. This is the first major event at the theatre since the 1980s. It first opened in 1928. Russell has played with artists as varied as Jerry Lee Lewis, Joe Cocker, George Harrison, Elton John and BB King. Tickets range from $21.50-$45 per-person. For tickets and details, visit www. myticketstobuy.com.

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At Poplar Springs Hospital no emergency room visit, or referral, is needed.

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