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February 16, 2017 | Vol. 77, No. 7


Photos depict professionalism, pride of community SEE PAGES 10-11 OBSERVANCE TO FOCUS ON MONEY-SAVING STRATEGIES Several activities are set for Military Saves Week, Feb. 26 - March 4, to stress the importance of financial resiliency and show Team Lee how to stash some cash SEE PAGE 4

BOOK DONATION Contributions to USO, Girl Scout drive become much-appreciated gift to orphaned children in Uganda SEE PAGE 7

REENLISTMENT REWARDS Some Soldiers eligible for cash incentives, ‘kicker bonuses’ if they stay in uniform SEE PAGE 8

UNSEEN SUPPORT From food-servers to wrench-turners, a new Traveller series takes a look at workers seldom seen by customers SEE PAGE 14

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Millennials top worst-driver list, but study shows they’re not alone

Commanding General ........Maj. Gen. Darrell K. Williams Garrison Commander ..................... Col. Adam W. Butler Public Affairs Officer............................. Stephen J. Baker Command Information/Managing Editor...Patrick Buffett Senior Writer/Special Assignments ......... T. Anthony Bell Production/News Assistant Editor.................. Amy Perry Family/Community Life Reporter ...........Lesley Atkinson Production Assistant .............................. Ray Kozakewicz To reach the Traveller Staff, call (804) 734-7147.

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s $RIVERSAGES PERCENT s $RIVERSAGES PERCENT Texting while driving: s $RIVERSAGES WERETIMESAS likely as all drivers to report having read a text message or email while driving in the last 30 days (66.1 percent versus 40.2 percent). s $RIVERSAGES WERENEARLYTWICE as likely as all drivers to report having typed or sent a text message or email while driving (59.3 percent vs. 31.4 percent). Speeding: s $RIVERSAGES WERETIMESAS likely as all drivers to report having driven 10 mph over the speed limit on a residential street. s .EARLYPERCENTOFDRIVERSAGES 24 reported feeling it is acceptable to drive 10 mph over the speed limit in a school


engaging in it. “Alarmingly, some of the individuals, ages 19-24, believe their dangerous driving behavior is acceptable,â€? said Dr. David Yang, Foundation for Traffic Safety executive director. “It’s critical these drivers understand the potentially deadly consequences of engaging in these types of behaviors, and that they change their behavior and attitudes in order to reverse the growing number of fatalities on U.S. roads.â€? By rank and age group, the percentage of drivers who reported engaging in speeding, red light running or texting behind the wheel in the past 30 days include: s $RIVERSAGES PERCENT s $RIVERSAGES PERCENT s $RIVERSAGES PERCENT s $RIVERSAGES PERCENT


RICHMOND – A new report from the American Automobile Association Foundation for Traffic Safety finds that young millennials are the riskiest drivers, but few in the nation are setting a good example. According to the study, almost 90 percent of individuals between the ages of 1924 engaged in at least one risky behavior behind the wheel in the past 30 days, earning the top spot of worst-behaved drivers in the United States. These dangerous behaviors – known to increase crash risk – included texting while driving, speeding and running red lights. In fact, 50 percent of the younger millennials admitted they’d driven through a red light in the past month. “As disturbing as this may be, equally disturbing is the fact millennials behaving badly are hardly alone,� said Martha Mitchell Meade, public and government affairs manager for AAA. “Before anyone starts finger-pointing, it’s advisable to look in the mirror. The study found the majority of drivers of any age have also engaged in the same risky behaviors in the last 30 days.� These findings, part of AAA’s annual Traffic Safety Culture Index, come as U.S. traffic deaths jumped 7 percent in 2015, to more than 35,000 – the largest single-year increase in five decades. For several years running now, the TSCI reveals a culture among U.S. drivers of “do as I say, not as I do.� The same drivers, who describe texting and other risky behavior as “unacceptable� also admit to

zone, compared to less than 5 percent of all drivers. Red-light running: s .EARLY  PERCENT OF DRIVERS AGES 19-24 reported driving through a light that had just turned red when they could have stopped safely, compared to 36 percent of all drivers. s .EARLYPERCENTOFDRIVERSAGES 24 reported feeling it is acceptable to drive through a light that just turned red, when they could have stopped safely, compared to about 6 percent of all drivers. Distracted driving: s -ORETHAN IN DRIVERSREPORTTALKing on their cellphone while driving in the past month, and nearly 1-in-3 said they do so fairly often or regularly. s -ORE THAN  IN  DRIVERS  PERcent) support restricting the use of handheld cellphones while driving. (Note: this restriction already applies to all U.S. military installations; only hands-free cellphone usage is permitted.) s -OST DRIVERS VIEW TEXTING OR EMAILing while driving as a very serious threat to their own personal safety and consider it completely unacceptable. However, nearly 1-in-3 (31.4 percent) admit to typing or sending a text message or email while driving in the past month, and 2-in-5 (40.2 percent) report reading a text message or email while driving in the past month. The new survey results are part of the AAA Foundation’s annual Traffic Safety Culture Index, which identifies attitudes and behaviors related to traffic safety. The survey data are from a sample of 2,511 licensed drivers ages 16 and older who reported driving in the past 30 days. The AAA Foundation issued its first Traffic Safety Culture Index in 2008, and the latest report is online at

A 91-Delta Power Generation Mechanic Course instructor teaches and mentors students while they attempt to troubleshoot a power plant malfunction during training last week on the Ordnance Campus. See more photos, Pages 10-11. | February 16, 2017 | TRAVELLER | 3

Photos by Amy Perry

Charles “Chico” Wiley, a member of the Virginia State University Gospel Chorale, sings “Lily in the Valley” during Fort Lee’s annual African-American Black History Month Observance Feb. 9 at the Lee Theater. The choir sang a variety of spiritual songs for the packed theater.

In a skit entitled “Who Am I?” a Soldier from the 23rd Quartermaster Brigade introduces the audience to the story of Sojourner Truth during the observance.

Post honors AfricanAmerican heritage Amy Perry Production/News Assistant Editor

Fort Lee honored the achievements of African-Americans during a Feb. 9 observance at the Lee Theater that drew a filledto-capacity crowd. The event was hosted by the 23rd Quartermaster Brigade and the CASCOM and Fort Lee Equal Opportunity Office. The audience was treated to a poetry reading by Staff Sgt. Tlessie Hollis, “Who Am I?” skits by 23rd QM Bde. Soldiers and several songs from the Virginia State University Gospel Chorale. The choir sang a mix of spiritual songs including “Wade in the Water” and “Lily in the Valley.” Col. Tamatha Patterson, commander, 23rd QM Bde., provided opening remarks and

said the observance’s purpose was to honor the contributions of African-Americans throughout our history by exploring their culture and experiences. “It is my hope today you gain some information that will cause you to continue to work together to ensure our nation is stronger and more united,” she said. After the entertainment, Patterson welcomed Dr. Patrick J. Bingham, assistant superintendent for administration, maintenance, personnel and operations, Prince George County Public Schools, who spoke about the AABHM observance’s national theme of “The Crisis in Black Education.” He shared stories of his education growing up and said this theme is a great one to discuss. “We know the power of education is something that can never be overstated,” he

(ABOVE LEFT) Staff Sgt. Tlessie Hollis, S-4, 244th Quartermaster Battalion, recites a poem entitled “My Children” during the event. (ABOVE RIGHT) Dr. Patrick J. Bingham, assistant superintendent for administration, maintenance, personnel and operations, Prince George County Public Schools, speaks to the observance audience about the national theme of “The Crisis in Black Education”.

said. “Education has always been very important for my family. “My mom was a high school dropout because they were required to pick cotton in

August until it was complete, and she didn’t want to do that,” Bingham continued. “But she always made sure we were successful in school.

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Money saving tips available during Military Saves Week Lesley Atkinson Family/Community Life Reporter

Do you want to save money but don’t know how? The annual Military Saves Week campaign will offer with money-saving strategies to help you get finances back on track. “We encourage service members and families to come learn how to set a goal, make a plan and save,” said Army Community Service Financial Readiness Program Manager Juanita Lazenby, who is coordinating the MSW activities at Fort Lee this year. The campaign kickoff event is set for Feb. 27, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., in the food court of the Main Exchange. Melissa Magowan, deputy to the Fort Lee garrison commander, will sign the campaign proclamation on behalf of Col. Adam Butler, garrison commander. Guests can pick up literature, ask questions and sign a “Saver’s Pledge” at the ACS Financial Readiness Program information tables. The theme for this year is “Making Savings Automatic.” The ACS financial readiness team is partnering with: Central Virginia Better Business Bureau, Fort Lee Federal Credit Union, Suntrust Bank, Virginia Securities Commission, Fort Lee Suicide Prevention, Fort Lee Wellness Center, ACS Family Advocacy Program, Fort Lee Commissary, Virginia State Insurance Commission and Hunt Family Housing. The agencies will host an information fair on March 1, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., at the Regimental Community Center. The fair is free. Mark Sowers, ACS personal financial readiness specialist, is the lead on the partnership with the Virginia Cooperative Extension that will be hosting the Youth Center Reality Store simulation on March 1, 4:30-6 p.m., at the School Age Center gymnasium. This event is designed to allow real-world money management experience. “We are looking forward to this week,” said Sowers. “Financial Readiness Outreach will extend to Fort Lee youth so they may start on a course and mindset of budgeting and saving as well.” Joanie Hammons, who also is an accredited financial counselor at ACS, said “Military Saves Week reminds us to reevaluate our financial goals each year and serves as a great opportunity for leaders to demonstrate the importance of finan-

cial responsibility and goal setting to their subordinates. This allows us to change the financial climate and reinforce financial responsibility, especially when our service members will be actively involved in their financial future and retirement plans.” “In tandem, Military Saves Week is all about motivating individuals to make a solid assessment of their financial picture, both short and long term,” Lazenby said. “We’re going to provide the information and encouragement for participants to identify areas of possible improvement and make the commitment to reduce their debt loads and not be afraid to seek assistance when needed. According to statistics cited on the MSW website – – creditors shelled out more than $2 billion in loans over the past year, and borrowers were strangled by interest rates topping 300 percent. Credit card debt across the nation exceeds $1 trillion with the average military family owing at least $17,000 to highinterest lenders, the site noted. “There is no doubt we have plenty of military personnel at Fort Lee who are struggling with bad credit and not being able to pay their bills on time,” Lazenby said. “It’s a morale issue and something that can impact someone’s ability to get a security clearance – response statements in the latter category (denial or revocation of clearance) is one of the most common situations dealt with by our program. “Military Saves Week is a great annual opportunity to stress the importance of good money management,” she concluded. “The Financial Readiness Program team is here for the community and is geared toward building financial resiliency, helping you live within your means and assisting with planning for the future. Join us and take the savings pledge: ‘I will help myself by saving money, reducing debt, and building wealth over time. I will help my family and my country by encouraging other Americans to build wealth, not debt.’” For more details, call the ACS Financial Readiness Program at (804)734-6388.

Culinary Training Event | March 4-9 The 2017 Military Culinary Arts Competitive Training Event is set for March 4-9 at the MacLaughlin Fitness Center. Community members should note this is a new location and the event is not at the Post Field House that has hosted past events. More than 200 military culinarians from all over the world will participate in the event. MCACTE features live cooking demonstrations, celebrity appearances and food displays that can be described as varied and illustrative. The popular Military Hot Food Kitchen Challenge – the event in which the public is invited to try out gourmet-inspired meals prepared during the competition – will make a return appearance. The meals are $5.55 and a limited number of seats are available on a first-come basis. For public event times and details, visit or call (804) 734-3106.

Kenner President’s Day Closure | Feb. 20 Kenner Army Health Clinic and Troop Medical Clinic 1 will be open with normal operations Feb. 17 (training holiday) for patient care. TMC 2 will be closed Feb. 17. All Kenner clinics and services will be closed in observance of the President’s Day holiday Feb. 20. To schedule appointments, call the Kenner appointment line at 1-866-533-5242. To request an authorization to visit an urgent care center, call the nurse advice line at 1-800-TRICARE and choose option 1. For medical emergencies, dial 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

Exchange Free Friday Giveaways Every Friday, the Army and Air Force Exchange Service is awarding one lucky winner an outdoor living gift package valued as high as $1,499.99 at shopmyexchange. To enter, authorized shoppers should visit the site and simply like and share each Free Friday post and comment with their name and local Exchange. Prize packages include a Black & Decker 20-volt MAX Lithium 22-inch cordless hedge trimmer with battery valued at more than $200 on March 3; a Char-Broil Performance fourburner grill with tool set, grill topper set and 2-in-1 brush valued at more than $245 on March 10; and a Poulan Pro Tractor valued at more than $1,499 on March 17. Any entry made by 11:59 p.m. Central time on the day of the posting is valid. Drawings are held on the Monday after each Free Friday giveaway.

VWM Student Art Contest The Virginia War Memorial invites student artists from across the Commonwealth of Virginia to submit entries for its first art contest. The contest is open to all middle and high school public, private and homeschooled students living in Virginia. The theme of the artwork submitted should be “How do you see the legacy of World War I in the world around you today?” First place winners will receive $200 each and first runners-up will receive $50 each. Submissions should be made by March 10 to For details, email or call (804) 786-9700.

Summer Camp Scholarships for PGC Students Students from Prince George County’s J.E.J. Moore Middle School, N.B. Clements Junior High and PG High School are eligible to apply for a campership from the Trudy Bogese Endowment for Youth Development. Students must be nominated by a faculty member from the PGC school system who also can provide the application. The completed entry form by the student must be submitted to their school’s guidance department by March 1. The maximum of the scholarship award is $1,000. For details, contact the John Randolph Founcation at (804) 458-2230. | February 16, 2017 | Traveller | 5

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Ammo information system gets much needed update T. Anthony Bell Senior Writer/Special Projects

Soldiers across the Army will soon be using an updated ammunition management system with significantly improved cyber-attack resistance, as well as greater transparency for ammunition managers and easier functionality for operators. The Standard Army Ammunition System – used by the active and reserve components to manage and control ammunition supply operations – has received an update that significantly enhances its capability. System implementation began in January and is expected to be complete in July. “This is a great development for the ammunition community,” said retired Col. Ricky Daniels, product lead, Logistics Information Systems, which led a consolidated update effort. “It’s been roughly 20 years since this system has received an improvement of such value.” The new version boasts the added versatility of cloud-based computing, which features a centralized server and database that provides near real-time ammunition asset visibility across the entire network architecture, said Daniels.

“A cloud-based system allows our cyber guys to better monitor what’s going on – who’s on the network, where they are, and whether they have the correct software updates,” he said. “It provides them an enhanced capability to deny unauthorized individuals

from getting into the system.” SAAS’s transparency also has been bolstered. Ammunition information under the new system “can be rolled up at the highest levels,” said Daniels, “so that managers and planners can see what kind of ammunition we have, what we

need and where we need it.” As a result, “ammunition purchases can be better streamlined because we can better project requirements and shipment with improved cost efficiencies.” The new system also is easier to use, said Daniels. Describing it as one that “has the Microsoft Office touch and feel,” he said the SAAS modification sports a user interface reminiscent of the most popular software programs. “That is an important element in the modification,” said Daniels. “It

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allows Soldiers to undertake their day-to-day missions at a faster pace, and they don’t have to do the manual things necessary with the prior version of SAAS. Reports can be generated more quickly, and we can more easily cross-level assets from one unit to the next. There’s a mandatory technical benefit security-wise of this update, but the second- and third-order effects are that Soldiers can perform tasks more efficiently.” The next step in the SAAS implementation is to complete the migration of the various installation activities and tactical units around the world. So far, U.S. Army Europe is already online, and user feedback has been positive, said Daniels. “We’ve heard some very good comments from USAEUR – ‘Wow this is great. I can do my job better than with the old system.’ That’s taking care of the Soldier,” said Daniels. “Update the system, but if you can benefit the Soldier as well, that’s great.” The U.S. Army Software Development Center – Lee, along with a team of contractors, were responsible for the system modification. CASCOM and the U.S. Army G4 oversaw the functional aspects of the project. SAAS has undergone several modifications since its inception in the 1980s. The current update will act as a bridge to the rollout of an entirely new management system due to go online in the next five or six years, said Daniels.



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Orphans benefit from book drive Lesley Atkinson Family/Community Life Reporter

Children in Uganda now have a small library of new books to read thanks to the generosity of CASCOM, Girl Scout Troop 5391 and the Fort Lee USO. “Books are considered a luxury in Uganda,” said Sgt. 1st Class Daryl Roddy who organized the recent donation of literary materials for the kids. At the time of the donation, he was deployed to Special Operations Command in Central Africa, from his home unit – Headquarters and Headquarters Company, CASCOM. The idea for the book drive came when he visited home for rest and recuperation from his deployment. He spoke with co-worker

Sgt. 1st Class James Brogan about doing something for the children in Uganda. “I also reached out to family and friends via Facebook, and this is how the USO and the Girl Scouts got involved as well as a few families,” he said. When Roddy returned to Uganda, Brogan (who is stationed elsewhere) coordinated with Capt. Emille Prosko, commander, HHC CASCOM commander and the Family Readiness Group coordinator to assist with collecting books, packaging them and shipping them to Roddy. Fort Lee USO paid for the shipping and handling of 425 books packed into 12 boxes. When the shipment arrived, Soldiers delivered 50 books to Entebbe’s li-

brary. The remainder went to four families and the Makayla House Orphanage in Entebbe. Roddy said all were excited to have the books because they have been accustomed to only outdated reading materials. “These books will further enhance the children’s education and broaden their outlook of the world,” said Roddy. “The book donations mean the world to these children who do not have much.” Describing the enthusiasm of the kids as they experienced the all-new stories and accompanying artwork, Roddy said, “They grabbed a book from the boxes and started reading wherever they could. Some read to the service members, while others simply flipped through the pages,

amazed at the pictures.” Roddy said he talked to one of the fathers who received some of the books for his children. The father said his monthly pay is about $277. After buying the basic essentials to maintain his family, there isn’t enough money for luxury items such as books. He said his girls are truly grateful and carry the books everywhere they went. “It’s still a small collection of books,” said Roddy, “but it’s more than before. The librarian was overwhelmed and ecstatic about the donation. One kid had a project for school to dress like a Disney character and the library didn’t have any Disney books until ours arrived.” Roddy said he has enjoyed the experience of giv-

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Deployed Sgt. 1st Class Daryl Roddy from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, CASCOM passed out books to Makayla House Orphanage. They are collected and sent from Fort Lee to Uganda.

ing books to the children but doesn’t want to take all the credit. “I never wanted to be the one to take credit for delivering the books, even though I coordinated everything. This was the reason why I invited those who I am deployed with to be a part of this experience. It was truly amazing to see how something as

simple as a children’s book can bring joy to a child. I was even impressed on how well some could read. Just to know something like a donated book can be appreciated by a child is a feeling very welcoming.” Roddy said he wants to continue sending books to Uganda even after his return home.


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Maj. Gen. Darrell K. Williams, CASCOM and Fort Lee commanding general, re-enlists Staff Sgt. Ibilola Animashaun, 71st Transportation Battalion, Army Logistics University, and Sgt. Wesley Surface, Logistics Noncommissioned OfďŹ cer Academy, during the Fiscal 2016 Retention Awards Luncheon here Oct. 19.

$UP\VZHHWHQVUHWHQWLRQGHDOV ZLWKLQFHQWLYHVNLFNHUERQXVHV The potential for a big payday is possible for Soldiers who decide to extend their enlistment contracts, according to a representative of the CASCOM Retention Office here. Incentives of up to $10,000 and kicker bonuses of up to $13,000 are among the enticements being offered to those on the cusp of leaving the Army before the end of September, noted Master Sgt. Troy A. Isakson, Retention Operations noncommissioned officer. “Simply put, we need quality Soldiers to stay,� he said, using words similar to a statement by Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey during a January town hall at the Defense Information School, Fort Meade, Md. “We don’t want Soldiers to overlook any of the options available, particularly at this time when we have extra flexibility to reward them for staying in,� Isakson added. The new push to retain troops was prompted by the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2017. It set the Army’s end strength to just over 1 million personnel for all components. Earlier proposals had the entire Army slated to draw down to 980,000 by the end of this year. The

NDAA increased the active force by 16,000 to an end strength of 476,000 and bumped up the reserve component by 12,000. “We’re not in a drawdown anymore,â€? Dailey announced in January, “we’re in an increase situation. The Army is going to get bigger.â€? Soldiers who decide to extend their service for 12 months may receive a cash bonus, up to $10,000, depending on their military occupational specialty, time in service and re-enlistment eligibility. Choice of duty location, stabilization at assigned stations, chances to extend service rather than re-enlist, and incentives such as schools are other ways the Army hopes to retain its own. Assignment and training options vary by MOS. Other incentives listed by Isakson include: • Suspending the 90-day retention window, meaning Soldiers can reenlist right up to their expiration term of service date. • Increasing the Retention Control Point for specialists and sergeants who are promotable and are filling desired military occupational specialty positions. • Giving Soldiers in over-strength

MOSs movement options for reenlistment. • Increasing the number of MOSs on the Selective Reenlistment Bonus list and adding “tier levels.â€? Soldiers eligible for a Selective Reenlistment Bonus, as directed in MILPER Message 17-029, will receive a $13,000 kicker bonus in addition to the MOS-specific bonus with a minimum three-year reenlistment, Isakson noted. Soldiers are not authorized to receive both the incentive and kicker bonus, he clarified. “The key message we’re trying to get out is for Soldiers to come and see us if they’re nearing the end of an enlistment contract and want to explore the options for staying in uniform,â€? Isakson concluded. “When the Army can hold on to good people, and is given an opportunity like this to reward them for staying, it’s a win-win for everyone.â€? The Retention Office is located in the Soldier Support Center, building 3400, Room 201. Isakson can be reached at (804) 734-6302 or – CASCOM Retention Office and Staff Reports | February 16, 2017 | TRAVELLER | 9

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Spc. Tyler Ary, a culinary food specialist, hands an advanced individual training Soldier his order at the Joint Culinary Center of Excellence field training area here recently. The JCCoE is testing a new Army Food Truck Program with the first of its vehicles dubbed “The Outpost.”

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Describing it as “the next generation of military food service,” the Joint Culinary Center of Excellence here has rolled out an Army Food Truck Program with the idea of providing healthy meals to troops in training and field environments. Over the next few weeks, JCCoE – an element of the U.S. Army Quartermaster School – will facilitate the testing and integration of the first mobile meal service vehicle, dubbed The Outpost. Lessons learned will be shared with food service personnel at Fort Stewart, Ga., where two trucks will begin additional test operations in March. The first truck’s arrival at Fort Lee was met with good reviews from the Soldiers tasked to test it. “It was challenging at first, getting used to the size of the truck and how everything works,” said Spc. Tyler Ary, a culinary food specialist. “I think we’ve worked out all the kinks and everything seems to be running smoothly.” Also satisfied with the ongoing initial test run, Stephan SEE FOOD TRUCK, PAGE 18

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DAISY NELSON Hometown: Pawley’s Island, S.C. Family: Married to a retired Soldier for 33 years, two children, and one grandson. Job title: Pre-K associate at the Yorktown Child Development Center How long have you worked with government child care? “I’ve been at Fort Lee for 18 years, but I started working with children in Goppingen, Germany in 1998.” How did you know child care was the right vocation for you? “Because I’m a caring, nurturing person. And I have patience. You have to have patience to work with children. When I was 13, I was looking for babysitting jobs in the newspaper instead of working at a local restaurant making salads. From the time I was about 10, I would be in the

house watching my younger sister or cousin, watching TV, when my mom had to go to the store.” Motivation for job: “I get a lot of hugs from the children. My motivation is to see a smile on their face. They like when I help them with things. When I arrive in the morning, sometimes I can’t even take my coat off before they come charging to me to give me a morning hug. That’s a great motivation. I’m making someone happy to see me. They just light up.” Why do you work in the government child centers? “The educational training opportunities here are better. It’s free and better. When I go to classes, often there are civilian teachers in the class with me and they usually have to pay for their training.” One thing you can’t live without: “Shopping. I shop a

lot. If I go out, I feel like I need a new outfit to wear. Something on me should be new. If I go out of town, I have to buy something new.” One place you would love to go on vacation: “Hawaii. It’s a beach I’ve never been to before. I’ve seen beaches in the Bahamas, Spain, Italy, Virgin Islands and several beaches in South Carolina. I want to see the color of the water there. I don’t

know what color it is. In Saint Croix, the water is like a light blue, and you can literally see through the water. I want to see what color their sand is.” Pet peeves: “If something isn’t broken, why try to change and fix it? If it’s working well, I don’t think we should mess it up by changing it just to change it.” Favorite food: “Chef salad and Californian rolls.” Worst fear: “Snakes.” Hobbies: “I like to take walks.” Life lesson to share: “You don’t always have to add to a conversation. Sometimes you should just listen.” Someone you admire: “My mom. Her mother died when she was 14 or 15 and, in her household, there were six boys and four girls. She was the oldest girl – third oldest child – and she had to take on the role of being the mother. She had to take care of them, and had to cook and clean every day after

school. That’s a big responsibility to put on someone who is 14 years old. That makes her strong and tough. When she married my father, if one of her siblings got sick, they would live with us until they were better. She took care of them. I admire her for that.” Qualities you admire, in others: “I admire my friends honesty. I like people who are willing to give. I try not to have friends who only want to receive. I like people who are willing to give and who help people in need because my husband and I like to help people in need. I try to give because you’re not always supposed to receive. That’s what I look for in a friend.” Future aspirations: “To be a better person. Keep an open mind in life because life throws a lot of curve balls. I try to keep an open mind. I try not to judge people. I try to think before I talk.” – Compiled by Amy Perry


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This installment of the Historic Photo of the Month looks back to November 1941 and the visit by a well-known Broadway star and his troupe of entertainers to Camp Lee. “‘Funzafire,’ the slap-happy show that set Broadway on its heels, will raise a barrage of howls here when star professional entertainers of U.S.O-Camp Shows, Inc., make their first appearance at Camp Lee.� This is the first paragraph of a front page article in the Nov. 21 edition of the weekly newspaper Lee Traveller. It appeared under the headline “Funzafire Coming.� The subhead was “Madcap Show of USO Arrives Monday.� “The daffy traveling troupe of Benny Meroff, his orchestra, dancers, singers, skaters, and not least of all – girls – will take the stage at Theater No. 1 at 6:45 Monday evening for the first of six performances. “For 22 cents, every Camp Lee Soldier can see the entertainment USO has sent on from Broadway. Spearhead of the mad-cap attack on funnybones is Meroff, supported by a cast including 45 other headline musicians, comedians, singers, dancers and acrobats – all of whom have established names for themselves in the field of comedy. “First intimation of the Broadway invasion will come Sunday evening when the glamour girls of Meroff’s troupe make appearances at Theaters 1, 2 and 3. Monday, the girls will take a tour of the camp with a military police escort. “Camp headquarters said today that civilian employees

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“Benny Meroff, shown above, leads the gay troupe of Broadway stars who come to Camp Lee Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to present the USO-sponsored FunzaďŹ re.â€? read the caption of this photo in the Nov. 21, 1941, edition of the Lee Traveller.

of the War Department may attend the shows, as well as wives of officers and men. “Funzafire’s appearance at Camp Lee marks the first time the show has appeared at an Army Camp. “When men at Camp Lee get through watching the antics of Meroff, they’ll never believe that he once turned down a job as a radio announcer because of stage fright. “Yet this famous orchestra leader while he was directing the orchestra on one at Eddie Cantor’s radio programs

refused the announcement job. “It wasn’t that I was afraid of an audience, it was just that I got stage fright when I got in the middle of an announcement,� said Meroff. “I’d always get the name of next number coming up twisted. Then I’d get embarrassed and the audience would laugh at me, making it difficult for the real entertainers. “Meroff doesn’t have to worry about getting things twisted in ‘Funzafire.’ The whole show’s mixed up. Anything, so long as it’s funny. “The men in uniform will be safe,� he said. “We make audiences laugh.� The Traveller welcomes comments from readers about this series. They can be posted on www.facebook. com/armyfortlee.

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(RIGHT) Staff Sgt. Kerrilee Case, a platoon sergeant from the 832nd Ordnance Battalion and member of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club Fort Lee Chapter, places a knitted patriotic blanket over former Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Charles L. Eanes during a Feb. 8 Honor Salute visit to his home in Mosely. The presentation recognized Eanes’ military service during World War II. He was honorably discharged on Feb. 7, 1946. The Honor Salute program was created by the Department of Defense in partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs to acknowledge the pride and sacrifice associated with military service past and present. The SAMC club here performs Honor Salute visits regularly throughout the year. (BELOW) Papa Company, 244th Quartermaster Battalion, leaders – Capt. Matthew Dirisio and 1st Sgt Angela Davis – proudly pose with the sign that designates their unit as the battalion honor company. It is the sixth time the company has earned the title in the past year. The latest significant accomplishments recognized include the highest permanent party record Army Physical Fitness Test score (272), the highest advanced individual training grade point average (96.5 percent), and the best barracks program.

(LEFT) An aviation crew assigned to the Sandston-based 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment, conducts sling load operations in support of a Fort Lee-based Sling Load Inspector Course here Feb. 3. The air crew of the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter demonstrated its sling load capability in conjunction with the multi-branch class of Sling Load Inspector students by transporting a Humvee and a heavily loaded metallic container on multiple flight patterns in the training area. (BELOW) Col. Andrew Cole, chief of staff for the Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, Ga., presents thank you notes to Anna Truong, left, Fort Lee Wellness Center, and Whitney Nelson, Fort Drum Wellness Center, Feb. 8. The pair traveled to Fort Benning to help with the opening of the installation’s newly established Wellness Center.

Advanced individual training students from Echo Company, 266th Quartermaster Battalion, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, chat and play bingo with residents of the Williamsburg Landing Retirement Community during a mid-January visit. The senior care facility socials are a regular part of the company’s community outreach program.

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(ABOVE) Members of the 16th Ordnance Battalion command team – Lt. Col. Eric Booker, left, and Command Sgt. Maj. Patricio Cardona, right – pose with several of the individuals they recognized earlier this month for helping to make the 2016 Holiday Block Leave mission a success. The awardees provided support on behalf of Fort Lee Family and MWR, the USO (Richmond Airport and Fort Lee), the Transportation Security Administration and Richmond Airport, Swaders Sports Park, Papa Johns, Omni Financial and Prince George Self Storage. (LEFT) Command Sgt. Maj. Nathaniel J. Bartee, CASCOM CSM, discusses leadership issues with newly arrived students of the Logistics Noncommissioned Officer Academy during an icebreaker social event at the Regimental Community Center Feb. 7. The regularly scheduled icebreaker gatherings give senior leaders at Fort Lee an opportunity to meet, mentor and motivate the Army’s future enlisted leaders.

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(RIGHT) Staff Sgt. Kerrilee Case, a platoon sergeant from the 832nd Ordnance Battalion and member of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club Fort Lee Chapter, places a knitted patriotic blanket over former Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Charles L. Eanes during a Feb. 8 Honor Salute visit to his home in Mosely. The presentation recognized Eanes’ military service during World War II. He was honorably discharged on Feb. 7, 1946. The Honor Salute program was created by the Department of Defense in partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs to acknowledge the pride and sacrifice associated with military service past and present. The SAMC club here performs Honor Salute visits regularly throughout the year. (BELOW) Papa Company, 244th Quartermaster Battalion, leaders – Capt. Matthew Dirisio and 1st Sgt Angela Davis – proudly pose with the sign that designates their unit as the battalion honor company. It is the sixth time the company has earned the title in the past year. The latest significant accomplishments recognized include the highest permanent party record Army Physical Fitness Test score (272), the highest advanced individual training grade point average (96.5 percent), and the best barracks program.

(LEFT) An aviation crew assigned to the Sandston-based 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment, conducts sling load operations in support of a Fort Lee-based Sling Load Inspector Course here Feb. 3. The air crew of the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter demonstrated its sling load capability in conjunction with the multi-branch class of Sling Load Inspector students by transporting a Humvee and a heavily loaded metallic container on multiple flight patterns in the training area. (BELOW) Col. Andrew Cole, chief of staff for the Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, Ga., presents thank you notes to Anna Truong, left, Fort Lee Wellness Center, and Whitney Nelson, Fort Drum Wellness Center, Feb. 8. The pair traveled to Fort Benning to help with the opening of the installation’s newly established Wellness Center.

Advanced individual training students from Echo Company, 266th Quartermaster Battalion, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, chat and play bingo with residents of the Williamsburg Landing Retirement Community during a mid-January visit. The senior care facility socials are a regular part of the company’s community outreach program.

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(ABOVE) Members of the 16th Ordnance Battalion command team – Lt. Col. Eric Booker, left, and Command Sgt. Maj. Patricio Cardona, right – pose with several of the individuals they recognized earlier this month for helping to make the 2016 Holiday Block Leave mission a success. The awardees provided support on behalf of Fort Lee Family and MWR, the USO (Richmond Airport and Fort Lee), the Transportation Security Administration and Richmond Airport, Swaders Sports Park, Papa Johns, Omni Financial and Prince George Self Storage. (LEFT) Command Sgt. Maj. Nathaniel J. Bartee, CASCOM CSM, discusses leadership issues with newly arrived students of the Logistics Noncommissioned Officer Academy during an icebreaker social event at the Regimental Community Center Feb. 7. The regularly scheduled icebreaker gatherings give senior leaders at Fort Lee an opportunity to meet, mentor and motivate the Army’s future enlisted leaders.

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Army vet turns passion for cooking into proud career Lesley Atkinson Family/Community Life Reporter

Anyone who regulars the Birds Nest Snack Bar here is sure to know Joyce Jenkins by sight if not by name. Always moving and quick with a greeting and a smile, the kitchen supervisor at the Cardinal Golf Club eatery calls herself a “one-man operation machine.� It’s a fitting description ... she supervises three employees; she orders, receives, preps, cooks and serves food; and she caters for up to 200 people during golf tournaments, retirements, and hail and farewell events. Although she has worked at the snack bar for nearly 10 years, her service to the Army didn’t start there. She served on active duty for 10 years in the Army Signal Corps. “I climbed up telephone poles and laid wires,� she said. “I was what we called a cable dog. ‘You can talk about it, but you can’t without us’ was our motto. With setting up communications, we were the first ones there, and the last ones to go. We were the first to install

fiber optics. You can say that (my generation) set the standards for the Army today.� Military service runs throughout her family – Jenkins and four of her siblings, out of eight, served. Her eldest son served in the Marine Corps and was a driving force for her return to working with the military. She has three other children, and the youngest is a senior in high school. “My son is a purple heart recipient,� she said. “I knew I had to give back when he was injured. That is why I wanted to work for the government. I knew I could never come back to active duty, but I could still serve and help Soldiers out.� The Army has changed a lot since Jenkins was discharged in 1992, she noted. “Communication was so different – we didn’t have cell phones then,� she said. “However, I still associate with the Army, because once a Soldier, always a Soldier.� An avid cook, Jenkins said she loves to support the military with her passion. Ozzie Rodriguez, Jenkin’s proclaimed “partner in crime� in the kitchen, is also prior military and loves to cook.

“Ozzie is a good person to work with in the kitchen,� she said. “I really like the staff here including our cashier, Mincy, and Steven, who will be joining the military soon.� Additionally, Tom Green, manager for the club, comes in to lend a hand during the lunch hour rush. The team works as fast as they can to get the food out, while looking as pretty as possible, said Jenkins. “We love to cook,� she said. “We stay motivated in the kitchen by bantering with each other. Ozzie and I were both in the Army and love to talk about how things have changed.� One of Jenkins’ proudest work

(CLOCKWISE FROM FAR LEFT) Birds Nest Snack Bar Kitchen Supervisor Joyce Jenkins hands lunch to Matt Essick from the Defense Commissary Agency Headquarters at the CardiNAL'OLF#LUB&EBs*OYCE*ENKINS waits at the fryer as Ozzie Rodriguez ADDS&RENCHFRIESs3CHNITZELPLATEIS the Thursday special that comes with mash potatoes and gravy, red cabbage ANDTWODINNERROLESFORs'OLF Club Manager Tom Green helps Joyce Jenkins prepare lunches during busy times in the kitchen.

moments is improving the freshness of the food at the snack bar. “I came up with the new chicken tenders,â€? she said. “We were getting frozen meat, and I thought, let’s get fresh meat and fix it ourselves. The leaders at MWR in Texas (Installation Management Command) came here and wanted to thank me because I saved us thousands of dollars. “I get three products out of one meat,â€? she continued. “We make our homemade chicken tenders, grilled chicken and chicken salad. You know how much money I save by doing this ‌ a lot!â€? Even when Jenkins is home she

still enjoys cooking. “My favorite dish is barbecue,â€? she said. “I love doing steaks, ribs ‌ really anything on the grill. I love to grill. Tom and I came up with our very own meat rub recipes. “We even have done tri-tips here, and we were the first (post eatery) to do it, and everyone wants to know how we did it,â€? she continued while laughing, “but we won’t tell them.â€? Keeping her job fun even under stress is important for Jenkins. “If you hate coming in to work, life will be hard,â€? she said. “I enjoy cooking and being around people. I like seeing people eat my food and hearing them say the food is good.â€? Jenkins, at 53, said she still has plenty of life left in her. “If I stop, I would be bored and would not have anything else to do,â€? said Jenkins. “This is my lifestyle. I can’t stop. This is just how I am.â€? This is the first installment of a new Traveller story series focusing on the individuals who work “behind the scenesâ€? at our post shipping, dining and recreational facilities. Future articles are planned every other week. | February 16, 2017 | TRAVELLER | 15


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Chaplain (Capt.) Edgar Moralesjude, 832nd Ordnance Battalion chaplain, talks with Pvt. Hunter Pfaff, Delta Company, 832nd Ord Bn., during Motivational Pizza Party and Suicide Prevention Training event held at the Tactical Support Equipment Department Bay Ordnance facility Friday evening. The 832nd Ord. Bn. Unit Ministry Team organized the event for approximately 533 troops to encourage and motivate them to help others. During the creative session, Moralesjude performed a nunchucks demonstration to further energize the group. Representatives from American Red Cross and Team USO also supported the event where exceptional Soldiers received certiďŹ cates of appreciation for showing initiative. Moralesjude noted the training promoted resiliency within the troops and helped them establish goals and objectives going forward.


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SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii – As the 2017 Military Culinary Arts Competitive Training Event approaches, the members of Joint Team Hawaii continue to prepare themselves to defend their title while striving for a three-peat victory. The team, comprised of service members from the Army and Air Force, train daily at the Culinary Arts Lab on Schofield Barracks by cooking several types of meals to enhance their skills before the competition at Fort Lee set for March 4-9. According to Chief Warrant Officer 3 J.D. Ward, chief of the advanced culinary training division manager for the Army Culinary Arts Team at the Joint Culinary Center of Excellence, the competition is the largest of its kind in North America. The competition is sanctioned by the American Culinary Federation and showcases the talents of military chefs from around the globe in all branches of the armed forces. “It’s probably fair to estimate 250 competitors,” Ward said. “There will be varying levels of participation based off their funding sources, etc. (to get them to Fort Lee and make them competitive).” Competitors are also expected from the Armed Forces of France, Canada, Germany and the British Army. Ward said the teams are comprised of 10 members and divided into two teams: the first is referred to as the Primary Members and the second is the Apprentice Members. “I really like how Team Hawaii develops their student team to compete at the next level: if you

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Members of Joint Team Hawaii, consisting of Soldiers and one Airman from bases on Oahu, train for the 2017 Culinary Arts competitive at the team’s Culinary Arts Lab on Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, recently.

win at Fort Lee you represent the military as a region for the American Culinary Federation at the American National Culinary competition every summer, where they compete against community colleges and other organizations that develop student teams to go compete there,” Ward said. One of the competitors who made the cut for Joint Team Hawaii is Air Force Staff Sgt. Kara Mitchell, a food service specialist with 647th Force Support Squadron at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. As the only member of the team not in the Army, she said she is happy to have qualified for the squad. “It’s awesome,” Mitchell said. “We get to do all kinds of stuff

outside of our normal day-to-day duties and try to imagine and experiment with different things so that we bring it to reality and put it on a plate.” Mitchell’s role for the team competition will be making pastries. She said she plans to use all she has learned to prepare her juniors in the arts. “As soon as this is over, I’ll go back and tell my Airmen how it is ,so that maybe they can get the opportunity to come to it next year,” Mitchell said. Aside from finding out who has the best individual or team culinary skills, one of the most critical aspects of the competition is the added readiness competitors and their units get as a result of their participation.

“Among the competition’s objectives is to provide culinary specialists with hands-on training focused on skills, flavor and nutrition – providing their organizations with more enjoyable and wholesome meals and leading to greater unit readiness,” Ward said. Pfc. Micah Morris, culinary specialist with Forward Support Company, 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, said his biggest takeaway from preparing for the competition has been getting back to the basics. “The basic knife skills, the basic cleaning skills like sanitation, that’s a big thing in the kitchen,” he said. Everything starts from

the basics.” Morris, who has been in the Army for two years, said he is glad to be able to be a part of the team. Participants like Morris will compete in categories such as Team Buffet (cold food table), military hot food kitchen (MKT event), best student team, hot food nutritional challenge and professional contemporary cooking. They also have the opportunity to compete for individual titles like Armed Forces Chef of the Year and Armed Forces Student Chef of the Year. “It’s an honor,” Morris said. “It’s been very good training ever since October, so I’m very proud to be a part of it. Morris said that he is grateful for the skills he has acquired during the training, knowing that it will serve him in life after the Army. “Culinary school taught me just the basic culinary skills somewhere would need to be in the Army and outside the Army,” Morris said. “The training in preparation for the competition included long days and long nights, but it’s been very helpful.” The other members of this year’s team are Sgt. 1st Class Jose Alves, the team manager from 8th Military Police Brigade, 8th TSC; Staff Sgt. Fabian Murillo, advanced culinary noncommissioned officer with 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division; Staff Sgt. Renie Arana, advanced culinary NCO with 1st Bn., 27th Inf. Rgt., 2nd BCT, 25th ID; Sgt. Marisabel Gray, culinary NCO with 65th Engineer Battalion, 2nd BCT, 25th ID; Spc. Aaron Delos Reyes, culinary specialist with 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th TSC; Pfc. Ashanti Brown, culinary specialist with 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC; and Pfc. Anne Nicole Yapcengco, culinary specialist with 30th Eng. Support Bn., 516th Signal Brigade.

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Primeau, JCCoE food service system analyst and project coordinator, said this initiative “will take the Army food program into the 21st century.” “It is part of a larger effort in the works to improve and enhance Army food service operations,” he explained. “We want to modernize with the industry. We looked at the way universities, different services and leading food programs utilize mobile food service programs, so we thought, ‘why not try a similar system?’” The logistical process of getting the program off the ground and physically moving forward has been in the works for some time, said Cornelius Williams, Installation Food Program manager at Fort Stewart. The pilot program will take about six months, after which the Army will determine if it will go service-wide. When the food trucks arrive at Fort Stewart, they will operate in remote areas where Soldiers don’t have easy access to traditional dining facilities. Other possible locations include barracks, motor pools and flight lines. The trucks will offer breakfast and lunch options that were suggested through previously conducted surveys. Some of the menu items could include bacon, egg and cheese bagels, and an Asian Specialty Bowl with a choice of grilled teriyaki beef or chicken served on top of fresh vegetables. Master Sgt. Ronnie Rooks, senior culinary manager for the 3rd Sustainment Brigade at Fort Stewart, expressed excitement over the testing opportunity. “Once the trucks are here, we’ll need to do a two-week train up (for operations and set up) at the designated stops. That is going to be key,” he said. “When the equipment is up and running, I think the Soldiers will be really receptive of the new trucks; considering the menus we have are a lot healthier than some of the fast food restaurants out there. Our choices complement the Army Medical Command’s Performance Triad.” The Performance Triad is a comprehensive plan to improve readiness and increase resilience through sleep, nutrition and exercise with public health initiatives and leadership engagement. The triad is the foundation for Army transformation to a System for Health – a partnership among Soldiers, families, leaders, health teams and communities to promote readiness, resilience and responsibility. To read more about the Performance Triad, visit Follow-up coverage of the Army Food Truck pilot program is planned for late March using comments and data from the Fort Stewart test run. Readers can comment on this initiative through the CASCOM Facebook page – | February 16, 2017 | TRAVELLER | 19


Heart to heart: what makes us tick? Mary Ann Crispin Disease Management Coordinator

Kenner Army Health Clinic’s commitment to its beneficiaries is to provide access to high-quality health care while empowering patients to take the necessary steps necessary for leading a happy, healthy lifestyle. February is Heart Healthy Month and the perfect opportunity for patients to energize their bodies and minds by paying attention to one of their most important “engines” – the heart. According to the Centers for Disease Control and prevention, heart disease is still the leading cause of death for men and women. The numbers reflect 1in-every-4 deaths are due to this ailment. Heart disease complications last year accounted for the untimely death of some notable

people. Americans are at the greatest risk for complications due to other medical conditions. Although not everyone with other medical conditions and poor dietary habits will experience heart disease, a healthier lifestyle may reduce other factors that influence heart disease complications. Kenner providers recommend

patients get an annual health checkup. One of the first steps to maintaining a healthy heart is to understand how to keep it in top form. Learn to recognize the early signs and symptoms of stroke and heart attacks. The American Heart Association website has information on many different

types of complications associated with heart disease. Typical warning signs are chest pain, shortness of breath, palpitations and even fatigue. Warning signs for women may differ, and staying in “tune” with one’s body may help individuals recognize other warning signs. The “Go Red for Women” campaign has a website to educate women by sharing personal stories of heart attack and stroke survivors. Unfortunately, there are just as many myths in regards to heart disease as there are facts based in research. “Many patients miss the warning signs or think I am just getting older,” said Stephen P. Boychuck, MSN, FNP. “If you are experiencing a decrease in your exercise tolerance, are getting easily fatigued doing your normal activities, get short of

breath walking up a flight of stairs, please see your provider.” The American Heart Association website at http:// w a t c h l e a r n l i v e . h e a r t . o rg / CVML_Player.php is a great resource showing popular topics – TIA, Cardiac Catheter, Cholesterol, Heart Attack and Stents. Cardiovascular disease is complex. There are many factors that contribute to heart disease. Know your risk for heart disease. Call for a referral or schedule preventive health screenings for colon cancer, breast cancer, cervical cancer, diabetes and other preventive health services. Discuss risk factors with your provider and learn which ones can be modified. There are some ways to stay on top of your own health. Know your cholesterol numbers. High cholesterol contributes to a build- up of plaque along the walls of arteries that can interfere with blood supply to the SEE HEART, PAGE 20

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Call 800-333-4KIA for details. 1Optima and Sorento Auto Show Bonus available from 1/27/17-2/20/17 at a participating Richmond Kia Dealer. 2SORENTO: 0% APR financing for 24-60 months from Kia Motors Finance on approved credit. 3Optima: 0% APR financing for 24-60 months from Kia Motors Finance on approved credit. 4SOUL: 0% APR financing for 24-60 months from Kia Motors Finance on approved credit. 5Military Bonus from Kia Motors America, Inc., available to active members of the United States Armed Forces or Reserves, or members that were honorably discharged from, retired from, or on disability with the U.S. Armed Forces (including reservists), and the spouse of those individuals on the purchase of a new 2017 Soul, 2017 Optima, or 2017 Sorento. Proper identification must be provided. *Optional features shown. Some features may vary. Must take delivery by 2/20/17.

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HEART | Good cardiovascular health

essential to overall fitness, well-being Continued from page 20

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For Appointment Call ASHLEY BOYD, Site Manager • Premier Realty Direct: 804-543-5389

When your child is finding it hard to cope,

heart. This condition can lead to reduced blood flow, which could put you at risk. Know your numbers for “good” and “bad” cholesterol and know what you can do to manage blood pressure, blood sugar and weight. We all memorize numbers every day. Do we take the time to know the numbers that impact our lives? Check your blood sugar with an A1C test at least annually. Diabetic complications can seriously impact health and lead to heart complications. Monitor your weight. Take advantage of KAHC

resources. We have a full time dietician. The clinic has has one of the few Army Wellness Centers located on a military base. The AWC is of no cost for beneficiaries. Stop smoking. The provider team can help you enroll in the smoking cessation class offered by the clinic. With a few changes to everyday activities, we can show one of our most vital organs – our hearts – some extra love this month. Make your medical appointment today; scheduling an appointment with Kenner is quick and easy. Patients have the option

of scheduling appointments in one of two ways. TRICARE Online Patient Portal, available 365/24/7 for self service. is a convenient and easy way to book an appointment. Register with the TOL Patient Portal and get the benefit of using a secure web-portal to make or cancel medical appointments, review medical claims, order prescription refills and make enrollment changes from most internet-connected computer systems. Beneficiaries also can call the Patient Appointment Line at 1-866-LEE-KAHC (5335242) from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday.


we are here to help.

If your child is showing signs of extreme distress, come to us. Our team of behavioral healthcare specialists provides acute care when your child is feeling overwhelmed. With our newly renovated facility and programs that meet the needs of adolescents, we’re here to give young people and their families the tools needed to get through the tough times. We provide free assessments 24/7, at the region’s only freestanding psychiatric facility. And, our evidence-based program is tailored to treat patients dealing with a wide range of emotional issues.

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

For more information visit, or call 804-733-6874 or 866-546-2229.

Contributed Photo

The Captain’s Career Course team, a group assigned to the Army Logistics University, pose for pictures following its intramural volleyball championship win over heavily favored Foxtrot Company, 16th Ordnance Battalion, at MacLaughlin Fitness Center Feb. 7. The winners defeated their opponents 2-0.

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Closing Weekend for ‘Broadway Bound’ | Feb. 17-19

Barks and Bubbles Pet Wash | Open Every Day The new Barks and Bubbles Pet Wash facility is open 24 hours a day behind the bowling center on Battle Drive. Use of the pet wash vending station costs $10 for 12 minutes. The machine can take cash in denominations up to $20, but it does not dispense change. It also takes tokens, which are available at the Picture Perfect Frame Shop, Fort Lee Bowling Center and Cardinal Golf Club Pro Shop. A limited-time promotion is available to buy four tokens and receive the fifth for free.

QM Brigade Bone Marrow Donor Drive | Feb. 28 The 23rd Quartermaster Brigade will host a bone marrow donor registration drive Feb. 28, 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., at the 23rd QM Bde. Multipurpose Room, building 11106, 3910 A Ave. There is no cost to register or donate. Registration takes about 7 minutes. It is open to permanent party service members, civilians and DOD contractors and family members with government-issued IDs. Participants must be between the ages of 18-60. Advanced individual training Soldiers are not eligible. For details, call 1st Lt. Michael Lee at (804) 734-7055.

The Theater Company at Fort Lee production of “Broadway Bound,” by Neil Simon, will have its closing performances this weekend at the Lee Theater, Mahone Avenue. Performances are Friday and Saturday, Feb. 17 and 18 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 19 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $13 (adults) and $7 (youth). All shows are open to the public. The play finishes up the trilogy of “Brighton Beach Memoirs” and “Biloxi Blues.” For tickets, call (804) 734-6629.

‘Charlie Brown’ Auditions | Feb. 20-21 The Theater Company at Fort Lee will hold auditions for “You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown” Feb. 20-21, 7 p.m., at the Lee Theater, 4300 Mahone Ave. Director Frank Foster seeks four men and two women, ages 20-40. Those auditioning should prepare a children’s song, bring sheet music in the correct key (accompanist provided) and be prepared to dance and move. Reading will be from the script. No performers are paid. For details, call (804) 734-6629.

Fort Lee Job Fair | Feb. 22 The Soldier for Life Transition Assistance Program will hold a Company Connect Transportation Job Fair Feb. 22,

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., in building 3400, at 1401 B Ave. The program is free and open to the community. The participating companies and organizations expected at the event represent employment opportunities in automotive, aviation, engineering, logistics, maritime, rail, accounting, administration, information technology and more. For details, call (804) 734-6612.

Lee Security Office Brown Bag Learning Event | Feb. 23


Pre-retirement Seminar | Feb. 24 A pre-retirement seminar for military members who are within 12-24 months of separation from service will be held Feb. 24, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., at the Soldier Support Center auditorium, building 3400, 1401 B Ave. The free program covers a variety of post-military-career topics. For details, call (804) 734-6555.

We would love to host your celebration or birthday! CALL US FOR RESERVATIONS


LUNCH MENU SERVED: Monday – Saturday 11:30am-2pm

DINNER MENU SERVED: Monday – Thursday 4:30pm-9:30pm Friday – Saturday • 2pm-10:30pm Sunday • 12pm-9:30pm

The next Kenner Army Health Clinic Patient Town Hall is set for March 14, 3:30-4:30 p.m., in Major General Kenner Command Conference Room 2 (Room C-102), first floor Kenner Main. The meeting is open to the Fort Lee community and all beneficiaries. The 2017 goal is to strive for greatness in customer service and reduce appointment no-shows. For details, call (804) 734-9277.

ACS Couponing Class | Feb. 28 Army Community Service will offer a “Basic Couponing” class Feb. 28, 10 a.m. - noon, at ACS, building 1231, Mahone Avenue. The free workshop will cover where to find and effectively use coupons, how to setup a binder and more. For details, call (804) 734-6431.

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The Jessie J. Mayes Tricities Chapter of the 555th Parachute Infantry Association, Inc., will hold its monthly meeting March 1, 6 p.m., at the Petersburg Public Library, 201 Washington St. Prior airborne experience is not a prerequisite for membership or attending. For details, call (804) 733-2177.

Kenner Town Hall | March 14

The Fort Lee Security Division has scheduled a Brown Bag Lunch and Learn for security managers, commanders and first sergeants Feb. 23, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., in building 1107, room 139. The session will familiarize attendees with DD Form 254 – DOD contract Security Classification Specification – and its importance to DOD-classified contracts. Registration is required. For details, call (804) 734-6416.


555th PIA Meeting | March 1

309 N. Sycamore Street Petersburg, VA 23803


HOURS: • Monday: Closed • Tues-Thurs: 11am-9pm • Fri-Sat: 11am-10pm • Sunday: 11am-4pm


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Calendar, continued Financial Readiness Class | March 14 The Army Community Service Financial Readiness Program will offer a free class titled “Understanding Insurance,” March 14, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., at ACS, building 9023. It is open to the Fort Lee community. “Home Buying” will be held March 16, and “Car Buying” is set for March 28. For details, call (804) 734-6388 or visit

SPORTS & FITNESS Registration Open for FMWR Snow Xperience Trip | March 11 Registration is underway for the Family and MWR Outdoor Recreation Center discounted Snow Xperience Trip to the Wintergreen Resort March 11. The reduced-rate cost varies for skiing, snowboarding or tubing rentals and lift ticket packages. Transportation leaves for the resort at 7:30 a.m. This is the final Snow Xperience Trip for 2017. For registration and details, visit Outdoor Recreation, building 15014 on 5th Street, or call (804) 765-2059.

FMWR 3-D Archery Shoot | March 25 Fort Lee Family and MWR Outdoor Recreation will hold a 3-D Archery Shoot Competition March 25, 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., at the archery range adjacent to building 15014 on 5th Street. There will be seven divisions of competition. The cost is $10 per adult, $8 for Fort Lee permit holders, $5 for youth ages 13-17, and $3 for cubs 12 and under. For details, call (804) 765-2212.




Follow the Drinking Gourd at BHM Show | Feb. 18 A free Black History Month production, “Follow the Drinking Gourd,” is set for Feb. 18, 4:30 p.m., at the Virginia Living Museum, 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News. The planetarium show is an inspiring tale of one African-American family’s desperate flight to freedom and how they used constellations to guide the way. Admission


is free to the show with the museum entry fee. For registration and details, visit www. or call (757) 595-9135.

World of Pets Expo at Hampton Coliseum | Feb. 18-19 The World of Pets Expo will be held Feb. 18-19 at the Hampton Coliseum, 1610 Coliseum Drive. The event is set for 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Feb. 18 and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Feb. 19. Some of the country’s foremost authorities in the pet industry will present free seminars and demonstrations covering many aspects of pet care and training including dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, ferrets and other animals. For details, visit

ARC Blood Drive in Chester | Feb. 20 The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive Feb. 20, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., at Thomas Dale High School, 3626 W. Hundred Road, Chester. Donations are urgently needed throughout the winter to maintain a sufficient blood supply for patients in need. To make an appointment visit or call 1-800-733-2767. All those who come to donate through Feb. 26 are eligible to receive a $5 Gift Card.

Acoustic Concert Series | Feb. 23 The Runaway String Band, a group that features traditional and popular American music from the 1920s to the present, will perform Feb. 23, 7 p.m., at North Courthouse Road Library, 32 Courthouse Road, Chesterfield. The adult program is part of the Acoustic Concert Series at the library. Admission is free. For details, call (804) 751-CCPL or visit

Trip to Ivy Creek Natural Area | Feb. 23 Participants can stroll an easy four-mile loop in the Ivy Creek Natural Area through upland forests, fields and rolling hills in Charlottesville Feb. 23, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. The travelers will meet at Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road, Chesterfield. The cost is $20 per person that includes transportation and interpretive guide. For details, call (804) 318-8735 or email

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ACROSS 2. Karl Marx studied it among other fields 4. The study of humans 5. This study involves the relationship of time and order 7. Has to do with decoding communications 8. Arthritis could fall under this subject 10. The study of cancer 11. Not a field of study but rather something done at a funeral 12. Think “Geritol” and seniors 13. Zeus and Pandora would be included in this body of knowledge 14. The amphibian section of zoo might employ a professional specializing in

this field 15. This science is relative to strength and conditioning as well as to occupational therapy DOWN 1. Many doctors study this as an undergraduate degree 3. A liver problem may cause you to see someone trained in this 5. Beauticians attend schools specializing in this 6. Covers illnesses 7. The science that covers heart attacks 9. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. studied this at Boston University

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