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TRAFFIC SAFETY TRIUMPH Provost Marhal sees positive results from increased enforcement, community education SEE PAGE 3

FAMILY TRIO TRAINS AT LEE Philadelphia siblings undergo maintenance, fuel training to improve their career prospects SEE PAGE 9

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COMMAND SPOTLIGHT | HOLIDAY SAFETY

Gifts from the heart are good for the budget Mark Sowers Army Financial Counselor, ACS

The holidays can be a very stressful time for service members with limited financial resources. On one hand, they want to ensure loved ones experience the meals, gifts and joys of the season. On the other, they may have to consider what bills will go unpaid in order to make the festivities happen. Many resort to credit or deplete their savings to cover the costs, which leaves them struggling financially for months ahead.

Of course, the easiest way to avoid this dilemma is to create a special holiday fund early in the year and keep it growing with small contributions each payday. The use of pre-planned funds, or savings accounts as a more general term, is a good way to set parameters on spending and help alleviate the financial stress of not only the holidays, but also family vacations or even unexpected emergencies throughout the year. Those who did not budget for the holidays and find themselves short on cash should consider alternatives for merriment and giftgiving. From an overall food-cost

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– Gen. David G. Perkins, commanding general, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command

standpoint, for example, the commissary is usually a better option than most supermarkets. Look for seasonal savings at commercial grocers as well … BOGOs and items marked at 50 percent off to get people in the door are a great opportunity for cost-conscious, disciplined shoppers. With presents, does it really have to be the latest and greatest electronic gadget, or would a well-thought-out gift from the thrift shop, flea market or a yard sale garner equal or greater appreciation? Many people are turning back to more crafty gifts or used items that only need touch-up paint or mending. Those types of things are cherished because they require time, energy and forethought rather than an ef-

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fortless swipe of the credit card. Furthermore, gifts from the heart are usually good for the budget. Those who choose to “go commercial” with gift-giving should remember to set a dollar amount for each person on their list and an overall spending cap to avoid the “no money until next payday” situation. Many wise shoppers take advantage of free layaway deals – the Exchange recently extended its program to laptops, iPads and other electronic gadgets. It’s a good way to defray the cost of big-ticket items and not break the budget. Most of all, it’s important to avoid holiday hype. Commercial marketing teams do a good job of planting the seeds of “get it now and save,” and there are obvious reasons why sales clerks are so

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.

adamant about using their store credit cards to “get an extra 10 percent off.” Always remember the bottom lines – is it something you can really afford; will the interest rate negate the savings; and will the joy of having the product outweigh the stress of being financially strapped for weeks or months to come? With a little forethought and strategic budgeting, anyone can make the holiday season special while dodging serious financial strain. There are numerous online resources that offer tips for smart holiday spending, and assistance is available through the Financial Readiness Program at the Army Community Service facility, building 9023, Mahone Avenue. For an appointment, call (804) 734-6210.

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volume always present a greater potential for injury-causing accidents. Privately owned vehicle crashes are one of the top causes of death in this country and among the military. I want leaders to use every tool at their disposal to prevent the needless loss of life associated with POV and other accidents. Prevention plans should be in place that include fire, toy, food and recreational safety. Ensure maximum participation by the chain of command, civilian directors and first-line supervisors who are responsible for briefing their personnel on the importance of offduty safety and conducting risk assessments to mitigate hazards. Use the Army Combat Readiness Center website – https://safety.

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The winter holiday season is typically a period of high-activity as we use welldeserved time off to recharge our batteries, enjoy opportunities to celebrate with family and friends, and engage in the festivities of gift-giving and gathering socially to cheer the accomplishments of the past year. It is my sincere hope the holiday break will be most enjoyable, and I extend heartfelt appreciation and holiday greetings to all Soldiers, civilians and family members within the command. Over the coming weeks, let us anticipate potential safety hazards; particularly the dangers of distracted driving and winter travel. Unpredictable weather and increased vehicle

army.mil – to obtain information on safe winter and holiday practices while off-duty. I ask leaders at every level to provide alternative activities for Soldiers who do not have plans during holiday block leave. Identify your at-risk population for reckless behavior and/or suicidal tendencies, and intervene. “Battle buddies” are effective countermeasures to avert poor decisions; empower and charge them with the responsibility to care for each other. I offer the season’s greetings and wish everyone a Happy New Year. Enjoy the holidays, but please return to your places of duty safely. You are important and valued members of our team.

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Soldiers make their way through the serving line of the building 3500 dining facility on Thanksgiving Day. It was one of four that served thousands of military members, retirees and family members for the occasion. See photos on Page 10.


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Focused enforcement leads to more speeding tickets, fewer accidents Amy Perry Production/News Assistant Editor

The Provost Marshal Office recently released the data on traffic offenses for fiscal 2016, and the installation has seen positive trends overall. Drunk driving offenses are down 30 percent – from 33 in fiscal 2015 to 23 in fiscal 2016. Traffic accidents are down by half – 101 this year compared to 198 – and traffic violations other than speeding are down 22 percent. Speeding offenses have increased from 946 in fiscal 2015 to 1,346, a 70-percent jump, but Maj. Joe Tull, installation Provost Marshal, said there’s a valid reason for it.

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A Fort Lee police department officer watches for moving violations by post motorists during a recent patrol. Increased police presence and education efforts have led to a reduction in overall traffic offenses here.

“I don’t want to give the false impression that speeding is up, but rather we are doing more en-

forcement,” said Tull. “The good story here is when you see the speeding tickets go up, the traf-

fic accidents go down. That is a good correlation to see. We are making more contacts with drivers – through a citation or verbal warning – and accidents are down.” PMO has taken several steps to work on its traffic offense numbers, Tull noted, and cracking down on speeders is important to the well-being of the community. “It’s really a public safety issue,” he said. “We focus our efforts on the spots with more traffic, especially the locations with ingress and egress of the workforce. Mahone Gate has been an issue lately, and we have seen a lot of folks speeding on Mahone Avenue, mostly those going off the installation. “The greatest concern is the

potential harm that could result from people driving at excessive speeds,” he continued. “The speed limits across the post are about 25-30 mph, and there are people driving 10-15 miles over that. It can make it a dangerous situation.” Tull said tickets from the area of Route 36 between Sisisky and Lee gates also add to the overall total. PMO’s enforcement in that area promotes a safer environment for Fort Lee’s workforce and residents. The reduction in traffic violations other than speeding also is something Tull is happy with. Those types of offenses include using cellphones while driving, failure to yield to emergency vehicles, faulty equipment or expired license tags. “It’s another sign of a positive change,” said Tull. “We’ve really been engaged in getting the word out about our enforcement efforts.”

Lee holiday festivities include emergency services Santa Run A convoy of fire trucks and military police vehicles will escort Santa Claus through Fort Lee’s residential areas during the annual Directorate of Emergency Services Santa Run set for Dec. 11, 6-8 p.m. Community members will hear fire truck horns as the procession approaches each destination on post. The route begins with the Jackson Circle housing area followed by the 266th and 244th Quartermaster Battalion barracks areas and the 59th Ordnance Brigade barracks. From there, Santa will visit Jefferson, Harrison, Madison, Monroe, Adams Chase and Washington Grove housing areas, in that order. The convoy also will pass through the 262nd QM Bn. barracks complex before the conclusion of the event. “We are proud to team up with the Fort Lee Fire Department for this fun and festive holiday tradition,” said Maj. Joe Tull, installation Provost Marshal. “We also appreciate Santa providing a little time out of his busy schedule to pay

us a visit here at Fort Lee. It’s our distinct pleasure to participate in this timehonored tradition. “Part of caring for the community is reminding everyone we want them to think safety during the holiday break – to be aware of risks that can lead to accidents, injury or loss of property in the home or out on the road,” Tull also noted. “Our presence during this event offers that subtle reminder.” The Santa Run may cause brief traffic delays as the procession crosses or travels along primary roadways, Tull noted. Motorists are asked to be patient and not take unnecessary risks like attempting to pass the convoy unless directed to do so by military police. Furthermore, post residents should closely monitor their children as the procession passes through the housing areas. Do not allow youngsters to run toward moving emergency vehicles and remind them to look both ways before crossing any streets to get a closer look

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Santa waves from the bucket of a firetruck during the annual Directorate of Emergency Services Santa Run in 2015. The run features a convoy of firetrucks and military police vehicles that escorts Santa Claus through Fort Lee’s residential areas.

at the activities. Updates about the Santa Run – i.e. postponement due to inclement weather – will be posted on the ArmyFortLee Facebook

page. For other information or questions, contact the PMO at (804) 734-7417. – Staff Reports


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Temple Gate, VCC operations to change during holiday break Fort Lee’s Temple Avenue Gate will be closed Dec. 19 - Jan. 2, and the Visitor Control Center at Lee Gate will close two hours early over the Christmas and New Year’s holiday weekends, due to the anticipated low volume of traffic while post training facilities are shut down and many installation workers are on leave. The hours at all other access control points will remain unchanged. Ordnance Campus workers scheduled to work over the holiday break can enter post through the 24-hour Sisisky Boulevard Gate and use the flyover bridge along 11th Street to reach their duty locations on that side of the installation. As a reminder for the federal holidays on Dec. 26 and Jan. 2 (adjusted dates authorized by Executive Order 11582 when public observance falls on a Sunday), only the Lee Avenue and Sisisky Boulevard gates will be open for employees, residents

and guests. The 24-hour Jackson Circle Gate is restricted to that housing area’s residents and guests. The normal Lee Gate and Visitor Control Center weekend and federal holiday hours are 6 a.m. - 11 p.m. Over Christmas and New Year’s weekend, the VCC will close at 9 p.m. Visitors who do not have a DOD identification card will need to be cleared by the VCC in order to receive a post pass that will enable access to the installation. Housing residents expecting non-DOD guests over the holiday weekends are asked to keep the adjusted VCC hours in mind when planning arrival times to avoid access delays. For more information about installation entry requirements, visit www.lee.army. mil/pmo/access.aspx. - Staff Reports

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Holiday Helper Open House | Dec. 9 Gov. Terry McAuliffe and his wife Dorothy McAuliffe are among the featured guests who are scheduled to tour the Holiday Helper toy store during an open house Dec. 9. Fort Lee leaders, Holiday Helper donors and members of the community also will participate throughout the day. It’s located along Battle Drive, adjacent to the DMV office and FMWR Frame Shop. Fort Lee leaders, John Hall, deputy to the CASCOM and Fort Lee commanding general; and Myra Williams, wife of Maj. Gen. Darrell K. Williams, CASCOM and Fort Lee commanding general, will be on hand with other post leaders to greet elected and community officials. Pre-school children from CYSS will sing holiday songs and a 5-year-old military child will sing a solo. Gov. McAuliffe, post leadership and other guests are scheduled to work one-on-one with a junior ranking service member while shopping for his or her childrens’ holiday toys. This year, the shopping days are Dec. 13-14, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Unit leaders will be notified of their personnel’s specific time to shop. For details, call (804)305-7599.

Exchange Extends Return Policy for Holidays The Army and Air Force Exchange Service is extending its return policy through Jan. 31 for items purchased between Nov. 1 - Dec. 24. Shoppers also can return items purchased through shopmyexchange.com. For details, visit Exchange customer service.

KAHC Cholesterol Awareness Display Kenner Army Health Clinic will offer a cholesterol educational display in the pharmacy lobby Dec. 5-31. The exhibit will help educate patients on the importance of knowing their cholesterol levels, how to monitor them and steps to take if they are high. Kenner has a full-time dietitian to assist with cholesterol diet management. For more details, call (804) 734-9993 or 734-9925.

VWM Pearl Harbor Ceremony Navy Capt. Derek A. Trinque, commanding officer of the USS Normandy, will be the keynote speaker at the 75th Commonwealth of Virginia’s Pearl Harbor Day Remembrance Ceremony Dec. 7, 11 a.m., at the Virginia War Memorial, 621 South Belvidere St. The free event is co-hosted with the Navy League of the United States. For details, call (804) 786-2060 or visit www.vawarmemorial.org.

Kenner Holiday Closures

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Members of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club, Fort Lee Chapter, pose with four new inductees who were presented their distinctive medallions at a Nov. 9 ceremony here. Pictured center, in dress uniform, the inductees are: Sgt. 1st Class Sean Conley, 832nd Ordnance Battalion; Sgt. 1st Class Jacinta Moore, Army Logistics University; Staff Sgt. Larita Settles, Logistics Training Department, Quartermaster School; and Sgt. 1st Class Clyde Weatherspoon, ALU. To earn SAMC membership, Soldiers must be nominated by a senior member of the chain of command or a member of the club, and pass a series of board evaluations. Once in the group, members are expected to serve as mentors and leaders of the highest caliber, with emphasis on community service and demonstrating professional conduct at ceremonies and special events.

Kenner Army Health Clinic will close Dec. 16, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., for staff holiday luncheons and from 1-4 p.m. for a commander’s call and training. Additional closures are planned for Dec. 23-26 and Dec. 30, and Jan 2. Troop Medical Clinic 1 and Mosier Troop Medical Clinic 2 will be closed for the duration of the holiday block leave period, Dec. 19 - Jan. 2. The Active Duty Clinic will support advanced individual training troops on a walk-in basis, 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. For details, call (804) 734-9057. To request an authorization for acute or urgent care on a holiday or after hours, call the Nurse Advice Line at 1-800-TRICARE and choose option 1. For urgent care while traveling, call (800) 874-2273 and choose Option 1 to speak to a registered nurse who can provide medical advice and referral if needed. For medical emergencies, dial 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

KAHC Patient Town Hall | Dec. 13 Kenner Army Health Clinic will hold its next Patient Town Hall Dec. 13, 4:15 p.m., in Maj. Gen. Kenner Command Conference Room 2 (Room C-102). KAHC beneficiaries are invited to the meeting. The 2017 goal is to strive for greatness for customer service and reduce no-shows, according to the organizers. For details, call (804) 734-9277.


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Brig. Gen. Rodney Fogg, Quartermaster General and commandant, QM School (fourth from left), and Command Sgt. Maj. Jimmy Sellers, QM Corps Regimental CSM (far right), pose with Echo Company, 266th Quartermaster Battalion, Soldiers who were recognized for promotion before the William and Mary military appreciation football game Nov. 19 at Zable Stadium in Williamsburg. The newly promoted Soldiers are (from left to right) Pfc. Braxton Allen, Pvt. Emily Bailey, Pvt. Mark Dillon, Pvt. Sesia Dowden, Pvt. Kaniya Flowers and Pvt. Keshawn Jones.

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A Junior Reserve OfďŹ cer Training Corps unit performs drill and ceremony movements while Sgt. Leon Pough, 508th Transportation Company, 266th Quartermaster Battalion, looks on during a competition Nov. 19 at Prince George High School. Eighteen schools from around the state participated in the event. Pough and several other Soldiers served as graders for the cadet performances. The active duty troops, led by Sgt. 1st Class Keith Tillman, noncommissioned ofďŹ cer in charge, spent most of a Saturday supporting the event. They are assigned to the 508th Trans. Co., the 2nd Staff and Faculty Company, 71st Transportation Battalion, and 7th Trans. Brigade, Joint Base Langley-Eustis.


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AMERICA’S MILITARY | SPOTLIGHT

SPC. SKYLAR MCKINNIE Hometown: Bolivar, Tenn. Family: Spouse Raven McKinnie and twin newborns Alison and Aliana Mckinnie Job title: Administrative specialist Unit: Headquarters and Headquarters Company, CASCOM How long at Fort Lee: Six months Job duties: Awards and correspondence Why did you join the Army? “Previous family members were in the service, so it became a tradition and honor to join.” How did you pick your MOS: “A friend of mine sat me down and explained to me the civilian friendly jobs in case I did not make it a career.” Thoughts on your working environment: “It’s a very professional, respectful and well-structured environment.” Challenges of your job: “Becoming as knowledgeable as my leaders.” Motivation for job: “Self discipline. I love to be the best at all things I do or at least competent.” One thing you can’t live without: “My spouse.” A place you would love to vacation: “China, for the overall experience.” Favorite food: “Pizza.” Worst fear: “Regret.” Hobbies: “Playing football and basketball.” Someone you admire: “My parents. The lessons I was taught by them kept me from making many

mistakes others may have experienced.” Qualities you admire in others: “Standing up for what they believe in and being outspoken.” What do you expect from your leaders? “Professionalism.” Life lesson to share: “The one thing I learned is success is achieved through hard work and self-discipline.” Best thing about the Army: “The service members I’ve met who are from different parts of the world, and getting to learn about their culture and ethnic backgrounds.” Worst thing about the Army: “Toxic leadership.” What are your future Army plans? “I am planning on transitioning out and using tools I acquired from the Army to become successful in the civilian workforce.” What is your career goal? “My career goal is to one day own my own distribution company.” – Compiled by Amy Perry

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DLA, Fort Lee representatives team up for veteran’s tribute Bonnie Koenig, DLA Public Affairs Office

Defense Logistics Agency Aviation military members from the Defense Supply Center, Richmond, and students from the Army Logistics University’s Basic Officer Leader Course and Army Instructor Training Course at Fort Lee, came together to visit veterans at senior care facilities in Hopewell Nov. 9 and 11. The purpose of the partnership effort was to remember and honor former and current veterans for their sacrifices in preserving the nation’s freedoms. “Soldier for Life” is a popular mantra among today’s service leaders who recognize the impact veterans have on military character, strength and recruiting. On Veterans Day, the out-

reach group visited and presented pins and certificates to 15 prior military residents at the Gentiva Hospice Center’s River View on the Appomattox facility. Second Lt. Nickole Kaple, a BOLC student, was part of the entourage. She said her biggest takeaway was the immediate connection she felt between the veterans in the facility and herself. “While our experiences in the armed forces differ, our appreciation of one another, and our appreciation of all Soldiers young and old, instantly bonds us,” said Kaple. She also said she believes it is important to recognize America’s veterans because many did not receive the respect they deserved when returning from war during their time of service. “I certainly would not be stand-

ing here today, wearing this uniform, if not for the countless sacrifices of those who served before me,” said Kaple. “I am proud to be part of the legacy of service to this nation.” Maj. Alex Shimabukuro, who serves as an operations officer in the Customer Operations Directorate at DLA-Aviation, served as the spokesman for the group. During the hospice center visit, he highlighted the significance of Veterans Day and the importance of honoring those who have served and are serving our nation. He also provided an overview of how the military is supporting the local community. “The visits were extremely gratifying,” Shimabukuro said. “I am going to make visiting our veterans a traditional part of my celebration of Veterans Day.”

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Maj. Alex Shimabukuro from the Customer Operations Directorate, Defense Logistics Agency Aviation, Richmond, and 2nd Lt. Nickole Kaple, an Army Logistics University Basic Officer Leader Course student at Fort Lee, pose for a photo with World War II Air Force veteran Paul Boyett while visiting the Appomattox Health and Rehab Center in Hopewell Nov. 9. In recognition of Veterans Day, Army representatives from DLA and Fort Lee stopped at several senior care facilities in Hopewell to thank prior military members for their service.

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T. Anthony Bell Senior Writer/Special Projects

The tradition of family military service can stretch back several generations. Or it can suddenly sprout out of nowhere. The latter is a fair description of what happened to the Mei family through the actions of its eldest sibling, Pfc. Sam Mei. A budding car enthusiast, the 22-year old joined the Army in February to jumpstart his career prospects. His two siblings were paying attention and followed suit, joining the Pennsylvania National Guard as he did. One, 21-year-old Jennifer, is enrolled as a student in the same military occupational specialty – Stryker systems maintainer -- Sam recently earned while attending the Ordnance School here. Another sibling, 19-year-old Milton, joined the other two here also as an initial entry training student. However, he opted

Pfc. Sam and Pvt. Jennifer Mei, both Pennsylvania National Guardsmen, pose in front of a Stryker armored fighting vehicle at the Ordnance School Nov. 17. Another sibling, 19-year-old Milton, also is undergoing training at Fort Lee. He is a student in the Petroleum Supply Specialist Course taught by the Quartermaster School.

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to break the family’s fledgling Stryker tradition for the MOS training responsible for fueling them – the Petroleum Supply Specialist Course taught by the Quartermaster School here.

With two siblings still in MOS training, Sam said he is cognizant of being seen as a role model. “There definitely is a lot of pressure for me because I have to set the example for them,” he

WKVXSSRUWVIRRGGULYH Two noncommissioned officers from the 244th Quartermaster Battalion help with the movement of food donations headed for Petersburg Nov. 19. The battalion participated in an outreach effort to feed more than 60 disadvantaged families for Thanksgiving. Coordinated by Higher Way Ministries, the food drive garnered the help of the battalion’s Alpha and Whiskey companies. Students and cadre collected more than 35 boxes of goods for the drive.

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said. “The way I look at it, I want everyone to succeed, so I have to succeed in the military as well as in life. I want them to follow in my footsteps. If they do and overachieve, that’s fine, but if

they don’t, that’s the issue I have to deal with as the oldest sibling.” The Meis’ parents emigrated here from Vietnam in the early 1990s, said Sam. Ming and Lan made their home in Philadelphia and raised their children to be mindful of their perpetual status as family representatives. Fully aware of his role as the eldest, Sam was the first to research military service as a way to bolster his aspirations to become an auto mechanic. A cousin helped to solidify his decision. “She is an (Army) aircraft mechanic, and she told me about all the different jobs, so I looked SEE TRADITION, PAGE 15

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urkey, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie and cornbread stuffing – all staples of a traditional Thanksgiving meal – were aplenty at four installation dining facilities on Nov. 24. Thousands of dress uniform-clad military members along with cadre, family members and retirees shared a traditional holiday experience at the eating establishments. Each was decorated with ice carvings, cornucopias and other holiday adornments. Officers and noncommissioned officers fulfilled their roles too, serving troops. All of it helped to create an atmosphere of family and bolster long-standing traditions. In total, the diners consumed more than 5,000 pounds of turkey, 2,500 pounds of cornish hen and 3,600 pounds of ham.

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(TOP) Soldiers help themselves to generous portions during the Thanksgiving Day meal at the building 3500 dining facility. More than 7,500 military personnel, retirees and family members were served at the DFACS across post. (RIGHT) Lt. Col. Stephen Collins, commander, 244th Quartermaster Battalion, serves troops. (ABOVE) A huge turkey leg dominates a Soldier’s plate of traditional staples .

(ABOVE) The 262nd Quartermaster Battalion tug-o-war team, led by Pvt. James Bloemsma of Victor Company, leverages its collective strength against the 266th QM Bn. squad during the 23rd QM Brigade Sports Day event Nov. 23. It pitted battalion teams against each other in flag football, basketball, Crossfit,volleyball and track and field. An Army versus Air Force flag football game (won by the Army) concluded the occasion. (TOP) Pvt. Matthew Clements, Bravo Company, 266th Quartermaster Battalion, cheers on his fellow spectators.

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(ABOVE) Pvt. Marcus Malave performs squat repetitions while teammate Spc. George Miller looks on. Both Soldiers are assigned to Bravo Company, 266th Quartermaster Battalion. (LEFT) Staff Sgt. Ramone Mondol, Bravo Co., 266th QM Bn., cheers on battalion students in the grandstand. The 266th earned the spirit award for the event.

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urkey, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie and cornbread stuffing – all staples of a traditional Thanksgiving meal – were aplenty at four installation dining facilities on Nov. 24. Thousands of dress uniform-clad military members along with cadre, family members and retirees shared a traditional holiday experience at the eating establishments. Each was decorated with ice carvings, cornucopias and other holiday adornments. Officers and noncommissioned officers fulfilled their roles too, serving troops. All of it helped to create an atmosphere of family and bolster long-standing traditions. In total, the diners consumed more than 5,000 pounds of turkey, 2,500 pounds of cornish hen and 3,600 pounds of ham.

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(TOP) Soldiers help themselves to generous portions during the Thanksgiving Day meal at the building 3500 dining facility. More than 7,500 military personnel, retirees and family members were served at the DFACS across post. (RIGHT) Lt. Col. Stephen Collins, commander, 244th Quartermaster Battalion, serves troops. (ABOVE) A huge turkey leg dominates a Soldier’s plate of traditional staples .

(ABOVE) The 262nd Quartermaster Battalion tug-o-war team, led by Pvt. James Bloemsma of Victor Company, leverages its collective strength against the 266th QM Bn. squad during the 23rd QM Brigade Sports Day event Nov. 23. It pitted battalion teams against each other in flag football, basketball, Crossfit,volleyball and track and field. An Army versus Air Force flag football game (won by the Army) concluded the occasion. (TOP) Pvt. Matthew Clements, Bravo Company, 266th Quartermaster Battalion, cheers on his fellow spectators.

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(ABOVE) Pvt. Marcus Malave performs squat repetitions while teammate Spc. George Miller looks on. Both Soldiers are assigned to Bravo Company, 266th Quartermaster Battalion. (LEFT) Staff Sgt. Ramone Mondol, Bravo Co., 266th QM Bn., cheers on battalion students in the grandstand. The 266th earned the spirit award for the event.

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(CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT) Families ďŹ ll their plates with food at the sixth annual Military Family Appreciation Night, Nov. 17., in the Regimental Community #ENTERs4WOSMALLCHILDRENWEARASTRONAUTCOSTUMES to the dinner as a reďŹ&#x201A;ection of its theme â&#x20AC;&#x153;Military &AMILIES!RE/UTOFTHIS7ORLDvs4HE!PPOMATTOX Regional Governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s School choir performs for 80 families during the dinner.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;To be in the company of other military families; to get that hug, and a smile â&#x20AC;&#x201C; it makes a huge difference.â&#x20AC;? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how Stephanie Parker, Army Community Service officer, summed up the significance of the ACS sixth annual Military Family Appreciation Night at the Regimental Community Center Nov. 17. Centered on the theme, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Military Families Are Out Of This World,â&#x20AC;? the free dinner was open to all military, active and retired. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was good to see some of the retiree community at the dinner,â&#x20AC;? said Parker. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are able to mentor our young families and share stories of their travels and experiences. The dinner brings the entire cross section of the military together.â&#x20AC;? Every year, ACS tries to include a community partner, and this year it was the Appomattox Regional Governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

School from Petersburg. Its choir entertained and spoke with families during the dinner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The students in the choir were blown away with meeting 80 military families at the dinner,â&#x20AC;? said Parker. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It gave them an opportunity to better understand the rigorous schedule of military family life â&#x20AC;&#x201C; what they go through with not being able to stay at one home or attend one school.â&#x20AC;? Parker reflected on how the appreciation night dinner began and how it has grown each year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Before I arrived at Fort Lee in 2010, I worked at Fort Monmouth, N.J. During that time, the BRAC was coming and the base was due to close,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There was a lot of anxiety with the families. I lived on the installation and never got to see my neighbors. I just handled day-today life. I came up with a creative idea of having a dinner for the military families. That one night meant so much for so many. They could relax, not cook dinner,

meet people they lived beside for months and did not have time to talk to.â&#x20AC;? When Parker arrived at Fort Lee, she proposed the dinner idea as a way to celebrate the November observance of Military Family Appreciation Month. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I pitched the idea and nothing had been done like it before,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;First year out the gate, we had maybe 200 participants. So, each year it has been building and this year we had 333 people who we served. We have reached capacity at the Regimental Community Center.â&#x20AC;? In years prior, ACS has had vendors come

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RSO sets schedule for holiday worship The Fort Lee Religious Support Office has slated a number of special worship services for the upcoming holiday season. Additionally, RSO has announced the closure of several services during Holiday Block Leave For details, call (804) 734-6494. Catholic Services The Christmas and New Year Catholic worship services at Memorial Chapel, corner of Battle Drive and Sisisky Boulevard, are as follows: â&#x20AC;˘ Dec. 24, 4 p.m., Christmas Eve Mass â&#x20AC;˘ Dec. 25, 9 a.m., Christmas Day Mass â&#x20AC;˘ Dec. 31, 4 p.m., New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve Mass â&#x20AC;˘ Jan. 1, 9 a.m., New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mass Protestant Services

Christmas Protestant worship services â&#x20AC;&#x201C; all located at the Liberty Chapel â&#x20AC;&#x201C; are planned on the following dates and times: â&#x20AC;˘ Dec. 24, 4 p.m., Protestant Christmas Eve Service Dec. 25, 11 a.m., Combined Protestant Service â&#x20AC;˘ Dec. 31, 10 p.m., Collective Gospel Watch Night Service â&#x20AC;˘ Jan. 1, 11 a.m., Combined Protestant Service Jewish Services The following activities will take place at Congregation Brith Achim, 314 South Blvd., Petersburg. Chanukah is celebrated Dec. 24 - Jan. 1. â&#x20AC;˘ Dec. 18, 6 p.m., Annual Chanukah Celebration

â&#x20AC;˘ Dec. 23, 7:30 p.m., Shabbat Services â&#x20AC;˘ Dec. 24, 10 a.m., Shabbat Services â&#x20AC;˘ Dec. 30, 7:30 p.m., Shabbat Services â&#x20AC;˘ Dec. 31, 10 a.m., Shabbat Services For details, call (804) 732-3968. Other Services No Islamic Prayer Services will be held Dec. 23 or Dec. 30. There will be no Ordnance RELOAD Services Dec. 18 - Jan. 1. There will be no Latter Day Saints Services Dec. 18 - Jan. 1. The last Dinner and Discipleship of the year is set for Dec. 14. There will be no religious education classes on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. Visit the RSOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s social media page â&#x20AC;&#x201C; www.facebook.com/ FortLeeReligiousActivities â&#x20AC;&#x201C; for updates and additional activities. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Staff Reports

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sive damage to the retina and retinal vessels, which line the back of the eye. There is typically bleeding and leaking of the microvasculature, which may subsequently lead to swelling of the central vision (macula). Hispanics and AfricanAmericans as well as pregnant women are at greater risk for developing diabetes and diabetic retinopathy. The symptoms include seeing spots and floaters; blurry vision; difficulty seeing in dark or dim illumination; and having distorted or loss of vision. Treatments for

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23rd drills for HBL success The 23rd Quartermaster Brigade tested its holiday block leave game plan during a Rehearsal of Concept Drill recently. Using 3-D terrain models, local and remote node noncommissioned officers in charge briefed Command Sgt. Maj. Jimmy Sellers, QM Corps Regimental CSM, on the concepts of the operation. The drill delineates the mission, roles and responsibilities with the brigade stakeholders and represents months of deliberate planning and coordination with external enablers that began in July 2016. The brigade is on a glide path to successfully and safely execute its HBL operations, where the overall mission is to safely and efficiently depart an estimated 2,500 AIT Soldiers from Fort Lee and Joint Base LangleyEustis to various leave locations within the United States and

overseas Dec. 18, with a return date of Jan. 4, said Maj. Morris A. Brown, 23rd QM Bde. operations officer. “This ROC Drill was important primarily because it provided the brigade’s key HBL stakeholders and Quartermaster School leadership with the shared understanding of the mission and plan of execution that are essential to mission success,” he said. “Additionally, unlike Forces Command units that are presented with multiple large scale and collective training events, mobilizations and deployments, these types of opportunities in Training and Doctrine Command units are not as robust. Therefore, as with nearly every event, the brigade capitalized on the HBL operation as a training one, leveraging established Army doctrinal and oper-

ational systems, methodologies and concepts.” The brigade’s purpose for the annual HBL operation is to enhance resiliency for AIT students and cadre as they celebrate the holiday season and welcome the New Year, said Brown. Parts of the ROC Drill were led by the respective NCOIC of each departure and return node – including MacLaughlin and Clark Fitness centers and the Richmond International Airport, Amtrak, Greyhound, and personal owned vehicle travelers, as well as the Williamsburg Transportation Center and Williamsburg/Newport News Airport. The expert execution of the HBL ROC Drill provided shared understanding, emphasized teamwork and exemplified dedication to the brigade’s primary goal of maintaining 100 percent accountability of all travelers, Brown noted. “CSM Sellers told us that the hard work, dedication, synergy and commitment to excellence demonstrated by the NCOs of the brigade resulted in the expert execution of one of the most com-

TRADITION | Trio of Philadelphia siblings

explores military as way to get ahead in life Continued from page 9 more into it and found it would be a good way for me to learn because I didn’t have any mechanical experience,” he said. “ Sam chose the 91 Sierra MOS because the Stryker combat vehicle is relatively new (the first class graduated here in 2012), and the 17-week course would be a great introduction to his auto mechanics career. Sgt. 1st Class Scott Newman, the 91S senior instructor, said the course covers basic mechanics and much more. “We go over the automotive portion, which covers the engine, transmission, drive train, suspension, etc.,” he said. “In addition to all that, we cover the vehicle’s armament – the 105mm cannon

Mobile Gun System, 120mm mortars, remote weapons station and anti-tank guided missile.” Jennifer – who joined the Guard in April, two months after Sam did – said her aspiration for auto mechanics was not on par with her brother’s, but she saw the highlydetailed course as a vehicle to minimize personal shortcomings. “I wanted to learn more discipline,” she said. “When I was at home, I wasn’t responsible, and I was lazy. I told myself that I can’t be like this for the rest of my life. I wanted to grow up to be the person I always wanted to be.” With some gentle encouragement from Sam – “You should just try it out,” he said – Jennifer joined not only to fix her work ethic but bolster her educational opportuni-

ties as well “because I really wanted to go to college, but it was too expensive,” she said. Women make up a small percentage of Stryker maintainers, but Jennifer said she knew so going in, and the fact was reiterated later during training. “We were told in basic (combat training) it would be harder to gain respect because (the MOS) is new,” she said. The small number of females, she added, has not been a deterrent. “I wanted something that was hands-on and face-to-face, and mechanics was one of the jobs that popped into my head,” she said. Sam, who graduated Nov. 22 and has returned to Philadelphia, said he plans to attend more autorelated courses and eventually own

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A noncommissioned officer briefs Command Sgt. Maj. Jimmy Sellers, Quartermaster Corps Regimental CSM, about the Richmond International Airport piece of the Holiday Block Leave coordination effort. The briefing was part of a recent Rehearsal of Concept Drill for the 23rd Quartermaster Brigade.

prehensive ROC Drills he’s seen recently and has postured it for HBL mission success,” Brown said. “As ROC drills often serve as a method to identify oversights, gaps, risks and friction points that otherwise may have

not been identified until execution, the HBL ROC drill highlighted the importance of timely and accurate reporting, ticketing and accountability.” – 23rd Quartermaster Brigade

91S Stryker Systems Maintainer • Performs field and sustainment level maintenance on various vehicle systems to include the suspension systems, steering systems, hydraulic systems, fire extinguisher/suppression systems and vehicular mounted armament • Supervises compliance with shop safety program and use, and maintenance and security of power tools • Diagnoses and troubleshoots malfunctions • Supervises and provides technical guidance to junior grade Soldiers • Performs battlefield damage and assessment and repair

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Four Soldiers from the 23rd Quartermaster Brigade SHARP team pose for a photo while taking part in a Thanksgiving food drive at Colonial Heights Food Pantry Nov. 18. The four along with other 23rd QM Bde. cadre members delivered 279 pounds of nonperishable food items to the facility. Sgt. 1st Class Randeen Espinoza, the 23rdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sexual Assault Response coordinator, led a team of three victim advocates to volunteer for ďŹ ve hours setting up, distributing and breaking down food stations. The food was donated to more than 80 families in the community. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a pleasure to see smiles on the parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and childrensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; faces as the team greeted and assisted them with their Thanksgiving meal,â&#x20AC;? said Espinoza.

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EVENTS Holiday Tree Lighting | Dec. 1 Fort Lee community members are invited to the installationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tree-lighting ceremony Dec. 1, 4:15 p.m., on the Lee Club lawn. The annual Grand Illumination will feature music by the 392nd Army Band and carolers, free hot chocolate, train rides, pictures with Santa and more. The event is free and open to the public.

555th PIA Meeting | Dec. 7 The Jessie J. Mayes TriCities Chapter of the 555th Parachute Infantry Association, Inc., will hold its Christmas meeting Dec. 7, 6 p.m., at the Golden Corral Restaurant, South Park Mall, Colonial Heights. For details, call (804) 861-0945.

FMWR Ugly Sweater Contest | Dec. 10 Community members can wear their most outrageous holiday garb for the Ugly Sweater Contest Dec. 10 at the HideAway. The doors open at 6 p.m. Admission is free. For details, call (804) 765-1539.

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â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Broadway Boundâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Auditions | Dec. 12-13 The Theater Company at Fort Lee will hold auditions for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Broadway Boundâ&#x20AC;? Dec. 12-13, 7 p.m., at the Lee Theater. Director Joy Williams seeks two adult males in their early 20s; two adult men, ages 50-70; and two adult females, 50 and older. Readings will be from the script. Rehearsals begin early January. For details, call (804) 734-6629.

Fort Lee Federal Hiring Workshop | Dec. 15 A free Federal Hiring Workshop is set for Dec. 15, 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., at the Soldier Support Center, building 3400. The session will provide information for participants to understand the federal application screening process and more. For details, call (804) 734-6612.

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Calendar, continued Parade of Lights in Chesterfield | Dec. 10

Tacky Lights Tour | Ongoing

The 24th annual James River Parade of Lights event can be observed from multiple viewing sites between Richmond, Henrico and Chesterfield counties, Dec. 10, 6-9 p.m. Entertainment, bonfires, food vendors and more are scheduled at some locations. In Chesterfield, the event is at Henricus Historical Park, 251 Henricus Park Road, and Dutch Gap Boat Landing, 441 Coxendale Road. The viewing times are varied. For details and other locations, visit jrac-va.org or call (804) 717-6681.

The local community offers a wide range of holiday activities – from extravagant outdoor light shows to walking tours and visits with Santa Claus. Many local transportation companies also offer special tours for a fee. Visit www.richmond.com/holiday/ tacky-lights to plan a tour of the most overthe-top displays in the local area.

Colonial Christmas at Henricus | Dec. 10 A free holiday event featuring firstperson character interpretations of the etiquette, customs and laws regarding Christmas in English households of the early 17th-century is set for Dec. 10, noon - 5 p.m., at Henricus Historical Park, 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester. The event also will include period dances, songs and more. For details, call (804) 748-1611 or visit www.henricus.org.

Winter Artisans’ Bazaar at LaPrade Library | Dec. 10 A Winter Artisans’ Bazaar will be held for Dec. 10, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., at the LaPrade Library, 9000 Hull Street Road, North Chesterfield. The event will include hand-felted scarves, woodcarvings and other country crafts, upcycled jewelry, handcrafted soap, fine art, Christmas ornaments and more for sale. Admission is free. For details, call (804) 751-CCPL or visit library.chesterfield.gov.

Victorian Holidays at Maymont | Ongoing Maymont will celebrate the holiday season with several weeks of events through Dec. 31 at 1700 Hampton St., Richmond, Holiday tours are set for TuesdaysSundays, noon - 5 p.m. An Old-Fashioned Christmas event will be held Dec. 4, noon - 5 p.m. Maymont by Moonlight is set for Dec. 9 and 16, 5:30-9:30 p.m. For details, visit https://maymont.org/ experiences/annual-events/victorianholidays.

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Illuminate Light Show and Santa’s Village | Ongoing A dazzling 1.5-mile drive-through synchronized light show display awaits guests through Jan. 1, 5:30-10 p.m., at Meadow Event Park in Doswell. At the conclusion of the drive, guests can visit Santa’s Village, which includes opportunities for photos with Santa, children’s activities and holiday treats for purchase. Visit www.illuminatelightshow.com for admission prices and other details.

Dominion GardenFest of Lights | Ongoing “Living Color!” is the theme of this year’s Dominion GardenFest of Lights through Jan. 9, 5-10 p.m., at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond. More than a half-million lights, botanical decorations and trains await visitors except for Dec. 24-25 and during extreme inclement weather. Cost varies by age and membership. For details, visit www.lewisginter.org.

Christmas Town | Ongoing Busch Gardens’ Christmas Town is aglow with more than 8 million lights – advertised as “the largest light display in North America.” It is open select days through Jan. 2, 2-10 p.m., at 1 Busch Gardens Blvd., Williamsburg. The special attractions include Sesame Street Forest of Fun, Rudolph’s Winter Wonderland and others. Christmas Town also has food and drink, kid-friendly events, rides, holiday shopping, six different shows, Santa’s Workshop and more. For details, visit http://seaworldparks. com/en/buschgardens-williamsburg/ christmastown/.

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