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Warrior J O I N T January 13, 2017 Vol. 7, No. 2

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AIR FORCE EDITION

L A N G L E Y - E U S T I S

P u b l i s h e d i n t h e i n t e r e s t o f p e r s o n n e l a t Jo i n t B a s e L a n g l ey - E u s t i s

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SKI TRIP FSS offers winter activities —Pages 3

CONTROL TOWER Tracks missions, ensures sky safety —Pages 8-9

For more online content, check out www.JBLE.af.mil

Army News

Winter storm Helena blankets JBLE OPERATION DEPLOY YOUR DRESS Spouses help military families one dress at a time —Page 5

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JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS EDITORIAL STAFF Joint Base Langley-Eustis Commander Col. Caroline M. Miller Joint Base Langley-Eustis Public Affairs Officer Maj. Kevin Whitlatch • kevin.whitlatch@us.af.mil Joint Base Langley-Eustis Editor Staff Sgt. Brittany E.N. Murphy • brittany.murphy.2@us.af.mil Per Air Force Instruction 35-101/Army Regulation 360-1, only stories and photos submitted by members of the Department of Defense community and DOD news services may be printed in The Peninsula Warrior. Any stories, photos or announcements must be submitted eight days prior to publication. Stories and photos should be submitted to the editor and/or assistant editor at 633abw. paedit@us.af.mil or Public Affairs Office, 601 Hines Cir., Fort Eustis, VA 23604. Announcements for the Community Section should be submitted to fteustismain@gmail.com. Announcements for the Outside the Gate Section should be submitted to fteustismain@gmail.com. For more information call 878-4920. Authors’ names may be withheld, but all letters must include the authors’ signatures and telephone number. The Peninsula Warrior is an authorized publication for all the members of the U.S. military. Contents of The Peninsula Warrior are not necessarily the official views of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense, Department of the Air Force or the Department of the Army. The Peninsula Warrior is printed every Friday by offset as a civilian enterprise newspaper for the Public Affairs Office, U.S. Air Force by Military Newspapers of Virginia at 150 W. Brambleton Ave. Norfolk, VA 23510 under exclusive written contract with the commander, Joint Base Langley-Eustis. MNV is a private firm in no way connected with the Department of the Air Force or Department of the Army. Printed circulation: 25,000. 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 of the purchaser, user or patron. A confirmed violation or rejection of this policy of equal opportunity by any advertiser will result in refusal to print advertising from that source. All editorial content of The Peninsula Warrior is prepared, edited, provided and approved by the Public Affairs Office Joint Base LangleyEustis. All photographs are Air Force or Army photographs unless otherwise stated. The appearance of advertising in this publication, including inserts and supplements, does not constitute endorsement by the Department of Defense or MNV of the products or services advertised.

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WINTER DRIVING TIPS By Joseph Gangemi 633RD AIR BASE WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS

With the winter months here, weather can change at a moment’s notice in the Hampton Roads area, so drivers need to be aware of the possible hazardous conditions of roadways, bridges and tunnels. According to the American Automobile Association, the most important thing to remember is to plan ahead and leave earlier than usual to safely reach destinations. AAA recommends the following winter driving tips: „ Avoid driving while you’re fatigued, getting the proper amount of rest before taking on winter weather tasks reduces driving risks. „ Never run a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage. „ Make certain your tires are properly inflated. „ Keep your gas tank at least halffull. „ If possible, avoid using your parking brake in cold, rainy and snowy weather. „ Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface, such as puddles, ice or sand. „ Always look and steer where you want to go. „ Use a seat belt every time you get into your vehicle. Simple maneuver’s such as accelerating, stopping and turning do not happen as quickly during hazardous road conditions as they do on dry pavement. Drivers need to give enough reaction time by driving slowly, having situational awareness and by being defensive drivers. Tips for driving in the snow: „ Accelerate and decelerate slowly.

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Teresa J. Cleveland

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, tire tread should have approximately 2/32 of an inch of remaining tread depth to reduce the risk of hydroplaning in the rain at highway speeds and losing traction in snow. When traveling, be sure to check tire tread and ensure it is the proper depth for the areas you will be traveling through.

Applying the gas slowly to accelerate is the best method for regaining traction and avoiding skidding. Take time to slow down for a stoplight, and remember it takes longer to slow down on icy roads. „ The normal dry pavement following distance of three to four seconds should be increased to eight to 10 seconds. This increased margin of safety will provide the longer distance needed if you have to stop. „ Know your brakes. If you have anti-lock brakes and need to slow down quickly, press hard on the pedal. It is normal for the pedal to vibrate when the ABS is activated. „ Do not stop if you can avoid it. There is a big difference in the amount of inertia it takes to start moving from a full-stop versus how much it takes to get moving while still rolling. If you can slow down enough to keep rolling until a traffic light changes, do so. „ If you do not have to go out, do not do it. It is extremely important to remember that you should not sit in a vehicle and run the engine to keep warm

if stranded in winter conditions. This may cause asphyxiation from engine exhaust. By having these items readily available it could turn a bad situation into a manageable one and easily save your life. Emergency Kit: „ Flashlight „ Mats that can be placed under your tires to increase traction „ Small bag of sand, salt or kitty litter to spread around tires to increase traction „ Shovel „ Cloth or roll of paper towels „ Blanket „ Jumper cables „ Window-washing solvent to keep the reservoir filled and windshields clean „ Warning devices-flares or triangles „ Extra battery for your cellular phone To receive real-time updates on local weather conditions download the JBLE app available in the Apple and Google play stores, or follow us on Twitter or Facebook.

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FSS offers winter activities By Airman 1st Class Derek Seifert 633RD AIR BASE WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Winter has arrived to Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, and some service members and their families may be looking for ways to spend their down time. As a way to help the service members and their families, the 633rd Force Support Squadron’s Outdoor Recreation is hosting ski trips and has winter equipment available for U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st rent throughout the seaClass Victoria H. Taylor son. Skiers and snowboard“We’re hoping to go to ers make their way down Snowshoe, West Virginia trails while on the Single on a three-day weekend. Airman Initiative trip to We are also forecasting [a Snowshoe Mountain Ski trip] for January and Feb- Resort in Snowshoe, W.Va. ruary,” said Anna Hall, Jan. 18, 2014. Participants enjoyed skiing, snowboard633rd FSS Outdoor Recreing, snow tubing, off-road ation recreational special- snowmobiling and resort ist. “[The January trip] is restaurants. primarily for our Airmen, but the other is for the Airmen and their families. We want to get everyone involved.” For those who enjoy planning their own trips but are in need of the equipment, Hall recommends visiting the Outdoor Recreation offices located on JBLE. Fort Eustis Outdoor Recreation offers recreational vehicles, pop-up campers, grills, trailers, tables, chairs, canoes, kayaks, boats and cabins. All equipment, vehicles and services are available year-round. Langley Outdoor Recreation has similar inventory year-round, but also offers winter sport equipment, such as snowboards and snowboard boots, skis and ski boots and snow skis. According to Hall, the Langley and Fort Eustis Outdoor Recreation offices are also partnering together to develop programs and trips for the Airmen and Soldiers in the future, such as kayak, canoe and rock-climbing trips around Virginia. Fort Eustis Outdoor Recreation hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Langley Outdoor Recreation hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, call Langley Outdoor Recreation at 764-7170, Fort Eustis Outdoor Recreation at 878-2610, or visit www.jbleforcesupport.com.

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Spouses help military families one dress at a time By Airman 1st Class Tristan Biese 633RD AIR BASE WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Military events such as balls and banquets, afford service members the opportunity to spend time with fellow military families, but they can sometimes be expensive. For those that want to experience the comradery of such events with less cost, Operation Deploy Your Dress has a solution. Operation Deploy Your Dress, is a non-profit organization led by military spouses that provides free, gently-used or new formal attire for military families to help reduce the cost of attending formal military events. It all began in December 2015, when four military spouses at Fort Bliss, Texas

wanted to make attending formal military events more affordable for spouses of junior soldiers. “In the military, many military families are on a tight budget and we want people to be able to come out to those military balls and experience it,� said Yvonne Coombes, ODYD branch coordinator. “Military balls are all about tradition and comradery. If you’ve never experienced one, it’s hard to even describe the amount of pride that you will see.� Due to great support and numerous donations, ODYD now has permanent boutiques at multiple locations for spouses of all ranks and military branches. Along with Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, ODYD also has locations at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington,

and Fort Bliss, Texas. Throughout the year, ODYD provides more than 2,000 clothing and accessories, such as dresses, suits, shoes and jewelry, to military members and their spouses. In conjunction with giving out attire and accessories, ODYD also accepts donations for both male and female gentlyused or new formal attire. The shop is open most Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.at the spouses club. A schedule is also posted to their Facebook page, https://www.facebook. com/perationdeployyourdress/?hc_ ref=SEARCH, at the beginning of every month. For more information, call 707-8937377 or follow the Operation Deploy Your Dress Facebook page.

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Yvonne Coombes, Operation Deploy Your Dress branch coordinator, displays a donated dress at Joint Base LangleyEustis, Va., Dec. 20, 2016. Coombes, along with three other military spouses started ODYD to help military members and their spouses afford attending formal military events.

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633RD AIR BASE WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS

In order to minimize the hazards associated with sharing the roadways, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, pedestrians and motorists should exercise caution when using or approaching crosswalks. According to the 633rd Security Forces Squadron, military personnel who fail to yield to pedestrians using crosswalks on JBLE will be issued an armed forces traffic ticket, while civilian personnel will receive a U. S. District Court violation notice. Furthermore, four points will be added to the on-base driving records for both military and civilians. Four points will also be added to the off-base driving records of civilians, in addition to a $200 fine. “Prior to the installation of pedestrian crosswalks at Langley Air Force Base, an evaluation is made as to whether the location is in a high volume traffic area and if there is a documented need,” said Jeffrey Crewe, 633rd Civil Engineer Squadron traffic engineer. According to Crewe, due to the 633rd SFS’s documentation of safety issues on Nealy Avenue, between the U.S. Air Force Hospital Langley and 633rd Medical Group Dental Clinic, a motion-sensor lighted pedestrian crosswalk was installed, which is considered above national and Department of Defense standards. Fort Eustis also experienced documented pedestrian safety issues at one of its most heavily traveled areas on Jefferson Avenue outside McDonald Army Health Center. At that location, signs are located along the pedestrian crosswalks to remind drivers to yield for pedestrians. “The key for us, as traffic engineers, is

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The 733rd Civil Engineer Division installed a lighted pedestrian crosswalk at 26th Street and Madison Avenue, near a school bus stop at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Nov. 14, 2016. The 733rd CED coordinated with the Fort Eustis Residential Working Group to address pedestrian safety issues at this location.

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to try to minimize the potential for interaction between pedestrians and vehicles,” said Robert James, 733rd Civil Engineer Division civil engineer. “I would encourage drivers to be vigilant in regards to pedestrian traffic and just be safe and watch out for one another.” According to Mark Sciacchitano, 733rd CED director, other heavy traffic areas at Fort Eustis with safety issues include the roadway in front of the Regimental Memorial Chapel, and in the housing area at 26th Street and Madison Avenue. “The Fort Eustis Residential Working Group expressed concerns about the housing area location which is near a school bus stop,” said Sciacchitano. “We’ve installed a lighted crosswalk there and when people approach, the sensor picks them up and it sets lights off across the road so drivers can see that somebody’s actually in the crosswalk.” Pedestrians should also be aware of their surroundings prior to crossing the street. “Pedestrians should not automatically assume they are going to be safe when stepping onto a crosswalk,” Crewe said. “Yes, it’s the responsibility of the drivers to slow down, but it’s also the responsibility of pedestrians to look to make sure drivers are acknowledging that they are getting ready to step in the crosswalk.” The 633rd ABW safety office advises motorists to remember that pedestrians have the right of way in crosswalks and recommends that pedestrians always use the designated crosswalks on JBLE. For more information about JBLE pedestrian crosswalks contact the 633rd ABW safety office on Langley Air Force Base at 764-5057 or on Fort Eustis at 5018224.

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U.S. Air Force Airmen with the 1st Operations Support Squadron man the 1st Fighter Wing air traffic control tower at Joint Base LangleyEustis, Va., Dec. 16, 2016. Controllers track the departure and arrival times and locations of aircraft, as well as when aircraft are airborne.

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CONTROL TOWER TRACKS MISSIONS, ENSURES SKY SAFETY

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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Chino Ross, 1st Operations Support Squadron air traffic controller, communicates with airfield members at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Dec. 16, 2016. The aircraft control tower supports approximately 30,000 missions annually and communicates with local flight facilities to coordinate safe air traffic.

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Chino Ross, left, and Senior Airman Patrick Taylor, 1st Operations Support Squadron air traffic controllers, review a flight strip at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Dec. 16, 2016. Flight strip information is sent from either Langley Air Force Base operations or the Norfolk Radar Center.

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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Patrick Taylor, 1st Operations Support Squadron air traffic controller, watches airfield traffic at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Dec. 16, 2016. The control tower supports the 1st Fighter Wing in addition to NASA, transient aircraft, Fort Eustis and distinguished visitor aircraft flying missions.

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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Chino Ross, right, 1st Operations Support Squadron air traffic controller, trains Senior Airman Patrick Taylor, 1st OSS air traffic controller, on air traffic control tower practices at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Dec. 16, 2016. Patrick recently completed upgrade training to assist tower operations.

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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Patrick Taylor, 1st Operations Support Squadron air traffic controller, organizes flight strips at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Dec. 16, 2016. Each strip has flight information including aircraft names, destinations and clearances.

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AF EVOLVES POLICIES TO ACCESS MORE TALENT, MAINTAIN HIGH STANDARDS News Release SECRETARY OF THE AIR FORCE PUBLIC AFFAIRS

The Air Force announced new policies on dress and appearance with regard to tattoos, as well as changes to service medical accession policy Jan. 9. These changes result from a review of Air Force accessions policies directed by Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James in 2016. “As part of our effort to attract and retain as many qualified Airmen as possible we periodically review our accessions policies,” she said. “In this instance, we identified specific changes we can make to allow more members of our nation to serve without compromising quality. As a next step in this evolution, we are opening the aperture on certain medical accession criteria and tattoos while taking into account our needs for worldwide deployability and our commitment to the profession of arms.” Authorized tattoos on the chest, back, arms and legs will no longer be restricted by the “25 percent” rule, while tattoos, brands or body markings on the head, neck, face, tongue, lips and/or scalp remain prohibited. Hand tattoos will be limited to one single-band ring tattoo, on one finger, on one hand. The hand tattoo change ensures the ability to present a more formal military image when required at certain events and/or with dress uniforms. Current Airmen with existing hand tattoos that were authorized under the previous policy will be grandfathered in under the old policy

standards. A recent review of Air Force field recruiters revealed almost half of contacts, applicants and recruits had tattoos. Of these, one of every five were found to have tattoos requiring review or that may be considered disqualifying; the top disqualifier was the 25 percent rule on “excessive” tattoos. The new policy lifts the 25 percent restriction on authorized tattoos to the chest, back, arms and legs, opening up this population for recruitment into the Air Force. Tattoos, brands and body markings anywhere on the body that are obscene, commonly associated with gangs, extremist and/or supremacist organizations, or that advocate sexual, racial, ethnic or religious discrimination remain prohibited in and out of uniform. To maintain uniformity and good order and consistent with Air Force Instruction 36-2903, “Dress and Personal Appearance of Air Force Personnel,” commanders will retain the authority to be more restrictive for tattoos, body ornaments and/ or personal grooming based on legal, moral, safety, sanitary, and/or foreign country cultural reasons. The new tattoo policy is effective Feb. 1, 2017. Further implementation guidance will be released in an addendum to the policy guidance. The Air Force’s periodic review of medical accession standards and advancement of medical capabilities prompted policy changes with respect to waivers concerning common conditions that have routinely

disqualified prospective Airmen from service: eczema, asthma and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Waivers for eczema, asthma and ADHD currently constitute the highest volume of requests from Air Force recruiters. Additionally, current Air Force accession policy with respect to pre-service marijuana use is not reflective of the continuing legalization of marijuana in numerous states throughout the nation. “We are always looking at our policies and, when appropriate, adjusting them to ensure a broad scope of individuals are eligible to serve. These changes allow the Air Force to aggressively recruit talented and capable Americans who until now might not have been able to serve our country in uniform,” said Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody. While medical accession standards are standardized across the Services, the Air Force has modified some of its more restrictive service policy, or established specific criteria to streamline and standardize waiver processes to increase the number of qualified candidates entering service. These changes include: • Eczema: Select candidates medically classified as having

mild forms of eczema will be processed for a waiver. Certain occupational restrictions may be applied to secure personal and mission safety. • ADHD: Candidates who do not meet the standard of never having taken more than a single daily dosage of medication or not having been prescribed medication for their condition for more than 24 cumulative months after the age of 14 will be processed for a waiver if they have demonstrated at least 15 months of performance stability (academic or vocational) off medication immediately preceding enlistment or enrollment and they continue to meet remaining criteria as outlined in Defense Department Instruction 6130.03. • Asthma: The Air Force will use the Methacholine Challenge Test to provide an objective measure of candidates with an ambiguous or uncertain history of asthma. Candidates who successfully pass this test will be processed for a waiver. • Pre-accession marijuana usage: The revised policy will remove the service prescribed numerical limitations on prior use of marijuana when determining accession qualifications. In accordance with DOD standards, a medical diagnosis of

substance-related disorders or addiction remains medically disqualifying for service. Additionally, any legal proceedings associated with pre-service use will continue to be reviewed and adjudicated separately and may be disqualifying depending on the nature of the offense(s). The Air Force will maintain a strict “no use” policy. An applicant or enlistee will be disqualified for service if they use drugs after the initial entrance interview. The waiver process changes are effective immediately. The Air Force continues to work with the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the other services to review existing medical accession standards to allow the highest number of qualified individuals possible to serve. “Among the fundamental qualities required of our Airmen is being ready to fight and win our nation’s wars. These accession standards ensure we maintain our high standards while bringing more consistency to our policies,” said Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein. “As medical capabilities have improved and laws have changed, the Air Force is evolving so we are able to access more worldwide deployable Airmen to conduct the business of our nation.”


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for that reason, to provide specific ways to get patients and their families more involved in their own care. He said their goal is to make care safer and more effective. “Healthcare is changing,” Oh said. “The amount of information freely available to patients and family members is a paradigm shift. We want patients to feel more comfortable asking questions and getting involved in their care to the extent they are comfortable.” Moore said the new year is as good a time as any to achieve some new healthier goals. “Have a conversation with yourself about what you want to focus on. Maybe it’s important to focus on one small area,

like losing weight or giving up smoking,” Moore said. “These things can have a negative impact on Airmen performance, whether direct job performance or the ability to bounce back from a setback. The fitter you are, the fewer of those unhealthy behaviors you engage in, the better you’ll respond.” One tool to use to set those goals is Comprehensive Airman Fitness, which is one of many ways Airmen can achieve balance in several aspects of their life. Each of the four areas – Mental, Physical, Social, and Spiritual – need attention throughout the year if you truly want to grow. Start now with a simple New Year’s Resolution and continue to try new things as 2017 unfolds.

New Year, New You: Take control of your own health By J.D. Levite AIR FORCE SURGEON GENERAL PUBLIC AFFAIRS

A new year can mean new opportunities, new discoveries and maybe a few new goals. While the New Year’s Resolution is a common tradition, many of them get abandoned long before the new year is gone again. Setting goals for a healthier you is something everyone can do, if you do it right. “Probably the most important thing is setting goals you can achieve,” said Col. Thomas Moore, chief of Health Promotion. “Losing five pounds? It’s a start. You can do that and build on it. Even small changes in weight can have an impact on improving health.” Setting small, manageable goals, gives you a chance to analyze how you got there. Moore said, “Once you hit that goal, it might be good to take a step back and say ‘What did I do right?’ Was it because I was eating healthier stuff like fruits and vegetables? Move on that. Build on your successes.” The Air Force Medical Service is setup to provide many resources for helping

people achieve their goals during the new year. “The Health Promotion office can help with tobacco cessation,” Moore said. “Many, not all, have a dietician who can either offer weight loss classes or possibly one-on-one counselling. If you don’t want to go the health promotion route, next time you’re seeing your doctor, talk about your goals with them.” 2017 will also be a great chance to change how Airmen approach their own healthcare, too, as the AFMS tries to get people more engaged during their medical visits. “I would recommend Airmen and their families resolve to be more active partners in their care,” said Col. John Oh, chief of Preventive Medicine. “We know care is safer when we have an effective partnership between the healthcare team and the patients. That’s the kind of the cultural change we’re trying to promote. The more patients understand about their conditions, their medications, their options — the more empowered they feel.” Oh and his team created the online Patient and Family Engagement Toolkit just

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Army implements new fitness standards for recruits and MOS transfers By David Vergun ARMY NEWS SERVICE

On Jan. 3, the Army began administering the Occupational Physical Assessment Test, or OPAT, to all recruits to assess their fitness for military occupational specialties. The OPAT also will be used to assess some Soldiers who are reclassifying into a different MOS. Army Recruiting Command estimates that the OPAT will be administered to about 80,000 recruits and thousands of cadets annually. Soldiers moving into more physically demanding MOSs also will have to meet the OPAT standard, said Jim Bragg, retention and reclassification branch chief for Army Human Resources Command. Under the OPAT, there are four physical demand categories, Bragg explained. „ Heavy (black) „ Significant (gray) „ Moderate (gold) „ Unqualified (white) When a Soldier wishes to reclassify to a new MOS, from the significant category to the heavy category, for example, he or she will need to take the OPAT. However, a Soldier whose new MOS falls within the same or a lower level physical demand category will not need to take the OPAT. The Soldier’s commander

will be responsible for ensuring the OPAT is administered prior to approval of a reclassification, Bragg said. As with any reclassification action, the battalionlevel or brigade-level career counselor will administer the OPAT. When it comes to recruiting, Brian Sutton, a spokesman for Army Recruiting Command, said the OPAT is not meant to turn away or weed people out. “It is designed to put the right people in the right jobs and to ensure we keep our recruits safe while doing so,” he said. OPAT scoring is gender neutral, he added. All Soldiers, male and female, must pass the same physical standards for their desired career field. The test will be administered to everyone coming into the Army: officer, enlisted, active, Reserve and Guard, he said. It will be administered by any command responsible for Soldier accessions — including Recruiting Command and Army Cadet Command — after the Soldier swears in but before he or she begins training. FOUR TESTS OF OPAT OPAT measures muscular strength, muscular endurance, cardiorespiratory endurance, explosive power and speed. It consists of four individual tests:

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Soldiers administer the “standing long jump” portion of the Occupational Physical Assessment Test to potential recruits during an OPAT pilot program.

— The “standing long jump” is designed to assess lowerbody power. Participants stand behind a takeoff line with their feet parallel and shoulderwidth apart. They jump as far as possible. — The “seated power throw” is designed to assess upperbody power. Participants sit on the floor with their lower back against a yoga block and upper back against a wall. They hold a 4.4 pound (2 kilogram) medicine ball with both hands, bring the medicine ball to their chest and then push or throw the medicine ball upwards and outwards at an approximate 45 degree angle. The throw is scored from the wall to the nearest 10 centimeters from where the ball first contacts the ground. — The “strength deadlift” is designed to assess lower-body strength. Participants stand inside a hex-bar and perform practice lifts to ensure good technique. They then begin a sequence of lifts starting with 120 pounds, working up to 220 pounds. — The “interval aerobic run,” always performed last, is designed to assess aerobic capacity. The evaluation involves running “shuttles” or laps between two designated points that are spaced 20 meters apart. The running pace is synchro-

nized with “beeps,” produced by a loud speaker, at specific intervals. As the test progresses, the time between beeps gets shorter, requiring recruits to run faster in order to complete the shuttle. Participants are scored by the level they reach and the number of shuttles they complete. FOUR PHYSICAL DEMAND CATEGORIES Here is a quick breakdown of the four physical demand categories incorporated into the OPAT: — “Black” is for MOSs with heavy physical demands, like those of the combat arms branches, that require lifting or moving 99 pounds or more. To attain black on the OPAT, the recruit or Soldier would need to achieve a minimum of 5 feet, 3 inches in the standing long jump; 14 feet, 9 inches for the seated power throw; 160 pounds for the strength deadlift; and a 10:14 minute mile over the course of 43 shuttles. — “Gray” is for MOSs with significant physical demands that require frequent or constant lifting of 41 to 99 pounds and occasional tasks involving moving up to 100 pounds. To attain gray on the OPAT, the recruit or Soldier would need to achieve a minimum of

4 feet, 7 inches in the standing long jump; 13 feet, 1 inch for the seated power throw; 140 pounds for the strength deadlift; and a 10:20 minute mile over the course of 40 shuttles. — “Gold” is for MOSs with moderate physical demands, such as cyber, that require frequent or constant lifting of weights up to 40 pounds or when all physical demands are occasional. To attain gold on the OPAT, the recruit or Soldier would need to achieve a minimum, 3 feet, 11 inches in the standing long jump; 11 feet, 6 inches for the seated power throw; 120 pounds for the strength deadlift; and, a 10:27 minute mile over the course of 36 shuttles. — “White” is unqualified. A recruit or Soldier who attains white has failed to meet OPAT’s minimum standards. Sutton noted that if a recruit fails the OPAT, he or she can request to retake the test. If the recruit cannot eventually pass the OPAT color designator for his or her MOS, it could be possible to renegotiate the contract that would allow the recruit to go into an MOS with a lower physical demand OPAT category, the minimum being gold. (David Vergun can be followed on Twitter: @vergunARNEWS.)


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LAFBCommunity 633 SFS issues crime bulletin for JBLE On behalf of the 633rd Security Forces Squadron a Crime Bulletin for Joint Base Langley Eustis is being issued. The bulletin is as follows: Personnel residing in Hunt Housing in York County, Virginia should be aware of an individual contacting York County and Poquoson residents stating he is a Sergeant with the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office or a York County Judge. This individual is telling residents they have missed court or Jury Duty and is asking them to pay their fines with gift cards. Residents should remember that law enforcement agencies will not take fines over the phone, especially in the payment form of gift cards. If you have any further questions, contact the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office at 890-3630.

JBLE recognizes MLK Jr. Day Joint Base Langley-Eustis will recognize Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a celebration at 10 a.m. at the Langley base theater on Jan. 13, 2017. The event is hosted by the Langley African American Heritage Council and theme for the celebration is “Remember! Celebrate! Act! A Day On, Not a Day Off!” For more information on the Langley celebration, call 225-7322.

Tax center to open Feb. 1 The 2017 tax season is upon us. The Langley Tax Center will provide computer kiosks for members to use Military OneSource as a do-it-yourself resource for your tax preparation. Military OneSource provides service members and their dependents with access to free and secure online tax preparation and filing. Military OneSource suggests that before starting on your tax return, gather all necessary tax documents and additional information such as the following: • Social Security numbers and dates of birth for you, your spouse and dependents • Child care, education and adoption costs • W-2 forms for all employers for you and your spouse • Investment income forms • Alimony information • Social Security benefits • Miscellaneous income • Form 1098-E for student loan interest • Form 1098 for home mortgage interest • Charitable donations • Medical and dental expenses • Real estate taxes • Rental property incomes and expenses The Langley Air Force Base Tax Center will be open all duty days from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. from Feb. 1 to April. 17, 2017. For more information, call 764-3277.

JBLE fitness assessment tracks 100% compliant On October 19, 2016, the 633rd Civil Engineer Squadron conducted detailed measurements of the physical assessment testing tracks at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. The 633rd CES found that all assessment track including the Shellbank Fitness Center indoor and outdoor tracks and the Anderson Field House track are in

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Langley USO seeks volunteers The USO on Langley Air Force Base is in need of volunteers to keep the center open. Volunteers must have access to the base. If interested in volunteering, visit the Get Involved tab at www.hrcv.uso.org.\

633rd CES relocates plants The 633rd Civil Engineer Squadron will be relocating pollinator plants from Bethel Park to the wildlife trail off of Worley Rd. at Langley Air Force Base from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Jan. 6, 2016. The pollinator plants are being moved to a location where they can thrive and be better utilized by wildlife. To participate in the relocation call, 764-1090.

JBLE Outdoor Recreation Centers open Saturdays

JBLE stresses importance of electronic IRS forms Selection of electronic delivery for 2016 IRS Form 1095-C for military members must be completed by Dec. 31, 2016 to avoid forms being mailed via the U.S. Postal System. Electronic delivery helps protect personal information, saves money and natural resources. The myPay pay management system allows military members to monitor their pay and direct delivery options of important documents such as W-2s, Leave and Earning Statements and the relatively new 1095-C healthcare coverage certification. The deadline to make an electronic delivery-only selection for W-2 forms is Dec. 1, 2016. IRS Form 1095 delivery selection must be made no later than Dec. 31, 2016. The DFAS tax statement release schedule will be released in late November and will be posted on the agency’s website at www.dfas.mil.

The Langley Air Force Base and Fort Eustis Outdoor Recreation Centers will now open on Saturdays. The hours of operation for the Langley Outdoor Recreation Center is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. The hours of operation for the Fort Eustis Outdoor Recreation Center is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, contact the Langley Outdoor Recreation Center at 764-7170 and the Fort Eustis Outdoor Recreation Center at 878-2610.

JBLE DFAC policy change

Company Grade Officer Council welcomes members

JBLE Family Child Care Program

The Company Grade Officer Council will meet at 4:45 p.m. at the Bayview Commonwealth Center every third Thursday of the month and is open to all Company Grade Officers. The council has an opening for a U.S. Army officer on the council board. Join the council for professional development, social events and fun. For more information, call 764-9954.

Fort Eustis’ Groninger Library encourages reading Fort Eustis’ Groninger Library has implemented an ongoing reading program entitled “1000 Books Before Kindergarten” and “1000 Books from 1st — 5th grades.” For every 100 books read, children can take their reading log to the library to receive a prize. After reading 1000 books, children will receive a free t-shirt. For more information, contact the library at 878-5017 or visit www. groningerlibrary.com.

NAF employment available at JBLE Joint Base Langley-Eustis is currently recruiting for nonappropriated funds positions available, with a guaranteed 20 hours per week with a flexible schedule. Areas such as marketing assistant, chef, lifeguard, custodial work and cashiers are available. For more information on employment opportunities at Fort Eustis call 878-1366 or Langley Air Force Base at 764-2992 or visit www.NAFJobs.org.

The Crossbow at Langley Air Force Base and the Resolute Café at Fort Eustis are now open to all personnel who have authorized access to Joint Base LangleyEustis. Eligible customers include active duty, National Guard and Reserve service members, retired military personnel, immediate family members of active duty personnel, Department of Defense civilians and contractors with a Common Access Card, attached, temporary duty station or conducting business on JBLE. For more information, call at 225-2969.

The Joint Base Langley-Eustis Family Child Care Program is looking for child care providers. They are searching for those interested in a professional, portable career that will allow those to stay at home and run a homebased business. The program is available for children ages two weeks to 12 years old. Child care providers must be at least 18 years old be able to read and speak English, be in good health, and willing to undergo a background check. The FCC will provide training and materials to get your business started. Training may include First Aid, CPR, health, safety, developmentally appropriate practices and child guidance. All individuals providing child care in their home for more than 10 hours a week must be licensed. For more information, Fort Eustis at 5584/5726 or Langley Air Force Base 764-3585/2835.

710th Combat Operations Squadron vacancies The 710th Combat Operations Squadron currently has 15 Officer (11/12 F/B, 13B, 14N) and 10 Enlisted (1C5, 3DX and 1NX) Reserve vacancies at Joint Base Langley-Eustis. The 710th COS is one of the Air Force Reserve Command’s and consist of two Air and Space Operations Center Augmentation units. Some AFSC’s are eligible for a $300 travel stipend. For inquiries, call 764-7080 or tamara.woodruff@us.af.mil


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EustisCommunity Fort Eustis Tax Center opens Jan. 30 The Fort Eustis Tax Center will open Jan. 30, 2017 to April 14, 2017 for in-person advice for active duty members, retirees and dependents. The center will open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday for walk-in services. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday by appointment only for active duty members. Members should bring their W-2, 1099-R, 1098-T, interest or brokerage states, dependent care statements, mortgage statements, rental property statements and last year’s tax return to their appointments. For more information, contact 878-3031.

Summary Court Martial Officer 2nd Lt. Keenan Benner, Fort Eustis’ 10th Transportation Battalion, is detailed as the Summary Court Martial Officer to secure and make proper disposition of the personal effects of Sergeant Sean C. Montgomery. Anyone having knowledge or has claims against the deceased estate, call 878-0777.

Summary Court Martial Officer Capt. Angela Jenkins, Fort Eustis’ Forces Command, is detailed as the Summary Court Officer to secure and make proper disposition of the personal effects of Staff Sergeant William Paul Shine III. Anyone having knowledge of money or property due to the deceased or has claims against the deceased estate, call 878-6962.

JBLE Outdoor Recreation Centers open Saturdays The Langley Air Force Base and Fort Eustis Outdoor Recreation Centers will now open on Saturdays. The hours of operation for the Langley Outdoor Recreation Center are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. The hours of operation for the Fort Eustis Outdoor Recreation Center are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, contact the Langley Outdoor Recreation Center at 764-7170 or the Fort Eustis Outdoor Recreation Center at 878-2610.

Company Grade Officer Council welcomes members The Company Grade Officer Council will meet at 4:45 p.m. at the Bayview Commonwealth Center every third Thursday of the month and is open to all Company Grade Officers. The council has an opening for a U.S. Army officer on the council board. Join the council for professional development, social events and fun. For more information, call 764-9954.

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Submit Eustis Community announcements to pw@militarynews.com obtained in person from Range Control Fire Desk (Bldg. 2432 Mulberry Island Road) or a designated Range Control Technician. All personnel are required to check in and out with range control before going into or departing any Range or Training area. Range schedule until Jan. 24: Jan. 13 – BTRAC, R1, R2, R3, R5, R6 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Jan. 14 – R2 POW from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Jan. 14 – Waterfowl Hunting R3, R5, R6 from 4:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Jan. 15 – R2 POW from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Jan. 15 – Waterfowl Hunting R1, R3, R5, R6 from 4:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Jan. 16 – R1, R2 POW, R3 POW from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Jan. 17 – BTRAC, R1, R2 POW, R3 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Jan. 18 – BTRAC, R1, R2 POW, R3 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Jan. 19 – BTRAC, R1, R2, R3 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Jan. 20 – BTRAC, R1, R2, R3 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Jan. 20 – Waterfowl Hunting R3, R5, R6 from 4:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Jan. 21 – R2 POW from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 21 – Waterfowl Hunting R3, R5, R6 from 4:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Fort Eustis Education Center announces DANTES policy change Beginning Oct. 1, 2016, DANTES will no longer physically process any paperbased reimbursement. This policy change includes reimbursement of test fees for the following exams: GED, GMAT, GRE General and GRE Subject, Praxis Core and Praxis Subject Assessment, ACT and SAT. For additional information, contact Fort Eustis Education Center at 878-2083.

JBLE Family Child Care Program If you are looking for a professional, portable career that will allow you to stay at home with your children and run your own home-based business, then becoming a child care provider may be a good fit for you. The Joint Base Langley-Eustis Family Child Care Program screens child care providers who watch children in their homes. The program is available for children ages two weeks to 12 years old. Child care providers must be at least 18 years old, be able to read and speak English, be in good health and willing to undergo a background check. The FCC will provide training and materials to get your business started. Training may include first aid, CPR, health, safety, developmentally appropriate practices and child guidance. All individuals providing child care in their homes for more than 10 hours a week must be licensed. For more information, call Fort Eustis at 878-5584/5726 or Langley Air Force Base at 764-3585/2835.

NAF employment available at JBLE Joint Base Langley-Eustis is currently recruiting for non-appropriated funds positions available, with a guaranteed 20 hours per week with a flexible schedule. Areas such as marketing assistant, chef, lifeguarding, custodial work and cashiers are available. For more information on employment opportunities at Fort Eustis call 878-1366 or Langley Air Force Base at 764-2992 or visit www.NAFJobs.org.

Fort Eustis’ Groninger Library encourages reading Fort Eustis’ Groninger Library has implemented an ongoing Reading Program entitled “1000 Books Before Kindergarten” and “1000 Books from 1st -5th grades.” For every 100 books read, children can take their reading log to the library to receive a prize. After reading 1000 books, children will receive a free t-shirt. For more information, contact the library at 878-5017 or visit www.groningerlibrary.com.

Wylie Theater hosts Chapel Next Sunday services Join Chapel Next at the Wylie Theater from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Sundays for contemporary Christian worship. Experience God’s goodness and grace, discover answers to life’s questions. Enjoy being spiritually revived, refreshed and fulfilled. For more information, call at 878-2257.

Live Fire Range Schedule Ranges, training areas, and associated facilities are Off Limits to personnel not engaged in scheduled firing, operations, or inspections/recons unless clearance is

Dining facility policy change The 7th Transportation Brigade (Expeditionary) Resolute Café dining facility is open to all personnel who have authorized access to Joint Base Langley-Eustis. Eligible customers include active-duty personnel, retired military, National Guard, Reserve component, immediate family members of active-duty personnel, DoD civilians and contractor personnel with a Department of Defense Common Access Card assigned, attached, temporary duty station or conducting business on JBLE. For more information, call 878-6665.

Old Point Comfort Toastmasters Club Do you want to improve your public speaking and communication skills? The Old Point Comfort Toastmasters Club meets at 11:40 a.m., the first and third Wednesday of each month, at 650 Monroe Ave. Visitors are always welcome. For more information, visit www.district66.org or call 878-3124 or 878-2204.

Army Emergency Relief available online Soldiers, military retirees and family members can now request financial assistance through Army Emergency Relief’s redesigned website at https://www.aerhq. org. Applications can be submitted 24 hours a day via desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone. The redesigned site allows for easier navigation and authorized patrons can access their accounts, apply for scholarships, donate and utilize the new loan calculator. For more information, call at 878-5570.


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0% % APR: APR 4 years** with ith a minimum i i purchase h off $3499, $3499 3 years** with ith a minimum i i purchase h off $2999, $2999 2 years** with ith a minimum i i purchase h off $1999 on your Mattress M tt Fi Firm credit dit card. d 48 48, 36 36, or 24 equall monthly thl payments t required. i d *Off *Offer valid lid 1/9/17 1/9/17-1/16/17 1/16/17 and d applies li only l tto single-receipt i l i t qualifying lif i purchases. h N No iinterest t t will ill b be charged h d on promo purchase h and d equal monthly payments are required equal to initial promo purchase amount divided equally by the number of months in promo period until promo is paid in full. The equal monthly payment will be rounded to the next highest whole dollar and may be higher than the minimum payment that would be required if the purchase was a non-promotional purchase. Regular account terms apply to non-promotional purchases. For new accounts: Purchase APR is 29.99%; Minimum Interest Charge is $2. Existing cardholders should see their credit card agreement for their applicable terms. Subject to credit approval. We invite you to ask about any individual prices. Product and selection may vary from store to store. Photography is for illustration purposes only and may not reflect actual product. Mattress Firm, Inc. strives for accuracy in our advertising, but errors in pricing and/or photography may occur. Mattress Firm reserves the right to correct any such errors. Some products are at the manufacturer’s minimum selling price and further reductions cannot be taken. Store hours may vary by location. Unless otherwise noted, offers valid 1/9/17-1/16/17 or while supplies last. See store for complete details. †*Mattress Firm Floor Model Sales Event: Save up to 50% off select Hampton & Rhodes, Beautyrest Black Hybrid and Tempur-Pedic floor model mattress sets and save up to 60% off closeout accessories. Savings applied to our low price. Product selection may vary by store. May not be combined with any other discount, coupon, or offer. Offer available while supplies last. See store for complete details. *†In-store dollar savings range from $50-$500. Advertised dollar savings range from $50-$300. †††Tempur-pedic Free Gift Offer: Offer valid 12/26/16-1/17/17 or while supplies last. $500 gift with purchase requires purchase of a Tempur-Pedic® mattress with a TEMPUR-Ergo® Plus or Tempur-Ergo Premier adjustable base. $500 gift with purchase is good toward sleep accessories and delivery. Not valid towards LuxLiving Black Ice and Hyperchill pillows or DreamFit sheets. Cannot be combined with any other offer, coupon or discounts. Excludes previous purchases. See store for availability and details. ***Mattress Firm Free Box Event: Offer valid 1/9/17-1/16/17. Receive a free same brand, standard or low profile box spring with the purchase of select mattresses from Sealy, Beautyrest, and Hampton & Rhodes. Free box spring offer valid on same size mattress purchased. Free box spring offer valid to complete mattress set and cannot be used as credit or combined with any other offer, coupon or discounts. See store for complete details. MF15_ROP_AIRFORCE_1.13_VA


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