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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 re s t o f p e r s o n n e l a t J o i n t B a s e L a n g l e y - E u s t i s

Air force EDITION

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New ‘Raptor Town’ provides world-class expeditionary training — Page 12


Air Guard groups win Outstanding Unit Awards — Page 3


Nigerian Airman has high hopes for military career — Page 8


SALVAGE Eustis engineer divers repair Army tugboat — Page 21


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The 192nd Maintenance and Operations Groups both received the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award Jan. 20 for their accomplishments over the past two years. The groups are being recognized as a result of consistent, high-level performance, dedication to the mission, and the ability to thrive as a classic association with the 1st Fighter Wing in today’s total force initiative. “The Airmen of the 192nd Fighter Wing have been on the cutting edge of air combat power as the first Air National Guard unit to fly the F-22 Raptor, and these two units being recognized is a result of their technical expertise, hard work and dedicated service,” said Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell. “We continue to be extremely pleased by the outstanding achievements of the Virginia National Guard, and I know we can continue to expect great things from the Virginia Air Guard as they work side-by-side with the active Air Force at Langley Air Force Base.” “Each winner is commended for having been selected from an outstanding group of nominees, and the dedication and commitment of the members of these organizations enable the Air National Guard to fulfill its commitment to the missions of peacekeeping, humanitarian relief, domestic involvement, and most important of all, defense of the United States,” said Lt. Gen. Harry M. Wyatt, III, Air National Guard director. The operations group is a key participant across many areas of operation, including multiple deployments and ensuring security along the Pacific and in Southwest Asia. The intelligence squadron, a growing component of the group, participates daily in today’s fights in Iraq and Afghanistan. About 30 intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance personnel from the group are engaged in Iraq and Afghanistan, saving lives and accomplishing mission objectives each day. The maintenance group, together with their TFI partners, ensures sortie production, repairs and employment readiness of approximately 40 F-22 aircraft. In one year, their efforts nearly doubled the mission capability rate, resulting in a 23 percent increase in war-ready pilots. Additionally, the rapid response of both the operations and maintenance groups during Hurricane Irene in August 2011

Photo by Master Sgt. Carlos Claudio

(From left) Staff Sgt. Christopher A. Stacklin, Airman 1st Class Darby J. Ryan and Staff Sgt. Greg K. Wills, Virginia Air National Guard 192nd Fighter Wing F-22 Raptor weapons loaders, conduct an inspection on a Universal Ammunition Loading System at Langley Air Force Base, Jan. 26.The 192nd Maintenance and Operations Groups each recently received the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award for their accomplishments over the past two years.

was unprecedented. In the middle of the aircraft’s five-month stand-down, the hurricane forced maintenance to launch approximately 28 aircraft, marking the largest deployment of F-22s in the aircraft’s history. All jets were airborne in less than 30 hours, even after having been on the ground for three months.

A recent Air Combat Command Operational Readiness Inspection yielded excellent and outstanding ratings in every area for the operations group. Maintenance also received an excellent rating — the best performance by a maintenance group across 10 ACC fighter and bomber wings. “We couldn’t have accomplished it with-

out the 1st Fighter Wing,” said Col. Robert J. Grey, Jr., the 192nd MXG commander. “We need to remember and praise our partners in all this. It’s a marriage. It doesn’t succeed without your partner.” “In our total force environment, our people are some of the most experienced and respected operators and instructors,” said Col. David R. Nardi, the 192nd OG commander. “Their performance every single day, alongside our active duty partners, stands out and is exceptional.” Beyond the gates of Langley, these citizen Airmen provide thousands of hours of their time in support of various volunteer efforts and local charities, including the March of Dimes, Hampton Roads Salvation Army, Virginia Animal Aid Society, Habitat for Humanity. Community involvement is a cornerstone in the role of an Air Guardsman. “The recognition of the Airmen of the OG makes every member of the group proud. Our citizen Airmen maintain constant readiness and step up every day to meet the needs of the Commonwealth and the nation. For the Air Force to recognize this is well-deserved and an honor for our people and our group,” said Nardi. “I’m very proud of what they’ve done. They are the quiet professionals. They don’t seek to receive recognition,” Grey said. “We don’t seek glory and fame. We’re just trying to accomplish the mission. But it is nice to get recognition sometimes.”


The Department of the Air Force, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, in cooperation with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, prepare its second five-year review of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act "Brown's Lake" (Site SI029) located at Fort Eustis. In accordance with CERCLA, this review will evaluate the effectiveness and protectiveness of the Selected Remedy at Brown's Lake. Historic investigations found that lake sediment was impacted by polychlorinated biphenyls, poly-nuclear aromatic hydrocarbons, pesticides, base-neutral acid extractable compounds (BNAs), fuel hydrocarbons, and metals. The investigations led to an Interim Removal Action (IRA) in 1999 which


involved draining and capping the lake bottom with clean fill. The post-IRA selected remedy for Brown's Lake included additional excavation of a drainage ditch, storm water control, multi-media long term monitoring, and institutional controls. This review will also include a Site Status Summary of all data collected at 10 additional CERCLA sites (Sites AT006, CS030, CS036, LF001, LF002, LF004, TS037, TS038, TU032, and TU035) at Fort Eustis. The remedy has not been determined at these sites; therefore, the effectiveness cannot be evaluated at this time. The report is expected to be finalized in November 2012. For further information, mail questions and comments to: Vicki Bowker, Public Affairs Office, 601 Hines Circle, Room 107, Fort Eustis, VA 23604; call (757) 878-4920; or e-mail


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(From left) Col. Kevin Robbins, 1st FighterWing commander, Chief Master Sgt. Kevin Howell, 633rd Air Base Wing command chief, Col. Reggie Austin, 633rd ABW vice commander, Col. Paul Nelson, 480th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing commander, Chief Master Sgt. Gary Carter, 1st FW command chief, and Chief Master Sgt.Troy Eden, 480th ISR Wing command chief, prepare to sell doughnuts during an Air Force Assistance Fund fundraiser at Langley Air Force Base West Gate Feb. 7. Senior leaders along with personnel from Langley sold 250 dozen doughnuts in two hours with all proceeds going to the AFAF.

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May 24, 2011, is a date Chief Master Sgt. David Brown will not soon forget. A potentially violent storm was headed directly for Langley Air Force Base, Va. The 94th Aircraft Maintenance Unit superintendent and fellow maintenance technicians were scrambling to hangar and secure the 1st Fighter Wing’s F-22 Raptor eet. The unit’s iconic symbol, a Nieuport 28 World War I biplane replica, was anchored at ďŹ ve spots to the concrete pad just outside the chief’s ofďŹ ce. At 6 p.m., just before the technicians could get to the biplane, a microburst swept in, snapping the rear chain, bolts and cable, which sent the airplane that was never supposed to y 100 feet into a parked at-bed truck. A twisted pile of metal and wood, smashed wings and propeller were what remained. Some SPADS, a nickname for members in the unit, were sure the storm had damaged the airplane beyond repair. E-mails from present and former SPADS ew through the ether, spreading the sorry news about the Nieuport’s demise. A proposal to buy a new SPAD XIII or another Nieuport replica were considered, but the price was prohibitive; it could be as much as $15,000 — unassembled. Brown and his fellow SPADS considered the historic signiďŹ cance of this particular model though. “It is too important to the unit,â€? said Brown, because it had been their symbolic material tie to the 94th’s storied past, where mentions of Douglas Campbell, Raoul Lufbery and Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker reached almost legendary proportions.

Way ahead Word of the ruinous tumble the biplane suffered reached members of the 1st Fighter Association, who posted before and after pictures in their August on-line newsletter. Ken Kellett, a long-time aircraft replica builder and restorer built

Photo by Airman 1st Class Kayla Newman

Airmen assigned to the 94th Aircraft Maintenance Unit build a Nieuport 28 replica at Langley Air Force Base, Jan. 17.The original Nieuport 28 replica was put on display in front of the 94th AMU in 1984, and has since gone through two restorations, two location moves, three mountings, and one ďŹ nal ight.

the aircraft in 1983 and it was dedicated at Langley in 1984. His reaction when he saw the pictures were “Ouch! I think they can ďŹ x this. “What’s amazing is that it’s 28 years old and has held up as well as it has. It looks like it can be made whole again,â€? said Kellett. Staff Sgts. Javaris Allen and Zach Kee, both dedicated crew chiefs in the 1st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, took the lead. It would be the third time the aircraft had undergone repairs, but this would be the ďŹ rst time 94th AMU mechanics would do the work. Allen set up a woodworking workshop in a storage room off of the main 94th AMU Hangar. Although cramped, he and other volunteers

set about reverse engineering the smashed replica. Taking apart the wings, they spied dry rot and cracks. Tracing the old parts, they made new ones. Now a table saw, jig saw and sandpaper would become their new tools of the trade. “I had just done furniture repair up until this point, so this was different,� Allen said. Ribs, wing struts, spars and each old part of the airplane had to be removed, traced and re-made. The 1st Maintenance Squadron helped out as well, using the slowly emerging rebuilt aircraft as a training aid, building a new rudder and tail feather assembly. SEE NIEUPORT PAGE 7

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NIEUPORT FROM PAGE 6 An Airframe and Powerplant CertiďŹ cation is required to perform maintenance and repairs on small aircraft, as well as the largest jet airplanes. A portion of the required A&P curriculum an aircraft maintenance professional needs to get certiďŹ ed includes working with wood, metal, fabric and composites. Many aircraft maintenance professionals strive to attain the certiďŹ cation. “This is a great experience, a good change of pace, working with these tools and ďŹ berglass,â€? said Master Sgt. Richard Soule, 372nd Field Training Detachment instructor, also emphasizing the bonus beneďŹ ts of getting the A&P certiďŹ cation. As of press time, the aircraft has received its silver coating on the fuselage, to protect the coverings from the destructive effects of ultraviolet light. The detailed ďŹ ve-color paint scheme will culminate the restoration process.

A valuable donation Jon Goldenbaum was here during the 1984 dedication of the Nieuport. The retired Air Force colonel was the 27th FS assistant operations ofďŹ cer, then the 94th FS operations ofďŹ cer, and subsequently the commander of the 71st FS. Although his military background is in F-15 Eagles, he was interested in the project. “My background and passion was in restoring and ying antique aircraft,â€? he said. While stationed here, he had a fabric-covered Taylorcraft BC-12D that he ew as a hobby. Now he is the president of Consolidated Aircraft Coatings in Riverside, Calif. Last summer he wrote an email to Brown stating, “I’ll donate all the fabric, coatings and custom-tinted, mil-spec paint necessary to make it look like new. I’ll be glad to teach whoever is available how to apply the fabric, coatings and paint.â€? According to the retired Eagle driver, you can’t learn these skills at an Air Force tech school. A stickler for authenticity, he wants the rebuild to look just right. “The paint we use exactly duplicates the luster of the nitrate dope used in World War I.â€? “Goldy,â€? Brown, Allen and a team of 11 volunteer restorers started the next phase of the Nieuport’s rebirth in earnest on Jan. 16, the Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday, their actions


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Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Jon Goldenbaum (second from right) helps Airmen of the 94th Aircraft Maintenance Unit restore a Nieuport 28 replica. Goldenbaum was stationed at Langley AFB in the 1980s, and participated in the original dedication ceremony when the Nieuport 28 model was unveiled.

The restored Nieuport will be revealed at the 94th FS change of command ceremony, scheduled for Feb. 9, at the SPAD hangar at 11:30 a.m. Lt. Col. Jason Hinds will assume command from Lt. Col. David Abba.

cementing the notion the day is “A day on, not a day off.â€? Even Tech. Sgt. Nate Kramer’s wife Bobbi Jo pitched in, doing some ďŹ ne sanding.

Legacy, history, heritage James Hardenbrook, former 27th FS commander and presently the 1st Fighter Association president, was glad veterans of the wing could be a part of the Nieuport’s restoration process. “The association charter is based upon making signiďŹ cant contributions to the history and heritage of the 1st Fighter Wing,â€? said Hardenbrook. “This program ďŹ ts that charter like a glove. Many of our members, especially former WWII 94th members, were quick to take out their checkbooks to ensure that restoration got started as quickly as possible.â€? Both present and past 1st FW

members were especially pleased Goldenbaum provided his professional expertise, and all the material to recover, paint and ďŹ nish the restoration to better-than-new condition. A key expert who helped was a young man Goldenbaum hired out of the gang-ridden barrio that surrounds his business. He placed him along with others from similar backgrounds in a training program he runs within his business. Hualdo Mendoza is now an aircraft restoration expert, comfortable in the business environment, articulate, and a contributing citizen in the local community. “This restoration program is a success in many ways,â€? according to Hardenbrook. The aircraft will soon be restored to better than new condition, and the esprit de corps of the 94th FS is once again conďŹ rmed. The contributions of the 1st Fighter Association are recognized and this effort highlights the contributions of Goldenbaum, not only to this program, but to his local community. “I look forward to the roll out celebration and placement of the aircraft back where it belongs,â€? said Goldenbaum. The restored Nieuport will be revealed at the 94th FS change of command ceremony, scheduled for Feb. 9, at the SPAD hangar at 11:30 a.m. Lt. Col. Jason Hinds will assume command from Lt. Col. David Abba.

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Breaking barriers:

1LJHULDQ $LUPDQ KDV KLJK KRSHV IRU KLV PLOLWDU\ FDUHHU By Harry J. Lundy For years people have been able to get a visa, join the military and become a citizen. But have you ever heard of a person immigrating to America, becoming a citizen and feeling obligated to serve their new country? Meet Airman 1st Class Ugochukwu Nwosu. Nwosu works at the 1st Operation Support Squadron as an intelligence analyst. He gathers classified information, and briefs key decision makers on threats to national security. He was born in Lagos, Nigeria. For him, growing up was all about getting an education. “I saw people go to university in England, the U.S. and the Netherlands,” recalled Nwosu. “They would get an education, and go back to Nigeria to help others.” Nwosu attended the Nigerian Air Force Secondary School. There, if you do something considered bad, you get flogged. Nwosu was chosen to be a prefect, one of eight leadership roles a student there could hold. With this position came responsibility and flogging, but he was up to holding the position. “I was chosen to be the sports prefect. If our team didn’t do well, I would get flogged,” said Nwosu. “It was very challenging, but it taught me leadership and responsibility. They put me in those leadership roles, and I faced consequences for my actions.” Flogging is part of the culture in Nigeria, and takes place at all schools. Nwosu said that the flogging was not bad; it just hurts for a little bit. After secondary school, Nwosu was able to attend university in the U.S. “The perception in Nigeria is that an education here is top notch, and it is, but a lot of people take it for granted here,” said Nwosu. “You have to live in Nigeria to understand. Teachers there don’t give you their time. Over here they actually try to help you out.” Nwosu began his college career at Savannah State University in Chatham County, Ga., where he was close to his uncle. He then transferred to Bowling Green State University in Ohio, to be close to his

“The camaraderie in the unit, the camaraderie in the military, it’s something that just draws me to it. And sometimes it is unexplainable because it is like a family. I like that a lot.” — Airman 1st Class Ugochukwu Nwosu native of Lagos, Nigeria

brother, and complete his bachelor’s degree in health with a minor in chemistry. His older brother finished school, and moved back to Nigeria. Nwosu stayed to earn his master’s in industrial hygiene, commonly known as public health in the Air Force, at the University of Toledo. Nwosu had to work hard to overcome the challenges of a different language and educational structure here. “I remember taking my anatomy class, and I couldn’t understand the terms because I couldn’t pronounce them,” said Nwosu. To compenstae for his lack of grammar skills, he began to cram. He would memorize what an item was, where it was and how to spell it. Initially he had some trouble, but once he understood and devoted more time to his studies, it got better. While an undergrad, Nwosu met his wife and befriended her brother, who is a major in the Army. After hearing his brother-in-law talk about his Soldiers and being able to help them, Nwosu decided he wanted to join the military. “I joined the Air Force because of my high school. I thought I was used to the Air Force life, but it was totally different,” said Nwosu. “This isn’t high school; It was a rude awakening.” His recruiter thought working in intelligence would be a good fit for Nwosu. He was not told about taking the officer route, and he admits he did not do his

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own research either. After technical school, Nwosu worked towards a position to put his education to use. His unit commander, Capt. Edmund McDaniel, talked to him and understood his perspective. He became an advocate for Nwosu, encouraging him to put a package together so he could become an officer in the field he went to school for. “Someone like that shows me the blueprint of someone I want to be if I become an officer,” said Nwosu. “You are not there to flaunt your rank or your position. You are there to help the people who can’t speak for themselves.” During his short tenure in the Air Force, Nwosu said the most exciting part is meeting all the young people who know so much. He has learned so much from people he did not think he would learn from, and considers it an honor to serve with them. “You see young people without a college degree that are smarter than those with a college degree. I don’t think the public gets to see that. They just see a young person in a uniform and think, ‘Oh, he’s being misled,’” said Nwosu. “Actually, he’s not. He knows exactly what he wants. He knows exactly what he is setting himself up for in the future, and that is just amazing.” “The camaraderie in the unit, the camaraderie in the military, it’s something that just draws me to it. And sometimes it is unexplainable because it is like a family. I

like that a lot,” he said. In addition to professional goals, Nwosu also has a personal goal based on a mentor and friend who helped him out. Byron Freeman was the one who took Nwosu in when he first arrived at Bowling Green State University, and helped him pronounce things the American way. “I joined the fraternity Alpha Phi Alpha, and he died after that,” said Nwosu. “But that was a huge help. It helped me join the community, and become something bigger than myself.” Even as Freeman was dying from cancer, he taught Nwosu goals, and the importance of helping the community. “This man was going through cancer, but he would still go into the Toledo community and help young kids find a better way,” said Nwosu. “Instead of violence or gangs, even if you don’t want to go to college, you can still find what your niche is and pursue it.” Nwosu wants to take what he learned from his mentor, and help others here and back in Nigeria. His mid-term goal is to create a nonprofit organization called B-Free to Challenge Your Flaws. It is named after his mentor, and will offer a stipend for five to 10 students for every year they are in college. He hopes to help students from minority neighborhoods, who must provide proof of acceptance into a school, and most importantly, show what they have done to help their peers. Nwosu already has a presentation put together, and hopes to raise funds through various means, including his fraternity Alpha Phi Alpha and contacts within British Petroleum. His long-term goal is to sponsor a financially-challenged student from the Air Force Secondary School Ikeja in Lagos, and give them the opportunity to get a college education in America. He plans to work with his alma maters to let him use one of their full scholarships for international students to make that happen. As for his immediate goal, Nwosu was confirmed and commissioned into the Virginia Army National Guard on Jan. 26. He is a second lieutenant environmental science officer. He will now begin outprocessing from the Air Force to continue his journey.

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National Children’s Dental Health Month


Isn’t America’s favorite pastime to visit their dentist? Without a doubt, each of us has fond memories as children of visiting our dentist for a filling or cleaning, right? Perhaps not! Many adults have had a negative dental experience as a child, which may affect their overall oral health throughout adulthood. Individuals who “fear the dentist” are less likely to seek regular care through checkups and when conservative treatment can still be given. Today’s pediatric dentists use hightech toys, such as television, video games and toys, to distract and comfort children. While pediatric dentistry has come a long way over the last few decades, we as parents can do our part to give our children the right tools to fight cavities. Dental decay is a complex process involving bacteria, food, habits and genetics. Brushing is an indispensible part of the fight. Experts agree that children generally lack the manual dexterity to effectively brush until they are about 7 or 8 years old; about the time they can tie their own shoes. However, often we ignore the other half of home care: flossing. Floss can go where no tooth brush has gone before — in between teeth. Dental decay occurs just below where adjacent teeth contact each other. This is because food tends to get stuck in these places, leading to plaque that contains the bacteria necessary to create a cavity. As the tooth demineralizes, the bacteria will eventually invade the layers of the tooth causing sensitivity to cold and sweets. If left untreated, the nerve may become infected and die, causing severe pain, infection and possible tooth loss. The

most effective way to clean between the teeth is with floss. Proper flossing technique consists of first “wiggling” or “sawing” the floss through the contact between the teeth, taking care not to “snap” the floss into the gums. Below each tooth contact there are two teeth areas to clean: the tooth in front of the contact, and the one behind. Gently guide the floss to one side and towards the gums until you feel resistance. Then proceed to clean up to the contact with three swipes. Repeat for each tooth in the mouth. If regular floss is difficult to use or awkward in your hands then try a new product. Disposable flossers, which are basically “floss on a stick”, can be inexpensive and easier to use. Some come with characters or animals on the handles making them more entertaining. Different brands can be found in your local pharmacy or grocery store. When should you start flossing your children’s teeth? The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends beginning when “two or more teeth are too close together for a toothbrush to clean between them.” When should your child start flossing on their own? Between the ages of 7 and 10, or whenever they can do so effectively. A wise dentist once said “brush and floss the one’s you want to keep!” Keep in mind that flossing is the other half of home care to help protect our children’s teeth against dental decay. For further information, check out “Healthy Smiles: a family guide” at www. EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first in a series of three articles written in celebration of National Children’s Dental Health Month, celebrated each February.

Flossing includes the following procedures: • Cut an 18-inch piece of your floss. • Wrap about a half of the floss around the middle finger of your hand. • Wrap a half of the rest of the floss around the middle finger of your other hand. • Hold your floss tight with your thumbs and forefingers. • Glide the floss very gently between your teeth. Avoid harsh movements, as well as snapping or forcing the floss. • When you feel that the floss reached your gum line, curve the floss in the shape of the C-letter around the base of your tooth and start scrapping your tooth by sliding the floss up and down very carefully. • Repeat the same procedure for all of your teeth using a clean area of floss for every tooth. • Do not forget to floss behind your back teeth.

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Annual Swang N’ Super Bowl party helps to benefit wounded warriors By Sgt. John Crosby INDIANA NATIONAL GUARD PUBLIC AFFAIRS

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Double Purple Heart recipient, retired Marine Sgt. Klay South, from Indianapolis, poses for a photo with Jim McMahon at his Swang N' Super Bowl Bash, which raised charity donations from NFL players and celebrities to benefit wounded warriors in Indianapolis on Feb. 2

Just days before Super Bowl XLVI, Jim McMahon, the retired NFL, two-time Super Bowl champ, hosted the fourth annual Swang N’ Super Bowl Bash at the historic Rathskeller where charity donations from NFL players and celebrities were raised to benefit wounded warriors. Joining in the festivities were deployed Indiana Guard Soldiers and Airmen of the 4-19th Agribusiness Development Team who spoke live from Afghanistan with Indiana Adjutant General Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger, McMahon, and other athletes and celebrities, via a satellite feed. Umbarger expressed his gratitude to the wounded warriors for their service and sacrifice. “I’m honored that I can even be around these heroes, and that’s what I call them is heroes,” said Umbarger. “First of all, they

volunteered to wear the uniform of this nation. They’ve suffered tremendous injuries. They’ve gone on with their lives. For me to be able to be here and meet them is really special. I really value it a lot.” “We wouldn’t be able to live in this country as freely as we do without the sacrifices of the military,” said McMahon. “It’s always been a passion, to meet some of these kids that come home injured and the stories that they can tell. Whatever it is we can do to help these guys out is why we do this event.” Double Purple Heart recipient, retired Marine Sgt. Klay South of Indianapolis commented on the camaraderie of his fellow service members. “It’s a good time, no matter where I’m at, as long as I have some brothers that are in the military. We could be sitting in a hallway drinking water and still have a good time,” he said. U.S. military members from across the nation were honored and welcomed at the 2012 NFL Super Bowl celebration, Feb. 2, as part of the Super Bowl Military Appreciation Day. The celebration included 10 days of themed events such as Super Fans, Super Families, Super Cure and Thursday’s event, Super Heroes, honoring men and women in uniform.

Thousands of people gathered in celebration, shoulder to shoulder on the streets of downtown Indianapolis’ Super Bowl Village to experience the Super Bowl buzz of live music, food and fanfare. Popular musical artists, Gym Class Heroes, B.o.B and the All-American Rejects, performed live. “I’m proud of Indianapolis and the great job we’re doing,” said Umbarger. “This is just the beginning; we have two and three events each day (leading up to Super Bowl Sunday) for those that have served.” Interactive combat simulators were set up by recruiters for people to experience military training, and the recruiters were on hand to provide information. Several recruits were officially sworn in on stage, and patriotism was palpable as fans began to chant “USA” after Indiana National Guard Staff Sgt. Betty White sang the National Anthem. Rapid Fire, a rock band consisting of several members of Indiana’s 38th Infantry Division, played at the Huddle Room, and the Honor Guard displayed colors. Additionally, NFL players, Colts cheerleaders and team mascot, Blue, met with hundreds of Soldiers and their families at Camp Atterbury, Ind., about 30 miles south of Indianapolis. The event featured autographs, photos, food, beverages, and a question-and-answer session with NFL players.


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Deployed Indiana Guard Soldiers and Airmen with the 4-19th Agribusiness Development Team spoke live via a satellite feed from Afghanistan with athletes and celebrities at the Swang N’ Super Bowl Bash Feb. 2.

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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Oscar Montoya, 633rd Civil Engineer Squadron structuralist, assists Senior Airman Joshua Harding with sawing wood at Langley Air Force Base, Jan. 24. Nearly everyone from the 633rd CES played a role in constructing the new RaptorTown.

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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class DaQuan Price, 633rd Civil Engineer Squadron heavy equipment operator, discards excess mud into a dump truck Jan. 23. Members of the 633rd CES are rebuilding RaptorTown to provide a more realistic deployment simulation area for training personnel.

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Members of the 633rd Civil Engineer Squadron pour and level cement Jan. 24. Members of the 633rd CES, including leadership, worked together the last week of January, aiming to complete the RaptorTown project one year ahead of schedule.


U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Lloyd Swede, 633rd Civil Engineer Squadron, heavy equipment operator, drives a skid steer, used to load and level the mud, Jan. 23. By completing the project in-house rather than contracting work, the unit cut construction costs by 25 percent.


Buildings await completion at the Raptor Town construction site at Langley Air Force Base, Jan. 23.The old Raptor Town was demolished, and the new training site is being rebuilt to provide a permanent area that accurately resembles a deployed location.


U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Sean Alberts, 633rd Civil Engineer Squadron, electrical apprentice, drills holes into a bus bar before screwing it into an electric panel Jan. 23. The buildings in the newly renovated RaptorTown will be equipped with electricity, heating and air conditioning.

The 633rd Civil Engineer Squadron is bringing the battlefield to our backyard with its new Raptor Town expeditionary training area, providing Airmen the most realistic deployment experience available at Langley Air Force Base to date. The 4-acre zone is nestled on the northern side of the installation, secured in a wood line to create a realistic, expeditionary-base environment. Engineers began work in January 2011 to build the area, which will serve Langley Airmen, mission partners and visiting personnel when needed. According to 1st Lt. Eric Robinette, the Raptor Town officer-in-charge, the site is designed to replace its antiquated predecessor located off nearby Durand Loop Road, and implements real-world mission requirements from Langley’s units. Permanent construction, including 16 hardened facilities, or “SWAHUTS,” Single Palletized Expeditionary Kitchen hook-ups, robust electrical, water and communication lines, and “giant voice” capabilities are all included at the new site, which reflects current military construction in Afghanistan. “What we’re trying to pursue is creating a training environment that provides the most value to our Airmen here, striving to support the requirements for combatant commanders by training military forces to successfully deploy downrange,” said Lt. Col. Marc Vande-

“What we’re trying to pursue is creating a training environment that provides the most value to our Airmen here, striving to support the requirements for combatant commanders by training military forces to successfully deploy downrange ... It’s a huge improvement from our former location.” — Lt. Col. Marc Vandeveer 633rd CES commander

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veer, the 633rd CES commander. “Raptor Town enables that by taking us out of the Cold War era, replacing hardback tents with (general purpose) medium tent covers, and moving us to an environment more in line with expectations of what were truly seeing downrange. “It’s a huge improvement from our former location just off the road across the street from the golf course,” Vandeveer said with a laugh. “No more people driving by asking us what we’re doing when we’re attempting to simulate being on the other side of the world.” The unit completed all construction in house,

alleviating the need for contracted construction. Vandeveer and Robinettte explained that most of the time, Airmen compleete only standard, repetitive facility maintenancee at home station. Buildngineers the opportunity ing Raptor Town gave en to practice the skills typiccally applied downrange, he ground up. building the base from th “Construction of Raptor Town allowed us to exercise real-world skillss in the civil engineering d to train on,” Vandeveer community that we need said.”We utilize these sskills every day downrange in expeditionary ccivil engineer squadrons nstruction Teams. Withor on Provincial Recon

out a successful (Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force) program doing this training, we’d be sending less-than-optimally prepared Airmen downrange to support war efforts.” Not only did in-house construction provide excellent training opportunities, it significantly cut costs. The 633rd CES reduced construction costs by 25 percent as opposed to contracting the project, an element Vandeveer said was “deliberately planned due to the budget-constrained environment.” “Had we not done this work now, we likely would not have been able to do it this year con-

sidering the budget constraints,” he added. In addition to engineers, Airmen from across the 633rd Mission Support Group contributed labor efforts to the project, as well as teams of cadets from the U.S. Air Force Academy. The 633rd Mission Support and Medical Groups will have a “significant footprint” at the site, expanding the training benefit to as many Airmen as possible. In May, Air Force Reserve Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineers, or RED HORSE, will begin a training program at Raptor Town through September. The RED HORSE teams will build permanent storage and shower facilities, and pave roadways at the site. These projects will fulfill their training requirements and further cut construction costs for the 633rd CES. In total, the Air Force Reserve will dedicate 50 percent of its 2013 RED HORSE training capability to the Raptor Town project. The first exercise at Raptor Town will be Langley’s first operational readiness exercise of 2012, a Phase II ORE scheduled for mid-February. The site will be used at maximum capability during a combined Phase I & II ORE in April. “This is an awesome training experience, and it’s going to get even better. We intend to have a full complement of everything we need to support our mission partners, and it’s going to be world-class,” Vandeveer said. “If the old Raptor Town was a 1.0, our new site is a 10.0... Every base has a training area, but no base has one that’s this high-quality.”

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Christopher Stoeckle, 633rd Civil Engineer Squadron heavy equipment operator, levels cement with a bull float Jan. 24. The 633rd CES aims to complete construction of the new Raptor Town prior to an upcoming operational readiness exercise.


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The Fort Eustis Civilian Personnel Advisory Center will begin using USA Staffing to fill vacant positions no later than March 31, 2012. Army vacancy announcements will continue to be posted on both and Jobs announced under USAStaffing will require some new application procedures and documents which will be described in the individual vacancy announcement. There are steps that you as an employee or potential applicant can take now to simplify and expedite the process of applying for specific jobs under USA Staffing. ■ 1. Create accounts under both USAJOBS and Application Manager. A USAJOBS account is needed to apply for all Army positions. You may already have a USAJOBS account. If not, go to and click on “First Time Visitors”

The Fort Eustis CPAC Office will be conducting a USA Staffing Town Hall Meeting for Managers/Supervisors March 6, from 9 to 10:30 a.m., at Jacobs Theater, located at 647 Monroe Avenue. Two Town Hall Meetings will be conducted for employees/applicants March 7, from 8 to 9:30 a.m., and 10 to 11:30 a.m., at Jacobs Theater. Registration is not required. and then “Create an Account.” An Application Manager account will be required when you apply for jobs under USA Staffing. Go to and click on “Create an Account,” then follow the directions. ■ 2. Pre-position your resume. You may create and store up to five versions of your resume in your USAJOBS account. This allows you to tailor your resume content if you have significantly different types of experience/skills and apply for jobs in different occupational areas. Be sure that

your resume clearly describes the duties you have performed and the level of your experience. Include the beginning and ending dates for each job and the hours worked if less than full time. If you include volunteer experience, be sure to include the amount of time spent and describe the work you did. ■ 3. Upload supporting documents. Some documents are required to verify your eligibility for employment, veteran’s preference, education and/or credentials. You can scan these documents, save them on your com-

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puter, and then upload them to your USAJOBS account by following the instructions under the “Upload a New Document” section. Once you correctly upload a document, it is available for use in all future applications. ■ 4. Make sure your account always has your current contact information, especially your email address. Review and update your resume periodically so it is ready to use when you find a vacancy in which you are interested. By pre-positioning your resume and supporting documents in your USAJOBS account, you will be ready to quickly respond when you see a vacancy that interests you. If your resume and supporting documents are loaded in your account, the only requirement to finalize your application package will be completion of the assessment questionnaire for the specific job you are applying for. For more information, contact the CPAC at 878-2125.

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President Barack Obama nominated Air Force Lt. Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger for promotion Feb. 6, which, pending Senate approval, would make her the first female four-star general in Air Force history. Wolfenbarger currently serves as the military deputy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition here and she is one of four female lieutenant generals in the Air Force. “I am humbled and honored to have been nominated by the President to the rank of general and to serve as commander of Air Force Materiel Command. I look forward to participating in the Senate confirmation process when the time comes. At present, I remain focused on the important Air Force acquisition work I’ve been charged with,” Wolfenbarger said. A Beavercreek, Ohio, native, Wolfenbarger was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1980 after graduating in the first class with female cadets at the Air Force Academy. She also holds a graduate degree in aeronautics and astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge. The general has held several positions in the F-22 System Program Office at WrightPatterson Air Force Base, Ohio; served as the F-22 lead program element monitor at the Pentagon, and was the B-2 system program director for the Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson AFB. She commanded ASC’s C-17 Systems Group, Mobility Systems Wing and was the service’s director of the Air Force Acquisition Center of Excellence at the Pentagon, then served as director of the headquarters AFMC Intelligence and Requirements Directorate, Wright-Patterson AFB. Prior to her current assignment, Wolfenbarger was the vice commander of AFMC, Wright-Patterson AFB. She has been awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Air

“I am humbled and honored to have been nominated by the President to the rank of general and to serve as commander of Air Force Materiel Command. I look forward to participating in the Senate confirmation process when the time comes. At present, I remain focused on the important Air Force acquisition work I’ve been charged with.” — Lt. Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition military deputy

Force Achievement Medal, the National Defense Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Medal. Wolfenbarger received her third star in December 2009 and became the Air Force’s highest-ranking woman in January 2010.

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The Defense Department’s drug-testing program is expanding to add screening for two additional prescription medications to the range of legal and illegal drugs it currently detects. Joe Angello, the department’s director of operational readiness and safety, told Pentagon Channel and American Forces Press Service reporters the two drugs added to the screening program — hydrocodone and benzodiazepines — are nationally among the most abused prescription drugs now on the market. The program already tests for codeine and morphine, he noted. As patterns of drug misuse change, the drug testing program responds by adding more testing procedures, he noted. Photo by J.D. Leipold Hydrocodone is a component of a The Defense Department's drug-testing program is expanding to add screening for two adnumber of prescription painkillers, inditional prescription medications to the range of legal and illegal drugs it currently detects. cluding Vicodin, while benzodiazepines are a class of antidepressant medication present in a range of drugs that includes Xanax and Valium. Angello said DOD announced the new screenings 90 days before they would take effect, which is unprecedented in the more than 40 years since military drug testing began. The memorandum went out yesterday. “The memorandum is giving you a 90day warning order,� Angello said. A service member addicted to prescription drugs, he added, should seek medical help. “Don’t get caught in a drug test,� Angello urged. “There [are] no penalties, there’s no stigma, attached to [self-refer-



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“You’re not at your peak mental acuity when you’re using drugs. The military has some of the ďŹ nest men and women this nation has to offer; we cannot have people in the business of arms with drug impairments.â€? — Joe Angello Defense Department’s director of operational readiness and safety ral for medical] help here.â€? Service members with prescriptions for the two drugs will not be subject to disciplinary action for using them within the dosage and time prescribed, Angello said. To anyone who has medication remaining from an expired prescription, he added, “Don’t use those.â€? Such drugs should be turned in for disposal, but should not be ushed, he noted, as they can contaminate the water supply. “If nothing else, you can always turn them in through your local military police,â€? Angello said. Drug abuse among service members is signiďŹ cantly lower than in the civilian population, he said, but has a potentially much greater effect in the military. “You’re not at your peak mental acuity when you’re using drugs,â€? he said. “The military has some of the ďŹ nest men and women this nation has to offer; we cannot have people in the business of arms with drug impairments.â€?

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Airman 1st Class Jordan Woods, 1st Component Maintenance Squadron fuels mechanic, takes a glance over a few free books to take home from the Langley Airman's Attic recently.The Airman's Attic thrives on donations, but donated items must meet prescribed criteria in order to be accepted.

Guidelines for donations to Langley Airman’s Attic By Senior Airman Jason J. Brown 633RD AIR BASE WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS

The Airman's Attic at Langley Air Force Base provides a myriad of free, gentlyused items to enlisted personnel, including uniforms, household goods, furniture, among others. The shop thrives on donations to keep the doors open and customers coming. However, a rash of recent donations that failed to meet the standard of accepted items demonstrates the need for clarification on what the store does and does not accept. Below is the list of guidelines that govern donations: 1. All items should be serviceable and not require reconditioning. 2. No major household appliances (i.e., washers, dryers, refrigerators, etc.) 3. No mattresses will be accepted, due to public health restrictions. 4. Lawn equipment must have fuel and oil drained prior to donation. 5. Upholstered furniture, such as sofas, loveseats and chairs, should be free of major stains or tears. Additionally, furniture should include all constituent parts, such as sofa/couch cushions, doors and drawers for dressers, etc. 6. No console/floor-model televisions or CRT/"tube" TVs larger than 27". 7. No paints/stains, household chemicals or other hazardous chemicals. 8. No undergarments.

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Weather-proof drop-off bins are available outside the Langley Airman's Attic for donors to place their donated items.

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LAFBCommunity ACC Awards Medallion Ceremony The Headquarters Air Combat Command Staff Annual Awards Medallion Ceremony will be held March 1 at 1 p.m. in the Static Display Hangar, Joint Base Langley-Eustis.The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Master Sgt. Diana Shinabarger at 764-5810.

ACC Annual Awards banquet The Headquarters Air Combat Command Staff Annual Awards Banquet will be held March 2 at the Bayview Commonwealth Center, Joint Base Langley-Eustis. A pre-dinner social will begin at 5:45 p.m. with dinner and the awards recognition ceremony following. For tickets, contact a HQ staff directorate’s pro-rata representative. Deadline to purchase tickets is Feb. 24.

PT success class Join the Health and Wellness Center staff for their upcoming PT Success classes today and Feb. 24 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. This class is designed to help active-duty Airmen safely train for the components of the AF Fitness Test, including training principles and improvement strategies. PT gear is mandatory. For more information, call the HAWC at 764-6321.

Chapel movie night The Langley Chapel is sponsoring a family movie night Feb. 17 at the Bethel Manor Chapel. The award-winning movie "Courageous: Honor Begins at Home" will be shown. Free pizza will be served at 5 p.m. and the movie begins at 6 p.m. Discussion will take place after the film. Childcare will be available. For more information, call Elizabeth Mayforth at 764-0951/7847.

Free CCAF course The Air Force Culture and Language Center is accepting applications for a new session of its cross-cultural competence (3C) course. Introduction to Culture (ITC) is an online, self-paced course which fulfills three resident hours of either Social Science or Program Elective credit required for the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) degree programs. Enrollment for the Spring 2012 ITC session will run through Feb. 29 and is limited to 800 students. The course will begin March 1 and end June 6. For more information, visit http://culture.

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Club 5/6 meeting Langley Club 5/6 is a professional military organization for staff sergeants, including selectees, and technical sergeants. The organization serves as the voice to Langley's senior leadership for all junior enlisted, particularly the junior NCO tier. The club's next meeting is March 7 at 3 p.m., at The Langley Club's Enlisted Lounge in the leadership opportunities room. For more information, email langleyclub56

Scholarships available The Langley Officers’ Spouses’ Club has scholarships available for high school seniors and spouses who plan to attend an accredited college or university during the 20122013 academic school year. Details on eligibility and application forms can be found on-line at Applications must be postmarked no later than March 1. For more information, contact Carla Givens at

1-877-272-7337 and will be assisted by an American Red Cross representative. Calls for assistance can be made by the requesting service member or first sergeant/commander. After-hours AFAS services are limited to urgent situations that cannot wait for normal duty hours such as electronictickets for emergency travel. For more information, call the A&FRC at 764-3990.

Deployment marriage study The Langley Chapel is offering a Deployment Ready Marriage Study (married or engaged) Tuesday evenings through Feb. 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. This event provides Christian-based principles for strengthening your marriage, restoring your marriage, and before and after deployment marriage concerns. A free dinner is provided. For more information or to sign-up, call the Langley Chapel at 764-7847 or Dennis Trexler at 303-9280 or by e-mail at

Wednesday morning Bible study

The Langley Chapel will host a Young Adult Bible Study and fellowship every Thursday from 9 to 11 p.m. for dependent family members, ages 18-25, at the Bethel Chapel RE Center. The study will be on, "Who is God,” by Francis Chan.The RE Center is located on 1st Street across from Bethel Chapel. For more information, call David Rasbold at 764-0992/254-2944.

Wednesday morning Bible study, sponsored by Military Ministries, is held each Wednesday morning from 6:15 to 7:15 a.m. at the Langley Chapel Annex auditorium. Enjoy great fellowship, insightful Bible topics, relevant Biblical discussion, and strengthened Bible knowledge. For more information about the Bible study, contact Joe Shirey at 764-5527, William Shirey at william.shirey.ctr@langley. or Chuck Macri at 928-7220 or email

ANG Recruiter office relocation

SBP and former spouse coverage

The Air National Guard In-Service Recruiting Office has relocated from the Career Development Center to Bldg. 329 in room 113 on Holly St., across the street from the Base Civil Engineering Complex. For more information, contact Master Sgt. Tamika Covington at 764-9995 or email

If you are getting ready to retire and were previously married, it’s a smart idea to review your divorce paperwork prior to making a decision concerning Survivor Benefit Plan, or SBP. Some former spouses will ask for and be granted SBP through official court orders. The language in the court ordered divorce decree must specifically reference Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) and not just “retired pay,” as they are two separate entities. If a retiree is court-ordered to provide SBP-Former Spouse coverage, then a current spouse cannot be covered. To learn more about SBP and the complexities of Former Spouse coverage, consult with your JBLE SBP counselor at 7645231 or visit survivor/sbp/05_cost_fspouse.html. This is a .gov website, and will not ask for any personal information.

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AFAS after-hours coverage The American Red Cross will provide emergency Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) after-hours coverage. Note that this is for after-hour emergencies only and not routine daily financial assistance. The A&FRC will continue to cover AFAS cases during their normal duty hours, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Servicemembers seeking emergency financial assistance after duty hours are required to call toll-free

Langley Theater Schedule

Friday, 7 p.m. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (PG-13) After he is framed for the death of several colleagues and falsely branded a traitor, a secret agent embarks on a daring scheme to clear his name in this spy adventure. Saturday, 2 p.m. The Adventures ofTintin (PG) The young reporter Tintin and his loyal dog Snowy as they discover a model ship carrying an explosive secret. Drawn into a centuries-old mystery, Tintin finds himself in the sightlines of a diabolical villain who believes Tintin has stolen priceless treasure tied to a dastardly pirate named Red Rackham. But with the help of his companions, Tintin will travel half the world, outwitting and outrunning his enemies in a breathless chase to find the final resting place of The Unicorn, a shipwreck that may hold the key to fast fortune and an ancient curse. Saturday, 7 p.m. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (PG-13) Sunday, 2 p.m. No show

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EustisCommunity Family Advocacy Program ■

Teen Dating Awareness — Learn the warning signs of teen dating violence and how to talk to your kids if you suspect they are in an abusive relationship on Monday from noon to 1 p.m. at Bldg. 213, Calhoun Street. Call 878-0807 to register. ■ Safety Education Seminar — The Family Advocacy Safety Education Seminar is a 90-minute seminar that describes the dynamics of domestic violence and child abuse, who is at risk and what resources are available. FASES is open to anyone on post who is interested in learning more about these topics.The class is scheduled for Feb. 23, 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Bldg. 213, Calhoun Street. Register by calling 878-0807. No children please.

BBC events ■ Valentine Cupcake Decorating — Monday, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Stop by the community center and decorate a cupcake for your sweetie. Please call 328-0691 to reserve your space. ■ Community Huddle — Wednesday, 5 to 6 p.m. Residents are invited to attend a “town hall” meeting and find out what is happening in the Joint Base Langley-Eustis community. ■ Terracycle Pickup — Feb. 22, 9 to 10 a.m. BBC will be picking up used toothbrushes, empty toothpaste tubes and toothbrush packaging. Please put your donated items in plastic grocery bags and leave by the front door. ■ “Why I Love My Spouse” Essay Contest — Tell BBC why you love your spouse in 200 words or less. Submit by Feb. 28. ■ Pet Pick of the Month, Do you have a very special pet? Submit a photo along with the reason why you think that your pet is so special by Feb. 29. ■ Family Bingo Night — Feb. 29, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Enjoy an evening of pizza and bingo with your family and friends. Due to limited space, please make reservations by Feb. 24. The above events are for Balfour Beatty Communities residents only and will take place at the Community Center, Bldg. 126 Madison Ave. For more information, call Jana Cooper at 328-0691.

Dinner for families of deployed Military families experiencing deployment or other duty-related separation are invited to attend a free monthly dinner sponsored by the Fort Eustis Chapel Community Tuesday, 5:15 to 7 p.m. at the Regimental Memorial Chapel, 923 Lee Blvd. ■ 5:15 p.m. — Welcome and dinner is


Submit Eustis Community announcements to served. ■ 6 to 7 p.m. — Craft and game time for children 3 and a half years and older. ■ 6:10 to 7 p.m. — Adult fellowship time. Free child-watch care is available after dinner for kids 3 and a half years and younger. For more information, contact Carole Carkhuff at 218-0871, email or call the Chapel at 878-1304/1316.

Home buying and selling seminars The Fort Eustis Housing Referral Office will host a Home Buying Seminar on Wednesday, 6 to 8:30 p.m. and a Home Selling Seminar on Thursday, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Both seminars will take place at the Civil Engineer Division conference room, Bldg. 1407 Washington Blvd. They are free and open to the public. Industry experts will include a realtor, mortgage lender, attorney and home inspector. Please RSVP at least 3 business days prior to attending the seminar of your choice. To register, call 878-2977/5687/5579.

Resume writing workshop Are you writing your first resume or updating an existing one? Come out to learn vital tips on how to make your resume stand out above the rest Feb. 17, 9 a.m. to noon, at Bldg. 650 Monroe Ave. Expert instruction will be provided by Employment Services, Fleet & Family Support Center. The workshop is free and open to the entire military community. To register, call 8783638/3042.

Resiliency training ■ Spouses and Couples Post-Deployment ResiliencyTraining — Feb. 21, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. or March 1, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Bldg. 650, Monroe Ave. This resiliency training model discusses independence and resiliency, the elements of combat and other highrisk deployments and some potential pitfalls that may impact the post-deployment transition and reintegration back home. Registration is required. Free limited childcare is available (with reservations).The deadline to register for childcare is Wednesday (for the March class). For more information, call 878-3129. ■ Master ResiliencyTraining — Master Resiliency Training for Soldiers, family members and civilians will take place Feb. 27, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Feb. 28, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Feb. 29, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Bldg. 650, Monroe Ave. Register by calling 878-3129.

Mardi Gras Lunch Party The Fort Eustis Club will host a Mardi Gras

Lunch Party Feb. 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is $7.50 and includes buttermilk fried chicken, Cajun roasted pork, red beans & rice, southern style green beans, shrimp & grits, spicy sausage gumbo, baked macaroni and cheese, creamed collard greens and, of course, King Cake. For more information, call 878-5700.

Jacobs Theater Schedule

Youth baseball league Fort Eustis Youth Sports is holding registration for youth baseball through Feb. 29 and this open to all ID card holders. Children must be ages 5-15 as of May 1. Register at Parent Central Services, located at Bldg. 650 Monroe Ave., Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Present a current physical during registration. For more information, call Youth Sports at 878-4025.

14th annual 10K Run The 14th Annual Fort Eustis 10K Run will be March 3 at 9 a.m. The race is certified by the United States of America Track Federation (USATF) and will be run entirely on Fort Eustis. It will start at the corner of Lee Blvd. and Dickman St. and end at Anderson Field House, Bldg. 643, Dickman St. Registrations received on or before Feb. 27 are $25; registrations received after are $30. Race day registration starts at 7 a.m. Make checks payable to FE Fitness for registrations dropped off at AFH. Registrations may also be mailed to Sports Branch, P.O. Drawer E, Fort Eustis, VA 23604. Register online at No refunds, no rain date. The course surface is 99 percent flat asphalt roadways. Ample parking, rest rooms and shower facilities will be available for use at AFH. Water points will be stationed at various locations along the course and at the finish. For more information, call 878-0013.

SCFE Scholarships The Spouses’ Club of Fort Eustis, a private non-profit organization, is accepting scholarship applications for eligible high school seniors and adults who plan to attend an accredited college or university during the 2012-2013 academic school year. Completed applications must be postmarked no later than March 5; applications and new eligibility requirements are available at www. For more information, email Julie Yates at or call Kate at (910) 257-0027.

Friday, 7 p.m. No show Saturday, 2 p.m. The Adventures ofTintin (PG) The young reporter Tintin and his loyal dog Snowy as they discover a model ship carrying an explosive secret. Drawn into a centuries-old mystery, Tintin finds himself in the sightlines of a diabolical villain who believes Tintin has stolen priceless treasure tied to a dastardly pirate named Red Rackham. But with the help of his companions,Tintin will travel half the world, outwitting and outrunning his enemies in a breathless chase to find the final resting place of The Unicorn, a shipwreck that may hold the key to fast fortune and an ancient curse. Saturday, 7 p.m. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (PG-13) After he is framed for the death of several colleagues and falsely branded a traitor, a secret agent embarks on a daring scheme to clear his name in this spy adventure. Sunday, 2 p.m. No show

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Jamestown Settlement Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century Virginia, is known for its artifact-filled gallery exhibits and hands-on interpretation in re-creations of a Powhatan village, 1607 ships and a colonial fort. During Community Day on Saturday, guests can make an art-history connection with family tours, a lecture and a children’s craft activity related to the special exhibition “The 17th Century: Gateway to the Modern World.” Using a printed gallery guide, families can take a scavenger hunt linked to the portraits and objects in the special exhibitions, as well as in the museum’s permanent galleries and outdoor living-history areas. At 11 a.m., 1

Valentine Candlelight Tour The Casemate Museum will host a Valentine CandlelightTour on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. at 20 Bernard Rd., Fort Monroe. This event will highlight tales of old Fort Monroe. Admission is free but reservations are required. For more information, call 788-3391.

Tuskegee Airman speaker The Virginia Peninsula Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America is honored to welcome retired Chief Master Sgt. Grant S. Williams, a Documented Original Tuskegee Airman, as guest speaker at the Feb. 23 lunch meeting at the Chamberlain Hotel at Fort Monroe. The cost is $17 per person. Reservations are required and must be received no later than Feb. 17; mail reservations to VIPMOAA Hospitality, Feb Box 4305, Fort Eustis, VA 23604-0305. Download a reservation coupon at by clicking on the Meetings/ Programs Coming Soon section or simply enclose a note with your check indicating name, rank, branch of service of each military officer attending and contact info for the reservation. Spouses of officers are also welcome. More information is available by calling Jim Pauls at 851-1141.

Virginia Living Museum ■ Star Party and Laser Light Shows — Free observing begins at sunset Saturday. Take a tour of the night sky in the “Virginia Skies” planetarium program at 7:30 p.m. Enjoy the state-of-the-art laser system that splashes brilliant high-color LED laser light across the entire surface of the planetarium dome. Laser Retro (family) is at 8:30 p.m., Laser Metallica (hard rock) is at 10 p.m. and Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” is at 11:30 p.m. All shows are $6. The Wild Side Café will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. ■ My Laser Valentine — Bring your val-

entine on Tuesday at 6:30 or 8 p.m. for an evening of love songs matched by swirling laser lights (includes music by the Beatles, N'Sync, The Doors, Santana and Sting). The cost is $4 (museum members) and $6 (nonmembers). ■ Storytime — Feb. 18. The third Saturday of the month is story time at the museum. Bring the kids on Feb. 18 at 10 a.m. to hear “They Call Me Wooly” by Keith DuQuette and see a live animal. Recommended for ages 2 and above (included in museum admission). ■ Reptiles Bizarre and Beautiful — Feb. 18-20; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Saturday); noon to 5 p.m. (Sunday); and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Monday). See exotic reptiles from around the world and reptiles native to Virginia including a Siamese crocodile, cane toad, day gecko, diamondback rattlesnake and Sulcuta tortoise. There will be a special herpetology presentation each day (recommended for ages 12 and above). Reptile exhibits and activities are included in admission. ■ Homeschool Day — A selection of fun and engaging classroom programs that highlight natural science and earth science concepts will be provided Feb. 29 for homeschool students ages pre-K through grade 12. The museum offers homeschool families discounted rates for this one-day-only program. Natural science and planetarium programs are $9.75 per child and include a free visit to the museum. The environmental science lab is $11.75 per child and also includes a free visit to the museum. Parents may accompany children to the programs at no additional charge. The Virginia Living Museum is located at 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd. in Newport News. Museum admission: $17 adults/$13 children (3-12), ages 2 and under free. Planetarium is $4 in addition to museum admission. Group rates are available for groups of 10 or more.

and 3 p.m., children can make art of their own with a make-and-take printmaking craft in the Education Wing classrooms. Ninety-minute guided tours will take place at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Admission is $15.50 (adults) and $7.25 (ages 6-12). Children under 6 are free; parking is also free. Residents of James City County, York County and the City of Williamsburg (including the College of William and Mary) receive complimentary admission with proof of residency. The Jamestown Settlement is located at Route 31 South near the Colonial Parkway. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more information, call (888) 593-4682 toll free or visit www.historyisfun,org/community-day.htm.

Hours are Monday thru Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Hermitage Museum & Gardens The spring session of courses at the Hermitage Museum & Gardens Visual Arts Studio begins March 17 with courses in ceramics, photography, painting, drawing and mixed media. The studio houses classrooms, a complete ceramics studio and a photography darkroom. Workshops are also being offered in papermaking and handmade soapmaking. This session features several courses and workshops for children and families (open to ages 14 and up). Classes are offered during the day, evening and weekends. Online registration and fee schedules are available at The museum is located at 7637 North Shore Rd., Norfolk. It offers 45-minute guided tours, on the hour, of fifteen galleries filled with art, furniture and more. Admission is free for museum members, children under 6 and active duty military. Regular admission is $5 (adults); $2 (ages 6-18); and $3 (students). Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays; and closed Wednesdays andThursdays. For more information, call 423-2052.

Ways to Work Program Predatory loans have caused heartache and financial ruin for many, including those in military service. Avalon, a center for women and children in collaboration with Army Community Services now offers an alternative for responsible, working individuals and families to receive low-interest auto loans that will support their financial self-sufficiency and asset development through the Ways to Work program. What could reliable transportation mean to you or your military family? Having a vehicle can help stabilize your life and trans-

port your children to child care, school, and doctor appointments. No more waiting in the rain, cold, or heat for the bus, or spending money on cab services. To qualify for this program an applicant must be 18 years or older; be a James City County, Yorktown, Poquoson, or Williamsburg resident or be active duty military E-6 and below, DOD personnel, or veteran in the Hampton Roads area; and be employed with a moderate household income. For more information, call 258-5022, ext. 1015 or email

Earn free childcare First Baptist Church Denbigh’s Child Development Center is now accepting registrations and a chance to earn free tuition. Located at 3628 Campbell Rd. in Newport News, the CDC’s children are more than 50 percent military. If you recruit for them, one enrollment earns one free week; two enrollments earn two free weeks and more. For more information, call 833-7261.

VFW Post 960 seeking members Yorktown VFW Post 960 is located in the community of Lackey, Va., across SR 238 from the Yorktown Naval Weapons Station Gate 1 and has a roster of almost one hundred members. The current membership hails from Williamsburg, Yorktown, Newport News, Joint Base Langley-Eustis and points beyond. The Post is always looking for former, active and retired veterans with foreign service to join the ranks. VFW Post 960 meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month at the Lackey location. Beverages and dinner from the grill starts before 6 p.m. with the business meetings starting at 7 p.m. Contact the Post Quartermaster at 5668289 for more information.

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Photos by Sgt. 1st Class Kelly Jo Bridgwater

U.S. Army engineer divers assigned to the 74th Dive Detachment work on patching a portion of the Large Tug-805 at Fort Eustis' 3rd Port. U.S. Army Spc. Javier Novoa (center), a 74th Dive Detachment engineer diver, serves as a standby diver with Spc. Kevin Nagel (left), on hand as Novoa's tender, and Staff Sgt. Humberto Santiago (right), supervising while members of the detachment work on patching a portion of the Large Tug-805 at Fort Eustis' 3rd Port on Feb. 2.


Photos by Staff Sgt. Jeff Nevison

ABOVE: Air Force Civic Leaders listen as U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Franklin Marston, 158th FighterWing Detachment 1 commander, talks about the capabilities of the F-16 Fighting Falcon during the Air Force Chief of Staff Civic LeaderTour at Langley Air Force Base, Feb. 1.The 158th FW, Det. 1 mission is to protect the eastern United States against direct threats from foreign aircraft. LEFT: Air Force Civic Leaders take photos and videos of an F-22 Raptor as it performs aerial maneuvers.


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Soldiers at the Army's Physical Fitness School perform the third event in the new Army Physical ReadinessTest, the one-minute rower, during a demonstration last August at Fort Jackson, S.C.The Army is now asking Soldiers to complete a survey to consider changes to the PT uniform.

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The Army wants Soldier input about a potential upgrade to the Army’s physical fitness uniform. Soldiers are being asked to complete an online survey, developed by the Training and Doctrine Command, to answer questions about how they use their current physical fitness uniform, how they would prioritize changes to the uniform, and what capabilities they are looking for in a new physical fitness uniform. The survey site officially launches Feb. 6, and will remain active for 30 days. The survey is for all Soldiers, including active duty, Army National Guard and Army Reserve. Access to AKO is required for Soldiers to voice their opinion. The uniform Soldiers currently wear during physical fitness training is called the “Improved Physical Fitness Uniform,” or

IPFU. The IPFU provides Soldiers with a multifunctional uniform for physical training and other Soldier-related activities. Results from the online survey will help the Army decide if a new uniform is needed, and if so, what changes are being asked for by Soldiers. The potential uniform upgrade will focus on comfort, fit, appearance, durability, reflectivity and ease of maintenance. A new uniform might also feature quick-drying capability and antimicrobial properties. The potential new uniform must also provide a full range of motion and accommodate the full range of seasonal environments without compromising Soldier performance. The survey was created in response to the chief of staff of the Army and sergeant major of the Army’s approval of the Army Uniform Board’s recommendation and tasking to do a complete review of the IPFU requirements.

The survey can be found through the CAC-enabled site, or through the non-CAC site at

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