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The commanding general of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command spoke with members of the Virginia Colonial Chapter Association of the United States Army during the chapter’s annual professional development forum in Newport News, Va., May 22. As the forum’s keynote speaker, Cone discussed a variety of topics, including current TRADOC initiatives, challenges facing the force and the value the Army brings to the joint force, which he said is strengthened by lessons learned from the past. “I’m always very interested in making sure we consider not just lessons, but the right lessons,” Cone said. “I think in some cases, we’re kind of cherrypicking lessons of the last 12 years to shape the future, and it’s very important that we have a comprehensive understanding of that.” One of the examples Cone gave as a critical lesson learned was the importance of the human domain and the human dimension. He said that from the Iraq war, it became clear that technology was secondary to

the human spirit and human will in combat. “If you look at what we had when we crossed the berm [in Iraq], you had a target list and an order of battle,” Cone said. “You did not have a lens or an optic to understand culture, language, networks, tribes and history. We certainly thought that this approach was going to work -- and it looked like it really had – until we realized the adaptive nature of humans.” Cone said although the future environment will continue to change, one of the constants is the human domain, and to be successful, the Army must have the programs and practices in place to address it. Another product of the lessons learned from 12 years of war, Cone said, is a generation of innovative and extremely creative warfighters who know little about life in garrison because of their extensive wartime experience. “The challenge is that most of them have been on the ‘[Army Force Generation] express’ – one year in theater, one year at home – totally focused on solving real-world problems in a place far away.” SEE CONE PAGE 4

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Gen. Robert W. Cone, commanding general of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, speaks with members of the Virginia Colonial Chapter Association of the United States Army during the chapter's annual professional development forum in Newport News, May 22.

Army renews Project Warrior program to benefit TRADOC By Mike Casey COMBINED ARMS CENTER

The Army is restarting a program to pass on insights and knowledge from the Combat Training Centers to benefit the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Centers of Excellence and the force. In May, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno announced the re-establishment of Project Warrior to help the Army transition from a force focused on counterinsurgency operations to a smaller, more versatile one, ready for a wide range of missions. Odierno said Project Warrior will assist in the transition by producing agile, adaptive leaders. Project Warrior calls for captains to serve two years as an observer-coach-trainer, known as an OCT, at a Maneuver Combat Training Center, or MCTC, followed by two

years as a small group instructor, or SGI, at a TRADOC Center of Excellence, or CoE. “My intent in reinstituting Project Warrior is to infuse observations, insights and lessons gained from multiple MCTC Decisive Action rotations against hybrid threats, back into the force through the TRADOC CoEs,” Odierno said. Originally, the Army introduced Project Warrior in 1989 as Vietnam War veterans retired, depleting the force of combat-experienced Soldiers. To fill the void, Project Warrior sent participants to the MCTCs, which provide experience that is the closest to actual combat. Operational requirements in Iraq and Afghanistan prompted the Army to suspend the program. The re-established Project Warrior will infuse the force with the experiences cap-

tain OCTs gain from multiple MCTC rotations. The MCTCs are transforming to Decisive Action Training that entails simultaneous offensive, defensive and stability tasks against hybrid threats. To succeed, Project Warrior must attract the right leaders. Project Warrior officers should rank in the top 10 percent and show potential to command a battalion and perhaps a brigade. “We’re looking for our best and most talented captains,” said Brig. Gen. Mike Lundy, deputy commanding general of the Combined Arms Center-Training, or CAC-T, at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. “At the MCTCs, they’ll have the opportunity to observe multiple unit rotations. Then they’ll take the skills, knowledge and lessons they learn to train our future company commanders and staff officers

at the Centers of Excellence.” “It’s a great leader development program for the Army, the Project Warrior participants, and for the captains whom the Project Warrior officers will instruct at the proponent schools,” he said. Project Warrior is open to officers in infantry, armor, field artillery, air defense, aviation, engineer, signal, military police, military intelligence, chemical, logistics and medical service fields. Project Warrior participants must complete key-development qualification assignments and have a minimum of three years at the company/battalion/brigade levels. Officers can volunteer for Project Warrior, but must be endorsed by their battalion or brigade commander. SEE WARRIOR PAGE 4

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Globally, and across the total force in ďŹ scal year 2013, the Army could engage in nearly 6,000 different activities in more than 160 countries, and involving as many as 60,000 Soldiers and Army civilians as part of its “regionally-aligned forcesâ€? concept. Brig. Gen. Kimberly C. Field, with Army G-3/5/7, spoke May 30 during a media roundtable at the Pentagon to provide an update on the Army’s regionallyaligned forces, or RAF, concept. The general said regionally-aligned forces can include Army capabilities in direct support of combatant commanders, or COCOMs, every day. They also include personnel and units assigned to a theater, U.S. PaciďŹ c Command and U.S. European Command have the bulk of these. Regionally-aligned forces also include those units in an “allocatedâ€? status, given to a combatant commander for a speciďŹ c mission, for a speciďŹ c period of time and under his direct control, Field said. “Regionally-aligned forces are also the other capabilities that support the combatant commander, but are Army-service retained,â€? Field said. “These are individuals and small teams providing reach-back support or on regular temporary duty missions to a region, or conducting contingency planning for the combatant commander.â€? As the Army draws down from the Middle East, Field said the service will likely increase its efforts with RAF. “We are working hard to respond to the increasing complexity of the global security environment,â€? she said. “By deliberately aligning forces regionally, the

CONE FROM PAGE 3 TRADOC’s commanding general said regionally-aligned forces can help capture the imagination of this generation of Soldiers, serving as both a training opportunity and a substitute for deployments. “This gives [warďŹ ghters] an opportunity to use their substantial talents in learning about an area of the world, thinking about that area and then preparing Soldiers to deploy in terms of training teams.â€? Cone also discussed the need for the Army to fundamentally shift the way it thinks about generating forces to address several training challenges in the future. One of the shifts in training is understanding the value of virtual and constructive training, and according to Cone, Soldiers are sold on the beneďŹ ts. “We see this throughout TRADOC

“We are working hard to respond to the increasing complexity of the global security environment. By deliberately aligning forces regionally, the Army meets the enduring needs of COCOMs in a way that ensures responsiveness, consistent availability and a higher level of training and expertise.�

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Sgt. 1st Class Grady Hyatt, with U.S. Army Africa, leads an after-action review with soldiers of the Ghana Army. Hyatt was in Africa as part of the Army’s “regionally-aligned forces� concept, meant to pair Army units with combatant commanders worldwide.

Army meets the enduring needs of COCOMs in a way that ensures responsiveness, consistent availability and a higher level of training and expertise.â€? In April, the Army provided regionally-aligned forces to U.S. Africa Command to support the East Africa Response Force there. Stationed in Djibouti, 129 members of the 2-1 Infantry Division are ready to respond as needed to the security of U.S. facilities in Africa, Field said. “It really was a directive from the Secretary of Defense to look forward, look at these areas that might have a Benghazi-like situation that could happen again, and to pre-position forces to do that,â€? Field said. “They arrived in April. They train and they stay ready to be able to respond to these crises.â€? The Army total force, including the Army Reserve and the Army National Guard, speciďŹ cally the State Partnership Program, will provide some 4,500 personnel to the continent

in order to conduct 660 activities in 34 countries in support of the combatant command in ďŹ scal year 2013. Most of these forces are based in the continental U.S. until they are needed. Field said aligned forces in Africa have already been involved in providing training support to Nigeriens who are part of the African-led International Support Mission to Mali, for instance. “We’ve deployed trainers to Niger, and are working with the Department of State, and we did that on fairly short notice,â€? she said. “And then there are the smaller things. “There are 37 smaller familiarization exercises, one of which is training Ugandan military police for route security,â€? she continued. The Army is also discussing with the Department of State the idea of providing training support for the United Nations Mission in Darfur.

with the Army Learning Model,� he said. “Anything that we can make into a game or an app, the level of retention is absolutely incredible.� In addition to virtual training, TRADOC is also bringing a strong focus back to the Army’s leader development program with a number of major changes in talent management and professional military education. “I think we’re making real progress with leader development,� Cone said, citing the return of broadening opportunities and a focus on strategic leadership for the future force. These initiatives, along with a number of other leader development efforts, will be included in the Army Leader Development Strategy, which is scheduled to be released by the Army chief of staff in June.

WARRIOR FROM PAGE 3 Human Resources Command Branch/ Career Managers review each candidate’s ďŹ le to assess quality and to ensure participation does not disadvantage the candidate’s professional development timeline. The Army plans a phased implementation: â– By June 2013, the Army will identify and select captains for OCT assignments. â–  By December 2013, the Army will screen and select ofďŹ cers, currently serving as OCTs, for Project Warrior and follow-on assignments for summer 2014 as SGIs at TRADOC CoEs. â–  By ďŹ scal year 2016, the goal is to have 50 percent of Project Warrior ofďŹ cers teaching as SGIs and 100 percent by ďŹ scal year 2017. At end state, Project Warrior will have

66 ofďŹ cers serving at the MCTCs and another 66 serving as SGIs at various CoEs. The MCTCs are the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif.; the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, La.; and the Joint Multinational Readiness Center at Hohenfels, Germany. HQDA G-3/5/7 will serve as the program’s lead agent for policy, while HQDA G-1 will serve as the lead agent for personnel management. CAC-T manages Army training support and training development, and provides training and leader development programs and products to support Army readiness. One of its subordinate organizations is the Combat Training Center, or CTC, Directorate, which facilitates validation, administration and integration of the CTC program, and has been the lead to reinvigorate the Project Warrior Program.

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Military will work with Congress to help combat sexual assault By Jim Garamone AMERICAN FORCES PRESS SERVICE

Military leaders look forward to working with Congress to get the tools needed to combat the scourge of sexual assault in the ranks, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey told the Senate Armed Services Committee June 4. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said sexual assault is a crime “that demands accountability and consequences. It betrays the very trust on which our profession is founded.” Military officials are working diligently to change the climate in the services that allows this crime, the chairman said. Lasting change means changing behaviors, Dempsey said. “We’re taking a comprehensive approach that focuses on prevention, victim advocacy, investigation accountability and assessment, all as part of our solemn obligation to safeguard the health of the force,” he added. The military must do more to safe-

guard victims while preserving the rights of those accused, the chairman acknowledged. “We remain open to every idea and option to accelerate meaningful institutional change,” he said. Congress has proposed legislation to address the problem. Dempsey said the military looks forward to working with Congress on the issue. “I’ve been attentive to every piece of legislation,” he said. “There are many reasonable recommendations on the table.” In a letter to the committee, Dempsey said he sees merit in initiatives to prohibit those convicted of sexual assault from joining the military and to oblige administrative discharge for those convicted of sexual assault. He also said he sees merit in the proposal to require commanders to report sexual offenses promptly to the next higher commander, and to increase transparency and accountability of commanders’ actions and decisions. SEE ASSAULT PAGE 7


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The Army would like its enlisted Soldiers to remain on station for at least 36 months, and career managers are aiming to see that they will, said a director from Human Resource Command. In late 2012, senior Army leaders “asked us to look for ways to increase unit readiness, stability and predictability for Soldiers and families,” said Col. Robert Bennett, director, Enlisted Personnel Management Directorate. Keeping Soldiers on station for a longer period of time would accomplish those goals, said Bennett, who said he met with leaders in his directorate to go over options and implementation of the plan. The increase in time-on-station is affecting most, but not all of around 432,000 enlisted Soldiers. There are multiple exceptions to the effort to keep Soldiers on station for 36 months. The most important of those exceptions is deployment, Bennett said. If there is a need for Soldiers to deploy, then the mission comes first, he said. The Army also has several high-demand career field positions, such as recruiters and drill sergeants. If the Army needs Soldiers to fill those positions, that too would be a reason to move a Soldier to a new location before they complete 36 months at a duty station. Special duty positions such as in the intelligence community or at the

ASSAULT FROM PAGE 6 A congressionally mandated ninemember panel is taking up these and other initiatives. The panel can look at the problem, assess the second- and third-order effects of any changes and make its recommendations. “We need the panel to deliberate and to deliver on a more accelerated timeline,” Dempsey said. Meanwhile, he added, the military will continue moving full speed ahead on the issue. “We will be actively implementing my strategic direction on prevention [of] sexual assault and the department’s new sexual assault prevention and response

White House Communications Agency, for example, are also exceptions. “Professional development,” of Soldiers is also an exception, Bennett said. For example, if a staff sergeant gets promoted to sergeant first class, he or she might be moved to fill a billet that is more commensurate with their increased rank and ability to lead. Soldiers with special needs children might also be exempted from the time-onstation effort. For example, Bennett said, a Soldier may get a compassionate reassignment to a location with better support for their special-needs child. Soldiers assigned to Korea will continue to serve there for one year, not three. Existing policies for Soldiers assigned in Germany, Hawaii and Alaska remain unchanged; those Soldiers are already locked into three-year tours. Finally, Soldiers have been in the past offered the opportunity to choose a new duty station as part of a re-enlistment option. The previous requirement for first-term Soldiers reenlisting was 12 months on station, Bennett said. That has now been increased to 24 months for priority one and two assignments, which include some units that are deploying, warrior transition units, ROTC cadre and other special assignments that have “senior leader emphasis.” Re-enlisting Soldiers who choose follow-on assignments that are not priority one or two will likely have to remain on station the full 36 months before getting their location choice, Bennett said.

plan,” he said. In a force stand-down throughout the Defense Department, which must be completed by July 1, Dempsey said, the services will conduct command climate surveys and conduct refresher training for response coordinators and victim advocates. The services seek to improve victim counsel, treatment and more, he added. Dempsey asked the senators to be very careful before changing the responsibilities of commanders under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Commanders have a key role to play in preventing and punishing sexual assault, and that shouldn’t be weakened, he said.



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When considering a healthier lifestyle, most people turn on the treadmill or pick up some dumbbells. Exercise is key, but nutrition plays an equal role in maintaining overall fitness. The Health and Wellness Center at Langley Air Force Base, Va., along with the McDonald Army Health Center at Fort Eustis, Va., provides many options for Service members to eat lean and mean. “We teach lessons about nutrition and even host cooking classes,” said Tracy Conder, Health and Wellness Center dietician. “Taking advantage of these classes can really help people who are looking to revamp their diets.” Conder spoke about optimal nutrition and explained how Airmen can customize their diet to fit their workout goals. Before breaking down the diet, Conder defined what calories are to clarify what may be an oft-used but little-understood element of dieting. “Calories are the basic units of measurement for food because all food gives you energy,” said Conder. “No matter what you put into your body, the amount of energy produced by digesting and using that fuel can be measured in calories.” Conder pointed out the three main sources of fuel our bodies need to function: carbohydrates, fats and protein. Your caloric intake should consist of 55 percent carbohydrates, 25 percent fats and 20 percent protein. For most people, that means 10 to 25 grams of protein, 5 to 15 grams of fat and 30 to 60 grams of carbohydrates daily. Many people believe eating any amount of carbohydrates leads to undesirable results, said Conder, but they are, in fact, necessary for a healthy diet. “Your brain needs at least 130 grams of carbs a day just to function,” said Conder. “So in order to do other activities like exercise, you need to eat more than double that amount in some cases.” Alot of men and women looking to build muscle mass consume large amounts of protein to reach their goals. Conder said although protein intake is important to gain lean muscle, the body does not utilize

it after a certain point. “Take your bodyweight and cut it in half; that number is approximately the amount of grams of protein you should eat a day,” said Conder. “Beyond that, your kidneys will have to work harder to take the excess protein and convert it into waste, so you don’t benefit at all.” While that number can fluctuate and some people might be able to take in a little more on a case-by-case basis, Conder confirmed most people’s muscle mass will increase by following her formula above. Much like carbohydrates, fats are viewed as a diet detriment, but Conder stated fat is necessary for your body to create energy in conjunction with carbohydrates. The differences in types of fats are important, said Conder. Avoiding saturated fats aids in maintaining a healthier diet, but poly and monounsaturated fats are important for the body to produce energy. To avoid confusion at the grocery store, Conder recommended the following list of foods:

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Fish Turkey ■ Chicken ■ Eggs ■ Low-fat dairy products For proteins, always look for lean meat and consume red meat sparingly. If high cholesterol is an issue, removing the yolk from an egg can provide a protein boost without as much cholesterol. Skim milk and Greek yogurt are also great sources of protein.

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Tracy Conder, 633rd Medical Group Health and Wellness Center dietician, teaches about the dangers of sugar to our bodies at Langley Air Force Base, April 18.The thirdThursday of each month Conder hosts a “Lunch and Learn” class regarding healthy eating habits.

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Brown rice Whole wheat bread ■ Sweet potatoes ■ Whole wheat pasta Bleached flour and bleached rice don’t have the same nutritional value as brown rice or whole wheat. Also, sweet potatoes can serve as an alternative in many potato dishes, so keep them in stock. In a nutshell, avoid simple carbohydrates.


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Fish Almonds ■ Flax seed ■ Avocadoes ■ Olive oil Fish contains omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential nutrients for your body. Avocados, nuts and olive oil provide similar healthy fats – just remember to eat them sparingly as to not over-consume fats. SEE NUTRITION PAGE 9

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“Without a steady eating routine, you won’t feel the full effects of any diet. A consistent, regular diet is important in keeping your metabolic rate high.” — Tracy Conder (above) Health and Wellness Center dietician NUTRITION FROM PAGE 8 These three fuels are important, but the nutrition found in fruits and vegetables play a vital role in any diet as well. While fruits and vegetables may not be as fuel-dense as other foods, they are pivotal in maintaining the processes for fat loss and muscle gain, and they are important for that “healthy glow both inside and out,” said Conder. “Think of the fibers and vitamins you find in fruits and vegetables as oil for a machine,” said Conder. “Without them, things like your hair, nails or immune system would deteriorate and the process of bodily repair would take longer.” She also stressed the importance of how we eat, not just what we eat. “Without a steady eating routine, you won’t feel the full effects of any diet,” said Conder. “A consistent, regular diet is important in keeping your metabolic rate high.” Conder said people should eat every three to four hours. Small meals and snacks throughout the day keep metabolic rates higher, which means better digestion and weight loss, whereas three large meals a day can slow down metabolism. For individuals with a routine workout schedule, Conder suggested blending workouts into your diet schedule for the best results.. “Eating about an hour before a workout will give you energy to exercise,” said Conder. “Eating again right after working out then gives your body the resources to rebuild and recover.” Continually enhancing physical capabilities sets military expectations apart from other work environments. The Air Force culture not only embraces that concept, but demands it in order to remain the dominant air power on this planet.

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As the sun shone high in the noon sky, sirens wailed in the distance. The sound grew louder as approximately 200 bicyclists arrived at Gate 2, escorted by a handful of police motorcycles. This group of riders visited Fort Eustis, Va., May 31 to meet with injured veterans at the Warrior Transition Unit while participating in a multi-day challenge sponsored by Ride 2 Recovery, a non-proďŹ t organization for injured veterans and healing heroes. The challenge covered approximately 350 miles, pushing the riders to their limit both physically and mentally as part of their recovery process. R2R helps injured veterans improve their health and wellness through cycling. The group has established Project HERO programs at 34 military installations and three VA sites, which helps create personalized and progressive programs that ďŹ t the needs of individual patients to promote a full-

er, quicker rehabilitation. The group started out May 26 in Washington, D.C., and ďŹ nished their journey in Virginia Beach, Va., June 2. During their stop at Fort Eustis, the riders biked around post visiting several locations before attending a luncheon sponsored by the Warrior Transition Unit. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are honored to have the riders come by our campus today. When you watch all of those riders come up the street, it touches you,â&#x20AC;? said U.S. Army Capt. Erika Wall, WTU commander. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had seven Soldiers from our WTU participating in the ride and it allows us to show our support of the Armyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s efforts in the use of adaptive sports in the wounded Soldiers rehabilitation.â&#x20AC;? During the visit, cyclists heard from U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Mark MacCarley, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command deputy chief of staff. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m proud to be here today with you,â&#x20AC;? MacCarley said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Your riding is an expression of your motivation.â&#x20AC;? He thanked the riders for their sacriďŹ ces and continued dedication

to service. U.S. Army Lt. Col. Daniel Dudek, Warrior Transition Command deputy chief of staff, participated in the event because of his love of cycling and what it does to aid in the recovery process. Dudek explained that after an injury, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s difďŹ cult to participate in sports at a competitive level, but cycling allows veterans to still compete athletically while helping them to recover physically. He suffered a spinal cord injury from an improvised explosive device blast, but he still serves in the Army through the Armyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Continuation On Active Duty (COAD) program and enjoys cycling as a way to build camaraderie with other WTU members. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We all came out of a WTU,â&#x20AC;? Dudek said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was great to be able to interact with other wounded warriors and the cadre here at this WTU, and hearing from the general was a real honor.â&#x20AC;? As their visit came to a close, the riders packed up their gear and began preparing for the rest of the journey, having inspired veterans at the WTU with their dedication and determination.

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Future Soldiers visit Eustis By Staff Sgt. Wesley Farnsworth 633RD AIR BASE WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS

More than 50 Delayed Entry Program members from the Hampton Roads area visited Fort Eustis May 30 to interact with Army leadership, gaining a better understanding of the careers they will soon begin. U.S. Army Gen. Robert W. Cone, commanding general of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, and Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel A. Dailey, TRADOC command sergeant major, spoke with the future Soldiers in a town hall-style forum. Topics discussed included what enlistees can look forward to at Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training, the future of the Army and current events. Following the meeting, the group visited 3rd Port to view the 7th Sustainment Brigade’s fleet of vessels. During the visit, future Soldiers were able to ask the TRADOC leadership duo questions, many of which focused on BCT and how to advance in the Army. In attendance was 24 year-old Charles Crawford, a Newport News, Va., native, who leaves

“I want to thank you for raising your right hand and joining our family. We have the finest Soldiers in the world.” — U.S. Army Gen. Robert W. Cone commanding general of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command for BCT June 25. “It was amazing being able to interact and ask questions of someone that high in rank,” Crawford said. “I think that this has definitely helped me prepare for basic training and my Army career.” Cone and Dailey stressed how the Army provides comprehensive training to prepare Soldiers for the challenges they’ll face, and while training may be tough, it will only make them stronger Soldiers. “I want to thank you for raising your right hand and joining our family,” Cone said to the group. “We have the finest Soldiers in the world.”

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U.S. Army Gen. Robert W. Cone, commanding general of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, addresses Delayed Entry Program members at TRADOC headquarters at Fort Eustis, May 30. Cone talked to the future Soldiers about his career and the challenges he has faced, as well as some of the challenges they may face during their career in the Army.


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Volunteers from Cub Scout Pack 143 navigate the shoreline to pick up trash during the 25th annual Clean the Bay Day at Fort Eustis, June 1.An estimated 740 pounds of trash was collected from Fort Eustis.

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Jared Lawrence, 7, from Cub Scout Pack 143, picks up a soda can. Members of Cub Scout Pack 143, from Newport News, have been participating in Clean the Bay Day for more than 20 years.

More than 260 volunteers gathered along shorelines around Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., June 1 to participate in the 25th annual Clean the Bay Day, a Virginia-wide effort to remove refuse and trash from waterfronts. The Chesapeake Bay’s ecosystem contains more than 1,500 square miles of wetlands that provide habitats for fish, shellfish and wildlife. Clean the Bay Day helps maintain this ecosystem by removing unwanted debris from the environment. Armed with gloves, trash bags and litter grabbers, Airmen, Soldiers, civilians and family members removed garbage around the waterlines of JBLE in an effort to beautify shorelines, fight pollution and help the environment. “I like cleaning the bay because it’s helping the animals,” said 10-year-old Kayley Torres, daughter of Staff Sgt. Elizabeth Tor-

res 633rd Air Base Wing Equal Opportunity Office equal opportunity specialist. Clean the Bay Day wasn’t just an opportunity for military personnel and their families. Members of the local community also came out, including members of Boy Scout Troop 43 and Cub Scout Pack 143 from Newport News, Va., who have been participating in Clean the Bay Day for more than 20 years. “Scouting is about giving back to the community,” said Randy Jennings, district commissioner for scouting. “That’s why this event is important to us.” This year volunteers cleaned 13 miles of shoreline and collected approximately 3,740 pounds of garbage, including unique items such as old crab traps, tires, a cutting board and a pallet-jack base. Removing items from the shoreline helps alleviate threats to JBLE wildlife, said Timothy P. Christensen, 733rd Civil Enginer Division conservation branch chief. Recently, a member of the 733rd CED found an Os-

prey at Fort Eustis that had strangled itself with fishing line. “When you go o out and pick up all this trash, it’s more thaan just about aesthetics,” said Christensen. ““You’re also helping out wildlife.” With five total m miles of shoreline cleaned on Langley alone, volunteers were able to see first-hand the h harmful, visible effects of litter on the enviro onment and surrounding ecosystems, said M Michael Mallozzi, 633rd Civil Engineer Squ uadron water quality asset manager. “Something as ssimple as picking up after yourself can maake a huge difference,” he said. “I want the vo olunteers to realize that if we come together as a community, we can accomplish great th hings.” While Clean the Bay Day is an impactful event that only occcurs once a year, it is everyone’s responsib bility to ensure we keep our environment cclean year-round, ensuring our surroundin ng ecosystems stay free of harmful pollution.

“Something as simple as picking up after yourself can make a hugee difference. I want the volunteers to realize that if we come together as a commu unity, we can accomplish great things.” Photo by Tech Sgt. April Wickes

Timothy P. Christensen (right), 733rd Civil Engineer Division conservation branch chief and volunteers from Pack 143 collect an old lobster trap.

Langley Airmen search along the rocks for items that may be harmful to the environment and wildlife during Clean the Bay Day at Langley Air Force Base, June 1. Volunteers collected more than 3,000 pounds of trash during the three-hour clean-up.

–M Michael Mallozzi 633rd Civil Engineer Squadron water qu uality asset manager

Photos by Airman 1st Class Kimberly Nagle

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Dee Jay Katzer, 633rd Civil Engineer Squadron commander, thanks volunteers during Clean the Bay Day at Langley Air Force Base, June 1. ABOVE: Participants in Clean the Bay Day scout the shoreline for trash.

Photo by Airman 1st Class Kimberly Nagle

U.S.Air Force Senior Airman Joseph Johnson, 438th Supply Chain Operations Squadron materiel management technician, picks up trash during Clean the Bay Day at Langley Air Force Base, June 1. Johnson was one of the 217 Langley volunteers who participated in the event.


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Nation pours resources into mental health care By Cheryl Pellerin AMERICAN FORCES PRESS SERVICE

The Veterans Affairs Department is improving access for veterans to mental health services, President Barack Obama said June 3 in remarks that opened the National Conference on Mental Health. Obama and Vice President Joe Biden hosted the conference at the White House as part of the administration’s effort to increase understanding of and awareness about mental health, and reduce the associated stigma. Obama delivered opening remarks, and Biden delivered closing remarks at the conference. “We’re ... doing more to support our troops and our veterans who are suffering from things like traumatic brain injury or PTSD, post-traumatic stress disorder,” the president told the audience. “Today, we lose 22 veterans a day to suicide – 22. We’ve got to do a better job ... of preventing these all-too-often silent tragedies. That’s why we’ve poured an enormous amount of resources into high-quality care

“Today, we lose 22 veterans a day to suicide – 22. We’ve got to do a better job ... of preventing these all-too-often silent tragedies. That’s why we’ve poured an enormous amount of resources into high-quality care and better treatment for our troops.” — President Barack Obama to audience at National Conference on Mental Health, June 3

and better treatment for our troops.” In response to a presidential executive order, VA has hired 1,600 mental health providers and more than 300 peer-topeer veteran specialists, according to a White House statement. The department also has enhanced the capacity of its crisis line by 50 percent and

established 24 pilot projects in nine states where VA is partnering with community mental-health providers to help veterans access mental health services more quickly, the statement said. Joining the president on stage at the conference were Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki, Health and Human

Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Education Secretary Arne Duncan, among others. The president said VA is directing 151 of its health care centers nationwide to conduct mental health summits with community partners, which include local government officials, communitybased organizations and veteran service organizations. The summits will be held from July 1 through Sept. 15 and will identify and link community-based resources to support the mental health needs of veterans and their families and increase awareness of VA programs and services, he explained. “They’re going to hold more than 150 summits like this one in communities all across the country so that every one of our Service members and veterans understand [that] just like you take care of yourselves and each other on the battlefield, you’ve got to do the same off the battlefield,” Obama said. “That’s part of being strong.”

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Sleep deprivation has many negative side effects, and can take a toll on individuals and their performance. InsufďŹ cient sleep can impact learning, memory, emotional regulation, overall health and motor skills. In 2011, the National Sleep Foundation found that during weeknights, 43 percent of Americans ages 16 to 64 reported â&#x20AC;&#x153;rarelyâ&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;neverâ&#x20AC;? having a good nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sleep, or rest followed by a spontaneous awakening, leaving one feeling refreshed and alert. Fortunately for Service members, the Behavioral Health Optimization Program Clinic located at the Langley Family Health Clinic offers education and recommendations for a wide variety of problems, to include sleep difďŹ culties. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sleep plays a key role in how we think, feel and behave,â&#x20AC;? said U.S. Air Force Maj. Elizabeth Najera, 633rd Medical Operations Squadron behavioral health ďŹ ght commander. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People feel worse emotionally and physically and demonstrate poorer mental and physical performance when they are sleep deprived.â&#x20AC;? Supporting this fact, Najera said appetite tends to increase without the rest needed to properly function, in turn leading to increased eating and weight gain over time. DifďŹ culty falling asleep, staying asleep or waking up feeling tired after a full nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rest not only affects Airmen, but everyone around them, said Najera. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chronic sleep deprivation can take a toll on individuals and their performance,â&#x20AC;? said Najera. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is an individualâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s responsibility to seek help to prevent a negative impact to the mission.â&#x20AC;? While most people report feeling their best when they have seven to nine hours of sleep, the amount needed for optimal performance varies on age, physical health, gender and previous sleep amounts. It is important for each individual to evaluate their bodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sleep needs in order to perform at their best. The NSF also found a relationship between quality of sleep and bedtime habits. Research shows improved bedtime habits can result in improved quality and quantity of sleep. The Behavioral Health Optimization Program Clinic offers the following tips to sleep soundly: â&#x2013; Make your bedroom a sanctuary for sleep Ensure the temperature in your room is at a comfortable level and mask disturbances by using a fan or white noise. For those working the night shift, make sure to block out all light. Using your bedroom only for sleep helps you associate it with sleep rather than wakefulness. â&#x2013;  Go to bed only when sleepy Lying awake in bed can cause frustration, worsening an




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existing sleep problem. If you cannot fall asleep within 15 minutes, engage in relaxing activities to induce sleepiness. â&#x2013; Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t watch the clock When trying to fall asleep, checking the time will only fuel frustration. If watching the clock proves to be too tempting, turn it away so that that the time is not visible. â&#x2013;  Set a regular sleep schedule Regardless of the time you fell asleep, it is important wake up around the same time each morning. Many people who ďŹ nd it difďŹ cult to fall asleep at night will compensate by sleeping during the day. Be sure to maintain the same amount of sleep throughout the week, even on nonwork days. It may seem necessary to take a nap after a long day or late night, but resting in the evening can amplify sleep problems. If you decide to take a nap, it is best to limit it to 15 to 30 minutes and to take it in the afternoon. â&#x2013;  Unwind before bedtime It takes time for your system to slow down and transition to a state of sleepiness after being active. Engage in activities that promote sleep and are not over stimulating to the mind or body, such as puzzles or reading. Refrain from using electronics before bed as the light from it can be stimulating to the brain, delaying sleepiness. SEE SLEEP PAGE 17

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Fifteen Airmen assigned to U.S. Air Forces Central Command, the Combined Air and Space Operations Center, and the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing are taking advantage of a twoyear accompanied-tour opportunity â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and numbers continue to grow. In the next few years a total of 60 families will be in Southwest Asia. The Command Sponsorship Program is an accompanied-tour initiative started in 2011 to increase mission effectiveness through extended permanent party presence, greater mission continuity and fewer burdens on families. Permanent party tours are considered â&#x20AC;&#x153;accompaniedâ&#x20AC;? only when the overseas installation commander or designated representative approves an individualâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s request for their family to reside with them at a particular location. Families serving an AFCENT-accompanied tour reside off base in the local community, attend local schools and obtain most goods and services from the local economy, enjoying an opportunity to experience what the dynamic Middle Eastern society has to offer. Families shop at local â&#x20AC;&#x153;souqsâ&#x20AC;? or markets, where they can barter for silks, carpets, spices, antiques and gold. They can also shop at one of the many malls for access to items that would be normally found throughout the United States. Some malls even offer indoor ice skating or amusement park rides. The presence of both permanent party and rotational members at this location make for a very unique experience. While there are various museums, theaters and nearby beaches that provide different cultural opportunities, the main aspect of CSP is keeping families together. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of the traditional advantages to serving a command sponsored tour is the ability to keep dependents united with their military sponsors,â&#x20AC;? said Lt. Col. David StanďŹ eld, previous 379th Air Expedition-

ary Wing CSP manager. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our program represents a rare opportunity for Air Force dependents to live in a part of the world normally only experienced by Air Force members on a deployment.â&#x20AC;? Captain Jill Heliker, Theater Engineering branch chief, agreed. She and her husband, Jon, were one of the ďŹ rst four Air Force families to be command sponsored in Southwest Asia, and are considered program pioneers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When the opportunity was presented for a one-year unaccompanied tour or a two-year accompanied tour, the decision was easy for us,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We knew there would be hurdles being one of the ďŹ rst families to arrive, but it would be a unique experience that traditional deployers do not get to share with their families. The culture is something you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t articulate over Skype; you have to experience it and living on the local economy has given us memories and stories weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll never forget.â&#x20AC;? The wing made several changes to the program since its launch in 2011 to improve the level of support offered to families. For example, this location is home to the only Airman and Family Readiness Center in the AFCENT area of responsibility. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our Airman and Family Readiness Center provides exceptional resources to assist families from the moment they are assigned to the installation, throughout their tour and when they begin to prepare for a move to their next assignment,â&#x20AC;? said Lt. Col. Eries Mentzer, 379th Expeditionary Force Support Squadron commander. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The center offers relocation assistance, loan locker items to sustain families while household good are shipping, a Key Spouse Program, employment assistance, volunteer opportunities and school liaison services for military children.â&#x20AC;? As more families arrive, there is one goal they all have in common â&#x20AC;&#x201C; building a strong partnership with the host nation, and ensuring regional security and stability now and in the future. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Leslie and I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hesitate at the

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possibility of applying for an accompanied tour here,â&#x20AC;? said Brig. Gen. Roger H. Watkins, 379th Air Expeditionary Wing commander. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We feel privileged and honored to be here together as we prepare the base to move from an expeditionary to an enduring mission.â&#x20AC;? His wife agreed that being together and strengthening relationships are the most important aspects of this program. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Being separated from my husband and seeing other families separated from their loved ones due to deployments has been the norm, so I jumped at the chance when Roger asked if I would be willing to join him,â&#x20AC;? said Leslie Watkins. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I believe in this program because it ... strengthens our individual family, our military family and, ideally, the extended community and cultural relationships. This has been an incredible and wonderful opportunity to share this deployment experience together.â&#x20AC;? Accompanied Airmen receive short tour credit upon completion of their assignment here. For more information or to apply, visit the 379th AEW page on the Air Force Portal and look for the folder titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Command Sponsorship Program.â&#x20AC;?

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HEALTH FROM PAGE 14 Conference attendees included people from across the country – mental health advocates, educators, veterans, health care providers, faith leaders, members of Congress, representatives from local governments and individuals who have struggled with mental health problems. At the conference, they discussed how they can work together to reduce stigma and help millions of Americans struggling with mental health problems recognize the importance of reaching out for assistance. Obama said there should be no shame in discussing or seeking help for treatable illnesses that affect too many people. “We see it in veterans who come home from the battlefield with the invisible wounds of war, but who feel somehow that seeking treatment is a sign of weakness when, in fact, it’s a sign of strength,” he added. As part of the effort, the administration today launched, a consumer-friendly website with tools that help users with the basics of mental health and the signs of mental illness, and show them how to talk about mental health and how to get help. The website includes a series of videos featuring celebrities and other Americans whose lives have been touched by mental illness. In November 2011, VA launched an award-winning national public awareness campaign called “Make the Connection,” which is aimed at reducing the stigma associated with seeking mental health care and telling veterans, their families, friends and members of their communities about VA resources. “We wanted to bring together folks who’ve suffered from mental illness and families who supported them,” the president said at today’s conference. “We wanted to bring together advocates and educators, faith leaders, veterans, local officials – all of you have shown an extraordinary commitment to what is a critical goal, and that is to make sure that people aren’t suffering in silence.”

SLEEP FROM PAGE 15 ■ Engage in strenuous exercise A workout during the day can have a significant impact on how soundly you sleep at night. While a daily workout is important, avoid exercising two hours before bedtime. ■ Avoid caffeine, nicotine and alcohol before bedtime Caffeine and nicotine are stimulants, or substances that can inhibit sleep. It is best to avoid these four to six hours before bed. On the other hand, alcohol can help you fall asleep, but the quality of sleep will be poor. When alcohol is metabolized in the body, sleep can be fragmented, causing you to be prone to frequent waking. Proper sleeping habits are necessary to for a person to maintain peak performance. It is important for every Service member to adopt good habits, pay attention to their needs and seek help if needed. For more information or to schedule an appointment with the Behavioral Health Optimization Program clinic, call 225-7630. These visits are treated like medical appointments and are available to all beneficiaries.

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Red Cross Youth Volunteer Program The Langley Red Cross is accepting applications for the 2013 Summer Youth Volunteer Program which runs from June 24 through Aug. 30. This program accepts teens with a valid military identification card who will be 13 or older by June 15. To attend a Red Cross Orientation class, call 225-4060. For more information, call 225-4064 or e-mail redcross@

Women’s Equality Day planning committee The Women’s Equality Day planning committee will have its meetings every second and fourthThursday of the month at 1 p.m. in the Bateman Library. For more information, contact Senior Master Sgt. Hemingway at 764-6059 or the Equal Opportunity Office at 764-5878.

Hispanic Heritage committee meetings The Hispanic Heritage Committee Meeting will have its meetings every third Wednesday of the month at 2 p.m. in the Langley Bowling Alley activities room. For more information, contact Master Sgt. Jose Perez at 764-1735 or the Equal Opportunity Office at 764-5878.

Orthodox Christian Services Orthodox Christian Vespers prayer service will be held every Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Langley Chapel. For the Holy orthodox Sacraments or for pastoral and spiritual needs, contact the Langley Chapel at 764-7847.

Single Airman Ministry Events Please see below for upcoming events sponsored by the Langley Single Airmen Ministry: ■ Luray Caverns Trip – From 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 8. The trip will cost $10 per person, which includes a tour of the cave, garden maze and transportation.Those interested must sign up no later than June 4. ■ Camping at ShenandoahValley National Park – From Aug. 30 to Sept. 2. The trip will cost $89 per person, which includes tents, food, a scavenger hunt and transportation. Those interested must sign up no later than Aug. 13. For more information on these events, contact Larry Blakely at 273-1033 or 528-0455.

Langley AFB Technology Expo Air Combat Command Communications Support Squadron will be hosting a free technology expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 11 at the Langley Club.There will be more than 30 exhibits and live demonstrations of the latest mission-centric technologies. For more information, contact Katie Johnson at, or (443) 561-2462.

Langley Veterinary Clinic policy change For the safety of children and pets, children under the age of 12 are no longer permitted to enter the Langley Veterinary Clinic. For more information, call 764-5678.

Airmen’s Attic accepting donations The Airmen’s Attic is accepting gently used donations.

Langley CDC Parenting Sessions The Langley Child Development Center will be hosting sessions on parenting young children from noon to 1 p.m. every Wednesday during the month of June. These sessions are open to all military parents: ■ June 12 – Relief and Relaxation for Young Children ■ June 19 – Anger and Frustration in Young Children For more info or to register for one or all sessions, call the CDC at 764-3585 or Family Advocacy at 764-9581.

‘Let’s Stay Together’ Marriage Seminar Langley Chapel will conduct a free marriage seminar entitled “Let’s Stay Together” from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The following items are needed: housewares, kitchen items, linens and clothing. Items such as large couches, mattresses or box springs will not be accepted. For information, call 764-1363.

Commercial Travel Office change Alamo Travel is no longer the Commercial Travel Office serving JBLE. Effective June 1, a new contract was awarded to WingGate Travel. Implementation of this new CTO will not cause disruptions in the Defense Travel System, nor change reservation or ticketing procedures. WingGate’s telephone numbers are as follows: ■ Local telephone – 315-8349 ■ Toll-free telephone/fax – (866) 683-7848 ■ After-hours emergency toll-free – (877) 627-5801 Calls to the Alamo Travel number, 764-5989, will be forwarded to WingGate’s new number until October 2013. For more information, call the Passenger Travel Office at 764-5071.

Discounted tickets and passes Discounted tickets and season passes to local amusement parks are available through Langley Information, Tickets and Tours. For more information, call 764-7176.

Langley Community Center Events Line Dancer-cise: “Step Into Fitness” from 5:30 to 6:50 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays in the Air Combat Command Fitness Center aerobics room. Classes are $40 per month for adults and $24 per month for children 12 and under. Work up a sweat as you learn the latest and most popular line dances while dropping pounds and inches. For more information, e-mail james.murrell@langley. or call the Community Center at 764-2983/2984.

Cinderella’s Closet The Langley Enlisted Spouse’s Club is sponsoring a new project, Cinderella’s Closet, which is a loan closet of formal gowns, cocktail dresses, shoes, accessories and more. The items will be signed out free of charge to those with a military identification card, and must be returned dry cleaned. The LESC is collecting gently used formal gowns, cocktail length gowns, shoes, shawls and handbags. The lo-

June 13 at the Langley Club. Those interested must register by June 11. For more information, contact Chap. (Capt.) Tara Dixon at 764-0587/7847 or

Family Advocacy Safety Education Seminar A Family Advocacy Safety Education Seminar will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. June 14 at the Health and Wellness Center. This seminar reviews the dynamics and impact of domestic violence and child maltreatment and available resources on and off base. For more information or to register, contact the Family Advocacy Program at 764-2427.

cation, hours and details of the closet are being finalized, with a possible opening this summer. For more information on donating or volunteering, contact Amanda Bryie or Amye Pederson at 504-0746 or via e-mail at

‘Maintenance Operations Management’ course The 367th Training Support Squadron, “The Griffin,” announced the release of “Maintenance Operations Management” course April 30 to ADLS. This course is designed to teach management principles associated with maintenance career fields. Civilian managers and Airmen of any rank can benefit from this course.The MOM course can be found on the ADLS gateway. For more information, contact Staff Sgt. Kevin Spalding at or 586-4014.

Hispanic Heritage Committee meetings The Hispanic Heritage Committee will have its meetings every third Wednesday of the month at 2 p.m. in the Langley bowling alley activities room. For more information, contact Master Sgt. Jose Perez at 764-1735.

Communications Squadron CSI walk-in hours NIPR account creations, virtual private-network, Blackberry, iPad or iPhone walk-in hours are from 9 to 11 a.m. Trouble tickets will be handled from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 764-9811.

The Exchange’s ‘Salad Wednesday’ The Army and Air Force Exchange Service restaurants are now offering $2 off any salad priced $4 or more every Wednesday. “Salad Wednesdays” will occur at all participating Exchange restaurants and are open to anyone on the installation, including civilians, contractors or visitors. For more information, visit

OSI travel briefings The Office of Special Investigations is offering travel briefings at 9 a.m. every Thursday in Bldg. 1330. Before attending this briefing, call in advance with your planned travel location and dates. To do so or for more information, call 764-7971.

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Pharmacy closure Effective June 10, the pharmacy located on the third floor of McDonald Army Health Center will close temporarily until July 1. The third floor lobby is undergoing renovations. Patients visiting the Family Health Clinic will be directed to the Main Pharmacy on the first floor. Pharmacy wait times will increase during the temporary closure. For more information, contact a pharmacy team member at 314-7900, option three.

Technology Exposition The 93rd Signal Brigade will host a Technology Exposition from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 12 at the Fort Eustis Club. All military, civilian and contractor personnel are invited to attend this free event. More than 20 exhibitors will be demonstrating their latest products and services. Complimentary refreshments and giveaways will be available while supplies last. For more information, contact Katie Johnson at (443) 5612462 or email

Army birthday run The Senior Commander Army Element – Fort Eustis will conduct an organizational run to celebrate the Army’s 238th birthday at 6:30 a.m. June 13 at Murphy Field and other locations along the designated physical fitness route. Motorists should expect road closures and brief traffic delays during the run. For more information, call 501-6435 or 501-5819.

Golf tournament In celebration of the Army’s Birthday and TRADOC’s 40th anniversary commemoration, a nine-hole golf tournament will kick off with a 1 p.m. shotgun start June 13 at the Pines Golf Course.The format will be four-person Captain’s Choice. Any organization may create a team consisting of military, civilians, contractors and family members.Teams may consist of members of different organizations. The cost is $35, which will include greens and cart fees, range balls, two drink tickets and prizes. Payment is due at the time of registration. To sign up, email with the following information: name of organization; names, email addresses and phone numbers of four team members with the primary point of contact listed first; and name of a potential stand-in who can fill in if one of your member’s drops out at the last minute. For more information, call 878-2252.

Home Buying and Selling Seminars The Fort Eustis Housing Referral Office is sponsoring a Home Buying Seminar from 6 to 8:30 p.m. June 11 and a Home Selling Seminar from 6 to 8:30 p.m. June 13. Both seminars will take place at the Civil Engineer Division conference room at Bldg. 1407, Washington Blvd. Industry experts will include a realtor, mortgage lender, attorney and home inspector.The seminars are free and open to the public. Please RSVP at least three business days prior to attending the seminar of your choice. To register, call 8782977/5687/5579.


Olympic Gold Medalists Music Under the Stars The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Band’s Music Under the Stars summertime concerts will take place at 7 p.m. Thursdays at Magnolia Park on Fort Eustis (overlooking the James River).The schedule for June is: ■ June 13 – 238th Army Birthday Celebration ■ June 20 – A Night in New Orleans ■ June 27 – Music of the Big Bands The concerts are free and open to the public. Attendees are invited to bring picnic dinners and lawn chairs. Non-DoD cardholders must use the Fort Eustis main gate to receive a pass. Valid vehicle registration, proof of insurance and a photo ID are required for access. To learn more about the concerts, to receive a prevetted vehicle pass or to sign up for the band’s newsletter and concert announcements, visit, or call 501-6944.

Movies Under the Stars Fort Eustis’ Morale, Welfare and Recreation kicks off its second annual Movies Under the Stars series at dusk June 19 at Murphy Field. Come out and join us for a free showing of “Here Comes the Boom” on the giant outdoor screen. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, family and friends. Other activities will include bounce houses for the kids, and food and beverage concessions. For more information, call 878-3329.

Groninger Library ■ Summer Reading Program – Registration begins June 17 for the library’s “Have Book,WillTravel!” summer reading program. Join us for fun and adventure as we travel through reading (June 17-Aug. 11). The program is open to children ages 2-17. ■ Bookies Book Club – The new adult book club will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. the first Thursday of each month beginning in July. Refreshments will be served. ■ Library Services – The library offers free Internet and Wi-Fi; computers with common access card readers; fax; photocopier; printers; magazines; newspapers; best sellers; classics; audio books; movies on DVD; music on CD; storytime; arts and crafts; brown bag lunch series; free classes; and special events. The library is located at Bldg. 1313, Washington Blvd. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Wednesday; noon to 9 p.m. Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday-Sunday. For more information, call 878-5017 or visit

Teen Summer Volunteer Program The Teen Summer Volunteer Program orientation is scheduled for 1 p.m. June 24 at Bldg. 650, Monroe Ave. The program runs from June 26 to Aug. 23. To apply, contact Donna Cloy, volunteer coordinator, at 878-3638, or email The application deadline is June 21.

Come out and meet Olympic Gold Medal winners Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilley and Tisha Venturini Hoch from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. June 16 at Anderson Field House, Bldg. 643, Dickman St. The Team First Soccer Academy trio will sign autographs, answer questions and demonstrate soccer drills. Free T-shirts will be available while supplies last. For more information, call 878-3329.

2013 Army Soldier Show The 2013 Army Soldier Show is scheduled for 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. June 25 at Jacobs Theater. Admission is free and open to all. Fort Eustis’ own Spc. Reuben Eldridge, 688th Rapid Port Opening Element, is a member of the Soldier Show cast. Come out and support Eldridge and all of the talented soldiers in this year’s show. For more information, call 878-3329.

School & Sport Physical Exams School and sport physical exams are available at McDonald Army Health Center’s Pediatric and Family Health clinics by appointment only. Appointments can be scheduled for Monday through Friday. Call the Hampton Roads Appointment Center at (866) 645-4584 or use TRICARE Online to schedule an appointment (up to 28 days in advance). Appointments are also available on the following Saturdays: June 29, July 27 and Aug. 24. For more info, visit

Picnic on the Patio Join us for a picnic on the patio from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays in June at the Fort Eustis Club (weather permitting). The cost is $10 per person. Menu items will include chilled pineapple-avocado gazpacho soup, barbecued pork spare ribs, smoked turkey legs, hot dogs, salad, baked potatoes, corn on the cob, baked beans, cole slaw, and peach and blackberry cobbler with vanilla ice cream. For more information, call 878-5700.

Army Career and Alumni Program Army Career and Alumni Program classes and briefings for June will include: ■ Career Expo – 1:30 to 3 p.m., June 19. Employers, college recruiters and other transition service providers are invited to come and network with transitioners and their family members. Job seekers should dress for success and bring resumes. Featured employers and universities will include Day & Zimmerman Marine, McAllister Towing, Tapestry Solutions, Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News Sheriff’s Office, Corporate Gray, ECPI, Martinsburg College and WyoTech. ■ Lunchtime Workshop – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., June 19. Workshop topics will include the USAJOBS federal resume application process and “Networking.” This monthly training will be provided by ACAP and Civilian Personnel Advisory Center staff. Unless otherwise noted, classes and briefings will take place in Bldg. 601, training room 127. For more information, call 878-4955.



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37th Annual Norfolk Harborfest AT&T presents the 37th annual Norfolk Harborfest through June 9 at Town Point Park, along the downtown Norfolk waterfront. This event is free and open to the public. The festival will include entertainment, family and water activities, tall ships, a parade of sail, fireworks, food vendors and more. Hours are noon to 11:30 p.m. Friday and June 8, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit

■ Story Time at the Museum – The third Saturday of the month is story time at the museum. Bring the kids at 10 a.m. on June 15 to hear “Wild and Free” by JoEllen Pledger and also see a live ferret. Recommended for ages 2 and above (included in museum admission). The Virginia Living Museum is located at 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m., Sunday. For more information, call 595-9135 or visit

Port Warwick Concert Series Virginia Health Services presents the annual Summer Concert Series from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays at Port Warwick’s Styron Square in Newport News (Jefferson Avenue at Loftis Boulevard). The concerts are free and open to the public. The schedule for June is: ■ June 12 – Party Fin ■ June 19 – Mercy Creek ■ June 26 – Jae Sinnett Jazz Trio For more info, contact Debi Ernest at 223-0284, e-mail, or visit

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Free Artifacts Roadshow Whether it is an old uniform cap or helmet, a box of medals or ribbons, a flag, sword, rifle or canteen, every piece of military memorabilia has a story to tell. The Virginia War Memorial will host its fourth annual Artifacts Roadshow from 10 a.m. to noon June 15 at 621 Belvidere St., Richmond. This event is free and open to the public. War Memorial curator Jesse Smith and military collectables expert Robert House of Virginia Beach will review and offer their opinions on the origin and history of military-related items from any era. Cash appraisals and monetary evaluations will not be given. Weapons or ordinance items will be checked and inspected for safety at the door. The education center is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. The Shrine of Memory and grounds are open from 5 a.m. to midnight daily. For more information, call (804) 786-2060 or visit www.

Virginia Living Museum ■ Early Summer Planetarium Shows – Ongoing through June 30. Choose among four shows at the museum’s Abbitt Planetarium. A staff astronomer takes a tour of the current night sky in “Virginia Skies.” Enter the world of the extraordinarily tiny in “Microcosm” as you go deep into the body of a woman infected with a dangerous virus. “Abraham Lincoln: The Case of the Missing Moon” explores how Lincoln defended a man accused of murder

using “facts” found in an almanac. “Laser Mania” combines music, movie hits and laser action. Tickets are $4 in addition to museum admission (planetarium is open every day). Museum admission is $17 (adults); $13 (children ages 3-12); and free for ages 2 and under. ■ “Bodies Revealed” Exhibition – Ongoing through Sept. 2. The “Bodies Revealed” exhibition showcases real human bodies, dissected and preserved through a revolutionary process allowing visitors to see themselves like never before. Many of the whole body specimens are dissected in vivid athletic poses, allowing the visitor to relate to everyday activities.To ensure that everyone has the best possible visit, the museum is offering timed tickets. Tickets can be purchased online at or in person at the museum. The cost is $7 (museum members); $15 (non-members); $12 (children); and free for ages 2 and under. Combination tickets for the museum and exhibition are $26 (adults); $20 (children ages 3-12); and free for ages 2 and under. The exhibition will also be open from 6 to 8 p.m. June 8, July 13 and Aug. 10. ■ Star Party/Lasers/Music – Come out and enjoy stargazing at sunset on June 8. The U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Band ensemble, “The Blue Aces,” will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Conservation Garden. Both events are free. Choose among six shows in the Abbitt Planetarium: 5:30 p.m., Microcosm; 6:30 p.m., Laser Pop; 7:30 p.m., Virginia Skies; 8:30 p.m., Laser Vinyl; 10 p.m., The Wall; and 11:30 p.m., The Vision Bell. All planetarium shows are $6. The Wild Side Café will be open from 6 to 9 p.m.

Hampton Bay Days, the city’s largest annual festival, is accepting entries for its 31st annual Poster Contest. The contest is open to amateur and professional artists. The cost is $35 per entry, and submitted artwork must be original. Multiple entries by a single artist will require separate entry fees. Computer-generated work is not eligible. The winner will be awarded $250 in cash, 50 percent of the proceeds of the auctioned original and a complimentary booth at the festival (Sept. 6-8). All artwork becomes the property of Hampton Bay Days. Entries are due by 4 p.m. June 14 to: Hampton Bay Days, Inc., 34 Wine Street, Suite A, Hampton. The winner will be announced on or before July 5. For more information, contact Marqueta Tyson at 7238500 or email

Boating on Lake Maury Lake Maury’s boat operations are now open adjacent to the front entrance of the Mariners’ Museum, 100 Museum Dr., Newport News. Visitors can rent jon and paddle boats or canoes for fishing or exploring. Rental boats seat one to six people, weather permitting. Motors are not provided. Visitors may provide their own trolling (electric) motors and batteries, but gas-powered motors are not permitted. Fishing is catch-and-release and a state fishing license is required. All guests using kayaks, canoes or boats on Lake Maury must wear life jackets. Boat rental prices are as follows: 14’ jon boats ($4 per hour, $15 per day); 18’ jon boats ($7 per hour, $25 per day); canoes ($5 per hour, $20 per day). Personal kayaks and canoes are allowed on Lake Maury with a valid annual or daily pass that can be purchased in the museum or on the boat dock. The cost is $50 (season pass); and $10 (daily pass). Museum hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 591-7718 or visit

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Airmen greet their family members after returning home from a ďŹ ve month deployment to Kadena Air Base, Japan, May 4. The 94th FS and 94th AMU deployed 150 Service members in support of the U.S. PaciďŹ c Commandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s security obligations in the Western PaciďŹ c.The deployed units performed the mission under the direction of the 18th Wing at Kadena Air Base. Under the direction of the 18th Wing at Kadena, the 94th AMU was evaluated to determine the unitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ability to meet security obligations in the Asia-PaciďŹ c region.

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A U.S. Air Force Airman assigned to the 94th Aircraft Maintenance Unit greets his wife upon returning to Langley Air Force Base, May 29.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Rodney Meyers, 94th Aircraft Management Unit weapons load crew team chief, embraces his wife and son, May 4.

Photo by Airman 1st Class Victoria H. Taylor

LEFT: Family members await the arrival of the U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 94th Fighter Squadron and 94th Aircraft Maintenance Unit at Langley Air Force Base, May 29. CENTER: U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jarrett Hayman, 1st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons section supervisor, is greeted by his puppy. RIGHT: A U.S. Air Force Airman assigned to the 94th Fighter Squadron greets his family, May 29, upon returning from a ďŹ ve-month deployment to Kadena Air Base.

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James Dolan, 733rd Civil Engineer Division environmental flight conservationist, ducks before driving his boat beneath a low bridge leading to a training area at Fort Eustis, June 4.The platform sites are close to important training areas for Fort Eustis, making the mission of discovering nutria paramount to mission success.

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Dage Blixt, U.S. Department of Agriculture conservationist, removes debris from a floating platform. After taking samples from the platforms, Blixt removed the platform in order to clean it for later use.

Nutria nabbing: Eustis conservationists prowl for pests By Airman 1st Class Austin Harvill 633RD AIR BASE WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS

A fiddler crab leaps from a barren mud-scape as a small, flat-bottom boat approaches. A man steps out of the boat, softly sinking into the eroding earth. He inspects a floating platform’s hair snares, looking for any signs of wildlife. A discovery of that wildlife could mean disaster for the Fort Eustis, Va., ecosystem. The undesirable wildlife in question are called nutria. Nutrias are large, herbivorous, semiaquatic rodents that look nearly identical to beavers, although they have a rat-like tail and bright orange teeth. This strange creature enjoys munching on the roots of aquatic and semiaquatic vegetation, which can cause serious problems for wetlands if a nutria population runs rampant. “When nutrias eat up all the vegetation around the shoreline, the river erodes the bare earth underneath,” said James Dolan, 733rd Civil Engineer Division environmental flight conservationist. “Eventually, whole habitats will be destroyed and the natural ecosystem will die.” Dolan, along with Dage Blixt, U.S. Department of Agriculture conservationist, sets up hair-snare platforms, or “curios-

ity traps,” around Fort Eustis to find nutrias, if they are at Fort Eustis at all. “Animals like to jump up on the platform out of curiosity,” said Blixt. “The little frayed-wire poles catch hair for later study to determine the animal responsible for visiting.”

Blixt and Nolan aren’t the only people hoping to discover a lack of nutrias nearby – ever since the 1940’s and 1950’s, wildlife conservationists have been hard at work keeping the prolific species under control. During the late 19th century and sur-

“When nutrias eat up all the vegetation around the shore line, the river erodes the bare earth underneath. Eventually, whole habitats will be destroyed and the natural ecosystem will die.” — James Dolan 733rd Civil Engineer Division environmental flight conservationist

Photos by Airman 1st Class Austin Harvill

James Dolan maneuvers his boat through a small tributary of the James River in search of nutria signs at Fort Eustis, June 4. Nutria are semi-aquatic creatures, so Dolan must place curiosity traps in locations reachable only by boat.

viving well into the early 20th century, nutria fur was a prized commodity. As a native species of South America, Americans brought the creatures from southern Chile to locations like California and Louisiana. Nutria farms were established and, for a short period, nutria pelts were easily attainable. Eventually, by 1950, the fur trade plummeted. With no need for the animals, many owners released them into the wild. Since then, nutrias have had abundant feeding grounds and few predators to slow their growth. According to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, they can produce approximately four offspring two times a year, which means a nutria population, even with an 80 percent mortality rate before the age of one, will grow drastically in a few short years. If Dolan and Blixt can catch the rodents before they reach their historically high numbers, Fort Eustis won’t become another effected area. “If we do find nutrias, we will implement a plan to reduce their numbers or remove them from the area,” said Dolan. Protecting the habitat around Fort Eustis can be a tough job, but with people like Dolan and Blixt on patrol, little fiddler crabs can rest easy inside their tiny, grassy burrows, knowing their habitat is safe from nutrias.

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