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REMEMBRANCE

JBLE remembers D-Day through ceremony, concert — Page 6

PROFILE

An F-22 Raptor dedicated crew chief — Page 16

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June 14: National Flag Day ANNIVERSARY Army kicks off 239th birthday celebration — Page 3


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Per Air Force Instruction 35-101/Army Regulation 360-1, only stories and photos submitted by members of the Department of Defense community and DOD news services may be printed inThe Peninsula Warrior. Any stories, photos or announcements must be submitted eight days prior to publication. Stories and photos should be submitted to the editor and/or assistant editor at 633abw.paedit@langley.af.mil or Public Affairs Office, 601 Hines Cir., Fort Eustis, VA 23604. Announcements for the Community section should be submitted to fteustismain@gmail.com. Announcements for the Outside the Gate Section should be submitted to fteustismain@gmail.com. For more information call 878-4920. Authors’ names may be withheld, but all letters must include the authors’ signatures and telephone number. The Peninsula Warrior is an authorized publication for all the members of the U.S. military. Contents of The Peninsula Warrior are not necessarily the official views of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense, Department of the Air Force or the Department of the Army. The Peninsula Warrior is printed every Friday by offset as a civilian enterprise newspaper for the Public Affairs Office, U.S. Air Force by Military Newspapers of Virginia at 150 W. Brambleton Ave. Norfolk, VA 23510 under exclusive written contract with the commander, Joint Base Langley-Eustis. MNV is a private firm in no way connected with the Department of the Air Force or Department of the Army. Printed circulation: 25,000. Everything advertised in this publication shall be made available for purchase, use or patronage without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, physical handicap, political affiliation or any other non-merit factor of the purchaser, user or patron. A confirmed violation or rejection of this policy of equal opportunity by any advertiser will result in refusal to print advertising from that source. All editorial content of The Peninsula Warrior is prepared, edited, provided and approved by the Public Affairs Office Joint Base LangleyEustis. All photographs are Air Force or Army photographs unless otherwise stated. The appearance of advertising in this publication, including inserts and supplements, does not constitute endorsement by the Department of Defense or MNV of the products or services advertised.

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What do you know about Pride? Throughout June, keep an eye out for Pride Month trivia questions. If you think you know the answer, email the Langley Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender committee at sonya.hildebrand@langley.af.mil. The first person to answer accurately will win a prize! Question: Under which president was Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell enacted?

The U.S. Army’s Birthday: June 14, 1775 When the American Revolution broke out, the rebellious colonies did not possess an army in the modern sense. Rather, the revolutionaries fielded an amateur force of colonial troops, cobbled together from various New England militia companies. They had no unified chain of command and although Artemas Ward of Massachusetts exercised authority by informal agreement, officers from other colonies were not obligated to obey his orders. The American volunteers were led, equipped, armed, paid for and supported by the colonies from which they were raised. In the spring of 1775, this “army” was about to confront British troops near Boston. The revolutionaries had to re-organize their forces quickly if they were to stand a chance against Britain’s seasoned professionals. Recognizing the need to enlist the support of all of the American seaboard colonies, the Massachusetts

For more coverage of the U.S. Army’s 239th birthday celebration, see page 3. Provincial Congress appealed to the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia to assume authority for the New England army. Reportedly, at John Adams’ request, Congress voted to “adopt” the Boston troops on June 14, although there is no written record of this decision. Also on this day, Congress resolved to form a committee “to bring in a draft of rules and regulations for the government of the Army,” and approved $2 million to support

the forces around Boston and those at New York City. Moreover, Congress authorized the formation of 10 companies of expert riflemen from Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia, which were directed to march to Boston to support the New England militia. George Washington received his appointment as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army the next day, and formally took command at Boston on July 3, 1775.

National Flag Day: June 14, 1777 Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. On that day in 1777, the Continental Congress approved the U.S. flag and detailed the composition. Originally the flag was literally a rallying point for the troops of the Continental Army. In battle, the unit flag was the center of mass and from the area around the flag commanders gave orders and rallied troops. The flag as a symbol of America grew out of the War of 1812. Francis Scott Key was so inspired by the sight of the American flag flying over Fort McHenry on Sept. 12, 1814, that he wrote “The Star Spangled Banner.” These words inspire Americans today and when U.S. citizens see the flag they are reminded that America is still “the land of the free, and the home of the brave.” The American flag has become more than just a red, white and blue design. It

has become a symbol of what we stand for as a country. America reunited under the flag following the Civil War. The American flag flew at the Marne in World War I and at Iwo Jima during World War II. Inspired by these three decades of state and local celebrations, Flag Day – the anniversary of the

AskTheCommander “Ask the JBLE Commander” is a forum for the Joint Base Langley-Eustis community to ask questions, provide feedback and voice concerns about Langley Air Force Base and Fort Eustis directly to Col. John J. Allen, Jr., the 633rd Air Base Wing commander. Question: Is there a way to find out about carpool options to and from

Flag Resolution of 1777 – was officially established by the Proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson on May 30, 1916. While Flag Day was celebrated in various communities for years after Wilson’s proclamation, it was not until August 3, 1949, that President Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14 of each year as National Flag Day. The American flag flew at Porkchop Hill in Korea and Hamburger Hill in Vietnam. It has flown over Grenada, Kuwait, Kabul and Baghdad. It covers the caskets of the fallen as they come home. Americans swear to uphold the Constitution of the United States and the American flag is a symbol of that oath. On Flag Day, remember that oath and those who have died for the freedom the American flag represents.

Carpooling base? I am a civilian who’s been here for just a few months, from the west coast, so I do not have a car. How could I go about finding out more information on this? Response: Thank you for the question. While there aren’t any formal carpooling options, I suggest you talk with your coworkers and see if you can ar-

range something. If that option doesn’t work, there are busses that visit both Langley Air Force Base and Fort Eustis. I’ve provided the links below. Fort Eustis Bus Route www.gohrt.com/routes/route-106.pdf Langley AFB Bus Route www.gohrt.com/routes/route-118.pdf

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Army kicks off first of many 239th birthday celebrations By George Markfelder U.S. ARMY MILITARY DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON

Senior Army leaders held the first of many ceremonies scheduled around the world commemorating the Army’s 239th birthday, which is June 14, and celebrated this year’s theme ”America’s Army: Our Profession.” Under Secretary of the Army Brad Carson delivered the keynote address during an event held Friday, sponsored by the National Defense University and conducted in the historic Roosevelt Hall Rotunda at the National War College on Fort Lesley J. McNair. Carson spoke on how Soldiers today continue the service to our nation at the same level of selfless dedication once provided by those Soldiers from the “Greatest Generation,” during World War II. Throughout the ceremony, Carson spoke on the idea of looking forward, while also reflecting on the past and the sacrifices made in the last 239 years.

“Our beginnings in 1775 may have been humble, but even then and certainly ever since, our Army has influenced the nation and the world,” said Carson. “We have come from a small national force consisting of state militias with citizen Soldiers, to a force of 89 divisions in 1944, which liberated the nations of Europe then living under Nazi tyranny, to the all-volunteer force that has adapted to the changing face of warfare and has fought our nation’s longest war, during the past 13 years.” Carson added that as the Army manages the change needed to meet the demands of the 21st Century, it is imperative that leaders continue to hold true to Army values, preserve readiness and maintain trust and confidence with our Soldiers, families, civilians and the American public. Students and faculty assigned to the National Defense University were present at the ceremony, along with many family members. Soldiers from the U.S. Army Military District of Washington’s 3rd U.S.

Photo by Staff Sgt. Bernardo Fuller

Under Secretary of the Army Brad Carson (right) and President of the National Defense University Maj. Gen. Gregg F. Martin, along with the youngest Soldier present at the ceremony, cut an Army Birthday cake during a celebration commemorating the Army’s 239th birthday.The event was held in the Roosevelt Hall Rotunda at the NationalWar College on Fort Lesley J. McNair, in Washington, D.C., June 6.

Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), provided support during the ceremony with performances by their Fife and Drum Corps and Drill Team soloists. Other Army birthday events include celebrations at Bryant Park and Times Square in New York City, June 12-13; the Philadelphia

Stripes and Stars Celebration, June 14, and the Military District of Washington’s Twilight Tattoo at Summerall Field on Joint Base MyerHenderson Hall, Virginia, June 18. For more information about the Army’s 239th birthday go to www.army.mil/ birthday/239.

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“I wanted to prove to the men that I can do what they can do. My goal is to be the first female Soldier to complete Ranger School.” A female Soldier from 3rd Brigade

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Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, became the first female to complete the Jungle Operations Training Course as an infantryman when she graduated from the course, June 2. “I wanted to prove to the men that I can do what they can do,” said Spc. Tinita Taylor, a signal support systems specialist, assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd BCT. Completing the course was not an easy task for her. According to Taylor, the mental tasks were the hardest to overcome. “I had to keep reminding myself ‘mind over matter;’ my head and body had to work together to finish this,” said Taylor.

— Spc. Tinita Taylor Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division “My body held up, but telling myself I can do it is what I needed to do,” she continued. The Caruthersville, Missouri, native said she had always wanted to compete in a competition like the Jungle Operations Training Course. Enduring the course opened Taylor’s eyes to what infantrymen do and she found a new respect for them. “In the Army for just three years, this accomplishment really makes those around her see what she is able to ac-

complish in such a short time,” said her first-line supervisor, Sgt. Wayne Murray, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd BCT. “She is an outstanding go-getter, rising to the occasion every time she is needed to step up,” said Murray. Graduating from jungle school is just the beginning of what Taylor has in mind to add to her list of accomplishments. Next up is Air Assault, which she plans on attending later this year and then it is on to Pre-Ranger and Ranger School.

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Specialist Tinita Taylor, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, receives her Jungle Expert tab from Capt. Robert J. Conway, commander, C Company, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd BCT, 25th ID during a Jungle OperationsTraining Course graduation ceremony at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, on June 2.


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The 733rd Force Support Division has a lot in store for Joint Base Langley Eustis members and their families this summer at Fort Eustis.The FSD hosts ďŹ ve facilities: Outdoor Recreation, the Pines Golf Course, the Fort Eustis Bowling Center, the Fort EustisTickets andTravel ofďŹ ce and the Fort Eustis Club.

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The 733rd Force Support Division has a lot in store for members of the Joint Base Langly Eustis community. The division hosts ďŹ ve different facilities: Outdoor Recreation, the Pines Golf Course, the Fort Eustis Bowling Center, the Fort Eustis Tickets and Travel ofďŹ ce and the Fort Eustis Club. Each facility has its own attractions. “There really are a lot of activities for JBLE members and their families and their families,â€? said Kay White, 733rd FSD supervisory recreation assistant. “We hope they take advantage of them.â€? The Outdoor Recreation center provides several different programs including equipment rental, cabin rentals and a storage lot. The center also regulates the hunting program, the Prisoners of War weapon range and the ďŹ shing program. The rental ofďŹ ce also controls the horse stables, pavilions and the mini-park. “The mini-park is a big attraction during the summer,â€? said White. “The park offers mini golf, batting cages and go-karts. It is

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available for private parties and events.â€? To partake in these activities, or to rent an item, reservations must be made through the Outdoor Recreation rental ofďŹ ce in person or at 870-2610, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Pines Golf Course holds multiple tournaments throughout the summer months, as well as offering open golďŹ ng times. The course is also home to Reggie’s restaurant, which serves lunch and pro-

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vides other snacks for purchase. For more information on tournaments or general information contact the Pines Golf Course at 878-2252 Monday through Friday 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. or weekends and holidays 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Fort Eustis Bowling Center is open seven days-a-week with daily specials as well as parties and league bowling. For more information or to book an event contact the bowling center at 878-

5482 Monday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday noon to 1 a.m., and Sunday 12 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Fort Eustis Club hosts a lunch buffet Tuesday through Friday, as well as other public and private events. The club is also home to the Fort Eustis pool, available to Joint Base Langley Eustis members and their guests. For more information on the club contact 878-5700 Tuesday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Fort Eustis Tickets and Travel ofďŹ ce can ďŹ nd discount prices for trips and tickets to places near and far. For more information or to book a trip contact the ofďŹ ce at 878-3694 Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. White said the facilities at Fort Eustis are able to let families have a good time, while saving money and staying close to home. For additional information on the FSD facilities check out the Joint Base Langley Eustis Force Support website, www.jbleforcesupport.com.

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The Langley Air Force Base Honor Guard performs a ceremonial ďŹ&#x201A;ag folding during the U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Turning the Tideâ&#x20AC;? concert at Fort Monroe Continental Park in Norfolk on June 6. The concert commemorated the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the invasion of Normandy.

James Ashley (left), a WWII veteran, and his wife, listen as the U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Band performs. DDay was the largest seaborne invasion in history.The event began with the incursion of German-occupied Western Europe, led to the restoration of the French Republic and contributed to the Allied victory of War World II.

The U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Band performs during the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Turning the Tideâ&#x20AC;? concert, a tribute to the 70th anniversary of D-Day at Fort Monroe Continental Park in Norfolk on June 6. The concert included narratives about what War World II veterans endured and music from the Big Band era.

United States Army Maj. Gen. Ross E. Ridge, deputy commanding general of Army Initial MilitaryTraining, gives remarks during the 70th Anniversary D-Day Remembrance Ceremony at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, June 6.The ceremony also included an amphibious assault demonstration by the Navy (below), where Soldiers stormed the beach. Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story was one of the bases used to help train Service members who went ashore on D-Day.

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FeatureStory Made from recycled cardboard, bottle caps, an old entertainment center and other reclaimed materials, David Gatling has built a “green” F-16 simulator in the basement of his apartment complex in Newport News. Photos by Melissa Walther

“Once you get in it, you’re blown away. I’ve had a couple of F-18 pilots from the Navy come try it out and they said it was amazing.” — David Gatling on his homemade-built flight simulator

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Water drips onto the gravel floor of an apartment complex basement in Newport News, Virginia, while boxes of holiday decorations mingle with ladders and extra light bulbs. It’s a typical storage area, and a place most residents don’t even know exists. But this basement holds a secret, as out of the darkness comes the rumble of a jet’s engines. As David Gatling piles on the throttle and climbs, the walls of the basement fade away and suddenly he’s surrounded by blue skies, thanks to a little imagination and a lot of innovation. Chapstick tubes, shampoo bottles and bottle caps have found new life as oxygen canisters and controls while an old entertainment center has become the ejection seat of an F-16 Fighting Falcon. A recycled computer and projector provide the sky and “brains” of Gatling’s home-made flight simulator. A former U.S. Army crew chief on Cobra helicopters and current apartment staffresident liaison, Gatling decided to take his love of aviation and skills as a model build-

er to the next level and create his own F-16 Fighting Falcon simulator so he could continue to experience the joy of flight. “I grew up in the area and I trained at Fort Eustis,” he said. “My youngest son is in the Civil Air Patrol at Langley and I’ve always had a passion for aviation, ever since I was a little kid.” Attending his first air show with his father in 1970 at Langley Air Force Base, Gatling said that was the moment he knew flight was for him. “It was the Thunderbirds flying F-4 Phantoms,” he recalled. “I always loved the Thunderbirds; I decided to build this simulator when I found out they weren’t coming back to Langley. I look forward to air shows every year and I take my two sons; it’s a family tradition.” Aformer resident and friend of Gatling’s provided the software that made the whole project possible. “He was a B-29 pilot for the Air Force during Korea and we’d talk about our love of aviation,” Gatling said. “He had the software for an F-16 simulator and when he moved out, he gave it to me. I had always wanted to dabble in the simulator world

and that was what made it possible.” Gatling started surfing the web, looking for reference pictures of the cockpit of an F-16 and keeping his eye out for likely materials that were discarded by residents. “You’d be amazed what you can find on the Internet,” Gatling said. “Alot of research went into it. Residents are always getting rid of things, so when I’d see a big box or something I thought I could use, I’d grab it.” Dials and gauges were printed from the Internet. Buttons and knobs are bottle caps, construction paper, glue and paint. “The president has his saying of ‘yes, we can,’ and I decided that ‘yes, I can do this,’” Gatling said. “It took me a long time to get all the materials together, and I’m still adding to it, but it’s identical to an F-16 in almost every way.” According to Gatling, he’s spent about $200 on the simulator, most of the cost going into paint, glue and a refurbished computer to run the software. “That’s not too bad, when you consider that a real simulator costs tens-of-thousands of dollars,” he said. “Once you get in it, you’re blown away. I’ve had a couple of F-18 pilots from the Navy come try it

out and they said it was amazing.” Gatling said it took about 10 weeks from start to operational status to build it, with five weeks spent on the seat alone. “I felt great when I finished,” he said. “I was amazed and I couldn’t believe it myself; it was an accomplishment. I can do everything you can do in an actual F-16. I can take off from a cold start, do training missions, set navigation points, do combat simulations, everything.” Although most residents have no idea there’s a simulator in the basement, Gatling said it’s becoming an attraction with management. “They’re cool with it and really supportive,” Gatling said. “Some of the vice presidents of the company have seen it and the word is getting out about the simulator in the basement.” Gatling said his work on the simulator will continue, with plans to build a contoured body shell. “Even though it works, I plan to keep improving it,” he said. “I come down here in the evenings and fly and it’s great. I’m in my 50s now, and I had always wanted to join the Air Force; now I can keep flying.”


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Air Force releases new feedback forms By Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie AIR FORCE PUBLIC AFFAIRS AGENCY OPERATION LOCATION - P

During the past year, Air Force leaders have been shaping a new and more comprehensive Air Force evaluation system for officers and enlisted Airmen. The new system is designed to better meet the needs of the Air Force and Airmen, differentiate more effectively between good and great performers and value job performance first and foremost, Air Force leaders said. One change Airmen asked for was an improved feedback process and the Air Force delivered. The Airman Comprehensive Assessment, or ACA, is now available, for both officer and enlisted Airmen, according to a letter to Airmen released by the Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody. “The form facilitates a purposeful dialogue between supervisors and the Air-

men they lead,” they stated in the letter. Both leaders emphasized the importance of communication between supervisors and team members. “We must get this right. Proper feedback is the most important element of a strong evaluation system.” In a recent Roll Call, Cody said all Airmen need meaningful and purposeful feedback to reach their full potential. “The importance of feedback is not new to our Air Force,” he said, “yet we often struggle to capitalize on this opportunity to strengthen our team.” “We all need feedback, and we need it often; it enables us to accomplish great things for our nation, as individuals and as a team,” Cody said. “It’s one of the most powerful in-

fluences on learning and achievement. It is essential to winning the fight, strengthening the team and shaping the future.” The new AF Form 931 (airman basic through technical sergeant) and AF Form 932 (master sergeant through chief master sergeant) replace the current versions of the performance feedback forms and are a major step toward launching a new enlisted evaluation system. The AF Form 724 will replace the current version of the officer performance feedback, aligning it with the current officer performance report. “When you see the new feedback form hit the streets, that will be the first signal to our Air Force that the evolution of the enlisted evaluation system has begun,”

To view the memo released by senior leadership, visit www.af.mil/Portals/1/documents/csaf/CSAF_CMSAF_Letter_ACA.pdf To download forms, visit www.af.mil/News/ArticleDisplay/tabid/223/ Article/485347/af-releases-new-feedback-forms.aspx

Cody said. “We will let the feedback form be in the field for about six months before we begin to phase in the changes to the enlisted evaluation system.” The ACA will open more in-depth, twoway communication between rater and ratee and include a self-assessment, a detailed evaluation of expected or current performance and specific discussion areas and questions on topics such as personal finances and relationships. “It’s not in a judgmental way, but we are going to talk about the implications of finances and relationships,” Cody said. “We cannot have those things impact an Airman’s life down the road because we failed to talk about them.” “We’re excited about this first step, and we hope you are, too,” Welsh and Cody said. “We are moving out in the right direction. We need a strong commitment from each of you to sustain this purposeful momentum going forward.” The new feedback process is set to begin July 1.


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The Army’s schoolhouse learning model is evolving. Fading are images of instructors standing at podiums and distributing information via computer slideshows, practices that emphasize muscle memory as the chief means to learning or classrooms bound by walls. Emerging, is a new learning environment that’s dynamic and interactive. Army Learning Model 2015 leverages technology, defines a learning continuum and describes a shared responsibility for learning among the individual Soldier and institutional and operational components. The learning model is scheduled to be in full effect by October, but has rapidly taken shape at the Ordnance School’s Armament and Electronics Maintenance Training Department. Its Land Combat Division is one of several within the schoolhouse that has implemented changes to its curriculum and training processes to satisfy the requirements of ALM 2015. Benjamin Lugo, chief of Land Combat Division, said ALM is more suited to how Soldiers learn today and is far removed from the times when instructor-centric lectures dominated the learning environment. “I think the Army Learning Model 2015 addresses the need to modify the Army’s outdated learning systems, which were instructor-centered and throughput-oriented, to one that focuses on the individual student and is relevant to this generation of learners,” he said. Land Combat Division is respon-

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Private Steven Chumney and Pvt. Johnny Deal work to adjust the video control circuit card on the Basic Sight Assembly of a Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle during a Land Combat and Electronics Missile Systems Repairer Course handson session. The course is one of thee military occupational courses taught by the Ordnance School's Land Combat Division, at Fort Lee.

sible for training Soldiers in the military occupational specialties of land combat and electronics missile systems repair, Avenger systems repair and Multiple Launch Rocket System repair. The courses are measurably technical, involving electronics to a large degree and the operation of various pieces of equipment. Lugo said ALM was the appropriate means to unlock the division’s potential in using scenario-based, hands-on training as a primary teaching tool. “It is a learner-centric methodology requiring students to engage with the equipment,” he said. “The learning is relevant and students learn through process of discovery. So much of our equipment in terms of diagnosis and fault isolation lends itself to ALM 2015

and skills-based training.” Skills-based training is a learning strategy that emphasizes critical thinking skills. It supports several ALM tenets. From the beginning of the courses to the end, students are exposed to the equipment they will use in the field, said Staff Sgt. John Truss, the Land Combat Division non-commissioned officer in charge. That exposure moves to problem-solving scenarios that puts the learning impetus on students. “We give them a piece of equipment and tell them it’s broken; now go out there, figure out what wrong with it and fix it,” said Truss, noting students were not previously provided a considerable level of access to equipment during the courses. He said he has seen their competency level increase within “I think the Army Learning Model 2015 addresses the need the past year due to the changes. “The students have a more comto modify the Army’s outdated learning systems, which were prehensive understanding of the ininstructor-centered and throughput-oriented, to one that fostruction,” he said. “Before it was a cuses on the individual student and is relevant to this genera- picture – here’s the association; now it’s hands-on. A Soldier can now option of learners.” erate, function and troubleshoot bet— Benjamin Lugo ter as it relates to the equipment.”

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Local students receive scholarships from the Fisher House Foundation at the Commissary at Fort Eustis, June 5. More than $11 million has been awarded to students of military families in the last 13 years through the Scholarships For Military Children Program.

ALM FROM PAGE 10 In addition to the use of scenario-based instructional methods that empower the students to learn, Land Combat Division also has tackled the ALM tenets of lifelong learning, technology integration and trade certification. Most notable are their efforts in technology. In that area, the division has had a hand in developing the Interactive Multimedia Instruction system. “We had our higher headquarters build an interactive system on the computers,” said Truss. “The students use laptops equipped with software that breaks down the individual components using exploded views.” The division also uses simulation systems and Blackboard, a computer-based student assessment. In the credentialing arena, students undergoing training in Land Combat Division are offered trade certifications even though the military occupational specialties taught there have no civilian equivalents. The certifications, related to the basic electronics portion of the course, can be completed prior to graduation. They are administered by the Electronic Technicians Association.

While the division has undergone many changes under ALM, Lugo said the implementation has been a varied experience. “Change has come quickly in some areas and is more subtle in other areas,” he said. “We eliminated all paper-based assessments and converted to computer-based assessments through the use of Blackboard; conversion is a process, and we have been back and forth to the ‘drawing board’ more than once.” Truss said the training has come a long way since he was a young Soldier and ALM is a major enhancement that will improve how Soldiers learn. “It’s a really good thing because I think we’re sending Soldiers out to the units better prepared, no matter what type of units to which they are assigned,” he said, noting Land Combat Division Soldiers are often sent to units with varied pieces of equipment. Looking to the future, Lugo said Land Combat Division will continue its efforts to implement ALM. They include YouTube videos that provide Soldiers the “opportunity to learn at their point of need and not be bound by a brick and mortar institution.”

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More than 200 people attended the opening of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 82nd season of the Music Under the Stars summer concert series at Fort Eustisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Magnolia Park, June 5. The concert was the ďŹ rst of 12 free public concerts scheduled every Thursday through August. The opening concert, themed â&#x20AC;&#x153;The American Dream,â&#x20AC;? featured TRADOCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Concert Band performing various arrangements that included Philip Sparkeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sunrise at Angelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gate,â&#x20AC;? Leroy Andersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blue Tangoâ&#x20AC;? and Samuel Wardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;America the Beautiful.â&#x20AC;? Through its weekly concerts, the band members aim to provide a diverse repertoire, featuring jazz, funk, salsa and Latin music, said U.S. Army Sgt. Megan Van Oudenaren, a vocalist with the TRADOC band. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trying to reach all age groups and generations,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want people to come out and see we are expanding our music to appeal a broader audience. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really something for everyone.â&#x20AC;? Although this is Van Oudenarenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ rst year performing in the series, she experienced Music Under the Stars for the ďŹ rst time as an Advanced Individual Training student, when the concerts were held at Fort Monroe.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;As a student, I remeember looking at them on the stage, wanting tto be up there playing with them,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a bit surreal now, since Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a part of it; Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m m that person playing for the community. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very gratifying.â&#x20AC;? In addition to provid ding musical entertainment to the communiity, this seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s concerts will feature food vendors and community information booth hs, said Sgt. 1st Class Mark Lucero, group leeader of the TRADOC brass band. o do during the week, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something fun to after dinner, when the days are getting longer,â&#x20AC;? said Lucero. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People can n even bring their dinner and drinks, sit out with w their families and friends and unwind frrom their work week while enjoying music and a the scenery. It will be something different eevery week.â&#x20AC;? While the opening concert was the ďŹ rst Music Under the Sta ars event for Darrell Burke, a resident of Haampton Roads, he said he is looking forward attending additional concerts this season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The music was greeat, and being able to enjoy it with the millio on-dollar view of the water was fantastic,â&#x20AC;? ssaid Burke. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a great way to unwind, but b was also a very inspiring and appropriatte way to celebrate the anniversary of D-Day tthe next day.â&#x20AC;? The next in the seriess is the Army Birthday concert, scheduled for June 12, featuring a

streamer ceremony for the Army ďŹ&#x201A;ag and an enlistment ceremony for 70 future Soldiers. With 11 more concerts ahead for this season, Van Oudenaren said her experience performing with Music Under the Stars reinforces her passion for music and serving her community. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We help create an awareness of the different facets and aspects of military life, both the stresses and the blessings. It promotes cohesion between Service members and those we serve,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m performing, most days, I feel spoiled. Some people ďŹ nd it difďŹ cult to ďŹ nd enjoyment in what they do, so I really feel privileged that I have a job where I can go to work every day and love what I do.â&#x20AC;? Those wishing to attend Music Under the Stars who do not have a Department of Defense identiďŹ cation card can save time entering the installation by visiting www.tradocband.com and downloading a Fort Eustis vehicle pass application in advance. In the event of inclement weather, concerts may either be moved into Jacobs or Wiley Theaters, which will be determined the day of the concert. To learn more about the concerts, or to sign up for the TRADOC Bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newsletter and concert announcements, visit www.tradocband.com or call 501-6944.

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United States Army Sgt. Megan Van Oudenaren, Training and Doctrine Command Band vocalist, performs during the TRADOC Bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Music Under the Stars opening concert at Fort Eustis, June 5. Van Oudenaren experienced Music Under the Stars for the ďŹ rst time as an Advanced IndividualTraining student, when the concerts were previously held at Fort Monroe.

Music Under the Stars 2014 Schedule June 12 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 239th Army Birthday (Concert Band) June 19 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Jamming on the James River (TRADOC Brass Band) June 26 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Big Bands Throughout the Years (Big Band) July 10 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 100th Army Band July 17 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 100th Army Band July 24 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Throwback Thursday (Rock Band) July 31 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Popular Nostalgia (Jazz Combo) Aug. 7 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Festive Symphonic Melodies (Noncommissioned ofďŹ cer-led concert)

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United States Army Maj. Leonel PeĂąa, Training and Doctrine Command Band commander, conducts during the opening concert of the Music Under the Stars summer concert series at Fort Eustis, June 5. The concert was the ďŹ rst of 12 free public concerts scheduled every Thursday through August.

Photo by Staff Sgt. Katie Gar Ward

Photo by Staff Sgt. Katie Gar Ward

Photo by Staff Sgt. Katie Gar Ward

Photo by Staff Sgt. Katie Gar Ward

More than 200 people attended the opening of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 82nd season of the Music Under the Stars summer concert series. The concert included performances of Philip Sparkeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sunrise at Angelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gate,â&#x20AC;? Leroy Andersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blue Tango,â&#x20AC;? and Samuel Wardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;America the Beautiful.â&#x20AC;?

United Statess Army Maj. Leonel PeĂąa, Training and Doctrine Comman nd Band commander and conductor, gives remarks durin ng the opening concert of the Music Under the Stars summer concert series.Through its weekly summer conc certs, the series aims to provide a diverse repertoire, fea aturing Jazz, funk, Salsa and Latin music.

United States Army Sgt. Joey Bennett (left), Training and Doctrine Command band guitarist, and Sgt. 1st Class Randy Hagan, TRADOC band percussionist, perform. In addition to providing musical entertainment to the community, this seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s concerts will feature food vendors and community information booths.

United States Army Maj. Gen. Ross E. Ridge, deputy commanding general of Army Initial MilitaryTraining, gives remarks during the Training and Doctrine Command Bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Music Under the Stars opening concert at Fort Eustis, June 5.

Aug. 14 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Latin Tribute to Rock and Roll (Salsa Band) Aug. 21 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Fiesta EspaĂąa (Wood Wind Quintet and Brass Quintet) Aug. 28 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1812 Overture (Concert Band) Aug. 29 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Rain date


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The Community College of the Air Force serves as a lighthouse for enlisted Airmen searching for a path to receive college credits for their military service while on the road to getting their associate degrees. Established April 1, 1972, the CCAF is the world’s only degree granting institution for enlisted personnel and is regionally accredited through Air University by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. “(The) CCAF evolved when senior leadership recognized the need to enhance the development of NCOs as managers of Air Force resources,” said Chief Master Sgt. Andrew T. Hollis, the CCAF vice commandant. An education study revealed that Air Force technical training often exceeded standards set by civilian institutions. This was followed by a series of conferences that laid out the framework to translate the rigorous technical training into regionally accredited college credit. After the college

“We are the world’s greatest Air Force, powered by Airmen and fueled by innovation. This vision could not happen without confident, welltrained, critical thinking enlisted Airmen of which the CCAF program is the foundation.” — Chief Master Sgt. Harry Hutchinson 42nd Air Base Wing command chief

was approved by Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. John Ryan in 1971, the secretary of the Air Force endorsed the CCAF in 1972, paving the way to later be approved by Congress and President Gerald Ford. “This is noteworthy because (the) CCAF is the only institution in the world solely dedicated to grant regionally accredited degrees to the enlisted force,” Hollis said. Having a degree backed by regional

accreditation is vital to Airmen’s ability to continue to pursue bachelors or masters degrees because the accreditation is widely recognized and makes credits easily transferable. “It is the gold standard in accreditation because of more strict admission standards and rigorous faculty qualifications,” Hollis said. “We share accreditation with some of the best and most well-

known colleges in the nation. “When CCAF program managers apply this credit to a degree, Air Force tuition assistance is saved since Airmen do not have to duplicate these classes in civilian colleges,” Hollis said. “In 2013, we saved $357 million in tuition assistance, representing roughly the production cost of an F-22 (Raptor).” Parallel to most civilian institutions, the associate in applied science awarded by the CCAF is a 64 semester-hour program composed of technical education, general education, leadership and management studies. Students may acquire credits during basic military training, technical school, professional military education courses and taking college classes after arriving at their first duty station. These steps can catapult Airmen toward completion of other degrees, opening possibilities and assisting in molding well-rounded service members. SEE CCAF PAGE 17

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Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs Air Force commanders notiďŹ ed Airmen who met the serviceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Quality Force Review Board last month of the boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s results June 5. The QFRB reviewed more than 4,600 Airmen using a â&#x20AC;&#x153;whole personâ&#x20AC;? concept based on each Airmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s record of performance and potential for continued positive service and determined that 77 percent of the Airmen who met the board would not be retained. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These Airmen were considered through a standard board process, which has proven over time to be fair and equitable,â&#x20AC;? said Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Force reductions will always be a very difďŹ cult and emotional process, but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve worked hard to make it as fair as possible for everyone considered.â&#x20AC;? The QFRB is one of several force management programs the Air Force has instituted to meet its end-strength requirements for ďŹ scal year 2015. Airmen who were selected for involuntary separation will receive transitional beneďŹ ts including 180 days of medical care for themselves and family members, two years of commissary and base exchange privileg-

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Before wheels leave the runway, bombs are put on target and the mission is complete, countless hours of maintenance and communication take place between a pilot and crew chief. United States Air Force Staff Sgt. Justin Hubbard, a 94th Fighter Squadron and F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team dedicated crew chief, is committed to staying highly-trained and keeping his aircraft fully mission capable. His name appears on the right nose landing gear door of F-22 Raptor 179, so it’s no wonder he takes ownership of his work. His crew chiefs’ coveralls bear witness to the countless hours spent on the flight line during launch and recovery, troubleshoot-

ing and fixing problems, working with specialists, preparing the aircraft for flight and inspecting it, mission after mission. “Knowing I directly impacted the jets’ ability to complete a mission makes the long hours and stress that oftentimes comes with this job worth it,” he said. On a daily basis, Hubbard and fellow 1st Maintenance Group Airmen must thoroughly inspect their assigned aircraft, taking great care to comb through the system before and after each mission to ensure it remains fully functional. Hubbard says the environment is a “challenge” in his line of work; whether it’s 100 degrees outside, pouring down raining or snowing heavily, the pilots rely on the aircraft to be prepared to go into the fight fully maintained. “I take pride in keeping my jet clean,” said Hubbard. “I know my pilot and lead-

ership relies on me and I strive daily to exceed the maintenance standard.” Hubbard’s commitment to excellence earned him the 2013 Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Thomas N. Barnes Crew Chief of Year Award. He was cited for his high level of readiness and efficiency, work ethic and dedication to excellence in all maintenance areas. “To be nominated is an honor in itself. It’s nice being recognized for your hard work,” Hubbard said. During his five-year enlistment, he said his greatest honor was being hand-selected as the dedicated crew chief out of 120 maintenance professionals for the Air Combat Command F-22 Demonstration Team. “Getting to travel around the world with the F-22 demo team, showing that the United States Air Force is the best in the world and that we have the most le-

thal fighter in the world is the best part of my job,” Hubbard said. Hubbard has risen to the top of his career field quickly; his command views him as an asset. “By giving him responsibility early, we are helping to secure Air Force assets,” said Master Sgt. Ambrose Brewer, 1st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron aircraft section chief. “He is one of our future leaders; we want to keep him.” Hubbard hopes to share knowledge learned with the next generation of Airmen, as a way to bring what he’s learned full-circle. “In coming to Langley, many Airmen fostered the crew chief I am today, and I want to take the skills I have learned and pass them on to future maintenance Airmen to help them succeed and keep our aircraft ready for combat missions,” he said.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Justin Hubbard, 94th Fighter Squadron dedicated crew chief, slides protective booties over his boots during an intake and exhaust inspection on a F-22 Raptor at Langley Air Force Base, June 4. Crew chiefs perform preventive maintenance, preand post-flight inspections and maintain and repair the aircraft, inside and out. Cited for his work ethic and dedication to achieve excellence in all maintenance areas, Hubbard earned the 2013 Chief Master Sergeant of the Air ForceThomas N. Barnes Crew Chief ofYear Award. Photos by Staff Sgt. Antoinette Gibson


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CCAF FROM PAGE 14 â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Air University Associate-to-Baccalaureate Cooperative establishes partnerships between the Air Force and civilian institutions to provide CCAF graduates advanced education opportunities at the baccalaureate level,â&#x20AC;? Hollis said. Enlisted Airmen are automatically enrolled in the CCAF on enlistment. They will maintain student status, providing them an opportunity to earn a diploma, as long as they are in the military. Only those who are wounded warriors may continue to pursue their certiďŹ cate post separation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Prior to my 2003 deployment to Iraq, I had completed all of the necessary courses to graduate, but for some reason one of my classes wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t being reďŹ&#x201A;ected as completed,â&#x20AC;? said retired Staff Sgt. Jason Ellis, the ďŹ rst wounded warrior to earn a CCAF degree after separation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A short time after I had gotten injured and returned home, I was no longer ďŹ t for duty and got medically discharged.â&#x20AC;? Shortly after the decision was made to allow wounded veterans to continue to pur-

sue their degrees, Ellis was notiďŹ ed of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act and how it allowed combat wounded, injured or ill Airmen, who were enrolled into the CCAF program prior to being honorably discharged, the opportunity to fulďŹ ll the requirements to graduate. Like Ellis, many Airmen value ďŹ nishing what they started, and the father of six explained his desire to receive his CCAF diploma, even though he has his bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree from elsewhere and is no longer serving in the Air Force. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Growing up, my dad had instilled in me that you must ďŹ nish what you start, even if along the way you decide itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not what you thought it was going to be,â&#x20AC;? Ellis said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To me, ďŹ nishing what you start helps build character. I also wanted to teach my kids the importance of this to make sure to set the example.â&#x20AC;? To date, six wounded warriors have finished their journey in earning their degree from the CCAF after returning to civilian life. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The legislative change that allows

wounded warriors to continue pursuing their CCAF degree even after separation or retirement provides those who have given so much of themselves to our Air Force a valuable tool in their transition to civilian life,â&#x20AC;? said Senior Master Sgt. Christopher Leo, the superintendent of enrollment management at the CCAF. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This opportunity was earned through their blood, sweat and tears during war time situations, and we are proud to offer this opportunity to all wounded warriors.â&#x20AC;? Now, more than 40-years old, the CCAF is steadily increasing its graduate numbers, further distancing itself from most competitive institutions. In 2013, the school recorded its largest graduation number with 20,661 students receiving diplomas. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greatest Air Force, powered by Airmen and fueled by innovation,â&#x20AC;? said Chief Master Sgt. Harry Hutchinson, the 42nd Air Base Wing command chief. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This vision could not happen without conďŹ dent, well-trained, critical thinking enlisted Airmen of which the CCAF pro-

gram is the foundation. The CCAF is an invaluable enabling program with signiďŹ cant return on investment for both the Air Force and the member. I am a better Airman because of it.â&#x20AC;? As the number of enlisted Airmen with degrees increases, the CCAF is expanding and taking opportunities further by instituting the Air Force Credentialing Opportunities On-Line, or COOL, program. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The (Air Force) COOL Program will institutionalize Air Force credentialing programs and allow Airmen to go to a single location and see the various certiďŹ cations applicable to their career ďŹ elds,â&#x20AC;? Hollis said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Professional certiďŹ cations formally enumerate an Airmenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s education, training and skill. When coupled with an associate degree from CCAF, an Airman is well-postured for future employment because they demonstrate a high degree of technical competence in addition to a wellrounded battery of knowledge and qualiďŹ cations. The degree and certiďŹ cations ofďŹ cially capture and quantify this.â&#x20AC;?

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A new collaborative study at Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center looks at biomechanics and cognitive responses simultaneously to help determine how fatigue affects both the mind and body of Soldiers. Researchers at Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, known as NSRDEC, are testing Soldiers as they complete a prolonged march while carrying a load totaling 88 pounds. The Army is developing future predictive models of Soldier performance, including load carriage. “What we are striving to do with our current research is to identify the biomechanical markers at the onset of fatigue and supply data for validation purposes to analyze what happens to the Soldier over time during prolonged marching tasks,” said Dr. Leif Hasselquist, NSRDEC biomechanist. “In addition to the collection of biomechanical and physiologic data, we’re administering cognitive tests that will allow us to evaluate both the biomechanical and cognitive changes that occur over time during a march. This research is unique in that we are combining our traditional biomechanical tests with dynamic cognitive tests. This hasn’t really been done before, especially with Soldiers.” Every Soldier’s peak VO2 – maximal oxygen intake – is measured and used as a measure of his or her fitness level. During the studies, Soldiers are pushed past 50 percent of their peak VO2. This is the level of exertion used in this research to define the onset of fatigue for Soldiers. Biomechanical and cognitive measures are analyzed to reveal how the Soldiers are changing their gaits and cognitive functions as they continue to fatigue. The first phase of testing, completed last year, involved Soldiers marching on a treadmill for a two-hour march, or six miles, at a four-percent grade uphill. While continuing to analyze data from the first phase of the study, Hasselquist said that “our goals of achieving the onset of fatigue were met. During that second hour, we see a creeping up in the energy cost over the 50 percent peak VO2 levels.”

The second phase, currently ongoing, looks at recovery from fatigue. The Soldiers march uphill for one hour and then either descend at an eight-percent grade during one condition or march at varied grades during the second hour (uphill four percent, level and downhill eight percent). NSRDEC’s biomechanics lab has unique motion-capture system and integrated force plate treadmills that allow scientists to record this data from Soldiers during prolonged load carriage. The lab can capture biomechanics and physiologic measures in a synchronized fashion. “I like to say that Soldiers are like athletes,” Hasselquist said, “except athletes perform and they’re done. Soldiers have to do a six-to-12-mile road march and get in there, and then they have to perform, so you want them optimized. If we can find strategies to mitigate or predict how fatigue from load carriage affects the Soldier, our research will be helpful.” Cognitive testing ranged from simple to complex tasks that looked at different brain functions throughout the march. During one test, Soldiers received audio cues of either AK-47 or M-4 fire. They then had to differentiate friendly fire from opposition fire and respond through a trigger switch on their weapons. A visual task using state-of-the-art eyetracking glasses monitored Soldiers’ eye movements as they scanned environments for targets on TV screens. At detection of pop-up targets, the Soldier was required to respond as quickly as possible though the trigger switch. Response time and whether or not they were making the right choices were recorded. “This is a synchronized evaluation of the Soldier in the biomechanics lab,” Hasselquist said. “It’s a complete look at the Sol-

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Doctor Leif Hasselquist, a biomechanist at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, monitors a human research volunteer Soldier as he conducts a prolonged road march with an 88 pound load during a combined biomechanics and cognitive fatigue study in NSRDEC's biomechanics lab.

dier, not just one segment, one task or one response at a time. You get the whole picture of what’s going on with the Soldier.” Markers are placed on Soldiers’ bodies, as in the video gaming industry, to build physics-based models of Soldiers through the motion-capture software. Electromyography, or EMG, is also used and measures the muscle activity from the Soldiers’ muscles. Researchers are able to detect the intensity and fatigue in the leg muscles over time, and the cognitive responses during the march are overlaid on top of these results. In the past, researchers looked at biomechanical, physiologic and cognitive studies separately. Now, NSRDEC’s study brings those key pieces together to improve the understanding of the science behind the Soldier as all of the data is cap-

tured simultaneously. Information acquired in this study is critical for accurate representation of the capabilities and limitations of the dismounted warfighter in Soldier models and simulations. The data acquired will result in recommendations regarding existing and future load carriage strategies, route-planning tools, Soldier performance expectations, and improvements in designs of future load-carrying equipment. It is the goal of the NSRDEC researchers to apply the current research strategies to a third phase of research. New technology in biomechanical sensors and cognitive measures will allow the Soldier’s biomechanics, physiology and cognitive responses to be captured outside the laboratory during field exercises.

Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Com“I like to say that Soldiers are like athletes, except athletes perform and they’re done. Soldiers have to do a six-to-12-mile road march and mand, which has the mission to develop technology and engineering solutions for Ameriget in there, and then they have to perform, so you want them optica’s Soldiers. RDECOM is a major subordinate mized. If we can find strategies to mitigate or predict how fatigue from command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command. AMC is the Army’s premier provider load carriage affects the Soldier, our research will be helpful.” of materiel readiness – technology, acquisition — Dr. Leif Hasselquist support, materiel development, logistics power Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center biomechanist projection, and sustainment – to the total force, across the spectrum of joint military operations.


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a credit reporting, scores and debt management class The Langley Shellbank fitness center outdoor pool, June 17 from 9 to 10 a.m., at the ACS building. All attendThe Air Force Sergeants Association will host a golf Langley Club outdoor pool and Fort Eustis community ees receive a free FICO score and credit analysis. tournament June 18 at 8 a.m., at the Eaglewood Golf outdoor pool will be open from June 13 to Sept. 1. Call Course. Entry is $50 and includes 18 holes, green fees, a For more information, call 878-1974. 764-7170 for times and prices. cart, range balls and lunch. Prizes will be awarded for first Anger management class place, longest drive, closet to the pin and more. Golf tournament For more information or to sign up, contact Master The Family Advocacy Program team will host an anger The Tuskegee Airmen Tidewater chapter will host the management class June 17 from 3 to 4 p.m. at 2115 Per- Sgt. Raja Beckles at 757-4696 or raja.beckles@langley. 16th Annual Larry E. Anderson Jr. Golf Tournament at 7 shing Ave., Fort Eustis. For more information about the af.mil and Master Sgt. Trevor Bliven at 757-2044 or trevor.blivens@langley.af.mil. a.m., June 13 at the Newport News Golf Club at Deer class, call 878-0807. Run. The cost is $70 each person or $280 for a four-perCar buying Seminar Resume writing workshop son group. For more information about the tournament, contact The Child, Youth and School Services and the Army The Fort Eustis Army Community Service will host a Terry Addison at 850-0270 or 871-2963. Community Service will host a car buying seminar from resume writing workshop June 20 from 9 a.m. to noon. noon to 1 p.m. June 18 at the ACS building. For more in- Participants will learn the skills necessary to assess their Cornhole competition formation call 878-3724. work experience, job skills and job accomplishments. Bring your teammate or be partnered with another For more information, call 878-3638. player for the Classic Cornhole Competition, June 13 at Volunteer Management Training The Fort Eustis Army Community Service will host a Commissary Blowout Sale Langley Air Force Base. The fee is $10 per person. First The Langley Air Force Base Commissary is hosting and second place winners receive an 80 percent pay out. Volunteer Management Training for Family Readiness Group Leaders and Liaisons from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., their 2014 Blowout Sale, June 20, 21 and 22. Shoppers American Cornhole Organization rules. For more information, contact Community Programs June 18, at the Fort Eustis ACS. For more information, can save 50 percent or more during these sale dates. call 878-3638. For more information about the sale, call the Langley at 764-2983/2984. Commissary at 764-7604.

Army Birthday Ball

Teaching as a Second Career

An Army Birthday Ball, commemorating the 239th The Troops to Teachers office will host a Teaching as a Discount Ride and Drive U.S. Army Birthday, will take place 6 p.m., at the Fort Second Career briefing from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at The General Motors Military Discount Ride and Drive Eustis Club, June 13. Tickets are $35 and can be pur- the Education Center at Langley. For more information, will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Fort Eustis chased through unit representatives. The event is open contact the Troops to Teachers office at 683-3327. Exchange parking lot. Each participant will receive a $10 to all services. AAFES gift card. Scotch and Cigar night For more information about the event, contact Sherri Car show and poker run Scotch and Cigar Night is scheduled for the Langley Noland at 878-4430. The Bryant and Stratton College will host a car show Club on the outdoor deck (Chiefs Room) on June 18 from Financial readiness seminar and poker run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 14, at Biker’s 4:30 to 7 p.m. Depot in Virginia Beach. Door prizes and trophies will be The Fort Eustis Army Community Service will host a awarded. Pre-registration is $15 or $20 on the event day. Couponing strategies seminar financial readiness seminar June 20 from 11:30 a.m. to The Fort Eustis Commissary is hosting a couponing 12:30 p.m. For more information, call 878-3638. For more information, contact Tommy DuBois at 652strategies seminar June 18 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the 4525 or tdubois4444@yahoo.com. commissary. Participants will learn strategies to make Street clean up Father/Daughter, Mother/Son Cotillion Volunteers are needed to help clean up the area around their grocery dollars stretch while staying within store A Father/Daughter Mother/Son Cotillion is scheduled policies and manufacture guidelines. South Seldendale Drive from 3:30 to 5 p.m. For more for June 14 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Fort Eustis Club. For more information about the couponing seminar, information or to register for the clean up, contact Pat Hors d’oeuvres will be served at 6 p.m., followed by din- call 878-3638. Parker at paparker1@cox.net. ner and dancing at 7 p.m. Cash Management Training Amazing Race For more information, call 878-5700. Women in Defense will host Cash Management trainThe Langley Pride Month Committee will host an AmazMarriage enrichment seminars ing on tools and techniques to save money, from 11:30 ing Race in honor of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and TransgenThe Family Advocacy Program team will host marriage a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Embassy Suites Hampton Conven- der Pride Month at 9 a.m., June 20. Sign-up sheets are loenrichment seminars June 16 and 23 from 1 to 4 p.m. at tion Center. The event will offer ideas and networking op- cated at the front desk of the Shellbank and Air Combat 2115 Pershing Ave., Fort Eustis. For more information, portunities with other women from the defense industry. Command gyms. Prizes will be awarded for first place and call 878-0807. Men are welcome to attend the event. trophies will be awarded to the top three teams. For more information or to register for the event, visit If interested in being part of the Langley Pride Month Spouse Resiliency Seminar www.widghr.org. Committee and aiding in the planning of this event, weekThe Fort Eustis Army Community Service will host ly meetings are held every Thursday at 1 p.m. The followfour spouse resiliency seminars from 9 a.m. to noon, 1st Battalion, 222nd Aviation Regiment ing positions are available to volunteers: Road Guards, June 16 – 19 at the ACS building. For more information, Change of Command Water Station and Fruit Station. call 878-3638. For more information or to volunteer, contact Staff Sgt. The 1st Battalion, 222nd Aviation Regiment will have a Change of Command Ceremony June 18 at 8 a.m. at Adrianne Richard at 225-0822, Staff Sgt. Shalayne Dulan Credit, scores and debt management class the Murphy Field Complex. For more information, con- at 225-6560, Staff Sgt. Jessica Ventura at 225-0365 or The Fort Eustis Army Community Service is hosting tact Amber Evans at 878-2724. Tech. Sgt. Jennifer Shead at 225-0173.


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Free PGA Tour tickets

Range schedule

Army Community Service

The LeisureTravel andTickets office has free tickets available for the 2014 Professional Golf Association tournament scheduled for June 25-29 at the Congressional Country Club in Maryland. Department of Defense cardholders can pick up four free tickets per person at 671 Lee Boulevard; quantities are limited. For more information, call 878-3694.

Ranges, training areas and associated facilities are off limits to personnel not engaged in scheduled firing, operations or inspections unless clearance is obtained in person from the Range Control Fire Desk or a designated Range Control technician. The Range Control office telephone number is 878-4412, ext. 226 or 878-3834, ext 234. The range operations schedule through June 18 is as follows: ■ Friday – BTRACS, Range 1, 2 (7 a.m. to 10 p.m.) ■ Saturday and Sunday – POW Range 2, 3 (8 a.m. to 6 p.m.) ■ Monday – BTRACS, Range 1, 3 (7 a.m. to 10 p.m.) ■ Tuesday – BTRACS, Range 1, 6; POW Range 3 (7 a.m. to 10 p.m.) ■ Wednesday – BTRACS, Range 1, 3, 5 (7 a.m. to 10 p.m.) All personnel are required to check in and out with Range Control before going into or departing from any range or training area.

Army Community Service classes and workshops for June will include: ■ Baby and Me Play Group – 10 to 11 a.m. on Thursdays at 501 Madison Ave. ■ Car Buying Seminar – noon to 1 p.m., June 18. ■ Civilian Professional Development – 9:30 to 11 a.m., June 26, Overcoming Stress. Registration is required. ■ Couponing Strategies – 5 to 7 p.m., June 18 at the Fort Eustis Commissary. Registration is required. ■ Credit Reporting, Scores and Debt Management – 9 to 10 a.m., June 17. ■ Developing Your Financial Plan – 9 to 10 a.m., June 24. ■ Effective Resume Writing – 9 a.m. to noon, June 20. ■ Federal Employment – 10 a.m. to noon, June 26. ■ Financial Readiness Training – 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., June 20. ■ Managing Your Checking Account – 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., June 20. ■ Married to the Military – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., June 24. ■ Play Mornings Play Group – 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays at 1102 Pershing Ave. ■ Spouse Resilience Training – 9 a.m. to noon, June 16-19. Registration is required. ■ Volunteer Management Training for Family Readiness Group Leaders and Liaisons – 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on June 18. Registration is required. Unless otherwise noted, classes and briefings will take place in Bldg. 650, Monroe Ave. For more information about Army Community Service classes and workshop, call 878-3638.

Cotillion Dinner and Dance The Fort Eustis Club will host a Cotillion Dinner and Dance from 6 to 10 p.m., June 14 at 2123 Pershing Ave. All fathers and daughters and mothers and sons are invited to enjoy an evening filled with tradition, food and dancing. Tickets are $35 for parents and guardians, $30 for children ages 12 and older, $20 for children ages five to 11 and $15 for children ages four and under. To purchase tickets or for more info, call 878-5700.

MCAHC training closure

McDonald Army Health Center will close at noon, June 19 due to mandatory training. Normal operations will resume on June 20. Call the Hampton Roads Appointment Motorcycle rider courses Center at 1-866-645-4584 to schedule appointments or faThe 633rd ABW Safety Office is offering the following cilitate authorization to visit an urgent care center during motorcycle courses: ■ Experienced Rider’s Course (BRC-2) – 8 a.m. to 4 this time. A list of authorized urgent care center locations is available at https://mcdonald.narmc.amedd.army.mil. In p.m., June 18 and July 9 and 23.The course will take place case of an emergency, patients should dial 911 or report at training area 14-A at 3300 Wilson Ave. to the closest emergency room. ■ Military Sport Bike Rider’s Course (MSRC) – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 17, and July 8, 15 and 22. The course will 1-222nd Avn. Regt. COC ceremony take place at 705 Washington Blvd., room 169. The 1st Battalion, 222nd Aviation Regiment will host a Motorcycle courses are offered to active-duty U.S. milchange of command ceremony at 8 a.m., June 20 at the itary members on a first-come, first-served basis. Family Murphy Field Sports Complex; Lt. Col. Michael R. Williams members, retirees, Department of Defense civilians and will relinquish command to Lt. Col. Christopher M. Stallings. contractors will be scheduled on a standby basis only. CurThe inclement weather site is McClellan Fitness Center. rently, the Beginner Rider’s Course is not offered at Fort For more information, call 878-4405, ext. 222/225. Eustis, however, active-duty military can take the BRC at Fort Lee or Little Creek free of charge. All active-duty miliAmmunition Supply Point inventory tary members will be reimbursed the training fee for BRC Appointments will not be accepted during the Fort courses taken at Thomas Nelson Community College, Eustis Ammunition Supply Point scheduled inventory on Tidewater Community College, Rappahannock CommuniJune 23-27. For more information, contact Chief Warrant ty College and other local colleges. Officer 5 Carolita Green at 878-1330. To register for the BRC-2 or MSRC courses, email usaf. jble.633-abw.mbx.eustis-safety-office@mail.mil and in2014 U.S. Army Soldier Show clude the following information: desired course date, first The U.S. Army Installation Management Command pres- and last name, last four digits of social security number, ents the 2014 U.S. Army Soldier Show on June 23 at Jacobs rank, age, branch of service, unit and phone number. Theater. Join us for a 90-minute live Broadway-style variety For more information about the motorcycle courses, call show at 2 and 7 p.m.The event is free and open to the public. 501-8261/8230/8263. For more information, visit army.mwr.com/soldiershow.

Funded Legal Education Program

UPS Store grand opening

The Office of The Judge Advocate General is accepting applications for the Army’s Funded Legal Education Program. Under this program, the Army projects sending up to 25 active duty officers to law school at government expense. Selected officers will attend law school in the fall of 2015 while remaining on active duty. The program Summer Volunteer Program is open to commissioned officers in the ranks of second Fort Eustis organizations and teens who are interested lieutenant through captain. Interested officers can contact Capt. David Johnson at in participating in the Summer Volunteer Program can contact Donna Cloy at 878-3638 or donna.g.cloy.civ@mail.mil. 501-5771 or david.f.johnson1@us.army.mil. The Exchange is holding a grand opening for a UPS Store next to the Starbucks at Fort Eustis, June 13 at 11:30 a.m. It will be open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Bicycle registration Fort Eustis Military Police, in conjunction with Balfour Beatty Communities and AAFES, are offering bicycle registration for on-post residents to help identify lost or stolen bicycles. Registration forms are available at the following primary locations: MP Station, Bldg. 648 – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; Vehicle Registration Office, Bldg. 2 – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Registration forms are also available during regular business hours at the following alternate locations: Balfour Beatty Community Center, Bldg. 126; Fort Eustis Exchange, Bldg. 1386; Vehicle and Weapons Registration Office, Bldg. 650. For more information about bicycle registration, call 878-3623.

SKIES Unlimited programs The Fort Eustis School of Knowledge, Inspiration, Exploration and Skills offers the following instructional programs for children and youth. ■ Gymnastics – Class types and times vary, Mondays and Wednesdays, ages 3-18. Tuition is $35. ■ Taekwondo – 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. for beginners; 6:15 to 7 p.m. for advanced students, Tuesdays and Thursdays, ages 6-18. Tuition is $45. ■ Piano or Violin – Class times vary, Tuesday through Friday, ages 5-18. Tuition is between $60 to $120.


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UVA Lunch and Learn seminar

Bayou Boogaloo and Cajun Food Festival

The Great Bridge Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution and the MacArthur Memorial will host a Flag Day Ceremony from noon to 1 p.m., June 14 at 198 Bank Street in Norfolk. The event is free and open to the public. Honor the flag and learn more about the history and meaning behind the Stars and Stripes. For more information, call 441-2965 or visit www.macarthurmemorial.org.

The University of Virginia will host a lunch and learn seminar, Leveraging Project Management: Doing More with Less, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., June 19. The event is free and open to the public and will take place at 600 Thimble Shoals Boulevard in Newport News. To attend, contact Alan Fiorello at 594-0792 or apf6x@virginia.edu.

The 25th annual Bayou Boogaloo and Cajun Food Festival will take place June 20-22 at Town Point Park in downtown Norfolk. Come out and enjoy the Arts Market of New Orleans and live music. Authentic Louisiana food and beverages will be available for purchase and the event will be held rain or shine.Ticket prices are listed below: ■ Three-day pass – $20, advance purchase online by 5 p.m. June 19 ■ Daily admission – $10 at the gate or advance purchase online by 5 p.m. June 19 ■ Children – free for ages 12 and under ■ Boat docking – park-side docking is available by reservation for $20 each day for boats up to 35 feet; $10 admission for each guest on board. Special rates are available for boats more than 35 feet. To make reservations, contact Shane Vernon at 441-2345, ext. 3017 or vernons.@festevents.org. Festival hours are listed below: ■ June 20 – noon to 4 p.m., free and open to the public ■ June 20 – 5 to 10 p.m., tickets required ■ June 21 – noon to 10 p.m., tickets required ■ June 22 – noon to 6 p.m., tickets required. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit https:// festevents.org/tickets-main/purchase-tickets.

Boardwalk Art Show and Festival The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Arts’ Boardwalk Art Show and Festival is ongoing through June 15 at the Virginia Beach oceanfront. The event is free and open to the public and features artist booths, vendors and live entertainment. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 13-14 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 15. For more information, visit www.virginiamoca.org/outdoor-art-shows/boardwalk-art-show.

PFAC summer art classes The Peninsula Fine Arts Center is offering public enrollment for summer art classes at its Studio Art School. Classes are open to preschoolers, school-age children and adults. The class begins June 17-21 and ends Aug. 19-23. New offerings include indigo tie dye techniques, kumihomo, beeswax collage, glass fusion and soft sculpture. The cost is $110 for members and $125 for nonmember, with an additional $15 fee for clay and glass classes. All ARTventures classes will meet from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. for ages 5-8 and from 2 to 4:30 p.m. for ages 9-12. To register, call 596-8175. For more information, visit www.pfac-va.org.

Music by the Bay summer concerts The Music by the Bay outdoor summer concert series will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Fort Monroe’s Continental Park. The concerts are free and open to the public. Visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner, lawn chairs and blankets. The schedule for June is as follows: ■ June 19 – U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Band Brass Ensemble ■ June 20 – Hampton Roads Philharmonic Orchestra ■ June 26 – U.S. Navy Fleet Forces Brass Ensemble For more information, visit www.fmauthority.com.

TNCC Leadercast training seminar Thomas Nelson Community College will sponsor a Leadercast training seminar from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., June 20 at 600 Butler Farm Road in Hampton. The event will feature video presentations and interactive activities led by Peninsula Workforce Development trainers. Admission is $129 per person or $99 per person for multiticket purchases. To register, visit http://tncc.edu/workforce-development/. For more information, contact Michelle Manfred at 3452855 or manfredm@tncc.edu.

Thursdays by the Lake concerts The Mariners’ Museum will host Thursdays by the Lake outdoor summer concerts from 6 to 10 p.m. at Mariners’ Park in Newport NewsThe concerts are free and open to the public and food and beverages will be available for purchase. Visitors are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs for seating.The schedule for June and July is listed below: ■ June 19 – Hey Hey Hooligan ■ June 26 – Rich Whiskey ■ July 3 – The Original Rhondels ■ July 10 – Audio Affair ■ July 17 – Party Fins ■ July 24 – SpeakEasy ■ July 31 - SlapNation For more information, visit www.marinersmuseum.org.

Virginia Living Museum ■ Star Party and Lasers: Flag Day – Free observing be-

gins at sunset on June 14 at the museum. Visitors can select from six shows at the planetarium: Dinosaur Prophecy at 5:30 p.m., Laser Spirit at 6:30 p.m., Virginia Skies at 7:30 p.m., Laser Vinyl at 8:30 p.m., Dark Side of the Moon at 10 p.m., and The Wall at 11:30 p.m. All shows are $6 each and the Wild Side Café will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. ■ 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 21 to hear “Wild and Free” by JoEllen Pledger and see a live ferret. Recommended for ages 2 and older and included in museum admission. ■ Wild and Well Exhibit – Children can play at being an animal keeper and wildlife specialist at the Wild and Well permanent interactive exhibit, which opens June 21. Activities include preparing special diets for museum animals, diagnosing illnesses and injuries, and performing treatments to improve the animal’s health. ■ The Really Big Dinosaur Puppet Show – Noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.; weekends only through June 22. Rainbow Puppet Productions presents The Really Big Dinosaur Puppet Show, featuring original songs, more than 20 giant puppets, an eight-foot-tallT-Rex, a 16-foot long dinosaur and more. ■ Spirit of America Laser Shows – Come out and enjoy laser displays at 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m., July 4 at the museum’s Abbitt Planetarium. Spirit of America mixes patriotic music with American-inspired rock and roll and songs that have defined American music, including John Fogerty, Garth Brooks, Lee Greenwood and more. The cost is $3 for members and $6 for nonmembers. Recommended for ages 6 and older. The Virginia Living Museum is located at 524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard in Newport News. Admission is $17 for adults, $13 for children ages 3-12 and free for children ages 2 and under. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Labor Day. For more info, call 595-9135 or visit www.thevlm.org.

Yorktown 4th of July celebration The 35th Annual Yorktown 4th of July celebration will take place July 4 in Historic Yorktown. The activities are free and open to the public. The schedule is listed below: ■ 8 a.m. – Yorktown Independence Day 8K Run and 5K Walk at York High School on Route 17. Race day registration begins at 6:30 a.m. Pre-registration is recommended at www.happypaceraces.com. ■ 9 a.m. – Parade on Water Street featuring live music by the U.S. Coast Guard Ceremonial Band. ■ 4 p.m. – Event parking opens at the corner of Cook Road and Ballard Street. ■ 7 p.m. – Sounds of Liberty Bell Ringing Ceremony at Riverwalk Landing Stage. ■ 8 p.m. – U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Band (Dixie Band) at Riverwalk Landing Stage. ■ 9:15 p.m. – Fireworks display over theYork River. For more information, visit www.visityorktown.org or call 890-3500.

WorldWar II children’s camp The Virginia War Museum is offering World War II camps for children 8 to 12 years old at 9285 Warwick Boulevard in Newport News. The interactive camps take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 21-24 and Aug. 18-21. The cost is $175 for each camp. Children will train in squads and learn infantry tactics during two battles each day. In between battles, campers will receive instruction on uniforms, equipment and the history of World War II.This is a physically active camp and children are expected to run, jump and play in the woods. Pre-registration is required. For more information, contact Chris Garcia at cgarcia@ nngov.com or call 247-8523.


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