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480th Reconnaissance Wing welcomes new commander — Page 3

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By Airman 1st Class Brian Kelly 9TH INTELLIGENCE SQUADRON PUBLIC AFFAIRS

The 480th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing welcomed a new commander during a change of command ceremony, July 10 at Langley Air Force Base, Va., in the presence of more than 500 military and civilian personnel. Col. Jeffrey Kruse, the former commander of the 361st Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Group at Hurlburt Field, Fla., assumed command from Col. Paul Nelson. “It’s a privilege to serve with these amazing ISR professionals, to rejoin the ďŹ ght with this world-class and battle-seasoned team of warriors,â€? Kruse said, upon taking over as the new wing commander. Maj. Gen. Robert Otto, commander of the Air Force Intelligence Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Agency, and the ceremony’s presiding ofďŹ cer, also shared words regarding Kruse taking over as wing commander. “I can think of no one better suited to lead the 480th ISR Wing,â€? Otto said. “Colonel Kruse is knowledgeable and a proven leader.â€? Otto also commented on Nelson’s time as the 480th ISR Wing commander. “I’d like to publicly thank you for your out-

COMMENTARY FROM PAGE 2 It’s a small gesture in the hearts and minds of your subordinates. So supervisors, don’t attend training and sit on the side and watch; get out there and train with us. Taking care of each other is something we should be doing at all levels, and there are many ways to do so. Knowing the morale and welfare of your people is a good start. Leaders at all levels should know their people, at least who they are or what they do, but for the ďŹ rst-line supervisor, you should know us better than anyone. If the ďŹ rst time you see my dorm room is on the day of a dorm room inspection, I have little respect for you. Do us all justice by getting to know us as a

“It’s a privilege to serve with these amazing ISR professionals, to rejoin the ďŹ ght with this world-class and battle-seasoned team of warriors.â€? — Col. Jeffery Kruse 480th Reconnaissance Wing commander

standing leadership,â€? Otto said. “You have an incredible organization that truly exempliďŹ es what we aspire to in the Air Force.â€? Nelson reected upon his time here as he plans to move on to his new position as vice commander at Fort George G. Meade, Md. “To the men and women of the 480th ISR Wing, I’m honored and privileged to have served you,â€? Nelson said. Kruse commented on his expectations in keeping with the level of professionalism set by Nelson and moving forward as the new wing commander. “I am counting on your continued innovation vision, and world-class execution to take us to that next level,â€? he said.

person, not just a number. Do you know my wife’s name, where I live, what I like to do? Have you ever visited me at my residence? Are you there for me to reach out to in a time of uncertainty or need? The best supervisor is the one who knows us and our family situation and is willing to spend time ensuring our personal and professional lives are in order. Do you prepare us for the next step – to take over and perform your job when you are gone? We should be able to keep things going when you are gone. Recognition is important; the good supervisor gives us a pat on the back when we do well and passes recognition down to the Airmen when the ight or shop does well. Don’t take individual credit and brag for something we helped you do. Recogni-

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U.S. Air Force Col. Jeffrey Kruse receives the 480th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing guidon from Maj. Gen. Robert Otto, Air Force ISR Agency commander, during a change of command ceremony, July 10, at Langley Air Force Base, Va. Kruse, who recently served as the wing commander of the 361st ISR wing at Hurlburt Field, Fla., succeeds Col. Paul Nelson, who will move on to become the AFISR agency vice commander.

tion keeps us motivated; makes us feel like we are making a difference; challenges us to do better; and encourages us to look at new ways of solving the same old problems. By preparing us to perform your job and recognizing us for good work, you are grooming us to be future leaders. Please pass on your knowledge and tricks of the trade -- don’t keep them close hold. Give us the knowledge to solve those same problems someday. Sometimes we may make a mistake, but don’t treat it the same as a crime. We want to do well and solve problems and sometimes may go in the wrong direction and cause a later problem, but it was an honest effort to make things better. If we do something stupid or criminal, we deserve what we get and want to

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see discipline as long as it is evenly applied across the unit. We don’t want an Airman to get the same enlisted performance report rating or the same decoration as we get if he or she can’t pass the physical ďŹ tness test. Take care of those who are meeting the standard and don’t try to lower or ignore the standard for those who do not meet it. DeďŹ nitely different perspectives on a leadership commentary, but ones we should all take seriously. Have you ever sat down with your Airmen and noncommissioned and asked them what they like and dislike in a leader? I know it would be a great and personable conversation, and I’m sure you would be surprised what could be taught “from the bottom to the top.â€?


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Air Combat Command’s senior Airman completed F-22 pilot qualiďŹ cation recently, reinforcing his personal stake in the Air Force’s efforts to identify the root cause(s) of unexplained physiological incidents involving a small number of Raptor crews. “As Airmen, risk is part of our lives as members of the military,â€? said Gen. Mike Hostage, commander of Air Combat Command. “I’m asking these Airmen to assume some risk that exceeds the norm in day-to-day training, and I have to be willing to do it myself and experience ďŹ rsthand what they do.â€? Hostage completed his F-22 qualiďŹ cation training with the 325th Fighter Wing at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., June 27. “Flying the airplane allows me to understand exactly what our Airmen are dealing with,â€? Hostage said. “It’s an amazing airplane to y, and I’m conďŹ dent in the procedures we have in place to help enhance crew safety.â€? Since September of last year when the aircraft returned to ight operations, the Air Force has been working to determine why a very small number of pilots have experienced symptoms such as dizziness while ying or disorientation post-ight, and to reduce the risk of those incidents. In January of this year, the Air Force created the F-22 Life Support Systems Task Force, which consists of approximately two dozen ACC specialists, and hundreds of others from across the Air Force and other governmental agencies, including the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Navy, as well as industry partners. “We’ve had a 99.9 percent effective ying rate relative to these unknown physiological incidents, but that is not good enough,â€? Hostage said. “The task force has made great progress, and the collaboration between our Air Force experts and others from NASA, the Navy and industry is exceptional. I’m conďŹ dent we’re on the right track, ensuring the safety of our crews and maintaining the F-22’s combat readiness.â€? Air Combat Command is leading the F-22 life support task force, which has implemented several risk mitigation measures since the return-to-y in September. Those measures include comprehensive inspections of aircraft and aircrew life support systems, a greater awareness and emphasis on pilots’ recognition of any in-

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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Joshua Bard, a crew chief with the 43rd Aircraft Maintenance Unit, straps in Gen. Mike Hostage, commander of Air Combat Command, into an F-22 Raptor for his qualiďŹ cation ight at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.

dication of a potential problem, the installation of a better-designed handle to activate the emergency oxygen system, the ďŹ elding of pulse oximeters that allow pilots to cross-check symptoms against measurements of the oxygenation of their blood’s hemoglobin and numerous other non-material enhancements. “We have taken a 9-1-1 call approach,â€? said Maj. Gen. Charles Lyon, ACC’s director of operations and the task force lead. “We have instructed our Airmen in the ďŹ eld that whenever they get any indication that something may not be right, knock it off, the ying equivalent of calling 9-1-1 and terminate the ight. We focus all our attention on them and the safe recovery of the aircraft.â€? Most recently, ACC directed pilots to remove the upper pressure garment of

their aircrew ight equipment during routine ight operations. Recent centrifuge testing revealed some vulnerabilities with the garment, which places added pressure on a pilot’s chest and restricts breathing in some instances. “I’m cautiously optimistic that we’ve identiďŹ ed the major factors that have caused symptoms of oxygen deprivation in some of our F-22 pilots,â€? said Lyon. “We’ve learned some signiďŹ cant things over the past several months that help protect our crews and maintain our combat readiness for the nation.â€? Lyon also said he is satisďŹ ed that, after extensive testing, no harmful contaminants are moving through the oxygen system. He went on to say a major focus of the task force now is looking at the physiological-support equipment and exploring com-

“As Airmen, risk is part of our lives as members of the military. I’m asking these Airmen to assume some risk that exceeds the norm in day-to-day training, and I have to be willing to do it myself and experience ďŹ rsthand what they do.â€? — Gen. Mike Hostage Air Combat Command commander

monalities in the ight proďŹ les – the combination of various altitudes and maneuvers – that could be common in the incidents. As the task force continues its analysis of factors contributing to physiological incidents, it remains in ongoing dialogue with F-22 pilots, maintainers and life support Airmen through regular video teleconferences and a series of town hall meetings. Meanwhile, Hostage plans to use his time in the Raptor to continue a more personal dialogue – experiencing F-22 operations ďŹ rsthand and engaging in personal dialogue with Raptor crews. “Flying with F-22 pilots and interacting directly with our maintenance and life support Airmen helps me better understand and validate what we’ve learned and what we’re continuing to learn about safer operation of the aircraft in a really demanding ight environment,â€? he said. “The F-22 is vitally important to this nation and the joint warďŹ ghting team, and our Raptor pilots and ground crews are up to the task,â€? Hostage concluded. “Our adversaries pay very careful attention to where it is and what it’s doing. Our friends are very reassured by its presence. And it’s ready to meet combatant commander requirements anywhere in the world – all because of our Airmen who make it happen.â€?


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Troy Andersen, 633rd Civil Engineer Squadron chief of asset optimization, was recently selected as the 2011 Air Force Association Outstanding Air Force Civilian Employee of the Year. Andersen earned the title after a thorough review process which included group, wing and major command scrutiny before competing at the AFA level. Andersen is scheduled to receive the award at a local AFA event in September. Andersen’s accomplishments follow his personal success, as well as the success of his office. “I didn’t win because I am the greatest or anything,” said Andersen. “It’s thanks to all of the individuals that work with me; they got the award in my opinion.” Some AFA awards given to his team in 2011 include Best Civil Engineer Squadron, Best Asset Management Flight and a number-one rating among joint bases. Andersen said he really wanted to make sure all of his people had good mentors, and he lived up to his own expectation for leadership. He provides his team with his “whole person concept” so they can thrive. “My goal as a supervisor is to provide members with the tools, time and training necessary to accomplish their individual missions,” he said. As a trainer for the 2011 Air Force Environmental Safety and Occupational Training Symposium, Andersen’s students gave him a 4.75 rating out of a maximum of five. He created one training program, updated two others and trained more than 300 Airmen in environmental policy. For Andersen, the environment

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Troy Andersen, 633rd Civil Engineer Squadron chief of asset optimization, took home the 2011 Air Force Association Civilian Employee of the Year award. Andersen stressed that though the award is presented to him for his work, credit is due to his team that strove for excellence and allowed him to work on personal goals by being an efficient work force.

captured his attention from a young age. Born and raised in Gloucester, Va., Andersen’s proximity to the water spawned his fascination with the environment. As a high school student, Andersen volunteered at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, learning about anything he could. After his primary schooling, Andersen got a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and a master’s degree in environmental science. Andersen spent his first three years after school with a private environmental consulting firm. In 2003, Air Combat Command employed him as a program manager for the National

Environmental Policy Act, where he was tasked to ensure Air Force policy followed federal law. Andersen then moved to the 1st CES doing the same job, and aided the merger when the 1st CES became the 633rd CES in 2009. Lt. Col. Marc Vandeveer, 633rd CES commander, has seen the difference Andersen has made, and applauds his well-deserved win. “Due to his efforts, his flight earned Best Asset Management Flight in ACC,” said Vandeveer. “His coordination between the separate wings on Langley is paramount to mission success.” Vandeveer went on to describe how Andersen’s talents are essential to many missions at a joint base. “The key to success in a complex joint environment is smartly working with mission partners, and establishing and maintaining those key relationships to ensure mission success for all,” said Vandeveer. “Simply put, Mr. Andersen does that.” Andersen doesn’t just involve himself at the workplace; he believes that action should be taken in the local community as well. “I think civic involvement is important,” he said, adding that people complain about the development of their local communities, but those who complain rarely try to make a difference. Andersen currently sits as the Gloucester planning commission’s vice chair, and directly supports his community as well. Recently he helped local elementary-school students in their studies as part of a local community program. “I place a big emphasis on mentorship,” said Andersen. “I’ve had great mentors, and that is the key to my success.”

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Robotics rodeo showcases new technologies By Vince Little FORT BENNING PUBLIC AFFAIRS

The Maneuver Center of Excellence put a dose of sci-fi on center stage at the 2012 Robotics Rodeo. More than 40 vendors and five universities showcased nearly 75 different technologies during the 10-day event at Fort Benning’s McKenna Urban Operations Complex. It kicked off June 20 and ended June 29. Sponsored by the Army’s Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center, known as TARDEC, and the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization, or JIEDDO, through the Maneuver Battle Lab, the Robotics Rodeo provided a venue for the military to harness the research and development community’s potential to counter the complex and adaptive threats on today’s battlefield, organizers said. “It’s a great marriage of both industry and academia, which is what we strive for,” said Harry Lubin, the Maneuver Battle Lab’s Live Experimentation Branch chief. “Fort Benning is the proponent for Army ground robotics, so it was a great fit. A difference this year is we focused on specific tactical events.” Innovators participated in task-based scenarios and open robotics demonstrations aimed at motivating industry, educating developers and gaining insight into the current and emerging state of ground robotics technology and artificial intelligence, officials said. From an Army standpoint, it was an opportunity for scientists and engineers from government and industry to link up with Soldiers who might someday employ the robots and unmanned systems in combat. “We have a high level of confidence in these robots,” Jim Parker, associate director for ground vehicle robotics at TARDEC said. “This is a very important event for us. In general, we were very pleased with what we saw here.” This marked the third Robotics Rodeo overall and the second at Fort Benning, which last hosted the event in 2010. “We definitely learned some lessons,” Matt Way, a program integrator with JIEDDO said. “There are some things we can tweak and improve, but overall, we were impressed with how everything ran and the results we saw. We use our intel arm to keep track of the latest (enemy) trends out there and try to look ahead at where we need to be in delivering new technology. Robotics take the man out of the loop, and any time we can find a solution with mobility and suitability to support the Soldiers, it’s better to put that robot in harm’s way than the individual.” The robots on display at the Rodeo ranged in size from handheld devices to 4,500-pound vehicles, said Ed Davis, the Maneuver Battle Lab’s deputy director. Outcomes will be used to further support the MCoE’s “Squad: Foundation of the Decisive Force” initiative by advancing possible robotic technology solutions.

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Despite triple-digit temperatures, the cool breeze flowing through the Chesapeake Bay July 7 made for perfect sailing conditions for the 2012 Veterans’ Cup sailing race sponsored by the Langley Yacht Club. Jim Beaudry, sailing Black Dog, took first place, but the real winner was the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program. Mike Barber, LYC commodore, presented the profits raised by the entry fees for the race to Eric Endries, VWWP Greater Hampton Roads area regional director, during the post-race festivities. More than 20 boats participated, and their crews raised $600 to provide resources for military veterans, their families and friends. “Virginia is privileged to have such a remarkable veteran community,” said Catherine Wilson, VWWP executive director. “It amazes me that one in 10 Virginians is a veteran. We have over 260,000 veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan who have served our country since 9/11.” The VWWP provides a network of community-based services designed to help veterans and their families overcome the challenges of stress-related and traumatic-brain injuries. These services are coordinated through local regional VWWP associations, consisting of community providers, including community services boards, brain injury services providers, VA Medical facilities and other public and private providers.

Always held near the 4th of July holiday, the Veterans Cup is the LYC’s annual keystone race. It is a Cruising Club of Virginia-sanctioned event which honors veterans of all services, and is open to all military and non-military racers, typically drawing more than 40 racers and cruisers each year. “We had a good, safe race,” said Gary Herbert, LYC race captain. “The winds were higher than expected, so it turned out to be a great day on the water.” Kathy Barber, LYC member, has been sailing for as long as she can remember. She said the Veterans’ Cup is one of the club’s favorite events, because it keeps the money the club raises in the Hampton Roads area. “This race has been on and off for about the past 30 years,” said Barber. “Last year we hooked up with the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program because we wanted to make sure we had a legitimate cause.” Because the LYC is mostly Air Force retirees, including veterans from Vietnam and the Gulf wars, they kept the name even though they no longer sail out of Langley’s marina. The club typically meets at the Salt Pond Marina in Hampton, but enjoys the camaraderie sailing offers its members. “The Langley Yacht Club is one of the older organizations in the area, but times have changed and we are now only loosely associated with the Air Force base,” said Barber.

The LYC was founded in 1937, and the Langley AFB Officers’ club was one of the primary facilities for the club and its members. In 1984, the yacht club’s facility could no longer be funded by the military, and was demolished. However, many stayed on without a club house and remained active. Despite not having a primary location, the club continued to conduct its local regattas, and the solidarity of the club continued to grow. While nautical activities may seem a bit disconnected with an Air Force base, Herbert said sailing can cross any professional boundaries. In fact, the LYC’s next race is the Tri-Services race in September, which involves clubs from the Army, Air Force and (of course) the Navy. “In the Tri-Services race, the Langley Yacht Club will compete against the Old Point Yacht Club, which is the Army, and the Navy’s Norfolk Naval Sailing Association,” said Herbert. For more information about the VWWP, log onto www.WeAreVirginiaVeterans.org.

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Jonathan Romero, LangleyYacht Club member, inflates one of the markers for the 2012 Veterans’ Cup sailboat race July 7. Proceeds from the race were donated to the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program.

Three sailing yachts cross the starting line for the 2012 Veterans’ Cup sailboat race on the Chesapeake Bay, July 7. Proceeds from the race were donated to theVirginiaWoundedWarrior Program.


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Langley’s Aero Club makes it easier to travel By Airman 1st Class Kayla Newman 633RD AIR BASE WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS

The Aero Club at Langley Air Force Base, Va., provides individuals the opportunity to avoid the chaos of flying commercial, and allows for speedy travel times without getting a speeding ticket or running into traffic. It’s more than just a hub though; the club offers a chance to expand your horizons... literally. The Aero Club offers three different courses for base military and civilian personnel to learn how to fly. Individuals can earn three types of licenses at the Aero Club - private, instrument and commercial. Mike Hartney, Aero Club chief instructor, said people can eliminate some of the inconvenience of flying commercially if they have their license. “That’s where the real benefit is - to get in an airplane and take off from here to go to a small airport to visit family, friends, or for business,” explains Hartney, explaining the fastest way around commercial airports, luggage fees and endless security checks. “And save yourself all of that time.” As a Federal Aviation Administration

-approved, Part-141 pilot school, the Aero Club has nine instructors, all with military flying experience, and four airplanes used for teaching purposes. Hartney, a former B-52 pilot, said pilots may rent the planes for personal use. To obtain a private-pilot license, an individual will train on a Cessna 172 aircraft, and must complete 35 hours in the classroom. However, individuals can fly concurrently with the classroom portion. The minimum number of students per class is four, with roughly one class per quarter. If an individual already has a private and instrument pilot license, and wants to acquire a commercial rating, he will train in a Piper Arrow aircraft. Because of the intricate instructions, these lessons are all done on a one-on-one basis. Flying lessons don’t come cheap though; the private-pilot course costs $8,500, the instrument-pilot course costs $7,300, and the commercial-pilot course costs $19,000. However, if an individual qualifies for the Post 9/11 GI Bill, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will reimburse tuition costs up to $10,000 per year. The Aero Club is located at 308 Emmons Street Langley AFB, Va., 23665.

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The nose of the plane pitched forward, beginning a sharp descent as the ground below came into clear view. Staff Sgt. Cameron Schott was forcibly pressed into the rear seat of a T-38 Talon as it flew closer to the ground. At what seemed like the last second, the pilot pulled back on the stick - easing the plane into an even altitude. “It was amazing,” Schott, who works as a low-observable, aircraft structural maintainer for the 1st Maintenance Squadron, said. “I had learned in physics that G-forces would push on my body. But, the actual experience was a lot different. It’s not just your body that is pushed on, it’s everything inside your body as well.” Enduring the G-forces was a small price to pay for the chance to ride shotgun in a supersonic jet trainer. Schott

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The Patriot Files is an ongoing series highlighting Service members with exceptional experiences throughout their military careers. was presented the opportunity to fly in the T-38 after he earned the most prestigious honor available to Airmen who complete Airman Leadership School, the John L. Levitow award. “I wasn’t gunning for Levitow,” Schott said. “All I wanted was to do a good job and get good grades.” Schott said he knew if he procrastinated, ALS would be a difficult experience. He kept himself and his classmates motivated, which secured him a place as a Levitow graduate. SEE PATRIOT PAGE 13

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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Cameron Schott, 1st Maintenance Squadron low-observable, aircraft structural maintainer, gives the "thumbs up" during his flight in aT-38Talon over Langley Air Force Base, June 29. Cameron earned the flight after being awarded the John L. Levitow award after his completion of Airman Leadership School.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve worked here for four years and seen planes ďŹ&#x201A;ying overhead every day. I never really understood what it was like until I was up there.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Staff Sgt. Cameron Schott 1st Maintenance Squadron low-observable, aircraft structural maintainer â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was deďŹ nitely surreal,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really felt a sense of pride during my ďŹ&#x201A;ight. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve worked here for four years and seen planes ďŹ&#x201A;ying overhead every day. I never really understood what it was like until I was up there. This ďŹ&#x201A;ight gave me a new sense of appreciation for what the pilots do every day.â&#x20AC;? Schott said the entire ďŹ&#x201A;ight really put into perspective the hard work and dedication which brought him to that moment. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You never know how, when and where hard work will pay off,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are times you question if it will ever be worth it. It took four years for me, but this ďŹ&#x201A;ight made it all worthwhile. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m forever grateful.â&#x20AC;?

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Saman, a military working dog stationed with the 379th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron in Southwest Asia, lies on an operating table as medical personnel remove a tooth, which was forced into his jaw during a training accident. Saman injured himself by running full-speed into a concrete wall during a training exercise. Most medical care the dogs require in a deployed location has to do with scratched paws and insect bites, making this procedure somewhat unique.

As Saman lay on an operating table in Southwest Asia, June 16, his eyes darted around the room, concerned by his unfamiliar surroundings and unsure of what would happen next. It wasn’t long ago he had been training with the 379th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron when he collided full-speed with a concrete barrier, breaking one of his front teeth. While the procedure would normally be handled by the dental clinic, the medical staff needed to use the emergency room Primary Care clinic. That is what brought the patient to Master Sgt. Beverly Lutz, 379th Expeditionary Medical Group primary care clinic element chief. She looked the patient in the eyes, stroked his shoulder and assured him everything would be alright. Saman, a military working dog deployed from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., was the first canine patient Lutz ever worked on during a medical procedure. “It was amazing,” Lutz, who is deployed from Langley Air Force Base, Va., said. “I have been involved in treating human patients for 19 years, but never once had I assisted in treating an animal. I honestly was nervous at first.” The procedure lasted longer than Lutz expected, as there was some difficulty extracting the tooth due to its size and depth within the military working dog’s mouth. Several medical units within the 379th EMG came together to help Saman, including the U.S. Army veterinarian, 379th Dental Clinic and Anesthesia. “I learned a lot about the true meaning of ‘team,’” she said. “It was a once in a lifetime opportunity to

participate in something normally outside my scope and skill set.” While Lutz said her involvement in the actual procedure was minimal, she did stay by Saman’s side throughout the operation – keeping him warm and helping to transport him between the dental clinic and the emergency room. She said her fear was based around not being familiar with the procedure, or the canine anatomy. “I remember at one point the dog was taken off the ventilator because we had to move him to the dental clinic for the x-ray,” Lutz said. “I know that human patients who are intubated aren’t taken off ventilation unless they need assistance breathing with a bag-valve mask.” When Lutz voiced her concern to the veterinarian, she was given an explanation on the difference between canine and human breathing. This quickly alleviated her fears. However, Saman was not out of the woods yet. The small tooth still needed to be extracted. “Removing a tooth can be difficult, but it’s normally not life-threatening,” said U.S. Army Sgt. Darlene Terminal, Fort Eustis Veterinary Clinic animal care specialist. “However, it can easily become infected if left untreated.” Fortunately, once the procedure was finished, Saman woke up and exhibited no signs of complications. He was released and walked out of the facility on all fours. Lutz was left with a new perspective on a career with which she was previously unfamiliar. “This experience allowed me to learn more about another career field,” she said. “I was so affected by this I’ve asked the working dog section to help me set up a demonstration for the medical group here, so we can see firsthand what the dogs are capable of.”


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1st Lt. Pete Folliard, U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Concert Band conductor, addresses the audience during a concert inWilliamsburg,Va., July 4, 2012.

Hundreds of star-spangled spectators converged in Williamsburg, Va., to see and hear the U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Concert Band perform July 4. “I hope you’re ready to get your toes tapping and your hands clapping,” said 1st Lt. Pete Folliard, USAF Heritage of America Concert Band conductor, to the audience, “I bet you you’re going to be singing before the night’s over.” Wednesday’s concert marked the first time the band performed an Independence Day show in Williamsburg, a city with a history dating back to the Revolutionary War. The 40-member band, composed of fulltime professional musicians, performed in a different city every evening for four days, as part of their concert series celebrating Independence Day. The band played traditional concert music and famous patriotic songs such as: “You’re a Grand Old Flag,” “God Bless America” and “America the Beautiful.”

People of all ages from surrounding areas endured the summer heat, and sat on the lawn of an 18th-century courthouse to witness the performance. “We’ve had excellent crowds,” said Master Sgt. Ron Johnson, band noncommissioned officer in charge. “They’ve all been great!” In addition to entertaining onlookers, the band served as a tool to allow for interaction between the Air Force and the public. In some communities, people rarely see Service members in uniform, and only learn about the military through media and television. The band gave the people a chance to see a different side to the military. “We’re displaying the excellence that’s found in all parts of the Air Force, through music,” Johnson said. Tech. Sgt. Anne Epperly, band flautist, happily complied with that charge. “I love to play music,” she said, “I get to do that every day. I’m pretty lucky.” For more information about the band, including schedules for future concerts, visit www.heritageofamericaband.af.mil.

Tech. Sgt. Anne Epperly, U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Concert Band flautist, performs in front of hundreds of spectators.The concert marked the first time the band performed an Independence Day show in Williamsburg.

Audience members, including Elaine Warner, 2, hold their hands over their hearts during the National Anthem.

Langley Air Force Base Honor Guard members present the colors while the U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Concert Band plays the National Anthem in Williamsburg, July 4.


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Maj. Gen. Jeff Mathis, Joint Task Force - Civil Support commander speaks, to audience during the JTF-CS change of command, at Seay Plaza, Fort Eustis, July 11. Mathis began his career in 1975 as a special forces communications and weapons sergeant. He was commissioned in 1981, graduating from Officer Candidate School as the distinguished graduate.

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U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Jeff W. Mathis III assumed command of Joint Task Force-Civil Support from U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Jonathan T. Treacy during a change of command ceremony at Ft. Eustis’ Seay Plaza, July 11, becoming the unit’s sixth commander. Mathis is no stranger to the homeland security mission, having most recently served as the deputy director for Anti-terrorism and Homeland Defense on the Joint Staff’s J-34 at the Pentagon. While at J-34, Mathis served as a primary advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for all matters relating to anti-terrorism, force protection, homeland defense and defense support to civilian authorities. As commander of JTF-CS, the 37year veteran will command more than

200 military and civilian personnel in planning and integrating Department of Defense support for chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear consequence management operations. When called upon, Mathis will assume command and control of more than 5,000 DoD personnel, providing critical life-saving and life-sustaining support to civil authorities and foster community recovery. “As we all know command is a sacred trust, and I will do that I can to meet that trust,” Mathis said. “[Treacy], thank you for handing over a great command. I look forward to keep up in your footsteps in moving forward. “I am humbled to assume command of this national treasure,” he added. Mathis began his career in 1975 as a Special Forces communications and weapons sergeant, and earned his

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A Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineers Airman puts the finishing touches on a repair job performed by his colleagues July 6 at Langley Air Force Base.The RED HORSE reservists are upgrading RaptorTown, a training area at Langley, with a perimeter road and additional buildings.

Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineers personnel construct a pre-engineered facility July 6 for the RaptorTown training area at Langley Air Force Base, Va. RED HORSE reservists come from all over the country on two-week rotations to work on RaptorTown for training.

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The humid, summer air felt like a thick blanket July 6 as the hot sun beat down on the workers. The shrill whines of power-saws and drills filled the air as the RED HORSE Airmen labored at Raptor Town, a simulated deployed environment at Langley Air Force Base, Va.. On the opposite side of the construction zone, the rhythmic scratching of hard bristles on concrete was audible as the carpenters swept the pad of a newly constructed facility. Scissor lifts and power tools littered the site as the workers donned red hard hats and moved with the purpose and skill that comes with expertise in their various career fields. The Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineers, or RED HORSE, provides the U.S. Air Force with a highly mobile civil-engineering force to support worldwide operations. It offers heavy-repair capability and construction support when requirements exceed normal base civil engineer capabilities. “RED HORSE builds from the ground up,” said Chief Master Sgt. Robert Rich-

The project began April 23 and is scheduled to conclude Sept. 30. It includes the construction of latrines, two pre-engineered storage buildings and a paved perimeter road that circles the training area.

ard, the Raptor Town project manager. RED HORSE reservist squadrons from across the United States came together at Langley AFB to build structures at Raptor Town. The squadrons ranged from the 567th RHS from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., to the 555th RHS from Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The project began April 23 and is scheduled to conclude Sept. 30. It includes the construction of latrines, two pre-engineered storage buildings and a paved perimeter road that circles the training area. RED HORSE performs training projects that assist base construction efforts while also honing wartime skills. These “Troop Training Projects” are opportunities to train younger Airmen in preparation for large-scale deployments “Training like this provides a wealth of knowledge and experience to all Airmen,” said Richard. “Young Airmen get

the opportunity to practice their craft, while the more experienced Airmen can share their knowledge.” The junior enlisted Airmen agree this is an invaluable training opportunity. “This training has been quite an experience,” said SeniorAirman Bernard Enoe, an electrician with the 556th RHS from Hurlburt Field, Fla. “We get to see the many different methods that our counterparts use.” Not only does the training show the Airmen the various methods of getting the job done, but it allows them to meet members from different squadrons and careers they wouldn’t have met otherwise. “The wide variety of career fields here provides a wealth of knowledge and a view of the overall picture,” said Senior Airman Jeffery Pressley, a power production specialist with the 567th RHS. “We also get to meet Airmen from different careers and squadrons that we may deploy

with in the future.” More experienced Airmen, such as Staff Sgt. Jeffery Johnson, a 567th RHS electrician, have the opportunity to impart their wisdom to their younger counterparts. Johnson earned his electrician certification in 1991, and is eager to share his knowledge. “These young Airmen come in hungry, ready to learn every day,” said Johnson. “I enjoy teaching them; it creates a great sense of camaraderie.” Each squadron sends a few Airmen on two-week rotations, so all members of each squadron can receive an adequate amount of training. The project is currently on the fifth of 11 rotations. Not only does the project allow workers to meet their fellow RED HORSE Airmen and share techniques, but Raptor Town provides a simulated deployed environment. “Raptor Town provides a unique training environment,” said 2nd Lt. Jose Gonzalez, an electrical design engineer. “It emulates a deployed setting, allowing RED HORSE members to practice operations similar to a contingency operation.” With the construction in full swing, the RED HORSE squadrons will continue doing what they do best, creating something out of nothing.


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The Langley Air Force Base ďŹ&#x201A;ight line radiated heat in the sweltering Virginia sun June 28, as humidity reached nearly 90 percent. Whether directing an F-22 Raptor on the taxiway or moving munitions, only those working under the wing of a plane felt relief from the scorching rays. Fortunately for the roasting Airmen, the Joint Base Langley-Eustis First Sergeant Council provided some relief to the personnel working outside. The ďŹ rst sergeants handed out cold drinks as a part of their Random Acts of Kindness event, one of the aspects of the ongoing Operation Warm Heart. Master Sgt. Kelly Moose, 1st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron ďŹ rst sergeant, and Senior Master Sgt. Joshua Tidwell, 1st Maintenance Squadron ďŹ rst sergeant, were the agents of generosity for this particular OWH event. Not only did ďŹ&#x201A;ight line personnel receive refreshments, but Moose and Tidwell also went out to each and every base-entry gate, as well as the shops on the ďŹ&#x201A;ight line to quench thirst. In addition to handing out drinks, the Langley ďŹ rst sergeants also handed out $50 commissary gift cards to Airmen, reminiscent of their fuel-card giveaway in March. OWH (an Air Force-wide initiative) does more than just Random Acts of Kindness. During their Thanksgiving Day fundraiser, Langley ďŹ rst sergeants raised about $16,000, and gave out roughly 400 dinner baskets that in-

Operation Warm Heartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main mission is to provide grants to struggling Airmen. If an Airman is struggling ďŹ nancially, and needs cash for food, gas money or other necessities, the JBLE First Sergeant Council will evaluate the needs of the Airman, and can provide a grant to help during a time of need.

cluded everything from a turkey right down to the cranberry sauce, said Master Sgt. Ed Dierkens, 30th Intelligence Squadron ďŹ rst sergeant. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is a really cool program,â&#x20AC;? said Dierkens. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all about giving back to the Airmen.â&#x20AC;? Operation Warm Heartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main mission is to provide grants to struggling Airmen. If an Airman is struggling ďŹ nancially, and needs cash for food, gas money or other necessities, the JBLE First Sergeant Council will evaluate the needs of the Airman, and can provide a grant to help during a time of need. Locally, OWH is funded by the semiannual First Sergeant 5K run/walks and by donations, such as the one held prior to their dinner basket give away. The JBLE First Sergeant Council is scheduled to host another Random Acts of Kindness event in September, following their commissary fundraiser at the end of July, said Dierkens.

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U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Kelly Moose, 1st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron ďŹ rst sergeant, shakes hands with a Security Forces Airman, June 28, at Langley Air Force Base. Moose and Senior Master Sgt. Joshua Tidwell, 1st Maintenance Squadron First Sergeant, passed out cold drinks to personnel at every base-entry gate as a part of Random Acts of Kindness.

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U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Kelly Moose, right, 1st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron ďŹ rst sergeant, offers water to Airmen as a part of OperationWarm Heart, June 28, at Langley Air Force Base.

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LAFBCommunity Off-limits area The Langley Air Force Base combat arms range and the bullet impact area to the rear of the range are off limits to all personnel. Due to live-fire of weapons, trespassing in this area is illegal and dangerous. The firing range is a controlled area at all times. For more information, call Tech. Sgt. Benjamin Huss at 757-764-4785.

Air Force Ball The 633rd Air Base Wing Public Affairs office is looking for your ideas! The Air Force Ball is scheduled for Sept. 22, and we are looking for this year’s theme and logo. Incentives will be offered to the Airman who submits the winning entry.... Whether they are inspired by the Airman’s Creed, modern air power or Air Force history, submit your ideas to the 633rd ABW/PA organizational mailbox at 633abw.paedit@langley.af.mil by July 25.

Information on Virginia school physical requirements can be found at www.doe.virginia.gov.

SNCO medallion ceremony An induction medallion ceremony and banquet for 2012 master sergeant-selects is scheduled for July 27. The medallion ceremony will be held inside the Static Display Hanger at 10 a.m., and the banquet will be held at the Bayview Commonwealth Center at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Master Sgt. LaTrise Russell at 764-4108, or Senior Master Sgt. Katrina McIntosh at 764-2700.

FSS pool openings

The LangleyThrift Shop is having a sale in the Bargain Room this July. Items in this room originally priced at $4 and under are only 50 cents, however; clothing grab-bags are still $1. The shop is open Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. For details, go to https://www. facebook.com/ #!/LangleyThriftShop.

Anger management seminar

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The Health and Wellness Center is hosting an anger management seminar at their building July 13, 20 and 27 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call Jacquelyne Millender at 757-764-6840 or 757-225-6771.

Service members are advised to be on the lookout for checks being mailed to individuals with the official TRICARE logo and directions from American Mega Lottery Payment to activate and cash-in and attempt to obtain personal and financial information. TRICARE is aware of the scam. All Service members are highly encouraged to: Destroy the fraudulent check; do not call the claims agent on the notice to activate the check; do not deposit the fraudulent check into a bank account; do not complete the form, sign it or mail it back to American Mega Lottery.

Airman’s Attic closure The Airman’s Attic will be closed on July 17, 19, 24 and 26. For more information, contact the Airman’s Attic at 757-764-1363

Bethel Manor block party Langley Protestant Chapel, in conjunction with Northside Christian Church, is hosting a block party July 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bethel Manor Chapel.There will be free food, live music and games for kids. For more information, contact Capt. David Barns at 757-764-8543 or 757-764-7847.

School/sports physicals available The 633d Medical Group will be holding special School/Sports Physical Days July 25 and Aug. 22. Enrolled beneficiaries can make appointments by calling the Hampton Roads Appointment Center at 1-866-MIL-HLTH, or by using TRICARE Online at www.tricareonline. com. These appointments will address specific needs for children enrolling in school and/or participating in sports programs.

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The Langley Club Outdoor Pool is open, and Its hours of operations are 1 p.m. until 6 p.m., Thursday through Tuesday. The pool will be closed Wednesday. The Shellbank Fitness Center Outdoor Pool, located next to the Community Center, is currently open through Aug. 24. The hours of operation are noon until 6p.m., Friday to Wednesday. The Pool is closedThursday. Additionally, the Shellbank Fitness Center Outdoor Pool hours will change Aug. 25 through 27. It will be open noon until 6 p.m., Friday through Sunday. From August 31 until September 3, the Shellbank Fitness Center Outdoor Pool will be open noon until 6 p.m., Friday through Monday.

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Marriage seminar Whether you have a good marriage you want to make better, or you are hanging on by a thread, the Building a Strong MarriageTeam seminar can transform your marriage. The Chapel is sponsoring this one-day event at no cost Service members at Joint Base Langley-Eustis and their families. Come with or without your spouse. Lunch is provided, and the event is open to everyone. (Alternate Duty Location authorized for GS civilians.) Join us for a fun-filled one-day event to connect with your spouse and learn effective ways to have a thrilling marriage.You’ll leave with a fresh perspective and step by step details on how to Build a Strong MarriageTeam. Sign-up early to reserve your seat by calling 764-7847 or online: https://einvitations.afit. edu/inv/anim.cfm?i=50963&k=07614B0F78.

Eaglewood Junior Golf Academy Eaglewood Golf Course is offering junior golf lessons now until Aug. 3. Ages five and up may attend. For more information, call 764-4547

Hispanic Mass Misa en Español, todos los domingos del mes a las 4 p.m. en la Parroquia Nuestra Señora Reina de la Paz (Our Lady Queen of Peace, Regimental Memorial Chapel, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, 923 Lee Blvd.).Todos son bienvenidos! Para más información, Chap. (Capt.) Anselmo Hernandez, 878-2505, ext. 226.

Summer youth volunteer program The American Red Cross is hosting a summer youth volunteer program for children between ages 13 and 17. The program takes place from June 25 to Aug. 17. Space is limited. All youth must be accompanied by a guardian and bring a completed application packet to one orientation. For more information or to request a volunteer packet, call the Fort Eustis office at 757878-3339 or call the Langley Air Force Base office at 757-225-4060.

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Are you retiring/separating from the military and interested in becoming a teacher?TheTroops to Teachers program offers a $5,000 stipend to pay for any approved teacher licensure program; in any state, at any accredited college, to military personnel with Bachelor’s Degrees. Participants may also be eligible for a $10,000 bonus. TTT also provides information on teacher licensure requirements in Virginia. Joe Wargo, Director, VirginiaTroops toTeachers, will be give a presentation on the program at the Langley Education Center, Room 130,Tuesday, Aug. 7 at 11:30 a.m. For more information, please call the TTT office (757) 683-3327.

The Tidewater Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen is holding the 29th Annual Lawrence E. Anderson Education Assistance Gala at the Bayside Commonwealth Center, July 21 at 7 p.m. The semiformal event will feature guest speaker Brig. Gen. Stayce Harris, U.S. Africa Command mobilization assistant to the commander. The event cost is $50 and includes a meal and entertainment. For more information, contact Capt. Williams at tatanya.williams@langley.af.mil or at (757)764-6314, or Mrs. Robinson at Lanise. robinson@langley.af.mil or (757)764-8594, or TSgt George-Packer at Zandria.George-Packer@langley.af.mil or 757-764-5254.

Langley Theater Schedule

Friday, 7 p.m. Now show Saturday, 2 p.m. Snow White and the Huntsman (PG-13) In this epic actionadventure of the classic tale, Kristen Stewart plays the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen (Charlize Theron) who is out to destroy her. But what the wicked ruler never imagined is that the one girl threatening her reign has been training in the art of war with a huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) who was dispatched to kill her. Sam Claflin joins the cast as the prince long enchanted by Snow White’s beauty and power. Saturday, 7 p.m. Snow White and the Huntsman (PG-13) Sunday, 2 p.m. No show Movie synopsis and show time information is available online at www. shopmyexchange.com/ ReelTimeTheaters/Movies-Langley.htm.


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EustisCommunity Sara Evans in concert Joint Base Langley-Eustis will host an outdoor concert starring country music artist Sara Evans, today at 7 p.m. at the Murphy Field Sports Complex. The concert is free and open to the public. Gates will open at 4 p.m. and free children’s activities will be offered until 7 p.m. Food and beverages will be available for purchase until closing. For more information, call 878-2602 or visit www.eustismwr.com.

Family Advocacy Program ■ The Family Advocacy Safety Education Seminar is a 90-minute seminar that describes the dynamics of domestic violence and child abuse, who is at risk, and what resources are available. The class will take place Monday from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Bldg. 213, Calhoun St. FASES is open to anyone on post who is interested in learning more about these topics. Register by calling 878-0807. No children please. ■ “Stress Management: ChangeYour Negative Thinking” is scheduled for July 23 from 10 to 11 a.m. at Bldg. 213, Calhoun St. To register, call 878-0807.

Free community breakfast A free community breakfast will be heldTuesday from 7:30 to 10 a.m. at the Murphy Field Sports Complex. The menu will include pancakes, sausage, biscuits, muffins, jams, jellies, coffee and juice. For more information, call 878-4430/2716.

Home buying and selling seminars The Fort Eustis Housing Referral Office is sponsoring a Home Buying Seminar, Tuesday, 6 to 8:30 p.m. and a Home Selling Seminar,Thursday, 4 to 8:30 p.m. Both seminars will take place at the Civil Engineer Division conference room in Bldg. 1407, Washington Blvd. They are free and open to the public. Industry experts will include a realtor, mortgage lender, attorney and home inspector. Please RSVP at least 3 business days prior to attending the seminar of your choice.To register, call 878-2977/5687/5579.

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Submit Eustis Community announcements to pw@militarynews.com will be serving popsicles at the Splash Park on Wednesday from 2 to 3 p.m. Stop by and enjoy a cool summertime treat. ■ Married to the military – Spouses are invited to come out and learn about the Army and military lifestyle Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Community Center. This event will include free child care, giveaways, games, and prizes. For more information, call 878-3638. ■ Root beer floats at the Splash Park – Come and help us celebrate National Root Beer Float Day. BBC staff will be serving root beer floats at the Splash Park July 25 from 5 to 6 p.m. ■ Family bingo night – Residents can enjoy an evening of pizza and bingo with family and friends July 31 from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Community Center. Due to limited space, please call 328-0691 to make your reservations by July 27. For more information, call 328-0691.

Emergency PreparationTraining Soldier and Family Readiness will host an Emergency Preparation Training class July 24 from 10 to 11 a.m. at Bldg. 650, Monroe Ave. The training is open to Soldiers, spouses, civilians, family readiness support assistants, family readiness group leaders, and families with special needs dependents. For more information, call 878-1954.

Warrant Officer briefings The U.S. Army Warrant Officer Recruiting Team from Special Operations Recruiting Battalion, Fort Bragg, NC, will host a qualification and application procedures briefing July 24 at the Bateman Army Education Center, Bldg. 1500, Madison Ave. Briefings will take place in Room 302 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. The team will also be recruiting for Navy, Air Force, and Marines. Service members who are interested only need to attend one briefing. For more information, contact Sgt. 1st Class Demetris Council at (910) 432-9697 or (910) 2868819; email demetris.council@usarec.army.mil; or visit www.usarec.army.mil/hq/warrant.

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A recreational hunting program interest meeting is scheduled for Thursday at 6 p.m. at Bldg. 814. For more information, email Sgt. Maj. John Challis at jhchallis@gmail.com.

Come out and join us for a free showing of “Dolphin Tale” Wednesday at 8:15 p.m. on Murphy Field. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, friends and family. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Movie title is subject to change. For more information, call 878-2716.

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■ Post-wide yard sale – Residents can set up items for sale in their front yards Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.Trash and other discarded items must not be left by the curbside. ■ Popsicles at the Splash Park – BBC staff

The Groninger Library’s “Reading is So Delicious” Summer Reading Program is underway. The program is free and open to children ages 2-17. Registration packets can be picked up at the library during normal business hours. Come

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join us every Wednesday and Thursday afternoon from 3 to 4 p.m. for a variety of fun activities. Don’t forget to stop by the Circulation Desk for your chance to enter our Guessing Contest. For more information, call 878-5017 or visit www.groningerlibrary.com.

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Anderson Field House closures The following activities at Anderson Field House are closed until further notice: ■ Weight room – Closed through July 30 (patrons can use the McClellan Fitness Center’s Weight Room). ■ Indoor swimming pool – Closed from July 30 to Aug. 13 (patrons can lap swim at the Aquatic Center’s Lap Pool from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday). ■ Male and female locker rooms – Closed from July 30 to Aug. 13 (patrons can use the male and female locker rooms at McClellan Fitness Center). ■ Cardio balcony – Closed from Aug. 13 to Sept. 24 (patrons can use the Cardio Room at McClellan Fitness Center). For more information, call 878-2097 or email william.f.vonohlen. naf@mail.mil.

Teen life skills training The Regimental Memorial Chapel will host “Motivating theTeen Spirit,” a free life skills training workshop for teens, Aug. 16-17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.at the chapel, Bldg. 923, Lee Blvd. The workshop is open to teens ages 12-19 years old who will learn how to understand their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Teens must attend both days and will be entered into a drawing for a free iPad.To register, visit www.operationhomefront. net/MotivatingTheTeenSpirit. For more information, call 878-1455.

Range schedule Ranges, training areas and associated facilities are off limits to personnel not engaged in scheduled firing, operations or inspections unless clearance is obtained 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 until Wednesday is: ■ Today – Ranges 1, 2, 3 (7 a.m. to 5 p.m.); ■ Saturday – No scheduled ranges; ■ Sunday – No scheduled ranges; ■ Monday – Ranges RD (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.); ■ Tuesday – Ranges RD, 2, 3 (7 a.m. to 4 p.m.); ■ Wednesday – Ranges RD, 2, 3, 6 (7 a.m. to 5 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.

Friday, 7 p.m. No show Saturday, 4 p.m. Snow White and the Huntsman (PG-13) In this epic action-adventure, Kristen Stewart plays the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen (Charlize Theron) who is out to destroy her. But what the wicked ruler never imagined is that the one girl threatening her reign has been training in the art of war with a huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) who was dispatched to kill her. Sam Claflin joins the cast as the prince long enchanted by Snow White’s beauty and power. Saturday, 7 p.m. No show Sunday, 2 p.m. No show Movie synopsis and show time information is available online at www. shopmyexchange.com/ ReelTimeTheaters/Movies-Eustis.htm.


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Sidewalk art at Pfac Children of all ages are invited to the Peninsula Fine Arts Center’s sidewalk chalk decorating event Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. “Sunday Funday: Sidewalk Chalk” is free and open to the public; parents must accompany their children. Pfac will provide the materials and refreshments while participants need only bring their creativity and sense of adventure to transform a simple sidewalk into a work of art. Pfac is located at 101 Museum Dr., in the Mariner’s Museum Park, Newport News. The center is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free the first weekend of each month. Regular admission (tickets valid 7 days) is $7.50 (adults); $6 (seniors, students, active-duty military and AAA members); $4 (children ages 6-12); and free for children ages 5 and under. For more information, call 596-8175 or visit www.pfac.va.org.

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Virginia Living Museum ■ Star Party Laser Shows – Free observing will begin at sunset on Saturday. Visitors can choose from five shows: Laser Spirit, 6:30 p.m.; Virginia Skies, 7:30 p.m.; Laser retro, 8:30 p.m.; Laser Metallica, 10 p.m.; and Dark Side of the Moon, 11:30 p.m. All shows are $6.The Wild Side Café will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. ■ Blue Ridge Butterfly Safari – Help count and identify butterflies during the museum’s 21st annual Butterfly Watch Safari to the Blue Ridge Mountains, Saturday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. This trip is a great way to enjoy the scenery and share nature with your family. The cost is $35 for members and $50 for non-members. Minimum age is 8 years old; 16 years old without an adult. To register, call 595-9135 or visit www.thevlm.org. ■ Reach Out and Meet People – R.O.M.P., the museum’s networking program for young professionals ages 25-40, features afterhours socials, light bites, adult refreshments and educational lectures about nature, sustainability and conservation.The program starts at 6 p.m. Wednesday as keepers share back-stories of the boardwalk animals.The cost is $10. ■ StoryTime at the Museum –The third Saturday of the month is story time at the museum. Bring the kids on July 21 at 10 a.m. to hear “Crab Moon” by Ruth Horowitz and also see a live horseshoe crab. Recommended for ages 2 and above (included in admission). ■ Shark Week – The museum will be celebrating some of nature’s most fearsome and misunderstood predators July 30 through Aug. 5. Visitors can enjoy shark-themed games and activities, participate in a shark-facts scavenger hunt and learn about the important role sharks play in the environment. Shark video footage will be available for viewing in the Discovery Center. The Virginia Living Museum is located at 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd. in Newport News. Museum admission: $17 adults/$13 children (312), ages 2 and under free. Planetarium is $4 in addition to museum admission. Group rates are available for groups of 10 or more. Summer hours: open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Sept. 3. For more information, call 595-9135 or visit www.thevlm.org.

The annual Merchants Square Summer Breeze Concert Series returns for the 21st year in the shopping and dining district adjacent to Colonial Williamsburg. Beginning with the July 11 concert, Merchant’s Square will also offer children’s entertainment at 6:30 p.m. featuring face painting, bubble-making and clowns.The outdoor concerts are free. The schedule is: ■ Wednesday – Kings of Swing, 7 to 9 p.m. ■ July 25 – Slapwater, 7 to 9 p.m. ■ Aug. 1 – U.S. Air Force Heritage Brass Ensemble, 7 to 8:30 p.m. ■ Aug. 8 – U.S. Air Force Heritage Ramblers Ensemble, 7 to 8:30 p.m. ■ Aug. 15 – U.S. Air Force Blue Aces Ensemble, 7 to 8:30 p.m. ■ Aug. 22 – U.S. Army TRADOC Band, 7 to 8:30 p.m. ■ Aug. 29 – U.S. Air Force Rhythm in Blue Ensemble, 7 to 8:30 p.m. For more information, call (757) 565-8889 or visit www.merchantssquare.org.

Jamestown Settlement Museum Jamestown Settlement is offering historical summer themes and hands-on programs to make history fun through Aug. 15 at its museum of 17th century Virginia. Visitors can learn about farming and agriculture of the Powhatan Indian culture in the re-created village, as well as the technology used to hunt and fish, cook, create pottery and make dugout canoes. At the pier where replicas of the ships that brought America’s first permanent English colonists to Virginia in 1607 are docked, discover the daily life of a sailor, from learning about watches and bells and navigation tools to sailing and cargo handling. In addition to daily matchlock musket demonstrations, interpreters will present pike drills and programs on sword handling. A swivel gun will be fired from the ships’ pier at

11 a.m. daily. Historical interpreters will fire a falcon at 2:45 p.m. daily in the riverfront discovery area and at 4:15 p.m. from a bulwark in the fort. Optional orientation tours of the interpretative areas are offered several times daily. Admission is $15.50 (adults); $7.25 (ages 6-12); and free for children under 6 years of age. Additional ticket and package options and online specials are available with other Williamsburg area attractions. Jamestown Settlement is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Aug. 15. It is located on State Route 31 near the Colonial Parkway in James City County, southwest of Williamsburg. For more information, call (888) 593-4682 toll-free or visit www.historyisfun.org.

Ways to Work Program Predatory loans have caused heartache and financial ruin for many, including those in military service. Avalon, a center for women and children in collaboration with Army Community Services now offers an alternative for responsible, working individuals and families to receive low-interest auto loans that will support their financial self-sufficiency and asset development through the Ways to Work program. What could reliable transportation mean to you or your military family? Having a vehicle can help stabilize your life and transport your children to child care, school, and doctor appointments. No more waiting in the rain, cold, or heat for the bus, or spending money on cab services. To qualify for this program an applicant must: ■ Be 18 years or older; ■ Be a James City County, Yorktown, Poquoson, or Williamsburg resident or be active duty military E-6 and below, DOD personnel, or veteran in the Hampton Roads area; ■ Be employed with a moderate household income. For more information, call 258-5022, ext. 1015 or email mary@avaloncenter.org.


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visited the Greenbrier Classic Tournament as part of leisure trip provided by the “Gathering of Mountain Eagles,” a nonprofit organization which sponsors two trips annually for WTU personnel, as well as Service members receiving care

at Portsmouth Naval Medical Center, Fort Belvoir, Va., Fort Bragg, N.C., and other area installations.The trips, which often include skiing, white water rafting, and entertainment, are provided free of charge to Soldiers.


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Soldiers from the 7th Sustainment Brigade Salute Battery fire 35-millimeter cannons during the Independence Day celebration at Seay Plaza, Fort Eustis, July 4. One shot was fired for each state in the union. As the rounds were fired, a narrator announced the name and date of accession of each state.

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Amid the sweltering summer heat at noon, a chorus of colors waved gracefully in the breeze. Cannon volleys tore through the serene air as Fort Eustis celebrated the Independence Day at Seay Plaza, honoring the nation and its fifty states in a ceremonial cannon firing, July 4. U.S. Army regulations mandate each Army installation will perform a ceremony annually on July 4 in honor of Independence Day. This year, Soldiers from the 7th Sustainment Brigade Salute Battery fired 50 rounds from three 35-millimeter cannons, one shot for each state in the union. As the rounds were fired, a narrator announced the name and date of accession of each state. Additionally, advanced individual training Soldiers from the 128th Aviation Bde. carried the colors of each state in parade during the ceremony. U.S. Army Col. Reggie Austin, the 633rd Air Base Wing vice commander, asked those in attendance to not only be thankful for the nation’s independence, but to remember the men and women who put their lives in jeopardy to maintain that freedom. “As we recognize and celebrate the birth of nation, let us give thanks to the vision of our founding fathers, and give thanks to all those who serve our country,” Austin said. “All our citizens should reflect on the debt owed to those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. “All Americans join me in gratitude to everything you do to keep us safe,” he said

Photo by Senior Airman John D. Strong II

Soldiers, family members and guests gather for the Independence Day celebration at Seay Plaza. Army regulations mandate each Army installation will perform a ceremony annually on July 4, in honor of Independence Day.

to the Soldiers in attendance. “Wherever and however you serve, you’re an inspiration to me and my fellow Americans.” Austin said Americans should “recommit themselves to doing all we can, so our children, grandchildren and all the generations that follow can be born with the freedoms that are birthrights of Americans.” The U.S. celebrated its 236th birthday this year, commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence, which announced the thirteen American colonies as independent states free from British rule.


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