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ABOVE: Brig. Gen. Stephen Farmen, U.S. Army chief of transportation, delivers remarks during the Transportation Corps’ 70th anniversary ceremony at Fort Eustis, July 25.The ArmyTransportation Museum celebrated the anniversary by unveiling a new railyard pavilion, which encompasses 45,000 square feet of permanent shelter for the museum’s artifacts. RIGHT: This RS-1 locomotive was put on display before the start of the ceremony.


The U.S. Army Transportation Museum celebrated the 70th birthday of the Transportation Corps by unveiling its new railyard pavilion at Fort Eustis July 25. The ceremony ushered in the beginning of a wave of improvements to the museum. The pavilion encompasses 45,000 square feet, providing permanent shelter for the museum’s railroad and other artifacts, protecting them from the elements and providing a more accessible museum experience for patrons. According to David Hanselman, the museum director, the project took approximately 18 months to finish, at a cost of $517,000. The U.S. Army Transportation Museum Foundation raised the funds for the construction. “About every five years, any work we’ve done to protect the artifacts is nullified by the Virginia weather we battle here. Step one was to get a roof, and step two is to enclose it in a building, complete

with a concrete floor and climate control,” Hanselman explained. Ultimately, the foundation plans to add a 1940s-era rail station mock-up inside the pavilion, allowing visitors to tour the interior of the train cars and locomotives from station platforms. “We want to fully immerse our visitors in the Army railway experience,” Hanselman said. “The roof is just the first step in achieving that goal.” The specially designed roof does not use load-bearing center beams, instead relying on 11-by-11-foot concrete footers underground around the perimeter of the pavilion to support the roof, which Hanselman said is “about the size of a football field.” The roof is designed to withstand hurricane conditions, a perennial threat in the Hampton Roads region. This roof allows the foundation to focus on raising funds to complete the railway pavilion enclosure, and move on to a similar project to enclose their 25 aircraft artifacts in a pavilion on the opposite side of the museum grounds.

Retired Army Col. James Rockey, the foundation president, unveiled the pavilion before a crowd of Transportation Corps alumni, railroad industry representatives and excited guests. “It’s so very important to preserve these relics of our history, and we’re excited and honored to have been able to do that, and look forward to making our museum even better,” Rockey said. Brig. Gen. Stephen Farmen, U.S. Army Chief of Transportation, traveled from nearby Fort Lee, Va., to attend the ceremonies, and observe the foundation’s accomplishment. “I’ve been watching this from its infancy, and if you saw this even just two months ago, you would be amazed at the amount of work that’s gone on to bring it to the level that it’s at today,” said Farmen, as the audience applauded in approval. “Here we are on our 70th birthday, and to have this dedication take place, we couldn’t be more thrilled,” the general continued. Hanselman and Rockey said the foundation estimates the entire project will

cost approximately $5 million, and will rely on foundation fundraising to continue construction. The U.S. Army Transportation Museum, which opened in 1959 and relocated to its current located in 1976, boasts an artifact collection of approximately 7,000 objects and roughly 1,000 exhibit props. The collection includes nearly 100 macro-artifacts, ranging from planes, helicopters, tugboats and landing craft to trucks, jeeps, hovercraft and trains. Some of the unique items in the collection include the only surviving gun truck from the Vietnam War, and the only surviving hovercraft to see combat in Vietnam. The museum also houses a unique collection of experimental aircraft, and the first helicopter to fly at the South Pole. Editor’s note: Want to visit the new railyard pavilion and experience the Army’s transportation history? The U.S. Army Transportation Museum is located at 300 Washington Blvd., and is open Tuesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


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Pregnant women often receive much advice while pregnant – sometimes whether they want it or not. Although some of this information can be quite useful, there are other times new parents should stick to the advice of professionals. Here is our list of new parent support secrets to help you prepare for a new addition to your family. â– 1. Take a tour of the hospital where you will deliver. The tour is free, and it can help ease anxiety of being in an unfamiliar location. USAF Hospital Langley has Childbirth Orientation classes during the third trimester that allow families to tour the unit. Your obstetrician/gynecologist can provide more information. â–  2. Get the car seat installed before the baby arrives. The Joint Base Langley-Eustis ďŹ re station can also check for proper installation before or after the birth. However, if “Juniorâ€? decides to arrive before schedule, take the car seat and the instructions with you to the hospital. â–  3. Pack loose ďŹ tting clothing in your overnight bag. After giving birth, women lose weight, but usually not enough to wear their pre-pregnancy clothes. â–  4. Don’t over pack. When you leave the hospital, you’ll be carrying the baby in addition to all of your items. Your stay in the hospital won’t be long, and you can wear

Get the car seat installed before the baby arrives. However, if “Juniorâ€? decides to arrive before schedule, take the car seat and the instructions with you to the hospital. the hospital gowns and disposable underwear that are provided. It may be difďŹ cult to believe, but people have been known to steal the disposable underwear from hospitals because they are so convenient. â– 5. Don’t pack cute, tight-ďŹ tting shoes. You may retain uid or your swelling may continue even after giving birth. Plus, many women notice their feet change in size after having a baby. Pack shoes that are loose and open, such as ip ops. â–  6. Women who want to breastfeed their babies should bring a nursing bra with them to the hospital. The hospital staff will help you breastfeed your baby while you are in the hospital, and a nursing bra makes this process easier. â–  7. Take advantage of the breast-feeding consultants in the hospital. Ask as many questions as possible before you leave the hospital. SEE PARENTS PAGE 7

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“Congratulations,” the dean said as he spoke to my graduating class. “You have just joined the 30 percent of Americans who have a college degree.” As we all clapped and cheered for each other, I thought, “Now what?” I had a college degree, but as an enlisted Airman in the U.S. Air Force, I had no idea what I could do with my education – aside from trying to earn my commission. The thought stayed with me, even as I continued to pursue my educational goals – earning a Community College of the Air Force degree, and settling on the final two classes for a Master of Business Administration degree. How could I use my education to further my career? “Education is important on so many different levels,” said Senior Master Sgt. Blenda Mease, 633rd Air Base Wing Command Post superintendent. “When you become more educated, you bring that knowledge back to your job.”

Editor's Note: Mentoring Beyond Borders is a series focused on Airmen from different geographic locations sharing various lessons learned from their mentors. Mease holds two CCAF degrees, a bachelor’s, a master’s and is currently working on her second professional certificate. Like many Airmen, she enlisted with no college credit, and intended to only serve four years. After deciding to stay in and earning her first CCAF degree as a staff sergeant, Mease felt compelled to continue her education. She received her MBA just before

she promoted to senior master sergeant. “It’s important to start early in your career,” said Mease, who is a subject-matter expert with 20 years of experience. “You have so much more time as a young Airman to get involved in college courses.” By starting an education early and finishing quickly, Mease said Airmen are looked at more favorably for awards and potential promotion to the senior noncommissioned officer tier. “It’s simple,” she said. “You need an education in order to promote. You can’t expect to make senior or chief master sergeant without at least a CCAF degree. And while a bachelors isn’t mandatory, it does influence how the [promotion] board looks at your package.” Mease said the demand for educated Airmen has increased exponentially during her career. “When I first came in, the CCAF degree was presented as an opportunity,” she said. “Now it’s a mandatory requirement before you can sew on senior [master sergeant]. The Air Force is looking to create a

more educated force.” Thanks to that cultural change, the number of Airmen earning college degrees is higher than ever. In 2011, 18,494 Airmen received a CCAF degree, making the competition to earn a bachelor’s and beyond even tougher. “Having a bachelor’s degree today is almost like having yesterday’s high-school diploma,” Mease said. “You limit yourself by not pushing to that next level.” Airmen who motivate themselves to take college courses set themselves apart from others who don’t, Mease said. “If I have young [Airmen] going to school or finishing their degrees, they are more apt to be put in for awards, given different positions and presented more responsibilities” she said. “Education speaks volumes for their dedication level.” Even with all the benefits, both tangible and intangible, Mease said some Airmen are still reluctant to take those first steps to higher education. SEE MENTORING PAGE 7


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MENTORING FROM PAGE 6 “A lot of Airmen are afraid,â€? she said. “They are right out of high school, and brand new to higher education. I try and take them with me to the Education OfďŹ ce so they can see what the counselors can offer them.â€? Mease said by physically taking Airmen to a Base Education OfďŹ ce, she ensures they have ďŹ rsthand knowledge of the numerous beneďŹ ts a college degree would afford them. The Langley Air Force Base, Va., Education OfďŹ ce, located at 450 Weyland Road, has information on the various opportunities Airmen can pursue on their path to achieving their educational goals, such as degree counseling, course enrollment and college information. “Sometimes supervisors have to take that extra step,â€? she said. “You’ve got to take the time to take them there.â€? From that ďŹ rst step into the education ofďŹ ce, Mease said Airmen are shown the numerous possibilities an education could provide for them, such as developing future Air Force leaders. “As Air Force leaders we are supposed to be able to speak to different audiences, write different documents and mentor in a variety of different ways,â€? Mease said. “The better educated you are, the easier you are able to do those things.â€? Mease said that Airmen’s goals will likely change as their careers develop. She encourages the junior-enlisted tier to make education a priority early on, and stick with that commitment. “Don’t give up,â€? she said. “Education is a complete investment in yourself and your future. It is never a waste of time.â€?

PARENTS FROM PAGE 4 â– 8. If you experience sore nipples due to breastfeeding, it can help to use lanolin-based cream. For those who choose not to breastfeed, use cool packs in order to alleviate the pain. â–  9. If you opt to not breastfeed, consider wearing a sports bra or other tight ďŹ tting bra. Mothers who do not want to breastfeed will still produce milk. Restriction will help decrease the production of milk. â–  10. Having visitors can be fun, but it might help if you ask them to send any owers or gifts to your house instead of bringing them to the hospital for you. People mean well, but owers and presents for the baby add to the pile of stuff that has to be brought home. â–  11. Although being home is good, it is also the time that hormones shift, and “baby bluesâ€? sets in. It is very common in women who have just delivered; for most, the symptoms subside within two weeks. Even though hormones usually balance themselves out, if you are concerned or notice that your depressive symptoms have worsened, call your doctor. Active-duty military and their spouses who are expecting a child, or who have children up to age three, are eligible for home and ofďŹ ce visits through the New Parent Support Program. The NPSP is voluntary, and is designed to assist new and expectant parents by providing education and information on a variety of topics. For more information, please call NPSP at Langley Air Force Base, Va., at 764-2427, or at Fort Eustis, call 878-0807




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By Senior Airman Jarad A. Denton 633RD AIR BASE WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS

With her uniform perfectly tailored and spotless, hair precisely within regulations and a warm smile, Chief Master Sgt. Trae King walked into the base library July 24 to speak with students from Airman Leadership School. “When I came in, I just wanted to be a master sergeant,” King said, as she spoke to the class. “I didn’t see any female chiefs, so my goals were limited by what was directly in front of me.” King, who recently assumed responsibility as 633rd Air Base Wing command chief, said in order to create a culture of excellence, Airmen must first meet the standards in place, and then rise above them. She said Airmen need to LOL. “You have to Lead-Out-Loud,” King said. “Don’t say one thing and do something else. I won’t be able to hear what you are saying because I’ll be watching what you are doing.” In order to LOL, King saidAirmen should follow five “R’s.” They need to be ready, resilient, reliable, relevant and resourceful. Throughout her life, King has adopted these leadership tenants on both a personal and professional level. After losing both parents before finishing high school, King said the odds were stacked against her as she grew up in Cleveland. The U.S. Air Force gave her a chance when others had not, allowing her to persevere. “When you don’t have a whole lot of people you can turn to growing up, you have to find creative ways to survive,” she said. “For me, that was the Air Force. It afforded me a family.” The Air Force gave King the structure and guidance she needed to succeed. She followed the path of excellence, demonstrating her readiness at all levels. “I wanted to be the kind of Airman I would want to work with,” she said. Now, King focuses on being the chief that Langley needs. She said she is ready

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Chief Master Sgt.Trae King, 633rd Air BaseWing command chief, speaks with Airman Leadership School students at the Langley Air Force Base library, July 24. King discussed her Lead-Out-Loud, or LOL, style of leadership.

to encourage Airmen, discipline them and even hug them when they need it. One of the most important tenants of her leadership philosophy is resiliency – the ability to bounce back from difficult experiences. “More veterans have died committing suicide than over in Afghanistan,” she said, solemnly. “There is nothing so deep where you should consider taking those kinds of actions.” King said she has experienced her fair share of challenges during her career. But it wasn’t the problems that defined her it was the path she took to persevere. “I wouldn’t change a thing about my life,” she said. “Those hard knocks and disappointments made me better. They made me into who I am today.” Even after 27 years of service, four college degrees (both undergraduate and post-graduate), a suitcase full of leadership courses and a published book of poetry, King feels she is still evolving - still dreaming for bigger and better things. “You have to see yourself doing something bigger,” King said. “You can’t allow the naysayers to dissuade you. Tell people your dreams. When they laugh at you, then you know you’re on the right track.”

King said it’s also important to be surrounded by positive influences, and people who believe and encourage others to dream for a better life. “Birds of a feather really do flock together,” she said, paraphrasing an old saying. “If you flock with eagles, you will fly higher.” By having a plan, and aggressively pursuing her dreams, King has established herself as a reliable pillar within the Air Force community. She has committed herself to excellence every day, and wearing the uniform with pride and distinction. “This is the cloth of our nation,” King said, proudly touching the fabric of her Airman Battle Uniform. “People see this and know the person wearing it is an Airman. I am so proud to be among their ranks and wear this uniform every day.” King said the uniform embodies the various aspects and dimensions an Airman must embrace in order to fully adopt the whole-person concept, and incorporate that into a relevant leadership style. “This cloth is like a quilt,” she said. “Initially, there are so many different pieces all scattered about. But, when they are sewn together it becomes a quilt which can cover the Airman. As a chief, it’s my respon-

“You have to Lead-Out-Loud. Don’t say one thing and do something else. I won’t be able to hear what you are saying because I’ll be watching what you are doing.” — Chief Master Sgt. Trae King

sibility to bring those pieces together, and help create something astonishing.” King describes her leadership style as one of nurturing. She cares for all Airmen, because to her, the Air Force is one big family. As she approaches the end of her career, she hopes her Airmen will remember her for genuinely caring about them, and encouraging them to be resourceful in their development. “I would hope they would remember me for not letting anyone settle for the status quo,” King said. “That I pulled the absolute best out of them, and I was their number-one fan along the way.” She hopes all Airmen have an opportunity to see their completed Air Force quilt, and be proud of how it looks. For King, that moment arrived two weeks ago when President Barack Obama visited Langley. “It all hit home when the president walked down the stairs from Air Force One and was met by this poor little girl from Cleveland who wasn’t expected to be anything – to do anything,” King said. “When that little girl greeted the president as a command chief master sergeant, and he thanked me for my service – that brought everything home. That was the last piece of my quilt.” She smiled broadly again. “I have done my very best to walk in excellence, to set a standard for others,” King said. “I have carved that mantle and taken pride in being a woman of character, and I had fun doing it. I’m not uptight, I love people and I’m happy. And I truly, truly enjoy helping others become the best person they can be.” King has taken her walk in excellence and forged a comprehensive leadership style which she passes along to Airmen. “If you want a stronger force, you must encourage Airmen – with a big ‘A,’ to do better, and set a standard for excellence,” she said. “You must lead better by getting to know and taking care of your folks; and you must be better – physically, academically, spiritually and emotionally. All of that can be achieved, if we... LOL.”

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The 633rd Security Forces Squadron will ticket motorists in violation of the parking rules outlined in the Virginia Codebook, or Langley Air Force Base Instruction 31-204. If you receive a parking ticket and have questions or concerns, call 633rd SFS Reports and Analysis Section at 764-4250.


As a safety issue, and at the request of the Landings at Langley Family Housing neighborhood Mayor's Committee, 633rd Security Forces Squadron Community Policing will step up enforcement of parking supervision beginning Aug. 10. Residents are reminded to park in their driveways, and in areas where on-street parking is permitted. Residents are not Residents are allowed to park within 15 feet of a fire hydrant or a traffic-conreminded to trol device (such as a stop sign) or park in their within 20 feet of an intersection. driveways, and These rules are similar to offin areas where base neighborhoods, and all traffic-enforcement rules that apply on-street parking to the main base also apply to the is permitted. Langley Family Housing area. Cell phone use is also monitored. All of the parking rules are outlined in the Virginia Codebook § 46.2, LABI 31-204, and AFI 31-218 formerly the rescindedAFI 31-204, which can be found online at http://lis., and in Air Combat Command forms and publications, respectively. The 633rd SFS will ticket motorists in violation of the parking rules outlined in the Virginia Codebook or Langley Air Force Base Instruction 31-218. If you receive a parking ticket and have questions or concerns, call 633rd SFS Reports and Analysis Section at 764-4250, or the 633rd SFS Community Policing Section at 764-9855.

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Chilean general tours TRADOC By Amy L. Robinson ARMY NEWS SERVICE

The commandant of the Chilean Education and Doctrine Command spent some time with his American counterparts at U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command to meet with leaders and learn more about the command during a visit here July 24 to 26. Lt. Gen. Bosco Pesse’s time at TRADOC was part of a larger visit, which included time at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation at Fort Benning, Ga., and an upcoming visit to the Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. During the two-day visit, Pesse received an overview of the command from Lt. Gen. David Halverson, TRADOC’s deputy commanding general, and toured several facilities, including Initial Military Training, the Training Brain Operation Center and the Army Training Support Center. Pesse said the visit was very helpful and provided an opportunity to look

at many different options for training and processes, which in turn could be helpful to the Chilean army during its time of transformation – a modernization that has taken place throughout the last 15 years. “We are living in a very uncertain world, and we need leaders that are adaptable, that are flexible, that can make good decisions…” he said. “And because of this uncertainty, there aren’t any recipes [for leadership]; it’s not in the book.” He noted that regardless of nationality, there are things that must always be taken into account – core values like discipline, loyalty and teamwork. “We call it ‘cimientos’ – when you start building the structure, the foundation,” Pesse said. In addition to discussing processes and exchanging ideas, the general said the visit also provided something much more valuable – strengthening the partnership between the United States and Chile. “To extend our partnership and strong relations that we have kept with the United States, particularly with the

United States Army, for many years – I think that’s probably the most important thing,” he said. Pesse said all the people he met throughout his visit were very helpful and supportive, and he appreciated the open dialogue. Pesse also drew attention to the Army’s focus on caring for its Soldiers. “One of the things that I really got a strong feeling about during my visit here – and at Benning – is the caring about people,” he said. “That’s something I think motivates and helps morale and the respect for everybody.” This visit is one of several ongoing initiatives between the two countries. Past U.S. visitors to Chile include Maj. Gen. Simeon G. Trombitas, the Army South commanding general, and Joseph Westphal, the undersecretary of the Army. Chile and the United States also participate in a number of exchange programs with West Point, the Army War College, WHINSEC and Captains Career Courses.


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Lt. Gen. Bosco Pesse (left), commandant of the Chilean Education and Doctrine Command, thanks Lt. Gen. David Halverson, deputy commanding general of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, during a gift exchange July 25 at TRADOC headquarters. Pesse’s visit to headquarters was part of a larger visit toTRADOC locations, which included a previous visit to Fort Benning, Ga., and was followed by a visit to the Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.


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Construction is underway on a new Warrior in Transition Campus at Fort Eustis, which will greatly improve the recuperative process for wounded warriors assigned to the post’s Warrior Transition Unit. Not only will the new complex provide extensive services for Soldiers, but it will take care of the environment. The campus boasts several cutting-edge technologies designed to diminish its environmental footprint. The Warrior Transition Complex will consist of three primary facilities – a 43,200 squarefoot barracks capable of housing 80 Soldiers, a 16,600 square-foot company administration building that will provide office space for 76 people, and a 7,000 square-foot Soldier and Family Assistance Center to provide familysupport services. U.S. Army Capt. Joseph Robinette, WTUA Company commander, said the new WIT campus is “state-of-the-art,” and will consolidate many resources in one place conveniently across the street from McDonald Army Health Center, where most of the Soldiers’ care is provided. According to Pandora Howell of the 733rd Civil Engineer Division, the new buildings will be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified. LEED is an initiative by the U.S. Green Building Council, which provides ratings for high-performance, environmentally-responsible and resource-efficient buildings. “The company administration building and the SFAC will be LEED Gold-certified, while the barracks will be LEED Platinumcertified, the highest certification offered,” Howell said.

Green buildings – literally The complex incorporates old-growth trees and wetlands with amenities such as sidewalks, walking trails, and an outdoor pavilion. Each building will feature an on-site system to harvest rainwater in underground storage tanks to use in irrigation or in building systems.

1HZ HFRIULHQGO\ :,7 FDPSXV WR SURYLGH ZRUOGFODVV FDUH WR ZRXQGHG ZDUULRUV Harvesting the rainwater will “help meet state and national regulations requiring new construction and designs to manage storm water at the source, allowing the size of detention and retention to be minimized, as well as limiting the impacts of peak runoff flows,” according to Joshua Miller, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project coordinator. Miller said the buildings are also designed to maximize energy efficiency, and reduce impact to the surrounding environment. The SFAC building exhibits a balance between man-made and natural inspiration with its vegetated, green roof. The rooftop features an extensive-type vegetated assembly, which boasts scientifically engineered, low-growth plants over a waterproof membrane. The green roof is more than just a pretty facade. The system protects the roof from direct weather and environmental elements, minimizes storm water runoff, and mitigates urban “heat island” effects by absorbing heat.

Recycling water The barracks buildings will include a greywater recycling and reuse system, representing a first for a standard-design facility. The system will capture water from non-black water sources, such as washing machines, sinks and showers for recycling in an on-site, filtration system. The filtered grey-water will be held in collection tanks, where colored dye will indicate its recycled, non-potable status. From there, the water will be reused for toilets and irrigation. The system reduces water consumption and minimizes the total volume of water delivered to off-site, waste-water treatment fa-

According to Miller, each of the new facilities will feature hot-water boilers or water heaters, supplemented by solar, hot-water systems. These systems will provide at least 30 percent of the hot-water demand by directly renewable, sun-powered means. Rather than implement traditional heating and cooling systems, the buildings will feature high-efficiency, ground-coupled, geothermal heat-exchanger systems. The geothermal equipment will reduce fossil fuel energy consumption by creating a natural give-and-take process cycle with the ground at the site. Heating and cooling will be provided through a “closed-loop system,” which draws or rejects heat directly into the earth through thermal-transfer fluid in a series of underground pipes. All new facilities will feature ultra-efficient, light-emitting diode, or LED lighting. LEDs draw significantly less energy than traditional light fixtures, and reduce the total heat gain of conventional lighting. The LED fixtures will be paired with occupancy sensors, to turn lights on automatically when someone enters the room, and shuts it off after a period of vacancy. “The WIT Complex illustrates significant progress in sustainable goals by the Project Development Team. The facility will not only meet its commitment to Soldiers by providing a high-quality, recuperative environment, but also to the natural habitat by integrating energy efficient, environmentally-friendly design techniques,” said Miller. “This is direct proof that the Army cares about its wounded, injured and ill Soldiers, and has a long-term commitment to their care and overall well-being,” added Robinette. “Even during a time of downsizing, millions of dollars across the nation are being used for WTU projects.” Robinette said the unit plans to occupy the new campus somewhere between December 2012 and February 2013.

RIGHT: Construction workers remove dirt with an excavator at the new ecofriendly Warrior in Transition campus.The new buildings will be high-performance, environmentally responsible and resource-efficient buildings. BELOW:The newly installed Soldier and Family Assistance Center vegetated roof protects the building from direct weather and environmental elements. The SFAC’s vegetated roof also minimizes storm water runoff, and mitigates urban “heat island” effects by absorbing heat.

cilities, therefore using less energy and pollutants in the water cycle process.

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LEFT: A construction worker installs a window on one of the new eco-friendly Warrior in Transition campus buildings July 12, at Fort Eustis. The Warrior Transition Complex will consist of three primary facilities - a 43,200 squarefoot barracks capable of housing 80 Soldiers, a 16,600 square-foot company administration building that will provide office space for 76 people and a 7,000 square-foot Soldier and Family Assistance Center.

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In front of an enthusiastic crowd eager to witness presentation of the ďŹ rst medals of the London Olympic Games, Jamie Gray, wife of a U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit Soldier, competed in womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 10-meter air riďŹ&#x201A;e June 28, at the Royal Artillery Barracks. Gray, a two-time Olympian, ďŹ nished ďŹ fth after making the ďŹ nal in the event for her second consecutive Olympics. She shot a qualiďŹ cation score of 397 followed with a ďŹ nal round of 102.7 for an overall score of 499.7, a little more than three points behind Chinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Siling Yi, who prevailed with 502.9 points. Sylwia Bogacka of Poland won the silver medal with 502.2 points, and was followed by bronze medalist Dan Yu of China with 501.5. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Personally I think I shot 39 great shots,â&#x20AC;? said Gray, who ďŹ nished fourth in air riďŹ&#x201A;e at the 2008 Beijing Games. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ask for more than that. I knew I had to have a great ďŹ nal to have a chance. Bottom line is you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t win a medal with a 397. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not good enough at the Olympics.â&#x20AC;? The day was a roller coaster of sorts for Gray, who is married to Staff Sgt. Hank Gray. After an equipment problem had her scurrying for tools and a quick ďŹ x, she started with a perfect 100 before shooting a 99 and a 98. Two of the three dropped shots were 9.9s, meaning she missed two more 10s by mere millimeters. On the outside looking in with 10 shots to go, Gray nailed all 10 in the center ring, putting her into a ďŹ vewoman shoot-off for the four remaining spots in the eight-person ďŹ nale. Among those in the shoot-off were U.S. teammate Sarah Scherer, and good friend Katerina Emmons, the 2008 Beijing gold medalist in the event who hails from the Czech Republic. All three women made the ďŹ nal. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Of course I was pulling for all three of us to make it,â&#x20AC;? Gray said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At the same time my focus was on my own shooting, so I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t worry about what they were doing.â&#x20AC;?

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Jamie Gray competes in the 10-meter air riďŹ&#x201A;e match, July 28, at the Royal Artillery Barracks in East London. It was the ďŹ rst medal event of the games of the 30th Olympiad. Gray, wife of a U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit Soldier, ďŹ nished in ďŹ fth place overall, and now sets her sights on three-position riďŹ&#x201A;e, which will take place August 4.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always been a ďŹ ghter. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had her on the team since she was 16. She exhibited that toughness back then and still does.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Maj. Dave Johnson U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program and USA Shooting riďŹ&#x201A;e coach

Heading into the ďŹ nal, Gray, a native of Lebanon, Pa., was in sixth place, but only one point out of medal contention. After the ďŹ rst three shots, she found herself in eighth place along with an old back problem that started to ďŹ&#x201A;are up. Similar to the qualiďŹ cation round, she forged ahead and clawed back into contention with a solid string of shots, but time ran out on her quest for a medal. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always been a ďŹ ghter,â&#x20AC;? said Maj. Dave Johnson, the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program and USA Shooting riďŹ&#x201A;e coach. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had her on the team since she was 16. She

exhibited that toughness back then and still does.â&#x20AC;? Europe is known as the home of shooting, and the locals did not disappoint. The atmosphere was more ďŹ tting for an NCAA Final Four game as the sold-out crowd made for a scene like no other in shooting sports. Music blared while the ďŹ nalists prepared for the ďŹ nal round and spectators from around the globe waved their national ďŹ&#x201A;ags. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The crowd was amazing,â&#x20AC;? Gray said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have that outside of a ďŹ nal in our sport in the States. It was awesome. I think it would be awesome if every match was like that.â&#x20AC;? The mission now for Gray and the coaches is to move on and refocus her attention to her next event, womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s three-position riďŹ&#x201A;e. Gray will have to wait seven days before getting another chance at a medal, which is a blessing in disguise because of her recurring back pain. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great to have a break and try to get that under control,â&#x20AC;? Gray said, referring to her back pain. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am excited to get on the range tomorrow, get some range time and get in positions again now that air gun is over.â&#x20AC;?

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TCAA awards hall-of-fame status to Fort Eustis CWO By Ted A. Cimral US ARMY TRANSPORTATION CORPS AVIATION ASSOCIATION

The U.S. Army Transportation Corps Aviation Association awarded its highest honor, the Hall of Fame Award, to retired Chief Warrant OfďŹ cer 4 Walter J. Schramm July 28, in New Kent, Va. Schramm was born in Germany in 1930, and at the age of 14 he joined the Home Guard. At only 15, he was drafted into the German Army (Wehrmacht) to ďŹ ght against the Soviet advance on Berlin. He was captured by the Soviets after vigorous ďŹ ghting, and spent time as a Soviet prisoner of war. Upon his release, he walked several hundred kilometers to enter the American sector of Germany at Bamberg. In Germany, Schramm worked for the American forces and was befriended by a U.S. Army major, who sponsored his emigration to the United States in 1950. Shortly after his arrival, he was drafted in the U.S. Army to ďŹ ght in the Korean War. Schramm decided to continue his career in the military, and he volunteered for helicopter ďŹ&#x201A;ight school at Fort Wolters, Texas, in 1954. He became an Army warrant ofďŹ cer, and learned to ďŹ&#x201A;y various Army helicopters. He trained at Fort Eustis to become an Aviation Maintenance OfďŹ cer, and served in numerous aviation and aircraft maintenance units in both the United States and Europe. He saw intense ďŹ ghting in Vietnam while serving with the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) in 1967, and volunteered several times to ďŹ&#x201A;y into hot landing zones to deliver critical ammunition supplies, and to evacuate wounded Soldiers. For his bravery, he became one of the Armyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most highly-decorated Soldiers



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of the war, earning the Silver Star, two Distinguished Flying Crosses and 23 Air Medals, one with a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Vâ&#x20AC;? device. Schramm served another year in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division, but this time he was assigned to a Transportation Corps Aircraft Maintenance Battalion as the quality control ofďŹ cer, an instructor pilot and as a maintenance test pilot. This is only the third time the TCAA Hall of Fame Award has been awarded. It was presented at the annual TCAA Reunion at the Colonial Downs race track. Schramm, now age 82, and his wife reside in Bamberg, Germany, while his two daughters live in the United States.



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A group of 55 members of the Defense Orientation Conference Association traveled to Fort Eustis, Va., July 30 to learn more about how U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command trains Soldiers in defense of the nation, and how the command is helping design the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ground force of the future. DOCA is a nonproďŹ t, educational association of citizens representing a range of industries, professions, media organizations and various levels of state government who travel to learn about important aspects of each branch of service. The programâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal is to provide its members â&#x20AC;&#x201C; who represent large segments of the American public â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a better understanding of military posture. However, the association does not advocate for particular military service or concept. Members travel to installations such as Fort Eustis to receive brieďŹ ngs from senior military leaders and tour training facilities. During their visit to TRADOC headquarters, Gen. Robert W. Cone, TRADOCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commanding general, explained how the command provides trained and ready Soldiers for war, and shapes the structure of both the current and future Army. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As long as we have Soldiers in harmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

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U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Ron Bolinsky (left), committee chief in charge of Initial EntryTraining students, 128th Aviation Brigade, explains the process of what it takes to operate an AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopter at a Felker Army AirďŹ eld hangar to Trent Di Giulio, Defense Orientation Conference Association member, during DOCAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s visit to Training and Doctrine Command, July 30 at Fort Eustis.

way, my priority is to make sure they receive the best training possible,â&#x20AC;? Cone said. Cone said TRADOC trains nearly 600,000 Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen, civilians and international soldiers in 1,400 courses, and the command is making great progress in improving the educational experience through the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Army Learning Model.â&#x20AC;?

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riences, supplemented by simulators and gaming technologies. After the brieďŹ ng, DOCA members saw the Army Learning Model in action at both the Army Transportation School Maritime Simulation Training Facility and the 128th Aviation Brigadeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s AH-64D Longbow Attack helicopter training facility. Standing inside an aircraft hangar at Fort Eustisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Felker Army AirďŹ eld, surrounded by AH-64D training models, one DOCA member shared his enthusiasm for the Armyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new approach to training. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really... had no idea this would be so exciting,â&#x20AC;? said C. Michael Shyne of Alamogordo, N.M., president of the Westsource Corporation. Carl Neisser of Costa Mesa, Calif., is the president of Neisser Company, Inc., and a former sailor. He shared the same level of enthusiasm when asked what the dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s highlight was for him. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The ďŹ&#x201A;ight simulator,â&#x20AC;? Neisser said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are 2,000 pages available on the screen. The highlighted stuff stands out in green. All you have to do is touch the screen to learn to troubleshoot speciďŹ c areas of the aircraft. The ease of access to this information is incredible.â&#x20AC;? According to the command, TRADOC is leading the Armyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s transition into the future by shaping the Army of 2020, developing adaptive leaders and organizations, modernizing equipment and revolutionizing training.

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JBLE enforces new gate policy designed to promote base safety By Senior Airman Jarad A. Denton

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Candace Lowe, 633rd Security Forces Squadron installation entry controller, provides security at Langley Air Force Base, Aug. 1. Security personnel actively check incoming vehicles for outstanding warrants, and sometimes refer the drivers to local law enforcement.


Individuals looking to gain access to Fort Eustis or Langley Air Force Base, Va., should ensure they don’t have any outstanding warrants or multiple felony convictions; otherwise, a simple trip to the commissary could potentially turn into a trip downtown in handcuffs. In an effort to deter individuals with warrants from attempting to access the installations, Joint Base Langley-Eustis has implemented a 100 percent identification check at all access points. Through a strong partnership with local law enforcement, Security Forces and Military Police Service members are able to restrict base access to people who may cause harm to the people or assets of JBLE. Military Police and Security Forces Service members are checking the occupants of incoming vehicles for active warrants and other indicators, and denying occupants access – in some cases referring them to local law enforcement. “This policy is designed to protect national security, [Department of Defense] family members and sensitive information,” said U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Fredrick Sullivan, Fort Eustis military police officer. “We also have a lot of children here, and don’t want someone with criminal intent around them.” For contractors or civilians requiring access to the base, they must also process through a checkpoint which checks their ID. If the check flags the individual as having active warrants, they will be notified of the warrant by either Security Forces or Military Police, who verifies if the warrant has an extradition requirement. If the individual must be extradited, local law enforcement is contacted to come retrieve the individual. Along with active warrants, individuals with gang affiliations will be automatically denied base access. The same policy exists for Service members. However, the first step is to contact the individual’s chain of



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command to notify them of the issue if extradition is required. Additionally, individuals may be denied base access if they have two or more felony convictions in their life. Individuals may also be denied if they have been convicted of any of the following crimes: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Abduction Aiding and abetting a felon Assault with a deadly weapon Child pornography Violations of protective orders Failure to register as a sex offender Stalking Murder Manslaughter Attempted murder Possession of weapons of mass destruction Impersonation Terrorist threats against the government or government buildings Aggravated sexual assault or rape Child molestation Espionage Sedition Treason Violence at international airports Conspiracy or attempt to commit any of the previously listed crimes

Furthermore, if an individual has been convicted of any of the following crimes within the past five years, they will be denied base access. • Arson


• Extortion • Bribery • Threatening to bomb a government building • Illegal sale, distribution, importation or manufacture of explosives or weapons • Kidnapping or hostage-taking • Sexual assault or battery • Registered sexual offender • Armed robbery • Illegal possession or use of an explosive or weapon • Distribution or intent to distribute a controlled substance • Conspiracy or attempt to commit any of the above offenses • Gang affiliation

“These policies make the base safer,” said Master Sgt. George Moore, 633rd Security Forces Squadron noncomissioned officer in-charge of pass and registration. “It makes JBLE a hard target. Our security is already tight, since every Airman is a sensor This just adds to it.” The end result of this policy is to keep JBLE personnel safe and secure, said Sullivan. “My advice would be ‘don’t try it,’” said Sullivan. “JBLE is full of Service members sworn to uphold and defend the Constitution. We don’t need people with active warrants possibly jeopardizing our mission.” For more information on the policy, refer to Air Force Instruction 31-113.


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LAFBCommunity Langley-Eustis Appreciation Day The Langley Air Force Base Community Center will host Langley-Eustis Appreciation Day today from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the soccer fields.There will be free food and activities for children, such as bouncy castles and temporary tattoos, and adults, such as an obstacle course and volleyball. For more information, call the Community at 757-764-2983.

Tax Center volunteers needed The Langey Air Force BaseTax Center is looking for any retired Service members interested in volunteering with the program. Training will take place in late Fall or early Winter. Interested applicants should call the Legal Office at 757-764-3277, and ask for the Tax Center Volunteer Coordinator.

Discounted tuition available Hampton University College of Continuing Education is offering discount tuition and no application fees for military and their dependents. Registration for the Fall I Session, is between Aug. 6 and Oct. 5, and Fall II Session, is between Oct. 15 and Dec. 14, for on-base, distant-learning and online courses. All courses are transferrable to the Community College of the Air Force degree. For more information, speak with a Hampton University representative in Room 120 at the Langley Education Center, or call 757-7661369 or 757-727-5773.

Boss and Buddy Night The Langley Club is hosting Boss and Buddy Night, Aug. 10 from 4 to 6 p.m. There will be international beer special, a DJ, snacks and more. For more information, call the Langley Club at 757-766-1361.

Wounded Warrior Benefit The Wounded Warriors Benefit is scheduled for Aug. 18 at the White Oak Lodge, Hampton, Va. The event will include live music, food raffles, auctions and more. Volunteers are needed. For more information, call Scott Pritchett at 757-329-2750.

School and sports physicals available The 633d Medical Group will be holding special School/Sports Physical Days 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 These appointments will address specific needs for children enrolling in school and/or

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For more information, visit www.sos-walk. org, or call Tech. Sgt. Randy Redman at (757) 764-5701.

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The Langley Club is hosting the End of Summer Bash, August 22 from 5 to 7 p.m. There is a $2 entrance fee for members and a $10.95 fee for non-members. For more information, call the Langley Club at 757-766-1361.

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.

FSS pool openings ■ 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 on Wednesdays. ■ The Shellbank Fitness Center Outdoor Pool, located next to the Community Center, will be open through Aug. 24. The hours of operation are noon until 6 p.m., Friday to Wednesday. The pool is closed on Thursdays. 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 Aug. 31 until Sept. 3, the Shellbank Fitness Center Outdoor Pool will be open noon until 6 p.m., Friday through Monday.

Troops To Teachers briefing Are you Retiring/Separating from the military and interested in becoming a teacher? The Troops 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, Virginia Troops to Teachers, 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.

Suicide Awareness Walk The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is holding the seventh annual Out Of Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk at Mount Trashmore in Virginia Beach Saturday, Sept. 8 at 8:30 a.m. This is the community’s walk to promote good mental health, awarenness of the disease of depression; prevent the tragedy of suicide; and for some, it’s also an opportunity to remember loved ones lost. In case of severe weather, the walk will be held on Sept. 15.

48th Squadron reunion The 48th Squadron Associate is hosting a reunion for Airmen who served with the 48th Aero Squadron, 48th School Squadron, 48th Pursuit Squadron, 48th Fighter Squadron, 48th Fighter Interceptor Squadron or 48th Flying Training Squadron, Sept. 19 through 23. Registration begins Sept. 19, 4 p.m. at the Point Plaza Suites at City Center, Newport News, Va. For more information, contact Bob Maurice at, or visit http://48th

633rd Dental Squadron accreditation The American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation is conducting an accreditation site visit for the 633rd Dental Squadron’s dental residency program Nov. 2. The Commission requests written comments from interested parties such as faculty, students, program administrators, Commission consultants, specialty and dental related organizations, patients, and consumers. All comments submitted must pertain only to the standards relative to the particular program being reviewed or policies and procedures used in the accreditation process. Third party comments are solicited by CODA until 60 days prior to the scheduled review.

Hispanic Mass Misa en Español, todos los domingos del mes a las 4 p.m. en la Parroquia Nuestra Señora Reina de la Paz, Regimental Memorial Chapel. Todos Son Bienvenidos!

Young Adults’ Bible Study A bible study intended for college-age participants is held each Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. until noon at the Religious Center, 1792 1st St. in Bethel Housing. Our current series is titled; “Basic” by Francis Chan.There will be refreshments. For more information, contact David Rasbold at 764-0992 or 764-7847.

Langley Theater Schedule Friday, 7 p.m. NO SHOW Saturday, 2 p.m. Brave (PG) Brave follows the heroic journey of Merida, a skilled archer and headstrong daughter of King Fergus and Queen Elinor. Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the unruly and uproarious lords of the land. Merida’s actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric Witch for help, she is granted an illfated wish. The ensuing peril forces Merida to harness all of her skills and resources – including her clever and mischievous triplet brothers – to undo a beastly curse before it’s too late. Saturday, 7 p.m. Ted (R) “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane brings his boundary-pushing brand of humor to the big screen for the first time as writer, director and voice of “Ted.” In the live action/CG-animated comedy, he tells the story of John Bennett, a grown man who must deal with the cherished teddy bear who came to life as the result of a childhood wish and has refused to leave his side ever since. Sunday, 2 p.m. NO SHOW Movie synopsis and show time information is available online at www. ReelTimeTheaters/Movies-Langley.htm.

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EustisCommunity Movies Under the Stars Come out and join us for a free showing of “War Horse” at the Movies Under the Stars series 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.

Summary Court Officer Maj. Chris Fuhriman, 128th Aviation Brigade, is detailed as the Summary Court Officer to secure and make proper disposition of the personal effects of Staff Sgt. Timothy M. Vastine. Anyone having knowledge of money or property due to the deceased or claims against the deceased estate, contact Fuhriman at (757) 878-4370.

Soldier and Family Readiness Soldier and Family Readiness (ACS) classes and briefings for August will include: ■ Back-to-School Block Party – Aug. 14, 4 to 6 p.m. Community information, crafts, family activities, child development screenings, and free food will be provided at General Stanford Elementary School, Bldg. 929, Madison Ave. For more information, call 878-3638 or 328-0691. ■ Budgeting – Aug. 14, and 28; 9 to 10 a.m. Are you tired of living paycheck to paycheck? Need a financial “check-up?” We will teach you the basics of developing a written plan while setting goals for a successful financial future. ■ Car Buying Tips – Aug. 22, 5:15 to 6:45 p.m. Come out and learn everything you need to know about buying a new or used car, financing and insurance. ■ Command Team Spouses Course – Aug. 23-24, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This course is designed for individuals who are spouses of company commanders, first sergeants, advanced individual training platoon leaders, etc. Topics will include Roles and Expectations, Becoming Part of the Unit, Customs and Courtesies, Crisis and Coping, Social Media and more. Hourly childcare is available for participants who register with Child,Youth and School Services byThursday. All other registrations are due by Aug. 16. For more information, call Donna Cloy at 878-3129. ■ Credit Reports –Tuesday, Aug. 21, and 23; 9 to 10 a.m. Are you looking to improve your credit score prior to making that big purchase? Need a starting point? This class covers everything that you need to know about credit reports and FICO scores. All attendees will receive a free FICO score and credit analysis. ■ Effective ResumeWriting – Aug. 17, 9 a.m. to noon. Learn the skills necessary to assess work experience and job accomplishments. Assistance will be provided for preparation of a chronological resume.


Submit Eustis Community announcements to ■ Federal Employment Search – Aug. 23, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Instruction will include an overview of the federal employment system and step-bystep instructions on applying for federal positions. Participants will also have an opportunity to ask questions of a human resources specialist. ■ Financial Management – Aug. 24, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Learn the practical approach to financial management so that you can gain control over your finances and manage your money more effectively. The class will cover financial goal-setting, saving, credit, debt, and types of insurance. ■ Job Information Briefing – Aug. 13, 20, and 27; 10 to 11 a.m. Attendees will learn job search strategies including employer websites, online job boards and vacancy announcements. ■ Multi-cultural Support Group – Aug. 16, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. We will teach you how to connect multi-cultural families to the military through support and fellowship. ■ Newcomers Briefing – Aug. 15, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Come and learn essential information about installation and community resources. Soldiers are highly encouraged to attend; spouses and civilians are cordially invited. This event will include prizes, an information fair and optional windshield tour (when available). ■ SponsorshipTraining – Aug. 16, 2 to 3 p.m. Do you need information on how to become an effective unit sponsor?This training can be completed in the classroom or online at www.apps. All classes and briefings will take place in Bldg. 650, Monroe Ave. For more information, call 878-3638.

Teen life-skills training The Regimental Memorial Chapel will host “Motivating the Teen Spirit,” a free life-skills training workshop for teens, Aug. 16-17 from 9 a.m. to 5 the chapel, Bldg. 923, Lee Blvd. The workshop is open to teens ages 1219 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.

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Family Advocacy Safety Education Seminar – Aug. 16, 10 a.m. to noon. FASES 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 is open to anyone on post who is interested in learning more about these topics. No children please. ■ Raising Resilient Children – Aug. 17, 10 to

11 a.m. This class is offered in conjunction with the Parent to Parent Program. ■ Relaxation andTips for Stress Management – Aug. 23, 1 to 2 p.m. ■ Anger Management –Tuesdays, 1 to 2:30 p.m. (ongoing). Do you find yourself fuming when someone cuts you off in traffic? Does your blood pressure go through the roof when your child refuses to cooperate? Anger is a normal and even healthy emotion, but it’s important to deal with it in a positive way. All classes will take place at Bldg. 213, Calhoun St. To register, call 878-0807.

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Music Under the Stars The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Band is hosting its 80th season of Music Under the Stars summertime concertsThursday evenings at 7 p.m. at Fort Eustis’ Magnolia Park (overlooking the James River).The schedule is: ■ Thursday – Jazz Side of the Moon ■ Aug. 16 – Tropical Rhythm ■ Aug. 23 – This is Country Music ■ Aug. 30 – Overture 1812 (rain date is Sept. 6) The concerts are free and open to the public. Non-DoD ID cardholders must use the Fort Eustis main gate to secure a pass. Valid vehicle registration, proof of insurance and a photo ID are required for access. For more information, call 501-6944.

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 through Wednesday is: Today – ranges RD, 2, 3 (7 a.m. to 4 p.m.); Saturday – no scheduled ranges; Sunday – no sheduled ranges; Monday – ranges RD, 2 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.); Tuesday – ranges RD, 2, 3, 5 (7 a.m. to 4 p.m.); Wednesday – ranges RD, 1, 2, 3, 6 (7 a.m. to 4 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.

School and sport physical exams School and sport physical exams are available at McDonald Army Health Center’s Pediatric and Family Health clinics by appointment only. Appointments may be scheduled for Monday-Saturday through Sept. 15. Call the Hampton Roads Appointment Center at (866) 645-4584 to schedule an appointment (up to 28 days in advance). For more information, visit http://mcdonald.

Friday, 7 p.m. NO SHOW Saturday, 4 p.m. Brave (PG) Brave follows the heroic journey of Merida, a skilled archer and headstrong daughter of King Fergus and Queen Elinor. Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old-custom sacred to the unruly and uproarious lords of the land. Merida’s actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric witch for help, she is granted an illfated wish. The ensuing peril forces Merida to harness all of her skills and resources – including her clever and mischievous triplet brothers – to undo a beastly curse before it’s too late. Saturday, 7 p.m. Military Appreciation Free Movie Screening (R) Sunday, 2 p.m. NO SHOW Movie synopsis and show time information is available online at


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Sales Tax Holiday The Virginia Department of Taxation’s Sales Tax Holiday for school supplies takes place today through Sunday. Qualifying school supplies selling for $20 or less per item, and clothing and footwear selling for $100 or less per item will be exempt from sales tax. Qualifying purchases include binders, calculators, book bags, dictionaries, lunch boxes, musical instruments and accessories, reference books, textbooks, coats, dresses, jeans, athletic and nonathletic jerseys, shoes and uniforms. For a complete listing of qualifying purchases, visit

Peninsula Fine Arts Center ■ Free AdmissionWeekend – Pfac’s free admission weekend is scheduled for Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Children can explore their creativity in the “Hands on for Kids” gallery. Self-guided activities will include self portraits, creating geometric shape pictures, building a sculpture with blocks, chalk board drawing, and experimenting with shapes and colors on the light table. ■ Wacky Wednesday – Come out and enjoy storytelling, magic, games, and arts and crafts with Daisy the Clown at Pfac’s “Wacky Wednesday” celebration Wednesday from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Daisy will present an entertaining and engaging Silly Storytime version ofThe Gingerbread Man. This event is free for Pfac members; $3 for non-members. ■ Sunday Funday: Clowning Around – Daisy the Clown will help children find their inner clown Aug. 12 from 1 to 4 p.m. Daisy will discuss the history of clowning, and children will learn and perform a skit. The activity will take place inside; participants should wear light weight clothing. This event is free for Pfac members; $3 for nonmembers. ■ Clay Camp for Teens and Adults – Participants can explore clay by creating a simple hand built project or taking a spin on the potter’s wheel Aug. 15, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. An experienced instructor will provide options and assistance; all materials will be supplied. Clay projects can be fired for later pick-up. The cost is $35 for Pfac members; $45 for non-members. 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 val-

Mars Midnight Madness Interested in exploring NASA’s next mission to Mars? The Virginia Air & Space Center will host Mars Midnight Madness on Sunday starting at 11 p.m. Attendees can view NASA’s coverage of the Mars Science Laboratory landing in the IMAXTheater beginning at 1 a.m. Hands-on activities will include creation of an “egg” Mars lander, MarsQuest scavenger hunt, stargazing, programmable Lego Mindstorm rover, Space Freeze demonstration, liquid nitrogen ice cream and the Mars Landing Simulator. The cost is $10 per person; $8 for NASA employees and contractors. Due to limited seating, advanced tickets are encouraged. Purchase tickets online at or call 727-0900, ext. 703. The Virginia Air & Space Center is located at 600 Settlers Landing Rd., Hampton. For more information, call 727-0900. Information on the upcoming landing of NASA’s Curiosity rover on Mars is available at

id 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

Hampton History Museum “Opening Hampton’s Vaults: Newly Revealed Artifacts,” is a new exhibition taking place Aug. 11 through Nov. 16 at the Hampton History Museum, 120 Old Hampton Lane, Hampton. The exhibit will showcase artifacts that illustrate the town’s cultural, political and military history. Many of the items were donated by local citizens and have never been on display. Admission is $5 (adults); $4 (seniors, active-duty military, children ages 4-12, and NASA and AAA members); and free for children under age 4. Hours are Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. For more information, call 727-1610 or visit

Pastimes of Colonial Virginia Pastimes of Colonial Virginia, games and amusements of the 17th and 18th centuries, will be the focus of interpretive programs at Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center living-history museums in August. At Jamestown Settlement, visitors can try a variety of games and activities used by early Virginians to pass the time and develop important skills. In the re-created Powhatan Indian village, visitors can test their aim by pitching corncob darts through hoops. On board one of the three replica ships, historical interpreters will discuss how the first per-

manent English colonists played draughts (checkers), backgammon and cards. In the re-created 1610-14 colonial fort, visitors can ride wooden hobby horses, roll a hoop with a stick and play ninepins, a bowling game. Optional 90-minute orientation tours of the outdoor interpretative areas begin each hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. At the Yorktown Victory Center, a museum of the American Revolution, visitors to the re-created Continental Army encampment can learn how soldiers used board games for entertainment during the war, including Nine-men’s Morris, cards and dice. At the re-created 1780s farm, visitors can spin whirligigs on a string, try to scoop a ball into a cup, jump rope and play trap ball. Visitors can save 20 percent on admission with a combination ticket to both museums: $20 (adults) and $10 (children ages 6-12). Parking is free. Admission to Jamestown Settlement is $15.50 (adults) and $7.25 (children ages 6-12). Admission to the Yorktown Victory Center is $9.75 (adults) and $5.50 (ages 6-12). Additional ticket and package options and online specials are available with other Williamsburg area attractions. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Aug. 15. Jamestown Settlement is located on Route 31 just southwest of Williamsburg. The Yorktown Victory Center is located on Route 1020 in Yorktown. For more information, call 253-4838 or toll free at (888) 593-4682, or visit www.

Free Family Films at City Center Newport News Parks, Recreation and Tourism is offering free “Family Films by

the Fountain” at the City Center Fountain Plaza in August. Film-themed fun will start at 7 p.m. with pre-show entertainment and hands-on activities. All films will begin at 8:30 p.m. The schedule is: ■ Saturday – The Muppets ■ Aug. 11 – Despicable Me ■ Aug. 18 – Hook ■ Aug. 25 – Kung Fu Panda 2 More information is available by calling 926-1400.

Classic Films at the Hermitage The Hermitage Museum and Gardens is showing classic films on the back lawn during its Friday Night Films summer series. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. with films beginning at 9 p.m. Admission is free for museum members, $5 for non-members. Guests are invited to bring a blanket and/ or chairs as well as a picnic dinner. The film schedule is: ■ Today – Hud (1963) ■ Aug. 10 – Singin’ in the Rain (1952) ■ Aug. 24 – The Wizard of Oz (1939) The museum is located at 7637 North Shore Rd., Norfolk. Forty-five minute guided tours are offered, on the hour, of fifteen galleries filled with art, furniture and more. The Visual Arts Studio houses classrooms, a complete ceramics studio, and darkroom photography facilities. Admission is free for museum members, children under 6 and active duty military. Regular admission is $5 (adults); $2 (ages 6-18); and $3 (students). Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays; and closed Wednesdays and Thursdays. For more information, call 423-2052, ext. 208 or visit

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U.S. Army Lt. Gen. David Halverson (right) recently hosted the U.S. Army’s Training and Doctrine Command Band Change of Command ceremony in Magnolia Park at Fort Eustis, Va. Maj. Leonel Pena, left, assumed command from Maj. Scott McKenzie as part of the Music Under the Stars Concert.

U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Patrick Brooks (right), with the 7th Signal Command, presents the non-commissioned officers’ sword to Command Sgt. Maj. Ricky Wallace, who is the incoming senior enlisted leader of the 93rd Brigade, during a change of responsibility ceremony at Fort Eustis, July 27.Traditionally, the NCO sword represents a symbol of position of responsibility over an entire unit.

/DQJOH\ $LUPHQ SDUWLFLSDWH LQ &%51( H[HUFLVH U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Misty Smith, 633rd Aerospace Medicine Squadron Wing Evaluation ExerciseTeam member, observes and evaluates inspectors searching for simulated food contamination during a terrorist use of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosive exercise, July 26 at Langley Air Force Base.The four-hour exercise evaluated the 633rd Air Base Wing’s ability to react and respond to a possible CBRNE event. INSET: U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Derek Guess, 633rd Aerospace Medicine Squadron public health technician, stores samples of simulated food contaminants. Guess participated as a member of the sampling team, working jointly with 633rd Air Base Wing observers and inspectors throughout the exercise.

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Crimes, mistakes and misunderstandings can have a serious impact on an Airman’s career. The Office of the Area Defense Counsel is dedicated to working on behalf of individual Airmen for everything from administrative paperwork to the preferral of charges in a court-martial. The ADC exists to help these Airmen understand their rights, and help them navigate through the complex legal and administrative process. “We are in your corner,” said Capt. Jennifer Sanchez, one of two Air Force Legal Operations Agency defense counsel stationed at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. “We deal with people who might face jail time or other life-changing events, and we know the consequences.” Along with Capt. Ben Martin, Sanchez provides free, independent legal counsel to Airmen. “We report straight to [Washington] D.C.,” said Sanchez. “We are entirely independent from the base legal office and any base commanders.” This separate chain of command guarantees the ADC cannot be pressured to act against their client’s best interests. Additionally, conversations with the ADC and their defense paralegal, Tech. Sgt. Kassi Crain, are confidential. “People that come to talk with us are usually under stress. It’s important for them to know that even though I am in a uniform, my job is to work for them, and what we talk about is between us,” said Martin. When Airmen seek out their counsel, both Sanchez and Martin have experience to rely upon. “We’ve both deployed, been stationed overseas and prosecuted cases. Our advice to a client about their rights comes

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Unlike television lawyers, the Area Defense Counsel doesn't dramatize; they stick to facts to help Airmen in need.The ADC exists to help Airmen understand their rights, and help them navigate through the complex legal and administrative process.

from experience as a lawyer and an Air Force officer,” said Martin. Those experiences as both prosecutors and defenders can benefit their clients, and also provide a valuable perspective to the client’s commander. “Commanders have to focus on the overall discipline of their unit. We can help them refocus on the individual that’s standing in front of them,” said Martin The most common ADC consultations are for allegations brought under Article 15 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. These charges can vary from driving under the influence and underage drinking, to failure to deploy. In a court-martial, they most often deal with more serious crimes, such as extensive drug use or sexual assault. Physical training failures, charges of dereliction of duty and the failure to complete technical orders are seen often by the ADCs as well. When suspected of an offense, Airmen have the right to request counsel, and the ADC services are free-of-charge. If you or a friend needs help with a case, contact the ADC office at 757-764-5607.

“People that come to talk with us are usually under stress. It’s important for them to know that even though I am in a uniform, my job is to work for them, and what we talk about is between us.” — Capt. Ben Martin Air Force Legal Operations Agency defense counsel

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