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How does JBLE LEAD? Food, games and live music highlight Langley-Eustis Appreciation Day – Page 12


The pain left by one suicide continues to hurt — Page 4


Alleviating children’s deployment-related anxiety — Page 8

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HONORS TRADOC names 2012 NCO and Soldier of the Year — Page 3


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Gen. RobertW. Cone (far left), commanding general of U.S. ArmyTraining and Doctrine Command, andTRADOC Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel Dailey (far right) pose with the TRADOC Soldier of theYear, Spc. Jesse Jacklyn (third from left), Maneuver Center of Excellence, Fort Benning, Ga., and theTRADOC NCO of the Year, Staff Sgt. Brendan Shannon, Maneuver Center of Excellence, Fort Benning, at the Fort Eustis Club Aug. 3.


The winners of the 2012 U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year competition were announced Aug. 3 during a ceremony at the Fort Eustis Club. Staff Sgt. Brenden Shannon was named the TRADOC NCO of the Year, and Spc. Jesse Jacklyn was named the TRADOC Soldier of the Year. Both Shannon and Jacklyn are from the Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, Ga. The four-day competition tested the warriors’ mettle in graded events that included land navigation, “warrior tasks” and battle drills, and a rapid-fire question-and-answer session before a board of four senior NCOs. Shannon, the 2012 TRADOC NCO of the Year, spoke about his feelings after the announcement was made. “I’m excited to win,” he said. “There’s been a higher level of competition every step of the way. I didn’t know where I would place. It felt like it was anyone’s game.” According to Shannon and Jacklyn, they trained together constantly for nearly a year, including weekends. “Preparation is important,” said Jacklyn. “You need to train in order to get yourself mentally and physically ready.”

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Gen. Robert W. Cone, TRADOC commanding general, shared remarks focused on the importance of training. “Training is a journey and not a destination,” said Cone. “You will train your entire career. This is the culture of the United States Army.” One of Shannon’s goals is to be selected as Drill Sergeant of the Cycle. In addition to being the 2012 TRADOC Soldier of the Year, Jacklyn was also named the 2012 Brigade Soldier of the Quarter. Shannon and Jacklyn will represent TRA-

DOC at the Army’s Best Warrior competition this October at Fort Lee, Va. They will compete against 22 top NCOs and Soldiers from across the Army. “We challenged these Soldiers,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel A. Dailey, TRADOC command sergeant major, “and they challenged themselves physically, mentally, and in some cases, even spiritually. I think we found the best Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier to represent TRADOC. ... We train Army professionals, and we are TRADOC.”

Staff Sgt. Brenden Shannon and Spc. Jesse Jacklyn will represent TRADOC at the Army’s Best Warrior competition this October at Fort Lee. They will compete against 22 top NCOs and Soldiers from across the Army.

75$'2& KRVWV 3HUVRQQHO 3URSRQHQF\ $FWLRQ 2I¿FHU WUDLQLQJ U.S. Army Lt. Gen. David D. Halverson (standing), deputy commanding general of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, speaks to Soldiers during a Personnel Proponency Action Officer training course Aug. 7 at Fort Eustis, Va. An open discussion between Halverson and TRADOC personnel kicked off day one of a three-day course, which provided hands-on training on how to properly execute the personnel proponent mission.The three-day curriculum was held for all TRADOC and non-TRADOC branches, and functional-area leadership, in order to provide knowledge on new equipment propositions and mission changes.

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Roughly every 15 minutes, someone in this country dies by suicide, equaling out to more than 36,000 deaths every year.

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Robert“Bubba”Harrington killed himself March 22, and left behind a church packed with friends and family. His friends created a Facebook page to help them through the grieving process.




In the time it takes to read this story someone in the United States will take their own life. Roughly every 15 minutes, someone in this country dies by suicide, equaling out to more than 36,000 deaths every year. For Airman 1st Class Janelle Marsh, a fitness specialist with the 633rd Force Support Squadron at Langley Air Force Base, Va., those 15 minutes ran out when one her best friends from her hometown of Ionia, Mich., hanged himself in his father’s garage, March 22, 2012. His name was Robert Harrington, but his friends all called him “Bubba.” “When I picture it, I see him hanging there,” Marsh said, as she nervously fidgeted with her hands. “I’ve been to his dad’s garage. I can see him standing in the doorway, with the shelves along the wall. The rope is tied to a beam on the

“It’s disturbing to picture someone you know and love doing something like that. I knew him since I was 12, and I still think about him every day.” — Airman 1st Class Janelle Marsh 633rd Force Support Squadron

ceiling, and he’s there – just hanging from it with the ladder next to him.” She paused, still searching for the words. “It’s disturbing to picture someone you know and love doing something like that,” she continued. “I knew him since I was 12, and I still think about him every day.” SEE SUICIDE PAGE 5

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SUICIDE FROM PAGE 4 Marsh heard the news of her friend’s death that Thursday, while at work. By Saturday, she was on a plane headed to Michigan for the funeral, after using money she was going to put toward a car down payment to buy the plane ticket. “I broke down the day I found out,” she said. “But, I didn’t cry at the funeral. I hadn’t been home in a while, so I didn’t think it was my place. I felt like I had to be the one to hold it together.” At the funeral, Marsh said she saw just how many people truly loved Bubba. “He had so many friends, the church ran out of sitting room,” she said, with a sad smile on her face. “Seeing all those people made me realize suicide hurts the people you love more than it hurts you.” She watched as his family all gathered around the open coffin, leaning over to say goodbye. His friends filled the seats and aisles of the church, all trying to understand why someone who had such a great life and so many loved ones felt the only choice he had left was death. Even after three months, the grief has not passed. “So I’m sitting at home,” Shonda Brown wrote on the “We Love Bubba Harrington” Facebook group’s wall, June 22. “Trying to clean but all these pictures in my house make me miss you even more. I will never understand any of this and I’m finally learning to deal with that. It’s just so hard for me to accept. “It has been three months and not a day goes by that I don’t cry, laugh [or] smile because I’m thinking about you. I hurt every day. I’m going through a really rough time right now and I just wish I could talk to you like I always do when I’m feeling down. I miss you like crazy Bubba! And I hope you know how much I love you!” For some, the lack of understanding has led to resentment toward Bubba’s actions, Marsh said. “I see suicide as selfish,” Marsh said. “After it’s done, you can’t be there for the people you hurt. He [Bubba] loved his mom and now he can’t be there to see how much he’s hurt her. His buddies were there to carry him from the church to the hearse. No one wants to carry their friends like that.” Marsh encourages anyone thinking of hurting themselves to stop, and put themselves into the shoes of their loved ones. “There is always another way out,” Marsh said, emphatically. “Committing suicide doesn’t make the pain go away. You may stop hurting, but you hurt everyone you love, and everyone who loves you.”

“He had so many friends, the church ran out of sitting room. Seeing all those people made me realize suicide hurts the people you love more than it hurts you.” — A1C Marsh

While the pain and anger felt by those left behind is still strong, Marsh said it is tempered by remembering the good times people shared with Bubba. “I am always thinking of you,” Pamela Schafer wrote on Bubba’s group, July 2. “I see your face everywhere, I can only imagine how hard it will be when I am back home visiting over the next few months. I still ask why and how... and I’m still a little angry, but I have always and will always love you Bub. You were the greatest friend (brother is God’s way) a girl could ask for.” Marsh said all Bubba left was a letter explaining that he didn’t want to hurt anymore. Looking back, Marsh said she would have done her best to show Bubba there was more to life and so much more to live for. She would have shown him the response he got to a Facebook post he made ten days before he killed himself. Bubba had written he was in a bad place and wanted to spend some time with friends. Marsh said the comments poured in with offers from friends to hang out, or help take his mind off things. But, she said, in the end those comments did not matter – it did not change what he did. “I just keep thinking that I’m never going to see him again,” she said. Robert “Bubba” Harrington was 24 years old when he killed himself. He left a note explaining he was ending his life over a broken heart. He never saw the church packed full of people wanting to say their final goodbyes. He never saw the nearly 300-strong Facebook group, dedicated to immortalizing his life. He never saw the pain his actions left behind. He never saw that through all the pain and sadness, Marsh and her friends have been able to pick themselves up and carry on. “You just have to,” Marsh said. “You have to keep going. There is no trying. There is so much more to life. If you are at rock bottom, then the only place you have left to go is up.”



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I thought I had a fairly complete idea of what leadership meant before I arrived at Hurlburt Field in September 2009 as a new airman out of tech school. To me, being a leader meant being the best at everything. Leaders had no chinks in the armor, and they overcame any challenge. They often swayed others to carry out their vision. Leaders never faltered and never failed. But nearly three years later, I now know I previously had the concepts of leadership completely wrong. I have learned much of this from my supervisors, shop leadership and peers. But one person especially has challenged more about my views on leadership – Master Sgt. Daniel Wilburn, manager of the Air Traffic Control and Landing Systems program at Air Force Special Operations Command Headquarters. Most of my fellow first-term Airmen know him as the below-thezone promotion briefer at the Commando Pride Airmen Center. He is also the senior mentor to Hurlburt Airman’s Voice, where I serve as president, and serves as a presenter during Senior NCO Professional Enhancement seminars. Yet, Wilburn described himself as “fairly wild” and “not a very good Airman” during his early career. “Back then, I never had my focus, and it cost me a lot,” Wilburn said. “But once I found it, I was able to excel quickly. No one has to go through that or pay the price like I paid. That’s why I want people to start this focus early as opposed to much later...” I have learned three major concepts of leadership from working with Wilburn, concepts which have helped me become a better Airman.

Leaders strive to know the needs of their people “When I think of leadership, it is

‘the art of influencing people to move in the right direction,’” Wilburn said. “But it’s more than that – it’s about meeting needs. Everyone around you has needs that they need to have met...You have to be willing to listen and know that you always have to be growing for your people.” I strived to embody this trait as part of Airman’s Voice. Our first act in the council was to ask our fellow Airmen what they wanted from a junior-enlisted organization, and what we could do for them. Based on their responses, we knew everyone wanted BTZ, to win quarterly awards and to find volunteer opportunities. To reflect their interests, my fellow team members and I created our S-C-A-L-E agenda - service, community, activity, leadership and education. We realized the challenge was making any S-C-A-L-E endeavor into the most responsive initiative possible. “That’s part of being a leader--putting people on your back through extrinsic motivation to get something achieved,” Wilburn said. “Once you’ve been through those hard know you can make it through and not fear it. You start to become a fearless leader when you go through those trials yourself.”

Leaders challenge themselves and others to become ‘great’ The quest for leadership is often punctuated with the word “great.” Wilburn noted the different between good and great is not a question of a few letters or a one-time fix; it is a lifetime of dedication. “There’s such a big gap between good and great, like crossing a canyon to get from one side to the other,” Wilburn said. “It’s a lot of things, decisions and a lifetime of effort to go from good to great. It doesn’t just happen here at work, it’s about your character outside of work, too. How you carry yourself and the impact that you make. ” That is a task that can be easier said than done. When I knew

Editor's Note: Mentoring Beyond Borders is a series focused on Airmen from different geographic locations sharing various lessons learned from their mentors. This is the second installment in the series. I wanted to seek a commission in the Air Force, I knew only the best are selected. And since my first day here, I put myself on a path to achieving that as best I could. Among other things, that meant earning the highest rank for an early promotion, having the most volunteer hours compared to my peers and completing my Community College of the Air Force degree and a masters degree before Airman Leadership School. While I had the drive to accomplish these things, none of these achievements would have been possible had I not had peers, supervisors and mentors to challenge me to do so along the way. “People don’t like to be pushed,” Wilburn said. “But one of the things of being a leader is to assess your people and say ‘You’re good, but you’re going to get better.’ Some want to maintain the status quo of just being one of the best. Not the greatest, just one of the best. No matter where they stand initially, I still encourage them to grow.”

Leaders are willing to risk everything, even failure Contrary to my earlier notion of the flawless leader with an undefeated record, leaders may eventually stumble. SEE MENTORING PAGE 7

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MENTORING FROM PAGE 6 I experienced this twice in the last year having been turned down for a commission and missing staff sergeant promotion on my first try. However, I ultimately know that, as Winston Churchill said, “Success is not final; failure is never fatal.” My “failures” weighed heavily on me, largely because of my own expectations. Yet, a lesson of leadership is to learn from one’s failures, and how to bounce back from them. “Don’t be afraid to fail, because you have to learn how to risk things,” Wilburn said. “You can lose all the time, but it’s about re-engaging. I’ve had many trials as a young Airman, and I continue to as a senior NCO. But I know it’s not about how hard you get hit – it’s about what you do afterwards. If you do something that fails, you don’t do it again.”

Pursuit of greatness is tied to one’s ability to take risks “You have to risk a lot to show greatness,” he said. “These leaders are willing to step out there and take things on. They say ‘I’m willing to fail and put myself out there as an opportunity for me to learn and to grow.’

“You might fail at first, but you’ll learn something from it. And if you fail, you pick yourself back up and continue to risk. If it’s bad, it’s bad. I’ll stand tall and take the hit for it, but at least I tried. You have to be willing to own up to your mistakes and give your best to your people.” Finally, Wilburn shared with me that leadership is not measured in achieving awards, degrees or titles; it is about what we learn in the pursuit of our goals, both when we succeed and when we fall short, and how we can inspire others from our examples. “I’ve failed a lot in my career, but I was able to not let it affect me so I could continue to risk and put my best foot forward as best as I knew how,” Wilburn said. “You have to be willing to put yourself out there, fail and get yourself back up so you can risk everything for a chance to be great so others can take that from you and learn that lesson.” And I hope long after I leave Hurlburt Field and perhaps after I become a senior NCO like Master Sgt. Wilburn, I can humbly strive to live up to these leadership ideals he has shown me, so others may learn from my example, as well.

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Photos by Airman 1st Class Teresa Cleveland

Children from Bethel Youth Services interact with “Bob the Firefighter” during Operation: Hero, at Langley Air Force Base, Aug. 1.The 11th annual Operation: Hero event gave children of Airmen insight into what their parents experience during the deployment process.

The din of tiny feet resonated against the concrete floor as children from Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., all ran to experience the different stations and events of Operation: Hero, Aug. 1. This marks the 11th year for Operation: Hero, which focuses on educating children to the reality of deployment, and alleviating the fear associated with it. “We focus on trying to get the kids to understand the deployment process so it isn’t scary for them anymore,” said U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Dawn Chapman, Airman & Family Readiness Center noncommissioned officer in charge of readiness. “We want to make them feel like they are part of the process.” This year, the process included various displays and presentations, giving them a hands-on view of the different career fields in the Air Force. They were also able to process through a mock-deployment line to experience what their parents go through every time they deploy.

U.S.Air Force Master Sgt. Dawn Moninger, 633rdAir BaseWing Safety noncommissioned officer in charge of ground safety, demonstrates the proper way to wear a reflective belt during Operation: Hero. Operation: Hero helped children understand the pre-deployment process by allowing them the opportunity to experience what their parents do prior to deploying.

“It puts it all in perspective in a fun, kid-friendly way,” said Master Sgt. Julie Dandaneau, 633rd Surgical Operations Squadron flight chief of surgical services. “They see this and understand that we don’t just pack our bags and leave when we deploy.” Dandaneau brought her two children, Paige and Jack, to Operation: Hero in order to give them an entertaining look into what the deployment process is like. As both children competed in an obstacle course, Dandaneau watched from the sidelines. “He’s very competitive,” Dandaneau said as she watched her son run through the course, a second behind her daughter. “He’s really trying to beat his sister.” After experiencing several stations at the Static Display Hangar, the children were taken to another building where they were given a safety briefing, which was followed by a medical evaluation – which measured their height and weight. After their evaluation, the children went to a simulated pharmacy, where they received candy medication and a temporary tattoo immunization. Finally, they were able to see a

self-aid and buddy care demonstration, where they were given a small first-aid kit containing band aids, ointment and a custom-made guide. Throughout the process, the excitement and delight shown by the children served as a reminder of why these events are essential. “Seeing the kids’ faces light up when they do the different activities is its own reward,” said Chapman. “They are so happy knowing they can participate and be a part of something their parents are involved in.” Once the deployment line closed down, the foam-dart marksmanship course was packed up and the MRE taste-testing booth had tallied its results, the children all began to head home. However, they were leaving with newfound knowledge, understanding and appreciation for the deployment process, and the sacrifices their parents make in the service of the nation. “This has been fantastic,” said Jackie Bickel, as her son Brandon learned about the inner workings of a fire engine. “It’s given him [Brandon] a chance to see what his Dad does in his job.”

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Haeley Robinson, 30th Intelligence Squadron geospacial intelligence analyst, gives children temporary tattoos during Operation: Hero.The tattoos simulated the immunizations portion of the deployment processing line their parents must go through while preparing for deployments.

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Instead of being taxed on the Thrift Savings Plan after retirement, at a possibly higher rate, federal civilian employees and members of the uniformed services will have the option to convert to a Roth TSP beginning in October 2012. The TSP is a retirement savings plan, similar to 401(k) plans offered by many private employers. It is a deďŹ ned contribution plan, meaning the retirement income an individual receives all depends on how much they put into the account during their work years, and the earnings accumulated over that time. According to Darlene Morgan, personal ďŹ nancial management program manager at the Airmen and Family Readiness Center, traditional TSP contributions are made on a pre-tax basis. A participant defers paying tax on the contributions until the funds are withdrawn. With the Roth option, individuals pay taxes on the funds when they are ďŹ rst contributed. Individuals are able to make tax-free

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Federal civilian employees and members of the uniformed services will have the option to convert to a Roth TSP beginning October 2012. For more information or questions concerning theTSP, members can visit, which gives a comprehensive overview of theTSP, and both theTraditional and Roth options.

withdrawals after certain stipulations are met; the ďŹ rst Roth contributions have been in the account for at least ďŹ ve years, and the individual is at least 59.5 years old. Withdrawals can also be made without penalty if the ďŹ ve year mark is met, and the individual becomes disabled or passes away. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For any member, deciding to use the Roth TSP option depends on where you

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AUGUST 10, 2012 Within the United States, there are roughly 636,000 individuals who can be classified as homeless – of those, about 67,500 are veterans. That means nearly 11 percent of people living on the street or in a shelter were at one time defending this nation with their lives. Graphic by Senior Airman Jarad A. Denton


“Homeless” – the very word stirs a myriad of emotions within people. Speak it aloud within a group of strangers and watch as they avert their eyes, ignore it completely or even walk away. “Homeless,” a bitter word on the tongue of many, is often simply defined as “having no home or permanent place of residence.” Within the United States, there are roughly 636,000 individuals who can be classified as homeless – of those, about 67,500 are veterans. That means nearly 11 percent of people living on the street or in a shelter were at one time defending this nation with their lives. “It can happen to almost anyone,” said Marti Chick-Ebey, Department of Veterans Affairs: Hampton, Va., Medical Center homeless coordinator. “I’ve seen medical doctors, professional drag racers and incredibly successful people - all homeless. It’s very humbling.” Chick-Ebey said there is a stereotype in America which reinforces the belief that homelessness cannot happen to people if they work hard enough. It created a generalized image of the disheveled man with wild hair and an unkempt beard, lying on the street with a Styrofoam cup in his hand, pan-handling for money. “You can be homeless and not be a street person,” Chick-Ebey said. “People who stay

on a friend’s couch for an extended period of time without paying rent, or bouncing from friend to friend are considered homeless.” Further explaining the definition of homeless, Chick-Ebey said it is classified as having four or more episodes within three years, or sustaining one episode of homelessness lasting a year or more. “These are the people invisible to society,” said Dr. Priscilla Hankins, chief of mental health and behavioral science at the Hampton Medical Center. “They are transient, moving from home to home – out of sight. The people passing by on the street wouldn’t even see them.” However, the VA has made it part of their mission to see these people and offer a helping hand. They have organized programs like Housing and Urban Development – VA Supportive Housing, which allocated funds to local public housing authorities. Between 2008 and 2011, these funds provided more than 37,000 vouchers to homeless veterans – getting them off the streets and into a stable living arrangement. “Approximately 436 people in the local area have received vouchers from the HUD-VASH program,” said Lilia Adams, Hampton Medical Center HUDVASH program coordinator. “There are still vouchers available, but an individual must be registered with the VA in order to participate in the program.” SEE HOUSING PAGE 16

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Ten-year-old Annabelle Jennings takes a dive in a dunk tank during the 2012 Langley-Eustis Appreciation Day at Langley Air Force Base, Aug. 3.The event provided an opportunity for military personnel and family members from Langley and Eustis to enjoy food and a wide range of activities.

Volunteers serve food to U.S. military personnel and their family members during LEAD.

The trees and tents provided relief from the baking afternoon sun during the Langley-Eustis Appreciation Day Aug. 3 at Langley Air Force Base, Va. Families hustled through the event grounds, stopping at booths or trying their skills at one of the many games offered. Even after a windy night tore down many of the tents set up for LEAD, the community center and senior non-commissioned ofďŹ cer volunteers persevered and completed repairs before the event kicked off at 11 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had some trouble with the wind for sure,â&#x20AC;? said James Murrell, the community center manager. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But that didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop us!â&#x20AC;? That peppy attitude was shared by volunteers, staff members and participants alike. From riding a mechanical bull to playing in a one-pitch softball tournament, it was hard not to get excited somewhere in the mix.

This was Langleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ rst LEAD, as the name changed from Junior Enlisted Appreciation Day in 2011. Tech. Sgt. Michael Bond, a 36th Intelligence Squadron training manager, attended last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s JEAD and said the change from JEAD to LEAD brought some upgrades. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The live music makes the experience better than last year,â&#x20AC;? said Bond. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love it; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good environment.â&#x20AC;? Live music was provided by the U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blue Aces.â&#x20AC;? For Tech. Sgt. Bennett Weidermann, Blue Aces drummer, this was his ďŹ rst experience with LEAD. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m really glad I got to play,â&#x20AC;? said Weidermann. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m impressed by leadershipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s effort; this is a great chance to blow off steam.â&#x20AC;? Opportunities to blow off steam also came from numerous competitive events, such as volleyball or the three-point shootout area. For some, virtual entertainment appealed more than getting down and dirty in the heat. LEAD featured a fully equipped â&#x20AC;&#x153;gamer busâ&#x20AC;? that

y game allowed participants to play petitors matches against other comp via system-linked game systeems. Senior Airman Jason Bendihnician ly, a LEAD gamer and tech with the 1st Aircraft Mainteenance Squadron, enjoyed his eexperience with the gamer bus beffore he watched his unit compete in a softball tournament. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Playing on the bus beatss playing online,â&#x20AC;? said Bendily. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itt was a great way to kill time beforee I saw my team compete.â&#x20AC;? Children were another focuss of this Bouncy family-oriented experience. B castles, temporary tattoos, caarnival booths and even snow cones were available for everyone. hade or Whether relaxing in the sh ull, Airtaking on the mechanical bu men and their families are aable to hosted look forward to more events h ng that by their leadership, knowin the bar has been set high. ow our â&#x20AC;&#x153;We always strive to sho Murrell. Airmen a good time,â&#x20AC;? said M dicated â&#x20AC;&#x153;This day was deďŹ nitely ded to that mission.â&#x20AC;?

Col. Korvin Auch, 633rd Air Base Wing commander, delivers opening remarks during the 2012 Langley-Eustis Appreciation Day. Tech. Sgt. Stewart Soper, 633rd Communications Squadron communications security accountant, chows down during the watermelon eating contest.

(From left) Steve Hussell, Langley Civic Leader Association executive vice president; U.S. Air Force Col. Korvin Auch, 633rd Air Base Wing commander; Steve Mallon, Langley Civic Leader Association president; and Dale Drumright, Langley Civic Leader vice president of programs, pause for a moment of recognition during the 2012 Langley-Eustis Appreciation Day.

All photos by Tech. Sgt. Barry Loo

The Air Combat Command Heritage of America Bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blue Acesâ&#x20AC;? performs for a live audience.

Senior Airman Jose Osuna (left), 63 33rd Medical Operations Squadron, guides Staff Sgt. Moriah Miravalle es, 439th Supply Chain Operations Squadron, through a simulated-drun nk driving course.

Staff Sgt. Aaron ShifďŹ&#x201A;ett, 633rd Communications Squadron client systems technician, jousts with his son Casen.

Airman 1st Class Chad Owens, 633rd Medical Support Staff nutritional medicine craftsman, rides a mechanical bull. Agencies across the base joined forces to provide a day of food, fun and entertainment to thank military personnel for their daily contributions toward accomplishing the mission of Joint Base Langley-Eustis.


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It was a typical night for Senior Airman Dara Alexander, working as a receptionist at the Langley Inn, Langley Air Force Base, Va., -- until the phone rang. Through the receiver, a first sergeant explained the situation to Alexander. Her brain went into overdrive as she heard his words. An Airman staying at the inn for a temporary duty assignment had suicidal ideations, and he needed Alexander’s help. Without a moment’s hesitation, she sprang into action and made the necessary calls to get the Airman help. Not long after, a team of first sergeants, security-forces patrolmen and a chaplain went to the Airman’s room, and were able to save his life. All of this was possible because of Alexander’s quick thinking and reflexes. “It was one of the most emotional experiences of my life,” said Alexander, 633rd Force Support Squadron services specialist. “It wasn’t just about the wingman

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Senior Airman Dara Alexander sits in front of the Langley Inn sign, July 31, at Langley Air Force Base.While not on the job, Alexander is an avid singer, often called upon to sing the national anthem at various ceremonies.

concept; it was more than a concept. My first priority was to get him help.” The wingman concept, along with the core values, are taught to be a way of life for every Airman, from the bald trainee on day one at Basic Military Training, to

the chief of staff of the Air Force. Airmen must internalize these values, and implement them in everything they do, no matter how seemingly unimportant the task. Hard work, dedication and being a good wingman are the foundation

on which Airmen must build their careers, and their lives, said Staff Sgt. Jamie Starkey, a 633rd FSS services specialist. Alexander joined the Air Force for a number of reasons, but most importantly, to be part of something bigger than herself. “Joining the Air Force opened my eyes to the world,” said Alexander. “My time in the military has shown me all of the things I can accomplish.” Alexander is immersed in the military life. Her husband (a U.S. Navy Sailor) recently deployed, and will not return until next year. This is a fact many military members and their families deal with regularly. The added stress of her role as a mother of two young children is only compounded by being eight months pregnant. The couple keeps in contact via email and phone conversations once a week. Even with the limited contact, Alexander said she gets a great amount of support from her husband. Though this is a hard situation, Alexander looks at it in a positive light, and feels that she can handle it all. SEE SPOTLIGHT PAGE 16

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plementing physical readiness training doctrine Army-wide, TRADOC will transition TC 3-22.20 to Field Manual 7-22, Army Physical Readiness Training, and Master Fitness Trainers will train units on the doctrine in TC 3-22.20 in order to reduce injuries and improve Soldier performance. TC 3-22.20 focuses unit training on developing Soldier physical readiness required to perform Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills.



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American College of Sports Medicine and Army physical ďŹ tness doctrine. Due to costs and reshaping initiatives, the program was terminated in 1992; however, units continued to request and pay for MFTCs until 2001. TRADOC is preparing to re-establish the MFTC, which will provide commanders at all levels with certiďŹ ed ďŹ tness advisers, resulting not only in an increase in readiness, but more importantly, an overall increase in the health of the force. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just about physical readiness training â&#x20AC;&#x201C; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about health, ďŹ tness and well-being,â&#x20AC;? said Maj. Gen. Brad May, TRADOCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deputy commanding general of Initial Military Training. Additionally, the ďŹ tness program is expected to generate signiďŹ cant cost saving and cost avoidance for the Army through decreased accession losses, reduced injury rates, standardization of unit training, easier integration of new personnel into operational units, increased physical readiness of the force and increased discipline. The Initial Military Training Center of Excellence is initiating a pilot MFTC this summer to ensure appropriate steps are being taken to restore the physical ďŹ tness asset to all units. To strengthen the emphasis on im-

The Army chief of staff also received an update on prevention efforts throughout TRADOC to reduce and eliminate sexual harassment and assault within the force. Current efforts include cadre training on SHARP, Values, Ethos and prohibited practices, as well as the mandated use of â&#x20AC;&#x153;battle buddiesâ&#x20AC;? to reduce the likelihood and opportunity for sexual harassment and misconduct. Leadership will also conduct Quick-Look Assessment visits training installations to ensure compliance with policies, procedures and treatment of Soldiers in training.

Doctrine 2015 Odierno also received an update on doctrine developments from Lt. Gen. David Perkins, TRADOCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Combined Arms Center commanding general. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Within 90 days, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to release to the force an unprecedented amount of doctrine,â&#x20AC;? Perkins said, referring to Doctrine 2015, an effort to overhaul and streamline Army doctrine through a simpliďŹ ed, common professional language. The goal is to create a top-to-bottom hierarchy, or echelon, of publications and manuals that provide top-level, easy-to-read doctrinal principals with supporting references that increase in length and depth of information. Doctrine 2015 will make these references available at the point of need through interactive media such as mobile applications. SEE ODIERNO PAGE 16


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HOUSING FROM PAGE 10 The VA is divided into three separate groups: ■ The Veterans Benefits Administration – deals with education benefits, home loans and other monetary matters. ■ The Veterans Health Administration – handles mental and physical health issues, as well as longterm care. ■ The National Cemetery Administration – focuses on funeral arrangements. If veterans are registered with one group, they may not be registered with the others. The best option is to stop by the local VA to learn more about how to register. Additionally, homeless veterans in need of assistance can contact the 24-hour National Call Center for Homeless Veterans at (877)-4AID-VET, or reach out

through social media at http://www. “We subscribe to the ‘no wrong door’ approach,” said Hankins. “It’s all about getting the veterans the help they need.” This approach has sparked a new nationwide program, the Primary Care Clinic, which originated at the Hampton Medical Center in 2004. The clinic focuses on providing all necessary services to homeless veterans during a single visit. “We understand it’s difficult for homeless veterans to find transportation,” said Chick-Ebey. “The clinic tries to see the veteran the same day they are referred, or within the week.” This focus on comprehensive care is part of a national initiative to end homelessness in America. However, in order to effectively end the prob-


SPOTLIGHT FROM PAGE 14 “It’s hard to be away from each other, but I know I have my friends to help me through it,” she said earnestly. “I don’t just have my blood-related family behind me; I have my Air Force family to help me through it.” Even with the full-time job of caring for two children while expecting a third, and a husband that is deployed, Alexander laughed and said the only hardship she faces is finding a good babysitter. Some say children change a parent’s outlook on the world drastically. Alexander said that becoming a parent enlightened her and made her strive to be a role model for her children, and her fellow Airmen, as well. “She genuinely cares about her fellow Airmen,” said Starkey. “She’s a great worker and a fantastic Airman.” Even with the stress of balancing work, school and young children, Alexander says her positive attitude is the driving force in her life. “She always has a positive attitude,” said Starkey. “Even when her plate is full, she always has a smile on her face, no matter what.” It can be easy to let the problems and stresses from home and work mix. Although this may initial-

lem, it must first be understood as more than a generalized stereotype. “Any one factor, - the economy, joblessness, underemployment and the price of housing - can put someone at risk for homelessness,” said Hankins. “Once these factors start compounding, we begin to see a true picture of the problem.” As the picture of the homeless veteran becomes clearer, the more it appears to be a diverse mosaic – composed of many factors and individual aspects, all falling under the blanket of homelessness. “Homelessness has many faces,” said Hankins. “We need to work with the individual and see just what led them to this plight. In my experience, homeless veterans aren’t lazy. They want to work. They want to contribute to society and be self-sufficient.”

ly relieve stress, it can negatively affect your work. Alexander feels the best way to be effective is to keep the two worlds separate. “It’s not a good idea to mix your home life with your work,” she said. “When I come to work, my main concern is getting the job done.” Even if Airmen keep their professional and personal lives separate, they can become unsatisfied with the daily grind of their jobs. Alexander uses her positive attitude to combat the complacency that can trap some Airmen. “Becoming jaded isn’t fair to those around you,” she said passionately. “When you become complacent, you can’t do your job to the best of your ability, and this leaves your co-workers picking up the slack.” While not on the job, Alexander an avid singer, and is often called upon to sing the national anthem at various ceremonies around base. Her most fond memories are the times she sang the anthem at 9/11 remembrance rallies held by the Route 66 PT Cruiser Club. “I love singing there every year,” she said with a bright smile. “It’s an amazing way to honor the friends and families of all those that lost their lives.”

All 15 Army Doctrine Publications, or ADPs – the top-level of Army publications – each at about 10-15 pages, will explain the fundamental principles that guide the actions of military forces in support of national objectives.

Army AsymmetricWarfare Group Often called the “crown jewel of TRADOC” by Cone, the core competency of the U.S. Army Asymmetric Warfare Group is operational advising. The AWG conducts worldwide tactical observations and translates them into initiatives that contribute to future unit successes on the battlefield. “The AWG is TRADOC’s direct link to the operational force and the operational environment,” said Col. Patrick Mahaney Jr., AWG commander. The AWG uses its core functions – observing and analyzing, identifying vulnerabilities and capability gaps, and developing solutions – to enhance Soldier survivability and effectiveness and enable the defeat of current and emerging threats. “The Asymmetric Warfare Group is exactly what we need to look at the future complexities of war,” Odierno said. According to the command, TRADOC is leading the Army’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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LAFBCommunity Boss and Buddy Night The Langley Club is hosting Boss and Buddy Night, tonight 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.

LaSalle Gate to close for 6 months Beginning Aug. 13, the LaSalle Avenue Gate will close for roughly six months due to the construction of a newVisitor Center and guardhouse. Any traffic approaching from the downtown Hampton/Interstate-64A area will be diverted to the Durand, West [Armistead] or King Street gates. Non-identification card holders should go to the temporaryVisitor Center near the entrance of the West Gate to get a temporary pass. For more information, call Police Services at (757) 764-7766.

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

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Submit LAFB Community announcements to ter Sgt. Damaris Dones at 225-3656, or the Langley Equal Opportunity office at 574-5878.

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) 766-1369 or (757) 727-5773.

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://48thsquadron

Tax Center volunteers needed The Langley 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 theTax Center Volunteer Coordinator.

Suicide AwarenessWalk The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is holding the seventh annual Out Of Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk at Mount Trashmore in Virginia Beach on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 8:30 a.m. This is the community’s walk to promote good mental health, awareness 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. To register, visit, and join The Raptors team. For more information, call Tech. Sgt. Randy Redman at (757) 764-5701, or email

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The 633d Medical Group will be holding a special school and sports physical day 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 participating in sports programs. Information on Virginia school physical requirements can be found at

The A.G.F. Club is hosting a championship for all AGF members in good standing Sept. 29-30 at the Eaglewood Golf Course.There is a $25 entrance fee, and sign up ends Sept. 26. For more information, contact the Eaglewood Golf Course at (757) 764-4547.

The Council of College and Military Educators is offering 15 $1000 scholarships to all service members, veterans and their spouses who are working towards the completion of higher education degrees.The scholarships are divided between Service members (including National Guard and Reserve) military spouses and military veterans. Eligibility requirements, instructions and applications are available on the CCME website at The application will be available through Oct. 1. Finalists will be required to provide documentation of service. For more information, contact Senior Master Sgt. David W. Umlang, Council of College and Military Educators, Armed Services Liaison, at

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The Langley Club Outdoor Pool is open, and its hours of operations are from 1 to 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 to 6 p.m., Friday through Wednesday. The pool is closedThursday. Additionally, the Shellbank Fitness Center Outdoor Pool hours will change Aug. 25 through 27. It will be open noon to 6 p.m., Friday through Sunday. From Aug. 31 until Sept. 3, the Shellbank Fitness Center Outdoor Pool will be open noon to 6 p.m., Friday through Monday.

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.

End of Summer Bash The Langley Club is hosting the End of Summer Bash, Aug. 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.

Women’s Equality 5K The Langley Equal Opportunity Office invites you to join theWomen’s Equality Day 5K Fun Run/ Walk on Aug. 24. This event is free, and there is no need to sign-up. Runners will meet at the Air Combat Command Gym trailhead at 7 a.m. Women’s Equality Day commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote.This observance also calls attention to women’s continuing efforts toward full equality. If you have any questions please contact Mas-

Adult Membership Appreciation Night The Langley Club will feature comedian Andy Hendrickson for Adult Membership Appreciation Night at the Langley Club, Sept. 27 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Langley Theater Schedule

Friday, 7 p.m. NO SHOW Saturday, 2 p.m. The Amazing Spider-Man (PG-13) Typical teenager Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) embraces his incredible destiny after uncovering one of his father’s most carefully guarded secrets, in Columbia Pictures’ reboot of the Spider-Man saga. His path puts him on a collision course with Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans), his father’s former partner. Saturday, 7 p.m. Magic Mike (R) Set in the world of male strippers, “Magic Mike” is directed by Steven Soderbergh and stars Channing Tatum in a story inspired by his real life. The film follows Mike as he takes a young dancer called The Kid under his wing and schools him in the fine arts of partying, picking up women, and making easy money. Sunday, 2 p.m. NO SHOW Movie synopsis and show time information is available online at

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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 will be serving popsicles at the Community Center Splash Park on Wednesday from 2 to 3 p.m. Stop by and enjoy a cool summertime treat. ■ Community Huddle – Residents are invited to attend a “town hall” meeting Aug. 22 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Community Center. This is your opportunity to bring your questions, comments and concerns to the table to have them addressed. ■ Family Bingo Nght – Residents can enjoy an evening of pizza and bingo with family and friends Aug. 29 from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Community Center. Due to limited space, please call 328-0691 to make your reservations by Aug. 27. The Community Center is located at Bldg. 126, Madison Ave. For more information, call 328-0691.

Catholic education and inquiry ■ Catholic Religious Education Programs – Registration for all Catholic religious education programs (adults, youth, and children) begins Sunday through Sept. 2 in rooms 23 and 25 at the Regimental Memorial Chapel, Bldg. 923, Lee Blvd. Hours are 9 a.m. to noon each Sunday. ■ Catholic Inquiry Orientation – Catholic Inquiry orientation for adults interested in learning more about Catholicism and how to prepare for Adult Confirmation is scheduled for Sept. 9, 2:30 p.m., at the chapel. For more information, call 878-1450, ext. 231.

Fit-to-Win office relocation Due to renovations at Anderson Field House, the Fit-to-Win office is temporarily relocating to McClellan Fitness Center, Bldg. 673, Monroe Ave., starting Monday through Sept. 24. Operating hours will remain the same: Monday and Wednesday, 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The temporary office telephone number will be 878-4987. For more information, email robert.ornelaz.

Home buying and selling seminars The Fort Eustis Housing Referral Office is sponsoring a Home Buying Seminar on Tuesdayfrom 6 to 8:30 p.m., and a Home Selling Seminar on Thursday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Both seminars will take place at the Civil Engineer Division conference room at Bldg. 1407, Washington Blvd.They are free and open to the public. Industry experts will include a realtor, mort-


Submit Eustis Community announcements to gage lender, attorney and home inspector. Please RSVP at least three business days prior to attending the seminar of your choice. To register, call 878-2977/5687/5579.

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 – Tuesday, 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 – Tuesday, and Aug. 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. ■ 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. ■ Job Information Briefing – Monday, and Aug. 20, 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 – Thursday, 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 – Wednesday, 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). ■ Sponsorship Training – Thursday, 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 All classes and briefings will take place in Bldg. 650, Monroe Ave. For more information, call 878-3638.

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Family Advocacy Safety Education Seminar – Thursday, 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.

Troops to Teachers briefing Are you interested in becoming a teacher? The Bateman Army Education Center will host a Troops to Teachers briefing Thursday at 9 a.m. in Bldg. 1500, Madison Ave. Troops to Teachers provides 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. For more information, call 683-3327.

Retirement ceremony The 7th Sustainment Brigade will conduct the Joint Base Langley-Eustis Retirement Ceremony on Aug. 17 at 10 a.m. at Jacobs Theater. For more information, call 878-6880.

Makeovers for Military Spouses Military spouses are invited to attend the “Most Beautiful You” event Aug. 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Post Exchange. Activities will include a 30 minute makeover, hair style tips and full size product samples. For more information, call 887-0293.

Back-to-School Splash The Fort Eustis Aquatic Center will host a Back-to-School Splash at both the indoor and outdoor (club) pools Aug. 25 from noon to 4 p.m. Activities will include a raffle, water games, DunkTank, and prizes for relay races and games winners. Admission is free for active-duty military; $2 for active-duty military family members; and $5 for all others. For more information, call 878-1090.

Jacobs Theater Schedule

Friday, 7 p.m. NO SHOW Saturday, 4 p.m. The Amazing Spider-Man (PG-13) Typical teenager Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) embraces his incredible destiny after uncovering one of his father’s most carefully guarded secrets in Columbia Pictures’ reboot of the Spider-Man saga. His path puts him on a collision course with Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans), his father’s former partner. Sally Field, Denis Leary, Martin Sheen, and Emma Stone co-star. Saturday, 7 p.m. Ted (R) Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane 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-Eustis.htm.


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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 – Despicable Me (right) ■ Aug. 18 – Hook ■ Aug. 25 – Kung Fu Panda 2 More information is available by calling 926-1400.

The U.S. Air Force Blue Aces Ensemble take great pride in their specialized, fast-paced performances.Their energetic productions encompass a wide variety of musical styles, in settings ranging from small official dinners to state fairs to huge festival crowds. The Blue Aces have performed for military and civilian dignitaries of the highest level including: the President of the United States, our warrior Airmen and joint-combined forces deployed in support of the Global War onTerror. Drawing from a broad palette of musical and cultural backgrounds, the members bring tremendous talent and passion to audiences throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and deployed locations.

Peninsula Fine Arts Center ■ Sunday Funday: Clowning Around – Daisy the Clown will help children find their inner clown Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. at Pfac. Daisy will discuss the history of clowning, and children will learn and perform a skit. This activity will take place indoors; participants should wear lightweight clothing. Admission is free for Pfac members and $3 for non-members. ■ 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 Wednesday, 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 pick-up at a later date.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 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.

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Summer Breeze Concert Series The annual Merchants Square Summer Breeze Concert Series is taking place in the shopping and dining district adjacent to Colonial Williamsburg. Children’s entertainment, featuring face painting, bubble-making and clowns, is offered at 6:30 p.m. on Duke of Gloucester Street. The outdoor concerts are free and open to the public. Food and beverages, including carryout, are also available from Merchants Square’s nine restaurants. The schedule is: ■ Wednesday – 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.

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, Department of Defense 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

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LEFT: U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Lawrence Wells (center), 9th Air Force commander, greets U.S. Army Col.Thomas Wetherington, 733rd Mission Support Group commander, during a tour at Fort Eustis, Aug. 1. BELOW: Delsa Green (center), 733rd Logistics Readiness Division food program manager, explains the prototype of the new Advanced IndividualTraining dining facility to Wells (right) and Chief Master Sgt. James Davis, 9th AF command chief.Wells and Davis visited Joint Base Langley-Eustis to evaluate the well-being of the personnel.

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'HSOR\HG 5DSWRUV VRDN XS *HRUJLD VXQ ABOVE: F-22 Raptors from the 94th Fighter Squadron await maintenance on the ramp at the Combat ReadinessTraining Center in Savannah, Ga., July 23. Personnel from the 1st Fighter Wing are currently partnering with the Georgia Air National Guard in Savannah for training and exercises during the runway closure at Langley Air Force Base. RIGHT: U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Jason Hinds (left), 94th Fighter Squadron commander, shakes hands with Savannah Sand Gnats catcher Xorge Carrillo after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before the Sand Gnats’ game July 22, in Savannah, Ga.


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