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Sequestration is a “huge concern for us,” said Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III. If sequestration kicks in, a lot of programs could be affected, he told about 50 sergeants major who attended a new legal orientation course at The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School on the University of Virginia campus, Jan. 29. Sequestration, part of the Budget Control Act of 2011, includes deep cuts to defense that could begin March 1 if Congress cannot come to agreement on budget cuts required by their vote last year. “Everything is on the table,” Chandler said, from a reduction in permanent changeof-station moves and new construction to cutbacks in professional military education and temporary duty assignment funding, even for programs like the Department of the Army’s Best Warrior Competition. Army civilians could be affected as well, he added. “The last thing we want to do is to furlough employees,” but it is being considered, he said. There’s a lot of tradeoffs to consider and the Army is going to have to figure out what stays and what goes, he said, “but [Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno’s] top priority is on the warfighter.” Senior Army leaders have also repeatedly expressed strong commitment to wounded warriors and Army families. The continuing resolution is another concern, Chandler said. Since Congress did not approve an Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2013, the Defense Department has been operating under a continuing resolution and will continue to do so at least through March 27. Because most operating funding was planned to increase from fiscal year 2012 to fiscal year 2013, but instead is being held at fiscal 2012 levels under the continuing resolution, funds will run short at current rates of expenditure if the continuing resolution continues through the end of the fiscal year in its current form, according to a Jan. 10 DOD memorandum. The continuing resolution prevents the Army from transferring money, Chandler said. “So you’ve got a lot of money in OCO, or overseas contingency operations, but because we’re under a CR, we can’t spend it where we need to. We don’t have the flexibility we need. So that means


Secretary: Sequestration planning will require balance By Claudette Roulo AMERICAN FORCES PRESS SERVICE

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“Depending on which direction Congress goes is really going to determine how large of an Army we have or how ready an Army we’re going to have. We just don’t have an answer right now.” — Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III (above) speaking to a group of U.S. Army sergeants major if you’re not a deployed unit or a next-deploying unit, we’re going to ramp back your money and go from there.” Army leaders “are right now in a place where their backs are up against a wall,” he said. “There are three [valves] that can be turned,” he explained. “One is force structure, how many people we have in the Army. The next one is readiness, and then modernization. “We’ve turned the modernization one down about as far as we can go. We’ve either killed programs, or we’ve extended programs. And so we really can’t do much more in the modernization arena. “Then you’ve got readiness,” he said, which includes training. “We’ve got a fiscal restraint memo that the Army sent out saying we’re going to cut way back on about everything we can do over the next several months” in the way of readiness.

These include curtailing temporary duties and professional training that are not mission critical.” “And then the other one is force structure,” he said, meaning the total number of Soldiers in all Army components. “Depending on which direction Congress goes is really going to determine how large of an Army we have or how ready an Army we’re going to have. We just don’t have an answer right now.” Chandler then called on the sergeants major to take action individually; urging them to answer their elected officials if they ask how sequestration will affect military members that they represent. “[Tell them] ‘we’re in a pretty bad hurt box that we just really can’t change. It’s out of our control. We really need your help.’ And that’s going to carry weight.” SEE BUDGET PAGE 4

Planning for sequestration is the practical thing to do and doesn’t indicate a lack of confidence in Congress, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter said yesterday in an interview on “This Week in Defense News with Vago Muradian.” Though Congress voted earlier this month to delay until March 2 the implementation of about $500 billion in across-theboard defense spending cuts over 10 years, Carter explained, the threat still looms and the Pentagon must be ready. Complicating matters is that the Defense Department – as is all of the federal government – is still operating under a continuing resolution, “which means we are stuck with the budget of last year, category by category,” he added. The continuing resolution is set to expire March 27, unless Congress approves a new appropriations act for fiscal 2013. Preparing for this confluence of events requires a delicate balance between acting too early and planning too late, Carter said. “The reason not to make adjustments too early is these are not desirable things to do,” he said. “They’re not good for defense, so you don’t want to do them until you have to.” For example, Carter said, the Defense Department normally hires about 1,000 people each week to maintain a stable number of personnel. “However,” he continued, “if I worry that I’m going to run short of money later in the fiscal year, I’d better stop hiring.” SEE PLANNING PAGE 4



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BUDGET FROM PAGE 3 Following his visit with the sergeants major at the Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center & School, Chandler visited about 50 Soldiers who were attending the Noncommissioned OfďŹ cer Academy there. During a question-and-answer session with noncommissioned ofďŹ cers, or NCOs, a sergeant asked Chandler about the impact a reduced budget might have on the retention of “professional NCOs.â€? Chandler replied that the Army will continue to retain the best qualiďŹ ed Soldiers and will continue to challenge them. He had a warning, however. Chandler told the NCOs that in these times of ďŹ scal uncertainty, they must exert leadership and initiative. “I challenge you as a leader, and you as a leader can challenge your subordinates,â€? he said. “Even in tough times you can be creative, adaptive and agile as leaders and inspire your Soldiers to want to stay as part of the team. Leadership is the key ingredient.â€? He cited examples of things NCOs might do if they have a limited budget,

“I challenge you as a leader, and you as a leader can challenge your subordinates. Even in tough times you can be creative, adaptive and agile as leaders and inspire your Soldiers to want to stay as part of the team. Leadership is the key ingredient.� — Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III talking to a group of sergeants majors

which he categorizes as “getting back to the basics,â€?such as physical readiness training, language skills that aid deployments, and warrior tasks and battle drills. “These are low cost, but important squadlevel training events that maintain some level of readiness in our units,â€? he said. “I have full faith and conďŹ dence that our Soldiers and leaders will rise to this challenge.â€?


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On Jan. 10, Carter issued a memo authorizing defense components to implement measures that will mitigate the effects of ďŹ scal uncertainty, including hiring freezes, termination of temporary employees and cancelling certain equipment maintenance contracts. “Now that’s not a good thing,â€? Carter said. “That’s jobs – 44 percent of the people we hire are veterans. And we care about hiring veterans. And of course, most importantly, we care about getting the work done.â€? When he talks about DOD civilians, Carter said, he’s not talking about bureaucrats in Washington. “These are shipyard workers – these are people who are doing important things,â€? he added. The memo requires defense components to submit their plans to Carter’s ofďŹ ce, he said, to ensure their efforts are balanced and to provide components with an opportunity to learn from each other’s approaches. Meanwhile, he said, the department is taking prudent steps now in case the continuing resolution is extended for the whole

year or the sequestration cuts take effect. “What we’re trying to do is take steps that are reversible,â€? he explained. “They’re harmful if they last the whole year. But if I take them now, I’ll be better off later in the year.â€? For now, he said, these are steps that can be quickly undone. “Later in the year, I’m going to have to do things that are irreversible -- that do irreversible harm,â€? Carter said, including furloughing federal employees and reducing military training. “Obviously, I don’t want to do that. ... If it goes on long enough, we will do damage to readiness that will be difďŹ cult and take years to reverse,â€? he said. Preparations have been ongoing for some time, Carter said. “We’ve been doing that quietly,â€? he said, “because we haven’t wanted to act as though sequestration or any of these things was either inevitable or, certainly, something that we could manage with ease. These are damaging, destructive things to do.â€?

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Celebrating this year’s Air Force Assistance Fund campaign with a 5k run Feb. 22, Langley Air Force Base is set to run its program from Feb. 4 to March 16. The Air Force Assistance Fund raises money on active duty military installations for charitable partners that endow support to Air Force families in need. “The AFAF is a fundraiser where proceeds are distributed between four different charities that provide for Airmen and their families,â€? said 2nd Lt. Francisco Guzman, installation project ofďŹ cer for the AFAF. The ďŹ rst of these charities, the Air Force Villages program, was founded by the Air Force OfďŹ cers Wives’ Clubs in 1964. The program offers a comfortable and affordable retirement community for widowed spouses of retired Air Force ofďŹ cers. “The AF Villages program not only provides a home and ďŹ nancial help, but is also big in health care, which is a common trend in all four afďŹ liations,â€? said Guzman. The Air Force Aid Society, created in 1942, is an ofďŹ cial charity providing emergency assistance, educational aid and community programs to Airmen and families. The AFAS works hand-in-hand with the Airman and Family Readiness Center, and is one of the most well-known programs to Airmen because of the substantial beneďŹ ts it provides. The General and Mrs. Curtis E. LeMay Foundation is another afďŹ liate of the AFAF. This program helps both ofďŹ cers and enlisted widows and widowers through ďŹ nancial grants. “The foundation is selective in terms of who gets assistance, but they care mostly about what situation the widows and widowers are in, and not why or how they got to the point of needing the help they are asking for,â€? Guzman said.

The Air Force Assistance Fund raises money on active duty military installations for charitable partners that endow support to Air Force families in need.

Lastly, The Air Force Enlisted Village is a program founded in 1967 to provide a safe, secure and digniďŹ ed place for ďŹ nancially-challenged surviving spouses of retired Air Force personnel, enlisted and ofďŹ cers. These programs rely on volunteers, which come from all corners of the Air Force. “We are asking for volunteers to help for all of our events throughout the promotion time,â€? Guzman said. “This is where we can get people who might have been in the same situation and have been helped to reach out and have a chance to give back.â€?

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Across the country, millions of Service members and their families are collecting their ďŹ nancial records to crunch numbers for annual income tax ďŹ ling season. While some people may know their way around a Form 1040 fairly easily, others break into a sweat when it comes to properly ďŹ lling out the bevy of forms, maximizing their refunds, managing deductions, and avoiding an audit. The U.S. military prides itself on taking care of its people, and the Joint Base Langley-Eustis Tax Centers serve as a prominent example. The centers, open at both Langley Air Force Base and Fort Eustis, employ approximately 30 volunteers, including Soldiers, Airmen and civilians, as tax preparers. These volunteers receive training and certiďŹ cation through the Internal Revenue Service’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, or VITA program. The JBLE Tax Centers provide free tax preparation service for the military community, including active duty Service members, retirees and their dependents. U.S. Air Force Capt. Charles Grotewohl, the JBLE Tax Center ofďŹ cer in charge, said

the goal is to minimize the cost and stress of tax preparation on military members and families. “A lot of people get nervous when it comes time to ďŹ le their taxes. Whether it’s something they’ve always had a parent or spouse do in the past, or they’re just not sure how to ďŹ le properly while getting the best possible refund, we are here to assist them,â€? the captain said. “Our volunteers are well-trained, and will help our customers sift through the paperwork to ďŹ nish the process. “Our Service members work extremely hard every day, and our family members continue to make sacriďŹ ces to help us continue to be successful,â€? he continued. “Getting them through this process and saving them time and money is the least we can do to give back to them.â€? The centers’ volunteers echoed the captain’s sentiment, saying they enjoy the opportunity to help fellow Service members. “Doing taxes is something everyone has to do. Being able to be here and get to know members of the community on a more personal level is very rewarding,â€? said U.S. Army Spc. Racie Hutchins, a volunteer tax specialist at the Fort Eustis tax center. Ever since Hutchins made costly errors while ďŹ ling her taxes years ago, she was



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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Holden Smith, 633rd Air Base Wing Judge Advocate paralegal, assists Senior Airman Terrence Eaton, logistics readiness squadron vehicle maintenance journeymen, in ďŹ lling out a form at the Langley Air Force Base tax center, Feb. 5. When ďŹ ling taxes the documents needed are a social security card, photo ID, a blank check for direct deposit, and a W-2 form.

determined to volunteer her efforts to help people avoid similar mistakes. She began volunteering with the VITA program eight years ago, serving the last ďŹ ve of those years in the Army. “The IRS isn’t the big bad guy people sometimes make them out to be. When I needed help with my taxes, they brought me in and helped me out,â€? she explained. “VITA gave me the opportunity to help out other people who needed a hand with doing their taxes, and I continue to take advantage of that opportunity.â€?

The JBLE Tax Centers offer services by appointment only. The centers will operate weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., through April 18. The Langley AFB center is located at 402 Helms Ave. To schedule an appointment, call 225-5777. The Fort Eustis center is located at 2733 Madison Avenue. To schedule an appointment, call 878-2343. For a list of documents to bring to your appointment, directions to the centers, and more information, visit units/airforceunits/langleylaw/langleytaxcenter/index.asp.


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After seven months and more than $3.6 million invested into a much-needed upgrade, renovations at Fort Eustis’ Anderson Field House are complete. The 50-year-old historic building’s doors opened the morning of Feb. 4 to welcome Service members, military families and civilians to enjoy the new, state-of-the-art equipment. “Anderson Field House deďŹ nitely has a new look,â€? said William Vonohlen, chief of the 733rd Force Support Division’s sustainment services branch. “There were many areas that were renovated, such as locker room facilities, basketball courts and bleachers, weight room, exercising room

and even classroom spaces. We also added a new heating and cooling system.� According to Vonohlen, the facility provides services for more than 2,500 people, daily. In addition to providing prime workout space for the Fort Eustis community, Anderson Field House supports special events, including changes of command and deployment and homecoming ceremonies for the post’s units. “A lot of people come here often, and with the added upgrades we should expect more as time progresses,� Vonohlen said. Renovations also included a new lobby, bathrooms, utility rooms, break room, main entrance and equipment issue room. “So far, we’ve received great feedback. People really like what has been done,� he said.

“I enjoy playing volleyball and today was my ďŹ rst time back using the facility. The new courts and equipment are really nice,â€? said Pat Teifer, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Resource Management. Retired Army Staff Sgt. Everett Glover, a patron, said the new renovations will, “certainly improve the quality of life.â€? “We’ve needed these upgrades for a long time,â€? said Glover. “Not only will this beneďŹ t the Soldiers and their families, but we have a lot of retirees who come in and use the facility as well. “Many years ago when I was active-duty, I remembered the old wooden oors,â€? recalling the way the gyms used to look. “But today it looks great, and I think it’s going to get a lot of use.â€?

Anderson Field House is open 7 days a week; Monday through Friday from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to The facility is open on holidays, except Thanksgiving, Christmas and NewYears.

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ABOVE:WilliamVonohlen, 733rd Force Support Division Sustainment Branch chief, (left), gives U.S.Army Col.Thomas R.Wetherington, 733rd Mission Support Group commander, a tour of a separated classroom area of Anderson Field House.

Customers enjoy Anderson Field House’s aerobic equipment during re-opening day at Fort Eustis, Feb. 4.The gym opened its doors after a seven-month, $3.6 million renovation project which introduced new equipment, renovated rooms and a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning system.

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Gamers fire virtual bullets with handheld controls from the safety of their homes for entertainment. At Joint Base McGuireDix-Lakehurst, N.J., Service members engage targets with real weapons using similar virtual bullet technology but with a very different purpose in mind. As part of their mobilization training for worldwide deployments, reserve-component service members use the Engagement Skills Trainer 2000, a visual weapons simulator computer system involving compressed air to replicate a rifle’s kick. The system saves resources including ammunition while it allows service members to become familiar with different weapons systems. Using the EST 2000, service members can train on several small arms and squad weapons systems including the M-9, M-4, and M-2. The simulated environment and weapons-fire images project onto a large screen

The Engagement Skills Trainer 2000 system saves resources, including ammunition, while it allows Service members to become familiar with different weapons system. Using the EST 2000, service members can train on several small arms and squad weapons systems including the M-9, M-4, and M-2. inside a dark room, creating the atmosphere similar to an oversized arcade arena. “At first I didn’t think that it would be effective,” said Air Force Staff Sgt. Brandon Walker, a cyber-systems operator with the 352nd Special Operations in Mildenhall, U.K. “I heard that it was like a video game.” SEE VIRTUAL PAGE 11

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(YHU\RQH KDV D VWRU\ /RJLVWLFV 6ROGLHU ¿QGV µKLV FDOOLQJ¶ U.S. Army Pfc. Carl Gahry, a transportation management coordinator assigned to Fort Eustis’ 689th Rapid Port Opening Element, 833rd Transportation Battalion, 597th Trans. Brigade, said he’s fortunate to have found a career path in the U.S. Army – a calling,” as he puts it. The 24-year-old Michigan native said he loves his career, but that it took time to find his path. Gahry attended Western Michigan University prior to enlisting in 2011. While he found no difficulty attending school, he had “no idea” what he wanted to do with his life, and left school to work. “I was spending upwards of $15,000 a year in college costs, and didn’t know what I wanted to do. That wasn’t working out,” he said. “I tried working a full-time job, but even that wasn’t sustainable.” Ever since he was a freshman in high school, Gahry said he thought about serving in the military but was nervous about the commitment. After college and the

workforce left him with no better grip on his future plans, he decided to take the oath. Following his inquiry into careers in the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy, Gahry decided to enlist in the Army, traveling to Fort Benning, Ga., for Basic Combat Training. Upon graduating, he attended Advanced Individual Training at Fort Lee, Va., before receiving orders to Fort Eustis to serve as an Army logistician. As a transportation management Soldier, Gahry is responsible for planning, coordinating and tracking the movement of people, goods and equipment around the globe. “We track things being moved using [radio-frequency identification] tags on items, which lets us provide in-transit visibility through the Army’s RF-ITV system,” he explained. Gahry chose logistics as a career because he believes his new skills will translate successfully in the private sector and help him better prepare for a civilian career. “Logistsics is everywhere; everything is moving all the time,” he said. “There’s

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always going to be a need for people that can keep those processes moving, keep goods and passengers in transit and keep track of them. Many shipping companies use tracking technologies nearly identical to what we use in the Army.” Gahry said he enjoys everything about his new career, including the basic tenets of being a Soldier such as Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills, and the camaraderie that comes with it. “There’s never a dull moment. I just feel like I fell in love with the principles the Army stands for,” said Gahry. “I really bought into the Army values. It’s like playing sports – that brotherhood, that family mindset. “I think I have some of the best leadership in the Army,” he continued. “There are great people that have groomed me as a Soldier, taught me to become better. I’m always asking questions and seeking advice to help me move along through my career.” Sgt. 1st Class Tomekia Branch, Gahry’s platoon sergeant, and Sgt. Christopher Hitchman, the assistant platoon sergeant,

called Gahry “a self-motivator,” admiring his drive to succeed and his desire to find work to do. “He does normal operations without being told to do so. He takes initiative every day, and can do his job with little to no direct supervision,” Hitchman said. “He backtracks, checks his work and understands very clearly what he needs to do before he does it.” “He always comes to me looking for the next step in his career,” said Branch, proudly. “He hasn’t even put on specialist yet, but he’s already looking down the line to sergeant.” Gahry’s success and satisfaction with his career has caused him to think differently about his future, shedding light on what was once mired in uncertainty. “I enlisted to serve four years and get out, hoping to find a job outside with a better understanding of what I wanted to do,” he said. “But now that I’m here, I’ve found my niche. Everything happens for a reason, and I feel like I’ve found my calling with the Army.”

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VIRTUAL FROM PAGE 9 Once the Warner Robins, Ga., native heard the instructors’ explanations of the training and its benefits, he said he learned new information and techniques to improve his firing. The EST 2000 provides Service members the ability to work on the fundamentals of marksmanship before heading to the weapons range. This results in saving the military valuable resources, time, and money. “It gives immediate downrange feedback used to group and zero [a weapon] prior to going out on a livefire range,” explained Sgt. 1st Class David George, a native of Burleson, Texas. “It’s cost effective.” George, EST 2000 trainer and mentor assigned to 1st Battalion, 314th Infantry Regiment, 174th Infantry Brigade, explained the system benefits the service members because the downrange feedback shows them every small mistake they make and how that affects target precision. The simulation displays a very clear representation of the users’ shot patterns, said George. After firing three shots to zero the weapon, the system produces a card for each shooter that shows their shot-group – much like the paper targets they would see on a live-fire range. Walker said he likes having that tangible shot card. “I like to see something that you can take back and go over,” he explained. In addition to shooting targets, Service members can engage in realistic combat situations. This training is useful, even for those who have deployed multiple times. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Carrie Todd, who is preparing for her third deployment, agreed. “I think I am more so prepared than [for] my other deployments, because now I know what to expect,” said Todd, native of West Bloomfield, Mich., and a paralegal with the 355th Fighter Wing, Office of the Judge Advocate at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. “They gave us a lot of knowledge on what we could encounter [in theater].” The EST 2000 allows Service members the opportunity to train and receive valuable weapons marksmanship feedback without ammo restrictions. “There is no waste if you need to [fire] multiple times,” Walker said. “You have the ability to shoot infinitely.” Virtual ranges like the EST 2000 and other virtual and simulated training systems provide an economically efficient way to train. Once Service members are familiar with their designated weapons systems and have practiced the fundamentals of marksmanship, they head for a real, live-fire range and qualify on their deployment weapons. First Army Division East uses virtual trainers to replicate vehicle convoy training, crew team react-to-contact training, and even simulate vehicle rollovers. Each virtual training range helps make better use of mobilization training time, money and resources by negating the need for ammunition and other training resources. The skills acquired here keep us from sending needless rounds downrange, agreed George. Time spent pulling triggers on video games can earn gamers higher scores. Time spent pulling triggers on the EST 2000 can help bring these Service members home safely.

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Growing to me eet your needs: Langley Orthop pedics is ‘bad to the bone’ By Airman 1st Class R. Alex Durbin 633RD AIR BASE WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS

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U.S.Air Force Maj. MichaelTompkins, M.D., 633rd Surgical Operations Squadron orthopedic surgeon, uses screws to ensure proper placement of a metal plate in a patient’s ankle during a procedure at Langley Air Force Base, Feb. 5. Orthopedic surgerons use both surgical and nonsurgical means to treat musculoskeletal trauma, sports-related injuries, degenerative diseaes, infections, tumors and congenital disorders.

The shrill whine of the saw filled the room, as a latex-gloved hand held the tool tightly, preparing to make the first cut. Nothing could be heard over the sound of the blade as the technician held the man's arm firmly and continued to cut. When the work was done, the technician lay the saw aside, and a loud, cracking noise abruptly replaced a momentary silence. A few moments later, the patient left the Orthopedic Clinic, located inside the Multispecialty Surgical Clinic at U.S. Air Force Hospital Langley at Langley Air Force Base, Va., relieved his time wearing a cast was over. Orthopedics is the branch of medicine focused on conditions involving the musculoskeletal system. Orthopedic surgeons use both surgical and nonsurgical means to treat musculoskeletal trauma, sports-related injuries, degenerative diseases, infections, tumors and congenital disorders. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, orthopedic complaints top the reasons patients seek medical care, and orthopedic injuries are responsible for more than 7 million hospitalizations each year. “The Orthopedic Clinic offers comprehensive care,” said Dr. [Maj.] Michael Tompkins, 633rd Surgical Operations Squadron orthopedic surgeon.

“We have a group of highly trained professionals to treat a wide variety of orthopedic cases.” The Orthopedic Surgery Clinic boasts a staff of four orthopedic surgeons, one podiatrist, and two physician's assistants who provide a wealth of knowledge to offer a wide range of services, including treatment of sports-related injuries, joint replacements and acute musculoskeletal care to all members of the Joint Base Langley-Eustis community. While the clinic assists between 7,500 and 10,000 patients per year, it focuses on personalized care and puts emphasis on a patient-centric approach to medicine. The clinic also offers cutting-edge facilities and care to patients. As a testament to this, construction of a new in-house radiology suite is set to be complete in the near future. The new suite will give the orthopedic patients a more seamless transition, negating the need to leave the Multispecialty Clinic while receiving care, ultimately reducing wait times. “The new facility offers clinic space which allows providers to adequately assess and treat patients,” said Dr. [Maj.] Michael Laidlaw, 633rd Surgical Operations Squadron Director of Orthopedic Services. “We know everyone's time is precious, so we try to treat patients in a timely manner while giving them the best care possible.” The Multispecialty Surgical clinic not only provides an efficient space to treat patients, but it also

fosters a unique environment for medical providers to work closely with professionals in other specialties to ensure patients' needs are met in an efficient, thorough manner. “This clinic is the first of its kind in the Air Force,” said Laidlaw. “It affords medical professionals the ability to call on colleges in other sub-specialties to provide personal, comprehensive care for each patient.” Even while sharing space with other specialties, the clinic offers more room for orthopedic professionals to triage and treat patients, including a new cast room featuring five beds to tend to acute orthopedic injuries in a timely fashion. “You do have a choice when it comes to your health care,” said Laidlaw. “The new Multispecialty Surgical Clinic not only gives patients the opportunity to receive high-quality care, but to be treated in an environment that puts the patient first.” Editor’s note: This story is part of a series highlighting the ongoing changes at U.S. Air Force Hospital Langley.

Photo by Airman 1st Class R. Alex Durbin

Photo by Airman 1st Class R. Alex Durbin

Photo by Airman 1st Class R R. Alex Durbin

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U.S. Air Force Maj. Michael Tompkins, M.D., 633rd Surgical Operations Squadron orthopedic surgeon, operates on a patient’s fractured ankle at Langley Air Force Base, Feb. 5. Langley Hospital’s new Orthopedic Clinic will assist between 7,500 and 10,000 patients per year. The orthopedic surgery clinic has a staff of five orthopedic surgeons and two physician assistants who provide a wide range of services, including treatment of sports-related injuries, joint replacements and acute musculoskeletal care.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Diana Soare, 633rd Surgical Operations Squadron medical technician, shapes a forearm cast inside the new multi-service clinic, Jan. 31. The multi-service health center not only provides an efficient space to treat patients, but also fosters a unique environment for medical providers to work closely with professionals in other specialties to ensure patients’ needs are met in an efficient, thorough manner.

U.S. Air Force Dr. (Maj.) Michael Laidlaw, 633rd Surgic cal Operations Squadron, director of orthopedic services, examines an Xray at the Orthopedics clinic inside the new multi-specia alty health center at U.S.Air Force Hospital Langley at LangleyAir Force F Base, Jan. 31.The orthopedic surgery clinic has a staff of five orthopedic o surgeons and two physician assistants who provide a wide w range of services, including treatment of sports-related injurie es, joint replacements and acute musculoskeletal care.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Ryan Donaldson, 633rd Surgical Operations Squadron surgical technician, verifies proper screws are being used before handing them to the orthopedic surgeon during a procedure at Langley Air Force Base, Feb. 5. Orthopedic surgerons use both surgical and nonsurgical means to treat musculoskeletal trauma, sports-related injuries, degenerative diseaes, infections, tumors and congenital disorders.

“This clinic is the first of its kind in the Air Force. It affords medical professionals the ability to call on colleges in other sub-specialties to provide personal, comprehensive care for each patient.” — Dr. (Maj.) Michael Laidlaw 633rd Surgical Operations Squadron Director of Orthopedic Services



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While many factors may impact a Service member’s ability to accomplish a mission, one of the most significant can be the safety and well-being of their children. The Family Child Care program at Langley Air Force Base, which augments the Child Development Center and School Age programs, provides a way to become child care providers through extensive training and qualifications. The providers of the FCC program are able to offer the same care that child development centers can, but with a more one-on-one focus, as providers can only supervise a maximum of six children, including their own. The program requires applicants to become certified and licensed for in-home care, and once accepted, they undergo initial orientation training. “The training is a three-day orientation covering everything from becoming CPR certified to learning applicable Air Force

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The Family Child Care program at Langley Air Force Base, which augments the Child Development Center and School Age programs, provides a way for military-affiliated people to become child care providers. Families living on or off base are eligible to receive care through the program, including active duty Service members, reservists on active duty orders, DOD civilians and DOD contractors.

regulations,” said Nancy Hass, Family Child Care Office child care chief. When the applicant completes the orientation, they go through additional train-

ing and certifications, just to be considered a candidate. Once these are accomplished, Hass may then recommend the candidate to the final selection board. Even after the provider is hired, the training doesn’t stop. Providers must complete regular refresher courses and maintain all licensing qualifications. “Monthly training, background and reference checks, and yearly license renewals are required for a certified caretaker,” said Hass. These qualifications are essential in order to provide the best benefit to Service members, including extended-duty care and returning-home care. Active duty military personnel, reservists on active duty orders, DOD civilians and DOD contractors, living either on or off base are eligible to receive care through the program “Any family with children between ages two weeks and 12 years is eligible,” said Hass. One benefit the Family Care Center provides is to ensure children are cared for, no

matter the time of day. The program offers providers with varying availability to encompass often unconventional the scheduling needs of Service members. Price is another significant benefit of the program. Rates for care are set comparably with the prices of the CDC. The rates are based on of the family’s income, and can be subsidized by the Air Force, said Hass. While Service members may not feel comfortable leaving their children in someone else’s care, Hass said they can be reassured that steps are taken to regularly monitor the caregivers. “The providers are closely monitored with monthly visits that include observing how the provider interacts with the children, fire and safety issues and training,” said Hass. “The program offers quality, dependable child care, allowing Service members to do the Air Force mission without worrying about your child.” If interested in applying to become a family child care provider or utilizing the program at Langley call Nancy Hass at (757) 771-7470 for Fort Eustis call (757) 878-5584.

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As of Jan. 27, merchants in the United States and U.S. Territories are permitted to impose a surcharge on any credit card transaction that uses a MasterCard or Visa branded card, which includes the Government Travel Charge Card, both Individually Billed Accounts (IBAs) and Centrally Billed Accounts (CBAs). This surcharge is permitted to be charged in all states except California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Oklahoma and Texas. While some merchants may elect not to charge this additional fee, those that do are required to notify customers before they make an actual purchase – at the store entrance and at the point of sale – or in an online environment, on the first page that references credit card brands. The surcharge will be included in the total transaction amount and will be listed separately on the sales receipt. This new surcharge has been authorized reimbursable expense while on official travel. The Joint Federal Travel Regulations (JFTR) and the Joint Travel Regulations (JTR) have been updated accordingly, effective 27 January 2013. If a traveler is charged this surcharge, they should add it as a separate expense under the Non-Mileage Expense section of their voucher, ensuring that the additional surcharge is not also included in the total of

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Department of Defense and Air Force ofďŹ cials are encouraging Airmen to review their personal data in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System, or DEERS, and accomplish personnel transactions before the service upgrades the Military Personnel Data System in March. Personnel actions accomplished using MilPDS such as reenlistments, enlistment extensions, promotions, unit transfers, discharges and retirements should be completed before the MilPDS upgrade in March to avoid processing delays with military pay and beneďŹ ts eligibility issues. Airmen are encouraged to access the milConnect website at http://milconnect.dmdc. mil to review their personnel information prior to March. Airmen can use milConnect to check personnel information listed in DEERS as well as view their TRICARE coverage, Post 9/11 GI Bill education beneďŹ ts, life insurance coverage, and other beneďŹ ts. “milConnect is an excellent tool available 24/7 for Airmen to review and update certain DEERS data at any time,â€? said Mary Dixon, Defense Manpower Data Center director. “milConnect will be particularly valuable to assist Airmen in ensuring their records are up-to-date if changes occur during the shutdown period.â€? DMDC receives over one million transactions each year from the Air Force and about 66,000 represent new enlistments in the Air Force, Air Force Reserve, or Air National Guard. Information sent to DMDC also determines TRICARE eligibility for almost one million sponsors and family members and plays a critical role in med-

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EustisCommunity Anderson Field House reopens Anderson Field House has reopened. Hours of operation are 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and holidays. The AFH indoor pool has also reopened. Hours of operation are 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday; 4 to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday; and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and holidays. For more information, call 878-0013.

JBLE Tax Assistance Centers The Joint Base Langley-Eustis Tax Assistance Centers are now open for business. Offices at Fort Eustis and Langley Air Force Base are serving customers on an appointment-only basis through April 30. The Fort Eustis center is located in Bldg. 2733, Madison Ave. To make an appointment, call 878-2343. The Langley center is located in Bldg. 801, at 402 Helms Ave. To make an appointment, call 225-5777. Hours for both tax centers are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tax return preparation services will be provided by active duty Service members, and civilian and retiree volunteers. Services will be available to active duty military, retirees, and their respective dependents (limited availability for civilian employees and Guard/Reserve members on Title 10 orders). These tax return services are designed for basic to intermediate level taxes. Individuals with simple tax returns (junior members) are encouraged to visit Military One Source or H&R Block as they also provide free tax services.

Dinner for families of deployed Military families experiencing deployment or other duty-related separations are invited to attend a free monthly dinner sponsored by the Fort Eustis Chapel Community on Tuesday from 5:15 to 7 p.m. at the Regimental Memorial Chapel, Bldg. 923, Lee Blvd. The schedule is: 5:15 p.m. – Welcome and dinner is served; 6 to 7 p.m. – Craft and game time for children 3 and a half years and older.; 6:10 to 7 p.m. – Adult fellowship time (across the hall). Free child-watch care is available after dinner for kids 3-and-a-half years and younger. The next dinner will take place on March 12. For more information, contact Carole Carkhuff at 218-0871, e-mail carkhuffs2@verizon. net or call the chapel at 878-1304/1316.

Valentine’s Dinner and Dance The Fort Eustis Club will host a Valentine’s

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Submit Eustis Community announcements to Dinner and Dance on Thursday from 6 to 10 p.m. at Bldg. 2123, Pershing Ave.The cost is $60 per couple, which includes dinner, dessert, a bottle of champagne, and a rose for your sweetheart. Music will be provided by the Freestyle Band. Call 878-5700 to make your reservations (prepaid reservations are required). Today is the last day to make or cancel reservations.

Balfour Beatty Communities ■ Community Huddle – Join us at the “town hall” meeting onTuesday from 4:30 to 5 p.m. at the Community Center, Bldg. 126, Madison Ave. This is your opportunity to bring your questions, comments and concerns to the table at an open forum. ■ Valentine’s Kids Craft – Kids ages 3 to 10 are invited to the Community Center on Wednesday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. to decorate a special cupcake for your Valentine. All supplies will be provided. Parents must escort and assist their children. RSVP’s are due by Monday. ■ Random Caller Contest – Residents are invited to participate in our “The Kiss” Random Caller Contest on Feb. 22 from 2 to 4 p.m. Call 369-8335, give us your very best “kissing” sound, and you could win a basket of delicious chocolate. ■ Family Bingo Night – Residents can enjoy an evening of pizza and bingo with family and friends Feb. 27 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Community Center. Due to limited space, please call 328-0691 to make your reservations by Feb. 25. ■ Pet Food Drive – BBC staff will be collecting dog and cat food, cat litter, towels, blankets and other supplies throughout February. All donations will be given to the Isle of Wight Animal Shelter. Collection boxes are located in the Community Center. The activities listed above are for BBC residents only. For more information, call 328-0691.

Career and Alumni Program Army Career and Alumni Program classes and briefings for February will include: ■ Career Expo – Feb. 20, 1:30 to 3 p.m. Employers, college recruiters and other transition service providers are invited to come and network with transitioners and their family members. Job seekers should dress for success and bring resumes. Prospective employers will include Absolutely American, Lowe’s, Newport News Shipbuilding,Tapestry Solutions, SCORE, VA Medical Center, Newport News Police Department, ECPI, Troops to Teachers, Wyotech, Busch Gar-

dens and McAllisterTowing. ■ Lunchtime Workshop – Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Workshop topics will feature the USAJOBS federal resume application process, and Social Networking and Applying for a Federal Job. Training will be provided by ACAP and Civilian Personnel Advisory Center staff. ■ SCORE Seminar – Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. SCORE seminars are held on the first Thursday of each month to provide transitioners with information on how to start their own business. A representative from the Williamsburg SCORE office will present information on business types, business plans, marketing tips and target audience. ■ Transition GPS (TAPWorkshop) – Feb. 11-15, and Feb. 25-March 1, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This five-day workshop provides training for transitioning Soldiers and their family members to prepare them to succeed with civilian employment and educational pursuits. Topics will include financial planning, resume writing, interviewing techniques, job search tips, VA benefits (disability ratings, filing claims, and vocational rehabilitation) and MOS Crosswalk. ■ VA ClaimsWorkshop – Feb. 19, 9 a.m. This workshop is held the second Monday of each month (Tuesday if Monday is a holiday). A Department of Veterans Affairs representative will provide information on vocational rehabilitation benefits and entitlements. Attendees will receive assistance in completing VA disability applications.The VA representative will also accept completed claims packets for processing. Unless noted, classes and briefings will take place in Bldg. 601, Training Room 127. For more information, call 878-4955.

National Prayer Breakfast The Regimental Memorial Chapel’s Unit Ministry team will conduct the National Prayer Breakfast on Feb. 21 at 7:30 a.m. at the Fort Eustis Club, Bldg. 2123, Pershing Ave.The breakfast is for Soldiers and civilians to pray for our nation, its leaders and those who defend our freedom, and to strengthen spiritual resiliency in the Fort Eustis community.The guest speaker is Brig. Gen. Charles Bailey, U.S. Army Deputy Chief of Chaplains. Contact your unit chaplain representatives for tickets. Suggested donation is $5 (officers and civilians); and $3 (enlisted). For more information, call 878-1316/1317.

Bridge replacement project Preconstruction activities have begun

to prepare the Fort Eustis Boulevard NSX Railway overpass for construction. The exact lane closure dates will be determined on or around March 1, but expect closures to begin no later than March 15. This construction will have an immediate impact on traffic flow to and from Fort Eustis. Organizations are encouraged to implement preplanned mitigation strategies to alleviate traffic congestion. Anticipate 15-24 months for completion of repairs to the bridge.

15th annual 10K Run The 15th Annual Fort Eustis 10K Run will take place on March 2 at 9 a.m. This is a Peninsula Track Club Grand Prix event and will be run entirely on Fort Eustis. The race will start at the corner of Lee Boulevard and Dickman Street and end at Anderson Field House, Bldg. 643, Dickman Street. Registrations received on or before Feb. 26 are $25 ($30 after). Race day registration starts at 7 Anderson Field House. Online registration is available through www. Make checks payable to “FE Fitness” for registrations dropped off at AFH. Registrations may also be mailed to Sports Branch, P.O. Drawer E, Fort Eustis,VA 23604. There will be no refunds or rain date. The course surface is 99 percent flat asphalt roadways. Ample parking, rest rooms and shower facilities will be available for use at AFH. Water points will be available at various locations along the course and at the finish. T-shirts are guaranteed for pre-registered runners and to all others while supplies last. For more information, call 878-0013.

JBLE 2013 leave roll over days Service members with more than 60 days of leave at the beginning of fiscal year 2013 are able to carry it into the next fiscal year, due to the FY 2013 National Defense Authorization Act. The provision is extending the maximum leave carryover of 75 days through Sept. 30, 2015. Soldiers contact the Fort Eustis Military Personnel Office at 878-5618 for more information.

Virginian Veterans ID Cards The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles partnered with the Department of Veterans Services to offer a Virginian Veterans ID card. The card costs a one-time $10 fee, and is convenient proof to receive veteran rewards. For more information, visit

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LAFBCommunity Company Grade Officer Council The Joint Base Langley-Eustis Company Grade Officer Council meets regularly on the third Thursday of the month at 4:30 p.m. at the Nose Dive Bar. All Company Grade Officers interested are encouraged to attend the meetings. JBLE CGOC provides opportunities for networking, professional development, and social activities. For more information or to be added to the distribution list, please send your information to

TMO Tip: Headed to Germany? Do you have an upcoming PCS to Germany? Upon arrival into the country, pets will be examined by the veterinarian near the passenger terminal baggage claim area. These examinations are conducted by the county veterinary office for the German General Customs. An examination fee of 55 Euro per pet will be implemented Feb. 1, for all non-EU citizens. More information can be found on this website, asp?id=123332847. For more information, contact TMO at (757) 764-4171 or 764-7868.

AFAF Fundraiser The Air Force Assistance Fund Committee is holding donuts, coffee and gift certificates fund raiser. Orders will be sold from Feb. 4 to 15, and will be available for pickup from the Community Center Feb. 20. Contact your squadron representative for order forms. The prices for the orders are as follows: coffee $8; dozen donuts $10; partnership cards $12; donut gift certificates $7. For more information, contact 1st Lt. Ashley Scott at or call (757) 225-5204.

Angels with Red Tails Celebrate Black History Month with the Langley Winds on Feb. 10 at 2:30 p.m. at the American Theatre in downtown Phoebus. The venue is premiering a piece that tells the story, through music, of the Tuskegee Airmen. For more information, contact Raymond Landon at or call (757) 225-3275.

JBLE Tax Center Opening The Joint Base Langley-Eustis Tax Centesr opened Feb. 4 at both Langley Air Force Base and Fort Eustis. The hours will be 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Submit LAFB Community announcements to Tax return preparation services will be provided by Active Duty, Civilian and Retiree volunteers. Services will be provided to Active Duty Members, Retirees and their respective dependents, with limited availability for civilian and employees and Guard/Reserve Members on Title 10 orders. These tax return services are designed for basic to intermediate level taxes. Those with simple tax returns (Junior Members) are encouraged to visit Military One Source or H&R Block as they also provide free services. To contact the Langley Tax Center, call Senior Airman Holden Smith at 225-5777; To contact the Fort Eustis Tax Center, call 878-2343.

ACC Annual Awards Banquet Headquarters Air Combat Command will host its Annual Awards Banquet March 1 at the Bayview Commonwealth Center at Langley Air Force Base. The evening will begin with a social at 5:45 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $27 and will cover a meal with multiple options, as well as individual mementos. This year’s theme, “Strength and Excellence Through Diversity,” will be expounded on by the guest speaker, Dr. Albert Mitchum Jr., Political Advisor to the ACC Commander. For more information contact Senior Master Sgt. JoAngela Porter at 764-2966 or Tech. Sgt. Lisette Spencer at 764-9960.

ANG opportunities briefing The Joint Base Langley-Eustis Air National Guard In-Service Recruiter, Master Sgt. Tamika Covington, will be briefing information about the “Palace Chase” and “Front” programs (to include the application process) and the opportunities available within the ANG. The ANG briefing will be held Feb. 12 at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the Military Personnel Flight, building 15, second floor, room 203. For more information, contact Covington at or call (757) 764-9995.

Ski trip The Langley Chapel Single Airman Ministry is sponsoring a ski trip Feb. 15 though 17. The trip includes a two-night stay, eight hours of skiing, spiritual discussion, one meal, ski equipment and transportation. The trip cost $115 per person. Bring gloves, warm clothing and money for all other meals. For more information, or to register,

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The Langley Officers’ Spouses’ Club has college scholarships available for qualified military dependents of current military members as well as retirees. Applications are available on the LOSC website: www.langleyosc. org.The application deadline is March 1. For more information, email the LOSC at

The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office is hosting a flag-football tournament every Wednesday and Friday at 2 p.m. from April 3 to 19 at the Shellbank Fitness Center. Eight teams will be participating, so come out and support. For more information, call Vanessa Williams at (757) 764-3359 or email c.vanessa.

Charity chase 5K /10K The Langley Officers’ Spouses’ Club is hosting a 5k/10k run for charity March 2 at 8 a.m. at the Air Combat Command Fitness Center. Participants 18 years of age or older pay $25 while children pay $18. Register by Feb. 15 online at or for those without Common Access Cards or dependent IDs, and to win a free t-shirt. CAC and dependent ID holders may register by Feb. 28 at or starting at 7 a.m. on race day at the registration table. For more information, go to

Engineering, Construction Camps At the Society of American Military Engineers Engineering and Construction Camps, high school students from across the country learn engineering solutions and skills from professional engineers while getting a taste of what it means to work for and with the military services. Camp times and locations are as follows: U.S. Army Camp, June 16 - 22, Vicksburg, Miss.; U.S. Marine Corps, June 23 - 29, Camp LeJune, N.C.; A.F. Academy Camp, June 27 to July 3, Colorado Springs, Co.; Seabees Camp, July 21 to 27, Port Huenerne, Calif. Application deadlines are March 15 for the U.S. Army Camp and April 5 for the other locations. Registration is $275 per student. For more information, contact Amy Doye at

Personal safety classes April is Sexual Assault Awareness month. In an effort to reduce sexual assaults, the 633rd Force Support Squadron is hosting free, personal safety classes at both the Shellbank and Air Combat Command fitness centers. Women can sign up for the classes held April 1, 15, 22 and 29 from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Shellbank Fitness Center. Men can also sign up for April 11 from 5 to 6 p.m. at the ACC Fitness Center.

SAPR road rally The Sexual Assaualt Prevention and Response office is hosting a motorcycle road rally April 26 at 9 a.m. All participants must arrive at 7:30 a.m. for registration and safety checks. Participants must RSVP.The event is free of charge. For more information, call Vanessa Williams at (757) 764-3359 or email c.vanessa.

African American Heritage meeting Come join the Langley African-American Heritage Council to help support holiday functions, host educational programs, provide financial assistance and more. Meetings are held at the Langley Club “Enlisted Lounge” on the third Thursday of every month at 11:30 a.m. For more information, contact Master Sgt. Malukinah Mathis at Malukinah.

EFM Forum/Resource Fair The Joint Services Exceptional Family Member Forum and Resource Fair will take place March 12-13 from 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at the Langley Air Force Base Theater, Bldg. 246, 66 Nealy Ave. Conference presentations will include Medicaid Waivers, Managing Behaviors, Special Education Laws, Transition, Autism, Mental Health, and Appropriate Evaluation and Medical Management of ADHD. Register online at sites/NMCP2/Pages/EFMPForum.aspx. If you are unable to register online, you may also register by contacting your branch point of contact: ■ Air Force, Ursula Santiago (757) 764-3990 ■ Army, Marlene Foster-Cherrye (757) 8871954 ■ Coast Guard, Kelly Beck, (757) 686-4025 ■ Marine Corps, Kimberly Carmon Stanley (757) 953-2270 ■ Navy, Brenda Bollenberg (757) 322-9127.


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Hampton Roads Home and Garden Show The Hampton Roads Home and Garden Show will take place today through Sunday at the Hampton Roads Convention Center, 1610 Coliseum Dr., Hampton. Sponsored by the Peninsula Housing and Builders Association, the show offers gardening activities for everyone in the family. Come out and meet one of the country’s most famous “pickers” as Mike Wolfe from the History Channel’s hit series American Pickers joins us at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is $10 for adults and free for children ages 12 and under.There is a $2 discount for active-duty, retired military, and seniors 62+. Parking is free. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. For more information about the Hampton Roads Home and Garden Show, call 315-1610 or visit

Mid-Atlantic Sports and Boat Show Bring the family and join us at the 60th annual Mid-Atlantic Sports and Boat Show today through Sunday at the Virginia Beach Convention Center, 1000 19th St., Virginia Beach. Admission is $8 for adults and free for children ages 12 and under. Parking is free. Hours are noon to 9 p.m. today; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 222-5377 or visit http://

Black History Month Film Fest In celebration of Black History Month, the Virginia War Museum will host a film festival at 9285 Warwick Blvd., Newport News. All films will start at 1 p.m. and are free with each day’s paid admission. ■ Saturday – “The Bicycle Corps: America’s Black Army on Wheels.” In the 1890s, the U.S. Army believed that it could replace horses with popular new “safety bicycles.” Testing this theory, the Army sent 20 AfricanAmerican soldiers on a 2,000-mile ride from Fort Missoula, Montana to St. Louis, Missouri. ■ Feb. 16 – “Men of Honor.” Starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Robert DeNiro, this film was inspired by the life of Carl Brashear, who dared to dream of becoming the first African-American Master Diver in the U.S. Navy. ■ Feb. 23 – “Proudly We Served: The Men of the USS Mason.” This the true story of the USS Mason, the only African-American sailors to take a U.S. Navy warship into battle during World War II. The film interweaves the stories of crew members with archival footage of the ship and crew produced by the Navy. Admission is $6 (adults); $5 (senior citizens 62+ and active-duty military with ID); $4 (children ages 7-18); and free for children under age 7. Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 247-8523 or visit

Always ... Patsy Cline The Peninsula Community Theater will present “Always ... Patsy Cline” starting Feb. 22 through March 16 at 10251 Warwick Blvd., Newport News. Performances will take place Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; and Sundays,

at 2:30 p.m. All seats are $16. The show is based on the true story of Patsy Cline’s friendship with Houston housewife Louise Seger. They meet in 1961 when Cline went to Houston for a show. The women struck up a pen-pal friendship that lasted until Cline’s untimely death in a plane crash in 1963. For more info, call 726-0166 or visit

Girl Scouts Samoa Soiree Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast will host the fifth annual Samoa Soiree on Feb. 23 from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Mariner’s Museum, 100 Museum Dr., Newport News. This event will feature the finest chefs in Hampton Roads as they create original appetizers and desserts using a variety of Girl Scout cookies as key ingredients. Live music will be provided by the Jim Newsom Band. Area celebrities will judge the culinary delights and guests are invited to taste each creation and cast ballots for the People’s Choice winner. Tickets are $50 each. For more information, call 547-4405, ext. 1269 or visit

Letters from the Battlefield Letters from the Battlefield,” an exhibit of personal correspondence between those serving in the Armed Forces to loved ones back home, will be on display through Feb. 25 at the Virginia War Memorial’s Education Center, 621 Belvidere St., Richmond.This event is free and open to the public. From tissue-thin “V-mails” from soldiers and sailors serving in Europe or the Pacific during World War II, to letters jotted in ballpoint pen in the steamy jungles of Vietnam, to e-mails sent from our forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, the often emotional words express the joys, fears and loneliness of those men and women who are often far from the comforts of home. Situated on over four acres overlooking downtown Richmond and the James River, the Virginia War Memorial includes the Shrine of Memory. the E. Bruce Heilman Amphitheater, and the Paul and Phyllis Galanti Education Center which houses military-related exhibits, programs, and theaters showing the award-winning “Virginians at War” video series and the multi-dimensional film, “Into Battle.” The education center is open Monday through Friday

from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. The Shrine of Memory and grounds are open from 5 a.m. to midnight daily. For more information, call (804) 786-2060 or visit www.

Virginia online travel show The Virginia Tourism Corporation has launched “For the LOVE ofTravel,” a brand-new episodic travel show for YouTube. The webisodes are short vignettes that feature authentic destinations and local people who tell a personal story about some of the lesser-known and newer travel experiences in Virginia. Visitors to will also be able to watch the videos and get helpful maps, itineraries, travel packages and suggestions to book a trip to the places featured in each webisode. The debut webisode is available at VisitVirginia. Visit to book a trip or request a free Virginia is for Lovers travel guide.

Technology assistance program Military veterans living in Virginia with hearing or speech loss are now automatically eligible for adaptive telecommunications equipment through the Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing’s Technology Assistance Program. Text and captioned telephones and other devices are available to veterans who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, deaf-blind or speech-disabled. Applicants must be Virginia residents and meet income requirements based on household income and family size. Equipment is provided to qualified individuals on a Loan-to-Own basis, allowing recipients 30 days to decide whether to keep, exchange, or return the equipment. For more information, call (800) 552-7917 or visit www.

MOAA educational loans and grants Online applications are available for the Military Officers Association of America Educational Assistance Programs for the 2013-14 school year. Students can apply for interest-free loans and grants, which are awarded annually for up to five years of undergraduate study (or until a student graduates). Students under age 24, who are children of former, currently serving, or retired commissioned or warrant officers, and children of currently serving or retired enlisted military personnel are eligible to apply. Applicants must be graduating high school seniors or full-time college students working toward their first undergraduate degree. If a child served in a Uniformed Service before completing college, his or her maximum eligibility will be increased by the number of years served (up to five years). Qualified students with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale will be considered for selection based on scholastic ability, participation in extracurricular and community activities, as well as financial need. Students may apply online at The application deadline is March 1 at noon. Active-duty, National Guard, Reserve, retired, and former commissioned officers and warrant officers of the seven uniformed services are eligible for MOAA membership.

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MILPDS FROM PAGE 17 Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard members are not required to take any immediate actions unless they are notified by their MPS. MPSs will receive specific instructions for active duty, Air National Guard and Reserve on unique personnel and pay processes related to accessions, unit training assemblies and participation, mobilizations and activations and casualties. Other personnel and pay processes will be held during the cutover period and processed once the upgrade is complete. Servicing MPSs will notify their affected members as soon as possible of any required personnel follow-up actions. More information is available on the ARPC public website at http://www. and the myPers website at

Air Force officials will continue to release additional information and guidance to the Air Force’s manpower, personnel, services and pay communities and total force Airmen to continue to educate them on how the service will perform critical personnel and pay tasks during the MilPDS upgrade. For more information about DMDC, visit http:// For more information about the MilPDS upgrade, visit the myPers website at Editor’s note: This story is a part of a series of articles, featured on http://www.afpc., to inform and educate total force Airmen about personnel programs impacted by the Military Personnel Data System upgrade occurring in March.

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