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For U.S. Service members, ďŹ nding the time to ďŹ le personal property taxes paperwork for vehicles can be a challenge because of work or deployments. According to Public law 111-97, an amendment to the Soldiers and Navy Sailors Civil Relief Act, signed by President Barrack Obama in November 2009, Service members qualify for personal property tax exemption as long as they meet the following criteria: â–  1. The spouse is absent from his or her state of legal residence solely to be with the Service member in compliance with military orders. â–  2. The Service member and spouse have the same state of legal residence and address, and their state of residence is not Virginia. â–  3. The vehicles are not used in a trade or business. The cities of Hampton and Newport News recognize those challenges and offer all Service members living within their counties the option of having a spouse or other representative ďŹ le on their behalf, or the option of emailing the required paperwork in some cases. “If you are a single Service member who bought your car in Virginia, then you most likely qualify for this personal property tax break,â€? said Linda Holmes, Hampton Commissioner of the Revenue deputy commissioner. “If you are married, then you would need to ďŹ ll

Per Air Force Instruction 35-101/Army Regulation 360-1, only stories and photos submitted by members of the Department of Defense community and DOD news services may be printed in The Peninsula Warrior. Any stories, photos or announcements must be submitted eight days prior to publication. Stories and photos should be submitted to the editor and/or assistant editor at 633abw.paedit@langley.af.mil or Public Affairs OfďŹ ce, 601 Hines Cir., Fort Eustis, VA 23604. Announcements for the Community Section should be submitted to fteustismain@gmail.com. Announcements for the Outside the Gate Section should be submitted to fteustismain@gmail.com. For more information call 757-878-4920. Authors’ names may be withheld, but all letters must include the authors’ signatures and telephone number. The Peninsula Warrior is an authorized publication for all the members of the U.S. military. Contents of The Peninsula Warrior are not necessarily the ofďŹ cial views of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense, Department of the Air Force or the Department of the Army. The Peninsula Warrior is printed every Friday by offset as a civilian enterprise newspaper for the Public Affairs OfďŹ ce, U.S. Air Force by Military Newspapers of Virginia at 150 W. Brambleton Ave. Norfolk, VA 23510 under exclusive written contract with the commander, Joint Base Langley-Eustis. MNV is a private ďŹ rm in no way connected with the Department of the Air Force or Department of the Army. Printed circulation: 25,000. Everything advertised in this publication shall be made available for purchase, use or patronage without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, physical handicap, political afďŹ liation or any other non-merit factor of the purchaser, user or patron. A conďŹ rmed violation or rejection of this policy of equal opportunity by any advertiser will result in refusal to print advertising from that source. All editorial content of The Peninsula Warrior is prepared, edited, provided and approved by the Public Affairs OfďŹ ce Joint Base Langley-Eustis. All photographs are Air Force or Army photographs unless otherwise stated. The appearance of advertising in this publication, including inserts and supplements, does not constitute endorsement by the Department of Defense or MNV of the products or services advertised.

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“If you are a single Service member who bought your car in Virginia, then you most likely qualify for this personal property tax break.â€? — Linda Holmes Hampton Commissioner of Revenue deputy commissioner out the ‘Military Service Member and/ or Spouse’ application to get the credit.â€? If the vehicle is in a military member’s name and spouse’s name, both have to be a resident of the same state or home of record in a state other than Virginia to qualify for the personal property tax and Hampton vehicle tax fee exemptions. Those who do qualify normally just have to email, mail, or drop off a copy of their most recent leave and earnings statement to receive the exemption. Newport News has all the same requirements but requires more paperwork, said Priscilla Bele, City of Newport News Commissioner of the Revenue. We also accept emails with attached documentation and faxed documents. “If a vehicle is registered under just the Service member, we only require a copy of their LES,â€? said Bele. “However if the vehicle is registered jointly, we require them to ďŹ ll out an afďŹ davit which must be signed by their spouse, as well

Heritage Spotlight On March 13, 1942, the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps began training dogs for the newly established War Dog Program, or “K-9 Corps.� The new corps came when more than one million dogs served on both sides during World War I, carrying messages along the complex network of trenches and providing psychological comfort to U.S. Service members. In the United States, the practice of training dogs for military purposes was largely abandoned after World War I, but when the country entered World War II in December 1941, the American Kennel Association and a group called “Dogs for Defense� began a movement

as present a copy of their LES, a copy of the front and back of the dependent’s identiďŹ cation card and one document conďŹ rming their address.â€? Bele and Strickland both encourage Service members to do their homework and ask questions before purchasing a vehicle. “We encourage everyone to check with their local commissioner of the revenue ofďŹ ce before buying a vehicle to make sure they qualify,â€? said Nancy Strickland, Hampton Commissioner of Revenue chief deputy commissioner. “Many times a dealership will tell you that you qualify for this tax exemption just because you are military, without doing the homework. Then, the Service member gets here to ďŹ nd out they don’t qualify.â€? Strickland said to contact the commissioner of the revenue ofďŹ ce if they do get a bill. “It’s hard to go back and ďŹ x it after the fact, so we encourage you to check ďŹ rst,â€? Strickland said. “If you don’t check and you get a bill in the mail, contact our ofďŹ ce, do not ignore it. We are only able to help you if we know what is going on.â€? No matter what the situation is, the Hampton and Newport New Commissioner of the Revenue ofďŹ ces are willing to help Service members get the information they need to receive the exemptions they deserve. For more information, contact the Hampton Commissioner’s ofďŹ ce at 7276183, or the Newport News Commissioners ofďŹ ce at 926-3657.

U.S. Army founds K-9 Corps to mobilize dog owners to donate healthy and capable animals to the Army.Training began in March 1942, and that fall, the QMC was given the task of training dogs for the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. The K-9 Corps initially accepted more than 30 breeds of dogs, but the list was soon narrowed to seven, including German Shepherds, Belgian sheep dogs, Doberman Pinschers, Collies, Siberian Huskies, Malumutes and Eskimo dogs. Members of the K-9 Corps were trained for eight to 12 weeks. After basic obedience training, they were sent through one of four specialized programs

to prepare them for work as sentries, scouts, messengers or mine-detection dogs. In active-combat duty, scout dogs proved especially essential by alerting patrols to the approach of the enemy, effectively preventing surprise attacks. The top canine hero of World War II was Chips, a German Shepherd who served with the 3rd Infantry Division. Trained as a sentry dog, Chips broke away from his handlers and attacked an enemy machine gun nest in Italy, forcing the entire crew to surrender. The wounded Chips was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star and the Purple Heart.

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From ‘untrainable’ to inseparable: K-9 finds new ‘pack’ through adoption By Staff Sgt. Katie Gar Ward 633RD AIR BASE WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS

The room fell silent as the door opened. After being apart for two months, their eyes found each other’s, as if the handful of onlookers surrounding them were nonexistent. That emotional moment was solidified with a kneeling embrace -- and the wag of a tail. But only one of them knew Feb. 28 was more than a joyful reunion: it was also the beginning of a new future. U.S. Army Sgt. John Nolan , former senior specialized-search dog handler previously assigned to the 3rd Military Police Detachment at Fort Eustis, and Honza, a 7-year-old yellow lab SSD, have been partners since January 2011, and after completing an adoption process, are now able to maintain that bond as they both separate from military service. Nolan, a native of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., is currently in the process of separating after seven years of active-duty service, where he served first as a military policeman and later as an SSD handler. Nolan is now joining the Army Reserves, and is currently on terminal leave.

“I had reenlisted while in Afghanistan to spend another year with [Honza]. We were together every minute of every day for a year. He slept in bed with me; when I had to shower he’d wait outside for me; he sat next to me when I ate and waited until I was done. He probably knows me better than anybody else.” – U.S. Army Sgt. John Nolan former senior specialized-search dog handler He and his father, Jack, left home at 2 a.m. that morning to finalize the adoption paperwork and take Honza home – a 7 ½ hour drive Nolan said was well worth it. “I’m [basically] the only handler he’s had, and he’s the only dog I’ve ever worked with. This was the longest we’ve been away from each other,” said Nolan. “Driving here with my dad, he told me I should get some sleep, and I said ‘I can’t – I feel like a kid on Christmas, because I can’t wait to [get] down there to [see] him.’” Nolan and Honza’s partnership resulted somewhat by chance, said Nolan. Originally, Honza was procured as a puppy from Germany, and trained at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. He spent sever-

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U.S. Army Sgt. John Nolan, former senior specialized-search dog handler previously assigned to the 3rd Military Police Detachment, greets his partner Honza, a 7-year-old SSD, after a two-month separation, at Fort Eustis, Feb. 28. Honza was Nolan’s only dog during his three years as an SSD handler. Nolan is a native of Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

al years in training before leaving to work with an engineering unit. Honza didn’t quite perform with his assigned handler as anticipated, and was sent back to Lackland soon after, labeled as an “untrainable dog.” “Lackland put him back in the pool, and that’s how I ended up with him,” he said. “For whatever reason, he just decided I was going to be the one he worked for, and we’ve been together ever since.” But before their partnership brought them to the February adoption day in Virginia, their bond was forged in the heat of the desert, during a yearlong deployment in Afghanistan. “I had reenlisted while in Afghanistan to spend another year with [Honza],” he said. “We were together every minute of every day for a year. He slept in bed with me; when I had to shower he’d wait outside for me; he sat next to me when I ate and waited until I was done. He probably knows me better than anybody else.” Because the SSD program is winding down as forces return from Afghanistan, Honza’s adoption process was a bit easier than most, said U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Michaud, 3rd MP Det. kennel master. “It’s fantastic when we are able to facilitate adoptions,” he said. “[Nolan] and Honza have such great rapport, and with the mission changing, it only made sense to come together as a team to get the process started and make this happen.” With the mission changing, the need to send SSD handlers to school will decrease, potentially leaving no handler to work with Honza, said Nolan. Honza has also developed some separation anxiety, which puts him at risk for health concerns. The combination of Nolan separating to join the Army Reserves, the SSD program

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U.S. Army Sgt. John Nolan, former senior specialized-search dog handler previously assigned to the 3rd Military Police Detachment at Fort Eustis, and Honza, a 7-yearold SSD, were deployed together for a year in Afghanistan. After Nolan was awarded the Bronze Star, he said he placed it in Honza’s collar “since he was the one who did all the work.”

changes and Honza’s anxiety, Nolan said it made sense for the two partners to remain together. “He’s pretty much my best friend. Afghanistan was an entire year of being together every single moment,” he said. “He saved my life on more than one occasion. He’s more like my son than anything else ... so it was only right to make sure he came home with me and had a good place to live for the rest of his [life].” After signing the remaining adoption documents, Nolan shared a few laughs and stories with his fellow handlers, allowing them to bid a proper farewell before Nolan and Honza left to begin the next chapter of their friendship. Nolan reached for Honza’s collar and leash, and the pair walked out the kennel’s gate. Honza jumped excitedly into the back of Nolan’s car, sniffing the carpet as he discovered crumbs left behind by Nolan’s children. Although Honza may never again serve with his pack at the 3rd MP Det. kennels, he will now join a new pack with Nolan, where he can not only live as his partner, but as a member of his family.


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U.S. Service members often rely on their families for support, but families may also need assistance. To ensure members of the U.S. military community get the help they need, the Airman and Family Readiness Center and Army Community Service are ready to assist at Joint Base Langley-Eustis. The AFRC and ACS aim to safe-guard the well-being of the military community. Service members and their families can take advantage of the programs offered through the AFRC and ACS to better balance their personal and professional lives while adjusting to the demands of the military. They are available for all active duty Service members, families, Department of Defense civilians, contractors and retirees. “Deployments and temporary duty requirements result in family separations that put a strain on single parents, families and individuals,� said Dawn Teagle, 633rd Force Support Squadron AFRC chief. “[The AFRC] aims to help with family, personal and other issues.� Charles Harris, 733rd Force Support Division ACS acting director, agrees ACS programs are aimed at helping Service members balance their personal and professional lives. “The programs are free and are designed to meet Service members’ and their families’ needs,� said Harris. “ACS assists commanders in maintaining the readiness of individuals, families and communities by developing, coordinating and delivering services that promote self-reliance, resiliency and stability.�



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MaureenWaldrop-Elam, 633rd Force Support Squadron personal ďŹ nancial readiness specialist, leads a pre-separation brieďŹ ng at Langley Air Force Base, Feb. 21.The Airman and Family Readiness Center program started in the 1980s from a concept in which military families would help other families assimilate into the military lifestyle.

To help maintain a positive relationship while in the military, both centers provide family assistance before, during and after deployments. They also offer information, education, relocation and consultant services. “We have a wide contingency of programs available to support any point of a Service member’s career,� said Teagle. “I encourage anyone who hasn’t had an opportunity to interface with us, to get to know us.�

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Harris assures Service members the AFRC and ACS are available to assist them. “Our goal is to provide [Service members] and their families a quality of life commensurate to their service to the nation.� The AFRC and ACS are open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the AFRC at 764-3990 and the ACS at 878-3638.

â–  Relocation Readiness Program or Relocation Assistance program –This program offers assistance with all aspects of incoming and outgoing moves. â–  Financial Readiness Program –This program provides educational and counseling programs for personal ďŹ nancial readiness.The program covers indebtedness, money management, credit and ďŹ nancial planning.


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Members of the 1099th Transportation Company (medium boat), 10th Transportation Battalion, 7th Transportation Brigade (Expeditionary) prepare for a redeployment ceremony at Fort Eustis, Feb. 24.The 1099th Trans. Co. returned from a nine-month deployment in Kuwait.

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:78 SURPRWHV KHDOLQJ FDPDUDGHULH GXULQJ 6SRUWV :HHN By Staff Sgt. Katie Gar Ward 633RD AIR BASE WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS

According to the Wounded Warrior Project, more than 40,000 Service members have been physically injured in Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. To aid in the recovery of those U.S. Service members, the U.S. Army established care programs for wounded, ill and injured U.S. Soldiers through its network of regional and community-based Warrior Transition Units. At Fort Eustis, the WTU, Alpha Company, facilitates recovery through events like its quarterly platoon Sports Week, held Feb. 21-27. “Sports Week helps foster esprit de corps, while simultaneously bringing awareness to adaptive sports programs,� said Sgt. 1st Class Lucas Pedigo, Headquarters Platoon, Alpha Co., Fort Eustis WTU platoon sergeant and event organizer. “Our goal is to help Soldiers reintegrate seamlessly back into their units or transition to civilian life, and activities like this support that.� The WTU’s interim commander, Capt. Derek Strong, kicked off the events with motivational remarks. “We’re looking forward to a great [week] of events culminating in volleyball

and football,� Strong said. “This is a great opportunity to generate [healthy] competition and have fun, and I am eager to see what [you are all capable of].� The week’s adaptive-sports activities included archery, wheelchair football, seated volleyball, bean-bag toss, bowling and dominoes, all of which help strengthen unit cohesion and teamwork, said Spc. Thomas Cross, a transitioning Soldier assigned to the WTU’s 3rd Platoon, Alpha Co. “The activities boost morale between the platoons and help break the monotony,� said Cross. “They allow you to kick back and have fun, which helps gives you something [positive] to focus on [while in recovery].� A successful recovery process also involves the community, said Sammy Nates, WTU adaptive sports site coordinator. Several organizations specializing in wounded-veteran support were represented during Sports Week, including Wounded Wear, Team River Runner and Ride 2 Recovery. “By having the organizations keep in touch with wounded Soldiers, it shows the community they are still able to function in society,� he said. “It also reassures the Soldier, because in the Army, they are part of a team. Instead of feeling isolated if they transition to civilian life, it allows

“This is a great opportunity to generate [healthy] competition and have fun, and I am eager to see what [you are all capable of].� – Capt. Derek Strong

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U.S. Army Capt. Derek Strong, Fort Eustis Warrior Transition Unit interim commander, gives opening remarks for Adaptive-Sports Day during the WTU’s Sports Week at Fort Eustis, Feb. 27. The week’s adaptive-sports activities included archery, wheelchair football, seated volleyball, bean-bag toss, bowling and dominoes.

them to feel part of a different team.� Nates said teamwork is essential in the healing process, and the WTU will continue to host programs to support the approximately 120 wounded, ill and injured Soldiers currently assigned.

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TOP LEFT: U.S. Army Spc. Brandon Goodrich, a transitioning Soldier assigned to 1st Platoon, Alpha Company, Fort Eustis WarriorTransition Unit, serves during adaptive volleyball. TOP RIGHT: Members of 3rd Platoon, Alpha Company, Fort EustisWarriorTransition Unit, participate in adaptive volleyball LEFT: Members of 2nd Platoon,Alpha Company, Fort EustisWarriorTransition Unit, play bean-bag toss. RIGHT: U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Lucas Pedigo (left), Headquarters Platoon, Alpha Company, Fort Eustis Warrior Transition Unit platoon sergeant;and U.S.Army Capt.Travis Robinette (right),formerAlpha Company, Fort EustisWarriorTransition Unit company commander participates in adaptive football.

“The adaptive sports and other programs provide therapeutic healing,� he said. “Just because a Soldier is injured, it’s not the end of the road – it gives them an opportunity to learn something different and develop new strengths to further assist in their recovery.�


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U.S. Air Force Col. John J. Allen Jr., 633rd Air Base Wing commander, meets with McDonald Army Health Center and theWarriorTransition Unit leadership at Fort Eustis, Feb. 20.

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During a visit to McDonald Army Health Center Feb. 20, U.S. Air Force Col. John J. Allen Jr., 633rd Air Base Wing commander at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, met with key Warrior Transition Unit staff and spoke with a few U.S. Army Soldiers in transition as he toured the WTU campus. Escorted on his tour by U.S. Army Lt. Col. David A. Johnson Jr., MCAHC’s deputy commander of administration, Allen expressed pleasure in meeting with the WTU staff, led by acting WTU commander Capt. Derek J. Strong and 1st Sgt. Jeffery C. Collins. “The tour was an opportunity for Col. Allen to visit the WTU,” explained Strong. “He wanted to see the facilities, meet with the command and clinical staff, and understand how the Army Warrior Program differs from the Air Force’s.” As JBLE commander, Allen commands three groups, providing installation support to more than 18,000 Air Force and Army personnel, including Headquarters

“The tour was an opportunity for Col. Allen to visit the WTU. He wanted to see the facilities, meet with the command and clinical staff, and understand how the Army Warrior Program differs from the Air Force’s.”

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Having been purchased in 1918 by the U.S. government, Fort Eustis may be young in relative history. However, the land it lies on is rich with history. Hidden beneath an unassuming group of trees lays one piece of American heritage; the burial plot of a doctor of the Confederate Army. Doctor (Capt.) Humphrey Harwood Curtis Jr., along with members of his family, were laid to rest between what is now the third and fourth hole of the Pines Golf Course. According to Michael Moore, Lee Hall Mansion and Endview Plantation historian and curator, Curtis and his wife, Maria, raised their family on the Harwood Plantation in Warwick County, later renovating and renaming it Endview. Along with his medical practice, Curtis raised crops and livestock on his farm. Shortly after the birth of their son in 1860, the Civil War began. Curtis and other Warwick County residents answered the call to arms by the Confederate States of America to fight in the Civil War. In May 1861, Curtis organized a volunteer infantry company called the Warwick Beauregards on the grounds of Endview. Shortly after Curtis was elected captain, the Beauregards joined the 32nd Virginia Volunteer Infantry Regiment on May 27, 1861, and became Company H, serving

“(Maintaining gravesites) reminds us we aren’t the first people to live on this land and we won’t be the last. We are part of a larger story of the history of Fort Eustis, the military and America.” — Dr. Christopher McDaid 733rd Civil Engineer Division installation archaeologist

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The late Dr. (Capt.) Humphrey Harwood Curtis Jr., a ConfederateArmy doctor, was laid to rest between what is now the third and fourth hole of the Pines Golf Course at Fort Eustis. Many historians believed his grave was on the golf course, but due to a lack of records or individuals able to identify the location, didn’t know for sure until May 2001 when archaeologists identified the cemetery.

the Confederate Army. The Beauregards fought in 13 battles during the Civil War, and helped establish the Confederate Army’s defensive lines in the local area. The Curtis family offered many services to the Confederate Army outside Humphrey’s military service. Their farm

provided resources and Maria nursed the sick and wounded Confederate Soldiers. After the end of the Civil War, Curtis continued to practice medicine and manage the farm. Curtis passed away in October 1881. After the U.S. government purchased Mulberry Island, now known as Fort Eustis, the burial sites of Curtis and many other Confederate Soldiers were lost, due to a lack of records or individuals able to identify locations. Many historians believed his grave was on the golf course, but didn’t know for sure until May 2001. Darcy Terry, Warwick County Historical Society president, believes patrons of the Pines Golf Course may find the gravesites to be an unusual site at first, but hopes they take a second look to see the meaning behind them. “Having come across the markers of our Confederate officers and Soldiers, one may get the notion that the stones are out of place, strangely located on a golf course,” said Darcy Terry, Warwick County Historical Society president. “On further reflection, one may momentarily envision a time

before fairways and greens and realize that there was an entirely different world on these grounds. [Perhaps instead], the golf course is strangely located on a cemetery. It challenges perceptions and expands one’s thoughts about time and place; the result being enlightenment.” Employees of the Pines Golf Course maintain the gravesites, ensuring the area remains free of debris and the tombstones are not damaged by the elements of nature. Dr. Christopher McDaid, 733rd Civil Engineer Division installation archaeologist, believes it is important to maintain records of the gravesites and take care of them for generations to come. “It reminds us we aren’t the first people to live on this land and we won’t be the last,” said McDaid. “We are part of a larger story of the history of Fort Eustis, the military and America.” Members of the Fort Eustis community who golf may catch a glimpse of a grave marker as they move through the course, and remember the Soldiers who fought in generations long since passed.


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U.S. Air Force focuses on sustainability for Earth Day 2014 observance By Air Force Civil Engineer Center Public Affairs AIR FORCE NEWS SERVICE

Each year U.S. Air Force installations around the world observe Earth Day on April 22 by taking actions to support the Air Force’s Earth Day theme of “Conserve Today - Secure Tomorrow.” This year, Air Force activities will focus on sustainability, referring to the capacity to continue the mission without compromise and operate into the future without decline – either in the mission, or the natural and man-made systems that support it. Sustainability includes, to a large degree, sustainable installations and is important to making sure we have and will continue to have, the water, materials and resources to protect human health and our environment. In its 2013 Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan, adopted by the Air Force, the Department of Defense outlined four key priority areas: energy and reliance on energy, chemicals of environmental concern, water resource management and maintaining readiness in the face of climate change. The Air Force is committed to reducing energy demands at its installations and increasing the availability of renewable energy sources. While the Air Force’s commitment to sustainable and energy-efficient facilities is not new – the first policy to “apply sustainable development concepts” to facilities and infrastructure projects dates back to 2001 – the Air Force issued guidance in June 2011, building on the Air Force’s vision for sustainable installations where new vertical and major renovations fully incorporate federal requirements for high-performance and sustainable buildings. This includes achieving a minimum of 20 Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, points dedicated toward energy efficiency and water conservation. At Aviano Air Base, Italy, a new 144-Airmen dormitory was constructed in accordance with the latest energy efficiency standards, guaranteeing energy-saving performance. The facility’s energy-reduction initiative included a solar-heating system for domestic hot water production.

“The Air Force recognizes its responsibilities to conserve, reduce waste, prevent pollution and make the Air Force a cleaner, more sustainable force every day. Earth Day provides an opportunity for every individual Airman to show their commitment to the environment and to wisely using our limited natural resources.” — Gen. Mark A. Welsh III Air Force Chief of Staff The 64-panel heating system provides domestic hot water for the entire building, providing anticipated energy savings of at least 50 percent. Compared with traditional gas boilers, a total savings of more than 10,500 cubic meters of natural gas per year is anticipated as well as a reduction of 23,000 kilograms of carbon dioxide emissions per year. The structure is the largest of its kind on the installation and additionally serves as covered parking for Airmen. Six sustainable technologies were installed atop a roof on a security forces building at Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas: cool roofing, solar-power generation, solar thermal, above-sheathing ventilation and rainwater catchment. The features are expected to reduce the utili-

ty bill, produce energy and provide water for irrigation. The project was funded by the DOD Environmental Security Technologies Certification Program, which provides grants to industry to demonstrate sustainable products and systems. Preliminary data shows a 44-percent reduction in energy consumption, said Mary Lumsdon, Goodfellow’s base energy manager. “We were very excited to have been selected to have this project completed on our installation,” Lumsdon said. “This project is a combination of several technologies coming together to aid in our goal of energy reduction and develop our on-base renewable energy sources.” Besides energy conservation, the Air Force is also focusing on reducing the use

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Staff Sgt. James Brown, 10th Intelligence Squadron systems planner, throws away debris in a field at Langley Air Force Base, April 22, 2011 as part of Earth Day activities.

of hazardous and toxic chemicals and materials as part of its sustainability efforts. At Vandenberg AFB, Calif., the 30th Civil Engineer Squadron implemented a green product procurement initiative to encourage more than 220 client shops to specify more environmentally friendly commodities when submitting their hazardous material requests. Any time a hazardous product is requested, the HAZMART team researches and recommends green alternatives. Sometimes, making a change in an existing process can drastically reduce the production of hazardous waste. Engineers with the 72nd Air Base Wing at Tinker AFB, Okla., installed a filter press to remove water from hazardous industrial sludge prior to disposal. The filter reduced the amount of sludge disposed by 92 percent and over seven million pounds per year, saving about $1.2 million annually. Fresh water is a limited and mission critical resource, and water conservation plays an important role in sustainability efforts. Installations across the Air Force are installing low-flow sinks and lavatories in their facilities, as well as promoting the use of landscaping using indigenous drought-tolerant lawn and plant varieties. SEE EARTH DAY PAGE 15


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Commanders and senior raters of enlisted U.S. Air Force Airmen slated to meet the quality force review board in May, or an enlisted retention board in June, must complete an Air Force Form 3538E, Enlisted Retention Recommendation Form, for each eligible Airman, Air Force Personnel Center ofďŹ cials said. Completed forms must be provided to Airmen and submitted to AFPC by April 4 for the QFRB and May 17 for the ERB. The retention recommendation form, although common to the ofďŹ cer retention program, is new to enlisted members, said Will Brown, evaluation and recognition programs branch chief. “Commanders and senior raters who have never completed an RRF for ofďŹ cers may need some guidance on how to complete one,â€? Brown said. “The form is self-explanatory for the most part, but there are sections – like the stratiďŹ cation section – that require commanders to assess their Airmen and rank-order them based on which Airmen have exhibited traits and behaviors that indicate they are suited for retention, so completing the ERRFs will require that commanders and senior raters thoroughly review their Airmen’s records.â€? Board-eligible Airman lists have been provided to military personnel sections for distribution to commanders and senior raters, and information about the form and how to complete it is available in the personnel systems delivery memo on myPers. Lists will be periodically updated in the event eligible Airmen are added or removed from the lists. With some exceptions at the major command, combatant command, numbered Air Force and ďŹ eld operating agency levels, recommendation forms for technical sergeants and below will be completed by administrative unit commanders. For senior noncommissioned ofďŹ cers, forms will be completed by the senior rater. The form includes a job description section for duty title and key duties and responsibilities. That information can be pulled from the last enlisted performance report, unless an Airman has

changed jobs since the last report, Brown said. In that case, the new supervisor/ rater should provide information for the job description section. In addition, the form has a block for mandatory evaluator comments. “This section is limited to three bullets, which should relay to the retention board the unique qualities and skills the Airman possesses and justiďŹ cation for retaining the Airman in the Air Force,â€? Brown explained. For the ERB, commanders or senior raters must then “stratifyâ€? their Airmen to let board members know how Airmen compare to others in their current Air Force specialty codes and grades, and how they compare to others by grade only. QFRB-eligible Airmen will not be stratiďŹ ed. StratiďŹ cation means differentiating between very good, good, average and poor performers, based on the whole person concept, he explained. After stratifying an Airman, the commander or senior rater will select the “retain,â€? “considerâ€? or “do not retainâ€? block, print and hand-sign the form, provide each Airman with a copy of his or her form and submit all forms to the Air Force Personnel Center. Airmen eligible to meet the ERB or QFRB must be provided with a copy of their ERRFs at least 30 days before their board meets, said Brown. That enables Airmen who dispute or have concerns with the comments, ratings or stratiďŹ cation to discuss their concerns with their commander or senior rater. “An Airman may also write a letter directly to the board to address any concerns in his or her record. This correspondence should be focused on factual information, rather than opinion or emotion, and the letter is limited to one page, so information must be very clear and speciďŹ c,â€? Brown said. Airmen slated to meet the ERB or QFRB can ďŹ nd more information about the program and the ERRF on the myPers website. Go to https://mypers. af.mil and enter “FY14 Force Management Programs.â€? Once on the FM page, scroll down to the enlisted only programs section and review the documents linked there.

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Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James is welcomed by U.S. Army Col. Jayne Jansen, 633rd Air Base Wing vice commander and U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt.Trae King, 633rd ABW command chief, at Langley Air Force Base, Feb. 27. During the meeting, the three leaders discussed joint basing and the concerns of today’s modern force with James.

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Secretary of theAir Force Deborah Lee James is met by U.S.Air Force Col. Kevin Huyck, 1st FighterWing commander Col. Edward Corcoran, 1st Operations Group commander, and Lt. Gen. Lori Robinson, Air Combat Command vice commander, at the 1st Fighter Wing hangar at Langley Air Force Base, Feb. 27. At the hangar, James was briefed about the F-22 Raptor’s mission overview and proďŹ ciency.

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James visited Langley Air Force Base Feb. 27 to learn about the mission of Joint Base Langley-Eustis and to discuss the challenges facing the U.S. Air Force. “This is my introduction to Air Combat Command,â€? she said. “I have seen nothing but enormous energy from the Airmen here as they describe how excited they are to be a part of the mission.â€? James’ visit comes just nine weeks after the Senate conďŹ rmed her as the 23rd Secretary of the Air Force. Her arrival to the staff put her directly in the middle of the budget, resource and personnel issues, but James reassured Airmen that her top priority is, and will always be, the people of the Air Force. “Great people will make great organizations,â€? she said. “Without them, you won’t get anything done and taking care of people is fundamental to everything we do.â€? When it comes to managing the Total Force, the Air Force must continue to recruit the right people, retain the most talented Airmen and develop them into future leaders, she said, highlighting the importance of staying committed to upholding the Air Force Core Values and underscoring them with a culture of dignity and respect. In addition to taking care of Airmen, the Air Force must also ensure the readiness needs of today are balanced against the readiness challenges of tomorrow, James said. Immediate training, equipment and resource concerns will be constantly evaluated against future technological investments. “The Air Force must be ready to go against any enemy who may challenge us,â€? James said. “This is a world we can no longer take for granted. We have to prepare.â€? To ensure the Air Force’s position as the world’s dominant airpower, James challenged Airmen to make every dollar count at every level. “As an Air Force we must constantly add value to the American people,â€? she said. “We are entrusted with a lot of money. We owe it to this country to spend it wisely.â€? With any budget, a gap always exists when attempting to match strategic goals with available resources. The mismatch presented in the 2015 budget required Air Force leaders to make a series of judgment calls resulting in

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Secretary of the Air Forrce Deborah Lee James speaks with Airmen during an all-call at Langley Air Force Base, Feb. 27.

“Great people wiill make great organizations. Witho out them, you won’t get anything g done and taking care of people is fu undamental to everything we do.â€? — Deborah D Lee James Seccretary of the Air Force cuts, reductions and reestructuring across the service, said James. One of the most con ntroversial decisions is to gradually retire the A-10 Thunderbolt II. While it has been a “stalwart airplaneâ€? for close air support misssions, other airframes can provide that same capability, c James said. “In the beginning, the t decision troubled me quite a bit,â€? she said d. “However, I learned that while the A-10 is im mportant, 80 percent of our close air support missions m are handled by other aircraft.â€? Additionally, the deecision was made to keep the RQ-4 Global Hawk and retire the U-2 “Dragon Lady.â€? “We had to make som me hard choices when considering which airframe to cut,â€? said James. “The tipping point p was cost. When looking at lifecycle sustainment, the Global Hawk is less costly.â€? Another decision maade to cut costs was to gradually retire the MQ Q-1 Predator over the next ďŹ ve years, while increasing i the combat air patrols of the MQ-9 9 Reaper. Both are tre-

mendous systems and have done great work over the past 12 years, said James. James said the refocusing of these resources will also open up opportunities to Airmen currently assigned to the platforms scheduled to be phased out. “There is always going to be a place for good Airmen in theAir Force,â€? she said. “We need pilots and support staff to take care of these and future airframes,â€? such as the F-35 Lightning II, KC-46 Pegasus and Long-Range Strike Bomber. The Air Force plans to fully fund ying hours for next year to get those numbers back up because sequestration has degraded readiness, said James. Another challenge will be the reduction of up to 25,000 Airmen over the next ďŹ ve years and the force-shaping measures that will follow these manpower cuts. The Secretary also addressed compensation concerns ranging from pay and BAH to commissary beneďŹ ts. “The idea is to push these savings back into other investments that will secure our future and modernization efforts,â€? said James. “We have to do this,â€? she said. “For a year or two we need to get by with these cuts, while monitoring their impact and ensuring we don’t go too far.â€? James said despite these cuts, she is conďŹ dent the Air Force has a secure future and “good days ahead.â€? “The U.S. military joint force cannot get by without what the Air Force brings to the table,â€? the Secretary said. “We are integral to every aspect of joint operations thanks to terrific Airmen who continue to do great things.â€?

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Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James is greeted by U.S. Air Force Col. Jeffrey Kruse, 480th Intelligence Reconnaissance Wing commander, at Langley Air Force Base, Feb. 27. James met with Kruse and other leaders to discuss the 480th ISR mission and capabilities.

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Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James is greeted by U.S.Air Force Gen. Mike Hostage,Air Combat Command commander, at Langley Air Force Base, Feb. 27. During the greeting, Hostage highlighted ACC strengths, Airmen and combat readiness.


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A team of four instructors from Fort Leavenworth Combined Arms Center for Training taught 35 senior noncommissioned officers and officers the Army’s Digital Training Management System at the Unit Training Management, or UTM, course, which outlines the way the Army manages its training, Feb 18-20. According to William H. Riester, Army Training Network Team, Northrop Grumman, Training Management Directorate, in 2012, the Chief of Staff of the Army directed the Training Management Directorate to form a Military Transition Team, or MTT, and visit various Army installations. “The 2012 versions of Army Doctrine Publications 7-0, Army Doctrine Reference Publications 7-0 and the Leader’s Guide to UTM have several new key doctrinal concepts,” Riester said. “The new doctrine makes the unit commander the primary training manager. It has key collective tasks as the focus for unit training. The doctrine also makes Military Decision Making Process and Troop Leading Procedures the processes for units to plan their training.” The course solidifies a foundation of doctrine and tools in the course, so students can become teachers in order to train their units on managing training as it applies to the individual units. “The course is designed as a trainthe-trainer course,” Lt. Col. Damon Pfaltzgraff, Training Management MTT team chief, said. “The intent is to provide the doctrine, tools and references to training management coupled with a professional discussion on how these apply to units like the ‘Big Red One’ and the challenges every unit faces.” During the period of heightened deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, units were given a list of required training. Today, the Army is moving towards a different approach. “Our leaders need to develop their own training plans based on their understanding of their units,”

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Capt. AndreWilliams (bottom left), S-3 assistant officer in charge, STB, 1st Sustainment Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, listens at the UnitTraining Management course at Fort Riley, Feb. 18-20.Williams is going to be a training OIC one day, so he is getting up-to-date training on the Army’s DigitalTraining Management System.

Pfaltzgraff said. The Combined Arms Center for Training provides training services with an Army Training Network team that provides tailored training events for company through brigadelevel leaders and staff. Training and readiness is the core of the Army’s readiness for Brig. Gen. Sean P. Swindell, 1st Infantry Division deputy commanding general of maneuver. “Training management is the center of gravity for everything we are trying to do with the Big Red One,” Swindell said. “We got to become experts at training management. That’s why we are bringing the MTT here to refocus our training management skills; some of it has collapsed since we’ve gone to

“I know that DTMS has its setbacks, but I know as we get more familiar with it, it will get easier. Plus, we get feedback from our partners at Fort Leavenworth to fix it.” — Brig. Gen. Sean P. Swindell 1st Infantry Division deputy commanding general of maneuver

Iraq and Afghanistan, but we are back and we need to regroup on those skills sets.” Swindell spoke about areas where Digital Training Management System, or DTMS, could be improved. “I know that DTMS has its setbacks, but I know as we get more familiar with it, it will get easier,” Swindell said. “Plus, we get feedback from our partners at Fort Leavenworth to fix it.” Swindell talked about ways the Army is looking at improving DTMS in the future, making it an even more effective training tool. One day, Soldiers may be able to use smart phone apps to input mass amounts of data wirelessly while still at a range, Swindell said. Capt. Andre Williams, S-3 assistant officer in charge, Special Troops Battalion, 1st Sustainment Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, a student of the class, said he was surprised at the new path the Army is moving towards. He also said this course made him a more effective trainer. “I feel training management is significantly important because everything in the Army is driven by combat readiness, which is driven by training,” Williams said. “This course is teaching us all the techniques to proficiently execute training.”


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EARTH DAY FROM PAGE 10 Wastewater treatment plays an import role in conservation. In 2013, Hurlburt Field, Fla., began operations to clean and recycle water for reuse. The water will predominantly be used for irrigation and wash rack purposes. “Hurlburt Field is in a water resource caution area,â€? said Jonathan Colmer, air and water program manager for the 1st Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron at Hurlburt. “Implementing the Hurlburt Field Reuse System will help conserve these groundwater resources for years to come.â€? Small changes can reap large savings, even at a facility which was built to save water. Engineers at Tinker AFB, Okla., discovered that installing valves on the cleaning discharge lines at a wastewater treatment plant there, and asking plant operators to close the valves at the end of their shifts, resulted in a ďŹ scal 2013 savings of 104 million gallons of water and $1.7 million. As stated in the DOD’s sustainability plan, strategies which improve sustainability can also make the DOD more resilient to climate change. Conserving energy and water, while increasing the use of re-

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Researchers from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory continue to expand body armor analysis work to protect U.S. Army Soldiers, not only protecting their lives in combat, but also their treatment and recovery. The team of researchers, who work in the Warfighter Survivability Branch of ARL’s Survivability Lethality Analysis Directorate, implement methodology to better understand and analyze the protective capability of body armor, both in terms of mitigating injury and life changing outcomes. For example, eye injuries have a low level on the threat to life scale but are very significant in terms of quality of life and the Soldier’s ability to perform military tasks. The addition of new injury outcome metrics provides a method of scoring and quantifying protection in multiple meaningful dimensions. “Current ballistic protection continues to excel at protecting our Soldiers,” said Rebecca VanAmburg, electrical engineer. “So there has been a paradigm shift not just to focus on threat to life, but other dimensions of injury as well. By performing survivability analysis that exam-

■ Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, which has the mission to develop technology and engineering solutions for America’s Soldiers. ■ RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command. AMC is the Army’s premier provider of materiel readiness--technology, acquisition support, materiel development, logistics power projection and sustainment--to the total force, across the spectrum of joint military operations. If a Soldier shoots it, drives it, flies it, wears it, eats it or communicates with it, AMC provides it. ines the multiple dimensional aspects of trauma, we can best continue to optimize how we protect and also very importantly, how we communicate these protection levels in meaningful ways.” Soldiers’ quality of life is a major piece. “We are using the models we already have and characterizing injury and classifying them,” said Patrick Gillich, personnel methodology team leader. “We always

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Researchers from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory continue to expand body armor analysis work to protect U.S. Army Soldiers, not only protecting their lives in combat, but also their daily life functions after treatment and recovery.

care about Soldiers’ threat to life – injury and loss of life, but what about quality of life and daily function? We are focusing on the simple things we all take for granted – the simple daily function tasks.” There are four steps in the body armor analysis process. First, they look at the physical body armor and how it fits on the Soldier. Then the armor is modeled on their human model. Next, the human model fitted with body armor is demonstrated in a threat environment. As the final step, they perform analysis to determine the armors effectiveness in a threat environment. Team member Latrice Hall enhanced the Army’s current methodology for performing personnel vulnerability methodology by incorporating quality of life measures. She proofed the implementation of this new analytical capability and has communicated it to the Department of Defense’s test and evaluation community. “I implemented the metrics Rebecca uses and performed studies to help us understand the impact that the addition of new dimensions have on our analysis,” said Hall. “It’s important to perform comprehensive testing to check the quality of the outcome to ensure it’s accurate.” The importance of this research is to continually communicate the protective capability of body armor to developers in a manner that easily quantifies the differences between systems. With their analysis, small area of coverage changes can

be shown to have a significant increase in quality of life outcomes. These analyses have been used in the decision to field Army plate carriers, neck protection and urogenital protection. “The reason we do this is we want to be able to help the Soldier stay in his or her job and help them go back to their daily lives after they are injured,” said Gillich. The team continues to focus on protecting other parts of the body, which may limit lower level injuries that have a significant effect on quality of life. “We are also looking at other parts of the body, such as the urogenital region and the forearm,” said VanAmburg. “When evaluating the need for additional body armor, we determine which metric most effectively evaluates the injuries sustained in that body area. For instance, when evaluating the need for ballistic undergarments, it was important to not only assess the injuries sustained in that body region, but also how those injuries effect the Soldier’s quality of life.” The goal of every researcher at ARL is to ensure the Army’s Soldiers are the best trained, most lethal and well protected in the world. VanAmburg supports that goal and said, “We are using our expertise to quantify the protective capability of body armor that protects Soldiers. We are able to assess several dimensions of injury to provide meaningful analysis to the body armor community.”


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U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Jeff W. Mathis III, JointTask Force Civil Support commander, presents coins to 633rd Logistics Readiness Squadron Airmen during his visit to Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Feb. 26. Mathis presented coins to show his appreciation to the squadron for providing assistance during a recent JTF-CS deployment readiness exercise. Internal exercises, such as DREs, ensure unit preparedness to support local first responders in the event of a man-made or a natural disaster in the United States.

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U.S. Army Maj. Gen. JeffW. Mathis III, JointTask Force Civil Support commander, presents a commander's coin to U.S.Air ForceAirman 1st Class MaraAcevedo, U.S.Air Force Heritage ofAmerica Band member, during his visit to Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Feb. 26. Mathis presented coins to show his appreciation to the band for providing musical entertainment at the recent JTF-CS Burns Night Dining Out. JTF-CS anticipates, plans and prepares for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense Support of Civil Authorities response operations.

Defense budget request squares priorities, resources By Jim Garamone AMERICAN FORCES PRESS SERVICE

The fiscal year 2015 defense budget request works to square priorities with resources, Defense Department officials said while calling for a one percent pay raise for the military. President Barack Obama’s defense topline request presented to the U.S. Congress today is set at $496 billion – a number agreed to in the Bipartisan Budget Act last year. The request supports the defense strategic guidance and begins the recovery from the damage caused by last year’s budget sequester. Officials said the fiscal 2015 budget is designed to protect capabilities supporting the three department priorities: defending the homeland, building global defense and winning wars decisively. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, previewed

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, both stressed the need for balance among personnel, readiness and modernization in the Pentagon’s funding. the budget request last week. Both stressed the need for balance among personnel, readiness and modernization in the Pentagon’s funding. The request continues the push for a smaller more agile force that’s able to fight terrorists and counter violent extremists as well as fighting and winning across the spectrum of battle. The fiscal 2015 budget seeks to repair the damage caused by the deep spending cuts imposed by sequestration. Read-

iness was most adversely affected, officials said, and money from the budget act above sequestration levels is earmarked for readiness accounts across the services. The budget request also continues to look for efficiencies and to push for institutional reform, officials said. The department will continue to eliminate duplication, tighten up on personnel costs, reduce headquarters and consolidate infrastructure. “The department has learned from prior drawdowns that it is impossible to generate all the needed savings just through efficiencies,” an overview report said. Officials stressed they are seeking to slow growth of pay, compensation and health care – but not to cut anything. These costs have been growing faster than in the civilian world, they explained, and the department cannot keep up the current pace. While seeking a one percent military pay raise in fiscal 2015, the budget request would slow the growth of basic allowances for housing as well as seek changes in

the military health care system. Modernization is another key to DOD success, officials said, noting that the U.S. military must be able to fight the wars today and in the future. Stressing that keeping the American military’s qualitative edge is imperative, defense leaders continually have said they don’t want American Service members to eke out a victory, but to dominate in combat. The budget continues to give prominence to the improved lethality, survivability and affordability of the next generation of weapons systems. This includes the next-generation bomber, new aircraft carriers, the joint strike fighter program, the KC46 air-to-air refueling tanker and more. America also will enhance cyberspace, space, missile defense and precision strike capabilities, officials said. While the topline is agreed upon, Congress will ultimately decide the overall figure on Pentagon spending in debate and negotiations over the coming months.


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No excuse for drug abuse, misuse By Senior Airman Cortney Paxton 341ST MISSILE WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS

U.S. Air Force Airmen have a duty to uphold the Air Force core values and must be “fit to fight.” Maintaining that fit lifestyle means routine health checkups, proper diet, exercise and sometimes using medications to combat illness and physical ailments. Picking up over-the-counter medication at the local drug store or being prescribed medication by a healthcare provider are common practices for Airmen looking to get or remain healthy but misuse or abuse of any drug can be a serious problem with serious consequences. “It’s hard to define medication misuse because some people think of it as medication abuse and they’re not the same thing,” said Capt. Arnaldo Figueroa, the 341st Medical Support Squadron officer in charge of pharmacy services. “Medication misuse is anything from not using the medication that has been prescribed by your healthcare provider the way it was instructed to using a medication prescribed to someone else.” This is in comparison to medication abuse where there is a behavioral issue and there may even be a psychological or dependency component to it; normally known as substance use disorder, she said. While misuse and abuse are not the same thing, both are problems. The misuse of prescription medications has drastically increased over the last 10 years and has become one of the most common reasons for emergency room visits and sudden death. In 2008, the Office of

National Drug Control Policy found that one-third of all new abusers of prescription drugs in 2006 were 12 to 17 years of age. This data underscores the importance of proactively addressing drug misuse to prevent potential abuse, additional cost to healthcare and the burden it may cause to society and U.S. military members. “It’s important that unused drugs are being disposed of properly,” Figueroa said. “Leftover medications remaining in cabinets at home could eventually lead to teenagers or children finding them and not knowing or understanding what the repercussions are of taking something that was not prescribed for them and could cause them serious health consequences. That’s why it’s so important.” Improper drug disposal can also have negative environmental impacts. “Proper drug disposal is important in order to keep drugs out of our landfills and water systems,” said police Capt. Bob Armstrong, Montana Highway Patrol District II. “People just got used to dumping them down toilets and throwing them in the garbage – that’s not the proper way to do it because it effects the environment.” Additionally, drugs improperly dis-

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The misuse of prescription medications has drastically increased over the last 10 years and has become one of the most common reasons for emergency room visits and sudden death. In 2008, the Office of National Drug Control Policy found that one-third of all new abusers of prescription drugs in 2006 were 12 to 17 years of age.

posed of, or not disposed of at all, could fall into the hands of a child, teenager or an individual for which the drug wasn’t prescribed, leading to the misuse of the drugs and sometimes adverse consequences.

“Medication misuse is anything from not using the medication that has been prescribed by your healthcare provider the way it was instructed, to using a medication prescribed to someone else.” — Capt. Arnaldo Figueroa 341st Medical Support Squadron officer in charge of pharmacy services

According to the Uniform Code of Military Justice, any person who wrongfully uses, possesses, manufactures, distributes, imports into the customs territory of the United States, exports from the United States or introduces into an installation, vehicle or aircraft or under the control of the armed forces, a (controlled) substance shall be punished as a court-martial may direct. This includes the sharing of prescription medications. While misuse of controlled substances could warrant adverse legal consequences, not disposing of or misusing expired prescribed drugs may result in negative consequences as well.

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Spring turkey season

Range schedule

Daylight saving time begins March 9 at 2 a.m. Don’t forget to turn your clocks forward one hour and check smoke detector batteries.

The 733rd Mission Support Group Civil Engineer Division will conduct a lottery-based spring turkey hunting season from April 12 through May 17 at Fort Eustis. The Environmental Element is selling lottery tickets Monday throughThursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through March 28 at 1407 Washington Blvd. Tickets are $5 each, payable by check or money order. The drawing will be held on March 31. Selected hunters will be contacted by CED staff to determine availability of hunt days and areas, and will have at least two half-days to harvest a turkey. For more information, contact James Dolan at 817-7287 or james.d.dolan.civ@mail.mil.

Ranges, training areas and associated facilities are off limits to personnel not engaged in scheduled firing, operations or inspections unless clearance is obtained (in person) from the Range Control Fire Desk or a designated Range Control technician. The Range Control office telephone number is 878-4412, ext. 226 or 8783834, ext 234. The range operations schedule through March 12 is: ■ Friday – BTRACS, Range 1, 3 (7 a.m. to 10 p.m.) ■ Saturday and Sunday – Range 2, 3 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) ■ Monday through Wednesday – Range 1, 2, 3 (7 a.m. to 10 p.m.) All personnel are required to check in and out with Range Control before going into or departing from any range or training area.

Inspector General Office annex The Fort Eustis Inspector General Office will open an annex on March 10 at 650 Monroe Ave., room 125. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, contact Sgt. 1st Class Cedric Stokes at 878-1409.

Home buying and selling seminars The Fort Eustis Housing Referral Office will host a Home Buying Seminar from 6 to 8:30 p.m., March 11 and a Home Selling Seminar from 6 to 8:30 p.m., March 13. Both seminars will take place in the Civil Engineer Division conference room at 1407 Washington Blvd. Industry speakers will include a realtor, mortgage lender, attorney and home inspector. The seminars are free and open to the public. Please RSVP at least three business days prior to attending the seminar of your choice. To register, call 8782977/5687/5579.

MCAHC vaccine clinics Vaccines will now be administered on site at the following McDonald Army Health Center clinics: Pediatrics, Family Health, Troop Medical #2 and Internal Medicine. The Immunization Clinic will only administer vaccines on Fridays from 8 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. for patients who do not have a primary care manager. For more information, contact the clinic at which you are enrolled.

Motorcycle rider courses

In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the following events will take place at Fort Eustis: ■ “3 on 3 Hoops” – 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., April 19 at Anderson Field House. The basketball event is free to active-duty U.S. military members, dependents and Department of Defense civilians. Divisions will include open, co-ed and female. To register, contact Sgt. 1st Class Lisa Lopez at lisa.m.lopez.mil@mail.mil. ■ “Speak Up” self defense course – 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., April 23 at 1025 Monroe Ave.The event is open to Soldiers, spouses and civilians. Participants should wear gym clothing and bring flip flops. To register, contact Sgt. 1st Class Lisa Lopez at lisa.m.lopez.mil@mail.mil. ■ “Strike-Out Sexual Assault” bowling tournament – 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., April 25. The event will take place at the Bowling Center at 675 Jackson St. To register, e-mail stacy.l.taylor2.mil@us.army.mil.

The 633rd ABW Safety Office is offering the following motorcycle courses: ■ Experienced Rider’s Course (BRC-2) – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., March 19 and 26, and April 9 and 16. The course will take place at training area 14-A at 3300 Wilson Ave. ■ Military Sport Bike Rider’s Course (MSRC) – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., March 18 and 25, and April 1, 8 and 15. The course will take place at 705 Washington Blvd., room 169. Motorcycle courses are offered to active-duty U.S. military memebers on a first-come, first-served basis. Family members, retirees, Department of Defense civilians and contractors will be scheduled on a standby basis only. The Beginner Rider’s Course is not offered at Fort Eustis; however, active-duty military can take the BRC at Fort Lee or Little Creek free of charge. Thomas Nelson Community College also offers the BRC for a fee of $135. To register for the BRC-2 or MSRC courses, email usaf.jble.633-abw.mbx.eustis-safety-office@mail.mil and include the following information: desired course date, first and last name, last four digits of social security number, rank, age, branch of service, unit, and phone number. For more information about the motorcycle rider courses, call 501-8261/8230/8263.

Internet service changes

Family Advocacy Program

American Warrior Networks has discontinued Internet services at Fort Eustis. In early June, Boingo will be the new provider at locations previously serviced by AWN. Soldiers can contact Cox Communications at 224-9391 to check the availability of interim Internet services. Once service is up and running, Boingo will offer high speed Wi-Fi, IP-based wireless HDTV, enhanced video capability and access to more than one million hotspots around the world.

The Family Advocacy Program is offering the following classes at 213 Calhoun St. ■ Active Parenting forTeens – 9 a.m. to noon, March 14. ■ Anger Management – 1 to 2:30 p.m., March 18. ■ Family Advocacy Safety Education Seminar – 9 to 11 a.m., March 27. ■ Journey to Strength – 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Thursdays. For more information or to register, call 878-0807. No children please.

Ammunition Supply Point inventory Appointments will not be accepted during the Fort Eustis Ammunition Supply Point’s scheduled inventory on March 18-21. For more information, contact Chief Warrant Officer 5 Carolita Green at 878-1330.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Army Community Service Army Community Service classes and workshops for March will include: ■ Baby and Me Play Group – 10 to 11 a.m. onThursdays at 501 Madison Ave. ■ Civilian Professional Development – 10 to 11:30 a.m., March 28, Successful Team Dynamics and 1:30 to 3 p.m., March 18, Learn to Communicate. Registration is required. ■ Credit Reporting, Scores and Debt Management – 9 to 10 a.m., March 18. ■ DevelopingYour Financial Plan – 9 to 10 a.m., March 11 and 25. ■ Effective ResumeWriting – 9 a.m. to noon, March 21. ■ Family Readiness Group Fund CustodianTraining – 1 to 3 p.m., March 26. Registration is required. ■ Federal Employment – 10 a.m. to noon, March 20. ■ Financial ReadinessTraining – 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., March 21. ■ Installation Volunteer Orientation – 10 to 11 a.m., March 4. ■ ManagingYour CheckingAccount – 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., March 20. ■ Personal Growth and Resilience – 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., March 11-14. Register by March 3. ■ Play Mornings Play Group – 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays at 1102 Pershing Ave. ■ Spouse Resilience Training – 9 a.m. to noon, March 24-27. ■ Volunteer Management Training for FRG Leaders and Liaisons – 10 to 11:30 a.m., March 18. Unless otherwise noted, classes and briefings will take place in Bldg. 650, Monroe Ave. For more information, call 878-3638.

SCFE Warrior Run Registration is open for the Spouses’ Club of Fort Eustis 5K and 10K Warrior Run scheduled for 7 a.m., April 26 at Anderson Field House. The 10K run is $30 for all groups; 5K run or walk is $25 for all groups; fun run for ages 12 and under is $15 and both races is $50 for all groups. Prizes will be awarded in all categories. To register, visit http://active.com/fort-eustis-va/running/ races/scfe-5-and-10k-warrior-run-2014.


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TRICARE Service Center closure

Langley undergoes network modernization

Women’s History Month Self-Defense Classes

Beginning April 1, the TRICARE Service Center will close. U.S. Service members will be able to enroll or purchase plans, file or check claims, view referrals and prior authorizations, find a doctor, change their primary care manager, view their coverage, compare plans and manage prescriptions online. For more information or to receive enrollment assistance, call (877) 874-2273 or visit www.hnfs.com.

Langley Air Force Base is undergoing a major networking upgrade to 210 buildings on base.Throughout the process, users should expect some lapses in communication connectivity during the various phases. The project is expected to be completed by Dec. 31.

The Women’s History Month council will host Krav Maga self-defense classes from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., March 12 and 14 at the Air Combat Command Fitness Center. For more information, contact 2nd Lt. Keisha Pearson at keisha.pearson@us.af.mil, Tech. Sgt. Joshua Finkbeiner at joshua.finkbeiner@us.af.mil or the Equal Opportunity office at 764-5878.

Women’s History Month Floating Museum

From March 1 to Dec. 31, all U.S. Air Force Service members receiving dependent-rate Basic Allowance for Housing are required to recertify their entitlement. Those affected are required to provide the Financial Services Office a signed Air Force Form 594 and source document validating the requirement for dependent-rate BAH. Service members will be notified via email when they are required to recertify and may use a marriage certificate, youngest child’s birth certificate or court order attesting to physical custody. Those that do not respond by the established suspense date will have their BAH reduced to single rate until they recertify. For more information, contact the FSO at 764-3333 or 633cpts.service@us.af.mil.

The Women’s History Month has created a floating museum to showcase prominent women in U.S. military history at various locations on Langley Air Force Base. The portable museum contains symbolic artifacts of women’s accomplishments. Below are the dates and locations the museum can be found at: ■ March 4 to 9 – Crossbow Dining facility & RaptorTown ■ March 10 to 12 – Air Combat Command Fitness Center ■ March 13 to 17 – Shellbank Fitness Center ■ March 18 to 23 – Community Center ■ March 19 – Quesada Hall ■ March 21 – Shellbank Fitness Center ■ March 24 to 27 – Military Personnel Section ■ March 29 to 31 – Air Force Inn For more information, contact Senior Master Sgt.Michelle Browning at michelle.browning@us.af.mil or the Equal Opportunity office at 764-5878.

Langley Chapel linen cleaning contractor

Better Body Better Life

The Langley Chapel is seeking a contactor who will ensure all linens and washable vestments are washed, pressed, folded and returned to the chapel generally within one week. Some cloth items, i.e., purificators and corporals require starch.The contractor must have knowledge about washing and folding sacred cloths, which require specific procedures. The public bid opening will take place at the Langley Chapel Annex at 10 a.m., March 12. For more information or to review the Statement of Work, contact Anne Spencer at 764-3326 or the Chapel Annex at 764-7847.

The Health andWellness Center at Langley Air Force Base will host “Better Body, Better Life” classes from 9 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays, and from 1 to 3 p.m. on Thursdays. The program will feature a weight management series of four different workshops - each includes a different nutrition, behavior modification and physical activity component. For more information, contact Tiffany Owen at tiffany. owen.3.ctr@us.af.mil or 764-8141.

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ABU Maternity Uniform shortage The Defense Logistics Agency is in the final phases of switching over to the lighter weight fabric Airman Battle Uniforms. Due to this change, Army Air Force Exchange Services Military Clothing Sales stores now have an approximately 90 day shortage of ABU maternity uniforms. The blues maternity uniforms are currently in stock and commanders have the ability to authorize their wear until the supply system recovers approximately May 2014.

Meet Your Victim Advocate events The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office will host “Meet Your Victim Advocate” events at the Langley Exchange from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday and Friday, and at the Langley Commissary from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. The events will offer games, free prizes and literature to teach the Joint Base Langley-Eustis community about the program that “makes it their business in helping others.” For more information about the events, contact the SAPR office at 764-7272.

Strengthening Bonds

Langley First Sergeants Bowling Tournament The Langley Lanes Bowling Alley will host the Langley First Sergeants Bowling Tournament from 1 to 4:30 p.m., March 14. Each team must have four people. Cost is $15 per person and includes three games of cosmic bowling and shoe rental. For more information or to sign up, contact Senior Master Sgt. Pamela Marks at pamela.marks@us.af.mil or 2250185 and Master Sgt. Ted Wilde at ted.wilde@us.af.mil or 225-6972.

Bethel Elementary Craft and Vendor Fair Bethel Elementary will host a Craft and Vendor Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., March 15. Profits will be used to purchase technology for the students at the school. The event will showcase vendors and a silent auction. For more information, contact Rachel Sandekian at 7515919, or Amanda Gauthier at (570) 916-0115.

Personal Safety classes The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office will host personal safety classes at the Shellbank Fitness Center at 3:30 p.m., April 18 and 24 for women, and at the Air Combat Command Fitness Center at 4 p.m., April 10 for men. Additionally, there will be a co-ed class every Monday and Friday at 11 a.m. at the ACC Fitness Center. For more information, contact the SAPR office at 764-7272.

The Family Advocacy Program will host “Strengthening Bonds” classes from 9:30 to 11 a.m. each Wednesday through March 26. These classes will aim to enhance the knowledge and skills to strengthen marriages through a combination of discussions and exercises.

Self-defense classes for women

1st Maintenance Squadron annual inventory

The Air Combat Command Fitness Center will host free self-defense classes for men from 4 to 5 p.m., April 10 and 24. For more information or to sign up, call 764-6956 or 764-5409.

March 2-9, 1st Maintenance Squadron munitions personnel will perform a semi-annual munitions inventory. During this time, no transactions will be conducted unless an emergency request is submitted in writing and approved by the group commander in accordance with U.S. Air Force Air Force Instruction 21-201, “Conventional Munitions Maintenance Management.” For more info, contact Munitions Operations at 764-7164.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Committee The Asian Pacific American Heritage planning committee will host its next meeting at 11:00 a.m. March 7 and 21, April 4, 11, 18 and 25 and May 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 at the Langley Chapel Auditorium. For more information, contact Master Sgt. Darwin Mallari at 574-5004, or the Equal Opportunity office at 764-5878.

The Shellbank Fitness Center will host free self-defense classes for women from 3:30 to 5 p.m., April 4 and 18. For more information or to sign up, call 764-6956 or 764-5409.

Self-defense classes for men

SAPR Poetry Slam The Langley Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office will host a poetry slam at Memorial Park at 9 a.m., April 20. Poems entered must be related to consent, sexual assault, healthy dating and relationships, surviving sexual assault and “no means no.” Entries must be submitted by April 15, and the winning poet will receive a signed copy of Command Chief Master Sgt. Trae King’s book, “B-Trae’d,” and their poem will be published on the Joint Base Langley-Eustis website. For more information, contact Vanessa Williams at 7643359 or clara.williams.3@us.af.mil.


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recreational activities including softball and soccer fields, basketball, volleyball and tennis courts, picnic areas, nature and mountain bike trails, a skate park, playgrounds, senior center and fishing. The park is located at 13036 Nike Park Road in Carrollton. Hours are from 8:30 a.m. until dusk. For more information, call 357-0115 or visit www.historicisleofwight.com.

The NASA/Langley Exchange Skywatchers Astronomy Club invites the public to come out and view the night skies from 7 to 9 p.m., March 8 at New Quarter Park in Williamsburg. Club members will set up telescopes and observe the moon, Jupiter, Orion Nebula and other celestial objects. Bring high-quality binoculars for moon-viewing and dim your headlights when approaching the event area. Admission is free. Visitors can arrive at 6:30 p.m. and speak with the astronomers during equipment set-up. For more information, call York County Parks, Recreation andTourism at 890-3500 or New Quarter Park at 890-5840.

St. Patrick’s Day celebration A St. Patrick’s Day celebration will take place from 5:30 to 9 p.m., March 15 at City Center at Oyster Point in Newport News. Admission and parking are free. The event will feature live music, take-away crafts, face painting and more. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. For more information on the St. Patrick’s Day event, visit www.citycenteratoysterpoint.com.

American Impressionism tour The Peninsula Fine Arts Center will host an American Impressionism tour at 6 p.m., March 25 at 101 Museum Drive in Newport News. Visitors can learn about the history of the American Impressionism movement during a talk and tour given by Virginia Museum of Fine Arts curator SylviaYount. Admission is $3 for members, $10 for nonmembers and free to PFAC Circle members. To RSVP, contact Joan Dobson at 596-8175 or e-mail jdobson@pfac-va.org.

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Virginia Living Museum

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As part of the 2012 Battle of Hampton Roads weekend at The Mariners’ Museum, attendees chose to sign up for either the Confederate or Union Armies. This year event is scheduled for March 7-9.

‘Battle of Hampton Roads’ weekend The “Battle of Hampton Roads” weekend will take place March 7-9 at the Mariners’ Museum at 100 Museum Drive in Newport News. Bring the family as we commemorate the 152nd anniversary of the Battle of the Ironclads. The event will feature Civil War re-enactors, living history encampments, cannon firing, 19th century music and family programs and games. Admission is $12 for adults, $11 for military and senior citizens ages 65 and older, $10 for students ages 13 and older, $7 for children ages six to12 and free for children ages five and under. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit www.marinersmuseum.

The Abingdon Ruritan Club will host a Spring Seafood Festival from 3 to 8 p.m., May 21 at 8784 Guinea Road in Bena. This is an all-you-can-eat event with food and beverages included in the ticket price. Admission is $50 per person and parking is free. Tickets must be purchased in advance and will be available through April 26. The menu will feature fried oysters, scallops, clam fritters, fish, hush puppies, fries, steamed shrimp/crabs/oysters, clam chowder, barbeque, cake and ice cream. Clams and oysters will also be available on the half-shell. To purchase tickets, mail a self-addressed stamped legalsize envelope to Abingdon Ruritan Club, P.O. Box 22, Bena, VA 23018. Make checks payable to Abingdon Ruritan Club. Tickets may also be purchased at the Ruritan Club from 5 to 7 p.m. on Fridays. For more information, call (804) 642-5869.

“Military Through the Ages” event on March 15-16, featuring re-enactors depicting centuries of military history. Admission is free for children ages three and under. Hands-on programs last 90 minutes and address Virginia and United States standards of learning for history and social studies. Students can enroll in one of four programs at each museum according to grade level. The deadline to register for hands-on classroom programs is 5 p.m., three business days prior to the program or tour. Jamestown Settlement is located on Route 31 southwest of Williamsburg and the Yorktown Victory Center is located on Route 1020 inYorktown. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more information or to register, contact Group Reservations at 253-4939 or visit www.historyisfun.org/ homeschool-program.htm.

‘Homeschool Program Days’

Nike-Ajax walking tour

Homeschool families are invited to enjoy history lessons with special admission and hands-on programs at “Homeschool Program Days,” March 8-16 at Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century Virginia and theYorktown Victory Center, a museum of the American Revolution. Tickets are $12 per family member and include unlimited admission to both museums, pre-registration for optional student hands-on classroom programs or family guided tours and admission to Jamestown Settlement’s annual

The Isle of Wight County Historic Resources Department will host a walking tour of the former Nike-Ajax missile site at 2 p.m., March 15.The event is free and open to the public. The program will begin with a short presentation followed by a tour of the original barracks, mess hall, administration and recreation buildings, family housing, fueling area and underground missile magazines. The former missile site is now home to the Isle of Wight County Parks and Recreation Department. Nike Park offers

■ Pine Needle Basketry Class – Attendees ages 18 and older can learn how to create a coiled basket from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 22. Basketry supplies will include spartina grass, long leaf pine needles and oyster shells. The cost is $85. To register in advance, call 595-9135 or visit www.thevlm.org. ■ Star Party and Laser Light Shows – Free star observing begins at sunset March 8 at the museum. Take a tour of the current night sky in “Virginia Skies” at 7:30 p.m., followed by three laser shows: “Laser Country” at 8:30 p.m. for families, “Laser Queen” at 10 p.m. for hard rock devotees, and “Dark Side of the Moon” at 11:30 p.m. for Pink Floyd fans. All shows are $6. The Wild Side Café will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. ■ Story Time at the Museum – The third Saturday of the month is story time at the museum. Bring the kids at 10 a.m. on March 15 to hear “The Wide Mouth Frog” by Rex Schneider and see a live animal. Recommended for ages two and up, and included in museum admission. ■ Young Professionals: Networking Superstars – Join other young professionals ages 21 to 45 at the museum’s networking event scheduled for 6 p.m., March 12. Activities will include stargazing, a planetarium show, snacks and beverages. Admission is $10. ■ Winter Planetarium Shows – Choose among three shows in the museum’s Abbitt Planetarium through March 14. Introduce your little astronomer to the wonders of the sky with “Friendly Stars.” A staff astronomer takes a tour of the current night sky in “Virginia Skies.” “Dark” is a full dome movie that explores the nature of dark matter. The planetarium is open Wednesday through Sunday. The cost is $4 in addition to museum admission. The Virginia Living Museum is located at 524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard in Newport News. Admission is $17 for adults, $13 for children ages three to12, and free for children ages two and under. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m., Sunday. For more info, call 595-9135 or visit www.thevlm.org.

Free Access to National Parks The military version of the annual “America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Pass” is available to active-duty U.S. Service members and activated National Guard and Reservists. The pass grants free access at National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Reclamation, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Army Corps sites and other public lands. Service members and their dependents can pick up a pass at any national park or wildlife refuge that charges an entrance fee or standard amenity fees. For more information, visit www.store.usgs.gov/pass/ military.html.


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• The Peninsula Warrior - Army

MARCH 7, 2014

FOR THE 2014 HEROES AT HOME MILITARY SPOUSE AWARDS

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CHRISTINA LARA Spouse of HM1 (SW) Pablo Lara USS New York (LPD 21)

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Peninsula Warrior March 7, 2014 Army Edition