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Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future. Maj. Gen. Anthony G. CrutchďŹ eld, U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence commander, quoted President John F. Kennedy to describe the signiďŹ cance of the U.S. Army Aviation Logistics School Inactivation and 128th Aviation Brigade Activation Ceremony March 16 at Fort Eustis Murphy Field Sports Complex. "When any worthwhile change is made, inevitable challenges must be met during the change process," said CrutchďŹ eld. "But, I know together we will make the most of these opportunities, and we'll continue to improve our great aviation branch." The ceremony ended the schoolhouse organization under which aviation maintenance Soldiers were trained at Fort Eustis beginning in 1954 and establishing USAALS in 1983. It went on to create a brigade structure that will not only continue to train aviation logistics Soldiers but now provide the management and oversight that only a brigade structure can do. "The re-agging of USAALS to the 128th Brigade will streamline commandand-control functions across the entire aviation enterprise," said CrutchďŹ eld. "It will improve aviation maintenance training and, ultimately, create a more uniďŹ ed

“When any worthwhile change is made, inevitable challenges must be met during the change process. But, I know together we will make the most of these opportunities, and we’ll continue to improve our great aviation branch.â€? — Maj. Gen. Anthony G. CrutchďŹ eld U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence commander

aviation center of excellence." As a tenant activity on Fort Eustis, USAALS had previously been supported in administrative functions by the 8th Transportation Brigade. According to the USAACE decision process, due to the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure that moved the U.S. Army Transportation School and Center to Fort Lee, ultimately inactivating the 8th Trans. Bde., the schoolhouse was left without a command-and-control conďŹ guration. In September 2011, USAACE, located at Fort Rucker, Ala., and the higher headquarters of USAALS, decided to transform the schoolhouse into a brigade structure to accomplish the training mission and ensure proper management of Soldiers.

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An entire classroom of Airmen and Soldiers take a written exam at the U.S. Army Aviation Logistics School, Feb. 7. USAALS was inactivated and the 128th Aviation Brigade was activated March 16.

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U.S. Army Col. Dean Heitkamp, left, 128th Aviation Brigade commander, and Maj. Gen. Anthony CrutchďŹ eld, Commanding General, United States Army Aviation Center of Excellence, furl the United States Army Aviation Logistics School guidon during the U.S. Army Aviation Logistics School Inactivation and 128th Aviation Brigade Activation Ceremony at Fort Eustis, March 16.The event was held to transition USAALS from a training school to a brigade.

Both CrutchďŹ eld and Col. Dean D. Heitkamp, 128th Avn. Bde. commander, agree the training purpose of USAALS remains the heart of the new brigade. "Our mission has not changed, and neither has the undeniable passion that our military and civilian personnel have for producing aviation Soldiers that are trained, disciplined, skilled, ďŹ t and complete with the Army values who are ready to contribute to their units, " said Heitkamp. During the ceremony, the colors for USAALS were cased while the colors for the 128th Avn. Bde. were unfurled. The brigade's motto, "Born Under Fire," is a testament to its origin ďŹ ghting during the 198990 Operation Just Cause in Panama. The 128th Avn. Bde. is made up of three battalions: the 1st Battalion, 222nd Aviation Regiment; the 1st Battalion, 210th Aviation Regiment; and the 2nd Battalion, 210th Aviation Regiment. The 1-222nd serves as the student battalion conducting Soldier indoctrination training by focusing on the Army values, physical conditioning, tasks and battle drills, and the warrior ethos of Army Aviation. The 1-210th centers on attack helicopter airframe and armament systems training; and armed reconnaissance helicopter airframe and armament systems, electrical/

electronic systems, and avionics training. The battalion also provides the aviation warrant ofďŹ cer technician basic and advanced courses. The 2-210th focuses on utility and cargo helicopter systems and subsystems; powerplant and powertrain structures; pneudraulics subsystems; and Latin American training. The two battalions of the 210th Avn. Regt. both were activated during the ceremony by uncasing their colors. Previously, the battalions had served at Fort Rucker. The 1-222nd has been active on Fort Eustis since 2005. Closing by addressing concerns about the change from a schoolhouse organization to a brigade structure, Heitkamp assured those in attendance the new unit could and would carry on the same level of expert instruction that made USAALS the ďŹ rst Training and Doctrine Command school to receive an accreditation rating of Training Institution of Excellence in 2008. "The newly-activated 128th Aviation Brigade retains the passion and inherent the structure necessary to ensure we continue the legacy of aviation maintenance training, and more effectively care for our Soldiers, civilians and families," Heitkamp said. "So, today is indeed a great day, and there is much to be proud of."


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Lt. Col. Eric G. Ellmyer, 439th Supply Chain Operations Squadron commander, recently won the 2011 Gen. Thomas P. Gerrity Award for "Outstanding Logistical Support." The 635th Supply Chain Operations Wing, at Scott Air Force Base, was also recognized as being the best at what they do by winning the unit award. Air Force Materiel Command announced the winners Mar. 12. The 735th Supply Chain Operations Group, as well as the 635th Supply Chain Operations Group at Scott AFB, fall under the 635th Supply Chain Operations Wing. The Gerrity Award follows an outstanding last two years for the 635th SCOW and its groups as they also won the 2010-

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U.S. Army Spc. Darius Williams of the 368th Seaport Operations Company takes aim while training at the Fort Eustis Military Operations on Urban Terrain site March 14. The training was part of Operation Winter Squall, a mini logistics-over-the-shore exercise, which took place March 10-16 at Fort Eustis and Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story.

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BELOW: U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Michael Murphy II, 633rd Civil Engineer Squadron heating, ventilation and air conditioning craftsman, Airman 1st Class William Davey, 633rd CES HVAC apprentice, troubleshoot a chiller Monday at Langley Air Force Base. Troubleshooting allows HVAC Airmen to properly identify a problem within a system without disassembling it. Photos by Senior Airman Stephanie Rubi

With spring flowers in bloom and with summer approaching, the 633rd Civil Engineer Squadron Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning shop is gearing up for its busiest months of the year. When temperatures reach 75 degrees or higher for five consecutive days, the engineers will switch from heat to air conditioning base-wide at Langley Air Force Base. While the switch has not occurred yet, the HVAC shop is already making improvements for a cool and comfortable summer. By June 1, 19 new chillers will be installed with new routine maintenance procedures and new equipment base-wide. The new chillers are energy efficient, with smaller operation costs and a longer service life. The upgrades will decrease daily work orders due to inefficient equipment, but HVAC Airmen will still be responsible for maintaining the systems. “We make the mission happen,” said Staff Sgt. Michael Murphy II, 633rd CES HVAC craftsman. “Without the proper temperatures, equipment fails and employees lose motivation.” The HVAC shop is a 24-hour, 7-day-aweek operation, with emergency maintenance on call during after-duty hours, weekends and holidays. “There is no over-time – we stay behind to make sure things get back on

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track.” said Tech. Sgt. Jonathan Thomas, 633rd CES HVAC craftsman. “Working HVAC is a lot of responsibility but it's worth it when our customers are happy and thank us for our hard work.” In summer 2011, the shop completed more than 1,500 HVAC work orders. At times, two-person teams were required to complete up to 10 jobs in one day during the those months. “I'm still completing my Career Development Course, but so far I really enjoy my job,” said Airman 1st Class William Davey, 633rd CES HVAC apprentice. “I like knowing that I was able to fix a problem for someone.” Having issues with heating, ventilation or air conditioning? Submit an HVAC work order through the 633rd CES customer service office at DSN 5745342 or commercial 764-5342. Work orders can also be submitted by e-mail to 633CES/CEOSC@langley.af.mil.

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U.S. Army 1st Sgt. James Heatley (right), Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment first sergeant, 11thTransportation Battalion, 7th Sustainment Brigade, shakes hands with 1st Sgt. Joseph Hawkins, 119th Inland CargoTransfer Company first sergeant, 11th Transportation Battalion, 7th Sustainment Brigade, one last time before the company deploys for 12 months to Afghanistan. The company will provide logistical support to deployed forces by overseeing a Central Receiving and Shipping Point.

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U.S. Army Pvt. Nina Dominguez, Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 11th Transportation Battalion, hugs Pfc. Tracey Spoerer, 119th Inland Cargo Transfer Company, 11th Trans. Bn., outside of the Joint Expeditionary BaseFort Story Gym after a deployment ceremony Tuesday. In the background, Spc. Joshua Byrd (left), 119th ICTC, 11th Trans. Bn., comforts Grace Coleman, 5, while she hugs her father, Spc. Sean Coleman (center), 119th ICTC, 11th Trans. Bn., while her mother, Jillian Coleman (right), looks on.


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MARCH 23, 2012 Officer Donald Harris, a Department of the Air Force guard with the 633rd Security Forces Squadron, finalizes paperwork with a contractor for access to Langley Air Force Base, March 20. Langley AFB and Fort Eustis will soon be switching to the Defense Biometric Identification System to improve security and civilian access to the base when necessary.

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The first thing anyone passes before entering Langley Air Force Base or Fort Eustis is the ever-imposing gate. Most simply hold out their identification and give a casual greeting before they take off for their daily tasks. But what happens if that daily task involves endangering every resident of either base? It isn’t a pleasant thought. Luckily, there are going to be some changes around Joint Base LangleyEustis to ensure everyone who passes through the gate is welcome. “We want to make Langley a hardened target,” said Tech. Sgt. Jorge Davila, the 633rd Security Forces NCO in charge of the Langley AFB pass and registration office. “The changes deal with visitors to Langley.” Visitors to Langley are allowed a few options for accessing the base, said Davila. Visitors can either be escorted or sponsored. “Escorts are required to be with their visitor,” stated Davila. He continued to say visitors with sponsors are allowed freedom from their sponsor. There are also regulations for entry authority lists for base events that

All visitors must be vetted, which means they must provide proof of identification and their social security number.

will include visitors. Sponsors can call pass and registration ahead of time for a visitor they are expecting to expedite the process. Any personnel with an EAL turn it in five to 10 days before the event in order for the pass and registration office to complete the approval process in time for the event. All visitors must be vetted, said Davila, which means they must provide proof of identification and their social security number. Afterwards, their information will be put through the Virginia Criminal Investigative Network. If the visitor clears the check as determined by Air Force Instruction 31-113 and the commander, the visitor is allowed on base. An escort is the easiest and quickest method to have a visitor on base. Active and retired military members, Department of Defense civilians and

adult dependents must be in the same vehicle as the visitor. The visitor will not be vetted but still must provide a form of identification. “Escorted visitors are treated as trusted and do not require vetting,” said Capt. Charlene Campbell, 733rd Security Forces Squadron operations officer at Fort Eustis, concerning escort procedures at Fort Eustis. Fort Eustis also vets non-DoD affiliated visitors, said Campbell. A difference between Fort Eustis and Langley AFB is the background check. Fort Eustis runs the information through the National Crime Information Center database, the Terrorist Screening database and other sources determined by the commander. Both Langley AFB and Fort Eustis will soon be switching to the Defense Biometric Identification System that is already utilized on other bases. Although a time has not been identified for the change, Davila and Campbell guarantee that both installations plan to implement DBIDS. For more information on Langley AFB entry procedures, call 757-7641686 or contact Davila at jorge.davila@ us.af.mil. For Fort Eustis, call 757-8781451 or contact Campbell at charlene. campbell@us.army.mil.


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For U.S. Army Sgt. Hilton Hunter, a lifetime of playing sports and staying active ended abruptly when an Afghani civilian tried to cut through a convoy of Army trucks, including the gun truck Sgt. Hunter was driving. As part of the convoy rolled on without noticing the pile-up, civilians swarmed the remaining two trucks angry and thinking that Hunter caused the wreck. “The crowd felt that I was at fault, so they came from everywhere,” said Hunter, 42, of the 302nd Cargo Division. The incident, fortunately, did not boil over, but, it left Hunter with a crushed vertebra in his neck, a twisted ankle and a torn meniscus in his knee. Life for the athlete would never be the same, or so he thought. Hunter arrived back to the United States from Afghanistan in July 2011, back to his wife and their family. He was assigned to the Fort Eustis’ Warrior Transition Unit and a desk job, working at the base’s Public Affairs Office. He wears a brace on his leg to help shift the weight so he can walk normally, and will eventually have surgery to repair the meniscus. He also plays it safe most of the time when it comes to physical activity because the neck injury was just a hair away from a major nerve. “At any time I can really mess something up,” Hunter said. “I have to be careful.” He doesn’t have to watch his back as much, now that he’s home, Hunter said, but, the reality of what happened and the physical limitations began to wear on his emotions. He needed something to stop him from retreating into his shell. Initially, when Hunter heard about the Warrior Games by Deloitte, to be held in Colorado Springs, Colo., April 30-May3, and about playing wheelchair basketball, he wasn’t interested, Hunter said. Hunter’s platoon leader, Sergeant 1st Class William Lassiter, had other plans. “After talking to Sergeant Hunter, I found out that he played football in college. I then told him about the Warrior Games and that if he made the team he could compete at a higher level,” Lassiter said.

Once Hunter attended the clinics to learn about the sport, “I started feeling a little better about going out,” he said. Lassiter knew the potential healing effects joining the quest for the Warrior Games could have. “I’ve worked in a similar environment prior to coming here, and knew that soldiers who were injured and idle could create potential issues,” Lassiter said. “I just tried to encourage soldiers to participate so that they could see their potential at a new sport and maybe build up their level of competitiveness.” It worked. Hunter’s passion for playing sports with a team and competing came back. Started in 2010, the Warrior Games have become a catalyst for many injured service members and veterans to continue playing sports, to staying active and healthy both mentally and physically. Athletes for the games are chosen proportionately from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Special Operations Command, based on their disability. They compete in seven sports: archery, cycling, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, track and field, and wheelchair basketball. This year, the number of eligible participants in each armed service was whittled from 100 to 50, making competition stiff to make the cut. According to the Warrior Games’ mission statement, the event serves as an introduction to the Paralympics sports for injured service members by inspiring recovery, physical fitness, and promoting new opportunities for growth and achievement. By getting Soldiers involved in going out for the Games, Lassiter understands how important the opportunity to compete for these injured soldiers can be. “Some soldiers such as Sgt. Hunter have played a team sport in high school and/or college, and know what it feels like to be inspired by the game,” Lassiter said. “With the Soldier’s I’ve met at the Adaptive Sports Clinics I’ve attended and at the Ft. Eustis WTU, they still want to compete injured or not. “The Warrior Games gives them the hope and opportunity to display their skills even through injury and adversity,” he said. “This is also an opportunity to compete against other members of the armed services. This alone is enough to gear Soldiers up for competition.”

Started in 2010, the Warrior Games have become a catalyst for many injured service members and veterans to continue playing sports, to staying active and healthy both mentally and physically. Athletes for the games are chosen proportionately from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Special Operations Command, based on their disability. They compete in seven sports: archery, cycling, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, track and field, and wheelchair basketball.

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U.S. Army Sgt. Hilton Hunter is a part of the Warrior Transition Unit at Fort Eustis, after sustaining neck, ankle and knee injuries during his 2010-2011 Afghanistan deployment. Hunter, who is now working with 633rd Air Base Wing Public Affairs, was a truck driver with the 302nd Inland Cargo Transfer Company when he deployed.

Learning some of the skills for the sports wasn’t easy, according to Hunter, like dribbling the basketball in a wheelchair. “Moving the way you want to, when you want to” was the hardest part, Hunter said. “I’ve gotten better, it’s hard to dribble.” In addition to wheelchair basketball, which Soldiers participate in as part of their physical-training sessions, Hunter also got into seated volleyball. The courts are smaller than regulation volleyball courts, and everyone must keep their butt on the floor when going after the ball. “Once the ball comes to you, you try to tap it up before somebody else can get it, so it’s being precise on where you can hit it,” said Hunter. Hunter was trying for spots on the seated volleyball and basketball teams, but according to Lassiter, he only qualified for seated volleyball, and unfortunately didn’t make the final cut. Still, Hunter knows how much the drive to attend the Warrior Games improved his outlook on life. “It saved me a little bit,” he said, adding that it helped clear his mind and “it helps you compete again, so it makes you feel better about that.”


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The 633rd Air Base Wing Public Affairs Office recently stood up a new hotline to announce operational status updates for both Fort Eustis and Langley AFB. JBLE personnel can call 1-800-553-3302 for updates due to severe weather causing base closures, delayed reporting or early dismissal. Individual units should still make appropriate phone calls to ensure the information is disseminated as quickly as possible. Please program this number into your cell phone and pass it along to your family. Personnel can also check the official JBLE Facebook page at www.facebook.com/jointbaselangleyeustis for status updates. For more information, call the 633rd ABW Public Affairs Office at 878-4920 (Fort Eustis) or 764-5701 (Langley AFB).

An American Red Cross Certified Lifeguard class will take place at the Aquatic Center during spring break, April 2-6, from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. A pretest will be held on March 31 from 9 to 11 a.m. Participants must attend all classes to receive complete certification. Please bring your own lunch or snack each day. The cost is $145 for active duty military and $185 for all others (includes an American Red Cross Lifeguard Manual and CPR mask). The class size is limited to ten students; must be at least 15 years of age to participate. Pre-registration is required. For more information, call 878-1090/1091.

The Fort Eustis Regimental Memorial Chapel invites adults and older children of the Fort Eustis community to a Walk thru the Bible seminar on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the chapel. This energy-charged and highly interactive event is one that you and your children will never forget. Lunch will be provided. To register, call Jeanne Vaul at 878-1455 or email verna.j.vaul.civ@mail.mil.

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Canned/Boxed Food Drive – We will be driving through the housing areas on Tuesday at 8 a.m. to pick up your non-perishable canned/boxed food items in support of the Food Bank of the Virginia Peninsula. ■ Family Bingo Night – Enjoy an evening of pizza and bingo with your family and friends on Thursday from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Due to limited space, please make your reservations by close of business on Tuesday. For more information, call 328-0691.

Easter Egg Splash The Fort Eustis Aquatic Center will host an Easter Egg Splash on March 31 from noon to 1 p.m. at Bldg. 641, Tyler Ave. Prizes will be awarded for specially marked eggs including two “Golden Egg” grand prize winners. Attendees must be under 18 years old to participate. The cost is $2 for active duty military and their family members and $3 for all others. The combo (one hot dog, chips and a drink) is $5 for active duty military and their family members and $6 for all others. Make sure that you bring your goggles and something to hold your eggs. For more information, call 878-1090.

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Easter sunrise service The Fort Eustis Regimental Memorial Chapel will hold its Easter Sunrise Service April 8 at 6:30 a.m. on the chapel’s side lawn. In case of inclement weather, the service will take place inside the chapel’s sanctuary. For more information, call 878-1316.

Easter Sunday brunch Come out and enjoy Easter Sunday Brunch on April 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fort Eustis Club. The grand buffet will feature a breakfast/omelet, soup and salad bar, carving station, chef’s line and dessert. Reservations are required. The cost is $20 (adult); $12.50 (children 6-12); free for children under 5 years of age; and $23 for walk-ins. The last day to make or cancel reservations is April 3; call 878-5700 or email azeb.aweke. naf@mail.mil.

DMV2go van to visit Fort Eustis The Soldier and Family Assistance Center has scheduled the DMV2go van to visit Fort Eustis April 9 and April 10 at 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The Department of Motor Vehicle’s van is a 32-foot-long mobile service center that will bring DMV services to Fort Eustis. Military and civilian employees are welcome. The van will be located in the parking lot of building 601. Questions can be directed to Linda McClellan at 757-878-6900.

Volunteer awards ceremony The annual Fort Eustis Volunteer Recognition and Awards Ceremony will take place on April 20 at 1 p.m. at the Fort Eustis Club. Award categories will include Soldier Volunteer of the Year, Single Soldier Volunteer of the Year, Family Member Volunteer of the Year, Civilian Volunteer of the Year, Youth Volunteer of the Year, Retiree Volunteer of the Year and Volunteer Family of the Year. The Commander’s Gold Award for Community Service will also be presented to a unit or

organization on Fort Eustis that has contributed outstanding community service for Fort Eustis and/or the surrounding community. For more information, contact Donna Cloy at 878-3129 or email donna.g.cloy.civ@mail.mil.

Upcoming bus trips ■ Horton Vineyards – March 31. Come and

enjoy the taste of red, white, fruit and dessert wines at the vineyards and leave with a wine that is perfect for you. The cost is $30 (includes wine tasting); participants must be 21 years of age. The bus departs at 8 a.m. and returns at 6 p.m. ■ Hollywood Casino at Charles Town – April 21. The Hollywood Casino provides an array of table games for both beginners and seasoned players; the casino also has six different restaurants to choose from. The cost is $40; participants must be 21 years of age. The bus departs at 7 a.m. and returns at 11 p.m. ■ Wright Brother’s National Memorial – April 28. Visit the place where Wilbur and Orville Wright made history, view their full-scale inventions, and fly homemade kites with your children. The cost is $30 (includes admission). The bus departs at 8 a.m. and returns at 6 p.m. For more information, call 878-3694.

LENT, Holy Week services LENT and Holy Week Catholic Services are scheduled as follows: ■ Lenten Weekday Mass – Monday through Wednesday, 11:45 a.m.; Thursday, 5:30 p.m.; Friday, 11:45 a.m. ■ Stations of the Cross and Lenten Community Meal – Tonight and March 30, 6:30 p.m. ■ LENT Penance Service – Monday, 7 p.m. ■ Palm Sunday Mass – April 1, 9 a.m. ■ Holy Thursday (Mass of the Lord’s Supper) – April 5, 7 p.m. ■ Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament – April 5, 8 p.m. to midnight. ■ Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion – April 6, 7 p.m. ■ Holy Saturday (Easter Vigil) – April 7, 7 p.m. ■ Easter Sunday Mass (Mass of the Resurrection) – April 8, 9:30 a.m. For more information, call the Regimental Memorial Chapel at 878-1316.

Volunteers needed The Spouses’ Club of Fort Eustis is seeking volunteers to work in the Consignment Shop on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Volunteers can work every week, bi-monthly, monthly or on-call. For more information, please stop by the Consignment Shop in Bldg. 671, Lee Blvd., call 887-0190.

Jacobs Theater Schedule Friday, 7 p.m. No show Saturday, 2 p.m. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (PG) The new journey begins when Sean receives a coded distress signal from a mysterious island where no island should exist — a place of strange life forms, mountains of gold, deadly volcanoes, and more than one astonishing secret. Unable to stop him from going, Sean’s new stepfather joins the quest. Together with a helicopter pilot and his beautiful, strong-willed daughter, they set out to find the island, rescue its lone inhabitant and escape before seismic shockwaves force the island under the sea and bury its treasures forever. Saturday, 7 p.m. Safe House (R) Denzel Washington plays the CIA’s most dangerous traitor, who stuns the intelligence community when he surfaces in South Africa. When the safe house to which he’s remanded is attacked by brutal mercenaries, a rookie is forced to help him escape. As the masterful manipulator toys with his reluctant protégé, the young operative finds his morality tested and idealism shaken. Now, they must stay alive long enough to uncover who wants them dead. Sunday, 2 p.m. No show Movie synopsis and show time information is available online at www.shopmyexchange. com/ReelTimeTheaters/MoviesEustis.htm.


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LAFBCommunity Operational status hotline The 633rd Air Base Wing Public Affairs office recently stood up a new hotline to announce operational status updates for both Langley AFB and Fort Eustis. JBLE personnel can call 1 (800) 553-3302 for updates due to severe weather causing base closures, delayed reporting or early dismissal. For more information, call the 633rd ABW PA office at Langley AFB at 764-5701, or Fort Eustis at 878-4920.

1st Sentinel Motorcycle Safety Show The show takes place Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Langley Air Force Base at Building 1302 in front of Billeting.There will be safety briefings, displays and a ride-out beginning at approximately 2 p.m. If you would like to enter to win our first ever Sentinel MotorcycleTrophy for best looking bike, call 225-2573 for more information.

New library hours Effective April 1, Langley AFB’s Bateman Library will begin new operating hours: ■ Monday - Thursday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. ■ Friday & Saturday: Noon - 4 p.m. ■ Sundays & Holidays: Closed

Caring for People forum You are invited to the second annual Langley AFB Caring for People forum, scheduled for May 2 at the Community Center. Active-duty, guard/reserve, family members, retirees, and civilians are all welcome to participate, where they can express concerns or suggestions on the following topics: ■ Special Needs Family Member Support ■ Guard/Reserve Support ■ Family Support/Teen Support ■ Health and Wellness Support ■ Deployment Support ■ Single Airman Support/Unaccompanied Housing Registration is required. For more information, contact Ursula Santiago at Ursula.santiago@langley.af.mil, or Cindi Moyer at Cindi. moyer@langley.af.mil, at the Airman and Family Readiness Center, or call 764-3990.

Retiree Health Fair The 633rd Medical Group will host a Retiree Health Fair March 30 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Internal Medicine Clinic, located on the third floor of the main hospital. The Health Fair is to offer open enrollment to retirees 62 and older in the following beneficiary groups: (a) Retirees (Not enrolled inTRICARE Prime). (b) Retirees (Enrolled in TRICARE Prime in civilian network).

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Submit LAFB Community announcements to pw@militarynews.com (c) Retirees that are TRICARE for Life beneficiaries not enrolled in the Internal Medicine Clinic In addition, we will like to invite all current Langley Internal Medicine Clinic enrolled beneficiaries to join us!

Spring Eggstravaganza The 497th Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Group will host a spring extravaganza and Easter egg hunt for the unit’s families with children on March 31. For more information, contact Staff Sgt. Dimarko Holloway at 2251221 orTech. Sgt. Kendra Norris at 225-3790.

Special duty assignment briefing If you’ve ever wanted to recruit sharp individuals into the Air Force as an Air Force Recruiter, mold civilians into Airmen as an Air Force Military Training Instructor, lead transitioning Airmen as a Military Training Leader, or educate Airmen as a Professional Military Education Instructor, the AETC Special Duty Briefing Team can answer any questions you may have concerning these challenging and rewarding careers.The team will brief on all aspects of special duty opportunities April 10 at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., at the BaseTheater. Spouses are highly encouraged to attend. Senior airmen with at least 35 months Time in Service (TIS) through master sergeants with less than 16 years Total Active Federal Military Service (TAFMS) may be eligible to apply and are encouraged to attend the briefing. Since each specialty has some varied rank needs and requirements the briefing is open to everyone at the installation. For more information, contact Master Sgt. Joel Jimenez, the 633rd Air Base Wing Career Assistance Advisor, at 225-5070.

First sergeant applicants sought The first sergeant is a time-honored and highly rewarding special duty position rich in custom and tradition. Each Senior NCO selected as a first sergeant is entrusted with a great deal of responsibility. They work closely with commanders and command chiefs to prepare our enlisted force to execute the wing, base and Air Force missions. Highly-motivated master sergeant’s and master sergeant selects with exceptional leadership and managerial skills interested in becoming a first sergeant must be able to attain 36 months retainability, speak distinctively without speech impediments, meet Air Force physical fitness standards with an 75 or above (documented in AF Portal within 60 days of the application), and not have physical profile of PU LHES 333231 or an assignment limitation code of C-2 or C-3. Additionally, they must be financially stable, must not have or bear the appearance of personal,

marital, or family problems that could detract from their ability to effectively serve as a first sergeant. Completion of the SNCO Academy in residence course is required as well a minimum General AQE score of 62 or Administrative AQE score of 41. SNCOs selected as first sergeants are placed on a three year controlled tour at their ���rst base of assignment for stability to the member, family, and base. Once assigned to a first sergeant billet they receive $150 a month in special duty pay. SNCOs that exemplify the AF core values that wish to guide and mentor our enlisted corps as a first sergeant should contact their unit first sergeant or command chief. Visit the first sergeant briefing at the BaseTheater April 10 from 2 to 2:30 p.m. for more information.

FASES class FASES, the Family Advocacy Safety Education Seminar, is a 90-minute seminar that describes the dynamics of domestic violence and child abuse, who is at risk, and what resources are available.The class is open to anyone on base who is interested in learning more about these topics. Class is scheduled April 4 at the Langley AFB Health and Wellness Center. To register, call 764-2427. No children please.

Environmental notice/ERP RAB Langley ARB is soliciting community interest in convening a meeting of the Restoration Advisory Board. The RAB was established in 1994 to inform the public of the base Environmental Restoration Program. Most recently the RAB convened annually, and the last meeting was held in May 2011. Due to the maturity of the ERP and decreased community participation at RAB meetings, future RAB meetings will be held upon request. Information on the Langley AFB ERP will be provided on the Joint Base Langley-Eustis public website at www.jble.af.mil. Community interest in future RAB meetings will be solicited via Environmental Notice every 24 months at a minimum. To request a RAB meeting, contact JohnTice, ERP Manager, at 764-1082 or john.tice@langley. af.mil before April 17, 2012.

Langley Club 5/6 Langley Club 5/6 is a professional military organization for staff sergeants (including selectees) and technical sergeants.The organization serves as the voice to Langley’s senior leadership for all junior enlisted, in particular, the junior NCO tier. The club’s next meeting is April 4 at 3 p.m., at The Langley Club’s Enlisted Lounge leadership opportunities room. For more information, email langleyclub56@langley.af.mil.

Langley Theater Schedule Friday, 7 p.m. Journey 2:The Mysterious Island (PG) The new journey begins when Sean receives a coded distress signal from a mysterious island where no island should exist — a place of strange life forms, mountains of gold, deadly volcanoes, and more than one astonishing secret. Unable to stop him from going, Sean’s new stepfather joins the quest. Together with a helicopter pilot and his beautiful, strong-willed daughter, they set out to find the island, rescue its lone inhabitant and escape before seismic shockwaves force the island under the sea and bury its treasures forever. Saturday, 2 p.m. Journey 2:The Mysterious Island (PG) Saturday, 7 p.m. Safe House (R) Denzel Washington plays the CIA’s most dangerous traitor, who stuns the intelligence community when he surfaces in South Africa. When the safe house to which he’s remanded is attacked by brutal mercenaries, a rookie is forced to help him escape. As the masterful manipulator toys with his reluctant protégé, the young operative finds his morality tested and idealism shaken. Now, they must stay alive long enough to uncover who wants them dead. Sunday, 2 p.m. No show Movie synopsis and show time information is available online at www.shopmyexchange. com/ReelTimeTheaters/MoviesLangley.htm.


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VA-ACME Conference The Virginia Advisory Council on Military Education will host its 6th annual conference Tuesday through Thursday at the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hotel, 3001 Atlantic Ave.This year’s theme is “Supporting and Securing Military Members and their Families Future through Education, Technology, Personal and Professional Development.” The conference kicks off with the VAACME/Virginia Wounded Warrior Golf Tournament at 11:30 a.m. at the Aeropines Golf Course, Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia Beach. The cost is $75 per player (includes lunch). Conference registration fee for activeduty military is $25 (must be in uniform of the day); $165 (all others) and $10 per guest for the reception. For more information on the conference, visit www.vaacme.org.

Veterans benefits clinic Project Salute, a nationwide initiative of the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, will host a free clinic to help veterans apply for federal benefits on April 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Old Dominion University Virginia Beach Higher Education Center, 1881 University Dr. If you are a veteran with a service-connected disability or a disability that was made worse by service, you may be en-

titled to disability compensation or other federal benefits. The clinic, sponsored by the ODU Student Veterans Association, will also include a free individual legal consultation. Please bring your DD Form 214, recent rating decisions and any other documentation that will help in evaluating your situation. To RSVP, contact Sarah Schauerte at projectsaluteva@gmail.com; walk-ins are welcome. For more information, visit http:// projectsaluteva.wordpress.com.

Hermitage Museum & Gardens The annual Spring Heirloom Plant Sale at the Hermitage Museum and Gardens is scheduled for April 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and April 21 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The sale will feature heirlooms, annuals, perennials, and native and wetlands plants that grow well in the Tidewater area. Museum members will receive a 10 percent discount throughout the sale. The museum is located at 7637 North Shore Rd., Norfolk. Forty-five minute guided tours are offered, on the hour, of fifteen galleries filled with art, furniture and more. Admission is free for museum members, children under 6 and active duty military. Regular admission is $5 (adults); $2 (ages 6-18); and $3 (students). Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays; and closed Wednesdays andThursdays. For more information, call 423-2052.

Bridal Showcase T-Rose International Bridal is sponsoring a bridal showcase on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. at the Chesapeake Marriott Hotel, 725 Woodlake Dr. Admission is free for active-duty military and their spouses. To print your free tickets, visit www. trosebridalshows.com and enter code “rosebride.” More information is available by calling Jazzy Wright at (202) 870-7730.

595-9135 or visit www.thevlm.org. ■ Kiwis at the National Zoo – Saturday, 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Come go behind the scenes with the museum on a special guided tour to look at one of the National Zoo’s most unusual animals, the Kiwi. There will be Kiwi feathers, eggs, x-rays, skeletons and more. We will also have time to visit with the pandas, elephants, reptiles, bird houses, the recently opened AsiaTrail and other species that live at the National Zoo. Open to ages 8 and above; minimum age without an adult is 18. The cost is $40 for museum members; $60 for non-members. Register in advance by calling 595-9135 or visit www.thevlm.org. ■ Celebrate Bees – March 31, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Get a close-up look at the activity inside the museum’s live honeybee hive and discover the critical role that bees play in pollination. A film about the global bee crisis, “Queen of the Sun: What are the BeesTelling Us?” will be shown at 2 p.m. (included in museum admission). ■ Spring Break Program: Journey to EarlyVirginia – April 3-5, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. How did people ever survive without electricity, cars or grocery stores? Children in grades K-3 can find out as we journey back to the days of Powhatans and pioneers to discover the resourceful ways that early Virginians used native plants and animals to meet survival challenges. The cost is $40 for museum members; $55 for non-members. Register in advance by calling 595-9135 or visit www.thevlm.org. The Virginia Living Museum is located at 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd. in Newport News. Museum admission: $17 adults/$13 children (3-12), ages 2 and under free. Planetarium is $4 in addition to museum admission. Group rates are available for groups of 10 or more. Hours are Monday thru Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

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The Fleet & Family Support Center of Yorktown and Newport News will host “Suicide Awareness is Prevention” training Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon at Cheatham Annex, Bldg. 618, 4th St., Williamsburg. Discussion topics will include Risks and Warning Signs, How to Respond to a Potential Suicide Situation, Stress Management and more. To register, call 887-4606 (FFSCYorktown) or 688-6289 (FFSC Newport News).

Free park admission The National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, invite people everywhere to enjoy, explore, learn, share and give back to America’s nearly 400 national parks during National Park Week 2012. Celebrating the theme, “Picture Yourself in a National Park,” National Park Week will run from April 21-29. Throughout the country, visitors can enjoy the beauty and wonder of 84 million acres of the world’s most spectacular scenery, historic places and cultural treasures for free. From ranger-led hikes and kayak trips to camping and exploring, park visitors can plan their National Park Week activities at www.nationalparkweek.org. Learn about special events for visitors of all ages, how to share your park adventure with other travelers and how to support the parks.

Military Job Fair The Military Affairs Council of the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a Military Job Fair from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 26 at the Hampton Roads Convention Center, 1610 Coliseum Dr., Hampton. The event is free and open to active-duty military, recently separated military members, retirees, reservists, veterans, DoD civilians and their dependents. Please bring properly prepared resumes and dress in business attire. The following seminars will be offered: How to Work a Job Fair, 8 and 9 a.m.; How to Negotiate a Salary, 10 a.m.; and Employer Panel, 11 a.m. More information is available by calling CarriceWhite at 325-8161 or email cwhite@ vpcc.org or visit www.MilitaryJobFair.org.

VFW Post 960 seeking members Yorktown VFW Post 960 is located in the community of Lackey, Va., across SR 238 from the Yorktown Naval Weapons Station Gate 1 and has a roster of almost one hundred members. The current membership hails from Williamsburg, Yorktown, Newport News, Joint Base Langley-Eustis and points beyond. The Post is always looking for former, active and retired veterans with foreign service to join the ranks. VFW Post 960 meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month at the Lackey location. Beverages and dinner from the grill starts before 6 p.m. with the business meetings starting at 7 p.m. Contact the Post Quartermaster at 5668289 for more information.


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U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Jonathan T.Treacy, center, Joint Task Force Civil Support commander, discusses training exercises with Robert G. Salesses, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Defense Support of Civil Authorities, and other attendees, at the JTF-CS Headquarters, at Fort Eustis, March 12. Members of the Department of Defense Homeland Security visited the unit to get a closer look at how they conduct their exercises to aide and mitigate federal, state, local and tribal catastrophes.

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Jonathan T. Treacy (left), Joint Task Force Civil Support commander, greets Robert G. Salesses, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Defense Support of Civil Authorities, at the JTF-CS Headquarters at Fort Eustis, March 12. Salesses visited the commander to discuss JTFCS’s role in managing the consequences of a domestic chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosive situation.

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“As soon as you receive your permanent change of station orders, you should start your move process. Requesting your pickup and delivery Each year, about 225,000 Department dates as soon as possible will ensure a better chance of getting the dates of Defense and U.S. Coast Guard household good shipments are slated for you want.” movement during the summer months. These shipments compete with private sector moves creating a phenomenon in the transportation industry called the “peak moving season.” Peak moving season runs May through August each year with the peak of the peak between Memorial Day and July 4. The Army’s Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command’s Personal Property Directorate manages the Defense Personal Property Program, or DP3, for DOD. SDDC officials want servicemembers, federal employees and their families to know a smooth move for household goods is possible during peak moving season with proper planning and attention to detail. “As soon as you receive your permanent change of station orders, you should start your move process,” said John Johnson, branch chief for SDDC’s Personal Property Directorate Quality Assurance Division. “Requesting your pickup and delivery dates as soon as possible will ensure a better chance of getting the dates you want.” All DOD servicemembers and civil-

— John Johnson branch chief, Surface Deployment and Distribution Command’s Personal Property Directorate Quality Assurance Division

ians, including their families, have two avenues to manage their move based on local policies. The first is the traditional visit to the local installation transportation office or personal property shipping office to receive a relocation briefing and start the move process. The alternative is to use the Defense Personal Property System, or DPS, which is accessed through the website, www.move. mil. This website is the portal for DPS and the one-stop shop where members can completely manage their move process. Members using move.mil for the first time will find online training videos and presentations explaining how to navigate through the move process.

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Create a personal moving calendar with checklists, phone numbers and links to critical moving processes and information ■ Your Transportation Office (TO) or Personal Property Shipping

Office (PPSO) is the primary point of contact for customer service. It is never too early to ask questions. ■ Once you get your orders and know the dates you want to move, immediately start the moving process. Contact your TO/ PPSO to learn all options available to you, including a Personally Procured Move. The sooner you start the better chance you have to lock in your preferred move date. ■ Moving in the summer months (May through August) is extremely busy with Memorial Day to July 4 being the busiest moving time of the year. Since requested pickup and delivery dates may not be available during this time, flexibility is important and building extra time into your schedule for unforeseen circumstances is recommended. ■ Once your move dates are requested, don’t assume they are set. Move dates are not confirmed until you coordinate with your Transportation Service Provider (the company contracted to do your move). ■ Pack, pickup and delivery dates are usually scheduled on weekdays. You or your designated representative must be available between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. You don’t want to miss your move dates as this will cause unnecessary hardship on everyone and possibly extra expenses for you. ■ Have a good estimated weight of your personal property. A quick method for estimating your weight is to calculate 1,000 pounds per room. A more accurate estimate can be made using the weight estimator found at move.mil (DOD Service Members and Federal Civilians (DOD) Tab > Weight Allowance Tab > Weight Estimator Tab. Keep in mind this is only an estimate and each individual shipment will vary. ■ Moving is a good time to dispose of unnecessary items. This will help you avoid excess weight charges if your ship-

ment is close to the authorized weight allowance. You don’t want to ship and pay for something you don’t want. ■ You can request a reweigh of your personal property shipment at no cost to you. This is done when you are near or over your weight allowance. ■ If you are making more than one shipment, make sure you clearly separate them at your residence. Packing and loading for multiple shipments should be scheduled on separate days to avoid confusion. You want the right items going to the right destination. ■ Move.mil places you in direct contact with your moving company to manage the movement of your personal property. It is extremely important to keep your contact information (phone number and e-mail address) updated in move.mil. ■ If you have a delivery address for your personal property and want direct delivery, it is important to work closely with your moving company to arrange delivery and avoid your personal property being placed in temporary storage ■ You can find the “It’s Your Move,” “Shipping Your Privately Owned Vehicle” and “Storing Your POV” pamphlets on the move.mil website. These pamphlets provide explanations on responsibilities for personal property and POV shipments and are a great source for additional moving tips to help you prepare for the move. “For questions or concerns about the moving process, the first stop for assistance should always be your local Personal Property Shipping Office or Installation Transportation Office,” Johnson said. “However, if you experience any technical problems while using move.mil, the System Response Center help desk is there to help. Simply call (800) 462-2176 or 618-220SDDC (DSN 770-7332) or send an email message to sddc.safb.dpshd@us.army.mil.” SDDC remains committed to providing a quality personal property moving experience for DOD’s servicemembers, US Coast Guard, Federal employees, and their families. SDDC is the Army Service Component Command of U.S. Transportation Command and is a major subordinate command to Army Materiel Command. The command partners with the commercial transportation industry as the coordinating link between DOD surface transportation requirements and the capability industry provides.


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