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Fort Eustis celebrates the Army’s 237th birthday – Page 12

CASING

‘Roadmaster’ company celebrates 70 years — Page 3

DEDICATION

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In a small room surrounded with the history of the Army Transportation Corps, a small group of soldiers gathered. As people wandered to ďŹ nd their seats, a slideshow played highlighting images of service. To the right, a small formation of soldiers, rallyed behind their colors one last time. Soldiers and civilians bid farewell to the 89th Transportation Company, Special Troops Battalion, 7th Sustainment Brigade during an inactivation ceremony at the Transportation Museum on Fort Eustis, June 12. The ceremony began in the traditional fashion, with a review of the company’s history and accolades. The 89th Trans. Company was ďŹ rst activated, Oct. 12, 1939, at Fort Lewis, Wash. During World War II the company played a vital role in transporting supplies and equipment with campaigns in northern Africa and throughout Europe. The company, then designated Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 47th Quartermaster Regiment, supported 7th Army, 3rd Infantry Division and 1st Infantry Division. The unit was reorganized and reagged several times, but in 1947 the company was moved to Germany, and designated as the 89th Transportation Corps Truck Company. The unit moved to France shortly thereafter, where it became an integral part of the communication and sup-

ply lines from France into Germany. It was during this period the company earned the title of ‘Roadmasters.’ In more recent history, the ‘Roadmaster’ company deployed four times in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, with the mission of running supplies throughout Iraq, and providing armed-escort gun trucks. In March 2011, the 89th Trans. Company, which then fell under the 6th Transportation Battalion, deployed for the last time to Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn. The company was tasked with retrograding U.S. equipment, and escorting it out of Iraq into Kuwait. During this deployment, the company conducted 300 combat logistics patrols, moved 70,000 short tons of equipment and drove 920,000 miles. “This is a great unit with a lot of history and a great lineage,â€? said 1st Lt. John Tansioco, the 89th Trans. Company executive ofďŹ cer. “We were one of the last units out of Iraq, and it deďŹ nitely gives us all a sense of pride to have been a part of that country’s history.â€? As the unit history concluded, the formation of ‘Roadmaster’ soldiers were

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Capt. Ariel Rivera, the 89th Transportation Company, Special Troops Battalion, 7th Sustainment Brigade, cases his company’s colors for the last time during an inactivation ceremony at the Transportation Museum on Fort Eustis, June 12.

called to the position of attention. The company commander and acting ďŹ rst sergeant came forward, brought the colors to present arms, and cased the colors one last time. “This company cases its colors today, but it leaves a legacy of standards,â€? said Capt. Ariel Rivera, the 89th Trans. Com-

“This is a great unit with a lot of history and a great lineage. We were one of the last units out of Iraq and it deďŹ nitely gives us all a sense of pride to have been a part of that country’s history.â€? — 1st Lt. John Tansioco 89th Trans. Company executive ofďŹ cer

pany commander. “We leave a legacy of teamwork and leadership. Both deployed and here in garrison, we have always done things that other units emulate.� The ceremony concluded with remarks from Lt. Col. Stephen Wilke, the STB, 7th Sus. Bde. commander, and Rivera. After the conclusion, the Soldiers, friends and families remained. Many of them discussed their time in Iraq, the unit’s unique heritage and how their time deployed impacted them. “Even though we cased the colors today, I know the Soldiers of this unit will always stand ready,� said Rivera. “At some point in the future, if our country needs us again, we will uncase those colors and be ready to support the Army again.�


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Newcomers are greeted with “Hello, and good Morning” by a security officer at the front door when they enter through the halls of An Achievable Dream Academy. There are other security officers stationed throughout the school to ensure the children’s safety. The school is not necessarily out of place in this neighborhood, but one could imagine how it is to live in this difficult area. The academy is deeply seated in Newport News proper, specifically the Dunbar neighborhood, just blocks from the ports that essentially built the city. The growth of AAD Academy not only comes from dedicated, hardworking teachers, or local families that fight for their children’s best interest, but also from the 7th Sustainment Brigade that has sent volunteers to the school since 1994. Every six months, a group of at least 20 Soldiers volunteer their time for the children and teachers of the academy, and every moment given is apprecieted. “The students look up to them. They wonder where the Soldiers are and expect them to be in school,” said Mary Warnock, a second-grade teacher at AAD Academy. “They stand taller, almost mimicking the Soldiers by the way they talk, dress and in demeanor.” She has seen dramatic changes in the children’s behaviors as soon as they move on to the next grade level. “From my second graders you can see a definite maturity. They are extremely polite, help the younger students, and set standards for that group for what they can be,” added Warnock. Promptly at 8:15 a.m., Monday through Friday, children from kindergarten through fifth grade come in through the front door, and begin the day as professional as the Soldiers waiting in the hallway. “Good morning, sir” says a kindergartner. “Good morning to you, sir” replies one Soldier in uniform. The lines of school children paint the hallways blue and white seemingly flooding every doorway on the first floor. However on Fridays, the flood is directed to the gym. Each grade participates in the morning program every Friday during the school year. Soldiers from the 155th Inland Car-

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LEFT: U.S. Army Spc. Jessica Fields, cargo specialist with the 155th Inland Cargo Transfer Company, 53rd Movement Control Battalion, 7th Sustainment Brigade, inspects the uniforms of students during the Friday-morning program at An Achievable Dream Academy in Newport News, June 8. RIGHT: Spc. Cesar Vera-Martinez, cargo specialist with the 155th Inland Cargo Transfer Company, 53rd Movement Control Battalion, 7th Sustainment Brigade, walks with a first-grader back to his classroom.

go Transfer Company, 53rd Movement Control Battalion, 7th Sus. Bde. help lead the children in a highly anticipated, competitive-based motivation to kick start the children’s weekend. “Fifth grade - what is our motto?!” yell the Soldiers. “Motivation, Dedication, HOOAH!” shout hundreds of students in the gym. After the morning’s inspirational rendition of the school motto, “Star-Spangled Banner,” and “Pledge of Allegiance,” students then ‘march’ on to class. “Good morning, ma’am,” says one second-grader. “Good morning to you, enjoy your day, ma’am,” says Spc. Jessica Fields, a cargo specialist with the 155th ICTC

Inspiration drips off the walls. Banners hang off the ceilings that say, “If you can dream it, you can achieve it,” and murals on hallway walls show what the future could be for students. The impact has gone both ways. “The biggest impact is getting to know the kids personally along with their families. All of us are trying to make it better for the children. It isn’t easy,” said Sgt. Alexander Cobb, a senior forklift operator with the 155th ICTC. “It is just as hard, if not harder for them, the students.” “I have become more sentimental and caring. I realize some families need help. As far the children, they have learned that they should respect those older than themselves and to treat and respect each

“The students look up to them. They wonder where the soldiers are, and expect them to be in school. They stand taller, almost mimicking the soldiers by the way they talk, dress and in demeanor.” — Mary Warnock second-grade teacher at An Achievable Dream Academy

other,” said Fields “I learned a lot about children. It has been an experience I am going to take with me,” said Spc. Justin Smith, assigned to the 155th ICTC. The academy is year-round program with plenty of breaks to compensate for the shorter summer. On the last Friday morning program of the academic year, the school hosts a ‘Field Day” for all: volunteers, students and faculty. The purpose of the event was to appreciate each other, and the hard work the community has put in for the year, reiterated Cobb. He added that the field day was a way for the students to relax and wind down the school year. For 18 years, the 7th Sus. Bde. has put in thousands of hours at the AAD Academy. Teachers, families and community volunteers have all seen a huge impact, which cannot be measured, on the students. The Soldiers of the ‘Resolute’ Brigade have made the biggest difference. “They [students] stand taller, make sure their uniforms are in good order, and overall look forward to the Soldier’s presence,” said Warnock. “I think it is very important for the students to see such good examples.”


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Roughly 40,000 people die in the U.S. from drowning, automobile accidents, lightning strikes and bicycling accidents each year. The National Safety Council dubbed June as National Safety Month in an effort to bring this number down. Bob Longworth, Joint Base Langley-Eustis chief of safety, stresses the importance of the 101 Critical Days of Summer. The number of people killed in these accidents increase around this time of the year, between Memorial Day and Labor Day, said Longworth. “Water safety is important,” said Longworth. “Everything from the kiddy pool to the deep end can be dangerous.” Keeping an eye on children during any water activity is important. No matter the depth of water, always supervise children. Only go to pools and beaches with lifeguards on duty, and a float line dividing the deep and shallow ends. Check the gate and fences of a personal pool, and lock the gate when finished. “We live in a beach community,” said Longworth. “Be aware of riptides and currents.” Tides push beach-goers across the beach, so be aware of the surrounding area and signs indicating dangerous currents or riptides. From the beach to the streets, summer safety should remain a priority. Many motorists have turned off the engines, and have started pedaling to work instead. With the increase of cyclists, there are a few rules to remember. If riding on the roads, ride like any other vehicle and use turn signals. Most importantly, always wear an approved helmet, said Longworth. “After living in New York, I can tell you that watching traffic is important,” said Longworth. Always walk a bike across the road instead of riding through. Look both ways for traffic and never wear headphones while riding. As a motorist, keep an eye out for bicycle traffic as well as other vehicles. Traffic is just as deadly in the car as it is for cyclists and pedestrians. The number of Service members lost to motor-vehicle accidents increased from 51 last year at this time to 59, said Longworth. Motorcycle fatalities rose from 22 to 30 by mid-June. Wearing the proper protective equipment and attending the appropriate classes could have saved lives in most cases, he said. Protective gear doesn’t always come in hard plastic and leather, however. SEE SUMMER PAGE 7


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Independence Day is a great time to celebrate and enjoy the summer weather. Of course, with the warmer weather and the 4th of July traditions, cookouts, parties and fireworks are common events. Below you will find some tips on fireworks and cooking out that may make the difference between happy memories or your plans going up in smoke. When cooking out, make sure that you get the grill ready first. Whether gas or charcoal, ensure the grill is clean and free of any debris or ash from last season. Next, position the grill with 10 feet of clearance from anything combustible. Make sure the grill is in good working order, and ready for use. Keep a threefoot clear zone for all children and pets. After you are finished cooking, turn off your gas at the bottle, or put out the charcoal in your grill. However, keep an eye on it; even though it is no longer in use, temperatures will still be hot enough to ignite combustibles and cause injury.

Within a four year span, fire departments in the United States have responded to around 8,200 home fires which involved barbecue grills. According to the National Fire Protection Agency, these fires led to almost 60 deaths. Therefore, it is extremely important to practice fire safety, especially when cooking with barbeque grills, because they have the potential to cause fires, injuries and death. Fireworks are fun, but can be dangerous, and are usually enjoyed better when left to the professionals. The NFPA advises against the use of consumer fireworks. Although legal in some states, fireworks are extremely dangerous, and can lead to injuries, deaths and property damage. In 2010, the highest injury rates were for children under the age of 15, and 8,800 fireworks-related injuries were treated in hospital emergency rooms. Also in 2010 an estimated 15,500 reported fires were started by the use of fireworks. These numbers are incredibly high, yet people still insist on using fireworks. Here on Joint Base Langley-Eustis, as well as the Landings at Langley, fireworks (inclu-

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deing sparklers) are not authorized. If you plan to use fireworks, and they are legal in your community, follow proper safety precautions and always have adult supervision. There are other safe alternatives for holiday fun, such as attending a public fireworks display in our area. For more information, visit www.hamptonroads.com for local events on July 4. Finally, remember that the use of fireworks on base is prohibited. Some of the surrounding communities allow certain types of fireworks, and others do not allow any. When in doubt, consult your communities' website. The Counties of James City, Gloucester, and York, as well as the Cities of Williamsburg, Hampton and Newport News all list what is, and is not, allowed for their respective jurisdictions on their government websites. If you have any questions or need more information, call the Langley AFB Fire Prevention Office at (757)764-4275. You can reach the Fort Eustis Fire department at (757) 878-4281. Yuo can reach the Balfour Beatty Community office at 877-500-2301.

SUMMER FROM PAGE 6 A growing number of Service members overlook the need to protect against the environment. Fairskinned individuals should be aware of sun exposure during the day and put on an appropriatestrength sunscreen before any outdoor activity. All those taking trips outdoors, especially near the water, should pack mosquito repellant. Also check for ticks and bites after any outdoors adventure. Environmental dangers also include adverse weather, especially in the Tidewater region. With tornadoes and hurricanes on the horizon, listen to emergency systems and keep an eye on the sky. Even a lightning storm can prove fatal. Approximately 85 Americans died by lightning each year for the past 30 years, according to the National Weather Service. Find shelter immediately during a lightning storm, but keep in mind that trees are not shelter, and actually increase the likelihood of being struck.

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Joint Task Force-Civil Support dedicated its headquarters building at Ft. Eustis June 14, in memory of U.S. Army Capt. Michael Dermot Mullan, a reservist, emergency-room nurse and decorated New York City ďŹ reďŹ ghter. Mullen died while attempting to rescue fellow ďŹ reďŹ ghters following the collapse of the ďŹ rst tower of the World Trade Center during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. While serving as a member of the department’s Ladder 12, Mullan gave his life rescuing civilians and ďŹ reďŹ ghters trapped inside the Marriott Hotel, adjacent to the North and South Towers of the World Trade Center. His heroics were part of a pivotal event in American history, resulting in the creation of the Department of Homeland Security, and changing the landscape of disaster preparedness and civil support, paving the way for the formation of JTF-CS. U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Jonathan Treacy, JTF-CS commander, joined Mullan’s family, including his mother Theresa and sister Kelly-Ann, as well as Fire Department of New York and local ďŹ reďŹ ghters, and local civic and military leaders to honor the captain’s life and legacy during the ceremony. “[Mullan] was dedicated to the job, to his mission and to serving others,â€? Treacy said in his remarks. “He was devoted to his fellow ďŹ reďŹ ghters and Service members, and he was driven to helping others in the true sense of service before self. “In other words, no one is more perfect to represent what Joint Task Force-Civil Support is all about.â€? Fire Department of New York Battalion Chief Tom McCarthy made the trip south for the dedication, presenting Treacy with a memorial ďŹ reďŹ ghter’s helmet and a framed piece of steel from the site of the attacks on behalf of city Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano. McCarthy, who worked alongside Mullan, shared his fondest memories of the witty but dedicated ďŹ reďŹ ghter. “I’d be stretching the truth a bit if I said

“Happy is the man who is rich in good deeds, for he shall be honored in life and remembered long after for his goodness. Thank you for remembering my son.� — Theresa Mullan mother of U.S. Army Capt. Michael Dermot Mullan

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ABOVE: Theresa Mullan reads the dedication plaque on “Mullan Hall,â€? which was renamed in honor of her late son, U.S. Army Capt. Michael D. Mullan, during the Joint Task Force-Civil Support headquarters building dedication ceremony at Fort Eustis, June 14. Mullan was a reservist, emergency-room nurse and decorated New York City ďŹ reďŹ ghter who died while attempting to rescue fellow ďŹ reďŹ ghters from the Marriott Hotel adjacent to the World Trade Center towers during the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. RIGHT: Thomas McCarthy (left), Fire Department of New York battalion chief, presents U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Jonathan T. Treacy, Joint Task Force Civil Support commander, a memorial ďŹ re helmet to say thank you for honoring Mullan.

he was always professional in his conduct. When there was down time, you could always count on Mike’s jokes, funny remarks and pranks. But when the bells came in, he was all business,� McCarthy said. “Mark Twain said, ‘humor is mankind’s greatest blessing.’ If this is true, Mike blessed more people than the Pope.� Perhaps most moving, Mullan’s mother, Theresa Mullan, took to the podium to reminisce on her son’s myriad of accomplishments and indefatigable character. She recalled her son at various stages of his life,

touching on the ambition he demonstrated even as a boy, his career paths and the mischievousness he became beloved for. “Happy is the man who is rich in good deeds, for he shall be honored in life and remembered long after for his goodness,â€? she said, tears welling in her eyes as she closed her speech. “Thank you for remembering my son.â€? Following a standing ovation from the crowd, she joined Treacy to unveil the bronze plaque at the entrance to the headquarters, ofďŹ cially re-opening the

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The day started out cloudy, with a hint of rain as the Soldiers arrived at the course. After a safety brief and explanations of what was expected, vehicles were staged in a meticulous formation in preparation for the day. One by one, the vehicles move forward and highly-trained Soldiers took the course... the golf course, that is. The Special Troops Battalion, 7th Sustainment Brigade celebrated the Army’s 237th birthday with a golf tournament at The Pines Golf Course at Ft. Eustis, Va., June 14. More than 100 Soldiers from throughout the ‘Resolute’ brigade paid their dues, signed up and joined fourSoldier teams to compete. The teams winning first, second and third place would receive discounts at the golfing store at The Pines, free rounds of golf at courses in the Hampton-Roads area and cash prizes. Every golfer received a gift bag which included extra golf balls, gift certificates for local restaurant appetizers, tees and a towel. Every registered Soldier was also entered into a raffle for additional prizes including high-dollar gift cards

to local restaurants, footballs, speakers, brigade coins and brigade apparel. Soldiers who opted to spend a little extra for a “Mulligan Card,” which allowed the purchaser to re-swing at one hole, throw their ball a little further after a short stroke and use a larger tee for one hole, were entered into another raffle. The second raffle would enter them for additional cash and gift card prizes. “Most of the money collected here will go towards the prizes for the competition and for use of the golf course,” said Maj. Thomas Smith, the STB operations officer in charge. “Whatever funds we have left after this is all over will go back to the Special Troops Battalion for their next function for the Soldiers.” Before beginning the competition, a safety brief and explanation of the rules were given. Each team would be playing “Captains Choice,” in which every team member hits a ball at the beginning of the hole and the best ball would be the one played for score. If a ball is hit into water, the player would start at the point on land where the ball crossed in with a one stroke penalty.

As an aid to beginners or less experienced players, a maximum of “Triple Bogey” was set for each hole. If a team uses three strokes more than par for a particular hole, that is their score and they can move on. Finally, any tie score would be decided by the score on the course’s most difficult hole. “I am really excited to start the tournament today, even though I haven’t picked up my golf clubs in almost two years,” said Capt. Nathan Hadlock, a 7th Sus. Bde. support operations officer. “After coming home from Afghanistan three months ago, this is the first time a lot of us have had the chance to come together and have some fun like this. This is going to be a great way to celebrate the Army birthday and build esprit de corps.” Each team gave their all on every hole of the course, but in the end only one team took first place. The winning team consisted of: Capt. Timothy Fitzgerald, 1st Lts. Ryan Clark and Brandon Lucas, and Master Sgt. Ryan Hayes. “Everyone played hard today and had a good time,” said Smith. “The purpose of today was to come out here and have some fun while celebrating the 237th Army birthday.”


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Coupons, available in newspapers and via online downloads, can save consumers up to 65 percent on groceries and other basic-need items. Recently, Fort Eustis’ Army Community Service began offering a class as part of their Hearts Apart program to teach Service members and their families how to save money by using coupons.

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As food prices rise and budgets become tighter, couponing has become a skill that many Americans have tried to master. Recently, Ft. Eustis’ Army Community Service began offering a class as part of their Hearts Apart program to teach Service members and their families how to save money by using the coupons found in newspapers. Kate Dunbar is one of two instructors for the class. “I feel that the class gives people who may be interested in saving money a glimpse inside the ‘world of coupons,’ and how to save money,� Dunbar said. “We explain the purpose of couponing, how to get started, different methods of organizing, and lots of hints and tips that you learn as you get more involved.� Dunbar explained that many companies offer significant coupons in newspapers when they launch a new product. Most of the time, coupon-savvy consumers can get big discounts, or even end up getting the product for free by using the coupons. The class, which is offered at least twice every quarter, is open to anyone with installation access. “I always run into folks showing me their coupon books or asking for tips on saving money,� said Dani Gebski, the class’ other instructor. “The class is available to active duty, spouses, DOD civilians, retirees and their friends.� According the Gebski, spending just a couple hours a week can save you shoppers up to 65 percent on groceries and other basic-need items. Itching to start clipping coupons and saving money? Contact the Hearts Apart Program at 878-3638.

     



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ABOVE: Soldiers adorned in various historic U.S.Army uniforms stand in formation during the “Music Under the Stars” performance. The Soldiers wore the uniforms as part of a special streamer ceremony, honoring the history of the U.S. Army.The Army is the largest and oldest branch of the U.S. Armed Forces.

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Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno administers the oath of enlistment to future Soldiers in a ceremony atTimes Square in NewYork City, June 14, 2012, while celebrating the U.S. Army’s 237th birthday. The general said the celebration there, beneath neon signs and video screens is not just about the 237th birthday of the Army, but also about the millions who have served the United States since the beginning of the nation: from the Revolutionary War, through the last ten years in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“For the last ten years, one of the reasons we have said thank you to the American people is that we have been given the resources to execute the two wars we’ve been asked to execute, and the American public has given us quite a bit and believed in us; so it is important for us to thank them for doing that.” — Gen. Ray Odierno Chief of Staff of the Army

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On the day of the Army’s 237th birthday, tthe Army’s senior-most officer toured one of the largest ccities in America -- New York City -- to tell the Army’s story y and to thank Americans there and across the United Sttates, for their continuing support of the American Soldierr. Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Ray Odierrno started his morning in the “Big Apple” by addressing g the nation in front of television cameras at the MSNBC television studios at 30 Rockefeller Center, during a seegment of the popular early-morning television show “M Morning Joe.” The general talked with host Joe Scarb borough about challenges the Army is facing, in particular w with declining budgets. But the general also said that deespite looming budget cuts and the challenges that will com me with them, America has remained strong in its supportt of the Army. ”For the last ten years, one of the reasonss we have said thank you to the American people is that w we have been given the resources to execute the two waars we’ve been asked to execute,” Odierno said. “And the A American public has given us quite a bit and believed in us; so it is important for us to thank them for doing that.”

Locally, at Fort Eustis, Va., Soldiers, Airmen, Department of Defense civilians and family members celebrated the Army’s birthday with a cake-cutting ceremony and special meal at the Resolute Café on post. “Every dish these Soldiers and civilians are going to enjoy today was hand prepared and cooked by the Soldiers,” said Staff Sgt. John Mosely, a food service noncommissioned officer assigned to the Special Troops Battalion, 7th Sustainment Brigade. “The troops put in a very late night and a very early morning to get this meal prepped

and cooked. I know everyone is going to enjoy it.” While Soldiers and friends were settling into their seats to enjoy the delicious meal before them, they were called back to the center of the dining facility for the cake cutting. Maj. Gen. Bradley May, the senior commander of the Army element at Ft. Eustis and the deputy commanding general for Initial Military Training at the U.S.Army Training Doctrine Command, introduced the two Soldiers who would cut the Army birthday cake in a traditional fashion -- with a saber. The cutters were 2nd Lt. Harry Cambrelen, 359th Transportation Company, 10th Transportation Battalion, 7th Sus. Bde. executive officer, and Pvt. Guillermo Sanchez, an Army watercraft engineer in training. Back in the heart of New York City, Times Square, Odierno addressed a crowd of several hundred who had gathered to witness both a traditional birthday celebration (the cake cutting) and an even more traditional ceremony that involves turning young civilian Americans into new Soldiers: an enlistment. ”(Those Soldiers) are representatives of our values, they are representatives of our ethical and moral values, and they are representatives of America,” he said. “That’s why today it is so important to recognize the sacrifice of many throughout the years.”

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Gen. Robert Cone, left, commanding general of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, and Pvt. 1st Class Dyllen Hester, Alpha Co., 1-222nd Aviation Regiment, cut a cake during the “Music Under the Stars” performance at Fort Eustis’ Magnolia Park as part of the 237th Army Birthday celebration, June 14.


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Improved TAP helps to ensure Soldiers’ success By Senior Airman Jason J. Brown 633RD AIR BASE WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS

The Army recently made changes to its Transition Assistance Program, which guides Soldiers separating from the Army through their transition back into civilian lives and careers. Per the amendments, the Army declared Soldier transition to be a unit commander’s program, charging commanders with the responsibility of tracking their troops’ transition progress. This ensures they have articulated long- and short-term career goals, and developed measures to achieve said goals. “Transition will be part of the Soldiers experience from day one throughout their entire tenure in the Army,” said Reba Gordon, Ft. Eustis’ Transition Services manager. All transitioning Soldiers must initiate the transition process with the Army Career and Alumni Program, the organization responsible for assisting Soldiers during separation, one year out from their projected separation or retirement date. In November 2011, Congress enacted the VOW to Hire Heroes Act, which provides

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Transitioning Soldiers attend aTransition Assistance Program workshop at the Army Career and Alumni Program Center at Fort Eustis, June 19.The program helps prepare individuals for transition from military life into the civilian workforce.

several provisions for veterans. Of these, Congress mandated that all Soldiers will attend the Department of Labor’s TAP Employment Workshop, effective Nov. 1, 2012. The changes come in response to a 2011 study performed by staff at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, geared to determine whether or not the Army’s transition program was effective, and to propel it

into the 21st century. Results found many veterans, ages 18-24, found it difficult to obtain and maintain employment after separating from the military. Gordon said all separating Soldiers must complete a DD Form 2648, Pre-separation Checklist, 12 months out from their separation date with assistance from ACAP staff. It is mandatory for all transi-

tioning Soldiers to attend the DOL TAP Employment Workshop no later than 10 months out from separation. The workshop is currently being designed, and will debut with updates in November. In addition, transitioning Soldiers must attend the Veteran’s Affairs Benefits and Disabled Transition Program, or DTAP, briefings no later than six months out from separation. Soldiers will complete a resume of their choice, prepare individual budgets for family, complete an individual transition plan, and if attending college or vocational schools, provide letter of acceptance prior to separation. “Hopefully, with all the preparation Soldiers will leave with a job identified or at best have a plan to execute once they exit military service to ensure a better posture for employment success,” Gordon said. For more information about transition services, contact the Ft. Eustis Army and Career Alumni Program at 878-4955, or email acap.eustis@serco-na.com. The Eustis ACAP Center is located at 601 Hines Circle in Room 140, and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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U.S. Air Force Capt. Katherine Rankin, 633rd Air Base Wing Judge Advocate Office chief of discharge, uses a Manual for Courts Martial as a reference during a peerpractice session at the Langley Air Force Base legal center, June 14.

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Spend any amount of time walking through the halls of the Langley Law Center at Langley Air Force Base, Va., and one will see wooden plaques adorning the walls, with the same phrase engraved on them, taken from the preamble of the Manual for Courts-Martial. “The purpose of military law is to promote justice, to assist in maintaining good order and discipline in the armed forces, to promote efficiency and effectiveness in the military establishment, and thereby to strengthen the national security of the United States.” One of the plaques is directly across from the desk of Col. Calvin Anderson, 633rd Air Base Wing staff judge advocate. “I keep that there to remind myself of why I do what I do,” he said. “Even after all this time, I know I made the right decision, joining the JAG Corps.” Anderson, who began his Air Force career as a pilot, took advantage of the Funded Legal Education Program, and joined the Judge Advocate General’s office. FLEP is a paid legal studies program open to active-duty Air Force officers. Selected participants, who must have between two and six years of active-duty service, receive their full pay, allowances and tuition, as they pursue a legal degree. Its counterpart, the Excess Leave Program, is an unpaid option for Air Force officers. ELP participants do not receive pay and allowances, but remain on active duty for retirement eligibility and benefits purposes. An ELP applicant must have between two and 10 years active-duty service, and must be either an O-3 or below on the first day they attend law school. Applications for both programs are being accepted from Jan. 1 to March 1, 2013. “Our Air Force missions are constantly changing, and commanders deserve to have access to legal advisors with a broad background of mil-

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itary experiences,” said Anderson. “The FLEP and ELP will ensure that we can continue to maintain a corps of officers whose military experience compliments their legal training, providing commanders with the highest caliber of legal support.” In addition to providing command with legal support, JAG officers also promote justice through a wide variety of applications which touch every aspect of the Air Force. They not only prosecute and defend clients during trial by courts martial, but they also help develop and acquire weapons systems, ensure the availability of the ranges and airspace needed to test the weapons, consult with commanders on system employment and assist them in the day-to-day running of the installation. For Capt. Virginia Bare, her experience as a judge advocate for the 633rd ABW has been considerable and diverse; overshadowing the opportunities her civilian law school classmates have been offered. “There are a lot of good experiences to be gained from the Air Force,” she said. “We are afforded more variety with our cases and more client contact.” With such a vast array of experiences, Bare often finds herself speaking with interested law-school students and Air Force officers on the benefits associated with the JAG corps. Those benefits extend to Air Force officers

who choose to apply for FLEP and ELP. They must complete all forms for the program they wish to use, take the Law School Admissions Test and attend an American Bar Association accredited law school. Additionally, applicants must interview with a staff judge advocate by Feb. 15, 2013, and provide a letter of conditional release from their current career field. “Selection for both programs is very competitive,” said Anderson. “Regardless, there is still a lot an officer can do to secure a position in one of the programs. Take control of the things you can control.” Once they graduate and are admitted to practice law in the highest court of any state, commonwealth or territory of the United States, candidates are eligible to be designated as judge advocates. Anderson encourages applicants to apply to these programs for the right reasons. “I felt a calling that this is what I was supposed to do,” he said. “I felt like I could help someone – like I could enable the mission.” Applicants interested in enabling the mission and touching every aspect of the Air Force should prepare their package to meet a selection board, early March 2013. Selections are made based on a “whole-person concept.” The total number of applicants selected for any academic year is based on the needs of the Air Force.

AFI 51-101, Judge Advocate Accession Program, Chapters 2 and 3, discuss the FLEP and ELP. For more information and application materials, visit www.airforce.com/jag, contact the Langley Law Office, JBLE, at (757)764-3277, or contact Capt. Laura DeSio, laura.desio@pentagon.af.mil or (800) JAG-USAF.


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Emergency Preparation

Service members are advised to be on the lookout for checks being mailed to individuals with the official TRICARE logo and directions from American Mega Lottery Payment to activate and cash-in. This is an attempt to obtain personal and financial information; TRICARE is aware of the scam. All Service members are highly encouraged to destroy the fraudulent check, and not to attempt to deposit it into a bank account. Do not call the claims agent on the notice to activate the check. Also, do not complete the form, sign it or mail it back to American Mega Lottery.

Soldier and Family Readiness will host an Emergency Preparation Training class on July 24 from 10 to 11 a.m. at Bldg. 650, Monroe Ave. The training is open to Soldiers, spouses, civilians, family readiness support assistants, family readiness group leaders, and families with special needs dependents. For more information, call 878-1954.

Junior Golf Camp The Pines Golf Course PGA Sports Academy is hosting a Junior Golf Camp this summer. Attendees can choose from the following dates: July 9-12 ($100), July 25-27 ($75) or August 6-9 ($100); camp hours will be from 8 to 11 a.m. daily.The cost includes all instruction, golf balls, t-shirt, snacks, and junior membership upon graduation from the program. For more information, call 878-2252.

Vacation Bible School The Fort Eustis Regimental Memorial Chapel invites boys and girls who have completed kindergarten through sixth grade to join us at SonRise National Park Vacation Bible School at the chapel. Classes start Monday from 9 a.m. to noon and end on June 29. Children will have a great time singing songs, watching skits, creating crafts and playing games. Bus transportation will be available for children who live on post. Class size is limited so register today by calling 878-1455 or stop by the chapel between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information about the Vacation Bible School, contact Jeanne Vaul at 8781455 or email verna.j.vaul.civ@mail.mil.

Movies Under the Stars Come out and join us for a free showing of “Footloose” at the Movies Under the Stars series Wednesday at 8:15 p.m. on Murphy Field. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, friends and family. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Movie title is subject to change. For more information, call 878-2716.

Soldier and Family Readiness Soldier and Family Readiness (ACS) classes and briefings for June will include: ■ Job Information Briefing – Monday, 10 to 11 a.m. Attendees will learn job search strategies including employer websites, online job boards and vacancy announcements. ■ DevelopingYour Financial Plan –Tuesday, 9 to 10 a.m. Are you tired of living paycheck to paycheck? Need a financial “checkup?” We will teach you the basic skills of

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Summer concert Joint Base Langley-Eustis will host an outdoor concert starring country music artist Sara Evans (above), July 13 at 7 p.m. at the Murphy Field Sports Complex. The concert is part of the USO Hampton Roads Military Concert Series. It is free and open to the public. Gates will open at 4 p.m. and free children’s activities will be offered until 7 p.m. Food and beverages will be available for purchase until closing. For more information, call 878-2602 or visit www.eustismwr.com.

developing a written plan while setting goals for a successful financial future. ■ Master Resilience Training (3-part series) –Tuesday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This training will help you to discover your strengths and weaknesses, and teach you how to use your new skills to become stronger in every aspect of your life. Classroom instruction focuses on subjects including avoiding thinking traps, energy management, real-time resilience and assertive communication. All classes and briefings will take place in Bldg. 650, Monroe Ave. For more information, call 878-3638.

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

Hispanic Mass Misa en Español, todos los domingos del mes a las 4 p.m. en la Parroquia Nuestra Señora Reina de la Paz (Our Lady Queen of Peace, Regimental Memorial Chapel, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, 923 Lee Blvd.). Todos son bienvenidos! Para más información, Chap. (Capt.) Anselmo Hernandez, 878-2505, ext. 226.

Kiwanis Club of Fort Eustis The Kiwanis Club of Fort Eustis meets at noon on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at the Fort Eustis Club. All interested parties are invited and welcome to attend the meetings. Kiwanis International is a global organization of members of every age who are dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time. For more information, call Lance Musser at 713-1399 or email lance@lennysgolf.com.

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Friday, 7 p.m. No Show Saturday, 4 p.m. Marvel’s The Avengers (PG-13) The super-hero team of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel super heroes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, director of the international peacekeeping agency S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins. Saturday, 7 p.m. What to Expect When Expecting (PG-13) A hilarious and heartfelt big-screen comedy about five couples whose intertwined lives are turned upside down by the challenges of impending parenthood. Sunday, 2 p.m. No Show Movie synopsis and show time information is available online at www. shopmyexchange.com/ReelTimeTheaters/Movies-Eustis.htm.


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C*A*M*M*O, The Center For Military Music Opportunities is casting military wife singers (post 9/11, active-duty wives only) for a choir recording. If you are interested in participating, contact CAMMO Artistic Director Victor Hurtado at casting@cammomusic.org or call 1-800-517-5261 for information about requirements and audition/rehearsal schedules.

Eaglewood Golf Course will be offering junior golf lesson from June 18 until Aug. 3. Ages five and up may attend. For more information, call 764-4547.

The Langley Air Force Base, Va., Chapel has a contract vacancy for a Director, Family Life Ministries. The contractor will be responsible for a full range of family style ministry initiatives (i.e. family-focused events & retreats, care for families of deployed, mission outreach, VBS/AWANA, etc) within the Protestant community. Applicants should provide evidence of appropriate competence in the form of a resume, demonstrating a four-year undergraduate degree, and experience in working with people of all ages within a Christian setting. Applicant must be able to lead and manage a multi-faceted ministry that appeals to all ages. Applicant must be willing to work within all Protestant faith groups, nationalities, and spiritual levels in a pluralistic military environment. The applicant must have a minimum of five years involvement with the Langley Chapel community. A contract will be awarded based on "best value" to the government. To review the Basis of Award, Statement of Work, and other contract requirements, please contact Chaplain David Barns, Senior Protestant Chaplain, at 764-7847. Applications must be received by close of business June 25, 2012.

Marriage seminar Whether you have a good marriage you want to make better, or you are hanging on by a thread, the Building a Strong Marriage Team seminar can transform your marriage. The Chapel is sponsoring this one-day event at no cost Service members at Joint Base LangleyEustis and their families. Come with or without your spouse. Lunch is provided, and the event is open to everyone. (Alternate Duty Location authorized for GS civilians.) Join us for a fun-filled one-day event to connect with your spouse and learn effective ways to have a thrilling marriage. You’ll leave with a fresh perspective and step by step details on how to Build a Strong Marriage Team. Sign-up early to reserve your seat by calling 764-7847 or online: https://einvitations.afit. edu/inv/anim.cfm?i=50963&k=07614B0F78

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Langley Chapel vacation bible school Langley chapel will host vacation bible school from June 25-29, 5 to 8 p.m. at the Bethel Manor Chapel and school. Children ages 4-12 are invited to attend. Register online at https://www.groupvbspro.com/vbs/ ez/langleyafb, or call Richard Myer at 757871-7245.

Career Enlisted Aviators recruiting There are several career fields for enlisted aviators, and right now those career fields are hiring any Airman or noncommissioned officer who can retrain. Anyone interested in incentive pay, and an amazing career, should be at the Base Theater June 29 at 2 p.m. For more information, contact Master Sgt. Richard Sennett at 764-7668, or email Richard. sennett@langley.af.mil.

Regimental vacation bible school Regimental Memorial Chapel invites children who have completed kindergarten through sixth grade to join them at SonRise National Park Vacation Bible School. SonRise National Park begins June 25 and ends June 29. Classes are from 9 a.m. to noon. Class size is limited. For more information, contact Jeanne Vaul at 878-1455 or verna.j.vaul.civ@mail.mil.

Summer youth volunteer program

If you would like to volunteer, please contact our office at 574-5878/5877.

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

Bible Study Military Ministries holds a Wednesday morning bible study each week from 6:15 a.m. to 7:15 a.m. at the Langley Chapel Annex auditorium. There is great fellowship, insightful Bible topics, relevant biblical discussion and strengthened bible knowledge. For more information, contact Joe Shirey at 7645527 and william.shirey.ctr@langley.af.mil or Chuck Macri at 928-7220 and chuck.macri@ militaryministry.org.

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Langley Theater Schedule Friday, 7 p.m. Marvel’s The Avengers (PG-13) The super-hero team of a lifetime; featuring Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins. Saturday, 2 p.m. Marvel’s The Avengers

The Pass and Registration Office, and the Visitor’s Control Center have been consolidated into one location at the Temporary Pass Office outside the Armistead Gate. Visitor passes may be obtained from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m., on a daily basis. Pass and Registration is available from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Additionally, the Large Vehicle Inspection System, located adjacent to the Armistead Gate, is open daily from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 757-764-7770 or 757-764-7779.

The American Red Cross is hosting a summer youth volunteer program for children between ages 13 and 17. The program takes place from June 25 to Aug. 17. Space is limited. All youth must be accompanied by a guardian and bring a completed application packet to one orientation. For more information or to request a volunteer packet, call the Fort Eustis office at 757878-3339 or call the Langley Air Force Base office at 757-225-4060.

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The 633 ABW Langley Equal Opportunity office is seeking volunteers to serve on the planning committee to celebrate Women’s Equality Day on Aug. 27. Special Observances are conducted to enhance cross-cultural awareness and to promote diversity among all personnel. Additionally, these activities are an extension of human relations education objectives for maintaining a healthy human relations climate.

There are opportunities for you in the Air National Guard! The Palace Chase and Palace Front programs allow Airmen to participate in the Air Force part-time while pursuing full-time goals. Airmen still receive medical, dental and life insurance and extra educational benefits. For more information, call Master Sgt. Tamika Covington at 764-9995 or email her at tamika. covington2@langley.af.mil.

Effective April 3, 2012, Summary Court Officer 2nd Lt. Chance E. English, 1st Maintenance Squadron, is detailed as the Summary Court Officer to secure and make proper disposition of the personal effects of Tech. Sgt. Aaron D. Ciccocioppo. Anyone having knowledge of money or personal property due to deceased or claims against the deceased estate, please contact Summary Court Officer English at (757) 764 -2181.

Saturday, 7 p.m. WhatTo ExpectWhen You’re Expecting (PG-13) A hilarious and heartfelt big screen comedy about five couples whose lives are turned upside down by the challenges of impending parenthood. Sunday, 2 p.m. No show Movie synopsis and show time information is available online at www.shopmyexchange.com/ReelTimeTheaters/Movies-Langley.htm.


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Virginia Living Museum 4th of July Stars in the Sky

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Rainbow Puppet Productions presents “The Really Big Dinosaur Show” at noon, 1 and 2 p.m. through Sunday. Through original songs and the use of more than 20 giant puppets, the time of the dinosaurs reappears on stage. There will be an eight-foot-tall Tyrannosaurus Rex, mama and baby dinosaurs and a special dinosaur that is over 16 feet long. Expect lots of audience participation. ■ Dinosaur Discoveries – Meet live critters that just might be the descendants of dinosaurs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through June 30. Try your hand at reassembling a set of “dino” bones. Walk like a dinosaur and make dino-themed crafts. See and touch real dinosaur bones, coprolites, gizzard stones and footprints. You can even take a picture next to a model of a full sized T-Rex skull. ■ Spirit of America – Come enjoy an amazing Spirit of America laser display on July 4 at the Abbitt Planetarium. The show mixes great patriotic music with Americainspired rock & roll songs. Show times will be at 3:30, 6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m. Recommended for ages 6 and up. Tickets are $3 (members) and $6 (non-members). 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. For more information, call 595-9135 or visit www.thevlm.org.

Homeownership Workshop Are you thinking about purchasing a home? Not sure where to start? Fleet and Family Services Center Yorktown is hosting a Virginia Housing Development Authority Homeownership Workshop on July 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Bldg. 1949, Yorktown Naval Weapons Station. The workshop is designed to take the mystery out of buying a home. Attendees will learn about managing personal finances and credit, working with a lender and real estate agent, completing the loan process and home inspection procedures. It is open to all active duty members, re-

Newport News Parks, Recreation & Tourism will celebrate Independence Day with its 4th of July Stars in the Sky event July 4 at Victory Landing Park (end of 23rd Street at the James River).The celebration begins at 7 p.m. with free children’s rides including giant slides, moon bounces and obstacle courses. Food vendors will be on site. Entertainment will be provided by Cheap Thrills from 7 to 8 p.m.; Carbon Leaf will perform from 8:15 to 9:30 p.m. Fireworks will light up the sky over the James River at 9:30 p.m. Admission and parking are free. Parking will be available at the Newport News City Hall parking lot and designated non-restricted public parking spaces in the downtown area. No pets, bicycles, alcohol, skateboards or radios will be permitted in the event area. For more information about the event, call 926-1400.

tirees, family members and DoD personnel. To register, call 887-4606 or visit www. cnic.navy.mil/navyifema.

Employment Workshops Fleet and Family Services Center Yorktown is offering a series of employment workshops geared to the transitioning service member, job hunting spouses or teens looking for summer work.The Career Week workshop schedule is: ■ Career Planning – July 10, 9 a.m. ■ Federal Employment System – July 11, 9 a.m. to noon. ■ Job Search Strategies – July 12, 9 a.m. to noon. ■ Effective Resume Writing – July 13, 9 a.m. to noon. All classes will take place at Bldg. 1949 on Yorktown Naval Weapons Station. To register, call 887-4606 or visit www.cnic. navy.mil/navyifema.

Children’s camp programs The Virginia War Museum is offering educational and structured camps for children ages 8-12 years old. ■ RevolutionaryWar Camp – July 9-12,

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Children will learn period tactics and play out three battles a day. Following each battle campers will receive a historical briefing from the museum staff. This year’s theme is “The Saratoga Campaign of 1777.” ■ World War II Camp – August 6-9 and August 20-23, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Campers will train in squads, learn World War II infantry tactics, and play out two battles a day. In between battles, the campers will receive instruction on uniforms, equipment and World War II history. The theme will be “Operation Market Garden, The Arnhem Campaign.” This is a physically active camp and children will be expected to run and jump as well as play outdoors in the woods. The cost is $175 per camp. Pre-registration is required; payment is not required at the time of registration. Due to the popularity of the World War II camp, attendance is limited to 60 campers. To register for either camp, visit www.warmuseum.org. Registration forms may also be emailed to cgarcia@nngov.com. The Virginia War Museum is located at 9285 Warwick Blvd., Newport News. General admission is $6 (adults); $5 (seniors

ages 62 and older; active duty military with ID); $4 (children ages 7-18); and free for children ages 7 and under. AAA members receive $1 off. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 247-8523 or visit www.warmuseum.org.

Summer Breeze Concert Series The annual Merchants Square Summer Breeze Concert Series returns for the 21st year in the shopping and dining district adjacent to Colonial Williamsburg. Beginning with the July 11 concert, Merchant’s Square will also offer children’s entertainment at 6:30 p.m. featuring face painting, bubble-making and clowns. The concerts are free and will take place outdoors. The schedule is: ■ July 1 – U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Band, 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. ■ July 11 – Central Virginia Jazz Orchestra, 7 to 9 p.m. ■ July 18 – Kings of Swing, 7 to 9 p.m. ■ July 25 – Slapwater, 7 to 9 p.m. ■ Aug. 1 – U.S. Air Force Heritage Brass Ensemble, 7 to 8:30 p.m. ■ Aug. 8 – U.S. Air Force Heritage Ramblers Ensemble, 7 to 8:30 p.m. ■ Aug. 15 – U.S. Air Force Blue Aces Ensemble, 7 to 8:30 p.m. ■ Aug. 22 – U.S. Army TRADOC Band, 7 to 8:30 p.m. ■ Aug. 29 – U.S. Air Force Rhythm in Blue Ensemble, 7 to 8:30 p.m. For more information, call (757) 565-8889 or visit www.merchantssquare.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 100 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. Dinner starts before 6 p.m. with the business meeting following at 7 p.m. Contact the Post Quartermaster at 5668289 for more information.

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CEA recruitment: It can give you wings By Airman 1st Class R. Alex Durbin 633RD AIR BASE WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS

The Career Enlisted Aviators are scheduled to hold a recruiting event at the Langley Air Force Base theater, June 29 at 2 p.m. to showcase CEA careers. The event will consist of a presentation, followed by an open forum with trained CEA personnel from all aircrew career fields, such as loadmaster, aerial gunner, airborne cryptologic linguist and more. Airmen and noncommissioned officers eligible to retrain can earn incentive pay each month in their new job. Although some CEA fields are available for Airmen strait out of basic training, most aircrew career fields require Airmen to cross-train from their previous field, leading to a lack of awareness of the CEA career tracks. Due to this fact, most Airmen don’t know there are opportunities to become an enlisted-aircrew member, leaving the career fields chronically undermanned. Once accepted, potential CEA members will go to the Career Enlisted Aircrew Center of Excellence, the technicaltraining center for most aircrew careers, located at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. The 14-day undergraduate course teaches Airmen the basics necessary for all aircrew personnel. Once finished, they continue on to their survival training and then to their specific ground school. The ground schools provide hands-on training, and use simulations to provide lifelike scenarios to test the Airmen’s knowledge and ability to react to crisis situations. The schools last between eight and 29 weeks, depending on the career field. While in technical training Airmen are not only taught their profession in depth, but are taught to make decisions on a moment’s notice and speak up when needed, said Sennett. “If something goes wrong you have to react right away,” said Master Sgt. Richard Sennett, HC-130 command superintendent. “You have to think on your feet, nothing is ever set in stone.” Once Airmen graduate from ground school they earn their aircrew badge, more

commonly known as their wings. Unlike most occupational badges, a CEA member’s wings are a mandatory accoutrement, and must be worn on all uniforms. “It was such a great feeling when I earned my wings,” said Chief Master Sgt. Dan Hoglund, Air Combat Command Enlisted Aviator functional manager. “If I’m struggling, I look down at my chest and remember what I’ve accomplished.” Along with their treasured wings, CEA members also don flight suits. Flight suits give CEA members a sense of pride because less than 2 percent of enlisted Airmen are authorized to wear flight suits, said Hoglund. It also helps identify aircrew members among their peers, and with recent talks of regulation changes, this number will only shrink. With a flight suit on at 30,000 feet in the air, there is no room for error so CEA Airmen are not only taught to react to emergencies, but to also look out for their wingmen and their families. “We train all Airmen to look out for each other,” said Hoglund. “When the aircrew member is in, their family is in.” While rank is a paramount structure of any military operation, aircrew personnel are subject matter experts in their respective fields, and are encouraged to provide input, regardless of rank. “Once you leave the ground it’s a different mindset,” said Sennett. “You’re not your rank, you’re an aircrew member. Sennett said another perk to joining the CEA ranks is that aircrew personnel work varied schedules that can break the monotony of a set schedule workday. “You do something different every day,” said Sennett. “When the plane takes off is when your day starts.”


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