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Even in the fast-paced lives of everyday Service members and families, many still want to donate their time and skills in volunteer projects, on- and off-post. Fortunately, Fort Eustis’ Army Volunteer Corps is standing by to help potential volunteers find their calling. Under the guidance of Donna Cloy, the post’s volunteer coordinator, volunteers can sign up to help out a variety of outfits on post, including military and private organizations. “I work with organizations across the installation to address their needs and to make sure I know what they’re looking for. From there I recruit and market for them,” Cloy said. “Organizations manage their own volunteer programs, but we assist them by teaching them volunteer management skills and providing orientations to potential volunteers.” When willing volunteers call or visit Army Community Service at Bldg. 650, Cloy said she determines their interests first, and then refers them to what she considers to be organizations who could benefit from their specific skills. The large number of groups seeking help offers a wide scope of different volunteer opportunities. “Some people come in to build skills, some don’t want anything to do with their normal job, and sometimes people just want to help. We usually have something for everyone,” said Cloy. “We want volunteers to do work that is satisfying, and that they find interesting. “For example, I recently had a Soldier come in who was part of an Exceptional Family Member Program family, and he had a very specific list of things he can and cannot do,” she continued. “I called around to several agencies to find suitable opportunities for him.” Cloy uses ArmyOneSource’s internetbased Volunteer Management Information System to match applicants with units in need. The VMIS website allows users to browse open volunteer positions by installation. Once registered, users can apply online for the positions, where an organizational point of contact, or OPOC, from the unit will evaluate the applications and select qualified volunteers.

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The U.S. Army website, ArmyOneSource, allows users to browse open volunteer positions by installation.The Volunteer Management Information System helps match applicants with units in need.

“VMIS is a great recruiting tool. We use it to track volunteer hours also,” Cloy said. “Every month, you log your volunteer hours in the system at the end of the month. The OPOC validates your hours, which are on your permanent volunteer record.” “All Army volunteer jobs have position descriptions, and it’s very formalized,” said Kimberly Dawn, the OPOC for the 221st Military Police Detachment. “You can take your volunteer service record, signed by your OPOC, as a formal Department of Defense document to verify your volunteer work. “The system has been very helpful in bringing us volunteers,” Dawn added. “I’ve found three volunteers in the past two months to help keep things running

in our Family Readiness Group.” Volunteerism gives more than self-satisfaction. Cloy said many employers consider volunteer work as relevant work experience, and could give volunteers a leg up in finding employment. “It looks great on resumes. A lot of our military spouses out there looking for jobs,” she said. “Instead of having big gaps in their resume, volunteering keeps their skills active, keeps them involved in the community and builds their resume.” Cloy said the military is always seeking volunteers to augment their personnel, and for good reason. In 2011, the post’s approximate 700 volunteers worked 69,000 hours, and saved the installation $1.3 million in wages.

Want to volunteer at Fort Eustis? Call Donna Cloy at (757) 878-3129, e-mail donna.g.cloy.civ@mail.mil, or register at www.myarmyonesource.com and click the “Volunteer Tool” tab to get started. For more information about the Army Volunteer Corps, visit www.eustismwr.com/index.php/2011-11-16-17-10-33/army-volunteer-corps.

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“There’s so much to be done, and the paid staff can’t do it alone. The warm, helping hands make such a difference,” said Cloy. “They save us a huge amount of money. Some programs wouldn’t even exist without volunteers.” Most importantly, Cloy and Dawn said, was the sense of community born out of volunteerism. “It makes family members feel included, a part of something. They’re not just following their military member around,” Dawn said. “They feel useful, and in control of their own destiny. It bridges the gap for stay-at-home spouses. “It’s two-pronged. When you move around a lot, it’s difficult to make the connection in the community,” Cloy added. “But volunteerism is a perfect way to do that. Volunteering helps you get to know the people in your community and really become part of it. “It gives us a sense of family we sometimes miss in the military lifestyle. It’s the connections between people, taking care of each other.”


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Valerie L. Hicks was recently honored as one of the Health Center’s top nurses. During an award ceremony held Aug. 9 in the dining facility conference room, Hicks was selected as the DAISY award honoree for the third quarter of 2012. The DAISY award is a nationwide program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care provided by nurses each day. The award is presented quarterly to an outstanding nurse nominated by his or her peers, co-workers and family members for consistently displaying a positive attitude, demonstrating professionalism in the work environment, collaborating with the health care team to meet patient needs, communicating clearly and effectively with co-workers and patients, and compassion. “It is truly an honor to receive this award,” said the humble Fayetteville, N.C., native, who added that she was completely surprised when the announcement was made. “I am thankful, and I congratulate

all the other nurses who were nominated for this award,” The DAISY award was established in 2000 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at the age of 33 from complications of the auto-immune disease Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura. In an effort to honor Barnes and turn their grief into something positive, the Barnes family came up with the acronym DAISY for “diseases attacking the immune system.” During Barnes’ hospitalization, his family was impressed by the care and compassion shown by the nurses who cared for him. This inspired them to create a foundation in Barnes’ memory, “to recognize extraordinary nurses everywhere, who make an enormous difference in the lives of so many people by the super-human work they do each day.” According to the DAISY foundation, each DAISY award honoree will be recognized at a public ceremony, where they will receive a certificate, a DAISY award pin, a handcarved Shona sculpture entitled “A Healer’s Touch,” a tote bag and a jar of cinnamon in remembrance of Barnes’ love of Cinnabon

cinnamon rolls. A celebratory banner is also hung in the honoree’s work section. Earning this distinction as the DAISY award recipient is not something easily achieved, and for Hicks, who has supported the Health Center for nearly 20 years, this recognition has provided an experience she will not soon forget. “I enjoy my position here, and it is a blessing to serve our Soldiers and their families,” Hicks said. “I uphold MCAHC’s mission and vision, and I am here to serve.” Hicks began working at MCAHC in 1992, starting out in the Ward 2A Inpatient area. A year later, she moved to the Operating Room, where she spent the next decade supporting the post anesthesia care unit. In 2003, she relocated to Fort Monroe, and joined the healthcare team at Craven Health Center. She worked at Craven for three years, and then returned to McDonald. She currently serves as the lead licensed practical nurse for the Allergy/Immunization Clinic. This quarter’s nominees also included Claudia Aikens, Veneser Bridge, Stacie Bulgin, Denise Cunningham, Michelle Greely, Carolyn Noble and Geraldine Pollard.

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Valerie Hicks, McDonald Army Health Center Allergy/Immunization Clinic lead nurse, shows off her certificate for winning the third quarter DAISY award.The DAISY award, which stands for “diseases attacking the immune system" award is a nationwide program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses each day.


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By Senior Airman Stephanie Rubi 633RD AIR BASE WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS

On Aug. 26, 1920, a new era for American women began. With the signing of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, women would begin openly fulfilling similar roles to men, working outside their homes and forever changing their role in the United States. August 26 is celebrated as “Women’s Equality Day” and marks the 92nd anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. “I call upon the people of the United States to celebrate the achievements of women and recommit ourselves to the goal of gender equality in this country,” President Barack Obama stated in a proclamation published by the White House in August 2011. Women have changed the face of history by fulfilling what was once known as a “man’s” role. During World War II, the demand for men in the combat zone grew, and women were asked to fill the positions at home stations, allowing men to fight in combat.

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mate sacrifice with their lives. Lane, a nurse serving in Vietnam, died of shrapnel wounds on June 8, 1969, after the ward where she worked was hit with a 122-mm rocket. Lane was one of seven women who lost their lives during the Vietnam War, but she was the only American servicewomen killed as a direct result of enemy fire. Jacobson, a Security Forces journeyman, died on Sept. 28, 2005, after her vehicle hit an improvised explosive device. She was the first Security Forces Airman to die during Operation Iraqi Freedom, and also the first female Airman to die in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. To pay respect to female Service members and other American women, Joint Base Langley-Eustis will host a Women’s Equality Day 5K Aug. 24, at the Air Combat Command Fitness Center track, beginning at 7 a.m. “Women want to maintain themselves just like men do, not just for image but to get those 90’s and 100’s on their physical fitness test; to prove they can be just as physically fit as men are,” said Staff

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FeatureStory “When I started I was so scared, but after I finished I couldn’t stop smiling and crying. I felt like I won a gold medal. It was the best event I’ve ever done in my life. I’d recommend to anyone that has a cause near and dear to them to do the research and see how they can help.” — Retired Master Sgt. Valerie Busdeker on completing the Pelotonia Ride 2012, a 100-mile bicycle ride, with her father-in-law, Sam Legg Jr. (right), a cancer survivor

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Retired Master Sgt. Valerie Busdeker has limited free time. She is an executive assistant with the 497th Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group, a wife, mother of two and a full-time student. But when her father-in-law, Sam Legg Jr., was diagnosed with tongue cancer in 2008, she found herself devoting endless hours a week to his cause. Despite a daily to-do list capable of scaring grown men, Busdeker found the time to train, and recently completed a 100-mile bike ride to support Legg and fellow cancer survivors. She never imagined she would train five to six days a week, enduring physical and emotional stress, to bike from Columbus to Gambier, Ohio, on Aug. 11, 2012, with her father-in-law. “I did not think I’d be able to do it. I couldn’t see myself biking 100 miles,” Busdeker said. “But I did not want my father-in-law to do it alone. I realized later how much of a help it is to have someone ride side by side with you.” The ride may have been 100 miles, but the journey began after Legg’s diagnosis. “Our family was devastated [about the cancer],” said Busdeker. “It affected us all but we prayed and my fatherin-law stayed strong.” After six months of chemotherapy, doctors saw little improvement, and by 2009 Legg was given roughly six months to live. Busdeker and her husband, retired Master Sgt. Chadwick Busdeker, visited with Legg and other family members as much as possible, but serving on active duty made it extremely difficult to visit as often as they wanted. Legg continued to stay positive through the months that followed and in 2010, doctors discovered the chemotherapy worked and he was cancer-free. Although relieved, things were still very difficult for him. Legg spent 18 months with a feeding tube, and spent a lot of time with a swallowing and speech pathologist to improve damage caused by cancer and surgeries needed to save his life. A long 14 months after his surgery, Legg was able to swallow and his speech improved significantly. In August 2010, Legg’s patholo-

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Valerie Busdeker, 497th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group executive assistant, completed the fundraising Pelotonia Ride 2012 in Ohio, Aug. 11, with her fatherin-law and cancer survivor, Sam Legg Jr.The 100-mile bicycle ride raised more than $10 million for cancer research.

gists recruited him to train and bike for Pelotonia, a non-profit organization that donates 100 percent of its proceeds to cancer research. “She recruited me for the team ‘Head and Neck Peloton’,” said Legg. He enjoyed the event so much he decided to do it again this year. The only problem was that his pathologist was unable to participate this time. That is where Busdeker came in. Her training began in October 2011, and her workout consisted of biking 25 to 50 miles a week, taking spin classes three times a week, and attending pilates and yoga classes weekly.

“I was absolutely thrilled when I heard you were going to ride with me,” Legg said to Busdeker through email. “I knew if you only saw the opening ceremony, you would be hooked on the event.” The day of the ride, supporters gathered along the 100-mile route to cheer on more than 6,000 riders, ranging from survivors, family and friends to specialists in the medical field. “I was anxious and nervous the day before. I barely slept,” said Busdeker. “My father-in-law told me ‘We started together and now we are going to finish together.’” Busdeker continued to say that Pelotonia is not treated as a race; it is simply a bike ride, filled with compassionate and understanding individuals. “I can’t even imagine myself not participating in Pelontonia,” said Legg. With Busdeker’s right hand painted, supporters and riders would know she was with a survivor, while Legg had both hands painted and the word “survivor” across the back of his shirt. “As riders came up alongside of us, they would say things like, ‘Hello, fellow survivor’ to my father-in-law,” said Busdeker. “From mile one to mile 100, there were supporters screaming and cheering us on. We could hear them saying things like ‘Thank you riders.’” One hundred miles later, smiling and holding hands, Busdeker and Legg crossed the finish line. “When I started I was so scared, but after I finished I couldn’t stop smiling and crying. I felt like I won a gold medal,” Busdeker said with a large grin. “It was the best event I’ve ever done in my life. I’d recommend to anyone that has a cause near and dear to them to do the research and see how they can help.” Busdeker, along with 24 other teammates raised more than $52,000 dollars toward cancer research. With a new-found hobby, Busdeker says she will continue to bike, and plans to participate with her father-inlaw and husband in the next ride. Her youngest child has also shown interest in the event, and vows to bike it with them in 2013. “The biggest thing I took away from the event was learning how grateful and generous people can be and how much we were appreciated,” Busdeker said.


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reunited at Kelly’s retirement ceremony Aug. 17. “It’s one of those things that has been with me my entire career,” Kelly explained, “I didn’t really know Dean before. It has just been that one incident that has brought us together, and we’ve stayed in touch through the years.” Although Dark’s injuries ended his career, Kelly went on to have a full 23-year career in the Air Force. He served numerous assignments in multiple locations around the world. “If anything, I would say that this event made my drive to excel much stronger,” he said. That drive has made Kelly look to the future as he ended this chapter of his life at Langley Air Force Base, Va. “The greatest satisfaction I have had throughout my career has been flying humanitarian and peacekeeping missions,” said Kelly. “If I could take anything to the future communities, it would be anti-violence.”

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During his retirement ceremony at Langley Air Force Base, Aug. 17, U.S. Air Force Capt. Patrick Kelly (left), NATO Communications Information Services Agency command staff group commander, greets Dean Dark, a survivor of the 1990 Honduras terrorist attack. Kelly and Dark were among eight Airmen wounded in the attack.

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Airman 1st Class Chrisili Villasenor, 633rd Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, runs the cone slalom during the last Firefighter Challenge team practice,Aug. 14, at Langley Air Force Base.The team qualified for the world challenge, which annually attracts hundreds of fire departments from more than 25 locations, and is expanding to countries around the world.

Senior Master Sgt. Matthew McQuaig, 633rd Civil Engineer Squadron deputy fire chief, hoists a 175-pound mannequin during a practice team-relay,Aug. 14, at Langley Air Force Base.Teams who placed at the regional events qualifed for the national challenge, with the winning teams from that tier moving on to the world Firefighters Combat Challenge.

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Airman 1st Class Bruce Lovett and Staff Sgt. Kira Enlow, 633rd Civil Engineer Squadron firefighters, aid their tired teammate, Airman 1st Class Chrisili Villasenor, after a long practice, Aug. 13, at Langley Air Force Base.The Firefighter Combat Challenge seeks to encourage firefighter fitness and demonstrate the rigors of the profession.

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The Crafford farm house Long before the Civil War, Mulberry Island, like much of tidewater Virginia, was home to planters. They were primarily tobacco farmers seeking a quick proďŹ t from the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fertile lands. Among the families settled on the island was the Crafford family. According to Christopher McDaid, 733rd Civil Engineer Division cultural resources manager, little is known of the or-

igins of the family and of their ďŹ nancial dealings. Unfortunately the county records for the area, then known as Warwick County, were burned during military action in the Civil War. McDaid said archaeological research indicates that the Crafford family built the farm house between 1730 and 1750, and used the home as the origin point on the Mulberry Island ferry. The Craffords operated a tavern and inn at the home, giving travelers a chance to rest before crossing the James River to Isle of Wight. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This house was probably similar in scale and mass to the Matthew Jones House. The Craffords and the Jones were contemporaries and likely peers,â&#x20AC;? McDaid said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The home was occupied until 1918, when the land was sold to the government for the establishment of Camp Eustis.â&#x20AC;? The foundation was excavated in the 1970s by the Fort Eustis Historical and Archaeological Association, and today the brick and oyster-shell mortar foundation remains, surrounded by a protective fence. SEE HISTORY PAGE 16


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The Warwick Line During the Civil War, the Confederate States Army was headquartered in Richmond, Va., 50 miles northwest of Mulberry Island. Maj. Gen. John B. Magruder commanded the CSAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s small Army of the Peninsula, postured to defend the capital from Union forces threatening to besiege the peninsula from the south, at Fort Monroe in Hampton. To prevent the Union from taking the area by land or sea, the CSA developed the Warwick Line, a series of fortiďŹ cations bisecting the peninsula from Mulberry Island eastward to Yorktown. On the west end at the James River, the Confederates established the Mulberry Island Point Battery, a four-gun outpost. The battery, when paired with Fort Huger immediately across the river, would allow the CSA to prevent Union naval forces from sailing up the James directly to Richmond. However, the battery only provided defense against a naval invasion. To protect the battery and give Magruderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s forces a defensive position against a Union drive through the heart of the peninsula, he ordered his troops to occupy the land around the Crawford family farm adjacent to the battery Sept. 5, 1861. The fort was abandoned in May 1862 when the CSA withdrew to Richmond in the beginning of the Peninsula Campaign.

The star fort amongst the marshes The eight-acre tract of land offered Con-

federate troops advantageous ďŹ ring positions overlooking the James River and inland. The CSA built a â&#x20AC;&#x153;star fort,â&#x20AC;? a pentagon-shaped defensive position around the family farm house. The fortâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s foundations still remain today. McDaid said the star fort design prevented â&#x20AC;&#x153;dead zones,â&#x20AC;? or areas beneath battlements where advancing enemies could take shelter from ďŹ re and potentially breach the walls. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The earthworks here include a moat that was ďŹ lled by tidal ebbs and ďŹ&#x201A;ows, and sally ports, which allowed troops to advance out into the surrounding land to mount counter-offenses,â&#x20AC;? McDaid explained. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Additionally, the high works feature gun emplacements where troops would roll cannons up onto.â&#x20AC;? The size and positioning of the earthworks indicates the architects were familiar with the terrain. Some of the remaining mounds run for hundreds of yards, only to stop suddenly. A few more yards in the same direction will lead hikers into swampy marshes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The architects realized enemies could not outďŹ&#x201A;ank them through the marshes, and designed the fort to take advantage of the landscape,â&#x20AC;? said McDaid. Another surviving element of the fort is two earthen hollows that were once â&#x20AC;&#x153;bombproofs,â&#x20AC;? which served as a sort of shelter from attacks. Soldiers would dig a hole, build a wooden superstructure over it, and install dirt and hay bales to create a shelter. If enemies ďŹ red shells on the fort,

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The hidden battery From the aging ďŹ ring positions on the western shore, marshlands creeps around the area where Fort Crafford once stood, providing a clear line of sight to a small, swampy peninsula covered in trees. McDaid said the point is the believed location of the Mulberry Island Point Battery, which has yet to be located by historians or archaeologists. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have not had a reason to do an archaeological survey out there, as our work is driven by construction projects and training requirements. Because this is a protected area, construction is prohibited, and no units want to train in that area,â&#x20AC;? McDaid explained. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At some point hopefully in the next year, we hope to get out there and ďŹ nd it.â&#x20AC;?

Preserving the fort When the War Department purchased the land in 1918, the Fort Crafford area was used for training. The Crafford house was repaired and used for plotting artillery ďŹ re landing from nearby Camp Wallace. Towers were erected for observation, and the stone platforms can still be seen today. Outside of the towers, the War Department deemed the land as having historic value, and was to be left untouched and off-limits to building and most other forms of military training. As a result, the earthworks there are extremely well preserved. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our collection of earthworks are some

of the best-preserved in eastern Virginia, because the War Department in 1918 left them alone,â&#x20AC;? McDaid said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Many of the regionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s earthworks were destroyed through transitions in farming equipment in the 1920s, featuring deeper, chiseled plows. These are remarkable examples of original earthworks.â&#x20AC;? In 1971, the Fort Eustis post historian joined FEHAA in requesting permission from the Secretary of the Army to perform archaeological digging around the foundation of the house. They received the license in April 1971, permitting three years of work. Artifacts discovered were placed in the U.S. Army Transportation Museum on post, but have since been moved to the Virgina Department of Archaeology in Richmond. Fort Crafford was placed on the Virginia Landmarks Register Oct. 16, 1973, and on the National Register of Historic Places May 17, 1974. While no future construction is allowed, McDaid said the CED hopes to preserve the area through a combination of volunteerism and â&#x20AC;&#x153;benign neglect,â&#x20AC;? allowing the land to remain mostly undisturbed. During the postâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Earth Week events in 2011, volunteers installed a gravel walking trail lined with landscaping timbers to allow easier access through the site. Like the Matthew Jones House, McDaid said tours are available, so long as mission requirements allow access to the ranges. Interested parties should contact McDaid to schedule a tour of the area by emailing him at christopher.l.mcdaid.civ@mail.mil.

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

Women’s Equality Day The 128th Aviation Brigade will host the Joint Base Langley-Eustis Women’s Equality Day observance Tuesday from 10 to 11 a.m. at Jacobs Theater. Ellen Helmerson, TRADOC Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1/4 (Personnel and Logistics), will be the keynote speaker. For more information, call 878-0022.

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

Summary Court Officer Capt. Kevin Tate, 597th Transportation Brigade, is detailed as the Summary Court Officer to secure and make proper disposition of the personal effects of Spc. Seth A. Hicks. Anyone having knowledge of money or property due to the deceased or claims against the deceased estate, contact Tate at (757) 878-9020.

Soldier and Family Readiness Soldier and Family Readiness (ACS) classes and briefings for August will include: ■ Budgeting – Tuesday, 9 to 10 a.m. Are you tired of living paycheck to paycheck? Need a financial “check-up?” We will teach you the basics of developing a written plan while setting goals for a suc-

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Submit Eustis Community announcements to pw@militarynews.com cessful financial future. ■ Job Information Briefing – Monday, 10 to 11 a.m. Attendees will learn job search strategies including employer websites, online job boards and vacancy announcements. All classes and briefings will take place in Bldg. 650, Monroe Ave. For more information, call 878-3638.

MCAHC holiday closures McDonald Army Health Center’s Family Health, Pediatrics, Troop Medical Clinic 2, Laboratory, Radiology, and Pharmacy are the only services that will be open on Aug. 31 (training day). Normal appointments and services will be available on Sept. 1 (Family Health, Pediatrics and Pharmacy). All services will be closed on Sept. 3 in observance of Labor Day. To schedule appointments and/or facilitate authorization to visit an Urgent Care Center, please call the Hampton Roads Appointment Center at 1-866-645-4584. In the event of an emergency, patients should dial 911 or report to the closest emergency room.

Marriage enrichment program The Regimental Memorial Chapel will host a Marriage Enrichment program from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays beginning Sept. 13 through Oct. 25 at the chapel, Bldg. 923, Lee Blvd. This program is open to all married and engaged couples, and spouses of service members who are deployed or training elsewhere. Free child watch-care will be provided for children up to age 11 years old. For more information, contact Mike and Carole Carkhuff at 218-1034 or email carkhuffs2@verizon.net.

Free sitter website The Department of Defense provides a free Internet sitter service for military families. The website finds in-home child care, nannies, tutors, elder care providers, pet sitters and other services in local communities. Active-duty members of all military branches, including activated National Guard and reserve members and their families, can receive a free membership to the service, saving an average of $120 a year. The program provides military families with instant access to caregiver profiles,

background checks, pictures, references, reviews, a four-step screening process, and a specialized matching technology to select the right caregiver. For more information, visit www.sittercity.com/dod.

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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.

Kiwanis Club of Fort Eustis The Kiwanis Club of Fort Eustis meets at noon on the second and fourth 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.

Range schedule Ranges, training areas and associated facilities are off limits to personnel not engaged in scheduled firing, operations or inspections unless clearance is obtained from the Range Control Fire Desk or a designated Range Control Technician. The Range Control office telephone number is 878-4412, ext. 226 or 878-3834, ext 234. The range operations schedule through Wednesday is: ■ Today, Ranges RD, 2, 3, 5 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.); ■ Saturday, No Scheduled Ranges; ■ Sunday, No Scheduled Ranges; ■ Monday, Ranges RD, 1 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.); ■ Tuesday, Ranges RD, 1, 2, 3 (7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.); ■ Wednesday, Ranges RD, 1, 2, 3 (7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.). All personnel are required to check in and out with Range Control before going into or departing from any range or training area.

Friday, 7 p.m. NO SHOW Saturday, 4 p.m. Katy Perry: Part of Me (PG-13) Get to know the woman behind the pop icon as singer Katy Perry brings fans behind the scenes of her California DreamsTour in this colorful, intimate musical documentary. Saturday, 7 p.m. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (R) Abraham Lincoln is reinvented as a vampire-killing president in this Timur Bekmambetov-directed action picture starring Benjamin Walker, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Rufus Sewell, and Dominic Cooper. “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” author Seth Grahame-Smith adapts his own book. Tim Burton produces alongside Bekmambetov and Jim Lemley. 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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LAFBCommunity LaSalle Gate closed for six months The LaSalle Avenue Gate closed for roughly six months beginning Aug. 13 due to the construction of a new Visitor Center and guardhouse. Any traffic approaching from the downtown Hampton/Interstate-64A area will be diverted to the Durand, West (Armistead) or King Street gates. Non-identification card holders should go to the temporary Visitor Center near the entrance of the West Gate to get a temporary pass. For more information, call Police Services at (757) 764-7766.

Water Fun Under the Sun The 633rd Force Support Squadron is hosting “Water Fun Under the Sun” at Bethel Park, Aug. 25 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The price is $5 for children ages 1-5, $12 for children ages 6-17 and $15 for adults without children. Parents attend for free. For more information, call (757) 766-3017 or (757) 342-4281.

tend customer service hours Aug. 27-30 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. All normally provided services will be available during the extended hours. MPF Customer Service is located at 45 Nealy Avenue, Building 15, Wing A, Room 114. If you have any questions, please contact the MPF at (757) 764-2270, or DSN 574-2270.

633rd FSS Labor Day hours Many of the 633rd Force Support Squadron facilities will be closed or have reduced hours over the Labor Day weekend. For a full list of times, visit www.jble.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-120815-006.pdf. For more information, please call 574-4725.

Bowling league meeting The organizational meeting for the Friday Night Foursome League will be held in the meeting room of the Langley Bowling Center Aug. 24 at 6:30 pm. League bowls on Fridays at Langley Bowling Center. For more information, call 850-4947.

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The Langley Air Force Base Youth Bowling League is now accepting registration for participants ages 5 through 19 for the upcoming season scheduled to start Sept. 15. A sign-up sheet is available at the Langley Lanes during business hours. For more information contact Langley Lanes at (757) 764-2433 or contact coach Joe Sirois at (757) 846-8479 or joe.sirois@langley.af.mil

The 48th Squadron Associate is hosting a reunion for Airmen who served with the 48th Aero Squadron, 48th School Squadron, 48th Pursuit Squadron, 48th Fighter Squadron, 48th Fighter Interceptor Squadron or 48th Flying Training Squadron, Sept. 19 through 23. Registration begins Sept. 19, 4 p.m. at the Point Plaza Suites at City Center, Newport News, Va. For more information, contact Bob Maurice at BigBob880@aol.com,orvisithttp://48thsquadron association.com/.

The Langley Air Force Ball Committee is hosting a 5K Fun Run/Walk to raise money for the 2012 Langley Air Force Ball. The run will be at the ACC Fitness Center Running Trail, Aug. 30. Race day registration will be $20. For more information, call Senior Master Sgt. Todd Klein at 757-764-5165.

Free Bowling and Pizza Party In honor of Langley's Single Airmen, the Langley Chapel Single Airmen's Ministry would like to invite any “Single Airmen” to attend a free Bowling and Pizza Party from 1 to 4 p.m. on Aug. 25 at the Langley Bowling Center. Sign-up is required no later than Aug. 24. Contact Larry Blakely at 528-0455 or blakely2@cox.net.

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

Discounted tuition available Hampton University College of Continuing Education is offering discount tuition and no application fees for military and their dependents. Registration for the Fall I Session is untill Oct. 5, and Fall II Session is between Oct. 15 and Dec. 14 for on-base, distantlearning and online courses. All courses are transferrable to the Community College of

the Air Force degree. For more information, speak with a Hampton University representative in Room 120 at the Langley Education Center, or call 757-7661369 or 757-727-5773.

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FSS pool openings The Langley Club Outdoor Pool is open, and its hours of operations are 1 to 6 p.m., Thursday through Tuesday. The pool will be closed Wednesday. The Shellbank Fitness Center Outdoor Pool, located next to the Community Center, is currently open through Aug. 24. The hours of operation are noon until 6 p.m., Friday to Wednesday. The Pool is closed Thursday. Additionally, the Shellbank Fitness Center Outdoor Pool hours will change Aug. 25 through 27. It will be open noon until 6 p.m., Friday through Sunday. From Aug. 31 until Sept. 3, the Shellbank Fitness Center Outdoor Pool will be open noon until 6 p.m., Friday through Monday.

Troops To Teachers briefing Are you Retiring/Separating from the military and interested in becoming a teacher? The Troops to Teachers program offers a $5,000 stipend to pay for any approved teacher licensure program; in any state, at any accredited college, to military personnel with Bachelor's Degrees. Participants may also be eligible for a $10,000 bonus. TTT also provides information on teacher licensure requirements in Virginia. For more information, please call the TTT office at 757-683-3327.

Suicide Awareness Walk The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is holding the seventh annual Out Of Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk at Mount Trashmore in Virginia Beach Saturday, Sept. 8 at 8:30 a.m. This is the community's walk to promote good mental health, awarenness of the disease of depression; prevent the tragedy of suicide; and for some, it's also an opportunity to remember loved ones lost. In case of severe weather, the walk will be held on Sept. 15. For more information, visit www. sos-walk.org, or email Tech. Sgt. Randy Redman at randy.redman@langley.af.mil.

Friday, 7 p.m. NO SHOW Saturday, 2 p.m. Katy Perry: Part of Me (PG-13) Get to know the woman behind the pop icon as singer Katy Perry brings fans behind the scenes of her California Dreams Tour in this colorful, intimate musical documentary. Saturday, 7 p.m. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (R) Abraham Lincoln is reinvented as a vampire-killing president in this Timur Bekmambetov-directed action picture starring Benjamin Walker, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Rufus Sewell, and Dominic Cooper. “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” author Seth Grahame-Smith adapts his own book. Tim Burton produces alongside Bekmambetov and Jim Lemley. 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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Dog Days of Summer Hampton Parks and Recreation is hosting a free Dog Days of Summer event Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. at Ridgway Bark Park, 85 E. Mercury Blvd, Hampton. Bring your family and canine companions to enjoy entertainment, free giveaways, Great Dane demonstrations, vendors, a dog bathing suit contest and more. Overflow parking will be available at the Thomas Nelson Community College building at 91 E. Mercury Blvd. For more information call 727-8311 or visit www.hampton.gov/parks.

Virginia Living Museum ■ Peeps,Waders, and More – The birds of Virginia’s coastline are amazingly diverse. They flitter along our beaches or silently stalk the salt marshes. Some just pass through on their long migrations, while others live here year round. Join the VLM on Sept. 4 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. for a survey of our coastal birds and the way they adapt to life along the water’s edge. The cost is $5 for members; $7 for nonmembers; and free for active VLM volunteers. To register, call 595-9135 or visit www.thevlm.org. ■ Star Party Laser Shows – Free observing will begin at sunset on Sept. 8 at the museum. Visitors can choose from four shows: Virginia Skies, 7:30 p.m.; Laser Magic, 8:30 p.m.; Laser Zeppelin, 10 p.m.; and Dark Side of the Moon, 11:30 p.m. All shows are $6. The Wild Side Café will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. ■ Reach Out and Meet People – R.O.M.P., the museum’s networking program for young professionals ages 25-40, features after-hours socials, light bites, adult refreshments and educational lectures about nature, sustainability and conservation. The program will start at 6 p.m. Sept. 12 with a tour through the salt water galleries. The cost is $10. ■ Story Time at the Museum – The third Saturday of the month is story time at the museum. Bring the kids at 10 a.m. Sept. 15 to hear “Gotta Go, Gotta Go” by Sam Swope and also see a live monarch butterfly. Recommended for ages 2 and above (included in museum admission). 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

Hampton Bay Days 2012 The 30th annual Hampton Bay Days will take place Sept. 7-9 at Mill Point Park in downtown Hampton. The festival will include merchandise, craft, and food vendors, musical entertainment, a 25-minute fireworks show, and the Chesapeake Bay Education and Children’s Area at Carousel Park. Admission to the festival and musical entertainment is free; however, fees will be charged for crafts, games, and food and beverages. Hours are: Sept. 7, noon to 11 p.m.; Sept. 8, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sept. 9, noon to 6 p.m. Parking will be available in the downtown area for $5 per vehicle but is very limited. Special events will include: ■ Tidewater Dock Dogs Inaugural Summer Splashdown –This event is scheduled for the entire weekend in front of the Virginia Air and Space Center on King Street. Spectators will have a chance to cheer on all team levels as canines splash down into a 28,000 gallon pool. On-line preregistration is $25 per wave and is available at www.tidewaterdockdogs.com. On-site registration is $30 per wave and will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. ■ Bay Days 8K – The course will begin and end at the Virginia Air and Space Center. All 8K runners will receive a t-shirt, souvenir finisher’s medal, personalized bib and a goody bag. A post-race party will take place at the conclusion of the race. The cost is $40. To register, visit www.baydays8k.com. For more information, call 727-1641 or visit www.baydays.com.

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.

City of Hampton photo contest Hampton residents and visitors are invited to participate in the “This is Hampton Virginia” photo contest by submitting their best photographs of the city. The deadline for submissions is Aug. 31. Weekly winners will receive a $25 gift certificate to a restaurant in Hampton. The grand prize is a “First from the Sea, First to the Stars” weekend getaway package that includes a two-night stay at the Embassy Suites Hampton Roads Hotel, Spa & Convention Center; two tickets to the Virginia Air & Space Center and Riverside Digital 3D IMAX Theater, Miss Hampton II Harbor Cruise, Hampton History Museum, and Hampton Carousel. Only one entry is allowed per person; participants must be 21 or older. For more information, visit http://visithampton.com/ photo-contest.

Free legal clinic for veterans The Old Dominion University Student Veterans Association will host a free Legal Clinic to assist military veterans on Sept. 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the ODU Virginia Beach Higher Education Center, 1881 University Drive. Separate presentations will focus on three areas of law: Department of Veterans Affairs disability

compensation claims; the basics of starting a small business; and wills, trusts and estate planning. The clinic will also include free individual legal consultations. Please bring your DD Form 214, recent rating decisions and any other documentation that will help in evaluating your situation. Breakfast and lunch will be served; snacks will be available throughout the day. For more information, visit http://vavetslegalclinic.wordpress.com. To register, email Sarah Schauerte at scs@legalmeetspractical.com.

Free access to national parks The new military version of the “America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Annual Pass” is available to active-duty Service members – Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and activated National Guard and Reserves. This pass grants free access at National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Reclamation, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Army Corps sites and other public lands. Active-duty Service members and their dependents can pick up a pass at any national park or wildlife refuge that charges an entrance fee or standard amenity fees. Members must show a current, valid military identification card to obtain their pass. Where there are entrance fees, the pass covers the owner and accompanying passengers in a single, private, non-commercial vehicle at recreation sites that charge

per vehicle. At sites where per-person entrance fees are charged, it covers the pass owner and three accompanying visitors ages 16 and older. There is no entry fee for children ages 15 and under. For more information on the pass, please visit http://store.usgs.gov/pass/index/html.

Ways to Work Program Predatory loans have caused heartache and financial ruin for many, including those in military service. Avalon, a center for women and children in collaboration with Army Community Services now offers an alternative for responsible, working individuals and families to receive low-interest auto loans that will support their financial self-sufficiency and asset development through the Ways to Work program. What could reliable transportation mean to you or your military family? Having a vehicle can help stabilize your life and transport your children to child care, school, and doctor appointments. No more waiting in the rain, cold, or heat for the bus, or spending money on cab services. To qualify for this program an applicant must: ■ Be 18 years or older; ■ Be a James City County, Yorktown, Poquoson, or Williamsburg resident or be active duty military E-6 and below, DOD personnel, or veteran in the Hampton Roads area; ■ Be employed with a moderate household income. For more information, call 258-5022, ext. 1015 or email mary@avaloncenter.org.


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children 5 and under play free with a paying adult. At the batting cages, $1 affords aspiring sluggers 20 pitches. Finally, speed demons can tackle the go-kart course for only $6 per ride, which lasts 10 minutes. To get an idea of how inexpensive it is to have a good time at the park, here is a breakdown: For less than $30, visitors can channel their inner Tiger Woods on the greens three times, swing for the fences at 100 pitches, and zoom around the road course twice in a go-kart. For a fun weekend date, a couple can putt through the golf course, speed around the track, take their cuts in the batting cages and still have a few bucks left for a snack. The mini-park is conveniently located on Lee Blvd., adjacent to the 7th Sustainment Brigade barracks buildings. Dumas said the park is a perennial hit with young Soldiers on post, and

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