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JBLE leaders serve holiday meal to Service members – Page 17


JBLE members named Military Citizens of the Year — Page 3


Local families ‘adopt’ battle buddies — Page 12

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TREE LIGHTING Langley brings light to the holiday season — Page 4


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Two members of the Joint Base Langley-Eustis community received the Military Citizen of the Year award from the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce during a ceremony at the Crowne Plaza Hampton-Marina Hotel in Hampton, Nov. 12. The award is named in honor of Samuel T. Northern, a local businessman who devoted most of his life to strengthThe Military Citizen ening relationships beof the Year award is tween the local community and military. Since named in honor of Sam1955, the award is preuel T. Northern, a losented annually to reccal businessman who ognize military citizens devoted most of his who have made a siglife to strengthening reniďŹ cant contribution in community service. lationships between According to the the local community Hampton Roads Chamand military. ber of Commerce website, each year the VPCC names one outstanding representative from each branch of the military. Service members E-6 and below who demonstrate active participation in off-duty community activities

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U.S. Army Sgt. Barry Hines, second from left, A-Company, 2nd Battalion, 210th Aviation Regiment instructor, and U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Elizabeth Marat, third from right, 480th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing, were each named Military Citizen of theYear during a ceremony in Norfolk, Nov. 12.The award, which was given to a member of each military branch, honored personal community impact and involvement outside of military duties. Presenting the awards were, from left, George Wallace, city of Hampton mayor, McKinley Price, city of Newport News mayor, and Mike Kuhns, Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce president.

and uphold military standards are chosen. U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Elizabeth Marat, from the 480th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing, and U.S. Army Sgt. Barry Hines, A Company, 2nd Battalion, 210th Aviation Regiment instructor, earned the honor for dedicated volunteerism in their

respective communities. For the past four years, Marat has worked countless hours performing special services and charitable deeds, volunteering for activities and special events both on and off base. SEE CITIZENS PAGE 5


“Volunteering is important because we can give insight others may not For many, volunteering can build trust, have.


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U.S. Army Col.William Galbraith, left, 733rd Mission Support Group commander, joins Volunteer of the Quarter winners at Fort Eustis, Oct. 23. More than 1,600 registered volunteers currently serve the installation in 31 organizations.

create a feeling of belonging and foster a sense of caring. Volunteers dedicate time, energy and support to make sure many programs and organizations get the help needed for success. Fort Eustis currently boasts more than 1,600 registered volunteers, and with more than 31 different organizations, opportunities for Joint Base Langley-Eustis community members to lend time or a helping hand are abundant. According to Donna Cloy, 733rd Mission

— Christy Silva Fort Eustis volunteer

Support Group Army Volunteer Corps coordinator, volunteering can help ease the burden of constant change in the military, and is important because of the impact it can have on others. In 2012, Fort Eustis volunteers contributed approximately 64,000 hours, representing a savings of more than $1.5 million to the installation. SEE VOLUNTEERS PAGE 5


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Photo by Airman 1st Class VictoriaTaylor

Photo by Airman 1st Class VictoriaTaylor

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ABOVE: Santa Claus visits children during the Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Langley Air Force Base, Dec. 3. Families who gathered for the annual ceremony also enjoyed poem readings and holiday carols. LEFT: U.S. Air Force Col. David Chisenhall, 633rd Mission Support Group commander, provides remarks during the ceremony.This year marked the 46th tree lighting, which was held on the chapel lawn. Photo by Airman 1st Class Kimberly Nagle

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ABOVE: Members of the Bethel Chapel Catholic Worship Team sing Christmas carols.The event also included music and poetry readings and a visit from Santa Claus. LEFT: U.S. Air Force Col. John J. Allen Jr., 633rd Air BaseWing commander, and his daughter listen to the choir. BELOW: Children of the Bethel Manor Chapel ProtestantYouth Choir perform. Photo by Airman 1st Class VictoriaTaylor

The base Christmas tree stands illuminated on the chapel lawn at Langley Air Force Base. The annual tree-lighting ceremony traditionally signifies the beginning of the holiday season at Langley.

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CITIZENS FROM PAGE 3 “I am honored to be chosen as the Military Citizen of the Year,” said Marat. “This came as a surprise to me. I just feel that I am doing my part in the community.” Hines, who has been stationed at Fort Eustis for 15 months, has committed his after-duty hours to coaching football to 6- and 7-year-old children, and said he uses his free time to help guide the players in the right direction. “I love volunteering so I can pass on [my] knowledge and help children start on the right track,” he said. “I truly believe that if you can help children at a young age, they will start on that track and stay there.” According to Marat, volunteerism is all about changing lives and inspiring people in need, but most importantly, leading by example and encouraging others to volunteer will set an example to others. “Even if it’s just an hour of your time over your lunch break to read to children, assist with Meals-onWheels or other community-related activities, volunteering can positively affect an individual’s life,” she said. “Whether it’s tutoring math and reading at a school or donating your hair to Locks of Love, anybody can volunteer.”

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VOLUNTEERS FROM PAGE 3 Volunteering is a passion for Cloy. “Volunteering is one of the first things I did when my husband joined the military,” said Cloy. “I got tired of sitting in the house, so I went to Army Community Service.” As the AVC coordinator, Cloy assists community members find the right volunteer opportunity on the installation. She also ensures these individuals attend volunteer orientation and register in the Volunteer Management Information System, an Army-wide database used to track volunteer hours, training and awards. During orientation, volunteers learn where help is needed, and are placed in the most appropriate position. Not only do volunteers support the mission in a variety of capacities, but their efforts provide a chance to gain work experience, said Christy Silva, Fort Eustis volunteer and wife of U.S. Army Capt. Joel Silva, 99th Movement Control Team commanding officer. “Volunteering is important because we can give insight others may not have,” said Silva. “It helps us feel a sense of accomplishment knowing we helped a Soldier or family member.” For more information, contact the AVC at 878-3129 or visit

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Gathering around a table full of food with friends and family, watching parades on television and listening to children’s laughter in the background. For many families, these are all familiar activities during the holiday season. For many Airmen, however, the chance to return home for the holidays may not be possible. While wingmanship should always be a priority, it is especially significant during the holidays. U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. John Danser, 1st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron first sergeant, said its imperative Airmen don’t overlook each other in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. “Being a wingman during the holidays is important because we have to look out for each other and make sure

“Being a wingman during the holidays is important because we have to look out for each other and make sure everyone is taken care of. Not everyone has somewhere to go during the holidays. It’s important to be there for them.” — U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. John Danser 1st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron first sergeant everyone is taken care of,” Danser said. “Not everyone has somewhere to go during the holidays. It’s important to be there for them.” SEE WINGMAN PAGE 7

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WINGMAN FROM PAGE 6 Chaplain (Capt.) Joel Kornegay, 633rd Air Base Wing chaplain, agrees with Danser, saying holidays are typically family oriented and a time to enjoy the company of loved ones. “Holidays are historically designed to be celebrated with family. If an Airman can’t be near his or her family, it’s important that we become that family,” Kornegay said. “If someone spends the holidays [by themselves], they can feel as though they are on the outside and alone.” Feelings like this can lead to frustration and even eventual depression if not taken care of, said Kornegay. Friends and co-workers are the first line of defense, said Danser, who encourages Airmen to engage and interact with colleagues who seem down. While not everyone will be able to invite those without a place to celebrate to their home, there are resources available to those in need, he said. “The base dining facility offers special meals during the holidays, and there are normally things like parades and other events going on in the community,” Danser said. “Being a wingman means being there for someone not only when they are up, but when they may be down as well.”

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Airman 1st Class Robert Long, 1st Operations Support Squadron operations intelligence technician, remembered his first holiday away from home. “When I was in technical school, I was able to go home for the holidays, but [since arriving at Langley] I’ve not been able to go home [for the holidays],” Long said. “My leadership and supervisor invited me over to ensure I had [somewhere to go].” This gesture by leadership left a lasting impression on Long. “It was nice to know that others cared about me on a personal level and not just while I’m at work,” Long said. “It gave me a stronger sense of a family environment both at and outside of work.” Long hopes to follow that example and plans on organizing a dinner or event in the future for Airmen who are unable to go home for the holiday season. “I think it’s important that we spend time around other people during the holidays,” Long said. “It’s not only good for morale, but shows you that you’re not alone.” Long, Danser and Kornegay agree it is important to not spend the holidays alone for us all to act as wingman and take care of each other.


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Due to the demands of duty, many U.S. Air Force Airmen are unable to make it home for the holidays. While demonstrating the Air Force’s “wingman concept” is always a priority, it is especially significant during the holidays and goes a long way toward promoting a sense of family among Airmen.To help foster a sense of camaraderie for those unable to go home during the season, Joint Base Langley-Eustis hosts several events, including holiday meals at the dining facilities.

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Graphic by Senior Airman Jason J. Brown

U.S Air Force Airmen assigned to the 480th Intelligence, Surveillance and ReconnaissanceWing Operations Center work diligently around the clock to provide support to the Air Force’s ISR mission.TheWOC serves as the hub for all ISR taskings to the Air Force’s network of distributed ground stations and exploitation sites around the globe. The Airmen working in the WOC facilitate the processing, exploitation and dissemination mission, fielding support requirements from the various combatant commands and allocating those requirements to the proper sites based upon joint-forces guidance.

By Senior Airman Jason J. Brown 633RD AIR BASE WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Editor’s Note: Due to the sensitivity of the Air Force ISR mission, the last names of personnel have been removed in this article. The bustling rush-hour traffic across Langley Air Force Base has quieted to a slow crawl of occasional headlights. The once-packed parking lots now nearly vacant, awash in the amber warmth of street lamps to buffer the darkness of the impending night. Most of Langley’s 18,000 Airmen and civilian personnel have left for the day; their work completed. However, the U.S. Air Force’s mission never stops, as witnessed by the dedicated personnel who work late into the night to accomplish their mission. Airmen working in the 480th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing Operations Center are among these night-shift warriors, working diligently to provide support to the Air Force’s ISR mission. The WOC serves as the hub for all ISR

“You have one team of 10 to 12 [enlisted] Airmen, a few civilians and one officer, [allocating] exploitation for all the [ISR] sites in the entire world. To us, it’s just what we do, but it’s truly amazing the scope of operations our Airmen have [to] control.” — U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Wes 480th ISR Wing Operations Center night shift crew commander taskings for the Air Force’s network of distributed ground stations and exploitation sites around the globe. The Airmen working in the WOC facilitate the processing, exploitation and dissemination , or PED, mission, fielding support requirements from the various combatant commands and allocating those requirements to the proper sites based upon joint-forces guidance. The sites provide ISR support for a multitude of global missions in which analysts study and report pertinent information to the supported units and COCOMs, providing warfighters “eyes in the sky” information to help them safely accomplish their mission objectives.

During the daytime shift, the 480th ISR Wing command staff works in-house, providing vital directives to Airmen working throughout the wing in one of the many 24/7 mission sets. As the base empties in the evening, most of the wing staff retires for the day, while the WOC continues to provide around-the-clock ISR exploitation management. A corps of approximately 20 ISR professionals occupies the WOC during the nighttime hours to manage what is arguably among the Air Force’s most critical missions. “You have one team of 10 to 12 [enlisted] Airmen, a few civilians and one officer, [al-

locating] exploitation for all the [ISR] sites in the entire world,” said U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Wes, WOC night shift crew commander. “To us, it’s just what we do, but it’s truly amazing the scope of operations our Airmen have [to] control.” The Air Force operates thousands of ISR assets, including a fleet of remotely piloted aircraft, commonly referred to as drones, traditional surveillance aircraft, and other equipment to capture information practically anywhere in the world. Wes said that information needs to be analyzed and explained, as it is not initially captured in an easy-to-understand and usable format. Airmen tailor information and products for supported units on the battlefield. “[Warfighters] can’t sift through those thousands of hours of feed – they simply don’t have the time,” he explained. “They need somebody who has the right training to look through that raw information in a calm, cool and collected environment, and give them the information they’re looking for. We make that happen.” According to Wes, the advent of drone technology approximately 15 years ago saw ISR missions as somewhat of a luxury to commanders, and even an afterthought at times. Now ISR products are critical, and decision makers around the world in practically every major operation require reliable intelligence processed by way of the Air Force’s ISR sites – placing the burden of responsibility on the Airmen of the WOC to continue their attention to detail, vigilance and diligence in arranging the ISR exploitation support puzzle. “We have assets around the globe, so there’s a lot of logistics and a lot could happen,” Wes said. “We’re making sure our plan is as good as possible and dynamic. It is a war, and we need to be able to respond to requirements as they come up so [combatant commanders] can make the decisions in time.” Wes likened arranging the complexities of taking exploitation requests, finding the right site to execute it and providing quality control to the puzzle game Tetris – taking the requests in and “making it all fit together.” “The Airmen are brilliant at fitting these [requirements] in the schedule, making it all work and ensuring we maximize the efficiency of our sites,” he said. Senior Airman Kristina, 27th Intelligence Squadron PED Command and Control controller, spends her 12-hour-shifts tucked SEE INTEL PAGE 9

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INTEL FROM PAGE 8 away in the WOC, aligning exploitation for Air Operation Centers’ approved scheduled missions for Air Force ISR assets on the other side of the globe. The sterile environment, boasting ranks of computers, a wall of large monitors and banks of secret data, can be disorienting at times, she said. However, understanding the gravity of her contributions to the expanding mission downrange keeps her focused. “We don’t see the cause and effect here because we’re physically detached ... but I’ve reached out to our sites and had them explain exactly how we’re impacting their duties,” she said. “I’ve been here nearly four years, and have seen [our small mission] grow to [the current] huge schedules.” SeniorAirman Thomas, 27th IS Maintenance Control Center controller, monitors and tracks outages and scheduled maintenance requests that affect the Air Force Distributed Common Ground System’s communications network and various assets. His efforts ensure uninterrupted exploitation support to missions and give wing leadership the ability to foresee what the weapon system is capable of at any given time. Thomas echoed Kristina’s sentiment, emphasizing how fluid the Air Force’s ISR mission is and how that dynamic environment keeps him zeroed in. “Intelligence is constantly changing. The workload has increased, and from week to week you can be doing something completely different than the week before,” Thomas said. “Positive feedback from our sites really makes an impact on us, because that’s what affirms why we’re doing what we’re doing. I look at the feeds from our missions, and it helps me stay vigilant.” Due to the sensitivity of their missions, WOC Airmen are very limited as to what they can talk about publicly with respect to their jobs. As the amount of ISR missions has increased, so has the misperception of whatAir Force ISR professionals actually do – something the Airmen find “frustrating.” “Our main point is not to drop bombs. We’d rather get a hold of the ‘bad guy’ and figure out more information and avoid collateral damage where we can,” Wes said. “You turn on the news and hear about drone strikes and how we indiscriminately use these assets to attack people, and that’s simply not the case.” Kristina said the frustration stems not only from those outside the military, but even among fellow Airmen who aren’t privileged to the details of her sensitive mission, nor the massive impact of what she does. “People ask what I do, and all I can really say is ‘I make schedules,’ and they’ll look at me kind of blankly,” Kristina said. “Even our partners at the [ISR] sites don’t always understand the scope of what we’re doing. They may have 10 aircraft to deal with. We are easily scheduling [exploitation to] more than a hundred flights around the world at any given time. That puts things into perspective, knowing what I’m doing is impacting such a massive scale of operations across the world. It’s really amazing.” The large scale of responsibility places the mission in the hands of the WOC crew, who make decisions that impact Service members in every corner of the world. “With that in mind, the seriousness of our mission never changes from day shift to night shift, and wing leadership expects there will be no loss in terms of proficiency,” Wes continued. “The world has changed, the war has changed, and now ISR is absolutely instrumental in any operation that goes down anywhere in the world.”


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Everyone has a story: Volunteer spirit helps fire inspector find passion By Airman Areca T. Wilson 633RD AIR BASE WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS

The engine exploded. Projectiles scattered into the air, hitting individuals nearby. As the young U.S. Army Soldier looked on, he knew only one thing - he had to help them. The unexpected explosion gave Christian Jacobs, a former helicopter flight engineer, the final push to find his calling – helping others. Jacobs’ passion not only gave him the opportunity to serve his country, but also the chance to educate as a fire inspector and mold the nation’s future by serving in the Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force. Jacobs’ journey began when he was stationed in Korea and witnessed an engine explosion. “Firefighting was something that always interested me,” said Jacobs. “[That] explosion hurt a few people. I was on scene and

“[Christian Jacobs] embodies what it is to be a fire inspector, and instills his strong values in those around him. His drive gives those who work with him the inspiration to perform at their best.” — Richard Pettyjohn 633rd CES assistant fire prevention chief was able to help. I got hooked from there.” Now, more than two decades later, the former Soldier’s journey has come full circle. Jacobs, once assigned as a student at the 1st Battalion, 222nd Aviation Regiment at Fort Eustis in 1990, found himself back in familiar territory when he was stationed at Joint Base Langley-Eustis. At Langley, Jacobs serves as a 633rd Civil Engineer Squadron fire inspector, a job that requires him to work in public fire education and fire code compliance. Jacobs oversees the base fire inspection program and serves as the fire department’s accreditation

program manager and base fire prevention program manager. His responsibilities also include reviewing construction and renovation projects. Jacobs’ career in firefighting began when he started as a volunteer firefighter, gaining life experience and education. After finishing his enlistment in 1994, Jacobs began volunteering with the fire department in Fort Carson, Colo., and was hired as a firefighter in 2000 at nearby Schriever Air Force Base. SEE SPIRIT PAGE 11


Photo by Airman Areca T. Wilson

Christian Jacobs, 633rd Civil Engineer Squadron fire inspector and Civil Air Patrol captain, uses his free time to merge his passion for volunteering and education. Jacobs is grateful for the experience he has gained over the years, the opportunity to serve others and the ability to shape future generations.




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SPIRIT FROM PAGE 10 While in Colorado, Jacobs said he was given the opportunity to gain experiences rarely acquired by “the average Joe.” “I was the incident commander for a multi-jurisdictional search and rescue operation for two missing people,” said Jacobs. “It was very fulfilling. Search and rescue missions don’t always end well. Fortunately, we were able to find them.” While serving as a full-time and volunteer firefighter from 1994 to 2009, Jacobs earned an associate degree, a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Public Administration. Though Jacobs is thankful for the opportunities offered to him, he admitted balancing, work, education, volAs the commander of unteerism and supporting a family did not come Civil Air Patrol’s Langley without its struggles. Composite Squadron, “One of the biggest Jacobs is responsible challenges was making for the professional time for it all,” said Jadevelopment of 16 cobs. “There were plenty of missed meals, lost senior members and sleep and absences from more than 50 cadets. significant events. There were times where my wife wasn’t always happy with me.” Jacobs said his passion for helping began with his dedication to work. His commitment to making sure he gives his best is recognized by those who work with him. “[Jacobs] embodies what it is to be a fire inspector, and instills his strong values in those around him,” said Richard Pettyjohn, 633rd CES assistant fire prevention chief. “His drive gives those who work with him the inspiration to perform at their best.” Apart from ensuring the safety of the JBLE community through fire prevention education, Jacobs also volunteers in CAP. He has been able to merge both his passion for volunteering and educating future generations in leadership guidance, aerospace education and emergency services training. As the commander of CAP’s Langley Composite Squadron, Jacobs is responsible for the professional development of 16 senior members and more than 50 cadets. He ensures everyone meets their annual training and education requirements and keeps his unit is ready if called upon to support local civil authorities or the federal government in the event of an emergency. “Through CAP I am able to I am able to change someone’s life,” said Jacobs. “I get the opportunity to help shape them for a better future.” In the end, Jacobs said he is fortunate for the experience he has gained over the years, the opportunity to serve others and the ability to shape future generations. Though finding the time to perform all of these activities was difficult, he proved perseverance and hard work pays off. “Balancing it all can be trying at times, but in the end it has its benefits.” said Jacobs. “I get the opportunity to serve others and to watch young people come into the [CAP] program, then go off into new, interesting and inspiring things. Helping others is not about what you get out of it - it’s the right thing to do.”

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More tha an 165 U.S. Army Soldiers from Fort Eustis joineed local families to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner as part p of the USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia’s annual “Adopt-A-Service Person� progra am. The prog gram gave Advanced Individual Training Soldiers wh ho were unable to make it home for the holiday thee opportunity to join local families who opened theeir homes for a Thanksgiving meal. “[The Ad dopt-A-Service Person program] gives Soldiers an n opportunity to meet [community members] and also [allows community members] to get to know w [Soldiers],� said Sgt. 1st Class Michael Browder, C Company, 2nd Battalion, 210th Aviation Regiment AIT A instructor. Soldiers were assigned battle buddies and met their “adop ptive� families at the Hampton Coliseum early Thanksgiving T morning. After spending the day witth local families, the Soldiers returned to Fort Eustis.. amilies who participated were returnMany fa ing volunteeers from previous years of the program, which has run r for more than 25 years. The number of families needed n each year depends on the amount of Service members m signed up for the program.

April GrifďŹ n, left, a local community member, and her family take a photo with U.S.ArmyAdvanced IndividualTraining Soldiers from Fort Eustis during the USO of Hampton Roads and CentralVirginia’s “Adopt-A-Service Personâ€? program at the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Nov. 28.The GrifďŹ ns “adoptedâ€? seven Soldiers, opening their home forThanksgiving dinner to Service members who were unable to make it home for the holiday.



“We see this opportunity as a blessing. It is the least we can do to give back.â€? – April GrifďŹ n Hampton Roads community member “Adopt-A-Service Personâ€? program participant

“The families welcome Service members with open arms,â€? said Danis Lensch, USOHRCV family outreach provider. “It also builds relationships in the community.â€? Some Soldiers, like Pvt. Jarrett Ehrharet, A Company, 1st Battalion, 222nd Avn. Rgt., have been in AIT for more than three months. For many, this Thanksgiving was the ďŹ rst holiday away from home. Ehrharet said events like the program help keep his battle buddies motivated throughout training. “Once we found out we were able to participate in the program, I felt my company’s morale grow,â€? said Ehrharet. April GrifďŹ n, a local community member, and her family have been “adoptingâ€? Service members for more than 20 years. Her parents began participating in the program while GrifďŹ n was in high school. “We see this opportunity as a blessing,â€? said GrifďŹ n. “It is the least we can do to give back.â€? The USOHRCV welcomes new families and Service members annually because there will always be Service members unable to make it home for the holidays, said Lensch. “[The program] is very heart-warming,â€? said Lensch. “Many times, we have Service members who are skeptical about going into a stranger’s home, however, we have had nothing but positive feedback [when they] return.â€?

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The USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia’s annual “Adopt-A-Service Person� program gives Advanced Individual Training Soldiers who were unable to make it home for the holiday the opportunity to join local families who opened their homes for a Thanksgiving meal. U.S. Army Advanced Individual Training Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 222nd Aviation Regiment at Fort Eustis board a bus headed to the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, to be “adopted� by local families. The “Adopt-A-Service Person� program gave more than 165 Soldiers the opportunity to join local families for the holiday.

U.S. Army Advanced Individual Training Soldiers with the 1st Battalion, 222nd Aviation Regiment join local families at the Hampton Coliseum. Many of the families who participated are returning volunteers from previous years of the “Adopt-A-Service Person� program.

U.S. Army Advanced IndividualTraining Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 222nd Aviation Regiment attended an “Adopt-A-Service Personâ€? program brieďŹ ng before heading to the Hampton Coliseum.


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For U.S. Air Force Airmen who are working toward earning their Community College of the Air Force degree, using Military Tuition Assistance is a great way to pay for classes. However, for those that have used the maximum amount available through MilTA, the Top-up benefit allows Airmen to tap into their G.I. Bill to cover remaining education costs. In order to qualify for the Montgomery G.I. Bill or the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill, Airmen must have completed high school or have an equivalency certificate, such as a general education diploma, before applying for benefits. Airmen must also have served at least two years on active duty. Those who are eligible may use the Top-up benefit only if they have been approved for MilTA and selected the Topup option on their MilTA application. “It is vital that Airmen make sure the box is checked if they want to use Top-up,”

said Ronald Duquette, 633rd Force Support Squadron education service specialist. “Otherwise, the education center is going to assume you are using grants and scholarships to pay what MilTAwon’t pay for, or you are paying the rest out of pocket.” If an Airman receives the Top-up benefit, their regular G.I. Bill benefits will be reduced in different ways, depending on which G.I. Bill option they have. “Each G.I. Bill has different benefits and requirements,” said Olivia Hawkins, 633rd FSS education service specialist. “It is important for Airmen to learn about both options before deciding which one they wish to use.” When utilizing the Montgomery G.I. Bill, entitlement is charged based on the dollar amount of benefits the Department of Veterans Affairs pays to the individual. They will be charged one month of entitlement for each payment they receive that is equal to the full-time monthly rate for the Montgomery G.I. Bill. “Let’s say, for example, the amount

term is. So if a class is four months long, the Airman has used four months from their Post 9/11 G.I. Bill so now he or she has 32 months [of benefits] remaining available instead of 36 months.” According to Hawkins, the G.I. Bills may seem difficult to understand, so it is important for Airmen to get as much information as possible before deciding to use the Top-up benefit. “We can help Airmen, but the best piece of advice we have for them is to consult the Veterans Affairs office about their individual situation,” said Hawkins. “You can never have too much information when making a decision that affects your CCAF degree and your future.” For more information, contact the Langley Education Center at 764-2962 or visit the VA G.I. Bill website at

individuals are getting every month is $1400,” said Hawkins. “MilTA paid the maximum amount allowed per semester hour, but the Airman still needs $700 to pay for the classes. The $700 is half the monthly entitlement for the MGIB, so it counts as only using half of one month of their MGIB. So now instead of having 36 months left [of entitlement benefits], they have 35 and a half.” When utilizing the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill, entitlement is charged based on the training time the Airman is enrolled in; either full-time or part-time. If they are attending classes at the half-time training level, they will be charged one half of a month of Post-9/11 G.I. Bill benefits for each month they are enrolled and receiving G.I. Bill benefits, regardless of how much money they are reimbursed. “If the Airman is in the same situation, but has the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill and needs $700, it does not matter how much money the class costs,” said Hawkins. “Benefits are charged based on how long the

Editor’s Note: This story is a part of a series about the various ways U.S. Air Force Airmen can earn their Community College of the Air Force degree.

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The modern U.S. Army Soldier learns combat in all forms. From basic shooting techniques to complicated tactical maneuvering, the Army constantly evolves its combative techniques to stay one step ahead of the enemy. Staff Sgt. David Scott, Fort Eustis Modern Army Combatives Program instructor, believes the most important tool Soldiers have is right at their ďŹ ngertips – literally. “In our profession as Soldiers, we are always a target whether we are in uniform or not,â€? explained Scott. “At the end of the day, the only weapon you have at all times is yourself, and it is important to train with that weapon just like any other.â€? Since discovering MACP more than 15 years ago, Scott has devoted almost his entire Army career to honing his skills and giving Soldiers the training they need to defend themselves at home and abroad as the only full-time MACP instructor on the installation. Scott hasn’t stopped there, however. After arriving at Fort Eustis two years ago, he began working as a professional instructor in Brazilian jiu-jitsu while also training in muay thai. Furthermore, he has utilized his skills to help the Newport News Police Department develop training programs

for the entire force, ranging from new recruits to veteran special investigators. Rashad Brown, NNPD police ofďŹ cer and muay thai instructor, explained how Scott offered his expertise to the NNPD, and fostered a relationship with the community in the process. “[Scott] doesn’t train people on how to ďŹ ght – he shows them how to defend,â€? said Brown. “He worked with the cops one-on-one to help them grow – all on his own time.â€? Brown and Scott worked weekends and after duty to make multiple changes to training programs across the NNPD. After ďŹ nishing up writing new instructions, Scott offered to hold the training sessions at the MACP facility on Fort Eustis after his scheduled Army classes. “Since that ďŹ rst training session, it is safe to say the cops love him,â€? said Brown. “His training style is easy to understand and his technique is awless. He has become a valuable asset to us, and more importantly to the citizens of Newport News who now have a betterequipped police force.â€? After training with the NNPD police, Scott doesn’t take a break. Starting at 5 p.m. during weekdays, he is either on his way to teach class, train or spend some time with his family, who also devotes their free time to martial arts. “My son is enrolled in a BJJ school in

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U.S. Army Staff Sgt. David Scott, right, Fort Eustis Modern Army Combatives Program instructor, teaches Sgt. Nicholas Martinez, bottom left, and Pvt. Cameron Johnson, both MACP students, how to move into a side position during MACP training at Fort Eustis, Nov. 18. Scott spends most of his free time either training with his son, teaching classes after work or training to improve his muay thai and Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

Yorktown where I instruct,� said Scott. “My wife works as an administrator at the school, so really it is our second home.� Scott said he doesn’t train his son, who begins class at 5 p.m., but instead he spends time “being a dad� and watching the class. An hour later, Scott instructs his own BJJ class, and after some personal training, the family returns home for some rest. Scott said the motivation to constantly train and teach from 5 a.m. until after 8 p.m. almost every day comes from one source – his desire to protect and defend. “I love my family, my nation and my


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Tree-lighting ceremony The Senior Commander Army Element will host the annual Christmas tree-lighting ceremony at 5 p.m. Dec. 6 at Wylie Theater at 705 Washington Blvd. The event will include music, free food and beverages, and make-and-take holiday crafts. For more information, call Carlton Williams at 878-6880.

Privately-owned weapons range The Fort Eustis privately-owned weapons range is now open on Mulberry Island Rd. All participants must complete a range safety class to obtain a Certificate of Competency (AF IMT 483) and register their weapons with the 733rd Security Forces Squadron at 648 Washington Blvd. Range cards can be purchased at the Pines Golf Course Pro Shop at 3518 Mulberry Island Rd. The annual fee is $30 and the facility is open to activeduty Service members, retirees, Department of Defense civilians and their family members. Authorized users can sponsor one non-affiliated guest. Hours are 8 a.m. to 30 minutes prior to sunset, Monday through Saturday, when the range is not in mission-related use. For more information, call 878-2610.

Breakfast with Santa A breakfast with Santa will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Fort Eustis Club. Admission is $8 for children ages 3 to 10, $14 for ages 10 and above, and free for ages 2 and under with a prepaid reservation. Walk-in admission is $10 for children ages 3 to 10, $15 for ages 10 and above, and free for ages 2 and under.The menu will include a waffle station, omelet bar, cereal, beverages, cookies and a chocolate fountain. For more information or to make a reservation, call 878-5700.

Community Events Council The Joint Base Langley-Eustis Community Events Council will meet from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 18 at the Fort Eustis Club. The council serves as a communication link to increase awareness for community residents concerning initiatives, programs, activities and facilities. All Soldiers, spouses and civilians are invited to attend. For more information, contact Donna Cloy at 878-3042 or Sharon Rector at 878-3129.

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The 2013 Open Season for federal civilian appropriated fund employees is ongoing through Dec. 9. During this period, eligible employees can enroll, cancel or make changes to health, dental, vision and flexible spending accounts. For more information on federal health benefits plans, rates or additional resource materials, visit Army employees can contact Nicolas Graham at the Civilian Employee Advisory Center at 878-2538, and Air Force employees can contact Vonda Reid at the 633rd Force Support Squadron Personnel office at 878-0661.

The 15th annual Holiday Card Lane Contest is ongoing through Jan. 3 at the Transportation Museum’s fence on Washington Blvd. All Joint Base Langley-Eustis units, agencies and private organizations are invited to submit entry cards that best symbolize the holiday season’s theme of “Unity in Diversity.” The first place winner will receive a $100 gift certificate, second place will earn $75 and third place will earn $50. Judging will begin on Dec. 11, and an awards ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m. Dec. 13 at the museum’s auditorium. For more information, call 878-3638.

Dinner for deployed Service members’ families Military families experiencing deployment or other dutyrelated separation are invited to attend a free dinner from 5:15 to 7 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Regimental Memorial Chapel. The schedule is as follows: ■ 5:15 p.m. – Welcome. ■ 5:30 p.m. – Dinner. ■ 6 to 7 p.m. – Craft and game time for children 3 1/2 and older. ■ 6:10 to 7 p.m. – Adult fellowship. Free childcare will be provided after dinner for children 3 1/2 and younger. The next dinner is scheduled for Feb. 11. For more information, contact Carole Carkhuff at 218-0871 or e-mail

‘Trees forTroops’ The “Trees for Troops” event will take place at 9 a.m. Dec. 11 at the covered pavilion on Schultz Place, next to the Reserve Center. Free Christmas trees will be given to active-duty military and their families on a first-come, firstserved basis. All participants must present valid identification. Personnel will be present to help anyone needing assistance. For more information, call 878-2002 or 1718.

Army Career and Alumni Program Army Career and Alumni Program classes and briefings for December will include: ■ Accessing Higher Education Workshop – 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Dec. 10-11. at the Bateman Army Education Center at 1500 Madison Ave. Topics will include preparing for college, completing applications, transferring college credits and financing educational goals. To register, call 878-4955. ■ Career Expo – 1:30 to 3 p.m., Dec. 18. Employers, college recruiters and other transition service providers are invited to come and network with transitioning Service members and their family members. Job seekers should dress for success and bring resumes. Featured employers in the areas of towing, shipbuilding, law enforcement, power and electricity, and more will be in attendance. Various colleges and universities will also be represented. ■ Lunchtime Workshop – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Dec. 18. ACAP and Civilian Personnel Advisory Center staff will provide social networking training. For more information and access to handout materials, call 878-4955.

■ Transition GPS (TAP Workshop) – 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m., Dec. 9-13. This training provides transitioning Soldiers and their families with skills necessary to succeed in civilian employment and educational pursuits. Topics will include financial planning, resume writing, interviewing techniques, job search tips and VA benefits including disability ratings, filing claims and vocational rehabilitation. ■ VA Claims Workshop – 9 a.m., Dec. 16. This workshop is held the second Monday of each month at 804 Lee Blvd. Unless otherwise noted, classes and briefings will take place at 705 Washington Blvd., suite 71. For more information, call 878-4955.

‘Nutcracker Highlights’ The AmericanYouth Ballet Company will present “Nutcracker Highlights” at 7 p.m. Dec. 13 inside Jacobs Theater. Admission is free and open to all. To reserve seating for groups of 25 or more, call 878-3329.

Army Community Service Army Community Service classes and workshops for December will include: ■ Baby and Me Play Group – 10 to 11 a.m. on Thursdays at Bldg. 501, Madison Ave. ■ Credit Reporting, Scores and Debt Management – 9 to 10 a.m., Dec. 17. ■ Developing Your Financial Plan – 9 to 10 a.m., Dec. 10. ■ Effective Resume Writing – 9 a.m. to noon, Dec. 20. ■ Federal Employment – 10 a.m. to noon, Dec. 19. ■ Financial Readiness Training – 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Dec. 20. ■ Job Search Strategies – 10 to 11 a.m. on Mondays. ■ Managing Your Checking Account – 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., Dec. 19. Unless otherwise noted, classes and briefings will take place in Bldg. 650, Monroe Ave. For more information, call 878-3638.

Fee-free Exchange Layaway The Fort Eustis and Langley Air Force Base Exchanges will waive the $3 processing fee for all layaway purchases through Dec. 24. Shoppers can place computers, laptops, notebooks and tablets on layaway through Dec. 16. A deposit of 15 percent is required to start the process. For more information, visit the customer service desk or call 887-0293 or 766-1282.

Exchange ‘e-Receipt’ Program The Fort Eustis and Langley Exchanges have launched an “e-Receipt” program for customers, where shoppers can opt to have their receipts e-mailed to them, rather than receive a paper copy. To enroll, shoppers can provide their e-mail address and phone number at the checkout counter. For more information, call 887-0293.

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Bateman Library hours of operation Beginning Dec. 16, the Bateman Library’s hours of operation will change to Tuesdays through Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, contact the Bateman Library at 764-2906.

Discounted tickets and passes Discounted tickets and season passes to local amusement parks are available through Langley Information,Tickets and Tours. For more information, call 764-7176.

Volunteer drivers needed Volunteer drivers are needed to transport disabled veterans to appointments in Richmond and Hampton. A van will be provided for transportation. For more information, contact Richard Moore at 804-815-0730.

DD Form 214 hard copy no longer available Effective Dec. 1, copies one and four of the DD Form 214 hard copy will no longer be mailed to Service members. The policy will only affect forms filed at the Air Force Personnel Center-Total Force Service Center. For individuals who began terminal leave before Dec. 1, hard-copy DD Form 214s will still be mailed. For more information, contact Staff Sgt. Darlene Rust at 574-5611 or 1st Lt. Robert Washburn at 574-8598.

Airmen’s Attic accepting donations The Airmen’s Attic is accepting gently used donations. Housewares, kitchen items, linens and clothing are needed, and items such as large couches, mattresses or box springs will not be accepted. The Airman’s Attic will not accept broken furniture. For more information, call 764-1363.

Armed Services Blood Program Drive The Armed Services Blood Program will conduct a blood drive at U.S. Air Force Hospital Langley from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 25. Registration will take place in the first floor atrium located in the main entrance of the hospital. For more information visit or e-mail

AngelTree preparation The Company Grade Officers’ Council will host the Angel Tree Program and will meet at the Langley Base Theater at 5 p.m. Dec. 11 to wrap presents for the program. For more information or to volunteer, call 225-6660 or email

Order of Daedalians lunch meeting The Langley Air Force Base chapter of the Order of Daedalians, the Fraternal Order of Military Pilots, will hold its monthly luncheon at noon Dec. 12 at the Langley Club. For more information, contact Maj. Joe Stallings at 225-9101 or

Women’s Equality Day planning committee The next Women’s Equality Day planning committee meeting will take place at 1 p.m. Dec. 12 in the Bateman


‘Teaching as a Second Career’ briefing Air Force Heritage of America Band concert The U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Band will perform a free concert at 7:30 p.m. at Jamestown High School in Williamsburg. The event will feature holiday pieces including “Festival of Light,” “O Holy Night” and other family-friendly selections. The event will also feature a tribute to local Service members serving abroad during the holiday season. Admission is free, but tickets may be required. For more information on the concert or to reserve tickets, visit

Library. For more information, contact Senior Master Sgt. Hemingway at 764-6059 or the Equal Opportunity Office at 764-5878.

Free financial education seminars The Langley Federal Credit Union will host free financial-education seminars at the Langley Member Education Center in Newport News. The classes include: ■ Tax update seminar – Jan. 16 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.The seminar aims to prepare tax payers for new and changing tax laws. ■ AARP Driver Safety Class – Feb. 3 and 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants are required to attend both classes. The seminar will cover rules of the road, operating vehicles in challenging environments and adjustments to common, age-related change in vision, hearing and reaction time. This course will cost $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers. ■ Fraud and scam seminar – Jan. 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The seminar will cover identifying theft schemes, fraud defense, common scams and victim response. ■ Homeownership seminar – Jan. 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The seminar will cover credit reports, lenders’ roles, budgeting and managing personal finances, relationship with the real estate agent, home inspection and the closing process. For more information or to register, visit or contact Kitty Simon at 8257112.

King Street construction Traffic flow outside the King Street Gate at Langley Air Force Base will change due to continuation of the city of Hampton’s North King Street Corridor Improvement Project. For the safety of the workers and the public, one lane in each direction will be closed while installation of a center lane and sewer improvements occur, and the improvements are estimated to take four months to complete. Commuters are advised to follow the work signs, drive slowly and consider taking an alternate route if possible.

Langley USO move The Uniformed Services Location of Hampton Roads is moving from their location in the Langley Community Center. A location has yet to be determined, but more information will be released when it becomes available.

Troops to Teachers will hold a “Teaching as a Second Career” briefing at the Langley Air Force Base Education Center from 11:30 a.m. to noon Dec. 10. The program may offer military members a $5,000 stipend to pay for approved teacher licensure programs at accredited colleges and participants may also be eligible for a $10,000 bonus. For more information, call the TTT office at 683-3327 or visit

Military Order of the Purple Heart luncheon The Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 607 will hold a holiday-season luncheon at Ginny’s Buffet Restaurant at 4724 George Washington Memorial Highway in Yorktown at noon Dec. 14. Membership in the MOPH is open to Purple Heart recipients and associate membership is available to immediate family members of a living or deceased recipients. For more information, call Robert Fairchild at 723-6502 or visit

Travel vouchers available on MyPay Travel vouchers paid by means other than the Defense Travel System (DTS) will now be available in MyPay. Travelers with MyPay accounts will receive e-mail notification advising the vouchers are available. For more information, call the 633rd Comptroller Squadron Financial Services Office at 764-3333.

Hispanic Heritage committee meetings The Hispanic Heritage committee meets the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 2 p.m. in the Langley bowling alley activities room. For more information, contact Master Sgt. Jose Perez at 764-1735 or the Equal Opportunity Office at 764-5878.

Langley African American Heritage Council The Langley African American Heritage Council meets the third Thursday of each month at 11:30 a.m. in the Enlisted Lounge. For more information, contact Master Sgt. Alvin Harris at 764-4410.

Awana Program Langley Chapel will hold its Awana Program every Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. now through May 14, 2014 at the Langley Bethel Family Housing Youth Center at Langley Air Force Base. Children between ages 3 and 18 invited. The program will offer participants the opportunity to socialize with like-minded peers. For more information, call 764-1070.

Langley Lanes Bowling Center events Langley Lanes bowling season registration for leagues is currently open. There are four divisions based on age groups for youths at the Saturday Youth Leagues bowl. There are also daily lunch specials for $1.50 per person per game, and participants will receive a $3 shoe rental for purchases over $3 in the Kingpin Kafe. “Open bowling” specials will be held daily. For more information, contact the Langley Lanes Bowling Center at 764-2433.


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‘Hollydazzle’ at City Center Newport News Parks, Recreation andTourism will present its 10th annual “Hollydazzle” holiday event from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 6 in City Center at Oyster Point. The free family event will feature make-andtake holiday crafts, dance performances, musical entertainment, strolling performers and lighting of a 45foot Christmas tree. The “Fountains of Light Show” special effects fireworks will take place at 8:45 p.m. Food and beverages will be available for purchase and free parking will be available at the City Center Merchants Walk and Fountain Way parking garages, and free continuous handicapped-accessible shuttle bus service will be available to and from the Canon Virginia satellite parking lot andTodd Stadium.The rain date for the fireworks show will be 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7. For more information, call 926-1400 or visit www.

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The Chesapeake Bay Wind Ensemble will present “The Gift of Peace” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Mary T. Christian Auditorium at Thomas Nelson Community College in Hampton. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children ages 17 and under. A limited number of tickets will be available for purchase at the door, tickets are also available online at

The Mariners’ Museum will host “Around the World with Santa” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 7 at 100 Museum Drive in Newport News. Santa invites children to the museum to “travel” with him as he makes his annual dry-run. Children will use their Santa passports to learn about holiday traditions from different countries and make crafts from continents around the world. The program is free with museum admission, which is $12 for adults, $11 for military members, $10 for students ages 13 and above, $7 for children ages 6 to 12, and free for children ages 5 and under. For more information, visit

Yorktown Christmas Market The 8th annual Yorktown Christmas Market is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 7 on historic Main Street in Yorktown. The market will feature arts and crafts vendors, living history exhibits, musical entertainment, chef demonstrations, food and more. Look for Santa Claus at Riverwalk Landing from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free transportation will available and a handicappedaccessible Yorktown trolley will run its normal route throughout town. Trolley hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors can park in any public parking area within historic Yorktown. For more information about the market, call 890-3500 or visit

Hampton Lighted-Boat Parade More than 20 boats are expected to participate in the 25th annual Hampton Lighted-Boat Parade scheduled for 7:15 p.m. Dec. 7. The event is free and open to the public and will be visible from the Hampton River. Spectators who want to listen to the narration should find a spot near the Hampton Maritime Center at 710 Settlers Landing Road. Individuals interested in riding on the “Miss Hampton II” tour boat should make reservations by calling 7229102. A contribution of an unwrapped toy is requested, and all toys will be donated to Toys for Tots. Free parking is available throughout the downtown area. For more information, visit

‘Holly Days’ at Fort Monroe The Fort Monroe Authority presents “Holly Days” at 4 p.m. Dec. 8 at Fort Monroe. The event is free and open to the public.The Hampton Roads Philharmonic Orchestra will perform at the Fort MonroeTheater at 41Tidball Rd. A treelighting ceremony will take place at Cannon Park located at the intersection of Ingalls and Ruckman roads. For more information, visit

‘Holiday Happening’ concert Christopher Newport University will host its 22nd annual holiday “Holiday Happening” concert at 4 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Ferguson Center for the Arts in Newport News. Admission is $5 with a maximum of four tickets per family.Tickets are available at the Ferguson Center Ticket Office, online at or by calling 855-337-4849. After the concert, the public is invited to attend the “Lighting of the Lawn” event at 6 p.m. on the Great Lawn. Tickets are not required.

Hampton Holly Days Parade The 2013 Hampton Holly Days Parade is scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 14 in downtown Hampton. The event is free and open to the public. This year’s theme is “Joy to the World” and will feature floats, bands, military marching units, drill teams and Santa Claus. The parade will travel from City

Hall to Darling Stadium. For more information, call 727-8311 or visit

Peninsula Fine Arts Center ■ Community Day – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 14.The community is invited to create crafts inspired by our “Nature Revealed” exhibition, watch a live performance by “Soundscapes,” and listen to a children’s book reading. Admission is free, and there is a $2 activity fee. ■ Art After 5 – 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Dec. 19. Local poets will share their works followed by live music from singersongwriter Ron Fetner. Food and beverages will be available for purchase, and admission is free and open to the public. The Peninsula Fine Arts Center is located at 101 Museum Dr., Newport News. For more information, call 596-8165 or visit

Celebration in Lights The 21st annual Celebration in Lights will take place through Jan. 1 at Newport News Park located at the intersection of Fort Eustis Boulevard and Jefferson Avenue. The drive-through holiday event features more than 800,000 individual lights that create animated holiday scenes. Admission is $10 per car and $60 per bus. Cash, credit cards and checks made payable to the City of Newport News will be accepted. Advance gift tickets may be purchased at the Newport News Visitors Center at 13560 Jefferson Ave. Event hours are 5:30 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Saturday. For more information, call 926-1400.

Holiday Lights at the Beach Illuminated festive fish, dolphins, porpoises and more will be displayed at Virginia Beach’s annual “Holiday Lights at the Beach” through Jan. 1. There will be a “12 Days of Christmas” display along with Santa, elves and a 40-foottall Christmas tree. Cash-only admission is $12 per car Monday through Thursday, and $15 per car Friday through Sunday and holidays. Active-duty military will receive a 50 percent discount Monday nights through Dec. 30. Hours are 5:30 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5:30 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. All vehicles must enter through the main entrance on Second Street. For more information, visit

MacArthur Center ice skating Family skating is back at MacArthur Center’s outdoor ice skating rink through Jan. 20 at the corner of Monticello Avenue and Freemason Street in Norfolk. Regular admission is $6 for skating and $6 for skate rental, and all prices include tax. Military personnel and their family members will receive $1 off admission. The facility offers discount and season skating passes, a children’s rink, hockey skates, birthday party packages and broomball equipment. To make group reservations for 15 or more people, call 314-4409. For skate session days and times, visit

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Imagine taking a lunch break with no idea where to eat and a limited amount of time. Fortunately for Service members at Langley Air Force Base, the solution comes at the touch of a button, when they text their food orders to the Langley Lanes bowling center snack bar, the King Pin Kafe. Food isn’t the only thing available at Joint Base Langley-Eustis bowling centers. Patrons looking for a safe, affordable and entertaining place to enjoy a few frames don’t need to scour Hampton Roads for low-cost activities, because both centers offer Service members and their families options for a fun outing. Langley Lanes, a 24-lane center, is open seven days a week and has something for everyone, said Dave Meador, 633rd Force Support Squadron Langley Lanes bowling center manager. “Langley Lanes is a clean, safe environment available year-round,” said Meador. “There is always something going on.” The newly renovated facility features a game room, two activity rooms and a snack bar, said Meador. It also offers a full-service pro shop and bowling lessons, in addition to catering to both league and open-play bowling. As an avid league bowler, U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Gregory Styer, 633rd Communications Squadron acting first sergeant, said Langley Lanes offers a convenient and low-cost option for his team. “The location is close to work so it makes it easy to get over to the lanes on days that run a little longer than normal,” said Styer. “I also choose to


bowl there because our team enjoyed Wednesday night league games last season, so we wanted to make another run at finishing higher in the standings this year.” Styer and Meador agreed Langley Lanes offers Service members interested in league bowling an opportunity to experience friendly competition every week. “It’s a lot of fun for all the teams,” Meador said. “If you have a league or are looking to joint one, we encourage you to come in and speak with us. In addition to league play, Langley Lanes also hosts several events throughout the year that everyone can enjoy.” Among those events is a visit from Santa Claus, Meador said. On Dec. 14, Service members and their families can bowl with Santa for $5 per person, which includes “glow bowling” – a music and lightshow-themed game – and a picture with “Saint Nick.” Following Santa’s visit, patrons can enjoy a New Year’s Eve party from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Dec. 31. For $35 per person or $50 per couple, patrons can bowl, enjoy food from the King Pin Kafe, and share a bottle of champagne while they enter drawings for door prizes. “Everyone will get something out of the party,” Meador said. “It’s a good ‘bang for your buck,’ and a great way to ring in the New Year.” For those seeking a fun family outing, Meador said both Langley Lanes and the Strike Zone Bowling center at Fort Eustis offer a “Family Fun Pack,” which includes two hours of bowling for up to six people for $35. The deal includes a lane, rental shoes, a pitcher of soda and a large pizza. “We’re the best-priced centers on

For more information about Langley Lanes, visit online at To text a food order to the King Pin Kafe, send order to 775-6233. For more information about Strike Zone, index.php/2011-11-16-16-53-03/strike-zone-bowling-center.

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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Greg Styer, 633rd Communications Squadron acting first sergeant, lines up to bowl a frame at the Langley Lanes bowling center at Langley Air Force Base, Nov. 20. In addition to having 24 lanes, both the Langley and Fort Eustis bowling centers offer a quick-service snack bar and year-round special events.

the peninsula,” said Al Virgilio, Strike Zone Bowling center manager. “We also offer the best service.” Offering family-friendly bowling across 24 lanes, Virgilio said the center was designed to accommodate bowlers of all skill levels. “Our lanes have bumpers for bowlers who need assistance,” Virgilio said. “We also host youth and adult leagues, as well as a variety of special events.” Every Friday and Saturday night, Strike Zone hosts “Extreme Bowling.” Similar to “glow bowling,” the event allows Service members and their families to play while enjoying popular music and vividly-lit games, Virgilio said. Strike Zone is available for various holiday parties, office outings, birthday celebrations and team gatherings. These functions can also be catered by the center’s quick-service snack bar. “We want our families to come out and see what we have to offer, without breaking the bank to do it,” Virgilio said. “There is really something at both centers that everyone can enjoy.”

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With tax season on the horizon, Service members should begin gathering documentation to file their 2013 taxes, said Barbara Thompson, the Pentagon’s Office of Family Policy and Children and Youth director. In a recent interview with American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel, Thompson suggested visiting the Military OneSource website for tax filing resources and to learn what will be necessary to file, including W2 forms, Social Security numbers and receipts for deductions like childcare, education, medical expenses and donations. Tax preparers at Military OneSource will do short-form tax filing free of charge for Service members and their families, Thompson said. Relocations and deployments have tax implications, Thompson noted. For example, deployed Service members can receive an extension to file taxes after the normal April 15 filing date. “It’s very helpful to have someone who is experienced to help you through the cumbersome issue of taxes and tax returns,” she added. The tax preparers at Military OneSource are up to date on changes in tax laws, and can answer militaryspecific questions, Thompson said.

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Installations also offer volunteer income tax assistance to Service members and their families, while certain banks and credit unions provide education and training on tax preparation. She advised that Service members organize their taxes by starting a file beginning Jan. 1 for the following year’s tax papers. Service members and families who prepare long-form taxes with deductions such as mortgages and rental properties might want to consider hiring a tax expert to file for them, Thompson said. “It’s best to get advice to make sure you have everything covered,” she added. “Sometimes tax laws change, so you have to be really smart about doing your own taxes.” States’ tax laws often vary, too, she said, and because of relocations, some Service members have to file local taxes in more than one state. “That’s where [tax consultants] can really be of great value to make sure you know what the requirements are for states,” Thompson said. Filing federal and state tax returns

Tax preparers at Military OneSource will do short-form tax filing free of charge for Service members and their families.

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With tax season on the horizon, Service members should begin gathering documentation to file their 2013 taxes, said BarbaraThompson, the Pentagon's office of family policy and children and youth director.

usually results in either a tax refund or money owed to the government. Expecting to receive a tax refund, but instead finding out that money is owed can be a shock. Looking at W2s to determine how much money in taxes is being withheld is a good indicator of whether or not a tax payer will owe money, she said. Service members who receive a tax refund face important decisions on what to do with the money, Thompson said. She advised some people may want to pay off debt, put the refund in a savings account or deposit it into a retirement account. “It’s important to think about what you’re going to do with that money and how you can best utilize it for your financial well-being,” she said. According to Thompson, meeting with a financial planner to learn the “lay of the land,” and what tax deductions might apply to a Service member’s finances is the best way to ensure a smooth tax season.



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between Nov. 1 and Dec. 24. “We know it’s hard to please everyone on your list,” said Wayne A. Hansen, JBLE Exchange general manager. “There’s enough stress during the holidays, so we have industry-leading return policies to make it simple to transform an unwanted gift into a replacement item, refund or Exchange gift card credit.” As a convenience to Exchange onlineshoppers,websiteorderscanalso be returned to the nearest U.S. Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy or

Coast Guard Exchange. Shipping charges on online returns because of an error on the Exchange’s part will be reimbursed as well. “We take our commitment to serving those who serve seriously,” said Hansen. “On the rare occasion an online return is necessary, we know it’s extremely important they have a hassle-free experience.” For more information or to make a return, visit the JBLE Exchange customer service or visit online at

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