www.apgnews.apg.army.mil Published in the interest of the people of Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland March 29, 2007 Vol. 51, No. 13
ATC focuses on Warfighters
Army News Service
As the Defense Department hur-
ries to get the latest weapons systems
and protective equipment to deployed
troops, the U.S. Army Aberdeen Test
POST SHORTS Center is operating at what its com-
mander calls a “fast and furious rate” to
ensure effectiveness and safety remain
Recycling schedule top priorities.
The residential and re- The center, on the shores of the
cycling pickup schedule for Chesapeake Bay, is the most diverse
April 4 is plastic, glass and of seven Department of Defense test
metal. Put items facilities and is a critical partner in the
in blue bags and Army’s Rapid Fielding Initiative, said
place them on the Col. John Rooney, center commander.
curb. During the past two years, the center’s
scientists, technicians and engineers
Re-Nu-It Center have tested about 30 rapid fielding ini-
relocates tiatives a week, with more than 1,400
tests conducted last year alone. There’s
The Re-Nu-It Center is been an 87 percent increase in range
now located in building 3660 activity since fiscal year 2001.
Gadsden Road (the same “That’s all being driven by technol-
building as DIO Central ogies to support the Warfighter in the
Supply/Receiving), 410-278- Global War on Terror,” Rooney said.
8814/8815, front office and Technologies undergoing testing
410-278-8816, the mechanic. range from enhancements to improve
Operating hours are Tues- the way vehicles operate in combat to
day through Thursday, 9:30 protective gear that helps troops sur-
a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, 9:30 vive enemy attacks. Photo courtesy of ATC
“Our focus is on identifying the An up-armored high mobility multi-purpose wheeled vehicle undergoes a mine test at the Vehicle Vulnerability/Lethality Test Range at the
a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Saturday, U.S. Army Aberdeen Test Center. The center tests equipment ranging from tanks to protective vests and helmets to ensure they’re effective and
8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cen- best technology available now, get- safe for Warfighters.
ter is closed on Sunday and ting that capability to the Warfighter
Monday. today, and then improving on it,” while continuing to improve on them, withholding capabilities.” Evidence of this balancing act
Rooney said. Rooney explained. Even with the big push to get new is prevalent throughout the com-
ACS Egg Hunt this This concept, referred to as “spi- “We’re inserting them into the war systems to deployed forces, Rooney bat theater. The ATC staff tested
ral development,” turns the military’s without the breadth and depth of testing said, the military holds the line when it for electromagnetic interference in
Saturday traditional fielding method on its we would go through in peacetime,” he comes to safety. Blue Force Tracker, a satellite-based
Army Community Ser- head. Rather than developing, test- said. “There’s a whole different dynam- “We always do safety testing up Force XXI Battle Command, Bri-
vice will hold an Egg Hunt ing, then fine-tuning systems before ic of supporting an Army at war that’s front,” he said. “But once we’ve done gade and Below communications
Extravaganza, 11 a.m. to 2 sending them to the field, the prior- different from that in peacetime. You that, the big question becomes, ‘What’s system, as well as for addition-
p.m., March 31 at Capa Field. ity now is to get new technologies have to make sure you do an adequate enough testing to understand how the al radios placed on M1A1 Abrams
Everyone is welcome to attend to the troops as quickly as possible, job of testing, but not at the expense of system is going to work in combat?’” See ATC, page 5
this free ticketed event.
For more information or
to pick up free tickets, visit
ACS North, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.,
Civilian leader training focus of briefing at APG
building 2754, 410-278-7572 Story by opportunities for Army civil- demands of the civilian work- that our Warfighters need” to About 7,500 military posi-
or ACS South, 8 a.m. to 5 HEATHER TASSMER ians throughout their careers,” force adding that civilians are support the Warfight-er and the tions have changed to civilian,
p.m., building E-4630, 410- according to the Army Manage- expected to come in with all rest of the Army family. she said.
436-3362. The Civilian Personnel ment Staff Web site, http://www. the skills needed to meet their Muellerweiss said the CES She added that the military
Advisory Center hosted a brief- amsc.belvoir.army.mil/ces. job objectives. is important because the civil- in those positions have received
Pools open soon ing on how Aberdeen Proving Col. John T. Wright, APG “Except for those in the sci- ian workforce has changed. “several levels of leadership
Pool season passes and Ground civilian employees can Garrison and deputy installa- ence and technology fields, “Ten years ago our civilians development training in com-
swimming lessons go on sale become better leaders through tion commander, gave opening we’ve never really concentrat- weren’t necessarily leading parison to civilians who have
April 9. the Civilian Education System remarks before introducing Alice ed particularly on educating the organizations yet they were the had only a one-week class.”
For more information at the Post Theater March 21. Muellerweiss, the guest speaker civilian workforce to be lead- continuity of the organization” The Department of the
in APG North, call Out- The CES “is a new pro- and chief of the Civilian Lead- ers, managers and innovative she said. “Today, based on the Army is requiring employees
door Recreation Equipment gressive and sequential leader ership Division from the Office thinkers,” he said. “The inno- Global War on Terror, we’ve to be “pentathletes,” or multi-
Resource Center, 410-278- development program that of the Deputy Chief of Staff for vative piece is key as we go had some changes in our civil- skilled leaders.
4124. In APG south, call the provides enhanced lead- Training. forward to develop the prod- ian workforce where civilians Employees can become
Hoyle Gym, 410-436-3375. er development and education Wright discussed the ucts, services, and technologies are taking on leadership roles.” See EDUCATION, page 4
Use Lease Program
The Society of American
addresses Army issues
Story by He asked partipants to keep these
Military Engineers Chesa- HEATHER TASSMER
peake Post monthly meeting challenges in mind and to “think of
will be held 11:30 a.m., March the bigger picture of what we are,
Aberdeen Proving Ground com- where we’re going and what will hap-
29, at Top of the Bay. Greg munity members teamed up for a
Kuester, from APG will pres- pen over the next couple of years as
three-day forum on how to solve we swing from a military to a civilian
ent a briefing titled, “Update Army issues affecting Soldiers, civil- population.”
on the Enhanced Use Lease ians, retirees and their families during While introducing Henn, Nadeau
Program.” the Army Family Action Plan Con- said her 22 years of work experience
Space is limited and reser- ference March 20 through 22 at Top with AFAP “makes her very well
vations are required. RSVP to the Bay. versed” in the subject.
Tony Price at e-mail tonp@ Marilyn Howard, Army Commu- “The experience she has walking
lindbergh-assoc.com. nity Service AFAP coordinator, and in the door gives us a good staking,
See SHORTS, page 6 Photo by MATT BUTTON, THE AEGIS a group of transcribers, facilitators and to listen to her talk about the
An uparmored cargo truck and high mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle make their way and subject-matter experts coordinat- things at the DA headquarters level
ed the conference.
up a test track at the U.S. Army Aberdeen Test Center’s Churchville Test Area. helps to put it in perspective from that
Celestine Beckett, ACS director, point,” Nadeau said.
HIGHLIGHTS ATC celebrates land welcomed attendees to the open-
ing ceremony March 20. Maj. Gen.
Roger A. Nadeau, commander of
Henn discussed how the AFAP
originated, saying that in the early
80s, a group of Army Officers’ Wives
Page 2... Educating
preservation agreement APG and the U.S. Army Research,
Development and Engineering Com-
mand, shared remarks and introduced
Club members in the Washington area
held national conferences for several
Story by Ground Garrison partnered with the years to discuss Army issues.
YVONNE JOHNSON the guest speaker, Kristan Henn, In 1983, Army Chief of Staff Gen.
Harford County Government and Har-
Page 3... NSPS update APG News Morale, Welfare, and Recreation pro- John A. Wickham declared the “Year
ford Land Trust to purchase parcels of
The U.S. Army Aberdeen Test Cen- gram liaison at Headquarters, U.S. of the Family,” calling it a part-
land belonging to the Hopkins family,
Page 4... Veterans’ ter marked the establishment of a land Army Materiel Command, Fort Bel- nership between the Army and the
owners of the Priestford Farm in Dar-
preservation agreement that will pro- voir, Va. Army family.
Voices lington, which adjoins the Churchville
tect the environment for generations to “With the BRAC [Base Realign- He defined the Army family as
Test Area. The collaboration has result-
come during an Army Compatible Use ment and Closure] decision, APG Soldiers, civilians, retirees and their
Page 7... Community ed in the accumulation of a valuable
Buffer Ceremony at its Churchville becomes the future center of the families, Henn said.
Notes buffer and has enhanced the testing
Test Area March 21. universe for Army research and During the same year, the first
mission, according to ATC command-
The ACUB program partners Army development, test and evaluation, AFAP conference was held.
Page 8... MWR er, Col. John Rooney, who hosted the
installations with local governments and communications and electron- “What you do today will impact
ceremony. ics,” Nadeau said.
and environmental organizations to “This is one of three main automo- not only you, but will impact future
Page 12...KUSAHC purchase and preserve areas connect- He also discussed how funding generations of people in the Army just
tive complexes we have for testing,” contributes to leaders’ decision mak-
Health Notes and Army ed to or surrounding federal property Rooney said, adding that the Church- like the work those spouses did back
News with the goal of protecting those areas ing of issues. in the early nineteen eighties impacts
ville site has 11 miles of test tracks for ”So far, we’ve been able to do a lot
from development, conserving valu- high mobility multipurpose wheeled the Army life you have today,” Henn
able habitats and limiting incompatible of good things with less than one-hun- said. “You are the voice of the Army.
Page 13...Game warden vehicles, Stryker vehicles, cargo trucks,
land use to maintain Army testing and dred percent of our funding,” Nadeau Let your voice be heard.”
turns author, a closer look wreckers and other vehicles in use in said.”The downside is that we’ve had
training missions without disturbing its the War on Terror. Conference participants voiced
neighbors. ten years of not having one hundred their opinions on APG’s issues and
Page15...Dog rescued “Every piece of armor that goes to percent funding, so choices had to be
The U.S. Army Environmental Cen- Iraq, goes through us,” Rooney said. concerns through workgroups con-
from fall in ice made.” ,
See AFAP page 2
ter, ATC and the Aberdeen Proving See ACUB, page 14
2 APG News • March 29, 2007
APG hosts ‘Tools Four Success’ FCC children learn
workshop about fire safety
Story and photo by
Aberdeen Proving Ground hosted the
pilot program for the Maryland Crime
Prevention Association and Maryland
Community Crime Prevention Institute’s
youth workshop, “Tools Four Success”
March 10 at the APG North post chapel.
The workshop, geared toward ages
11 through 18, focused on peer pressure,
problem solving, gang prevention and
Several adults from the community also
attended the workshop to learn how to
help youths and teens lead positive lives.
In his opening remarks, Ron Schwartz,
president of MCPA, told the attendees that
they have many skills or “tools” to make
them successful in life.
“After this workshop you will be able
to use these tools wisely in the communi-
ty,” Schwartz said.
He credited Ann Thacker, youth crime
prevention specialist for MCCPI, for initi-
ating the workshop, adding that she is “truly
Daniaella Williams, an 11-year-old Aberdeen Middle School student, brainstorms ways to pre-
dedicated to the youth of Maryland.” vent gangs during the Maryland Crime Prevention Association and Maryland Community Crime
“If we can teach at least one child that Prevention Institute’s youth workshop,“Tools Four Success” March 10 at the Aberdeen Proving
there is hope and they can believe that Ground North Chapel. In addition to gang prevention, the workshop addressed resolving conflicts, Photos by BEVERLY HARTGROVE, FCC
programs can help, then we have done our peer pressure and self esteem. Liliana Alcazar-Rands, Family Childcare Provider, Mariah Bradley
job,” Thacker said. and Robert Rands talk with Sparky the Fire Dog during the Aberdeen
Thacker, a former APG police officer, sion of the workshop. different outcomes with a man telling Proving Ground Fire and Emergency Services’ visit to the APG North
said she discussed her workshop idea with He said as an officer, self esteem is three others that they were worthless and Youth Center Feb. 27.
community policing officer Mike “Big vital to overcoming people’s negative pathetic. The first man thought the mes-
Mike” Farlow, and he volunteered APG remarks. sage was correct and committed suicide.
to host the event with the help of Gerri “As an officer, clothes define who you The second thought, “I don’t care what
Merkel, director of Religious Education for are until people get to know you,” Mar- you think about me” and moved on. The
shall said. “I had to learn they are just last man pulled out a gun and shot the man
the main post chapel.
viewing the uniform, and I had to view that told him he was worthless.
“With BRAC [Base Realignment and
myself in a positive light because I have a “Don’t let anyone be in control of your-
Closure] bringing in an influx of people,
responsibility to society.” self except for you,” Kelly said.
this workshop allows us to get a head start
Marshall asked the attendees to think Attendees of all ages said the workshop
on programs and get feedback from kids
and share positive adjectives about them- was beneficial for them.
on what they need to feel safer in the com-
selves that started with the first letter of “It was a big awareness event to keep
munity,” Farlow said.
their first name. He challenged them to the community strong and show support
Gang prevention session live up to those positive adjectives. for middle and high school students,” said
Thacker was the presenter for the gang He also asked them to write five things Angie Chronister, program lead for the
prevention session of the program. She Yeseniya Witten, Family Child Care provider Tiphanie Simpson,
they do well and five things they need to APG South Youth Center. Mariah Bradley, FCC provider Liliana Alcazar-Rands and her son,
asked the youths and teens to brainstorm do to feel good about themselves. “I met several high-energy individuals
lists of why people form gangs. Some of Robert, watch as Chris Starling, fire inspector, shows them an oxygen
Peer pressure session who cared so much about the welfare of mask. Starling and two other fire inspectors, Doug Farrington and T.C.
the attendees’ answers were peer pressure Lynda Fernandez, Army Community our children that they gave up a Satur- Glassman, taught children about fire safety, equipment and the stop,
and domestic abuse at home. Service Victim Advocacy Program coordi- day with their own families,” said Eileen drop and roll maneuver.
The youths and teens also listed ways nator, conducted the peer pressure session Campbell, APG Child and Youth Services
to prevent gangs such as attending church, talking with attendees about ways to cope school liaison. “These people will be valu-
playing sports and becoming involved in with the issue. able resources for our middle school parent
In addition, Thacker noted that most
Tolerating differences and thinking
about consequences before acting were
“The speakers did a good job telling you
Family Child Care Provider
gangs are based on violence.
“Kids learn this behavior in many ways
whether it’s from video games, home,
two methods she offered on how to resist
how to work on your self esteem and the
consequences of peer pressure,” said Debbie training begins end of April
She also talked about influencing others Rodriguez, a 12-year-old Aberdeen Middle
through music or through peers,” Thacker in a positive way. School student. FCC
said. “They need to understand that vio- “If you’re good at a subject, like science “It was a very good experience for Family Child Care training will be conducted April 30
lence is not the answer.” in school, hang out with someone who isn’t me,” said Jessica Maldonado, a 14-year- through May 3 at the Community Youth Services building
Self esteem session so good at the subject and encourage that old Aberdeen Middle School student. “I on Aberdeen Proving Ground North.
Darryl Marshall, a Montgomery County person to do better,” she said. learned to make my own choices and to be Applicants who are interested in providing home-
police officer, taught youths and teens to Fernandez also showed a video, “A a leader instead of a follower.” based childcare in either APG North or South are
think positively during the self esteem ses- Meeting at the Crossroads,” that included MCPA and MCPPI will conduct two encouraged to apply.
interviews of teens from a juvenile facil- more “Tools Four Success” workshops “Being a professionally trained provider in your own
MCPA ity on how peer pressure affected their in Howard County and Frederick Coun- warm, home environment offers many benefits,” said Aph-
The MCPA consists of police offi- decision making. The video also included ty during the next several months, rodite Corsi, director of FCC. “There is the potential income
cers, correctional, security and business interviews with Students Against Destruc- Thacker said. of more than $500 per week; self employment; free train-
professionals, community leaders, and tive Decisions who discussed why they Thacker said she would like to thank ing in a marketable profession; the opportunity to market
crime prevention supporters across the stayed away from drugs and alcohol. her committee which included Marshall, your business on the Army’s FCC Web site and transfer-
state, according to MCPA’s web site, Conflict resolution session Farlow, Margaret Chippendale and Cathy able credit to Army installations world wide. Providers get
www.mdcrimeprevention.org. The William Kelly, Ph.D, Harford Coun- Herbert from Girl Scouts of Central Mary- free use of the lending library; a free monthly newsletter;
organization’s mission is to promote ty Office of Drug Control Policy, talked land, Bonita Linkins from Howard County and there are free workshops on topics such as nutrition,
crime prevention activities in Mary- to attendees about how thoughts affect Police Department, Kevin White from health, child development, safety, CPR, taxes. Other ben-
land. behavior. Frederick County Police Department and efits include participation in the National CDA credential
Kelly said he works with those in jail to Kevin Godfrey from Fort Meade Police program, the USDA food program and the National Fam-
MCPPI get them to change their thoughts. Department. ily Child Care Home Accreditation program. Providers are
The MCPPI provides training in He said one woman he worked with Counselors from the Project Anti-Vio- also eligible to receive college credit for Army child devel-
crime prevention topics and assis- believed it was okay to abuse her boyfriend. lence Education, Girl Scouts of Central opment training.”
tance in developing crime prevention He hit her back and she stabbed him. Maryland and National Association for To find out how to become part of a worldwide network
programs, according to its web site, “In order to change, she can no longer the Advancement of Colored People of mobile military professionals, pick up an application at
http://www.dpscs.state.md.us/about- believe it is okay to hit men,” Kelly said. Youth Council program, and Maryland the FCC office building 2752 Rodman Road or call 410-
dpscs/pct/ccpi. The MCPPI has a In addition, he offered a model of how Free State ChalleNGe Academy cadets 278-9832 or 7140 for more information.
partnership with the MCPA. different thought processes can lead to also helped during the workshop.
Fort Belvoir, Va. Federal Credit Union and the Johns Hopkins School who served as a Community Services
AFAP The groups presented their top three issues to
Col. John T. Wright, APG Garrison and deputy
installation commander, during the conference’s
Uniformed Service Family Health Plan.
Howard said she was pleased with the over-
facilitator. “The mood would get very elevat-
ed at times and I would have to deescalate. I
would suggest that everyone get involved in
From front page conclusion on March 22. “The conference went quite well thanks to next year’s [Army Family Action Plan] confer-
taining members that represented all of the “I want to assure you that the leadership of the delegates who worked extremely hard,” she ence. It is very informational.”
installation’s sectors. They also brainstormed the installation will do its utmost to work on said. “We also had great support from mem- “It was very interesting and it was good to
practical solutions to the issues. these issues throughout this calendar year until bers of the Military and Civilian Spouses’ Club, get other people’s perspectives on issues,” said
These groups include facilitators, who we resolve them through the various avenues ACS staff and volunteers.” 1st Lt. Sid Mason, executive officer for the 16th
mediate and move the discussions along; sub- we have available to us,” Wright said. More than 45 issues were discussed at the Ordnance Battalion, Headquarters and Head-
ject-matter experts who advise participants; Wright encouraged the participants to attend AFAP, she said. quarters, Company C.
recorders and transcribers. the monthly Well-Being Action Council meetings Howard said she is not a stranger to the Mason was a participant of the Family and
The workgroups for AFAP 2007 were Com- to keep updated on the resolution of issues and to AFAP because she has served as a subject-mat- Force Support workgroup and said this was the
munity Services, Family and Force Support, report any additional issues they may encounter. ter expert during various AFAP conferences first year he attended the AFAP.
Housing and Relocation, Medical and Youth. Beckett praised Howard, who organized the during the last 20 years. It was also the first year for Spc. Chris
For the first two days, the groups gathered to AFAP for the first time and said, “she did a Several participants said attending the con- Chavez, medical laboratory technician for the
discuss issues and narrowed their lists down to great job all on her own.” ference was a beneficial experience. 9th Area Medical Laboratory and participant of
three. They determined the issues that should be Howard thanked all of those who participat- “It was very challenging,” said Master Sgt. the Medical workgroup.
resolved at APG or forwarded to the AFAP mid- ed in and supported the conference including Guy Crawford, a chief instructor for the U.S. “It was a real positive experience. We came
level conference, which will be April 23 to 27 at the U.S. Marine Corps Detachment, the APG Army Ordnance Mechanical Maintenance ,
See AFAP page 13
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March 29, 2007 • APG News 3
Pay for employees in developmental positions
This information provides specific
information and examples of National
Security Personnel System, NSPS, con-
versions for employees assigned to
under the General Schedule system. For
more information on other NSPS subjects,
visit the NSPS Web site, http://www.
What NSPS means for employees in
• Employees are compensated and
rewarded based on individual and
organizational performance and con-
• Employee performance payout is influ-
enced by the performance rating, number
of shares assigned and base salary.
• Employee pay increases may be in
the form of an increase to base salary, a
bonus, or a combination of both in addi-
tion to the annual performance payout.
What is Accelerated Compensation for
Developmental Positions (ACDP)?
• ACDP is a pay-setting provision
which may be used to recognize the
development and attainment of job-
related competencies of employees
participating in component training or
developmental programs. ACDP only
applies to employees in Pay Band 1.
• ACDP may be used to provide an
increase to employee base salary, a tal positions will convert to NSPS based on Investigative Pay Schedules are eligible for
bonus, or a combination of these. This their permanent position of record. pay increases under ACDP. To qualify for
provision provides management flexibil- Question: What if an employee converts ACDP, an employee must have a rating of
ity to increase the pay of employees in to an NSPS ACDP-eligible developmental record of Level 3 or above (or must have
developmental positions at rates which position but does not have an assigned performed under an approved performance
match or exceed career ladder promo- rating of record? plan for at least 90 days in a pay status) and
tion rates under the GS system. Answer: An employee in a develop- must participate in component training pro-
• ACDP requires a rating of record of mental position who is eligible for the grams or other developmental capacities.
Level 3 (Valued Performer) or above (or, ACDP but does not have a rating of record Question: What happens when an
if the employee does not have a rating of may still receive this increase if he or employee’s current GS grade and target
record, he or she must have performed she has performed under an approved journey/full performance grade fall into
under an approved performance plan for performance plan for 90 days (exclud- different pay bands?
at least 90 days in a pay status). ing periods of non-pay status) and an Answer: The employee will convert
• ACDP payment is in addition to annu- authorized official determines that the into a career group, pay schedule, and
al performance payout. It generally shall employee is performing at the equivalent pay band based on his or her permanent
not exceed a 20 percent increase and is of Level 3 (Valued Performer). position of record and will be eligible for
granted at management’s discretion. Question: Which employees in devel- noncompetitive promotion to the full per-
Frequently asked questions opmental positions are eligible for pay formance pay band.
Question: Will employees in devel- increases under ACDP? For more on NSPS and developmen-
opmental positions lose salary when Answer: Employees in developmen- tal positions, see next week’s APG News
converted to NSPS? tal positions assigned to Pay Band 1 of or visit Web site http://www.cpms.osd.
Answer: No. Employees in developmen- Professional/Analytical, Professional, or mil/nsps.
4 APG News • March 29, 2007
Aid and attendance, an under-used benefit
U.S. Department of Veterans Many elderly veterans tal injury or illness that requires benefit, VA pays the difference
and surviving spouses whose regular assistance to protect between the claimant’s house-
The Department of Veterans incomes are above the con- them from hazards or dangers hold income and the Aid and
Affairs is reaching out to inform gressionally mandated legal in their daily environment. Attendance threshold.
wartime veterans and surviving limit for a VA pension may For a wartime veteran or The Aid and Attendance
spouses of deceased wartime still be eligible for the special surviving spouse to qualify for income threshold for a veter-
veterans about an under-used, monthly Aid and Attendance this special monthly pension, an without dependents is now
special monthly pension benefit benefit if they have large medi- the veteran must have served $18,234 annually. The thresh-
called Aid and Attendance. cal expenses, including nursing at least 90 days of active mili- old increases to $21,615 if a
“Veterans have earned this home expenses, for which they tary service, one day of which veteran has one dependent, and
benefit by their service to our do not receive reimbursement. was during a period of war, and by $1,866 for each additional
nation,” said Secretary of Veter- To qualify, claimants must be discharged under conditions dependent. The annual Aid and
ans Affairs Jim Nicholson. “We be incapable of self support other than dishonorable. Attendance threshold for a sur-
want to ensure that every veteran and in need of regular personal Wartime veterans who viving spouse alone is $11,715.
or surviving spouse who quali- assistance. entered active duty on or after
This threshold increases to
fies has the chance to apply.” The basic criteria for the Aid Sept. 8, 1980, (Oct. 16, 1981,
$13,976 if there is one depen-
Although this is not a new and Attendance benefit include for officers) must have com-
pleted at least 24 continuous dent child, and by $1,866 for
program, not everyone is aware the inability to feed oneself, each additional child.
of his or her potential eligibil- to dress and undress without months of military service or
the period for which they were Additional information and
ity. The Aid and Attendance assistance, or to take care of assistance in applying for the
pension benefit may be avail- one’s own bodily needs. Peo- ordered to active duty.
If all requirements are met, Aid and Attendance benefit
able to wartime veterans and ple who are bedridden or need
VA determines eligibility for may be obtained by calling
surviving spouses who have help to adjust special prosthetic
the Aid and Attendance benefit 1-800-827-1000. Applications
in-home care or who live in or orthopedic devices may also
by adjusting for un-reimbursed may be submitted on-line at
nursing-homes or assisted-liv- be eligible, as well as those
medical expenses from the vet- www.vabenefits.vba.va.gov/
ing facilities. who have a physical or men-
eran’s or surviving spouse’s vonapp/main.asp. Informa-
total household income. If the tion is also available on the
remaining income amount falls Internet at www.va.gov or
below the annual income thresh- from any local veterans ser-
old for the Aid and Attendance vice organization.
ions and praise for CES.
Education “I think it’s a great opportuni-
ty for our supervisors, managers
and employees to register for
From front page these courses and to be able to
“pentathletes” by undergoing self develop and become future
self awareness, learning from leaders,” said Maureen Clif-
their experiences and taking ton, a supervisor and human
classes, Muellerweiss said. resource specialist from CPAC.
Army civilians can only “I think that the Civilian
enroll in the CES classes after Education System is some-
they obtain permission from their thing we all need to consider
supervisors, Muellerweiss said. to benefit those we lead and
Each class includes distrib- supervise,” said Linda Hol-
uted learning hours or online loway, chief of the Business
hours that are to be complet- Operations Division for
ed during duty time. Some Morale, Welfare and Recre-
classes require both distribut- ation. “It is also something we
ed learning and resident hours. can use to work toward achiev-
The resident classes are locat- ing our individual career goals
ed in Fort Leavenworth, Kan., and self development.”
and Fort Belvoir, Va., but can For more information or to
only be taken after the online register for CES, visit http://
classes are completed, Muel- www.amsc.belvoir.army.mil/
lerweiss said. ces, or contact Cindy Sepulve-
Civilians shared their opin- da, CPAC, 410-278-7156.
March 29, 2007 • APG News 5
ATC has subjected more than 500
potential solutions to the rig-
orous testing that takes place
here every day, Rooney said.
cle performance, Rooney said.
Putting additional armor on
vehicles affects everything
from the way they handle,
Warfighter,” he said.
As the ATC supports today’s
Warfighters, it’s carrying on a
tradition that began in 1917,
From front page
These prototypes have been to their tip-over point, to the when it helped prepare the mil-
fired at to test their ballistic life cycle of their shocks and itary for World War I.
command vehicles. protection and run through suspension systems to their Today, the center contin-
They tested new software simulators, computer mod- overall reliability. ues testing a broad spectrum
for the tank’s nuclear, biolog- els and outdoor tracks to see “Every time something gets of military weapons systems
ical and chemical protective how they stand up to real- added or placed on a vehicle, and equipment: vehicles,
system, and a variety of bridg- world road conditions like you have to look at the whole weapon systems, ammunition,
ing systems so deployed forces they’ll encounter in Iraq and range of effects,” Rooney said. portable bridges, generators,
could cross gullies and low spots Afghanistan. “When you evaluate protec- night-vision devices, individ-
throughout the Iraqi desert. A drive around the test tive armors, you have to work ual equipment ranging from
But few examples demon- ranges - nine miles of inter- hand-in-glove with the auto- boots and uniforms to helmets,
strate the emphasis on expedient connecting roads and 25 motive side, because even if and even surface and underwa-
fielding more clearly than how permanently constructed a vehicle stops everything in ter naval systems.
the military gets new vehicle courses - shows some of the terms of ballistics, if it can’t As it conducts this testing,
protection to deployed troops. armor enhancements under- drive, it’s of no value.” Rooney said the staff never
As DoD’s primary ground- going testing now. They So evaluators put vehi- loses sight of the men and
vehicle tester, the ATC range from a new add-on cles through the paces in both women on the front lines
started exploring ways to armor kit for high mobility outdoor courses and indoor whose lives are at stake.
protect troops against road- multi-purpose wheeled vehi- simulations to replicate the “We are a very busy, very
side bombs in August 2003, as cles that includes 450 pounds worst of real-world conditions. diverse and very relevant
soon as these weapons began of armor to the front door Vehicles get exposed to bumps, test center, doing things peo-
appearing in Iraq. alone and extra baseboard ditches, slopes, mud and sand ple know matters,” he said.
Rooney described the moti- armor to a one-piece door courses, fording basins and “We are helping the Warfight-
vation that drove testers to assembly for the 5-ton M977 other difficult conditions sim- er tremendously. And because
move quickly to evaluate the heavy expanded mobility tac- ilar to what deployed troops people here recognize the
first add-on armor prototypes. tical truck to an improved experience regularly. direct impact of what they’re
“We knew that every day we slat armor kit for the Stryker “We’re trying to create the contributing, job satisfaction is
didn’t get the test finished light armored vehicle. circumstances that might cause pretty easy to come by here.”
was another day we weren’t The staff developed the ini- failures so we can learn from it
getting these kits to the field, tial prototype for the Stryker’s and address those issues here
and that could have a direct slat armor-a cage-like appa- [at APG],” Rooney said. “The
impact on someone’s life,” ratus bolted to the Stryker whole intent is to fully under-
he said. to protect it from rocket-pro- stand the vehicle’s capability.”
The earliest add-on armor pelled grenades - and Rooney Once a vehicle passes
kits sent to the combat theater calls it one of the staff’s proud- through the rigors imposed
had limitations, he acknowl- est achievements. Although here, Rooney said he’s confi-
edged, but still offered far the first users didn’t necessar- dent they’ll be ready for the
more protection than no addi- ily like the slat armor’s looks, demands Warfighters will sub-
tional armor. Even as these they quickly grew to love its ject them to.
kits were being sent to the protective qualities, he said. That’s the mindset at the
field, the ATC staff continued While continuing to seek ATC that Rooney said has
to look into new systems to out newer, more effective bal- continued to turn ideas into
improve on them. listic protections, the staff here solutions for combat troops.
Since the start of the War recognizes the impact of these “Our end product is a bet-
on Terror, the center staff improvements on overall vehi- ter equipped, better protected
Protestant Women of the the Main or South Chapel for a Catholic religious education
Chapel hold general meeting complete schedule. classes
Regular Bible studies Protestant and Gospel Classes are held every Sun-
resume March 29. Children’s Church day except holidays after the
PWOC will hold Tuesday Protestant and Gospel Chil- 8:45 a.m. Main Post Chapel
Night Bible Study, 7 p.m. at the dren’s Church is held 10:15 mass. Sacramental classes of
Post Chapel, classroom 4. a.m., on Sunday morning dur- 1st Eucharist, Reconciliation
Bible studies are always ing the Protestant Service and
with and Confirmation with
open for newcomers; join the noon during the Gospel Ser-
children and parents are also
PWOC any time. vice at the Main Post Chapel.
For more information call, Children’s Play Group
Chaplain (Maj.) Fred MacLean, Army Community Service Jewish worship services
410-278-4333. sponsors a Children’s Play Group, Jewish Worship Services
Catholic Women of the Chapel 9 to 11 a.m., each Wednesday at are held noon, every Thursday
The CWOC meets 6:30 to the Main Post Chapel playroom. at the Post Chapel.
8:30 p.m. every other Mon- Parents and their small chil- For more information, call
day at the Main Post Chapel. dren are invited to join others for the chapel, 410-278-2516 or
Check the bulletin boards at some “fun time.” 4333.
6 APG News • March 29, 2007
RAB meeting tonight mail mwr_registration@apg. www.apgmcsc.org or call To register contact Lynda
army.mil. 410-306-6668. Fernandez, 410-278-2435, or
The Installation Restoration e-mail lynda.fernandez@apg.
Program will hold its month- MCSC offers Seminars for army.mil.
ly Restoration Advisory Board scholarships couples: married,
meeting 7 to 9:45 p.m., March OSJA Law Day lun-
29, at the Edgewood Senior The Military and Civilian engaged or dating cheon April 26
Center on Gateway Road. The Spouses’ Club will administer The Army Communi-
topic of the meeting will be an scholarships for the 2007-2008 ty Service Family Advocacy The Office of the Staff Judge
update on the Canal Creek and academic year to eligible win- Program will present “If You Advocate will host a Law Day
J-Field Study Areas. ners in the following four Love Me,” a series of informa- Luncheon 11:30 a.m. to 1:30
Board meetings are open to categories: high school seniors, p.m., April 26, at Top of the
tion seminars for all couples,
the public; all APG employees current undergraduate students, Bay. This year’s theme is “Lib-
whether married, engaged or
and citizens are invited. current graduate students and erty Under Law: Empowering
dating. The seminars will pro-
non full-time certification or Youth, Assuring Democracy.”
For more information, call vide key elements to building
continuing education and tech- The luncheon will feature four
the Information Line, 410- and maintaining healthy rela-
nical program students. guest speakers: Theodore Hart,
272-8842 or 800-APG-9998. tionships through:
All applicants must either Juvenile Court; Randy Rudy,
• Successful Communi-
MWR offers Wizards be an MCSC member or the Aberdeen Police Department;
dependent of a current active Peter Buckless, Department
vs. Bobcats tickets MCSC member. Applications
• Setting Healthy
of Juvenile Service; and Don
Tickets are available to see Mathis, Harford County Boys
for all scholarships are available • Learning to compromise
the Washington Wizards play and Girls Club.
from the MCSC Web site, www. from I to Us
the Charlotte Bobcats 7 p.m., The cost is $14 and checks
apgmcsc.org, and must be post- Seminars will be held 9 to
April 4, at the Verizon Center, should be made payable to
marked by April 10. 11:30 a.m. at ACS, building the APG OSJA Activity Fund.
Washington, D.C. Tickets cost For more information, visit 2754, on April 14 and May 26.
$40 per person for all lower Contact Nora Farrell, 410-278-
level seating. Tickets for active 1107, or email@example.com.
duty cost $35 per person. ID MOVIES mil by April 15 to register.
card must be presented at the ASAP free alcohol
time of purchase. Tickets have ADMISSION: ADULTS $3.50, CHILDREN $1.75
been prepaid and are only avail- Building 3245 Aberdeen Boulevard screening
able for a limited time. To verify listing, call 410-272-9008, or visit The Army Substance Abuse
For more information or www.aafes.com and click on “Movie Listing. ” Program will offer free alcohol
to purchase tickets, call or screenings and awareness infor-
visit MWR Leisure Trav- NORBIT Together, they create Tera- mation, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
el Services, building 3326, Friday, March 30, 7 p.m. bithia, a land of monsters,
at the Aberdeen Post Exchange
410-278-4011/4907 or e- Starring: Eddie Murphy, trolls, ogres, and giants and
and 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the
Thandie Newton rule as king and queen. This
friendship helps Jess cope
Edgewood Shoppette. Partici-
Norbit has never had it easy. pants will receive a gift.
As a baby, he was aban- with the tragedy that makes
him realize what Leslie For more information, call
doned on the steps of a Chi- ASAP, 410-278-3784/3137.
nese restaurant/orphanage taught him. (Rated PG)
and raised by Mr. Wong. DADDY’S LITTLE GIRLS Combat Lifesaver
Things get worse when he’s
forced into marriage by the
Saturday, March 31, 9 p.m.
Starring: Gabrielle Union,
mean, junk food-chugging Idris Elba, Louis Gossett Jr. opens
queen, Rasputia. Just when A single father, Monty Registration for the Army
Norbit’s hanging by his last (Elba), is a garage mechan-
thread, his childhood sweet-
Combat Life Saver course is
ic who lives in a poor now done through the Aber-
heart, Kate, moves back to neighborhood and strug-
town. (Rated PG-13) deen Proving Ground Fire and
gles to make ends meet as Emergency Services Division.
he raises his three young
BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA The next CLS course will be
daughters on his own. But
(FREE ADMISSION) held April 16 thru 20.
when the courts award
Saturday, March 31, 7 p.m. custody of his daughters
The course goes beyond
Starring: AnnaSophia to his corrupt, drug-deal- basic first aid to teach vari-
Robb, Josh Hutcherson ing ex-wife, Monty des- ous techniques to treat and
Jesse Aarons (Hutcher- perately tries to win them stabilize injuries commonly
son) trained all summer to back, enlisting the help of suffered by troops in Iraq and
become the fastest runner Julia (Union), a beautiful - Afghanistan as well as tacti-
in school, so he’s very upset and hard-nosed - attorney cal evacuation procedures in a
when newcomer Leslie he meets during his short combat environment.
Burke (Robb) outruns him stint as a chauffeur. While To register or for more infor-
and everyone else. Despite Monty and the Ivy-League- mation, units can contact Ray
this and other differences, educated Julia couldn’t be Campbell, assistant fire chief,
including that she’s rich, less alike, an unexpected 410-306-0566/0572, or Michael
he’s poor, and she’s a city romance blossoms - and Slayman, emergency medical
girl, he’s a country boy, the it soon begins to feel like technician, 410-306-0572.
two become fast friends. true love. (Rated PG-13)
Free 2007 Military
Free military handbooks and
guides for active and retired
U.S. military personnel are
available at www.military-
for 2007 include the United
States Military Handbook, U.S.
Military Retired Handbook,
Getting Uncle Sam to Pay for
Your College Degree, Veterans
Healthcare Benefits, Benefits
for Veterans & Dependents,
Children’s Scholarship Hand-
book and After the Military.
new ATM at Ruggles
Freedom Federal Credit
Union has installed a new ATM
at the Ruggles Golf Course
club house located on Aber-
deen Proving Ground North
just inside the gate accessed
from Routes 40 and 715. This
cash dispenser is available to
all during club house hours.
Freedom members may use
the machine free of charge,
while non-members will be
assessed a fee.
Reunion for McNair
The first Reunion of the
32nd, 201st and 17th Signal
battalions of McNair Kaserne of
Hoechst, Germany, will be held
June 15 to 17, at the Holiday
Inn at the Plaza located on One
East 45th Street, Kansas City,
Mo. All veterans, family and
friends are invited to attend.
For more information or
to register, call Rhonda Gunn
(’77 to ’80), 847-458-8346, or
com or firstname.lastname@example.org;
or call Doug Otoupal (’76 to
’79), 432-426-2644 or e-mail
(Editors Note: More Shorts
can be seen at www.apgnews.
apg.army.mil under Shorts.)
March 29, 2007 • APG News 7
SATURDAY held indoors. in advance and are available For more information, or to
For more information, call at Amanda’s Florist, Java register, pick up a run/walk
MARCH 31 Jewel Gardner, president, by the Bay, Bank of Memo- packet, available noon to
BASKET BINGO 410-679-6177, or call the ries and the Havre de Grace 4 p.m., May 4, at True Joy
Basket Bingo to benefit the legion, 410-676-1147. Visitors Center in Havre de Ministries, 200 North Phila-
VFW Post 8185, Route 222, Grace or by calling the Con- delphia Boulevard, Suite 1,
MONDAY servancy’s office at 410-939- Aberdeen MD 21001; visit
Port Deposit will be held at
VFW Post 8185. Doors open APRIL 2 4078. email@example.com;
at 6 p.m.; Bingo begins at 7 For more information, visit or call 410-937-4051 or 410-
p.m. Tickets cost $10 per per- Web site, http://www.skip- 273-9715.
TOASTMASTERS CLUB jackmarthalewis.org.
son for all paper cards. Food, THURSDAY, FRIDAY,
beverage, baked goods, MEETS
door prizes and raffles will Gunpowder Toastmasters
be available. Club will meet at the Gun- APRIL 21 MAY 10, 11,12
For more information, call powder Club at Aberdeen BASKET BINGO 34TH ANNUAL EAST
Anne Gibson, 410-378-3338, Proving Ground South at
11:40 a.m. and last about an
Basket Bingo to benefit the COAST RALLY
Kathy, 410-642-9297, or VFW
Port Deposit Heritage Cor- The Washington Area Col-
Post 8185, 410-642-9297. hour. Lunch will be avail-
poration will be held at VFW lectors/Blue and Gray Mili-
able. The meeting is open
SUNDAY Post 8185, Route 222, Port tary Vehicle Trust will host
to anyone on or off post
Deposit. Doors open at 6 the 34th Annual East Coast
APRIL 1 who wants to improve their
p.m., bingo starts at 7 p.m. Military Vehicle Rally, 8 a.m.
AUXILIARY 5337 Tickets cost $10 per person to 5 p.m. at Ripken Stadium.
and listening skills and over-
OFFERS SUNDAY come the fear of speaking in for all paper cards. Food, Admission is free.
BREAKFAST public. beverages, baked goods, For more information, visit
door prizes and raffles will http://www.wacbgmvt.
The Ladies Auxiliary of For more information, call
be available. No smoking is org/ecr/, e-mail EastCoast
Harford County Memorial Len Kolodny, 410-734-6573.
allowed. Rally@wacbgmvt.org or call
VFW Post 5337, 3705 Pulas-
SATURDAY For more information or to 1-800-730-6621.
ki Highway in Abingdon
purchase tickets, call Anne
will host Sunday Break- APRIL 7 Gibson, 410-378-3338 or (Editors Note: More calendar
fast, 8 to 11 a.m. The cost BASKET BINGO Joanne Bierly, 410-378-3320. events can be seen at www.
is $6 and includes choice
Basket Bingo to benefit The apgnews.apg.army.mil under
of eggs, omelets, sausage, SATURDAY
bacon, pancakes, French Men’s Auxiliary of VFW Post Community Notes.)
toast sticks, home fries, 8185 will be held at VFW Post MAY 5
grits, cold cereal, fresh 8185, Route 222, Port Depos- INAUGURAL FUN RUN/
it. Doors open at 6 p.m.,
fruit, coffee, juice or milk. WALK IN ABERDEEN
Proceeds will benefit VFW bingo starts at 7 p.m.
Tickets cost $10 per person The fifth semi-annual Unity
programs. in the Community day begins
For more information, call for all paper cards. Food,
beverages, baked goods, this year with the 1st Inaugu-
410-676-4456. ral 10k Fun Run/Walk 7 to 11
door prizes and raffles will
SNIFFER HIKE be available. No smoking is a.m. May 5 starting at Fes-
Come for a canine adven- allowed. tival Park, between Frank-
ture hike at Leight Park. All For more information or to lin and Parke Streets. Spon-
four-legged friends must be purchase tickets, call Anne sored by True Joy Ministries,
on a leash, licensed, vacci- Gibson, 410-378-3338 or VFW the goal is to promote health
nated, and friendly to other Post 8185, 410-642-9297. and fitness as well as harmo-
dogs. Owner’s should bring ny among fellow citizens.
a copy of the dog’s license. SUNDAY Groups as well as individu-
Sniffer Hike will be held 10 als, ages 10 and older, may
APRIL 8 participate. Military units
to 11:30 a.m. The program is
free for all ages. Registration
EASTER MUSICAL are encouraged to bring gui-
is required. “SACRIFICE” dons and show their military
For more information, direc- The Edgewood Baptist Church pride.
tions or to register, call the ”
Choir will perform “Sacrifice, Early registration is thru
center, 410-612-1688 or 410- a free Easter Cantata, 7 p.m. April 28, late registration is
879-2000, ext. 1688. at Edgewood Baptist Church, April 29. A registration fee
located on 422 Edgewood of $15 includes a free t-shirt.
Road, Edgewood. Awards will be presented to
Explore nature through a the top male and female fin-
For more information, call
story. Listen to a tale about ishers in each category.
an animal or a habitat. Story
time may include meeting a SATURDAY
live critter, a simple craft or
acting out the story. This pro- APRIL 14
gram begins at 1 p.m. Nature BULL AND OYSTER
Tales is free for all ages, No ROAST
registration is required. The Chesapeake Heritage
For more information or Conservancy will host its
directions to the Anita C. 13th annual Bull and Oyster
Leight Estuary Center, call Roast to benefit the Skipjack
410-612-1688 or 410-879- Martha Lewis, 7 to 11 p.m.
2000, ext. 1688. under a tent in Hutchins Park
EASTER EGG HUNT (foot of Congress Avenue) in
American Legion Auxiliary Havre de Grace. Doors open
Edgewood Service Unit 17 at 6 p.m.
will sponsor its annual Eas- Guests will enjoy an all-you-
ter egg hunt for children can eat raw bar. Beverages
up to age 12 at 2 p.m., at include draft beer, soda and
American Legion Post 17, wine. A premium brand cash
415 Edgewood Road, Edge- bar also will be available.
wood. The children are Author Vincent Lash will be
invited to participate and available for a book sign-
have their picture taken ing (proceeds benefit CHC).
with Mr. Bunny, free of Music will be provided by
charge. There will be door Good DJ’s and entertain-
prizes for each age group, ment includes a Big 6 Wheel,
cup cakes and juices. In live auction, silent auction
case of inclement weather, and a pirate auction.
the Easter egg hunt will be Tickets cost $37 per person
8 APG News • March 29, 2007
Wizards vs. Charlotte is $75 per person and includes cheers of the crowd. juniors and seniors cost $50. answer session, entertainment to order ticket packages, call
Bobcats tickets roundtrip motorcoach transpor- Cost of the trip is $130 and Purchase season passes by and a special souvenir gift. the MWR Leisure Travel Ser-
Tickets are available to see tation, ferry ride and admission includes bus transportation and June 29. Open to all Depart- General admission tickets vices, Aberdeen Recreation
the Washington Wizards play into the Statue of Liberty. On tickets - reserved seating on Turn ment of Defense employees. to the May 4 Circuit City 250 Center, building 3326, 410-
the Charlotte Bobcats April 4, the way back there will be a 3, sections 139-149, rows 1-30. For more information or to are free for children ages 12 278-4011/4907, e-mail mwr_
stop at Mastoris Restaurant in For more information or purchase passes, call MWR Lei- and under when accompanied firstname.lastname@example.org
7 p.m. at the Verizon Center,
Bordentown, N.J. for dinner. for registration, call 410-278- sure Travel Services, Aberdeen by a ticketed adult. or visit http://www.rir.com/
The bus will depart 8 a.m. and 4011/4907 or e-mail mwr_ Recreation Center, building For more information or salute/aberdeen/.
Tickets cost $40 per per-
return 9 p.m. Last day for reg- email@example.com. 3326, 410-278-4011/4907 or
son for all lower level seating.
Tickets for active duty cost
istration is March 23.
For more information or to
Tickets for Jersey Boys in e-mail mwr_registration@apg. Sports
$35 per person. ID card must New York army.mil.
register, call or stop by the MWR Youth baseball and teeball For more information or to
be presented at the time of Leisure Travel Office, building See the Tony award win- NASCAR at Richmond
purchase. Tickets have been ning musical “Jersey Boys,” International Raceway Register early for youth register, call 410-278-4794,
3326, 410-278-4011/4907 or visit the Pro Shop at Rug-
prepaid and are only available e-mail mwr_registration@apg. the story of Frankie Valli and The Circuit City 250 at baseball and Teeball. Teams
for a limited time. the Four Seasons. and space is limited. For base- gles or e-mail david.correll@
army.mil. Richmond International Race-
For more information or to pur- MWR offers tickets and ball, the cost is $35 for youths us.army.mil.
Dover Downs Raceway way takes place May 4 and 5.
chase tickets, call or visit MWR transportation for the 3 p.m. Tickets from MWR cost ages 5 to 15 (age as of April 30, Exton holds spring golf
Nextel Cup show, Aug. 26, at the Wil- 2007) and $35 for T-ball, ages
Leisure Travel Services, build- $113 for the two-day NAS- outing
ing 3326, 410-278-4011/4907 or Zoom on down to “The son Theater, 52nd Street, New CAR package, $88 for the 5 to 6. Practice begins the week
Monster Mile” Dover Downs Happy Gilmore and Bob
e-mail mwr_registration@apg. York City. Cost is $170 per Party Zone Package and $28 of April 2. Games are held dur-
Raceway Nextel Cup race on Barker can’t beat this golf
army.mil. person and includes 1st mez- for general admission. ing the week. Parents interested
June 3. The bus departs 9:20 event. A Spring Golf Outing
Tour Ellis Island, the zanine seating and roundtrip The two-day NASCAR in coaching please call Youth
a.m. and returns approximate- transportation. A limited num- will be held at Exton Golf
Statue of Liberty Package includes a general Sports at 410-306-2297.
ly 8 p.m. ber of seats are available. Open Course April 21 with an 8:30
admission seat for the May Ruggles holds spring time a.m. start. The entry fee costs
Join MWR for a tour of Ellis Experience the thrill of the to all DoD ID card holders. 4 Circuit City 250 Present- outing $20 for annual patrons; $30
Island and the Statue of Lib- speed, the unique white concrete Purchase tickets by July 26.
track, the roar of the engines and ed by Funai NASCAR Busch value card holders and autho-
erty, April 7. Cost of the trip The bus will depart 7:30 It’s not Caddyshack, it’s a
Series race; and a reserved rized patrons; and $40 for
a.m. and return 10 p.m. spring golf outing at Ruggles
seat in the Henrico Grand-
Golf Course, April 14 with guests. Entry fee includes
Amusement and Travel Expo For more information or to
purchase tickets, call MWR Lei-
stand for the May 5 Crown
Royal presents The Jim Stew- an 8:30 a.m. start. Entry fee greens fee, cart, continental
Everyone is invited to attend the MWR Leisure Travel sure Travel Services, Aberdeen costs $25 for annual patrons; breakfast, lunch and prizes.
art 400 NASCAR NEXTEL
Services Amusement and Travel Expo, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Recreation Center, building $50 for value card holders and For more information or to
Cup Series race. There are a
May 10, at Top of the Bay. Check out cruise packages, vaca- 3326, 410-278-4011/4907 or authorized patrons; and $60 for register, call 410-436-2213 or
limited number of two-day
tion destinations and amusement park specials. Local and e-mail mwr_registration@apg. guests. Entry fee includes range visit the Pro Shop at Exton or
national amusement and travel vendors will be available. army.mil. balls, greens fee, cart, continen- Ruggles or e-mail rueben.fer-
The Party Zone Fan Hos-
Door prizes will be awarded. MWR has Washington tal breakfast, lunch and prizes. firstname.lastname@example.org.
pitality Package includes a
For more information, call 410-278-4907/4011 or e-mail 2007 Kings Dominion ticket for the May 4 Circuit
email@example.com. season passes City 250 and admittance to the Services
The Italian Job Turbo Party Zone Hospitality area.
ACS hosts domestic/sexu- SKIES Unlimited
SCHOOL LIAISON Coaster, White Water Canyon,
Rugrats Toonpike and more
Fans will receive a buffet din-
ner, a special appearance by al violence support group For more information and
meetings registration for all SKIES
NMFA 2007 announces await visitors to Kings Domin-
ion. Season passes for adults
NASCAR Busch and NEXTEL
Cup Series team owner Rich- Army Community Service
Family Advocacy Program,
Unlimited programs, call
Central Registration. An
summer camp program cost $68 and season passes for ard Childress for a question and
presents “Talking It Out,” an
emotional support group. This
additional $18 Central Reg-
istration Fee will apply if not
The National Military Family Association registra-
tion for the 2007 Operation Purple Summer Camp began
Exton opens for season free support group meets 6 to 8
p.m., Tuesday at building 2754
already enrolled in the Child
and Youth Services Program.
March 15. Exton Golf Course is open. For more information or to
NMFA developed this free summer camp program in For more information, contact the make an appointment to regis-
Exton Pro Shop, 410-436-2213 or e- Individuals gather for
response to the need for increased support for military chil- emotional support, to share ter, call 410-278-7479/7571.
dren, especially those whose parents are or will be deployed. mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Ruggles Snack Bar re-opens information, experiences, Child and Youth Services
For more information or to sign up for E-Notices Operation resources and gain support.
for the season today serving lunch There are immediate full-
Purple e-Mail List, visit https://secure2.convio.net/nmfa/site/ The meetings and groups
daily. Hours are Monday, Wednes- day openings for 3- and
SSurvey?SURVEY_ID=1920&ACTION_REQUIRED=URI_ day and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; are open to adults affected by 4-year-olds at the APG North
ACTION_USER_REQUESTS or http://www.nmfa.org/ Tuesday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 unhealthy relationships includ- Child Development Center. All
site/PageServer?pagename=op_default. p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 6:30 ing domestic and/or sexual active duty military and acti-
a.m. to 5 p.m. violence. vated reservists, DoD civilians
For more information on any APG school related information,
Breakfast is only served on Groups will cover the and contractors assigned to
contact Eileen Campbell, 410-278-2857 or eileen.campbell@
apg.army.mil. weekends. dynamics involved in abusive/ APG are eligible for services.
unhealthy relationships and The center is open daily, 6:15
ways to become empowered. a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
APG to host first Texas Hold ‘em Tournament Anyone interested in
attending should call Lynda
For more information, call
Central Registration 410-278-
Dealers needed; training offered
Morale, Welfare and Recreation will
Register by April 6 online at www.
apgmwr.com or at MWR Registra-
finalists have been determined and on
the second day, the finalists play for
Easter Brunch April 8
host a two-day Texas Hold ‘em Tour- tion, building 3326, or any of the other local prizes and a $500 gift card. The annual Easter Brunch fried chicken, roast pork with
MWR outlets. The installation winner will qualify to will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., apple dressing, baked cod,
nament at Top of the Bay in the Down
Holloway said that the Army Family Sunday, April 8 at Top of the assorted vegetables, potatoes
Under April 14 and 15. compete for the Army’s 2007 Texas Hold
and MWR Command is hosting this event Bay. The price is $19.95 for and rice.
The event is open to all authorized ‘em title in an online tournament to be
at several installations. The tournaments adults and $9.95 for children A full dessert table, cof-
MWR patrons age 21 and older. held in June. ages 5 to 11. Children under fee, tea, juices, sodas and
About 25 to 30 volunteer dealers are are sponsored by Vault and Coors Light. Prizes for the Army’s online tourna-
Texas Hold ‘em Tournaments have 5 eat free. mimosas are included.
needed. Volunteers will be trained by ment include a $650 gift card for third Two buffets, breakfast and Groups of six or more
caught the interest of young people around
tournament personnel. Those interested place and a laptop computer for second lunch, will be available at the should call in reservations
the world through televised tournaments
should contact Linda Holloway, MWR and are gaining popularity among the mil- place with a grand prize of an Ulti- same time and diners can in advance. All other seating
chief of Business Operations Division, itary. mate Home Theater prize package for select from one or both. will be on a first-come basis.
410-306-4520 or email linda.holloway@ This event will mimic the famous the winner. In addition, the Easter Make reservations Monday
apg.army.mil. World Series of Poker and will take place “There are a limited number of seats, bunny will give out baskets thru Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30
Advanced registration is required. A over one weekend. The event is an elimi- only ninety-four, so players should register to the children. p.m., by calling 410-278-
fee of $30 for players includes entry and nation tournament with multiple rounds. as soon as possible,” Holloway said. The Breakfast Buffet menu 3062/2552/5195 by April 4.
food. There is a $5 fee for observers and The number of participants will deter- “This is a first for APG. If the tournament includes an omelet station,
food will be pay as you go. There will mine the number of rounds. does well, we will host additional tourna- French toast, scrambled eggs,
also be a cash bar. The first day, players will play until ments throughout the year,” she said. sausage and bacon, biscuits
with sausage gravy, home
fries, smoked salmon, bagels,
muffins and Danish.
The Luncheon Buffet con-
sists of a carving station with
roast sirloin of beef and ham,
90th Anniversary Celebration Calendar of Events
(All dates are subject to change and weather conditions.) ford County Chamber of Commerce), by invitation only
• 19, 10K Armed Forces Day Run, MWR, 410-278-3812
APG Bowling Center
Women’s History Month & Days of Remembrance - One
• 2 and 3, Ruggles Senior Club Championship, 9 a.m., age
Snack Bar specials
• 31, Egg Hunt Extravaganza, MWR, 410-278-7572 50 and older, limited to annual, MWR, Ruggles Golf
April Course, 410-278-9452 Week of March 26
• 14, Ruggles Golf Course holds APG 90th Anniversary • 11, Ruggles Super Senior Tournament, age 60 and older, Special #1: Chicken tender wrap with ranch dressing, let-
Opening Day Golf Scramble, 8:30 a.m., MWR, Rug- MWR, Ruggles Golf Course, 410-278-9452 tuce, tomato and cheddar cheese, potato chips, one cookie
gles Golf Course, 410-278-9452 and soda for $4.85.
• 21, Exton Golf Course holds APG 90th Anniversary July Special #2: Tuna wrap with lettuce, mayonnaise on the
Open Day Golf Scramble, 8:30 a.m., MWR, Exton Golf • 26, Army Community Service Birthday Picnic, 11 a.m. side, potato chips, one cookie and soda for $4.95.
Course, 410-436-2213 to 2 p.m.
• 26, Law Day luncheon, Office of the Staff Judge Advo- Week of April 2
cate, 410-278-1107 August /September /October Special #1: Nine wings (hot or mild), French fries, one
• TBA Army Concert Tour cookie and soda for $5.75.
May Special #2: American sub with
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (EEO)/APG Open November 2007 bologna, ham and cheese, choice of
House/Military Appreciation/ Ordnance Week activities • 15, Military Family Movie, ACS, 410-278-4372, 6 to condiments, one cookie and soda
and anniversary ball 9 p.m. for $5.95.
• 5, Spring Fest community event, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Fire
and Emergency Services, 410-306-0533 December 2007 For more information or
• 13, U.S. Army Soldier Show, MWR, 410-278-4402 • 5, ACS Christmas Party/Tree Lighting Ceremony, 410- to place an order, call 410-
• 17, Military Appreciation Luncheon (sponsored by the Har- 278-4372, 6 to 9 p.m. 278-4041. Orders must be
(Editor’s note: This calendar will be updated as necessary. New or changed items will appear in italic bold print.) placed before 10:30 a.m.
March 29, 2007 • APG News 11
Channel 21 features Pentagon
The Pentagon Channel will feature the following
programs on Channel 21. These programs are subject to
change each week and will be updated accordingly.
Monday featuring military news from
Around the Services, 8 a.m. top defense officials and the
Focus on the Force, 10 a.m. military services from around
Army Newswatch, 11 a.m. the world
Freedom Journal Iraq/AF RECON – A monthly infor-
Prime Time, 1 p.m. mation television program
AFN Europe, 6:30 p.m. providing an in-depth look at a
Around the Services, 8 p.m. variety of topics, highlighting
Focus on the Force, 10 p.m. the accomplishments of U.S.
Tuesday Military men and women.
Around the Services, 8 a.m. Your Corps – Monthly view
Freedom Journal Iraq/AF of the men and women of the
Prime Marine Corps
Time, 10 a.m. Freedom Journal Iraq – A
Focus on the Force, 1 p.m. daily news program produced
Around the Services, 5:30 p.m. by American Forces Network
Army Newswatch, 7 p.m. Iraq. The program focuses on
Freedom Journal Iraq/AP military missions, operations
Prime Time, 10 p.m. and U.S. military forces in Iraq
Wednesday Navy Marine Corp News –
Around the Services, 8 a.m. A weekly look at the men and
Army Newswatch, 9:30 a.m. women of today’s sea service.
Focus on the Force, 2 p.m. Opportunity Showcase - A
AFN News Europe, 6:30 p.m. monthly program dealing with
Around the Services, 8 p.m. a variety of subjects that ben-
Army Newswatch, 9:30 p.m. efit small business owners,
Thursday transitioning military members
AF Prime Time/Freedom and other subjects of opportu-
nity-produced by the U.S. Air
Iraq, 10 a.m.
Around the Services, Noon
The American Veteran - A
Focus on the Force, 1 p.m.
half-hour video news magazine
Around the Services, 8 p.m.
designed to inform veterans,
Focus on the Force, 9:30 p.m.
their families and their com-
munities about the services
Around the Services, Noon
Freedom Journal Iraq/AF and benefits they have earned
Prime Time, 2:30 p.m. through their service to Amer-
Army Football, 4 p.m. ica and to recognize and honor
AFN News Europe, 6:30 p.m. that service
Around the Services, 8 p.m. Battleground - Every week-
Saturday end, this series features historic
Focus on the Force, 9 a.m. films from World War II, Kore-
Around the Services, an War, and the Vietnam War.
10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. A Pentagon Channel Original
Freedom Journal Iraq/AF Series
Prime Time, 4 p.m. Focus on the Force – A
Army Newswatch, 7:30 p.m. weekly program highlighting
Focus on the Force, 9 p.m. missions, operations and people
Sunday of the U.S. military.
Focus on the Force, 11:30 a.m. Inside Afghanistan – Pres-
Army Healthwatch, 2 p.m. ents the latest from Operation
Army Newswatch, 4:30 p.m. Enduring Freedom, showing the
activities of American Troops in
Army Newswatch – Bi- country.
weekly report on the men and ATS Reloaded – ATS-
women of the Army Reloaded revisits the best of the
Around the Services – From week and keeps you updated
the Pentagon Channel News on information that’s important
Center, daily half-hour program to you.
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use forms OPM 630, Application to Become
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untary Leave Transfer Program (within agen-
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12 APG News • March 29, 2007
Taking a look at fad diets Commentary: National Nutrition
CAPT CHERITA OGUNSANYA
William Beaumont Army Medical Center
When trying to decide the best way to
Month proclaims ‘100% Fad Free’
go about losing weight, one is bombarded
Story by amid.gov. The recommendations based on
LT COL WILL WHEELER gender, age and activity level give most of us
with many different products that “guaran- Tripler Army Medical Center
tee” immediate weight loss. These products prudent guidelines on the number of servings
A fad can be defined as a fashion that we should consume from each of the food
include a myriad of pills, powders and shakes, becomes popular in a culture relatively quick-
and most recently, books. Many of these same groups daily. Each food group also comes
ly, yet loses popularity dramatically over time. with suggestions on choosing foods to keep
products have been marketed as “all-natural” In my youth I thought pet rocks, long hair
and totally “safe.” the calories and fat low, and the carbohydrates
and a brand of shirt whose trademark was at recommended levels.
But time has disproved this claim on more a logo displaying two feet were things that
than one occasion. Those same products have The participants averaged 4.9 meals or
would be around forever. It was not to be. Two snacks per day. Skipping meals or going long
caused major illnesses and in some cases even went the way of many fads while my long hair
death. Some of the other products are so expen- periods of time without eating is not ben-
was victim to a barber during basic training. eficial, whether you want to lose weight or
sive that by the time a person purchases the What does all of this have to do with prac-
recommended amount, there is little money left maintain your weight. It takes planning but the
ticing sound food choices for lifelong health? benefits of several small feedings throughout
over to buy groceries. Well, March is National Nutrition Month®
The most recent addition to the weight-loss the day are better for cognitive and physical
and this year’s theme is “100% Fad Free.” performance. Having fresh fruit and vegeta-
craze is diet books written by doctors and others Although some fads may end up as just
claiming to be experts in the field of nutrition. bles on hand is well worth the effort.
topics of conversation in later years, diet fads
These books promise weight loss (sometimes in Self-monitoring of your fitness goals
can hinder us or prevent us from achieving
astronomical amounts), in record time by using allows you to see where you are at and what
our overall fitness goals.
the exclusion of a food group or the inclusion of may or may not be working. The majority of
The American Dietetic Association Web
one of their products. people in the NWCR monitored body weight.
site, http://www.eatright.org, lists some fad
One such diet book claims that excluding That’s a good thing to do; but you may also
diets from the past that may sound funny today
breads, starches and other concentrated sugars but at one time were the craze. One promot- want to keep track of the number of times
from the diet will facilitate the weight-loss pro- ed chewing food 32 times before swallowing, you exercise per week, the number of fruit
why a person overeats and when a person is more
cess. Although this may work for some people, another promoted cabbage soup, and of course and vegetables you consume per day, or how
likely to overeat. It also lets one know that it is
it is still not the cure-all for those trying to lose there is the low-carbohydrate diet that has many glasses of water you consume. Once
okay if one falls off the diet bandwagon, and that
weight. popped up numerous times (in various forms) you set a goal, you’ll want to be able to assess
if it does happen, the world will not end.
All of the food groups (yes, even the fats) are since it was first introduced in 1825. how well you are doing.
Diet plays an enormous role (for obvious
necessary to maintain normal body functioning. reasons). A diet that has less than 30 percent of Rather than list the common attributes of a As for exercise, 91 percent of the indi-
Carbohydrate sources (breads, starches) are need- the total calories from fat (with no more than 10 fad diet, I would like to focus on what seems viduals surveyed engaged in regular activity.
ed by the body to produce fuel (energy). Without percent from saturated source) and 20 to 25 per- to stand the test of time and may guide us all For many that meant exercising one hour
this energy, the body will feel worn down, and cent of calories from a protein source, as well as towards habits that will help us be as healthy per day. Recommendations will vary based
one may drag throughout the whole day. 45 to 50 percent of calories from carbohydrate as we can be. on your goals, but consistency and choosing
More importantly, if the body does not get sources is an adequate “diet” for any person. The National Weight Control Registry was something that you enjoy are the keys to any
the fuel from the carbohydrates, it will start The total kilocalorie intake would vary, depen- developed to identify and investigate the char- exercise program.
producing energy from its reserve stores. Some dent upon current height and weight and level of acteristics of individuals who have succeeded I hope the above recommendations are
may think that this is a good thing, it is not. physical activity. at long-term weight loss. These individuals helpful although you may never find them on
Body fat does actually have a purpose. It is nec- Exercise facilitates the weight-loss process have practiced habits that have helped them the cover of a magazine where fads are com-
essary for insulation and the cushioning of some by burning up the calories that are taken in. keep the weight off. Their daily practices can monly found. I believe they will continue
of the organs. Each person has a rate at which he or she burns help all of us. to prove themselves over time. As for me, I
One other such diet book is making the claim calories for normal bodily functioning (i.e., eat- What all of these individuals had in com- haven’t missed my pet rock, I am happy with
that certain foods can speed up metabolism. The ing, sleeping, digestion, etc). This, combined mon was a diet that can be characterized the shirts I have now, and my hair will only
theory behind this is that the body usually burns with consistent exercise, is the key to weight- as low in calories, low in fat and high in grow long in some places on my head; but
up about 100 calories during the digestive pro- loss maintenance. carbohydrates. They also ate several times my commitment to healthy eating and regu-
cess alone. With this in mind, if one were to eat For example, a person who takes in about throughout the day, monitored their body lar exercise remains strong. Enjoy National
a food containing 200 calories, the body would 3,000 calories daily, but only burns off 1,500 weight and exercised regularly. Nutrition Month®, “100% Fad Free!”
utilize 100 calories in the process of digestion, total calories a day (exercise included), would A good resource for assessing your diet (Editor’s note: Wheeler is a registered dieti-
leaving the body to store 100 calories (usually have an additional 1,500 kilocalories left float- in comparison to sound diet practices is the tian and the chief of the Nutrition Division at
as fat) unless it is worked off through exercise. ing along in the body, and being turned into fat Food Guide Pyramid at http://www.mypyr- Tripler Army Medical Center.)
On the other hand, if one were to eat a serving stores. Over time, these extra fat stores are mani-
size of raw veggies that contain roughly 25 cal- fested in the form of extra pounds (it only takes
ories, there would be a net loss of 75 calories. 3,500 calories to add/lose a pound on the body). KUSAHC reminds patients of its child care policy
Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? In the- The bottom line is that there are no quick KUSAHC future medical needs.
ory, this method would possibly work. However, fixes, when it comes to losing and maintaining To register, pick up a registration packet at
Before the patient enters the doors of the Kirk
in order for it to work, one would have to resort weight loss. No one pill, powder, shake, or book either the Aberdeen Child Development Center,
U.S. Army Health Clinic, on the outside brick
to basically water-based foods (lettuce, soups, has the answer. building 2485 or the Central Registration Office,
wall is the quote, “Your health is our goal.”
vegetables, etc). Once again, there are flaws to Anything done in moderation will not hurt building 2752. The packet must be complete
“The providers at KUSAHC want to give the
yet another self-proclaimed “miracle diet.” the body; therefore the total exclusion of some- with sponsor information, an up-to-date shot
best possible medical care to each patient, meaning
The key to long-term weight loss is diet thing from the diet has no added benefit. The record and emergency designees (other than the
personal individual attention without interruption,”
and exercise, along with behavior modification. magic pill is to eat foods in moderation, exer- said Deborah Dodsworth, patient advocate. sponsor or spouse). The Registration and Center
Behavior modification is necessary to help one cise as often as possible and watch the results. Additionally, concerns over child safety Orientation must be completed prior to making
determine why one wants to lose weight, as well (Editor’s note: Author is assigned to the played a factor in the implementation of Kirk’s hourly reservations. The annual registration fee
as how important it may be to that person to lose Nutrition Care Division, William Beaumont Child Care Policy established July 5, 2006. is $18 per child with a maximum of $40 per fam-
weight. Behavior modification gives insight into Army Medical Center.) Children without appointments may not ily. The hourly rate is $3.50. Reservations can be
Time, a valuable commodity
KUSAHC Should there be a problem; the refused by the clinic; however
accompany a parent, guardian, or sibling into
examination or treatment rooms.
“This policy ensures a doctor’s visit with the
made up to one week in advance.
Registration is by appointment. Call Central
patient’s full attention on the purpose of their visit 7479 or 7571.
Everyone’s schedules are clinic will be able to contact there are three options. without having to worry about their children,” said “Our concern is for
loaded with shopping, work, the patient. An appointment can be re- Lt. Col. William Rice, commander, KUSAHC. that of all patients with-
school activities, social It is crucial to be on time scheduled; the patient can wait “Children under the age of 11 require adult out any worries except
functions, doctor appoint- at KUSAHC. Patients are for a possible cancellation, or supervision anywhere within the medical facility their own health,”
ments, everyone scrambling reminded to report 15 to 20 wait to be seen after all other and on the grounds of the hospital,” Dodsworth Rice said.
for time. minutes prior to the sched- patients have been seen, pro- said. “There must be appropriate supervision by
Along with all the other uled appointment time. Timely vided there is a vacancy in the someone 13 years or older during an appoint-
planning in people’s lives, it is arrival of the patient allows physician’s schedule. ment or emergency.”
best to be prepared well ahead for a smoother processing of Remember, providers and If the appointment is not urgent, patients with
of a medical appointment date the patient’s care and does not clinic personnel are not required non-patient children and no adequate supervi-
and time at Kirk U.S. Army cause delay for others. to stay after normal clinic hours sion must re-schedule their appointment.
Health Clinic. When calling Late arrivals are defined (lunch or end of day) to accom- One option for parents with young chil-
for the appointment, confirm as being any time past the modate a late patient. dren to consider is completing the Child/Youth
address and telephone num- scheduled appointment time. Most of all, it is important Services registration process upon arrival at
bers with the Call Center. Any patient that is late can be to take time for health. Aberdeen Proving Ground in anticipation of
Spouses to Teachers expands to Pacific
Story by teachers can take their certifications to their next when my child got home from school, and Making sure a spouse’s energy is channeled
SGT. CRISTA YAZZIE duty stations [where there are DoD schools], work at something I love, and you can take in the right direction for the spouse’s desired
Army News Service
avoiding the complicated process of starting this with you wherever you are stationed,” said outcome is very important to Roller.
Military spouses living overseas and inter- over every two or three years,” said Mae Ooka, Jean Grice, military spouse, former teacher and Military spouses want a career that is profes-
ested in a professional and portable teaching quality-of-life program analyst and catalyst to current Department of Defense Dependents sional, marketable and makes them feel alive,
career now have additional assistance with the STT’s Pacific establishment. Schools Pacific and DoD Elementary and Sec- and teaching does that,” she stated.
Spouses to Teachers program. This DoD program provides counseling and ondary School Guam Liaison for the Pacific More than 70 percent of the military spouses
Effective throughout the U.S. Pacific Com- guidance on state-specific certification require- Command. registered with the program have a bachelor’s
mand since Feb. 1, Spouses to Teachers offers ments, certification options, scholarships “When my family was moving to each new degree or higher.
resources and counseling to military spouses available and state-employment resources. Up duty station, we did not have resources like this, Eligible participants include spouses of
searching for employment in Alaska, Hawaii, to $600 is also available via a voucher process but now Spouses to Teachers gives so much active duty personnel, Selected Reserve and
Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Guam and Oki- to reimburse costs of testing fees associated guidance and access, and that’s one less stress- National Guard, and Individual Ready Reserve
nawa. with teacher certification/licensure. or when moving your family,” Grice said. “This recalled to active duty.
“This is a career that you can take with you Spouses overseas can now arrive back to the program really eases the transition.” Spouses to Teachers is managed by the
around the world,” said Tylee Roller, STT pro- continental United States already certified and “Having a portable and professional career Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Educa-
gram manager and education counselor. ready to teach upon arriving at new locations, with immense job satisfaction couldn’t be more tion Support.
Currently operational in the continental according to Roller. of a perfect fit for the military spouse traveling For more information, call Brian Miller, 808-
United States since October 2004 and follow- “Military spouses can easily identify with the world in support of her military spouse and 586-5054, Spouses to Teachers, 800-231-6282
ing a successful launch in Europe last October, children of deployed parent(s), and the work- country,” continued Roller. “Having the spouse’s or DSN 922-6282, visit www.SpousestoTeach-
more than 9,100 spouses have contacted STT ing hours are really conducive to family life,” career established prior to the sponsor’s retire- ers.com or e-mail email@example.com.
for information. she said. ment or separation also makes the transition (Editor’s note: Sgt. Crista Yazzie writes for the
“Within the Department of Defense Schools, “As a military parent, I wanted to be home much easier on the family.” Pacific Command Public Affairs Office.)
March 29, 2007 • APG News 13
‘When Whip-poor-wills Call’: Commentary: A book review of ‘When Whip-poor-wills Call’
Illuminating tales of life from the by APG’s W.F. ‘Bill’ Armstrong
tiful yet dangerous world that
perspective of a game warden YVONNE JOHNSON mixes nature lovers, casual
vacationers and criminal ele-
Story by From the hills of West Vir- ments with the area’s lifelong
YVONNE JOHNSON ginia to the marshlands and
APG News residents and Mother Nature’s
waterways of the Chesapeake natural inhabitants.
You might say that everything W.F. ‘Bill’ Armstrong need- Bay, Bill Armstrong has seen it In the story “Blue Dragon
ed to know about life he learned in the outdoors. Armstrong all after nearly 40 years of pro-
is a special agent with the Wildlife, Marine and Environment Rendezvous” Armstrong com-
tecting the environment as a ments on how wildlife officers
division of Aberdeen Proving Ground’s Directorate of Law conservation officer and game
Enforcement and Security. too often have had to “stare
warden. down the business end of a
Before coming to APG, Armstrong served 20 years as a West
An Aberdeen Proving gun” when confronting poach-
Virginia conservation officer. Now, with almost 40 years as a
Ground special agent with the ers and he tells about taking on
game warden, special agent and “keeper of the environment”,
Directorate of Law Enforcement six of them who were thought
under his belt, Armstrong is sharing his experiences in the form
and Security’s Wildlife, Marine to be “dusting” or poisoning
of his first book, “When Whip-poor-wills Call” which was
and Environment division, Arm- the waters to harvest the fish in
recently published by the McClain Printing Company.
Armstrong said that at the coaxing of friends, he gathered strong has delivered a “pleasing the Tug Fork of the Big Sandy
together all the stories and anecdotes he’s written over sever- read” with his first book, “When River during his early years as
al years. The book is not just about hunting and fishing, but Whip-poor-wills Call.” a game warden.
people, he said. With burgeoning forests, The move ended with a toss
“Over the years I’ve met many individuals and even surging rivers and the West into the rapids and near drown-
though they were brief encounters, they left great impressions Virginia wildlife as back- ing for Armstrong and the thugs
on me,” Armstrong said. “With this book, I’m just trying to ground, Armstrong shares got away but he took solace in
relay circumstances and events in a way that others might engaging tales of close encoun- the fact that he broke up the
enjoy,” he added. “Being a game warden, you run into lots of ters with all sorts of characters operation, if only temporarily.
people hunting and fishing. But I didn’t want it to be about and creatures. These true-life “There’s an old saying that
hunting and fishing, I wanted it to be about people. So these adventures that could only be goes, “Sometimes you get the
are very short stories about people I’ve met.” shared from the perspective of bear and sometimes the bear
Armstrong said that the hills of West Virginia provided an a game warden are made all the gets you,” Armstrong writes.
education in not only the protection and preservation of wild- more colorful by Armstrong’s “Well, I guess the bear got me
life and its habitats but in human nature, as he’s had to deal descriptive style which paints that night. Sometimes that hap-
with everything from wide-eyed youngsters who were awed vivid pictures for the reader. pens, and even though it was
by nature to hard-nosed poachers who were not afraid to use Phrases like, “Frost lay in the first time, it sure wasn’t to Lower Forty,” Armstrong the end came.”
violence on those who got in their way. the shadowed areas beneath the be the last. But I tried … they writes. “It was Doc who raised Through his poignant, down-
“Very little has been written by wildlife officers,” Arm- chestnut fence rails and the musty didn’t “dust” the Tug Fork … the flag when it was time for a to-earth storytelling Armstrong
strong said. “We don’t see them often enough, but they play smell of autumn hung heavily in not that night anyway.”” drink and Doc that had the last makes you feel good even if the
an important role in protecting the environment.” the low places along the creek,” The book is titled after the word at the dinner table. If he ending is less than happy.
He added that the book has had “a tremendously positive are surprisingly eloquent and not last story, which tells of the remarked that the Crab Impe- Armstrong said he wanted
response” which is good news for nature enthusiasts. something you would ordinarily death of “Doc” the “patri- rial or the Oysters Rockefeller
his book to be about people,
“Maybe this book will help people realize that they are the expect from a first-time author arch” of their drinking circle. were “tippy toppy,” it meant
that the food was exquisite. not about hunting and fishing
keepers of our natural resources,” Armstrong said. “When or even from a guy who’s spent a Armstrong speaks of him with
people become too fast paced they tend to not respect their lifetime in the woods. affection and admiration, as he However, if he said nothing it and “When Whip-poor-wills
elders or the environment. I’d like them to slow down and Through 19 short stories, shares how Doc always told usually meant that the meal left Call” is just that. Even if you
take a good look around. Mother nature always has wonder- Armstrong describes how them to take him home if he a little to be desired. Doc was a are not into nature, chances are
ful stories to tell if we’d just shut up and listen.” common sense and common died away from his house. gentle man, and a connoisseur that by the time you finish this
beliefs often collide in a beau- “He was a fixture at the of life. He was at home when “pleasing read” you will be.
sensitive tasks such as processing
AFAP Uniform Code of Military Justice
actions and Drop From Rolls, reserv-
ing installation facilities through the
From page 2 Garrison S3 and clearing the library.
up with many issues and found Recommendations:
trends that would eliminate the major a. Offices that are mission critical to
issues,” Chavez said. “The AFAP Soldier support should be identified.
process was very effective because b. Either stagger personnel by
everyone remembered their roles and alternating RDOs in those offices
responsibilities in the group,” Chavez or eliminate RDOs in those offic-
said. es staffed one deep. The installation
For more information on the commander would approve or dis-
AFAP, visit ACS on the APG approve the recommendation on a
Homepage, http://www.apg.army. position-by-position basis.
mil/apghome/sites/services/acs/ Workgroup recommendation is to
FAP.html. resolve at APG.
2. Army and Air Force Exchange
Work Groups Services gas stations’ compliance
Workgroup I - Community Services with Americans with Disabilities
Facilitator: Guy Crawford Act guidelines
1. Reduction of funding in fitness Scope: AAFES’ employees are
services not complying with the ADA. ADA
Scope: FY07 funding was guidelines state that when two or
decreased by almost 50 percent, more employees are present on the
therefore, services were reduced. The establishment, one must pump gas
current Army Regulation 215-1 pro- for disabled persons unable to when
hibits MWR to charge user fees. asked. AAFES employees refuse to
Recommendation: Change AR 215- pump gas for disabled customers
1 to allow MWR to charge non-active when asked.
duty members a user fee for category Recommendation:
A activities. Changing the regulation AAFES enforce the ADA guide- Photo by JIM BRIDGES, DOIM
will allow individual installations to lines at their APG gas stations. Spc. Chris Chavez, medical laboratory technician for the 9th Area Medical Laboratory, documents issues during a brainstorming ses-
charge a user fee to maintain services Workgroup recommendation is to sion at the Army Family Action Plan conference March 20 at Top of the Bay. Representatives from all of Aberdeen Proving Ground’s
for the entire eligible workforce. organizations joined forces for the three-day conference to brainstorm Army issues and give solutions.
resolve at APG.
Workgroup recommendation is to 3. Matching Contributions for ser- South due to multiple databases. Without ment and affects morale.
forward. vice members in Thrift Savings Plan b. The welcome centers should complete medical history, patient care Recommendations:
2. Unsafe conditions for pedestrians Scope: The TSP official Web site provide transportation information, is affected, deployability, morale, a. Implement additional avenues
Scope: Throughout the communi- states “the secretary responsible for lodging information and assistance, unnecessary extra expenses are cre- of communication to service mem-
ty people have noticed deterioration each service may designate critical points of contact, courtesy phones, ated, and possible misdiagnosis. bers and dependents.
of sidewalks and crosswalks which specialties for matching contribu- maps/directional assistance to key Recommendations: b. Re-establish unit level training
causes unsafe conditions for pedestri- tions” up to 4 percent of basic pay. locations and eating establishments. a. Provide to patient, on request, of available medical resources.
ans. Exton golfers are unsure of where However, no designations have been Workgroup recommendation is to a paper copy of complete medical Workgroup recommendation is to
to cross streets due to lack of cross- made to date. This information mis- resolve at APG. record in a timely manner. resolve at APG.
walks. Maintenance and continuous leads Soldiers into believing they 2. Housing concerns at APG North b. Expedite transition of AHLTA
repairing is required to maintain ade- may eventually receive matching and APG South (DOD’s Electronic Health Medical Workgroup V – Youth
quate safety for the APG community. contributions. It also places financial Scope: Occupants residing in APG Record). Facilitator: Gail Stone
Recommendations: counselors in an awkward position North and South government quar- c. Provide electronic access to 1. Additional inside activity area
a. Inform post community of the when they promote TSP. ters often feel that their needs are not personal medical history via secure for middle school/teens needed
process for initiating repairs. Recommendations: met or understood by housing and Web site. Scope: Not enough middle school/
b. Individuals should identify a. Designate critical specialties for maintenance personnel. Occupants Workgroup recommendation is to teens activity areas at the APG North
safety hazards and notify proper per- matching contributions, or are receiving conflicting information, forward. Youth Services. Additional activi-
sonnel. b. Match all uniformed contribu- and problems are left unresolved. 2. Continuity of filling out physical ty space will provide the increasing
Workgroup recommendation is to tions up to the stated 4 percent, or This needs to be resolved to enhance profiles numbers of middle school/teens more
resolve at APG. c. Remove all references to uni- the living conditions and well-being Scope: Physical profiles are choices and reduce the over crowding
3. Quality of Life Marketing form matching contributions from the of all military occupants. improperly filled out by providers. of activity areas.
Campaign Web site and briefings until this issue Recommendations: Command is uncertain of limitations, Recommendation: Enclose/con-
Scope: Most people in the APG com- is resolved. a. Establish a better working rela- time, follow up and deployabili- vert outside middle school/teens patio
munity do not know how or the essential Workgroup recommendation is to tionship and communication between ty. Incomplete physical profiles are to create an indoor year-round activ-
value of reporting problems and con- forward. housing and maintenance staff and causing reevaluation, loss of time and ity area.
cerns to the appropriate personnel. housing occupants. resources, increased risk of injury and 2. Youth recognition program needed
Recommendations: Workgroup III - Housing and b. Establish and empower com- potential loss of benefits. Scope: There is a lack of a con-
a. Explore new marketing tools to Relocation munity area volunteer coordinator Recommendation: Provide initial sistent formal youth recognition
provide information to the communi- Facilitator: Sheryl Coleman program to enforce set standards and continuous training for health program. Establishing a formal pro-
ty such as marketing Web sites. 1. Welcome Centers for APG North within each housing area. care providers on military regula- gram would encourage character
b. Initiate this issue during the and APG South c. Utilize ticketing and blotter tions, forms and procedures regarding development and motivate partici-
90th anniversary campaign and work Scope: Currently there is no wel- reporting to correct long-term defi- physical profiles. pation in youth center activities and
towards the well-being of the APG come center for arriving Soldiers, ciencies and/or violations. Workgroup recommendation is to programs.
community in the future. contractors, visitors and civilians. Workgroup recommendation is to forward. Recommendations:
Workgroup recommendation is to Those arriving at any given hour have resolve at APG. 3. Communication of medical infor- a. Establish “on-the-spot” reward
resolve at APG. no point of contact for lodging, trans- mation to APG community system.
portation needs and direction, and are Workgroup IV – Medical Scope: APG community is not b. Create a Youth-of-the-Quarter
Workgroup II - Family and Force left to navigate post with no guid- Facilitator: William Robinson fully aware of programs, policies program.
Support ance. A welcome center is needed to 1. Access to medical records during and procedures. Although many steps c. Establish and conduct a local
Facilitator: Malinda Sigler reduce unnecessary anxiety and hard- AHLTA (DOD’s Electronic Health have been taken to inform the APG Youth-of-the-Year competition.
1. Soldier support on Regular Day ships to incoming personnel. Medical Record System) transition community of available medical ser- d. Continue participation in Boys
Off Fridays Recommendations: Scope: Patients and providers do vices and policies, a lot of confusion and Girls Club of America Youth-of-
Scope: The lack of certain person- a. Implement two 24 hour/7 day not have timely access to complete remains. Lack of awareness is creating the-Year program.
nel on RDO Fridays hinders Soldier a week welcome centers with one medical records. There exists a frag- a loss of time and money, frustration Workgroup recommendation is to
support. This sometimes delays time- on APG North and another on APG mentation of patient medical records and confusion, delay in medical treat- resolve at APG.
14 APG News • March 29, 2007
From front page
Col. John T. Wright, APG
Garrison and deputy installation
commander, expressed appreci-
ation to all parties who worked
together to achieve the buffer
“We appreciate the impor-
tance of these partnerships,”
he said. “They show a resolute
spirit of cooperation between
the Army, local government
and private land owners in the
area who see the value of work-
Photo by YVONNE JOHNSON
ing together for the good of the
From front to rear, an M-1089 wrecker, an M-1152 high mobility multi-purpose wheeled vehicle and a Stryker
community and the Army.” vehicle drive up a hill on a test track at the U.S. Army Aberdeen Test Center’s Churchville Test Area.
Peg Niland, executive direc-
tor of the Harford Land Trust, the fourth such buffer preser- ty owner, her daughter Peggy ing process over the last
said that the group approached vation project in the nation,” Bachman and her son, Timo- two years,” she said, noting
the family two years ago Niland said. “Now instead of thy Hopkins. that the family was com-
when development of the area twenty-two houses out there, Margaret Hopkins said pensated to relinquish its
seemed imminent. we have a protected area as the family has owned the development rights.
“It was the first time the well as more space to support 163-acre Priestford Farm for “We would prefer to keep
Department of Defense had the Army mission.” 52 years and that the buffer the environment basically the
partnered with a local govern- Also in attendance was the program was “preferable to same,” she said.
ment in an Army Compatible Hopkins family who included development.” Other guests included Alex
Use Buffer program and only Margaret Hopkins, the proper- “This has been an ongo- Beehler, assistant deputy
under secretary of Defense;
Tad Davis, deputy assis-
tant secretary of the Army
for Environment, Safety and
Occupational Health; Harry
Webster, president of the Har-
ford Land Trust Board of
Directors; and Harford County
Executive David Craig.
All of them praised the rare
yet vitally important program.
Rooney said that the mission
of the Harford Land Trust is
“primarily to support the DoD
test and evaluation mission.”
“As we continue to fight the
Global War on Terror, it is cru-
cial that we provide the most
reliable vehicles available,” he
said. “This test area is a critical
tool in testing vehicles before
they are deployed.”
“APG has played an impor-
tant role in Harford County for
the last ninety years, but more
importantly, it has played an
important role in our country,”
Craig added. “It was a pleasure
to sit down with this family
and work on this project.”
Webster said that the project
was a credit to all involved and
that it proves that it is possible to
share concern for the Army mis-
sion as well as the environment.
“Fences cannot fence out
the effect people have on
land and property,” Webster
said. “This project proves it is
possible to create positive rela-
tionships with people and land
to create positive benefits for
The United States first estab-
lished military installations in
rural areas, far from popula-
tion centers. As the nation’s
population has grown, incom-
patible development now abuts
Noise, dust, and smoke from
weapons, vehicles and aircraft
prompt citizen complaints and
commanders frequently are
required to choose between
being good neighbors and
meeting training and testing
The Department of the
Army formalized an ACUB
process that is initiated local-
ly at the installation level but
reviewed, approved and fund-
For ACUB’s, the coop-
erating partner purchases
easements or fee-simple prop-
erty from a willing seller with
funds contributed by the Army
and other partners. These areas
provide a permanent natural
buffer between military train-
ing lands and residential or
The partner receives the
deeded interest in the proper-
ty and provides for long-term
Pursuant to the terms of
the Cooperative Agreement
and with landowner permis-
sion, the installation may
retain access rights to con-
duct compatible military
The Army’s ACUB part-
nerships include more than
30 local and national con-
servation groups, state and
county governments and
other federal agencies pro-
viding more than $115
million in contributions to
the ACUB program. Togeth-
er with its ACUB partners,
the Army is permanently
preserving more than 83,000
acres of buffer lands around
March 29, 2007 • APG News 15
Photo by DAN TOMPKINS, APG FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES
Firefighters Scott Dickson, left, and Brian Cully, right, retrieve Max, a 1-year-old Akita, from Canal Creek Feb. 11, after he fell through the ice.
Practice makes perfect
APG firefighters rescue dog from ice
Story by Haines said she let the dogs “We still had our ice suits onto the ice.
HEATHER TASSMER run free around the Capa Field on from the training so that “One of the problems with
pavilion and they ventured helped speed things up,” Cully the APG waters is that they are
Members of the Aberdeen down the adjacent gravel path. said. “We were happy we tidal in nature and each tide
Proving Ground Fire and Haines said Max chased some could put our ice training to change can break up the ice,”
Emergency Services came to geese or ducks onto the ice. good use.” Stanford said. “Ice that looks
the rescue of a 143rd Ordnance “As I walked closer, I saw Dickson and Cully broke thick may not be able to sup-
Battalion trainer/developer’s his head above the ice and he through the ice with an ice sled port your weight.”
dog, Max, after he fell into was struggling to get out,” to save a cold, shivering Max.
ice-covered Canal Creek dur- she said. The dog had been in the
ing the morning of Feb. 11. She called 911 and was con- water for about 15 minutes,
Firefighters Brian Cully and nected to the APG South fire Cully said.
Scott Dickson were respon- station. After Max was rescued, the
sible for saving Staff Sgt. “I was scared,” Haines said. firefighters took him into their
Carolyn Haines’ dog, a 1-year- “I knew I couldn’t go out to get truck and gave Haines a blan-
old Akita. him. I watched him go under ket so she could dry him off.
Haines said she likes to water several times. All I could Haines said she was very
let Max and her 4-year-old do was stand there and pray pleased with how they res-
Asian Terrier, Misse, run free my dog didn’t die.” cued Max.
on the installation because she To her advantage, the APG “It only took them five min-
doesn’t have a lot of area out- Fire and Emergency Services utes to get in the water and get
side for them at home. just finished ice rescue train- him out,” she said. “It’s great
“There are not a lot of dis- ing on the Gunpowder River. to have people around who are
tractions on the installation, or She said she gave the opera- professional and know what
so I thought,” Haines said. tor directions to her location they’re doing.”
On this particular day, the and the operator stayed on Tom Stanford, fire protec-
temperatures were in the 20s, the line with her to help calm tion inspector, said he doesn’t
and very windy, Dickson said. her nerves. recommend that anyone walk
16 APG News • March 29, 2007
DTC employee earns award for supporting Soldiers
Story by tion Center in May 2004 as a “The phenomenal success of
MIKE CAST wheeled vehicle systems ana- this effort to date has garnered
lyst. It recognizes the wide praise from the highest levels
An employee of the U.S. range of actions he oversaw to within the Army and is a testa-
Army Developmental Test make sure that military tacti- ment to the dedication of a true
Command received official cal wheeled vehicles equipped . . .professional.”
recognition in February for with added armor and associ- Many of the enhancements
managing a test program that is ated systems meet automotive to the HMMWV were a first,
helping the Army protect U.S. performance standards and the so standard test designs did not
forces in the combat theater. safety requirements for drivers apply, according to the award
Gregory Brewer, a senior and passengers. nomination. That made it nec-
test manager in DTC’s Tank- Brewer worked closely with essary for Brewer to develop
Automotive and Armaments colleagues at DTC and with new methods for conducting
Division, received the U.S. test center staff to enable DTC testing, and to do that in the
Army Test and Evaluation Com- to complete multiple safety face of time constraints and
mand Employee of the Year confirmations, official docu- other management challenges.
Award for 2006. The award ments it issues after a variety The program to test light
nomination cites his “exempla- of user safety issues have been tactical wheeled vehicles with
ry performance. . .in support tested and evaluated. added armor – both for impacts
of Operation Iraqi Freedom” The award nomination also to automotive performance and
because he oversaw the auto- recognized the role that Brew- for level of protection from bal-
motive testing of light tactical er played in coordinating daily listic threats – has been a high
vehicles equipped with added with the Program Manager, priority for ATEC and DTC for
armor protection, including var- Light Tactical Vehicles, which the past several years. Photo courtesy of MARINE CORPS SYSTEMS COMMAND
ious configurations of the high made quick-turnaround test- “Up-armored humvees Gregory Brewer is overseeing the automotive testing of vehicles such as the Marine Corps Cougar, shown here
mobility multipurpose wheeled ing possible. have been flowing into the the- undergoing a ballistics test at the U.S. Army Aberdeen Test Center. The Army is looking at a variety of alternatives
vehicle, more often referred to “Greg rose to the occasion, ater throughout the whole war to the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle, to provide greater protection to Soldiers from a variety of bal-
as the humvee, or HMMWV. exceeded all expectations, and effort,” Brewer said. listic threats.
The award nomination lauds delivered on time the right But the changing tactics of the automotive safety and per- motive characteristics, so there pants, including operation of
Brewer, who came to DTC information for the Army lead- the insurgents in Iraq prompted formance aspects. is a lot of give and take there,” door mechanisms, he added.
from the U.S. Army Evalua- ership,” the nomination reads. the Army to develop a succes- “Larry Harrison was work- Brewer said. “Once the design The weight of just one up-
sion of armor kits to meet the ing the armor kit integration is optimized by performing key armored humvee door is over
evolving threat. for the light vehicles from the ballistic tests, then we get a final 400 pounds, he explained. Test
DTC has tested a wide vari- beginning. When I came and kit configuration and go into the vehicles were positioned on a
ety of armor kits for various took over the light vehicle arena automotive testing of it. In order slanted surface, and then test
humvee configurations, Brew- from Mr. Harrison, that’s about to issue a thorough Safety Con- personnel opened the doors on
er said. the time safety enhancements firmation, the item must have the up-slope side from within.
The testing of up-armored were put into the up-armored a stable configuration that has “We give the vehicle a
vehicles and armor kits that humvees and also armor kits been tested and assigned risks at human-factors look to make
could be installed in the field were being put into them,” the appropriate level. sure the (passengers) can still
kicked into high gear in 2003, Brewer said. DTC testers needed to make work the door mechanisms,
when testers at ATC began Mary Ellen Raymond has sure the weight of the armor did open the door, and safe-
working around-the-clock also been heavily involved not put too much strain on the ly egress from the vehicle,”
shifts to test systems as quick- with the medium tactical vehicles’ drive trains, suspen- Brewer explained.
ly as possible. wheeled vehicles and support sion, steering, braking, or other Testing did not just focus on
Brewer also had to put assets, he noted. vehicle components where the vehicle occupants riding in the
in extra hours to keep pace Although the Army has added weight could present cab. The safety of the gunner
with the need. Though he was developed increasingly protec- problems. riding in the turret was obvious-
the one chosen for the 2006 tive armor for its light tactical The automotive testing has ly a key consideration, he said.
award, he noted that the light- vehicles, adding this increased focused on defining the system “We have also done a lot of
vehicle-armor test program protection to vehicles such as characteristics through steering testing on turret kits,” Brewer
has been a team effort from the humvee has not been as and handling, speed and accel- said. “We’ve looked at many
the beginning. simple as just bolting on heavi- eration, braking, a 3,000-mile versions, for both the Marine
“The ballistics team – Norm er armor to thwart identified vehicle endurance test, and Corps and the Army. The latest
Harrington, Mark Simon, ballistic threats. Vehicles car- testing to determine the impacts one for the Army is what they’re
Kevin Betz and Louise Span- rying this added weight must of any type of accessory that calling the Objective Gunner
gler – were involved from the still be safe, meet the automo- changes the vehicle configura- Protection Kit and Gun Shield.”
beginning with the ballistics tive performance requirements tion significantly, Brewer said. “I would like to dedicate
side of it,” Brewer said of his of the mission and provide DTC has also conducted this award to my mentor, Mr.
colleagues at DTC headquar- acceptable reliability and human-factors tests to deter- Larry Harrison, who taught me
ters. maintainability. mine the impacts of the armor everything I know about U.S.
The automotive team, head- “To add a new threat defeat kits and associated systems on Army wheeled vehicle sys-
ed by Dave Zupko has handled package, you impact your auto- the driver and vehicle occu- tems,” he said.