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									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
                                 Story by
                                 DONNA MILES
                                 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,
                                 APG News
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

SAME Chesapeake
presents Enhanced
Use Lease Program
                                                                                                                                      AFAP Conference
briefing today
   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
                                                                                                                                APG News
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
APG News
    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
self esteem.
    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
                                                                                                 resource teams.”
                                                                                                    “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
                                                peer pressure.
                                                                                                 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-
                                                                                                             all conference.
                                                                                                                                                                             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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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
Entry/Intern/Developmental positions
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
developmental positions
    • 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

                                                                                          POST SHORTS
                                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;
                                                                                                             cation Skills
                                                                    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 nora.farrell@us.army.
                                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,
                                                                                                                                          Course registration
                                                                     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-
                                                                                                                                          handbooks.com. Handbooks
                                                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                                                          Freedom installs
                                                                                                                                          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
                                                                                                                                          Kaserne Signal
                                                                                                                                              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
                                                                                                                                          e-mail rhondag0464@yahoo.
                                                                                                                                          com or rgunn@cmn-law.com;
                                                                                                                                          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.                             truejoyministries@aol.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
                                                                   SATURDAY                          SATURDAY
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.
                                  communication, leadership
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           registration@apg.army.mil
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/
Washington, D.C.
                                     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-      registration@apg.army.mil.           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
                                                                                                               packages available.
 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.     guson@us.army.mil.
                                                                                                               pitality Package includes a
    For more information, call 410-278-4907/4011 or e-mail                2007 Kings Dominion                  ticket for the May 4 Circuit
 mwr_registration@apg.army.mil.                                           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
                                                                                                                                                  Rodman Road.
    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 rueben.ferguson@us.army.mil.
                                                                              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
                                                                                                                                                  Fernandez, 410-278-2435.
                                                                                                                                                                                           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
 Day (EEO)
                                                                              • 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
                                                                                                                                                                Building 2342
 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
    Channel programing
    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.

               LEAVE DONATIONS
 To participate in the Voluntary Leave Program,
 use forms OPM 630, Application to Become
 a Leave Recipient Under the Voluntary Leave
 Transfer Program; OPF 630-A, Request to Donate
 Annual Leave to Leave Recipient Under the Vol-
 untary Leave Transfer Program (within agen-
 cy); and OPM 630-B, Request to Donate Annual
 Leave to Leave Recipient Under the Voluntary
 Leave Transfer Program (outside agency). For
 more information, call Ronda McKinney, 410-
 278-8988, or e-mail rondamckinney@ usag.apg.

 Employees eligible for donations in the
   Voluntary Leave Transfer Program
  James Addas                        for husband)
  Sarah Blevins                      Lydia Langley
  Sarah Boats                        Joyce Mauldin
  William Bond                       Louis McCarter
  Sandra Boyd                        (kidney failure)
  Debra Bonsall                      Nicole McKew
  (daughter has brain                Sandra Miller
  tumor)                             Karen Moss
  Jeanie Bowman                      Trudie Norman
  Kim Brooks                         Ify Okoye
  Leroy Carter                       Mary Pettiway
  Stephen Carter                     Carol Piper
  Rogelio Chevannes
                                     Lester Pilcher
  Brett Christy
                                     Karen Privet
  Ruth Cunningham
                                     Greg Pryor
  John Daigle
                                     Judith Rembold
  Shelia Davison
  (benign paroxysmal                 Barbara Seker
  positional vertigo)                Shila Smith
  Marc Devecchio                     Joyce Spies
  Dawn Folck                         Joan Taeuber
  Susan Gorhan                       Alison Tichenor
  David Harding                      Elizabeth Usmari
  Hester Hayes                       Christine Wheaton
  Cathleen Holmes                    Kimberly Windisch
  Rick Jernigan                      Louis Winters
  Carolyn Johnson                    Roberta Witherspoon
  Karen Kimble                       Sharon Woods
  Beverly King (caring               Charles Young
12      APG News • March 29, 2007

Taking a look at fad diets Commentary: National Nutrition
Story by
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
                                                                                                                                                                        Registration, 410-278-
                                                                                                               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 stt@voled.doded.mil.
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
                                                                        APG News
                                                     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
                                                                                                                                            all involved.”
                                                                                                                                            ACUB Program
                                                                                                                                                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
                                                                                                                                            many installations.
                                                                                                                                                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-
                                                                                                                                            ed centrally.
                                                                                                                                                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
                                                                                                                                            commercial activities.
                                                                                                                                                The partner receives the
                                                                                                                                            deeded interest in the proper-
                                                                                                                                            ty and provides for long-term
                                                                                                                                            habitat management.
                                                                                                                                                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
                                                                                                                                            Army installations.
                                                                                                                                                       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
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                                      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.

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