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					Volume 2, Issue 3 Nov. / Dec. Edition

Trinity moves into new headquarters
A message from our President and CEO
It has certainly been a journey. From a 1 person office to an executive suite covering 5,000+ square feet in less than 2 years! Yes, Trinity still maintains our Richmond Highway office so we now have two locations in the Washington DC area. For those of you who visited any of our previous offices in the last year, you know how cramped we were. Well all that has changed and the Trinity office will now include (after a bit of remodeling):

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The corporate headquarters of Trinity Technology Group is located in metropolitan Washington, D.C., just 15 miles west of the nation's capital in northern Virginia. The office is approximately the same distance from the two major airports serving Washington, D.C., and five miles from the intersection of the Washington Capital Beltway (I-495) and I-66.

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Reception area Conference facilities Executive offices Security storage room Future SCIF planned

Trinity Technology Group 9302 Lee Highway #210 Fairfax, VA. 22031 703-345-1660 - main 703-345-1670 - executive mgmt. 703-345-1667 - facility security
703-293-9011 - fax

There will be an official Open House for all employees sometime after the first of the year - stay tuned for the date and time. I am excited for everyone to see the completed space and know that Trinity has the facilities to meet our business goals. In addition, I expect to watch our company flourish

& continue growing in this new home. So as we approach the end of 2004 I would like to wish all of you and your families a wonderful and joyous holiday season. For our people in Iraq, stay safe and know that we are here to support you. Lastly, have a very Happy New Year and I look forward to a terrific 2005 here at Trinity. Warm regards,

Douglas Bullock

The office is also Metro accessible, only one block from the Vienna metro station on the orange line. Shuttle service is available.

Human Resources news
Section 125 flexible spending account
Trinity is very pleased to offer a Section 125 employee flexible spending account program. HR will be emailing everyone the brochure & enrollment form . Employees need to respond immediately in order for the payroll company to get you signed-up in time for January 2005. What is a Section 125 plan? Well, it is a PRE-TAX savings account that allows employees to set money aside to cover:

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Dependent child care ($5,000 maximum for the year) Medical / Dental / Vision ($1,500 maximum for the year) -- over the counter medicines like pain relievers and cough medicine now covered! Reimbursement in about 5 days - you can submit as you spend or wait until you have more receipts Direct deposit available - reimbursements will go directly into your checking account

Team photo of the GRN HQ SET

Kneeling (left to right): Danny Young, Australia; Cassie Schoeman, RSA; Keith Messinger, USA; Pierre Hollis, USA. Standing (left to right): Mac McMahon, UK; Ken Roger, Scotland; Ray Stone, UK; JB Baxter, UK; Sean Nolte, RSA; Drew Wilson, Northern Ireland.

Camel Spiders - are they for real?

Urban legends about the camel spider (properly termed a solpugid or solifugid) are
as old as the proverbial hills, but they made a huge resurgence during Desert Storm and now Iraqi Freedom. They're not quite as big as your hand and very shy and secretive, and they do run very, very quickly for a critter (they can reach about 10 MPH, the fastest known non-flying arthropod). They make no noise whatsoever, they have no venom whatsoever, and they do not eat flesh--they eat small desert arthropods like crickets and pill bugs.

The rumors of their attacking camels, or crawling onto sleeping GIs' faces, apparently stem from one of two things, both of which may be true to some extent: (1) they may use hair to line their burrow when they are about to lay a batch of eggs, said hair being clipped from dead camels or other dead mammals or even a sleeping GI , and/or (2) dead camels are covered with flies, and crawling over a camel body may make for a convenient way to get a good meal of flies.

We have camel spiders in the sandy parts of the southwest U.S. and Mexico (in
Mexico they are called matevenados), considerably smaller than the Middle Eastern types, but of the same shy, unassuming habits. Completely harmless and beneficial critters, like the desert equivalent of a praying mantis. Camel Spiders also tend to seek out shade during the daytime, so it's not terribly unusual to see them charging across the desert at you -- only to come to a screeching halt when they reach your shadow.

This scary-looking creature (actually, it's a pair of scary-looking creatures dangling end-to-end) is indeed commonly called a camel spider In a recent conversation with PSO Jason Brooks, TTGazette learned that these spiders are speedy. Jason warns: “ Yeah, watch out for the Camel Spiders they are FAST! One chased me all the way across camp. I was in a full sprint and it was right on my heels.”

A Message from our Executive Vice President
Last issue I spoke about our company’s growth and each person’s hard work which has made it possible. We now see the results of Trinity’s efforts to move to our new headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia. This office is centrally located in the Washington D.C. metro area and will allow us to better serve our employees & clients. I would like to thank all the employees who have participated in relocating: lifting boxes and equipment, moving furniture, setting up computers and copiers, and the hundreds of little things which had to be and are still being done. I also want to thank all of our off site employees for their patience while this move is being completed. Once the dust settles, we will strive to provide you better support. I am excited as Trinity moves forward in our new home - I expect that 2005 will be our best year ever.

For Your Health
►BETTER RELATIONSHIPS Take time out if you start to feel out of control during an argument or discussion with a family member or co-worker. The time out will allow you to cool down and may prevent you from saying or doing things - when stressed - that you may later regret. Ask the other party to continue the discussion at another time when you can deal with the issue(s) in a less intense way. Specify the time. ►STRESS MANAGEMENT TIP Catch problems before they occur. Write down possible obstacles you might face in reaching your goals. Plan how you can overcome them. ►IMPROVING YOUR SLEEP If you have trouble sleeping, avoid these lifestyle factors: • Drinking more than two cocktails, beers or glasses of wine a day • Abusing narcotics • Smoking cigarettes • Drinking coffee, tea or cola in the afternoon or evening • Not exercising • Severe stress at home or at work

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Welcome to Our Newest Employees: Kristen Cleaver, Investigative Analyst (9/27)
Christine Williams, Investigative Analyst (9/27)
Jason Brooks, PSO Iraq (10/21) Ken Hangin, PSO Iraq (10/21) Melissa Bell, Administrative Assistant (10/21) Chaz Regan, Analytic Support Spec. (10/21) Sean Fair, Physical Security Spec. (10/25) Troy Bishop, PSO Iraq (10/28) Carlton Sallie, PSO Iraq (10/28)

Jennifer Messner, Investigative Analyst (9/27) Terri Biddlecomb, Investigative Analyst (9/27) Thomas Motter, ATFP Iraq (9/29) Jaime O’Connor, Vet. Spanish Linguist (10/01) Paul Mata, Vet. Russian Linguist (10/01)

Jeff Farra, PSO Iraq (10/28)

Edward Basile, ATFP Iraq (10/10)
Max Taylor, PSO Iraq (10/28)

Wajih Harroum, PSO Iraq(10/13)
Chris Kuipers, ATFP Iraq (11/04)

Hector Mahady, Dir, International Ops. (10/18) Kevin Williams, Physical Security Spec. (10/20)

Charles Piatt, PSO Iraq (11/04) Imre Koczka, PSO Iraq (11/04) Sumaia Ahmed, Arabic Linguist Iraq (11/15)

Don’t forget to take advantage of the Trinity 401(k) savings program! Go to -https://benefits.paychex.com to register.

Theresa Reynolds, Resource Manager (10/20) Jeff Duncan, PSO Iraq (10/20)

Happy Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving, 1864, was proclaimed by President Abraham Lincoln in these words: "It has pleased Almighty God to prolong our national life another year...to favor as well our citizens in their homes as our soldiers in their camps, and our sailors on the rivers and seas, with unusual health. "He has largely augmented our free population by emancipation and by immigration, while He has opened to us new sources of wealth, and has crowned the labor of our working men in every department of industry with abundant rewards. "Moreover, He has been pleased to animate and inspire our minds and hearts with fortitude, courage and resolution sufficient for the great trial ... into which we have been brought by cause of freedom and humanity ... "Now, therefore, I .... do hereby appoint and set apart the last Thursday in November next as a day which I desire to be observed by all my fellow-citizens, wherever they may e then, as a day of thanksgiving and praise to Almighty God, the beneficent Creator and Ruler of the universe. "And I do further recommend to my fellow-citizens aforesaid, that on that occasion they do reverently humble themselves in the dust, and from thence offer up penitent and fervent prayers and supplications to the great Disposer of events for a return of the inestimable blessings of peace, union and harmony throughout the land which it has pleased Him to assign as a dwelling-place for ourselves and for our posterity throughout all generations."

Thanksgiving Humor:

Why does a Pilgrim's pants always fall down? Because he wears his belt buckle on his hat.

November 2004
SUN MO TUE WED THU FRI SAT

Employee Birthdays

December 2004
SUN MO TUE WED THU FRI SAT

7 14 21 28

1 8 15 22 29

2 3 4 9 10 11 16 17 18 23 24 25 30

5 12 19 26

6 13 20 27

10/24 - 11/22 November
9th - Jennifer Messner 11th - Sandy Wade-Johnson 15th - Andrew Phelps 25th - Mark Harding

5 12 19 26

6 13 20 27

7 14 21 28

1 8 15 22 29

2 9 16 23 30

3 10 17 24 31

4 11 18 25

November Dates of Interest - Birthdays and Events

December Dates of Interest - Birthdays and Events

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1: 2: 3: 6: 8:

All Saint’s Day Election Day, US; All Souls Day Good Morning America premiers, 1975; Charles Bronson, 1921 First intercollegiate football game, 1869 HBO network premiers, 1972

11/22 - 12/21 December
15th - Kevin Williams 22nd - Michael Smith 23rd - Robert Allard 24th - Gary Hutto

10: U.S. Marine Corps Day (established 1775) 11: Veteran’s Day; Demi Moore, 1962; Leonardo DiCaprio, 1974 17: Danny Devito, 1944; Martin Scorsese, 1942 18 19 Alan Shephard, 1923-1998 - Astronaut, first American in space Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address, 1863; Pop tarts created, 1965

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2: 3: 7: 8:

Britney Spears, 1981 Daryl Hannah, 1960; Ozzy Osbourne, 1948 National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Chanukah begins, Dec.8 - Dec 15

11: Apollo 17 lands on the moon, 1972 12: Frank Sinatra, 1915 16: Boston Tea Party, 1773 17: First flight by the Wright Brothers, 1903; Ludwig van Beethoven, 1770 18: Ty Cobb, 1886; Ray Liotta, 1955; Brad Pitt, 1963; Steven Spielberg, 1947 21: Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, 1620 25: Christmas Day 26: First day of Kwanzaa, Dec.26 - Jan.1 30: Tiger Woods, 1975 31: New Year’s Eve; Anthony Hopkins, 1937; Val Kilmer, 1959

25: Thanksgiving Day; John F. Kennedy Jr.,1969- Joe DiMaggio, 1914-1999 26: The Price is Right premiers, 1956 30: Winston Churchill, 1874-1965; Dick Clark, 1935

12/22 - 01/19

Merry Christmas
How Did Christmas Cards Come To Be?
Source: Butler,PA. WISR 680AM News Sheet, December 24, 2002

Henry Cole, an Englishman, was too busy to write personal greetings for Christmas 1843. Cole hired artist John Calcott Horsley to design a ready-tobe-sent card. The hand-colored card Horsley designed was lithographed on stiff, dark cardboard and featured adults and children raising wine glasses in a toast. The first Christmas card also had various religious symbols. Sprigs of holly symbolized chastity, while ivy symbolized places God had walked. Feeding and clothing the poor were also encouraged on the card's cover. Under the picture was written "A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you." Printed in an edition of 1,000, Horsley's card was sold in London stores. Only one of Bing Cherry Gelatin Mold those cards exists today. Two reasons for the initial 1 (12 fluid ounce) can cola-flavored carbonated beverage popularity of Christmas cards are given: The custom may have caught on because greetings could be mailed 1 (16.5 ounce) can pitted Bing cherries for a penny each in 1843, London. The other reason is 1 (20 ounce) can crushed pineapple with juice attributed to a scandal with Horsley's design. A family, 1 (6 ounce) package black cherry flavored gelatin mix surrounded with religious symbols, holding glasses of wine, offended 1 cup chopped pecans some. The controversy is thought to have helped promote Cole's idea. Drain pineapple. Drain the cherries and save their juice. Tips for a healthy & safe live Christmas tree: In a saucepan combine the reserved cherry juice with the coke. Heat Leave the tree outside or in the garage for a few days before bringing inside to decorate. until boiling then stir in the gelatin. Mix until gelatin is dissolved. ReMake a fresh cut across the bottom, about 1" above base, so your tree can drink easily. move from the heat and stir in the drained pineapple, drained cherries Make a preservative: mix a quart of water with 1/2-cup of corn syrup and a tsp. of bleach. and chopped pecans. After a few days in the preservative, bring the tree inside and place it in a location away Pour mixture into a mold sprayed with a non-stick cooking spray and refrigerate for at least 24 hours before serving. from direct sunlight and other heat sources (such as heating ducts, wood stoves and fireplaces.)

Trinity Technology Group 9203 Lee Highway, Suite 210 * Fairfax, VA 22031


				
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