www.apgnews.apg.army.mil Published in the interest of the people of Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland March 19, 2009 Vol. 53, No. 11 Remediation team concludes clean-up of G-Street Maintained a safety record of zero accidents or incidents Story by YVONNE JOHNSON APG News A team of government and contractor personnel has com- pleted the CERCLA Remedi- See page 8 for Year al Action, the remediation of industrial surface and subsur- of the NCO article. face soil contamination, at the G-Street Salvage Yard in the Post Shorts Edgewood Area of Aberdeen Proving Ground. Remediation was completed in January. Recycling schedule The G-Street salvage yard The residential and re- is a former World War I rail- cycling pickup schedule for road yard and fire training and March 25, is paper. Put items burn residue disposal area. The in paper bags, site is on the National Priorities boxes or bundles List for contamination that con- and place them on the curb. sisted of industrial surface and sub-surface soil contaminants, along with potential munitions Wanted: Stories and explosives of concern, and about NCOs chemical warfare materiel. The team coordinated close- To showcase the year of ly with regulatory agencies, Photo courtesy of WESTON SOLUTIONS the noncommissioned officer, primarily U.S. Environmen- Workers in full bio-hazard suits conduct excavation operations inside a vapor containment structure at the G-Street the APG News is looking for tal Protection Agency Region Salvage Yard in the Edgewood Area of Aberdeen Proving Ground. Remediation activities were completed at the site story ideas to publish. Any- 3 and the Maryland Department in January. one with a suggestion should John Wrobel, Directorate of manager, were part of the team sures were in compliance with of the Environment, on waste- call the editor, Debi Horne, Public Works contracting offi- involved with the project. safety requirements specified reduction processes and con- 410-278-1150. cer; Bob Crouse of the Garrison Wrobel said safety require- in the Chemical Safety Sub- trols, which reduced the volume of hazardous and non-hazard- Safety Office; and Joseph Gross, ments and procedures were mission and monitored by the Well-Being Meeting ous waste generated at the site. a Weston Solutions, Inc. project the top priority and all mea- See G-STREET, page 6 Canceled The Well-Being Action Council Meeting scheduled for March 19 has been can- celled. The next meeting is 9:30 a.m., April 16, in the Edgewood Area Post Chapel. A taste of home away from home All AIT students, single Baltimore District CoE awards contract and unaccompanied members from all armed services are invited to enjoy “A Taste of to build ATEC center on proving ground Story by The 142,525 square-foot armed forces. and Foulger-Pratt on final- Home, Down Home USA” DAVID RUDERMAN facility will serve as headquar- “The Army Test and Evalua- izing design and beginning 4:30 to 7 p.m., March 28, at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, ters for approximately 600 tion Command is very pleased construction.” the Aberdeen Area Chapel, Baltimore District The U.S. Army Corps of Engi- ATEC and U.S. Army Evalua- with the successful award of The proposed design/build Fellowship Hall. neers, Baltimore District, award- tion Center sub-command per- the design/build contract for contract was issued in accor- The APG Catholic Women of the Chapel will host a dinner ed a $49,480,662 contract March sonnel as they execute their its headquarters facility,” said dance with the Department of for military personnel stationed 13 to Foulger-Pratt Contracting critical missions to plan, con- Mike Vogt, ATEC deputy chief Defense Base Realignment and at APG who ordinarily do not LLC of Rockville, Md., to design duct and integrate develop- of staff for Engineering, Logis- Closure Act of 2005. The ATEC get a home-cooked meal. A and construct a command head- mental testing, independent tics and the Environment. “The headquarters, which will occu- variety of entrees, salads, side quarters for the U.S. Army Test operational testing, evaluation, command is looking forward py a 20-acre site on the 92-year- dishes, deserts and beverag- and Evaluation Command at assessment and experimenta- to working with the Baltimore old installation, is projected to es will be available. Entertain- Aberdeen Proving Ground. tion in support of the nation’s District Corps of Engineers See ATEC, page 7 ment will also be provided. For planning purposes, an RSVP is not essential but would be greatly appreciated. DAPS showcases For more information or to RSVP, call Kathleen, 410- publishing and 655-5193,or e-mail kpsosl@ aim.com or Wanda, 410-306- 6306, or e-mail swanch2003@ printing services yahoo.com. Story by YVONNE JOHNSON Register for NSPS APG News training From colorful posters to intricate report presentations, the Document Upcoming NSPS writing Automation and Production Service, workshops are: DAPS, showcased its publication sup- • April 1 (B41), Aug. 5 port capabilities during an open house (B42), NB7EMPL – Writing at its print facility located in building Effective Self Assessments 346 March 6. • Sept. 9 (B43) and 16 Johnnie Hastmann, lead electronic (B44), NB7SUPV – Writing Photo by NEAL SNYDER, USAEC Maj. Gen. Paul S. Izzo, commander of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering duplicating systems technician, leads See SHORTS, page 16 Command, welcomes attendees to Aberdeen Proving Ground’s annual Women’s History Month training the staff of four personnel who support seminar March 4 at the RDECOM training center. the installation’s printing and publica- tion needs. ISSUE HIGHLIGHTS FWP celebrates Women’s History Month Hastmann said DAPS provides Aberdeen Proving Ground customers Story by from a trip to Afghanistan, which reminded with everything from simple stapled RACHEL PONDER him of how lucky he feels to be living and reports, invitation packages and letter- Page 2 APG News serving in America. heads to full color glossy magazine-type APG commander’s To celebrate Women’s History Month, “You’ve got to be thankful every day that products. column Aberdeen Proving Ground employees we live in this country with the freedoms He said the focus of the open house attended the 19th annual Federal Women’s that we have,” Izzo said. was to educate existing customers about Page 5 Program training conference March 4 at He remarked that while he was over the DAPS full line of services and to CDC participates in the U.S. Army Research, Development and in Afghanistan he traveled with the first draw in new customers. Read Across America Engineering Command Conference Center. female four-star general, Gen. Ann E. Dun- “If you have a government cred- Page 4 The FWP promotes the advancement of woody, commander of the U.S. Army Mate- it card or a Military Interdepartmental Outdoor Journal on federally employed women in the workplace, riel Command. Purchase Request [MIPR] number, you feral cats and the conference is a yearly educational “It was unbelievable to be able to travel can use our services,” he said. event which addresses employment concerns. with her,” he said. The tour included a look at the stor- Page 9 This year’s training theme was “Women Tak- Izzo remarked that women have made age area which contains a wide assort- Health Notes; ing the Lead to Save Our Planet.” significant contributions in the Army and ment of bonded, indexed and covered Deployment News Bridget Smith, who works for RDE- working at APG. paper, printing and other supplies. The COM, opened the program by singing the He then showed a slide show of wom- facility as an alarmed room-size vault Page 10 national anthem. en who had worked at APG throughout the in which classified documents are pro- FMWR Maj. Gen Paul S. Izzo, commander of years. (See Commander’s Column on page cessed, including reports and briefing Page 15 APG and RDECOM, then welcomed the 2 for a more in-depth look at women work- materials. Saving Soldiers’ lives audience, and he said that he was honored ing at APG through the eyes of the APG Hastmann said projects for the to be able to speak at the program. commander.) White House and the Pentagon are Page 17 “When I hear the national anthem, I feel After the slide show, he remarked that commonly processed in the vault. Sports - Basketball and a sense of pride, what a great way to start a women who work at APG today are mak- Frequent DAPS projects for APG Boxing on APG day,” he said. ing important contributions for future See DAPS, page 8 Izzo remarked that he had just returned See WOMEN, page 2 2 APG News • March 19, 2009 APG women: Continuing to meet the challenges ahead By transfer to our civilian neighbors. learn about the movement and habitat MAJ. GEN. PAUL S. IZZO At the U.S. Army Research Labora- needs of different species. Commander, USARDECOM tory, Amy Butler Adams develops envi- These women and many others This month we are taking the oppor- ronmental assessments to determine if across the post are taking the lead on tunity to recognize the role of wom- proposed science and technology activ- environmental initiatives. And, they all en in our Army and in our society. The ities pose a threat to critical environ- have one thing in common--they want theme of Women’s History Month this mental concerns or lie within areas to make positive changes for our Sol- year is “Women Taking the Lead to sensitive to environmental impacts. Dr. diers, their Families and our communi- Save Our Planet.” Sandra Young organizes annual Earth ties. They understand that our actions Here on Aberdeen Proving Ground, Day activities for the Maryland chap- today affect our neighbors, near and we have a long history of women serv- ter of the American Chemical Society far, our children and our children’s chil- ing in important roles. and annual cleanups for Project Clean dren. They also understand the need to For example, back in the beginning Stream in Baltimore. lead us to action. of APG, Army nurses assigned to the In the garrison, Ruth Golding in the In another example of leadership, Dr. Edgewood Arsenal hospital battled the Directorate of Public Works has for the Melanie Cole from the ARL’s Weap- flu epidemic in 1918. In World War II, past 10 years successfully managed the ons and Materials Research Director- a new complex on the current site of the investigation and cleanup of more than ate was recently named its newest ARL Medical Research Institute for Chemical 40 contaminated areas on APG. She has Fellow. Selection to the ARL Fellows Defense building required many female also managed the care of the post’s his- is the highest honor awarded to ARL nurses and medical assistants. The post Indeed she did. toric properties. Karen Jobes manag- scientists and engineers. Dr. Cole pro- also began an enormous construction Today, we have Col. Maria Gervais, es the public outreach program for the vided leadership and invaluable con- program that included many different commander of the U.S. Army Environ- APG cleanup program. Her work has tributions to the development of active types of nontraditional roles for wom- mental Command, leading the imple- earned the installation national Environ- thin film materials technology in sup- en such as ordnance production. In the mentation of environmental programs mental Protection Agency awards for its port of Future Combat Systems com- 1950s and 1960s, women helped devel- on installations throughout the Army. comprehensive outreach programs. munication and radar platforms. She op and use the equipment necessary for She and her staff are devising innova- At the U.S. Army Center for Health also is a significant player in the devel- chemical defense research. Throughout tive ways for the Army to sustain our Promotion and Preventive Medicine, opment of improved semiconductor the 1970s and 1980s, women expand- environment for a secure future. Pat Rippey teaches a green procurement devices. She, too, is making a signifi- ed their work on post into the comput- Also at USAEC, women like Kim training program she initiated to purchas- cant contribution to our planet. ing field. Watts have played a key role in replac- ing and contracting personnel from across Whatever your position, grade, title Today, women continue to serve at ing the water contaminant perchlorate in the federal government. She also helps or gender, I ask you to step up to the all levels and in all fields throughout our flash-bang training simulators so that installations practice electronics stew- challenges that face us. the various tenant organizations of our we won’t foul our vital range lands when ardship by promoting the purchase of APG has entered a very exciting installation. we train as we fight. Dominique Edwards greener, energy efficient computers and time, and opportunities for creating a Perhaps one woman from our World has protected the health of Army Fami- environmentally sound disposal options. vibrant future lie ahead of us, but our War II workforce summed up her con- lies by leading many successful cleanups From the Edgewood Chemical Bio- installation and our Army can’t be suc- tribution to the future quite well. of toxic contamination on installations logical Center, Suzanne Procell has cessful without your contributions. Aurora V. Bransford, a chemical around the country. Mary Ellen Maly assisted scientists at the Eden Mill Always remember, our Soldiers technician in that time, said about her leads the cleanup of unexploded ord- Nature Center’s bird banding station need your experience, dedication and work on post, “I like to think we laid nance found on installations to make our for nearly 10 years during spring and commitment to excellence in all that the groundwork for some others.” land safer and available for growth or for fall migrations. She helps scientists you do. Women day, many of the vendors pro- moted environmentally friend- ly items, like Studio 432, which featured arts and crafts from From front page recycled products. generations, including being Andrea Melvin, an equip- environmentally conscious. ment specialist for the 22nd Izzo concluded his remarks Chemical Battalion, who was by asking the audience to think checking out the artwork for about how the theme of the con- sale during the lunchtime break, ference can be incorporated into said she attends the conference their lives. every year. “This [day] is a great oppor- “It is nice to get a break from tunity to reflect where we are the routine of work, and every and where we are going,” he year I learn new things that help said. “When we look around at me in my work and life,” Mel- what is going on in the world, vin said. we see that now is the time to Siler said that more than 90 focus on saving the planet.” people attended the conference The guest speaker for the pro- this year. gram was Col. Maria Gervais, “Employees look forward to commander of the U.S. Army this free training every year. Environmental Command. It is a great opportunity to Gervais remarked that the network, learn, and exchange Army has provided opportuni- ideas,” she said. ties to women to gain leader- ship roles. On being physically fit “To me, the Army has been “The American Worker: Photo by RACHEL PONDER Impact on Fitness and Employ- a frontrunner in terms of equal- Lynne Brick, president of Brick Bodies Fitness Services, Inc., left, demonstrates a quick exercise that can be done ity and providing opportunities ee Performance, Absenteeism throughout the day to maintain physical fitness during her presentation, “The American Worker: Impact on Fitness and Productivity” was present- for women to serve their coun- and Employee Performance, Absenteeism and Productivity,” while Kathy Treon, right, who works for the U.S. Army try,” she said. “It is an honor to Environmental Command, participates. Her workshop was held during the annual Federal Women’s Program training ed by Lynne Brick, president serve in the military, and each conference held at the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command Conference Center March 4. of Brick Bodies Fitness Ser- day I commit myself to having vices, Inc. Brick discussed how throughout my career, I could can enjoy the same or better envi- She concluded her speech by being physically fit cannot just the personal courage for doing not have done it without the ronmental landscape conditions challenging attendees to con- what is right and doing my best improve productivity in the leadership and guidance of both that we do today,” she said. tinue the tradition of serving workplace, but the overall qual- as an American Soldier.” military and civilian mentors,” Gervais told attendees that the Army and making efforts to Gervais said that women ity of life. Gervais said. actions must be consistent with preserve the environment. She stressed that women play a critical role in the Army She said that at USAEC, values. Diane Siler, FWP manager, today. need to take time for themselves women comprise a large part of “It is our job to use our gave a few remarks and then to care for their bodies. “Currently about fifteen per- the workforce. resources effectively and effi- showed a slide show of wom- cent of the total Army is wom- “You have the power to control “If you take a look at histo- ciently in order to ensure our en who work in environmental your life, and you can make a dif- en, and we serve in ninety three ry, women have been the impe- readiness not just for today but fields at APG. percent of all Army occupa- ference,” she said. “You have to fit tus behind many movements to also for the future,” she said. During the lunchtime presen- fitness into your life.” tions. The Army’s civilian work- take action to protect the envi- Gervais added that the bald tation at the Stark Recreation force is equally impressive with Brick added that there are ronment,” she said. “Here at eagle is a great example of how Center attendees ate brown bag free fitness centers on post for women serving at the highest APG, we also have women who taking action affected the envi- lunches or meals bought from Senior Executive Service lev- those with a Common Access are taking an active role in pre- ronment in a positive way. the Southside Grill while they Card. els, about twenty eight percent serving the environment.” “The bald eagle was a spe- listened to a presentation on being women and in various “That means there is no Gervais said that taking care cies close to the brink of extinc- the benefits of recycling by excuse to avoid exercise,” she other roles at all levels in sup- of the environment is every- tion because of our actions,” Becky Joesting Harford Coun- port of the Army’s mission.” said. one’s job. she said. “Isn’t it great that ty Government Department of Pointing out that obesity is a Gervais encouraged those in “We must ensure future gen- future generations will be able Public Works Environmental attendance to be mentors and disease that affects many Amer- erations, our children, grandchil- to observe and experience the Services Division. icans, Brick said the treatment leaders to young women. dren, great-grandchildren have national bird and symbol of the Attendees also visited ven- “Although I have achieved of obesity costs Americans $93 needed resources-clean air to United States first hand instead dors, who gave out door prizes. billion a year, and the average many ‘firsts’ for women breath, safe water to drink, and of reading it in a book?” In keeping with the theme of the See WOMEN, page 3 or any other nonmerit factor of the purchaser, user or cation to the APG Public Affairs Office, Building 2201, patron. 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VA Health Care System Anyone who served in the armed forces and Since launching Aug. 5, 2008, Afterdeployment.org Afterdeployment.org also added self-help work- received an honorable discharge may qualify for has grown to provide more information and resources shops and activities in the “Helping Kids Deal with health care benefits through the Department of Vet- for service members returning from deployment – as Deployment,” “Seeking Spiritual Fitness” and “Con- erans Affairs. well as for their Families. trolling Drugs and Alcohol” sections of the Web site. The VA Maryland Health Care System is a “It’s a free resource that can be very helpful for vet- “The diversity of registered users on Afterdeploy- dynamic and progressive health care organization erans transitioning back from their deployment,” said ment.org is a testimony to how wonderful the site is. that is dedicated to providing quality, compassion- Army Maj. Gen. Elder Granger, deputy director for Users report very positive feelings about the usefulness ate and accessible care and services to Maryland’s TRICARE Management Activity. and quality of information available on Afterdeploy- veterans. With eight sites of care located throughout The site provides change strategies and educational ment.org,” Granger said. “We’ve received great feed- the state and a full range of services offered, the VA materials that address combat stress and triggers; con- back, and we expect the Web site to offer even more Maryland Health Care System is available to assist flict at work; re-connecting with Family and friends; assistance to Families and veterans,” Granger added. veterans with their health care needs. depression; anger; sleep problems; substance abuse; “Statistics indicate that there is a balance of Families, To apply for care with the VA Maryland Health stress management; kids and deployment; spiritual providers, veterans and active duty service members Care System, veterans can stop by the Baltimore or guidance; living with physical injuries and health and registered on the site.” Perry Point VA Medical Centers, or the Cambridge, wellness. The “Explore the Site” box on the top right of the Fort Howard, Glen Burnie, Loch Raven or Poco- The updated Web site at http://www.afterdeploy- page is a gateway to the site’s many materials. Anony- moke City VA Outpatient Clinics. Interested vet- ment.org features workshops in the “Improving Rela- mous registration is required only for the workshops. erans can also contact the Enrollment Center for tionships” program. These workshops provide service For transition behavioral health help, go to http:// the VA Maryland Health Care System, 1-800-463- members with valuable tools for overcoming the ten- www.afterdeployment.org. For info on how TRI- 6295, extension 7324. To enroll for VA health care dency to isolate from friends and Family, building rela- CARE can help behavioral health, go to http://www. on line, visit www.maryland.va.gov. tionship skills and reconnecting with partners following tricare.mil. Women because there is no plan in place to achieve the goal. She advised attendees to make finan- cial goals that are specific, measureable, and Recreation • Avon • Brick Bodies, Inc. • Center for Health Promotion and • Sexual Abuse/Spouse Abuse Resource Center • Studio 432–arts and crafts from recycled products From page 2 adjustable, realistic and time oriented Preventative Medicine-Buying Green American is 85 percent less active than which will make the goal achievable. Program in 1900. Dilworth said that attendees should • Federally Employed Women, MD Brick said that it has shown there are write out their budget for the month and Tri-County Chapter economic benefits of regular exercise and find places to save and spend less. • Freedom Federal Credit Union that a “healthy workplace is a happy work- “Make saving a habit,” he said. • Harford Community College place.” She said that those who are phys- For more tips on saving money and • Harford County Department of ically active are less likely to miss work planning a budget, visit www.chose- Community Service due to illness, exhibit increased productivi- tosave.org, wwww.mymoney.gov, and • Healthy Options ty because they working at a higher energy http://www.360financialliteracy.org/. • International Association for Admin- level, and have reduced health care costs. istrative Professionals Developing your potential: liv- Brick said that it is necessary to plan • Mary Kay Cosmetics, Inc. ing on a purpose • MD Jewelry Designs your life so that fitness is included. Norma Tilton, a management con- • Melaleuca–A health and wellness “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail,” sultant and business trainer who also company she said, and cautioned the audience to teaches classes at Harford Community • PlaceMat Purses limit “time wasters” like television, and College, taught an afternoon workshop the Internet, which can take away from on developing one’s potential. activity. Tilton said that having a positive atti- Brick added that exercise and eating tude is a key component to success. healthy will make a big difference lat- “You have a choice every day regard- er in life. ing the attitude that you will embrace for “How you treat yourself in your twen- the day,” she said. ties will determine the aging process lat- Tilton told attendees that they need er on. It adds years to your life and life to practice motivational self talk, like, to your years,” she said. “I am organized and in control of my Brick concluded that once you make life. I am in control of myself, my exercise a part of your life, it will be hab- thoughts, my time, my actions and my it forming. future.” “It only takes twenty-one days to She suggested that when facing a form a habit,” she said. task, envision how you will feel when it For more fitness tips by Brick, visit is done, which will give you motivation www.brickbodies.com. to do the task. Controlling finances She encouraged attendees to live with “Taking the Lead to Control Your purpose, and find ways to make life Budget in 2009” was presented by more meaningful. She added that if the Michael Dilworth, chief, Marketing and job doesn’t bring fulfillment, consider a Business Division, and Liz Leoni-Mon- job change or volunteer to use services ti, Business Banking Direct. outside of work. Both presenters told attendees that Tilton advised attendees to read they can do little things that can result in “Learned Optimism: How to Change big savings. Your Mind and Change Your Life and “Be mindful of what you have and Mission: Success!” by Og Mandino for grateful of what you have; live within more information on how a positive atti- your means,” Leoni-Monti said. tude shapes success. She told attendees to plan ahead by Vendors included making an emergency fund. • APG Federal Credit Union She pointed out that some goals fail • APG Family and Morale Welfare 4 APG News • March 19, 2009 Commentary: Do not feed the feral cats APG policy strictly forbids this activity, and disciplinary actions have been tak- en in the past against individuals who’ve been caught violating this policy. In addition, you might just be put- ting yourself or your Family in financial jeopardy in the event that one of these cats you’re feeding bites or injures a co- worker? If it can be proven that you’ve been feeding or “taking care” of a critter that bites or injures someone, it would Photo by GEORGE “BART” ROBERTS, APG be my guess that you could find your- WILDLIFE & MARINE LAW ENFORCEMENT self facing some serious liability issues, By and perhaps end up being a defendant in BILL ARMSTRONG a civil lawsuit, especially if the injured APG Wildlife and Marine Law Enforcement party happens to know a good lawyer. Division Aside from the threat they pose to Now I know as soon as I open my humans, feral cats do irreparable harm mouth (or in this case, put pen to paper) to our native wildlife species here at I’m probably going to stir up a yellow APG. They are hunters pure and simple, jacket’s nest with this week’s column, and even though exact numbers are not but sometimes you just gotta get up on known, some wildlife experts estimate Photo by MARGUERITE TOWSON your soapbox and tell it like it is. that each year feral cats kill millions of Folks, this feeding of feral cats here on birds and small mammals such as rabbits, Aberdeen Proving Ground is absolutely squirrels, cardinals, wrens, bluebirds, etc. wrong, and if you’re doing it, you need to That’s their nature and they’re good at it. stop and think about what you’re doing. Not Don’t get me wrong, I do not dislike only are you doing a disservice to the envi- cats. In fact, over the years my Fami- ronment and the wildlife, but you’re creat- ly and I have had several, but they’ve ing a situation around your workplace that been well cared for, vaccinated and spent could have devastating results, not only to most of their time indoors. you, but to your co-workers as well. Because feral cats come a’runnin’ when I’ve been around wildlife for almost you put out food doesn’t mean that they are 42 years, and if there’s one thing I’ve tame or friendly, it only means they’ve been learned over the years, it’s this: you conditioned to come for food, much like the don’t mess around with Mother Nature! birds that come to the birdfeeder when you Cats are warm blooded critters, just fill it up with sunflower seeds. like raccoons, foxes, rabbits, deer, etc., Take my word for it, I’ve been around and as such, they are susceptible to this business long enough to know that all sorts of little things that Mother feral cats will definitely bite the hand Nature uses to control wildlife popula- that feeds them. tions, things such as rabies, distemper, Please, do me and yourself a favor, if mange, anthrax, etc. These are diseases you’re feeding cats, please stop. of animals that can readily be transmit- If you know of a feral cat colony ted to humans, and the feral cats found here at APG, call the Pest Control peo- here on the installation can be, and often ple at 410-278-3303. They are properly are, exposed to these diseases. trained and equipped to humanely trap Feral cats are, for all intents and pur- and transport these animals to an appro- poses, wild animals; they are not pets; they priate shelter or treatment facility. haven’t been vaccinated or treated for fleas (Editor’s note: After a year of enjoying or ticks; and they are not confined to a dis- the musing thoughts (or should I say ease-free environment such as one might amusing thoughts) of my older friend, find in a residential home environment. Bill will say goodbye to readers in his If you’re one of those feeding the feral final journal entry in APG News next cats, you might want to consider this: week. You won’t want to miss it.) March 19, 2009 • APG News 5 CDC participates in Read Across America Story and photo by YVONNE JOHNSON APG News The Aberdeen Area Child Development Center kicked off the annual Read Across Amer- ica celebration March 3 with a month of story time readings by volunteer parents. The National Education Association promotes Read Across America as an annual reading motivation and aware- ness program that calls for chil- dren to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of chil- dren’s author Dr. Seuss. The kickoff was held March 3 due to a March 2 snow storm. Lisanne Blake, CDC training curriculum specialist, welcomed two groups of 3- to 5-year-olds to the center’s playroom for the reading. Blake said the celebration included an activity in which the children took home paper cutouts of train cars. “Every time a child reads with their parent, the parent signs the cutout and the child turns it in,” she said. “We post them on the wall and at the end of the month Children listen as Jamal Lawson, a human resources assistant with the Northeast Civilian Personnel Operations Center, right, reads ‘There’s a Wocket in we’ll see how far around the cen- my Pocket’ by Dr. Seuss during the Read Across America kickoff at the Aberdeen Area Child Development Center March 3. ter the train reaches.” Tamika Cruz, parent of 2- Wearing paper hats styled year-old Jayden Cruz, also after the Seuss character, The dressed in costume and read Cat in the Hat, the children gath- “The Foot Book” to the infants ered on the floor in a semi-cir- and 2-years-olds. cle as Blake ushered in the guest Stacey Umbarger, a parent vol- reader. Dressed in a Cat in the unteer and member of the Parent Hat costume, Jamal Lawson, a Child Care Association, said that human resources assistant with the PCCA purchased the hats, the Northeast Civilian Personnel pencils and the Cat in the Hat Operations Center, greeted the costume for the program. children and then read to them “We celebrate the program from two Seuss books, “There’s every year and do our part to a Wocket in my Pocket,” and promote reading and parent par- “Green Eggs and Ham.” ticipation,” she said. Lawson, whose 4-year-old In cities and towns across son, Isaac, attends the program, the nation, teachers, teen vol- said that he was quick to respond unteers, librarians, politicians, after receiving a request for par- actors, athletes, parents, grand- ent volunteers. parents and others develop “I read to all three of my kids Read Across America activities regularly, although my youngest to bring reading excitement to just likes the pictures,” he said. children of all ages. To learn At the end of the reading, more about Read Across Amer- Lawson pulled out a gift bag and ica or to start a program, visit From left, Bradley Kunkel, Mykenzie Kovalsick, Briana Long, Bridgette Carven, Kathryn Cheng and Mikayla Bryant gave each child an NEA ‘Cele- the NEA Web site, http://www. enjoy the Dr. Seuss story, ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ during the 4- to 5-year-olds’ Read Across America kickoff in the brate the Fun of Reading’ pencil. nea.org. Aberdeen Area Child Development Center. 6 APG News • March 19, 2009 Youth Services worker creates board game The game board that Novak made is based on the AA Youth Center. hit Ms. Glenda with a paper air- a couple of months to create plane, loose 5 points.” the game, and I am still think- Novak said that part of the ing of more ideas. More people From left to right, Charles Novak, a homework lab instructor who works for the Aberdeen Area Youth Center, plays game is to reinforce positive requested to be made into game a board game that he created with Deana Twitty, 14, Tara Harkum, 13, and Amina Jones, 13. behavior. For instance, at one pieces,” Novak said. point in the game, to earn points, He added that the children Story and photos by to play on rainy days or days off earn 100 points by going around players must recite the Six Pil- have also made suggestions for RACHEL PONDER from school,” he said. “I thought the board. Players win points lars of Character: trustworthi- playing cards, and he dedicat- APG News the children would like to play a going into different rooms in ness, respect, responsibility, ed the game to the children of An Aberdeen Proving Ground game that would relate to their the AA Youth Center, where fairness, caring and citizenship, the Youth Center. On the board youth services worker has creat- life at the Youth Center.” they draw a card and either win which are taught in the Youth it says, “This is dedicated to all ed a board game based on the Novak created the game by or lose points, which they keep Center. the boys and girls of the Youth Aberdeen Area Youth Center. using a 5-foot game board and track of on a Student Progress For research, Novak tasked Center; without their creativity Charles Novak, a homework took pictures around the Youth Report. Players can move in any counselors in different areas of this would not be possible.” lab instructor, came up with the Center to be used as rooms in direction around the board, and the center for suggestions on Lucinda McDowell, a pro- idea last summer during the the game. He even took pictures some rooms let players jump to situations that he could put in gram assistant for the center, center’s summer camp program of leaders and children to be different areas on the board. the game. said that she was impressed when Kelly Peace, a Youth Cen- used as game pieces using pop- “The cards are based on real “I am still creating new cards with the work that Novak put ter leader, asked the children to sicle sticks to hold the pieces situations that have happened at and coming up with more ideas into the game. create a game. together. He used clipart from the Youth Center,” Novak said. for the game,” Novak said. “I “I am proud to be his co- “I started thinking of a game the Internet to create the scen- The cards are positive: “You tried to make the situations worker, I think he should be that would interest children-- ery on the board. dominated the world in Risk, comical, while based on their recognized for his work,” she something that they would like The object of the game is to win 5 points” or negative: “You life [at the center]. It took me said. G-Street ment structure maintained under nega- tive pressure during remediation with a chemical agent filtration system. “Throughout the operations there were no accidents or exposures,” Gross said adding that two open houses to inform resulted in a significant amount of waste and scrap metal remaining at the site, mostly on the surface. To reduce the vol- From front page Wrobel said that keeping the public the public were held on-site before and ume of solid waste shipped off-site for informed and updated through the APG during the project to inform interested disposal and to re-use or recycle much Directorate of Public Works, the APG Restoration Advisory Board and other individuals about site activities and the of the scrap metal, a concurrent opera- Fire Department and Emergency Oper- information outlets throughout the clean- safety protocols that would be in place at tion of separating metals from waste was ations Center, Edgewood Chemical up process contributed to the successful the most hazardous area of the site. conducted on site. As a result, approxi- Biological Center, U.S. Army Chem- completion of the project and that the “We received good feedback which mately 15,000 pounds of aluminum was ical Agent Response Activity and the RAB communications chair regularly just emphasizes the importance of keep- segregated and diverted from landfills remediation contractor. The remov- sat in on the meetings and received dai- ing all interested parties informed,” he and the project team coordinated with al action required the use of Level A ly updates. said. the U.S. Army Research Laboratory to personal protection and engineering “She praised the project as one of the The final report states that the histori- reuse or recycle the aluminum through controls, including a vapor contain- best she’s ever seen,” he said. cal activities at the G-Street Salvage Yard existing recycling programs. March 19, 2009 • APG News 7 Bicycling on APG Panic on the highway! Installation Safety Office “Adventures in driving decision making” is brought to everyone by the Instal- are not to be worn en-route to or depar- lation Safety Office. ture from designated walkways, paths Read the following scenario and then from the options provided, select the best and recreational areas. answer. The answers are printed upside down. • Hearing aids are not prohibited. • Bicycle safety rules do not exclude Situation #25 hearing protection if needed where con- You’re driving a four-lane city highway going the posted speed limit of 35 ditions dictate, or when communication- mph. There are cars parked parallel to the curb and cars going in your direction on type equipment is being used for official your left. As you are about to pass a car parked on the right about 50 feet ahead, Army business. the door on the driver’s side opens. What should you do? (Editor’s note: The safety policy for A. Honk, medium brake, ease off brake, veer left, but stay in your lane. riding bicycles on APG supersedes Memorandum, AMSSB-DIC, subject: B. Honk, hard brake, and turn right into rear of car. Bicycle, Foot-Propelled, and Motorized Recreational Equipment Safety, dated 27 but after hearing your horn, the driver is more apt to close the door than to get out. Oct 04 and implements requirements list- You may have been thinking that the driver might step out. There is that possibility, ed in APGR 190-5, Motor Vehicle Traffic Answer B. “Honk, hard brake, and turn right into rear of car” isn’t necessary. dated 27 Oct 04; 385-4, APG Safety and DES Occupational Health (SOP) Program not, you should be able to get around the driver without leaving your lane. The Aberdeen Proving Ground Direc- dated 15 Feb 07; AR 385-10, The Army much. Chances are the driver will close his door after hearing your horn, but if torate of Emergency Services is respon- Safety Program dated 23 Aug 07; and car is an over-reaction. You need to take some evasive action, but not that sible for the enforcement of bicycle DoD Instruction 6055.4, DoD Traffic lane” is the best choice. This is all that’s necessary. To turn right into the parked safety policy. Safety Program dated 20 July 99.) Answer A. “Honk, medium brake, ease off brake, veer left, but stay in your Personnel riding bicycles on APG are reminded of the rules of the road: • All personnel who operate a bicycle on APG will be in compliance with appli- cable Department of Defense, Army, state of Maryland and APG regulations. • All bicycle operators on APG will wear a bright reflective belt or vest (orange, yellow or green) diagonally over the right shoulder and down under the arm for visibility over upper body clothing day and night. If a back pack is worn when riding, a reflective belt or vest will be placed round the back pack in addition to the upper body reflective belt to ensure total visibility. • Loose clothing will be secured to prevent entanglement while riding. • All individuals on a bicycle will wear properly fastened and approved (e.g., Consumer Produce Safety Com- mission, American National Standards Institute or Snell Memorial Foundation) bicycle helmet. • Fully enclosed shoes must be worn at all times when riding and provide a good grip on the pedals. • Bicyclists must ride in the direc- tion of traffic and obey all traffic sig- nals, signs and devices, except when dismounted to make turns, at which time regulations pertaining to pedestri- ans apply. • The use of portable headphones, earphones, cell phones and other similar devices while riding a bicycle on roads and streets on APG is prohibited. They ATEC From front page be ready for tenant occupancy by June 2011. “The facility as planned will be a GOLD [highest level] Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design [LEED] rated facility that will sub- stantially reduce ATEC’s energy use in future years and will set a high stan- dard for new facilities built throughout the Army,” Vogt said. “The end result is anticipated to be a facility that pro- vides a prominent command presence and an outstanding work environment that ATEC’s employees can be proud of in carrying out the important mission of testing and evaluation of equipment and technology in support of our Soldiers.” The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District, is a full-spectrum engineering force of Soldiers and civil- ians dedicated to serving the armed forc- es and the nation with innovative and effective solutions to a broad range of engineering challenges. “The Baltimore District is proud to take on the challenge of constructing a 21st-century headquarters for the Army Test and Evaluation Command at APG,” said Baltimore District project manag- er Michael M. Anderson. “Our entire Project Delivery Team is dedicated to working with our partners at ATEC, Foulger-Pratt, and APG to speed the delivery of this critical component of the Army’s BRAC program for the benefit of the Warfighter, the armed forces and the nation.” Visit APG News online at www. apgnews. apg.army.mil 8 APG News • March 19, 2009 RDECOM NCOs gather at APG for quarterly training Story by Henriquez, RDECOM opera- LARRY D. MCCASKILL tions sergeant. “He also told RDECOM us about his admiration for United in focus and in their the NCOs he’s worked with mission, the noncommissioned throughout the years and that officers of the U.S. Research they helped him to get where he Development and Engineering is today.” Command gathered at Aber- For three solid days, the deen Proving Ground to con- NCOs toured and talked to per- duct their quarterly professional sonnel to gain a better situ- development training March 4 ational understanding of the through 6. affects of RDECOM on train- Maj. Gen. Paul S. Izzo, ing at APG. The opportunity RDECOM commander, greeted was also used to increase the his NCOs at the kick off of the NCOs awareness of the role of training and ensured them that program manager. they had his full support. “We’re not a convention- “This was the first time al unit,” said 1st Sgt. James that the commander was able Laverty, Aviation and Missile to talk to all of his NCOs at Research, Development and the same time,” said RDECOM Engineering Center, Aviation Command Sgt. Maj. Hector G. Applied Technology Director- Marin. “This not only provides ate, Fort Eustis, Va. “Meetings Photo by CONRAD JOHNSON the NCOs direct guidance from like this help tremendously. It Maj. Gen. Paul S. Izzo, commanding general of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, the commander, it also serves as helps the organization because discusses his command philosophy with his noncommissioned officers during their quarterly professional develop- a morale booster.” we are so fragmented and locat- ment meeting. The general challenged his ed in so many different areas. broader scope of what our capa- Center, Natick, Mass., talked cers,” Coleman said. Providing NCOs to continue to look out These meetings bring our senior bilities are as a command and to the NCOs on their value in a clear understanding of their for the Soldier and to see to it NCOs together and help prevent not just as an individual lab or the development and acquisi- goals to the program manag- that standards are met. us from getting stove piped. center. That information alone tion process. ers and program executive offi- “He reminded us that it’s In some instances a center or is priceless.” It is crucial that NCOs artic- cers will help in the decision about the little things, the atten- lab might only have one or two Sgt. Maj. Thomas Cole- ulate their mission within the making process when it comes tion to details that can be impor- NCOs. Coming to these training man, Natick Soldier Research, command to program manag- to funding and fielding various tant,” said Sgt. 1st Class Amin sessions provides them with a Development and Engineering ers and program executive offi- initiatives. ‘Reform your lives and believe in the Gospel’ By Sunday and prayed together every night down for their nightly prayers, she said Lenten spirit, nevertheless Lent is the CHAPLAIN (COL) before they retired. to her husband, ”We must put an end season in which the call to reform and But they did have one problem that to this terrible situation we’re in. We change is emphasized. RUBEN COLON USAGAPG seemed insurmountable. They could not can’t go on like this anymore. Since Lent is the season for serious reflec- have a conversation that didn’t end up in today is the first day of Lent, why tion on the direction in which your life is A married couple had lived together an argument. don’t we pray that things will change. headed. You hear God calling you from for 25 years in what outwardly seemed Finally, the wife decided she’d had Let’s pray that the Lord will call one one direction, the devil from another. like a reasonably good union. The hus- enough, but because of her religious of us home to Him. Then I can go live The question is, ”Which way do you band was a good provider; the wife was scruples, divorce was out of the ques- with my sister.” go?” The decision is yours. a good housekeeper. tion. However, she had a better idea. Although one would suspect that the (Editor’s note: Headline quote is from They went to church together every One night as the couple settled wife’s proposal fell short of the true Mark 1:15.” Holy Season worship schedule Easter Sunrise Worship Service • April 5, 8:30 a.m., Palm Sunday Cross; movie “The Song of Berna- Havre de Grace. The Aberdeen Area Chapel will hold Mass dette,” tells the story of Saint Berna- Cost is $10 for adults and teens 13 a combined Easter Sunrise Worship • April 10, 3 p.m., Good Friday Sta- dette Soubiorus who, from February to and older; $5 for children ages 4 to 12; Service, 7 a.m., April 12, on the front tions of the Cross July 1858 in Lourdes, France, reported and no charge for children ages 3 and lawn of the chapel. • April 11, 8 p.m., Holy Saturday 18 visions of the Blessed Virgin Mary under. Cost includes fish dinner, musical In case of inclement weather, the Easter Vigil • April 5, 10:45 a.m., Palm Sunday worship service with Rabbi Gila Ruskin service will be held inside the sanctu- • April 12, 8:30 a.m., Easter Sun- Mass and Mike Mullis. ary of the chapel. Refreshments will be day Mass • April 9, 7 p.m., Holy Thursday Registration will be held 6:15 p.m. served in the social hall immediately mass, Adoration Lenten program with dinner at 6:30 p.m. and Shabbat after the service. • April 10, 7 p.m., Good Friday Sol- Lenten Programs, 6:30 to 8:15 p.m., Worship Service begins 7:30 p.m. For more information, call emn Service every Wednesday during Lent For more information or to make res- 410-278-4333. • April 12, 10:45 a.m., Easter Sun- • March 25, “Ashes to Glory;” expe- ervations, call Eileen Moss, 410-939- day Mass Lenten holy week schedule rience the depths of love, the power of 3170, ext. 17, or e-mail ebubbe@yahoo. For more information or to volunteer Catholic Services forgiveness and the joy of everlasting com, or send in paid reservations pay- to make soup, call Connie Richardson, Aberdeen Area life found in the Easter Story. 410-676-0179, e-mail car0992@com- able to Harford Jewish Center, 8 North • March 20, 6 p.m. Stations of the • April 1, “Hildegard of Bingen;” cast.net. Earlton Road, Ext., Havre de Grace, MD Cross; movie “Brother Sun Sister Moon,” environmentalist, musician, herbalist, the story of St. Francis of Assissi abbess, poet and mystic of the 11th cen- Jewish events 21078. • April 3, 6 p.m., Stations of the tury – relevant to our times. Shabbat Worship Service Passover Seder Cross; movie “The Passion of the • April 8, “Living Stations of the Shabbat Worship Service will be held The Passover Seder, is April 9 Christ,” Mel Gibson’s movie about the Cross” 7:30 p.m., March 20, at Temple Adas For more information, call Lt. Col. arrest, trial, torture, crucifixion and res- Edgewood Area Shalom, The Harford Jewish Center Jonas Vogelhut, 410-436-4102, or e- urrection of Jesus • March 27, 6 p.m., Stations of the located on 8 North Earlton Road, Ext., mail email@example.com. DAPS “All our employees here have more than twenty years experience,” he said. Employees include electronic equip- until 2010 when everyone will need it.” “Electronic document solutions are the wave of the future, and it’s green with a staff of only five.” Pointing out the importance of paper selection in photography, Filkil said she ment operators, Candyce Burke, Carol technology,” added Joseph Ortiz, a was already used to the quality work the From front page Matteu and Gary Bowman. DAPS information technologist from office provides. include programs for the APG Garrison Matteu, who has 23 years experience, Washington, D.C. “The grade of paper is so important monthly retirement ceremonies and equal said the group handles the workload by He said that data would be stored in a for detail,” she said. “We can always opportunity observances as well as tech- multi-tasking. huge data warehouse with multiple back- count on their quality work. Their sup- nical reports for the U.S. Army Research “Everyone here can do everything,” up systems. port is tremendous.” Laboratory and Aberdeen Test Center. she said. “It will be stored in a secure software DAPS is responsible for document The organization moved into the With 27 years experience, Burke said application and customers don’t pay for automation and printing within the building in October 2008 from a much they work closely with customers to pro- shipping unless it needs to be placed in a Department of Defense and the Feder- larger facility next door. Hastmann said vide customized products. national archive somewhere,” he said. al Executive Branch agencies encom- that having the operation almost totally “We ask customers to bring designs Jim Moscardini, DAPS customer ser- passing electronic conversion, retrieval, consolidated in one room makes it easier on CD in Word, PowerPoint, JPEG or vice representative, said DAPS is rein- output and distribution of digital and to operate with fewer employees. other formats,” she said. “We don’t do troducing itself to the community to hardcopy information. DAPS has more “At one time we had fifty employees any designing. It usually has to be pho- let customers know “what we do helps than 181 centers on military installations with a lot of hard copy requirements on to ready. Bring your ideas and what you everybody.” in CONUS, Europe, the Caribbean The- printing presses,” he said. “This way is require. We have a lot of resources to “The more we can do locally, the more ater, Asia, the Pacific and Alaska. DAPS much easier and more convenient for our serve the customer but if we can’t do it we can justify bringing in even more is an activity of the Defense Logistics employees and our customers.” here then we forward it to procurement equipment based on demand,” he said. Agency and is headquartered in Mechan- There are 12 DAPS operations in the in Alexandria, Virginia.” Visitors to the open house included icsville, Pa. Washington-Metro area, Hastmann said, Jonathan Rodden, DAPS corporate ARL’s Karen Filkil and Louise LeTend- Visitors enjoyed complimentary cof- noting that his manager, Ronald Downs account executive, said that besides re, technical services librarians and Con- fee and donuts while taking in the facil- operates the Annapolis and Fort Meade printing options, DAPS offers online nie McEowen, reference librarian. They ity’s document processing sections and offices. services. watched electronic equipment operator equipment. DAPS also provides a Web-based “With BRAC coming people are going Gary Bowman run the color copier from The installation DAPS office is locat- solution for ordering DAPS services at to have files to move. Instead, convert it a digital file and then looked at samples of ed in building 346 on Tower Road. For www.daps.dla.mil, he added. to electronics and it now becomes more finished reports in binders. more information about its printing and He credited the DAPS staff with pro- useful and you don’t have to pay ship- “I knew about the [DAPS] and I came publishing options contact Hastmann, viding the first rate service the office is ping costs,” he said. “It’s important to to see the new operation,” McEowen 410-278-4635 or e-mail johnnie.hast- known for. establish the service now and not wait said. “It’s amazing they do what they do firstname.lastname@example.org. March 19, 2009 • APG News 9 Commentary: 39 percent of Soldiers say they have health concerns after deployment By may also feel tired, have a change in ing home, you should get medical care sugar foods. CARLLA JONES appetite, or experience sore or achy as soon as possible: fever, muscle or • Get plenty of exercise. CHPPM muscles. These effects should be tem- joint pain, stomach or bowel problems, • Don’t let medical problems go It is not uncommon for Soldiers to porary and decrease as the days go swollen glands, skin problems, exces- untreated. Keep regular appointments report health concerns after deploy- by. If these effects do not improve, or sive tiredness, emotional problems, dif- with your health care providers. Keep up ment. According to the Armed Forc- if they get worse, Soldiers should be ficulty sleeping, shortness of breath or with preventive medicine screenings. es Health Surveillance Center, during sure to see a health care provider as weight loss. • Make sure to get a good night’s post-deployment reassessment, 39 per- soon as possible. It is very important to tell health care sleep. cent of active duty Soldiers reported It is important to be aware of your providers that you were deployed and • Balance the amount of time spent they had health concerns (not a wound health after returning home. Most ill- tell them where you were deployed. The at work, with friends and with Fami- or injury) and 29 percent reported that nesses related to deployment occur while earlier that tests are done to determine ly. Make time to relax. Take time to do their health was worse than before troops are still in theater. However, some the cause of the symptoms, the sooner activities you enjoy. deployment. diseases and other medical conditions the correct diagnosis can be made and • Soldiers should remember to pay Many Soldiers experience minor, may not cause noticeable symptoms treatment can begin. attention to their health after they return temporary changes in their health until several months after Soldiers arrive It is not unusual for Soldiers to expe- home from deployment. after returning from a deployment. at their home station. rience difficulties when readjusting to If Soldiers have any health concerns, These short-term changes are most- Almost all symptoms will show up their home duty station. There are a they should be sure to contact their ly due to reintegration into home within the first six months after return- number of strategies you can use to stay health care provider, the chaplain or their and Family life, deployment trav- ing from deployment. If you experience healthy during this time. chain of command. They are all excel- el and jet lag, and getting used to a any of the following symptoms in the • Eat regularly. Make healthy food lent sources of information that can help different schedule and diet. Soldiers first few weeks or months after return- choices. Stay away from high-fat, high- Soldiers and their Family. Help for post traumatic stress disorder, combat reactions Story by Civil War, these reactions were called mon factor is that they acknowledged vider. You might also search out another MAJ RICHARD BARTON “soldiers’ heart.” In World War I, PTSD and accepted their situation and did healthcare professional, such as a behav- U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine was labeled “shell shock.” During World something about it. ioral health officer or chaplain. Military War II, it was called “battle fatigue,” and If after 120 days of post-deployment, Once Source, www.militaryonesource. Post traumatic stress disorder is an in the Korean War, it was titled “opera- there is not a significant improvement in com, also offers resources. anxiety disorder that can appear after an tional exhaustion.” Through the efforts sleep or a decrease in combat reactions, (Editor’s note: Author is a social worker individual has witnessed or experienced of the Department of Veterans Affairs, seek assistance from a primary-care pro- at USACHPPM.) an event they perceive as traumatic. identification of specific symptoms and Common signs of PTSD are persis- the use of the term PTSD began during tently experiencing the event through dreams or flashbacks, avoiding events the Vietnam War. Most individuals exposed to a trau- TRICARE beneficiaries have or situations that are similar to the event, increased anxious feelings, and signifi- matic event experience some level of acute stress reactions, or acute stress access to DoD self-service logon cant impairment of social, occupation- disorder. These reactions are similar U.S. DoD Military Health System To create a DS Logon, sponsors al or personal functioning. When these to PTSD, however the length of time may use their CAC or MyPay pin The Department of Defense Family symptoms continue in combination and continued intensity distinguishes member account to access the Defense in the DS Logon Access Manager beyond a month, those combinations of one from the other. ASD lasts between Enrollment Eligibility Reporting Sys- at https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/dsac- symptoms could be PTSD. two days and four weeks. Reactions tem, or DEERS, has a new name and cess. Sponsors may request a DS People who witnessed or experienced that are lesser in intensity and length the Web site has a new look. It is now Logon for themselves or a Fami- childhood or adult physical, emotional or are commonly referred to as combat called “DS Logon.” ly member. A personal identification sexual abuse; assault; an auto accident; or reactions. A DoD Self-Service Logon—or number will be mailed along with a near-death experience may also expe- Contributing factors that can lead to “DS Logon”—is a secure credential instructions on how to activate the rience PTSD-like reactions. Firefighters PTSD are reduced levels of sleep due issued to uniformed service members, DS Logon. and police officers who place themselves to dreams or agitation (frequently called spouses and other Family members 18 Family members can also request in harm’s way may have reactions that hyper-vigilance) that may lead to sleep and older who are eligible for benefits a DS Logon for themselves at a RAP- are similar to PTSD. Service members deprivation and the misuse of alco- in the DEERS system. It allows access IDS station when they are getting an who are involved directly or indirectly in hol used to manage reactions. Increased to secure DoD web applications. identification card and the one-time combat or deal with the results of com- alcohol tolerance can magnify the poten- A DS Logon electronically links PIN will be mailed to them. bat actions may have experiences that tial for addiction, and studies have shown a TRICARE beneficiary’s identity to For more information about request- lead to reactions similar to PTSD. that excessive alcohol use will adverse- their medical records, pay and human ing a DS Logon, visit https://www. Reports of combat reaction have been ly affect sleep patterns, multiplying the resource systems, and allows them dmdc.osd.mil/appj/dsaccess/pub/ identified since the 6th century B.C. impact of sleep deprivation. to access different web applications, FAQ.do In 490 B.C., the Greek historian Overall, people with combat reac- such as the beneficiary web enroll- Visit http://tricare.mil/mybene- Herodotus, in recording the Battle of tions, ASD or PTSD can learn to suc- ment Web site, https://www.dmdc. fit/ for information about TRICARE Marathon, described PTSD-like reac- cessfully identify and manage their osd.mil/appj/bwe/. benefits. tions in an Athenian soldier. During the reactions. For those who have, the com- VFW prepares packages for deployed Soldiers with care Story by QUENTIN MELSON 20th Support Command (CBRNE) Members of the Harford County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars and Ladies Auxiliary Post 5337 are con- stantly assembling care packag- es for deployed Soldiers from the 20th Support Command (CBRNE) and the 22nd Chemi- cal Battalion. “We have adopted the 20th Support Command,” said Leo- la Bogdan, president of the Ladies Auxiliary. “We send care packages every couple of months to the Soldiers stationed overseas.” Photos by SHARON CHAPMAN The most recently assem- Members of the Harford County Memorial VFW and Ladies Auxiliary Post 5337 add joy to the care packages they prepare for deployed APG Soldiers bled packages were put togeth- from the 20th Support Command (CBRNE) and 22nd Chemical Battalion. er Feb. 17 at the VFW Post in Abingdon. diers to assess their needs. VFW on a regular basis to The VFW and Ladies Aux- “We’ve being doing this about coordinate the care packages iliary ensure items other than five years,” added VFW District and other support we receive standard issue are available for 5 Commander Douglas MacAr- from the VFW -- and what they deployed Soldiers. They have thur. “Colonel [Darryl] Briggs receive from us,” Chapman add- sent nearly 350 care packag- [the Task Force Troy chief of ed. “It is a working relationship es filled with snacks, toiletries, staff] calls from Iraq and lets to support all our Soldiers and phone cards, books, Boy Scout me know what the troops need. our Families.” popcorn and Girl Scout cookies [They] recently asked for foot- The VFW post receives to Soldiers from the 20th SUP- balls and soccer balls. The next many replies and thank you COM and 22nd Chemical Bat- thing you know, they had foot- notes from grateful Soldiers. talion alone. All told, VFW Post balls and soccer balls.” “I can’t even count all of 5337 has sent thousands of care “The local VFW post rou- the cards, notes and certifi- packages to deployed Soldiers. tinely coordinates with the Fam- cates we’ve received from the “We have a list of stuff we ily readiness support assistants Soldiers,” added Mr. MacAr- provide,” said VFW District 5 of local commands,” said Sha- thur. “We also put a card in President Linda MacArthur. “If ron Chapman, FRSA from 20th each package for the Soldiers anybody writes and asks [for] a SUPCOM. to request something that they particular thing and it’s within “Marcella [Heilig], FRSA need.” reason, then we send it.” from 22nd Chemical Battalion, To volunteer or donate items VFW members keep close the Family Readiness Group for the care packages, contact Putting the final touches on the care packages are VFW members John contact with the deployed Sol- advisors and I meet with the the VFW, 410-676-4456. Middendorf and Pete Bogdan. 10 APG News • March 19, 2009 Activities/Events APG Youth Talent Show May 9 Community Service building 2745, Rod- 410-436-2213, e-mail ruben.ferguson@ per person with $25 back in cash and a An APG Youth Talent Show will take man Road 6 to 7 p.m. the first Wednes- us.army.mil. $5 buffet coupon. place May 9, at the Post Theater, 7 p.m. day of every month (April 1, May 6, Purchase Hippodrome Theater Only for ages 21 and over. The bus will Doors open 6 p.m. June 3, July 1, Aug. 5, Sept. 2, Oct. 7, tickets online leave Vitali’s Restaurant, Best Western in Auditions for the APG Youth Talent Nov. 4 and Dec. 2). Edgewood 9 a.m. and return 9 p.m. For more information, call, To purchase advanced tickets for For more information, contact Show will be held in the Aberdeen Area, shows at the Hippodrome Theater, vis- 6 to 8:30 p.m., March 26 and 27 and 2 410-278-2464/410-278-7572 FMWR Leisure Travel Services, AA it www.BroadwayAcrossAmerica. Recreation Center, building 3326, 410- to 6 p.m., March 28 at the Post Theater. ACS announces Egg Hunt Extravaganza com/groupsales and enter the password 278-4011/4907 or e-mail apgr-usag- In the Edgewood Area, auditions will be “105MWRAPGMD” for available dis- email@example.com. held 6 to 8:30 p.m., April 2 and 3 and Army Community Service will hold 2 to 6 p.m., April 4 at the Stark Recre- counted tickets. an egg hunt, host the Easter Bunny, ation Center. The Youth Talent Competition is open to the public. Age categories include 10 and provide Family fun for everyone 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., April 4 at Capa Field Tickets are offered for a limited time. Check the Web site frequently for prices, show times/dates, seat availability and Looking for in the Edgewood Area of APG. to 12, 13 to 15 and 16 to 18. The event is open to individuals or groups. Mili- tary, civilian, contractor and retired mili- This event is open to all DoD card- holders, military and civilian per- offer expiration. For more information, call 410-278- 4011/4907, or e-mail APGR-USAG- a job? sonnel, contractors, retirees, Family Visit FMWR Jobs Available at tary Family members ages 10 to 18 years members and guests. MWR-LeisureTravel@conus.army.mil. www.apgmwr.com. of age and still in high school are eligi- FMWR daily bus trips to Atlantic All jobs for Aberdeen Proving Youth Sports registration open ble to participate. City Ground are listed at http://acpol. Talent categories include vocalist, Register now for these youth army.mil/employment/naf.htm or sports: Roll the bones on daily trips to Atlan- vocal groups, instrumentalist, instru- check out AAFES Jobs link http:// • Youth baseball & tee ball (Aberdeen tic City, N.J. FMWR Leisure Travel Ser- mental groups, spoken word, rap, dance odin.aafes.com/employment/ for Area only) vices offers daily bus service to Trump and comedy. additional job opportunities. • Youth flag football cheerleading Taj Mahal Casino. Cost of the trip is $45 Tickets cost $5 for active duty mili- tary and $7 for non-military. To purchase • Start smart basketball tickets at FMWR Registration, build- ing 3326, call 410-278-4011/4907 or Hoyle Fitness Center, building E-4210, • All cheerleading • Youth softball (Aberdeen Area only) • Youth flag football Easter Brunch April 12 • Upcoming junior golf An Easter Brunch will be held 10 Mimosa’s, Bloody Mary’s, juices, cof- 410-436-7134. • Tennis programs a.m. to 2 p.m., April 12, at Top of the fee and tea. For more information, call Earlene For more sports information, call Bay. Cost is $21.95 for adults, $9.95 Reservations are required Allen, 410-278-3854. 410-306-2297. for children ages 5 to 11 and children with a deadline of April 9. Call Bunco is here to stay under 5 are free. 410-278-3062/2552/5195. 3 Days to better golf Win door prizes at Bunco, 7 p.m., The breakfast buffet includes an March 19, April 23 and May 21 at Top Join the APG golf professionals omelet station, French toast, scrambled of the Bay Chesapeake/Mezzanine. March 26 through 28 for a season eggs, sausage gravy and home fries, Cost to play is $5 per person. kick off clinic series for golfers to get bagels, muffins and Danish. their golf game ready for a success- The luncheon buffet includes chick- Hearts Apart Support Group ful year. schedule en Marsala, baked ham with fruit sauce, Cost is $50 and includes six hours of baked cod in white wine sauce, assort- Family members from all branches of clinic and golf course activities. ed vegetables, potatoes and rice, carv- service, DoD civilians and contractors For more information, call Dave Cor- ing station with prime rib and turkey. may participate in Hearts Apart Support rell, 410-278-4794, e-mail david.cor- Cost also includes assorted desserts, Group meetings held in the APG Army firstname.lastname@example.org or Ruben Ferguson, SKIES Unlimited For more information or to register for 6 to 13. Classes will be held March 30 thru April 30, in the Noncommissioned Offi- a SKIES Unlimited class, call the Central Some of the dishes on the menu include April 14; April 20 thru May 5; May 11 cer Academy building 4505, Suite C Registration Office, building 2752, 410- thai ginger noodle salad, dessert sushi, thru 27 (no class May 25); and June 1 Cost is $85 per student. 278-7571/7479. Open to all DoD ID card and Roasted Red Pepper Hummus. Chef thru 16. holders. For an appointment, e-mail sta- Tae Kwon Do hats and aprons provided. To be a chef, Class includes 30 hours of class- email@example.com. one must look like one! room instruction and 6 hours of behind- Join the Unity Tae Kwon Do School Cost is $195 per student. the-wheel instruction. Cost is $295 per of Martial Arts at APG. Tae Kwon Do Culinary Kids SKIES Unlimited offers Driver’s Ed student. promotes discipline, as well as muscle This hands-on class incorporates sci- toning and conditioning. Drivers Education classes are con- Last day to register for the class is ence, math, nutrition and kitchen safety Classes will be held at the Child, ducted by Rules Driving School, Inc. one week prior to the first class. Stu- into the preparation of fun and delicious Youth and School Center, build- Monday thru Thursday, 2:30 to 5:45 p.m. dents must be between 15.9 and 18 culinary specialties. ing 2522, Monday and Wednesday; or 6 to 9:15 p.m. Classes will be held in years of age. Parents must attend the Classes are Saturday’s, 10:30 a.m. to March 30 through April 22, 5:30 to Aberdeen at the Community Center, 34 first day of class. Open to all DoD ID noon, March 21 through May 2, at the 6:15 p.m. (ages 6 to 12). Cost is $65 N. Philadelphia Boulevard, room 304. cardholders. Aberdeen Area Youth Center, for ages per student for a one-month session Brazilian Jujitsu or $150 per student for a three-month Auto Craft Shop offers auto detailing Through the practice of jujitsu and kickboxing, students will learn the best session. Students must wear a white T-shirt The Auto Craft Shop, building 2379, jams, trunk or cargo area, dressing tires form of self-defense. Students will learn and sweat pants. now offers auto detailing for SUVs, and wheels, leather conditioning and to defend themselves against bigger, Class size is limited so register early. cars, trucks and more. washing. stronger and faster opponents and devel- op priceless leadership and teamwork Infant/Child First Aid, CPR Class • Cars, $125 Packages include: An Infant/Child First Aid and CPR • Jeep Wrangler or small truck, skills. All students will advance their Washing vehicle, vacuuming, dress- $150 skills no matter their gender, size, or nat- class will be held 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., ing vinyl, cleaning windows and dress- • SUV or large truck, $175 ural ability. for ages 13 and older, April 13, building ing tires Classes for beginners ages 7 to 18 2752, Child and Youth Services admin- Individual services include exteri- • Cars, $20, are conducted on Tuesdays and Thurs- istration building. The class costs $5 per or washing • Jeep Wrangler or small truck, $25 days, 6 to 6:45 p.m., March 24 through person. • Car, $10 • SUV or large truck, $30 • Jeep Wrangler or small truck, $15 Washing, waxing, cleaning outside windows, wheels and tires The Auto Craft Shop is open 1 to Deadlines for sports applications announced 5 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays, and 9 • Cars, $55 All military and DoD civilians are or tournament to take place. The 3 on a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays. • Jeep Wrangler or small truck, $60 invited to sign up for APG intramural 3 Basketball Tournament has a $20 For more information, call • SUV or large truck, $65 sports events. team fee. 410-278-5178. Complete detailing Application deadlines are: Military Includes engine cleaning, vacuum- NOTE: Times are subject to change. • AIT Bowling - March 22 ing carpet, dressing all vinyl, hand The Auto Craft Shop can pick up cus- Civilian • Volleyball - March 27 • Volleyball - March 27 washing and drying exterior, clean- tomers’ cars and deliver them back • 3 on 3 Basketball - April 3 • 3 on 3 Basketball - April 3 ing inside and outside windows, door when they are finished. • Dead Lift Competition - April 17 • Dead Lift Competition - April 17 Special notes for civilians: Cost per For more information, call 410-278- CWF announces upcoming trips, events team is $200 for basketball, volley- ball, softball and flag football. There 3929 or visit http://www.apgmwr. com/recreation/sportscalendar2009. March 28 your leisure. Take in a Broadway show, is a four team minimum for a league ppt#256,1,Slide 1. Trip to Sight and Sound shop or sightsee. The cost per person is A trip to Sight and Sound to see $45 for charter bus transportation. “Behold the Lamb” at the Millenni- um Theatre, Strasburg, Pa., costs $104 for adults; $79 for teens ages 13 to 18; July 11 CWF night at Ripken Stadium and Crab Feast March bowling specials and $59 for children ages 12 and under. Join CWF for a great night of Iron- The Bowling Center is open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Mondays. Price includes show ticket, dinner at birds baseball and fireworks from the Throughout the month of March, 1 to 5 p.m., throw a strike when a red head pin Hershey Farms and charter bus trans- Party Deck at Aberdeen’s Ripken Sta- appears and receive a free game. portation. Departure time is 3:30. Call dium. The cost per person is $43 or $49 Every Friday, 1 to 5 p.m., bowl $1.75 per game plus $1.50 for shoe rental. to reserve tickets now. per person includes beer, a complimen- March 29 is Penny-a-Pin Day. Cost is $.01 for every pin knocked down; games tary Ironbirds baseball cap, all-you- over 200 are free (no hourly rate applies). Shoe rental costs $1.75 per pair. April 4 can-eat Bo Brooks Crabs, hot dogs, Trip to Washington, D.C. Spend the day in the nation’s Capital hamburgers and corn on the cob. Res- ervation deadline is June 11. APG Bowling Center Snack Bar specials and experience history, art and culture at the many museums and monuments. August 8 Building 2342 Tour Washington, D.C., alone or join Trip to Kings Dominion Week of March 16 an optional tour group. The cherry Come and enjoy one of the East Special #1: Italian sausage, french fries, cookie and regular soda for $6.25. blossoms should be in bloom, mak- Coast’s best amusement parks. Kings Special #2: Lasagna, salad, garlic bread, cookie and regular soda for ing it a beautiful, scenic trip. Cost for Dominion offers 13 roller coasters $9.95. charter bus transportation is $40 per including the new hair-raising “Domi- nator” and 20 acres of water-filled fun. Week of March 23 person. Special #1: Egg salad sandwich, potato chips, cookie and The price will include round trip char- May 16 ter bus transportation and entry into the regular soda for $3.95. Trip to New York City park. Bus leaves APG at 8 a.m. Price to Special #2: Double bacon cheese burger with french Spend the day in the Big Apple, at be determined. fries, cookie and regular soda for $7.45. For more information or to place an order, call 410- For more information or to make a reservation, call Patti Harkins, 410-273- 278-4041. Orders must be placed before 10:30 a.m. 2075 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. March 19, 2009 • APG News 15 Project collaboration saves Soldiers’ lives Story by MIKE RODDIN STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS, TANK AND AUTOMOTIVE RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT AND ENGINEERING CENTER, and ANDRICKA THOMAS RDECOM Seventy-two hours to save Soldiers’ lives; 72 hours to assess, design, fabri- cate, integrate, test, adapt and produce a universal restraint system to ensure gun- ners won’t be thrown from Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles in the event of an accident or vehicle rollover. Given that small window of oppor- tunity one weekend, the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command pulled together its resources to deliver a Mine-Resistant Ambush Pro- tected vehicle Gunner Restraint System to the Warfighter in the field. This sys- tem increases safety and security for the Soldier in a battlefield environment. RDECOM’s Prototype Integration Facilities answered and delivered rap- id results. These facilities specialize in Photo by WILLIAM DOWELL prototyping rapid product developments U.S. Army Tank-Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center engineer Mike Manceor measures bolt hole locations on an Mine to bridge the gap between the technolo- Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle gunner’s platform for a restraint system. TARDEC Prototype Integration Facility engineers and engineering gy needs of the Soldier and the Soldier technicians worked closely with the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center and the U.S. Army Developmental Testing Command’s using those technologies in theatre. personnel to create two universal systems in three days. Working collaboratively, PIF staff aided design models were available, and Army equipment; I knew it was going to RDECOM Command Sgt. Maj. Hector from the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive no two MRAP variants share the same work,” Henriquez said. G. Marin. “But with this project, they Research, Development and Engineer- bolt hole patterns.” The result--two universal kits, one saw immediate impact. Their hard work ing Center and the U.S. Army Edgewood Having no design drawings of the designed to fit the RG-31 and three vari- and dedication saved lives within ninety- Chemical Biological Center teamed with MRAPs, engineers measured and devel- ants of the RG-33; and the other kit six hours of project completion.” the U.S. Army Developmental Testing oped detailed drawings in order to make designed to fit the Cougar/JERRV. I’m planning on future collaborations,” Command’s Aberdeen Test Center to a prototype that would fit on each of By Sunday evening two basic designs, said Jim Soltesz, TARDEC PIF director. design, integrate, fabricate and test the the vehicles. Designers had to climb one for five of the vehicles and another “In my mind, I think of them [other RDE- new MRAP restraint system. into vehicles, physically measure the for the remaining two, were complete. COM elements] as am arm, and exten- “It’s like having a seatbelt in your hole patterns and make detailed draw- ECBC fabricated mounting hardware; sion of our organization.” Soltesz said car,” said Sgt. 1st Class Amin Henriquez, ings from the measurements they took. engineers pooled drawing updates. this partnership helped gain safety certifi- noncommissioned officer of operations, The designs were then sent to the ECBC The collaboration directly supports cation and fabrication efforts quicker, and RDECOM. “The restraint system pre- facility on Aberdeen Proving Ground the RDECOM mission of delivering in turn enabled the team to get the prod- vents the gunner from being thrown where the staff fabricated the parts to rapid technology solutions, accord- uct to the Warfighter quicker. from the vehicle in the event it gets hit. build the system. ing to Gary Doggett, chief for Force Giving up a weekend for the PIF The system saves lives.” “ECBC PIF engineers collaborat- Integration at RDECOM headquarters. RDECOM team is not uncommon; they A restraint system had already been ed with TARDEC engineers and pro- The collaboration saved weeks and just want to complete the mission. developed for the HMMWV [high mobil- gram manager personnel in the onsite possibly months of coordination for “We’re here to make things easier for ity multi-purpose wheeled vehicle], but development and drawings of proto- completion. the Warfighter,” Soltesz said. “We pro- not for the MRAP vehicles, according type hardware for GRS for the RG31/ The push had ended, but work contin- vide protection and safety, that’s our to Maj. Anh Ha, assistant deputy to the RG33 and Cougar vehicles,” said Mark ued. TARDEC provided designs and 50 job…to make the Soldier’s life easier so TARDEC Quick Reaction Cell. Schein, chief, ECBC Advanced Design Gunner’s Kit platform plates to Blue Grass they can complete the mission.” The TARDEC Prototype Integration and Manufacturing Division. Army Depot supported by Rock Island This isn’t the first project they’ve Facility therefore immediately began Testing of the prototypes then took Arsenal, Ill., with manufacturing. Designs, done on deadline and the dedication does adapting an existing five-point restraint place at ATC. Henriquez, who served as prototypes and bill of materials for all vehi- not falter with this team. harness and retractor used in HMMWVs part of a team of Soldiers to help test the cles were completed, and kits were fabricat- The MRAP gunner restraint system for the various types of MRAP vehicles. equipment through limited user evalua- ed, assembled and shipped to theater. is slated to be completed by the end of “There were several challenges to tions, said he had confidence in the engi- “Our engineers work hard behind the February, according to Eric Emerton, overcome,” said senior engineer Mike neers who developed the technology. scenes but often don’t get to immedi- spokesperson from the U.S. Army Tank- Manceor. “No drawings or computer “It was like wearing another piece of ately see the fruits of their labor,” said Automotive Command. Gunpowder Toastmaster selected by Arbor Day poster contest rules, deadlines peers to compete in regional contest Ground’s annual Arbor Day Proving eighth grades; and ninth through 12th As part of Aberdeen celebra- grades. Story by At the end of the meeting, guests were tion, Child, Youth and School Services • The deadline for submission is RACHEL PONDER presented an opportunity to share their will host a poster contest. Arbor Day at April 6. Posters may be left in the APG News APG will be held the week of April 6. interests in public speaking and their Aberdeen Area at the Childcare Cen- The Gunpowder Toastmasters held impression of the club. Several com- Arbor Day poster rules ter (building 2485) and in Edgewood chapter speech and table topics contests mented that they would like to work on • Children and youths should use at the Child & Youth Services build- Feb. 17 for members to demonstrate their improving their public speaking skills. white poster board, size 18” by 24”. ing (E-1901). public speaking abilities and to deter- “Toastmasters helps members learn • The theme for 2009 is Trees are mine who would represent the chapter in • Posters should have the child’s how to give speeches and communicate Treasure. the annual international contest. name, age, and a contact phone num- in any situation,” said Carmen Lane, vice • Children and youths can use var- Toastmasters is a club that focuses president for Membership. “We come ber on the back (or otherwise attached). ious mediums to include but not lim- on improving members’ public speaking together in a supportive and safe envi- ited to: crayon, markers, color pencil, APG will attempt to contact winning and leadership skills and provides net- ronment to practice our public speaking watercolors, tempera paint, collage artists prior to the Arbor Day event. working opportunities. skills while having lots of fun.” materials, photos, etc. Award presentations will take place Contest-master Dave Garcia started “I read books on leadership, and most • The contest will be open to the at the Arbor Day Celebration April 9. the meeting by welcoming guests and of them suggest joining Toastmasters to public. Winning posters will be displayed dur- explaining the contest rules of the Table work on public speaking skills,” said Judging will be by age groups. Age ing the celebration. Topics contest. Capt. Rick Jansen, who teaches main- groups include kindergarten, first and For more information, contact Contestants Roger Staso, George Als- tenance management for the 61st Ord- second grades; third and fourth grades; April Tull: email@example.com or feld, Stephen Fine and Adam Freeland nance Brigade. “I would like to work on fifth and sixth grades; seventh and 410-436-2902. were asked to speak on “their favorite these skills, and I also like that it gives pastime.” Contestants do not know the me the opportunity to meet other people, topic before the contest, so speakers had and lets me hear other perspectives out- to “think on their feet” by making an side of the military. I think you can learn impromptu 1- to 2.5-minute speech. so much from other people, and this is an Freeland, the club’s vice president for enlightening experience.” Public Relations, won the contest by giv- Freeland, who works for an invest- ing a speech about his love of sports, and ment firm in Bel Air, said that he appre- Fine came in second by giving a speech ciated being recognized as a competent about how he gets enjoyment by trying public speaker by his peers. to predict the stock market. “I have been involved with Toastmas- During the International Speech con- ters on and off for ten years,” he said. “I test, contestants prepared their own 4.5- joined to be a better communicator in a to 7.5-minute speeches. friendly environment. When you are in They must have completed at least Toastmasters, you work on your skills six speeches in the Communication and and public speaking, learn to have fun Leadership Program manual prior to with it, and it gets addictive.” competing in the chapter’s contest. Lane commented that she also joined Freeland won the International Speech the club to help improve her public speak- contest for his speech entitled “The Attitude ing skills, and was extra pleased to find of Gratitude,” where he described how his that the club is fun and even educational. faith has resulted in his attitude of gratitude. “I feel like it has helped me in many “One of the deepest cravings we have aspects in my life,” she said. “I have as human beings is gratefulness,” he said become more aware of how to communi- during his speech. cate more effectively during meetings and Alsfeld won second place for his even during one-on-one conversations.” speech, “It’s Not About the Cancer,” Gunpowder Toastmasters meets on the where he described how he has a grate- first and third Mondays every month at ful attitude toward life and living despite 11:40 a.m. in the seminar room of the having cancer. Chemical Demilitarization Training Facility Freeland will compete in the Area 24 (building E-4516) in the Edgewood Area. International Speech and Table Topics Toastmasters is open to everyone. For contest on April 13 at Harford Commu- more information call Lane, 410-436- nity College. In the event that Freeland 8969, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. cannot compete, Fine and Alsfeld will mil, or Freeland, 410-838-2992, or e-mail represent Gunpowder Toastmasters in email@example.com. For more their respective contests. information on Toastmasters International Other contestants for the Table Topics and communication and career tips, vis- included Staso, Alsfeld, and Lane, and it http://www.toastmasters.org and vis- Fine also participated in the Internation- it http://www.toastmasters-d18.org/ for al Speech contest. local Toastmasters International events. 16 APG News • March 19, 2009 THURSDAY tion, call Chris Travers, 443-567-9720, Tickets cost $10 in advance and $12 at and make a mini-greenhouse to take e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or the door. There will be a free light buf- home. This program will be held 1 to MARCH 19 visit http://a0541301.uscgaux.info/. fet while it lasts. 2 p.m. for ages 5 to 10. The cost is $5 SAME CHESAPEAKE POST For more information or directions, and registration is required. SATURDAY MONTHLY MEETING call 410-272-3444. For more information, to register, or The Society of American Military Engi- MARCH 21 SUNDAY for directions to the Anita C. Leight neers Chesapeake Post meeting is GREEN FEVER TERRARIUM Estuary Center, call 410-612-1688 or scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at the Top of Bring a recycled two-liter bottle and MARCH 22 410-879-2000, ext. 1688. the Bay. The featured speaker is David learn how to make a mini greenhouse. 101ST ANNUAL WOMEN’S ALL TIED UP Craig, Harford County Executive, who This program will be held 11 a.m. to DAY CELEBRATION Have fun with cordage while tying will give a presentation on the impact noon for ages 8 to 12. The cost is $4 per some basic knots. Scouts may find The women of St. James A.M.E. of BRAC on Harford County and its terrarium. Registration is required. this useful. This free program will be Church, 615 Green Street, will cel- infrastructure. Space is limited and For more information, to register, or held 3 to 4 p.m. for ages 8 to adult. ebrate their 101st Annual Women’s reservations are required. RSVP online for directions to the Anita C. Leight Registration is required. Day, 11 a.m. The guest speaker will be at www.same-chesapeake.org. Estuary Center, call 410-612-1688 or For more information, to register, or Bishop Violet L. Fisher who served the 410-879-2000, ext. 1688. United Methodist Church. A musical for directions to the Anita C. Leight FRIDAY celebration will begin at 4 p.m. Estuary Center, call 410-612-1688 or WHITE TAILED DEER SURVEY MARCH 20 For more information, call 410-939- 410-879-2000, ext. 1688. Harford County seems to be experi- BASKET BINGO encing explosive population growth, 2267. THURSDAY A basket bingo will be held at the and not just with humans. So, come MEET A CRITTER Aberdeen Fire Hall, Rogers Street, help to determine if the deer popula- MARCH 26 Check out one of the live critters up KARAOKE/LADIES NIGHT Aberdeen, to benefit the Aberdeen tion of Leight Park is a healthy size. close while discovering what makes High School Chorus. Come get the scoop on poop and con- that animal special. This free program Thirsty Thursdays are back at Charl- Doors open 6 p.m. and games begin duct pellet (deer scat) counts out on begins at 2 p.m. for all ages. No regis- ton-Miller Veterans of Foreign War 7 p.m. Tickets cost $12 for a 20 game the trails to determine how many deer tration required. Post 6054, located at 206 Spesutia packet. Extra packets cost $5 each. call the park home. This program will For more information or for directions Road. Come on out and show off your Food and drinks will be available for be held 9 a.m. to noon for ages 16 to to the Anita C. Leight Estuary Center, singing skills at Karaoke Night, 7 p.m. purchase. adult. Registration is required. call 410-612-1688 or 410-879-2000, ext. No cover charge. Happy hour is 5 to Bring a non-perishable food item for a For more information, to register, or 1688. 9 p.m. free ticket for a special drawing. for directions to the Anita C. Leight For more information or for direc- CHILDREN’S GARDENING tions, call 410-272-3444. For more information or tickets, call Estuary Center, call 410-612-1688 or Brenda Conjour, 410-273-7332. 410-879-2000, ext. 1688. I - GETTIN’ SEEDY IN THE BEEEF AND SHRIMP GREENHOUSE (Editors Note: More calendar events SATURDAY AND SUNDAY can be seen at www.apgnews.apg.army. Jump into the garden season with American Legion Susquehanna Post MARCH 21 & 22 135 located on 300 Cherry Street, Per- seed starting, using the greenhouse mil under Community Notes.) BASIC BOATING CLASSES ryville, will serve beef and shrimp, 5 The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla to 9 p.m. Tickets cost $25 per person APG SCHOOL LIAISON 22-04 will offer Basic Boating classes, and includes draught beer and musi- 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Middle River Yacht Club located at 200 Nanticoke cal entertainment with Sammy K. For more information, call 410-642- Registration opens for Operation Purple Camp 2771. Registration is now open for this summer’s Operation Purple Camp program. Road, next to the Riverwatch Restau- Operation Purple Camp is a week-long, overnight camp open to all military rant in Essex, Md. CRITTER DINNER TIMES children ages 7 to 17. The program aims to help military children experience care- The course will feature instruction on Come watch the turtles, fish and snakes free fun while learning coping skills to deal with deployment-related stress and essential topics of boating to include eat and learn more about these fasci- navigational rules, safety equipment foster relationships with other children who know what they are going through. nating creatures. This free program Any military child can apply; however, priority is given to those children who and boat handling with lessons on begins at 1:30 p.m. for all ages. No essential knot tying and nautical his- have a parent/guardian or Family household member deployed between May registration required. 2007 and November 2008. If all spaces are not filled with campers who meet the tory. Graduates will receive a State of For more information or for directions deployment criteria, the remaining camp slots are filled with any military child Maryland certification. to the Anita C. Leight Estuary Center, from any service branch, the National Guard, Reserve, Public Health Services and Maryland law states that anyone born call 410-612-1688 or 410-879-2000, ext. on or after July 1, 1972, must possess National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration. 1688. “Deployment” is defined loosely as Temporary Duty Assignment and trav- a certificate of boating safety educa- tion in order to operate any motorized THE ULTIMATE JAZZ el can often take service members away from Family for significant periods of vessel. EXPERIENCE time. The cost of instruction is free; howev- The Charlton-Miller Veterans of For- For more information, call Eileen Campbell, school liaison officer, er, a charge of $25 per student is need- eign War Post 6054, located at 206 410-278-2857. ed to cover administrative costs. All Spesutia Road, Perryman will feature For more information on any APG school related topic, contact Eileen Campbell, required material will be provided. one of Baltimore’s hottest Jazz/R&B 410-278-2857 or e-mail email@example.com. For more information and registra- Bands – ‘Beyond Blue,’ 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. POST SHORTS Effective Supervisor Assessments OSJA offers tax prep, Proving Ground, installation com- days of assignment to APG. There is no cost for this training. mander, Fort George G. Meade, Md., The briefings take place 8 to 9 a.m. For more information or to register, closed March 30 and the U.S. Army an insight into on the last Monday of each month students must submit a training request The Installation Tax Assistance Pro- the problems and issues expressed and are designed to inform Soldiers, through CHRTAS https://www.atrrs. gram, directed by the Office of the Staff by retirees residing on APG and sur- enlisted and officers, of programs and army.mil/channels/chrtas/student/ and Judge Advocate, Client Services Divi- rounding areas.” services available to meet the require- be approved by their supervisor. sion, provides free tax preparation and To help accomplish this, the APG ments of their educational goals and electronic filing for qualifying active Retiree Council is seeking volunteers to plans. The briefing also will provide RAB meeting March 26 duty service members, retirees and Fam- serve on the council. Interested parties information to help establish or recer- The Installation Restoration Program ily members. should send an e-mail with contact infor- tify the Soldier’s long/short-term edu- will hold its monthly Restoration Advi- The Tax Center, located downstairs in mation to: firstname.lastname@example.org or cation goals. sory Board meeting 7 to 9:45 p.m. at a Top of the Bay, will be closed on Mon- email@example.com. For more information, call Tressie new location, Vitali’s Restaurant & Ban- day, March 30. Stout, 410-306-2042. quets, 1709 Edgewood Road and Route Normal duty hours will remain Mon- CBRNIAC offers technical 24 in Edgewood. day through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. inquiry service Reminder: Vehicle stor- The topic of the meeting will be an until the center officially closes April 15. The Chemical, Biological, Radiolog- age in housing areas update on the Carroll Island, Graces ical and Nuclear Defense Information Personnel occupying quarters on Quarters and J-Field Study Areas. Dining facilities serve Analysis Center, or CBRNIAC, provides Aberdeen Proving Ground are remind- Board meetings are open to the pub- Customer Appreciation a technical inquiry service. ed that in accordance with APGR 190- lic; all APG employees and citizens are invited. Specialty Meal The service offers up to four hours of 5 and APGR 210-8 it is prohibited to technical analysis service at no cost to autho- store recreation vehicles, utility trail- For more information, call the The Customer Appreciation Special- rized users from Department of Defense ers and watercraft within the APG Information Line, 410-272-8842 or ty Meal will be held in the Aberdeen agencies, other federal government agen- housing areas. Vehicles in violation 800-APG-9998. Area dining facilities, buildings 4503 cies, DoD and federal contractors, state and are subject to impoundment at the and 4219 and the Edgewood Area din- local governments and emergency response owner’s expense. Translators needed ing facility, building E-4225, 5:30 to 7 organizations. The service covers the full The APG Public Affairs Office is p.m., April 21. range of CBRN defense and related home- No emergency service at updating a list of people who are inter- During this event all military person- ested in serving as volunteer translators nel, Family members, land security topics. KUSAHC To take advantage of CBRNIAC’s for foreign-speaking visitors, as well as Department of Defense civilians, Inquiry Service, complete the “Submit Kirk U.S. Army Health Clinic is not individuals who can interpret foreign retirees and guests are invited to dine. an Inquiry” form on its Web site, http:// equipped or staffed to provide emer- written documents. The standard meal rate of $4.25 applies www.cbrniac.apgea.army.mil/info/ gency medical care. Neither the Aber- Those interested in serving as a to any officer, enlisted member, and Fam- inquiry.php, or call James M. King, deen Area nor Edgewood Area clinics translator should forward their name, ily member of sergeant or above, 410-676-9030. should be considered suitable destina- activity, telephone number, email DoD civilian, retiree and their guests. tions to receive healthcare for a medical address and language (written and/or The discount meal rate of $3.65 applies Army announces emergency. spoken) to firstname.lastname@example.org. to spouses and other Family members For emergenies, call 911. APG’s EMS mil. For more information, call of enlisted personnel in ranks private 2009/2010 SSCF Program service is manned with paramedic-lev- 410-278-1151. through specialist/corporal. opportunities el emergency medical technicians and The menu includes new England The window for applicationscloses state-of-the-art equipment to provide CPR Classes and clam chowder, grilled steak with on April 30 for the U.S. Army Human emergency care while en route to local mushrooms and onions, fried shrimp, Resources Command announced a “Call hospitals. Aberdeen Proving Ground Fire and chicken teriyaki, seasoned freedom for Applications” for the 2009/2010 Emergency Services offer CPR class- Vet clinic closed fries, basked macaroni and cheese, Senior Service College Fellowship es on APG. Two classes will be held 9 a.m. to steamed broccoli, lightly buttered corn, Program. Mondays brown gravy, cole slaw, zesty roti- Complete program information noon and 1 to 4 p.m., the third Wednes- Until further notice the post Veteri- ni salad, “Make your Own” salad bar, and application requirements can be day of each month. nary Treatment Facility, located in build- home made biscuits, southern style found at the Acquisition Manage- In the Edgewood Area, classes will be held ing 2479, will be closed on Mondays. corn bread, big chocolate chip cook- ment Branch page at the HRC Web at the Conference Center, building E-4810, Regular hours are Tuesday thru Friday, ies, lemon cake, soft serve ice cream, site, www.hrc.army.mil, or see the April 15, Aug. 26, Oct. 21 and Dec. 16. 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Call ahead for an assorted beverages. online edition of the APG News In the Aberdeen Area, classes will be appointment. Note: Menu is subject to change with- Jan. 15 issue at http://apgnews.apg. held at the Post Theater May 20, July 15 The clinic closes for lunch, federal out prior notification. army.mil/. and Nov. 18. holidays and on the last business day of Class size will be limited to 30 partici- Volunteers needed for the month. pants and will be filled on a first-come first- Education Center con- For more information, call the VTF at served basis. Pre-registration is required. Retiree Council ducts in-process briefings 410-278-3911/4604. For more information or to regis- The Aberdeen Proving Ground ter, call Raymond Campbell, 410-306- The APG Education Center, locat- Retiree Council is being revitalized. ed in building 4305, second floor, room 0566, or e-mail raymond.b.campbell@ The purpose of the council is “to (Editors Note: More Shorts can be seen us.army.mil. 213-B, will conduct monthly in-process at www.apgnews.apg.army.mil under provide the commander of Aberdeen briefings for Soldiers within their first 30 Shorts.) March 19, 2009 • APG News 17 Coach Paul Harris, gives boxer Gregory Williams some tips on his technique between rounds and checks him out during the Amateur Boxing Tournament at Hoyle Gym March 7. 16th pounds 143rd to win Amateur Boxing Tournament Story and photos by Woodbridge VA., won a close decision boxer Dana Polk looked on the bright erick Keeling and James Radabaugh and YVONNE JOHNSON over the 143rd’s Julian Ruffin in the 10th side. Staff Sgts. Jason Stevens, Ronald New APG News bout of the evening. Williams said he “It was a good fight and I thought I and Frederick Keeling. The 16th Ordnance Battalion came to just followed his coach’s instructions. won but I’m just happy to be a part of The referees were Joseph Cooper and the Edgewood Area in a showdown for “My opponent was good but coach tonight,” he said. Michelle Hall of Thunder enterprises. bragging rights and conquered the 143rd kept telling me to stay in there and do The 143rd Ordnance Battalion color Cooper is the chief professional referee Ordnance Battalion to win the Ama- a good job so I just kept fighting,” He guard posted the colors and Pvt. Oliv- for the Washington D.C. area and Hall teur Boxing Tournament at Hoyle Gym said. ia Chandler, Company B 143rd sang the is the only professional female referee March 7. Rebekah Edmonson, who won unani- national anthem. within the Maryland, Delaware and D.C. There was no slowing down the U.S. mously over Jane Hartzell, said it was all Judges included Sgts. 1st Class metro areas. The two have worked each Army Ordnance Mechanical Mainte- about confidence. Eugene Williams, Roderick Harris, Fred- Amateur Boxing Tournament at APG. nance School warriors as fighters from “I believed in myself,” said the 26- each side left it all on the canvas, some year-old Las Vegas, Nev., native. “I more than others. trained hard, and I absolutely felt I could When the dust settled the Soldiers of put a hurting on someone.” the 16th had outshined their opponents The 143rd coach was Staff Sgt. Luis winning 9-4, including one bout the Mojica assisted by Sgt. 1st Class Randy 143rd won by forfeit. Waits and Staff Sgt. Reginald Reid. Staff Sgt. Paul Harris coached the 16th Mojica said he appreciated how well assisted by Staff Sgt. Patrick Butler. organized the event was. Harris said he couldn’t be more proud “A lot of hard work and dedica- of his fighters who he trained for two tion went into this on both sides, and it and one-half months. showed in the ring,” he said. “It was a “I couldn’t ask for anything more,” he great effort. They gave one-hundred per- said. They listened and they applied their cent, and we’re very proud of them.” knowledge. When you train them hard “Their effort was real,” added Reid. you can’t stop them.” “It didn’t work every time but the expe- Two of his fighters agreed. rience was good for them.” Gregory Williams, a 25-year-old from Although he lost a close fight, 143rd Brig. Gen. Lyn Collyar, chief of Ordnance, congratulates Staff Sgt. Paul Harris and the 16th Ordnance Battalion boxing team for winning the Amateur Boxing Tournament at Hoyle Gym March 7. Boxing results • Jazmine Norwood, Company defeated Emerick DeLeon, Company B 143rd, defeated Jaclyn Wallace, B 16th, called by ref, 2nd round Company A 16th, forfeit • Rebekah Edmondson, Compa- • Anthony Cleveland, Company C ny A 16th, defeated Jane Hartzell, 16th, defeated Johnathan Hoffman, Company B 143rd, decision Company B 143rd, decision • Brandon Zachary, Company C • Lamont Wright, Company C 16th, 16th, defeated Dana Polk, Company defeated Anthony Woods, Company B 143rd, decision B 143rd, called by ref, 2nd round • Gregory Williams, Company C • Elijah Smith, Company B 143rd, 16th, defeated Julian Ruffin, Com- defeated Michael Georgeff, Compa- pany B 143rd, decision ny A 16th, decision • Quentin Richard, Company B • Deangelo Bush, Company A 16th, 16th, defeated Jonathon Kerkula, defeated Jaron Mosher, Company C Company B 143rd, decision 143rd, called by ref, 1st round • Matt Jenkins, Company B 143rd, • James Hicks, Company C 16th, defeated Chris Gray, Company A defeated Ansenio White, Company 16th, decision C 143rd, called by coach, end of 1st • David Punch, Company C 16th, Brandon Zachary, Company C 16th, left, drives a shot to the head of Dana Polk, Company B round defeated Brandon Stewart, Compa- 143rd, right, during the 8th bout of the Amateur Boxing Tournament. Zachary went on to win • Marquez Smith, Company C 143rd, ny B 143rd, called by ref, 3rd round the fight by a decision. Basketball at its best Basketball results The following are results of the intramural basketball postseason tournament up to March 16. on APG Results March 9 Photo by YVONNE JOHNSON 22nd Chem, 53; HHC 61st, 35 The Joint Personal Effect Depot’s Daniel Whyte III (51) howls as , Company B 16th, 58; USAF 49 he is fouled by 22nd Chemical’s March 10 Joshua Uhrig (43) while JPED JPED, 57; USMC, 32 teammates Nick Laporte (34) March 11 and James Nowlin (25) look on NCOA, 50; 203rd MI, 39 during their post season tour- nament game at the Aberdeen March 12 Area Athletic Center March 16. 22nd Chem, 52; Company B 16th, 30 7:30 p.m., Company B 16th vs. The 22nd Chemical went on to JPED, 47; NCOA, 38 winner USMC vs. 203rd MI win 47-42 to remain undefeated March 16 8:30 p.m., Semifinal (Losers bracket) in the playoffs. The post sea- , USAF 44; HHC 61st, 39 son tournament concludes with March 24 the intramural basketball post 22nd Chem, 74; JPED, 42 7:30 p.m., Final (Losers bracket) championship to be held at the Schedule • The post championship will be Aberdeen Area Athletic Center 6:30 p.m., April 6. March 19 held 6:30 p.m., April 6 in the Aberdeen 6:30 p.m., NCOA vs. USAF Area Athletic Center.