Volume 39, No. 12
Published in the interest of the Fort McPherson and Fort Gillem community. March 27, 2009
Let me tell you a story ...
Photo by Phil Manson
Master Sgt. Marcus L. Rawson, the senior human intelligence observer/contoller/trainer for G-2, First Army, reads to students in Terri Slay's
fourth grade class at W.A. Fountain Elementary School in Forest Park March 20. Rawson, along with other Soldiers and Civilian employees
from First Army, were at the school to belatedly celebrate "Read Across America." "Read Across America," which celebrates the birthday of
Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known to all as Dr. Seuss, was originally scheduled for March 2, but a snowstorm in Atlanta closed the school
then. First Army is Fountain Elementary School's partner in education.
2 March 27, 2009 SENTINEL
March is Ethics Commander’s
First Army celebrates
women with living history
Col. Deborah B. Grays
Fort McPherson & Fort Gillem
“Ethics” means different things to different other areas, as well.
people. For some, it is a series of principles that One of the most common ethical issues we deal
establish a standard of behavior that is optional with concerns the limitations on accepting gifts
– a nice thing to do, but not required by law. from outside sources. The Army conducts busi-
Others believe they have a duty to comply with ness with many of these individuals, companies
their ethical standards or “do the right thing,” and groups – including contractors and other
even when doing so conﬂicts with the law. people who would like to do business with the
Ethics in the Army is not an aspirational goal. Army. Other common issues are providing sup-
It is not an extra step that one might take port to entities outside the federal government,
beyond one’s legal obligations. The Army’s ethi- and avoiding the perception of favoritism in the
cal rules are, for the most part, derived from the support we provide. Because any support we pro-
Code of Federal Regulations, which form the pri- vide is essentially funded by the American tax-
mary foundation for the Joint Ethics Regulation payer, the JER is very clear about when and how
(JER). The JER is the “law” when it comes to we can provide such support. These are just a
what is “right.” It is not a listing of “nice things few examples of the issues we face every day that
to do;” it sets forth legal obligations that apply to are fraught with ethical implications. Always
us at all times. err on the side of caution, and consult your ethics
Daily, we face situations that require applica- counselor when the answer is not clear.
tion of ethical principles. Many times the As stewards of government resources, we
answer appears to be obvious, but not always. should act as if every month is Ethics Awareness
Every Army command has at least one person Month, and every day is Ethics Awareness Day.
who is responsible for assisting employees when Sometimes the right answer is not intuitively
an ethical question arises. It is Army policy that obvious, and relying on what “feels” right may
ethics counselors be attorneys, and each major not actually be right under the JER. In many
command on Fort McPherson and Fort Gillem instances, doing what we think is “right” may
has at least one ethics counselor assigned to its actually be prohibited by other ethical rules. Photo by Phil Manson
Ofﬁce of the Staff Judge Advocate. Corporate America has found itself in hot Joanna Maddox, a local actress, portrays
If your job puts you in close proximity with pri- water in recent years due to a lack of individual Rachel Clark, a woman from Plains who
vate organizations or contractors, you should accountability in ethical matters. Ethics is both worked for the Carter family and helped raise
stay in close contact with your ethics counselor. a personal and professional responsibility that I Jimmy Carter, the 39th president of the
His or her analytical skills can be of great value require you to take seriously. Adherence to eth- United States, during First Army's Women's
in determining the right course of action and in ical rules is part of being Army strong: know the History Celebration. The celebration was held
helping you identify areas in which ethical rules, seek clariﬁcation and be sure the “right” March 20 at Fort Gillem’s Getaway club.
issues may arise – and it can pay dividends in thing is really “right.”
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Positively powerful: staff sergeant finds family in Army
March 27, 2009 3
Sentinel assistant editor
For one year Staff Sgt. Nealy Roper took care of
inventory in Iraq, responsible for millions of dollars
of Army equipment. But, he says, the true value of
the Army and what it does wasn’t measured in the
dollar amounts rolling across the desk of his ofﬁce
in Iraq, but in the compassion, camaraderie and
sense of belonging his fellow Soldiers gave him.
Roper, noncommissioned ofﬁcer in charge of ﬂags
and ceremonies for Company A,
U.S. Army Garrison, has spent
16 years in the Army, many of
the most recent deployed to
Iraq. Like Iraq, Roper said
those years have had their
ﬁll of pain and heartache;
likewise, thanks to the Army,
he said the pain was manage-
able and he was able to overcome
it with the help, support and dedication of Soldiers.
“I’ve been lucky and blessed,” he said. “I’ve met
some good people.”
Roper’s blessings grew out of immense pain. Four
times he’s been sent deployed, living away from his
family. During each of his ﬁrst two tours, he lost a
close relative at home.
Photo by Kevin Stabinsky
Staff Sgt. Nealy Roper, noncommissioned ofﬁcer in charge of ﬂags and ceremonies for
“I lost my mother while I was in Kuwait in 2002,
Company A, U.S. Army Garrison (center in knit cap), marches down Kennesaw Mountain fol-
and my daughter while I was in Iraq (in 2005),” he
lowing a team-building exercise March 11. Roper was transferred to Fort McPherson on a com-
said. “I still miss my daughter daily,” he added, his
passionate reassignment tour after losing his daughter in a ﬁre. He says the unit has been very
voice lowering, the words coming out in a slow man-
accommodating and has taken good care of him and his Family following the tragedy.
Although more than three years have passed Nysheeka’s funeral procedures, wondering what long tours starting in October 2006 and January
since his daughter’s death, for Roper, the events are more he could possibly lose. Looking for some sense 2008. “You can’t beat Fort McPherson. As long as I
easily recalled. of stability, he and his wife, Kim, who had roots in get time between deployments to take care of my
It was August 2004 and, divorced and with cus- the Atlanta area, decided to seek a compassionate family, I can’t complain.”
tody of Nysheeka, 13, Roper and his daughter decid- reassignment tour at Fort McPherson. Roper said help in taking care of his Family has
ed she should stay with her grandmother in Compassionate reassignment tours are duty come from both his unit and the Civilian staff on
Alabama rather than transfer with him to assignments established to help Soldiers who have post. He gives special thanks to Denson, the man
Germany, knowing his unit was set to deploy the medical, legal or immediate Family issues they who helped get him his current tour.
following January. A little more than a year later, can’t take care of at their current home station, said Denson said he feels the humanity of people who
in September 2005, Roper was deployed with the W. Dee Denson, a military human resource manag- can say “thank you” after losing a loved one is very
94th Engineer Battalion, 39th Engineer Group, er for the Enlisted Management Branch of the telling, and that Roper’s gratitude helps to remind
from Germany, serving in his military occupation Personnel Division of the U.S. Army Garrison him that his work is more than just a job – it is an
specialty as a motor transportation operator. Directorate of Human Resources. opportunity to help people.
As a sergeant, Roper held a leadership position in “It’s a way to take care of Soldiers,” Denson “There are good people in the military. You just
his squad. When he was called into his squad described the compassionate reassignment option. need to know which ones to keep in contact with
leader’s ofﬁce, Roper said, “I was afraid something “It helps keep Soldiers secure and [they] know they and which to let go of. If you do, the Army isn’t a
happened to my Soldiers.” Roper was thinking of are cared for.” hard job,” he said. “If things stay like this, I could
the Soldiers from his squad who were out on a road Roper’s request to be transferred to Fort easily do another eight (years).”
run. “But my squad leader said my daughter had McPherson was approved. He said he has no com- “Ever since ﬁrst duty station in Fort Carson,
died in a house ﬁre. For about two hours I was in plaints about the assignment, despite deploying Colo., everywhere I went I’ve met people who were
shock. My daughter was dead and gone and I was twice since he arrived to Atlanta. real close, down to earth,” Roper said, adding he
in Iraq.” “I’ve been here since the end of 2005, but have still keeps in touch with many of those friends
Roper returned to the states to take care of been gone 24 of those months,” he said, citing year- today. “I’ve been blessed.”
In my opinion ...
4 March 27, 2009 SENTINEL
Clayton County Schools,
Board of Education schedule
AER director responds to AP news report
Dr. Valya Lee, interim superintendent of
Clayton County Public Schools, in cooperation
The recent Associated Press article on AER incor- Families.
with the Clayton County Board of Education,
rectly infers that Army Emergency Relief withheld g. In 2003, children and spouses of Soldiers on
has scheduled opportunities for the public to
financial assistance from Soldiers and Families active duty and retirees received $3.6 million in
gather and learn more about her vision for the
during a time of need. scholarships (all grants). In 2008, Army Emergency
future of the school district and the communi-
The article focused on the following statement: Relief scholarships increased to $13 million. From
ty it serves.
"Between 2003 and 2007 – as many military 2003 to 2008 the total amount of assistance has
Remaining sessions are:
Families dealt with long war deployments and steadily grown.
• Monday, Mundy’s Mill High School, 9652
increased numbers of home foreclosures – Army Soldiers
Fayetteville Road, Jonesboro
Emergency Relief grew into a $345 million behe- Amount of receiving
• Thursday, Forest Park High School, 5452
moth. During those years the charity packed away Year assistance assistance
Phillips Drive, Forest Park
$117 million into its own reserves while spending 2003 $37.4 million 44,000
Each meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:30
just $64 million on direct aid according to an AP 2004 $39.5 million 43,000
analysis of its tax records." 2005 $43.9 million 47,000
The series of meetings will give Lee an
The facts are as follows: 2006 $57.7 million 57,000
opportunity to offer students, parents and
a. Between 2003 and 2007, Army Emergency 2007 $73.5 million 67,000
community members an update about the dis-
Relief distributed a quarter of a billion dollars in 2008 $83 million 72,000
trict’s efforts to regain accreditation through
financial assistance to 258,000 Soldiers and
the Southern Association of Colleges and
Families. h. The April/May 2007 Report of the American
Schools (SACS). She will also discuss her
b. AER does not hold any funds in reserve. All of Institute of Philanthropy (AIP) gave Army
plans to improve student achievement as the
our assets, less $9 million in restricted accounts and Emergency Relief a grade of A+ for "percent spent
district “moves from good to great.”
the receivables from interest free loans, are avail- on program services and cost to raise $100."
able at all times to meet the needs of our Soldiers The grade of "F" referenced in the article is not
and their Families. based on the amount of funds spent on programs
c. Investment capital available for support to but is derived from the arbitrary criteria used by
Soldiers and Families today is $190 million. This is Daniel Borochoff, the president of AIP, that organi-
fully invested at all times to ensure a fair rate of zations with assets of more than five years have
return. Our investment portfolio provides interest their grades automatically reduced regardless of a
The Fort McPherson Georgia Prekindergarten and dividends which increases the level of funds charity's goodness in providing high quality servic-
Program staff will accept applications for the 2009- available and is a ready resource in borrowing es.
2010 school year Wednesday from noon until 1:30 funds to meet requirements for loans and grants in i. In a letter dated Oct. 31, 2008, Charity
p.m. at at the Child Development Center, Bldg. 514 support of emergency financial assistance and Navigator, one of the leading charity evaluators in
on Fort McPherson. scholarships. the nation, notified Army Emergency Relief that it
Children who will be 4 years old by Sept. 1 can be d. AER has always met the need for financial earned a third consecutive four-star rating, their
registered. There are four slots available. assistance. No Soldier or Family member has ever highest rating, for "its ability to efficiently manage
Applicants must bring a certified copy of the been denied financial assistance for a valid need and grow its finances.”
child’s birth certificate, the child’s Social Security due to a lack of funds. There is no limit on the Charity Navigator further stated: "Only 10 per-
card, proof of residency (utility bill, rental lease amount a Soldier may request and no limit on the cent of the charities we've rated have received at
agreement, cable bill, etc.), a copy of the parents’ number of times a Soldier or Family member can least three consecutive four-star evaluations, indi-
military or DoD Civilian employee ID card, a certifi- request assistance. cating that Army Emergency Relief consistently
cate of immunization, Georgia Department of e. To meet the financial needs of those we serve, executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way
Human Resources Form 3231 (Certificate of AER spent every dollar in donations received dur- and outperforms most other charities in America.
Immunization) and a Georgia Department of ing that time period plus $51.5 million of invest- This exceptional designation from Charity
Human Resources Form 3300 (Certificate of Eye, ment capital to meet the increased demands of Navigator differentiates Army Emergency Relief
Ear, Dental Exam). assistance from Soldiers and their Families. from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is
Parents of children who have never used Child f. In 2008, AER provided $83 million to 72,000 worthy of their trust."
Development Services before must complete the Soldiers and Families. Twenty-four percent of that To gain a better understanding of AER and its
child care application and the Georgia prekinder- amount was in the form of tax-free grants and 76 operations, I invite to you review our 2007 annual
garten application. percent was for interest-free loans. Soldier repay- report posted on our Web site at www.aerhq.org.
For more information, call Delores Preston, ment of interest-free loans account for 65 percent of
administrative assistant for CDS, at 464-4428 or available funds and provides a cash flow that is Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Robert F. Foley
Zonia Bush, assistant CDS director, at 464-0691. used to respond to future needs by Soldiers and Director, Army Emergency Relief
SENTINEL March 27, 2009 5
Payments to begin soon
Army announces plan to reduce Stop-Loss program
Lt. Col. George Wright nel. Army to sustain a force that has trained together as
Office of the Chief of Public Affairs, Media Relations "The Army has used Stop-Loss since 2001 to a cohesive element. Losses caused by separation,
ensure that units that have trained together retirement and reassignments can adversely affect
The Army announced March 18 that Soldiers remain together in combat, and that they have the training, cohesion, readiness and stability in
affected by "Stop-Loss" will begin receiving $500 qualified and experienced troops necessary for the deploying units. Limiting the use of Stop-Loss bal-
per month soon, and the Army will gradually full spectrum of military operations," Chief of Staff ances the need for unit effectiveness against the
reduce the number of those affected by the program of the Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr. said. impact on individual Soldiers and their Families,"
that involuntarily extends Soldiers beyond the end "With conditions changing in Iraq, a gradual Casey said.
of their enlistment or retirement dates in units restoration of balance between deployments, and an Before 2001, the Army used Stop-Loss in 1990
deploying to combat areas. increase in the size of the Army, we'll now be able and 1991 during Operations Desert Shield and
Under a comprehensive plan to reduce Stop-Loss, to begin weaning ourselves off of Stop-Loss," Gen. Desert Storm. At that time, Executive Order 12728,
the Army Reserve will begin mobilizing units with- Casey said. dated Aug. 22, 1990, gave Stop-Loss authority to
out Stop-Loss in August 2009, followed by the Army There are approximately 13,000 Stop-Lossed the secretary of defense to suspend any provision of
National Guard in September 2009. The Active Soldiers across all three Army components. In the law relating to retirement or separation applicable
Army will begin deploying units without Stop-Loss Active Army, there are 7,307, 4,458 in the Army to any member of the armed forces determined to be
beginning in January 2010, according to Lt. Gen. National Guard and 1,452 in the Army Reserve. essential to the national security of the United
Michael Rochelle, deputy chief of staff for person- "Stop-Loss is a legal tool that has allowed the States. This authority remains in effect.
DOD takes steps to protect your privacy
In response to an increasing Convention identification cards, Q: Where can I get the card?
awareness of the growing need to which will retain the last four A: Contact your nearest Real-
protect the safety of servicemem- digits of the SSN for Geneva time Automated Personnel
bers and their Families’ identity Convention purposes. This phase Identification System (RAPIDS)
information, DoD has begun to is scheduled to begin by the end site or go to
eliminate Social Security num- of calendar year 2009. www.dmdc.osd.mil/rsl/owa/home.
bers (SSN) from DoD ID cards. Phase three will remove SSNs
Using a three-phase approach from barcodes on all cards and is Q: What do I need to bring with
over the next several years, even- scheduled to begin during calen- me?
tually full SSNs will no longer be dar year 2012. A: Two forms of ID from the
visible on the cards. This action The following frequently asked Office of Management and
will affect everyone entitled to questions and answers are pro- Budget I-9 (Employment
hold a CAC or ID card, including vided: Eligibility Verification) document
active and reserve military per- list. One must be a federal or
sonnel, Family members, mili- Q: What is changing on the state issued photo ID. For more
tary retiree personnel and con- card? information, visit www.formi9.
tractors. A: SSNs will be systematically com.
The removal of SSNs will be removed from DoD ID cards.
implemented as ID cards are When current cards expire, they Q: Where can I use my new ID
issued or renewed. will be replaced with new cards card?
‘Prayer is the answer’
Phase one, now underway, will with XXX-XX-XXXX printed in A: The new ID card can be used Photo by Phil Manson
remove the printed dependent the SSN field. The SSN will also at all locations where current ID
SSN from DD Form 1173 (United be removed from the bar codes. cards are accepted.
States Uniformed Services
Identification and Privilege Card) Q: Who will be affected by the Q: Will my ID be rejected with- Saying "prayer is the answer to every
and DD Form 1173-1 (DOD card change? out a visible SSN? problem," Sgt. Maj. Tommy L. Marrero,
Guard and Reserve Family A: All DoD ID cardholders and A: No, your ID should not be the sergeant major of the U.S. Army Chief
Member Identification Card) and those business processes that use rejected without a visible SSN; of Chaplains and regimental sergeant
replace it with “XXX-XX-XXXX.” the SSN from any DoD ID card. however, you may be asked to major, extolled the attendees at First
At this point, the sponsor’s SSN verbally state your SSN. Army's National Prayer Breakfast March
will remain visible on the card. Q: When is the card changing? (Editor’s note: This story was 18 at Fort Gillem’s Getaway club to "pray
Phase two will remove printed A: Changes to ID cards will written by the Navy Pay and for our president, our leaders, our
SSNs from all DoD ID cards, with occur when the cardholders’ Personnel Support Center and Soldiers and their Families."
the exception of Geneva expired cards are renewed. published in the Navy Compass.)
Enlightening others leads to fulfilling life for director
6 March 27, 2009 SENTINEL
Kevin Stabinsky She found that in the U.S. Army, and have equal access to jobs,” through numerous education and
Sentinel assistant editor enlisting in 1975 in an organization Schwartz said. training beneﬁts. Cummings said
much different than today’s Army. Upon disbanding, women were able Schwartz mentored her and helped
Her past may have been olive drab Unlike today, the Army was segregat- to serve alongside men in the same her with her education. cummings
green, and her present aqua-marine, ed by sex, she said. Women served in unit, opening many new opportuni- has since earned her bachelor’s degree
but her life has always been colorful. the WAC, an auxiliary branch to the ties, Schwartz said. in computer science.
From her time joining the Woman’s Army created during World War II. One such opportunity was the Schwartz said her motivation for
Army Corps (WAC) to watching it She served there for a year, rising to chance to go to Saudi Arabia and doing such was the belief that it is
become fully integrated into the the rank of sergeant, before joining Kuwait in support of the initial Iraqi important to create opportunities for
Army, serving in Operations Desert the WAC ofﬁcer corps upon complet- War, which Schwartz did, serving as women and men to reach full poten-
Shield and Desert Storm, to remain- ing a 14-week women’s ofﬁcer orienta- chief of the Morale, Welfare and tial.
ing active through volunteerism after tion course at Fort McClellan, Ala. Education division. “You can’t do anything without the
her Army career, Barbara Schwartz, She was assigned to a postal unit in “They called me the tooth fairy support of peers and co-workers; it is
director of the U.S. Army Garrison’s the Adjutant Branch. because I was the bringer of gifts,” she the whole concept of teamwork,” she
Directorate of Human Resources Schwartz would serve in the said, explaining she controlled the said. “You take care of people.”
(DHR), has a lot of stories to share. Adjutant Branch the rest of her donations, supplying TV, VCRs and Schwartz practices what she
Some of the events in her life almost career, unlike her time in the WAC, other avenues of entertainment for preaches by holding mentoring ses-
didn’t happen, as Schwartz had roots which came to an end in 1978 when it the troops. “By being proactive out sion, work force development training
planted in her childhood hometown. was fully integrated into the Army. there with the Soldiers, I could see the and development programs for
“I was teaching an English honors Though she said the change made her differences I could make.” women.
class, coached basketball, volleyball lament that a part of history was She continued to make those differ- Schwartz also works to educate oth-
and softball in my high school, dying, she said she realized it was ences throughout the rest of her Army ers on women’s history in the Army by
Hamden High (Conn.),” Schwartz necessary. Reserve career, completing her serv- talking about her own experiences in
said. “I just wanted to do something “The only way we’d be treated ice in 2007 at Fort McPherson with the WAC. She maintains the woman’s
more, be something larger than self.” equally would be to be integrated fully command of the Army Safety history display in Rich Hall, Bldg. 184
Augmentation Detachment of U.S. on Fort McPherson. The display talks
Army Forces Command. She retired about the WAC and includes one of
with the rank of colonel. Schwartz’s uniforms from Operation
As a reservist, she also had the Desert Storm.
opportunity to give to the Civilian The display also features informa-
population, both through her Civilian tion on Lt. Col. Jessie Rice, the deputy
job as director of Human Resources director of WAC from 1944 until
and as a volunteer at the Georgia 1945, for whom the building is dedi-
“I’ve always been into oceanogra- Schwartz has also served inadver-
phy,” said Schwartz, who holds a tently as a model for members of her
degree in recreation and leisure edu- own family, who, before her, had little
cation with a basis in outdoor recre- ties to the military. Her niece, Capt.
ation. “Volunteering is a great oppor- Jenna Schwartz, is a West Point grad-
tunity to give back and educate peo- uate and a resident doctor at Walter
ple.” Reed. Her nephew, 2nd Lt. Daniel
Her desire to give back also extends Schwartz, is in the Armor ofﬁcer basic
to her work, making her a boss one course.
wants to work for, said Crystal “I’m the tie that binds us to the mil-
Cummings, an information technical itary,” she said.
specialist with DHR. While content with her tie to leave
“Anytime you have a leader who the military life with her younger
supports you, it lets the employee family members, Schwartz said she
know they are important to organiza- has no desire to stop her involvement
Photo by Kevin Stabinsky tion,” she said. “I love my job and in making the lives of those around
Barbara Schwartz, director of the U.S. Army Garrison Directorate of working with DHR and Mrs. her better, a philosophy that has been
Human Resources, stands in front of a reef habitat at the Georgia Schwartz.” part of her lifetime character, a life
Aquarium Monday. In addition to her military duties, Schwartz, an Much of that respect comes from philosophy that she sums up in ﬁve
avid lover of oceanography, also volunteers at the aquarium as a tour Schwartz’s willingness to allow her words.
guide. employees to improve themselves “I like to give back.”
ARCENT town hall meeting informs, paves way forward
SENTINEL March 27, 2009 7
Sgt. Beth Lake being renovated and a new fitness center that will
U.S. Army Central Public Affairs hold a basketball court and weight center will be
When Soldiers change duty stations, the Army Debra Greene, marketing specialist for tourism
ensures they know where they are going, where for the city of Sumter, highlighted guided tours that
they will live and the services that will be available are available for newcomers. The tours are spon-
to them and their Families. Being informed helps sored by the City of Sumter and offer a detailed
quell any fears and anxieties. view of the city and its culture. Those interested in
The U.S. Army Central (USARCENT) staff took a a tour can visit www.sumtersc.gov.
proactive approach to the Base Realignment and Lt. Gen. James Lovelace, USARCENT command-
Closure (BRAC) of Fort McPherson and the unit’s ing general, encouraged personnel to continue
transition to Shaw Air Force Base in South bringing questions and concerns forth during this
Carolina by hosting a town hall meeting at the Fort process. Many issues brought up in this town meet-
McPherson Post Theater March 18. ing, such as housing concerns, are being brought
Participants in the town hall meeting were given back to the BRAC committee for review.
briefs by representatives from the city of Sumter’s As the town hall meeting ended, Lovelace encour-
Photo by Sgt. Beth Lake chamber of commerce and Shaw Air Force Base’s aged a spirit of openness.
Shamara Dikens, wife of Sgt. 1st Class health clinic. “We are all in this together,” Lovelace said. “I
Shawnrey Dikens, U.S. Army Central (USAR- In anticipation of USARCENT’s arrival, many appreciate everyone’s support and everyone’s
CENT) Operational Fires and Effects, asks a changes are being implemented, speakers said. patience. As you get questions, send them in.”
question during USARCENT’s town hall meet- Shaw Air Force Base personnel are building a This is one of several town hall meetings that will
ing, which was held at the Fort McPherson 100,000-square-foot Base Exchange that will open be held to inform USARCENT about its move to
Post Theater March 18. The meeting focused in 2011, said Tom Flaherty, deputy for support and Shaw Air Force Base. For more information on
on the closure of Fort McPherson and installation for 20th Mission Support Group. A Shaw Air Force Base and Sumter, S.C., visit
USARCENT’s move to Sumter, S.C. 9,000-square-foot child development center is also www.usarcentsumter.com.
Go for the whole grains at your commissary
8 March 27, 2009
Lt. Col. Karen E. Hawkins grains to your meals, often using make meatballs, burgers or meat-
Club to host Easter brunch
Defense Commissary Agency favorite recipes you have always loaf. Easter brunch will be offered at The
enjoyed. The Whole Grain Stir a handful of oats in your Commons at Fort McPherson April 12. There
Want to lose weight, help your Council suggests: yogurt for quick crunch with no will be two seatings, at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30
heart or just feel better? Choose Add whole grains cooking necessary. p.m.
whole grains when shopping in Substitute half the white Try new foods The brunch will include waffle and omelet
the commissary. flour with whole wheat flour in Make risottos, pilafs and bars, chef-attended carving stations and a vari-
According to research, eating your regular recipes for cookies, other rice-like dishes with whole ety of meats, seafood, vegetables and desserts.
as little as two and a half serv- muffins, quick breads and pan- grains, such as barley, brown The cost for active duty military personnel,
ings of whole grains daily has cakes. rice, bulgur, millet, quinoa or military retirees, Civilian empoloyees and
been found to reduce the risk of Replace one-third of the flour sorghum. guests is: $17.95 for adult members, $19.95 for
heart disease. in a recipe with quick oats or old- Enjoy whole grain salads, like adult non-members, $8.95 for member children
A serving is about one slice of fashioned oats. tabbouleh. ages 6 through 12 and $9.95 for non-member
bread or a half cup of a whole Add half a cup of cooked bul- Buy whole grain pasta, or one children ages 6 through 12. Children ages 5
grain, such as brown rice, oat- gur, wild rice or barley to bread of the blends that is part whole and younger eat for free. An 18 percent service
meal, wild rice, quinoa, barley or stuffing. grain, part white. charge will be added to groups of eight or more.
buckwheat. Add half a cup of cooked wild Try whole grain breads. To make reservations, call 404-753-4520 or
Choose whole grains while rice, brown rice or barley to your Children especially like whole 404-753-4531.
shopping and save 30 percent or favorite canned or homemade grain pita bread.
more at the commissary. On the soup. Look for cereals made with
list of ingredients shown on the Use whole corn meal for corn grains like kasha (buckwheat) or
package, look for the word cakes, corn breads and corn spelt.
“whole” in front of a grain to find
a food that is high in whole
Add three-quarters of a cup of
For more information about
making healthy choices, visit 55377
grains, such as “whole wheat.”
You can easily add whole
uncooked oats for each pound of
ground beef or turkey when you
Ask the Dietitian on www.
Beautification project ushers in spring
Hector Uresti, a
cleaner with Reams
Enterprise, picks up
trash in Jacobs Park
on Fort McPherson
With the first week
of spring here, individ-
uals throughout Fort
Keystone McPherson are per-
The garrison com-
mander has designat-
FULL ed that individuals
from each activity on
each post will set aside
at least four hours dur-
ing its spring cleanup
week to clean around
their work areas,
office buildings and at
general use areas of
Spring cleanup at
Fort Gillem will be
held Monday through
April 2. Photo by Kevin Stabinsky
Summer camp registration underway Parents show caregivers thanks
March 27, 2009
The Fort McPherson and Fort able on a limited basis for the children Col. Deborah B.
Gillem Child and Youth Services of active duty military members and Grays, U.S. Army
Summer Camp will run June 1 DoD and contract employees. Garrison command-
through July 31 from 6 a.m. until 6 Below is the camp fee schedule. As
er, pulls the name
p.m. at Bldg. 400 on Fort McPherson. part of the Army Family Covenant,
of a Fort McPherson
Activities include swimming, field registration and re-registration fees
trips, sports, art, music, drama, are waived.
games and more. To make an appointment for enroll- Services staff mem-
The ratio will be one adult for every ment or for more fee structure infor- ber from a hat to
15 children ages 6 through 12. mation, call the Child Development receive a prize dur-
Weekly and monthly slots are avail- Center staff at 464-4436 or 464-4428. ing the service’s
CAMP FEE SCHEDULE day March 18.
Holding the hat is
Income Range Weekly Bimonthly Monthly J a c q u e l i n e
Burnette, a former
Cat. Yearly Fees Fees Fees
I 0-28,000 $36 $78 $156 year parents with
II 28,001-34,000 $84 $182 $364 children enrolled in
III 34.001-44,000 $101 $218 $438 the child care cen-
IV 44,001-55,000 $114 $246 $494 ter host the event,
V 55,001-69,999 $132 $286 $572 gathering donations
VI 70,000+ $146 $316 $632 of gifts for the staff
Additional children receive a 10 percent discount. and throwing a
small party. Photo by Sgt. Alexandra Hemmerly-Brown
c/o Media Assc.
10 March 27, 2009 SENTINEL
Making Work Pay tax credit offered through 2010
Marcia E. Parker reduced for individual filers making $75,000 in Nonresident aliens, estates and trusts also do not
U.S. Army Garrison Office of the Staff Judge Advocate modified adjusted gross income or $150,000 for qualify for the Making Work Pay credit.
joint filers. The credit is reduced by 2 percent of The IRS has revised the tax withholding tables
The Making Work Pay tax credit is a new tax the amount of income in excess of the $75,000 or so that taxpayers can see a tax benefit this year.
credit worth up to $400. This tax credit is tempo- $150,000 thresholds. The credit is completely Employers are to implement the new withholding
rary and will be in affect only for the years 2009 phased out for individuals making $95,000 or rates no later than April 1, 2009. Employees will
and 2010. more, or $190,000 for joint filers. not need to do anything to take advantage of the
The credit is worth 6.2 percent of an individual’s Individuals with earned income are eligible for new withholding rates. Self-employed persons
earned income, with a maximum credit of $400 per the Making Work Pay credit. Earned income could take advantage of the credit now by reducing
person. Married who file a joint tax return have a means income from wages and self-employment. their estimated tax payments. Since the credit is
maximum credit of $800. Taxpayers can receive Any net self-employment income that is not taken worth $400, estimated payments could be reduced
this benefit through a reduction in the amount of into account for taxable income is also not taken by $100 per quarter.
income tax that is withheld from their paychecks into account for the Making Work Pay credit. For more information, call the Fort McPherson
or by claiming the credit on their tax returns. Also, any combat pay which is otherwise excluded Tax Center staff at 464-2438.
The dollar amount of the Making Work Pay from income is taken into account when calculat- (Editor’s note: The Fort McPherson Tax Center is
credit is reduced by any economic recovery pay- ing the Making Work Pay credit. located in Bldg. 52. The center is open Monday
ments. This is a one-time tax credit of $250 for Only U.S. citizens and resident aliens with a through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. by
Social Security recipients, retired railroad workers valid Social Security number are eligible for the appointment, with walk-ins daily from 1 until 3:30
and disabled veterans. Thus, a Social Security Making Work Pay credit. p.m. The service is free and open to active duty mil-
recipient who is also working would be eligible for Anyone claimed as a dependent is not eligible for itary, activated Reserve and National Guard
a Making Work Pay credit of only $150; that’s the credit. That means children who are working, Soldiers and retired military personnel. The Tax
$400 minus the $250 economic recovery payment. including college students who are still claimed as Center staff offers forms, tax preparation and elec-
The Making Work Pay credit starts to be dependents, are not eligible for the credit.
BRAC town hall, ‘Super coaches’ to help with psychological problems
tronic filing, as well as other services.)
relocation program By Gerry J. Gilmore mental health issues, Mahoney with psychological health and trau-
American Forces Press Service explained, are exposed to a window matic brain injury issues, Mahoney
of vulnerability before they’ve actu- said.
The Defense Department is ally seen a health care provider “We have a system that is trying
launching a program soon that’s who can address and treat their desperately to make sure there
A Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) designed to assist transitioning ser- maladies. aren’t gaps in services,” Mahoney
town hall meeting is scheduled April 22 at vicemembers in getting help for “Those times that folks are not emphasized. “The fact is, when a
the Fort McPherson Post Theater. The mental health issues, a U.S. Public being seen are pending times of servicemember leaves a military
meeting will be offered in two sessions: the Health Service officer announced in great distress,” Mahoney said. treatment facility, and they may
first from 9 until 11 a.m., and the second Washington D.C., Monday. “Having someone available and have a mental health diagnosis of
from 1 until 3 p.m. The Transitional Support dedicated to servicemembers dur- some sort, they may get access to
The briefing is mandatory for all garrison Program is “designed to bridge ing these times can be of just enor- care within a certain period of time,
employees. Other Fort McPherson and Fort potential gaps in psychological mous help to prevent all sorts of but they may not see a mental
Gillem employees and retired military per- health services that can occur dur- problems from occurring. health provider for weeks, particu-
sonnel are invited to attend. CARE and the ing periods of transfer,” when ser- “There’s always a need to have larly if they are discharged in rural
Priority Placement Program will be the pri- vicemembers complete military somebody ‘in-between’ there for the areas of the country.”
mary topics of discussion at the meeting. service and re-enter civilian life, servicemembers,” he said, adding The hotline facilitators are men-
Briefings on the DoD National Relocation said Cmdr. Guy Mahoney. that the program is open to active- tal health experts who are trained
Program (DNRP) will be held May 27 and 28 Mahoney is a senior analyst with duty and reserve component troops. in posttraumatic stress disorders,
at the Fort McPherson Post Theater. Two the Office of the Assistant The program comes in response mild traumatic brain injury,
sessions will be held May 27: the first from 9 Secretary of Defense for Health to a recommendation from the DoD depression, anxiety and other men-
until 11 a.m., and the second from 1:30 until Affairs’ Force Health Protection Mental Health Task Force, tal health conditions, Mahoney
3:30 p.m. Only one session will be held May and Readiness (Psychological Mahoney said. It will feature a 24- said. The facilitators, he added,
28: from 9 until 11 a.m. Employees from the Health) Directorate. He was one of hour, toll-free phone hotline to con- also will assist victims of sexual
garrison, the Installation Management several civilian and military guest nect servicemembers in crisis to assault and people with personality
Command-Southeast and U.S. Army Central speakers who attended the Reserve trained professional whose job is to disorders.
are invited to attend. Officers Association-sponsored direct them to mental health serv- The transitional support facilita-
The DNRP is a program designed to help seminar in Washington, D.C., on ices. tors will function as “super coach-
eligible and authorized DoD employees relo- mental health care. The department is deeply com- es” and experts in crisis interven-
cate from one duty station to another. Servicemembers experiencing mitted to assisting servicemembers tion, Mahoney said.
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Religious Services Easter Services
9:45 a.m. Sunday School FORT McPHERSON FORT McPHERSON CANTONMENT FORT GILLEM POST CHAPEL
Post Chapel Center, Bldg. 51 POST CHAPEL CHAPEL (Protestant)
11 a.m. Sunday Worship Service
April 5 April 5 PALM SUNDAY
Post Chapel, Bldg. 42 PALM SUNDAY PALM SUNDAY Worship Service
Palm Sunday Service Celebration of the 11 a.m.
9:30 a.m. Sunday Mass 11 a.m. Lord’s Entrance into Jerusalem
Cantonment Chapel, Bldg. 240 (start outside) April 9
Fifth Sunday in Lent April 9 9:30 a.m. MAUNDY THURSDAY
MAUNDY THURSDAY 7 p.m.
10:45 a.m. Religious Education Classes 7 p.m. April 9
Cantonment Chapel, Bldg. 240 MAUNDY THURSDAY April 10
April 10 Evening Mass of the GOOD FRIDAY
GOOD FRIDAY Lord’s Supper Good Friday Service
Daily Mass Good Friday Service 6 p.m. noon
Monday through Friday at noon noon (No Noon Mass)
11 a.m. Thursday – Women’s Bible Study April 12 April 10 EASTER SUNDAY
Post Chapel Center, Bldg. 51 EASTER SUNDAY GOOD FRIDAY Easter Sunrise Service
Easter Sunrise Service Remembrance of the Stephens Lake
6:30 p.m. Wednesday – Awana Hedekin Field Lord’s Death 7 a.m.
Bldg. 46 7 a.m. noon Easter Breakfast
Easter Breakfast (No Mass this day anywhere) Reserve Center
Fort Gillem Building 46
8 a.m. April 11
Immediately after service
9:45 a.m. Sunday School Easter Service HOLY SATURDAY 11 a.m.
Bldg. 742 11 a.m. Easter Vigil – Vigil of the (No Sunday School)
(No Sunday School) Lord’s Resurrection Easter Egg Hunt
11 a.m. Sunday Worship Service 7 p.m. Immediately after service
Post Chapel, Bldg. 734
6:30 p.m. Wednesday - Bible Study EASTER SUNDAY
Bldg. 742 Celebration of the
Jimmy Bradford, 770-461-4298
Jalaluddin A. Malik, 464-0109
email@example.com Religious Events
Lenten series of the Garrison Chaplain, at 464-2012.
The ofﬁce of the Garrison Chaplain is sponsoring a
For more infor mation Lenten series each Thursday during Lent for the
women of the Fort McPherson and Fort Gillem com-
Chaplain’s Ofﬁce announces vacancies
The Fort McPherson Garrison Chaplain’s office
munities. has two appropriated fund contract positions open
For more information on Residents from Staff Row at Fort McPherson will for bid, both at the Fort McPherson Cantonment
host the studies. Each meeting will last from 9:30 Chapel. Those vacancies are:
chapel programs, events until 11 a.m. Thursday’s event will be held at 1397 Catholic priest
and special activities, Staff Row. Chap. (Col.) Scottie Lloyd, First Army Organist/choir director
call the Office of the
command chaplain, will be the speaker. Anyone interested in applying for one of these two
Child overwatch will be provided at the Chapel positions, or in receiving more information, should
Garrison Chaplain staff Center, Bldg. 51 at Fort McPherson. To reserve a contact Chap. (Col.) Carl Young at 464-2004 or
at 464-2004. spot for a child or for more information, call Donna
Craven, director of religious education for the Ofﬁce
Chap. (Capt.) Brad Godding at 464-2005 before
12 March 27, 2009 SENTINEL
Walker Gate construction Financial readiness Public Safety Partnership Day
Construction on Fort Gillem’s Walker Gate con- Financial readiness learn-over-lunch professional The U.S. Army Garrison and the garrison’s
tinues. During this time, the entrance to the development training will be held at Army Directorate of Emergency Services (DES) personnel
Chateau will be blocked. Traffic moving to and Community Service, Bldg. 62 on Fort McPherson, will host a Public Safety Partnership Day May 7
from the Chateau will be re-routed down Long for Soldiers, Family members, Civilian employees from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Fort McPherson’s
Street. and military retirees. Hedekin Field.
The class “Understanding the Basics of The event will allow students from community
Investment” will be held April 8 from 12:05 until schools, in the fourth through eighth grades, to par-
Women’s History Month luncheon change 12:55 p.m. at Army Community Service, Bldg. 65 at ticipate in a variety of activities and to learn about
The U.S. Army Garrison Women's History Month Fort McPherson. emergency response organizations and equipment.
luncheon has been rescheduled for Tuesday at Participants can bring their lunch. For more information, contact Capt. Anthony
11:30 at The Commons at Fort McPherson. The To sign up for classes or one-on-one counseling, Streeter, chief of special operations for DES, by
guest speaker will be Judge Glenda A. Hatchett, call 464-4070. phone at 464-2030 or by e-mail message to antho-
chief presiding judge of the Fulton County Juvenile firstname.lastname@example.org, or Camellia Jefferson,
Court. garrison school liaison officer, by phone at 464-3192
For more information, contact Carolyn Cratic, Volunteer Recognition Ceremony
Fort McPherson and Fort Gillem volunteers will or by e-mail message to camellia.a.jefferson@
EEO specialist for the U.S. Army Garrison (USAG) us.army.mil.
Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Office, by be recognized for their contributions to the installa-
phone at 464-2896 or by e-mail message to tion during a reception to be held April 23 from 1
email@example.com; or Holly Mills, an EEO until 3:30 p.m. at The Commons at Fort McPherson. Flu Vaccine
technician in the USAG EEO Office, by phone at The event will be held in conjunction with The staff of the Lawrence Joel Army Health
464-4454 or by e-mail message to holly.mills@ National Volunteer Week (April 19 through 25). Clinic (LJAHC) will provide the flu vaccine to active
us.army.mil. All installation volunteers are invited. duty Soldiers and DoD Civilian employees on a
For more information, contact Tina Helmick, walk-in basis at the LJAHC’s Force Readiness
Army Volunteer Corps Program Manager, by phone Clinic.
at 464-2773 or by e-mail message to tina.helmick@ The flu mist and flu shots are available weekdays
The Fort McPherson and Fort Gillem Spring Fest
us.army.mil. from 7:30 until 11:30 a.m. and from 1 until 3 p.m.
will be held on Fort McPherson’s Hedekin Field
while supplies last.
April 4 from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. There will be
Month of Military Child parade For more information, call 464-2334.
no rain date.
The event is for children up to 12 years old. The Month of the Military Child parade will be
Exceptional family members are welcome and held April 29 at 10:30 a.m. The parade will begin at DeCA launches 'Every Day is Moms Day'
exceptional needs will be accommodated. the Laundry/Dry Cleaners on Walker Street on Fort The Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA)
The event will include children’s games, races, McPherson. launched its "Every Day is Mom's Day at Your
face painting, table art, commercial rides and an The route is right onto Cobb Street, left onto Commissary" initiative through Mother’s Day.
infant play area. Hardee Avenue and down Troop Row. The commissary will highlight a special shopping
For more information, call the Child and Youth The theme of the parade is sports. Everyone is area for military moms where they can purchase
Services staff at 464-3945 or 464-2759. invited to watch the parade. discounted products.
For more information, call the Child Development For more information, call James Black,
Motorcycle rider training Center staff at 464-3945 or 464-2759. Fort Gillem store director, at 404-469-5126.
Motorcycle riders throughout Fort McPherson
and Fort Gillem are invited to participate in SAEDA training time changes Cell phone reminder
Motorcycle Safety Day activities April 7 from 9 a.m. The starting time for Subversion and Espionage Fort McPherson Regulation 210-5 (Installation
until 4 p.m. at the Fort McPherson Post Theater. Directed Against the Army (SAEDA) training has Regulation Policy and Procedures), paragraph 3-23,
The event will include an indoor tutorial, plus changed. states that, “Vehicle operators at Fort McPherson
outdoor instruction on bike inspection and more. Training will be held from 1:30 until 3:30 p.m. at and Fort Gillem will not use cell phones unless the
The training is being provided to teach and the Fort McPherson Post Theater April 29, June 24, vehicle is safely parked or unless drivers are using
refresh riders on risk mitigation techniques in Aug. 26, Oct. 28 and Dec. 16, and at Fort Gillem’s a hands-free device. The wearing of any other lis-
preparation for the motorcycle season. The uniform Bldg. 902 May 27, July 22, Sept. 23 and Nov. 18. tening device (except for hands-free cellular
for the event is riding gear or civilian clothes. For more information, call Patricia Womack, act- phones) while operating a motor vehicle is prohibit-
For more information, call Master Sgt. Darryl ing chief of the Counterintelligence and Security ed.”
Tutt, U.S. Army Central battalion safety noncom- Division of the U.S. Army Garrison Directorate of Violators will be issued a U.S. District Court
missioned officer in charge, at 464-1103 or 678-663- Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security, at 464- Violation Notice, which carries a ﬁne of $25 with a
7622. 2100. $25 processing fee, totaling $50.
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Ticket sales offered at the Fort McPherson and song. dren ages 3 through 12. Children 2 and younger
Fort Gillem Leisure Activities Center Ticket Ofﬁce Tickets cost $51.20 for performances April 25 at 2 eat for free when seated on the lap of an adult. The
are ﬁnal and include all applicable service charges p.m. and April 26 at 1:30 p.m. cost includes the tournament and meal. Gratuity is
imposed on the Installation Morale, Welfare and not included in the established price.
Recreation (MWR) Fund by the vendor. Installation throw blanket This offer is not valid for performances on
To reserve tickets using Visa, MasterCard, Fort McPherson and Fort Gillem custom- Saturdays or New Year’s Eve and is not available
American Express or the MWR card, call the staff designed throws can be ordered, pre-paid, by call- at the Medieval Times box office or for on-line pur-
at 464-4392 or 464-3677. Counter sales are con- ing the Hang-Ups Frame Shop at 464-2476. chases.
ducted in Bldg. 135 at Fort McPherson Monday The frame shop, located in Bldg. 135, the Leisure Regular show times with the price reduction are
through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The Activities Center, at Fort McPherson is taking Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m., Fridays at 6
ofﬁce opens at 11 a.m. on the ﬁrst workday of each reservations with full payment for the cotton- and 8:30 p.m. and Sunday afternoons. Sunday per-
month. afghan throws. The cost for each throw is $80. The formance times change – check with Leisure
number of afghans available is limited to 50. Activities Center staff or visit www.medieval-
A throw is on display in Bldg. 135. times.com for up-to-date information.
Arrons 499 race Performance times are subject to change.
The Fort McPherson Leisure Activities Center Reservations are required.
staff has tickets for the Arrons 499 race, to be held Georgia Aquarium
The Leisure Activities Center staff has tickets to The event is held at Discover Mills at 5900
April 26 at Talladega Super Speedway in Alabama. Sugarloaf Parkway in Lawrenceville.
Reserved tickets cost $45 for the best available in the Georgia Aquarium. Tickets cost $22 for adults,
the Talladega, Lincoln or Gadsden Grandstands $16.95 for children ages 3 through 12 and $18 for
Leisure Travel Service
when the order is placed. The earlier the order is seniors ages 55 and older. Anyone interested in
The Army’s Leisure Travel Services program has
placed with the ticket office staff, the better the purchasing a season pass should check the aquari-
added options available to users through the online
seat. The deadline to purchase tickets is April 20 at um’s Web site at www.georgiaaquarium.com for
services of www.offdutytravel.com that may not be
2 p.m. availability, pricing and purchasing procedures.
available through on-base Installation, Tour and
For more information or to verify operating
Recreation (ITR) offices.
Fox Theatre performances hours, call 404-581-4000.
One of the companies new to the program, Great
Happy days are here again as Richie, Potsie, Travel Deals, has a Web site at GovArm.com. This
Ralph Malph and the unforgettable "king of cool" Six Flags and White Water link provides vacation travel services, including
Arthur "The Fonz" Fonzarelli arrive at the Fox Individuals can buy Six Flags over Georgia tick- condominium rentals, vehicle rentals, golf and
Theatre for Happy Days. ets now for the 2009 season. campground discounts and vacation packages, for
Based on the television series, this musical rein- A Six Flags one-day pass costs $27. A Six Flags retired military and other military personnel.
troduces the Cunninghams and the days of 1959 season pass costs $52. GovArm.com condo rentals start at $294 per
Milwaukee, complete with varsity sweaters, hula A White Water one-day pass costs $26.50. A week. These are last-minute, discounted, luxury
hoops and jukebox sock-hoppin'. White Water season pass costs $52. condominium accommodations at beaches, moun-
The famed drive-in malt shop and number one A Six Flags and White Water combination season tain resorts and other locations. Amenities such as
hang-out, Arnold's, is in danger of demolition, so pass costs $87. golf courses, day saps and ski slopes are available
the gang teams up to save it with a dance contest Prices are valid for anyone age 2 and older. at most resorts.
and TV-worthy wrestling match. Six Flags is open through Aug. 31. Check the For more information, visit www.offdutytravel
Tickets cost $51.20 for performances April 4 at 2 park’s Web site at www.sixflags.com for days of .com and click on Great Travel Deals or visit the
p.m. and April 5 at 1:30 p.m. operation. Leisure Activities Center staff.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang has an unforgettable Another option of the Great Deals section is Golf
story and a Sherman Brothers score, including Medieval Times Card International. This golfer’s club has a net-
memorable classics like Truly Scrumptious, With a swirl of colorful banners and the thunder- work of more than 3,600 affiliated golf courses
Hushabye Mountain and the Oscar-nominated title ing of hooves, stalwart knights of the realm match throughout North America providing discounts on
wits and lances as they vie for tournament tro- golf, lodging, pro shop purchases and range privi-
Fort McPherson Post Theater movies All of the action is close enough for visitors to feel A $48 annual membership gives the golfer free
the vibration of the hooves of the Andalusia horses green fees or up to 50 percent discounts and dis-
Tonight: Disaster Movie pummeling the sand as broadswords send sparks counted weekend play at most affiliated courses.
(PG-13) scattering when they clash. For more information, visit www.GolfCard.
Through a special arrangement with the Fort com/dod.cfm or call 1-800-321-8269.
The shows starts at 7 p.m.
McPherson Leisure Activities Center staff, dis- Visit www.veteransholidays.com or www.afv-
Bring the whole family and counted tickets are available for select performanc- club.com or call 1-877-772-2322 for special savings
your own refreshments. es. on weeklong hotel accommodations worldwide. Use
Tickets cost $44.95 for adults and $37 for chil- INSTALLATION 71 as your home installation.
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16 March 27, 2009 SENTINEL
McPherson blood donors give gift of life
Potential donors are screened by Red
Cross staff in preparation for donating
Photos by Kevin Stabinsky
Royce Rhoades, the organizational management branch chief of G3 for U.S. Army Forces
Command (FORSCOM) (right), finishes his donation of blood while Seman Fedil, Red Cross mobile
blood lab technician (left), prepares Maj. Mike Doyle, an operation research systems analyst for
G3 FORSCOM, for his donation Monday at FORSCOM headquarters. The American Red Cross
exceeded its goal of 25 pints donated in the drive.
Staff Sgt. James Strozier, an administration
Fedil squeezes out the last bits of blood in NCO for G1 at FORSCOM, enjoys a recovery
the tube down into the donation bag. A technician inserts a needle into a donor. meal of cookies and juice after donating blood.