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Published in the interest of the people of Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland                                                                                            Vol. 50, No. 29 • July 20, 2006

                                  IRS renews e-mail alert after new scams
                                  IRS                                          Poland, Singapore and Slovakia, as            data to empty the victim’s financial        e-mail. The IRS can use the informa-
schedule                             After an increase in scam e-mails,        well as the United States.                    accounts, run up charges on the vic-        tion, URLs and links in the bogus e-
                                  the Internal Revenue Service reminded           The current scam claiming to come          tim’s existing credit cards, apply for      mails to trace the hosting Web sites and
   The residential
                                  taxpayers to be on the lookout for           from the IRS, tells recipients that they      new loans, credit cards, services or        alert authorities to help shut down
and recycling pickup
schedule for July 26, is          bogus e-mails claiming to be from the        are due a federal tax refund, and direct      benefits in the victim’s name and even      these fraudulent sites.
plastic, glass and metal.         tax agency.                                  them to a Web site that appears to be a       file fraudulent tax returns.                   However, due to the volume the
Put items in blue bags and           The IRS saw an increase in com-           genuine IRS site. The bogus sites con-            When the IRS learns of new              new mailbox is expected to receive,
place them on the curb.           plaints in recent weeks about these e-       tain forms or interactive Web pages           schemes involving use of the IRS name       the IRS will not be able to acknowl-
                                  mails, which are designed to trick the       similar to IRS forms or Web pages but         or logo, it issues consumer alerts warn-    edge receipt or reply to taxpayers who
Use both lanes                    recipients into disclosing personal and      which have been modified to request           ing taxpayers about the schemes.            submit their bogus e-mails. The phish-
    Drivers are urged to use      financial information that could be          detailed personal and financial infor-            The IRS also has established an mailbox is only for suspi-
both lanes as they                used to steal the recipients’ identity and   mation from the e-mail recipients. In         electronic mailbox for taxpayers to         cious e-mails and not for general tax-
approach the gates to             financial assets.                            addition, e-mail addresses ending with        send information about suspicious e-        payer contact or inquiries.
APG’s Aberdeen Area.                 “The IRS does not send out unso-          “.edu” — involving users in the educa-        mails they receive which claim to come         For information on preventing or
    At the barricades,            licited e-mails asking for personal          tion community — currently seem to            from the IRS. Taxpayers should send         handling the aftermath of identity theft,
motorists should alternate        information,” said IRS Commissioner          be heavily targeted.                          the information to:
                                                                                                                                                                         visit the Federal Trade Commission’s
the right of way – allowing       Mark W. Everson. “Don’t be taken in             The IRS does not send out unsolicit-           More than 7,000 bogus e-mails have
                                                                                                                                                                         consumer, website; http://www.con-
every other car to move           by these criminals.”                         ed e-mails or ask for detailed personal       been forwarded to the IRS, with nearly
                                                                                                                                                                         sumer .gov/idtheft/index.html, and
into the primary entrance            Since November 1999, different            information via e-mail. Additionally,         1,300 forwarded in June alone.
                                                                                                                                                                         OnGuardOnLine, http://onguardon-
lane, like a zipper.              scams have been identified, with 20 of       the IRS never asks people for the PIN             The IRS’s mail box allows taxpay-
                                                                               numbers, passwords or similar secret          ers to send copies of possibly fraudu-       Click       on
    This more efficient           those coming in June – the most since
                                  40 were identified in March during the       access information for their credit card,     lent e-mails involving misuse of the        "Topics" to find the identity theft and
movement of traffic will                                                                                                                                                 phishing areas on OnGuardOnLine.
speed up the process.             height of the filing season.                 bank or other financial accounts.             IRS name and logo to the IRS for
                                     Many of these schemes originate           Tricking consumers into disclosing            investigation. Instructions on how to          To discuss any of these issues with
    The provost marshal                                                                                                                                                  the staff at Client Services Division,
warns drivers who pull out        outside the United States. To date,          their personal and financial informa-         properly submit one of these communi-
                                  investigations by the Treasury               tion, such as secret access data or cred-     cations to the IRS may be found on this     Office of the Staff Judge Advocate at
in front of other vehicles,
                                  Inspector General for Tax Administra-        it card or bank account numbers, is           Web site. Enter the term "phishing" in      Aberdeen Proving Ground, call 410-
block traffic lanes or
exhibit other aggressive          tion have identified sites hosting more      fraudulent activity which can result in       the search box in the upper right hand      278-1583 or visit building 310, wing 2.
tendencies, that they are         than two dozen IRS-related phishing          identity theft. Such schemes perpetrat-       corner. Then open the article titled           For information on identity theft
driving on a federal instal-      scams. These scam Web sites have             ed through the Internet are called            “How to Protect Yourself from               prevention and victim assistance in
lation and are subject to         been located in many different coun-         “phishing” for information.                   Suspicious E-Mails” and scroll through      relation to tax administration, visit the
citations through the feder-      tries, including Argentina, Aruba,              The information fraudulently               it for the instructions. Following these    IRS Identity Theft Web page on the
al court system.                  Australia, Austria, Canada, Chile,           obtained is then used to steal the tax-       instructions helps ensure that the bogus    IRS Web site, Enter the
                                  China, England, Germany, Indonesia,          payer’s identity and financial assets.        e-mails relayed by taxpayers retain         term "identity theft" in the search box
Well-Being                        Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico,       Typically, identity thieves use personal      critical elements found in the original     in the upper right hand corner.
Council meets
   The Well-Being Action
                                  DoD announces next phase of NSPS implementation
Council will meet 9:30            DoD                                under secretary of defense for        NSPS. We want to give organ-        assist in planning for imple-       career group and pay band.
a.m., July 20, at the                The Department of Defense       Personnel and Readiness.              izations sufficient time to train   mentation of this next phase,          The performance appraisal
Aberdeen Area         Post        announced July 12 that it will         "The performance-based            employees, do it right and imp-     referred to as Spiral 1.2.          cycle for Spiral 1.2 employees
Chapel Fellowship Hall.           implement Spiral 1.2 of the        system will create an environ-        lement when they are ready."            "We are already assessing       begins on their actual day of
For more information, call        National Security Personnel        ment where our employees                 Employees will be given          implementation for the first        conversion and ends Sept. 30,
Sheryl Speerstra, 410-306-        System, a new civilian human       will be focused on outcomes           new performance plans clearly       group of employees," Lacey          2007. These employees will
4522.                             resources system, to more than     that support our national secu-       linked to their organization's      said. "We are pleased with          receive their first performance
                                  66,000 employees between           rity mission, and they will be        mission and strategic goals.        what we are seeing thus far, at     pay increases in January 2008.
ACS family picnic                 October 2006 and January           rewarded for results."                They will also be converted to      least with the technical aspects       Lacey will meet with Spiral
today                             2007.
                                                                         Civilian employees from           pay bands that replace the          of conversion."                     1.2 leaders and employees
                                                                     organizations         throughout      General Schedule. Employees             Lacey said personnel            throughout       the     coming
   Army Community Ser-               The human resources sys-
                                                                     DoD, including overseas, are          will not lose pay upon conver-      actions were completed for the      months. She will continue to
vice will host its annual         tem includes classification,       included in this group. Each          sion to NSPS and most will          first 11,000 employees with a       seek feedback from Spiral 1.1
family picnic and celebrate       compensation, performance          component considered mis-             receive an initial adjustment in    99.9 percent accuracy rate and      organizations that converted to
41 years of service 11 a.m.       management, staffing and work      sion, organization and opera-         pay to account for time already     all pay transactions processed      the system in late April to
to 1 p.m., July 20 at             force shaping elements. The        tions, wholeness of units and         earned toward their next within     successfully at DFAS.               determine if adjustments to the
Maryland Boulevard Field.         department will continue to        readiness to implement.               grade increase.                         Employees have access to        system are necessary prior to
   Free tickets are avail-        implement NSPS to the DoD              "Organizations have the dis-         Lacey recently met with          training materials, including a     implementation to the next
able at the Aberdeen Area         civilian workforce in phases.      cretion to convert their work         Spiral 1.1 senior leaders to        conversion tool in the NSPS         group of employees.
ACS, building 2754,                  "NSPS is critical to the        force at anytime during the           identify what worked well dur-      101 Course located on the              The complete list of organi-
Monday through Friday, 8          department's transformation to     four- month period," said Mary        ing the conversion of the first     NSPS Web site. This tool lets       zations included in Spiral 1.2
a.m. to 3 p.m., 410-278-          a results-oriented, mission-       Lacey, NSPS program execu-            11,000 employees, and where         employees see an estimate of        is available on the NSPS Web
7572, or at the Edgewood          focused culture," said Michael     tive officer. "Training is critical   improvements need to be             the value of their within-grade     site, http://www.cpms.osd.
Area ACS, building E-             Dominguez, principal deputy        to the successful transition to       made. This information will         increase buy-in as well as their    mil/nsps.
4630, Monday through
Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.,

                                        Army raises enlistment age Burke assumes command of JPM
BJ’s membership
   BJ’s Wholesale Club is
                                    Army News Service
                                       The Army has raised the enlist-
                                                                               said she had wanted to join since she
                                                                               was a teenager but she didn’t get the
                                                                                                                            Contamination Avoidance mission
offering a 15-month mem-            ment age to 42, made possible under        chance.                                      Story by                                    sonnel weren’t up to it, and we thank
bership, to include two cards       provisions of the Fiscal Year 2006             “My brother was in the Army and          YVONNE JOHNSON                              you very much for that.”
                                                                               it was always something that I want-         APG News
for $30 for all civilian, mili-     National Defense Authorization Act.                                                                                                    Burnett, who retired at the conclu-
tary, retirees and contract            The Army raised the active-duty         ed to do,” she said. “My father                 The leadership of the Joint Project      sion of the ceremony, thanked Reeves,
employees.                          age limit to 40 in January as an inter-    encouraged me to do it, but I became         Manager, Nuclear, Biological and            his family, staff and fellow service
   This offer is good for           im step while it worked out the addi-      a mother at a young age and that took        Chemical Contamination Avoidance            members he worked with throughout
new customers and for               tional medical screening require-          the priority.”                               changed hands, July 10, as Col. Kyle T.     his career.
membership renewals.                ments for recruits ages 40 to 42.              Morris thought she had lost her          Burke assumed command from Col.                “I’ve been fortunate my whole
   Renewal membership               Before January, an applicant could         chance, but learned that the Army            Donald J. Burnett during a Change of        career to be the beneficiary of chal-
holders should bring their          not have reached his or her 35th birth-    had raised its age limit when her son,       Charter Ceremony at the Edgewood            lenges and opportunities,” Burnett
current card with them.             day. The Army Reserve age limit was        Robert McLain, began talking with            Area Conference Center.                     said. “I’m very proud of what we’ve
   A representative will be         raised from 35 to 40 in March 2005.        an Army recruiter. She said the more            Maj. Gen. Stephen V. Reeves, Joint       done and what we are doing now about
available 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.,           Raising the maximum age for             her son talked about his decision, the       Program Executive Officer, Chemical         weapons of mass destruction.”
Aug. 1, at the Recreation           Army enlistment expands the recruit-       more interested she became in doing          and Biological Defense, presided over          He thanked co-workers, past and
Center, in building 3326            ing pool, provides motivated individ-      something for herself.                       the ceremony.                               present, the “Aberdeen and Edgewood
and at the Edgewood                 uals an opportunity to serve and               “When Robert told me I might                Reeves praised both as being the         work force,” Chemical Materials
                                    strengthens the readiness of Army          still be young enough, the wheels            type of leaders he could count on.          Agency Director Michael Parker and
   See SHORTS, page 7                                                          started turning and I thought this              “We asked him and his whole team         retired Maj. Gen. John C. Doesburg,
                                    units. More than 1,000 men and wo-
                                    men over age 35 have already enlist-       might just be my last opportunity to         to do a lot for us and he’s done that       former commander of the U.S. Army
                                    ed since the Army and Army Reserve         get the benefits for my education and        magnificently,” Reeves said of Burnett.     Research,       Development       and
      ISSUE                         raised their age limit to 40.              see the world,” she said.                    “We wouldn’t have accomplished what         Engineering Command for their
                                       “Experience has shown that older            Morris said her family was sur-          we have if the test equipment and per-
   HIGHLIGHTS                       recruits who can meet the physical         prised she wanted to enlist and serve,
                                                                                                                                                                                  See BURKE, page 14

                                    demands of Army service generally
                                    make excellent Soldiers,” said Col.
                                    Donald Bartholomew, U.S. Army
                                                                               but they are supportive of her plans.
                                                                               Her mother thought it was a great
                                                                               idea and her husband Rick, a district
                                                                                                                             Emphasizing lawnmower safety
                                                                               fire chief who will retire this sum-
         Page 2                     Recruiting Command Assistant
                                    Chief of Staff, G5. “They are mature,      mer, encouraged her as well.                     Every year, injuries and
     Accomplishments                motivated, loyal and patriotic, and            “My brother thought I was crazy,”         deaths occur because children
                                    bring with them a wealth of skills         she joked. “But he also thought it            ride as passengers on riding
         Page 3                     and experience to our Army.                was great that I was doing it, and I          mowers, small tractors and other
     Teen named most                   “We certainly do not expect for         couldn’t believe how supportive               machinery.
    Outstanding Athlete             this change to result in a large           everyone was of me. It made me                   A few minutes of fun riding is not
                                    increase of recruits, however it will      proud to know that they were all              worth the risk of permanent injury
         Page 5                     allow for those individuals who have       behind me.”                                   or death.
         Army News                  the passion for service, but for what-         Morris, who will be a petroleum              Yearly lawnmower injuries
                                    ever reason could not serve earlier in     lab specialist, left for basic combat         treated at emergency rooms total
         Page 6                     their lives, the opportunity to serve      training May 25 and McLain fol-               more than 87,000, according to the
                                    the nation now, when the time is           lowed May 30 to Fort Benning, Ga.,            U.S. Consumer Product Safety
     Community Notes                                                                                                         Commission. More than 20,000
                                    right for them,” he added.                 where he began training to become a
         Page 8                        All applicants must meet eligibil-      ranger.                                       of those people hurt were
                                    ity standards, to include passing the          Recruits of all ages are eligible for     younger than 25, including an
            MWR                                                                                                              estimated 10,000 children younger
                                    physical standards and medical             the same enlistment bonuses and
                                    examinations; however those 40 to          other incentives based on their indi-         than 15 years, were injured with riding
                                    42 will be given additional medical        vidual qualifications.                        lawn mowers.
                                    screening.                                 (Editor’s note: Compiled from releas-            It is important to eliminate as many     and dislocated bones, burns and eye
                                       For Shannon D. Morris, 36, of           es by the U.S. Army Recruiting                of those dangers as possible, especially    and other injuries. Some injuries are
                                    Shreveport, La., enlisting in the U.S.     Command Headquarters and the New              those dangers that involve children.        very serious. Both users of mowers and
                                    Army was a dream come true. She            Orleans Army Recruiting Battalion.)              Lawn mower injuries include deep         those who are nearby can be hurt.
                                                                                                                             cuts, loss of fingers and toes, broken                See SAFTEY, page 4
2       APG News • July 20, 2006

                                                                                                                                                  RDECOM civilian receives
                                                                                                                                                   second NAACP award
                                                                                                                                                Story by
                                                                                                                                                ASHLEY JOHN
                                                                                                                                                   A U.S. Army Research, Development and
                                                                                                                                                Engineering Command employee received
                                                                                                                                                the 2006 National Association for the
                                                                                                                                                Advancement of Colored People Roy Wilkins
                                                                                                                                                Renown Service Award at the 97th NAACP
                                                                                                                                                Annual Convention in Washington, D.C.,
                                                                                                                                                July 18.
                                                                                                                                                   Gregory Chappelle, who works for
                                                                                                                                                RDECOM’s Tank Automotive Research,
                                                                                                                                                Development and Engineering Center,
                                                                                                                                                Warren, Mich., will accept the award for his
                                                                                                                                                educational outreach efforts with low-income
                                                                                                                                                middle school students from southeastern
                                                                                                                                                Michigan, and for his years of dedication to
                                                                                                        photo by HEATHER TASSMER                the U.S. Army’s eCybermission program.
Family Child Care provider Tiphanie Simpson watches Cole Ramseur, left, Mark, her son, and Gabriella Cherry                                        The NAACP Roy Wilkins Renown
play with various toys at her house.
                                                                                                                                                Service Award is granted annually to

Six CDAs awarded in FCC
                                                                                                                                                American military or civilian personnel who
                                                                                                                                                have distinguished themselves by contribut-
                                                                                                                                                ing to military equal opportunity programs.                          Gregory Chappelle
                                                                                                                                                   This is Chappelle’s second Roy Wilkins
Family Child Care                                                         tial],” Simpson said. “I enjoy working with and                       Award; he received his first NAACP award in             and educator for inner-city and low-income
    Six Aberdeen Proving Ground Family Child                              helping children and the other providers to                           2003 for his educational outreach efforts with          students in Detroit and southeastern
Care Providers reached a new level of success                             grow and learn.”                                                      middle school students, and for 10 years of             Michigan.
in their careers in April and May of this year.                               Simpson is using her credential, which is                         service with the nation's Historically Black               Since 2003, Chappelle’s eCybermission
    Tiphanie Simpson, Sabrina Tacey, Tahirah                              worth three credits for school, toward an early                       Colleges and Universities/Minority Institutions.
                                                                          childhood education associate degree at                                                                                       students have won more than $60,000 in U.S.
Hood, Elvia Pomerat, Lee Mobley and Martina                                                                                                        In 2005, Chappelle coached eighth grade
                                                                          Harford Community College.                                                                                                    EE Savings Bonds.
Carr received their Child Development                                                                                                           students from Durfee Middle School, Detroit,
                                                                              Carr gave a lot of credit to Hartgrove who                                                                                   In February 2005, Chappelle received his
Associate Credential.                                                                                                                           Mich., to first place in the Northwest
    The CDA credential is given in recognition                            provided guidance along the way to complete                                                                                   second U.S. Black Engineer of the Year
                                                                                                                                                Regional eCybermission competition. The                 Award for teaching sixth through ninth grade
of outstanding work with young children. The                              the modules of the credential.                                        team also competed in the eCybermission
credential is awarded by the Council for                                      “Miss Beverly is an awesome teacher,” Carr                                                                                Detroit students’ mathematics, chemistry,
                                                                                                                                                National Finals in Washington, D.C., where              dentistry, physics, material and electrical
Professional Recognition in Washington, D.C.,                             said. “She was always on call if I had any ques-                      they won a total of $26,000 for their project:
which represents the early childhood profes-                              tions and provided a lot of research to help and                                                                              engineering and handwriting.
                                                                                                                                                The reduction of pedestrian fatalities in the              Chappelle was the first black teacher to
sion. The Department of the Army has a long                               guide me through it.”
                                                                                                                                                USA and Canada.                                         lead an all Black team to the National
standing association with the council.                                        Carr said she would like to thank all of the
                                                                                                                                                   “The environment that these students
    “The Army and the council have an agree-                              other people who gave her support such as her                                                                                 eCybermission “Final Four,” championship.
                                                                                                                                                grow-up in is very tough,” Chappelle said. “It
ment for representative training and assessment                           husband and the FCC staff.                                                                                                       Chappelle currently serves as TARDEC’s
                                                                                                                                                is extremely motivating to see them [stu-
expenses for military candidates to be cut in                                 The providers conduct a variety of activities                                                                             HBCU/MI Liaison Officer, and is still
                                                                                                                                                dents] grow when they are placed into an
half,” said FCC training and curriculum spe-                              to meet children’s needs such as engaging them                                                                                involved with numerous outreach efforts.
                                                                                                                                                environment which allows them to be cre-
cialist Beverly Hartgrove.                                                in outside games and taking trips to the pool.                                                                                Over the past 16 years, Chappelle has made
                                                                                                                                                ative. It is rewarding to see that I have
    At APG, Child and Youth Services trainers                             Children express themselves through art and                                                                                   astounding contributions to the U.S. Army’s
                                                                                                                                                impacted their lives in a positive way, inspir-
in each program work with interested staff on                             music sessions. The providers also teach chil-                                                                                HBCU/MI, Recruitment of Minorities and
                                                                                                                                                ing them to achieve their goals.
the CDA credential. The Department of the                                 dren about family dining which involves how                                                                                   the eCybermission outreach programs.
                                                                                                                                                   “The environment inner city middle
Army also has an agreement with the council to                            to feed themselves, manners and how to clean                                                                                     In 2003, Chappelle founded the Science
                                                                          up after themselves, according to Simpson.                            school students grow up in is very tough. I
pay part of the CDA assessment fee and all of                                                                                                   have found that these middle school students            and Math Teacher-Student Exchange
the renewal fee. The Army’s goal is that 25 per-                              Child care staff and parents wanting infor-                                                                               Program between the United States and
                                                                          mation on the CDA should write to the Council                         excel in learning complex math, science,
cent of each program staff hold CDA creden-                                                                                                     engineering and dentistry when exposed to               Canada. He holds degrees in chemistry,
tials.                                                                    for Professional Recognition at 2460 16th                                                                                     physics and electrical engineering, and holds
                                                                          Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20009-3575, or                           these academic areas on university campuses
    “The percentage of FCC providers who have                                                                                                   in the U.S. and Canada," he said.                       teaching certificates for secondary education
the CDA credentials is about 25 percent,”                                 call 202-265-9090 or 800-424-4310.
                                                                                                                                                   Last year Chappelle received citations               in chemistry, physics and mathematics.
Hartgrove said. “We usually exceed the goal                                                                                                                                                             (Editors note: Ashley John works in the
                                                                                                                                                from the state of Michigan and the city of
because the program is so manageable.”
                                                                                                                                                Detroit for being an outstanding role model             Public Communications Office at TARDEC.)
    The CDA Credential is one of the major
national efforts to improve child care by evalu-
ating and recognizing the skills of individuals
providing care.
    “Parents who use child care are especially
                                                                                                                                              APG battalion donates to fellow warriors
concerned today about their children’s wel-                                                                                                   Story and photos by                                       Soldiers at Walter Reed and it just grew from
fare,” said FCC director Aphrodite Corsi.                                                                                                     YVONNE JOHNSON                                            there,” she said.
    With this in mind, as part of the CDA assess-                                                                                             APG News
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Weaver said he was stunned by the willing-
ment process, every candidate for the CDA cre-                                                                                                    A Baltimore company’s project to instill a            ness of his fellow Soldiers and surrounding
dential is observed working with young chil-                                                                                                  team-building mentality in its employees paired           businesses to contribute to the cause.
dren or families by an early childhood profes-                                                                                                with an Aberdeen Proving Ground battalion’s                  “It just makes sense that something like this
sional. In addition, the candidate must demon-                                                                                                desire to deliver a compassionate gesture to fel-         should come from Soldiers,” he said. “Those
strate the ability to work with families to devel-                                                                                            low warriors, resulted in the donation of thou-           guys could be any one of us.”
op children’s physical and intellectual capabili-                                                                                             sands of dollars in goods and merchandise to                 “We all have families too so we know that
ties in a safe and healthy learning environment.                                                                                              the wounded warriors of Walter Reed Army                  this stuff is not only needed, but appreciated,”
     “The CDA credential is having a positive                                                                                                 Medical Center July 11.                                   he added.
effect on the quality of child care,” Corsi said.                                                                                                 The 143rd Ordnance Battalion, led by Sgt.                Battalion commander, Lt. Col. Linwood
Its impact is evident in center-based care, home                                                                                              1st Class Troy Weaver, solicited donations from           Clark and Command Sgt. Maj. Luis Rivera
visitor programs, as well as, family child care.                                                                                              fellow Soldiers and local companies for the               accompanied Weaver, Kelly and Sgt. 1st Class
Family child care is the most common form of                                                                                                  WRAMC Red Cross and the wounded warriors                  Jeffery Williams to the Red Cross Office where
care for children under 5 years old.                                                                                                          and their family members housed on the hospi-             they were greeted by Joan Retelle, station chair,
                                                                         Family Child Care provider Sabrina Tacey, rear, Lucas
    Some providers shared their thoughts on the                          Umbarger and Faith Tacey play with puzzles. Sabrina                  tal compound.                                             and Terri Oshiro, station manager.
accomplishment of the credential.                                        is one of six providers who received their Child Care                    Weaver said the project was conceived by his             “This is great because so many people want
    “It was a blessing to receive [the creden-                           Development Associate Credential in April and May.                   wife, Kelly, who got the idea after employee              to help but they are not sure how,” Oshiro said,
                                                                                                                                              training sponsored by her company DaVita                  as she led a tour of the facility that contained
                                                                                                                                              Dialysis .                                                rooms filled with donated items from veterans’
                                                                                                                                                  She said the training involved completing a           organizations, scout groups and individuals
                                                                                                                                              charitable project for needy children.                    from around the country.
                                                                                                                                                  “It was an eye-opening experience that                   “We are privileged to distribute these needed
                                                                                                                                              showed how much we could accomplish as a                  items to our troops who have been through so
                                                                                                                                              team,” Kelly said, adding that her supervisor             much for us,” Retelle added.
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    APG Commander . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Maj. Gen. Roger A. Nadeau
    APG Garrison Commander . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Col. John T. Wright
    Public Affairs Officer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . George P. Mercer
    Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Debi Horne
    Editorial Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marguerite Towson
    Contract Photojornalists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yvonne Johnson
    . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Heather Tassmer
    Graphic Designer/Web Designer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nick Pentz
    Web site . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .            From left, the 143rd Ordnance Battalion’s Sgt. 1st Class Jeffery Williams, Command Sgt. Major Luis Rivera, Sgt.
                                                                                                                                              1st Class Troy Weaver and his wife Kelly, transport a pallet full of items the unit donated to the Walter Reed Army
                                                                                                                                              Medical Center’s Red Cross into the hospital’s storage area.
                                                                                                                                             July 20, 2006 • APG News   3

APG teen wins state track competition
Story and photos by
APG News
   An Aberdeen Proving Ground teenager
surprised family and friends when she
was one of three teens named Most
Outstanding Athlete for Harford County
after competing in three events at the
Hershey’s Track and Field state champi-
onships held at Winston Churchill High
School in Potomac, Md., June 24.
   Alyssa Anderson, 13, is the daughter of
Master Sgt. George Anderson, a logistics
analyst with the U.S. Army Evaluation
Center, and Michelle Anderson, a human
resources specialist with the Northeast
Civilian Personnel Operations Center.
   During the contest, in which athletes
from throughout the state were in atten-
dance, Anderson placed first in the softball
throw with a toss measuring 118 feet,
8 inches; third in the 1,600 meter
run with a time of 6 minutes, 15
seconds and fourth in the 800
meter run with a time of 2 min-
utes, 48 seconds.
   Her time in the 1,600-meter
run was the third best for girls
in the 13-14 age group.
   The accomplishment was
stunning for Anderson who said                                     Alyssa Anderson works out on the Aberdeen High School track and, left
that up until the county competi-                                insert, poses with the medals and trophy she won after being named one of
tion she entered to qualify for the                            Harford County’s Most Outstanding Athletes in the Hershey’s Track & Field
state meet she had never run in an organ-                   champonships.
ized competition outside of gym class.         hopefully qualify for an athletic scholar-        In its 29th year, the Hershey’s Track &
   “I knew I had it in me but I really sur-    ship in one or two sports for college,” she    Field Youth Program has become the
prised myself,” Anderson said.                 said, adding that she specifically hopes to    largest youth sports program of its kind in
   During the Harford County competi-          earn a soccer scholarship to the University    North America. For the past 27 years, the
tion, held at John Carroll High School         of North Carolina as she feels she is best     mission statement has been to provide a
May 13, Anderson placed first or second        at, “soccer, then track, then basketball, in   quality recreation and school program for
in each event to move on to the state level.   that order.”                                   children, promoting physical fitness
   As a reward for a solid effort in three         Her father added that his daughter has     through basic track and field events such
events, she was named the “Most                already caught the attention of local track    as running, jumping and throwing.
Outstanding Athlete” for the state finals.     coaches.                                          Participants compete against other
The athletes who will represent the                “They’re already calling and asking        youths from their local area, and have an
Northeast region in the National Champ-        what her plans are,” George said.              opportunity to advance to the state and
ionships to be held Aug. 5 in Hershey, Pa.,        He said he knew his daughter’s poten-      regional competitions and ultimately
will be determined by overall top scores       tial, and when they heard about the John       qualify for the North American Final
in each event once all of the states in the    Carroll track and field meet, he thought       Meet.
region have completed their finals.            that she should give it a shot.                   The Hershey Company provides
   Bill Blewett, director of the Harford           “It was held on one of the few week-       national funding for the program. Its part-
County competition, submitted Ander-           ends we weren’t busy with other family         ners include the National Recreation and
son’s name along with the two other            activities, so we said “Let’s do it.” She      Park Association, USA Track & Field and
recipients after the Hershey’s track meet.     may not go to the nationals but we’ll take     Athletics Canada. Hershey’s Track &
   “She gave a good effort in all three        this,” he added, noting “I played every-       Field Games is the largest youth sports
events,” Blewett said. “She was a very         thing when I was in school but I never ran     program of its kind with more than
strong competitor with a lot of talent.”       track. I earned nine varsity letters and now   400,000 children participating in the pro-
   Anderson said that although she does-       her goal is to earn 10.”                       gram annually, representing more than
n’t expect to move on, she is still pleased        Anderson enters her freshman year at       3,000 communities across the country. To
with her accomplishment and what it            Aberdeen High School in September.             learn more, visit the Hershey’s Track &
could mean for her high school years.          Hershey’s Track & Field Games                  Field Games Web site, htpp://www.her-
   “I plan to go out for track and field and                     
4   APG News • July 20, 2006

                                     Why the high grass?
                               DIO                               Garrison provided services     Bay Conference Center,
                                  The installation mowing           Mowing will be per-         lodging and recreational cen-
                               contract was suspended due        formed in the Housing areas    ters and picnic areas.
                               to severe cuts in the Garrison    to include, playgrounds, bus      Other areas will be con-
                               operating budget for fiscal       stops and quarters awaiting    sidered as the need arises and
                                                                 occupancy. Other areas to be   funds allow.
                               year 2006.
                                                                 maintained include the            Additional information
                                  Due to the severity of the
                                                                 Commissary, AAFES and          will be provided as it is
                               shortfall the contract will not   chapels, gate entrances and    available. DIO invites all the
                               be renewed for this year and      surety areas, roadway inter-   help the garrison community
                               interim measures will be          sections, police and emer-     can provide in maintaining
                               undertaken by the direc-          gency buildings and muni-      the grounds on post.
                               torates     of     Installation   tions storage areas, Child        For further information or
                               Operations and Morale,            Development centers, Youth     suggestions, contact George
                               Welfare, and Recreation.          Services centers, Top of the   Phillips, 410-306-2311.

                                                                                                        From front page

                                                                                                    An extra rider on a mower
                                                                                                is an invitation to trouble.
                                                                                                Riders should never mow with
                                                                                                a child on their lap.
                                                                                                    Tragic accidents can occur
                                                                                                if the operator is not alert to the
                                                                                                presence of children. Children
                                                                                                are often attracted to the
                                                                                                mower and the mowing activi-
                                                                                                ty. Never assume that children
                                                                                                will remain where last seen.
                                                                                                    To prevent lawn mower
                                                                                                injuries to children, the
                                                                                                American         Academy         of
                                                                                                Pediatrics recommends:
                                                                                                    • Never carry children.
                                                                                                They may fall off and be seri-
                                                                                                ously injured or interfere with
                                                                                                safe mower operation.
                                                                                                    • Keep small children out of
                                                                                                the mowing area, preferably
                                                                                                indoors under the watchful
                                                                                                care of an adult other than the
                                                                                                    • Be alert and turn the mower
                                                                                                off if children enter the area.
                                                                                                    • Before and when operat-
                                                                                                ing in reverse, look behind and
                                                                                                down for small children.
                                                                                                    • Use extra care when
                                                                                                approaching corners, shrubs,
                                                                                                and trees.
                                                                                                    • Do not allow children
                                                                                                younger than age 14 to use rid-
                                                                                                ing mowers. Do not allow chil-
                                                                                                dren younger than 12 to use
                                                                                                walk-behind mowers.
                                                                                                    • Only use a power mower
                                                                                                with a control that stops the
                                                                                                mower if the handle is let go.
                                                                                                This control should never be
                                                                                                    • Make sure that sturdy
                                                                                                shoes (not sandals or sneakers)
                                                                                                are worn while mowing.
                                                                                                    • Prevent injuries from fly-
                                                                                                ing objects, such as stones or
                                                                                                toys, by picking up objects
                                                                                                from the lawn before mowing
                                                                                                begins. Use a collection bag
                                                                                                for grass clippings or a plate
                                                                                                that covers the opening where
                                                                                                cut grass is released. Have
                                                                                                anyone who uses a mower
                                                                                                wear protective eyewear.
                                                                                                    • Start and refuel mowers
                                                                                                outdoors, not in a garage or
                                                                                                shed. Mowers should be refu-
                                                                                                eled with the motor turned off
                                                                                                and cool.
                                                                                                    Keep safety first and fore-
                                                                                                most in mind. A lawn mower is
                                                                                                a serious piece of equipment. It
                                                                                                is a dangerous attraction for
                                                                                                young children. Don’t use a
                                                                                                mower as an entertainment ride
                                                                                                for children.
                                                                                                                            July 20, 2006 • APG News   5

Army Civilian Corps established
Story by                            NCO Corps,” said Melinda
ANDRICKA HAMMONDS                   McMillon Darby, assistant G-
Army News Service
                                    1 for Civilian Personnel.
   Top        Army        leaders       The Army Civilian Corps
announced the establishment         Creed and the memorandum
of the Army Civilian Corps          establishing the Corps are
last month.                         available at the civilian per-
   “The Army Civilian Corps         sonnel       Web       site   at
is meant to unify the Army under
civilian service and embody         “Top Army Initiatives.”
the commitment of civilians             Establishment of the Corps
who serve as an integral part       is a result of a study conducted
of our Army team,” said             by the Army Training and
Army Secretary Francis J.           Leadership          Development          ARMY CIVILIAN CORPS CREED
Harvey and Army Chief of            Panel from August 2001 to            • I am an Army Civilian – a member of the
Staff Gen. Peter J. Schoo-          February 2003. Through writ-         Army Team.
maker in a joint memoran-           ten and online surveys with
dum to Army personnel.                                                   • I am dedicated to our Army, our Soldiers and
                                    civilians, focus-group sessions
   Army civilians work side                                              Civilians.
                                    and personal interviews, an
by side with Soldiers deployed      executive panel comprised of         • I will always support the mission.
around the world. They have         senior civilian and military         • I provide stability and continuity during war
played many roles in                subject-matter-experts con-          and peace.
America’s fight against terror,     cluded the needs and concerns
from assisting in reconstruc-       of Army civilians.
                                                                         • I support and defend the Constitution of the
tion projects in Iraq and               The study also resulted in       United States and consider it an honor to serve
Afghanistan        to    training   the November 2004 estab-             our Nation and our Army.
Soldiers for deployment.            lishment of the Civilian             • I live the Army values of Loyalty, Duty,
   “The Corps provides identi-      Advisory Board, which                Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and
ty for the civilian force compa-    serves as an advocate for            Personal Courage.
rable to their military counter-    civilian matters raised to the       • I am an Army Civilian.
parts – the officer, enlisted and   Army Chief of Staff.

Cell phones compete for drivers’ attention
Story by                            March 2. (See APG News             while driving’ to accidents.
J.T. COLEMAN                        March 2 issue for more infor-          “However, many officers
Army News Service
                                    mation.)                           are writing in the remarks sec-
   Psychologists      at     the       The U.S. Army Training          tion of citations that drivers
University of Utah published a      and Doctrine Command has           were on the phone when they
study June 29 showing that          initiated a policy that active-    violated rules of the road with
motorists who talk on hand-         duty members must also use a       illegal lane changes or speed-
held or hands-free cellular         hands-free device while driv-      ing,” Bucher said.
phones are as impaired while        ing their vehicles off post,           Since April, more than 212
driving as drunks.                  Bucher added.                      million people in the United
   Driver inattention is the           Information in the Army’s       States are using cell phones
leading factor in 80 percent of     Risk Management Information        compared to about 4.3 million
vehicle crashes, according to       System data base, shows that a     during 1990, according to the
the National Highway Traffic        Soldier distracted by her cell     Cellular Telecommunications
Safety Administration.              phone while driving acciden-       & Internet Association.
   “Just as you put yourself        tally steered into oncoming            “The bottom line is driving
and other people at risk when       traffic. The Soldier overcor-      requires your full attention,”
you drive drunk, you put your-      rected the vehicle trying to get   Bucher said.
self and others at risk when        back in her lane and lost con-
you use a cell phone and drive.     trol. The vehicle rolled three     (Editor’s note: J.T. Coleman
The level of impairment is          times and injured the Soldier.     works for the U.S. Army
very similar,” said David              Military statistics don’t       Combat Readiness Center
Strayer, a psychology profes-       directly link ‘cell phone use      Public Affairs Office.)
sor and the study’s lead author.
   Army Regulation 190-5,
“Motor       Vehicle     Traffic
Supervision,” states that any-
one driving a motor vehicle on
a Department of Defense
installation cannot use a cell
phone unless the vehicle is
safely parked or the driver is
using a hands-free device.
   “The regulation covering
cell phone use while driving is
the minimum standard to be
enforced,” said Fred Bucher,
acting Policy Branch chief of
the Law Enforcement Branch
in the Pentagon.
   Aberdeen Proving Ground
implemented the regulation
6   APG News • July 20, 2006

                               FRIDAY                         located at 803 Edgewood           learn   a     little   about    This club is open to anyone
                                                              Road, will hold a yard sale 8     Marylanders’ favorite feast.    on or off post who wants to
                               JULY 21                        a.m. to 2 p.m.                                                    improve their communica-
                               ISLAND ADVENTURES                                                Do a little feasting as well.   tion, leadership and listen-
                                                              Haircuts will be available by     Participants will be given a
                               ON THE SKIPJACK                                                                                  ing skills and to overcome
                                                              a licensed beautician. There      half dozen crabs and can        the fear of public speaking.
                               MARTHA LEWIS                   will also be a car wash.          bring non-alcoholic drinks.
                               The Chesapeake Heritage                                          This program is from 2 to 4     The meeting will last about
                               Conservancy, Inc. will offer   For more information call         p.m. for ages 8 through         an hour and lunch will be
                               Island Estuary Adventures      Tara, 410-585-5224.               adult     and      is    $10.   available.
                               onboard the Skipjack Martha    All proceeds will go to bene-     Registration is required. For
                               Lewis for children ages 11                                       information or directions to    For more information or
                                                              fit Frontline Youth Ministries                                    directions, call Jesse Barber,
                               through 15. The day camp is    and their various outreaches.     the Anita C. Leight Estuary
                               an educational, hands-on                                         Center, call 410-612-1688 or    410-322-7748.
                               experience teaching camp-      CRITTER DINNER TIMES              410-879-2000,      extension
                               ers the history of the skip-   Come watch turtles, fish and      1688.
                               jack, oyster harvesting and
                                                                                                                                (Editors Note: More calendar
                                                              snakes eat, and learn more        BASKET BINGO                    events can be seen at
                               the importance of preserving   about them. This program                                
                               the Chesapeake Bay and its     begins at 11 a.m. No regis-       Basket Bingo to benefit VFW     under Community Notes.)
                               waterways. Children will       tration. For information or       Post 8185 will be held at VFW
                               study water quality and Bay    directions to the Anita C.        Post 8185, Route 222, Port
                               grasses on the water and on
                               an island just below Havre
                                                              Leight Estuary Center, call
                                                              410-612-1688 or 410-879-
                                                                                                Deposit. Doors open at 6
                                                                                                p.m., Bingo starts at 7 p.m.          MOVIES
                               de Grace. Tickets cost $35     2000, ext. 1688.                  Tickets cost $10 per person
                               per child. To make reserva-                                      for all paper cards. Food,            ADMISSION:
                               tions, call 410-939-4078.      BEL AIR BOOK FESTIVAL             beverages, baked goods,              ADULTS $3.50,
                                                                                                door prizes and raffles will         CHILDREN $1.75
                               SATURDAY                       The Harford County Public         be available. No smoking is
                                                              Library, Bel Air Cultural Arts                                       Building 3245
                               JULY 22                                                          allowed.
                                                              Commission         and     the
                                                              Highland School Foundation                                         Aberdeen Boulevard
                               YARD SALE                                                        For more information or to
                                                              will co-host the Bel Air Book     purchase tickets, call Anne
                               Edgewood Assembly of God,      Festival, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at
                                                                                                                                  To verify listing,
                                                                                                Gibson, 410-378-3338, Kathy
                                                              Shamrock Park. Guests will        Heatono, 410-378-3594, or        call 410-272-9008,
                                                              include Mary Jo Putney,           VFW Post 8185, 410-642-                   or visit
                                                              author of Stolen Magic; “The      9297.                    
                                                              Book Guys” of National                                                  and click on
                                                              Public Radio; and “Kidsinger      TUESDAY                                            ”
                                                                                                                                     “Movie Listing.
                                                              Jim” Hossick will entertain
                                                              the preschool children. The       JULY 25
                                                              festival is free to the public.   TOASTMASTERS                     CARS
                                                              For more information, call        MEETING
                                                              Kathy Casey, 443-512-8200                                          Friday, July 21, 7 p.m.
                                                              or e-mail her at belairbook-      Susquehanna Toastmasters
                                                                                                Club 3898 will hold its regu-    Animated
                                                                                                lar meeting 11:45 a.m. in the
                                                              A CRAB’S LIFE                                                      Lightning McQueen, a hot-
                                                                                                Old Baltimore Room at Top
                                                                                                                                 shot rookie race car,
                                                              Ever wonder what makes a          of the Bay on Aberdeen
                                                                                                                                 embarks on a trip down
                                                              crab tick? Come out and           Proving Ground.
                                                                                                                                 Route 66, headed to Cali-
                                                                                                                                 fornia and the big Piston
                                                                                                                                 Cup Championship race.
                                                                  Host families needed                                           Along the way, he meets
                                                                                                                                 Sally, a snazzy 2002
                                                                   The 2006 World Series event will take place Aug.13            Porsche, Doc Hudson, a
                                                                through 20.                                                      1951 Hudson Hornet; and
                                                                   The 15 teams attending the World Series are comprised         Mater, a rusty tow truck.
                                                                of 11 and 12 year olds from all over the world: eight teams      Together      they   help
                                                                from regions across the United States, the Maryland State        Lightning realize there's
                                                                Champion, a Harford County representative and five inter-        more to life than first
                                                                national teams including Canada, Australia, Mexico, the          place. (Rated G)
                                                                Republic of Korea and the Dominican Republic.                    THE FAST AND THE
                                                                   More than 50 host families are still needed for this year.    FURIOUS:    TOKYO
                                                                Becoming a host family is a rewarding experience based on        DRIFT (FREE ADMIS-
                                                                comments from other host families. Providing room and            SION)
                                                                board, transportation, a new social and cultural experience
                                                                and a big heart can help make this community initiative a        Saturday, July 22, 7 p.m.
                                                                fun and triumphant event.                                        Starring: Lucas Black,
                                                                   For more information, contact Kallie Wasserman at Cal         Brandon Brendel, Zachery
                                                                Ripken Sr. Foundation, 1427 Clarkview Road, Suite 100,           Ty Bryan, Daniel Booko
                                                                Baltimore, MD 21209,
                                                                or 410-823-0808.                                                 After totaling his car in an
                                                                                                                                 illegal street race, Shaun
                                                                                                                                 Boswell (Black) is sent to
                                                                                                                                 live with his father, who is
                                                                                                                                 in the military, in Tokyo,
                                                                                                                                 Japan, to avoid juvy or
                                                                                                                                 even jail. While in school,
                                                                                                                                 he befriends Twinkie (Bow
                                                                                                                                 Wow), a "military brat."
                                                                                                                                 Twinkie introduces him to
                                                                                                                                 the world of racing in
                                                                                                                                 Japan. Though forbidden
                                                                                                                                 to drive, he decides to
                                                                                                                                 race against D.K., the
                                                                                                                                 "Drift King", who has ties
                                                                                                                                 to the Yakuza, and loses,
                                                                                                                                 totaling the car because
                                                                                                                                 of his lack of knowledge
                                                                                                                                 of drifting, racing that
                                                                                                                                 involves dangerous hair
                                                                                                                                 pin turns. To repay his
                                                                                                                                 debt, he enters the under-
                                                                                                                                 ground world of drift
                                                                                                                                 street racing. As he
                                                                                                                                 becomes better and bet-
                                                                                                                                 ter, he must finally prove
                                                                                                                                 his worth in that world by
                                                                                                                                 once again racing D.K.
                                                                                                                                 (Rated PG-13)
                                                                                                                                            July 20, 2006 • APG News   7

                                                                                           POST SHORTS
Recreation Center, building E-     able at the Main Post Chapel.       announced during the APG
4140, July 25 and Aug. 23.            Volunteers are needed to        io/mildep_bio.htm.                 Women’s Equality Day obser-
   All major credit cards,         assist in planning and training                                       vance and awards ceremony 10
checks and cash will be            meetings scheduled for July        9th Area Medical                   to 11:30 a.m., Aug. 23, at the
accepted for payment.              19.                                Laboratory change of               Edgewood Conference Center,
   For more information, call         For more information or to                                         Aberdeen Proving Ground.
Angela Keithley or Jacqueline      register, call Gerri Merkel,
                                                                      command ceremony                      For more information, call
McKeever, 410-278-4603/4771.       410-278-2516, or e-mail her at         The 9th Area Medical           Suzanne Schultz, 410-278-
                         ,         Laboratory change of com-          9514, or Melissa Smith, 410-
Ed Center holds                    call Clarence Weaver, 443-         mand ceremony is scheduled         642-2411, x5129.
FAST Math class                    567-8934, or Bernadette            for 9 a.m., Aug. 9, on McBride
                                                                                                         APG Newcomer
                                   Kovalsick, 410-322-5206 or         Parade Field in Edgewood.
   A Functional Academic
Skills Training Math class will    410-306-2345.                          Col. Thomas M. Logan will      Orientation
                                      Deadline for registration is    relinquish command to Col.
run 8 a.m. to noon, Monday
                                   July 31.                           David W. Craft.                    scheduled
through Friday, through July                                                                                The Aberdeen Proving
                                                                          In case of inclement weath-
24, in building 4305, room
214. There will be no class on
                                   Office Eagle                       er, the ceremony will take place   Ground Newcomer Orienta-
                                   Showroom grand                     in the National Guard Armory.      tion will be held 1 to 3 p.m.,
RDO Fridays.                                                                                             Aug. 16, at the Aberdeen
                                                                          For more information, call
   Participation is limited to     opening                            Pfc. Shakeita Lockett, 410-        Recreation Center, building
active duty Soldiers only and                                                                            3326. All military, civilian
is geared to raise their              Office Eagle will hold a        436-7268/7273.
                                   showroom grand opening 10                                             personnel, retirees and their
General/Technical Score.
                                   a.m. to 2 p.m., Aug. 2, build-     Working Woman’s                    family members are invited
   To enroll, call the Army
Education Center, 410-306-         ing 320, Johnson Street.           Scholarship nomina-                and get acquainted with the
                                   Representatives will be on                                            military and civilian commu-
2042 or DSN 458-2042.
                                   hand to answer questions and
                                                                      tions open                         nity at APG. Representatives
RAB holds meeting                  free design and layout demon-         The Maryland Tri-County         of support agencies/organiza-
                                   strations will be provided.        Chapter of Federally Em-           tions will be present to discuss
July 27                            Music, food and door prizes        ployed Women presents an           their activities.
   The Installation Restoration    also will be available.            annual $300 scholarship called        For more information, call
Program will hold its monthly         For more information, call      the 2006 Dottie Dorman             Marilyn Howard, Army Com-
Restoration Advisory Board         Barry Councill, 410-297-4950       Working Woman's Schola-            munity Service, 410-278-9669.
meeting 7 to 9:45 p.m., July                                          rship to a deserving woman to
27, at the Edgewood Senior         Deputy assistant                   pay for or offset college          Blue Star Families
Center on Gateway Road. The        secretary to visit                 expenses incurred in pursuit of    of Central Maryland
topic of the meeting will be an                                       her continuing education.
update on the Westwood Study       APG                                   To qualify nominee must:
                                                                                                         welcomes new
Area. Board meetings are              The Acquisition Support            • Be a female employee in       members
open to the public; all APG        Center at Aberdeen Proving         any federal job in Baltimore,          The military families sup-
employees and citizens are         Ground will present "Meet the      Cecil or Harford County.           port group, Blue Star Families
invited. For more information,     MILDEP." Lt. Gen. Joseph L.           • Currently be pursuing col-    of Central Maryland, meets the
call the Information Line, 410-    Yakovac Jr., military deputy to    lege-level education studies.      first Wednesday of each month
272-8842 or 800-APG-9998.          the Assistant Secretary of the        • Prepare a short essay (not    at 6:30 p.m. at the American
                                   Army for Acquisition, Logistics    to exceed one type-written         Legion Post 109 located at
Vacation Bible                     and Technology (AL&T), will        page) summarizing education-       1610 Sulphur Spring Road in
School                             visit APG 1 to 3 p.m., Aug. 2 at   al plans and explaining how        Halethorpe, Md.
   The APG Post Chapel             the Post Theater.                  this scholarship will be used.         Anyone who has a loved
Ecumenical Vacation Bible             Yakovac will speak with            • Provide the name; home        one serving in the armed
School will be held 6 to 8:45      the work force and share his       and work addresses; home and       forces, or is serving, and
p.m., Aug. 7 through 11 for        visions and objectives regard-     work telephone numbers; e-mail     would like to meet other mili-
preschoolers ages 4 and 5 and      ing the future of Army acquisi-    addresses; name and telephone      tary families can attend. For
children completing kinder-        tion. Current topics of interest   number of current supervisor (to   more information, visit Web
garten through grade 7.            impacting the acquisition          confirm federal employment);       site    http://www.geocities
   This year’s theme, “Fiesta,”    community will be discussed.       and name of nominee’s educa-       .com/bluestarfamiliesofcen-
welcomes children to be fired      The work force will have an        tional institution.                tralmd or e-mail BlueStar
up about Jesus. Get ready for      opportunity to ask questions          Submit application to the       FamiliesOfCentralMD@
an exciting celebration of         and discuss issues.                Maryland Tri-County FEW   for additional
Jesus’ love filled with lively        The acquisition work force      Scholarship, c/o Suzanne           information.
mariachi bands, colorful folk-     is encouraged to attend.           Schultz, 952 Chesapeake
loric costumes, spicy chili        Registration is not required.      Drive, Havre de Grace, MD          (Editors Note: More shorts
peppers and warm friends.             For more information about      21078 no later than Aug. 12.       can be seen at www.apgnews
   Registration forms are avail-   Yakovac, visit https://web-           The winner will be     under Shorts.)
8      APG News • July 20, 2006

   All services, classes and       includes a free tote bag upon       Skipper’s Point Park in            registration. An additional        Students will make a new lay-       Boothby Hill Road in the
events are available to DoD        registration. Fun activities        Edgewood July 20 and Aug. 3        $18 Central Registration Fee       out during every class.             DSHE training room to the
cardholders, military, civil-      encourage children to com-          and 17, and in Aberdeen at the     will apply if not already          Jujitsu                             rear of the building. Dates
ian, contractors, retirees,        plete the program and receive       New Chesapeake Playground          enrolled in the Child and                                              include Aug. 7, 9 and 12.
family members and guests.         a free book.                        July 13 and 27 and Aug. 10.        Youth Services Program.               Jujitsu classes will be held         There will also be a one-
For information on these or            Library cards will be avail-                                       Call 410-278-7479/7571 for         6 to 7 p.m., Monday at the          day independent study class on
any other events, please check     able on site for parents and           Army Community Ser-             an appointment to register.        Aberdeen Youth Center Gym.          Sept. 10 for students age 16
out www.apgmwr .com.               children who do not have one.       vices is located in building                                          Grandmaster Soto, a 10th            and older. Registration for the
                                                                                                          Volunteers needed                  degree black and red belt, will
Rolling Reader                         Parents must bring a valid      2754, Rodman Road. For                                                                                    class will be held 2 to 4 p.m.,
                                   driver’s license, military ID       information about these or            Anyone interested in teach-     be instructing.                     Aug. 20 at the APG Bowmen
   The Harford County Public       with orders, or a recent utility    any other services that ACS        ing classes such as kinder-        Basic auto mechanic class           Club Pavilion. The fee is $7
Library’s outreach vehicle, the    bill with a local address.          offers, call 410-278-7474/2453.    musik, history, grammar, read-                                         and covers instructional mate-
Rolling Reader, will join Child                                                                           ing, and mommy and me tum-            Basic Auto Mechanic classes
                                   Children under the age of 18        Parent Information                                                    designed to enable the student      rials (books/manuals). Only 25
and Youth Services in provid-      must have a parent or guardian                                         bling, should call Sarah Behl,                                         student books and manuals
ing a free summer recreation                                           Exchange (PIE)                     410-278-4589.                      to perform maintenance on a
                                   fill out a library card registra-                                                                         vehicle’s engine and acces-         will be available at the time of
program for children not           tion form. Forms are available         This program is for                For more information call                                           registration on a first-come,
enrolled in the CYS Summer                                             Exceptional Family Members         410-278-4589.                      sories will be held 5:30 to 7
                                   through the Harford County                                                                                p.m., Thursday nights at Auto-      first-serve basis.
Camp program. CYS will pro-        Public Library Web site             and is 6 to 7 p.m. the second      Spirit Unlimited Summer                                                    The course will be taught
vide arts, crafts and game                                             Tuesday of each month. This                                           motive Crafts, building 2379.
                         , under,                                            Cheer Camp                                                             by Frank and Juanita Snyder.
activities while children wait     “Library Services” or through       support group is designed to                                                                                  For more information, call
to go into the Rolling Reader                                          assist military families who          Spirit unlimited instructors       For information on Out-
                                   on the installation at Outreach                                        work with participants to help     door Programs, call Charles         Carol Swam, DSHE, 410-436-
to check out books. Children       Services, in building 2752,         have family members with                                                                                  2967.
will be able to check out and                                          special needs. Its goals are to    them be their best providing       Heinsohn, 410-278-3868. To
                                   office 201.                                                            young      cheerleaders     and    sign up for a class, visit              To sign up for the class,
return their books at the              Children under the age of       improve the members’ ability                                                                              contact MWR Registration,
Rolling Reader or any Harford                                          to cope and discuss communi-       dancers with an age appropri-      MWR Registration, located
                                   13 must be accompanied by a                                            ate curriculum that will chal-     in building 3326, call 410-         located in building 3326. They
County Public Library. The         parent or guardian.                 ty resources. Free child care is                                                                          may be contacted at 410-278-
Harford     County       Public                                        available; call in advance if      lenge them and bring them a        278-4011/4907,            e-mail
                                       Meetings will be held on                                           sense of accomplishment. The       mwr_registration@apg.arm            4011/4907, by e-mail at
Library’s Summer Reading           Thursdays throughout the sum-       needed.                                                                                         
Program, “Clue into Reading”                                                                              camp includes cheerleading or visit Web site,
                                   mer 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at           Play Mornings                      and dance fundamentals for all                     mil or on Web site,
                                                                          ACS offers a weekly play        participants to have fun learn-                              
                                                                                                                                             MWR Summer Fishing
                                                                       group on Monday and                ing and performing. The staff      Tournament
                                                                       Wednesday, 9:30 to 11 a.m. for     is made up of college and pro-                                            For information on these
                                                                       parents and children under 6-      fessional instructors from the        This is a cash prize tourna-     or any other division of
                                                                       years-old to meet other parents    University of Maryland,            ment Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.,      sports and fitness, call Ralph
                                                                       while their children socially      Towson State University,           Aug. 13 at Woodpecker Point         Cuomo, 410-278-2812.
                                                                       interact with each other. This     George Washington Universi-        Picnic Area in the Aberdeen         Amateur Boxing Night
                                                                       is an ongoing program and          ty, the Baltimore Ravens, the      Area. Winners will be deter-
                                                                                                                                             mined by the biggest fish (by          Come watch the 143rd
                                                                       play groups are held in the        Washington Redskins and                                                Ordnance Battalion battle the
                                                                       APG Chapel, room 5.                many more.                         weight). Contestants must pro-
                                                                                                                                             vide their own fishing equip-       16th Ordnance Battalion July
                                                                       ACS Birthday Picnic                   Class will meet Tuesday,                                            29 at Hoyle Gym in Edge-
                                                                                                          Wednesday, Thursday, 8 to 11       ment and bait. Tournament
                                                                          There is no cost to attend                                         rules and state fishing laws will   wood. Doors open at 5 p.m.,
                                                                                                          a.m. July 13, Aberdeen Rec-                                            fights begin at 6 p.m. Cost is
                                                                       the ACS birthday picnic, 11        reation Center and is for chil-    be enforced. Fishing license is
                                                                       a.m. to 1 p.m., July 20 at                                            not required. Registration dead-    active duty, $5; non-military,
                                                                                                          dren ages 6 to 15. Cost is $60.                                        $10; or ring-side seating, $20.
                                                                       Maryland Boulevard Field.                                             line is Aug. 10. Fees are active
                                                                       Free tickets are available at      Drivers education                  duty, $5; civilians, $10 and           For more information con-
                                                                       Aberdeen ACS, building 2754,          Several sessions of drivers’    families, $15.                      tact MWR Registration, 410-
                                                                       Monday through Friday, 8           education are being taught on                                          278-4011/4907       or     visit
                                                                                                                                             Wilderness Challenge      
                                                                       a.m. to 3 p.m., 410-278-7572,      both Aberdeen and Edgewood.
                                                                       or at Edgewood ACS, building       Students 15 to 18 years of age        Join 80 other military teams
                                                                       E-4630, Monday through             must attend and complete 30        in a three-day endurance event         To sign up for a youth
                                                                       Thursday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.,         hours of classroom instruction     in scenic Fayetteville, West Va.,   sport,      contact     Central
                                                                       410-436-3362.                      and 6 hours in car instructions.   Oct. 5 thru 7. Teams are made       Registration, building 2752,
                                                                                                          Student must have a Learners       up of four active duty person-      41-278-7571/7479. All sports
                                                                         For all SKIESUnlimited           Permit. Parents, guardians, or     nel and consist of any gender       participants must have a
                                                                       programs contact Central           mentors must attend the first      combination, however one            current sports physical, due
                                                                       Registration for details and       class with student.                team member must be female.         at registration and be a
                                                                                                                                             Registration and clinics will be    member of Youth Services.
                                                                                                          Chess                              held on Thursday; mountain          Coaches needed
                                                                                                             Chess classes will be held      run, whitewater swim and
     APG Bowling Center Snack Bar specials                                                                5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Thursdays at
                                                                                                          the Aberdeen Youth Center.
                                                                                                                                             whitewater raft race will be
                                                                                                                                             held on Friday and on Saturday,
                                                                                                                                                                                    Anyone interested in volun-
                                                                                                                                                                                 teering to coach, or would like
                                          Building 2342                                                                                                                          more information, call Bill
                                                                                                          Students will learn the basic      mountain bike, Duckie race,
                                                                                                                                                                                 Kegley, 410-306-2297.
    Week of July 18                                                                                       rules of chess, offensive and      mountain hike, awards and din-
                                                                                                          defensive strategies, how to       ner will end the event.             Challenger Soccer Camp
      Special #1: Chicken filet club with cheese and bacon (choice of mayonnaise, lettuce,
    tomato, pickles, onions), French fries, one cookie and soda for $5.95                                 gain advantage over oppo-             Registration is open.               Challenger Sports’ British
                                                                                                          nents, what to do when behind,        Visit          Soccer Camp is the largest
      Special #2: chicken salad sub with cheese and bacon (choice of mayonnaise, lettuce,
                                                                                                          and moving a piece to obtain       northeast/newtemplatesite/si        camp in the United States.
    tomato, pickles, onions), chips, one cookie and soda for $7.25                                        superior board position will be    tes/local/default.asp for more      More than 65,000 boys and
    Week of July 25                                                                                       covered.                           information. For more infor-        girls will learn the “Challenger
      Special #1: Cheeseburger sub, French fries, one cookie and soda for $5.25                           Scrapbooking                       mation, call 757-788-5280 or        Way” this summer. The camp
      Special #2: Tuna sub with choice of mayonnaise, lettuce,                                                                               DSN 680-5280.                       includes individual skill devel-
                                                                                                             Scrapbooking classes will                                           opment, professional British
    tomato, pickles, onions; chips, one cookie and soda for $4.95.                                        be held 6 to 7:30 p.m. every       Hunter’s Safety Class
                                                                                                                                                                                 coaching staff, programs for
                                                                                                          Wednesdays in building 2752.          Hunter’s Safety Classes          all levels, daily world cup
       The snack bar has a variety of items to choose from includ-                                        All materials are included         will be held 6 to 10 p.m. on        style tournament, free ball and
    ing hot meals, burgers, subs, sandwiches, baskets and pizza.                                          except students will need to       weekdays and 8 a.m. on              free T-shirt. Camp dates are
       For more information or to place an order, call 410-278-                                           bring in their own photos.         Saturdays, at building 4303 on      July 24 thru 28; times vary by
    4041. Orders must be placed before 10:30 a.m.                                                                                                                                age. To register, visit

                                                                                                            Maryland Renaissance Festival                                        Arts & Crafts
                                                                                                                                                                                    Aberdeen Arts and Crafts is
                            LIBRARY BOOK CORNER
                                                                                                              tickets available at MWR                                           located in building 2407. Edge-
                                                                                                                                                                                 wood Arts and Crafts is located
      Operating hours of the Aberdeen Library, located in the Recreation Center, are                                                                                             in building E-4440. For infor-
       1 to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through                               Discount tickets for the
                                                                                                            Maryland Renaissance Festival                                        mation, call Debbie Brooks-
         Thursday and closed on Friday. For more information, call 410-278-3417 .                                                                                                Harris, 410-278-4207 or Holly
                                                                                                            cost $13.50 for adults ages 16
                                                                                                            years and over and $7.50 for                                         Shisler, 410-436-2153.
             The following are a few of the new titles available at the                                     children ages 7 to 15 years.                                         Pottery Studio
                              APG MWR Library:                                                              Prices at the gate cost $17 for                                         Edgewood Arts and Crafts
                                                                                                            adults and $8 for children. The                                      Pottery Studio has everything
    Getting Through What You’re Going                lives of migratory birds by Miyoko Chu                 festival is open weekends, 10                                        needed to create a hand-paint-
    Through: comfort, hope, and encourage-           I Love Crab Cakes!: 50 recipes for an                  a.m. to 7 p.m., Aug. 26 through                                      ed work of art and nifty
    ment from the twenty-third psalm by              American classic by Tom Douglas                        Oct. 22. The Maryland Renaissance                                    design tools. Prices range
    Robert Schuller                                  The President’s Counselor: the rise to                 Festival is located on 1801 Crownsville Road in Annapolis.           from $3 to $25.
    AWOL:       the unexcused absence of             power of Alberto Gonzales by Bill                      Handicapped parking is available next to the Main Gate.
                                                                                                                                                                                 Stained Glass class
    America’s upper classes from the military        Minutaglio                                             When entering the parking lot, follow the signs to the des-
                                                                                                            ignated handicapped parking area.                                       Students make a small sun-
    and how it hurts our country by Kathy            America Against the World: how we are                                                                                       catcher using the copper foil
                                                                                                               For more information, call Stacie Umbarger, 410-278-
    Roth-Douquet                                     different and why we are disliked by                   3931 or visit                              method of stained glass. The
    Songbird Journeys: four seasons in the           Andrew Kohut                                                                                                                class is held the third Saturday
                                                                                                                                                                                 of each month from 1 to 4 p.m.
    Computers available at the library                                                                                                                                           and the cost is $35, including
       The APG MWR Library has 10 computers for public use, where individuals can access
    the AKO pages. Among the items available on The Army Libraries site on AKO are E-
                                                                                                                Maryland State Fair                                              supplies.
    Books, the Automotive Reference Center, Homework Help and Test Preparations.
       For example, a portal to trusted heath care information resources for Soldiers and AKO                    tickets available                                                  This class covers the basics
                                                                                                                                                                                 of matting and framing.
    users is on the AKO My Health page,                            The Cow Palace, “Fire On The Midway” Chili                         Students must bring an 8 x 10
       My Health includes the following channels:                                                           Competition, “Battle of the Beast” Bullriding, food, rides           picture to class to frame. The
       • Getting Started - Quick Links                                                                                                 and more await visitors to the            class is held the last Saturday
       • Reference Center                                                                                                              Maryland State Fair at                    of each month from 1 to 4 p.m.
       • Health Topics - A-Z Guides                                                                                                    Timonium Fair Grounds, Md.,               and the cost is $45 not includ-
       • CNN Health News RSS newsfeed                                                                                                  Aug. 25 through Sept. 4.                  ing supplies. This class is re-
       • Links to MedlinePlus, TRICARE Online and Other Databases                                                                         Admission tickets cost $5              quired to use the framing area.
                                                                                                                                       per person and include concert            Woodshop Orientation
       • Deployment Health links
                                                                                                                                       series with Raven Symone,
       • Self-Assessment eTools                                                                                                        Chris Cagle and Sawyer Brown.                Woodshop Safety Class is
       • Health Promotion & Wellness links                                                                                             All-you-can-ride vouchers cost            required to use the woodshop.
       • Book Reviews on Diet Books and Weight Management Videos                                                                       $16 per person.                           It covers basic techniques
                                                                                                                                          For more information, call             while working in woodshop.
    The library’s Web site, libraries.html, provides access to                                              Stacie Umbarger, 410-278-                 The class is offered the first
    the library’s online catalog and also has a complete annotated listing of the                                                      3931 or visit http://www.                 Saturday of each month from
    library’s new material, as well as a list of available films on DVD.                                                                           12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and the
                                                                                                                                                                                 cost is $8.
12     APG News • July 20, 2006

New vaccinations introduced for children
Story by                            and soreness at the site of the        As of January 2006, two           in direct contact with someone          Side effects to this vaccine     diseases. Because parents,
HEIDI JACKSON                       injection may occur, but            new vaccines, hepatits A and         with the hepatitis b virus.          are minimal--soreness and red-      school officials and state rep-
KUSAHC                                                                                                                                            ness at the injection site. No
                                    Tylenol™ can be given to help       meningococcal, have been                The side effects to this vac-                                         resentatives have so strongly
    Vaccinations are a very         ease these side effects. Rarely     added to the children’s immu-        cine are minimal, redness and        serious side effects to this vac-   advocated the need for immu-
important part of physical          do severe side effects occur,       nization schedule by the             soreness to the site of the injec-   cine have been reported so the      nizations, the occurrence of
exams for children, protecting      and the benefits from the vac-      Center for Disease Control and       tion. About 5 percent of indi-       benefit of the vaccine out-
                                                                                                                                                                                      these diseases has lessened.
them from harmful and poten-        cine far outweigh the side          Prevention and the American          viduals receiving the vaccine        weighs the side effects.
tially fatal diseases.                                                                                                                               Making sure a child is prop-     But in order for these diseases
                                    effects.                            Academy of Pediatrics. These         reported headaches, but these
    Many diseases in the               During a child’s first two       vaccines are strongly recom-         headaches      were       usually    erly immunized and current          to be completely eradicated
United States are not as com-       years of life, a series of immu-    mended for attendance in             relieved with Tylenol™.              with vaccinations is essential      parents should be diligent,
mon and widespread as they          nizations are given during the      Maryland public schools.                The meningococcal vac-            to preventing the child and         about children’s immuniza-
are in other countries due to       well-baby visits. It is impor-         The hepatitis A vaccine           cine, while traditionally given      others from contracting severe      tions.
better nutrition and better san-    tant to attend these well-baby      should not be confused with          to college age students living
itation, and most importantly,      visits to receive the immuniza-     the already required three           in close quarters such as dor-
vaccines. But, many parents         tions as scheduled and not fall     series hepatits B vaccine that       mitories, is now recommended
ask that if these diseases are      behind. When the child turns        most infants receive shortly         to be given at age 11. Cases of
not as common in the United         four years of age, another set      after birth. The hepatits A vac-     meningococcal meningitis in
States than in other countries,     of immunizations is required,       cine can be given as early as        the past couple of years have
why are children still being.       and must be administered            one year of age and should be        been reported among the mid-
    Children are vaccinated for     before entering preschool           initiated at any age beyond one      dle and high school age group
these diseases because many         and/or daycare. These immu-         year of age if the child has         along with the college age
of the diseases are brought in      nizations are the DTaP (dipthe-     never received the vaccine.          group.
from travelers who have visit-      ria, pertussis, and tetanus), the   This vaccine is a two-series            Meningococcal meningitis
ed or are visiting from other       IPV (polio), the MMR                vaccine received six months          is one of the most rapid and
countries. Military families are    (measles, mumps and rubella),       apart and provides life long         overwhelming infectious dis-
at a higher risk of obtaining       and the Hep A (hepatitis A vac-     immunity. It protects against        eases known. A child can be
these diseases since many of        cine-if not already received).      the hepatitis A virus, a virus       well at one moment, develop a
them have traveled and lived           The next time a child            that causes liver inflammation       headache, stiff neck, fever and
abroad.                             requires immunizations is           and is prevalent in the United       drowsiness within a few hours
    Vaccines work very well in      when turning 11, about when         States. This virus causes symp-      and possibly die within 12
preventing children from con-       entering middle school. The         toms of nausea, vomiting,            hours from the initial onset of
tracting serious illnesses such     vaccines the pre-adolescent         fever, and jaundice (a yellow-       the symptoms.
as diphtheria, polio, tetanus,      child receives at this time are a   ing of the skin), and significant       Usually, the meningococcal
hepatitis, meningitis, and are      Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, per-     weight loss. The virus can be        disease is transmitted by inti-
about 90 to 99 percent effec-       tusis booster), the Hep A vac-      easily transmitted in contami-       mate contact with an infected
tive.                               cine (if not already received),     nated food and water, unlike         person or staying in the same
    The side effects to these       and the MCV-4 (meningococ-          the hepatitis B vaccine that is      room with that person for
vaccines are minimal. Fever         cal vaccine).                       solely transmitted by coming         more than four hours a day.

Generic drugs: Are they safe?
Story by                                        generic drug under the same strict quality      ticed mandatory generic drug policy
                                                                                                                                                    TRICARE reimburses
                                                guidelines as a brand-name drug. Plus, the
                                                FDA scientists, chemists and microbiolo-
                                                                                                requires pharmacists to fill prescriptions
                                                                                                with a generic drug, if one is available.
                                                                                                                                                    for colorectal cancer
   All generic drugs in the United States       gists reviewing generic medicines must          TRICARE will fill prescriptions for
must go through the Food and Drug
Administration's rigorous approval
                                                have the same qualifications as those
                                                reviewing the brand drugs.
                                                                                                brand-name drugs that have a generic
                                                                                                equivalent if the prescribing physician
process to make sure they are chemically           Sometimes the generic manufacturer           establishes medical necessity for using the
                                                                                                                                                    Story by
identical to the brand-name drug. The           may not be allowed to use the same color        brand-name drug. If the prescription is for
truth is that generics provide the same                                                         a drug that has no generic equivalent, the
                                                                                                                                                    TERRY J. GOODMAN
                                                or shape because of patents protecting the                                                          TMA Communications
medicine and the same results as their          brand drug. These are only cosmetic dif-        pharmacist will give the brand-name drug
                                                                                                                                                        TRICARE continues to enhance its already robust
brand-name counterparts.                        ferences that in no way impact the safety       at the brand-name copay.
                                                                                                                                                    health care benefit with the recent decision to reimburse
Same medicine, same results                     or effectiveness of the generic version.        Why are generics so cheap?
                                                                                                                                                    the colonoscopy procedure as an option for colorectal can-
   The FDA requires that pharmaceutical         Just as safe, but for a lot less                    Brand-name drug companies develop
                                                                                                                                                    cer screening for beneficiaries age 50 and older who are at
companies prove that the generic drug              Generic drugs cost much less than the        new drugs under patent protection, giving
                                                                                                                                                    normal risk.
contains the identical amount of the active     brand-name version. When buying generic         them the sole right to sell the drug. When
                                                                                                                                                        TRICARE believes the decision is appropriate and consis-
ingredient and works the same way as the        drugs, the copay is only $3—that's one-         the patent expires, generic drug compa-
                                                                                                                                                    tent with the preventive best practices of other recognized
brand-name drug. The pharmaceutical             third of the $9 copay for brand-name drugs.     nies may submit a shortened new-drug
                                                                                                                                                    cancer organizations, such as the American Cancer Society
company also must manufacture the                  The Defense Department's long-prac-                      See GENERICS, page 13
                                                                                                                                                    and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.
                                                                                                                                                        Prior to this value-added enhancement of the benefit,

Hearing in today’s operational environment                                                                                                          colonoscopies were not reimbursable for normal-risk, non-
                                                                                                                                                    Medicare beneficiaries, between the ages 50 and 64, if
                                                                                                                                                    symptoms had not been identified or if testing was done for
Story by
1ST LT. HEATH STEELE                                                                                                                                screening purposes only. Only beneficiaries identified as
William Beaumont Army Medical Center                                                                                                                having high risk factors, determined by direct family histo-
                                                                                                                                                    ry (to include age and specific type of cancer discovered in
    Noise is one of the primary work-related hazards in the Army
                                                                                                                                                    the family member), received the option of a screening
today. The risk to Soldiers and civilians is higher today than in
                                                                                                                                                    colonoscopy. Otherwise, fecal occult blood stool tests and
the past 30 years. New weapons systems and vehicles are con-
                                                                                                                                                    proctosigmoidoscopy or sigmoidoscopy, every 3 to 5 years,
stantly being added to the operational arsenal. Many of these
                                                                                                                                                    were available to normal risk individuals over the age of 49
weapons systems and vehicles produce hazardous noise levels.
                                                                                                                                                    and did not include a screening colonoscopy.
    In addition, explosions and blast trauma are a frequent occur-
                                                                                                                                                        Dr. William Winkenwerder, Assistant Secretary of
rence for Soldiers deployed in various theaters. Blast-related                                                                                      Defense for Health Affairs, believes "this decision rein-
trauma accounts for 60 percent of all wounded-in-action injuries                                                                                    forces our commitment to the health care and disease pre-
in Operation Iraqi Freedom, according to the Office of the                                                                                          vention needs of our beneficiaries."
Surgeon General.                                                                                                                                        "Our beneficiaries deserve the best medical care that we
    Hearing loss resulting from these situations is one of the lead-                                                                                can provide," he said. "This important change in policy will
ing reasons for medical referral of Soldiers returning from                                                                                         help doctors detect this disease earlier, which translates into
deployment.                                                                                                                                         saved lives."
    In today’s operational environment, every Soldier is poten-                                                                                         Although colorectal cancer is one of the most preventa-
tially exposed to hazardous noise levels. There are no clearly                                                                                      ble forms of the disease, it is also one of the leading types
defined fronts. The phrase “in the rear” has lost most of its tra-                                                                                  of cancer which results in death. Despite growing evidence
ditional meaning.                                                                                                                                   that preventive healthcare services are the new benchmark
    Often, the most noticeable effect of blast-related injuries is                                                                                  for improved standards of care, only 18 states have enacted
ringing in the ears, known as tinnitus. Tinnitus occurs directly                                                                                    legislation requiring insurance providers to cover colorectal
after an intense exposure and can last several days to a lifetime.                screening costs, according to the 2004 Colo-rectal
If the tinnitus persists, there is very little that can be done.                                                                120341.jpg          Legislation Report Card. TRICARE continues to improve
    Difficulty understanding conversations, especially where            increased or if more effective controls such as earplugs need to            its benefit and proudly joins the 18 states who have applied
background noise is present, is another common complaint with           be instituted.                                                              this growing body of knowledge to their medical philoso-
hearing loss. This difficulty occurs when an individual loses the          Most Soldiers, however, do not know that they are required to            phies and practices.
high-frequency portion of hearing, where the consonant portion          get an earplug fitting or at a minimum check the fit of their cur-              By providing colonoscopies to a larger population, TRI-
of speech is heard. Background noise interferes with the speech                                                                                     CARE will not only save a greater number of lives, but will
                                                                        rent hearing protection. The Army requires that everyone be fit-
sounds making it difficult for the listener to understand. This is                                                                                  also eventually realize a significant savings due to the
                                                                        ted with preformed earplugs. These are not the yellow foam
most commonly referred to as selective listening.                                                                                                   noticeable cost differential between treating patients with
                                                                        earplugs that are often passed out at the firing range or on the air-
    These issues can lead to potential delays prior to deployment.                                                                                  early-stage colorectal cancer and treating those with later-
                                                                        field. There are many sizes of hearing protection to accommo-
    As of September 2004, the Army Personnel Policy Guidance                                                                                        stage colorectal cancer. Preventive screening allows for
                                                                        date nearly any size of ear. Currently, the Army has a “combat-
has required that all deploying Soldiers be fitted with the appro-                                                                                  diagnosis and treatment for early-stage colorectal cancer at
priate hearing protection and have a baseline reference hearing         arms earplug” that allows speech to pass through the earplug
                                                                                                                                                    two-thirds the cost of a later-stage diagnosis.
test if one has not been performed and a baseline established. If       while suppressing impact sounds such as weapons fire.
                                                                                                                                                        "Early detection is crucial when fighting cancer," said
a significant hearing loss that meets criteria for a profile is iden-      There are certain occupational hazardous that cannot be
                                                                                                                                                    Army Brig. Gen. Elder Granger, deputy director of TRI-
tified, further testing will be required prior to being deployed.       avoided in the Army. However, training situations can be con-               CARE Management Activity, who endorsed and signed this
    A Category 3 Physical Profile (P-3) for hearing can carry sig-      trolled. Many Soldiers develop permanent hearing loss from                  policy change. "Ultimately, this policy enhancement will
nificant implications for deploying Soldiers. By regulation, a P-       training situations where a simple 20-second action, such as                not only save lives but also improve the quality of life for
3 requires a mandatory Military Occupational Specialty                  placing an earplug, could prevent significant noise damage.                 those diagnosed with colorectal cancer."
(MOS)/Medical Retention Board (MMRB) to determine fitness-                 It is very important to realize that hearing conservation is not             Even though the effective date for this change is March
for-duty in the current MOS. Depending on the test results,             just a work issue. Hobbies at home can be just as intense and               15, 2006, TRICARE currently remains in the implementa-
Soldiers with a P-3 could be reclassified into another MOS or           noisy as work. Woodworking, lawn mowers, chainsaws and                      tion phase. As the new benefit becomes available in the next
separated from service. It only takes a moderate hearing loss to        automotive work all produce dangerous levels of noise. An inex-             few months, reimbursements will be retroactive to March
fall into the P-3 category.                                             pensive set of ear muffs or earplugs that fit properly and are              15, 2006.
    To avoid this type of deployment pitfall, the Army has a            properly maintained can go a long way to protecting hearing.                    Until such time as TRICARE is able to make payments
Hearing Conservation Program. Nearly everyone realizes that                Hearing is vital. To help save hearing, take small easy steps to         for claims under the new provision, service members,
Soldiers need a hearing test every year. The annual hearing             protect it.                                                                 retirees and their families are encouraged to pay their bills
threshold check helps to determine if any Soldier has acquired a           For more information on hearing tests or earplugs, call Cheri            and save the receipts. Beneficiaries will be notified when to
significant threshold shift. Such a shift allows further investiga-     Nelson Whiting, Kirk U.S. Army Health Clinic 410-278-1913.                  submit claims for any TRICARE reimbursements as imple-
tion into what is happening in that Soldier’s environment that is       (Editor’s note: 1st Lt. Heath Steele works in the Department of             mentation occurs and claims filing procedures are
creating more hearing loss. If needed, an evaluation by an indus-       Preventive Medicine, Hearing Conservation Service, William                  announced.
trial hygienist can determine if the noise levels at work have          Beaumont Army Medical Center.)
                                                                                                                                                                     July 20, 2006 • APG News                     13

                                   ‘start-up’ donation of $150
                                   in support of the group’s
                                                                       DOC announces PR cutoff dates for 2006
                                                                          The Army Contracting               ments, must seriously consider      tions and requirements for          basis and will require approval
                                      “Our post is now engaged
         From page 2                                                   Agency Aberdeen Proving               whether funding will material-      incorporation into an order or      by the chief of the Contracting
                                   with your efforts and stands
                                                                       Ground Directorate of Con-            ize. A substantial amount of        contract to comply with all         Division. The APG DOC will
                                   ready to provide your com-
                                                                       tracting has established its fiscal   effort is expended to prepare       applicable         DoD-unique       do as much as possible to assist
   The donated items includ-       mand with assistance in this
                                                                       year 2006 cutoff dates for sub-       these pending actions and they      statutes, regulations, directives   customers in satisfying their
ed back packs, CD players,         truly noble cause,” said
                                                                       mission of purchase requests.         must be prioritized after PRs       and other requirements (e.g.,       requirements after the cutoff
phone cards, DVD players,          George Scantick Sr., post
                                                                          Early customer support in          that are funded and PRs that        all clothing, shoes and other       dates. However, the direc-
FM radios, men’s’ and              commander. “Our wounded
                                                                       identifying and submitting PRs        are subject to the availability     items specified under the           torate has a limited capability
women’s’ underwear and             Soldiers always deserve our         by or before the dates shown          of funds.                           Berry Amendment, procured           to process late requirements.
socks, personal hygiene            best efforts in their support.”     below greatly enhances the               The above lead times can         with DoD funding, is of             Budgetary constraints may
items, razors, candy bars and         Clark and Rivera spent           ability of the APG DOC to meet        be affected by various factors,     domestic origin); and collect-      mean that customer-funded
other snacks, envelopes,           the afternoon visiting with         customer needs. Early planning        a few of which include: com-        ing data on the use of assisted     overtime may be the only
stamps, batteries and a host       several hospitalized Soldiers       and coordination remain the           petition requirements, to           acquisitions for analysis.          method to provide the direc-
of other items including 10        on the wards.                       keys to a successful year-end.        include fair opportunity for        Information technology              torate with additional flexibili-
DELL limited edition day              For information about               Offices are advised to sub-        services task orders over              Desktop and Notebook             ty to accept requirements after
planner note books obtained        donating to the Wounded             mit year-end requirements as          $100,000 when using Federal         Computer Purchases. To maxi-        the established dates.
by Clark from his brother, a       Warriors at WRAMC, call             early as is reasonable to mini-       Supply Schedules; obtaining         mize cost savings, all Army         Individual contacts
Dell employee.                     202-782-6362, FAX 202-              mize the possibility of funds         sole, limited source or urgency     desktops and notebooks ‘shall’          Joyce Roberts, Contracting
   In addition, Veterans of        782-6366         or     e-mail      going unobligated at year end.        approvals – the Justification       be ordered through the              Division joyce.roberts@us.
Foreign Wars Post 8126, of                The following schedule has         and Approval process; the           Consolidated Buy program  , 410-278-0869
Havre de Grace, added a                               been established for the sub-         review process accomplished         utilizing the Army Desktop              Facilities Branch: For
                                                                       mission of PRs for FY 06 and          by the APG Small Business           and Mobile Computing agree-         repair, alteration, construction,
                                                                       maintenance for FY 07: (Items         Advisor to ensure all socio-        ments. For the policy memo          sale and removal of excess real
                                                                       with expired dates will be han-       economic programs will be           issued by the Army’s Chief          property, services for base
                                                                       dled on a case-by-case basis)         appropriately addressed; front-     Information Officer on July         operations functions (includ-
                                                                          • Noncommercial Items              end PR entry, and PD2 (PD2 is       22, 2005, Buying Schedule,          ing, but not limited to, utilities
                                                                       over $100,000 – July 1*               the DoD contracting automat-        Specs and Pricing, Submittal        privatization, custodial, refuse,
                                                                          • Noncommercial Items              ed system used at APG).             Instructions,           Request     underground utilities locating,
                                                                       between $2,500 and $100,000           New requirements affecting          Preparation, Exceptions, and        etc.), equipment-in-place and
                                                                       – Aug. 1                              lead times                          Frequently Asked Questions,         facilities contact Martha
                                                                          •     Commercial         items        When placing sole source         visit the Consolidated Buy          Mitchem, martha.mitchem@
                                                                       between $100,000 and $5 mil-          orders over $2,500 under            page at: https://ascp.mon-, 410-278-2362.
                                                                       lion – July 1                         Federal Supply Schedules, a              Services Branch: For gener-
                                                                          • Commercial Items under           Justification and Approval          ndex.jsp. Requests for these        al and specialized services for
                                                                       $100,000 – Aug. 15                    must be prepared and approved       items must be submitted to the      mission support; range testing
                                                                          • Services Over $100,000 –         by a Contracting Officer.           Directorate of Information          of vehicles, equipment, ammu-
                                                                       July 1                                   When purchasing supplies         Management. For standard            nition; lease, rental, and main-
                                                                          • Delivery Orders and Task         or services over the simplified     requests, DOIM will approve         tenance of equipment; full
                                                                       Orders       Under      Existing      acquisition threshold (current-     the request and forward it to       food services; environmental
                                                                       Contracts – Aug. 1                    ly $100,000) using non-DoD          the ACA DOC for processing.         services; equipment-in-place,
                                                                          •        GSA        Schedule       contract vehicles (which            For non-standard requests,          and other base operations serv-
                                                                       Procurements – Aug. 1                 includes placing orders with        DOIM will review and vali-          ices, contact Shirley Kelly,
                                                                          • Short-of-Award over              GSA), proposed actions must         date the request and then for-,
                                                                       $2,500 – June 15**                    be reviewed and approved            ward it to ACA. For more            410-278-0854.
                                                                          • Maintenance for FY 2007          considering:                        information, contact the ACA            Technology Branch: For
                                                                       – July 1                                 • If the action is in the Best   APG DOC chief, Technology           ADP equipment; word process-
                                                                          (FY         07       Contract      Interest of the Government –        Branch, 410-278-0883.               ing equipment; software; gener-
                                                                       Modifications and Options for         satisfying customer require-           The contracting officer is       al, specialized, and test equip-
                                                                       Existing           Maintenance        ments, schedule, cost effec-        responsible for and this            ment; instrumentation; sup-
                                                                       Contracts)                            tiveness (taking into account,      office’s policy is to determine     plies; and ADP maintenance
                                                                          * There may be instances           discounts and fees), and con-       the best method of procuring        and services contact Ginny
                                                                       where this date may not be            tract administration including      any supply or service based         Corona,      Ginny.corona@us.
                                                                       adequate for complex actions.         oversight.                          upon regulation, urgency, , 410-278-0883.
                                                                       It is therefore required that            • Other factors which must       delivery, socio-economic con-           The ACA APG DOC Web
                                                                       these actions be coordinated          be addressed: determining that      cern and competition which          site is located at http://
                                                                       with the branch chief prior to        tasks or supplies ordered are       provides the best value at a
                                                                       this date.                            within the scope of the con-        reasonable price.                   /sites/installation/aca/.
Sgt. 1st Class Troy Weaver, left, and 143rd Ordnance Battalion com-       **Customers submitting             tract; ensuring funding is used        Submission of requests after         The fiscal year cutoff dates
mander Lt. Col. Linwood Clark, carry a box of donated goods into the   “short-of-award” PRs, espe-           IAW appropriation limitations;      the scheduled dates will be         for submission of PRs are
Red Cross storage room at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
                                                                       cially for services require-          providing unique terms, condi-      considered on a case-by-case        located at this site under
                                                                                                                                                                                     “Announcements, News, and
                                                                                                                                                                                     Notes.” For customer assis-
                                                                                                                                                                                     tance, use the recently added
                                                                                                                                                                                     link, “Customer Corner,” for
                                                                                                                                                                                     guides, templates, formats and
                                                                                                                                                                                     helpful Web sites.
                                                                                                                                                                                         Purchase requests awarded
                                                                                                                                                                                     “subject to the availability of
                                                                                                                                                                                     funds” must be funded as soon
                                                                                                                                                                                     as funds become available.
                                                                                                                                                                                     The work must start and the
                                                                                                                                                                                     contractors must be paid – this
                                                                                                                                                                                     is not accomplished until the
                                                                                                                                                                                     funds are certified.
                                                                                                                                                                                     Preparation of PRs
                                                                                                                                                                                         When preparing PRs in
                                                                                                                                                                                     PRWEB (formerly known as
                                                                                                                                                                                         Do not use any dashes or
                                                                                                                                                                                     spaces in the PR number.
                                                                                                                                                                                         When preparing attach-
                                                                                                                                                                                     ments for any electronic docu-
                                                                                                                                                                                     ment to be used by contract-
                                                                                                                                                                                     ing, submitters must use
                                                                                                                                                                                     Normal, Times New Roman,
                                                                                                                                                                                     10. The contracting writing
                                                                                                                                                                                     system used by Contracting
                                                                                                                                                                                     cannot format correctly if a
                                                                                                                                                                                     font other than Normal, Times
                                                                                                                                                                                     New Roman, 10 is used or if
                                                                                                                                                                                     any special characters are used
                                                                                                                                                                                     in the document.
                                                                                                                                                                                         Do not use page breaks, sec-
                                                                                                                                                                                     tion breaks, column brakes or
                                                                                                                                                                                     special characters such as trade-
                                                                                                                                                                                     mark signs, tm, ®, <, etc., in
                                                                                                                                                                                     any document that will be used
                                                                                                                                                                                     in a purchase order or contract.

                                                                                                                                                                                              From page 12
                                                                                                                                                                                     application to the FDA for
                                                                                                                                                                                     approval to market an equiva-
                                                                                                                                                                                     lent product under its chemi-
                                                                                                                                                                                     cal, or "generic," name. Under
                                                                                                                                                                                     the shortened new-drug appli-
                                                                                                                                                                                     cation process, the generic
                                                                                                                                                                                     drug manufacturer does not
                                                                                                                                                                                     have to repeat expensive
                                                                                                                                                                                     research on ingredients or
                                                                                                                                                                                     dosage forms that are already
                                                                                                                                                                                     FDA-approved. This saves the
                                                                                                                                                                                     pharmaceutical company time
                                                                                                                                                                                     and money—and they pass the
                                                                                                                                                                                     savings along to the consumer.
                                                                                                                                                                                        By using generics, con-
                                                                                                                                                                                     sumers will enjoy a safe and
                                                                                                                                                                                     less expensive alternative to
                                                                                                                                                                                     brand-name drugs. Buying
                                                                                                                                                                                     generics saves money today and
                                                                                                                                                                                     helps Defense Depart-ment's
                                                                                                                                                                                     save money, ensuring the future
                                                                                                                                                                                     of the TRICARE benefit.
                                                                                                                                                                                     (Editor’s note: Dr. Tombert is
                                                                                                                                                                                     the deputy assistant secretary
                                                                                                                                                                                     of defense for Clinical and
                                                                                                                                                                                     Program Policy.)
14   APG News • July 20, 2006

                                                                 of the organization.                Oversight Council and the
                                     Burke                          “I recognize the authority
                                                                 and accountability of this char-
                                                                 ter and of those at the Joint
                                                                                                     Defense Acquisition Board.
                                                                                                        Burke holds a bachelor’s of
                                                                                                     business administration from
                                       From front page
                                                                 Project Management Office,”         Eastern Kentucky University
                                “confidence and support.”        he said. “I think that as a team    and a master’s of business
                                   “I know I couldn’t have       we are going to accomplish a        administration from Pennsyl-
                                done it without you,” Burnett    lot together.”                      vania State University.
                                said.                            Col. Kyle T. Burke                     His military education
                                   Of Burke’s selection as the      Prior to coming to               includes the Command and
                                new project manager, Reeves      Aberdeen Proving Ground,            General Staff College, the
                                noted that “for this job, we     Col. Kyle T. Burke served with      Advanced Program Manager’s
                                select the best of the best.”    the Joint Staff, J8, Capabilities   Course and the Transportation
                                   After accepting the charter   and Acquisition Division, as a      Officer basic and advanced
                                from Reeves, Burke remarked      Weapon Systems Program              courses.
                                that he was “truly humbled       evaluator, providing support to        Past assignments include
                                and honored” to take the reins   the     Joint     Requirements      the Pentagon, Germany, Fort
                                                                                                     Campbell, Ky., Croatia,
                                                                                                     Bosnia and Saudi Arabia dur-
                                                                                                     ing      Operation       Desert
                                                                                                     Joint Project Manager, NBC,
                                                                                                     Contamination Avoidance
                                                                                                        In July 1987, the Project
                                                                                                     Manager       for      Nuclear,
                                                                                                     Chemical and Biological
                                                                                                     Defense was established as an
                                                                                                     office of the Program
                                                                                                     Executive Office Chemical/
                                                                                                     Nuclear. Since that time, sev-
                                                                                                     eral reorganizations and name
                                                                                                     changes have occurred.
                                                                                                        In 1993, Public Law 103-
                                                                                                     160 (50 USC 1522) National
                                                                                                     Defense Authorization Act of
                                                                                                     1994, created Joint Service CB
                                                                                                     Defense Program mission to
                                                                                                     provide world-class NBC
                                                                                                     defense capabilities to allow
                                                                                                     the military forces of the
                                                                                                     United States to survive and
                                                                                                     successfully complete their
                                                                                                     operational missions.
                                                                                                        Reporting to Maj. Gen.
                                                                                                     Stephen V. Reeves, the Joint
                                                                                                     Program Executive Officer for
                                                                                                     Chemical and Biological
                                                                                                     Defense, the Joint Project
                                                                                                     Manager NBC, Contamination
                                                                                                     Avoidance, is responsible for
                                                                                                     the development, production,
                                                                                                     fielding and sustaining of
                                                                                                     world class nuclear, biological,
                                                                                                     chemical detection, warning,
                                                                                                     reconnaissance and obscura-
                                                                                                     tion defense systems for the
                                                                                                     Joint Services.
                                                                                                        More than 140 personnel
                                                                                                     located at Aberdeen Proving
                                                                                                     Ground and other installations
                                                                                                     combine to complete this criti-
                                                                                                     cal mission.