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
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 email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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- line.gov/index.html. 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, www.irs.gov. 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.
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
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 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 http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/588.html
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
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.,
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
“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.
The APG News, a civilian enterprise newspaper, is an authorized publication for challenged her and her coworkers to find other The monetary donations included a $2,000
members of the U.S. Army. Contents of the APG News are not necessarily official views worthy projects to work on to keep the ‘team check from the Weavers, three $25 checks and
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Web site . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.apgnews.apg.army.mil. 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
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 www.hersheys.com sheys.com/trackandfield/.
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.
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
• 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,
• Do not allow children
younger than age 14 to use rid-
ing mowers. Do not allow chil-
dren younger than 12 to use
• 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
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
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 www.cpol.army.mil 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 www.apgnews.apg.army.mil
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. www.aafes.com
Book Guys” of National and click on
Public Radio; and “Kidsinger TUESDAY ”
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
July 20, 2006 • APG News 7
Recreation Center, building E- able at the Main Post Chapel. portal.saalt.army.mil/main/b 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-
email@example.com, 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
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
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:
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 yahoo.com 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 .apg.army.mil 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.
www.hcplonline.info, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 4011/4907, by e-mail at
Library’s Summer Reading Thursdays throughout the sum- needed. email@example.com.
Program, “Clue into Reading” camp includes cheerleading y.mil or visit Web site,
mer 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Play Mornings and dance fundamentals for all www.apgmwr.com. mil or on Web site,
ACS offers a weekly play participants to have fun learn- www.apgmwr.com.
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 www.apgmwr.com.
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,
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 www.ima.army.mil/ 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 http://www.rennfest.com/. 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, https://www.us.army.mil/suite/page/300434. 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, www.apgmwr.com/recreation/ 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. bcpl.net/~mdstfair/. 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
DAVID N. TOMBERG
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
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
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
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. http://www4.army.mil/OCPA/uploads/large/OCPA-2006-02-07- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org The following schedule has and Approval process; the Consolidated Buy program army.mil, 410-278-0869
Havre de Grace, added a my.mil. 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- us.army.mil, 410-278-2362.
lion – July 1 Federal Supply Schedules, a mouth.army.mil/scp/cb/cb_i 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- email@example.com,
$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, army.mil, 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 www.apg.army.mil/apghome
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
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,
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
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
More than 140 personnel
located at Aberdeen Proving
Ground and other installations
combine to complete this criti-